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Identifying Botrytis Mold & Handling It

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Identifying Botrytis Mold & Handling It Botrytis Mold Growth on a Strawberry.

There are many different types of mold.  A common one that can be growing inside your home is known as Botrytis mold, also known as gray mold.  It can be found almost anywhere that plants are being grown including inside your home. It can spread easily through wind and water, and grow on a variety of surfaces.  It first appears as a white fuzzy color rapidly turning to gray, and sometimes even brown.  Like most molds Botrytis thrives in moisture and attacks the weak part of a plant and spreads to the healthy areas.  Some frequent household foods that are affected are strawberries, grapes, lettuce, onions, and cabbage.  Botrytis mold is highly allergenic.  Because of all these issue, it is very important for this mold to be removed right away.  At first sight any infected plant must be removed and disposed of to stop any further growth. To make sure your home is completely mold free contacting SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly is a smart decision.  Our experts will run mold tests and make sure that all mold growth is found and removed properly. Leaving your home mold free and a safe environment to live in.

How To Deal With A Water Damaged Mattress

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Deal With A Water Damaged Mattress Water Damaged Mattress

Water damage can affect just about any household item.  One that can be a real pain to deal with is your mattress.  Before you start to take the steps to recovery you may want to decide if it is worth it.  Some things you may want to consider are the price and age.  If you have a cheaper or older mattress it may just easier to get a new one rather than restore the wet one. Depending on the material of the mattress it may be a lot more difficult to dry out cotton, foam, or rubber ones.  Mattress's with springs dry out much easier.  Finally the extent of the damage, sometimes it's just to serious and easier to get rid of the mattress. It is important to act quickly if you decide save the mattress.  Calling SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mt Holly will save you a lot of pain and struggle.  Having the proper equipment to dry out the mattress properly.  SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mt Holly will have your mattress completely dry and odor free in no time!

Safety Steps To Take After A Damaging Storm

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety Steps To Take After A Damaging Storm Uprooted tree from a storm with high winds.

No matter how much preparation or planning, there is no telling what damage a storm can leave behind! Collapsing roofs, broken windows, hazardous debris, and standing water in your home are just a few risks that can be left behind. Along with possible mold growth from water getting into carpets and furniture. Following these steps after a storm strikes will help keep you and your family safe.  If you smell any gas shut off the gas line.  Look out for any broken glass, sharp objects, or nails that could cause a risk.  While taking these immediate precautions, contacting a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly as soon as possible to help in the recovery process. Next you will want to photograph any damage they may have occurred to have on record for your insurance company, as well as contacting your insurance company to get an adjuster out to survey the damage. After all these steps are take just leave the rest to SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly to clean up any mess no matter the extent! 

How Smoke Can Damage a Home!

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Smoke Can Damage a Home! Here we have a heavily smoke damaged house.

It is not very hard to figure out if, and where you have smoke damage in your home after a fire.  Most commonly you will have discolored walls or ceilings, ash or soot on the floor, and charred items. Besides the visuals smoke damage can also produce odor and other side effects that can damage property and health. Although smoke damage usually is noticeable right away, but sometimes it does take a few days to surface.  Another precaution to be aware of after a fire is that your electrical system could have easily been damaged as well. Electrical damage can range from signs of corrosion, experience of short circuits or just complete failure. Certain parts of a room may experience more damage then others. Ceilings are most common because of how heat rises. Also nail heads in the wall and ceilings will attract smoke particles. A fire will continue to cause issues even after it has been extinguished, don't put you or your family health at risk.  Contact SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly to help in any fire or smoke cleanup.  It's always important to act quickly to minimize the health risks as well as repairs to be done on the house.       

Dealing with Mold after Flooding or Heavy Rain

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing with Mold after Flooding or Heavy Rain This is the result of not acting quickly when flood damage affected this basement.

After a flood or even just a heavy rain mold can always become an issue!  If you ever find yourself dealing with a water damage that could become mold issue contact SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly.  Responding quickly is the first action to take.  The quicker we can get out there the less damage will occur and more time and money will be saved.  Also it lowers the chance of mold spores spreading throughout the flooded area.  The first action SERVPRO will take is make sure there is good ventilation in the building so that air can circulate.  Water extraction is the next step, making sure to remove as much standing water as possible.  Any items that may have already been affected by mold will be disposed in a sealed back to prevent any spreading.  Affected items that must be kept will be cleaned properly by the experts of SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly.  The two main keys to mold prevention is 1. Keeping everything clean and 2. Keeping everything as dry as possible. Following these steps as well as keeping the number for SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly handy will be great steps in preventing mold.  We can always ensure your home is safe,dry, and mold free!

Winter Weather Hazards

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

During these winter months there are a variety of dangers that can occur and leave you in need of assistance.  First of heavy snow storms can brings lot of snow.  If enough snow builds up on power lines or tree branches they can snap and cause some serious issues.  Structural damage is a common one along with the potential of fire risk.  Always be on the look out for low hanging power lines as well as tree branches they may already be damaged. Just being aware could potentially save you a lot of trouble, as well as your life.  Another risk during these cold times is extremely low temperatures. One of the big risks of freezing temperatures is frozen pipes in your home or business.  When pipes are exposed to extreme temperatures they are at a high risk of bursting.  This will likely lead large water damages.  To help prevent this from happening look out for any pipes that me be previously cracked or just in need or replacing from age.  Also if you notice a pipe during freezing do your best to thaw it out before it get to bad.  If you are affected by any type of damage or loss this winter SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mt Holly is always ready to take on any job!

Cold Weather Means Freezing Pipes!

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cold Weather Means Freezing Pipes! This pipe burst after a window was left open with temperatures outside way below freezing.

As we are right in the heart of the winter season we are seeing numerous pipes bursting from freezing temperatures.  Although sometimes it just happens and there is not much you can do, there are a few ways you can lower the risk of a bursting pipe.  The easiest is just inspecting the pipes.  Look for rusty pipes, cracks or leaks that may be occurring as well as any other noticeable damage.  These will all raise the chance of a pipe bursting by a large margin.  Another precaution you can take is by wrapping water line pipes in insulate.  Although this will not prevent freezing it will slow down the transfer rate of heat to cold. Leaving doors open to cabinets or closets at night will help warm air circulate preventing freezing.  Just being aware is the main key.  If you notice freezing on pipes take action to thaw the pipe out immediately.  SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly is always one call away if all fails and a frozen pipe brings you disaster and damage.

Immediate Fire Restoration and why its Important

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

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!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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.

Under-Insulated Walls

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

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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.

Space Heaters
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

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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. 

Burst or Leaking Pipes

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Burst or Leaking Pipes Leaking Pipe in a Basement

Bursting or leaking pipes is one of the most common ways that houses get water damage. Drains and toilets that get backed up and blocked can cause undue pressure in the pipe, which then causes it to burst or leak. Garbage disposals that aren’t working properly are another common reason for pipes to burst, as are roots that grow in the yard into the sewer lines. Old or rusty pipes are also more prone to leaking. If your pipes do burst and cause water damage call SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly. They will come and fix the damage fast and efficiently, so everyone can get back to there regular lives. SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will make sure that the room looks like it did before the water damage happened.

Here are some ways to prevent any of these situation from happening in your home.

  1. Ensure that any outside taps and piping including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes are insulated. You can use insulating lagging or foam to do this but make sure you do not leave any joints, bends or taps exposed. For outside taps fitted covers are available.
  2. Any piping that are in unheated areas such as lofts, basements and garages all need to be lagged with good quality pipe lagging.
  3. Any pipes buried in the ground outside such as pipes to garages or sheds need to be buried deep enough and/or lagged.
  4. Insulate your cold water tank, this is so often forgotten and can be the major cause of Burst Pipes.
  5. Leave your heating on at least 12 degrees centigrade at all times throughout cold spells. This will keep the system warm enough not to Burst Pipes and the water flowing.
  6. Fix any dripping taps or existing leaks before the cold spell. Many Burst Pipes happen because of leaks.

Electrical Fires

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fires Electrical Outlet on Fire

Electrical fires are the most common fires in houses. They also are one of the hardest fires to put out due to the constant charge that the electric gives out. Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electricaloutlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. The amount of electrical fires increase in the months of December and January due to the increase of heating appliances and the increase of lights used. Therefore, to prevent this disaster from happening use newer appliances and make sure that the outlets in your house are updated. If this disaster does happen SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will clean and restore your house back to the way it was. SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will make sure your house looks like nothing even happened.

Schools Exposed to Mold

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Schools Exposed to Mold School Ceiling With Mold Damage

With the second week of September almost over. All schools should be in full swing of the school year starting. However, there have been many incidents of mold being discovered in schools delaying their start date. The biggest concern of mold is that it can impact the health in students and teachers. Therefore, it is wise to get your schools treated and eliminate the mold from all the schools. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Call SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly for all your mold problems.

