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Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Piscataway for Mold Remediation

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

If you ever incur a water damage situation in your home or commercial property, mold growth will likely follow. It is a known fact that mold growth can begin within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

If you are faced with a mold issue, knowing what next steps you should take is vital, which is why we’re offering an overview of mold remediation in this blog.

Info on Mold Remediation

There are many companies out there that advertise for mold remediation and mold removal, but the latter of the two is false. Removing all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company focuses on mold remediation and, thereby, brings the mold levels back to normal and natural levels.

Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both inside and outdoors. Mold spores only become an issue when a minor problem is left untreated, which, in turn, creates a major mold infestation.

During mold remediation, the technicians isolate the contaminated areas. Depending on the level of remediation, this is accomplished by either closing all doors and windows or completely sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials are removed and discarded using plastic bags, and then all areas exposed to and affected by the mold are thoroughly cleaned and completely dried. A HEPA vacuum can be used for some cases to help remove the contamination and debris.

Once the debris is removed, the mold-affected area is then treated with a biocide and left overnight to kill the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation technicians return and encapsulate the affected area and beyond.

What to Look for in Mold Remediation Services

If you feel your home or business may have incurred a mold problem, please act quickly and safely. Evaluate the size of the problem. If the mold-affected area is greater than 10 square feet, that is when it is time to call the professionals.

These professionals you use for your mold problem should be highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While it is true that some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, it is always wise to contact the professionals to ensure a quick and safest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Piscataway, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

8/31/2021 (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.

Emergency Ready Profile

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

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 such 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

732-752-4445

Storm Damage Versus Flood Damage

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

You may not think there is a huge difference between storm and flood damage, but your insurance company sure does. It's absolutely vital to make sure that your Piscataway business is covered for both types of damage. Doing research on the ins and out of your insurance company can prevent you from spending thousands of dollars in property damages.

The Difference Defined
Differentiating between the two types of damages can be tricky.

Insurance companies typically label the accident as storm damage if the destruction was a result of one or more of the following:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Cyclones and tornadoes
  • Hail storms
  • Hurricanes and other tropical storms

The Insurance Code of Practice defines flood damage as "the covering of normally dry land by water that has escaped or been released from the normal confines of any lake, river, creek or other natural watercourse, whether or not altered or modified, or any reservoir, canal or dam."

Even though it is obviously possible for the above storms to cause flooding in your building,your insurance company will not see it that way.  While it is absolutely possible for the above incidents to cause flooding, your insurance company won't see it that way.

How to File a Claim
If your commercial building is covered, then you need to file your insurance claim as soon as possible by contacting your insurance company.

Separate your damaged and undamaged property and make a itemized list of both, including the items model number, serial number, and brand name. Do NOT throw anything away until your insurance company sends out an adjuster to inspect it.  If you still have any receipts or bills, include them in the report.


Both severe storms and floods can cause massive amounts of water damage, but your insurance company still treats them like separate accidents. Make sure to contact remediation experts if your commercial building has recently suffered from storm or flood damage.

Contacting a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Piscataway can do all the work for you. Our technicians will come in prepared with all the required insurance paperwork, will take photos of all salvageable and salvageable content, as well as all structural damage. We will create detailed itemized lists of all content for your adjuster and we will submit all information to your insurance and work with your adjuster.

Our technicians are on call 24/7 365 days a year- they can be called out on a moments notice if your business experienced flood or storm damage, because we know how precious time is when dealing with property damage.

SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445

Water Damage Cleanup in South Plainfield

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage is probably not on most homeowner's minds. However, there are many ways that water damage can occur in a home and when it does it causes a lot of property damage and a lot of stress.

How is Water Found?

Originating at the start of the water damage incident, SERVPRO technicians use various forms of moisture detection equipment to "see" underneath floors and within walls as they work their way outward. This method is especially helpful for determining if elevated moisture levels exist in floor joists or wall cavities.

