Keeping Your Home’s Smoke Detectors Operational
It is important to keep up with your homes smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms are an extremely important component of fire safety. Fires in homes with smoke alarms are less likely to be fatal, as having an early alert to danger can help everyone escape the home safely and effectively.
In addition to installing your smoke alarms on every floor of the home, in every bedroom and in areas that are highly susceptible to fires, it is important that you perform regular maintenance on them to make sure they remain effective
and are replaced when they reach the end of their working life.
Important Components of Smoke Alarm
Check smoke alarms every 30 days. According to the United States Fire Administration, it is recommended to test your smoke alarms at least once a month to make sure they are operational. Alarms should be equipped with a test button you can press and hold to make sure the alarm sounds—never use an open flame or smoke to test your alarm system.
Know when the manufacturer recommends battery replacements. It used to be that smoke alarms were designed to have the batteries replaced annually, but many alarms are now made with special long-life batteries
that do not require replacement for the lifetime of the unit. Be sure you know which type you have and set a reminder to replace your batteries regularly if your manufacturer
Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Regardless of the model, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years at a minimum. Smoke alarms that are older than 10 years old have a 30% failure rate, so do not let yours age
past their effective lifespan. It is important to note that some smoke alarm models are designed for three- and five-year use, so knowing the details of yours when you install it is important.
Vacuum your alarm yearly. Dust can collect in the vents of smoke alarms and make them less sensitive to smoke and high heat. Be sure to use your vacuum attachment to pull any dust out of the vents so they are at their peak effectiveness just in case.
If you have experienced fire damage to your home, we are here to help you. You can get in touch any time to get a quick response from our restoration experts. Call us at 732-752-4445.
How Lightning Strikes Can Lead to Fire Hazards During and After Thunderstorms
Having your home struck by lightning is an extremely frightening thing, but it is something that happens often enough that it is important to know the facts. Lightning strikes the earth around 3 billion times every year, and because it is electrically charged and extremely hot, if it
comes into contact with a building, it can cause serious house fires.
While we do not often think of fires being a result of storm damage, the reality is that lightning makes this a very real possibility that individuals should prepare for.
How Lightning Strikes Can Cause House
Lightning Strikes Can Lead to Power Surges.
When lightning strikes a home, it can travel through the electrical wiring within the walls, sending a surge to any electronic device that is plugged in. This can lead to sparks from outlets or appliances that are not routed through surge
protectors, and these sparks can quickly start a fire in the home.
Lightning Strikes Can Ignite Buildings or Trees.
In addition to being electrically charged, lightning is extremely hot and can ignite flammable materials on impact. Fires can start after lightning strikes the roof of a home, generally beginning in the attic and working its way down the house. Additionally, if lightning strikes a tree, it can catch on fire and spread to homes. If it strikes dry grasses, flames can spread rapidly and create a devastating wildfire that consumes everything in its path.
Lightning Can Do Long-Term Damage to Wiring.
While the above types of fires would be started immediately following a lightning strike, if lightning strikes the home, there can still be unseen damage that can cause a fire
later on. If lightning travels through a home’s wires, it can cause damage such as singeing and fraying that could lead to an electrical fire in the future. These are extremely dangerous as they begin in the walls and can spread rapidly. If your home has been struck by lightning, having
an electrician do an inspection will let you know what your hazard levels are.
Commercial Fire Damage
Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-damage condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry
- Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists
SERVPRO of Piscataway has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
Commercial Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at (732) 752-4445.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at 732-752-4445 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
Top Causes of Home Fires and How To Prevent Them
A third of all fires begin in the home. To keep your home and loved ones safe, you should educate yourself on the ways fires can start, so you can be ready if it ever happens.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and are responsible for half of the injuries from home fires
- Turn off the stove when you are away
- Use a timer when cooking
- Keep flammable items away from stove
- Never pour water on grease fire
Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. Cigarettes, pipes, and cigars cause 21% of home fire deaths.
- Smoke outside, not inside. Many fires begin in the bedroom or living room with fabric, paper, or other flammable material.
- Do not toss cigarettes into bushes or leaves
- Be cautious with e-cigarettes- do not leave them charging unattended or overnight.
Electrical equipment can create hazards- the wiring, lighting, electrical cords, and plugs, cause about 10% of house fires.
- Don't use light bulbs higher than the recommended wattage.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Keep children away from electrical sockets.
- Call an electrician if you see sparks.
Candles can be very dangerous if you are not careful
- Never go to sleep with candles burning.
- Place candles at least a foot away from anything that could catch fire.
- Keep candles away from children and pets.
Heating equipment is the second main cause of home fire fatalities.
- Have a professional clean and inspect your chimney once a year.
- Test smoke alarms once a month.
- Keep flammable materials away from heaters.
If you have fire damage call SERVPRO of Piscataway. Our IICRC trained and certified technicians will come and make it "Like it never even happened."
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How to Be Prepared for Spring Storms
Call SERVPRO of Piscataway. We are Here to Help.
While we all associate spring with the start of nice weather, it can also be associated with the start of storm season. Storms can occur at any time and cause an immense amount of damage to homes and businesses.
Follow these tips to prepare for spring storms:
- Make sure your gutters are clean and clear
- Bring in patio furniture
- Put important documents such as insurance paperwork, deeds, and property records in a safety deposit box.
- Take inventory of your belongings. This will come in handy if you ever need to file an insurance claim.
- Consider getting a Flood Insurance Policy
- Make an emergency supply kit
- Create and practice a family emergency evacuation plan that includes a designated meeting place.
If water damage caused by a spring storm or from any source, should ever affect your home, call SERVPRO of Piscataway. Our IICRC trained and certified technicians are Here to Help and will mitigate your loss back to its predamage condition and make it "Like it never even happened."
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How to Determine if Water Damage is New or Old
This ceiling has obvious signs of water damage, leaving behind ring-shaped stains.
Water damage to your home is devastating and stressful. Water damage can cause many problems and one of the more difficult situations to this is detecting whether or not the damage is new or old.
Your home has pipes everywhere, including on the inside of your ceiling and walls. Because the pipes can't be seen, you can get an estimate of how long the water damage has been there by evaluating the water damage itself. You will not be able to get an exact time, but you will be able to get an estimate on the amount of time it has been there.
1. Determine Materials: Water effects different materials in different ways. If tile, brick, or other rough materials have been affected by water damage, there is a good chance the damage is old because it takes time to wear on these materials and cause leaks. On the other hand, if the damage is in the dry wall, hardwood flooring, or carpet it could be new or old damage.
2. Look for Rings: Drywall, wood floors, and other softer materials may develop "rings" if they have suffered water damage over a long period of time. The water soaks in and will discolor the material and once it dries it will leave a stain behind. When this happens a few times, the effect is like several rings of water damage. This means the water damage is old.
3. Touch the Spot: Areas that have new water damage are likely to be wet but not soft. If you touch the area and it is soft, this means the water has had time to soak in - so the water damage is old.
4. Asses Mold: Mold growth can begin 24-48 hours after water damage. If you have visible mold growth on the water damaged area, you know it has been soaked for at least 48 hours. More extensive mold indicated water damage that has been there longer.
5. Ask the Professionals: If you are wondering whether the water damage is new or old, the best bet would be to call restoration specialists that can come and asses the severity of the damage. They will also help with finding the cause and restoring the damage.
If you find water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at 732-752-4445.
Five Steps to Remove Water Damage Odor From Your Business
When water damage occurs in your business, there may be a strange odor permeating the air. There are several ways to treat this problem.
1. Ventilate the Building and Evaluate the Situation
Opening up windows and doors will help greatly by dispersing the air flow. This will allow you to identify and locate the cause of the problematic smell. If it is sewage that is the issue, it is best to stay away from the contaminated water and call a professional.
2. Dry Wet Carpet and/or Flooring
Carpet holds moisture and may be the main source of the scent that is overwhelming your business. A wet and dry vacuum can be rented, and you can shampoo the carpet afterwards.
3. Scrub Moldy Surfaces
Mold growth that is left to grow will continue to reproduce and spread along with leaving a musty odor behind. Any visible mold growth should be scrubbed away as soon as it is found. A solution such as vinegar can help with this step.
4. Spray Furniture and Upholstery
Furniture can be sprayed and scrubbed the same way as hard surfaces by using a spray bottle.
5. Consult Professionals for Extensive Cleanup
Proper cleanup cannot be done without commercial grade machines and proper procedures. Calling an expert water and mold remediation company is the best bet.
If you have odors in your home or business and need professional help, call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at 732-752-4445.
6 Signs of Water Damage to Look Out For
There are many signs of water damage that you should look out for. Water damage can cause serious problems in any home and if you do not deal with the issue quickly, it is likely to worsen over time and cause more issues, such as mold. Mold is toxis and dangerous and can travel through the air in the form of spores, and upon coming into contact with damp walls or floors, it will begin to grow into a colony within 24 hours.
Sometimes water damage signs are easy to spot (such as when you have a burst of a water pipe spraying water into your home), but most of the time they are not so apparent.
Here are six signs of water damage to look out for:
1. Sounds: Sometimes you can't see water damage, but you can hear it. It might sound like dripping water, it might sound like creaking floor boards or it might sound like rushing water.
2. Smell: Dampness has a very distinct odor and this might also be accompanied by the musky smell of mold.
3. Pooling Water or Puddles: If there is something dripping or leaking, then this can leave pools of water. If you notice an unusual puddle, this is most likely a sign of water damage.
4. Coldness: If your home is difficult to heat, this might be a sign that you have dampness affecting your walls.
5. Mold: Mold is proably the most obvious sign of water damage. Where there is mold, it is from water damage.
6. Discoloration: Discoloration is another sign of water damage. Look for streaks of water that are running down the side of your home. Inside your home look for water marks or stains on the walls or ceilings.
If you have signs of water damage call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445.
Fire Safety Tips
Do you have fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Piscataway.
There are over 365,000 fires and 2,650 civilian deaths every year, resulting in $7 billion in property damage. US fire departments respond to a fire every 86 seconds. That is over 1,000 fires a day.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of house fires, followed by heating equipment, electrical malfunction, intentional fires or smoking materials.
Here are some simple fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Install and maintain fire alarms on every floor in your home and within bedrooms
- Never leave food cooking unattended
- Avoid using portable and fixed space heaters
- Teach kids how to stop, drop, and roll
- Create a fire plan with your family to escape in case of a fire
If you have fire damage to your home or business call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445.