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Don't Gamble with DIY Flood Damage Cleanup in Atlantic City, Call SERVPRO

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Gamble with DIY Flood Damage Cleanup in Atlantic City, Call SERVPRO Flood Damage in Atlantic City? SERVPRO Can "Float Your Boat!"

Cleanup and Rebuilding from Flood Damage in Atlantic City

This area of New Jersey is no stranger to water damage from severe weather. Both flash floods and water intrusions caused by storms and hurricanes are potential problems for a property owner.

When an Atlantic City homeowner required assistance with flood damage in her home, our emergency response team advised the caller and her family to avoid the area of the house with exposure to water, and we arrived in a short time later. Because flood water has the potential to contain anything from toxins to sewage, it is rated as a category three or black water when it intrudes on a property. SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear, and we commonly spray any standing water with disinfectants to ensure it is less harmful to engage with during the removal process.

Water migrates following both gravity and the path of least resistance, even after substantial amounts of water enter a home, often there appears to be less water than there actually is. That is why our SERVPRO technicians scope the site and look for areas of high moisture. Common spots are behind baseboards, wicked into sheetrock and in subflooring. We quickly extracted as much of it as possible using portable pumps, squeegees, and other equipment.
When our technicians determined water wicked into the sheetrock that showed signs of buckling, we used thermal imaging to ascertain how far up into the building materials, the elevated moisture levels showed. We then measured six inches above that and cut away the sheetrock, using a technique referred to as "flood cuts."  It lets airflow happen in the wall cavity during the drying phase of flood mitigation, lessening any further damage.

Unfortunately, porous home contents such as carpet and padding are nearly always a loss when exposed to black water and require removal from the property for sanitary purposes. Items that do not retain moisture are good candidates for disinfection and restoration.
After drying, we thoroughly disinfect all surfaces and get the area ready for rebuilding. Our crew chief or project manager gives both the homeowner and adjuster a list of the remediation efforts done on the home as well as a list of the necessary repairs and restorations needed to return the home to its preloss condition. We hold a general contractor's license and can handle damage from flooding from cleanup to rebuilding. We can save our customers time and money with this comprehensive service.

Flood damage feels overwhelming and must be handled quickly to prevent as much loss as possible. Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885, and we are available 24/7 to try to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Our Odor Removal Specialists Can Restore Your Home In Atlantic City To Pre-Damage Condition

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Odor Removal Specialists Can Restore Your Home In Atlantic City To Pre-Damage Condition For professional odor control, contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 today.

Removing Odors From Properties With Fire Damage In Atlantic City

A protein fire is caused by the burning of animal fats at high temperatures. These are among the most common house fires which generally start in the kitchen before spreading outward in billowing smoke. Protein fires are especially odorous, which is why homeowners opt for professional restoration after the flames are put out. We operate locally and train our technicians in the different methods of dealing with residues left behind from natural materials, synthetic materials, and animal fats.

A pre-test is a high priority for homeowners with fire damage in Atlantic City. By checking different surfaces as well as the type of soot residing on them, a SERVPRO technician can create a tailored restoration plan. In the case of protein fires, animal fats can be particularly tough to clean and require agitative cleaning methods in combination with harsh chemical agents. We may also need to check your ventilation ducts for residues.

Tackling the source of an odor is the most effective way of removing the odor itself. Household air-fresheners can be useful short-term in masking an odor, but failure to address the source of the odor results in the smell returning again and again. SERVPRO technicians can trace smoke damages from the source throughout the home, checking ventilation, ducts, crawlspaces, and other cavities, then thoroughly cleaning them.

Once a property has been thoroughly cleaned, you may notice the presence of odor continues. Besides, some cleaning agents themselves have powerful synthetic odors. SERVPRO can neutralize odors by using thermal foggers. This equipment vaporizes deodorant solvents and disperses them in the home. Inside the vapor, chemical pairing agents bond with odor particles causing them to drop to the floor where they can be easily cleaned away. Since the vapor behaves similarly to smoke, this method is proven to be exceptionally useful in removing odors from the home after a fire.

For professional odor control, contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 today.

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Do You Know What Problems You Are Likely To Face After Flood Damage?

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do You Know What Problems You Are Likely To Face After Flood Damage? Our technicians have state-of-the-art equipment to extract standing water and restore affected areas of the home.

Flood Damage in Atlantic City Homes 

Flooding is a severe problem that can disrupt your daily activities and leave costly damages that you must fix to restore the property to its preloss state. Knowing the issues you are likely to face, we can help you create a better response plan. Relying on professional restoration companies in Atlantic City helps because we have trained crews that have handled similar situations many times.

The problems you face after flood damage in Atlantic City depend on the intensity of the incident and the materials in your home. Wooden floors especially in kitchen or dining areas may offer you convenience in your daily activities but can be the source of long-term problems after a flooding incident hits your home. Wood naturally contains about 10% moisture, but a flooding incident can drive these levels higher as the water permeates the surface. This leads to the expansion of individual planks, which causes buckling at the joints. Our SERVPRO technicians strive to extract any standing water fast. We also start drying procedures immediately to prevent long-term problems.

Other areas of your house may be carpeted, and this has some implications too. Floodwaters contain significant levels of contaminants including biohazards and dangerous chemicals. Highly porous materials such as carpets and pad absorb and hold these contaminants. Cleaning may remove visible soils, but it is not possible to rid the carpet of all contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians remove carpet and pad to guarantee the safety of the occupants.

Sometimes problems may remain hidden long after the flooding incident is over. In case, you have tiles over wooden underpayments you might not realize there is a problem since the tiles form a seemingly sound barrier against water. However, some of the water might pass through joints to the subfloor where it can cause deterioration and warping. One sign that can alert you of the problem is increased squeaking. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced moisture detection tools such as FLIR thermal cameras to identify wetness in concealed areas preventing such problems in the future.

To address current and future problems after a flooding incident, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help. You can reach us at (609) 965-0885 any time.

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Our Skilled Professionals Can Eliminate The Effects Of Water Damage To Your Home In Atlantic City

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Skilled Professionals Can Eliminate The Effects Of Water Damage To Your Home In Atlantic City If you need our experience to help restore your home, call us today at (609) 965-0885 to find out exactly how.

Eliminating The Effects Of Water Damage To Atlantic City Homes

Despite being nearly encircled by an ocean Atlantic City residents usually, find themselves walking on a wet carpet soaked by a split water line rather than a hurricane.

For SERVPRO restoration teams, Atlantic City water damage involves standing water and soaked property in the home. That means our personnel needs to stop further water intrusion, remove water from the home, and eliminate, or at least reduce, the effects that water has on furniture.

To begin with, our technicians find the source of the leak and stop it. For a broken appliance, that means shutting off the water leading into the dishwasher, refrigerator, or even a water heater when the high level, shut-off valve fails. If there is a major plumbing problem, the team leader recommends the homeowner bring in a licensed plumber to make repairs.

Next, SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to draw outstanding water. The smaller devices are especially effective to remove water trapped in carpets and floors. Our teams can usually clear out a home in one or two days.

As specialists remove the water, others begin work on restoring furniture and other items. For items like dining room chairs, the excess water can affect the veneer, causing it to run or dissolve off the wood. To prevent that, team members remove items to another room, outside, or even to our facility.

If the veneer or other finish is only soft but has not begun to run or dissolve, we can return the chairs to their original condition by installing fans around the property and increasing airflow to dry them. In cases where there are only a couple of very small water spots present after drying, technicians can often eliminate them with a dry cloth and a restoration polish. For large or many spots of damage, the team leader recommends sending the item to a professional furniture restoration service.

As a locally owned business, SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton is here to support not simply our customers, but our friends and neighbors. If you need our experience to help restore your home, call us today at (609) 965-0885 to find out exactly how.

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Is Your Atlantic City Tub Raining Water Damage Inside the Bathroom?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is Your Atlantic City Tub Raining Water Damage Inside the Bathroom? Bathrooms contain a lot of plumbing. Inspect the plumbing regularly for signs of water damage.

Hidden Leaks Can Mean Severe Water Damage in Atlantic City

Life gets busy, and Atlantic City homeowners might overlook warning signs that plumbing or overflows allow water to overreach in one or more bathrooms. Something as simple as a shower curtain billowing as the spray hits it or an overly enthusiastic bathtime ritual with splash-happy toddlers can send water onto the floor of a bathroom daily. Behind the walls or under the vanity pipes can spring tiny leaks. All seems fine until the ceiling below stains or cracks. 

Even small amounts of moisture can cause water damage to your Atlantic City home over time. Inadequate caulking or frequent spills eventually permit water to reach structural components of your home. Slow leaks that puddle under a cabinet eventually break through, soaking the drywall or ceiling tiles underneath. Water also takes unexpected paths, with damage showing itself far from the site of the leak or spill. 

Our crews have seen many water damage scenarios and are experts at tracing the harm back to the source. Once SERVPRO arrives on the scene, an experienced manager assesses the visible damage and then uses sensitive moisture monitoring tools to find all building materials involved. Thermal imaging is useful to map out areas where water collects in building cavities. 

Bathrooms might seem immune to water damage because of the materials used to protect from moisture. SERVPRO often finds tile floors and walls that have cracked or eroded grout risk saturating the subfloor or backer board if specialized strategies are not used to remove residual water thoroughly. Seals along the joints of fixtures such as tubs, shower stalls, and toilets can fail, and the supply and waste pipes can allow condensation or tiny cracks to soak walls, floors, and ceilings. 

Once SERVPRO maps out the damage, our IICRC-trained crews devise ways to expose the wet areas and release any standing water for removal. High-efficiency air movers and heaters force moisture out of building materials and into the air as vapor allowing dehumidifiers to capture and contain the water for disposal. We ensure all wet materials return to normal moisture readings, ready for additional restoration efforts. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton has the trained technicians and powerful equipment to dry out the water damaged spaces in your home. Call us at (609) 965-0885 for an evaluation.

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Our Team Has The Training And Experience To Help You Recover From A Fire In Atlantic City

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Team Has The Training And Experience To Help You Recover From A Fire In Atlantic City We have the equipment to handle any fire damage. In this home we had to install a HEPA filtered air scrubber to removal airborne particles.

Why Professional Fire Damage Remediation is Necessary for Atlantic City Homes

When a fire breaks out in your Atlantic City home, the shock and worry can be overwhelming. Getting your family to a safe place is crucial and letting professionals extinguish the fire is the safest course. After the firefighters leave cleanup needs to proceed immediately. Even a small fire can spread residues throughout your dwelling, and the soot and smoke are hard to manage. We can help.

Recovering from fire damage to your Atlantic City home requires training and experience the average homeowner does not possess. Our crews of Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians master basic to advanced concepts during IICRC training, preparing them to respond quickly and appropriately to your fire scenario. We also invest in state of the art equipment, tools, and products that speed the recovery process.

Often the first step of fire remediation is water and chemical removal due to the firefighting efforts. Safety considerations like electrical shock and slip and fall hazards make this phase necessary. In addition, unaddressed water damage is as devastating as the harm done by the fire. SERVPRO employees hold multiple certifications from the IICRC. Water removal and structural drying are well within our expertise.

Next comes an evaluation by the SERVPRO crew chief of the type of soiling caused by the fire and the best methods to remove it. Soot consists of the remnants of incompletely combusted materials and varies depending on the fire’s fuel source. Ashy residues from paper and wood vacuum up and respond well to dry sponging. Plastics and fabrics leave a thicker, sticky coating that needs agitation and cleansers with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen.

Protein-based soot is nearly colorless but highly odorous. Food and grease fires deposit this hard to dislodge residue that might need solvents and abrasives for the best outcome. SERVPRO service vehicles stock a wide range of tools and products we match to the type of soiling we find after your household fire.

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton assist with the challenges of fire damage remediation in your home. Experienced project manager are available for consultations 24/7 by calling (609) 965-0885.

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Older Homes in Atlantic City, NJ Area Have Higher Risk of Fire

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Older Homes in Atlantic City, NJ Area Have Higher Risk of Fire Older Homes Are at Greater Risk of Having Fires

If your house is more than 40 years old, it can harbor some unseen fire risks. If you learn about them ahead of time, you can take action to prevent a fire from starting—and keep your home sweet home safe for many more years to come.

Outdated Wiring

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are about 46,000 fires involving home electrical systems each year, and the majority of those could be prevented with a routine inspection. The CPSC says that in many cases, homes that were built between 40 and 100 years ago hadn't been inspected since they were built.

Be alert to obvious warning signs of a failing electrical system:

  • flickering or dim lights
  • a shrinking of your television picture
  • frequent power outages
  • sparks
  • unusual sounds like sizzles or burning smells
  • smoke
  • any kind of electrical shock
  • damaged insulation
  • warm or hot outlets or switches
  • reliance on extension cords for everyday use

For Fire Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton @ 609-965-0885

If you can't remember the last time your electrical system was inspected, hire a certified electrician or electrical inspector to prevent a potential disaster. Even if you've had an inspection less than a decade ago, you should contact a professional immediately if you start to notice the warning signs of a bad electrical system. Hire only a Licensed Electrician to do electrical work.

Balloon Framing

In newer homes, each floor is individually constructed to ensure that fire stops between them, but in balloon-frame homes, there's nothing to stop a fire from spreading. Commonly used from the late 1800s through about 1940, balloon framing was a construction method in which a continuous wood stud wall stretched all the way from the foundation of a home to the attic. If your home has balloon framing, flames can spread from the floor to the roof in just seconds.

If you aren’t sure what kind of framing your house has, hire a skilled professional to inspect it. If your home was constructed with balloon framing, a major remodel—to open up the walls and ceilings and install solid blocking to act as fire stops—may be your only option. Alternatively, you may be able to install insulation in empty cavities that would slow or prevent the spread of fire.

For Fire Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton @ 609-965-0885

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Brigantine, NJ 609-965-0885

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Brigantine, NJ 609-965-0885 SERVPRO We're Here to Help®

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Brigantine New Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold 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."

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Frozen Pipe in Brigantine, NJ

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipe in Brigantine, NJ Drying a Crawlspace in Brigantine, NJ

At SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton our staff has decades of water damage remediation experience.  Sometimes we have to get creative in our approach to drying your home or business.  At this Brigantine New Jersey home a frozen pipe on the 2nd floor caused significant damage to the entire home.  among the ares that sustained water damage was the crawl space.  In order to dry this area we had to duct the our dehumidifier into the crawl space. 

There’s no convenient time for water or flood damage to your home or business but we will do everything we can to make it “Like it never even happened®.”

When experience matters Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at 609-965-0885

Do you Suspect Mold in Your Brigantine NJ Home?

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do you Suspect Mold in Your Brigantine NJ Home? Mold in a Crawlspace

Seashore homes frequently have mold issues.  Between the damp environment and the fact the home may go unoccupied for weeks at a time can lead to mold issues at coastal properties in New Jersey.  Attics, garages and especially crawlspaces can be most susceptible to mold issues. 

The Mold Remediation Process

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 remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today For a No-Cost No-Obligation Mold Inspection – 609-965-0885