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SERVPRO Ranks #27 on Entrepreneur's 2020 Top 500 Franchises!

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO maintains its top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for over 10 consecutive years in Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 500 Franchises.

SERVPRO has been included in the magazine's Top 500 list, standing out in a group of more than 900 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list. Read more...

"This recognition affirms that SERVPRO is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension, its customers," said Barbara Jones, Co-Owner of SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. "The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer."

According to Jones, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:

  • SERVPRO's strength as a brand with a national footprint, and the ability to create national partnerships with organizations such as the PGA TOUR, Allstate Insurance, Farmers Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Valero Energy Corporation, Bob Evans Restaurants, Genesis Healthcare, Planet Fitness, Costco Wholesale, and the American Red Cross - to name a few.
  • SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company's culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
  • SERVPRO's focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company's operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.

"Today, as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support."

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties specializes in fire, mold, and water cleanup, mitigation, and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened."

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire, mold, and water damage restoration and mitigation services, call 609-624-0202, or reach us by email, or visit SERVPROofCapeMayCounty.

Need Post Construction Cleaning?

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Ensures Your Finished Projects Always Look Their Best!

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide the debris removal services to prepare your home or office for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on our Franchise Professionals to provide the help you need eliminating the moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning

You want your home or business to look its best. Our Franchise Professionals provide cleaning services to give your property that extra shine. Services include:

  • Carpet/flooring prep & finish
  • Deodorization
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Debris removal
  • Window cleaning

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Ocean City, Wildwood, Vineland, Millville and the surrounding communities in each county. Call 609-624-0202 when you need trained, uniformed Franchise Professionals! 24-hour emergency services available. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Winterize Your Property From Storm Damage

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Winterize and Protect Your Most Valuable Asset!

  • Have a professional inspect your heating system annually.
  • Clean your fireplace or stove and have your flue checked for any buildup of creosote. Be sure other fuel burning equipment is properly vented to the outside.
  • Insulate your home properly. If necessary, insulate walls and attics to conserve energy.
  • Caulk doors and windows to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows, or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation.
  • Protect pipes from freezing:
    • Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers. Cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture.
    • Turn both hot and cold faucets to continuously drip a little.
    • Keep a wrench near the valves and know how to shut off your water valves if a pipe bursts.
    • For more information: "Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes" from the American Red Cross
  • Inspect and flush your water heater.
  • Clean gutters. Leaves and other debris will hamper drainage.
  • Cut away tree branches that can fall on the house during an ice storm or from heavy snow. Notify the utility company of branches that overhang power lines; do not attempt to trim by yourself.
  • Replace batteries for smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors. If you did not do this when you set the clocks back, do it now.
  • Have a back-up power source in place if you are dependent upon electricity for medical or mobility needs.
  • Know where your snow shovel is located and have a supply of sand or a sand substitute.
  • Prepare a warm, safe place for your animals in severe winter weather. Make sure any outbuilding that houses or shelters animals can withstand wind, heavy snow and ice.
    • Bring pets indoors. Horses and livestock should have a shelter protected from wind, snow, ice and rain. Grazing animals need access to a protected supply of food and non-frozen water.
    • Make sure your animals have access to high ground in case you do not have time to relocate them during a flood.
  • Be aware of the potential for flooding when snow and ice melt.
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program if you are at risk.

If Power Goes Out

Follow these tips:

  • Dress in warm, light layers and wear a cap for warmth.
  • Close off unused rooms.
  • Eat well-balanced meals for energy.
  • Use only safe sources of alternate heat such as a fireplace, a small well-vented wood or coal stove, or portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturers' instructions and never substitute one type of fuel for another.

Clearing Your Roof

  • Clearing your roof is a dangerous task. Always think about safety first. If possible, do not attempt to clear the roof alone.
  • When possible use long-handled rakes or poles.
  • If you must use a ladder, make sure the base is securely anchored. Ask someone to hold the ladder while you climb.
  • Know where the snow is going to fall before clearing the area.
  • Make sure you do not touch electrical wires.
  • If the job is too big for you, HIRE HELP.

If you have water damage to your property, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, 609-624-0202. We are trained in water removal, dehumidification, mold mitigation/remediation. We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

The information in this blog is obtained from Ready.nj.gov (the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management).

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

No Job Is Too Large

As part of the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division (SERVPRO Disaster Recovering Team), we are the best of the best in restoration. Commercial large-loss specialists are pre-qualified 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 of Cape May & Cumberland Counties.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

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

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or a 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:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Should a storm or major event strike, call 609-624-0202 or toll free: 844-350-3131.

Winter Weather Tips For Your Home

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Tips for Your Cape May or Cumberland County Home.

It's not too late for winter weather preparedness!

PREPARE YOUR HOME

Weatherproofing:

• Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
• Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
• Insulate walls and attic.
• Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
• Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.

Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.

• If you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
• Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby.
• All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
• Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.

Check out these tips on getting your family, home, and car ready for a winter storm. Learn more...

Pipe Freezing Prevention!

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem in Your Cape May County or Cumberland County Property.

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

When you have a water emergency, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, 609-624-0202. We're Here To Help!

Information for this blog obtained by redcross.org.

Commercial Document Drying

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties offers commercial dry cleaning services as well?

In the event that your important documents end up wet during a flood or storm event in your home or business we can help dry them so that you can retain all important information! 

Documents are frozen and shipped to our corporate offices in Tennessee where they are placed in a drying chamber where four different drying services are used.  Vacuum Freeze Drying, Gamma Irradiation, Digitizing, and Certified Destruction. The entire process usually takes between 7-10 days depending on the severity of the damage.

We can also digitize all documents so that you no longer need to worry about losing important documents due to water damage. If you need documents dried call SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties at 609-624-0202.

Don't be the 50%!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

DID YOU KNOW?

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is here to let you know that when disaster strikes, you can be READY and not be ruined!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY™ Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile™ Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following your disaster
  • Provides facility details such as shot-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Contact us Today to Get Started! Call a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL us at your convenience!

Keep Fall Fire-Free!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month, and we'll be sharing educational information to help you "KEEP FALL FIRE-FREE."

Cooler temperatures and beautiful colors define the beginning of the Fall season. And with an abundance of outdoor family activities, it's a good idea to plan ahead to make sure your Fall is Fire-Free.

Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Be sure to keep these decorations away from any open flames, including light bulbs and heaters, which are other heat sources.

Keep emergency exits of your home or business clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

Teach your children to always stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.

When choosing a Halloween costume, remember that safety should be your first priority. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily catch fire if it comes into contact with heat or a flame. Some of the most flammable fabrics in your home include linen, cotton, rayon, and all light fabrics which allow oxygen to circulate more freely through their fibers.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jacko-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Stay safe this Fall and stay tuned for the next article in our "Fire Prevention Month" series, "Plan and Practice Your Escape!"

This information is provided by the National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org.

SERVPRO Cleaning Services - Now is the Time!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

The 2019 Fall Season is Near - NOW is the Time to Sell Your Home Before the Holidays!

Now is the Time To:

  • CLEAN your property for top showing conditions
  • ELIMINATE ODORS and reduce allergens
  • IMPROVE the operating efficiency of the HVAC unit
  • CONTROL moisture
  • REDUCE mold

Our professional cleaning services help the residential or commercial property owner take the worry out of preparing for the season. It's not clean until it's SERVPRO clean!

OVERVIEW OF CLEANING SERVICES:

Duct & HVAC Cleaning

Carpet & Upholstery

Odor Removal & Deodorization

Ceiling, Floor, & Wall Cleaning

Drapes & Blinds Cleaning

We serve all communities in Cape May and Cumberland Counties. Call 609-624-0202 to speak to a Franchise Professional and schedule your cleaning service today!