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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.

7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement

Basements were once used solely as utility rooms that housed furnaces, laundry areas, and overflow storage for seasonal items, tools, and sometimes even root vegetables. Today, with the high cost of above-grade living space, many homeowners choose to finish parts of their basements to serve as living areas. While this is a great way to gain more space, if characteristic basement problems aren't resolved first, occupants of these finished spaces may be exposed to a higher risk of some health problems. Even if you have no intention of using your basement as living space, health hazards that originate there can spread to other parts of your home. It pays to be aware of the risks that dwell in your basement and that could potentially affect your family’s health.

1.Mold

Basements are damp, which is precisely the environment in which mold thrives. Any kind of mold, not just the deadly black stachybotrys variety, can lead to respiratory problems. Typical health symptoms associated with the inhalation of mold spores include a runny nose, excessive sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, or dry, itchy skin. Those with allergies can suffer broader, more intense respiratory effects, including difficulty breathing and chest tightness. To reduce the risk of mold, use a dehumidifier, seal cracks in the foundation, and replace carpeting with tile, vinyl, or another appropriate hard flooring.

  1. Non-Vented Dryer

Not every basement laundry area enjoys adequate dryer venting from the basement to the outdoors. Rather than running a vent pipe to the outside of the house, some homeowners opt to outfit the dryer with a device that catches lint and then recirculates warm air from the dryer throughout the basement. Unfortunately, the exhaust from the dryer also includes chemicals from laundry detergents, which are released into the basement air where they can trigger respiratory problems. If you spend any time in your basement, have your dryer vented to the outdoors.

  1. Sewer Gases

Sewer gases contain not only methane, highly toxic ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide, but they also include fumes from solvents and other chemicals that have been introduced into the sewer system. Sewer gases are most likely to enter your home through a dry basement floor drain: When the plumbing trap, which is designed to block gases, dries out, sewer gases will seep into the basement. To prevent health problems that come from exposure to sewage fumes, regularly flush basement floor drains with water. 

  1. Carbon Monoxide

Fuel-fired furnaces are expected fixtures in basements, but without proper care and maintenance, they can produce a deadly by-product of combustion, carbon monoxide. This gas can then seep into the rest of the house, where it can create health problems and a dangerous risk of fire. Carbon monoxide is odorless and invisible and may not be noticed until occupants experience symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headache, dizziness, or loss of judgment. At high concentrations, carbon monoxide can even lead to death. If you have a gas- or oil-fired furnace, have it inspected annually, and use carbon monoxide detectors in the basement and in upstairs rooms.

  1. Stored Solvents

Basements are a favored storage spot for leftover cans of  paint, and adhesives. Storing half-empty cans of chemical-laden mixtures can, however, introduce toxic substances into the air, because it's difficult to seal cans completely once opened. Exposure to those chemicals, also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can lead to allergies and disorders of the central nervous system, and long-term exposure can result in chronic health problems. Inspect your stored solvents and discard any that appear to have leaked. And, the next time you buy paint or varnish, choose low-VOC products to minimize your exposure to toxins.

  1. Lack of Ventilation

If you’ve ever noticed a stuffy smell when you've entered a basement, that odor is most likely the result of poor ventilation. While stuffy air below-grade won’t affect anyone living upstairs, it can trigger asthma attacks or other respiratory problems in those who spend time in a basement bedroom or rec. room. If you’re going to use your basement as a living space, your best bet is to tie it into your home’s central HVAC system and open the basement windows frequently, even on chilly days, to let in fresh air.

  1. Radon

Radon gas, which is produced by the radioactive decay of uranium, is present in soil, rocks, and even in the air you breathe. In small quantities, radon doesn't present a health risk, but when it's concentrated in a closed environment like your basement, it's a different story. In high-risk areas, radon has a tendency to seep through basement cracks. Radon can then become trapped in a poorly ventilated basement, where it can threaten the health of occupants and potentially increase their risk of developing lung cancer. Keep track of radon levels in your house by installing a couple of radon detectors. If a detector senses high levels of radon, the EPA suggests that you have your home treated by a radon remediation expert.

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

Rely on this info to keep your home safe from flames and your defenses up to date.

