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Traveling for the Holidays? ‘Waterproof’ Your Home Before You Leave

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

Six important and simple steps you can take before you leave for a holiday trip to help prevent water damage to your home. Six important and simple steps you can take before you leave for a holiday trip to help prevent water damage to your home.

Your home is subject to water damage from inside and out when you head out on a trip. Leaking or burst pipes can wreak havoc on the inside of your home. Severe weather can pose a flooding threat inside and outside your home. If you are planning to travel this holiday season, there are steps you can take before you leave to help ensure your home will be ready and welcoming when you return.

Follow these six simple steps to help prevent water damage to your home and property:

  • Ask someone to check on the house while you’re gone. Taking the simple step of asking a friend or family member to stop by while you’re gone may catch a potential problem before it becomes a disaster.
  • Check for leaks. Inspect pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks, check your water heater for cracks or rust, and ensure that hoses connected to dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines are leak free.
  • Insulate exposed pipes. Insulating exposed pipes can help prevent them from freezing in cold climates, but wherever you live, your home needs constant air circulation to help prevent water damage and mold caused by condensation. Keep the HVAC system turned on and open the cupboard doors under sinks to promote airflow.
  • Turn off the main water valve. If you don’t already know where this is, this is a good time to find out – and then shut it off if your home will be unattended and vacant during your trip.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. Clear out debris, dirt, leaves, and sticks and position downspouts to direct water at least ten feet away from the home to prevent flooding.
  • Inspect and test the sump pump. If you have a sump pump, test it before you leave by filling the sump pit with water and watching to see if the pump empties out the water. This can mean the difference between finding a dry or flooded basement when you arrive home.

SERVPRO® of Toms River specializes in water damage cleanup and restoration so we know how difficult it can be to deal with flooding caused by burst pipes, failed sump pumps, or heavy rainfall, even if you discover the problem right away. To return to your home after a holiday trip to find that water has been creating chaos while you were away can be devastating. Taking steps to ‘waterproof’ your home before you leave on your holiday trip can help ensure you return to a dry, safe home, rested and relaxed from your time away.

For more information, please call us 24/7 at 732-349-9898

Can Watersheds Cause Water and Flood Damage in Ocean County?

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River water drying equipment SERVPRO of Toms River specializes in water damage cleanup in Toms River.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is simply the land that water flows across or through on its way to a common stream, river, or lake. It is a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually to outflow points such as reservoirs, bays, and the ocean. A watershed can be very large (e.g. draining thousands of square miles to a major river or lake or the ocean), or very small, such as a 20-acre watershed that drains to a pond, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency

Not all water flows directly to the sea, however. When rain falls on dry ground, it can soak into, or infiltrate, the ground. This groundwater remains in the soil, where it will eventually seep into the nearest stream. Some water infiltrates much deeper, into underground reservoirs called aquifers. In other areas, where the soil contains a lot of hard clay, very little water may infiltrate. Instead, it quickly runs off to lower ground.

Rain and snowmelt from watersheds travel via many routes to the sea. During periods of heavy rain and snowfall, water may run onto and off of impervious surfaces such as parking lots, roads, buildings, and other structures because it has nowhere else to go. These surfaces act as "fast lanes" that transport the water directly into storm drains. The excess water volume can quickly overwhelm streams and rivers, causing them to overflow and possibly result in floods, according to the National Ocean Service

What is a subwatershed?

Subwatershed means a portion of an identified watershed containing all the lands from which water, sediments, and dissolved materials drain to a particular receiving surface water body or to a particular point along a receiving surface water body, according to Law Insider. A small watershed that nests inside of a larger watershed is sometimes referred to as a subwatershed, according to Law Insider.

Barnegat Bay Watershed

The term "watershed" is used to describe the drainage system of the Barnegat Bay. The various lakes, streams, and rivers located throughout this highlighted boundary all eventually run into the Barnegat Bay.

It is comprised of 11 subwatersheds and the barrier island communities. Each subwatershed drains into a particular stream, creek, river or groundwater which then flows into Barnegat Bay.

Over 560,000 people reside within the Barnegat Bay watershed, which includes nearly all of Ocean County and portions of Monmouth County.

Kettle Creek Subwatershed

The Kettle Creek subwatershed includes:

A subwatershed is relatively small in comparison to the rest of the subwatersheds within the Barnegat Bay watershed; it encompasses approximately 950 acres of lands in the northeast portion of the watershed. Kettle Creek itself is a 7.5 mile freshwater stream that is fed by many smaller tributaries: the Main Branch (fed by the Green Branch and Tarklin Creek in Lakewood), the Tunes Branch, the Mudhole Branch, the Polhemus Branch (in Toms River Township) and the Long Causeway Branch.  It empties into the Barnegat Bay estuary in Brick Township.

The areas within the Kettle Creek Watershed boundaries are comprised mainly of tidal salt marshes. This area also contains some upland forest, lowland forest, pine barrens/pinelands, cedar swamps, and tidal wetlands. Due to intense development in this subwatershed, most of the native habitats have been degraded, according to the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

Can watersheds cause flooding?

