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Flood Zones and Your Island Heights Home

5/3/2023 (Permalink)

Flood Fact As a leader in flood damage restoration, SERVPRO of Toms River has the specialized training to restore your home back to its pre-flood condition.

If you live in Island Heights you may be wondering if your property is at a high flood risk. According to Risk Factor, “There are
229 properties in Island Heights that have greater than a 26% chance of being severely affected
by flooding over the next 30 years. This represents 23% of all properties in Island Heights.” Just because some areas of Island Heights have a greater chance at experiencing a flood, doesn’t necessarily mean flood damage is going to happen to your home. It is always best to be prepared, below we have couple tips about these zones and how they could affect your home:

  1. What is a Flood Zone? Flood zone describes the risk of flooding for a specific area. Everyone lives in a flood zone- it’s
    just classified between low, moderate, or high risk. FEMA determines these risk levels and you can locate this information at FEMA Flood Map Service Center.
  2. Do I Need Flood Insurance? In New Jersey, if your home is in a high risk flood zone area you might be required to have flood insurance in order to qualify for a mortgage. In most cases, flood insurance is a separate policy than your homeowners or renters insurance. Discussing this with your insurance agent is the best way to determine this and see what your options are. Although flood insurance is not mandatory, it is always best to have coverage.
  3. What to do if a Flood Happens? If a storm causes flooding in your home, you need to contact SERVPRO of Toms River as quickly as possible for storm damage repair. Our highly trained team of professionals have the necessary equipment to extract large amounts of water and restore your property back to its original condition. It is important to act fast to prevent further damage to your home and potential mold growth.

Improper Crime Scene Cleanup Hidden Threats

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

Biohazardous Blood before SERVPRO of Toms River began the cleanup process Biohazardous waste is any type of waste that contains biological hazards, which could be considered a threat to public health or the environment.

Violent crimes can occur anywhere, even near your Bayville home. No one wishes to encounter such a devastating experience but unfortunately that’s the reality of our world. The aftermath of a tragic experience can be just as overwhelming and traumatic as when it occurred, but it’s crucial to act quickly. The first step is to always contact the authorities and report the incident so they can investigate the situation. After all evidence has been gathered and the necessary emergency services have been performed, the scene needs to be cleaned up professionally. Ensuring the proper crime scene cleanup procedures is vital in protecting the public from the dangers of blood borne pathogens.

Here are a few consequences of improper crime scene cleanup:

  1. Health and Safety Risks: Improper crime scene cleanup posts a number of health risks for those that come into contact with the area. The scene is loaded with bacteria, pathogens, and viruses that cause infection and disease when not handled properly. Anyone that comes in contact with the scene is at risk. These blood-borne pathogens can cause the following: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, MRSA and Clostridium. It is of high importance to remove all of the biohazards with products and equipment from a professional biohazard cleanup company. Doing so will help maintain the health and safety of those on the property and restore it to the original condition.
  2. Permanent Property Damage: Biohazards and bloodstains need to be removed in a certain period of time or permanent damage can be caused to the property. If blood stains are left to long it can settle into the carpet and cause permanent stains. Blood stains can also weaken the structure of the house eventually leading to deterioration.
  3. Unpleasant Odors: The smell after a crime scene is anything but pleasant. Unfortunately, no house hold cleaning agents will work if biohazards, blood or bodily tissues had the opportunity to seep into the floor. Even after the standard cleaning has taken place, the strong odor will linger for days. If you want these odors fully removed it has to be done by a professional. Ozone machines, industrial strength deodorizers and foggers are used to fully remove these odors. Only this type of equipment is available to professional biohazard cleanup companies due to safety procedures.
  4. Improper Disposal of Biohazards: The best place for this is at a licensed medical waste facility. Biohazards need to be properly disposed of due to the risk of infections or diseases.

The cleaning of a crime scene is an important aspect in beginning the healing process. It is vital to contact a trusted professional biohazard cleaning company. SERVPRO of Toms River is available 24/7 to respond to all biohazard emergencies and restore the scene to the original condition.

What Natural Disasters Can Happen in New Jersey

4/26/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River storm damage drying equipment We’re dedicated to responding immediately to storm damage emergencies because a fast response helps limits further damage and reduces cost.

New Jersey is the fifth smallest state and home to over 9 million people, being the most densely
populated state in the U.S. That’s because New Jersey has so much to offer from the beaches,
dense forests, city life, mountains and much more. But what happens when a sudden
destructive storm affects your Silverton home?

Primal Survivor has provided a list of the most
common natural disasters in New Jersey so you can be prepared:

  • Floods: New Jersey’s elevation is at 250ft and the highest elevation point is 1,803ft, making the state prone to flooding. New Jersey has over 18,000 miles of streams and rivers and due to sea levels and rainfall increasing along with tropical storms, there is a higher risk of flooding. Flooding can occur all over New Jersey but some parts are more susceptible to it. Climate change is also adding to the risk.
  • Hurricanes: New Jersey rarely gets hit directly by hurricanes. Often times it receives the remnants of the hurricane, because of how densely populated it is when it does the damage can be severe.
  • Heavy Snowfall: Between October and April New Jersey brings between 40-50 inches of snow. January and February are the coldest months of the year with temperatures typically in the high 30s. According to NJ ranks # 24 for the most snowfall in the country.
  • Freezing Rain: If the temperature is 32 degrees or colder, when the rain hits the surface it turns to ice. This most commonly occurs in the months of December and January. The biggest issue with this is it leads to icy roads causing treacherous driving conditions.
  • Heat Waves: Heat days are increasing in New Jersey with the average of 5 “dangerous” heat days per year. National Weather Service defines it as days with the heat index 103F or above.
  • Wildfires: According to the state Forest Fire Service, New Jersey averages about 1,500 wildfires per year. New Jersey forests consist mostly of hardwood and there isn’t a lot of undergrowth, so the fires don’t spread as quickly.
  • Tornadoes: On average New Jersey gets about two tornadoes per year. There have been 182 confirmed tornadoes in New Jersey since 1950. Because of how densely populated the state is, even F1 and F2 tornadoes can cause severe property damage.

Storm damage to your property is not something any of us want to experience. As long as
yourself and your loved ones are unharmed, the rest can be restored. SERVPRO of Toms River
is a leader in storm and water damage restoration with specialized training and expertise to restore your property back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

Severe Weather and Keeping Safe from Storms and Hurricanes

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Storm Alert SERVPRO of Toms River responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies.

Severe weather in Ocean County can happen at any time. While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to help ensure you are ready when disaster strikes.

Before the storm:

  • Build an emergency supply kit
  • Develop a communication plan
  • Unplug any electrical equipment that doesn’t need to be used in case of lightning
  • Secure outdoor objects
  • Shutter or board up windows and doors

During the storm:

  • Stay indoors
  • Use radio or TV to keep updates on changes
  • Avoid contact with corded phones
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords
  • Avoid contact with plumbing as they can conduct electricity
  • Stay away from doors and windows

After the storm:

  • Never drive or walk through a flooded areas
  • Stay away from storm damaged areas
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately

The first step to becoming weather ready is to understand the types of hazardous weather that can affect and impact where you live and work. Learn the important terms that may happen in your area. Here is a list of common weather terms for the Ocean County area that you may hear before, during and after a storm:

  • Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s wind. This can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers and estuaries.
  • Flooding is when water covers or submerges normally dry land with a large amount of water and can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
  • Winds from storms can damage and destroy buildings.
  • Tornadoes can accompany landfalling storms and can occur in rain bands away from the center of a storm.
  • Dangerous Waves can pose significant hazard and damage to coastal residents’ structures and businesses, even when the storm is more than 1000 miles offshore.
  • Watch is for conditions that are possible to become a for severe weather event. Remain alert for further warnings.
  • Warning is when severe weather has been spotted or indicated by radar. This means that severe weather is expected and to take cover immediately.

