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Water Damage from a Burst Pipe in Freehold, NJ

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from a Burst Pipe in Freehold, NJ This photo may look like a photo taken at night at the beach but in reality it is a crawl space flooded with water from a burst pipe in Freehold, NJ.

Quick action is key to minimize further damage from a burst pipe. Follow these simple
1. Shut off water: Immediately shut of the main water valve to your home to reduce further damage to your home.
2. Power down: Avoid a shock by powering down and unplugging electrical devices in the area where the water has entered.
3. Protect possessions: Remove belongings from the area if possible, to avoid excess damage to your possessions.
4. Call a plumber: Contact a certified and trusted professional plumber to help you fix to the burst pipe if you are unable to fix it properly yourself.
5. Contact SERVPRO of Toms River, your local water damage restoration company: In the event your home is effected by water, contact us at 732-349-9898 to remove the water, dry the structure, and prevent further damage such as mold.
6. Contact your insurance company: Depending on your policy, water damage caused by a burst pipe may be covered. Contact your insurance company and file a claim to have damages assessed and necessary repairs and recovery actions reimbursed.
7. Record the damage: Take photos and write down personal items and structural areas of your home that are damaged by the burst pipe. This will help in your claims process.
Prevention is best to avoid damaging and costly effects of frozen and burst pipes, but despite our best efforts, pipes still freeze and burst. Call us at 732-349-9898 at the first sign of water damage to minimize further damage and cost.

New Jersey's "Bomb Cyclone"

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage New Jersey's "Bomb Cyclone" SERVPRO of Toms River's fleet of trucks during the "bomb cyclone" of 2018.

A winter hurricane called a “bomb cyclone” is about to cause problems for New Jersey and all along the East Coast. According to the Toms River Patch, a “bomb cyclone” is a meteorological term and described as such because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening of the storm.
This “bomb cyclone” will be on the way here after forming off the coast of Florida on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2018. This winter storm is expected to hit New England with strong winds exceeding 45 miles per hour and blizzard conditions on Thursday. Luckily, the worst of the storm will hover 20 to 50 miles, or more, off the Jersey Shore. Worst case scenario is if the storm tracks closer to the coast, then some sections of New Jersey could get hit with as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow.
The temperatures will dip into the polar vortex range, which can cause your pipes to freeze and ice damns that can cause series damage to your home. The term “Polar Vortex” is used when referring to the frigidly cold temperatures we experience during the winter months in many regions of the United States. Thursday night, gusty winds coupled with temperatures that will drop into the single digits and low teens will freeze the Garden State deeper with sub-zero wind chills. Well below freezing temperatures are expected to linger through Friday and Saturday.
In the event of a burst pipe or ice damn damage, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 for all your storm damage cleanup.

Winter is on the Way

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter is on the Way Even a crack this tiny on a pipe can cause water damage and even mold to your home.

Winter is on the way bringing with it joy, happiness and frozen pipes. While all of us look forward to joy and happiness not many of us are looking forward to a frozen pipe that could leave us with devastating water damage and costly repairs.

A quarter of a million families experience cracks on pipes from the cold weather each winter. A crack in a pipe only 1/8-inch can expel up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

Homes with plastic and copper pipes are both susceptible to the cold temperature and pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

If you do happen to experience the full effect of winter with water damage from a frozen pipe, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898, your local water restoration company.

CAREing for Children and the Ocean County Business Association

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community CAREing for Children and the Ocean County Business Association This is the first delivery of toys for the 2017 holiday season that will soon be delivered to those in need.

Join SERVPRO of Toms River and the Ocean County Business Association with their adopted non-profit charity CAREing for Children. CAREing for Children distributes toys and food to needy, local families over the month of December for the holidays. The majority of the toys are delivered through other agencies, including:

  • Island Heights Methodist Church
  • Preferred Behavioral Health
  • Ocean County Sheriff’s Office
  • DYFS of Toms River
  • C.E.A.N. Inc.
  • Providence House
  • Lakehurst Police Department and Fire Squad
  • Lakehurst VFW
  • Lakehurst Fleet Rescue
  • Beachwood and Pine Beach Police
  • Hope Center of Toms River
  • Seaside Park Police and Borough
  • Ocean Inc. of Barnegat
  • Morning Star Presbyterian Church
  • Joseph’s Church
  • many individual families.

