It's Not Always Residential
Another storm on the books for 2021. There have been a few storms throughout the county but New Jersey was just hit by Hurricane Ida, right in time for the Labor Day weekend. SERVPRO Industries deployed storm teams consisting of franchises from all over the United States, those that were not affected and had the availability of crews and equipment to assist with the clean up efforts. We here at SERVPRO of Manahawkin were ready and willing to help! We were called upon by a few northern offices as well as our local customers that have homes in North Jersey. Three of our crews were deployed and have been working 12-hour days, with the goal of getting as many customers dried and cleaned as quickly as we can. Most of the customers we worked with were residential, having years upon years of storage and contents in their basements. But we can’t forget that commercial buildings in the same area of those residents we helped, were flooded as well. Storms do not discriminate between buildings. We dried out and cleaned doctor offices, a real estate office, and other businesses. It is imperative for a business to run and stay open. Getting them back in business is our number 1 goal!
Fire started from behind the wall damaged kitchen cabinets
Any size fire can leave smoke damage in your home or business. Recently SERVPRO of Manahawkin was called to restore a townhome in Beach Haven. A kitchen fire destroyed the cabinets and surrounded the home with smoke leaving behind the trail of soot. Not only does a fire leave soot, the odor of the fire penetrants or adheres to surfaces, clothing, etc.
Our drew arrived on site shortly after the fire was extinguished and was able to evaluate the extent and type of damage present. Cleaning and deodorization procedures will vary depending on the type of soot generated by the fire, the affected surface, and its severity, light, medium, or heavy. Once the residues are identified and classified, a cleaning protocol is developed.
Utilizing a variety of wet and dry methods, cleaning is always performed first, followed by various deodorization techniques and or removal of affected materials that are beyond cleaning.
SERVPRO of Manahawkin technics have been developed over a decade and are designed to quickly and efficiently identify surfaces and items that are restorable and effectively return them to a preloss condition.
If you experience fire damage, don’t try to clean it yourself! Rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Manahawkin, dedicated to helping make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call one of our restoration experts to find out more at 609-549-0379.
Weekends at The Jersey Shore
Another tropical storm threatens our weekend. Tropical Storm Henri will not be a direct hit but will give us rain and coastal flooding. Tropical storm Henri is traveling towards Long Island, New York. The forecast predicts that New Jersey will be spared. But if you live at the Jersey Shore, you know that any and every storm that passes our way tends to still bring coastal flooding and heavy winds. We are entering the close of summer, and our weekends that are meant for fun in the sun and at the beach have been put off by rainy Saturdays and Sundays. This weekend is no exception. We are all grateful the storm will pass us by and our thoughts and prayers go out to the areas that are hit by this and any storm but we are still disappointed yet again another weekend is gone.
But never fear! SERVPRO is always here!
If you have any weather related issues, any day of the week, we are always here to help!
What Is Hiding In Your Crawlspace?
How many homeowners do you think do routine checks on their crawlspace? I know the answer- not many!
We have had many customers that had no idea what was brewing below. But at some point, it begins to become obvious like when our customer from Beach Haven West was called by their neighbor letting them know water was pouring out of the flood vents. Or when a Barnegat homeowner was surprised by her extremely high-water usage, turns out she had a water line running in her crawlspace for weeks. Can you imagine getting a call like that? A lot of our Long Beach Island residents are only here on the weekends and not so lucky to be alerted by anyone but by the odor that starts to creep up into their home. Depending on the conditions of a crawlspace, water can drain enough in the soil or be soaked up by insulation to hide itself but when the odor starts, that means the mold has too.
We know a crawlspace is not a space anyone wants to enter, but you at least can peek in or have someone check it for you periodically, and keep an eye on your water usage. These simple steps can help prevent a bigger problem.
Call SERVPRO of Manahawkin and speak with one of our representatives about crawlspace maintenance at 609-549-0379.
Water and Mold
When there’s water, there is mold! Unattended leaks can lead to big problems and expensive repairs. Identifying the cause of mold is a key component of addressing the problem.
SERVPRO of Manahawkin has a low cost mold evaluation program to help find the source of your issue and get any mold project started properly. Information about this, including information about all of our services, can be found on SERVPRO of Manahawkin.
Our other remediation and recovery strategies include the cleanup after fire damage, water damage, biohazard and other events. All of our services are designed to reduce the financial and time related impacts of disaster recovery at your home or business.
2021 Summer Reminders
Welcome Summer Safely
Every summer we need to remind everyone on the Jersey Shore to know how to prevent fires. We get preoccupied with the thoughts planning events or meeting with family and friends especially since the covid restrictions have been lifted. We think of all the outdoor activities like the 4th of July, cook outs, camping, vacations and all things to enjoy in the hot weather. As the temperature rises, so does the risk for a fire! Here are some reminders of things to remember while enjoying the hot weather:
#1. Be sure to keep your grill clean!