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of Toms River

Understanding Mold in Your Beachwood Home

2/10/2023 (Permalink)

Mold in a crawlspace in Beachwood NJ before remediation Mold from a leak in a Beachwood basement before SERVPRO of Toms River's mold remediation removal process.

Do you know that mold growth can start in 24-48 hours?

When water and/or moisture intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 24 hours. Mold growth occurs when mold spores settle on a surface at the proper temperature, with appropriate food sources, and with the proper amount of moisture. 

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture.
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed and stopped. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold grows fastest between 77°F and 86°F with relative humidity above 55%. 

How do I tell if my Beachwood home has mold?

You can contact a qualified mold testing company.

What to do if you discover it is mold?

Mold in your home should be treated with caution until it can be safely remediated. Try to avoid the areas affected with mold if possible. Don’t touch or disturb the mold because you could inadvertently cause the mold to spread.

If you suspect that you have a mold issue and are in need of mold remediation in Ocean County, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898. 

How to Check Your Home for Storm Damage in Island Heights

2/10/2023 (Permalink)

water damage in a garage in Island Heights SERVPRO of Toms River drying out the garage in a home in Island Heights, NJ.

Your roof is designed to weather the elements of a bad storm. Your shingles, flashing and gutters can be damaged from heavy rain, hail, lightning, and wind. When the roof is exposed, other damage can easily occur from the seeping of water or holes from flying debris. If you suspect your roof experienced storm damage, investigate as soon as possible after the storm passes so secondary damage does not happen.

Signs you may have storm damage:

  • Cracked, curled or missing shingles.
  • Gutters with water buildup.
  • Check your ceilings for water spots and yellow, copper, or brown discoloration.
  • Check your siding for large dents.
  • Attic, basement, and crawlspace for mold or wood rot and leaks.

Also, it is important to check around the entire house. It is easier to see the dents at dusk or dawn.

Remember that hail and windstorms tend to be directional, so one side may be damaged while the remaining side are fine.

If you realize you have experienced storm damage, call your local restoration experts at SERVPRO of Toms River. We are available at 732-349-9898 for 24/7 all storm damage emergency cleanups.

Where to Take Hazardous Waste in Toms River

2/3/2023 (Permalink)

Biohazardous waste onthe wardwood flooring before SERVPRO of Toms River safely removed and sanitized the home This floor has biohazardous waste that needs to be professionally cleaned by SERVPRO technicians.

At SERVPRO of Toms River, customers often ask us where to dispose of items such as
paint cans or thinners after coming in contact with fire or smoke damage. Ocean County Recycling Center is a great facility that accepts a multitude of waste items that are deemed and hazardous
Hazardous waste accepted by the facility include:

  • Aerosols
  • Auto Products
  • Cleaning Products
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides or pesticides
  • Mercury-Containing Devices
  • Paint Thinners
  • Polyurethanes/Polishes
  • Propane Tanks
  • Stains
  • Varnishes

Batteries, used motor oil and propane tanks should be disposed of at the Recycling Center.

If you have other biohazardous materials that you cannot clean yourself such as blood, sewage, human waste, chemical spills, animal waste or animal remains, call SERVPRO of Toms River. Our technicians are trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (732) 349-9898

6 Signs You Need to Replace your Water Heater

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River drying equipment in the kitchen from a water damage SERVPRO of Toms River has water damage technicians available 24/7 for all water damage cleanup emergencies.

One of the common causes for water damage in residential homes aside from damaged pipes are old or faulty water heaters. Water damage can’t always be prevented, but in some cases it can if steps are taken ahead of time. Below are 6 signs you need to look for to see if it’s time for a new water heater:

  1. Standing water around the base - Pooling water behind the exterior of your water heater indicates a possible leak. When this occurs, you will need to replace your water heater promptly. Although, not all puddles are caused by eroded and leaking water heater tanks. Condensation can be a reason why small pools of water are collecting. Either way, when this happens it is best to call in an experienced technician.
  2. Rusty water in the sink - Rust stains on your bathroom sink are often caused by rusty water heaters. Rust and corrosion go hand in hand with leaks.
  3. Water has a metallic smell or taste - If your tap water has a metallic smell and taste, it’s likely that your water heater tank is starting to corrode. Typically, this happens to older water heaters.
  4. Water is not getting hot - If your water is cold or tepid it could be an indication that your tank’s heating element may have burned out.
  5. A water heater that is 10 years or older- The lifespan of a water heater is typically 10 years. With the proper maintenance, a tank water heater should last 6 to 12 years and a tankless water heater can last for more than 20 years.
  6. Frequent repairs-If your water heater has reached its mid-life but is requiring frequent repairs. Several factors can cause premature wears such as heavy household use or lack of regular preventative maintenance. In this case, it’s more cause effective to replace your water heater.

You just never know when water damage disaster is going to strike, but a quick response is imperative. When a water emergency strikes your home from things like a water heater, the sooner you respond, the less damage will be done to your property. 

If you need help from a water heater leak or malfunction and need water damage restoration call (732) 349 - 9898 and SERVPRO of Toms River will be there to make it “Like it never even happened”.

Seaside Heights Flood Safety Facts

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

Damaged walls removed from flood damage After the flood waters recede, SERVPRO of Toms River will begin the drying and reconstruction process to restore your Seaside Heights property.

There are 2,067 properties in Seaside Heights that have greater than a 26% chance of being severely affected by flooding over the next 30 years. This represents 92% of all properties in Seaside Heights. There is always potential for
flood damage no matter where you live. According to National Geographic, “Floods are among Earth’s most common and most destructive natural hazards”. During a flood it is in your best interest to stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go the other way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you right off of your feet. If you happen to approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Never walk on beaches or riverbanks. Beaches are changing environments influenced by the force of the ocean. Always keep children away from the water. Children are curious and often lack judgment about running water. Not only is it extremely dangerous, the water may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage.

If water damage occurs and you are in need of a professional water damage restoration expert, call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are faster to any size disaster. call us at 732-349-9898 24/7 for any size flood water cleanup emergency.

Traveling for the Holidays? ‘Waterproof’ Your Home Before You Leave

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

Six important and simple steps you can take before you leave for a holiday trip to help prevent water damage to your home. Six important and simple steps you can take before you leave for a holiday trip to help prevent water damage to your home.

Your home is subject to water damage from inside and out when you head out on a trip. Leaking or burst pipes can wreak havoc on the inside of your home. Severe weather can pose a flooding threat inside and outside your home. If you are planning to travel this holiday season, there are steps you can take before you leave to help ensure your home will be ready and welcoming when you return.

Follow these six simple steps to help prevent water damage to your home and property:

  • Ask someone to check on the house while you’re gone. Taking the simple step of asking a friend or family member to stop by while you’re gone may catch a potential problem before it becomes a disaster.
  • Check for leaks. Inspect pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks, check your water heater for cracks or rust, and ensure that hoses connected to dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines are leak free.
  • Insulate exposed pipes. Insulating exposed pipes can help prevent them from freezing in cold climates, but wherever you live, your home needs constant air circulation to help prevent water damage and mold caused by condensation. Keep the HVAC system turned on and open the cupboard doors under sinks to promote airflow.
  • Turn off the main water valve. If you don’t already know where this is, this is a good time to find out – and then shut it off if your home will be unattended and vacant during your trip.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. Clear out debris, dirt, leaves, and sticks and position downspouts to direct water at least ten feet away from the home to prevent flooding.
  • Inspect and test the sump pump. If you have a sump pump, test it before you leave by filling the sump pit with water and watching to see if the pump empties out the water. This can mean the difference between finding a dry or flooded basement when you arrive home.

SERVPRO® of Toms River specializes in water damage cleanup and restoration so we know how difficult it can be to deal with flooding caused by burst pipes, failed sump pumps, or heavy rainfall, even if you discover the problem right away. To return to your home after a holiday trip to find that water has been creating chaos while you were away can be devastating. Taking steps to ‘waterproof’ your home before you leave on your holiday trip can help ensure you return to a dry, safe home, rested and relaxed from your time away.

For more information, please call us 24/7 at 732-349-9898