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Mold Myths

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold, there are many misconceptions that leave homeowners confused and misinformed. Just by mentioning the word “mold” causes people to panic. Although mold can be a very serious problem and should always be taken seriously, it is critical to have all the correct facts, so you can make knowledgeable decisions when necessary.

  1. “Bleach kills mold”  
  2. Bleach is able to kill certain types of mold on nonporous surfaces, but it is uncertain on whether or not it can kill all types of mold on every surface. Most of the retail products out there only discolor the mold and are not suggested for porous surfaces for example, drywall, carpet, ceiling tiles and wood.
  3. “Mold is only found in homes with water damage”

It is true that mold generally forms in any areas that have problems of water seepage or flooding but unfortunately all homes could potentially wind up with having a mold problem. Molds and mildews are present both indoors and outdoors, and when mold spores land on a surface that contains moisture, that mold can begin to grow.

  1. “You don’t have to remove mold if you kill it” 
  2. Even if you are able to kill the mold, there are allergens that live in mold that are still active. These allergens can even become airborne even if the mold is dead. Mold can also go dormant until conditions in the environment are optimal for regrowth. To protect yourself and your home, it is necessary to remove the affected area and remove the items that contain mold. You need to be cautious not to spread the mold spores to unaffected areas. Professionals, like us, are properly trained to handle mold allergens without further contaminating your home.
  3. “A small amount of mold is nothing to worry about” 
  4. A small amount of visible mold in your home may just be the tip of the iceberg. Chances are it has been growing for some time now and requires a certified mold inspector to further inspect the situation.
  5. “Mold Remediation is easy to do on your own”

That is not always the case. When it comes to small areas of mold, it can be handled easily. But when the problem becomes pervasive, it is best to call the professionals. SERVPRO is always “Here To Help!”

Preventative Measures To Avoid Water Damage

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

We all know that prevention is the best medicine, but floods can happen at any moment from any number of causes. By completing regularly scheduled home maintenance and keeping an eye out for common warning signs, you can minimize the chances of a flood. However, nothing can give you a 100% guarantee of never having a flood. In that case, preparation is the best way to minimize water damage.

First, it’s a good idea to know your flood risk. Are you in a potential flood zone? Is your yard sloped away from your foundation? Knowledge is power so the more you know about how your home might flood, the more steps you can take to prevent it or minimize damage from it.

Using waterproof building materials is a great way to reduce damage from flooding and there are waterproof sealants and paints that can be applied to existing structures. In particular, there are many protective coatings for block or poured concrete walls which are common in basements.

Keep your valuables and irreplaceable items such as photo albums, yearbooks, and important documents on high shelves. Do the same with chemicals and paints. If they leak into flood waters, they could cause additional damage. Any items put away for storage should be in air and water-tight plastic containers. Never leave boxes or items on the floor; instead, invest in raised shelving units.

It may also be a good idea to raise appliances and electronics off the ground. Get wires and power strips out from behind your tv stand and organize them in a way that keeps them out of the flood danger zone. Put washing machines and dryers on cinder blocks or sections of lumber to reduce the chances that rising water levels will affect them.

If a flood does strike, turn off electricity, gas, and water lines and place buckets under active leaks. If the water is pooling slowly, soak up as much of it as possible to reduce the potential damage. Calling SERVPRO at the first sign of a flood is the best way to reduce water damage. Our highly trained technicians will solve your immediate problems and ensure you don’t experience lasting effects or further damage.

Flooding can happen to anyone. Take steps now to protect your home and keepsakes from water damage in the event of a possible flood.

How To Prepare For A Storm

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

It is better to be safe than sorry. Preventative measures are key to saving yourself and your home from the damage that comes with a storm. Storms bring heavy rain, winds, and lighting.

They can cause flooding, power outage, and a lot of destruction. This is why you must have a plan to deal with all these problems that may come with a storm.

However, if there is still damage caused to your property because of the storm then hire a professional storm cleanup service for your home restoration.

Here are the many safety tips you can follow to prepare yourself for a storm.

Ensure That The Exterior Of Your House Is Safe

You must take care of the outdoors to reduce safety hazards. For example, you need to trim down large trees and shrubs so that they don’t fall on something else or get tangled with wires.

Apart from that any plants, furniture, or other objects that are placed outside need to be brought indoors so they can be saved be from damage.

Keep Everything Powered Up

Make sure that the gas tank of your car is full. Charge any appliances that need charging such as your cell phone, laptop, etc. Apart from that, you need to test your generator beforehand so that it works properly in case of a power outage during the storm.

Also, keep extra fuel for the generator in case of extensive power outages. This way you will always have backup power.

Make An Emergency Plan

Nature is unpredictable and you never know how bad a storm is going to be. This is why you must have a contingency plan in case of extreme circumstances.

Come up with a plan of how you are going to get in touch with all the family members and where you will meet up to stay safe. This is because storms can happen anytime and not everyone will be home.

Clean Gutters

The main reason why urban flooding takes place because of a storm is due to the overflowing of gutters. With too much water coming in the water overflows and causes the area to flood.

This is why it is important to routinely get your gutters cleaned once in a while. This will allow the water to flow freely and prevent any blockages. It will also prevent the flooding of your basement and roof damage.

Create An Emergency Kit

This is only for a worst-case scenario. If you have to leave home because of some damage or in case of a power outage you will need an emergency kit.

Be sure to have essential medicines, first aid, batteries, important documents, non-perishable food, water, clothing, cash, and all other essential items that you may require.

It is always good to be prepared for an unprecedented situation that may arise due to a storm. Follow these tips to prepare before a storm and you will be good to go.

However, if there is any damage to your home due to the storm then give us a call (856) 778-4055!

Water Damage: DIY or Call the Pros?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects around the home have plenty of appeal. They provide you with a sense of accomplishment upon completion. Typically they present an opportunity to save money by avoiding contractor fees. Frankly, some folks just enjoy completing projects on their own. DIY projects have their time and place, however, water damage restoration is one project we recommend hiring a professional restoration company for.

Unforeseen complications of water damage

Water damage in your home can be a frustrating experience. Even experienced DIYers may not have the expertise to handle a water loss in the home if they don’t have experience in the industry. It may seem a simple process on paper. Remove the water and use fans to dry the area, that’s it right? Well, not exactly. Water damage in the home is not so easily treated. There are many factors to take in to consideration that the average homeowner may not recognize.

Why you should use a professional water restoration company:

  • Expertise: This type of work is a restoration company’s bread and butter. They have handled water losses before and know all factors to consider. For instance, what was they source of the loss? Is the water clean or contaminated? How much equipment will be needed to properly dry the damage? Can the carpet be dried out or does it need to be removed and replaced?
  • Equipment: Restoration companies like SERVPRO have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand to properly mitigate your water damage. Imagine a scenario where the area sees a flash flood event. You will have people running to stores to pick up fans, dehumidifiers, shop-vacs and generators. A supply shortage is a very real issue to consider. SERVPRO has all of this equipment as well as specialized equipment like moisture meters that can find moisture in walls and other spots you may not think to look.
  • Insurance Claims: Depending on your insurance coverage, oftentimes, water damage may be covered under your policy which can save you money on repairs. However, some insurance companies will not pay out a claim if the necessary work is not done by a professional. SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown works closely with all insurers and can give you the peace of mind that your insurance will help cover costs.
  • Full Service: SERVPRO provides emergency response to water losses. We know the importance of a quick response time to mitigate the potential for mold growth that can occur 48-72 hours after a water loss. Along with our expertise, SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown is equipped to handle your loss from beginning to end. We can handle the initial response, any necessary demolition, as well as any necessary rebuild you may need.

Should you experience water damage in your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown at 856-778-4055, anytime, day or night!

Sewage Backup Causes Safety Concerns

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 50 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration.  Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry and countless homeowners.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal belongings.

In the case pictured, it was discovered to be contaminated water, here are some things you should and shouldn't do to protect yourself:

DO:

  • Wear protective equipment
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
  • Attempt cleanup of any kind.
  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated.

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until you SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown Professional arrives. 

We are Here to Help make it "Like it never even happened."  856-778-4055.

