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Fire and Smoke Damage in Cherry Hill, NJ

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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!

For additional information on odor removal click the link below:

http://www.SERVPROhaddonheightsvoorhees.com/odor-removal-deodorization

Summertime Conditions in Haddon Heights, Just Right For Mold Growth

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

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

Spring Thunderstorms are on Their Way!

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Thunderstorms are on Their Way! Stormy weather ahead!

Winter is finally coming to an end, so you know what that means: spring thunderstorms are right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to get ready. Stormy weather conditions in the springtime are wildly unpredictable, but can emerge out of nowhere in a moments notice, so it's important to be prepared for when they do. When word breaks that a storm is incoming this season, make sure to take all of the necessary precautions to ensure that your home will be safest after it passes.

Lightning strikes can cause your home massive amounts of damage, even if lightning doesn't hit your home at all! Power surges to your home could result in personal injury if you are using an electrical device or appliance at the time of a lightning strike. Not to mention the chance that a power surge could send a home device up in flames, resulting in a dangerous and costly house fire! To prevent these type of scenarios, installing a panel or meter serge protector, purchasing and using outlet protectors, or even just unplugging devices and small appliances during a storm could save you an unwanted home devastation this spring.

Aside from lightning strikes, the high winds and heavy rains could also cause you problems with water and structural damages. Prevention, depending on the caliber of the storm, is sometimes impossible; however, some basic tips can give you some added protection for when mother nature makes her way to your town. Making sure all of your doors and windows, are completely sealed when closed is massively important. Even the smallest leaks can wreak havoc. Cleaning your gutters regularly and maintaining your roof regularly will also reduce your risk of large loss during a storm. All water damages are preventable and making sure your roof and gutter are both clean and structurally well is half the battle.

While it is nearly impossible to predict when tragedy will occur, it is SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights job to provides 24-hour emergency service when it does. We are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster and can respond immediately to your storm-related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your storm damage needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Specialized Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. 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

Cold Weather Property Tips

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Tips for Protecting Property in Cold Weather

  • Beware of issues stemming from frozen pipes. Consider letting you faucets drip during extreme cold weather to avoid icy pipes, and insulate any pipes that are in particular danger of freezing. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to let the heat get to the pipes.
  • Understand that cold weather can put lots of strain on an old furnace or water heater – and that your thermostat battery could fail during winter months and cold snaps.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and put insulated covers over outside faucets.
  • Keep your garage doors closed whenever possible.
  • Clean your gutters so that water doesn’t get trapped, form ice, and cause damage.
  • Check your roof for damage from ice or heavy snow.
  • In case of frozen or burst pipes, know how to turn off your water main.

If your home is damaged by the cold snap, be sure to act fast, contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorees @ 856-566-3388 so we can evaluate the damage.

Which Will You Be?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Which Will You Be? Closed business.

It has been observed that nearly 50% of business' never reopen again after a large loss.

Here at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Voorhees, we are extremely committed to ensuring that our local South Jersey businesses never fall into that category. To stay true to that goal, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including:

  • Easy-to-use mobile app
  • Eye-catching tags to mark shut-off valve locations
  • Assessment of priority areas
  • Identifying and documenting the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

All of these preventative measures will help save your business time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 856-566-3388.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.” Which will you be?

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires This Holiday Season

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire in your home this holiday season:

  • Choose a tree with fresh needles
  • Cut 2" from the base of the trunk before placing
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from ANY heat source (fireplace, radiator, candles, heaters, lights, etc.).
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water DAILY
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Last but not least, dispose of your tree as soon as the holidays pass. It might be decorative and fun, but the longer a dry, dying tree sits in your house, the more likely your home is to experience and suffer a fire loss.

In the unfortunate instance that tragedy does strike this year, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your home. We understand the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. 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

Did you know?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Did you know? Are you SERVPRO Ready?

Did you know 50% of businesses never reopen after suffering a disaster? This is largely due to the fact that they did not have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Here at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including: an app for your phone, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and identifying the line of command for authorizing work to begin, all of which will help save you time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 856-566-3388.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.”

Winter Weather and Your Home

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Weather and Your Home Snow accumulation collapses roof of home.

The frigid temperatures of the winter months pose the potential to cause serious damage to your home. Not only is your home at risk of water freezing and bursting pipes, but the roof of your home is susceptible to water damage due to the formation of ice dams, and damage from snow accumulation. Broken pipes pose a common and costly issue, but ice dams and snow accumulation also carry a serious damage risk. 

Ice dams form at the edges of the roof when the heat in the attic causes snow on the roof to melt, which in turn refreezes at the gutters. Regularly cleaning your gutters and properly insulating/ventilating your attic help reduce the risk of forming ice dams. In addition to routine gutter maintenance in the winter, it is important to clean off your roof when snowfall has accumulated over 6 inches. This will help prevent heavy snow collapsing your roof and costly damages occurring inside of your home. Be careful to stay on the ground when attempting to clear your roof, otherwise, hire a professional to clear it for you.

These types of retroactive maintenance on your home give you as a homeowner the best odds of making it through the winter without issue. However, should you find yourself in a jam due to unexpected winter damages this upcoming season, SERVPRO has your back.

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

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Specialized Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. 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

Thanksgiving Disaster Prevention

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Disaster Prevention Oven fire bursts kitchen into flames

With the beginning of the holidays just days away, and we all prepare our feasts, it is imperative to keep safety in mind this Thanksgiving season. With nearly 2000 fires across the United States last year, Thanksgiving day sees the most house fires of any day of the year. Preventing these types of disasters all starts with eliminating carelessness in the kitchen. Making sure pan handles are not facing outward and oven timers are audible when food is cooking are two big things that will reduce the risk of accidents in your home. Others small yet important things include keeping small children out of the kitchen and keeping the amount of people in there at once to a minimum. Common sense and careful cooking will help to make sure that your holiday dinner doesn't turn into a holiday disaster.

In the unfortunate instance that tragedy does strike this year, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your storm-related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your storm damage needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Specialized Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. 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

Bursting Pipes = A Messy Holiday Season

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Bursting Pipes = A Messy Holiday Season Frozen Pipes leave large risk for Winter Disaster

It is recommended to every homeowner that they should take precautions to winterize their home before the winter months each year. So why should your commercial business be any different? A frozen and burst pipe at your business can be even more messy and even more expensive than your basement to remedy and repair. And they happen just as often! It is important to have your business properly insulated and your shut off valves identified. This will help reduce the risk of a pipe burst and minimize the loss should it occur.

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster? This is largely due to the fact that they did not have a plan in place in case of an emergency.

Here at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Voorhees, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including: an app for your phone, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and identifying the line of command for authorizing work to begin, all of which will help save you time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 856-566-3388.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.”

