Tips for DIY Painting
Painting is one of the most common DIY tasks that homeowners undertake. From refreshing a room to a full-on home remodel, handling your own painting is a great way to make the budget stretch farther. Adding new color to a wall is exciting, but don't skip over the important prep work before you pop that paint can open.
Painting over dirty walls isn't a common DIY horror story, meaning that most homeowners aren't aware of the risk it brings. No matter how thin your budget is stretched, a wall cleaning service is an investment that will mitigate the need for costly repairs later on. SERVPRO of Piscataway has seen a lot of damage sue to improper paint jobs-which is why we've put together a list of precautions so it doesn't happen to you!
###Dirty walls won't let paint adhere. Your walls hold on to more than you think-like grease and residues.
###Chips and flakes might plague your walls, grease can wreak havoc, but dust bunnies and dirt can cause just as much damage. Painting over debris will cause bumps and ridges that over time can lead to flaking.
Painting is fun, but accidentally botching a paint job is not. Saving the extra headache and expenses by investing in a professional wall cleaning service will make sure your project is done properly for paint that lasts a lifetime.
Whether you're remodeling or just want your walls to feel like new, SERVPRO of Piscataway's trained team of professionals can make your walls sparkle.
Spring has sprung, unless of course you live in the North East. Then it still feels like winter. The ground hog was right this time for a change. But on a serious note it is time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. This simple project can save you and yours families life. The rule of dumb is that you should change your batteries twice a year. Thus using spring and fall as your reminders.
Hoarder Homes are tricky, and no two houses are identical.
The key to cleaning a hoarder's house is understanding the total amount of work to be completed. This includes the job hazards, the time frame to complete the project, and the different components of the job.
Depending on the situation, the client may want a complete clean out, a re-organization and sterilization, Air duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, and other home repairs.
Other times, there may be only a portion of the job that the client desires to be completed.
Here are the steps to Cleaning and Organizing a Hoarder Home....
Itemize: Each and every job is different. Some customers only want debris removed. Be careful and safe in what you are removing. Most times there is only one way in and out of the home, make sure to make a clear area in another room so there is always 2 ways to get out in an emergency.
Prepare a Staging Area: Staging areas are needed to make sure you know what content is being kept as well as thrown away or donated. Many times there is no room in home so if there is a designated outdoor space this could be very helpful.
Identifying Where To take Debris and Trash Removal: Many jobs require a large amount of debris to be removed. Once the debris has been removed from the home it is critical to remove from the property to avoid the customer from rummaging and bringing things back in the home. Using dumpsters for large jobs is suggested.
Once all the content and garbage is removed from the home and all that is left is the remaining things that will stay in home the home will need to be cleaned and disinfected with proper cleaning products
We at SERVPRO of Piscataway try to make this as painless as possible knowing that getting rid of items and personnel things can be difficult for some.
Please give us a call if you need any help in the Clean up process of your home.
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Commercial Water Damage
Removal of A Children's Daycare floor in Gym Area
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at 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 Piscataway
SERVPRO of Piscataway 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.
If you need any further assistance or have general questions Please feel free to call us
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Sewage in a basement
Sewer Backup in Basement?
Sewer lines transport waste water away from your home through underground plumbing that lead to local sewer mains. If a clog forms in the line or a line fails, it can create a raw sewage backup in your home. SERVPRO of Piscataway offers the corrective services you might need for such a traumatic situation.
How Dangerous is Sewage?
Sewage contains a mix of both water and waste products, which consists of both organic and inorganic materials, including human wastes, mineral salts, and garbage. Organic material decomposes quickly and emits odorous gases that can be hazardous to people's health, especially when they come from human waste. Organic material often contains disease-causing pathogens, which is why the fast and complete removal of sewage is critical after any backup. Sewage poses a serious health risk to any humans and animals living in the home. Sewage water is considered Category 3 water or black water.
When There's a Sewage Backup in the Basement.
Here are a few things you can do immediately.
Check all the toilets, sinks and waste pipes for blockages. If there is a blockage that you can clear, clear it. If needed, call a plumber for assistance.
Avoid using the toilets or sinks until the blockage has been removed. If it's a main line clog, the water will back up and then come up through the bathtubs or basement.
If the backup is in your basement, look for the cap on the basement floor and make sure that it's easily accessible for the plumber or remediation team as needed.
Safety Tip: If there is standing water in your basement due to the sewage backup, never enter the space while the power is on – this is VERY dangerous. Electricity and water can kill.
Dealing with a sewage backup and water in the basement can be dangerous. It is very important to assess the risks and damage before attempting any cleanup. Sewage contaminated water can contain a variety of bacteria and viruses. While not transmitted through the air, contact with skin can result in rashes or infection if you have even the smallest open sores or cuts. Accidentally touching your nose, eyes or mouth with hands or gloves contaminated by sewage can make you sick. When you find a sewage backup in the basement, it's beneficial and often safer to call in the professionals.
Call us at SERVPRO of Piscataway for any questions or concerns 732-752-4445
Spring cleaning time
As we are all ready to get rid of these cold and frigid months.
Here comes Spring Cleaning time.
Some might see it as getting rid of clutter others might think it’s a total pain…But keep in mind it is not ONLY about cleaning the contents in your home.
It is also time to check electrical devices and outdoor products for safety.
We talk a lot about fire safety during the fall and winter, which makes sense given all the indoor and outdoor fires, space heaters, and holiday lights that tend to show up when it’s cold.
But now that it’s getting warmer, there are still plenty of ways to make sure fire protection is in your spring cleaning routine.
