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Many People Ask Why SERVPRO

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO?

The age old question of why should I pick your company to take care of my issue. Here at SERVPRO we do our best to treat your home like ours with the upmost care possible. We take every issue seriously understanding many people have not been through this process before and it is our job to make it an easy to understand process. We handle all coordination between you and the adjuster as well as any subcontractors and or approvals for work needed. We do our best to save structures before removing them so if we can drill holes in a wall to dry a wall cavity over removing a portion of the wall we will. Each job is assessed case by case. In the end we are here to make sure your home is safe when we leave. We do the best we can and that is why you should choose SERVPRO for whatever you need. 

Commercial Work

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Salem County is always looking to work with businesses to provide various services. Whether it is emergency services for things like a water or fire damage or weekly sanitizing service we have a service we can provide for you. our commercial wing extends to general cleaning, bio hazard cleaning, carpet cleaning, HVAC Duct Cleanings and many more. Our Emergency Response Profile is a free service we provide so you know the ins and outs of your building as well as what to do and who to call in the event of an emergency. We can give you a printed out folder as well as access to all of the information on our mobile app. Don't get stuck in an emergency and not know what to do. Were here to help! 

Commercial Updates!

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Ah Commercial properties! We offer free Emergency Response plans that come with bright tags for water and gas shut off and overall information about your building, what to do in an emergency, who to call, and the steps to take to ensure the safety of all those on site. All of this information is accessed easily online from anywhere as well as our mobile app. We highly recommend giving us a call and setting up an appointment for this service! It is completely free to you and only the beginning of our offered commercial services.  Along with general cleaning we have sanitation options that vary and can be customized to your needs. With the COVID 19 Pandemic we do offer sanitizing services to let your company stay running in the event of exposure. Call us today for a full list of our commercial services as well as more information on our ERP program! 

Upcoming Storm This Weekend 1/28

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

We have a winter storm warning over here in southern New Jersey for the weekend ahead of us. Some reports say 1-3 inches while others are saying 8-12 inches depending on the route the storm goes. As of right now it seems precipitation is to start around 7pm on Friday the twenty eighth. If you can go out and get the necessary supplies to stay home between Friday night and Saturday we recommend staying off the roads.  

Winter storms and temperatures leave homes susceptible to frozen pipes. Frozen pipes burst and can cause severe water damage in the home as well as microbial growth. If water starts to flow find a shut off valve! Call a plumber, call us, and call your insurance carrier and report a claim. We are faster to any size disaster and the quicker we are on site the less of a chance for secondary damage within the home. Stay safe this weekend New Jersey! 

Water!

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

There are a lot of things to know about water and water damage. Water will follow the path of least resistance therefore it is not always where you would expect it to be. The damage that flowing water inside a home or building can cause can be quite significant if left untreated. Untreated water damage can lead to microbial growth and significant health concerns for your family or business employees. Over here at SERVPRO of Salem County we are prepared for anything. So if you have a water damage big or small we can take care of it for you so there is no worry in your mind about the health and safety of those around you. Give us a call today to see how we can help you with any water damage related issues. 

Storm Update

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

It is supposed to be a rainy weekend here in Salem County. With high tide warnings for flooding near Mannington Mills and on 540 be careful traveling early mornings and late evenings this weekend! We are also under coastal flood warnings this weekend! Being aware and prepared are the best things for these situations! Avoid driving through flooding the best you can and plan for alternative routes and extra time to get to your destinations! If you find yourself in a situation of flooding or water damage you can call our office at any time day or night! We are available 24/7 for you and any of your needs! So don't wait! Call us! We are here to help in any size disaster! 

Flooding and Water Damage

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

No one is prepared for water damage, it is something that just happens without warning. As the weather this weekend is not looking too pleasant with flood warnings we want you to be as prepared as possible! Do morning and evening checks in areas susceptible to water damage such as basements and crawlspaces. If you are near the Delaware River prepare your home for high tide and rain waters this weekend with chances of flooding. Handling water damage sooner than later protects you, your family, your home, or business from a mold problem! We are here to help you salvage as much as possible and help you through the insurance process or help you if you choose to pay out of pocket. Either way we are here to help! 

Water Damage Process

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

Many people have never been through a water damage before so lets run through the process! You have a water damage a pipe has a leak and water is everywhere! First you are going to want to turn the source off. Find your water shut off and turn it off. Call your insurance company and a plumber to fix the problem. Then your insurance company will tell you to call a water restoration company like us! We will come in after the source is fixed and remove all wet materials and standing water! In doing this we are getting access to other affected materials like wood beams in the wall or the subfloor! Next after cleaning up we spray an antimicrobial to protect against any chances of microbial growth! After that we set up our equipment of air movers and dehumidifiers to start the drying process! Once everything is to a safe level we pull our equipment and your home is ready to be rebuilt!

Why SERVPRO a widely asked question..

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the number one in the restoration industry for a reason! We are here to help in any size disaster. We come in to make it "Like it never even happened." We understand the emotional toll these kinds of things take on our customers and try to make your experience easy and painless. We handle sending all of our information to the insurance company you use! We are prepared to answer any of your questions day or night and you can reach us at any point of the day. Our job is to put you in a place that you are comfortable with knowing everything is under control and in good hands. We take pride in helping people when they need it and are ready for just about anything. 

Commercial Clients

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Over here at SERVPRO of Salem County we are all for working with you to keep business as usual as much as possible when something happens at your commercial property. 

Avoiding business interruption is one of our goals. We want you to succeed but we also want you to be in a safe environment. Not only for yourself and employees but customers as well. 

Whether its water, fire, mold or just a simple carpet cleaning we will work with you to get you back open or keep you open as best we can. 

Inquire today about our free online accessible emergency response plans! We come out and give you the best information for how we can help you in an emergency and it saves time overall to reduce secondary damage to your property. 

Weather Update

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Weather Update here! 

Hurricane Sam is out on the east coast headed towards Bermuda! It is a category four hurricane and the fourth major hurricane this year. There are chances for swells near the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. These swells could then head to the US a bit north of Florida and as far north as New York. 

Top winds were measured at 145 miles per hour. 

In the case that this storm does continue to grow please make sure you take the necessary precautions and prepare yourself and your home accordingly. Emergency Services will not start until the water source slows or stops. As always if you need anything give us a call! It is our goal to make it "Like it never even happened."

Realistic Expectations

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fires happen all the time. If you have been keeping up with our blog you will know there can be a lot of demolition as well as extensive cleaning to return a structure to pre loss conditions. Along with this comes realistic expectations. 

Our teams spend hours removing affected materials and cleaning salvageable materials. This process can take weeks and sometimes even a month or more depending on the size of the project. 

Clear communication and realistic expectations are key here. We want everything to be "Like it never even happened," for everyone involved. With how thorough we are each room gets looked over with a white glove at least 4/5 times to ensure client overall happiness and cleanliness. 

We are here to help! If you suffer from a fire in your home or business, when the fire trucks leave give us a call.  

General Cleaning Services

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

As the seasons are changing and holidays are slowly approaching the world reopening and things are ever so slowly returning to how they used to be. it is time to start thinking and scheduling your general cleanings for the upcoming holidays. SERVPRO offers a variety if services to help you with this. Carpet cleaning is our most popular general cleaning service. it is recommended to clean carpets every 6-12 months so at least once or twice a year. Most commonly before large holidays such as thanksgiving. Not only do we provide carpet cleaning but upholstery cleaning as well. Couches, chairs, love seats etc. if its upholstered we can clean it. We do not always guarantee complete stain removal depending on the fabric and age of the stain but I can promise you they give it all they have without ruining the furniture. 

Flowing, Flooding, Falling

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water comes in many forms. Specifically there are three categories of water. Category one being Sanitary. Category two being somewhat contaminated. Category three being severely contaminated. We encounter these on a daily basis and they sometimes change how mitigation is handled. As the category increases more intense cleaning and sanitizing is needed. A sanitary source of water would be a supply line for a sink or an air conditioner leak. A severely contaminated source of water would be a sewer line or a drain line. Either way any category of water needs to be properly cleaned up or you can have issues such as microbial growth in your home which becomes a risk for your whole family. So do not wait! Make the calls! We're here to help!  

National Preparedness Month

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

September is national preparedness month! 

Over here at SERVPRO we try and give you five of the tools to be prepared as possible for when these large storms hit. 

First, have a plan if you need to evacuate and a place to meet if you get separated. 

Second, recycle cardboard and replace with plastic tubs to hold storage items. Place these on high shelving to reduce the chances of flood water reaching them 

Third, bottled water and non perishable foods in a reachable area incase you need them. 

Fourth, a back up power source incase you lose power at all or for an extended period of time along with this make sure you have gasoline to keep it running. 

Fifth, flashlights and battery chargers for getting everything set up. 

Fires, diving into the demolition part two

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome back!

Last time we talked about general wall and ceiling demolition for odor. This time we are going to talk about smaller fires and how mitigation is performed if there is not major structural damage. 

For smaller fires that get under control quickly the process shifts more to cleaning and odor control. 

For every fire all salvageable content is thoroughly cleaned and returned to the homeowner. This process can take days even weeks depending on the size of the project. If there is no major burned structure, walls ceilings and floors can be cleaned. This is a three step process: sponge, wet wipe, and seal. Sponging removes as much soot as possible that is just sitting on the surface. Next, wet wiping gets more of that hard to get off soot from the surface. Finally we seal for odor to ensure that fire smell dissipates and it doubles and a prep for repainting afterwards.  

After this we go back through all the content and do a thorough walk through of the property to double check we didn't miss anything. 

Brandywine Flooding Early September

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Our crews have been tirelessly working helping as many people affected by the flooding from the storm two weeks ago. We have seen all sorts of water damages from this between major flooding to minimal water damage. No matter the size of the job or the severity of the damage we are ready and able to help. 

This storm pushed the Brandywine River to the highest it has been in the past few years. Causing more damage than ever before to Pennsylvania as well as Delaware. While it's typical stream does tend to run pretty high during a light storm this was something else all together. For a lot of people this was their first flood situation and they were not too prepared. Some were even woken up by fire fighters in their homes and evacuated due to how high the river got and the water penetrating into their homes first floors and basements.

It is national preparedness month so lets do what we can to prepare for these natural disasters and protect our homes and valuable memories.  

Fires, diving into the demolition

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire there are many things to get done. What most people do not think about is the water mitigation after the fire fighters leave. After removing all salvageable items from the home removing wet materials is our next priority. Removing wet materials decreases chances for microbial growth.

Depending on the size of the fire will determine the length of mitigation and demolition needed before things can even think to begin rebuilding. If there is significant damage it is not uncommon to remove all of the drywall and insulation in the home. This is done because they are porous surfaces and they absorbed the smoke from the fire leaving a very specific odor. After drywall and insulation are removed we take sponges and wipe down all wood studs and framing. This removes an extra layer of the soot from the wood so it can be sealed to help eliminate that odor. This process can take quite some time. 

