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When Storms and Floods hit SERVPRO of Piscataway is Prepared

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms and Floods hit SERVPRO of Piscataway is Prepared 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.

Take Time To Prepare

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Take Time To Prepare 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.

How to Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Build an Emergency Kit for the Whole Family 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.

 

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

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

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

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.

What to do during Severe Weather Conditions....

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do during Severe Weather Conditions.... 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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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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (973) 752-4445