We at SERVPRO of Piscataway would like to share some tips in helping out in this process
- Make sure your smoke and carbon dioxide monitors are blown out for the dust that could have collected over the winter months. Also it is good to perform a monthly check by pressing the test button assuring the batteries are good.
- The leading cause of fires caused in home is the Clothes Dryer and failure to clean them. So as many people think “I will clean lint trap on the next load” it is important to make sure it is cleaned each and every dry cycle. Also check the drum to make sure excess lint has not fallen in. Make sure the dryer area is clear of flammable products such as cleaning products and cardboard boxes.
- Nothing says Spring and Summer quite like “Grilling” Make sure you clean your grill very well in between uses for less grease fires that can occur if not properly cleaned, always check drip pan for excess grease. Before you turn on grill check that all connections are secure and that there are no frayed connection wires. If you turn on your tank and smell “GAS” immediately turn tank off. If using a charcoal grill make sure the coals are completely cooled down and throw away in a metal container.
If you may have any concerns or just have a quick question feel free to contact us
SERVPRO of Piscataway
Use House Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Although houseplants may be intimidating to those with a “Black Thumb” or fear of commitment, it turns out that there are many houseplants that need little to practically no care to improve the air quality in your home.
So How do House Plants Clean the Air you might ask?
Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air and at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which then produces oxygen through photosynthesis.
These plants remove the following chemicals that can be found in your home from your everyday cleaners and furnishings
Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Xylene.
Here is a list of some household plants that are good for improving the air quality in your Home:
- Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
It is called the Mother-in-laws Tongue because of its sharp, pointed leaves and because it lasts so long. This is one of the hardest house plants to kill. It’s awesome at filtering out chemicals found in toilet paper, tissues, and other toiletry products. It enjoys low light and humid conditions, which makes it ideal for bathrooms. In fact they prefer to be dry in between waterings and in the winter months they should be watered once a month.
- Aloe Vera
In addition to being easy to care for aloe makes some serious health claims. It’s great at removing chemicals from paints and chemical cleaning products.To maintain your aloe plant all you need to do is place it in a sunny spot, water deeply but sparingly. This plant also likes to be completely dry in between waterings. The plant's leaves contain a gel inside the spiked leaves that can be used to relieve cuts, burns and even help psoriasis.
3. Bamboo Palm
A superstar of filtering formaldehyde often used in furniture, these palms thrive in full sun or bright light. Part of the reason they can filter so much air is that they can grow to be pretty big—as tall as four to 12 feet high, making them exciting (and pet-friendly) indoor additions. During dryer winter months, the bamboo palm can also add a bit of moisture to the air.
Given that people spend more than 90% of their time indoors, air quality matters.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding how to maintain good air quality in your home
feel free to contact SERVPRO of Piscataway at anytime
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Mold in Winter Months
Mold is a word that can put fear in your heart as a homeowner. Mold in the home can make you and your family sick depending on what kind it might be. It also doesn't look very nice and can weaken your walls, ceilings and floors.
Mold is a type of fungus that naturally grows in many places, but inside your house it can pose a health risk and create negative air quality.
There are 2 types of mold Allergenic and Mycotoxin.
Allergenic mold is the one that is typically not a health risk unless you are sensitive to mold or have asthma.
Mycotoxin mold is toxic and hazardous for humans and pets and should be removed with extreme care.
We at SERVPRO of Piscataway will come to your home and perform an inspection to determine if mold is present and what steps need to be taken for remediation.
Here are some tips To prevent mold from occurring:
During the cold winter months make sure that your indoor humidity level is below 40 percent.
Remove possible sources of mold growth by vacuuming and cleaning. Pay close attention to bathrooms and rooms that generate a lot of moisture.
In bathroom and kitchen areas it is best to have and exhaust fan or open window when producing moisture from a hot shower. Exhaust fans should be vented to the outdoors and not in attic and crawl spaces.
Paper, books and clothing are food sources for mold so try not to store them in humid places like the basement.
If you are in need of assistance with what you may think is a possible mold issue feel free to call us at SERVPRO of Piscataway we are always here to help.
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Heating Safety Tips
Space heater safety.
We at SERVPRO Of Piscataway know that winter months can be very cold in your home.
Did you you know that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires? Here are some tips for the safety of your home when using alternate methods such as electrical heaters and fireplaces
Heating Safety Tips
*Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from any heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
*Never use your oven to heat your home.
*Make sure your heating equipment and chimneys are cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
*Test your smoke alarms at least once a month to ensure safety in home in case of a fire.
*Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed.
*Have a 3 foot or more distance "Kid-fee zone" around open fires and space heaters.
*If using a space heater that uses fuel, make sure only to buy the fuel that is specified by the manufacturer.
*Never plug space heater into a electrical strip always make sure its in a wall socket.
With these few tips you can help ensure the safety in your home more effectively. If you have any concerns feel free to call us at
SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445.
How to prevent frozen Pipes
Winter is here, and with freezing temperatures could come frozen pipes. Plumbing breaks and damage can be incredibly costly.
So we at SERVPRO of Piscataway, believe that preparation is the key to keep your pipes from freezing
Here are some Helpful tips In winterizing you pipes indoors and out.
*Locate your water main valve shut off, In case of an emergency you will be able to quickly shut water off. Knowing this information can save you thousands.
*In the Attic, Basement and crawl space, be sure to insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing. These can be purchased from any hardware store.
*Exterior pipes, make sure you know where all your outdoor spigots are and cover them with insulated spigot sleeves. Make sure outdoor water sources are shut off as well.
*Swimming pool and sprinkler pipes that are connected to the exterior of your home should also be covered with insulated pipe covers (sold at all hardware stores).
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us 24 hours /7 days a week.
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