When water enters the watershed too quickly for the land to absorb it, flooding can occur. Floods can result from rapid melting of winter snows, severe thunderstorms, tropical storms, and other precipitation events. Watersheds in urban areas with lots of concrete, pavement, and roofs, shed water quickly, while forested and grassy rural areas absorb more water. Accurate flooding forecasts rely on an understanding of land use, geology, and hydrology of an area, combined with weather predictions, according to NOAA

As watersheds are urbanized, much of the vegetation is replaced by impervious surfaces, thus reducing the area where infiltration to groundwater can occur. Thus, more storm water runoff occurs - runoff that must be collected by extensive drainage systems that combine curbs, storm sewers, and ditches to carry storm water runoff directly to streams. More simply, in a developed watershed, much more water arrives into a stream much more quickly, resulting in an increased likelihood of more frequent and more severe flooding, says USGS

With all the natural sources of water surrounding Ocean County, that gives Toms River residents and business owners many different causes for a water damage to strike your property.

SERVPRO of Toms River specializes in water damage cleanup and our highly trained technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Call us today at 732-349-9898. 

There is Never a Shortage of Storms in New Jersey

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in the attic of this Toms River home by SERVPRO of Toms River SERVPRO of Toms River drying equipment in the attic of a Toms River home after a heavy rainstorm.

Living in Toms River, our homes and business are not only surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Barnegat Bay, the Toms River and many lagoons, but there are numerous pipes that bring an estimated 80-100 gallons of water per person per day to and from our homes. With all the natural and manmade sources gives Toms River residents and business owners many different causes for a water damage to strike your property. Since 2012, Ocean County has experienced many natural events that caused severe water damage to our area including:

SERVPRO of Toms River has handled the water damage cleanup for many of these events. Established in 2001, we have proved that we are the leader for water damage cleanup in our Ocean County community. Our highly trained technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We respond quickly to all size water damage emergencies at your Ocean County property. Our technicians will monitor and document the process from start to finish to ensure your peace of mind. Call SERVPRO of Toms River as soon possible and let us handle the water damage cleanup process.

SERVPRO of Toms River Commercial Damage Restoration Services

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River drying equipment in the hallway of an office building An air conditioner drain clogged and caused flooding to this office in Ocean Gate, NJ.

When it comes to your commercial property, you need a restoration company that can minimize the disruption while delivering superior and fast results. Whether you need water or fire damage cleanup, mold removal, storm cleanup, flood cleanup, sewage removal, bio-hazard cleanup, professional cleaning services or Covid-19 cleaning services, SERVPRO of Toms River handles it all. We are your local commercial cleanup experts. We service:

  • Office Buildings
  • High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels and Motel
  • Retail Stores
  • High-Rise Buildings
  • Manufacturing Buildings
  • Industrial Parks
  • Warehouses
  • Flex Buildings
  • Suites or Condominiums
  • Multi-Dwelling Units and Buildings
  • Medical Buildings
  • Government Buildings
  • Military Buildings

A professional commercial water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Toms River, will have the knowledge and experience to mitigate these risks, as well as restore your property. our technicians are trained and certified to handle any commercial water damage restoration project. We can assist you through every step of the process and help return your property back to a state of normalcy.

September is Campus Fire Prevention Safety

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

SEPTEMBER IS CAMPUS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH September is Campus Fire Safety Month! Spend some time this month by focusing on creating a fire-safe environment either on or off campus.

As September approaches, students are heading to college, so now is the perfect time to review best practices and learn how to put these practices into action for both students living on or off campus. Whether you are a student or parent, taking a few minutes to evaluate the new housing could go a long way toward preventing potential fire-related injury or deaths.  

Click here to down the Campus Fire Safety Checklist for Students or click here for the Campus Fire Safety Tips for Parents.

When you first move in to your new housing, analyze your surroundings. Take time to educate yourself and your roommates about fire safety can make all the difference in a life-or-death situation. Taking small steps in identifying two ways out of a room, ensuring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly installed and working can go a long way toward preventing potential fire-related injury or deaths.

Listed below are some simple things to evaluate for fire safety measures for campus-related housing:

  • Keep combustible items away from heat sources.
  • Smoking, candles, and other open flame items should never be used in student housing. 
  • Fire sprinklers control a fire and provide lifesaving time for escape. 
  • Know and practice the building’s evacuation plan, as well as alternate routes. Create and practice a fire escape plan, if living off campus.
  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed in all sleeping areas, test smoke alarms monthly in an apartment or a house.
  • Never remove or disable smoke alarms.  
  • Keep common areas and hallways free of possessions and debris, and never block exit routes. 

What are some common causes of fires for college students?

There are several common causes for fires in dorms and off campus housing, including cooking, candles and overloaded power strips.

Follow these simple tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to avoid fires in campus housing:

Cooking

  • Cook only where it is allowed.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and free of anything that can burn.
  • Keep an eye on what you are cooking, especially if you are cooking at high temperatures.
  • If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit.

Electrical safety

  • Keep lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.
  • Never use an extension cord with large appliances, like a refrigerator.
  • Do not overload outlets.
  • Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection.

We know how exciting it is to make the transition from home to college and we want you to stay safe, so we hope you share this information with friends in dorms and off campus. Don’t forget to check with your school’s individual fire safety plans.

As a certified fire restoration company in New Jersey, SERVPRO of Toms River pledges our commitment to serving local colleges and the surrounding communities. We’re proud to provide the best emergency fire restoration services in Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, Atlantic and Burlington Counties.

Water Damage Timeline in Ocean County

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERRVPRO of Toms River water damage drying equipment Call the experts at SERVPRO of Toms River when your Ocean County property experiences water damage.

Do you know there is a water damage timeline?

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO of Toms River can help you deal with water damage in any section of your home "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (732) 349-9898.

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.