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Penns Grove Homeowners Turn to SERVPRO for Water Cleanup after Appliance Failure

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Appliances are a welcomed convenience to your Salem County residence, but one that does not come without its share of risks. As these machines age, they become less and less able to prevent the water supply they receive from ending up on the floor around them. Often this is something as simple as a missing seal or bushing that has just worn down to nothing, but it can leave you with a substantial mess on your hands, especially if you were not at home at the time and aware of a problem. Regardless of how dire the circumstances are, professional restoration services can help you to overcome this hurdle and return your home to preloss conditions more quickly than you could alone.

No matter the appliances or the maintenance time that you put into each of them, it is impossible to rid your home entirely of the possibility of water damages. The trouble with these incidents is that they tend to leave high volumes on the floor, leading to a need for water removal services in your Salem County residence as opposed to simple mopping and drying. Our SERVPRO team can help you to overcome this overwhelming scenario and give you back your house in its original condition, usually, "Like it never even happened."

One of the first things that our professionals have to do when we arrive at your home is to determine the source of the damage and if that is something that our technicians can fix on site,  such as a small leak. Sometimes these scenarios require dedicated attention to your appliances by a repair technician, but some issues our SERVPRO professionals can handle on our own.

Extraction is a critical component to the restoration process in these situations, but often the only required tools for this process are portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands. Drying the area follows this step and is an essential component to restoring your home.

Finding your home in need of water removal services is never an easy thing for a homeowner to face. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to handle alone. You can rely on our SERVPRO of Salem County water damage restoration technicians to help you overcome the damage and restore your home quickly. (856) 339-0500

Dealing with Flood Damage in Salem County

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing with Flood Damage in Salem County SERVPRO acts quickly to restore your home after flood damage and return your home to its pre loss condition "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Puts You at Ease During the Flood Damage Restoration Process

When a Salem County homeowner finds himself ankle deep in water, he does not want to hear that his restoration service can be there tomorrow. He and his family need someone to arrive as swiftly as possible, begin work, and provide as much education and even comfort, as possible.

Any flood damage to a Salem County home requires an emergency response. At SERVPRO we found, over time, that there are certain tasks to begin immediately once our restoration team puts boots on a customer’s property.

First, they put the homeowner and his family at ease. Once the team has the owner calmed down, everything else goes much easier and quicker. A simple way they do this is to point out everything that is not damaged.

Now, the team educates the homeowner. One of our inspectors points out the tasks the team starts first and provides details on how they accomplish them.

After this quick briefing, the team begins work in the home by protecting the structure and the contents inside from further damage. They close off any openings to the outside by boarding up doors and windows with plywood. If there is damage to the roof from the storm, SERVPRO technicians also use plywood or plastic sheeting to seal it off.

As they accomplish this, other team members remove as much water as possible. Depending on the size of the home, specialists bring in one or more commercial pumps and extraction wands to draw out most of the water; usually in less than a day.

With the bulk of the water gone, our team starts the drying process. Members set-up dehumidifiers to lower the inside humidity and use exhaust fans and air movers to draw out the damp air inside and replace it with warm air that also helps to dry the surfaces of the structure and property items like sofas.

Finally, they do everything to make the environment as comfortable as possible for the homeowner. The situation is difficult enough, and we try not to disrupt his life any further.

Restoring a home after a flood is not easy, but SERVPRO of Salem County does it quickly and with as little stress to the owner and other residents as possible. If you need us, call today at (856) 339-0500. Our office is here for you.

Use Mold Damage as an Opportunity to Find Vulnerabilities in Your Brentwood Home

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Assess Your Home Before Remediating the Mold Infestation

Finding mold growth in your Salem County home can be disturbing or even frightening. Everyone hears stories about how molds can cause health effects, but no research establishes a clear relationship for all individuals. Regardless of how it impacts your well being, it is vital to respond to mold growth in your home. Our mold remediation crew is ready to get to work.
 
Some folks are sensitive to the increase in mold spores and byproducts when full-blown mold damage occurs in a Salem County home. Perhaps more concerning is the signal the mold growth is giving you. Mold does not grow as easily as one might think. Millions of microscopic mold spores are always in the air and on surfaces in the average home. Moisture is the addition that fuels the development of the unpleasant smelling and destructive mold colonies.
 
