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How-To Properly Clean Your Grill

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Break out the metal spatula, tongs and metal skewers, it’s grilling season!  If this is the first time using your grill - it is important to clean it before beginning to grill. Too much grease and fat build up from last year can quickly cause grease fires.

Here are some tips on how to properly clean your gas grill before and after grilling season.

  • Pre-heat grill for 15 minutes on high heat, then turn off the grill
  • Turn the gas off
  • Clean grill using a wire brush dipped in water. Do not lean over the grill while cleaning as it will create a lot of steam.
  • If grease is too tough, add dish soap to the water.
  • Remove burners from the gas supply line and remove blockages to the burner’s gas ports using a dry wire brush. 
  • Clean the burner valve with soapy water and run water through the inside of the valve.  
  • Clean the inside of the grill using a wire brush and warm soapy water and rinse with water. Towel dry the burners and reinstall.
  • PRO TIP: When cleaning grills with bristle brushes, always wipe down the cleaned area afterwards. This will remove any bristles that may have come off during the cleaning process and get stuck to the grill. 

You’ll be ready to grill in no time!

Detecting Hidden Damage With Thermal Imaging

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

A thermal camera shows the temperatures of a home. Visible temperature differences indicate the presence of moisture.

Water leaks can cause serious damage to a structure and are often difficult to detect until it’s too late. The subtle signs are easy to miss until water begins dripping from the ceiling. At SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt. Holly, we utilize advanced tools that allow us to detect hidden moisture. Chief amongst these is the infrared camera.

An infrared camera produces thermal images that reveal subtle temperature differences. How? Every object emits infrared light, even cold ones. An infrared camera measures the amount of infrared light that is emitted off of a surface. The measurement is then calculated to determine the temperature. Visible temperature differences indicate the presence of moisture.

However, identifying a pattern that looks like moisture does not always guarantee the presence of water damage. That's why we follow up on infrared findings using another valuable tool; the moisture meter. The meter will confirm whether what we’ve detected is in fact water.

These tools allow us to detect hidden moisture without cutting into walls, which speeds up the testing process helps keeps costs low. That's the SERVPRO difference!

An Emergency Flood Cleanup | SERVPRO Cares

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees unload equipment from a van. Immediate Emergency Response, 24/7

Property damage doesn't wait for regular business hours, so neither does SERVPRO of Burlington Township and Mt. Holly. We're ready to respond immediately- just ask our customers!

"My basement flooded the day after Easter. I called SERVPRO and within a couple of hours, Lennon was at my house ready to handle whatever we needed. He was wonderful, answered all of our questions, he was friendly, polite, professional, and a joy to have at our house. My basement was a mess and he got it cleaned out in just a few hours and completely dried in a couple of days. We are so pleased with how easy and effective it was to use SERVPRO!" -Allison M.

Check out our Google listing for more customer testimonials: SERVPRO of Burlington Township & Mt. Holly Google Reviews

Hurricane Classification & Property Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

A Chevrolet truck drives through extreme hurricane conditions. Reminder: Hurricane season begins on June 1st.

How do we determine the threat of an oncoming hurricane? 

Hurricanes are categorized 1-5 based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The scale uses maximum sustained wind speed to indicate the threat level of a storm. 

Understanding the threat associated with each category helps homeowners determine which precautions to take, including evacuating from areas vulnerable to storm surges. It also indicates the level of property damage we can expect.

Category One: 74 to 95 mph winds

Damage to shrubbery, tree foliage, poorly constructed structures, and unanchored mobile homes.

Storm Surges 4' to 5' above normal tide levels. Low-lying coastal roads are flooded.

Category Two: 96 to 110 mph winds

Considerable damage to shrubbery. Some trees are blown down. Major damage to poorly constructed structures and roofing materials.

Storm Surge of 6' to 8' above normal tide levels. Low lying escape routes and coastal roads are cut by rising water 7 to 8 hours before the arrival of the hurricane's center.

Evacuation of some shoreline residences and low-lying areas is required.

Category Three: 111 to 130 mph winds

Foliage is torn from trees and large trees are blown down. Damage to roofing materials, windows, and doors is expected. Mobile homes are destroyed and some structural damage to small buildings.

