Hidden Mold Damage in a Mount Laurel NJ
Ice Maker Supply Line Leak Caused Hidden Mold Damage
An Undiscovered Leak Caused Hidden Mold Damage
The home owners at this Mt. Laurel NJ property rarely go int there basement. When they saw a few spots on the ceiling they contacted SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhess and scheduled an inspection. We discovered that a small leak in the ice maker supply had been leaking for some time and gone undetected. We identified the cause and started the remediation right away.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process:
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388
National Preparedness Month is September
Are you Prepared
September is National Preparedness Month. See ready.gov for additional information. Often the focus of "Preparedness" is natural disasters such as hurricanes and blizzards. News outlets inform us of items we may need like batteries, flashlights and a 3 days of food and water and so on.
One of the things we don't often think about is the financial impact of these disasters. You may need money to prepare your emergency kit. What if you have to evacuate you may need money for transportation and housing. Being prepared financially should also be a part of your "Storm Preparation." See ready.gov/financial-preparedness for more information.
So it is always a good idea to have a plan for the unexpected. Fascinations breeds preparedness, and preparedness, survival. Peter Benchley
For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a storm of other disasster, call SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster in Voorhees, NJ is to Plan For it NOW.
A little bit of preparation can keep you open after a fire or water damage your business.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming
majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an
insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
In the event Fire or Water impact your business call SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees @ 856-566-3388 for immediate assistance.
Fire and Smoke Damage in Cherry Hill, NJ
Hydroxyl Generator used to help eliminate odors.
When a cooking fire damaged the kitchen in Cherry Hill home one of the biggest concerns for the home owners was odor.
We removed all of the non-salvageable contents and cleaned the ceilings, walls, windows, doors and all flooring surfaces.
During the cleaning process we utilized our Hydroxyl Generator. This helped eliminate the odor.
The Hydroxyl Generator is a safer alternative to ozone when it comes to air purification and deodorization because you don’t have to evacuate the treatment area to use it!
The Science of the Hydroxyl Generator:
This state-of-the-art system sends UV rays (365nm) (emitted from a TiO2 photo-catalytic lamp) through an anatase-coated glass sleeve to trap huge amounts of titanium dioxide. Next, electron hole pairs form and react with water and oxygen, producing free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that, when dispersed by a fan, literally convert organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants into carbon dioxide and water. Translation: Stinky air is safely neutralized and your customers don’t have to leave the building!
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Summertime Conditions in Haddon Heights, Just Right For Mold Growth
Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Summertime traditionally brings family trips, school vacations, as well as plenty of hot uncomfortable weather. Those sunny days, however, often come with high humidity and afternoon thundershowers — ideal conditions for annoying and potentially toxic mold.
Mold is a fungus that can grow anywhere moisture is present. Mold spores thrive in warm temperatures (77- 86 degrees F) and wherever there are damp conditions. Mold spores are in the air, and they can grow on any surface. In a house, mold can be found in ceilings and walls, under sinks, in drywall, hidden behind wallpaper or baseboards, in the ductwork or even on furniture and clothes. It can also grow outdoors under wood piles or mulch, gutters or abandoned trash. Mold in a house can lay dormant until it gets the needed heat and humidity to grow and multiply. For this reason, summer vacation is a great time for mold to thrive.
Here are three easy steps to help prevent mold when you go on vacation:
- Check for areas where water could accumulate — such as around windows, doors, bathroom leaks, kitchen sinks and washing machines.
- Clean surfaces of oil, soap, dust and dirt. Those materials are a feeding ground for mold when moisture is present.
- Set the temperature inside the house in the low 70s, if possible. If you suspect humidity, set a dehumidifier to keep the moisture level below 60 percent. In your closet, place a hanging moisture absorber that will trap excess humidity and eliminate musty odors.
Follow These Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (856) 566-3388
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.
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
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/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.
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:
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
- Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
- Cleaning and Repair
To find out more, visit http://www.SERVPROhaddonheightsvoorhees.com/fire-repair-process or call us at 856-566-3388.
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:
- 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
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?
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
- 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