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Blood Cleanup and Remediation Services in Toms River

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard on carpeting in Seaside Heights NJ SERVPRO of Toms River is your local emergency service for all biohazard cleanups and remediation. Call us today at 732-349-9898.

What actually is a biohazard? 

A biohazard is a biological agent or condition that is a hazard to humans or the environment, according to Merriam-Webster. If it can spread and endanger the public health of a living organism, it is a biohazard.

What is biohazardous waste?

Biohazardous waste (aka infectious waste) is defined as a biological material that has the potential to taint an object or individual that comes into contact with it. In simpler terms, the definition of a biohazardous waste product can be anything contaminated with potentially infectious materials. These may be animal, mineral, medical, bacterial, chemical, or infectious.

Do you know that blood can be a biohazardous liquid?

Biohazardous liquid includes blood and other bodily fluids that are still in liquid form.

  • Human or animal blood
  • Human or animal blood elements
  • Human or animal bodily fluids or semi-liquid material

Who specializes in biohazardous blood cleanup in Ocean County?

SERVPRO of Toms River specializes in blood cleanup and biohazard remediation. Our team of professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHAEPA protocols and all New Jersey health regulations. We carefully contain the area, remove any materials that are not salvageable, and then sanitize those that remain. 

At SERVPRO of Toms River, we understand this may be a sensitive and difficult time for you, so we will treat you and your property with respect. As we work to sanitize and decontaminate your home or business, we will treat your property and belongings like our own.

Call us today at 732-349-9898 for any biohazard cleanup.

1st Annual Todd Frazier Pong Tournament to benefit Toms River Field of Dreams

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

1st Annual Todd Frazier Pong Tournament to benefit Toms River Field of Dreams Competitive fun for prizes, all while benefitting special needs children, 100% of the money raised will go to the Toms River Field of Dreams!

SERVPRO is excited to be a main sponsor for the 1st Annual Todd Frazier Pong Tournament to benefit Toms River Field of Dreams.

Come join Todd Frazier for his first annual Pong Tournament! This event is going to be a great opportunity to have a great time with Todd Frazier and Frankie Edgar, have good competitive fun for cash prizes, all while benefitting special needs children, 100% of the money raised for this tournament will go to the Toms River Field of Dreams.

PONG TOURNAMENT DETAILS

Two player teams, 64 teams, college tournament style bracket, single elimination, 200$ per team.

TOP 4 TEAMS WIN CASH/PRIZES

Pre Registration starts 1215 PM, tournament starts 1PM.

What comes with your 200$ ticket?

1. Limited Open Bar (Beer & Seltzer) as long as you are active in the tournament.

2. 1 ticket for the Chinese auction

100% of the money raised will go to Toms River Field of Dreams

What Prizes are in the Chinese auction??

1 Hour Session With Todd Frazier

Miller Lite Gift Cooler

Tickets to MLB Baseball Game

Gift Card Basket

And many more valuable items!

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please visit Eventbrite.

WHAT IS TOMS RIVER FIELD OF DREAMS?

What started with a father's dream to provide his son with the chance to play baseball has become a complex that takes recreation to a new level for families with special needs children. The facility is designed for families to come and stay for several hours, instead of having to leave for any of the may reasons that affect families now. From restrooms to accommodate older children and adults who need assistance to charging stations for electric wheelchairs and surfaces that accommodate children of all abilities.

Certified: SERVPRO's Three C's for Cleaning

6/11/2022 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Shield SERVPRO of Toms River is "Here to Help" and Ready to Respond.

As we continue the battle against COVID-19, it’s important to feel confident that the place where we gather, shop or dine is clean and safe. SERVPRO of Toms River knows that we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean.

When you see that a local business in Ocean County has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you can be confident it’s been cleaned using the processes and procedures used by SERVPRO of Toms River for biohazard remediation for more than 20 years. This defensive and proactive pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. We are dedicated to inspiring confidence in our community.

When you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can know that space has been cleaned to a higher standard, so you can feel safe to go there. This thorough deep COVID cleaning has 3 phases called the “3 C’s”:

  • Consult-We customize a cleaning program based on the unique needs of each business.
  • Clean-In this step, our trained professionals will use EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions to clean a facility based on the particular needs of that business. We adhere to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC, cleaning all touchpoints and surrounding surfaces.
  • Certify-You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Our shield represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community.

