What is the Leading Cause of Residential Fires During the Holidays?
This kitchen in Bayville has fire, smoke and soot damage not only in the kitchen but throughout the home.
During the holiday season, the leading cause of residential fires is cooking equipment. With the upcoming holidays, we tend to spend a lot more time in the kitchen cooking and baking. We also have a lot on our minds so it is easy to get distracted while cooking. It is so important that we practice safe cooking habits to avoid having a fire in the kitchen.
How to avoid cooking fires during the holidays:
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use a timer as a reminder that an appliance is on
- Keep children away from the cooking area
- Keep anything flammable away from appliances that generate heat
- Do not wear loose clothing that may catch fire
- Keep appliances clean and grease free
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it
- Make sure all appliances are off before you leave or go to bed
- Install smoke alarms and make sure they are working properly
SERVPRO of Toms River wishes everyone a happy and fire-free holiday season.
It's Time to Winterize Your Summer Home
This Beach Haven home was left unchecked for a month and then was discovered to have both water and mold damage.
Even though the warmer weather might still be here for a little longer, the colder weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about winterizing the water and plumbing systems in your summer home because a vacant house is particularly prone to damage during extended periods of freezing temperatures.
Proper care and frequent checks around your property by yourself if possible, or a friend, neighbor or relative while you are away, will help prevent your home from disaster. A quick look around done periodically for as long as the house is empty can mean the difference between a problem being caught early enough to be fixed before any damage is done, and a problem left unchecked left to cause serious and costly damage. The last thing you want to walk into after the long, winter season is to find a catastrophe has hit your vacation home.
Follow these simple steps to help prevent water and mold damage to your summer home:
- You may want to shut off the water to the house when you leave, as it reduces the chance of water leakage and subsequent damage. Always consult with your heating professional to determine if it is safe to turn off the water supply for your particular heating system. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, make sure that you do not turn off the water to this system. If you have turned off the water supply, drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl.
- If you decide against draining your water pipes, keep the furnace running with the temperature 55°F or higher to help ensure the home stays warm and that the pipes do not freeze. Also, wrap any pipes that might be exposed to the elements with insulation or heat tape. Keeping room and cabinet doors open can also help heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located. Shut off the water to washing machine, dishwasher, and/or ice maker line where possible, to avoid leaks or broken hoses. It is also advisable to wrap insulation around the water heater, the pipes leading to and from it and insulate any pipes exposed outdoors, in a crawl space under the house, etc. If the pilot light is left on, it is not necessary to drain the water heater.
- Invest in smart home technology that detects water leaks and can alert you to a problem, before it overwhelms your house.
Even if you have someone regularly checking on your summer home, they might not see the water until it has caused serious damage to your property. Any home can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours.
If you return to your summer home to water or mold damage or both, know that you will be in great hands if you call SERVPRO of Toms River.
SERVPRO of Toms River Keeps Our Fire Fighters Hydrated This Summer
Today, SERVPRO of Toms River proudly presented to the Toms River Fire Commissioners 11,000 bottles of water to be distributed amongst all the Toms River Fire Departments. We feel it is with the utmost importance to help keep our brave firefighters hydrated during fire calls. Special thanks to Maurice B Hill, Kevin Geoghegan, and Josh Kopp for helping with this presentation to our wonderful Fire Service in Toms River.
Avoid Electrical Hazards after a Hurricane or Flood
This is just one step in the water extraction process that SERVPRO of Toms River preforms to make it "Like it never even happened."
After a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster you need to be careful to avoid electrical hazards both in your home and elsewhere. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these tips to stay safe from electrical hazards:
- Never touch a fallen power line. Always the power company to report fallen power lines.
- Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup and other activities.
- Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the water.
- If a power line falls across your car while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not turn off the ignition. Warn people not to touch the car or the line. Call or ask someone to call the local utility company and emergency services. Do not allow anyone other than emergency personnel to approach your vehicle.
- If electrical circuits and electrical equipment have gotten wet or are in or near water, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel. Do not enter standing water to access the main power switch. Call an electrician to turn it off.
- Never turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. Do not turn the power back on until electrical equipment has been inspected by a qualified electrician. All electrical equipment and appliances must be completely dry before returning them to service. Have a certified electrician check these items if there is any question.
- If you see frayed wiring or sparks when you restore power, or if there is an odor of something burning but no visible fire, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker.
- Consult your utility company about using electrical equipment, including power generators. Do not connect generators to your home’s electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices. If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard and it may endanger line workers helping to restore power in your area.
Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones after a hurricane, storm or flood.
If you believe someone has had an electrical shock, do not touch them, call 911 immediately.
