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8 Things You Should Know About Mold Damage In Your Home

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 8 Things You Should Know About Mold Damage In Your Home Mold Damage In Your Home

Sometimes talking about mold damage in your home can seem very intimidating.  SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey would like to provide some information to help you decide whether or not you might need a professional to diagnose your mold issues.  Here are 8 things you should know about mold damage in your home.


 1. Mold spores can be present even if there is no visible mold.


Its easy to say that you might have mold when you see large patches of green or black furry stuff growing in your bathroom or basement.  But what if the mold is hidden?  It might be hidden behind walls or in your ductwork but it can be growing.  When mold reproduces it releases tiny spores into the air.  mold is static so the way these spores travel is by some kind of movement like wind.  Mold spore size can vary from 3-12 microns.  Almost the same diameter as a piece of hair making it invisible to the eye.  Only thru airborne mold testing can these spores be detected.


2. Humidity level can affect mold growth.


Most homes that have an heating and air conditioning system keep the humidity levels at 30-40%.  Basements, crawlspaces, and bathrooms have a tendency to run much higher.  Bathrooms especially after a shower can bring the humidity levels up to almost 100%.  That's why a well ventilated bathroom can help prevent mold.  Basements should always have a dehumidifier running.  Most molds like to grow when the levels are above 60% humidity.


3. Any water intrusion can also cause mold growth.


Any water intrusion whether its a roof or window leak.  Leaky sink, ground water intrusion in the basement or crawlspace just to give some examples.  Water is a necessity for life.  That includes mold.  Mold needs moisture to grow.  That includes any kind of leak of type of condensation.


4. Change in temperature causes condensation.


When the temperature of air is reduced to its dew point then condensation will occur.  The condensed water is called dew and will form on solid surfaces.  The dew point varies depending on the level of humidity in your home and the temperature.  Higher humidity often means the dew point will be closer to the current air temperature and not require much of a change for condensation to form.  this condensation is a perfect environment for mold to grow.  Often this is seen more in crawlspaces and basements.  Proper ventilation is a must to dry out this environment quickly.


5. Damp or wet materials left without being dried can cause mold in 24-48 hours.


So you might have a leak, condensation, or high humidity levels.  You might have had a sink leak, water line break, water come in from rain.  These conditions require your home to be dried out properly.  Wet materials such as wood floors, carpet, wet drywall are all a place where mold can grow.  Usually within 24-48 hours.  It is important for these materials to be dried out quickly to avoid any kind of mold growth.


6. Mold can be hazardous to your health.


Myth or fact?  Some people have no reaction at all to mold while others do.  The Institute of Medicine found  evidence to link indoor mold exposure to upper respiratory tract issues and respiratory illness in healthy children.  People that have chronic lung issues are more prone to get infections from mold.


7. Mold can be in your ductwork.


Why does mold form in your ductwork?  Well we have discussed condensation.  Your ductwork has a tendency to get hot then cold and vice versa.  This creates a dew point internally and condensation.  Proper cleaning of your duct regularly is a must.  One to clean out all the allergens that your filters might not have collected.  And two to clean out all the mold spores that might be trapped in there.  Ductwork is a great place for mold spores to use to travel to other parts of your home.


8. Who should do the clean up?


If you are concerned about mold in your home and how to properly remediate it you should talk to a professional.  Especially is you might need testing done.  Hiring an indoor environmental professional to test for mold will take the guesswork of mold that might be hidden or spore spores you might not be able to see.  Also It is important to use the right products and procedures to treat for mold.  Hap vacuuming and air scrubbers to collect those invisible mold spores. Do not use products like bleach.  The active ingredient is Sodium Hypochlorite which is very effective in removing the discoloration but may leave the microflora that will enable the mold to return in exactly the same spot when conditions are right. If you would like to talk to a professional, contact us today.


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Preparing Your Home For Spring Storms

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing Your Home For Spring Storms Spring Storms can cause havoc on your home.

You may think of spring as the time of the year where the long winter is over and summer is right around the corner.  But spring also brings some of the wildest weather on the planet.  Preparing your home for these spring storms can help save your property from severe damage.  Damage caused by rain, wind, hail, flooding.

Protecting your property outside

  1. Roofing and siding issues can cause water to damage your home.  Have a licensed contractor inspect for loose siding and possible missing shingles.
  2. Mulch vs stone landscaping can protect your home from damage caused by high winds.  Broken windows can be caused high wind blowing these stones.
  3. Trees and shrubbery should be trimmed.  Removing all dead or loose branches.  These branches can cause damage to cars and your home.
  4. Loose or clogged gutters can bring water into your home very quickly.  clogged gutters will allow water to back up under shingle and travel into your home.
  5. Secure your outdoor furniture so high winds don't take them for a ride.  That can be dangerous if it is close to windows or doors.

Preparing inside the home

  1. Move furniture away from windows in case of broken windows and flying debris.
  2. Remove pictures or heavy item off of walls.  These things can fall and break if not properly secured.
  3. Keep Poisens, solvents and flammable chemical away from emergency food supplies.
  4. Take heavy items and put them on lower shelves.  Heavy items falling can break of shatter and cause harm to anyone that might be in the way.
  5. Important paperwork should be locked away in a fire and waterproof safe.  Keep these items in a safe and central location for easy access in case of an emergency.

These are just a few tips to help you protect your home.  If your home is damaged by severe and wild spring weather, SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey can help you put it back together.  Call us today if you have questions or need an estimate for repairs. (732)323-0135

Storm Damage Restoration and Response Time

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration and Response Time Storm Damage in New Jersey

Storm damage to your home due to flooding, wind, hail can be devastating.  Water can travel quickly throughout your home.  Knowing that immediate action is needed and having the right restoration contractor can be the difference between cleaning up your home quickly or having unnecessary and additional damage due to mold growth or secondary damage. 

Safety precautions

Is it safe to stay in your home?  Water and electricity don't mix.  Intrusive water is a safety concern, if possible turn all power off.  Do not try to turn on appliances or lights.  Also wet materials are very heavy.  Saturated drywall and carpets can make lifting materials very stressful to your back, joints and muscles.  Most importantly is to make sure anyone that is in your house is safe.  Safe from electrical hazards and falling debris from ceilings.

Contacting your insurance company

It is important to call your insurance company as soon as possible.  Insurance companies will want to assess the damage quickly.  They will want you to give an accurate description of what happened.  If it all possible, take pictures of the initial damage.  Ask questions so you can fully understand the claims process and your rights. 

Choosing the right restoration contractor

Always choose the best contractor. Not the cheapest.  Your restoration contractor should be an expert in storm damage.  They should be fully trained and qualified.  Check your contractors qualifications.  Are the compliant with the right licenses, insurance and certifications?  SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey are the professionals that can handle any size disaster.  Our technicians are IICRC certified in mold remediation, water damage, fire and smoke among other certification.  We are also fully insured and bill directly to your insurance company.  Please check out our website for more information.

Immediate response

SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency services.  In many instances our technicians are dispatched within minutes to provide you fast reliable service.  We respond quickly to mitigate damages fast. 

If you need assistance, have questions, or need an estimate.  Contact SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey today. (732)323-0135

SERVPRO is the Storm Damage Professionals in NJ

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO is the Storm Damage Professionals in NJ Storm Damage in Ocean County NJ

If your home or business has been damaged by a storm then SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey are the professionals to call.  Whether the storm was because of high winds, hail, heavy rains, we can help you put your home back together.  Working with insurance companies, adjusters and homeowners can be a simple process if you use the right company.

What SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey can do for you

Our highly trained employees go thru an employee certification program, IICRC training, and continuing education classes to bring to you the most advanced training.  Understanding the process involved with bringing your home and business back to preloss condition and a storm disaster in our priority.  We are have emergency services available 24 hours a today which allow us to mitigate your damages as quickly as possible.  We will work directly with your insurance company and try to remediate quickly before the possibility of secondary damage occurring.  Things like mold and damage to personal belongings can add to an already stressful situation.  We will work hard for you to make sure the job is done right.

If you have any questions about storm damage or need service immediately, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey today. (732)323-0135

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Mold Damage Clean Up in NJ SERVPRO

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Clean Up in NJ SERVPRO Mold Damage Clean Up in NJ

Mold damage in your home can be a scary thing.  With the media talking about it, doctors recognizing that mold can be linked to respiratory issues,  allergy's and discussing the hidden dangers of mold.  It can be overwhelming when mold shows its ugly face in your house.  Having your mold damage cleaned up properly is as easy as calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey.

Proper Clean Up

SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey's technicians are properly trained in the removal and clean up of mold.  With IICRC training our technicians can remediate your home correctly.  Mold thrives in areas where moisture and water are present.  They can reproduce rapidly in colonies and cause irritation and allergies.  If you have moisture issues in your home, whether it's a previous water loss or areas such as crawlspaces with high humidity then you might have a greater potential for mold growth.  Our team has the right equipment to identify areas of moisture and where mold might be present.  Even if there is no visible mold,  we can test to see if the mold spore count in your home is high.  SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey is a professional company that specializes in the clean up, removal and remediation of mold.  We will work with your insurance company to make sure your home is cleaned up properly.

If you feel like you might have a mold problem in your home, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey with questions, or if you are interested in getting an estimate. (732)323-0135

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FIRE DAMAGED HOME in NJ, WHAT'S NEXT?

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIRE DAMAGED HOME in NJ, WHAT'S NEXT? Fire Damage in Lakewood, NJ

Sometimes Fire Damage in your NJ home can be devastating.  Hopefully none of us will ever have to encounter a situation where we will need to see a first responder coming to our aide. Unfortunately accidents happen and when there is a fire, we want to see those firefighters blazing down the street to come and save one of our loved ones or lifelong cherished belongings.  After the firefighters have put out the fire and left, then you are  standing there wondering what is the next step.  You might be thinking about the family photos or the blanket your great grandmother knitted for you as a baby.  That’s where SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey comes in and can help you with the question.

What’s next?

 Sometimes our belongings become damaged even though the firefighters made it on time.  Just because the items are damaged doesn’t mean they are unsalvageable.  As a restoration company we here at SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey can restore your lifelong belongings back to conditions like the fire damage never even happened depending on how severe the damage is.  We take pride in bringing homeowners belongings back to them restored because it brings a smile to their face even though they have been through one of the toughest times of their life.

How Does it Get Restored?

In doing the restoration sometimes the cleaning can be done right on site or if the damage is too severe then we can bring the belongings back to our warehouse and restore them there. We work on the homeowner’s time table, so if your house is being restored we can store your belongings until the restoration is complete (that’s one less thing you have to worry about).  We work directly with your homeowners insurance to provide a seamless process.  Once your home is complete we will return your items and put them back into place where they were before the fire.  Each step of the way we treat our customers as if they were our family.  If this happened to one of our family member we would want them treated in the same manner as we treat our customers.  If there is ever damage done to your home we are here to help you in every way possible.  SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey services all areas of Ocean County and New Jersey.

 

If you have questions about damage restoration or what to do after a fire, call SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey today. (732) 323-0135

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in NJ

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in NJ Commercial Fire Damage Clean Up in NJ

SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey knows how devastating a commercial fire damage in NJ can be.  There are significant costs associated with the business downtime, never mind the post fire clean up and restoring everything to pre-loss condition.  Let the experts at SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey help you get your business back.  We will work with your insurance company and insurance adjuster to bring your commercial property to pre-loss condition quickly, making business interruption minimal

Business Interruption

As many as 50% of businesses wont reopen after a disaster.  Depending on the severity of your fire damage, your business can go from running smooth and efficiently to being stopped dead in its tracks.  SERVPRO can help business owners assess and create a  Emergency Ready Profile so we can minimize business interruption for your company.  We will provide details such as shut-off valves locations, priority contact information and establish SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey as your professional mitigation and restoration provider.  The Emergency Ready Profile is a no cost assessment of your facility.

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey help you with your commercial fire damage.  Contact us today (732)323-0135

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NJ Flood and Mold: Water Removal Ocean County

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage NJ Flood and Mold: Water Removal Ocean County Basement Flood Removal in Ocean County, NJ

Using a company like SERVPRO in Ocean County, NJ to Remove your flood and mold damage can take the stress out of dealing with the remediation process.  SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey  works with the homeowner and insurance company to bring your home back to pre-loss condition.

Fast 24-7 Emergency Service

Cleaning up your water loss effectively and in accordance to IICRC standards is important to prevent mold and any secondary damage to your home and contents.  We are there from start to finish.  From water removal to drying, packing your contents out, and restoring your home. Whether that includes restoring your floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets  or furniture or rebuilding your home to pre-loss condition.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey can handle any size project.

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(732) 323-0135

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Flood Damaged Museum Gets Help From SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey was dispatched to this historical museum that had flood damage in New Egypt, NJ because of pipes that had frozen.  The Polar Vortex brought the coldest air in more than a decade.  Sweeping thru the northeast and leaving many businesses and homes with broken pipes. 

Job Done Right

We were able to provide them with temporary power, temporary heat and all the equipment necessary to dry out and mitigate the flood damaged museum. Our water damage specialists have the experience and expertise to get the job done and the training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey is locally owned and here to help our community.  If you have a commercial of residential building and are in need of flood damage services. Call us today (732)323-0135

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Crestwood Village, NJ: Water and Mold Clean Up

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Crestwood Village, NJ: Water and Mold Clean Up Water and Mold Damage to Home in Crestwood Village, NJ

SERVPRO provided water and mold clean up to this Crestwood Village, NJ home.  SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey was called in the clean up this flood caused but a dishwasher supply line that was leaking for several days.  Significant water and mold damage occurred to the entire first floor of the home.  SERVPRO technicians removed all of the hardwood and tile floors.  4 feet of drywall around the entire perimeter of the home.  The complete bathroom and kitchen and carpets.  Extensive mold remediation also had to be completed.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey does complete restoration and rebuild services.

 

After all mitigation services were completed, SERVPRO restored the home to its original pre-loss condition.  Replacing all of the floors, cabinets, kitchen and bathroom.  All of our team consists of experienced IICRC technicians, carpenters, plumbers, and tradesmen.  We have the staff and expertise to do the job right from start to finish.

If you have water or mold damage and need a professional to give you an honest assessment and estimate of your home.  Please call us today (732)323-0135

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