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Day Two of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Evacuation

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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

Day Two Hurricane Preparedness Week: Evacuation Plan

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

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

Do You Know New Jersey’s Coastal Evacuation Routes?

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

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

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

What Should You Do If Your Evacuation Route Gets Flooded?

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

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

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

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

Day One of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Risk Assessment

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Determining your risk is the first part of Hurricane Preparedness Week for 2022!.

To kick off Hurricane Preparedness Week, the first part of preparation is determining your risk. Everyone lives in an area with some flood risk, it’s just a question of whether you live in a high-risk, low-risk, or moderate-risk flood area.

Do You Know Where to Track a Hurricane?

Learn about your flood zone and know your risk. The NOAA can help you with its Historical Hurricane Tracks Tool that uses your zip code to display paths of past storms related to your location.

Can You Predict Your Chance of Flooding Due to a Hurricane?

Using flood maps can show you your community’s risk of flooding. Specifically, flood maps show a community’s flood zone, floodplain boundaries, and base flood elevation.

What Are Flood Maps?

Flood maps show a community’s risk of flooding. Specifically, flood maps show a community’s flood zone, floodplain boundaries, and base flood elevation.

Where Can You Find Your Flood Map?

You can find your flood map on the FEMA Flood Map Service Center

Can Your Flood Risk Change?

How water flows and drains can change due to new construction and community development or natural forces such as changing weather patterns or terrain changes. Also, communities may build levees and dams, decreasing flood risk over time. Although the frequency or severity of impacts cannot be changed, FEMA is working with federal, state, tribal and local partners across the nation to identify flood risk and promote informed planning and development practices to help reduce that risk through the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program. To better reflect your current flood risk, the National Flood Insurance Program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency use the latest technology and data to update flood maps nationwide.

Clothes Dryer and Appliance Fire Safety in Island Heights

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Fire dryer in Island Heights, NJ after it has been removed from home If a dryer fire strikes your Ocean Island Heights property, call your fire damage cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Toms River today.

Fires are common in the home because most of us use lots of them in our everyday lives. While some of the newer appliances come equipped with safety features, other older ones may not. As consumers, we must read the manual for each appliance and be aware of any specific safety features that it has or does not have before purchasing the product.

While many appliances could be the cause of a fire, today we are focusing on the clothes dryer. 

The Clothes Dryer

If you are installing a new dryer of having one installed make sure to carefully follow the installation instructions and make sure that it is installed in a safe place. 

Read these clothes dryer fire facts from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Common causes of dryer fires:

  • Mechanical and electrical failure-faulty wiring and damaged machinery can potentially cause dryer fires, like anything with moving parts and electronic components.
  • Dirty lint filter-this is a result of a buildup of lint, but can certainly be caused by an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything else that remains after the washing process. 
  • Clogged vent-the outside vent can become clogged, which prevents airflow and potentially leads to hazardous conditions. It can also become obstructed by birds, insect nests, or rodent nests. 
  • Improper use-using it outside of the manufacturer's recommended guidelines, such as over-stuffing the appliance, items that shouldn't be put in a dryer, or items with instructions advising against drying with heat.

If a dryer fire starts in your Island Heights home, normally the safest course of action is to evacuate, move your family to a safe location, and call the fire department immediately. While many fires start relatively small, they do tend to spread quickly, according to Germania Insurance.

After a fire, you will need the assistance of a reputable fire restoration company to handle your fire damage cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Toms River, NJ at (732) 349-9898 for the experts in fire damage restoration, smoke and soot cleanup.

Common Sources of Water Damage in Manchester

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe caused water damage throughout home in Manchester, NJ After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first and secondly to stop the water, if possible.

A broken pipe can cause water damage to your home in Manchester, NJ. 

Here are the most common sources of water damage and how you can prevent them and tips to prevent them from happening at all:

  • Roofs-Standing water is a sign that your drainage system is not working properly. This is a problem because of the weight of the water. Eventually, this will strain your roof and cause leaks, which can do more damage than a broken pipe. Also, be sure you look for damaged flashing, felt, and shingles as these pieces can degrade over time and will need to be replaced to avoid leaks.
  • Pipes-Your plumbing is vulnerable to clogs and other damage. Regularly examine the outside of your pipes for stains, rust, cracks, and bulges. If you see any of these, have them repaired. You can also insulate your pipes to prevent freezing in the winter. Furthermore, a lot of commercial buildings can benefit from leak detectors as there are inexpensive and alert you to any leaks. 
  • Forces of Nature-Hurricanes, thunderstorms, and flooding do a lot of damage to buildings. While you can't avoid nasty weather, you can take steps to make sure you are ready to deal with disasters. 

Prevention is key, but sometimes water damage happens no matter how prepared we are and the quicker the water is cleaned up the batter it is for the structure. The speed with which drying occurs can determine how expensive your repair is, how much damage is done, and whether or not your home remains habitable. At SERVPRO of Toms River, we have the expertise needed to repair your home after a water damage occurs. Call us at 732-349-9898.

Certified: SERVPRO's Three C's

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

When you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can know that space has been cleaned to a higher standard, so you can feel safe to go there. This thorough deep COVID cleaning has 3 phases called the “3 C’s”:
  • Consult-We customize a cleaning program based on the unique needs of each business.
  • Clean-In this step, our trained professionals will use EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions to clean a facility based on the particular needs of that business. We adhere to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC, cleaning all touchpoints and surrounding surfaces.
  • Certify-You’ll know a business isCertified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Our shield represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community.

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

SERVPRO of Toms River Offers Emergency Storm & Flood Damage Cleanup in Seaside Heights

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River van in front of a home in Seaside Heights There are a little over 2000 properties in Seaside Heights that have greater than a 26% chance of being severely affected by flooding.

Living at the Jersey Shore, flooding is something a lot of us are familiar with. There are two types of flooding that are the most common in Ocean County are flash floods and coastal floods. Below is a brief description of each:

Flash floods are a sudden local flood, typically due to heavy rain. They can also be caused by dam or levee breaks, or mudslides (debris flow). The intensity of the rainfall, the location and distribution of the rainfall, the land use and topography, vegetation types and growth/density, soil type, and soil water-content all determine just how quickly the Flash Flooding may occur, and influence where it may occur. If people are at their homes or businesses, the water may rise quickly and trap them, or cause damage to the property without them having a chance to protect the property, according to the National Weather Service. Flash Flooding is possible everywhere. The normally tranquil streams and creeks in your neighborhood or area can become raging torrents if heavy rain falls overhead.

Coastal floods are when the coast is flooded by the sea. It occurs when low-lying land is flooded by seawater. According to Washington Coastal Hazards Resilience Network, common causes of coastal flooding are:

  • Storm surge-changes in atmospheric pressure can elevate seawater levels during a storm, pushing more water toward the shore.
  • Wind-driven waves-wind can push water higher and further onto land, causing coastal flooding.
  • High tides and king tides-high tides can combine with other factors to cause coastal flooding. King tides are exceptionally high tides caused by one or more astronomical events happening at the same time.
  • Sea level rise – as daily tides become higher smaller magnitudes of storm surge, wind and other factors will result in coastal flooding.
  • Increased river flows – increased river discharge, caused by changes in rainfall, groundwater storage, and melting snowpack, can combine with seawater levels to flood coastal areas.

Severe weather from hurricanes, thunderstorms, and floods can cause significant damage to your Seaside Heights property. Water can be extremely destructive and the longer it remains, the more damage it could cause to your property.

When it comes to storms and floods, few people anticipate that it will actually cause damage to their home, whether it be water damage from either storm or a flood, SERVPRO of Toms River provides emergency water damage cleanup restoration services. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays.

SERVPRO of Toms River Performs Expert Level Cleaning Services for Covid-19

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning of bathroom after picture in Whiting from a biohazard SERVPRO of Toms River has specialized training and experience in biohazard cleanup for all emergencies of decontamination due to Covid-19.

Beginning in 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responded to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection is termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

Expert Level Cleaning Services

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your Whiting home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have many years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

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

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

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. 

24 Hour Emergency Service

SERVPRO of Toms River is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

April Flowers Bring May Flowers or Property Damage to Ocean County?

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Tree damage to a home in Ocean County after a storm A tree fell on the roof of this home in Ocean County causing storm and water damage to the interior of the home.

It's finally Spring! The daylight begins to stay out longer, the days begin to warm up a little, but then you remember it's still April. April gives us lots of wet weather here in Ocean County. Yesterday was a perfect example. People were outside enjoying the 80 degree day when all of a sudden the sky darkened and the storms rolled in. Wind gusts picked up and there was a sprinkling of lightening in there too.

Thunderstorms are common this time of year in New Jersey, especially in the afternoon and evening hours in the and can produce very dangerous lightning. Follow these safety tips from the American Red Cross to stay safe if a storm rolls in:

  • Where there is thunder, there is lightning! If thunder can be heard, then you are close enough to be in danger of lightning strikes. Go indoors!

  • Postpone any outdoor activities, such as sporting events and picnics until the storm passes. It is possible to get struck by lightning even if it is not raining.

  • Take shelter in a building or vehicle with windows closed and stay clear of the windows.

We can follow these tips to stay safe but unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to completely protect your house from lightning damage, wind damage and storm damage. Following a storm, in order to prevent further damage, it is always important to look for signs of roof damage. Some things to look for are holes, missing or dented shingles, and dented or cracked gutters and downspouts.

SERVPRO of Toms River responds immediately, any time, day or night to a storm damage emergency. A quick response is crucial to help limit the additional interior damage and understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs. Our team can provide temporary protective measures to prevent additional damage to the property after a storm including board ups, temporary fencing and portable power.

Hopefully the storms will end at the end of the month and May will bring flowers to New Jersey instead of property damage!

SERVPRO of Toms River Emergency Water Damage Cleanup for Your Business

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River extracting water from the carpet of a business Fire suppression system pipe broke on the second floor affecting the business' entire first floor with water damage.

If you are a Bayville, Beachwood or Ocean Gate business owner, any kind of water damage to your facility needs to be remedied quickly with the least amount of downtime to your daily business functions. A call to SERVPRO of Toms River will help you get water damage repaired and restored in order to minimize downtime and prevent loss of revenue.

What to Expect When You First Call SERVPRO of Toms River for Help After You Experience a Water Damage at Your Business?

With your initial call to our office, we will need to know several important details and information regarding your water damage emergency. This  will help us determine what equipment and resources are needed when to arrive on site to begin the water cleanup process:

  • Your name, contact information and position with the business
  • Your insurance information, if applicable
  • Location and street address of your water damaged business
  • The date you first noticed the water damage
  • The cause of the water loss, if known
  • Is power or electricity available
  • What area or areas have been affected

Whatever size the water damage is to your business, we have the experience and equipment to deal with it. We will help you understand the severity of the water damage to your building so that you’re able to make the best decisions on moving forward with the restoration process. Whether you’re dealing with minor water damage to your commercial property or a large-loss event, we can develop a restoration plan to help ensure your property is clean, dry and restored to its pre-damaged condition.  

SERVPRO of Toms River only uses the most advanced equipment to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water. We will work closely with you and the any other occupants of your building during the restoration process to have as little disruption as possible to your daily business activities.

Book Mold, Foxing or Age-Tanning?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Books with "foxing" not mold damage It can sometimes be hard to distinguish between mold on books and what is known as foxing and age-tanning because at first glance they look similar.

How should I store or pack my books to prevent mold?

If stored in a good environment, paper made in Europe from the late medieval period through to the mid-19th century tends to be in good condition. Paper made after the mid-19th century, however, may be affected by the poor quality materials from which it was made. From the mid-19th century onwards, increasing demand for reading material coincided with the development of mechanized papermaking and printing. This allowed the widespread use of cheap and plentiful wood pulp as the raw material for paper making. Wood pulp can simply be ground up and then made into paper. This type of pulp, known as groundwood, contains all the acidic components that are present in the wood. Paper made from groundwood pulp, e.g. newspaper, is cheap to produce but inherently very acidic, according to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The use of groundwood in old books can immediately be identified by the way the paper has turned a rusty-orangey-brown as the acids in it work away at the fibers, according to Rhollick.

Avoid storing books in attics, basements and garages and keep boxes slightly off the floor and away from the walls. This prevents damage from minor flooding and the airflow will help avoid insect damage and mold. For long term storage of valued books, individual, archive quality, boxes are a great option.

How often should I perform regular maintenance on my books?

Removing books from shelves once or twice a year to dust them will keep them clean and is a good way of noticing problems with mold or insects before too much damage is caused.

Besides mold, what else can cause yellow/brown/orange spots or browning on books?

  1. Age tanning, or browning, occurs over time on the pages of books. This kind of deterioration is commonly seen in books printed before the advent of acid-free paper in the 1980s, according to Biblio.com. Tanning tends to start from the outer edges of books and moves inwards over time, thus creating a yellowish or brownish border on the pages. This process can show up on just the edges of pages, when this occurs it is sometimes referred to as "edge tanning." The end papers of books are usually more acidic than the rest of the pages, so they undergo tanning faster. The process is more noticeable in the areas where glue has been applied to the back or where bookplates or newspaper cutouts have been kept says freelance writer, Satabdi Mukherjee. The browning of pages in older books will continue to be both part of the charm and challenge of book collecting.
  2. Foxing describes disfiguring small yellow brown spots or blotches on paper. Two main causes are mold and iron contaminants in the paper. Molds feed on the paper itself, as well as any dirt or organic material on it, for example, finger marks, food stains and squashed insects. Tiny metal impurities can be found in paper as a result of the original manufacturing process. Damp conditions will cause iron contaminants to rust. In some cases a conservator may be able to reduce the disfiguring effect of foxing, but in many cases you simply have to accept this old damage.

Is old-book smell always mold?

No. Explained best by Ann Elizabeth Wiener for the Science History Institute, that no one can deny that old books have their own distinct scent but that does not necessarily mean they have mold. Some love “old book smell’ while others despise it but everyone can agree that it is a potent, unmistakable smell but it can be a hard order to describe. That may be because no two books smell exactly the same. The complex scent is actually an amalgamation of specific chemical markers of decay that combine with how a book was made and how and where it was stored and used by the people who have touched it. In essence, when we breathe it in, we are simultaneously smelling the life and the death of a book. The paper, inks, and adhesives that make up a book contain hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As these components break down, VOCs are released into the air, and we detect them in the form of that distinctive odor. (New books release their own, very different VOCs. Inks, solvents, adhesives, bleaching agents, and other chemicals involved in modern manufacturing processes combine to produce the crisp, synthetic smell you notice when you snap open a freshly printed text. Environmental factors, such as the kind of climate or room a book was stored in, whether it was dusty or dirty or exposed to constant sunlight or mildew, all contribute to a book’s smell profile. So to sum up, just because a book can smell like it’s past does not mean it has mold.

What may cause mold on my books?

Air carries moisture and paper is really good at absorbing water out of the air. Water rapidly escalates the deterioration of paper so humidity is extremely harmful to your books. Try to keep your books in a controlled humidity situation, according to BookWritten.com. Mold growth is caused by high relative humidity or dampness, combined with poor air circulation. Relative humidity measures the amount of moisture that is in the air relative to the maximum amount of moisture that the air could hold at that temperature. If conditions become dryer and relative humidity drops, the mold should become dormant, but will reactivate again if relative humidity rises. If you have mold on books, try to locate the source of the dampness and address the underlying cause of your problem.

What to do if you find mold in your books in your Toms River home, study, office or library?

SERVPRO of Toms River specializes in mold remediation, the cornerstone of our business. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation. Call us today at 732-349-9898 today for your mold damage emergency.

The Blizzard of 2022

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

Bomb Cyclone Definition What is a bomb cyclone?

The Blizzard of 2022!

Ocean County, along with the Eastern Coast of Ney Jersey, was expecting a severe winter storm to hit here the last weekend in January. The storm started late on Friday night and by Saturday morning the nor'easter brought lots of gusting winds that were blowing sideways. Some areas had wind gusts of 70 mile per hour. Bands of snow and wind clobbered the Jersey Shore throughout the day. Drifting snow from the wind made snow totals hard to measure. 