Stay tuned for more of this process. 

General Cleaning

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO does do general cleaning as well as specialty cleaning! Moving out and want your home cleaned before new owners move in? Need your carpets cleaned? While we are not a maid service we still do offer deep home cleaning services. Nicotine damage to a home you are looking to buy? Do you have a dirty basement with block wall that needs a nice cleaning? Call us for a quote! There are a plethora of services that we offer!  Our sanitizing services for homes and businesses have been the most sought after this year! We are living in a new era of clean and are here to help you achieve the Certified SERVPRO Clean status we pride ourselves on. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Reccomendations

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

When many people ask us why SERVPRO we answer with not what we think but the recommendations of others. A question we constantly ask is how did you know to call us? Most of the responses are that they were recommended by either a friend, family member, associate, or insurance company. While others say they see our advertising or our bright green trucks driving around the area! 

As every small business recommendations and reviews mean the world to us! If you have used our services, write a review! If you would like to use our services look at our reviews! As always if you have any questions about the services we provide and the processes for them give us a call! 

Then we know you will be able to answer the question why SERVPRO?

Commercial Clients!

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

We are always looking for new commercial clients! We offer a plethora of services and are prepared for any size job that comes our way! Some of our more popular services include COVID 19 Sanitation, Emergency Services, Duct Cleanings, Mold Remediation as well as Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. We recently added Cubicle Cleanings to our local repertoire! Our sales team will begin circulating the county again in the coming months and we are eager to meet new clients and have you know who to call when things don't go as planned! The commercial clients we have worked with over the years have been extremely pleased with the work that we do and the amount of money we end up saving them through mitigation and not forcing a total rebuild! Give us a call today for more information on our commercial services!  

Tips for Fires!

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

Obviously we would prefer to avoid fires all together! No one wants to have a fire in their home or work space! There are a few things you can do to avoid this such as unplugging appliances you are not using, making sure wires are not tangled and in tight spaces, and ensuring that candles are blown out when no one is around them! Now some fires happen with no rhyme or reason that you can prepare for or avoid! We are prepared for anything and ready to go all the time! No matter what the situation make sure that you know who to call when the fire trucks leave! We are here to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call! 

Storm Alert!

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

There is a chance of snow in our area tomorrow! 
So take the time today to prepare! If you haven't gone to the grocery store maybe take a trip and get the essentials you know milk, bread, eggs, etc. Trust us we are over this weather too! How long until spring again? Don't even get me started on summer! 

But anyway lets take this time to prepare for this! Set your heat a little higher to try and prevent pipes from freezing! Keep an eye on the basement and related areas to stop damage faster! Give us a call if you see anything out of the ordinary! We are available 24/7 for emergency work! The last thing you want is to let any type of damage sit and become even worse! 

Fire!

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

The last thing anyone wants is to have a fire in their home! The damage between melted items, smoke and soot damage could have you scratching your head asking why me? We are here to help! We handle all sorts of fire damages from whole house to one room. No job is too big or small for us to complete for you! If you left a candle burning and it fell over or if you burnt a turkey on a holiday and it got out of control we are here and ready to make it "Like it never even happened." We are the best in the industry and are ready to help with one simple phone call! So when the fire trucks leave give us a call! 

Cubicle Cleaning!

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Recently we completed a cubicle cleaning for a commercial client of ours! They had tried to do it themselves and there seemed to be some sort of chemical reaction between the cleaning product and the cubicle itself leaving some yellow staining. When we approached the situation we tried our own chemicals and rinsed the cubicle and were left with that same staining until rinsed a second time! While this way would have worked most of the stains were coffee and related beverages and such so we took a different approach. We steam cleaned the cubicles with some hot water and suction and the stains were removed with ease! After they dried they looked almost new with the exception of some large ink stains that will be taken care of at a later date! This is a newer service for us that we will be offering to all of our commercial clients! If you would like to schedule give us a call today to set up an estimate! 

Why?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Even out in these dangerous conditions we are available for emergency work this weekend! It may take us a little longer to get there safely but we will get there! Our crews know how important your things are to you and we work hard to ensure we give the best and most efficient service possible to our customers and clients. If you call we will answer and help you start the process! If you can stay home in these dangerous conditions it is highly recommended! The roads are icy and wet, it has been either rain, sleet, or snow for the past twenty four hours and we are ready for the frozen pipes to come! Give us a call as soon as possible if you need our services!

Dirty Ducts

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

I am sure that you change your air filters every three months but when was the last time you physically looked inside of the duct work flowing through your building? Probably never. If this is the case give us a call! We can complete commercial duct cleanings! The past year has been all about safety and keeping things clean! Wouldn't it be nice to know that the air you are breathing day in and day out at the office is clean? Take note of how many systems you have, the amount of supply and return vents, and the location of the vents ( meaning floor or ceiling) and give us a call for a quote! Who knows what is flying around in those vents! There is nothing like clean air! 

Winter Storms!

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Its snowing! While some are overjoyed by a snow day or two headed our way there is a lot to be aware of! This wintery mix that is currently hitting the country has pipes freezing and slick road conditions all around! Hopefully you have prepared for the snow by completing your grocery shopping as well as stocking up on salt and have a great winter coat with some gloves to get all of this snow off your cars! With the possibilities of pipes freezing and breaking its best to keep an eye on your basements and crawlspaces. Water Damage that is not taken care of can turn into a bigger issue! A mold issue! No one wants that! Certain types of mold can be dangerous to your health! So if any type of water is intruding in areas it shouldn't be give us a call! Also the road conditions are not great so far so stay home if you can! If you cannot stay home please be careful! It is super dangerous out there!! 

Caution!! HOT!

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fires happen at the least expected times. They are emotionally overwhelming and many people just are not sure what to do afterwards. It is a process that is for sure. But that is why were here to help. We have fire cleanings down to a science. Quite literally we have our own chemicals specifically for soot and smoke odor. We can make it "Like it never even happened." There is a lot of work that goes into fire cleanup. We have a lot of great resources that we work along side for the more specific technical cleaning like dry cleaners and appliances. We all work together to get your life back to normal, well this new normal. You can trust the #1 company in the restoration world to get you to where you need to be. So when the fire trucks leave, know who to call. 

Top Tips For Your Basement!

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

No one wants to wake up to water in their basement much less the damage that comes with it. So here are some tips to help reduce the damage! Personally I like storage space and containers to be neat and organized. Investing in plastic tubs rather than cardboard boxes is one easy way to immediately reduce any damage coming from water! Cardboard will absorb the water and penetrate to the contents inside! You won't have this issue with plastic tubs (depending on the water level)! Another tip is invest in shelving. If things are up off the ground they are less likely to be affected by the water. Next, be conscious of the humidity levels overall in your basement! Investing in a dehumidifier for the space could be useful for the space in general. Going back to organization label your plastic tubs so you know what's where! Do not keep important paperwork or memories in the basement. Just incase a catastrophe occurs you're going to want anything important to you far away from it. We are here to help and want you to be the most prepared with the process and try to make things go as smooth as possible for you. We always recommend if you have any questions or concerns to reach out to us directly and we will handle it swiftly and with precision. 

The Age Old Question, Why Should I Pick You?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? Well, here's why. Our franchise is family owned and operated! We've been in Salem County for 11 years and counting and it has become a second home. With this in mind we strive to be the best in the area for what we do. We are a part of the local chamber of commerce and keep a close relationship with all municipalities in our territory. Not only do we complete commercial work but residential as well. No job is too big or too small. With how our company is set up, if something is bigger than our franchise alone can handle we call in help from other surrounding franchises to make sure the work needed is completed in a timely manner. We will do everything we can to ensure that we make it "Like it never even happened." 

Emergency Ready Profiles

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Over here at SERVPRO of Salem County we have a variety of commercial clients that have found our services to be quite helpful. Between water and fire damage to COVID 19 sanitations we have a plethora of services that we provide. There is no better day than today to call and inquire about what we can provide for you. There is not any type of business we cannot create an Emergency Response Plan for. Does your company have one? In times of crisis it helps to have all of the information you need in one spot. Not only do we have paper copies but a mobile app as well so you can access your ERP anywhere. The last thing we want is disaster to strike for you, but know that we will be here. It doesn't matter what time it is someone will always answer the call. Consider SERVPRO today. 

It's A New Year!

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Ah, it's the beginning of a new year. As always this brings its challenges. We are in winter which means cold weather and frozen pipes! There is no time like right now to be checking your home overall!

When did you change your air filters last? Have you checked your crawlspace since the most recent rain and snow we've received? Is there adequate heat in your basement? Are your pipes insulated? All good questions to ask yourself this time of year. You never know what you will find when it comes to water damage.

Also do you have previous water damage causing secondary damage on your home such as visible mold growth? This is damaging not only to your property but can cause health effects also!

Make one of your new year's resolutions to be paying more attention to the little household things that are tedious but oh so necessary. Happy New Year from all of us here at SERVPRO of Salem County!

Snow is Approaching

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Winter 2020 is upon us! A Nor'easter is headed our way over the next few days therefore we need to prepare! Make sure you have stocked up on your groceries, emergency candles, flashlights and blankets. If you have a generator or snow blower make sure you have enough gasoline at home! Wash all of your hats, gloves, scarves, and snow suits to ensure proper protection from the cold. If you're feeling festive, grab some hot cocoa and marshmallows to combat the cold with a nice sweet treat. We hope everyone is staying safe in the crazy world we live in today. Make sure to wear your mask even outside playing in the snow! Not only will it help keep you safe but warm as well! Happy Holidays!  

Why SERVPRO

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County we are called in to help with some tough situations for our clients. Having a fire tear through your memories or have water intrude and ruin paperwork it is not an easy feat. Emotions are high and we are here to help. No matter what is happening or has happened trust us to come help you. Your home we treat like one of our own. Don't hire a fly by night company to come and leave you with a huge mess and a bigger headache. We have various methods to get the job done with unlimited resources at our disposal as a national corporation. However we still keep as active as possible in our surrounding communities. If you have any questions about our methods or community connections call us today and ask questions! We can't wait to hear from you. 

Commercial tips and suggestions!

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

When damages to commercial spaces occur things are handled a but differently from residential work. Having the man power and equipment needed to provide the best services is at our fingertips. No other company can acquire resources as quickly as we can. Making lasting relationships and emergency response profiles to better help your business be prepared for when tragedy strikes is one of our specialties. If you do not have an emergency readiness profile created maybe consider it. Having all of the contacts for who to call when and in what order can be very useful and save you time and money. Inquire today about the app we have that can store all of this information so there is no worry of where's the paperwork. Call today for more information about how we can help you commercially. 

Why SERVPRO

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? You may be asking yourself this right now. With so many other restoration companies out there we understand that it can be hard to choose. Here are some reasons why our customers choose us! No matter the size of the disaster we can handle it. Whether your sump pump failed in your family home or a pipe burst in your large commercial space we can handle it. If we do not have enough man power or equipment we can call a neighboring franchise or our mentors for help. We can have as many hands and/or equipment needed for any size job! Our customer service is impeccable. We treat your property like ours. We know you want things done correctly and if you are not happy we will come out and fix it until you are happy with the work. We are not some scummy contractors looking to screw you over. We are a family business who's always here to help in your time of need.  

Sanitation

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Have you looked into sanitation for your commercial property yet? The world we live in today has lead many business owners to consider the integration of professional sanitation. We here at SERVPRO of Salem County have EPA registered hospital grade disinfectants that we have been using through this pandemic to perform preventative and positive case cleanings! We can provide daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or quarterly disinfecting in various ways. We can strictly spray and wipe high touch points, we can use a ULV fogger and spray a disinfectant mist up to 8 feet down, or we can perform both services together for the most thorough clean. For more information on pricing and safety data sheets reach out to our office! We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about pricing or the sanitation process! Give us a call today! 856-339-0500

Did rain leave you with water damage?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be so overwhelming. We understand, and are here to help. Most people do not know what to do when they open a door and see a small river forming in their home. We have over 10 years of experience in this industry and know what to do! We are here to help and save you as much content and money as we can. We are a part of your local community and honestly hope you do not need us, but we are here for you when you do! Water damage is what we handle more than anything else! So, do not panic--we have everything you need. Call us! Call your insurance company! And get ahead of the problem! We will take care of the water, dry everything out, and ensure there is an antimicrobial sprayed to kill any mold growth forming. We are here to help and make sure your home is back in order "Like it never even happened."

Hurricane Delta!

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall today. This category three hurricane is expected to rock the gulf coast which just six weeks ago was hit by Hurricane Laura. This storm will most likely cause a lot of storm damage down in the south. Anything you can do to help those who will be affected is appreciated. What that means for us up here? We will most likely come into some lighter storms and rainfall early next week. If anything happens to your home during these storms give us a call! Anytime day or night we will come as fast as we can to help you. If these storms are larger than expected understand that we always are trying to help as many people as possible affected by the storms!  

Its Property Check Season!

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

As things are getting more brisk out it's time to start checking your pipes more often! A tiny leak can be fixed easily! If you ignore a tiny leak it could become a bigger project that may not be in your budget! Avoid water damages at all costs if you can! Checking the pipes under sinks and in basements regularly will keep you on top of any issues that may arise. If you do find a small leak call a plumber sooner than later and place a fan where the leak was found for a few days to make sure its really dry under there! If its more than a small leak give us a call and we will do everything we can do to help you. Also now may be a good time to check and see if your pipes are insulated before the winter. Nothing is worse than a frozen pipe!  

Happy Fall!

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Its towards the end of September you know what that means! With the change of the seasons earlier this week we are officially in the fall! Things are about to get crisp outside and the leaves changing on the trees! If you haven't already call us today to schedule any of our recommended seasonal services! HVAC Duct, Carpet and Upholstery cleanings are the most popular at the change of seasons! Help keep your allergies under control and remember that a clean home is a happy home! These services are not only residential! We provide these services on the commercial level as well! For more information on the process and to schedule a quote give us a call at 856-339-0500! Why wait? Call us today!

Hurricane Season and Why to Choose SERVPRO of Salem County

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

As we approach the change of seasons from summer to fall, we know that everyone is pulling out their fall décor and preparing for things to get a little cooler. This is also the peak of hurricane season. Do you know who to call if you have storm damage? Get to know our local branch and realize why to choose SERVPRO.

We have a small franchise down here in Salem County New Jersey. The owner has been in this industry for 11 years and counting. We are proud to be a part of the community here working with various homeowners and commercial businesses. We are a twenty-four-hour emergency service company! If you have water flooding your basement or there is a fire give us a call. We will get back to you within the hour and have our crew dispatched within three hours of our phone call for emergency service. As a company we strive to make thing “Like it never even happened.” It happens to be our corporate slogan but also something we hope to help you achieve in a timely manner. If anyone understands the emotions that come with damage done to your home, it’s us. We do this every day. Trust the professionals. Give us a call we provide a plethora of services which you can find under the WHY SERVPRO section of our blog!

Flooding Tips!

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Today we are sharing some tips on what to do and not to do if you experience flood waters in your home! First do NOT use your household vacuum to try and suck up water! If you have a shop vac laying around we recommend trying that. Second, If you know your ceiling is wet do not turn on any ceiling fixtures! Third don't leave wet wet fabrics hanging! Hang your furs and leathers! Now that we've shared some things not to do, here are some good things that will help the process. If you can, turn on your air conditioning for maximum drying in the summer! Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting! Remove artwork from walls and move to a safe dry area! Store any contents in your basement in plastic tubs with lids! Plastic will withstand water much better than cardboard which will disintegrate! Removing as much wet content from the flooded area will also help speed up the process. Hopefully these tips help you if you're ever in a flood situation.  

After the Fire Trucks Leave Call Us!

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be scary and emotionally draining. Depending on the severity you may have to completely restart. Understand that we are here to help and restore as much as possible for you before we move onto disposing of content that is beyond repair. We understand this can be very hard and it is a long process so we hope to make our part of it as easy and flexible as possible for you. Our various products and mitigation processes give us many different options to take care of what is left behind from the fire. When the fire trucks leave give us a call. We treat our customers property like our own! Safety and security after a fire is put out is best done in a timely manner. Time matters in these situations. Have a plan for what to do and who to call when disaster strikes. You never know what will happen so save our number! 856-339-0500.

Power is Out and Sump Pump is Failing

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Oh no! The power went out and the rain is coming down hard. Your sump pump fails and water starts flooding through your basement and you begin to panic. The first thing we recommend is to get down there (we know you don't want to but it will help in the long run) and begin to move any contents you have on the ground either up to a higher elevation or into a different area of your home. This makes pumping out the water easier and allows for the drying process to be more smooth. Pro Tips and things to be aware of! Store things in plastic tubs rather than cardboard boxes! Plastic can at least withstand water while cardboard disintegrates. The next best thing to do is mentally prepare that some things will be ruined by the water and while heartbreaking removing wet contents is easier than needing a full mold mitigation completed. This process can take time. We do provide a sanitizer that is sprayed after all the water is removed in efforts to squash any mold growth that may have started. Depending on the level the water gets to there may be other factors to keep in mind. Pulling off baseboard is very common as well as cutting out wet drywall. Flooring is another big factor of these jobs. We recommend sealed tile for basements and here is why. If you put carpet the whole affected area of the carpet and pad will most likely be removed. Hardwood and Vinyl are just the same that they will be lifted and removed. Water usually does not penetrate sealed tile and can get sucked up and dried with ease! It is a win, win for all parties involved! Hopefully some of these tips were helpful involving what to expect if this happens to you. 

Did You Find Water at Your Commercial Property?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

To some, finding water in an area it is not supposed to be can be the absolute end of the world. Do not panic and call us! Our teams are trained to handle any job large or small! If a valve bursts and floods your office building flooding offices, hallways, bathrooms, and or conference rooms we can come in and prevent any further damage to your property and begin to assess the damage that has been done already. If a toilet backs up and flows through the second floor of your offices through the ceiling to the first floor know we can come take care of it. Alleviate your own headache and let the professionals come in and take care of it. We can ensure thorough work to keep you and your staff safe. Safety is our number one priority when it comes to water damages because without a speedy response the clock starts ticking on secondary damage and mold growth beginning. Know who to call when disaster strikes, 856-339-0500

Soot and Ways We Get Rid Of It

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Soot, that powdery blackish greyish stuff left behind on contents and walls after a fire. While it may seem impossible to get rid of we have our ways. You may not realize but smoke penetrates through drywall and insulation to the studs of the property. After exposing the studs we come in with a special type of sponge. This sponge when used on the studs soaks up the soot left behind. This process takes some time to complete but it drastically helps reduce the odor left behind from the soot! Now sponging won't always completely get rid of the odor. For that we use a sealant, spraying or rolling the sealant over all of the surfaces affected leaving a fresh smell! 

Give us a call once the fire trucks leave to start the process of putting your property back together! 856-339-0500.

Carpet Cleaning

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

As Summer is slowly wrapping up, we are headed to back to school season! I know for many this is going to be a hybrid learning initiative. So with the kids possibly being in school and at home take this time to think about getting your carpets cleaned! You do not realize how much dust, dirt, and germs are trapped in your carpet deep down! With the seasons to be changing soon as well new allergens are headed our way! Ease your mind with clean carpets! Regular carpet cleanings make your carpets last longer and nothing feels better than knowing that fresh clean feeling.

Give us a call at the office 856-339-0500! Our base rate for carpet cleanings is $125 and $2.50 per step for stairwells. We do square footage pricing after the base number! 

If you call with your square footage you can get an estimate number same day! Call today!

Ways to be Prepared for Storms!

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

There have been a lot of storms hitting the Southern New Jersey Area lately. Whether your home or commercial property has tree, wind, or water damage know that there is a local company ready to come help you put things back together. The weather is looking pretty clear over the next 10 days so take this time to put a plan together just in case disaster strikes! Putting a list of various contractors information is a great way to start. Put together a few electricians, plumbers, and general contractors! This kind of information stored in a notebook or binder will save you from added stress that comes with damage from natural disasters! Another way to prepare for storms is checking the lay of the land around you! If the land slopes towards your property, think about bringing a contractor in to change this! If the land is sloping towards your home, water is more likely to come towards your house and penetrate causing issues you may not know about until there is very hard rain. By adding a drain system or diverting the potential water away from your property you can attempt to avoid major damage. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to help avoid property damage with natural disasters! Just remember, we are here to help twenty four hours a day seven days a week for whatever needs you have! 856-339-0500!

Large Spaces call for Large Commitment

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

As things slowly transition into what we all consider to be the new normal we understand that the commercial world is changing and so are we! Whether it is an emergency water damage, a fire, or general cleaning we are here and ready to jump at any opportunity to help you. Large spaces call for large commitment and who else would you want to handle your properties than the number one restoration company in the country. With EPA certified products we come in and give a new meaning to the word clean. Our technicians are so excited to show you how beneficial this can be for you, your staff, and clients. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can offer on the commercial level. 

Water, Water Everywhere

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

After these absolutely wild storms we have had over the past week, we have received a lot of storm damage calls and water damage calls. A good tip for after the storms end is to check your basements and crawl spaces! Especially crawl spaces you would not know that there is mold slowly growing down there if you never check! Minimum of a monthly check for the crawl spaces and during the crazy storms that surround our area! Keeping your home safe for you and your loved ones is our top priority. If you have any concerns of mold or find some lingering water in your home give us a call 856-339-0500. Any time day or night to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Oh no there's mold...

