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What Damage Can Floodwater Cause In My Island Heights Home?Home

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

What destruction does floodwater cause?

When floodwater gets into your Island Heights property, it can infect everything it touches because it usually contains harmful microorganism. Murky water can conceal insects and even life-threatening wildlife. The pooling floodwater can cause long-term damage to items such as:

  • Drywall and wallboard - These materials are porous, and when they absorb water, they may become weak and remain contaminated even after drying.
  • Floor coverings - Laminated covers with foam rubber backing, can be destroyed beyond repair. Carpets that come into contact with contaminated water need to be replaced. 
  • Electrical wiring and pipes - Flooding can cause pipes to break. It can also ruin electrical wiring, leading to electrocution hazards. 
  • Laminated wood and particle board: These materials can swell, separate, and weaken after getting wet, typically not salvageable.

Which restoration services does SERVPRO professionals offer?

Since floodwater poses health risks to humans, it is essential to let SERVPRO professionals conduct the restoration process. Before we start removing the contaminated water, we wear protective gear such as face masks, full bodysuits, rubber boots, and chemical resistant gloves. Our flood damage restoration services include:

  • Floodwater extraction - We can use self-priming trash pumps to extract the floodwater. We classify the pumps as slurry, full trash, or semi trash. The classifications are mainly based on the size of solids they can pass. Semi-trash pumps can pass solids less than 5/8” while trash pumps pass solids up to 1¼″. Full trash pumps can pass solids over 3”, and slurry pumps can carry fluid containing mud or sand. 
  • Drying – Our team performs thorough drying using centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. The equipment can remove moisture even in confined spaces. We can dry the contents of your home off-site or on-site.
  • Removing and disposing of non-salvageable items.
  • Eliminating odors in the property by using different deodorizing products and equipment

Do not let flood damage distort your daily activities. Contact SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 for effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

What is the Cleanup Process after an Unexpected Death in Toms River?

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River vehicle at a biohazard We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians are standing ready to respond to these incidents.

An unexpected death, such as a violent crime or suicide, may leave behind bio-hazards such as: pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminations, that you or loved ones could run risk of coming into contact with. What are bio-hazards and pathogens?

What are biohazards?

Biohazards are biological agents, such as infectious microorganisms that or conditions that constitutes a threat to humans.

What are Pathogens? 

Pathogens (or also known as an infectious agent) are bacterium, viruses, or other microorganisms that can cause diseases.

What is SERVPRO of Toms River’s Cleanup Process after an Unexpected Death?

  • Assess the area, including the amount surrounding area of hazardous material.
  • Isolate the impacted area to prevent further spread and prevent cross-contamination.
  • Clean all signs of blood or biological material and safely discard contaminated materials.
  • Disinfect impacted areas with proper cleaners specific to your specific job requirements.
  • Remove any remaining or lingering odors.

Our crime and trauma cleanup professionals know how hard it can be to understand and process the loss of a loved one. We can walk you through the entire process so you know what to expect while showing empathy and understanding. If you are faced with the aftermath of an event that has left a large amount of blood or other contaminations, call the cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-98998. We will help you and your family prevent further unneeded, additional trauma. We provide cleanup for the owners of both residential and business properties in Toms River and all of Ocean County.

Can SERVPRO of Toms River save your carpet?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Carpets are being dried by SERVPRO of Toms River drying equipment The cause of loss in this Bayville home was a washing machine on the 2nd floor that damaged the carpeting. Drying equipment is in use to properly dry

Bayville Homeowners do not Want to Replace Carpets after Water Removal

The right carpet adds ambiance to your Bayville home. From chic single-color rugs to vivid vintage prints, your choice of carpet brings a room together. Carpets are also notoriously expensive, and replacing them is a hassle, so naturally, you do not want to change carpets unless you have to.

The state of your carpets is a primary concern during water removal in Bayville residence. Carpets are often one of the first things customers ask SERVPRO of Point Pleasant about. Our customers want to know if we can save their floor coverings and whether they will need to make an insurance claim.

There are some situations where it is not possible to save a carpet:

  • When it becomes delaminated
  • If it was soaked with water that poses a health hazard, such as water contaminated with raw sewage
  • If there is extensive mold growth because the water problem was left to fester

Thankfully, in many other situations, it is possible to restore your carpet.

How do we remove water from a carpet?

Our technicians have several methods to get water out of a carpet:

  • Free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to suck up surface water
  • Carpet wands to get into corners, and draw water from the top of the carpet
  • Rotary and free-standing extractors to carefully press the water out

Thorough extraction makes drying faster and more efficient and decreases the risk of mold growth. However, careless extraction can cause damage, which is why we treat your carpets with care.

What is the best way to dry a carpet?

The best way to dry a carpet is by using a combination of:

  • Air movers and fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters (we do not need these in every case)

Our technicians follow the theory of drying to set up drying zones. We also monitor moisture and humidity levels during drying, and we use moisture probes to measure water in carpets and on the subfloor below.

Can SERVPRO clean your carpet?

We certainly can. We train our technicians in a range of carpet cleaning methods, including hot water extraction, showcase, bonnet cleaning, and deluxe precondition and rinse. The best way depends on the carpet fibers and the type of soiling. We test your carpet beforehand to establish the kinds of threads, the level of dirt, and the colorfastness. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving your carpets. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help,
Call Us Today at 732-349-9898.

What Information Does SERVPRO Collect in the Job Scoping Phase?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Carpeting and desk area shows water damage in an office building Available 24 hours a day/seven days a week, SERVPRO of Toms River responds quickly to your Toms River business’s fire and water damage emergency.

The job scoping phase for business is one of the vital efforts that our SERVPRO of Toms River team begins as soon as we arrive. This inspection and evaluation of the property help us determine the structure's condition and what must get done to restore it. Careful documentation and readings get conducted during this phase to ensure that all parties, including our fire restoration professionals and the insurance adjusters, know what to expect when restoration and mitigation efforts begin shortly after that. Job scoping seeks to determine:   

  • Environmental Conditions – The conditions in the environment can vary from one fire-damaged structure to the next. Often, circulating particles like soot can have hazardous effects on those exposed. Air quality control, as well as many different emergency services, must occur before other restoration actions can take place.  
  • Content Damage – Because your shop is your livelihood, you are often concerned with how damaged your stock and wares have become. Careful evaluation on an item-by-item basis can help designate which corrective actions can happen on-site in which your content needs restoring in our nearby warehouse. 
  • Structure Damage – There is no mistaking how destructive fires in Point Pleasant Beach can be to the building itself. Structural damage must get addressed as soon as possible because breaches in the building's envelope affect how efficient and thorough restoration actions like cleaning, drying, and deodorization can be. 
  • Estimated Costs – Job scoping is also vital for our project manager and crew chief to determine the work's estimated costs. Documentation of the damage and the corrective actions needed to recover the property helps the insurance company designate the appropriate amounts for the restoration of the building and its affected items. 

Whether you need water or fire damage cleanup, mold removal, storm or flood cleanup, sewage and bio-hazard cleanup, professional cleaning services or Covid-19 cleaning services, SERVPRO of Toms River handles it all.

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Cleanup and Board Up Services

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of home, the siding has melted and the windows are boarded up after a fire This home in Lavallette, needed board up services after a fire destroyed some windows and melted the siding of the home.

Fire damage does not always mean that your entire home has been destroyed by a fire. Fire damage can be a small one room fire and can also just consist of soot damage, smoke damage and/or water damage that may surface while extinguishing a fire. Not only can fire damage effect your structure but smoke and soot damages also impacts furniture and electronic devices.

After your property is deemed safe to enter by the fire Marshall, it is imperative that you start fire damage mitigation as soon as possible. Not only can fire damage effect your structure, but smoke and soot damages may impact furniture, electronic devices, family heirlooms, pictures and keepsakes. Due to the fact that every fire damage is unique and the surfaces of affected items vary, fire damage cleanup is not something that you should attempt on your own. Let your local fire damage mitigation company take care of this process for you.

SERVPRO of Toms River’s fire damage cleanup services include:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response
  • Emergency Board Up-When your home has suffered damage from a storm, fire or other disaster and cannot be secured, you need board up services to protect your property and prevent additional damages by using the proper supplies to board up windows, walls, and doors
  • Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Removal- use specialized cleaning equipment
  • Odor Removal- Odors will cling to a variety of surfaces and may linger in your home long after the fire has been extinguished. The types of materials that were burned will determine what the removal processes for them with will be.
  • Content Cleaning and Restoration- This process involves cleaning, repairing, and deodorizing items that have been damaged by smoke, soot and water.
  • Full Documentation
  • Reconstruction-SERVPRO of Toms River not only handles the cleanup and restoration process after a fire, we will also rebuild and restore your property in Ocean County after a fire.

