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Unexpected Places Mold Can Hide in Your Manchester Home

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

Mold under the window in a Manchester home before SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester started the mold remediation process Mold underneath a window ledge in a home in Manchester, NJ before SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester started the mold remediation process.

With spring right around the corner, the temperature is going fluctuate and moisture is going to make its way into unexpected areas of your home. When the moisture sits and humidity starts to rise, mold starts to grow. According to houselogic the 5 most unexpected places for mold to hide in your home are chimneys, refrigerator drip pans, front-loading washing machines, window sashes and seals and air conditioners.

  1. Chimneys - The brick crevices collect water dirt and other organic debris. If you have a rusted chimney cap it can let in enough water to create a moisture rich environment. Poor ventilation also traps
    condensation and creates a perfect environment for mold to grow.
  2. Refrigerator Drip Pans - Over time, the drip pan collects moisture, dirt and bacteria. It goes unnoticed from being located under the refrigerator where most people don’t think to clean or even look.
  3. Front-Loading Washing Machines - The seal around the door of the front-loading washing machines often stay wet from being closed when not in use. Add some lint and it creates a great environment for mold growth.
  4. Window Sashes and Seals - This is the time of year when the cold weather in the morning combines with the warmth of the inside and creates condensation along window. The dirt and dust particles left on these surfaces mixed with the moisture create the perfect surface area for mold to grow.
  5. Air Conditioners - The air conditioning units hold the dust, pollen and moisture from the air. With the AC sitting throughout the winter, it gives mold the chance to grow and still be hidden away.

SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester knows the ins and outs of mold remediation, if you have any questions or concerns about mold cleanup services, give us a call at (732) 408 – 3161.

SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester Commercial Water Restoration Services

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier reading at a commercial property in Manchester, NJ SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester dehumidifier reading during a commercial water damage cleanup in Manchester, NJ.

When it comes to your commercial property, you need a restoration company that can minimize the disruption while delivering superior and fast results. Whether you need water or fire damage cleanup, mold removal, storm cleanup, flood cleanup, sewage removal, bio-hazard cleanup, professional cleaning services or Covid-19 cleaning services, SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester handles it all. We are your local commercial cleanup experts. We service:

  • Office Buildings
  • High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels and Motel
  • Retail Stores
  • High-Rise Buildings
  • Manufacturing Buildings
  • Industrial Parks
  • Warehouses
  • Flex Buildings
  • Suites or Condominiums
  • Multi-Dwelling Units and Buildings
  • Medical Buildings
  • Government Buildings
  • Military Buildings

A professional commercial damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester, will have the knowledge and experience to mitigate these risks, as well as restore your property. our technicians are trained and certified to handle any commercial water damage restoration project. We can assist you through every step of the process and help return your property back to a state of normalcy.

September is Campus Fire Prevention Safety

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

SEPTEMBER IS CAMPUS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH September is Campus Fire Safety Month! Spend some time this month by focusing on creating a fire-safe environment either on or off campus.

As September approaches, students are heading to college, so now is the perfect time to review best practices and learn how to put these practices into action for both students living on or off campus. Whether you are a student or parent, taking a few minutes to evaluate the new housing could go a long way toward preventing potential fire-related injury or deaths.  

Click here to down the Campus Fire Safety Checklist for Students or click here for the Campus Fire Safety Tips for Parents.

When you first move in to your new housing, analyze your surroundings. Take time to educate yourself and your roommates about fire safety can make all the difference in a life-or-death situation. Taking small steps in identifying two ways out of a room, ensuring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly installed and working can go a long way toward preventing potential fire-related injury or deaths.

Listed below are some simple things to evaluate for fire safety measures for campus-related housing:

  • Keep combustible items away from heat sources.
  • Smoking, candles, and other open flame items should never be used in student housing. 
  • Fire sprinklers control a fire and provide lifesaving time for escape. 
  • Know and practice the building’s evacuation plan, as well as alternate routes. Create and practice a fire escape plan, if living off campus.
  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed in all sleeping areas, test smoke alarms monthly in an apartment or a house.
  • Never remove or disable smoke alarms.  
  • Keep common areas and hallways free of possessions and debris, and never block exit routes. 

What are some common causes of fires for college students?

There are several common causes for fires in dorms and off campus housing, including cooking, candles and overloaded power strips.

Follow these simple tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to avoid fires in campus housing:

Cooking

  • Cook only where it is allowed.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and free of anything that can burn.
  • Keep an eye on what you are cooking, especially if you are cooking at high temperatures.
  • If a fire starts in a microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit.

Electrical safety

  • Keep lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.
  • Never use an extension cord with large appliances, like a refrigerator.
  • Do not overload outlets.
  • Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection.

We know how exciting it is to make the transition from home to college and we want you to stay safe, so we hope you share this information with friends in dorms and off campus. Don’t forget to check with your school’s individual fire safety plans.

As a certified fire restoration company in New Jersey, SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester pledges our commitment to serving local colleges and the surrounding communities. We’re proud to provide the best emergency fire restoration services in OceanMonmouthMiddlesexMercerAtlantic and Burlington Counties.

Kitchen Cleaning After a Grease Fire in Whiting

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Ceiling in the kitchen in a Manchester home when SERVPRO of Lecay, Manchester just started the cleaning process Grease fire in Whiting brought soot and smoke damage throughout 2 story home.

Cooking is such a routine activity that it is easy to forget that the high temperatures used can easily start a fire. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other place in the home. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen while food is cooking. Luckily, the majority of reported cooking fires were small.

Do Electric or Gas Stoves Cause More Kitchen Fires?

Households that used electric ranges showed a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges, according to the National Fire Prevention Agency. This could be because with an electric range it may be less obvious that a burner is still on.

Did You Know That Oil and Grease Could Start a Kitchen Fire?

Grease fires happen when oil, grease, or fat on a stovetop or oven get hot enough to ignite. They are highly flammable which means they can catch fire easily. Different oils burn at different temperatures or flash points, but every oil you can buy at the grocery store is capable of catching on fire if the temperature is high enough. When you're cooking with grease, it's important to know the warning signs that oils are getting too hot. Boiling and smoking are good indicators that it's time to turn down the heat. Oils heat very quickly, and once it starts to smoke, oil can catch fire in as little as 30 seconds.

Water Makes Grease Fires Worse

NEVER try to extinguish a grease fire with water. Throwing water on the fire can cause burning grease to splash, which can make the fire spread and potentially harm bystanders. It is dangerous to move a pan or pot of burning oil for the same reasons, according to VeryWellHealth.com.

Grease Fires Can Get Out of Control Quickly

Do not wait until the fire is out of control to call 911! The fire department can always return to the station if you are able to get the fire out before they get to you.

What to Do If You Experience an Oil or Grease Fire?

  • Call 911-Fires can become out of control very quickly
  • Turn off the Stove whether it is the burner, oven, or broiler.
  • Cover with a Lid-The easiest way to cut off oxygen to a grease fire is to cover it with a metal pan lid or baking sheet. 
  • Douse the Flames-The warning to never use water to put out a grease fire is worth repeating, especially since your urge may be to take a burning pot to the sink and turn on the faucet. Instead, you can reach for two pantry staples to help douse a small grease fire safely with baking soda because it releases carbon dioxide when heated, which can smother the fire or salt can form a barrier between the fire and the air. This prevents the fire from getting the oxygen it needs. NEVER use flour and baking powder as they are highly combustible and can explode in extreme heat. Do not use them (or any boxed mixes that contain them) on a grease fire.
  • Use a Class K Fire Extinguisher. These are wet chemical extinguishers that are commonly found in commercial kitchens. They are designed specifically for cooking fires and work by forming a soapy foam on the surface of the fire that cuts off air flow. NEVER use a Class A-only fire extinguisher on a grease fire, as it is water-based.

When to Call the Pros at SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester to Clean After a Grease Fire?

Because grease fires cause such extensive damage and be a long, intensive process, it's almost always advisable to call in professionals. SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Be Storm Ready!

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Materials that need to be disposed of after a storm damage in Lacey SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester knows exactly which items can be safely repaired and which ones will need to be disposed of after a storm.

When preparing for hurricanes, having supplies to make it through the hurricane isn’t enough. Ensure you have supplies for the recovery period, which could be very long depending on the damage. In some cases, water, electricity and gas could be out for a day or even over a week. You may need to survive on your own for several days so having an emergency hurricane disaster kit in the event of a hurricane could be a life saver.

What is an Emergency Hurricane Disaster Kit?

An emergency hurricane disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

What Items Should Be in the Hurricane Emergency Disaster Kit?

  • Cash-banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. 
  • Water-at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets.
  • Food-at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, paper plates, plastic utensils. 
  • Manual can opener (non-electric)
  • Radio-battery powered and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
  • Blankets, pillows etc. 
  • Clothing-seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes. 
  • First Aid Kit-plus medicines, prescription drugs, vitamins
  • Special items-for babies and the elderly. 
  • Toiletries-hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Keys
  • A portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones.
  • Toys, books and games.
  • Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.

Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, according to Federal Alliance for Safer Homes.

How Much of Each Should Be in Your Emergency hurricane Disaster Kit?

Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days (store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible) to ensure your family's basic comfort and well-being.

How Should These Items be Safely Stored?

To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

Where Should Your Emergency Hurricane Disaster Kit Be Kept?

This kit should be kept at home in a designated place and should be have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

What Should You Do to Keep the Supplies Updated?

Remember to replace stored food and water every six months, keep a supply of fresh batteries on hand. Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester is your storm damage clean-up company

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Certified: SERVPRO's Three C's for Cleaning

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester Cleaned Shield When you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up was there.

As we continue the battle against COVID-19, it’s important to feel confident that the place where we gather, shop or dine is clean and safe. SERVPRO of Point Pleasant knows that we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean.

When you see that a local business in Ocean County has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you can be confident it’s been cleaned using the processes and procedures used by SERVPRO. This defensive and proactive pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. We are dedicated to inspiring confidence in our community.

When you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can know that space has been cleaned to a higher standard, so you can feel safe to go there. This thorough deep COVID cleaning has 3 phases called the “3 C’s”:

  • Consult-We customize a cleaning program based on the unique needs of each business.
  • Clean-In this step, our trained professionals will use EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions to clean a facility based on the particular needs of that business. We adhere to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC, cleaning all touchpoints and surrounding surfaces.
  • Certify-You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Our shield represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community.

Whether or not you’ve had a positive case of the novel coronavirus, we can deep clean your business or commercial property as a proactive measure that will give your employees and customers confidence in gathering there. Interested in our Commercial Services? Call SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester today at 732-408-3161. 

What Makes Mold Different Colors?

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Various molds There are thousands of species of molds and each type of mold can vary in color, shape and size.

Mold is a type of fungus that forms multicellular, thread-like structures and produces spores that give it its color. Mold is typically green, white, black or grey but can be brown, purple, orange, pink, yellow, red, white, or even a combination of colors. The color of mold can be influenced by many factors including food source, humidity level, light, region and even their age. The same mold can be different colors in different conditions and can even change over time.

Mold is typically multi-colored. This is because most types of mold appear with a small array of color or colors, ranging from white at the edges to a dark or bright color in the center. The colors are the spores themselves, the second surrounding color is the body, and the white or gray are the filaments that explore and produce spores. It is important to remember that the same mold type can appear in several different colors. This can make it very difficult to identify any particular type of mold by appearance alone. 

Here’s some interesting facts about different colors of molds:

  • Blue Mold can start out as blue and if the area keeps getting wet, eventually it can start to eat the blue mold and it will become black or green. This is why blue will not always stay blue and is usually pretty powdery. Blue mold is often found growing on food, but it can also be found growing on household materials like wallpaper, insulation, furnishings and carpeting that have been damaged by water.
  • Gray Mold affects many plant species and greatly depends on the type of plant and environmental conditions.
  • Orange Mold is unique and generally not a single type of species, but more like a colony of single-celled organisms. This mold may grow together with some other mold types, such as green mold or black mold, especially on food and usually appears with a slimy, spongy consistency. It is typically spotted eating rotted trees that have fallen in the woods and in mulch piles.
  • Purple Mold is something that you can find behind walls, often underneath vinyl and wallpaper, and on wood. It mostly grows in areas hidden from plain sight.
  • Brown Mold typically grows on plywood, other wood surfaces and in the bathroom on window sills or between tiles. It may look like fuzzy growth or small moist blobs.
  • Pink Mold is controversial as some believe it is not a mold but instead is a bacteria. Science has proven that it is indeed both a mold and a bacteria. It is mostly found in moisture-rich environments like bathrooms where it can feed off soap and shower products and tends to be fuzzy
  • Red Mold usually grows in tandem with other color molds. It grows on building materials such as particle board or drywall. It can also grow on spoiled food.
  • White Mold is the default spore-free color of most molds and the exploratory tendrils of a mold are almost always white before they produce and release spores. This means that very new mold will almost always appear to be white. It can be found on virtually any material and thrives in dark and damp areas that include framing in the attic, basement walls, and exposed dirt in crawlspaces.
  • Green Mold appears as soft and fuzzy or powdery and can have different hues of green. It can basically grow anywhere in your home where a water problem may occur. It loves latching onto food such as bread and starch heavy foods.
  • Yellow Mold is a common household mold and can found virtually everywhere you’ve experienced water damage. It is sometimes referred to as house-eating mold because it feeds on wooden structures and literally eats away at them causing the deterioration of many old wooden buildings and wooden furniture.
  • Black Mold favors materials, such as cardboard, hay, paper, wicker, and wood especially in humid rooms of a house.

Interested in learning other fascinating science facts about mold? Try searching “prettiest molds”, “slime molds” and even “bizarre fruiting bodies of slime molds!” This shows just how amazing nature is in our world.

The only time it is not interesting to learn about mold is when you learn you have unwanted mold growing in your home or business. Regardless of the color of your mold, you want it gone as soon as possible. That is when it is time to call SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester! Our highly trained technicians will remediate the mold with our Mold Remediation Process.

Clothes Dryer and Appliance Fire Safety in Manchester, NJ

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Wall and ceiling in Manchester, NJ in the process of SEVPRO of Lacey, Manchester removing soot damage from it SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester has specifically designed products for the removal of soot from a variety of surfaces after a fire damage.

Fires are common in the home because most of us use lots of them in our everyday lives. While some of the newer appliances come equipped with safety features, other older ones may not. As consumers, we must read the manual for each appliance and be aware of any specific safety features that it has or does not have before purchasing the product.

While many appliances could be the cause of a fire, today we are focusing on the clothes dryer. 

The Clothes Dryer

If you are installing a new dryer of having one installed make sure to carefully follow the installation instructions and make sure that it is installed in a safe place. 

Read these clothes dryer fire facts from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Common causes of dryer fires:

  • Mechanical and electrical failure-faulty wiring and damaged machinery can potentially cause dryer fires, like anything with moving parts and electronic components.
  • Dirty lint filter-this is a result of a buildup of lint, but can certainly be caused by an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything else that remains after the washing process. 
  • Clogged vent-the outside vent can become clogged, which prevents airflow and potentially leads to hazardous conditions. It can also become obstructed by birds, insect nests, or rodent nests. 
  • Improper use-using it outside of the manufacturer's recommended guidelines, such as over-stuffing the appliance, items that shouldn't be put in a dryer, or items with instructions advising against drying with heat.

If a dryer fire starts in your Manchester home, normally the safest course of action is to evacuate, move your family to a safe location, and call the fire department immediately. While many fires start relatively small, they do tend to spread quickly, according to Germania Insurance.

After a fire, you will need the assistance of a reputable fire restoration company to handle your fire damage cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester at (732)408-3161 for the experts in fire damage restoration, smoke and soot

SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester Has the Right Equipment For Every Water Damage Emergency

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Extraction Process SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester uses extensive training and experience to quickly dry your property and restore it back to pre-water-damage condition.

The right equipment is vital for timely mitigation. SERVPRO of Lacey, Manchester understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. 

Detection Equipment

Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO® Professional to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO® Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.

Extraction Equipment

The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.

  • Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.

Dehumidification Equipment

By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO of Toms River use two types of dehumidifiers:

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers work similarly to air conditioners.
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers use chemicals, called desiccants, that readily absorb moisture from the air. Deodorization.

Deodorization Equipment

  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult-to-access areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.