Detail Cleaning

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

If you thought that SERVPRO only dealt with the water, fire, and mold damages, you thought wrong. We also specialize in detail cleanups. From local residents to commercial size buildings. Got a dirty rug or large area of carpet, no problem we deal with any size or type. Recently just moved into a new apartment or home and all the appliances are dirty, and there's a nasty odor throughout. We'll have those appliances looking brand new, and a fresh smelling living space in no time. Large buildings have massive air ducts that need cleaning every so often. Our team can get to these hard to reach areas, and have the ducts all clear pushing out clean air. Graffiti can be an issue anywhere, and to many people can be a nuisance, and also offensive. Without proper cleaning tools its almost impossible to fully remove the graffiti. SERVPRO has all the right supplies to make it look like the graffiti never happened! So no matter what type of detail cleaning job is needed. SERVPRO can wipe that mess away just like that!  

Preventing Water Leaks During the Fall and Winter Seasons

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Leaks During the Fall and Winter Seasons An ice dam built up in this gutter causing it break away from the home, and leaving it open to water leaking in.

Imagine leaves falling, or the first beautiful snow fall of the season. While these may be some wonderful sights of nature. They could also become problems for your home. First off when the weather gets cooler, we will all see the leaves begin to fall from the trees. Most of which make it to the ground. While some get trapped in the gutters of homes. Left unattended, gutters and drains will become clogged. Leaving nowhere for water to flow, and could potentially leak into the house . The same of which can go for snow an ice. If snow is melting and than refreezing. It could be causing ice dams to build up, and doing further damage to the gutter. Ice dams put weight stress on gutters. Which then could also pop up shingles, an this leads to water damage to the roof, and ceilings in the home. So its always important to have your gutters properly cleaned and secured. Especially before the upcoming fall and winter seasons.  Just know that if any of these problems do occur, SERVPRO is ready no matter the damage or weather!

Space Heater Safety

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heater Safety Always keep objects at least 3 feet from your space heaters

With colder weather on the way, many people will be bringing out their space heaters. An if you don't take the right safety measures, they can be a huge fire risk. Space heaters are the second leading cause for house fires in the United States. Up to 65,000 house fires a year are started from these heaters. Here are some safety measures that should be taken when using a space heater.

  • Inspect the heater for any broken plugs,and loose or damaged wires.
  • Putting your space heater in the proper place is very important. Make sure its 3 feet away from any furniture, clothing, paper, rugs, or anything that can burn
  • Whenever leaving the room make sure to turn off the heater.
  • Keep out of high traffic areas to prevent a tripping hazard, or possibility of knocking it over
  • When not in use, unplug and store in proper place

From all of us here at SERVPRO. Have a enjoyable and safe fall and winter seasons! 

Frozen Pipes

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipes Frozen Pipe Leak

With the cold weather right around the corner. It raises concern about pipes freezing in homes and businesses. When pipes freeze it leaves a huge mess of water damage to your homes and businesses. That is when you call SERVPRO to help you clean up the mess and fix the areas that were damaged from the water damage. Here at SERVPRO we make it our job to make sure that the customer is happy with the outcome of the job.

Here are a couple things that will help to prevent this disaster from happening:

  • Keep your home or apartment thermostat temperature set to at least 55 degrees.

  • Do not block heat to areas of your residence that contain plumbing or water fixtures. Keep doors open to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and cabinets that contain pipes, especially those located on the north side of the dwelling, to expose the plumbing to warmer air inside the house.

  • Prevent drafts of cold winter air by keeping windows and storm windows closed. Repair cracks or holes around doors and windows to keep cold air from blowing in.

  • Cover pipes in unheated areas with heat tape or pipe insulation. Make sure heat tapes are properly installed and working safely.

  • If you plan to be away from your residence for an extended period of time, ask someone to check your house or apartment periodically. Show them what to do if water pipes freeze and where to locate your water shut-off valve in case of an emergency.

Humidity Causes Mold

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Humidity Causes Mold A basement with mold on the walls.


With another heat wave coming to an end. It raises concern about the mold that is forming in buildings. If the weather's been very humid for a few days in a row you might notice mold starting to grow indoors. Also, if you live where humidity in the air is naturally high, like by the coast or another large body of water, then mold growth indoors can also be a recurring problem. When these damages happen SERVPRO will step in and solve the problem. SERVPRO will get the job done so it looks like it never happened. SERVPRO will also get the job done in a timely manor, so everyone can get back to their daily activities. Here are some tips of areas to find humidity and mold and signs to look for if you have mold.

Location of humidity and mold

  • Basement
  • Crawl Space

Symptoms of humidity and mold

  • A musty odor in your home, basement or crawl space
  • Visible mold growth
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Increase in small insects within your home
  • Visible condensation
  • Peeling wallpaper and or paint

Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

It's almost that time of year again. Where the family is gonna gather round the warmth of the fireplace. An before you throw those logs on and spark it up, its very important that your fireplace and chimney are properly cleaned. During the spring an summer seasons when your fireplace is not in use a variety of things could have built up in the chimney. Such as soot, leaves and sticks, or even a variety of critters! A chimney is a great place for birds,squirrels, and other varmints to build there nests. Whether the critter is still there or not this still is a huge risk or starting a fire. Always take a flashlight an do a self inspection to make sure your chimney flue is clear of all debris. Even if you think you've done a sufficient cleaning, its always safe to have a professional come out an inspect it properly. If you own a gas fireplace make sure all gas lines are tightly secured, and don't have any leaks. Although it may seem alright to leave it untended. you should always turn it off when leaving your home or going to sleep. Fireplaces are nice an cozy, but if not properly cleaned an attended to they can become a huge fire risk for your home. So just follow the step given an you and your family can enjoy your fires safely! From all of us at SERVPRO have a great fall/winter seasons!

Vacation to Disaster!

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Vacation to Disaster! A home that was vandalized while the family was on vacation

Imagine returning home from a wonderful vacation with your family, only to find that your home has been damaged! Weather it was vandalism, water/ storm damage, or fire damage. Most people think it could never happen to them, and don't know who or where to turn to first in the event of such a tragedy. Look no further, here at SERVPRO whatever the damage or loss may be its our duty to restore your house back to normal. These problems occur more often than not, because people don't take the right precautions before leaving there homes for an extended time. Here are a few tips how to keep your house safe when your on vacation.

  • Make sure all doors an windows are locked an secure
  • Have a neighbor or relative keep an eye on your house, and make it appear as if your home is still being lived in
  • Unplug unused electronics to prevent fries 
  • Turn off the main water source in the case of a pipe burst to minimize damage

Preparing for Hurricane Season

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is nearly upon us, and no matter how strong a storm is you can almost always count on damage! That's where SERVPRO  steps in at a moments notice to help get you back on your feet. Although you will never be able to predict the extent storm. You can always be better prepared to deal with them while you ride it out. Here are some crucial prepping steps that you should take before a hurricane hits.

Preparing for a hurricane

  • Stocking up with the essential items such as; extra flashlights,candles,batteries,sanitary water, non perishable food items, and a first aid kit
  • Make sure you know the details if an evacuation is necessary. So that you an your family can make it out quickly and safely.
  • Boarding up any windows or doors to minimize further damage.
  • Generators although not needed can help. They provide electricity to you important household appliances, lights, and more.
  • NEVER Run Generators inside the household! Carbon Monoxide gas can be deadly if built up in an enclosed area.

You can never be to prepared for a hurricane an the destruction it may bring! Hopefully these tips will help you get ready, an stay safe when the big one hits.     

Fall Fire Safety

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is coming to an end an fall is right around the corner. This means leaves falling, cooler temperatures, an the use of heaters and fireplaces. all of which are cause for fire concern. Here are a few fall safety tips to help prevent fires.

  • When changing those clocks back make sure to change the batteries in you smoke detectors
  • Have you fireplaces inspected and cleaned. As any cracks, debris, an animals are fire hazards. An never leave a fire unattended.
  • Space Heaters in the home should always have 3 feet of space around them
  • Clear any leaves or pine needles from roofs and gutters
  • Make sure to that you are using plastic electric candles in your pumpkins rather than real fire ones to protect yourself and others around you
  • Wear flame resistant costumes for you and your friends that you will be going to trick or treat with

Have a Safe an Fun fall season fromSERVPRO

Wawa Welcome America!

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

We will be sponsoring the Wawa Welcome to America event from June 28 to July 4. Come check us out at the greatest event in Philly celebrating the nation birth place with fun and free events for the whole family and fireworks! Who doesn't love fire works?! Do not forget to mark your calendar for this fun event in the area! It is free event for everyone with activities for everyone from little kids to the adults. Lets celebrate America's birthday!

