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

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Loss in Your Brigantine Home? Now What?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Professionals are Necessary to Clean Sewage Backups on Atlantic City

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

Roots Allow Sewage Backup into Your Atlantic City Home 

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Fire Damage Atlantic City

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Damage Incidents In Your Atlantic Property

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Fire Damage In Your Atlantic City Home

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property We can make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How SERVPRO Handles Water Damage to Atlantic City Hardwood Floors

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Properly Caring For Water Damaged Hardwood Floors In Atlantic City

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

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

The Clock is Ticking on Damage

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

Removal and Reinstallation

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

Specialized Drying for Hardwood

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

Post-Mitigation Actions

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

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

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Drying Saturated Carpets in Atlantic City Homes

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fire Damage In Your Atlantic City Home

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

Restore your Atlantic City Home Efficiently and Effectively after Fire Damage

An unexpected fire can be a disaster for the interior of your home. However, the damages you immediately notice are not always permanent ones. New properties are built to withstand all but the most severe of fires and temperatures. The majority of harm is usually cosmetic. Finishes can melt under extreme temperatures as well as the pressure of hot smoke pushing against them. While these issues can be an inconvenience, particularly since they can limit use and access to your kitchen, the good news is that they are frequently restorable.

You may want to consider repairs yourself or reaching out to a professional fire damage restoration company here in Atlantic City. Combusting materials produce hot smoke, which can bond with surfaces in the form of soots. Vacuuming these areas can help to dislodge or remove any light soiling from surfaces. However, you should wear a respirator when performing this task to avoid ingesting any soots. Opening windows is also beneficial as it replaces indoor gases with clean outdoor air.

It quite likely that you run into some issues when dealing with fire restoration, which is why seeking expert guidance is useful. Not all materials contain the same chemicals. Therefore the type of soiling you are dealing with maybe different on certain surfaces or areas of the home. Smoke residues on your oven hood may differ from those closer to natural materials. It is essential to conduct pre-testing of materials before restoring them to avoid increasing the extent of the damage.

If you're unsure of how to administer a pre-test, SERVPRO is here to help. SERVPRO technicians undergo intensive training to gain qualifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC.) Our pre-tests allow us to understand what equipment or chemicals we need to get the right results. SERVPRO trucks contain air whips, air-scrubbers, oil, and water-based solvents as well as upholstery cleaning equipment. We can use this equipment to ensure your home returns to its preloss condition.

Consulting professional restoration services could help you to restore your home efficiently and effectively. Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885.

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Professional Commercial Flood Damage Mitigation in Brigantine

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

flooded commercial property after a storm Call (609) 965-0885 to protect your future inventory from dampness, odors, and other risks.

Your Nearly-Empty Warehouse Needs Professional Commercial Flood Damage Mitigation in Brigantine

With shopping activities at their peak of the year, most warehouses in Brigantine hold more bare shelves than those with product. When saltwater rushes in during a storm and overtakes your near-empty warehouse, letting it dry out over the holidays might seem the cheapest route to take. Despite the initially lower cost, even with scrubbing things down later, this can backfire on you by putting any future inventory at risk.

Instead, SERVPRO recommends businesses in flooded areas of Brigantine call certified commercial flood damage professionals. Doing so ensures that all of the effects caused by flooding, including by saltwater, get addressed in a timely manner. This reduces the risk of corrosion, microbial infestations, and elevated humidity.

At times, mitigating flood damage reveals additional damage. Our building services team is always available to perform reconstruction where needed, under General Contractor License # HIC #13VH05086500. They also perform electrical and HVAC work, streamlining services for our customers.

Increased moisture in the air, especially during the cold winter, can lead to additional problems, including higher heating costs. Damp air feels colder than arid air does, leaving warehouse workers feeling chilly. In the summer, water vapor can leave skin feeling sticky and leave your employees wanting cooler temperatures in which to work.

Also, other issues associated with flood damage include odors and contamination. SERVPRO handles both of these, also. Cleaning with disinfectant sprays kills off many of the organisms that can create odors, but we also rinse non-porous surfaces, leaving them free of residues containing automotive fluids, herbicides, salt, and other substances brought in the flood. Contamination is not always biological in nature but can include inorganic matter, too.

Odors come from substances that enter the air as they breakdown and disintegrate. Our technicians work with our customers until they are satisfied that the odors no longer pose a problem. Odor control is crucial because the molecules causing them can permeate plastic wrapping, fabrics, papers, and many other goods.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton is available to mitigate flood damage in your Galloway, Absecon, or Smithville warehouse. Call (609) 965-0885 to protect your future inventory from dampness, odors, and other risks.

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We Arrive As Quick As Possible To Begin Your Atlantic City Water Removal

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment set out drying the floor after water damage struck this property We have the specialized equipment necessary to handle any size water removal job. Call us anytime day or night we are available 24/7.

Wall Cavity Hazards After Atlantic City Water Damage

More than ever, construction of homes in Atlantic City features a minimalistic appearance where all of the plumbing, electrical wiring, and other utilities get tucked and hidden neatly in the walls. When water loss incidents occur within one of these wall cavities, technicians must work cautiously to prevent any exposure to additional hazards. With a need for controlled demolition when materials like drywall have become exposed to moisture and water losses for more than 24 hours, the standard practices for removing these damaged elements could present risks to our SERVPRO contractors.

Assessing any risks and hazards is a vital element of the initial job inspection when our crew chief meets with customers to estimate the costs of restoring water damage in Atlantic City homes. While emergency services are happening at this time, such as severing the supply of water to this damaged portion of plumbing and potentially extraction in the main floor areas of your residence, determining the potential for encountering other utilities or threats during demolition is vital to protecting our team and the occupants of the house.

Utilities are among the most pressing concerns of our professionals and contractors, as cutting into electrical wiring or even an unexpected natural gas line could have disastrous consequences. We do all demolition with caution and care, whether sawing through drywall or breaking down entire panels with the use of sledgehammers. Uncalculated demolition can lead to injuries or more significant damage to a customer’s home.

We also must assess the risks of encountering hazardous materials within the walls used as insulation in the past, such as asbestos. The protocols to handle these threats varies significantly from traditional insulation removal, so we cannot use air movers or other drying equipment against these exposed wall cavities until the threat of asbestos can or has already gotten ruled out entirely.

Cleaning and drying your home after a water loss incident is something that must happen as quickly as possible to limit the ultimate need for demolition and reconstruction. We have certified water removal restorers and licensed general contractors, General Contractor License #: HIC #13VH05086500, to help with both of these phases to get you back into your home as quickly as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team a call today at (609) 965-0885.

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Brigantine Shop Owners Trust SERVPRO for Rapid and Complete Mold Remediation

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smiling Counter Girl at an Ice Cream Shop Ice Cream Shops, Smiling Faces, and No Mold!! SERVPRO Keeps Your Business in Business with Cleanup and Remediation

What Should You Do About the Mold Damage in Your Brigantine Ice Cream Parlor?

Mold damage and food service do not go hand-in-hand. In fact, the presence of mold damage in your Brigantine ice cream parlor would be enough to cause problems with health inspectors. For this reason, if you suspect mold is growing in your shop, you must reach out for professional services as swiftly as possible.

Imagine a situation where you begin to continually catch a musty scent of mold damage in your Brigantine ice cream parlor. Following where the smell is most potent, you find that the bar is leaking water from the freezers, and a mold colony began to grow. Immediately reaching out for help is the best thing you can do for your store, as mold can cause health effects.

When you contact SERVPRO, we can come at any time of day or night. Should you want our mold remediation technicians to work during the night to keep the remediation discreet while also being open during business hours, that can be arranged. We make our services available 24/7, so we're here for you whenever you need us. Our technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC-certified), and we use advanced technological equipment designed to address the damages in your store.

We could approach the mold damage on your property swiftly once we arrived, starting with containing the colony. We could use plastic sheeting to create a quarantine zone, to ensure that activated mold spores cannot travel to any other place inside of your store while we remediate the damage.

We could use antifungal cleaning agents to scrub at the mold damage and disinfect the area. Furthermore, air scrubbers with HEPA filters could be set up to filter active airborne mold spores out of the air and contain them. Once the mold colony has been removed, we could then use an antimicrobial agent to help ensure that the mold damage doesn't regrow. We can finish by putting your bar back together and leaving your shop, "Like it never even happened."

If you need mold damage remediation, get help now. Get in communication with SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton by dialing (609) 965-0885. No matter the time, we are ready to help you.
 

Ultimate Solution to Atlantic City Water Damage Situations

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

water puddle between window and cabinet Contact SERVPRO should your home face any kind of water damage. We are available 24/7.

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

Homeowners in Atlantic City might experience water inside their house from a variety of sources. Rain or snow might pass through a small gap created by an ice dam. Plumbing that freezes can cause breaks in swollen sections that later let water to spray through. Flooding can also occur, even if only in areas nearest exterior doorways. 

The source of the water determines its category, which is why SERVPRO might choose to apply a disinfectant to surfaces when mitigating a house in Atlantic City with water removal techniques. One of our favorite disinfectants to use is Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution EasyDECON® DF200 because of its wide range of what it can eliminate even with a very low toxicity to humans. The EPA lists this disinfectant as Category IV, which is the lowest possible score for disinfectants.

Some water, like floodwater, contains millions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Treating the surfaces we need to handle eliminates a large percentage of the risk involved in mitigating and restoring homes with flooding. Other times, water passing through an opening in the roof or upper portion of the house passes through areas that contain droppings from vermin or infestations of mold

While our building services crew, under General Contractor License # HIC 13VH05086500, removes the tree, we start removing the water it let inside your property. This water quickly becomes contaminated and deposits microbes everywhere it reaches. 

When we use EasyDECON®, we advise the customer that its application is good for up to half a year, as long as it is not removed, and can prevent regrowth of any microbes in the treated areas. It also prevents odors merely by controlling the microbial population.

Before we finish and perform our final walk-through after a water removal job, we retreat the area again to rule out the possibility of any cross-contamination caused by our work. While the water removal equipment we use brings the moisture content of your home back into normal range, we want to be certain that we have treated everything so it meets or exceeds industry standards. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton is also near Brigantine and Galloway, so We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us at (609) 965-0885 when your home needs water removal services because of dampness or flooding. 

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We Help You Get Back In Business After A Fire

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew loading up in our van to head to a restoration job The crew loading up to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We respond 24/7 to your fire damage emergency so don't hesitate and call us.

Restoration of Commercial Fire Damage in an Atlantic City Shopping Center Bathroom

Illicit smoking in the bathroom does not happen only in high school bathrooms. Your Atlantic City shopping center's patrons might also do the same on occasion. Any of the disposable receptacles in individual stalls or the waste bins near sinks might serve as an impromptu ashtray, possibly starting a fire shortly after the person leaves. 

Situations like this inside the confined area inside a mall in or near Atlantic City cause more than commercial fire damage. The lack of combustible materials in a typical bathroom means such fires often remain short-lived, but the smoke can fill the area and also get pushed into the hallway. Much of this smoke comes from paper burning. Other items that end up in bathroom wastebaskets include plastic packaging, plastic bags, twist ties, other packaging fasteners, and other miscellaneous items.

This mixture of smoke types adheres easily to walls and ceilings, mirrors and stall partitions. SERVPRO technicians use highly effective to address all of these surfaces, making them clean and odor-free again. We use gentle but effective chemicals, like hydrogen peroxide, to remove soot and smoke residue from these surfaces. For smooth surfaces, we wipe the carbon deposits away with a specially manufactured sponge. These sponges do not require water or other liquids to perform quite well.

Different areas of the floor might end up scorched, as well. Whenever the fire damage affecting tile flooring happens to exclude any bubbling or warping, we merely clean the abrasive soot away. However, when tile needs repaired or replaced, our building services team, General Contractor License # HIC #13VH05086500, steps in to perform the necessary work. All of our crews work together, making the experience much faster and less stressful for everyone affected by the smoke and fire damage.

Many of your mall's patrons, as well as store employees, find smoke odors very bothersome. Shops near the affected bathroom might see a drop in sales because of patrons avoiding the area entirely. More sensitive employees might opt to use sick days, adding to the problems experienced by shops in that area of the mall. We also perform deodorization services that target the molecules responsible for causing noxious scents. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton uses teamwork and targeted methods to effectively rid your mall in or near Brigantine, Galloway, and Absecon of smoke residues, charring, and malodor related to fire damage. Our services are always available, day and night, year-round by calling (609) 965-0885.

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Technicians Apply Thermodynamics To Water Removal In Your Folsom Area Home

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in a room with a couch and lamp. Call SERVPRO today, we have your Folsom home covered from water damage.

Our SERVPRO ways will keep you on top of your Folsom water damage.

Nature itself seeks equilibrium after a flood occurs in your Folsom home – this is the second law of thermodynamics. While that statement may sound complicated, all you need to do is understand a few basic rules to make removing water a less complicated task.

Anyone can put these laws into practice when applying them to water removal on your Folsom area property. Remember, the air in the environment holds less moisture than wet materials, making outside air a significant contributor to drying practices used by technicians performing your restoration. 

  • Wet goes to Dry.
  • Hot goes to Cold.
  • High Pressure goes to Low Pressure.

Think about these laws in terms of drying different contents or structural components in your home. If the air itself is dryer than the materials, as wet goes to dry, moisture moves naturally from wet contents into drier air. 

Technicians from SERVPRO calculate thirst by comparing the gross primary productivity (GPP) in the air to the Relative Humidity (RH) level to GPP average the air could hold if fully saturated (100% RH). The greater the difference, the higher the amount of thirst, the higher the rate at which evaporation may occur. Sounds technical? It is, but very necessary for successful drying of a room without causing “inside rain.” Dehumidifiers are a SERVPRO tech’s best friends.

Moisture Content: This is the percentage of moisture in materials compared to the weight of the material when completely dry (oven-dried). Here we find what percentage of the material contains moisture. 

Example – If a piece of wet wood has a 10% moisture content reading, 10 pounds of water should be present in 100 pounds of wood. 

The moisture meters used by SERVPRO technicians also include a relative scale. Because we dry more than just wood, we use a wood moisture equivalent to determine moisture content levels when dealing with different materials found in your home. 

Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC): Is the condition of a material, after stabilizing moisture content compared to the relative humidity or temperature of the surrounding air. 

Example - A professional carpenter uses EMC in their daily lives, allowing materials to sit within a structure, up to 2wks, before installation. It allows wood an opportunity to normalize, preventing shrinkage, or expansion after installation. 

SERVPRO technicians use these methods every day, performing a variety of water removal and drying services to ensure equilibrium in several materials found in your home after a flood. For example, with soaked hardwood flooring boards, a monitored and consistent drying rate is needed to prevent splitting or cracking. Sometimes, slower is better. 

Give our team at SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton a call for additional information or to schedule water removal in your property today. (609) 965-0885

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We Discuss The Pack-Out Process In Atlantic City

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Does Fire Pack-Outs Remove Everything from Atlantic City Homes?

Content management is a considerable aspect of successfully managing and restoring Atlantic City homes and businesses following a fire. Pack-out processes help to make this content restoration and storage more effective, but there are elements that you might not fully understand or know that can make it challenging to know what to expect. Better understanding our pack-out process can help you to be more at ease with the efforts we take to reduce your losses after a fire.

As detrimental as fire damage in Atlantic City homes can initially feel, there is nothing as deflating as the loss of personal belongings and keepsakes that have no set monetary values. These irreplaceable items are why content management is such a vital element to the fire recovery work that our SERVPRO team does, and we can earmark many at-risk possessions when we inspect your property upon our arrival. Here are a few things you can expect during the pack-out phase:

Not Everything Needs to Leave

Our professionals carefully pick and choose which items require focused cleaning, deodorization, and attention at our SERVPRO facility. Many of your belongings can often get moved to an unaffected area of the property until restoration completes, and they can get returned.

Where Do Your Items Go?

Most often, we transport your belongings to our SERVPRO warehouse, where we have cutting edge equipment like our ultrasonic tank for soot removal and our ozone chamber for multiple-item deodorization. We can also work with partners like dry cleaners and other professionals to provide our customers with the best result at the lowest prices.

What Happens During Fire Restoration?

Once your belongings have gotten cleaned, deodorized, and restored in our facility, we can safely store them on-site until the recovery efforts complete in your home. Our crew has a climate-controlled warehouse where we can safely protect your belongings as long as necessary.

Fire incidents can take their toll on the possessions that matter most to you, so our pack-out service and content management can help to prevent some of the most considerable losses homeowners can experience after a fire. Give our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.

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How SERVPRO Handles Atlantic City Storm, Water, Fire, and Mold Damage Emergencies

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

Back doors of SERVPRO van opened.  2 men removing equipment from vehicle No matter your restoration emergency, SERVPRO has the equipment and experience needed to remediate the damage.

Fire, Storm, Water, or Mold Damage in Atlantic City?  SERVPRO has you Covered

Between our management and even many of our loyal field technicians, we have more than 100 years of combined restoration experience to offer. Because we can offer a full-service approach to recovery and restoration, we can complete jobs more quickly than our customers might expect, while saving their money in the process. We have been serving the Greater Atlantic City area since 2004, which has allowed us to become a trusted staple of the community, offering reliable restoration services whenever disasters strike. In a city that often relies on good fortunes, luck is not always in everyone’s favor when it comes to loss incidents. 

Storm Damage Restoration

We have become a very trusted name in storm relief after the hundreds of homes and businesses that we helped after the destruction of Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. With the Jersey Shore and other coastal communities housed within our service area, we have an obligation to more than just Atlantic City structures when robust weather systems make landfall. Sandy passed through in 2012, and our team worked tirelessly on mitigation and emergency construction to prevent flooding and further exposure of structural elements. 

Part of our success in storm relief rests on the shoulders of our competent construction professionals. We have a team of licensed (General Contractor License #: HIC #13VH05086500) professionals that can address the many concerns that exist immediately following traumatic storm damages. Atlantic City homes and businesses are often susceptible to significant loss after a single breach in the structure’s exterior, such as a failing roof or broken window. Our professionals can help with emergency board up and tarping services.  

Flooding is a common scenario that accompanies storm damage in Atlantic City homes. Our SERVPRO team has all of the equipment and experience necessary to address flooding concerns as they occur, including high-capacity extraction equipment and trucks, as well as rapid drying solutions designed to be as minimally invasive as possible. 

Water Damage Restoration

Considering that nearly all of our technicians have accreditations through the Insitute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), it is safe to assume that a vast majority of the more than a century of experience with our SERVPRO team is in this niche. Water damage in Atlantic City homes might happen in multiple ways, but it is the same industry-leading equipment and trained professionals every time to make the situation better. 

We have a knack for structural drying, and that helps us to provide sufficient moisture removal in damaged structural elements and construction materials without requiring removal and replacement. Keeping materials installed in your Atlantic City residence helps us save time and money for you. We even utilize exclusive software of our brand known as DryBook that can help to keep all parties informed about the drying progress and estimated completion. 

As we are part of a large loss service team, we can improve the efficiency of even substantial losses with our deep availability of personnel, recovery equipment, and cleaning products available as needed. In Atlantic City alone, this same conglomeration of our resources has helped us to tackle massive structural losses spanning more than 500,000 square feet. 

Fire Damage Restoration

There is no single correct method of recovery and restoration for fire damaged Atlantic City homes and businesses. Our SERVPRO professionals perform a thorough assessment and inspection when we first arrive at the damaged address, which allows us to determine the best approach to restore the property. This inspection determines the tools necessary to complete these tasks, and what volume of our experienced staff must help in this process to achieve maximum efficiency. 

With so many layers of effects to address when a fire first gets extinguished, it can be refreshing for an experienced team like ours to take the reins. We know what your property needs and how to achieve that result. We can work quickly to begin efforts like debris removal and fire cleanup, which can work to protect many of the installed elements and construction materials throughout your Atlantic City residence. During mitigation, we also have multiple approaches for damaging situations like soot and smoke residue that can adhere to surfaces and contents. 

Content management is one of the strong suits of our entire team, and we work immediately to protect any exposed materials and belongings from detrimental effects. We can work to recover some of your possessions on-site with our premier cleaning products and equipment. Still, many of these same items must get relocated to our nearby facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and storage.

Mold Remediation

While our SERVPRO team might specialize in content management for fire losses, we also have that same experienced team of cleaning technicians available for the restoration and cleaning of mold-damaged belongings in your Atlantic City property. We know the damage that mold can do to organic materials, documents, and other belongings throughout your home. Our professionals can remove these items from the hazardous zone of your household and store them safely at our climate-controlled facility until remediation completes. 

Mold begins developing within 48 hours of a water loss incident, and you need professional strategies and experience to protect your Atlantic City home. Often homeowners do not notice the growth of this organism, which can allow it to spread and thrive out of sight until the signs of its presence are undeniable. If you suspect mold growth, our team can offer a full inspection complete with environmental testing if necessary. 

Much like the other areas of our restoration services, our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians get backed by the full-service team of general contractors. These competent professionals can help with controlled demolition, full-scale build back, and tasks like document drying and plumbing repair. With the combined efforts of our restoration professionals and our reconstruction team, we have a confident approach to make Atlantic City mold damage “Like it never even happened.” 

As challenging as choosing a restoration team might seem, you can always count on the experience and continued growth of our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team. As a local reputable restoration company, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (609) 965-0885.

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We Discuss Our InjectiDry System For Your Storm Damaged Atlantic City Home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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The InjectiDry System Helps Dampness in Atlantic City Homes

Structural cavities can sometimes absorb the most substantial amount of damage after flooding and massive water loss scenarios in Atlantic City homes. As much as property owners strive to provide their residences with the best possible drying and extraction efforts available, it becomes clear that professional restoration is often advisable. Our technicians have access to some of the leading equipment in the industry, including our InjectiDry System.

Water and flood damage in Atlantic City homes do not go away on their own, and the only suitable solution is to extract standing water and to dry out affected areas as efficiently as possible. Because of how widespread the migration of flooding can become, our professionals must utilize infrared imagery and other detection tools to identify the presence of moisture and dampness within structural cavities. We seek to avoid unnecessary tear out whenever possible, especially in Category 1 (Clean) or Category 2 (Gray) loss incidents.

Cavities can often benefit from the application of positive pressure systems, and at the forefront of this effort is our InjectiDry unit. We drill multiple holes behind removed baseboards at the bottom of walls to insert hoses into the cavities. This System forces air through these hoses to force moisture into the environment and out of the nearby materials. Once this process completes, we can seal up the holes made in the drywall and reapply the baseboard unless the sheetrock has suffered too much exposure and become structurally unsound.

If our technicians already must remove portions of drywall, we can fixate on our traditional drying approach with the combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. Once structural elements become exposed, our SERVPRO team can spray these areas with disinfectants and antimicrobials to reduce secondary effects and the spread of potential contaminants throughout the property.

As a premier restoration company serving a large portion of New Jersey, we understand the importance of effective and efficient equipment. When we must dry out wall cavities and ceiling spaces, we trust in our InjectiDry System to get it done. Whenever disaster strikes your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help by calling (609) 965-0885.

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Structural Areas That Present Cleaning Difficulties After A Fire In Brigantine

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Structural Areas that Present Cleaning Difficulties after Fire Damage Affects a Brigantine Home

Cleaning up fire damage sites is a standard part of restoration efforts. Although such cleaning is generally challenging, some parts of the affected structure might prove tougher to clean than the rest. Knowing such parts in advance can help you make the necessary preparations. However, if a professional restorer such as SERVPRO is involved, every step of the cleaning process is handled correctly.

Lighting Fixtures
Some parts, such as ceilings bear the brunt of fire damage in affected Brigantine homes because smoke moves upwards. The ceiling, therefore, requires serious cleaning efforts to remove soot and other residues. Ceiling cleanup also involves cleaning lighting fixtures, which can present some challenges, including the risk of electric shock or the sanitizing agent ruining the finish of the fixture. Our SERVPRO technicians confirm that power is off and pre-test the cleaning solution before starting the process. For fixtures such as chandeliers, which include decorative trim, we use low-pressure steam cleaning or submerge the trim in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Concealed Areas
Flames from the fire might not reach every corner of your property. Smoke, on the other hand, spreads further through convectional currents leaving abundant deposits inside cabinets, attics and other concealed areas. In many cases, the interior parts of such areas are made of unfinished wood, which is difficult to clean. Access might also be limited in such areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use Dry Cleaning Sponge for residue removal. We also use denatured alcohol to deal with the remnants preventing the setting of residues into pores.

Windows
Cleaning the windows might seem easy, considering it is something done during regular house cleanups. However, after fire damage, the cleaning involves the frame and trims as well, and smoke residues tend to filter into every nook and cranny. The glass too can present problems, especially streaking. Our SERVPRO technicians spray specialized sanitizers containing ammonia on the glass and then use a squeegee to remove smoke residues. Once the ammonia evaporates, the remaining solution dries to a neutral pH, which eliminates streaking.

What may seem like a simple cleaning task can be difficult after fire incidents. Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help manage the process. You can reach us at (609) 965-0885 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss The Type Of Emergency Services We Provide Against Commercial Fire Damage In Atlantic City

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

 Fire Burning Inside The Office “Like it never even happened.”

What Type Of Emergency Services Does SERVPRO Provide Against Commercial Fire Damage In Atlantic City?

No matter if you own a busy coffee shop, serene day spa, real estate office, or a multi-family complex, commercial fire damage needs fast cleanup, and your property needs protection from loss. One of the services a restoration company should provide is the protection of the structure during fire loss cleanup and reconstruction.

SERVPRO provides emergency services for Atlantic City businesses with commercial fire damage. The technicians work to prevent additional loss to the structure from smoke damage and ensure the work site is safe for individuals who enter the property.

Inspection and Securing of the Property
Before beginning cleanup of the fire loss in the property, an inspection to determine any potential safety issues caused by the fire damage to the structure. Unfortunately, after a fire, opportunistic individuals may attempt to remove items from the building. For this reason, the technicians erect security fences and secure the property to prevent any intrusions.

Loss of Electricity is Not an Issue
Another crucial element is access to electricity. SERVPRO technicians can bring their own generators to power their equipment, or they arrange for temporary electric service, so there are no delays in cleanup and restoration.

Coordinate Pack Out
This is especially crucial if only a portion of the property received fire damage. Moving items that have no fire damage out of the area to a safe location protects them from smoke residues and soot. Before packing, technicians inspect for mold and pests to ensure there are no issues such as cockroaches or active mold colonies that could travel with the items.

Arrange for Reconstruction After Mitigation
Using a single restoration services firm for both cleaning, restoration, and reconstruction needed on a fire damaged structure makes good sense. The people who do the cleaning know where the issues are that require repairing. SERVPRO has a general contractor license and offers that service to take some of the stress off of the property owner.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 is ready to help local property owners with commercial fire damage. We know you need a fast and complete turnaround and with our equipment and specialized training, our technicians make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Safety is Important in Atlantic City Flood Water Removal

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of building Whether your water damage is large or small, you can trust the SERVPRO brand to quickly dry your home.

Understanding the Importance of Flood Removal to Residents of Atlantic City

Thousands of property owners require flood removal services from time to time. Flooding needs addressing as soon as it takes place; otherwise, one must contend with expensive repairs and replacements. It is advisable to let the experts perform the required restoration. Though, there are a few things that residents of Atlantic City can implement to mitigate the damage as they wait for professional help to arrive.

Assessing the safety of the structure should be the first step when conducting flood removal in your Atlantic City home. Some cases may make the structure unsafe to enter since the water may weaken the building. Make sure you shut off electrical supply to the building since submerged electronics and appliances may make one suffer an electrical shock. If the water has been in for over 24 hours, our SERVPRO team encourages you to wear a face mask to avoid breathing in mold spores. Fall and slip accidents are also common in such situations since the floor might be slippery and other items might shift when it floods.

Contaminants such as sewage are common in place flood water, which is why our SERVPRO technicians wear rubber boors when working at the site. If you need to do some of the restoration work by yourself, we advise you to have the necessary disinfectants, cleaning supplies, and tools. Not all cleaners suit all surfaces, so you need to know what is appropriate for your site. With the help of pumps, pails, and vacuums, you can remove standing water. All contaminated and soaked materials need removing from the structure.

After removing the water and thoroughly cleaning the affected surfaces, drying should be the next step. This process should be done as soon as possible to avoid moisture-related challenges such as mold growth and rotting. Where possible, you can open the windows and doors to enhance air circulation. Take wet furnishings and water-damaged furniture out of the house. You may also call our SERVPRO technicians to set in place dehumidifiers to eliminate excess moisture from indoor air and use fans to speed up the drying process.

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton has highly trained personnel to attend to all types of emergencies and disasters. Call us at (609) 965-0885 to make your home or business "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Help You Prepare For Flood Damage Disaster In Atlantic City

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Prepare For Flood Damage Disaster In Atlantic City, Partner with SERVPRO

Whether your Atlantic City business catches the final hurrah of a hurricane or a more localized storm turns on the water, flooding is a constant worry for entrepreneurs on the coast. To set your mind at ease in cases of extreme weather or other disasters consider working with us ahead of time to create a crisis preparedness plan. Although we cannot change the trajectory of a storm, we can make sure you are ready for its effects.

Nearly 50 Percent of Businesses Go Under Without a Preparedness Plan
Flood damage in Atlantic City is not an uncommon challenge. Rains, wind, and coastal flooding strike periodically, submerging the hopes and dreams of business owners who do not prepare. Our disaster response team is familiar with the challenges floodwaters bring to the shops, lodgings, and restaurants of America’s Playground. We can help you make decisions now that will make thriving after a flooding event possible.

First We Assess Your Operations
An experienced manager from SERVPRO visits your business, evaluating the physical layout, inventory and other storage decisions, and equipment vulnerabilities. We sketch out a blueprint of the space, take pictures, and locate essentials like utility shutoffs. All this information is digitized into a concise brief called an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) our crews can assess if a disaster does strike.

Then We Recommend Adaptations
We make suggestions after the assessment intended to adapt configurations to minimize permanent damage if a flooding disaster occurs. Because of our experience, we can pinpoint potential pitfalls you can adapt or eliminate before the worst happens. SERVPRO also listens as you describe your operations, helping us help you discover ways you can continue to deliver goods and services to your customers even while we are restoring your commercial space after a flood.

Finally, You Add Details That Complete the Picture
Our mobile app permits you to add details in your personal Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). You can remind SERVPRO of priorities, list helpful contact information for vendors and contractors who designed your equipment and systems and designate employees or other individuals to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during a flood damage crisis.

Nominate SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to be your flood damage restoration company as you work with us on a detailed ERP. Call (609) 965-0885 today to set up your initial consultation.

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Why Do Brigantine Property Owners Rely On SERVPRO for Restoration Services?

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Streamlined Fire Damage Recovery in Brigantine: Why SERVPRO is the Clear Choice

A fire event is a sobering experience. Brigantine homeowners who are fire victims confront an overwhelming list of tasks while feeling extraordinarily vulnerable and unsure of next steps. Little time is available to consider options because fire residues are so corrosive and quick to destroy surfaces and contaminate air quality. Fire loss recovery is complicated and best conducted by trained professionals, why we are proud to offer our services.

Fire Damage Restoration Involves Many Steps

Fire damage in Brigantine must receive a thorough assessment from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified experts. Even if the harm seems minor, only a professional can determine the extent of the damage and create and implement a plan that halts progressive damage. Fire scenarios often include water damage as well. The potential complexity of the restoration is why a reliable and full-service restoration company needs to be on your side.

Mitigation, Remediation, and Restoration from One Provider

The availability of wrap-around, assessment to reconstruction, services is why SERVPRO is an excellent choice for fire-damaged residential property. Our general contractor license permits us to manage a fire damage project from assessment to “Like it never even happened.” You can be assured we have the equipment, experience, and training to complete every task using the restoration industry’s best practices. You save time and money when you do not need to seek and hire different contractors for each phase of the project.

Expect High-Quality and Professional Results

We cut no corners as we manage your fire damage, confident that our managers and technicians are the best in the business. Your project receives a thorough assessment, and each step is individualized to respond to the particular circumstances of your fire event. Wrap-around services do not mean one size fits all, why SERVPRO reports high levels of success and satisfaction from customers. Our water remediation, smoke and soot removal, and deodorization services each stand on its own as an example of the best in its niche. 

Our proficiency in everything from water removal to rebuilding is why SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton should be your fire damage restoration partner. Call us at (609) 965-0885 day or night, as soon as the firefighters authorize you to take the next step.

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

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

The Threats of a Wet Atlantic City Basement 

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

Contending With Mold Damage In Brigantine Fast Food Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

Preparing for Flood Damage to Impact Atlantic City

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

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

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

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

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

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How Our Professionals Will Clean Your Smoke Damaged Ceiling In Brigantine

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

Hurricanes and Flooding that Damage Atlantic City Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Professionals Can Repair And Restore Your Water Damaged Brigantine Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.

Cleaning Up Water-Damaged Drywall In Brigantine Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damage in Atlantic City? SERVPRO Can "Float Your Boat!"

Cleanup and Rebuilding from Flood Damage in Atlantic City

This area of New Jersey is no stranger to water damage from severe weather. Both flash floods and water intrusions caused by storms and hurricanes are potential problems for a property owner.

When an Atlantic City homeowner required assistance with flood damage in her home, our emergency response team advised the caller and her family to avoid the area of the house with exposure to water, and we arrived in a short time later. Because flood water has the potential to contain anything from toxins to sewage, it is rated as a category three or black water when it intrudes on a property. SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear, and we commonly spray any standing water with disinfectants to ensure it is less harmful to engage with during the removal process.

Water migrates following both gravity and the path of least resistance, even after substantial amounts of water enter a home, often there appears to be less water than there actually is. That is why our SERVPRO technicians scope the site and look for areas of high moisture. Common spots are behind baseboards, wicked into sheetrock and in subflooring. We quickly extracted as much of it as possible using portable pumps, squeegees, and other equipment.
When our technicians determined water wicked into the sheetrock that showed signs of buckling, we used thermal imaging to ascertain how far up into the building materials, the elevated moisture levels showed. We then measured six inches above that and cut away the sheetrock, using a technique referred to as "flood cuts."  It lets airflow happen in the wall cavity during the drying phase of flood mitigation, lessening any further damage.

Unfortunately, porous home contents such as carpet and padding are nearly always a loss when exposed to black water and require removal from the property for sanitary purposes. Items that do not retain moisture are good candidates for disinfection and restoration.
After drying, we thoroughly disinfect all surfaces and get the area ready for rebuilding. Our crew chief or project manager gives both the homeowner and adjuster a list of the remediation efforts done on the home as well as a list of the necessary repairs and restorations needed to return the home to its preloss condition. We hold a general contractor's license and can handle damage from flooding from cleanup to rebuilding. We can save our customers time and money with this comprehensive service.

Flood damage feels overwhelming and must be handled quickly to prevent as much loss as possible. Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885, and we are available 24/7 to try to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Our Odor Removal Specialists Can Restore Your Home In Atlantic City To Pre-Damage Condition

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

For professional odor control, contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 today.

Removing Odors From Properties With Fire Damage In Atlantic City

A protein fire is caused by the burning of animal fats at high temperatures. These are among the most common house fires which generally start in the kitchen before spreading outward in billowing smoke. Protein fires are especially odorous, which is why homeowners opt for professional restoration after the flames are put out. We operate locally and train our technicians in the different methods of dealing with residues left behind from natural materials, synthetic materials, and animal fats.

A pre-test is a high priority for homeowners with fire damage in Atlantic City. By checking different surfaces as well as the type of soot residing on them, a SERVPRO technician can create a tailored restoration plan. In the case of protein fires, animal fats can be particularly tough to clean and require agitative cleaning methods in combination with harsh chemical agents. We may also need to check your ventilation ducts for residues.

Tackling the source of an odor is the most effective way of removing the odor itself. Household air-fresheners can be useful short-term in masking an odor, but failure to address the source of the odor results in the smell returning again and again. SERVPRO technicians can trace smoke damages from the source throughout the home, checking ventilation, ducts, crawlspaces, and other cavities, then thoroughly cleaning them.

Once a property has been thoroughly cleaned, you may notice the presence of odor continues. Besides, some cleaning agents themselves have powerful synthetic odors. SERVPRO can neutralize odors by using thermal foggers. This equipment vaporizes deodorant solvents and disperses them in the home. Inside the vapor, chemical pairing agents bond with odor particles causing them to drop to the floor where they can be easily cleaned away. Since the vapor behaves similarly to smoke, this method is proven to be exceptionally useful in removing odors from the home after a fire.

For professional odor control, contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 today.

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Do You Know What Problems You Are Likely To Face After Flood Damage?

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians have state-of-the-art equipment to extract standing water and restore affected areas of the home.

Flood Damage in Atlantic City Homes 

Flooding is a severe problem that can disrupt your daily activities and leave costly damages that you must fix to restore the property to its preloss state. Knowing the issues you are likely to face, we can help you create a better response plan. Relying on professional restoration companies in Atlantic City helps because we have trained crews that have handled similar situations many times.

The problems you face after flood damage in Atlantic City depend on the intensity of the incident and the materials in your home. Wooden floors especially in kitchen or dining areas may offer you convenience in your daily activities but can be the source of long-term problems after a flooding incident hits your home. Wood naturally contains about 10% moisture, but a flooding incident can drive these levels higher as the water permeates the surface. This leads to the expansion of individual planks, which causes buckling at the joints. Our SERVPRO technicians strive to extract any standing water fast. We also start drying procedures immediately to prevent long-term problems.

Other areas of your house may be carpeted, and this has some implications too. Floodwaters contain significant levels of contaminants including biohazards and dangerous chemicals. Highly porous materials such as carpets and pad absorb and hold these contaminants. Cleaning may remove visible soils, but it is not possible to rid the carpet of all contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians remove carpet and pad to guarantee the safety of the occupants.

Sometimes problems may remain hidden long after the flooding incident is over. In case, you have tiles over wooden underpayments you might not realize there is a problem since the tiles form a seemingly sound barrier against water. However, some of the water might pass through joints to the subfloor where it can cause deterioration and warping. One sign that can alert you of the problem is increased squeaking. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced moisture detection tools such as FLIR thermal cameras to identify wetness in concealed areas preventing such problems in the future.

To address current and future problems after a flooding incident, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton to help. You can reach us at (609) 965-0885 any time.

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Our Skilled Professionals Can Eliminate The Effects Of Water Damage To Your Home In Atlantic City

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you need our experience to help restore your home, call us today at (609) 965-0885 to find out exactly how.

Eliminating The Effects Of Water Damage To Atlantic City Homes

Despite being nearly encircled by an ocean Atlantic City residents usually, find themselves walking on a wet carpet soaked by a split water line rather than a hurricane.

For SERVPRO restoration teams, Atlantic City water damage involves standing water and soaked property in the home. That means our personnel needs to stop further water intrusion, remove water from the home, and eliminate, or at least reduce, the effects that water has on furniture.

To begin with, our technicians find the source of the leak and stop it. For a broken appliance, that means shutting off the water leading into the dishwasher, refrigerator, or even a water heater when the high level, shut-off valve fails. If there is a major plumbing problem, the team leader recommends the homeowner bring in a licensed plumber to make repairs.

