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What to Do About Secondary Damage After a Fire in Your Aberdeen Home

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

The damage left behind after a fire can be devastating. While some of the restoration requirements are obvious, it’s important to remember to take care of the secondary aspects, such as smoke cleaning, to ensure that your home is fully livable. SERVPRO can help in many ways, and one of them is providing you with a list of what to do about secondary damage after a fire in your Aberdeen home.

Smoke Odor
Before you remove the smell of smoke, you must eliminate all sources of smoke damage, such as burned materials. Have you ever smelled burning plastic? Yeah, you don’t want that. From there, be sure to ventilate the room by opening windows and turning on fans. To circulate and filter the air, you’ll need specialized equipment including air-filtration devices, Hodroxyl generators, Ozone machines, and thermal foggers. Confused? It’s a good thing SERVPRO has all of that!

Soot Residue
Even if an area of the home or a specific object wasn’t burned, the particles carried by smoke can still leave black residue behind. Soot, or carbon residue, is the result of organic matter that hasn’t burned completely. If you attempt to clean it with a sponge or rag, it can smear and permanently stain your walls or surfaces. Instead, use a dry cleaning sponge that can absorb the buildup, or leave it to the team at SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

Water Damage
The fire-fighting process can cause significant water damage as well. If water issues aren’t addressed, you can have a much bigger problem to deal with: mold. Because materials like carpeting, insulation, and certain types of drywall aren’t able to dry thoroughly, there’s a good chance you’ll have to get rid of them. Be sure to remove and dry all other items.

Contact SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel After a Fire
The longer fire damage stays unaddressed, the more issues you’re likely to have to deal with down the road. The experts at SERVPRO are available 24/7 and will respond quickly to any restoration emergency.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Tips For Holmdel Commercial Business Owners When Dealing with Water Damage

1/25/2023 (Permalink)

There are many different causes of water damage, and it is extremely important that commercial business owners understand what they are, how to prevent them, and where to turn for restoration help. Luckily, SERVPRO is well-educated and skilled in this, so below you will find tips for your Holmdel commercial business if you’re to deal with water damage.

Protect Yourself & Your Equipment
Water damage can not only pose a threat to the occupant’s wellbeing, but can also ruin your equipment. If water starts to come into your building, please do the following:

  • Disconnect your technology from the walls and transport as much as you can to a safe place.
  • Evacuate everyone that may be working in the flooded area.
  • If you are to return to the building, please be sure you are wearing protective clothing. You don’t want the water to touch your skin, as there could be hazardous chemicals.
  • Take pictures of the damage for your insurance company.

Find the Source
If you’re not aware of where the water is coming from, you’ll need to find it so you can try to do your best to make it less of a mess. Check the pipes in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. and ensure none of them burst; check for watermarks on the ceiling or drippage - this could be coming from the roof; check the windows, doors, etc. The faster you can spot the source, the less damage there could be.

Call Your Insurance Company ASAP
Once you have evaluated the area and took pictures, contact your insurance company right away so they are aware of the damage. The sooner they can help, the sooner you’ll get your funds to put everything back together.

What to Do After Flooding & What Not to Do

To Do:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and desk/tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
    Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying (in the summer)
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

Don’t Do:

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use a vacuum cleaner to remove water
  • Don’t use technology like computers, fax machines, etc.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet

Contact a Water Restoration Company
If your Holmdel commercial business has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your business. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

6 Ways to Clean Up Your Holmdel Home After a Winter Storm

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again! If you live in the Hoboken/Union City area, you know about winter storms all too well. Whether you get two inches or two feet, you’ll need to know the best ways to clean up to avoid any damage to your home. Here are 7 ways to clean up your Somerset County home after a winter storm.

Clear the Snow ASAP
Once the snow starts falling, give it some time to accumulate to about a couple inches before going out and cleaning it up. Keeping up with the snowfall will alleviate the amount of work you’ll have to do when the storm has passed. This will also help avoid any build-ups that could cause water damage and even mold.