When is a snow storm considered a blizzard?

blizzard is defined as three or more hours of visibility reductions to one quarter mile or less due to falling or blowing snow, and sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or greater. The National Weather Service confirmed Blizzard Conditions along the entire coastal strip of New Jersey from Cape May to Sandy Hook, NJ during the Nor’easter of January 28 and 29, 2022.

Saturday morning, the air pressure dropped and the storm rapidly turning into a bomb cyclone. 

What is a bomb cyclone?

A "bomb cyclone" is a term given to a rapidly strengthening storm that fulfills one important criterion. Generally, pressure must drop 24 millibars (a unit of pressure) within 24 hours. However, that benchmark is also based on the latitude of the storm. So, the millibar requirement can change depending on where the storm forms, according to CNN.

Have storm damage in your Toms River business or home?

Let SERVPRO of Toms River handle all of your storm damage cleanup. We are your local water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

What Makes Mold Different Colors?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Assorment of mold in various colors There are thousands of species of molds and each type of mold can vary in color, shape and size.

Mold is a type of fungus that forms multicellular, thread-like structures and produces spores that give it its color. Mold is typically green, white, black or grey but can be brown, purple, orange, pink, yellow, red, white, or even a combination of colors. The color of mold can be influenced by many factors including food source, humidity level, light, region and even their age. The same mold can be different colors in different conditions and can even change over time.

Mold is typically multi-colored. This is because most types of mold appear with a small array of color or colors, ranging from white at the edges to a dark or bright color in the center. The colors are the spores themselves, the second surrounding color is the body, and the white or gray are the filaments that explore and produce spores. It is important to remember that the same mold type can appear in several different colors. This can make it very difficult to identify any particular type of mold by appearance alone. 

Here’s some interesting facts about different colors of molds:

  • Blue Mold can start out as blue and if the area keeps getting wet, eventually it can start to eat the blue mold and it will become black or green. This is why blue will not always stay blue and is usually pretty powdery. Blue mold is often found growing on food, but it can also be found growing on household materials like wallpaper, insulation, furnishings and carpeting that have been damaged by water.
  • Gray Mold affects many plant species and greatly depends on the type of plant and environmental conditions.
  • Orange Mold is unique and generally not a single type of species, but more like a colony of single-celled organisms. This mold may grow together with some other mold types, such as green mold or black mold, especially on food and usually appears with a slimy, spongy consistency. It is typically spotted eating rotted trees that have fallen in the woods and in mulch piles.
  • Purple Mold is something that you can find behind walls, often underneath vinyl and wallpaper, and on wood. It mostly grows in areas hidden from plain sight.
  • Brown Mold typically grows on plywood, other wood surfaces and in the bathroom on window sills or between tiles. It may look like fuzzy growth or small moist blobs.
  • Pink Mold is controversial as some believe it is not a mold but instead is a bacteria. Science has proven that it is indeed both a mold and a bacteria. It is mostly found in moisture-rich environments like bathrooms where it can feed off soap and shower products and tends to be fuzzy
  • Red Mold usually grows in tandem with other color molds. It grows on building materials such as particle board or drywall. It can also grow on spoiled food.
  • White Mold is the default spore-free color of most molds and the exploratory tendrils of a mold are almost always white before they produce and release spores. This means that very new mold will almost always appear to be white. It can be found on virtually any material and thrives in dark and damp areas that include framing in the attic, basement walls, and exposed dirt in crawlspaces.
  • Green Mold appears as soft and fuzzy or powdery and can have different hues of green. It can basically grow anywhere in your home where a water problem may occur. It loves latching onto food such as bread and starch heavy foods.
  • Yellow Mold is a common household mold and can found virtually everywhere you’ve experienced water damage. It is sometimes referred to as house-eating mold because it feeds on wooden structures and literally eats away at them causing the deterioration of many old wooden buildings and wooden furniture.
  • Black Mold favors materials, such as cardboard, hay, paper, wicker, and wood especially in humid rooms of a house.

Interested in learning other fascinating science facts about mold? Try searching “prettiest molds”, “slime molds” and even “bizarre fruiting bodies of slime molds!” This shows just how amazing nature is in our world.

The only time it is not interesting to learn about mold is when you learn you have unwanted mold growing in your home or business. Regardless of the color of your mold, you want it gone as soon as possible. That is when it is time to call SERVPRO of Toms River! Our highly trained technicians will remediate the mold with our Mold Remediation Process.

Frozen Pipe Water Damage Due to Swing in Temperatures in Toms River

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

A slit in a burst pipe in a wall in Jackson, NJ This pipe burst on the second floor causing water to flow into the first floor and basement causing extensive water damage to the home.

The large temperature swings that Ocean County have been experiencing these last few months are causing lots of burst pipes. After a freeze, any sort of warm-up and thaw in temperature, you could get an expansion of the pipes. This usually occurs 24 hours after the thaw that pipes will start to break. 

These burst pipes are bad news for any dwelling because a burst pipe can releases hundreds of gallons of water per hour. Just to give you an idea of how much water a burst pipe can release, here are the average water flow rates based on typical municipal water lines from the Municipal Water District:

  • ½-inch pipe: 50 gallons per minute
  • ¾-inch pipe: 110 gallons per minute
  • 1-inch pipe: 210 gallons per minute
  • 2-inch pipe: 850 gallons per minute
  • 3-inch pipe: 1,900 gallons per minute
  • 4-inch pipe: 3,400 gallons per minute

Regardless of where the pipe burst occurs, the effects can be devastating. The damages are usually worse when there is a burst pipe in the upstairs and the water comes trickling down to the lower floors. First thing you should do in this case is stop the flow of water. To do this, find the shut off valve. Turn it off and this will stop all the further flow of the water into your property. This will help prevent the spread of more water that could cause more damage.

When you leave your home in the colder months, leave the thermostat set no lower than 55-60 degrees. In the event of a power outage or extreme cold, it will not take long for the interior temperature in your home to drop to a dangerous low, allowing the pipes to freeze.

Frozen pipe cleanup should be left to the experienced and qualified water damage experts at SERVPRO of Toms River. We have years of experience and up to date certifications, so you can rest assured knowing your property is in good hands. If you’re experiencing water damage due to frozen and burst pipes in New Jersey, call us today at 732-349-9898.

Winter Weather Heading to Ocean County on January 28, 2022

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Toms River Snow Forecast for January 28 & 29 2022 Be aware of the wind chill. Dress appropriately and avoid staying in the cold too long. Stay safe!

Winter Storm Watch 

Start Friday, January 28, 7:00 PM EST

End Saturday, January 29, 7:00 PM EST


Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

The coastal counties of New Jersey including Toms River, Bayville, Seaside Heights and surrounding towns according to AccuWeather.

IMPACTS Travel could be very difficult to impossible.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS Snow is expected to begin Friday evening in Delmarva and southern New Jersey, spreading northward overnight into Saturday morning. Snow may be heavy at times through mid afternoon before diminishing Saturday evening. Strong winds may generate blowing snow and very low visibilities at times. The storm total snow forecast remains very uncertain, so stay tuned to the latest forecasts.


Do You Know How Molds Are Used In Our Daily Lives?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Pizza box containing pizza with mold Not all molds should be growing on all cheese including this mold growing on old pizza from a hoarding situation in Manchester, NJ.

Mold is a scary word to some people but it is very common in our daily lives. Mold is a type of fungus that forms multicellular, thread-like structures. Mold is found everywhere in nature. Some molds are known to cause damage, decay and mild annoyances while others have become indispensable to humans.

Do you know what things are made from mold that most of us have used before?

  1. The Penicillium mold is one of the first and still one of the most widely used antibiotic agents to make Penicillin, Amoxicillin, Ampicillin and Nafcillin. The PBS News Story has an interesting article, The Real Story of Penicillin, about how Penicillin was first discovered to treat infections. It is truly remarkable how a few doctors changed the course of medicine that we still use in our lives today.
  2. The second thing made with mold that most of us use are certain kinds of cheeses. Yes, cheese. Blue veined cheese such as Roquefort, blue, Gorgonzola, and Stilton are created by the introduction of Penicillium roqueforti or Penicillium roqueforti spores. Cheeses such as Brie and Camembert have white surface molds. Production involves adding a white mold culture to the curd, causing a white bloom to grow on the surface. The cheese then ripens in four to nine weeks. The longer it is stored, the softer it becomes. Other cheeses have both an internal and a surface mold. The molds used to manufacture these cheeses are safe to eat. Visit Castello to look at some of their white mold cheese.
  3. Some molds are used in the production of alcohol. Rhizopus has several industrial applications in the manufacturing of enzymes and metabolites such as ethanol, lactic, and fumaric acids. This means that Rhizopus can metabolize starch into glucose, directly fermenting the glucose to give alcohol.
  4. Koji molds are used to ferment soybeans to make soy sauce. They are also used to make vinegar, as well as fermented beverages, like sake.

Mold can grow on almost all foods. Do you know what common foods are likely to grow mold?

  • Fruits: Including strawberries, oranges, grapes, apples and raspberries
  • Vegetables: Including tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower and carrots
  • Bread: Especially when it contains no preservatives
  • Cheese: Both soft and hard varieties
  • Meats
  • Nuts
  • Milk
  • Processed Foods

Even if mold is only visible on the surface, its roots may lie deep in the food.

What does mold need to grow on these foods?

Most molds need organic matter and oxygen to live, which is why they usually don’t thrive where oxygen is limited. Also, most molds need moisture to live.

Even though some molds are added to particular foods during production to achieve certain effects, the same molds can still spoil other products. Remember that just because some molds are used to make some cheese does not mean you should eat them.

So, how can you prevent mold from growing on your food?

According to healthline, here are their tips to help prevent mold growth in your food:

  • Clean your fridge regularly: Wipe out the inside every few months.
  • Keep cleaning supplies clean: This includes dishcloths, sponges and other cleaning utensils.
  • Don’t let your produce rot: Fresh food has a limited shelf life. Buy a small amount at a time and use it within a few days.
  • Keep perishable foods cool: Store foods with limited shelf lives, such as vegetables, in the refrigerator, and don’t leave them out for more than two hours.
  • Storage containers should be clean and sealed: Use clean containers when storing food and cover it to prevent exposure to mold spores in the air.
  • Use leftover food fast: Eat leftovers within three to four days.
  • Freeze for longer-term storage: If you don’t plan on eating the food soon, put it in the freezer.

If you do find mold growing in places that should not have mold, call SERVPRO of Toms River

Frozen Pipe Season in Ocean County, New Jersey

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

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

These tips from the American Red Cross could help prevent water damage to your property and belongings during the cold winter months in New Jersey

Why is it bad for water to freeze inside a pipe?

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Anytime there is any sort of warm-up or thaw, after a period of freezing temperatures, you get an expansion of the pipes, so usually the next 24 hours after that pipes start to break.

The first thing you need to do after a frozen pipe bursts is to your shut off the water, but make sure it is safe to turn it off. 

In the unfortunate event your Ocean County, call SERVPRO of Toms River for all your water damage cleanup needs 24/7 at 732-349-9898.

Food to Avoid Giving Your Pets on Thanksgiving

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fried Turkey Cooking Safety Tips to Keep Everyone Safe on Thanksgiving

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

We’re Fire Damage Specialists

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

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

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

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Why Use SERVPRO of Toms River for Your Commercial Damage Emergencies

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

High-Efficiency Equipment 

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

Flooding Information for Your Home or Business

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

What is flooding?

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

What could cause flooding?

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

What you should know about Flood Safety:

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

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

When can you return to your home after a flood?

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

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

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

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

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

Detection Equipment

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

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

Extraction Equipment

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

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

Air Moving Equipment

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

Dehumidification Equipment

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

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

Deodorization Equipment

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

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

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does your business set itself apart and inspire confidence with your customers and employees?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Take an additional step to make sure your business has received a higher cleaning standard with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Many businesses are tasked not only with navigating the constantly changing guidelines set forth NJ but are also learning a new way of doing business. Regardless of what industry you are in, every business in our state has had to make difficult but necessary decisions to develop a strategic plan to remain open during a pandemic. Business owners and employees are now placing a higher emphasis on cleanliness and sanitation in the workplace, for not only their employees to feel safe, but for the safety of their customers as well.

Commercial Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned for COVID-19 Cleaning

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is the answer. With a tailored cleaning program that is customized for your business needs, our expertly trained staff cleans and decontaminates your property according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards. We use EPA-approved cleaning solutions, including our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food contact surface use.

As a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned participant, you’ll provide reassurance to your customers and employees that you’re taking all the steps needed to get the highest level of clean for them. This dedication will be on display through a decal window emblem, and other digital marks to show your commitment to clean.

Is there a difference between mold and mildew? Can we prevent either or both from growing in our home?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on walls If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (732) 349-9898

Mold and mildew are not the same but they do share a number of key characteristics. Both are common types of household fungi and both thrive in damp, humid environments. They are both destructive and beneficial. They both spread from surface to surface easily. To better understand the differences, first we need to know what each is.

Mildew is a kind of mold and is known as a surface fungi. Mildew grows on top of flat surfaces and does not penetrate surfaces and grow into the material. Mildew needs the same elements (warmth, darkness, oxygen, and moisture) mold needs to grow. Mildew can grow and spread just as quickly as other molds, but it can be treated without much trouble. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), mildew is considered to be early stage mold .

Mold is a living organism that belongs to the kingdom Fungi, meaning mold is a type of fungus. Mold cannot make its own food like plants do so it must gain nutrients from other organic substances. Mold does not really eat its food, but it does absorb nutrition from other organisms by secreting enzymes that break down the food substance into smaller organic molecules that can then be absorbed.

Did you know that there are than 100,000 species of mold? Luckily, only about 80 have the potential to cause health effects to humans.

Now that we know the similarities between the two and what each one is, let’s look at what makes them different:

  • They both affect the home but cause different types of damage. Mildew usually causes less damage than mold and the damage is usually more cosmetic.
  • Mildew’s tendency to only grow on flat surfaces is another of the main differences that exist between the two.

Here is how we help can prevent both mold and mildew from growing in our home:

  • Keep everything dry if possible.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity at a safe level for your home.
  • Change air filters regularly.
  • Use your eyes to look for signs of mold or mildew growth.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River?

We are highly trained mold remediation specialists and have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. We also use advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment

Want to Be Severe Storm Ready?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

The Garden State is not always sunshine and flowers! Be Storm Ready with SERVPRO's Severe Weather Checklist! This is the time of year that Toms River and Ocean County get many severe weather and storms. Always be prepared with an emergency kit.

Some dangers of severe weather and storms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. There is not always time to get everything we may need together quickly before the storm, so always have stuff ready for quick evacuation. Some items you may want to have packed and ready include:

  • non-perishable food
  • manual can opener
  • water
  • battery powered radio
  • flashlight
  • lanterns
  • extra batteries
  • personal hygiene items
  • medications
  • first aid supplies/kit
  • copies of important documents
  • cell phone fully charged 
  • important contact information for family and friends
  • blankets
  • change of clothes
  • pocket knife
  • rain gear
  • cash

What should my first aid/medical kit contain?

  • sterile adhesive bandages
  • antiseptic
  • tape
  • compresses
  • pain relievers
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • first aid guide
  • moist towelettes

What important documents should I copy and have ready?

  • insurance cards
  • medical records
  • bank numbers
  • credit card numbers
  • copies of birth certificates and/or marriage licenses
  • copy of social security cards
  • other personal documents
  • copy of wills
  • titles of cars and properties
  • house inventory photos

Never leave your pets behind and make sure you have enough extra food, water, leashes, medicines and vet records for them. 

We all hope to never need to use these emergency kits but it is always better to be prepared just in case an emergency strikes. 

What is Soot Damage?

7/24/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling in the process of soot removal by SERVPRO of Toms River It’s not uncommon to have questions about the soot removal process. Call us today to answer all your questions at 732-349-9898.

What is soot?

Soot is a black carbonaceous substance produced during incomplete combustion of coal, wood, oil, etc., rising in fine particles that adhere to and blacken surfaces on contact., according to the Free Dictionary

This is messy irritant, soot, can damage materials it touches. Therefore, proper cleaning techniques need to be used, especially when cleaning soot off the ceilings and walls, or you could actually make the situation worse instead of better. 

