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Handling Your Appliances After a Flood

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

2 air conditioning units Do not use air conditioning after a flood because it could spread mold throughout the vents.

The process of cleaning up after a flood requires many considerations and decisions to be made. While it is tempting to salvage everything that was damaged, it is important to handle belongings safely and correctly in order to preserve their life.

WHAT TO DO AFTER A FLOOD

Appliances are some of the most expensive items in a home, so it makes sense that they are one of the things that homeowners are most concerned with salvaging. Here is what you need to know about handling your appliances after a flood in a safe manner. 

1. Get a Professional Inspection

The electrical components of an appliance can get severely damaged in a flood, so attempting to dry appliances and turn them back on can result in shocks and short-circuiting. If appliances have been in a water-filled room, the best course of action is to unplug them immediately once the water recedes and obtain the inspection of a qualified technician to determine the next steps.

2. Do Not Use the AC

Because of how quickly mold can grow within a HVAC unit, your air conditioning system could spread mold throughout the home's vents if it is turned on. A restoration service with HVAC and mold expertise should perform an inspection before the system is restored. 

3. Inspect the Refrigerator and Freezer.

The insulation of a refrigerator and freezer dry out slowly, meaning mold could be growing within the walls. If the insulation has gotten wet, you might be at risk for mold growth. Check with the manufacturer's booklet to determine where the insulation is located on your unit in order to know if it has been submerged or not.

4. Replace Water Filters

If the flood has disrupted the clean water supply, the water lines and ice maker in the refrigerator have been exposed to contaminants. Change the water filter and discard of any already-made ice within the bin before sanitizing it and returning it to use.

If your home has been through a flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help you! We are experts in water and flood damage, and you can call us 24/7 with your damages at 732-752-4445.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile on smartphones or tablets, "When damage strikes you can be ruined or you can be ready"

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a free, downloadable emergency preparedness tool designed to assist business owners in case of emergency. As a company who see the effects of these catastrophes every day, SERVPRO of Piscataway knows the importance of thorough planning. According to FEMA, about 50% of businesses never reopen after facing a disaster. By developing a SERVPRO ERP, you minimize business downtime by having a plan of action in the event disaster strikes. The ERP contains important information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. The sooner you get in contact with us, the faster our technicians can get there and prevent more damage. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO ERP

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility containing critical information needed in case of emergency
  •  A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Piscataway as your disaster mitigation & restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as a shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contacts

Getting Started

  • Step 1: Visit SERVPRO.com/Ready and register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.
  • Step 2: Choose your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your business experiences water, fire, mold, or other types of damage.
  • Step 3: Call and schedule our knowledgeable technicians to come to your facility and record the details such as shut-off valves, priority areas and priority contact info. They will take pictures of all exits, stairwells, elevators, electrical rooms, alarm locations, water/gas shut-off valves, and any other important information.
  • Step 4: Begin creating ERP's for all your properties.
  • Step 5: Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan App on your IPhone, tablet, Android, or Blackberry device from the respective App store.
  • Step 6: Launch the Ready Plan App & sign in using the same username and password from Step 1.

At this point it may take a few minutes for the data to sync. All your ERP information will appear on your tablet or mobile device. You can now and manage ERP information from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

If you have any questions about the Emergency READY Profile, or if you would like to schedule a time for one of our technicians to come to your business and fill one out, give us a call! (732) 752-4445.

How Thunderstorms Lead to Flash Floods | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

From lightning strikes to wind impacts, when nature's forces combine into a thunderstorm, extensive damage can occur. While all of these things are dangerous, it is important to note that most flash floods are a direct result of thunderstorms, which are the most prevalent weather-related killer in the U.S. 

So how does a thunderstorm lead to flash flood, and can those that might be affected prepare? Our flash flood FAQ has the answers!

 

FLASH FLOOD FAQ

What is a flash flood? Typically, flash floods are caused by thunderstorms that spend a large amount of time over one area or brief storms that expel a significant amount of precipitation in a short time. The amount of water expelled is too much for the ground to handle, leading to a sudden accumulation of floodwater.

What makes flash floods so dangerous? Experts believe that it is due to how quickly they can occur and how often they are underestimated. For example, just six inches of floodwater can knock an adult off his or her feet.  

Why should I worry about flash floods if I do not live on a floodplain? In recent years, experts have seen an uptick in areas affected by flooding that have not been historically prone to them. Even without living in a known floodplain, it is important to be prepared.

What should I do if there is flash flooding in my area? Never attempt to cross or drive through flood waters for any reason, and move to high ground immediately until help arrives or flood waters subside.

What should I do if my home is damaged by a flash food? With water damage, it is important to get the cleanup process started as soon as possible. Find a certified flood restoration company in your area with a 24/7 response time to start restoration right away. 

