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The Purpose of a Flood Cut

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Purpose of a Flood Cut Flood cuts are done to stop spread of contamination and prevent mold damage.

After a storm rages in Blackwood/Gloucester Township, it is likely that your home will experience a bit of flooding. When this happens, you will probably hear the water remediation technicians you hire talk about making a flood cut. A flood cut is a mark that is made 12 inches above the spot where the water damage stops. SERVPRO Professionals tear out everything below the flood cut to stop the spread of contamination and prevent mold growth. Here are some common questions about this process.

What Circumstances Require a Flood Cut?

Any time there is damage that cannot be dried with a fan, professionals are probably going to use a flood cut to be on the safe side. Insulation cannot be dried, so if there is wet insulation, the wall has to be cut out and the insulation removed. If the water is contaminated by storm-related debris or sewage, the wall must be discarded. If tests show any harmful microbes, the affected area must go.

Why Does the Flood Cut Have To Be a Foot Above the Damage?

Water damage from flooding does not like to stay politely in its place. What technicians can see with the naked eye may only be the beginning of the story. Placing the flood cut 12 inches above the visible water damage ensures that everything affected is remediated.

Is There Any Way To Save the Wall?

If the water damage is minimal and no insulation is affected, it is possible that quick removal of water and fast drying techniques can allow the wall to be salvaged. The water in question must also be clean. If it is contaminated at all, the wall has to be replaced.

Flooding in Blackwood/Gloucester Township areas may cause damage to your home. Our SERVPRO Professionals will do everything they can to avoid removing walls, a flood cut may be required to make sure your home is completely restored.

If you have suffered water damage from a storm, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is Here To Help. Call us at 856-227-7800. We are available 24/7 for water damage.

Mold Remediation in Gloucester Twp., N.J.

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Gloucester Twp., N.J. Gloucester Township Mold Remediation: Day 1 and Day 5

Local homeowner in Gloucester Township noticed the water bill being excessively high in her vacant property. When the homeowner went to the property, the basement was flooded and visible mold was everywhere. A pipe split and went unnoticed for some time. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township was called to do the job. Once the basement was emptied of it’s contents, the remediation process could begin. Some of the walls were cut 2’ high and others had to be cut 4’ high or even removed due to the rapid spread of mold growth. Several dehumidifiers were placed to control the humidity in the air. The area was then treated with what we call a “Hepa Sandwich” which is, Hepa Vac all studs, wipe all studs and a second pass with the Hepa Vac. Air movers were placed on the final day to ensure the structure was completely dry.

Testimony from our customer:

“After a pipe split in my house and the entire basement flooded, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township was there. Wayne came in and not only helped professionally but knew exactly what to say to calm me down. Within a few days I went from completely overwhelmed to a sense of calm knowing and watching the crew do what they do best. Their work is incredible. Thank You”

If you see mold, or suspect mold call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800.

Black/Flood Water: What's in it?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Black/Flood Water: What's in it? Know the dangers of "Black Water"

Contaminated Flood Waters Contain Pathogens and Dangerous Debris

When SERVPRO responds to a case of flood damage due to a storm, one of the most frequent questions our technicians get is, "What is black water?" Black water is heavily contaminated water which is not only unsafe to drink but can also be hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within.

Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water.

Dirt and Soil: Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters more often than not pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it, in reality, makes the water much heavier and more difficult to navigate if you get caught in it.

Microorganisms in Black Water: Although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they may be able to cause health effects if ingested or absorbed through the skin. This is why it is never advised to drink flood waters and to seek medical attention immediately if you have.

Sharp Metal and Glass: It can be very difficult to see sharp objects in a mass of floodwater, but even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If they open up a small cut or wound, this spot may go unnoticed by you but later on can possibly develop a bad infection. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township deals with flood damage so that you don't have to. If your home has been caught in a flood, call us at (856) 227-7800 for mitigation and restoration services.

Plant Mold and Mildew: What To Do.

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in the home requires restoration professionals like SERVPRO. However, your house plants or gardens can get affected with mold and mildew as well. Over-watering, lack of sunlight or poor air circulation can make your plants susceptible. Plant mildew and mold may look unsightly, eliminating them is usually less challenging than you might think.

Moldy Leaves

Mold can infiltrate your plant’s leaves. To remedy the situation, follow these steps:

• Take the affected plant outside

• Remove mold with a wet paper towel, taking caution to avoid contaminating other areas of the plant

• Cut off moldy leaves that you cannot easily wipe down

• Spray remaining leaves with a fungicide.

• Return the plant to a sunlit area with adequate air circulation.

Moldy Soil

Moist soil is also a potential breeding ground for mold. To alleviate the problem, scoop off any soil surface mold. If mold growth is abundant, you may need to replant with fresh potting soil. To avoid recontamination, allow new soil to dry before re-watering the plant.