After your New Jersey property is safe from all electrical hazards, call SERVPRO of Toms River to begin the water damage cleanup and restoration. For more information on water and storm damage cleanup, call us 24/7 at 732-349-9898.
Understanding Water Types From Water Damage
SERVPRO of Toms River cleaning contaminated black water containing sewage and other contaminants.
When your home or business suffers from a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup.
There are three types of water:
- Clean water is thewater that comes from a broken pipe, or other water source, like rainwater.
- Gray water is used to describe water that is slightly contaminated. Clean water can become gray water when it is left untreated, allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin to grow, making the water hazardous.
- Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more. It is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any natural disaster.
If you suffer from contaminated water damage you should:
- Avoid all contact with any water containing contaminants. Wash any body part that has come into contact with the contaminated water.
- Never walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system because there could be a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure because the air flow could spread contaminants.
- Do not eat or use any food and/or personal products personal for hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.
When you do suffer a water damage in Ocean County from either clean or contaminated water, call the experts at SERVPRO of Toms River. We are water removal and cleanup specialists that are ready to service your Toms River home when flooding causes water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.
Why Your Business Must Have an Emergency READY Profile from SERVPRO of Toms River
An estimated 50% of businesses do not recover after a disaster. Do not become one of them. Call SERVPRO of Toms River for your ERP today.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is a tool that can help prepare your business for anything that 2019 may bring. It is a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information. It can be an ideal supplement to any existing emergency preparedness or contingency plan. Rather than simply reacting to a disaster, be proactive by establishing a relationship with a restoration company. We are a leader in fire and water damage response and can help you get your property back in working order.
The advantages of having an ERP with SERVPRO of Toms River:
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
- A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Establishes us as your local disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call us today so we can get your business "Ready for whatever happens."
CAREing for Children 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic 2019
Owner of SERVPRO of Toms River and Chairman of the 2019 Golf Classic, Michael Reilly, sporting the fashionable, limited edition SERVPRO socks.
CAREing for Children is our local, nonprofit 501(c)3, formed by the OCBA (Ocean County Business Association.) Our goal every year is to raise money for local, underprivileged families who struggle during the holiday season. We believe that no child should go without food to eat or gifts at the holidays. With the funds raised each year, we are able to purchase large quantities of toys and food for distribution during the holiday season. This year CAREing for Children will be able to purchase $30,000 for the 2019 holiday season.
In order for CAREing for Children to be successful each year we rely on our members along with local businesses and individuals in our community. Without the combined effort of all these people, we would not be able to help as many as we do each year. Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, and participated in any way to make this year our biggest year.
Flood Damage Prevention Tips
Ocean County suffered heavy rain in August 2018 that resulted in flooding. Brick was one of the areas largely affected with major water damage.
Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near the Jersey coastline, along city streets or near a river or lake, there is always a potential for suffering flood damage. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.
Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:
Flood Prevention Tips:
- Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
- In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
- Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
- Plan for payroll continuity.
- Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.
- Visit: Ready.gov for a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans for New Jersey.
Flood damage affect not only the structure of your property but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Toms River understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. The first 24 hours after flooding are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Our team is ready to respond as quickly as possible to help our Ocean County community with water cleanup and restoration.
Call the Cleanup Team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Toms River on site for fire cleanup at a house in Waretown, NJ.
Fire damage in a home can be a stressful event for any property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of your property is a huge concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. SERVPRO of Toms River understands how disruptive fires can be for our customers. That is why we offer 24 hour emergency. Our rapid respond team and our trained technicians will help limit damage and get your get back to preloss condition. We will be there to help you restore order quickly.
No fire damage is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Toms River. With experience in mitigating damages ranging from small one room apartments to large commercial buildings, our crew can provide quick response to virtually every situation.
No matter when disaster strikes, call the cleanup team that's faster to any size disaster. Our team is always ready, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Why Do Frozen Pipes Burst?
If you have already experienced some form of water damage from a burst pipe, call the water restoration experts at SERVPRO of Toms River.
Freezing cold temperatures can cause serious damage to your pipes of your Ocean County home or business. Unfortunately, burst pipes are a common, serious occurrence in New Jersey.
Why do pipes burst? According to Live Science, when water freezes, its molecules crystallize, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form, meaning the water molecules expand as they freeze. As the ice expands, it pushes water toward the closed faucet. This causes an immense amount of water pressure to build between the ice blockage and the faucet. Eventually, the pipe ruptures under the pressure, usually at a spot where there's little or no ice.
While you can't control the weather, you can definitely prepare before disaster strikes. Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If your building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. Also, heating or insulating these vulnerable pipes with fiberglass or foam sleeves ahead of time can help prevent them from bursting.
If water damage does happen in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are water removal and cleanup specialists that quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques.