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Power in Numbers

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

Our vans on a Saturday commercial job in NJ. Vans from multiple franchises working on a weekend commercial job.

When a client in NJ files an insurance claim, insurers know they need to rely on storm, fire, or water damage restoration specialists that are faster to any size disaster. Waiting for help to arrive can quickly lead to additional damage and rising costs. Instead of hoping to hear back from a company, have confidence in immediate assistance by relying on a trusted company that is prepared to help any time of the day.

Multiple Franchises:

SERVPRO TEAM MAJESKI operates 4 franchises across NJ.  Overall, SERVPRO has more than 1,700 franchises, which allows its team of professionals to jump into action the minute they get the call. No matter where the disaster happens, commercial services available include:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Cleaning services
  • Storm and major events
  • Disaster recovery

Knowing that your emergency response team means working with professionals from the community also provides additional peace of mind. Being local, we care and are dedicated to ensuring everyone is satisfied with the restoration results. In addition to the local benefits, there is an additional bonus of each franchise being backed by a nationwide network. We work closely with national and local insurance companies, which boosts communication and makes the claim process easier for everyone involved.

Dedicated Professionals
Along with being faster to any size disaster thanks to a 24/7 emergency service, the people arriving at the disaster scene are certified professionals trained in property damage restoration. Along with employee certification training, technicians are required to be certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Training and certification are ongoing to ensure no matter where help is needed, the team answering the call has the latest skills to get a business back “Like it never even happened.”

When clients need help, it is vital to get assistance from a trusted company that is faster to any size disaster to avoid downtime, rising repair costs, and further damage.


7/29/2022 (Permalink)


If you're in need of home restoration, SERVPRO TEAM MAJESKI is the best choice for the job! We have a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to restoring your home or business back to its original condition. We understand that disasters can happen at any time, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency service. We also work with insurance companies to make the process as smooth as possible for you. So, if you're looking for quality service and professionalism, look no further than SERVPRO TEAM MAJESKI!


SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch

SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry

SERVPRO of Jersey City North/The Heights

SERVPRO of Marlboro/Tinton Falls

SERVPRO TEAM MAJESKI is also partnered with most insurance companies, which means we can work directly with your insurance company to help you through the restoration process. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure you are satisfied with the service we provide

Please contact us today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Team Majeski

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Owner John Majeski John Majeski is the owner of 3 SERVPRO franchises in NJ.

Why SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch ?

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch was the first SERVPRO franchise of owner John Majeski.  John currently owns 3 SERVPRO franchises across NJ serving clients from New York to South Jersey.  The expanding team allows us to have both redundancy and specialized resources.

Redundancy is important because disasters often happen all at once, such as a cold spell or severe storm.  Our ability to move resources and personnel around the state allows us to respond quickly even when there is a large demand for services.

Specialization is also important because many pieces of equipment are extremely expensive.  A single franchise would have a hard time justifying a major purchase, such as a dry ice blaster.  The ability to share resources amongst the Team Majeski franchises allows us greater capability.

Finally, being part of the national SERVPRO brand allows us to call on the resources of our corporate disaster response teams in the case of a major disaster.  Our teams also respond to these calls as we did last year when we sent multiple teams to Texas.

Large or small, when a disaster strikes, count on the SERVPRO franchises of Team Majeski to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Both Local and National

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Our van helping in Texas Our van helping in Texas as part of a national response plan.

What will you do when, not if, an emergency strikes?. It doesn’t matter how the disaster occurred, all that matters is can you find a local reputable restoration company that can restore your property to pre-disaster condition.

When that time comes, you’re going to be in a situation where you have to make a decision quickly to protect your property, and you will need to decide what company is going to get your business quickly and professionally handle your restoration.

Keep these points in mind when evaluating a partnership with a restoration company:

Are They Legitimate?

Keep in mind that not everyone who shows up after a disaster has the best of intentions. Unfortunately, major storms and disaster situations bring scammers to the area who may try to take advantage when you’re most at risk, deliver nothing, and then disappear.

SERVPRO has been in business for over 50 years. You don’t get that kind of longevity without satisfied customers.  These include many of the largest companies in the country.

Can They Act Fast?

When disaster strikes, there’s no time to waste. You have got to reach someone right away so resources can be mobilized and your restoration can begin. Even a small delay can lead to more damage and costs.

That’s why we’re on call 24 hours a day to respond to your emergency situation.

Do They Have Access to National Resources?

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is locally owned and operated, which means there’s always a team right here in Monmouth County ready to act. But if major storms come and bring a surge of activity, our local franchise is supported by a full, coast-to-coast network of SERVPRO franchises.

This means when trouble hits, we’ll be coordinating with other crews and powerful tools to make sure every local homeowner in need gets the service and attention they deserve.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

What makes a great team?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Our team! A group shot including members of the SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch and SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry teams.

What makes a great team? Many factors, of course, but having a passion for what you do, a belief that you are a part of something larger than yourself, and the comfort that you are valued and supported by those around you is critical. This week teams from SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry and SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch got together for our annual holiday party hosted by owner, John Majeski. This year, technicians competed in the Best Dressed competition and had a blast cheering each other on. Having this comradery reminds me of the book FISH which talks about building morale even in the toughest of work environments and the technician’s role can be a very dirty and difficult job! Having this environment allows our teams to perform challenging work with pride and passion. Congratulations to Justice for winning this year’s contest!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

COVID Research Findings Infographic of Covid Research Findings.

Government mandates or not, the expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses, schools, and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

We stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the pandemic continues.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.

Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using an exclusive cleaning product, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 

Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re ready to help – 24/7– until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Education from Our Professionals is the First Step

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage from a clogged HVAC A NJ home was damaged by a clogged heating and air conditioning unit.

At SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch, our expert technician’s first job is to educate. 

When a burst pipe or leaky roof damages your property, It is time to call SERVPRO. Our technicians take the time to explain in detail all aspects of the job prior to commencing services so you understand the issues that need to be addressed and the process/methods we will use to address the damage.

  • The damage we observe 
  • The consequences of delaying or failing to “mitigate” the damage
  • The steps we expect to complete while limiting the harm and moving towards SERVPRO’s ultimate goal of making it “Like it never even happened.”

What Is Water Mitigation and Why Does SERVPRO Address It Before Other Tasks?

Water mitigation is one or more strategies to halt ongoing water damage. Because water is incredibly corrosive, prompt mitigation is essential for a wide range of water cleanup issues caused by damage like basement flooding or leaking roofs from storms. Mitigation in a water-damaged home can include:

  • Shutting off water supply lines 
  • Pack-up and removal of soaked home contents
  • Use of professional-grade wet vacuums to create a dry zone around the perimeter of water in carpeting
  • Water removal services using pumps and or portable extractors
  • The use of controlled demolition to release trapped water

What comes after Mitigation?

Water mitigation moves on to remediation and water damage repairs as the moisture diminishes. The goal of “restoration” is why SERVPRO’s customers reach out initially, but grasping that mitigation is part of a more extensive process helps residents allow the phases to follow in a logical and research-based progression.

Training, honesty, and integrity, plus top-of-the-line equipment are SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch fulfills our promise to return a water-damaged home to safe and sanitary conditions.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Responding on a Snowy Morning SERVPRO team responding on an early winter morning.

When disaster strikes, timing is critical.  A quick response limits damage and saves money.  In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. Owner John Majeski and his team of highly trained technicians are available in your immediate area 24/7, meaning an immediate response day or night that will help to minimize your damage, cleaning, and restoration costs. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Eatontown /Long Branch can arrive quickly and start the restoration almost immediately, whether it be water, fire, or mold.

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.

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.

Sewage Clean Up Services

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage backup Clean up in progress after a sewage backup in a basement.

Sewage leaks in your home or business can happen for a variety of reasons.  I found out the hard way that when a toddler flushes a plastic hammer down the toilet it may get past the toilet itself but can get lodged in the pipe further down the system causing a block.  This blockage caused a bathtub full of water to come shooting up through the first-floor toilet (lowest point) when it could not exit my home just as Superstorm Sandy was hitting.

All sewage leaks should be considered extremely hazardous to your health.  Besides the obvious foul smell and disgusting nature of the material, sewage can harbor a variety of harmful bacteria that can cause illness for but humans and pets.

At SERVPRO, our technicians are trained to deal with these incidents and have the proper equipment to do it safely.  Depending on the type of material that is contaminated a variety of equipment and techniques may be used.  For example, soft porous material will need to be extracted to remove the contamination prior to sanitization.  This is far more complicated than a tile or linoleum floor.

When (not if) you have a sewage mess, call the experts at SERVPRO!

All About the People

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO owner John Majeski - male employee in front of tan wall Owner John Majeski

Isn’t it always about the people?  When you hire someone to do a job, any job, satisfaction always comes down to the people doing the work.  At SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch and SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Falls we have the best.

Training is important so our leaders and project managers maintain the highest levels of certification from The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  However, training is not just an event.  Our entire team receives ongoing weekly continuing education.  This training is supported by SERVPRO’s industry leading training group. 

Beyond training there needs to be accountability.  All of our employees receive a criminal background check before hire and our project managers are hands on in managing the job site. 

Insurance is also essential.  God forbid something goes wrong, how do you know you will be protected?  SERVPRO maintains all of the necessary insurance at levels that exceeds the industry recommendations.  This includes Liability protection and Worker’s Compensation Insurance.

What does this all mean?  Satisfied customers, as our online reviews can attest!

Santa Came Early

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Commercial Services SERVPRO Commercial Services

Commercial restoration requires a significant capacity.  Due to the size and complexity of a large-scale commercial disaster, the demands on resources, manpower, expertise, and equipment can be extreme.  Many restoration companies are not equipped to scale-up from residential clean ups to tough commercial operations.  The decision to prepare for these types of jobs needs to be made well before disaster strikes.

Required pre-planning and investments:

  1. Equipment: the right tools for the job need to be ready in advance. This means a significant investment in purchasing, maintaining, and warehousing an adequate quantity of each type of equipment needed.  While our owner, John, likes finding reasons to wear his Christmas suit the real message to the team is we are ready!
  2. Manpower: Any restoration company needs to have a variable staffing pool including full-time, part-time, per diem, and contract workers. But, in commercial jobs the level of expertise needed is hire and this labor pool needs to be trained and ready to go when the time occurs.
  3. Expertise: Our leaders and project managers maintain the highest levels of certification from The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Even with the best preparation, large scale disasters like Super Storm Sandy here in NJ can cause a need for a large scale disaster response.  SERVPRO coordinates a nationwide network of 1,700 franchises along with corporate-deployed resources to ensure that our clients receive the service they require in even the worst of times.

Check out the video of what Santa delivered at Santa Came Early

To talk about SERVPRO can help you pre-plan for a commercial disaster please call

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch at 732-538-9888

What is a Puffback?

12/26/2020 (Permalink)

Furnace after puffback Furnace after puffback

Do you stay up at night worried about Puffbacks?  Yeah, I didn’t think so but this quick read could save you a big headache.  Many people don’t even know what a puffback is but they are fairly common.

A puffback is an explosion of unburned fuel vapors inside your furnace, boiler, or hot water heater.  The explosion does not pose a serious safety issue but can cause a huge mess of soot and ash that gets blown into your property.  Puffbacks can happen in both natural gas and oil fueled furnaces but are more common in oil furnaces due to the need for more routine maintenance.

Fortunately regular maintenance can help prevent a puffback:

  1. Don’t keep pressing the reset if your furnace is not working properly or staying lit. Schedule a service call with your HVAC contractor. 
  2. Have your heating system serviced annually including a check for clogged burners.
  3. Look for visible oil leaks/dripping around the oil supply piping.
  4. Make sure the flue vent is securely connected. Small puffbacks over time loosen this connection.
  5. Check the exhaust flue and chimney for obstructions.
  6. Dirty ignition electrodes don’t generate enough of a spark to burn all of the fuel causing excess fuel to puddle in the combustion chamber causing corrosion.

Should you experience a puffback, the SERVPRO team has the tools and training needed to restore your property.  Specialized tools for this job include proprietary chemicals to remove soot, eliminate odors, and prevent stains.  Our technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

IICRC Training

Employee Certification Training

Initial Franchise Training


Continuing Education Classes

Call SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch at 732-578-9888

Fun fact: I am a volunteer firefighter and while writing this blog I received an alarm for a smoke condition in a local bank.  After our investigation the likely cause was determined to be a puffback in the natural gas heating system.  The bank’s HVAC contractor is enroute for a service call.

SERVPRO Cleaning Services for COVID-19

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

Are those Ghost Busters? Image of group of technicians in PPE. Our Crew Getting to Work in a Local School

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.  SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch has been busy cleaning facilities or all types including nursing homes, schools, restaurants, and government offices.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch, 732-578-9888


Does Household Mold Get Worse Over Time?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wall If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Recommends Enlisting Mold Damage Remediation Technicians to Help Contain an Outbreak of Microbial Growth in your Red Bank Home.

Is it possible to stop mold from spreading?

The arrival of microbial growth in your Red Bank home can be a worry. Microbes are microscopic organisms that can quickly reproduce and spread through an indoor environment—fungi's breakdown of organic matter, which could include building materials or fittings. The presence of mold colonies could also indicate other microbial organisms' growth, such as bacteria or viruses. The appearance of an infestation is indicative of a moisture problem that could be making your home unsanitary. It is essential to put in place containment controls before, during, and after the remediation process. SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians can help uncover and control an outbreak. 

How can you prevent mold from spreading?

  • Contain the spread of mold by establishing a containment zone using plastic sheeting and negative air-pressure to capture spores
  • Seal air vents of your heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system to stop organisms from entering
  • Set up clean spaces to decontaminate affected contents, clothes, and equipment when performing remediation.

Does remediation eliminate mold?

