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Why Should You Choose SERVPRO?

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Why Hire SERVPRO for Storm Damage Restoration?

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township has the expertise and training to mitigate storm damage to your residential or commercial property. Our Storm Damage Restoration Technicians are highly trained in water removal, structural drying, mold remediation, odor control, and more. We also have equipment that can help us work much faster than traditional restoration crews so we can minimize disruption to you and your family.

SERVPRO Can Better Assess the Damage

When a storm rolls through, you may not know if your property sustained any damage. If debris is blocking roads or knocking out power in the area, it can be difficult to get someone over right away for an assessment.

With SERVPRO on the job however, we have equipment that allows us to pinpoint exactly where water and moisture are coming from so they can begin drying the structure faster. This helps minimize potential mold growth as well as structural issues which could become worse if left untreated too long.

Fast Emergency Response and 24/365 Services with Years of Success

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township has been helping its clients with their restoration needs for many years now! We're locally owned and operated so our customers always come first. We also understand that when disaster strikes, you need someone to act fast and restore your home or business as quickly as possible. We're available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so we can be there for whatever restoration needs arise!

We Have a Highly Trained Staff of Technicians

Our Storm Damage Restoration Technicians are highly trained in water removal, structural drying, mold remediation, odor control and more. We continue our education with regular seminars on the latest techniques and equipment involved in storm damage restoration work so we stay current on industry best practices.

Our company is fully insured which means you don't have to worry about us leaving any gaps in coverage if an unexpected event occurs during the course of our services - like fire from damaged electrical wiring or injuries sustained while working on the property. Our technicians are certified which ensures that our company is meeting diversity hiring goals and providing equal opportunities to all their employees.

SERVPRO Can Also Help You with Preventing All Types of Damages during Future Storms

We know what areas are most vulnerable during a storm and what part of your property can get hit by the most damage. That's why we can work with your insurance company to better prepare you for the next storm that comes through.

Our technicians will visit your property during a calm time before any bad weather hits and assess what needs to be done in order to ensure minimal damage if another large storm should come along. We'll make sure gutters are clear, rain plans are working properly, sump pumps are free of debris or blocked by soil so they can do their job as intended when it counts most!

Mold Remediation & Restoring

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Goucester Township  Restoration Franchise Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Restoration Franchise Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,650 Franchises

If You See Signs of Mold, Call 856-227-7800

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

Why Choose a SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Restoration Franchise Professional?

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact them. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

They specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

They Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Restoration Franchise Professionals use advanced equipment to detect the source of water feeding the mold. Next, they isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.

Steps To Take After Storm Damage

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Steps To Take After Storm Damage

A storm can be quite scary and having to deal with its after-effects is challenging. It can leave behind a lot of damage that you will have to take care of. For this reason, you need to have all the right steps in front of you so that you can restore your home as quickly as possible. Here are 5 steps that you will have to follow after suffering from storm weather damage. 

Check How Much Damage Is Done

Before you go on to figuring out the solution for the damage, you will have to assess how much damage took place. It is best to take a look at every nook and corner of your home to know where all the damage is. 

Don’t miss out on anything as you want to ensure that every bit of damage is repaired properly. Observe every inch of the exterior so that you can know exactly what went wrong. Also, if there is seepage or any other time of damage as well, then make sure to take note of this as well. 

Keep Yourself Safe And Avoid Injury

As you go about assessing your home of damage, you want to make sure that you avoid injury throughout. To do this, you will have to keep away from all sorts of electrical equipment and risky areas around your home. 

If you see cracks on the roofs, then it is best that you avoid standing under or close to that particular area. The best thing to do is to make sure that your electricity is shut off to avoid getting damage from wires running through your home. 

Get Your Insurance Company On Board

Throughout the process, you want to make sure that you are collecting adequate proof to show your insurance company. They will probably also send someone for a physical examination to verify your case. Keep them in the loop so that you can claim insurance for the damages that you face from the storm damage. 

Limit Further Damage To Home

Sometimes, if you do not act quickly, there is a possibility of more damage happening to your home. You want to avoid this as much as possible. If there is an excessive wind blowing or water coming in, you might want to board your windows. 

If you’re not sure how to do this, then you must reach out to a professional service for help. And, that is our final step that will help with the damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township for Professional Cleaning Service! 

You want to ensure that your home is not damaged beyond repair. This is when you need to get the right people on board to help you clean up the mess after the storm weather damage. You do not want to put the entire work on yourself as you might not have the right equipment to get this done properly. 

You can reach out to us, SERVPRO Blackwood/Gloucester Township professionals, who can help you clean your home AND minimize the damage done to your home. 

Call us at (856) 227-7800

How To Keep Your Home Safe From Flooding

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

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How To Keep Your Home Safe From Flooding

As the storm weather approaches, you want to ensure that your home is completely safe and flood-proof. Having to deal with flood damage, later on, can be quite taxing, both, mentally and physically. So, the best thing to do is assess what needs to be done beforehand so that you can keep yourself and your home safe from any kind of flooding. Let’s look at what you need to do to ensure this. 

  1. Assess All The Possible Entryways For Water

The first thing that you will need to do before anything else is to assess whether there is any possibility of floodwater coming into your home. You will easily be able to tell this by taking a look at any gaps or slopes around your home. 

Doing so is essential if you want to take the right steps to keep your home safe from flooding. Otherwise, at the last moment, you will be running around trying to stop water from coming into your home. 

  1. Get The Relevant Renovations Made

If you have been through similar situations before as well, then you know how important it is to renovate your home. Once you have assessed the entryways of water, you will have to ensure that they are completely blocked so that you can keep floodwater out of your home. Don’t wait until the last moment, make sure that you get these done early so that you can be prepared. 

  1. Clear Out Gutters

One of the main issues that come with flooding is the blockage of gutters. To keep flooding at bay, you will have to ensure that you clear out the gutters and the pipelines so that the water can run through them without any issues. 

If you do not do this, then the possibility of your gutters overflowing and water coming inside becomes more likely. So, get your gutters cleaned out to lower the possibility of this happening to your home. 

  1. Cover Any Gaps Around Your Home

One of the main reasons why water finds a way inside your home is because of the gaps all around. When you’re aware of an upcoming storm or the particular season approaching, then you should make sure to cover all these areas up. 

If you’re looking for an effective way to do this, then try using sandbags to prevent water from coming in. It works great as the weight of the sand blocks the gaps and can easily be molded into the area you want to fit it in. So, try to do this as well to keep water out. 

Who To Call In Case Of Flooding?

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re not able to keep the water out of your home, then you’re sure to find your home filled with water. In such a situation, you will need to reach out to professionals to help clear out all the damage from your home. 

The Dangers of Water Damage To Your Commercial Building

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

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The Dangers of Water Damage to Your Commercial Building

Have you ever had a roof leak and cause water damage to your commercial building? If so, then you know how expensive it can be. It's important that all business owners understand the dangers of water damage and what they should do if they experience this type of event. In this blog post, we'll go over some facts about water damage and why it's so dangerous to your commercial building!

Commercial buildings can be damaged by water in many different ways. For example, if the roof of your building gets a hole it will lead to leaks and eventually cause serious damage inside your commercial property. This is just one example of how you could experience water damage on your business!

Water damages are not something that should be taken lightly. Even minor amounts of leakage over time can do significant damage to the structure of your commercial building which results in high repair costs. It's important to take care of any leaks before they become larger problems! - When dealing with water damage there are several key steps that everyone should follow depending on their current situation: first off make sure all electrical items have been turned off, call for professional help as soon as possible, and document everything!

It's also important to know that there are many different types of water damage. For example, flooding is when an area has been completely submerged in water for too long which can lead to serious problems including mold growth inside your commercial building.

If you experience any type of leaking or major flood then call a professional immediately as they will be able to deal with the situation properly without causing more damage on your property. However, if you have noticed minor leaks over time then it might just require some smaller repair work done by one of our professionals at SERVPRO! - At SERVPRO we provide full repairs and restoration service.

Invest in Regular Maintenance of Your Commercial Building to Avoid Water Damage

We recommend investing in regular maintenance on your property to avoid experiencing any type of water damage. It's important that all business owners understand the importance of this as it can save you thousands of dollars!

