Recent Storm Damage Posts

If A Storm Hits: Be Prepared.

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If A Storm Hits: Be Prepared. Be Prepared with a Storm Emergency Checklist

Storms can cause damage fast and require you and your family to seek shelter or leave your home. It is important to be prepared if this happens. Having an emergency plan as well as an emergency kit can help. Be prepared for storm damage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

• Water (one gallon per person per day)

• Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

• Manual can opener

•Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• First aid kit Whistle to signal for help

• Dust masks

• Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

•Important documents (copies of insurance policies, identification & bank account information)

• Cash Fire extinguisher

• Matches in a waterproof container

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water & Storm Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is locally owned and operated—we are a part of the community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

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.

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.

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

Protect Your Home From Winter Storms

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Home From Winter Storms SERVPRO is Here To Help with storm damage.

Winter storms can be beautiful to look at and play in, but they also can cause damage to your home. Here are some tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.

Take Care of Your Roof.

• Keep your gutters clear. This keeps ice from accumulating and backing up under the shingles.

• Trim trees year-round. This helps keep branches from falling on your house.  

Prevent Ice Dams

• Eliminate heat sources under the roof, such as lights and heaters in the attic, that can contribute to thawing.

 • Keep the attic cool and ventilated to stop or slow the refreezing cycle.

• Consult a roofing professional to remove snow or standing water before an ice dam can form.

• Avoid trying to chip any ice dams off your roof, as you could damage the roof. Ask a roof specialist for help instead.

Prevent Water Damage

• Ventilate the attic and insulate the attic floor to stop warm air in the house from melting snow and ice on the roof.

• Wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or 2 inches of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed heat tape.

• Caulk cracks and holes in the home's outer walls and foundation. Holes left by cable installation can also leave pipes exposed.

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around pipes.

• Trickle water from faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

• Locate the home's main water valve — typically in the basement or outside near the curb — so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe does burst.

• If you leave the house unoccupied for an extended period, shut off the water and have a professional drain the system. Turn the heat down, but don't turn it off.

If your home or business is affected by storm damage, Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. 856-227-7800. We are Here To Help.

Prepare Your Blackwood Property for the Cold Weather

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Blackwood Property for the Cold Weather It is always better to Be Prepared!

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather,  you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches.Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
Inspect the property. Especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
Ask your local SERVPRO® Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township (856)-227-7800 for more information.

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. ®

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®”


Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage In Your Home

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage In Your Home Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live

Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage

Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live in Sicklerville. These kinds of floods are very dangerous, not just because of the volume and speed of the water, but due to the fact that the water contains rocks and other debris. These floods are fast rising and can invade your home just as quickly.

Flood damage in your Sicklerville home is overwhelming and can be quite devastating. When floodwaters have invaded your home, you need professional help to get your home clean and dry again. SERVPRO is standing by to help you with the professional training and equipment that is needed to do the job right.

In a flood situation, we are not finished once the water is out and your home is dry again. We must also clean your structure. Things like the subflooring and walls could need cleaning. We clean any materials which are restorable with the appropriate method.

For carpeting, SERVPRO staff clean and deodorize these areas. We choose a cleaning method that is right for the level of soiling. Different carpet cleaning methods are utilized depending on the condition and type of the carpet.

Most of the time, we have a list of items which need to be cleaned. All contents exposed to water or high humidity have to be evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture might need cleaning and polishing from exposure to high humidity. We check all clothing, closets, and storage areas for contents needing cleaning and deodorizing. We also look for damage from high humidity and condensation on photographs and wall hangings. Your electronics may need special drying and cleaning services to restore them. Pool tables, pianos, clocks, and other items which are sensitive could also require specialized attention.

After restoration is complete, we finalize the job by ensuring you are satisfied. We check moisture levels one last time to ensure everything is dry and complete a walk-through with you. If there are any problems, we fix them and then remove all our equipment and supplies. Maintain relationships and communicating throughout the entire process is a huge factor in how smoothly the job is completed and how happy you are.

SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township prides ourselves on how we take care of our customers and their homes in Blackwood, Glendora, or Washington Township. Get in touch with us when your home has suffered flood damage by calling (856) 227-7800.

Storm Damage: What to do and What not to do.

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage: What to do and What not to do. Your knowledge is power.

Storm damage can be a rather difficult thing to deal with in your Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. home. Leave the complexities to our SERVPRO professionals, and use these helpful do's and don'ts while you wait for us to arrive on scene. These handy tips can keep you from unknowingly furthering any damage to your property.

DO:
    • Wait for the "all clear" before worrying about minimizing your storm damage. Your safety should be prioritized above property safety.
     • Avoid entering a flooded area, unless the electricity is turned off.
     • Try to remove as much excess water as possible with wet-dry vacuums, mops, and towels you don't mind potentially ruining (if the water is contaminated).
     • Prop up wet upholstery and pillow cushions for proper drying after you remove them from the affected area.

DON'T:
     • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water. Your standard vacuum does not double as a shop vac.
     • Don't leave wet fabrics in place to sit and mildew. Be sure to dry any wet items as soon as you can!
     • Don't leave books magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors. If left on wet surfaces, the ink can bleed and permanently stain surfaces.
     • Don't use any household appliances or electronics while standing on wet surfaces.

Any damage to your home or business can seem daunting. If you have a few do's or don'ts in the back of your mind when a loss occurs, you will feel more in control. We will worry about the rest for you.

Call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. (856)227-7800 and we will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning Up After A Flood

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

   • First call your insurance agent, they will let   you know if you are covered or not.
   • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
   • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?                   Call Us Today (856) 227-7800

With SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp.     on the job, you know it will be                          "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Insurance Policy For Your Gloucester Township Area Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Insurance Policy For Your Gloucester Township Area Home Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes can release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes.

Flood Damage Insurance

You carry auto insurance, life insurance, pet insurance, home insurance, and even pay for appliance warranties, yet you fail to protect your home against costly water line damage or in-home plumbing emergencies.

Pipes in the attic of your Gloucester Township area home can cause flood damage that you might not recover from easily. Clogs, leaks, or broken pipes, release hundreds of gallons of water into your home within minutes. Whether the leak is large or small, over time, it can affect unprotected building materials, insulation, and the structural stability of your home.

Do you know how old the water lines in your attic are? The average lifespan of a water pipe in your home is 20-years, with the majority of homes throughout the United States containing water lines older than 47-years. Knowing the age of your pipes can help you assess whether professional assistance from a company like SERVPRO is necessary.

However, having an expertly trained flood damage specialist from SERVPRO perform an inspection never hurts. You may have water lines from your water heater running through your attic that distributes hot water throughout your home. If even one of these lines has a problem, you can find yourself dealing with extensive flood damage. Thinking that you are safe because you purchased a new home can leave you ill-prepared for what might happen as well.

Your ventilation system also poses extreme problems when not maintained properly. The condensation lines or drain pan of your HVAC system receive damage over time, and major malfunctions in the unit can send water spewing everywhere, without warning. All it takes is a single leak to cause excessive damage; it never hurts to make preparations to deal with these types of problems.

You should look at calling SERVPRO like having a flood damage insurance policy that helps protect your home against accidents that might happen. We provide you with valuable information to maintain a safe, healthy home for your family. Giving you an opportunity to catch issues before they become major problems and access to someone who can be there for you should a disaster occur.

Contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. for additional information about available services or to schedule your home inspection, today  (856) 227-7800.

Ice Dam

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

ICE DAMS: Several quick fixes but only one cure.

An Ice Dam is a hump of ice that forms at the edge of a roof under certain wintertime conditions. An ice dam can damage both your roof and the inside of your home. It will put gutters and downspouts at risk too.

Ice Dams are a common sight in New Jersey in winters, and SERVPRO has dealt with quite a few. There are several things you can do to avoid getting an ice dam or to reduce the risk of damage after one has formed, but there’s really only one cure: a combination of better sealing, insulation, and venting in the attic and eaves.

HOW DO ICE DAMS FORM?

An ice dam forms when the roof over the attic gets warm enough to melt the underside of the layer of snow on the roof. The water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the eave of the roof, which stays cold because it extends beyond the side of the house. There, the water freezes, gradually growing into a mound of ice.

The flatter the pitch of the roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to get a grip. Gutters at the eaves can also trap snow and ice. If snow and ice build up high enough in the gutter, it can provide a foundation for an ice dam.

WHAT DAMAGE DO ICE DAMS CAUSE?