Moldy Growth

Plant mildew often appears as a white, powdery substance on the surface of leaves. To eliminate this fungus, follow these three steps: • Wipe contaminated leaves and stems with a paper towel to remove some of the mildew

• Cut off lower infected leaves to reduce the risk of additional mildew growth

• Spray plant with a fungicide, allowing the solution to run off the leaves To avoid damaging the plant, wait a week to reapply the treatment if the initial spray did not kill all of the mildew.

Reducing excessive moisture is a key prevention strategy for houseplants and your home in general. But if a burst pipe or flood causes significant water damage, don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to help mitigate the risk of mold growth inside your home.

After a Fire

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a Fire Kitchen Fire that affected the entire house.

If you experience a fire in your Blackwood or Gloucester Township home or office, you get everyone out and let the fire department put it out. Fire is a danger to you and your family. Unfortunately, the dangers of fires continue long after the fire is out.

There are health risks involved with fires. Plastics, for one, can lead to a variety of health risks. When synthetic materials burn, they release toxic fumes in the air and should be removed from the house. Even a small kitchen fire is likely to burn things like plastic cups, milk jugs, and so on. Every plastic item that burns means your health is that much more at risk.

If you have an older home, one that was built somewhere between the 1950s and the 1980s, there is a risk for asbestos that was used in many buildings during that time. This can put your family at risk for serious respiratory issues as well as cancer. These reasons are why you should call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township for fire restoration immediately.

The risk can spread all throughout your home or office through the air conditioning system. This is because the particles of smoke and soot are so small that traditional HVAC filters cannot capture them. So when your air conditioning runs, it is actually circulating these toxic substances to every room in the home or office, meaning that a small fire may soon threaten your entire home or office.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/GloucesterTownship has trained professionals to make your home or office safe after a fire. We thoroughly inspect your home and remove any dangerous substances that may be circulating. Professional restoration is necessary when you experience a fire.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is here to help make it “Like it never even happened."

Mold Testing: When to Have It Done

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Testing: When to Have It Done If you see mold have it remediated by SERVPRO Professionals.

When should you spend money on mold testing?

First things first- If you see visible mold—you usually do NOT need a mold inspection or mold testing. If you already see it, then you need to simply have it removed following industry standards. You may wonder, Don’t you need to know what kind of mold it is so you can determine if it is toxic? Knowing what type of mold is irrelevant at this point, a mold professional, like SERVPRO, needs to get rid of the mold. Mold Remediation Principles are followed to remove mold regardless of the color, species, etc.

Mold testing can be useful in certain circumstances, though.

• When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is. Here a mold inspection and mold test can reveal whether there is indeed elevated mold, and where it is located.

• There have been plumbing leaks or water issues and there is a suspicion that elevated mold may exist in the air and/or behind walls.

• Post Mold Removal Clearance Testing to ensure that the previous mold issues has been resolved and mold counts have returned to levels found in normal environments of the same type.

•Health Concerns: In some cases a doctor or the patient has a health issue that they cannot pinpoint the cause but seems to be related to mold symptoms (coughing, sneezing, headaches, etc). Here, a mold inspection and test may help to confirm whether the doctor’s or patient’s suspicions that a mold problem exists.

• For real estate transactions for the protection of Buyers and Sellers.

• Landlord/Tenant disputes as to whether there is a mold problem.

• Someone thinks they see or smell mold but are not sure.

• Someone is interested in a general Indoor Air Quality test of their environment.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township offers professional mold spore testings. Our technician comes out and samples indoor and outdoor air quality. We then send the samples to a lab to be tested and interpreted. A full report is issued within three to five days. There is a fee for the testing.

If you would like more information on mold testing or mold remediation please call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800.

How to Save on Your Water Bill

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Save on Your Water Bill Save water, Save money

How to Keep Your Water Bill Low

A significant number of buildings that get mold growth in Blackwood and Gloucester Township get it as a result of water leakage. We can tell that the water bills have gone up in addition to mold problems. There are many other areas where water gets lost or is wasted. You can lower your water bills by dealing with these areas. Here are some tips.

Wash full loads with your laundry machine and dishwasher

A partial load uses as much water as a full load. However, you will be required to wash more often. With a full load, you conserve water by washing less often.

Use a low flow shower head and water efficient toilet

A low flow shower-head can cut your water usage by almost half while at the same time offering a similar experience. Water-efficient toilets can reduce the consumption of water by over 40 percent.

Repair leaking faucets.

Our SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township team encountered a few homes which were damaged by leaking faucets and blocked drainage. Water filled the sinks and drained to the flow. Leaking faucets can cause water damage in addition to wasting water. Do not ignore that drop that is falling every few seconds; it might be making up for up to 10 percent of your water bill.

Harvest rainwater.

Attach rain barrels to the eaves-trough downspout to harvest rainwater. You can irrigate your kitchen garden and the lawn or wash your car and other outdoor equipment with the water and not pay a dime for it.

Water your lawn in the evening or early morning.

Water your lawn before the sun comes up. This way, you will not be losing the water to evaporation. Moreover, do not over water your lawn. Use a time to set the length of the period that you will water the lawn depending on the soil dryness.

