Fall Hazards and How to Prepare for them
Beautiful House in Woodstown decorated for fall
As the leaves change color and the temperatures fall the need for many household items that have been turned off since the spring come back into play.
Heaters and Oil Tanks come to mind first.
Here at SERVPRO of Salem County we have already encountered our first Home Heating Oil Spill of the season and thought lets shed some light on this subject.
Before your heater turns on for the season make sure you have it serviced by a licensed HVAC Contractor. If you think your heater is good the worst thing that could happen is a Puff Back. A Puff Back is when a build up in a oil burner creates a small explosion and puffs back soot throughout your heating ducts and heater.
This is a costly claim that is usually covered by your homeowners insurance. Think about it, everything in your house that is exposed to the regular air could possibly come in contact with the soot. Your walls, ceilings, and floors to start. Then think about what is in each of your rooms. Bedding, clothing, electronics, furniture, family heirlooms are all things that can come in contact with the soot.
SERVPRO of Salem County handles countless Puff Backs every falll/winter. Utilizing the latest in SERVPRO Cleaning Products we restore what is able to be restored to its preloss condition. Its not an easy quick job either. Detailed cleaning as well and documentation must be performed to provide the highest level of clean to make sure its "Like it never even happened."
There is no simple right away cost associated with these claims. Every household is different and every claim is unique. But if you experience a Puff Back do not wait, call SERVPRO of Salem County right away.
HVAC Duct Cleaning
SERVPRO of Salem County isn't just a restoration contractor. We do offer a variety of cleaning services for both residential and commercial customers. HVAC Duct Cleaning is one that we have seen a large increase in over the past 3 years.
Whether you have never had it done or are just looking to maintain clean ducts a duct cleaning can help with the efficiency of your heating unit. It does by removing dust, contaminants, pet hair, and even toys that fall into those hvac ducts that no one thinks about. After the duct cleaning is completed we utilize an antimicrobial product to sanitize the duct which produces a fresh clean smell throughout the house.
Now is the time to get these checked off of your todo list.
For more information please contact the SERVPRO of Salem County office at 856-339-0500.
SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month with a Reminder to Home and Business Owners: “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
September is National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov/September), an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, Craig Nunan, owner of SERVPRO® of Salem County, encourages Salem property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
- Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.
“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said Nunan. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”
SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Salem County as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.
“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said Nunan. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”
SERVPRO® of Salem County specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of Salem County, please contact Craig Nunan at (856) 339-0500 or craig@SERVPROsalemcounty.com . For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com or email erp@SERVPROsalemcounty.com
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
It's My World Too joins the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Program
SERVPRO's ERP Program
After working with the new It's My World Too location in Pennsville, NJ SERVPRO offered the Emergency Ready Profile to owner Diana Karr. Diana thought it was a great opportunity and agreed to join the ERP Program!
Before the daycare opened the team here at SERVPRO of Salem County walked through the building photographing water and gas shut off valves, took pictures of all important building material, created a detailed sketch of the building, as well as made all contingency plans already put in place all accessible in one place for the team at It's My World Too.
In the event of an emergency time is money. Being able to stop a broken pipe due to knowning where the shut off valve is via the phone app can help mitigate any property damage. If a fire breaks out having all of your account numbers for each provider accessible to just click is much easier than trying to figure out passwords that were stored on your computer.
The team at SERVPRO of Salem County is helping It's My World Too "Ready for whatever happens."
If you are interested in becoming a Ready Business email SERVPRO of Salem County at ERP@SERVPROsalemcounty.com
An hour of your time to put the final steps on your contingency plan is worth it when Fire or Water Damage happens.
Buying or Selling a Home/Foreclosure?
SERVPRO of Salem County handling a crawl space pump out/cleaning to pass a home inspection
SERVPRO of Salem County yearly receives numerous calls about the a customer either buying or selling a home whether for sale or a foreclosure. We are committed to helping make the issues "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO offers a variety of restoration and non-restoration cleaning services that will help homes pass inspections and make them move in ready. Mold Remediation, Carpet Cleaning, Duct Cleaning, Insulation Removal and Replacement only to name a few.
SERVPRO also has a full list of specialty contractors for electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning as well as painting and carpet installs. Here at SERVPRO we are here to help get your house sold or get you into your new house.
For a list of our full services visit our website at www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com or give our office a call at 856-339-0500.