Steps To Take After Storm Damage

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

A storm can be quite scary and having to deal with its after-effects is challenging. It can leave behind a lot of damage that you will have to take care of. For this reason, you need to have all the right steps in front of you so that you can restore your home as quickly as possible. Here are 5 steps that you will have to follow after suffering from storm weather damage. 

Check How Much Damage Is Done

Before you go on to figuring out the solution for the damage, you will have to assess how much damage took place. It is best to take a look at every nook and corner of your home to know where all the damage is. 

Don’t miss out on anything as you want to ensure that every bit of damage is repaired properly. Observe every inch of the exterior so that you can know exactly what went wrong. Also, if there is seepage or any other time of damage as well, then make sure to take note of this as well. 

Keep Yourself Safe And Avoid Injury

As you go about assessing your home of damage, you want to make sure that you avoid injury throughout. To do this, you will have to keep away from all sorts of electrical equipment and risky areas around your home. 

If you see cracks on the roofs, then it is best that you avoid standing under or close to that particular area. The best thing to do is to make sure that your electricity is shut off to avoid getting damage from wires running through your home. 

Get Your Insurance Company On Board

Throughout the process, you want to make sure that you are collecting adequate proof to show your insurance company. They will probably also send someone for a physical examination to verify your case. Keep them in the loop so that you can claim insurance for the damages that you face from the storm damage. 

Limit Further Damage To Home

Sometimes, if you do not act quickly, there is a possibility of more damage happening to your home. You want to avoid this as much as possible. If there is an excessive wind blowing or water coming in, you might want to board your windows. 

If you’re not sure how to do this, then you must reach out to a professional service for help. And, that is our final step that will help with the damage. 

Get The Right Professional Cleaning Service 

You want to ensure that your home is not damaged beyond repair. This is when you need to get the right people on board to help you clean up the mess after the storm weather damage. You do not want to put the entire work on yourself as you might not have the right equipment to get this done properly. 

You should reach out to professionals who can help you clean your home and minimize the damage done to your home. Connect to https://https://www.SERVPROmtlaurelmoorestown.com/ and get your home cleaned up in no time. 

Preventing Damage Following a Power Outage

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

After a bad storm, no matter the season, you might lose power. If only for a few minutes or hours, or days... you should take proper precautions to prevent any fire damage after you get power back to your home (or business). 

At SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown, we know how power outages can go from inconvenient to damaging in no time. While it might not be the actual power outage causing damage, it can cause a domino effect and lead to other things. 

Preventing fire damage 

NEVER run a gas powered generator inside your home. This can cause carbon monoxide build up which can be dangerous to your health. And never use a gas powered stove or grill to warm your home. 

In the unfortunate situation where you may be cooking and the power goes out, be sure all stove units are off, as well as the oven.

Turn all knobs on the stove to be 100% positive they are off. 

Go around the house / building and check the smoke detectors to make sure they're in working order, in the case a fire does break out, you'll be alerted. While waiting for the power to turn back on, the last thing you'll want is a fire! 

Unplug appliances

Unplug all non-essential appliances like toasters, coffee makers, mixers, and electronics such as gaming consoles, computers, TVs etc. When the power does come back on, these could cause a surge that can cause damage. 

It's especially important to unplug appliances that don't have surge protection built in. 

After power is restored 

After you get your power back, take a walk in and around the house, check for any water leaks, functioning appliances, and check and extinguish any candles that are still lit for light. 

Keep our phone number handy if there is any damage, we're here to help.  

856 778-4055, ready for whatever happens

Wet Insulation After a Roof Leak

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

When your roof leaks, oftentimes the insulation is one of the first things to experience some damage. 

There are two types of insulation that are the most common:

  • fiberglass
  • blown in loose full 

When insulation gets wet, it lowers its performance. As soon as insulation gets wet, it loses at least 40% of its insulating R value. 

Another issue you may run into is mold growth in your insulation. With fiberglass insulation, typically the paper backing will be where you can find most mold growing following a water loss. According to this article, cellulose insulation that is treated with a fire resistant help to make it a little more water resistant than insulation that is not treated. Of course, it is not fully waterproof. Insulation typically acts like a sponge when introduced to water. It will just suck up the water/moisture and then transfer it to the wood or structures behind it or underneath. 

