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Help! How Do I Remove Saltwater Flood Damage from My Brigantine Basement?

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Certified SERVPRO Technicians Remove Flood Damage and Sanitize Your Brigantine Home 

While flood damage is stressful enough in a freshwater situation, saltwater has unique properties that can make cleanup more challenging than a typical flood situation. Because of the risk that floodwater exposure can pose to electrical components and other essential aspects of your home's structure, we recommend having a professional examine and remove the damage.  

If salt water flood damage has affected your Brigantine home, SERVPRO professionals are ready to mitigate disaster 24/7. Because saltwater poses unique risks that freshwater does not, it is crucial to choose an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification team that observes established standards for disaster cleanup.  

Saltwater Flood Damage Brings More Than Just Water Damage 

Saltwater flooding has many features in common with freshwater floods, as well as several characteristics that separate it from its freshwater counterpart. 

  • Mitigating saltwater damage is crucial because the high salt content can affect soil aggregates and structure, which can erode the soil underneath your home and affect its overall quality.
  • Salt sticks to building materials and can corrode various surfaces, including those inside walls and electrical wiring. 
  • After prolonged exposure to saltwater, wood can undergo a destructive process called delignification, in which the lignin inside the wood is pulled out by the accumulation of salt crystals. 
  • Mold is still a concern in saltwater floods and can exist in water-damaged spaces regardless of salinity.  

SERVPRO Removes Saltwater Contaminants Efficiently

Because of the high salinity of saltwater, it is crucial to flush out affected areas with freshwater. The flushing includes structural and electrical components that may have been affected by the flood. After extracting any remaining standing water, SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered biocides and containment measures to prevent microbial spread during structural drying with air movers and dehumidifiers. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton can leave your residence looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (609) 965-0885 to start the mitigation process in as little as four hours. 

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Become Familiar With Storm Damage Remediation in Brigantine

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room Residual flooding and damage after a storm? Contact Team SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation efforts. Call 24/7.

Flood Damage in Brigantine 

With our entire eastern border (and almost everywhere else) being the Atlantic Ocean, residents of and visitors to Brigantine get to enjoy some of the most beautiful coasts in this part of the country. Summer sunbathing and Fall bonfires are just two of the many activities enjoyed by thousands of people each year. 

When it is storm season though, flood damage to Brigantine homes can push people out of their homes and onto the beach for more than just an afternoon or evening. At SERVPRO, we understand the need to move quickly to get families back inside. Our restoration teams work as fast as possible, and also make certain that the home is safe and healthy to live in again. 

Since flood water contains soil and other contaminants, our first step is to spray every possible affected surface, including standing water with an anti-bacterial agent. It eliminates the immediate health threat and helps reduce the risk of mold growth. 

Once they complete spraying, specialists don the appropriate protective gear and start removing any standing water. Quick removal prevents the structure from absorbing more water and halts further damage. With an extensive inventory of commercial-grade pumps, restoration teams can draw out the water in the largest homes in only a few days. For smaller, two-bedroom homes, we can often finish the task in one day.

Next, SERVPRO team members remove and dispose of all carpets and pads. Since we cannot guarantee the safety of reusing the carpets, this is the healthiest option for owners and residents. After removal, they clean the floor underneath thoroughly with another anti-bacterial agent and then carefully dry the surface using a combination of air movers to direct warm air across the surface on one side and fans to draw out damp, cold air at the opposite side and direct it outside the home. 

These are just the first steps SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton takes to serve not just our local community, but this entire region of the state. If you have a home here, or in Absecon, Galloway, or Smithville that needs quick, professional support after a flood, call our offices today at (609) 965-0885. We are here for you. 

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SERVPRO Is Ready to Remove Water from Brigantine Properties--Just Call Us!

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

soapy water overflowing from a tub Brigantine Bathtub Overflow? SERVPRO Makes in "Like it never even happened."

Water Loss in Your Brigantine Home? Now What?

A blocked bath drain pipe or some damaged pipework is all it takes, then the next time the tub is filling, the pipe splits, and your bathwater empties onto the floor and everywhere downhill from that.  The water in Brigantine spreads throughout the house, and the work begins. The spillage never seems to remain in a puddle, easy to mop-up.

This nightmare scenario is something we would all hope to avoid, but when it does happen, you can either wade through the mess yourself, literally or call in professional help. This sort of cleanup and restoration in Brigantine is handled by our SERVPRO team of skilled technicians who can manage the process from start to finish.

A SERVPRO crew chief or project manager are experts in time management; they can ensure that the right number of workers are available at every stage to deal with the various tasks of the clean-up, thus ensuring that the process is quick and as cost-effective as possible.

Our teams are trained to document everything as they work, taking photographs and moisture readings to establish baselines to ensure that when we leave the job, your property is dry to normal standards. Moisture meters, senors, and infrared camera imagery are some of the tools of our trade; there is no guesswork as we strive to meet and beat your expectations.

We can utilize our CCIS Content Claims Inventory System to list all damaged water items as salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. This facilitates your insurance claim. We are always willing to interface with our customers and their insurance adjusters to maintain control of the budget during the entire service.

Our staff has the training, the experience and the equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

So when the unthinkable happens, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton /Hammonton at (609) 300-3608. Our 24-hour hotline can set up a time, and we can be onsite usually within four-hours.

Why Professionals are Necessary to Clean Sewage Backups on Atlantic City

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians load SERVPRO van with restoration equipment Our technicians are always on call to restore your home from water and fire damage, to biohazard cleanup.

Roots Allow Sewage Backup into Your Atlantic City Home 

Nearly all of the homes here in Atlantic City run into a labyrinth of sanitary sewer pipes underground to the hub of the wastewater facility. Understanding the issues that you can have over the years with this service can prepare you for inevitable problems that might exist. Depending on the age of your house, you might have clay pipes that carry your waste to the tap in the main sewer line. This material is highly sensitive to the force of expanding roots in your yard.   

In many situations, the minor breaking of your sewer line itself is not likely to cause sewage backup or a need for biohazard cleanup in your Atlantic City home. Roots that broke the terra cotta material for your service line can form balls in this drain that block solids from passing. Over even a brief period, these solids can dam up your service line until it overflows into your home after enough uses. The backup of sewage in your home is a significant hazard, as it immediately contaminates every surface in the affected room.  

Addressing these concerns falls into the competent hands of our biohazard cleaning specialists. Our technicians receive training through both the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The training enables our technicians to approach the controlled demolition, extraction, drying, and content management of this area in a way that contains the threat from others in the house.   

We utilize potent disinfectants and biocides to clean structural framework. This cleaning gives our in-house SERVPRO contractors a safe foundation to rebuild from moving forward. Also, these same contractors can help to repair the damaged portion of terra cotta (croc) pipe from the root threat or replace the service with more durable PVC upon your request.  

Bio-threats like sewage can be a substantial concern for your home that demands immediate attention. SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team members can arrive quickly with experienced personnel to help. Contact usl today at (609) 965-0885. 

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We Are The Best Choice For Your Atlantic City Fire Damage Restoration

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our Green Box Trucks sitting in the parking lot We expanded our fleet so that we can respond more quickly to your fire damage restoration emergency. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

Identifying Non-washable and Washable Materials during Fire Damage Restoration in Atlantic City

Fire Damage Atlantic City

While property fires are frequent, the extent of damage rarely requires structural repair or remodeling. However, the structure of your home may suffer soiling, staining, or release odors and soots into the indoor environment. We classify structural harm as any item in the home which is fixed. These may include the upper walls and ceilings of your home, which typically sustain the most soot or soiling. Our team focuses on the inspection phase of a fire situation to ensure that our cleaning efforts are efficient and that we do not risk causing further harm.

Tailoring our services toward each resident's need when dealing with fire damage in Atlantic City helps to ensure that our services are of high quality. During the inspection, our qualified technicians are looking to identify the different types of soling as well as the services themselves. Soiling tends to fall into two categories of wet or dry smoke, whereas surfaces are classifiable as porous or non-porous. The outcomes of our pre-test strongly influence the approach we take to restoration and enhance the possibility of returning your home to a preloss condition.

Washable materials are those that do not suffer from wet cleaning solutions. These may include areas like walls with water-resistant paintwork. On the other hand, some natural woods may respond adversely to wet cleaning. SERVPRO technicians begin restoration by dry cleaning any non-washable areas using a combination of dry sponges, rotary equipment as well as light vacuuming of the affected area for non-washable materials.

Depending on the extent of damage and the type of material on the surface, SERVPRO technicians may choose to use general or heavy-duty cleaners. Heavy-duty cleaners should only be used in situations where the surface has been appropriately pre-tested to avoid risking further fire damage. Typically, heavy-duty materials suspend soiling into a solvent and require soak-time as well as a full-rinse of any affected materials. Once the removal of soiling is complete, SERVPRO can begin to deodorize the affected structure thoroughly.

Be vigilant against further damage in your home during the cleaning process. Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 300-3628.

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Water Damage Incidents In Your Atlantic Property

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 to run the restoration cost-effectively.

Adequate Planning for Cost-Effective Resolution of Water Damage Incidents in Atlantic City

When called to a water damage site, SERVPRO seeks to accomplish various goals. Apart from resolving the problems caused by water intrusion in good time, we also aim to do it at an affordable cost for the benefit of the homeowner or the insurer.

We take various measures that help resolve water damage incidents in Atlantic City. Having a crew chief who oversees the entire restoration process, ensuring the quicker and more efficient conclusion of the restoration process is the primary aspect. Some of the issues the crew chief helps with include:

    •    Preparing the team for the exercise
    •    Creating a staging area at the loss site
    •    Supervising the technicians
    •    Documenting the loss

Adequate preparation helps a team perform restoration tasks cost-effectively. For instance, we know the right number of people to bring to the loss site because bringing more people would escalate the labor costs unnecessarily while bringing fewer numbers can lengthen the period it takes to restore the property. Taking longer than necessary can create an opportunity for secondary damages. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs make preparations based on the size of the property and estimates of spilled water, among other issues.

At the loss site, clutter can lead to time wastage and even accidents. Our SERVPRO crew chief supervises the technicians to create a staging area for the equipment, which reduces the trips they have to make to the production vehicle to collect tools. The crew chief also supervises the partial movement of contents within the property to protect them from secondary damage.

Documenting the loss also helps with cost-effectiveness.  Our teams take photos, moisture readings, and check material deterioration. By having a complete idea of what the loss involves, we can take steps that resolve all issues, thus avoiding follow up restoration in the future, which can build costs up unnecessarily.

Costs pile up easily when dealing with water damage. Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 to run the restoration cost-effectively. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton opens new facility in Buena Vista Township

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

On January 20, 2020 SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton celebrated a ribbon cutting at their new facility in Buena Vista Township. Representatives from Buena Vista Township included, Mayor Teresa Kelly, members of the city council and Atlantic County Freeholder John Risley. (See photo. From left to right Mike Logue - President SERVPRO, Committeeman David Turner, Deputy Mayor John Williams, Pat Logue - Vice President SERVPRO, Committeewomen Ronnise White, Freeholder John Risley, Mayor Teresa Kelly, Kathy Grassi - SERVPRO and Donna Logue - SERVPRO)

Brothers Mike and Pat Logue, own the business, and at the end of 2019, relocated from their previous location in West Berlin, NJ. The Logue brother’s originally opened their first SERVPRO Franchise in 2004 and added SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton in 2009. Both Mike and Pat are residents of Southern New Jersey. “We would like to thank Buena Vista Township and the Atlantic County Economic Alliance for their assistance with our relocation. Special thanks to former Mayor Chuck Chiarello for all his help. We look forward to providing the highest level of service to our customers, and be a good neighbor in serving the community,” said President Mike Logue.

SERVPRO is a leader in commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. From residential fire smoke and water damage restoration, to large commercial disaster response, SERVPRO is the approved national vendor for most leading insurance companies including State Farm, Allstate and more. SERVPRO® is also proud to be the official cleanup and restoration provider of the PGA Tour. Job Opportunities Available. We are seeking good employees to join our growing team. Residents from Buena Vista Township and the surrounding communities (Pittsgrove, Millville, Vineland) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fire Damage In Your Atlantic City Home

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO is the Best Team to Call for Fire Damage in Atlantic City

Nobody likes to think of suffering the loss that comes from fire damage, but the possibility is always there. Instead of trying to take on the cleanup and restoration yourself, it is best to enlist the help of trained technicians that can get in and out in a timely fashion. Our experts at SERVPRO understand how critical timing can be, and we work fast to ensure that your household is on track to getting back to normal as quickly as possible.

When you have had a small fire, it could be tempting to start the cleanup on your own. However, fire damage in Atlantic City may not always be visible to the naked eye. There could be soot and smoke damage deep within various household belongings and materials, as well as hidden moisture from using water to extinguish the flames.

Why Call the Experts at SERVPRO?
Soot and smoke damage seeps into all areas of your home. This includes those that are far from the location of the fire. The residue floats through the air and coats surfaces. It is essential that this residue is eradicated before it has a chance to distort, etch, discolor, and disintegrate fabrics, drywall, wood, glass, metal, and other materials throughout the home. If your HVAC system was running at the time of the fire, the air is re-contaminated until the ducts are thoroughly cleaned.

SERVPRO technicians use methods approved by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and equipment for adequately treating and recovering all of the structures, contents, and systems throughout your home. The process for fire damage restoration begins from the moment that we arrive to reduce the harm caused by acidic soot and smoke. SERVPRO works room by room throughout your home to assess your need for cleanup, detecting residue, and locating moisture that could lead to harmful mold growth.

To eliminate foul odors throughout your home, SERVPRO deodorization experts execute odor eradication using specialized airborne sprays and thermal foggers as necessary. Every measure is taken to help neutralize all of the minuscule particles that carry smells that may otherwise linger in the home.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton is available whenever you need help with fire damage. Please give our team a call at (609) 965-0885 for all of your cleanup and restoration needs. We can make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Handles Water Damage to Atlantic City Hardwood Floors

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Wet Wood Flooring No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Properly Caring For Water Damaged Hardwood Floors In Atlantic City

When homeowners install hardwood flooring in their homes, it is an investment in both the look and durability. One of the biggest things they fear is water damage occurring. However, it is a fallacy that when this type of flooring receives exposure to water, it is an automatic loss.

SERVPRO techs routinely handle water damage to Atlantic City properties, including the restoration of hardwood flooring. There are crucial elements in determining the success, namely the length of time the flooring received exposure to water and how quickly cleanup efforts began.

The Clock is Ticking on Damage

SERVPRO technicians know every minute the hardwood boards are in elevated moisture conditions, the more the full restoration potential gets diminished. When scoping the flooring, they look for signs such as crowning or cupping. The moisture detection equipment can also tell the techs if the subfloor requires drying.

Removal and Reinstallation

In cases where the subfloor requires drying, with their general contractor license HIC #13VH05086500, the techs have the certification and experience to carefully remove the floorboards for drying and restoration for potential reinstallation.

Specialized Drying for Hardwood

Because wood holds moisture, it requires direct drying methods for the best outcome. SERVPRO technicians frequently rely on drying mats, which lay flat on the flooring and push warm, dry air into the wood. This assists in drying the boards in an expedited manner and lessens the potential for loss. Another common tactic for drying large areas of hardwood is covering the area in plastic and holding it in place with sandbags. This application forces the air in a direct area and speeds the drying process.

Post-Mitigation Actions

Once the floor verifies as dry, if there are any signs of warping, SERVPRO techs can sand and restain the floor if the homeowner chooses to have this done.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 for cleanup and restoration of your home from any size water damage. The certified techs arrive quickly and make the loss in your property, "Like it never even happened."

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Drying Saturated Carpets in Atlantic City Homes

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO vehicles parked in front of a building. Let SERVPRO help keep your carpets safe after a flood damage in Atlantic City.

Atlantic City SERVPRO knows best when it comes to your flood damage.

Many flooring types exist in your Atlantic City home, including ceramic tiling in the bathroom to water-resistant plank wood in the kitchen. Carpeting is also a material found in many spots in the house. When water loss incidents occur, this material is highly susceptible to absorption, which can be damaging in multiple ways. Whether regarding the cost of reinstallation of damaged carpets or the production of mold and microbial threats, our professionals can help.

Drying out saturated carpeting involves many of the tools available to our SERVPRO professionals for restoring water damage in Atlantic City residences. Whether standing water exists on the surface of the carpet or not, an extraction might still be the ideal place to begin. We can utilize attachments like the light wands that connect to our portable extractors and vacuums.

Light wands are ideal for instances where the padding beneath a layer of carpeting is already too saturated and potentially damaged to save. Protecting the carpet might be easier with the removal of subfloor padding that can hold moisture. Wands can address trapped water in the fibers of the carpeting with a direct suction of smaller areas beneath the extractor attachment.

The SERVPRO professionals dispatched to your address during the initial hours following the first notice of loss can also deploy specialized extraction tools for damp carpets. Weighted extractors come in two varieties, including self-propelled and stationary. Self-propelled units are often ride-on options that utilize the weight of the technician to force moisture to the surface for collection. The same premise applies to stationary extractors, as they also use the weight of the technician from one point to the next.

Drying efforts will prove ineffective without removing the trapped water in the flooring material. No matter how severe these water losses might become, our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team can help with a dedicated mitigation approach to save our customers time and money. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (609) 965-0885.

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