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Food to Avoid Giving Your Pets on Thanksgiving

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Foods not safe for pets on Thanksgiving Keep the phone number to the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661) as well as the number and address for your local emergency veterinarian handy.

Thanksgiving is just one day away so please keep your animals safe. Ask your guests to not feed your pets table scraps or ask you before they do to let them know what is safe to feed them. Turkey is not normally bad for dogs, but the “trimmings” and other ingredients included in the dishes on the table are often not tolerated by dogs and in some cases can be toxic. This list is on the DO NOT FEED PETS list:

  • Turkey skin
  • Tukey drippings
  • Turkey bones
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Sage
  • Pumpkin Pie – May contain Xylitol
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol 

Here are a few items that are considered safe to feed your pets if you decide to let them share in the festivities:

  • Turkey meat
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
  • Potatoes
  • Apples

Pets do not know what is good and safe for them so it is up to us to keep them happy and healthy. Always keep the phone number to the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661) as well as the number and address for your local emergency veterinarian in a place where all household members can see it. 

Fried Turkey Cooking Safety Tips to Keep Everyone Safe on Thanksgiving

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention and Safety for Deep Frying a  Turkey on Thanksgiving Fire prevention and safety tips for deep frying a turkey on Thanksgiving

Turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury so be sure you know how to safely use the fryer. Follow these fried turkey cooking safety tips to keep everyone safe on Thanksgiving:

  • Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer
  • Never ever leave it unattended.
  • Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and make sure the oil stays even and steady at all times.
  • Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry because any extra water may cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over.
  • Be sure to keep track of the oil's temperature because many fryers do not have their own thermostats.
  • Be careful when touching the turkey fryer as the lid and handle can become very hot to the touch.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.

Follow the above safety tips to make sure all your family and friends will enjoy your tasty Thanksgiving fried turkey. 

Tips to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing when Cold Temperatures Arrive in Ocean County

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Burst Pipe What do you do after the plumber has repaired your burst pipe? Call SERVPRO of Toms River for all your water damage cleanup needs.

As the Jersey Shore heads into it’s winter season, now is a good time to start planning ahead to avoid one of winter's most unwanted experiences: frozen pipes.

Some homes and business have pipes that are in danger of freezing. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage.

Before we talk about tips to prevent your pipes from freezing, let's first look at which pipes are most likely to freeze when the weather plummets:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation. 

Now that we know which pipes are at high risk from the cold, follow these simple tips to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

In the event your home or business does experience a frozen pipe, here are a few things to do while waiting for the cleanup process to begin:

  • Turn the main water off to the property.
  • Shut off power main if the is a chance water came in contact with anything electrical.
  • Find the damaged pipe and repair yourself or call a licensed plumber to help.
  • Check with your agent or insurance company so you will be sure what your policy covers.
  • Document the damaged articles and take photos.
  • If your home sustains water damage, it is important to make sure that it is properly dried and repaired to prevent any potential problem with mold. 

In the event of property damage from a frozen or burst pipe, you may need professional help to make repairs, clean up the water, and prevent any mold from creeping up in the affected area of your home. Don’t just call any water damage service, call SERVPRO of Toms River, your local, water damage clean-up specialists. With over 20 years of service in our community, we have the experience, expertise and knowledge to make the repairs to your home and business “Like it never even happened.” 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River for Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Cleanup in Your Bayville Home?

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Before & After SERVPRO of Toms River We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire damage.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River for Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Cleanup in Your Bayville Home?

  1. Free Estimate-SERVPRO of Toms River will write up a free estimate for your fire damage emergency cleanup service in your house, condominium or apartment.
  2. Work with Insurance–We will work with insurance company when it comes to removing smoke, soot and even water from firefighting efforts caused by extinguishing the flames.
  3. Timely Response–We understand that time is of the utmost importance after you experience a fire. Our team will arrive as soon as it is deemed safe to start your restoration process.
  4. Certification– SERVPRO of Toms River is IICRC certified.
  5. Reputation– We let our past clients speak through reviews to make sure that you have the best company working for you. We have a long history of happy customers and great service in the Ocean County and surrounding areas.
  6. Experience– We have over 20 years of experience within our local community and are true professionals.
  7. Availability– We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for all fire damage emergencies your home.

We’re Fire Damage Specialists

There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

How Does the Fire Restoration Process Work When You Hire SERVPRO of Toms River?

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Garge with sheetrock removed after a fire SERVPRO of Toms River's “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home sooner.

How Does the Fire Restoration Process Work When You Hire SERVPRO of Toms River?

Once you have a fire in your Ocean Gate home, it may seem hopeless at first for your home to be completely restored. However, there are several steps that SERVPRO of Toms River will take to ensure that your home and belongings are restored to their pre-fire loss condition. Our fire damage restoration process changes slightly depending on your home’s loss, but rest assured, our crew will make any fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

  • Debris Cleanup – The aftermath of fire leaves damaged pieces of debris everywhere. Our highly trained crew will work diligently and carefully to remove all the damaged parts.
  • Moisture Detection – Firefighters work extremely hard to extinguish the flames, but that will leave water in places where water may cause more damage to your home. Our technicians will take moisture reading on our specialized equipment and document their findings for your records. This makes inaccessible areas easy for our crew to read and document to ensure the structure is properly dried.  
  • Demolition – Some parts of your home’s structure may need to be removed and replaced. Our technicians will remove parts of the fire-damaged materials, and our reconstruction team will bring it back to preloss condition.
  • Cleaning – This step will be used on your home and belongings that we are able to safely keep. We will remove staining and residue from various surfaces throughout our fire cleanup process. Our technicians use specialized methods and safe cleaning products to make sure that no further harm comes to structural elements.  
  • Deodorization – Our odor removal process is critical to get rid of burnt odors and smoke particles left from the fire. We have a variety of deodorization equipment and products that help neutralize tough odors on different materials.
  • Reconstruction  After all the other steps are complete, our reconstruction crew will rebuild the parts of your structure that needed to be replaced.

Having one qualified company like SERVPRO of Toms River for your entire fire-loss can save you time and keep your cost low while we bring your home back to full functionality.

Why Use SERVPRO of Toms River for Your Commercial Damage Emergencies

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

A local business using SERVPRO of Toms River's High-Efficiency Equipment A local business in Toms River using our high efficiency equipment to quickly dry out the structure.

No matter whether your Toms River business is a tiny boutique or a vast warehouse and distribution center, expert assistance is needed to return to preloss condition after a water emergency. Our highly-qualified crews rely on world-class training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and up-to-date commercial-grade, high efficient equipment to evacuate water swiftly and dry out structural components and contents. 

High-Efficiency Equipment 

To remove the water swiftly, SERVPRO of Toms River stocks adequate inventories of equipment designed precisely for that purpose on our signature green service vehicles. The workhorses are submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors. Both these types of removal equipment operate even if your electricity is temporarily disconnected. Pumps are gas-powered, and truck-mounted extractors use onboard generators. Once the bulk of the water exits, portable extractors help suction up the remaining standing water, able to reach the confined areas and recesses where water migrated. 

Flooding Information for Your Home or Business

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a hallway from a flood SERVPRO of Toms River understands that every flood damage is different and requires a unique solution. Call us today at 732-349-9898.

What is flooding?

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry.

What could cause flooding?

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.

What you should know about Flood Safety:

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
  • Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect.
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
  • Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
  • If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets.

For FEMA's Be Prepared for a Flood information sheets, click here.

When can you return to your home after a flood?

Pay attention to authorities for information and instructions than return home only when authorities say it is safe.

What can you do to restore your home or business after a flood?

Call SERVPRO of Toms River as soon as possible. has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

SERVPRO of Toms River Has the Right Equipment For Every Water Damage Emergency

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River equipment in a den SERVPRO of Toms River professionals have the resources and restoration equipment to help you take back control of your life.

The right equipment is vital for timely mitigation. SERVPRO of Toms River understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. 

Detection Equipment

Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.

Extraction Equipment

The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.

  • Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.

Dehumidification Equipment

By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO of Toms River use two types of dehumidifiers:

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers work similarly to air conditioners.
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers use chemicals, called desiccants, that readily absorb moisture from the air. Deodorization.

Deodorization Equipment

  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult-to-access areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Tropical Depression Henri dumps more than 8 inches of rain on parts of NJ

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Basement in Island Heights being dried by SERVPRO of Toms River from heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Henri When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help return to normal quickly.

Though Hurricane Henri was expected to avoid a direct hit on New Jersey, the National Weather Service was forecasting it would bring heavy rain, strong winds, and flash flooding, with the northern half of the state at the most risk for the torrential weather. Henri was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane late Saturday morning. Rain and wind in New Jersey were expected to begin sometime Saturday night. Luckily, the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression before and Ocean County did not get a direct hit. We did experience heavy rainfall, with Toms River receiving about 2.87 inches, Manchester 2.1 inches and Jackson 2.27 inches. Some other areas in New Jersey received more than 8 inches, according to NJ.com.

Do you know the difference between a tropical storm and tropical depression?

A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds (one-minute average) of 38 mph (33 knots) or less. A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds ranging from 39-73 mph (34 to 63 knots), according to the National Weather Service.

New Jersey was under a tropical storm watch because the path for Tropical Storm Henri was uncertain until it got closer to New Jersey. As the path became certain, Ocean County was going to avoid a direct hit and the storm’s intensity decreased. We were just going to get the outer bands from the storm which means rain, rain and more rain with a chance of flooding.

Do you know the difference between a tropical storm watch and a tropical storm warning?

A tropical storm watch is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, pose a POSSIBLE threat to a specified coastal area within 48 hours. A tropical storm warning is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, are EXPECTED in a specified coastal area within 36 hours or less.

If your property experienced storm damage for the storm, call SERVPRO of Toms River to quickly and properly restore your structure. We have specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

Could NJ be looking at more rainfall and more flooding this week due to Hurricane Ida heading to NJ?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Alert A fast response to flooding is a critical part of limiting the damage and getting your family back to normal.

As Hurricane Ida makes a right turn and heads towards NJ, it is expected to be downgraded from a category 4 hurricane but it could still bring lots of rain and flooding to Ocean County when it arrives. After an already wet summer from lots of storms including Tropical Storm Fred and then Tropical Storm Henri, Ida is predicted over the next few days to weaken into a tropical depression when it arrives in NJ. The center (or eye) of the storm appears to be heading right towards NJ. Forecasters are predicting the 200 mile wide storm to arrive in NJ sometime on Wednesday or Thursday depending on her speed and if her paths shifts a bit. Ida may bring up to 4-6 inches of rainfall to the Garden State this week.

Hurricane Ida is probably going to bring more rain and cause more flooding problems. Significant flash flooding may become a concern starting Wednesday due to the heavy rain and flooding that was brought to us last week when Tropical Storm Henri came through. A Flash Flood Watch has already been issued for most of New Jersey, from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening. The weather service said flooding is possible in creeks, streams and areas with poor drainage. Water is expected to cover roads, particularly in low lying areas.

SERVPRO of Toms River has the Resources to Handle Major Storms and Disasters

We are locally owned and operated, so we can respond immediately with our highly trained technicians.  You can trust our professionals to handle your damages with care, precision, and expert knowledge. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call us SERVPRO of Toms River today at 732-349-9898.