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Commercial Water Loss?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Your Commercial Water Loss May Not Be Extensive, but the Damage it Causes can Close Your Doors Indefinitely!

A commercial water loss can cause flooding to occur and damage the ceilings, floors and walls throughout your property. An immediate response time is necessary to stop further damage. Our certified technicians arrive quickly - most times, within an hour - to start the water extraction process to avoid further damage and mold growth.

Wherever you need us, we are faster to any size disaster and are Here to Help!

It's important to know exactly what to do with a large water loss. Turning off utilities at the main switch and disconnecting electrical appliances are just a couple things that may need to be done. To learn how else you can prepare your business and employees for an emergency that could potentially close your business, contact a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 and ask about our complimentary "Emergency Ready Profile" for your business. Add a level of security that will prepare you in the event of a large loss.

With over 50 years of experience, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have restored water damaged businesses in the communities of Cumberland and Cape May Counties - from Vineland to Bridgeton and Ocean City to Cape May. 

Call SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties: 609-624-0202 if you need water removal and de-humidification services. We can also help with move-outs and reconstruction services. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage? We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and Water Emergencies Can Happen at Any Time. SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is Here to Help 24/7.

We provide 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 happens very quickly with not as much water as you think. Water quickly moves causing possible damage as it covers your floors, walls, ceilings or personal belongings. Getting their faster makes all the difference when the clock is ticking and standing water exists in your property.

There is a Water Damage Timeline that is important to know.

  • Within minutes water can spread and cause further damage.
  • Within 24 hours, walls can begin to breakdown and belongings can show signs of water damage.
  • After 48 hours, mold and mildew may be growing and spreading, causing further damage to doors, windows, and personal property. Serious biohazard contamination is a real possibility.

The longer you wait to start restoration, the more likelihood that you'll spend more time cleaning and restoring and spending more money, too. Avoid the unnecessary cost of waiting...

If You Need Emergency Services, please contact a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL. We're faster to any disaster and make it, "Like it never even happened."

We're available 24/7, 365 days. Proud to serve Cape May, Ocean City, the Wildwoods and surrounding communities in Cape May County as well as Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding communities in Cumberland County.

Why Clean Air Ducts?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Why Clean Air Ducts? Because they get dirty!

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all properties with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • Pets
  • Occupants with allergies or asthma
  • Cigarette or cigar smoke
  • Water contamination or damage to the HVAC system
  • Renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly, may be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning

A good rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons consumers choose to have their air ducts cleaned.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners and businesses have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home or business. The system takes air in and breathes air out.

According to the experts at The National Air Duct Association ("NADCA"), through normal occupation inside a home or office, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, dirty ducts may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause health issues for people with respiratory conditions or allergies.

Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties proudly serves Ocean City, Cape May, Wildwood and surrounding communities in Cape May County, and Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. For more information on Air Ducts and HVAC cleaning, contact a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

Information in this blog obtained by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Curious About Testing Your Business For Mold?

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Concerns in Your Commercial Property?

Mold is quickly becoming a concern in commercial real estate liability. Protect yourself and your business by knowing what to look for and what to do next.

A SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Franchise Professional will carefully inspect your property for signs of mold. Mold feeds on  cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Put our experience in testing for mold to work for you.

When to Test for Mold:

  • If your commercial residence or building has had a flood, leak or sewage back-up
  • If your building has a roof leak, damp areas, or HVAC problems including inadequate ventilation or lack of make-up air
  • If you see visible mold on ceilings, walls, floors, or equipment
  • If you are experiencing foul or musty odors as a result of a process, renovation, or change in the building layout
  • If you are purchasing, renting, or leasing a commercial property
  • If you are planning to sell, renovate, or expand your commercial property

We serve Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood, and surrounding areas in Cape May County as well as Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding areas in Cumberland County. Contact a Franchise Professional today to arrange for a complimentary consultation: 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a Franchise System with more than 50 years of leadership in cleanup, remediation, and restoration.

Our track record has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, business owners, homeowners, and in one forgettable instance, even the Pentagon.

