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Preventing Flood Damage to Your Property

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding is a year-round concern in Atlantic City, Hamilton Township and Hammonton.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Association ("FEMA"), “Flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the United States.” FEMA also recommends that homeowners take 3 important steps to minimize flood damage: “Know Your Risk”, “Insure Your Property”, and “Reduce Your Risk.” In this blog, we’ll discuss ways in which you can reduce your property’s risk for experiencing flood damage in accordance with FEMA’s guidelines.

Preventative Measures Inside and Outside

There is a wide array of indoor and outdoor preventative measures that you can take in order to best protect your home or business from flooding damage both well in advance or immediately before the storm hits. Outside, be sure that you clean out your gutters regularly, as doing so prevents them from becoming clogged and helps rainwater drain properly during a storm. Outdoor equipment and utilities, including heat pump or air conditioning units, can be elevated at least 1 foot off of the ground in order to decrease the potential for costly water damage during a flood. Inside, it may also be beneficial to elevate your indoor units, such as your HVAC system, in the event of indoor flood damage. Lastly, be sure to keep valuable indoor items, which may include important documents and sentimental objects, in watertight containers within a safe, elevated location. This step prevents such items from enduring irreversible water damage in the wake of a flood.

Call SERVPRO® for Professional Storm Damage Restoration

Even with preventative measures in place, storm damage due to flooding is never 100% avoidable. However, taking the steps outlined in this blog and those recommended by Ready.gov can help minimize serious damage.

That’s why SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton – Team Fabiani is standing by and Here to Help® in the event that your home or business needs restoration to its preloss condition after a damaging flood. Our website contains various flood and storm damage resources, including: Storm Damage Cleanup and RestorationCommercial Storm Damage, and Water and Storm Damage Tips.

Call us at 609-965-0885 at the first sign of damage after a flood or severe storm for immediate, professional assistance and restoration services that you can trust. You'll be glad you enlisted the help of a professional.

Six Tips for Summer Accident and Disaster Preparedness

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Six Tips for Summer Accident and Disaster Preparedness

The days are growing longer and warmer on the Atlantic coast. That means tourism season – and hurricane season – are almost upon us. Summer 2022 is predicted to be record breaking both in terms of travel and significant weather events. Whether you are concerned about slips and falls or a Category 5 storm, below are six tips to help mitigate potential harm to your business, your employees, and your customers when disaster strikes:

Assess your risks. First, identify the potential risks and hazards specific to your business. Think about your location, layout, operations, and clientele. For example, is your building in a flood zone? Do you stock food subject to spoilage? Is your establishment kid-friendly? Considering your business’s particular attributes will go a long way in helping you prepare for any accidents that may occur.

Make a plan. Next, create written policies and procedures tailored to the risks and hazards identified. Stress caused by emergency situations can affect decision making and judgment. Having a written plan can dramatically reduce chaos and confusion, saving property, equipment, and lives. Periodically review the policies with your employees, and revise them if necessary.

Train your employees. Employees must be familiar with and trained regularly on the policies and procedures in place. Depending on the type of risk involved, it may be beneficial to run simulations or drills. Every employee should know their roles and responsibilities in a time of crisis.

Document, document, document. Proper recordkeeping is essential to risk management. Maintain records of employee training. Record incidents when they occur so you can appropriately evaluate your policies and decide if they need updating. Consider taking photographs and/or videos of your establishment so you are prepared if you need to file an insurance claim.

Safeguard information. It is vital to ensure sensitive business records and customer information stay protected. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, make sure your technology is up to date. Use different passwords for different accounts. Instruct your employees not to open suspicious emails or attachments. Separate your public Wi-Fi network from the business Wi-Fi. Enlist the help of an IT professional if needed. As your SERVPRO Franchise Professional about our Emergency Ready Profile program (“ERP”). A free assessment of your property designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. It provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It's the best way to be "Ready for whatever happens."

Check your insurance. Confirm you have proper insurance coverage. Commercial property insurance can cover damage to your building and its contents due to a fire or storm. Flood insurance can cover losses caused by flooding. Liability insurance can protect you if an allegation is made against you by an injured patron. Are your employees covered by workers’ compensation insurance if they are injured on the job? Cyber insurance can also help protect you in the event of a cyberattack.

The above is by no means a complete list of everything that you can do to prepare for an accident or disaster; however, considering these steps can give you a start for deciding what your business needs and help prevent further loss or injury in the event of a disaster.

For more information, please call our office: 609-965-0885 and speak to a Franchise Professional today.

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Smoke Damage After A Fire in Atlantic City

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage After a Fire in Your Atlantic City Building? Here's What To Do:

If you experience a fire in your Atlantic City NJ building, it’s not only the flames that you need to be concerned about. In some cases, smoke can cause even more damage.

The following are a few reasons that smoke cleaning should be performed as soon as possible after a fire.

  1. Smoke Travels Further Than Flames

Even if the fire was small or contained to a specific area, there may be smoke damage beyond this point. Smoke travels through the air and carries soot and other contaminants as it does. Because of this, it is important to have smoke cleaning done throughout the building, whether the flames spread far or not.

  1. It Can Cause Long-Term Damage

While fire damage is often obvious, smoke damage can be less so. Smoke and soot particles can find their way into small crevices where they can begin to cause problems for your belongings. This is especially true for electronics, as the acidic elements in the smoke can cause the metal and hardware to corrode. If you believe that your computers, televisions or equipment have been affected, do not turn them on until they have been examined to prevent making the damage worse.

  1. Odor Can Be Difficult to Remove

It may be fairly easy to remove the visible signs of smoke and fire damage, but the smell can linger for long afterward. Smoke particles can become trapped in the walls, carpeting and porous items, so you should include these in the cleanup process as well. Smoke odor can be stubborn, but a fire restoration company will have professional equipment that should be able to remove it from the air and your belongings.

After a fire, it can be easy to focus on the damage that you can see, but you should be sure to pay attention to that which is less visible as well. Performing smoke cleaning is an important part of the restoration process and should be done thoroughly to return your building to its previous condition.

For questions about cleaning smoke and soot after a fire, call the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Atlantic City|Hamilton|Hammonton – 609-965-0885. We serve Atlantic City, Hamilton Twp. and the Hammonton area.

The SERVPRO® You Trust With Storm Damage

5/7/2022 (Permalink)

When your Atlantic City or Hammonton home or business has been damaged by a storm, preventing further destruction from the elements with tarp placement and protective measures can be crucial.

We provide 24 hour emergency services including tarp placement, temporary fencing, temporary power and more to Atlantic City, Hamilton Twp. and Hammonton. 

We are locally owned and operated, and our experienced Franchise Professionals are quick to respond and Here to Help® 365 days a year. We're the company you can trust to get the job done right the first time.

Call the restoration company you can trust: SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Voorhees. If you’ve been hit with a disaster, call us: 609-965-0885.

Don't Be the 50%!

5/7/2022 (Permalink)

Don’t Be The 50%!

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage, which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Ready to Get Started? Call a Franchise Professional today: 609-965-0885.

Commercial Flood Damage – Who is Responsible?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

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

Are 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 reliable commercial restoration service.

Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885.

Restoring Commercial Property After Water Damage

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Restoring Commercial Property After Water Damage in Atlantic City.

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties in the Atlantic City area can be complex and come with numerous issues that require a quick, knowledgeable, and flexible response.

Whether you're dealing with a small water cleanup scenario or a large loss event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area to prevent further damage. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Unique Challenges

Our Franchise Professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call.

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We’ll be there fast with the help you need. Just call 609-566-3388. We're here 24/7/365.

About SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton:

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our Franchise Professionals in the office and in the field are equipped with the knowledge to act fast to restore your property.

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Who's Got the Story? We Do!

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton - Team Fabiani Southern NJ, Hot Off The Press!

Follow this link to read our April Team Fabiani E-Newsletter! Hot Off The Press!

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We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Ultimate Solution to Atlantic City Water Damage Situations

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

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

Property owners in Atlantic City might experience water inside their home or business 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 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 or office 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 you need water removal services because of dampness or flooding. 

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Best Practices in Healthcare Construction

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Best Practices in Healthcare Construction

Did you know? We have a certification in Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Best Practices in Healthcare Construction.  This certification teaches members how to contain pathogens, control airflow, protect patients, and work without disrupting adjacent operations. Certificate holders learn how to:

  • classify work areas to minimize risks
  • understand and adhere to ICRA protocols
  • communicate with the facility’s ICRA team
  • In a healthcare facility, patient care is everything. Unfortunately, thousands fall victim every year to infections caused by dust stirred up during renovation projects.
  • Completing construction without releasing harmful contaminants or disrupting daily operations while also meeting project schedules are primary concerns for healthcare officials.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is here to serve you 24/7, 365! Call 609-965-0885.