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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)

Why SERVPRO Biohazard Ready and Safety First 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)

Cleaning Freshly Cleaned Home Sells Faster 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.

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

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

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

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

ERP's are by appointment only

Colors of Mold Damage in Salem County and What They Indicate

7/21/2018 (Permalink)

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

Species of Molds and Their Remediation Follows Certain Guidelines

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

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

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

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

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Dealing with Flood Damage in Salem County

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Puts You at Ease During the Flood Damage Restoration Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Assess Your Home Before Remediating the Mold Infestation

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

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

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Mold Remediation Tips

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

1. Locate the Source

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

2. Discard of Materials That are Contaminated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Cleaning in Salem County, NJ

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Clean Your Dryer Vents to Prevent Fire in Salem County

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pennsville Township joins the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of Salem County will work with the Emergency Management Coordinator to walk through the building photographing water and gas shut off valves, take pictures of all important building material, created a detailed sketch of the building, as well as made all contingency plans already put in place all accessible in one place for the Township. 

In the event of an emergency time is money. Being able to stop a broken pipe due to knowning where the shut off valve is via the phone app can help mitigate any property damage. If a fire breaks out having all of your account numbers for each provider accessible to just click is much easier than trying to figure out passwords that were stored on your computer.

The team at SERVPRO of Salem County is helping Pennsville Township be "Ready for whatever happens."

If you are interested in becoming a Ready Business email SERVPRO of Salem County at ERP@SERVPROsalemcounty.com  

An hour of your time to put the final steps on your contingency plan is worth it when Fire or Water Damage happens. 

Why Board and Tarp for Fire Damage in Salem County?

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Locating Pipe Leaks After Commercial Water Damage in your Salem County Business

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Locating Pipe Leaks After Commercial Water Damage in your Salem County Business 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.

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.

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)

Storm Damage Salem County Winter Storm Cleanup and Restoration 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)

Commercial A SERVPRO FREE Service for Salem County 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)

Fire Damage Fall Hazards and How to Prepare for them Beautiful House in Woodstown decorated for fall

As the leaves change color and the temperatures fall the need for many household items that have been turned off since the spring come back into play.

Heaters and Oil Tanks come to mind first. 

Here at SERVPRO of Salem County we have already encountered our first Home Heating Oil Spill of the season and thought lets shed some light on this subject.

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)

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

After working with the new It's My World Too location in Pennsville, NJ SERVPRO offered the Emergency Ready Profile to owner Diana Karr. Diana thought it was a great opportunity and agreed to join the ERP Program!

Before the daycare opened the team here at SERVPRO of Salem County walked through the building photographing water and gas shut off valves, took pictures of all important building material, created a detailed sketch of the building, as well as made all contingency plans already put in place all accessible in one place for the team at It's My World Too. 

In the event of an emergency time is money. Being able to stop a broken pipe due to knowning where the shut off valve is via the phone app can help mitigate any property damage. If a fire breaks out having all of your account numbers for each provider accessible to just click is much easier than trying to figure out passwords that were stored on your computer.

The team at SERVPRO of Salem County is helping It's My World Too "Ready for whatever happens."

If you are interested in becoming a Ready Business email SERVPRO of Salem County at ERP@SERVPROsalemcounty.com  

An hour of your time to put the final steps on your contingency plan is worth it when Fire or Water Damage happens. 

Buying or Selling a Home/Foreclosure?

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Community Buying or Selling a Home/Foreclosure? SERVPRO of Salem County handling a crawl space pump out/cleaning to pass a home inspection

SERVPRO of Salem County yearly receives numerous calls about the a customer either buying or selling a home whether for sale or a foreclosure. We are committed to helping make the issues "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO offers a variety of restoration and non-restoration cleaning services that will help homes pass inspections and make them move in ready. Mold Remediation, Carpet Cleaning, Duct Cleaning, Insulation Removal and Replacement only to name a few.

SERVPRO also has a full list of specialty contractors for electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning as well as painting and carpet installs. Here at SERVPRO we are here to help get your house sold or get you into your new house.

For a list of our full services visit our website at www.SERVPROsalemcounty.com or give our office a call at 856-339-0500.

Storm/Debris Damage Affects Supply Room

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm/Debris Damage Affects Supply Room Initial picture taken of approx 90% of the affected area.

No one person can tell you when it is going to rain. We can all say that we would love to be a meteorologist and be wrong 95% of the time and still have a good paying job. But the fact of the matter is when storms roll through damage can happen faster than ever expected. 

Last week a commercial client of SERVPRO of Salem Counties called due to a roof being opened, which was getting repaired, and the storms rolled through dumping rain inside their supply counter warehouse. Not only did it damage product for sale, which was then deemed water logged and is being disposed of, but with the winds brought roofing material, dirt, and other airborne particles inside and covered all of their consumables. 

The team here at SERVPRO of Salem County quickly responded in less than 1 hour from the time they called to do an initial walk through. What was the biggest concern of the Operations Officer? Limited Business Interruption. That is our number one factor when working with any commercial client. Limited Business Interruption. So the job was completed around the clients business hours. 

The final walk through was completed at 7am, just 2 days after work was started, when the supply counter opened up for business. 0 hours of business interruption. 

SERVPRO and The Red Cross want to help you be Prepared!

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)

Commercial Keep Your Business Open with SERVPRO 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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