SERVPRO SYSTEM SERVICES:

RESTORATION:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Document Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Reconstruction

CLEANING:

  • Carpets, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard and Disinfecting
  • Crime Scene and Vandalism

We are taking to the streets, every hour of every day, proving that whenever there is a house full of smoke or an office full of water, there is also a van full of clean!

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is Here to Help! Contact a Franchise Professional for your personal consultation: 609-24-0202 or EMAIL.

Do's and Don'ts of Fire Damage Recovery

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fire Damage Recovery

A fire is one of the most damaging and traumatic events that can happen to a home or business. Although the safety of everyone in the building is the top priority, knowing the steps to take to recover from fire damage can provide a clear road map to normalcy. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind.

DO:

Cover carpets.

Even when the flames are extinguished, fire damage can continue if the necessary precautions aren’t taken. A lot of ash and soot hangs in the air after a fire. When this material settles, it will damage your carpets and floors. To mitigate these effects, cover these surfaces with old towels or sheets. The extra barrier will keep them free of soot and make them easier to clean.

Call professionals as soon as possible.

Although there are some basic actions you can do yourself to help recover from fire damage, most of the work is for professionals only. Call a restoration company after a fire to keep you safe and pave the way for a speedier recovery for your home or business.

DON'T:

Clean furniture or upholstery yourself.

While it might be tempting to start cleaning as soon as possible, doing so can do more harm than good. Without professional experience and know-how, cleaning furniture and upholstery can spread the damage and soot to other areas of the items. It’s best to leave the heavy lifting to Fire Damage professionals.

Use electrical appliances.

Fire can impact different appliances in different ways. Even if an item seems to be in good shape, the blaze could have unexpected effects that make it dangerous for use. Refrain from using any electrical appliances until they’ve been tested. 

SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is the go-to source for Fire Damage recovery in Cape May, Ocean City, the Wildwoods and surrounding areas in Cape May County as well as Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding areas of Cumberland County. With more than 50 years of experience, the company takes pride in helping both Residential and Commercial customers recover from fire, water and storm damage, mold remediation, and biohazard cleanup and disinfection. Speak to a Franchise Professional today: Call 609-624-0202 or reach us via EMAIL today!

Fire Extinguishers - Life Saving Tools!

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

Portable Fire Extinguishers – Life and Property Saving Tools if Used Correctly.

In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remember the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out.

Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher.

For more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website. You'll be glad you did! For a personal demonstration, call a Franchise Fire Professional: 609-624-0202 or via EMAIL.

Storm Coming? Protect Your Property

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties knows that dealing with a natural disaster can be challenging...

Especially when you aren’t prepared for the magnitude of the aftermath!

That’s especially true when inclement weather causes damage to your property. As storm damage restoration professionals, we answer frequently asked questions about handling this serious problem:

4 FAQs About Storm Damage Restoration

What Kind of Damage Is Possible?

There’s no way to predict the severity of a storm’s impact on your property. Common effects include flooding and roof damage. Hail or heavy wind may knock out windows or cause damage to doors. Extensive water damage might develop inside the house if left unattended.

What Should I Do After the Storm?

Act fast if storm damage occurs. First, find a contractor who provides emergency restoration services. You’ll also need to prevent further damage to the home by securing any doors and windows that were destroyed. Professionals will put a tarp on a broken roof to ensure that the property is safe. You’ll also need to contact your insurance provider to start the claims process. Take pictures of the area to aide your claim.

What If I Don’t See Visible Damage?

Not all types of damage are visible. If a storm ravaged your area and caused significant structural concerns for other properties, it’s possible that your property also suffered to some degree. A qualified storm damage restoration team can properly inspect the area to determine the severity of the problem.

What Does the Restoration Process Involve?

During storm damage restoration, a professional service uses specific equipment to quickly remove excess moisture and dry the affected areas. If necessary, they’ll get rid of odors and sanitize the space. They will also remove damaged drywall, fix flooring, clean carpeting, and perform any needed fixes to ensure that all signs of water are completely gone.

Storms can be debilitating, but with the help of the Storm Team at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, you can handle the most challenging types of damage. If you need emergency restoration services, contact us 24/7: Contact us: 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding areas in Cumberland County - as well as Cape May, Ocean City, The Wildwoods and surrounding areas in Cape May County.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

5 Water Damage Prevention Tips for New Homeowners in Cape May & Cumberland Counties.

After investing in your most valuable asset, the last thing you want to face is the hefty expense of water damage repairs. However, this is a reality all homeowners should prepare for — especially since floods are the most frequent and costly types of natural disasters in the United States.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties reminds consumers that there are several ways to protect against damage caused by storms, floods, and plumbing emergencies. To help you keep your property in good condition, this residential restoration service offers a few important tips to follow:

  1. Invest in Roof Inspections

Small roofing problems can develop rapidly — and result in serious leaks the next time a heavy storm comes along. Visually inspect your roof at least once every year, especially after bad weather occurs. You should also hire a professional roofer to thoroughly inspect the structure about once every three years. If you spot any issues — such as missing shingles — have them repaired immediately.

  1. Test Your Sump Pump Annually

When you have a flooded basement, your home’s sump pump can help clear water out to prevent damage. However, these devices only have an average life span of 10 years and can often experience issues after long periods of inactivity. To avoid flooding damage, test the sump pump once a year and promptly repair any problems.

  1. Keep Your Gutters Functional

If your gutters don’t provide proper drainage, excess water can spill over and damage the walls and foundation of your home. Regularly clean your gutters to promote the flow of water away from your home. And if you spot sagging or broken gutters, have them replaced as soon as possible.   

  1. Watch Your Water Bill

Since the majority of your home’s plumbing system remains hidden behind the walls, it can be tough to spot leaks that may cause water damage. However, unusual upticks in water bills can be a sign of a potential leak. If you notice increasing water usage, call a plumber for a professional inspection.

  1. Check Your Insurance  

While proactive inspection and repairs can help new homeowners avoid water damage, some incidents can’t always be avoided. In these cases, strong homeowners and flood insurance policies can help cover the cost of water restoration and mold remediation.

When water damage occurs, it’s important to restore the area as quickly as possible to prevent structural deterioration and mold growth. You’ll find fast and reliable care from the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. To learn more about our emergency restoration services contact us 24/7: 609-624-0202 or via EMAIL.

Peak Hurricane Season is Here!

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

It's Peak Season for Hurricanes! Here's What You Should Know and Share With Your Family.

Stay Aware. Be Prepared. As we enter peak hurricane season the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management ("NJOEM") continues to monitor tropical activity along with our state and federal emergency management partners.

Now is the time to determine ways to stay close and connected regarding your evacuation plans and locations.

COVID-19 Considerations

  • Due to COVID-19, you’ll need more time than usual to prepare.
  • Consider neighbors, pets, extended family and how you plan to check-in/safely evacuate and to where. Be sure to visit Register Ready, the State's "Special Needs" Registry for Disaster, or call 2-1-1 for assistance.
  • Pack masks, sanitizer, and gloves in your evacuation kit that you would take to a shelter.

Gather emergency supplies to build an emergency kit/go-bag for your family.

  • If you don’t have all the supplies you need at home, and you are a little nervous to spend a lot of time in a public place exposed to COVID-19, be strategic about your shopping trip.
  • Buy as many supplies as you can from a single store to prevent being exposed to the virus at multiple stores.
  • Consider buying slightly more supplies than you think you need to avoid multiple trips.
  • Ensure you have the necessary medical supplies, and if possible, refill prescriptions to have plenty on hand.
  • Additionally, consider food shopping services available in your area, such as Instacart, Amazon Fresh, FreshDirect, Peapod, and Shipt (to name a few).

Pets are family too! Be sure to include them in your emergency plans. Learn more safety information here: Animal Emergency.

Download checklists from the NJ Hurricane Survival Guide

Tips in this article obtained from the following websites:
NJ Office of Emergency Management,
NJ Register Ready
Animal Emergency
Ready.gov

If your property suffers damage due to a storm event, be sure you get to a safe place and then contact your local SERVPRO Storm Response Team: 609-624-0202 or via EMAIL. We're "READY for whatever happens"