Hiring a mold damage remediation specialist in Red Bank does not eliminate all microbial organisms in your house. These microscopic lifeforms are a natural part of the home environment. However, once a microbial infestation gets out of control, it can cause health effects in humans. The remediation process is designed to contain, control, and remove contaminated materials from home, safeguarding it against future infestation. SERVPRO adopts different methods for dealing with mold depending on the type of surfaces they infest and the infestation extent. Often the best way for controlling microbial growth is to correct moisture problems, which provide the conditions for the reproduction of mold spores. A final step is often the fogging of the environment with an antimicrobial agent, or a fungicide.

How does remediation bring mold growth under control?

  • Dispose of porous materials with signs of active mold growth and install non-contaminated new materials
  • Non-porous materials like glass or metal can often be salvaged through aggressive agitation and disposal of mold colonies.
  • Inspect the structural integrity of the property. In some cases, wooden frames can rot away and become unsafe. These items must be removed. 

Use a professional remediator as soon as mold infestation becomes apparent to return your home to a standard, sanitary state. Contact SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch at (732) 578-9888.

IICRC Certified Firm

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch 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 Eatontown/Long Branch

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch 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.

Fire Damage to Your Floors? Here’s Why You Need to Call SERVPRO

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after fire damage to a floor can be tricky, because different floors are made of different materials, and the clean up process can be different depending on the kind of floor you have.

If you need some information and advice to help you choose the right floor cleansers, calling SERVPRO of Eatonton/Long Branch is your best move. We have certified technicians who know how to clean soot and grime from smoke, and the mess left after using a fire extinguisher without disturbing the rest of your home. 

Preparation for Cleaning Your Floors After Fire Damage

While you may understandably feel a temptation to rush in and start cleaning up right away, it’s a good idea to take certain safety precautions before you start. 

Regardless what kind of floor you have, SERVPRO has the professional equipment needed to remove any debris.

Remove the Water and Begin the Cleaning Process

Once the fire department puts out your fire, there will not only be charred debris but also probably standing water left from the efforts to put out the flames. It’s important to not only remove any debris but all the excess water too.

Depending on the extent of the mess, you may need to go through the cleaning process multiple times if you did the work yourself. Calling SERVPRO will guarantee that the work will be done quickly and correctly.

How to Clean Different Types of Floors

Because each floor surface has different properties, leave the cleaning to professionals who know how to individually work with each one: 

  • Wood – soot can leave a residue on hardwood floors.  
  • Tile – glazed and sealed tiles are often resistant to soot stains. However, tiles with open pores will absorb stains easily. 
  • Vinyl – because vinyl is porous, it will absorb stains. Vinyl is also prone to melt or warp in the heat. For these reasons, it is likely you may have to replace any sections of the vinyl flooring that are severely damaged.

If you’re in need of professional cleaning and restoration services for fire damage to your home or business, our team of friendly experts here at SERVPRO Eatontown / Long Branch are available 24/7.

Raw Sewage Backup? Why You Need to Call SERVPRO

11/28/2019 (Permalink)

Man wearing Tyvek protective suits It is important to wear protective covering while cleaning sewage.

Let’s admit it, raw sewage is disgusting to have to deal with. But if it’s currently a problem in your home, it’s important to act quickly and get the clean up started as quickly as possible in order to minimize any long-term damage and keep your family safe.

 Until help arrives, make sure you keep any young children or pets away from the affected area. Any adult who may be cleaning raw sewage should make sure to cover up any exposed skin and use safety equipment such as rubber boots, rubber gloves, and safety goggles.

Leaving sewage to the professionals is important due to the possibility of contamination or coming in contact with contaminants. 

The experts at SERVPRO will follow the proper steps to ensure your home will be decontaminated, cleaned and dried professionally and completely by:

  • Pumping out and removing sewage
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing affected area(s)
  • Drying the area to prevent mold growth and the spread of further contaminants.
  • Restoring & Rebuilding

Depending on the situation, it may be necessary to remove carpeting or other building materials. You may find that the raw sewage has damaged parts of your home beyond saving.

If you find you've had a sewage backup, or need help restoring your property after a backup incident, give SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch a call.

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck and trailer in the parking lot SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always ready to head out for fire or water emergencies.

Nobody can predict when a water heater will burst, a pipe will break, or your stove will catch fire while you’re cooking. That is why SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Within minutes, water will quickly spread, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Within the first 24 hours drywall begins to swell and break down, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and furniture begins to swell and crack. The earlier SERVPRO can get to the scene, the faster water can be extracted from the area and the important step of drying and mitigation can begin.

Fire and smoke is especially destructive. Not only does the structure suffer physical damage, smoke and soot can creep into tiny spaces and settle there, leaving a lingering odor and settling in air ducts, furniture, clothes, and crevices.  In many instances property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

Immediate response can mean all the difference in further issues .If you wait too long, there is the possibility of  the appearance of mold and mildew, wood flooring begins to swell and warp or metal and paint being affected. The longer an area remains unmitigated, restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

So remember that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is available day or night, we are always on call, and we’re always here to help.

Why SERVPRO Can Help When Your Sump Pump Fails

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

About and inch of standing water in a basement A malfunctioning sump pump can inundate a basement with water quickly, leaving a messy clean-up.

If you’ve invested in a sump pump, congratulations! A sump pump is your extra layer of protection to keep your basement or crawlspace safe from flooding and water damage. But what happens if your sump pump fails?

Here are 5 common reasons why sump pumps fail and what you can do about it:

An Overworked Sump Pump

If there’s a problem with your switch, or excessive amounts of rain or water flow, there’s a possibility your sump pump could continuously run until it burns out. Typically, sump pumps should only run for under a minute at a time.

Check how frequently your sump pump is running. If major storms will be a common occurrence, you may want to consider installing a secondary pump which can work alongside your first pump and empty the water basin more quickly when there’s heavy waters.

A Clogged Sump Pump

The drain lines that feed into the basin of your sump pump often carry bits of dirt and debris that can build up over time and clog the pump. When this happens, the pump may turn on, but it won’t function properly. 

In order to keep your sump pump running smoothly, it’s a good idea to clean it out once a year. Make sure to use a wet/dry vacuum to remove both water and dirt from the bottom of the basin. 

Power Problems

Power problem are one of the most frequent causes of sump pump failures. If your sump pump runs on electricity, you’ll be in trouble if you lose power during a major storm. That’s why you want to make sure to have a battery backup.

Unfortunately, battery backups can be expensive. As an alternative, consider a manual pump or a water-powered pump as your backup in case of a power outage.

Lack of Maintenance

Admittedly, it’s not pleasant to have to clean a sump pump – they’re typically dirty, smelly, and can be difficult to reach in a tight crawlspace. However, a sump pump that isn’t cleaned and properly maintained will wear out faster.

It’s a good idea to test your sump pump at least once a month to make sure it’s working properly. Then, every 6 months you will want to unplug the unity, drain the basin, and clean it out. Once you reassemble the unit, don’t forget to test it with several bucketfuls of water.

 Older than 6 – 12 Years

Depending on how frequently your sump pump runs, it should last between 6 to 12 years.

If you know your pump is getting older or you’re unsure of its age, it’s a good idea to test and clean it more often. If you start to notice the onset of any problems, you should consider replacing the unit sooner than later to prevent a backup.

If your sump pump does fail, and you find yourself dealing with water damage, at least you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is close by to help. Our team of expert technicians have all the tools and training needed to deal with any size disaster, and we offer 24/7 emergency service for when you need it.

Why SERVPRO Can Help if You’re Selling a Home with Mold

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing on basement wall insulation Basements are the prime space in homes that are prone to mold growth.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, one issue you may have to deal with is the presence of mold Unfortunately, a mold problem can be quite common in homes where there are persistent sources of water and moisture – and a significant mold issue can make it difficult to sell your home with a good return on your investment. 

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we know how difficult it can be to deal with mold. While a small mold problem – less than 10 sq. ft. – is something you may be able to clean on your own, mold can also easily get out of control, especially if it’s growing behind walls or above ceiling tiles, etc.

While dealing with a significant mold problem is never pleasant, the issue can be especially challenging if you want to now sell your home.

Don’t make the process of selling your home harder than it has to be! Here’s a simple 3-step process for dealing with a major mold issue before you put your house up for sale:

If you suspect a mold problem, get an inspection

There are common signs that indicate you may have a mold problem. If you notice any of the following, it’s a good idea to have your home professionally inspected so you know exactly the extent of the problem you may have:

  • Signs of visible mold on walls, ceilings, or floors
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Musty smells
  • Building materials that are deteriorating or “soft”
  • Sudden or persistent respiratory problems or allergic reactions

Make sure to disclose the mold problem

If you currently have or have recently had a mold problem, this information is something you must include in your disclosure agreement.

It’s a good idea to be as specific and detailed as possible about the extent of the mold problem and the steps you have taken or will take to solve it. Make sure to document the process and provide proof of work through reports, receipts, and paperwork.

Get the help of a trusted professional mold removal provider

When you’re going to be selling your home, you want to make sure you hire trained, licensed and/or certified professionals to remove the mold.

This is important, because an expert mold removal provider will not only have the advanced equipment and training needed to thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected area, they will also be equipped to address the water source that caused the mold problem in the first place.

Reputation matters, and you want to be able to show future buyers that your mold problem was fixed by a name they can trust.

Document all aspects of the mold remediation and removal process

When you’re planning to sell your home, it’s a good idea to save all the paperwork associated with any mold remediation services you get. This includes the initial estimate, work order, and any mold testing reports.

