Fire and Water Damage in your Laundry Room can cause serious damage to your home.
FACT: The typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads.
When someone mentions they have a laundry emergency, most people’s first thought would be a red wine or grass stain, but here at SERVPRO of East Windsor a laundry emergency is a much BIGGER deal! What you aren’t thinking about is without proper inspection and maintenance those appliances you rely on can really lead to a serious disaster in your home.
Washing Machines typically run a few times per week in most homes, and the typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads. Washers come with 3 hoses filled with water: hot water, cold water and a drain, that gives that appliance 3 opportunities to suddenly leave you with a laundry room flood, or worse widespread water damage.
To complete a full cycle of laundry you have to put those wet clothes somewhere, and it is convent that the clothes dryer is located right next to the washing machine, right? No one forgets to throw in the laundry detergent when doing a load, but forgetting to dispose of your dryer lint, well that can cause BIG problems. Dryer lint is very combustible, the accumulation of lint in your dryer and vent can reduce airflow, causing your dryer to overheat. An improperly vented dryer can have dangerous consequences and is a leading cause of fire damage in homes.
Steps to prevent a laundry emergency in your home:
1. Inspect the hoses on your washing machine regularly, remember to check for leaks thoroughly but be sure not to disconnect them. The best way to check is to start a small load on a short cycle and make sure you don’t see any water, with each cycle. Better yet replace rubber hoses with a stainless-steel option, they have a longer life span.
2. Give your washer some room, keeping it 6” away from the wall can help prevent the hoses from kinking. Also, make sure you don’t see a lot of movement, an imbalanced washer can move around enough to loosen or cause added stress on your hose connections.
3. If you seem to have continued problems with your washer install a flood stopper. It’s placed on the floor near your washing machine and when it detects water it can shut off the water supply.
4. It is recommended to have your dryer exhaust system cleaned at least twice a year. Make sure you remove lint from your filter and underneath it every time you start a new load. Don’t use dryer sheets and fabric softener and remove the back of the dryer regularly to remove trapped lint.
5. Check that your dryer vent outside is lifting/venting properly. When installing the duct line keep it as short as possible to accumulate less debris. Keep the area around your dryer free of dust and other debris.
Accidents sometimes happen even after taking proper precautions and performing routine maintenance in your home. We here at SERVPRO of East Windsor have responded to dozens of calls for water or fire property damage caused by laundry emergencies. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. Our professional staff has the equipment, expertise, and experience to respond faster to any size disaster.
If you have a laundry emergency caused by Fire/Water Damage! SERVPRO of East Windsor is always here to help!
Providing 24 Hour Emergency service, 7 Days a week, (609) 443-9110 we are just a phone call away!
Protect Your Business with SERVPRO of East Windsor
Be prepared for anything with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile
Industry research indicates that as much as 50% of businesses are unable to recover after a disaster, natural or man-made. A 50-50 chance to survive a calamity might not seem like great odds, if looked at in a vacuum. Luckily, the survival of your company depends on more than just dumb luck; many of the companies that are able to survive after a disaster had one thing in common: a plan if disaster were to strike. SERVPRO of East Windsor knows many people are reliant on their business for income, and we want to help ensure you are ready for anything. SERVPRO has created a checklist of sorts to make sure your company is prepared.
SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile provides the vital information needed to begin our mitigation and recovery services. It was designed to serve as a reference for important building and contact information. By using SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile your business will benefit from over 40 years of experience in restoration.
The Advantages of SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile:
- SERVPRO of East Windsor will provide a no-cost assessment of your facility
- A concise Profile Document that contains critical information needed in an emergency, saving you time if disaster were to strike
- A guide to help you return to your building following a disaster
- Using our guide will minimize your business’ downtime by mapping out an immediate plan of action
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valves locations and priority contact information
- Establishes SERVPRO of East Windsor as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
How to get a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:
- Visit SERVPRO.com/ready to register an account using your email address as your username
- Choose SERVPRO of East Windsor as your preferred representative
- Begin created an ERP for all of your properties
- Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan app on your phone, tablet, or computer
- Launch the Ready Plan app and sign-in using the information you used to register
After inserting the necessary information a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile will be created and you will be all the more prepared for disaster if it ever strikes. With a plan in place SERVPRO of East Windsor will be ready to help you get your business back up and running “Like it never even happened.”
Common Signs that Water Damage is Lurking in Your Home.
