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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

The Packout Process

2/25/2021 (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!

Guide to Winter Water Damage

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Winter Damage Cleaning the snow off your roof is important in keeping your home safe from winter weather damage.

What Are Some Common Types of Winter Water Damage?

Ice dams are one of the first problems homeowners experience after a winter storm. The snow on your roof melts as it heats up and the water trickles into your gutters.

If your gutters are clogged the water will collect and freeze again, and begin to form a dam. The more snow and ice collect, the more the materials beneath them erode and will create access points for water. Roof leaks lead to attic insulation and ceiling damage. Water may leak down and rot wood framing and drywall.

This falling water outside can combine with melting snow on your lawn and soak the soil. Moisture then freezes and expands beneath your home. The upward bulge pushes into your basement and concrete foundation, causing cracks and weakening the structure. 

The ice melt may also drown your septic system’s drainfield. With nowhere to go, waste may push back into your home or rise to the surface of your lawn, creating a sewage biohazard, which would end up costing you money to have cleaned up.

Water may also expand in your pipes when it freezes, in turn causing the casing or connections of the pipes to crack and cause leaks. 

How Can You Prevent It?

When you know the temperatures are dropping and a freeze is coming, be prepared.  Clean your gutters to prevent ice dams. Adding more insulation to your attic floor will keep the heat inside your home so that it won't melt the snow through the roof.

Have your downspouts positioned in a way to drive melted snow toward the sewers, and be sure that there is a 6-inch soil slope around your homes foundation. These steps will ensure that melted snow will flush toward the street and not over-saturate your soil and leak onto your foundation.

Remove snow from your roof as it accumulates, do not let it pile up and become very heavy.  Prevent interior freezing by keeping your faucets on a drip when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Apply insulating wraps to keep pipes warm.

If your home or business experiences water damage due to winter storms, call SERVPRO of Piscataway. Our trained and knowledgeable technicians are available 24/7 to come and restore your property to its preloss condition and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Tips for Using a Generator at Home

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Cold winds and winter storms sometimes knock the power out on frigid nights. In these cases, many families turn to generators to help them stat warm as they wait for the power to come back on.

Generators can be lifesaving when the weather is cold. But if they aren't used safely, they can pose dangers of their own.

According to industry experts, 900 people died of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators between 2005 and 2017. This number doesn't include the thousands of people who were injured when generators caught fire.


Generator Safety Advice

So how can you make a generator safe for your family? Follow these tips:

  • Get battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors. These are inexpensive and can detect the odorless carbon monoxide in time to keep your family safe from the threat.
  • Position your generator correctly. If you use a generation it needs to be kept dry on level ground, and clear on all sides. Place your generator at least 15 to 20 feet away from your home. And be sure that the exhaust from your generator won't blow towards your home. That exhaust is carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas.  
  • Don't plug your generator in indoors. This is a common mistake, and it can be dangerous. Always place your generator outside your home.
  • Get your generator serviced regularly. Don't plug in your generator if you're not sure that it is working correctly. 

Check your generator regularly to ensure it's in working order before you need it. That way, you aren't taking a risk with your generator. 

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews that are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Piscataway?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a disaster in your home whether it was flooding and water damage, fire or smoke damage, or discovering mold, you might wonder who to call. SERVPRO is the #1 restoration company in the industry!  Our company has highly trained and certified technicians, 24-hour emergency service, we are locally owned and operated, and a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  If you don’t believe SERVPRO of Piscataway is the best check it out these testimonials left by some of our awesome customers!

SERVPRO came to the rescue during an emergency we had after our sewer line cracked. They were professional, clean and on time. We worked with Frank and Mike who were tremendous. Have nothing but positives things to say about SERVPRO of Piscataway! -Keith

The crew sent was timely, professional, polite, knowledgeable, and courteous. We used SERVPRO for our HVAC duct cleaning, and they were met with many odd obstacles. These Gentlemen were able to overcome those with relative ease, thought on their feet, and did an excellent, clean job as if my home were their own. Given the totality of the circumstances, they essentially worked thru their own lunch-break to meet their own set of goals, and in my opinion went well above and beyond our expectations. They explained the process to us thoroughly without us having to even ask, and also detailed to us any shortfall and their solution to remedy whichever obstacle they ran into. I highly recommend, and would absolutely use them again! -Andrew

Debbie, Michael and the rest of the team were absolutely wonderful. They were punctual and professional and walked me through the entire process. They were able to clean up our water issue with minimal damage and communicated with me the entire way. I won’t ever use another company. I can’t say enough good things about them. -Megan

I honestly cannot say enough good things about SERVPRO. We called them the same day they came out, on time with amazing techs who were not only friendly and professional, but knowledgeable and extremely considerate to our needs. The techs estimated how long the job would take and they were right on point. It is refreshing to work with a company who hits every aspect of superior customer satisfaction out of the park! Everyone was beyond awesome! Thank you SERVPRO!-Kristina

Very pleased with the professionalism of the technicians who were very courteous and friendly. They explained everything before beginning the job, were thorough and careful as they worked. This company is highly recommended. - Carol

Even during the pandemic, the SERVPRO guys delivered. The flood in our building happened during the lockdown but that did not stop the team from taking the right precautions while remediating the water damage quickly and completely. I highly recommend Frank and SERVPRO. -Tress Realty

Our goal is to restore both our customer’s property and their peace of mind through timely mitigation. We will come in, restore the property to pre-damage condition, and make it "Like it never even happened." The happiness of our customers is our #1 priority!

If your home or business experiences water, fire, or mold, call SERVPRO of Piscataway at  732-752-4445.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is Here to Help

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Here’s why South Plainfield residents know to call us to help them deal with the restoration process.


We’re here to help you 24/7

Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you when you need our services. All you have to do is call us, and someone will be there to
help. Our team is available 24⁄7 for emergencies.


We believe in restoring homes

By working with you to meet your needs, we can help you find ways to save money on repairs. We will always look to repair and restore rather than replace whenever possible. And in some cases approaching a job from a restoration mindset
can help you save money on your homeowners insurance premiums in the future.


We can help with the whole process

House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include
smoke and water damage. Our team of experts has the tools needed to do your restoration work the right way.


We are a locally owned business

Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can have access to the training, resources and equipment you would find at a large, growing company and the advantage of being a partner located right here in South Plainfield.


If you have fire damage in your home, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

(732)752-4445

Stay Safe While Using Space Heaters This Winter

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Space Heaters It is important to be cautious when using space heaters in your home this winter.

House fires are more common during the winter—and the space heaters many Americans rely on to heat their homes on frigid nights are among the most common causes of those fires.


Experts estimate that up to 25,000 house fires every year are caused by space heaters. In those fires, an estimated 300 people lose their lives.

So taking steps to keep your home safe while using space heaters can protect both your home and your family.

  • Never place a space heater within three feet of fabric (like curtains) or upholstery in your home.
  • Also, be sure you’re using a space heater with the latest safety features. Automatic shutoffs are especially important. If your space heater falls over, it can stop them from being a fire hazard.
  • Don’t use an electric heater in areas where moisture creates a shock hazard, such as in a bathroom, kitchen, or near a glass window or door subject to heavy condensation.
  • Always plug an electric heater directly into the wall outlet and make sure the power cord does not cross a walkway. Never run the heater’s cord under rugs or carpet, where it can be damaged. Never use extension cords or power strips.

Careful homeowners can do everything right and still need help in the aftermath of the house fire.

If you ever need our help, we have a team of experts who are ready to restore your home. Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445.

How Long Will Your Fire Extinguisher Last?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Fire extinguishers should be checked monthly.

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 SERVPRO of Piscataway Can Help Save You Money

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most important factors that can change how much fire damage to your home costs in repairs and restorations is how fast a team of damage mitigation professionals can get to the scene and control the situation. A response that takes too long can make a difference in repair costs.

How We Arrive Faster

SERVPRO of Piscataway crews can arrive within just a couple hours of your first call reporting fire damage to your home. We keep our personnel on standby 24/7 to react quickly and make sure every disaster gets handled with professionalism, speed and thoroughness that we have established on a nationwide scale.

Our company has a 1-4-8 Service Response Rule that we strictly adhere to. Within 1 hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange for service. Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO technician will be on-site to start mitigation services. Within 8 hours of an on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you.

You can call us, and a live representative can take your call and immediately begin the response process to send help to your home. Be sure to call us as quickly as possible after a disaster to make use of our full capabilities.

Why Does A Fast Response Matter?

Maintaining the sort of readiness that enables us to respond quickly around the clock is neither easy nor inexpensive. However, the benefits of that readiness pay off for our customers. The damaging effects of a fire, such as smoke residues and water-mixed sludges, can cause severe damage over time to your home through chemical reactions with building materials, deep staining, and many other effects. By arriving quickly, we can target the most urgent damaging factors first and stop them from causing any further problems in your home. The result is a faster clean up time, fewer materials replaced, and a lower final bill.

Locally Owned

SERVPRO of Piscataway is a locally owned and operated company with national resources that enable us to handle any variety of fire damage quickly and with minimal costs. Call us at (732) 752-4445 to learn more about our services.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes Preparation is important to avoid pipes at your home from freezing.

Winter is here, and with freezing temperatures could come frozen pipes.  Plumbing breaks and damage can be incredibly costly. So preparation is the key to keep your pipes from freezing.

Helpful Tips

*Locate your water main valve shut off. In case of an emergency you will be able to quickly shut water off. Knowing this information can save you thousands of dollars.

*In the attic, basement and crawl space, be sure to insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing. These can be purchased from any hardware store.

*Exterior pipes:  make sure you know where all your outdoor spigots are and cover them with insulated spigot sleeves. Make sure outdoor water sources are shut off as well.

*Swimming pool and sprinkler pipes that are connected to the exterior of your home should also be covered with insulated pipe covers (sold at all hardware stores).

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us 24 hours /7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

What You Need to Know About Mold Remediation

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

If you ever incur a water damage situation in your home or commercial property, mold growth will likely follow. It is a known fact that mold growth can begin within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both inside and outdoors. Mold spores only become an issue when a minor problem is left untreated, which, in turn, creates a major mold infestation.

During mold remediation, the technicians isolate the contaminated areas. Depending on the level of remediation, this is accomplished by either closing all doors and windows or completely sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials are removed and discarded using plastic bags, and then all areas exposed to and affected by the mold are thoroughly cleaned and completely dried. A HEPA vacuum can be used for some cases to help remove the contamination and debris.

Once the debris is removed, the mold-affected area is then treated with a biocide and left overnight to kill the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation technicians return and encapsulate the affected area and beyond.

If you feel your home or business may have incurred a mold problem, please act quickly and safely. Evaluate the size of the problem. If the mold-affected area is greater than 10 square feet, that is when it is time to call the professionals.

These professionals you use for your mold problem should be highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While it is true that some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, it is always wise to contact the professionals to ensure a quick and safest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Piscataway, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process. Call us today at 732-752-4445.

Storm Damage- "Like it never even happened."

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience storm damage, the hours and days immediately following can be chaotic.  However, one of the worst things you can do in this event is to wait. The longer it takes cleanup & restoration professionals to arrive, the more mitigation and repairs may be necessary. Acting quickly and having an idea of what to expect will help ease your mind.

Here’s what you can expect when you call SERVPRO of Piscataway after a storm has brought flood waters into your home or business:

  • If there is standing water, our technicians will remove any affected contents to prevent further damage, and then use pumps to extract the water.
  • For carpeted areas, our technicians will lift the carpet and pull the pad underneath before relaying the carpet and placing drying equipment (fans and dehumidifiers). For tile and hardwood surfaces, we use extraction mats to help pull water from the material.
  • After removing any standing water, our technicians will use a Moisture Meter to perform a moisture inspection of the affected rooms, and continue to run drying equipment and to monitor your home until everything is confirmed to be dry.
  • For nonsalvageable materials (such as affected drywall or flooring), our technicians are trained to complete the repairs necessary. There will be an inventory and pictures of all salvageable and nonsalvageable content.

If you have experienced storm damage, call us today at 732-752-4445.

The 411 on Damaging Winds

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

What are damaging winds?

Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.

Who is at risk from damaging winds?

Anyone living in thunderstorm-prone areas of the world is at risk for experiencing this hazard.
People living in mobile homes are especially at risk from injury and death.  Even anchored mobile homes can be seriously damaged when winds gust over 80 mph.  Winds from thunderstorms can cause EF-2 damage.

If your home or business has suffered from storm damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445.

SERVPRO of Piscataway Can Clean Your Home or Business

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Disinfecting Here to Help You Disinfect!

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.

Why We Always Respond Quickly after Water Damage

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

If you have fallen victim to water damage, you are aware of the stress it can cause you and your family as you work to sort out all of the details.
There is so much to consider, but not a lot of time to do it because acting quickly is so vital to preventing further damage and getting the moisture out.

Because these things are so important, we always pride ourselves on our quick response after Piscataway residents give us a call. We have a 24⁄7 emergency line so you can always get in
touch with us, and our trained technicians will respond right away when you do. Here is why we are so adamant about a quick response:

Why We Are Adamant About a Quick Response to Water Damage

Moving standing water out quickly is essential. When you have water damage, if there is any standing water left behind, getting that out as quickly as possible is the best way to prevent
further damage. That is why it is one of the first things we do when we respond to your call after checking that the scene is safe. We have truck-mounted pumps and vacuums that enable us
to pump out gallons of water by the hundreds, which can significantly improve drying time and reduce further complications.


Drying things out quickly will discourage mold from growing.

In addition to the damage to your belongings and your home’s structure from the water itself, mold damage is also a very real concern in the wake of water damage. Mold can begin to grow almost immediately after water damage occurs, and it can cause unprecedented damages to your home. By responding quickly, we are reducing the chances that mold can begin growing in the first place and treating it rapidly in the event that it does.

We want our customers to have peace of mind.

We understand that water damage is stressful, and many people want it to be handled right away. By responding quickly and getting right to work, we give our customers peace of mind regarding the damages and the restoration, so you can know that you are in good hands.

If you have suffered from water damage in your home, we are here 24⁄7. Contact us today to report damage or to learn more about our process at 732-752-4445

What To Do During a Severe Storm

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

A pipe broke after a bad storm. A pipe broke after a bad storm, and caused a basement to flood.

What To Do During a Severe Storm

  • If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Do not hesitate you can make it worse for you and your family.
  • You can use a cellular telephone during a severe storm, but do not use a land-line telephone.
  • If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you.

What to do during storm weather conditions

Blizzards

  • In wide-open areas, visibility can be virtually zero during heavy blowing snow or a blizzard. You can easily lose your way. If a blizzard strikes, do not try to walk to another building unless there is a rope to guide you or something you can follow.
  • Try to travel only during the day and have someone in the car with you.
  • When a storm hits, it is best to stay indoors. If you have to go out, make sure you are dressed warm. Your jacket should have a hood. Wear mittens - they are warmer than gloves - and a hat, as large portion of body heat is lost through the head.
  • If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, remain calm and stay in your car. Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side - away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow. Remember: you can't smell carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Exercise your hands and feet to keep them warm. You should keep moving in general, to help stay awake. If you do try to shovel the snow from around your car, avoid overexerting yourself.

Hail

  • Take cover when hail begins to fall. Do not go out to cover plants, cars or garden furniture or to rescue animals.
  • Hail comes down at great speed, especially when accompanied by high winds. When a hailstorm hits, stay indoors, and keep yourself and your pets away from windows, glass doors and skylights which can break if hit by hailstones. Avoid using the telephone during a storm, and do not touch metal objects like stoves, radiators, metal pipes, and sinks.
  • When a hail storm hits, stay indoors or under some sort of shelter to cover you, stay away from underpasses or other places prone to flooding.

Ice storms

  • Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you.
  • Never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.
  • When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
  • Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia.

Lightning & Thunderstorms

  • Always take shelter during a lightning storm.
  • There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Safe shelter can be found either in an enclosed building or a hard-topped vehicle.
  • If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you are in danger of being hit. Seek shelter immediately.
  • Wait at least 20 minutes after the storm stops to go outside.
  • During thunderstorms, you should also stay away from items that produce electricity, such as corded telephones, appliances, sinks, bathtubs and radiators

 If you are in need and have questions or concerns feel free to contact us here at SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445

24 hours a day 7 days a week.

SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Disaster Restoration

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Commercial Disaster Restoration

When fires, storm damage and mold growth damage the structural integrity of your building, as well as the content within it, the costs can climb rapidly. Your office will be forced to rebuild and refurnish office space. Your business may also be forced to shut down for a lengthy period of time, and every second spent away from work is lost revenue.

We understand this at SERVPRO of Piscataway, and we will provide commercial disaster restoration services to address it. We can act as your single point of contact from start to finish, and restore your property regardless of the event that caused the damage originally.

If your business has suffered damage, we encourage you to give us a call at 732-752-4445.

What to Do After Your Pipe Bursts

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

A burst pipe at home can cause a lot of damage to your home or business. If left unfixed, it can lead to even more damage and also become a health risk if mold were to grow.

Here’s a guide on what you can do to fix a burst pipe:

1. Turn Off Your Main Electrical System

Water and electricity don’t mix well. When there’s flooding inside your home, turning off the main power is the first thing to do. Do not go into standing water with the power on.

2. Turn Off the Main Water Supply

It’s easy to stop the source of the flooding if a burst pipe caused it. Simply turn off the main water supply.

3. Get Salvageable Items

You may still need to remove items from the floor, especially the ones that you can still use. Prioritize undamaged items over the ones that have been soaked with water.

4. Take Photos

Document everything to show your insurance company when you file your claim. Having evidence of flooding as well as the damage it caused will help you support your claim. Make sure to do this before you remove standing water.

5. Remove Standing Water

After you have documented the flood in your home, it’s time to remove the standing water. If You can use a mop and a bucket to clean it.

6. Fix the Issue

You now need to focus on the main cause of the flooding, which is a burst pipe. A plumber can repair the damage and open the walls to make necessary repairs. and check for any signs of moisture or mold growth.

7. Call a Restoration Company

Finally, you should contact a reputable restoration company that can come in and restore your property to its pre-flood condition by removing the water, drying & disinfecting the area and content and checking for any signs of mold growth.

Fortunately, there are companies that deal with emergencies, which means you won’t have to wait for too long before the burst pipe and flood damage get fixed.  Finally, remember to remain calm in situations like this to help you handle them properly.

If you have flood damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Piscataway and we will make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today 732-752-4445.

How We Can Help

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If water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Piscataway. Our teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and de-humidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, our team has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any disaster.  We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

If you or someone you know has experienced any type of water damage, give SERVPRO of Piscataway a call today at 732-752-4445.

Facts About Water Damage

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage is a problem that most property owners dread. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollar’s in damage to wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth.

Here are three facts about water damage that will help you secure your home and respond properly to a potential disaster

  1. The Type of Water is Important

Generally speaking, there are three types of water that invade homes: rainwater, fresh water and sewage. Depending on the type of water in your home, you may need to approach any contact or cleanup efforts differently. Sewage can contain harmful bacteria that can make you ill. Fortunately, telling the difference is often easy, as it will typically smell just as terrible as you would expect.

  2. The Trouble Doesn’t End When the Water is Gone

Once the water is removed you might feel a bit of relief, But that doesn’t mean there isn’t moisture still lurking in the shadows. When moisture is hidden in walls, crawlspaces and below floorboards, it can eventually lead to mold.

 Mold is toxic and can cause damage to structural elements in the home, leading to more problems. Make sure you have a mold prevention expert inspect your property to ensure this dangerous substance isn’t invading your home.

   3. Attics Are a Cause for Concern

The most common source of water damage is a leaky roof or malfunctioning gutters, which means your attic is at the highest risk for water damage. Make sure to have your attic inspected regularly by a water damage professional to make sure that a small leak isn’t turning into a serious problem.

If you have any water damage call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at 732-752-4445.

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Always take proper care of your fire extinguishers to ensure they work when you need them!

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

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.

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 at 732-752-4445.

Fire Safety Prevention and Preparedness Tips

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Practice 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.

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?

If you have experienced fire damage give us a call to come help you at 732-752-4445.

Basement Flooding

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Basement Flooding This basement has obvious signs of water damage.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level.

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.

There are a number of reasons why your 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

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.

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call SERVPRO of Piscataway (732) 752-4445

  • 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

Preparation is Key

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business and family.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Piscataway today to learn more about the Emergency Ready Profile! 732-752-4445


 

Stay Safe from Summer Storms

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

While the spring season is known for the potential to experience severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well,. In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in some areas. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th also ending November 30th.

Before the Storm

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.               
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

During the Storm

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  •  Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

After the Storm

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Below is a recommended items for basic emergency supply list

Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  •  Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  •  Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust Masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

If your residence or business has suffered damage from a storm, SERVPRO of Piscataway will come and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 732-752-4445.

Restoring Your Commercial Property

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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 your commercial building has suffered water or fire damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445

How to Keep Your Home Protected

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Clean rain gutters:  Schedule a licensed professional to clean gutters annually. A clogged rain gutter can send water cascading down the exterior wall, which can result in water entering the interior walls.

Divert down spouts: In a quick run to the local hardware store, homeowners can find a black, plastic corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout. This device carries water away from the house, preventing it from seeping down into the foundation.

Roof maintenance: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. One small tear in a rubber membrane or crack in a tin roof, or compromise in the plywood structure of the roof can prove disastrous for the entire interior of the home. But regular maintenance can preserve the life of the roof. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.

Window repairs:  Proper window installation and maintenance is imperative. Modern windows are fitted with wells and drains designed to help direct water outside the house. Improper caulking can prove disastrous by sending water into the house that should be draining away from the window.

Sweep away debris:  Especially during spring and fall seasons, when the area’s great trees emit pollen in tumble weed fashion and drop their leaves in mass, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.

Increase grade:  The earth around the home should be sloped away from the house to divert water away. Very simply, borrow earth from three feet away from the structure, and toss it against the side of the house thus creating the slope.

Three Main Classifications of Water

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

There are three main classifications of floodwater: clear water, gray water, and black water. Judging by the names you may assume these classifications are based wholly on the color of the floodwater, but you would be wrong. There are a few ways to determine the type of water it is.

Clean Water

Clean water originates from water mains, pipes, and other sources of relatively unhampered water in your home. Water damage with clean water is lighter and easier to restore than the other types of water, due to reduced volume of water and lighter safety procedures during the task. This water is identifiable as being clear and unclouded. It is important to remove this water quickly, as it can turn into gray water if it sits too long.

Gray Water

Gray water is water that may or may not have contaminants n it that can cause a potential health risk. There is more care required when cleaning up after this type of water.

Black Water

The most dangerous and damaging type of water is black water, which can originate from a storm flood, a septic tank overflow, or when gray water is left untreated. This water contains dangerous containments, including fungi and microbes that may cause damage to your health. Black water can also stain surfaces easily. This type of water causes the most damage.

If you have experienced water damage to your home, call the water damage restoration experts, SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445.

Keeping Your Home’s Smoke Detectors Operational

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm 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
Maintenance


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
recommends it.

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

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

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
Fires


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

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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

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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/LIGHTING

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

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

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."

SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445

How to Be Prepared for Spring Storms

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway 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." 

Call us today to learn more!  732-752-4445

How to Determine if Water Damage is New or Old

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage on ceiling. 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

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fire Damage 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.

Fire Safety for Small Business Owners

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you are legally and ethically responsible to keep your employees safe. Fire safety is one way to do that. No matter how big or small the business, you are legally obligated to follow fire safety laws. 

Here are 5 things your small business should be doing to keep your property, employees, and customers safe.

Fire Exits

If there is a fire, you need to be sure there is a way for employees and customers to get out of your building. OSHA requires all workplaces to have at least 2 fire exits that are not located in close proximity to each other, and these exits must be kept clear. 

Fire Extinguishers

OSHA requires all workplaces to have the proper type of fire extinguishers based of the type of fire hazards present. For example, a kitchen would have a fire extinguisher that would need a fire extinguisher for grease fires. The fire extinguishers must be kept in good working order and tested and inspected regularly.

Emergency Evacuation

Employers should provide written emergency plans for employees to be sure all employees know where the exit routes are. Employers and managers must have a plan in place to account for all employees during an evacuation. 

Make sure your employees are trained on what to do in the event of a fire and review training every 6 months. Host regular fire drills to allow employees to practice the evacuation procedures.

Fire Suppression Systems

Finally, OSHA requires all workplaces to have fire suppression systems, such as automatic sprinkler systems. When a fire is detected these systems automatically spray water, sound the alarm and alert the authorities. 

These are important steps to follow for all small business owners. Take some time to be sure your business is operating within the current OSHA guidelines. 

If your business sustained fire damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445 to speak with one of our certified Fire Restoration technicians. 

Commercial Water Damage

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Water damage is scary. Your family depends on your business, as well as your employees, customers and community. Water damage is serious, and if you are not prepared or do not have a plan in place when it happens, your business could be shut down for an unnecessary amount of time.

Top Causes of Commercial Water Damage:

Extreme weather

Damaged appliances

Backed up sewer lines

Malfunctioning sprinklers

Broken pipes

Ongoing maintenance to your commercial property is important to not having water related issues. But there are things you can not avoid- such as weather related water damage.

It is important to take immediate action, before more problems arise such as mold. You should start off by calling your insurance provider, then your next call should be to a reliable water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Piscataway. Once we arrive on the job we will take the problem out of your hands and make it "Like it never even happened." 

When SERVPRO of Piscataway arrives:

We will start by thoroughly inspecting the property and finding out the cause of the damage to make sure the water has stopped flowing. During this stage we will remove all furniture and content that has been affected and create an inventory. We can also store your items at our facility until all the repairs are complete. Then we will begin the water extraction process. We will use pumps and vacuums to remove all the water.

Next we will begin the drying process. We set up our state-of-the-art drying and deodorizing equipment. We monitor the drying through every phase to ensure that the property is drying properly. We document moisture levels and photograph and inventory everything for the insurance provider.

If possible, we will try to save the carpet. If saving the carpet is possible we will dry, clean, sanitize the carpet and padding. If saving the carpet is not possible, we will remove and dispose of any damaged carpet and padding. 

Once your flooring is resurfaced as you wish, the rebuild will begin. If the water damage destroyed any ceilings, walls, or flooring, we can rebuild it. 

Water damage is not something you want to deal with in your home or business, but when it does, you will want to hire the right company to come in and get your business back to normal as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is open 365 days a year - 24 hours a day. Give us a call. We're here when you need us. 732-752-4445.

Proactive Cleaning

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO disinfecting. Give us a call today to schedule a proactive cleaning.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is Here to Help during this time of need 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

SERVPRO of Piscataway wants to make sure that you, your employees and your clients stay healthy and safe during this increased concern of the spread of germs and viruses. We are offering proactive cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of commercial and residential properties with the goal of minimizing the transmission of emergent viral pathogens.

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the Coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the Coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If you would like to schedule a proactive cleaning for your home or business , call us today at 732-752-4445.

Viral Disinfecting

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

If you are concerned with outbreaks and want to take precautionary measures at your place of business, call SERVPRO of Piscataway. We can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning. At SERVPRO of Piscataway, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration for your business.

Give us a call today at 732-752-4445 if you would like to schedule a proactive cleaning for your facility or would like to have someone from our company come speak to you more about our procedures.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the Coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the Coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Piscataway, 732-752-4445

What to Keep in Your Office Emergency Kit

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Disaster Preparedness Checklist SERVPRO of Piscataway can help your business get up-and-running again after a disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Business owners carry a lot of responsibility and liability, especially when it comes to making sure your building and your staff are ready for an emergency scenario.

Preparing for the effects that a disaster can have on your business and how to quickly continue operations is extremely helpful,but it is also wise to plan for in-the-moment support for you, your staff and anyone else who may become trapped in an emergency scenario.

Do You Need an Emergency Kit for Your Business?

The short answer is yes. There are many situations that could cause you and your staff to rely on an emergency kit for supplies.

For example, if there is flooding outside the building and emergency personnel is delayed- or if there is severe weather outside and officials have advised everyone to stay put.

Having the necessary supplies to deal with these types of scenarios will help keep you and your staff much safer and more comfortable until evacuation is possible and advised. It is recommended to prepare for at least three days' worth of supplies, and as many as seven depending on the size of tour business and your unique risk profile.

Supplies to Keep in Your Office's Emergency Supply Kit

Having the right supplies n your office emergency kit is about both comfort and safety. Making sure everyone has enough food and water in the beginning can turn into a safety concern depending on how long the situation continues.

Here are some of the most-recommended supplies to keep in your business emergency supply kit.

  • Flashlights and headlamps with extra batteries
  • General first aid kit, including medical supplies an over-the-counter medications
  • Surgical or dust masks, in case of debris and pollution
  • Extra water (and/or purification tables) and shelf-stable food plus utensils
  • A battery operated or manually powered emergency radio
  • Hand sanitizer and power towels
  • Emergency blankets and sleeping bags for each person
  • Flares and glow sticks
  • Duct tape and basic tools, as well as work gloves and latex gloves

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, we can help you recover with commercial restoration.  Give SERVPRO of Piscataway a call at (732) 752-4445.

A Look at the Certifications We Carry

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC All of our technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway are trained and certified through IICRC.

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.

The 1-4-8 Rules of Service

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway knows all too well how devastating it can be when your home has water damage. Time is of the essence and it is vital to not wait to get it cleaned. In this stressful situation you can be sure that SERVPRO of Piscataway will be ready to help in a timely manner by adhering to our 1-4-8 policy. 

  • 1- Within 1 hour our office team will get in contact with you to set up service.
  • 4- Our technicians will be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 Hours of the notice of loss.
  • 8- We will provide a verbal briefing of the scope of work to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival. 