Building materials experience deterioration when mold multiplies, but the water saturating the structure prior to the microbial proliferation already commenced the damage. When SERVPRO mold remediation crews evaluate your mold problem, we also are providing a map of areas of your property that benefit from a close examination for ongoing water incursions. Our experienced inspectors identify problems ranging from aging shingles to clogged drainage system, slow plumbing leaks to persistent pet or kid related spills, ice dams to improperly graded landscaping, and many more.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation team members plan a comprehensive containment and removal procedure, ensuring that our workers and your family are safe during each step. Large mold infestations can require the establishment of zones, with the mold-containing air exhausted outdoors through filters via ductwork. Negative air pressure machines help “scrub” the emissions and contain the dangerous airborne materials away from unaffected spaces in your home.
 
We scrape and blast the mold colonies off surfaces, occasionally removing and discarding structural components that are too compromised with fungal growth to save. SERVPRO crews train in the proper ways to bag and dispose of the moldy materials, according to local requirements.
 
Once the mold remediation commences, SERVPRO runs down a list of recommendations for homeowner follow-up. The provision of moisture must cease, or the mold returns. Determining what areas of your home need maintenance and repair allows you to prevent future mold issues by fixing water intrusion problems that harm your house in many aspects.
 
SERVPRO of Salem County employs experts in mold remediation and water damage restoration. The combination works to avoid deterioration of your treasured home. Call us at (856) 339-0500 to take the strides needed to protect and maintain your dwelling.

Plan for a disaster NOW to avoid delays in running your business

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Plan for a disaster NOW to avoid delays in running your business A Commercial building flooded due to a broken pipe.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Mold Remediation Tips

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

If you have ever seen mold in the bathroom, kitchen or elsewhere in your Salem County home, you know just how unsightly it can be. Not only is mold ugly, but it can also make your home look dirty and unkempt. What you should know, however, is that mold is more than just unappealing; it can also cause health effects for you and your family members.

1. Locate the Source

Before SERVPRO can thoroughly and effectively get rid of the mold in your home, we have to determine where it is coming from. We'll check for leaky pipes, for example, since they are a common cause of mold.

2. Discard of Materials That are Contaminated

Get rid of any material that is contaminated by mold, such as a shower curtain, by putting it in a plastic bag and throwing it away.

3. Keep Drip Pans Clean
Check the drip pans for your refrigerator and air conditioner. Because they are kept moist, these pans can become a breeding ground for mold.

4. Reduce the Humidity in Your Home
Salem County mold thrives in moist environments, so reducing the humidity in your home can help. Consider investing in a dehumidifier to help pull some of the moisture out of the air. Also, use your stove vent when you are cooking, and turn the exhaust fan on in your bathroom when you are taking a bath or shower.

5. Check Your Home's Foundation
It is critical to ensure that your home's foundation isn't allowing any water to seep into your basement. Otherwise, this moisture could cause mold to grow.

6. Monitor the Site
Keep an eye on any areas that have grown mold before to ensure that the problem has not resurfaced.

7. Don't Be Afraid to Call SERVPRO.
Some homeowners may try to take care of the mold problem themselves, the preferred solution is to call a Salem County area professional to identify and remediate your mold damage. We have high tech measurement and monitoring devices to locate hidden moisture that you might not readily see.

If you suspect that your Salem County home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Salem County can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. Call us at (856) 339-0500 for help.

Commercial Cleaning in Salem County, NJ

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning in Salem County, NJ A commercial stripping & waxing completed.

SERVPRO of Salem County is an emergency restoration company but did you know we also specialize in cleaning services? Yes, Fire & Water Clean Up and Restoration are still our main outfit but we do offer a variety of non-restoration cleaning services for all of our commercial clients. Recently we just completed:

  • PSEG Salem & Hope Creek Generating Stations Duct Cleaning in 2 different buildings
  • Friends Village at Woodstown Carpet Cleaning
  • PSEG Nuclear Corporate Office Duct Cleaning
  • PSEG Nuclear Corporate Office Carpet Cleaning
  • Billows Electric Supply Post Construction Cleanup 
  • Bagwell Funeral Home in Penns Grove Duct Cleaning

SERVPRO of Salem County worked with these clients to minimize business operation interruption to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Let's work together and get some spring cleaning completed with our Commercial Cleaning Services to help improve morale and cleanliness in your office! Contact our office at 856-339-0500 to schedule you FREE estimate and learn how SERVPRO is the better choice for your business.

Clean Your Dryer Vents to Prevent Fire in Salem County

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Clean Your Dryer Vents to Prevent Fire in Salem County Clothes dryer vents can build up lint over time, restricting air flow and posing a threat of fire. This type of fire is totally preventable.

One of the most common causes of fires is also perhaps the most preventable.

Dryer vents connect from your clothes dryer, and can build up lint. If not cleaned out properly, the air cannot flow properly, and a fire can result. This type of fire happens most frequently in homes, posing dangers to adults and children.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These fires cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The U.S. Fire Administration also reports that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).

Apart from cleaning your dryer vent, the U.S. Fire Administration has suggestions to enhance safety when using your clothes dryer:

  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”
  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).
  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Fire Damage Experts in Salem County

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Salem County Restoring the contents of your home after fire damage can be a difficult task, rely on SERVPRO's trained technicians to properly clean your home.

The Four Cleaning Actions Used During Fire Damage Restoration

If a fire ever breaks out in your Salem County home, not only do the flames cause damage to contents and building materials but the smoke causes damage as well. During a fire, smoke spreads to all rooms of the house. Many times smoke causes soot to build upon contents and surfaces inside the structure.

In any fire damage situation restoring contents is always cheaper than replacing. Anytime there is a fire on your property, calling SERVPRO's experienced fire damage team in Salem County is a wise idea. Our crew is IICRC certified and has experience in restoring contents that experience soot damage from the smoke.

Restoring contents and other surfaces after the smoke damage is sometimes difficult. Often the items need to be resurfaced. Other times cleaning the surface of the object is all that is needed. When cleaning there are four actions that are used to remove soot from the surface of something. The four cleaning actions used by professionals are mechanical action, lubrication, chemical action, suspension, and dispersion.

Mechanical action is when friction agitates the soot or soil off of the surface. Sometimes when cleaning soot off a surface, scrubbing the area before applying any chemicals is helpful. Many times our professionals at SERVPRO agitate the dry smoke particles to remove them from the surface before applying any chemicals.

The purpose of lubrication is to make the surface of the object slippery. When the surface of something is slick, the soot adhering to the object is released and thus easier to clean. Some detergents lubricate soot off of a surface while emulsifying the soil at the same time.

Many chemicals used for fire damage restoration change the chemical composition of the soil stuck to a surface. Once the composition changes, the soil quickly comes off.

One of the best cleaning methods is to loosen the soot from the surface then soak the item in a chemical solution. During the suspension action, the chemical dissolves the soil removing it from the object. Sometimes the chemical emulsifies and pulls the soot off of the item.

Anytime a fire takes place; cleaning is a must. When cleaning smoke-damaged items call the professionals at SERVPRO of Salem County at (856) 339-0500 for assistance 24/7.

Pennsville Township joins the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

After working with Pennsville Township SERVPRO offered the Emergency Ready Profile to Township Committee. The Township Committee thought it was a great opportunity and agreed to join the ERP Program!

SERVPRO of Salem County will work with the Emergency Management Coordinator to walk through the building photographing water and gas shut off valves, take 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 Township. 

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 Pennsville Township be "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. 

Why Board and Tarp for Fire Damage in Salem County?

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Board and Tarp for Fire Damage in Salem County? What Fire Damage Restoration in Salem County Can Look Like with a Board-up Service

SERVPRO Can Help Provide Other Services to Protect Our Customers' Properties

For some cases of fire damage in Salem County, we may recommend employing a boarding and tarping service to protect your home from further damage. While these services are not required for all mitigation and restoration projects in the aftermath of a fire, in some instances, they can be an essential step to keep your home in shape and prevent thousands of dollars of additional damages from happening. 

Why Use Board and Tarp? 
SERVPRO technicians can put up a sheet or two of plywood and some plastic to quickly protect your structure from absorbing more damage from external sources like wind and rain. However, we do partner with companies that have full resources to do large-scale buttoning up. This can help prevent water issues on top of the fire damage already in your Salem County home. Without these services, many homes are left vulnerable to the effects of rain, wind, and debris from the outside. While setting up these countermeasures are being set up we can go about our business of cleanup and restoration. By working in tandem, we can mitigate damages and look out for you, our client, and your best interests.

When Does SERVPRO Help Set Up These Services? 
Typically, a small board up and tarp over holes in the home's exterior immediately after assessing the situation when our mitigation team arrives on the scene can also add to the safety and security of the structure. We also want to establish cleaning proceedures following IICRC guidelines for fire and smoke restoration as soon as possible. 

What Can Happen Without Boarding and Tarping When Necessary? 
Without anything to fill gaps opened up in your home's exterior by fire, rain, wind, and other weather effects can work their way into your home and cause additional damage to any and all exposed surfaces. These effects can cause thousands of dollars in additional damage and significantly complicate our work in the home, so we at SERVPRO make it a priority never to let that happen. There is plenty to do with extracting any water from the firefighting efforts along with eventually controlling odor problems that accompany fires.

SERVPRO of Salem County is a locally-owned franchise with national resources to help take care of your home in a time of crisis. Call us at the first sign of fire damage at (856) 339-0500.