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Tips to Keep Your Home Fire Damage Free During the Holidays

12/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Keep Your Home Fire Damage Free During the Holidays Everyone here at SERVPRO of Toms River wishes you and yours a happy and fire safe holiday season.

The holiday season is a time to get together with family and friends. Whether you celebrate at home with a few loved ones or host a large gathering, there are a few precautions to consider to help ensure your holiday stays happy and safe.

The U.S. Fire Administration suggests following these simply holiday decorating tips to help keep your home fire free:

  1. Use only non-flammabe decorations and place all decorations away from heat vents and heating sources.
  2. Maintain holiday lights. Check lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive wire kinking. This should be done yearly before using all lights. Only use lighting by an approved testing laboratory.
  3. Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three strands of lights, unless directions indicate it is safe. Periodically, check the wires. The wires should not be warm to the touch. 
  4. Avoid using lit candles. Consider choosing flameless candles over flame candles. If you do choose flame candles, make sure they are in a stable holders and place them in low traffic areas, where they can not be knocked down. Never leave a candle unattended.
  5. Do not block exits with decorations or trees.
  6. Check all smoke and fire detectors to ensure they are in proper working order.

Whether you are ready for the holidays or not, SERVPRO of Toms River will always be "Ready for whatever happens." If If disaster does strike your home during the holiday season, SERVPRO of Toms River will be on call for your fire damage emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Highland Plaza Apartments Thanksgiving Day Fire

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Highland Plaza Apartments Thanksgiving Day Fire We are extra thankful for our wonderful SERVPRO of Toms River staff on Thanksgiving.

A fire on Thanksgiving morning forced 111 senior citizens from their apartment complex in Toms River. After firefighters extinguished the fire, an estimated 75 percent of the building suffered from smoke and water damage, according to the Toms River Patch. We are thankful to have helped get most of them back into their homes by the Monday after Thanksgiving and making it “Like it never even happened.”

A Special Thank You to All Military Families this November

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Community A Special Thank You to All Military Families this November Military families often endure unique challenges as they support their soldier so we thank them not just this November but all through the year.

Every November, The Armed Services celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment to the families of military personnel. Throughout the month of November, Army families serving around the world are being recognized and honored for the commitment and contributions they make every day through a variety of observances.

All of us share in the responsibility of caring for our military families and veterans. These families have stepped up to the plate at great personal cost. Unsure of what you can do for Military Family Month? You can do one or more of the following ideas or create your own:

  • Create a care package for them to enjoy while away from home.
  • Thank an Active-Duty Member, Veteran, Military Spouse, or Military Child for their service and sacrifice.
  • Visit war memorials with your family to teach your children the value of service.
  • Fly the U.S. Flag.
  • Thank someone in a military uniform and/or surprise someone in military uniform with a free coffee, dessert or drink if in line behind you.
  • Adopt a military family for the holidays by sponsoring a Food Basket or Toys for junior enlisted military families.
  • Make a donation or volunteer with a military assistance organization

As we acknowledge and appreciate our veterans of the past and present for their noble and brave service to our nation, we offer gratitude for their sacrifice and for the security and protection of our freedoms. SERVPRO of Toms River would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to military families for the support they provide for our service members on a daily basis. Your sacrifices on behalf of our country are truly inspiring.

Safety First Before the Feast

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety First Before the Feast Let SERVPRO of Toms River restore your kitchen along with your peace of mind.

Every Thanksgiving, family and friends get together to celebrate by cooking a huge feast. Safe cooking should be a habit practiced at Thanksgiving and every other gathering because cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association

Follow these simple steps to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire:

  1. Never leave anything unattended while cooking. 
  2. Use a timer as a reminder that there is something cooking.
  3. Keep children away from all cooking areas. At least three feet is usually a good, safe distance. 
  4. Keep all flammable items away from anything that generates heat.
  5. Avoid your clothing from catching fire around flames if wearing loose clothing.
  6. Have a working fire extinguisher nearby and know how to work it in case of an emergency.
  7. Check to make sure smoke and fire detectors are working properly.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes, call your local fire damage experts at SERVPRO of Toms River. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Don't Forgot a Preparedness Plan for Your Pets and Animals

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

General Don't Forgot a Preparedness Plan for Your Pets and Animals At SERVPRO of Toms River, pets are important family members so we make them a part of our preparedness planning.

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to put a plan in place for your pet or pets in case of an emergency. 

There are several things you can do to make sure they stay stay safe during an emergency. Putting a Pet Emergency Kit together for your pets is the easiest way to plan ahead for an emergency. Ready.gov/animals lists the following items as essential to building your Pet Emergency Kit

  • Bring at least a three day supply of food per animal in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Bring at least a three day supply of water per animal.
  • Back all medicines and medical records for your pets in a waterproof case. 
  • Put together a first aid kit that includes cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves, Isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Could not hurt to include a pet first aid reference book too.
  • collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
  • Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier for each animal in case you need to evacuate. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. 
  • Everything necessary for sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate. Paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
  • A picture of your pet and yourself to show others to assist if if you become separated from your pet.
  • Bring microchip information in case you become separated from your pet in order to help locate them. Most veterinary clinics and shelters will have scanners to read the microchips.
  • Bring some familiar items for your pet to make them comfortable and to help reduce stress during an emergency, such as treats, toys and bedding.

Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so never leave your pet behind. They could be lost, hurt or even die if left behind. If you are unable to take your pet for any reason, please contact a local shelter, a family member or friend, police department, fire department or post on social media ahead of time for assistance.  

For more information on preparedness for pets and animals, please visit ready.gov/animals.

Do You Know Why the United States has Fire Prevention Week Every Year?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do You Know Why the United States has Fire Prevention Week Every Year? Even a small fire in a garage, like this one in Toms River, can quickly fill your entire home with smoke and soot. Be safe and plan ahead.

Fire Prevention Week (FPW) began in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which burned from October 8 until October 10 and caused devastating damage to the city. The History Channel reported that this tragedy killed an estimated 300 people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. There are many theories on what started the fire, including a cow tipping over a lantern in a barn, but the truth is still unknown as to how it began.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week will be observed October 7th through 13th. The purpose of this week is to bring awareness to people of all ages and races in order to keep everyone safe. The National Fire Protection Association's theme this year is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Meet at a predesignated meeting spot outside and a safe distance from the home and remain there until safe.

“LEARN” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy for your family or friends. That is why not only yourself but all members of your household should understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

Please join SERVPRO of Toms River in keeping our family and community safe this year. Follow these safety tips on escape planning by the NFPA.

Call SERVPRO of Toms River in the unfortunate event of fire damage at 732-349-9898. 

Are You Aware that September is Mold Awareness Month?

9/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are You Aware that September is Mold Awareness Month? Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem.

Are You Aware that September is Mold Awareness Month?

Molds are part of our natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors.  Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. 

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Toms River home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects.

Listed below are a few simple tips if you suspect you may have a mold situation:

  • DO NOT ignore possible signs of mold.  Immediately look for possible sources of moisture without disturbing suspected mold to prevent further spreading.
  • Repair any sources of water as quickly as possible and thoroughly dry the any areas that are wet or damp.
  • Move anything that is not suspected of having mold on it to a safe and dry area.
  • If possible, seal off areas that may be contaminated to prevent further spreading. 

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call SERVPRO of Toms River Today at 732-349-9898.

Five Preventative Tips Against Water Damage

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Five Preventative Tips Against Water Damage An appliance leak caused this home to need water damage restoration in this Toms River home.

Water damage is one of the most common issues that homeowners like us, may face, but with prevention, we may stop it before it begins.  Here are five simple tips to aid in the prevention of water destruction in your home:

  • Do not ignore leaks. If you notice a leak inside or outside your home fix it quickly because a small leak will not remain small. If you are unable to fix it yourself, call in a plumber immediately. The faster you fix a leak, the less damage it will leave behind.
  • Watch for increases in your water bill. If you have an increasingly high water bill one month there may be an unseen reason. Some pipes are in walls or underneath flooring making it difficult to see the leak or burst pipe.
  • Regularly inspect appliances connected to a water supply line. Any appliance that connect to a water supply line, have a chance of bursting or leaking. Appliances using hoses are a common weakness for water damage problems. Replace any that show signs of decay, rust or damage.
  • Turn off your main water valve to your home before going away. Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply and ensure that water will not wreak havoc on your home while unoccupied.
  • Regularly inspect your roof and gutters. Keeping your roof in good condition with no cracks or loose shingles is a great line of defense against rainwater entering your home. While checking the roof, do not forget remove debris from your gutters to prevent overflow.

In Need of Water Damage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Toms River when a fast response is critical. We are your local water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition.

Corroded Pipes at Local Dental Office Cause Water Damage

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Corroded Pipes at Local Dental Office Cause Water Damage A local dental office in Bayville, NJ was surprised to find water damage on the their floors when they returned to the office.

A commercial dental office had a flood in areas of their building caused by corroded pipes attached to the water filtration system. Corrosion of pipes is due to physical and chemical reactions between the pipe material and water. In simple words, the metal from the piping dissolves into the water from various causes. Depending on the degree of the reaction, a new piping system can show signs of corrosion in as little as two years. If you are dealing with an older home, corrosion is always a risk. With corrosion comes restricted water flow and in extreme cases, cruddy water.

The rate of pipe corrosion is commonly associated with the following factors:

  • Alkaline water, with a high pH level above 8.5.
  • Acidic water, with a low pH level under 7.0.
  • An elevated level of dissolved oxygen in the water.
  • A high level of dissolved salts in the water, known as Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).
  • Electrochemical issues, most commonly improper grounding of appliances and/or lightning strikes that pass through utility grounding wires.
  • Bacteria that can cause corrosion, such as iron bacteria and sulfates.
  • Hydraulic wear, caused by materials, such as grit, sand, and sediment, moving across the surface of the pipe.
  • High velocity water, relative to the pipe size that causes hydraulic wear on the pipe surface, sometimes caused by pumps in hot water systems.
  • An incorrect copper piping installation, where the ends of the pipe were not deburred or reamed and/or excessive acidic flux when the pipes were soldered together.

There is never a convenient time for water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Toms River has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.  In an emergency, give us a call 24/7 at 732-349-9898 and we will be there fast with the help you need.

Summertime Sewage Removal at the Jersey Shore

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Summertime at the Jersey Shore is the time for getting out in the sun, enjoying fresh air and swimming at the beach. The last thing you want to come home to find after a wonderful summer day is the smell of sewage. When you left in the morning, there was no sign of the disaster to come. Unfortunately, this family in Lavallette, had exactly that experience this summer.

Sewage poses a serious health risk to any humans and animals living in the home, so anything it touches must be cleaned, disinfected, or discarded. Sewage can cause extensive property damage and severe health problems and, on top of that, it is extremely difficult and unpleasant to deal with because it requires a lot of time and effort, as well as specialized disinfecting products and purification techniques. Immediate cleanup of the affected area can help minimize the future damage and can prevent mold growth.

This photo shows that special training and equipment is necessary to clean this type of contamination safely. At SERVPRO of Toms River, we consider sewage cleanup to be an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home to pre-sewage condition.

Be Fire Smart Against Electrical Fires in Your Home

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Fire Smart Against Electrical Fires in Your Home Even a small electrical fire can cause significant damage to your Ocean County home.

There are more than 45,000 home electrical fires each year. They are the most common cause of fires in the home. They cause millions of dollars in damages, while claiming lives in the process. Most electrical fire deaths occur between midnight and 6 AM with peak months being December through March, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Common causes can be:

  • Appliances
    • Always appliances directly into a wall outlet.
    • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance because it can easily overheat and start a fire.
    • Unplug small appliances when you are not using them.
    • Keep lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.
    • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
    • Check electrical cords on appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged and loose electrical cords. Do not try to repair them.
  • Outlets
    • Do not overload wall outlets.Insert plugs fully into sockets.
    • Never force a three-prong cord into a two-slot outlet.
    • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children.
  • Extension Cords, Power Strips and Surge Protectors
    • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
    • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
    • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
    • Do not overload power strips.
    • Use power strips that have internal overload protection.

If your home does experience an electrical fire, SERVPRO of Toms River specializes in fire damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. 

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Toms River home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

Restoring Your Toms River Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Toms River Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event A commercial property in Toms River had an unexpected water damage and SERVPRO of Toms River made it "Like it never even happened."

Flooding and water damage events at Toms River commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require knowledge and a fast, flexible response time. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a larger event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Schools

At SERVPRO of Toms River, our trained professionals will be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. In the event of an emergency in your business, give us a call day or night, weekdays or weekends, and we will be there fast with the help you require.

Mold Spores are Present in the Air all the Time

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Spores are Present in the Air all the Time A water leak behind a sink was unseen for more than 48 hours and quickly spread into a "mold problem" in this home in Toms River, NJ.

Mold spores are present in the air all the time so it is impossible to eliminate every trace of it. It becomes more a matter of preventing the start of mold growth rather than trying to eliminate it once it starts to grow and spread. You might come across “DIY” tricks for getting rid of mold, but they almost never work. The most effective option is usually to call a professional who can:

  • Locate and identify mold
  • Assess the damage
  • Contain the mold and keep it from spreading
  • Identify and repair sources of moisture
  • Provide air filtration
  • Physically remove the mold
  • Clean the affected area
  • Develop and execute a restoration plan

When choosing a mold removal company, it is important to remember that killing the mold is more important than scoring a low price or “cheap deal.” SERVPRO of Toms River has highly trained specialists that specialize in mold removal and remediation.  We effectively restore your home or business to pre-mold condition.

Mold can spread in as little as 48 hours. We will beat the clock and attend to your mold issue immediately so that it does not worsen. As your Toms River neighbors, we take pride in making your mold problem “Like it never even happened.” If you suspect you might have a mold problem, call us 24/7 at 732-349-9898. You can also learn more about our mold remediation and restoration services here.

After a Fire

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a Fire A fire may leave the outside of your home untouched, as this one did in Ocean County, but the inside was covered in smoke and soot damage.

After a fire, the outside of your home may not show fire damage, but that does not mean that the inside fared as well. A small fire inside can leave the outside looking like new while the entire inside may be covered in smoke and soot. In addition to smoke and soot damage, your Toms River home may also suffer from water damage from the firefighting efforts.

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with fire damage. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We will treat you with respect and empathy, and we will always treat your home and belongings with care.

At SERVPRO of Toms River, we specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

Mold and the Mold Remediation Process

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and the Mold Remediation Process During our mold remediation process in this home in Brick, NJ, barriers were constructed to prevent the further spread of mold spores.

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided, according to the EPA. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or contain moisture. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth, according to the EPA.

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Toms River has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Toms River as soon as possible at 732-349-9898
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

For a guide from the EPA on Mold, Moisture and Your Home please visit their website.

Storm Alberto May Cause Flash Flooding and Downpours Over 5 Days

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Even though Subtropical Storm Alberto has already crashed ashore on Florida's Gulf Coast,it is expected to churn through the United States on a path far west of New Jersey, but still impact the region, forecasters predict, according to the Toms River Patch. A surge of tropical air may cause downpours to spread over New Jersey and the northeastern United States late this week and into this weekend. New Jersey could see some rain on five straight days from Thursday to next Monday. There is the likelihood of isolated flash flooding incidents in the upcoming weather pattern, according to AccuWeather. 

As the pattern evolves, motorists should be prepared for localized, torrential downpours that may quickly flood streets and low-lying portions of highways, according to AccuWeather. From late this week through this weekend, a general 1-3 inches of rain is likely with highly localized amounts up to 6 inches possible.

This storm was the first of the 2018 season to hit the Florida Panhandle this past Monday, dumping up to 8 inches of rain on Alabama and other southern states. It is expected to drench areas as far north as Chicago. After that, it will track through Michigan and into Canada, according to the National Weather Service. 

For more information on Storm Alberto please visit TomsRiverPatch/StormAlberto.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Toms River Today at (732)-349-9898.

At SERVPRO of Toms River, restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Ocean County property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

17th Annual OCASBO Golf Scholarship Fundraiser

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Community 17th Annual  OCASBO Golf Scholarship Fundraiser A big thank you to all the volunteers, new and returning, who helped us distribute all the bags.

The 17th Annual Ocean County Association of School Business Officials Scholarship Fundraiser, held on May 24, 2018 at the Sea Oaks Country Club was a huge success. This event raises money to provide two students from each Ocean County public high school with scholarships. This year the golf outing sold out again, hosting 144 golfers. They enjoyed the beautiful weather all day on the course while competing in some friendly games. The games included Hole in One, Beat the Pro, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Lowest Scoring Foursome and the winners went home with some great prizes.

Thanks for inviting SERVPRO of Toms River to be a part this great event. 

Be Prepared for Hurricane Season 2018

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for Hurricane Season 2018 With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season here, now is the time to prepare at the Jersey Shore.

Be Prepared Before a Hurricane Strikes

Living at the Jersey Shore makes us prone to severe weather disasters including hurricanes and tropical storms that may bring coastal flooding. While predicting exactly how much damage a storm will cause is impossible, with some preventive measures, you and your family can try to minimize the potential damage. Here are three things you can do to prepare for flooding from a powerful hurricane or tropical storm:

  1. Create a Disaster Survival Kit
    In case of an emergency you should always have a disaster survival kit that you and your family update every so often. Include items like bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries (for radios, flashlights), and a first aid medical kit. Shop early for supplies. Essential items usually sell out fast before a storm. Remember to write down important emergency contact information and insurance documents, as well as essential medications and lastly, do not forget cell phone chargers, either.
  2. Secure Your Home & Valuables
    Before the storm arrives, if possible, move or secure any items that are in danger of causing damage or becoming destroyed by strong winds, such as outdoor furniture. Inside the home, you can move furniture, valuables, hazardous materials, and important documents to higher ground inside your home. For safety, remember to shut off the main power supply to your home, as well as unplug all electronics. If you, a loved one or a neighbor have a mobile home, ensure it is properly secured and anchored.
  3. Help Others in Need of Assistance and Protect Pets
    In addition to protecting you and your family make sure to help anyone in need of assistance. Before the storm hits, ask them if they need any assistance evacuating or preparing before the storm. Do not forget about pets. If necessary, make special arrangements for safe transport of your pets while remembering to bring any pet medications and enough food to last through the ordeal. If you need a safe place for your pet during the disaster, contact your local animal shelter. Never leave them behind.

We all know flooding is part of living near the water. Here at SERVPRO of Toms River, we are prepared 24 hours a day to cleanup and dry your water damaged property, if you do suffer flooding. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost. We have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly.

Contact us 24/7 at 732-349-9898 for all your storm related damage.

Help the National Weather Service Build a Weather Ready Nation

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Preparedness Week for 2018 is May 6 through May 12, and is your time to prepare for a potential land falling tropical storm or hurricane. The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week is to inform you about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge, which you can use to take action. The National Weather Service will focus on a different topic each day of the week:

Day 1 Determine Your Risk

Day 2 Develop an Evacuation Plan

Day 3 Assemble Disaster Supplies

Day 4 Secure am Insurance Check Up

Day 5 Strengthen Your Home

Day 6 Check on Your Neighbor

Day 7 Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan

For more information on each day, please visit the National Weather Service .

What NOT To Do If You Experience Smoke or Soot Damage

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What NOT To Do If You Experience Smoke or Soot Damage SERVPRO of Toms River was called in to make it "Like It Never Even Happened" after the entire home was covered in soot and smoke from the fireplace.

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, first contact SERVPRO of Toms River before attempting to clean yourself. It is important NOT to do the following even though you think it might help the situation:

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV's, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water.
  • Do not consume any foods or beverages that may have been stores close to fire, heat or water as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Do not send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor

Call Us Today at 732-349-9898. 

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

Did You Know There is Science Behind Our Drying Process?

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did You Know There is Science Behind Our Drying Process? A sink overflowed on the 2nd floor affected multiple floors with water damage so we brought in our drying equipment to speed up Mother Nature.

Your initial reaction to a water damage may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the wet area, but there is actually a science behind the drying process. SERVPRO of Toms River is highly trained in the science of drying and follow strict standards to help lower the chance of secondary damages. If you suffer a water damage, we will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

Why exactly do we need to speed up Mother Nature? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out, which could lead to the dreaded mold word.

SERVPRO of Toms River has the tools and equipment necessary to help Mother Nature along, including hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces or inside walls and much more. We also use state of the art monitoring equipment and technology along with a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your property.

Visit our Water Damage Repair and Restoration page for more information or call us at 732-349-9898.

SERVPRO of Toms River is Ready for Whatever Happens. Are you?

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Toms River is Ready for Whatever Happens. Are you? SERVPRO of Toms River is there when you need them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Toms River is prepared and ready to take action and you should be too. Be prepared in your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you to have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:

  • 3 day supply of nonperishable foods
  • Water (One+ gallon per person)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Prescription Medicine
  • Sleeping Bag or blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Important documents such as insurance policies, ID’s, and bank records in a plastic container

For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.

Whenever or whatever the disaster SERVPRO of Toms River is there when you need them.

4 Steps SERVPRO of Toms River Does Following a Water Loss

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Steps SERVPRO of Toms River Does Following a Water Loss A frozen pipe burst in Manahawkin, NJ and caused water damage throughout the 1st floor.

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within 4 hours of emergency water loss notification, SERVPRO of Toms River will be on site to help ensure your loss is handled by completing the following steps:

  • Inspection-We will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work.
  • Emergency Services-SERVPRO of Toms River professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further water damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step.
  • Monitoring-To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. The updates will be communicated to you consistently.
  • Restoration Services- Lastly, we will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property to preloss condition.

For more information on recovering from a water damage, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898.

Faster to Any Size Flood Disaster

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Faster to Any Size Flood Disaster Brave New World experienced flood damage and they called the cleanup team that is faster is any size disaster.

Having a home or business by the Jersey Shore, there is always a potential for flood damage. Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Just because you have not experienced a flood in the past does not mean you will not in the future. Nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate to low risk areas.

When flood damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That is why contacting SERVPRO of Toms River as soon as possible is so important. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly. Call us at 732-349-9898 or visit our storm and flood damage cleanup and restoration page for more information on our services. Our company is a leader in giving control back to home and business owners and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water.

A Water Intrusion Quickly Becomes a Mold Problem

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Water Intrusion Quickly Becomes a Mold Problem This home in Whiting, NJ had a roof that leaked into the attic, unbeknownst to the homeowners, and quickly turned into a mold problem.

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home. Mold can cause health effects and significant damage to your property. Fortunately, the team at SERVPRO of Toms River, has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:

  • Call 732-349-9898 and we will ask you a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed for your mold problem.
  • We will carefully inspect for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources, sometimes hidden from plain view.
  • Containment procedures may need to be set up to further prevent spreading and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  • Specialized filtration equipment will capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We will utilize our powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these spores while the process is in progress.
  • The remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We will use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy growth.
  • Cleaning furniture, decorative items, curtains and other restorable items that are affected comes next. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings along with removing odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
  • Finally, depending on the level of damage and removing what was necessary, installing new drywall, subfloors, carpeting, etc. and painting may be necessary to finish the restoration process

SERVPRO of Toms River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Locally owned and operated, we live and work here and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities.

Mold is Present Almost Everywhere

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is Present Almost Everywhere Mold growing on wood in a home in Tuckerton, NJ before the mold remediation process.

Mold is present almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, year round, which is not necessarily a bad thing. They are a necessary part of our environment that play a key role in the breakdown of organic materials and recycle nutrients back through our ecosystem.

Airborne mold spores float around inside our homes are simply a fact of our daily life and are normally not harmful. They only becomes harmful or bad when they enter our indoor environment and begin to grow on sustainable food sources that could potentially affect the air with an elevated level of mold spores.

Some examples of sustainable food sources are:

  • Drywall
  • Wood
  • Carpeting or rugs
  • Furniture
  • Insulation

Indoors, mold needs moisture to grow and becomes a problem where there is water damage, elevated, prolonged or excessive humidity or dampness. They grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. Mold growth can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours and will digest organic material, eventually destroying the material they grow on.

Some people are unaware that molds can be many colors including white, green, orange or blue and not just black or grey. Color has no bearing on whether it is dangerous or not and not all black, brown, grey, or white spots are mold. When unsure, it is best to have a professional evaluate the situation.

The best practice is to remediate the mold at the source and work to prevent future growth. The key to preventing and stopping mold growth is to control excessive moisture and condensation. Removing the mold without fixing the water problem will usually result in the mold coming back. Keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry is critical. In cases dealing with humidity, use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months. Humidity levels change with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so they will need to regularly monitored. Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.

SERVPRO of Toms River knows that every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. We are locally owned and operated, and proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call us today at (732)349-9898.

Cooking Fire Restoration and Cleanup

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cooking Fire Restoration and Cleanup This small cooking fire in Bayville, NJ caused significant smoke and soot damage throughout the home.

Cooking Fire Restoration and Cleanup

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.

Always cook with caution. Make sure you are focusing on your cooking and not sleepy, distracted, or drinking alcohol. Keep anything that could catch on fire away from your stovetop, such as oven mitts, towels, wooden utensils, food packaging and combustible items. Stay in the kitchen and use a timer to remind you of cooking times. If you need to leave the kitchen, even for a short amount of time, turn off the stove.

If a fire does break out in your kitchen, please remember these simple tips:

  • Keep a lid nearby to smother a small grease fire on the stovetop. Carefully slide the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the lid on until the pan cools completely.
  • Keep the oven door closed and turn off the heat in the event of an oven fire.
  • Leave! Get out as fast as you can and if possible close doors to try to contain the fire.
  • Call 911 or your local fire and police departments from outside your home.

Fires are not just frightening while the flames are blazing. The aftermath of a fire can be scary and devastating. Seeing the smoke, soot and water damage left behind can be heartbreaking. Even though the fire occurred in the kitchen, the entire house will need inspecting for both seen and unseen damage.

One of the biggest challenges after a kitchen fire is that you often have smoke and soot which leaves a residue made up of more than one type of material. Understanding how to best clean these residues and the proper tools to use is what SERVPRO of Toms River, your local fire damage cleanup company, does on a daily basis.

Another difficult challenge may be the extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. The water removal process begins almost immediately after the structure is safe to enter. This process removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

We hope you never have to experience a cooking fire, but if you do, SERVPRO of Toms River will be there to treat you and your loved ones with respect and empathy, and will always treat your home and belongings with care throughout the restoration process.

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage SERVPRO of Toms River is extracting water from a clubhouse in Lakewood, NJ from a sprinkler system malfunction.

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Ongoing maintenance to your commercial property is key to not having water related damage. Even with proper maintenance, there is still a chance that your commercial property could experience water damage.

Listed below are the most common causes of commercial water damages besides weather related storms:

  • Broken or burst pipes and plumbing-water rushes out of them, spraying or leaking water throughout the building
  • Sprinkler systems-any time there is a fire and the sprinklers activate, there will be water damage or the sprinkler system can malfunction and activate on its own
  • Malfunctioning appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers-when these appliances fail, they can leak a significant amount of water, flooding the entire room or more
  • Sewer lines-It is not uncommon for the sewer lines to get backed up, releasing contaminated water into the building

Whenever water damage is experienced, you need to take immediate action.  You have to determine where the source of the water is coming from first before you can begin the water remediation process.

Water damage is not something that you want to happen or plan to happen to your commercial property. When it does, you want to hire the right company to clean up the water damage to prevent further loss and get your business back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Call us 24/7 at 732-349-9898 for your commercial water damage emergency.

Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings and Schools

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings and Schools

Mold can be found almost anywhere. It can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Mold in schools and commercial buildings, can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Mold will gradually destroy the things it grows on. Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. By controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth, you can:

  • Prevent damage to building materials and furnishings
  • Save money
  • Avoid potential health risks

If you suspect your school or commercial property has mold, call SERVPRO of Toms River because it can spread quickly, if left untreated. We will begin the mold cleanup after the sources of water or moisture have been addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. After the water or moisture problem has been resolved, we will begin by working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. Our team has the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Suspect Mold? Call Us Today at 732-349-9898.

Please visit the EPA for more information on mold.

Water Damage from a Burst Pipe in Freehold, NJ

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from a Burst Pipe in Freehold, NJ This photo may look like a photo taken at night at the beach but in reality it is a crawl space flooded with water from a burst pipe in Freehold, NJ.

Quick action is key to minimize further damage from a burst pipe. Follow these simple tips:


1. Shut off water: Immediately shut of the main water valve to your home to reduce further damage to your home.
2. Power down: Avoid a shock by powering down and unplugging electrical devices in the area where the water has entered.
3. Protect possessions: Remove belongings from the area if possible, to avoid excess damage to your possessions.
4. Call a plumber: Contact a certified and trusted professional plumber to help you fix to the burst pipe if you are unable to fix it properly yourself.
5. Contact SERVPRO of Toms River, your local water damage restoration company: In the event your home is effected by water, contact us at 732-349-9898 to remove the water, dry the structure, and prevent further damage such as mold.
6. Contact your insurance company: Depending on your policy, water damage caused by a burst pipe may be covered. Contact your insurance company and file a claim to have damages assessed and necessary repairs and recovery actions reimbursed.
7. Record the damage: Take photos and write down personal items and structural areas of your home that are damaged by the burst pipe. This will help in your claims process.
Prevention is best to avoid damaging and costly effects of frozen and burst pipes, but despite our best efforts, pipes still freeze and burst. Call us at 732-349-9898 at the first sign of water damage to minimize further damage and cost.

New Jersey's "Bomb Cyclone"

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage New Jersey's "Bomb Cyclone" SERVPRO of Toms River's fleet of trucks during the "bomb cyclone" of 2018.

A winter hurricane called a “bomb cyclone” is about to cause problems for New Jersey and all along the East Coast. According to the Toms River Patch, a “bomb cyclone” is a meteorological term and described as such because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening of the storm.
This “bomb cyclone” will be on the way here after forming off the coast of Florida on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2018. This winter storm is expected to hit New England with strong winds exceeding 45 miles per hour and blizzard conditions on Thursday. Luckily, the worst of the storm will hover 20 to 50 miles, or more, off the Jersey Shore. Worst case scenario is if the storm tracks closer to the coast, then some sections of New Jersey could get hit with as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow.
The temperatures will dip into the polar vortex range, which can cause your pipes to freeze and ice damns that can cause series damage to your home. The term “Polar Vortex” is used when referring to the frigidly cold temperatures we experience during the winter months in many regions of the United States. Thursday night, gusty winds coupled with temperatures that will drop into the single digits and low teens will freeze the Garden State deeper with sub-zero wind chills. Well below freezing temperatures are expected to linger through Friday and Saturday.
In the event of a burst pipe or ice damn damage, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 for all your storm damage cleanup.

Winter is on the Way

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter is on the Way Even a crack this tiny on a pipe can cause water damage and even mold to your home.

Winter is on the way bringing with it joy, happiness and frozen pipes. While all of us look forward to joy and happiness not many of us are looking forward to a frozen pipe that could leave us with devastating water damage and costly repairs.

A quarter of a million families experience cracks on pipes from the cold weather each winter. A crack in a pipe only 1/8-inch can expel up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

Homes with plastic and copper pipes are both susceptible to the cold temperature and pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes 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.

If you do happen to experience the full effect of winter with water damage from a frozen pipe, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898, your local water restoration company.

CAREing for Children and the Ocean County Business Association

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community CAREing for Children and the Ocean County Business Association This is the first delivery of toys for the 2017 holiday season that will soon be delivered to those in need.

