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What Does IICRC Certified Mean?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

As leaders in the restoration industry, we understand the importance of a comprehensive restoration plan to help you recover in the aftermath of fire, water or storm damage. In order to ensure we can be helpful for a variety of damages, we carry several certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

The IICRC sets the industry standards for restoration technicians and is committed to making sure everyone who works in the restoration field is prepared and qualified to handle every type of damage that comes their way.

In addition to the internal SERVPRO® trainings we have developed with their guidelines in mind, we also carry official certifications in the following disciplines:

AMRT—Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

Designed to cover mold and sewage remediation techniques, the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician certification allows us to help with a variety of mold and moisture needs. Both mold and sewage-related floods need extra considerations due to the cleaning involved in proper restoration; the course is designed to teach both proper restoration techniques in this precarious scenario as well as how our technicians can protect themselves and other areas of your home or business from contamination.

 

ASD—Applied Structural Drying Technician

When it comes to water damage, drying and treating it as quickly as possible is of the utmost importance. That is why we undergo certification as Applied Structural Drying Technicians. This course has a combined structure of both classroom work and hands-on simulations that allow our technicians to learn not only how to clean up water damage effectively, but how to do it rapidly, as well.

 

FSRT—Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

A house or business fire is devastating enough, but if there are lingering smoke odors, they can be dangerous. That is why our technicians undergo training for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration—this course is designed not only to teach them about how to handle the direct damage from flames in the wake of a fire, but also how to rid the home of smoke odors and make sure it is safe for families to inhabit once again.

 

If you have issues with residential or commercial damages, we’re here to help. Whether your damage is from fire, water or something else, give us a call247 for more information.

Here to Help Your Business

6/3/2022 (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. 

Home Fire Prevention Tips

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Prevention and Preparedness Tips

Questions to ask yourself…..

  • Do you have a properly installed smoke detector?  When is the last time you tested it and changed the batteries?
  • Do your children know what the alarm on your smoke detector sounds like?
  • Do you have an escape plan?  Have you practiced it with all members of your household?
  • Do your younger household members know how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL?
  • Do you have properly working fire extinguishers in your home and do you know how to use them?

Practices makes for a more prepared family.  Although there is no way to predict how you will react during an emergency situation, one of the most important things you can do, especially for younger members of your home, is to practice how to handle a fire in your home.

Once the fire is over, it is difficult to pick up the pieces.  If you were home when the fire began, you may have a lot of emotional ups and down.  The last thing you should have to worry about is coordinating contractors to get your house back to its original state and get the fire, water and smoke damage repaired.  

Here are a few tips for preventing fires at home:

Avoiding Electrical Outlet and Wiring Fires

Electrical fires account for about 24,000 residential fires every year. Some of the most common causes of these fires are due to everyday usage of power cords and electrical outlets. Here are a few ways you can reduce these electrical hazards.

  • Avoid using outlet extenders or power strip bars that can overload electrical circuits
  • Replace all frayed or damaged electrical cords
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with furniture or rugs

Kitchen fires are very common.

  • Refrain from microwaving materials such as aluminum foil, Styrofoam or paper products
  • Never leave pots or pans unattended on a hot stove
  • Keep your stove top and oven clean. Built up grease and other residue can ignite when exposed to high temperatures

How to Prevent Appliance Fires

Home structure fires are often the result of common household appliances. Every year, dishwashers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators and toasters can become a fire hazard. Make sure to inspect and maintain your appliances to minimize the risk of fire.

  • Remove lint from your dryer after each use
  • Avoid using portable heaters and keep them clear of any materials such as curtains or blanket
  • Have your heating system, chimney and fireplace serviced regularly. Be sure to never burn cardboard boxes or wrapping paper in your fireplace

Fire Prevention in the Garage and Outdoors

Our yards and outdoor spaces are often extensions of our living spaces. Hosting summer parties or barbecues and sitting around the fire on cold, winter nights are a lot of fun. And they are great ways to spend quality time with family and friends. But, hosting outdoor events can also increase the risk of property fires. Make sure to take the following precautions to fully enjoy your outdoor space.

  • Properly prepare the area surrounding your backyard fire pit by raking the area and keeping it clear of any debris
  • Be sure to properly extinguish any smoldering materials. Smoldering materials can burn for days before igniting a fire
  • Avoid garage fires by storing oil, gas, paints and varnishes in a shed away from your home

How to Stay Safe in Case of a Fire

  1. Install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms and outside any sleeping areas
  2. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each month and replace the device’s batteries if they’re not working
  3. Create a fire escape plan with all family members and practice the plan at least twice a year
  4. In case of fire, get out and call for help. Never go back inside!

We suggest having two escape plans from every room. This is important in the event that one escape route becomes unavailable due to the path of the fire. It’s also very important to practice fire drills at least twice a year, especially with small children. This ensures they know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Remember, when it comes to fire safety, every second counts. Know the risks, eliminate unnecessary hazards and educate your family with escape planning. There are many ways to reduce the chances of having a deadly fire in your home. But, you should always have a fire escape plan in place. Never underestimate the power of preparedness when it comes to safety.

What is a Pack Out?

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Floods, fires, and storm damage to your home are stressful and devastating. It is not just the floor and walls that are damaged, it's also your furniture, your clothes, and your valuables. It is sometimes the sentimental items that mean the most to our customers.                                      

Pack-outs are a vital component to the mitigation work that our team can do. We arrive with production trailers full of packing materials, boxes, blankets, and other protective gear to keep the contents removed from your property safe through the travel to our nearby facility.

Salvageable vs. Unsalvageable:

Our packout process is begins with our team “packing out” your property’s contents to be temporarily relocated for the duration of the restoration process. When you have a disaster, one of the first things we do is send a team to sort and box your belongings. To ensure every item is accounted for, we scan and catalog every item into our system before placing them in labeled boxes. This process also ensures customers get all of their belongings back!

Unfortunately, some items—either due to the type of item or the amount of damage it sustained—aren't able to be saved by our team. These unsalvageable items are cataloged the same as all of the other belongings, but they are generally disposed of instead. However, before we take any such action, we always meet with you to review the unsalvageable items so you can make a final decision!

We know how important it is to save sentimental items. Our technicians work hard to ensure your belongings are treated with the respect they deserve, while working diligently to restore your property to it's preloss condition.

While much of the restoration work by our SERVPRO team can happen onsite, many individual contents require specialized attention, cleaning, and deodorization, that best occurs in our care.

Once your belongings are safely at our facility, they are moved to one of our many temperature-controlled storage pods where we will safely keep them until you are ready for your belongings to be packed back in your time.

If you have a disaster and need a team of local professionals, call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at (732) 752-4445!

Commercial Restoration for Your Highland Park Business

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

If your small business has been impacted by a natural disaster, it can be a time fraught with uncertainty. Between recovery, ensuring the safety of your employees and restoring your building to continue operations, there are many things to consider—and with small businesses being impacted more severely than large businesses in the wake of a natural disaster, recovering can begin to feel like a daunting task.

As leaders in commercial restoration, we have helped many business owners reopen following a natural disaster and are here to be a resource for you. Below we have compiled our top tips for recovery after your business has been hit by a natural disaster, so you can get back in business faster.

Assess and Document the Damages

It is important to never re-enter a building until emergency personnel have declared it to be safe, but once that happens, taking stock of the damages and documenting them is vital to the restoration process. By having documentation of the damage, you can provide your insurance company with more information to go toward your claim in order to provide proof of the issues you are facing. Additionally, this is a good time to check in with key employees, vendors and clients to determine they are safe and evaluate any interruption in their own workflow.

Explore Recovery Options

Knowing where to turn to for assistance during the recovery process will help you receive aid and get your business reopened much more quickly. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans and other resources for business owners to learn more about disaster preparedness and recovery processes.

Contact a Commercial Restoration Company

Working with the right company to handle your restoration is one of the best things you can do for the longevity of your business. Be sure to watch out for post-disaster restoration scams that often pop up to prey on vulnerable victims, and instead choose a company with a proven record for quality work and a strong local presence. Look for a company with a 24⁄7 emergency line so you can report your damage at any hour, and be sure they have highly trained technicians who have experience in commercial restoration.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can call us 247 to report the damage and have our highly trained technicians respond quickly.

What to Expect During a Water Estimate

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks Call SERVPRO of Piscataway anytime to schedule a free estimate if you have experienced water damage in your home or business.

Water damage is one of the most devastating events that can happen to a home or business owner. Not only does it have the ability to immediately cause substantial damage to your property and possessions, but the situation can get worse over time if the water damage is not properly treated.

The first step to planning the appropriate restoration is to complete a full assessment of the water damage. This water damage assessment will let the technicians restoring the property know exactly what needs to be done to restore the building as well as allow them to determine what can be saved and what must go.

If water damage occurs in your home, you shouldn't try to do this by yourself. This is not an easy DIY project. It is best left to the professionals who can ensure the water and moisture is completely gone, so mold does not grow. Cleaning up water damage can be a complex task and attempting to clean up the damage yourself may only make matters worse.

Structural Assessment

The main type of water damage assessment that the crews from SERVPRO will accomplish is a structural assessment. Assessing the structural issues of the home that have been caused by water damage will allow them to decide on the necessary course of action.

These are the aspects of the structure that will be assessed during this process:

  • Roof : The technicians will look for any areas of the roof that may be vulnerable to collapse, any missing or damaged shingles, any bent or damaged gutters, any crack or damaged chimneys, and any stains or cracks on exterior surfaces.
  • Exterior Walls and Windows : When the inspection is being completed following water damage, the inspectors will look for any collapsed walls, broken or cracked windows, wet bricks or exterior walls, and any signs of water coming through windows.
  • Front and Back Yard : While the inspection of water damage will be primarily focused on the building, there are other parts of your property that may be of interest. As you might expect, a large accumulation of water can collect in your yard and in garden-type areas. Flooding in your yard not only will ruin your landscaping, but can also cause damage to the foundation of your home. As you would probably guess, flooding in garden areas of your home can kill your plants and flowers.
  • Attic : Damage that might occur to your roof such as missing or damaged shingles or holes can allow water to make its way down into your attic. When your home is being inspected, your attic will be examined to see if there has been any damage that needs to be treated. Signs of water damage in the attic include a wet or cracked ceiling, walls, or floors, wet insulation, and wet or damaged vents and ducts.
  • Rooms : One of the first places that will be examined when your home is inspected for water damage are the rooms themselves. The inspection will include looking for any wet spots in the ceilings, walls, or floors, sunk electric and phone jacks, warped or damaged wood, and cracked or broken windows and doors.
  • Bathrooms : The techs will look for signs that your bathroom may have water damage include damaged bathtub, stains on sinks or countertops, and leaky or slumping ground around your toilet tank. If you have water damage in your home, every minute counts.

As more time goes by the damage worsens and becomes more permanent. When the professionals at SERVPRO of Piscataway respond to your call, they will start with a water damage assessment to get a better understanding of the extent of the damage and see what can be salvaged and what m

Residental Vs Commercial

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

One of the greatest things about SERVPRO is our ability to be versatile in the industry. We offer both commercial and residential services and have the capabilities to handle any size of disaster at a moments notice. We focus on training our technicians to make sure we they perform at the highest standard in both the residential and commercial setting. There are many different certifications in the restoration industry and some are even commercial or residential specific.We also use state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line equipment.

There are many differences between commercial and residential restoration, including SERVPRO’s approach to the damage, and the customers priorities.  

Our commercial clients main priority is generally getting their business back up and running, to quickly eliminate company downtime. The cost may not be as big a factor as speed and efficiency. SERVPRO’s around the United States also lend each other help and equipment so even the largest losses can quickly handled with no issues. No commercial job is too big for SERVPRO.

Residential restoration can have different priorities, with residential customers often looking to see how we can save them both money and time. Along with the water mitigation or fire remediation, we perform pack-outs where we will carefully wrap your belonging, and inventory and photograph everything to send to your insurance. We will pack them carefully and store them in our temperature-controlled warehouse. Once you are ready to go back into your house, we will perform the pack-in and return your belongings to your home.

Whether you need our services for your home or business SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. From start to finish we will make it “Like it never even happened.

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