Be prepare! Leaks can happen at anytime!

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately leaks can happen anytime. Like in this law office firm. They suffer a masses water damage to their office ceiling and rugs being saturated of water from 3 water heater from the floor above bursting. The pros immediately came out to extract all the water with our powerful equipment and the multiple set up of air movers and dehumidifiers to help the process of drying the carpet and open ceiling. We have handle all types of water damages from big commercial buidiing with multiple floors to small residential homes. We are ready for any clean ups and assistance that any homeowner, property manager or business owner will need in the time of need. We are pros at making things back to normal like water never leak!

Emgerency Ready Profile

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Cleaning Services

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.).

Water Categories

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

There are 3 Basic Categories of Water

Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

We want you to be aware of the types of water damages that are out there and have comfort knowing we can take care of you.

Fire Ready

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF Burlington Township / Mount Holly wants you to be ready for fires.

Fire spreads quickly. If fire breaks out in your home, there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life threatening. In five minutes, your home can be up in flames. Be prepared for a fire before it starts.

Prepare for a fire
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, and at the bottom of stairways that are closed in between two walls.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries twice a year. Make it a habit when you reset your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
  • Replace your smoke alarms once every 10 years.
  • Plan and review your home escape routes with your family. Practice getting out of each room.
  • Check that windows are not nailed or painted shut. If you have security gratings or burglar bars on windows, make sure they have a fire safety opening feature and can be easily opened from the inside.
  • Think about getting escape ladders if your home has more than one level.
  • Teach your family to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer) when getting away from a fire.
  • Put A-B-C-type fire extinguishers in your home and teach family members how to use them.
  • Put heaters at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire. Be very careful when using temporary heating sources like space heaters.
  • Make sure your home is insured. If you rent, consider buying renter’s insurance.

Better Safe Than Sorry

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Better safe than sorry is an all too common saying that holds a lot of value. Here at SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly  we want you to be prepared for the worst. SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly believes in being READY.  One of the first ways of doing this is to have an emergency supply kit.  It may be different depending on what type of disasters you are likely to encounter but this is a good starter list. Put this emergency kit in a safe place that easily able to be found by all members of your family. 

  • Water ( one gallon water per person per day)
  • Food ( non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Dust mask
  • Hygiene items
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Local Maps
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Cash
  • Important documents
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches

We care about the well being of you and your loved ones so this is why we recommend taking the proper precautions in being ready. You never know what could happen but whenever you reside in the Philadelphia area, just know that SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly has your back.  

Our Fleet

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Our green trucks, vans and cars are always ready with our many different types of vehicles. During emergency water and fire calls we respond with our trucks all ready to go! Our crews and staff goes above and beyond to make sure our vehicles are fully stocked in case of any emergency we are ready to up and leave. SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly wants to be there as soon as you have a loss happen. We have a water truck that we bring to the job site to extract water right on the premises. This helps to ensure that the drying process can start quickly so your water emergency can get cleaned up. We also have other vehicles that are designated for large loss jobs and removing your affected content for cleaning at our shop. When you see the green SERVPRO vehicles you know we are helping you, your neighbors, and your local businesses get back to everyday life quickly and efficiently.

Watch The Mold

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

New Jersey homes are known for their ability to withstand the harsh environments that come through the fall and winter every year. What you may not understand, is that a compromised roof could allow moisture to seep into the attic space from snow or ice on the shingles that have not melted away. When this new moisture is allowed to continue unchecked in your attic space, mold can find plenty of places to grow.Since mold damage to your New Jersey residence typically happens involving organic materials, you should appreciate the options available in your attic right now. Most construction uses plywood backing against the joists of your roof, and all of these components provide the right base for a mold colony to successfully feed and grow. It is a good idea to get in the habit of periodically checking up in your attic area for the presence or signs of molding, especially if you are not one to typically go into this area of your house.While you should be able to smell the overwhelming musty scent of a thriving colony, sometimes this can be difficult to do if you have a decent ventilation system in place. Visual inspections can also be misleading at times, as newly forming colonies are not often overly noticeable to the naked eye.Our SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly technicians can provide inspections of your attic space to provide assurances that fungus is not currently present and that the conditions of your attic are not likely to create these organisms in the future. If something is found, our technicians begin their remediation work right away.The process is all about preventing the spread of the fungus by neutralizing its spores in the air. The neutralization procedure uses a negative air chamber. Once these spores have been contained, thoroughly cleaning the area is the next step. This process changes based on the type of mold and how deeply it is rooted, but all of the colonies get removed at this time.

Vandalism Cleaning

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

One thing about SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly is that we are a “one stop shop”. Not only do we specialize in fire and water damage restoration and cleanup; we specialize in vandalism and graffiti cleanup! In some areas of New Jersey vandalism can happen on a reoccurring basis and require a lot of time set aside to cleanup, paint over, or tear down the damaged area. As we know vandalism can range from small pranks like throwing eggs at someone’s front yard to completely destroying someone’s house from breaking windows or spray painting on their private property. Luckily, SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly specializes in both minor and large vandalism and graffiti cleanup and restoration. If you ever encounter such a damage please know you are in good hands when you call us here. We care about you getting back up and running. Don’t worry when someone intrudes and tries to destroy your personal property, SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly will act fast and efficient to restore your personal items and remove all vandalism and destruction from your home or commercial building.


2/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has dealt with our fair share of storms over the years. We all know how devastating something such as a hurricane can be especially when you may live by the water. Flooding and then mold occur and can completely ruin your home, building, or business. SERVPRO takes pride in how we come together across the country to help those in need. We have traveled far and wide for the largest of damages. We understand how important it is to get your life back together so with all the franchises across the country we band together to get towns, cities, states back up and running. With our tractor trailers of equipment and vehicles filled with employees ready to repair everything as soon as possible. We understand your property hold value to you in more ways than one and we want you to have that comfort knowing we care and we go the extra mile to handle a disaster recovery. Just know that you can call SERVPRO of Society Hill for any job no matter how big or how small. We can handle it!

Mold Remediation

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your Stowe home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly can inspect, assess and perform remediation of your property.

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Check Your Pipes!

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

As the weather is getting colder upon us in the winter months we are all aware that water freezes. With that being said we have had a stretch of some of the coldest days to date this year in New Jersey. Along with that can come many issues such as frozen bursting pipes and as a friendly reminder to you SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly wants to make sure you are turning off your necessary water valves so this does not happen to your home or commercial building. Something this simple can cause a closet to get wet or something as serious as multiple floors and multiple units in a commercial building that can cost upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our highly trained project managers deal with this on a regular basis and we do not want this to happen to you when it is controllable. Although when the worst happens you know who to call to make sure you are in good hands.

Fire Education

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

The fire department is a very important part of the community. Their goal in the Burlington Twp. Bureau of Fire Prevention is to decrease the number and severity of all fires within our town. We believe this can be accomplished through an active code enforcement program, public education activities, engineering and plans review, and investigations. We strive to provide these services utilizing well trained and highly motivated personnel who understand the importance of customer service and fire safety education.

According to the US Fire Administration each year, more than 4,500 Americans die and more than 30,000 are injured in fires. Many of those deaths and injuries could have been prevented if people had a better understanding of fire.

The Burlington Township Bureau of Fire Prevention has the responsibility of educating the community, inspecting local businesses and various public establishments, and enforcing codes to ensure the safety of the community. This website has been established in order to assist in dispensing information to the community as well as aiding in its education.

SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly is very lucky to have them.

Mold From Heat

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

When temperatures have started to heat up, which means your home is at a greater risk for mold growth. Mold spores can grow in temperatures ranging from 32 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The optimum temperature range for mold growth is between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a common temperature range in our area.

As the winter weather falls further into the rear-view, it is time to be even more cautious of any possible moisture or water damage on your property. In order to reproduce, mold spores require moist or damp areas. Excess moisture in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are prime areas for mold to grow. Also be on the lookout for flooding, leaky pipes/windows/roof, etc., and call a professional right away should any of these problems occur. 

SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly  has highly trained and experienced crew members ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Leaks

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure.  SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly  understands how disruptive water damages can be for a business. Water leaks can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues. 

Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process.  Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss.  Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill!  SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Problem?

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. You can call SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly to come to the rescue! 

Classes of Water Losses

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

4 Classes of Water Damage

Classes of water losses are determined by the rate of evaporation based on the type of materials affected by water damage to your property. Determining the Class of Water is an important first step, and will determine the amount and type of equipment utilized to restore your business. There are four IICRC water damage classifications, they are as follows:

Class 1 - Slow Evaporation Rate 
Water losses that affect only part of a room or area, or losses with lower permeance/porosity materials (e.g., plywood, particle board, structural wood, vinyl composition tile or VCT, concrete). Little or no wet carpet or cushion is present. Minimum moisture is absorbed by materials, releasing moisture slowly.

Class 2 - Fast Evaporation Rate 
Water losses that affect an entire room or carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up walls 12" - 24". There is moisture remaining in structural materials (e.g., plywood, particle board, structural wood, concrete).

Class 3 - Fastest Evaporation Rate
Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and sub-floor in the entire area are saturated.

Class 4 - Specialty Drying Situations
These consist of wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, stone, and crawlspace). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which requires very low specific humidity.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly today if you experience any of these at (609) 326 3663

Prepare for the Season

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

As we enter the end of 2017, we also enter into the bad weather season in New Jersey. While this feels like holiday fun, we have to stay prepared. As we've begun to experience rain, snow, and sleet here at SERVPRO, we've begun to get calls reporting water damage. With the importance of being quick to respond to salvage what we can. We had to act fast of course to prevent mold, but we ask for your vigilance as well. Before consistent rain hits, clean your gutters and if you are able, get your roof examined for any damage. We would like to have people prepared this season to prevent you from suffering a water damage. But if you do suffer from one, don't stress. You can call us here at SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly at 609 326 3663 and we will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Call

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

There are times when the worst happens and you can not control when a fire occurs on in your property. This is a fire started on the roof of a Burlington New Jersey street affecting five floors plus common hallways and the lobby. Our crew worked together to keep each tenant satisfied through the process of the cleanup. We chemical sponge brushed the entire structure. We ran vapor sharks and we had air scrubbers with charcoal filters to eliminate odors and performed demolition on anything that could not be restored. This way we could bring in brand new dry wall and kitchen cabinets to replace, remove the odors of the smog, and make it feel like it never happened. We were however able to salvage the floors as we use our top of the line equipment to make the process as quick and cost effective as possible. The picture below shows how hard SERVPRO of Burlington/Mount Holly worked to save the original hardwood floors. With in a total of 3 days we were able to have this home completely restored. Next time you have a fire do not hesitate to call us at 609-326-3663 and know you are in good hands. 

"I Don't Live Near Hurricanes"

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

With all the natural disasters happening down south such as hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma, it may be easy to lose track of when there is an emergency other than what you see on television. Please be aware that floods can happen anywhere at anytime. Have you checked your hot water heater lately? Could one of your pipes start leaking through the ceiling down to the first floor from the bathroom? Maybe some rainfall came through the roof? The answer is YES! Unfortunately these damages can happen to any one on any given day or night. These damages can cause a long and painful process for a home owner if not handled properly. Luckily there is SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly to the rescue. With our experienced crew members and vast majority of equipment we can make your disaster look like it never happened and have you living comfortably in your home. We are just a phone call away at 6093263663, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.    

Prepare For The Storm

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

We all worry about losing power or being stuck somewhere when it comes to storms. Here at SERVPRO of Burlington and Mount Holly we worry about all the above but the most important is keeping the storm outside and keeping your residential house or place of business dry. The last thing you want to do is have to walk down to a basement with four feet of water in there or a second floor ceiling leaking due to a faulty roof that should have been replaced years ago. It can be a very painful process to see your home get torn apart and very uncomfortable as a temporary living situation. With this being said SERVPRO of Burlington and Mount Holly always recommends to stay up on your maintenance of your home or business. A replaced roof or a better sealed basement structure could be the difference between a week of heartache and thousands of dollars rather than just taking the simple precautions. Now we understand there is also the uncontrollable when it gets bad enough such as a hurricane and can destroy anything in its path. In either scenario when the worst happens just know that SERVPRO of Burlington and Mount Holly is on your side.    

Get Your Commercial Property Up And Running

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Burlington Township/Mount Holly 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.

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.

SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly 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 as soon as possible to make it look like it never happened.

Getting Your Property Back Up and Running

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in Burlington Township and Mount Holly 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.

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.

SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly 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 as soon as possible to make it look like it never happened.

Be Ready For The Storm

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burlington and Mount Holly specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. We are the largest company nationwide to handle large losses.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre storm condition.

Faster Response Time

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Which in the end either gets your home back to normal sooner or gets your business up and running for you to continue work and make your profit like it never happened.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit New Jersey, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 609-326-3663

Burlington County Event

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Thank you to the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce for the educational lunch and learn. We enjoy attending each month and look forward to seeing you all again next month. 

Home Fire Campaign

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO partnered with the American Red Cross and local Fire Departments going house to house in the Willingboro area installing free smoke detectors. We donated cases of water and provided breakfast for all the volunteers. We were broken up into teams of four to document, install and educate each resident. For residents who were not home we left packets on each door to give them the opportunity to call their local fire department to schedule a time for them to stop back. The 11 groups were able to hit about 800 houses and installed 216 smoke detectors. This is the third time this year this campaign has taken place and this year alone 800 smoke detectors have been installed in the state of New Jersey. It was a beautiful day to walk around Willingboro to increase the chances of saving a life.

SERVPRO Goes Pink for October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Goes Pink for October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month BCRF Susan G Komen SERVPRO Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

October is breast cancer awareness month.  Every year, more than 100,000 volunteers and activists work through more than 120 Affiliates mobilize more than 1.6 million friends and neighbors every year through events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® - the world's largest awareness and fundraising event for breast cancer. Komen advocates for breast self-awareness as a primary method for fighting breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.

In 2016-2017, BCRF will award $57 million in annual grants to more than 250 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe. In addition, BCRF has established the Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund, a multi-year international program dedicated to metastasis that is the first large-scale global effort to unravel the biology of metastasis, with more than $30 million earmarked to date. It is the largest privately funded project exclusively focused on metastasis in the world. But we still have more to do.

Funeral Service Directors: SERVPRO can help your business grow

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

General Funeral Service Directors: SERVPRO can help your business grow SERVPRO can help Funeral Service Companies and Funeral Directors or Funeral Homes

SERVPRO attends many events throughout or workweek. Next week we have a benefit sponsoring the families of injured or sick emergency workers. This past week, we sponsored an event for funeral homes and funeral directors.

We learned about those businesses and enjoyed meeting many different people who are experts in the funeral industry. We also were able to demonstrate our services that funeral homes often are in need of but don't typically know we offer.

We can offer bio-recovery and cleanup. Last week we provided service to a building where someone who lived alone passed away and was not found until several days later. Situations like that need to be handled specially and we just recently completed a week long training course to be certified in bio-recovery cleanup.

Many families are also faced with the task of moving out their loved ones' possessions. We offer pack out and move out services as well as removal of trash and cleanup of properties.

Funeral homes often find theirselves helping families grieve and get through the process respectfully. Knowing they are able to call on the SERVPRO professionals helps them grow their businesses and provide great service.

SERVPRO makes National Preparedness Month Easy: Make Your Emergency Plan With SERVPRO

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO makes National Preparedness Month Easy: Make Your Emergency Plan With SERVPRO SERVPRO Makes National Emergency Preparedness Month Easy

We are in the middle of hurricane season.  Right now, Asia is experiencing a record-breaking typhoon, and here in the United States, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and visit. 

The theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait, Communicate.  Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” and suits well with everything we do at SERVPRO. 

Did you know SERVPRO offers a FREE emergency ready profile that anyone can set up using a smartphone or tablet?  SERVPRO has ensured making your emergency ready plan is available at the touch of your fingertips through our FREE app available in your app store.  Visit ready.SERVPRO.com to learn more. 

Of course, in the spirit of being prepared and ready for any disaster that could happen, we hope everyone adds SERVPRO to your contingency plans both at work and home.  Protecting your home by knowing our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days each year is a great way to stay prepared.  Add our number to your plan: 215-772-1203 and make sure you download our ready app to create your emergency ready profile today!

Eastampton Township Youth Police and Fire Academy a Huge Success

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

General Eastampton Township Youth Police and Fire Academy a Huge Success SERVPRO fire water restoration

The Eastampton Township Police Department and Eastampton Township Fire Department co-sponsored the 1st annual Police and Fire Academy from August 15 – August 19. Based upon a motto of “Service Before Self,” the free academy graduated twenty-four (24) youth cadets who participated in a variety of law enforcement and emergency services activities. The program was made possible through the generous donations of several local businesses and organizations including Eastampton Township Council, Eastampton Fire Department, Eastampton Police Department, Eastampton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #146, 537 Subs, O’Connor’s Restaurant, Russo’s Restaurant, Rancocas Veterinary, Six Flags, and Walmart of Lumberton. The program concluded with a ceremony in which participants received graduation certificates.

SERVPRO enjoys collaborating with police and fire departments to perform tasks they need for emergency services.  

Two Easy Home Maintenance Tasks to Prepare for Fall and Prevent Water Damage

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

General Two Easy Home Maintenance Tasks to Prepare for Fall and Prevent Water Damage SERVPRO water restoration and cleanup

As much fun as summer can be, it has to end at some point. As the trees begin to change and the weather shifts from hot and humid to cool and crisp, it’s time to prepare for the onset of cooler months. Whether you’re not ready for the heat to be gone or are looking forward to unpacking your favorite cold weather clothes, there’s a lot to do to get ready for the changing seasons.

7. Inspect your roof
If you have a heavy rainstorm or a foot of snow, can your roof take the burden? Before settling in for another chilly fall and a freezing winter, take a look at your roof for weak spots, cracks in your shingles, granules, and wind damage. If you see anything that looks off or unstable, a roofer may be what your home needs to weather this winter’s storms.

3. Clean our your gutters
As the leaves begin to turn, you know you’re only weeks away from them falling off entirely and stopping up your gutters. Before you find yourself with a big mess on your hands, take the time now to clean out your gutters and drainpipes to prevent the possibility of water damage and clogs. A clean early in the season may not suffice through the winter, but it will make sure you’re prepared for the harsher weather to come. Water damages can be caused by clogged drains; overflowing water to collect on your roof or house and most outside water damage is not covered by insurance!

Preparing your house for fall may not be what you planned during the weekend, but it’s something you’ll thank yourself for later. With the right measures taken now, you and your family will be prepared to settle in for the fall and winter, no matter what may be coming your way.

Millions of Fish Wash up on New Jersey Shore Causing Large Scale Bio-Hazard Cleanup

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

This week millions of fish washed up and died in creeks and waterways near a northern New Jersey shore town.  Crews estimated at first an amount in the hundreds of thousands of fish were killed but have since updated that count to more than a million. 

New Jersey environmental officials say the fish were probably chased into the bay and upstream by other fish in the ocean.  Once they were there and unable to escape they died due to low levels of oxygen in the water.  Officials commented “This is primarily a natural phenomenon, but it is exacerbated by polluted runoff, including fertilizers from lawns, which is why preserving stream corridors and buffers is important”.  Highest numbers of dead fish have been found in Waackaack Creek.   Crews have cleaned the dead fish and taken them to Monmouth County Landfill. 

SERVPRO of Burlington / Mount Holly has completed bio-hazard cleanup training and is very knowledgeable when it comes to cleaning up an incident that involves the remains of animals, humans or other abnormal events that require special handling. 

Louisiana Flooding Impacts 40,000 Homes

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Louisiana Flooding Impacts 40,000 Homes Louisiana FLooding

The flooding in Louisiana has left over 40,000 homes affected by water damage.  The disaster has been declared a Federal Emergency and over 40,000 claims have been made for FEMA assistance. Thousands have been rescued from their homes as flood waters rapidly rose inside buildings.  

Officials expect standing water to remain for several days.  After flood waters recede, it becomes possible to extract standing water from buildings.  SERVPRO has elite restoration professionals who are specially trained to handle any sized disaster cleanup but specialize in a large disaster such as the flooding in Louisiana.  The team can provide help dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. Storm teams are strategically positioned on standby should a disaster strike near you.  Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

SERVPRO Sponsors the 44th Biannual Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police Conference

8/10/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Sponsors the 44th Biannual Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police Conference FOP SERVPRO Banner

SERVPRO was a sponsor of the 44th Biannual Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police conference that was held at the Hilton Penn's Landing in Philadelphia.  SERVPRO of Society Hill/ Burlington & Mt. Holly and SERVPRO of Upper Bucks were both representing SERVPRO at the conference with a table set up in the exposition hall. 

Events for the conference included a welcome party at Sugar House Casino, a celebration at the Michael G. Lutz, Philadelphia Lodge 5 Headquarters on Monday, and our Awards Banquet on Wednesday at the Hilton Hotel.  

SERVPRO was supporting the FOP offering refreshments, information about services like bio-hazard cleanup, water damage and mold remediation.  SERVPRO supports America's law enforcement officers and it was a pleasure sponsoring the event.  

Heading to Philadelphia? Here Are Some Great Museums You Can't Miss!

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

General Heading to Philadelphia? Here Are Some Great Museums You Can't Miss! Philadelphia Pixar Exhibit at The Franklin Institute

As summer heats up in Philadelphia, the perfect way to stay cool is to check out all of the coolest museum exhibitions that the city has to offer.  There are exhibits perfect for kids, teens and adults of all ages! 

Here are some of the picks we thought were especially cool:

1. The Franklin Institute: The Science Behind Pixar.   We love The Franklin Institute. They are one of our many great customers for emergency and cleaning services but they also have great exhibitions for people of all ages.  Learning about the science behind PIXAR animated films is also a great way to spend the hottest part of the day inside and not feel bad about it.  

2. The National Constitution Center: Headed to the White House features a great exhibit that is a perfect fit during the 2016 presidential election.  

3. Inside Out curated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Inside out takes the concept of an art museum to the outside by featuring high-quality replicas of famous art pieces from well-known artists outside in select Philadelphia neighborhoods.  Participating neighborhoods include Old City,  Brewerytown,  and Conshohocken. 

4. Cast of Curiosities at the Magic Gardens: One of the houses that stands out the most on South Street in Philadelphia is the Magic Gardens.  It's covered in mirrors, tiles and glass art and the artwork inside is abstract and is influenced by the artist's life as a nurse.  

There are many more in the great city of Philadelphia that as a member of this community providing water damage restoration we recommend visiting.  

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mt. Holly Completes Crime and Trauma Scene Bio-Recovery Training

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mt. Holly Completes Crime and Trauma Scene Bio-Recovery Training A mock blood mattress used in Bio Recovery Training

SERVPRO of Burlington / Mount Holly sent technicians to attend a multi-day training for Bio-Hazard related cleanup. This training course meets and exceeds the requirements of the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA).  Our technicians successfully passed and became certified Bio Recovery Technicians.  

The training curriculum extensively covered cleanup of crime scenes, suicide and bodily decompositions. Safe and proper blood-borne pathogen cleanup is a serious business.  Clearly a service one hopes they will never require, but should the need arise you can turn to the SERVPRO professionals. 

New Jersey's Shore is a Summer Destination For Everyone

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

General New Jersey's Shore is a Summer Destination For Everyone Jersey Shore SERVPRO Water Damage

New Jersey's crown jewel remains its 130 miles of coastline, spanning from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Our unmatched beaches boast beautiful barrier islands and bays dotted with majestic lighthouses, fishing villages and scenic views.

"Down the Shore" means there's something for everyone. Among New Jersey's most treasured prizes are the white-sand beaches that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and families each year to enjoy the surf, sand, sun, fun and excitement of the famous Jersey Shore. 

- See more at: http://www.visitnj.org/nj/beaches#sthash.XrGW79Sm.dpuf

Mount Holly / Burlington Fourth of July Fireworks on July 3rd

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

General Mount Holly / Burlington Fourth of July Fireworks on July 3rd 4th of July Fireworks Show in Mount Holly on July 3rd

 Mount Holly Township will be hosting their annual Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 5 to 11 p.m.  The public event will have admission, rides and shows all FREE of Charge.  Food and drink available from more than 27 different vendors will be available for purchase.  The celebration will be held in Ironworks Park, located at 157 Wollner Drive in Mount Holly and will feature a variety of fun, family-friendly, free activities. Children and adults are invited to enjoy rides, bounce houses, a trackless train, slides, a glow-in-the-dark hula hoop presentation and more. The day will conclude with a spectacular themed fireworks display, which is set to begin promptly at sundown.

Green Roofing Is More Affordable And Reduces Stormwater Property Damage

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Green Roofing Is More Affordable And Reduces Stormwater Property Damage A Green Roof Can Add Beauty and Make Your House More Sustainable

Green roofs are roofs that are substantially covered with living plants. Although we know they have been built for thousands of years, widespread acceptance has always been limited by the cost of supporting heavy soil and technical challenges in low-slope waterproofing.  However, recent advances in green roofing technology has finally made green roofs practical for most new construction.  There is now more than one billion square feet in lightweight green roofing! 

WHY BUILD GREEN ROOFS? Although the structural, waterproofing, and drainage requirements of green roofs will always make them more expensive than traditional roofs, green roofs offer significant long-term economical and environmental advantages that more than justify the higher initial cost:

• Green roofs are visually attractive. The variegated coloring of flowers, grasses, and wild herbs is more appealing than stark black or white monolithic surfaces. Green roofs can transform urban wastelands into urban gardens.??• Green roofs are energy-efficient. They are cool in the summer and can be as effective as white roofs in reducing the urban heat island effect. The thermal mass of the soil reduces heat gain and loss by isolating the building from temperature extremes.

• Green roofs are permanent. By shielding the waterproofing from the sun and reducing temperature swings, synthetic membranes can last fifty years and more.

• Green roofs significantly reduce stormwater runoff, typically retaining half to three-quarters of the annual rainfall and retarding the runoff of most of the remainder.

Storm water runoff is among the highest causes of basement flooding.  SERVPRO professionals are called out to more homes and businesses impacted by storm water flood damaging their properties; as rural areas continue to develop into urban sprawl, it's important to think green and continue to invest in sustainable construction options such as green roofs.  

SERVPRO Restores More Than Water Damage, Document and Artwork Restoration Services Make Museum Exhibits Possible

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Restores More Than Water Damage, Document and Artwork Restoration Services Make Museum Exhibits Possible Come Fly With Me Document Restoratino Servpro

Many Frank Sinatra fans in New Jersey will be able to see an exhibit about the famous singer at the Hoboken Historical Museum between August 2nd and June 30th, 2016. 

The exhibit features interactive displays and videos, period-appropriate listening stations, and cherished fan photographs and artifacts to illustrate the singer/actor's formative years in Hoboken, highlights from his remarkable 60-year career, and memories from legions of fans. The exhibit is accompanied by a series of monthly Sinatra singers, plus films and author talks.

SERVPRO offers many document restoration services that could make historical exhibits such as this one possible.  With our expert document, painting and artwork restoration services, SERVPRO allows history to be experienced by many people worldwide.  

Main Street Mount Holly Preserves History and Provides Family Entertainment

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

General Main Street Mount Holly Preserves History and Provides Family Entertainment Mount Holly Main Street

Mount Holly has tons of New Jersey History dating back to the colonial days and beginnings of our nation.  

http://www.mainstreetmountholly.com/ Is a website devoted to events in Main Street of the town, the preservation of it's history and great events that offer family entertainment for all.  

Whether you are visiting or live in the area, check it out and enjoy everything there is to offer!

New Rollercoaster Opens in New Jersey

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

General New Rollercoaster Opens in New Jersey New Rollercoaster at 6 Flags Great Adventure

This past Memorial Day was filled with excitement all over New Jersey and especially this week at 6 Flags Great Adventure.  The park opened a brand new Rollercoaster called The Joker.  

Built by S&S Worldwide, this is "4D" Rollercoaster that rotates the passenger cars to different Angels at different points of the Rollercoaster to increase the intensity of drops, turns and loops.  

The new Rollercoaster is one of New Jersey's newest great attractions and SERVPRO is proud to be a part of this great community.  

Jersey Shore Beaches Restored in Time for Memorial Day

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Jersey Shore Beaches Restored in Time for Memorial Day Restoring The Beaches in New Jersey and Delaware

If you're traveling to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day for some quality time on the beach, take a moment to appreciate all the work put in to restore the beaches with more sand and beach-space.  Several storms this past winter left the beaches eroded and damaged.  Experts explained two major storms over the winter did extensive damage to the beaches.  Hurricane Joaquin last October luckily didn't make landfall but it did remain stationary off the coast for several days which caused waves to erode more than normal; in some places more than superstorm Sandy in 2012.  

Travelers from Burlington or Mt. Holly heading to the shore will find the newly restored beaches a great part of their long weekend.  SERVPRO of Burlington and Mount Holly wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Burlington NJ is Home to Over 40 Historic Sites

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

General Burlington NJ is Home to Over 40 Historic Sites Burlington New Jersey is home to more than 10 Underground Railroad sites

The city of Burlington, NJ is host to more than 40 historic sites as being the first European settlement in New Jersey.   From the Underground Railroad to the country's oldest residence, Burlington is a great location for a weekend trip full of history and culture.  

Burlington is home to NJ's oldest firehouse, library and pharmacy.  Home to more than 10 Underground Railroad sites, the city offers a self-guided walking tour.  The city recommends wearing comfortable walking shoes for the tour which lasts about 2 hours.  

SERVPRO enjoys being a member and providing services to this historic community.  For more information visit: http://www.tourburlington.org/TourUGRR.html

2016 Mount Holly Townwide Garage Sale This Weekend

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning?  Left with all kinds of items that are too nice to throw away but you just don't need them anymore?  

The town of Mount Holly, New Jersey is offering all residents a free town-wide garage sale on May 14th and 15th 2016!

Visit http://twp.mountholly.nj.us/ to find a list of every resident who signed up and see what hidden treasures you can find!

SERVPRO Communities: Weather Forecasting in Mount Holly

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO Communities: Weather Forecasting in Mount Holly A Weather Forecast Office

The great cities of Burlington and Mount Holly, New Jersey are both cities with impressive historical backgrounds in areas such as religious freedom and civil rights but also are home to the National Weather Services’ Forecast Office for the tristate area.

Weather is monitored around the clock here generating forecasts and issuing alerts for severe weather.  Modern equipment such as satellite data and advanced radar systems are the tools used to help keep the public informed and safe. 

SERVPRO of Burlington / Mount Holly professionals are also ready to help 24/7 in the event that severe weather damages your home and we are proud to be a member of this rich and vibrant community. 

Bike MS: City to Shore Ride 2016

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Join our SERVPRO team!

We've formed a team for Bike MS because we want to experience a great ride and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change and help people with MS live their best lives. We believe in this cause. Can we count on your support? Were looking for folks to join our team! 

Whether you’re a veteran cyclist or you’re new to the sport, you are new to the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride. Learn how to make the most out of your first experience.

Your gift helps support cutting-edge research and programs and services for everyone impacted by MS. Ending MS means no one will receive an MS diagnosis again. Every dollar helps. Every connection matters.

Celebrate Summer Safely

7/15/2014 (Permalink)

With summer in full swing with barbecues every weekend and camping trips set, SERVPRO of Burlington Mt Holly wanted to share a few safety methods to keep your barbecues fire free and trips enjoyable:

  • When using charcoal, don’t forget to use the proper starter fluids

  • Gas Grills – check to make sure the hose connections are property hooked up and tightened

  • When starting a camp fire, remember to build the fire downwind, and remember to make sure the fire is smothered before going to sleep!

SERVPRO of Burlington Mt Holly wishes you all a happy and safe summer!

For Immediate Services, Call SERVPRO of Burlington/Mount Holly

6/2/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly proudly serves Burlington, Willingboro, Mt. Holly, Hainesport, Westampton, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Disaster,storm and flood damage
  • Mold Damage

2014 Flooding in Philadelphia

5/5/2014 (Permalink)

This was the result of heavy flooding in Manayunk Philadelphia, PA. This storm hit quickly and flooded many homes and cars with mud and water. SERVPRO responded and helped restore units.

BE Storm Smart, Storm Ready

4/21/2014 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Being prepared to act quickly can be critical to staying safe during a weather event. In 2013, there were seven weather and climate disaster events across the United States. These events included five severe weather tornado events, a major floor event, and the western drought heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. 

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others. Be Prepared 

Spring Cleaning in New Jersey

3/20/2014 (Permalink)

SPRING IS HERE! SERVPRO offers a wide variety of cleaning including, carpet cleaning, duct and HVAC cleaning, and upholstery cleaning. Allergies will start to increase during this time of year. Call SERVPRO of Society Hill and SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt. Holly for all your SPRING-cleaning needs! 609.326.3663 

Water Damage

3/18/2014 (Permalink)

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When you have a water damage, dont leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO professionals to help make it, Llke it never even happened®.

SERVPRO® Earns Fifth Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List

1/31/2014 (Permalink)

Cleanup and restoration franchisor locks in #7 position on prestigious annual ranking

Frozen/Broken Pipes Cleanup in New Jersey

1/9/2014 (Permalink)

As the temperatures drop this winter, we've already seen many pipes start to break. If this happens to you or your business, keep SERVPRO in mind. Our professionals are standing by ready to help! 

Be Ready in 2014

12/31/2013 (Permalink)

A new year often signifies a fresh start. Many people make resolution to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster but, now you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens." 

Contact us today to establish your Emergency Ready Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens." 609.326.3663

Happy Holidays

12/23/2013 (Permalink)

Happy Holidays to your family from ours!  Have a safe and happy New Year!  We are open 24/7, 365 days/year.  If you need us, please feel comfortable calling us over the holiday season. 

Warm Wishes,

SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly

Holiday Safety Tips

12/2/2013 (Permalink)

Each year in the United States, 21 million doctor visits and 20,000 deaths are chalked up to home accidents.  The leading cause of home accidents is falls, followed by poisoning, fire, choking, and drowning.  This month's blog will address the #3 cause of death, fire, but it should be noted that all of these types of accidents are preventable.  In any case, I will give you some information on holiday hazards and how to prevent disaster. 