We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

If by chance you experience a fire damage, remember to give your local cleanup pros a call at 732-349-9898. For the past two decades, our proven professionals have been helping customers throughout the state protect their property during this difficult time. Along with decades of experience, we have specialized equipment and cleaning methods to get your property back to it’s pre-fire condition quickly. We can swiftly and economically restore your property, completely rebuild and restore your property.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help SERVPRO of Toms River is always here to help.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River for Emergency Damage Cleanup?

We stay up-to-date with the most advanced technology and techniques. With these advancements, SERVPRO can restore your property swiftly, reliably, and to its preloss condition. We show up to the job with the materials and equipment required to do the job. At SERVPRO of Toms River, we use moisture detection and measurement equipment, drying equipment, odor removal and deodorization, sanitizing agents, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments. Each and every emergency is different so we tailor it to your individual needs.

Did You Know SERVPRO of Toms River is Available 24/7 for Emergency Calls?

Disaster strikes at any time of day or night. It does not wait for a more convenient time. Because time is of the essence, we are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays, for all your commercial or residential emergency cleanup needs in New Jersey. Our crews respond quickly to emergency calls to the minimize damage and to keep it from causing secondary damage.

What Are Our Certifications and Experience?

We are an accredited IICRC (or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) business. The IICRC is the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. We have 20 years of experience in fire and water repair and restoration, mold remediation and storm damage cleanup industry.

We will coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier and will get you back in your home or business faster. Call SERVPRO of Toms River today at 732-349-9898 for all you emergency cleanup needs.

What Is the Fastest Water Removal Method for a Lakehurst Church?

5/9/2021 (Permalink)

Piping that was the cause of a water loss This Lakehurst church had a pipe leak in the ceiling and water damage throughout the first floor and basement.

Our SERVPRO Team Can Help with Efficient Extraction, Drying and Cleaning to Get Students and Faculty Back Quickly

When water losses affect Lakehurst churches, there are so many individuals affected. Each of these disasters can force a temporary shutdown of the facility, or at least closing off a portion of the building. Preventing foot traffic through the damaged area is an essential way for students to get injured by slips or rapidly changing conditions in standing water scenarios.

Water removal for Lakehurst churches involves a blend of talented professionals like our SERVPRO team meeting the changing situation of substantial water damage with advanced tools and technologies. Finding the most efficient method for extraction and drying is our technicians' priority as soon as we arrive at the damaged location. We can establish containment barriers to limit traffic through the drying zone when our professionals begin with mitigation. 

What Are the Risks of Standing Water? 

Pooling water in any church can be a dangerous situation for the staff and members exposed. Other considerations make standing water a concern for your church. Here are some of the ways that this substantial water loss effect can be detrimental to your facilities: 

Structural Deterioration  

You might not think about how standing water could affect tile flooring throughout the hallways. This water can be even more compromising when the water loss occurs in areas with concrete floors, unpainted masonry walls, drywall, or when the water damage occurs in ceiling cavities.

Water Migration

Breaks in the plumbing to fixtures like water fountains can deposit high volumes of water on tile flooring, which can spread quickly throughout your school's entire wing. Though its initial position might not be immediately destructive, where water travels could cause considerable damage elsewhere in the building.

Unusable Facilities 

Standing water in Lakehurst is too great of a risk for your parishioners, so until resolving the situation, there is little that you can do with this portion of the  church. Running at a compromised state puts the strain on resources and the staff to keep meeting the demands of parishioners without space and means to do so more efficiently. 

How Do You Remove Surface Water? 

As much as you might want to get this situation resolved as soon as possible, considerable extraction needs exceed your custodial staff's available equipment and expertise. By trusting our SERVPRO team to help, we can showcase multiple practical tools and devices that can remove surface water and prepare the area for drying efficiently. Some of these cutting-edge tools in our arsenal are:

  • Submersible Pumps 

Submersible pumps are ideal for when any standing water in your school exceeds two inches in depth. Beneath two inches, more air is getting into the pump than water, making it impossible to maintain an appropriate prime of suction to remove the pool.

