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Kitchen Cleaning After a Grease Fire in Whiting

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Grease fire in a cast iron pan on stovetop Grease fire in Whiting brought soot and smoke damage throughout 2 story home.

Cooking is such a routine activity that it is easy to forget that the high temperatures used can easily start a fire. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other place in the home. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen while food is cooking. Luckily, the majority of reported cooking fires were small.

Do Electric or Gas Stoves Cause More Kitchen Fires?

Households that used electric ranges showed a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges, according to the National Fire Prevention Agency. This could be because with an electric range it may be less obvious that a burner is still on.

Did You Know That Oil and Grease Could Start a Kitchen Fire?

Grease fires happen when oil, grease, or fat on a stovetop or oven get hot enough to ignite. They are highly flammable which means they can catch fire easily. Different oils burn at different temperatures or flash points, but every oil you can buy at the grocery store is capable of catching on fire if the temperature is high enough. When you're cooking with grease, it's important to know the warning signs that oils are getting too hot. Boiling and smoking are good indicators that it's time to turn down the heat. Oils heat very quickly, and once it starts to smoke, oil can catch fire in as little as 30 seconds.

Water Makes Grease Fires Worse

NEVER try to extinguish a grease fire with water. Throwing water on the fire can cause burning grease to splash, which can make the fire spread and potentially harm bystanders. It is dangerous to move a pan or pot of burning oil for the same reasons, according to VeryWellHealth.com.

Grease Fires Can Get Out of Control Quickly

Do not wait until the fire is out of control to call 911! The fire department can always return to the station if you are able to get the fire out before they get to you.

What to Do If You Experience an Oil or Grease Fire?

  • Call 911-Fires can become out of control very quickly
  • Turn off the Stove whether it is the burner, oven, or broiler.
  • Cover with a Lid-The easiest way to cut off oxygen to a grease fire is to cover it with a metal pan lid or baking sheet. 
  • Douse the Flames-The warning to never use water to put out a grease fire is worth repeating, especially since your urge may be to take a burning pot to the sink and turn on the faucet. Instead, you can reach for two pantry staples to help douse a small grease fire safely with baking sodabecause it releases carbon dioxide when heated, which can smother the fire or salt can form a barrier between the fire and the air. This prevents the fire from getting the oxygen it needs. NEVER use flour and baking powder as they are highly combustible and can explode in extreme heat. Do not use them (or any boxed mixes that contain them) on a grease fire.
  • Use a Class K Fire Extinguisher. These are wet chemical extinguishers that are commonly found in commercial kitchens. They are designed specifically for cooking fires and work by forming a soapy foam on the surface of the fire that cuts off air flow. NEVER use a Class A-only fire extinguisher on a grease fire, as it is water-based.

When to Call the Pros at SERVPRO of Point Pleasant to Clean After a Grease Fire?

Because grease fires cause such extensive damage and be a long, intensive process, it's almost always advisable to call in professionals. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Professional Cleaning Throughout the Pandemic

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team member in standard protection attire during Covid cleaning SERVPRO of Point Pleasant has multiple products in the our product line that carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens.

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

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

For more information, follow the Environmental Protection Agency's Cleaning and Disinfecting Best Practices During Covid-19. 

How to Know When to Clean and When to Disinfect:

  • Cleaning with products containing soap or detergent reduces germs on surfaces by removing contaminants and may also weaken or damage some of the virus particles, which decreases risk of infection from surfaces. When no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, cleaning is usually enough to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility, according to the CDC.
  • Clean and disinfect in shared spaces if certain conditions apply that can increase the risk of infection from touching surfaces such as a high transmission of COVID-19 in your community, a low number of people wearing masks, infrequent hand hygiene, or the space is occupied by certain populations, such as people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Remember to Stay Home if...

  • You are feeling sick
  • You have a sick family member in their home

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant is uniquely prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste. Call today at 732-202-3001. 

Day Four of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Flood Insurance

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Floors and walls removed after a flood in South Plainfield, NJ SERVPRO of Point Pleasant uses advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques after storm damage or flood damage.

Being prepared with flood insurance can help you rebuild your home faster and stronger. No home is completely safe from the risk of potential flooding. Floods can happen anywhere and just one inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 in damage, according to FEMA If you’re not protected, you could be responsible for paying for costly damage all on your own. 