When an ice dam gets big enough, melted water backs up behind it and seeps underneath the shingles. Eventually, it will drip into the insulation and down into the ceilings and exterior walls beneath the eave, ruining sheetrock and paint. If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot

DEALING WITH EXISTING ICE DAMS

1. Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chucks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool! You’ll cut through the shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This is slow, dangerous work, so hire someone experienced at roofing. Even if you do it safely, the chunks of ice can take pieces of shingle with them.

2. Clear out gutters and downspouts. Again, this is ladder work and an easy way to damage either plastic or metal gutters and spouts.

3. Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice melter. Do NOT use rock salt! It will damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains.

A good trough-maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.

Winter Storm Frozen Pipes : Prevention and Treatment

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Frozen Pipes : Prevention and Treatment Frozen Pipe

With the colder weather officially upon us, now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Though frozen pipes are a common occurrence, they are highly preventable.  

SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township  offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.  

  • Insulate all the exposed pipes in your home. Especially where they may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. 
  • Keep the temperature the same during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower temperatures in the evening, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. 
  • Close any inside values that supply water outdoors and open the outside value to properly drain excess water that may be in the pipes. 
  • In drastically cold temperatures, let your faucet trickle. While you may be concerned about wasting water, running water is less likely to freeze. 
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing it to break. 
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. 

Found a Frozen Pipe? Thaw It Out: 

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. 
  • Make sure the faucet remains on while treating the pipes, as the flowing water will help to melt the ice within the pipe. 
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device. 
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.  

Should you experience a loss resulting from water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible, and call SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800 immediately. The longer you wait to call, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects that water damage can have. 

After a Hurricane

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After a Hurricane Flooding after recent Hurricane Irma in Miami

With Hurricane Season upon us, here are a few tips to help keep you safe should you be affected by a storm.

After Hurricane

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.

Caring For Yourself & Loved Ones

  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Help people who require extra assistance —infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

Returning Home Safely

  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to the power company.
  • Follow these tips for inspecting your properties structure and utilities after a hurricane.
  • Take pictures of home damage, both of the buildings and its contents, for insurance purposes.

Cleaning and Repairing Your Home

  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a hurricane, including the supplies you’ll need, how to deal with contaminated food and water, and how to repair water damage.
  • Don’t just repair your home, build in hurricane-resistant features to help protect against future storms:
    • Secure double entry doors at the top and bottom.
    • Strengthen garage doors to improve wind resistance, particularly double-wide garage doors.
    • Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace any damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
    • If your home has been significantly damaged and will require rebuilding parts or all of it, consider building a safe room.

Ask a Professional to

  • Ensure roof sheathing is properly installed.
  • Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof.
  • Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps.
  • Elevate your home if it’s near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.

Extreme Heat- How it can Affect you

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

We all know New Jersey summers can bring extreme heat! Extreme heat is caused by higher than normal temperature and humidity. Children, ages infant to four are at higher risk for heat related illnesses and need extra fluids compared to adults. Symptoms of heat related illness include faintness, exhaustion, nausea, muscle spasms, and fever. In the United States more than 600 people die every year due to extreme heat. During these heat waves it’s better to stay inside and stay cool if possible. Air conditioning is the highest protective measure against extreme heat illnesses. HYDRATION is also extremely important! Drink plenty of water and if you’re in prolonged heat it’s good to utilize sports drinks to replenish your body with electrolytes. If you must be outdoors you should also avoid strenuous activities, wear lightweight light colored clothing, and take breaks in the shade or a cool environment

Are you Prepared for a power outage?

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you Prepared for a power outage? Ready Kit

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov  When disaster strikes the Gloucester Township area knowing what to do until SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township arrives will make a difference.  Call us directly at 856-227-7800.

When the Severe Storm rolls out...we roll in.

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When the Severe Storm rolls out...we roll in. Lightning Storm

During the Storm

  • Use your Battery Operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from you local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air-conditioners. Power surges from lighting can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lighting rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields. The beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal- tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers unit heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

Severe Spring Weather – Prepare with Red Cross Tips

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Spring Weather – Prepare with Red Cross Tips Spring Storms

Spring brings the threat of severe weather, which can mean heavy rain, flash flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes. The American Red Cross offers safety steps to follow if your area is affected.

FOLLOW THESE LIFESAVING SAFETY STEPS

 

THUNDERSTORM SAFETY STEPS Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow:

1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.

2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.

3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.

4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.

5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

 

FLOODING Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do:

1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

2. Stay away from floodwaters.

3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

4. Keep children out of the water.

5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

 

TORNADOES Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do:

1. Know your community’s warning system.

2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.

3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

 

People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

Spring Rains can create flood damage

3/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Rains can create flood damage These tips will help when choosing a company when you experience flood damage.

Home can be impacted by the damaging waters of a flood due to a number of causes. Heavy rains cause flooding typically, such as from a hurricane or another severe or torrential storm. Flooding may also occur due to a major plumbing issue or for other reasons. The unfortunate truth is that standing or rising water inside a home can cause a significant amount of water in a short period of time. There is often a need to remove the water quickly, if possible. Then, the significant task of flood damage repair can begin. Finding the right company to perform the repair work is important, and you should pay attention to a few points to find the best company for the job.

The Type of Services Available

When water enters your home, it can impact almost every surface. Drywall and wood features can become warped and may even rot or decompose. Fabrics and upholstery may become stained and moldy. Electrical work may go on the fritz. These are just a few of the ways that water can impact a home, and all will need to be remedied before the repair work can be completed. Some items may be salvaged, but others will need to be fixed or replaced. The best results will be from a company that is focused on restoring the property to its former condition or better in a timely manner. The company may need to offer water remediation services if water is still in the home, and advanced equipment should be used to ensure thorough results. In addition, a full approach to repair work, including working with your insurance company to file a claim, is important.

A Certified Company

While there may be several companies in your local area that offer repair services, the fact is that you do not want to trust just any company with this important project. Instead, you want to work with a certified company that has a great reputation. Look for a company that is affiliated with or certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. The certification to look for is the Cleantrust certification. In addition, while you should act quickly to schedule service with a flood damage repair company, you should also spend a few minutes reading consumer reviews to determine if the company is known for providing fast, quality work.

An Immediate Response with Focused Effort

When you contact a Gloucester Township restoration company for assistance, you should inquire about availability. The company ideally will offer around-the-clock service if you are dealing with a flooding issue in your home. You typically only have a number of hours to dry out the home before the potential risk for mold growth increases, so a timely response is imperative. In addition, inquire about the steps the company will take to follow through on the work and about what finished results you should expect and the anticipated time frame. Flood damage repair can be significant, and the process may be lengthy. However, the company should be focused on working on your home until the work is completed.


At the first sign of a flood in your home, you should begin searching for a reputable company to use for flood damage repair services. When you focus on these factors, you can expect superior results.


SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township is locally owned and operated and serves Blackwood, Glendora, Stratford, Sicklerville, Clementon, Laurel Springs, Lindenwold, Hi-Nella, Somerdale and the surrounding communities

SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township's fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day. Contact us at 856-227-7800.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for Landlords

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for Landlords ERP's help landlords and property managers

Preparation is Key for Water Damage Remediation

SERVPRO's new Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system allows business owners to easily keep track of all properties and locations during a hurricane, and respond appropriately. Using the tool, you can create multiple individualized profiles and information sets for each property you own, and with just a few clicks after an emergency, our technicians will have all the information they need to get to work on mitigating damage. As a result, they can save owners of multiple properties, such as landlords, thousands in repair costs after a storm by responding quickly to each location.
 
During a storm, commercial water damage in Blackwood apartments and rental properties can come in the form of flooding, staining, physical damages, rain exposure, and any of a host of other small problems. Usually, our technicians have to spend precious time evaluating the building and formulating an approach, but this process is hastened with SERVPRO's ERP system. Through it, they can access relevant contact information, building plans and layouts, and critical information about utility systems. This is especially useful in attached properties, which may share utilities and resources with neighboring locations.
 
Generally, the information you submit to the ERP system is the same information that we will ask for during the emergency. The main difference is that instead of having to operate under heavy time constraints and rely on you to be available to provide that information, we can access the information digitally and before we even arrive. When a disaster hits, you can log onto our website or open up the app and have us responding with all the info we need in seconds. For apartments and rental properties, this can include relevant information and contact routes for tenants, ensuring that they make it through the process unscathed as well.
 
SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township operates on the principle of mitigation to respond around the clock and save landlords thousands in restoration costs. Call us at 856-227-7800 for our help or to learn more about the ERP system.

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team The right equipment for every job

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call 856-227-7800

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita