Tips to Keep Your Home Fire Damage Free During the Holidays
Everyone here at SERVPRO of Point Pleasant 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:
- Use only non-flammabe decorations and place all decorations away from heat vents and heating sources.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do not block exits with decorations or trees.
- 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 Point Pleasant will always be "Ready for whatever happens." If If disaster does strike your home during the holiday season, SERVPRO of Point Pleasant 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
We are extra thankful for our wonderful SERVPRO of Point Pleasant staff on Thanksgiving.
A fire on Thanksgiving morning forced 111 senior citizens from their apartment complex in Toms River. After firefighters extinguished the fire, an estimated 75 percent of the building suffered from smoke and water damage, according to the Toms River Patch. We are thankful to have helped get most of them back into their homes by the Monday after Thanksgiving and making it “Like it never even happened.”
A Special Thank You to All Military Families this November
Military families often endure unique challenges as they support their soldier so we thank them not just this November but all through the year.
Every November, The Armed Services celebrates Military Family Month to demonstrate the nation’s support and commitment to the families of military personnel. Throughout the month of November, Army families serving around the world are being recognized and honored for the commitment and contributions they make every day through a variety of observances.
All of us share in the responsibility of caring for our military families and veterans. These families have stepped up to the plate at great personal cost. Unsure of what you can do for Military Family Month? You can do one or more of the following ideas or create your own:
- Create a care package for them to enjoy while away from home.
- Thank an Active-Duty Member, Veteran, Military Spouse, or Military Child for their service and sacrifice.
- Visit war memorials with your family to teach your children the value of service.
- Fly the U.S. Flag.
- Thank someone in a military uniform and/or surprise someone in military uniform with a free coffee, dessert or drink if in line behind you.
- Adopt a military family for the holidays by sponsoring a Food Basket or Toys for junior enlisted military families.
- Make a donation or volunteer with a military assistance organization
As we acknowledge and appreciate our veterans of the past and present for their noble and brave service to our nation, we offer gratitude for their sacrifice and for the security and protection of our freedoms. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to military families for the support they provide for our service members on a daily basis. Your sacrifices on behalf of our country are truly inspiring.
Safety First Before the Feast
Let SERVPRO of Point Pleasant 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:
- Never leave anything unattended while cooking.
- Use a timer as a reminder that there is something cooking.
- Keep children away from all cooking areas. At least three feet is usually a good, safe distance.
- Keep all flammable items away from anything that generates heat.
- Avoid your clothing from catching fire around flames if wearing loose clothing.
- Have a working fire extinguisher nearby and know how to work it in case of an emergency.
- 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 Point Pleasant. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Don't Forgot a Preparedness Plan for Your Pets and Animals
At SERVPRO of Point Pleasant, pets are important family members so we make them a part of our preparedness planning.
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to put a plan in place for your pet or pets in case of an emergency.
There are several things you can do to make sure they stay stay safe during an emergency. Putting a Pet Emergency Kit together for your pets is the easiest way to plan ahead for an emergency. Ready.gov/animals lists the following items as essential to building your Pet Emergency Kit
- Bring at least a three day supply of food per animal in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Bring at least a three day supply of water per animal.
- Back all medicines and medical records for your pets in a waterproof case.
- Put together a first aid kit that includes cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves, Isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Could not hurt to include a pet first aid reference book too.
- collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
- Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier for each animal in case you need to evacuate. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Everything necessary for sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate. Paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- A picture of your pet and yourself to show others to assist if if you become separated from your pet.
- Bring microchip information in case you become separated from your pet in order to help locate them. Most veterinary clinics and shelters will have scanners to read the microchips.
- Bring some familiar items for your pet to make them comfortable and to help reduce stress during an emergency, such as treats, toys and bedding.
Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so never leave your pet behind. They could be lost, hurt or even die if left behind. If you are unable to take your pet for any reason, please contact a local shelter, a family member or friend, police department, fire department or post on social media ahead of time for assistance.
For more information on preparedness for pets and animals, please visit ready.gov/animals.
Do You Know Why the United States has Fire Prevention Week Every Year?
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 Point Pleasant in keeping our family and community safe this year. Follow these safety tips on escape planning by the NFPA.
Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant in the unfortunate event of fire damage at 732-202-3001.
Are You Aware that September is Mold Awareness Month?
Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem.
Are You Aware that September is Mold Awareness Month?
Molds are part of our natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.
It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Point Pleasant home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects.
Listed below are a few simple tips if you suspect you may have a mold situation:
- DO NOT ignore possible signs of mold. Immediately look for possible sources of moisture without disturbing suspected mold to prevent further spreading.
- Repair any sources of water as quickly as possible and thoroughly dry the any areas that are wet or damp.
- Move anything that is not suspected of having mold on it to a safe and dry area.
- If possible, seal off areas that may be contaminated to prevent further spreading.
If You See Signs of Mold,
Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Today at 732-202-3001.
Five Preventative Tips Against Water Damage
An appliance leak caused this home to need water damage restoration in this Toms River home.
Water damage is one of the most common issues that homeowners like us, may face, but with prevention, we may stop it before it begins. Here are five simple tips to aid in the prevention of water destruction in your home:
- Do not ignore leaks. If you notice a leak inside or outside your home fix it quickly because a small leak will not remain small. If you are unable to fix it yourself, call in a plumber immediately. The faster you fix a leak, the less damage it will leave behind.
- Watch for increases in your water bill. If you have an increasingly high water bill one month there may be an unseen reason. Some pipes are in walls or underneath flooring making it difficult to see the leak or burst pipe.
- Regularly inspect appliances connected to a water supply line. Any appliance that connect to a water supply line, have a chance of bursting or leaking. Appliances using hoses are a common weakness for water damage problems. Replace any that show signs of decay, rust or damage.
- Turn off your main water valve to your home before going away. Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply and ensure that water will not wreak havoc on your home while unoccupied.
- Regularly inspect your roof and gutters. Keeping your roof in good condition with no cracks or loose shingles is a great line of defense against rainwater entering your home. While checking the roof, do not forget remove debris from your gutters to prevent overflow.
In Need of Water Damage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant when a fast response is critical. We are your local water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition.
Corroded Pipes at Local Dental Office Cause Water Damage
A local dental office in Bayville, NJ was surprised to find water damage on the their floors when they returned to the office.
A commercial dental office had a flood in areas of their building caused by corroded pipes attached to the water filtration system. Corrosion of pipes is due to physical and chemical reactions between the pipe material and water. In simple words, the metal from the piping dissolves into the water from various causes. Depending on the degree of the reaction, a new piping system can show signs of corrosion in as little as two years. If you are dealing with an older home, corrosion is always a risk. With corrosion comes restricted water flow and in extreme cases, cruddy water.
The rate of pipe corrosion is commonly associated with the following factors:
- Alkaline water, with a high pH level above 8.5.
- Acidic water, with a low pH level under 7.0.
- An elevated level of dissolved oxygen in the water.
- A high level of dissolved salts in the water, known as Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).
- Electrochemical issues, most commonly improper grounding of appliances and/or lightning strikes that pass through utility grounding wires.
- Bacteria that can cause corrosion, such as iron bacteria and sulfates.
- Hydraulic wear, caused by materials, such as grit, sand, and sediment, moving across the surface of the pipe.
- High velocity water, relative to the pipe size that causes hydraulic wear on the pipe surface, sometimes caused by pumps in hot water systems.
- An incorrect copper piping installation, where the ends of the pipe were not deburred or reamed and/or excessive acidic flux when the pipes were soldered together.
There is never a convenient time for water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. In an emergency, give us a call 24/7 at 732-202-3001 and we will be there fast with the help you need.
Summertime Sewage Removal at the Jersey Shore
Summertime at the Jersey Shore is the time for getting out in the sun, enjoying fresh air and swimming at the beach. The last thing you want to come home to find after a wonderful summer day is the smell of sewage. When you left in the morning, there was no sign of the disaster to come. Unfortunately, this family in Lavallette, had exactly that experience this summer.
Sewage poses a serious health risk to any humans and animals living in the home, so anything it touches must be cleaned, disinfected, or discarded. Sewage can cause extensive property damage and severe health problems and, on top of that, it is extremely difficult and unpleasant to deal with because it requires a lot of time and effort, as well as specialized disinfecting products and purification techniques. Immediate cleanup of the affected area can help minimize the future damage and can prevent mold growth.
This photo shows that special training and equipment is necessary to clean this type of contamination safely. At SERVPRO of Point Pleasant, we consider sewage cleanup to be an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home to pre-sewage condition.