Steps to Take While You Wait
Rescue Crews Assist During Intense Flooding
Do you live within the area that was hit by the powerful rainstorm that lingered overhead for 2 hours, which dropped more than four inches of rain?
Were you one of our local residents that was left unprepared for the flash flooding, downed trees and power lines, and general chaos?
Until your SERVPRO professional arrives, here are some emergency tips to reduce damage and increase the changes of a successful restoration.
Things TO DO
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items that are possibly contaminated.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Use wooden clothes pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
- Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
Things NOT TO DO
- Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
- Do not leave Oriental rugs or other colored floor coverings on wet wall-to-wall carpets which could result in staining.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as it could possibly cause electrical shock or damage to the machine.
- Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
- Do not spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if damaged by water which could spread contaminated air.
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure, as it could spread contaminants.
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Contact us for emergency service when you’ve been flooded at (609)894-8555. We are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Commercial Sector Quality Services
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton provides a wealth of services to the commercial sector.
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. But do you know we provide a wealth of other services to the Commercial sector?
You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Bordentown / Pemberton for prompt service.
Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. We have the specialized training and products to keep your property shining and back to business. Our services include:
- Air Duct and HVAC cleaning
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpets and Upholstery
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
To make sure your business is ready before disaster strikes, SERVPRO has developed a cutting edge plan for your business called an ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile. This plan gives you, as the business owner or responsible business representative the peace of mind of knowing what to do and what to expect ahead of a disaster and the plan is 100% free.
Call Robert Curran, Project Manager, today at (609)894-8555 to discuss having an ERP completed for your business. Check out a video about our Commercial Restoration Services here: https://youtu.be/VVkxPV-6cBY .
How Are Hurricanes Named?
Warning...you may be a Hurricane!
Are you an Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince or a Whitney? If so, you have a good chance at a Hurricane being named after you this year. Hurricane names are chosen each year by the World Meteorological Organization. How are they chosen? Usually because they are common names associated with an ethnicity found in the region that would be affected by these storms. Such as, in the Atlantic basin, names tend to have English and Hispanic names that are familiar in the region. What is interesting is that if a storm hits and causes significant death or destruction, the name will be retired from the list such as in the case of Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Katrina. SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is a member of SERVPRO’s Storm Team which means that our staff is prepared to respond to disasters anywhere within our own area or nationwide. Our staff can be reached at (609)894-8555, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to respond to your disaster.
What is The Forecast for Hurricanes This Year?
Hurricane Season Runs From June 1st Through November
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is a proud member of SERVPRO’s Storm Team, which means for you, our friends and customers, that we are ready on a moment’s notice to respond to assist you during a natural disaster. Our staff is constantly monitoring weather reports and annual storm predictions, particularly during hurricane season which runs from June 1st through November. We are currently preparing for this years’ hurricane season which is calling for an above normal amount of storms this season, particularly in that the prediction is that there will be an unusually active season in the Atlantic basin. This year, the Climate Prediction Center is predicting 11 to 17 names storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes, and 2 to 4 of these to be considered Category 3 or higher in strength (major hurricanes). This is compared to a normal season where there are an average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. As we prepare to enter peak season which runs from mid-August through mid-October, be assured that SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is here to assist you. Keep checking back on our website at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com for more helpful information.
Don’t Wait For a Storm to Strike, Start Preparing Now
Hurricane Preparedness Starts Before They Strike
With hurricane season running from June 1st through November and the peak season being from mid-August through mid-October, SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton encourages our friends and clients to start to begin now in preparing for the current hurricane season. With the Climate Prediction Center predicting that this is going to be an unusually active season in the Atlantic Basin, it is recommended that there are three key things you can do to prepare ahead of time. They are to prepare a Hurricane Kit, gather food supplies and to know how to find the correct station on your National Weather Service NOAA radio.
Your Hurricane Kit should include:
- Flashlights & extra bulbs
- Battery-operated radio
- Battery-operated lanterns
- Batteries (in different sizes!)
