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What Are the Most Common Signs of Mold?

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants not see signs of mold in their home Not only is it unsightly and smelly, it’s dangerous to your home and health. Mold exposure symptoms can go unnoticed without some basic knowledge and it all starts with understanding how and why it grows.

How to Know if You Have Mold Exposure Symptoms?

Microscopic mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold exposure symptoms including Mold allergy symptoms and signs include wheezing, rash, watery eyes, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and redness of the eyes.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. If you suspect signs of mold, call us today at (732) 290-3170.

Call SERVPRO for Smoke Damage Cleanup

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel have specialized smoke damage cleanup and restoration training to restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Our Smoke Restoration Process

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and smoke damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. Our professionals are trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke restoration expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • There are different types of smoke—wet and dry, which create different types of soot residue after a fire.

Our Smoke Damage Clean Up Process

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Regardless of the circumstances, you can count on our expertise to take the right steps to improve the damage.

For more information, call (732) 290-3170.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

As the temperatures drop in winter along the east coast, water becomes a threat to homes and businesses. Water expands as it freezes, placing tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. If you have leaking pipes or an inefficient heater, you can end up with a frozen mess—and serious repair costs.

Ways to Keep Pipes from Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect and prevent frozen pipes with these tips:

  • Insulate any exposed pipes in your home, paying special attention to unheated ones that may be in your crawl space, basement, garage, and under kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
  • Maintain the same temperature during daytime and the day and at night. If you raise the temperature when the sun sets, you risk frozen, bursting, and leaking pipes.
  • Close indoor values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes.
  • Consider the benefits of efficient heater By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can help prevent frozen pipes.
  • In dangerously low temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is more likely to keep pipes from freezing.
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses, and outside valves open so that any water.
  • Going on vacation? Leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. This is another one of the benefits of efficient heater systems that allow for smart controls.

Want to prevent frozen pipes with the help of a professional? Contact SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel today.


Have You Thought About Professional Duct Cleaning?

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that clogged or dirty air ducts and dryer vents can affect your HVAC system's performance? Professional duct cleaning and consistent dryer vent cleaning can remove that debris and improve air flow, which can actually increase the effectiveness of the system—and your safety.

SERVPRO Air Duct Services Can Help

If you’re interested in increasing indoor comfort as far as heating, cooling, and air conditioning is concerned, professional air duct cleaning can help. At SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel, our highly trained technicians follow a simple process that guarantees results.

  • We remove and thoroughly clean vent covers and returns to remove any buildup that has accumulated.
  • We attach a high-powered vacuum system to your air duct system to create a vacuum that pulls the collected debris to our HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream.
  • As part of our air duct services, we use professional tools to agitate and remove debris from each branch of the duct work, which may include dryer vent cleaning.
  • Under vacuum pressure, we use an EPA-registered antimicrobial air duct cleaning agent into the duct work to help eliminate mold and bacteria.
  • Finally, we apply duct sealer to create a mold- and mildew-resistant barrier between living and non-living spaces.

If you need professional duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, or you have replacement filters on site, SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel is more than happy to help. Contact us today.

Your Hurricane Safety Checklist

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to hurricane preparedness, you can’t be too prepared. Hurricane season has become above-normal, with major hurricanes like Sandy and Michael proving wreaking havoc in many areas. To prepare for weather-related damage at home or your business, you need a hurricane safety checklist. This one should keep you covered.

10 Safety Tips to Prepare Home for Hurricane Season

  1. Be sure your insurance policy covers the total cost of rebuilding your home if it is destroyed during a hurricane.
  2. If your area is prone to flooding, buy flood insurance, which many homeowner policies do not include.
  3. Build a home emergency kit with things like flashlights, nonperishable foods, a portable generator, first aid equipment, and more.
  4. Take inventory of your property, so you know exactly what you need to replace and how much it’s worth.
  5. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs surrounding your home
  6. Seal all windows and doors so that they are secure.
  7. Prepare home for hurricane season outdoors as well by retrofitting your roof and adding roof straps if you have access via an attic.
  8. Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts for and clear any clogged areas to prevent water damage.
  9. Hurricane preparedness should include the removal of outdoor furniture that could be carried away by strong winds.
  10. Check the FEMA website for additional tips and advice.

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel is here with storm damage services 24/7 in case of a hurricane. Contact us today to learn more tips to add to your hurricane safety checklist.

Mold Prevention Tips

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to find mold in house areas. Not only is it unsightly and smelly, it’s dangerous to your home and health. Mold prevention starts with understanding how and why it grows.

What Causes Mold in House?

Mold spores thrive on moisture, oxygen, humidity, organic matter and warmth. When exposed to water, it can quickly grow into colonies producing allergens and irritants. Because many of these elements are found organically in nature, it may be hard to remove them from your home to discourage mold growth. However, you can control the moisture levels in your house with preventative measures and mold testing.

  • Inspect Plumbing: A regular inspection of toilets, dishwashers, pipes and other sources of water can help you better understand where leaking water could be. When you are familiar with the state of your plumbing, you will be able to catch leaks and other issues quickly. This can help stop water damage from taking place.
  • Respond to Leaking Water and Other Moisture Immediately: Whether you notice your bathroom getting especially steamy during bathing or you see a small drip in your bedroom ceiling, you need to act quickly when you notice water issues to prevent mold from growing.
  • Make a Plan: While not quite part of a mold prevention plan, know who you’re going to call should you find leaking water or mold in your home. The faster you get a mold testing and remediation team into your house the sooner your living space will be free of the unwanted growth.

When you call SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel to assist with your mold prevention and problems, we will ask several questions to determine what equipment and resources are required, including how many trained experts from our crew will be needed. Prepare for the call with these tips!

Fireplace Safety

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Home fire safety is essential, and even more so if you own a fireplace. Who doesn’t love curling up in front of a warm fire during fall and winter seasons? It’s important to know that any type of fireplace, whether wood-burning, gas, or electric, poses a potential danger to your home and loved ones. Use these fireplace safety tips to keep your family safe.

Fire Prevention Tips for Homes with a Fireplace

  • Crack open a window while the fire is burning.
  • Be sure the damper or flue is open before lighting or starting a fire, and until embers have completely stopped burning, to draw smoke out of the house.
  • Check the damper by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror.
  • Use smaller pieces of dry and well-aged wood for home fire safety, avoiding wet or green wood, which cause more smoke and soot buildup in the chimney.
  • Have a professional check the chimney annually.
  • When cleaning a fireplace, remove ashes from previous fires, keeping levels of the to 1 inch or less for less smoke
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended and be sure it’s completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Home fireplace safety should include keeping a fire extinguisher on hand.

Fire damage can be especially devastating, but you can avoid it with these fire prevention tips. SERVPRO of Aberdeen / Holmdel can help you with home fire safety and be there for you in a crisis with has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise. Contact us to learn more.

When Was Your Last Basement Inspection?

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you have a finished basement, or one that you rarely go down to, you need to know how to keep your basement dry and safe. There are many threats that are easy to miss, including mold, pipe damage, and fire hazards in the home – and the basement can be the prime culprit.

How to Avoid Mold, Water Damage and Fire Hazards in the Home Basement

A professional basement inspection on a yearly or biannual basis can help you prevent a wide variety of dangers and damage. Here are a few things to keep an eye on in your basement.

Downspouts
Be sure gutters are in their proper positions and downspouts are properly connected and turned away from your foundation. Water should be diverted at least 5 feet away from your foundation, so it doesn’t pool against your home.

Moisture and Mold
You may not be a mold specialist, but you can to watch carefully for any signs of dampness or mold in your basement. The sooner you catch these problems, the sooner you can catch and fix their causes, before they become much larger major expenses.

Basement Pipes
Consider adding insulation to ductwork and basement pipes and be sure to prevent burst and frozen pipes.

Duct Cleaning
If you have air conditioning or heating ducts running through your basement, seal any leaks with duct tape. Also, be sure to have professional air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning, which can become fire hazards in the home.

Pests
Look for signs of animals or pests, which may include droppings along the top of your basement walls where the framing of your home sits.

If you need a mold specialist or a professional to perform a basement inspection, the experts at SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel are ready and willing to serve your needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.

Foreclosures Cleanouts: It's Not A Pretty Job

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

If you're buying a house that was in a foreclosure or you're an investor or realtor trying to get rid of a foreclosed property, you are most likely staring into the eyes of a complete mess. Foreclosure cleanouts are not pretty, but necessary in order to get the property sold or moved into for numerous reasons.  And if a home is vacant to begin with, this can become a huge problem for the community itself, with a vacant home being ripe for vandalism, squatters, fire hazards, gang activity and other safety hazards.  Not to mention, the deep cleaning services you'll need to get that vacant house into shape will be massive. Thankfully though, there are restoration companies that are willing to take on the job and do it right.

House Clean Out: Issues You Face With Foreclosed Homes

A house clean out isn't fun; people who are faced with losing their homes are not exactly worried about tidiness, but instead, getting out and grieving such a major loss. And unfortunately, home foreclosures don't seem to be decreasing, which means that many realtors and buyers are faced with foreclosed properties that need a ton of work.  Here are some of the common cleanups that need to happen with foreclosed and vacant homes:

  1. Overgrown lawns and landscaping issues: This means that someone will have to care for the lawns and weed regularly enough so that way the place looks good and can be sold.
  2. Trash collection: Is there junk inside or out that needs to go? Look in the home, garage, shed, basement, etc. You're bound to find plenty of stuff that simply needs to be hauled.
  3. Pools and hot tub issues—from malfunctions to mosquito collections
  • Interior issues: From broken windows to mold or what have you, the inside of a house will need deep cleaning services and beyond.

Restoration Services Near Me: You Need Experts

In addition to the formerly mentioned problems, be prepared to face other interior issues—

-Stained & shredded rugs and carpets

-Tile issues

-Pest problems

-Odor issues (smokers' lingering cigarette smell; cat urine, etc.)

-Vandalism

-Junk left behind. Junk beyond junk beyond junk!

There's no wonder that anyone dealing with a foreclosed home will be googling "restoration services near me" as fast as lighting.

But here is the good news: cleaning and restoration services can bring that once dump of a home back to life in no time without you lifting a sweaty finger or hand!

The reality is this is a big job and not for a novice. Expert restoration companies are skilled at managing everything from trauma scenes to vacant homes. They see a big project such as a foreclosed home and have a plan to get everything in order within no time.

When searching for this type of company, look for:

- Company reviews & references

-Companies with a reasonable and strict turn-around time

-Companies that are able to start the job within a short amount of time

At the end of the day, using a restoration company will be an investment, but it will be a worthy one. You can rest assured that with a reputable company, you can get the house into great shape again with the peace of mind you get by hiring someone to do the job professionally and efficiently.

Flooding & Fire Restoration: Reasons To Hire A Company

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

A lot of people may be stressed about home restoration after flooding or a fire, but even if you are faced with a bad insurance policy or don't know who to hire, don't do this job yourself! Fire restoration and handling water in basement or other areas of the home is not a job for the everyday person for a variety of reasons.

  • You're not a professional and most likely, don't quite know what you're looking for…and Dr. Google can't give you that expertise in a few Google searches
  • You won't have the right equipment and could expose yourself to more toxins and smoke that you don't need to because of that fact
  • The difference between the amount of time it will take you to restore your house vs. how long it will take a restoration company is huge
  • You won't remove everything you need to, simply put

Let's dive into some of the issues that a home restoration company can manage and spot that you can't do on your own, when dealing with water and fire damaged homes:

Here's How Restoration Companies Help With Water & Fire Damaged Homes

Water in basement? Mold all over? Intense fire damage? Restoration companies are a worthwhile investment for your own health and the value of your home. Here's why:

  1. Water Problems

You probably can't even see the real water damage.

You can remove floodwater, but all the mold, fungus and microbes in the floodwater can grow in wet and moist locations. You may not see it happening right away, but they cause severe illnesses. Over time, you and your family could start to get sick. There is no price too high for your health. A restoration company has the experience and equipment to get rid of these invisible invaders that cause so much havoc on your home and health. And trust us: many individuals have spent countless hours researching mold inspection near me because of health symptoms like allergies and breathing issues. Don't let this happen to you and your loved ones.

  1. Fire Damage

While fire will create clearly marked areas of damage, fire also can create more "invisible issues" that the everyday person won't be able to discern.  Usually, this is damage from the smoke. You may have areas of your house that look fine but have intense smoke damage. Only a professional would be able to tell.

And, let's not forget the smell of fire. Smoke is not an easy smell to remove, which is why you should step back and let the professionals handle it.

So, hopefully you realize how valuable a restoration company can be for you. And before you start to look into fire damage or mold inspection near me, consider the following factors when picking a company to entrust with your home:

  1. A restoration business should get back to you within an hour of your call, no matter when you call. Their business is helping people with emergencies and disasters.
  2. Research their services ahead of time to be sure they can do everything you need first. Plus, a reputable company will offer everything from clean up to restoration.
  3. Are they insured? Make sure they have liability insurance just in case something happens while the company is on the job.
  4. Read reviews—see what others have had to say about them.

Going through a flood or fire is stressful, but things will get better. The first step is finding a great restoration company that will put your home back together so you can be secure again, and avoid unwanted health hazards like mold and smoke.

Flooded House: Does Your Home Have Mold?

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

If you're dealing with a flooded house, a burst pipe or water in basement or another room, you may be understandably concerned about mold. Mold is a health hazard: it can produce allergies and other health problems. And unfortunately, mold is a fast little bugger—it can grow in just 48 hours. Of course, mold spores exist everywhere you go…indoors and outdoors, so getting rid of every single spore from your home is simply impossible. A smart home restoration company will tell you that.

So, if you have water in basement or anywhere, and mold is on your mind, consider these facts about mold and then, we'll share what to do if you believe your house has a mold issue:

  • So tiny! Mold spores are microscopic and can enter your house in many ways, like: windows, doors, AC or heating systems, your family pet, etc.
  • Mold loves moisture! Mold spores will grow like wildfire in a moist environment and the mold will then produce allergens and irritants.
  • Watch your humidity! Keep your home (indoors) humidity under 45%.
  • What's that smell? Mold produces a nasty, musty smell, so trust your nose!
  • Remediation, the right way! Before mold removal companies can properly handle mold remediation and cleanup in your home, the company must find the source of water or moisture that's growing mold…otherwise, the mold will most certainly come back again.
  • Signs you've got a mold issue! If you or your loved ones are dealing with symptoms like: allergies, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, sinus issues, itchy eyes, etc., see a doctor and mention you may have a mold problem.

Mold Cleanup & Ways To Manage Your Mold Issues

So, you think you have a mold issue…now what?

Here are steps to take to manage your mold problem:

  1. Test Your Home:

Don't clean up a drop of mold until a company has tested to determine what type of mold you have and how bad the issue is. The test must be expansive and thoroughly done by professional that will then manage the mold cleanup and of course, remediation process.

  1. Identify The Cause:

It's very important as we mentioned earlier, to figure out what is causing the mold to grow.  Otherwise, you can hire a company to remove the mold, but it will just grow right back! So whether it's a water leak in a wall, the humidity levels in your home, a busted pipe or what have you, that issue needs to be tackled first.

  1. Got Coverage? Or Not?:

Check if your insurance policy covers mold removal…this way you know how much the cleanup is going to cost you.

  1. Hire A Professional:

Research mold removal companies in your area. Look for companies with good references and reviews, who respond quickly to your call, who come with liability insurance and are properly certified and praised in the community.

Keep in mind that mold removal isn't an easy process and is rather complex. The good news is that with a reputable mold remediation company, the job will be done the right way, preventing further health issues and damage to your home.

What To Do Before & After A Storm: Storm Damage 101

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

With hurricane season here, it's very smart to prepare your home and yourself and loved ones ahead of time in order to minimize any damage that you might incur. From gathering the correct hurricane supplies, to evaluating your home insurance policies so you know how they cover storm damage, we've got a guide here to help you navigate what to do both before a storm hits…and after the storm has gone and went.

While it's never good to obsessively worry about the absolute worst happening, it's always good to be prepared ahead of time so if your area is hit by a hurricane, you know that you already have a plan in place.

Make Sure You Have The Correct Hurricane Supplies

As you're preparing for a hurricane, keep this list of supplies handy that way you have everything you need before the first weatherman even breaks the bad news that a storm is headed your way. This is especially helpful just in case you need to evacuate. Waiting until the last minute may only have you waiting in long lines with other panicked neighbors…only to find out that the store is sold out of what you need.

  1. Have hurricane kits full of your supplies and make sure they're in a suitcase or even a plastic tub.
  2. These kits should have:
  • First aid kit
  • 3- day supply of non-perishable food
  • Batteries & flashlights
  • Plenty of water gallons for each person
  • Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Maps of your area
  • Whistle
  • Can opener (manual) for food
  • Dust mask
  • Sleeping bags

You may also want additional items, like contact lens solutions, extra contacts, glasses, prescription medications or formula or baby food, as well as sanitary items like tampons, etc.

Being prepared is never foolish or over-the top: it's smart.

Preparing For A Hurricane: Preventative Measures

First things, first: do you live in a hurricane evacuation area?

If you don't know the answer to that question, you need to find out. Your local government will be able to tell you if you are and also, what their evacuation plans are. Knowing this ahead of time will prevent you from panicking when and if you need to actually evacuate.

