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Fire Damage Leaves Smoke Damage in Its Wake

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Leaves Smoke Damage in Its Wake This photo shows smoke and soot damage from a fire in Beachwood, NJ before SERVPRO of Toms River started the restoration process.

Fire Damage Leaves Smoke Damage in Its Wake

Resist DIY Cleanup. Here’s Why You Should Leave Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration to the Professionals.

When fire sweeps through a room or your entire home or building, you’ve got a big, stinky mess on your hands—not to mention having to deal with the emotional and financial tolls these disasters take on your life and livelihood.

While you may be tempted to tackle small jobs yourself, it’s important to resist the urge. Even seemingly minor cleanups require a lot more than just good old-fashioned elbow grease. And waiting too long to begin the smoke-damage restoration process can have dire consequences.

Once the real danger—the fire—has been extinguished, other hazards ignite.

  1. First, there’s the terrible odor that lingers long after the event. This is tough to neutralize without using specialized professional-grade detergents, along with sealants that prevent more odor from escaping.
  1. Left unchecked, residual ash—which is very acidic—may quickly and permanently:
  • Discolor carpets, walls, clothing, plastic, fiberglass, finishes on appliances, and anything within close range of the fire
  • Severely scratch glass surfaces
  • Tarnish or corrode metal
  • Damage wood and vinyl

Particles can spread quickly throughout the building, defiling other things in its path. Over time, ash can even harden to a lacquer-like consistency, making it more difficult to eliminate.

  1. Smoke damage leaves black soot marks and charred areas on walls and ceilings. Extremely stubborn and hard to clean, these “blemishes” require herculean efforts to remove.

Some people make the attempt using highly toxic cleaning products like TSP (trisodium phosphate). However, if not used properly and with protective gear, these harsh chemicals can cause severe skin and eye irritation. Smoke damage restoration is grimy, dangerous work.

You have enough on your plate after experiencing fire related damage, and trying to clean up the mess yourself will only lead to further pain and suffering. Contact SERVPRO of Toms River, your trained and certified local professionals to get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

And remember: Swift action is your best bet—the sooner a professional begins fire damage restoration, the sooner you’ll be back to normal.

Call SERVPRO of Toms River 24/7 at 732-349-9898 for any fire or smoke damage.  

Sump Pump Failure in a Finished Basement in Oakhurst, NJ

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sump Pump Failure in a Finished Basement in Oakhurst, NJ SERVPRO of Toms River on the scene after a sump pump failure in Oakhurst, NJ.

Sump pumps, commonly placed in the lowest part of basements and crawlspaces, are used to pump the water out and away from the building to keep it dry and prevent flooding. Water from rain, melting snow, flooding, and other water related disasters can seep through a building’s foundation into a sump basin or other area where standing water is distributed to the pump.

Sump pump failures are one of those things that you don't think about until it is too late. If you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement from flooding, it's important to have a backup system in place. Consider one or more of the following options as a backup system:

  • Secondary Electric Pump
  • Battery Backup Powered System
  • Hydraulic Pump
  • High Level Alarm

If your New Jersey property has experienced water damage or mold from a sump pump failure call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. Our water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.

Call Us Today (732)-349-9898.

Got Water Damage? Four Things You Need to Know.

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Got Water Damage? Four Things You Need to Know.

After the floodgates open, things can unravel quickly. Here’s how to begin the recovery process.

Your water heater exploded, a pipe burst, an epic rainstorm flooded your basement: No matter how the deluge began, you’ve now got a soggy mess on your hands. And unless you act quickly, the damage will only get worse.

You’re probably feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and frightened. How will you ever clean up the water damage? Will your insurance cover the cost? Did irreplaceable stuff—like old photos and letters—get ruined?

While you’re swimming in questions, it’s important to keep the momentum going. Here are four ways to begin the recovery process:

  1. Contact your insurance carrier immediately.

As soon as you discover water damage, let your insurance carrier know so the claims process can begin. Your agent will also give you tips for protecting your property from additional damage and may refer you to a water-damage restoration company (you are not obligated to use the specialist they recommend).

