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Why do the majority of house fires occur in Winter?

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

A hand cranks the dial on a gas stove top. Prevention is key to keeping a fire-safe home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more home fires occur during Winter than in any other season. As leaders in fire damage cleanup & restoration, the professionals at SERVPRO know a thing or two about fire prevention.

Let's discuss the top causes of house fires.

Cooking is the leading cause of fires year-round. Most cooking is done indoors throughout the colder months. Thus, the likelihood of a kitchen fire increases during Winter. Remember never to leave the kitchen unattended while cooking, especially when using hot appliances. Keep paper products, towels, potholders, and other flammable materials away from the stove and avoid grease buildup by cleaning your stove often.

Heating is the second-leading cause of home fires. Space heaters are responsible for a large portion of Winter fires. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from flammable items. Never plug a space heater into an extension cord or power strip.

Many of us use candles to decorate our homes in Winter. Be mindful of the placement of your candles. Most house fires started by candles occur when combustible material is too close to the open flame. Remember to keep candles at least three feet away from anything that might catch fire. It is unwise to leave a candle unattended. Be sure to extinguish lit candles before going to sleep.

The majority of dryer fires start because homeowners fail to clean the dryer. A buildup of lint and other materials causes fires because the unit cannot release heat properly. That heat buildup becomes the fuel to a hazardous fire. To prevent a dryer fire, clean out lint filters each time you use your dryer. It is best to have your dryer vent and ductwork professionally cleaned once a year.

Electrical lighting is another common cause of house fires. As you decorate your home with lights, be mindful of manufacturer instructions. Avoid overloading your outlet or power strip. There is a limit to how many strands of string lights can be connected safely. Replace any string strands with frayed wires or a worn appearance. Most importantly, turn off Christmas lights before leaving the house or going to bed.

Prevention is key to keeping a fire-safe home. Now would be an excellent time to practice your fire escape plan with your family! Call SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly for immediate cleanup and restoration if you experience a house fire this Winter.

SERVPRO Sponsors the Pet Fest!

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees sit behind a black booth under a white tent. SERVPRO @ the 2021 Paw Prints 5k and Pet Fest at Smithville Park

SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly was proud to sponsor the 2021 Paw Prints 5k and Pet Fest at Smithville Park! The event was hosted by the Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter. FOBCAS supports the county’s shelter and helps its animals find their forever homes. This year’s festival was well-attended, despite rainy weather. Community members enjoyed several pet-themed events, including a costume contest and agility course. More than 300 runners and walkers participated in the 5k and the 50/50 drawing raised over $120,000! At the SERVPRO booth, Karl the office dog looked handsome in his bright green scarf and attracted plenty of visitors. Our green-themed Doggie Giveaway raffle basket received more entries than expected! Kristi P. was our lucky winner. The SERVPRO marketing team had an awesome time meeting community members and their furry friends!

Is Your Business Ready If Disaster Strikes? Don’t Leave It To Chance, Prepare In Advance.

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO professionals holding clipboards assess a building. The Emergency Ready Profile includes a no-cost assessment of your facility.

2021’s hurricane season caught many New Jersey business owners off guard, forcing them to shut down for extended periods. Unfortunately, as many as 50% of businesses may never reopen after suffering a disaster.

The key to bouncing back from property damage is preparing for it in advance. Does your business have a response plan in place? We can help you develop one with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.

The Emergency Ready Profile includes a no-cost assessment of your facility. A SERVPRO professional will then provide you with the following items:

  • A concise profile document that contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • A guide to help you safely re-enter your building following a disaster.
  • Direct contact with your local SERVPRO as your immediate disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

Preparation and timing are critical when it comes to disaster response. The sooner mitigation begins, the easier it is to prevent further damage. By developing an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO, you’ll be completely prepared to start repairs immediately in the event of a disaster.

Click here to get started on your Emergency Ready Profile.

Advantages of Commercial Sprinkler Systems

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A white smoke detector. In the event of a fire, commercial sprinkler systems respond automatically to control the flame

A sprinkler system is a network of concealed pipes that supplies water to sprinkler heads located throughout a building. In the event of a fire, the system responds automatically to control the flame. Each sprinkler head will pump out about 25 gallons of water per minute. 

Although sprinkler systems are an essential safety measure in commercial properties, some property managers believe they do more harm than good. A common misconception is that they exacerbate property damage by causing unnecessary flooding. In fact, automated fire sprinklers substantially mitigate property damage and loss! 

According to NFPA, fire damage in structures with fire sprinklers is reduced by approximately 71%. That’s because fires in structures with automatic sprinkler systems are contained to the room of origin 97% of the time. Containing a fire is key to minimizing its destruction. By comparison, a fire that has spread throughout a building will require many thousands of gallons of water to extinguish.

Restore Your Rental

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician scrubs stains from a rental unit wall. SERVPRO technicians are trained to remove offensive odors.

If a messy tenant leaves your rental property in shambles, you may need professional help to clean and restore the home to a livable condition. SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt.Holly is here to help.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Carpet can collect germs and allergens. Our professional cleaning services provide a deeper clean, adding longevity to your carpet and making them look fresher for new tenants.

Odor Removal

Former tenants can leave behind stubborn odors that may be bad enough to deter prospective renters. Pets, smoke, and pungent foods are common culprits. Don't allow offensive smells to keep your unit vacant. SERVPRO utilizes professional odor mitigation technology. Allow our team to inspect your unit and walk you through the process.

Thorough Sanitization

Ensure a safely sanitized unit with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This defensive pathogen cleaning program goes way beyond standard cleaning practices to include fogging and surface disinfection.

SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt.Holly can prepare your rental property for a new tenant. Call us today at 609-326-3663 for your complimentary estimate!

Customer Appreciation Raffle: July

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO loves our customers and it shows!

To express our appreciation for the wonderful people we serve, SERVPRO of Burlington Township & Mt. Holly does a monthly Customer Appreciation Raffle. At the end of each month, one of that month's customers is selected at random to win a prize.

This month's prize: a $50 visa gift card!

July's winner: Tanisha

Tanisha's review of our services: "Very responsive when I called. Always updated me on the time frame. They were nice enough to wait while I picked my kids up from school. And even returned to move around the fans when I had a reflood. I felt like they cared and had my best interest!"

As always, we appreciate the kind and informative feedback! Congrats to Tanisha!

What Makes Flood Water Contaminated? Preventing Stormwater Pollution

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Rain water splashes on a paved road. What can you do to prevent stormwater pollution?

The next time a storm passes over your home, watch how the rain water moves from your roof, down your driveway and into the street. Some of it soaks into the soil to become groundwater and some evaporates into the air. But most of it will make its way to the nearest body of water. This is referred to as stormwater runoff. 

As it flows over the land, water picks up and carries pollutants, litter, and sediments. Along the way, excess fertilizers and pesticides, pet waste, motor oil and antifreeze, cigarette butts, and other debris on the streets all can hitch a ride. Anything dumped or dropped on the ground or in the gutter pollutes the water. For this reason, any flood water that penetrates your home is considered contaminated. 

This type of pollution is significant because, unlike the water that goes down a sink or toilet in your home, storm water is untreated and flows directly to a lake, river, or the ocean.

What can you do to prevent stormwater pollution? 

  • Don't dump waste into storm drains.
  • Keep yard clippings out of the street.
  • Dispose of household chemicals properly by following the directions on the package or by calling the local public works department for proper disposal guidelines.
  • Clean up oil spills and fix leaking automobiles.
  • Use drip pans to catch engine oil and other pollutants while repairing cars.
  • Recycle used motor oil.
  • Sweep driveways clean instead of hosing them down.
  • Water your lawn by hand, or adjusted sprinklers to avoid over-watering. If any water flows off your lawn, you're using too much water.
  • Wash your car at a commercial car wash, or at least wash your car on an unpaved surface so the excess water can be absorbed by the ground.
  • Drain swimming pools and spas into a sanitary sewer outlet, never into a street. Check first with your local wastewater treatment plant before disposing of anything in the sewer.

