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Is there a difference between mold and mildew? Can we prevent either or both from growing in our home?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation process in a crawlspace in Point Pleasant Beach 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

Why Use SERVPRO for Your Business’ Restoration and Remediation Emergencies?

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Services Fire and Water SERVPRO SERVPRO of Point Pleasant handles all types of water, fire and mold cleanup, restoration and remediation.

When your business experiences an emergency from a natural disaster, plumbing issue, fire, or flood, you need to act fast to limit financial loss, and keep your business open. Commercial restoration companies, like SERVPRO of Point Pleasant, offers several services to bring your property back to its original condition, something you likely can’t do by yourself if you have suffered extensive damages.

What are SERVPRO of Point Pleasant’s Qualifications to Handle My Business’s Emergency?

  1. We are an IICRC Certified Firm, which ensures top-level standards and ethics surrounding restoration processes.
  2. We have high ratings on sites such as Google and Facebook and we often testimonials on our website to showcase previous clients’ reviews. Here at SERVPRO of Point Pleasant, we are very proud to say that we get many customer reviews about our technicians for their knowledgeable, understanding and their attention to detail.
  3. Our highly trained team of specialists work extensively in the disaster recovery field and handle all aspects of disaster cleanup. Our technicians have certifications from the IICRC to prove that they have the skills and necessary training to perform all required tasks.
  4. We will deal with your insurance company after a disaster to make everything as smooth as possible during this stressful time. Our business is to get you back to your business as soon as possible. If your business is still able to function during the restoration process, we will do everything possible to minimize disruption so that you can remain as efficient as possible.
  5. Our quick response time can help stop further damage and keep costs from increasing.

What types of emergencies can SERVPRO of Point Pleasant handle for your business?

  1. Mold Removal
  2. Fire Damage Restoration Service
  3. Water Removal and Cleanup
  4. Sewage Cleanup
  5. Bio-hazard Cleanup

Contact SERVPRO of Point Pleasant today for all your business’ water, fire and mold emergencies at 732-202-3001.

What Can I Do About Mold in My Basement Bathroom?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

wood flooring from the subfloor with mold on it This wood covered in mold, was removed from the subfloor in a bathroom in a basement of a Point Pleasant home.

What Can I Do About Mold in My Point Pleasant Basement Bathroom?

When bathroom facilities get installed in a Point Pleasant basement, the need for mold remediation may arise. One of the main reasons for this is the need for an injection pump to replace gravity that works for toilet flushing on upper levels in a home. Diligence is needed for these hardworking pieces of equipment because if they develop a leak, the already moist air conditions create a perfect environment for mold growth, which can spread rapidly across sheetrock. It is a good idea to perform an inspection monthly to ensure small leaks get handled before they become big problems in the home.

Necessary Actions for Cleanup From Mold Damage

Once sheetrock has a mold infestation, it requires removal as it has no potential for restoration through cleaning. The techs carefully cut off the damaged portions and expose the framework underneath for drying, cleaning, and the application of antimicrobial sealant as needed to inhibit the reestablishment of any colonies post-mitigation.

As soon as signs of mold colonies get found, call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant at (732) 202-3001 for expert mold remediation. The techs have extensive training in the safe handling of this type of infestation and can restore your home to its preloss condition.

How Soon Should SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Clean Up Water Damage in Your Business?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timeline A brief description of the water damage timeline from SERVPRO of Point Pleasant.

After water damage occurs in your business, the cleanup process can seem overwhelming and irreparable. We are able to get your commercial property dry and get you back to business quickly.

How Soon Should SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Clean Up Commercial Water Damage?

The longer water sits, the more time it has to cause even further damage. Within minutes of the water spreading, it can get absorbed into the walls, flooring, furniture and belongings. Between 1 and 2 hours, drywall swells, metal tarnishes and furniture begins to warp. After 48 hours, mold can begin to grow, doors begin to warp and metal begins to rust. After 1 week, structural safety becomes a major concern.

To answer the question when should you call us, the answer is as soon as possible to prevent further damage and cost.

What Commercial Properties Does SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Specialize In?

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

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. Learn more about learn more about our training and certifications.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Commercial Water Damage? Call Us Today (732)-202-3001.