- First aid kit
- Duct tape
- Rain gear
- Clock (wind-up or battery-powered)
- Plastic garbage bags
- Fire extinguisher
- Can Opener
- Clean clothes
- Extra blankets
- Heavy gloves
Your Food Supplies should include non-perishable food for each person for 3-7 days:
- Bottled water (1 gallon/person/day)
- Bottled juice
- Two coolers: One for drinks & one for food
- Canned foods
- Manual can opener
- Dry pet food
Our staff can be reached at (609)894-8555, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to respond to your disaster. Also, follow us online at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com
Rain, Rain Go Away, It’s Summer and We Want to Go outside and Play
Summer Rains Can Bring Flooding and Damage to Your Home
As nice as a summer rain can be to soak everything down and cool the hot summer air, making everything smell nice and fresh, help the lawn and flowers grow nice and green, the summer rain can cause serious damage to your home. Your roof and gutters can easily be damaged by trees, hail or other objects and this damage can cause leaks in your roof. Water in your attic can cause mold damage throughout your home requiring extensive mediation and repairs. Gutters should be kept clean for proper drainage so that the water does not back up into your eaves, siding or bricks. Storm water runoff, if your property is not graded appropriately, can cause the water to run towards your foundation causing major damage to the structure both structurally and through water invading your basement or crawlspace. If you do find yourself facing the potential negative effects of summer rains, the staff at SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is ready to assist you. Follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com.
Mold Is For Cheese, Not Your Home
Learn how to deal with mold the right way - Call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton
If you Google “How to Remove Mold” there are about 23,700,000 results that appear in less than one second. That’s 23 million opinions on how to remove mold from articles in newspapers, magazines, books, scientific firms, product placements, DIY’ers, Wikipedia, and companies with both good and bad reputations for being able to remove mold from your home. Topics include “How to Get Rid of Black Mold the Cheap Way”, “The Truth About Mold Removal” and “DIY Black Mold Removal”.
So what should you REALLY do? Call the respected and trained professionals at SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at (609)894-8555. Why is that the first step? It’s because by calling our highly regarded staff, help is on its way! Our professionals are trained in mold remediation and they will begin by examining your home or business for any visible signs of mold. It may be recommended that you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and containment process is safely being completed. Some situations require bringing in an Indoor Air Quality / Environmental Specialist for further testing. In most cases even excessive mold growth is not a problem to remove. Our priority is your health and safety, especially for “at risk” individuals which may include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic lung diseases such as asthma and sever allergies. Step Two is to follow step one and call the SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton team at (609)894-8555.
Choosing The Right Contractor For Your Water Damage Claim
Choosing the right contractor is crucial when dealing with needing a water mitigation company.
Your home is one of the most important and expensive investments you will make in your lifetime. Why would you chance placing this asset in the hands of unqualified professionals when faced with dealing with a water damage claim? Do you know the right questions to ask when hiring a contractor to assist you? Does the contractor have the right and enough equipment? Do they have the leading IICRC recommended fans and dehumidifiers? You should ensure that your contractor is licensed and in good standing and has the appropriate insurances. Make sure that any guarantee offered is backed by a warrantee. Try to work with a company that is a local, established company with assets readily available in your area. If the contractor is trying to pressure you to sign paperwork quickly without giving you time to have your questions answered and the process explained fully, be wary. Communication is key with working with any contractor. Our IICRC and ABRA certified firm has the courteous, patient professionals with documented water loss experience available to assist you. Our offices can be reached at (609)894-8555, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to respond to your disaster. Also, follow us online at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com.
Where Did I Put That Extra 10,000 Gallons Of Water?
The average home looses 10,000 gallons of water in small leaks.
According to the EPA, households leaks can waster more than a trillion gallons of water annually. Ten percent of homes can have leaks of 90 gallons or more per day and the average home leak can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water per year which equates to 270 loads of laundry. The problem is over time, where does that water go? If your hot water bursts or your washer overflows it may be more obvious and easier to see than a slow leak in your basement or in the pipes under your sink or bathroom. Water from the unseen leaks is not only expensive but the potential damage caused by this type of water that you don’t see can cause serious damage to your home. If you see an uptick in your water bill usage it may be an indication of a water leak. In combination with working with a reputable plumber, the professionals at SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton has the right training, experience and tools to come in and check your home for signs of water damage. We can help by drying out your home as well as helping mitigate against the development of mold or treat it if found. Our offices can be reached at (609)894-8555 to set up a free estimate. Also, follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com.
Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home’s Basement
Mold in a basement can be avoided or fixed when needed.
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton provides 24-hour emergency service and specializes in flooded basements and mold remediation when left untreated. Our IICRC trained staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year to assist you when your basement floods and mold may be setting in.
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are at the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:
- A sewer pipe blockage
- Heavy rain causes water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sump pump failure
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or water tank failure
- Any many, many more
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton recommends the following mold prevention tips for your home:
-When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
-Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
-If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
-Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
Follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com for more helpful hints at avoiding mold development in your home or business.