Also, by performing routine checks and repairs on your commercial building before anything starts leaking inside we will be able to address small problems at an earlier stage which results in less repair costs overall - SERVPRO provides additional services for our clients such as mold removal and dehumidification service: if there is ever a presence of excess moisture or humidity then contact us immediately so we can take care of these issues properly without causing more severe damages within your commercial structure.

By following these simple steps after dealing with any form of water damage you will be able to protect the structural integrity of your building and avoid having high repair costs.

The Magic Cleaning Professionals!

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

FALL IS HERE! SERVPRO offers a wide variety of cleaning including, carpet cleaning, duct and HVAC cleaning, and upholstery cleaning. Allergies will start to increase during this time of year. Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township for all your FALL-cleaning needs! 856.227.7800 

Soot & Smoke

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two distinct types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. will evaluate the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, hot temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

SERVPRO = TEAMWORK!

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Damage to a kitchen ceiling due to a burst pipe. Water damaged kitchen ceiling in Texas, from a burst pipe.

Did you know that each SERVPRO is individually owned and operated? There are over 2,000 franchises nationwide, many in or around your town!

What’s great about having so many franchises, is that whenever there is a larger than normal job, or a major storm hits, we all band together to help out the affected community.

In February 2021, a major winter storm moved through the state of Texas and wreaked havoc on the citizens of the Lonestar state. This storm brought not only snow, sleet, and freezing rain to Southeast Texas, but also extremely cold temperatures that lasted for several days. This was one of the most impactful winter events in recent history that brought multiple road closures, power outages, loss of heat, broken pipes, and other societal impacts for the region. Our crew assembled, packed up the vans and drove down to assist other SERVPROs with the clean-up. We worked side by side with our SERVPRO family and didn’t leave until the job was done! This is not the first (or last!) time SERVPRO will travel to help out communities in need.

We are proud to be a part of the SERVPRO family and we will always be “Faster to any size disaster”!

Crime Scene Cleanups

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Team in full PPE suits for biohazard cleanups. Team in full PPE suits for biohazard cleanups.

We’ve all seen those crime scene shows at some point in our lives, but what does a crime scene cleanup really entail? It is not as quick, or glamorous as these shows depict them to be. It takes time, the proper tools and professionals to do the job right and to keep everyone safe.

Crime scene cleanup is a term applied to the cleanup of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials. Incidents which may require this type of cleanup include accidents, suicide (or attempted suicide), homicides, and decomposition after unattended death, as well as mass trauma, industrial accidents, infectious disease contamination, animal biohazard contamination (e.g. feces or blood) or regulated waste transport, treatment, and disposal.

PPE (Personal protective equipment) refers to all equipment (e.g. devices, appliances and accessories) that are worn by an individual, in order to provide protection against one or more safety risks. It is required to utilize the correct PPE at all biohazard cleanup sites.

Listed below are the commonly used PPE types:

  • Skin protection
  • Respiratory protective equipment
  • Eye protection
  • Head protection
  • Ear protection
  • Foot protection
  • Hand and arm protection
  • Body protection
  • Fall protection

Here at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp, we have the necessary tools, PPE and support to remediate biohazard events. Give us a call today (856) 227-7800!

What is the Difference Between a Severe Storm Watch and Warning?

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

National Weather Service watches and warning image. National Weather Service watches and warning image.

Do you know the difference between a National Weather Service Severe Thunderstorm Watch and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning? It is important to know the difference so you can take appropriate action!

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states. This is the time to secure your home and belongs. Check flashlight batteries, check supplies, charge your phone, etc. Having these items checked off your safety list will come in handy if your area is upgraded to a warning.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by local spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building and get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county). These warnings state that an area may be impacted by large hail or damaging winds and are identified by an NWS forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm. Stay away from windows during any kind of storm, even if you do not see lightning or notice strong winds. Storms can intensify rapidly, so it’s best to stay safely away from any windows or outside doors.

Staying informed is one of the best defenses against having a storm related emergency. Also, having a storm preparedness checklist and emergency plan can also help keep you and your family safe. Make sure to keep our number on those lists, in the event a weather emergency occurs because we’re “Faster to any size disaster”.

(856) 227-7800