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SERVPRO Can Remove Odors From Your Fire Damaged Home

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

photo shows smoke and reads, " After a fire, smoke and soot smell can linger SERVPRO experts can remove smoke and soot odors after a fire.

Getting Odors Caused By Fire Damage Under Control In Your Blackwood/Gloucester Township Residence.

Most disasters that harm a house also create odor-causing particles to form. When your Blackwood/Gloucester Township home becomes inundated with these particles, sharp and unpleasant odors begin to get more pronounced.

Once your home in Blackwood/Gloucester Township sustains fire damage, the smell of smoke and soot can linger. These odors only slightly improve when the air becomes less moist or when the temperature decreases, but never truly disappears. Structural mitigation and restoration does very little, and sometimes nothing at all, to alleviate an odor problem that can make your family miserable.

Heavy odors like the ones that come from soot particles left behind by burning plastics and other synthetics can make food taste bad, your clothing smell, and even cause health effects in some individuals. SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician (OCT) can eliminate the odors ruining your enjoyment of your home.

As we carry out fire damage mitigation, we eliminate most of the smoke residue. Some areas remain inaccessible, and these are all over your home's interior. If your ventilation system was running during the fire (heating, cooling, bathroom or kitchen exhaust), soot could have found its way inside and into adjacent areas. Hollow areas behind cabinets, above ceilings, and inside walls hide continually disintegrating soot particles.

Our OCT uses a technique to get to these particles wherever they might hide. Instead of removing them manually, thermal fogging eliminates their ability to return to your home's air. The forced mist spreads out in the same way the smoke did, and while still hot, its components chemically bond with any loose soot particles encountered. The added weight makes it impossible for the soot to get lifted back into the air currents that travel through your home, keeping your family and guests from smelling them again.

Other areas that might hold onto odors include carpeting. While soot can remain trapped here and thermal fogging might not reach all of the residue hiding in the backing and pad underneath, we can still treat the area with potent and long-lasting liquid deodorizers. We can inject these directly into the absorbent padding. Other areas that continue to harbor odor sources often respond well to hidden gel packs, of which we have several different scents. These also last a significant amount of time.

We always discuss the needs of our customers, and adequate control of odors related to smoke and soot is no different. Our experts want to make sure you're completely satisfied with our services.

Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800 to make sure that every aspect of your home's fire damage mitigation, including the elimination of odors, is handled professionally and by skilled specialists.

24 Hour Emergency Service

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of SERVPRO box truck. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township We are Here to Help 24/7.

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

• 24-Hour Emergency Service

• Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

• Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

• A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

• Locally Owned and Operated

• Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 856-227-7800

Residential Services

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

• Water Damage Restoration

• Fire Damage Restoration

• Mold Remediation Storm Damage Restoration

• Cleaning Services

• Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Blackwood/Gloucester Township commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: click here.

• Commercial Water Damage Restoration

• Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Mold in Blackwood Office Building

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Image shows black mold on wall underneath plastic wallpaper. Exposed mold from behind wallpaper.

This local commercial office building unknowingly had a roof leak for months. Their walls were covered with plastic wallpaper that visually hid the mold. Once the wallpaper started to peel and they smelled a bad odor, they contacted SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to assess the situation. SERVPRO Professionals came out and visually inspected the space. Moisture meters were used to determine what areas were affected. The drywall was removed and the space was treated with an antimicrobial solution. Dehumidifiers were placed in the space and monitored daily. An air scrubber was also placed in the space to help remove the odor. This process took about five days to complete. If your business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Today 856-227-7800. We are Here To Help.

Grout and Caulking Damage in Old Shower.

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Image shows old cracking caulk on and old shower enclosure. Don't let your caulk get to this point!

As your tiled shower ages, it is important to keep your caulking and grout in good repair. Water and mold damage is caused by deteriorating or missing caulking and grout which causes water to seep underneath the surface damaging your shower walls over time. Between 1965 and 1990 drywall was used behind tile and when it gets wet it expands and swells causing the grout to crack. In recent years they have started using cement board that do not swell when moist and can be treated with a waterproofing. This makes your shower less likely to have major water issues, but it is still important to check your caulking and grout regularly, making repairs immediately to prevent a costly project. SERVPRO was contacted for a water damage in this home. After examining the area and performing a moisture check, it was discovered that the walls were wet due to damaged and missing grout. Our professionally trained production crew removed all the damaged tile and drywall in this shower and the remaining structure was cleaned and treated for mold.

If you think you have a moisture problem in your shower contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800.

Commercial Carpet Cleanings

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

freshly cleaned carpet in an empty apartment bedroom SERVPRO cleans carpets in this local apartment complex between tenants.

Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to clean and maintain your commercial carpets.

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet. IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include:

Regular vacuuming

Spot removal

Moving furniture to change traffic patterns

Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your commercial carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Professionals will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

Need Commercial Carpet Cleaning? Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800

Lindenwold, NJ Mold

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

split image showing black mold-like substance on the ceiling, other side showing black mold-like substance around skylight Laundry room and kitchen ceilings in Lindenwold home.

Lindenwold resident reached out to SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township when he saw what he thought to be mold in the laundry room and kitchen. He was concerned with the health issues that this situation could cause. Our SERVPRO Professionals went out and scoped the job. The ceiling in both the laundry room was affected. The entire laundry room ceiling had to be cut out and 2 ft from the top of drywall down. In the kitchen we cut the mold out by the skylights. There was also a 3x3 section of drywall that we cut out in the bathroom. All areas were treated with an antimicrobial solution. The source of the problem for the mold growth was unknown to us. There was not a leak that we could tell in either the attic or around the skylights. We cleaned the dryer vent in the laundry room, it was venting outside. We cleaned the ceiling vent in the bathroom as well. All of the mold was removed and the customer was happy and ready for reconstruction.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township right away. Mold grows and spreads very quickly. We offer free estimates. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township 856-227-7800.

Hurricane Dorian- Be Safe if You Are in the Path

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

hurricane satellite view from the international space station Be safe if a hurricane is headed your way.

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that forms in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They are among the most destructive forces in nature. Hurricane season runs from June through November, peaking in early to mid-September. But hurricanes can happen any time.

Our thoughts go out to those in the path of Hurricane Dorian, a potential Category 4 storm headed for Florida. Unlike tornadoes and earthquakes, hurricanes can be forecast several days ahead of landfall, giving residents time to take precautions. For those in the path of a hurricane:

• Board up windows and secure loose items like patio furniture.

• Know where to go in the event of an evacuation and how to get there; establish an assembly point for family members to meet if separated, and choose one person everyone can contact with their whereabouts and status.

• Take shelter in a sturdy building; avoid isolated sheds or other small structures, open areas, hilltops, the beach or boats.

• If you are driving in heavy rain, try to safely exit the road, stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers

• Never drive into flooded areas; if flood waters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground

• Contact your local emergency management agency for information

• Avoid contact with electrical equipment, cords, metal and water.

• Listen for warning sirens, stay away from windows and exterior doors, and seek shelter in a bathroom or basement.

•Stay indoors until authorities tell you it's safe to go outside.

• Hurricanes can cause massive flooding Learn about safe cleanup from local authorities, or visit

• Get daily hurricane updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

SERVPRO is Here To Help with hurricane damage.

Blackwood,NJ Sewer Pipe Backup

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township for emergency sewage cleanup.

Quick Response is the key.

One of the worst things you can experience as a homeowner is a sewer backup. Sewer backups occur when an obstruction or damage prevents wastewater from flowing through your lateral sanitary sewer line – the main sewer line that connects your home to the municipal sanitary sewers.

This Blackwood homeowner was awakened in the early morning hours to a sewage backup. Sewage and water was spewing everywhere. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township was called and quickly responded to the scene. Sewage water is considered Category 3, known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi. Everything the water touches must be thrown away. Our SERVPRO Professionals extracted the water and gutted the three rooms that were affected. Drying equipment was placed to dry the affected areas. The drying process was monitored daily to ensure proper drying. The homeowner was pleased with our quick response and professional work.

If you have a sewage backup you can depend on SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to respond quickly 24/7. Call us at 856-227-7800. We are here to help make it “Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township?

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is Here To Help in emergency and professional cleaning situations.

SERVPRO is the leader in Clean Up and Restoration.

Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration, clean up after a fire, mold remediation or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Professionals to make your house feel like home again. We have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. SERVPRO Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We offer 24/7 water emergency services to residential and commercial customers.

Our Residential Services include the following:

• Water Damage Restoration

• Fire Damage Restoration

• Mold Remediation

• Storm Damage Restoration

• Cleaning Services

Our Commercial Services include the following:

• Commercial Water Damage Restoration

• Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

• Commercial Mold Remediation

• Commercial Cleaning Services

• Commercial Storm and Major Events

Call us for your Residential or Commercial Restoration and Clean Up needs. 856-227-7800.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. Is Your Business Ready in Case of a Disaster?

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

50%-The percent of businesses that may never recover after suffering a disaster.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services after a disaster. It is designed to be a quick reference of important building and contact information. By developing a Emergency Ready Profile for your business you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Know what to do and expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. We offer an ERP Mobile app. that will allow you to access this information from your phone.

This is a NO COST assessment to your facility. All you have to do is call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800 and we will set up a time we can come to your business. This does not take a lot of time and will not take away from your current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working condition. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at piece of mind.

Call us today to get started. 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 an emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”