Recent Fire Damage Posts

The Fiery Risks of Space Heaters

11/7/2023 (Permalink)

Space Heater Stay Safe When You're Using Space Heaters This Winter!

With winter just around the corner here in Bayville, it is never too early to discuss the potential dangers of heating equipment (such as space heaters) and their association with house fires. While heating devices provide warmth and comfort during colder seasons, it is important to be aware of the risks they may pose. Improper use or neglect of heating equipment can result in devastating fires that not only endanger lives but also lead to fire damage to your home. Understanding the potential hazards and taking necessary precautions is crucial to ensure the safety of your home and loved ones. “Heating equipment caused one in six home structure fires (13%) that took place in 2016–2020 and 18% of home fire deaths. A vast majority of home heating fire deaths (88%) involved stationary or portable space heaters. Nearly half (46%) of all home heating fires occurred in January, February, and December” stated the National Fire Protection Association 

Below are 6 Safety Tips provided by NFPA:

  1. Ensure that any flammable items are kept a minimum of three feet away from heating
  2. Create a safe perimeter of three feet around space heaters, ensuring that children are
    kept away from these areas.
  3. It is crucial to have a certified professional install stationary space heating equipment
    and central heating equipment in compliance with local codes and manufacturers’ instructions.
  4. Ensure that heating equipment undergo an annual inspection and cleaning conducted
    by a qualified professional.
  5. Always remember to switch off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  6. It is essential to use the designated fuel type specified by the manufacturer for fuel-
    burning space heaters.

It is crucial to understand and respect the potential fire hazards associated with space heaters. By taking the necessary safety precautions and following best practices, we can enjoy the warmth they provide without putting ourselves or our surroundings at risk for a fire damage. By prioritizing fire safety, we can create a cozy and secure environment during the colder months.

SERVPRO of Toms River is here to help in the event of an emergency, don’t hesitate to reach out if you are in need of an expert or have any questions.

Stay warm and stay safe this winter!

September is Campus Fire Prevention Safety

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are some common causes of fires for college students?

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

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


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

Electrical safety

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

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

More about Berkeley Township.

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.

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.

More about Toms River.

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. 

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.

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.”

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."

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 for more information on Fire Prevention Week.

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.  

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.

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.

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 or tipmont .

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.

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

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.

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.