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Why You Should Clean Air Ducts

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

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When you use a traditional HVAC system, the air ducts are a vital part of circulating the air.

However, when the ductwork becomes dirty, your indoor air quality can suffer as a result.

It may also lead to further problems like mold growth, which may affect your health. To avoid this, the commercial restoration service specialists at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties recommend having a professional clean your ducts every three to five years.  

Why Air Ducts Should Be Cleaned 

  1. Breathe Easier

As air circulates through the HVAC system and your office, it is easy for dust, dirt, and pet dander to become lodged in the ducts. According to this commercial restoration service, as the amount of allergens in your ducts increases, those with allergies may be affected.

  1. Remove Mold

When moisture from damp areas in the home makes it to the air ducts, they encourage mold and mildew growth. This leads to spores spreading throughout the office.

  1. Increase Energy Efficiency

When air ducts become impacted with dust and other debris, it causes the HVAC system to work harder. As a result, your monthly energy bill can start to go up. When you have it cleaned, the air can blow freely out of the vents. Additionally, your unit is less likely to require as many repairs when it is working efficiently.

The trusted team at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties provides numerous commercial restoration services, including air duct and HVAC cleaning, mold remediation, and odor removal and deodorization. For questions about our services, call 609-624-0202.

Smoke Damage After A Fire

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage After in Your Ocean City Building? Here's What To Do:

If you experience a fire in your Ocean City NJ building, it’s not only the flames that you need to be concerned about. In some cases, smoke can cause even more damage. The following are a few reasons that smoke cleaning should be performed as soon as possible after a fire.

  1. Smoke Travels Further Than Flames

Even if the fire was small or contained to a specific area, there may be smoke damage beyond this point. Smoke travels through the air and carries soot and other contaminants as it does. Because of this, it is important to have smoke cleaning done throughout the building, whether the flames spread far or not.

  1. It Can Cause Long-Term Damage

While fire damage is often obvious, smoke damage can be less so. Smoke and soot particles can find their way into small crevices where they can begin to cause problems for your belongings. This is especially true for electronics, as the acidic elements in the smoke can cause the metal and hardware to corrode. If you believe that your computers, televisions or equipment have been affected, do not turn them on until they have been examined to prevent making the damage worse.

  1. Odor Can Be Difficult to Remove

It may be fairly easy to remove the visible signs of smoke and fire damage, but the smell can linger for long afterward. Smoke particles can become trapped in the walls, carpeting and porous items, so you should include these in the cleanup process as well. Smoke odor can be stubborn, but a fire restoration company will have professional equipment that should be able to remove it from the air and your belongings.

After a fire, it can be easy to focus on the damage that you can see, but you should be sure to pay attention to that which is less visible as well. Performing smoke cleaning is an important part of the restoration process and should be done thoroughly to return your building to its previous condition.

For questions about cleaning smoke and soot after a fire, call the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties - 609-624-0202. We serve Ocean City and surrounding communities in Cape May County.

National Preparedness Month

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month! Be Smart. Be Prepared.

Make A Plan.

September is National Preparedness Month. Your friends at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties wants to be sure you are prepared for any disaster and will be sharing information all through September to help you BE PREPARED!

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.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. 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.

Fire Damage: Smoke & Soot

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

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 & Cumberland Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pre-testing.

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.

Preventing Fire Damage With Dryer Vent Cleaning

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Startling Dryer Fire Statistics

Statistics show that clothes dryer fires are more common than most people may believe. In fact, improper cleaning of dryers is estimated to cost over $100 million each year. There are other surprising statistics:

  • There are approximately 15,500 fires attributed to clothes dryer blazes each year.
  • More than a dozen deaths result from dryer fires yearly.
  • Clogged dry vents can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which injures more than 200 people annually.

With the additional number of injuries caused by lint fire issues, it is easy to understand why dryer safety is important and considered a seriously neglected home maintenance routine.

