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Will you be ready in the event of an emergency?

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster? This is largely due to the fact that they did not have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Here at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including: an app for your phone, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and identifying the line of command for authorizing work to begin, all of which will help save time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 609-965-0885.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.”

Flood Facts

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

The summer months bring tropical storms and hurricanes, which also brings a greater risk for flood damage and water losses. Here are some facts about floods to help raise awareness and hopefully help you prevent, or at least limit, any damage a flood might cause.

A flood is a high flow of water for a prolonged period of time, often caused by heavy rain from a thunderstorm, tropical storm, hurricane, or derecho.

Flash floods are quick rising floods caused by heavy rains over a short period of time. These can be very dangerous, as they often have enough power to sweep away trees and vehicles, causing immense damage. Pay attention to flash flood warnings and have an emergency plan in place.

Coastal flooding is a big issue this time of year in our area. Coastal flooding is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.

SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton specializes in restoring any water/flood related losses. Give us a call at 609-965-0885 following your water loss for a free inspection and estimate by our professionally trained staff.

Hidden Damages Associated with Fire Losses.

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hidden Damages Associated with Fire Losses. Fire damage in the family room caused additional smoke damage in the crawlspace.

Hidden damages associated with fire losses.

Along with the obvious damage cause by the flames of a fire loss, there are often hidden damages that SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton are professionally trained to handle. Those damages can include, but are not limited to, water damage from the firefighting efforts, structural damage from the heat, and an odor caused by the smoke.  Your Heating and Air conditioning System (HVAC) can distribute smoke and odor to areas of your home or business that may appear to be unaffected by the fire.

SERVPRO® offers a 7 step process to restore your home or business to the way it was before the loss. To find out more, visit http://www.SERVPROatlanticcityhamiltonhammonton.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration or call us at 609-965-0885.

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

Summer has finally arrived, which means it’s time to get family and friends together for barbecues in the backyard. With June, July and August being peak months for grilling fires, we at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton wanted to remind everybody to be safe while lighting up the grill. 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 time.
  • Clean and check the grill regularly.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, move away from the grill immediately and call your local fire department.
  • Remove any 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 in a metal container with a lid.

SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton: 609-965-0885.
“Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Season

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is here!

With Tropical Storm Cindy making landfall this week, we at SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton want to remind everyone about the dangers of hurricanes in our area as well as give you some tips on how to limit the damage. This hurricane season is forecasted as being “busier than usual”, so make sure you, your home, and your loved ones are prepared.

The first step in hurricane preparedness is to know the evacuation routes in your area. Knowing evacuation routes ensure that you and your family are able to evacuate quickly and safely in the event of a mandatory evacuation.

If you are unable to evacuate, make sure that you have plenty of water, batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, and non-perishable food items handy. If power is lost during the storm, there’s no telling how long it could be out for. Be sure to wait out the storm in a secure room, away from windows.

After the storm has passed, report any downed power lines but DO NOT approach them.

Be prepared and stay safe out there everybody!

Understanding “Derechos”

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

As many of us remember from June of 2012, Derechos can cause significant damage and appear almost out of nowhere. Derechos are most common in late spring and summer, so we at SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of derechos as well as some give you some tips on keeping safe in the event of a Derecho.

A derecho is a large cluster of thunderstorms that can produce winds of 50-100+ MPH. They have been compared the impact of a derecho to the strength of a land-falling hurricane, while affecting a larger area than a tornado.

To protect your home and your loved ones, be sure to check the weather forecast first. Any severe thunderstorm warnings should be taken seriously, as they could develop into a derecho. Avoid driving or boating during a severe thunderstorm warning. Almost half of derecho-related fatalities have occurred in either cars or boats.

For any storm related damage, call SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at: 609-965-0885.

Summer is Mold’s Favorite Season!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

With summer arriving (finally!), we at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton are here to remind everybody about the dangers of mold, as well as how to prevent mold growth. Summer temperatures and humidity levels are ideal conditions for mold to grow, so be on alert!

Mold grows well in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees. The high temperatures, in combination with humid air, create the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

To prevent mold growth, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends keeping the humidity level in your home to below 50%. A dehumidifier or an air conditioner is an effective way to keep humidity levels under control.

If you believe you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO ® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at 609-965-0885. With free inspections and estimates, as well as our state-of-the-art mold remediation services and professional staff, we’re the right call to make to ensure your mold issue is resolved “Like it never even happened.”

Forrest Fire Tips

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

With the worst forest fire in Portugal’s history happening recently, it is unfortunately that time of year again in our area where forest fires are a threat. Here are some tips to stay safe during a forest fire and to prevent them from even starting.

Prevention:

  • Be sure to obey local laws when having a campfire or any open fire.
  • Keep flammable objects away from any open fires.
  • Make sure smoking materials are extinguished before disposing them.
  • Avoid burning fires in windy conditions.
  • Keep shovels, water, and fire retardant handy while burning a fire to keep it under control.

In the event of a forest fire:

  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Be sure to lock your home.
  • Avoid evacuating through routes that run near the fire.
  • Monitor changes in wind speed/direction.
  • Alert someone that you have left and where you are going so that first responders know you are no longer in the residence.

SERVPRO® Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton: 609-965-0885

Experience the Best of Atlantic City this Summer

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

To celebrate the official start to summer, SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton would like to tell you about some of the exciting events coming down to the shore this year!

For the car enthusiasts, the Car Cruise comes to Historic Smithville 6/23 from 5-8 PM. Stop by to check out some classic cars and even bring your own!

As always, AC is your home for fantastic Fourth of July fireworks with two shows this year! The first begins at 9 in the marina district at the Borgata. The second show begins at 10 over the boardwalk at Tropicana!

One of the highlights of every summer the Atlantic City Air Show  returns Wednesday August 23rd.  See link for additional details

http://airshow.acchamber.com/

For the fitness lovers out there, the Insane Inflatable 5K comes to Bader Field on 7/8

Pink will be performing her east coast exclusive concert on the Atlantic City beach on 7/12. It is one of only a handful in North America, so don’t miss out!

Brantley Gilbert will follow Pink on the beach with a concert of his own the very next day, 7/13. Brantley Gilbert is one of only four country acts to have back-to-back platinum albums!

If you’re looking for laughs, a few great comedians will be in town this summer, including Jay Leno (7/2 @ Borgata), Jim Gaffigan (7/15 @ Borgata), Ron White (7/22 @ Tropicana), Jeff Dunham (7/22 @ Borgata), and Jerry Seinfeld (8/25 @ Borgata).

One of the highlights of every summer the Atlantic City Air Show  returns Wednesday August 23rd.  See link for additional details

http://airshow.acchamber.com/

So get out and enjoy summer while it lasts!

Do’s and Don’ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do’s and Don’ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage Summer storms can produce significant lightening.

Do’s and Don’ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage

Do:

  • Ensure local authorities have given the “all clear” for your area.
  • Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with wet-dry vacuums, mops, and towels.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.
  • Call SERVPRO Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at (609)965-0885.

Don’t:

  • Use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Use television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.

We at SERVPRO® Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton are here to ensure that your home and personal belongings are restored to their original condition after storm damage strikes. Call us at (609)965-0885 for a free estimate, and then take advantage of our professional restoration services performed by our exceptional staff. Let us restore your home “Like it never even happened!”