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Sicklerville Water Damage

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

A broken toilet supply line was the cause of this water damage in Sicklerville. The homeowner called us when he noticed water in his second floor bathroom. When our SERVPRO Professionals went to the property, they used the water meter to test for moisture and found the kitchen ceiling on the first floor as well as the ceiling and floor in the basement were all affected. After the source of the problem was repaired, SERVPRO got to work. They pulled baseboard in the bathroom, cut the kitchen ceiling and removed the carpets in the basement. Dehumidifiers and air movers were strategically placed to ensure proper drying. The drying process was monitored and documented daily and completed after day three.

Water damage can happen at anytime, day or night. If you experience a water loss at your home or office, call us at 856-227-7800. We are available 24/7 for water emergencies.

SERVPRO Helps When Severe Storms Hit South Jersey

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Helps When Severe Storms Hit South Jersey SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. works together with local SERVPRO Franchises and Storm Team.

South Jersey suffered from severe storms and flooding in mid June. Five inches in rain fell in five hours. These storms caused property damage, forced road closures and many families were evacuated from their homes. A state of emergency was declared in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. Our phones at SERVPRO were ringing all night and day. Due to the overflow of work, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township reached out to local SERVPRO Franchises and also to the SERVPRO Storm Team. The majority of the jobs received were flooded basements. Quick response is the key to minimizing property damage and save in restoration costs in a flood situation. If a flood is not attended to quickly, there is a high chance for mold growth. The jobs were divided among the SERVPRO teams to ensure each customer received immediate restoration services. The pictures shown are just a few from the many jobs that were done in the two days after the major storms. SERVPRO did an amazing job through networking and teamwork and helped save a lot of customers the hassle of mold growth. No matter how big or small the job, SERVPRO is here to help and has countless resources to help you from storm and flooding situations.

Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township if you experience water damage. 856-227-7800

Outdoor Fire Safety

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

We all love sitting outside in the summer and enjoying an outdoor fire.

When you are building a fire pit:

Make sure it's downwind of your camp site or any backyard items.

Clear out a 10 foot radius of space around your pit.

Make sure there isn't any tree limbs hanging down as well.

Check local weather conditions and be sure you are in the safe zone.( Dry, windy weather for example can be a bad time to have an outdoor fire.)

When you have finished enjoying the fire make sure it's out. (Even if the embers are gray it doesn't mean it's safe.)

Pour water on the fire and then stir it with a shovel to test for any hot spots

Enjoy the lazy days of summer, roasting marshmallows and being with friends, but don’t be lazy about outdoor fire safety. Enjoy your summer!

Secondary Water Damage in Laurel Springs, NJ

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Secondary Water Damage in Laurel Springs, NJ Call SERVPRO if you have water damage, don't wait!

This customer thought they could handle their water mitigation themselves. They had a pipe leak under their sink and fixed the pipe and used a small fan to dry it. Then, they soon found out why you should always call us at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township just to be sure the affected area gets dried properly. About two weeks later they started to notice a musty smell in the area where the water damage had occurred. They called us out to take a look and we found high moisture readings with our meters where the damage occurred. We removed the base of the cabinets and a section of the vinyl and luan under the dishwasher due to the high moisture readings. We discovered discoloration under the dishwasher and on parts of the cabinet. With the homeowners approval, we performed mold remediation to clean the mold and high level of spores in the air. We use an antimicrobial agent along with certified technicians to perform this remediation. Hopefully, you will never have a water damage, but if you do don’t think it’s too small to call in the professionals to take a look at it. You would not want to end up with a mold issue like this that is easily prevented just by having us come take a look at the water damage as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township provides free estimates and we are willing to work with you schedule to provide minimal inconvenience. Please call us today at 856-227-7800.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Dryer Vent Cleaning Multi-unit dryer vent cleaning.

We wash and dry our clothes on a regular basis, but do we stop and think about the dryer vents? Most of us keep the lint trap inside our dryer clean, unaware that there is another fire risk that is not so easy to check. About 80% of structural fires are caused by dirty or clogged dryer vents. Your vents should be cleaned at least once a year by a professional.

Warning signs that your dryer vents need to be cleaned are:

• Clothes are taking much longer than normal to dry. It will often take two or three cycles to dry them.

Clothes have a strange, burning smell to them. This could be a sign that your dryer vent isn’t properly able to ventilate the warm air out of the appliance.

•The laundry room feels excessively hot when the dryer is running. Again, this could be a result of a clogged vent that isn’t letting hot air escape.

Problems caused by a clogged dryer vent:

• Fires. The lint from your clothes can build up inside the dryer vent. This material is highly flammable and can cause a fire.

• Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. When the dryer vent is clogged, dangerous CO gases aren’t able to escape. Instead, they build up inside the vent and may seep out into the laundry room and into other areas of the home.

• Wear and tear on the dryer. When it takes two or three cycles to get your clothes dried, this puts a lot of strain on your dryer. It can lead to excessive wear and tear on the unit.

• Skyrocketing utility bills. A dryer that is running more often than it should to dry clothes will use a lot of energy. This will be reflected on your monthly utility bills.

If your dryer ever starts smoking, turn it off. Do not open the dryer door. Call 911.

To help prevent any dryer vent problems, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township every year to have them cleaned. (856)227-7800

Help Prevent Mold Growth

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Help Prevent Mold Growth Mold in Gloucester Township sun room.

Molds needs moisture, you're most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces. Molds can also grow on your walls, floors, appliances, carpet, or furniture – they can all provide the food mold needs to grow.

It's impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores in your home, but because mold spores can't grow without moisture, reducing moisture in your home is the best way to prevent or eliminate mold growth. If there is already mold growing in your Blackwood or Gloucester Township home, it's important to fix the problem causing the dampness, and then have the professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township come remove or remediate the mold. If you clean up the mold but don't fix the problem, the mold will most likely return.

Here is some advice for reducing moisture throughout the home with specific tips for the areas most prone to dampness and mold growth:

Around the house:

• Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners.

• Keep air conditioning drip pans clean.

• Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.

• Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

• Open doors between rooms to increase circulation.

In the kitchen:

• Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside.

• Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water.

• Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.

In basements and crawl spaces:

• Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces.

• Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated.

• Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements.

• Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from -- not toward -- the house.

In the laundry room:

• Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.

• Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions.

In bathrooms:

• Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside

• Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.

• Open a window when showering.

• Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.

In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. If you suspect a mold problem in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township for a free estimate. 856-227-7800. Don’t let a mold situation get out of hand. We are Here To Help.

Meter Use in Water Mitigation

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Meter Use in Water Mitigation These are the two primary types of moisture measurement.

Mold presents a serious health hazard. Mold can destroy building materials by extracting carbon-containing substances and using them as food. All organic matter can serve as a food source for mold: wood, wood-based products, plastics made from petroleum products, and building materials such as concrete and drywall. Mold grows on wet surfaces, in high relative humidity at moderate temperatures and gets its nourishment from the material on which it grows. To avoid mold, we can only control the wetness of the materials and the high humidity in the air. The only variables in the mold equation we can control are moisture and humidity. We usually do that by keeping buildings dry.

Disasters happen: a pipe breaks, a roof leaks, or floods occur, we need to act swiftly and remove the excess water before mold builds up. SERVPRO uses moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers to determine the extent of water damage, and later to check the drying progress, then last to confirm all excess water has been removed.

What is a meter?

Meters are defined as devices that provide a quantified representation of the amount of moisture present in material, either as moisture content or a moisture level. There are two primary types of moisture measurement used in the restoration industry: pin and non-invasive.

Non-invasive moisture measurement.

This method is good for completing a rapid initial investigation of the affected area and quickly allows the ability to map out excessive moisture in the property. This is a good search for moisture measurement that may not be available to measure with a pin type meter. This type has drawbacks and is generally not as accurate as a pin type meter.

Pin type meters.

Pin type resistance measurement is generally a more reliable method of moisture measurement in a wide range of building materials. It allows operators to add accessories such as deep wall probes and hammer electrodes, allowing diagnosis of moisture at different levels. Their built-in pins measure electrical resistance between the pins, which is affected by the moisture content in the material. The readings from this meter is used throughout the drying process.

Thermo-Hygrometers.

Thermo-Hygrometers measure the output of the dehumidifiers. Measuring the humidity in the air both on the input and output of the dehumidifier in grains per pound allows us to calculate the drying rate as well as adjust the number of dehumidifiers on the job.

Moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers are necessary for water damaged surfaces. Knowing when the property is ready to be worked or finished often determines a project’s success or failure. You can trust SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to professionally assess and dry your water damaged property.

Smoke Damage in Your Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. Home

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

What is smoke damage restoration?

Restoring a home after a fire requires a lot of work. One of the most involved parts of recovery is smoke damage restoration. Smoke damage restoration is an integral part of the process. Not only does it make the home presentable, but it removes harmful carcinogens and restores structural integrity. It is best to seek help from the Professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township when dealing with smoke damage.

While most don't realize it, there are multiple types of smoke. Our professionals can easily identify the types of smoke present and how to remove damage from a variety of materials. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is equipped for the job. They have the knowledge and tools to effectively remove smoke damage, regardless of the size and scope of the damage. We will be able to get the job done effectively. To get a better understanding about the process and how we can help, there are a few things homeowners need to know.

Assessing The Damage

Before any restoration work is completed, a fire damage assessment must be performed. This is an important part of the process. It helps determine the costs involved and the best way to approach the project. To get a proper assessment, homeowners should contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township and their insurance company. They look at the extent of the damage and calculate a cost based on how much work needs to be done. The final cost should cover cleaning the smoke, repairing structural damage, and restoring the home back to what it used to be.

The Restoration Process

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township must begin working fast. While a fire may be put out, damage continues to occur well afterwards. One of the biggest problems faced immediately after a fire is mold and mildew growth. Due to the presence of water and heat, the home instantly becomes a breeding ground for fungi. Within 24 hours, harmful mold will begin to grow. It is important to halt this process as soon as possible. To stop this growth process, we will place dehumidifiers throughout the home. The dehumidifiers absorb water in the air, ultimately bringing the humidity level down and stopping growth.

Since a home has a number of different surfaces, they must use the appropriate cleaner to do the job effectively. These cleaners remove soot and smoke to reveal a clean surface. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township also uses deodorizers to remove the pungent smell that is left behind. If not cleaned properly, a home can wreak of smoke well after a fire. With deodorizers, the smell is removed. Throughout the entire process, workers will salvage as much as they can. Everything else will need to be repaired or replaced.

Smoke damage restoration isn't an easy task and should be left to the professionals at SERVPRO. We use heavy-duty equipment to get the job done, ensuring that the restoration job is thorough. With the help of SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township, homeowners can recover and return to their normal lives. We help make it “Like it never even happened."

Meet Collin

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Collin is part of our Production Crew at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township. Collin is always eager to work and brings a great attitude with him everyday. He is new in the restoration field and is excited and willing to learn the ins- and -outs of the business. He has been with the company for 6 months now and has experienced a lot of different restoration scenarios. He enjoys the variety of work that comes our way. He plans to further his education here with the certification classes offered. Collin likes to watch sports and spend time with his friends and family. Welcome to our family, Collin!

How To Manage Mold

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Manage Mold Water damage not attended to lead to this mold growth.

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. Molds have a potential for health concerns and this is one important reason to prevent moisture problems that lead to mold growth. Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, couching, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or sinus problems.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Professionals handle water damage every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If you are experiencing an ongoing moisture problem in you home or office be alert for:

• The presence of visible mold.

• Strong musty odors.

• Any evidence of past moisture problems.

• Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of the Professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to inspect the building for mold growth and/or water damage problems. Contact us to protect your health and your property.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is Here To Help. 856-227-7800.