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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.

SERVPRO Quickly Responds to Water Damage in Local Department Store.

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Quickly Responds to Water Damage in Local Department Store. Local Commercial Water Damage.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township responded to an after hours call at a local department store. Heavy rains caused the roof and drain pipe to leak into the store. Two floors of this three story department store were affected.  Our crew quickly responded and worked till early hours in the morning. We worked closely with the store manager to ensure that their product was handled with care.
Our first task in this commercial building is to remove any standing water before starting another process. In this situation, team members also start drying shelves, storage racks, and other units by hand as we bring down the water level. We do this, so we have a clean, dry area to store undamaged inventory.
SERVPRO technicians next established air movement and lower humidity to begin drying inventory and property as soon as possible. We started this with a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. Air movers push the moisture out of the building materials and the dehumidifiers create hot, dry air and pull the moisture out of the air.
 We can direct the airflow of these devices over inventory and structural property to carefully dry them out without causing additional damage.
Our drying process took three days and business was only slightly affected during our process.


If your business faces a water disaster, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. is here to help. 856-227-7800

Thunderstorm Basics.

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorm Basics. Thunderstorm Time!

Did you know that across the globe, there are over 1800 thunderstorms a day?  Although it can be nice to listen to a thunderstorm with a cup of coffee, they can also be very dangerous.  Lightning injures more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes.  Lightning can also cause damage to house wiring.

So what causes a thunderstorm?  They form when an air mass becomes unstable and overturns.  Unstable means that the bottom layer is hot and humid, the top layer is cool, or both. Air pockets near the surface rises, expands, and cools, This makes the air pockets get warmer than the environment, which makes it rise even higher.  Water vapor in the air condenses and forms a convective cloud.  Bingo! Thunderstorm time!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 856-227-7800

About SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp.

SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. specializes in the cleanup restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We can make it “Like it never even happened®”


Biohazard Cleanup

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Biohazard Cleanup SERVPRO local biohazard cleanup scene.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township specializes in bio hazardous cleanup whether it is a sanitation issue, contaminated foods, animal waste, vandalism or family loss. Bio hazardous materials also include blood borne pathogens, hazardous waste or any substance that can be harmful to humans.

Bio hazardous materials should not be removed without specialized protection and equipment. Personal protective equipment can reduce the risk of accidents, sickness or legalities. Our technicians are trained and certified to handle and dispose of bio hazardous materials.


We pride ourselves in making sure that biohazards are completely removed and not just covered up. We realize how important it is your family or business. Here at SERVPRO our technicians are certified and trained to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (856) 227-7800
SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp.

What is an IIRC® Certified Firm

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What is an IIRC® Certified Firm SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. is an IIRC® Certified Firm.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is an IIRC® Certified Firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC®) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC® Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC® Certified Logo.

IICRC® Certified Firms must:

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC® Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC® has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC® standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Whether it's an emergency situation or you're planning ahead, make sure you hire an IICRC®- certified professional to do the job right the first time.

Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township today. We will do the job right the first time and make it “Like it never even happened”

SERVPRO
of Blackwood/Gloucester Township

856-227-7800

Vandalism & Graffiti Cleanup

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Vandalism & Graffiti Cleanup Vandalism is a feared situation that no one wishes to encounter.

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

As a home or business owner, vandalism is a feared situation that no one wishes to encounter. Property damage caused by vandalism can range from minor pranks such as a broken window, to destruction of the property. If the property damage is not addressed in a timely manner, it can cause permanent damage to the structure.

When a building is left unattended, it may be found with broken windows, graffiti on the interior and exterior, and even some instances of fire damage. As the property owner, finding your investment in a damaged state can be devastating. The SERVPRO® team of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is trained to clean and restore your property quickly and effectively, allowing you to resume your daily activities.

SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is an IICRC® certified firm that you can trust to provide you with excellent service for vandalism and graffiti cleanup.  Our professionals will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, & masonry.

If you have experienced property damage caused by vandalism, Call Us Now.

SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Township, 856-227-7800.

 We can make it,
“Like it never even happened.” 

Importance of Duct Cleanings

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Importance of Duct Cleanings Ducts Get Dirty

Pollutants like dust, pet hair and mold spores can travel throughout your home or business through your air duct system hindering the quality of the air you breath. While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Township uses a portable system of whips and brushes to thoroughly clean and deodorize your ducts. We place the HVAC system under negative air pressure to ensure that all the pollutants are removed and captured through a hepa filter. A clean duct system improves the indoor air quality and reduces allergens and odors from spreading through your home or business.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

• Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
• May help to eliminate offensive odors.
• Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Why worry when we can worry for you?

Call Us Today! 856-227-7800.  SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Township
is Here to Help.

Restore vs. Replace

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Restore vs. Replace When disaster strikes, SERVPRO® works to restore vs. replace.

At SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp., our goal on every water, fire, or mold damage job is to save more and replace less. When assessing damage in a home or business, our team will determine what can be salvaged or cleaned, such as contents, furniture, & structural materials. Our team will then perform pre-testing to determine what the best method of cleaning will be.  

The major advantage to restore vs. replace is cost. In almost any situation, restore saves a tremendous amount of money compared to replacement.  One area where we can generate huge savings in a water loss situation is drying of hardwood floors instead of replacing them. Even after incurring the cost of air movers, dehumidifiers and even specialize equipment usually there is a 45%-75% cost savings over replacement. Another common example would be the drying of carpet and/or drywall.  Again using air movers and dehumidifiers and following the science of drying we can often save 75%-90% over replacement cost. You can imagine how quickly these savings add up.

Another advantage of restore versus replace is time savings and business interruption savings. Drying a structure usually takes an average of three to five days. After our drying is completed, your customer should be back in their house or business right away. Back, as we like to say, “Like it never even happened”. If you look at the alternative which is replace, your customer will have to wait weeks or even months to get back into their home or business while construction is going on.  This leads to expensive hotel bills for residential customers or catastrophic business interruption costs for commercial customers. Either way you are talking a great deal of money, time and inconvenience!

For these reasons we at SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. look to restore whenever we can and whenever it makes sense.  We accomplish this by not only using our extensive training, knowledge and resources but also by responding immediately so that the impact of the water or fire damage is reduced. We also help you mitigate your damages before they even happen with our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).  This program prepares you for the loss before it even occurs. If you or your customers do not have an ERP yet, you need one! Set up an appointment right away.         It’s free!

Call SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. 856-227-7800  to make it “Like it never even happened”