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SERVPRO 1-4-8

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

24 Hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your belongings residential or commercial.

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.

SERVPRO of Piscataway will provide a timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims and document restoration.

These Services ensure your belongings are restored to preloss conditions when possible while providing security in knowing normal business functions can resume in a timely manner.

1-Within 1 hour from notice of loss we at SERVPRO of Piscataway will contact you to arrange for services

4-Within 4 Hours of loss notification, a professional will be onsite to start mitigation services.

8-Within 8 hours of onsite arrival a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

What you should and should not do until help arrives is

Do’s

Limit movement in the facility to prevent soot particles from being spread  and additional damage from occurring

Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas.

Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet

Do Not:

Wash any walls or painted surfaces.

Shampoo carpet or upholstery.

Clean any electrical equipment.

SERVPRO of Piscataway  Professionals are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year

732-752-4445

Is Your Basement Flooded?

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Piscataway basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Piscataway and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration 
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help (732) 752-4445

What Goes Into a Water Damage Assessment

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

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 must be discarded.

If your home has experience water damage, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Piscataway a call at 732-752-4445. We will come and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Piscataway-'We're Here to Help'

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit South Plainfield, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (click here) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (732) 752-4445

Fire Escape Plan for your Family

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Why Should You Create a Fire Escape Plan?

Every household should have some sort of fire escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action. Time is your biggest enemy when escaping from a burning building. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and can turn into a major fire.

When creating a fire escape plan, incorporate the following elements:

  • When coming to a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob and the crack between the door and the frame to make sure that the fire is not directly outside. If the door feels hot, use the secondary exit. If the door feels cool, brace yourself against it and open it slowly.
  • Do not waste any time trying to save your personal property. Instead, take the safest exit route.
  • If you must escape through smoke, crawl low under the smoke and cover your mouth.
  • Establish a meeting place outside of the home where everyone knows to go once they are safely out. Designate one person to go to a neighbor’s house to call the fire service.
  • Never go back into a burning home for any reason.

 
Safety First

You and your family should establish an escape plan that outlines at least two exits from each room in your home in the event of a fire. If the primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. It is also advisable to have a room in which you could all stay in if the worse was to happen. It would be suggested that this room also has a telephone so you can summon help. Make sure all the children know your address in case they have to telephone themselves.

Every member of your family should practice the escape plan each month both in the light and in the dark so that everyone knows how to feel their way out of the house. Special arrangements need to be made in consideration of any elderly people who may live with you and how you will implement the escape.

If you are concerned about how you would escape from your home in case of fire,  we at SERVPRO of Piscataway will help you devise an escape plan that fits your families needs.

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SERVPRO of Piscataway

6/28/2018

Why Should You Create a Fire Escape Plan?

Every household should have some sort of fire escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action. Time is your biggest enemy when escaping from a burning building. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and can turn into a major fire.

When creating a fire escape plan, incorporate the following elements:

  • When coming to a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob and the crack between the door and the frame to make sure that the fire is not directly outside. If the door feels hot, use the secondary exit. If the door feels cool, brace yourself against it and open it slowly.
  • Do not waste any time trying to save your personal property. Instead, take the safest exit route.
  • If you must escape through smoke, crawl low under the smoke and cover your mouth.
  • Establish a meeting place outside of the home where everyone knows to go once they are safely out. Designate one person to go to a neighbor’s house to call the fire service.
  • Never go back into a burning home for any reason.

 
Safety First

You and your family should establish an escape plan that outlines at least two exits from each room in your home in the event of a fire. If the primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. It is also advisable to have a room in which you could all stay in if the worse was to happen. It would be suggested that this room also has a telephone so you can summon help. Make sure all the children know your address in case they have to telephone themselves.

Every member of your family should practice the escape plan each month both in the light and in the dark so that everyone knows how to feel their way out of the house. Special arrangements need to be made in consideration of any elderly people who may live with you and how you will implement the escape.

If you are concerned about how you would escape from your home in case of fire,  we at SERVPRO of Piscataway will help you devise an escape plan that fits your families needs.

Give us a call!

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Fire Restoration Process

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire restoration process SERVPRO of Piscataway will make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Restoration Process

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Piscataway professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Piscataway, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the SERVPRO of Piscataway Professionals with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Piscataway professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO of Piscataway professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call SERVPRO of Piscataway today!

732-752-4445

HVAC Maintenance for Every Home/Office

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Trivia time: Most homeowners don’t know that, according to Energy Star, half of the energy expenses for a home are a result of energy from the heating and cooling system. We all enjoy the comforts of an HVAC system, but there is definitely an investment associated with operating them—thankfully, with some basic maintenance, your investment goes much further.

Because an HVAC system is so important, it’s necessary to do regular maintenance to stop problems before they start.

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!

How to Protect Your Home From the Spring Thaw

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Spring thaw Just because the snow is melting, does not mean you have to have water damage. It is important to be prepared.

We have seen a LOT of snow this winter in New Jersey so far. Though it may not feel like it yet, spring is around the corner. Spring officially starts on March 20th.

While the warmer temperatures of Spring are nice, the spring thaw that results can lead to problems. When you experience a snowy winter, the warmer temperatures of spring will cause the leftover snow and ice to melt. This thawing creates excess water that can cause water damage, in home flooding, and other issues around your home.

Here are some tips to keep your home protected from the spring thaw.

  • Shovel the snow around your property. Most importantly make sure the snow that is up against your home is shoveled so it can melt away from your home. You should also make sure there is nothing in your yard that may obstruct the draining of melting snow and ice.
  • Inspect your drainage system. The drainage system on your home must be free of obstructions in order to properly drain away the snow and water from your home. Open your roof drains and make sure floor drains and any outside drains are clear as well.
  • Inspect your roof. Check the condition of your roof to make sure there is no damage from the winter.
  • Check gutters and downspouts. Make sure there is nothing, such as twigs, leaves, or ice, preventing your gutters from draining properly. It is very important to clean your gutters and downspouts to allow for proper drainage.
  • Test your sump pump. Make sure your sump pump is clean and the intake valve is clear. Test the sump pump to ensure it is working correctly. Sump pumps protect your basement from flooding, so it's important to make sure its in working condition.
  • Protect your belongings. Move valuable or important items like personal documents or electronics to higher elevation. Try to make sure everything in your basement is off the ground, in case of a flood.
  • Check your insurance policy. Most homeowner policies do not include flood damage so it's important to purchase this protection separately if you feel that you may be beneficial to you.
  • Give us a call! If you have water damage in your home, hiring a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Piscataway can give you peace of mind that your home is in good hands. We will guide you through the process of restoring your home to its pre-damage condition and get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Commercial Water Damage

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Water damage in a commercial building.

Commercial vs Residential

How is commercial water damage different than residential water damage? Restoration in commercial properties is a highly technical process, and more involved that the restoration of a home.

One of the most obvious differences is the size of the building. Commercial properties usually have more vulnerabilities since they are so much bigger. A bigger building means more water and more to clean.

Another vulnerability of commercial buildings are windows. Windows are one of the most common culprits of water damage.  Unsealed or improperly sealed windows can cause water to come into the building, and cause many problems such as warped wood, mold, and weak walls.

Commercial proprieties generally also have more pipes due to bathrooms, kitchens, etc. Leaky/broken pipes, frozen, blockage and buildup in pipes can cause water damage.

Businesses also have appliances on a larger scale such as HVAC or sprinkler systems that can cause damage.

What to Do Next

Water damage restoration in a commercial property is similar to residential clean-up, just on a large scale. If you are a commercial property owner, do not delay in treating a leaky or broken pipe, clogged toilet, or unsealed window. Water damage can get worse faster in commercial properties.


It is important to contact restoration company as soon as possible to begin extraction, drying, and disinfecting. The longer water damage sits, the more damage can occur.

If your commercial property suffered from water damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway today.

SERVPRO of Piscataway   732-752-4445

Who Should You Call?

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

With more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry. Our comprehensive storm restoration services include water removal, flood cleanup, mold remediation or removal, fire damage restoration, viral disinfecting and air duct cleaning. 

The experts at SERVPRO of Piscataway understand how devastating storm damage can be and aim to offer everything home and business owners should look for in a restoration company.

24-Hour Emergency Services

Disaster can strike anytime and when it comes to water damage after a storm, time is of the essence. Every second a structure is exposed to water increases the chance of mold.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. We are here to help around the clock, so we can be there for you when disaster strikes.

Certification and Experience

It is vital to have experienced professionals when dealing with water or fire damage. Home or business owners want to feel comfortable knowing that their property will be restored the right way.

Technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway are all IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets high-quality standards for restoration companies. Our employees are constantly learning new techniques through e-Classes and certification training. 

Top Notch Equipment

Storm damage restoration is a complex process and requires advanced technology. Choosing a restoration company with the proper tools is crucial to minimizing damage.

SERVPRO of Piscataway only uses the best technology and equipment, including water removal machines, moisture exposing tools, and deodorization materials. We have access to the best equipment available on the market.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Piscataway is a locally owned company, which means we are more invested in ensuring our community bounces back after major storms. Our clients aren’t just clients—they’re neighbors, friends, and family. 

SERVPRO is a nationwide franchise, but each franchise is locally owned. This combination gives home and business owners the best of both worlds: the customer care and localized knowledge that comes with a local company and a large corporation's resources.

We Will Deal With Insurance For You

Storm damage restoration is a stressful process and dealing with insurance companies can be even worse. SERVPRO of Piscataway will take that stress away from you as well.

We are familiar with all major insurance providers and will deal with the claims process for you. We will ensure that the restoration process is well-documented with damage reports, billing forms, and photos of each step of the process. We will handle the insurance process from the beginning to the end.

To learn more about our great company call us today at SERVPRO of Piscataway.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445