 

TYPES OF FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS

In order to stay safe when flash flooding is likely, it is important to know the various levels of warning the weather service will issue.

1.Flash Flood Advisory: A flash flood advisory means to be aware. Flooding might occur in limited areas and is not severe enough to warrant a warning, but can cause serious danger if precaution is not taken.

2. Flash Flood Watch: Conditions imply that it is likely a flash flood will occur. It is not guaranteed or currently happening, but experts believe it is highly possible.

3. Flash Flood Warning: When flash flooding is imminent or currently happening, a flash flood warning is issued and all should move to higher ground right away.

 

If your home has been damaged by a storm or flash flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help!Call us 24/7 with your restoration needs at 732-752-4445.

Don't Wait for the Storm to Hit to Start Planning

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever thought about what would happen if your business was hit by a storm? Do you have the proper mechanisms in place to recover? Almost 50% of business never recover and 25% fold or close in the year following the event.

When a catastrophe occurs in your business it is important to be prepared. How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood depends on the emergency planning done beforehand. 

When planning for a natural disaster & creating your disaster plan, you will need to consider many aspects that pertain to your business. 

Employee Safety

It is very important to have a plan in place that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees to follow. Create evacuation routes with exits that are clearly marked and visible and identify a spot outside that can serve as a meet-up spot. 

Protect Assets

Keep an up-to-date inventory including photographs of your assets. This can be helpful if an insurance claim needs to be made. Backup data before the storm hits to keep your files safe. 

Build Relationship with Restoration Company

It is important to make relationships with a disaster recovery firm like SERVPRO of Piscataway. Not only do we understand the business of cleaning up after a disaster strikes, we also believe in building relationships with business owners like you, in case something unexpected happens. 

IF YOU HAVE STORM DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS, CALL SERVPRO OF PISCATAWAY 24/7 at 732-752-4445. 

How do Storms Form?

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement caused by recent storm.

The residents of South Plainfield New Jersey have been experiencing a high amount of thunderstorms this summer.

Thunderstorms can be very dangerous to anyone. These storms are usually followed by strong winds, rain and lightning.Large amounts of rainfall in a short period of time can cause flash flooding. Flash floods can send ground water into your home through basement windows, garage doors or through the foundation.

A resident in Iselin New Jersey had recently experienced the tragedy of a groundwater flood with 5 inches of water in his basement.He was fortunate to be prepared for this situation by having flood insurance or it could have been financially devastating. It is important as a home owner to know your insurance coverages before tragedy strikes.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help with any type of water intrusion. And, like with our recent customer in Iselin we will respond quickly and professionally to help you through any flooding situation.

SERVPRO of Piscataway available 24/7 for all your storm restoration.

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732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway for all your Commercial Water Restoration

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is never a minor issue. Water damage in your home is something that most people don't take into consideration. The time lost on cleaning up is lost revenue for any business owner. Our professional and trained technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway understands the importance of getting the job done effectively and quickly to minimize downtime to your business.

Water Restoration Process

Step 1:

* Inspection- One of our trained technicians can best access the extent of water in your property. This will help to figure out the class and category of water loss; and best figure out a solution to restore your business as quickly as possible.

Step 2:

* Extraction- Of standing water from all materials whether that is hard surface flooring or carpet. Water removal should begin as soon as possible to minimize any secondary damage caused by high levels of humidity.

Step 3:

* Cleaning- All belongings affected need to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent mold and bacterial growth.

Step 4:

* Set drying equipment- Dehumidifiers and air movers are set to wick the moisture off of surfaces and collect it for removal. This process can take several days to fully complete depending on the material being dried. 

SERVPRO of Piscataway for all your commercial water restoration troubles.Our highly professional and knowledgeable team is here for you 24/7.

SERVPRO of Piscataway:

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway Steps for all your Fire Restoration

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway knows how awful the aftermath of fire damages are to your business. Thanks to our experience and professional team we can help to get your business back in operation. Our team at SERVPRO of Piscataway recognize the urgency involved when it comes to safe guarding your investments, we are here to help minimize down time during fire restoration.

Fire Restoration Process

SERVPRO of Piscataway understands that each situation is different and how urgent it is for business to function again. The mitigation of fire and smoke damage is essential to minimize down time for your business, we make take the following steps;

Step 1:

* Secure and inspect the facility.

Step 2:

* Ventilate the facility to take out dust and soot from air.

Step 3:

* The removal of any contents, divide salvageable and non-salvageable items in the process. Salvageable items are moved to a secure location for restoration and storage until the reconstruction process is complete. Non salvageable items are cataloged and disposed of.

Step 4: 

* Cleaning the facility includes ceilings, walls and floors to prevent further damage from effects of soot.

Step 5:

* Using specialized equipment and deodorize the facility. We will also sanitize and clean salvageable items. We may also decontaminate HVAC system and duck work in facility.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is available 24/7 with our trained and professional technicians on standby for your commercial fire restoration.

