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Storm Damage Cleanup Tips for Your Voorhees Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup Tips for Your Voorhees Home Unpredictable weather in Voorhees NJ

Living in New Jersey, we are subject to the extremes of all seasons. Nor’easters and hurricanes in the summer and ice storms and frozen pipes in the winter. when a terrible storm hits, it's the aftermath that is the worst. Debris, flood waters, power outages, broken tree limbs, shattered glass, piles of snow— these are all dangerous risks once the storm makes its way through a town or community.

Getting your home back into shape after big weather may require more than a broom and a mop. Follow along to see how you can save your house from more harm—and keep yourself and your family safe as you do it.

 Stop a Flood

With a heavy storm comes heavy rains, and inevitably flooding. If waters come into your home, be careful about getting it out. Turn off the power—but only if the water hasn't reached as high as any electrical outlets in the room where the main breaker lives. Otherwise, you could be wading into an electrified pond.

Dry Out Your House

Once the storm subsides, hiring a professional service is going to be your best bet for a thorough cleanup, because they will know how to eradicate water in places you didn't even realize it had seeped.

 Stave Off Mold

Even if you think you've gotten all your goods dried out and cleaned up, dirty and contaminated floodwaters may have already laid the groundwork for mold—not just on the walls, but inside them and in floors and furniture.

Clear Away Snow

In winter months and colder temperatures, the precipitation from a powerful storm may freeze into devastating snow. Every inch of rain put out by a storm can manifest as 10 inches of snow if the temperatures are low enough.

 Ditch the Ice Dams

One of the hazards to your home after a snow storm and cold weather are ice dams, a solid ice that builds along the eaves, pushing up roof shingles and causing leaks. If you start to see icicles forming along your gutters.

Clean Up Damaged Trees

With high winds and heavy rains or snows come downed trees, one of the most dangerous and damaging outcomes of a powerful storm.

First, figure out how bad the situation is.  If you find you'll need to remove a tree, call in a certified arborist to do any major removal; taking down trees is a scary job that can cause terrible injury if not done right. Smaller ornamental trees and foundation plantings may just need some cleanup to broken branches.

 Fix Broken Glass

High winds and flying debris might have shattered a pane or two. Follow TOH general contractor Tom Silva's advice for repairing broken glass, whether it's on a door, in a window, or only accessible from inside.  

 Clear Leaves

Those on the peripheries of a terrible storm may not have had downed trees or flooded basements, but they're likely to have found themselves with a house and yard covered in leaves and twigs. Now is the time to break out the leaf blower.

For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of
Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.

We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damages: More Than Meets the Eye

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damages: More Than Meets the Eye Some hoses can pump out up to 1200 gallons per minute.

Along with the obvious damage caused by the flames of a fire loss, there are often hidden damages that SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Voorhees are professionally trained to handle. Those damages can include but are not limited to, smoke damage/odor and water damage from firefighter hoses or fire extinguishers.

Smoke Damage

Smoke/soot damage is one of the primary hidden damages of the fire loss. Here are some things to look for to determine whether you have smoke damage:

  • Stained fabric and upholstery
  • Paint discoloration
  • Rust, pitting and corrosion of piping, jewelry, and other metal objects
  • Strong odor
  • Flooring damage

You need to take care of smoke and soot damage, and pronto! This is not the time for a DIY fix in an attempt to save a few bucks on your home’s restoration after a fire.

Failure to properly deal with smoke/soot damage can cause long-term issues for your health as well as your property. Exposure to smoke/soot during fire restoration can occur via the skin and eyes, inhalation and ingestion. Because airborne soot particulate is invisible, you may unknowingly be affected. Once soot enters your bloodstream, it can cause respiratory issues, shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancer, and even premature death. In infants, even short-term exposure to soot has been shown to have lifelong health consequences.

Water Damage

Before dealing with the fire damage created by smoke/soot, you must first deal with the water damage. Although it’s a relief when firefighters put out the fire, pouring all that water on the flames results in water damage that can cause significant structural issues, damage to your electronic devices, appliances, furniture and important documents and, if not remedied quickly, hazardous mold growth.

Black mold can release dangerous spores into the air that can cause nausea, headaches and severe respiratory problems especially susceptible to children, the elderly and people with deficient immune systems. Pets can also be susceptible to health problems associated with the proliferation of black mold.

It’s important to take care of water damage as soon as possible so you can get on with the rest of the resulting damage, and to ensure hazardous mold does not grow in your property and negatively impact the health of you and your family. The only real viable solution to the dangerous effects of water damage is to hire the professional emergency restoration services of SERVPRO® Haddon Heights/Voorhees to keep your home/ business safe and healthy for you and your family.

SERVPRO® offers the following 7 step process to restore your home or business to the way it was before the loss:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

To find out more, visit http://www.SERVPROhaddonheightsvoorhees.com/fire-repair-process or call us at 856-566-3388.

Thunderstorm Facts

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorm Facts Be prepared for thunderstorms this summer

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service, approximately 1,800 thunderstorms are occurring at any given time, resulting in about 16-million thunderstorms each year. Most thunderstorms last about 30 minutes and are typically about 15 miles (24 km) in­ diameter. The two biggest threats associated with most thunderstorms are lightning and flash floods. To understand why thunderstorms occur more often during the warm months requires some understanding of thunderstorm basics.

Thunderstorms thrive under certain conditions. The two most basic elements that cause a thunderstorm to develop are:

  • Moisture
  • Rapidly rising warm air

Because moisture and warmth are crucial to thunderstorms, it makes sense that they would occur more often in the spring and summer, particularly in humid areas such as the southeastern United States. The high humidity, in conjunction with warm temperat­ures, creates massive amounts of warm, moist air rising into the atmosphere, where it can easily form a thunderstorm.

If the rainfall from a thunderstorm has damaged your residential or commercial property call SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.  

Hidden Water Damage Can Cause Significant Damage

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Water Damage Can Cause Significant Damage A Leakey Pipe in a Deptford, NJ Crawlspace

When this pipe sprung a leak in the crawlspace of the home it went undetected for some time.  The situation eventually began to cause damage to the adjacent basement.  

By the time SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhess was called many of the homeowners personal items in the basement were damaged.

It is important that you inspect your property routinely.  A small issue can become a large mess over time.

Why You Should Secure Professional Assistance 

Although some people attempt to complete the water cleanup process on their own, this approach is not advisable if it means more than using a mop and a bucket. Our moisture identification techniques and water removal process is expedited and optimized through the use of specialized equipment.   This helps to remove water and treat damage that you can’t see.  After extraction is complete we apply a plant based anti-microbial and then begin the drying process.  Our specialty drying equipment will be placed strategically to promote rapid drying.  It is important to get remaining structural materials dry to prevent the mold and microbial growth. 

For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-3388 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Is it Time to Replace your Water Heater?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is it Time to Replace your Water Heater? When Old Water Heaters go they Can Cause Damage

Based on the manufacturer's suggested service life, the life expectancy of a water heater is about 8 to 12 years. That varies with the location and design of the unit, quality of installation, maintenance schedule and water quality.

At SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees one of the most common calls we get is to mitigate water damage caused by a failed water heater.

A few signs that you may need to replace your water heater are:

  • Rusting, either on the tank or in the water
  • Noises
  • Leaks
  • Failure to heat water

When a water heater fails it can damage everything that is around it and beneath it.

For assistance cleaning up your water damage, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-3388 

Water and Mold Issues in Your Basement

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water and Mold Issues in Your Basement Don't let a wet basement get you down. Call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees for all of your wet and moldy basement issues.

When was the last time you were in your basement?    Did a nasty storm cause a flood in you basement?  Has that persistent leak under your sink gotten worse?  Is your sump pump working correctly?  The basement can be the source of many water and mold damage situations.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, big or  small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 856-566-3388

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.  Keep in mind we will perform a “no cost, no obligation” inspection.

About SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Your Property - Voorhees / Haddon Heights

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Your Property - Voorhees / Haddon Heights Sudden water damage can be a BIG problem.

Flooding and water damage events in both residential and commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO works quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

SERVPRO professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camden County and all over South Jersey.  We understand the stress and worry that comes with water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

April Showers Bring May...Mold?

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation April Showers Bring May...Mold? Mold damage is both unsightly AND unhealthy.

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means: lots of rain! With the rainy months ahead, now more than ever your home is at risk for a vast amount of mold growth. Between the weather warming up and the frequent precipitation, mother nature has concocted a recipe for moldy disaster. Luckily, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is here to help.  

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic County and all over South Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

Restoring Your Commercial Property - Voorhees / Haddon Heights

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property - Voorhees / Haddon Heights Like it never even happened.

Flooding, roof leaks, broken pipes, sprinkler system discharge, or any water-related damage events to commercial properties are often complex, containing numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

About SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property and get you back to business.

For help restoring your commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Haddon Hieghts/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-3388. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Is Mold Making You Sick?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Making You Sick? How is the air quality in your home?

Studies have identified that there are over 100,000 species of mold in the world today, and hundreds of species are considered to be toxic or to some extent harmful to humans. Annually, millions of people suffer from the effects of moldy air in their home or workplace. Breathing in mold spores, depending on the type of mold present, can cause symptoms and side effects.

If you or your family have experienced any mold-related symptoms, call your primary care physician immediately. Mold in your home can be eradicated, so should you find that your home is infested with toxic molds, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees for fast and efficient remediation.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camden County and all over South Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388