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Protect Your Home From Winter Storms

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Home From Winter Storms SERVPRO is Here To Help with storm damage.

Winter storms can be beautiful to look at and play in, but they also can cause damage to your home. Here are some tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.

Take Care of Your Roof.

• Keep your gutters clear. This keeps ice from accumulating and backing up under the shingles.

• Trim trees year-round. This helps keep branches from falling on your house.  

Prevent Ice Dams

• Eliminate heat sources under the roof, such as lights and heaters in the attic, that can contribute to thawing.

 • Keep the attic cool and ventilated to stop or slow the refreezing cycle.

• Consult a roofing professional to remove snow or standing water before an ice dam can form.

• Avoid trying to chip any ice dams off your roof, as you could damage the roof. Ask a roof specialist for help instead.

Prevent Water Damage

• Ventilate the attic and insulate the attic floor to stop warm air in the house from melting snow and ice on the roof.

• Wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or 2 inches of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed heat tape.

• Caulk cracks and holes in the home's outer walls and foundation. Holes left by cable installation can also leave pipes exposed.

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around pipes.

• Trickle water from faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

• Locate the home's main water valve — typically in the basement or outside near the curb — so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe does burst.

• If you leave the house unoccupied for an extended period, shut off the water and have a professional drain the system. Turn the heat down, but don't turn it off.

If your home or business is affected by storm damage, Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. 856-227-7800. We are Here To Help.

How To Prevent Water Damage From Rain

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Rain water could cause severe damage if it seeps into your home.

One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is from rain water. It can enter through leaks in your roof, seeping in from the foundation, or even flooding into your basement. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home such as:

Checking for proper drainage.

Inspect your roof thoroughly for structural damage or holes. Clear your gutters from leaves and other debris that could block the flow of water from draining into the yard.

Install or Check Sump Pumps.

Sump pump are very effective for keeping rainwater out of your house. Have a professional check your sump pump to insure it is working properly once a year.

Check sealant inside and outside foundation.

Make sure the tar sealant covering the inner and outer sides of the foundation are intact.

Inspect the slope of your lawn.

Grading is the slope of your lawn and it should always slope away from your home to redirect the rainwater from flooding around the foundations.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. Choose SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp., the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. will respond immediately 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to storm and flooding conditions.

Call us 856-227-7800.

Water Damage in your Blackwood Home

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. has the Answer for Property Owners Faced with Water Damage. Water damage is one of the risks a homeowners face when they buy a home. Indoor plumbing will likely fail at some point, and when it does, it makes for a wet mess. The experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. can help you restore your home to a clean, dry condition. Rapid water extraction, after the source has been eliminated, and then moisture removal to reach standard household levels will mitigate the dangers of contaminated water and mold growth. One of the first things that need to be determined when you have flooding caused by a plumbing failure is whether the water is clean, gray or black. These classifications indicate where the water is coming from and what sort of contaminants it may contain. Water damage occurs in many forms.

Clean Water refers to water that is piped into your home. It has not yet been used for any household purpose, so it is clear and free of any hazardous substances. Drinking water. This water may be leaking from a burst pipe in the walls; it can also be the result of a failed pressure valve on your water heater tank, which allows the water to flood out. There is a large list of possible reasons for an unwanted water intrusion.

Gray Water is more damaging. This is water that has flowed in sinks, showers, washing machines and all other plumbing including toilets tanks. Gray water does not contain harmful pathogens, but it does hold food waste, chemical products, and absorbed particulates from the surroundings that can harbor bacteria. Some soaps and other personal care products also contain ingredients that can be toxic if ingested.

Black water is the most dangerous. It includes overflow water from a toilet, backed up septic tanks or sewer lines, and degraded gray water. This water contains hazardous bacteria that are linked with raw sewage. If you detect black water flooding, keep yourself and your family out of contact with the water. If you must enter the flooded area, you should wear rubber gloves, safety goggles, and protect your feet with rubber boots or plastic bags.

Call the professionals from SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. Whenever your household plumbing fails, no matter what the source of the water is, we can help. Rapid and safe water removal from your property will mitigate health concerns, water damage to personal possessions, furnishings, and building materials. We can also save you money by repairing and restoring rather than replacing salvageable property. Our IICRC-certified and corporately trained technicians have the skills to return your Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. water damaged home to preloss condition "Like it never even happened.” We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. With pride, we service the Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. area for all residential and commercial water damage.

Call us 24/7 for help. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. (856) 227-7800

Prepare Your Blackwood Property for the Cold Weather

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Blackwood Property for the Cold Weather It is always better to Be Prepared!

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather,  you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches.Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
Inspect the property. Especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
Ask your local SERVPRO® Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township (856)-227-7800 for more information.

Safety Tips For Deep Frying A Turkey

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety Tips For Deep Frying A Turkey Enjoy Your Turkey This Thanksgiving!

When it comes to deep frying turkey, you want to take every precaution to keep your family and your home safe.

Fried turkeys are delicious, but they come with a lot of safety issues. Thousands of fires as well as many deaths and injuries happen each year due to turkey fryer fires. Before you set up your turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, remember these safety tips.

Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.

Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.

Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. We have the experience and training to make your home safe and livable again. Call us at 856-227-7800.

Township Office Building Secure Document Cleanup

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Township Office Building Secure Document Cleanup Office Building containing police documents and commercial blueprints that had to be disposed of properly.

A local municipality office suffered a lot of water and mold damage due to an ongoing roof leak.  This office was used to store police records and commercial blueprint files as well as old computers and electronics. The building was eventually going to be demolished. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township was  contacted to come and clear out the building and securely dispose of the files. We subcontracted a replicable shredding company to securely shred the documents, following the secure chain of custody. We contacted the city to safely dispose of the electronic equipment and computers. Our crew handled the job in a professional and timely manor.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is Here To Help in just about any situation. Call Us at 856-227-7800.

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. Properties Affected by Smoke and Fire

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. Properties Affected by Smoke and Fire Big or Small, Fire is a serious matter.

In your Blackwood/Gloucester Township home, a fire is a serious matter. Even a fire which is small and non-devastating can have consequences which are overwhelming. Some of these might not be apparent right away to the average person, which is why you need a professional company such as SERVPRO to help you clean up after a fire.
Listed below are some possible affects from a fire:
Structural Damage
The structure of your Blackwood home can be damaged by a fire. You need to be cautious when entering your home after a fire because of this damage. It is not reasonable to determine that all the floor supports are intact on your own. Therefore, an inspector needs to check your property for damage to the structure before you go back into it. When the damage is severe, you may have to board up the property for liability and safety reasons. Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you do this.
Smoke Residue and Odor
Most smoke particles are just 0.004 microns wide, which means they can work their way into all the nooks and crannies, from carpet to furniture, wallboard, and even insulation. Cleaning up smoke residue and odor becomes increasingly difficult depending on the volume of smoke, but also on the type of smoke which are present during the fire. Some materials which are natural, such as paper and wood, leave gray or black, ashy residues which are easier to clean up. Some inorganic materials, like synthetic fabrics and plastics, leave a smeary residue which is difficult and risky to clean up. SERVPRO can get rid of all residue and odors with special equipment, detergents, and deodorizers.
Water Damage
Most fires also lead to water damage. When firefighters try to put the fire out, they douse your home with water, which soaks everything which was involved in or close to the fire. If you do not act right away to dry out your walls, carpeting, and furniture after the fire, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth begins in addition to the fire damage. Building materials degrade rapidly after being exposed to pressurized water.
 
Our SERVPRO Professionals are trained to handle this type of damage. We can dry out your home while doing the other cleanup work, as well as, clean up any mold damage and check for hidden mold.
 

Check out our Fire Damage Emergency Tips here.


Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township right away after a fire. (856)227-7800. We will guide you through the whole restoration process to get your home back to its normal condition.

Don’t Use Bleach to Kill Mold!

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don’t Use Bleach to Kill Mold! If you suspect mold, Call SERVPRO. Don't use bleach.

Using chlorine bleach to kill mold is probably one of the worst things you can do.

As a matter of fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

The problem is, it’s true that bleach can kill some mold in some places some of the time.  But, bleach only works to remove mold on hard, impermeable surfaces like bathtub and shower surrounds or tiles. However, on porous surfaces like drywall or hardwood floors, it won’t work to kill mold or keep it from coming back.
Mold spreads its roots deep into porous surfaces.
Simply spraying a bleach solution on the surface won’t kill mold spores at their roots.

Here are some reasons Why you should NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

•   Bleach encourages toxic mold growth on     porous surfaces because it provides excess moisture.
•   Bleach only removes the color from mold.
•   Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to surfaces.
•   Bleach is extremely corrosive.

