How to Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family
Things needed for a Storm Emergency
How to Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family | SERVPRO® of Piscataway
In 2017, there was over $306 billion in damage related to natural disasters. Not being prepared for an emergency situation is a risk, and the number of severe weather and natural disasters makes it an even bigger one.
At SERVPRO®, we understand the importance of being prepared for emergencies. That’s why we’ve assembled tips on how to pack your family’s emergency preparedness kit, to help you stay comfortable and safe until help arrives:
Food and Water: For food and water rations, experts recommend packing a 72-hour supply for each family member. Not sure what to pack? Think of resilient items like granola bars, trail mixes or nearly anything you might find in a store’s camping section. Canned foods and dehydrated dinners are also viable options, but typically require the use of a camping stove or water heater.
Tip: Have pets? The same 72-hour rule applies to their food and water.
Stay Comfortable: When packing the emergency kit, remember that you might be dependent on it for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Things like blankets, pillows and a change of clothes might not be needed for a short time, but you wouldn’t want to go several days without them. Also, make room for practical items like hand sanitizer and paper towels, to keep the living space sanitary until help arrives.
Tip: Pack small, fun items for the kids—cards, books and puzzles are great for this.
Odds and Ends: Small items are easily forgotten, but can often be the handiest. Always pack first-aid kits, as well as any prescription medication, copies of important documents, and cash or travelers’ checks. Additionally, resourceful tools such as flashlights, headlamps, a Swiss Army Knife and duct tape are useful in a number of scenarios, without taking up too much room.
Tip: Feel like you’ve forgotten something? Take inventory of everything your family uses in a three-day period—chances are, if they use it, you should pack it.
If you need help preparing for or recovering from a disaster, SERVPRO can help. Contact our Piscataway location today 732-752-4445 to get connected with our team of professionals.
Commercial Restoration & Cleaning Services
When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Piscataway has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep-cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Piscataway to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your work space look its very best. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services.
Commercial Building Restoration Services
SERVPRO of Piscataway is available 24 hours a day to restore your South Plainfield property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services.
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Here's What You Can Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives
Here’s What You Can Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Piscataway
While damages from fire can often be mitigated with restoration, learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is still devastating. When you begin the cleanup process, to ensure the restoration is properly done, don’t cut corners by not hiring a professional.
Working with a professional has several benefits—not only will they work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, but they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. That being said, it’s understandable to want to begin cleanup right away, while you’re still waiting on help to arrive.
While most things should be left to the professionals, a few tasks can be done while you wait so you can get your life back to normal faster. If you decide you’re ready to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:Laundry
If your washer and dryer have not been affected by the fire, starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. By washing clothing, bedding and other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution, you’ll be able to get back to normal more quickly as most things must be washed several times. However, always leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.<3281e60039499717b91adc1197d56de9>Increased Ventilation
To reduce the smoky smell, open windows and doors, and keep them open as long as weather allows. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to ventilate further, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.<3281e60039499717b91adc1197d56de9>Preliminary Cleaning
Tile, countertops and other non-porous substances can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the initial layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to get a preliminary scrub taken care of. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so leave anything you’re unsure about to the pros.
If you’ve had damage due to a home fire, SERVPRO® has a team of trained professionals that can help your life get back to normal, faster.
Water Damage and the Types Of Pollution It Causes
Water Damage and the Types of Pollution It Causes | SERVPRO® of Piscataway
If you’re familiar with water damage, you’re likely familiar with terms like “black water” and “clear water” to describe the water pollutant levels left behind. Though the implication is that clear water is less hazardous than black water, the reality is that there are three types and they can all cause their own kinds of damage to your home or office.
Because we know the devastation that comes along with water damage, we’ve outlined the three types of water contamination you might come across and what these terms mean.<51d7ae60be3d2af28cb05e9322d502ae>Classifications of Water Damage
Category 1: The first classification, “clear water,” refers to water that has originated from a clear source and is free from contaminants. Water from broken inbound pipes, water supply lines, leaky faucets or direct rainwater would fall into this category. It is not recommended, but category 1 water should not be harmful if consumed.
Category 2: Grey water, the next category, is a bit more serious. This refers to wastewater generated from appliances, drain overflows or other types of typical household flooding. Because this water has come into contact with many surfaces, category 2 water is contaminated and will cause illness if consumed.
Category 3: The most notorious of the categories, category 3 water is commonly known as black water. Sewage overflows, rising flood waters or water that has remained stagnant and has begun breeding bacteria are all cause for concern and can cause illness or death if consumed.<51d7ae60be3d2af28cb05e9322d502ae>Categories Do Change
The nuances of water damage can become even more complicated after the initial flooding because water that starts as one category can easily advance to another. Water that develops higher pollution levels from coming into contact with surfaces or breeding bacteria can become even more dangerous as time goes on.
Because this is impossible to determine from appearance alone, professional cleanup is essential to obtaining peace of mind and a properly restored property.
If you’ve suffered from water damage in your home or office, SERVPRO®’s team of water restoration professionals is here to help!
Mold Growth Prevention for the Most Vulnerable Rooms
Mold Growth Prevention for the Most Vulnerable Rooms | SERVPRO of Piscataway
When you’re working on mold prevention, a well-ventilated home is a great place to start, but even the driest of homes will have damp spaces. Pipes, faucets and steam can all encourage mold growth, and the spores are notorious for their resiliency.