Turn off water when not using it while doing tasks like brushing, shaving or cleaning items.

Do not leave the water running when you are actually not using it as you complete the tasks such as brushing your teeth, shaving, or other such tasks. Shut the water off and then on when you need to use it.

At SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township, we believe that you can cut your water bills by almost 40 percent by following the above water conservation best practices.

Give it a try!

ERP's Lead the Way to Great Relationships

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial ERP's Lead the Way to Great Relationships Get your ERP today! 50 percent of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster.

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) has been a useful tool in the creation of great relationships. We have been using them in the local apartment complexes and commercial businesses. Building relationships becomes helpful when a problem or emergency happens. Having an Emergency Ready Profile the business interruptions and damage will be minimized.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

This is a no cost assessment of your facility. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is Here To Help. Call us today to get started 856-227-7800.

Floods Can Leave Unpleasant Odors Behind. Here’s What To Do...

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Floods Can Leave Unpleasant Odors Behind. Here’s What To Do... Photo is a flood that happened while the house was vacant, the flood water sat for two weeks

The main culprit in the unpleasant odors that floods leave behind is mold, which creates musty odors that permeate your property. If the floodwater results in sewage loss within your home ’s septic system, the smells will be even worse. The best way to remove these odors is to hire a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO. Here’s what you can expect during the process.

Dry the Flooded Area

Any standing water will need to be extracted first. For the remaining dampness, SERVPRO professionals will bring in heavy-duty floor fans (air movers) to promote air circulation to aid in the drying process. Dehumidifiers can also help with removing moisture from the air.

Take Note of Lingering Odors

As part of the water damage restoration process, professionals will remove items too badly damaged from mold growth to remedy. This can include panels of drywall or flooring. You need to pay attention after the crew leaves because certain smells may remain. If the smell continues you should contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to schedule an inspection of your property for visible signs of mold.

Enhance Overall Air Quality

Indoor air quality is critical to people’s well being. You should replace furnace and air filters once every three months. You may also want to acquire a high-efficiency particulate air filter to remove substances that have entered the air through floodwater. Mold growth can lead to serious health complications, so if you smell something, act fast. Always allow a professional company to address any odors first before handling it yourself, because the wrong step could exacerbate the underlying problem.

If you have water damage and/or odors from a flood, contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800

The Risk of Commercial Mold Damage Increases, when businesses have walk-in patrons or use water in their establishment's daily activities

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial The Risk of Commercial Mold Damage Increases, when businesses have walk-in patrons or use water in their establishment's daily activities Commercial Mold Damage In Blackwood/Gloucester Township Establishments is More Common Than What You Might Think

Mold only needs a few environmental factors to grow out of control. Mold is everywhere. However, mold usually grows very slowly, keeping it manageable and either easily cleaned away or hidden in locations that are rarely seen and hold all the three needed items for overgrowth simultaneously even more rarely.

When Blackwood/Gloucester Township businesses have walk-in patrons or use water in their establishment's daily activities, the risk of commercial mold damage increases. When a business has both factors, the risk increases even more dramatically. Patrons often bring in not only two things that mold needs to grow – moisture and cellulose, but also the mold itself. Cooking pasta, steaming seafood, and washing dishes with high-powered sprayers can all increase the level of moisture in the kitchen area. Contrary to what many people believe, combating mold growth does not mean that the air must be uncomfortably dry. The moisture needed for mold to grow is the same moisture that makes the air comfortable to breathe. As people breathe in, the air in their lungs picks up moisture, and this moisture is also expelled when they breathe out. While this might be a small amount of moisture, it is felt on a personal basis. Drier air is noticeable because of the larger contrast between two different environments – moisture vs. drier.

When an area, such as a kitchen or bathroom area, is more humid than other sectors, like the dining or waiting areas are, a dehumidifier can decrease the amount of humidity that can linger in the air, without making the air uncomfortable to breathe. Other ventilation methods, including intake vents and ceiling fans, can help keep moisture from settling on surfaces. Having none of these measures can lead to mold damage throughout a restaurant.

SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience and training to remediate mold disasters of any size. Proper remediation requires more than cleaning surfaces. Even cutting away and replacing materials heavily infested or destroyed by a mold infestation is not enough in most situations.

Mold remediation, when conducted by SERVPRO, always includes preventative techniques. These methods include cleaning or removal of anything affected by mold, but also include setting up HEPA-filter devices to clean the air of escaping mold particles and spores while we work. To continue filtering the air to help reduce the number of particulates, including mold-related ones, floating in the air, we can install an air filter that you can easily maintain. Along with air-filtration, we use sprays that encapsulate any mold found. As this sprayed-on liquid dries, it shrinks, crushing mold, spores, and any exposed hyphae. Hyphae are the root-like parts of mold that feed off materials and provide an anchor to the material – this is the part of the mold that leaves a stain behind when mold is cleaned away.

Situations involving commercial mold damage need the attention that the professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township are accustomed to providing. Call (856) 227-7800 and we can help you get any mold situation under control.