Storm Surge 9' to 12' above normal tide levels. Serious flooding at the coast destroys small structures. Large structures are battered by waves and floating debris. Low lying escape routes are cut off by rising water 9 to 10 hours prior to the hurricane center's arrival. Major erosion to beaches. 

Massive evacuation of all residences within 500 yards of beach and single-story residences on low ground within 2 miles of shore.

Category Four: 131 to 155 mph winds

Shrubs, trees, and signs are blown down. Extensive damage to roofing materials, windows, and doors. Complete failure of roofs on many small residences. Storm Surge 13' to 17' above normal tide levels. Flat terrain 2 feet or less above sea level flooded up to 6 miles inland. Major damage to lower floors of structures near shore due to flooding and battering of waves and debris. Low lying escape routes inland cut by rising water 11 to 12 hours prior to hurricane center arrival.

Category Five: Winds exceeding 155 mph

Damage as above plus the complete failure of roofs on many residential and industrial buildings. Extensive shattering of window and door glass. Many complete building failures and small buildings overturned or blown away. Storm Surge greater than 18' above normal tidal levels. Low lying escape routes inland are cut by rising water 12 to 13 hours before hurricane center arrival. 

Massive evacuation of residential areas on low grounds within 5 to 10 miles of shore is possibly required.

Source: Official U.S. Navy Website

SERVPRO Rebuilds NJ Home After Fire

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

The interior of a home is destroyed after a house fire is out out, A housefire ravaged the upper floors of this NJ home.

Can SERVPRO restore/rebuild the affected area of your home? YES!

SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt. Holly was called out to the scene of a house fire back in February. The fire erupted when a squirrel made its way into the home's attic and began chewing on electrical wires. One of the wires sparked, igniting the insulation inside of the attic. The fire resulted in significant damage to the home's roof and second floor.

Our team responded quickly and secured the structure with a roof tarp and board-up. We created a detailed inventory of our customer's belongings for insurance. Then we began the long process of clearing away the damage. Months later, the home is ready to receive a rebuild! The construction crew at SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly is excited to take on the project. Our talented team has beautifully rebuilt the upper floor and roof of the home!

Using one company for property damage mitigation & restoration can help save time and keep costs low. Trust your home to the professionals at SERVPRO.

Slab Leaks | Pt. 1 | Common Causes

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

A wet concrete floor. Slab leaks can range in severity from a small trickle to a full pipe burst.

A slab is a single concrete base foundation underneath a home. A slab leak occurs in the copper pipes that run underneath the concrete slab foundation. 

Slab leaks can range in severity from a small trickle to a full pipe burst. Any and all leaks should be repaired immediately, as ignoring them can lead to further property damage.

What causes a slab leak?

Top causes of slab leaks include:

Improperly built foundation. If you have a newer home and are already experiencing a slab leak, you might want to have a plumber and a home inspector see if perhaps your home was built with an improperly laid foundation.

Movement of the earth. Earthquakes can cause slab leaks. But even in places without earthquakes, soil erosion and underground waterways can shift things around putting pressure on your pipes.

Water corrosion. Extremely hard or soft water can cause corrosion of pipes, which leads to pinhole leaks. Over time, this can lead to major leaks.

Friction. Sometimes pipes rub against your concrete foundation, wearing them down. Hot water pipes expand and shrink due to the heat of the water running through them. This could cause even more friction between a hot water pipe and your home’s concrete foundation slab.

An aging home. Slab leaks are very common in older homes. Older homes tend to have a combination of several of the factors listed above.

For expert water removal and drying services, contact the professionals at 1-800-SERVPRO.

Slab Leaks | Pt. 2 | Warning Signs

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaks onto a grey tile floor. The sooner you repair a slab leak, the less likely your home will suffer extensive damage.

Slab leaks can range in severity and tend to be more difficult to detect than other types of plumbing leaks. As a homeowner, it helps to be mindful of the subtle signs of a slab leak.

Common Slab Leak Warning Signs:

  • The sound of running under your floors, even when taps and plumbing appliances are off.
  • Carpets and floors are damp or wet without an explanation
  • A higher than typical water bill.
  • A decrease in your home’s water pressure.
  • Warped or buckling floorboards.
  • Standing water around your home's foundation.
  • Pooling water on the floor without a clear sign of where it's coming from.
  • A smell of mold, mildew, or mustiness.
  • An unusually warm spot on your floor.

If your home presents one or more of these warning signs, you’ll want to contact a professional plumber immediately. The sooner you begin repairs, the less likely your home will suffer extensive damage.

For expert water cleanup & drying services, contact the professionals at 1-800-SERVPRO.

Identifying Hail Damage

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

A hole in asphault shingles caused by a hail storm. Check your roof for signs of damage after a hail storm.

Most people associate hail storms with vehicle damage, but they can also cause significant damage to a home. Hail predominantly impacts the roof of a home. A compromised roof can lead to costly water damage.

Here’s how to identify hail damage based on your roofing material:

On Asphalt and Composition Shingles

  • Random damage with no discernable pattern.
  • Hail hits that are black in color.
  • Loss of granules, which may expose the roof felt.
  • Asphalt and/or mat that appears shiny.
  • Hail hits that are soft to the touch, like the bruise on an apple.

On Wood Shingles

  • Random damage with no discernable pattern.
  • A split in the shingle that is brown/orange in color.
  • A split in the shingle that has sharp corners and edges.
  • A split in the shingle that has little to no deterioration at the edges.
  • Impact marks or dents along the splits.

Be sure to check your roof for damage after a hail storm. If you detect significant damage, contact a roofing company immediately.

For water damage cleanup and drying services, contact the professionals at 1-800-SERVPRO.

Fire Safety Measures for Commercial Properties

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

A woman holding a clipboard inspects a fire extinguisher. Have your extinguishers inspected yearly.

A building fire can happen suddenly when you least expect it. Make sure your commercial property is prepared to respond to a fire emergency by installing reliable safety equipment.

Alarm Systems

Fire alarms are the first line of defense against fire-related casualties. They quickly alert everybody in the building to the emergency and allow them to escape to safety. Make sure your alarm system is up to code and maintained at least once per year.

Emergency Lights and Exit Signs

Even a familiar building can become difficult to navigate during an emergency, especially in dark and smokey conditions. Emergency lights and exit signs guide occupants towards fire exit doors and safely out of the building. Signs must be bright and free from obstruction. Emergency lighting units should have fully charged and reliable backup batteries. It is recommended that you conduct a 30-minute test of your emergency lights every month.

Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers allow occupants to put out small fires and prevent them from spreading. They should be placed no more than 75 feet apart and the type of fire extinguisher should match the potential hazards around it. Have your extinguishers inspected yearly by a trained inspector.

Fire Rated Doors

Fire-rated doors are made of materials that are designed to prevent the spread of fires. They can help to minimize damage in the event of a fire. Have your fire-rated doors inspected annually by a qualified inspector.

Sprinkler Systems

Many commercial buildings utilize sprinkler systems to contain and put out fires. Sprinkler systems react to heat, and it’s important to make sure they are in working order so that they deploy at the right time. Control valves should be checked monthly, and the entire system should be checked yearly by a trained professional.

Commercial building managers can prepare in advance for fire damage restoration with SERVPRO Ready plan. Learn more.

A Sewage Backup Disaster | SERVPRO Cares

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO technicians speak with a couple in the kitchen of their home. "A great team to call during your homeowner’s despair."

At SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt. Holly, customer care is our priority. We understand how upsetting property damage can be. That's why it's so important to us to let customers know their home is safe in our hands.

We recently performed a sewage backup cleanup at a home in Burlington, NJ. Here's what our customer Doreen had to say:

"SERVPRO helped me at a time I was despondent - I had a sewer backup in my house and I was so traumatized I didn’t know what to do. I called them and within an hour their techs were at my house. They calmed me down (first) and then completely cleaned the disaster. It was a serious hazmat situation and their techs were cheerful and professional. They mitigated the situation within a few hours and left dehumidifiers, fans, and most importantly, air purifier machines running in my house for several days. They checked back at my house each day to inspect their mitigation, and they were GREAT! Highly recommend! They are a GREAT team to call during your homeowner’s despair. Don’t know what I’d have done without them." - Doreen T.