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What are the Most Common Reasons For Commercial Water Damage in Little Silver?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property The technicians are available 24/7 to restore your property and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training for handling all kinds of water damage in Little Silver commercial properties

It is easy to get busy and keep putting off inspecting your Little Silver commercial property for water damage. However, this can enable slow leaks to go on and cause a greater amount of damage to the building materials and contents. Some incidents happen suddenly, such as a sewage backup or floodwater issues after heavy storms in the area. Other frequently seen reasons for water cleanup restoration services by SERVPRO include:
    •    Broken or damaged pipes
    •    Leaking sprinkler systems
    •    Damaged roofs and windows

Can a Business Stay Open During Commercial Water Damage Cleanup?
Whether or not a Little Silver business can remain open during commercial water damage restoration services depends on the type of water in the structure and any safety concerns. For example, a sewage backup would result in closure due to the toxic nature of the water. Simultaneously, a sprinkler malfunction that drenched an office may also require closure because of the need to move out the contents of the area even though this water-type is clean.

The construction materials that make up the property can contribute to whether the business can remain open if the water spill is a level one or categorized as clean. Wet slab or tile flooring can also present significant slip and fall hazards. SERVPRO techs put up security tape to cordon off the worksite and inhibit unauthorized persons from entering.

Before reopening, the commercial property needs to verify as dry according to readings on the techs' moisture detection equipment and then sanitized to ensure both employees and customers enter into a clean and healthy environment when the business reopens.

SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch at (732) 858-5422 is the place to call when you have commercial water damage that needs cleanup and drying pronto. The technicians are available 24/7 to restore your property and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. About SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the Coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the Coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call us today for an estimate or proactive cleaning today.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Commercial Biohazard Cleanup

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

Accidents can happen at any moment at your business or commercial property. When the accident involves biohazards, you have to be extra cautious to make sure everything is cleaned up and restored properly.

A biohazard is defined as “a biological agent or condition that is a hazard to humans or the environment.” Some biohazards include pathogens such as MRSA or hepatitis that are known to be highly infectious. Because of the health risks, you should never attempt to cleanup biohazards on your own.

While every situation is different, there are several steps that are common to most biohazard cleanups. Here’s what you can expect if you’re in need of biohazard cleanup.

Safety Protocols

Before beginning any cleanup, the professionals will establish proper safety protocols. Sometimes an area might need to be quarantined with bio-tape and plastic sheeting. It’s important to follow the right safety measures to prevent further contamination.

Discarding Contaminated Items

Biohazard cleanup includes the removal of any contaminated items or materials from the scene that can’t be salvaged. Items are typically secured in specialized biohazard bags before being removed from the premises.

Sanitization

Disinfection is often done in multiple steps using several different commercial or hospital-grade cleaners that have proven to be effective and safe for biohazard cleanup. Deodorizers are also used to keep odors from developing as time passes.

Safe Disposal of Biohazards

After everything is disinfected, it will be time to systematically take down any quarantine structures and materials that may have been used.

In order to prevent contamination, any of the items that may have been exposed to biohazards are disposed according to established government regulations and industry standard best practices.

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch has certified professionals that have training for biohazard cleanup. SERVPRO also has specialized equipment that is necessary to properly clean up biohazards and prevent the risk of further contamination.

If you require help with biohazard cleanup and restoration for your business or commercial property, just call our team and we will be there "Faster to any disaster."

Why Commercial Losses Differ From Residential Losses

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Imagine coming to work on a Monday morning, only to find that the sink in the kitchen is broken and has been leaking water all weekend, leaving your office a wet, soggy mess!

While any loss can be devastating, there are things that make cleaning a commercial loss different than a residential one, the main one being that a commercial water or fire loss can create a loss of business as well. 

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available, and is equipped to handle any size loss. Our IICRC certified technicians are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.The sooner we arrive the sooner mitigation can begin and the sooner you can get back to business.

So when an emergency situation arises in your business, make sure you call SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch, and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Keeping Your Business Safe During Winter

12/7/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro Trucks in front of Office Building It can sometimes take a lot of manpower to clean up a business after storm damage. Taking precautions before a storm can save time and money.

Many areas of Monmouth County are considered to be in low-lying areas, especially in the Two River Peninsula area. If you own a business here, make sure you are prepared before any storm to keep your business afloat afterward.

Prepare by making sure you locate any important documents and valuables and store them in a location that will be dry and secure. 

Check your gutters and spouts to ensure they won’t be clogged when the storm hits, and make sure to have a working sump pump.

If needed, move any electronics or other costly items to a higher floor or at least try to raise them several feet off the floor to minimize any flood damage.

If your business facility floods, your first responsibility is to keep people safe.

Make sure to turn off electricity in any affected areas.  Even if there’s a power outage, the power may be suddenly restored without notice and could cause a shock hazard. If you choose to enter a damaged building, be cautious of any structural compromises or falling debris.  

Clean-Up ASAP

When flooding occurs, the quicker you can start your cleaning and restoration efforts, the better your chances of minimizing long-term damage and costs.

Reconstruction can’t happen until the flood-damaged area has been thoroughly disinfected and dried.

Be aware that although surfaces may feel dry to the touch, that doesn’t mean they are thoroughly dried.  If you are able to remove any wet items from the flood-affected area of your business, make sure they dry completely before you bring them back to where they belong.

Anything porous that gets soaked – like carpet, insulation, or molding – may be beyond salvaging. If so, these items will need to be thrown away to prevent risk of disease from contamination.  Items that can be saved will need to be disinfected and washed in the hottest possible water the item can tolerate. 

If your business suffers storm damage and requires professional cleaning and restoration, rest assured that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch has technicians with advanced training, skills, and equipment necessary to clean and restore your business.

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.

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 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.”

What to Do About Commercial Property Leaks

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

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:

Covered

  1. 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

Not Covered

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

What to Do If Your Business Is Damaged by Fire

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

If you’re dealing with fire damage to your business, you may be wondering what you’re supposed to do next.

The good new is: fire damage doesn’t have to mean the end of your business. According to statistics from FEMA, more than half of all businesses do re-open after disaster[1], and for many businesses, fire damage can become an opportunity to emerge stronger -- just like the mythical phoenix who rises from the ashes.

If you too want to rise above a fire disaster, here’s a simplified step-by-step guide for what to do when your business gets damaged by fire:

Call for Professional Cleanup & Restoration Services ASAP

When disaster strikes, you will want to call for professional help immediately. Once you are dealing with the aftermath, things can get very overwhelming, and knowing what steps to take can be elusive. 

This is why calling in the professionals at SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch can be the best move at this critical time.

Figure out who is responsible. 

Many factors will come into play, including whether you own or lease the building, who or what caused the fire, and how much insurance coverage you have. (Note: some insurance policies only cover the contents of your building, not all the materials actually used to construct your business.)

In many instances, you will need to wait until investigations have been completed by the local fire or police departments and/or your insurance provider.  Just make sure to keep the lines of communication open for information and additional instructions.

Make sure to salvage and safeguard all you can.

If the fire has destroyed windows, doors, walls, or your roof, you will need to act quickly to salvage and safeguard any property you can.

Any large holes in your structure should be patched to prevent further damage and minimize the risk of vandalism.  This is another reason it’s so important to call for professional cleaning and restoration help as quickly as is possible.

Contact your business stakeholders.

Your next step will be contacting everyone who may be affected by the fire damage. This includes any employees, business partners, or investors.  It also includes your customers – make sure to communicate the news about what has happened and tell them about your plans to emerge stronger.  Making this open declaration can help your own motivation in such a difficult circumstance!

Also, don’t forget to contact your insurance agent ASAP.  Some claims may require an inspection or consultation, and you’ll wanted to get the process started as soon as you can.

In most instances SERVPRO is able to help manage your insurance process and paperwork.

Make sure your documents are in order.

The insurance company will require documentation about your losses, so be sure to gather up your statements and receipts.

Another good tip is to take photos or video footage of the damage, even just using a smartphone.  This can be used as evidence for the extent of your losses.

Get back to business as usual.

Once you call fire damage restoration experts, they will be able to assist you in repairing not only damage from fire and smoke, but also any water damage that may have occurred during the firefighting efforts.

