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How to stay safe in a Lightening and Thunderstorm

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

How to stay safe in a Lightening and Thunderstorm

Thunder roars loudly and can be very frightening – but by itself can’t really hurt anyone. Its two most fearsome companions however, can be very dangerous indeed:

  • Lightning kills an average of 31 people a year.
  • Hail can happen during any strong storm, hurling chunks of ice to the earth at speeds up to 120 mph – and they range in size from a pea to a grapefruit!

So to protect yourself, your family and home from these real dangers takes a little bit of knowledge and preparation. Here are some hail and lighting safety tips: 

Here are some hail and lighting safety tips: 

Know the “30/30” rule: When you see a lightning flash, start counting. If you don't make it to 30 before hearing the thunder, head indoors. Then stay indoors until 30 minutes after hearing the last boom of thunder.

If you’re already indoors:

  • Avoid using corded phones and electronics such as computers or power tools. Electrical wires can conduct lightning.
  • Don't use your cell phone during a thunderstorm.
  • Don't wash your hands, shower, wash dishes or do laundry. Metal pipes in the plumbing can also conduct lightning.
  • High winds and hail can shatter glass, so stay away from windows, skylights and doors.
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed to prevent hail-shattered glass from blowing in or flying around.

If you're outside when a storm hits:

  • Take shelter when you see dark clouds or lightning, hear thunder or feel hail.
  • Head for an enclosed building, rather than a carport or open garage.
  • No enclosed structure? Get inside a hardtop, all-metal car, truck or SUV. Avoid leaning against vehicles.
  • Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
  • If you’re in the water, head for shore immediately and avoid metal objects. Water and metal can both carry an electrical current.
  • Take care of your pets by bringing them inside. Doghouses are not lightning- or hail-proof.

To help lessen some of the potential damage from a lightning strike:

  1. Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could fall on your house if the tree is struck by lightning.
  2. Unplug appliances and electronic equipment when not in use.
  3. A major concern with hail is damage to your home’s roof. No roofing material is hail-proof, so look for hail-resistant shingles that carry a Class 4 UL rating. Learn what type of roofing material is appropriate for homes in your area.

Hail can also cause extensive damage to your vehicle. To help lessen that risk:

  • If a severe thunderstorm is predicted, park your car where it will be protected, like in a garage.
  • Driving when the storm begins? Head for an overpass, garage or carport – anything with a strong roof. If none are available, pull to the side of road, cover your face with clothing to protect yourself from any broken glass, and wait. Most hailstorms only last about 5 minutes.

If you experience any damage from such storm or any disasters

Feel free to contact us.

SERVPRO of Piscataway 24/7

732-752-4445

What to do After a House Fire

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

What to do after a House Fire?

Experiencing a house fire is a frightening, sickening, and very upsetting experience. In the aftermath of a fire, it is very important to know what to do to protect yourself and others from any possibility of further harm

Ask when it is safe to enter a house or other building on the property after a fire. Do not enter a house or other building that has been affected by a fire until you have listened to the professionals telling you that is okay to do so.

Know who to call after a fire.

  • Contact family members that may not have been with you. Let them know what happened, let them know that everybody is okay (if so) and let them know the information that is necessary.
  • After a house fire, don't assume that someone is going to contact your insurance. This is the number one thing that youneed to do. This will not only enable documentation of the event and set in train the insurance claim but your insurer will be able to talk you through emergency lodging and living expenses. The insurance company will also assist with clean up options.
  • If you are a tenant, contact the owner/landlord and/or their insurance company.
  • Anyone who you feel that could be helpful to you, not necessarily just an insurance company but it could be other things involved, such as the contents of your home and you need to contact a particular help group or business etc.
  • Understand what happens with a "fire report".A fire report will discuss what structure the house was in, what area was involved, the time of the incident, the date of the incident and it will have an incident number if it comes through a fire department. 

Know how to get a copy of a fire report. You may be able to call the fire department for a copy. For example, in Los Angeles, you can call the Fire Prevention Bureau, the Fire Marshall or the billing agency of the fire department. If arson is involved, the Arson Unit or equivalent will probably be able to get this information to you.

Secure the property. If you have not already being told to do so, it is important to secure your property to prevent possible looting. Talk to emergency services on how best to go about this. Most insurance policies require this.

Consider the clean up requirements. 

If your house has been damaged interior clean up will be required. We at SERVPRO of Piscataway can help you to clean up the damage with content pack and professional cleaning services of property or businesses.

Keep in mind that damage to the property often goes beyond what the eye can see. (Removal of a destroyed house should only be done by professionals.)

 The types of damage including soot, ash, charring, smoke, odor, etc.

  • Damage to a single room - this may be something you can manage yourself
  • Extensive damage - leave it alone and call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Piscataway 24 hours a day 7days a week. 732-752-4445

If water hoses were used to put out your fire drying your home is very important. It is best to hire professionals to do fire/ water combination clean up. Water damage can lead to more damage or even mold if not dried properly. Insurance companies will often have approved restoration contractors such as SERVPRO of Piscataway that you can call at 732-752-4445 for board up, structural drying, contents cleaning and structural cleaning and repair.

 Know how to handle smoke and soot damage after a fire. If you do make the decision to clean up yourself, be aware that soot and smoke damage might be significant and often creates a film on the walls. There will also be residue from the extinguishers used by the fire crew.

  • Soot- while there are many cleaning products available on the market, one of the most common is "TSP" or tri-sodium phosphate. Mix it with water according to the instructions and use a sponge. Wipe down the walls and let it dry.
  • Extinguisher residue- use a shop hired vacuum to remove the residue and any remaining dry soot.
  • Furnishings such as carpets, rugs, curtains etc. are best cleaned professionally if they are even salvageable
  • Open all doors and windows if possible. Even if it is freezing cold outside, let small bursts of fresh air circulate through. Send the kids to a friend's house for a bit while this is happening. They should not be around anyway, for fear of the potential for ingestion of chemical particles or other particles that might damage young lungs and immune systems.

Hurricane Safety Checklist

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Safety Checklists

The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared.

By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.

You should stock six basics for your home:

Water, Food, First aid supplies, Clothing and Bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items.

Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container,

Possible containers include

a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.

Water

  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*

Food

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs

First Aid Kit 
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
  • (1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing.
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
  • (2) triangular bandages.
  • (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
  • (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
  • (1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • (6) antiseptic wipes.
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
  • Adhesive tape, 2″ width.
  • Anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Cold pack.
  • Scissors (small, personal).
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Laxative

Tools and Supplies

  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
  • Emergency preparedness manual*
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
  • Flashlight and extra batteries*
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)

Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding

Sanitation

  • Toilet paper, towelettes*
  • Soap, liquid detergent*
  • Feminine supplies*
  • Personal hygiene items*
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

Clothing and Bedding
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots*
  • Rain gear*
  • Blankets or sleeping bags*
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Possessions and Documents

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

If you Have any question feel free to contact us at

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage, ducts cleaned or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: SERVPRO Commercial Services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Have Any Questions?

 Feel Free to Call Us 24/7 – (732) 752-4445

Emergency Ready Profile

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile

No one every plan’s for a disaster but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens”

But by developing a SERVPRO Emergency ready profile for your business you can minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

ARE YOU READY?

Preparation is the key component for making it through any disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. 

THE SERVPRO EMERGENCY READY PROFILE ADVANTAGES:

  • A No cost assessment of your facility. -This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. - It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. It will save you a lot of time if ever needed in future.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. -This can help minimize the amount of time your business inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes you local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. –You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. –This saves time and so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details sucj as shut- off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are

“Ready for whatever happens”

Call us Today to Get Started!

24 hours a day 7 days a week

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Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

When water damage occurs in your home or work place, avoid the frustration and potential risk of handling the cleanup yourself.

Let SERVPRO of Piscataway quickly respond with the correct equipment and materials to get the job done.

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

The key to avoid a costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property.  The two things to do for a water restoration is to act fast and thorough drying.

  • Identify the source of water and take immediate steps to stop further intrusion
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and other table top items.
  • Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall to wall carpets
  • Avoid using electrical devices while standing on wet carpet or floors

If you have any questions feel free to contact us 24/7 days a week

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

“Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO 1-4-8 Service

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO 1-4-8 Service

24 Hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your belongings residential or commercial.

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.

SERVPRO of Piscataway will provide a timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims and document restoration.

These Services ensure your belongings are restored to preloss conditions when possible while providing security in knowing normal business functions can resume in a timely manner.

1-Within 1 hour from notice of loss we at SERVPRO of Piscataway will contact you to arrange for services

4-Within 4 Hours of loss notification, a professional will be onsite to start mitigation services.

8-Within 8 hours of onsite arrival a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

What you should and should not do until help arrives is

Do’s

Limit movement in the facility to prevent soot particles from being spread  and additional damage from occurring

Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas.

Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet

Do Not:

Wash any walls or painted surfaces.

Shampoo carpet or upholstery.

Clean any electrical equipment.

SERVPRO of Piscataway  Professionals are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year

732-752-4445

Things to Prepare for a Hurricane

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

When preparing for a Hurricane there are thousands of things running through your mind,

Top 10 things you need to keep in mind or have a list of while you prepare for the forthcoming hurricane:

  1. Always remember to turn off the gas to prevent any gas leaks from broken or damaged gas lines. This may create dangerous situations if left unchecked.
  2. Stock up on battery powered flashlights and a radio. It is advised to avoid using candles, especially around children or pets. Remember to keep a check on the radio for further safety instructions that will be broadcast.
  3. Have at least a two-week supply of any prescription medications, as well as personal care items that include tooth brushes and toothpaste, and other hygiene products.
  4. This is important: Make sure all the vehicles have a full gas tank in case you need to make an emergency departure before the storm arrives.
  5. Remember to select the innermost part of your home (the ground floor is recommended) to ride out the storm, but not a basement or cellar. In the unfortunate event of flooding, those areas of your home may make it impossible for you to escape. Remember to stay away from all windows and glass doors.
  6. Since flooding caused by tidal surge is the leading cause of death and destruction in hurricanes, it is crucial for you to be aware of your surroundings. If you observe water coming into your house, get to an upper floor immediately.
  7. Have a well-stocked first aid kit in the event of any accident in the house. Bandages, cotton balls, disinfectants, antiseptics, antibiotic creams, aspirin, Tylenol, and a thermometer are some of the basics things that you will need. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
  8. You may want to purchase an average-sized portable generator. This is especially important if someone in the household is on oxygen or other electrical powered medical equipment. However, if you do use a generator, be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions that come with it, and do not operate it indoors as that may lead to serious carbon monoxide hazards.
  9. Remember to have an ample supply of bottled water and non-perishable food stuff that can be prepared and eaten without having to be cooked. Be sure to have enough food and water for everyone, including pets, to last for a week. It is advisable to keep a can opener and a clean, sharp pocket knife handy.
  10. Most important of all: Do not wait until the last day to purchase supplies (food, water, etc.) or you run the risk of ending up with very little supplies, or even none, in the end. It's a good idea to stock up on all non-perishable stuff as soon as possible.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help in such disasters.

Feel free to contact us at  732-752-4445 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Water Damage Facts

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is a problem that most property owners dread. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollar’s worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to remediate.

We at SERVPRO Of Piscataway  can make the cleanup process easier to handle.

Here are three facts about water damage that will help you secure your home and respond properly to a potential disaster:

  1. The Type of Water is Important

Generally speaking, there are three types of water that invade homes: rainwater, fresh water and sewage. Depending on the type of water in your home, you may need to approach any contact or cleanup efforts differently. Sewage can contain harmful bacteria and make you violently ill. Fortunately, telling the difference is often easy, as it will typically smell just as terrible as you would expect. If you think that you are dealing with sewage.  We at SERVPRO of Piscataway can cleanup and will have the proper tools and equipment needed to handle the problem safely.

  1. The Trouble Doesn’t End When the Water is Gone

Once the water is removed you might feel a bit of relief, But that doesn’t mean there isn’t moisture still lurking in the shadows. When moisture is hidden in walls, crawlspaces and below floorboards, it can eventually lead to mold.

