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Summer Ready?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Summer Home in Ocean City, Cape May, or The Wildwoods READY?

Whether you're selling a home, preparing for the season, or need a SPRING cleaning - SERVPRO® is your answer!

It’s a fact: A clean, fresh-smelling home sells and rents faster. At some point, nearly everyone is faced with a difficult home to sell or rent (or clean). Experienced REALTORS® encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased Market Value
  • Shortened list-to-sale conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties offer the following variety of services and ongoing “scheduled-cleaning” programs to help revive homes to top condition and assist in quick turnovers for summer rentals:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Ceiling, Wall, and Hard Floor Cleaning and Deodorization.
  • Duct and HVAC Cleaning (Dirty Ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home).
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation (Mold is found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present).

By following these simple steps, your home or rental property is sure to impress!

For more information about our cleaning and disinfecting services, call Harold Lapp at 609-624-0202. He's our Cape May County Franchise Professional, and knows the local real estate and summer rentals markets. Harold will help answer your questions regarding our processes and which service fits your needs and your budget.

We are proud members of the following Chambers of Commerce: Cape May County, Greater Cape May, Greater Wildwood, Middle Township, Ocean City, and Stone Harbor; and Associate Members of the Cape May County Association of REALTORS®.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Avalon, Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, The Wildwoods, and surrounding communities of Cape May County. We also serve all communities in Cumberland County.

We're Certified Cleaning Experts

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician performing environmental cleaning Certified Technicians Available 24/7, 365

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is Here to Help During This Time of Transition. 

Certified Technicians Available 24/7, 365 

During this time of concern caused by the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that our certified technicians are available 24/7 to provide disinfecting services. We adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are not strangers to specialty cleaning and are certified according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"). We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning or specialty cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, 609-624-0202 or contact us via EMAIL.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Ocean City, Cape May, Wildwood and the surrounding communities of Cape May County; we also serve Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, and surrounding communities of Cumberland County.

Sources:

CDC Prevent Spread

CDC Business Response Guidance

SERVPRO Duct Cleaning

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

What Sets Us Apart From the Competition? Our Duct Cleaning Process:

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning: Our Franchise Professionals can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors, and improve indoor air quality.

The SERVPRO® difference means:

  • Vent covers and returns are removed and thoroughly cleaned to remove any build-up that has accumulated.

  • A highly-trained technician will attach a high-powered vacuum system to your air duct system. This will create a vacuum in your ducting and returns, and pulls the collected debris to our filtration system. Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream.

  • Going to each vent, we use a specialty tool to agitate and remove debris from each branch of the duct work. We select the tool we use based on your type of ducting. These can include compressed air or a whip, that uses “tentacles” to agitate years of debris.

  • While your system is still under vacuum pressure, we mist in an EPA registered antimicrobial agent into the duct work. This is the same agent we use during water damage or mold remediation losses. By using this, we help eliminate mold and bacteria.

  • Finally, duct sealer is applied to create a mold and mildew resistant barrier between living and non-living spaces.

If you have replacement filters on site, we will be more than happy to install them at no additional cost.

Call SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, 609-624-0202 to schedule your HVAC Cleaning Today!

Spring Allergies? Protect your Indoor Air Quality.

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

SPRING ALLERGIES? Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Duct Cleaning.

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your business or home should be a high priority. 

Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your property.

A routine part of your local SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money.

Duct cleaning may not always be necessary, and you can count on a SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Franchise Professional to give an honest opinion (and show you). We will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or a suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, our Franchise Professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful pushy-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating power product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

We know all of the unique municipalities and towns of Cape May County and Cumberland County. We are HERE TO HELP and understand the uniqueness of the places we work and live in.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties - 609-624-0202 or EMAIL us any time!

Looking for a Guest Speaker?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties offers 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 and our new normal. Our presentations are delivered by a Franchise Professional trained as a presenter.

Our expert-level services include:

  • Fire, Water, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup according to CDC, EPA and OSHA protocol
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Air Duct, and HVAC Cleaning
  • Cleaning, Care, and Deodorization: Carpets, Hard Floors, Upholstery, and Drapes
  • Post Construction

For more information, contact Harold Lapp, Jr. Business Development Consultant, at 609-624-0202 or Email.

Recent Guest Speaker Appearances: Berkshire Hathaway (Ocean City and Sea Isle City); Sea Isle Realty; Long & Foster (Cape May); ReMax Beach Home Realty (Sea Isle City); Jersey Cape Realty (Cape May); and Berger Realty (Ocean City).

Cleaning & Disinfecting Services Update

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is OPEN and Here to Serve, Help, and Clean.

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 during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or 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 the important places in your home and work life. 

We're available to answer questions or address your concerns whenever you need us. Contact us today - 609-624-0202 or EMAIL. We will customize a service that fits your needs.

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.

Water Damage - Why SERVPRO?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

WHY SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties?

Because when you suffer from water damage, you want Franchise Professionals that are Faster To Any Size Disaster and Here To Help 24/7!

Here's an experience homeowners in Wildwood, New Jersey had when they suffered a water loss. They were overwhelmed with how quickly the water spread and the damage it caused. They were not home at the time and preventive measures did take place right away.

One call to SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties put them right at ease. Within a couple of hours a uniformed crew was on site and Crew Chief, Dan was assessing the situation. 

"Everyone involved was just great! The office was quick to gather information which gave the crew enough detail to be able to assist quickly when they arrived. Damaged content was removed so fast, it was like we blinked, and it was gone!"

"The crew monitored the situation daily, and when the job was completed, Production Manager, Joe, was on-site with us for a final walk-through to make sure we were completely satisfied with the work and their service. We definitely recommend this franchise!"

STAFF ON THE JOB:

ADMIN STAFF: Angela and Karen

CREW MEMBERS:

First Responders: Rogerio and Jorge

Monitoring/Equipment Pull:
Dan, Nick, Kevin, and Alfredo

Manager & Walk-Thru: Joe

We are Cleanup and Biohazard Experts

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Is The Industry Leader in Cleanup and Disinfection Services

We are Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

Related Cleaning Services

COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  

Need Specialized Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today 609-624-0202

EXPERT LEVEL CLEANING SERVICES

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Minimize Your Risk

  • Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk
  • Minimize your exposure with the following tips:

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash you hands with soap and water frequently or clean hands with sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

At The Office

  • Stop shaking hands – use other non-contact methods of greeting
  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones

Stay Home if...

  • You are feeling sick
  • You have a sick family member in their home

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

*Sources of Information from the CDC:

Coronavirus Updates
Coronavirus Testing
Coronavirus Preparing & Disinfecting

Storm Damage?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Storms are known for damaging and destroying homes and businesses.

Roof damage is a common occurrence during a wind storm and many property owners wonder what to do first in the event of an emergency.
 
Your Roof Might Need Help

Roof damage is common, especially if your roof is old or in bad shape. Missing shingles, dents, cracks, or water damage are signs of an injured rooftop. You should prepare for inclement weather routinely by cleaning out your gutters, reinforcing your garage door or other exterior door, and having an emergency plan in place.

If you suffer from roof or property damage after a storm, you should call a professional restoration company for help. Our Franchise Professionals are highly trained and equipped with the right materials to protect you and your property. We also provide emergency services 24/7/365. Our services include: Board-ups, Tarp covering for exposed areas, emergency fencing, emergency power, and more.

After the storm, check on the condition of your roof so you can fix anything that might need your attention. Although storms can be hard to deal with, knowing what to do is your best defense against any type of damage or destruction. For more information, visit our website or call 609-624-0202 to speak to a Franchise Professional!

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Cape May, Ocean City, The Wildwoods and surrounding areas of Cape May County along with Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, and surrounding areas in Cumberland County. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and always Here To Help!

Save Money - Prevent Water Damage!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

Preventing water damage is a lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit. Here are three easy prevention tips:

#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, call a Franchise Professional to answer your questions and address your concerns: 609-624-0202 .

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is Here to Help and Ready for Whatever Happens in Cape May County and Cumberland County. We serve communities in and around Cape May, Marmora, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, The Wildwoods, Bridgeton, Fairton, Millville, Vineland, and the Port Norris area. We're Here to Help 24/7.