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Black Mold In Toms River, NJ
What Is Black Mold?
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Many news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Mold in your home should be treated with caution –
- Stay out of affected areas
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold
How Do You Know If It’s Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company/testing company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls immediately at 732-536-7555.
Storm Damage Restoration
When Storms or Floods hit Monmouth or Ocean County, SERVPRO of Malboro/Tinton Falls is ready!
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit our communities, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls – 732-536-7555
Turkey Frying Tips
As Thanksgiving and Christmas falls upon us some of us will want to deep fry those turkeys. Deep frying a turkey can be very dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association discourages using a turkey fryer. If you are set on frying a turkey, we encourage you to follow some of the following tips.
- Do not fry the turkey indoors.
- Do not fill the fryer past the fill line.
- Preheat oil in the fryer to 375 degrees
- Place fryer on a flat surface and keep away from the house or garage/shed.
- Ensure the turkey is fully defrosted and pat dry before cooking.
- Keep the kids away from the fryer.
- Don’t leave the fryer unattended.
With these tips you should have a successful fried turkey for the holidays. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Commercial Building Losses
Fire Loss To A Grocery Store In Belmar, NJ
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls can handle your commercial fire, water or mold loss. We are ready to attack any loss 24/7/365. This is were we thrive, is on being there for our customers when they need us most. If you have a loss we will respond quickly once on site, we will speak with you and let you know the next steps in the process of getting you business back up and running. Knowing and understanding the process of a loss is key. There will always be open communication between us and you the business owner. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls prides ourselves on keeping our customers informed of the job process and progress so you can prepare to keep or get ready to re-open your business. We understand that if you’re not open, you’re not making money and that can affect a lot of lives. So, we ask that you trust us with your loss and we will treat it as if it was our place of business. Call us at 732-536-7555 or visit us on the web SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Truth About Mold
Mold Damage Due To An Undetected Hot Water Pipe Leaking
Mold occurs naturally throughout the environment both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores could be found in nearly every structure in the United States regardless of how new or clean the structure is. That’s because mold in normal amounts is no more dangerous than dust or pollen. Some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. Please contact your healthcare provider to see if mold could be affecting your health. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your office, your home or in your customer’s home it is important to be alert for the presence of visible mold, strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present or any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused mold growth.
Flood Waters In Spring Lake Heights, NJ
Affected Basement/Crawl Spaces In Apartment Building In Spring Lake Heights, NJ
What do you do when building that held your business or the place you call home has felt the impact of flood water. Questions will fill a person's mind, and their emotions will be difficult to handle. Recovering from a flood will not happen quickly. It takes time to return to normal.
Information Is Key
When trying recover from storm damage in the ocean county area, it's important to stay tuned into the local media such as television, social media or radio. These outlets will be able to provide information on when it will be safe to return to your home or business.
If a flood has impacted your area, well or tap water should not be used for drinking or anything else. The water could contain many types of pollutants. Bottled water or water from a safe source should be used.
Keep an eye on children, elderly and pets to keep them safe from harm.
It's important for people to stay away from any moving water. It only takes half a foot of moving water to knock a person down. A few feet of moving water can sweep away most automobiles.
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls can be contacted to come in and restore your home or business, 732-536-7555.
Water Damage in Spring Lake Heights, NJ
Water Intrusion In Spring Lake Heights, NJ
According to the National Flood Insurance program flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. This year is their 50th anniversary helping millions of business and households in over 22,000 communities. Between the years of 1978 & 2017 1.7 million claims were paid out. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies, so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.
Tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:
- Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.
- Make sure your roof is secure and protected.
- Clear gutters and drains
If you experience water your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is ready to respond at any time and will provide a free assessment and estimate.
Commercial Mold In Parlin, NJ
This was a commercial water loss not mitigated properly turned to mold.
Property management companies try to keep cost down for the property owners. We understand this but sometimes they try to take on work that they haven’t been properly trained or certified in. That’s why you should call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls for help with your fire, water or mold damage. Its better fixing the problem correctly the first time then it is to call us in after and the damage being 10x worse. There have been times that we’ve been called on to a mold job because the maintenance personnel haven’t mitigated the water loss correctly and the result is mold. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is here to help give us a call 732-536-7555 if disaster strikes, we can also be found on the web @ www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Fire During Cooking
With Thanksgiving coming up here in a few days some of us will be cooking for the holiday. Cooking for the holiday can be joyous for us but could turn dangerous. If you are going to be cooking at home, ensure you take proper cooking precautions. Follow these few simple tips and you should have a good experience.
- Make sure to cook all foods to proper temperatures. This will ensure food poising doesn’t happen. Follow all food prep directions.
- When using the stove all pot and pan handles should face toward the back of the stove. Following this tip will help from family members who have gather in the kitchen not to knock the pot or pans off the stove causing them to burn themselves or others.
- Putting the turkey in the oven? Make sure to remove the insides (sometimes these are placed in a bag) of the turkey and any plastic that might have the turkey tied up for shipment. Plastics or paper could cause a fire, and no one wants that to happen.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind while cooking your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Winter Tips for Commercial Buildings
Commercial Water Loss in Neptune, NJ
Winter is upon us and if you are an owner of a commercial building or a property manager here are some tips to keep things safe in the winter.
- Inspect the heating systems. There could be hidden danger here. Flues should be checked for carbon buildup, heat exchangers should be checked for cracks, and brush boiler tubes. These are just a few examples.
- Inspect air filters.
- Clean the gutters. If there is a build up leaves and branched this can cause damage to roof, trim or siding.
- Repair sidewalks.
- Make sure to have salt or deicer on hand so when you do get snow or ice you can prevent falls.
These are just some tips to help during the winter months. But sometimes accidents or problems occur and if you need a cleanup from a fire, water damage or mold cleanup give us a call. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls has a full staff ready to be called in 24/7/365, 732-536-7555 or visit us at www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Fire Restoration Process
Fire Loss in Jackson, NJ
After the smoke clears and you need help cleaning up the mess. Here is the process we take to make you and your family feel safe after a major disaster.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls. Once we have spoken to you we will send out a project manager to assess the loss and come up with the best course of action.
Step 2: Inspection and Assessment
We carefully inspect and test the rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we will board up any missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs as necessary.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying
Any standing water removal will (drying out the structure) begin almost immediately as long as there is power available at the loss and removes the majority of the water. We will use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Specialized equipment and techniques are used to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning
Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of all restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire will be performed.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new flooring; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls 732-536-7555 or visit us at www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
What To Expect When Filing A Flood Insurance Claim
Water Loss in Marlboro, NJ
The last thing you want after experiencing a flood is additional stress. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls, are the restoration experts in Marlboro/Tinton Falls, and surrounding cities. With many hours of training and thousands of hours of on the job experience, we are the preferred remediation team of home insurance providers. Here is a little insight into what will happen once you start your claim process.
Contact your insurance. The first step in filing a flood insurance claim is to contact your insurance provider. If you cannot reach them immediately, be sure to leave a clear message with your contact number.
Contact SERVPRO. Call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls as soon as possible. Even if you are not able to speak to your insurance provider, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. By contacting us early, you can mitigate your loss from further damages. Within hours of your phone call, we are onsite to help you with the loss.
Itemize losses. A part of claim is taking a detailed list of the damage contents. Your insurance carrier or SERVPRO technician will assist you in itemizing and photographing all damaged items. Our technicians are highly trained in water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls technicians have a keen eye for knowing which items can be saved.
Begin the Restoration Process. Within hours of arrival to your home, a technician will provide you and your insurance agent with a detailed description of the losses, repairs needed, as well as the estimate. All our paperwork is done electronically to ensure that no time is lost in the shuffling of paperwork.
If you are experiencing a water loss please let us help you, we can be reached at 732-536-7555 or www.SERVPROmarlborotinonfalls.com.
Repairs After Remediation
The last thing you want to do after remediating mold is thinking about the repair!
After you have remediated your mold now the time has come to put your home back together. There may have been drywall, carpet, carpet padding or even other flooring materials that need to be replaced.
Most customers don’t want to have to shop about for multiple contractors to provide the services to repair their home after remediation has been performed. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is a soup to nuts company that will remediate your home and have the ability and expertise to put it back together.
Instead of having to build a relationship with another contractor let us fix your home for you. We have worked on numerous rebuilds and have had happy customers every time.
So, the next time you just do not feel like shopping around for another contractor, give SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls a call (732) 536-7555 or visit us at www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com!
2018 Hurricane Names
Always Be Prepared For Storms
Every Hurricane season the National Hurricane Center releases a list of names, in alphabetical order, to be used for hurricanes and tropical storms.
Even though this year’s list of names don’t sound very fierce, please always adhere to the warnings your weather stations and local governments put out. Make sure you are always prepared for these storms. The storm may not hit your area directly but there could be residual damages.
Here are the names for the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2018:
Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.
There are six lists, so a name can recur once every six years, so these names cannot be used again until 2024. When a hurricane is especially memorable or devastating, that name is retired, and another hurricane name replaces it.
If you are in need of storm damage cleanup give SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls a call at 732-536-7555.
Storms Cause Sub-Pump Failure & Ground Water Issues
Sub-Pump Failure In Marlboro, NJ
While most people like when the spring rolls around, this past spring wasn’t too kind to our area. Our area received a lot of heavy rain storms. The storms caused the ground to become saturated and intrude into customers homes. Not only was the ground water an issue the storms caused trees to fall and cut power to homes and business. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls received many calls because of ground water intrusion and failed sub-pumps. The phones didn’t stop ringing during the storms.
Although the calls were good for business many of the losses our customers encountered were not covered losses, they would have to be covered out of pocket. We understand that most people don’t prepare for these kinds of losses because they believe it would be covered by their insurance, so we work with customers. Please go over your insurance coverage’s with your agent to see if you’re covered or not. If you are not covered and they don’t offer that coverage then prepare and save some money in case this happens to you. Either way SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is here to help you in any way possible. Please visit our website www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com , call 732-536-7555 or anyone of our social media pages.
Commercial Water Damage In Princeton, NJ
A few months ago during a freeze in the northeast SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls received a call from a commercial client needing services. The client was in need of water cleanup from a broken sprinkler system. Once we received the call we immediately dispatched crews to the loss. When SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is called for a loss we are always ready to respond asap. Although the call came in after hours and the weather was awful that didn’t hinge our abilities to get out on site when the client needed us most. The call came in on a January Saturday afternoon and the client needed to be open for business Monday morning without any interruption. As promised we had the client open for business Monday morning with no issues.
If you are in need of our wide range of services please reach out to our office 732-536-7555 or visit our website at www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Hidden Fire Dangers
Fire loss in Tinton Falls, NJ
Knobs on the front of your kitchen stove/oven can be very dangerous. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls has recently encountered a couple fires caused by dogs jumping up on the stove to reach food and accidentally turn on the stove by hitting the knob. These fires caused lots of damage because the homeowners were not home at the time. It is good practice not to leave any items on the stove or in close proximity. Another way to ensure your pets don’t turn on the knobs is to remove them from the stove if you are leaving the house or at night while sleeping. We all love our furry little family members so let’s help them to not be tempted to grab for those pizza boxes left on the stove. If you do encounter a fire in your home please remember to call 911 first then reach out to SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls for your cleanup and rebuild needs 732-536-7555.
Brick, NJ 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
Flooded Basement in Brick, NJ From Frozen Pipes
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
As you can see in the picture this home was water damaged due to frozen pipes. The entire basement, first floor and half the second floor was affected causing thousands of dollars in damages. The homeowner wasn’t aware of the situation because they were away at their winter house down south. When you leave your home during the winter months even if its for a few days please ensure you keep the temperature at a safe setting. Even though the homeowners did have their temperature set correctly the power went out in the area they lived.
We Are Ready to Help Call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls Today – 732-536-7555
We understand that when you call us, you may have hundred thoughts going through your mind but we are here to answer all your questions and if we don’t have the answer we will help you find them. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this rough time.
When you call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls
We will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained technicians are needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property and make the process more bearable.
Nicer Weather in Monmouth County, NJ
Not Just Cold Weather Brings Losses To Your Home
Wow hope the upcoming weeks are going to show us a glimmer of springtime weather. Looks like the ground hogs got it wrong. After being hit with not one, not two but four nor’easters SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls thinks it safe to say we all need some sunshine and warm weather. Although the not so nice weather is good for business we believe our minds need a break from the cold and snow.
Not just snow and cold bring work our way SERVPRO of Marlboro Tinton Falls deal with all kind of losses such as overflow toilets, fire losses, mold growth and bio-hazard cleanups. All these losses don’t have a particular time of year to occur. Just know that SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is here to help 24/7/365.
As we come upon the nicer (fingers crossed) weather we wish you all a happy and healthy spring and summer. If you are need of our services please give us a call at 732-536-7555 or visit our website at SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Ways to melt Ice and Snow
Iced Covered Parking Lot in Marlboro, NJ.
De-icing methods have been used a lot in the last few weeks. There are several different types of methods that can be used.
- Most common is Sodium Chloride know as rock salt. It can damage concrete, metal and pollute river, lakes and streams so this is probably the least likely one you would want to use.
- Calcium Chloride comes in round pellets and if your hands are wet during application they can become irritated.
- One of the better choices is Potassium Chloride and it is not a skin irritant and doesn’t harm vegetation.
- New to the group is Magnesium Chloride and it will melt ice and snow till -13F. This is also less damaging to concrete and vegetation.
Remember to always read the manufacturer’s safety directions and guidelines for these products. These products also can be messy so if you feel like not cleaning up after give us a call, 732-546-7555 SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls.
Why SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls For Your Restoration Needs
"Like It Never Even Happened"
Why choose SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls for you water mitigation needs. Our technicians are highly trained in water mitigation. They are required to be WRT (Water Damage Restoration) by the IICRC and trained by in the SERVPRO Employment Certification Training Program (ECTP). Not only do they have the training, they have experience and have access to the equipment and skills that are requisite for a proper restoration. We ensure that the SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls have their technician safety and health certifications up to date, as well as their specialized training. Our technicians have been trained formally in schools approved by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls work may be done in a commercial or residential location; the damage recovery will be performed by our technicians with experience and certification.
Fire Damage Caused During The Holidays
Celebrations in the old fashion days involved wax candles on live trees inside homes. We know better today, however there are still some risks when you prefer a real tree. Please be sure to water your tree every day as the needles and wood become dry they can catch fire more easily. You can use many strings of lights however for safety purposes only plug three strings into each other. Do not use strings that are worn or broken. And most importantly unplug the lights at night and before leaving your home.
The same holds true for menorahs and kinaras. Electric ones can be purchased however if you choose the traditional candles please attend to them in a fire smart way as 58% of home fires are started by candles. Keep all flammables at least 3 feet away from them. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface to catch the wax. And last but certainly not least never leave lit candles unattended.
Tips On Preventing Mold In Your Home
Mold And Dry Rot Caused By A Leaking Sink
Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew
When mold is present in your home, it can be hard to get rid of. Mold spores travel very easily, and maybe dormant for months or years, waiting for a water loss or warmth and humidity to arrive.
The best way to protect your home from mold damage mold is to prevent it. Here are three mold tips in mind to keep mold growth from creating havoc on your home:
Warmth and moisture help mold to thrive, which is why it shows it’s self during the spring and summer months. Mold growth can occur at any time of year if the climate conditions are right. The best indoor temperature for preventing mold growth is a moderate 78 degrees F.
Water damage is a major cause for fungus growth if water mitigation isn’t properly done. If water is allowed to sit mold could start to grow within 48-72 hours and there is a chance mold has already started to spread. You should check for standing water behind toilets, under sinks and behind the washing machine. If you come upon standing water or mold call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls to cleanup and properly dry out the structure to prevent mold.
A dehumidifier should be placed in areas that are prone to high humidity. Mold needs a humid environment to thrive, so if you reduce the risk of creating a humid environment and purchase a dehumidifier. A quality dehumidifier will cost you some money upfront but the price will be a lot less then mold remediation.
Water damage and a humid environment are all mold needs to thrive. Prevention is easy, and by keeping the above three tips in mind, you can keep fungi at bay and your home safe from mold. If you would like further information on mold please feel free to check out our website at http://www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com
Hurricane And Winter Storm Readiness
Frozen Water Pipe Damage
Being prepared for a storm is something people don’t think about till it happens to them. Over the last several years we have seen devastating storms hit the US, such as Super Storm Sandy hitting the North East, Hurricane Harvey hitting Middle Texas Coast and Hurricane Irma devastating Puerto Rico and Florida which means we should start preparing beforehand. Hurricanes are not the only type storms to be prepared for we have winter storms to worry about too.
The Red Cross tells us the most important items need to get through a storm are:
- 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).
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- 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
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
If after the storm you need restoration services SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is here to help, give us a call at 732-536-7555.
Customers Are First Priority
Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Property owners are entrusted with keeping their business open no matter what. When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is here to help. We've performed services on some of Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ largest properties following disasters. Wells Fargo, Ferguson Plumbing Supply, Temple Shalom, Earle Naval Base, Onyx Properties, East Freehold Fire Department, Skyzone, Shoprite and many others have utilized our Commercial and Industrial Services. Facilities Managers rely on us to be ready 24/7/365, which we are.
Adjusters, property managers and property owners around the Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties area trust SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls with their most complex claims. Some of our specialties are:
- Small or Large Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small or Large Retail Stores/Big-Box Stores
- Manufacturing & Industrial
- Private Schools, Public Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
- Commercial Reconstruction
We are available any time of day. To learn more about our commercial restoration services call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls at (732)536-7555 or online at http://www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com
Water Loss Definitions
Category 1 Loss using specialty equipment to dry
Water losses have several categories of contamination that determines how we will go about mitigating your loss. See below for the categories and definitions:
- Category 1 – Clean Water - Includes water from a clean source like a broken water line. If not treated, it can turn into category 2 or 3.
- Category 2 – Gray Water - May contain bacteria and viruses. This can result from a washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet overflow.
- Category 3 – Black Water - May contain untreated sewage, chemicals, and microbes. Highly contaminated and can cause severe illness. Results from water from flooding rivers or sewer backups.
Tips before help arrives:
- Only restoration professionals should cleanup sewage backups.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
One Stop Shop for Your Restoration Needs
Fire Loss To A Commercial Building in Avon By The Sea, NJ
During a fire customers always have a million questions. Know that our friendly, caring and knowledgeable technicians will guide you through the whole process. At times you will also be in touch with the office staff that too has the knowledge and training as our technicians do. If we don’t know the answer to a question you might have we will find out because if it’s important to you it’s important to us.
Fires are a big inconvenience to clients so we try and make a bad situation bearable for them. For instance we will deal with your insurance directly so you can direct your attention to other issues that might arise like finding a place to live during restoration. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is a one stop shop for all your restoration needs such as handling your dry cleaning, contents cleaning (or getting rid of non-salvageable contents), structure cleaning and reconstruction. For more information feel free to contact us at 732-5336-7555 or email us at office@SERVPRO10645.com.
Not Know Where Mold Can Grow
Mold Growth In A Bathroom Caused By A Roof Leak
Mold can grow virtually anywhere. It can happen to anyone at anytime; it could be your home or place of business. A lot of people don’t go in there attics or crawl spaces very often and those are great spots for mold growth.
It’s best to have things checked out after having a water loss to see if there is mold growth. Mold can be a problem before it is ever discovered. Mold has the ability to start to grow 24 to 48 hours if water damage isn’t mitigated properly.
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Tinton Falls is here to inspect, treat and remove the mold for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Unfortunately there are some companies out there that say they know how to do water mitigation but don’t do the job right the first time and you end up with mold but SERVPRO does water mitigation right the 1st time to ensure you don’t get mold in the future as long as there is no water intrusion.
If you believe you may have mold give us a call at 732-536-7555 and we can schedule an inspection.
Winter Storms Are Coming If We Like It Or Not
Stow Storm In Toms River, NJ
We are coming upon the season of winter storms. Lots of snow, sleet, ice and cold temperatures are about to engulf us. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls would like to make sure that you know if you are affected by any storm damage we are here to help. Some of the damages we deal with in the winter are Ice Dams (An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas), frozen pipes (It has to do with pressure inside the pipes. When water freezes, its molecules crystallize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form — that is, the water molecules expand as they freeze. As the ice expands, it pushes water toward the closed faucet.) and even thawing snow (which causes the ground to become too saturated and starts to leak into the your basement). We hope that you don’t encounter any of this but if you do please give us a call to help you get you home back to “Like It Never Even Happened), 732-536-7555.
The Importance of Commercial Carpet Cleaning
After Cleaning Carpets We Place Air Mover To Dry The Carpets Faster
Routine carpet cleaning are important to commercial buildings because carpets act as a filter, trapping dirt, dust animal hair and basically anything you walk on outside. Manufactures suggest the following:
- If you have a spill attend to the stain as soon as possible because the longer the stain stands the harder it will be to remove later
- Buying a good vacuum and vacuum regularly so the soils don’t build up
- Maintenance carpet cleaning in light soil rating = 1-2 times annually, medium soil rating = 6-12 times annually and heavy soil rating = 12-52 times annually
Clean carpets also allow for a healthier work environment, maintains the value of the property and send a message to your clients/customers that you take pride in your company and that shows them you will do the same for them. If you would like to set up a carpet cleaning maintenance schedule with us please call 732-536-7555 or email us at office@SERVPRO10645.com.
Keeping your Business Clean
Keeping Businesses Clean in Colts Neck, NJ
Keeping your business clean should be a priority to business owners. If you have a store front or you’re in an industrial park keeping you business should be top of your things to do list. Customers coming into your store front don’t want to see it a mess or dirty because that gives a bad impression. If your building is not clean the issue is that you look like you don’t care about your business or customers. Keeping things not tidy also can affect personnel. Your employees will think you don’t care about them or your company if things are a wreck. You more than likely receiving deliveries and delivery men/women take notice to this too. So let’s take pride in our business and keep it tidy. If you are in need of a cleaning service give us a call @ 732-536-7555.
Snow Storm in Colts Neck, NJ Causing Roof/Water Damage
It’s almost that time again in the Northeast. Mother Nature has been very mild on us the last few years, so we may have forgotten about being storm prepared.
Here are a few before, during and after the storm tips.
- Have an emergency communication plan in place prior to the storm.
- Determine your greatest rick potential: loss of heat, frozen pipes and/or loss of success due to snow & ice.
- Clean & inspect all heating equipment.
- Keep informed by local news & weather channels for any storm related issues.
- Keep driveways, walkways & doorways clear of snow & ice.
- Have a list of names & phone numbers for pertinent people in case of emergency i.e. disaster recovery provider, heating contractor etc.
- Keep all employees informed about office closing or hours of operation changes.
- Clear snow away safely to avoid flooding & icing.
- Check the building for any damages.
Knowledge is Key
Knowing what to do in case you have a water loss is important. Not only are you dealing with water damage but the potential of mold growth if you don’t stop the water damage and mitigate it in a timely matter. Mold growth can start as soon as 24 hours after the water damage has happened if it has the right conditions (one example is temperature). It is imperative to mitigate the water damage as soon as possible. One of the first things you need to do is stop the source of the water if you don’t stop the source then we will not be able to perform our services and can delay the mitigation process. SERVPRO of Marlboro / Tinton Falls can be to your front door within 4 hours of your loss. We will come in and assess the situation and convey all of it to you the homeowner and the insurance adjuster. If you are in need of our services please give us a call @ 732-536-7555 or visit our website @ www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Fire Damage Help
Soot Damage in Linden, NJ caused by Faulty Light
When a fire strikes your home, the priority is to make sure that all occupants of the house are safe. However, once the fire is put out and everyone is accounted for, you are left with a heavily damaged home that is unfit for living. Fire damage restoration is the act of cleaning and restoring property as well as personal belongings that have sustained smoke and fire damage. The goal of SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is to salvage damaged items and restore your home to make it feel like it never even happened.
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls specializes in providing fire damage restoration services to remove soot or smoke damage as well as odors from various surfaces and personal items. We also help the homeowner make decisions regarding the repair or replacement of certain elements of their home. The duct work needs to be cleaned to not release smoke and soot particles back into the air. If the duct work is not cleaned, the soot particles it releases could contribute to respiratory problems and other health issues.
If your home has been heavily damaged in a fire, it is important to SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls at (732) 536-7555 immediately to help limit the damage and restore your home. Fire damage restoration is a tough job why not let the professionals handle it to ensure the best possible results. By acting quickly and calling SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls you can help get your life back on track after such a devastating event. Our website also has more information of fire damage that might help you www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Vandalism to your Business
Commercial Building Vandalized in Tinton Falls, NJ
Being a business owner sometimes you have to deal with the non-related work issues such as vandalism to your business. Although this feels like a violation of your property we are here to help. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls specializes in cleanups such as spray paint to walls (exterior or interior), broken glass, damage to bathrooms, that’s to name a few. We know that appearances are important to customers so it’s important to help you make it look “Like it never even happened.” Not only are appearances important but loss of business is as well, so we will work fast and efficient in order to get you up and running again. Our main goal is to make you the customer happy, as we strive to make this happen on every job we perform. We hope that you don’t have to go through this situation but if you do we are here to help, so please contact us @ 732-536-7555 or our website @ www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Not Just Surface Damage from Mold
Black Mold Damage in Jackson, NJ
We’ve spoken on our blog about the sources of mold, where it likes to grow, and the speed at which it grows. In addition to this, it is important to note that when left for long periods of time mold can gradually destroy the surfaces they grow on.
Mold growth is usually a sign of high levels of humidity within the area. In addition to mold, a high amount of humidity can cause structural damage to your home or business and its contents as drywall begins to deteriorate or wood begins to rot (dry rot). Conditions for mold growth involve humidity, correct temperatures, and a food source. In the case of mold on surfaces in your house, the surface is the food source. Mold grows off of your drywall, brick, grout, or wooden beams as it slowly deteriorates that object.
Mold is never truly removed from the home or business. Mold spores are introduced into the home or business daily by people or animals coming in and out of the home (having spores on your clothing or pets bodies). Just by opening and shutting the doors or windows to a home or business can introduce spores into a home. This is ok as long as the humidly in the home is in expectable range.
SERVPRO of Malboro/Tinton Falls trained technicians are ready to determine the extent of mold damage, where it is growing, and remediate the issue. SERVPRO of Malboro/Tinton Falls will try to find the source of any leaks, and other sources of water damage that may be giving rise to the increases in humidity. Call us 24/7 at 732-536-7555 or visit our website www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com for more information. As a locally owned company in your community, we are here to make your mold problem “Like it never even happened.”
Contamination in Flood Waters
Storm Flooding in Forked River, NJ
As we recently witnessed in Texas and Florida two devastating hurricanes past through the area. Most everyone is concerned about the property damage and loss of lives. These are two very important subjects of storm damage but there is also one more that most don’t think of and that is contamination in the flood waters.
Hurricanes can cause oceans, bays, rivers and other water sources to rise and flood areas. When these waters rise they come in contact with such contaminants such as oil, gasoline, sewer drain water and many more. Once this happens the water becomes contaminated (Category 3 water). If Cat 3 water has come in contact with your home there may be many items affected.
Your contents in your home will need to be removed and discarded. Drywall has to be removed to where the water line has come to. Spraying an anti-microbial, removing contaminated items and drying out the structure will stop the growth of mold and stop the contamination to the structure of the building.
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls has seen our share of storms and we are prepared to help you out in your time of need so it takes some of the pressure off of you. We deal with the insurance companies if you have coverage so you don’t have to. Storms don’t run on a time schedule so that’s why we are here 24/7 to help you out, please call us at 732-536-7555 or visit our website at www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfall.com.
After Fire Damage Tips
Fire Damage in Morganville, NJ
After you’ve been burdened with just going through a fire the last thing you want to do is deal with the aftermath. A fire can be very stressful and an inconvenience. We have come up with several tips for you to remember during this trying time in your life.
- Don’t move about the house too much, this causes more damage sometimes. If you have carpets you might be embedding the soot into the fibers more and that could make it harder to clean.
- Try not to touch any surfaces that have soot with your bare hands. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can impregnate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing more damage.
- If the electric company has turned off your power, empty the refrigerator / freezer of all food and inventory before throwing away. Keep the doors open after empting the refrigerator / freezer this is to help so mold won’t grow.
- Do not eat any food that has been in a fire. The food has been contaminated by the fire.
We hope that you never have to use these tips but if you have to they are very simple to follow and will help in the longer run. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is here to help if you are in need (www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com)
Loss of Business from Fire or Water Damage
Fire and Water Damage in Belmar, NJ to a Commercial Building
When a business suffers from a Fire or Water Damage the last thing you want to happen is to lose business. SERVPRO of Marlboro / Tinton Falls has you covered in minimizing the amount of business lost. With our highly trained staff and 24 hour service we have the ability to be on the scene in hours of the loss. These first few hours are crucial since mitigating the problem is half the battle. So if you are in need of Fire or Water Damage services please give us a call @ 732-536-7555 or visit or website @ www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com. Our staff is standing by to help you get your business back and running as soon as possible. We take great pride in helping our customers in their time of need.
Checking Your Fire Extinguisher Expiration Date
Commercial Kitchen Fire in Deal, NJ
It is very important to check your fire extinguishers expiration dates because over time the seal around the neck could weaken and loose compressed air. Some manufactures say that fire extinguishers should last from 3 to 15 years but that’s a big gap in years. So with that said probably checking them monthly is a better rule of thumb. It doesn’t take much to do all you have to do is make sure the safety pin is still in and make sure the needle is in the green area of the gauge. If it is not functioning then you will need to get the extinguisher serviced or purchase a new one. To have one serviced check the internet or the yellow pages under “fire extinguishers”.
Mold Loves Moisture
Black Mold in Ocean, NJ
Basements or crawl spaces are the perfect place for mold and mildew to form, grow, and cause problems. Condensation, or moisture, is the first part of making your crawl space the ideal home for mold. The second part is a food source, which is some form of organic matter, like wood, paper, boxes or bugs (More food sources for mold. Yuck!). Unless your home is built on steel girders, you have wooden floor joists and beams. Specifically, mold loves wood.
Certain types of mold can be dangerous and it’s important for this reason to take any mold seriously. Mold can cause health effects, you should check with your health care provider to see if you or your loved ones are at risk.
Let us help you remediate that mold. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls (732) 536-7555 is here to help.
Visit our website @ www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com
Don’t Get Left in the Cold with Ice Dam Damage
Ice Dam Damage in Oakhust, NJ
We are coming upon the season for Ice Dam Damage. For those of you that don’t know what an Ice Dam is here is some insight on them. An Ice Dam is caused when a ridge of ice is formed on the edge of the roof and prevents melting snow/water from draining off the roof. Then the water backs up behind the dam and leaks into the home and possible causing damage to the walls, ceiling, insulation or flooring. The best way to prevent Ice Dams from forming is to make sure the roof is cleared of snow after a storm by using a rake or broom. You can also make sure that your gutters are clear and allowing water to pass through them. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls can deal with any damage an Ice Dam has caused to your home. We can be reached at 732-536-7555 or visit our website @ www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com.
Mold damage can be devastating or stressful to homeowners
Mold Found During Remodel in Deal, NJ
Yes mold can be a hassle to deal with but when you have to professionals from SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls there to help we will take the stress off you and deal with the situation. We have seen mold caused from different scenarios. Mold caused by damp crawlspaces not properly ventilated or not having a proper vapor barrier installed. Some crawlspaces might even require a dehumidifier to be placed to remove the moisture that is causing mold growth. Lack of ventilation in the bathroom or attic may also cause mold to grow. Living near the Jersey shore in the winter time causes some issues with mold because a lot of the homes are summer homes. Sometimes homeowner forget to winterize or keep the heat on a high enough temperature and cause pipes to break and not get noticed till the spring or if a neighbor happens to catch the leak. If the water sits too long and the temperatures vary and get warmer this is prime for mold growth. Another scenario we have encountered is mold growth on HVAC ducting; this could be from lack of ventilation or a leak from the unit which hasn’t been detected or improper insulation around the duct work itself.
Regardless of the scenario it is always important to call in the professionals like SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls to remediate your mold issue. We follow the IICRC standards for mold remediation and work with all insurance companies. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls does suggest that if you do have a mold issue to contact your insurance company because not all policies cover mold damage. It is important to remediate your mold damage regardless if the insurance is going to pay for it or not because it could lead to structural damage. Mold damage can also spread to other areas of the home if not treated and contained to the original area and possibly damage the non-porous materials in your home. Besides damage to the home there could be health issues caused by mold but you should check with your healthcare professional to see if you may be at risk.
We have pointed out many different scenarios or “issues” mold can cause but our main point is that you need to be educated by a professional and have them remediate your mold scenario or “issue”. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is here to help and we service all of New Jersey. If you feel that you might have a problem with mold feel free to contact us and we would love to come out and take a look and give you our professional opinion.
Water Damage Laminate Floor in Monmouth County, NJ
Damaged Laminate Wood Flooring in Monmouth County, NJ
Flooring receives a lot of wear and tear. We walk on it every day, back and forth, in both shoes and socks. Flooring restoration is a task that takes on several different forms for several different reasons. Maybe you had a recent fire or flood. Maybe it's simply been ages since you've had a deep cleaning or maybe a mishap has occurred and some serious damage is in need of repair. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls is trained to tackle all of these obstacles and more.
* Damage: Water, fire, and smoke destruction are always a main concern because you have to act quickly. It only takes 2 days for temporary damage to become permanent. But SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls can repair the pile, remove the odor, and even dry the sub-floor if needed.
* Sanding Wood Floors: Sometimes it's unavoidable. If the flooring is worn down to the wood (you can tell by dripping water on it to see if it's quickly soaked up), if it's warped and bent, or if it simply squeaks, you may have to completely sand and refinish.
* Replacing Wood Floors: Don't worry. Typically you won't have to replace the whole thing. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls (SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com) can often change out small areas as long as the damage is contained, creating a more complete method of flooring restoration.
* Repairing Wood Floors: We can also remove blemishes, spots, and small stains without creating any more work for the entire room.
* Stone Floors: Stone floors, such as granite, marble, terrazzo, or travertine, may need some occasional upkeep. But beyond cleaning every day, it may also need an annual coat of polish or sealant, which is far cheaper than replacement. If it ever gets scratched or cracked, call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls (732-536-7555) to repair, grind, or hone out the blemishes before replacement is required.
* Tile: If squares get cracked, address the problem right away: once again, only a small replacement may be required.
* Linoleum: if your vinyl or linoleum floors sustain wax buildup or they're curling, coloring, fading, or cracking, it may be time for some stripping and resealing to retain their original look and high-gloss.
Construction Services in Tinton Falls, NJ
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls made this look "Like Never Even Happened" in Colts Neck. NJ
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls provides building services (rebuild, reconstruction) to customers in New Jersey. If your construction is an insurance loss or if you just want to remodel your home we can help you out. There are so many choices when it comes to construction companies out there it can make your head spin. At SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls we have over 30 years of construction behind us from residential to commercial. Knowing if you made the right decision in picking a contractor is overwhelming. We have seen a lot in this business like contractors not showing up on time, showing up late then minutes later taking a coffee break, to not calling if they aren’t going to come that day. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls always makes sure our customers are aware of what our schedule is for you ’re your job. We are always in contact with our customers. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls knows the job is important but keeping the customer happy and informed is our priority.
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls offers many options when it comes to your construction needs. We keep up on all the new trends and codes for your town. Pros and cons for different products can be giving to you so you can make the best decision for your project. Your project might not be that detailed, it could be just putting up a piece of drywall then painting the area, some contractors feel that isn’t worth their time but not us, no job is too big or small for us. We are a full services company and can help you with all your needs.
Please check out our website for testimonials and pictures of past jobs. We provide references upon request. We look forward to talking to you about your project in the near future. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have 732-536-7555.
National Night Out in Morganville, NJ
Supporting the Marlboro Police Department during National Night Out, in Morganville, NJ
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls joined the Marlboro Police Department for their National Night Out in August 2017. We were on hand to explain and hand out information about our services. The turnout was great and a lot of information was given out. We also had goodies on hand to pass out to patrons. A lot of patrons were interested in black mold. There is a great concern to people about this topic. People ask if black mold is dangerous. We are not health professionals so we can’t say if black mold will affected you personally. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls does recommend that if you have a concern if black mold could cause health problems you contact your doctor. What SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls could do for you if you have black mold or any other type of mold we can remediate the problem. We do suggest that you contact an IEP (Indoor Environmental Professional) to do testing before and after remediation is performed. Doing the testing before and after gives us the counts of the mold spores in the home and if after remediation the counts are still high we perform the work again till levels are in the safe range. If you don’t know how to find an IEP SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls can out you in contact with one. Mold grows because of a water source or moisture issue so finding that and stopping it is the first priority. If moisture levels are high SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls will dry out your structure and ensure the moisture issue has been addressed so mold growth is stopped. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls looks forward to joining the community at the next National Night Out again to pass along our knowledge in our field. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or check out our website http://www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com. We love to help out our community and look forward to seeing you soon.
Fire & Water Damage in Middlesex, NJ
Fire Damage to home in Middlesex, NJ
There's something terrifying about fire damage especially if you come across the wrong restoration company. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls had a customer that called us in after another restoration company had started the job but the customers just were not comfortable with what was happening on site. Our team sat down with the customer and explained the process of our work with them and also informed them of some facts about fire damage. Fire damage is caused by fire, smoke and heat and they affect the structure of a home as well as the contents within the home. In this blog we will be pointing out fire damage facts that could help you in the future.
Smoke and soot residues are a common effect of fire even the smallest of fires. Not all soot is the same, some soot is easy to cleanup and others are extremely hard to clean. You need to learn about smoke and combustion to understand the different types of soot. As combustion takes place, the burning material is actually breaking own and combining with oxygen while heat is given off. Fuel, oxygen and heat are 3 components that have to be present for combustion to happen.
Smoke is created when burning materials decompose, and release solid particles, gases and aerosols that suspend in the air. Some of the gaseous by-products generated in a fire, such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, are extremely dangerous if people are exposed to the smoke while the fire is in progress. In addition to fire gases, smoke also consists of fine particles of matter and aerosols. The solid particles of unburned material are usually small particles of carbon. The aerosols are extremely fine solid or liquid particles suspended in the gases. These particles—while they are suspended in the air—are what make smoke visible to our sight. The particles are also odor-absorbing, which makes soot smell.
If you are near a fire in progress, keep down low to avoid breathing smoke-filled air. Technicians working long periods where heavy, loose smoke residues are present should wear a respirator. Smoke particles from incomplete combustion can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which may be cancer-causing (carcinogenic).
Once smoke settles on surfaces as residues, it is often referred to as “soot.” Soot residues can contain different types of acids since chlorides and sulfides in smoke mix with the humidity in the air or with moisture to form acids. Acidic soot residues will cause discoloration and corrosion if they remain on materials over time.
Not all soot residues are the same. Some types of soot are easier to clean than other types. Technicians will most often clean one of four different types of soot:
- Dry smoke residues
- Wet smoke residues
- Protein smoke residues
- Fuel oil smoke residues
Every fire progresses through stages, generating both wet and dry smoke. Some fires produce a large enough proportion of one type of smoke to characterize the entire exposure as predominately wet smoke or predominately dry smoke. Different cleaning methods are used to remove different types of residues. Generally, wet smoke is more difficult to remove than dry smoke.
Whether smoke residues tend to be dry or wet is determined by several factors:
- The rate of combustion
- The amount ofoxygen present during the fire
- The type of material or substance that is burning.
In many fires, the more oxygen available while the fire is in progress, the faster the combustion process takes place. Fast-burning, oxygen-rich fires usually produce a dry smoke. Oxygen-starved, slow-burning, smoldering fires usually produce a wet smoke.
The type of materials burned also affects the smoke particles and aerosols produced by a fire. Natural materials tend to produce dry, powdery, small, non-smeary residues, or dry smoke. Examples of natural materials are dry wood, paper, cork, and natural fibers (wool, cotton). Synthetic materials tend to produce wet, large, easily smeared particles of residue, or wet smoke. Examples of synthetic materials are plastics, foam rubber, and similar polymers.
More types of materials are restorable in dry smoke conditions than in wet. Dry smoke residue carries few aerosols and deposits small, dry particles on surfaces. Dry smoke does not stain surfaces as deeply as wet smoke, and the odor is less pungent. Less aggressive cleaning procedures will usually remove dry smoke residues. One problem, however, is that dry smoke generally comes from hotter fires, which cause more heat damage than do cooler fires.
Wet smoke residues are more difficult to remove than dry smoke, making restoration more difficult. Wet smoke typically contains a high proportion of aerosols such as varnishes, solvents, and other liquid components. With a slow-burning fire, air currents do not drive the smoke from the heat of the fire. Wet smoke moves slowly and has time to work its way into crevices and enclosed areas that normally would not be contaminated by a faster-burning fire. Within minutes of contact, very hot oily residues will discolor plastic materials.
In many instances, contents exposed to a smoldering fire and wet smoke are not restorable even though heat damage is minimal. Aerosols in wet smoke soften, penetrate, and stain finished surfaces. Unfinished surfaces also absorb and entrap these residues. Burning plastics and rubbers produce large, black particles that tend to smear or smudge. Removing wet smoke may not be possible, and sometimes even stripping and refinishing may not prove adequate.
Kitchen fires often involve burning meat, poultry, or fish. Burning these materials leaves protein residues, which may be yellow or amber in color or virtually invisible, causing only slight discoloration of painted walls and cabinet surfaces. Protein smoke odors, are extremely pungent, so odor removal is usually the biggest problem in protein fires. Odors in protein fires cannot be controlled without thoroughly cleaning all surfaces contaminated with the greasy protein residue. Sometimes an entire home may require cleaning even though residue concentrations are not visually obvious.
Furnace puff-backs, very common in the Northeast, occur when a malfunctioning oil burner suddenly ignites, jarring loose old soot. Improper venting or a crack in the heat exchanger may cause a puff-back. Soot from a puff-back consists of dust particles from the ductwork and fuel oil that did not properly burn. It may be gray to black in color, greasy, and consist of small or large particles. The fresh soot is usually removable without damaging painted surfaces. However, the soot particles are sometimes hard and crusty, so one must be careful not to scratch surfaces. If the furnace has been emitting smoke over an extended period prior to ignition, the soot may bond to wall paints making it impossible to remove the soot without removing some of the paint.
During a fire, soot and smoke particles settle on and adhere to surfaces. Restoration means removing those soot residues. If you understand how smoke behaves during a fire, you will know where to find the heaviest deposits of smoke residues when you inspect a damage. Two factors of smoke behavior deal with temperature—the temperature of the smoke and the temperature of surrounding surfaces.
Convection refers to heat being transferred through air movement. Hot air rises because it is not as dense as cold air. As it rises, it displaces cooler air, which flows downwards. As a fire continues to burn, it pulls in the cooler air at lower levels and heats it. This air rises and forces the air near the ceiling to flow downwards. As long as the fire burns, this pattern continues, resulting in a constant movement and circulation of air in a building or room. These are convection currents.
You probably learned as a child to drop to the floor if ever caught in a smoky room. The reason is hot air rises (which means smoke also rises). Smoke continues upwards until stopped by the ceiling. The greatest concentration of smoke residues will be on the ceiling immediately above the fire area, unless strong opposing air currents were present.
Smoke moves into adjacent rooms as the upper portion of the room fills to the doorways. Still hotter than the surrounding air, the smoke stays near ceilings and continues to migrate towards upper levels of the home, depositing smoke residues as it travels.
Heat lines may be visible in rooms where the fire was very hot. Above the heat line, residues are more difficult to remove because heat opens up pores in surfaces allowing deeper penetration (heat makes materials expand). Aerosols and residues can be literally baked on.
In smaller fires, rooms at levels lower than the source of the fire may have little smoke damage. Ventilating the home immediately will also reduce damage to lower levels. Otherwise, as the air cools and falls, it may carry some residues and odors to all parts of the home.
As the temperature of air rises, the pressure that air exerts on surfaces increases. To be precise, as the air temperature increases by 10°F, the pressure increases and the volume of the air double. This means that the hotter the fire, the harder smoke is forced against surfaces. This explains the concept of driven smoke and free floating smoke.
Hot smoke moves by pressurized air with force and is, therefore, called driven smoke. As hot smoke collides with surfaces, it deposits residues and is the cause for soot residues on vertical surfaces.
Cold smoke was once hot and pressurized, but lost its force as it cooled. Cold smoke is called free floating smoke because it floats through the building until gravity causes it to settle on horizontal surfaces.
Hot smoke tends to move toward colder surfaces. This principle, expressed as hot goes to cold, results from convection currents—as hot air rises, the cooler air around cold surfaces falls and is replaced by warm, smoky air contacting the cooler surface. Hot smoke, therefore, migrates toward the colder surfaces of outside walls and windows, closed drawers, closets, and unheated rooms. As hot smoke migrates, it deposits residues more heavily around colder surfaces. If walls are well insulated, windows provide a substantial temperature difference so that air currents may concentrate in that area. This difference in temperature (called a temperature differential) around a window causes a heavier deposit of tar and smoke residue on the back of draperies than on the front. Closets receive surprising concentrations of residue because they are cooler than the room interiors.
Two more factors of smoke behavior deal with smoke leaving residues as it moves through a building—arrangement of building space and ionization (magnetism). As smoke travels from the source, it flows around building obstructions with the air current that carries it. Each obstruction tends to pick up smoke residues from the air as it passes by, acting as a filter. The farther smoke travels from its source, the fewer residues it contains as they are filtered out by contacting building obstructions.
Smoke follows airflow patterns through a building, spreading residues within the structure. Convection currents often follow the direction of heating mains and tubing in homes where hot water heating is installed. Smoke flows upward through openings cut for water pipes. Convection currents continue upward behind radiators resulting in heavier deposits on walls immediately above these units.
