Recent Cleaning Posts

Why Clean Air Ducts?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Why Clean Air Ducts? Because they get dirty!

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all properties with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • Pets
  • Occupants with allergies or asthma
  • Cigarette or cigar smoke
  • Water contamination or damage to the HVAC system
  • Renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly, may be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

Top Benefits of HVAC Cleaning

A good rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Below are some other reasons consumers choose to have their air ducts cleaned.

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners and businesses have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home or business. The system takes air in and breathes air out.

According to the experts at The National Air Duct Association ("NADCA"), through normal occupation inside a home or office, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, dirty ducts may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause health issues for people with respiratory conditions or allergies.

Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties proudly serves Ocean City, Cape May, Wildwood and surrounding communities in Cape May County, and Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland and surrounding communities in Cumberland County. For more information on Air Ducts and HVAC cleaning, contact a Franchise Professional at 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

Information in this blog obtained by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Clean Your Carpets in July. Here's Why!

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

July is National Carpet Cleaning Month. We Can Save Your Carpets and Save You Money!

This is the right time of year to take a step back and consider the health of your carpets. Are visible spots and stains making a reappearance? Are summer allergies kicking in? Has it been forever since your last professional cleaning?

If yes, it may be time to give your carpets the deep clean they need (and deserve!) with a SERVPRO professional cleaning. You'll help maintain a healthy indoor environment and eliminate toxins and germs below the surface - helping to reduce those pesky summer allergies and ensure the cleanliness of the spaces we all work and live in.

To kick off National Carpet Cleaning Month, we're offering a 10% discount* on all residential and commercial carpet cleaning services scheduled in July, 2020!

In addition, we're sharing a checklist with you to ensure your carpets stay fresh, fluffy, and clean. 

Top 4 Indicators - When It's Time 2 Clean Your Carpets:

1. Your carpets show visible spots and stains:

We get it, carpets are bound to experience accidental spots and stains over time, so this one might feel like a no-brainer. However, most homeowners consider at-home remedies to be the final solution to their carpet cleaning needs; and business owners think their regular janitorial service gets a deep clean for their carpets. Yet, those stains have the potential to reach below the surface and into your carpet's pad and backing - creating mold and mildew over time. With a professional cleaning, you help reduce bacteria and debris that regular cleaning remedies simply can't reach.

2. Your home or business houses a furry friend:

Furry friends are a great addition to any environment. But as we all know, accidents happen. And these accidents can leave behind visible stains and lingering odors. Not to mention damaging effects that, if left untreated, can result in permanent discoloration or removal of the carpeting altogether. If you have pets, then carpet cleaning is essential towards removing harmful bacteria and toxins from accidental bathroom trips, along with built-up dander and shed fur.

3. You or someone else in your home or office suffers from dust-related allergies:

The allergies of summer means pollen and dust are more susceptible to pile up on your carpets, spreading dust and allergens around your home or office. Not to mention pet dander and dust mites… eww! Deep cleaning your carpets ensures they are clean and you breathe fresher air all summer long.

4. It's been longer than six months since your last cleaning:

SERVPRO recommends that you have your carpets cleaned every 6 months. This dramatically reduces your chances of coming in contact with an array of germs, toxins, and bacteria above (and below) the surface of your carpets. Just like any other area of your home, your carpets can benefit from a regular cleaning here and there. This not only helps maintain a "like new" quality, but increases the longevity of your carpet's health.

The SERVPRO cleaning process is simple, yet effective. We thoroughly remove a wide range of germs and bacteria, along with noticeable spots and stains - leaving your carpets deep cleaned and free from harsh soaps, chemicals, and detergents.

If any of these indicators apply to you, give our Franchise Professionals a call at 609-624-0202 or contact us via EMAILWe'll make make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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

*10% discount only for self-pay commercial or residential carpet cleaning services scheduled in the month of July, 2020. This offer cannot be used for carpet cleaning relating to a loss filed through your insurance company or an emergency service. Minimum charge of $250. Does not include content manipulation.

Proactive Cleaning & Disinfecting

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Need Proactive Cleaning and Disinfecting for Your Business in Vineland, Millville, Ocean City, Cape May, or The Wildwoods?

We have all become aware that no matter where we live, every community must practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and proactive cleaning in our workplaces.

At SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, our "every day" is handling complex cleaning situations, including those where viruses and other pathogens are present.

We only work with hospital-grade, EPA-approved cleaning solutions.  Our Certified Master Cleaning Technicians perform jobs every day where they may be confronted with bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens. We know how to do this while keeping you and us safe.

You may wonder how our application techniques or products are different from what is available to the public.

  • Commercial cleaning techniques are based upon years of scientific research to determine best practices. Concentrations of ingredients, the application process, temperature, and dwell times are studied for each situation. SERVPRO certified technicians know the formulas.
  • Industrial-grade equipment provides a reliable distribution of cleaning agents
  • Specific education establishes service standards and guidelines from the CDC, EPA, and OSHA/safety.

Invest in peace of mind. Call SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties for your free consultation and estimate service: 609-624-0202 or EMAIL.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the COVID-19 is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the pandemic continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professional for individual medical advice.

Summer Ready?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Allergies? Protect your Indoor Air Quality.

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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!


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!

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!

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.

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!


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!

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: 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

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.