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If You Have Water Damage, Take Caution With Wet Appliances

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes a home, it can be from a variety of reasons. At SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester TWP., we respond to homes that have water damage from burst pipes, flooding, toilet overflows and supply line leaks. Regardless of the cause, it is important to proceed with caution in a flooded home. In particular, be careful if you have wet electrical appliances in your home.  

Most likely there will be appliances and electrical devices such as TV.'s and computers plugged in to electrical outlets in the wet areas of your home. Although it might be tempting to go in and "save" your laptop, keep your distance. You could suffer electric shock from water that you may not see in the appliance or outlet. Short circuiting electrical items also pose a fire hazard. We recommend that you go to your breaker and turn off the electricity to the affected areas, even if the area appears to be dry.  

Our experienced team have handled water damaged appliances and other electrical devices. Our office staff work with your insurance agency to determine which items can be restored and which need to be replaced. Call us at 856-227-7800 if you have water damage in your Blackwood or Gloucester Township home. Our SERVPRO professionals know which steps to take and when to take them.  Bringing your home from disaster to "Like it never even happened.”

How to Inspect a Fire Extinguisher.

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Inspect a Fire Extinguisher. Ideally, you should inspect your portable home fire extinguisher every month.

When was the last time you took time to check the fire extinguisher that sits under your kitchen sink? Or the one hanging from a dusty hook in your garage? If you’re struggling to remember, it’s time to check it. Like any other piece of safety equipment, a home fire extinguisher should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s in proper working condition. A fire extinguisher in good working condition is your first line of defense when a home fire erupts.
Ideally, you should inspect your portable home fire extinguishers every month.

Tips for Performing a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Check

Check the label or tag.
Every fire extinguisher, whether disposable or rechargeable, has a manufacturer’s label or tag. Read the tag and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions.

Check the tamper seal.
If the tamper seal has been broken or is cracked, a disposable fire extinguisher needs to be replaced. If it’s rechargeable, it needs to be serviced professionally. Check the locking or pull pin as well to make sure it’s in the correct position. If the pin missing, the fire extinguisher needs to be inspected or serviced by a professional.

Inspect for physical damage.
Physically inspect the fire extinguisher for obvious damage. This may include but is not limited to dents, corrosion, cracks and obvious leakage. If a fire extinguisher has leakage, it’s no longer under full pressure and may not work properly when you need it most. Check the fire extinguisher nozzle as well, to ensure it’s not clogged by grime, dust, bugs or leakage from the unit itself.

Check the pressure gauge.
Check that the pressure gauge needle indicates the fire extinguisher pressure is in the optimum operating range. Often the correct pressure range will be designated by green on the gauge.

Is the fire extinguisher full?
During your monthly check, lift the fire extinguisher and determine if it still feels full. If there has been a leak, it will feel light, and it won’t have the right amount of pressure to work correctly.

Shake it.
If you have a dry chemical fire extinguisher, it should be shaken once a month during your inspection. This helps prevent the chemical dousing agent from solidifying at the bottom of the unit.

Write inspection date on tag.
Keep track of every inspection date by writing it on the fire extinguisher tag.

Ensure easy access to your fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers should always be easy to access if there is an emergency. You don’t want to have to search for it once a fire breaks out. Don’t block fire extinguishers with furniture, boxes or any other items. Everyone who lives in the household should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it in case of an emergency.

In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911. A home fire extinguisher can be used to put out or control small fires, but it’s still safest to call professional fire fighters before you attempt to control a fire on your own.

If you need professional fire, smoke or water damage cleanup after a fire, call the experts at:
SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township (856)227-7800

Mold Remediation--Trust An Experienced Company

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Mold Remediation--Trust An Experienced Company Mold Damage–Call SERVPRO Blackwood/Gloucester Twp.

SERVPRO Can Safely Remediate Mold Damage in Your Blackwood Home.

Mold remediation for mold damage in Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. includes identifying and addressing issues of mold in a structure. Mold remediation stops the spread of mold by isolating the areas which are damaged, taking out the affected material and stopping the sources of moisture so that a healthy environment can be reestablished.

What Mold Remediation Involves
When you hire a professional like SERVPRO for mold remediation, it will involve cleaning up the mold and removing it so that the health risks and damage can be assessed. Cleaning with water and bleach won’t kill mold. Material which is moldy has to be disposed of, and the area which is damaged has to be reconstructed. This is why mold remediation should be handled by a trained professional so handle the hazardous materials and stop the spread of mold to other areas of your home. Expert mold remediation includes:

Assessment – experts will visit your home to find the areas with mold, plus figure out what the source of the problem is. They will then go over a plan for mold remediation.

Containment – The source of the problem will be addressed and the area which is affected closed off to stop contamination from spreading through the rest of your home from the mold spores being stirred up during the process of removal.

Filtration – the spores of mold and other particles from the air can be cleaned by using HEPA filters. The specialist will wear protective masks and goggles to lessen their exposure to airborne contaminants.

Removal - personal belongings and building materials in your home can be affected by the mold. Since it is an organism that is living and deeply ingrains itself to survive, anything that is porous should be discarded. The most efficient and safest way to make sure mold does not return is to get rid of contaminated materials. Antimicrobial cleaning products can be used to disinfect nonporous materials, and sealants can also be used to make the treated areas resistant to mold and water damage. You might need to have your air conditioning, and heating systems cleaned professionally as well. This will help to reduce the number of mold spores existing in the duct work.

Drying – it is crucial that the repaired and cleaned items be kept completely dry. Excessive moisture, remember, is where the issue started. Because of this, our mold remediation specialist will probably go over moisture management strategies with you to make sure your home won’t encounter problems in the future.
Repair – the process of reconstruction will start after all the materials that were contaminated with mold are removed. Mold-free, clean materials will be the replacements for materials that were previously contaminated. This action is only required under severe fungi infestations.

Testing – After remediation, the company will look for any recurrent water damage signs, visible mold or moldy odors to make sure that cleanup was successful.

If you think you might have mold damage, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. The health of your family needs to be protected, so call (856) 227-7800 so your home can be evaluated for mold right away.

How to Stop Faulty Sump Pumps Causing Flood Damage in Gloucester Twp. Restaurants

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Stop Faulty Sump Pumps Causing Flood Damage in Gloucester Twp. Restaurants Don't let a clogged or faulty sump pump close your eating establishment.

SERVPRO Deals with Faulty Sump Pumps in Four Steps.

There is a reason why busy cafes and restaurants are at a higher risk of flooding than some other businesses. In this type of building, good drainage is essential. Huge amounts of water are needed every day – for cooking and cleaning – and they have to be disposed of quickly.

It is why many restaurants have a fast moving, below-floor drainage system, with a float activated sump pump. It gets periodically drained, once the water rises above a certain level. Problems occur when cooking oils and organic waste make it into the drain. They clog up the channels, which commonly leads to commercial flood damage in Blackwood and Gloucester Township restaurants.

Keep reading to find out how the experts at SERVPRO deal with faulty sump pumps and flooded restaurants in the local area.

Step One: Inspect the Pump

The first step is to inspect the pump and identify the problem. If it is just a blockage, the process is quick, and the original pump can likely be used to extract the standing water.

If there seems to be a fault with the pump, SERVPRO has a portable extractor which can be used to remove the excess liquid. Once the water is no longer a problem, we can arrange for a sump pump repair.

Step Two: Start the Drying Process

Dehumidification is very effective, but it extracts water at a slower rate than other methods. It is why our technicians use as many accelerated techniques as possible before they bring in the dehumidifiers.

The good news is that restaurant drains are typically very shallow. They may cover the whole of the kitchen, but they do not extend very deep. The repair team can place air scrubbers (two in this case) inside the drain cavity to continue the extraction.

Step Three: Bring in the Dehumidifier

The importance of speed is not a safety issue, as the water is likely to be Category 1 or 2. However, as long as the drain is out of operation, the restaurant is dysfunctional and unable to perform at the required level. So, we have to get the area dried out quickly.

The best solution is a small capacity dehumidifier. It gets placed inside the drain cavity. For a small to medium sized restaurant, we would likely use a machine which extracts around 150 pints of moisture per day.

Step Four: Clean the Drain

It is not always necessary, but if there is a possibility of mold, SERVPRO treats the walls of the drain with an anti-fungal agent. In a restaurant, the risk of mold growth is slightly higher, because bits of organic waste inevitably end up in the water.

Normally, an air scrubber or deodorizer is needed if there is evidence of developing mold and unpleasant smells. If you notify our team of the problem quickly, this should not happen. It is only after 48 hours that Category 1 and 2 water sources start to stagnate and fill with bacteria and other nasty substances.

If your restaurant is struggling with drainage or flooding problems, you need help from the experts. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. provides reliable, professional flood damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (856) 227-7800.

SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Twp. is Hiring.

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Crew Chief

• Manage and complete jobs according to SERVPRO processes per work order.
• Respond to service calls when needed.
• Set up and establish efficient job flow, coordinate requirements for the job, complete job documentation, perform and supervise production work, and monitor assigned jobs from start to finish.
• Follow and enforce all safety procedures on the job site.
• Resolve problems quickly as they arise.
• Monitor all assigned jobs to ensure customer needs are met.

Production Technician

• Respond to service calls as needed.
• Perform services as assigned, following SERVPRO production guidelines.
• Communicate with crew chief to make sure all customer needs are met.
• Support crew chief and other production personnel, as needed.
• Clean and maintain vehicles, equipment, warehouse, and office areas, as needed.

If you would like to be part of our team, email your resume to:

SERVPRO Blackwood/Gloucester Twp.                 856-227-7800

Soot and Smoke Removal

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

What Do I Do?

For people who’ve experienced a fire in their home, the initial cleanup of soot and water can be only the beginning. On top of the devastation of possibly losing irreplaceable personal items and memorabilia, the process of getting the home back in living order can be filled with difficulties.

Restoring the home requires professionals who are experienced in dealing with fires and restoration of the property. The national association that certifies companies’ expertise in fire cleanup is the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. IICRC-certified companies must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

IICRC, working with the manufacturers of carpet, upholstery and fabric, works to establish the standards on how these items can be restored, whether from fire or water damage. When it comes to cleaning, restoring and inspecting that items are safe to be replaced in the home, the IICRC writes the books, so their certification of a local company offers homeowners the reassurance that the fire restoration work will be done correctly.

Our SERVPRO professionals are IICRC-certified, and our technicians receive ongoing training in the IICRC best practices. We also understand the need for immediate response, working with your insurance agent to document the loss and items that are able to be restored versus those that are a total loss.

If you ever experience a fire and need a restoration company, SERVPRO meets these standards:

   • Proof of proper insurances and licenses
   • Formal and recent training in specialized fire restoration work
   • IICRC Certification

For restoration of your home and its contents after a fire, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. is the company to call. We take pride in keeping our customers informed about their restoration work, and in upholding the standards of our IICRC certification.

If you have experienced a fire in your home, Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. (856)227-7800. We Can Help.

Quarantine Methods used by SERVPRO

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quarantine Methods used by SERVPRO In some mold cases, quarantine and containment measures could be used in parts of your home.

SERVPRO Quarantine Methods Used When Dealing with Mold Damage

Depending on the extent and severity of your mold damage, SERVPRO may deem it necessary to put in containment and quarantine measures in parts of your home. These can range in size from a few feet to entire sections of the home but are always designed to contain mold to its current extent and prevent further contamination throughout the home. If the mold is limited, you may not need to worry about containment at all. However, if our inspector does deem the situation worthy of quarantine measures, these are some of the preventative steps you can expect us to take.

Sealed HVAC Systems

One of the most often implemented containment measures is the sealing off vents and air ducts throughout the building. Mold damage in homes can spread quickly through heating and air conditioning lines, especially if the source colony is located near a vent. Sealing off HVAC systems may make temperatures a bit uncomfortable in the home, but it is worth it if the mold can be successfully contained.

Plastic Sheeting

We may put up plastic sheets and barriers across moldy surfaces to keep its spores from becoming too much of a problem. These air-tight barriers are effective at both denying the mold moisture and preventing its spores from reaching other parts of the home, and so are used widely and in both small and large mold remediation projects.

Establishing Clean Rooms and Decontamination Rooms

In some cases, we may need to erect or adapt small areas within the home for decontamination and cleaning of supplies and clothing. Whenever someone - be it SERVPRO staff or the homeowner - leaves or enters the moldy area, they have to go through this special area and make sure that no mold spores can leave the quarantined zone. This stops mold spores from hitching a ride on you and your belongings as you move between rooms.

If you think you have mold, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. (856)227-7800.

Our trained professionals will make it
"Like it never even happened."

Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage In Your Home

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage In Your Home Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live

Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage

Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live in Sicklerville. These kinds of floods are very dangerous, not just because of the volume and speed of the water, but due to the fact that the water contains rocks and other debris. These floods are fast rising and can invade your home just as quickly.

Flood damage in your Sicklerville home is overwhelming and can be quite devastating. When floodwaters have invaded your home, you need professional help to get your home clean and dry again. SERVPRO is standing by to help you with the professional training and equipment that is needed to do the job right.

In a flood situation, we are not finished once the water is out and your home is dry again. We must also clean your structure. Things like the subflooring and walls could need cleaning. We clean any materials which are restorable with the appropriate method.

For carpeting, SERVPRO staff clean and deodorize these areas. We choose a cleaning method that is right for the level of soiling. Different carpet cleaning methods are utilized depending on the condition and type of the carpet.

Most of the time, we have a list of items which need to be cleaned. All contents exposed to water or high humidity have to be evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture might need cleaning and polishing from exposure to high humidity. We check all clothing, closets, and storage areas for contents needing cleaning and deodorizing. We also look for damage from high humidity and condensation on photographs and wall hangings. Your electronics may need special drying and cleaning services to restore them. Pool tables, pianos, clocks, and other items which are sensitive could also require specialized attention.

After restoration is complete, we finalize the job by ensuring you are satisfied. We check moisture levels one last time to ensure everything is dry and complete a walk-through with you. If there are any problems, we fix them and then remove all our equipment and supplies. Maintain relationships and communicating throughout the entire process is a huge factor in how smoothly the job is completed and how happy you are.

SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township prides ourselves on how we take care of our customers and their homes in Blackwood, Glendora, or Washington Township. Get in touch with us when your home has suffered flood damage by calling (856) 227-7800.

Commercial Cleaning Service

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Service Time for a Spring Cleaning.

If you are a business owner, or run a particular business that receives a lot of visitors and foot-traffic, you know how important it is to keep your business looking clean and in good shape. A lot of times, you don't have the time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.

When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

 • Air Ducts and HVAC
 • Biohazard and Sewage
 • Trauma and Crime Scene
 • Carpet and Upholstery
 • Drapes and Blinds
 • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
 • Odor Removal and Deodorization
 • Vandalism

If you are in need of a spring cleaning, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. (856)227-7800

Meet Wayne

4/1/2018 (Permalink)

Meet Wayne, Our Production Manager. Wayne has been with SERVPRO for over 7 years, and holds I.I.C.R.C. Certifications in Water Damage Restoration, Fire & Smoke Restoration, Applied Microbial Remediation, Applied Structural Drying, Carpet Cleaning, and Carpet Spotting. Wayne is also certified in Trauma Scene and Biohazard Cleanup. Throughout his years of experience, Wayne has done jobs as small as a water cooler cleanup, to acting as the project manager at a High School here in Camden County after the school sustained heavy water and smoke damage due to a fire. This large commercial project took Wayne and 20 crew members over 4 months to complete, from extracting water, to cleaning every classroom in the three story structure. Every SERVPRO crew member has at least one area where they shine and Wayne’s happens to be in Mold Remediation. Wayne prides himself on making sure his jobs are done right the first time, and throughout his career, he has never failed a post testing performed by a third party air quality testing company. Wayne is a Camden County native and in his free time enjoys camping, kayaking and snow skiing.