How Your Household Can Prepare for a House Fire
Though a house fire is something most individuals would rather not consider, it is important to prepare for them to keep the members of your household safe.
Many people overestimate how much time they will have to escape a house fire, but experts warn that the average person only have two minutes to evade the flames. Because of this narrow time frame and the extreme dangers associated with a lack of preparedness, having a house fire plan in place is key.
How to Prepare for a Household Fire
Follow Guidelines for Smoke Alarms
When a fire starts, your smoke alarms are the first line of defense meaning that it is essential that they are operational and can be heard from anywhere in the home. The National Fire Protection Association has several guidelines for smoke alarm installation regarding where to install them and how often to test and replace them to help keep your household fire-safe.
Create a Fire Escape Plan (and Practice It)
While many households have a fire escape plan in place, fewer than half have actually taken the time to practice it. It is important to create a fire escape plan that includes two exits out of every room and allows all family members to escape in under two minutes. Practice the escape plan at least every six months, going over different fire scenarios and designating an outdoor meeting place where household members can touch base once they have escaped.
Know What to Do After a Fire
The aftermath of a fire can be emotionally draining and cause individuals to experience a lot of stress as they work to reclaim their home and belongings. Making a plan for the aftermath of the fire- such as designating a temporary place to stay, keeping important home documents off-site for recovery and knowing which restoration company to work with to get cleanup started right away- will make the recovery process much smoother for individuals who have suffered from a house fire.
If you have suffered from a house fire, we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445 to report your damage and begin the restoration process immediately.
How We Work Efficiently During Water Restoration
Walls damaged from water
When you select a company to repair water damage to your home, it is important that you can trust them and have faith in their work. Not only are your home and belongings of the utmost importance, but for water restoration, working quickly and efficiently is key to preventing further issues.
That is why we have our process down to a time-tested science and can guarantee you will be pleased with the results.
Timeline of Water Damage Restoration
Step 1: Notification and Service Arrangement
From the time you notify us of a loss, we will contact you within an hour to arrange the details of your service, so you can rest assured that help is on the way.
Step 2: Getting to Your Door
In four hours' time, our technicians will be at your door to begin the assessment process. By responding to this quickly, we can prevent additional damage from occurring and save you time and money.
Step 3: Providing a Detailed Explanation
After we assess the damage, we will explain to you what we have discovered and give you a detailed overview of the work we will be performing. Here is where you will learn about our time estimate and what to expect during the working process.
Step 4: Contacting Appropriate Parties
Within eight hours from the time we arrive, we will contact any appropriate parties that should be involved in the process, such as property managers or insurance agents.
Step 5: Pretesting
Starting at the source of the water damage and working their way through the home, our technicians will being the pretesting process to determine the restoration process that will be most effective.
Step 6: Cleaning and Restoration
By utilizing our state-of-the-art equipment and technical knowledge, our technicians will begin the cleanup and restoration process so your home can be restored quickly to its pre-damaged condition.
Step 7: A Final Walkthrough
Once all the work is completed, we will take you for a final walkthrough to show you the details of our restoration and ensure you are satisfied with the work that has been performed.
Do you have water damage in your home? We are here 24/7 to help you! Contact us today at (732) 752-4445.
Handling Your Appliances After a Flood
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
"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
- 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
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
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.
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.
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?
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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SERVPRO of Piscataway for all your Commercial Water Restoration
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
* 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.
* 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.
* Cleaning- All belongings affected need to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent mold and bacterial growth.
* 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.
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SERVPRO of Piscataway Steps for all your Fire Restoration
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;
* Secure and inspect the facility.
* Ventilate the facility to take out dust and soot from air.
* 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.
* Cleaning the facility includes ceilings, walls and floors to prevent further damage from effects of soot.
* 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.
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How Water Damage is Classified | SERVPRO® of Piscataway
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:
- 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!