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We Arrive As Quick As Possible To Begin Your Atlantic City Water Removal

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Wall Cavity Hazards After Atlantic City Water Damage

More than ever, construction of homes in Atlantic City features a minimalistic appearance where all of the plumbing, electrical wiring, and other utilities get tucked and hidden neatly in the walls. When water loss incidents occur within one of these wall cavities, technicians must work cautiously to prevent any exposure to additional hazards. With a need for controlled demolition when materials like drywall have become exposed to moisture and water losses for more than 24 hours, the standard practices for removing these damaged elements could present risks to our SERVPRO contractors.

Assessing any risks and hazards is a vital element of the initial job inspection when our crew chief meets with customers to estimate the costs of restoring water damage in Atlantic City homes. While emergency services are happening at this time, such as severing the supply of water to this damaged portion of plumbing and potentially extraction in the main floor areas of your residence, determining the potential for encountering other utilities or threats during demolition is vital to protecting our team and the occupants of the house.

Utilities are among the most pressing concerns of our professionals and contractors, as cutting into electrical wiring or even an unexpected natural gas line could have disastrous consequences. We do all demolition with caution and care, whether sawing through drywall or breaking down entire panels with the use of sledgehammers. Uncalculated demolition can lead to injuries or more significant damage to a customer’s home.

We also must assess the risks of encountering hazardous materials within the walls used as insulation in the past, such as asbestos. The protocols to handle these threats varies significantly from traditional insulation removal, so we cannot use air movers or other drying equipment against these exposed wall cavities until the threat of asbestos can or has already gotten ruled out entirely.

Cleaning and drying your home after a water loss incident is something that must happen as quickly as possible to limit the ultimate need for demolition and reconstruction. We have certified water removal restorers and licensed general contractors, General Contractor License #: HIC #13VH05086500, to help with both of these phases to get you back into your home as quickly as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team a call today at (609) 965-0885.

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Brigantine Shop Owners Trust SERVPRO for Rapid and Complete Mold Remediation

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smiling Counter Girl at an Ice Cream Shop Ice Cream Shops, Smiling Faces, and No Mold!! SERVPRO Keeps Your Business in Business with Cleanup and Remediation

What Should You Do About the Mold Damage in Your Brigantine Ice Cream Parlor?

Mold damage and food service do not go hand-in-hand. In fact, the presence of mold damage in your Brigantine ice cream parlor would be enough to cause problems with health inspectors. For this reason, if you suspect mold is growing in your shop, you must reach out for professional services as swiftly as possible.

Imagine a situation where you begin to continually catch a musty scent of mold damage in your Brigantine ice cream parlor. Following where the smell is most potent, you find that the bar is leaking water from the freezers, and a mold colony began to grow. Immediately reaching out for help is the best thing you can do for your store, as mold can cause health effects.

When you contact SERVPRO, we can come at any time of day or night. Should you want our mold remediation technicians to work during the night to keep the remediation discreet while also being open during business hours, that can be arranged. We make our services available 24/7, so we're here for you whenever you need us. Our technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC-certified), and we use advanced technological equipment designed to address the damages in your store.

We could approach the mold damage on your property swiftly once we arrived, starting with containing the colony. We could use plastic sheeting to create a quarantine zone, to ensure that activated mold spores cannot travel to any other place inside of your store while we remediate the damage.

We could use antifungal cleaning agents to scrub at the mold damage and disinfect the area. Furthermore, air scrubbers with HEPA filters could be set up to filter active airborne mold spores out of the air and contain them. Once the mold colony has been removed, we could then use an antimicrobial agent to help ensure that the mold damage doesn't regrow. We can finish by putting your bar back together and leaving your shop, "Like it never even happened."

If you need mold damage remediation, get help now. Get in communication with SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton by dialing (609) 965-0885. No matter the time, we are ready to help you.
 

Ultimate Solution to Atlantic City Water Damage Situations

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Might Use a Disinfectant Solution as Part of a Water Removal Job in Atlantic City

Homeowners in Atlantic City might experience water inside their house from a variety of sources. Rain or snow might pass through a small gap created by an ice dam. Plumbing that freezes can cause breaks in swollen sections that later let water to spray through. Flooding can also occur, even if only in areas nearest exterior doorways. 

The source of the water determines its category, which is why SERVPRO might choose to apply a disinfectant to surfaces when mitigating a house in Atlantic City with water removal techniques. One of our favorite disinfectants to use is Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution EasyDECON® DF200 because of its wide range of what it can eliminate even with a very low toxicity to humans. The EPA lists this disinfectant as Category IV, which is the lowest possible score for disinfectants.