Whether or not you’ve had a positive case of the novel coronavirus, we can deep clean your business or commercial property as a proactive measure that will give your employees and customers confidence in gathering there. Interested in our Commercial Services? Call SERVPRO of Toms River today at 732-349-9898. 

Did You Know That SERVPRO of Toms River Offers Water Damage Cleanup and Reconstruction?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River Reconstruction SERVPRO of Toms River is your one-stop shop for residential and commercial reconstruction.

First we must understand what reconstruction means? Reconstruction is the act or process of rebuilding, repairing, or restoring something.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River for Water Damage Restoration and Reconstruction?

SERVPRO water damage restoration and reconstruction services will ensure our customers can work with SERVPRO of Toms River on all aspects of their water damage. We will be there at the start to the very end, rather than contracting with multiple vendors and dealing with several points of contact. Working with one company on all aspects of a reconstruction project will save our customers time and money and eliminate the need to plan out a project with multiple vendors. SERVPRO customers now will have one project manager, one point of contact, and one schedule.

Customers who put their trust in us with their water damage emergency and reconstruction project will know they are in the best hands. Our SERVPRO crew are experts in the water damage cleanup and the reconstruction process and our customers are presented with the highest level of customer service, 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Toms River has over 20 years of experience in the restoration, remediation, mitigation and reconstruction of residential and commercial properties. Our team understands the extent to which water can damage a property and offer high quality repair, rebuilding and construction services. We are a full service water mitigation and reconstruction company. We will take care of the entire process from water extraction and cleanup, drying, content cleaning, restoration, and finally the reconstruction.

Fire Prevention for Your Jackson Restaurant

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

open flame in a commercial fire Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (732) 349-9898

Understanding fire hazards in your Jackson restaurant kitchen can help minimize the risk of can help prevent injury or loss of life, property damage and business shutdown which could cause a loss of revenue.

Do you know the most common causes of restaurant fires?

  • Open flames are a risk because many things within the kitchen can catch fire from them. The staff should be experienced in controlling open flames and know how a fire suppression system works in the event a fire were to start. Anautomatic fire suppression system is a system in the kitchen is one of the best preventative measures available. According to NFPA, more than half of restaurant fires involve cooking equipment. Fire suppression systems automatically release fire retardant materials when triggered. Once activated, the system automatically shuts off the fuel or energy supply to the cooking system.
  • Grease and grease traps Grease can get hot and is extremely flammable. A full grease trap that is not cleaned regularly may have pieces of food that can easily catch fire when more hot grease is added.
  • Flammable materials such as loose fitting or flammable clothing, dish towels and pot holders Make sure everyone in the kitchen has safe and proper attire while in the cooking areas. Also, make sure to keep all dish towels and pot holders away from an open flame.
  • Electrical wiring Just a small tear, fray or , cutin a wire can lead to a fire in your kitchen so remember to check for frays, breaks, or damage, even those that are out of sight. 
  • Smoking If the staff is allowed to smoke, ensure they have a designated smoking area with disposal bins that are regularly checked and cleaned out.

Remember: The best defense against fire loss is to minimize the risk before a fire breaks out. One of the most accessible strategies for fire prevention involves good housekeeping.

What Can Owners, Managers and Employees Do to Help Prevent a Restaurant Fire?

  • Train employees on fire extinguisher use/fire submission Train all employees how to properly use a fire extinguisher and activate the overhead fire suppression system, so in the event of a fire, they will know what to do.
  • Back up extinguishers: Install back up extinguishers in your restaurant. Extinguishers in the cooking area should be Class K for use on high-temperature grease fires. Use them only after the built-in suppression system is activated. Use Class ABC extinguishers in other areas of the restaurant to deal with fires resulting from other materials such as electrical issues, paper, plastic, or wood. Fire extinguishers are helpful only when staff is trained on their proper use. Staff should know where the extinguishers are located and exactly how to operate one.
  • Empty grease traps regularly Overfilled grease traps can catch fire.
  • Keep aisles uncluttered Cluttered walkways will hamper employees and customers trying to escape from a fire.
  • Turn off gas and electric source Employees should know where and how to cut off the gas and electrical source in case of an emergency ONLY IF SAFE!
  • Provide sufficient lighting/make sure exit signs are functioning  The emergency exit route needs to be adequately lit so employees and customers can see where they are going in case of an emergency and allows everyone to quickly identify the exit in an emergency.

During a four-year study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 7,640 structural fires in dining and drinking establishments. These fires caused more than $246 million in property damage.

The best strategy to protect your restaurant from a fire loss includes fire prevention and proper training for employees. If your Jackson restaurant experiences fire damage, SERVPRO of Toms River has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Kitchen Cleaning After a Grease Fire in Whiting

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Grease fire in a cast iron pan on stovetop Grease fire in Whiting brought soot and smoke damage throughout 2 story home.

Cooking is such a routine activity that it is easy to forget that the high temperatures used can easily start a fire. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other place in the home. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen while food is cooking. Luckily, the majority of reported cooking fires were small.

Do Electric or Gas Stoves Cause More Kitchen Fires?

Households that used electric ranges showed a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges, according to the National Fire Prevention Agency. This could be because with an electric range it may be less obvious that a burner is still on.

Did You Know That Oil and Grease Could Start a Kitchen Fire?

Grease fires happen when oil, grease, or fat on a stovetop or oven get hot enough to ignite. They are highly flammable which means they can catch fire easily. Different oils burn at different temperatures or flash points, but every oil you can buy at the grocery store is capable of catching on fire if the temperature is high enough. When you're cooking with grease, it's important to know the warning signs that oils are getting too hot. Boiling and smoking are good indicators that it's time to turn down the heat. Oils heat very quickly, and once it starts to smoke, oil can catch fire in as little as 30 seconds.

Water Makes Grease Fires Worse

NEVER try to extinguish a grease fire with water. Throwing water on the fire can cause burning grease to splash, which can make the fire spread and potentially harm bystanders. It is dangerous to move a pan or pot of burning oil for the same reasons, according to VeryWellHealth.com.

Grease Fires Can Get Out of Control Quickly

Do not wait until the fire is out of control to call 911! The fire department can always return to the station if you are able to get the fire out before they get to you.

What to Do If You Experience an Oil or Grease Fire?

  • Call 911-Fires can become out of control very quickly
  • Turn off the Stove whether it is the burner, oven, or broiler.
  • Cover with a Lid-The easiest way to cut off oxygen to a grease fire is to cover it with a metal pan lid or baking sheet. 
  • Douse the Flames-The warning to never use water to put out a grease fire is worth repeating, especially since your urge may be to take a burning pot to the sink and turn on the faucet. Instead, you can reach for two pantry staples to help douse a small grease fire safely with baking sodabecause it releases carbon dioxide when heated, which can smother the fire or salt can form a barrier between the fire and the air. This prevents the fire from getting the oxygen it needs. NEVER use flour and baking powder as they are highly combustible and can explode in extreme heat. Do not use them (or any boxed mixes that contain them) on a grease fire.
  • Use a Class K Fire Extinguisher. These are wet chemical extinguishers that are commonly found in commercial kitchens. They are designed specifically for cooking fires and work by forming a soapy foam on the surface of the fire that cuts off air flow. NEVER use a Class A-only fire extinguisher on a grease fire, as it is water-based.

When to Call the Pros at SERVPRO of Toms River to Clean After a Grease Fire?

Because grease fires cause such extensive damage and be a long, intensive process, it's almost always advisable to call in professionals. SERVPRO of Toms River have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Professional Cleaning Throughout the Pandemic

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team member in standard protection attire during Covid cleaning SERVPRO of Toms River has multiple products in the our product line that carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

For more information, follow the Environmental Protection Agency's Cleaning and Disinfecting Best Practices During Covid-19. 

How to Know When to Clean and When to Disinfect:

  • Cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases risk of infection from surfaces. When no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, cleaning is usually enough to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility, according to the CDC.
  • Clean and disinfect in shared spaces if certain conditions apply that can increase the risk of infection from touching surfaces such as a high transmission of COVID-19 in your community, a low number of people wearing masks, infrequent hand hygiene, or the space is occupied by certain populations, such as people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Remember to Stay Home if...

  • You are feeling sick
  • You have a sick family member in their home

SERVPRO of Toms River is uniquely prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste. Call today at 732-349-9898.