Need Flood Insurance?

Call your insurance company or insurance agent, or ask a friend or family member who they use or contact The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to get a quote as soon as possible. Plan ahead as there is typically a 30-day waiting period for an NFIP policy to go into effect.

Currently Have Flood Insurance?

Do an insurance check-up: make sure you have enough insurance to repair or even replace your home and/or belongings. Remember, home and renters insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so you’ll need a separate policy for it.

Flooding can be an emotionally and financially devastating event. With flood insurance, you're able to recover faster and more fully. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Point Pleasant has helped many people in the aftermath of hurricanes and flooding, including Superstorm Sandy. We are storm and flooding damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-flood and pre-storm condition. 

Day Three of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Emergency Disaster Kit

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Items to be packed in the event of a hurricane Be hurricane ready!

When preparing for hurricanes, having supplies to make it through the hurricane isn’t enough. Ensure you have supplies for the recovery period, which could be very long depending on the damage. In some cases, water, electricity and gas could be out for a day or even over a week. You may need to survive on your own for several days so having an emergency hurricane disaster kit in the event of a hurricane could be a life saver.

What is an Emergency Hurricane Disaster Kit?

An emergency hurricane disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

What Items Should Be in the Hurricane Emergency Disaster Kit?

  • Cash-banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. 
  • Water-at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets.
  • Food-at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, paper plates, plastic utensils. 
  • Manual can opener (non-electric)
  • Radio-battery powered and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
  • Blankets, pillows etc. 
  • Clothing-seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes. 
  • First Aid Kit-plus medicines, prescription drugs, vitamins
  • Special items-for babies and the elderly. 
  • Toiletries-hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Keys
  • A portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones.
  • Toys, books and games.
  • Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.

Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, according to Federal Alliance for Safer Homes.

How Much of Each Should Be in Your Emergency hurricane Disaster Kit?

Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days (store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible) to ensure your family's basic comfort and well-being.

How Should These Items be Safely Stored?

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

Where Should Your Emergency Hurricane Disaster Kit Be Kept?

This kit should be kept at home in a designated place and should be have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

What Should You Do to Keep the Supplies Updated?

Remember to replace stored food and water every six months, keep a supply of fresh batteries on hand. Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Day Two of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Evacuation

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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

Day Two Hurricane Preparedness Week: Evacuation Plan

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

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

Do You Know New Jersey’s Coastal Evacuation Routes?

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

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

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

What Should You Do If Your Evacuation Route Gets Flooded?

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

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

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

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

Day One of Hurricane Preparedness Week: Risk Assessment

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Determining your risk is the first part of Hurricane Preparedness Month!

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

Do You Know Where to Track a Hurricane?

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

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

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

What Are Flood Maps?

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

Where Can You Find Your Flood Map?

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

Can Your Flood Risk Change?

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

Clothes Dryer and Appliance Fire Safety in Mantoloking

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Dryer fire in Brick, NJ after it was removed from the home If a dryer fire strikes your Bricktown property, call the fire damage cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Point Pleasant today.

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

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

The Clothes Dryer

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

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

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

Common causes of dryer fires:

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

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

After a fire, you will need the assistance of a reputable fire restoration company to handle your fire damage cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant, NJ at (732) 202-3001 for the experts in fire damage restoration, smoke and soot cleanup.

Common Sources of Water Damage in Mantoloking, New Jersey

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe causes water damage in Mantoloking, NJ After any water damage, your primary focus should be safety first and secondly to stop the water.

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

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

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

Prevention is key, but sometimes water damage happens no matter how prepared we are and the quicker the water is cleaned up the batter it is for the structure. The speed with which drying occurs can determine how expensive your repair is, how much damage is done, and whether or not your home remains habitable. At SERVPRO of Point Pleasant, we have the expertise needed to repair your home after a water damage occurs. Call us at 732-202-3001.

April Showers Bring May Flowers or... Property Damage in Ocean County

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Offers Emergency Storm & Flood Damage Cleanup

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers in this Point Pleasant home to dry out the structure There are 3,277 properties in Point Pleasant that have greater than a 26% chance of being severely affected by flooding.

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

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

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

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

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

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