Emgerency Ready Profile
Check out the benefits for your commercial property to have an Emergency Ready Profile and Call SERVPRO to assist you in making one today! Have all the important information in one app for your general manager or property manager in case of an emergency. It is a great app to have and it easy to have on all the employees phone or work tablet that is used on the field. Preparedness it key when emergency strikes. What a better way to keep important information at your fingertips. We SERVPRO are available 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week to assist in any emergency your business might have just give us a call and we will send our crew out immediately without having to wait the next day.
Restoring Properties from Water Damages
When water enter your home after a flood it will damage your home in so many ways. Let the pros of SERVPRO help you clean up the water mess and restore any water effect damages in the home. With our equipment and expertly trained technician we will ensure drying up everything to avoid any possible growth of mold. We use devices like an moisture meter to ensure walls and other items are dried up. We also can test for mold to ensure that mold spores are not emerging after the drying process. Trust in the professional of SERVPRO of Burlington/Mount Holly for all your water damages. We serve all residential and commercial locations and we work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Our equipment is no match for any catastrophe that may happen to your business. SERVPRO take pride in there work to ensure work is done correctly and ever is clean where it like to damage ever happen or mess ever existed who knew a local company could restore damages to businesses and get them back to running. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mount Holly can help and handle all types of cleaning for you and your business with no loss of time and money! You are sure to recommend us to your colleagues. The pros of SERVPRO are here to serve the community any need for fire, water damages, and cleaning service as well as biohazard cleaning and duct cleaning another one of the services we offer.
Top 7 Signs of Mold
Here at SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mount Holly care about your health and your family’s health. We are providing great tips in keeping an eye out on Mold. A common sign of Mold is having allergic reactions to it. When being at home isn’t so pleasant by sneezing, having sore eyes and running nose or nasal congestion all the time and then stepping out the house and not having an any of these symptoms you could be having mold in your home. The second sign is the odor of Mold. If you smell humid, damp or like decaying wood, it is the odor of Mold and is another big sign that you are experiencing Mold. Another important and visual indication is seeing mold. Mold will start off small but will eventually grow into bigger patches with very different colors of black and white are the most common colors sometimes in most extreme case color may vary from gray-brown and gray-green or even orange, pink or purple. This sign maybe ignores at times because it is not present now but when water leaks and past flooding happen, in the home one would need to keep an eye out on mold growth, but if you have had these events in your home most likely you have mold growing. Condensation is the tell-tale sign of mold; condensation happens when a high amount of moisture or humidity present in the house. Condensation is the breeding grown of mold if this problem is ignored most likely you have mold in the home.
Dangers of Hoarding
We have heard of those crazy shows about individuals hoarding stuff and not wanting to part ways of all the things they have collected over the years. At SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mount Holly want to keep families safe and give them tips in keeping a safe and healthy home. Hoarding is something hazardous when it comes to fire safety for anyone will this problem. The risks of one hoarding can crowd stoves and ovens making very unsafe to cook because of the possibility of something falling into those appliances and starting a fire. Another risk has items to close and crowed near heating equipment like a fireplace or a furnace which is very dangerous if the items were to fall into these kinds of equipment causing it to damage and start a fire. The hoarding of items is a very serious dangerous even when it comes to saving your own life. Firefighters will have a hard time trying to get in your home to rescue you or your loved ones in case of a fire. With stuff being everywhere like in any hoarding situation can make it difficult for a firefighter to navigate in the home. It is important to remember that if you have lots of items in or around your home to keep them at least 3 feet away from cooking appliance like a stove(s) or oven(s) and as well as any heating equipment like furnaces, boilers or fireplace.
Taking Care of Smoke and Soot Damages
Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to personal property and structures. Quick action is the only way to minimize the destruction. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, is a globally recognized organization whose mission is to establish higher industry standards. As a referral source for consumers, IICRC certified firms are more likely to provide a faster, better service than non-certified competitors.Restoration costs increase and damages escalate when the cleaning process is extended. By hastening the hiring process and using an IICRC certified technician, owners will be rewarded by having the damage stopped so repairs can begin.What happens only minutes after the disaster?Immediately after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property. Discoloration of porous materials is permanent, but other surfaces may be properly cleaned to remove the discoloration. Acidic soot begins staining other surfaces if not treated quickly.Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage. Wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal begins to rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls begin to yellow. Clothing can become permanently stained. And finally, flooring may require refinishing or replacement.If left untreated, within weeks the restoration process will take longer and cost more. Prolonged soot exposure permanently harms all surfaces and embeds in fibers. Replacement of property may be the best option at this point. The structure may continue deteriorating if not properly restored by SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly
Types of Water Damages
SERVPRO Burlington Township / Mount Holly wants to keep you educated on the different types water can damage your property.Preventing water damage is the primary challenge for any structure seeking durability. Thermally efficient homes do not dry out as quickly as the energy wasting houses of older generations. Newer, engineered lumber products are less tolerant of frequent wetting. Most damage hides behind finishes, with long term negative impacts on indoor-air quality.The most common and destructive type of water damage is typically rain related and includes many sources:
Water seepage though basement walls.
Leaks through walls at areas like doors and windows
Roof leaks, usually through penetrations and flashing errors
Plumbing leaks, an outlier but relevant
Bulk water leaks come in many forms from the rare catastrophic plumbing failure to the more common hidden leak that causes its damage over many years. Homeowner maintenance goes a long way to preventing and reducing problems. For those building new, we suggest hiring builders who take these matters seriously. We think blower door test results offer a fair measurement for distinguishing between builders for this type of hidden craftsmanship.Uncontrolled, random air leaks are responsible for the second leading cause of water and moisture damage in our homes and buildings. Humid-air will deposit its moisture on cold surfaces which adds up over time to an amazing amount of moisture and resulting damage. This type of damage rarely reveals itself in the ways bulk water intrusion does but it still causes serious problems behind the finished surfaces.Air leaks do most of their damage in the form of energy costs. Reducing air infiltration and ex-filtration is often pointed to as one of the most cost-effective strategies for reducing energy costs and resulting environmental impacts. Increasing comfort is another huge reason to pay close attention to this important issue. Vapor diffusion is a confusing subject. There are two main ways it does damage in our climate.
When moisture reservoir cladding (masonry, fiber cement siding, stucco) gets saturated with rain and the sun or warm outdoor temperatures drive the stored moisture towards the inside. Interior vapor barriers like vinyl wallpaper increases interior vapor drive problems. Expect more damage in our region with masonry against wood common practices.
In the wintertime, when exterior sheathing or framing is cold and interior humidity is too high.Amy has blogs on the subject of wintertime humidity in homes. Keep interior humidity below 40% during cold weather. Exterior sheathing helps keep vulnerable structural members warmer, thus safer from risky dew points.Its common for people to misdiagnose a vapor diffusion problem for one of the first two. When evaluating water damage, suspect number one is bulk water. Most mold inside hidden building cavities, not exposed to bulk water is caused by air leakage.If still unsure about the differences of uncontrolled air movement and vapor diffusion, this blog may help:Breathing Walls?Siding or exterior finish materials that store water can become a problem if not detailed correctly. Selecting the right Weather Resistive Barriers are important along with the right installation details. Rain screens –technically required by code for brick– are an easy way to add durability and reduced maintenance to these types of exterior.Water is lazy but also persistent. It will defy gravity given the right substrates and conditions. It starts in design with features that readily shed water and are less prone to problems. Know and account for the main weaknesses during assembly on site. Prove the project is airtight with a blower door test. These are some of the most important ways of increasing the durability of homes and buildings.
Who Is Liable
It is undeniable that dramatic and strange weather patterns have been on the increase. Not only have we seen the highest temperatures ever recorded in some areas, but massive hail storms and flash floods as well.This is all happening at the same time as other parts of the country continue to experience severe drought and devastating fires.During extreme weather cycles, physical damage to a property can be unavoidable.But is an owner or tenant liable for this kind of damage?“The risk and liability involved with immovable property will always be that of the owner. The owner is thus liable for all damages caused by 'vis major',” says Dickens.She says ‘vis major’ is a legal term referring to a superior force, which is outside of human control. It includes acts of nature or acts of God such as lightning, earthquake, flood or violent storms.Damage to the structure of the property, unless caused by the gross negligence of the tenant, is the responsibility of the owner.“This is also the case with permanent fittings, for instance cupboards, baths, toilets or curtain rails. If the tenant causes a fire in the kitchen through gross negligence, and in so doing burns down the house, the blame - and therefore liability - for the damage falls squarely on the tenant,” says Dickens.Cilna Steyn, Managing Director of SSLR Inc., property specialist law firm, says she can provide practical advice concerning this.“The question to ask is: who caused the damage? If the damage was caused by the tenant, it is the tenant’s responsibility to fix it. If it was caused by the landlord, the landlord is liable for the damage. If the damage is nobody’s fault, the property owner is liable for repair of the damages,” says Steyn.“Another way of looking at the problem is: who has the insurable interest? A tenant cannot take out insurance on a property, whereas a landlord can. Therefore, tenants cannot be held liable unless they were grossly negligent.”How does this contrast with a property that is sold? If a property is sold but occupation has not yet taken place and the property is destroyed due to no fault of the seller, the sale is not terminated. The buyer remains liable for payment of the full purchase price.Steyn says every set of circumstances where a dispute arises regarding damages to a property is unique, and liability can therefore only be determined on a case by case basis. Here at SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly want you to be knowledgeable of all scenarios and we hope that this helps you have a better understanding of the owner and landlord relationship.