Check for an expiration date. 

Look for a paper tag on the fire extinguisher showing a record of maintenance. It may not connote an expiration date, but if the oldest date on the tag was more than 10 years ago, your extinguisher’s days are likely numbered—it may already have lost its ability to fight flames.

Next, inspect the pressure gauge at the top. 

If the needle is within the green area, your extinguisher should be in working order. If so, set up a monthly reminder on your calendar or your phone to continue checking the gauge. A needle in the red or white area indicates that it requires service.

If the extinguisher has no gauge, it’s probably an older model, which means it would be wise to take it to a professional for testing and, if necessary (and possible), recharging.

Bring the unit to a fire extinguisher expert for a professional determination to see if it can be recharged.

 To find a local pro, search online for “fire extinguisher specialist” and include the name of your city and state. A professional recharge typically runs between $15 and $20, a bargain compared to a new extinguisher, which will likely cost $100 to $200.

Store a fire extinguisher in a clean, indoor location can help extend its life. Exposure to sun, UV radiation, wind, or rain can cause corrosion, rust, and deterioration. Excessively dusty or dirty environments can hamper the device’s ability to function properly.

Know the warning signs. There are several telltale clues that your extinguisher won’t work no matter what its age—and that, in fact, it poses a hazard all its own. If the canister is dented or bruised, or if the tamper seal and pin are missing, there’s a possibility that it might explode unprompted. Examine the entire unit and if it’s not in good shape, properly dispose of it without delay.

If your fire extinguisher is indeed expired or damaged beyond repair, dispose of it properly. 

Take it to your local hazardous waste collection site (find one locally with an online search) or local fire department (call first to ensure that the station accepts expired extinguisher drop-offs). Never throw a fire extinguisher into the trash or recycling bin, because it still has hazardous, pressurized chemicals inside that can contaminate the earth or even explode. Depending on where you live, improper fire extinguisher disposal may also be subject to a fine.

If you have any questions or concerns Please feel free to contact us at anytime 24 hours a day 7 days a week

SERVPRO OF PISCATAWAY

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6 Hidden Dangers In Your Home That You Need To Know About

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

6 Hidden Dangers in Your Home That You Need to Know About

You saved for years to afford your dream home. It has the kitchen you've always longed for, the perfect number of bedrooms, and a backyard that would make any space-loving squirrel jealous. However, lurking inside your home are dangers, hidden like villains ready to strike. Check out these ways your house might actually be trying to kill you and get some ideas for stopping it in its tracks.

1.Beware of Your Window Treatment Cords

The convenience of on-demand, natural light is something many of us never give a second thought. You pull the cord to open the blinds in the morning and go about your day. But one of the most dangerous places in your home is hiding in plain sight. Each month, a child dies due to strangulation from window cords.

If possible, houses should transition to cordless blinds and window treatments. If switching to a cordless option isn't in your budget, make sure cords are tethered and kept out of reach of children. Install a simple bracket to tie off window treatment cords; make it a habit to keep the ends wrapped up.

  1. A Dangerous Oasis in the Desert — Humidifiers

For those living in particularly dry climates, humidifiers area a lifesaver and in a lot of ways can be good for your health. They add much-needed moisture to the air inside your home and help soothe dry,irritated sinuses. What's not to love?

However, without proper use and maintenance, your beloved humidifier can turn your home into a breeding ground for toxic mold. If you run your humidifier continuously, the additional moisture can build up on surfaces — leading to accelerated mold growth. Try to limit the use of your humidifier to a few hours each day and take care to clean surfaces with mold-killing cleaners. There are also germ-killing humidifiers that use UV light to zap the mold spores and stop them in their tracks.

  1. Poor Quality Work and Lack of Permits

Beware of home improvement quotes that sound too be good to be true. When gathering bids for home repairs, it can be tempting to go with the lowest quote. After all, you think, it's just a simple addition to my garagewhy would I need to pull a permit?

"The risk with unpermitted work is that if there is an issue down the road, even years later, and the homeowner files a claim, an insurance company will investigate, "If they discover that the problem originated in unpermitted work, they will most likely deny the claim, leaving the homeowner on the hook for all the damages."

