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Haddon Heights Storm Woes? Woes Be Gone When SERVPRO Arrives

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Haddon Heights Flood Damage Restoration Completed by SERVPRO--No Worries!

Helping Restore Homes after Fall Weather Brings Flooding and Storms to Haddon Heights

With Fall weather coming upon us in the Haddon Heights area, storms and other adverse weather are sure to begin affecting our daily routines. Trips to the park for picnics and playtime outside dwindle, screens come off windows, so storm windows easily fit, and car tires get switched for those with deeper treads. The weather can affect entire neighborhoods or single homes.

When your home in Haddon Heights sustains damage from floods or stormy weather, it can make living in your home a hazardous feat. At times when your house contains water, you want someone just to make the problem go away.

Our skilled specialists do this type of mitigation and restoration regularly. Earning the Water Damage Restoration (WRT) from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares our staff and crew leaders for the complex, and frequently dirty, work involved after a flood or other storm-related event.
When backed-up water from the street winds up in your living room,  a short call to SERVPRO starts the process of cleaning things up to make your house livable again. We work as rapidly as we can without cutting out essential aspects of the work. We know your family does not want to be moved out of your home.

Microbes come from various sources during a flood. Many of these can survive in slightly damp environments, meaning any amount of moisture, including small volumes, can permit their survival. It is their introduction into your living space that can lead to unwanted health effects bothering your family members. Some of these microbes can infest your home without a living host, as well.
We use antimicrobial agents to minimize such threats to the health of our workers before we begin. Once we finish manually clearing an area of its debris, as well as other materials that became damaged by the water, we rinse it. Then, we reapply antimicrobial agents. We often use a spray mechanism, so these applications go on evenly, thoroughly coating all surfaces. The second application makes things safe for your family upon your return home.

However, we need to ensure that your entire house becomes dry again, including any damp areas on upper levels. When water vapor condenses, it can create localized damage there. We implement air movers dehumidifiers to prevent this from causing you more problems. We monitor and constantly check during the service with moisture meters and infrared camera imagery to locate any remaining pockets of moisture.

Because your floors take most of the damage during a flood, we rely on our building services crew to handle flooring issues. They perform services such as this under General Contractor License # HIC #13VH01276600 and add highly skilled and experienced people to our restoration team.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees' phone number is (856) 566-3388, and we answer it 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Residents in Runnemede, Audubon, and Barrington can rely on us for the restoration and mitigation work after any damaging event.

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Haddon Heights Storm Loss? Call SERVPRO We Can Mitigate The Damages Fast! 

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can be costly and an overwhelming experience. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Commercial Flood Damage in Haddon Heights

In a commercial property such as multi-family housing, when one tenant has a water damage issue, it can quickly become the problem of the other tenants. 

Intense storms have the potential to deliver high winds, hail and commercial flood damage to Haddon Heights multi-family housing units such as a duplex, four-plex or apartments. When water breaches the roof of an upstairs unit, the potential to affect the ceiling of the tenants below or floor joists is a real concern. 

One thing is sure, when there is water damage in a home, sheetrock and water are mortal enemies. When it comes into contact with water, it wicks the water quickly and in a short time begins to warp and buckle. When this occurs, the wall or ceiling generally does not have restoration potential and instead is cut away using a clean, controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts."

Other methods SERVPRO technicians use to assist the property in fast-drying before deploying air movers include:

  • Weep holes drilled to allow both drainage and airflow
  • Extraction with our portable pumps for greater mobility at the site
  • Scoping the site with our detection equipment to ensure all areas of elevated moisture receive attention

After any type of water damage, mold and foul odors are a concern. Our certified Water Restoration and Odor Control technicians follow up after drying to ensure that conditions are not favorable for mold growth and use antimicrobial cleaners to inhibit germination of airborne spores. 

Along with the detailed action plan of each phase of the water cleanup to assist with expediting any insurance claims, our SERVPRO holds a general contractor license HIC #13VH01276600. We can offer commercial property owners the option to have our technicians restore water loss items as well as handle repairs and reconstruction of the property. Our goal is to ensure the property returns to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.

When commercial flood damage strikes, contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees at (856) 566-3388. Our technicians use their knowledge and equipment to make water loss in your property "Like it never even happened."

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Voorhees Fire Disaster Restoration Services

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

This basement fire started after a faulty electrical cord to the washing machine sparked and ignited.

Your Summer Plans Went Up in Flames!

With summer upon us, we look to enjoy nature by leaving windows open to allow for the warm summer air to enter our home. In Voorhees, we gather as a community for barbecues and leisurely evenings with friends and neighbors, talking and laughing deep into the evening even though it is still light out. However, a small fire can quickly disrupt a peaceful summer night, leaving you in need of help. Something as simple as a billowing curtain catching fire from an aromatic candle can upset your whole summer as you restore your home.

If fire damage happens to your Voorhees home, you need to take immediate action. Most fires are not catastrophic, yet they affect your everyday routine. Smoke and soot can travel quickly through your home and air ducts, and eliminating residue can be time-consuming and frustrating. SERVPRO is at your service to mitigate your loss and erase all trace of the fire even before the summer ends. All you need to do is reach out to our 24/7 hotline and allow our team to reach your home with solutions tailored specifically to you.

Aside from ensuring that everyone is safe and no structural fire damage has taken place, you can also take immediate steps to tackle the consequences of the fire. For example, you can contain the damaged area by placing a physical barrier between it and other areas of your home. Isolation can be achieved by using plastic bags or other materials to separate both areas. This separation helps contain smoke and soot and prevent its diffusion throughout your home. Once our SERVPRO team arrives, we can use specialized materials to protect your home even further.

One of the most cumbersome effects of fire is the smell that lingers in your home. Although your local home improvement store probably sells deodorizing solutions, very often we need to restore to industry-grade techniques to eliminate the odor. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to use different options, including ozone generators, charcoal activated filters, and even foggers to neutralize the smells and leave your home odor-free.

Continue to enjoy your summer even if your home is the victim of a small fire. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is ready to jump into action upon receiving your call. Just reach out to
(856) 566-3388 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Flood Cuts Help Dry a Runnemede Flood Damaged Home

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to dry your home quickly.

Severe Flood Damage in Runnemede Needs Reconstruction Rather than Restoration 

When flood damage happens, the water and excess moisture need fast removal. Fast remediation prevents further damage such as buckled sheetrock, delamination of floor tile, and other costly issues.  

When SERVPRO mitigates flood damage in Runnemede homes, we quickly begin cleanup efforts to prevent additional moisture exposure. Otherwise, damage pushes some building materials and possessions past the point of restoration. In those cases, it is a smart move to choose a restoration services company that can also rebuild the property to restore it to its preloss condition.  

Our emergency response team answered a call from a property owner that came home after a week away on vacation to a disaster in his home. A flash flood breached the seal around the back door and water poured in the house. It wicked quickly into sheetrock and the carpet and padding. The odor inside was intense, and mold development started. 

Our technicians scoped the interior of the home with our moisture detection equipment and ascertained much of the affected sheetrock was a loss. The water caused buckling and warping and would need flood cuts to assist in drying the wall cavities. Much of the tile had lost adhesion, and the subflooring showed excessive moisture when examined. In cases like this, there is a small amount of restoration to be done, and more controlled demolition necessary to get the property ready for rebuilding. That means it needs to be dried, disinfected, and deodorized for a clean slate to rebuild.  

Our team went through the water loss areas and sorted item by item to find restoration potential. The homeowner was pleased his antique midcentury modern table was unscathed by moisture but needed a thorough cleaning to return to preloss condition. Because SERVPRO technicians are certified in both the restoration sciences and carry a general contractor license #HIC #13VH01276600, we know the fine line between where restoration ends, and rebuilding begins.  

Using one company for cleanup and rebuilding lessens the stress of filing insurance claims and dealing with reconstruction after a home disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees at (856) 566-3388 when you need help with flood damage, and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Voorhees After A Fire Disaster

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

This basement fire started after a faulty electrical cord to the washing machine sparked and ignited. Thankfully no one was injured.

Fire Damage Assessment Safety Checklist for Voorhees Homeowners

As you might have guessed, the most significant potential risk for Voorhees homeowners looking to restore, repair and remediate concerns after a fire loss incident comes down to safety. Often property owners do not have a full understanding of the threats present in a residence after a fire gets extinguished, or even the appropriate gear and equipment designed to keep them safe through the initial inspection and assessment. Knowing how to protect yourself can prevent unnecessary injuries as you work to recover your fire-damaged home. 

While many property owners do not have to experience the devastation of fire damage in Voorhees homes, the ones that have could explain how more preparedness for the situation could have helped them to manage the ordeal better. While our trained SERVPRO professionals stay diligently prepared to help all home and business owners contending with the effects of fire loss, you can take a few extra moments to verify that you are doing things safely and correctly on your own. 

Our SERVPRO specialists encourage every homeowner to develop a checklist that can help them to ensure they are protecting themselves and working to resolve threats from the time that the fire gets extinguished in the property. It is essential to: 

Ensure you have the right safety equipment suited to your specific body. Many respirators, coveralls, and even gloves vary in sizing, and inappropriate decisions can lead to unnecessary exposure. 

Have a competent professional, even first responders and firefighters, verify that it is safe to enter the property after extinguishment. There could be structural concerns or other hazards. 

Employ machines that help to reduce airborne threats, including soot, smoke, and other potential contaminants. Some available machines at home improvement locations include hydroxyl and ozone generators. 

It can be dangerous to rush into a property after a fire damage incident without fully understanding steps designed to keep you safe. For situations that have too many obstacles for you to overcome, you can trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees team to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (856) 566-3388.

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Voorhees Fire Restoration Professionals Give Tips for Removing Soot and Smoke From Personal Belongings

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are difficult to remove. Call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees for your fire damage restoration needs.

Fire Damage in Voorhees Happens to More than Just the Structure of a House

A fire does more than turn things black with charring. When a resident in Voorhees has a house fire, many of their belongings also sustain damage. Our skilled workers can get these items cleaned up nicely so you and your family can use them again without any of the risks related to smoke or fire damage.

Customers know they can rely on SERVPRO's ability to clean smoke and fire damaged items in Voorhees with excellent results, just like we do the interior of a home. We use some of the same methods to accomplish this, saving you money by keeping restoration costs low, and eliminating the need to replace belongings that only seemed damaged.

The task of removing soot from different articles varies from one type of material to the next. Fabrics of both clothing and washable household textiles require special sudsing agents that can break the soot down and leave these items with a fresh scent. Many times this requires multiple washings. We inspect such items before drying them to avoid setting any stains.

Children's toys can attract soot because of the static electricity in many plastics. While it may seem imperceptible to people, soot particles get drawn to such surfaces. The grain in wooden toys also becomes highly soiled from soot, sometimes bonding to varnishes just like it does to wooden furniture. Kitchen wares can also get layered in soot, and the greasy kind might make you want to throw all of it away.

We can help save you from this additional trouble. For those items that you can wash in water, we can get clean quickly using our ultrasonic water bath equipment. We box these things up, itemizing them as we do so, and take them to our facility.

We keep the contents of each box together as its contents go through the mitigation process of soot removal. We also thoroughly dry these items before repackaging them, so they come back to you in the best condition possible. Any damage we discover gets noted on the item's line on the inventory sheet, so you have no surprises. 

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees wants to provide all of our customers with services tailored to their exact needs. Your home in Magnolia or Somerdale may not need as much mitigation as your belongings require, but their loss can create unnecessary hardship. Restoring this instead of leaving you to replace them saves you time, money, and aggravation. Call us at (856) 566-3388, so we can help you with all of your fire damage mitigation needs.

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Wet Runnemede Cellar? Try Calling SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

A Pool Table in Your Finished Runnemede Basement is Prefered to a Pool of Water on the Carpet--Call SERVPRO for a Game or Water Removal

Basement Moisture Concerns for Runnemede Homes

Finished basements allow for more livable space and increase the overall value and square footage of your Runnemede residence. Whenever disasters like water loss incidents or moisture penetration threaten this lower level of your house, correcting the damages involves a level of precision and expertise that the average homeowner does not possess. There are many risks with an inadequate cleanup of this dampness in the basement, and understanding how your property can get affected can inspire you to reach out to our certified technicians right away.

When water damage occurs anywhere in your Runnemede home, the natural pull of gravity can bring it to the lowest levels of your house. The presence of water or moisture presents multiple layers of risk and threat to both the structure and those exposed to these damages. Our SERVPRO technicians have unique training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and with Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) This training allows our entire recovery team to work quickly and confidently throughout a mitigation process.

One of the primary risks of allowing moisture damage to persist too long is the effect on structural integrity and the construction materials used in the house. In a finished basement, homeowners can often find that water loss incidents target susceptible areas like drywall and carpeting to pool. Only with sophisticated location and detection equipment can our SERVPRO team identify the full scope of damage and the full measure of success.

Another substantial risk that homeowners take in allowing moisture and dampness to persist in the basement area is the threat of mold and microbial growth. Mold colonization can begin in as little as 48-72 hours beyond a water loss incident, but our dedicated professionals have advanced technology that can not only limit its spread but also work to protect as much of your damaged residence as possible.

Moisture is more common in basements than you might believe, and allowing this problem to persist can cost you. Let our SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees team help you through every phase of water recovery by calling (856) 566-3388.

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Haddon Heights Water Intrusion from Wind Storms Can Be Devastating--Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Recovery

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Haddon Heights, Wind and Rain Storms, and SERVPRO to the Rescue--"Like it never even happened."

Wind Damage that Allows Flooding in Haddon Heights Homes

The Greater Haddon Heights area is no stranger to severe weather incidents, as we have already taken substantial damage through weather events like Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Irene in 2011. Both of these catastrophic storms affected hundreds of homes and commercial properties and had our teams working tirelessly to remediate and restore flooded buildings. Similarly, strong storm systems can come with gale-force winds that can sheer off siding and shingles from roofs, break windows, and cause other structural damages that allow flooding.

Much like our response to these compromising situations during the hurricane recovery, our team knows how to address flood damage and structural concerns in your Haddon Heights residence. With substantial loss situations like flooding can often become, it is critical to begin mitigation work and recovery efforts as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals have a full-service approach to restoration, starting with a thorough assessment of the damages to determine what the property needs.

Once vulnerabilities exist that can allow direct rainfall and runoff into your home, it does not take long for these effects to spread throughout the house. Our General Contractor License #: HIC #13VH01276600 permits us to do short-term mitigation like tarping a roof or boarding up windows. We have capable extraction equipment that can remove standing water from specific areas of the property, including our portable sump pumps, gas-powered extractors, and other units. Once pooling water and excess have gotten removed from the affected areas of your property, we can start to address the need for rapid drying.

Air movers and dehumidifiers are common staples for our SERVPRO team to set up for drying out your flood-damaged home. The more efficiently that these approaches occur, the more likely that demolition is not necessary. We can double check our efforts and constantly monitor progress with several of our advanced moisture content readers.

While there are dozens of machines and tools that might get used to return your home to preloss condition after wind damage causes a flood, our SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees team can rise to the occasion. No matter when emergencies occur, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (856) 566-3388.

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Is Water Damage Brewing up Trouble in Your Runnemede Coffee Shop?

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage shudder your business. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Cleans Commercial Water Damage and Gets Coffee Shop Back to Brewing

Commercial water damage devastates a business, especially one that relies on foot traffic for revenue. The sooner cleanup efforts begin, the sooner the shop can reopen and start serving customers again.

When SERVPRO handles commercial water damage in a Runnemede coffee shop, we know that it is vital to have a little downtime as possible for the business during mitigation.

The longer the water remains in building materials and possessions, the more damage it does. When SERVPRO answers a call for cleanup from a water loss, we deploy extraction equipment quickly to pull the maximum amount of water from the property. It is not unusual for our technicians to do multiple passes with different pieces of equipment to ensure we have lifted as much moisture as possible from the affected areas because this speeds up hitting drying goals.

When we position air movers to dry the shop, we want to avoid disruption to the business. When possible, we leave furnishings such as tables and chairs and place them up on blocks for drying in place.

We set drying goals using other air moisture readings from unaffected areas of the property to ensure the target is in the range that inhibits mold growth but also is a comfortable level for anyone inside the shop. Once the property confirms dry through moisture detection readings, we move on to the cleaning and disinfection step of restoration.

If there are any residual odors from the water, and frequently drying, and disinfection takes care of the majority of odors. When needed, we have several devices and techniques to neutralize foul odors left behind by water loss.

Our SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license, and once our technicians complete mitigation for the water loss, we present the property owner with a  list of repairs that bring the property to its preloss condition. If the property owner chooses, we offer seamless service from cleanup to rebuilding as needed.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees at (856) 566-3388 stands ready to mitigate commercial water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

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How Our Professionals Save Your Water Damaged Hardwood Floors In Your Voorhees Home

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees has solutions to your hardwood floor water damage woes.

Strategies To Save Hardwood Floor Water Damage In Voorhees

Permanent harm to hardwood floors caused by a water loss is of great concern to Voorhees homeowners. The classic look of parquet or plank flooring never goes out of style, adding warmth and beauty to your home. When leaks or spills send quantities of water across the floorboards, a fast, professional response can restore your floors’ function and appearance, “Like it never even happened.”

Our crews have the training, equipment, and experience to remediate water damage in your Voorhees home. We invest in training for our employees through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring that we follow only our industry’s best practices when taking on your water emergency. Our service vehicles stock state-of-the-art water removal and structural drying equipment, allowing our crews to begin work on your floors immediately after our expert assessment of and plan for your scenario.

Water deeper than two inches exits your premises via our powerful pumps. Next, we use wanded extractors to vacuum up visible residual water. SERVPRO employs sensitive moisture meters and thermal imaging devices to detect migration of water from the surface of the floor into the spaces between planks and the subfloor. We know that hardwood floors might look dry yet still contain hidden pockets of water between and under the boards.

The cellular structure of the wood can absorb water as well, with severe damage developing over time if the moisture remains. Cupping and crowning, where the boards distort along their length because of the swelling caused by water absorption, and buckling, where the planks pull up and away from the subfloor, are all possible if moisture persists. SERVPRO crews use a range of strategies to bring moisture levels to normal readings in both the top layer and the subfloor.

We often seal floor mats to wet areas, using a negative air pressure system that suctions moisture from all layers through a network of hoses connected to a commercial grade extractor. SERVPRO crews also consider drilling small holes to gain access to the water or releasing selected planks and raising them to allow air flow. We position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers along a perimeter to complete drying, sometimes using drying equipment a story below and aimed upwards to accelerate drying.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees has solutions to your hardwood floor water damage woes. Call us at (856) 566-3388 to set up a consultation.

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