The Fire Is Out--Holiday Fun On Atlantic City Streets
SERVPRO puts out the fire in your Atlantic City Home's chimney--but you supply the cookies and milk for Santa!
Calling All Atlantic City Santas
On December 3rd, the Annual Atlantic City Santa Run will hit the community. It is a great way to recover from Thanksgiving, have some outdoor (mostly) fun, and inject a little personal sunshine (i.e. drinking) into what some people are calling a ‘dark winter’.
From 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the streets will be filled with Santas running, biking, scootering, and otherwise making their way around town for charity. It is $10 to enter, and all entrants must be 21 or older and bring in at least one new, unwrapped toy for kids. Prizes are handed out for the best Santa and Mrs. Claus costumes and all participants get a fun, souvenir mask.
You can choose where you want to start with these options:
- Group 1: Vagabond to Ducktown to Wonder Bar
- Group 2: Wonder Bar to Vagabond to Ducktown
- Group 3: Ducktown to Wonder Bar to Vagabond
So stay healthy, and be a part of our Atlantic City community! If a holiday accident finds you needing fire damage removal in your home, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885.
Planning Meetings Scheduled in Hamilton Township
When the firefighters depart, SERVPRO arrives for fire damage cleanup in Hamilton Township
Help Plan Hamilton Township’s Growth for 2021
On December 9th, Hamilton Township (Atlantic County) is holding a planning meeting on the direction of the community in the coming year. It begins at 7:00 pm and any workshops or special meetings required to complete goals will be scheduled and held that night if required.
Location and Future Meetings
All planning meetings are held at the Municipal Complex on 6101 Thirteenth Street in Mays Landing. Unless otherwise notified on the Hamilton Township website, all meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Cancellations are published only through the Hamilton Township website, so hopeful attendees need to check there in case of changes due to pandemic requirements, bad weather, or other problems.
Every Hamilton Township home can suffer from a disaster. It is why SERVPRO should be the first choice for fire and odor elimination. To schedule an inspection or to start work, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 to preserve your residence.
Flood Risks and Water Damage in Hamilton Township
From Casinos to Homes in Hamilton Township, SERVPRO Makes You the Winner with Water Damage Mitigation
SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation Services for Our Hamilton Township Neighbors
Land development in Hamilton Township reflects the continually changing needs of our area. New residents moving in and growing families require an increase in the acreage needed for essential services such as electricity, water, septic, and sewer systems. Today’s township services also include more robust electrical grids for uninterrupted service and the latest in the internet and other telecommunication requirements. All of these require a more developed property which can increase flood risks.
The problem is that much of the property developed recently is former farmland and orchards. These areas are far closer to waterways than previously developed land, which means developers have to cover the areas with impervious surfaces, i.e., concrete and asphalt, making them Urban Use Lands. This increases the volume of stormwater runoff that contains pollutants that contaminate nearby streams and other bodies of water, as well as the homes and businesses in the pathway of the floodwater. Adding to the land pollution also given over for transportation, recreational, industrial, and commercial use needed to support each new residential development.
Over 59 percent of the Hamilton Township municipality is comprised of Urban Use Land, with the majority of that used for residential properties. Of that number, approximately 30 to 35 percent is considered covered with an impervious surface.
Natural Counters to Effects of Hamilton Township Urban Use Lands
Forests, open water, riparian zones, and wetlands make up over 31 percent of Hamilton Township. These areas are Natural Lands and have far fewer amounts of impervious surfaces than Urban Use Lands as they do not have residential areas or accompanying infrastructure requirements.
Also, these natural areas help mitigate the negative effects caused by stormwater. For example, wetlands are superb environments for an extensive number of plant, insect, and animal species. They are exceptional habitats since they both process nutrients and store them more efficiently than other natural or man-made environments. It is these nutrients that preserve existing vegetation and wildlife and also provide the food and energy source for growth. Forests filter pollutants that can improve water quality. They also serve as a brake to slow stormwater flooding, which not only protects vegetation and wildlife but residential areas as well.
Destruction of Natural Lands Leads to Additional Threats
Destruction of Natural Use Lands has led to extensive changes in the hydrological environments around Hamilton Township. Clearing vegetation and fragmenting the landscape for development alter natural watersheds, placing other Natural Use and Urban Use Lands under threat whenever there is a severe storm. Five major effects were identified as far back as 1994 on the hydrology (the branch of science concerned with the earth's water, especially its movement with land) of the Hamilton Township Natural Use Lands.
- A larger amount of precipitation is converted to surface runoff
- Precipitation is converted to surface runoff at a faster rate
- Elevated peak flows in streams
- Decreased low flow in streams due to reduced groundwater storage input
- Degraded stream water quality
These hydrological effects are considered the results of Urban Land Use development actions. These actions include draining, ditching, diking, damming, and filling of wetlands to create more stable, dry landmasses for further impervious surfaces to build everything from roads to single-family homes.
The increased impervious surfaces of asphalt and concrete reduce and even prevent natural precipitation (rain) from properly infiltrating and being absorbed by the soil. For example, highways and parking lots have much higher surface runoff velocity rates than a forest floor, a meadow, or a wetland. The runoff volume is also larger, indicating that surface and shallow subsurface storage is more reduced than it is on Natural Use Lands. This volume further reduces lower long-term groundwater recharge and the subsequent groundwater discharge during periods of baseflow in droughts, which can cause the following:
- Increased pollutants cause a decline in water quality
- Decreased water levels degrade Riparian Habitats
- Interference with navigable waterways
Other negative impacts of increased impervious surfaces include the increased volume of water and levels of soil and associated contaminants, which flow through the Natural Use watershed. Improperly managed runoff is the equivalent of a six-lane highway when it comes to transporting pollutants such as bacteria, fertilizers, and debris such as trees washed out by ditching and draining. All of these are eventually washed directly into Hamilton Township creeks, streams, and their tributaries, contaminating the surface water.
Flooding Is Not the Only Threat to Hamilton Township Homes
For many homeowners, the source of water comes from inside the home. Examples include a failed appliance like a dishwasher or an inlet pipe cracked from an early frost. SERVPRO considers water from these sources clean and makes water mitigation in a Hamilton Township home less difficult since there is no manpower or resources expended to eliminate the health threat from the pollutants in stormwater.
Mitigation specialists immediately begin using water pumps and smaller extraction devices to draw water out of each residence. Many water mitigation projects do not require heavy-duty equipment, but mops, buckets, squeegee, and elbow grease. As they remove the water, other team members begin discarding debris. In a very short time, water destroys everything paper-based, from books to photographs. While some items can be saved from disposal, any attempt at restoration must be made by a professional service.
Preserving wood furniture can be accomplished easier, but it depends on the material. Hardwoods handle water better than composites like fiberboard, but once specialists quickly set up a combination of air movers and exhaust fans, most items can be preserved. If needed, they can also set up dehumidifiers to reduce the threat of not just wood cracking and splitting but also preserve the varnish and other finishes.
No matter if it is a sudden thunderstorm or a split inlet pipe, you need professional restoration when it comes to water mitigation if your Hamilton Township home floods. That is why SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton needs to be your first call. Contact us today at (609) 965-0885 to get started.
Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Atlantic City
Go out and enjoy Deck The Hall - Festival of Trees, this event supports so much.
Festival of Trees Decks the Halls in Atlantic City
All season long, you can enjoy Deck The Hall - Festival of Trees, a season-long charitable event intended to generate funds for CASA. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) has teamed up with local Atlantic City businesses, organizations, and individuals to sponsor a custom-decorated tree, which will get displayed at a private reception. The event highlights the individuals who support local children and families in the Boardwalk Hall lobby. This event's proceeds get donated directly to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties to support neglected and abused children this holiday season.
- The event kicks off December 12th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will run until December 31st
- The annual ‘Deck the Hall - Festival of Trees’ event has generated $48,000 for local community organizations.
SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 has the experience and professional equipment to perform expert mold cleanup for the motel industry in Atlantic City.
If Water Builds Up Behind Walls, what is the Best Way to Remove It?
Let SERVPRO assist with your water damaged walls.
SERVPRO Handles Water Mitigation Using Specialized Equipment, Ensuring Your Galloway Property is Free of Moisture
On any scale, water emergencies play an immense role in property damage for homeowners in the Galloway area. While some damage could be slight, like staining on walls and ceilings, moisture accumulation that remains hidden behind walls can bring about mold and mildew growth and structural damage. Excessive moisture or leaking pipes away from the unseen eye pose a hidden threat – this calls for the help of SERVPRO’s skilled technicians.
What Role Does Moisture Detection Take with Water Cleanup?
Our team of certified restoration technicians has the training necessary to handle water mitigation in Galloway when you need it. Our advanced water extraction and moisture detection equipment allow us to get the job done quickly so that your household can get back to your routine fast. At SERVPRO, we know that any amount of water accumulation can develop into rusted metals, peeling paint, bubbling wallpaper, and degradation of your structural components. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, which gives you the peace of mind you need when faced with a water emergency.
How Does Water Migrate into Areas of My Home?
The nature of water is to travel or migrate from the water zone where the incident took place into dry spaces. Your home is comprised of a variety of building materials that are susceptible to water retention, including drywall, wood, and other porous materials. Any water retention can lead to warping, swelling, and breakdown of such materials. There is also the potential for rapid mold growth if moisture is not addressed as quickly as possible. We feature IICRC-certified technicians that carefully monitor your walls, flooring, and ceilings with moisture detection tools that help us to determine the process of our drying efforts.
How Does SERVPRO Speed Drying and Find Hidden Moisture?
We have access to copious amounts of equipment that help our team locate moisture and achieve our drying goals. Once we move from extraction to the drying phase, such attention to detail allows us to cut back on water damage that could otherwise develop under your carpeting and behind walls. Additionally, meticulous planning meshed with our proprietary planning helps us to select the best tools for each project on a case-by-case basis.
Just a sampling of the various tools that we have on-hand to help with moisture monitoring and detection include:
- Moisture Meters – Non-penetrating and penetrating moisture meters help our crew find moisture content in certain materials, giving us insight into when your Galloway structure is dry.
- Moisture Sensors – Such devices provide details on how much moisture is left is softer materials like carpets, carpet padding, and upholstery.
- Thermo-Hygrometers – This equipment helps our team monitor and measure the air temperature and relative humidity throughout your property.
Why Choose Skilled Water Mitigation Rather Than DIY Cleanup Methods?
A wet-dry vacuum works well in light water incident situations, but you can never be sure that all moisture gets removed. Even with the setup of fans and a dehumidifier, hidden moisture is best addressed by certified technicians with access to and training to use professional-grade equipment. Our Green Fleet comes stocked with the right tools for the job, and our skill set allows us to tackle any size project, big or small. For water removal as part of our mitigation plan, we utilize equipment such as:
- Submersible pumps or truck-mounted extractors, which are excellent for standing water over two-inches deep. Such extractors can pull up hundreds to thousands of gallons of water, including water containing debris.
- Portable pumps
- Rovers, also known as ride-on units
- Carpet wands or light-wand extractors, and more
Will Many Materials Have to Get Removed?
Depending on the given situation and level of damage, controlled demolition might be necessary. These targeted efforts allow us to remove unsalvageable materials so that they can be replaced with all-new materials to ensure your property is left in preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” General contractor license#: HIC #13VH05086500.
The crew can pull out baseboards, then perform flood cuts just above the waterline. This allows for the safe removal of damaged drywall and strategic placement of fans or air movers that help create an optimal drying situation with enhanced airflow to wall cavities. Should there be damage behind the walls or insulation, our team will handle it and ensure all moisture is gone before the drywall gets replaced and refinished.
We Leave No Area Unaddressed
Throughout the project, the SERVPRO team moves through every step to carefully monitor the drying process and relative humidity. This helps us adjust accordingly to stay on track with all of our drying goals. By way of a specialized formula, the crew keeps a close eye on the temperature, airflow, moisture levels, and humidity.
When it comes to professional water mitigation, nobody does it better than SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton. Call us at (609) 965-0885 to have a crew deployed to your property for emergency service.
How Does SERVPRO Decontaminate Homes with Flooding?
When floodwaters affect your home, you can trust our certified professionals to assist you every step of the way with water removal efforts.
Our Technicians Use Proprietary Cleaning Agents to Sanitize Brigantine Homes.
Storms can bring floodwaters raging through Brigantine. It does not have to be warmer weather for flooding to occur. Winter snow can cause flash flooding if it melts quickly enough. Natural disasters cause 90% of all flooding, and when that happens, it brings contaminated water into local homes.
How Does Flood Water Affect Homes?
Flood damage in Brigantine homes can cause all kinds of problems. Standing water leads to structural damage, contents get ruined, and health issues from contaminated water is a serious concern. Professional mitigation is required to clean, repair, and restore flood-damaged residences.
Decontamination is a Main Concern
Before the structural drying can begin, water extraction and sanitation must be mitigated. One of the immediate concerns is preventing the spread of microbes. We use EPA-registered proprietary cleaning agents to get rid of contaminants. These products are designed in-house by our chemists and are not available in stores. Our technicians use the following:
With this powerful arsenal, technicians are able to prohibit microbe growth and their spread. Viricides and fungicides, part of the biocide group, mitigate help with microbial sanitary concerns. Disinfectants kill up to 99% of germs present. Sporicides are used for mold and sanitizers lower microbial levels to within acceptable ranges.
SERVPRO treats all contaminated surfaces with the correct cleaning agent. As the restoration process moves forward, surfaces are re-treated as necessary. Our technicians are certified in dealing with biohazards and mold. They are professionals who understand what needs to be done to mitigate flood damage. We work with homeowners and insurance companies to make sure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.
Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton /Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Who Can Clean Up a Water Damaged Property in Atlantic City?
Our technicians eliminate fire damage from Atlantic City homes. There is no reason to delay fixing up fire damage.
Atlantic City Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Restoration Services
Many people come to Atlantic City to gamble and enjoy the expansive, beautiful beaches and giant boardwalk. It's such a popular tourist spot, and it's easy to forget people live and work here full time. It's also a place where accidents can happen. House fires are frightening ordeals to go through. Even after the fire is out, there are still losses to be recorded and damage to clean up. Not only does fire do damage, but soot and smoke does not go away quite as easily as you think it would. Every structure is different, and fire never burns exactly the same way twice, so every fire damage job is unique. SERVPRO of Atlantic City are the people you want for the job!
We Are Here to Help
When fire damage occurs in an Atlantic City home, often the owner is upset and confused. This is a time to call SERVPRO. The faster we get on it, the faster it gets done. We are not just fast; we are also professionally trained, experienced, and we have the special equipment needed to fully restore your Atlantic City home or business to its former glory. We restore what we can and replace it if there is no other choice. We also take the time to address not only the temporary construction solutions needed to keep fire damage from getting worse while the mitigation is ongoing but also the full-scale reconstruction required afterwards.
Remember: Safety First
You'd, of course, like to be safe, so here are some helpful hints.
• Determine to see if it is safe to stay in your house.
• Beware of electrical and slipping hazards.
• Remember that damp materials can be very hefty, so be careful in handling them.
• Keep safety in mind first at all times.
We Clean Up After Ourselves
We do a lot of clean up on these types of jobs. Here are the different types of clean-up we do.
• Dry Cleaning - This cleans up light residues or used as pre-cleaning before wet cleaning.
• Wet Cleaning - This effective method of cleaning is used for taking out moderate to hefty residues.
• Spray and Wipe -This works for things that cannot stand the wet cleaning process.
• Foam Cleaning - We do this for fabrics and upholstery as they may shrink, or the colors may run if they were wet cleaned.
• Abrasive Cleaning - This calls for agitation of the item being cleaned.
• Immersion Cleaning - This is when we dip contents into a bath of cleansing product.
Our technicians eliminate fire damage from Atlantic City homes. There is no reason to delay fixing up fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton right away at (609) 965-0885. You will be glad you did!
Are Businesses Liable for Flooding on their Premises?
Let SERVPRO come in and help you with all of the ups and downs from your business's water damage. We know how frustrating water damage can become.
Leaseholders are Responsible for On-site Flooding, and May Have to Enlist Commercial Flood Damage Experts for Restoration. SERVPRO is a Brigantine-based Commercial Water Restoration Service.
What coverage does business insurance offer?
It is usual for businesses in Brigantine to take out a business insurance policy. These can differ from policy to policy, but generally, they cover loss of revenues due to unforeseen events. While these policies may cover revenue losses, they often do not extend to property damages. A leaseholder of a mechanics, furniture shop, or estate agent remains responsible for the upkeep of a building and any damages. Leaseholder liability makes it essential to enlist the aid of professional restoration technicians during a flood emergency. Not only do SERVPRO technicians hold extensive qualifications for flood-related damages, but they also have experience in mitigating and providing emergency services for businesses.
What order should I carry out flood restoration?
- Emergency services like providing power, boarding up the structure, and safety scoping
- Mitigation of the losses through drying the property and removing non-salvageable materials
- Cleaning and restoring the property as well as installing any necessary replacements
Our business premises challenging to restore?
Restoring commercial flood damage in your Brigantine business may be a complicated task to undertake. Not only could you put your staff at risk but also your customers. SERVPRO technicians and crew chiefs are experts at spotting potential safety hazards in a flooded property. We can also perform regular monitoring of the premises to ensure that harmful microbial bacteria or fungi do not infest the property. At the end of our service, a crew chief can perform a walkthrough with you to highlight any areas of damage, as well as inform you of potentially useful preventative measures such as installing vapor barriers or flood bricks.
How can I protect my business from flooding costs?
- Secure separate temporary premises to allow work to continue
- Photograph any existing damage (SERVPRO can record an item inventory on your behalf)
- Contact local authorities for a dumpster or skip hire to dispose of non-salvageable goods
Keep the expenses of flooding at your business low by using a commercial restoration service. Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 604-7613.
Can SERVPRO Clean My Drapes as Part of Water Cleanup in Atlantic City?
We aim to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”
Atlantic City Residents Want to Be Sure Their Drapes Are Clean after Water Cleanup?
Getting the right drapes for your Atlantic City home can be surprisingly challenging. First, you have to get the correct dimensions. Then you have to decide on the color, style, and hanging method. It is worth it, of course – drapes are a great addition to any room’s décor and part of your unique decorating style.
Drapes can also be frustrating to clean, due to their size and bulkiness. That is why SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton includes drapery cleaning as part of our Atlantic City water cleanup service. We know that your main aim after a water disaster is to get your home back the way you like it with the minimum of fuss.
Why is it important to get my drapes cleaned after water damage?
It is natural after water damage to be concerned with floors, rugs, and furniture. However, do not overlook your drapes. Even if only the bottom part of them is affected, it is still essential to clean them, because:
• The water could cause the color to run and ruin the look of your curtains
• Untreated damp materials can develop unpleasant musty odors
• Wet cloth provides a ripe breeding ground for fungal growth
Do I have to take my curtains down before cleaning?
No. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians can clean your drapes while they are still hanging. This is much faster and more convenient for you:
• You do not have to take your drapes down
• You do not have to wash them yourself, which is much better
• You do not have to go to the trouble of taking them to a dry cleaning service
• You do not have to hang temporary window covers
What methods does SERVPRO use for cleaning drapes?
We have two main methods for washing curtains.
Machine dry cleaning is the most convenient and effective method in most water cleanup situations. It is suitable for light to moderate soiling. The technician will use an upholstery dry cleaning machine to treat the drapery with a suitable dry cleaning solvent. Then they vacuum away cleaning residues and dirt. If any areas are more heavily soiled, we can use spot cleaning products to get out more stubborn residues.
We put down protective cloths before we start, to protect the walls and floor from over splash.
Our technicians might, more rarely, use hot water extraction. This is more common in commercial water cleanup situations, but we can use it in domestic cases with heavier soiling. The machine pushes water and a cleaning solution into the drapes at high pressure, and then a SERVPRO technician vacuums the drapes to draw out water and dirt.
What about the fixtures and fittings?
We aim to clean curtains without disturbing the fixtures and fittings. However, if the hanging rod is particularly soiled or damaged, our teams can take it down and clean it. We might need to remove the rod in some cases, but we will put it back afterward.
If your drapes have a pelmet or valance, we might need to remove this to get to the drapery behind it. We can also clean the valance before hanging it up again.
What about color bleeding?
SERVPRO knows that color bleeding is a severe concern when cleaning textiles. Color bleeding will ruin the look of your drapes, and you will need to replace them. We guard against color runs by pre-testing your drapes before applying any cleaning methods. We test an inconspicuous corner and let it dry to observe it at each drying stage.
Can you help dry my drapes too?
Yes – drying is an essential part of curtain cleaning. Drapes that are left wet offer a breeding ground for fungus. Our technicians use air movers and fans to dry the area around your drapes and encourage the material to dry. We also use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in the surrounding air and can bring in portable heaters if necessary.
What about leftover odors?
No one wants their home to smell damp. Thankfully we can treat odors with a choice of methods:
• Using air scrubbers to filter the air and remove bad smells
• Injecting deodorizing agents directly into materials
• Placing odor-collecting pellets nearby
Our team can also advise you on a range of topical treatments that we can apply to your drapes after cleaning. These include soil protectants, stain resisters, and antistatic formulations, to keep your curtains looking and smelling great.
We aim to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” That means clean, dry drapes, and no musty smell. Our team is available 24 hours a day, and no job is too small. If your drapes need cleaning, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885.
How Can SERVPRO Help with Mold Growth in Large Brigantine Office Buildings?
Mold can often be an overlooked threat in office spaces until the situation gets out of control.
Mold is not always avoidable in Brigantine office buildings, but our SERVPRO remediators can help to provide a safe environment for your staff and clients.
Mold inspections are among the chief strategies to determine the presence of microbial threats in your Brigantine office building and the viability of these conditions. Our competent project manager can walk through the work areas in the structure and thoroughly inspect construction materials and contents for dampness, water spots, and even visible colonization. We can code these findings with colored stickers and markers to direct our SERVPRO remediators, where work is necessary foremost in the building.
The mold inspection for your Brigantine office building should give you a clearer picture of fungus and mold colonies in the structure. If an infestation is greater than ten square feet, it is always advisable to leave remediation and the necessary restoration of the property to experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team. Visible mold, or areas where third party industrial hygienists have sampled the air and found mold threats, are spaces that can benefit from containment to prevent further spread.
What Are Some Long-Term Solutions to Prevent Recurring Mold?
There are multiple steps required to get your office into a safe and sanitary space again after microbial threats and their volatile organic compounds. Determining the cause of moisture and dampness that facilitates mold growth can direct our in-house contractors to long-term solutions to protect your building, contents, and the staff. Some of the options to regulate moisture concerns include:
• Dehumidification Equipment Installed
• Structural Repairs
Mold can often be an overlooked threat in office spaces until the situation gets out of control. When you suspect mold might be present in your business, let our competent SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton project manager help determine the next steps with you. Give us a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.