SERVPRO of East Windsor will closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Water damage is among the most common causes of property damage claims. One in every 50 insured homes will have a water-related property claim. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Even a well-maintained residence can have unexpected water damage including, a leaky dishwasher or sink, broken pipe(s), an overflowing washing machine, an old leaky roof, flood or storm damage and foundation cracks. If you see signs that water damage is lurking in your home, SERVPRO of East Windsor always here to help!
Water spots under sink cabinets
If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.
Ceiling and wall stains
Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.
Mold needs water to grow, so it’s common to find mold in consistently damp locations—and finding mold is never a good thing, since it means your air quality is suffering. In fact, sensitive individuals may experience unpleasant symptoms such as aggravated allergy symptoms, cold-like issues, and more.
Squishy kitchen/bathroom tiles
Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.
Many things can cause water to pool in unlikely places, including a broken pipe or flooding. If you find standing water, it’s important to seek water damage remediation as quickly as possible. Ignoring the problem could lead to greater damage to your home’s structural integrity and air quality.
When you are dealing with water damage, call in the experts to help! SERVPRO of East Windsor can respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Contact us for 24-7 emergency service in your home. SERVPRO of East Windsor Always here to help!
Don't Let Damage To Your Commercial Property Damage Your Bottom Line!
Regardless of the size of your commercial property SERVPRO of East Windsor can help restore your business!
SERVPRO of East Windsor knows that damage done to your commercial property can do significant damage to your business’ bottom line. Tropical storms, intense blizzards, or flooding can close your business, costing you money every day the issue is not resolved. Be sure to call the experts here at SERVPRO of East Windsor as quickly as possible so we can get you, and your employees, back to work. Our business is getting your business back and running—like it never even happened!
It can be difficult to recover from fire damage but don’t get burned using a lesser restoration company. Give SERVPRO of East Windsor a call so we can start repairing your business. Our technicians will quickly remove all fire and smoke damage, and remove the smoky smell. After fixing the structure, we will start to clean your fabric and upholstery. After all signs of fire damage have been removed, we will repair any water damage done by a sprinkler system or hose as a result of the fire.
Large-scale flooding and even errant sprinklers can cause significant damage to your business, regardless of the size. After removing the contaminated water, we will start by drying the walls and ceiling. After the structural drying is complete, we can start removing the water from your fabric and upholstery. After every drop of water has been removed, we will also remove any lingering odor left behind.
Mold, especially in commercial properties, can be difficult to remove. The experts here at SERVPRO of East Windsor will be able to restore any water damage, use applied microbial remediation, and clean the structure and upholstery—removing any causes of mold.
Our 24 hour, 7-day service will get to work planning your business’ restoration as soon as you pick up the phone and give us a call. Every working hour missed means missed revenue, but we will get your company back in business quickly and painlessly.
Hospitals, apartment buildings, big box warehouses—we can do it all!
SERVPRO of East Windsor specializes in cleaning and restoring your commercial and residential property. Our staff is thoroughly versed in damage restoration. We are constantly training our staff on the newest and most efficient ways to remove mold. We are IICRC-certified and great at what we do. Give us a call at (609) 631-3157 so we can get to work fixing your business!
FIRES HAPPEN! Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. SERVPRO of East Windsor is here to help!
SERVPRO of East Windsor has been successfully helping East Windsor, NJ homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years.
SERVPRO of East Windsor’s local professionals have been successfully helping East Windsor, NJ homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding FASTER to any size disaster. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service
Call SERVPRO of East Windsor, New Jersey at (609) 443-9110 we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with all your damage remediation needs.
First Steps After a Fire:
- Safety: Ask the firefighters or proper authorities on the scene if it is safe to go inside.
- Call your Insurance provider: Let them know what happened so they can start a claim and initiate the paperwork for you.
- Contact loved ones: Call to let everyone know you’re okay or let people who weren’t home know what happened.
- Secure the residence/business: Prevent theft by locking the doors and covering windows or holes. If, you need help contact SERVPRO of East Windsor, we are here to help!
- Obtain a copy of the fire report: The report specifies all the necessary information about the fire including the time, casualties, date and the extent of fire damage.
- Your current location: Notify friends, family, employers, schools, utilities & services of your temporary location. If you need somewhere to stay you can also contact the American Red Cross for assistance.
CONSIDER CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS: SERVPRO of East Windsor, NJ can provide services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced. We can help you with providing estimates to insurance companies for the cost of damages and will help walk you through the process of thoroughly deodorizing, cleaning and repairing your home.
SERVPRO Steps for a Fire Damage Emergency:
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of East Windsor, New Jersey which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO of East Windsor Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of East Windsor Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO of East Windsor Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today
SERVPRO of East Windsor, New Jersey at (609) 443-9110
Your First Steps After a Disaster
You might feel overwhelmed after a disaster, but we are here to help!
You might have a lot of questions running through your head after disaster strikes. The feeling of being overwhelmed is not uncommon, but we find people are often left asking: what now?
The first step is to have your house evaluated to ensure it is a safe place to return. Safety is always our first priority, and it should be yours too. Fire, water, and mold can all lead to unsafe living conditions—like contaminants in the air or structural damage. If the house has been cleared for re-entry, most people think the obvious next step would be to start cleaning, but it is important to document the damage done to your home and belongings. Using a camera, or your phone, to take pictures of the chaos can help with insurance claims. If your phone or camera did not survive the incident we recommend calling a SERVPRO of East Windsor professional to document the damage so you can begin the process of restoring your home.
An expert at SERVPRO of East Windsor will be able to photograph the damage done to your home on your behalf for purposes of insurance claims. Based on the condition of your home, the SERVPRO of East Windsor serviceperson will advise—based on possible rate increases and the cost to repair—whether involving the insurance company is cost-effective.
We aim to make the restoration as painless as possible; we will help you throughout the entire process. Once the damage has been documented, we can give you a professional assessment of the damage done and the how best to proceed. The only thing you will have to do is submit the claim to your insurance company! An insurance company will often have agreements with—what they refer to as—preferred vendors, but you should know that you have the right to choose which company you trust to rebuild your home.
Disaster is—obviously—never welcomed, but it could give you the opportunity to recreate your house in your own image! SERVPRO of East Windsor is ready to help build your dream home. Turn a negative into a positive by adding the laundry room you always wanted. Restoring your life after a disaster is always difficult, but we hope you find comfort in knowing SERVPRO of East Windsor is here to help!
Get Your Ducts in a Row
Removing a vent cover allows for a better look at your duct system.
Restoring air ducts is an errand best left to professionals but, fortunately, it can be relatively pain-free to determine if they are in need of a cleaning. Removing vent covers can give you a peek into the air duct system; when looking into the vent system you should be easily able to check for the dirt and debris that is circulating in the air you are breathing. Air filters can also be checked for contaminants. If either of these tasks results in unpleasant results you should contact a professional duct cleaning service like SERVPRO of East Windsor. You can take a glance inside your heater as well. The heat exchanger’s surface is running optimally if it is visibly clean. The unit’s blower blades must also be clean of dirt and oil.
With summer approaching (quickly) now would be a great time to check the air conditioning unit. The coils inside the air conditioner must be clear of dirt and dust. You can shine a flashlight on the unit’s cooling coils to see if the light is coming out the other end. The coil fins must be evenly spaced and free of bends or nicks. If any of the parts appear to be less than perfect give us call before it gets too hot. Don’t sweat issues with your air conditioner, we are here to help!
Here is a quick introduction to the cleaning process used to make sure your ventilation system is running at maximum efficiency:
The first step is to check the air conditioner filter. If dirty, the filters will be cleaned or replaced. A dirty filter will minimize your unit’s efficiency and sully the air you breathe.
After ensuring the filters are perfect, we will clean the unit’s condenser coils. Clean condenser coils will maximize the unit’s energy efficiency. The SERVPRO of East Windsor expert will also check the lines carrying coolant to ensure you are getting the coldest air possible.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we will test the AC unit. While running we are able to double check previous work and make sure everything is functioning well and the system is clean. If more work needs to be done (a broken part repaired) a SERVPRO of East Windsor professional will quickly find the issue and complete any necessary repairs.
What Causes Mold Inside The Home?
Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Windsor to tackle any mold removal or mold remediation jobs.
All mold needs is water to thrive. Mold spores will begin spreading when they locate a wet surface. Some major spots mold can cover include:
- Bathrooms. Showers, sinks, and toilets are ideal for mold. These spots have a tendency to be spongy and, without capable ventilation, will develop mold.
- Air conditioning and vents.
- Fireplaces. If not used regularly, a chimney or fireplace is cold and dark—beneficial ground for mold spore development.
- Attics. If your rooftop drips, mold can congregate and spread through the ventilation in the frequently neglected space. It will prosper in ventilation or soffit vents.
- Cellars. A musty cellar smell is an affirmation of dampness, and—more than likely—mold. Mold could be discovered anywhere: the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.
Mold spread must be stopped by drying the moist conditions inside. If there is mold growing in your home it is vital to stop it as quickly as possible. In the wrong conditions, mold can spread rapidly—in as few as 24–48 hours.
If your home or business has mold it is crucial that you call a professional immediately. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Windsor will start by isolating and testing the area of concern. The Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of East Windsor are educated in water and mold evacuation. They're experts in recuperating your home from mold using the best equipment possible.
SERVPRO of East Windsor will review the harm and, if required by law, receive a protocol for a Certified Mold Assessor so they can begin to devise a methodology. They will then spotlight the issue and get the opportunity to work. Using physical barriers and a negative air pressure chamber, your SERVPRO of East Windsor expert will stop the mold so they can start cleaning and reestablishing your home.
The pros at SERVPRO of East Windsor are completely prepared for remediation, ensuring your home or business will be yours again in a matter of moments.
SERVPRO of East Windsor offers quick response 24 hours every day of the week.
Is Black Mold Really Dangerous?
SERVPRO of East Windsor has a team of trained specialists to handle any mold remediation/mold removal in your home or business.
We’ve all been there. You go into your basement or your bathroom and there, on the wall, you see it: black mold. You panic, because you’ve heard horror stories for years about the dangers of black mold, but is there really any truth to the hype?
In truth, the term “toxic black mold” is a misnomer with no scientific validation at all. In fact, the term “toxic mold” is also inaccurate. According to the CDC, “the term ‘toxic mold’ is not accurate. While some molds can produce toxins, specifically mycotoxins, the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous”.
So what kinds of mycotoxins can black mold produce??The trichothecene types below are found in toxic black mold:
- Roridin E
- Satratoxin F, G and H (the most abundant type of trichothecene)
- Sporidesmin G
- Verrucarin J
Molds come in a rainbow of colors but it is the black mold species Stachybotrys chartarum that has been falsely dubbed “toxic black mold”. In reality, mold is everywhere in our environment, it’s the dosage that makes the poison.
There is no argument that excessive exposure to almost any type of mold can cause adverse health effects, no matter what the color.
In addition, mold growth can also damage buildings—weakening structure and causing unpleasant odors, as well as causing ugly staining. Cleaning mold is often exactly what causes it to spread; the process dislodges mold spores and allows them to travel into new areas of the environment.
To avoid this it’s best to call a professional when you suspect you have a mold issue in your home or business. SERVPRO of East Windsor has years of experience in mold removal and remediation and can ensure that any damage caused by mold is repaired properly, and completely. With SERVPRO of East Windsor it’ll be "Like it never even happened."
The Real Truth About Mold Removal And Mold Remediation
If you discover mold in your home or business, contact the mold removal experts at SERVPRO of East Windsor.
Many contractors and even mold removal companies will try to confuse you as to the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. Some will try to tell you that for a small mold issue, you can get mold removal, but for a larger more dangerous issue, you’ll need a more complicated, and expensive, mold remediation. Out of fear, many will choose to go with remediation and spend the extra money. That makes sense, mold can be extremely dangerous, causing severe illness and other problems, but the fact is that mold removal and mold remediation are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing!
Mold is endemic in our environment, meaning you can find it almost everywhere that water and oxygen are present. While some mold, such as the mildew in your shower (when in small quantities,) are considered “cosmetic mold” and can be simply sprayed with bleach, other types of mold (and even mildew when it spreads,) can become dangerous and toxic.
Certified Mold Specialists
SERVPRO of East Windsor has certified mold remediation technicians that can not only help to identify and properly remove the mold in your home, but they will also locate the source, and eradicate the cause of your mold issues.
When you find mold in your home, make sure that your mold professional can explain the mold remediation process in simple terms. Many small mold issues should not be expensive to handle. Moldy drywall is one example. If the affected area is small, it should not be a tremendously expensive fix. The most important issue with small drywall fixes happens once the damaged section is removed. It is imperative to ensure that spores are not spread further, so great care must be taken with the disposal of affected areas. If the technicians you hire use extremely technical terms to frighten you into tremendously expensive treatment options, be wary.
When you call SERVPRO of East Windsor, we will carefully inspect your property to ensure that not only are all mold issues are addressed, but also that we locate the source of the issue, and eradicate it. If we do find an issue that needs to be addressed, we will use specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores that may be in the air and to prevent them from spreading during removal.
In addition to mold removal, we also specialize in cleaning your belongings and ensuring that they are sanitized and safe to use. Should major restoration need to be done, we can also handle reconstruction and finishing to ensure that you are back to normal as quickly, and cleanly, as possible.
Mold doesn’t have to be scary, so don’t let an unqualified contractor or “specialist” make it into a nightmare.