Why You Need a Mold Removal Company that Puts the Customer First

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mold stains on wall Mold can grow anywhere. Is it lurking in your home? We have the tools to remediate the mold.

Point Pleasant Residents Need Mold Removal Companies that Respect Their Concerns

Finding fungal growth in your Point Pleasant home can be disturbing. It looks and smells terrible, and you may be concerned about possible health effects or damage to your house. That is why a remediation company, like SERVPRO, that is caring and puts excellent customer service at the forefront of its practices is necessary.

When you need mold removal in Point Pleasant, we are on hand to help you. We know this is a family-oriented area with many married couples and children living in the local community. We know that your top priority is the safety of your family.  

What happens when you call SERVPRO?

We know you are eager to sort out the mold situation. The timeline after you call us looks like this:

  • Within the first hour after your call, we will call back to arrange a time to visit your property
  • Within four hours, we will arrive on-site and begin remediation
  • Within eight hours, we will provide a full scope of the situation and recommended treatments

What will happen during remediation?

Communicating with you is our priority. We treat your home and personal belongings as if they were our own. Our service is founded on honesty. We will explain to you:

  • The extent of the damage
  • The result of our moisture and humidity testing
  • Our suggestions for mold remediation
  • A realistic overview of the outcome you can expect to see
  • An assessment of mold-damaged items and whether we can salvage them

What will your home be like after mold removal?

We aim to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” When we have cleaned the mold, we dry the area to discourage regrowth and advise you on keeping your home dry. We also deodorize your home because we know that mold smells can linger. In many cases, we can restore furniture, textiles, and walls to their pre-mold state. If any part of your home requires repairs, we will carry out repair tasks and leave it looking as good as before.

What happens after SERVPRO leaves? 

Our client service does not end when we leave. We will check in with you after a week, and of course, we provide our information so you can contact us any time you need to.

For a mold removal service you can trust, contact SERVPRO of Point Pleasant at (732) 202-3001.

The Ultimate Guide to Damage Scenarios in Point Pleasant

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

repair leak water pipe on gypsum ceiling interior office building Regardless of the type of damage, Team SERVPRO can remediate the situation fast. Our team is standing by 24/7 to take your call.

Proof That Contacting SERVPRO After Damage Can Help Mitigate the Situation

As a locally owned and operated restoration team that has been serving the area since 2006, we have grown into a trusted and reputable name when disasters strike Point Pleasant homes and businesses. Our large loss recovery team has managed substantial loss events in commercial properties like restaurants, schools, and hospitals. As a full-service provider of both restoration services and reconstruction through our in-house contractors, we can ultimately save customers time and money on the recovery that their property needs.

Water

It might not be easy for homeowners to determine the extent of water damage in their Point Pleasant residences. With hundreds of causes for water emergencies, the severity and spread of the damage can change from one house to another. Preliminary assessments can determine the extent of the surface damage and provide an accurate evaluation of exposed contents and structural elements throughout your home. Documentation can be recorded through our exclusive SERVPRO DryBook technology and software, which can ensure that all parties involved, including our field technicians and the insurance provider for the homeowner, are actively aware of mitigation progress and the tasks that still need to get performed.

What Mitigation Solutions Do Professionals Use?

Mitigation is a phase exclusively designed to save customers time and money by reducing the property's overall loss. When this comes to your Point Pleasant home or business, mitigation is one of the most critical stages of recovery. While this general term can describe multiple actions restoration professionals take upon arrival, with water loss incidents, it can often indicate specific tasks:

  • Extraction
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Content Cleaning and Management

Is Rebuilding Necessary After Drying?

With how widespread water loss incidents can become, especially when migrating water pushes beyond the surface material into structural cavities and subflooring, build back and repairs are often necessary. We have contractors on our roster capable of handling both the required immediate repairs and the full reconstruction of discarded materials. We can make water loss incidents "Like it never even happened," for your Point Pleasant home.

