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September is National Preparedness Month

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage September is National Preparedness Month National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This National Preparedness Month will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

 For more information visit https://www.ready.gov/

In the Atlantic City region we often focus our attention on Hurricane Season.  This is important, but other disasters can impact our lives. Other natural disasters can strike in our area, like severe thunderstorms or blizzards. 

It is also important to be aware of man made disasters that can impact us.  Fire and Water damage is always a real threat to every home and business.

Let SERVPRO Assist You Now

For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. 

Where Does your Atlantic County Business Rank

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know know nearly 90% of businesses in the country employ less than 20 workers?  Did you know only about 4% of businesses ever exceed $1 million dollars in annual revenue?Businessknowhow.com

So chances are if you own a small business you can't afford to miss any time open do to a Fire or Water disaster.  

Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

For assistance with Fire, Water or Mold damage at your business or home call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 2 609-965-0885.

Summer Safety: Grilling

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Safety: Grilling Don't let a grilling mishap ruin your summer fun!

With Summertime in full swing, it’s time to head outside and fire up the grill. Did you know that July and August are peak months for grilling fires?

We at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City, Hamilton, Hammonton, wanted to remind everybody to be safe while enjoying the BBQ. Here are some safety tips to help avoid a grilling fire:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outside.
  • Check the gas tank hose for any leaks before using it each year.
  • Clean and check the grill regularly.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, move away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.
  • Remove flammable items from the grilling area.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area while cooking.
  • Do not leave the grill unattended while cooking.
  • If using a charcoal grill, let coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container with a lid.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (609) 965-0885

Severe Storm Preparedness for the Atlantic City Area

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Storm Preparedness for the Atlantic City Area Be Prepared the Next TIme a Storm Rolls Through

Follow These Red-Cross Approved Guidelines to Stay Safe During Severe Thunderstorms

Be Prepared:
  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Review the Be Red Cross Ready - Thunderstorm Safety Checklist
 

During a Thunderstorm

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts, and sheds are NOT safe.
 

After a Thunderstorm

Take the Appropriate Steps to Stay Safe
  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
If Lightning Strikes

Follow these steps if someone has been struck by lightning:

  • Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Anyone who has sustained a lightning strike requires professional medical care.
  • Check the person for burns and other injuries. If the person has stopped breathing, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR. If the person is breathing normally, look for other possible injuries and care for them as necessary. People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.

 

Let Your Family Know You're Safe
If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe. You may also call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family. 

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Atlantic City we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today  (609) 965-0885

   

Severe Weather - Thunderstorms

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather - Thunderstorms Thunderstorm Season

What is a thunderstorm?

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

Why do I sometimes hear meteorologists use the word “convection” when talking about thunderstorms?

Usually created by surface heating, convection is upward atmospheric motion that transports whatever is in the air along with it—especially any moisture available in the air. A thunderstorm is the result of convection.

What is a severe thunderstorm?

A thunderstorm is classified as “severe” when it contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 50 knots (57.5 mph), or a tornado.How many thunderstorms are there?Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels.

When are thunderstorms most likely?

Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours.  Along the Gulf Coast and across the southeastern and western states, most thunderstorms occur during the afternoon. Thunderstorms frequently occur in the late afternoon and at night in the Plains states.

What kinds of damage can thunderstorms cause?

Many hazardous weather events are associated with thunderstorms. Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities. Hail up to the size of softballs damages cars and windows, and kills livestock caught out in the open. Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Tornadoes (with winds up to about 300 mph) can destroy all but the best-built man-made structures.

Where are severe thunderstorms most common?

The greatest severe weather threat in the U.S. extends from Texas to southern Minnesota. But, no place in the United States is completely safe from the threat of severe weather.

For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885.  

Hidden Damage in a Basement in Galloway New Jersey

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Damage in a Basement in Galloway New Jersey Mold Growth on the Back of this Drywall in a Basement in Galloway NJ

A slight leak in the foundation at this Galloway NJ home cause the bottom of the wall and the carpet to repeatedly get wet which caused a mold issue.

SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton was called and we were able to assist this family.  

The first step is to isolate the area and place the space under negative pressure by using a HEPA Filtered Air Scrubber.  This will prevent the spread of the mold spores into other areas of the home.  Next our staff will put on the proper Person Protective Equipment (PPE) and begin the remediation process.  When to removal of damaged materials is complete we then clean and seal the remaining structural items such as concrete floors, sill plates and stud walls.

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at 609-965-0885 and we will go through our standard mold inspection. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic City Area

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season in the Atlantic City Area Plan Now!

Though the national hurricane season normally runs from June 1 through November 30, the peak potential for hurricane and tropical storm activity in New Jersey runs from mid-August through the end of October.

The combination of warm ocean water, humid air, and consistent winds contribute to the formation of “tropical cyclones” – low-pressure systems of circulating winds, clouds and thunderstorms – over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

As they gain strength, these cyclones are classified as tropical depressions, tropical storms or hurricanes. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates hurricane strengths, from Category 1 to Category 5. Most of these storms remain over the ocean without affecting the U.S. coastline. When they approach land, tropical storms and hurricanes can be extremely deadly and destructive – even as far north as New Jersey, and even when they do not make landfall here.

The key threats from an approaching tropical storm or hurricane are WIND, STORM SURGE, FLOODING, and the potential for TORNADOES.

Hurricane WINDS can reach 74-95 mph for a Category 1 storm, to above 155 mph for a Category 5 storm.

The STORM SURGE is a dome of ocean water the hurricane pushes ahead of itself. At its peak, a storm surge can be 25 feet high and 50-100 miles wide. The storm surge can devastate coastal communities as it sweeps ashore.

The thunderstorms and torrential rains that accompany a hurricane can create dangerous and deadly floods or flash floods.

Seventy percent of hurricanes making landfall spawn at least one tornado.

Preparing properly for a hurricane begins long before a storm ever hits.

For additional information for Hurricane preparedness NJ Office of Emergency Management

Fire and Smoke Damage in Atlantic City, NJ

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Damage in Atlantic City, NJ Smoke Damage Migrates to Unaffected Areas

A significant fire to this Atlantic City, NJ home caused smoke to migrate to other areas of the home.  Air is always migrating throughout your home caused by the HVAC system, leaks in windows and doors, and breaches for plumbing and electrical.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hmmonton Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet

For assistance cleaning up Fire or Water Damage call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. 

Water Damage to Ceiling of Mays Landing Home

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to Ceiling of Mays Landing Home Thermal Imaging Helps Detect Water Damage in Mays Landing Home.

A condensation line in the attic of this Mays Landing home leaked into the living room ceiling below.  By using our Thermal Imaging Camera we are able to find all of the wet areas quickly and begin the clean-up and drying of the home.  The areas in blue are the wet areas.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

So don't hesitate - For help restoring your home or business after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885

How Much Damage Would a Flood do to your Home?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Much Damage Would a Flood do to your Home? What is the True Cost of a Food?

When we think flooding damage we often picture the images we see on the news showing devastation. You might be surprised to see how much damage  just a little bit of water in your home will cause. How much a flood would cost in your home?

Use this interactive cost of flooding tool to learn: 

Flood Cost Calculator

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Sudden Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Flooding

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sudden Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Flooding Strong storms can pop up with little notice.

In our area of the country we can sustain intense sudden rainfalls in all seasons.  These rains can cause flooding of basements, and other water intrusions from roof, siding and window leaks.  The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Franchise Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Franchise Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES

SERVPRO® Of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton Franchise Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

For help restoring your property after a water loss in Atlantic City, Brigantine, Galloway, Mays Landing, Egg Harbor City or Hammonton call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring Your Property - Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Property - Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton Pesky water damage can be a BIG problem.

Flooding and water damage events in both residential and commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

SERVPRO 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 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic County and all over South Jersey.  We understand the stress and worry that comes with water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

April Showers Bring May...Mold?

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation April Showers Bring May...Mold? Mold damage is both unsightly AND unhealthy.

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means: lots of rain! With the rainy months ahead, now more than ever your home is at risk for a vast amount of mold growth. Between the weather warming up and the frequent precipitation, mother nature has concocted a recipe for moldy disaster. Luckily, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is here to help.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic County and all over South Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

Restoring Your Commercial Property - Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property - Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton Like it never even happened.

Flooding, roof leaks, broken pipes, sprinkler system discharge, or any water-related damage events to commercial properties are often complex, containing numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property and get you back to business.

For help restoring your commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Is Mold Making You Sick?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Making You Sick? How is the air quality in your home?

Studies have identified that there are over 100,000 species of mold in the world today, and hundreds of species are considered to be toxic or to some extent harmful to humans. Annually, millions of people suffer from the effects of moldy air in their home or workplace. Breathing in mold spores, depending on the type of mold present, can cause symptoms and side effects.

If you or your family have experienced any mold-related symptoms, call your primary care physician immediately. Mold in your home can be eradicated, so should you find that your home is infested with toxic molds, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton for fast and efficient remediation.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic County and all over South Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

Spring Thunderstorms are on Their Way!

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Thunderstorms are on Their Way! Stormy Weather Ahead!

Winter is finally coming to an end, so you know what that means: spring thunderstorms are right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to get ready. Stormy weather conditions in the springtime are wildly unpredictable, but can emerge out of nowhere in a moments notice, so it's important to be prepared for when they do. When word breaks that a storm is incoming this season, make sure to take all of the necessary precautions to ensure that your home will be safest after it passes.

Lightning strikes can cause your home massive amounts of damage, even if lightning doesn't hit your home at all! Power surges to your home could result in personal injury if you are using an electrical device or appliance at the time of a lightning strike. Not to mention the chance that a power surge could send a home device up in flames, resulting in a dangerous and costly house fire! To prevent these type of scenarios, installing a panel or meter serge protector, purchasing and using outlet protectors, or even just unplugging devices and small appliances during a storm could save you an unwanted home devastation this spring.

Aside from lightning strikes, the high winds and heavy rains could also cause you problems with water and structural damages. Prevention, depending on the caliber of the storm, is sometimes impossible; however, some basic tips can give you some added protection for when mother nature makes her way to your town. Making sure all of your doors and windows, are completely sealed when closed is massively important. Even the smallest leaks can wreak havoc. Cleaning your gutters regularly and maintaining your roof regularly will also reduce your risk of large loss during a storm. All water damages are preventable and making sure your roof and gutter are both clean and structurally well is half the battle.

While it is nearly impossible to predict when tragedy will occur, it is SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 's job to provide 24-hour emergency service when it does. We are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster and can respond immediately to your storm-related issues in your home or business. Our team has the expertise to handle your storm damage needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Specialized Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

Which Will You Be?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Which Will You Be? Closed Business

It has been observed that nearly 50% of business' never reopen again after a large loss.

Here at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton, we are extremely committed to ensuring that our local South Jersey businesses never fall into that category. To stay true to that goal, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including:

  • Easy-to-use mobile app
  • Eye-catching tags to mark shut-off valve locations
  • Assessment of priority areas
  • Identifying and documenting the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

All of these preventative measures will help save your business time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 609-965-0885.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.” Which will you be?

Preventing Tree Fires This Holiday Season

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire in your home this holiday season:

  • Choose a tree with fresh needles
  • Cut 2" from the base of the trunk before placing
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from ANY heat source (fireplace, radiator, candles, heaters, lights, etc.).
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water DAILY
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Last but not least, dispose of your tree as soon as the holidays pass. It might be decorative and fun, but the longer a dry, dying tree sits in your house, the more likely your home is to experience and suffer a fire loss.

In the unfortunate instance that tragedy does strike this year, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your home. We understand the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885.

Did you know?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Did you know? Are you SERVPRO Ready?

Did you know 50% of businesses never reopen after suffering a disaster? This is largely due to the fact that they did not have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Here at SERVPRO® of Atlantic CIty/Hamilton/Hammonton, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including: an app for your phone, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and identifying the line of command for authorizing work to begin, all of which will help save you time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 609-965-0885.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.”

Thanksgiving Disaster Prevention

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Disaster Prevention Oven fire bursts kitchen into flames

With the beginning of the holidays just days away, and we all prepare our feasts, it is imperative to keep safety in mind this Thanksgiving season. With nearly 2000 fires across the United States last year, Thanksgiving day sees the most house fires of any day of the year. Preventing these types of disasters all starts with eliminating carelessness in the kitchen. Making sure pan handles are not facing outward and oven timers are audible when food is cooking are two big things that will reduce the risk of accidents in your home. Others small yet important things include keeping small children out of the kitchen and keeping the amount of people in there at once to a minimum. Common sense and careful cooking will help to make sure that your holiday dinner doesn't turn into a holiday disaster.

In the unfortunate instance that tragedy does strike this year, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your storm-related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your storm damage needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Specialized Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

Bursting Pipes = A Messy Holiday Season

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Bursting Pipes = A Messy Holiday Season Frozen Water Pipes

It is recommended to every homeowner that they should take precautions to winterize their home before the winter months each year. So why should your commercial business be any different? A frozen and burst pipe at your business can be even more messy and even more expensive than your basement to remedy and repair. And they happen just as often! It is important to have your business properly insulated and your shut off valves identified. This will help reduce the risk of a pipe burst and minimize the loss should it occur.

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster? This is largely due to the fact that they did not have a plan in place in case of an emergency.

Here at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including: an app for your phone, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and identifying the line of command for authorizing work to begin, all of which will help save you time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 609-965-0885.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.”

Sick Facts About Mold

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sick Facts About Mold Large patch of mold in downstairs bathroom; Absecon, NJ.

While is extremely difficult to say definitively the amount of homes in the US that have mold infestation, studies done have found evidence supporting that an estimated 50-70% of American households carry water damage and mold. This is no small matter as people who are exposed to mold are 30% to 50% more at risk of asthma and a multitude of respiratory infections. Even short-term mold exposure can have severe effects on ones body. In many cases of exposure there have been symptoms of sinus inflammation and irritation, nausea, asthma flare-ups, headaches, and even skin infections.

These health issues caused by exposure to the bio-toxins produced by mold are the reason why any evidence of mold damage should be acted upon immediately. While some people don't see the effects of mold exposure happen to their own bodies, a large majority of people are still susceptible to its effects. When mold is identified it is important to remove it quickly and safely

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mays Landing.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

Will you be ready in the event of an emergency?

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster? This is largely due to the fact that they did not have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Here at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including: an app for your phone, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and identifying the line of command for authorizing work to begin, all of which will help save time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 609-965-0885.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.”

Flood Facts

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

The summer months bring tropical storms and hurricanes, which also brings a greater risk for flood damage and water losses. Here are some facts about floods to help raise awareness and hopefully help you prevent, or at least limit, any damage a flood might cause.

A flood is a high flow of water for a prolonged period of time, often caused by heavy rain from a thunderstorm, tropical storm, hurricane, or derecho.

Flash floods are quick rising floods caused by heavy rains over a short period of time. These can be very dangerous, as they often have enough power to sweep away trees and vehicles, causing immense damage. Pay attention to flash flood warnings and have an emergency plan in place.

Coastal flooding is a big issue this time of year in our area. Coastal flooding is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.

SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton specializes in restoring any water/flood related losses. Give us a call at 609-965-0885 following your water loss for a free inspection and estimate by our professionally trained staff.

Hidden Damages Associated with Fire Losses.

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hidden Damages Associated with Fire Losses. Fire damage in the family room caused additional smoke damage in the crawlspace.

Hidden damages associated with fire losses.

Along with the obvious damage cause by the flames of a fire loss, there are often hidden damages that SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton are professionally trained to handle. Those damages can include, but are not limited to, water damage from the firefighting efforts, structural damage from the heat, and an odor caused by the smoke.  Your Heating and Air conditioning System (HVAC) can distribute smoke and odor to areas of your home or business that may appear to be unaffected by the fire.

SERVPRO® offers a 7 step process to restore your home or business to the way it was before the loss. To find out more, visit http://www.SERVPROatlanticcityhamiltonhammonton.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration or call us at 609-965-0885.

Hurricane Season

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is here!

With Tropical Storm Cindy making landfall this week, we at SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton want to remind everyone about the dangers of hurricanes in our area as well as give you some tips on how to limit the damage. This hurricane season is forecasted as being “busier than usual”, so make sure you, your home, and your loved ones are prepared.

The first step in hurricane preparedness is to know the evacuation routes in your area. Knowing evacuation routes ensure that you and your family are able to evacuate quickly and safely in the event of a mandatory evacuation.

If you are unable to evacuate, make sure that you have plenty of water, batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, and non-perishable food items handy. If power is lost during the storm, there’s no telling how long it could be out for. Be sure to wait out the storm in a secure room, away from windows.

After the storm has passed, report any downed power lines but DO NOT approach them.

Be prepared and stay safe out there everybody!

Understanding “Derechos”

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

As many of us remember from June of 2012, Derechos can cause significant damage and appear almost out of nowhere. Derechos are most common in late spring and summer, so we at SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of derechos as well as some give you some tips on keeping safe in the event of a Derecho.

A derecho is a large cluster of thunderstorms that can produce winds of 50-100+ MPH. They have been compared the impact of a derecho to the strength of a land-falling hurricane, while affecting a larger area than a tornado.

To protect your home and your loved ones, be sure to check the weather forecast first. Any severe thunderstorm warnings should be taken seriously, as they could develop into a derecho. Avoid driving or boating during a severe thunderstorm warning. Almost half of derecho-related fatalities have occurred in either cars or boats.

For any storm related damage, call SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at: 609-965-0885.

Summer is Mold’s Favorite Season!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

With summer arriving (finally!), we at SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton are here to remind everybody about the dangers of mold, as well as how to prevent mold growth. Summer temperatures and humidity levels are ideal conditions for mold to grow, so be on alert!

Mold grows well in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees. The high temperatures, in combination with humid air, create the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

To prevent mold growth, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends keeping the humidity level in your home to below 50%. A dehumidifier or an air conditioner is an effective way to keep humidity levels under control.

If you believe you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO ® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at 609-965-0885. With free inspections and estimates, as well as our state-of-the-art mold remediation services and professional staff, we’re the right call to make to ensure your mold issue is resolved “Like it never even happened.”

Forrest Fire Tips

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

With the worst forest fire in Portugal’s history happening recently, it is unfortunately that time of year again in our area where forest fires are a threat. Here are some tips to stay safe during a forest fire and to prevent them from even starting.

Prevention:

  • Be sure to obey local laws when having a campfire or any open fire.
  • Keep flammable objects away from any open fires.
  • Make sure smoking materials are extinguished before disposing them.
  • Avoid burning fires in windy conditions.
  • Keep shovels, water, and fire retardant handy while burning a fire to keep it under control.

In the event of a forest fire:

  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Be sure to lock your home.
  • Avoid evacuating through routes that run near the fire.
  • Monitor changes in wind speed/direction.
  • Alert someone that you have left and where you are going so that first responders know you are no longer in the residence.

SERVPRO® Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton: 609-965-0885

Experience the Best of Atlantic City this Summer

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

To celebrate the official start to summer, SERVPRO® of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton would like to tell you about some of the exciting events coming down to the shore this year!

For the car enthusiasts, the Car Cruise comes to Historic Smithville 6/23 from 5-8 PM. Stop by to check out some classic cars and even bring your own!

As always, AC is your home for fantastic Fourth of July fireworks with two shows this year! The first begins at 9 in the marina district at the Borgata. The second show begins at 10 over the boardwalk at Tropicana!

One of the highlights of every summer the Atlantic City Air Show  returns Wednesday August 23rd.  See link for additional details

http://airshow.acchamber.com/

For the fitness lovers out there, the Insane Inflatable 5K comes to Bader Field on 7/8

Pink will be performing her east coast exclusive concert on the Atlantic City beach on 7/12. It is one of only a handful in North America, so don’t miss out!

Brantley Gilbert will follow Pink on the beach with a concert of his own the very next day, 7/13. Brantley Gilbert is one of only four country acts to have back-to-back platinum albums!

If you’re looking for laughs, a few great comedians will be in town this summer, including Jay Leno (7/2 @ Borgata), Jim Gaffigan (7/15 @ Borgata), Ron White (7/22 @ Tropicana), Jeff Dunham (7/22 @ Borgata), and Jerry Seinfeld (8/25 @ Borgata).

One of the highlights of every summer the Atlantic City Air Show  returns Wednesday August 23rd.  See link for additional details

http://airshow.acchamber.com/

So get out and enjoy summer while it lasts!

Do’s and Don’ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do’s and Don’ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage Summer storms can produce significant lightening.

Do’s and Don’ts to Help Minimize Storm Damage

Do:

  • Ensure local authorities have given the “all clear” for your area.
  • Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with wet-dry vacuums, mops, and towels.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying.
  • Call SERVPRO Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at (609)965-0885.

Don’t:

  • Use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible.
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Use television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.

We at SERVPRO® Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton are here to ensure that your home and personal belongings are restored to their original condition after storm damage strikes. Call us at (609)965-0885 for a free estimate, and then take advantage of our professional restoration services performed by our exceptional staff. Let us restore your home “Like it never even happened!”

Some Tips to Prevent Water Damage to your Home or Business.

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

  1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

  1. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement.

 

  1. Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.  This is even more important if it is a second home that is not always occupied.

  1. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes.  If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs.

 

  1. Never pour grease down your sink

 

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

 

For all of your property restoration needs SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is available 24/7/365, call 609-965-0885.

For Prompt Response for Water Damage in Hammonton, NJ

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  If it is a small leak or a massive flood to your home or business in Hammonton we can respond immediately to your emergency water damage. SERVPRO has the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.



  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service

  • State of the Art Equipment

  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians

  • Direct Insurance Billing


Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.


 For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Remediation Services in Brigantine NJ

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Services in Brigantine NJ Removal of wallpaper revealed hidden mold damage.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Brigantine.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.



  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service

  • State of the Art Equipment

  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians

  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment


SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."


Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

Mold Inspection and Remediation in Galloway, NJ

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Inspection and Remediation in Galloway, NJ Mold in a crawlspace.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mays Landing.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

Water Clean up from Flooding

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Clean up from Flooding Localized flooding event

Following a water intrusion caused by storm damage calling SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is the first and one of the most important calls you can make.   In the event that you don't complete the water removal process immediately, your property can be subjected to a plethora of unwanted, unnecessary complications such as mold growth, loss of possessions, and structural damage. If you find yourself in need of water damage services, it's important to find a skilled team of restoration experts like SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton. We can expedite the water extraction, cleaning, repair, and restoration components of the process. Learn more about the importance of water damage cleanup by reviewing this short reference guide:


Water Cleanup Prevents Mold and Mildew Growth

One of the reasons for securing the services of an experienced water damage cleanup company is inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Unfortunately, these fungi can begin thriving and expanding on your property 48-72 hours after the initial water intrusion. Moreover, the moist, warm conditions created by water damage make your residential property a prime location in which mold can develop and proliferate. 

Prevent or Diminish Secondary Water Damage to the Structure of Your Home

An additional benefit of rapid water removal is that it prevents structural damage from adversely impacting your property. When left unaddressed for an extended time, the water can wick into walls, and studs, rust appliances, and damage the electrical system. If a natural flooding disaster occurred, then the foundation could also have been compromised. 

Why You Should Secure Professional Assistance 

Although some people attempt to complete the water cleanup process on their own, this approach is not advisable if it means more than using a mop and a bucket. For volumes of unwanted standing water, our water removal process is expedited and optimized through the use of specialized equipment.  Our high volume vacuum extractors remove water quickly.  This means less the water damage to furniture, walls, flooring, electronics, and personal possessions. This helps to remove water and treat damage that you can’t see.  After extraction is complete we apply a plant based anti-microbial and then begin the drying process.  Our specialty drying equipment will be placed strategically to promote rapid drying.  It is important to get remaining structural materials dry to prevent the mold and microbial growth. 


Let SERVPRO Assist You Now


For help restoring your residential commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885.  We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Atlantic City, Galloway, Mays Landing, Absecon or Hammonton basement could flood, including: 



  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

  • Storm sewer backup

  • Sanitary sewer backup

  • Foundation drainage failure

  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

  • And many more


Have Questions about Basement Flooding?


Call Today – 609-965-0885


If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.


The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton  and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.


We are Flooded Basement Specialists:



  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment


Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 609-965-0885

Our core Values

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

General Our core Values Congratulations and thanks to all of our employees who bring our core values to life every day.

At SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton our Core Values are:  Dignity and Respect, Keep Promises, Professional Impression, Solve Problems.  Every year the employees vote for the co-worker who most exemplifies each of the core values.  The individual with the most votes has their name added to the plaque for that year as well as receiving a gift from the company.


The winners for 2016:


Dignity and Respect – Kathy Grassi


Keep Promises – John Shaver


(Tie)                      Kevin Cintron


Professional Impression – Kevin Cintron


Solve Problems – Jack Harvey


Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. They are the values underlie our work, how we interact with each other and our customers, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work.

Winter Property Tips

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

1) Prepare for Winter Storms

Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business; not only as it builds up, but also as it melts. Here are things to watch for:

  • Watch for snow accumulation on the leeward (downwind) side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, consult a roofing contractor for a referral.
  • Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls. Melting snow can lead to water damage and moisture intrusion.

 

 Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice build up and block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property.

  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
  • Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.
  • Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.

Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage.

Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:

  • Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy.
  • Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so.
  • Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured.
  • Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.

When it's safe to begin cleanup:

  • Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.
  • Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton for assistance with extraction and drying.
  • By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems.

 

2) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

  • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
  • Check on all vacant units.
  • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage. To remove the risk completely, have a plumber drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.

3) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

  • Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the property.
  • Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the property.

4) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

  • Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.
  • Use weather-stripping around doors, and caulk windows to prevent cold air from entering the home.
  • Replace cracked glass in windows. If you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood.
  • If your home has a basement, consider protecting the window wells by covering them with plastic shields.
  • Switch out summer screens with glass replacements. Install storm windows, if you have them.

5) Fireplace Inspection

  • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
  • Call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote, if the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while.
  • Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Check the mortar between bricks and point, if necessary.

6) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

7) Check Foundations

  • Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation.
  • Seal up entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house.
  • Point or seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.
  • Secure crawlspace entrances.

8) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

  • Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.
  • To prevent winter injury, ask your landscaper when your trees should be pruned
  • In areas where the ground freezes, plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs, such as dahlias, that cannot withstand winter temperatures.

9)  Prevent Slip and Falls and Other Liability Issues

  • Inspect all property entrances and common areas to ensure they are well lit.
  • Clean Leaves and debris
  • Also have plenty of ice melt on hand to prevent injuries

While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter.

For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

 

Restoring Your Hammonton Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Hammonton Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Small setback? Colossal catastrophe? Or something in between? We clean them all. SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.

Flooding, roof leaks, broken pipes, sprinkler system discharge, any water damage events in Hammonton commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property and get you back to business.

For help restoring your commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885.  We’ll make it “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Restoring Your Atlantic City Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Atlantic City Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Small setback? Colossal catastrophe? Or something in between? We clean them all. SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.

Flooding, roof leaks, broken pipes, sprinkler system discharge, any water damage events in Atlantic City commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property and get you back to business.

For help restoring your commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885.  We’ll make it “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Leading cause of fire and smoke damage in Atlantic County

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Leading cause of fire and smoke damage in Atlantic County Kitchen Fire

As the Holiday Season and Winter weather approaches it is important to prevent fire and smoke damage to your home in the area.  Regardless of the time of the year the leading cause of home fire damage is cooking.  

Remember the following tips so your kitchen stays free of fire hazards.

Kitchen Fire Safety Must-Haves

Every kitchen should have the following safety essentials on hand:

  • Fire Extinguisher: An ABC Dry Chemical fire extinguisher is the best option since it won?t accelerate grease fires. Read the instructions, and know how to operate it.
  • Smoke Detector: A smoke detector with a pause button is best in case of false alarms. Neighboring rooms to the kitchen should also have smoke detectors.
  • Oven Mitts: Protect those hands with a thick, durable pair.

Safe Home Cookin'

Be a safe chef in your home by remembering these safety practices, and prevent a fire from ever starting:

  • Don?t leave your cooking unattended. Checking your email or watching TV can wait until you've switched off the burner.
  • Keep cooking area clean to prevent grease buildup.
  • Have nothing flammable near the stove. Keep curtains, potholders, dishtowels, food packaging, and Mom?s recipe cards away from the stove.
  • Roll up your sleeves, tuck in your shirt, and pin back long hair.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly. Be patient with those French fries; heating oil too quickly can easily start a fire.

Cooking Safe With Your Little Chefs

It may be unavoidable for kids to resist the pleasant smells wafting from the kitchen. Kids often want to help cook, so bear in mind the following tips:

  • Enforce a kid-free zone. Young children should be kept at least 3 feet away from the stove while older family members are cooking to avoid accidents and spills.
  • Use the back burners, and turn pot handles toward the center of the range. This will keep hot items out of a child's reach and reduce the risk of spills.
  • Teach children that hot things can burn.
  • Never hold a child while cooking.

If A Cooking Fire Starts:

  • Water and grease don't mix. In the event of a grease fire, NEVER POUR WATER ON IT. It will spread. Use a fire extinguisher, or when in doubt, get out and call for help.
  • Put a lid on it. If a pan catches fire, slide a lid over the pan and turn off the stove burner. Leave the lid on until it is completely cool.
  • Keep the oven or microwave door shut if fire starts. Turn off the heat. If the flames do not go out immediately, get out and call for help.
  • Stop, drop, and roll. If your clothes catch fire, smother them on the kitchen floor before getting out of the house.

For all of your property restoration needs, including fire and smoke damage SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is available 24/7/365, call 609-965-0885.

Understanding Mold

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Mold Remediation Project

Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Bacteria can start to grow within hours and mold can start to grow within days. Mold spores can lay dormant for years until an ideal growing condition develops, in which they start to flourish. Especially during the summer, the warm humid conditions are a perfect microenvironment for mold growth. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur—particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in an indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Many types of molds exist.

All molds have the potential to cause serious health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to it. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate and clean any existing mold growth indoors.  The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just kill it. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are still potentially toxic!

The appropriate restoration procedures within the first few hours of a water loss can save thousands of dollars in secondary damage. Before the growth of mold becomes visible, there will be a faint musty or earthy smell. In time, mold will appear on the outside of the wall as a stain or discoloration. In a standard situation, SERVPRO® Professionals examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and remove the mold growth and excess spores returning the area

back to normal levels. Some situations require the assistance of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional (IEP) with specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the structure. IEPs can test and clear a structure for mold

by collecting air and surface samples. Then they can determine whether the mold has been successfully decontaminated.

Please contact us if you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or business.  We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. In the event mold is found on a property.  If extensive mold growth is present, it may be recommended that occupants leave the affected area until the containment process is safely and successfully completed.

SERVPRO® Professionals are trained to control microbial problems in structures.  We adhere to the to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.  Please contact our office @ 609-965-0885

Enjoy the Best Atlantic City has to Offer as Summer 2016 Comes to a Close.

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

Community Enjoy the Best Atlantic City has to Offer as Summer 2016 Comes to a Close. Air Show Beach Flyover

Summer will be over before you know it.  There is still time have fun in Atlantic City. Check out the upcoming events:

The Atlantic City Air Show Wednesday August 17th.  See link for additional details

Atlantic City Air Show

In addition to the Air Show check out one of the great the line-up of beach concerts:

Jimmy Buffet, who brings his Coral Reefer Band with special guest G. Love & Special Sauce to the beach on Saturday, August 13.

The acclaimed Zac Brown Band with Drake White and The Big Fire takes over the stage on Thursday, September 1. 

Florida Georgia Line with Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown on Saturday, September 3 

Blink-182 will play surfside on September 5.

Come on down and enjoy Atlantic City!

Bio Hazard Cleanup in Mays Landing, NJ

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton offers cleaning services for the scenes of suicide, homicide, and accidental death in both commercial and residential properties.   The importance of professional cleaning and thorough sanatizing in these scenarios is compounded by the potential presence of contamination through blood and other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning services eliminate the risk of contamination or endangerment through blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or HIV.  If the cleanup situation you are encountering appears to be over your head, then it probably is.  Let our Highly Trained Bio-hazard Technicians handles the cleanup process.  In many cases this cleanup is covered by your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

For help restoring your property after a Bio Hazard incident, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

 

Bio Hazard Cleanup in Hammonton, NJ

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton offers cleaning services for the scenes of suicide, homicide, and accidental death in both commercial and residential properties.   The importance of professional cleaning and thorough sanitizing in these scenarios is compounded by the potential presence of contamination through blood and other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning services eliminate the risk of contamination or endangerment through blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or HIV.  If the cleanup situation you are encountering appears to be over your head, then it probably is.  Let our Highly Trained Water Bio-hazard Technicians handles the cleanup process.  In many cases this cleanup is covered by your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

For help restoring your property after a Bio Hazard incident, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Bio Hazard Cleanup in Galloway

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton offers cleaning services for the scenes of suicide, homicide, and accidental death in both commercial and residential properties.   The importance of professional cleaning and thorough sanitizing. In these scenarios is compounded by the potential presence of contamination through blood and other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning services eliminate the risk of contamination or endangerment through blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or HIV.  If the cleanup situation you are encountering appears to be over your head, then it probably is.  Let our Highly Trained Water Bio-hazard Technicians handles the cleanup process.  In many cases this cleanup is covered by your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

 

For help restoring your property after a Bio Hazard incident, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

 

Bio Hazard Cleanup in Atlantic City

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton offers cleaning services for the scenes of suicide, homicide, and accidental death in both commercial and residential properties.   The importance of professional cleaning and thorough sanitizing in these scenarios is compounded by the potential presence of contamination through blood and other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning services eliminate the risk of contamination or endangerment through blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or HIV.  If the cleanup situation you are encountering appears to be over your head, then it probably is.  Let our Highly Trained Water Bio-hazard Technicians handles the cleanup process.  In many cases this cleanup is covered by your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

For help restoring your property after a Bio Hazard incident, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

 

Restoring Your Atlantic City Area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Atlantic City Area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Drying the property in place so work could continue.

Flooding and water damage events at Atlantic City area commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our 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 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew

Training and Certifications

Restoring Your Hammonton Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Hammonton Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Drying in place at this office so they can get up and running.

Flooding and water damage events at Hammonton commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our 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 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

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 staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Training and Certifications

Meet Our Crew

Severe Storms Roll Through Southern NJ

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

A line of severe storms rolled through parts of Southern New Jersey on Tuesday afternoon.  If your home or business has suffered damage contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    Faster to Any-sized Disaster

    6/20/2016 (Permalink)

    General Faster to Any-sized Disaster Crew gathering in the morning to restore a large commercial loss.

    Some jobs are simple, and some require a little more manpower. No matter whether it's your home or your business, we're faster to any-sized disaster.

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.  We handle water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, storm damage and commercial services.

    24-Hour Emergency Service
    Faster to Any Size Disaster
    Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
    A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
    Locally Owned and Operated
    Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

    For all of your property restoration needs SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is available 24/7/365, call 609-965-0885.



    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

    Hurricane Season 2016

    6/2/2016 (Permalink)

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.

    NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). While a near-normal season is most likely with a 45 percent chance, there is also a 30 percent chance of an above-normal season and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season.

    What To Do Before, During And After A Thunderstorm

    5/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Warmer weather brings increased chances of thunderstorms.

    Before

    ·       Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Look for lightning and go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder; stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder-clap

    ·       Consider investing in a personal lightning detector

    ·       Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall

    ·       Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage

    ·       Shut all windows and secure outside doors

    ·       Unplug electronic equipment

    During

    ·       Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including devices plugged in for recharging (consider unplugging valuable electronics in case of power surge)

    ·       Water conducts electricity, so avoid contact with plumbing

    ·       Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches

    ·       Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls

    ·       Avoid natural lightning rods, such as tall isolated trees, and avoid isolated small structures in open areas

    ·       Avoid contact with metal, including farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts and bicycles

    ·       If you are driving, safely exit or pull over and park; do not touch any surface that conducts electricity in or outside of the vehicle

    After

    ·       Never drive through a flooded roadway

    ·       Avoid storm-damaged areas

    ·       Help people who may require special assistance

    ·       Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately

    ·       Watch your pets closely; keep them indoors if possible

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Atlantic City, NJ 609-965-0885

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation  For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Atlantic City, NJ 609-965-0885 Mold remediation in progress.

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic City.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
    • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.  We handle water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, storm damage and commercial services.

    24-Hour Emergency Service
    Faster to Any Size Disaster
    Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
    A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
    Locally Owned and Operated
    Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

    Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Hammonton, NJ 609-965-0885

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Hammonton.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
    • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

    Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Mays Landing, NJ 609-965-0885

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mays Landing.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
    • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

    Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Absecon, NJ 609-965-0885

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Absecon, NJ 609-965-0885 Fire damage to a bathrrom.

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Absecon.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs

    ·       24 -Hour Emergency Service.

    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    What to Expect: 

    When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 856-566-3388. SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

     

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Egg Harbor City, NJ 609-965-0885

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Egg Harbor City.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs

    ·       24 -Hour Emergency Service.

    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    What to Expect: 

    When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 609-965-0885. SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

     

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Galloway, NJ 609-965-0885

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Galloway, NJ 609-965-0885 Kitchen fire

    being faster to any-sized disaster in Galloway.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs

    ·       24 -Hour Emergency Service.

    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing 

    What to Expect: 

    When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 609-965-0885. SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

     

     

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

    Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Atlantic City, NJ 609-965-0885

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Atlantic City, NJ 609-965-0885 Smoke damage to a kitchen

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic City.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs

    ·       24 -Hour Emergency Service.

    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    What to Expect: 

    When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 609-965-0885. SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

     

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Mays Landing, NJ 609-965-0885

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Mays Landing, NJ 609-965-0885 Smoke damage to a kitchen.

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mays Landing.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs

    ·       24 -Hour Emergency Service.

    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the fire damaged home or business
    • When did the fire or smoke damage occur?
    • What caused the fire damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In HAMMONTON, NJ 609-965-0885

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Hammonton.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

     

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

     

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Absecon, NJ 609-965-0885

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Absecon.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

     

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes:

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

     

    For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Egg Harbor City, NJ 609-965-0885

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Egg Harbor City.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In GALLOWAY, NJ 609-965-0885

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Galloway.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home or business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.  

    If you have a water damage to the corner of you basement or to your corner office call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is available 24/7/365, call 609-965-0885.

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In HAMMONTON, NJ 609-965-0885

    3/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  If it is a small leak or a massive flood to your home or business in Hammonton we can respond immediately to your emergency water damage.  SERVPRO has the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • Water Extraction and Professional Drying Equipment
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

     

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes:

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

     

    For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton 24/7/365 at 609-965-0885 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In MAYS LANDING, NJ 609-965-0885

    3/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mays Landing.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 609-965-0885

    3/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic City.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 609-965-0885

    8 Bad “Facts” About Mold That Everyone Thinks Are True

    3/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation 8 Bad “Facts” About Mold That Everyone Thinks Are True SERVPRO in Proper Personal Protective Equipment

    Which one doesn’t fit with the rest? Mold is big. Mold is bad. Mold is scary. Mold is common. When it comes to mold there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there. Mention the word “mold” and people will flee in panic. In reality mold can be a serious problem, but with a little common sense and the right information you can learn to discern myth from fact and make wise decisions in your dealings with mold.

    Overreactions to mold

    With all the misinformation about mold out there it is easy to over react. Here are four “facts” that are over reactions to mold.

    Bad “Fact” 1: All Mold Is Bad

    Nope! Have you ever eaten cheese or take penicillin? Mold is used in the making of many kinds of cheese and in the manufacturing of antibiotics (though things have come along way sense the first antibiotic).

    Bad “Fact” 2: All Mold Causes Health Problems

    While mold certainly can cause health efffects, it is not true that all molds cause health problems in all people. In reality the affect of mold on people varies greatly. Molds produce allergens, and while some people will be allergic to the allergens produced by mold not everyone will react to mold, and the affects can be varied depending on ones sensitivity to mold. Some studies have suggested that health effects can arise from repeated exposure to mold, so it is not something to play around with.

    Bad “Fact” 3: There Should be No Mold Inside

    In reality mold is all around us and is very natural. There are mold spores in the air you are breathing and there is really no way around this unless you decide to live inside a plastic, environmentally controlled bubble. The problem is not that there is mold indoors the problem is with the concentration of mold indoors. Mold should not be growing in your walls or on surfaces as that can be a problem and contribute to allergic reactions. We will always live with mold, the question is how much mold should we live with? The answer to that is still being worked out. As mold effects people differently you should talk to your doctor if you think you are suffering from exposure to mold and you take steps to reduce your exposure to mold. Hiring a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO is a good option.

    Bad “Fact” 4: Bleach Kills Mold

    This is kind of a half truth. Bleach may kill certain kinds of mold on non-porous surfaces, however, it is not clear that bleach can kill all kinds of mold nor kill mold on porous surfaces such as wood. Research is continuing to be done on the effectiveness of bleach as a mold cleanup agent. It should be noted that using bleach to “kill” mold poses its own health risks and is not a recommended solution by EPA or OSHA. Bleach is also very corrosive and can cause further damage if not used correctly.

    Bad facts that understate the problem

    Just as there are many “facts” that overstate the mold problem, there are also many “facts” that understate the problem. Here are four of them.

    Bad “Fact” 1: Killing Mold is Enough, I Don’t Need to Remove it

    Killing mold is not enough. Putting aside the conflicting reports on what kills mold, simply killing mold does not remove the health affects as the allergens are still present even in dead mold. To properly protect against health affects, removal of the affected areas is often necessary. Care must be taken when removing the affected areas so that the allergens and mold is not spread throughout the house. That is why professional mold remediation services are often necessary to properly fix a mold problem.

    Bad “Fact” 2: Mold is Natural, You Shouldn’t Worry About it

    While mold may be natural, consistent exposure to mold can have negative affects on ones health. If mold is growing in your home or place of business it needs to be addressed as it will deteriorate your building and can cause health problems.

    Bad “Fact” 3: If You Only See a Little Mold it is Probably Nothing to Worry About

    If mold is to the point where it is visibly growing on surfaces in your home you have a problem. Mold is like an iceberg, you generally only see the tip of it while the majority is below the surface. If you see a little bit of mold you most likely have more growing under the surface out of site.

    Bad “Fact” 4: Cleaning up Mold isn’t Hard. You Should Do it Yourself

    This is another half truth. While you may be able to clean up certain kinds of mold in small quantities most people are not equipped to do proper mold remediation. Simply wiping down the evidence is not good enough. To properly “cleanup” a mold problem you must identify the cause, isolate the area to keep the mold from spreading, and clean and or remove the affected surfaces. Unless you know how to setup a containment unit, have a couple of commercial sized HEPA air filtration units, protective gear, HEPA vacuums, specialized cleaning agents, and can do a wet extraction to keep mold spores from spreading, you should probably call a professional mold remediation company.

    The Leading Cause of Home Fires in the Winter

    2/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Did you know regardless of the weather outside the leading cause of home fires is cooking?

    Coldest Air of the Winter

    2/10/2016 (Permalink)

    This weekend will bring the coldest temperatures of the season to our region.  The combination of low temperatures and gusty winds will increase the risk of frozen pipes.  See tips for preventing frozen pipes listed below:

  • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
  • Check on all vacant units.
  • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. 
  • While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter. 

    Tips for Cleaning Flooded Properties.

    1/27/2016 (Permalink)

    In the wake of Winter Storm Jonas, many along the coast are dealing with cleanup of flooded properties.  Below are some tips from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  The IICRC with industry-wide participation, certifies and develops certifications and standards for inspection, cleaning and restoration.

    IICRC Consumer Flood Cleanup Tips

    Flood victims can follow a few simple steps to reduce property damage and limit health risks.

    Flooding occurs when rising water overflows the natural boundaries of bodies of water, such as rivers and streams, and flows across the ground picking up all kinds of contamination. The water can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields or gardens.

    The IICRC offers these tips to clean up after floods:

    ·       Use caution when entering buildings. Make sure electrical power is off and the structure is sound before entering and inspecting a flooded building. Small animals or reptiles may also seek shelter inside a structure, so be cautious when repositioning contents or removing materials.

    ·       Protect yourself. Wear an organic vapor respirator, available from paint or building supply stores, along with rubber gloves, eye protection and protective clothing. Ventilate affected areas by opening windows, and eventually, by placing a fan in a window. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.

    ·       Know what items to throw awayPorous items that absorb contaminated flood water shouldn't be restored. Drywall, carpet and pad, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particle board normally should be discarded if wet.

    ·       Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable. Machine washing, including at least a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, should remove most contamination and stains.

    ·       Open pockets of saturation. Remove base molding and portions of damaged walls and wet insulation. Locate the water line and measure 15 inches to 20 inches above it. Everything below that should be removed and discarded. Flooring, such as hardwood, laminate or sheet vinyl, should be removed to expose pockets of saturation underneath for cleaning, sanitizing and drying.

    ·       Clean aggressively. Wall cavities and exposed durable materials (studs, joists) should be cleaned by pressure washing with detergent solutions.  After thoroughly cleaning and flushing salvageable materials, apply a disinfectant solution liberally. A water restoration professional may be needed to perform this service safely and effectively.

    ·       Prevent mold growth. Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives in a moist environment with organic material (e.g., paper or particle board), and temperatures between 68°F and 86°F. Keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures as possible.

    ·       Dry out before you rebuild. To prevent dry rot and on-going structural damage, don't reconstruct or cover wood materials until its moisture content falls below 16 percent. Moisture meters are available online, but it may be best to hire a water restoration professional to confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

    Consider hiring a professional. A professional water damage restoration company has trained technicians, specialized cleaners and antimicrobial agents, and extraction, drying, dehumidifying and moisture measuring equipment.

    At SERVPRO of Atlantic City our technicians are IICRC trained and certified and will be glad to assist with your flood cleanup effort.  

    Winter Storm Jonas - Property Protection Tips

    1/22/2016 (Permalink)

    Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business; not only as it builds up, but also as it melts. Here are things to watch for: 

    •Watch for snow accumulation on the leeward (downwind) side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, consult a roofing contractor for a referral.  

    •Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls. Melting snow can lead to water damage and moisture intrusion.

     Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice build up and block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property. 

    •Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. 

    •Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.

    •Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house. 

    Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage. 

    Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:

    •Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy. 

    •Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so. 

    •Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured. 

    •Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.

    When it's safe to begin cleanup:

    •Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.

    •Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.

    •Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees or Hamilton/Hammonton for assistance with extraction and drying.  

    •By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems. 

    Winter Weather Returns

    1/12/2016 (Permalink)

    A piece of the polar vortex will help spread arctic air across the central and eastern United States through the midweek, bringing the coldest air of the season to many.

    "The polar vortex will shift southward across Canada and set up near Hudson Bay for a several-day stint during the second full week of January," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

    Temperatures will likely peak 10 to 20 F below normal across the Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes for a couple of days this week. Temperatures may not escape the single digits through the middle of the week in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

    The polar vortex is a permanent atmospheric feature that exists near the poles. At times, it can weaken and be displaced during the winter, sending waves of arctic air farther south away from the poles.

    While waves of cold like this are not uncommon during the month of January, it may come as a shocker for some due to the warm end to 2015 thanks in part to El Niño.

    For those that haven't dug out the winter clothing already, this round of cold air will require several layers, especially for those heading outside for an extended period of time.

    Giving Back at Atlantic County Special Services School

    12/17/2015 (Permalink)

    We had the good fortune to assist Tim Mooney, AKA Santa, as he delivered presents to the students at Atlantic County Special Services School. In addition to presents Tim presented the school with a large check from his "Cocktails for a Clause" event held last month. Tim and his team do a great job every year, and it is for a great cause. The big man has a big heart!

    Long Term Travel Tips

    12/4/2015 (Permalink)

    ·       Tell a neighbor so they can look out for your home.

    ·       Consider purchasing a light switch timer.

    ·       Unplug electronics to save energy.

    ·       Consider the possibility of frozen pipes and take action.

    ·       Change the spare key location or take it with you.

    Avoid Holiday Hazards

    11/24/2015 (Permalink)

    Just the facts:

  • More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch fire is too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time for candle fires.  In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations, compared to 4% the rest of the year.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly 1 in 6 Christmas tree fires.
  • Be safe this holiday season:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
  • Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles and heat vents.
  • For more safety tips visit the Nation Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information

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

    10/26/2015 (Permalink)

    We have obtained our 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.  For additional information visit http://www.icraforbuilders.com/ 

    Fall is the time to prep your property for winter

    10/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Fall is the time to prep your property for winter

    1) Prepare for Winter Storms

     Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice buildup block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property.

    ·       Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.

    ·       Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.

    ·       Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.

    Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage.

    Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:

    ·       Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy.

    ·       Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so.

    ·       Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured.

    ·       Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.

    When it's safe to begin cleanup:

    ·       Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.

    ·       Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.

    ·       Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees or SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton for assistance with extraction and drying. 

    ·       By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems.

    2) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

    ·       Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.

    ·       Check on all vacant units.

    ·       Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.

    ·       If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.

    ·       Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.

    ·       Drain all garden hoses.

    ·       Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.

    3) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

    ·       Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the property.

    ·       Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.

    ·       Clean out gutters and downspouts.

    ·       Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the property.

    4) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

    ·       Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.

    ·       Use weather-stripping around doors, and caulk windows to prevent cold air from entering the home.

    ·       Replace cracked glass in windows.  If you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood.

    ·       If your home has a basement, consider protecting the window wells by covering them with plastic shields.

    ·       Switch out summer screens with glass replacements.  Install storm windows, if you have them.

    5) Fireplace Inspection

    ·       Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.

    ·       Call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote, if the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while.

    ·       Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.

    ·       Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.

    ·       Check the mortar between bricks and point, if necessary.

    6) Furnace Inspection

    ·       Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.

    ·       Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

    7) Check Foundations

    ·       Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation.

    ·       Seal up entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house.

    ·       Point or seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.

    ·       Secure crawlspace entrances.

    8) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

    ·       Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.

    ·       To prevent winter injury, ask your landscaper when your trees should be pruned

    ·       In areas where the ground freezes, plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs, such as dahlias, that cannot withstand winter temperatures.

    9)  Prevent Slip and Falls and Other Liability Issues

    ·       Inspect all property entrances and common areas to ensure they are well lit.

    ·       Clean Leaves and debris

    ·       Also have plenty of ice melt on hand to prevent injuries

    While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter.


    September is National Preparedness Month

    9/21/2015 (Permalink)

    In a disaster, access to everyday necessities can be extremely limited. Our partners at The American Red Cross recommend you are prepared with food and water to last your family for at least 3 days. 

    September is National Preparedness Month

    8/31/2015 (Permalink)

    September is National Preparedness Month.  This year the folks at reday.gov are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30. 

    http://www.ready.gov/september

    30 / 30 Rule for Lightning

    7/27/2015 (Permalink)

    If there is less than 30 seconds between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder, seek shelter.

    Wait at least 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder before leaving shelter.

    Violent Storms Rip Through South Jersey

    6/24/2015 (Permalink)

    A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area last night leaving a wake of downed trees and many residents without power.

    Take time today to survey your property for damage.  Look for missing roof shingles, damaged siding, damaged gutters or downspouts. Check around the foundation for topsoil that may have been washed away.  These items if not corrected could lead to additional damage in the future.

    If you or someone you know has sustained property damage please contact our office for assistance. 

    Big or Small we are ready for cleanups of any size.

    6/22/2015 (Permalink)

    From a corner of you basement to the corner office on the 10th floor.  SERVPRO is here to help you restore your property.

    Recognition for Excellence

    6/10/2015 (Permalink)

    We are proud to announce we will be recognized as one of the Top 100 franchises in country and will be attend the “SERVPRO Elite Retreat” in the fall.

    Special thanks to all of the SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton heroes that go above and beyond the call of duty every day to satisfy our customers.

    Here to help

    5/29/2015 (Permalink)

    When you suffer property damage and need help, it isn't necessary to look any further than your own backyard. We're here in your community and here to help.

    How often should you check the batteries in your smoke detectors?

    5/15/2015 (Permalink)

    Smoke alarms greatly reduce the risk of injury to those inside your home or business. Install them on every floor and check the batteries monthly.

    What to do until help arrives.

    5/11/2015 (Permalink)

    Stopping the source water is the most important thing to do first to prevent additional damage.  Then call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton.

    Administrative Professionals Day

    4/20/2015 (Permalink)

    It's always busy here at SERVPRO®, and we couldn't keep up without the help from our Admin Professional. Thank you for all you do!

    Spring storms can bring flooding

    3/18/2015 (Permalink)

    While Spring is a beautiful time of year, it can also produce large amounts of rain in a short amount of time. Be SERVPRO® ready; know the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning. Flood/Flash Flood Watch-Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. Flood/Flash Flood Warning-Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

    Coldest Temperatures of the Season

    2/13/2015 (Permalink)

    The combination of low temperatures and gusty winds will increase the risk of frozen pipes.  See tips for preventing frozen pipes listed below:

    • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
    • Check on all vacant units.
    • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber  drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
    • Drain all garden hoses.
    • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. 

    While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter. 

    Prevent Frozen Pipes

    1/10/2015 (Permalink)

    Tips to avoid frozen pipes.

    Spreading some Holiday Cheer

    12/19/2014 (Permalink)

    Owner Pat Logue (Frosty the Snowman) teamed up with Altantic County Charities to deliver to toys and a donation to some very excited yongsters at The Atlantic County Special Services School on December 18, 2014

    Tis the Season to Give

    12/11/2014 (Permalink)

    In honor of our employees, our customers and our business partners we have made donations to:

    Community Food Bank of South Jersey which serves Camden, Burlington, Gloucester & Salem Counties & Community Food Bank of New Jersey which serves Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties

    There are many people who struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table right in our own back yards. They need help at all times of the year but especially during the winter season.

    These organizations support those truly in need and they help brighten this Holiday season for so many individuals.

    We thank all of you and wish you and your families a great Holiday season!

    http://www.foodbanksj.org/

    http://www.cfbnj.org/

    Fun and games after work.

    11/14/2014 (Permalink)

    A recent post work badminton tournament in the warehouse.

    SERVPRO Halloween Parade

    10/30/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO out and about at the Hammonton Halloween Parade

    Daylight Saving Time 2014 Ends November 2, So Get Ready To Sleep In

    10/29/2014 (Permalink)

    There's no need to hit the snooze button on Nov. 2, because the end of daylight saving time will give you that extra hour of sleep you've been craving -- if you live in an area that observes the time change, that is.

    Clocks will fall back to standard time Sunday at 2 a.m. Smartphones with automatic date and time settings will make the change for users; but people with analog clocks and watches will have to manually set their timepieces back an hour. (We suggest making the adjustment before bed on Saturday night.)

    September is National Preparedness Month

    9/11/2014 (Permalink)

    When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier using the

    SERVPRO® Ready Plan App. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business

    owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an

    Emergency Ready Profile™ containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

     Download the App today on your smartphone!

     Also available at servpro.com/ready

    Hurricane Season in New Jersey starts in August

    7/30/2014 (Permalink)

    The National Weather Service states, “History teaches that a lack of hurricane preparedness and awareness are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.” 

    Although Hurricane Season in the US starts in June, the historical data listed below would suggest Hurricane Season in New Jersey starts in August.

    Number of recorded storms affecting New Jersey

    Month                         Number of storms

    June                             7

    July                             7

    August                         31

    September                   41

    October                       14

    November                   1

    When preparing for a hurricane, it’s important to not only be aware of warning signs and critical information about the storm itself, but also to know about the types of supplies you should have on-hand during the storm.

    The following list provides some basic preparedness supplies, as well as special items to help you face hurricane-specific challenges.

    TOP 20 MUST-HAVE SUPPLIES FOR A HURRICANE

    1. Water: 1 gallon per person per day for 2 weeks. Don't forget water for cooking, cleaning, and your pets, as well as water purification and filtration supplies.

    Fact: According to those who experienced Hurricanes Wilma, Katrina, and Sandy the most important item to have during a Hurricane is water, which quickly sold out at grocery stores. If you live in an urban setting or small space, an Aquapod is a great place to store water before the storm hits.

    2. Food Storage: At least enough for 3 to 7 days. In addition to having non-perishable packaged or canned food, you’ll also want to have fuel to cook outdoors in case the power goes out.

    3. Solar Power:  If the power goes out, you can easily run a solar generator in your home without worrying  about propane, gasoline, or other flammable chemicals. Even having a small solar panel like a Nomad 7 to charge your cell phone or small electronics can go a long way in a power outage.

    Fact: During Hurricane Sandy, several residents discovered their solar panels didn’t restore their power. In fact, many residential panels are connected to the power grid; if the grid goes down, so do your panels. However, using portable solar panels can help you have a reliable source of electricity, when the power goes out. Check out Goal Zero’s portable and durable solar panels to help you weather a storm.

    4. WaterProof Containers: For storing important documents (copies of wedding license, special family photos, social security card, driver’s license, map of area, etc.)

    5. Cash: Have cash on hand in small denominations, including change. At least $20.

    6. Manual Can Opener: Make sure to have a manual can opener in case of power outages. You’ll definitely want a way to get into your food storage cans.

    7. WaterProof Matches: If you don’t have waterproof matches, you can also store regular matches in a plastic container to keep them safe and dry.

    8. Essential Kits and MedicationsFirst-Aid KitEmergency Kit, prescription medications.

    9. Sanitation Supplies/Personal Hygiene items: It’s important to keep your hands clean during an emergency to prevent the spread of disease. If your hands are caked with dirt or other substances, hand sanitizers become ineffective. If your tap water isn’t safe, wash your hands and bathe with boiled or disinfected water. Only bathe with clean, safe water in a water-related emergency like a hurricane. Wait for officials to tell you the water is clean and safe for bathing.

    Fact: Poor hygiene and sanitation can spread disease, especially in a natural disaster. According to a John Hopkins Red Cross study, more people die from unsanitary conditions, rather than the natural disaster itself, in some cases. So make sure you have a way to get clean!

    10. Light and Communication: Make sure to have a battery-operated radioflashlight, clock, or wind-up clock (include extra batteries); tune in to NOAA weather radio for constant updates on the storm and water conditions.

    11. Extra Clothes, Pillows, Blankets: Stored in your emergency kit or a waterproof container.

    12. Hurricane Shutters or Storm Panels: Consider installing hurricane shutters or storm panels if you live in a hurricane-prone area. Hurricane shutters protect your windows and doors from wind and flying debris. There are commercial shutters you can buy, or you can also install your own using plywood.

    Fact: During Hurricane Andrew, much of the damage “resulted from failure of windows and doors. These failures frequently lead to interior wall failure and sometimes roof failures.” This damage could have been prevented if shutters were installed in most homes.

    13. Entertainment items: Cards, board games, toys, drawing pads

    14. Flood Insurance, Home and Property Insurance: Look into flood insurance, if you don’t already have it, to cover damage in case of a storm. Also, check out your current insurance coverage to determine if hurricanes and other natural disasters are covered under your policy.

    15. Evacuation/Communication plan: Be sure to practice your plan and be familiar with it before a storm hits.

    16. Plastic Sheeting/Tarps: After a hurricane, you can use plastic sheeting or tarps to cover any holes or damage to your roof until it can be fixed. Make sure your tarps are in good condition; heavy winds can easily damage them. Note: Installing a tarp on your roof is dangerous, check out these tips for safely installing a tarp.  Plastic sheeting with a bit of duct tape is also great for patching leaks.

    17. Tools/Supplies for securing your home—Make sure to have a drill with a screwdriver bit to secure hurricane shutters. Also, have roof and window repair tools, rope, leather gloves, shovel, head and foot bolts for doors, and hurricane straps or clips to help hold the roof and walls up.

    Fact: A common myth about hurricane preparedness is that using duct tape to secure your windows will reduce shattering, but recently, experts from the National Hurricane Center have been de-bunking this myth. They suggest that taping your windows “can create larger and deadlier shards of glass when winds blow through a home,” increasing the danger. Instead, look into buying or making your own storm shutters.

    18. Insect Repellent: This is a product that may be overlooked when packing our emergency supplies, but it’s good to have, especially in a hurricane.

    Fact: Heavy winds and sitting pools of water often attract mosquitos after a hurricane. Mosquitos arrive in the area after being blown off trees and shrubbery—and they’re usually hungry, so make sure you have your insect repellent on hand.

    19. Child care and Pet care items: Make sure to have food, wipes, clothing, and other items to take care of your children and pets, if needed.

    20. Whistle and FlaresDo you know why you should have a whistle in your Hurricane emergency kit?

    Fact: During hurricanes, whistles are excellent tools to help you signal for help. Whistles are more effective than yelling or shouting because they can signal for help well beyond the range of your voice and with a lot less effort, allowing you to conserve energy. Whistles are one of the most commonly listed items to include in a hurricane emergency kit by hurricane survivors. 

    Hopefully the "New Jersey" Hurrican Season passes without incident.

    The American Red Cross Breakfast of Champions

    6/5/2014 (Permalink)

    We were fortunate to have breakfast with these two young men this morning.  SERVPRO was able to sponsor the Bernal brothers, Ian, 12, and Daniel, 8, their parents and grandfather at The American Red Cross Southern Shore Breakfast of Champions.  The brothers, from Egg Harbor Township, donate gifts on their birthday each year. 

    The boys encourage their friends to bring toiletry items in lieu of birthday gifts to their parties.  The boys then bring the items to the Red Cross to be used in assembling 'comfort kits; which get distributed to families when Red Cross assists families at residential fires. 

    The idea began six years ago when Ian Bernal was turning 6 years old, said his mother Elizabeth Bernal. A natural disaster was on the T.V. screen as well as information about efforts to help.

    Elizabeth Bernal said it was around the time of his birthday and he said he wanted to help so the parents suggested the idea of collecting donations for a food bank, and he immediately agreed.

    Younger brother Daniel followed in his brother’s footsteps and both are happy simply having the parties on their birthdays and spending time with friends rather than getting gifts.

    Hammonton Halloween Parade 2013

    10/24/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Hammonton Halloween Parade 2013 The great view from our vehicle last night!

    Last night we drove our Deuce and a Half through the Hammonton, NJ town center during their annual halloween parade. The turnout for the event was tremendous and there were so many vehicles that came out to participate. We hope that everyone had a great time last night, and look forward to our next community event!

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