Clean Up the Roof
If you’re able to get on your roof, cleaning the snow off will prevent snow from draining off of it, causing damage to your roof, structure, and even the attic if the roof isn’t in tip-top shape. It’s also a good idea to clean the snow off the garage roof and shed as well.

Check Your Trees
If you have close trees next to your home, go outside and check them out after a storm. You want to make sure you’re looking for broken or cracked limbs, as they can either break onto your home or fall and hurt someone nearby.

Checking the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
You should check both the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before a winter storm hits, especially if your power goes out and you need to heat your home with a fireplace. Check the batteries and make sure they are working properly. The last thing you need is a house fire after a winter storm!

What About Inside Your Home?
After a winter storm, you want to make sure you don’t see a sign of roof damage (water spots on the ceilings). You also want to check to make sure the pipes are not frozen. If your pipes are frozen, that could lead them to burst, causing water damage.

Look Out For Your Family & Pets
After the storm settles, take a cautious walk outside to make sure there aren’t any dangerous ice spots, icicles, downed power lines, or anything that could potentially hurt someone or a pet. If you see anything harmful, clean it up or call a professional for some help.

If you find damage to your home, give SERVPRO a call.
SERVPRO of West Somerset County provides 24-hour emergency service with highly trained water restoration technicians, and we’re faster to any disaster.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Why Choosing a Trusted Restoration Company like SERVPRO for your Aberdeen Business is So Important

12/23/2022 (Permalink)

It’s impossible to predict when a disaster may strike your home or business, but when it does, choosing a trusted restoration company like SERVPRO for your Aberdeen business is essential. Our team has the specialized training, experience, and equipment to manage your cleanup, repairs, and restoration needs quickly from start to finish.

Whether your business needs help with fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, or cleaning services, you can always rely on SERVPRO’s disaster cleanup services.

The most important elements to look for in a trusted disaster restoration business:

History of Superior Service
After helping countless local home and business owners with disasters, we know experience makes all the difference during and following a property emergency. SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel have more than enough experience and skills to get the job done.

Locally-Owned Company with National Resources
Being that SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel is local, we are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises, giving us more resources to work with, allowing us to be prepared to take on anything.

Specialized Training
Our team of trained technicians can help you take all the right steps essential to the recovery process and overall restoration of your property. We’ll review insurance policies and take inventories to prepare a disaster and evacuation plan. This allows us to help you understand and face the hazards.

Immediate Response
There isn’t time to wait when it comes to disasters - especially if they are to your business. With SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel, you can expect an immediate response time - day or night. We provide emergency disaster cleanup services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - including holidays.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (732) 290-3170

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Holiday Safety Tips to Prevent Fires and Frozen Pipes for Your Aberdeen Home

12/21/2022 (Permalink)

‘Tis the season for mistletoes, holiday music, and mall madness. However, ‘tis also the season for house fires and water damage.

Keep your holiday celebrations safe and worry-free with Aberdeen/Holmdel’s SERVPRO, providing you with holiday safety tips to prevent fires and frozen pipes for your Aberdeen home.

Preventing Holiday Home Fires:

Space Heaters
Whether you have a space heater from the 90s that is still kicking or a new, visually appealing fireplace heater, here are some tips to help you avoid a fire due to your heater.

  • Never turn on a heater you suspect is damaged.
  • Before use, inspect the heater, power cord, and plug for any defects.
  • Never leave the heater operating while unattended, or while you’re sleeping.
  • Keep materials such as beds, sofas, curtains, papers, and clothes at least 3 feet from the front, top, sides, and back of the heater.
  • Make sure the heater plug fits tightly into the outlet - if not, don’t use this outlet. Poor electrical connections are another leading cause of fires.
  • Ensure that the heater is placed on a stable, level surface and located where it will not be knocked over.

Christmas Trees
One of the deadliest types of fires that occurs during the holiday season involves live Christmas trees. Here are some tips to help you avoid Christmas tree fires.

  • Keep your tree properly watered
  • Check for electrical issues and broken bulbs when hanging lights on the tree.
  • Remove heat sources in close proximity to the tree.
  • Unplug your tree when you’re not home and overnight.

