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Hazards of Storm water Flooding

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Debris floating past a park bench Dirty storm water pins debris against a park bench.

Almost a month after the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit NJ, many property owners are still dealing with the mess.  We have been working 7 days a week to help as many people as possible.  Our teams are bolstered by the support of multiple SERVPRO teams from out of state, and it is still not enough.  Many homeowners have been tempted to handle the cleanup themselves but there are some serious considerations if you are going to do so.

First, make sure the area is safe.  Downed wires and electrocution hazards need to be addressed before any work is done.  If significant flooding has occurred, both the electrical service and gas should be shut off to prevent an explosion or electrocution.  Sharp items such as broken glass must be removed to prevent puncture wounds and cuts which are highly prone to infection.  Be aware of any displaced animals such as snakes.  Always wear PPE such as rubber boots, gloves, and goggles.

Second, floodwater is contaminated.  A river that has overflowed is carrying more than just the usual stream water.  Flooding has washed contaminants downstream which may include:

  • Human and livestock waste
  • Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)
  • Coal ash waste that can contain carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, chromium, and mercury
  • Other contaminants that can lead to illness
  • Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris, or needles
  • Wild or stray animals such as rodents and snakes

Third, exposure to contaminated floodwater can cause:

  • Wound infections
  • Skin rash
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Tetanus

If you experience any of these symptoms seek immediate medical attention.

For more information on the health concerns after a flood visit the CDC website at Floodwater After a Disaster or Emergency | CDC

SERVPRO Reconstruction Services

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Tree fallen on a house A tree rests on a home

When major storms hit we are often called when trees have fallen on houses.  This can be one of the scariest events customers face.  In fact, my brother had a very large tree come through his bedroom ceiling and was almost struck by a large branch while sleeping.  The damage caused usually involves both physical damage and significant water damage.

At SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch, we work 24-7 to provide an immediate response.  The initial response often includes “board up” services to prevent further damage.  This is typical with most jobs.  The next step is removing the water to prevent mold via a number of extracting and drying technologies but we don’t stop there.

SERVPRO also offers reconstruction services.  Under the supervision of our licensed general contractor, our teams remove the damaged material and reconstruct the area to restore the area to its original condition.  This ability makes us a 1-stop shop and ensures a quicker process and streamlined coordination with your homeowner’s insurance.

Proper Water Remediation

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Home A home damaged by water during a storm

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The proper equipment makes a huge difference in reducing the damage expense during a water loss. When time matters most, technology and equipment can be counted on. 

Here are a few tools used by SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch to properly mitigate a loss; 

Moisture Sensors- used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. 

Moisture Meters- used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The meter provides accurate readings to monitor the drying process. 

Thermo Hygrometers- measures temperature and relative humidity to calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When handling a contaminated loss (CAT 2 or 3), it is not only important to dry the structure, but disinfect and deodorize. 

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers- used to atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. It can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers- dispenses solvent-based products by creating a dense fog that consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

The bottom line... ALWAYS treat water damage seriously. Call in a professional team like SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch. We will work for you to restore your property and your life to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Responding on a Snowy Morning SERVPRO team responding on an early winter morning.

When disaster strikes, timing is critical.  A quick response limits damage and saves money.  In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. Owner John Majeski and his team of highly trained technicians are available in your immediate area 24/7, meaning an immediate response day or night that will help to minimize your damage, cleaning, and restoration costs. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Eatontown /Long Branch can arrive quickly and start the restoration almost immediately, whether it be water, fire, or mold.

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.

Here come the Hurricanes

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane from space A satellite photo of a hurricane from space.

The east coast hurricane season has officially started and runs from June 1 to November 30th.  So far there have already been 5 named hurricanes in the Atlantic this season.

Here is a brief list of things you should be considering NOW in order to be prepared.

  • Make sure your flood insurance is active. Many people let these policies lapse to save money or as an oversight.
  • Make sure both your home and business are secured as much as possible. This may include storm shutters, clearing gutters/downspouts to direct water away from the structure, and checking the roof for damage.
  • If you have a generator make sure it is operable. If it hasn’t been serviced recently you should check the oil, make sure you have adequate fresh fuel, and run the generator periodically.
  • Develop a business continuity plan. This should include emergency communication plans for employees and customers, facility remediation contacts, and contingency work plans.
  • If you are in an evacuation zone determine where you will go should the need arise.
  • Download the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan app which allows you to store and share emergency contacts, critical facility information, and document current conditions. For more information and to access the app click HERE.

Finally, you can register with SERVPRO to be added to our list of contacts so we have your information on file in the event you suffer a loss.  If you would like assistance in preparing your readiness plan please contact us for a free consultation and have a great summer!

Sewage Clean Up Services

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage backup Clean up in progress after a sewage backup in a basement.

Sewage leaks in your home or business can happen for a variety of reasons.  I found out the hard way that when a toddler flushes a plastic hammer down the toilet it may get past the toilet itself but can get lodged in the pipe further down the system causing a block.  This blockage caused a bathtub full of water to come shooting up through the first-floor toilet (lowest point) when it could not exit my home just as Superstorm Sandy was hitting.

All sewage leaks should be considered extremely hazardous to your health.  Besides the obvious foul smell and disgusting nature of the material, sewage can harbor a variety of harmful bacteria that can cause illness for but humans and pets.

At SERVPRO, our technicians are trained to deal with these incidents and have the proper equipment to do it safely.  Depending on the type of material that is contaminated a variety of equipment and techniques may be used.  For example, soft porous material will need to be extracted to remove the contamination prior to sanitization.  This is far more complicated than a tile or linoleum floor.

When (not if) you have a sewage mess, call the experts at SERVPRO!

We've Performed at MSG!

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van at Madison Square Garden SERVPRO van parked outside MSG

At SERVPRO we have the pleasure of serving businesses both large and small.  Disasters come in all shapes and sizes including leaks, fires, floods, commercial cleaning, and COVID-19 cleanings.  We've been honored to help local food pantries, high-end restaurants, and everything in between. 

We take great pride in performing our commercial services with the utmost speed and attention to detail.  Our focus is to be as inconspicuous and limit business interruptions for our customers.  This may include services on an emergency basis or scheduled work after hours.  Our initial consultation with the business owner/manager is always focused on limiting our impact on the business.  

Some of our prior clients include the following categories:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

If your business needs commercial cleaning services there is no job too big or too small for the professionals at SERVPRO!

Sewage Clean Up Services

5/30/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Clean Up in Fair Haven Image of a recent SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch sewage clean up in Fair Haven, NJ.

Sewage leaks in your home or business can happen for a variety of reasons.  I found out the hard way that when a toddler flushes a plastic hammer down the toilet it may get past the toilet itself but can get lodged in the pipe further down the system causing a block.  This blockage caused a bathtub full of water to come shooting up through the first-floor toilet (lowest point) when it could not exit my home just as Superstorm Sandy was hitting.

All sewage leaks should be considered extremely hazardous to your health.  Besides the obvious foul smell and disgusting nature of the material, sewage can harbor a variety of harmful bacteria that can cause illness for but humans and pets.

At SERVPRO, our technicians are trained to deal with these incidents and have the proper equipment to do it safely.  Depending on the type of material that is contaminated a variety of equipment and techniques may be used.  For example, soft porous material will need to be extracted to remove the contamination prior to sanitization.  This is far more complicated than a tile or linoleum floor.

When (not if) you have a sewage mess, call the experts at SERVPRO!

Wet Memorial Day Weekend

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Memorial Day Storm in NJ It is going to be a wet Memorial Day Weekend here in NJ!

It is going to be a very wet Memorial Day Weekend.  Hopefully, we will catch a break on Monday and be able to get out to honor our veterans.  In the meantime, take a moment to prepare for significant rain and possible flooding.  The National Weather Service is forecasting a couple of inches of rain across NJ with the potential for flooding along the coast, rivers, and low-lying areas. 

As the first heavy rains of the season approaches, here are some quick tips to check and prevent water damage:

  • Check your gutters and downspouts – if you have had any new landscaping or mulch installed check to make sure the water will flow freely away from the structure
  • Check your basement sump pump to make sure it is operational
  • Make sure items are on shelves or otherwise raised off of basement/ flood prone floors
  • Make sure the patio furniture you just put out is secured
  • Turn off the gas line to your grill

If you experience any water damage rest assured that SERVPRO will be ready to respond and provide assistance 24/7/365.

Mold is Everywhere

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Extreme Mold Infestation Living Room covered in mold.

Did you know that mold is everywhere, both outside and inside your home?  The spores are constantly floating around and cause little adverse issues until they find a nice moist place to grow.  This is where small leaks in roofs, pipes, basements, windows, etc. can create a serious problem for both health and property.

Places where mold often appears include:

  • areas where leaks occur, especially behind walls and concealed by sheetrock
  • where flooding has occurred
  • areas that routinely get wet (where is your dog's bowl?)
  • windows where condensation builds up
  • places where the air does not circulate well
  • wet cellulose materials are most supportive of mold growth.

Molds produce spores, which spread by floating in the air. Mold spores are present in all indoor environments. There is no way to prevent spores, and they can persist in conditions where mold itself cannot grow.

Mold spores thrive in environments that are moist and warm, so when they land on a damp spot, they begin to grow.

Molds can grow on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper, wood, glass, and plastic. As they grow, they may digest the material they are growing on. 

Molds are classified in three different ways:

Allergenic: Molds that cause and produce health effects.

Pathogenic: Molds that cause health effects in those suffering from an acute illness.

Toxigenic: Molds that produce toxic substances that can lead to health effects. This is sometimes referred to as “toxic mold.”

PROFESSIONAL MOLD REMOVAL

Getting rid of mold is a very complex undertaking. Not only is mold difficult to identify, but it’s also dangerous to be around. SERVPRO uses mold remediation equipment and techniques that protect both you and our team.  Our remediation strategy is specifically designed to address the damage that has already occurred and prevent the problem from recurring.

Not sure if there is an issue?:

SERVPRO intentionally does not do mold testing to prevent any potential conflict of interest.  Often times the mold is obvious to our technicians.  If there is uncertainty, we can recommend a reputable testing company that can help.  Based on their findings we will develop a plan to address the remediation.

Call us today for more information.