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How to Help Prevent a House Fire

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Burnt room from a house fire Charred walls from a house fire

A fire can happen anywhere and it’s important to always be prepared for what you would do if you had one in your home. Likewise, it’s just as important to look at all of the ways that you can help prevent one from happening in the first place. At SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp, we want to help you avoid this type of disaster with some easy best practices to implement in your home. Hopefully, you will be able to prevent a problem before it even happens.

Unplug electronics when not in use

Excess electricity flowing through items in your home can always be a potential fire hazard. Things like computers, TVs, gaming systems, charging cables and more, use electricity even when they’re not on/in use. That means they can experience a surge at any time or they can overheat and cause a fire. By unplugging these items when you’re not using them, you can cut down on your chances of a fire.

Use surge protectors

If you do have items that you do not unplug when not in use, you want to make sure that they are all plugged into surge protectors. A surge in power is when you are most likely to experience an electrical fire and by plugging items into a surge protector you can avoid that excess electricity getting to the item and causing a fire.

Never leave flames or heat sources unattended

If you’re cooking, lighting candles, or using any other type of flame or excessive heat, you want to make sure that you’re watching it at all times. When you start cooking, you never want to leave the stove unattended. If you start a fire in your fireplace or light your grill, you want to make sure you keep an eye on that as well. These are also good places to have a fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, in case of a fire emergency. It is important to keep children away from these sources of heat for multiple safety reasons.

Keep flammable items away from heat

Flammable items like fabrics, paper, even hair should always be kept away from an open flame or excessive heat. It is important to not wear loose clothing and keep your hair up when lighting a grill, fireplace, candles, etc.

Don’t smoke in your home

If you smoke, it’s important to always do so in a well-ventilated area and to completely put out your cigarette before you throw it away. Cigarettes have the ability to burn even if you think that you’ve put them out. That small ember can ignite inside your trashcan or outside your home and cause a fire. If you smoke outside, watch out for stray ashes and dispose of cigarettes appropriately.

Always put out the fire, completely

If you have a fireplace, it’s important to always keep an eye on it. You want to make sure that you put out the fire well before you leave that area because embers can continue to smolder and burn and logs can continue to have flames inside of them. You want to make sure you completely smother the fire and wait before you leave the room, in case it re-ignites.

Cut back on the clutter

Excess clutter in your home is actually one way that fires can start spontaneously as well as spread rapidly. By keeping less clutter in your home you’ll be able to cut down on your risk and also make it more likely that you can save your home in the event of a fire.

Clean out lint and heater filters

You want to make sure that you remove the lint from your dryer filter every time that you do the laundry. Even a small amount of lint could cause a large fire. If there is a screen behind the filter, it is important to remember to clean that part as well. Use a vacuum hose to ensure all lint is removed, if possible. Your heating system needs a filter in order to run, but how often do you change that filter? You should be doing it frequently because if lint fills up in the filter, the heat from the furnace can actually ignite it.

Turn heated items off when not at home

Your dryer uses a lot of heat and even your dishwasher runs hot. Space heaters and heated blankets are made to produce heat. These are all items you don’t want to leave running/on when you’re not home because they could easily start a fire.

Keep gases and oils away from heat sources and sparks

If you store gas at your home, you want to keep it away from a potential spark or flame. The same goes for cooking and vehicle oils. By carefully containing these things in approved containers and keeping them a safe distance away from anything that could react with them, you are better prepared and can cut your risk fire.

Get your furnace checked regularly

Getting your furnace looked at frequently and scheduling regular maintenance is always going to be important and should be left to a professional. They can make sure that your furnace is and will continue to keep working the proper way. A broken furnace could be a huge danger to the safety of you and your home. Monitoring and maintenance can stop the problems before they arise.

There are plenty of other things that you can and should be doing to keep your house safer to prevent the potential for a house fire.

Unfortunately, there’s always a risk because fires can sometimes pop up even when you do everything right but, at the same time, you want to make sure you are putting your effort into prevention. If a fire does break out in your home, remember to get you and your family to safety, call for help and then call the professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp to make it “Like it never even happened.”

At the First Sign of Water in Your House, Call SERVPRO!

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Ceiling Hole in ceiling from water damage.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and you shouldn’t either. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including holidays.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture and more. Your SERVPRO team will arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This quick response time helps minimize the damage as well as the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline:

Within Minutes:

  • Water can quickly spread throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may start to bleed, which can permanently stain your carpets/rugs.
  • Photographs, books, files and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces will begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • You will start to notice a musty odor.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increases dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structure rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to all occupants.

At the first sign of water in your home, call the experts at SERVOPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips on How to Avoid a Kitchen Fire

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Burnt sink and ceiling debris from kitchen fire.

Did you know that the number one cause of home fires and fire injuries in the United States is caused by cooking? Here are a few tips to implement in your household to keep you and your loved ones safe in the kitchen.

  • Keep the area around your stove top clean and free of clutter, especially of items that can catch fire.
  • Do not leave food unattended while cooking. Stay in the kitchen and keep a close eye on whatever you are cooking.
  • Keep a lid close by in case you need it to extinguish a small grease fire.
  • Always unplug counter top alliances when not in use. 
  • Double-check that everything is off when you finish cooking.
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from a hot stove and/or oven.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking.
  • Never use a cooking stove to heat your home.

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires, so be sure to apply these simple tips to assure you and your family stay safe in the kitchen. In the event that you do have a fire in your home, remember, SERVPRO is here to help!

Understanding the Different Types of Contaminated Water

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Crawlspace Crawlspace with insulation falling due to a water leak.

Summer is almost here and so are heavy rain, major storms and vacations!  Water damage can wreak havoc on your New Jersey home, so being prepared for whatever nature throws at us is important. Understanding the different categories of flood water will not only help ensure that you and your family are safe but can help you remediate the damage more effectively.

Read below to learn the difference between black water, gray water and clean water floods.

  1. Category 1 Floods
    Category 1, or clean water floods are floods without the presence of contaminants. As the least dangerous types of floods, they typically originate from a supply line burst, a shower leak or some other type of clean water source. Just because these floods aren't as dangerous doesn't mean that they shouldn't be taken seriously. If left untreated for too long, a clean water flood can turn into a Category 2 flood.
  2. Category 2 Floods
    Gray water floods are also known as Category 2 floods. This flood contains mildly contaminated water, but without the biohazard risk. These floods are often caused when household appliances malfunction and flood, such as dishwashers and laundry machines. If these types of floods are left untreated for longer than 48 hours, a Category 2 flood will quickly become a Category 3 flood.
  3. Category 3 Floods
    Category 3, or black water floods are the most dangerous. They are categorized by the presence of biohazards, such as human or animal fecal matter, raw sewage and dangerous chemicals or pesticides. These floods are usually caused by toilet overflow, sewage back flow or a flooding riverbank. You should never attempt to resolve this type of flood by yourself, due to the possible risks involved with sewage cleanup. Instead, you should contact water damage professionals as soon as you can.

All types of floods are capable of inflicting serious amounts of damage. That being said, it's still important for you to learn the differences between the various types of contaminated water. Make sure to contact flood remediation experts for assistance if your home is suffering from the effects of a flood.

Need to schedule an Insurance Adjuster's Visit? Here are some best practices to follow.

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded basement 3 plus feet of water in a basement with floating appliances.

When a flood causes significant damage to your home in New Jersey, your insurance company's home adjuster will schedule a site inspection to gather the information necessary to process your claim. It is best to be prepared for these visits, but do you know what exactly they will need? Below is a guide to help.

Create a List of Losses

Before you begin the cleanup process, go through your belongings and make a complete list of irreparable or severely damaged items, including but not limited to:

  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Carpets
  • Window Coverings
  • Photos
  • Any Additional Valuables

If you have photos available, provide of as many items as possible to your list. This will substantiate your losses. You can also provide written descriptions if you are unable to take pictures because of your belongings' destruction.

Inspect Your Home Carefully

Check your home for damage to its foundation, garage, swimming pool or any of its structural parts and prepare to discuss any concerns with the home adjuster. Notating any pre-existing defects or sudden damage preceding a flood can help define the scope of your claim.

Research Contractors

It is recommended to acquire quotes from at least three licensed contractors to clean your home or restore your belongings. Ask these vendors to provide details describing their materials, remedy methods and a working timeline your insurance provider can review before confirming coverage. Please note, a reliable disaster recovery service will not start working before receiving clearance from your insurance company.

Gather Documents and Receipts

Sorting relevant paperwork and assembling it into a single file can help prevent unnecessary delays settling your claim. In addition to an itemized list of your belonging with photos and contractor quotes, include item purchase and moving expense receipts, written art appraisals or any documents that support your claim if available. This will aid in providing answers to potential questions. Be sure to include all of your contact information on the paperwork to ensure you are able to be reached for updates.

If your home near Blackwood, New Jersey ever experiences a flood, the team at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township can work with your insurance company's home adjuster to facilitate your insurance claim.

Water Damage - What to Do When You Have Water Damage

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

flooded basment Removed floating floor after a basement flood.

Gloucester Township Water Removal Done Right—SERVPRO

Water may be a necessary element for life, but it can also be damaging when it's not properly controlled. When you have water inside your home, such as from a leak or burst pipe, you may quickly develop water damage. Water damage can be costly to repair and difficult to overcome, and you may be wondering what steps you need to follow to move past this issue and restore your home to its former condition. 

Remove the Water and Moisture

The first step to take when you have water damage in your home is to remove the water and moisture from the home. You cannot remove the water if water continues to flow into the home, so stop the flow of water if possible. This may mean that you must turn off the main water supply valve for the home if you're dealing with a plumbing issue. A plumber can repair the issue before you turn the water supply valve back into the on position. Once the water flow has been stopped, you can use professional extraction techniques and equipment to extract the water and restore the humidity level in the home to its normal condition. 

Restore the Home 

After the water and moisture have been removed from the home, you can begin restoring the home. Some items may be salvageable or repairable, and others may need to be tossed away. For example, because of the nature of drywall, drywall typically needs to be replaced when it has been damaged by water. Carpeting, however, may be professionally cleaned and salvaged. Your professional SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township residential water damage restoration experts know which items can be salvaged, and this can help you to save money in the restoration process.

Call a Professional Today

There are many reasons you need to contact a professional for assistance with residential water damage service in Gloucester Township rather than attempt to do this work on your own. A prime reason relates to mold growth as the moisture must be removed from the home in a matter of hours if you want to minimize the risk of mold damage developing in the home. Mold growth can add to the time and expense associated with restoring the home, so acting fast can save you money in the long run. Professionals also know which items can be salvaged and how to salvage them for the best results. They also have the powerful equipment and proven techniques necessary to complete the work in a short period of time.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

There are many steps that you must take to carefully and precisely restore the function and condition of your home after you have suffered from residential water damage, and these steps are best completed by a professional team of water damage restoration specialists. SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township is the local company that you want working for you when you're dealing with water removal. If you call us for assistance with your water damage issue, you can expect fast response and reliable results. Call us today at 856-227-7800

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4/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Why are Ventilation Holes, created for Water Damage Restoration, in your Residential or Commercial Property? Ventilation Holes are created, to Allow for:1) Proper Drying of Substrates, in the Wall Cavity. Cove Base and Baseboard Trim and Casings are removed.2) Proper De-Humidification in the Wall Cavity, and Materials.3) Moisture Testing of the Substrates in the Wall Cavity, to Prevent Secondary Damages, i.e., Mold Growth.4) Inspection of the Wall Cavity, with a Bore Scope in the Wall Cavity. Ventilation Holes, are similar to Weeping Holes, for your Property Exterior, Cladding Substrates.In attached Picture Collage, Ventilation Holes are created in a Commercial Water Damage Restoration Project. Water damage, can lead to Mold Remediation, if not Inspected Properly and/or Dried out Properly. ***For a Free Estimate, Any Questions, or Emergency Services-Call us at 856-227-7800  Our Services include Fire Water Mold Biohazard Termite Remediation and ReconstructionWebsite:https://www.SERVPROblackwoodgloucestertownship.com/compan...Phone: 856-227-7800Emergency Services 24/7/365Federal, State, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Restoration ServicesCAGE Code: 8QK50 DUNS# 023257359*****U.S. Navy VETERAN OWNED AND OPERATED Google My Business Reviews:https://lnkd.in/dCihvqy

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4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Do you have Water Damage and Visible Mold Growth, in your Commercial or Residential Crawl Space? Our SERVPRO of Blackwood NJ Team can Solve that issue for you! Crawl Spaces may have Water Damage Intrusionfrom Foundation Cracks and Leaks, and High Humidity Levels, due to High Water Tables, and UnConditioned Space, including Open Vents and Condensation. These issues may lead to Wood Destroying Organisms, Insects, and Pests. Its best to perform a Quarterly Inspection, in your Crawl Space, before/after a Season Change . Our SERVPRO of Blackwood NJ Team, completes projects, for Crawl Space Water Damage, Sewage Backups, Termite Damage, Mold Remediation and Mold Resistant Coatings.  ***For a Free Estimate or Emergency Services-Call us at 856-227-7800Our Services include Fire Water Mold Biohazard Termite Remediation and Reconstruction 

Website: https://www.SERVPROblackwoodgloucestertownship.com/company-profile 

We are a Certified Mold Remediator, (C.M.R.), Certificate #CMR0000040754 

We have a Certified New Jersey Biohazard Waste Generator License #0420266 

We have a New Jersey Contractor License: HIC #13VH08892200

We are Registered as a Category 1 & 4 approved Veteran-Owned Business (VOB) that has met the criteria established by N.J.S.A. 52:32- 49 et seq.  **Certification #A0157-58

We are an I.I.C.R.C Certified Firm, #205472

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Phone: 856-227-7800Emergency Services 24/7/365Federal, State, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Restoration ServicesCAGE Code: 8QK50 DUNS# 023257359*****U.S. Navy VETERAN OWNED AND OPERATEDGoogle My Business Reviews:https://lnkd.in/dCihvqy

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4/15/2022 (Permalink)

A Toilet Water Pipe Connection, caused Water damage, and caused wall damage and floor coverings and floor substrates as well. A Toilet Water Pipe Connection, caused Water damage, and caused wall damage and floor coverings and floor substrates as well.
Toilet water, and Toilet Water Connection pipes, can cause Water Damage Restoration, and Flood Damage, and can occur at Any time, in your Residential or Commercial Property.  Our SERVPRO of Blackwood NJ Team, can Solve this Problem for You  In attached Picture Collage, A Toilet Water Pipe Connection, caused Water damage, and caused wall damage and floor coverings and floor substrates as well. These incidents can lead to Mold Remediation, if not Inspected Properly and/or Dried out Properly. ?  ***For a Free Estimate, Any Questions, or Emergency Services-Call us at 856-227-7800 Our Services include Fire Water Mold Biohazard Termite Remediation and Reconstruction

Website: https://www.SERVPROblackwoodgloucestertownship.com/company-profile 

We are a Certified Mold Remediator, (C.M.R.), Certificate #CMR0000040754 

We have a Certified New Jersey Biohazard Waste Generator License #0420266 

We have a New Jersey Contractor License: HIC #13VH08892200

We are Registered as a Category 1 & 4 approved Veteran-Owned Business (VOB) that has met the criteria established by N.J.S.A. 52:32- 49 et seq.  **Certification #A0157-58

We are an I.I.C.R.C Certified Firm, #205472

We are an EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm, #NAT-F158084-2

 Jon Barrett
Marketing Manager
C.R.M. (Certified Mold Remediator)
Phone: 856-227-7800 
Emergency Services 24/7/365
Federal, State, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Restoration Services
CAGE Code: 8QK50 DUNS# 023257359
*****U.S. Navy VETERAN OWNED AND OPERATED?

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4/14/2022 (Permalink)

A Sprinkler Water Pipe, caused Water damage, and caused floor swelling and bubbling as well. A Sprinkler Water Pipe, caused Water damage, and caused floor swelling and bubbling as well.

Sprinkler Head, and Sprinkler Water pipes, can cause Water Damage Restoration, and Flood Damage, can occur at Any time, in your Residential or Commercial Property. Our SERVPRO of Blackwood NJ Team, can Solve this Problem for You. In attached Picture Collage, A Sprinkler Water Pipe, caused Water damage, and caused floor swelling and bubbling as well.  These incidents can lead to Mold Remediation, if not Inspected Properly and/or Dried out Properly.  

Website: https://www.SERVPROblackwoodgloucestertownship.com/company-profile 

We are a Certified Mold Remediator, (C.M.R.), Certificate #CMR0000040754 

We have a Certified New Jersey Biohazard Waste Generator License #0420266 

We have a New Jersey Contractor License: HIC #13VH08892200

We are Registered as a Category 1 & 4 approved Veteran-Owned Business (VOB) that has met the criteria established by N.J.S.A. 52:32- 49 et seq.  **Certification #A0157-58

We are an I.I.C.R.C Certified Firm, #205472

We are an EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm, #NAT-F158084-2

 Jon Barrett
Marketing Manager
C.R.M. (Certified Mold Remediator)
Phone: 856-227-7800 
Emergency Services 24/7/365
Federal, State, Industrial, Commercial and Residential Restoration Services
CAGE Code: 8QK50 DUNS# 023257359
*****U.S. Navy VETERAN OWNED AND OPERATED?

Google My Business:
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