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Managing Mold

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary...

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO of Cape May County handles water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

SERVPRO of Cape May County cares about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss conditions.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-624-0202

Prepare your home for a hurricane or storm.

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane. 

  • Cover all of your home’s windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds. 
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. 
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant. 
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed. 
  • Turn off propane tanks. 
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water. 
  • Ask your local SERVPRO of Cape May County professional about boarding up your home.

    At SERVPRO of Cape May County, we make it "Like it never even happened.®"

    Call 609-624-0202 when you need help recovering after storm damage. 

Prepare your business for a hurricane or storm.

6/8/2017 (Permalink)


Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane. 

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. 
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery. 
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. 
  • Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home. 
  • Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable. 
  • Ask your SERPVRO of Cape May County
    professionals about setting your business up with a Disaster Recovery Profile. 

    At SERVPRO of Cape May County, we make it "Like it never even happened.®"

    Call 609-624-0202 when you need help recovering after storm damage. 

Cape May County Residents: We Specialize in Flood Cleanup and Restoration!

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Crawlspace/Basement

A crawlspace or basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. These areas are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your property could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causing surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more…

The flooding in this home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  Cape May County had received several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system. 

At this particular job, we were on site within an hour to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the area dry. We used advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that the structure of the home was dry. 

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get! 

We are Flood Damage Specialists, and we: 

  • Are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • Bill the Insurance Company Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About!
  • Highly-Trained Technicians in Water Restoration Techniques
  • Use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help! 609-624-0202.

We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Cape May County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 609-624-0202

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cape May County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Cape May County

SERVPRO of Cape May County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Faster to your Cape May County Water Damage Event

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Cape May County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Cape May County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in all of Cape May County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Cape May County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Cape May County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 609-624-0202

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

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

About SERVPRO of Cape May County

SERVPRO of Cape May County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Got Mold in Your Cape May County Building?

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Cape May County.

We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.

A Moldy Situation

Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. A number of situations may have created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.

Containing the Infestation

When SERVPRO® of Cape May County professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.

Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air

Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, our mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a “negative air” situation inside the infested area. A “negative air” situation is essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.

Removing Contaminated Materials

Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage businesses to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.  

Inhibiting Future Growth

SERVPRO® of Cape May County can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.

Call SERVPRO® of Cape May County for Mold ASAP

When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our mold remediation team at 609-624-0202 for a free estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again. 

* Information on mold health risks obtained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Does Your Cape May County Home Have a Mold Problem?

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. 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 a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • 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.

    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-624-0202

Cape May County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

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. SERVPRO of Cape May County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  

    About Our Mold Remediation:

    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

Don't Be Left In The Dark Cape May County

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms: Power Outage - Safety Tips

Whether a power outage in your home is caused by grid failure or severe weather, you can take the following steps to prepare and respond.

FAMILY SAFETY

Include power outages in your family disaster plan, identifying alternate means of transportation and routes to home, school or work. 

Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.

Keep your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.

During a power outage, resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information --that's what your battery-powered radio is for.

Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.  Check on elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives who may need assistance if weather is severe during the outage.

Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.

Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food as appropriate on hand. Also be sure to have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand. 

If it is cold outside, put on layers of warm clothing. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.

If it is hot outside, take steps to remain cool. Move to the lowest level of your home as cool air falls and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. If the heat is intense and the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or "cooling shelter" that may be opened in your community.

Remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets.

FOOD

Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than 4-6 hours.

Have one or more coolers for cold food storage in case power outage is prolonged. Perishable foods should not be stored for more than two hours above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage. 

GENERATORS

Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.

Connect only individual appliances to portable generators.

Don't plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home's electrical system - as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger. 

WHEN POWER RETURNS

When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.

When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.

This information provided to you by The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. For more information visit their website.