While the moisture is unavoidable, harmful mold growth is not.
We’ve handled quite a few mold cases, and we understand that even the most inconspicuous of situations can lead to the harmful growth. Mold infestations can be stressful, so use this helpful room-by-room guide to develop a prevention strategy for any home.
The bathroom generates the most moisture, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most mold-friendly areas in the home. Thankfully, prevention is as simple as a few regular habits:
- Each year, reseal tile grout to stop moisture buildup.
- Replace shower liners regularly and use a shower curtain that can be laundered.
- Crack a window or use a vent fan when steam starts to accumulate.
- Purchase a squeegee to rid the tub of excess moisture after each shower.
A laundry room isn’t the most likely room to harbor mold, but the pipes and machines themselves can lead to sneaky growth behind-the-scenes. Here’s how to prevent it:
- Examine pipes for leaks often.
- Remove clothes from the washing machine immediately after the cycle ends.
- Open washer and dryer doors after each use.
- Check the dryer vents regularly—lint can encourage mold to spawn.
Basements are notorious for dampness and mold, but they also have the most hands-off prevention strategies. Here’s how to keep your basement clear with a small time investment:
- Set up an automatic dehumidifier to keep humidity low.
- Clear out clutter that mold could hide behind.
- Insulate pipes to prevent sneaky leaks.
- Keep the foundation clear of standing water.
If you’re struggling with mold, SERVPRO of Piscataway knows how to help! Contact us today for tips on prevention or for mold remediation services.
Basement Floods We Are Here To Help
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Piscataway basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Piscataway and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
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How do Storms Form?
Where Do Snow Storms Occur?
According to the Natural Disasters Association, snow storms occur in locations where air and ground temperatures reach below freezing.
North America and Canada experience around 10 snowstorms a year, each affecting approximately 2.5 million people.
Snow storms are usually referred to as blizzards. They are characterized by strong winds, heavy snowfall and flooding caused by large quantities of melting snow. Areas along the eastern seaboard of the United States are the most common locations for snow storms during the winter. According to Science, the northern plains are the perfect location for blizzards because the flat terrain allows the wind to reach blizzard-speed requirements. The cold temperatures in the region also allow the snow to be light and easily blown around. A blizzard can cause the visibility to drop to about a quarter of a mile and can last up to three hours.
Intense snowstorms are usually accompanied by cold waves, ice or glaze, heavy snow, blizzards or a combination of these. A large snowstorm has the ability to destroy large areas and isolate and injure people and livestock in its path. Southern states also experience occasional severe winter storms that can present severe hardship and loss of warm-weather crops.
What causes a Winter Storm?
Winter storms develop when low pressure systems come into contact with a cold front or a warm front, which causes low temperature precipitation such as snow and freezing rain.
Common types of winter storms caused by low pressure systems include snow storms, ice storms and blizzard.
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Fire Escape Plan
Fire escape plan
Why Should You Create a Fire Escape Plan?
Every household should have some sort of fire escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action. Time is your biggest enemy when escaping from a burning building. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and can turn into a major fire.
When creating a fire escape plan, incorporate the following elements:
- When coming to a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob and the crack between the door and the frame to make sure that the fire is not directly outside. If the door feels hot, use the secondary exit. If the door feels cool, brace yourself against it and open it slowly.
- Do not waste any time trying to save your personal property. Instead, take the safest exit route.
- If you must escape through smoke, crawl low under the smoke and cover your mouth.
- Establish a meeting place outside of the home where everyone knows to go once they are safely out. Designate one person to go to a neighbor’s house to call the fire service.
- Never go back into a burning home for any reason.
You and your family should establish an escape plan that outlines at least two exits from each room in your home in the event of a fire. If the primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. It is also advisable to have a room in which you could all stay in if the worse was to happen. It would be suggested that this room also has a telephone so you can summon help. Make sure all the children know your address in case they have to telephone themselves.
Every member of your family should practice the escape plan each month both in the light and in the dark so that everyone knows how to feel their way out of the house. Special arrangements need to be made in consideration of any elderly people who may live with you and how you will implement the escape.
If you are concerned about how you would escape from your home in case of fire, we at SERVPRO of Piscataway will help you devise an escape plan that fits your families needs.
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Mold in the basement
Basement mold is often the result of a source of moisture — leaky foundations or condensation from appliances are typical culprits.
One of the first steps in the prevention of basement mold is to ensure that your basement is free of any moisture and doesn't support a damp, humid environment where mold can thrive. If mold in the basement is already a problem in your home, there are many options for the control and removal basement mold. Depending on the extent and severity of the problem, and the type of mold,you may need to explore options for professional mold removal. In particular, cases of severe toxic black mold growth may require professional care
Mold in the basement is a common problem, but by understanding how to identify problem areas and prevent and control mold growth, you can avoid the potentially costly and unhealthy spread of basement mold.
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Summer Weather Fire Tips
Summer weather means cookouts, Fourth of July fireworks, and all sorts of campfire fun as families across the country take advantage of the warm temperatures to get back in touch with nature.
It’s certainly relaxing to enjoy a beach bonfire with friends and loved ones, or roast marshmallows by the lake or in the backyard fire pit, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.
- Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.
- Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state). Sparklers might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.
- Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.
- Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.
- When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. A unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.
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