 Mold is toxic and can cause damage to structural elements in the home, leading to more problems. Make sure you have a mold prevention expert inspect your property to ensure this dangerous substance isn’t invading your home.

  1. Attics Are a Cause for Concern

The most common source of water damage is a leaky roof or malfunctioning gutters, which means your attic is at the highest risk for water damage. Make sure to have your attic inspected regularly by a water damage professional to make sure that a small leak isn’t turning into a serious problem.

If you Have any Questions or Concerns

Feel free to give us a call anytime 24/7

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Fire Safety Prevention Tips

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Prevention and Preparedness Tips

Questions to ask yourself…..

  • Do you have a properly installed smoke detector?  When is the last time you tested it and changed the batteries?
  • Do your children know what the alarm on your smoke detector sounds like?
  • Do you have an escape plan?  Have you practiced it with all members of your household?
  • Do your younger household members know how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL?
  • Do you have properly working fire extinguishers in your home and do you know how to use them?

Practices makes for a more prepared family.  Although there is no way to predict how you will react during an emergency situation, one of the most important things you can do, especially for younger members of your home, is to practice how to handle a fire in your home.

Once the fire is over, it is difficult to pick up the pieces.  If you were home when the fire began, you may have a lot of emotional ups and down.  The last thing you should have to worry about is coordinating contractors to get your house back to its original state and get the fire, water and smoke damage repaired.  

Here are a few tips for preventing fires at home:

Avoiding Electrical Outlet and Wiring Fires

Electrical fires account for about 24,000 residential fires every year. Some of the most common causes of these fires are due to everyday usage of power cords and electrical outlets. Here are a few ways you can reduce these electrical hazards.

  • Avoid using outlet extenders or power strip bars that can overload electrical circuits
  • Replace all frayed or damaged electrical cords
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with furniture or rugs

Kitchen fires are very common.

  • Refrain from microwaving materials such as aluminum foil, Styrofoam or paper products
  • Never leave pots or pans unattended on a hot stove
  • Keep your stove top and oven clean. Built up grease and other residue can ignite when exposed to high temperatures

How to Prevent Appliance Fires

Home structure fires are often the result of common household appliances. Every year, dishwashers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators and toasters can become a fire hazard. Make sure to inspect and maintain your appliances to minimize the risk of fire.

  • Remove lint from your dryer after each use
  • Avoid using portable heaters and keep them clear of any materials such as curtains or blanket
  • Have your heating system, chimney and fireplace serviced regularly. Be sure to never burn cardboard boxes or wrapping paper in your fireplace

Fire Prevention in the Garage and Outdoors

Our yards and outdoor spaces are often extensions of our living spaces. Hosting summer parties or barbecues and sitting around the fire on cold, winter nights are a lot of fun. And they are great ways to spend quality time with family and friends. But, hosting outdoor events can also increase the risk of property fires. Make sure to take the following precautions to fully enjoy your outdoor space.

  • Properly prepare the area surrounding your backyard fire pit by raking the area and keeping it clear of any debris
  • Be sure to properly extinguish any smoldering materials. Smoldering materials can burn for days before igniting a fire
  • Avoid garage fires by storing oil, gas, paints and varnishes in a shed away from your home

How to Stay Safe in Case of a Fire

  1. Install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms and outside any sleeping areas
  2. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each month and replace the device’s batteries if they’re not working
  3. Create a fire escape plan with all family members and practice the plan at least twice a year
  4. In case of fire, get out and call for help. Never go back inside!

We suggest having two escape plans from every room. This is important in the event that one escape route becomes unavailable due to the path of the fire. It’s also very important to practice fire drills at least twice a year, especially with small children. This ensures they know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Remember, when it comes to fire safety, every second counts. Know the risks, eliminate unnecessary hazards and educate your family with escape planning. There are many ways to reduce the chances of having a deadly fire in your home. But, you should always have a fire escape plan in place. Never underestimate the power of preparedness when it comes to safety.