Immediate Fire Restoration and why its Important
Fires can be a devastating when they occur. It is crucial though when a fire strikes that you get the restoration process started immediately. The longer that it is put off the harder and more repairs will be needed. This also means the price of repairs goes up as well. SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly specializes in fire damage and restoration. Contacting us is the first step in getting the restoration underway. SERVPRO will try to save as many of your home and personal belongings that we can. Remember that safety comes first, so if there’s no way to safely gain access into your home, then stay out until SERVPRO professionals arrive. On arrival we perform a thorough cleanup using our industrial-grade products and equipment, such as dry cleaning soot sponges to remove loose soot and specialized vacuum filters to clean carpet and upholstery. Unfortunately fires happen, but when they do make sure you act quickly to get the damage cleaned up. SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly takes fire damage and leaves it "Like it never even happened."
Handling A Biohazard Cleanup
No matter the mess SERVPRO of Burlington Township/ Mt Holly cleans up the best!
You may think SERVPRO of Burlington Township/ Mount Holly only specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO also offers fast, reliable bio hazard, and crime scene cleanup to residential and commercial property owners. Franchise Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and take the proper procedures for disposal. All of which follow the proper steps according to OSHA, EPA, and the local health regulations. Any exposure to biological and chemical contaminants could cause serious health issues for anyone that is involved with the building. If proper steps are not taken to remove and dangerous substances, it could lead to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Blood borne pathogens are up at the top as a potential dangerous substance. SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly will remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and any other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Although all of these may difficult to deal with they happen, and that's where SERVPRO will help turn a messy situation into a clean one.
How to handle a fire aftermath
Fire's can bring a wave of emotions after a they burn through a home. Long after the flames and smoke have been extinguished. Families are still faced with the stress, fear, and uncertainty about the future of the home or property. So after the firefighters have put the flames to rest, it's good to know what and what not to do until SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly comes in for the mitigation process. Here are some tips of what can be done before help arrives:
- Limit movement in the area to prevent soot particles from spreading.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
- Place clean towels or or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
- Do not wash walls or painted surfaces.
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Do not clean any electrical equipment.
So, before you risk causing more damage by attempting to clean up fire damage yourself, follow these steps and call the experts from SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly.
Be Storm Prepared!
Be ready for all types of storms!
There are many different storm disasters that can strike when you're least prepared. Whether its a flood, hurricane, blizzard, or even wildfires, any of these can give no warning before they hit. The time to prepare for a disaster is not as it approaches, or even worse as its happening, the time is now! It does not matter where you live, you will be affected by a storm disaster at some point. When these occur SERVPRO of Society Hill is always ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Here are some tips and information to have you prepared.
- Know your risk. These means understanding what types of weather can affect you based on where you live and your environment. Also check the forecast regularly, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Make sure your shelter plan includes all types of hazards.
- Put together an emergency supply kit, and keep important valuables and papers in a safe dry place.
- A few important items that should always be handy are: bottle water, non perishable food, flashlight, radio, first aid kit, extra clothing, and a whistle to signal for help are some of the necessities.
It's always best to be prepared, so use these tips to get ready for the next big storm!
Biohazard, Vandalism, and Crime Scene Cleanup
It may not be the prettiest or easiest jobs to do, but SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly offers fast, reliable bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration for any type of property. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can cause serious health issues for anyone that comes in contact, or is around them. If these contaminants are not taken care of properly, and removed they can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Equipped with the proper safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly will make sure unsafe environments are restored into clean, safe homes and business. SERVPRO also specializes in vandalism damage and cleanup. Here are a few do's and don'ts when dealing with them.
- Record all damage and photograph when possible.
- Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
- Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
All of these issues can be hard to deal with physically and emotionally. That's why SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly is here is always ready to leave it "Like is never even happened."
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Pipe burst from water freezing inside.
With winter in full swing it is ideal to take care of the pipes on the inside of your house and outside of your house. Here are some way to prevent pipes from freezing.
Preventative Measures for Outside
A frozen garden hose can cause more damage than a busted hose; it can actually burst an interior pipe. When the water in the hose freezes, it expands, increasing pressure throughout the whole plumbing system. As part of your regular seasonal maintenance, garden hoses should be disconnected, drained, and stored before the first hard freeze.
If you don’t have frost-proof spigots, close the interior shut-off valve leading to that faucet, open and drain the spigot, and install a faucet insulator. They cost only a couple bucks and are worth every penny. Don’t forget, outdoor kitchens need winterizing, too, to prevent damage.
Exposed Interior Plumbing
Exposed pipes in the basement are rarely in danger of freezing because they are in a heated portion of the home. But plumbing pipes in an unheated area, such as an attic, crawl space, and garage, are at risk of freezing.
If pipes traveling in exterior walls have frozen in the past (tell-tale signs include water damage, mold, and moisture build-up), it’s probably because of inadequate or improperly installed insulation. It might well be worth the couple hundred dollars it costs to open up the wall and beef up the insulation.
SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly is here to help advise people what to do during the winter to prevent pipes from bursting.
6 Ways to Prevent Mold in the Winter
Basement mold that occurred during winter.
During the winter homes do not get any circulation of fresh air or drying out. That is how most homeowners prevent their homes from coming moldy. However, there are many different ways to prevent mold from forming in your home in the winter. Here are six ways to prevent winter mold.
1. Increase air circulation and reduce humidity
One cheap and simple step to reduce moisture is to use fans and open windows. By increasing the air circulation in rooms, cold air is less likely to condense in nooks and crannies.
2. Keep an eye out for leaks that can let excess moisture
Watch for leaks in common areas such as windows, exterior-to-interior doorways, and the surrounding areas by swamp coolers and skylights.
3. Repair Any Leaky Area Immediately
Mold and mildew can grow at a rapid pace. The longer you leave a leak unattended, the more likely you are to experience mold and the damage that comes with it.
4. Limit the Possible Areas Where Mold and Mildew Can Grow
Since fungi thrive on quick-to-decompose items such as books, piles of loose papers, or boxes of clothing, use strategy when storing these items.
5. Take Care to Keep Entryway Flooring Dry During Wet Weather
In rooms where moisture is a problem, area rugs and other washable floor surfaces are preferred over wall-to-wall carpet, if possible.
6. Use Exhaust Fans in the Kitchen and Bathroom
Boiling water and taking steamy showers provide your home’s environment with plenty of moisture. Make sure not to slack when it comes to turning on exhaust fans, including the one in your oven’s hood, which can help reduce condensation formation.
SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly wants to make sure all homeowners are preventing mold growth in their homes for the winter.
Heating Your Home
Wood burning fireplace.
With the nights getting colder, winter is fast approaching. Heating your home increases the chances of a fire starting. With the fireplaces and space heaters the number one and two way to start a fire in the winter. Here is some information about fireplaces and space heaters to prevent fires from starting.
Winter is a notorious time for house fires and it is vital to have working fire alarms around the house to alert everyone, but one of the main culprits is faulty fireplaces. The best way to prevent a disaster is having a professional properly inspect it. If your flue or chimney are blocked by debris or contain cracks or leaks, inadequate venting can occur, and toxic fumes may seep into your home. An inspection lets you know that everything is in safe working order. Always make sure your fireplace is out and cooled before going to bed.
In an effort to help cut energy costs or to accommodate roommates many people use space heaters. Space heaters are an excellent way to warm up cold rooms or provide extra heat. Space heaters can also be hazardous if not used properly. Never leave a space heater unattended especially when children and pets are around, and don’t place it near drapes, shades or bedding. If your heater is more than a few years old, replace it with a new model that has more current safety features such as tip-over protection. This way it shuts off automatically if it happens to fall over.
SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly wants everyone to take the right steps to prevent house fires from happening.
Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal
Drywall covered in mold.
Many people believe that mold remediation and mold removal mean the same thing however, they are different. Mold remediation is the removal and treatment of the mold, so mold does not regrow in the area. Mold removal is just the removal of mold. Mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours once water gets into your property. Mold spores flourish wherever there is moisture. These spores can rapidly grow into colonies when exposed to water. Sources of moisture or water must therefore be addressed before mold remediation can start, or else the mold may return. Mold remediation is something that SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly specialists in. When SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly goes out to a mold job, we want to make sure that all the mold is removed and treated properly so it doesn't come back.
Preventing Tree Hazards
Fallen Tree on a House.
Tree hazards should be a main focus for homeowners. Falling trees can cause major damage to houses. There are aspects to look for as a homeowner that will prevent tree hazards from happening. The first aspect is age. Tree age is important in hazard tree management. Every tree species has an inherent life span. Risk of failure increases with age. Another, aspect is the roots of the tree. Root integrity and health cannot be over emphasized. If the roots are damaged in any way, tree vitality and health are affected and the likelihood of failure increases. The probability of failure increases as the amount of the root damage increases. The final aspect is observing the trunk. If there is any fungi on the tree have it removed. Fungi can increase decaying of the bark and will increase the chance of a falling tree. These aspect will help to prevent trees from falling on top of houses. However, tree hazard are unpredictable. If a tree hazard was to happen to your home contact SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly for any tree hazards that happen.