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Did you find a slow leak in your bathroom or up under the sink in the kitchen? Are you worried about mold growth in the basement because it is just so humid down there? If you answered yes to either of these questions, give us a ring! We will come out, see what is going on, and see how we can help you if there is mold in any of these (or other) areas in your home. No one likes finding mold and wondering how long has that been there? Most people think you can just wipe it off and it will be fine, but they are wrong. Once mold is growing it continues until you get it professionally taken care of with the right process and techniques. Mold starts as a spore, which is invisible to the naked eye and could be all around you without you even knowing it. So, take some time this weekend and do some searching around your home as a just in case. And if you notice your basement is getting humid maybe take a trip on out to your local hardware store and see if they have a dehumidifier handy. Mold loves a hot humid area to grow take away the humidity it is a lot harder for it to flourish.

Will it ever stop??

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Rain, Rain, GO AWAY.

As I am sure we all know it’s supposed to and has been storming all week and I don’t know about you but I am over it. Storms, while great for my outdoor plants, can be cancelled for the rest of the month as far as I am concerned. Now onto what we really came here for. Storm Damage, you never know what’s going to happen during one of Mother Nature’s natural disasters. A tree could fall into the side of your house or on your car, the excess flooding could just tunnel right into your exterior walls into your freshly finished basement causing what seems like the end of the world. No matter what strikes you this week, know this number 856-339-0500. Call us anytime, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We’re here and ready to serve you in your time of need.

Fire Extinguishers

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes it isn’t the water from the fire company, but fire extinguisher dust! Over here at SERVPRO of Salem County we recently received a job for a small fire in the home that was put out by a fire extinguisher, leaving yellow dust all over the main floor. This also got into the homeowners HVAC system so we were quick to begin the cleaning process and not leaving until everything was taken care of. We cleaned from ceiling to floor and everything in-between to ensure that none of this dust was left behind. Cleaning the HVAC system twice, once before everything was wiped down and once after to ensure everything was left fresh for our homeowners to come back to. Now this was over a few weeks due to the size of the home and our expectations of leaving a job site in better condition than when we arrived. 856-339-0500 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Did the pipe burst?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage is the second most reported insurance claim. With everything from broken pipes to sump pump failures we've seen it all! When water is spraying in every direction most people just try and cover the leak because it is the first reaction! Instead of spraying yourself with water and being soaked, run to your water supply and just turn it right off! Next give us a call, day or night, at any time! We'll come out and take care of that water and dry it right up. Waking up to water anywhere it's not supposed to be can be really overwhelming but trust the professionals that are not only certified in taking care of these situations, but care about making your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Power Washing!

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

post power washing Patio and Furniture after power washing

As the summer is coming to its middle point, we all have found ourselves cleaning and staying on top of the yearly maintenance that comes with home owning. One of them being power washing the exteriors of our homes, garages, decks, and patios. This is something that SERVPRO of Salem County would be glad to help you out with. Our seasoned professionals will have your home sparkling and leave you satisfied.  In the photos below see how we left our most recent power washing job sparkling.  As we continue our clean initiative, we are dedicated to your happiness with our work. We pride ourselves in making any situation “Like it never even happened.” Call today for more information about our power washing services.  We cannot wait to hear from you.

Hmmm when was the last time that was cleaned?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet after being cleaned Your carpets could be this clean... just call today!

In line with our last post about Duct Cleanings, think about all the dust and pollen spring brought with it. Were about halfway through the year, when did you clean your carpet and upholstery? Every six months but no longer than a year your carpets should be cleaned by a professional to keep them fresh and get all that deep pesky dirt out. This also helps with allergens like duct cleaning. Scheduling both services takes about five minutes, and only a couple of days to complete! Keep this in mind as we transition to this hot, sticky time! The meaning of clean has changed so much in the past few months! Taking a few extra precautions could be extremely beneficial to the health of your household!

Take a look at our Summer Promotion post for a deal you cannot refuse! 

General Housekeeping

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

dirty duct This is a HVAC duct before being cleaned.

Summer has arrived! Over here at SERVPRO Salem County we are beyond excited, but we also remember that thunderstorms and hurricanes are a real threat. If you have been keeping up with our blog, you know that having a readiness kit for disasters saves so much time and you feel better being prepared for the unknown. There will be no scrambling to get water, milk, bread, and eggs this year. Now while storms are a huge part of the summer around here, we also think about how spring cleaning went and now think of summer cleaning. Homeowners, have you changed your air filters recently? If you answered no, you might want to go to your local hardware store and pickup some air filters. They should be changed every three months minimum so stocking up for the year might be a good idea. Now if you answered no, and do not know when the last time you changed your air filters you may want to consider an HVAC Duct cleaning. Breathing clean fresh air could help lessen your allergies and overall promote healthier life. You do not really know what is hiding in your duct system…might just be something to consider taking a day and having this service done! This also is a good habit to get into as like a yearly thing to throw on your calendar!

Take a look at our Summer Promotion post for a special opportunity!

Honey the basement's flooded....

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Is water flowing from all angles? Did you walk into a few inches of water in your basement and just stare at it for a little while asking when did this happen? This can be more than overwhelming, and our specialists can help you through this process with ease. The key to water remediation is a fast response time and that is something that we pride ourselves in over here at SERVPRO Salem County. With speed we respond to help you in your time of need and do everything we can to eliminate the water and give and mold no chance to exist. Now not only emergency water damages happen. Sometimes you have a leaky pipe that you do not realize because life gets in the way and over time you realize somethings not right. We can help with that too. The processes we use have saved millions of homes and businesses.  You know who to call.

What's that smell?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

cleaning fire damage Cleaning damage left from a fire to remove odor

After a fire there is an odor left from the smoke and soot. This odor can at times be hard to get rid of! It seeps deep into porous surfaces like drywall and wood. You may be wondering how does this odor get taken care of? We have many methods to ensure that fire smell disappears as you begin to rebuild your home or business. We have seen all kinds of fires and have developed a protocol to get as deep as possible to make it seem like your fire never even happened! Starting with determining what can be cleaned and what cannot, we keep property owners very close so they know what can and cannot be saved. We will always try and save as much as we can however sometimes things are beyond repair. After that is determined we move it all out of the property and start examining the structure. When fires occur, smoke fills the home leading every porous surface to absorb the odor where the smoke reaches. Everywhere smoke reaches get remediated to ensure that fire odor is eliminated. More times than not we go down to the studs of your property so you can be entirely sure that there is no residue left over. After we have done the most thorough cleaning we move on and paint and seal everything around. This leaves a fresher smell and kills the odor. If that does not work and we need to go further, we have the ability to use an Ozone machine. Ozone is known to eradicate smoke odors and leave areas with a clean smell. We will make sure that the pesky fire odor is completely gone before you begin rebuilding. And after you have finished feel free to give us a call to make sure there is no fire odor left over.

Summer Promotion

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

As the summer begins all of us here at SERVPRO Salem County want to give you a sparkling opportunity. We are offering 20% off HVAC Duct, Carpet and Upholstery Cleanings now through July 20th! Call our office today at 856-339-0500 or email us back for more information and to schedule!

Storm Preparation!

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

With the next 10 day forecast being full of storms coming our way, here is some information to prepare!

Storms are very unpredictable, being prepared for whatever happens is extremely important. There are a few steps to take to ensure that you are ready to ride out the storm. First things first, know your risks and what types of storms come to your area whether it be tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms etc. After that you are going to want to create a plan with your family/ roommates. Putting a plan together means asking the following questions, Do I receive emergency alerts in my area? Do I have a shelter plan? Do I have an evacuation route? How will we communicate? Do we have an emergency kit together that is up to date? Have I checked the CDC guidelines recently?

If you have answered all these questions, you are ready to move onto any necessary conversations you need to have with your household such as prescriptions, dietary needs, pets, cultural and religious considerations etc. Next you will want to create an Emergency Readiness Kit.  Filling out this plan with phone numbers, insurance, utility contacts, and protocols for the various things that could happen will save you so much time. Including a place to meet if you get separated and make sure each person in the household has a copy. You can find these online or create your own with help. Be sure to have all contact information because you never know when disaster will strike and where everyone will be.

Now you are ready with all the paperwork filled out, time to put a kit together. Your kit should include these few things at minimum, Water (1 gallon a person for three days minimum), non-perishable foods ( three day supply), battery powered radio, flashlights, batteries, whistle, cellphone chargers and battery packs, soap and wipes, face masks, prescription and non-prescription medications, pet food and water, fire extinguisher, feminine hygiene products, change of clothes and shoes, pen, pencil, paper, plastic ware, blankets and pillows per person, and cash. While there are many other things you may think of you can never be too prepared. On the same note you will need to keep an eye on expiration dates and update your kit as needed to fit your needs.

Since you don’t know where you will be when these things happen have a few varieties of these kits, one at home, one at work, and one in your car.  Setting reminders on your phone monthly to check supplies and yearly to make changes can be helpful as well.

Having a kit together saves you time, stress, and possibly yourself.

Finding Mold in your Home or Business

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home or business can be very discouraging. Between wondering when this began and how long it's been there, to the health risks, to how am I going to take care of this? Here at SERVPRO of Salem County we are well trained in how to remediate mold and put a protective layer to eliminate it. Some things to keep in mind as we head into the warmer more humid months. These environments let mold thrive. If your home or business gets overly humid in the warmer months, investing in a dehumidifier may save you from mold damage! Mold needs a warm, humid, and wet environment to flourish. If you take away some of these aspects you should be able to eliminate even the possibility of mold in your household/business!

Now on the other hand if you find mold in your home don’t try to take care of the issue yourself! While you may think that you’ve solved the problem it still may be lingering and causing harm to your health. Our technicians are trained in eliminating mold and have the right products and techniques in completing the job with ease. Call us today if you have even suspicions of mold! We are here to help.

Storms Heading to Southern New Jersey This Week!

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

It's the first week of June! While many of us are excited about the nice weather we are headed for in these warmer months, summer storms are headed our way also! With scattered thunderstorms throughout this whole week we are prepared for any storm damages that may occur to your property. Keep an eye on areas that tend to flood! If you have a generator it might be a good idea to get it started to make sure its working properly in case there is a power outage! Also make sure your gas can is full! Taking some extra precautions before storms hit can help you in the long run. It looks like were staying at a high in the 80's this week and lows in the high 50's! Stay safe everyone!

Certified SERVPRO Cleaned: a defensive cleaning method

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities, we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Salem County today at 856-339-0500 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Duct Cleaning!

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning!!

Springtime is quickly approaching; the weather is slowly but surely pushing the snowless Winter away. But time still flies. Get a jump start on your home or business Spring cleaning now! Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we do it all! Don’t wait!

We have worked with many customers who were trying to sell their house. Sometimes it really does take a professional to help point out what really needs to be done. For example: On a previous job we had a gentleman call us to help, in the process we found out his ducts have not been cleaned in over 30+ years! Now that is quite a long time and a huge health risk. Imagine all the particles, dirt and germs in those vents that blow throughout your home or business. Don’t let that be you.