When there is a water loss issue on an upper floor of a home, water follows gravity and migrates downward, through the floor joists and ceiling into the story below. SERVPRO technicians know that it is vital to extract all water damage from a South Plainfield home. When the loss occurs in an upstairs room and affects lower levels, the technicians scope the area to determine areas of elevated moisture.

How Does SERVPRO Dry Inside Walls and Under Floors?

When needed, techs drill small holes referred to as "weep holes" to allow for drainage and expanded airflow. Fans work for drying surfaces only and are not enough for complete drying needs. The technicians deploy centrifugal air movers and use specialized attachments to direct airflow between levels within floor joists and directly into wall cavities.

When weep holes are not enough, or sheetrock begins to buckle or warp, there is no restoration potential, and it requires removal. This action halts any further wicking of moisture and opens up the wall or ceiling area for better airflow.

How Do Technicians Know When a Home is Dry?

Before drying, they set goals for ambient moisture levels. During and after the drying phase of water loss clean up, the technicians take readings on meters to ensure they attain set goals. They scope the premises again to ensure no residual areas of moisture remain. This attention to detail negates secondary issues occurring such as mold or foul odors.

Call SERVPRO of Piscataway when there is water damage to your home or business. Our certified, trained technicians are available 24/7 at (732) 752-4555 to make the water loss in the property, "Like it never even happened."

Before You Leave for Summer Vacation...

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

ummer is here - sun, fun, and summer vacations! Lots of people go away on vacation during the summer. 

In between packing, checking flights and reservations, and other last minute details, water damage is probably the last thing on your mind. But according to Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the 2nd most common insurance claim, and the damage can be much more extensive if you are not home to notice it.

Here at SERVPRO of Piscataway, we have unfortunately seen this happen many times. One instance, was a job we recently completed in Green Brook, where the homeowner was on vacation for 3 weeks and returned to immense water damage in their home. A pipe had burst and caused the ceiling to fall down. (Luckily we were there to restore their home back to normal, and make it seem "Like it never even happened.") 

Preventing water damage before leaving for vacation is possible with a couple preventative measures:

  • Close- Turn off the water main valve. Drain out excess water by continuously running the water until it runs out. 
  • Check- Check the hoses on all appliances for leaks (refrigerator, washer/dryer, dishwasher). If you have a sump pump, listen to the motor to make sure the water is flowing outside.
  • Clear- Look at your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear. If they are clogged, have them cleaned.

These simple steps will protect your home from water damage because who wants to come home from a relaxing vacation to a house ruined by water damage? No one! 

If you have water damage- SERVPRO of Piscataway is here for you 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. Give us a call at 732-752-4445.

Have Flooding? Call SERVPRO of Piscataway

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? 
Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445

What To Do After A Fire In Your Piscataway Home

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most severe disasters that can affect Piscataway homes is a fire. These emergencies ultimately require professional restoration and remediation service, however this cannot begin until the appropriate extinguishment process has been completed. In many situations, our SERVPRO team gets notified of the disaster, along with first responders, to have our qualified technicians mobilized and ready to step in with emergency services when firefighters have finished their job.

Recovering after a loss involves more than scoping the fire damage and odor in Piscataway residences and working to overcome them. Early mitigation work can both reduce the severity of current damages and prevents worsening conditions from developing in the hours and days following the fire. There are a few specific steps that our team can implement immediately to help reduce the cost of restoration and shorten the timeline of recovery.

Many of the emergency services provided by our SERVPRO professionals get chosen for their ability to reduce harsh odors in a residence after a fire. Odors can often be one of the most significant challenges to face for even experienced professionals on our team, so reducing catalysts to the problem can help to make this deodorization process more streamlined and successful.

All of the immediate services for a fire-damaged home are vital to prevent further spread and deterioration of the structure. When it comes to reducing and eventually eliminating harsh odors, controlled demolition and content management can be useful starting points.

No matter what your home needs after a fire, you can count on the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Heating Safety Tips

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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 Prepare for a Hurricane

8/18/2021 (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.