Grill Safety 101- Preventing Fire Damage

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Kebabs on a grill. Avoid a fire damage with proper preparation and propane grill maintenance.

Warm weather has arrived in New Jersey and the grills are out! Don’t let a fire damage interrupt your Summer cookout. Avoid a fire damage with proper preparation and propane grill maintenance! Follow these 3 tips:

Clean your drip pan. When the drip pan under your cooking grids and burners becomes too full and heat reaches ignition temperatures inside your grill, a grease fire can occur. Drip pans are removable and should be checked and cleaned regularly.

Scrape your grids. Always scrape your cooking grids before or after every use. Dried on meat and grease are a breeding ground for bacteria and they can also cause dangerous flare-ups. Using your grill brush while the grill is still hot is the best way to keep your cooking grids clean.

Be prepared. Prevention is the best way to deal with a grease fire, but if one starts you need to have the tools on hand to put it out. Baking soda quickly cuts off the oxygen supply to the flame, so keep a box or two in or near your grill station, along with a fire extinguisher. Never use water to put out a grease fire as you can severely injure yourself and damage your home.

In the event of a fire damage, SERVPRO of Burlington Township & Mt. Holly has your back with 24/7 emergency service. Call 609-326-3663 for immediate assistance.

Our Team: IICRC Certified.

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO technicians setting up equipment in a kitchen. SERVPRO of Burlington Township & Mt. Holly is an IICRC-certified firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a standard-setting and training organization. Since its founding in 1972, the IICRC has grown to become the restoration industry's primary certifying body. There are currently thousands of certified firms and technicians across the globe.

The IICRC’s primary function is to educate restoration technicians on cleaning, remediation and mitigation procedures. Such training ensures techs are capable of the jobs they are tasked with. 

SERVPRO of Burlington Township & Mt. Holly is an IICRC-certified firm and all members of our production staff hold one or more IICRC training certifications. 

Why should you choose an IICRC-certified company?

The mission of the IICRC is to create and teach a set of standard practices and principles that promotes the health and safety of technicians and clients. It accomplishes this goal by creating standards for worker ethics, communication practices, and technical proficiency that all professionals must adhere to.

Our customers can rest assured that SERVPRO of Burlington Township & Mt. Holly's employees follow specific protocols to perform safe, efficient and high-quality work.

For more information on the standards set forth by the IICRC, visit their site:

Green Clean: EPA-approved Cleaning Solutions

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A set of hands painted to resemble a map of earth. SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly uses EPA-approved cleaning solutions.

At SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly, we believe in protecting the environment and promoting sustainability. We exclusively use EPA-approved cleaning solutions. 

The Environmental Protection Agency is an agency of the federal government that formulates standards and enacts laws and regulations which promote the health of individuals and the environment. The EPA regulates the manufacturing, processing, distribution and use of chemicals and other pollutants. It also determines safe tolerance levels for chemicals and other pollutants in food, animal feed, and water.

EPA-approved products have been subjected to rigorous testing and meet or exceed standards set by EPA engineers and scientists. Approved have been deemed safe for humans, pets, and the environment.

Some cleaning companies may use toxic, harsh cleaning chemicals that leave behind harmful residue, pollute the air and contaminate water systems. At SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly, we’re committed to using “green” products that are safe for the environment. ALL of the cleaning agents we use are EPA-approved. Customers can be confident that when their home or business has been cleaned by us, it is safe for humans and pets.  

Choosing SERVPRO of Burlington & Mt. Holly to provide cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing services is a choice for a brighter, safer, cleaner, and more sustainable future. SERVPRO is a great corporate neighbor and a friend to the environment.