Some water, like floodwater, contains millions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Treating the surfaces we need to handle eliminates a large percentage of the risk involved in mitigating and restoring homes with flooding. Other times, water passing through an opening in the roof or upper portion of the house passes through areas that contain droppings from vermin or infestations of mold

While our building services crew, under General Contractor License # HIC 13VH05086500, removes the tree, we start removing the water it let inside your property. This water quickly becomes contaminated and deposits microbes everywhere it reaches. 

When we use EasyDECON®, we advise the customer that its application is good for up to half a year, as long as it is not removed, and can prevent regrowth of any microbes in the treated areas. It also prevents odors merely by controlling the microbial population.

Before we finish and perform our final walk-through after a water removal job, we retreat the area again to rule out the possibility of any cross-contamination caused by our work. While the water removal equipment we use brings the moisture content of your home back into normal range, we want to be certain that we have treated everything so it meets or exceeds industry standards. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton is also near Brigantine and Galloway, so We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us at (609) 965-0885 when your home needs water removal services because of dampness or flooding. 

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We Help You Get Back In Business After A Fire

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Restoration of Commercial Fire Damage in an Atlantic City Shopping Center Bathroom

Illicit smoking in the bathroom does not happen only in high school bathrooms. Your Atlantic City shopping center's patrons might also do the same on occasion. Any of the disposable receptacles in individual stalls or the waste bins near sinks might serve as an impromptu ashtray, possibly starting a fire shortly after the person leaves. 

Situations like this inside the confined area inside a mall in or near Atlantic City cause more than commercial fire damage. The lack of combustible materials in a typical bathroom means such fires often remain short-lived, but the smoke can fill the area and also get pushed into the hallway. Much of this smoke comes from paper burning. Other items that end up in bathroom wastebaskets include plastic packaging, plastic bags, twist ties, other packaging fasteners, and other miscellaneous items.

This mixture of smoke types adheres easily to walls and ceilings, mirrors and stall partitions. SERVPRO technicians use highly effective to address all of these surfaces, making them clean and odor-free again. We use gentle but effective chemicals, like hydrogen peroxide, to remove soot and smoke residue from these surfaces. For smooth surfaces, we wipe the carbon deposits away with a specially manufactured sponge. These sponges do not require water or other liquids to perform quite well.

Different areas of the floor might end up scorched, as well. Whenever the fire damage affecting tile flooring happens to exclude any bubbling or warping, we merely clean the abrasive soot away. However, when tile needs repaired or replaced, our building services team, General Contractor License # HIC #13VH05086500, steps in to perform the necessary work. All of our crews work together, making the experience much faster and less stressful for everyone affected by the smoke and fire damage.

Many of your mall's patrons, as well as store employees, find smoke odors very bothersome. Shops near the affected bathroom might see a drop in sales because of patrons avoiding the area entirely. More sensitive employees might opt to use sick days, adding to the problems experienced by shops in that area of the mall. We also perform deodorization services that target the molecules responsible for causing noxious scents. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton uses teamwork and targeted methods to effectively rid your mall in or near Brigantine, Galloway, and Absecon of smoke residues, charring, and malodor related to fire damage. Our services are always available, day and night, year-round by calling (609) 965-0885.

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Technicians Apply Thermodynamics To Water Removal In Your Folsom Area Home

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO ways will keep you on top of your Folsom water damage.

Nature itself seeks equilibrium after a flood occurs in your Folsom home – this is the second law of thermodynamics. While that statement may sound complicated, all you need to do is understand a few basic rules to make removing water a less complicated task.

Anyone can put these laws into practice when applying them to water removal on your Folsom area property. Remember, the air in the environment holds less moisture than wet materials, making outside air a significant contributor to drying practices used by technicians performing your restoration. 

  • Wet goes to Dry.
  • Hot goes to Cold.
  • High Pressure goes to Low Pressure.

Think about these laws in terms of drying different contents or structural components in your home. If the air itself is dryer than the materials, as wet goes to dry, moisture moves naturally from wet contents into drier air. 

Technicians from SERVPRO calculate thirst by comparing the gross primary productivity (GPP) in the air to the Relative Humidity (RH) level to GPP average the air could hold if fully saturated (100% RH). The greater the difference, the higher the amount of thirst, the higher the rate at which evaporation may occur. Sounds technical? It is, but very necessary for successful drying of a room without causing “inside rain.” Dehumidifiers are a SERVPRO tech’s best friends.

Moisture Content: This is the percentage of moisture in materials compared to the weight of the material when completely dry (oven-dried). Here we find what percentage of the material contains moisture. 

Example – If a piece of wet wood has a 10% moisture content reading, 10 pounds of water should be present in 100 pounds of wood. 

The moisture meters used by SERVPRO technicians also include a relative scale. Because we dry more than just wood, we use a wood moisture equivalent to determine moisture content levels when dealing with different materials found in your home. 

Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC): Is the condition of a material, after stabilizing moisture content compared to the relative humidity or temperature of the surrounding air. 

Example - A professional carpenter uses EMC in their daily lives, allowing materials to sit within a structure, up to 2wks, before installation. It allows wood an opportunity to normalize, preventing shrinkage, or expansion after installation. 

SERVPRO technicians use these methods every day, performing a variety of water removal and drying services to ensure equilibrium in several materials found in your home after a flood. For example, with soaked hardwood flooring boards, a monitored and consistent drying rate is needed to prevent splitting or cracking. Sometimes, slower is better. 

Give our team at SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton a call for additional information or to schedule water removal in your property today. (609) 965-0885

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We Discuss The Pack-Out Process In Atlantic City

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Does Fire Pack-Outs Remove Everything from Atlantic City Homes?

Content management is a considerable aspect of successfully managing and restoring Atlantic City homes and businesses following a fire. Pack-out processes help to make this content restoration and storage more effective, but there are elements that you might not fully understand or know that can make it challenging to know what to expect. Better understanding our pack-out process can help you to be more at ease with the efforts we take to reduce your losses after a fire.

As detrimental as fire damage in Atlantic City homes can initially feel, there is nothing as deflating as the loss of personal belongings and keepsakes that have no set monetary values. These irreplaceable items are why content management is such a vital element to the fire recovery work that our SERVPRO team does, and we can earmark many at-risk possessions when we inspect your property upon our arrival. Here are a few things you can expect during the pack-out phase:

Not Everything Needs to Leave

Our professionals carefully pick and choose which items require focused cleaning, deodorization, and attention at our SERVPRO facility. Many of your belongings can often get moved to an unaffected area of the property until restoration completes, and they can get returned.

Where Do Your Items Go?

Most often, we transport your belongings to our SERVPRO warehouse, where we have cutting edge equipment like our ultrasonic tank for soot removal and our ozone chamber for multiple-item deodorization. We can also work with partners like dry cleaners and other professionals to provide our customers with the best result at the lowest prices.

What Happens During Fire Restoration?

Once your belongings have gotten cleaned, deodorized, and restored in our facility, we can safely store them on-site until the recovery efforts complete in your home. Our crew has a climate-controlled warehouse where we can safely protect your belongings as long as necessary.

Fire incidents can take their toll on the possessions that matter most to you, so our pack-out service and content management can help to prevent some of the most considerable losses homeowners can experience after a fire. Give our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.

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How SERVPRO Handles Atlantic City Storm, Water, Fire, and Mold Damage Emergencies

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

Back doors of SERVPRO van opened.  2 men removing equipment from vehicle No matter your restoration emergency, SERVPRO has the equipment and experience needed to remediate the damage.

Fire, Storm, Water, or Mold Damage in Atlantic City?  SERVPRO has you Covered

Between our management and even many of our loyal field technicians, we have more than 100 years of combined restoration experience to offer. Because we can offer a full-service approach to recovery and restoration, we can complete jobs more quickly than our customers might expect, while saving their money in the process. We have been serving the Greater Atlantic City area since 2004, which has allowed us to become a trusted staple of the community, offering reliable restoration services whenever disasters strike. In a city that often relies on good fortunes, luck is not always in everyone’s favor when it comes to loss incidents. 

Storm Damage Restoration

We have become a very trusted name in storm relief after the hundreds of homes and businesses that we helped after the destruction of Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. With the Jersey Shore and other coastal communities housed within our service area, we have an obligation to more than just Atlantic City structures when robust weather systems make landfall. Sandy passed through in 2012, and our team worked tirelessly on mitigation and emergency construction to prevent flooding and further exposure of structural elements. 

Part of our success in storm relief rests on the shoulders of our competent construction professionals. We have a team of licensed (General Contractor License #: HIC #13VH05086500) professionals that can address the many concerns that exist immediately following traumatic storm damages. Atlantic City homes and businesses are often susceptible to significant loss after a single breach in the structure’s exterior, such as a failing roof or broken window. Our professionals can help with emergency board up and tarping services.  

Flooding is a common scenario that accompanies storm damage in Atlantic City homes. Our SERVPRO team has all of the equipment and experience necessary to address flooding concerns as they occur, including high-capacity extraction equipment and trucks, as well as rapid drying solutions designed to be as minimally invasive as possible. 

Water Damage Restoration

Considering that nearly all of our technicians have accreditations through the Insitute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), it is safe to assume that a vast majority of the more than a century of experience with our SERVPRO team is in this niche. Water damage in Atlantic City homes might happen in multiple ways, but it is the same industry-leading equipment and trained professionals every time to make the situation better. 

We have a knack for structural drying, and that helps us to provide sufficient moisture removal in damaged structural elements and construction materials without requiring removal and replacement. Keeping materials installed in your Atlantic City residence helps us save time and money for you. We even utilize exclusive software of our brand known as DryBook that can help to keep all parties informed about the drying progress and estimated completion. 

As we are part of a large loss service team, we can improve the efficiency of even substantial losses with our deep availability of personnel, recovery equipment, and cleaning products available as needed. In Atlantic City alone, this same conglomeration of our resources has helped us to tackle massive structural losses spanning more than 500,000 square feet. 

Fire Damage Restoration

There is no single correct method of recovery and restoration for fire damaged Atlantic City homes and businesses. Our SERVPRO professionals perform a thorough assessment and inspection when we first arrive at the damaged address, which allows us to determine the best approach to restore the property. This inspection determines the tools necessary to complete these tasks, and what volume of our experienced staff must help in this process to achieve maximum efficiency. 

With so many layers of effects to address when a fire first gets extinguished, it can be refreshing for an experienced team like ours to take the reins. We know what your property needs and how to achieve that result. We can work quickly to begin efforts like debris removal and fire cleanup, which can work to protect many of the installed elements and construction materials throughout your Atlantic City residence. During mitigation, we also have multiple approaches for damaging situations like soot and smoke residue that can adhere to surfaces and contents. 

Content management is one of the strong suits of our entire team, and we work immediately to protect any exposed materials and belongings from detrimental effects. We can work to recover some of your possessions on-site with our premier cleaning products and equipment. Still, many of these same items must get relocated to our nearby facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and storage.

Mold Remediation

While our SERVPRO team might specialize in content management for fire losses, we also have that same experienced team of cleaning technicians available for the restoration and cleaning of mold-damaged belongings in your Atlantic City property. We know the damage that mold can do to organic materials, documents, and other belongings throughout your home. Our professionals can remove these items from the hazardous zone of your household and store them safely at our climate-controlled facility until remediation completes. 

Mold begins developing within 48 hours of a water loss incident, and you need professional strategies and experience to protect your Atlantic City home. Often homeowners do not notice the growth of this organism, which can allow it to spread and thrive out of sight until the signs of its presence are undeniable. If you suspect mold growth, our team can offer a full inspection complete with environmental testing if necessary. 

Much like the other areas of our restoration services, our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians get backed by the full-service team of general contractors. These competent professionals can help with controlled demolition, full-scale build back, and tasks like document drying and plumbing repair. With the combined efforts of our restoration professionals and our reconstruction team, we have a confident approach to make Atlantic City mold damage “Like it never even happened.” 

As challenging as choosing a restoration team might seem, you can always count on the experience and continued growth of our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team. As a local reputable restoration company, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (609) 965-0885.

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We Discuss Our InjectiDry System For Your Storm Damaged Atlantic City Home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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The InjectiDry System Helps Dampness in Atlantic City Homes

Structural cavities can sometimes absorb the most substantial amount of damage after flooding and massive water loss scenarios in Atlantic City homes. As much as property owners strive to provide their residences with the best possible drying and extraction efforts available, it becomes clear that professional restoration is often advisable. Our technicians have access to some of the leading equipment in the industry, including our InjectiDry System.

Water and flood damage in Atlantic City homes do not go away on their own, and the only suitable solution is to extract standing water and to dry out affected areas as efficiently as possible. Because of how widespread the migration of flooding can become, our professionals must utilize infrared imagery and other detection tools to identify the presence of moisture and dampness within structural cavities. We seek to avoid unnecessary tear out whenever possible, especially in Category 1 (Clean) or Category 2 (Gray) loss incidents.

Cavities can often benefit from the application of positive pressure systems, and at the forefront of this effort is our InjectiDry unit. We drill multiple holes behind removed baseboards at the bottom of walls to insert hoses into the cavities. This System forces air through these hoses to force moisture into the environment and out of the nearby materials. Once this process completes, we can seal up the holes made in the drywall and reapply the baseboard unless the sheetrock has suffered too much exposure and become structurally unsound.

If our technicians already must remove portions of drywall, we can fixate on our traditional drying approach with the combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. Once structural elements become exposed, our SERVPRO team can spray these areas with disinfectants and antimicrobials to reduce secondary effects and the spread of potential contaminants throughout the property.

As a premier restoration company serving a large portion of New Jersey, we understand the importance of effective and efficient equipment. When we must dry out wall cavities and ceiling spaces, we trust in our InjectiDry System to get it done. Whenever disaster strikes your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help by calling (609) 965-0885.

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Structural Areas That Present Cleaning Difficulties After A Fire In Brigantine

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Structural Areas that Present Cleaning Difficulties after Fire Damage Affects a Brigantine Home

Cleaning up fire damage sites is a standard part of restoration efforts. Although such cleaning is generally challenging, some parts of the affected structure might prove tougher to clean than the rest. Knowing such parts in advance can help you make the necessary preparations. However, if a professional restorer such as SERVPRO is involved, every step of the cleaning process is handled correctly.

Lighting Fixtures
Some parts, such as ceilings bear the brunt of fire damage in affected Brigantine homes because smoke moves upwards. The ceiling, therefore, requires serious cleaning efforts to remove soot and other residues. Ceiling cleanup also involves cleaning lighting fixtures, which can present some challenges, including the risk of electric shock or the sanitizing agent ruining the finish of the fixture. Our SERVPRO technicians confirm that power is off and pre-test the cleaning solution before starting the process. For fixtures such as chandeliers, which include decorative trim, we use low-pressure steam cleaning or submerge the trim in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Concealed Areas
Flames from the fire might not reach every corner of your property. Smoke, on the other hand, spreads further through convectional currents leaving abundant deposits inside cabinets, attics and other concealed areas. In many cases, the interior parts of such areas are made of unfinished wood, which is difficult to clean. Access might also be limited in such areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use Dry Cleaning Sponge for residue removal. We also use denatured alcohol to deal with the remnants preventing the setting of residues into pores.

Windows
Cleaning the windows might seem easy, considering it is something done during regular house cleanups. However, after fire damage, the cleaning involves the frame and trims as well, and smoke residues tend to filter into every nook and cranny. The glass too can present problems, especially streaking. Our SERVPRO technicians spray specialized sanitizers containing ammonia on the glass and then use a squeegee to remove smoke residues. Once the ammonia evaporates, the remaining solution dries to a neutral pH, which eliminates streaking.

What may seem like a simple cleaning task can be difficult after fire incidents. Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help manage the process. You can reach us at (609) 965-0885 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss The Type Of Emergency Services We Provide Against Commercial Fire Damage In Atlantic City

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

 Fire Burning Inside The Office “Like it never even happened.”

What Type Of Emergency Services Does SERVPRO Provide Against Commercial Fire Damage In Atlantic City?

No matter if you own a busy coffee shop, serene day spa, real estate office, or a multi-family complex, commercial fire damage needs fast cleanup, and your property needs protection from loss. One of the services a restoration company should provide is the protection of the structure during fire loss cleanup and reconstruction.

SERVPRO provides emergency services for Atlantic City businesses with commercial fire damage. The technicians work to prevent additional loss to the structure from smoke damage and ensure the work site is safe for individuals who enter the property.

Inspection and Securing of the Property
Before beginning cleanup of the fire loss in the property, an inspection to determine any potential safety issues caused by the fire damage to the structure. Unfortunately, after a fire, opportunistic individuals may attempt to remove items from the building. For this reason, the technicians erect security fences and secure the property to prevent any intrusions.

Loss of Electricity is Not an Issue
Another crucial element is access to electricity. SERVPRO technicians can bring their own generators to power their equipment, or they arrange for temporary electric service, so there are no delays in cleanup and restoration.

Coordinate Pack Out
This is especially crucial if only a portion of the property received fire damage. Moving items that have no fire damage out of the area to a safe location protects them from smoke residues and soot. Before packing, technicians inspect for mold and pests to ensure there are no issues such as cockroaches or active mold colonies that could travel with the items.

Arrange for Reconstruction After Mitigation
Using a single restoration services firm for both cleaning, restoration, and reconstruction needed on a fire damaged structure makes good sense. The people who do the cleaning know where the issues are that require repairing. SERVPRO has a general contractor license and offers that service to take some of the stress off of the property owner.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 is ready to help local property owners with commercial fire damage. We know you need a fast and complete turnaround and with our equipment and specialized training, our technicians make it “Like it never even happened.”

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