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Dirty Chimneys Pose a Fire Hazard in Burlington County NJ

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

There are more than 70,000 house fires annually causing more than $1.3B in property damage and over 2,500 injuries, including Burlington County NJ.

 According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimney fires were the cause in approximately 30 percent of house fires. 

A dirty chimney can cause hazardous smoke, which can lead to a serious risk of carbon monoxide and chimney fire.  This is a normal occurrence to any chimney that has not had routine maintenance.  Here are a few tips to follow when preparing your chimney for use, especially in the winter.

  • Have your chimney inspected annually by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweep. Have a professional clean and repair the chimney as needed, especially before the cold months, when you will be using it frequently.
  • Use seasoned wood only. Never burn green or damp wood.
  • Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or trees in your fireplace—these can all spark chimney fires.

Signs & Results of a Chimney Fire

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, there are four key signs of a fire in the chimney:

  • A deep rumbling, like a distant freight train
  • Popping and cracking sounds
  • Large amounts of thick smoke exiting the chimney
  • A hot, intense odor

Do the smart thing.   Keep your family and home safe with a professional cleaning by a certified chimney sweep once or twice a year.  It should only take 45 min to an hour to complete.

SERVPRO of Bordentown/ Pemberton specializes in fire & water damage restoration in Burlington & Mercer Counties.  We have extensive fire damage training, and we are the trusted leader in the restoration industry.  Call 609-894-8555.

Disinfect Your Commercial Property in Mercer County, NJ

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fortunately, Mercer County New Jersey is not on lockdown-yet. Omicron has elevated the awareness of hand hygiene, disinfecting and sanitizing but how do we maintain a clean, healthy refreshed commercial space whether you are an “Essential Business” or you are reopening an office space in Mercer County, NJ

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton offers a quick, efficient and cost-effective solution to this dilemma. Ultra-Low Volume misting, or UVL is a service that uses a fine EPA approved, hospital-grade, Botanical Disinfectant mist which deodorizes and sanitizes interiors to maintain a fresh, clean commercial space.

How does this work:

A professionally trained, certified technician will fog the area in approximately 30-40 minutes (depending on square feet) by spraying a fine mist in the enclosed area. Our proprietary EPA-Approved, Hospital-grade solutions are effective against the following:

Bacteria

  • MRSA
  • Salmonella enterica
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • coli 0157

Fungi

  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes
  • Aspergillus
  • Candida

Virus

  • HIV-1(AIDS virus)
  • Rhinovirus
  • Flu – A, H1N1, Avian Flu
  • Norovirus

Give SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton a call at (609)894-8555 to discuss your commercial property needs. This is a great preventative maintenance for your customers and your colleagues to keep your operations clean and sanitized now more than ever. Service plans of any length and variety can be arranged.

Severe Winter Weather Can Reveal Leaky Pipes and Gutter Blocks in Your Burlington County, NJ Home

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

When we think of winter, we think of cold air, snow, and winter holidays. We tend to neglect severe winter weather and its impact on leaky pipes and faulty gutters in Burlington County, NJ.

 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 or business.

Turkey Time Safety…Take measures to Enjoy the Turkey & Trimmings

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is a favorite time to gather with family, enjoy traditions and delicious food around the table.  Recently the option of frying a turkey became a popular choice of cooking due the super moist and delicious flavor of the bird without the need to baste, stuff and wait!

With every wonderful pleasure of the awaited fried turkey feast comes the potential of a serious fire hazard if not handled with fire safety in mind first.

Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using outdoor fryers, but if this is your family’s tradition, here are several precautions to practice to ensure that you enjoy the bird keeping your home, your family and your guests safe. 

Safe Frying Tips:

  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before frying
  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, away from property both buildings and landscaping, and out of the garage-10 ft away is recommended
  • Never operate the fryer with inclement weather
  • Place fryer on a level surface
  • Never leave fryers unattended
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions
  • Watch oil temperature
  • Keep pets and children away from the fryer
  • Turn off immediately after use
  • Cover and cool before disposing of oil
  • Have a grease-rated fire extinguisher nearby for emergency use

Fried turkeys are delicious, remembering to put safety first will ensure that you and your family will enjoy the meal together around the table.

 SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is here for you  24/7 if disaster strikes. We are committed to serving you, the #1 Choice in Clean-up and Restoration nationwide. Contact us at 609-894-8555.

