Tips to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing when Cold Temperatures Arrive in Point Pleasant
What do you do after the plumber has repaired your burst pipe? Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant for all your water damage cleanup needs.
As the Jersey Shore heads into it’s winter season, now is a good time to start planning ahead to avoid one of winter's most unwanted experiences: frozen pipes.
Some homes and business have pipes that are in danger of freezing. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage.
Before we talk about tips to prevent your pipes from freezing, let's first look at which pipes are most likely to freeze when the weather plummets:
- Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
- Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
- Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
Now that we know which pipes are at high risk from the cold, follow these simple tips to help prevent frozen pipes:
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
In the event your home or business does experience a frozen pipe, here are a few things to do while waiting for the cleanup process to begin:
- Turn the main water off to the property.
- Shut off power main if the is a chance water came in contact with anything electrical.
- Find the damaged pipe and repair yourself or call a licensed plumber to help.
- Check with your agent or insurance company so you will be sure what your policy covers.
- Document the damaged articles and take photos.
- If your home sustains water damage, it is important to make sure that it is properly dried and repaired to prevent any potential problem with mold.
In the event of property damage from a frozen or burst pipe, you may need professional help to make repairs, clean up the water, and prevent any mold from creeping up in the affected area of your home. Don’t just call any water damage service, call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant, your local, water damage clean-up specialists. With over 20 years of service in our community, we have the experience, expertise and knowledge to make the repairs to your home and business “Like it never even happened.”
Why Choose SERVPRO of Point Pleasant for Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Cleanup in Your Bricktown Home?
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Point Pleasant for Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Cleanup in Your Bricktown Home?
- Free Estimate-SERVPRO of Point Pleasant will write up a free estimate for your fire damage emergency cleanup service in your house, condominium or apartment.
- Work with Insurance–We will work with insurance company when it comes to removing smoke, soot and even water from firefighting efforts caused by extinguishing the flames.
- Timely Response–We understand that time is of the utmost importance after you experience a fire. Our team will arrive as soon as it is deemed safe to start your restoration process.
- Certification– SERVPRO of Point Pleasant is IICRC certified.
- Reputation– We let our past clients speak through reviews to make sure that you have the best company working for you. We have a long history of happy customers and great service in the Ocean County and surrounding areas.
- Experience– We have over 20 years of experience within our local community and are true professionals.
- Availability– We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for all fire damage emergencies your home.
We’re Fire Damage Specialists
There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.
- Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
Learn to be Fire Smart Against Fires in Your Brick Home
We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets yo
Do not let your Brick home be one of the statistics each year. There are more than 45,000 home fires each year. They are a very common cause of fires in the home. They cause millions of dollars in damages, while claiming lives in the process. Most fire deaths occur between midnight and 6 AM with peak months being December through March, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Common causes can be:
- Always appliances directly into a wall outlet.
- Never use an extension cord with a major appliance because it can easily overheat and start a fire.
- Unplug small appliances when you are not using them.
- Keep lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.
- Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
- Check electrical cords on appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged and loose electrical cords. Do not try to repair them.
- Do not overload wall outlets. Insert plugs fully into sockets.
- Never force a three-prong cord into a two-slot outlet.
- Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children.
- Extension Cords, Power Strips and Surge Protectors
- Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
- Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
- Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
- Do not overload power strips.
- Use power strips that have internal overload protection.
If your home does experience an electrical fire, SERVPRO of Point Pleasant specializes in fire damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Flooding Information for Your Home or Business
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant understands that every flood damage is different and requires a unique solution. Call us today at 732-202-3001.
What is flooding?
Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry.
What could cause flooding?
- Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
- Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
- Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.
What you should know about Flood Safety:
- Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
- Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
- Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect.
- Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
- Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
- If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
- Never drive or walk through flooded streets.
For FEMA's Be Prepared for a Flood information sheets, click here.
When can you return to your home after a flood?
Pay attention to authorities for information and instructions than return home only when authorities say it is safe.
What can you do to restore your home or business after a flood?
Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant as soon as possible. has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Has the Right Equipment For Every Water Damage Emergency
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant professionals have the resources and restoration equipment to help you take back control of your life.
The right equipment is vital for timely mitigation. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.
Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly.
- Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
- Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to monitor the drying process.
- Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.
The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.
- Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.
Air Moving Equipment
Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.
By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant use two types of dehumidifiers:
- Refrigerant Dehumidifiers work similarly to air conditioners.
- Desiccant Dehumidifiers use chemicals, called desiccants, that readily absorb moisture from the air. Deodorization.
- Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult-to-access areas.
- Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.
Tropical Depression Henri dumps more than 8 inches of rain on parts of NJ.
When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help return to normal quickly.
Though Hurricane Henri was expected to avoid a direct hit on New Jersey, the National Weather Service was forecasting it would bring heavy rain, strong winds, and flash flooding, with the northern half of the state at the most risk for the torrential weather. Henri was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane late Saturday morning. Rain and wind in New Jersey were expected to begin sometime Saturday night. Luckily, the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression before and Ocean County did not get a direct hit. We did experience heavy rainfall, with Brick receiving about 2.65 inches, Manchester 2.1 inches and Jackson 2.27 inches. Some other areas in New Jersey received more than 8 inches, according to NJ.com.
Do you know the difference between a tropical storm and tropical depression?
A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds (one-minute average) of 38 mph (33 knots) or less. A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds ranging from 39-73 mph (34 to 63 knots), according to the National Weather Service.
New Jersey was under a tropical storm watch because the path for Tropical Storm Henri was uncertain until it got closer to New Jersey. As the path became certain, Ocean County was going to avoid a direct hit and the storm’s intensity decreased. We were just going to get the outer bands from the storm which means rain, rain and more rain with a chance of flooding.
Do you know the difference between a tropical storm watch and a tropical storm warning?
A tropical storm watch is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, pose a POSSIBLE threat to a specified coastal area within 48 hours. A tropical storm warning is issued when Tropical Storm conditions, including winds of 39-73 mph, are EXPECTED in a specified coastal area within 36 hours or less.
If your property experienced storm damage for the storm, call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant to quickly and properly restore your structure. We have specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.
Could NJ be looking at more rainfall and more flooding this week due to Hurricane Ida heading to NJ?
A fast response to flooding is a critical part of limiting the damage and getting your life back to normal.
As Hurricane Ida makes a right turn and heads towards NJ, it is expected to be downgraded from a category 4 hurricane but it could still bring lots of rain and flooding to Ocean County when it arrives. After an already wet summer from lots of storms including Tropical Storm Fred and then Tropical Storm Henri, Ida is predicted over the next few days to weaken into a tropical depression when it arrives in NJ. The center (or eye) of the storm appears to be heading right towards NJ. Forecasters are predicting the 200 mile wide storm to arrive in NJ sometime on Wednesday or Thursday depending on her speed and if her paths shifts a bit. Ida may bring up to 4-6 inches of rainfall to the Garden State this week.
Hurricane Ida is probably going to bring more rain and cause more flooding problems. Significant flash flooding may become a concern starting Wednesday due to the heavy rain and flooding that was brought to us last week when Tropical Storm Henri came through. A Flash Flood Watch has already been issued for most of New Jersey, from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening. The weather service said flooding is possible in creeks, streams and areas with poor drainage. Water is expected to cover roads, particularly in low lying areas.
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant has the Resources to Handle Major Storms and Disasters
We are locally owned and operated, so we can respond immediately with our highly trained technicians. You can trust our professionals to handle your damages with care, precision, and expert knowledge.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant today at 732-349-9898.
How does your business set itself apart and inspire confidence with your customers and employees?
Take an additional step to make sure your business has received a higher cleaning standard with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Many businesses are tasked not only with navigating the constantly changing guidelines set forth NJ but are also learning a new way of doing business. Regardless of what industry you are in, every business in our state has had to make difficult but necessary decisions to develop a strategic plan to remain open during a pandemic. Business owners and employees are now placing a higher emphasis on cleanliness and sanitation in the workplace, for not only their employees to feel safe, but for the safety of their customers as well.
Commercial Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned for COVID-19 Cleaning
Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is the answer. With a tailored cleaning program that is customized for your business needs, our expertly trained staff cleans and decontaminates your property according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards. We use EPA-approved cleaning solutions, including our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food contact surface use.
As a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned participant, you’ll provide reassurance to your customers and employees that you’re taking all the steps needed to get the highest level of clean for them. This dedication will be on display through a decal window emblem, and other digital marks to show your commitment to clean.
Remember to Not Overloading Your Electrical Circuits
If a fire strikes your home or business, call us today at 732-202-3001.
What can happen to your Point Pleasant Beach home if you overload your electrical circuits?
Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. To help lower your risk of electrical fires and fire damage to your home look for these warning signs of overloaded circuits:
- Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
- Warm or discolored wall plates or cords
- Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
- Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches
- Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
- Burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches
In the event that a fire does start in your home:
- Call 911 immediately.
- Only use a dry fire extinguisher (NEVER put water on an electrical fire) or baking soda if you must try to put out the fire yourself.
- If the fire is large, do not try to handle it yourself but try to turn off the main power source without putting yourself in harm’s way.
If you have experienced an electrical fire in Ocean County home, it most likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant at 732-202-3001 to learn more about our fire damage restoration and smoke damage restoration services for your property or visit
Is there a difference between mold and mildew? Can we prevent either or both from growing in our home?
If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (732)-202-3001.
Mold and mildew are not the same but they do share a number of key characteristics. Both are common types of household fungi and both thrive in damp, humid environments. They are both destructive and beneficial. They both spread from surface to surface easily. To better understand the differences, first we need to know what each is.
Mildew is a kind of mold and is known as a surface fungi. Mildew grows on top of flat surfaces and does not penetrate surfaces and grow into the material. Mildew needs the same elements (warmth, darkness, oxygen, and moisture) mold needs to grow. Mildew can grow and spread just as quickly as other molds, but it can be treated without much trouble. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), mildew is considered to be early stage mold.
Mold is a living organism that belongs to the kingdom Fungi, meaning mold is a type of fungus. Mold cannot make its own food like plants do so it must gain nutrients from other organic substances. Mold does not really eat its food, but it does absorb nutrition from other organisms by secreting enzymes that break down the food substance into smaller organic molecules that can then be absorbed.
Did you know that there are than 100,000 species of mold? Luckily, only about 80 have the potential to cause health effects to humans.
Now that we know the similarities between the two and what each one is, let’s look at what makes them different:
- They both affect the home but cause different types of damage. Mildew usually causes less damage than mold and the damage is usually more cosmetic.
- Mildew’s tendency to only grow on flat surfaces is another of the main differences that exist between the two.
Here is how we help can prevent both mold and mildew from growing in our home:
- Keep everything dry if possible.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity at a safe level for your home.
- Change air filters regularly.
- Use your eyes to look for signs of mold or mildew growth.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Point Pleasant?
We are highly trained mold remediation specialists and have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. We also use advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment