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3 Major Types of Contaminated Water

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Western Essex, we take the necessary measures to identify contaminated water associated with water losses in your home. There are three major types of contaminated water.

Category 1- Clean Water

Clean water is water that you can drink safely and contains no contaminants or additives. This water can come from your faucet or shower head and is also considered rain water or snow melt. When it comes to water damage in your home, this type of water can come from broken supply lines, tub or sink overflows with no contaminants, appliance malfunctions involving water supply lines, melting ice or snow, falling rainwater, broken toilet tanks, etc. While clean water flooding your basement or floors may not cause an immediate health risk, it can quickly evolve into gray water after prolonged contact with building surfaces, material, and items            

Category 2- Gray Water

Gray water is water that may contain chemicals or contaminants that may be harmful to your health. This type of water can come from dishwashers, washing machines (water mixed with laundry detergent), overflows from toilet bowls with some urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic pressure, broken aquariums, punctured water beds, etc. Gray water can cause even more damage than clean water and can evolve into black water within 48 hours causing even further damage and health risks. 

Category 3- Black Water

Black water is water from sewage or other contaminated water sources including toilet back flows that originate beyond the trap, flooding from seawater, ground surface water and rising water from rivers or streams, etc. Black water can contain all types of harmful contaminants like bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses that can be extremely harmful to humans.


Lead Based Paint in Your Home

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Before the Federal Government banned it in 1978, lead based paint was used in more than 38 million homes for its durability. Lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause health issues especially to your children. If your house was built before 1978, the chances of your paint having lead are extremely high. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.

Lead is more harmful to children than to adults since it can disrupt with their growth, developing nerves, and brains. Some complications that children can experience is hearing problems, kidney damage, slow body growth, and behavioral problems. As far as symptom associated with lead poisoning, your child can develop headaches, Anemia, abdominal pain, cramping, loss of energy, etc. Very high levels of lead may cause vomiting, staggering walk, muscle weakness, seizures, or can even result in coma.

SERVPRO of Western Essex County is are aware of the guidelines involving lead paint and will take the necessary precautions according to current laws. SERVPRO of Western Essex County professionals have been trained and certified to follow lead-safe work practices while performing renovation and repair projects in your area. Contact us at (732) 994-1640 if you have a service need.

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Get Ready For The Thunderstorm

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Essex County cares gratefully about the safety of our customers. Thunderstorms can be a scary and overwhelming event. Here are some safety precautions that can be taken to insure your well-being.

  • Keep yourself updated with news reports by listening to your local weather radios.
  • When inside, stay off corded phones, computers, and other electronic equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing.
  • Unplug any appliances or electrical items such as TVs, computers, and air conditioners. If you are not able to unplug, turn it off.
  • Secure any doors and shutters. Make sure that you remove any dead or rotting branches from trees that could potentially fall and cause damage to your home or anyone.

Remember, Storm damage is likely to occur depending on the intensity of the storm. For any services you may need whether an emergency or a quote, please feel free to give us a call at (973) 994-1640


Indoor Mold

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Western Essex County we have highly trained mold remediation technicians that can properly resolve mold infestation. We provide services such as mold remediation and mold removal.

Molds are usually not an indoor problem unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. It takes no less than 48 hours for mold to quickly spread throughout your home.

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints. Home owners have to understand that there is no way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in indoor environments but there are ways to control indoor mold growth.

If mold is a problem in your home, you can call SERVPRO of Wessex County at (973) 994-1640 to help assist you.


Water Damage Tips

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Essex County is your number one stop for water damage restoration for your residential home.

If you are currently experiencing water damage in your home here are a few first aid restoration tips.

  • After assuring that it is safe, make sure to turn off power outlets and electric appliances in or near flooded areas. Any other electric devices should not be handled while standing in water
  • Remove wet rugs or anything off the floor
  • Mop up as much water as possible
  • Move any valuable items such as paintings and family pictures to a dry area
  • Remove all furniture from wet areas
  • Prop up wet pillows and furniture cushions for even drying
  • Open drawers and closet doors to decrease drying time
  • Wipe down all furniture to get rid of excess moisture


Benefits of HVAC System Cleaning for your commercial Building

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO staff are trained to take on even the biggest tasks. SERVPRO provides cleaning services to commercial buildings no matter the size.

For those with HVAC Systems, it is very important to do routinely maintenance. This has many benefits including better air quality and less energy wasted.

 HVAC systems can get dirty over time and they have the potential to contain large amounts of dust and particulates. Although this does not mean that the air is unhealthy, it may contribute to health issues for people with respiratory health conditions or allergies. Indoor air quality is crucial and is one of the main concerns that building managers and building inhabitants have when they decide to investigate HVAC system. Normally, commercial buildings generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. This re-circulation can cause a build-up of contaminants in the ductwork overtime.

Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.


Bob Morrison, MBA, ASD, WRT

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Essex County is highly devoted to serving their community in the best way they can. Take a look at this wonderful contribution from Bob Morrison in his own words, as we highlight one of his many devotions to his community with a Hospital Facility Managers Group.

“I was on the waiting list for this group for many years, prior to getting inducted in 2003 and have been an active member since then.”  Bill Anderson sponsored me, and I remain grateful to him for his efforts in assisting me. My relationship with Bill stemmed from when I was an account rep for Honeywell Inc., and was assigned our account at Rahway Hospital, where he was the Vice President of Facilities. I have been a member of ASHE dating back to 1993, and have remained active with since 2009. I currently serve on the Hospital Facility Managers Group, in which I greatly value and enjoy. I have been serving that capacity since 2015. Prior to then, I served as the Ad Journal Committee Chair, dating back to 2010. During that time, I was fortunate to have been recognized with the President’s Service Award for my efforts to the Chapter in 2012.

In my view, the culture has changed positively through the years, thereby encouraging and enabling member participation in many aspects of Chapter activities.

There has been an influx of newer members, including Regular Members, Professional Members as well as Professional Associate Members. In my view, this has enabled a more global perspective of the specific Healthcare challenges and concerns which our industry is faced with.

 “The ability for all these varied backgrounds and points of view facilitates networking opportunities, from both a business-to- business level as well as via a peer-to-peer level.”

I have owned SERVPRO of Western Essex County for over 15 years. We provide both emergency and non-emergency services, including fire/water restoration, mold remediation, HVAC System and Air Duct System cleaning, Cooling Tower cleaning, deodorization, and many more. My company is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC), the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), active with the Indoor Air Quality Association of New Jersey (IAQA). We are registered as a Small Business Enterprise (SME) with the State of New Jersey. We are registered with the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA), and with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey as a Small Business.

We have performed services at many of the Chapter Institutions through the years, and remain excited about working with many more going forward. We offer an Emergency Response Profile (ERP) which is an electronic App which proactively provides valuable facility data should an event occur, on any portable electronic device on a real- time basis. This is available at no cost in essence, a free tool which we would be happy to generate upon request.

In summary, I love our organization and look forward to forging ahead together!”

Fire in Kitchens

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in your home. Unattended cooking causes nearly 90 percent of all kitchen fires. Here are some tips to prevent Kitchen fires.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended! Fires can happen spontaneously. Cooking food should always be monitored. Make sure if you leave the room, to turn off the stove.
  • Avoid any loose clothing. Baggy t-shirts or dangling sleeves can potentially catch on fire while around a stove.
  • Always watch your kids! For parents, we want to keep our kids safe and sound from any fires. Try to avoid having your child(ren) around cooking areas. At least 3 feet away from the stove is ideal to insure their safety.
  • Try to keep anything that can catch on fire away from your stove stop. This can include oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, and towels or curtains. Materials like such can generate heat.
  • Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in hands reach in your kitchen.

CE Class May 1st 2018

2/23/2018 (Permalink)


It’s that time of year again! We here at SERVPRO of Western Essex county will be hosting a FREE 3 credit CE class for New Jersey P&C Insurance producers on Tuesday, May 1, 2017.

GOOD STUFF- ENHANCEMENTS YOU WANT ON YOUR CLIENT’S POLICIES (Enhancing your client's coverage is a critical part of the risk management function and is mandatory in today's competitive environment. Most policy forms as written, need to be broadened in a variety of ways: increasing-sub limits, broadening restrictive coverage, providing coverage where no coverage is given, and adding essential endorsements to help keep you out of court! Beware of some "broadening" endorsements that carriers include with their policies---as they may just give your more limit of a crummy coverage! This class will help you determine the expanded coverages you should be sure are included in your client's insurance program).
Presented by
Lyon Consulting Services, LLC

If you are interested in attending and you have not signed up already, please leave us a comment with your E-Mail so, Vanessa Garcia (Social Media Coordinator), can send you the form and sign you in as soon as possible. If you registered please disregard this message and we hope to see you there!!!

Storm Safety

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

No matter where you live, you'll encounter storms. Most of the time these are routine, but some cause serious and dangerous problems. Here are tips for preparing for storms, and weathering them safely.

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently.

  • Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them as needed.

  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.

  • As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.

  • If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.

  • A lightning-protection system should offer an easy, direct path for the bolt to follow into the ground and thus prevent injury or damage. Grounding rods (at least two for a house) should be placed at opposite corners of the house.

  • Don't go out during a hurricane unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of civil defense personnel.

  • When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking.
  • When a tornado threatens, leave windows slightly ajar.

  • The basement is not a good shelter during a tornado -- it's too close to gas pipes, sewer pipes, drains, and cesspools. A better shelter would be underground, far from the house (in case the roof falls) and away from the gas and sewer systems. Let all family members know where the shelter is.

  • Keep an eye on large trees -- even healthy ones -- that could damage your house if felled in a storm. Cut them back, if necessary.

We've covered numerous key tips for preparing for storms and getting through them safely. Now you can regard gathering clouds with a little less trepidation.

After the storm if you need assistance you can always reach out to us here in SERVPRO of Western Essex County at 973-994-1640