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Clean Air Ducts for Preventing Airborne Illnesses in Bordentown Township, NJ

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Winter is approaching and that means temperatures dropping below freezing. It's time to check on your heating system and make sure it is geared up to maintain your home’s energy efficiency. Most homes are heated using furnaces or boilers. Furnaces heat air and redistribute that air throughout the home through ducts. Boilers heat water and provide either steam or hot water for heating. The steam can be distributed through pipes to steam radiators and hot water is distributed through radiant floor systems or baseboard radiators. 

If your home has an oil burning furnace, there are some potential hazards you should be aware of. A puff back is the most common issue that can arise with these furnaces. It can occur when an oil-fueled furnace breaks down and causes a sudden “puff” of oily dust particles that settle throughout your home. Fire and smoke can also be spewed out of the furnace. While this explosion will likely not be lethal, it can cause thousands of dollars in repairs to your home and has the potential to cause health effects for you and your family. 

Puff backs can occur in furnaces that are poorly maintained. It is crucial that you conduct yearly exams of your heating system and possibly even involve a professional to conduct this inspection. This will likely prevent any malfunction of the furnace. In addition to merely checking the furnace, it is helpful to clean the furnace twice a year. 

If you experience a puff back in your home, avoid trying to clean the soot yourself. The residue from the soot and smoke requires special attention, as it spreads easily and creates stains quickly. Soot is made up of black carbon, which will stain extremely quickly if mixed with water or other household cleaning supplies. It is important to call a professional to assist in the cleanup and restoration of your home. 

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is eager to assist in the restoration of your home, should there be any damage from a puff back or any other mishap. Call 609-894-8555 or visit https://www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com/

Possibilities for Winter Water Damage and How to Prevent Damage in Mercer County, NJ

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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When we think of winter, we think of cold air, snow, and winter holidays. We tend to neglect the wet weather the winter usually brings. We typically identify wet weather with the spring, due to the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” However, winter weather also brings water issues. Those fantastical snow storms, ice, and sleet have the potential for water damage in your home or business. 

Burst Pipes

Water is unique in that it expands when it freezes. When water freezes and turns to ice, it puts immense pressure on the pipe surrounding it. This expanding ice has the ability to burst the pipe, regardless of the strength of the pipe. Pipes that are most susceptible to bursting are ones that are exposed to extremely cold temperatures, such as those that are outside or those that are in unheated locations. 

To prevent exterior pipes from bursting, drain the water from the swimming pool or water sprinkler system. If possible, remove hoses from outdoors. If you have pipes in unheated areas such as the attic or crawl space, look into adding insulation to those rooms to maintain a warmer temperature. There are also certain products you can purchase that directly insulate pipes, such as a “pipe sleeve.” 

Gutter Blocks 

Gutters are necessary for directing water away from your home. However, gutters can freeze or get blocked by ice and can end up causing more damage to your home. Snow along the roof can melt from warmer temperatures or heat from the interior of your home and can trickle into the gutter. This water can then freeze in the gutter and cause something called an ice dam.

Ice dams are dangerous because they put stress on the roof of your home. Additionally, that water can seep into the attic and eventually into the ceilings of your home, causing major water damage. The best way to prevent ice dams from occurring is to regularly clean the gutters of your home. 

If you experience winter water damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at 609-894-8555. We are available 24/7 to restore your home. 

How to Handle a Puff Back from Your Home Furnace in Burlington County, NJ

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Winter is approaching and that means temperatures dropping below freezing. It's time to check on your heating system and make sure it is geared up to maintain your home’s energy efficiency. Most homes are heated using furnaces or boilers. Furnaces heat air and redistribute that air throughout the home through ducts. Boilers heat water and provide either steam or hot water for heating. The steam can be distributed through pipes to steam radiators and hot water is distributed through radiant floor systems or baseboard radiators. 

If your home has an oil burning furnace, there are some potential hazards you should be aware of. A puff back is the most common issue that can arise with these furnaces. It can occur when an oil-fueled furnace breaks down and causes a sudden “puff” of oily dust particles that settle throughout your home. Fire and smoke can also be spewed out of the furnace. While this explosion will likely not be lethal, it can cause thousands of dollars in repairs to your home and has the potential to cause health effects for you and your family. 

Puff backs can occur in furnaces that are poorly maintained. It is crucial that you conduct yearly exams of your heating system and possibly even involve a professional to conduct this inspection. This will likely prevent any malfunction of the furnace. In addition to merely checking the furnace, it is helpful to clean the furnace twice a year. 

If you experience a puff back in your home, avoid trying to clean the soot yourself. The residue from the soot and smoke requires special attention, as it spreads easily and creates stains quickly. Soot is made up of black carbon, which will stain extremely quickly if mixed with water or other household cleaning supplies. It is important to call a professional to assist in the cleanup and restoration of your home. 

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is eager to assist in the restoration of your home, should there be any damage from a puff back or any other mishap. Call 609-894-8555 or visit https://www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com/

Beware: Hurricane Season is Not Over Yet in Mercer County, NJ!

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Many people consider summer their favorite season due to the seemingly endless sun and warmth. When picturing the summer, people typically forget about the storms and storm damage that can occur. Everyone knows the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but storms continue throughout the summer, and in fact the threat may even increase during the warmer months. 

The hurricane season in the Atlantic region runs from June 1st - November 30th. Just because Labor Day has passed, don’t assume that there won’t be any future hurricanes! This hurricane season has presented record activity in terms of numbers of hurricanes and tropical storms. There have been 17 named tropical storms and 5 hurricanes this season. 

While it is difficult to predict oncoming storms, it is crucial to prepare your family and your home for any damage that may ensue. 

Steps to Take Before a Storm:

  • Prepare an emergency reserve of important supplies such as food, water, clothing, etc.
  • Unplug any electrical devices before the storm hits.
  • Secure or bring inside any outdoor objects that may cause damage to your home or blow away. 
  • Shut all doors and windows in your home and be sure to secure the shutters or blinds on the windows. 

Steps to Take After a Storm:

  • Stay away from flooded and damaged areas to remain safe.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines and report them when you see them. 
  • Take note of any damage to your home and call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton to help with the restoration process. 

Summer storms can be frightening, and they can happen without warning. Always be diligent about preparing yourself for a storm, so if disaster strikes you are less panicked. If your home experiences damage, call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at 609-894-8555. We are available 24/7 to address your needs!  

3 Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Buildings in Burlington County, NJ

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

When you think about your company’s expenses, you typically think of the cost of supplies, salaries, rent, etc. How often do you think about insurance for water damage prevention? Most likely, you don’t consider this an important, or even worthwhile, expense. However, water damage is one of the largest causes of expenses that are dealt with in the commercial insurance industry. 

            There are different causes of water damage in Bordentown Township NJ commercial properties. Obviously, being located in a flood zone is an important factor and floods are an unpredictable, yet large cause of water damage. 

Sprinkler Systems

            All commercial properties, by law, must be equipped with an overhead sprinkler system. The system usually works together with the fire system and once the fire alarm is triggered the sprinkler usually follows. Any time the sprinkler is activated, there will be serious water damage to the building, as the sprinkler system is required to cover the entire building. Occasionally, the sprinkler will malfunction and turn on without the onset of the fire alarm. 

Appliances

Most company buildings have a kitchen or break room. These rooms usually have a refrigerator and possibly even a dishwasher. If these appliances malfunction, they can leak a significant amount of water to multiple rooms. 

Sewage

            It is common for sewage systems to get backed up, which can leak contaminated water throughout the entire building. This is dangerous because the water may contain hazardous waste and other contaminants. This type of leak is often gradual, but can still cause major damages to a large building. 

            Water damage to property is very common. The severity of the damage depends on where the water originates from, what the water damages, and how quickly the problem is handled and resolved. If your office building in Burlington County NJ experiences water damage, call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton immediately at 609-894-8555. 



How to Control Air Quality in Your Office Space

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor interactions have been limited as the virus can easily spread inside due to the lack of air circulation. As people begin going back to work, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks may not be enough to prevent the spread of the virus. Another important aspect is the quality of the air inside your office, stores, apartment buildings, nursing homes, etc.

Indoor air quality is not easily defined. Pollutants of the air can be created by sources both indoors and outdoors such as cleaning supplies, pest control, renovations, new furnishings or finishes, etc.

Pollutants fall into 3 main categories:

  • Biological
  • Chemical
  • Particles

Programs should be set up in indoor environments to minimize pollutants by:

  • Isolation -- removing the pollutants from the air
  • Dilution -- removing the pollutants through ventilation
  • Filtration -- removing contaminants through cleaning the air

            Take active steps to reduce air pollutants by:

  • Integrating air quality concerns into purchasing decisions in furniture and products
  • Establish and enforce an effective smoking policy
  • Educate staff in the building on air quality management

            If you are lost on where to begin, this guide will help you get started on taking control of the air quality in your building and ensuring your employees are safe. Always consider the risk of reducing air quality when making decisions regarding your office space.

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is available 24/7 to address your water, fire, and mold restoration needs. Call us at 609-894-8555 for prompt response. We are proud to serve our local communities in Burlington County.

Should you Maintain Your Major Appliances to Prevent Damage?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever inspected your washer and dryer? If the answer is no, you should reconsider your home inspections. Both appliances can be the culprit of unnecessary home damage if left unchecked.  In a span of 4 years, washer and dryer fires resulted in approximately $238 million in damages, while worn water hoses lead to small leaks or breaks causing considerable home water damage. Routinely inspect your major appliances for wear with hoses and electrical connections, keeping ductwork clean and away from combustible materials.

Washer Maintenance:

  • Inspect washer hose yearly for splits or cracks. Replace every 3-5 years.
  • Keep appliance approximately 4 inches from the wall to allow for the hoses
  • Check electrical plugs and outlets are in good working order
  • Use the proper detergent and amount to avoid overflowing of the appliance

Dryer Maintenance:

  • Dryer vents accumulate highly flammable lint and need to be inspected and cleaned at least once a year. If they are not maintained, they are a likely cause of home fires. Dryer fires accounted for 92% of appliance fires.
  • Replace accordion-style ducts with a rigid metal duct to prevent lint buildup
  • Annually clean dryer duct
  • Wash chemical stained laundry several times before drying.

Routine maintenance is so easily overlooked in our busy lives.  We recommend taking all preventative measures to decrease the risk of fire and water damage, but in case your home experiences a disaster, we will be here to help with the restoration process 24/7/. Call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at 609-894-8555, or, connect to www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com

SERVPROXIDE Can be Used to Disinfect in a COVID-19 World

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 has put an emphasis on the importance of disinfecting surfaces we come in contact with daily. When we return back to working in the office, we want to be sure that the office is fully sanitized. Likewise, we want our homes to be as clean as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO is here to make that process as simple for you as we can. We produce a majority of the products we use everyday during our work including cleaning supplies, deodorizing compounds, and disinfectants to solve any issues you may be experiencing or trying to prevent. 

SERVPROXIDE™ is our registered hospital-grade disinfectant. It is registered with the EPA and ranks in their lowest toxicity rating. The product is a stabilized chlorine dioxide based antimicrobial which has little to no fragrance. Any mild cleaning odor disappears quickly, which makes SERVPROXIDE™ a great solution for people with sensitivities to strong odors. 

In terms of COVID-19, the CDC has recommended using products that are hospital-grade disinfectants with claims against similar types of organisms to SARS-CoV-2. SERVPROXIDE™ is the perfect solution, considering it is EPA-approved for use on Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, staphylococcus, E.coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, and Swine flu. 

There are plenty of ways we can utilize SERVPROXIDE™ to clean your space. It eliminates odors through disinfecting and oxidation as opposed to just masking the smell. This can be done by applying the product directly with a towel or by spraying the product on the necessary area. It can also be used for crime scene cleanup. SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is always here if you need a crime scene, vandalism, or biohazard cleanup and restoration. 

If you need your home or business  cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized, call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at 609-894-8555 for a FREE evaluation. 

How to Prepare Your Burlington County Home for a Flash Flood

8/8/2020 (Permalink)

Summertime typically means lots of sunshine, but the heat can also bring unexpected heavy thunderstorms to the Burlington County, NJ area. Whether you live in Bordentown near the Delaware or in your neighborhood in Chesterfield, heavy rains can spell trouble.  While these summer storms typically don’t last very long they can lead to flash floods. By definition, a flash flood involves flooding that starts within 6 hours of heavy rainfall but often occurs as soon as 3 hours after the storm. Urban areas are prone to this type of flooding, as land use, and topography do not allow water to be absorbed into the ground quickly.  Suburban areas may also be affected by this type of flooding where lawns and permeable landscapes saturate very quickly causing increased water run-off.

           Floods may result from heavy rain, storm surges, coastal storms, and dam overflows.  In just 6 inches of moving water, you may be knocked down.  In as little as 1 foot of moving water, vehicles can be swept away.  If there is a flash flood watch or warning in your area be prepared to act and evacuate.   Have a plan in place in case your home or business is impacted.

Prepare Your Home for a Flash Flood:

  • All electrical sockets, switches, and wiring should be elevated at least a foot above any predicted flood levels. This prevents your home from becoming a safety hazard in the case that there is a flood.
  • Waterproof your basement. While this cost money, it is worth it if you live in a flood zone and will prevent later damage to your home.
  • Once a flood watch occurs, move furniture and valuable items to a secure location.

           Flash flooding may occur in any location.   In case your home experiences water damage due to an unexpected flood, call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at 609-894-8555 and we will be happy to help you 24/7.

Top 3 Services SERVPRO Provides After a Storm

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

A bad storm can be devastating for both homeowners and businesses. Storms are traumatic events that cause undue property damage whether from wind, tree damage, water or fire. Communities need an immediate solution to ensure they can return to normal as soon as possible. SERVPRO offers safety, security and restoration measures. Homeowners and professionals need reputable companies to provide quality services to assist with the mitigation, clean-up, and restoration of their community. SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is always available to provide solutions for everyone. Continue reading to see our top services and what sets us apart from the competition.

Top 3 Services SERVPRO Provides:

  1. Disaster Response: SERVPRO will respond to any local disaster and enlist the help of convenient franchises to provide necessary services.
  2. Mitigation and Clean-up: SERVPRO will do everything from surveying the damage to doing a total clean-up of the area. We are a full-service restoration company.
  3. All in One: SERVPRO is always available to provide comprehensive restoration solutions. We work closely with insurance agents and adjusters to provide a timely and quality response to any property damage.

Disasters are unpredictable, stressful events. In the case that your home experiences a disaster, call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton at 609-894-8555 to mitigate any storm damage.