Prepare you Home for winter this Fall

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is quickly approaching and cold temperatures will soon be here. So if you haven't started thinking about winterizing your home yet, there is no time like the present to prevent frozen and busted pipes. Over 250,000 homes in the United States suffer a loss every winter by water pipes freezing and breaking. In the last decade alone, losses due to frozen pipe damage in the US have exceeded $4 billion in damages; nearly all of which is preventable. 

Preventing frozen pipes and subsequent water damage is as easy as taking a few simple precautionary measures to ensure that freezing temperatures outside aren't invading your household:

  1. Make sure all areas where pipes run through your home are well insulated (most insulation lasts a lifetime, but may sometimes need to be layered)
  2. Wrap and insulate any and all exposed pipes (pipe foam can be found at almost any hardware store) 
  3. Caulk any foundation cracks that may allow air to slip inside
  4. Replace your furnace filter
  5. Winterize your AC unit

Not only will these precautions help prevent your home from suffering damage due to a busted, frozen pipe, but every single one will save you money in energy costs too. However, should you find yourself in a jam due to unexpected pipe damages this upcoming winter season, SERVPRO has your back.

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

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Specialized Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. 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

Sick Facts About Mold

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sick Facts About Mold Basement wall covered in mold; Voorhees, NJ.

While is extremely difficult to say definitively the amount of homes in the US that have mold infestation, studies done have found evidence supporting that an estimated 50-70% of American households carry water damage and mold. This is no small matter as people who are exposed to mold are 30% to 50% more at risk of asthma and a multitude of respiratory infections. Even short-term mold exposure can have severe effects on ones body. In many cases of exposure there have been symptoms of sinus inflammation and irritation, nausea, asthma flare-ups, headaches, and even skin infections.

These health issues caused by exposure to the bio-toxins produced by mold are the reason why any evidence of mold damage should be acted upon immediately. While some people don't see the effects of mold exposure happen to their own bodies, a large majority of people are still susceptible to its effects. When mold is identified it is important to remove it quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mays Landing.  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 Voorhees/Haddon Heights 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

Will you be prepared in the event of an emergency?

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know as many as 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster? This is largely due to the fact that they did not have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Here at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees, we offer a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment for your facility. This includes a variety of disaster readiness features, including: an app for your phone, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and identifying the line of command for authorizing work to begin, all of which will help save you time and money in the event of a disaster. You can begin the process by visiting our website at: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/index or by calling us directly at 856-566-3388.

“When damage strikes, you can be ruined or you can be ready.”

Mold Prevention Tips

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is a nuisance that can occur in any home, especially during the hot and humid summer months. Here are 9 ways to help prevent harmful mold from growing inside your home.

  1. Locate any possible problem areas: Anywhere in your home where moisture may gather and sit for a period of time could be considered a problem area. These are the areas where mold thrives, so identify them.
  2. Dry wet areas immediately: Mold cannot grow without moisture. So, dry any and all areas previously determined to be problem areas as soon as possible to stop mold from growing.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation: Activities as simple as cooking dinner or taking a shower can promote mold growth without the proper ventilation. Make sure that all vents are working properly and even crack a window open from time to time.
  4. Use mold-resistant products when possible: When building a new home or renovation a new one, use mold-resistant drywall and mold inhibiting paints to slow the growth of mold.
  5. Keep an eye on your indoor humidity: The Environmental Protection Agency recommends keeping your indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. If you notice condensation on any pipes or windows inside your home, dry the area and address the source of the humidity.
  6. Direct Water away from your home: Ensure that the ground around the foundation of your home slopes away so that water does not collect around the base and seem into the home.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters: Mold could potentially be coming from a leaky roof spurred by full or damaged gutters. Clean them and be aware of any water stains that might be the result of a flaw.
  8. Improve air flow in your home: Open doors between rooms and move furniture away from walls. Cold air cannot hold as much moisture and that moisture may collect on walls or other surfaces. If air is moving it becomes more difficult.
  9. Keep mold off household plants: Moist soil in household plants is a perfect place for mold to grow. Add Taheebo tea to any water you use to water your plants. This oil resists mold even in rainforests.

If you think you have a mold problem call SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees for a free inspection and estimate at 856-566-3388.

Common Misconceptions about Cleaning Mold

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew cleanups can be a costly job. Many people feel that the cost to properly remove mold and mildew is too high to hire somebody else, so they take it upon themselves to remove it. While it is true that mold removal specialists can be more costly than a homemade remedy in the short term, it is important to remember that professionals can remove the mold and ensure that it remains removed. The long term benefits of professional mold removal by SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees could end up saving you a significant amount of money and headaches (literally!).

However, if you are still inclined to try removing mold on your own, here are some things to avoid when doing so.

  1. Seeing isn’t always believing: Just because you can’t see the mold anymore does not mean it isn’t there. Mold is often microscopic, and therefore capable of growing again in the exact same spot you just cleaned and even spreading farther around the building.
  2. Bleach be gone! (maybe not): While bleach is a powerful cleaner and largely effective tool when it comes to mold removal, it cannot do it all. Use an antibacterial cleanser to perform a mop up in order to maximize bleach’s effectiveness.
  3. Out of sight, out of mind : Painting over a mold spot with mold resistant paint does not have any effect on the mold itself. All it does is provide a cover for the mold, much like sweeping dirt under the carpet. Sure, it will look better, but the mold will still have adverse health effects on you.
  4. Dress appropriately: Mold spores can be released by the slightest touch so be sure to wear protective clothing including gloves, protective layers, and a respirator.

Call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Vorhees at 856-566-3388 for a free inspection/estimate on your mold problem, and let us make your home look and feel “Like it never even happened.”

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Summer has finally arrived, which means it’s time to head outside and fire up the grill. With June and July being peak months for grilling fires, we at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees wanted to remind everybody to be safe while enjoying the BBQ. Here are some safety tips to help avoid a grilling fire:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outside.
  • Check the gas tank hose for any leaks before using it each year.
  • Clean and check the grill regularly.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, move away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.
  • Remove flammable items from the grilling area.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area while cooking.
  • Do not leave the grill unattended while cooking.
  • If using a charcoal grill, let coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container with a lid.

SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees: 856-566-3388. “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Season 2017

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is here!

With Tropical Storm Cindy making landfall this week, we at SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Vorhees wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of hurricanes in our area as well as some tips on how to limit the damage to as little as possible. This hurricane season forecast is being described as “busier than usual”, so make sure you, your home, and your loved ones are prepared.

The first step in hurricane preparedness is to know the evacuation routes in your area. That way you are able to evacuate quickly and safely in the event of a mandatory evacuation.

If you are unable to evacuate, make sure that you have plenty of water, batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, and non-perishable food items handy. If power is lost during the storm, there’s no telling how long it could be out for. Be sure to wait out the storm in a secure room, away from windows.

After the storm has passed, report any downed power lines but DO NOT get close to them.

Be prepared and stay safe out there everybody!

Summer is Mold's Favorite Month!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

With summer arriving (finally!), we at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees wanted to remind everybody about the dangers of mold, as well as how to prevent mold growth. Summer temperatures and humidity levels are ideal conditions for mold to grow, so be prepared!

Mold grows well in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees. The high temperatures, in combination with humid air, create the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

To prevent mold growth, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends keeping your indoor humidity level to below 50%. A dehumidifier or an air conditioner can be an effective way to keep humidity levels under control.

If you believe you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO ® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees at 856-566-3388. We offer free inspections and estimates, as well as our state-of-the-art mold remediation services and professional staff. Give us a call and we will solve your mold problem “Like it never even happened.”

Forest Fire Safety Tips

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Forest Fire Safety Tips A firefighter fights the Portugal forest fire

With the worst forest fire in Portugal’s history happening recently, it is unfortunately that time of year again in our area where forest fires are a threat. Here are some tips to stay safe during a forest fire and to prevent them from starting in the first place.

Prevention:

  • Be sure to obey local laws when having a campfire or any open fire.
  • Keep flammable objects away from any open fires.
  • Make sure smoking materials are extinguished before disposing them.
  • Avoid burning fires in windy conditions.
  • Keep shovels, water, and fire retardant handy while burning a fire to keep it in check.

Safety during a Forest Fire:

  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Be sure to lock your home.
  • Avoid evacuating through routes that run through the fire.
  • Monitor changes in wind speed/direction.
  • Alert someone that you have left and where you are going so that first responders know you are no longer in the residence.

SERVPRO® Haddon Heights/Vorhees: 856-566-3388

Summer Thunderstorm Information

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

As summer begins and the weather begins to heat up, it brings with it an increase in thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are most common in spring and summer due to the warm weather and humid conditions. When the hot air from the surface of the planet clashes with the cooler air up above, and therefore causes a thunderstorm.

Along with thunderstorms come a high rainfall total and thus a higher risk of flooding. Those living near bodies of water such as creeks or rivers should take notice of the water level prior to a storm. If it is getting high, it might be time to enact some flood mitigation techniques, such as redirecting flood waters with floodwalls and floodgates.

In addition to the flooding risk, thunderstorms bring lightning which has been known to spark fires in outside vegetation. Be sure to stay out of open fields during a thunderstorm so as to avoid being struck by lightning.  

Finally, thunderstorms often bring high winds. Stay off the roads and try to identify any low hanging branches or trees that could potentially cause damage to your home if blown over. Prevention is the best form of protection.

SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees: 856-566-3388

Excessive Clutter Can Cause Fire Damage

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Excessive Clutter Can Cause Fire Damage Excessive clutter contributed to the start of this fire.

On a Saturday morning in Runnemede this electrical fire broke out in a cluttered basement.  Fortunately no one was injured.  Clutter is the scattering of many personal items within a building, and specifically, within a certain area(s) of that building. Hoarding is one of the main causes of clutter, and while hoarding is in itself a harmless practice, it could have devastating results if a fire were to break out.

Hoarding/clutter can be dangerous for a wide variety of reasons during an emergency. When trying to move around a cluttered room, mobility is limited. That limitation becomes exponentially more hazardous during an emergency situation. Safe and rapid movement may be made difficult and dangerous for residents, which make a safe escape near impossible. Clutter not only increases risk for the occupants of the building, it also increases the risk for the safety personnel trying to combat the flames and save lives.

With extensive clutter, firefighters may have difficulty finding walls or structural landmarks in the building, especially with already dangerous smoky conditions. In addition to the conditions the clutter generates, it is also a “fuel” for the fire to continue to use to burn, prolonging the emergency and the damage. Many items that hoarders save are flammable. This compounds the damage and, as a result, the price to repair or save the building.

Hoarders must be aware of these risks and should take precautionary steps to avoid a disaster situation. If hoarding is something you cannot avoid, be sure to keep all flammable clutter away from electrical sockets or wires, any source of excessive heat, and any other potential fire-starters.

Tips for restoring fire damaged property

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.” #preventfires

Keep Children Safe from Fire and Burns

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Some children are curious about fire. There are simple steps you can take to keep you and the people you love safer from fire and burns.

  • Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot.Space heaters and stove-tops can cause terrible burns. Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, heaters or anything that gets hot.
  • Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place.Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them.
  • Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children.Children may try to do the same things they see you do.

For all of your property restoration needs SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is available 24/7/365, just call 856-566-3388.

6 Ways to Get Your Home Storm-Ready

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Severe weather can put your family and your home in danger. Plus, recovering from storm damage can be expensive. Here are six ways to get your home storm-ready:

  • Roof and Siding.Inspect your roof annually, looking for missing, curled or damaged shingles. Report any updates to your insurance company, as manufacturing defects, as well as aged or poorly maintained roofs and siding may not be covered in a home insurance policy.
  • Front Door.Secure your front door with heavy-duty bolts, both at the top of the frame and at the floor.
  • Garage Door.Reinforce your garage door at its weakest point with wood, metal stiffeners or a retrofit kit.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed, and remove branches or trees that could fall on your home or others.
  • Secure or safely store patio furniture and outdoor tools. If a storm is looming, move your automobiles into the garage or under other cover.
  • Prepare for the likelihood of a power outage by installing a non-electric stove or heater, or emergency generator. Just be sure that adequate venting is in place and that these devices are operated according to manufacturer guidelines.

 

In the event your property suffers strom damage call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at  856-566-3388.  We are available 24/7/365, just call.

Thermal Imaging used to Detect Water Damage

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Thermal Imaging used to Detect Water Damage Thermal Imaging clearly Shows the Scope of Damage.

Thermal imaging is essential for detecting water damage and moisture in a home of business.  We can quickly identify wet materials.  This allows us to determine a complete and accurate scope of damage.  Our service technicians will have al of the latest technology to get a full understanding of the extent of damage to your property.


SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.  We handle water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, storm damage and commercial services.

24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment


For all of your property restoration needs SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is available 24/7/365, call 856-566-3388




SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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."

Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Beginning the drying process of this flooded basement

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Haddon Heights, Audubon, Runnemede or Voorhees basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – 856-566-3388

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 856-566-3388

Our Core Values

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

General Our Core Values Congratulations and thanks to all of our employees who bring our core values to life every day.

At SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees our Core Values are:  Dignity and Respect, Keep Promises, Professional Impression, Solve Problems.  Every year the employees vote for the co-worker who most exemplifies each of the core values.  The individual with the most votes has their name added to the plaque for that year as well as receiving a gift from the company.

The winners for 2016:

Dignity and Respect – Kathy Grassi

Keep Promises – John Shaver

(Tie)                      Kevin Cintron

Professional Impression – Kevin Cintron

Solve Problems – Jack Harvey

Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. They are the values underlie our work, how we interact with each other and our customers, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work.

Winter Property Tips

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

1) Prepare for Winter Storms

Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business; not only as it builds up, but also as it melts. Here are things to watch for:

  • Watch for snow accumulation on the leeward (downwind) side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, consult a roofing contractor for a referral.
  • Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls. Melting snow can lead to water damage and moisture intrusion.

 

 Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice build up and block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property.

  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
  • Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.
  • Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.

Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage.

Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:

  • Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy.
  • Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so.
  • Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured.
  • Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.

When it's safe to begin cleanup:

  • Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.
  • Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees or SERVPRO assistance with extraction and drying.
  • By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems.

 

2) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

  • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
  • Check on all vacant units.
  • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage. To remove the risk completely, have a plumber drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.

3) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

  • Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the property.
  • Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the property.

4) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

  • Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.
  • Use weather-stripping around doors, and caulk windows to prevent cold air from entering the home.
  • Replace cracked glass in windows. If you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood.
  • If your home has a basement, consider protecting the window wells by covering them with plastic shields.
  • Switch out summer screens with glass replacements. Install storm windows, if you have them.

5) Fireplace Inspection

  • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
  • Call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote, if the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while.
  • Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Check the mortar between bricks and point, if necessary.

6) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

7) Check Foundations

  • Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation.
  • Seal up entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house.
  • Point or seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.
  • Secure crawlspace entrances.

8) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

  • Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.
  • To prevent winter injury, ask your landscaper when your trees should be pruned
  • In areas where the ground freezes, plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs, such as dahlias, that cannot withstand winter temperatures.

9)  Prevent Slip and Falls and Other Liability Issues

  • Inspect all property entrances and common areas to ensure they are well lit.
  • Clean Leaves and debris
  • Also have plenty of ice melt on hand to prevent injuries

While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter.

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Voorhees, NJ 856-566-3388

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Voorhees.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Runnemede, NJ 856-566-3388

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Runnemede, NJ 856-566-3388 With water in a wet basement you are going to need professional help to clean this up.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing

Don’t Hesitate.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

 

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.”

Restoring Your Voorhees Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Voorhees Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Small setback? Colossal catastrophe? Or something in between? We clean them all. SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.

Flooding, roof leaks, broken pipes, sprinkler system discharge, any water damage events in Voorhees commercial properties are often complex with 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 SERVPRO of Haddon Hieghts/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-3388. We’ll make it “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Restoring Your Runnemede Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Runnemede Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Small setback? Colossal catastrophe? Or something in between? We clean them all. SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.

Flooding, roof leaks, broken pipes, sprinkler system discharge, any water damage events in Runnemede commercial properties are often complex with 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 SERVPRO of Haddon Hieghts/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-3388. We’ll make it “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Ever wondered how much a flood would cost in your home?

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

When we think flooding damage we often picture the images we see on the news showing devastation.   You might be surprised to see how much damage  just a little bit of water in your home will cause.  How much a flood would cost in your home?

Use this interactive cost of flooding tool to learn: 

Flood Cost Calculator

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

 

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.”

Voorhees 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Voorhees 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Voorhees, NJ

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SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large 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 emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.

 Meet the crew

Understanding Mold

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Mold Remediation Project

Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Bacteria can start to grow within hours and mold can start to grow within days. Mold spores can lay dormant for years until an ideal growing condition develops, in which they start to flourish. Especially during the summer, the warm humid conditions are a perfect microenvironment for mold growth. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur—particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in an indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Many types of molds exist.

All molds have the potential to cause serious health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to it. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate and clean any existing mold growth indoors.  The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just kill it. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are still potentially toxic!

The appropriate restoration procedures within the first few hours of a water loss can save thousands of dollars in secondary damage. Before the growth of mold becomes visible, there will be a faint musty or earthy smell. In time, mold will appear on the outside of the wall as a stain or discoloration. In a standard situation, SERVPRO® Professionals examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and remove the mold growth and excess spores returning the area

back to normal levels. Some situations require the assistance of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional (IEP) with specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the structure. IEPs can test and clear a structure for mold

by collecting air and surface samples. Then they can determine whether the mold has been successfully decontaminated.

Please contact us if you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or business.  We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. In the event mold is found on a property.  If extensive mold growth is present, it may be recommended that occupants leave the affected area until the containment process is safely and successfully completed.

SERVPRO® Professionals are trained to control microbial problems in structures.  We adhere to the to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.  Please contact our office @ 856-566-3388

Bio Hazard Cleanup in Voorhees

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Height/Voorhees offers cleaning services for the scenes of suicide, homicide, and accidental death in both commercial and residential properties.   The importance of professional cleaning and thorough sanitazation in these scenarios is compounded by the potential presence of contamination through blood and other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning services eliminate the risk of contamination or endangerment through blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or HIV.  If the cleanup situation you are encountering appears to be over your head, then it probably is.  Let our Highly Trained Biohazard Technicians handles the cleanup process.  In many cases this cleanup is covered by your insurance company.

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

 

Bio Hazard Cleanup in Haddonfield

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Height/Voorhees offers cleaning services for the scenes of suicide, homicide, and accidental death in both commercial and residential properties.   The importance of professional cleaning and thorough saniaization in these scenarios is compounded by the potential presence of contamination through blood and other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning services eliminate the risk of contamination or endangerment through blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or HIV.  If the cleanup situation you are encountering appears to be over your head, then it probably is.  Let our Highly Trained Biohazard Technicians handles the cleanup process.  In many cases this cleanup is covered by your insurance company.

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

Bio Hazard Cleanup in Runnemede

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Height/Voorhees offers cleaning services for the scenes of suicide, homicide, and accidental death in both commercial and residential properties.   The importance of professional cleaning and thorough sanitazation in these scenarios is compounded by the potential presence of contamination through blood and other bodily fluids. Proper cleaning services eliminate the risk of contamination or endangerment through blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or HIV.  If the cleanup situation you are encountering appears to be over your head, then it probably is.  Let our Highly Trained Bio-hazard Technicians handles the cleanup process.  In many cases this cleanup is covered by your insurance company.

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

Restoring Your Runnemede Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Runnemede Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Dry it without tearing it apart so the can get back to work.

