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September is National Preparedness Month: “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how”

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Lovell
SERVPRO® of Salem County
856-339-0500
joe@SERVPROsalemcounty.com 


September is National Preparedness Month: “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how”


Local SERVPRO disaster recovery specialist offers Salem County property owners tips for preparing for, surviving, and recovering from the unexpected

Local disaster restoration specialist Craig Nunan, owner of SERVPRO® of Salem County, reminds Salem County property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. (https://www.ready.gov/september)


For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,” FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:


Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.


Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.


Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.


Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.


“There’s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,” says Nunan. “Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.”


Because SERVPRO recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency, Nunan reminds Salem County-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the SERVPRO READY app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of Salem County as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP), and store that profile in the READY app.


“SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small,” said Nunan. “From SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to local SERVPRO professionals like SERVPRO of Salem County, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it ‘Like it never even happened’ for both commercial and residential customers.”


For more information on SERVPRO® of Salem County, please contact Joe Lovell at 856-339-0500 or erp@SERVPROsalemcounty.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.


About SERVPRO®
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.
SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2017 Hurricane Irma, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 2011 North Dakota Floods, 2010 Tennessee Floods, 2010 New England Floods, 2009 California Wildfires and 2008 Hurricane Ike.

Why to use a professional carpet cleaner vs a store rented carpet cleaner

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why to use a professional carpet cleaner vs a store rented carpet cleaner Most common carpet machine found at a store.

There are several companies that offer rental carpet cleaners at the local grocery or home improvement store. Some of these are well known and others not as well known. The problem is that the machines use very small vacuum motors compared to the vacuum blower in a professional truck mounted unit. The small motors do not provide enough lift and suction to get an acceptable amount of soil and water out of the carpet. The carpet comes out stiff, crunchy and streaky.

The carpet also stays wetter and for a longer period of time. Much of the soap stays in the carpet which causes the carpet to re-soil rapidly. From a hygiene standpoint we need to analyze how these machines get used. Many times the rental machines are used to clean apartments which are quite often dirtier than other homes. The machines are used to clean severe pet urine contamination or pet diarrhea, overflowing toilets, sewage backup and even messes involving blood.

See the story about blood dripping from a rental machine by clicking here.

Also what did that rental machine pickup? Could it have picked up, bedbugs, fleas, dust mites, or roach eggs that might fall out onto the next person’s carpet?

At this point I would wonder if the machine was properly cleaned and sanitized before it was rented out again. Was it just rinsed or wiped off or cleaned at all? I would never feel comfortable bringing a rental carpet cleaning unit into my home. Is the potential savings worth risking damage to my expensive carpet or putting my family’s health at risk? Additionally if you take into account the time to pick up and drop off the machine, the cleaning chemicals and your cleaning time; I think you will discover that having a professional clean your carpet will be close to the same cost and less time consuming.

At SERVPRO of Salem County, we clean and disinfect the equipment after each job to ensure we are not carrying someone else’s filth into your home. Plus we guarantee our work.

So call around , ask some questions, get some quotes, read the companies reviews and have a safer, cleaner home by hiring a trained and certified professional carpet cleaner.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage Be READY with SERVPRO of Salem County

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest 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. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

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.

  • 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."

To get more information please email ERP@SERVPROSALEMCOUNTY.COM to get started today.

ERP's are by appointment only

Colors of Mold Damage in Salem County and What They Indicate

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Colors of Mold Damage in Salem County and What They Indicate Mold Remediation in Salem County, No Matter the Color, Gets Help from SERVPRO

Species of Molds and Their Remediation Follows Certain Guidelines

Mold damage in Salem County comes in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and conditions, but perhaps the most heavily-weighted factor we use in determining an approach to the problem is color. The color of a patch of mold can determine everything from its species to what effects it may have on the home to how dangerous it is. Mold can be green, brown, black, blue, or almost any other color, but in American homes usually falls into one of the following three categories.

White Mold
The most benign color of mold damage found in Salem County homes is usually from a white mold patch. Patches of fuzzy, white growth usually indicate a very young colony that can be killed and removed without great difficulty. If you find white mold in your home, you are in luck, but only if you call us before it can turn into a more significant problem. We always check the home to make sure white mold patches are not merely an extension of a larger, separate problem as well.
 
Green Mold
Green is the most common color of mold damage in local homes and businesses, mainly because of several of the most common strains of mold exhibit this color. These infestations are not too dangerous and are easily predictable, but the variety of species and strains means that we cannot know how difficult remediation may be until we see the mold for ourselves. This type of mold may cause health effects.
 
Black Mold
Black mold is rarer than other types of mold but is noteworthy because it has an unwarranted reputation for being especially dangerous. Black mold may be more likely to cause adverse health effects, especially with physical contact or long-term exposure. If you find black mold in your home, call us quickly.

Fungal growths in your home can cause damage to structural components if left untreated. SERVPRO of Salem County is a locally-owned provider of mold remediation and restoration services with expert knowledge in all common strains of mold in the area. Call us at (856) 339-0500.

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.