Call us for a FREE Estimate to get your Spring-Cleaning tasks started without the headache! That’s what we are here for!

#SERVPRO of Salem County

(856)339-0500

Dirty Jobs

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we handle all sorts of jobs. Including those dirty jobs like this one. Our team arrived at this job not sure exactly what to expect on a water damage with sewage water. It was more than expected but they were prepared for anything and handled it with ease.

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

No matter how big or how dirty the job may be, you can always count on SERVPRO of Salem County!

Damage to your business?

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire, water or any other type of damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

SERVPRO of Salem County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Any Questions?

Call Us 24/7 at – 856-339-0500

Sprinkler System Leaks in your business?

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler System Leaks

Most commercial buildings have fire sprinkler systems. If the sprinkler heads are exposed, there is a risk of them being knocked and broken resulting in a shower of water raining down inside your business. But there are other ways that a fire sprinkler system can lead to leaks and commercial water damage. The fire sprinkler system usually consists of a large pipe that then feeds into smaller pipes which lead to the sprinkler heads. All of these pipes running throughout your business can be prone to damage over time due to the elements and the water inside the pipes. If you notice a pinhole leak from one of the sprinkler pipes, you will want to get that fixed before the hole gets bigger and the water damage gets worse. You also want to be aware of the temperature inside your building during the cold, winter months. These pipes can easily freeze and burst if a door or window is left open. It’s always a good idea to check all the doors and windows before leaving the building for the night. 

Fire safety - Tip Tuesday

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Fire safety is one of the most important ways we can protect our family and home. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Salem County is here for you. We also know how important it is for you to be as prepared as possible to limit injury and damage to you, your loved ones, and your property. We sincerely hope you find these tips helpful in your home.

  1. Smoke alarms are key to helping you and your family escape a potentially deadly situation, unscathed. Place a smoke alarm on each floor and in all sleeping areas.
  2. Carbon Monoxide alarms should also be placed on every floor of your home as well as sleeping areas. 
  3. Fire Extinguishers should be placed on each floor of the home as well as the kitchen and garage.
  4. Test your smoke alarms on the same day each week. Be sure to clean your smoke alarm weekly with a vacuum cleaner only, it is never recommended to wipe it down or use water.
  5. Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year. You could do this when you move your clocks forward in the spring and when you move them back in the fall.
  6. Replace your smoke alarm every ten years and replace your carbon monoxide alarm every five years.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Salem County. We’re always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 856-339-0500.

Little sink. A lot of damage.

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

When someone leaves the sink running, eventually the drain just won't be able to keep up. As the sink fills, it begins to slowly flow over and trickle onto the floor causing a mini flood (or a big one in this case).

All this equipment to dry all the damage from a sink overflow in an upstairs bathroom that flowed out into the hallway, down through the floors into the kitchen ceiling and light fixture, and through to the garage as well.

Our team was then called after the sink was running all night on a very stressful wet morning in their home. Upon arrival our team started right to work. Identifying all the spots that were damaged from just the one little sink. In some cases (actually, most cases) the materials that get wet, must be removed. That was what had to happen to properly dry the areas in this home.

Our team determined the flooring in the bathroom and hallway just had to be removed along with a good portion of the ceiling in the kitchen and a piece in the garage, all before drying equipment could be placed.

Most people think that just because it feels dry, it will be fine. That's not how it works. Leaving moisture in walls or on carpet can leave room for mold to grow which will create an even bigger problem the more time that goes by.

THAT is why you always call the professionals. SERVPRO of Salem County is here to help, our team is highly trained for events such as this. We will take the stress from your shoulders and handle it, so you don't have to.

If something happens, give us a call and let us do what needs to be done the right way!

856-339-0500

Little items causing big fires

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Space heater to house fire quicker than you think.

It is important to remember safety steps in your day to day operations. When cold days start, heating is a must. How you heat your home or business may vary. Sometimes it is convenient for those little space heaters that quickly heat up the area you're in. But they can also quickly change that comfortable heat to a blazing fire. In a matter of minutes if you're not careful. Always make sure that your space heaters are away from flammable material and in a secure/flat location. 

In case something does happen, give SERVPRO of Salem County a call. 856-339-0500

We are always here to help. We will help you throughout the whole process so you won't have to worry about a thing. 

Fire Damage - Biggest part of the damage isn't the actual fire.. What is it?

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs, it is not the actual fire that does the most damage to a home. The smoke from the fire and the water from the firefighter's efforts are the two things that cause the most damage to a house after a fire. 

Some house fires are small and extinguished quickly either by the homeowner or the fire department resulting in minimal damage from the flames. These fires that are put out very quickly still cause significant damage to the home as the smoke will migrate throughout the structure. 

Even the smallest of home fires can cause extensive damage to a home. While the flames of a small fire may not cause much damage, the resulting smoke can quickly spread throughout the house, reaping significant damage to everything inside the home. This process is called secondary damage. 

What's Secondary Damage after a Fire?

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

What happens next?

Secondary Damage

This is the damage created by the corrosive nature of substances released by the heat and fire. Often the secondary damages can account for most of the damage to a home or business. To help protect the home and your belongings, we would usually need to empty the home or business of its contents. The term we use for this is a pack-out. 

Pack Out

We carefully inventory all contents and safely pack-out for a move to our secured warehouse or pod. The contents of your home or business are thoroughly cleaned and restored, then returned after the structure restoration is completed. This allows for better access to clean and restore the house and eliminates the possibility of secondary damage during the restoration process. 

The Final Step after you experience a fire in your home or business

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

This is the last and final step after a fire occurs.

Call the Pros

For Fire remediation, contents cleaning and fire restoration, you can always trust SERVPRO of Salem County to get the job done right. If you should suffer from a house fire or fire in your business, it's crucial to call the fire and smoke damage restoration experts of SERVPRO of Salem County immediately. 

We will work right away to identify the steps to clean and restore your home while taking measures to prevent any unnecessary further damage from occurring. That is what we are here for, don't waste anymore time. Give us a call (856)339-0500.

Our team will take your stress away and do what we are all trained to do.

WE WANT SNOW

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

We don't know about you but WE WANT SNOW. How have we not had snow yet, it's already February.

Bring it on mother nature. We are waiting!

Crossing our fingers we at least get some winter snow for the kids to play in! When or IF we do and you end up needing help. That's exactly what we are here for. Anything can happen and you can't be afraid to ask for help.

If snow decides to just not show up and we continue to just get rain. We can help with that too. 

Give SERVPRO of Salem County a call!

856-339-0500

We're not just a Water or Storm company. Check out the rest of our website and see how else we can help you!

Tip Tuesday - Avoid Bursting Pipes.

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Tip Tuesday – Here is 7 of them!

Avoid Bursting Pipes while this "cold front" approaches.

  1. Wrap outside faucets
  2. Caulk around pipes where they enter the home (or business)
  3. Disconnect garden hoses
  4. Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
  5. Let a Stream of water run (if the temperature dips below freezing)
  6. Open Cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms
  7. Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving your home or business for several days

Broken Pipes happen quicker and easier than you think when those cold temperatures start. Broken pipes can cause an overwhelming water damage scenario.

If you experience any water damage, give us a call at 856-339-0500, and we will get a team onsite immediately! See the rest of our website to see what else we do!

#heretohelp #SERVPROSalemCounty

Tip Tuesday - Frozen Pipes?

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Back with another Tip Tuesday:

Are your Pipes Frozen?

Here's a few tips just in case of Frozen Pipes:

- Keep the faucet on with a small drip to allow some flow of water to run through the pipes

- Apply heat to affected section of the pipe with a heating pad or hair dryer (at a safe distance)

- Applying heat until the full flow of water pressure is restored

Those are just simple things that you can do yourself to help restore water flow to your home or business. If you're still having trouble, call a licensed plumber to help!

If it ends up being too late, we are only a phone call away. Give SERVPRO of Salem County a call today! 856-339-0500. Let us help!

Fancy Carpets

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

We love to show off our team's work. But also to show why we are the best at everything that we do. From water damages, fire damages, mold issues, all the way to carpet cleanings. This shows just how a simple carpet cleaning can spruce up your business (or home). It really is Super Easy!

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we are always here to help you!

Now that the holidays are over. And January flew by so fast, I can't imagine how the rest of this year will go. Time to get your life back on track. That includes your home or business! Just give us a call to schedule a free estimate today!

Check out the rest of our website to see how else we can help you!!

Rough Morning?

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

We have all had our fair share of rough mornings. Right? Those ones where we trip over our own feet, quickly pack our lunch for the day and end up spilling our coffee onto our clean outfit with no time to change. That all happens before the day has even fully begun. You still must pick up and carry on with your morning.

What if it was worse and you woke up to an overflowed sink from the up-stair’s bathroom. Or you started the dishwasher to run while you were sleeping, and it decided to break and leak everywhere. How will you manage your time then while still trying to get yourself and everyone else ready for the day?

That is precisely what we are here for. Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we are just one call away to making your day much less stressful. We will come to your aid and get your life back in order quicker and easier. Give us a call and let our team do the work for you!

(856)339-0500

SERVPRO of Salem County

The professional team available 24/7. No job too big. No time too late.

Don't let it get worse. Call the professionals.

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can take a small or drastic toll on your home or business. If not handled appropriately and in a timely manner, the damages can get worse. No one is ever prepared for bad things to happen especially when it comes to your home or your business.

It’s not always the smart choice to do things by yourself thinking that you can handle it. Allow the professionals to come in and take the stress away. That right there is what we are here for.

Our highly trained technicians know what do to and how to do it all. Don’t waste more time thinking you can do it alone. No job is too small for us to handle.

Give SERVPRO of Salem County a call today! 856-339-0500

We're Here for You

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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. 

Mayo Tricks

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Tip Tuesday:

Do you have a Wood surface with water spots that you can't figure out how to clean?

Mayo.  That's it. Sounds crazy right? Love it or Hate it. It does some good work for some off the wall stuff!

  1. Clean off the area as you usually would.
  2. Grab a tub of mayo and a butter knife. Spread it right over the affected spotty area. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Wipe it down and there ya go! No more spots.

It’s that easy!

We love simple quick tips, that’s why we share them with others!

Check out our other posts for Tips throughout our website. See what else we can help you with throughout your home or business. We are always here to help!!

Winter is coming (Eventually)

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Even with these waves of weather patterns. Winter is coming at some point.

Mother nature or just bad luck. No matter, we are here to help.

Anything could happen as winter approaches slowly. Pipes can freeze or burst, snow or ice building up will end up getting too heavy for your roof or will slowly start to melt and seep in any possible crack in your roof or the flow travel into your basement. Truly anything could happen.

Homeowners or Property Insurance can already be a pain to work with. Let us take some pressure off by doing our job and getting things done in your home or business to get you back to your normal business.

“Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call today to get started.

Tip Tuesday - Cleaning up Broken glass

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Here's your easy Tip Tuesday:

Holiday time bring in more guests through your home or business. Winter time brings more storms as well. Blowing trees around or cracking glass from the cold. Anything is possible.

No matter how it happened. Cleaning up glass can be very difficult. Sometimes you can't actually see the little pieces until they're stuck in your finger or toes, and boy does that hurt. 

Simple Trick;

Molding clay or Play Dough from your kids craft set. Just roll it in a ball, and dab over the area where the shards could be and they will stick right to the ball.

Such a nifty trick to clean up broken glass or ceramics to prevent yourself or other from being hurt by those tiny unseen shards. 

Bring on those mud pies

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fall to Winter time brings in the toughest weather struggles. Different type of storms can bring on many different things that you may not think of.

Rainstorms could cause the worse damage. But also the most fun for kids anyways. Bring on those silly laughs and mud pies!

Hopefully for your sake, you have your washroom stocked up with plenty of towels to do a once over wiping those dirty hands down.

If by chance those little rascals come running through the house in excitement or exhaustion, they may not even take a second to take those muddy boots off or rinse off their dirty hands. Watch your carpets!!! Mud is never fun when it's inside your home.

Call SERVPRO of Salem County for that, we can help!

“When things that matter most are on the line make sure we are too”

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

“When things that matter most are on the line make sure we are too”

Emergencies happen and people do understand (that for the most part). However, having an emergency plan is crucial when it comes to running a business. If you have a plan set on who to call when any damage occurs in your business, you’re one step closer to being back up and running.

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we know the frustration that can come with having to put your business on hold. Our goal is to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible and quickly! Our highly trained team knows what to do and how to get it done.

Give us a call to make sure you are taken care of the right way, the first time.

Tip Tuesday – Termite Prevention

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Finally, the time has come for cool evenings by the fire. Whether you have an inside fireplace or a nice firepit outside to sit around and take in that comfortable heat with friends or family. But regardless of where you plan to start up that fire. What do you use for a fire? Wood, right?

Well, cooler weather brings in a few things that you may not see or may not like.

Cooler air brings in the need for more heat. Whether it is oil, gas, wood stove or fireplace. Sometimes higher heating bills. Everyone and everything seeking shelter from the cold.

Termites come to mind as well. To help prevent those tiny pesky little wood eaters. Prop your logs up and away from damp areas after a storm rolls on through. Helps keep them away from your freshly chopped wood!!

Team

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Definition of Team;

"A team is a group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve their goal. ... Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses."

This is Our Team here at SERVPRO of Salem County and we couldn't be more proud! We finally got a moment to take an updated group picture!

Find your team and always do your best to work together using all of your own traits to be the best. That's just what we do here at SERVPRO of Salem County! 

Stay tuned and watch for when Baby MnM will arrive to become our youngest SERVPRO team member as well!!

We are a 100% dedicated business

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Some days our energy levels just simply run low, sluggish, and we just feel plain lazy. That’s not always a bad thing.

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we may have our tired days. But our team is truly unbreakable. We always know how to handle even our worse days. When one person needs the help, other team members are there to pick up the slack and make sure they do their best. Boost them up when needed. Even if it’s just a simple coffee ‘pick me up’.

Everyone has rough days. Tis the season for those gloomy days. But being in the business, we know how to keep our dedication at 100%, always.

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we are Always here to help!

Tip Tuesday - Fuzzy Sock Trick

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

TIP TUESDAY – Old Fuzzy Socks

Grab that mop and cover with an old fuzzy sock. Whether you just want to dry mop the dust away or soak it with warm soapy water and mop away the mess on the floor. OR use this trick as a helpful tool to clean your ceiling fans that are a tad out of reach!!

After you’re done with your cleaning just simply remove the fuzzy dirty sock and toss it in your next load of laundry. And repeat!

That way you won’t have to go out and buy a new mop every time yours starts to get a little grungy. It’s a simple and cheap hack to home or business cleaning!

Stop on by next week for another fun and easy tip!

Don't play with matches

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Colder days are coming, holiday decorations and appropriate candles are being lit. Many are getting their stockpile of wood set aside for their fireplaces. Fire safety is HUGE this time of year. Make sure to have a safety screen available to put on the fireplace to help contain any sparks and help prevent a possible bigger issue of a fire.

Oh, the joys of Fall and Winter!

As these colder days approach, keep in mind that safety should always come first. When it comes to your home or business, you must prepare for anything that could possible happen.

Check those ducts. Clean those gutters. Keep candles and fireplaces contained. Freshen up your home with a deep carpet cleaning.

SERVPRO of Salem County can help with all of those. Check out the rest of our website and see how we may be able to help you!

It's Fall!!!

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

September 23rd marks the first day of Fall! And my goodness we are excited for that. Summer weather stuck around for quite a long time. Humidity was no joke this year, am I right?

But the time has come.

When the leaves change into beautiful colors. The sunsets become a little more powerful with their shades of oranges, yellows, pinks and purples. The air becomes just a little more crisp somedays.

Welcoming in the time of the year for perfect family holidays! And cooler weather!

Enjoy the days to come but don't forget to prepare yourself for those wet rainy days that joins in with that amazing fall weather. Before you know it, winter will be knocking at your front door.

SERVPRO of Salem County will be here every step of the way!

Wet leaves cause MOLD

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Now that summer weather is finally heading out and as excited as we all are for FALL!! It does come with a few down-(falls). When those beautiful leaves float down from the trees from the light breeze, the rainwater also comes along and soaks each and every leaf in its own way. As pretty as it is, those damp leaves can also hold onto that moisture from the rain and eventually allow the forming of mold.

Didn't think about that, huh? Water is the culprit in many cases causing different types of damages in its “waves”.

Well we are here to help you out and give you friendly reminders to help yourself before having to call on us. Do yourself a favor and make sure you take care of those leave piles as they start to form around your property.

No matter what, we all still welcome Fall with open arms!!!!

PUMPKINS

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Pumpkin Fun tips;

Did you know this simple hack can help save your pumpkin from starting to form mold as it sits outside your home until Halloween?

Try these steps out:

Start by cleaning out your pumpkin with soap and water BEFORE you carve it, makes it less "gross" while you clean out those pumpkin “guts”.

Then go along scraping the insides as usual.

Apply diluted bleach to the ENTIRE pumpkin with either a spray bottle or dunking your pumpkin into the bleach/water. (1 Tbsp. bleach per 1 Quart water)

Rub petroleum jelly on ALL of the raw edges to lock in moisture.

Now place your candle or light inside, top it with the pumpkin hat and show it all off!!!

Super simple steps to add to what you probably already do as you carve your masterpiece for the holidays.

Let us know how it works out for you!!

Sometimes it's best to leave it to the professionals

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

During water damage in a home or business, no one ever fully knows the extent of the damage until they call on professionals to come out and investigate. That's where SERVPRO of Salem County comes in. We know the ins and outs of it all. We know just what to do and where to start.

For example:

As we received the call to come out to this job (pictured), all we knew was water damage occurred throughout the carpeted area. We were advised they had fans facing the affected areas at that moment and their insurance adjuster told them to have someone to come out and professionally clean the carpets. That's all. The customer expressed some concern with that and the concern for mold as well, rightfully so.

We advised the customer that we would come out and do an evaluation and come up with a game plan based on what we see.

After the customer advised us that the carpet was wet due to a "minor flood" in the home that covered multiple rooms. With the knowledge our team obtained from proper training, we know water damage. When flooding occurs, it effects not only the carpet but the carpet pads and flooring under that. If the carpet pad is saturated with water and not dried properly. The possibility of mold forming then starts.

Upon our team’s arrival, we couldn't just clean the carpets and call it a day. That's not how we do business. With the extent of this "minor flood", it did affect the carpet pad (just what we thought). We turned this "carpet cleaning" into a full job, for the benefit of this customer. 

There are always more key points to factor in when it comes to any sort of damage. You can always call on us here at SERVPRO, we are Here to Help!

When it rains it pours

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

We have seen time and again how a small rain shower can turn into a massive storm in a blink of an eye. Those dark rain clouds shower down in waterfall fashion. Which in turn may flood your property, creeping through small leaks in your roof that you may not have known you had, flooding outside could spill into your home causing damage to your basement. So many possibilities that could happen. Only one solution we can guarantee; SERVPRO of Salem County can be there in a jiffy.

For all emergencies the team here at SERVPRO of Salem County will quickly respond in less than 1 hour from the time you call to do an initial walk through.

Take a look at our website and see our storm work.  

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Why choose SERVPRO of Salem County for your carpet cleaning needs vs renting any equipment from any other company

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

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 like SERVPRO of Salem County uses. 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 longer. 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.

Also, what did that rental machine pickup when used before? 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? Thinking of all these things, we would never feel comfortable bringing a rental carpet cleaning unit into my home. Are the potential savings in cost 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 feel free to call around, ask some questions, get some quotes, or read the companies. But we can guarantee that we will be your best choice for a local certified professional carpet cleaner.

Small Fire - Big Damage

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are never something you can predict. They are truly the most unexpected and most damaging event that can happen to your home or business.

SERVPRO of Salem County was called first thing to help restore this home after a small stove fire that turned something so small into a much more drastic situation.

In the first picture you can see the amount of soot that formed on the ceiling of this kitchen, it traveled all throughout the kitchen to the hallway just beyond.

In the second picture you can see the demolition and elbow grease that our team put into this to prepare for the final restoration and painting of the kitchen.

Check out the fire video posted on our YouTube page. It shows what SERVPRO of Salem County walked into see after this stove fire. The full video shows the before, during and after of the process to prepare this home for reconstruction of the ceiling and for paint to have it back to looking like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Salem County YouTube page!!

Are you checking your roof condition regularly?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky roof?

Have you checked your roof condition lately? Having a leak in your roof can cause more damage than you may know. Just one small leak can allow water and moisture into your home. Sometimes you may not even notice until it is too late. The rainwater will start to impact the structure of your home from your roof, wood framing, insulation etc. When that rainwater starts to come into your home and is not taken care of quick enough, it can cause serious damage to the structure and in most cases start to form mold.

To prevent such headaches from occurring, do regular inspections on your home roof and even in your attic. If you notice issues, try to get them resolved before they cause significant damage if they have not already.

SERVPRO of Salem County is your saving grace when it comes to any sort of fire, water or storm damage. We take the headache for you. Give us a call if you are in need of assistance and we will show you why everyone prefers to use SERVPRO of Salem County for their home needs.

Check out the rest of our website to see what other services we may be able to assist you with.

Plan ahead on what you would do in case of a disaster

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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."

"The Treehouse" Project

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can take some wicked unexpected turns. One certainly never knows what to expect.

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we have recently started a project we like to call “The Treehouse”.

