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How To Prevent an Office Fire

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

  There's an average of 3,170 deaths each year in the US due to fire. In the US, there were 115 victims of fires and explosions in the workplace.

The leading cause of office fires according to NFPA.org is due to cooking equipment.  The next three most leading causes of office fires are electrical distribution and lighting equipment, heating equipment, and arson. There are ways to prevent each of these causes, check out below to see how.

Tips to Prevent Office Fires

After cooking equipment, office fires are mainly caused by electrical and lighting, heating equipment and arson. Here are some tips to offset these leading causes of fires.

  • Make sure to only use high grade lamps and other lighting equipment to prevent from easily avoidable fires.
  • Many people like to keep a portable heater in under their office desk to help keep them warm. This can come with many downfalls as this is a leading cause of office fires. Make sure all heaters are unplugged at the end of the workday.
  • Make sure your office building has good security. Keep cameras in stairways and in every room to detect when someone may be there. Also, make sure to have secure locks on the doors to prevent intruders from coming in.

SERVPRO of Piscataway are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (732) 752-4445for immediate assistance.

Eliminate Company Downtime After a Fire

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro Our fire damage experts can help your business cut back on costs, downtime, and stress.

Fire events can be catastrophic for a business. Whether you have soot residue buildup or water damage after a blaze, SERVPRO has all the techniques and proven restoration methods. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, thus ensuring you cut back on company downtime, costs, and stress.

For commercial fire damage restoration in Piscataway, our technicians will be on-site right away to evaluate the severity of the loss. Carefully documenting all damage helps to get our restoration team moving in the right direction. Throughout the inspection, we will:

  • Look at building materials, cabinets, counters, fixtures and more.
  • Determine whether or not the damage is limited to certain areas.
  • Formulate the best measures to act, including setting up exclusion zones for containment.
  • Take pictures that will be used to provide to the insurance company if this is an insurance claim

Did You Know? Most fire emergencies also suffer from significant water damage due to the first responders suppressing the flames or sprinkler systems. All standing water must be removed and excess moisture dried up so that secondary damage or mold does not set in. 

Our fire and soot restoration technicians (FSRT) know how to properly clean each surface to achieve the best results. We use spot-testing methods to ensure no further damage occurs and always initiate controlled demolition measures, as needed. Everything gets restored to pre-fire condition so that your business never misses a beat. It will be just Like It Never Even Happened!

Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at (732) 752-4445 whenever you need fire damage restoration at your place of business. We are here 24/7 for emergency service whenever you need us!

Information on Sewage Backup

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Do You Have Sewer Backup in Your Basement?

Waste water is transported through underground sewer lines that direct sewage away away from homes and into sewer mains. If a clog forms in the line or if the line fails, it can create a raw sewage that will backup in your home. SERVPRO of Piscataway offers corrective services you might need for such a traumatic (and gross!) situation.

How Dangerous is Sewage?

Sewage contains a mix of both water and waste products, which consists of both organic and inorganic materials, including human wastes, mineral salts, and garbage. Organic material decomposes quickly and emits odorous gases that can be hazardous, especially when they come from human waste. Organic material often contains disease-causing pathogens, which is why the fast and complete removal of sewage is critical after any backup. Sewage can cause health effects. Sewage water is considered Category 3 water or black water.

When There's a Sewage Backup in the Basement.

Here are a few things you can do immediately.

Check all the toilets, sinks and waste pipes for blockages. If there is a blockage that you can clear, clear it. If needed, call a plumber for assistance.

Avoid using the toilets or sinks until the blockage has been removed. If it's a main line clog, the water will back up and then come up through the bathtubs or basement.

If the backup is in your basement, look for the cap on the basement floor and make sure that it's easily accessible for the plumber or remediation team as needed.

Safety Tip: If there is standing water in your basement due to the sewage backup, never enter the space while the power is on – this is VERY dangerous. Electricity and water can kill.

Dealing with a sewage backup and water in the basement can be dangerous. It is very important to assess the risks and damage before attempting any cleanup. Sewage contaminated water can contain a variety of bacteria and viruses. While not transmitted through the air, contact with skin can result in rashes or infection if you have even the smallest open sores or cuts. Accidentally touching your nose, eyes or mouth with hands or gloves contaminated by sewage can make you sick. When you find a sewage backup in the basement, it's beneficial and often safer to call in the professionals.

Call us at SERVPRO of Piscataway for any questions or concerns 732-752-4445

Water Damage in Your Plainfield Business

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Restoring Your  Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Piscataway

SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need any further assistance or have general questions Please feel free to call us

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

HVAC Maintenance for Every Home/Office

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Below is helpful information about how your HVAC works and how to care for it.

  • As the AC runs, the cooling coils absorb water from the air and drain it away. If the drainage becomes obstructed, contamination and mold growth will build up. Regularly check drain pans and nearby surfaces for moisture accumulation to ensure water damage isn’t happening.
  • For maximum air quality and efficiency, it’s recommended for you to change HVAC filters every 30 to 90 days depending on the quality and type of filter. Other ways to improve heating and cooling include ensuring a snug, secure fit when filters are installed and using the highest efficiency filter your HVAC manufacturer recommends.
  • Simply keeping up with routine dusting and vacuuming in your home can do wonders for your HVAC system. By clearing this debris out, you’re stopping it before it’s able to invade the air flow system and dirty up your vents. Further the benefit by always using the highest efficiency filter for the vacuum, and purchasing one with a HEPA certification if possible.

Tip: If you’re planning to do construction or renovations, always seal off both supply and return registers. Wait to unseal them until all the dust has been removed.

  • Schedule regular maintenance checkups and cleaning. While there are quite a few things homeowners can do to maintain their HVAC system, they should be done in addition to having a professional survey your system two times per year. A professional cleaning can improve air quality and allow your unit to run more efficiently, allowing your family to breathe cleaner air and see a reduction in energy usage.

If you’re interested in how getting your ducts cleaned can help with your HVAC maintenance, contact SERVPRO® of Piscataway today to schedule a consultation!

The 101 on Fire Extinguishers

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

Rely on this info to keep your home safe from flames and your defenses up to date.

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.

If the extinguisher has no gauge, it’s probably an older model, which means it would be wise to take it to a professional for testing and, if necessary (and possible), recharging.

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

SERVPRO OF PISCATAWAY

732-752-4445

How To Avoid Frozen Pipes in Your Piscataway Home

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

6 Great Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing

Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing in a pipe creates a lot of pressure inside the pipe and can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, especially when there's no one around to turn off the water. The best prevention against frozen pipes is to keep them warm enough to stay above the freezing point. You can do this with any one of six simple steps or, better still, a combination of measures.

Not Just for Cold Climates

It is a common misconception that frozen pipes are an issue only for homes in typically cold climates. However, the homes that are actually more vulnerable to frozen pipes are those in typically warmer climates because the pipes may not be properly insulated against frigid temperatures, or they may be located in unprotected areas (or even outdoors). Abnormally cold weather puts these pipes at risk.

Wherever you live, you need to worry only about the water supply pipes, not the drain pipes. Water pipes are small, only about 1 inch in diameter or smaller. Drain pipes are 1 1/2 inches and larger and are usually made of plastic. Drain pipes carry waste water, but they do not hold water and are not pressurized like water pipes, so freezing inside drains is not a concern.

Keep the Heat On

If you or your tenants are leaving for a long period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on in your property. It may be difficult to convince your tenants to leave their heat on when they are away, especially if they are responsible for paying their own utility bills. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipe freezes and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions.

The heat does not have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were actually in the property, but keeping it set above 50 F is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.

Allow the Faucet to Drip

If you are afraid a pipe will freeze, you can open the faucet fed by that pipe just a bit so the faucet drips slightly. Allowing the faucet to be open like this relieves pressure in the system. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. Allowing the faucet to be open will prevent this pressure from building up and thus keep the pipe from bursting. If the faucet is served by both hot and cold water pipes, open both faucet taps slightly, or set a single-handle faucet (such as a kitchen faucet) to warm.

Keep Interior Doors Open

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperature drops, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all interior doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home.

