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4 Tips to Minimize the Risk of Commercial Fires

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

When we consider the risks to our business, we typically think about our products, our employees, or maybe even our marketing.  However, in a 9-year time frame there were 65 deaths and $2.5 trillion in damage due to non-residential fires. With everyone slowly returning to work after a COVID-19 related hiatus, there has never been a better time to reduce the risk of fire in your workplace.

Follow these steps to ensure the safety of your commercial building:

  1. Identify any potential hazards in the building. Look for the presence of ignition sources (heaters, lights, electrical equipment, etc.). Also look for potential sources of fuel for a fire (plastic, packages, rubber, petrol, chemicals, etc.).
  2. Consider which of these hazards should be deemed the most important risk.
  3. Put measures in place to control these risks. It is important to think about the hierarchy of control in this case. For example, eliminate items that could generate an explosive atmosphere, inspect and clean all machinery, turn off electricity points when the business is not inhabited, remove materials that could be used as fuel, store, and dispose of flammable substances accordingly.
  4. Monitor the hazards and continue to perform inspections on all necessary equipment. It is better to be over-prepared.

            We hope these tips will help you prevent and prepare for a potential fire in your workplace, but in case you do experience fire damage, SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton will help alleviate the burden and completely restore your office space, "Like it never even happened."  Call us at 609-894-8555 or visit https://www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com/commercial-fire-damage

Weather Watch v Weather Warning in NJ-Know the Difference

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Nearly everyone has seen or heard a weather alert for an incoming storm. Hearing of an imminent storm can be nerve-wracking for many people. The uncertainty of how intense a storm will be, how long it will last, and how it may affect your home can be daunting. These weather alerts are made to answer many of these questions you might have, you just need to understand the difference between the different types of alerts.

Weather Watch

  • A watch is issued when a hazardous weather event is likely to occur and the likeliness of the event is increasing significantly. 
  • The occurrence, location, and timing of the weather event is likely still uncertain. 
  • People should make a plan in case the weather hits their area and be prepared to take action. 
  • People should follow the news for more information about the forthcoming storm. 

Weather Warning:

  • A warning is used when a hazardous weather event is approaching the area or is already occurring. 
  • A warning is only used for the most severe types of storms.
  • The imminent storm is a critical threat to life and property and should be taken extremely seriously. 
  • People in the path of the storm should take immediate action to protect themselves. 

The National Weather Service (www.weather.gov) simplifies this to say a watch means you should be prepared and a warning means you should take action. 

We hope your home survives any storm, but in case of storm damage call (609) 894-8555 or visit www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com to restore your home. 

How to Prepare for a Flood in Bordentown, NJ

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States is flooding. Floods can happen naturally on coastlines, near rivers, along city streets or even in the desert, and yes in Bordentown, NJ.

The National Flood Insurance Program sited up to 25% of recent claims have been from low-risk communities. On average, floods cause $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S.

It’s interesting to take a look at your home from above, a satellite, birds-eye view to make sense of the curving streets and lay of the land. Overlaying a flood-zone detail helps to establish if your neighborhood is prone to water. While there are varying levels of flood zones, it’s best to prepare for the worst.

Prevention and timely preparation to handle the potential flooding affect your restoration and replacement loss. Here are a few prevention tips:

  • Determine if your business is located in a flood plain
  • Listen to local emergency management instructions
  • Carefully asses how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep your business operating.
  • Create a plan if your building is not accessible. This plan is often referred to as a COOP (continuity of operation)
  • Review your emergency plans annually

Visit: https://www.ready.gov/floods for a comprehensive plan for your area.

Flood Actions Steps:

BEFORE A FLOOD

  • Turn off utilities at the main switch valves.
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances
  • Move vehicles out of low-lying parking garages
  • Raise elevators from bottom floor.

AFTER A FLOOD-SAFETY FIRST

  • Account that all employees are safe and evacuated to the designated area meeting place.
  • If water has moved into the building and evacuation is not possible, move to the upper floor and wait for rescue personnel.
  • While evacuating, avoid driving through rising water.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment.
  • Do not walk through moving water.
  • Do not use open flames (gas may be escaping through ruptured mains)
  • Avoid floodwaters. Floodwaters may be contaminated with oil, gasoline, raw sewage. Water may be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Listen to news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink
  • Return only when authorities deem building/area is safe.

SECURE THE PROPERTY

  • Contact local emergency officials
  • Secure main entrance of building
  • Alert Security company and alarm company of the situation.

STABILIZE THE PROPERTY

  • Shut off source of water or call qualified party to stop water source
  • Give priority to the protection of power plant, fire pumps.
  • Open basement of low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls
  • Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local authorities deem safe.
  • Notify your insurance agent or risk manager.