It’s also a good idea to document the process with before and after photos, including photos you take with your smartphone.

While this may seem overdone, it’s better to be more cautious than not. In the event that a future buyer files a legal claim against you, a court will be looking for these kinds of records in order to side in your favor.

SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch has been a trusted mold remediation and removal provider for homes throughout Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Mercer Counties. Our team of experts can handle all aspects of a mold problem to make sure your home is ready for sale.

If you’re interested to find out more about how SERVPRO can help fix your mold problem for good, just give us a call at: 732-858-5196

5 Tips to Keep Your Energy Costs Down and Your Home Safe from Damage as Temperatures Rise

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is a great time for family activities around the house, but it can also be a time of skyrocketing energy costs and potential home & health hazard. 

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we want to make sure everyone in this community stays safe and is able to enjoy the Summer while protecting your home and property values. As leading Cleanup & Restoration experts in this local area, we want to help you with this simple Summer checklist.

Here are 5 tips to keep your family protected and your home safe as the days get longer and temperatures continue to rise:

How to Keep A/C Costs Low

One of the best ways to keep your air conditioning costs down is to plan for regular maintenance. It’s a good idea to have a central HVAC unit serviced at least once a year, and make sure to replace or at least clean your filters before the new summer season gets into full swing.

Another useful tip is to not run your air conditioner on high when you’re not at home.  Set your thermostat a couple of degrees higher anytime you’ll be out for more than an hour.  You can set it back down once you return.

How to Grill Safely

Summertime grilling is a favorite way to spend quality time for families across the country.  Unfortunately, it is also a leading cause of fires and fire damage.

 Here are a few guidelines for safe grilling:

  • Make sure the grill is clean and in good working order before you use it.
  • Keep a bottle of water and a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Place your grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any other flammable structure.

How to Prevent Water Damage

Warmer weather is also the season for sprinklers, hoses, and other outdoor water faucets.

You want to be diligent to make sure these water systems aren’t leaking, as leaks can lead to significant water damage. Look for signs of corrosion, wear and tear, or other damage to the various parts. Also, be on the lookout for any puddles or pools of water that may have formed across the water line.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

The potential for mold growth increases as the weather gets more humid.  Mold grows where there’s moisture, so be on the lookout for standing water or extensive condensation.

If you discover a small section of mold (less than 10 sq. ft.) it is probably safe to clean it yourself with a solution of one-part water to one-part bleach. If in doubt, however, you can always call for help from a professional service provider like SERVPRO.

Pay Attention to Your Attic and Basement

While you may now be spending more time outdoors, don’t forget to keep tabs on what’s going on inside your house as well, especially in the attic and basement.

If you notice signs of discoloration or deterioration, these may be signs of a water or mold problem.  Catching these problems early is the best way to keep costs down.

Maintenance and prevention are the best ways to prepare for a safe Summer.  If, however, a problem should arise, know that SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch is always here to help with any clean-up or restoration project large or small.  We have the all the advanced training and equipment needed to deal with home damage of all kinds.

SERVPRO Knows How to Remove Mold

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a problem that can affect every home, and may be present even before it becomes visible.

In order for mold to take hold, environment needs to be rich in food sources (like cardboard, wood, dust, paper, etc.), little air movement and humid and moist temperatures. Basements, garages and bathrooms are prime places mold growth can occur.

The issue is most people are completely unaware there could be mold hidden behind sheet rock or in their insulation. In many cases you can smell mold in the air long before you ever see signs of a mold problem. Many times your wall or floor may look dry on the surface, but moisture can be trapped underneath.

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch has technicians who are certified and trained in discovering hidden mold and removal.

Hidden mold is often discovered during a water loss restoration, when sheet rock or flooring is too wet to dry with our special equipment and must be removed. Once that is done, often mold will be visible growing on stud beams, inside the sheet rock or on insulation. Homeowners may not even know it’s a problem.

Thankfully, once discovered by our technicians, mold removal and cleaning is easy to accomplish. Again, SERVPRO has special equipment and procedures to remediate mold and make sure your home is safe, the dangerous mold is removed and your home is left “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO is the Best Restoration Company In Your Area

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Disasters are by definition: "a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage."

Nobody can predict when a water heater will burst, a pipe will break, or your stove will catch fire while you’re cooking.

But SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is always available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We are always ready to be there when you call, being "faster to any disaster."

Within minutes water will quickly spread, saturating everything in its path. 

Fire and smoke are especially destructive, leaving physical damage, smoke and soot and lingering odor settling in air ducts, furniture, clothes, and crevices.  In many instances property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

In either case, The longer an area remains unmitigated, restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive. That is why SERVPRO is ALWAYS available, we can get to the scene the faster. 

As part of a national chain of over 1,700 independently owned and operated franchises, SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is held to a high standard of customer service. Creating happy customers is our overall goal.

Why SERVPRO is Your Best Restoration Service Provider when Burst Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Burst frozen pipes can be any property owner’s worst winter nightmare.  Even a small amount of leaking water can cause significant water damage in just a short period of time.

If your home or business has been unfortunate enough to have burst frozen pipes, it’s understandable if you’re feeling stressed out and confused as to what you should do. We’d like to tell you why SERVPRO can be the best restoration service provider to fix your water damage problem.

We’re a locally owned and operated company with some of the most highly trained and certified water restoration technicians in the country. We offer 24-hour emergency service, and we have the advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment necessary to restore your property quickly.   

We know that dealing with water damage requires immediate action in order to minimize the damage, so it’s best if you have a plan of action.  We’d like to share some water damage tips with you so that you can be prepared if you ever have to deal with burst frozen pipes.

Safety First

REMEMBER: your first priority is always safety first.

If it is safe to do so, try to determine the exact source of the water problem and cut off the water and electricity supply to that area. You want to minimize the damage as much as possible. 

If you find any carpeting, rugs, drywall, ceiling, or tile that is saturated, you need to call a professional restoration service provider as soon as you can.  

Remove What You Can

When you’re dealing with water damage, you need to remove items to a safe dry location.  However, it is an unfortunate reality that in this situation certain items may be beyond saving or easier to just replace rather than try to salvage. Here at SERVPRO, we always try to salvage as much as possible and can help you determine the best course of action.

If it is safe to remove potentially salvageable items from the affected area, be sure to take the right precautions.  Remember that your belongings will be much heavier if they’re soaked – you don’t want to attempt to lift something too heavy and injur yourself.


If you’re dealing with water damage, you want to dry out the area as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.  This is why water damage typically requires professional equipment and training.

Pro tip: although it may seem tempting, DO NOT use a household vacuum cleaner to clean-up water damage.  Any significant damage will require professional grade equipment to be both safe and effective.

SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch has helped hundreds of both commercial and residential customers in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Mercer Counties. If you ever have burst frozen pipes, we’ll be there ASAP to minimize the water damage and get you back to normal soon.  We can even help work with your insurance company.

You can call us anytime 24/7 at 732-858-5196

Why SERVPRO is a Trusted Leader in Fire Damage Restoration

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

If your home or business has been damaged by fire, you’re undoubtedly feeling stressed and may be confused as to what you should do next. We’d like to tell you why SERVPRO can be your best choice for help.

We’re your local neighborhood experts in fire damage restoration. Our company is owned and operated by proud members of this community.  We’re also part of a nation-wide network of franchises with specialized Disaster Recovery Teams located strategically across the country to handle large-scale fire catastrophes.

We understand that dealing with fire damage is a stressful, high pressure situation, and it’s best if you have a guide for action.  We’d like to share with you this essential, step-by-step action plan – even if you don’t need it now, it’s always best to be prepared.

Wait Before You Re-Enter

Even if it seems safe again, you should wait until a fire professional gives you the go-ahead before you re-enter your building.

Your property may look okay from the outside, but it is possible the structure could be unstable, and the fire may not yet be completely smothered. In order to keep safe, it is always best to wait until the authorities determine the area is secure for re-entry.

Make Important Phone Calls

If fire has damaged your home or business, you will want to call close family and friends or business stakeholders to inform them about the situation.

You’ll also want to call your insurance company. They can help you arrange temporary shelter and walk you through next steps. Let them know you’ve enlisted the help of professional restoration services and any information you may have about your situation.

Remember to Get a Copy of the Fire Report

In the rush of things to do and calls to make, don’t forget to call the fire department to find out how you can obtain a copy of the fire report.

The fire report will not only provide official documentation regarding the fire event, it should also cover the condition of your property.

Make Sure Your Property is Secure

In order to prevent further accidents or theft, make sure your property is secured.

This could include boarding up windows or doors or making sure structural supports are added to your building. Your insurance provider may require this and will let you know what you need to have done.

Begin the Process to Replace Valuable Documents

You may have lost valuable documents in the fire, such as credit cards, your driver’s license, or other important identification papers.

Even if documents weren’t destroyed by the fire, they may have become lost or ruined in the confusion of the catastrophe.  Best to take stock now of what you might need replaced.  For example, if any of your credit cards are missing, you should cancel them now.

Start the Clean-Up Process

One reason why SERVPRO is such a trusted leader in the restoration industry is because of our dedication to responding immediately when you need restoration and clean-up help.  We’re known to be “faster to any size disaster.”

The truth is: the quicker the response time, the better when it comes to minimizing damage and keeping costs low. 