SERVPRO of Piscataway will make it seem "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Piscataway 24/7 - 365 days a year at (732) 752- 4445 for any water, fire, or mold damage. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Piscataway?

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

We understand you have the choice in deciding which restoration company you want when disaster strikes. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Piscataway responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Piscataway is dedicated to responding immediately to emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. For any job we get called into, we go by the 148 policy. We have 1 hour to get into contact with you and set up a time to be there. We have 4 hours to be on site at your disaster- big or small. And we have 8 hours to brief the team and get started on getting your home or business back to "Like it never even happened."

We're Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician

  • Odor Control Technician

  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

We Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this community too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which allows us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can even call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams for additional resources.

When disaster strikes your home or business, get the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at (732) 752-4445. 

Reasons Why Our Response Time Matter

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck SERVPRO of Piscataway is here for you 24/7 - 365 days a year.

As leaders in the restoration industry, we are well aware of how important restoration is to homeowners. That is why we are passionate about always responding quickly and performing a top-notch job.

Though discovering damage will always begin a stressful time, our 24/7 emergency line and highly trained technicians will make the process much smoother. By responding quickly, we will be able to get your life back on track as soon as possible so your home can go back to the way it was. 

3 Key Ways a Quick Response Benefit You

1. We can prevent additional damage from occurring. It is rare that damages to a home are simply a black and white issue. There are so many damages that can compound on one another, especially when they are allowed to sit for a long time without being treated. For example, in the case of water damage, mold can develop as quickly as 24 hours after flooding occurs. That is why we keep our emergency line on 24/7, so you can report damage and get a quick response at any hour.

2. Homeowners can gain peace of mind. Obtaining damages to your home is one of the most difficult events homeowners can face in their life. Whether you are dealing with general stress after a natural disaster or simply worried about the restoration process for your home, our rapid response will reassure you that your home will be restored as quickly as possible. 

3. We can work with you every step of the way. Whether you need a full overhaul due to a flood or have some minor damage from a stove fire, we are here to help. Because our technicians are trained to the highest standards in the restoration industry, they'll know exactly what to do when they arrive on the scene. This means that the moment they get there, they can take action and begin helping you with every aspect of restoration, instead of only arriving after you have already begun the process on your own. 

If you've experienced damage to your home, don't hesitate to give us a call. We can respond at any hour and begin restoring your home right away. 

How to Protect Your Home Against Water Damage

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Backup computer It is important to backup your computer in case of water damage.

When preparing for water damage, creating an emergency and evacuation plan is a smart first step, but what about the things you are leaving behind? Protecting your home and its contents in a disaster scenario is the main concern, and thankfully, there are ways to achieve that. 

By planning ahead and preparing your belonging, as well as learning how to mitigate water damage that starts inside of the home, you can keep your structure and its contents far safer in the event of a water damage scenario.

Ways to Lessen the Damage that Water Can Cause

Create a Backup of Digital and Physical Files

If a flood or other serious type of water damage happens to your home, having the proper documents to help you restore will make the recovery process go much more smoothly. For this reason, it is wise to create backups of all your paperwork in order to have them readily accessible. Make copies of any physical documents and store them in a secure, off-site location. For digital files, make use of a backup system where you can recover files even if your main computer becomes damaged by moisture.

Elevate Valuables, Electronics, and Appliances

While it is impossible to know how high water will rise in a water damage situation, taking the time to elevate household objects is a good way to cover your bases. Appliances can be elevated on cinder blocks to avoid having their bases soaked in water. For electronics and valuables, placing them on the highest shelf or another elevated location might be enough to keep them out of harm's way entirely when the water rushes in.

Know Where Your Home's Water Shutoff is Located

If you are dealing with water damage from a burst pipe or other household leak, being able to shut off your water quickly can do wonders in mitigating the damage. Making sure you and everyone in the household are aware of whee the water shutoff is located is a simple way to ensure you can always cut off the water quickly if need be.

If you are planning ahead for water damage and would like to learn more about your recovery options,  contact us to learn why we're leaders in the water restoration field.

Small Business Recovery Tips for After a Disaster

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Accessing fire damage Restoration technician accessing fire damage.

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.

How Your Household Can Prepare for a House Fire

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Walls damaged from water 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

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

2 air conditioning units 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

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile on smartphones or tablets, "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

Getting Started

  • 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

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

8/23/2019 (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. 

How do Storms Form?

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway for all your Commercial Water Restoration

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

Step 1:

* 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.

Step 2:

* 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.

Step 3:

* Cleaning- All belongings affected need to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent mold and bacterial growth.

Step 4:

* 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.

SERVPRO of Piscataway:

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway Steps for all your Fire Restoration

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

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;

Step 1:

* Secure and inspect the facility.

Step 2:

* Ventilate the facility to take out dust and soot from air.

Step 3:

* 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.

Step 4: 

* Cleaning the facility includes ceilings, walls and floors to prevent further damage from effects of soot.

Step 5:

* 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.

SERVPRO of Piscataway:

732-752-4445

How Water Damage is Classified | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • 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!

An In-Depth Look at the Various Types of Floods | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

A flood can occur for a myriad of reasons. Most type of floods that occur are due to storms, however a flood can also occur due to sewer system or drainage issues. Because of how much damage floods can cause, they are considered one of the most destructive natural disasters, causing U.S. residents approximately $8 billion in damages each year. While all floods are destructive, it is important to know the various types and understand the nuanced risks that they pose when they become an active threat.

 

Common Types of Flooding

By understanding these common types of flooding, communities can be more aware of what their specific risks are and how they can remain safe when waters rise:

Oceanic floods. Cities on the Atlantic Ocean often get hit hardest with severe storms that have gained their power from the ocean. These severe storms can raise tides, causing a significant rise in sea level and leading to coastal flooding. Since the 1950s, the frequency of coastal flooding in Sandy Hook and Atlantic City has increased by 10 times.

River floods. When heavy rainfall occurs over an extended period of time, it is possible for rivers to literally overflow as they cannot expunge the water in a timely manner. This is one of the most common types of flooding and can cause significant damages to inland areas.

Flash floods. When the ground is fully saturated with water and heavy rainfall continues, a flash flood can occur. These floods come about suddenly (hence the name) and can affect any area—even those not prone to flooding. While these will typically subside in a timely manner, they often bring rushing waters and unknown dangers to areas that are not prepared.

Groundwater floods. Groundwater floods are similar to flash floods, but they are in slow motion. Prolonged rainfall can over saturate the ground in the same way as with a flash flood, but a groundwater flood takes much longer to develop and subside. 

Drain floods. While drain and sewer floods are not always weather-related, they can cause just as much damage to property. They can occur due to heavy rains, but can also occur due to a block or malfunction with the drain. This can occur inside or outside a building, depending on the cause.

 

If you have experienced damage from any type of flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway can help!  We are here 24/7- give us a call at 732-752-4445.



Summer Fire Safety

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

This home in Middlesex had fire damage due to a grill being placed against the house.

Barbecues and bonfires are two activities that come to mind when you think of summer fun. Grilling, toasting marshmallows, or just sitting around the fire - nothing says summer like a bonfire or a backyard barbecue. However, both activities carry a high risk of fire hazard.

When grilling, the grill should only be used outdoors in a well ventilated area at least 10 feet away from the house. Never use a grill on a porch, balcony, or a deck with a roof or overhang. SERVPRO of Piscataway recently completed a fire job at a home in Middlesex where a grill was placed against the house and caused a fire to break out. It caused extensive damage to the back of the home and the deck.

After using a propane grill, always make sure the propane tank is shut off properly. Forgetting to shut off the tank can cause an explosion. 

Whether you are using a propane grill or a charcoal grill, never pour or squirt lighter fluid directly onto a lit grill.

When building a bonfire, use only untreated hardwood. Never use flammable liquid to keep your fire going and always have things on hand to put out the fire (water, shovel, and/or fire extinguisher). 

While having fun this summer, always remember that fire can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage. Preparation is key to having a fun and safe summer.

If your home or business has suffered from fire or smoke damage, our technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 732-752-4445.

How to Prevent Water Damage Before Leaving for Your Summer Vacation

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

A broken pipe caused this roof to cave in while the homeowner was on vacation.

Summer is here - sun, fun, and summer vacations! Lots of people go away on vacation during the summer. 

In between packing, checking flights and reservations, and other last minute details, water damage is probably the last thing on your mind. But according to Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the 2nd most common insurance claim, and the damage can be much more extensive if you are not home to notice it.

Here at SERVPRO of Piscataway, we have unfortunately seen this happen many times. One instance, was a job we recently completed in Green Brook, where the homeowner was on vacation for 3 weeks and returned to immense water damage in their home. A pipe had burst and caused the ceiling to fall down. (Luckily we were there to restore their home back to normal, and make it seem 'Like it Never Even Happened'!) 

Preventing water damage before leaving for vacation is possible with a couple preventative measures:

  • Close- Turn off the water main valve. Drain out excess water by continuously running the water until it runs out. 
  • Check- Check the hoses on all appliances for leaks (refrigerator, washer/dryer, dishwasher). If you have a sump pump, listen to the motor to make sure the water is flowing outside.
  • Clear- Look at your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear. If they are clogged, have them cleaned.

These simple steps will protect your home from water damage because who wants to come home from a relaxing vacation to a house ruined by water damage? No one! 

If you have water damage- SERVPRO of Piscataway is here for you 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. Give us a call at 732-752-4445.

SERVPRO of Piscataway Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration Service

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

This basement in Bound Brook flooded after a recent storm.

SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential & commercial property after water, storm, or fire damage.

"We are Faster to any Sized Disaster"

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage & restoration costs. Our technicians respond immediately, day or night, to help business owners and residents.

Storms occur with little warning and can be devastating to your home or business, so you'll need a company you can trust to rise to the occasion. 

The significant rainfall we have been experiencing this month caused major flooding to hundreds of homes within the area of Bound Brook. The heavy rain caused the sump pump to stop working and the basement to fill with water. SERVPRO of Piscataway's professional, highly trained technicians responded quickly, thoroughly dried the area, and restored it to it's pre-damage condition "Like it never even happened."

If you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at (732) 752-4445.

SERVPRO of Piscataway for your soot and smoke clean up

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a fire in your business can leave you devastated and at a loss. Soot can cover almost every inch. Smoke can penetrate your walls, surfaces, and air ducts and cause smoke to linger.

Recently the Township of Piscataway called SERVPRO of Piscataway for a clean up of soot and smoke. Our highly trained technicians responded quickly to the call. The client was happy at how fast restoration occurred and how quickly they were up and running again.

Soot and smoke can continue to cause damage to materials if they are left behind. Odors from smoke will stay on surfaces long after the fire and continue to cause problems. Within seconds walls, equipment, surfaces and other areas ca be discolored. Quick response and actions are important. The more time that is wasted before treatment the greater the damage. You do not want to attempt to clean soot damage yourself, if not taken care the right way it can cause health problems and more sever damage.

Don't let fire clean up cause you stress call SERVPRO of Piscataway. We are here 24/7 for all your soot and smoke restoration.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged in south Plainfield was cause by a broken sprinkler pipe.

SERVPRO of Piscataway provides 24 hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have trained technicians to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

There is never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration SERVPRO of Piscataway has the trained technicians to respond quickly to get your property back to business.

Due to a flood in South Plainfield New Jersey, our trained and qualified technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway arrived promptly and performed water restoration quickly. The client was very Pleased at how quick restoration occurred for they were back in business in no time.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway for all Water Restoration

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

New Market Fire Department

From small to large jobs don't worry about it SERVPRO of Piscataway is here 24/7 for all your water restoration problems.

Small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues overtime to reduce damage from floods the key is to act fast, identify the source of water and take immediate steps to stop further intrusion. To avoid hurting yourself or other persons do not use electrical devices while standing on wet carpets or floors.

The New Market fire Department in Piscataway New Jersey just sustained water damage in there building. SERVPRO of Piscataway trained professional team handled water restoration quickly and efficiently, leaving clients happy and pleased with the job that was completed.

SERVPRO of Piscataway for all water restoration.

732-752-4445

SERVPRO 1-4-8

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Piscataway, we are here to serve you 24/7, 365 days a year. Time is critical to minimize damage and lower the cost of your loss, so we stand by a policy we call our 1-4-8 Service Guidelines, to help better serve our customers and provide timely,efficient service.

1:  Within one hour from the notice of loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to discuss the cause of loss you've experienced.

4:  Within four hours our SERVPRO technicians will be on site. Once at your home, we will do a walk-through inspection to access the damage and begin mitigation services.

8:  Within eight hours of on site arrival, SERVPRO will contact the appropriate person responsible (this may be the customer, the person responsible for billing, or the adjuster) to provide a verbal briefing of the restoration plan.  

Call SERVPRO of Piscataway at 732-752-4445 to handle any water or fire damage at your home or business.

What to do After a House Fire

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Soot damage in Piscataway.

Experiencing a house fire is a frightening, sickening, and upsetting experience. In the aftermath of a fire, it is very important to know what to do to protect yourself and others from any possibility of further harm. Ask when it is safe to enter a house or other building on the property after a fire. Do no enter a house or other building that has been affected by a fire until you have listened to the professionals telling you that it is okay to do so.

A resident in Piscataway went through a devastating experience when a fire took place in their residence. After the fire department did their job; the client called SERVPRO of Piscataway to take care of their soot and smoke damage. Our trained and knowledgeable technicians got the job done professionally and quickly, leaving the client pleased with how fast they were able to get back in their home.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is available 24/7 365 days for all soot and smoke damage.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

When Storms and Floods hit SERVPRO of Piscataway is Prepared

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement was by a recent storm.

Storms are natural disasters that occur when you least expect it too. Flooding is one of the most common hazards when hit by a storm. SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in storm and flood restoration.

The most common part of your home to get damaged in a storm is your basement. When water pressure increases, so does the potential for leaks into your basement. Water also finds an opening. Heavy rainfall can create hydro static pressure, this can easily drive groundwater to the basement through gaps and cracks. High water pressure can also cause seepage through solid concrete.

The residents of Middlesex County have been experiencing above average flood levels this year due to heavier than normal rainfall amounts. Our trained and knowledgeable technicians responded quickly to multiple basement floods in Plainfield following the last storm that passed through the area. So, if your home experiences flooding we are here to help.

For all storm and flood restoration SERVPRO of Piascataway is available 24/7.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Preparing for Spring Storms

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air! When you think of spring, you think of blue skies, warm weather, and blooming flowers, but spring is also the season for thunderstorms. These storms can bring about flooding, high winds, and even tornadoes if the conditions are right.

Spring weather can be unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared before the storm comes. The effects of a bad storm can be devastating to your family, home, or business. "Home and business owners need to be aware that severe weather conditions can develop and hit unexpectedly, so it is important to plan ahead."- Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, INC.

Here are a few ways to prepare before the storm:

    1. Keep record of valuable items, it can be helpful when filing an insurance claim

    2. Prepare an emergency kit that includes an emergency evacuation or shelter plan, a first aid kit, 3-5 day supply of water/food, and any medications needed

    3. Store important contact, insurance, utility & medical information in a reliable and easily accessible place

    4. Check yard for broken or dead trees that could damage your home

    5. Check roof for missing shingles, leaks, or loose siding, and clean gutters to make sure they are not clogged

Have storm or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445. Our highly trained restoration technicians are here to help.

Smoke and Soot Restoration

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Restoration in Berkeley Heights

After emergency personnel have left, the actual existence of a fire at your home can leave you devastated. SERVPRO of Piscataway is the number one leader in smoke and soot restoration.

Smoke can spread to all levels of your home. Hot smoke can move to cooler areas and upper levels of property. Smoke also flows around plumbing systems, seeping through holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.Extinguishing a fire can sometimes leave behind water damage in addition to fire damages already in your home. Heating , ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system should be addressed in fire restoration in your home.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is here 24/7 for all your smoke and soot restoration. Our trained technicians are knowledgeable to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Spring Cleaning and Fire Safety

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here and the weather is getting warmer. With the arrival of spring comes blue skies, blooming flowers, and spring cleaning! The nice weather that comes with the season makes for the perfect time to take preventative measures to help maintain your home and property throughout the year.

Here are some fire safety spring cleaning tips to make your home a safer place:

1. Smoke Detectors

Check your smoke alarms. Test the batteries, if the detector makes a chirping sound, replace the batteries immediately. Replace any smoke detectors that are over 10 years old.

2. Electrical Cords

Check all electrical cords on appliances, televisions, computers, stereos, and heating/cooling devices. If any wires are cracked or frayed- they must be repaired or replaced. Make sure cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture or rugs.

3. Appliances

Clean any dust, grime, or grease from toasters, microwaves, and stoves. Clean the area under and behind the washer and dryer and make sure there are no flammable materials nearby like cardboard or cleaning supplies. Clean lint from dryer vent by vacuuming the lint trap.

4. Grills

Before you turn the grill on- check the propane tank, hose, and all connection points to ensure there are no leaks. You can check for leaks by using a 50/50 solution of water and soap. If bubbles appear- there is a leak. If you are using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starting fluid.

Adding these small measures to your spring cleaning routine can help ensure a safe season for you and your loved ones.

If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of Piscataway can help! Give us call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Water Damage Facts

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage is a homeowners nightmare. Whether it came from a broken pipe, overflowing toilet, sump pump failure, or flooding from a storm- water damage can cause more problems than you may think.

In many cases, the damage will go much deeper than the water line. The drywall, wood, and even concrete can act as as sponge which causes the water damage to extend deeper into the structure. An even bigger concern is what can come after the water damage, if not properly dealt with-mold. Mold is toxic. It is created when there is moisture hidden in walls, crawlspaces and below floorboards.

Here are 3 facts about water damage that will help you respond properly to a potential disaster:

  1. Look For Stains

Obvious signs of water damage include- water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet, or sink, and on ceilings and walls. Cracks in the drywall, or areas that appear swollen or soft, as well as peeling paint.

  2. Check the Floors

For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling, or warped flooring. For carpets- be aware of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, and a musty smell.

  3.  Watch for Rust and Mold

Check your water heater for rust on the tank, or damp spots on the floor. Corrosion around pipe connections could signal water seeping from the pipes. Check for visual signs of mold.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to make the cleanup process easier for you and your family.

Give us a call 24/7

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

“Like it never even happened.”

Water Restoration in Basement

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home sometimes goes unnoticed. Plumbing leaks, flooding, roof damage and storms are just a handful of ways that water can find it's way into your home. Making its way into ceilings, walls, furniture, cabinets; water damage can be both a noticeable and unknown dilemma in your home.

Water damage can begin with subtle changes that might not be noticed right way. such as a unfamiliar odor. Attending to the situation quickly can no doubt reduce the severity of the damage to your home and may also reduce restoration cost. There are various reasons your basement could flood, such as a blocked or failed sewer pipe, storm sewer back up, water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure and many more.

An inspection once a month should be done. Inspect areas of basement that water shouldn't be. 

SERVPRO of Piscataway is available 24/7 for all your water restoration damage. Our technicians are trained and equipped to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

Contact us on 732-752-4445

Commercial Restoration & Cleaning

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in office space at Somerset NJ.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is a reliable conductor in the restoration industry. Managing a clean office space not only helps establish an upbeat first impression with clients, but can also develop employee morale. A spotless office is a bright office.

Commercial Restoration and cleaning in any small office, apartment buildings, restaurants, hotel/ motels, manufacturing & industrial, government / military, SERVPRO of Piscataway does it all. We handle your carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and even any water restoration damages.

SERVPRO of Piscataway has trained and knowledgeable  technicians to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Clients are pleased with how fast restoration was completed. SERVPRO of Piscataway is here for all your commercial restoration and cleaning 24/7, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

Contact us at 732-752-4445 

Take Time To Prepare

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Tropical storm damage in Jersey Shore.

We can’t predict when a storm disaster will strike, SERVPRO has disaster recovery teams on standby positioned all over the country to deal with hurricane damage on a large scale.

Hurricanes are categorized by their extremely strong winds that can blow from 75 to 200 miles per hour.  Hurricane season begins around June 7th and can last as long as 4 months. So it is recommended that those in areas of hurricane activity are prepared.

What to do in the event of a hurricane?

  • Prepare a hurricane kit, have enough non perishable food and water to last for several days.
  • Have a generator, by have this equipment you may be able to save the food in your fridge and freezer.
  • Prepare a medical kit, include a first aid kit and several days of prescription drugs needed.
  • Make sure you have all your necessities, these can vary per person. Some necessities are flashlights, extra batteries and hygiene products.

Heavy rain fall that comes with a hurricane may cause flooding weather minor or major flooding. This flooding may cause water damage to your property. To lessen the effects of flood damage it is recommended to use sand bags to direct the flow of water away from your home.

If you sustain any damages from such storm or disaster we are here to help 24/7.

SERVPRO of Piscataway (732)752-4445.

Commercial Water Damages

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Damage caused by main sprinkler break.

Water in your business? Let SERVPRO of Piscataway assist as we know how serious water damage can be to your property.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is quick to respond to all your commercial water damages. A hotel in Somerset NJ was under 3"- 4" of water when we were called.. SERVPRO of Piscataway responded quickly to their offices which sustained significant damage due to the large volume of water present. We preformed the clean up and dry out quickly. The client was very pleased at how fast the replacement of materials began.

What can happen if excess moisture is not addressed quickly?

Water damage within 1-24 hours can cause furniture to swell and crack. Drywall begins to swell, metal surfaces can tarnish and documents can be damaged. Odors will start to appear, which can be difficult to get rid of if not treated early.

Water damages that are a week old may cause mold to grow which can be harmful to one's health especially those who have an allergy to mold.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help with any commercial water damage 24/7 365 days a year. Call us at (732) 752-4445.

Gutters and Downspouts

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Its isn't a great way to spend your weekend, but cleaning out built up debris is important. There are many problems that are caused by clogged gutters.

Not everyone would stop to think about the problems that can come from clogged gutters. From your roofing to your foundation damage can be done if there isn't a way for water to properly flow away from your property.

Damaged to your roof can be caused, when your gutters are left clogged with leave or other debris. It can also cause an overflow of water, or even a flood. this can cause your roof to deteriorate more quickly.

Clogged gutters can even be the nesting homes for all sorts of insects and animals. Specifically, when gutters are clogged it can cause an overflow of water. The overflow of water can eventually flow along the foundation of your property, which can freeze and crack your foundation.

SERVPRO of Piscataway highly recommends that gutters be cleaned right after the leaves have fallen in autumn. Our team is well informed and fully trained in taking care of any problems caused by improperly draining water. SERVPRO of Piscataway is at your call 24/7 for all your gutter and downspout problems.

Why SERVPRO for a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

 
Coming Up With a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

We count on advanced warning for some types of severe weather, but there are also those occasions where we get caught off-guard by some severe weather events.

To ensure your family is prepared for different types of severe weather situations, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow.

Creating a Family Emergency Plan

One of the best ways to be prepared for these weather situations is to create a family emergency plan.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, so that everyone knows what to do, it is important to practice, discuss and review it at the start of various weather seasons.

If this step has not yet been completed, here are some things to take into consideration when creating it:

1. Receiving emergency alerts

Today’s technologies make it easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on your smartphone that is equipped with a weather app or Google. This can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations, in addition to the warnings and alerts that are broadcast over radio and TV.

2. Knowing storm shelter options

When living in an area where tornadoes are common, you should shelter in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If there is no basement, use an interior room on the lowest level that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Tornadoes are not the only situations that require some form of storm shelter, and you can learn about more of the situations that call for them by visiting ready.gov.

3. Having multiple evacuation routes

A mapped out evacuation route is good, and having several routes is best as there is that possibility a route could become impassable. Hurricanes, floods and fires can cause you to evacuate quickly and knowing the routes ahead of time is a plus. Find routes with places that will allow you to stay with your pets along the way.

4. Making sure communication remains open

Cell phones are an excellent form of communication for families in an emergency, however, in some circumstances that may not be entirely possible. Cell phone towers can be damaged, phones may be lost or left behind, and phone batteries will die if there is no power to recharge them.

Your family should have an emergency communication plan in place and a safe meeting place after evacuation so that you can all meet there if separated.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Piscataway to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Why SERVPRO?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Piscataway understands your situation. Whether it be Fire, Water Or Mold related we are always here to help.

Our certified trained technicians will make you feel at ease when you speak to them regarding your concerns.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway work with all types of claims and will work with your insurance company to give you peace of mind.

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is SERVPRO of Piscataway first priority. You will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage.

Pretesting to Reduces Claims Expense

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPROof Piscataway  makes sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO of Piscataway professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

Superior, Time-Tested Training

Effective training is the best way to receive the service every customer deserves. SERVPRO of Piscataway technicians are fully trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. .

Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

At SERVPRO of Piscataway our technicians job is to reassure the customer, perform quality service and to report to you quickly with any findings. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic files are available to you within hours. 

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO of Piscataway is a trusted company for water, Fire and mold cleanups and restoration needs.

So Give us a call for all your water fire mold and restoration needs

SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445

The Importance of Your Business Being Prepared for a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

The Importance of Your Business Being Prepared for a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

Would your business be prepared to face all that Mother Nature can throw at it through floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes? The most important key to surviving these natural disasters is to be prepared for these situations.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves building a natural disaster plan for your business. This blog will cover some aspects to consider when designing that plan.

Consider This

There are many different factors you will need to consider when building a disaster plan for your business. This includes your employees as well as your assets such as equipment and merchandise.

Some of those considerations to include should be:

  1. How to safely protect your employees
  2. How to secure your assets
  3. How to get business up and running again

There have been many checklists made available to us by sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that will assist you identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources will also show you just how unprepared you are.

Employee and Visitor Safety Is Crucial

In case a disaster were to strike without warning, a plan needs to be in place that lists procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors to follow and is extremely important.

Make sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all clearly marked, mark a shelter space within the building for people to use as a shelter, consider installing emergency lighting, and have designated volunteer “safety wardens” who are properly trained and ready to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.

When making a selection for a shelter space, it is always recommended to use a basement or storm cellar in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. This is not always an option, so if you have no basement space, identify a small interior room on the lowest level of the building or a closet or interior hallway also located on the lowest level of the building.

The Importance of Asset Protection

If you have a business that is located in a brick and mortar building, you’ll still want to make provisions for protecting the assets that are inside. From equipment to merchandise, you stand to lose thousands of dollars when a natural disaster strikes.

Be sure to have a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items, and yes, having photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful if insurance claims will have to be made. If your assets are based on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that the backup system is working and the storage system cannot be damaged.

If you own your building, you can talk with a contractor to uncover areas that could be improved on in regard to structural integrity. The contractor can walk you through possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not make the grade in certain weather situation.

Back to Business

When a natural disaster does occur, it is possible that your business will have to be closed due to damage, and every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. It is wise to have a “rainy day” fund saved to help with additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.

Take some time and talk with a contractor to locate areas that could be improved on with regard to structural integrity. This contractor can also walk you through possible safety upgrades and identify any areas that may not meet code certain weather situation.

Compile a list of contractors that would be available for construction concerns, and find a cleanup and restoration service that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of Piscataway, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our expertise and trained professionals are fully prepared to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of Piscataway to be there for you.

Why SERVPRO Of Piscataway for Mold Remediation

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

 
What You Need to Know About Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

If you ever incur a water damage situation in your home or commercial property, mold growth will likely follow. It is a known fact that mold growth can begin within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

If you are faced with a mold issue, knowing what next steps you should take is vital, which is why we’re offering an overview of mold remediation in this blog.

Important Info on Mold Remediation

There are many companies out there that advertise for mold remediation and mold removal, but the latter of the two is false. Removing all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company focuses on mold remediation and, thereby, brings the mold levels back to normal and natural levels.

Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both inside and outdoors. Mold spores only become an issue when a minor problem is left untreated, which, in turn, creates a major mold infestation.

During mold remediation, the technicians isolate the contaminated areas. Depending on the level of remediation, this is accomplished by either closing all doors and windows or completely sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials are removed and discarded using plastic bags, and then all areas exposed to and affected by the mold are thoroughly cleaned and completely dried. A HEPA vacuum can be used for some cases to help remove the contamination and debris.

Once the debris is removed, the mold-affected area is then treated with a biocide and left overnight to kill the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation technicians return and encapsulate the affected area and beyond.

What to Look for in Mold Remediation Services

If you feel your home or business may have incurred a mold problem, please act quickly and safely. Evaluate the size of the problem. If the mold-affected area is greater than 10 square feet, that is when it is time to call the professionals.

These professionals you use for your mold problem should be highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While it is true that some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, it is always wise to contact the professionals to ensure a quick and safest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Piscataway, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for household fires,

Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Piscataway to help your household from being a holiday fire Statistic

Residential fires during the holiday season are more than usual, with people not realizing these few simple precautions. And when those fires occur, they do more damage: Property loss during a holiday fire is 34% greater than in an average fire. When the source of the fire is a highly flammable Christmas tree, the toll in property and lives is even greater.

To keep your household from becoming a holiday fire statistic, here are some safety tips to follow.

Cooking

Cooking is the top cause of holiday fires. The most common is food that is left unattended. It is very easy to get distracted. Make sure to keep a kitchen fire extinguisher that’s rated for all types of fires, and check that smoke detectors are working. 
If you’re planning to deep-fry your holiday turkey, do it outside, on a flat, level surface at least 10 feet from the house.

Candles

The incidence of candle fires is four times higher during December than during other months. According to the National Fire Protection Association, four of the five most dangerous days of the year for residential candle fires are Christmas/Christmas Eve and New Year’s/New Year’s Eve. (The fifth is Halloween.)
To reduce the danger, maintain about a foot of space between the candle and anything that can burn.. Never leave flames unattended. Before bed, walk through each room to make sure candles are blown out. For atmosphere without worry, consider flameless LED candles.

Christmas Trees

It takes less than 30 seconds for a dry tree to engulf a room in flames.
To minimize risk, buy a fresh tree with intact needles, get a fresh cut on the trunk, and water it every day. A well-watered tree is almost impossible to ignite. Keep the tree away from heat sources, such as a fireplace or radiator, and out of traffic patterns. If you’re using live garlands and other greenery, keep them at least three feet away from heating sources.
No matter how well the tree is watered, it will start to dry out after about four weeks, so take it down after the holidays. Artificial trees don’t pose much of a fire hazard; just make sure yours is flame-retardant.

Decorative Lights

Inspect light strings, and throw out any with frayed or cracked wires or broken sockets. When decorating, don’t run more than three strings of lights end to end. “Stacking the plugs is much safer when you’re using a large quantity of lights,” Extension cords should be in good condition and UL-rated for indoor or outdoor use. Check outdoor receptacles to make sure the ground fault interrupters don’t trip.
When hanging lights outside, avoid using nails or staples, which can damage the wiring and increase the risk of a fire. Instead, use UL-rated clips or hangers.

When you are cleaning out the fireplace, put embers in a metal container and set them outside to cool for 24 hours before disposal. 

6 Great Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing

12/5/2018 (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.

The Lowdown on Damaging Winds | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

The Lowdown on Damaging Winds | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

There are many concerns that come with severe storms, and damaging winds are one of them. These winds often happen with minimal warning and can wreak havoc, causing long-term structural impacts.

Breaking Down Damaging Winds

Tornadoes and hurricanes are probably what first comes to mind when thinking about damaging winds; however, those are not the only ones to be concerned about.

Traditionally, damaging winds are those with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can be the result of a strong thunderstorm. You will commonly hear damaging winds referred to as “straight-line” winds, which differentiates them from the winds stemming from a tornado.

Damage caused by these winds can be especially devastating and destructive, causing loose objects to become projectiles. The windows and the roof can take the brunt of this damage, and if it’s extensive, can cause water damage to the home as well as the outside elements come indoors.

Anyone living in a thunderstorm-prone area can be vulnerable to damaging winds, but there are some structures that are especially at risk. Mobile homes, even while anchored, could be seriously damaged by wind gusts exceeding 80 mph.

How to Protect Your Home

There are many suggestions that will help you protect your property from damaging winds, but keep in mind “reinforce and remove, the “Two R’s” of protecting your property against damaging winds.

  • Make sure to have your garage door professionally reinforced.

  • Remove and/or anchor any loose items on your property that could be moved or tossed around by the wind, such as trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.

  • If you have a large or dying tree near your home, have a professional remove it and any large branches that could be blown over onto your home or break away and come through the window.

Often, damaging winds do not come when it is convenient or with advanced warning. Being proactive and practicing the above suggestions can prepare you for just those times.

Also, if you are building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure that all windows, walls and doors are compliant with the building code for your area.

If your home has been hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of Piscataway are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home.

Are You Watching for These Fire Hazards in Your Home? SERVPRO® of Piscataway

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Are You Watching for These Fire Hazards in Your Home? | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

In this blog, we’ll be diving into two of the most common household fire hazards. Because no one wants to experience the unfortunate possibility of seeing their home damaged by fire, it’s important to learn and understand how you can protect your home from this harsh reality by understanding fire hazards and knowing how to identify them.

Be Mindful When Burning Candles

Candle usage caused 2 percent of reported home fires, with 3 percent resulting in death and 7 percent with injuries. There were an average of 24 candle-related home fires reported per day during those five years, with December having the highest number of calls during the year for home candle fires.

Of the candle fires during this time span, 37 percent started in bedrooms and were responsible for 36 percent and 51 percent, respectively, of the associated deaths and injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015, fire departments in the United States answered calls to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candle use. These fires were responsible for 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.

Never use a candle if oxygen is being used in the home. Always blow all candles out before leaving a room or going to sleep. And be sure candles are kept at least one foot away from anything that could burn and in a sturdy holder that won’t easily tip over.

Disaster Can Stem From Indoor Smoking

While cooking is the main cause of home fires, smoking is the main cause of home fire deaths. Approximately 17,200 home structure fires caused by smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes and cigars, were reported in 2014. Those fires resulted in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage, per the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

All cigarettes should be doused in water or sand prior to throwing them out—and keep in mind that one out of four fatalities from smoking-material fires is not the actual smoker whose cigarette started the fire.

Dust Bunnies = Fire Hazards

While candles and smoking are two of the most common causes of home structure fires, there are also other lesser-known hazards that could be present in your home.

Were you aware that some kinds of glassware in your home could pose a fire risk? When sunlight passes through the glassware, the concentrated ray may ignite flammable materials. It is best to keep glass accessories away from windows and out of sunlight.

Dust bunnies are also a fire risk if left to collect near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Sweeping or vacuuming your floors regularly and cleaning hard-to-reach areas like behind entertainment centers can help prevent buildup.

Check for loose electrical outlets in your home. The movement of these loose electrical outlets could possibly loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing and sparking, which could ignite a fire.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, is accompanied by water damage from the firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire, smoke or water, SERVPRO® of Piscataway is here to help you restore your home to pre-fire condition.

 

Fire Safety Basics For your Family

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Basics for Your Family | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

Every year in the United States, more than 350,000 house fires occur, adding up to more than $5.5 billion in property damage. These fires also lead to nearly 3,000 deaths and another 10,000 injuries.

Your best defense is to prepare in advance for a fire. That’s why it’s important for every person in your family to know how to prevent fires and understand what needs to be done if a fire occurs.

Start by teaching your kids basic fire safety guidelines at a young age. Also take a look at these three other fire safety precautions you can practice as a family:

Finding Fire Hazards in the Home

If you were to walk through your home looking for fire hazards, you might be surprised at how many you spot! Take some time to check every room as well as your outdoor space to spot and correct these hazards.

  • Appliances should be in good working condition.
  • Check to be sure electrical cords aren’t damaged.
  • Ensure electric outlets and/or extension cords aren’t overloaded.
  • Light fixtures should be used with the correct light bulbs.
  • Electrical wiring should never be covered up by rugs or carpet.
Fire Safety for the Kitchen

Home fires are often caused by cooking. That’s why it’s important to be especially careful in the kitchen.

Anyone who’s cooking needs to follow some basic cooking safety rules:

  • Never cook when distracted or tired.
  • Supervise kids and teens at all times when they are cooking.
  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking on the stove. In the event of a grease fire, smother it with the lid.
  • If the oven catches fire, keep the door closed and turn the oven off.
  • If a kitchen fire occurs and starts to spread, leave the room and close the door.
Design a Fire Safety Plan

Should a fire spark, every person in the family must know how to react and what to do—which includes how to get out of the house and where to go once they’re out.

But don’t just create a plan and not practice that plan.

You’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” Regular practice of your fire plan will make everyone involved more likely to remember the steps if an actual fire occurs.

If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of Piscataway can help! Give us call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you.

HVAC Maintenance for Every Home | SERVPRO® of Piscataway Trivia time: Most homeowners don’t know that, according to Energy Star, half of the energy

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

HVAC Maintenance for Every Home/Office | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

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 Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Things needed for a Storm Emergency

How to Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

In 2017, there was over $306 billion in damage related to natural disasters. Not being prepared for an emergency situation is a risk, and the number of severe weather and natural disasters makes it an even bigger one.

At SERVPRO®, we understand the importance of being prepared for emergencies. That’s why we’ve assembled tips on how to pack your family’s emergency preparedness kit, to help you stay comfortable and safe until help arrives:

Food and Water: For food and water rations, experts recommend packing a 72-hour supply for each family member. Not sure what to pack? Think of resilient items like granola bars, trail mixes or nearly anything you might find in a store’s camping section. Canned foods and dehydrated dinners are also viable options, but typically require the use of a camping stove or water heater.

Tip: Have pets? The same 72-hour rule applies to their food and water.

Stay Comfortable: When packing the emergency kit, remember that you might be dependent on it for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Things like blankets, pillows and a change of clothes might not be needed for a short time, but you wouldn’t want to go several days without them. Also, make room for practical items like hand sanitizer and paper towels, to keep the living space sanitary until help arrives.

Tip: Pack small, fun items for the kids—cards, books and puzzles are great for this.

Odds and Ends: Small items are easily forgotten, but can often be the handiest. Always pack first-aid kits, as well as any prescription medication, copies of important documents, and cash or travelers’ checks. Additionally, resourceful tools such as flashlights, headlamps, a Swiss Army Knife and duct tape are useful in a number of scenarios, without taking up too much room.

Tip: Feel like you’ve forgotten something? Take inventory of everything your family uses in a three-day period—chances are, if they use it, you should pack it.

If you need help preparing for or recovering from a disaster, SERVPRO can help. Contact our Piscataway location today 732-752-4445 to get connected with our team of professionals.

 

Commercial Restoration & Cleaning Services

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Piscataway has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep-cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Piscataway to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your work space look its very best. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Piscataway is available 24 hours a day to restore your South Plainfield property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services.

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Here's What You Can Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Here’s What You Can Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

While damages from fire can often be mitigated with restoration, learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is still devastating. When you begin the cleanup process, to ensure the restoration is properly done, don’t cut corners by not hiring a professional.

Working with a professional has several benefits—not only will they work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, but they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. That being said, it’s understandable to want to begin cleanup right away, while you’re still waiting on help to arrive.

While most things should be left to the professionals, a few tasks can be done while you wait so you can get your life back to normal faster. If you decide you’re ready to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Laundry

If your washer and dryer have not been affected by the fire, starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. By washing clothing, bedding and other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution, you’ll be able to get back to normal more quickly as most things must be washed several times. However, always leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

Increased Ventilation

To reduce the smoky smell, open windows and doors, and keep them open as long as weather allows. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to ventilate further, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Preliminary Cleaning

Tile, countertops and other non-porous substances can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the initial layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to get a preliminary scrub taken care of. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so leave anything you’re unsure about to the pros.

If you’ve had damage due to a home fire, SERVPRO® has a team of trained professionals that can help your life get back to normal, faster.

 

Water Damage and the Types Of Pollution It Causes

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage and the Types of Pollution It Causes | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

If you’re familiar with water damage, you’re likely familiar with terms like “black water” and “clear water” to describe the water pollutant levels left behind. Though the implication is that clear water is less hazardous than black water, the reality is that there are three types and they can all cause their own kinds of damage to your home or office.

Because we know the devastation that comes along with water damage, we’ve outlined the three types of water contamination you might come across and what these terms mean.

Classifications of Water Damage

Category 1: The first classification, “clear water,” refers to water that has originated from a clear source and is free from contaminants. Water from broken inbound pipes, water supply lines, leaky faucets or direct rainwater would fall into this category. It is not recommended, but category 1 water should not be harmful if consumed.

Category 2: Grey water, the next category, is a bit more serious. This refers to wastewater generated from appliances, drain overflows or other types of typical household flooding. Because this water has come into contact with many surfaces, category 2 water is contaminated and will cause illness if consumed.

Category 3: The most notorious of the categories, category 3 water is commonly known as black water. Sewage overflows, rising flood waters or water that has remained stagnant and has begun breeding bacteria are all cause for concern and can cause illness or death if consumed.

Categories Do Change

The nuances of water damage can become even more complicated after the initial flooding because water that starts as one category can easily advance to another. Water that develops higher pollution levels from coming into contact with surfaces or breeding bacteria can become even more dangerous as time goes on.

Because this is impossible to determine from appearance alone, professional cleanup is essential to obtaining peace of mind and a properly restored property.

If you’ve suffered from water damage in your home or office, SERVPRO®’s team of water restoration professionals is here to help!

 

Mold Growth Prevention for the Most Vulnerable Rooms

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth Prevention for the Most Vulnerable Rooms | SERVPRO of Piscataway

When you’re working on mold prevention, a well-ventilated home is a great place to start, but even the driest of homes will have damp spaces. Pipes, faucets and steam can all encourage mold growth, and the spores are notorious for their resiliency.

While the moisture is unavoidable, harmful mold growth is not.

We’ve handled quite a few mold cases, and we understand that even the most inconspicuous of situations can lead to the harmful growth. Mold infestations can be stressful, so use this helpful room-by-room guide to develop a prevention strategy for any home.

###Bathroom:

The bathroom generates the most moisture, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most mold-friendly areas in the home. Thankfully, prevention is as simple as a few regular habits:

  • Each year, reseal tile grout to stop moisture buildup.
  • Replace shower liners regularly and use a shower curtain that can be laundered.
  • Crack a window or use a vent fan when steam starts to accumulate.
  • Purchase a squeegee to rid the tub of excess moisture after each shower.

###Laundry Room:

A laundry room isn’t the most likely room to harbor mold, but the pipes and machines themselves can lead to sneaky growth behind-the-scenes. Here’s how to prevent it:

  • Examine pipes for leaks often.
  • Remove clothes from the washing machine immediately after the cycle ends.
  • Open washer and dryer doors after each use.
  • Check the dryer vents regularly—lint can encourage mold to spawn.

###Basement:

Basements are notorious for dampness and mold, but they also have the most hands-off prevention strategies. Here’s how to keep your basement clear with a small time investment:

  • Set up an automatic dehumidifier to keep humidity low.
  • Clear out clutter that mold could hide behind.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent sneaky leaks.
  • Keep the foundation clear of standing water.

If you’re struggling with mold, SERVPRO of Piscataway knows how to help! Contact us today for tips on prevention or for mold remediation services.

Basement Floods We Are Here To Help

7/10/2018 (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?

Call Today - (732) 752-4445

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

How do Storms Form?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Where Do Snow Storms Occur?

According to the Natural Disasters Association, snow storms occur in locations where air and ground temperatures reach below freezing.

North America and Canada experience around 10 snowstorms a year, each affecting approximately 2.5 million people.

Snow storms are usually referred to as blizzards. They are characterized by strong winds, heavy snowfall and flooding caused by large quantities of melting snow.  Areas along the eastern seaboard of the United States are the most common locations for snow storms during the winter. According to Science, the northern plains are the perfect location for blizzards because the flat terrain allows the wind to reach blizzard-speed requirements. The cold temperatures in the region also allow the snow to be light and easily blown around. A blizzard can cause the visibility to drop to about a quarter of a mile and can last up to three hours.

Intense snowstorms are usually accompanied by cold waves, ice or glaze, heavy snow, blizzards or a combination of these. A large snowstorm has the ability to destroy large areas and isolate and injure people and livestock in its path. Southern states also experience occasional severe winter storms that can present severe hardship and loss of warm-weather crops.

What causes a Winter Storm?

Winter storms develop when low pressure systems come into contact with a cold front or a warm front, which causes low temperature precipitation such as snow and freezing rain.

Common types of winter storms caused by low pressure systems include snow storms, ice storms and blizzard.

If you have any questions feel free to Contact us 24/7

SERVPRO of Piscataway

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Fire Escape Plan

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire escape plan

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

732-752-4445

Mold in the basement

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Basement mold is often the result of a source of moisture — leaky foundations or condensation from appliances are typical culprits.

One of the first steps in the prevention of basement mold is to ensure that your basement is free of any moisture and doesn't support a damp, humid environment where mold can thrive. If mold in the basement is already a problem in your home, there are many options for the control and removal basement mold. Depending on the extent and severity of the problem, and the type of mold,you may need to explore options for professional mold removal. In particular, cases of severe toxic black mold growth may require professional care

Mold in the basement is a common problem, but by understanding how to identify problem areas and prevent and control mold growth, you can avoid the potentially costly and unhealthy spread of basement mold.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help

If you have any questions or concerns please call 24/7

732-752-4445

Summer Weather Fire Tips

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Summer weather means cookouts, Fourth of July fireworks, and all sorts of campfire fun as families across the country take advantage of the warm temperatures to get back in touch with nature.

It’s certainly relaxing to enjoy a beach bonfire with friends and loved ones, or roast marshmallows by the lake or in the backyard fire pit, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.

  1. Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.
  2. Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state). Sparklers might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.
  3. Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.
  4. Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.
  5. When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. A unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.

 If you have any questions 

Feel free to contact us 

SERVPRO of Piscataway 

732-752-4445

How to stay safe in a Lightening and Thunderstorm

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

How to stay safe in a Lightening and Thunderstorm

Thunder roars loudly and can be very frightening – but by itself can’t really hurt anyone. Its two most fearsome companions however, can be very dangerous indeed:

  • Lightning kills an average of 31 people a year.
  • Hail can happen during any strong storm, hurling chunks of ice to the earth at speeds up to 120 mph – and they range in size from a pea to a grapefruit!

So to protect yourself, your family and home from these real dangers takes a little bit of knowledge and preparation. Here are some hail and lighting safety tips: 

Here are some hail and lighting safety tips: 

Know the “30/30” rule: When you see a lightning flash, start counting. If you don't make it to 30 before hearing the thunder, head indoors. Then stay indoors until 30 minutes after hearing the last boom of thunder.

If you’re already indoors:

  • Avoid using corded phones and electronics such as computers or power tools. Electrical wires can conduct lightning.
  • Don't use your cell phone during a thunderstorm.
  • Don't wash your hands, shower, wash dishes or do laundry. Metal pipes in the plumbing can also conduct lightning.
  • High winds and hail can shatter glass, so stay away from windows, skylights and doors.
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed to prevent hail-shattered glass from blowing in or flying around.

If you're outside when a storm hits:

  • Take shelter when you see dark clouds or lightning, hear thunder or feel hail.
  • Head for an enclosed building, rather than a carport or open garage.
  • No enclosed structure? Get inside a hardtop, all-metal car, truck or SUV. Avoid leaning against vehicles.
  • Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
  • If you’re in the water, head for shore immediately and avoid metal objects. Water and metal can both carry an electrical current.
  • Take care of your pets by bringing them inside. Doghouses are not lightning- or hail-proof.

To help lessen some of the potential damage from a lightning strike:

  1. Remove dead or overhanging tree branches that could fall on your house if the tree is struck by lightning.
  2. Unplug appliances and electronic equipment when not in use.
  3. A major concern with hail is damage to your home’s roof. No roofing material is hail-proof, so look for hail-resistant shingles that carry a Class 4 UL rating. Learn what type of roofing material is appropriate for homes in your area.

Hail can also cause extensive damage to your vehicle. To help lessen that risk:

  • If a severe thunderstorm is predicted, park your car where it will be protected, like in a garage.
  • Driving when the storm begins? Head for an overpass, garage or carport – anything with a strong roof. If none are available, pull to the side of road, cover your face with clothing to protect yourself from any broken glass, and wait. Most hailstorms only last about 5 minutes.

If you experience any damage from such storm or any disasters

Feel free to contact us.

SERVPRO of Piscataway 24/7

732-752-4445

What to do After a House Fire

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

What to do after a House Fire?

Experiencing a house fire is a frightening, sickening, and very upsetting experience. In the aftermath of a fire, it is very important to know what to do to protect yourself and others from any possibility of further harm

Ask when it is safe to enter a house or other building on the property after a fire. Do not enter a house or other building that has been affected by a fire until you have listened to the professionals telling you that is okay to do so.

Know who to call after a fire.

  • Contact family members that may not have been with you. Let them know what happened, let them know that everybody is okay (if so) and let them know the information that is necessary.
  • After a house fire, don't assume that someone is going to contact your insurance. This is the number one thing that youneed to do. This will not only enable documentation of the event and set in train the insurance claim but your insurer will be able to talk you through emergency lodging and living expenses. The insurance company will also assist with clean up options.
  • If you are a tenant, contact the owner/landlord and/or their insurance company.
  • Anyone who you feel that could be helpful to you, not necessarily just an insurance company but it could be other things involved, such as the contents of your home and you need to contact a particular help group or business etc.
  • Understand what happens with a "fire report".A fire report will discuss what structure the house was in, what area was involved, the time of the incident, the date of the incident and it will have an incident number if it comes through a fire department. 

Know how to get a copy of a fire report. You may be able to call the fire department for a copy. For example, in Los Angeles, you can call the Fire Prevention Bureau, the Fire Marshall or the billing agency of the fire department. If arson is involved, the Arson Unit or equivalent will probably be able to get this information to you.

Secure the property. If you have not already being told to do so, it is important to secure your property to prevent possible looting. Talk to emergency services on how best to go about this. Most insurance policies require this.

Consider the clean up requirements. 

If your house has been damaged interior clean up will be required. We at SERVPRO of Piscataway can help you to clean up the damage with content pack and professional cleaning services of property or businesses.

Keep in mind that damage to the property often goes beyond what the eye can see. (Removal of a destroyed house should only be done by professionals.)

 The types of damage including soot, ash, charring, smoke, odor, etc.

  • Damage to a single room - this may be something you can manage yourself
  • Extensive damage - leave it alone and call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Piscataway 24 hours a day 7days a week. 732-752-4445

If water hoses were used to put out your fire drying your home is very important. It is best to hire professionals to do fire/ water combination clean up. Water damage can lead to more damage or even mold if not dried properly. Insurance companies will often have approved restoration contractors such as SERVPRO of Piscataway that you can call at 732-752-4445 for board up, structural drying, contents cleaning and structural cleaning and repair.

 Know how to handle smoke and soot damage after a fire. If you do make the decision to clean up yourself, be aware that soot and smoke damage might be significant and often creates a film on the walls. There will also be residue from the extinguishers used by the fire crew.

  • Soot- while there are many cleaning products available on the market, one of the most common is "TSP" or tri-sodium phosphate. Mix it with water according to the instructions and use a sponge. Wipe down the walls and let it dry.
  • Extinguisher residue- use a shop hired vacuum to remove the residue and any remaining dry soot.
  • Furnishings such as carpets, rugs, curtains etc. are best cleaned professionally if they are even salvageable
  • Open all doors and windows if possible. Even if it is freezing cold outside, let small bursts of fresh air circulate through. Send the kids to a friend's house for a bit while this is happening. They should not be around anyway, for fear of the potential for ingestion of chemical particles or other particles that might damage young lungs and immune systems.

Hurricane Safety Checklist

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Safety Checklists

The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared.

By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.

You should stock six basics for your home:

Water, Food, First aid supplies, Clothing and Bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items.

Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container,

Possible containers include

a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.

Water

  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*

Food

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs

First Aid Kit 
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
  • (1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing.
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
  • (2) triangular bandages.
  • (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
  • (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
  • (1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • (6) antiseptic wipes.
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
  • Adhesive tape, 2″ width.
  • Anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Cold pack.
  • Scissors (small, personal).
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Laxative

Tools and Supplies

  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
  • Emergency preparedness manual*
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
  • Flashlight and extra batteries*
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)

Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding

Sanitation

  • Toilet paper, towelettes*
  • Soap, liquid detergent*
  • Feminine supplies*
  • Personal hygiene items*
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

Clothing and Bedding
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots*
  • Rain gear*
  • Blankets or sleeping bags*
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Possessions and Documents

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

If you Have any question feel free to contact us at

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Emergency Ready Profile

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile

No one every plan’s for a disaster but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens”

But by developing a SERVPRO Emergency ready profile for your business you can minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

ARE YOU READY?

Preparation is the key component for making it through any disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. 

THE SERVPRO EMERGENCY READY PROFILE ADVANTAGES:

  • A No cost assessment of your facility. -This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. - It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. It will save you a lot of time if ever needed in future.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. -This can help minimize the amount of time your business inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes you local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. –You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. –This saves time and so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details sucj as shut- off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are

“Ready for whatever happens”

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Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners

When water damage occurs in your home or work place, avoid the frustration and potential risk of handling the cleanup yourself.

Let SERVPRO of Piscataway quickly respond with the correct equipment and materials to get the job done.

Even the small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoid a costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property.  The two things to do for a water restoration is to act fast and thorough drying.

  • Identify the source of water and take immediate steps to stop further intrusion
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and other table top items.
  • Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall to wall carpets
  • Avoid using electrical devices while standing on wet carpet or floors

If you have any questions feel free to contact us 24/7 days a week

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

“Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO 1-4-8 Service

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO 1-4-8 Service

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

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Things to Prepare for a Hurricane

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

When preparing for a Hurricane there are thousands of things running through your mind,

Top 10 things you need to keep in mind or have a list of while you prepare for the forthcoming hurricane:

  1. Always remember to turn off the gas to prevent any gas leaks from broken or damaged gas lines. This may create dangerous situations if left unchecked.
  2. Stock up on battery powered flashlights and a radio. It is advised to avoid using candles, especially around children or pets. Remember to keep a check on the radio for further safety instructions that will be broadcast.
  3. Have at least a two-week supply of any prescription medications, as well as personal care items that include tooth brushes and toothpaste, and other hygiene products.
  4. This is important: Make sure all the vehicles have a full gas tank in case you need to make an emergency departure before the storm arrives.
  5. Remember to select the innermost part of your home (the ground floor is recommended) to ride out the storm, but not a basement or cellar. In the unfortunate event of flooding, those areas of your home may make it impossible for you to escape. Remember to stay away from all windows and glass doors.
  6. Since flooding caused by tidal surge is the leading cause of death and destruction in hurricanes, it is crucial for you to be aware of your surroundings. If you observe water coming into your house, get to an upper floor immediately.
  7. Have a well-stocked first aid kit in the event of any accident in the house. Bandages, cotton balls, disinfectants, antiseptics, antibiotic creams, aspirin, Tylenol, and a thermometer are some of the basics things that you will need. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
  8. You may want to purchase an average-sized portable generator. This is especially important if someone in the household is on oxygen or other electrical powered medical equipment. However, if you do use a generator, be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions that come with it, and do not operate it indoors as that may lead to serious carbon monoxide hazards.
  9. Remember to have an ample supply of bottled water and non-perishable food stuff that can be prepared and eaten without having to be cooked. Be sure to have enough food and water for everyone, including pets, to last for a week. It is advisable to keep a can opener and a clean, sharp pocket knife handy.
  10. Most important of all: Do not wait until the last day to purchase supplies (food, water, etc.) or you run the risk of ending up with very little supplies, or even none, in the end. It's a good idea to stock up on all non-perishable stuff as soon as possible.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help in such disasters.

Feel free to contact us at  732-752-4445 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Water Damage Facts

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is a problem that most property owners dread. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollar’s worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to remediate.

We at SERVPRO Of Piscataway  can make the cleanup process easier to handle.

Here are three facts about water damage that will help you secure your home and respond properly to a potential disaster:

  1. The Type of Water is Important

Generally speaking, there are three types of water that invade homes: rainwater, fresh water and sewage. Depending on the type of water in your home, you may need to approach any contact or cleanup efforts differently. Sewage can contain harmful bacteria and make you violently ill. Fortunately, telling the difference is often easy, as it will typically smell just as terrible as you would expect. If you think that you are dealing with sewage.  We at SERVPRO of Piscataway can cleanup and will have the proper tools and equipment needed to handle the problem safely.

  1. The Trouble Doesn’t End When the Water is Gone

Once the water is removed you might feel a bit of relief, But that doesn’t mean there isn’t moisture still lurking in the shadows. When moisture is hidden in walls, crawlspaces and below floorboards, it can eventually lead to mold.

 Mold is toxic and can cause damage to structural elements in the home, leading to more problems. Make sure you have a mold prevention expert inspect your property to ensure this dangerous substance isn’t invading your home.

  1. Attics Are a Cause for Concern

The most common source of water damage is a leaky roof or malfunctioning gutters, which means your attic is at the highest risk for water damage. Make sure to have your attic inspected regularly by a water damage professional to make sure that a small leak isn’t turning into a serious problem.

If you Have any Questions or Concerns

Feel free to give us a call anytime 24/7

SERVPRO of Piscataway

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Fire Safety Prevention Tips

4/20/2018 (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.

7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement

Basements were once used solely as utility rooms that housed furnaces, laundry areas, and overflow storage for seasonal items, tools, and sometimes even root vegetables. Today, with the high cost of above-grade living space, many homeowners choose to finish parts of their basements to serve as living areas. While this is a great way to gain more space, if characteristic basement problems aren't resolved first, occupants of these finished spaces may be exposed to a higher risk of some health problems. Even if you have no intention of using your basement as living space, health hazards that originate there can spread to other parts of your home. It pays to be aware of the risks that dwell in your basement and that could potentially affect your family’s health.

1.Mold

Basements are damp, which is precisely the environment in which mold thrives. Any kind of mold, not just the deadly black stachybotrys variety, can lead to respiratory problems. Typical health symptoms associated with the inhalation of mold spores include a runny nose, excessive sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, or dry, itchy skin. Those with allergies can suffer broader, more intense respiratory effects, including difficulty breathing and chest tightness. To reduce the risk of mold, use a dehumidifier, seal cracks in the foundation, and replace carpeting with tile, vinyl, or another appropriate hard flooring.

  1. Non-Vented Dryer

Not every basement laundry area enjoys adequate dryer venting from the basement to the outdoors. Rather than running a vent pipe to the outside of the house, some homeowners opt to outfit the dryer with a device that catches lint and then recirculates warm air from the dryer throughout the basement. Unfortunately, the exhaust from the dryer also includes chemicals from laundry detergents, which are released into the basement air where they can trigger respiratory problems. If you spend any time in your basement, have your dryer vented to the outdoors.

  1. Sewer Gases

Sewer gases contain not only methane, highly toxic ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide, but they also include fumes from solvents and other chemicals that have been introduced into the sewer system. Sewer gases are most likely to enter your home through a dry basement floor drain: When the plumbing trap, which is designed to block gases, dries out, sewer gases will seep into the basement. To prevent health problems that come from exposure to sewage fumes, regularly flush basement floor drains with water. 

  1. Carbon Monoxide

Fuel-fired furnaces are expected fixtures in basements, but without proper care and maintenance, they can produce a deadly by-product of combustion, carbon monoxide. This gas can then seep into the rest of the house, where it can create health problems and a dangerous risk of fire. Carbon monoxide is odorless and invisible and may not be noticed until occupants experience symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headache, dizziness, or loss of judgment. At high concentrations, carbon monoxide can even lead to death. If you have a gas- or oil-fired furnace, have it inspected annually, and use carbon monoxide detectors in the basement and in upstairs rooms.

  1. Stored Solvents

Basements are a favored storage spot for leftover cans of  paint, and adhesives. Storing half-empty cans of chemical-laden mixtures can, however, introduce toxic substances into the air, because it's difficult to seal cans completely once opened. Exposure to those chemicals, also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can lead to allergies and disorders of the central nervous system, and long-term exposure can result in chronic health problems. Inspect your stored solvents and discard any that appear to have leaked. And, the next time you buy paint or varnish, choose low-VOC products to minimize your exposure to toxins.

  1. Lack of Ventilation

If you’ve ever noticed a stuffy smell when you've entered a basement, that odor is most likely the result of poor ventilation. While stuffy air below-grade won’t affect anyone living upstairs, it can trigger asthma attacks or other respiratory problems in those who spend time in a basement bedroom or rec. room. If you’re going to use your basement as a living space, your best bet is to tie it into your home’s central HVAC system and open the basement windows frequently, even on chilly days, to let in fresh air.

  1. Radon

Radon gas, which is produced by the radioactive decay of uranium, is present in soil, rocks, and even in the air you breathe. In small quantities, radon doesn't present a health risk, but when it's concentrated in a closed environment like your basement, it's a different story. In high-risk areas, radon has a tendency to seep through basement cracks. Radon can then become trapped in a poorly ventilated basement, where it can threaten the health of occupants and potentially increase their risk of developing lung cancer. Keep track of radon levels in your house by installing a couple of radon detectors. If a detector senses high levels of radon, the EPA suggests that you have your home treated by a radon remediation expert.

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

4/18/2018 (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

6 Hidden Dangers In Your Home That You Need To Know About

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

6 Hidden Dangers in Your Home That You Need to Know About

You saved for years to afford your dream home. It has the kitchen you've always longed for, the perfect number of bedrooms, and a backyard that would make any space-loving squirrel jealous. However, lurking inside your home are dangers, hidden like villains ready to strike. Check out these ways your house might actually be trying to kill you and get some ideas for stopping it in its tracks.

1.Beware of Your Window Treatment Cords

The convenience of on-demand, natural light is something many of us never give a second thought. You pull the cord to open the blinds in the morning and go about your day. But one of the most dangerous places in your home is hiding in plain sight. Each month, a child dies due to strangulation from window cords.

If possible, houses should transition to cordless blinds and window treatments. If switching to a cordless option isn't in your budget, make sure cords are tethered and kept out of reach of children. Install a simple bracket to tie off window treatment cords; make it a habit to keep the ends wrapped up.

  1. A Dangerous Oasis in the Desert — Humidifiers

For those living in particularly dry climates, humidifiers area a lifesaver and in a lot of ways can be good for your health. They add much-needed moisture to the air inside your home and help soothe dry,irritated sinuses. What's not to love?

However, without proper use and maintenance, your beloved humidifier can turn your home into a breeding ground for toxic mold. If you run your humidifier continuously, the additional moisture can build up on surfaces — leading to accelerated mold growth. Try to limit the use of your humidifier to a few hours each day and take care to clean surfaces with mold-killing cleaners. There are also germ-killing humidifiers that use UV light to zap the mold spores and stop them in their tracks.

  1. Poor Quality Work and Lack of Permits

Beware of home improvement quotes that sound too be good to be true. When gathering bids for home repairs, it can be tempting to go with the lowest quote. After all, you think, it's just a simple addition to my garagewhy would I need to pull a permit?

"The risk with unpermitted work is that if there is an issue down the road, even years later, and the homeowner files a claim, an insurance company will investigate, "If they discover that the problem originated in unpermitted work, they will most likely deny the claim, leaving the homeowner on the hook for all the damages."

In addition to racking up a serious bill for you, unpermitted work can also pose serious safety hazards.

  1. The Aftermath of Leaking Pipes

"One of the biggest dangers that homeowners often forget about is behind the walls. Those pipes that send water throughout the home are susceptible to freezing or bursting,"

And due to their hidden nature, you may not realize you have a problem with a burst or leaking pipe until a decent amount of water accumulates. In addition to the thousands of dollars of damage and loss of valuables, leaking pipes also pose a longer lasting hazard: mold.

Mold can form in a home in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water contact.. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize the potential for damage. A water sensor, like the Z-Wave water and flood sensor, alerts you the second leaking water is detected — helping to mitigate, or even prevent, water damage and subsequent mold.

  1. The Stuff in Your House

You love the layout and just-so accents of your living room. You painstakingly picked out the hand-woven wool rug that compliments the rugged armchair passed down from your grandparents. Everything has its place and looks amazing— until you catch your foot on the edge of the rug and go flying head-first into your perfectly positioned coffee table. Every year people are hospitalized due to a fall in the home. Most falls are preventable with a few simple adjustments:

  • Secure rugs and carpeting to the floor
  • Remove clutter and unnecessary items
  • Store shoes, bags, and coats in a closet
  • Create proper spacing between furniture and decor
  • Ensure adequate indoor lighting
  • The Everyday Scents You Love

Who doesn't enjoy the lemony-fresh scent of clean dishes? Or the crisp-linen smell that comes from spraying your favorite air freshener?

However, you need to consider what creates those lovely scents: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are present in nearly every fragranced home product (cleaners, detergents, and air fresheners). High levels of VOC exposure can cause nose, throat, and eye irritation. Additionally, they have been known to cause cancer in humans and animals.

"Most people don't realize that when something containing VOCs goes into a dishwasher that it can be a disaster, "As much as you want sparkling glasses, that awesome dishwasher liquid is toxic when heated. The more concentrated and scented the product, the bigger problems you're going to have. The water transforms those chemicals into gas in your nice, airtight home."

What can you do? switch to natural cleaners, like borax, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, lemons, vinegar, and hot water. And explore the use of natural scents like eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree oils, and cinnamon to achieve the aromas you desire.

With a great home comes great responsibility. There are potential harms and risk around nearly every corner, but you don't need to be afraid. Armed with knowledge, you can karate-chop these dangers and keep your home the safe haven it should be for you and your entire family!

Any question feel free to contact us

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

14 Surprising Places Where Mold Hides in the Home

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

14 Surprising Places Where Mold Hides in the Home

One of the most common living organisms in the world may have taken up residence in your home, and you may not even know it.

Mold—the common name for thousands of different types of fungi—can grow wherever moisture and organic matter are present.

  1. Under the sink

Mold thrives in a warm, moist, and dark environment—like the one found under most kitchen and bathroom sinks. Check these areas for condensation or plumbing leaks, and wipe down the interior of the cabinet under the sink  with a bleach- or hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning solution to prevent mold from spreading.


2. Inside the Toothbrush Holder

A glass or ceramic container next to the bath room is a convenient spot to store a toothbrush. It's also, however, a perfect habitat for mold, which thrives on the water that drips from the toothbrush into the container. To prevent mold from growing, rinse and dry the interim of your toothbrush caddy on a regular basis. While you’re at it, wash the soap dish, including the underside, as well!

  1. In Your Filing Cabinet

Paper is constructed from wood pulp, which is an organic feast for mold spores. If your home experiences water damage or high humidity, then your paper files could become damp, putting them at risk of a mold feeding frenzy. Once paper has been contaminated with mold, it can be difficult or impossible to stop permanent damage to your files, so the best option is prevention. Be careful  in damp boxes, attics, or basements, and consider running a dehumidifier in your home office during the muggiest months of the year.

  1. On (or in) Toys

Small children put everything in their mouths, and their toys can get pretty slobbery and dirty. Even hard latex toys can accumulate bacteria and moisture, making them ripe for mold growth. A regular trip through the dishwasher  or washing machine should keep mold at bay.
5. Appliance Seals and Drip Pans

The seals, coils, and drip pans on many common household appliances, from refrigerators to washing machines, retain moisture—and where there's moisture, there can be mold! Add these hidden spots to your regular cleaning routine  to prevent mold from gaining a foothold.

  1. On (or Under) Floor Mats

The ubiquitous doormat is great for scraping mud, grass, or snow off your shoes, but daily use traps moisture in and under the mat, creating a hospitable environment for mold spores to grow. To combat the spread of mold, rinse your mats regularly and remove them from the doorstep to give them (and the floor below them) a chance to dry.

  1. Carpets and Upholstery

Drapes, upholstery, and wall-to-wall carpeting trap a lot of dust, dirt, and skin cells, which are all food for mold spores. Add in a spill or plumbing leak, and you have the perfect breeding ground for mold. Minimize your risk of infestation by vacuuming regularly, washing with mold-inhibiting cleaning solutions, and drying carpets  or upholstery thoroughly after a spill.

  1. Beneath Wallpaper and Drywall

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. Mold can hide behind wallpaper, under paneling, or even on the back side of wallboard. Make sure to regularly wipe down your walls and check the seams between ceilings and floors for any signs of mold. Before installing new wallpaper or drywall, prime the area with a mold-inhibiting paint to prevent any problems down the line.

  1. Plumbing and Ductwork

Pipes and ductwork can experience excessive moisture, especially in homes with average humidity levels of 60 percent or higher. To prevent mold growth on plumbing and ductwork, reduced indoor humidity levels to between 30 and 50 percent by weatherizing your home, fixing leaks, and running a dehumidifier. You can also consider installing an ultraviolet lighting system that will destroy mold spores as air passes through the ducts.

10.Around Boilers and Water Heaters

Boilers and water heaters typically have drains to remove the excess moisture and condensation that builds up in the course of normal operation. Unfortunately, these drains can become clogged or rusted, preventing liquid from being properly removed and encouraging mold growth on the walls, floors, even the air, around the malfunctioning unit. Inspect and clean your HVAC unit drains regularly to ensure that they are working properly and consider running a dehumidifier in rooms where moisture tends to collect.
11. Ceiling Tiles

Because pipes and ducts often run through the space above a dropped ceiling, this area is a magnet for moisture, dust, and mold. Tiles located around your HVAC vents are particularly susceptible to mold because warm, moist air is constantly circulating there. Inspect your ceiling tiles regularly to spot problems before they spread.

12.On Your Dishes

Everyone wants to save time and money, so it can be tempting to skip the dry cycle on the dishwasher to speed up dish duty and slash your energy bills. Just know that if you skip drying, you could be inviting mold into your kitchen. Dishes need to be thoroughly dry before you stack them in the cupboard, so if your dishwasher doesn't do the drying, you need to do it manually with a dish towel. Otherwise, you might find mold growing in between those stacked plates.

13.In Potted Plants

Over-watering will not only give your indoor plants root rot and drastically shorten their lifespan, but the excess moisture can also cause mold to grow on the surface of the soil and on the pots themselves.
14. In Your Car

Just as in your home, the carpeting, upholstery, and floor mats in your car can trap moisture and dirt, creating the perfect conditions for mold growth. To keep out moisture and mold spores, don't leave your car windows or sunroof open for long periods of time, and to prevent mold growth, Keep your car interior dry and clean. 

 If you have any questions feel free to contact anyone of our Service technician 24 hours a day 7 days a week 732-752-4445

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FAQ'S About Mold

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

FAQ’S about Mold

Being knowledgeable about the causes and risks of mold, as well as how to best remove and prevent it from happening can help you successfully deal with mold problems or avoid them. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about mold in homes:

What is mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that lives almost everywhere there is moisture, oxygen, and organic matter. Mold plays a significant role in nature as it helps decompose organic material. However, mold that is indoors  can cause structural problems to buildings and homes.

1.Where does mold grow in homes?

Mold commonly grows in areas that are prone to moisture, such as the basementand bathroom. Mold can also grow in hidden areas of the home, such as behind walls, under the floor, in the air conditioning, the crawl space or in the attic.

2.When does mold become a problem?

Although all homes have mold spores in them, larger patches of mold growth can cause health issues and structural damage. Signs of mold in the home include a musty odor and the visible black or white specks in areas of your home that have a water problem

3. Can I clean up mold myself?

As it is always better to hire a certified mold removal company, you might be able to remove small patches of mold yourself (which are smaller than 10 square feet). When you’re not sure how to remove mold, or if the infested area is larger than 10 square feet, contact a qualified professional.

4. How do I clean up mold?

 Mold is harder than most people think to clean up. You should wear protective clothing to reduce exposure to the mold. Then, you need to contain the mold, so that it doesn’t spread to other rooms. After that, fix the water problem and dry the affected surface. To clean up mold, scrub a mixture of household detergent and water on the surface (don’t use bleach).

5.How can I prevent mold growth in my home?

Preventing mold requires fixing moisture problems in your home. Repair leaks in the walls, roof, gutters, and plumbing pipes, keep indoor humidity at 30-50% by using a dehumidifier, ventilate appliances that generate moisture, and keep the gutter system clean.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help if you have any questions or concerns.

Call us 24 hours a day 7 days a week

732-752-4445.

What to do during Severe Weather Conditions....

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Broken pipe due to Storm Damage

What to do during a severe storms

  • If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Do not hesitate you can make it worse for you and your family.
  • You can use a cellular telephone during a severe storm, but do not use a land-line telephone.
  • If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you.

What to do during storm weather conditions

Blizzards

  • When a winter storm hits, stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress for the weather. Your jacket should have a hood. Wear mittens - they are warmer than gloves - and a hat, as large portion of body heat is lost through the head.
  • In wide-open areas, visibility can be virtually zero during heavy blowing snow or a blizzard. You can easily lose your way. If a blizzard strikes, do not try to walk to another building unless there is a rope to guide you or something you can follow.
  • If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and let someone know your route and arrival time.
  • If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, remain calm and stay in your car. Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side - away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow. Remember: you can't smell carbon monoxide fumes.
  • To keep your hands and feet warm, exercise them periodically. In general, it is a good idea to keep moving to avoid falling asleep. If you do try to shovel the snow from around your car, avoid overexerting yourself.

Hail

  • Take cover when hail begins to fall. Do not go out to cover plants, cars or garden furniture or to rescue animals.
  • Hail comes down at great speed, especially when accompanied by high winds. When a hailstorm hits, stay indoors, and keep yourself and your pets away from windows, glass doors and skylights which can break if hit by hailstones. Avoid using the telephone during a storm, and do not touch metal objects like stoves, radiators, metal pipes, and sinks.
  • When a hailstorm hits, find shelter and avoid underpasses or any low lying areas that may flood.

Ice storms

  • Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you.
  • Never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.
  • When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
  • Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia.

Lightning & Thunderstorms

  • Always take shelter during a lightning storm.
  • There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Safe shelter can be found either in an enclosed building or a hard-topped vehicle.
  • If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you are in danger of being hit. Seek shelter immediately.
  • Wait at least 20 minutes after the last lightning strike in a severe storm before going outside again.
  • During thunderstorms, you should also stay away from items that produce electricity, such as corded telephones, appliances, sinks, bathtubs and radiators

 If you are in need and have questions or concerns feel free to contact us here at SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445

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Tips for DIY Painting

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Painting is one of the most common DIY tasks that homeowners undertake. From refreshing a room to a full-on home remodel, handling your own painting is a great way to make the budget stretch farther. Adding new color to a wall is exciting, but don't skip over the important prep work before you pop that paint can open. 

Painting over dirty walls isn't a common DIY horror story, meaning that most homeowners aren't aware of the risk it brings. No matter how thin your budget is stretched, a wall cleaning service is an investment that will mitigate the need for costly repairs later on. SERVPRO of Piscataway has seen a lot of damage sue to improper paint jobs-which is why we've put together a list of precautions so it doesn't happen to you!

###Dirty walls won't let paint adhere. Your walls hold on to more than you think-like grease and residues. 

###Chips and flakes might plague your walls, grease can wreak havoc, but dust bunnies and dirt can cause just as much damage. Painting over debris will cause bumps and ridges that over time can lead to flaking.

Painting is fun, but accidentally botching a paint job is not. Saving the extra headache and expenses by investing in a professional wall cleaning service will make sure your project is done properly for paint that lasts a lifetime.

Whether you're remodeling or just want your walls to feel like new, SERVPRO of Piscataway's trained team of professionals can make your walls sparkle.

Is Your Home Ready for Spring Showers?

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

March has arrived, meaning April showers will soon follow. The promise of Spring is exciting, but spending the season worrying about your home becoming water damaged is not.

Readying your home for Spring showers won't take more than an afternoon and will give you peace of mind all season long.

We've handled water damage from a variety of causes and we know how much stress it can cause. SERVPRO knows how to keep rain out which is why we've compiled these tips to keep your home and family dry. 

  • Inspect for pre-existing water damage on the roof.
  • Clean clutter from gutters.
  • Reseal doors and windows.

While you're looking forward to the thaw of Spring, don't let fretting over water damage get in your way. Prepare for Spring showers by making sure your home is ready, so your family stays dry all season long. 

If you've experinced water damage, contact SERVPRO of Piscataway. We have a team of trained professionals ready and waiting to help get your life back to normal.

Smoke Detectors

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Spring has sprung, unless of course you live in the North East. Then it still feels like winter. The ground hog was right this time for a change. But on a serious note it is time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. This simple project can save you and yours families life. The rule of dumb is that you should change your batteries twice a year. Thus using spring and fall as your reminders.

Hoarder Homes

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Hoarder Homes are tricky, and no two houses are identical.

 The key to cleaning a hoarder's house is understanding the total amount of work to be completed. This includes the job hazards, the time frame to complete the project, and the different components of the job.

 Depending on the situation, the client may want a complete clean out, a re-organization and sterilization, Air duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, and other home repairs.

 Other times, there may be only a portion of the job that the client desires to be completed.  

Here are the steps to Cleaning and Organizing a Hoarder Home....

Itemize: Each and every job is different. Some customers only want debris removed. Be careful and safe in what you are removing.  Most times there is only one way in and out of the home, make sure to make a clear area in another room so there is always 2 ways to get out in an emergency.

Prepare a Staging Area:  Staging areas are needed to make sure you know what content is being kept as well as thrown away or donated. Many times there is no room in home so if there is a designated outdoor space this could be very helpful. 

Identifying Where To take Debris and Trash Removal: Many jobs require a large amount of debris to be removed. Once the debris has been removed from the home it is critical to remove from the property to avoid the customer from rummaging and bringing things back in the home. Using dumpsters for large jobs is suggested.

Once all the content and garbage is removed from the home and all that is left is the remaining things that  will stay in home the home will need to be cleaned and disinfected with proper cleaning products 

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway try to make this as painless as possible knowing that getting rid of items and personnel things can be difficult for some.

Please give us a call if you need any help in the Clean up process of your home.

SERVPRO of PISCATAWAY

732-752-4445 

Commercial Water Damage

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Removal of A Children's Daycare floor in Gym Area

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

Sewage Backup

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage in a basement

Sewer Backup in Basement?

Sewer lines transport waste water away from your home through underground plumbing that lead to local sewer mains. If a clog forms in the line or a line fails, it can create a raw sewage backup in your home. SERVPRO of Piscataway offers the corrective services you might need for such a traumatic 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 to people's health, 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 poses a serious health risk to any humans and animals living in the home. 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

Spring cleaning time

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

As we are all ready to get rid of these cold and frigid months.  

Here comes Spring Cleaning time.

Some might see it as getting rid of clutter others might think it’s a total pain…But keep in mind it is not ONLY about cleaning the contents in your  home.

It is also time to check electrical devices and outdoor products for safety.

We talk a lot about fire safety during the fall and winter, which makes sense given all the indoor and outdoor fires, space heaters, and holiday lights that tend to show up when it’s cold.

But now that it’s getting warmer, there are still plenty of ways to make sure fire protection is in your spring cleaning routine.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway would like to share some tips in helping out in this process

  1. Make sure your smoke and carbon dioxide monitors are blown out for the dust that could have collected over the winter months. Also it is good to perform a monthly check by pressing the test button assuring the batteries are good.
  2. The leading cause of fires caused in home is the Clothes Dryer and failure to clean them. So as many people think “I will clean lint trap on the next load” it is important to make sure it is cleaned each and every dry cycle. Also check the drum to make sure excess lint has not fallen in. Make sure the dryer area is clear of flammable products such as cleaning products  and cardboard boxes.
  3. Nothing says Spring and Summer quite like “Grilling” Make sure you clean your grill very well in between uses for less grease fires that can occur if not properly cleaned, always check drip pan for excess grease.  Before you turn on grill check that all connections are secure and that there are no frayed connection wires.  If you turn on your tank and smell “GAS” immediately turn tank off.  If using a charcoal grill make sure the coals are completely cooled down and throw away in a metal container.

 If you may have any concerns or just have a quick question feel free to contact us

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Use House Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Although houseplants may be intimidating to those with a “Black Thumb” or fear of commitment, it turns out that there are many houseplants that need little to practically no care to improve the air quality in your home.

So How do House Plants Clean the Air you might ask?

Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air and at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which then produces oxygen through photosynthesis.

These plants remove the following chemicals that can be found in your home from your everyday cleaners and furnishings

 Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Xylene.

Here is a list of some household plants that are good for improving the air quality in your Home:

  1. Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

It is called the Mother-in-laws Tongue because of its sharp, pointed leaves and because it lasts so long. This is one of the hardest house plants to kill. It’s awesome at filtering out chemicals found in toilet paper, tissues, and other toiletry products.  It enjoys low light and humid conditions, which makes it ideal for bathrooms. In fact they prefer to be dry in between waterings and in the winter months they should be watered once a month.

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  1. Aloe Vera

In addition to being easy to care for aloe makes some serious health claims. It’s great at removing chemicals from paints and chemical cleaning products.To maintain your aloe plant all you need to do is place it in a sunny spot, water deeply but sparingly. This plant also likes to be completely dry in between waterings. The plant's leaves contain a gel inside the spiked leaves that can be used to relieve cuts, burns and even help psoriasis.

3. Bamboo Palm

A superstar of filtering formaldehyde often used in furniture, these palms thrive in full sun or bright light. Part of the reason they can filter so much air is that they can grow to be pretty big—as tall as four to 12 feet high, making them exciting (and pet-friendly) indoor additions. During dryer winter months, the bamboo palm can also add a bit of moisture to the air.

Given that people spend more than 90% of their time indoors, air quality matters.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding how to maintain good air quality in your home

feel free to contact SERVPRO of Piscataway at anytime

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

Mold in Winter Months

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a word that can put fear in your heart as a homeowner.  Mold in the home can make you and your family sick depending on what kind it might be.  It also doesn't look very nice and can  weaken your walls, ceilings and floors.

Mold is a type of fungus that  naturally grows in many places, but inside your house it can pose a health risk and create negative air quality.

There are 2 types of mold Allergenic and Mycotoxin.

Allergenic mold is the one that is typically not a health risk unless you are sensitive to mold or have asthma.

Mycotoxin mold is toxic and hazardous for humans and pets and should be removed with extreme care. 

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway will come to your home and perform an inspection to determine if mold is present and what steps need to be taken for remediation.

Here are some tips To prevent mold from occurring:

During the cold winter months make sure that your indoor humidity level is below 40 percent.

Remove possible sources of mold growth by vacuuming and cleaning. Pay close attention to bathrooms and rooms that generate a lot of moisture.

In bathroom and kitchen areas it is best to have and exhaust fan or open window when producing moisture from a hot shower. Exhaust fans should be vented to the outdoors and not in attic and crawl spaces.

Paper, books and clothing are food sources for mold so try not to store them in humid places like the basement. 

If you are in need of assistance with what you may think is a possible mold issue feel free to call us at SERVPRO of Piscataway we are always here to help.

SERVPRO Of Piscataway 

732-752-4445

Heating Safety Tips

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Space heater safety.

We at SERVPRO Of Piscataway know that winter months can be very cold in your home.  

Did you you know that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires? Here are some tips for the safety of your home when using alternate methods such as electrical heaters and fireplaces

Heating Safety Tips 

*Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from any heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.

*Never use your oven to heat your home.

*Make sure your heating equipment and chimneys are cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

*Test your smoke alarms at least once a month to ensure safety in home in case of a fire.

*Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed.

*Have a 3 foot or more distance "Kid-fee zone" around open fires and space heaters.

*If using a space heater that uses fuel, make sure only to buy the fuel that is specified by the manufacturer.

*Never plug space heater into a electrical strip always make sure its in a wall socket.

With these few tips you can help ensure the safety in your home more effectively. If you have any concerns feel free to call us at 

SERVPRO of Piscataway 732-752-4445.

How to prevent frozen Pipes

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Winter is here, and with freezing temperatures could come frozen pipes.  Plumbing breaks and damage can be incredibly costly.

So we at SERVPRO of Piscataway, believe that preparation is the key to keep your pipes from freezing

Here are some Helpful tips In winterizing you pipes indoors and out.

*Locate your water main valve shut off, In case of an emergency you will be able to quickly shut water off. Knowing this information can save you thousands.

*In the Attic, Basement and crawl space, be sure to insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing. These can be purchased from any hardware store.

*Exterior pipes, make sure you know where all your outdoor spigots are and cover them with insulated spigot sleeves. Make sure outdoor water sources are shut off as well.

*Swimming pool and sprinkler pipes that are connected to the exterior of your home should also be covered with insulated pipe covers (sold at all hardware stores).

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us 24 hours /7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway is now affiliated with ISNetworld

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

ISNetworld® is a 3rd party system that verifies a contractors safety, procurement, regulatory, and quality data. Contractors may find themselves being requested by their customers to be approved on this system to work or continue to work with them. That is where we can help!


With hundreds of questions in an ISNetworld® Compliance Questionnaire, submitting requested forms, and the requirement of having to create and submit industry-specific safety programs, we know compliance is the last thing your company may want to focus on. From the MSQ® to your RAVS® section we can get your account up to speed and on your way to compliance. Our expert compliance staff with over 20 years experience has been getting and keeping company's like yours ISNetworld® compliant.

Basement Spring Cleaning

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help you when you get a flood in your basement, but what can you do before this happens?


Your basement is probably full of seasonal items, exercise equipment, old appliances, tools, and family keepsakes.  Be prepared and get important items up off the floor.  



 


Here are some tips for cleaning up your basement which we found from www.budgetbasement.com's blog.


 


Manage your time wisely


First, mentally and physically prepare to spend at least half a day down in the basement. Choose a day when you don’t have to go anywhere and can devote all your time to this project. Thinking you can be done in an hour is a big mistake and a sure way to have this cleanup dragging for weeks.


Also, avoid wasting time on sentiments. We’ve all been there: you find an old photo album and there it goes – 40 minutes lost just flipping through the pages and reminiscing on good old days. Never forget that your objective is to clean – once it’s completed, you can always go back and revisit this album (because now it’s easy to find).


Suit up


You never know what could be lurking in your basement, especially if you haven’t cleaned it for years. Just to be on the safe side:


- Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, preferably items that cover your arms and legs.


- Put a face mask on to protect yourself from dust, allergens and mold spores.


- Have goggles at hand if it gets really dusty.


- Don’t walk in an unfinished basement barefoot – put on closed-toe shoes.


- Have a pair of rubber gloves handy in case you come across something nasty.


Provide sufficient lighting


You will need to see what you are doing, so start the cleanup by washing the windows if you have any in your basement. Clean both sides and enjoy the sunlight. If there’s still not enough light, bring down a few lamps and plug them in. 


Identify the elephants in the room


Look around in your basement and note individual items that take up the most space. Now is a good time to reevaluate your possessions. Some of them you may no longer need (as proven by the years of collecting dust in the basement.) Sell, donate, or toss old items you don’t have use for. This will help you free up some space for more important stuff.


What doesn’t belong here?


Sometimes, odd things end up in your basement: toys left by kids and forgotten, empty detergent bottles meant for recycling or some stuff you just tossed in there to get it out of sight. Quickly scan your basement to identify these items and bring them back where they belong: upstairs, in the garage, in the laundry room or a storage shed.


Some of the things that don’t belong in your basement are broken items. You might have kept them with the intention to fix, but let’s face it: it’s not happening. So either get them fixed ASAP or discard them in the trash or at a recycling facility.


Sort and Declutter


This is where the dusty part comes in – sorting through the bottomless boxes of stuff. The most important thing is to stay focused and come up with your own system of how you want to organize things. An extra Ethernet cable can go into a box with “wires” or classified under “computer stuff.” It’s all up to you. 


It’s time to clean


Now that you have all the containers neatly stacked, you can actually clean the basement. Vacuum up any loose debris from the floors, as well as cob webs in the corners and on the ceiling. You can mop the floors with soapy water, but be sure to run a dehumidifier to help with drying. Wipe the dust off of the shelving units and freestanding containers.


Basement spring cleaning gives you a chance to get familiar with your basement and determine if it has any problems, such as mold or water issues. While moving the boxes around, look in every crevice and note any wet spots or water damage on your items. 


 


SERVPRO of Piscataway is here to help with any of your water or mold needs.


For Immediate Service in Piscataway, Call SERVPRO

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

We'll be there for your professional cleaning or emergency restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Piscataway provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Piscataway. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.



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Whether your Piscataway home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:



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There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Piscataway commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: SERVPRO Commercial Services



  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration

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When Storms or Floods hit South Plainfield, SERVPRO is ready!

2/22/2017 (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.

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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.

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