Fire

When fire damages affect your Point Pleasant home or office, it is critical for professional restoration technicians like ours to respond quickly to this disaster. While chasing fires can often have a negative connotation, it is a practice we utilize to ready our team for emergencies occurring in the communities that we serve. With our relationship with many local insurance companies and significant providers who call on our experience to help, readiness for fire recovery involves multiple factors:

  • Pre-stocked trailers
  • Available technicians
  • 24/7 operation
  • Emergency experience

What Immediate Tasks Can Prevent Greater Loss?

Mitigation and emergency services are also substantial when looking to reduce the spread and severity of fire loss effects. There are multiple steps that our professionals can take in your Point Pleasant property beginning as soon as we arrive. From fire debris removal and air quality control through surface cleaning to remove smoke residues and other threats, we have skilled professionals 24/7.

What Are the Final Stages of Fire Recovery?

Over the years that we have been serving the area, many have looked to our SERVPRO team to provide both restoration and reconstruction after structure fires affecting Point Pleasant buildings and homes. As pressing of a need as reconstruction and repair might be after a fire, a restoration professional must also address lingering effects such as embedded odors in structural elements that are not getting replaced. We have multiple tools for removing odors successfully, and this process can be even more efficient through practices like controlled demolition and reconstruction.

Commercial

As you might suspect, our restoration professionals' success in commercial properties in the Point Pleasant area and beyond hinges on our fast response. Every loss incident has a finite timeline for restoration and recovery before protecting construction materials and contents becomes impossible. This speedy response can become even more pressing in smaller shops or warehouses where stored articles and wares can become heavily damaged by water and flood disasters.

What Cleaning Practices Are Standard for Commercial Properties?

Cleaning up after one of these loss incidents can be crucial to returning your property to a preloss condition. The same fast response can ensure that your doors stay open or reopen quickly after the first notice of loss. Proper cleaning of your Point Pleasant commercial property involves many steps ranging from carpet cleaning and resurfacing through deodorization and air quality control. Each of these steps is not only vital in the restoration and recovery after disasters but also the revitalization of your property when wear and tear to the building become apparent. These actions include:

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Surface Wipe Cleaning 
  • Deodorization 
  • Vandalism and Graffiti Removal
  • Air Quality Control 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The development of a defensive cleaning program ensures that we have qualified restoration and cleaning professionals available at any time that your Point Pleasant property needs it. This program provides the highest levels of cleaning and sanitation that we can give commercial properties. Our attention to detail in these matters ensures the high traffic areas and touched surfaces get appropriately cleaned and protected regularly.

Storm

Severe storm events are nothing new to the Point Pleasant area. Because of this frequency, we have a fast response to begin deliberate emergency services. Some of these options include temporary construction, controlled demolition, and cleaning surfaces.

What is the Fastest Method of Extraction?

Flood losses could often be a typical result of water penetration after storm losses occur. When flooding begins in your Point Pleasant home, we fixate on the appropriate tools necessary to remove standing water. Some of the most frequently used removal tools include:

  • Submersible Pumps
  • Trash Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Carpet Wands
  • Weighted Extraction Machines

What Must Happen to Address Flood Damage?

The removal of flood effects after a disaster can be a considerable challenge, especially when the property needs services like muck out and extraction. Flood recovery, in general, describes a wide variety of actions taken, ranging from controlled demolition and debris removal through extensive cleaning and reconstruction.

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can show you. Give our SERVPRO of Point Pleasant team a call at (732) 202-3001.

Why Does Water Damage Extraction Accelerate Drying?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO injectidry-green With Advanced equipment like this injecti-dry rig Shows Why SERVPRO Is the Water Damage Mitigation Company of Choice

SERVPRO Restores Point Pleasant Properties Affected by Water Damage

Something as simple as a faucet overflow can do significant damage to a kitchen. The moisture can delaminate tiles, affect cabinet finishes, cause the paint to bubble and peel, and create unpleasant water damage odors, among many other potential concerns.

SERVPRO is prepared to eliminate water damage from Point Pleasant residences 24/7. These Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified professionals are well-versed in performing mitigation services and restoring damaged areas of your home.

Why Does 24/7 Availability Matter?