SERVPRO

  • Contact SERVPRO of Bordentown /Pemberton to activate your EMERGENCY READY PROFILE: 609-894-8555

Check the Basement for Water Damage before Buying your Hamilton, NJ Home

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Looking to buy your first home in Hamilton, NJ?  Congrats on taking the milestone step to homeownership.  While you are looking for the perfect house for your family and lifestyle; the gourmet kitchen, master bath, and private backyard remember to take a look underground and evaluate the basement to ensure you remain high and dry.

Obviously, frequent water intrusion in your basement can cause issues with your foundation, and mold.  But most people don't know what to look for or how to protect their basement until after they've experienced water damage.  What's obvious in the restoration industry may not be obvious to every homeowner, so here are some tips to help you stay dry! (Visit www.bobvila.com for even more homeowner tips!)

  • Get a sump pump.  Get the sump pump rider on your insurance policy while you are at it.  If you have a sump pump and it fails, your homeowners insurance will not cover the damage.  Even if your home or business has never taken on water, it doesn't mean you are immune to it.  Get the sump pump and check that it's functioning properly regularly.
  • Consider a French drain or some other form of waterproofing.  Have a professional do the work.  Google the benefits.  You may be surprised!
  • Keep your gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation.  The goal is to drain water at least three feet away, so if necessary, consider running extensions or troughs.
  • If you haven't had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned, now is a good time to do that.  During periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall (think Hurricane season!), clogged sewers, and over-taxed septic systems are disasters waiting to happen.
  • If you have below-grade basement windows, install window covers that fasten securely to your foundation.  Clear acrylic covers allow light to enter while keeping out water.  
  • Check the age on your hot-water heater.  They generally last about 10 years.  If yours has made it longer, that's not necessarily a good thing!  Don't wait for it to fail before you replace it.
  • If you use your basement for storage, build shelves at least 6 inches from the ground.  Store items in plastic bins.  Photograph everything you store down there in case you need to replace it later.  
  • If you have a finished basement, get a good-quality dehumidifier.  Consider tile floors or polished concrete over carpets.  

We wish you a lifetime of health and happiness in your new home, but if you do experience a wet basement or mold, we are here to help you dry out, sanitize, and have your home thoroughly dry.  Call us at 609-894-8555, find us on the web at www.SERVPRObordentownpemberton.com.

Know the Difference Between Clean, Disinfecting and Sanitizing in Hamilton, NJ

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Knowing the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing is critical in the brave new world we find ourselves inhabiting in Hamilton, NJ. The CDC  outlines the differences between the three terms.

  • Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
  • Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
  • Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

As we plan on the re-opening of our schools, businesses and public spaces, it is prudent to maintain all areas for our students, patrons and employees to the highest standard. SERVPRO now offers a certified cleaning protocol regimen. Our methodology helps evaluate the needs of the facility and ensure the building is properly cleaned. We are trained professionals in biohazard clean-up and restoration. Certified SERVPRO Cleaned is an additional step to restore confidence to your customers and employees and let them know you care about their wellbeing.

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton proudly serves surrounding communities in Bordentown Township as well as Mercer County. We can be reached 24-hours a day, 365 days a year at (609) 894-8555.

Fireworks are Fun But Leave it to the Professionals

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Americans love to celebrate their patriotism with picnics, parades and beautiful displays of fireworks.

In NJ, persons 16 years of age and older can lawfully purchase, possess and use certain sparkling devices and novelties such as ground-base sparklers, glow worms & smoke devices (see NJ Consumer Brief for a complete list). Responsible, lawful firework displays are terrific and enjoyed by many, however fireworks account for 2 out of every 5 fires on July 4th which has more fires reported that day than any other of day of the year.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more fires are reported on July 4 than any other day throughout the calendar year. Each year fireworks are responsible on average for over 1,300 structural fires, 300 vehicle fires and more than 17,000 miscellaneous fires that cause personal injuries.

The National Safety Council recommends that fireworks be left to the professionals and advises everyone to stay away from consumer-packaged fireworks and to enjoy the celebrations of your local towns and municipalities. 

That being said, if fireworks are legal in your state, takes these precautions from the National Safety Council.

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.

SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton wants you to stay safe!  Enjoy the parties, barbecues, and celebrations.  We are here if you need us.  Call 609-894-8555.

Hurricane Season 2020 Begins Even for Central NJ

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

According to the Nat’l Weather Service, hurricane season of 2020 is forecasted to be up to 60% above normal.

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1- November 30, but we have already seen one named storm prior to the June 1 start. Severe weather including high winds, heavy storms, and, flooding annually impacts the central New Jersey region of Burlington and Mercer Counties.

A typical season sees 13-19 Named Storms, 6 Hurricanes and 3 Major Hurricanes. Arthur has already appeared prior to the official start in 2020. Named storms must have winds of more than 39 mph, Hurricanes more than 74mph winds and major Hurricanes 111mph wind. Warmer surface water temps and lack of EL NINO winds is the reason for NOAA’s prediction for 2020. Weather patterns change as the summer progresses. August accounts 24% of all storms recorded, 36% in September and 21% in October of storms on record respectively.