Grease is very flammable. Clean all the built-up grime after every use.
#2. Back yard Fire pits or open fires in wooded areas- Make sure the fire is out!
When you’re done roasting the marshmallows make sure the fire is out and cooled down completely.
#3. Have water or sand on standby incase the fire gets out of control!
Whether a bucket or a bottle, in situations where fire or embers are present a water or sand reserve to control a possible flare is an important precaution.
#4. Be aware of fireworks and sparklers!
It’s all fun and games until the lawn catches on fire. Or a child burning their hand while holding a sparkler.
We hope these reminder tips are helpful! We need to enjoy the summer! For information on fire prevention and damage check out our Fire Damage Tips page to learn more about what to do if a fire occurs or call our experts at 609-549-0379.
Bringing Carpets Back to Life
Did you know SERVPRO offers general cleaning services? The most common among the vast array of cleaning services we do, carpet cleaning ranks above the rest. We get many calls to clean carpets, whether it’s from pet stains, spills, just for sanitizing or the carpet has become worn from traffic or age. We cannot guarantee that it will look new again, but we will certainly try. The majority of carpets we have cleaned, customers have been extremely happy. We also have pick up and drop off service for area rugs that we can clean off the premises. You can drop them off to us as well.
In our experience, regular cleaning maintenance can help to extend the life of a carpet. Call on the carpet cleaning experts at SERVPRO of Manahawkin, we are Always Here to Help!
Storms Bring More Than Wind
Moisture Brings Humidity, Which Brings Frizz!
Hey, Ocean County, you feel that in the air? No, we’re not talking about love. We’re talking about humidity *ick*. The storm season has become and with summer almost here, that means high humidity. If you care about your hair like most of us do, hold onto your hat! Frizz isn’t the only annoyance humidity brings. If you live here in Ocean County, you already know that uncontrolled humidity can contribute to not just frizzy hair but mold growth in your home or business. If you are just visiting, or are new to the area, now you know! Some of the key indicators of humidity to be aware of are musty odors, sweaty windows, and even damp feeling bedsheets. Oh, and don’t forget frizzy hair! We find that unattended crawlspaces, undiscovered leaks, and malfunctioning HVAC systems are the primary causes of these issues. Left unattended, excessive humidity can escalate to mold and indoor air quality issues. So, if you think you have an issue, or if you find mold in your house, who do you call? Your neighborhood remediation experts at SERVPRO of Manahawkin.
Don't Wait! Call us at 609-549-0379!
Current State of Affairs- Masks
To Mask or Not to Mask...That is the question
The state mask mandate was lifted in New Jersey on May 28th. The recommendation is that only vaccinated persons do not need to wear a mask when indoors.
While out in our community you will notice a mix of the masked and mask-less. Many businesses are still requiring customers to wear a mask as well as their employee’s. We here at SERVPRO of Manahawkin have a fully vaccinated staff and we will wear masks when we meet with our customers at their homes or place of business.
The pandemic created uncertainty into the minds of many New Jersey residents. Questioning will they ever be safe or is there still a need to take extra precaution. Remember the saying “It’s better to be safe than sorry”? That is why we will still follow many of the guidelines to keep you and our employee’s safe.
In case you didn’t know, when it comes to disinfection and sanitization, SERVPRO cleanup practices follow CDC guidelines and use EPA-approved products. This is nothing new to us, it has been our practice all along.
We’re here to help protect residents and businesses– 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Trust your certified cleanup and sanitization experts. Call SERVPRO of Manahawkin today at 609-549-0379.
Know the 5 Principles of Water Damage
The Principles of Water Damage
When it comes to water damage, the IIRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) sets high standards for restoration companies conducting water damage restoration services in your home or business. Based on these standards, the following are SERVPRO of Manahawkin’s 5 Principles to getting the job done...
- Provide for the Safety and Health of our Staff and Occupants.
The scene of water damage can become a dangerous and unhealthy environment quickly. We value the safety of our employees and customers.
- Document and Inspect.
To fix the problem, we must know the problem. Our experts make sure to learn the extent of the damage and source of the water intrusion. Inspections continue throughout the mitigation process because checking our work is important to getting the job done right!
- Mitigate any Further Damage.
The goal of mitigation is to control damage from moisture or other contamination. We identify the source and extent of the damage you have and put preventive measures in place to arrest the process ultimately avoiding further damage.
- Clean and Dry Affected Areas.
Our goal is to reduce the time that materials are excessively wet. The faster we achieve dry conditions in your home or business, overall damages will be minimized.
- Complete the Restoration and Repairs.
SERVPRO of Manahawkin is a full-service restoration facility. We service Ocean County New Jersey and our experienced team can also provide repair services, to truly help make it “Like it never even happened."
If you have suffered water damage, don’t wait. Call SERVPRO of Manahawkin, an IICRC certified firm, at 609-549-0379 to speak with our mitigation experts today.