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Quick Look at Common Damages Caused by Hail

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

If you've had hail damage done to your Dover, NJ commercial building, you know this type of storm damage isn't pretty. What you might not know is that hail can actually cause a variety of problems for your building.

The damages usually fall into two different categories. It's either functional or cosmetic damage. Functional damage is something that will affect the performance of your building, usually the roofing system. Cosmetic damage is something that only affects the look of your building.

Here is a list of the common damages caused by hail during a storm

  • Cracked Shingles: As the hail pounds your roofing system, it can cause different kinds of roof damage. Larger hail pieces can actually crack your shingles. This damage may stop your roof from being able to keep water out of your building as efficiently.
  • Broken Flashing: Flashing is used at the valleys and hips of your roof to act as waterproofing. This metal strip can also be used where the roof line meets a protrusion, like a chimney or piping. If the flashing is damaged, it can lead to roof leaks and water damage in the attic.
  • Missing Shingles: If the hail causes a crack in the shingles, the accompanying wind could get purchase under the material and tear it off of the roof. This type of roof damage may expand quickly as more shingles and roofing materials are torn off of the surface.
  • Damaged Siding: The siding of your building could also get damaged by hail. If this happens, the insulation in your walls could get exposed to water damage. If wet insulation isn't addressed quickly, it could lead to mold growth and other issues.

Hail can lead to a wide range of roof damage and other problems for your building. No matter what type of storm damage you have to deal with, it can be a good idea to get help from storm damage repair experts.

What an Insurance Company Will Cover After Water Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with the repercussions of a flood or a pipe burst in your Stillwater, NJ, home can lead to one massive headache. However, it helps to know what your homeowner’s insurance coverage entails and what you can expect to gain from your policy. Whether you have minor or severe water damage, here’s what many insurance companies will cover to help repair and restore your home.

1. They should cover the cost of the damage caused by a broken pipe, but not necessarily the pipe itself.

When it comes time to fix a broken pipe, some insurance companies believe that if a leaking pipe has carried on for a significant amount of time without being treated, then it’s considered ‘homeowner negligence.’ This means they might not cover the cost of the new pipe replacement. However, almost all insurance providers will cover the costs for the extent of the damage that occurred to your home after the pipe burst, including building materials, structural supports and so on.

2. Once a pipe bursts and a resulting flood ensues, that kind of extensive damage will generally be covered.

If a sudden pipe burst happens without any knowledge of leaks beforehand and such an occurrence leads to a massive flood, your insurance company will cover the damage if you have an all-perils policy. This can include anything from carpeting and paint to drywall, as well as the cost of any professional services required to come in and clean up your living space to make it safe for habitation. However, coverage for full-blown flooding versus less-severe water damage can differ depending on your policy, so it pays to be extra cautious when considering which plan to choose for preventative measures.

If a considerable flood occurs in your Stillwater, NJ home, it’s important to seek professional guidance before trying to make any repairs or restoration yourself. This is especially true when it comes to your insurance policy, as you might be covered for more damages than you know.

For more information about water damage visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

Types of Mold Commonly Found in Homes

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

It doesn’t matter where you live or what style of home or building you own or occupy, flooding can affect anyone. The severity of flooding can vary considerably, but one thing is for sure: water damage isn’t something you should take lightly. Mold growth is among the many concerns you can have from damage due to leaking water or flooding. It’s important to recognize the various types of mold you can find at home or at work.

Aspergilius

It’s not unusual to find this type of mold in homes or in business buildings in Dover, NJ. It is often found in some of the following places:

  • In showers, sinks or other bathroom settings in mildew
  • In starchy foods such as potatoes or bread
  • On or inside of indoor or outdoor plants or trees
  • On pillows in your home or in hotels

Alternaria

You’ll usually find this type of mold growth in Dover, NJ, at all times of the year with the exception of winter. If you’re outside during the summer months, there’s a good chance you’ll come into contact with alternaria. It has as many as 50 species and can reach high levels of spores within a small area.

Black Mold

This is arguably the most harmful form of mold you’ll see at home. It is also known as stachybotrys. Black mold can grow in areas of high humidity, such as a bathroom with a shower or basement with a leak. Usually, you will spot black mold in your carpet, drywall or subflooring. If you happen to see this form of mold, call a professional immediately and have an expert inspect and clean the area.

Mold growth isn’t uncommon in homes and businesses, but it isn’t something you should ignore. If you detect any of these types of mold, especially black mold, you should get a specialist to remove it as soon as possible.

Ready For Spring Cleaning

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

It has been a cold winter, but hopefully it will pass soon and before we know it Spring will be here and with it new temperatures and new opportunities to have a cleaner home. If you are thinking about to get ready to perform your annual spring cleaning we have some recommendations about how to use your time wisely while making your house neat and clean.

If you are thinking to get the job done in a day you should:

-Vacuum and dust each room of your home.

-Clean up the entrance of your home and each room.

- Organize any piles of paper or clothes that you find in those rooms. 

If you have an extra day, on top of the task of day one, you could clean other areas of your home:

-If you have that extra day and you have a specific task or area that you want to clean, we recommend that you make a list and organized your task before you start. Other suggestions for areas to clean during this time are;

-  Clean your refrigerator, this is important because this will help you to create a better and healthier environment for your foods.

- Make sure to clean your cabinets and their handles, so all the dirt and grease is gone.

You have more time, 3-5 days?  (This just means a cleaner home):

- If other members of your family also have time off, they could be of great help, but organization is the key for everyone to succeed. Each person can have their own tasks to perform or rooms to focus. This way more areas or your home will be clean and neat at the same time.

-This is the perfect time to get rid of any unwanted clothing or items that you not need. If you have things that are in good condition we always encourage you donate the items to organization that help those in need (Make sure only items in good condition are donated, the other ones should go in the trash).

-Your floors need attention, if you have a carpet think about getting it clean or if you have other type of flooring you can research the right products to mop it.

Look at that! you have a whole week to get your spring cleaning done:

- To use your time wisely after achieving the areas that we mentioned before you could  think about to clean those areas that no one talks about, the closets, the attic, the basement, etc.

-Cleaning your attic and basement can be time consuming but if you set daily tasks on the things that you want to clean an achieve on each of these areas, you will be able to have an easier time later one when trying to find your Christmas tree or other items that you may have in there.

We hope that Spring and its warm temperatures arrive soon and with it we hope that you are ready to enjoy a cleaner home. If you need us to be part of your cleaning team we can be of help, we perform multiple cleaning duties and we can provide a Professional carpet cleaning service. If you need us please do not hesitate to give us a call to 973-810-2825.

The Plants That Can Help to Purify the Air in Your Home

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Almost everybody loves plants and if someone does not appreciated them much, at least they can agree that their green color can light any room. Today we want to tell you that they are not just pretty items of decoration they can also help to purify our homes.  With multiple chemical and pollutants particles in the air, it is always a good idea to try to have a better environment for your family the natural way. The following plants are your best allies to breathe better in your own home.

  1. Palm Trees; they are not just great because they remind you of a day at the beach in a Caribbean paradise. They are great because they are really good at removing indoor air pollutants. They are easy to care for and they will enjoy temperatures ranging between 60 to73 degrees F.
  2. Peace Lily: This beautiful plant will bloom in your home looking amazing while helping to clean the air from the chemicals that some cleaning products emit. This plant will live happy in low-light conditions (is recommendable to keep their leaves away from pets and children).
  3. Boston Fern: This is one of the best plants to have at home, because they remove more indoor pollutants than any of the other plants. They will bring any room alive, but you will need to take care of them. They need to be water regularly, and feed them weekly or monthly depending on their growing stage. This is a temperamental plant that need more care than regular plants.
  4. Golden Pothos: Although this type of plant is not the kind that will remove more pollutants from the air, it is still good to help to clean the environment of your home while been forgiving and easy to take care of.

There are multiple plants with different purposes, these are just examples of beautiful ones that are great to help you to purify the air quality of your home.

MOLD PREVENTION- PLACES TO CHECK FOR MOLD

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

The best strategy to fight mold is to try to prevent it in the first place. In order to do that we need to understand that mold needs three things in order to grow; Oxygen, Food, and Water. These ingredients are virtually anywhere therefore it is necessary to take pay attention to those places in your home where it could appear and spread. Some places in your home where you should keep an eye for mold are:

The Walls; Mold can appear in the walls of your home due to plumbing leaks. It can growth from the inside, behind the wall or on the wall itself where it can be visible. The problem with the first two is that it can happen without you knowing is even there, by the time that is visible it usually means it is pretty bad and it can be dangerous (Mold is taking over).Therefore, try to check your walls for signs like discoloration and peeling of the paint.

Basement; some of the reasons for mold to growth in your basement may be flooding issues or the condensation from the pipes created from the cold during winter. The exposed beams, the walls, (sometimes carpet), and furniture are usually the items where mold can grow in your basement. We recommend to check this area of your home once a month or as often as you can, to avoid having issues with mold due to not knowing what is happening there.

Carpet;  Mold can growth in carpets due to leaks in the house, flooding, and even pet urine. The problem with the carpet is that sometimes the mold grows beneath it and when it becomes visible it means that it is severe by that moment. You should inspect your carpet around the house to make sure that no water, or any moisture is in it to prevent mold to growth and spread.

Finally, our last recommendation is to always address any water problems that you have right away, leaks, floods, or standing water, because these scenarios are the perfect opportunity for mold to growth. If you ever experience a water loss please consider a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Dove/ Stillwater to help you to restore your home and to prevent mold to appear. Remember prevention is the key to keep mold away from your property and your health.

Garage Energy Efficient Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

During this cold season it is important to keep every room in your home warm. One place that requires special attention is the garage, because generally this area of your home doesn’t have heat. We are going to mention ten things you can do to make your garage energy-efficient and save money on energy costs throughout the cold season.

  1. Insulate Garage Walls: Rolling the right R-value insulation between your joists or blowing it through a small hole in your drywall filling your garage’s sides and ceiling can help keep the warm air in and the cool air out
  2. Caulk between Your Garage Walls and Floor: A foam sealant or latex/silicone based caulk works wonders to prevent heat from flowing out between your walls and floor.
  3. Seal The Door Connecting Your Home To Your Garage: Check for leaks around the entrance door. Install weather-stripping around the door frame. If your threshold isn’t properly sealing the bottom of your door, apply a draft stopper. Caulk any leaks and the trim along the outside and inside of the door.
  4. Insulate Your Garage Door: You can either buy an insulation kit or a new insulated door. The kit will be more affordable, however, may not provide as much insulation as a new door.
  5. Insulate Outlets And Light Switches: Use outlet/switch foam gaskets to seal these small escape hatches for energy and carbon monoxide.
  6. Switch out Your Lights: Start using either CFL or LED lights in your garage. A LED light bulb only uses 12 watts of electricity to create the equal amount of lumens as a regular 60-watt bulb. A CFL light only uses 15 watts.
  7. Windows: Switch out your older windows with Energy Star® certified windows.
  8. Solar Heating: If you really want to make your garage energy-efficient, install solar panels. This way you’ll avoid using electricity or gas to keep your garage warm and comfy.
  9. Seal Cracks In Your Garage Floor: Cracks in your garage floor introduce cold air and gases into your garage and allow heat to escape. Concrete sealant will prevent heated air from escaping and stop cold air and gases from entering.
  10. Keep Your Garage Organized: Do you have too much stuff crammed into your garage? Invest in a storage shed.

Following these recommendations will help you to keep the energy bill from your home lower, and they will help you to have a more comfortable garage and conserve the heat of your home.

A Huge Commercial Fire Loss in Hackettstown NJ.

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial A Huge Commercial Fire Loss in Hackettstown NJ. Commercial Fire Loss

This picture represents the horrible loss that one of our dear commercial clients suffered in Hackettstown NJ. This unfortunate incident started from an electric failure in one of the shop’s machines and it became a massive fire loss that consumed at least 90% of the entire facility.  A loss like this one touches our heart, not only because this business helps to fuel the economy in our local community, but also because as a business we understand what it means to close your doors even for a couple of hours (imagine a couple of weeks or months). Therefore, every time that we receive a call to address a loss like this, we do everything that is in our power to help our clients during this difficult situation. This time was not different, we received the call and we arrived to the loss within a hour, and after making sure that everyone was safe (no fatalities, only material damage), we started the board up process and we proceeded to explain the plan of action to follow in the restoration process. During the following weeks, we have been in touch with the insurance company, the business owner, and the other parties involved. At the same time, our technicians have been there cleaning, choosing the items that were salvageable, and removing all the items that will need to be gone in order for reconstruction to begin. We are still helping our clients in their efforts to re-build their business, and this is something that we are proud of. We believe in building relationships and show our clients with our actions, that our services are far beyond restoring their loss. We are always here to help because we are involved and we care for our community.

In the event that you ever have a fire or water loss in your business please give us the opportunity to provide our services and become one of your trusted companies. We will be happy to help you to get back on your feet and we will be glad to be there every step of the way. Do not hesitate and give us a call 973-810-2825.

The Emergency Contact List That You Need to Have at Home for Emergencies

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

If you have read our blogs you should know by now that preparedness is the key element to survive and to recover from any kind of emergency. With this in mind we want to mention some of the main categories that you should prioritize and include in your emergency contact list.

  • Medical Emergency: These are important numbers to write down. In an emergency you should not assume that you will have internet access to find the numbers that you need. Therefore, it is wise to have a list of the following numbers in areas of the house that can be of easy access for anyone (like hung up on the fridge):
  • Police Department.
  • 911
  • Fire Department
  • Poison Control Center
  • Your Physician’s office number.
  • Household Emergencies: Multiple emergencies can affect your home or business at any giving moment, and knowing who to call or what to do can make a big difference in taking care of the emergency properly or making it a bigger issue. We recommend that you add the following numbers to your emergency contact list and that you keep a copy in your office or in your car in case that you are away from your property while the emergency occurs.
  • Water Company
  • Gas Company
  • Electric Company
  • 24/7 Emergency restoration company (SERVPRO Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825)
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Home Insurance Company
  • Home Security Monitoring Company
  • HVAC (Heat and Air Conditioning) Repair
  • Non-Emergency but helpful numbers: No every emergency is life-threating, but having these numbers handy may help you to control those situations that have the potential to become a more serious emergency. Even if you are not home, having these numbers may help the people in your home (like a house sitter) to control a situation while waiting to hear from you.
  • A General Handy Person
  • A Trusted Neighbor
  • Family Member or Emergency Contact
  • Pest Control.

Furnace Maintenance Tips to Keep a Warm Home Free of Fires

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Most homeowners understand how important it is to perform maintenance to a home furnace especially during the cold months, they know that an inefficient or even a broken furnace translate in higher energy bills, a new heating unit, and unfortunately some times in a fire loss. Therefore, learning some tips to keep your furnace running is always a good strategy to save some money and keep your family warm during the winter.

1. Clean the vents:

Cleaning the heating vents around the home is important to keep your furnace running efficiently during the cold months. One thing to do is to vacuum the floor vents to remove any dust or debris, this will improve the air quality of your home and can help you preserve the furnace.

2. Inspect Furnace filters:

You can have a professional help you or you can do it yourself. You can inspect and clean the filters inside the furnace, just make sure it is off and cooled before you touch it.  There are two different kinds of filters, the disposable ones that should be changed every tree months, and the permanent ones should be washed and cleaned regularly during the cold months when you use your heat the most.

3. Check the entire system:    

One of the main things to do when you think about providing maintenance to the furnace is to inspect the entire system. Some important things to check; visually check for any signs of damage around the unit, check that the pilot light is on and that the flame is steady blue, and inspect the exterior vents and the portions of the HVAC system that are kept outside, the last thing that you want is some snow, ice, leaves, and debris to break your unit.

4. Hire a professional:

We recommend that you do some of the maintenance and initial inspection to your furnace, but we also recommend to have a HVAC professional to come and perform an annual furnace maintenance.

We hope that these tips help you to keep your furnace running and that you stay warm during the coming colder days.