SERVPRO is proud to provide communities with services from locally-owned franchises all over the United States and Canada at over 1,700 locations. Availability is a must for residential disaster cleanup because:

  • Fast action means big savings. Water damage can affect your property in as little as the first 24 hours after exposure. The faster a mitigation team can act, the more likely it is that your belongings can be restored in full.
  • Emergency response teams handle any size disaster. Whether the overflow has led to odors in your carpet or soaked through the ceiling of the floor below, SERVPRO has the tools and strategies necessary to return your home to a preloss state.
  • Streamlined insurance claim filings. SERVPRO can accelerate the process by performing fast cleanup with extensive documentation of the damage in your home to support your insurance claim.

What Tools Can SERVPRO Use to Remove Water Damage?

Extracting moisture is a multi-step process that can entail the use of a variety of tools, depending on the extent of water damage. In a faucet overflow situation, your home may require:

  • Portable extraction units for removing water from between baseboards, underneath tiles, behind toe-kicks, and many other hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Rovers or extraction wands for pulling moisture out of carpeting.
  • EPA-registered sanitizers for controlling odors and removing microbial growth.


SERVPRO of Point Pleasant is ready to leave water-damaged residences looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (732) 202-3001 for comprehensive water damage mitigation services.

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Does Storm Surge Complicate Hurricane Flood Damage Cleanup in Point Pleasant?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

hurricane Having storm damage issues. Call SERVPRO in your local Point Pleasant area to mitigate your water damage home.

Training and Experience Are Why SERVPRO Implements Research-Based Planning for Salt Water-Contaminated Flood Damage in Point Pleasant

The torrential precipitation that falls when tropical storms or hurricanes lash the Jersey Coast can fill your Point Pleasant home with a combination of rainwater, industrial waste and other chemicals, and sewage from overland flooding. Topping off the hazardous concoction can be a dangerous influx of salt water from storm surge generated by the incredibly high winds accompanying the weather system.

Why Does Storm Surge Make Flooding Riskier?

Flood damage in Point Pleasant already exposes occupants and cleanup crews to the threat of electrocution. The additional salt in seawater increases electrical conductivity, making it even more important to have certified professional help when mitigating the flood waters. Additionally, if only standard extraction of the watery mess and structural drying occurs in response to the flood damage, salt residues will remain in structural components and within electronic devices. This can contribute to the following long term issues:

  • Salt absorbed into framing, or other wood products, destroys lignin, the “glue” that holds the cells in wood and other cellulose-based materials together
  • Salt absorbed into permeable materials corrodes concrete, cement, bricks, and mortar
  • Salt crystallized on your home’s wiring can cause electrical shorts
  • Salt coating plumbing and metal structural supports continues corrosive action

Are Extra Extraction Steps Needed with Storm Surge Contamination?

Fresh water flushing is vital during water removal after storm surge flooding. Our knowledge of this process and experience in its implementation are why SERVPRO professionals are best prepared for this complication.

Advanced training and practical experience in managing the complications of saltwater contamination are why SERVPRO of Point Pleasant conquers the challenge of storm surge during flood damage recovery. Call (732) 202-3001 to consult about what special measures are needed to protect your home.

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant: We are the Cleaning Experts

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant technicians cleaning a church in Toms River SERVPRO of Point Pleasant technicians are cleaning and sanitizing a local church in Toms River, NJ. We are Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

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

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call SERVPRO of Point Pleasant Today for a Proactive Cleaning at 732-.202-3001.

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today.

Why Your Business Must Have an Emergency READY Profile from SERVPRO of Toms River

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

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."

Call the Cleanup Team That is Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Benefits of Mitigation from SERVPRO of Point Pleasant

2/2/2019 (Permalink)

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.”

Why Choose SERVPRO of Point Pleasant for Your Business Emergency?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

When you need a quick response for your business emergency, call on SERVPRO of Point Pleasant.

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant understands that there is no such thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact revenue loss and business continuity. Timely mitigation is key to minimizing damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. 

We provide 24/7 365 days a year emergency service because when you need us, you need us fast. The sooner we arrive, the better chance we can reduce damage and save money. 

SERVPRO of Point Pleasant has trained, uniformed professionals that will be there from beginning to end of the process. We will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition. 

You and your business will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training that enables us to help you get your facility back into operation quickly. 

Call us 24/7 732-202-3001 for any size water or fire damage emergency.