Soot can spread much further than flames, staining many different surfaces throughout your home.  Porous materials like drywall, paint, wood, carpeting, and fabric are most susceptible to soot damage. Other non-porous materials like metal, stone, and glass, are more resistant to soot but they can still be damaged. Soot may also get into ductwork for your heating and air conditioning system, which could spread it even further.  

Why is soot produced?

Incomplete combustion produces soot. Keeping burners and pilots cleaned and properly adjusted can reduce the amount of soot produced. Uncontrolled combustion, such as wood burning in an open fireplace, candles, and cigarettes, produce higher amounts of soot, according to Iowa State University.

How is the soot problem solved?

Find and eliminate the source. Remove all traces of soot from all surfaces. 

What Happens if Soot Remains on Surfaces?

The longer the soot remains due to it's acidic nature, the more significant the damage to properties and structures if not properly cleaned in a timely manner. Metal will corrode if soot remains on the surface. Glass and mirrors can become etched. Plastic, vinyl, and fabric may become discolored. 

What is Soot vs Smoke?

Soot is seeable part on surfaces and smoke is the gaseous part that produces an odor. 

Can SERVPRO of Toms River remove all soot?

SERVPRO of Toms River understands that each soot damage presents unique issues and challenges. As experts in soot damage cleanup, our crew has seen, cleaned and restored it all.

Is There Anything More Traumatic for a Business Then Discovering a Fire Has Struck?

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Commercial fire restoration SERVPRO Here to Help SERVPRO of Toms River is Here to Help 24/7.

Whether you get a call from the fire department about a fire at your business or arrive there and see a fire truck putting out flames, both are devastating and shocking. Once the initial shock wears off, call SERVPRO of Toms River as soon as possible. We provide expert fire damage cleanup services designed for business in New Jersey. We will return your Ocean County business to its pre-disaster state quickly, while minimizing the impact and interruption to your business as much as possible.

What can I do until help arrives at my business?

  • You may walk through AFTER it is deemed safe but not without gloves, eye protection, a face-mask, and a respirator to keep smoke particles off your skin and out of your lungs.
  • Although the fire may have only affected one area of your Toms River business, smoke can permeate a larger area. Try and ventilate the building by opening windows and running fans, if possible.
  • Smoke can cause malfunctions in the mechanisms so be sure to inspect and appliances before turning them on.
  • Always throw away any perishable food items that may have been exposed to smoke and never try to save them.
  • Change the filter in your air conditioner unit before you turn it on because soot most likely will have accumulated there.

Why can you always count on SERVPRO of Toms River for your commercial fire damage emergency?

  • We offer 24 hour emergency service
  • We utilize state-of-the-art cleaning and restoration technology
  • We are faster to any size disaster
  • We are a trusted leader in the fire restoration industry with over
  • Our crew is highly trained in fire damage cleanup
  • We are locally owned and operated

Our fire damage cleanup crew is just a phone call away, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at 732-349-9898 for all your emergency commercial fire needs.

Why Use SERVPRO for Your Business’ Restoration and Remediation Emergencies?

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Commercial Services Fire and Water SERVPRO SERVPRO of Toms River handles all types of water, fire and mold cleanup, restoration and remediation.

When your business experiences an emergency from a natural disaster, plumbing issue, fire, or flood, you need to act fast to limit financial loss, and keep your business open. Commercial restoration companies, like SERVPRO of Toms River, offers several services to bring your property back to its original condition, something you likely can’t do by yourself if you have suffered extensive damages.

What are SERVPRO of Toms River’s Qualifications to Handle My Business’s Emergency?

  1. We are an IICRC Certified Firm, which ensures top-level standards and ethics surrounding restoration processes.
  2. We have high ratings on sites such as Google and Facebook and we often testimonials on our website to showcase previous clients’ reviews. Here at SERVPRO of Toms River, we are very proud to say that we get many customer reviews about our technicians for their knowledgeable, understanding and their attention to detail.
  3. Our highly trained team of specialists work extensively in the disaster recovery field and handle all aspects of disaster cleanup. Our technicians have certifications from the IICRC to prove that they have the skills and necessary training to perform all required tasks.
  4. We will deal with your insurance company after a disaster to make everything as smooth as possible during this stressful time. Our business is to get you back to your business as soon as possible. If your business is still able to function during the restoration process, we will do everything possible to minimize disruption so that you can remain as efficient as possible.
  5. Our quick response time can help stop further damage and keep costs from increasing.

What types of emergencies can SERVPRO of Toms River handle for your business?

  1. Mold Removal
  2. Fire Damage Restoration Service
  3. Water Removal and Cleanup
  4. Sewage Cleanup
  5. Bio-hazard Cleanup

Contact SERVPRO of Toms River today for all your business’ water, fire and mold emergencies at 732-349-9898.

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

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

What destruction does floodwater cause?

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

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

Which restoration services does SERVPRO professionals offer?

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

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

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

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

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

What are biohazards?

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

What are Pathogens? 

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

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

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

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

Can SERVPRO of Toms River save your carpet?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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

Bayville Homeowners do not Want to Replace Carpets after Water Removal

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

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

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

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

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

How do we remove water from a carpet?

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

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

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

What is the best way to dry a carpet?

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

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

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

Can SERVPRO clean your carpet?

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

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

What Information Does SERVPRO Collect in the Job Scoping Phase?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Cleanup and Board Up Services

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

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

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

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River?

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

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River for Emergency Damage Cleanup?

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

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

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

What Are Our Certifications and Experience?

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

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

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

5/9/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Are the Risks of Standing Water? 

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

Structural Deterioration  

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

Water Migration

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

Unusable Facilities 

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

How Do You Remove Surface Water? 

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

  • Submersible Pumps 

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

  • Wet Vacuums 

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

  • Conventional Sopping Approaches

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

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

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

  • In-House Contractors
  • Thorough Inspections
  • Quality Repairs

How Fast Can Parishioners Get Back After Water Losses? 

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

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

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

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Information Gets Collected in the Job Scoping Phase?  

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

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

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

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

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

Is Cleaning a Better Choice Than Replacement? 

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

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

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

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

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Why do these natural events cause so much damage?

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

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

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

When Can I Retrieve My Personal Belongings and Important Documents after a Fire in Toms River?

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

House made out of matchsticks getting set on fire Immediate action is crucial when dealing with fire damage. A fast response from helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

Fire Damage In Toms River

When a fire occurs in our Toms River community community, it can be devastating to the occupants. If the fire can be extinguished quickly, the damage may be limited. However, there is always fire, smoke, and water damage from the fireman's efforts to quell the blaze. Everyone wants to know when they can get into their home, retrieve essential belongings, including keepsakes, mementos, and papers.

One of the first tasks for our SERVPRO team of Toms River is to work closely with the fire chief and the homeowner to evaluate the site. Our objective is to ensure that it is safe to enter. Safety concerns include electrical issues, slips, and falls due to wet conditions and structural integrity. Every fire damage site in Toms River is different and must be assessed. We can work closely with the homeowner to retrieve items safely before restoration begins.

Do I Need to Make Alternate Housing Arrangements?

Our SERVPRO of Toms River team can work closely with your insurance representatives to help answer this question. Depending on the amount of damaged caused by the fire, homeowners may be able to re-enter and live in a portion of the home that is undamaged. Larger fires with lots of smoke odor damage usually require the residents to make alternate temporary living arrangements.

Our teams follow a seven-step process for both small and large fire emergencies. The first two steps involve assessing the amount of damage, safety issues, and determining the amount and type of equipment needed. Next, compromised windows, walls, or roofs are boarded up or covered by tarpaulins to prevent further damage.

We remove all water and dry your home if needed before focusing on removing smoke and soot from all surfaces in the house. All items in the home are cleaned and sanitized as well as removing any remaining odors. Restoration of various structural elements may be required along with repairs to walls, carpet, and flooring.

Call  SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 to assist with your emergency fire damage and restoration needs.

How Can I Rid My Toms River Business of the Smoke and Soot Residues Left After A Fire?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling with fire damage of commercial building This commercial business in Toms River sustained a fire and the entire building had to have smoke and soot damage cleaned by SERVPRO of Toms River.

Have the experts at SERVPRO restore your Toms River business.

Each day that your Toms River business is shut down can mean the difference between making payroll that week and keeping the lights on long enough to catch up. Even a minor disaster, such as an electrical fire in the breakroom, can mean additional weeks without customers and income.

How bad can it get and what can you do about it?

In any business in Toms River, commercial fire damage can be extremely costly if residues from burning material attach themselves to every surface. SERVPRO Restoration Technicians are trained to deal remove these residues without damaging automobile paint and preserve other property not physically touched by open flames.

What is the process to preserve my inventory?

Our first task is to quickly inspect each vehicle and determine which cleaning/removal method is needed.

  • Dry Wiping – In most cases, this is our first method. Technicians use cloths and soft brushes to remove dry, powdery residues left behind after a very hot, quick-burning fire.
  • Wet Wiping – Best used on sticky residues left on surfaces from a slower-burning and lower temperature fire. Here, technicians use the minimum amount of water or cleaner needed to break up the residue for removal with soft brushes without affecting the surface underneath it.

Are those the only methods to restore my business?

No. SERVPRO technicians have an extensive inventory of chemical agents and tools to remove residues from other surfaces to include linoleum, wall paneling, paint, and concrete. Our personnel uses many of these same agents to eliminate the pungent odors left behind after a fire in your business.

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Toms River can do for your home, or to schedule a service appointment, call (732) 349-9898 today. We are here for you

Who Cleans Up Fingerprint Dust After a Crime Scene?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fingerprints asking "Who Cleans Up After a Crime Scene?" The fingerprint dust used by law enforcement is messy stuff and can require professional cleaning after a home's been dusted from top to bottom.

If you or someone you know has experienced a crime in their Ocean County home or business, such as a burglary, you may know that dusting for fingerprints may help law enforcement solve the crime. Fingerprinting is necessary for law enforcement but it can be a nuisance once they are finished. The fingerprint dust used by law enforcement is messy stuff and the residual marks and dust can be both frustrating to the property owner and extremely difficult to clean. It may require professional cleaning after a property has been dusted before you try common household cleaners and water that can activate the dust, making it nearly impossible to remove.  

You may not even know that invisible fingerprints themselves are made of water, fatty acids, amino acids and triglycerides—in other words, they result from the oil and sweat that your skin produces naturally. To make them visible, you have to find a way to detect one of these substances present in the invisible fingerprint. The easiest method is called dusting, in which you use a very fine powder that can stick to the oil in the fingerprint, according to Scientific American. Once the fingerprint becomes visible, it can be lifted from the surface with clear tape and transferred to another surface to be taken into the laboratory for further analysis. 

Interested in learning more about fingerprint analysis, download this informative analysis sheet from Home Scientific Tools

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Toms River 24/7 at (732) 349-9898.

We are available 365 days a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day for emergency cleanup. Our highly trained technicians are ready and standing by. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. SERVPRO of Toms River will clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation including:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

How Can SERVPRO Dry Cabinets and Cavities in Your Pine Beach Home after Flood Damage?

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water drying equipment at the bottom of a stairway with carpet SERVPRO of Toms River's drying equipment at the bottom of a carpeted stairway from water entering this Pine Beach property.

Do wet cabinets dry naturally?

Flooding brings floodwaters into your home and spread throughout your Pine Beach property leading to wet walls behind cabinets and fittings. These areas are particularly challenging to dry because of space limitations and the multiple layers of cabinet backs and drywall. The low ventilation level typically means fittings dry slowly without intervening with equipment and could become hotbeds for microbial growth activity. Drying times are typically longer when cabinet design includes a back. Often drying the wall and the cabinet requires drilling small holes to allow for adequate ventilation and air-flow.

What makes wet cabinets and walls slow to dry?

  • The type of paint, either flat paint or glossy, can slow down drying. Flat paint is generally the quickest.
  • Cabinet design, mainly whether cabinets include backing.
  • Laminated cabinets can be tricky to measure due to the vapor barrier.

Is cabinet disassembly necessary for drying efficiency?

Fittings with water exposure and flood damage in your Pine Beach home are often time-consuming to disassemble. SERVPRO technicians generally opt for drilling vent points into the cabinet walls and using a venting fan to drive air into the cavity. One area that may be useful to drill into is the cabinet toe kick located at the cabinet's bottom. To remove the toe kick, remove the base molding to circulate air into the cavity. With proper care and attention, base molds are reusable so long as they do not sustain permanent harm during removal.

What methods are useful for walls with high exposure to moisture?

  • Drill additional holes at the top of the wall to allow full ventilation.
  • Insulation in exterior walls can often be savable by drilling additional holes.
  • Take extra care to avoid loosening sheetrock, which may be weak due to water exposure.

Cabinet drying typically takes longer but is essential to recovering your home from flood losses. Call SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898.

What to Do After a Water Loss Until Help Arrives in Your Seaside Heights Property

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup Equipment SERVPRO of Toms River has specialized equipment to quickly and efficiently dry out your property.

After the water begins to flow, you will have many questions that need answers. Here’s some simple tips to begin the water damage recovery process.

Your water heater exploded, a pipe burst, an epic rainstorm flooded your basement of your Seaside Heights property: No matter how the water leak began, you’ve now have 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.
  2. Tick tock. Time is of the essence when you have water damage.
  3. You’ve got less than 48 hours to dry out before mold takes over.
  4. Water may be contaminated.

After the property is deemed safe to enter, follow these simple do’s and don’ts until help arrives.

What to Do After Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If you’ve experienced water damage, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 as soon as possible. Our company is IICRC certified in water damage restoration and structural drying and we'll make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

Want to Volunteer in Toms River?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Group of volunteers at the Simon Soup Kitchen We took a quick picture while volunteering at Simon's Soup Kitchen in February.

Looking for ways to help out in your community?

There are many places in Toms River, Seaside Heights and Ocean County are in need of volunteers to help continue the great work they are doing. Here are some of the ones that we are involved with and are always looking for more people to help out:

  • Ocean County Library Homebound Services delivers books to those unable to get to the library. Click here to learn more about volunteering at the library.
  • Friends of the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch hold events such as used book sales, jewelry sales and organize trips to benefit the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.
  • Simon’s Soup Kitchen in Seaside Heights provides nutritious meals, free of charge, to anyone who is seeking nourishment or companionship in a safe, warm, and caring environment. Anyone is welcome, regardless of age, sex, race, financial need or religious belief. To learn more about volunteering click here. Due to Covid, they are offering meals to go until it is safe to reopen the cafeteria.
  • S.A.V.E. Thrift Store sells donated items where 100% of the proceeds goes to the animals in their care. They take unwanted, homeless and abandoned animals and provide them with medical care and a safe and nurturing environment until they find there forever homes. S.A.V.E. is a no kill shelter. 
  • The Hope Center provides support, resources, referrals, food to clients as they work to overcome a current life crisis. 
  • Just Believe Inc. benefits the Code Blue Shelter by giving the homeless hope and refuge in Toms River. They are a nonprofit, which manages the Code Blue shelter at the building Riverwood Park, supports those in need as they work to turn their lives around in Ocean County. They also operate a thrift store called Just Believe Boutique located at 734 Route 37. If you wish to volunteer please email Paul at paul@justbelieveinc.org or Amanda at amanda@justbelieveinc.org.
  • OceanCares Foundation support Ocean Mental Health Services (https://oceanmhs.org/) help people with mental health needs have access to services and supports, allowing them to live healthier and succeed in their treatment goals. Our very own Kathy is the current board president for the OceanCares Foundation To volunteer click here
  • Contact of Ocean and Monmouth Counties provide helplines for our community on a 24-hour basis year after year since 1975 Click here to volunteer or click here to check out their upcoming events. One of their big fundraising events is their gift wrap station they set up at the Ocean County Mall during the Holiday Season.
  • The local fire departments and first aid squads are usually in need of volunteers to help with fundraising ideas and helping out at event fundraisers.
  • The American Red Cross always need volunteers at their local blood drives.

These are just a few options in and around Toms River where you can volunteer. There is a never ending need for volunteers and many different organizations and charities to choose from.

If you are not comfortable volunteering there are lots of wonderful, local organizations in need of donations:

  • Ocean’s Harbor House provides a safe haven and caring environment for vulnerable youth to enable them to unlock their potential and learn skills that will empower them to build healthier lives, relationships and futures. Want to help? Click here to donate.
  • Ocean Mental Health Services has a here of items if you prefer to purchase items and drop them off.

Attending fundraising events is another great way to help out local organizations. By attending, you get to enjoy the event and the organization gets to benefit from the extra income. Once Covid is over, get out there and enjoy some fun events to benefit local charities:

  • Ocean Mental Health Services has their Third Annual OceanCares Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 8th 10AM-3PM at Traders Cove Marina, Brick rain or shine. Click here for more details. 

How Soon Should SERVPRO of Toms River Clean Up Water Damage in Your Business?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timeline A brief description of the water damage timeline from SERVPRO of Toms River.

After water damage occurs in your business, the cleanup process can seem overwhelming and irreparable. We are able to get your commercial property dry and get you back to business quickly.

How Soon Should SERVPRO of Toms River Clean Up Commercial Water Damage?

The longer water sits, the more time it has to cause even further damage. Within minutes of the water spreading, it can get absorbed into the walls, flooring, furniture and belongings. Between 1 and 2 hours, drywall swells, metal tarnishes and furniture begins to warp. After 48 hours, mold can begin to grow, doors begin to warp and metal begins to rust. After 1 week, structural safety becomes a major concern.

To answer the question when should you call us, the answer is as soon as possible to prevent further damage and cost.

What Commercial Properties Does SERVPRO of Toms River Specialize In?

  • 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

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. Learn more about learn more about our training and certifications.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Commercial Water Damage? Call Us Today (732) 349-9898.

Why Water Leak Detectors Could Protect Homeowners in Toms River from Water Damage

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water extraction mats SERVPRO of Toms River using water extraction mats to remove excess water from flooring.

At least once in your life you have probably dropped a gallon of liquid in your home and saw how quickly it spread. Just imagine how quickly a water leak can spread gallons of water throughout you home. 

Leaks are not always preventable but with modern technology, a lot of leaks can be detected early. Water leak detectors can detect small and large leaks to better protect your home from water damage. It’s job is to detect a leak before that leak turns into a problem thus ensuring you are aware of a leak or a frozen pipe before the leak becomes a flood.

How do water leak detectors work?

Traditional water leak sensors simply trigger a piercing alarm when water is detected and you'll only be aware of the leak if you're at home and within earshot. With new smart technology, water leak detectors developed so you could be alerted to any leak with a notification sent to your cellphone. All you need to do is pop a battery-powered leak sensor near any area susceptible to a water leak and you will get an alert on your phone. 

Where should you put a water leak detectors?

  • bathrooms
  • kitchens
  • laundry rooms
  • anywhere that a leak or freeze could occur

What should you put a water sensor near?

  • sinks
  • toilets
  • sump pump
  • pipes
  • appliances that use water
  • showers and tubs
  • hot water heaters

What are some options for water leak detectors?

  • require a hub to communicate
  • operate on Wi-Fi
  • plug into an AC outlet
  • require a battery
  • come with external sensor cables and mount to the wall
  • lay on the floor
  • most, but not all, have onboard sirens

If you are looking into purchasing one, make sure to do your research for the requirements suited to your home. TechHiveTom's Guide and Consumer Reports are just a few sites that rank brands of water leak detectors.

Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing with Cold Temperatures Heading to Ocean County

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Burst Pipe Even a small burst like this in a pipe can bring enormous amounts of water into your home.

The Jersey Shore has been lucky with warm temperatures so far this winter season.  Unfortunately, that is looking like it may soon change. Over the next 10 days, the nighttime temperature is expected to be below freezing, ranging from a low of 12° to a high of 37°. Daytime temps aren't predicted to be as cold, ranging from a high of 49° to a low of 28° according to WeatherForYou.com. Even some snow storms may be in our future.

With the temperatures predicted to plunge below freezing all but one night over the next 10 days, some of our pipes are in danger of freezing. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage, according to Consumer Reports.

Before we talk about tips to prevent your pipes from freezing, let's first look at which pipes are likely to freeze when the weather plummets. The American Red Cross explains the pipes that freeze most frequently are:

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

According to the American Red Cross, follow these simple tips to prevent frozen pipes:

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

SERVPRO of Toms River is fully equipped to handle all the cleanup of water damage from any frozen or burst pipe. Please follow our water damage emergency tips until help arrives. 

Bizarre Weather and Storms Hit Ocean County in 2020

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Image shows the damage on the living room floor after multiple trees fell on the roof This living room in Toms River shows how much damage a tree on the roof can do to the interior of your home after the microburst.

2020 Was the Year of Bizarre Weather and Storms in Ocean County 

Storm damage does not happen only from hurricanes or tornadoes as Ocean County has learned in 2020. We have not only experienced Tropical Storm Isaias this year, but also a microburst, a waterspout and even something called a derecho.

Tropical Strom Isaias tore through New Jersey in August of 2020 with tornadoes spotted in Barnegat and Stafford. A wind gust of 70 mph was recorded at the Robert J. Miller Airpark according to the Toms River Patch. This storm also uprooted multiple trees in Toms River and destroyed a dugout in Berkeley Township.

A microburst tore through a neighborhood in Toms River near Bay Avenue in April. Block after block, there were downed trees and destroyed houses. The wind was so strong a trailer went airborne and landed on a neighboring property. The National Weather Service classifies a microburst as a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm and is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Wind speeds in microbursts can reach up to 100 mph, or even higher, which is equivalent to an EF-1 tornado!  

After that, in June, the derecho came through New Jersey. According to Merriam-Webster, a derecho is a large fast-moving complex of thunderstorms with powerful straight-line winds that cause widespread destruction. HailTrace posted that this wild wind event went from Pennsylvania with winds gusting up to 80 mph from the Harrisburg, PA area all the way to the Jersey shore! One spot in New Jersey even saw winds up to 89 mph!

After these storms hit, there was a wide array of damaged left behind. At SERVPRO of Toms River, we are fully equipped to handle all these different types of storm damage cleanup and repair services including hurricanes, thunderstorms, snowstorms, hailstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, microbursts and derechos. We strive to make any storm disaster cleanup as painless as possible by working with your insurance company to get you back into your property quickly. Call us 24/7 at 732-349-9898 

Thanksgiving Fire Safety and Damage Cleanup

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Shows before and after fire damage cleanup SERVPRO of Toms River wishes everyone a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving Day!

Can anyone believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away? It doesn't seem possible because it always feels like New Jersey goes from a 70 degree beach day to a below freezing day just in time for Turkey Day. 

This year's Thanksgiving Day will be a little different then we are used to because of Covid. The Patch and New Jersey's Governor are warning against large gatherings. Even still, most of us are still planning on cooking for ourselves or a few family and friends. 

Remember that Thanksgiving is a peak day for cooking fires. Here are the top 10 safety tips according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

The NFPA reports that households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges with unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties. They also state that more than one-quarter of the people killed by cooking fires were sleeping at the time. More than half of the non-fatal injuries occurred when people tried to control the fire themselves.

Despite our best efforts fires still occur. If you find yourself with fire, smoke or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Should Beachwood Homeowners Do When Burst Pipes Cause Water Damage in a Property?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

orange sink that is leaking water Finding the problem and fixing it is what Team SERVPRO does best. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Seeking Professional Water Removal Services from a Reliable Restorer like SERVPRO in Beachwood is the Best Move.

When water gets into unwanted places in your Beachwood residence, it is an emergency, and you should contact restoration experts immediately. Since saving time is critical, our technicians respond within a short time and identify areas with high moisture levels. Our technicians can help you avoid incurring costly damages in your property.

How should property owners identify signs of water damage?

When water damage occurs, the signs begin to show immediately. If you delay water removal in your Beachwood home, the damage may spread to other areas. Since plumbers install water pipes behind walls, finding water leaks can be challenging for most property owners. However, a homeowner can detect water damage by:

  • Examining walls and ceilings for water stains
  • Checking basement floors for signs of buckling
  • Switching off all faucets and listening to determine where the water is leaking from

SERVPRO technicians can use thermal imaging cameras to determine how far the water has traveled and borescopes to check where the water is coming from. The two devices help us conduct a thorough inspection without causing more damage to your property.

How long does it take to dry a water-damaged property?

That depends on various factors, including:

  • Humidity
  • Temperature
  • When the restoration process began
  • Types of materials affected

The drying process may take a few days. Our SERVPRO team uses advanced equipment and tools to hasten the drying process. We can conduct controlled demolition to dry hidden surfaces effectively.     

How do you dry the areas behind walls and ceilings?

We try as much as possible to minimize property damage. Therefore, we can drill small holes in the ceiling and through drywall to access the moisture. However, before we begin drying the area, we have to check for contamination. We can use a luminometer to test for contamination. If there is no organic contamination, we can use structural cavity drying equipment to pull out the moist air in the hidden area.

If your property suffered water damage from a burst pipe, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 to get your property to its pre-damage state, "Like it never even happened."

Click here for more information about Beachwood.

What Should Homeowners Do About a Wet and Sagging Ceiling?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

water stained ceiling  white For water damaged ceilings, call SERVPRO for restoration--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Contact Restoration Professionals at SERVPRO for Rapid Response Water Removal for Toms River Homes

It can be frustrating and daunting to find a sagging, water-damaged ceiling on your Toms River property. Homeowners can expect to pay between $400 and $1,200 on average to fix these damages. However, those costs can skyrocket to anywhere between $2,000 and $8,000 for extensive structural damage if left unchecked. The average price of ceiling repair is approximately $50 to $100 per square foot.

SERVPRO is available day and night to provide water removal services for homeowners in Toms River. This firm coordinates with both you and your insurance adjuster to ensure that claims are filed quickly and easily on your behalf. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to provide general contracting services for more thorough restoration after removing water damage from your property (license #13VH04999700).

How Do SERVPRO Tools Accelerate the Restoration Process?

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited technicians at SERVPRO are not only trained to adhere to restoration industry guidelines. They also receive extensive training and education in using both sophisticated technologies and tried-and-true techniques for home disaster mitigation. These tools include the following:

  • Sophisticated moisture measurement technologies, such as calibrated sensors and meters, and thermal imaging, help establish structural drying goals and determine water damage locations behind walls, above ceilings, and under floors.
  • Industrial-grade air movement equipment, including centrifugal air movers and ventilation box fans, which
  • OSHA approved cleaning solutions that aid in the remediation of microbes and unpleasant odors from water damage.
  • Odor control modalities that address a variety of sources, including pet odors, water damage, and mold.
  • Moisture extraction tools, like extraction wands and truck-mounted units, make the structural drying process hundreds of times more efficient.

What Are the Causes and Signs of Ceiling Water Damage?

There are many ways that ceiling water damage can befall a Toms River home, including the following:

  • Pipe leaks and burst pipes.
  • Appliance leaks in upstairs rooms or attics, including the HVAC system.
  • Bathroom leaks or waterproofing failures.
  • Refrigerator or dishwasher leaks.
  • Washing machine failures.

Finding the source of leaks and mitigating the water damage is a highly involved process that requires specific tools to accomplish. Homeowners are advised to contact a trusted restoration firm for your mitigation and restoration needs. SERVPRO performs this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays, to minimize structure and contents damage and microbial growth resulting from moisture exposure.

What Should Homeowners Do If They Notice Their Ceiling Is Sagging?

Toms River homeowners with sagging ceilings should go through these steps to quickly remediate damage to their home:

  • Stabilize the leaking area of the ceiling. Move the contents of your home away from the leakage area where possible. Catch the water with a bucket or other deep, nonporous container. Consider adding a tarp to prevent damage to your carpet.
  • Locate and identify leaks causing the sagging. This process can be challenging because water damage can manifest quite a ways away from the leak source. Porous materials like drywall can absorb significant amounts of moisture. If you are concerned about a leak, look for the following common signs of water leaks in your home:
  • Missing caulk
  • Broken or cracked pipes
  • Leaky drains or supply lines

If you are unsure of the source of the leak, shut off your water main and contact a licensed plumber. Keep any documentation you receive from repair professionals for your insurance claim

  • Contact a restoration team as quickly as possible for mitigation. Restoration technicians like those at SERVPRO receive extensive training in structural water damage cleanup and drying. Other services rendered include odor control, sanitation with EPA-registered biocides, and mold remediation that can improve the safety and indoor air quality of your property.

Do SERVPRO Structural Drying Tools Work for Ceilings As Well?

SERVPRO tools do accomplish structural drying for water-affected ceilings. This process typically involves removing the drywall that is sagging so that technicians can replace it with a fresh installation after repairing the damage. Depending on the leak’s location, partial removal of drywall may also be necessary to circulate air from air movers above the ceiling or underneath the subfloor above the leak. This process also allows dehumidifiers to capture moist air and eliminate it from the property.

SERVPRO of Toms River keeps disaster-affected homes looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (732) 349-9898 to begin the mitigation and restoration process at any time of the day or night.

Where to Find Local Fire Damage Remediation Services?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

A garage with fire damage. No matter how big or small your Toms River fire damage is, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can Provide Fire Damage Restoration to Your Toms River Home

Many Toms River homeowners never worry about the possibility of facing fire damage on their property. After all, the media portrays home fires as huge disastrous events every time. Many people may not realize that the small grease fire that caused unsightly soot stains on their wall counts as a home fire. 

So, what should you do if your Toms River home suffers fire damage? Getting help as soon as possible is the best way to help reduce long-term expenses. SERVPRO can send a team of our talented fire and smoke damage remediation technicians on your property as soon as you call.

What Can SERVPRO Do About a Small Kitchen Fire? 

It is a fact that many people do not consider smaller-scale fires as an event they may need help remediating. For example: 

  • Grease fires can leave greasy soot on your walls
  • Burning plastics can leave lingering malodors
  • Ashes can get stuck in your carpets or rug

Just because a blaze doesn't leave your home in need of gutting doesn't mean that it can't leave unsightly after-effects behind. 

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remediate These Damages? 

Here at SERVPRO, we're fire damage experts. Trust us to get your home feeling, "Like it never even happened." To remediate, we can: 

  • Use house-made cleaning agents designed to break down grime
  • Set up odor-reducing equipment, such as hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers
  • Professionally clean your carpets and upholstery to take the smokey smell and ashes away 

Here at SERVPRO, we have access to advanced technology designed to remediate the damages inside of your home. Trust us to arrive at your home swiftly. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

If your home suffers fire damage, don't wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Toms River by dialing (732) 349-9898. No matter the time, we're ready to help.

Is Your Toms River Beauty Salon At Risk Of Mold Damage?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall For help with mold damage in your business, call SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898.

Toms River Business Owners Are Keen To Avoid Mold Damage?

If you have a beauty salon in Toms River, you know that creating a welcoming environment is vital. You want your clients to feel at home from the moment they step in the door, and of course, you want your business to look and feel professional.

Mold damage in a Toms River salon is not good for your reputation, because:
    •    Mold makes a building look unkempt
    •    The fungus has a distinctive unpleasant smell
    •    Fungal growth often occurs at the same time as other visible signs of damp problems, such as water stains or peeling wallpaper

How does mold grow?
Mold is a naturally-occurring fungus that is present throughout nature. Mold feeds on organic materials such as:
    •    Wood, including window and door frames
    •    Paper products such as appointment books, magazines, or wallpaper
    •    Cloth and textiles such as aprons, chair covers, and towels
    •    Certain paints and adhesives?
In addition to a food source, mold also requires moisture, oxygen, and the correct temperature (between 77 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit.)

How does mold spread?
Mold spores can survive in conditions that mold cannot grow in. When they find the right conditions, they can start propagating. Mold spores are microscopic, which means they can easily travel on air currents, your staff’s uniforms, and your customers’ clothes and bags. When the spores find a hospitable environment, they can grow a new colony.

Is my salon at risk of mold damage?
Salons provide plenty of moisture in the form of hair washing stations, basins, and liquid products. And there is plenty of organic material available for mold spores to grow. A salon can provide a suitable breeding ground for mold, so it is essential to be vigilant.

How can SERVPRO help?
Our teams include mold remediation specialists who can assist you with any fungal problems. SERVPRO will assess the situation, set up containment so spores cannot escape, and clean up the mold.

Because mold occurs naturally, we cannot prevent it from returning. However, we can dry your salon and take care of any problem areas that are attracting mold. We can also give you tips on making your salon less attractive to mold in the future.

For help with mold damage in your business, call SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898.

Carpet Replacement Due to Flooding in Berkeley Township

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Room With Blank Frame Hanging On The Wall For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898.

What if I Need to Replace My Carpet After a Flood? SERVPRO Removes Unsalvageable Carpet and Replaces It in Your Berkeley Township Home

In Berkeley Township, when our trained technicians need to replace the carpet, they remove the existing contaminated carpet and dispose of it according to local regulations. Unfortunately, floodwater is considered blackwater (level 3) that may carry dangerous contamination, such as harmful bacteria and other microbes. Typically, this contamination means that the carpet needs replacement to ensure the property's residents' health and safety.

How Soon Can I Replace My Carpet After a Flood?
SERVPRO Regulates Humidity Levels Before Installing Carpet
Dealing with flood damage in your Berkeley Township home means that you need a great deal of patience while performing the cleanup and restoration process. Each flooding situation is unique, requiring an individualized plan of action. Before replacing the carpet, technicians remove excess moisture from the surface level through extraction and from the air with dehumidification equipment. Your home should be adequately dried before adding new carpet; otherwise, you may risk damaging the new carpet right away. One component of carpet replacement is seaming the carpet pieces together.

How Do Technicians Seam Carpet?
    •    They row-cut the carpet to ensure the carpet fits in the room, and the seams are correctly placed.
    •    Technicians use plywood to secure the carpet and the pad so that the seam does not move during installation.
    •    They use a seaming iron to heat the seam to melt the glue that adheres to the seams.
    •    After rolling the carpet into place while the glue is still warm, technicians remove the plywood strip.
    •    Before stretching the carpet entirely into place, they allow the seam adhesive cooling time.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

What Happens to My Toms River Home When a Pipe Bursts in the Wall?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

carpet is removed and being dried after water damage in the home Water damage can quickly affect both the contents and structure of your home. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation services.

Plumbing breaks can be devastating for Toms River homes, impacting several materials.

Between freezing conditions that can cause pipes to burst or the corrosion and degradation of lead/copper pipes standard in older homes in Toms River, a broken portion of plumbing could be devastating for your property. These situations can be overwhelming to witness, but deliberate action taken immediately can reduce continued damage to the house and absorption into exposed materials. Shutting off the water supply to your property and contacting a professional water restoration company like our SERVPRO team is the best solution for protecting a structure and its contents.

Water damage in Toms River homes that results from a plumbing break can quickly move through structural cavities and impact multiple materials. Because our roster is well-rounded with both Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and building trade professionals, we can provide homeowners a comprehensive solution for water damage recovery. Assessing the damage to both the utility and the house requires more direct access to the affected areas, typically from controlled demolition.

Can Controlled Demolition Help After a Pipe Break?

Because of how rapidly the situation can get out of control, our general contractors can quickly remove affected portions of drywall and other exposed materials. The objective of eliminating parts of damaged wall systems and discarding these elements is extensive. There are three main reasons why controlled demolition is a practical path to efficiently restore and recover your home after a substantial water disaster in Toms River:

  • Repairs to Plumbing – One of the initial advantages of removing drywall and other wall system elements is the immediate access to broken portions of plumbing. Our general contractors can work quickly to restore water service to the property with this unrestricted access.
  • Removing Saturated Carpeting – Carpeting can often be quickly damaged by the presence of water, specifically because it is a hygroscopic material. Its composition quickly absorbs moisture, allowing it to mildew or produce mold that destroys its ability to be salvaged.  
  • Direct Access for Drying – Removing portions of the wall where damage has existed is a direct point of access for drying tools and equipment in our inventory. Centrifugal air movers and positive pressure systems can benefit from pathways to where evaporative drying is necessary.

What Materials Become Damaged by Water?

Almost any material exposed to standing water can become damaged. Some of the affected structural elements and contents in your home are more susceptible and sensitive to this absorption and damage than others. Understanding which materials are most likely to experience the worst of the effects on a shorter timeline can focus our technicians with controlled demolition and repairs at the right points. Individual structural elements are almost guaranteed to become damaged when pipes burst within the walls of your home. These include:

  • Drywall – Removing drywall panels provide access to damaged areas and expose wood framing for drying and antimicrobial treatment.
  • Insulation – Insulation is often thoroughly saturated. Because it is a material that can be easily replaced, it should get vacuumed or pulled out and discarded for easier access to needed repairs. 
  • Carpet/Padding – Pulling up carpeting based on its saturation and wetness prevents the entire room from becoming affected. Often the padding must get removed as well to provide direct access to subflooring.
  • Subflooring – While drying is ideal, OSB board or plywood can become warped and distorted and require cutting out and replacement. Once removed, supports and joists can get treated with antimicrobial products to inhibit mold growth while drying gets underway. 

In the Photo Illustration, our techs moved back the carpet to dry the sheathing with air movers and an LGR dehumidifier, restoring rather than replacing these elements. The wall cavity is prepared for the installation of new drywall.

How Does Mold Growth Get Addressed if It is Found?

Prolonged moisture exposure can often lead to the development of microbial threats and fungal colonization. Mold is often unavoidable when drying does not complete in a specific timeline. With so many materials exposed and saturated by plumbing breaks within your home walls, preparing for mold remediation is often advisable. We have experienced remediators on our roster that can respond along with our restoration technicians to ensure that the appropriate measures get taken to remove colonies thoroughly and safely. To accomplish removing mold colonies and their effects, we have several approaches, including:

  • Surface Treatment
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Deodorization after antifungal application

As immediately threatening and overwhelming as a pipe burst in the wall could be, there are ways that you can protect more of your home and its contents. Quickly securing experienced and helpful professionals like our SERVPRO of Toms River team can ensure that the right steps get taken to make water disasters “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (732) 349-9898.

Local Beachwood Water Damage Removal Near Me?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Washing machines If you need professional water damage remediation services, don't hesitate to reach out for help.

SERVPRO Can Send Expert Technicians to Your Beachwood Laundromat!

Water damage is a nightmare for any Beachwood business owner. However, for anyone who owns a business specifically built around self-service and ease of convenience, it can be a significant loss for your establishment. Here at SERVPRO, we don't want you to have to keep your doors closed any longer than possible. If you find damage on your property, trust us to help you.

Imagine how dealing with water damage in your Beachwood laundromat might affect your business. First and foremost, water is never good for equipment, and your store is stocked full of both washing and drying machines. Secondly, your store cannot run while water is puddled on the floor, potentially pushing your hard-earned customers into your competitors' hands.

How Can SERVPRO Help Me Clean Up the Water Fast?

Our technicians are expertly trained, and we're always ready to help. Don't hesitate if the damage on your property happens:
    •    During the night
    •    On a weekend
    •    Over a holiday

We know water damage waits for no one and never waits for a good time to inconvenience someone. Thus, we make sure we're always available, no matter when you need our services.

What Can SERVPRO Use to Get Rid of the Water Damage?

Here at SERVPRO, our technicians have access to advanced technological equipment. To clean up the standing water and ensure that your property is adequately dry, we can use:
    •    Wet/dry vacuums
    •    Flood drying mats
    •    Dehumidifiers

Our technicians have IICRC (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.) They are expertly trained and can help remediate your property swiftly with their many years of experience. Our equipment is crucial to us, and we know yours is essential to you. While helping you, we can do our best to ensure your machinery stays in optimal condition.

If you need professional water damage remediation services, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Call us at SERVPRO of Toms River by dialing (732) 349-9898. We can help you open the doors of your business again.

How Can I Get Flood Water Out of My Sofa?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

hose drying out crawlspace, tech in tyvek From restoring sofas to drying out and building back crawlspaces, SERVPRO of Toms River can make you feel, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO techs have advanced equipment and drying methods to get rid of water damage in your Toms River home

A broken window or a leaky roof in your Toms River home can create some big water damage problems. Ceilings can sag, walls can buckle, and anything upholstered will absorb as much of the water as it can in the fabric and padding. This moisture can also cause the frame to swell or crack. As long as the water is not groundwater and the cleanup began within 24 hours, your favorite sofa may have restoration potential if you hand off the cleaning and drying task to a professional company.

Is It Possible to Get Flood Water Extraction For Carpet Wet From a Storm-Damaged Roof?

Watching water drip down steadily onto your furnishings and carpet in your home and knowing your Toms River property needs flood water extraction, can feel frustrating. Bringing in SERVPRO can speed up the recovery process with the fast action from the techs. Upon arrival, the techs will:

  • Perform any needed temporary repairs to halt further water entering
  • Determine all areas of water migration in the home
  • Remove items that have no damage from the job-site

Structural elements such as ceilings and walls begin to deteriorate once they take on water and need removal. The building services division is a valuable resource. Once the techs complete the mitigation of the floodwater in the home, with their general contractor license #13VH04999700, they can repair or replace any needed elements in the house to restore the property thoroughly. This includes anything from building materials, carpet, painting, or other necessary tasks. Best of all, SERVPRO confirms with your insurance carrier that any action taken is under the scope of coverage, so there are never surprise out-of-pocket expenses.

SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 is available 24/7 for flood water extraction in local properties. The techs bring the latest equipment and advanced restoration techniques for the best outcome from this type of water damage in your home.

What is the Best Way to Handle Water, Storm, Fire, or Commercial Restoration Emergencies for Your Toms River Properties?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Dark cloudy sky before thunderstorm panoramic background. When the storms of life cause you to need emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Toms River is available. We are always ready to take your call.

SERVPRO is Equipped for All of Your Toms River Commercial or Residential Damage Restoration Needs

For nearly two decades, Ocean County residents and its towns and cities like Toms River have seen the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO team in action. We cannot predict when devastating disasters will strike, including water, fire, mold, and storm losses. We also have dedicated professionals to address more severe conditions like biohazard cleanup and other threatening situations. We want to be a comprehensive solution when emergencies occur. 

Fire Damage Restoration 

Fire losses are the second most common callout for Toms River properties. Because of this disaster's frequency, we have a full roster of professionals dedicated exclusively to fire restoration, including odor removal and upholstery cleaning. We can appreciate how traumatic and stressful newly extinguished fires can be for homeowners. We help you navigate the obstacles to secure damage claims and get restoration started as soon as possible. 

What Happens to Fire-Damaged Belongings?  

Content management is among the first steps that we take when we arrive at your Toms River property. We understand that the contents and personal belongings within a structure can often be more valuable and sentimental to many property owners than the building itself. Fire losses can have a dramatic and fast effect on personal belongings, furniture, contents, and fabrics within the path of migrating effects like soot, smoke, and odors. We have three primary areas of content management, and these include: 

  • On-Site Relocation
  • On-Site Cleaning/Recovery
  • Off-Site Restoration at SERVPRO Facility 

What Steps Restore My Home? 

Fire loss restoration is not a one size fits all solution for each property in Toms River or its surrounding areas. The steps required to return your home or business to the preloss condition often involve several stages beginning with mitigation efforts like fire debris removal and air quality control but leading into other pertinent needs of your home, including structural repair, soot removal deodorization. 

Commercial Services 

Unlike residential threats that can affect a single family, a loss incident in your Toms River commercial property can impact hundreds of people. The building is relied on to be available during its regular operating hours between your staff and customers. At the pace of business, teams like our SERVPRO professionals need to respond when disasters strike your business immediately. We have pre-stocked trailers loaded with our water and fire restoration equipment that can help us to manage even substantial loss situations quickly. 

Does Cleaning need to Occur After a Disaster?  

Cleaning is always a vital element of every loss incident restoration solution available. No matter what disaster strikes your Toms River company, the path to thorough restoration involves intricate cleaning practices on both the structure and its contents. We have EPA approved cleaning products and experienced cleaning technicians to address both the destructive effects of emergencies and less urgent situations like vandalism and graffiti. 

How Can I Maintain a Safe and Sanitary Workplace?  

With the country still working through an understanding of devastating diseases and viruses such as COVID-19, a safe and sanitary workspace has never been more prevalent. Because of this growing need in the workplaces that we have always served, we have revamped and focused our cleaning efforts, products, and practices to better suit our Toms River clients' needs. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program features the highest available measures for: 

  • Surface Wipe Cleaning
  • Applying Disinfectant
  • Antibacterial Treatments 

Water Damage Restoration 

There are hundreds of causes of water loss incidents for Toms River homes and businesses, which means that it can strike without warning. The threat of water loss incidents is a year-round event from cold snaps that can burst pipes within your walls to appliance malfunctions or clogged AC condensers. Because of its frequency, our professionals stay prepared for these emergencies 24/7. This commitment involves ensuring that the appropriate extraction, drying, and cleaning tools are also available to mobilize as soon as they are needed. 

What Steps Get Taken First to Protect My Water-Damaged Home?  

Repairs might be one of the first steps necessary in your Toms River home. Our contractors can determine where breaches exist in the plumbing lines, appliances, or other home areas that allow for water damage. Addressing these problems first can ensure that water service can get turned back on in the house. In this initial phase, mitigation steps must also begin. The protection of your home and its property hinges significantly on the effectiveness of this preliminary effort. Some of these techniques and practices include: 

  • Extraction
  • Content Management
  • Job Scoping
  • Water Damage Documentation 

What Can Effectively Dry My Damaged House?  

As with any water loss situation for Toms River homes and businesses, drying is crucial in returning a property to its original condition. These efforts vary based on the severity of the case, but ultimately involves several similar tools from one site to the next. We utilize capable drying equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, and portable electric heaters. 

Storm Damage Restoration 

There is no mistaking that storm events can impact Toms River homes and businesses quickly and fiercely. In recent years, we have seen hurricanes and other severe weather events that have compromised the structural integrity of hundreds of buildings and residences in our service area. Because of this frequency in storm events, we fixate so heavily on a fast and reliable response for every customer. 

What Are the Emergency Services Contractors First Perform? 

We seek to provide a comprehensive solution that blends our property's restoration and mitigation needs with the experienced reconstruction and repair capabilities of our in-house contractors. Some of the emergency services that we administer on both sides of this equation include: 

  • Tarping
  • Board Up
  • Tree Removal
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Extraction
  • Controlled Demolition 

How Do You Remove Standing Water?  

Removing standing water is one of the ultimate objectives after a flood loss in Toms River homes. We utilized several extraction tools, including submersible pumps, wet vacuums, and weighted extractors. 

Calamities do not wait for a convenient time to strike, so our SERVPRO of Toms River team is available whenever you need it. Contact us today at (732) 349-9898.

What Are the Different Types of Smoke Residues?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damaged foyer SERVPRO knows how to remove smoke damage and restore your home. Call us today!

SERVPRO Has Professionally, Trained Technicians That Are Knowledgeable in Smoke Damage Remediation 

No matter the size of the fire in Berkeley Township, it leaves behind smoke and soot residue. A professional restoration company is required to clean your home or business thoroughly. Everyday cleaning products will not do the job. 

Are smoke residue and soot two different things? 

When a blaze occurs in a Berkeley Township home, it causes fire damage, and one of the most significant issues is smoke residue. Soot is the result of smoke that has settled and seeps into the smallest crack or crevice. But not all smoke damage is the same. There are four types of smoke residue SERVPRO typically deals with: 

  • Dry
  • Wet
  • Protein
  • Fuel oil 

Dry and Wet Smoke 

Fires progress through stages, eventually producing wet and dry smoke. Each one requires a different cleaning method. Dry smoke leaves small, dry particles on the surface and does not stain as badly as wet smoke. Dry smoke is easier to clean. Dry brushing and vacuuming can remove a good deal of the residue. Wet smoke is harder to clean because it involves aerosols such as solvents. Many times items that have severe wet smoke damage are not restorable. 