Early in the season, meteorologists, look at tropical depressions that are forming in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, close to land, while later in the season the pattern changes and they watch for storms that develop off the coast of Africa.

The NOAA is using cutting-edge tools, upgrading the Global Forecast System, the first in 40 years, to predict and alert Americans of the impending storms.

How to prepare for a Hurricane

Planning and preparing for a hurricane is the responsibility of all levels of government, local, state and national as well as both the private sector and the public. Being prepared is the way to lessen the devastation that one event can have on a community.

Be prepared by:

  • Having cash on hand
  • Review Insurance to ensure you have adequate coverage
  • Establish a family communication plan
  • Establish a family evacuation plan
  • Stay tuned to local news (battery operated radio)
  • Have food and water
  • Emergency lighting in the event of power outages

“As Americans focus their attention on a safe and healthy reopening of our country, it remains critically important that we also remember to make the necessary preparations for the upcoming hurricane season,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Heed warnings by local officials and to ensure your family’s safety.

When emergencies happen, SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton is ready to serve. We are ready to mobilize and assist with storm damage clean up and restoration.

Call us at 609-894-8555, for 24/7 emergency mitigation services.

Emergency Flood Tips for your Business in Mercer County, NJ

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States is flooding, especially in Mercer County, NJ.

 Floods can happen naturally on coastlines, near rivers, along city streets or even in the desert. The National Flood Insurance Program sited up to 25% of recent claims have been from low-risk communities. On average, floods cause $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S.

Prevention and timely preparation to handle the potential flooding affects your restoration and replacement loss in Mercer County, NJ. Here are a few prevention tips:

  • Determine if your business is located in a flood plain
  • Listen to local emergency management instructions
  • Carefully asses how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep your business operating.
  • Create a plan if your building is not accessible. This plan is often referred to as a COOP (continuity of operation)
  • Review your emergency plans annually
  • Visit: https://www.fema.gov/webform/flood-mapping for a comprehensive plan for your area

Flood Actions Steps:

BEFORE A FLOOD

  • Turn off utilities at the main switch valves.
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances
  • Move vehicles out of low-lying parking garages
  • Raise elevators from bottom floor.

AFTER A FLOOD-SAFETY FIRST

  • Account that all employees are safe and evacuated to the designated area meeting place.
  • If water has moved into the building and evacuation is not possible, move to the upper floor and wait for rescue personnel.
  • While evacuating, avoid driving through rising water.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment.
  • Do not walk through moving water.
  • Do not use open flames (gas may be escaping through ruptured mains)
  • Avoid floodwaters. Floodwaters may be contaminated with oil, gasoline, raw sewage. Water may be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Listen to news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink
  • Return only when authorities deem building/area is safe.

SECURE THE PROPERTY

  • Contact local emergency officials
  • Secure main entrance of building
  • Alert Security company and alarm company of the situation.

STABILIZE THE PROPERTY

  • Shut off source of water or call qualified party to stop water source
  • Give priority to the protection of power plant, fire pumps.
  • Open basement of low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls
  • Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local authorities deem safe.
  • Notify your insurance agent or risk manager. 

Visit: SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton

  • Contact SERVPRO of Bordentown /Pemberton to activate your EMERGENCY READY PROFILE: 609-894-8555..

The SERVPRO of Bordentown/ Pemberton Difference for Burlington County, NJ

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

From water damage to mold remediation to general clean up, our goal is to be your restoration and clean-up solution in Burlington and Mercer Counties.

It’s of utmost importance to everyone on our staff to do our very best to help our customers solve their issues.

We learn from you, our customers. Your feedback and testimonials provide insightful feedback for us to continue to improve our services and let us know what services you deem the most valuable.

Our Mission is to be viewed by our clients and customers as the industry leader in the cleaning and restoration industry. And, to always hold ourselves to the highest standard by being honest, fair and accountable each and every day.

Here’s what one of our valued customers recently commented:

      The service that this SERVPRO has provided, has been excellent. No one can compete with them! In terms of quality, they are number one. In terms of integrity, no one can top them! Finally, in terms of timeliness and commitment, they were phenomenal. My family had a fire, and this SERVPRO helped restore our lives and our home in an excellent way! Shout out to their technicians Gene and Mike for being so committed to excellence.

                                                                               Roberto of Fort Dix, NJ

Our Core Values:

  • Integrity

WE will always stick to our moral and ethical principles and values

  • Respect

WE will always treat all customers, vendor and peers with respect

  • Financial Responsibility

               WE will always remain financially frugal

  • Empathy

WE will always be empathetic in a customer’s time of need

  • Teamwork

WE are not a Team because we work together. WE are a TEAM because we respect, trust and care for each other.

We are the premier restoration and cleaning company in Central and South Jersey. By serving you, we hope to earn your trust and respect. Call us 609-894-8555

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This proactive viral pathogen-cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton today at  609-894-8555 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.