Some areas in a building receive more smoke residues than other areas due to the airflow pattern through the building. The cavity above a suspended ceiling may also serve as an air return and have heavier smoke deposits than the finished ceiling beneath. This cavity can also spread residues to a wider area of the building. Since air tends to flow in smooth curves, it bypasses sharp angles and shallow cavities. Corners formed by the junctions of ceilings and walls receive less smoke than adjacent areas.
Smoke can work its way around some obstructions. Rooms that were closed off may have surprising concentrations of residue. Remember: Closed doors cannot stop smoke! You may notice heavy residue concentrations under or around closed doors, around cracks, and around the edges of carpets. As smoke flows around and through cracks, it deposits heavier residue concentrations. Generally, smoke concentrations will be present on the far side of door openings and ceilings immediately above them. Also, drawer interiors and other seemingly inaccessible areas can attract smoke.
Some areas of a building’s space actually provide shortcuts that carry smoke to areas that otherwise might have received little or no residue. For example, air currents may flow within the HVAC ductwork even if the blower is not operating. If forced air heat or air conditioning is operating, air returns, registers, and walls and ceilings near them will show a greater concentration of residue.
Generally, smoke residues are less concentrated in building areas farther from the source of the fire. The longer a fire continues, however, the more evenly distributed smoke will become throughout the structure. As long as the fire continues to heat the air, circulation patterns are created by hot air rising and cool air falls. All the air in a building will eventually become involved in this circulation, even air in basements and lower levels.
Ionization refers to smoke particles (especially those from burning plastics) that become electrically charged. Since opposite electrical charges attract, smoke residues with strong charges may be attracted to surfaces with the opposite electrical charge.
This charge is present in many synthetic fibers and plastics in general. A synthetic lampshade will frequently attract noticeable concentrations of residue, while a silk or paper shade sitting next to it remains unaffected. A plastic dry-cleaning bag covering clothes also attracts more residues than an unprotected cotton dress hanging beside it.
Due to ionization, you may see smoke webs on surfaces in a structure. Residues (such as from burning plastics or the soot from some furnace disorders) may form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemble in corners or at junctions of walls and ceilings. Smoke webs look exactly like cobwebs, but homeowners are happy to learn they are actually smoke webs.
Ionized smoke particles cluster on metal surfaces just as metal filings cluster on a magnet. Through magnetism, charged smoke particles are attracted to metal surfaces such as plumbing pipes and coat hangers. Nail heads that are invisible beneath drywall become clearly outlined by smoke because their magnetic attraction remains effective despite the covering of paint and plaster. This is often referred to as nail pops, but the statement is misleading since the nails are still in place; it just looks like they have come to the surface.
These are just some fire damage facts that you should be aware of if you ever encounter this problem. Always ask your restoration contract questions and keep asking them till you feel comfortable with them. Remember it is your decision who you use to restore your home and no one else they can only make suggestions.
Please take a look at our website for more information. www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 in the North East
Frozen Pipe in Ceiling of home in New Jersey
Fall/Winter 2017-2018. So far the north east has been pretty lucky with the weather this season. The fall so far has been very mild although this week seems to be dipping down in tempatures. Some of the weather experts are saying that mid- December-January will be cold toward the end of the months continuing into early/mid-February. Possible late January into early to mid-February we could excpect some snow. But that’s a long way from now till then so all we can really do is play it by ear and day by day.
With all the differences in the weather there seems to be a lot of people coming down with colds and or the flu. So let’s all remember to cover our mouth and noses when coughing and sneezing, also antibacterial lotion and soap. Remember when you are out and about shopping and have to use a cart to wash your hands because the handles of shopping carts have ton of gems. Some stores even have antibacterial wipes next to the carts for your convenience. We all need to stay healthy so when the snow storms come we can go out and have fun in the snow.
When the snow does come and it will we need to make sure that we take a lot of breaks while shoveling our driveways and cleaning off our cars so we don’t over exert ourselves causing health problems. Please check on your elderly parents or neighbors as it is harder for them to do those chores themselves. If you have teenagers have them go over and help out. Keep an eye on your pets in the snow too their paws can become frost bitten.
With the winter come the freezing cold, make sure that young children and the elderly are taken care of and kept warm. It is a good idea before the winter even gets started to have your heating check by a professional because if you don’t and it fails in the middle of a storm or cold freeze professionals could be too busy to get to you in a timely manner. Always make sure you have plenty of canned goods and water on hand incase power is lost. If you can afford it buying a generator is a good idea just make sure if you have to use it there’s plenty of ventilation so the fumes don’t cause more harm than good. Ice dams are also a headache when it comes to the winter snow storms. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. This will cause you to have to call in a professional like SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls to come in and fix the damage. Most the time ice damn damage will be covered by your homeowners insurance but you should double check with your insurance company to see if would be covered. Depending on how much damage is done it could be in the thousands to mitigate and repair.
Fire Damage Contents Monmouth County, NJ
Fire in Monmouth County, NJ
Hopefully none of us will ever have to encounter a situation where we will need to see a first responder coming to our aide. Unfortunately accidents happen and on a fire we want to see those firefighters blazing down the street to come and save one of our loved ones (god forbid) or lifelong cherished belongings. After the firefighters have gone your standing there wondering what’s next. You might be thinking about the family photos or the blanket your great grandmother knitted for you as a baby. That’s where SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls comes in and can help you with the question, what’s next? Sometimes our belongings become damaged even though the firefighters made it on time. Just because the items are damaged doesn’t mean they are unsalvageable. As a restoration company we here at SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls can restore your lifelong belongings back to conditions like the fire damage never even happened depending on how severe the damage is. We take pride in bringing homeowners belongings back to them restored because it brings a smile to their face even though they have been through one of the toughest times of their life.
In doing the restoration sometimes the cleaning can be done right on site or if the damage is too severe then we can bring the belongings back to our warehouse and restore them there. We work on the homeowner’s time table, so if your house is being restored we can store your belongings till the restoration is complete (that’s one less thing you have to worry about). We work directly with your homeowners insurance to provide a seamless process. Once your home is complete we will return your items and put them back into place where they were before the fire. Each step of the way we treat our customers as if they were our family. If this happened to one of our family member we would want them treated in the same manner as we treat our customers. If there is ever damage done to your home we are here to help you in every way possible. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls services all areas of Monmouth County, NJ.
24 Hour Emergency Services
SERVPRO of?Marlboro/Tinton Falls?is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 732-536-7555
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Commercial Mold Loss in Brick, NJ
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls Today – 732-536-7555.
Storm Damage in Mantoloking, NJ Ocean County
SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Ocean, NJ we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROmarlborotintonfalls.com/storm-flooding-restoration that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 732-536-7555