Note: Insurance companies differentiate between water damage and flood damage, so be sure to specify which applies to your situation. Also, not all water damage is covered by insurance—review your policy carefully.

  1. Tick tock. Time is of the essence when you have water damage.

Water is aggressive and cruel. Once it seeps in to carpets, flooring, walls, furniture, paper, and everything else in its wake, it will continue to destroy. Drywall will droop and disintegrate. Wood will swell, buckle, warp, and rot. Electrical equipment may short out, causing shock and fire hazards. Mold will flourish (see point #3).

For anything other than a minor spill, it’s best you get a professional assessment of your situation to determine the extent of damage. Professional water-damage specialists can then begin the restoration process and halt additional damage.

  1. You’ve got less than 48 hours to dry out before mold takes over.

Mold spores lurk everywhere, but they’re opportunistic. Give them a nice wet environment—like a soaked carpet or damp drywall—and they’ll multiply like mad. You have 24 to 48 hours to dry your space before the fungus invasion.

Mold remediation is a dirty deed and is best left to specialists who have the right equipment and cleaning supplies to get the job done swiftly.

  1. Water may be contaminated.

An overflowing dishwasher or burst water heater releases clean H2O, so there’s little immediate risk of harm. But, again, time is not on your side. “Clean” water that’s been sitting around can foster bacterial growth or pick up icky stuff from dirty carpets and ground soil, sullying the waters within hours.

Even more serious: Sewage backups, toilet overflow, storm-drain water, and other polluted waters that enter your home can be dangerous to your health. Attempting to clean these messes up yourself is a bad idea. Get professional help from certified water-damage remediation experts, like SERVPRO of Toms River.

If you’ve experienced water damage, contact us now. We’ll help you get back to “Like it never even happened.”

Here’s What NOT to Do After a Fire in Your Toms River Home

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here’s What NOT to Do After a Fire in Your Toms River Home After the fire department deemed this Manahawkin residence safe to enter, SERVPRO of Toms River was there to begin the restoration process.

Here’s What NOT to Do After a Fire in Your Toms River Home


After a fire, it’s important for you to assess the safety of returning to your home, the hazards that might be present, and the damage to your belongings. But, equally important is what not to do. Here’s a quick list of things you might think to do but should refrain from:


Don’t Scrub


Walls, painted surfaces, carpeting and upholstery should be left to a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Trying to clean them with household products can be counterproductive and cause further damage. We have the proper equipment and experience to get the job done right.


Don’t Clean or Test Electrical Appliances


Always consult a repair service before touching or using any electrical appliances that might have been compromised by the fire. Damaged appliances can spark and cause a secondary fire.


Don’t Consume Food or Beverages That Survived the Fire


Soot seeps into everything, including the inside of your refrigerator, freezer and cabinets. Any packed or canned items should be discarded. If your electricity is off, let your empty refrigerator and freezer air out by propping the doors open.


 


Don’t Turn on Ceiling Fans


Turning on a wet ceiling will cause additional water damage, and if the ceiling itself is also wet, the wiring might be damaged and dangerous. Try to rely on any natural cross breeze you can achieve rather than risking further damage to or from your ceiling fans.


Don’t Send Garments to a Dry Cleaner


Did you know that improper cleaning of smoke damaged clothing can cause the smoke odor to set in permanently? As fire damage restoration specialists, SERVPRO will help you find the right solution for all of your belongings, including your clothes, shoes and jewelry.


Don’t Try to Restore Your Belongings Yourself


It takes a true professional to restore a home to living condition after a fire. Don’t try to be that professional, especially in the midst of coping with the trauma of a house fire. If your Jersey Shore home and belongings have been damaged in a fire, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898.

Fourth of July Grill Fire Prevention

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fourth of July Grill Fire Prevention Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July from your friends and family at SERVPRO of Toms River.

The 4th of July is almost here and that means that a lot of us will be getting ready to head outdoors for the warmer weather to enjoy barbecues. These are delightful ways to spend the holiday but fire safety should be a top priority. Patio torches, fire pits, grills, candles, campfires, fireworks and sparklers can easily start a fire that could result in injury or fire damage. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires take place on residential property every year, causing an annual average of $37 million in damage. The National Fire Protection Association offers these general grilling tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For more information on grilling safety please visit the NFPA

As your local fire damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Toms River reminds you to always be vigilant when grilling.

Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour SERVPRO of Toms River in the process of drying out a finished basement in Spring Lake, NJ from a burst pipe.

Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour



Water damage restoration is a process that we at SERVPRO of Toms River have practiced, refined and perfected over the years. Our experts are meticulous yet swift with their response to emergency water damage calls. Here’s what to expect when you call SERVPRO for water damage restoration:



One-Hour Response


Within one hour from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for water damage service. You’ll gain some much-needed peace of mind knowing help is on the way!



Four-Hour Arrival


We will be on site within four hours to begin mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is immediate action, which is why we guarantee our fast arrival. Once we arrive, we will walk you through each step of the job process, and begin pretesting from the source of the damage outward.



Eight-Hour Follow-Up


Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated from SERVPRO to the appropriate person, usually the adjuster or property manager.



Cleaning & Restoration


It’s difficult for us to give an exact hour in which we will complete cleaning and restoration, because each job has different parameters. But rest assured we will work neatly and efficiently to help you to restore your property to pre-damage form. SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of correctly, the first time.



Final Walk-Through


After our work has been completed, we will take you on a final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction.



And that’s it! Water damage restoration in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding area is as easy as calling SERVPRO at 732-349-9898 or visit us at SERVPROofTomsRiver/water. When water damage takes control of your life, count on us to help you take it back. Our goal is to make it “like it never even happened.®”

6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage This water damage in Manchester, NJ caused part of the ceiling to fall.

6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home or business. If your property in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding area has suffered water damage from flooding, a leak or a fire, don’t try to clean up on your own. SERVPRO provides complete water damage restoration in six straightforward steps:

  1. Call SERVPRO of Toms River

Water damage doesn’t have to be daunting. When you call SERVPRO immediately, one of our friendly representatives will guide you through a series of questions that will help us to respond quickly, with the right equipment and team to meet your needs.

  1. Assess

When we arrive at your home or business, we will conduct a complete inspection and compile a detailed assessment of the water damage. This helps us to determine how serious the damage is, and how best to begin treatment.

  1. Remove/Extract

Before we can restore your property and belongings, we need to get rid of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property, helping to prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

  1. Dry

Once the water is gone, we can begin the drying process. To determine how many dehumidifiers to use and where to place them, we will measure the dimensions of every room, along with the temperature and relative humidity. This helps us to dry out your home or business efficiently and effectively.

  1. Clean

Using several different tools and techniques, SERVPRO will clean any structures, furniture and personal items that appear to be restorable. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, and to deodorize your property.

  1. Restore

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to the condition it was in prior to water damage. Restoration can involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, as well as more substantial repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms.

Are you in need of water restoration and water damage repair? Don’t wait, call us today at 732-349-9898.

Getting Back on Course

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Getting Back on Course SERVPRO of Toms River all set up and ready to welcome the golfers at the fourth annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic.

Getting Back on Course

A Day on the Green Helps Local Families Have a Happier Holiday

Mold, muck, dust, dirt, water, soot, odors—these are just a few of our favorite things, and we happily spend our days elbow deep in filthy endeavors. But every now and then, we like to ditch the hazmat suits and head outdoors for some fresh air and a good clean game of golf.

And when we can tee off for a good cause? Doubly amazing.

In early May 2017, owner Mike Reilly rallied friends and colleagues to play a round at the fourth annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic, hosted by the Ocean County Business Association (OCBA) and benefiting OCBA’s charitable arm, CAREing For Children (CFC).

When we arrived at the beautiful Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, the skies looked threatening, but it thankfully never rained. And while Team SERVPRO’s score will forever remain a secret, we had a lot of fun and enjoyed bonding with our teammates and fellow golfers.

Sadly, we did not sink a hole-in-one, which would have qualified us to drive off in a new car donated by Down’s Ford. Nor did we win the other contests: low score, longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contest, or beat-the-pro competition.

