Avoid Electrical Hazards after a Hurricane or Flood
This is just one step in the water extraction process that SERVPRO of Point Pleasant preforms to make it "Like it never even happened."
After a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster you need to be careful to avoid electrical hazards both in your home and elsewhere. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these tips to stay safe from electrical hazards:
- Never touch a fallen power line. Always the power company to report fallen power lines.
- Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup and other activities.
- Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the water.
- If a power line falls across your car while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not turn off the ignition. Warn people not to touch the car or the line. Call or ask someone to call the local utility company and emergency services. Do not allow anyone other than emergency personnel to approach your vehicle.
- If electrical circuits and electrical equipment have gotten wet or are in or near water, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel. Do not enter standing water to access the main power switch. Call an electrician to turn it off.
- Never turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. Do not turn the power back on until electrical equipment has been inspected by a qualified electrician. All electrical equipment and appliances must be completely dry before returning them to service. Have a certified electrician check these items if there is any question.
- If you see frayed wiring or sparks when you restore power, or if there is an odor of something burning but no visible fire, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker.
- Consult your utility company about using electrical equipment, including power generators. Do not connect generators to your home’s electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices. If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard and it may endanger line workers helping to restore power in your area.
Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones after a hurricane, storm or flood.
If you believe someone has had an electrical shock, do not touch them, call 911 immediately.
After your New Jersey property is safe from all electrical hazards, call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant to begin the water damage cleanup and restoration. For more information on water and storm damage cleanup, call us 24/7 at 732-202-3001.
Why Your Business Must Have an Emergency READY Profile from SERVPRO of Toms River
An estimated 50% of businesses do not recover after a disaster. Do not become one of them. Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant for your ERP today.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is a tool that can help prepare your business for anything that 2019 may bring. It is a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information. It can be an ideal supplement to any existing emergency preparedness or contingency plan. Rather than simply reacting to a disaster, be proactive by establishing a relationship with a restoration company. We are a leader in fire and water damage response and can help you get your property back in working order.
The advantages of having an ERP with SERVPRO of Point Pleasant:
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
- A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Establishes us as your local disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call us today so we can get your business "Ready for whatever happens."
Flood Damage Prevention Tips
Ocean County suffered heavy rain in August 2018 that resulted in flooding. Brick was one of the areas largely affected with major water damage.
Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near the Jersey coastline, along city streets or near a river or lake, there is always a potential for suffering flood damage. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.
Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced. Below are prevention, mitigation and restoration tips to follow until help arrives:
Flood Prevention Tips:
- Determine if your property is in a floodplain.
- In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
- Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
- Plan for payroll continuity.
- Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.
- Visit Ready.gov for a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans for New Jersey.
Flood damage affect not only the structure of your property but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home. The first 24 hours after flooding are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Our team is ready to respond as quickly as possible to help our Ocean County community with water cleanup and restoration.
Call the Cleanup Team That is Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant on site for fire cleanup at a house in Waretown, NJ.
Fire damage in a home can be a stressful event for any property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of your property is a huge concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant understands how disruptive fires can be for our customers. That is why we offer 24 hour emergency. Our rapid respond team and our trained technicians will help limit damage and get your get back to preloss condition. We will be there to help you restore order quickly.
No fire damage is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Point Pleasant. With experience in mitigating damages ranging from small one room apartments to large commercial buildings, our crew can provide quick response to virtually every situation.
No matter when disaster strikes, call the cleanup team that's faster to any size disaster. Our team is always ready, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Why Do Frozen Pipes Burst?
If you have already experienced some form of water damage from a burst pipe, call the water restoration experts at SERVPRO of Point Pleasant.
Freezing cold temperatures can cause serious damage to your pipes of your Ocean County home or business. Unfortunately, burst pipes are a common, serious occurrence in New Jersey.
Why do pipes burst? According to Live Science, when water freezes, its molecules crystallize, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form, meaning the water molecules expand as they freeze. As the ice expands, it pushes water toward the closed faucet. This causes an immense amount of water pressure to build between the ice blockage and the faucet. Eventually, the pipe ruptures under the pressure, usually at a spot where there's little or no ice.
While you can't control the weather, you can definitely prepare before disaster strikes. Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If your building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. Also, heating or insulating these vulnerable pipes with fiberglass or foam sleeves ahead of time can help prevent them from bursting.