Fireplaces
There’s nothing like sitting in front of a fire, sipping cocoa, and watching a holiday movie. Keep fires from reaching outside the fireplace with these safety tips:

  • Clean up build-up and ash before lighting a new fire.
  • Schedule an annual chimney inspection before the season.
  • Use safe fire starters - this includes well-seasoned hardwood or CSIA-approved logs.
  • For kindling, stick to fired twigs or branches
  • Ensure all of the embers are completely burnt out before heading to bed.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Did you know that burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during the winter? When temperatures plummet, your house pies can freeze and burst, causing thousands in water damage. Do the following to help prevent this:

  • Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in there.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on exterior walls.
  • Let cold water drip from the faucets.
    Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night.
  • If you’re going away, make sure you leave the heat on in your home no lower than 55 degrees fahrenheit.

What if My Pipes Are Already Frozen?
There’s a few things you can do if you notice your pipes are already frozen.

  • Turn on the faucet - as you heat the pipe and the ice begins to melt, you want the water to be able to flow through. Doing this will help the ice melt.
  • Apply heat to the section of the pipe using an electric heating pad, hair dryer, space heater, or wrap pipes with towels soaked in hot water.
  • Call a licensed plumber.

What if The Damage Has Already Been Done?
If you had a house fire or water damage, give SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel a call. We specialize in disaster restoration and can help with fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, mold remediation, and much more.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (732) 290-3170

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Fireplace Safety Tips to Protect Your Monmouth County Home

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety Tips to Protect Your Monmouth County Home

Home fire safety is essential and even more so if you own a fireplace. It’s a nice feeling to curl up in front of a warm fire during the fall and winter seasons, but it’s a nicer feeling to know you’re safe. Whether you have a wood-burning, gas, or electric fireplace, use these fireplace safety tips to protect your Monmouth County home.

The first and foremost thing you need to do is get your fireplace professionally cleaned and chimney sweeped. Having a professional come to your Holmdel home to get rid of any debris will help prevent house fires and allow you to light fires without excess smoke. While they’re there - it’s also important that they look out for any sneaky animals that made their way in.

Other fire prevention tips include:

  • Cracking open a window while the fire is burning
  • Being sure the damper or flue is open before lighting or starting a fire
  • Making sure all embers have completely stopped burning when you’re heading to bed or leaving your home
  • Check the damper by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight
  • Use smaller pieces of dry and well-aged wood and avoid wet or green wood, which causes more smoke and soot buildup in the chimney
  • When cleaning a fireplace, remove ashes from previous fires, keeping levels of the ash to 1 inch or less
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Home fireplace safety should include keeping a fire extinguisher on hand

Fire damage can be especially devastating, but you can avoid it with these fire prevention tips. SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen can help you with fire damage restoration and home fire safety. We will be there for you in a crisis with our specialized fire damage equipment and expertise.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (732) 290-3170

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Steps to Manage a Mold Issue at Your Monmouth County Business

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Steps to Manage a Mold Issue in Your Monmouth County Business

If you believe you may have a mold issue in your business’ structure, you should take action right away. So, what do you do after you’ve come to this realization? SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen is here to provide you with steps to manage a mold issue in your Monmouth County business.

1. Test Your Home

To be safe, do not touch or attempt to clean up any mold until a company has tested it to determine what type of mold you have and how bad the issue is. The test must be expansive and thoroughly done by a professional that will manage the mold cleanup, and of course, the remediation process.

2. Identify the Cause

It is crucial to figure out what is causing the mold to grow. If you don’t find the root of the problem, it’s possible the mold will grow back after removal. Some reasons could be a water leak in the wall, the humidity levels of your building, or a busted pipe. Whatever the case may be, fixing this and getting the mold remediation process done will stop your issue.

3. Got Coverage?

Check if your insurance policy covers mold removal so you know how much the cleanup is going to cost you ahead of time.

4. Hire a Professional

Research mold removal companies in your area. Look for companies with good references and reviews and choose those who respond quickly to your call and those who come with liability insurance. It’s also important to make sure they are properly certified and praised in the community.

Keep in mind that mold removal isn’t an easy process and is rather complex. The good news is with a reputable mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen, the job will be done the right way, preventing further health issues and damage to your business. 

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (732) 290-3170

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.” 

3 Reasons You Need Flood Insurance

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

You may not live in an area where flooding has been an issue and your property may not be in a flood zone. You may be skeptical about purchasing a flood insurance policy, but the truth is, you probably should if you live in the Aberdeen/Holmdel area. Here's why.

  1. Floods Aren't Always Natural

These days, we see a lot of naturally occurring floods on the headline news but flooding isn't always caused by nature. Your home or business could flood because of a leaking pipe in the basement or a burst water main line in the street.

  1. Flood Damage Is Expensive

Many home and commercial insurance policies have exclusions for floods, so you could find yourself financially responsible for significant damage restoration without a separate policy for floods. In the event of an incident, your flood policy covers what your primary insurance does not.

  1. Flood Insurance Is Affordable

Cost shouldn't stand in the way of getting full coverage for your home or business. Whether you experience flood damage from nature or from some other source, a flood insurance policy will help you to recover more quickly.

If you live in Central Jersey and need restoration assistance after a flood, there's a good chance your insurance agent will refer you to SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel. Our water damage restoration team will work with you from the initial damage assessment to the end of your project.

Want to learn more about all of our services?
Call our experts today at (732) 290-3170.

Is Smoke Damage Covered By Insurance?

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

If your property or one adjacent to you has recently sustained a fire, you may be left to deal with smoke damage. You may be worried about making a claim with your insurance company because you're unsure if smoke-related damage is a covered loss. Here's what you need to know.

About Soot Damage and Insurance

In most cases, any damage from smoke will be covered by your commercial insurance policy, even if the fire occurred at a company right next to yours. That said, you'll need to file your claim properly to increase the chances of it being accepted. Follow these steps:

  • Contact your insurance company to report the smoke damage and file a claim
  • Assess your loss and prepare a smoke cleanup plan with the help of professionals at SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel
  • Record proof of any damage and repairs in photographs, receipts, and other documentation
  • Prepare for the insurance adjuster to arrive for surveying purposes

Following the steps above will increase the chances of restoring your property as best as you can. Having a solid plan of action will also make it more likely that your insurance company will approve your claim.

Smoke Cleaning Assistance

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel is a fire damage restoration company with a team of experts who can help you navigate the claims and restoration process. We are here to help you on an emergency basis, ready to assess the situation and help you build a cleanup plan that will eliminate smoke from your building and reduce odors.

If your home or business is in need of fire restoration or cleanup services, contact SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel today.

Want to learn more about our fire services?
Contact us today at (732) 290-3170.

3 Ways to Prevent Water Damage in Your House

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Your home in the Aberdeen and Holmdel area is likely one of your greatest investments, so guarding it against water damage can be as important as repairing existing issues. Check out these three tips to prevent water from damaging your home and avoid troubling issues like structural problems, mold growth, and more.

  1. Insulate Your Water Pipes

Wrap your home's water pipes so water won't freeze inside them when the temperature drops below freezing. Frozen water can expand and cause the pipe to burst, resulting in a messy cleanup project. Insulating your pipes can also keep the water supply flowing normally, even during a cold front when the risk of a broken pipe is higher than usual.

  1. Upgrade Your Drainage System

When it comes to finding unexpected water in the home, the basement can be a trouble spot. Basement floods are common throughout Central NJ in early spring when runoff and heavy rains cause your yard to overflow. You can prevent this by upgrading your drainage system, replacing old gutters and downspouts, and having your roof checked for proper drainage.

  1. Have a Water Remediation Company Inspect Your Home

Contact SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel to inspect your home for flood risks that can help keep it safe. Our flood cleanup and water remediation company is staffed with knowledgeable technicians who can identify and resolve issues that may increase the risks. Whether you live in an area that floods often or your home’s basement is a problem area, working with SERVPRO can help you defend your home against water damage all year round.

Taking the proper steps to reduce the risk of water damage can give you the peace of mind to enjoy your happy home.

Discover more about SERVPRO's water damage remediation.
Contact us today at (732) 290-3170.