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Summer Safety: Grilling

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Safety: Grilling Don't let a grilling mishap ruin your summer fun!

With Summertime in full swing, it’s time to head outside and fire up the grill. Did you know that July and August are peak months for grilling fires?

We at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City, Hamilton, Hammonton, wanted to remind everybody to be safe while enjoying the BBQ. Here are some safety tips to help avoid a grilling fire:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outside.
  • Check the gas tank hose for any leaks before using it each year.
  • Clean and check the grill regularly.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, move away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.
  • Remove flammable items from the grilling area.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area while cooking.
  • Do not leave the grill unattended while cooking.
  • If using a charcoal grill, let coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container with a lid.

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) 965-0885

Severe Storm Preparedness for the Atlantic City Area

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Storm Preparedness for the Atlantic City Area Be Prepared the Next TIme a Storm Rolls Through

Follow These Red-Cross Approved Guidelines to Stay Safe During Severe Thunderstorms

Be Prepared:
  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Review the Be Red Cross Ready - Thunderstorm Safety Checklist
 

During a Thunderstorm

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are NOT safe.
 

After a Thunderstorm

Take the Appropriate Steps to Stay Safe
  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
If Lightning Strikes

Follow these steps if someone has been struck by lightning:

  • Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Anyone who has sustained a lightning strike requires professional medical care.
  • Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person has stopped breathing, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. If the person is breathing normally, look for other possible injuries and care for them as necessary. People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.

 

Let Your Family Know You're Safe
If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe. You may also call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family. 

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Atlantic City 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) 965-0885

   

Severe Weather - Thunderstorms

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather - Thunderstorms Thunderstorm Season

What is a thunderstorm?

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

Why do I sometimes hear meteorologists use the word “convection” when talking about thunderstorms?

Usually created by surface heating, convection is upward atmospheric motion that transports whatever is in the air along with it—especially any moisture available in the air. A thunderstorm is the result of convection.

What is a severe thunderstorm?

A thunderstorm is classified as “severe” when it contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 50 knots (57.5 mph), or a tornado.How many thunderstorms are there?Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels.

When are thunderstorms most likely?

Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours.  Along the Gulf Coast and across the southeastern and western states, most thunderstorms occur during the afternoon. Thunderstorms frequently occur in the late afternoon and at night in the Plains states.

What kinds of damage can thunderstorms cause?

Many hazardous weather events are associated with thunderstorms. Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities. Hail up to the size of softballs damages cars and windows, and kills livestock caught out in the open. Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Tornadoes (with winds up to about 300 mph) can destroy all but the best-built man-made structures.

Where are severe thunderstorms most common?

The greatest severe weather threat in the U.S. extends from Texas to southern Minnesota. But, no place in the United States is completely safe from the threat of severe weather.

For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885.  

Hidden Damage in a Basement in Galloway New Jersey

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Damage in a Basement in Galloway New Jersey Mold Growth on the Back of this Drywall in a Basement in Galloway NJ

A slight leak in the foundation at this Galloway NJ home cause the bottom of the wall and the carpet to repeatedly get wet which caused a mold issue.

SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton was called and we were able to assist this family.  

The first step is to isolate the area and place the space under negative pressure by using a HEPA Filtered Air Scrubber.  This will prevent the spread of the mold spores into other areas of the home.  Next our staff will put on the proper Person Protective Equipment (PPE) and begin the remediation process.  When to removal of damaged materials is complete we then clean and seal the remaining structural items such as concrete floors, sill plates and stud walls.

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at 609-965-0885 and we will go through our standard mold inspection. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic City Area

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season in the Atlantic City Area Plan Now!

Though the national hurricane season normally runs from June 1 through November 30, the peak potential for hurricane and tropical storm activity in New Jersey runs from mid-August through the end of October.

The combination of warm ocean water, humid air, and consistent winds contribute to the formation of “tropical cyclones” – low-pressure systems of circulating winds, clouds and thunderstorms – over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

As they gain strength, these cyclones are classified as tropical depressions, tropical storms or hurricanes. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates hurricane strengths, from Category 1 to Category 5. Most of these storms remain over the ocean without affecting the U.S. coastline. When they approach land, tropical storms and hurricanes can be extremely deadly and destructive – even as far north as New Jersey, and even when they do not make landfall here.

The key threats from an approaching tropical storm or hurricane are WIND, STORM SURGE, FLOODING, and the potential for TORNADOES.

Hurricane WINDS can reach 74-95 mph for a Category 1 storm, to above 155 mph for a Category 5 storm.

The STORM SURGE is a dome of ocean water the hurricane pushes ahead of itself. At its peak, a storm surge can be 25 feet high and 50-100 miles wide. The storm surge can devastate coastal communities as it sweeps ashore.

The thunderstorms and torrential rains that accompany a hurricane can create dangerous and deadly floods or flash floods.

Seventy percent of hurricanes making landfall spawn at least one tornado.

Preparing properly for a hurricane begins long before a storm ever hits.

For additional information for Hurricane preparedness NJ Office of Emergency Management

Fire and Smoke Damage in Atlantic City, NJ

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Damage in Atlantic City, NJ Smoke Damage Migrates to Unaffected Areas

A significant fire to this Atlantic City, NJ home caused smoke to migrate to other areas of the home.  Air is always migrating throughout your home caused by the HVAC system, leaks in windows and doors, and breaches for plumbing and electrical.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hmmonton Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet

For assistance cleaning up Fire or Water Damage call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. 

Water Damage to Ceiling of Mays Landing Home

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to Ceiling of Mays Landing Home Thermal Imaging Helps Detect Water Damage in Mays Landing Home.

A condensation line in the attic of this Mays Landing home leaked into the living room ceiling below.  By using our Thermal Imaging Camera we are able to find all of the wet areas quickly and begin the clean-up and drying of the home.  The areas in blue are the wet areas.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

So don't hesitate - For help restoring your home or business after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885

How Much Damage Would a Flood do to your Home?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Much Damage Would a Flood do to your Home? What is the True Cost of a Food?

When we think flooding damage we often picture the images we see on the news showing devastation. You might be surprised to see how much damage  just a little bit of water in your home will cause. How much a flood would cost in your home?

Use this interactive cost of flooding tool to learn: 

Flood Cost Calculator

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Sudden Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Flooding

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sudden Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Flooding Strong storms can pop up with little notice.

In our area of the country we can sustain intense sudden rainfalls in all seasons.  These rains can cause flooding of basements, and other water intrusions from roof, siding and window leaks.  The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Franchise Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Franchise Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES

SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Franchise Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

For help restoring your property after a water loss in Atlantic City, Brigantine, Galloway, Mays Landing, Egg Harbor City or Hammonton call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Your Property - Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Property - Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton Pesky water damage can be a BIG problem.

Flooding and water damage events in both residential and commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

SERVPRO 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 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Atlantic CIty/Hamilton/Hammonton

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic County and all over South Jersey.  We understand the stress and worry that comes with water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885