Protein Smoke 

Protein residues often result from kitchen fires as it is the burning of meats or chicken that causes the problem. This smoke has strong odors that need dealing with too. It can spread rapidly through the home. 

Fuel Oil Smoke 

This type of smoke often involves an oil-burning heat source. The soot is dark and greasy. Initially, it can be removed from surfaces reasonably effortlessly, but if not removed for extended periods is difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

 For any fire damage cleanup service, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898. We are licensed and bonded – General Contractor License: 13VH04999700.

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Do I Need to Sanitize My Toms River Home After a Fire?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

remnants of a fire damaged kitchen in a home Fires can happen without warning and you are going to need a company to come in and take care of the damage. Call SERVPRO for fire damage remediation.

Sanitizing your Toms River Home After a Fire Protects your Home from Unanticipated Damage

Ideally, you will never experience a fire in your home in Toms River. However, accidents can happen due to our behavior or some malfunction. Regardless of the cause, when fire attacks, you need to take quick action to restore your home before the aftermath becomes unmanageable.

Protecting your Toms River home from fire damage requires a professional team like ours at SERVPRO. Failure to enlist the best in the business to help you assess the damage and establish an action plan can hinder your ability to overcome it. Relying on DIY solutions can leave you vulnerable to future complications, so it is best to resort to our team, which is available around the clock to help you.

Do I need a professional technician to purify my air?

Fire leaves a myriad of issues behind, from the soot, smoke to the disruption caused by extinguishing agents. However, the acrid smell left lingering in your home can become the most infuriating consequence. When our SERVPRO team evaluates your damage and takes action to remove it, we also incorporate industry best practices to make the foul odor leave your home. Among the equipment, we may use to kill odor molecules we include-

  • Ozone generator- this portable machine releases ozone into your home. In turn, ozone and smell molecules interact until they are eliminated.
  • Thermal foggers- spray a fine mist throughout your home, allowing deodorizing agents to settle on your furniture and surfaces.
  • Deodorizing pellets- a less complicated option, deodorizing pellets can help neutralize the smell of smoke throughout your home.

A home fire disrupts your life, but it doesn't need to derail it. Call SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 and let us guide your restoration efforts. Together, we can leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Do I Remove Flood Water from My Berkeley Township Restaurant?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

"Open" We understand the need for swift response to water damage incidents in your business property. Let us help get you back to business as usual.

Efficient extraction allows for faster restoration overall, so our SERVPRO team provides the industry-leading tools for water removal to flood loss in your restaurant. 

Flooding is one of the most destructive forces for a commercial property, and your Berkeley Township restaurant can become quickly impaired by these rapidly worsening conditions. As challenging as the management of these situations might be for property owners, many still hesitate to reach out to professional restoration teams like ours immediately. With fast response to these emergencies, we can work to establish the appropriate containment.

Much like potential mold growth and microbial loss, flood damage to your Berkeley Township restaurant can force you to act quickly to protect both your customer base and your reputation. Providing the appropriate information during your first notice of loss is critical to ensure that our responding technicians arrive with the right tools and equipment. Preparedness gets restoration accomplished more efficiently and works to keep restoration costs within a specific price point.

What Kind of Flood Are You Facing? 

Flooding is a general term for several different unique circumstances that can threaten your business. The penetration points are often determining factors in knowing the damage that you are facing. With natural flooding situations that could have encountered substances like sewage and other threatening chemicals, the threat becomes contaminants on surfaces and furniture in your eatery. Clean water incidents can be just as structurally compromising if exposure continues unabated for too long. Identifying the type of threat ensures that our professionals arrive with not only the right tools and technologies to make a difference but our licensed commercial contractors as necessary to provide temporary construction solutions and repairs. Some of the most common flood scenarios include:

  • Roof Flooding – Damage to the roof of your building during a storm can leave your property vulnerable to water penetration. While these are clean water incidents, the water can spread throughout the entire building from a single breach when an upper floor or attic storage space gets flooded.
  • Natural Flooding – In almost any season or conditions of the year, steady rainfall or precipitation can lead to the rising creeks, streams, and other water bodies around the area. Lower-lying properties like your restaurant could have water penetrate the main building level as several feet of migrating water moves through the region.
  • Flash Flooding – These flood scenarios develop quickly and expose any vulnerabilities in your structure with a fast rush of floodwater. Much like natural flooding situations, flash floods must get contaminated.
  • Wind-Driven Flooding – With structural weaknesses like missing siding, damaged masonry, or broken windows in the building, torrential rainfall, and other precipitation events can force water inside the structure.

How Bad is the Damage? 

Identifying the severity of the situation is one of the critical components of successful restoration and recovery. When our professionals first arrive, we determine the spread and severity of the flooding through an intricate and thorough evaluation of the property with a job scoping phase. This step helps to pinpoint damaged areas, water migration, compromised contents, and areas in need of immediate attention by our professionals. It can also indicate where specific practices might need to get implemented to protect unaffected areas of your restaurant and work to keep flooding from destroying your whole building. Some of these include:

What Tools Are Best for Extraction? 

Because there are so many areas where standing and pooling water can be a threat in the restaurant, the appropriate extraction tools make the difference in the efficiency of recovery. These tools vary based on the severity of the situation and the presence of solids in the water. The right extraction solutions can often prevent the flooding from migrating into more damaging areas like the dining room when penetration began in the kitchen. Some of the tools used for water removal by our professionals include:

Does My Restaurant Need to Close? 

It is always our intention to keep businesses open whenever possible, but this is unwise in situations where contamination or microbial threats could be a factor. These are not only hazardous but can damage your reputation. Our SERVPRO team works around the clock to make flood losses “Like it never even happened,” so you can get your doors back open again quickly.

As threatening as flooding can be, the right professional presence can resolve it fast. You can rely on the response and experience of our SERVPRO of Toms River technicians. Give us a call anytime at (732) 349-9898.

How Can I Know that All Flood Waters Evacuated from My Beachwood Home?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Waterproof Boots Standing in a Flooded House with Vinyl Wood Floors SERVPRO of Toms River offers residents a wrap-around restoration experience after flood damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Sensitive Moisture Detection and Measurement Tools to Find and Eliminate Hidden Flood Damage in Beachwood Residences

The floodwaters that sweep through your Beachwood home are only part of the equation when considering how to recover completely from the disaster. The flooding might seem to disappear, but migrated into building cavities:

    •    Between walls
    •    Over ceilings
    •    Under floors

Why Does It Matter? If I Can’t See the Water, How Can It Be a Problem?

Beachwood homes with flood damage hidden from sight are at risk of progressive deterioration of structural components and secondary harm, such as mold damage. Water is incredibly corrosive, and floodwaters are considered contaminated, possibly exposing your family to hazardous chemicals, pathogens from sewage, and a risk of electric shock or fire because metal supports and fasteners hide inside structures but can conduct electricity without warning.

How Do Water Location Strategies Work?

When SERVPRO managers and technicians arrive at the scene, we conduct a safety assessment, including inspection for trapped water, especially if the fluids could contribute to the collapse of walls or ceilings. We look for the following indications on surfaces:

    •    Staining
    •    “Sweating”--a gleam on a wall that signals the surface is saturated
    •    Peeling paint or wallpaper
    •    Bulging or bubbling

We use moisture detectors and meters, as well as thermal imaging in some cases, to pinpoint where water seems trapped, and the level of saturation to assist in drying goal determinations.

What Is Controlled Demolition? Who Helps Rebuild After Partial Tear Outs?

When we suspect water hides within building cavities, our technicians cut holes in or remove sections of drywall or ceiling tiles to release the water and provide access for drying activity. After the water evacuates and structural drying completes, our rebuilding division can repair or reconstruct the structures demolished for remediation.

SERVPRO of Toms River offers residents a wrap-around restoration experience after flood damage. Call (732) 349-9898 to schedule a prompt assessment and explore all possibilities to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Hard Is It to Remove Water from Flooring?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Has water invaded your home? SERVPRO is equipped to handle a complete restoration.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Beachwood Water Damaged Flooring

Water losses often migrate to the flooring of your home, making it necessary for our restorers to dry up many types of materials. Cleaning up water from the floors of your Beachwood home can be more complicated and complex than it initially appears. While many homeowners understand what is necessary to remove surface water and pooling after a loss incident, often underlying concerns like absorption and migrating water beyond the surface goes unchecked and unmanaged. 

Water damage in Beachwood homes can vary significantly based on the source of the emergency. Plumbing breaks and appliance failures can often leave your home contending with higher volumes of water, sometimes even hundreds or thousands of gallons. Within minutes, some sensitive materials used in flooring and wall systems can begin absorbing the standing water. Removing surface and trapped water from these materials involves several advanced tools and technologies available to our responding SERVPRO technicians.  

How Damaged Can Carpeting Get?  

Carpeted floors are a standard installation in many area homes, meaning that these materials often can become affected by migrating water after a loss. In the case of standing water, absorption levels can be high, passing quickly through the fiber surface layer and moving to the padding and subflooring portions of the flooring system beneath it. Preserving and protecting this type of flooring involves the use of several practices and equipment, including: 

  • Carpet Wands – These attachments offer a powerful suction that primarily affects the top layer of carpet flooring systems. These approaches are ideal for when padding underneath the surface is getting removed and replaced. 
  • Weighted Extractors – Weighted extraction units utilize the technician's weight to squeeze the top layer and underlayment of carpeting against the subflooring. An onboard vacuum collects water forced to the surface through this pressing approach.  
  • Floating the Carpet – When both the padding and the top layer can get preserved and protected, it is advisable to float the carpet to remove lingering moisture in these materials. By positioning a centrifugal air mover between the padding and upper layer of carpet, we can dry both materials simultaneously. 

Is Hardwood Ruined If It Gets Wet?  

Hardwood flooring is synonymous with a higher price tag for Beachwood water damage reinstallation and repair, so it is vital to many homeowners to address and moisture concerns in these materials as soon as possible. Wood plank flooring is highly sensitive for the absorption of standing water and can hide pressing concerns beneath the surface. It is vital to utilize our advanced technologies for moisture detection, such as thermal imagery and surface moisture meters, to indicate the dampness that needs addressing before irreparable structural damage occurs. Often the drying process follows a similar pattern: 

  • Using Drying Mats – Drying mats slowly draw moisture from harder surfaces. When placed perpendicular to the seam of planks, these mats can affect a much broader damaged area. 
  • Tenting – By using poly-sheeting to surround the affected area and limit the available workspace for drying mats, we can maximize their effectiveness and efficiency. 
  • Continual Moisture Monitoring – Tenting allows our professionals to monitor the progress of the drying effort continually. Because it is possible to over-dry wood flooring and damage the planks, continual monitoring is vital.  

What Happens When Water Reaches the Subflooring?  

Subflooring materials like OSB board and plywood do not resist water, so when migrating effects reach this underlying layer of flooring systems, it can become highly destructive. This layer's saturation requires fast action, as delaying drying when water reaches this area can ultimately require material removal and reinstallation. We can offer controlled demolition and reconstruction with a full division of licensed residential contractors on our roster whenever necessary. Some of the approaches for managing wet subflooring include: 

  • Drying Mats – Much like wood plank flooring, it is possible to utilize the continual draw of moisture that drying mats can generate on subflooring materials.  
  • Dehumidifiers – Desiccant and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers can reduce saturation and moisture content in the house's damaged areas. 
  • Controlled Demolition – In some situations, there is no avoiding the destructive forces of migrating water. When this happens, our contractors must remove damaged materials to prevent further damage, provide access for focused drying efforts, and prepare the area for the reconstruction we can later perform when mitigation completes.  

When it comes to water damage scenarios for your home, it is vital to have experienced professionals whenever disasters strike. With an extensive inventory of equipment and experienced technicians, our SERVPRO of Toms River team can make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (732) 349-9898. 

What Caused the Mold in My Toms River Basement?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Injection pump leaked and caused mold in basement/bathroom As soon as signs of mold colonies get found, call SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 for expert mold remediation.

SERVPRO techs can diagnose the reason and establish a plan of action for handling mold infestations in Toms River properties

The majority of basements, finished or unfinished, have poor ventilation, and being below grade tends to easily lean towards being a moister environment than the rest of a Toms River home. Once an infestation begins, it needs professional mitigation, or chances are it will not get better. There are only three critical elements that mold needs to invade a home successfully:
    •    Sustained air moisture levels over 50%
    •    Organic materials to consume such as wood or paper
    •    Temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum growth

What Can I Do About Mold in My Basement Bathroom?

When bathroom facilities get installed in a Toms River basement, the need for mold remediation may arise. One of the main reasons for this is the need for an injection pump to replace gravity that works for toilet flushing on upper levels in a home. Diligence is needed for these hardworking pieces of equipment because if they develop a leak, the already moist air conditions create a perfect environment for mold growth, which can spread rapidly across sheetrock. It is a good idea to perform an inspection monthly to ensure small leaks get handled before they become big problems in the home.

Necessary Actions for Cleanup From Mold Damage

Once sheetrock has a mold infestation, it requires removal as it has no potential for restoration through cleaning. The techs carefully cut off the damaged portions and expose the framework underneath for drying, cleaning, and the application of antimicrobial sealant as needed to inhibit the reestablishment of any colonies post-mitigation.

As soon as signs of mold colonies get found, call SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 for expert mold remediation. The techs have extensive training in the safe handling of this type of infestation and can restore your home to its preloss condition.

What Delays Restoration of Fire Damage in Toms River Properties?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

burned interior of house If fire damage occurs in your home, it can be difficult to deal with. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Can Help Evaluate the Loss at Your Premises to Determine the Fastest Restoration Approach

After a fire ravages your business premises, you are likely to focus on cleanup and restoration to reopen as fast as possible. If all goes according to plan, your business can resume within the desired time. Sometimes, the opposite happens, delaying your plans.

Can my actions delay recovery after a fire incident?

Although immediate action after a fire damage incident in Toms River is essential, your actions can end up lengthening the recovery process, especially if you do not understand the loss clearly. From the experiences our SERVPRO crews have resolving such incidents, a typical restoration exercise involves:

  • Cleaning fire residues and other soils
  • Drying wetness introduced during cleaning or firefighting
  • Demolition and rebuilding of damaged sections
  • Odor management

Overlooking any steps or mixing them up can delay the outcome you desire. For instance, cleaning before demolishing walls or ceilings to remove damaged materials would be a waste of resources since you would end up repeating cleaning.

How do I tell the right restoration approach?

Each fire damage incident is unique depending on:

  • How long the fire burns
  • The type of materials you have at the premises
  • The method used to quell the fire

One way to restore the damage with confidence is by first doing a thorough scope to establish the specific details of the loss. Our SERVPRO technicians help with such scoping to reveal factors such as whether residues deposits on surfaces are predominantly wet or dry smoke, the extent of charring or materials, or the level of water intrusion into materials. We also determine whether there is a need for content move-out. The information gained from the evaluation helps identify any issues that may delay restoration.

SERVPRO of Toms River can help you expedite restoration after a fire. Call us any time at (732) 349-9898 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Will I Ever Recover After This Toms River House Fire?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

active fire raging on a roof of a home Fire damage can be quite overwhelming when it happens in your home. Call SERVPRO right away after an event.

Fire Damage Specialists from SERVPRO Work Hard to Get You Back into Your Toms River Home

Each fire loss in Toms River is unique, which is why every situation calls for a specialized approach. Whether you have minimal damage to your home or a significant amount, SERVPRO has the training, team, and equipment to handle it for you. Once you call us for emergency service, we deploy a crew quickly that gets started immediately after your structure is deemed safe for entry. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our goal is always to salvage whatever we can.

Why Should I Call for Restoration Services?

Many homeowners do not realize that the fire damage to their Toms River home could be more involved. There might be hidden moisture from the water used to extinguish the fire along with lingering odors from stubborn soot particles and smoke residue. Calling in the help of IICRC-certified professionals helps to ensure no stone is left unturned so that your interior gets refurbished faster. The restoration of your home turns into a collaborative effort when you call our crew at SERVPRO.

When Should I Call for Fire Damage Cleanup?

A house fire in Toms River is an overwhelming experience, but you need to know that you have help waiting for your call. After the first responders tell you that everything is clear, the restoration process may begin. The steps that many homeowners follow include:

  •   Calling SERVPRO to gain the help of our professional fire restoration services.
  •   Contacting the home insurance provider to inform them of the incident.
  •   Waiting to ensure qualified technicians formulate a plan for the best course of action.

Even though you may think it is better to contact your insurance provider first, making the fire restoration team, the first phone call comes with distinct advantages. Our emergency response team springs into action to send a crew to your address. We start immediately to assess the damage so that we can craft an evaluation of your property for your insurance provider.

You can then call your insurance provider to give them all of the details of the incident. We draft paperwork detailing the damage to help facilitate your insurance claim. Additionally, while it might seem like you should start sifting through the damage on your own, it is not advised. Our trained technicians put precautions into place, ensuring that soot and debris do not travel into unaffected areas of your home.

How Does the Restoration Process Work?

Once you have a fire in your home, it may seem like all hope is lost for a full restoration. However, there are several steps that our restoration team takes to bring it back to the pre-fire loss condition. Through each of our stages, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

  •   Debris Cleanup – The aftermath of fire leaves charred materials everywhere. Our team works diligently to carefully remove all debris so that we can work on the next phases without the clutter.
  •   Moisture Detection – Water from extinguishing the fire may have migrated into dry areas. We have moisture detection devices that allow us to find these areas so that proper drying protocols can take place.
  •   Controlled Demolition – If partial damage is present in various construction materials or structural elements, controlled demolition gets the job done. Our team removes part of the fire-damaged materials, and reconstruction brings it back to like-new condition.
  •   Surface Cleaning – This helps to remove staining and residue from various surfaces throughout the fire cleanup. Our technicians use specialized methods and safe cleaning products to make sure that no further harm comes to structural elements or pose the potential threat of health hazards.
  •   Deodorization – Along with the cleaning, deodorization is critical to get rid of burnt odors and smelly smoke particles. We have a range of deodorization equipment and products that help neutralize any tough odors throughout your home.
  •   Sealing/Repainting – Even with the most potent cleaning solvents and products, some cases call for further measures. Our team may reseal or repaint damaged surfaces to keep lingering odors from bringing back constant reminders of the fire. 

What Are Some Items in My Home that May Not Be Salvageable?

Even though the physical damage might not be readily apparent, there could be underlying reasons for disposal. Just a sampling of items that most often get disposed of include:

  •   Insulation that has taken on a significant amount of smoke. In some instances, our team may remove the first few inches of insulation and replace it with brand-new materials.
  •   Non-perishable and perishable foods. Any food products exposed to chemicals or heat during the fire will no longer be safe for consumption.
  •   Medications and cosmetics. These are items that may be relatively easy to replace, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

SERVPRO of Toms River is available when you want the advantage of skilled fire damage restoration. Call (732) 349-9898 to have a crew deployed to your home in as little as four hours or less.

How Do I Get Water Out of My Toms River Home?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain shower on roof It’s time for spring and summer showers. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation when water invades your home.

Use SERVPRO Water Removal Teams in Toms River for Professional Restoration 

As the weather becomes warm, many homeowners discover the winter months were not so kind to their pipes. A burst inlet pipe is rare; even a small crack along a weld can spill much water throughout a home.

How quickly can you get started? 

SERVPRO maintains a 24/7 response line so that water removal in Toms River homes gets started as soon as possible. Our operator collects the information needed so the team can start pumping out water within a few minutes of arriving at your home. That includes:

  • Square footage of the room or rooms covered by the water
  • The depth of the water
  • Location of the leak

If there is a safety issue, however, i.e., electrical hazard, we encourage you to not enter the home until the utility company, or our team shuts off the power.

What exactly does SERVPRO bring to clear out my home?

Extensive training and an expansive equipment inventory designed for removing water. Each team member is a certified Water Restoration Technician (WRT) with access to a wide variety of:

  • Water Pumps – For water over an inch deep, WRTs use a pump tailored to the amount of water and size of the home. Our teams can clear even large homes of standing water in about 2 or 3 days.
  • Extraction Wands – We prefer extraction wands for water that covers the floor surfaces. WRTs can adjust the vacuum speed and even engage a heating element if needed to augment the drying process.

What happens next?

SERVPRO teams use air movers and exhaust fans to dry out carpets, other flooring, walls, and personal property. They use these devices and dehumidifiers to lower the humidity level, so the home dries more quickly. 

No matter where the water came from, SERVPRO of Toms River is here to restore your home to a dry, clean condition, safe for occupation. To schedule a service call or a simple inspection, contact our office at (732) 349-9898. 

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Is It Safe to Keep Toms River Municipal Building Open After Water Damage?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Team Has Efficient Containment Strategies to Keep You Going After a Disaster 

Water emergencies vary in size and severity, but you always must consider residents and staff coming through your Toms River municipal building when there are potential hazards. Addressing standing water, saturation, or elevated relative humidity can all be causes for concern, but our SERVPRO team can limit exposure with the implementation of containment barriers.

Containment can mean many things to respond to mitigation specialists of our team, but in every sense, it involves addressing water damage in your Toms River structure. From fast extraction solutions to dozens of air movers working simultaneously to begin evaporative drying needs in the designated damaged zone, containment can benefit your commercial property in several ways.

How does containment benefit your municipal building? 

  • Limit the water damaged area so that you can remain open in a limited capacity
  • Designates a drying area to make evaporative efforts more efficient 
  • Prevents cross-contamination

Keeping you going after a disaster is critical. Let our SERVPRO of Toms River help by calling (732) 349-9898.

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How Do I Remove Water Damage from my Toms River Restaurant?

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen ceiling with water damage stains Our experts at SERVPRO of Toms River can restore your kitchen to it's pre-water damage condition.

SERVPRO Can Help You Remove Water Damage from Your Restaurant’s Kitchen

US citizens are expected to experience as much as 14,000 water damage situations per day, and that includes commercial facilities. Restaurants can be especially prone to damage, between conveyor dishwasher failures, plumbing leaks, and refrigeration malfunctions. Even with constant vigilance, disasters can happen that saturate kitchen spaces or even the dining area.

If your eatery in Toms River has been affected by water damage, your local SERVPRO can begin the mitigation process within hours of your call. These Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified professionals receive extensive education in the standards expected for commercial mitigation and reconstruction. This SERVPRO is also licensed to render general contracting services (#13VH04999700).

Stopping Water Damage Before It Starts

  • Formulate a plan. This planning should include a list of emergency responders, including electricians, plumbers, and disaster mitigation professionals. You may also want to consider adding a cold storage facility in case of a power outage or refrigeration failure.
  • Maintain your inventory. Take proper precautions to prevent water damage to food items, such as storing them a few feet above the floor. Keep track of essential appliances, kitchenware, dishes, and cleaning supplies so that you know what you need and can quickly compile information about water damage losses based on a pre-existing, up-to-date inventory.
  • Inspect your facilities. This assessment includes freezers and refrigerators, plumbing, grease traps, pump systems, drains, downspouts, HVAC, and any other area that may be vulnerable to water.
  • Take preventative measures. Water sensors near vulnerable areas can alert you to damage before it becomes a large-scale disaster.

SERVPRO Restores Carpeting Fast

If carpet on your property is saturated, SERVPRO technicians use a variety of techniques to minimize damage and prevent delamination. Wet areas can be pulled up and tented so that air movers and dehumidifiers can dry both above and beneath carpeting.

If the flooring or subflooring underneath is wet, technicians can restore them with the help of high-grade extraction tools. Odor control can also be performed by directly spraying or injecting carpeting with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions or commercial-grade deodorizing agents.

SERVPRO of Toms River serves local businesses by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (732) 349-9898 for commercial mitigation at any time of the day or night.

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What is the Best Way to Remediate Fire Damage in Toms River?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in foyer, soot covering the floor Fire damage is one of the most stressful events that a homeowner can experience. We can help. We have the tools and knowledge to restore your home.

What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Recovery in Toms River

Homeowners rarely need to cope with the aftermath of a significant fire loss in Toms River, which is a good thing. If, on the other hand, you and your family find yourselves among those who do experience a structure fire, know you are not alone. Roughly 387,000 homes in the US, including everything from single-family dwellings to apartment buildings, reported fires according to summarized findings most recently reported in 2019. 

A Unique Type of Cleanup

Although there are some DIY things a property owner can do to respond to Toms River fire damage, it is essential to schedule an assessment by a certified disaster company. Our managers and crews complete comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), preparing our team to manage a fire damage restoration from start to finish to the highest industry standards. We start by securing your property from the elements and completing a safety inspection.

Water and Debris Removal 

The amount of water and chemical extinguishing substances SERVPRO removes from a fire site can be substantial. Because our core services focus on both fire and water mitigation and remediation, our crews can transition smoothly between the two, taking care of water removal and structural drying first. We also clear out charred debris and rubble, which is a safety trip-and-fall prevention necessary to begin lowering the load of toxic fumes, odors, and residues.

Matching Methods to Residues

Cleaning up soot deposits is the priority for SERVPRO crews. The highly corrosive coatings begin destroying surfaces and contents on contact. Our technicians evaluate the types of soot and the composition and durability of the surfaces affected when selecting cleaning products and tools. We also manipulate the intensity of agitation, temperature, and dwell time to achieve the best results. 

Safety Considerations

SERVPRO crews wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and employ containment and air scrubbing technology during the project to safeguard your family’s health and well-being during the project. Preventing drift of soot and other residues limits the deterioration of building materials far from the ignition site and improves air quality for your loved ones. 

Consult SERVPRO of Toms River as soon as practical after a household’s fire destruction. We offer mitigation, remediation, and wrap-around rebuilding and restoration services with one call to (732) 349-9898.

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SEVPRO of Toms River: Thank You First Responders

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Silerton Fire Truck getting sanitized by SERVPRO of Toms River Silverton Fire Department trucks getting sanitized at one of the four disinfecting stations at the Ocean County Mall, Toms River, NJ.

Complimentary First Responder Emergency Vehicle Professional Disinfecting Stations 

This past Thursday, April 23, 2020, SERVPRO of Toms River sanitized 175 emergency First Responder Vehicles at the Ocean County Mall. We had fire trucks, ambulances, police and sheriff cars, undercover cars, security and corrections vehicles from as far as Barnegat and Ocean Township to as close as the Toms River Police Department right around the corner.

We offered free towel surface wipe down and Microbial Misting throughout the vehicles at one of our four disinfecting stations in front of Macy's and JCPenney. 

Special thanks to Air Duct Cleaning Solutions for bringing their crew to help out with this fantastic event. Also, thanks to Blue Wave Printing for distributing hand sanitizer to be kept in the emergency vehicles. 

Thank you to everyone who is working hard to keep us all safe during this unique time in our lives.

What Should I Do When There is a Stormwater Intrusion in my Toms River House?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps with Storm Water Extraction in Toms River, and Carries out Other Restoration Steps

Stormwater can find a way into your house in different ways, including breaches on the roof or other openings such as improperly sealed windows. However, rising groundwater causes most incidents involving stormwater in Toms River. The implications of these intrusions can differ depending on factors such as:

  • The volume of water involved
  • The access points
  • The duration the property is submerged or saturated

It is, therefore, crucial to evaluate an incident before taking any steps, whether its cleanup, restoration of the property, or removal of contents.

What factor of stormwater intrusion has the most severe impact?

Each flooding incident is unique. However, the volume of water involved, and the duration the water remains in the house plays a vital role in determining the level of damages. Speeding up stormwater extraction from Toms River properties, therefore, helps minimize the effects the incident might have on your property. Immediate extraction may not always be feasible, so evaluating a situation before taking measures is crucial. Some factors that might delay extraction include:

  • The possibility of causing additional damages
  • The water outside the structure yet to recede
  • Problems finding the right disposal point

Although the removal of storm water from a house helps to prevent damages, it can have the opposite effect. An example of this is pumping out a flooded basement too fast, which can destabilize the foundation walls.

Removing water from the house when the yard and other surrounding areas still flooded may not be feasible since more water would flow back in. Therefore, it is better to wait for the groundwater outside the structure to recede before starting extraction. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you deal with these obstacles in different ways. For example, when pumping out basements, we do it in phases. In case the water is yet to recede, we can take other helpful steps such as moving vulnerable contents from the flooded areas as we wait for the right opportunity to start extraction.

How long is stormwater removal likely to take?

There is no standard timeline for the extraction of water from a flooded house because each case presents different dynamics. However, through the skills gained in training or through experience, our SERVPRO technicians can provide realistic estimates after considering factors such as:

  • The size of the property
  • The efficiency of the extraction equipment
  • The types of contents in the property
  • The intrusion points

Apart from a more substantial property having more square feet to hold water, it might also have more rooms, which can delay the removal since each room might require individual attention. Massive contents such as couches or appliances can hamper movement during removal or require relocation, thus delaying the extraction.  

Does SERVPRO expedite the removal process?

One of the reasons you should call SERVPRO to handle stormwater extraction from your Toms River property is to capitalize on our preparedness. The incident at your home may be the first or second, but for our technicians, it is part of what they handle during their routine work. Our teams know the quickest ways to accomplish various tasks and anticipate problems that may crop up during restoration, thus take steps to avoid them, eliminating unnecessary delays.

We equip our crews with a variety of extraction equipment to handle any water extraction challenges, including high volumes of water or extraction from hidden sections within the property. Some of the standard equipment in our production trucks includes truck-mounted water extractors and specialized cavity extractors such as injectidry systems.

In certain events, there is a need to open the structure to reach the water from hidden cavities or remove construction materials damaged by flooding. Our technicians make flood cuts, punch vent holes on walls, and drill weep-holes on ceilings to release trapped water faster. Such steps speed up the overall extraction process by improving access to the water or creating room to use extraction equipment better. 

What other steps help deal with flooding?

After removing all standing water, there is a need to clean up soiled areas and dry moisture to restore the property to its preloss state. Cleaning is also crucial to remove contaminants, especially when a flooding incident in Toms River involves groundwater intrusion. At the same time, drying helps prevent secondary issues such as mold, bad odor, and other forms of material deterioration such as warping and rotting of wood.

SERVPRO of Toms River is Faster to Any Size Disaster, located to help you extract water from your Berkeley Township, Beachwood, and South Toms River home. Call us at (732) 349-9898 any time you need help.

Keeping First Responders Safe and Healthy

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tom River crew in full gear disinfecting Silverton First Aid Squad vehicle Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform unhealthy environments back into clean, safe clean ones.

Another curve crushing deep disinfecting today for the brave EMT’s at Silverton First Aid Squad. A huge thank you to Blue Wave Printing for offsetting costs with their collection of donations. A spectacular example of our community coming together to flatten the curve and helping keep our First Responders as safe as we can.

SERVPRO of Toms River offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. Call us at 732-349-9898 today.

What Can I Expect from Water Damage Restoration Professionals in Toms River?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Tom River Property Owners Love SERVPRO's Full-Service Water Removal and Build Back Services

Until you experience the frustration and chaos after a burst pipe sends water throughout your home, the challenges of water loss recovery to your home are hard to imagine. Much more intense than a spill or overflow, a pipe leaking behind a kitchen wall can put not only the wall but also woodwork, floors, and cabinets at risk. Water migration is hard to follow without proper tools, but leaving water behind risks progressive deterioration of building materials and mold growth.

When Can I Expect an Assessment of My Loss?

Our trained and experienced project managers arrive within four hours to inspect and plan the mitigation and reconstruction of your Toms River water damaged home. Visual examination precedes moisture detection and metering, helping our crew map the contours of the affected area. To achieve these goals we have:

  • Thermal imaging camera to discover temperature fluctuations
  • Boroscopes to locate trapped water and moisture in building cavities
  • Moisture meters for determining the amount of dampness
  • Moisture sensors for indicating areas of wetness


After data collection, the SERVPRO crew chief creates a project plan. Emergency services proceed. Our technicians use pumps if the water is deeper than two inches and roll extractors off our service vehicles to follow-up with less volumes of standing water. In a kitchen-centric plumbing emergency, water can seep under cabinets and built-in appliances, necessitating creative strategies for removal and drying.

How Are Cabinet Drying Challenges Met?

The walls and floors behind and under cabinets can allow water to collect and also impede drying. SERVPRO technicians examine your cabinets to discover details about their construction to help prevent further issues and remediate the current damage. Backless cabinets can be opened, and holes drilled in the wall behind to release trapped water and permit access for dry, warm air during drying.

Cabinets with backs complicate both water removal and drying with additional layers of materials. Holes can be cut through the cabinet back and then through the wall to facilitate water removal and drying. Additional holes at the top of the wall might help create ventilation to speed drying.

Cutting holes in the toe-kick under the cabinet or removing these strips, combined with the use of a vent system to force dry air into the exposed space, accelerates moisture reduction to normal levels. We can utilize an injecti-dry device to facilitate this drying effort.

Repair and Rebuilding

SERVPRO’s construction division (General Contractor License #: 13VH04999700) can rehabilitate the controlled demolition used to open areas for water damage restoration. Our full spectrum of services means you can save time and expense, and even update your kitchen.

Count on SERVPRO of Toms River to restore your kitchen after leaky plumbing causes water damage. Call (732) 349-9898 and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO of Toms River: We are the Cleaning Experts

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River technicians cleaning a local church in Toms River SERVPRO of Toms River technicians are cleaning and sanitizing a local church in Toms River, NJ. We are Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Toms River is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

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

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

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call SERVPRO of Toms River Today for a Proactive Cleaning at 732-349-9898.

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today.

Good Practices to Help You Avoid the Spread of Germs

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

The CDC recommends that everyone should practice good hygiene, be careful with meetings and travel and handle food carefully. If you feel sick, please be courteous of others by staying home to limit the spread of germs.

Some easy precautions to take to avoid germs:

  • No Handshaking
  • Disinfect surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, handrails, desks, light fixtures, toilets, etc. regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows and keeping open when possible

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, SERVPRO of Toms River are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Call us today at 732-349-9898.

What is the Leading Cause of Residential Fires During the Holidays?

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen shows fire and smoke damage on cabinets and walls. This kitchen in Bayville has fire, smoke and soot damage not only in the kitchen but throughout the home.

During the holiday season, the leading cause of residential fires is cooking equipment. With the upcoming holidays, we tend to spend a lot more time in the kitchen cooking and baking. We also have a lot on our minds so it is easy to get distracted while cooking. It is so important that we practice safe cooking habits to avoid having a fire in the kitchen.

How to avoid cooking fires during the holidays:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Use a timer as a reminder that an appliance is on 
  • Keep children away from the cooking area
  • Keep anything flammable away from appliances that generate heat
  • Do not wear loose clothing that may catch fire
  • Keep appliances clean and grease free
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it
  • Make sure all appliances are off before you leave or go to bed
  • Install smoke alarms and make sure they are working properly

SERVPRO of Toms River wishes everyone a happy and fire-free holiday season. 

It's Time to Winterize Your Summer Home

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

This Beach Haven home was left unchecked for a month and then was discovered to have both water and mold damage.

Even though the warmer weather might still be here for a little longer, the colder weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about winterizing the water and plumbing systems in your summer home because a vacant house is particularly prone to damage during extended periods of freezing temperatures.

Proper care and frequent checks around your property by yourself if possible, or a friend, neighbor or relative while you are away, will help prevent your home from disaster. A quick look around done periodically for as long as the house is empty can mean the difference between a problem being caught early enough to be fixed before any damage is done, and a problem left unchecked left to cause serious and costly damage. The last thing you want to walk into after the long, winter season is to find a catastrophe has hit your vacation home.

Follow these simple steps to help prevent water and mold damage to your summer home:

  • You may want to shut off the water to the house when you leave, as it reduces the chance of water leakage and subsequent damage. Always consult with your heating professional to determine if it is safe to turn off the water supply for your particular heating system. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, make sure that you do not turn off the water to this system. If you have turned off the water supply, drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl. 
  • If you decide against draining your water pipes, keep the furnace running with the temperature 55°F or higher to help ensure the home stays warm and that the pipes do not freeze. Also, wrap any pipes that might be exposed to the elements with insulation or heat tape. Keeping room and cabinet doors open can also help heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located. Shut off the water to washing machine, dishwasher, and/or ice maker line where possible, to avoid leaks or broken hoses. It is also advisable to wrap insulation around the water heater, the pipes leading to and from it and insulate any pipes exposed outdoors, in a crawl space under the house, etc. If the pilot light is left on, it is not necessary to drain the water heater.
  • Invest in smart home technology that detects water leaks and can alert you to a problem, before it overwhelms your house.

Even if you have someone regularly checking on your summer home, they might not see the water until it has caused serious damage to your property. Any home can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. 

If you return to your summer home to water or mold damage or both, know that you will be in great hands if you call SERVPRO of Toms River.

SERVPRO of Toms River Keeps Our Fire Fighters Hydrated This Summer

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Today, SERVPRO of Toms River proudly presented to the Toms River Fire Commissioners 11,000 bottles of water to be distributed amongst all the Toms River Fire Departments. We feel it is with the utmost importance to help keep our brave firefighters hydrated during fire calls. Special thanks to Maurice B Hill, Kevin Geoghegan, and Josh Kopp for helping with this presentation to our wonderful Fire Service in Toms River.

Avoid Electrical Hazards after a Hurricane or Flood

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

This is just one step in the water extraction process that SERVPRO of Toms River preforms to make it "Like it never even happened."

After a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster you need to be careful to avoid electrical hazards both in your home and elsewhere. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these tips to stay safe from electrical hazards:

  • Never touch a fallen power line. Always the power company to report fallen power lines.
  • Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup and other activities.
  • Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the water.
  • If a power line falls across your car while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not turn off the ignition. Warn people not to touch the car or the line. Call or ask someone to call the local utility company and emergency services. Do not allow anyone other than emergency personnel to approach your vehicle.
  • If electrical circuits and electrical equipment have gotten wet or are in or near water, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel. Do not enter standing water to access the main power switch. Call an electrician to turn it off.
  • Never turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. Do not turn the power back on until electrical equipment has been inspected by a qualified electrician. All electrical equipment and appliances must be completely dry before returning them to service. Have a certified electrician check these items if there is any question.
  • If you see frayed wiring or sparks when you restore power, or if there is an odor of something burning but no visible fire, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker.
  • Consult your utility company about using electrical equipment, including power generators. Do not connect generators to your home’s electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices. If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard and it may endanger line workers helping to restore power in your area.

Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones after a hurricane, storm or flood. 

If you believe someone has had an electrical shock, do not touch them, call 911 immediately.

After your New Jersey property is safe from all electrical hazards, call SERVPRO of Toms River to begin the water damage cleanup and restoration. For more information on water and storm damage cleanup, call us 24/7 at 732-349-9898.

Understanding Water Types From Water Damage

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River cleaning contaminated black water containing sewage and other contaminants.

When your home or business suffers from a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup. 

There are three types of water:

  1. Clean water is thewater that comes from a broken pipe, or other water source, like rainwater.
  2. Gray water is used to describe water that is slightly contaminated. Clean water can become gray water when it is left untreated, allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin to grow, making the water hazardous.
  3. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more. It is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any natural disaster.

If you suffer from contaminated water damage you should:

  1. Avoid all contact with any water containing contaminants. Wash any body part that has come into contact with the contaminated water. 
  2. Never walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  3. Do not turn on the HVAC system because there could be a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  4. Do not use household fans to dry the structure because the air flow could spread contaminants.
  5. Do not eat or use any food and/or personal products personal for hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

When you do suffer a water damage in Ocean County from either clean or contaminated water, call the experts at SERVPRO of Toms River. We are water removal and cleanup specialists that are ready to service your Toms River home when flooding causes water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.

Why Your Business Must Have an Emergency READY Profile from SERVPRO of Toms River

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

An estimated 50% of businesses do not recover after a disaster. Do not become one of them. Call SERVPRO of Toms River for your ERP today.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is a tool that can help prepare your business for anything that 2019 may bring. It is a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information. It can be an ideal supplement to any existing emergency preparedness or contingency plan. Rather than simply reacting to a disaster, be proactive by establishing a relationship with a restoration company. We are a leader in fire and water damage response and can help you get your property back in working order.

The advantages of having an ERP with SERVPRO of Toms River:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes us as your local disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call us today so we can get your business "Ready for whatever happens."

CAREing for Children 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic 2019

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Owner of SERVPRO of Toms River and Chairman of the 2019 Golf Classic, Michael Reilly, sporting the fashionable, limited edition SERVPRO socks.

CAREing for Children is our local, nonprofit 501(c)3, formed by the OCBA (Ocean County Business Association.) Our goal every year is to raise money for local, underprivileged families who struggle during the holiday season. We believe that no child should go without food to eat or gifts at the holidays. With the funds raised each year, we are able to purchase large quantities of toys and food for distribution during the holiday season. This year CAREing for Children will be able to purchase $30,000 for the 2019 holiday season. 

In order for CAREing for Children to be successful each year we rely on our members along with local businesses and individuals in our community. Without the combined effort of all these people, we would not be able to help as many as we do each year. Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, and participated in any way to make this year our biggest year.

Flood Damage Prevention Tips

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Ocean County suffered heavy rain in August 2018 that resulted in flooding. Brick was one of the areas largely affected with major water damage.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near the Jersey coastline, along city streets or near a river or lake, there is always a potential for suffering flood damage. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.

Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:

Flood Prevention Tips:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
  • In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.
  • Visit: Ready.gov for a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans for New Jersey.

Flood damage affect not only the structure of your property but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Toms River understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. The first 24 hours after flooding are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Our team is ready to respond as quickly as possible to help our Ocean County community with water cleanup and restoration.

Call the Cleanup Team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River on site for fire cleanup at a house in Waretown, NJ.

Fire damage in a home can be a stressful event for any property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of your property is a huge concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. SERVPRO of Toms River understands how disruptive fires can be for our customers. That is why we offer 24 hour emergency. Our rapid respond team and our trained technicians will help limit damage and get your get back to preloss condition. We will be there to help you restore order quickly.

No fire damage is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Toms River. With experience in mitigating damages ranging from small one room apartments to large commercial buildings, our crew can provide quick response to virtually every situation. 

No matter when disaster strikes, call the cleanup team that's faster to any size disaster. Our team is always ready, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Why Do Frozen Pipes Burst?

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

If you have already experienced some form of water damage from a burst pipe, call the water restoration experts at SERVPRO of Toms River.

Freezing cold temperatures can cause serious damage to your pipes of your Ocean County home or business.  Unfortunately, burst pipes are a common, serious occurrence in New Jersey. 

Why do pipes burst? According to Live Science, when water freezes, its molecules crystallize, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form, meaning the water molecules expand as they freeze. As the ice expands, it pushes water toward the closed faucet. This causes an immense amount of water pressure to build between the ice blockage and the faucet. Eventually, the pipe ruptures under the pressure, usually at a spot where there's little or no ice.

While you can't control the weather, you can definitely prepare before disaster strikes. Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If your building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. Also, heating or insulating these vulnerable pipes with fiberglass or foam sleeves ahead of time can help prevent them from bursting.

If water damage does happen in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are water removal and cleanup specialists that quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques.

How to Defend Your Home from Mold

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky pipes left alone may not only bring water damage but mold damage too. Fix them ASAP to avoid mold growth in your Toms River home.

When there is a water or moisture intrusion of any kind in your home, mold can quickly become a problem. Not only can mold cause health effects but it can also cause significant damage to your property.

Follow these simple tips to help prevent your property against mold:

  • Keep the humidity between 30-60 percent.
  • Provide proper drainage away from your home’s foundation.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
  • Keeps gutters and drains free of debris.
  • Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and preform necessary maintenance.
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Toms River ASAP if you suspect or find a water intrusion.

We understand both water, mold and mold growth. Our team has the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle any mold problem. Because every mold damage is different and will require a unique solution, you need an experienced crew there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Toms River Responds with Fast Action and a Full Arsenal of Drying Equipment

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

A washing machine hose leak caused an entire floor of water damage. SERVPRO on site with our arsenal of drying equipment.

When water damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Toms River will help you take it back.

There is no such thing as a small water disaster, especially when a small leak could blossom into a bigger, expense later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep into carpets and pool on sub floors, causing major problems the longer it remains. Our team has experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.

We will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Our trained professionals understand how to manage the drying processing by using state of the art equipment and the latest technology. Using the proper equipment will ensure your structure is thoroughly dried, which makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage and expense after a water loss. 

The bottom line is SERVPRO of Toms River has the training and equipment to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors on National Battery Day

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent fire damage from happening in your Toms River home by celebrating National Battery Day because even a small candle can cause damage.

Nowadays every day of the year is a day for celebrating something. There are over 1,500 national days of things to celebrate even though we only have 365 calendar days to celebrate them. Some are just lighthearted or silly, like National Gumdrop Day (February 15th), National Tell a Fairy Tale Day (February 26th) and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (March 1st.) Others we should take a little more seriously, such as National Battery Day (February 15th).

National Battery Day was created to raise awareness of the importance of testing and having working batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors help warn you of a potentially life threatening situation, giving vital time to get you and your loved ones to safety. This is why it is so important to make sure they have working batteries.

Also, while you have the batteries out, this is a good day to check the batteries in your flashlights in the event of a power outage.

Why Use the Professionals at SERVPRO of Toms River for Your Commercial Water Loss

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

This is just one step in the water mitigation process by SERVPRO of Toms River at this office in Brick, NJ.

From a broken water line to an overflowing toilet, water damage can happen anytime to any commercial property.

You may think that repairing water damage on your own will save your business tons of money, unfortunately, that is not what usually happens. If you do not have the proper knowledge, equipment and training in water damage mitigation and restoration, you can end up causing more damage and significantly increasing the cost of cleanup and repairs.

The extent of water damage can be deceiving as much of it can get absorbed into the porous building materials of the property. Water is stealthy and you may miss it in hidden areas that are not noticeable to human eyes. It can easily find its way into small cracks and crevices causing major damage behind the walls, in the ceiling, and under the floors.

Hiring SERVPRO of Toms River to do the restoration right away will prevent the water from becoming absorbed into the building materials causing extensive damage to your commercial property. Since water damage cleanup is a time sensitive process, you need us there quickly. The longer the water remains, it will aid mold growth and allow secondary water damage to incur. We are available 24/7 for your business emergency. As soon as you notice water damage in your home, call your local us to restore your business to preloss condition and bring it back to "Like to never even happened."

Benefits of Mitigation from SERVPRO of Toms River

2/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River restoring property to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Toms River promotes restoration rather than replacement when possible to save you from higher damage costs. Our technicians strive to restore your items to preloss condition. The cost to restore damaged contents is a fraction of the cost to replace. Replacing flooring, drywall, and all of your furniture is expensive. Restoring your home is a lot less expensive than replacing everything in your home. Items such as family heirlooms and photographs can not be replaced, so we try to restore all that are savable.  

Why choose SERVPRO of Toms River for your mitigation needs?

Choose us because we are a national leader in the cleanup and restoration services. Our effective results are the result of consistent training and execution. Our trained technicians provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal.

You have a choice when it comes to who to trust with your home. Choose SERVPRO of Toms River and let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Choose SERVPRO of Toms River for Your Business Emergency?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

When you need a quick response for your business emergency, call on SERVPRO of Toms River.

SERVPRO of Toms River understands that there is no such thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact revenue loss and business continuity. Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. 

We provide 24/7 365 days a year emergency service because when you need us, you need us fast. The sooner we arrive, the better chance we can reduce damage and save money. 

SERVPRO of Toms River has trained, uniformed professionals that will be there from beginning to end of the process. We will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition. 

You and your business will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables us to help you get your facility back into operation quickly. 

Call us 24/7 732-349-9898 for any size water or fire damage emergency.

Tips to Keep Your Home Fire Damage Free During the Holidays

12/1/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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 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:



  • 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.


  • 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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 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)

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)

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.


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


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)

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)

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)

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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