Dealing with Disasters

  • How much do you know about your space heater?

    By Robin Hoy, PuroClean Restoration Services, Cranford N
    December 3, 2013

    A few days ago, I tried to plug my portable heater. For a second, it turned on, and then it turned off!  I tried it on different outlets to no avail.  After calling the company, they ...

  • Oil and Fire Safety

    Alll year, we have heard of the tirade of natural disasters sweeping the midwest. Even a month after the Colorado flooding, it’s heartbreaking to see the damage that the waters have left ...

  • Sunday Morning Biblical History: The History of Mold, BCE Edition

    How long do you think homeowners have worried about the growth of mold? Since the 1950s housing developments? Since pioneers built their own log cabins? Since the shacks contaminated with black ...

  • Pet Odor

    One of our staffers has recently integrated a temporary third cat into her home, and the process is nothing if not full of the odors of stressed, territorial felines. They’ve done all the ...

  • Introducing Our New Twitter Page

    Notes from the PuroClean Home Office: Twitter Edition

     

    Set the Scene:

    Chris Hoy, diligently working on estimates

    Robin Hoy, multitasking

    Amy Shorter, on phone

    Rebecca ...

  • Preparing for Tropical Storm Andrea

    As the first Tropical Storm of the season begins its climb up the coast, we all need to think about what we'll do to prepare for the wet and windy season.

    In Union County, our Restoration ...

  • Disaster Guide: Thunder and Lightning

    In this fourth installment of our disaster series, I would like to concentrate on those dark and stormy nights, which we all recognize but for which we rarely prepare.

    In our line of work, we ...

  • Today is the Day Before: Rare Tornados

    I recently saw the latest FEMA commercial, "The Day Before."

    Seeing this commercial hit the airwaves has only reinforced our message that the only way to anticipate disasters is to ...

  • Water: The Disaster Guide

    After the hurricanes that have been sweeping the Northeast, water damage has been in the forefront of the news and family preparations.

    The truth is, water damage can threaten with a disaster ...

  • The Plural of Apocalypse

    These days, there are reality TV shows for every possible scenario. Right now, I'm watching Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic. I've spent more than a few hours watching water ...

  • Sandy: Three Month Anniversary

    As of today, ninety days have passed since the unforgettable storm surge of Super Storm Sandy. Even though the news has stopped reporting every detail, we have not forgotten the horrors endured by ...

  • Home Again, Home Again

    Sandy may have passed, but she isn't forgotten. Just this week, NJ PATH reopened its doors to eager residents of Hoboken.

    Last weekend, a friend of mine went down to the Jersey shore to ...

  • O' Christmas Tree

    I have to make a confession: there have been years when my family puts up no decorations at all.  If we aren't going to be around for the holidays, I ask my children if they really want ...

  • So Long Sandy

    We hoped we'd never have to imagine a storm worse than Hurricane Irene in 2011. We hoped we'd never have to face down destruction likes what Superstorm Sandy brought to the Garden State.

  • Fire Prevention Month

    Following the tragic Chicago Fire -- October 9, 1871 -- October has acted as Fire Prevention Month, in a constant attempt to improve safety measures at work, home, and school.

    When I was ...

  • The Anniversary of Irene

    As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irene, it is hard to forget the damage that ravaged the East Coast. From underwater streets and drowned cars to flooded basements and condemned ...

  • Lead-Based Paint

    When we adopted our dog Malcolm, one of the strangest behaviors we noticed was his love of walls. No, he didn't just appreciate our prowess in interior design; he liked to chew on ...

  • Candle Safety: What You Need to Know

    After this summer's wildfires, the entire country has become more concerned than ever about fire safety.

    Some of the most tragic and common fire hazards are the candles that so many of us ...

  • First Aid App for Smart Phones

    In the last year, we've been pleased to transition with PuroClean to join the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, a select group of corporations honored to provide the highest level ...

  • Predators Inside Your Home

    Sometimes things go wrong, and other times we can prevent the damage before it starts.

    Just last week, I heard story from a friend who shuts off her water supply whenever she leaves the house.

  • The Edible Carpet: Wet Padding, and What You Leave Behind

    It’s not unusual for customers to call our office in a panic, but this was a first even for us: A woman called about mushrooms -- like the food, she said, growing in the carpet, she said, ...

  • Space Heaters: Heating Your Home Safely

    We all hate the heating bill.

    Because of the high costs of heating our house, my husband and I decided to heat our house with a fireplace insert. We still have the beauty of a fire, but it is ...

  • Sump Pump Failure

    If your home has a basement and you live in an area that's prone to flooding, you need a sump pump to protect your family from the many damages that stem from standing water. To begin, flood ...

  • Broken Water Heater Can Lead to Water Loss

    Last year, we heard from homeowners with water rushing into their basement. They thought it was their sump pump.

    Our crew was cleaning up the water damage, but more water seemed to rush in as ...

  • Toilet Troubles and How to Avoid Them

    Growing up, my Dad tried to heat our entire house using just a wood-burning stove. The only problem was: we lived in a ranch house. The stove burned on one side of the house, while the bedrooms ...