Flooding and water damage events at Runnemede commercial properties are often complex with 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our 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.

Training and Certifications

Restoring Your Voorhees Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Voorhees Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Drying this office area in place to keep the business up and running.

Flooding and water damage events at Voorhees commercial properties are often complex with 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our 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.

Training-Certifications

Meet Our Crew

Severe Storms Roll through Southern NJ

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

A line of severe storms rolled through parts of Southern New Jersey on Tuesday afternoon.  If your home or business has suffered damage contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees. We provide 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    Faster to Any-sized Disaster

    6/20/2016 (Permalink)

    Some jobs are simple, and some require a little more manpower. No matter whether it's your home or your business, we're faster to any-sized disaster.

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.

    Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
    A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
    Locally Owned and Operated
    Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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."

     

    Hurricane Season 2016

    6/2/2016 (Permalink)

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.

    NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). While a near-normal season is most likely with a 45 percent chance, there is also a 30 percent chance of an above-normal season and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season.

    What To Do Before, During And After A Thunderstorm

    5/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Severe weather brings increased chances of thunderstorms.

    Before

    ·       Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Look for lightning and go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder; stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder-clap

    ·       Consider investing in a personal lightning detector

    ·       Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall

    ·       Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage

    ·       Shut all windows and secure outside doors

    ·       Unplug electronic equipment

    During

    ·       Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including devices plugged in for recharging (consider unplugging valuable electronics in case of power surge)

    ·       Water conducts electricity, so avoid contact with plumbing

    ·       Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches

    ·       Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls

    ·       Avoid natural lightning rods, such as tall isolated trees, and avoid isolated small structures in open areas

    ·       Avoid contact with metal, including farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts and bicycles

    ·       If you are driving, safely exit or pull over and park; do not touch any surface that conducts electricity in or outside of the vehicle

    After

    ·       Never drive through a flooded roadway

    ·       Avoid storm-damaged areas

    ·       Help people who may require special assistance

    ·       Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately

    ·       Watch your pets closely; keep them indoors if possible

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Gibbsboro, NJ 856-566-3388

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Gibbsboro.  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. 

    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: 

    • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Mold Containment
    • Air Filtration
    • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    • Restoration

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

    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

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Voorhees, NJ 856-566-3388

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Voorhees.  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.  

    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: 

    • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Mold Containment
    • Air Filtration
    • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    • Restoration

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mopld 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

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Runnemede, NJ 856-566-3388

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  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.  

    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: 

    • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Mold Containment
    • Air Filtration
    • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    • Restoration

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

    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

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Haddonfield, NJ 856-566-3388

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Haddonfield, NJ 856-566-3388 A recent kitchen fire left this mess.

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Haddonfield.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.  

    What to Expect: 

    When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 856-566-3388. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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."

    Direct Insurance Billing

    Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Haddon Heights, NJ 856-566-3388

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Haddon Heights.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.  

    What to Expect: 

    When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 856-566-3388. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Audubon, NJ 856-566-3388

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Audubon.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.

    What to Expect: 

    When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 856-566-3388. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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 at 856-566-3388.

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Gibbsboro, NJ 856-566-3388

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Gibbsboro.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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."

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Voorhees, NJ 856-566-3388

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Voorhees.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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."

     

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Runnemede , NJ 856-566-3388

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your Fire, Smoke and Odor emergency damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire damage restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
    • State of the Art Equipment
    • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
    • Direct Insurance Billing

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or 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."

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In HADDONFIELD, NJ 856-566-3388

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Haddonfield, NJ 856-566-3388

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In HADDON HEIGHTS, NJ 856-566-3388

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Haddon Heights, NJ 856-566-3388

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In AUDUBON, NJ 856-566-3388

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Audubon, NJ 856-566-3388

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In RUNNEMEDE, NJ 856-566-3388

    3/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In VOORHEES, NJ 856-566-3388

    3/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Voorhees.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In GIBBSBORO, NJ 856-566-3388

    3/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Gibbsboro.  We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing
  • Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

    8 Bad “Facts” About Mold That Everyone Thinks Are True

    3/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation 8 Bad “Facts” About Mold That Everyone Thinks Are True SERVPRO in Proper Personal Protective Gear

    Which one doesn’t fit with the rest? Mold is big. Mold is bad. Mold is scary. Mold is common. When it comes to mold there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there. Mention the word “mold” and people will flee in panic. In reality mold can be a serious problem, but with a little common sense and the right information you can learn to discern myth from fact and make wise decisions in your dealings with mold.

    Overreactions to mold

    With all the misinformation about mold out there it is easy to over react. Here are four “facts” that are over reactions to mold.

    Bad “Fact” 1: All Mold Is Bad

    Nope! Have you ever eaten cheese or take penicillin? Mold is used in the making of many kinds of cheese and in the manufacturing of antibiotics (though things have come along way sense the first antibiotic).

    Bad “Fact” 2: All Mold Causes Health Problems

    While mold certainly can cause health effects, it is not true that all molds cause health problems in all people. In reality the affect of mold on people varies greatly. Molds produce allergens, and while some people will be allergic to the allergens produced by mold not everyone will react to mold, and the affects can be varied depending on ones sensitivity to mold People who are highly sensitive to mold may develop allergic reactions and show symptoms such as difficulty breathing, bloody noses, itchy and watery eyes, etc. People with already compromised immune symptoms are also at risk for reacting to mold, and some studies have suggested that serious health effects can arise from repeated exposure to mold, so it is not something to play around with.

    Bad “Fact” 3: There Should be No Mold Inside

    In reality mold is all around us and is very natural. There are mold spores in the air you are breathing and there is really no way around this unless you decide to live inside a plastic, environmentally controlled bubble. The problem is not that there is mold indoors the problem is with the concentration of mold indoors. Mold should not be growing in your walls or on surfaces as that can be a problem and contribute to allergic reactions. We will always live with mold, the question is how much mold should we live with? The answer to that is still being worked out. As mold affects people differently you should talk to your doctor if you think you are suffering from exposure to mold and you take steps to reduce your exposure to mold. Hiring a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO is a good option.

    Bad “Fact” 4: Bleach Kills Mold

    This is kind of a half truth. Bleach may kill certain kinds of mold on non-porous surfaces, however, it is not clear that bleach can kill all kinds of mold nor kill mold on porous surfaces such as wood. Research is continuing to be done on the effectiveness of bleach as a mold cleanup agent. It should be noted that using bleach to “kill” mold poses its own health risks and is not a recommended solution by EPA or OSHA. Bleach is also very corrosive and can cause further damage if not used correctly.

    Bad facts that understate the problem

    Just as there are many “facts” that overstate the mold problem, there are also many “facts” that understate the problem. Here are four of them.