As elite fire and water damage experts, we have the specialized training and advanced equipment to handle any of your clean-up or restoration needs, from fire restoration to odor control to soot-stained upholstery cleaning to water damage restoration from the effects of the fire hoses on your property. We like to prioritize restoring before replacing, in order to get you back to your pre-fire life as quickly and with as little disruption as possible.

Just call us anytime at 732-858-5196

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality in Your Home 

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

This summer at the Jersey Shore was one of the wettest, most humid summers in recent memory. We all had our air conditioners running 24/7 to keep the humidity at bay. Running into the fall season, it is important to remember that indoor air quality is important to our overall health and well-being.

We talk a lot about mold,but mold is not the only the only potential pollutant that may be damaging your indoor air quality.  Other sources of indoor air pollution include:

  • Asbestos
  • Smoke from cigarettes, chimneys, fireplaces, etc.
  • Construction Materials
  • Lead
  • Radon
  • Carbon Monoxide

How to Improve the Indoor Air Quality of Your Home

If you suspect your home may be contaminated by any indoor pollutants, there are three strategies you should follow to improve the indoor air quality of your home.

  1. Remove the Source of the Air Pollution

In many cases, you will want to hire a professional cleanup and restoration services provider such as SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch to safely assess your particular situation and make sure the problem is thoroughly fixed as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

  1. Make Improvements to Your Ventilation System

Proper ventilation is necessary for good indoor air quality.

The EPA recommends increasing the amount of outdoor air coming indoors whether it’s through natural ventilation (such as opening windows and doors), mechanical ventilation (for example through a well-functioning HVAC system), or through infiltration (the process by which outdoor air enters your home through cracks and openings in the window casings, walls, floors, etc.).  

  1. Use an Air Cleaner

There are many air cleaners on the market today from small, inexpensive table units to extensive house-wide systems.

The effectiveness of your air cleaner will depend on how well it collects the pollutants from your indoor air and how much air it draws through its cleaning element.  You can learn more about air cleaners here:

If you’re concerned about mold or other potential pollutants in your home, you can trust SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch. We are highly trained, certified remediation and restoration specialists who can quickly get your home back to normal. 

Sewage Back Ups Need Immediate Attention

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with a water mishap is devastating enough, but dealing with a sewage backup is even worse. 

Sewage is considered blackwater, which is waste water contaminated with human waste, flood water, or water contaminated with chemicals.  Unlike clean water, which is floodwater that does not pose an immediate health threat, sewage leaves contaminants on every surface it touches.  This can lead to potential serious health risks.

Blackwater floods are the most dangerous and the most destructive, and must be cleaned and mitigated immediately. Because of the unsanitary conditions of the water, items such as carpets, upholstery and drywall are often unsalvageable. Contact with blackwater can cause illness in both humans and pets.

To keep safe, here’s a list of things you should NOT do:

  • DON’T attempt any cleaning measures if you have the slightest doubt about sanitation. Remember: safety first.
  • DON’T attempt to flush toilets or drain sinks and tubs. Wait for the professionals to inspect, sanitize, and restore your plumbing before you use your water system again.
  • DON’T use harsh chemical to try to unclog the drains. You don’t want to cause further damage to your pipes. This is why professionals have special training and cleaning solutions.
  • DON’T let children or pets near the affected areas until your house been thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and restored.

Calling SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is the best step you can take to make you’re your home or business is mitigated and restored correctly and safely. And because we are open 24/7, we can be at your door immediately, day or night. Our technicians are experienced and trained to know exactly how to handle any situation and will be able to get your home or business back to normal.

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch Offers Opportunity to Use Green Products

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

These are just some of the green cleaning products we use that are specially manufactured exclusively for and by SERVPRO.

Cleaning up after a disaster is a messy job, which oftentimes calls for specialized cleaning products. Many of the products we use at SERVPRO are our own unique formulas that are manufactured in our headquarters in Gallatin, TN.

At SERVPRO we care what we use and how it affects our environment and the safety of our customers. We understand that sometimes families with children and pets prefer all natural products. For this reason we offer the opportunity to use Green products when available and appropriate. There are some jobs, however, that require the use of different products.

Our green products are awarded the “Green Seal” and are registered with the EPA. They do not contain any solvents, phosphates, dyes or fragrances, and are safe and non-toxic.

Opportunities for using our own label Green products are when we do carpet & upholstery cleaning, or need a urine odor and stain remover, all surface cleaner, glass cleaner and fuel oil degreaser.

Other green products we use for disinfecting, mold clean-up and prevention and mold stain removal contain no chlorines, ammonias or other harsh chemicals, are hypo-allergenic, and food-grade non-toxic. 

We hope that as soon as a customer calls SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch and we enter their home, they can rest assured that their remediation job will be done as quickly as possible in a safe and effective way.