SERVPRO of Piscataway:

732-752-4445

How Water Damage is Classified | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water is water, right? Not always, especially when that water is a result of flooding and water damage.

There are three different classifications for this type of water: clean, gray, and black. If you understand the differences in these types of water, you understand how to better handle a water damage incident.

Regardless of the type of water that has caused damage, a cleanup and restoration process will be necessary afterward. It is imperative that you remove all of the moisture and damp items as quickly as possible to inhibit the growth of mold, since a wet environment is ideal for mold to grow and flourish.

Understanding Clean Water

As the name indicates, clean water is just that, “clean.” Because this water is free of contaminants, it will not pose an immediate threat to your health. This type of water is generally a result of:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

Cleanup from this type of water damage is the easiest type to work with, as there will be fewer microbes living in the water. But remember, after 48 hours and contact with building surfaces, clean water can move up to category two, which is gray water.

Understanding Gray Water

Where gray water is involved, water damage cleanup and restoration can become a bit more complicated and detailed. This water contains small amounts of chemical and biological contaminants that could create a health risk. It will need to be thoroughly treated before being safe for consumption.

The probable causes of gray water can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, since gray water becomes black water if not treated.

Understanding Black Water

Of the three different classifications, black water is the most serious, and it is considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter. This includes all floodwaters containing soil and sewage.

Sewage is highly contaminated with hazardous microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, and can be harmful to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

It is best to treat all waters associated with water damage as black water because water picks up contaminants along its path.

All of our technicians study the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC) standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps needed to get your home back to normal. The IICRC is an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Whichever type of water caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Piscataway is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

An In-Depth Look at the Various Types of Floods | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

A flood can occur for a myriad of reasons. Most type of floods that occur are due to storms, however a flood can also occur due to sewer system or drainage issues. Because of how much damage floods can cause, they are considered one of the most destructive natural disasters, causing U.S. residents approximately $8 billion in damages each year. While all floods are destructive, it is important to know the various types and understand the nuanced risks that they pose when they become an active threat.

 

Common Types of Flooding

By understanding these common types of flooding, communities can be more aware of what their specific risks are and how they can remain safe when waters rise:

Oceanic floods. Cities on the Atlantic Ocean often get hit hardest with severe storms that have gained their power from the ocean. These severe storms can raise tides, causing a significant rise in sea level and leading to coastal flooding. Since the 1950s, the frequency of coastal flooding in Sandy Hook and Atlantic City has increased by 10 times.

River floods. When heavy rainfall occurs over an extended period of time, it is possible for rivers to literally overflow as they cannot expunge the water in a timely manner. This is one of the most common types of flooding and can cause significant damages to inland areas.

Flash floods. When the ground is fully saturated with water and heavy rainfall continues, a flash flood can occur. These floods come about suddenly (hence the name) and can affect any area—even those not prone to flooding. While these will typically subside in a timely manner, they often bring rushing waters and unknown dangers to areas that are not prepared.

Groundwater floods. Groundwater floods are similar to flash floods, but they are in slow motion. Prolonged rainfall can over saturate the ground in the same way as with a flash flood, but a groundwater flood takes much longer to develop and subside. 

Drain floods. While drain and sewer floods are not always weather-related, they can cause just as much damage to property. They can occur due to heavy rains, but can also occur due to a block or malfunction with the drain. This can occur inside or outside a building, depending on the cause.

 

If you have experienced damage from any type of flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway can help!  We are here 24/7- give us a call at 732-752-4445.



Summer Fire Safety

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

This home in Middlesex had fire damage due to a grill being placed against the house.

Barbecues and bonfires are two activities that come to mind when you think of summer fun. Grilling, toasting marshmallows, or just sitting around the fire - nothing says summer like a bonfire or a backyard barbecue. However, both activities carry a high risk of fire hazard.

When grilling, the grill should only be used outdoors in a well ventilated area at least 10 feet away from the house. Never use a grill on a porch, balcony, or a deck with a roof or overhang. SERVPRO of Piscataway recently completed a fire job at a home in Middlesex where a grill was placed against the house and caused a fire to break out. It caused extensive damage to the back of the home and the deck.

After using a propane grill, always make sure the propane tank is shut off properly. Forgetting to shut off the tank can cause an explosion. 

Whether you are using a propane grill or a charcoal grill, never pour or squirt lighter fluid directly onto a lit grill.

When building a bonfire, use only untreated hardwood. Never use flammable liquid to keep your fire going and always have things on hand to put out the fire (water, shovel, and/or fire extinguisher). 

While having fun this summer, always remember that fire can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage. Preparation is key to having a fun and safe summer.

If your home or business has suffered from fire or smoke damage, our technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 732-752-4445.