Air Quality and Mold
Here in New Jersey SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly wants you to receive updates on the outdoor air quality so you know whether to group your errands together, consider carpooling or stay inside so you don’t risk agitating your allergies. No matter the overall exterior air quality, you should also take steps to make sure the air you’re breathing inside your home is clean and clear. Learn why it’s so important that you have nothing but the freshest air inside your residence.Your Home’s Air Quality Is Likely Worse Than Exterior AirOfficial organizations have reported that residential air is commonly anywhere from two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. This is because there are several products, materials and activities that compromise your home’s air quality. It’s also not unusual to hear of a home that’s 100 times more polluted than outside air, which is likely if you have mold anywhere inside your residence.You Spend a Lot of Time Inside Your HomePeople spend a lot of time inside their homes, and that can be hazardous to your health if your indoor air quality is compromised. Those exposed to harmful chemicals are often exposed to them while in the comfort of their own homes, but there’s really nothing too comfortable about poor indoor air quality. Even if you’re hardly ever at home, it’s still in your best interest to focus on having high quality indoor air for your health and peace of mind.More Children Are Diagnosed With Severe Asthma and Allergies.If you have children, it’s especially vital you do everything you can to make the air inside your home as fresh and clean as possible. This is because the number of children with severe instances of asthma and allergies is on the rise, mainly because of poor indoor air quality. Not only can this potentially compromise your child’s quality of life, but it also results in increased medical costs that result from addressing asthma and allergies through trips to the doctor and medication.Poor Air Quality Can Result in Lung Cancer and Heart Common Causes of Indoor Air Pollution now that you know a bit more about why it’s so essential you pay close attention to the condition of your home’s air, it’s time to learn a bit more about the sources of pollution. Such sources include:
Building materials, such as carpet, insulation, cabinetry and products made from pressed wood
Wood stoves, gas, oil, kerosene and other sources of combustion
Viruses, mold, pet dander and dust mites
Cleaning supplies, personal care products and pastes
Pesticides, radon, pollen and outdoor air pollution that trickles inside your homeSteps You Can TakeJust as there are several sources of indoor air pollution, there are several methods of boosting your indoor air quality. One of the best things you can do for your home and yourself is to invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which goes a long way in sucking up a number of allergens and toxins while making your home look cleaner and more inviting.When you’re done vacuuming, you should be sure to mop up anything the vacuum might have left behind. For the best results, invest in a microfiber mop designed to pick up more dust and dirt than standard mops.Work with professionals to determine just how good your indoor air quality is and what else you can do to improve it. You might be surprised at just how much better life is when you can breathe free and easy.
Prepare For The Storm
Hurricane Preparedness for Drinking Water Utilities from SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly
Drinking water utilities need to take precautions in advance of the arrival of a hurricane. Public water suppliers in the possible path of the storm should prepare for high winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding and extended power outages. To help utilities provide continuity of service to its customers before, during and after the storm, the following actions are recommended:
- Water Storage - Fill your storage tanks to help you meet demand during a power outage and to help anchor your tanks during high winds and inundation.
- Back Up Power - Fill fuel tanks for your generators. Exercise each generator under load to be sure it is running properly and power transfer is reliable. Assume a lengthy power outage. Estimate the time that you will be able to meet demand with the back-up power, fuel and water storage you have on hand. Identify several possible locations where fuel can be procured in case your primary supplier becomes unable to deliver.
- Continuity of Operation - Contact all essential employees to place them on alert. Make sure that sufficient staff will be on duty throughout the expected storm duration. Provide enough food and clean water for staff working extended shifts. Have them bring extra dry clothes, and consider providing sleeping arrangements so that extended duty staff do not become overly tired.
- Chemical and Fuel Storage - Check tanks to be sure you have enough essential chemicals (e.g. disinfectant) to get you through the storm. Check tank anchoring to be sure they are protected from wind damage and buoyancy forces (floating or overturning) should they become inundated.
- Water Sources - Identify sources that may become inundated. Prepare to remove sources from service, prior to inundation, that may be susceptible to damage from inundation or intrusion by flood born pathogens or salt water.
- Emergency Communications - Check your emergency communications equipment to be sure it is in good working order. Charge all batteries, or replace with fresh ones. Distribute communication equipment to appropriate staff.
- Public Communications - Be prepared to provide public information as needed. Check contact information with local radio and television stations. If you do not have storage and/or dedicated backup power sufficient for 3 days, consider pre-preparing water conservation advisory notices that can be issued if needed.
- Vehicles - Fill vehicle fuel tanks to be sure they are ready for use in response to the storm. Provide essential equipment (radios, instruments, tools, safety equipment, lights, ropes, etc.).