When your dryer blows hot air on the tumbling clothes inside the barrel, the residual hot, humid blast is generally expelled through a hose attached to the back of the drying unit itself. The hose is then attached to a dryer vent that allows the hot breeze and fabric lint to move away from the clothes and out of your home. If the dryer lint accumulates in the vent and reduces the airflow needed for efficient use of the dryer, the heating element can overheat. Since lint is a highly combustible material, a lint fire can then easily start.

Proper maintenance and repairs can prevent future fire damages.

Simple Signs of Clogged Dryer Vents

If you are worried that your dryer vent has become clogged, or if you haven’t cleaned the tube in over a year, there could be a problem with overheating. If the clothes feel overly hot at the end of their drying cycle, the vent could be blocked. Also, if you notice a burning smell while the dryer is running, the vent is probably full of lint. Moreover, when you see lint lying on the ground near the outside vent, the dryer air removal system may need cleaning.

Advantages of Proper Repair and Maintenance

If you do have a lint fire in your home, you can call in our team of fire damage specialists to get your home restored quickly. The SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Franchise Professionals are Here To Help and make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Ocean City, Wildwood and surrounding communities in Cape May County. We also serve Vineland, Millville and surround communities in Cumberland County. Call 609-624-0202.

Flood Odors at Your Vineland Business?

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

Here To Help and Ready for any size disaster.

Flooding leaves offensive odors. SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties has the equipment and expertise to remove those odors.

Resolving Commercial Water Damage in Vineland

When we talk about water issues in your commercial property, we’re talking about the impact of moisture on furnishings as well as microbial damage. All moisture carries microbes which can produce unpleasant odors. In older commercial properties structural contents like blinds or carpets can carry pre-existing issues like grime buildup or mold. Exposure to moisture can loosen embedded grime producing further unpleasant odors. We work closely with commercial properties in this community to restore property damages quickly and efficiently.

The Franchise Professionals that work repairing commercial water damage in Vineland businesses are highly trained professionals with certificates in a range of remediation areas. These certificates include water repair technicians (WRT), applied structural drying (ASD) and odor control technicians (OCT). Depending on the breadth and scale of your requirements, we can send a unit with the correct qualifications to restore your property to a safe working environment for both staff and customers.

The ability to mobilize equipment is a crucial aspect of restoring a commercial business. At SERVPRO® we rely mainly on truck-mounted extraction units for drying a property. These machines are capable of removing excess quantities of water from both soft and hard flooring by combining vacuum power with a heating element. They are up to a thousand times more efficient than merely placing dehumidifiers and rapid air movers.

Getting your business back “to business” for your staff and customers is what we specialize in, contact SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties at 609-624-0202.

We serve Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. We also serve the County of Cape May. Click the following link to learn more about Vineland.

Storm Terms - Know the Difference?

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

Do You Know Your Weather Terms?

Storm Terms - Know the Difference?

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 Bag 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!

We serve Vineland and surround areas of Cumberland County. We also serve Ocean City and surrounding communities in Cape May County. Call us if you have any questions or concerns about storm damage: 609-624-0202.

Need Commercial Cleaning Services?

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is Here To Help With Your Commercial Cleaning Services Needs.

We know you don't have time to worry about the wear and tear that gradually soils your office, or when grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff. We make it easy! One call to the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is all you need to do to ensure your commercial cleaning needs are met.

Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO® to make your office look its very best.

Call 609-624-0202 for more information on our commercial cleaning services. We help to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Summer Beach House Have Mold?

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you've arrived at your beach house for the season or are cleaning up after tenants have left at the end of the season - discovering mold is no fun.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation and release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside the room. Turn off your HVAC system and fans, then call SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties! Our Franchise Professionals are trained in how to properly dry and clean the area (do not use chemicals yourself).

We specialize in mold cleanup and restoration. It is a large part of our business in the shore towns of Cape May County.

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

If you discover mold in your beach house or business - call 609-624-0202. We're Here To Help and to make it "Like it never even happened."

Curious About Testing Your Business for Mold?

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Concerns in Your Commercial Property

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

A SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professional will carefully inspect your property for visible 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 the surrounding areas in Cape May County. Call a Franchise Professional today to arrange for a private consultation - 609-624-0202.