Next, SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to draw outstanding water. The smaller devices are especially effective to remove water trapped in carpets and floors. Our teams can usually clear out a home in one or two days.

As specialists remove the water, others begin work on restoring furniture and other items. For items like dining room chairs, the excess water can affect the veneer, causing it to run or dissolve off the wood. To prevent that, team members remove items to another room, outside, or even to our facility.

If the veneer or other finish is only soft but has not begun to run or dissolve, we can return the chairs to their original condition by installing fans around the property and increasing airflow to dry them. In cases where there are only a couple of very small water spots present after drying, technicians can often eliminate them with a dry cloth and a restoration polish. For large or many spots of damage, the team leader recommends sending the item to a professional furniture restoration service.

As a locally owned business, SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton is here to support not simply our customers, but our friends and neighbors. If you need our experience to help restore your home, call us today at (609) 965-0885 to find out exactly how.

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Is Your Atlantic City Tub Raining Water Damage Inside the Bathroom?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Bathrooms contain a lot of plumbing. Inspect the plumbing regularly for signs of water damage.

Hidden Leaks Can Mean Severe Water Damage in Atlantic City

Life gets busy, and Atlantic City homeowners might overlook warning signs that plumbing or overflows allow water to overreach in one or more bathrooms. Something as simple as a shower curtain billowing as the spray hits it or an overly enthusiastic bathtime ritual with splash-happy toddlers can send water onto the floor of a bathroom daily. Behind the walls or under the vanity pipes can spring tiny leaks. All seems fine until the ceiling below stains or cracks. 

Even small amounts of moisture can cause water damage to your Atlantic City home over time. Inadequate caulking or frequent spills eventually permit water to reach structural components of your home. Slow leaks that puddle under a cabinet eventually break through, soaking the drywall or ceiling tiles underneath. Water also takes unexpected paths, with damage showing itself far from the site of the leak or spill. 

Our crews have seen many water damage scenarios and are experts at tracing the harm back to the source. Once SERVPRO arrives on the scene, an experienced manager assesses the visible damage and then uses sensitive moisture monitoring tools to find all building materials involved. Thermal imaging is useful to map out areas where water collects in building cavities. 

Bathrooms might seem immune to water damage because of the materials used to protect from moisture. SERVPRO often finds tile floors and walls that have cracked or eroded grout risk saturating the subfloor or backer board if specialized strategies are not used to remove residual water thoroughly. Seals along the joints of fixtures such as tubs, shower stalls, and toilets can fail, and the supply and waste pipes can allow condensation or tiny cracks to soak walls, floors, and ceilings. 

Once SERVPRO maps out the damage, our IICRC-trained crews devise ways to expose the wet areas and release any standing water for removal. High-efficiency air movers and heaters force moisture out of building materials and into the air as vapor allowing dehumidifiers to capture and contain the water for disposal. We ensure all wet materials return to normal moisture readings, ready for additional restoration efforts. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton has the trained technicians and powerful equipment to dry out the water damaged spaces in your home. Call us at (609) 965-0885 for an evaluation.

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Our Team Has The Training And Experience To Help You Recover From A Fire In Atlantic City

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment to handle any fire damage. In this home we had to install a HEPA filtered air scrubber to removal airborne particles.

Why Professional Fire Damage Remediation is Necessary for Atlantic City Homes

When a fire breaks out in your Atlantic City home, the shock and worry can be overwhelming. Getting your family to a safe place is crucial and letting professionals extinguish the fire is the safest course. After the firefighters leave cleanup needs to proceed immediately. Even a small fire can spread residues throughout your dwelling, and the soot and smoke are hard to manage. We can help.

Recovering from fire damage to your Atlantic City home requires training and experience the average homeowner does not possess. Our crews of Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians master basic to advanced concepts during IICRC training, preparing them to respond quickly and appropriately to your fire scenario. We also invest in state of the art equipment, tools, and products that speed the recovery process.

Often the first step of fire remediation is water and chemical removal due to the firefighting efforts. Safety considerations like electrical shock and slip and fall hazards make this phase necessary. In addition, unaddressed water damage is as devastating as the harm done by the fire. SERVPRO employees hold multiple certifications from the IICRC. Water removal and structural drying are well within our expertise.

Next comes an evaluation by the SERVPRO crew chief of the type of soiling caused by the fire and the best methods to remove it. Soot consists of the remnants of incompletely combusted materials and varies depending on the fire’s fuel source. Ashy residues from paper and wood vacuum up and respond well to dry sponging. Plastics and fabrics leave a thicker, sticky coating that needs agitation and cleansers with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen.

Protein-based soot is nearly colorless but highly odorous. Food and grease fires deposit this hard to dislodge residue that might need solvents and abrasives for the best outcome. SERVPRO service vehicles stock a wide range of tools and products we match to the type of soiling we find after your household fire.

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton assist with the challenges of fire damage remediation in your home. Experienced project manager are available for consultations 24/7 by calling (609) 965-0885.

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Older Homes in Atlantic City, NJ Area Have Higher Risk of Fire

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Older Homes Are at Greater Risk of Having Fires

If your house is more than 40 years old, it can harbor some unseen fire risks. If you learn about them ahead of time, you can take action to prevent a fire from starting—and keep your home sweet home safe for many more years to come.

Outdated Wiring

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are about 46,000 fires involving home electrical systems each year, and the majority of those could be prevented with a routine inspection. The CPSC says that in many cases, homes that were built between 40 and 100 years ago hadn't been inspected since they were built.

Be alert to obvious warning signs of a failing electrical system:

  • flickering or dim lights
  • a shrinking of your television picture
  • frequent power outages
  • sparks
  • unusual sounds like sizzles or burning smells
  • smoke
  • any kind of electrical shock
  • damaged insulation
  • warm or hot outlets or switches
  • reliance on extension cords for everyday use

For Fire Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton @ 609-965-0885

If you can't remember the last time your electrical system was inspected, hire a certified electrician or electrical inspector to prevent a potential disaster. Even if you've had an inspection less than a decade ago, you should contact a professional immediately if you start to notice the warning signs of a bad electrical system. Hire only a Licensed Electrician to do electrical work.

Balloon Framing

In newer homes, each floor is individually constructed to ensure that fire stops between them, but in balloon-frame homes, there's nothing to stop a fire from spreading. Commonly used from the late 1800s through about 1940, balloon framing was a construction method in which a continuous wood stud wall stretched all the way from the foundation of a home to the attic. If your home has balloon framing, flames can spread from the floor to the roof in just seconds.

If you aren’t sure what kind of framing your house has, hire a skilled professional to inspect it. If your home was constructed with balloon framing, a major remodel—to open up the walls and ceilings and install solid blocking to act as fire stops—may be your only option. Alternatively, you may be able to install insulation in empty cavities that would slow or prevent the spread of fire.

For Fire Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton @ 609-965-0885

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

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO We're 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 Brigantine New 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

Frozen Pipe in Brigantine, NJ

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

Drying a Crawlspace in Brigantine, NJ

At SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton our staff has decades of water damage remediation experience.  Sometimes we have to get creative in our approach to drying your home or business.  At this Brigantine New Jersey home a frozen pipe on the 2nd floor caused significant damage to the entire home.  among the ares that sustained water damage was the crawl space.  In order to dry this area we had to duct the our dehumidifier into the crawl space. 

There’s no convenient time for water or flood damage to your home or business but we will do everything we can to make it “Like it never even happened®.”

When experience matters Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at 609-965-0885

Do you Suspect Mold in Your Brigantine NJ Home?

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in a Crawlspace

Seashore homes frequently have mold issues.  Between the damp environment and the fact the home may go unoccupied for weeks at a time can lead to mold issues at coastal properties in New Jersey.  Attics, garages and especially crawlspaces can be most susceptible to mold issues. 

The Mold Remediation Process

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 remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today For a No-Cost No-Obligation Mold Inspection – 609-965-0885

SERVPRO of Atlantic City is Here to Help®

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is here in your community and Here to Help®. We have teams of certified professionals that are ready to help when disaster strikes. Our crews are certified in water damage repair and fire damage repair. We also have certified teams to assist in mold remediation. When the storms strike Southern New Jersey, we are ready to deploy our storm damage teams. Whatever you’re facing, we are faster to any size disaster.  

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage loss. From the time our crews arrive on site to the time they pack up equipment, you will be kept in the loop of what’s happening in your home or business throughout the entire restoration process.

There’s no convenient time for water or flood damage to your home or business but we will do everything we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton today! 609-965-0885

Proud to Support Atlantic County Special Services School District Education Foundation

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Gives Back Locally

For more than 10 years SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton has supported the Atlantic County Special Services School District Education Foundation and Toy Drive

This foundation assists the Atlantic County Special Services School.  In addition to a visit from Santa clause who provides a gift for each student, the foundation assists in providing funding for items or services that are not in the schools budget.  

Members of our management team always accompany Santa on his visit to the school and it is always a day that puts a smile on everyone's face.  To be just a small part of this organizations giving is special to us. 

At SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton we live and work in the community and are proud to support the community.

Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher for your Atlantic City, NJ Property

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tip from SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used properly.  but which one is best for your home or business?

  • Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper and many plastics.
  • Class B: Used for fires involving flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline and oil.
  • Class C: designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electrically energized.
  • Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question.  These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.
  • Class K:  Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances.  these extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming more popular in residential market for use in kitchens.

When fire and water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need to very best help on the line as well.  SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton is just a call away 609-965-0885.

Protect Your Mays Landing Business this Winter

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Winter Weather Slow Down Your Business

The frigid temperatures of the winter months pose the potential to cause serious damage to your business. Not only is your business at risk of water freezing and bursting pipes, but the roof of your business is susceptible to water damage due to the formation of ice dams, and damage from snow accumulation. Broken pipes pose a common and costly issue, but ice dams and snow accumulation also carry a serious damage risk. 

Ice dams form at the edges of the roof when the heat in the attic causes snow on the roof to melt, which in turn refreezes at the gutters. Regularly cleaning your gutters and properly insulating/ventilating your attic help reduce the risk of forming ice dams. In addition to routine gutter maintenance in the winter, it is important to clean off your roof when snowfall has accumulated over 6 inches. This will help prevent heavy snow collapsing your roof and costly damages occurring inside of your business. Be careful to stay on the ground when attempting to clear your roof, otherwise, hire a professional to clear it for you.

These types of retroactive maintenance on your business give you as a business owner the best odds of making it through the winter without issue. However, should you find yourself in a jam due to unexpected winter damages this upcoming season, SERVPRO has your back.

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 business 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

Advanced Water Damage detection in Medford, NJ

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Thermal Imaging Helps Detect Water Damage in this Medford, NJ Home.

State of the art tools such as thermal imaging is essential for detecting water damage and moisture in a home of business.  We can quickly identify wet materials.  This allows us to determine a complete and accurate scope of damage.

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®."

A Very Satisfied Home Owner in Somers Point, NJ

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Comments From a Recent Client in Somers Point, NP

This client was so happy with our service he rated us a "12" on  a scale of "1 - 10".

When Matt from Somers Point was referred to us by his HVAC company his basement had a significant mold issue from an undetected leak.  SERVPRO was able to work with an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) expert to establish the extent of the damage and establish work plan.  Our remediation was completed in a timely manner, and passed post remediation testing. 

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®."

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®."

Leaking Windows in this Atlantic City, NJ Office Caused Hidden Water Damage

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Stop leaks before they lead to more significant issues.

A leak form the windows on the floor above this Atlantic City, NJ office caused this damage.  When the drywall was removed we found visible mold growth that needed to be addressed.  The moral of the story is don't ignore a water intrusion at your business or home.  The frequent leaking produced significant damage. 

For additional information on how SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton can assist with mold damage see:   https://www.SERVPROatlanticcityhamiltonhammonton.com/mold-remediation

A trained water mold remediation technician will schedule a no cost inspection along with recommendations on how to address your problem.

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

Call now! 609-965-0885.

Hidden Water Damage at a Hammonton, NJ Assisted Living Facility

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Hidden Water Damage at a Hammonton, NJ

While investigating a water damage at a Hammonton, NJ assisted living facility SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton discovered a slow leak in one of the showers.  Water had been migrating behind a tile while and suspect microbial growth was noticed.  

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton was able to isolate the area with a containment prior to starting the remediation project. 

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

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

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.®”

Keep safe While Cooking in Hammonton, NJ

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Pay Attention When Cooking

According the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires.

The NFPA offers the following eye-opening statistics

  • 475,000 structure fires were reported in the United states in 2016.
  • These fires caused $7.9 billion in property damages.
  • One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.

What you should know about home cooking safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

National Fire Protection Association Safe Cooking

If fire damages your home or business please call

SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton


Call Us Today – 609-965-0885

High Humidity Leads to Mold in Galloway, NJ Crawlspace

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Visible Mold Growth on Floor Joist and Sub Floor

When the property owner of this Galloway NJ home had concerns about an odor coming from her crawlspace she contacted SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton.  We preformed an inspection and found suspect surface mold growth on the sub-floor and the joist system.  We performed remediation of the area and eliminated the home owners concerns.

The Mold Remediation Process

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 remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

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

September is National Preparedness Month

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

    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 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 Absecon, NJ 609-965-0885

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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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