If water damage does happen in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant. We are water removal and cleanup specialists that quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques.
How to Defend Your Ocean County Home from Mold
Leaky pipes left alone may not only bring water damage but mold damage too. Fix them ASAP to avoid mold growth in your Point Pleasant home.
When there is a water or moisture intrusion of any kind in your home, mold can quickly become a problem. Not only can mold cause health effects but it can also cause significant damage to your property.
Follow these simple tips to help prevent your property against mold:
- Keep the humidity between 30-60 percent.
- Provide proper drainage away from your home’s foundation.
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
- Keeps gutters and drains free of debris.
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and preform necessary maintenance.
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
- Contact SERVPRO of Point Pleasant ASAP if you suspect or find a water intrusion.
We understand both water, mold and mold growth. Our team has the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle any mold problem. Because every mold damage is different and will require a unique solution, you need an experienced crew there to make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Responds with Fast Action and a Full Arsenal of Drying Equipment
A washing machine hose leak caused an entire floor of water damage to this home in Brick. SERVPRO was onsite with our arsenal of drying equipment.
When water damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Point Pleasant will help you take it back.
There is no such thing as a small water disaster, especially when a small leak could blossom into a bigger, expense later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep into carpets and pool on sub floors, causing major problems the longer it remains. Our team has experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.
We will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Our trained professionals understand how to manage the drying processing by using state of the art equipment and the latest technology. Using the proper equipment will ensure your structure is thoroughly dried, which makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage and expense after a water loss.
The bottom line is SERVPRO of Point Pleasant has the training and equipment to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."
Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors on National Battery Day
Prevent fire damage from happening in your Point Pleasant home by celebrating National Battery Day because even a small candle can cause damage.
Nowadays every day of the year is a day for celebrating something. There are over 1,500 national days of things to celebrate even though we only have 365 calendar days to celebrate them. Some are just lighthearted or silly, like National Gumdrop Day (February 15th), National Tell a Fairy Tale Day (February 26th) and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (March 1st.) Others we should take a little more seriously, such as National Battery Day (February 15th).
National Battery Day was created to raise awareness of the importance of testing and having working batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These detectors help warn you of a potentially life threatening situation, giving vital time to get you and your loved ones to safety. This is why it is so important to make sure they have working batteries.
Also, while you have the batteries out, this is a good day to check the batteries in your flashlights in the event of a power outage.
Why Use the Professionals at SERVPRO of Point Pleasant for Your Commercial Water Loss
This is just one step in the water mitigation process by SERVPRO of Point Pleasant at this office in Brick, NJ.
From a broken water line to an overflowing toilet, water damage can happen anytime to any commercial property.
You may think that repairing water damage on your own will save your business tons of money, unfortunately, that is not what usually happens. If you do not have the proper knowledge, equipment and training in water damage mitigation and restoration, you can end up causing more damage and significantly increasing the cost of cleanup and repairs.
The extent of water damage can be deceiving as much of it can get absorbed into the porous building materials of the property. Water is stealthy and you may miss it in hidden areas that are not noticeable to human eyes. It can easily find its way into small cracks and crevices causing major damage behind the walls, in the ceiling, and under the floors.
Hiring SERVPRO of Point Pleasant to do the restoration right away will prevent the water from becoming absorbed into the building materials causing extensive damage to your commercial property. Since water damage cleanup is a time sensitive process, you need us there quickly. The longer the water remains, it will aid mold growth and allow secondary water damage to incur. We are available 24/7 for your business emergency. As soon as you notice water damage in your home, call your local us to restore your business to preloss condition and bring it back to "Like to never even happened."
Benefits of Mitigation from SERVPRO of Point Pleasant
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant restoring property to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant promotes restoration rather than replacement when possible to save you from higher damage costs. Our technicians strive to restore your items to preloss condition. The cost to restore damaged contents is a fraction of the cost to replace. Replacing flooring, drywall, and all of your furniture is expensive. Restoring your home is a lot less expensive than replacing everything in your home. Items such as family heirlooms and photographs can not be replaced, so we try to restore all that are savable.
Why choose SERVPRO of Point Pleasant for your mitigation needs?
Choose us because we are a national leader in the cleanup and restoration services. Our effective results are the result of consistent training and execution. Our trained technicians provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal.
You have a choice when it comes to who to trust with your home. Choose SERVPRO of Point Pleasant and let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”