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.
Using The Right Contractor For Your Mold Removal Job
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is here to help you deal with mold removal in your home or business.
Many times during home renovations a homeowner gets a report from their general contractor that mold was found in the course of their work. Often times this is found when renovating basements, bathrooms, or kitchens. Contractors unfortunately are not trained to deal with mold remediation and will try to use ineffective methods to remove the mold such as trying to spraying the area with a bleach solution. As well, most contractors do not understand that harmful mold spores can be sent throughout the air when mold is disturbed. SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton, as an IICRC certified firm, which is the organization that sets the certification and Standards Developing Organization, has the leading equipment, training and experience to deal with mold found in a home. Careful removal of the affected contents and structural elements such as drywall, flooring and ceilings area is crucial, including correctly providing containment to isolate the area and providing air quality equipment to remove potential airborne spores. As well, using the correct cleaning agents to clean the area are used by SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton and these cleaning agents cannot be found on the shelf of your local hardware store. Call our offices at (609)894-8555 to set up a free estimate for your mold problem. Also, follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com for more educational topics.
An Hour Your Business is Closed is a Dollar Lost
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton Provides Commercial Restoration Services.
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton specializes in helping your business in dealing with a loss from a multitude of potential disasters such as fire, water and mold damage. There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity and our staff understands that business continuity is a key concern when helping a business resume its operations. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Our commercial services include:
- Water Damage
- Fire Damage
- Smoke Damage
- Mold Remediation / Mitigation
- Emergency Board-Up
- Roof Tarping
- Crime Scene
- Carpet & Upholstery
- General Construction Services
- Dumpster / Debris Removal
- Electronics Restoration
- Fine Art Restoration
- Furniture Restoration
- Document Drying
- Temporary Power
- Moving Services
- Secured Asset Storage
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.