Join SERVPRO of Toms River and the Ocean County Business Association with their adopted non-profit charity CAREing for Children. CAREing for Children distributes toys and food to needy, local families over the month of December for the holidays. The majority of the toys are delivered through other agencies, including:

  • Island Heights Methodist Church
  • Preferred Behavioral Health
  • Ocean County Sheriff’s Office
  • DYFS of Toms River
  • C.E.A.N. Inc.
  • Providence House
  • Lakehurst Police Department and Fire Squad
  • Lakehurst VFW
  • Lakehurst Fleet Rescue
  • Beachwood and Pine Beach Police
  • Hope Center of Toms River
  • Seaside Park Police and Borough
  • Ocean Inc. of Barnegat
  • Morning Star Presbyterian Church
  • Joseph’s Church
  • many individual families.

”The gifts are always unwrapped, so everyone can see what they are receiving. We categorize them by age group, sex, baby or young adult which helps the agencies tailor the gifts to their recipients,” explains Clare Bojus, chair of CAREing for Children.

CAREing for Children is a year round endeavor. The 60 plus members of the OCBA collect donations throughout the year at their monthly meetings and bring toy donations to their December meeting. Our largest fundraiser event is the Annual Marty Aronow Golf Classic in May.

To become a member of the OCBA or to donate to CAREing for Children, please visit the OCBA's website.

Happy Veterans Day November 11, 2017

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River would like to thank all who served in The United States Armed Forces. We thank you for your service and commitment, not just today, but every day.

David Kenyon Webster, a member of E Company, 506th Regiment of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II and aspiring writer, said it best "Those things that are precious are saved only by sacrifice."

Prevent Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Home on Thanksgiving

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Home on Thanksgiving

It is almost that time of year again, the time to roast the turkey, bake the pies, boil the potatoes and make the stuffing. Because so many more people cook on Thanksgiving than any other day, the chance of a kitchen fire in your home increases greatly. Nearly four times as many kitchen fires occur on Thanksgiving Day compared with any typical day.

The American Red Cross offers these steps to remain safe in the kitchen at Thanksgiving and throughout the year:

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended! Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
  2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.
  3. Use a timer so you remember that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  6. Keep anything that can catch fire such as potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains, away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  8. Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are off.
  10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

You friends and family at SERVPRO of Toms River ask you to be prepared, cook responsibly and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

For additional Thanksgiving fire safety, please visit National Fire Protection Agency and American Red Cross.

In the event of a kitchen fire on Thanksgiving or any day, call us at 721-349-9898.

Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out! The fire in this bedroom of a Whiting home spread quickly throughout the house. Please plan ahead with 2 exits, if possible, to help save lives.

Fire Prevention Week October 2017 

2017's Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, October 8 through Saturday, October 14. The National Fire Protection Association's 2017 theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"

This year's theme has 6 steps as follows:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Visit the National Fire Prevention Association website to get a free PDF of how to draw a map of your home.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

If you or your family do suffer a fire call SERVPRO of Toms River. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration and have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Visit our website for more information or call us at 732-349-9898.

Please plan ahead to keep your family and loved ones safe. Please visit firepreventionweek.org for more information on Fire Prevention Week.

Be Hurricane Ready

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Hurricane Ready Water damage in this Ortley Beach residence being dried to prevent further damage.

After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and as Hurricane Irma quickly approaches Florida as a category 5, it reminds the rest of us that we should always plan ahead. Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster. SERVPRO of Toms River offers these simple steps to plan ahead:

  • Check your insurance policy to see what is covered and make sure to purchase flood insurance if you do not already have it.
  • Review your area’s evacuation plans so in the event of a quick evacuation you will know where to go.
  • Make sure your residence is hurricane ready by checking for existing damage and fixing whatever needs to be fixed.
  • Purchase supplies and have them organized together in case you need to evacuate or in case you are without power for some time. Please use the American Red Cross Checklist for a list supplies you will need.
  • Make copies of all your important documents and store them in a dry, safe place.
  • Take pictures of your residence and belongings and keep them in a dry, safe place.

After a hurricane, we are dedicated to responding immediately to your water and storm damage emergency. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Toms River property to pre-storm condition. Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Toms River can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

To help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please donate to the American Red Cross.

Is your family prepared for a disaster?

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Is your family prepared for a disaster? SERVPRO of Toms River began the cleanup of the water damage quickly to avoid further mold growth in this basement in Beachwood, NJ.

September is National Preparedness Month. Is your family prepared for a disaster?

Disasters can strike at any time. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes, and home fires are just some types of disasters that can disrupt your life. The American Red Cross recommends planning ahead for the emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live and has this list of different types of disasters and how to help you prepare for each type.

Having a plan in place for these emergencies for every member of your household could save a life. Some members of your household such as people with disabilities, senior citizens, children and pets, may need special accommodations. Ready.gov has this Make-A-Plan for your family before disaster strikes.

If a disaster does happen to your family and loved ones, SERVPRO of Toms River is always there to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Fire Damage Leaves Smoke Damage in Its Wake

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Leaves Smoke Damage in Its Wake This photo shows smoke and soot damage from a fire in Beachwood, NJ before SERVPRO of Toms River started the restoration process.

Fire Damage Leaves Smoke Damage in Its Wake

Resist DIY Cleanup. Here’s Why You Should Leave Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration to the Professionals.

When fire sweeps through a room or your entire home or building, you’ve got a big, stinky mess on your hands—not to mention having to deal with the emotional and financial tolls these disasters take on your life and livelihood.

While you may be tempted to tackle small jobs yourself, it’s important to resist the urge. Even seemingly minor cleanups require a lot more than just good old-fashioned elbow grease. And waiting too long to begin the smoke-damage restoration process can have dire consequences.

Once the real danger—the fire—has been extinguished, other hazards ignite.

  1. First, there’s the terrible odor that lingers long after the event. This is tough to neutralize without using specialized professional-grade detergents, along with sealants that prevent more odor from escaping.
  1. Left unchecked, residual ash—which is very acidic—may quickly and permanently:
  • Discolor carpets, walls, clothing, plastic, fiberglass, finishes on appliances, and anything within close range of the fire
  • Severely scratch glass surfaces
  • Tarnish or corrode metal
  • Damage wood and vinyl

Particles can spread quickly throughout the building, defiling other things in its path. Over time, ash can even harden to a lacquer-like consistency, making it more difficult to eliminate.

  1. Smoke damage leaves black soot marks and charred areas on walls and ceilings. Extremely stubborn and hard to clean, these “blemishes” require herculean efforts to remove.

Some people make the attempt using highly toxic cleaning products like TSP (trisodium phosphate). However, if not used properly and with protective gear, these harsh chemicals can cause severe skin and eye irritation. Smoke damage restoration is grimy, dangerous work.

You have enough on your plate after experiencing fire related damage, and trying to clean up the mess yourself will only lead to further pain and suffering. Contact SERVPRO of Toms River, your trained and certified local professionals to get you back to “Like it never even happened.”

And remember: Swift action is your best bet—the sooner a professional begins fire damage restoration, the sooner you’ll be back to normal.

Call SERVPRO of Toms River 24/7 at 732-349-9898 for any fire or smoke damage.  

Sump Pump Failure in a Finished Basement in Oakhurst, NJ

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sump Pump Failure in a Finished Basement in Oakhurst, NJ SERVPRO of Toms River on the scene after a sump pump failure in Oakhurst, NJ.

Sump pumps, commonly placed in the lowest part of basements and crawlspaces, are used to pump the water out and away from the building to keep it dry and prevent flooding. Water from rain, melting snow, flooding, and other water related disasters can seep through a building’s foundation into a sump basin or other area where standing water is distributed to the pump.

Sump pump failures are one of those things that you don't think about until it is too late. If you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement from flooding, it's important to have a backup system in place. Consider one or more of the following options as a backup system:

  • Secondary Electric Pump
  • Battery Backup Powered System
  • Hydraulic Pump
  • High Level Alarm

If your New Jersey property has experienced water damage or mold from a sump pump failure call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. Our water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.

Call Us Today (732)-349-9898.

Got Water Damage? Four Things You Need to Know.

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Got Water Damage? Four Things You Need to Know.

After the floodgates open, things can unravel quickly. Here’s how to begin the recovery process.

Your water heater exploded, a pipe burst, an epic rainstorm flooded your basement: No matter how the deluge began, you’ve now got a soggy mess on your hands. And unless you act quickly, the damage will only get worse.

You’re probably feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and frightened. How will you ever clean up the water damage? Will your insurance cover the cost? Did irreplaceable stuff—like old photos and letters—get ruined?

While you’re swimming in questions, it’s important to keep the momentum going. Here are four ways to begin the recovery process:

  1. Contact your insurance carrier immediately.

As soon as you discover water damage, let your insurance carrier know so the claims process can begin. Your agent will also give you tips for protecting your property from additional damage and may refer you to a water-damage restoration company (you are not obligated to use the specialist they recommend).

Note: Insurance companies differentiate between water damage and flood damage, so be sure to specify which applies to your situation. Also, not all water damage is covered by insurance—review your policy carefully.

  1. Tick tock. Time is of the essence when you have water damage.

Water is aggressive and cruel. Once it seeps in to carpets, flooring, walls, furniture, paper, and everything else in its wake, it will continue to destroy. Drywall will droop and disintegrate. Wood will swell, buckle, warp, and rot. Electrical equipment may short out, causing shock and fire hazards. Mold will flourish (see point #3).

For anything other than a minor spill, it’s best you get a professional assessment of your situation to determine the extent of damage. Professional water-damage specialists can then begin the restoration process and halt additional damage.

  1. You’ve got less than 48 hours to dry out before mold takes over.

Mold spores lurk everywhere, but they’re opportunistic. Give them a nice wet environment—like a soaked carpet or damp drywall—and they’ll multiply like mad. You have 24 to 48 hours to dry your space before the fungus invasion.

Mold remediation is a dirty deed and is best left to specialists who have the right equipment and cleaning supplies to get the job done swiftly.

  1. Water may be contaminated.

An overflowing dishwasher or burst water heater releases clean H2O, so there’s little immediate risk of harm. But, again, time is not on your side. “Clean” water that’s been sitting around can foster bacterial growth or pick up icky stuff from dirty carpets and ground soil, sullying the waters within hours.

Even more serious: Sewage backups, toilet overflow, storm-drain water, and other polluted waters that enter your home can be dangerous to your health. Attempting to clean these messes up yourself is a bad idea. Get professional help from certified water-damage remediation experts, like SERVPRO of Toms River.

If you’ve experienced water damage, contact us now. We’ll help you get back to “Like it never even happened.”

Here’s What NOT to Do After a Fire in Your Toms River Home

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here’s What NOT to Do After a Fire in Your Toms River Home After the fire department deemed this Manahawkin residence safe to enter, SERVPRO of Toms River was there to begin the restoration process.