Bonus tip: if you are in a high rise or mobile home, have a plan to evacuate even if you're not in an area that is defined as an evacuation zone.

The next big one? Check your insurance coverage so you know how they handle hurricane damage to homes.

 What should you look for or have?

  • Whether you're renting or you own, be sure that your home or rental insurance covers for flooding
  • Know your policy inside and out, so you know what to expect in case your home ends up very damaged or destroyed
  • Do a review of your home: is your roof in good shape? What about your home's structure? Do you have anything in your yard that could be a hazard in a storm?

After The Storm: Hurricane Damage To Homes

If your home is damaged by a hurricane, here are some tips to handling this stressful event:

  1. Check your home before entering with caution and wear protective gear from goggles to work gloves and a mask in case there are any issues with mold, asbestos, etc.
  2. If you smell gas or there is a downed powerline near your house, don't enter!
  3. Call your insurance company once your home is safe to enter so an adjuster can evaluate the situation.
  4. Do call a reputable storm damage cleanup company to help you get through this tragedy. Do not try to manage this on your own. The reality is you are not an expert and by trying to take a project on like that by yourself, you will end up frustrated. Research ahead of time to discover a company you can trust.

The bottom line is Mother Nature is not predictable, and while hurricanes and storms are very stressful, with common sense, a plan and the help of a reputable storm damage cleanup company, you can make it through the aftermath.

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel Sending Help To Florida

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Packing up some buckets of desperately needed supplies for Florida residents.

Flooded Basement in Monmouth County

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

A broken pipe was the cause of this Monmouth County business. This picture shows the mess left behind as SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel began to extract the water. The owner said that SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel were "Lifesavers".

24 Hour Service/Monmouth County Residents

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel-Is ready to roll at a moments notice!!!!

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel-Is ready to roll at a moments notice!!!!

Monmouth County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Monmouth County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 732-290-3170

Residential Services

Whether your Monmouth County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Monmouth County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

IICRC Certified Firm

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

  • Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Monmouth County Home

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We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Monmouth County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Monmouth County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 732-290-3170

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 732-290-3170

Restoring Your Monmouth County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Monmouth County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us today 732-290-3170

Fire Damage Before and After

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Before and After

This family’s Monmouth County home had significant damage from a fire. It’s always devastating when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel worked hard to recover the structure and contents. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke from the home, so that the family returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.” 

What To Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 732-290-3170. SERVPRO of Aberdeen/ Holmdel will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –732-290-3170

During Water Cleanup and Remediation

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The drying process

A broken pipe created several INCHES of standing water in this Monmouth County business. SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel worked around the clock to restore the effected area and prevent any secondary damage from occurring. We know that commercial water damage can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity; it is always our goal to help keep your business running as flawlessly as possible through the restoration process. 

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

For help restoring your commercial space after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel at 732-290-3170. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Remediation

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MONMOUTH COUNTY AREA SMOKE AND SOOT CLEANUP

Fire Damage

Have you experienced a loss due to a fire in Your Monmouth County area Home?

CALL SERVPRO OF ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL 24/7 at 732-290-3170

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. We are experienced in assessing and inspecting the extent of smoke or soot damage and our expertise allows us to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPROof ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL at 732-290-3170

Emergency Water Damage Service

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MONMOUTH COUNTY AREA  24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel will Answer the Phone Ready to Help at A Moments Notice Call Today – 732-290-3170

We provide 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Monmouth County Area

We are available 24/7 for water emergencies. There is no job too big or too small. When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Understandably, you may be stressed and confused given the circumstances when you call us. You need expert advice and someone to guide you through the necessary steps in resolving your current problem(s). SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. Water damage restoration is just one of our specialties, in fact, it is the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is the cause of the damage fixed (if applicable)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?           

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

CALL SERVPRO OF ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL:

732-290-3170

Mold Remediation

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Mold Damage

If You See Signs of Mold,Call Us Today –SERVPRO OF ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL

732-290-3170

Does Your MONMOUTH COUNTY AREA Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold,Call Us Today –SERVPRO OF ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL 732-290-3170

Storm and Flood Damage Restoration

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When Storms or Floods hit the Monmouth County Area, SERVPRO of ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL is ready!

                             CALL US AT 732-290-3170

Storm Damage

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to storm or flood damage in the Monmouth County Area.

SERVPRO of ABERDEEN/HOLMDEL specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are extremely experienced and use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally and independently owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, which in turn reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Monmouth County Area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 732-290-3170