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Storm Damage- "Like it never even happened."

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience storm damage, the hours and days immediately following can be chaotic.  However, one of the worst things you can do in this event is to wait. The longer it takes cleanup & restoration professionals to arrive, the more mitigation and repairs may be necessary. Acting quickly and having an idea of what to expect will help ease your mind.

Here’s what you can expect when you call SERVPRO of Piscataway after a storm has brought flood waters into your home or business:

  • If there is standing water, our technicians will remove any affected contents to prevent further damage, and then use pumps to extract the water.
  • For carpeted areas, our technicians will lift the carpet and pull the pad underneath before relaying the carpet and placing drying equipment (fans and dehumidifiers). For tile and hardwood surfaces, we use extraction mats to help pull water from the material.
  • After removing any standing water, our technicians will use a Moisture Meter to perform a moisture inspection of the affected rooms, and continue to run drying equipment and to monitor your home until everything is confirmed to be dry.
  • For nonsalvageable materials (such as affected drywall or flooring), our technicians are trained to complete the repairs necessary. There will be an inventory and pictures of all salvageable and nonsalvageable content.

If you have experienced storm damage, call us today at 732-752-4445.

The 411 on Damaging Winds

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

What are damaging winds?

Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.

Who is at risk from damaging winds?

Anyone living in thunderstorm-prone areas of the world is at risk for experiencing this hazard.
People living in mobile homes are especially at risk from injury and death.  Even anchored mobile homes can be seriously damaged when winds gust over 80 mph.  Winds from thunderstorms can cause EF-2 damage.

If your home or business has suffered from storm damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445.

SERVPRO of Piscataway Can Clean Your Home or Business

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Disinfecting Here to Help You Disinfect!

SERVPRO® of Piscataway technicians are qualified to clean and properly apply disinfectants according to the CDC’s protocols.

Many of SERVPRO's cleaning products include products the CDC recommends for other coronaviruses (such as SARS).  The EPA has just added three more of our branded disinfectants to their approved product list! 

We clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as:

  • Counters and tabletops
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Toilets & other bathroom fixtures (faucets, handrails, tubs & showers)
  • Tablets, keyboards & other office (home or business) equipment

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting the following areas:

  • Kitchen & dining areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools, classrooms, conference rooms
  • Retail spaces, including
    • Sales counters
    • Racks, shelves
    • Hand-rails & elevator cars
    • Flooring, regardless of material
    • Water fountains
    • Carpets, rugs
    • Fitness equipment
    • Playground equipment

If you would like to hear more information about this, give SERVPRO of Piscataway a call at 732-752-4445.

Why We Always Respond Quickly after Water Damage

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

If you have fallen victim to water damage, you are aware of the stress it can cause you and your family as you work to sort out all of the details.
There is so much to consider, but not a lot of time to do it because acting quickly is so vital to preventing further damage and getting the moisture out.

Because these things are so important, we always pride ourselves on our quick response after Piscataway residents give us a call. We have a 24⁄7 emergency line so you can always get in
touch with us, and our trained technicians will respond right away when you do. Here is why we are so adamant about a quick response:

Why We Are Adamant About a Quick Response to Water Damage

Moving standing water out quickly is essential. When you have water damage, if there is any standing water left behind, getting that out as quickly as possible is the best way to prevent
further damage. That is why it is one of the first things we do when we respond to your call after checking that the scene is safe. We have truck-mounted pumps and vacuums that enable us
to pump out gallons of water by the hundreds, which can significantly improve drying time and reduce further complications.


Drying things out quickly will discourage mold from growing.

In addition to the damage to your belongings and your home’s structure from the water itself, mold damage is also a very real concern in the wake of water damage. Mold can begin to grow almost immediately after water damage occurs, and it can cause unprecedented damages to your home. By responding quickly, we are reducing the chances that mold can begin growing in the first place and treating it rapidly in the event that it does.

We want our customers to have peace of mind.

We understand that water damage is stressful, and many people want it to be handled right away. By responding quickly and getting right to work, we give our customers peace of mind regarding the damages and the restoration, so you can know that you are in good hands.

If you have suffered from water damage in your home, we are here 24⁄7. Contact us today to report damage or to learn more about our process at 732-752-4445

What To Do During a Severe Storm

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

A pipe broke after a bad storm. A pipe broke after a bad storm, and caused a basement to flood.

What To Do During a Severe Storm

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Try to travel only during the day and have someone in the car with you.
  • When a storm hits, it is best to stay indoors. If you have to go out, make sure you are dressed warm. 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.
  • 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.
  • Exercise your hands and feet to keep them warm. You should keep moving in general, to help stay awake. 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 hail storm hits, stay indoors or under some sort of shelter to cover you, stay away from underpasses or other places prone to flooding.

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 storm stops to go outside.
  • 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

24 hours a day 7 days a week.

SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Disaster Restoration

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster Restoration

When fires, storm damage and mold growth damage the structural integrity of your building, as well as the content within it, the costs can climb rapidly. Your office will be forced to rebuild and refurnish office space. Your business may also be forced to shut down for a lengthy period of time, and every second spent away from work is lost revenue.

We understand this at SERVPRO of Piscataway, and we will provide commercial disaster restoration services to address it. We can act as your single point of contact from start to finish, and restore your property regardless of the event that caused the damage originally.

If your business has suffered damage, we encourage you to give us a call at 732-752-4445.

What to Do After Your Pipe Bursts

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

A burst pipe at home can cause a lot of damage to your home or business. If left unfixed, it can lead to even more damage and also become a health risk if mold were to grow.

Here’s a guide on what you can do to fix a burst pipe:

1. Turn Off Your Main Electrical System

Water and electricity don’t mix well. When there’s flooding inside your home, turning off the main power is the first thing to do. Do not go into standing water with the power on.

2. Turn Off the Main Water Supply

It’s easy to stop the source of the flooding if a burst pipe caused it. Simply turn off the main water supply.

3. Get Salvageable Items

You may still need to remove items from the floor, especially the ones that you can still use. Prioritize undamaged items over the ones that have been soaked with water.

4. Take Photos

Document everything to show your insurance company when you file your claim. Having evidence of flooding as well as the damage it caused will help you support your claim. Make sure to do this before you remove standing water.

5. Remove Standing Water

After you have documented the flood in your home, it’s time to remove the standing water. If You can use a mop and a bucket to clean it.

6. Fix the Issue

You now need to focus on the main cause of the flooding, which is a burst pipe. A plumber can repair the damage and open the walls to make necessary repairs. and check for any signs of moisture or mold growth.

7. Call a Restoration Company

Finally, you should contact a reputable restoration company that can come in and restore your property to its pre-flood condition by removing the water, drying & disinfecting the area and content and checking for any signs of mold growth.

Fortunately, there are companies that deal with emergencies, which means you won’t have to wait for too long before the burst pipe and flood damage get fixed.  Finally, remember to remain calm in situations like this to help you handle them properly.

If you have flood damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Piscataway and we will make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today 732-752-4445.

How We Can Help

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Piscataway. Our teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and de-humidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, our team has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any disaster.  We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

If you or someone you know has experienced any type of water damage, give SERVPRO of Piscataway a call today at 732-752-4445.

Facts About Water Damage

8/21/2020 (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 in damage to wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth.

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 that can make you ill. Fortunately, telling the difference is often easy, as it will typically smell just as terrible as you would expect.

  2. 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.

   3. 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 water damage call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at 732-752-4445.

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Always take proper care of your fire extinguishers to ensure they work when you need them!

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

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.

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 at 732-752-4445.