December is the peak time of year for home candle fires and electrical fires.  In fact, candle fires are four times more likely to occur during winter holidays.  So how do you prevent candle fires?  Well, the most obvious way is not to burn candles, instead opting for the flameless variety.  But, if you are like me, that is not an option.  I like candles too much not to burn them, so instead I follow some simple safety rules:

1)     Only burn candles in approved candleholders, on stable surfaces.

2)     Keep the candles 12" from anything flammable.

3)     Burn candles in a well-ventilated area.  To avoid black soot on surfaces, choose candles with a 100% cotton wick.

4)     Blow out candles when leaving a room or when going to bed.  I use a candlesnuffer to minimize smoke and loose embers.

5)     Keep candles away from little fingers and wagging tails!

Definitely keep candles away from Christmas trees!  A heat source too close to the tree causes one in six Christmas tree fires.  When purchasing your Christmas tree, consider a flame-retardant artificial tree.  If this is not an option, perform a "Freshness Test" on an evergreen:  give it a little shake.  If a lot of needles fall off, the tree is not freshly cut.  Also, bend the needles between your fingers.  They should not break.  Once you've determined that your tree is safe and you bring it home, place it at least 3 feet away from fireplaces, space heaters, or central heating systems (the same goes for your wreaths and pine cones!).  Do not block exits with your tree.  And make sure your tree has plenty of water every day.  When decorating your tree, try to choose non-combustible and flame-resistant materials, and plastic tinsel. 

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 12,500 people end up in the emergency room with decorating-related injuries each year.  Of these, 5,000 are from electrical shocks or burns.  There are some simple tips you can rely on to minimize your chances of serious injury from your holiday lights!  For starters, LED lights are safer.  If you are buying new lights this year, consider LEDs.  They do not produce the same amount of heat as traditional lights.  Always, always, always look for the safety tag on holiday lights.  This usually reads "UL" for "Underwriters Laboratories," but may also read "ELT" or "CSA".  (It is important to note that when you are buying electrical toys, the same safety tag should be present!) 

Before hanging your lights, check for fraying wires.  When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string first, and be sure to match voltage and wattage of the original bulb.  Do not overload your electrical outlets or create chains.  And never use electric lights on a metallic tree.  If the wire is faulty, it can cause a shock to whoever touches the tree!

When hanging outdoor lights, start with proper ladder safety.  Keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters.  Use insulated tape or plastic clips to hold the light string in place.  Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International.  And always turn off the lights when you leave the house or go to bed.

Last, but certainly not least, I have some fireplace safety tips for you this holiday season.  Some people use their fireplaces for warmth, while others use it for ambience, but everyone should use them safely.  Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked or broken, and only allow a qualified person to replace parts.  According to the American Red Cross, 36% of people with fireplaces report they never cleaned or inspected their chimneys!  It is recommended that you hire a chimney sweep once per year to clean and inspect your chimney.  You can find a certified one at http://www.csia.org.  It is a good idea to have your chimney capped as well to avoid birds and squirrels becoming trapped inside. 

Before starting a fire, check to see that the flue is open.  Choose dense wood, such as oak, that has been split and stored in a high and dry place for at least 6 months.  Do not overload your fireplace, and do not burn wrapping papers.  Place logs at the rear of the fireplace on a metal grate, and use kindling to start the fire.  Always use a spark guard.  

While there is no guarantee that you WON'T experience a home fire this holiday season, if you follow these tips, you will be less likely to suffer fire damage.  Nevertheless, accidents happen.  If an accident affects you, or someone you know, please call us.  We are available 24/7 and 365 days each year.  Once the fire damage mitigation begins, SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly will keep you informed and answer your questions, all while working to help make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”  Everyone here at SERVPRO wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season! 

Lead Hazard Information

11/6/2013 (Permalink)

Building Services Lead Hazard Information An example of an EPA lead-safe certificate

In the past few weeks, I have had several people ask me about lead and lead poisoning.  So I thought it might be a good topic for our November blog.  You, too, can find this information on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website or on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development website, but I have compiled some of the key facts for you here.  I will outline some information regarding lead and your health and how to choose a contractor for your renovations if you are a property owner.  Utilize the above links to access additional resources. 

What is lead?  According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, lead is a naturally occurring metal found deep within the ground. It occurs in small amounts in ore, along with other elements such as silver, zinc or copper. Even though it's found in small amounts, there is an abundant supply of lead throughout the earth. Because it is widespread, easy to extract and easy to work with, lead has been used in a wide variety of products including:

  • Paint

  • Ceramics

  • Pipes

  • Solders

  • Gasoline

  • Batteries

  • Cosmetics

  • Since 1980, federal and state regulatory standards have helped to minimize or eliminate the amount of lead in consumer products and occupational settings.

    Why is lead bad for you?  In children, lead can affect developing nervous systems and mental functions, causing learning disabilities and behavior problems.  Low levels of lead can also be harmful to adults, causing high blood pressure and hypertension.  Lead gets into the body when it is swallowed or inhaled.  The most common way to get lead in the body is from dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil.  When lead-based paint is disturbed through sanding, for example, people can breathe in lead dust or fumes.   Lead can also come from outside soil, your water, or household items.  A blood test is the only way to find out if you or a family member already has lead poisoning.  Call your doctor or local health department to arrange for a blood test.  (For more information, call 1-800-424-LEAD.) 

    What are some of the things you can do to protect your family everyday?

    ?  Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces.

    ?  Wash children's hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.

    ?  Make sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA's dietary guidelines, that helps protect children from the effects of lead.

    ?  Wipe off shoes before entering the house. 

    How do you know if your home has lead-based paint?   87% of homes built before 1940 are likely to contain lead.  In fact, if your home or your child's school was built before 1978, there is a risk of lead-based paint.  You or your contractor may test for lead using an EPA-approved lead test kit.  You can also hire a certified professional to check for lead-based paint.  SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly is an EPA lead-safe certified firm.  As of April 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.  Our SERVPRO franchises, Burlington/Mt Holly and Society Hill, Philadelphia, became certified as of May 2010. If you are not using us for your home repairs, make sure your contractor is EPA certified.  You have a right to see a copy of their training certificate, and you can ask for and call references.  Always make sure that the contract is clear about how the work will be set up, performed and cleaned.  Don't forget to share the results of any previous lead tests with the contractor. 

    If you have questions or are concerned about your home, please call us today at 609-326-3663 or 215-772-1203.

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

    10/16/2013 (Permalink)

    I recently had a conversation with a client about Carbon Monoxide dangers. I gave her our SERVPRO monthly newsletter with an article called "Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer" and we discussed how many of the tips we did not know. So I decided to do a little research and find out what else I did not know about carbon monoxide (CO) to share with all of you.

    Let me start by telling you that I have had CO poisoning previously, and it is not fun. I was working at another company, and I was outside in a tent all day. It was November and it was cold. While the tent had "walls", they were rolled up most of the day to allow people to freely come in and out. We had two large portable kerosene heaters to make the space a little more comfortable. My fingers were numb while I was trying to type and my teeth were chattering (I am always cold anyway, so this was torture!) I moved the heaters closer to my desk and pointed them both straight at me.

    I am not sure how much time passed, but I remember feeling dizzy and light-headed. I stood up and told my manager that I felt sick. I was nauseated and I could feel a headache coming on. It was not unlike a bad sinus headache. I did not know enough about CO to realize that was causing my symptoms. CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms often mimic other illnesses. Anyway, it took my manager and another co-worker to help me outside. In just a matter of minutes, I could not walk or talk. They helped me to a car far from the tent and told me to rest inside with the heat on. That is the last I remember. I woke up hours later with an enormous bump on my forehead. We guessed that I passed out inside the car and banged my head on the dashboard. It was a terrifying experience.

    Later, I discussed it with my doctor, and he told me that it was probably CO poisoning. My co-workers were right to remove me from the tent and get me fresh air, but they probably should have taken me to the emergency room. I had a bad headache the day after the incident, but otherwise I was okay. If I was not a healthy adult, the outcome may have been very different. I was fortunate.

    But here's where you can benefit from my bad experience: don't make these mistakes! Just because you are outside or the windows are open or the garage door is lifted, does not mean you are safe. Please heed the following information to protect you and your family from this silent killer!

    You can't see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, and propane burn incompletely.

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each year, more than 500 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated that another 20,000 visit the emergency room. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups including unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems, are more susceptible to its effects. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

    Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    ?Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves, inspected by a trained professional every year. If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator's cooling unit have an expert service it.

    * When purchasing gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency, such as the American Gas Association or Underwriters' Laboratories.

    * Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Have your chimney checked or cleaned every year. Chimneys can be blocked by snow and other debris. So can dryer vents!