Unfortunately for this homeowner a storm rolled through causing a tree to crash into the home and cause massive damage. The tree damaged not only the roof it fell onto, but it was big and heavy enough to affect the siding of the house, falling through a bedroom. Rainwater soaked all surrounding carpet, walls, and even extended over to the neighboring room closet.

Between the demolition and reconstruction of all the affected areas, the rainwater eventually caused the form of mold as well.

Our team and our contractors are hard at work to get this home back to a livable environment. We have posted a video of the before product on our youtube channel and our sites Video Content page.

Stay tuned for updates and the final product.

Colors of Mold

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Dealing with Flood Damage in Salem County

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Locating Pipe Leaks

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage In Salem County

If you run a business in Salem County, you are probably aware of the importance of protecting your business from commercial water damage. Apart from health and hygiene factors, keeping your premises clean and well-maintained creates a positive image to customers, visitors, and staff. Additionally, it can save you money by extending the lifespan of your fittings.

At SERVPRO, we provide an extensive portfolio of commercial water damage services for Salem County business owners. Our operations can be tailored to fit the needs of your hotel or other type of business, and all our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). We also engage a wide range of organizations (including your insurance company) to ensure a comprehensive restoration process.

A thorough leak detection process allows SERVPRO technicians to trace the location of water leaks in the building. These leaks can be visible in various places on a property but often originate from a different area that may be hidden within the structure. Once we detect the source of the water damage, we initiate a full remediation procedure to restore all affected commercial properties. The idea is to return everything back to its original state with minimal disruption to the work environment.

SERVPRO water damage experts use various specialist equipment to locate leaks from pipes hidden in structural components. Thermal imaging camera is perhaps the most commonly used tool in this part of commercial water damage restoration. It works by checking for discrepancies in surface temperatures and then shows leaking water at a certain temperature that is different from other areas of a building material.

We may conduct the initial survey using a thermal imaging camera, which is able to detect marginal differences in surface temperatures of different materials during a commercial water damage situation. These cameras are particularly handy because they are non-invasive, allowing us to undertake the survey quickly without causing a lot of disruption.

When thermal imaging is not practical for certain water damage situations, we may use specialist acoustic listening devices. For instance, the pipes can be buried too deep within the structural materials or may be very well-insulated, making it hard to identify a change in temperature at the surface. Using advanced ground microphones, our technicians can trace and locate the source of the leak within no time.

If your business has sustained commercial water damage as a result of a pipe leakage, SERVPRO of Salem County can assess the extent of the damage and provide immediate restoration services. Our tools are up to par with industry standards, allowing us to return your business to preloss conditions as quickly as possible. Call us today at (856) 339-0500.

Limited Business Interruption

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

No one person can tell you when it is going to rain. I am sure many people can say that they 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, no one truly knows how bad they will be, how much rain or wind we will get, and that damage can happen faster than ever expected. 

A previous job for example; a commercial client of SERVPRO of Salem County called due to a roof being opened, which was in the process of being repaired, and the storms rolled through dumping rain inside their supply counter warehouse. Not only did the storm damage the product for sale, which was then deemed waterlogged and had to be disposed of, but with the winds brought roofing material, dirt, and other airborne particles inside and covered all 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.

The biggest concern of the Operations Officer was making sure they had 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 client’s business hours. The final walk through was completed at 7am, just 2 days after work was started, when the supply counter open for business. 0 hours of business interruption.

Our goal is to create a plan that is as painless as possible for you and your business. We will keep up with communication every step of the way.

When that “random” rainstorm strikes, you can count on us.

Call SERVPRO of Salem County (856)339-0500

Let our experts do all of the work for you

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

If a fire ever breaks out in your Salem County home or business, 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.

When cleaning there are four actions that are used to remove soot from the surface of something. Those four actions are used by professionals are Mechanical action, Lubrication, Chemical action, then comes Suspension and dispersion. Let us explain what those actually mean.

Mechanical action is when friction agitates the soot or soil off 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 becomes easier to clean. Some detergents lubricate soot off 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 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.

Puff Backs are a Pain

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Buying a new house? Cleaning up your home after the long winter?

Are you noticing black soot buildup above your heaters, on your walls, ceiling, area above your stove?

Your home could have endured a puff back and maybe you didn’t notice it or the smell until you started moving things around, or maybe you did, and you didn’t know what to do.

What is a puff back?

Puff Backs happen when your ignition misfires and oil fumes accumulate in the chamber of your furnace. When the pilot light ignites again it causes a small “explosion" shooting the dust and soot in your ducts or baseboard all over the room and up the walls. The soot gets into everything including drapes, blinds, furniture, bedding, clothing, floors, carpets, dishes, appliances, you name it, causing major headaches for homeowners. The damage could be smaller than that and can still affect your home. If you notice black soot accumulating on carpet around heating vents or baseboard, or on surfaces inside your home, chances are you are experiencing a small-scale puff back.

Soot is very difficult to clean. It can’t be wiped off with a regular sponge, towel, paper towel, etc. in fact that just makes the problem worse! The cleaning of soot requires special sponges and cleaning products that are used by professionals. The smell is almost worse than the mess, it seems to permeate into everything. This odor is difficult to remove and requires the services of a professional to remove as well.

A professional certified home restoration company such as SERVPRO of Salem County is experienced with handling puff back situations.

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Salem County right after a puff back can save you time and money.

      Call SERVPRO of Salem County at (856) 339-0500

Hot summer days, Warm summer nights

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Hot summer days, warm summer nights! It’s time to go sit back by the pool or at the beach. Evening bonfire or BBQs with friends and family.

Fire Safety comes to mind. Be careful while lighting up that fire or starting up that grill. Protect your home. Fires are sneaky and cause more than just fire damage to your home or business. It causes an array of emotions and quite a headache for those involved.

Let SERVPRO of Salem County take some of that burden away for you. We can ensure that the restoration process goes as painless as possible for you, so you don’t have to worry as much.

Call (856)339-0500

Let us show you how we can help. No matter how big or small the damage is, SERVPRO of Salem County if here to help!

https://www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com/

Commercial Water Damage

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you run a business in Salem County, you already know the importance of protecting your business from commercial water damage. Apart from any health and hygiene factors, keeping your premises clean and well-maintained creates a positive image to customers, visitors, and staff.

At SERVPRO, we provide an extensive portfolio of commercial water damage services for Salem County business owners. Our operations can be tailored to fit the needs of your business. All our technicians are highly trained and certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). We also engage a wide range of organizations (including your insurance company) to ensure a comprehensive restoration process.

A thorough leak detection process allows SERVPRO technicians to trace the location of water leaks in the building. These leaks can be visible in various places on a property but often originate from a different area that may be hidden within the structure. Once we detect the source of the water damage, we initiate a full remediation procedure to restore all affected areas. The idea is to return everything back to its original state with minimal disruption to the work environment.

If your business has sustained commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Salem County can help with all your needs. Our team is always prepared and eager to return your business to preloss conditions as quickly as possible.

Visit our website and see how we can help you https://www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com/

Call us today at (856) 339-0500

Minor storms still cause floods

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

From all the heavy rain and windstorms that have affected our area. Flooding is always a possibility. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. 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 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. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order. 

https://www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Salem County Commercial Cleaning

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Salem County is an emergency restoration company but did you know we also specialize in other cleaning services? Fire & Water Clean Up and Restoration are all still our main outfit, but we do offer a variety of cleaning services for local commercial businesses.

SERVPRO of Salem County works with many commercial clients and minimize any interruptions to normal business operations to make it "Like it never even happened."

Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

These are some of the things that SERVPRO can do for you:

Click the link for more information.

Let us help you with our Commercial Cleaning Services to get your spring cleaning started!

Contact our office at (856)339-0500 for an estimate and learn how SERVPRO is the best choice for your business.

SERVPRO makes storm damage "Like It Never Even Happened"

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Who is the first person you call when you have an emergency occur in your home or business? Are they local? How is their response time?

There have been a lot of storms coming through our area lately. From wicked winds to pouring down rain topped with thunder and lightning. All those things combined can cause significant damage to your home or business.

Restoring your home or business after a storm, can be very stressful. SERVPRO of Salem County, is here to help and make the process as quick and painless as possible for you.

SERVPRO of Salem County is the only local business that is actually located in Salem County.

Contact our office for more information on how we can help you.

(856)339-0500

office@SERVPROsalemcounty.com

Emergency? SERVPRO is here to help keep your business open

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Program

Do you have someone that is your go to for emergency work on your home or business?

Do yourself a favor and ask SERVPRO of Salem County to help you develop an effective business continuity plan with our Emergency Ready Program. A continuity plan to help ensure that business processes can continue during a time of emergency or disaster. Such emergencies or disasters might include a fire, water or any other case where you are unable to conduct business as normal. Working together with your team we will review your current continuity plan and help educate you on our services we offer and how we can help. We will then educate ourselves on your building or facilities so if a restoration is needed, we are already a step ahead.


Why choose SERVPRO of Salem County? We are always trying to put our clients ahead of an emergency by being prepared so when an emergency happens, we already have a full plan to execute without have the consequences of rapid-fire decisions that could further harm the process of getting your business back to normal.

SERVPRO of Salem County is always "Here to Help." No loss is too large or too small. We are here to help our community survive any and every type of loss.


For more information about our Emergency Ready Program contact us at Office@SERVPROSalemCounty.com or call the office at (856)339-0500

Ask Yourself

6/2/2019 (Permalink)

How long has it been since you gave your business a good cleaning?

(Probably longer than you want to admit out loud)

Are your carpets getting a little too dirty to clean yourself with just a vacuum?

(Life happens and things get dirty)

Have you found some traces of mold or unknown growth in your window seals?

(If you haven’t looked, do yourself a favor and look)

Have you noticed a funny smell building up when you walk into your business?

(Imagine walking into another business and having it smell a bit… odd. It can be very unappealing)

How long has it been since you had your AC vents cleaned?

(Maybe another one you don’t want to admit out loud)

Do you have someone to call when you need any of those things done? How about when you have any kind of damage that occurs to your business, big or small?

So many questions!

Here is an answer, a solution, just what you may need; SERVPRO of Salem County.

Check out the rest of our website, let us tell you how we can help you and your business.

Call or email us today with any questions and let us show you why you can always rely on us for your business needs.

(856)339-0500

office@SERVPROsalemcounty.com

https://www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com/commercial-cleaning

Spring Cleaning!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Before summer hits is the best time to get some Spring cleaning done and over with. Yard sales are on the rise.

  • Go through your home or business room by room, organize all the clutter, and gather all of things you haven’t used for a year or even just in the past 6 months.
  • Plan your attack on all the built-up dirt and grime that you find or that you know is there, but you just can’t see it all.
  • Execute the plan or call someone to help.

SERVPRO of Salem County can help. We understand the time it takes out of your day and the elbow grease needed to truly clean up your home or business by giving it that good scrub. It is okay to ask for help. That is what we are here for.

