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.
How to Defend Your Home from Mold
Leaky pipes left alone may not only bring water damage but mold damage too. Fix them ASAP to avoid mold growth in your Toms River home.
When there is a water or moisture intrusion of any kind in your home, mold can quickly become a problem. Not only can mold cause health effects but it can also cause significant damage to your property.
Follow these simple tips to help prevent your property against mold:
- Keep the humidity between 30-60 percent.
- Provide proper drainage away from your home’s foundation.
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
- Keeps gutters and drains free of debris.
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and preform necessary maintenance.
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
- Contact SERVPRO of Toms River ASAP if you suspect or find a water intrusion.
We understand both water, mold and mold growth. Our team has the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle any mold problem. Because every mold damage is different and will require a unique solution, you need an experienced crew there to make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Toms River Responds with Fast Action and a Full Arsenal of Drying Equipment
A washing machine hose leak caused an entire floor of water damage. SERVPRO on site with our arsenal of drying equipment.
When water damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Toms River will help you take it back.
There is no such thing as a small water disaster, especially when a small leak could blossom into a bigger, expense later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep into carpets and pool on sub floors, causing major problems the longer it remains. Our team has experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.
We will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Our trained professionals understand how to manage the drying processing by using state of the art equipment and the latest technology. Using the proper equipment will ensure your structure is thoroughly dried, which makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage and expense after a water loss.
The bottom line is SERVPRO of Toms River has the training and equipment to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."
Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors on National Battery Day
Prevent fire damage from happening in your Toms River home by celebrating National Battery Day because even a small candle can cause damage.
Nowadays every day of the year is a day for celebrating something. There are over 1,500 national days of things to celebrate even though we only have 365 calendar days to celebrate them. Some are just lighthearted or silly, like National Gumdrop Day (February 15th), National Tell a Fairy Tale Day (February 26th) and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (March 1st.) Others we should take a little more seriously, such as National Battery Day (February 15th).
National Battery Day was created to raise awareness of the importance of testing and having working batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors help warn you of a potentially life threatening situation, giving vital time to get you and your loved ones to safety. This is why it is so important to make sure they have working batteries.
Also, while you have the batteries out, this is a good day to check the batteries in your flashlights in the event of a power outage.
Why Use the Professionals at SERVPRO of Toms River for Your Commercial Water Loss
This is just one step in the water mitigation process by SERVPRO of Toms River at this office in Brick, NJ.
From a broken water line to an overflowing toilet, water damage can happen anytime to any commercial property.
You may think that repairing water damage on your own will save your business tons of money, unfortunately, that is not what usually happens. If you do not have the proper knowledge, equipment and training in water damage mitigation and restoration, you can end up causing more damage and significantly increasing the cost of cleanup and repairs.
The extent of water damage can be deceiving as much of it can get absorbed into the porous building materials of the property. Water is stealthy and you may miss it in hidden areas that are not noticeable to human eyes. It can easily find its way into small cracks and crevices causing major damage behind the walls, in the ceiling, and under the floors.
Hiring SERVPRO of Toms River to do the restoration right away will prevent the water from becoming absorbed into the building materials causing extensive damage to your commercial property. Since water damage cleanup is a time sensitive process, you need us there quickly. The longer the water remains, it will aid mold growth and allow secondary water damage to incur. We are available 24/7 for your business emergency. As soon as you notice water damage in your home, call your local us to restore your business to preloss condition and bring it back to "Like to never even happened."