”The gifts are always unwrapped, so everyone can see what they are receiving. We categorize them by age group, sex, baby or young adult which helps the agencies tailor the gifts to their recipients,” explains Clare Bojus, chair of CAREing for Children.

CAREing for Children is a year round endeavor. The 60 plus members of the OCBA collect donations throughout the year at their monthly meetings and bring toy donations to their December meeting. Our largest fundraiser event is the Annual Marty Aronow Golf Classic in May.

To become a member of the OCBA or to donate to CAREing for Children, please visit the OCBA's website.

Happy Veterans Day November 11, 2017

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River would like to thank all who served in The United States Armed Forces. We thank you for your service and commitment, not just today, but every day.

David Kenyon Webster, a member of E Company, 506th Regiment of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II and aspiring writer, said it best "Those things that are precious are saved only by sacrifice."

Prevent Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Home on Thanksgiving

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Home on Thanksgiving

It is almost that time of year again, the time to roast the turkey, bake the pies, boil the potatoes and make the stuffing. Because so many more people cook on Thanksgiving than any other day, the chance of a kitchen fire in your home increases greatly. Nearly four times as many kitchen fires occur on Thanksgiving Day compared with any typical day.

The American Red Cross offers these steps to remain safe in the kitchen at Thanksgiving and throughout the year:

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended! Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
  2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.
  3. Use a timer so you remember that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  6. Keep anything that can catch fire such as potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains, away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  8. Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are off.
  10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

You friends and family at SERVPRO of Toms River ask you to be prepared, cook responsibly and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

For additional Thanksgiving fire safety, please visit National Fire Protection Agency and American Red Cross.

In the event of a kitchen fire on Thanksgiving or any day, call us at 721-349-9898.

Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out! The fire in this bedroom of a Whiting home spread quickly throughout the house. Please plan ahead with 2 exits, if possible, to help save lives.

Fire Prevention Week October 2017 

2017's Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, October 8 through Saturday, October 14. The National Fire Protection Association's 2017 theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"

This year's theme has 6 steps as follows:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Visit the National Fire Prevention Association website to get a free PDF of how to draw a map of your home.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

If you or your family do suffer a fire call SERVPRO of Toms River. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration and have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Visit our website for more information or call us at 732-349-9898.

Please plan ahead to keep your family and loved ones safe. Please visit firepreventionweek.org for more information on Fire Prevention Week.

Be Hurricane Ready

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Hurricane Ready Water damage in this Ortley Beach residence being dried to prevent further damage.

After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and as Hurricane Irma quickly approaches Florida as a category 5, it reminds the rest of us that we should always plan ahead. Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster. SERVPRO of Toms River offers these simple steps to plan ahead:

  • Check your insurance policy to see what is covered and make sure to purchase flood insurance if you do not already have it.
  • Review your area’s evacuation plans so in the event of a quick evacuation you will know where to go.
  • Make sure your residence is hurricane ready by checking for existing damage and fixing whatever needs to be fixed.
  • Purchase supplies and have them organized together in case you need to evacuate or in case you are without power for some time. Please use the American Red Cross Checklist for a list supplies you will need.
  • Make copies of all your important documents and store them in a dry, safe place.
  • Take pictures of your residence and belongings and keep them in a dry, safe place.

After a hurricane, we are dedicated to responding immediately to your water and storm damage emergency. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Toms River property to pre-storm condition. Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Toms River can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

To help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please donate to the American Red Cross.

Is your family prepared for a disaster?

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Is your family prepared for a disaster? SERVPRO of Toms River began the cleanup of the water damage quickly to avoid further mold growth in this basement in Beachwood, NJ.

September is National Preparedness Month. Is your family prepared for a disaster?

Disasters can strike at any time. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes, and home fires are just some types of disasters that can disrupt your life. The American Red Cross recommends planning ahead for the emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live and has this list of different types of disasters and how to help you prepare for each type.

Having a plan in place for these emergencies for every member of your household could save a life. Some members of your household such as people with disabilities, senior citizens, children and pets, may need special accommodations. Ready.gov has this Make-A-Plan for your family before disaster strikes.

If a disaster does happen to your family and loved ones, SERVPRO of Toms River is always there to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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.