You don’t want to use bleach to kill mold because there are many antimicrobial alternatives readily available. The Professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. have the knowledge and equipment to safely remove mold from your home or business.  We care about the proper restoration of your structure.

If you think you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. to protect your health and property. (856)227-7800.

Hurricane Florence Cleanup and Restoration

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Florence Cleanup and Restoration Loading equipment to go to North Carolina.

Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

Hurricane Florence made landfall causing significant flooding and wind destruction in North and South Carolina. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township has joined the Storm Team in North Carolina and is ready to respond. Our team of storm damage specialists are on the scene, mitigating flood water, reducing severity of water damage. SERVPRO has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and designated Disaster Recovery Teams ready to mobilize if more resources are needed.

Overview

Hurricane Florence made landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Friday, September 14 with significant flooding to the Carolinas. Despite making landfall as a weakened Category 1 hurricane, Florence still had enough wind speed to uproot trees and cause widespread power outages throughout the Carolinas. Coupled with a large storm surge, this caused widespread flooding along a long stretch of the North Carolina coast. Most major roads and highways in the area experienced some flooding, with large stretches of I-40, I-95, and US Route 70 remaining impassable for days after the storm had passed.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. is here to help make it Like it never even happened. ®

MOLD in your Coffee Pot?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD in your Coffee Pot? Keep your coffee pot clean and free of mold.

Your clean you wipe and wash your kitchen, keep your dishes done run hot water through your coffee machine from time to time. Could there be mold in my coffee? A study done by National Science Foundation (NSF) found that the largest concentration of germs is located ( no not the bathroom) but in the kitchen. Guess what the top 10 dirtiest items are Kitchen sponges, Kitchen Sink, Toothbrush Holder, Pet Bowl, COFFEE RESERVOIR, Faucet Handles, Pet toys, Counter tops, Stove knobs, and Cutting boards..
  

   A pets bowl is cleaner than  your coffee reservoir? Inside half these reservoirs they found mold and yeast. A staggering 10% have been exposed to Coliform Bacteria.

How is that even possible?
    

     I run hot water through my machine to make the coffee.  I also thought coffee had antibacterial properties to it.  Should those two things be enough to keep the bacteria and mold at bay? Nope not even close for water to work it needs to be boiling NO coffee maker gets water to reach its boiling point. You would sue them for getting burned all the time. The acid in coffee only works on about half of the germs that are found in the pot and filter. If anything the warm moist environment makes it the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria and mold.

    Our bodies are great at adapting. We build up a resistance to these germs that are ingested in small amounts over the course of time. When ingesting a potentially harmful organism  our body does have the ability to filter out some of the infected particles. This is not ideal because the germs too adapt and can slip by your immune system eventually and make you sick.

How to clean your Coffee Maker:

    The frequency is commensurate with how often you use your machine. If you use it for a pot per day I would suggest a through cleaning once a week. If you have a machine that gets more use like a communal one at work a few times a week would be advised. All parts of the coffee machine that can be removed should be for effective cleaning. This includes but is not limited to carafe if there is one, the basket that houses the filter and coffee itself, any parts of the machine that can be removed easily. Make sure you use hot soapy water to eliminate germs, stains, and residue oils left over from making the coffee. Once this is done make sure everything is fully dry before you put your machine all back together.

    Your water no matter how hot or soapy will leave behind elements that can encourage growth because there are minerals in the water. This will have to be removed. Because you drink from this machine it is suggested that you leave the chemicals behind and settle for some natural products. The suggestion is using a vinegar based solution at a minimum of once a month. This will d-calcify the machine and produce a better cup of coffee.

      Here the suggested way to get that done. Fill the water reservoir with half water and half vinegar… Pretend you are going to brew a pot of coffee and put the filter in where you normally would. **DO NOT PUT COFFEE IN IT** Brew this until almost half of the water has emptied into the pot turn off the machine. Walk away and leave everything for about a half an hour. Turn the machine back on and finish the brewing process. Once this is done remove the filter and just run some plain water through the machine. I would advise doing this two times to make sure the vinegar is fully out of the machine. Then do one more rinse of the hot soapy water that is being done once a week. This will ensure the bacteria and mold are not able to grow and make you sick.

   The machine is clean and there is no more mold in your coffee. This should allow you to enjoy that cup of coffee the way it was meant to be enjoyed worry free……. Happy sipping

   You may not need SERVPRO® for your coffee pot, But, if you find any signs of mold in your home or office, CALL US 856-227-7800.
We are Here To Help.

SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp.