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Why Choose Gemini?

Why Choose Gemini?

When a fire or water-related catastrophe strikes, you need a team of caring and dedicated specialists on your side who have a history of successfully completing tens of thousands of remediation, restoration, and new construction projects. For over 45 years, New Jersey home and business owners have relied on Gemini Restoration to provide them with professional cleaning and remediation services.

Experienced Professionals

Over four decades of experience and a full line of specialized equipment make Gemini’s team of cleaning and remediation specialists uniquely qualified to provide you with comprehensive fire and water damage restoration and reconstruction services, as well as meticulous commercial cleaning services that meet CDC guidelines for sanitizing high-touch surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our reputation for excellence and professionalism has helped us strengthen and expand our relationships with major insurance carriers, architects, realtors and property owners. Gemini Restoration is recognized in the industry as an expert in fire and water restoration and construction-related matters and always delivers high-quality craftsmanship.

Exceptional Service

Since 1973, our commitment to providing home and business owners with top-quality service, professionalism and competitive pricing that meets insurance industry guidelines has helped set our clients’ minds at ease. We offer 24/7 emergency service, and unlike other restoration companies, we are qualified to handle your fire or water loss from your initial call to the completed restoration and rebuild sets us apart from other restoration companies. Years of experience handling over a quarter of a million losses has made us adept at skillfully developing and executing unique loss-handling strategies for unusual loss conditions. Our expert service professionals will provide you with personalized attention and the utmost consideration regarding decision-making policies about insurance-loss work and general construction projects.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

As one of the top ten largest independently owned and operated full-service restoration and general construction companies in the US, Gemini Restoration owns a whole fleet of fully equipped trucks and vans, as well as a full line of diverse state-of-the-art restoration equipment. Our two New Jersey locations, in Union and Point Pleasant Beach, allow us to efficiently service clients throughout the state.

Family Owned and Operated

Our family-owned and operated business has provided personalized, caring customer service to clients in their times of need for three generations. Our management team has accrued over 100 years of combined restoration and construction experience. We have evolved into a 21st-century company while remaining committed to high-quality service, professionalism, and competitive pricing approved by insurance industry guidelines.

When Disaster Strikes, You Can Count on Gemini Restoration!

If your home or commercial building falls victim to fire or water damage, or you need your business space thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, rely on the experienced professionals at Gemini Restoration for exceptional, personalized service. Family owned and operated with a full line of modern and efficient equipment, we’re the restoration company trusted by your New Jersey friends and neighbors.

Preparing Your Home for Spring

Preparing Your Home for Spring

As springtime arrives and the weather warms, setting aside some time to address a few basic home maintenance tasks to keep your home in good working condition is important, especially after a harsh winter. We’ve put together a helpful list of items you should consider tackling before they become larger, more costly issues.

Foundation

Inspect your home’s foundation for cracks in the cement or mortar, and if you have a basement, check the interior walls for cracks as well. If you discover any cracks large enough that a nickel can be slid into them, then it’s a good idea to have a professional inspect the damage to determine if repairs are necessary.

If your home has a crawl space beneath it, check that all the screens on the air vents along the foundation walls are free of damage and clear of debris. The vents need to be clear so that air can circulate to inhibit moisture buildup and mold growth. Repair damaged screens to prevent insects and small animals from making a home of your crawl space.

Roof

Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles (they might look warped or rippled), and your attic for evidence of moisture seepage or leaks. If you find any damage to your roof or attic, contact a professional who can pinpoint the cause and perform repairs to prevent further damage to your home.

Gutters and Downspouts

Harsh weather, freezing temperatures, and ice can cause damage to your home’s gutter system. Inspect your home’s gutters and downspouts to make sure they aren’t sagging and look for holes and cracks that may have formed over the winter months. Also check to make sure your downspouts route water at least five feet from foundation walls. It might be a good idea to hire a professional contractor to repair or replace any damaged sections.

Check that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris. Buildup in your gutters can cause water run-off that can damage your home’s foundation and flood your landscape, basement, or crawlspace. To clean your gutters and downspouts, grab a pair of work gloves and remove as much debris as you can by hand or with a gardening trowel. Using a garden hose, run water into the gutters to remove leftover dirt and particles. Run the hose through the downspouts to wash leaves and gunk out. Alternatively, you could hire a professional gutter-cleaning contractor.

Siding

Loose or damaged siding can allow moisture to seep underneath and quickly lead to mold growth, which can spread and cause extensive damage to your home. Repair or replace any pieces of siding that are detached, cracked, warped, or very weathered. Painted siding that is peeling needs to be scraped, sanded, and repainted.

Deck

Check your deck or porch for loose or rotting boards and structural stability. Consider extending the life of your wooden deck by resealing it if it’s starting to look worn.

Windows

Inspect your window screens to be sure they’re tightly fastened, and repair holes or replace any damaged screens to prevent insects from entering. Also repair peeling or cracked caulk around the glass to keep your windows sealed and prevent water leakage.

Landscaping

Help prevent your home’s siding from becoming scratched and damaged by trimming shrubs and trees so their branches can’t scrape against your home. Also ensure the area surrounding your outdoor air conditioning unit is clear of all plant and tree growth to prevent damage to your AC system. Consider hiring a professional tree trimmer to cut down damaged tree branches that could fall onto your roof during a storm. Also check your property’s fencing for damage, and have any loose sections repaired or replaced.

Sump Pump

The spring season can bring with it a lot of rain, which increases the risk of flooding. Get ahead of April showers by giving your sump pump a checkup to make sure it’s in top working condition. Clear all debris from around your sump pump to prevent damage, and if you have a back-up unit, check to make sure it’s also in top shape.

Dryer Vent

Prevent a house fire by cleaning your laundry dryer’s vent. Clear the lint by disconnecting the vent from the back of the dryer and using a dryer vent brush to clean it out. Locate the dryer vent cover on the outside of your home and use the dryer vent brush to remove the lint from that end of the line. The dryer vent cover flap should be able to move freely.

Smoke Alarms

Help keep you family safe by ensuring your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in tip-top shape. Test all of the units in your home, and change the batteries to ensure they’re fresh.

Being proactive in preparing your home for spring and repairing damage caused by harsh winter weather can prevent extensive damage to your home and allow you to relax and enjoy the spring season. However, if your home does incur flood, fire, or mold damage, Gemini Restoration is here to help!

Comfort Food for a Cozy Valentine’s Day Celebration

Comfort Food for a Cozy Valentine’s Day Celebration

If you’re planning to spend a cozy Valentine’s Day at home, why not make it even better with some comfort food you’re sure to love unconditionally? With a little planning, you can create a simple but sumptuous breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all three!) that’s sure to please adults and kids alike.

Breakfast

Loaded Baked Omelette Muffins

These easy, prep-ahead mini omelettes can be customized by switching up the ingredients. Make them extra special by baking them in heart-shaped muffin tins.

Strawberry Pancakes

Serve up some fluffy pink pancakes topped with strawberry syrup and whipped cream for a sweet and satisfying Valentine’s Day treat!

Triple-Berry French Toast Casserole

Made with simple ingredients, this one-dish, satisfying, bake-and-eat breakfast treat is sure to please.

Eggs Benedict Bake

A stress-free, prep-ahead alternative to traditional eggs benedict that brings all the taste and none of the hassle.

Creme Brulee French Toast

Start the day off right with a fantastic twist on traditional french toast that can be prepared the night before and popped in the oven for a scrumptious Valentine’s breakfast.


Lunch

Quick Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Make ahead, reheat, and create a Valentine’s Day soup bar by setting out a variety of toppings to be used as add-ins.

Apple Pomegranate Salad

Easy to pull together with a few ingredients, the pomegranate seeds in this delicious salad add a festive Valentine’s Day vibe.

Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Featuring sugar-coated slivered almonds and bright red strawberries, this salad is the perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day menu.

Heart-Shaped Pizza

Always satisfying, this Valentine’s Day take on pizza can be topped with heart-shaped pepperoni or enjoyed plain.



Dinner

Horseradish-Encrusted Beef Tenderloin

An easy and elegant meal for a special occasion, this beef tenderloin is great on its own or accompanied by one of the salads listed above.

Honey-Pecan Chicken Breasts

An easy-to-make flavorful spin on chicken that plays to the sweet theme of the day.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Cheesy and satisfying, with pieces of Pancetta that add flavor and holiday color.

Chicken with Lemon and Potatoes

This classic dinner will surround you with the savory aroma of juicy, flavorful roasted chicken. A great choice for a cozy evening at home.

Smoked Turkey Cobbler

Topped with biscuits and seasoned with chipotle peppers and adobo sauce, this one-dish meal is a unique twist on traditional turkey pot pie.

Caprese Mac n Cheese

Creamy and delicious, this upscale take on traditional mac n cheese is comfort food that will make you swoon.



Dessert

Chocolate Cherry Candy Cake

Like a homemade box of chocolates, baked with love!

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Surprisingly easy to make, these individual cakes are a luxurious treat.

Red Velvet Kiss Cookies

A special occasion calls for this chewy, melt-in-your mouth dessert.

Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Hearts

Grab a pint of your favorite ice cream flavor and transform it into a love-inspired take on the traditional chocolate-covered ice cream treat.

White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

The ultimate fluffy cupcakes, with white chocolate strawberry frosting and a uniquely rich strawberry flavor.

Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or family-friendly celebration, the Gemini Restoration team wishes you a safe and enjoyable Valentine’s Day!

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Tips to Help You Protect Your Home and Business

Winter is upon us, and with it come some seasonal maintenance requirements for your home or business. Because water expands when it freezes, putting extreme pressure on whatever contains it, your metal or plastic pipes are at risk of cracking or bursting if you haven't adequately protected them from freezing temperatures. Broken pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during the winter months. We've put together a list of some simple things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing and avoid costly damage to your home.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Pipes at the highest risk for freezing are those located in unheated areas like garages, attics, kitchen cabinets, crawl spaces, basements and attics; poorly insulated pipes that run along exterior walls; and outdoor pipes like those that supply swimming pools and water sprinklers.

  • Turn off the water supply and drain water from any exterior pipes and faucets, including lines that supply water to sprinkler systems, garden hoses and swimming pools. If you will be away for an extended time, consider shutting off the water supply and draining water from all pipes throughout your home.
  • Insulate your garage doors and keep them closed to minimize exposure of water-supply lines in the garage to freezing temperatures.
  • Add insulation around outdoor pipes, water spigots, and pipes in your attic, basement and crawl spaces to protect your pipes for the long term.
  • Weather seal openings and cracks around windows, doors, and between your house and its foundation.
  • Keep faucets that serve exposed pipes running at a trickle to help prevent the water from freezing. To use water efficiently, schedule a laundry load to run overnight to keep water running through your pipes when outdoor temperatures are lowest.
  • Keep the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees if you will be away from your home or business for an extended period.
  • Maintain a consistently warm temperature in your home or business throughout the day and night.
  • Open cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to allow warm air to circulate freely.
  • Run your faucets first thing in the morning and before you go to bed to ensure the water pressure is normal. If you notice a water pressure drop, it could mean your pipes are beginning to freeze and you need to take measures to thaw them right away.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

If water runs out of one or more of your home's faucets at a trickle, or not at all, you could have frozen pipes. Thawing your pipes before they burst will save you thousands of dollars in repairs. To thaw the lines, take the following measures while keeping your faucets open so that the water can run freely as the ice inside the pipes melts.

  • Heat the frozen pipes with a hairdryer, electric heating pad, portable space heater, or towels soaked in warm water. Do not use any open flame devices such as kerosene or propane heaters, blowtorches, or barbeque grills. Continue to apply heat to the frozen pipes until the water is running at full pressure.
  • If you cannot locate the frozen pipes or your attempts to thaw them are unsuccessful, call the Gemini Restoration professionals.

Get Help From the Pros!

The experts at Gemini Restoration have over four decades of experience in frozen and burst pipe mitigation and remediation. If the pipes in your home or business are frozen or have burst, our experienced team can help by making repairs and preventing further damage.

Call the Gemini Restoration team today at 877-774-3646 to request an estimate.

Heartfelt Season’s Greetings!

Heartfelt Season’s Greetings!

This holiday season might look a little different than those of past years, but that doesn’t diminish how thankful we are for you, our cherished Gemini Restoration clients. As we look back over the unique challenges we’ve all faced in 2020, we remember our loyal clients with sincere gratitude. We appreciate that you’ve chosen to put your faith in us, and we don’t take your choice for granted.

It’s through your support that our family-owned and operated company has been able to proudly serve the community for over 40 years, growing to become one of the ten largest independently owned and operated full-service restoration and general construction companies in New Jersey. As in the past, we’re renewing our commitment to providing you with exceptional professional services in the coming year.

We thank you for your continued patronage and wish you health, peace and happiness this holiday season and throughout 2021.

Happy holidays and a healthy and happy new year from our family to yours,

The Gemini Restoration Team

Gemini Restoration Wins 2020 Customer Service Award

Sedgwick Repair Solutions Customer Service Award

We are proud to announce that for the second year in a row, Gemini Restoration has won the Sedgwick Repair Solutions Customer Service Award. Gemini was selected as one of three award recipients from among over 2,000 service provider’s in Sedgwick’s network. Sedgwick Repair Solutions, one of the largest third party service administrators, determined the winners using a compilation of both actual customer satisfaction scores and total number of surveys submitted.

As a top-rated, highly experienced residential and commercial restoration company with a complete line of specialized equipment, Gemini Restoration is exceptionally qualified to provide you with comprehensive fire and water restoration, reconstruction, and commercial cleaning services. Our team has successfully completed tens of thousands of water and fire catastrophe-related losses and thousands of new construction and building restoration projects. We are dedicated to helping safeguard your health and that of your clients, employees and tenants, and follow the Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines recommended by the CDC for sanitizing high-touch surfaces. Our high-quality service, professionalism and competitive pricing meets industry guidelines and has earned us a reputation for excellence among insurance carriers, architects, realtors and property owners.

Gemini Restoration is Here to Help!

Fire Damage? Flooding? Re-opening your business under COVID-19 safety guidelines? When disaster strikes, call the experts at Gemini Restoration 24/7 at 877-774-3646 for fast, dependable remediation of your home or commercial building.

What Is Mold, and How Does It Spread?

What Is Mold, and How Does It Spread?

Tips for Preventing Indoor Mold Growth

Although outdoor mold plays an important role in breaking down organic matter like dead trees and leaves, when it grows indoors, it can wreak havoc on your home and wellbeing. Because all types of mold need moisture and oxygen to grow, your home or business is at risk if excessive moisture is allowed to build up inside. Microscopic mold spores are naturally present in the air. The spores land on wet wood, paper, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, drywall, carpet, fabric, upholstery and insulation, where they can live for years, growing, spreading and destroying your home. When inhaled, mold spores and mold’s gaseous output can cause allergies and serious health problems whose symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, skin rashes, eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, fatigue and asthma attacks. Even dead mold spores cause allergies for years.

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

In general, it’s important to keep your home dry and well-ventilated to prevent indoor mold growth. If your house or business gets flooded, it’s essential to remove all wet materials and dry out the building completely within 24-48 hours. On a regular basis, maintain airflow throughout your home by leaving inside doors open and using fans or air conditioning. Having a certified allergy-friendly filter installed in your central AC unit can help reduce the number of mold spores floating around in your home. Be sure to replace air conditioner filters every three months and keep the unit clean. Using a dehumidifier to keep indoor humidity below 45% will also impede mold growth in your home. Drain and clean the dehumidifier’s water reservoir at least twice a week to prevent mold growth within the unit.

Because mold thrives in warm, moist and dark environments, attics, basements, kitchens and bathrooms are particularly at risk for mold growth:

Attic

  • Repair roof leaks and roof gutters to prevent water from leaking into the attic or into your home’s walls, where mold can grow undetected.
  • Vent bathroom exhaust fans outside the house rather than into the attic, where the moist, humid air from the bathroom can cause the growth of toxic mold.
  • Ensure all attic vents are free of blockages so they can remove moisture.

Kitchens, Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms

  • Have your paint or home improvement store add mold inhibitors to paints before painting your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room.
  • Open windows or use outdoor-vented exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room to remove moisture generated by stoves, sinks, baths, showers, stoves and laundry dryers.
  • Keep tubs and sinks clean by scouring tiles and grout at least once a month.
  • Clean bathrooms with products that kill mold.
  • Repair plumbing leaks quickly.
  • Keep garbage pails clean
  • Keep refrigerator drip pans and door gaskets clean.
  • Remove wet clothes from your washing machine and dry them promptly.
  • Clean the rubber seal and inside the door of front-loading washing machines.
  • Leave washing machine doors open when not in use.

Basement

  • Remove leaves and other dead vegetation from the foundation of your home and clear rain gutters to promote groundwater drainage away from the house.
  • Repair plumbing leaks quickly.
  • Consider not using carpet in basements prone to flooding or high moisture levels.

If you see condensation build-up on any of the windows in your home, they need to be repaired or replaced immediately. Likewise, if there are wet spots on your ceilings, walls or floors, it’s important to have a contractor or plumbing expert diagnose and fix the leak before mold has a chance to grow.

Getting Rid of Mold in Your Home

It’s essential to have mold removed from your home as soon as possible to protect your home and your family’s health. If you see spotty discoloration of any color on the surfaces in your home, it could be mold. Although very small areas of mold can be removed from solid objects with household products, if the affected area is larger than 10 square feet, it is safest for your family’s health to have professionals remove the mold.

Get Help From the Pros!

The mold mitigation and remediation experts at Gemini Restoration have over four decades of experience in mold mitigation and remediation. We can help make your home safe again by identifying the moisture source and extent of the mold infestation, removing porous materials, thoroughly cleaning non-porous surfaces with antifungal detergent, and making necessary repairs.

Is Your Home or Workplace at Risk?

Is Your Home or Workplace at Risk?

Tips to Help You Prevent a Fire

Fires kill more than 4,000 people in the United States each year and cause more than $7 billion in property damage. A fire at home or work can be devastating but is easily preventable. You can help protect your property, family and co-workers by taking crucial steps today to prevent fires at home and at work.

Keep Safe and Warm

  • Keep furnaces, stoves, chimneys, and other heating sources clean and in good working order by having them inspected, cleaned and repaired by a professional once a year. Have creosote buildup eliminated and broken, cracked or rusted parts replaced.
  • Use a metal or glass fire screen to prevent catch sparks and prevent logs from rolling out of your fireplace.
  • If you have to use a space heater, put it on a sturdy, nonflammable and level surface, not on carpeting or rugs. Keep bedding, drapery, clothing, paper, rugs, children and pets at least three feet away from fireplaces, stoves and heaters.
  • Buy space heaters that turn off automatically if the heater tips over.
  • Never leave a portable heater or fireplace unattended. Before leaving or going to bed, turn off all space heaters and extinguish all embers in the fireplace.
  • Do not use an oven or cooking range to heat your home or business.
  • Unplug electric blankets when not in use.

Check Your Wiring

  • Examine electrical wiring and have exposed wires, loose plugs and worn extension cords repaired or replaced.
  • Ensure wiring is not under carpeting or affixed by nails.
  • Check that all electrical outlets have cover plates and that no wiring is exposed.
  • Have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets installed, especially in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and near other water sources.
  • Don’t overload extension cords and outlets with too many plugs.

Use with Care

  • Keep all machinery and appliances in good working order by having a qualified professional service them regularly. Replace or have repaired any appliances that overheat, spark, or release an unusual smell.
  • Ensure all appliances and other electrical devices in your home or workplace are labeled by an independent testing lab.
  • Keep electrical equipment away from flammable materials.
  • Use machinery and equipment only in well-ventilated areas.
  • Use only the correct wattage bulbs in lamps and light fixtures, and keep lamps away from flammable materials like curtains or bedding.

Prevent a Reaction

  • Make sure all flammable chemicals are stored in cool, well-ventilated areas far from heat sources.
  • Store rags that have been used to apply flammable chemicals in tightly closed metal containers.
  • Do not use any open flames near chemical storage areas.
  • Do not smoke near chemical storage areas or other flammable materials. It’s a good idea to reduce fire risk by smoking only in an open area outdoors.

Keep it Neat

  • Keep emergency exits clear and keep clutter that can fuel a fire to a minimum.
  • Keep electrical panels easily accessible so they can be shut down quickly in the event of a fire.

Stay Alert

  • Keep all flammable materials away from the stove.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended; use a timer and check cooking food regularly.
  • Do not use the oven or stove if you are sleepy or have been drinking alcohol.
  • Store all matches and lighters in a locked cabinet, out of children’s reach.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Ensure candle flames are out of reach of furniture, curtains, paper and other flammable materials.
  • Use only flameless candles, when possible.

Get Alarmed

  • Install smoke alarms on the ceiling of bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on every level of your home. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, use alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers. To reduce false alarms, install smoke alarms at least 10 feet away from the stove.
  • Manually test fire and smoke alarms every month. Have faulty alarms repaired or replaced by a qualified professional so the devices don’t become a fire hazard.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries each year.

More Tips

For tips on how to prepare a fire emergency evacuation plan for your home or business, visit the American Red Cross and US Department of Labor websites.

Best Cleaning and Disinfecting Practices for Reopening Your Business

Best Cleaning and Disinfecting Practices for Reopening Your Business

When you reopen your business, your customers and employees will feel more comfortable knowing that your physical environment has been adequately cleaned and disinfected to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Developing a cleaning plan for your business, implementing the plan, maintaining a cleaning routine and making revisions as necessary are crucial activities for any company planning to reopen during these challenging times.

Create Your Cleaning Plan

A thorough evaluation of what surfaces and objects need cleaning is the first step in creating your cleaning plan. Consider removing items that aren't essential to your business to free up space and reduce the number of surfaces that will need to be cleaned regularly. Area rugs, upholstered furniture, and drapes are especially challenging to clean and disinfect and should be removed if possible.

You’ll need to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, chairs, desks, countertops, drawer handles, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, touchscreens, gas pump handles, ATMs, doorknobs and light switches often. While initial soap-and-water cleaning is important to help decrease the amount of the virus on surfaces, using EPA-approved disinfectants will further reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Note that certain disinfectants may require specially trained personnel for safe and proper use. For guidelines on the personal protective equipment (PPE) you'll need for cleaning and disinfecting, visit the CDC's website.

Take Action!

Your employees and customers will feel more comfortable knowing you've properly cleaned and disinfected your business space. While implementing your cleaning plan, remember to make sure the area where you'll be cleaning is adequately ventilated, always keep all cleaning products out of the reach of children, store and use disinfectants according to the instructions on their labels, and don't mix different types of cleaning products together as this can create fumes that are very dangerous to your health. Be sure to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including disposable gloves, while cleaning, to protect yourself from exposure to the virus and chemical disinfectants.

Before disinfecting hard surfaces and objects, clean them with soap and water. Disinfect these surfaces and objects with an appropriate EPA-approved disinfectant or a suitable replacement. For effective disinfection, follow label instructions for how long to keep the wet product on your surfaces before wiping it off.

For instructions on cleaning upholstered and other soft surfaces, such as carpets, area rugs and drapes, visit the CDC's website. In most instances, you'll need to launder upholstered or cloth items in the warmest water possible according to manufacturer instructions and dry the items thoroughly.

Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and clean or dispose of your PPE correctly after you have finished cleaning.

Follow Through

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your business environment can help reduce the risk COVID-19 infection and enable you to keep your business open. Clean and disinfect frequently handled surfaces after each use and at the end of each day. To the extent possible, keep enough PPE and disinfectant on hand for your needs. You can find cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for specific industries here. Revise your cleaning and disinfecting plan as needed based on new guidelines and circumstances.

Get Help from the Pros

With more than four decades of commercial cleaning experience, Gemini Restoration is uniquely qualified to clean, sanitize and disinfect your business. We use only EPA-approved cleaners and disinfectants and follow all CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines. Whether you need a one-time deep cleaning or weekly, bi-monthly or monthly cleaning services, we can help you reopen your business with peace of mind.


Get Your Clean Start Today!

Re-opening your business under COVID-19 safety guidelines? Kick-off your clean start by calling the experts at Gemini Restoration 24/7 at 877-774-3646 or by filling out our commercial cleaning request form for an estimate.


Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Tips for Keeping Your Family, Home and Business Safe During a Storm

Hurricanes can produce high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding that can cause bodily injury, property damage or destruction of your home or commercial building. Storm damage can force you to move out of your home or close your business until repairs are possible. Knowing how to keep yourself and your family, home and business safe during a hurricane can reduce the likelihood of serious injury, save you time, money and inconvenience, and protect your source of income. We’ve compiled the following tips to help you prepare for hurricane season:

Gather Emergency Supplies

During Hurricane season, which peaks from mid-August through October, keeping a well-stocked emergency kit on hand is important. Having what you need to survive at home or when evacuated will enable you to shelter in place comfortably and help reduce your family’s anxiety before, during and after the storm. When you know a storm is approaching, filling your car's gas tank is also a good idea, in case you need to evacuate quickly. See the sidebar for a list of items to pack in your emergency preparedness kit.

Create an Evacuation Plan

Make sure everyone sheltering with you knows how to get out of the building in an emergency. Know the local emergency routes and have a plan for contacting each other if family members become separated during an evacuation.

Safeguard Your Property in Advance

Securing your property when you’re first warned that a hurricane is approaching can prevent personal injury or costly damage to your home or business:

  • Secure items that could be moved by strong winds but are unsafe to bring inside, such as barbeque grills and propane tanks. Store lightweight items, such as trash cans, patio furniture, lawn tools, toys, bicycles and sports equipment, inside if possible.
  • Trim tree branches that could fall on buildings.
  • Move indoor furniture and other valuables to the upper floors of your home or business.
  • Unplug small appliances to prevent potential power surge damage.
  • Help prevent flooding by cleaning and unclogging rain gutters and downspouts.
  • As your budget allows, install sump pumps with a water alarm and battery backup, and sewer backflow valves, elevate your furnace, water heater and electric panel, and waterproof your basement.
  • Reinforce windows and doors with ½-inch marine plywood pre-cut to fit or installing permanent storm shutters.
  • Turn off your power and gas mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
  • Consider investing in flood insurance, since standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flood damage.

Protect Yourself During the Storm

Throughout the storm, keep your emergency storm preparedness kit handy while following these safety guidelines:

  • Stay indoors if possible.
  • Keep informed of storm and evacuation updates by listening to local TV or radio stations.
  • Stay away from windows by sheltering in an interior room at the lowest unflooded level of the building.
  • Use flashlights, not candles, as light sources if the power goes out.
  • Avoid all contact with floodwater, which may be fast-moving or contaminated by sewage. If you are evacuating in a vehicle, avoid driving through floodwater. A car can float in only two feet of water.

Be Smart About Post-Storm Recovery

Staying safe during the storm is essential, but keep in mind that hazards like fallen or unstable trees, downed power lines, heavy debris and floodwaters can pose hazards to yourself, your family, your home or your commercial building even after the storm has passed. Proceed with caution, stay out of buildings whose walls or roofs have been damaged, and avoid contact with floodwater. If possible, open all doors and windows to air out your property, and protect yourself from exposure to possible mold and bacteria by wearing gloves, goggles, rubber boots and an N95 mask when inside the building.

Get Help from the Professionals

If your home or business has flooded, it should be inspected by a qualified professional who can recognize potential hazards and mitigate further damage to your property. Drywall, paneling, insulation, flooring, and electrical outlets that have absorbed floodwater may need to be torn out and replaced. Materials that have absorbed water, such as mattresses, cushions and upholstered furniture, will need to be removed, dried and inspected for fungal growth. All items that can be dried and salvaged will need to be disinfected to the growth of mold, which can cause your family or the occupants of your commercial building to become sick.

With over 45 years of storm-recovery experience and an extensive inventory of specialized equipment, the specialists at Gemini Restoration are exceptionally qualified to provide you with storm damage remediation services for your home or business. The Gemini team follows all safety guidelines when meeting all of your restoration needs and has an excellent reputation for high-quality service, professionalism and competitive pricing that meets insurance industry guidelines.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

It's important to always be prepared! Make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit full of essential items. Pack your kit in one or more waterproof containers and update it regularly by replacing anything that’s outdated. HERE is a link to the full list of items you should include in your kit.



 
 

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