Day Four of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Flood Insurance

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Flooring removed, sheetrock removed after a flood in South Plainfield in SERVPRO of Toms River uses advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques to repair your home after a flood.

Being prepared with flood insurance can help you rebuild your home faster and stronger. No home is completely safe from the risk of potential flooding. Floods can happen anywhere and just one inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 in damage, according to FEMA If you’re not protected, you could be responsible for paying for costly damage all on your own. 

Need Flood Insurance?

Call your insurance company or insurance agent, or ask a friend or family member who they use or contact The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to get a quote as soon as possible. Plan ahead as there is typically a 30-day waiting period for an NFIP policy to go into effect.

Currently Have Flood Insurance?

Do an insurance check-up: make sure you have enough insurance to repair or even replace your home and/or belongings. Remember, home and renters insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so you’ll need a separate policy for it.

Flooding can be an emotionally and financially devastating event. With flood insurance, you're able to recover faster and more fully. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Toms River has helped many people in the aftermath of hurricanes and flooding, including Superstorm Sandy. We are storm and flooding damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-flood and pre-storm condition. 

Day Three of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Emergency Disaster Kit

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Items to be packed in the event of a hurricane Be hurricane ready!

When preparing for hurricanes, having supplies to make it through the hurricane isn’t enough. Ensure you have supplies for the recovery period, which could be very long depending on the damage. In some cases, water, electricity and gas could be out for a day or even over a week. You may need to survive on your own for several days so having an emergency hurricane disaster kit in the event of a hurricane could be a life saver.

What is an Emergency Hurricane Disaster Kit?

An emergency hurricane disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

What Items Should Be in the Hurricane Emergency Disaster Kit?

  • Cash-banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. 
  • Water-at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets.
  • Food-at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, paper plates, plastic utensils. 
  • Manual can opener (non-electric)
  • Radio-battery powered and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
  • Blankets, pillows etc. 
  • Clothing-seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes. 
  • First Aid Kit-plus medicines, prescription drugs, vitamins
  • Special items-for babies and the elderly. 
  • Toiletries-hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Keys
  • A portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones.
  • Toys, books and games.
  • Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.

Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, according to Federal Alliance for Safer Homes.

How Much of Each Should Be in Your Emergency hurricane Disaster Kit?

Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days (store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible) to ensure your family's basic comfort and well-being.

How Should These Items be Safely Stored?

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

Where Should Your Emergency Hurricane Disaster Kit Be Kept?

This kit should be kept at home in a designated place and should be have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

What Should You Do to Keep the Supplies Updated?

Remember to replace stored food and water every six months, keep a supply of fresh batteries on hand. Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Day Two of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Evacuation

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Amount of water it takes to move automobiles Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Day Two Hurricane Preparedness Week: Evacuation Plan

If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone or your area is prone to flooding you may need to leave your home. Also, if you reside in a mobile home and near an evacuation zone you may also need to leave your home. Now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there.

As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans your local officials.

Do You Know New Jersey’s Coastal Evacuation Routes?

They show the various state roads that have been identified as potential evacuation routes for coastal emergencies in Ocean County such as approaching Tropical Storms or Hurricanes. You can prepare for an evacuation by using a local map to identify the roads you would take to reach these Evacuation Routes from home, work or any place where you and your family spend time.

Remember that all evacuation plans, including the evacuation routes posted are flexible and may change based on the nature of an emergency.

When local, county or State officials order you to evacuate, they will provide specific information about the roads you should take. Police and first responders will be posted in your community to direct traffic and block roads that are unsafe. Click here to find the Ocean County and surrounding coastal evacuation maps from the State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

What Should You Do If Your Evacuation Route Gets Flooded?

Always avoid driving into flooded areas! Remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” is the motto of NJ.gov in the event of bad weather and flooding. 

A flash flood occurs within a few hours (usually less than 6 hours) of heavy or excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or the sudden release of water. Flash flood warnings and area-based flood warnings are issued as tropical systems make landfall. Many flash flood fatalities occur at night.

A flood develops more slowly, normally taking more than 6 hours. Area-based flood warnings may continue for days or weeks until flood waters have receded.

Water is very powerful. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups. Most flooding deaths occur in automobiles.