Is Your Burlington County, NJ Home Ready for ‘Old Man Winter??

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

The Farmer’s Almanac and local weather forecasters are predicting a cold and snowy winter for Burlington County, NJ.  Temperatures have been incredibly mild this Fall, but winter is right around the corner which means it is time to winterize your home for the colder temperatures to prevent the unexpected. 

Here are 5 items to review in preparation for winter:

    1. Smoke Detectors- Check that your smoke detectors are in good operating condition. Smoke detectors over 10 years old should be replaced.  The Fall Back time change is a good time to change the batteries in your battery operated and hard-wired backup battery. 
    2. HVAC System – Check that your heating system is  having routine maintenance on your heating system to ensure maximum efficiency to maintain quality indoor air flow. 
    3. Chimney Cleaning- The National Fire Protection Agency recommends an annual chimney inspection to prevent fires and keep your fireplace working efficiently.  A clean chimney will allow you to enjoy a safe and cozy warm fire all winter.
  • Gutter Cleaning-Fall is the best time to clean out the debris that accumulates as the trees drop their leaves.  Clogged cutters lead to water back-ups that may damage your home's foundation or lead to wet wood around windows, eaves and doorways.  Clean gutters and downspouts keep water moving and away from your home. 
  • Winterize Your Outside Water Spigots- 30% of all homeowner insurance claims are related to water damage primarily caused by freezing pipes according to data from the Insurance Information Institute. Turn off outside water hose bibs, showers and faucets to prevent rupture pipes due to frozen water. 

An ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold, however if your damage to your home due to winter storms, freezing temperatures or equipment malfunctions, SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is ready to help with a team of trained professional technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Contact us at 609-894-8555.

Improve the Indoor Air Quality of your Burlington County, NJ Business

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, indoor spaces, cleanliness of surfaces, and air flow have become more important elements when considering the overall health of a commercial property. 

Maintaining a healthy environment in your building, maintains the health of employees, customers, patients and residents alike.

What determines clean air?  According to the EPA pollutants fall into 3 main Categories: 

  • Biological
  • Chemical
  • Particles 

Indoor Air Quality or IAQ is defined by the EPA as the “air quality within and around buildings and structures,” which can impact the health and wellbeing of the building’s occupants.  Exposure to indoor pollutants can impact the health of occupants immediately or build over many months or even years.

Air pollutants can be created by indoor and outdoor sources.  Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor contaminates by not bringing sufficient outdoor air in to dilute emissions or the reverse, but not expelling enough indoor air.  High humidity and temperatures also increase the concentration of harmful or hazardous particles.

DETERMINE THE SOURCE

The most effective way to minimize the effect of indoor air pollution is source control.  By eliminating the source of the pollutant to reduce their emissions.  Common indoor sources of pollutants can be building materials such as asbestos, fuel burning combustible appliances, building materials (flooring, carpeting, upholstery, cabinets of pressed wood products), household cleaning products, tobacco and excessive moisture. Outdoor sources are Radon, pesticides and outdoor air pollution.

 Indoor Air Quality is best handled by:

  • Isolation: Removing the pollutant from the air
  • Dilution: Removing the pollutant through ventilation
  • Filtration: Removing the contaminants through cleaning the air

Action steps to improve indoor air through integrating air quality protocols in purchasing decisions for building, furniture and cleaning products.  Establish and enforce an effective no smoking policy.  Educate employees in the building on management of air quality and healthy building environment.

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

How the Experts Address Mold Remediation in Your Mercer County Home or Business

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is one of the most dangerous infestations a Mercer County home or business can have as the result of water damage.

  Mold grows quickly in dark and damp places, while potentially creating a major health hazard to everyone within the building.  If you discover your home or business has mold, it's vital to hire mold remediation experts to make the premises safe again.  

Here's what happens.

What Is Mold Remediation?

Property cleanup specialists prefer the term "mold remediation" to "mold removal," because mold can never be 100% removed.  Microscopic mold spores are everywhere, all the time, floating in the atmosphere.  Only the most sterile of scientific clean rooms are ever totally free of mold.  So, we say "mold remediation" to be clear on the point.  

How Does Mold Remediation Work?

Once the source has been identified the remediation process can quickly and safely remove a Mold infestation.  This generally takes two to seven days. During the process, the room(s) being treated will be sequestered, and you will need to keep all people and animals away from that area.  

  1. Expert workers will contain the mold-infested area, protect all surrounding areas with Plastic Sheeting, change into head-to-toe hazmat suits to protect themselves from any potential contamination, then safely remove all contents and contaminated materials.
  2. Specialized Equipment.  Professional mold remediation services have access to Specialized HEPA Air Filtration Systems, HEPA Vacuums and high-powered biocides, which can kill, live mold growth. 
  3. The biocide will kill active mold growth, but the leftover spores are nearly indestructible. Once the affected area has been remediated a Fungicidal Mold Resistant coating is applied. This prevents the mold from regrowing.

When the job is complete, the plastic sheeting is removed along with the containment and equipment.  At that point, you can safely enjoy the clean room once again.

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton Are Your Mold Cleanup Experts for Mercer and Burlington Counties.  Water damage in your home or business due to flooding or water leaks can often lead to mold issues. 

Call the experts at SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton for a thorough evaluation and inspection of your home or business in the event of mold infestation.  Call 609-894-8555 to schedule an appointment.

Oct. 3-9, 2021 is National Fire Prevention Week

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire safety is a big topic—and potentially a Lifesaving topic.  Here are some tips to remember to prepare to be safe before confronting a fire in your Burlington County, NJ home: 

  • Plan Your Escape Route-Draw and illustrate a map of Your Home
  • Test Your Smoke alarms
  • Choose an Outside Meeting Place
  • Make a Regular Reminder—Post the Emergency # of Your Local Fire Department
  • Practice Home Fire Drills

 Click here for more information about fire safety week.

 You might also not be familiar with ‘Sparkey’, the Dalmatian fire dog  who has been the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association—a U.S. organization in charge of creating and maintaining minimum standards and requirements for fire protection, suppression training, and equipment since 1951.

In Burlington and Mercer county, NJ, the industry leader in water, fire and mold restoration is SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton.  Call 609-894-8555 for 24/7 emergency service.

The Storm Has Passed- Is Your Burlington County Business Moisture Free?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

In the last 90 days (July-Sept ’21) northern NJ counties have received anywhere from 50-75% higher rainfall than average, and central NJ counties have absorbed from 25-50% higher than average rainfall (Source: National Weather Service).

In a word, the state is ‘SATURATED’.

With excessive moisture comes unwanted side-effects.  One of those is a silent toxin-MOLD. In most cases, mold occurs where there is excessive water. That said, mold can be present almost everywhere, both indoors and outside.

Mold spores thrive on moisture and can quickly into colonies when exposed to water.

Your nose can be an early detector of mold as it produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to the area where mold is present. As a preventive measure, keep indoor humidity below 45%.

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is the industry leader in mold remediation and restoration.  Call 609-894-8555 to have a FREE evaluation of your business or home where moisture persists to rule out the presence of mold.

3 Core Services SERVPRO Offers After Storms in Mercer County, NJ

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a storm can leave a community devastated and the demand for comprehensive clean-up and restoration in high demand. 

Homeowners as well as professionals such as insurance agents and adjusters look for companies to provide timely, quality response services to assist with mitigation, clean-up and restoration services.  SERVPRO of Bordentown /Pemberton is ready to aid and offer solutions for both home and business owners.

Here are 3 Top Services Provided: 

  1. Disaster Response-SERVPRO will respond to any disaster locally and when needed will enlist support from nearby franchises.
  1. Mitigation and Clean-up-From evaluating and securing the property to total clean up, SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company.
  2. All in One-SERVPRO of Bordetown/Pemberton provides comprehensive restoration solutions. We work with both insurance agents and adjusters to coordinate the mitigation, clean-up and restoration to allow for a faster project.

Think of SERVPRO Bordentown/Pemberton when disaster strikes. We are the Brand You can trust, and we are locally owned and operated, nearby and ready to help.   In addition to Bordentown and Pemberton, we also serve the following communities:

  • Browns Mills
  • Chesterfield
  • Columbus
  • Florence
  • Mansfield
  • Roebling
  • Wrightstown
  • Yardville

Call 609-894-8555 for all your storm disaster needs; we provide 24-hour emergency service addressing water, fire and mold restoration needs.