The experts of SERVPRO Eatontown / Long Branch are specially trained to mitigate any damage and oversee the entire restoration process, getting you back to business as quickly as we can.

5 Tips to Help Your Business Weather Out a Bad Storm

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Just when you think winter may be over, the New Jersey Coast can still see a major winter storm which can batter the Shore area with wind, rain, snow and flooding.

If you own a business that is in a high-risk area for flooding, these tips can help you minimize damage you may be unfortunate enough to endure

Get Prepared 

1. Store important documents and valuables and in a location that will be dry and secure. 

2. Check your gutters and spouts to ensure they won’t be clogged.

3. Make sure to have a working sump pump.

4. If possible, move any electronics or other costly items to a higher floor or at least try to raise them several feet off the floor to minimize any flood damage.

Safety First

1. Turn off electricity in any affected areas.  Even if there’s a power outage, the power may be suddenly restored without notice and could cause a shock hazard.

2. Be cautious of any structural compromises or falling debris ff you choose to enter a damaged building. 

3. Keep out of the floodwater as much as possible to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall hazards and bacterial contamination.

4. Be sure to wear protective clothing – including slip-resistant shoes, gloves, eye protection, and a mask – in order to minimize potential risks.

Clean-Up ASAP

When flooding occurs, the quicker you can start your cleaning and restoration efforts, the better your chances of minimizing long-term damage and costs.

Here at SERVPRO Eatontown / Long Branch our expert technicians are available 24/7 to respond to any flooding emergency big or small.  We have the advanced training, skills, and equipment necessary to clean and restore your business to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible.

Commercial Mold

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth is NOT a new subject. In fact, many commercial structures end up closing their doors to business for months due to mold contamination.  That is why in any large facility the importance of maintaining that facility to deter water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus.

Most mold growth is discovered after we get called to remediate a water issue, and we discover it growing behind removed material such as sheet rock, sink vanities, cabinetry, etc. In many instances, the mold growth has gone undetected for months, if not years.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems.

Mold Prevention Tips

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

Potential health concerns are also an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Obviously staying on top of moisture issues is the key to keeping mold under control.
Should your commercial building need mold remediation, remember that SERVPRO has specially trained technicians that can handle the job. No job is too large or small, and we are available 24/7.

4 Tips for Cleaning Your Commercial Property After Water Damage

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you own commercial property, you know that water damage can be horribly bad for business.  It can ruin your assets and disrupt the flow of transactions and productivity that keep your business growing. Whether you own an office building, a retail store, a restaurant, or even a manufacturing plant, whatever the size of your business, you need to get back to “business as usual” as soon as you can.

If your commercial property has been struck by water damage, you’ll want to act quickly in order to minimize any losses. Time is of the essence when it comes to salvaging what you own. Unfortunately, expensive items, like furniture and electronics, are often the most prone to be ruined by water damage, so you’ll want to do as much as you can and bring in assistance as quickly as you can to reduce the long-term costs.

If you’re dealing with water damage to your business, here are 4 tips that can help you deal with the problem and minimize the extent of the damage:

Cut the Power and Remove Any Salvageable Large Items

The first thing you must remember is the truism: safety first.

If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity, and focus on removing valuable assets from the affected area.  You might be able to salvage area rugs and carpeting if they are removed and dried quickly.  The same is true for electronics, furniture, and other important movable items you need for your business.

Remove as Much Water as You Can

There are multiple methods for removing water.  A sump pump can be an effective tool for removing lots of water and can sometimes even be rented from a nearby hardware store if you don’t have one on hand.  If It is possible to safely access an electrical outlet that is far enough away from the water, you might also be able to use a wet/dry vacuum.

If need be, manual methods of water removal can work.  Buckets, mops and towels can be safe and effective, especially if the water damage is contained to a delimited area.

Your professional cleaning and restoration services provider will be able to bring industrial grade tools and expert techniques to clean up your water damage, so if your problem is extensive, you will want their help as soon as possible.

Allow for Ventilation and Drying

Once you’ve cleared out as much standing water as you can, you want to speed up the drying process as much as possible.

Open any doors or windows to allow maximum ventilation.  If you have access to electricity, you can also use fans and/or a dehumidifier. Turn them up to the highest possible setting for the quickest results.

Clean and Disinfect

Once the water has dried out, use a disinfectant to clean the affected area and get rid of any bacteria contamination.

Make sure to wear protective clothing and use a 10% bleach solution or other proven disinfectant on areas where it is safe to do so.

You want to prevent any contamination from spreading and affecting other areas of your business property. This includes odor control and the prevention of mold growth.

If your business requires emergency professional cleaning and restoration services, your local SERVPRO experts are here to help.  We have the professional training, skills, and equipment to respond to any size water damage problem and restore you back to business fast.  You can reach SERVPRO of Eatontown/ Long Branch anytime 24/7 at 732-858-5422.

A Commercial Cleaning Checklist for Your Business

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Cleanliness is always a key component of a professional reputation. Customers, clients, and colleagues will always respond more favorably to a well-kept, fresh atmosphere.  Plus, you need to make sure your commercial property is a safe environment for all who enter.  This includes being proactive about potential hazards. 

To help make sure your place of business is as clean as it ought to be, here’s a commercial cleaning checklist:

  • Power wash all exterior building surfaces, sidewalks, and parking lots
  • Clean all the windows, including their accessories such as blinds and drapes
  • Clear out all gutters
  • Inspect for and remove any mold and mildew growth
  • Make sure air ducts and HVAC systems are clean and functioning properly
  • Deep clean any carpets or upholstery
  • Remove the accumulation of dirt, grease, and contaminants from hard floors, walls, and ceilings

Everyday wear and tear can build up overtime until the problem goes beyond the capabilities of your janitorial staff. Plus, certain challenges, like removing biohazardous contaminants, should always be left to specially trained professionals with the equipment, tools, and industrial grade products needed to restore your commercial property to business as usual.

SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch has been helping local business maintain their high standards of safety and cleanliness with a range of commercial cleaning services from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing odors to restoring damaged property.

Check out the wide range of commercial cleaning service we offer: www.SERVPROeatontownlongbranch.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

Mold in Schools

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

maintaining water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus at any large facility.

Mold growth in schools is not a new subject. In fact, just last year a large township in NJ was forced to close its schools for months due to mold contamination.  That is why in any large facility like a school or commercial building, the importance of maintaining that facility to deter water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems!

Mold Prevention Tips

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

According to the National Clearing House for Educational Services, the following symptoms may be caused by mold allergies:

  • Nasal or sinus congestion
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Skin irritation (rash or itching)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Watery, reddened, or burning eyes
  • Fatigue

Damp buildings and mold growth are recognized triggers of asthma attacks. 

Obviously staying on top of moisture issues is the key to keeping mold under control.
Should your school or commercial building need mold remediation, remember that SERVPRO has specially trained technicians that can handle the job. No job is too large or small, and we are available 24/7.

For more information, check out these links:

https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide

http://www.ncef.org/pubs/mold.pdf

Ready To Sell? How To Prepare Your Home For A Sale

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your home to sell

Selling your home can seem stressful, but there are plenty of ways you can make the process easier on yourself. By following some simple steps, you can more easily attract a buyer and maybe even negotiate a better sale price.

Before you bring anyone in for a tour, you'll want to make sure everything is in its best condition possible. What it all comes down to is getting your home as close to move-in ready as you can and presenting its best face to prospective buyers. Here are a few ways you can be sure to wow any interested parties.

 Tidy the landscaping and exterior

The first thing anyone will notice upon approaching your home is the landscape and the exterior. Making both look top notch is key to nailing your very first impression with the potential buyer.

Tidying up your lawn and shrubbery can go a long way to improving the overall look of the property, and you might even consider planting some flowers to bring a splash of life and color to your yard.

Be sure to wash your home if it needs it; power-washing the siding can go a long way to making the building look like new. Applying a fresh coat of paint to the entryway and laying down a welcome mat are nice finishing touches that will really make a prospective buyer feel like a guest.

The key is to make it feel homey and put together, so that a buyer can envision a simple transition from their old home to their new. This implied simplicity could be the difference between a sale or a walk.

Make any necessary repairs

Repairs are essential, as any savvy home buyer will be checking to ensure that everything is in working order. That means guaranteeing that there are no mold problems or other underlying damage that needs to be addressed.

If there are issues, tackle them before you invite prospective buyers to view the home. Consider contracting remediation services Like SERVPRO Eatontown/long Branch to deal with any mold, fire, or water damage that might have occurred over the years. Now is your chance to address these problems, before they chase off a prospective buyer.

Remove personal items and organize your space

It's important to downsize as much as possible ahead of time, packing away whatever personal items you can and only leaving those things in the living space that are absolutely essential to your day-to-day life, or those that give the buyer an idea of what the home looks like when furnished.

Buyers want to picture the space as theirs when searching for a new home, so make it as easy as possible on them by removing family photos, keepsakes, or any décor based on your identity and personality. Help them see themselves in your home, and closing a deal will likely become easier.

Provide a squeaky-clean interior

Finally, no buyer wants to imagine hours of hard work scrubbing the home they just bought with their hard-earned money. Providing a squeaky-clean interior will go a long way to closing the deal.

Selling your home takes a lot of time and energy, so consider partnering with a professional cleaning service like SERVPRO Eatontown/Long Branch to get the job done quickly and efficiently, without having to divert your focus from the many other tasks at hand.

Once everything is repaired, cleaned, and shaped up, it's time to bring in your leads. If you've crossed all your T's and dotted all your I's, odds are you'll get some immediate reactions and likely seal that deal sooner, rather than later.

More Than Remediation

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Clean air ducts are important for maintaining good air quality.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch offers more than water and fire cleanup and remediation? We offer a host of cleaning services for our commercial clients who don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils their office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of regular janitorial staff, can call SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, our commercial clients can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best!

Among the services we offer our commercial clients are:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Commercial Structures need rapid remediation

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Broken water pipe completely soaked this office space in Eatontown, NJ

When a home experiences disruption due to water, mold or fire damage, it can be difficult to think things can get back to normal. The quicker a family can get back to normal life, the better everyone feels. 

It is just as important to get commercial spaces up and running quickly. The longer the loss of time means the greater loss of business. At SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch we strive to get businesses back in operation with as little interruption as possible. We make every effort to be quick and thorough, making sure that every detail has been taken care of and remediation is complete.

We are equipped to service the following, no space is too large or small:

  • Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Schools

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is available 24/7/365

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available, no matter what time of day or night.

Nobody can predict when a water heater will burst, a pipe will break, or your stove will catch fire while you’re cooking. That is why SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Within minutes, water will quickly spread, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Within the first 24 hours drywall begins to swell and break down, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and furniture begins to swell and crack. The earlier SERVPRO can get to the scene, the faster water can be extracted from the area and the important step of drying and mitigation can begin.

Fire and smoke is especially destructive. Not only does the structure suffer physical damage, smoke and soot can creep into tiny spaces and settle there, leaving a lingering odor and settling in air ducts, furniture, clothes, and crevices.  In many instances property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

Immediate response can mean all the difference in further issues .If you wait too long, there is the possibility of  the appearance of mold and mildew, wood flooring begins to swell and warp or metal and paint being affected. The longer an area remains unmitigated, restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

So remember that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is available day or night, we are always on call, and we’re here to help.

Will You be Ready for a Disaster?

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water leaking from the upstairs completely destroyed the sheet rock ceiling on the lower floor.

Disasters like water damage, fire damage or flood, no matter how big or small, can never be predicted.  But you CAN prepare for them!


The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.  Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, no matter how big or small.

According to the latest industry research, 50% of all businesses never recover after a disaster. Of the businesses that do open, approximately 75% of those businesses had a plan in place.

One of our most effective tools in helping customers in the event of an emergency is the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile. This profile provides all the critical information needed in emergency situations, and minimizes business interruption.

The main reason to have an ERP done for your facility or home is:

  • It provides a concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • It is a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • It is an identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • It provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

This invaluable service is offered at no cost to our customers, and leaves them with peace of mind that their home or office will be ready for whatever happens.

This service can also be done for residential properties, so homeowners can rest assured they have the information at hand when a disaster strikes.

Be prepared! Call SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile and rest easily in knowing that we will be faster to your disaster!