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Our Experts Discuss How To Protect Your Atlantic City Home From Water Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can lead to widespread flooding in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

The Threats of a Wet Atlantic City Basement 

Wet basements present multiple layers of threats to Atlantic City residents. With so many homes featuring this subterranean level encased with concrete and masonry units, property owners are continually combatting excessive moisture and dampness in this lower level of their house. A powerful and frequent source of these situations is water leeching through blockwork and concrete flooring from the slow deterioration of these elements or through hydrostatic pressure in surrounding saturated earth. Both of these scenarios can be challenging to resolve without experience and the right products. 

Water damage in Atlantic City basements is a compromising situation for the entire household, as moisture concerns can continually worsen until it has affected the supports and subflooring of the main level of the property. With wood joists and beams being the foundation for the entire home, protecting these structural elements from degradation and deterioration is critical. This response can not only better protect the property and its occupants, but can also help to save money on the costs of restoration. Our SERVPRO professionals have the skills and expertise to help. 

Among the chief concerns with a wet basement is the development of mold. Colonies can flourish within 2-3 days of persistent moist, dark, and poorly ventilated conditions. Our SERVPRO professionals can work to reduce the presence of these colonies by spraying antimicrobial agents to coat surfaces and eliminate mold spores. If seepage continues to be a threat to this lower level, our professionals might also recommend the installation of sump pumps or other water and moisture regulating tools. 

Material degradation is another primary concern with a wet basement, and one that many homeowners might not know how to remedy on their own. The technicians we dispatch to your property understand how a more significant breach in your blockwork or concrete can lead to widespread flooding in the right conditions, so we meticulously inspect the basement for any cracks and penetration points and repair them through multiple approaches including the application of hydraulic cement. 

You cannot hope to contend with a wet basement if you do not know that you have one. The first line of defense for your home is you, and our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team is standing by to help however you need. Give us a call at (609) 965-0885.

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When Your Brigantine Fast Food Restaurant Has A Mold Damage Issue, Let Our Experts Help!

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Whenever mold gets discovered, you can count on our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help.

Contending With Mold Damage In Brigantine Fast Food Restaurants

While you might have already contended with another variety of mold when an unobservant employee in your Brigantine restaurant neglected to utilize older buns and bread products, commercial mold growth that develops harmful colonies can be much more threatening to your business model. The facilitation of structural mold presents a health risk for your employees and your customers, and without the appropriate containment protocols taken immediately, you can find yourself unable to keep your doors open once the health department and EPA get involved.

Knowing how to identify mold damage in your Brigantine restaurant is critical to ensuring that the right precautionary measures happen right away. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to these emergencies, arriving with multiple Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) endorsed by both the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI.) This experience in light of a damaging situation is precisely what your restaurant needs to keep its doors open.

Our SERVPRO team has containment equipment, materials, and protocols that can entirely quarantine affected areas of your restaurant. While there are no guarantees that the damage is not too widespread before our team arrives to prevent the continued running of the location until remediation completes, our technicians understand how costly shutting your doors can be and do whatever we can to prevent this.

The remediators can utilize specialized equipment like soda blasting to help clean damaged surfaces and to remove mold colonization from walls in the kitchen area of the restaurant without damaging the substrate. With many of these walls constructed of either hard plastic sheeting and plywood, metal, or conventional sheetrock, having a system that is not destructive to the hosting material is vital to getting your business up and running again quickly.

We have established relationships with testing facilities to offer post-remediation safety analysis for your restaurant to sate the interests of the health department and the parental company. Whenever mold gets discovered, you can count on our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help. Give our professionals a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.

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Atlantic City Flood Damage Remediation Doesn’t Have to Be Dealt With Alone

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage in Atlantic City can really make the clean up extremely difficult. Contact SERVPRO for remediation assistance.

Preparing for Flood Damage to Impact Atlantic City

Considering that many residents of Atlantic City have already seen the disastrous effects of hurricanes and other severe weather conditions, it is crucial to have an emergency plan in place. As simple as you might think that these organizational efforts seem, preparation now can save you from panic and confusion when contending with widespread natural disasters like flood damage. 

While emergency plans are a critical part of living in flood damage prone Atlantic City and other coastal communities, many residents do not fully understand what they are to include or how to begin the process. At SERVPRO, we have seen the damage that storms can do and how much worse the situation can become for those unprepared for what is coming, so we encourage everyone to develop their own plan for any flooding situation and hurricane strength storm system passing through the area. 

Developing an emergency plan means following a designed system that keeps you and your family safe as you vacate the premises until the storm and elevated risks have passed. There are specific items every plan should have, including: 

  • A secure location where your family sets to meet should disaster strike when members of the family are not at home. 
  • A chosen individual responsible for collecting valuables and irreplaceable keepsakes from the home before you vacate. 
  • Another occupant that can ensure that services like water have gotten shutoff to prevent even costlier damages occurring while you are out of the house. 
  • Putting together a care bag that has at least one clean outfit for each family member, food, provisions, toiletries, and other necessities in case of temporary displacement in disaster relief shelter in the city.  

Knowing what to do in an emergency is much easier when your entire family has rehearsed their role in averting the crisis. Our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton professionals can be there when it is time to pick up the pieces, but until then, take care of your household with a plan. When you want to make storm and flood damage “Like it never even happened,” give our team a call at (609) 965-0885.

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How Our Professionals Will Clean Your Smoke Damaged Ceiling In Brigantine

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (609) 965-0885, our 24-hour services line, open 365 days a year so that we can help you with the restoration your home needs.

Getting Your Ceiling Clean And Smoke-Free After A Fire In Your Brigantine Home

Every room in your Brigantine home that fills with smoke during a fire requires extensive cleaning. Your belongings require special care, and so do the surfaces of your home’s interior. SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) understands the complexities involved in restoring your residence.

We know our customers in Brigantine hate smoke damage because of how badly it can affect clothing, toys, furniture, and so many other things in the average home. When your house contains textured ceilings like acoustic tiles or other styles, we want you to know we have the ability to restore these, as well as flat surfaces. While you might find it possible to clean windows and mirrors of soot deposits, the porous surfaces of these ceilings require special equipment and training.

When we come across acoustic tiles or similar materials, we start restoring these by lightly vacuuming any loose soot away from the surface. With acoustic tiles, we often use a light brush, but for other ceilings where some of the fillings could become damaged, we refrain from this part. This step in the Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaning process is similar to how we clean other surfaces like walls.

After we finish vacuuming the surface of the ceiling, we use an upholstery cleaning machine. Instead of using upholstery cleaning solvents, we instead fill the machine with Oxi-Zap, which is a stabilized hydrogen peroxide. The whitening power you might be familiar with in household H2O2 comes from its ability to break stain-causing substances down into smaller particles, not from a bleach-like chemical. Oxi-Zap works similarly.

Once this dries, we can see if the ceiling now looks good enough without an application of new paint, or if the ceiling needs a new coat of paint. The steps we completed earlier mean we do not need to prime the ceiling before painting, which can often reduce the texture, and any sound-proofing, from what it looked like before.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton wants to help make your home in Galloway, Absecon, or Smithville look and feel clean again after a fire, “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (609) 965-0885, our 24-hour services line, open 365 days a year so that we can help you with the restoration your home needs. We can help you by mitigating every aspect of smoke and fire damage.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Atlantic City Flood Damage Restoration

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your home. We are available 24/7 so call us right away to prevent further damage.

Hurricanes and Flooding that Damage Atlantic City Homes

With a history that involves the recovery from Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene for Atlantic City properties, these powerful and destructive storms remain a present threat to homes today as well. As a coastal community, severe weather can constantly shift course in the Atlantic Ocean to breach the shores here. Having a team of dedicated storm responders can help with both relief efforts and ultimately keeping your costs much lower regarding the restoration work to come.

As part of a Large Loss Recovery Team, we can address structural concerns and flood damage to Atlantic City homes quickly and confidently. We know the investment that you have made in your property, and we strive to provide every customer with a fast response and efficient mitigation process to protect their homes from worsening conditions. Preventing the spread of the flood damages must be a primary focus for the SERVPRO professionals dispatched to your address.

From the time that our team first arrives, we work efficiently to establish both containment barriers as well as what must happen to prevent further water penetration from occurring. We have a team of general contractors that arrives with the technicians who can assess the structural damage and provide temporary construction solutions. Once the storm has passed, we can offer a full-scale reconstruction of damaged portions of the house’s exterior.

We know how important it is to leave construction materials installed when possible, so we utilize moisture readers and infrared technology to see beyond walls, flooring, and ceilings to identify the presence of moisture and saturation. With this information, we can more effectively place drying tools to improve their efficiency and reduce overall loss and time restoring the property.

While severe weather is an expectation for many of the area home and business owners, it does not make it any easier to deal with the destruction these systems can cause. Count on our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton disaster relief team to provide immediate storm recovery solutions and flood mitigation. Give us a call at (609) 965-0885.

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Our Professionals Can Repair And Restore Your Water Damaged Brigantine Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Up Water-Damaged Drywall In Brigantine Homes

Many construction materials in your Brigantine home do not have the strength of composition to stand up against direct water exposure for very long. Many of the most common structural pieces get chosen based on their lower price, and as a result, these same materials are much weaker. Drywall and sheetrock materials are staples of modern construction, but also among the first to fail when exposed to direct moisture and water. The degradation of these materials can leave a substantial mess, but our professionals can help.

There are many phases of water cleanup in Brigantine, and this is among the first responses that your home needs once a water loss incident has stopped. Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate how critical a fast response is to limit the damage to your drywall and other construction materials, though saving it entirely might be impossible if the loss incident was widespread. The saturation of sheetrock can be challenging to overcome and to remedy, and there are more cost-effective and time-saving solutions available to our team.

With any loss incident, our professionals must assess the full scope of the damage and what materials have gotten affected by the moving water. Once our experts know where the highest concentrations of moisture exist, as well as the range of the damage, our experts can set up our drying equipment and begin attempting to restore what elements can get preserved. For drywall, however, portions near the flooring often must get removed due to oversaturation. In as little as 24-48 hours, drywall can bloat and begin falling apart.

The removal of affected areas of drywall is a cost-effective solution for homeowners, as this only addresses, the portions saturated by the loss incident. Our SERVPRO professionals and our contractors can reconstruct these removed sections once the moisture and dampness throughout the residence have gotten sufficiently addressed.

Water cleanup can mean multiple things for your damaged home. Our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team of restoration specialists can utilize our extensive training and our team of licensed contractors to make these threats “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.

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

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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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