Can wet insulation be saved?

The question is not 'can' it be saved, the question is should it be saved. 

Some pros would argue that you shouldn't dry and re-use insulation after water damage. There are two main reasons why you shouldn't re-use insulation.

1: The insulation gets compressed after water damage, reducing its insulating R-value. 

2: As stated above, mold is a great concern when insulation gets wet. Especially with cellulose insulation, it's a great host for mold when it gets wet. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours. 

Replacing wet insulation is going to be less expensive in the long run, and will create a healthier environment for you to live or work in. Mold will rarely remain in one part of the house. Leaving wet (dried) insulation will allow for the mold to migrate to other areas of the home/building. 

If you suffer from water damage in your home or business, give us a call at (856) 778-4055, we're here to help!! 

What Do I Do to Get Rid of the Water

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

a basement with standing water with various items in the water Standing water call the people who can help.

Leave the Water Removal to SERVPRO When You Have an Incident in Your Home! 

Even though you work hard to prevent water emergencies from happening, it is often hard to avoid them entirely. If you suffer from water loss due to a burst pipe, water cleanup must commence as quickly as possible. Contacting professionals to take care of the water removal and drying and cleanup helps you restore your home to new, making it feel “Like it never even happened.” 

How Can SERVPRO Get the Water Cleaned Up Quickly? 

Once you call us for water removal we deploy a crew with our Green Fleet loaded with advanced equipment. After the water loss gets assessed, we then formulate a plan, including several essential steps: 

  • Water is extracted using industrial-strength vacuums
  • After removing visible water, we strategically place centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers to take moisture from the air
  • A standard industrial formula is put into motion that helps us determine the number of air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters are needed to facilitate optimum airflow for efficient drying
  • Moisture sensor equipment allows us to determine where water may have migrated to have it addressed promptly
  • After the entire kitchen is deemed dry, we use broad-spectrum EPA-registered disinfectants to inhibit microbial growth that often brings about foul odors after a water loss incident 

We understand how important the hours are following a burst pipe sending water into your kitchen. Because of this, we make sure to deploy teams as quickly as possible. In most scenarios, a crew arrives on your property in as little as four hours to get to work. 

Contact us at SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown when you need fast and reliable water removal. You can contact our team 24/7 (856) 778-4055. 

Where Can I Find Water Damage Repair Services for My Gym?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Gym mats that were recovered and cleaned We can even take care of the mats too.

Contact SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown for Professional Water Damage Remediation Services Today! 

Owning a New Haven business that suddenly experiences water damage is nothing anyone wants to go through. Stress can often be overwhelming. However, here at SERVPRO, we aim to alleviate some of that stress from your shoulders.  

Should your gym suffer water damage, get help as soon as possible. No matter when the emergency occurs, getting quick help can ensure that a broken pipe doesn't become permanent damage. Here at SERVPRO, we base our schedule around yours and try to be available whenever you need us.  

A Pipe Burst in My Gym at One AM, What Should I Do?  

Should a pipe burst, it is essential to remain calm and act quickly. You can start by:  

  • Turning off the water to your building, and preventing water from free-flowing
  • Calling for help as soon as the water has been shut off, or even while doing it
  • Telling the technicians critical information about entrances and exits, so they can get to work fast  

Here at SERVPRO, we always strive to arrive whenever you need us, day or night.  

What Can Your Technicians Do to Remove the Standing Water?  

Our highly trained SERVPRO technicians use advanced technological devices to remove standing water as quickly as possible. We can use tools such as:  

  • Portable submersible pumps
  • Wet/dry vacuums
  • Extractors  

After removing water from your property, we can use infrared cameras to look for any hidden water pockets. Furthermore, we can also set down drying equipment, such as dehumidifiers and flood drying mats, to minimize excess moisture. Here at SERVPRO, we strive to remediate all aspects of water damage, so you can go back to living your life as usual.  

If your business needs water damage restoration services, act now. Call SERVPRO of Mt. Laurel/Moorestown by dialing (856) 778-4055. We're always open for you.