In addition to racking up a serious bill for you, unpermitted work can also pose serious safety hazards.

  1. The Aftermath of Leaking Pipes

"One of the biggest dangers that homeowners often forget about is behind the walls. Those pipes that send water throughout the home are susceptible to freezing or bursting,"

And due to their hidden nature, you may not realize you have a problem with a burst or leaking pipe until a decent amount of water accumulates. In addition to the thousands of dollars of damage and loss of valuables, leaking pipes also pose a longer lasting hazard: mold.

Mold can form in a home in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water contact.. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize the potential for damage. A water sensor, like the Z-Wave water and flood sensor, alerts you the second leaking water is detected — helping to mitigate, or even prevent, water damage and subsequent mold.

  1. The Stuff in Your House

You love the layout and just-so accents of your living room. You painstakingly picked out the hand-woven wool rug that compliments the rugged armchair passed down from your grandparents. Everything has its place and looks amazing— until you catch your foot on the edge of the rug and go flying head-first into your perfectly positioned coffee table. Every year people are hospitalized due to a fall in the home. Most falls are preventable with a few simple adjustments:

  • Secure rugs and carpeting to the floor
  • Remove clutter and unnecessary items
  • Store shoes, bags, and coats in a closet
  • Create proper spacing between furniture and decor
  • Ensure adequate indoor lighting
  • The Everyday Scents You Love

Who doesn't enjoy the lemony-fresh scent of clean dishes? Or the crisp-linen smell that comes from spraying your favorite air freshener?

However, you need to consider what creates those lovely scents: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are present in nearly every fragranced home product (cleaners, detergents, and air fresheners). High levels of VOC exposure can cause nose, throat, and eye irritation. Additionally, they have been known to cause cancer in humans and animals.

"Most people don't realize that when something containing VOCs goes into a dishwasher that it can be a disaster, "As much as you want sparkling glasses, that awesome dishwasher liquid is toxic when heated. The more concentrated and scented the product, the bigger problems you're going to have. The water transforms those chemicals into gas in your nice, airtight home."

What can you do? switch to natural cleaners, like borax, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, lemons, vinegar, and hot water. And explore the use of natural scents like eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree oils, and cinnamon to achieve the aromas you desire.

With a great home comes great responsibility. There are potential harms and risk around nearly every corner, but you don't need to be afraid. Armed with knowledge, you can karate-chop these dangers and keep your home the safe haven it should be for you and your entire family!

Any question feel free to contact us

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

14 Surprising Places Where Mold Hides in the Home

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

14 Surprising Places Where Mold Hides in the Home

One of the most common living organisms in the world may have taken up residence in your home, and you may not even know it.

Mold—the common name for thousands of different types of fungi—can grow wherever moisture and organic matter are present.

  1. Under the sink

Mold thrives in a warm, moist, and dark environment—like the one found under most kitchen and bathroom sinks. Check these areas for condensation or plumbing leaks, and wipe down the interior of the cabinet under the sink  with a bleach- or hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning solution to prevent mold from spreading.


2. Inside the Toothbrush Holder

A glass or ceramic container next to the bath room is a convenient spot to store a toothbrush. It's also, however, a perfect habitat for mold, which thrives on the water that drips from the toothbrush into the container. To prevent mold from growing, rinse and dry the interim of your toothbrush caddy on a regular basis. While you’re at it, wash the soap dish, including the underside, as well!

  1. In Your Filing Cabinet

Paper is constructed from wood pulp, which is an organic feast for mold spores. If your home experiences water damage or high humidity, then your paper files could become damp, putting them at risk of a mold feeding frenzy. Once paper has been contaminated with mold, it can be difficult or impossible to stop permanent damage to your files, so the best option is prevention. Be careful  in damp boxes, attics, or basements, and consider running a dehumidifier in your home office during the muggiest months of the year.

  1. On (or in) Toys

Small children put everything in their mouths, and their toys can get pretty slobbery and dirty. Even hard latex toys can accumulate bacteria and moisture, making them ripe for mold growth. A regular trip through the dishwasher  or washing machine should keep mold at bay.
5. Appliance Seals and Drip Pans

The seals, coils, and drip pans on many common household appliances, from refrigerators to washing machines, retain moisture—and where there's moisture, there can be mold! Add these hidden spots to your regular cleaning routine  to prevent mold from gaining a foothold.

