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Proactive Commercial Cleaning & Disinfecting

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Our Franchise Professionals Get the Job Done Quickly and Thoroughly with Less Business Interruption to Get Your Business Back to Normal!

We have the specialized training, adhere to CDC guidelines and have hospital-grade products to clean and disinfect areas with potential biohazard contaminants.

We are being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders in the area to perform the necessary bio-remediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize properties because we are an industry leader in cleaning and restoration. We can go in and get the job done faster!

We Offer Proactive Cleaning and Sanitizing Services Pertaining to:

  • Germs and Pathogens
  • Biohazard cleanup
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors and Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal (Deodorization)

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting the following areas/items:

  • Kitchen| Food areas | Bathrooms
  • Schools | Classrooms | Offices
  • Retail spaces | Water Fountains
  • Shelving | Racks | Sales Counters
  • Carpets | Rugs | Stair Handrails
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Playground and Fitness Equipment

We're Here to Help - 24/7/365 - while life continues to be "not normal" in the communities we work in and call home.

Interested in more information or in scheduling a proactive disinfection service? Call 609-624-0202 or EMAIL. #WeAreInThisTogether

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves all communities in Cape May and Cumberland counties including: Ocean City, Cape May, Marmora, the Wildwoods, Woodbine, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Fairton, and Port Norris. 

CE Seminars for Insurance Professionals

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Are You an Insurance Professional Licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania?

Join us for free CE Courses including complimentary dinner, plus networking!

Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry (4 Credits); Instructor: Barbara Jones

Registration & Dinner: 5 - 5:30 pm
CE Course: 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Due to government restrictions, our April CE Classes are cancelled and will be re-scheduled as soon as it is safe to do so. Stay tuned for more details. Be safe out there! For more info, contact Minerva via email.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is here to help with any commercial or residential disaster or precautionary cleaning and sanitization service you may need.

We serve all communities in Cape May County and Cumberland County and provide 24 hour emergency services. Call to speak to a Franchise Professional: 609-624-0202 or 856-692-0041.

A Clean Home Sells and Rents Faster!

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster and rents faster. Nearly everyone is faced, at some point, 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 a variety of services to help revive homes to top condition:

  • 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 (Molds are 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!

Call SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties - (609) 624-0202 for more information about our cleaning services!

What Can Turn Into a House Fire?

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments in the United States responded to a house fire every 86 seconds. Given this risk, it’s critical for homeowners to pinpoint potential triggers and take action to prevent fire damage.

As you review your home safety, here are a few common causes of house fires you should stay aware of.  

What Can Turn Into a House Fire?

  1. Portable Heaters

When winter strikes, a portable heater may provide the little bit of extra warmth you need to stay comfortable. However, these devices can get extremely hot and ignite surrounding objects — such as curtains and furniture. If you must use a portable heater, never leave it unattended and make sure it’s not near any flammable items.

  1. Kitchen Accidents

 It takes a lot of heat to cook food, so danger can arise quickly if it’s not properly controlled. Gas stoves, grease, and food left in the oven for too long are all potential sources of fire damage. Minimize these risks by supervising meal preparation activities, keeping curious kids away from active stoves, and maintaining a clean kitchen space.

  1. Faulty Wires

Since electrical wires remain hidden behind walls, it can be hard to detect potential risks caused by factors like old age or pets that chew through cables. Call an electrician for an inspection at the first sign of trouble, such as flickering lights, malfunctioning outlets, and mysterious burning smells. A professional survey is also a good idea if your wiring is over 20 years old.

  1. Smoking

When dropped into the trash or left unattended, cigarettes can quickly spark massive flames, especially if everyone in the house is asleep. The best way to prevent this problem is to smoke outdoors — or quit.

  1. Candles

Open flames from candles can feel inviting and elegant, but they aren’t as contained as you might think. When flames get too big or candles are knocked over, they can trigger massive house fires. Always blow out lit candles before leaving a room or use battery-operated versions that do not use real flames.

Watching out for these risks can help prevent house fires, but there may be instances where the danger is simply out of your control. For these situations, turn to SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties for complete residential restoration services. Our trained experts use state-of-the-art tools to safely remove and restore fire damage, as well as water damage resulting from fire hoses. Call 609-624-0202 to request assistance. 

Poor Air Quality? Allergies?

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Reasons Why You Should Clean Air Ducts

When you use a traditional HVAC system, the air ducts are a vital part of circulating the air. However, when the duct work becomes dirty, your indoor air quality can suffer as a result. It can also lead to further problems like mold growth, which may impact your health. To avoid this, the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties recommends having your ducts cleaned regularly.  

Why Your Air Ducts Should Be Cleaned 

  1. Breathe Easier

As air circulates through the HVAC system and your home, it is easy for dust, dirt, and pet dander to become lodged in the ducts. As the amount of allergens in your ducts increases, those with allergies may experience an influx of symptoms, such as red and puffy eyes, sneezing, and a scratchy throat. Dust and dirt in your ducts may result in poor air quality.

  1. Remove Mold

When moisture from damp areas in the home makes it to the air ducts, they may encourage mold and mildew growth. This may lead to spores spreading throughout the structure and possibly lead to other health effects.

  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.

If you are experiencing an increase in allergy symptoms or smelling a musty odor coming from the air vents, it’s time to have your duct work cleaned. The trusted team at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties provides numerous residential and commercial restoration services, including air duct and HVAC cleaning, mold remediation, and odor removal and deodorization. For questions about our services, contact us at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

20 Bad Habits That Can Burn Down Your House!

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

20 Bad Habits That Could Burn Down Your House

House fires are more common than you may realize, with potential fire starters like light bulbs, laptops, and lint traps hiding in plain sight throughout your home, disguised as harmless, everyday necessities. Are you guilty of one of these bad habits that could burn your house down? Read on to find out.

Piling Up Dirty Rags/Oil Soaked Rags

A wood stain can bestow the perfect finishing touch on a DIY furniture project. But later on, that pile of oil-soaked rags you tossed in the corner could trigger the perfect storm: Left unattended, those rags are a very real fire hazard, as they could oxidize and spontaneously combust, causing a house fire. To dispose of oily rags properly, place them in a metal can that's been filled with water, and cover it with a tight-fitting lid, or lay them flat outside to dry.

Misusing Electric Blankets/Electric Blanket Fire

A warm and cozy electric blanket is a welcome comfort in the cold of winter, but it also poses a potential fire hazard if used improperly. Never allow pets to snuggle up on top, and don't pile extra covers over the electric blanket, because excessive heat buildup may lead to fire. Keep your electric blanket at its lowest setting, never bend the coils, and always turn it off in the morning.

Neglecting Appliance Recalls

During the last decade, home appliances caused an estimated 150,000 fires each year, and a significant number of these were caused by defective appliances. To keep on top of recalls and prevent disaster in your home, register your appliance with the manufacturer or go to www.recalls.gov to find out if any of your models are on the list.

Lingering Dryer Lint/Lint Trap Fire Safety

We all know that emptying the lint screen increases your dryer’s efficiency, but did you know that lint is also flammable? Mixing excessive heat with lint buildup is a recipe for disaster. Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly, as well as the interior of the dryer frame, to clear away lint and clogs, and reduce the risk of fire.

Letting Your Laptop Overheat/Laptop Fires

If you own a laptop, you know how hot it can get. When you leave your computer on your bed, couch, rug, or other soft, flammable surface, you run the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents, which can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire. To prevent fires, keep your laptop on a desk or table instead.

Choosing the Wrong Wattage/Light Bulb Fire Safety

If you've ever thought to yourself, "It's probably OK to use this 60-watt bulb in a 40-watt socket," you're not alone. You are, however, putting your home at risk. Installing a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a lamp or light fixture is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the light fixture’s maximum wattage, and never go over the recommended rating.

Using Too Many Extension Cords/Extension Cord Fire

Extension cords are meant to be a temporary response to a lack of electrical outlets, not a permanent solution. This is why: Connecting a large number of cords for a significant amount of time can cause an overload that leads to a short circuit—which could ignite a fire. If you need additional outlets, hire a qualified electrician to install them, and you'll avoid this problem altogether.

Performing DIYs You're Not Qualified to Do/Electrical Fires

Americans will spend about $200 billion this year fixing up their homes, and nearly a fifth of this expense will go toward DIY projects. But jobs involving electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC units should never be completed without a qualified professional, because gas leaks and electrical sparks resulting from improper installation are a common cause of house fires. Don't put your home and your family at risk by attempting these dangerous DIYs on your own—hire a licensed professional instead.

Disregarding Dust/Dust Fires

Believe it or not, built-up dust can be a fire hazard if it collects in and around electronics, electrical sockets, and even floor heaters. By vacuuming on a regular basis, especially behind your electronics, you’ll significantly reduce the likelihood that particles of dust will catch fire due to prolonged exposure to heat sources.

Storing Batteries Improperly/ Battery Fires

If you store 9-volt batteries in your kitchen junk drawer, you may be putting your home at risk. When loose batteries roll around with other metals, such as screws or paper clips, the two terminals could short out and generate enough heat to ignite nearby flammables. Put a piece of electrical tape over the terminals, or store the batteries in their original packaging to prevent this possibility.

Ignoring Uninvited Guests/ Rodents Cause House Fires

Mice and other rodents like to gnaw on electrical wires to control the length of their teeth. Over time, they can remove the sheathing, leaving the wires exposed. Unfortunately, the electric current that travels through the wire generates heat, and in the absence of sheathing this could lead to sparks caused by short circuits, which in turn could ignite the surrounding surfaces. If you suspect a rodent infestation, call a professional exterminator immediately.

Forgetting the Chimney Sweep/Chimney Fires

Dead birds, raccoon nests, cracked mortar, and built-up creosote are all common causes of chimney fires. The National Fire Protection Association recommends scheduling a professional chimney sweep at least once a year to ensure the safe operation of the chimney. And when you're building a fire in your fireplace, always light it with an approved fire starter—never kerosene. The consequences could be disastrous. 

Overlooking the Range Hood/Range hood fire

While ovens and cook tops are the most common sources of kitchen fires, range hoods also pose a potential threat. Over time, grease that has built up on the vent hood filter can drip down onto the cook top, possibly igniting a fire. From there, the flames could easily reach your cabinets, and before you know it, your kitchen could be consumed by fire. Don't let this happen to you! Regularly clean and maintain your range hood to keep your kitchen out of harm's way.

Arranging Furniture Unwisely/Furniture fire hazard

If your furniture is too close to your wood stove, it could spontaneously ignite. Pyrolysis, a chemical decomposition of a combustible item, occurs when an object (say, a sofa) is continually exposed to a heat source (a wood stove) and eventually dries out. This leading yet seldom-considered cause of structural fires does not require a direct flame; all it takes is heat and time for ignition to occur.

Leaving Candles Unattended/Candles fire hazard

Candles add ambiance and aroma to any interior, but their soft glow can grow into a blaze far bigger than you planned for if left to burn unsupervised. While you’re away, Fido could knock the votive over, or a draft could cause the flame to flare up and ignite nearby flammable items. Always keep lit candles in sight and out of reach of pets, children, or flammables like drapes. Before leaving the room, use a snuffer to completely extinguish candles.

Smoking Indoors

Cigarettes, pipes, and other smoking materials sparked around 17,200 home fires in 2014; careless smoking practices indoors are all too often to blame. The embers of an improperly extinguished cigarette can interact with newspapers or other nearby flammable items and start a fire. While smoking in bed can cause nearby bedding to go up in flames, especially if the smoker accidentally dozes off while puffing. To avoid a visit from the fire department, only smoke outside, and be sure to pour water on cigarette ashes and butts before tossing them in the trash.

Stepping Away from the Stove/Kitchen fire

You may think you have enough time to get the laundry out before the onions on the stove brown, but resist the urge to leave the kitchen with the stove still on. A small flame can turn into a conflagration in less than 30 seconds, so keep your feet in the kitchen and your eyes on the stove whether you’re sautéing vegetables or searing meat. If you must step away, turn off the stove before doing so; it won’t take as long as you think to reheat!

Ignoring Loose-Fitting Plugs/Outlet fire

If no plug seems to stay put in one of your electrical outlets, it’s likely because the metal contact points in the receptacle have deteriorated and no longer allow for a secure connection. Continue plugging into the shoddy outlet and the missed connection could ignite a spark and cause a house fire as the current moves across air gaps, a phenomenon known as “arcing.” For peace of mind when plugging in, call an electrician to replace the at-risk receptacle right away.

Not Giving Space Heaters Space/Space heater fire

The same space heaters that keep you toasty when the duvet alone doesn’t cut it are the culprit in 43 percent of home heating fires and 85 percent of home heating fatalities. When placed too close to other combustible items, those items can get too hot to handle—so hot in fact, that they can catch fire. Only use heaters that automatically shut off when knocked over, and park them no less than three feet from any item that can burn, be it clothing or bedding.

Leaving Traces in the Toaster/Toaster fire

Every time you brown bread or a bagel in the toaster, they shed crumbs that fall into the bottom of the appliance. During the next toasting cycle, these same crumbs can heat up and catch fire, and your toaster, along with the kitchen, could, well, be toast. If your toaster has a removable crumb tray, regularly unplug and cool down the toaster, take out and empty the tray, and wash it with warm soapy water to prevent crumb build-up. If the unit doesn’t have a crumb tray, unplug it and then gently tip over and shake it to get rid of most of the crumbs.

 Adjust these bad habits now to avoid a dangerous situation in the future.If you have a fire in your home or business and need the help of a specialist trained in fire cleanup and restoration, contact a Franchise Professional today: 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties - we're Here To Help and are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Information obtained by: Jill Lawrence O'Hara and Manasa Reddigari - BobVila.com

Storm Damage? Call us for Board-Ups!

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage To Your Cape May or Cumberland County Home or Business?

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties.

Whether the damage was caused by fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through - especially if it is your property that has been damaged!

Boarding up damaged property the wrong way could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse than before you tried to board up. The process of boarding up after a storm can be as dangerous as the damage itself.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties can board up the damaged property quickly and efficiently and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping to make it, "Like it never even happened."

We serve Ocean City and The Wildwoods and surrounding communities in Cape May County. We also serve Vineland and Millville and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. Call 609-624-0202 when you need emergency board up services. We're Here to Help 24/7!

SERVPRO Named "Business of the Week"

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Named "Business of the Week" by Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

We are honored to have been selected as "Business of the Week" and are proud to be a member of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce in Cape May County. Click here to learn more!

The next time you find yourself stuck in a messy situation, be sure to call SERVPRO of Cape May  and Cumberland Counties! We serve Ocean City, Wildwood, and surround communities in Cape May County as well as Vineland, Millville, and surrounding communities in Cumberland County.

We're here to meet your residential and commercial cleaning and restoration needs and can make it, "Like it never even happened." We're here 24/7 - call 609-624-0202 or email us today!

How to Protect Your Home in Severe Weather

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

We urge Cape May  and Cumberland County residents to prepare for severe weather by following these winter safety tips.

How to Protect Your Home in Severe Weather

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
  • De-icers, 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 awhile
  • Food and water that doesn’t require refrigeration
  • Transistor radio with new batteries — and backup batteries

*When it comes to de-icers, 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 become scarce before a well-publicized storm.

How to Winterize Your Home

High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off roof tiles and gutters, exposing your home 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
  • Seal air leaks around the home to keep it warmer (and save energy costs)
  • Insulate all exposed plumbing pipes to prevent burst pipes
  • Trim tree branches away from your roof to prevent roof damage

Clean Your Gutters.

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 home, 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 Your Pipes.

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 or severe weather damage, read more HERE for important tips to help. We're here 24/7, 365 days a year to make it, "Like it never even happened."® 

SERVPRO Ranks #27 on Entrepreneur's 2020 Top 500 Franchises!

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO maintains its top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for over 10 consecutive years in Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 500 Franchises.

SERVPRO has been included in the magazine's Top 500 list, standing out in a group of more than 900 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list. Read more...

"This recognition affirms that SERVPRO is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension, its customers," said Barbara Jones, Co-Owner of SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. "The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer."

According to Jones, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:

  • SERVPRO's strength as a brand with a national footprint, and the ability to create national partnerships with organizations such as the PGA TOUR, Allstate Insurance, Farmers Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Valero Energy Corporation, Bob Evans Restaurants, Genesis Healthcare, Planet Fitness, Costco Wholesale, and the American Red Cross - to name a few.
  • SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company's culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
  • SERVPRO's focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company's operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.

"Today, as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support."

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties specializes in fire, mold, and water cleanup, mitigation, and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened."

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire, mold, and water damage restoration and mitigation services, call 609-624-0202, or reach us by email, or visit SERVPROofCapeMayCounty.

Need Post Construction Cleaning?

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Ensures Your Finished Projects Always Look Their Best!

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide the debris removal services to prepare your home or office for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on our Franchise Professionals to provide the help you need eliminating the moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning

You want your home or business to look its best. Our Franchise Professionals provide cleaning services to give your property that extra shine. Services include:

  • Carpet/flooring prep & finish
  • Deodorization
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Debris removal
  • Window cleaning

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Ocean City, Wildwood, Vineland, Millville and the surrounding communities in each county. Call 609-624-0202 when you need trained, uniformed Franchise Professionals! 24-hour emergency services available. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Winterize Your Property From Storm Damage

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Winterize and Protect Your Most Valuable Asset!

  • 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.

If you have water damage to your property, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, 609-624-0202. We are trained in water removal, dehumidification, mold mitigation/remediation. We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

The information in this blog is obtained from Ready.nj.gov (the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management).

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

No Job Is Too Large

As part of the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division (SERVPRO Disaster Recovering Team), we are the best of the best in restoration. Commercial large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or a flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Should a storm or major event strike, call 609-624-0202 or toll free: 844-350-3131.

Winter Weather Tips For Your Home

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Tips for Your Cape May or Cumberland County Home.

It's not too late for winter weather preparedness!

PREPARE YOUR HOME

Weatherproofing:

• Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
• Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
• Insulate walls and attic.
• Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
• Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.

Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.

• If you’ll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
• Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby.
• All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
• Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.

Check out these tips on getting your family, home, and car ready for a winter storm. Learn more...

Commercial Document Drying

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties offers commercial dry cleaning services as well?

In the event that your important documents end up wet during a flood or storm event in your home or business we can help dry them so that you can retain all important information! 

Documents are frozen and shipped to our corporate offices in Tennessee where they are placed in a drying chamber where four different drying services are used.  Vacuum Freeze Drying, Gamma Irradiation, Digitizing, and Certified Destruction. The entire process usually takes between 7-10 days depending on the severity of the damage.

We can also digitize all documents so that you no longer need to worry about losing important documents due to water damage. If you need documents dried call SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties at 609-624-0202.

Don't be the 50%!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

DID YOU KNOW?

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is here to let you know that when disaster strikes, you can be READY and not be ruined!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY™ Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile™ Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following your disaster
  • Provides facility details such as shot-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Contact us Today to Get Started! Call a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL us at your convenience!

Keep Fall Fire-Free!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month, and we'll be sharing educational information to help you "KEEP FALL FIRE-FREE."

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.

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.

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

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.

When choosing a Halloween costume, remember that safety should be your first priority. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily catch fire if it comes into contact with heat or a flame. Some of the most flammable fabrics in your home include linen, cotton, rayon, and all light fabrics which allow oxygen to circulate more freely through their fibers.

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.

Stay safe this Fall and stay tuned for the next article in our "Fire Prevention Month" series, "Plan and Practice Your Escape!"

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

SERVPRO Cleaning Services - Now is the Time!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

The 2019 Fall Season is Near - NOW is the Time to Sell Your Home Before the Holidays!

Now is the Time To:

  • CLEAN your property for top showing conditions
  • ELIMINATE ODORS and reduce allergens
  • IMPROVE the operating efficiency of the HVAC unit
  • CONTROL moisture
  • REDUCE mold

Our professional cleaning services help the residential or commercial property owner take the worry out of preparing for the season. It's not clean until it's SERVPRO clean!

OVERVIEW OF CLEANING SERVICES:

Duct & HVAC Cleaning

Carpet & Upholstery

Odor Removal & Deodorization

Ceiling, Floor, & Wall Cleaning

Drapes & Blinds Cleaning

We serve all communities in Cape May and Cumberland Counties. Call 609-624-0202 to speak to a Franchise Professional and schedule your cleaning service today!

What's a Puff Back?

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

If you use an oil furnace, it’s important to know about the risk of puff backs.

Essentially, furnace puff backs occur when burners do not ignite on start-up, causing excess oil fumes to combust. This reaction produces a great deal of smoke that causes soot to spread throughout the property.

When this happens, SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties recommends acting fast to protect your health and your belongings from smoke damage. To help you stay prepared, we highlight a few do’s and don’ts to follow when you experience a furnace puff back:

DO:

Protect your belongings.

Soot can spread quickly, so you’ll need to act fast to keep it from setting on your belongings. If you have a forced air system, tape cheesecloth over the vents to help keep particles from coming through the ducts. You can also place towels over carpets, rugs, and upholstery to provide a protective barrier.

Review your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Since it takes special tools and experience to properly clean smoke damage, you’ll need to call a residential restoration service provider to clear your home of soot. But before you call, check your homeowner’s insurance policy, as most providers cover this kind of restoration.

Have your furnace inspected.

Puff backs can be caused by a mechanical issue with the equipment. To prevent further puff backs, have a heating specialist inspect and repair your furnace.

DON'T:

Touch or breathe soot.

Soot can be extremely hazardous to your health when inhaled, as it contains a variety of toxic components and carcinogens. Limit movement and keep individuals out of the home until the problem is resolved. As you protect your belongings, cover your mouth and nose with a face mask. Additionally, throw away any exposed food.

Try to clean surfaces.

While it’s fine to take steps to shield items from smoke damage, you shouldn’t try to clean surfaces. Standard cleaning supplies will not remove soot and may only cause particles to settle in further. Instead, wait for a SERVPRO Franchise Professional who specializes in smoke and fire damage restoration to clean the area.

Increase air circulation.

You may be tempted to turn on a fan or open windows to eliminate smoke, but increased air circulation will only spread particles. To keep the problem contained, try to keep airflow to a minimum.

When furnace puff backs occur, SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties offers fast, thorough, and affordable restoration services. Equipped with specialized cleaning products, our Franchise Professionals minimize smoke damage in your home and eliminate stubborn odors. 

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties serves Ocean City, Wildwood, and surrounding communities in Cape May County as well as Vineland, Millville, and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. To request assistance, call 609-624-0202 to reach a specialist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Vital Home Maintenance "To Do" Tips for Fall

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you live in Ocean City or Vineland, New Jersey - these vital home maintenance tips for Fall will help you protect your most valuable asset.

  1. Check the Insulation in Your Attic - and Install More if Needed. Proper installation keeps your home warmer in winter and cooler in the summer!
  2. Automate Your Thermostat & HVAC System. A smart thermostat sets a comfortable temperature when you are home adjusts the temperature accordingly when you are not home.
  3. Check Outlets and Power Cords. Don't be a statistic from the 4th leading cause of home fires. Take a walk around your home and inspect your cords, outlets, and surge protectors. Replace anything that is frayed. See burn marks around an outlet?
  4. Use Coca-Cola to Clear Clogged Drains. If you don't have the necessary chemicals to unclog a drain, you might be successful with Coke! Open a 2-liter bottle of Coke. Pour steadily into drain. Allow foam to subside and continue pouring until empty. Let sit overnight. In the morning, run hot water for 5 to 10 minutes to rinse. Repeat the process if necessary. It's the phosphoric acid in the Coke that will eat through the clog (imagine what it's doing to your teeth)!
  5. Change Your Air Filters. Replace the air filters in your HVAC system so it runs more efficiently. A $10 filter can not only save wear and tear on parts like fans and blowers, but can save you thousands on repair costs!
  6. Clean Your Refrigerator Coils! Often overlooked, cleaning your refrigerator coils can eliminate about 70% of service calls! Do you really want to hand your utility company up to $10 monthly because dirty coils are causing your fridge not to run efficiently? Invest in a cleaning coil brush and use it to clean your dehumidifier and air conditioner coils, too!
  7. Check for Air Leaks Around Windows. Here's a way to save some real money on your energy bill! Run a simple candle test - wherever two different materials meet (windows, doors, etc.) - hold a lit candle and slowly move it around the frame to see if it follows a draft. Simply caulking around these leaks could save you up to 15% on heating and cooling costs. In a pinch, use weather sealing tape instead of caulk.
  8. Gutter Cleaning is So Important! Leaky and clogged gutters could cost you thousands of dollars and become a nightmare. Clogged gutters can cause water leaks in your roof or water damage to your home. Let's not forget how much pests, rodents, mold, and honeycombs love your clogged gutters! Cleaning gutters is easy but dangerous work - so don't be afraid to invest in a professional, as your savings will be worth that cost.
  9. Clean Out Your Dryer Lint Vent. Corral those lint bunnies! They look harmless, but they love to snuggle down in your dryer vents and lint traps. They multiply like rabbits and before you know it, they are built up in your vents and possibly cause a fire hazard as well as limit your dryer's efficiency.
  10. Maintain Your Sump Pump. Most sump pumps have water level or flood alarms, usually battery powered, that alert you if the pump is not working properly. Although they are quite reliable, regular maintenance is a good idea. Spend a few minutes every couple of months when heavy rains are in the forecast to ensure your sump pump is operating reliably.
  11. Water Heater Flushing. Regularly flushing out your water heater is an important task. Depending on your model, aim to flush your water heater every one to three years. If your heater is old and has never been flushed, it may be a good idea to hire a professional. If not: 1) Turn the thermostat to OFF. 2) Turn off gas line or electricity to the unit. 3) Turn off cold water supply. 4) Turn ON hot water tap in a sink or tub. This prevents a vacuum from forming in the system while draining the tank. 5) Connect a garden hose to drainage spigot. Turn on spigot and drain entire tank. 6) Once drained, turn cold water supply on to flush tank. Look for water coming out of hose to be clear and free of sediment. Simple right? When done, follow the steps in reverse order to get your system back up and running!
  12. Use LED Light Bulbs. LED light bulbs are about four times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and last for many years.

We hope these tips help you to plan easy and efficient options for protecting your most valuable asset - your home!

Storm Damage? Call us for Board-Ups!

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage To Your Cape May County Home? Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties.

Whether the damage was caused by fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through - especially if it is your property that has been damaged!

Boarding up damaged property the wrong way could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse than before you tried to board up. The process of boarding up after a storm can be as dangerous as the damage itself.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties can board up the damaged property quickly and efficiently and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping to make it, "Like it never even happened."

We serving Ocean City and The Wildwoods and surrounding communities in Cape May County. We also serve Vineland and Millville and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. Call 609-624-0202 when you need emergency board up services. We're Here to Help 24/7!

Water Damage & Mold in Ocean City Rental

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Being a Landlord in Ocean City and Cape May County can be Risky.

Your property must be in good market condition, but that means you have to rely on tenants to be on the lookout for things that could go bad before they actually do. 

Failure to spot warning signs usually means that, at some point or another, there is going to be a disaster.

Unfortunately, tenants are not as mindful about your property as you would be for a simple reason; it’s not theirs!

Recently, SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties had an opportunity to assist in such a situation. In this instance, as in many projects we’re involved in, not only did we work with the property owner, but we also worked with the insurance adjuster, and the tenants in order to resolve the issues satisfactorily. This is one important way of ensuring that our slogan is always true; we work hard to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Are you currently facing a mold challenge of your own?

We’d be happy to send our team out.  We guarantee your satisfaction. Want proof? See any of the testimonials on this site or view any of our recent videos.

Convinced and ready to roll? Call 609-624-0202 and a Franchise Professional will be happy to help!

FREE CE Seminars for Insurance Professionals!

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is hosting two Continuing Education Seminars for Insurance Professionals.

Licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania? Join us for our free CE Course and complimentary dinner:

Property Fire Damage Restoration - 4 Credits
Instructor: Barbara Jones

DE Course #57313
NJ Course #505645
PA Course #122728

Registration & Dinner: 5 - 5:30 pm
CE Course: 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Tuesday, October 8th
NJ Motorsports Park, Millville

OR

Tuesday, October 29th
Marquis de LaFayette, Cape May

For details, please contact Minerva via email. 

These classes will fill up fast - so, don't be left out! Please register today!

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

9/7/2019 (Permalink)

hardwood and carpeting with water standing Water intrusion in this home resulted in floors buckling and caused permanent damage to carpets.

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 standig 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 call a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202. We're faster to any disaster and make it, "Like it never even happened."

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning Process.

9/7/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning Process

  • A Franchise Professional will be sure to remove vent covers and returns to thoroughly clean any build-up that has accumulated.

  • A highly-trained Franchise Professional will attach a high-powered vacuum system to your air duct system. This will create a vacuum 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 our tools 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 cleanup. This helps to 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 a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 to arrange your duct cleaning service.

Portable Fire Extinguishers

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Portable Fire Extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when 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 your facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website.

Cleaning Dryer Vents May Prevent Fires

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), failing 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 of Cape May & Cumberland Counties 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 (NFPA) 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.

For more information on cleaning dryer vents, contact a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202. We serve Vineland, Millville and surrounding communities in Cumberland County as well as Ocean City and Marmora and surrounding communities in Cape May County.

Why Take The Risk? Call SERVPRO.

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Why take the risk? Call the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties who will make it, "Like it never even happened."

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.

OUR SYSTEM SERVICES INCLUDE:

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

CLEANING:

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

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!

*Services Vary by location

Commercial Water Loss with Extensive Damage

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

This commercial water loss in Vineland caused flooding to occur and damage the ceilings throughout parts of the first floor of the property. An immediate response time was necessary to stop further damage. Our crew arrived in less than an hour to start the water extraction process to avoid further damage and mold growth.

It's important to know exactly what to do with a water loss of this size. Turning off utilities at the main switch, disconnecting electrical appliances are a couple things that may need to be done.

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. Wherever you need help, we are faster to any size disaster and are here to serve all communities in Cumberland and Cape May counties.

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

Water & Flooding Damage Tips

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Affected by Water Damage? We're here to help in Cape May County and Cumberland County.

Did you know that the first 24 hours after a storm causing flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage?

Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until a Franchise Professional arrives.

  • Do not operated any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.

  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.

  • Take caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.

  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.

  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties has responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. Hurricanes Sandy, Matthew, and Katrina and the flooding in Louisiana, Houston, and Mid-Atlantic, to name a few.

Call a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 if you have any water damage questions. We're Here to Help and to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Know The Signs of a Gas Leak

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

The Signs Of A Gas Leak

They are sometimes hard to recognize, but it doesn't take much of a leak to cause a gas fire. These home disasters are all too common.

Fortunately, you can avoid a fire or worse by recognizing signs of a leak:

  •  A hissing or whistling sound near the line
  •  The smell of rotten eggs or sulfur
  •  Bubbles in the water
  •  Dead houseplants
  •  Visible dust near the gas line
  •  Damage to the gas pipe

Family members or pets may show signs of a natural gas leak, as well. These may include nosebleeds, reduced appetites, nausea, mood changes, irritation to the eyes and throats, disorientation, and breathing difficulties. 

Keep Your Family and Home Safe 

Avoid a gas fire or explosion in your home by following these top tips:

1. Check Gas Stoves

If you have a gas stove, the dials may have been turned on or left on accidentally. If you're confident it's safe to remain in your home, move to the stove and turn off any flames. 

2. Do Not Flip Switches

Simply flipping the light switch to on or off could make a spark that causes a gas explosion. Instead, use a flashlight for any other actions you take in the house. Don't use the phone inside the house, either. In fact, don't use lighters, candles, or anything else that could ignite.

3. Ventilate the Home

Open all the windows and doors, so fresh air can come in and gas will move out of the house. Don't worry about taking any steps further than this. Instead, wait to contact emergency or fire remediation professionals when you and your family are safely outside. 

4. Go Outside

Get everyone outside and go across the street. From this safe distance, call 911 or the appropriate authorities. 

Learn as much as you can about what may cause a gas fire and how to avoid them to keep your family safe. Teach your family about natural gas and how to stay safe if they suspect a gas leak. Click the following link for more fire safety tips.

Hurricane Season is Here!

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is here Ocean City & Vineland!

Living near the coast brings many benefits to those of us who reside in Cape May and Cumberland Counties, but with all the pros, there are some cons - one of them being hurricane season.

The season started on June 1st and the threat will continue until November 30th here in the Northeast. The strongest chance for hurricanes and storm activity begins in mid-August and lasts until about the end of October. Hurricanes can bring speeds up to 200 mph and the storms themselves have been known to stretch across up to 600 miles. Are you prepared for a storm of this size?

Important information everyone should know includes the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A watch means that threatening conditions are possible within the next 48 hours, while a warning means conditions are expected within 36 hours. Stay prepared and informed, that is the best way to get through any potential storms!

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties is Here to Help 24/7 - call a Franchise Professional when you need help - 609-624-0202.

SERVPRO's Facilitator Training Program

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Facilitator Training Program (FTP) was developed to ensure all SERVPRO Continuing Education (CE) instructors understand CE course requirements, are subject matter specialists, and have the presentation skills needed to effectively represent the SERVPRO Brand in front of an audience of clients and potential clients.

SERVPRO guarantees that only Certified CE instructors will teach SERVPRO CE Courses.

After completing the FTP training, the participant must also complete two in-person course observations and three video course observations. Before teaching their first CE Class, the participant must have observed the class in-person.

First-time instructors mus be observed by an Active Instructor/certified SERVPRO CE instructor. include a series of course observations in person.

This is just one more reason of Why SERVPRO? Because our skill set is important to us and important to our clients. 

Storm Season: Is Your Business Ready?

8/25/2019 (Permalink)

BEFORE the storm hits, have an Emergency Supply Kit ready and an evacuation plan.

Communicate with your co-workers and offer to help people who may be elderly, disabled or living with small children.

Every Office should have an Emergency Supply Kit - put one in your car trunk, too.

Emergency Supply Kit List:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day
  • Food (non-perishable, 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery powered radio, preferably a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Cash - when there is no power, ATMs will not work
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

If you suffer storm damage to your business, call the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties at 609-624-0202. A timely response is key to minimizing secondary damages caused by a severe storm or hurricane.

Business Owners and Property Managers should ask about our Emergency Ready® Program. 

Storm tips are provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). For more information on severe storms and other emergency situations, visit their website.

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?

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at a water damage job site. Here To Help, and ready for any size disaster.

Flooding leaves offensive odors. The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties have the training and equipment to remove those odors.

Resolving Commercial Water Damage

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 facility managers of commercial properties to restore property damages quickly and efficiently. This is cost-effective and saves you money!

Our Franchise Professionals are highly trained specialists 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” is our specialty. We're Here to Help and ready for whatever happens. Contact SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties when you need help: 609-624-0202.

We serve Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. We also serve the Cape May, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, The Wildwoods, and surrounding communities in Cape May County.

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.

 

Restoring Commercial Property After Water Damage

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss

Flooding and water damage events in Cape May County commercial properties can be complex and come with numerous issues that require a quick,  knowledgeable, and flexible response.

Whether you're dealing with a small water cleanup scenario or a large loss event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area to prevent further damage. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Unique Challenges

Our Franchise Professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call. We serve Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood, and surrounding communities in Cape May County. We’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO® of Cape May County

SERVPRO of Cape May County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our Franchise Professionals in the office and in the field are equipped with the knowledge to act fast to restore your property.

Meet our Crew

Our Certifications

Vandalism Damage While On Vacation?

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

Vandalism While on Vacation
Away on vacation and upon returning home find your house vandalized? Sad situation, but it happens. Imagine returning home from a wonderful vacation with your family, only to find that your home has been damaged! Whether it was vandalism, water/storm damage, or fire damage - you think it can't happen to you. Don't know where to turn? Keep our contact information handy in your home because SERVPRO of Cape May County is Here to Help whatever the damage or loss. Our duty to our customers is restore your house back to normal while understanding the stress involved with the process. If you're planning a vacation, try these tips to protect your home or business:
  • Unplug unused electronics to prevent fires; 
  • Turn off the main water source in case of a pipe burst to minimize damage;
  • Check all doors doors and windows to be sure they are locked; and
  • Have a neighbor or relative keep an eye on your house to make sure it looks like someone is in and out.

We serve Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood, and surrounding communities in Cape May County. Call the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County if you need help - 609-624-0202.

1-4-8 SERVPRO Response

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro Industries corporate logo. SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties

What is the SERVPRO 1-4-8 Response? How can 1-4-8 help you?

SERVPRO of Cape May County will show you how 1-4-8 can help YOU!

What does 1-4-8 mean? It means 1 hour, 4 hours, and 8 hours. What this means is when a loss is reported to SERVPRO, a Franchise Professional will contact you within one hour of your call to arrange for service.

We also promise that within 4 hours of being notified about your loss, a Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services. We're always open, so we'll be there any time, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Last but not least, within 8 hours of arriving on-site, a Franchise Professional will communicate a verbal briefing of the restoration plan (could be to you, the customer, the person responsible for billing, or the insurance adjuster). *Exceptions are catastrophic events, and emergency storm situations.

Know that we pride ourselves on 1-4-8. We cover Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood and all other areas in Cape May County.

We are a locally owned company with National Storm Resources. We're Here To Help!

Call SERVPRO of Cape May County, 609-624-0202. 

How to Keep Your Pets Cool

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Keep Your Pets Cool!

Keep Your Pets Cool During the Dog Days of Summer!

Pets, just like humans, are susceptible to heat illness. Here are a few tips to keep them safe:

  • Watch the humidity
  • Limit exercise on hot days
  • Provide ample shade and water
  • Don’t rely on a fan
  • Watch out for hot pavement
  • Last but not least, NEVER leave your pets unattended inside a vehicle!

Learn more about keeping pets safe in extreme heat at weather.gov.

Check out safety information about avoiding the dangers of extreme heat from the New Jersey Department of Health.

The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County care about you and your pets in extreme weather. We will care for them as much as you would in an emergency. If you need help with an emergency, please call 609-624-0202. Be safe!

Cleaning and Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning and Protecting Your Property

Here's what SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professionals can do for you:

  • Fire, smoke, and soot cleanup. 
  • Water removal and dehumidification
  • Crime scene, biohazard, and vandalism cleanup
  • Mold mitigation and remediation
  • Air duct and HVAC cleaning
  • Carpet and hard floor cleaning and care
  • Stain removal, stain resistance applications
  • Odor Identification and deodorization
  • Cleaning of upholstery and drapes (wet or dry cleaning methods

Choose SERVPRO of Cape May County to protect your most valuable asset! We serve Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood and the surrounding communities of Cape May County. Call 609-624-0202 to schedule your cleaning service.

Prevent Fire in Your Home

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Fire With Smoke Detectors

Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s about “location, location, location”.

The key message from Fire Departments everywhere, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement (if you have one). Larger homes may need more alarms.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shares this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of home smoke alarms. Visit NFPA's website for more information.

The above information and more courtesy of the National Fire Prevention Association. 

For information on what to do AFTER call a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202. We're here 24/7 every day of the year.

You Can Be Ready.

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

You can be ruined or you can be READY.

Under the roof of a home or business, damage can happen. And when it does, turn to the team that's locally owned and operated in Cape May County. Our network of cleanup specialists at here to help make your disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Ready Program

According to the latest research, up to 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, an overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees.

By developing a SERVPRO  Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how a disaster can affect your business. 

  • No cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document containing critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facilities details and priority contact information
  • Establishes us as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider

We serve Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood and the surrounding communities of Cape May County. Call today to set up your Emergency READY Program, 609-624-0202.

SERVPRO of Cape May County is an IICRC Firm.

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® of Cape May County is an IICRC firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. 

IICRC Certified Firms must: 

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity. 

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests. 

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry. 

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident. 

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration. 

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals. 

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace. 

About SERVPRO of Cape May County

SERVPRO of Cape May County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, water, biohazard, or mold damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

•ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

•RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

•UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

•OSHA - Other Training 

•OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program 

•AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician 

•WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician 

•RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician 

•IICRC Certified Firm 

•CRT - Color Repair Technician 

•HST - Health and safety Technician

•ABRA Certified Biorecovery Technician course 

•SSI - Substrate Subfloor Introduction 

•ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program 

•CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician 

•SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician 

•OCT - Odor Control Technician 

•RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician 

•OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

Affiliations

•National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) 

•American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) 

•Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) 

•New Jersey School Building & Grounds Association (NJSBGA) 

•American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 

For more information about your SERVPRO of Cape May County professional cleaning and restoration company, please call 609-624-0202 or contact us via email.

The Company You Trust with Storm Damage

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, mold, or a storm, preventing further destruction from the elements with tarp placement and protective measures can be crucial.

We provide 24 hour emergency services including tarp placement, temporary fencing, temporary power and more to Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood, and surrounding Cape May County communities.

We are locally owned and operated, and our experienced Franchise Professionals are quick to respond and Here to Help 365 days a year. We're the company you can trust to get the job done right the first time.

Call SERVPRO® of Cape May County if you’ve been hit with a disaster: 609-624-0202.

Need a Speaker for Your Next Event?

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Need a Guest Speaker

Planning a marketing event for your organization or association? Need a Guest Speaker?

We can help! SERVPRO of Cape May County offers local guest speaker services at no charge. Our Franchise Professionals are experienced in delivering keynotes, moderating panels, conducting training sessions, and more - we are available for events of all sizes and are eager to share our knowledge and expertise that your organization may be looking for.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the cleaning and restoration industry with over 1,700 franchises in the United States.

We offer many topics of interest that are engaging, relevant, and important. We'll also do our best to accommodate your schedule. We can come to you or as an alternative, you can come to us! Need a venue? Let us know!

To request a speaker for your event, simply contact us via email. We cover Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood, and surrounding towns in Cape May County.

How to Control Humidity in Your Home

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Controlling Humidity

How to Control Humidity in Your Home

To prevent mold growth in humid climates, you need to control the humidity in your home.

Controlling humidity in wet climates poses a number of specific challenges – you can’t just open the windows to improve airflow in the home, for example (when outside humidity levels are high, letting outdoor air into your house will increase the indoor humidity).

So, how can you control moisture and prevent mold growth in humid climates?

1) Ensure proper air conditioning:

Use quality AC units properly sized for your house. If your air-conditioning unit is too small, it will run constantly without achieving the desired effect; if it is too big, it will start and stop frequently which will make it difficult to maintain constant temperature and humidity levels;

Set your air conditioner to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the hot summer months and keep your home warm in cool weather;

Set the AC fan mode to “auto”, not to “on”. When the fan is set to “on”, it runs continuously and does not allow enough time for the moisture that condenses onto the evaporator coil during the cooling cycle to drain off – it is re-evaporated and blown back into the house, increasing the humidity level;

Proper air conditioning can help you control the humidity in your home.

Close windows and doors when your AC unit is running. If the doors and windows are open, warm, humid outdoor air will enter your cooler home and cause condensation;

Maintain your air conditioner in excellent condition to make sure it works effectively. Clean and replace the filters every month during the summer, call a service professional at least once a year for maintenance, such as cleaning the coils, etc.

2) Use dehumidifiers to keep the humidity level in your home below 50%.

3)  Do not let wet items stay inside:

Dry washed clothes outside or use a clothes dryer (never hang clothes to dry inside). Make sure they are completely dry before putting them away in drawers and closets;

Do not leave wet towels or other wet items lying around in your home;

Take wet shoes off at the door and clean pets’ paws after walks to prevent water and mud from being tracked into your house;

Thoroughly dry your items before storing them inside, especially if they won’t be used for prolonged periods of time;

Add an appropriate anti-mold product to the water you give to your indoor plants to hinder mold growth in plant soil (moist soil is an ideal breeding ground for mold);

Remove standing water (such as puddles around sump pumps or hot water tanks) and dry wet areas within your home as soon as possible;

Vent appliances that produce moisture (such as clothes dryers, stoves, etc.) to the outside.

4) Prevent water from entering your property:

Keep your property in good repair – Inspect the roof and the chimney on a regular basis and make any necessary repairs without delay, repair foundation cracks, fix plumbing leaks, etc.;

Waterproof your home well.

The better waterproofed your home is, the less likely you’re to deal with mold problems.

Keep the gutters clean – Replace damaged or rusty gutters and drainpipes in due time and make sure they are free of leaves and other debris to ensure proper water drainage;

Direct water away from your home. Make sure the grading around your house slopes away from the foundation – otherwise water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace;

Cover crawl space floors with plastic coverings to prevent groundwater from seeping inside;

Leak-proof doors and windows to prevent water seepage into your home during storms and torrential rains.

Controlling humidity in your home may not be very easy, but it will help prevent mold growth and any ensuing mold problems – mold allergies, mold damage to your property, etc. Your efforts will be rewarded with a healthy, mold-free living environment. It’s worth it!

Call your SERVPRO of Cape May County Franchise Professionals at 609-624-0202 if you suspect mold in your home. We're a locally owned company in Ocean View, NJ serving Ocean City, Cape May, Wildwood, and surrounding communities in Cape May County.

CE Seminars for Credits in DE, NJ, & PA

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Continuing Education Seminars

Certified Continuing Education Instructors provide Continuing Education Seminars for Insurance Professionals Licensed in DE, NJ, and PA.

NO CHARGE TO INSURANCE PROFESSIONALS!

SAVE THE DATES!

SERVPRO of Cape May County will be offering an Ethics Continuing Education seminar on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Avalon Links Restaurant inside Avalon Golf Club.

This Seminar qualifies for credits in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and is free to Insurance Professionals (course materials and complimentary dinner included). 

July 23: Avalon Links, Cape May Court House

ETHICS - 3 Credit Hours

DE Course #54645
NJ Course #88894833
PA Course #120265

Registration/Dinner 5 - 5:30 pm 
Class 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Networking After Class

OUR FALL CE CLASS:

October 15, 2019 (Venue TBA)

Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration - 4 Credits

DE Course #57313
NJ Course #00505645
PA Course #122728

To register, please contact Minerva via email or call 609-624-0202.

Continuing Education Seminars for Real Estate Professionals coming soon!

Don't Be The 50% Cape May County!

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, YOU CAN BE RUINED OR YOU CAN BE READY

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

According to the latest industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

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, but well before it happens. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with the SERVPRO Emergency READY™ Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 50 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following your disaster
  • Provides facility details such as shot-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

    Contact us to Get Started! Call the Franchise Professionals at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL us.

The Dangers of Mold!

6/2/2019 (Permalink)

When Cape May county suffers from heavy rains and flooding, you may notice mold growing in your rental property or business. The spot may look like much, but for many people, mold can present a wide range of health risks — particularly when the problem is widespread. To help you protect your property — and recognize the importance of mold remediation — here are a few important details to know about how this type of fungus can harm the body.

How Does Mold Affect Health?

As this variety of fungus grows, it produces microscopic spores that can spread through your property. When inhaled, individuals with sensitivities to mold may experience chronic breathing problems, skin irritation, and congestion.

These reactions are typically more common among those with allergies or asthma. When people have compromised immune systems, mold-related health problems can lead to infections, such as those affecting the lungs. In addition to putting human health in danger, mold growth is also known to similarly affect pets.

How Can You Prevent Mold-Related Health Problems?

The best way to avoid these health risks is to limit the amount of moisture in your home, as this fungus thrives in damp, humid conditions. Some approaches to DIY mold remediation include fixing leaks, using a dehumidifier, and insulating windows to prevent condensation. If your home is subject to water damage, hire an emergency restoration service to thoroughly dry and clean the area.

What Should You Do If You Spot Mold in Your Home or Business?

Even by following the above steps, it’s likely that you will encounter this problem at some point. If the issue is small and contained, you can usually tackle it on your own by washing the surface with a soap and water solution. However, if you face recurring or widespread growth, hire a professional mold remediation team.

If mold is putting your household’s health at risk, the trusted Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May County will put your home on the path to wellness. As leading mold remediation and restoration service experts, we know how to tackle mold growth strategically. Equipped with heavy-duty cleaning tools, our crew will not only remove spots, but also implement solutions to control moisture and prevent the problem from returning. To arrange fast and effective clean-up, call a helpful representative at 609-624-0202 today.

Get it Clean Before the Season Starts!

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

The 2019 Summer Season is Near - Now is the Time to:

  • CLEAN your property for top showing conditions
  • ELIMINATE ODORS and reduce allergens
  • IMPROVE the operating efficiency of the HVAC unit
  • CONTROL moisture
  • REDUCE mold

Our professional cleaning services help the residential or commercial property owner take the worry out of preparing for the season. It's not clean until it's SERVPRO clean!

OVERVIEW OF CLEANING SERVICES:

Duct & HVAC Cleaning

Carpet & Upholstery

Odor Removal & Deodorization

Ceiling, Floor, & Wall Cleaning

Drapes & Blinds Cleaning

Call Harold Lapp, 609-624-0202 for more information or to schedule your residential or commercial cleaning service!

Continuing Education Seminars - Save The Dates!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Continuing Education Seminars at No Cost to 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):

July 9: Cumberland County 
July 23: Cape May County

  • NJ #88894833 - Ethics -3 credits
  • PA #120265 - Ethics -3 credits

October 1: Cumberland County
October 15: Cape May County

  • NJ #00505645
    Property Fire Damage Restoration-4 credits
  • PA #122728
    Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration-4credits

For all classes:
5 pm to 5:30 pm - Registration & Dinner
5:30 pm - Class starts

We're Here to Help 24/7/365!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Whether because of wind, rain or fire, SERVPRO of Cape May County provides 24 hour emergency response and services!

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 Franchise Professional is trained with the proper equipment to replace flooring, carpet, tile, hardwood floors, and doors (interior, exterior, steel & storefront). We can paint many surfaces, work on acoustic ceilings, trim, bathroom/kitchen remodels and home/office renovations.

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: 609-624-0202 or email.

We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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)

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)

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)

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.®

Concerned About Flooding Due to Storms?

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Here in Cape May County, it’s important to be prepared for water damage. Many of us live on barrier islands where the threat of flood is an everyday concern whether its high tide from a full moon, heavy rains or an intense storm.

Being prepared for flooding and water damage is your best defense. Be aware of the tides and the weather, be prepared to move cars to higher grounds and keep all pets inside when necessary. Be aware of how high off the ground your home is, do you have a crawlspace that would be susceptible to water?

Finally, have a plan in place in the event water damage does occur in your home. SERVPRO® of Cape May County is ready to go 24/7 to assist you. We can be reached at 609-624-0202, we will work to make your situation as stress-free as possible.

Summer Brings Potential for Tornadoes, Be Prepared!

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

What is the difference between a Tornado WATCH and a Tornado WARNING?

A Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Centermeteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.

A Tornado WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 over a designated area. This means a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the tornado. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.

LEARN MORE AT THE NOAA WEBSITE.

If a tornado does strike, SERVPRO® of Cape May County will be here to help! Call us at 609-624-0202.

Water Catagories

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

There are three types of contaminated water.

There are three types of contaminated water: 

Catagory 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 trained professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May County 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!

Cape May County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Cape May County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO® of Cape May County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-624-0202

Does Your Cape May County Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-624-0202.

Lunch and Learn

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Cape May County loves to host Lunch and Learns! These events have been a great tool for us to connect with local real estate offices in our area!

We offer a wide range of services that may come in handy during the sale of a home or business such as post construction cleaning, carpet and drape cleaning, mold remediation, water damage, bio-hazard clean up, and more!

Are you with a real estate office near by? Contact us! We would love to treat your office to a delicious lunch and talk to you and your agents about how we can help you get some homes sold. We are here to help!

Give us a call at 609-692-0202 today!

Continuing Education Credits For Insurance Professionals!

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Are you an insurance professional who is in need of some Continuing Education credits?

If so, we would love to see you at our upcoming classes being held in Cape May and Cumberland counties! The next course will be “Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry” and will be taught by Barbara Jones of SERVPRO® of Cape May and Cumberland Counties.

We look forward to a great night of learning and networking. Dinner will also be provided! Classes are free; however you must be registered in advance. If you are interested in attending please email us for a registration form or call 609-624-0202. We hope to see you there!

Thursday July 12th at 5pm- Merighi's Savoy Inn, Vineland, NJ

Thursday July 19th at 5pm- The Shore Club (Formerly known as The Wildwood Country Club) 

If You See Signs of Mold

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –609-624-0202

Top Benefits of Deep Cleaning Services

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

While spring is the perfect time for a deep clean, you may not have the time, expertise, or products to get the job done. Hiring a professional cleaning service company will save you stress and provide you and your family with many additional benefits. As Summer approaches, now is the time to rid your house of all of the excess pollen, dirt, dust and allergens that come with the Spring. Learn more below about the biggest advantages of bringing in skilled technicians. 

Top Benefits of Deep Cleaning Services 

  1. Better Equipment 

Most families do not have a carpet and upholstery machine or know how to properly remove debris from air ducts. By calling someone to take care of your deep clean, you won’t have to spend money on equipment and products you rarely use. Professional cleaning teams with experience in odor and stain removal have state-of-the-art technology and formulas to wash each item in your home safely and effectively.

  1. Enhanced Health 

 You may not realize how dust and allergens are affecting your family until you get a deep clean. Pollen, mold, and dirt particles could be making you sick by circulating throughout the rooms of your residence. They could even be hiding in your carpet, ducts, or air filters. An expert in spring cleaning will guide you on the tasks that need to be completed to improve your loved ones’ respiratory health. 

  1. Improved Hygiene 

No one wants to spend time in a dirty home. In a matter of hours, your cleaning team will turn each grimy and messy space into a hygienic haven for your spouse, children, and guests. Whether you are planning for a big summertime party or would like an easy way to manage your house’s overall cleanliness, a professional, deep clean will help you get started. 

No matter your reasons for getting the job done, you deserve a deep clean performed by experts. While SERVPRO® of Cape May County in Ocean View, NJ, is an expert in mold remediation and water damage, they also provide a variety of residential cleaning offerings. To make an appointment for deep cleaning services, call them at (609) 624-0202.

How to Protect Carpets From Water Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

From leaking pipes to flooding, there are many ways your carpets may suffer water damage. However, these incidents don’t mean you’ll have to replace the flooring. With fast action—and help from a residential restoration service—you can mitigate moisture to preserve carpets and prevent mold growth. After calling the restoration specialists, here are a few tasks you should do as you wait for help to arrive.

How to Protect Carpets From Water Damage

  1. Stop the Source

If possible, determine where the water is coming from and how you can keep it from reaching the floors. For example, you might place a bucket under a roof leak or shut off the water supply valve that serves a problematic pipe.

  1. Clear Out the Room

When exposed to water, furniture—such as shelving and sofas—can become damaged, as well as trap moisture in the carpet. To protect your personal belongings, move all of these items to a dry, safe location.

  1. Extract Water

Since mold can grow in as little as 24 hours after exposure to moisture, it’s critical to quickly remove as much water as possible. The best way to do this is with a wet/dry vacuum that uses powerful suction to extract water from carpet fibers. If the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to remove and replace padding found under the carpet.

  1. Dry & Dehumidify

 While water extraction can resolve a great deal of the moisture, it’s not enough to finish the job. You should also air out the room and use high-powered fans to dry up wet flooring. To keep moisture out of the air—and prevent mold growth—use a dehumidifier. Once dry, have the carpets professionally cleaned.

  1. Clean Nearby Surfaces

Wearing the right protective gear, you should also consider wiping down walls, baseboards, and other surfaces that are near the carpet—particularly if the damage is caused by storm water. Using a bleach-and-water mixture, you can sterilize the surface to eliminate harmful bacteria and mold spores that could cause health problems down the road. However, if you cannot properly protect yourself from exposure, leave the cleaning to the professionals.

Water damage can happen in an instant. That’s why SERVPRO® of Cape May County is proud to offer responsive emergency restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Equipped with decades of experience and heavy-duty equipment, these specialists can quickly mitigate water emergencies to minimize the amount of property damage you experience. They also offer extensive mold remediation services to protect the health of your household. You can learn more about these services online or by calling a helpful representative at (609) 624-0202.

When Storms or Floods hit Cape May County, SERVPRO is ready!

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® ofCape May County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Cape May County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 609-624-0202.

Time is a Precious Commodity

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO® of Cape May County for all your commercial cleaning needs. Did you know when you hire SERVPRO of Cape May County for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response - that's the SERVPRO way.

Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Cumberland County for all your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your home facility, you need fast response and the experience to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

SERVPRO of Cape May County is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

SERVPRO of Cape May County can provide:

  • Over 45 years of experience as a leading fire and water clean up restoration provider
  • Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.
  • Large loss capabilities - no fire or water damage is too big!

If you have a fire, water or mold loss at your place of business or just need a good deep cleaning - call SERVPRO of Cape May County today at 609-624-0202.

Winter Storm Damages Commercial Building

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

During a winter storm in January, a drain pipe froze on the roof of this commercial building, causing a leak from the roof. Once the roof was repaired, SERVPRO® of Cape May County was called in to clean up the water damage from the leak.

We began by cleaning up and removing all of the fallen debris from the ceiling being wet. Followed by tarping all displays in the store to protect them from  further damage. Lastly we began the drying process, placing equipment in the store so that it could dry as soon as possible. 

When the next storm hits, whether its snow, water or fire, call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County to clean up the damage, and get your business back open as soon as possible at 609-624-0202.

5 Ways to Protect Your New Home from Water Damage

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

After spending a great deal of money on a new home, the last thing you want to face is the hefty expense of water damage repairs. However, this is a reality all new 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 County 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:

5 Water Damage Prevention Tips for New Homeowners

  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 professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May County. To learn more about our emergency restoration services call (609) 624-0202 to request assistance.

3 Reasons It Pays to Hire Professionals for Residential Cleaning

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Every spring, Americans break out their cleaning supplies to give their homes a much-needed deep clean after winter fades away. But as refreshing as spring cleaning can be, some tasks can involve more work than you bargain for. Fortunately, if you’re facing a tough chore that needs a professional touch, you can hire a residential restoration service to get your living space in tip-top shape. To help you achieve a fresher, healthier home, here are a few ways these specialists can simplify the process:

How Can a Residential Restoration Service Help With Spring Cleaning?

  1. Duct Cleaning

Changing out your HVAC’s air filter every 90 days keeps your family from breathing in dust and other contaminants. Unfortunately, if you have a ventilated system, debris can also collect along the ducts, possibly impacting your air quality and increasing allergy and asthma risks. Since the spaces can be incredibly hard to reach, it’s better to hire a professional duct cleaning crew to wipe down surfaces and eliminate buildup.  

  1. Drapery Cleaning

 While many fabrics used in window drapes are designed to resist stains and maintain color, they can still get quite dirty since they’re exposed to soil and dust in the air. You should have the drapery cleaned every two years to avoid these problems. Backed with advanced equipment, residential restoration services can make the job easier by gently steam cleaning these fabrics to extend their life span and help you avoid costly replacement.

  1. Carpet Cleaning

Regular vacuuming is essential for removing loose soil and debris from carpet fibers. But even with this upkeep, your carpets might be dirtier than they look — especially after a winter full of heavy foot traffic. Professional carpet cleaning crews are equipped to tackle all types of carpets by offering a variety of specialized techniques, such as hot water extraction and deluxe preconditioning. In addition to keeping your floor looking fresh, these services help eliminate odors as well as extend the life of the carpet.

If you have a long list of spring cleaning tasks to tackle, turn to SERVPRO® of Cape May County to lighten the load. As the premier commercial and residential restoration service of Cape May County, we offer a variety of deep cleaning services that will refresh your air ducts, furniture, carpets, drapes, and more. In addition to this comprehensive care, our crews are equipped to help with water damage and mold remediation when springtime rainstorms strike. Call (609) 624-0202 to schedule fast, affordable service.

How Can You Prevent Mold in Your Home?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

When there’s moisture in your home, there’s a risk for mold growth. While this is usually a harmless fungus found everywhere in nature, it can be particularly dangerous inside homes. Specifically, when mold spores are inhaled, some individuals—such as those with asthma or allergies—can develop breathing problems, skin irritation, and congestion.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your household. Offering advanced mold remediation services in Cape May County, SERVPRO® of Cape May County highlights some of the best ways to keep the problem at bay:

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

  1. Repair Water Damage Risks

Water damage of any size can spark mold growth within 24 to 48 hours. To stay proactive, routinely inspect for moisture risks—such as leaking pipes and drafty windows—and have them repaired. You should also take care to maintain proper drainage outside the home, as dysfunctional gutters can cause water to seep into the walls and basement.

In the event your home experiences water damage, acting fast will help reduce the risk of mold growth. Whether you have a flood or a plumbing emergency, call a water restoration service to quickly dry and clean the area. If growth has already begun, these professionals will provide thorough mold remediation to stop the problem from spreading.

  1. Control Humidity

 Mold thrives in humid conditions, so it’s recommended you keep your home’s humidity levels at 60% or below. You can monitor these levels using a simple tool known as a hygrometer. If there’s too much humidity, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will help bring the levels down.  

  1. Invest in Ventilation

Cooking, taking showers, and washing laundry are all common activities that introduce moisture. To prevent the need for mold remediation, it’s important to ensure your home has the proper ventilation that allows moisture to escape. For example, use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to direct moist air outside. If you don’t have these, it can help to open windows or doors to promote air flow.

Whether you’ve found mold in your home or want to keep water damage from causing problems, SERVPRO of Cape May County is here to help. Equipped with heavy-duty tools, our restoration specialists are able to provide fast, thorough, and affordable mold remediation services. If you’re facing an emergency, such as a flooded crawlspace, our experts offer round-the-clock service to get water out and dry wet areas to prevent mold growth. Call a specialist at 609-624-0202.

What Are the Health Dangers of Mold?  

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you notice mold growing in your home, the spot may look like nothing more than a nuisance. But for many people, mold can present a wide range of health risks — particularly when the problem is widespread. To help you protect your household — and recognize the importance of mold remediation — here are few important details to know about how this type of fungus can harm the body.

A Guide to the Hazards of Mold.

How Does Mold Affect Health?

As this variety of fungus grows, it produces microscopic spores that can spread through your home. When inhaled, individuals with sensitivities to mold may experience chronic breathing problems, skin irritation, and congestion.

These reactions are typically more common among those with allergies or asthma. When people have compromised immune systems, mold-related health problems can lead to infections, such as those affecting the lungs. In addition to putting human health in danger, mold growth is also known to similarly affect pets.

How Can You Prevent Mold-Related Health Problems?

 The best way to avoid these health risks is to limit the amount of moisture in your home, as this fungus thrives in damp, humid conditions. Some approaches to DIY mold remediation include fixing leaks, using a dehumidifier, and insulating windows to prevent condensation. If your home is subject to water damage, hire an emergency restoration service to thoroughly dry and clean the area.

What Should You Do If You Spot Mold in Your Home?

Even by following the above steps, it’s likely that you will encounter this problem at some point. If the issue is small and contained, you can usually tackle it on your own by washing the surface with a soap and water solution. However, if you face recurring or widespread growth, hire a professional mold remediation team.

If mold is putting your household’s health at risk, the trusted professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May County will put your home on the path to wellness. As leading mold remediation and restoration service experts, we know how to tackle mold growth strategically. Equipped with heavy-duty cleaning tools, our crew will not only remove spots, but also implement solutions to control moisture and prevent the problem from returning. To arrange fast and effective clean-up, call a helpful representative at 609-624-0202 today.

What Is Furnace Puff Back & How Should You Handle It?  

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you use an oil furnace, it’s important to know about the risk of puff backs. Essentially, furnace puff backs occur when burners do not ignite on start-up, causing excess oil fumes to combust. This reaction produces a great deal of smoke that causes soot to spread throughout the house.

When this happens, SERVPRO® of Cape May County recommends acting fast to protect your health and your belongings from smoke damage. To help you stay prepared, we highlight a few do’s and don’ts to follow when you experience a furnace puff back:

DO:

Protect your belongings.

Soot can spread quickly, so you’ll need to act fast to keep it from setting on your belongings. If you have a forced air system, tape cheesecloth over the vents to help keep particles from coming through the ducts. You can also place towels over carpets, rugs, and upholstery to provide a protective barrier.

Review your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Since it takes special tools and experience to properly clean smoke damage, you’ll need to call a residential restoration service provider to clear your home of soot. But before you call, check your homeowner’s insurance policy, as most providers cover this kind of restoration.

Have your furnace inspected.

Although puff backs can be one-off events, the problem may have occurred due to a mechanical issue with the equipment. To prevent further puff backs, have a heating specialist inspect and repair your furnace.

DON'T:

Touch or breathe soot.

Soot can be extremely hazardous to your health when inhaled, as it contains a variety of toxic components and carcinogens. Limit movement and keep individuals out of the home until the problem is resolved. As you protect your belongings, cover your mouth and nose with a face mask. Additionally, throw away any exposed food.

Try to clean surfaces.

While it’s fine to take steps to shield items from smoke damage, you shouldn’t try to clean surfaces. Standard cleaning supplies will not remove soot and may only cause particles to settle in further. Instead, wait for a professional smoke and fire damage restoration team to clean the area.

Increase air circulation.

You may be tempted to turn on a fan or open windows to eliminate smoke, but increased air circulation will only spread particles. To keep the problem contained, try to keep airflow to a minimum.

When furnace puff backs occur, SERVPRO of Cape May County offers fast, thorough, and affordable restoration services. Equipped with specialized cleaning products, our professionals minimize smoke damage in your home and eliminate stubborn odors. To request assistance, call 609-624-0202 to reach a specialist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

When Storms & Floods hit Cape May County, SERVPRO® is ready!

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® ofCape May County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our headquarters is located in Ocean View - with easy access to all areas of Cape May County. Our Franchise Professionals are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. Our storm response after Hurricane Sandy hit saved many properties from further damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When high tide flooding and storms hit Cape May County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. We have also participated in helping other areas of the country with storm damage, cleaning, and restoration.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 609-624-0202. We're Here to Help!

Cape May County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Cape May County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 609-624-0202 
you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cape May County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Cape May County

SERVPRO of Cape May County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The Do's & Don’ts of Recovering From Fire Damage

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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’ve had unexpected effects that make it dangerous for use. Refrain from using any electrical appliances until they’ve been tested. 

SERVPRO® of Cape May County is the go-to source for fire damage recovery in the Ocean View, NJ, area. With more than 50 years of experience, the company takes pride in helping both residential and commercial customers recover from water damage, mold, and storms. To schedule service, call (609) 624-0202 today.

4 FAQs About Storm Damage Restoration

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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 home. As storm damage restoration professionals, SERVPRO® of Cape May County 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 the home. 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 homes, 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 residential 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 to homes, but with the help of the team at SERVPRO of Cape May County, you can handle the most challenging types of damage. If you need emergency restoration services, call 609-624-0202. 

Managing Mold in Your Home or Business

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary...

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO® of Cape May County handles water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

SERVPRO of Cape May County cares about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss conditions.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-624-0202

Prepare Your Business for a Hurricane or Storm

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane. 

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. 
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery. 
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. 
  • Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home. 
  • Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable. 
  • Ask your SERPVRO® of Cape May County
    professionals about setting your business up with a Disaster Recovery Profile. 

    At SERVPRO of Cape May County, we make it "Like it never even happened.®"

    Call 609-624-0202 when you need help recovering after storm damage. 

Cape May County Residents: We Specialize in Flood Cleanup and Restoration!

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Crawlspace/Basement

A crawlspace or basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. These areas are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your property could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causing surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more…

The flooding in this home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  Cape May County had received several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system. 

At this particular job, we were on site within an hour to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the area dry. We used advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that the structure of the home was dry. 

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get! 

We are Flood Damage Specialists, and we: 

  • Are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • Bill the Insurance Company Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About!
  • Highly-Trained Technicians in Water Restoration Techniques
  • Use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help! 609-624-0202. We make it, "Like it never even happened.®" 

Got Mold in Your Cape May County Building?

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Cape May County.

We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.

A Moldy Situation

Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. A number of situations may have created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.

Containing the Infestation

When SERVPRO® of Cape May County professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.

Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air

Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, our mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a “negative air” situation inside the infested area. A “negative air” situation is essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.

Removing Contaminated Materials

Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage businesses to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.  

Inhibiting Future Growth

SERVPRO® of Cape May County can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.

Call SERVPRO® of Cape May County for Mold ASAP

When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our mold remediation team at 609-624-0202 for a free estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again. 

* Information on mold health risks obtained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Does Your Cape May County Home Have a Mold Problem?

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-624-0202

Don't Be Left In The Dark Cape May County!

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms: Power Outage - Safety Tips

Whether a power outage in your home is caused by grid failure or severe weather, you can take the following steps to prepare and respond.

FAMILY SAFETY

Include power outages in your family disaster plan, identifying alternate means of transportation and routes to home, school or work. 

Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.

Keep your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.

During a power outage, resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information --that's what your battery-powered radio is for.

Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.  Check on elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives who may need assistance if weather is severe during the outage.

Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.

Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food as appropriate on hand. Also be sure to have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand. 

If it is cold outside, put on layers of warm clothing. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.

If it is hot outside, take steps to remain cool. Move to the lowest level of your home as cool air falls and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. If the heat is intense and the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or "cooling shelter" that may be opened in your community.

Remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets.

FOOD

Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than 4-6 hours.

Have one or more coolers for cold food storage in case power outage is prolonged. Perishable foods should not be stored for more than two hours above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage. 

GENERATORS

Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.

Connect only individual appliances to portable generators.

Don't plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home's electrical system - as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger. 

WHEN POWER RETURNS

When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.

When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.

This information provided to you by The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. For more information visit their website.

Cape May County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage in a Cape May County Home.

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 County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

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.

Cape May County: Get Help 24/7

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

YOU CAN BE READY.

BE READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS. PUT HELP IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND!

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. 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.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can 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 for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

For your complimentary consultation, contact us at 609-624-0202 or via  EMAIL.

Storms? We're Ready!

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Photo showing storm damage in a residential neighborhood We're Here To Help!

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Specializes in Storm and Flood Damage Restoration.

Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

We are locally owned and operated and are able to respond quickly with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Southern New Jersey, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

24 HOUR Emergency Services: Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call a Franchise Professional Today 609-624-0202!

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

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Cape May County is a proud supporter of The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

Can your family escape in just 2 minutes? You can keep your family safe with 2 simple steps.

  • Step 1. Practice your 2-minute drill. Make sure your family can safely escape a home fire in under 2 minutes. Use our worksheets to plan and prepare your 2-minute drill today.
  • Step 2. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Make sure you and your family are alerted as soon as a fire is detected. If the smoke alarm isn't working, change the batteries.

Our goal is to help reduce death and injury from home fires. For more information, visit The American Red Cross website. Follow this link for SERVPRO FIRE safety tips.

The American National Red Cross is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the American National Red Cross are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The American National Red Cross' tax identification number is 53-0196605.

Winter Safety for Cape May County Residents

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

We urge Cape May County residents to prepare for severe weather by following these winter safety tips.

How to Protect Your Home in Severe Weather

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 awhile
  • Food and water that doesn’t require refrigeration
  • Transistor radio with new batteries — and backup batteries

*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 become scarce before a well-publicized storm.

How to Winterize Your Home

High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off roof tiles and gutters, exposing your home 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
  • Seal air leaks around the home to keep it warmer (and save energy costs)
  • Insulate all exposed plumbing pipes to prevent burst pipes
  • Trim tree branches away from your roof to prevent roof damage

Clean Your Gutters.

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 home, 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 Your Pipes.

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, click HERE for important tips to help you. We're here 24/7, 365 days a year to make it, Like it never even happened.® 

Holiday Safety in Cape May County: Christmas Trees

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Make Holiday Safety in Cape May County a Priority this Season!

About Christmas Trees

  • Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $16.2 million in direct property damage annually. 
  • On average, one of every 34 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
  • Some type of electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in one-third (35%) of home Christmas tree fires.   
  • Twenty-three percent of Christmas tree fires were intentional. 
  • Two of every five (38%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

Source: NFPA's "Home Structure Fires Involving Christmas Trees" report.

SERVPRO of Cape May County Offers Military Discount

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

It would take a life time of THANK YOUs to express to U. S. Military Veterans our appreciation for their dedicated service to our country.

SERVPRO® of Cape May County can say thank you to veterans by offering a 10% discount on residential cleaning services!

Residential cleaning services include:

  • Dryer vent cleaning,
  • HVAC duct cleaning, and
  • Carpet cleaning & deodorization

Customer must show military identification at time of service to receive discount.

Did you know?

HVAC Duct Cleaning services can help restore your system to peak energy efficiency, eliminate orders, and improve air quality in your home.

Carpet Cleaning and Deodorizing with our state-of-the-art equipment removes entrapped soils from deep within your carpet, pile and backings.

Call us today at 609-624-0202, to schedule your residential cleaning service, and if you’re a veteran, we will apply a 10 percent discount at the time of service!

We appreciate your business! Thank you Veterans!

Red Cross Recognizes SERVPRO® in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Efforts

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO® for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1


As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO® pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO®Is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.


According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO of Cape May County and other SERVPRO® Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.


One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long. Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents – and cooking is something most people do every day.


Although SERVPRO of Cape May County is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and other franchises actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, our relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.


SERVPRO®’s commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services. Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Cape May County to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.


For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit our WEBSITE. For more information on SERVPRO of Cape May County, please call 609-624-0202 or EMAIL us. 


Information in this article was obtained from:


1 American Red Cross


2 NFPA


About SERVPRO®


SERVPRO of Cape May County has been locally owned and operated since 2003. We perform cleanup, restoration, and reconstruction services due to fire, mold, water, and biohazard damage for residential and commercial properties. We are a national leader in remediation services ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. We have established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® franchise holds the #4 ranking in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2016 Franchise 500 list and has been in the top 10 for seven consecutive years.

National Safety Month: What's in a First Aid Kit?

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

According to OSHA, a first aid program should be reviewed periodically.

Training supplies, equipment and policies should all be modified as necessary to ensure safety and health is maintained on the job, despite any changes in safety hazards, worker schedules or worksite locations.

Common first aid kits should contain the following items: 

  • Gauze pads (at least 4 by 4 inches) 
  • Two large gauze pads (at least 8 by 10 inches) 
  • A box of adhesive bandages (different sizes) 
  • One gauze roller bandage 
  • Two triangular bandages 
  • Wound cleaning agent 
  • Scissors 
  • At least one blanket 
  • Tweezers 
  • Adhesive tape 
  • Latex gloves 
  • Resuscitation equipment (such as resuscitation bag, or airway or pocket mask) 
  • Two elastic wraps 
  • A splint 
  • Directions for requesting emergency assistance 

Other items to consider:  Examination gloves, instant cold pack, burn cream, sting relief pads, alcohol pads, antiseptic towelettes, first aid guide, cotton tip applicators, filtration mask and eye wash.

Information obtained by Safety and Health Magazine.

One Donor Could Save Three Lives!

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

Community Blood Drive - Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Ocean View Fire Dept. in Ocean View, NJ.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Donate Blood. Save lives. 

We have joined with the American Red Cross to SAVE LIVES and while doing so also supporting the Ocean View Fire Department.

Mark your calendars to attend the SERVPRO of Cape May County American Red Cross Blood Drive on April 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean View Fire Dept.,  2545 Route 9, Ocean View, NJ.

This is a community event with a bounce house (for kids who come with their parents), raffle, refreshments, hoagie sale, bake sale and lots more fun for the community!

Click HERE to make your appointment (click red arrow, select appointment time, then sign-in or create a Red Cross account to complete your reservation.

If you have any questions, please contact our Blood Drive Coordinator, Pandora Mason via EMAIL or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

SNJ Today Millville Christmas Parade Winners!

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Christmas Candlyland float

The SNJ Today Millville Christmas Parade announced the winners of the parade’s first float competition. We are happy to announce that SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties took 3rd place!

The winners received a one-of-a-kind glass trophy created by the artists of Wheaton Arts in Millville and advertising credits with SNJ Today. The awards were presented to the winners by the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce at its holiday luncheon on December 9th at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Special thanks to Ken Camp for the countless hours constructing the foundation and working his magic with all of those strings of lights! Also, to Holly Leith and Angela Stephens for working night and day on the Christmas Candyland design and display. Last, but not least, kudos to Louise Richardson, Chamber Board Member, for her time leading the parade event committee on their first-ever float contest. Thanks to all of the employees who helped with this team effort!

Employee Spotlight: Minerva Alvarado - Helping to Feed the Hungry

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Minerva Alvarado, SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties accepting a turkey donation from Vineland resident, Lori Ferrarie. Photo by: Jodi Streahle

Minerva Alvarado, Sales & Marketing Assistant for SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties and a Salvation Army Vineland Corps. ("SAVC") volunteer, served as a community liaison helping to promote the 7th Annual Turkey Drive for Project Thanksgiving NJ.

Minerva also helped plan a promotional event held at the Cumberland Mall in Vineland, where shoppers could stop to take their photo with the SAVC Turkey Photo Board.

Last year, the turkey drive donations provided meals to over 1,000 families. Volunteering with Minerva on the day of the event was Sales & Marketing Representative, Monique Laperriere. 

Minerva continues to volunteer with SAVC and is currently assisting in the development of their online Red Kettle Program.

Employee Spotlight: Angela Stephens

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

Angela Stephens, Lead Admin.

We would like to thank an exemplary employee for her dedication to her job and her attention to the special details that make our customers very happy with our services. Thank you, Angela Stephens!

Angela became part of the SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties team in May of 2013. She was promoted to Lead Administrative Assistant in March of 2014. Angela is also a certified Water Restoration Technician with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). Prior to joining SERVPRO, Angela worked as a licensed Personal Lines Insurance Producer for the State of New Jersey and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, writing homeowner and automobile policies. She has dedicated over 15 years to specialized client services with a study in Sign Language Interpretation and Computer Systems Support – Microsoft Certified Solutions. Angela lives in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey with her boxer, Dozer. 

Angela, we are proud to have you on our team!

Thank YOU Cape May County Veterans!

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

It would probably take a lifetime of THANK YOUs to show past and present veterans our appreciation for their service.

SERVPRO® of Cape May County can say thank you by offering a 10% discount to veterans on all residential cleaning services* scheduled in the month of November.

SERVPRO of Cape May County is a local business committed to helping veterans in our communities. 

HVAC Duct Cleaning
Cleaning services can help restore your system to peak energy efficiency, eliminate odors, and improve air quality in your home.

Carpet Cleaning and Deodorizing
Our state-of-the-art equipment removes entrapped soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backings.

*Residential cleaning services include dryer vent cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and carpet cleaning and deodorization. Discount is for veterans only (please show military I.D. at time of service).

SERVPRO® of Cape May County hosts community based beach clean-up

8/10/2015 (Permalink)

Pictured are Cory Hanahan (SERVPRO of Cape May County) and Jimmy Nickerson (volunteer)

With Beach season quickly approaching the South Jersey area, SERVPRO® of Cape May County hosted their very first community based Spring Beach Clean-up. Early on Saturday, April 25th, Owner Patrick Jones along with Sales & Marketing Representatives Cory Hanahan & Christopher Siley, were greeted by 25 volunteers.

Once volunteers arrived and equipment was handed out, the 2-mile journey began.  One group of volunteers stayed up by the side of the road to clean up the entrances to the beach, and another took to the beach and dunes.  To make the event even more enjoyable, a scavenger hunt list was generated with a point system depending on what trash was found.  Whichever team tallied the highest points won.  The kids were pumped about the challenge, but the adults were the true kids for the day.  The winning team collected nearly 10 bags worth of trash and was awarded a prize bag filled with SERVPRO® swag.

After 3 hours and two miles of cleaning, everyone made it to Douglass Park and celebrated with a complimentary lunch.  Not only did everyone have a fun day in the sun, but we were able to clean up a trucks worth of garbage off the beach.  Throughout the entire day, we had local residents coming up to the volunteers and thanking them for all the work they had done.  That in and of itself was payment enough to drive everyone to work harder and look forward to the next clean-up.  SERVPRO® of Cape May County hopes to host their next clean-up soon; will we see you there?

Make your New Year's Resolution: BE READY!

1/5/2015 (Permalink)

Screenshot of the iPad version of the READY Plan App

A new year often signifies a fresh start.  Many people make resolutions to better themselves or some part of their life.  This year, make a resolution to be READY.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”  In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.  The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas.  The ERP also establishes your SERVPRO® of Cape May County Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years of experience and a system nearly 1,700 franchises strong.  The ERP is a no cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.  By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a few clicks away.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.  Don’t wait until disaster strikes.  Call SERVPRO® of Cape May County’s Franchise Professionals to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens.”

Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®

* A No Cost Assessment of your facility

*  A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency

*  A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster

*  Establishes your local SERVPRO® of Cape May County Franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider

*  Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin

*  Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information

To arrange an ERP for your business, call 609-624-0202 or email us.

Recipe for Cooking Safety from SERVPRO® of Cape May County

11/5/2014 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving 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 leats 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 the 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 it each month.  Replace batteries at least once a year

    Call SERVPRO® of Cape May County for all your non-emergency cleaning needs, including carpet cleaning and duct cleaning.  We can be reached at 609-624-0202.

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