Cleaning Up After A Flood
A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:
When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.
• First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
• When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
• After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.
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With SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."
The Proper Steps to Take When You Find Mold at Home
Mold in your Blackwood home.
Mold forms all the time in homes, even when people don’t believe it’s a problem that could happen to them. There’s a misconception that mold damage only occurs in bathrooms and basements, and people who live where humidity and moisture levels are low don’t have a risk of mold damage. This might mean a lesser risk of mildew, fungus, and mold damage occurring, but it’s still a possibility. It’s possible for anyone in any location to find mold in the home or even commercial mold damage at work. It makes it important for everyone to learn the basics involved mold and the damage it causes.
Mold in the home is not uncommon, and it always requires proper remediation. It can be found in bathrooms and basements, but it’s not limited to only appearing in those rooms. Some homeowners find mold in the home in bedrooms if the condition is right. Perhaps a leaking pipe in a wall provided enough moisture for fungus and mildew to form mold inside a wall that migrated outside the walls into the bedroom. When you see any mildew or fungus forming at home or work, it could be a sign of mold. Mildew and fungus both grow when the conditions are just right, which is very similar to the condition in which mold grows. It must have a moist area with a high level of humidity. One of the most common signs of mold in the home is the presence of a smelly odor. This smelly odor might have a hint of must to it. Most people who notice a smelly odor do nothing but use a form of deodorization to cover it up. Deodorization makes a home or office smell better, but it does nothing to kill the mold or minimize the problem.
Remediation and mitigation are both required when mold is found at home or work. A professional mold removal company is going to come to the home or office and perform numerous tasks. Remediation and mitigation occur when mold is identified. There are many different forms, which means finding out which one is invading a house or office is imperative. Once the mold is identified, it’s then removed. Mold removal involves getting the mold at the source, blocking off the area in which moisture occurs, and then performing the mitigation process. Professional mold removal is necessary because it’s the only way to get rid of mold at the source.
Anyone who finds mold at home or work should handle the situation accordingly and not attempt to remove it on their own. This only makes things worse, and mold will grow back .
SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. can help with mold removal and remediation.Call us if you need help. (856)227-7800
Flood Damage Insurance Policy For Your Gloucester Township Area Home
Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes can release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes.
Flood Damage Insurance
You carry auto insurance, life insurance, pet insurance, home insurance, and even pay for appliance warranties, yet you fail to protect your home against costly water line damage or in-home plumbing emergencies.
Pipes in the attic of your Gloucester Township area home can cause flood damage that you might not recover from easily. Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes, release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes. Whether the leak is large or small, over time, it can affect unprotected building materials, insulation, and the structural stability of your home.
Do you know how old the water lines in your attic are? The average lifespan of a water pipe in your home is 20-years, with the majority of homes throughout the United States containing water lines older than 47-years. Knowing the age of your pipes can help you assess whether professional assistance from a company like SERVPRO is necessary.
However, having an expertly trained flood damage specialist from SERVPRO perform an inspection never hurts. You may have water lines from your water heater running through your attic that distributes hot water throughout your home. If even one of these lines has a problem, you can find yourself dealing with extensive flood damage. Thinking that you are safe because you purchased a new home can leave you ill-prepared for what might happen as well.
Your ventilation system also poses extreme problems when not maintained properly. The condensation lines or drain pan of your HVAC system receive damage over time, and major malfunctions in the unit can send water spewing everywhere, without warning. All it takes is a single leak to cause excessive damage; it never hurts to make preparations to deal with these types of problems.
You should look at calling SERVPRO like having a flood damage insurance policy that helps protect your home against accidents that might happen. We provide you with valuable information to maintain a safe, healthy home for your family. Giving you an opportunity to catch issues before they become major problems and access to someone who can be there for you should a disaster occur.
Contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. for additional information about available services or to schedule your home inspection, today (856) 227-7800.
Another snow dumping Nor’easter storm is heading our way. This is a messy way to bring in spring. Snow piled up against a house, or a gutter blocked with ice is not a common warning sign for homeowners. However if you have a basement or a crawlspace you are at serious risk for water damage when the temperature rises rapidly after a big storm.
These tips can help you keep melting snow from damaging your home.
Before the warm weather comes –
• Keep the perimeter of your house clear of snow and ice. This snow sitting against the foundation will slowly get into the concrete and expand when cold weather comes again. Slowly creating little pathways that may lead to the inside of your house.
• Shovel out window wells and vents. Water will find a way into any opening or crack; these are natural spots for a leak to occur. If you have covers over egress windows, clear them off as snow will start to get very heavy as it melts.
When the weather gets warm -
• Clear out ice jams in gutters. When water overflows out of the gutter it can run down the side of your house and into any penetration or seam that isn’t sealed. Keeping the water in the gutter is a safer bet. If the jam is at the top of the downspout, be sure you can safely reach the gutters to clear them out.
• Keep walkways clear of ice. As the snow melts, it will likely move onto areas you have previously cleared off. As it freezes again, it will create a sheet of ice almost as well as a Zamboni machine. You can use a number of tools including salt, sand, de-icer or even just a shovel or ice scraper. Keep in mind salts and de-icers can damage your concrete if left to melt on the surface, and they may contain chemicals that may be harmful to grass, plants, or pets.
• Keep a close eye. Be sure you are watching for signs in areas that could be damaged. These signs can include a damp smell, wet carpet, walls that are peeling or bowing, or a dripping sound in exterior walls.
After the weather warms up-
• Pay attention to what your house tells you. After the snow has cleared and you are getting ready for spring projects, you can still be at risk for water damage. The freezing and thawing may cause breaks to your water or sprinkler lines. If you have any loss in pressure you should get it looked at.
• Look for signs of problems that can be fixed. Water damage can take a while to become visible, so watch for signs that will help you prepare for next winter.
? Do you need to add a downspout where the gutter overflows?
? Should you add extensions to your downspouts to get water away from the house?
? Is there siding damage next to an area where the water drips?
SERVPRO® Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Safety and Why You Should Care!
Being prepared will make all the difference.
Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA,(National Fire Protection Association) can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.
Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.
Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.
Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.
Keep Matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.
Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.
Be careful when using candles- Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.
Have a fire escape plan-Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
Install smoke alarms- Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they will all sound at once.
Test smoke alarms- Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year as needed.
Install sprinklers- Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance at saving your property.
Fire escape planning tips
Below you will find several tips that could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one should a fire break out in your home
• Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home
• Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least ones a year.
• Consider installing a 10 year lithium battery powered smoke alarm
• Practice finding your way out of the house with your eyes closed, crawling or staying low and feeling your way out of the house.
• Remember escape first, then notify the fire department.
**Tips courtesy of www.usfa.dhs.gov**
What to do until help arrives.
• Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
• Place clean towels or old linens in rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
• Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
• Place Aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
• Wash any walls or painted surfaces.
• Shampoo carpet or upholstery
• Clean any electrical equipment.
• Send Clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. professionals are available 24/7 (856)227-7800
The Truth About Mold
Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. Mold can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Mold plays a very important role in nature- it helps break down dead leaves, plants, and trees. We are exposed to mold daily, meaning removing all mold is impossible.
In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they find a damp spot in your home or business, mold may begin to grow.
Mold can spread quickly, in as little as 48 hours. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, or AC/ heating systems. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor.
Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. If mold is found, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. has the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be taken care of, or the mold will return.
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas in your home or business.
Here is a helpful list of specific recommendations to limit your chance of getting mold:
• Keep humidity levels as low as you can- no higher than 50%.
• Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
• Be sure the home has adequate ventilation.
• Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
• Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
• Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
• Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.
Every mold damage is different and requires different solutions. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. understands mold and mold growth, we are trained mold damage specialist who get started quickly to get your home, “Like it never even happened.”
If You See Signs of Mold,
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How SERVPRO Removes Water from Blackwood Stores Faster and More Effectively.
Using a mop to clean up water damage can leave behind hidden structural damage.
Rely on professional mitigation for your commercial water damage.
In the aftermath of a water disaster, it can be tempting to try to conduct water removal from your Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. retail store on your own, especially if there is no standing water. Many see the absence of standing water as a sign that a mop and wringer suffice to clean the place up and end up saving a few dollars in the short-term at the expense of considerable structural damage in the long run. Business owners trust SERVPRO not just for our famous customer service and restoration work, but also for our unique ability to properly mitigate and remove water from a commercial location without leaving any extra water behind.
If you attempt water removal in your Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. store on your own, you most likely have no way to avoid leaving behind humidity, surface moisture and soaked in water. Getting these tougher, more ingrained spots of water requires specialized industrial equipment, like the machines carried by SERVPRO. Our array of thermal and chemical dehumidifiers, directed air movers, and industrial cleaning supplies help us to absorb water throughout the building, even in spots no human could normally reach. Furthermore, whether from mold or the water itself, severe water damage also tends to create strong odors in the building. Our advanced fogging deodorizers work to eliminate odors permanently, even those ingrained deep into woods and construction materials.
As part of our mitigation process, our inspectors will also thoroughly examine the establishment to find additional signs of damage or compromised structural integrity. Using thermal imaging technology coupled with critical information on the building, they are typically able to identify serious safety hazards and get treatment to them before larger problems develop. By calling SERVPRO, you ensure that your store gets a full, well-balanced treatment process, with no stone left unturned and no eventuality unplanned for.
SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. helps local companies large and small to get back in shape after taking water damage. With an expert staff and specialized equipment, we are capable of overcoming a disaster of any size.
Just call us at (856) 227-7800
How To Recover From An Apartment Complex Water Damage
Commercial water damage must be managed quickly.
Water Damage to a Business Can Be Devastating
Mistakes can happen to anyone, but when one of your tenants has a lapse in judgment or attention that results in water damage to your apartment complex you have a lot at stake. Not only do you need to respond to the immediate problem your renter caused but you also must have the entire property inspected for water damage that may have spread to other areas and inconvenienced other tenants. In fact, it is common for another one of your lessees to be the first to bring the water damage issues to your attention. Flooding or seeping water from another unit initially may be noticed by dripping from a ceiling or down a wall into another apartment. SERVPRO is the company to call to ensure that you find the source of the leak and create a plan to repair the water damage throughout your commercial building.
Commercial water damage in Gloucester Township must be managed quickly and repaired completely to keep all your tenants and their personal property safe and to protect your capital investment in the building. Whether a renter lets a bathtub overflow or failed to tell you that a toilet or pipe under a sink was leaking, you are responsible as the owner to both that tenant and the other occupants of the complex. Our technicians are trained to follow the path of water damage wherever it meanders throughout a building. We can make certain that the leak is stopped and the damage repaired in every unit affected quickly and with as little disturbance to your tenants as possible.
Our SERVPRO team has the experience and the skills to restore commercial water damage no matter how severe. We have the specialized equipment and know how to minimize the inconvenience to your tenants while restoring the premises to its pre-water damaged condition. Especially for your renters who were innocent bystanders our promise to make it “Like it never even happened.” is a crucial reason to rely upon our track record when choosing us over other restoration companies.
When you get that panicked call reporting water damage from a tenant dial (856)227-7800 to get SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. on board to inspect the problem. We have all the tools and training to restore water damage in commercial buildings for your tenants’ comfort and to protect your investment.
What to do Before a Fire Restoration Company Arrives.
Fire in home and fire in business are especially devastating. The extensive fire damage can leave a person homeless or a workplace out of business. It may be temporary, but the impact can be overwhelming for a homeowner or a business owner. After fire trucks depart, fire cleanup is necessary. Whether it is fire in home or fire in business, the property will suffer from smoke damage as well. Aside from that, there could also be widespread flooding and water damage due to the firefighting efforts.
Before the Fire Damage Restoration
The next step after the distressing fire damage is to call a restoration company that can provide board up services and more. While waiting, the primary focus of the victims of the fire should be their safety. Here are some things to bear in mind:
It may not be safe to stay in the house or building especially after destructive commercial fire damage.
Electrical wiring as well as slip and fall hazards are typically present after the fire damage.
Wet materials, after firefighters have stopped the fire, can be very heavy. It is not wise to attempt to carry them.
After a fire and before the professionals from the restoration company arrive to give board up services, here are actions that a homeowner or a businessperson can carry out after fire damage:
Soot damage can take place in carpets and upholstery. It is advised to limit movement to prevent the particles from being embedded in the mentioned items.
Make sure that the hands are clean. This not only helps with the fire cleanup, but also avoids further soiling walls, woodwork, and upholstery.
There should be old linens or clean towels on upholstery, carpets, and rugs to reduce smoke smell and even soot damage.
If it is fire in home and electricity is not working, the freezer and the refrigerator should be emptied. Doors should remain open until fire damage restoration professionals get there.
Cleaning and protecting chrome using light coating of oil or petroleum jelly is also advised.
Houseplants should be washed on both sides of the leaves to reduce smoke smell.
It is also time to change HVAC filter whether it is fire in home or fire in business.
Air registers can be taped with double layers of cheesecloth. This can also help reduce smoke smell.
If there are things that can be done before the restoration company arrives, there are also activities that should be avoided. Here they are:
Do not attempt to wash painted surfaces, such as walls. Shampooing carpet and upholstery is also not recommended without the go signal from the professionals of the restoration company.
It is also not advised to attempt to clean electrical appliances, particularly those that may have been exposed to fire or heat or even water. It is best to consult an authorized repairman first especially if soot damage is visible.
Commercial fire damage in stores that sell canned or packaged food and beverages can be upsetting as these items should no longer be used. The same thing should be applied if it is fire in home, particularly if the items have been stored near the areas that have been affected by fire and smoke damage.
If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fixtures before fire damage restoration since there could be something wrong with the wiring.
Garments should not be sent to an ordinary dry cleaning service. Improper cleaning may heighten smoke smell.
Fire in business or commercial fire damage, including soot damage and smoke damage, can affect the structure of the building and equipment in the area. The same thing can be said when fire took place at home where board up is often essential. It can destroy the house and the person’s belongings. Fire damage restoration companies understand that furniture, keepsakes, clothing, and other possessions are important to the victims of the fire.
It is important to find fire cleanup pros that specialize in restoring houses and structures and providing board up services for home or commercial fire damage. These pros can help renovate contents of the area that underwent fire, water, mold, and smoke damage. With the aid of professional fire cleanup, homeowners or business people can save money as their possessions are restored instead of replaced.
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4 Hidden Dangers of Water Damage
Don't let water damage your home.
Let the pros at SERVPRO Blackwood/Gloucester Township take care of it!
4 Dangers of Residential Water Damage.
Water damage can result from some different sources, including devastating weather, malfunctioning appliances, leaky roofs, and burst pipes. No matter what the cause, a water emergency is a serious issue that should be handled by a professional immediately.
If you're a homeowner facing water damage it's important that you call a skilled contractor as soon as possible to start the repair and restoration process. The longer that water sits in your home, the more havoc it will wreak on its structure and your possessions. Here are a few dangers caused by water damage that many homeowners don't notice until it's too late.
1. Mold and Mildew
The growth of mold and mildew can ruin your flooring, walls, furniture, and the surfaces of your home, not to mention your clothing, books, and documents. In addition to creating odors that are tough to eliminate, mold can be harmful to the health of your pets and family members. At SERVPRO, we're experts at preventing water damaged homes from developing mold growth.
2. Structural Problems
The weight of water is enough to put stress on your home's foundation, flooring, and walls and cause the need for extensive repairs. We're careful to extract as much moisture as possible when restoring homes with water damage.
3. Electrical Dangers
Water, wiring, and appliances are never a good combination, and water emergencies often cause major appliances to malfunction or pose electrical hazards. Having your home thoroughly assessed and inspected is the best safety measure to take once water damage has occurred.
4. Hazardous Materials
Water damage is often accompanied by dangerous debris, such as contaminated plaster and materials with lead. Our team is well equipped to repair your home in addition to removing any hazards.
If you're facing a water emergency, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is here to get your home quickly back to normal. For more information about our water damage restoration services or to receive a quote, call us at (856) 227-7800.