Storm/Debris Damage Affects Supply Room
Initial picture taken of approx 90% of the affected area.
No one person can tell you when it is going to rain. We can all say that we would love to be a meteorologist and be wrong 95% of the time and still have a good paying job. But the fact of the matter is when storms roll through damage can happen faster than ever expected.
Last week a commercial client of SERVPRO of Salem Counties called due to a roof being opened, which was getting repaired, and the storms rolled through dumping rain inside their supply counter warehouse. Not only did it damage product for sale, which was then deemed water logged and is being disposed of, but with the winds brought roofing material, dirt, and other airborne particles inside and covered all of their consumables.
The team here at SERVPRO of Salem County quickly responded in less than 1 hour from the time they called to do an initial walk through. What was the biggest concern of the Operations Officer? Limited Business Interruption. That is our number one factor when working with any commercial client. Limited Business Interruption. So the job was completed around the clients business hours.
The final walk through was completed at 7am, just 2 days after work was started, when the supply counter opened up for business. 0 hours of business interruption.
SERVPRO and The Red Cross want to help you be Prepared!
SERVPRO teams up with the American Red Cross and they made a list of items you need in case of an emergency! Always be prepared!
Be Red Cross Ready!
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
- Extra batteriesFirst aid kit [Avail
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Family and emergency contact information
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
For more information check out redcross.org
Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.
Picture from 2011 when Pilesgrove, NJ Flooded after hours of torrential rains
There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:
-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Salem County. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order.
SERVPRO seeking a Marketing Intern
SERVPRO of Salem County is seeking a Marketing Intern for the Spring/Summer (2017). This position is a great opportunity for an individual who is currently enrolled in a degree program and are looking to gain experience in Sales and Marketing for a local premier restoration company of commercial and residential properties.
- Learning the SERVPRO Way
- Managing a sales route per week visiting clients with and without a manager
- Assist in retaining new customers to expand the SERVPRO reach
- Undergraduate students studying business administration, communications, economics, or finance; Marketing classes are preferred
- Experience with Excel, PowerPoint, Word
- Ability to work either part time for the time frame for either course credit or general experience
- Ideal candidate would be outgoing, creative, organized, a team player and have great communication skills
- Must have reliable transportation to the office.
- Must have a clean driving record
- Must have a drivers license
Interested applicants should email Joe Lovell at Joe@SERVPROSalemCounty.com with resume.
This is an unpaid internship. Commission is possible and will be discussed. This internship could turn into a permanent position.
Who is SERVPRO and What do we do?
When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris. But who do you call for that?
SERVPRO of Salem County is the ONLY Local Restoration Company located within Salem County. Found right at 318 Grant Street in Salem, we service all of Salem County. Our competition will tell you they are in Salem County too, which is true, but they are located over 1 hour away. When your home, business, or property has a loss, how is a 22 minute average response time to you home to begin mitigation? That's SERVPRO of Salem County's average. No one can beat that I guarantee you.
After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Salem County can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Salem County can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.
It also offers you 100% communication to keep you updated on your loss and where the claim stands. Having a team you can trust is my main priority.
SERVPRO of Salem County can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.
- Board Up
- Carpet Repair and Installation
- Document Drying
- Dry Cleaning
- Drywall Installation
- Drywall Removal
- Electronics Restoration
- Fine Art Restoration
- Furniture Restoration
- General Contracting
- Hardwood Floor Repair
- HVAC Services
- Linoleum Floor Repair
- Marble Floor Repair
- Move Out
- Portable Power
- Roof Tarp
- Roofing Services
- Scalable Resources
- Temporary Fencing
- Temporary Warehouse Space
- Tile Floor Repair
- Tree Removal
My promise to you is to be the best Local Restoration Company Salem County has to offer!
Joe Lovell | Operations Manager
Clean Homes Sell Faster in Salem County
Get It Clean – Get It Sold in Salem County!
It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show.
Experienced realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:
- Shortened list to sale conversion times
- Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales
SERVPRO of Salem County professionals offer a variety of services to help revive your listings to top show condition:
- Carpet, Upholstery, Ceiling, Wall, and Hard Floor Cleaning and Deodorization.
- Duct and HVAC Cleaning-Dirty Ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home.
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation-Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.
By following these simple steps, your listing is sure to pass home inspections and sell!
Contact Joe Lovell of SERVPRO of Salem County - (856) 339-0500! For more information on our services, visit our website.