Here’s What NOT to Do After a Fire in Your Toms River Home


After a fire, it’s important for you to assess the safety of returning to your home, the hazards that might be present, and the damage to your belongings. But, equally important is what not to do. Here’s a quick list of things you might think to do but should refrain from:


Don’t Scrub


Walls, painted surfaces, carpeting and upholstery should be left to a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Trying to clean them with household products can be counterproductive and cause further damage. We have the proper equipment and experience to get the job done right.


Don’t Clean or Test Electrical Appliances


Always consult a repair service before touching or using any electrical appliances that might have been compromised by the fire. Damaged appliances can spark and cause a secondary fire.


Don’t Consume Food or Beverages That Survived the Fire


Soot seeps into everything, including the inside of your refrigerator, freezer and cabinets. Any packed or canned items should be discarded. If your electricity is off, let your empty refrigerator and freezer air out by propping the doors open.


 


Don’t Turn on Ceiling Fans


Turning on a wet ceiling will cause additional water damage, and if the ceiling itself is also wet, the wiring might be damaged and dangerous. Try to rely on any natural cross breeze you can achieve rather than risking further damage to or from your ceiling fans.


Don’t Send Garments to a Dry Cleaner


Did you know that improper cleaning of smoke damaged clothing can cause the smoke odor to set in permanently? As fire damage restoration specialists, SERVPRO will help you find the right solution for all of your belongings, including your clothes, shoes and jewelry.


Don’t Try to Restore Your Belongings Yourself


It takes a true professional to restore a home to living condition after a fire. Don’t try to be that professional, especially in the midst of coping with the trauma of a house fire. If your Jersey Shore home and belongings have been damaged in a fire, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898.

Fourth of July Grill Fire Prevention

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fourth of July Grill Fire Prevention Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July from your friends and family at SERVPRO of Toms River.

The 4th of July is almost here and that means that a lot of us will be getting ready to head outdoors for the warmer weather to enjoy barbecues. These are delightful ways to spend the holiday but fire safety should be a top priority. Patio torches, fire pits, grills, candles, campfires, fireworks and sparklers can easily start a fire that could result in injury or fire damage. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires take place on residential property every year, causing an annual average of $37 million in damage. The National Fire Protection Association offers these general grilling tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For more information on grilling safety please visit the NFPA

As your local fire damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Toms River reminds you to always be vigilant when grilling.

Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour SERVPRO of Toms River in the process of drying out a finished basement in Spring Lake, NJ from a burst pipe.

Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour



Water damage restoration is a process that we at SERVPRO of Toms River have practiced, refined and perfected over the years. Our experts are meticulous yet swift with their response to emergency water damage calls. Here’s what to expect when you call SERVPRO for water damage restoration:



One-Hour Response


Within one hour from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for water damage service. You’ll gain some much-needed peace of mind knowing help is on the way!



Four-Hour Arrival


We will be on site within four hours to begin mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is immediate action, which is why we guarantee our fast arrival. Once we arrive, we will walk you through each step of the job process, and begin pretesting from the source of the damage outward.



Eight-Hour Follow-Up


Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated from SERVPRO to the appropriate person, usually the adjuster or property manager.



Cleaning & Restoration


It’s difficult for us to give an exact hour in which we will complete cleaning and restoration, because each job has different parameters. But rest assured we will work neatly and efficiently to help you to restore your property to pre-damage form. SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of correctly, the first time.



Final Walk-Through


After our work has been completed, we will take you on a final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction.



And that’s it! Water damage restoration in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding area is as easy as calling SERVPRO at 732-349-9898 or visit us at SERVPROofTomsRiver/water. When water damage takes control of your life, count on us to help you take it back. Our goal is to make it “like it never even happened.®”

6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage This water damage in Manchester, NJ caused part of the ceiling to fall.

6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home or business. If your property in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding area has suffered water damage from flooding, a leak or a fire, don’t try to clean up on your own. SERVPRO provides complete water damage restoration in six straightforward steps:

  1. Call SERVPRO of Toms River

Water damage doesn’t have to be daunting. When you call SERVPRO immediately, one of our friendly representatives will guide you through a series of questions that will help us to respond quickly, with the right equipment and team to meet your needs.

  1. Assess

When we arrive at your home or business, we will conduct a complete inspection and compile a detailed assessment of the water damage. This helps us to determine how serious the damage is, and how best to begin treatment.

  1. Remove/Extract

Before we can restore your property and belongings, we need to get rid of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property, helping to prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

  1. Dry

Once the water is gone, we can begin the drying process. To determine how many dehumidifiers to use and where to place them, we will measure the dimensions of every room, along with the temperature and relative humidity. This helps us to dry out your home or business efficiently and effectively.

  1. Clean

Using several different tools and techniques, SERVPRO will clean any structures, furniture and personal items that appear to be restorable. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, and to deodorize your property.

  1. Restore

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to the condition it was in prior to water damage. Restoration can involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, as well as more substantial repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms.

Are you in need of water restoration and water damage repair? Don’t wait, call us today at 732-349-9898.

Getting Back on Course

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Getting Back on Course SERVPRO of Toms River all set up and ready to welcome the golfers at the fourth annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic.

Getting Back on Course

A Day on the Green Helps Local Families Have a Happier Holiday

Mold, muck, dust, dirt, water, soot, odors—these are just a few of our favorite things, and we happily spend our days elbow deep in filthy endeavors. But every now and then, we like to ditch the hazmat suits and head outdoors for some fresh air and a good clean game of golf.

And when we can tee off for a good cause? Doubly amazing.

In early May 2017, owner Mike Reilly rallied friends and colleagues to play a round at the fourth annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic, hosted by the Ocean County Business Association (OCBA) and benefiting OCBA’s charitable arm, CAREing For Children (CFC).

When we arrived at the beautiful Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, the skies looked threatening, but it thankfully never rained. And while Team SERVPRO’s score will forever remain a secret, we had a lot of fun and enjoyed bonding with our teammates and fellow golfers.

Sadly, we did not sink a hole-in-one, which would have qualified us to drive off in a new car donated by Down’s Ford. Nor did we win the other contests: low score, longest drive, closest to the pin, putting contest, or beat-the-pro competition.

Our disappointment vanished over cocktails and dinner in the clubhouse, and we salivated over the many exciting prizes available on the silent-auction table.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, which—in the end—helped create a magical morning for hundreds of local families over the holidays.

OCBA: Businesses Helping Businesses

We’ve been members of OCBA since 2013 and have made many friends and professional connections. It’s been an invaluable support system. The group helps us continually learn about the business environment here in Ocean County and New Jersey, discover new resources, and expand our horizons as entrepreneurs.

Aside from being an excellent business and networking organization, the OCBA has a big heart, too, in the form of its CAREing For Children 501(c)3 philanthropy. For many years, we’ve collected donations from members and used those funds to buy toys, clothing, and food boxes for underprivileged families in Ocean County during the holidays.

These gifts are then distributed through numerous local charities, including DYFS of Toms River and Lakewood, Pine Beach and Beachwood Police Departments, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River. We’ve put smiles on the faces of thousands of kids and their parents—people who would otherwise have had next to nothing under their Christmas trees.

Since the Charity Golf Classic began four years ago, we’ve been able to make even more of an impact. The event funnels 100 percent of its profits to CFC. In its first year, we netted $10,000. In 2015, we doubled the amount. That number rose to nearly $26,000 in 2016, and we had record participation of 102 golfers. In its fourth year, we brought in close to $20,000.

Want to play in 2018 or join the OCBA?

The fifth Annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic might be a year away, but it is never too early to join us. Interested? Click here for details.

What to Do After a Fire

5/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do After a Fire This fire in Manahawkin, NJ started from a dryer fire and spread throughout the upstairs, causing massive fire, smoke and soot damage.

What to Do After a Fire



Fire is a threat to New Jersey homes year-round. From electrical malfunctions and cooking accidents to blistering summer days, the possibility of a fire is always present, which is why it’s important to know the steps to take if your home suffers fire damage.



Assess Safety


Once the fire department has extinguished the fire, they will indicate whether it’s safe for you to re-enter. Even if your property is deemed structurally safe for the time being, you should still have it assessed by additional professionals. In the meantime, while you are inside, be aware of hazards that can cause a slip and fall. Do not try to lift any wet materials by yourself, as they can be extremely heavy. If an area of your home seems like it might be unsafe, avoid the area until you can have it inspected by an engineer and/or your insurance company.



Assess Damage to Belongings


Being safe is the first priority, but your belongings are precious, too. You will want a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to come in and provide water damage restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, odor removal and related services. To help us get a faster start, you can give us a list of the damage you see over the phone. We also recommend placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and high traffic areas to avoid mildew. Houseplants and other smaller items can be washed, but walls, woodwork and furniture should be left for us to take care of.



If Electricity is Off, Empty Fridge and Freezer


You don’t want to compound the situation with a refrigerator full of rotting food. If your electricity has been turned off, be sure to empty out your fridge and freezer. Take the trash out, and leave the fridge and freezer doors open to air out.



Change HVAC Filter


After a fire, your HVAC filter will likely be clogged with soot and smoke residue. This can make for unhealthy air quality, or cause your HVAC system to fail altogether. For both your and your HVAC system’s sake, change out the filter. Also consider taping double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent unhealthy particles from getting into your lungs.



Call SERVPRO of Toms River for Fire Damage Restoration Services in NJ


Most importantly, leave fire restoration to the professionals. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO will help you take it back. Click here to see how we can restore your belongings from smoke, soot and water damage.

The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One We are in the process of drying a commercial building affected by water damage that flooded four classrooms and a hallway at a preschool in Toms River

The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One


As many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. SERVPRO of Toms River can help you plan ahead for a disaster to minimize business interruption by developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business before one strikes. An ERP provides important contact and building information needed to begin a timely mitigation to help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Benefits of an ERP include:



  • A no cost assessment of your facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

  • Establishes SERVPRO of Toms River as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by, when needed.

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”


Contact us at 732-349-9898 for your free Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

What to Look for in a Commercial Restoration Services Company

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Look for in a Commercial Restoration Services Company The team in the water restoration process in a commercial building in Point Pleasant Beach.

What to Look for in a Commercial Restoration Services Company

 

So, you’ve decided it’s time to make the call and get your building in top shape, but there are lots of companies that are vying for your business. Which one should you trust? Here are a few things to look for when you’re choosing which commercial restoration services company will get the job done right the first time.

 

Call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898.

 

Pick a Company with the Right Certifications

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop, be sure to go with a company that is certified in all areas. Here’s a quick guide to help you familiarize yourself with the various commercial restoration certifications and industry organizations:

 

  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

 

If you just need a company to help with something specific, it’s not always necessary for your provider to be qualified in all areas, but if they are, it only increases the trust factor. It shows that they are as invested in the safety of your property as you are, and you won’t be as likely to have to hire multiple companies for the job to be completed correctly.

 

Communication Matters

You should always be able to have your questions answered in a timely manner. It’s not enough for a commercial restoration services company to just go in and “take care of it” without giving you any context or reassurance. You want to be a part of the process and know a bit about what they’re doing in your building. We know that you have questions, so we make it our mission to give you the most thorough and accurate information possible.

 

Local + National

Choosing between a small independent provider and a large national company can be difficult, but with SERVPRO, you get both! We’re committed to our community, with a world of resources at our fingertips. You can hold us to a higher standard, and trust that we will meet and even exceed your expectations for service!

SERVPRO of Toms River Specializes in Biohazard Removal of Blood and Bodily Fluid for Ocean County, NJ

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River Specializes in Biohazard Removal of Blood and Bodily Fluid for Ocean County, NJ


Biohazards, such as blood and bodily fluids, can endanger anyone who comes in contact with them. The earlier these fluids are removed by a professional cleanup company the safer for everyone. If they are not taken care of quickly and appropriately, they could transmit diseases.


If a crime or accident scene involves blood-borne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers, don’t put yourself, your family or your patrons at risk, call SERVPRO of Toms River. We have the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely cleanup and restore your property. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. Our job is complete and total restoration of the affected area for you and your New Jersey property.


SERVPRO of Toms River also offers other biohazard cleanup services including: 



  • Suicide/death accidents

  • Homicide cleanups

  • Blood cleanup

  • Accident cleanup

  • Hoarding scenes

  • Animal waste/remains

  • Chemical spills

  • Tear gas cleanup

  • Meth lab cleanup

  • Crime scene residues

  • Sewage backups


Call us at 732-349-9898 or visit SERVPRO of Toms River.

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13, 2017.

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13, 2017. SERVPRO of Toms River cleaning up storm damage from Hurricane Sandy,

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7-13, 2017.


Hurricane season in New Jersey is June 1st through November 30th and since it can only take one storm to change your life, it pays to be prepared. Planning ahead for a major disaster may help to minimize damage to yourself, loved ones, pets, home and belongings.


The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week is to inform people about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge that can be used if one occurs. If you haven’t done so in the past, there is no better time than hurricane preparedness week to begin.


Every day during Hurricane Preparedness Week will focus on a specific topic:



  • Sunday May 7th Determine Your Risk

  • Monday May 8th Develop an Evacuation Plan

  • Tuesday May 9th Assemble Disaster Supplies

  • Wednesday May 10th Secure an Insurance Checkup

  • Thursday May 11th Strengthen Your Home

  • Friday May 12th Check on Your Neighbors

  • Saturday May 13th Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan


Please visit The National Weather Service for more information on these specific topics .


The American Red Cross offers a Hurricane Safety Checklist and FEMA offers a guide on How to Prepare for a Hurricane.


In the event that you need emergency service or storm damage cleanup after a hurricane, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898.

Prevent Fire Damage and Smoke Damage to Your Home by Not Overloading Your Electrical Circuits

4/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Fire Damage and Smoke Damage to Your Home by Not Overloading Your Electrical Circuits Fire Damage in Beachwood, NJ

Prevent Fire Damage and Smoke Damage to Your Home by Not Overloading Your Electrical Circuits

 

Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. To help lower your risk of electrical fires and fire damage to your home look for these warning signs of overloaded circuits:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Warm or discolored wall plates or cords
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches

In the event that a fire does start in your home:

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Only use a dry fire extinguisher (NEVER put water on an electrical fire) or baking soda if you must try to put out the fire yourself.
  • If the fire is large, do not try to handle it yourself but try to turn off the main power source without putting yourself in harm’s way.

If you have experienced an electrical fire in Ocean County home, it most likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Toms River have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 to learn more about our fire damage restoration and smoke damage restoration services for your property or visit SERVPRO of Toms River.

For more information on overloaded electrical circuits please visit esfi.org or tipmont .

Biohazard Cleanup Emergency for Your New Jersey Property

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Cleanup Emergency for Your New Jersey Property Biohazard cleanup at a Manchester home in Ocean County

Biohazard Cleanup Emergency for Your New Jersey Property


In the unfortunate event that you experience a biohazard emergency in your home or business in New Jersey, you will need immediate, professional, biohazard cleanup.


SERVPRO of Toms River is in the business of ensuring that you, your family, your home and property gets the protection it needs from potential biohazards after an unforeseen event. Our technicians are trained in decontamination and sterilization. We are ready to respond to any biohazard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Through our years of on the job experience along with extensive training, we are equipped to handle all types of biohazard cleanup including:



  • Sewage backups

  • Crime scene residue

  • Suicide/death accidents

  • Homicide cleanups

  • Blood cleanup

  • Accident cleanup

  • Hoarding scenes

  • Animal waste/remains

  • Chemical spills

  • Tear gas cleanup

  • Meth lab cleanup


If your New Jersey home or place of business requires any biohazardous cleaning, please give us a call at 732-329-9898 or visit our website.

5 Types of Commercial Restoration to Call SERVPRO For

4/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Types of Commercial Restoration to Call SERVPRO For This hallway in a commercial building in Neptune City, NJ is in the drying process from water damage.

5 Types of Commercial Restoration to Call SERVPRO For

 

Whether you’re remodeling, restoring, or just trying to get up to code, calling a commercial restoration service should be your first move. You have to peel back the layers of any building and any damage it’s suffered before getting to work. Here are five times to call SERVPRO of Toms River:

 

  1. Any Sign of Potential Water Damage - If you see a leak that seems like “a small problem,” give us a ring right away. A small bit of water leftover from a storm or a leaky pipe is typically a very quick fix, but if you put off taking care of it, it can wreak havoc later on. Here are some preventative water damage tips you can take immediately when you spot the problem.
  2. Immediately After a Fire - Once the fire department wraps up their hard work putting out a fire, give us a call. Our fire restoration technicians are highly trained and ready to get your building back into safe and operating order.
  3. When Interior Humidity Levels Are Rising - If the humidity in your building is above 45%, you’re creating the perfect environment for mold, which can spread very quickly. Don’t wait until you see it. Sometimes it does not visibly show itself until it’s a serious health hazard. If you don’t want to rely on your gut instinct, we recommend purchasing a hygrometer. Here's a guide to help you choose one.
  4. Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning - Yes, we do that too! No matter what type of carpet or furniture you own, we have the equipment and the processes in place to get everything clean and fresher than ever.
  5. When You Can’t Get Rid of Musty Odors - If you can’t find the source of an unpleasant odor, it doesn’t mean you’re imagining things. A strong musty odor in your building can be a sign of a mold problem. Trust your sense of smell and give SERVPRO a call.

 

We are available 24/7 at 732-349-9898, so there’s no reason to hesitate in taking the steps necessary to maintain your property. The sooner you call, the sooner the problem will be solved!

Hoarding Cleanup and Remediation for Your New Jersey Home

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding Cleanup and Remediation for Your New Jersey Home This home in Ocean County, NJ needed SERVPRO of Toms River to make it "Like It Never Even Happened".

Hoarding Cleanup and Remediation for Your New Jersey Home 


Hoarding disorder is a psychiatric condition that produces symptoms such as the compulsive urge to acquire unusually large amounts of possessions and the inability to voluntarily part with those possessions. According to PsychCentral, compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 people in the U.S.


People with this disorder may accumulate possessions that include locations in their homes, yards, vehicles, offices or work settings which can lead to complications that can be dangerous to clean up on your own. According to The Mayo Clinic, some hazards and complications may include:



  • Unsanitary conditions that pose a risk to health

  • Mold

  • Increased risk of falls

  • Injury or being trapped by shifting or falling items

  • Biohazards

  • A fire hazard

  • An inability to perform daily tasks, such as bathing or cooking

  • Poor work performance

  • Family conflicts

  • Loneliness and social isolation

  • Financial problems

  • Legal issues, including eviction


If someone you know or even yourself needs hoarding cleanup, it is best to call in a professional remediation company. SERVPRO of Toms River has the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 732-349-9898 to learn more about our professional cleanup services.


For more information on hoarding and safety:


Hoarding: The Basics


Mayo Clinic Hoarding Symptoms


PsychCentral Compulsive Hoarding


NFPA: Hoarding and Fire Safety

Emergency Water Damage Mitigation After a Major Apartment Building Fire in Ocean Grove

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water Damage Mitigation After a Major Apartment Building Fire in Ocean Grove SERVPRO of Toms River arriving on scene after a massive fire burns through several structures in Neptune Township.

Emergency Water Damage Mitigation After a Major Apartment Building Fire in Ocean Grove, NJ


 


An early morning fire on March 3, 2017 burned several structures including the Warren Rest Home, La Pierre Condominiums, Marlboro Condominiums and four single family homes in Ocean Grove, NJ. The buildings in Ocean Grove are very close together, but fortunately the firefighters did a great job of getting the fire under control quickly to avoid it spreading further. The Warrington burned completely to the ground while The La Pierre Condominiums and The Marlborough Condominiums were badly damaged. The La Pierre Condominiums were saved but suffered major water damage from the firefighters’ efforts to put out the fire.  


 


As soon as it was safe, SERVPRO of Toms River was on scene to begin the process of drying out the structure. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial water damage emergencies. We will respond quickly, regardless of the size or scope of the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. To learn more please visit SERVPRO of Toms River or call us at 732-349-9898

Your Business is Flooded. Where Do You Start?

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Business is Flooded. Where Do You Start? This medical building in Lakewood, NJ suffered water damage during a storm.

Your Business is Flooded. Where Do You Start?

 

Life in coastal New Jersey is beautiful, but it comes with its own set of risks. Living near the ocean makes our local businesses and communities more susceptible to the elements. Atlantic hurricane season, which in 2017 will be in effect from approximately July 1 to November 30, has the potential to cause damage to homes and businesses in many different ways, and even after it’s over, winter storms can also pose a threat.

 

SERVPRO of Toms River is prepared for anything Mother Nature throws our way. We know storms don’t always happen during business hours, which is why we’re available 24/7 at (732) 349-9898. We have access to the equipment and personnel of 1,700 franchises plus the help of disaster recovery team, who specialize in flood response. Here is our process for restoring a flooded business.

 

  1. Emergency Contact

Give us a call and we will assess the situation by asking you a few questions before our team mobilizes.

 

  1. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect the property thoroughly, stop the source of the water coming in, and then test for contamination. After the contamination has been assessed, we survey the damage and complete a safety inspection.

 

  1. Move-Out/Water Removal

If we determine that your business has suffered extensive damage, we conduct an efficient move-out to protect your belongings from any further damage. Then we get started on water removal almost immediately, using submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums.

 

  1. Drying and Dehumidification

We use industrial-grade dehumidifiers to prevent secondary water damage, and high-speed air movers to create airflow accelerating the evaporation process. Throughout this step, we carefully monitor moisture meters to be sure the property returns to an acceptable level before proceeding.

 

  1. Cleaning and Sanitizing

After the water has been removed, your business will probably require professional cleaning. We firmly believe in “restoring” over “replacing,” and thoroughly clean the affected area with sanitizing treatments to avoid the growth of microbes and bacteria. We also use industrial-grade odor removal equipment and air scrubbers.

 

  1. Restoration

After your business is clean and dry, our goal is to make your space “look like nothing ever happened.” If needed, we can even provide reconstruction and building services.

 

If a catastrophic weather event affects your business, it’s good to know that there’s a local company equipped to handle every step of the process. Rest assured that after SERVPRO has completed flood restoration on your business, you will be able to get back to a sense of normalcy at work.

 

SERVPRO of Toms River 732-349-9898

Flood or Mold Damage to Your Property After a Frozen Pipe Burst

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood or Mold Damage to Your Property After a Frozen Pipe Burst Water and mold damage caused by a frozen burst pipe to this home in Bayville, NJ.

Flood or Mold Damage to Your Property After a Frozen Pipe Burst


Pipes that freeze during the cold season are in danger of bursting possibly causing several hundred gallons of water to flow throughout your property leading to water damage. Water damage can significantly harm your home by promoting mold growth and causing rot to develop causing significant damage to the structure. Leaking frozen pipe water can also soak your furniture, appliances, important papers, family heirlooms, pictures, and so on.


Getting immediate water remediation in the event of a frozen or burst water pipe accident is essential for New Jersey property owners to prevent further loss. SERVPRO of Toms River is a locally owned water damage restoration company and is close by, ready to respond to your water damage emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


While you are waiting for SERVPRO of Toms River to arrive follow these few steps to prevent further water damage:



  • Turn off the electricity, if necessary to prevent electrocution.

  • Turn off the water supply if you detect a frozen pipe burst as it will minimize any water damage.

  • Protect your possessions that are in danger from the frozen pipe in case the water continues to flow.

  • Cover your electric box if you think the water could reach it.

  • Find the frozen pipe by looking in areas like the bathroom and kitchen feeling along pipes to locate frozen or bulging areas on a pipe or if unsure how to locate or fix a burst pipe contact a licensed plumber.


Prevention is key to keep your home, property, and possessions safe from water and mold damage caused by a burst pipe. For more info on preventing a frozen pipe from bursting please visit The Washington Post. In the unfortunate event you do experience a burst pipe causing water damage or mold damage, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 or visit SERVPRO of Toms River. We are a highly trained emergency response team specializing in water restoration and mold remediation servicing all off Ocean County and surrounding areas.


 

Chef's Night Out

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Community Chef's Night Out SERVPRO of Toms River is proud to be one of the sponsors for Chef's Night Out for The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education.

The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education had it's an annual Chef's Night Out on March 6, 2017 at the Pine Belt Arena at Toms River High School North. The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to help ensure a quality education for students of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School. It is our mission to augment, supplement and complement the programs of the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools through the attraction of private resources for the exclusive benefit of its students and staff.


Chef’s Night Out was a fun filled night of sweet and savory delicacies from dozens of local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, specialty stores and wine and beverage distributors. We sampled Seafood Bisque and New England Clam Chowder from ACME Draft House, beef empanadas from Caneda’s, kale salad from Harrogate, mushroom risotto from Cuisine on the Green, short ribs from Martell’s Water’s Edge and pulled pork sandwiches and cinnamon roll pancakes from The Four Seasons Diner. They had delicious donuts from OB-CO’s and cupcakes from Jennie Cakes. The OCVTS's Brick Culinary and Pastry students made amazing desserts including my favorite, crème brulee. So many wonderful dishes from 709 Bistro, Bonefish Grill, Blend on Main, Bahama Breeze, Joey D's, Prime 13, Toms River Ale House, Tuscan Bistro Bar, Winward Tavern, Klee’s, Café Diem, Waypoint 622, Mulberry Street, Labrador Lounge and more. We discovered delicious wines made by 19 Crimes and beer from Beach Haus Brewery and Hunterdon Brewery. 


A special thank you to everyone who made this evening a success.

Give Blood to Celebrate March's American Red Cross Month

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Give Blood for March’s American Red Cross Month

 

Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products. The Red Cross must collect 14,000 units of blood every day to fulfill the country’s needs.

 

During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes, those who reach out to help people in need. These are the people who:

  • Help disaster victims get on the road to recovery.
  • Give blood to help a hospital patient
  • Brighten the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home.
  • Take one of our lifesaving classes and step forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.

 

Red Cross Month is a great time to become part of the Red Cross. You can work on a preparedness plan with members of your household so you are ready for emergencies. You can become a Red Cross volunteer. Or you can give blood or a financial donation to become an everyday hero.

 

To become part of The American Red Cross in New Jersey please visit  Red Cross New Jersey or call the Ocean County Chapter at 732-349-9230.

What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Causes Flood or Water Damage

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Causes Flood or Water Damage This home in Colts Neck, NJ had a leak from their hotwater heater in the garage that caused flooding into the basement resulting in water damage.

What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Causes Flood or Water Damage


A hot water heater leak may seem like a minor problem at first but it can lead to damage to walls, floors and sub-floors if it is not addressed immediately. It could also be the symptom of a larger problem and, in some cases, can cause significant water damage. The longer water is allowed to sit your home the more damage it has the potential to do and the higher the cost for repairs and replacing damaged items.


As soon as you discover a hot water leak follow these steps to avoid further damage:



  • Turn the power off

  • Shut of the water supply

  • Drain the water tank

  • Contact a certified plumber if you are unable to find and fix the leak safely and properly yourself

  • Take pictures of the damage for your records


After the water heater leak has been controlled, the damage halted and the problem fixed, it is time to begin the water restoration process by calling SERVPRO of Toms River. We have a rapid response team that is highly trained with years of experience and are ready to help you. Our highly trained professional technicians have the experience and tools necessary to clean up the water damage properly and bring your home and personal belongings back to pre-flood condition. 


Call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 for any water damage emergency.


 

Preventative Tips to Help Your Pipes from Freezing in New Jersey

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventative Tips to Help Your Pipes from Freezing in New Jersey Water damage emergency in Toms River, NJ

Preventative Tips to Help Your Pipes from Freezing in New Jersey


New Jersey winters can be harsh on household plumbing so don’t forget to protect the pipes from the elements. Cold weather can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and possibly burst causing flooding and costly water damage to your home. Taking preventative measures to your home before winter sets in can reduce and eliminate the risk of frozen pipes leading to water damage. Pipes located on outside walls, in un-heated basements, crawl spaces, garages and attics are more prone to the cold temperature and freezing than others.


Because water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal and plastic pipes. No matter the strength of the pipe, expanding water can cause it to burst.


To help avoid frozen pipes and costly repairs to your New Jersey home, follow these preventative tips:


Outside:


 



  • Disconnect all garden hoses from the faucet to prevent an interior pipe from bursting due to increasing pressure.

  • Protect outdoor faucets from freezing by shutting off water from the interior valve leading to the outdoor faucet.


 Indoors:



  • Locate the main water valve and the water heater valve in case of an emergency.

  • Keep the heat at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

  • Look for pipes that are near exterior walls and in unheated areas and insulate them.

  • Check for any leaks or cracks in the walls that could let cold air in and seal them by weather strips, caulking, or insulating. Also check for leaks around chimneys, dryer vents, wiring and pipes.

  • Make sure all windows are closed and seal any gaps.

  • During extremely cold periods, let lukewarm water drip from faucets to keep water moving through the pipes.

  • Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to let warm are circulate in around the plumbing.


Call SERVPRO of Toms River when a frozen pipe burst.


If you are faced with an emergency water damage situation in your New Jersey home or business, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898. When dealing with a water damage emergency, immediate attention to the situation will minimize damage and prevent further loss.


 

Why You Should Leave Smoke Damage Cleanup to the Professionals

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Leave Smoke Damage Cleanup to the Professionals SERVPRO of Toms River in the process of cleaning the soot and smoke damage from this home in Lanoka Harbor, NJ.

Why You Should Leave Smoke Damage Cleanup to the Professionals

 

Once a fire is extinguished, you may think your Ocean County home is safe to re-enter and begin the cleanup process on your own. However, it is best that you enlist the help of a professional restoration company, like your local SERVPRO of Toms River, to come in and take a look at your home and belongings to assess which items can be restored and which are best to be replaced.

 

When your home catches on fire, it is not just the flames that cause the damage but the water and chemicals firefighters use to put out the fires, as well as the smoke and soot that follow. Even if the fire was contained to a small area of your home, the smoke and soot could have easily traveled throughout your home. Soot and smoke have a tendency to get everywhere, and these particles are so small that they can pass through walls effortlessly. They will also cake onto furniture, countertops, floors and walls if not dealt with right away, causing discoloration and overpowering odors. Smoke damage cleaning has to address both issues to be completely effective.

 

Because the process of soot and smoke removal is extremely complex, it is important to leave this job to the professionals. As experts in the field of smoke and soot damage restoration, SERVPRO of Toms River has the know-how, manpower and equipment to complete the task properly.

 

Have Smoke or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898.

After a Flood

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After a Flood After a flood, SERVPRO of Toms River was called to this Toms River home to begin the process of cleaning, drying and restoring the home.

After a Flood


After a flood mold can spread quickly through your Ocean County home or business in as little as 48 hours. Water damaged areas and items should be dried within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If you were unable to properly dry your belongings and control the moisture within this time period, you should assume that you have mold growth. Just because you cannot see it does not mean that it is not present. It may be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions, or walls. Flood waters may also have carried sewage or chemicals into your home. This could expose you or your family to viruses, bacteria, disease carriers (such as mosquitoes), and parasites, as well as mold.


Cleaning up yourself after a flood can pose certain health risks to you and your family. Before you start the cleanup process ask yourself if it is too dangerous or difficult to do yourself. If you are unsure it may be best to get help from experienced and qualified professionals. As leaders in the water damage and mold remediation industry, SERVPRO of Toms River has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.


Restoring flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Toms River property to pre-flooding condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.


Have Flood or Mold Damage?
Call Us Today 
(732) 349-9898

Valentine's Day Candle Safety

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Valentine's Day Candle Safety Soot damage to the walls of this Toms River home are in the process of being cleaned by SERVPRO of Toms River.

Before Things Heat Up on Valentine’s Day Read These Candle Fire Safety Tips


Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 14 and whether you are planning on spending it with that special someone or getting together with friends, candle safety is a top priority. Follow these fire candle safety tips to keep you loved ones and friends safe this Valentine’s Day:



  • Make sure all candles are in sturdy, designated holders made of glass, metal or ceramic.

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn or catch on fire.

  • Place candles on a flat surface where they could not be knocked over.

  • Keep all candles out of reach of children and pets.

  • Blow out all candles when you leave a room or before you go to sleep.

  • Never use candles in a home with an oxygen tank.

  • Make sure fire alarms are in working order before you light your candles.

  • When possible, use battery-operated candles.


Fire departments responded to an estimated 9,300 home structural fires started by candles per year as reported by NFPA . If you do experience fire or smoke damage SERVPRO of Toms River will be there to treat your family with empathy and your home with great care.


SERVPRO of Toms River understands that fire and smoke damage can be especially destructive. In many instances your Ocean County property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (732) 349-9898

Prepare Your New Jersey Business for Cold Weather and Winter Storms

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your New Jersey Business for Cold Weather and Winter Storms This Lakewood business suffered from a winter storm and our team was there to clean up the water and dirt that the storm brought into the building.

Prepare Your New Jersey Business for Cold Weather and Winter Storms

 

The effects of cold weather and winter storms (blizzards, snow storms, wind, heavy rains and ice) are a leading cause of business interruption. When a business cannot fully function, profits are affected. Taking preventative actions can help prevent a lot of problems from occurring during cold weather.

 

Tips to prepare ahead to avoid damage later:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask your local SERVPRO of Toms River about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

 

 If your business suffers winter-related damages, call SERVPRO of Toms River, servicing all of New Jersey. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

 

Call us at 732-349-9898

Fire Damage Cleanup

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup Fire in Island Heights, NJ

Emergency Fire Tips: What Not to Do

 

SERVPRO of Toms River offers these tips on what not to do after a fire:

 

  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t consume any food or beverage that may been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO of Toms River.
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Toms River.

 

 

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Ocean County property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

 

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Call us at 732-349-9898.

Mold Prevention

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention Mold growing on a wall in a Manchester, NJ home

What You Should Do to Prevent Against Mold Growth:

 

  • Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent.
  • Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
  • Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building, and perform necessary maintenance.
  • Respond to water intrusions immediately.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Toms River for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

 

Prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions.

 

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – 732-349-8989

Flood Preparation

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Preparation Flooding in Ocean County, NJ can cause all different types of damage.

Prepare for a Flood with an Emergency Preparedness Kit

 

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than other weather related disasters.

 

The American Red Cross says you should have all supplies in an easy to carry emergency preparedness kit which should contain at a minimum the items listed:

 

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers (preferably solar charging)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Map of your area

 

Also take into consideration what is needed to care for babies, children, the elderly, and pets and make sure to include them into your emergency preparedness kit.

 

In the event you experience a flood, call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are locally owned and operated so we are always ready to respond to your water damage emergency.

 

Phone: (732) 349-9898

Water Damage & Flooding: How We Can Help

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage &  Flooding: How We Can Help When a local bank had flooding SERVPRO of Toms River responded with equipment and manpower so they could stay open, even as the cleanup was underway.

WATER DAMAGE & FLOODING: HOW WE CAN HELP

SERVPRO of Toms River is fully equipped and fully staffed to handle any disaster that comes our way. With advanced water inspection, extraction and drying equipment, we are a trusted leader in the water restoration industry. We can handle any size loss – from small water damage in a residential home to a very large damage in a skyscraper.

Flooding from burst pipes is one of the most common reasons SERVPRO gets calls for help.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Toms River property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly.

Case Study

After a burst pipe flooded the Toms River branch of OceanFirst Bank,

SERVPRO of Toms River responded with plenty of equipment and manpower so the bank could stay open for business, even as the cleanup was underway.

“They did an excellent job. Very professional, and they brought the correct staff in to clean the building up. They were courteous to our customers, didn’t interfere with our daily business, and they stayed in touch with me the entire time - the communication was fantastic. The team did a very professional job.”

- Bob Brennan, General Service Manager, OceanFirst Bank

OUR WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS

The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water damaged property:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

If you are dealing with water damage and/or flooding, give our team a call today! SERVPRO of Toms River is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.

Phone: (732) 349-9898

Email: SERVPRO8796@comcast.net

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Toms River, NJ

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Toms River, NJ SERVPRO of Toms River was there to help our local residents who were lives and homes were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Toms River, NJ

Storm and flood damage should be attended to quickly after the storm has passed in order to reduce costs and minimize secondary damage. SERVPRO of Toms River is one of the most trusted storm damage cleanup and restoration companies serving Toms River, NJ and nearby towns. If your home or business is damaged by a hurricane, tornado, blizzard or flood, we can help aid your recovery efforts.

Beautiful but Vulnerable Communities

The coastal lifestyle is enviable, but it’s not without its risks. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy had a devastating impact on New Jersey, particularly in Toms River. NJ.com reported that more than 10,500 Toms River homes sustained some level of damage from the storm, and the town accounted for 900 of the 9,000 households that received state grants to rebuild or elevate their homes.

While Hurricane Sandy was considered a once-in-a-lifetime storm, it reminded us of Mother Nature’s unpredictability. Atlantic hurricane season is an annual threat to NJ, as are powerful winter storms that can cause significant damage of their own.

Storm Damage Repair Experts

Storm damage and restoration is one of our main areas of expertise here at SERVPRO of Toms River. Our storm and flood services include:

  • Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Contents Restoration
  • Move-Outs (if needed)
  • Mold Remediation
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Building Services
  • Commercial Storm Damage Repair
  • Commercial Large Loss Recovery

Why SERVPRO of Toms River?

A storm can strike at any time. That’s why SERVPRO of Toms River is available 24/7 to provide:

  • Immediate Response
  • Highly Trained and Experienced Professionals
  • Specialized Equipment
  • Assistance with Any Disaster of Any Magnitude
  • Emphasis on Restoring Over Replacing
  • Personalized, Local Care Backed by a Nationally Trusted Name

SERVPRO of Toms River stands ready to mobilize in the towns of Toms River, Beachwood, Seaside Heights, Lavallette, Pine Beach, Berkeley Township, South Toms River, Seaside Park, Ortley Beach and Ocean Gate. For any of your storm damage cleanup and restoration needs, call us at 732-349-9898, or request help online.

Fire Damage Restoration: What to do After a Fire in Your NJ Home or Business

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration: What to do After a Fire in Your NJ Home or Business A business in our local community in Ocean Gate had a fire and SERVPRO of Toms River was there to get them reopened for business.

Fire Damage Restoration: What to do After a Fire in Your NJ Home or Business

The effects of a fire are felt long after the blaze is extinguished. When you return to your home or business to assess the damage, the combination of shock, distress, and not knowing where to start can be overwhelming.

As one of the most trusted fire damage restoration companies in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding area, SERVPRO of Toms River offers fast, responsive fire repair services.

Types of Fire Damage

Fire damage can manifest itself in many ways. A fire might cause any combination of the following:

  • Overpowering smoke odor
  • Ash and soot
  • Charring
  • Dangerous chemical releases or reactions
  • Structural hazards
  • Water damage
  • Mold

Fire Damage Restoration Services & Process

Once your property has been deemed safe to re-enter, restoration can begin. Call SERVPRO of Toms River so we can walk you through our fire damage repair process, which includes:

  • Emergency Response
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if needed)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration to Pre-Fire Condition

Why SERVPRO of Toms River?

If a fire has damaged your home or business, count on SERVPRO of Toms River to deliver the highest level of attention and expertise. We provide:

  • Immediate Response
  • Highly Trained Professionals (Fire & Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning, Water Damage)
  • Specialized Equipment
  • Emphasis on Restoring Over Replacing
  • Personalized, Local Care Backed by a Nationally Trusted Name

SERVPRO of Toms River can help you limit damage, reduce costs, restore your property, and quickly regain a sense of normalcy. We live and work in the same community as you, which means we’re close by and fully committed to serving your fire damage restoration needs. Call us at 732-349-9898, or request help online.

Mold Removal: Get Rid of Mold for Good

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal: Get Rid of Mold for Good The mold remediation team of SERVPRO of Toms River can help make your home healthy again.

Mold Removal: Get Rid of Mold for Good

 

Mold is unhealthy and unrelenting. Cases of black mold are also unsightly, while other types of mold can be more difficult to detect.

 

It doesn’t take much for mold to become a big problem in your home or business, especially here in Toms River, NJ, where humid summers, year-round precipitation and proximity to the ocean foster mold growth.

 

What Exactly is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that exists just about everywhere, indoors and outdoors. There are hundreds of thousands of mold types, ranging in seriousness from completely harmless to major health hazard. Microscopic mold spores float in the air, entering your home through windows, doors, AC/heating systems, and other small cracks that allow airflow. They can also live on your clothing and pets.

 

Why and Where Does Mold Grow?

When mold spores find a thriving environment, they can quickly multiply into allergen- and irritant-producing colonies. Mold typically grows when there is some combination of:

 

  • Moisture (often from a leak)
  • Humidity
  • Warmth
  • Darkness
  • Oxygen
  • Poor Ventilation

 

Mold also needs a food source, whether it’s drywall, fabric, wood, or any other material found in your home or business. If you are having ongoing respiratory problems, throat irritation, sneezing fits, or unexplained health concerns, you should check for mold in in the following areas:

 

  • Under sinks
  • Behind walls
  • Around AC units
  • Around windows
  • Under carpeting
  • In the basement
  • In the laundry room
  • Anywhere that might have been dampened

 

How Does Mold Removal or Mold Remediation Work?

Since mold spores are in the air all the time, it’s impossible to completely eliminate mold. It’s more a matter of keeping it out of your home or business. You might come across “DIY” tricks for getting rid of mold, but they almost never work. The most effective option is usually to call a professional who can:

 

  • Locate and identify mold
  • Assess the damage
  • Contain the mold and keep it from spreading
  • Identify and repair sources of moisture
  • Provide air filtration
  • Physically remove the mold
  • Clean the affected area
  • Develop and execute a restoration plan

 

Mold Removal Experts

When choosing a mold removal company, it’s important to remember that killing the mold is more important than scoring a low price or “cheap deal.” SERVPRO of Toms River specializes in mold removal and mold remediation, with a team of highly trained mold damage specialists and an arsenal of advanced equipment to effectively restore your home or business the first time around.

 

Mold can spread in as little as 48 hours–we will beat the clock and attend to your mold issue immediately so that it doesn’t worsen. As your Toms River neighbors, getting rid of mold once and for all is as important to us as it is to you. If you think you might have a mold problem, call us at 732-349-9898, or request help online. You can also learn more about our mold remediation and restoration services here.

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