Prevent Water Damage in your Cape May County Home.
How to Prevent Water Damage In Your Home.
Preventing water damage is a lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are three easy prevention tips.
Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and what holds your house together.
Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.
#1. Ensure Good Drainage
Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.
Clean your gutters routinely. A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.
Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.
Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks. (For crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)
#2. Test Your Sump Pump Regularly
Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.
How to test your sump pump: Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.
Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first. If you don’t have a backup pump — or a generator — and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.
#3. Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them
Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all.
How to check for leaks: Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.
At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.
So now you know how to prevent water damage — and add years (and lower maintenance costs to your home!). Of course if water damage does affect your home, be sure to call us at 609-624-0202.
September is National Preparedness Month.
Make A Plan.
September is National Preparedness Month. Your friends at SERVPRO of Cape May County want to be sure you are prepared for any disaster and will be sharing information all through September to help you and your family.
First thing’s first. Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
*Information obtained from ready.gov website.
Be Ready, Cape May County!
SERVPRO® of Cape May County is ready for whatever happens, and we want you to be ready, too! Browse through this BE READY guide as published in the Cape May County Herald. Click here to access the guide.
And remember, we're here for any emergency, just call 609-624-0202.
Hurricane Season is Here!
Living near the coast brings many benefits to those of us who reside in Cape May County. But with all the pros, there are some cons, one of them being hurricane season.
Hurricane season is upon us! The season started on June 1st and the threat will continue until November 30th here in the Northeast. The strongest chance for hurricanes and storm activity begins in mid-August and lasts until about the end of October. Hurricanes can bring speeds up to 200 mph and the storms themselves have been known to stretch across up to 600 miles. Are you prepared for a storm of this size?
Important information everyone should know includes the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A watch means that threatening conditions are possible within the next 48 hours, while a warning means conditions are expected within 36 hours. Stay prepared and informed, that is the best way to get through any potential storms!
Concerned About Flooding Due to Storms?
Here in Cape May County, it’s important to be prepared for water damage. Many of us live on barrier islands where the threat of flood is an everyday concern whether its high tide from a full moon, heavy rains or an intense storm.
Being prepared for flooding and water damage is your best defense. Be aware of the tides and the weather, be prepared to move cars to higher grounds and keep all pets inside when necessary. Be aware of how high off the ground your home is, do you have a crawlspace that would be susceptible to water?
Finally, have a plan in place in the event water damage does occur in your home. SERVPRO® of Cape May County is ready to go 24/7 to assist you. We can be reached at 609-624-0202, we will work to make your situation as stress-free as possible.
Emergency Readiness Plans
Do you own a business in Cape May County? Is your store, office or restaurant prepared for a burst pipe, sewage back-up, fire damage, flood or storm damage?
With SERVPRO®’s Emergency Readiness Plan a trained representative will come out to your building, evaluate how and where to shut off any utilities, exits and entrances, as well as building lay out and square footage. They will then sit with you and create a plan based on your preferences on how to handle any situation that may occur so that you don’t lose precious time by shutting down.
Once your plan is complete, you can receive all of the information in the form of an app on your phone, if an event occurs you will be ready, and so will we!
Our Emergency Ready® Program ("ERP") is a free service. If you would like to take a protective measure for your business call SERVPRO of Cape May County today at 609-624-0202.
Summer Brings Potential for Tornadoes, Be Prepared!
What is the difference between a Tornado WATCH and a Tornado WARNING?
A Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Centermeteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.
A Tornado WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 over a designated area. This means a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the tornado. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.
LEARN MORE AT THE NOAA WEBSITE.
If a tornado does strike, SERVPRO® of Cape May County will be here to help! Call us at 609-624-0202.
There are three types of contaminated water.
There are three types of contaminated water:
Catagory 1:"Clean Water" is from, a clean source like a broken water line; however, if left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3.
Category 2: "Gray Water" may contain bacteria and viruses, and can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.
Category 3: "Black Water" comes from flooding rivers or sewer backup and may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals and microbes.
No one wants to end up with category 3 water damage in their home. If you run into a water damage problem, call the trained professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May County at 609-642-0202 to make the process as stress free as possible. We are here to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Cape May County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows 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 greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke:
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO® of Cape May County will test 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, high 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.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 609-624-0202
Cape May County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Cape May County for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO® of Cape May County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-624-0202