Tips on How To Prevent Mold in Your Burlington County, NJ Home
Mold is, unfortunately, just a fact of life. Microscopic mold spores are constantly in the atmosphere, getting onto our clothes, and making their way into our buildings. It's impossible to completely eliminate mold spores - but you can take steps to deny those spores a place to grow in your Burlington county, NJ home.
Should you ever have a mold outbreak, mold remediation specialists in New Jersey can contain the infestation. However, your best approach is to prevent it in the first place!
Five Important Tips For Preventing Mold Growth In Your Burlington County Home
First, just a quick reminder: Mold thrives in damp, dark places. Fundamentally, any mold prevention strategy boils down to removing such environments from your property.
1 - Reduce humidity
If you live in an area with a lot of rain or atmospheric humidity, some dehumidifiers are a solid investment. If you can keep the building's humidity between 35%-40%, mold is much less likely to grow.
2 - Immediately fix any leaks
Any water leaks within a building will become a magnet for mold, and it'll happen quickly. Mold can start forming in saturated walls or floorboards within 24 hours. Whenever a leak is spotted, it should be fixed immediately, followed by drying out the affected area.
3 - Improve the building's ventilation
When air is constantly moving around, it becomes far harder for mold spores to settle into place and start growing. Anything which improves airflow within the building will discourage mold, from a better HVAC system to just opening some windows.
4 - Do repairs and maintenance with anti-mold products
Many common building materials, such as drywall, paint and countertops, can be purchased in variations which are explicitly designed to inhibit mold growth. These are excellent investments when building or renovating a property.
5 - Never store damp items
If you're putting something into storage, such as in the basement or a closet, be sure that item is thoroughly dried. Otherwise, it's a perfect mold habitat.
If you do have a mold outbreak, don't worry! Expert mold remediation specialists in New Jersey can take care of it. Contact SERVPRO of Bordentown / Pemberton for an appointment.
Reduce Downtime in Your Mercer County Business
Water damage by flooding, a ruptured pipe or ice dam can impact your Mercer County business in several ways.
Standing water can cause loss of equipment, and disruption of your business requires swift immediate action of professionals. Connect with a restoration firm that has a trained team to assess your needs and offer solutions to restore your commercial property and curb your losses.
Each water damage event is unique, whether you have a small contained water clean-up or a large natural disaster flood. We will work to contain, mitigate and isolate the damage.
Water contributes to excessive moisture that is absorbed into drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, draperies. This creates a secondary damage that can dramatically increase your damage claims.
We have state of the art equipment to remove water, moisture and deodorize your facility.
Why is it imperative to act quickly?
- Remove moisture to eliminate MOLD spores to colonize
- Remove moisture to prevent hardwood floor damage
- Moisture causes drywall and ceiling tiles to buckle
- Vinyl or carpet tiles loosen
SERVPRO has state of the art equipment to remove water, moisture and deodorize your commercial property. The right tool for the job is vital and our trained professionals understand the importance of drying the property thoroughly and effectively.
From Psychrometrics which include moisture sensors, moisture meters and thermohygrometers to dehumidifiers and odor enhancing thermal foggers. We work neatly and efficiently to have you back in your property and back in control.
The ability to mobilize equipment is a crucial aspect of restoring a commercial business. Let SERVPRO of Bordentown/ Pemberton be your partner when disaster strikes. Call us at 609-894-8555.
How Mold Can Devalue Your Mercer County, NJ Home
If you're thinking about selling your Mercer County, New Jersey home in the near future, it would be a very good idea to check it carefully for any signs of mold. Even a small amount of mold can significantly harm your property value, or potentially even scare off prospective buyers. After all, a buyer will almost certainly want a thorough home inspection - if you don't find the mold first, their inspector will.
How can mold impact a home's value? There are multiple ways.
Why Mold Can Be So Damaging To Mercer County New Jersey Property Values
1 - Buyers won't want to pay the cleanup costs
There are plenty of New Jersey mold removal services which can eliminate a mold outbreak in just a couple days, but a prospective buyer isn't going to want to pay for that. They'll see it as taking away from the value of their purchase. At the least, they're going to ask you to handle it.
2 - Mold gets worse, quickly
A small patch of mold today can mean a slimy wall within a week. The buyer is going to know that every day that passes while negotiating the home sale means even more mold to clean up.
3 - Mold is a major health hazard
Depending on the area, a mold outbreak can be cause to halt a home sale, or potentially even declare a property unfit for use. Many types of mold, particularly black mold, are harmful or even toxic to both humans and animals.
4 - Mold suggests neglect
Sure, there are times that it's easy to overlook a small patch of mold, such as in an unused corner of the basement. However, to buyers, it's going to look like you aren't cleaning up your home.
5 - Mold may indicate water leaks
Leaky pipes are one of the major causes of mold, particularly if it's outside the basement. Visible mold is a red flag for buyers that there may be more maintenance problems.
In short, if you're selling your home, you want it mold-free. Contact SERVPRO of Bordentown / Pemberton to arrange for mold remediation services in New Jersey!
Tips on how to Prepare for a Winter Storm
- Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
- Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
- Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
- Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
- Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.
Staying Safe During a Storm…
- Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
- Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
- Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
- Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
- Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.
- Stay well connected with local emergency services companies, especially those that have capabilities to respond to any disaster, 24/7/365.
- SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is trained, ready and experienced to tackle any disaster.
- Call 609-894-8555
Fire Safety Over the Holidays
The Holiday season is all about being with family and friends………..and staying safe. Here are a few tips on keeping everyone out of harms way during this time of year…….
Preventing fires on Thanksgiving is simple when following some basic precautions. Remember, while you should always have a fire-extinguisher nearby and know how to use it, don’t delay calling 9-1-1.
Kitchens…Stovetops & Ovens
Busy cooks can become distracted preparing several dishes at once while also trying to entertain guests. Fires in the kitchen can easily be prevented by following a few simple precautions:
- Start the holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven. Remove food and grease buildup from burners, stovetop, and oven.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking and try not to become distracted by guests.
- When cooking a turkey, set a timer, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. Preferably use the back burners.
- Keep a flame-resistant oven mitt, potholder or lid nearby to smother any flames.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- Have working smoke alarms in the home and have an escape plan that the entire family knows if there is a fire.
It’s Popular to Fry the Turkey, but……
Never use a turkey fryer indoors, in the garage or on a covered patio because of the fire hazard. Many turkey fires occur while the oil is being heated., especially if over-filled. Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot, scalding oil onto anyone or anything nearby, leading to fires, burns or other injuries. Since most units do not have automatic thermostatic controls, oil may heat until it catches fire. The sides, lids, and handles get extremely hot and may cause burns.
- Completely thaw the turkey.
- Do not overfill the fryer with oil. Before dumping a few gallons of oil into the fryer, test it out with water. Place the turkey inside and then fill it with water until the bird is submerged. Remove the turkey and mark the water line on the fryer so you will know how much oil to put in the fryer.
- Never leave the fryer unattended.
- Keep children and pets well away from the fryer. Remember the oil will remain dangerously hot for hours.
- Only use the oil recommended by the manufacturer. Different types of oil have different ignition temperatures.
- Allow at least two feet of space between the liquid propane tank and the fryer burner.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts; wear safety goggles to protect eyes from oil splatter.
- If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn OFF the gas supply.
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby.
- Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
Following these safety tips will go a long way toward a safe, relaxing Thanksgiving. If a fire emergency occurs, SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is ready to respond 24/7.
Commercial Property Restoration Requires Experience & Rapid Response Capability
A commercial property catastrophe requires professional response and disaster recovery expertise. Using a team of IICRC cleaning technicians and certified contractors that have worked extensively with government buildings, hotels, hospitals, retail stores, apartment complexes and manufacturing facilities to quickly clean and repair these properties following an unexpected disaster is a highly recommended plan to mitigate loss.
Action taken during the first twenty-four hours is critical in helping to reduce damages and minimize your business loss. As a business owner, it is essential that you develop a comprehensive emergency plan to respond to almost any situation. As part of this plan, it’s important to research property restoration company credentials, including recommendation letters and case studies from commercial property management companies, property owners, and government and health care institutions where work has been completed.
Restoration companies that have worked extensively in FEMA disaster zones like hurricane repairs in Florida and Texas, and flooding disasters are typically uniquely qualified to handle a variety of cleanup challenges. Emergency response capability is a must, and companies with large fleets of emergency response equipment are positioned to “be ready” for any natural disaster.
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton, the industry leader in property restoration services, is “FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER”, and is available 365/24/7.
Dirty Chimneys Pose Fire Hazard
There are more than 70,000 house fires annually causing more than $1.3B in property damage and over 2,500 injuries. 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
Don’t wait until it’s too late. 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.
6 Key Steps to Take After a Basement Flood
- Address Health & Safety Issues: Keep children & animals out of the basement and away from standing water.
- Deactivate Services: Turn off energy services around the affected area, including gas and electricity.
- Stop the Flood Source: A DIY option is not recommended in most instances. It is highly advised to call a professionally trained water/flood restoration company to quickly address the source of the water damage. If you are able to identify the source quickly, (i.e. leak from bathroom plumbing) make sure to wear waterproof gloves and boots to protect your skin from potentially dangerous chemicals in the standing water.
- Extract the Water & Ventilate: Allowing good airflow through the affected area will aid in the drying process. A professional water damage company will use advanced blowers to accelerate the drying process.
- Disinfect the Area: Dry and disinfect the entire area. This is especially important when trying to prevent or contain the growth of harmful mold, spores and bacteria.
Call Insurance Company: Homeowners policies don’t typically cover natural disasters-floods, so check with your insurance company to determine your coverage and next steps.
Commercial Restoration Versus Residential Restoration
Attempting to treat a commercial restoration project like a residential project can lead to mistakes in evaluation and solutions. Residential homes have one primary purchase- accommodate personal living space.
Commercial buildings have a variety of functions, including:
- Office spaces
- Government Offices
- Manufacturing Plants
- Distribution centers
This wide range of uses demands additional consideration about the occupants of the building, the activities in the structure and any individuals visiting the building. All these factors can affect the restoration process. The size of commercial buildings range from 1,000 square feet to over 1,000,000 square feet. Commercial facilities, based on the damage sustained, require more time to plan a scope of work, to estimate the cost of restoration, supplies needed, and involve coordination with staff, management and facility owners.
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton provides a career path in commercial restoration, including specific training- Commercial Restoration Training Program (CRTP), mentorship, and knowledge needed to successfully manage a commercial restoration project. If this area of the construction management/restoration industry is of interest please connect with us: 609-894-8555 to set a time to discuss opportunities with our company.
SERVPRO® is the leading disaster restoration company in the industry. We specialize in water, fire and mold restoration for both residential and commercial properties.
Severe NJ Weather-Damaging Winds Possible
How many times have we read the above Headline recently?
Warmer weather brings on stormy weather and winds. Thunderstorms, macro-bursts, microbursts and hail all can create monstrous damage to your property. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, damaging winds are most often caused by severe thunderstorms in the lower 48 creating havoc, leaving damage and debris in their path. More damage occurs by thunderstorms than by tornadoes. Damaging winds are those classified as winds with speeds of 50-60 mph.
Thunderstorms create a pressure imbalance, sending air currents or downdrafts into the ground which is the major cause of property damage. Living in the Mid-Atlantic, with hot steamy temps, thunderstorms are common. We welcome them to break the heat, but a broken tree limb or uprooted tree landing on a roof is not welcomed!
SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is there to help you with any disaster. We can assess the damage, clear debris and secure your property. We proudly serve the greater Burlington County area. Call 609-894-8555 for all your emergency needs.