What is the Leading Cause of Residential Fires During the Holidays?
This kitchen in Bayville has fire, smoke and soot damage not only in the kitchen but throughout the home.
During the holiday season, the leading cause of residential fires is cooking equipment. With the upcoming holidays, we tend to spend a lot more time in the kitchen cooking and baking. We also have a lot on our minds so it is easy to get distracted while cooking. It is so important that we practice safe cooking habits to avoid having a fire in the kitchen.
How to avoid cooking fires during the holidays:
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use a timer as a reminder that an appliance is on
- Keep children away from the cooking area
- Keep anything flammable away from appliances that generate heat
- Do not wear loose clothing that may catch fire
- Keep appliances clean and grease free
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it
- Make sure all appliances are off before you leave or go to bed
- Install smoke alarms and make sure they are working properly
SERVPRO of Point Pleasant wishes everyone a happy and fire-free holiday season.
It's Time to Winterize Your Summer Home
This Beach Haven home was left unchecked for a month and then was discovered to have both water and mold damage.
Even though the warmer weather might still be here for a little longer, the colder weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about winterizing the water and plumbing systems in your summer home because a vacant house is particularly prone to damage during extended periods of freezing temperatures.
Proper care and frequent checks around your property by yourself if possible, or a friend, neighbor or relative while you are away, will help prevent your home from disaster. A quick look around done periodically for as long as the house is empty can mean the difference between a problem being caught early enough to be fixed before any damage is done, and a problem left unchecked left to cause serious and costly damage. The last thing you want to walk into after the long, winter season is to find a catastrophe has hit your vacation home.
Follow these simple steps to help prevent water and mold damage to your summer home:
- You may want to shut off the water to the house when you leave, as it reduces the chance of water leakage and subsequent damage. Always consult with your heating professional to determine if it is safe to turn off the water supply for your particular heating system. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, make sure that you do not turn off the water to this system. If you have turned off the water supply, drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl.
- If you decide against draining your water pipes, keep the furnace running with the temperature 55°F or higher to help ensure the home stays warm and that the pipes do not freeze. Also, wrap any pipes that might be exposed to the elements with insulation or heat tape. Keeping room and cabinet doors open can also help heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located. Shut off the water to washing machine, dishwasher, and/or ice maker line where possible, to avoid leaks or broken hoses. It is also advisable to wrap insulation around the water heater, the pipes leading to and from it and insulate any pipes exposed outdoors, in a crawl space under the house, etc. If the pilot light is left on, it is not necessary to drain the water heater.
- Invest in smart home technology that detects water leaks and can alert you to a problem, before it overwhelms your house.
Even if you have someone regularly checking on your summer home, they might not see the water until it has caused serious damage to your property. Any home can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours.
If you return to your summer home to water or mold damage or both, know that you will be in great hands if you call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant.
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.