    Bad “Fact” 1: Killing Mold is Enough, I Don’t Need to Remove it

    Killing mold is not enough. Putting aside the conflicting reports on what kills mold, simply killing mold does not remove the health affects as the allergens are still present even in dead mold. To properly protect against health effects, removal of the affected areas is often necessary. Care must be taken when removing the affected areas so that the allergens and mold is not spread throughout the house. That is why professional mold remediation services are often necessary to properly fix a mold problem.

    Bad “Fact” 2: Mold is Natural, You Shouldn’t Worry About it

    While mold may be natural, consistent exposure to mold can have negative affects on ones health. If mold is growing in your home or place of business it needs to be addressed as it will deteriorate your building and can cause health problems.

    Bad “Fact” 3: If You Only See a Little Mold it is Probably Nothing to Worry About

    If mold is to the point where it is visibly growing on surfaces in your home you have a problem. Mold is like an iceberg, you generally only see the tip of it while the majority is below the surface. If you see a little bit of mold you most likely have more growing under the surface out of site.

    Bad “Fact” 4: Cleaning up Mold isn’t Hard. You Should Do it Yourself

    This is another half truth. While you may be able to clean up certain kinds of mold in small quantities most people are not equipped to do proper mold remediation. Simply wiping down the evidence is not good enough. To properly “cleanup” a mold problem you must identify the cause, isolate the area to keep the mold from spreading, and clean and or remove the affected surfaces. Unless you know how to setup a containment unit, have a couple of commercial sized HEPA air filtration units, protective gear, HEPA vacuums, specialized cleaning agents, and can do a wet extraction to keep mold spores from spreading, you should probably call a professional mold remediation company.

    The Leading Cause of Home Fires in the Winter

    2/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Did you know that it doesn't matter what the weather is outside the leading cause of home fires is cooking?

    Coldest Air of the Winter

    2/10/2016 (Permalink)

    This weekend will bring the coldest temperatures of the season to our region.  The combination of low temperatures and gusty winds will increase the risk of frozen pipes.  See tips for preventing frozen pipes listed below:

  • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
  • Check on all vacant units.
  • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. 
  • While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter. 

    Winter Storm Jonas - Property Protection Tips

    1/22/2016 (Permalink)

    Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business; not only as it builds up, but also as it melts. Here are things to watch for: 

    •Watch for snow accumulation on the leeward (downwind) side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, consult a roofing contractor for a referral.  

    •Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls. Melting snow can lead to water damage and moisture intrusion.

     Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice build up and block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property. 

    •Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. 

    •Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.

    •Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house. 

    Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage. 

    Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:

    •Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy. 

    •Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so. 

    •Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured. 

    •Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.

    When it's safe to begin cleanup:

    •Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.

    •Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.

    •Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees for assistance with extraction and drying.  

    •By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems. 

    Winter Weather Returns

    1/12/2016 (Permalink)

    A piece of the polar vortex will help spread arctic air across the central and eastern United States through the midweek, bringing the coldest air of the season to many.

    "The polar vortex will shift southward across Canada and set up near Hudson Bay for a several-day stint during the second full week of January," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

    Temperatures will likely peak 10 to 20 F below normal across the Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes for a couple of days this week. Temperatures may not escape the single digits through the middle of the week in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

    The polar vortex is a permanent atmospheric feature that exists near the poles. At times, it can weaken and be displaced during the winter, sending waves of arctic air farther south away from the poles.

    While waves of cold like this are not uncommon during the month of January, it may come as a shocker for some due to the warm end to 2015 thanks in part to El Niño.

    For those that haven't dug out the winter clothing already, this round of cold air will require several layers, especially for those heading outside for an extended period of time.

    Long Term Travel Tips

    12/4/2015 (Permalink)

    ·       Tell a neighbor so they can look out for your home.

    ·       Consider purchasing a light switch timer.

    ·       Unplug electronics to save energy.

    ·       Consider the possibility of frozen pipes and take action.

    ·       Change the spare key location or take it with you.

    Avoid Holiday Hazards

    11/24/2015 (Permalink)

    Just the facts:

  • More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch fire is too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time for candle fires.  In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations, compared to 4% the rest of the year.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly 1 in 6 Christmas tree fires.
  • Be safe this holiday season:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
  • Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles and heat vents.
  • For more safety tips visit the Nation Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information

    Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Best Practices in Healthcare Construction

    10/26/2015 (Permalink)

    We have obtained our certification in Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Best Practices in Healthcare Construction.  This certification teaches members how to contain pathogens, control airflow, protect patients, and work without disrupting adjacent operations. Certificate holders learn how to:

    • classify work areas to minimize risks
    • understand and adhere to ICRA protocols
    • communicate with the facility’s ICRA team
    • In a healthcare facility, patient care is everything. Unfortunately, thousands fall victim every year to infections caused by dust stirred up during renovation projects.
    • Completing construction without releasing harmful contaminants or disrupting daily operations while also meeting project schedules are primary concerns for healthcare officials.   For additional information visit http://www.icraforbuilders.com/

    Fall is the time to prep your property for winter

    10/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Fall is the time to prep your property for winter

    1) Prepare for Winter Storms

     Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice build up and block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property.

    ·       Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.

    ·       Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.

    ·       Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.

    Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage.

    Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:

    ·       Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy.

    ·       Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so.

    ·       Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured.

    ·       Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.

    When it's safe to begin cleanup:

    ·       Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.

    ·       Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.

    ·       Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees or SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton for assistance with extraction and drying. 

    ·       By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems.

    2) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

    ·       Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.

    ·       Check on all vacant units.

    ·       Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber  drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.

    ·       If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.

    ·       Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.

    ·       Drain all garden hoses.

    ·       Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.

    3) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

    ·       Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the property.

    ·       Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.

    ·       Clean out gutters and downspouts.

    ·       Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the property.

    4) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

    ·       Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.

    ·       Use weather-stripping around doors, and caulk windows to prevent cold air from entering the home.

    ·       Replace cracked glass in windows.  If you end up replacing the entire window, prime and paint exposed wood.

    ·       If your home has a basement, consider protecting the window wells by covering them with plastic shields.

    ·       Switch out summer screens with glass replacements.  Install storm windows, if you have them.

    5) Fireplace Inspection

    ·       Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.

    ·       Call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote, if the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while.

    ·       Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.

    ·       Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.

    ·       Check the mortar between bricks and point, if necessary.

    6) Furnace Inspection

    ·       Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.

    ·       Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

    7) Check Foundations

    ·       Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation.

    ·       Seal up entry points to keep small animals from crawling under the house.

    ·       Point or seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.

    ·       Secure crawlspace entrances.

    8) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

    ·       Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires.

    ·       To prevent winter injury, ask your landscaper when your trees should be pruned

    ·       In areas where the ground freezes, plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs, such as dahlias, that cannot withstand winter temperatures.

    9)  Prevent Slip and Falls and Other Liability Issues

    ·       Inspect all property entrances and common areas to ensure they are well lit.

    ·       Clean Leaves and debris

    ·       Also have plenty of ice melt on hand to prevent injuries

    While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter.

    September is National Preparedness Month

    9/21/2015 (Permalink)

    In a disaster, access to everyday necessities can be extremely limited. Our partners at The American Red Cross recommend you are prepared with food and water to last your family for at least 3 days. 

    September is National Preparedness Month

    8/31/2015 (Permalink)

    September is National Preparedness Month.  This year the Federal Government is asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.

    http://www.ready.gov/september

    Flooding Fact

    8/7/2015 (Permalink)

    Did you know that flooding is the most common natural disaster, yet most homeowners' insurance doesn't cover flood damage?

    30/30 Rule for Lightning

    7/27/2015 (Permalink)

    If there is less than 30 seconds between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder, seek shelter.

    Wait at least 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder before leaving shelter.

    Violent Storms Rip Through South Jersey

    6/24/2015 (Permalink)

    A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area last night leaving a wake of downed trees and many residents without power.

    Take time today to survey your property for damage.  Look for missing roof shingles, damaged siding, damaged gutters or downspouts. Check around the foundation for topsoil that may have been washed away.  These items if not corrected could lead to additional damage in the future.

    If you or someone you know has sustained property damage please contact our office for assistance. 

    Big or Small we are ready for cleanups of any size.

    6/22/2015 (Permalink)

    From a corner of you basement, to the corner office on the 10th floor.  SERVPRO is here to help you restore your property.

    Recognition for Excellence

    6/10/2015 (Permalink)

    We are proud to announce we will be recognized as one of the Top 100 franchises in country and will be attend the “SERVPRO Elite Retreat” in the fall.

    Special thanks to all of the SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees heroes that go above and beyond the call of duty every day to satisfy our customers. 

    Here to help

    5/29/2015 (Permalink)

    When you suffer property damage and need help, it isn't necessary to look any further than your own backyard. We're here in your community and here to help.

    How often should you check the batteries in your smoke detectors?

    5/15/2015 (Permalink)

    Smoke alarms greatly reduce the risk of injury to those inside your home or business. Install them on every floor and check the batteries monthly.

    What to do until help arrives.

    5/11/2015 (Permalink)

    Stopping the source of water is the most important thing you can do to prevent additional damage.  Then call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights / Voorhees.

    Administrative Professionals Day

    4/20/2015 (Permalink)

    It's always busy here at SERVPRO®, and we couldn't keep up without the help from our Admin Professional. Thank you for all you do!

    Spring storms can bring flooding

    3/18/2015 (Permalink)

    While Spring is a beautiful time of year, it can also produce large amounts of rain in a short amount of time. Be SERVPRO® ready; know the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning. Flood/Flash Flood Watch-Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. Flood/Flash Flood Warning-Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

    Coldest Temperatures of the Season

    2/13/2015 (Permalink)

    The combination of low temperatures and gusty winds will increase the risk of frozen pipes.  See tips for preventing frozen pipes listed below:

    • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
    • Check on all vacant units.
    • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber  drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
    • Drain all garden hoses.
    • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. 

    While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter. 

    Coldest Temperatures of the Season

    2/13/2015 (Permalink)

    The combination of low temperatures and gusty winds will increase the risk of frozen pipes.  See tips for preventing frozen pipes listed below:

    • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
    • Check on all vacant units.
    • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber  drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
    • Drain all garden hoses.
    • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. 

    While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter. 

    Coldest Temperatures of the Season

    2/13/2015 (Permalink)

    The combination of low temperatures and gusty winds will increase the risk of frozen pipes.  See tips for preventing frozen pipes listed below:

    • Pipes in attics, exterior walls and crawl spaces are most vulnerable to extreme cold.
    • Check on all vacant units.
    • Simply turning off the water is not sufficient for a property that is to be left unoccupied for a long period - a lot of water is still in the system, and can cause damage.  To remove the risk completely, have a plumber  drain down the water and central heating system.  Or alternatively, be sure the heat is on and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, and set to at least 55 degrees.
    • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
    • Drain all garden hoses.
    • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. 

    While you can't change the weather, you can minimize some of winter's biggest threats to your property.  With some sensible planning you can avoid surprises this winter. 

    Tis the Season to Give

    12/11/2014 (Permalink)

    In honor of our employees, our customers and our business partners we have made donations to:

    Community Food Bank of South Jersey which serves Camden, Burlington, Gloucester & Salem Counties & Community Food Bank of New Jersey which serves Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties

    There are many people who struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table right in our own back yards. They need help at all times of the year but especially during the winter season.

    These organizations support those truly in need and they help brighten this Holiday season for so many individuals.

    We thank all of you and wish you and your families a great Holiday season!

    http://www.foodbanksj.org/

    http://www.cfbnj.org/

    Fun and games after work.

    11/14/2014 (Permalink)

    A recent post work badminton tournament in the warehouse.

    SERVPRO Halloween Parade

    10/30/2014 (Permalink)

    Out and about in the Hammonton Halloween Parade

    Daylight Saving Time 2014 Ends November 2, So Get Ready To Sleep In

    10/29/2014 (Permalink)

    There's no need to hit the snooze button on Nov. 2, because the end of daylight saving time will give you that extra hour of sleep you've been craving -- if you live in an area that observes the time change, that is.

    Clocks will fall back to standard time Sunday at 2 a.m. Smartphones with automatic date and time settings will make the change for users; but people with analog clocks and watches will have to manually set their timepieces back an hour. (We suggest making the adjustment before bed on Saturday night.)

    September is National Preparedness Month

    9/11/2014 (Permalink)

    When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier using the

    SERVPRO® Ready Plan App. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business

    owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an

    Emergency Ready Profile™ containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

     Download the App today on your smartphone!

     Also available at servpro.com/ready

    Hurricane Season in New Jersey starts in August

    7/30/2014 (Permalink)

    The National Weather Service states, “History teaches that a lack of hurricane preparedness and awareness are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.”

    Although Hurricane Season in the US starts in June, the historical data listed below would suggest Hurricane Season in New Jersey starts in August.

    Number of recorded storms affecting New Jersey

    Month Number of storms

    June               7

    July                7

    August           31

    September     41

    October         14

    November      1

    When preparing for a hurricane, it’s important to not only be aware of warning signs and critical information about the storm itself, but also to know about the types of supplies you should have on-hand during the storm.

    The following list provides some basic preparedness supplies, as well as special items to help you face hurricane-specific challenges.

    TOP 20 MUST-HAVE SUPPLIES FOR A HURRICANE

    1. Water: 1 gallon per person per day for 2 weeks. Don't forget water for cooking, cleaning, and your pets, as well as water purification and filtration supplies.

    • Fact: According to those who experienced Hurricanes Wilma, Katrina, and Sandy the most important item to have during a Hurricane is water, which quickly sold out at grocery stores. If you live in an urban setting or small space, an Aquapod is a great place to store water before the storm hits.

    2. Food Storage: At least enough for 3 to 7 days. In addition to having non-perishable packaged or canned food, you’ll also want to have fuel to cook outdoors in case the power goes out.

    3. Solar Power:  If the power goes out, you can easily run a solar generator in your home without worrying  about propane, gasoline, or other flammable chemicals. Even having a small solar panel like a Nomad 7 to charge your cell phone or small electronics can go a long way in a power outage.

    • Fact: During Hurricane Sandy, several residents discovered their solar panels didn’t restore their power. In fact, many residential panels are connected to the power grid; if the grid goes down, so do your panels. However, using portable solar panels can help you have a reliable source of electricity, when the power goes out. Check out Goal Zero’s portable and durable solar panels to help you weather a storm.

    4. WaterProof Containers: For storing important documents (copies of wedding license, special family photos, social security card, driver’s license, map of area, etc.)

    5. Cash: Have cash on hand in small denominations, including change. At least $20.

    6. Manual Can Opener: Make sure to have a manual can opener in case of power outages. You’ll definitely want a way to get into your food storage cans. 

    7. WaterProof Matches: If you don’t have waterproof matches, you can also store regular matches in a plastic container to keep them safe and dry.

    8. Essential Kits and Medications: First-Aid Kit, Emergency Kit, prescription medications.

    9. Sanitation Supplies/Personal Hygiene items: It’s important to keep your hands clean during an emergency to prevent the spread of disease. If your hands are caked with dirt or other substances, hand sanitizers become ineffective. If your tap water isn’t safe, wash your hands and bathe with boiled or disinfected water. Only bathe with clean, safe water in a water-related emergency like a hurricane. Wait for officials to tell you the water is clean and safe for bathing.

    • Fact: Poor hygiene and sanitation can spread disease, especially in a natural disaster. According to a John Hopkins Red Cross study, more people die from unsanitary conditions, rather than the natural disaster itself, in some cases. So make sure you have a way to get clean!

    10. Light and Communication: Make sure to have a battery-operated radio, flashlight, clock, or wind-up clock (include extra batteries); tune in to NOAA weather radio for constant updates on the storm and water conditions.

    11. Extra Clothes, Pillows, Blankets: Stored in your emergency kit or a waterproof container.

    12. Hurricane Shutters or Storm Panels: Consider installing hurricane shutters or storm panels if you live in a hurricane-prone area. Hurricane shutters protect your windows and doors from wind and flying debris. There are commercial shutters you can buy, or you can also install your own using plywood.

     Fact: During Hurricane Andrew, much of the damage “resulted from failure of windows and doors. These failures frequently lead to interior wall failure and sometimes roof failures.” This damage could have been prevented if shutters were installed in most homes.

    13. Entertainment items: Cards, board games, toys, drawing pads

    14. Flood Insurance, Home and Property Insurance: Look into flood insurance, if you don’t already have it, to cover damage in case of a storm. Also, check out your current insurance coverage to determine if hurricanes and other natural disasters are covered under your policy.

    15. Evacuation/Communication plan: Be sure to practice your plan and be familiar with it before a storm hits.

    16. Plastic Sheeting/Tarps: After a hurricane, you can use plastic sheeting or tarps to cover any holes or damage to your roof until it can be fixed. Make sure your tarps are in good condition; heavy winds can easily damage them. Note: Installing a tarp on your roof is dangerous, check out these tips for safely installing a tarp.  Plastic sheeting with a bit of duct tape is also great for patching leaks.

    17. Tools/Supplies for securing your home—Make sure to have a drill with a screwdriver bit to secure hurricane shutters. Also, have roof and window repair tools, rope, leather gloves, shovel, head and foot bolts for doors, and hurricane straps or clips to help hold the roof and walls up.

    •Fact: A common myth about hurricane preparedness is that using duct tape to secure your windows will reduce shattering, but recently, experts from the National Hurricane Center have been de-bunking this myth. They suggest that taping your windows “can create larger and deadlier shards of glass when winds blow through a home,” increasing the danger. Instead, look into buying or making your own storm shutters.

    18. Insect Repellent: This is a product that may be overlooked when packing our emergency supplies, but it’s good to have, especially in a hurricane.

    •Fact: Heavy winds and sitting pools of water often attract mosquitos after a hurricane. Mosquitos arrive in the area after being blown off trees and shrubbery—and they’re usually hungry, so make sure you have your insect repellent on hand.

    19. Child care and Pet care items: Make sure to have food, wipes, clothing, and other items to take care of your children and pets, if needed.

    20. Whistle and Flares: Do you know why you should have a whistle in your Hurricane emergency kit?

    • Fact: During hurricanes, whistles are excellent tools to help you signal for help. Whistles are more effective than yelling or shouting because they can signal for help well beyond the range of your voice and with a lot less effort, allowing you to conserve energy. Whistles are one of the most commonly listed items to include in a hurricane emergency kit by hurricane survivors.

    Hopefully the "New Jersey" Hurrican Season passes without incident.

    The American Red Cross Breakfast of Champions

    6/5/2014 (Permalink)

    We were fortunate to have breakfast with these two young men this morning.  SERVPRO was able to sponsor the Bernal brothers, Ian, 12, and Daniel, 8, their parents and grandfather

    at The American Red Cross Southern Shore Breakfast of Champions.  The brothers, from Egg Harbor Township, donate gifts on their birthday each year.  The boys encourage their friends to bring toiletry items in lieu of birthday gifts to their parties.  The boys then bring the items to the Red Cross to be used in assembling 'comfort kits; which get distributed to families when Red Cross assists families at residential fires. 

    The idea began six years ago when Ian Bernal was turning 6 years old, said his mother Elizabeth Bernal. A natural disaster was on the T.V. screen as well as information about efforts to help.

    Elizabeth Bernal said it was around the time of his birthday and he said he wanted to help so the parents suggested the idea of collecting donations for a food bank, and he immediately agreed. 

    Younger brother Daniel followed in his brother’s footsteps and both are happy simply having the parties on their birthdays and spending time with friends rather than getting gifts.

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