  • Wet Vacuums 

With lower depths of standing water, the appropriate tool for removal is the wet vacuum. This vacuum is a versatile piece of equipment that can work as a standalone extractor, but also get fitted with multiple attachments to improve its effectiveness with specific materials. The squeegee wand is an excellent example of one that might get used on the tile and concrete flooring throughout most of the school.

  • Conventional Sopping Approaches

Several instances in which mopping and sopping up the water might work for any lingering surface moisture. In most cases, our SERVPRO professionals work to remove most of the water present with other strategies before finalizing these efforts with conventional toweling. 

Can SERVPRO Help to Resolve the Cause of the Water Damage? 

We have skilled professionals on our team that have the knowledge and the experience to repair and rebuild your building after a water loss. Take the time to inspect the origin of the water losses to determine the likelihood of recurrence. Repairs can address both the immediate damage and the use of preventative maintenance. By choosing our team, you are getting: 

  • In-House Contractors
  • Thorough Inspections
  • Quality Repairs

How Fast Can Parishioners Get Back After Water Losses? 

It is always our priority to get staff and parishioners back to the damaged portions of the facility as soon as possible. Even if the loss incident does not force a total shutdown, it can strain resources and test the available space limitations. We can work efficiently to get you back to preloss conditions faster than you might have expected.

No matter how our professionals can help after a water loss incident, you can reach our SERVPRO of Toms River 24/7 by calling (732) 349-9898.

We Thank our Toms River Firefighters on National Firefighters' Day and Everyday!

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flames thanking firefighters for all they do on International Firefighters' Day, May 4, 2021 International Firefighters Day, thank you to all Ocean County firefighters for all that you do to protect our community!

To all those brave firefighters that run towards the fire, we thank you! Today is International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) so let’s make sure we go out of our way to show them extra appreciation today for all they do for our Toms River community.

On this date (May 4) every year, it is a time for remembrance of the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all. At the same time, we can show our support and appreciation to the firefighters worldwide and in our community who continue to protect us so well throughout the year. By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together or by participating in a memorial or recognition event, we can show our gratitude to firefighters everywhere. The IFFD ribbons are linked to colors symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with-red for fire and blue for water. These colors also are internationally recognized as representing emergency service.

Today and every day of the year, please follow these easy fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) so firefighters will not have to put out a fire at your home:

  • Watch what you are cooking by staying in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Give space heaters space and keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
  • Keep matches out of reach from children and up high, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
  • Inspect electrical cords and replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
  • Be careful when using candles and keep them at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Have a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
  • Install sprinklers if you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive at your home.

The Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention offers a suite of fire prevention services. Their services include:

  • Fire prevention and safety education
  • Fire safety inspections
  • Fire investigations
  • Safety hazard removal
  • Permit application reviews

To learn more about New Jersey fire codes and safety regulations, contact them online.

If you do experience fire damage in Ocean County, call SERVPRO of Toms River as soon as possible and follow these simple tips until we arrive:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Can Efficient Cleaning Happen After a Fire in My Toms River Shop?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Floor covered in soot debris with footprints This business has soot damage throughout the building after a fire struck their Toms River property.

Fires Can Leave Your Entire Structure Damaged, Making it Vital to get Cleaning and Recovery Efforts Started as Soon as Possible 

After a fire loss incident, cleaning up can often reduce the cost of a fire damage claim for Toms River shops. As restoration professionals, we have seen some of the destructive powers of fire losses throughout commercial properties. This damage can become especially problematic when your wares and stock also become impacted by the structure fire. Fast and direct restoration and cleaning approaches can protect these potentially damaged items and get your doors back open quickly for your customers and staff.  

The term fire damage for Toms River shops like yours can indicate multiple problems simultaneously. From the direct structural damage resulting from widespread combustion to lingering residues and coatings on the walls from smoke damage, cleaning is not a one size fits all solution for each building. Despite the obstacles that exist with cleanup and recovery, it is often a more cost-efficient approach to returning your property to the preloss condition when your insurance company has become involved in damage claim efforts.  

What Information Gets Collected in the Job Scoping Phase?  

The job scoping phase is one of the vital efforts that our SERVPRO team begins as soon as we arrive. This inspection and evaluation of your property help us determine the structure's condition and what must get done to restore it. Careful documentation and readings get conducted during this phase to ensure that all parties, including our fire restoration professionals and the insurance adjusters, know what to expect when restoration and mitigation efforts begin shortly after that. Job scoping seeks to determine:   

  • Environmental Conditions – The conditions in the environment can vary from one fire-damaged structure to the next. Often, circulating particles like soot can have hazardous effects on those exposed. Air quality control, as well as many different emergency services, must occur before other restoration actions can take place.  
  • Content Damage – Because your shop is your livelihood, you are often concerned with how damaged your stock and wares have become. Careful evaluation on an item-by-item basis can help designate which corrective actions can happen on-site in which your content needs restoring in our nearby warehouse. 
  • Structure Damage – There is no mistaking how destructive fires in Toms River can be to the building itself. Structural damage must get addressed as soon as possible because breaches in the building's envelope affect how efficient and thorough restoration actions like cleaning, drying, and deodorization can be. 
  • Estimated Costs – Job scoping is also vital for our project manager and crew chief to determine the work's estimated costs. Documentation of the damage and the corrective actions needed to recover the property helps the insurance company designate the appropriate amounts for the restoration of the building and its affected items. 

What Are the Primary Principles of Cleaning Smoke-Damaged Items?  

Smoke-damaged items are not uncommon to see after a structure fire in a small shop. Not only can the building's contents become affected by these residues, wall services, counters, and flooring can also become damaged. There are specific factors that we must consider with each of these restoration approaches when cleaning smoke residues:  

  • Identify the Residue – There are multiple types of smoke residues that can impact your property, from wet smoke damage, a thick residue to dry smoke damage, which often appears more like a chalky film. 
  • Identify the Affected Materials – The type of material affected underneath the residue can also impact the cleaning choice made. Specific abrasive cleaning techniques might damage or scratch sensitive surfaces. 
  • Choose Appropriate Cleaning Method – With dozens of possible cleaning approaches for smoke residues, several get implemented on every job site. We have situations where soda blasting can be most efficient, while emulsification with water-based solvents might be best in other areas. 

Is Cleaning a Better Choice Than Replacement? 

Insurance companies often view restoration and cleaning as more desirable rather than replacement. Replacement indicates that materials or contents have become too damaged to preserve and must get discarded. Cleaning is more than resurfacing and refinishing, although these approaches can be cost-efficient against replacing the materials altogether. Advantages to cleaning include: 

  • Less Money
  • Faster than Replacement
  • Desirable Alternative to Resurfacing 

No matter how destructive fire damages can be to your shop, our SERVPRO of Toms River team can quickly respond. Give us a call whenever disasters strike at (732) 349-9898.

What Can Bring Salt Water Damages to Your Toms River Homes and Businesses?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River drying equipment Drying equipment in full effect in this room after all the saltwater was removed.

Living and working at the Jersey Shore, most of us are pretty familiar with different forms of natural disasters and events that can cause water damage. Most common here in Ocean County, NJ are:

Some of these storms and weather systems move across the landscape, picking up water from the ocean, bays and lagoons and depositing them on properties as it travels.

Storm surges are defined as the abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm, measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted astronomical tide. The surge is caused primarily by a storm’s winds pushing water onshore. The amplitude of the storm surge at any given location depends on the orientation of the coast line with the storm track; the intensity, size, and speed of the storm; and the local bathymetry bathymetry by the National Ocean Service.

Winter storms, such as blizzards, heavy snow and ice storms, do not seem like they belongs on the list but when we receive a lot of snow and it warms up quickly, that melted snow needs to go somewhere. That somewhere from your roof could be through your roof into your home or business and the snow from the ground and landscape could melt into your crawlspace or basement.

Why do these natural events cause so much damage?

The simple answer is water. The more complicated answer is salt in the water. Any water containing salt (saltwater) can be extremely corrosive on metals, such as pipes, and concrete, including foundations, pilings, sidewalks, and structural walls. Plaster, bricks and mortar can also be targets of salt water corrosion. When salt penetrates concrete it holds on and it breaks down very slowly so the process of salt corrosion may takes years to see the full effects.

From salt water damage you cannot just pump out the salt water and expect your property to be back to it’s pre-water damage condition. The system will need to be flushed with fresh water to remove the salt, and then pumped repeatedly until there is no sign of salt remaining.

When a saltwater intrusion occurs in the Toms River area, contact SERVPRO of Toms River. We are certified water loss specialists and our crew work quickly and efficiently to restore your commercial or residential property to its preloss condition.