Save your elbow grease and call us today!

Check out our website to see how we can help you. https://www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com/commercial-cleaning

Why SERVPRO?

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

WHY SERVPRO? Let me tell you a little about us.

When you have damage occur at your home or business. First thing you do is try to fix it yourself. Followed by trying to figure out what to do next. Any sort of damage on your home or business and trying to figure out what to do or who can help, can all be overwhelming.

Why should you choose SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Salem County is the ONLY Local Restoration Company actually located within Salem County. When your home, business, or property has a loss our team is only one call away.

How can we help 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. We can get you started in the right direction.

Our team 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 helps keep costs low. We guarantee that you will find a team you can trust and rely on every step of the way.

Where do you start?

Give us a call. We will talk you through the first steps of the process to make your day just a little less stressful.

SERVPRO® of Salem County
856-339-0500
SERVPROsalemcounty.com 

One of the Most Common Fire Starters? Dryer Vents

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of fires is also perhaps the most preventable. Can you guess what that is?

Something you may never actually think about, the build up of lint in your clothes dryer vents. DRYER VENTS... Wouldn't expect that one.

After every use of your clothes dryer, your vents build up lint. You may not see or notice the buildup. But if not cleaned out properly, the air cannot flow properly, and a fire can easily start in the heating element without your knowledge until it is too late. This type of fire happens most frequently in homes, posing dangers to adults and children.

According to a January 2017 study by the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported every year. Causing an estimated 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. The National Fire Protection Association also reports that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean dryer vents (34 percent).

SERVPRO of Salem County is always "Here to Help."

Contact us today and schedule for our team to clean those vents for you to prevent the risk of a fire. (856)339-0500 or email at Office@SERVPROsalemcounty.com

Visit our website to see what else we can help you with. www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com

Biohazard Ready and Safety First

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Safety First!!!

Our technicians know the importance of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Whether it is for mold removal or other biohazard material that may be harmful to our technicians.

Safety First!

The services we offer include the following:

Click the link for more information!

SERVPRO of Salem County technicians are all trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. We always arrive at any site with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

We are always prepared with the proper PPE to keep safety first, all while efficiently making it “Like it never even happened.”

Seeking Production Technician for SERVPRO of Salem County

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our Franchise is seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, enjoys supervising others, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment.

Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero! As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Explain process and answer customer questions, as needed.
  • Monitor, communicate, and respond to customer needs/concerns.
  • Communicate clear expectations to Production Technicians and supervise their activities.
  • Perform production processes as scheduled and ensure quality control.
  • Identify safety hazards, communicate, and establish control measures to ensure the safety of occupants and workers.
  • Manage job file documentation to ensure complete and accurate project details.
  • Manage and control costs of production projects.
  • Manage assets by protecting and using equipment and materials properly.

Position Requirements

  • Effective written and oral communication
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience and IICRC Certification in cleaning/restoration preferred
  • High school diploma/GED
  • IICRC certifications preferred
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly, occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights, work in tight spaces (e.g., crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Ability to work with/around cleaning products/chemicals
  • Ability to travel locally and out of state when necessary
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law
  • Have a valid drivers license

Pay Rate

Based on experience, with possibility of overtime pay and increases based on merit

Interested applicants should email your resume to Craig Nunan at SERVPRO9716@gmail.com

Freshly Cleaned Home Sells Faster

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Freshen up your home and sell it faster.

Selling your home? Did you know that a clean and fresh smelling home, sells quicker?

SERVPRO of Salem County offer a variety of services to help make your listings to proper showing condition:

  • General Cleaning - Carpet, Hard Flooring, Upholstery, Ceiling, and Wall Cleaning and Deodorization
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning - Dirty Ducts can circulate odors, irritating dust/dirt/combined pet hair, and contaminants like mold and bacteria throughout a home
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation - Molds are found in every environment and any mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.

Inspectors looks for any flaws to be found before a home can be sold. Mold is a very common mark on an inspection sheet. To walk into a home while looking to buy, it is always comforting to encounter a fresh smell and a clean look.

Contact SERVPRO of Salem County for any questions on our services (856)339-0500.

https://www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com/

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.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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.

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)

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.

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. 

SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Salem County is the ONLY Restoration Company is Salem County, New Jersey. We take that position very serisouly and will maintain that status for as long as we can. But Why SERVPRO? 

Over the past week plus with Winter Storm Greyson and the damages this storm caused with the freezing temperatures and now frozen pipes we understand each customer has a different view on how they want their property remediation to occur. 

The comment we receive time after time with this storm event is, "You are completely not like the other guys and that's a great thing. The other company would have come in a flood cut the entire building which is why we do not use them anymore."

For those of you who do not know what a flood cut is it is a 2' drywall cut out from the floor up. Now while this may be the scope of work in some cases it is not for many. SERVPRO restores first then removes if it is deemed necessary. Just another reason to use the trusted restoration company.  

Salem County Winter Storm Cleanup and Restoration

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Salem County responds 24 hours a day even during a winter storm.

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Salem County has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today 856-339-0500

SERVPRO of Salem County

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Winter Storm Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry 

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Salem County can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

A SERVPRO FREE Service for Salem County

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Salem County to start your FREE Emergency Ready Profile

SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile is a tool for property managers, business owners, facilities managers or anyone responsible for any building in the event of an emergency. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or 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 home or business.

SERVPRO provides a mobile application for instant contact during emergencies.

  • 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
    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."

How to get started:

STEP 1: Visit SERVPRO.com/ready. Register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.

STEP 2: Choose your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences water, fire, mold or other type of damage.

STEP 3: Begin creating ERPs for all of your properties.

STEP 4: Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application on your iPhone, tablet, Android or Blackberry device from the respective App Store.

STEP 5: Launch the Ready Plan App and sign in using the same username and password from STEP 1.

The ERP program makes sense, it is flexible in its usage and benefits, and can even be synced to other business connections like your computers, tablets, and smartphones. In times of stress, this app will help alleviate pressure and panic and provide you with a fast means of contacting the first responders and SERVPRO of Salem County to mitigate losses.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster (856) 339-0500

Fall Hazards and How to Prepare for them

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

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.

PUFF BACKS

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.

www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com 

SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month with a Reminder to Home and Business Owners: “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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)
  1. 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

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.

It's My World Too joins the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Program

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

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?

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

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

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

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!

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

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

    • Multi-purpose tool

    • 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)

    • Cell phone with chargers

    • Family and emergency contact information

    • Extra cash


    • Map(s) of the area



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)

    • Two-way radios

    • Extra set of car keys and house keys

    • Manual can opener



Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area: 

    • Whistle

    • N95 or surgical masks

    • Matches

    • Rain gear

    • Towels

    • Work gloves

    • Tools/supplies for securing your home

    • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

    • Plastic sheeting

    • Duct tape

    • Scissors

    • Household liquid bleach

    • Entertainment items

    • Blankets or sleeping bags


For more information check out redcross.org

Clean Homes Sell Faster in Salem County

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

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:

    • Increased Market Value
    • 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.

Fire Damage Needs a Meticulous Clean

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

The dangers of fire damage can last much longer than the initial fire blaze. Two of the most toxic types of damage are the fire itself and the resulting smoke damage. Smoke and soot can damage a home by permeating through the walls, upholstery, ceiling, insulation, air conditioning vents, and other hard to clean places.
 
This is why it is important to understand that fire damage in Salem County homes can present itself in many ways. Depending on the type of fire that attacks your home, not only are the apparent soot, ash, and fire damage unsightly, but possible structure damage and future contamination are possible.
 
Never Have Your Fire Damage Overlooked Again
For example, depending on where a fire burns in a structure, it can affect support beams, load-bearing walls, and it can wreak havoc on wiring and insulation. Even if your fire emergency seemed localized to a particular area in the house, remember, the attic must be checked for damage as well.
 
SERVPRO uses our advanced cleanup methods and detection tools to check from closet to closet, room to room, and floor to ceiling, to detect all fire and post-fire damages. We know where to check to make sure your HVAC system will not spread smoke and toxins after a fire. We will make sure that your insulation is intact and that the structure of your home is safe. If we detect any need for replacement and restoration, we provide a range of services, including building services, that can take care of any fire and water damage and debris.
 
Because secondary fire damage, such as water use from firefighting efforts can also be an issue, our specialists pay much attention to a full, detailed analysis of your home’s damage before making a plan of action and beginning cleanup and restoration.
 
Contamination is not always seen by the untrained eye. It can be hidden in places such as your HVAC (air conditioning and heating) systems. SERVPRO inspects the home from attic to basement, to ensure that all vents and air circulating systems are completely clean. If you were to neglect this part of fire damage cleanup, there is always the possibility of blowing toxic dust, ash, and soot, even on the microscopic level, into your cleaned home, effectively re-contaminating it and exposing residents to its dangers.

Our 24/7 Emergency Service line is at your disposal. Contact SERVPRO of Salem County anytime at (856) 339-0500 for quick response to your fire emergency, or to ask questions.

Keep Your Business Open with SERVPRO

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Our Emergency Ready Profile is available in print, online, and on our App (available in the App Store and Play Store)

Have SERVPRO of Salem County help you develop an effective business continuity plan with our Emergency Ready Profile. Working together with your team we will review your current continuity plan and help educate you on our services we offer and how we can help. We will then educate ourselves on your building or facilities so if a restoration is needed we are already a step ahead. 


Why choose SERVPRO of Salem County? We are always trying to put our clients ahead of an emergency by being prepared so when an emergency happens we already have a full plan to execute without have the consequences of rapid-fire decisions. 


 


SERVPRO of Salem County is always "Here to Help." No loss is too large or too small. We are here to help our community survive any and every type of loss.


For more information about our Emergency Ready Profile contact Joe at Joe@SERVPROSalemCounty.com or call the office at 856-339-0500

SERVPRO of Salem County is DryBook™ Certified

5/9/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Salem County is proud to announce that it is a certified DryBook™ professional. 

What is DryBook™?  DryBook™ is a tool that takes a moisture reading base and calculates the appropriate drying treatment to be used.  DryBook™ provides clearer and more accurate information on the drying process.  This helps the Insurance Company process claims faster and it also helps to accurately and effectively automate the drying process.

What Else?  DryBook™ is a very effective tool for ensuring that your space has been dried effectively by measuring humidity and temperature readings.  DryBook™ has automated this process and it takes the guess work out of meeting your drying goal.

Why is this important? Depending on the cause of the water or moisture situation, the treatment to be used will vary.  DryBook™ is effective in applying the most proven and accurate method for your moisture or water damage situation.

Most importantly, DryBook™ helps companies in the disaster restoration industry comply with IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration’s guidelines.  SERVPRO of Salem County is an IICRC Certified Firm.  When you require a disaster restoration professional for a water damage situation, be sure to ask them if they are DryBook™ certified.  It ensures an accurate and effective Disaster Recovery.

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