Seal up Cracks and Holes

Seal gaps around holes where pipes run through walls or floors, especially where the hole is letting in cold air. Use caulk or spray foam insulation (such as Great Stuff) to fill the gaps. If possible, seal holes on both the interior and exterior side of wall or floor. Cold outdoor air that gets in through holes and gaps can make a cabinet compartment, which is usually pretty cold, even colder.

Apply Heating Tape

Heating tape works like an electric blanket for pipes, supplying heat directly to the pipe to keep it warm curing cold spells. This can be a good solution for short sections of pipe that are at high risk for freezing and are easily accessible so you can install the tape and can monitor it for problems.

There are two types of heating tape. One type turns on and off by itself when it senses heat is needed. The other type must be plugged in when heat is needed and unplugged when not in use; it does not have an automatic or manual on/off switch. Much like a space heater, these products can be dangerous, so you must follow the product’s direction and safety procedures exactly.

Add Extra Insulation

Pipes that are located in areas that do not have proper Insulation such as basements or attics, may need extra insulation to keep from freezing. Pipes in basements or attics are not the only ones that may not be properly insulated from the cold. If you have had a problem with pipes freezing anywhere in your home, extra insulation could be a good answer

Insulation can help keep a pipe closer to the temperature of the water inside the pipe, but it does not add heat to the pipe and will not prevent freezing if the pipe is exposed to prolonged freezing temperatures.

Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Piscataway for Your Restoration Needs

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

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.

How Moisture Can Become Costly

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Before you start restoring your property in case of a water intrusion, you might be expecting such a costly process. However, expenses can pile up to unexpected levels as you address the issues. If you are prepared, you can anticipate costs and take steps to keep them from becoming out of control.

Since the main issue to handle during water damage restoration in a Piscataway home is moisture management, it is vital to have a plan put in place.  If left unaddressed, it causes significant material deterioration requiring elaborate repairs or replacements.

Some costly problems associated with the moisture management approach include:

  • Buckling or cupping in wooden structural materials
  • Warping or cracking of solid wood 
  • Mold development and bad odor

Most of the issues develop from changes in the structural layout of the materials. For instance, moisture can cause glues holding composite materials together to deteriorate or individual cells in materials to swell, which then alters their shape. Many such changes become permanent over time, so the only solution would be to replace the material, which can be costly.

Another cost caused by moisture in the home is the time spent resolving water damage. More hours mean extra labor costs or lost productivity if you were to do the restoration yourself. The best way to address this is to improve efficiency, thereby limiting the overall time needed to fix the problems. The advanced training and sophisticated tools that SERVPRO teams use maximize efficiency.

Some steps to improve efficiency include:

  • Using fast water extractors such as truck-mounted pumps
  • Running dehumidifiers throughout the restoration process
  • Balancing the ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers

SERVPRO of Piscataway uses various strategic approaches to keep water damage restoration costs manageable. You can reach us at (732) 752-4445.

Burst Pipes in the Winter

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway uses technology to locate ceiling leaks and moisture before professional water damage restoration.

Whether caused by a leaking roof from storms or worn appliance hoses and cracked plumbing lines, required water damage remediation in Piscataway can sneak up on homeowners. Moisture moves unseen along framing and behind walls.

Does the Location of the Leaks Matter?

Unresolved water damage repairs in Piscataway risk secondary harm to building materials and can create the need for basement mold remediation or attic mold removal.

Here are some places to check for trapped moisture:

  • Collecting under cabinetry due to burst pipes or worn dishwasher hoses
  • Pooling over a ceiling or behind a wall after leaking roofs let water run down rafters
  • Causing basement flooding when leaks follow a superhighway to your finished lower living level by washing down wall studs

How Does SERVPRO of Piscataway Find the Trapped Moisture?

We use specialized, state of the art tools which help our technicians pinpoint water sources to focus water damage remediation and drying efforts:

  • Moisture Sensors -- affirm water is present
  • Moisture meters -- generate data on moisture levels
  • Thermo-hygrometers -- measure temperature and relative humidity to monitor drying efforts
  • Thermal imaging -- detect cached water for removal behind structures

Contact the well-trained and equipped team at SERVPRO of Piscataway for your water restoration needs. Call (732) 752-4445 - 24/7 to schedule an assessment.