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Winter Storm Safety Tips

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

We urge home and business owners to prepare for severe weather by following practical winter safety and severe weather tips.

Protect Your Property: Be Prepared!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says to be sure you have these things:

  • Snow shovels – more than one because they can break, and four hands are better than two if you have them
  • Deicers, preferably the pet-safe type*
  • Extra fuel, such as firewood, a full propane tank, or a generator.
  • Clean blankets, pillows, warm clothing, etc. because you might not be able to do laundry for a while if there is a power outage
  • Food and water that doesn’t require refrigeration
  • Transistor radio with new batteries — and backup batteries
  • Solar-chargers for your cell phones or extra fully charged battery

*When it comes to deicers, some of the more environmentally-safe types include calcium magnesium acetate and sand to improve traction. Be sure to stock up early in the season, as they can become scarce before a well-publicized storm.

Winterize Your Home and Business: Be Ready!

High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off roof tiles and gutters, exposing your property to serious damage. Make sure no roof tiles are loose or missing. Do the same with your gutters and siding.  

  • Check roof tiles, shutters, siding, and other exterior materials to ensure they’re secure; make repairs as needed
  • Seal air leaks to keep your spaces warmer (and save energy costs); it’s amazing what caulk can do!
  • Insulate all exposed plumbing pipes to prevent burst pipes
  • Trim tree branches away from your roof to prevent roof damage

Clean The Gutters: Limit Storm Damage!

If you don’t, you risk an ice dam. What’s an ice dam? Ice dams occur when ice melts off the roof during the day and then re-freezes as it drips into a clogged gutter. This can force water back under the roofline and cause serious leaks, often thousands of dollars in damage!

Overgrown tree branches are a risk to your property, vehicles, and loved ones. But trimming and removal can be dangerous, too, so don’t attempt it on your own. Best to hire a professional!

Insulate Pipes: Prevent Water Damage!

Buy foam insulation to cover your pipes. Invest in a temporary patch kit in case you need it later in the season. While you’re insulating your pipes, remind yourself where all water shut-off valves are so you can turn off the water supply in case of any leaks.

NOW you’re ready for a snow day, but if you find yourself with winter storm damage, follow this link HERE for important tips to help you; and contact us at 609-624-0202. As always, we're Here to Help® 24/7, 365 - to make it, "Like it never even happened."® 

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding communities in Cumberland County as well as Ocean City, Cape May, Wildwood and surrounding communities in Cape May County.

Be READY: Emergencies & Disasters

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

It's the season for Winter storms and power outages. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.

Being prepared means having your own foodwater and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Download a printable version to take with you to the store. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors.

Emergency Supply List

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

The information in this article is provided by: READY.GOV

The First 24 Hours

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

HOW CRITICAL ARE THE FIRST 24 HOURS AFTER A FIRE?

Fire or water losses, even smaller incidents, can result in costly claims over time. The longer smoke, soot, or moisture have to permeate contents and structural components, the more secondary damage one can expect to encounter.

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have been performing fire and water cleanup and restoration services for nearly 50 years. Experience has shown that fast, appropriate action delivered within the first 24 hours can dramatically reduce secondary damage. Smoke and soot have less time to chemically interact and damage or destroy contents, and moisture is prevented from spreading and breaking down structural components or promoting the growth of mold and mildew.

Offering 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are committed to responding to fire and water claims during the most critical time period following a loss. Usually onsite in less than four hours, SERVPRO® arrives prepared to begin emergency mitigation services to help prevent secondary damage to the structure and contents. SERVPRO® utilizes specific industry technology designed for the collection and reporting of claims information for the insurance industry. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can quickly gather the necessary information an adjuster will need to authorize the cleanup and restoration process. The end result is a better, more informed decision-making process, which can speed up the cleanup and restoration of the policyholder's property.

The objective of critical response is to help return homeowners and business owners' properties back to its preloss condition while also controlling claims costs. Your local SERVPRO® franchise can provide the emergency service, mitigation, cleanup and restoration experience and industry-specific technology to help you accomplish these goals. When a policyholder experiences a fire or water loss, even those that fall under the deductible limit or are excluded under their policy, reach out to your local SERVPRO® team to help protect their property and contents now and in the future.

Contact us at 608-624-0202 or EMAIL if you suffer fire damage. We’re Here to Help® 24/7, 365 days a year!

SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding communities in Cumberland County as well as Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood and surrounding communities in Cape May County.

Water Loss? There are Three Types of Water Categories

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

DID YOU KNOW? There are three types of contaminated water: 

Category 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 certified Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties 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!

We serve Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. We also serve Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood and surrounding communities in Cape May County.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

BREATHE EASIER & AVOID FIRES IN VINELAND

The quality of your indoor air plays a large role in creating your healthy home. Trust SERVPRO’s certified expert air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services to:

  • Remove harmful bacteria, dust particulates, dust mites, pet dander, skin dander, pollen,  lint and many other contaminates from your air ducts and dryer vents.
  • Help reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, headaches, and other respiratory conditions.
  • Improve the efficiencies of your HVAC system and dryer, potentially lowering your energy bill.
  • Increase dryer efficiencies and reduce potential liabilities by thoroughly cleaning out the dryer vent system.

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death.

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home or business, SERVPRO can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles.

You want your home to be a healthy environment for your family.

Promote a cleaner, healthier indoor air environment that helps your whole family breathe easier and avoid the mishap of a dryer vent fire. For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact A Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding areas in Cumberland County. We also serve, Ocean City, Cape May, the Wildwoods, and surrounding areas in Cape May County.

Cooking Safely This Holiday

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Recipe for Cooking Safely This Christmas Holiday.

Each Christmas, families gather to celebrate by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with the holidays being the peak day for cooking-related fires.

Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking
  • Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food.  If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.  Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area.  Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove
  • Keep anything flammable-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from the stove, oven, or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving your home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms.  Use the test button to check them each month.  Replace batteries at least once a year

Call SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties if you suffer fire damage in your home or business: 609-624-0202. We are Here to Help 24/7, 365.

We serve Cape May, Ocean City, The Wildwoods and surrounding areas in Cape May County - as well as Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding areas in Cumberland County.

Commercial Cleaning & Disinfecting Services

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties - Here to Help® With Your Cleaning and Disinfecting Needs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") continues to respond to the novel Coronavirus outbreak. The CDC among other recommendations encourages cleaning of counters, tabletops, doorknobs, and other high-touch surfaces with a hospital-grade disinfectant. We can also recommend additional services depending on your concerns and needs. Let us help you get back to your "new normal" with a free consultation and free estimate.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are the experts you want on the job to clean and disinfect your business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC, the EPA and OSHA.

We're Here to Help®

Talk with a Franchise Professional to learn more about our expert-level specialty cleaning services, and if you're interested, information about our service programs for ongoing cleaning and disinfecting of your business.

We're available to answer questions or address your concerns whenever you need us. Contact us today - 609-624-0202 or EMAIL to learn about our customized disinfecting and cleaning programs.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. In addition, we serve Ocean City, Cape May, The Wildwoods, and surrounding towns in Cape May County.

Winter Weather Ahead

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Know Your Winter Storm Terms

Winter Storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Winter storms are sometimes accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and at times, by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE:

  • WINTER STORM OUTLOOK: Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
  • WINTER STORM WATCH: Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
  • WINTER STORM WARNING: Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin with 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events. SERVPRO encourages everyone to learn about the hazards they may face during a winter storm and prepare for all types of emergencies by writing an emergency plan, choosing a meeting place, gathering supplies for your home or business, and preparing an Emergency Kit in case you need to leave in a hurry.

Make a Disaster Plan with your family and colleagues to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Make a plan that best suits your needs and communicate the plan so everyone knows what to do!

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about winter storm damage: 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

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

*Winter Storms, Emergency Kit, and Disaster Plan information obtained from Ready.Gov*

Keep Fall FIRE Free

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

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.

DECORATIONS: 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.

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.

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

TEACH: 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.

Stay safe this Fall, and KEEP FALL FIRE FREE!

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

Put Help in the Palm of Your Hand!

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

PUT HELP IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND!

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and home owners be prepared to know what to do and when, should an emergency happen. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action when a catastrophic or storm event happens.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, fire and storm damage affect your home or business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan ahead in case it happens.

Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you READY for whatever could happen?”

Why SERVPRO? Because we can show you how to put HELP in the palm of your hand and be READY for whatever happens! For your complimentary consultation, contact us at 609-624-0202 or via EMAIL.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Ocean City, The Wildwoods, Cape May and surrounding areas of Cape May County, as well as Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding areas of Cumberland. We're Here to Help 24/7, 365 days a year.