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A "Pawsitively Purrrfect" Idea!

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

A "Pawsitively Purrrfect"
Way to Help Homeless Animals at the Cape May County Animal Shelter
& Adoption Center!

Schedule a Residential or Commercial Cleaning Service in April, and we'll donate 10% of the proceeds to the homeless animals at the Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center!

We are also collecting donations for the shelter which can be left with the Crew Chief at the time of service or to make other arrangements, email: marketing@SERVPRO9011.com. Thank you for helping our furry friends at the Cape May County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center!

Cleaning Services Include:
HVAC Duct Cleaning
Carpet & UpholsteryOdor Removal & Deodorization
Commercial Cleaning Services  

Certified By NADCA(National Air Duct Cleaner Association)

SERVPRO of Cape May County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency services. We’re dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster with the training, equipment, and experience to respond to your restoration or cleaning needs. After the damage is repaired, we offer Reconstruction Services to restore your property back to preloss condition. 

24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any Size Disaster

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Have Questions?

Call Us Today 609-624-0202

Guest Speaker Services

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Guest Speaker Services for Seminars & Meetings!

We would be happy to host a delicious breakfast or lunch at your office and connect with your colleagues. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial services that may help your clients and educate you with industry-specific tips to prepare for emergencies. Our presentations are delivered by a franchise professional trained as a presenter. Our services include: Post construction, HVAC, carpet, drape, and upholstery cleaning, water extraction, fire damage cleanup, pet odor removal, bio-hazard clean up, commercial services, and much more!

For more info, contact Harold Lapp, 609-624-0202 or Email.

Recent Guest Speaker Appearances: Berkshire Hathaway-OC & SIC, Sea Isle Realty, Long & Foster-CM, ReMax Beach Home Realty-SIC, Jersey Cape Realty-CM, and Berger Realty-OC.

Continuing Education Seminars - Save The Dates!

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Community Continuing Education Seminars - Save The Dates! Save the 2019 Dates!

Continuing Education Seminars at No Cost for Insurance Professionals!

SAVE THE DATES!

SERVPRO of Cape May County will be offering Continuing Education seminars to insurance professionals in 2019. Seminars qualify for credits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and are free to Insurance Professionals (complimentary dinner included). All dates are subject to change with notice. 

2019 Schedule (Venues to be Announced Soon):

April 16: Cape May County 
April 23: Cumberland County
NJ Course #0011444
Restorative Drying for Loss Control-3 credit hours
PA Course #125670
Restorative Drying for Water Damage-2 credit hours

July 9: Cumberland County 
July 23: Cape May County
NJ Course #88894833 Ethics-3 credit hours
PA Course #120265 Ethics-3 credit hours

October 1: Cumberland County
October 15: Cape May County
NJ Course #00505645
Property Fire Damage Restoration-4 credit hours
PA Course #122728
Understanding the Restoration Industry:Property Fire Damage Restoration

For all classes:

5 pm to 5:30 pm - Registration and Dinner
5:30 pm - Class starts

For more information, please contact Minerva at 609-624-0202 or email!

Protect Your Cape May County Home from Water

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home may suffer. Things like a burst pipe, a malfunctioning dishwasher or tide flooding are just some of the many ways water damage could strike your property.

Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

Dealing with water damage is enough of problem, but it can have a long-term impact on your home. Mold usually follows water damage, as mold can begin to grow and flourish within 24 to 48 hours after moisture exposure.

When considering the different ways to protect your home, it is helpful to break it down by areas of impact, such as crawlspaces, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, and ceilings.

A way to prevent water damage in basements and crawlspaces is to ensure there is no water seeping in. Do this by resealing vulnerable areas, making sure water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve.

The most common way your kitchen and bathrooms will suffer water damage is due to plumbing issues and appliance failures.

Be sure you:

  • Inspect all appliances regularly, watching for issues with hoses and faucets
  • Check the seal and caulking around your showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight
  • Know where the main shut-off valve is in your home
  • Don’t leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running

Protecting your possessions from water damage may not always be possible, but there are things you can do to at least decrease the amount of damage and loss. Store items in waterproof bins and keep them up off of the floor using shelving, especially when you are storing items in a basement or garage.

Recovering From Water Damage

If your home does experience a water damage situation, you can stand a good chance at salvaging items that can be dried out within 48 hours.

You’ll want to contact your insurance provider immediately and evaluate the extent of the water damage as well as identify the type of water that is involved.

The three types of water that can cause damage are:

  1. Water from rain, condensation or leaky pipes is considered “clean” water.

  2. Water from dishwashers, washing machines and clean toilets is considered “gray” water.

  3. Water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers is called “black” water and can cause serious health problems.

Following a water damage disaster, hopefully you will be able to safely get to your home and get it dried out, dehumidify the area, remove wet objects and disinfect remaining materials within the 24–48 hour timeline before mold starts to grow.

For your books and papers, here’s a pro tip: Freeze wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer to buy some extra time. This prevents mold and mildew from developing and causing more deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County. We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

Why You Need To Consider Mold Remediation

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Need To Consider Mold Remediation Got Mold? We're here to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Exposure to moisture, whether it’s from storm damage or a plumbing failure in your home or business, can provide the right situation for mold to flourish. The growth process can begin in as little as 48 hours, which is why it’s extremely important to know what steps to take and who to call for help with mold remediation.

Proper Mold Remediation Is Key

We’re sure that you’ve probably seen ads for mold remediation and mold removal, but the truth is that the latter of these two is false. Removing all mold from a home or business simply cannot be accomplished.

Instead, a qualified restoration company focuses on mold remediation, and will work to achieve the goal of getting mold levels back to normal and natural ranges.

Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. It is only when a minor mold problem is left untreated that the mold will become a major issue.

During a mold remediation, technicians will isolate the mold-contaminated areas. Depending on the size of the remediation job, it can be done by either closing all doors and windows or completely sealing all of the doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials are removed and discarded in plastic bags, and all areas that have been exposed to and affected by mold are then completely cleaned and dried. In some cases, a HEPA vacuum may be brought in to aid in the removal of the contamination and debris.

The area that is affected by the mold is treated with a biocide, and then left overnight to destroy and kill the mold spores. The mold remediation crew will return the following day and encapsulate the affected and surrounding areas.

When to Call the Professionals

If you suspect that your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll need to act quickly. Take a look at the size of the problem area and, if the moldy area is larger than 10 square feet, it is time to contact your local Franchise Professionals.

Contact the SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professionals. We are highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, the safest way to deal with mold is to talk to the professionals to quickly and efficiently resolve the problem.

At SERVPRO of Cape May County, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process. Call 609-624-0202 or email us.

SERVPRO of Cape May County Offers Many Services!

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Building Services SERVPRO of Cape May County Offers Many Services! We're Here To Help 24/7365

DID YOU KNOW? SERVPRO of Cape May County provides 24 hour emergency response and additional services to help customers with Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration and Mold Remediation!

Board-ups/Roof Tarping/Property Securing - In some cases it may be important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders. SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professionals may perform the board-up and tarping themselves, or outside subcontractors may be utilized.

Move-Outs - If prolonged exposure to the loss event could cause additional damage to your contents, your contractor requests relocation of the contents, or the safety of your contents is a concern, a move-out may be recommended. In these situations, SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professionals are trained to properly inventory, move out and control the contents from the structure during the cleaning, restoration and deodorization process.

Reconstruction Services - Once the damaged materials are removed from your home or business other construction may be needed to restore your property to preloss condition. Your local SERVPRO of Cape May County Professional is trained with the proper equipment to replace flooring, carpet, tile, hardwood floors, and doors (interior, exterior, steel and storefront). We can paint many surfaces, work on acoustic ceilings, trim, bathroom/kitchen remodels and home/office renovations.

Inventory - Utilizing Contents Claim Inventory Service technology, SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professionals can generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories. Contents are categorized as salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable - allowing for easier contents settlement.

Electronics Cleaning and Restoration - Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces when moisture is also present. If the residues are not removed, corrosion can eat away at the metal casing and can ultimately cause electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professional can clean the outside casing correctly, as well as refer your equipment to a qualified electronics vendor.

We also provide the following services: 

  • Temporary Power Rental
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Storage Services
  • Packing Supplies
  • Furniture & Fine Art Restoration

For all of your restoration and reconstruction needs, contact the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County today! Call 609-624-0202 or email us. We make it, Like it never even happened.®

Winterize Your Cape May County Property

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winterize Your Cape May County Property Winterize Your Property!

It's Not Too Late To Winterize Your Cape May County Property

  • 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.

The information in this blog is from Ready.nj.gov (the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management). If you have water damage to your property, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County, 609-624-0202. We are trained in water removal, dehumidification, and mold mitigation/remediation. We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

WHY PIPE FREEZING IS A PROBLEM!

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

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 can not 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.

Information for this blog obtained by redcross.org - when you have a water emergency, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County, 609-624-0202.

Prevent Water Damage in your Cape May County Home.

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Water Damage In Your Home.

Preventing water damage is a lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are three easy prevention tips.

Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and what holds your house together.

Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

#1. Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

Clean your gutters routinely. A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.

Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.

Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks. (For crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)

#2. Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

How to test your sump pump:  Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.

Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first. If you don’t have a backup pump — or a generator — and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.

#3. Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all. 

How to check for leaks: Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.

At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.

So now you know how to prevent water damage — and add years (and lower maintenance costs to your home!). Of course if water damage does affect your home, be sure to call us at 609-624-0202.

September is National Preparedness Month.

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Make A Plan.

September is National Preparedness Month. Your friends at SERVPRO of Cape May County want to be sure you are prepared for any disaster and will be sharing information all through September to help you and your family.

First thing’s first. 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.