Our disappointment vanished over cocktails and dinner in the clubhouse, and we salivated over the many exciting prizes available on the silent-auction table.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, which—in the end—helped create a magical morning for hundreds of local families over the holidays.

OCBA: Businesses Helping Businesses

We’ve been members of OCBA since 2013 and have made many friends and professional connections. It’s been an invaluable support system. The group helps us continually learn about the business environment here in Ocean County and New Jersey, discover new resources, and expand our horizons as entrepreneurs.

Aside from being an excellent business and networking organization, the OCBA has a big heart, too, in the form of its CAREing For Children 501(c)3 philanthropy. For many years, we’ve collected donations from members and used those funds to buy toys, clothing, and food boxes for underprivileged families in Ocean County during the holidays.

These gifts are then distributed through numerous local charities, including DYFS of Toms River and Lakewood, Pine Beach and Beachwood Police Departments, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River. We’ve put smiles on the faces of thousands of kids and their parents—people who would otherwise have had next to nothing under their Christmas trees.

Since the Charity Golf Classic began four years ago, we’ve been able to make even more of an impact. The event funnels 100 percent of its profits to CFC. In its first year, we netted $10,000. In 2015, we doubled the amount. That number rose to nearly $26,000 in 2016, and we had record participation of 102 golfers. In its fourth year, we brought in close to $20,000.

Want to play in 2018 or join the OCBA?

The fifth Annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic might be a year away, but it is never too early to join us. Interested? Click here for details.

What to Do After a Fire

5/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do After a Fire This fire in Manahawkin, NJ started from a dryer fire and spread throughout the upstairs, causing massive fire, smoke and soot damage.

What to Do After a Fire



Fire is a threat to New Jersey homes year-round. From electrical malfunctions and cooking accidents to blistering summer days, the possibility of a fire is always present, which is why it’s important to know the steps to take if your home suffers fire damage.



Assess Safety


Once the fire department has extinguished the fire, they will indicate whether it’s safe for you to re-enter. Even if your property is deemed structurally safe for the time being, you should still have it assessed by additional professionals. In the meantime, while you are inside, be aware of hazards that can cause a slip and fall. Do not try to lift any wet materials by yourself, as they can be extremely heavy. If an area of your home seems like it might be unsafe, avoid the area until you can have it inspected by an engineer and/or your insurance company.



Assess Damage to Belongings


Being safe is the first priority, but your belongings are precious, too. You will want a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to come in and provide water damage restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, odor removal and related services. To help us get a faster start, you can give us a list of the damage you see over the phone. We also recommend placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and high traffic areas to avoid mildew. Houseplants and other smaller items can be washed, but walls, woodwork and furniture should be left for us to take care of.



If Electricity is Off, Empty Fridge and Freezer


You don’t want to compound the situation with a refrigerator full of rotting food. If your electricity has been turned off, be sure to empty out your fridge and freezer. Take the trash out, and leave the fridge and freezer doors open to air out.



Change HVAC Filter


After a fire, your HVAC filter will likely be clogged with soot and smoke residue. This can make for unhealthy air quality, or cause your HVAC system to fail altogether. For both your and your HVAC system’s sake, change out the filter. Also consider taping double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent unhealthy particles from getting into your lungs.



Call SERVPRO of Toms River for Fire Damage Restoration Services in NJ


Most importantly, leave fire restoration to the professionals. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO will help you take it back. Click here to see how we can restore your belongings from smoke, soot and water damage.

The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One We are in the process of drying a commercial building affected by water damage that flooded four classrooms and a hallway at a preschool in Toms River

The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One


As many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. SERVPRO of Toms River can help you plan ahead for a disaster to minimize business interruption by developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business before one strikes. An ERP provides important contact and building information needed to begin a timely mitigation to help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Benefits of an ERP include:



  • A no cost assessment of your facility which 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. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

  • Establishes SERVPRO of Toms River as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by, when needed.

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

  • Provides facility details such 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.”


Contact us at 732-349-9898 for your free Emergency Ready Profile for your business.