  1. On (or Under) Floor Mats

The ubiquitous doormat is great for scraping mud, grass, or snow off your shoes, but daily use traps moisture in and under the mat, creating a hospitable environment for mold spores to grow. To combat the spread of mold, rinse your mats regularly and remove them from the doorstep to give them (and the floor below them) a chance to dry.

  1. Carpets and Upholstery

Drapes, upholstery, and wall-to-wall carpeting trap a lot of dust, dirt, and skin cells, which are all food for mold spores. Add in a spill or plumbing leak, and you have the perfect breeding ground for mold. Minimize your risk of infestation by vacuuming regularly, washing with mold-inhibiting cleaning solutions, and drying carpets  or upholstery thoroughly after a spill.

  1. Beneath Wallpaper and Drywall

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. Mold can hide behind wallpaper, under paneling, or even on the back side of wallboard. Make sure to regularly wipe down your walls and check the seams between ceilings and floors for any signs of mold. Before installing new wallpaper or drywall, prime the area with a mold-inhibiting paint to prevent any problems down the line.

  1. Plumbing and Ductwork

Pipes and ductwork can experience excessive moisture, especially in homes with average humidity levels of 60 percent or higher. To prevent mold growth on plumbing and ductwork, reduced indoor humidity levels to between 30 and 50 percent by weatherizing your home, fixing leaks, and running a dehumidifier. You can also consider installing an ultraviolet lighting system that will destroy mold spores as air passes through the ducts.

10.Around Boilers and Water Heaters

Boilers and water heaters typically have drains to remove the excess moisture and condensation that builds up in the course of normal operation. Unfortunately, these drains can become clogged or rusted, preventing liquid from being properly removed and encouraging mold growth on the walls, floors, even the air, around the malfunctioning unit. Inspect and clean your HVAC unit drains regularly to ensure that they are working properly and consider running a dehumidifier in rooms where moisture tends to collect.
11. Ceiling Tiles

Because pipes and ducts often run through the space above a dropped ceiling, this area is a magnet for moisture, dust, and mold. Tiles located around your HVAC vents are particularly susceptible to mold because warm, moist air is constantly circulating there. Inspect your ceiling tiles regularly to spot problems before they spread.

12.On Your Dishes

Everyone wants to save time and money, so it can be tempting to skip the dry cycle on the dishwasher to speed up dish duty and slash your energy bills. Just know that if you skip drying, you could be inviting mold into your kitchen. Dishes need to be thoroughly dry before you stack them in the cupboard, so if your dishwasher doesn't do the drying, you need to do it manually with a dish towel. Otherwise, you might find mold growing in between those stacked plates.

13.In Potted Plants

Over-watering will not only give your indoor plants root rot and drastically shorten their lifespan, but the excess moisture can also cause mold to grow on the surface of the soil and on the pots themselves.
14. In Your Car

Just as in your home, the carpeting, upholstery, and floor mats in your car can trap moisture and dirt, creating the perfect conditions for mold growth. To keep out moisture and mold spores, don't leave your car windows or sunroof open for long periods of time, and to prevent mold growth, Keep your car interior dry and clean. 

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FAQ'S About Mold

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

FAQ’S about Mold

Being knowledgeable about the causes and risks of mold, as well as how to best remove and prevent it from happening can help you successfully deal with mold problems or avoid them. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about mold in homes:

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that lives almost everywhere there is moisture, oxygen, and organic matter. Mold plays a significant role in nature as it helps decompose organic material. However, mold that is indoors  can cause structural problems to buildings and homes.

1.Where does mold grow in homes?

Mold commonly grows in areas that are prone to moisture, such as the basementand bathroom. Mold can also grow in hidden areas of the home, such as behind walls, under the floor, in the air conditioning, the crawl space or in the attic.

2.When does mold become a problem?

Although all homes have mold spores in them, larger patches of mold growth can cause health issues and structural damage. Signs of mold in the home include a musty odor and the visible black or white specks in areas of your home that have a water problem

3. Can I clean up mold myself?

As it is always better to hire a certified mold removal company, you might be able to remove small patches of mold yourself (which are smaller than 10 square feet). When you’re not sure how to remove mold, or if the infested area is larger than 10 square feet, contact a qualified professional.

4. How do I clean up mold?

 Mold is harder than most people think to clean up. You should wear protective clothing to reduce exposure to the mold. Then, you need to contain the mold, so that it doesn’t spread to other rooms. After that, fix the water problem and dry the affected surface. To clean up mold, scrub a mixture of household detergent and water on the surface (don’t use bleach).

5.How can I prevent mold growth in my home?

Preventing mold requires fixing moisture problems in your home. Repair leaks in the walls, roof, gutters, and plumbing pipes, keep indoor humidity at 30-50% by using a dehumidifier, ventilate appliances that generate moisture, and keep the gutter system clean.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help if you have any questions or concerns.

Call us 24 hours a day 7 days a week

732-752-4445.

What to do during Severe Weather Conditions....

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do during Severe Weather Conditions.... Broken pipe due to Storm Damage

What to do during a severe storms

  • If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Do not hesitate you can make it worse for you and your family.
  • You can use a cellular telephone during a severe storm, but do not use a land-line telephone.
  • If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you.

What to do during storm weather conditions

Blizzards

  • When a winter storm hits, stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress for the weather. Your jacket should have a hood. Wear mittens - they are warmer than gloves - and a hat, as large portion of body heat is lost through the head.
  • In wide-open areas, visibility can be virtually zero during heavy blowing snow or a blizzard. You can easily lose your way. If a blizzard strikes, do not try to walk to another building unless there is a rope to guide you or something you can follow.
  • If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and let someone know your route and arrival time.
  • If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, remain calm and stay in your car. Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side - away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow. Remember: you can't smell carbon monoxide fumes.
  • To keep your hands and feet warm, exercise them periodically. In general, it is a good idea to keep moving to avoid falling asleep. If you do try to shovel the snow from around your car, avoid overexerting yourself.

Hail

  • Take cover when hail begins to fall. Do not go out to cover plants, cars or garden furniture or to rescue animals.
  • Hail comes down at great speed, especially when accompanied by high winds. When a hailstorm hits, stay indoors, and keep yourself and your pets away from windows, glass doors and skylights which can break if hit by hailstones. Avoid using the telephone during a storm, and do not touch metal objects like stoves, radiators, metal pipes, and sinks.
  • When a hailstorm hits, find shelter and avoid underpasses or any low lying areas that may flood.

Ice storms

  • Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you.
  • Never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.
  • When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
  • Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia.

Lightning & Thunderstorms

  • Always take shelter during a lightning storm.
  • There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Safe shelter can be found either in an enclosed building or a hard-topped vehicle.
  • If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you are in danger of being hit. Seek shelter immediately.
  • Wait at least 20 minutes after the last lightning strike in a severe storm before going outside again.
  • During thunderstorms, you should also stay away from items that produce electricity, such as corded telephones, appliances, sinks, bathtubs and radiators

 If you are in need and have questions or concerns feel free to contact us here at SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445

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Tips for DIY Painting

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Is Your Home Ready for Spring Showers?

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

March has arrived, meaning April showers will soon follow. The promise of Spring is exciting, but spending the season worrying about your home becoming water damaged is not.

Readying your home for Spring showers won't take more than an afternoon and will give you peace of mind all season long.

We've handled water damage from a variety of causes and we know how much stress it can cause. SERVPRO knows how to keep rain out which is why we've compiled these tips to keep your home and family dry. 

  • Inspect for pre-existing water damage on the roof.
  • Clean clutter from gutters.
  • Reseal doors and windows.

While you're looking forward to the thaw of Spring, don't let fretting over water damage get in your way. Prepare for Spring showers by making sure your home is ready, so your family stays dry all season long. 

If you've experinced water damage, contact SERVPRO of Piscataway. We have a team of trained professionals ready and waiting to help get your life back to normal.

Smoke Detectors

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

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.