    * Never use your own stovetop to heat your home. Never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn't vented. All gas appliances must be vented. Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked. Never patch a vent pipe with tape or gum. Horizontal vent pipes to fuel appliances should not be perfectly level. Indoor vent pipes should go up slightly as they go toward outdoors. This helps prevent CO or other gases from leaking if the joints or pipes aren't fitted tightly.

    * If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open! Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice or other materials. Have a mechanic check the exhaust system of your car every year.

    * If you drive a vehicle with a tailgate (like an SUV), when you open the tailgate, you also need to open vents or windows to make sure air is moving through your car. If only the tailgate is open, CO from the exhaust will be pulled into the car.

    * Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open. Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal - red, gray, black or white- gives off CO.

    * Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.

    * Probably the most important thing you can do is to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, particularly in your bedroom.  People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms.  Place the detector 5 feet above the floor and away from fireplaces or furnaces.

    Hurricane Season Wrap-up

    10/2/2013 (Permalink)

    General Hurricane Season Wrap-up Image courtesy of cooldesign at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    I recently learned about how the Saharan Air Layer was present and very intense this year, thus effecting the development of tropical storms on our side of the Atlantic, (the SAL extended 3,000 miles over the Atlantic, from the Western coast of Africa, almost to Puerto Rico).  From what I can gather, this was true for the first half of Hurricane Season, resulting in a quiet summer.  As most of you have probably heard, a Hurricane did develop this year, but it did not affect any land masses.  As I write this final installment in my Hurricane series, most of my friends and family are feeling confident that we will not experience another catastrophic storm in 2013.  While I am hoping for the best outcome, it is always necessary to be prepared for the worst situation.  Lest we forget, Superstorm Sandy roared onshore at the end of October last year.  So, just in case, I would like to review with you what to do after the storm:  how to handle insurance, how to manage your emotional health, and how to help your community--or any community--affected by disasters. 

    How to Handle Insurance

    Nationwide Insurance has the following tips for handling the aftermath of damage from an incident like a major storm. Note that these tips are general in nature and not specific to Nationwide policies or Nationwide's claims processes. Always refer to your insurance policy and company for specific procedures if you may have a potential claim.

    1. Call your insurance company. After you file a police or fire report (if required) , contact your insurance agent or company’s claims department. Your policy will likely require you to do so within a certain amount of time after the loss. When you call, have all of the details of the incident, plus your policy number.

    2. Complete a claims form with your agent. This form includes all the details of the incident. Be thorough – note what was damaged, when and how. For smaller claims, filing a claims report should suffice. For larger losses, your agent may send an adjuster to inspect the damage.

    3. Document the damages. Before you begin cleanup, photograph or record the damage and include the images with your claim. It’s a good idea to visually document your home and belongings before a loss, so you have “before” and “after” images when filing a claim.

    4. Make temporary repairs so your home is safe and livable. While you’re waiting for your claim to be processed, you may make temporary repairs. But review your policy for guidelines about what’s covered and be sure to save your repair receipts. Don’t start permanent, major repairs or renovations until your claim is complete and your compensation is confirmed.

    5. If you have to move temporarily, save your receipts. If the damage to your residence is so extensive that you must relocate for a while, your policy may help cover those costs. Save hotel and restaurant receipts – and discuss with your agent how to submit them for reimbursement.

    6. Make yourself available. Be reachable and ready to talk with your insurance agent and claims adjuster after you file a claim. The faster you can answer questions and provide necessary information, the faster your claim may be able to be processed.

    Details vary by state and policy language. Please consult your policy for the specifics of your selected coverages. Subject to underwriting guidelines, review, and approval.

    How to Manage your Emotional Health

    After Hurricane Katrina, I was a mess.  That's the simplest way to put it.  I had evacuated, and it would be six weeks until I knew whether any of my personal belongings were undamaged.  I didn't know if I had a home to go back to, or where to go after I left the Ramada Inn in Northeast Texas, or if my boss and his family (who chose to ride out the storm) were alive, or how I would survive without a job or unemployment eligibility.  I had packed clothes for 3 days, all of my photo albums and valuable jewelry, my pets, and my personal documents.  Knowing that was all I had, and not knowing how long I would have to wait to know more was one of the most stressful times in my life.  The not knowing was the source of major anxiety for me and my family. 

    Here is some information on how to recognize and deal with your current feelings, courtesy of the American Red Cross. When we experience a disaster or other stressful life event, there are a variety of common reactions including:

  • Feeling physically and mentally drained.

  • Having difficulty making decisions or staying focused on topics.

  • Becoming easily frustrated on a frequent basis.

  • Frustration occurring more quickly and more often.

  • Arguing more with family and friends. J Feeling tired, sad, numb, lonely or

  • Experiencing changes in appetite or sleep patterns.

  • Most of these reactions are temporary and will go away over time. Try to accept whatever reactions you may have. Look for ways to take one step at a time and focus on taking care of your disaster- related needs and those of your family.

    Taking action. Getting ourselves and our lives back in a routine that is comfortable for us takes time.

    Take care of your safety. Find a safe place to stay and make sure your physical health needs and those of your family are addressed. Seek medical attention, if necessary. 

    Eat healthy. During times of stress, it is important that you maintain a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.

    Get some rest. With so much to do, it may be difficult to have enough time to rest or get adequate sleep. Giving your body and mind a break can boost your ability to cope with the stress you may be experiencing. 

    Stay connected with family and friends. Giving and getting support is one of the most important things you can do.

    Be patient with yourself and with those around you. Recognize that everyone is stressed and may need some time to put their feelings and thoughts in order.

    Set priorities. Tackle tasks in small steps.

    Gather information about assistance and resources that will help you and your family members meet your disaster-related needs. 

    Stay positive. Remind yourself of how you’ve successfully gotten through difficult times in the past. Reach out when you need support, and help others when they need it.

    If you still don’t feel better ...
    Many people have experience coping with stressful life events and typically feel better after a few days. Others find that their stress does not go away as quickly as they would like and it influences their relationships with their family, friends and others.

    If you find yourself or a loved one experiencing some of the feelings and reactions listed below for 2 weeks or longer, this may be a sign that you need to reach out for additional assistance.

  • Crying spells or bursts of anger

  • Difficulty eating

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Losing interest in things

  • Increased physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches

  • Fatigue

  • Feeling guilty, helpless or hopeless

  • Avoiding family and friends

  • For additional resources, contact your local Red Cross Disaster Mental Health or community mental health professional. 

    Please seek immediate help if you or someone you know is feeling that life isn’t worth living or if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

    Let Your Family Know You’re Safe
    If your community experiences a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site available through RedCross.org to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family. 

    How to Help your Community 

    According to FEMA, In the face of disaster, Americans come together with courage, compassion and unity and ask, “How can I help?”  There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs.  You can find some of these ways at: http://www.ready.gov/get-involved.  For ways you can get involved after the disaster happens, reach out to your local faith-based and community organizations.  You can also support major disasters by donating cash or goods which may help meet the needs of your community.  After Hurricane Katrina, I found the most help from family and friends donating clothes, books to pass the time, and gift cards.  Don't forget underwear and socks when purchasing new items to donate!

    The Red Cross also offers programs for before and after the disaster to help your community.  You can find some of these options at: http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved.  I also found support in the people who would listen to me tell my story, without passing judgment on my actions or on the actions of the politicians involved.  That kind of negativity would only increase my anxiety, as opposed to diminishing my fears.  Through Citizen Corps, individuals can learn about opportunities to get involved and help build capacity for first responders.  With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities.  Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.  Learn how to get involved through Citizen Corps at http://www.ready.gov/volunteer.

    Thank you for following my Hurricane blog for the last few months.  I hope you learned something useful!  This will be the last month for Hurricane-related blogging (unless, of course, we have a major hurricane effecting our area) until next year.  If there is a topic you are interested in learning more about this winter, please email me with your suggestions: aflynn@servprosocietyhill.com.

    The Peak of Hurricane Season!

    8/23/2013 (Permalink)

    General The Peak of Hurricane Season! Hurricane Sandy Approaching the East Coast, October 29, 2012 (photo courtesy of NASA/NOAA)

    In the past few weeks, people in my community have been asking me if we are really busy at SERVPRO because Hurricane Season is starting.  If you have been following this blog, you know that Hurricane Season started months ago!  Many disastrous hurricanes have occurred in the fall months in recent years, but that's not always the case.  Hurricane Charley struck southwest Florida in early August of 2004 as a Category 4.  Hurricane Agnes affected Florida and New York City in June of 1972 and caused billions of dollars in damage and 390 deaths as a category 1 storm. Hurricane Audrey (1957), the only Category 4 June hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin, hit along the Texas and Louisiana border, claiming at least 416 lives in the U.S., the 7th deadliest U.S. tropical cyclone on record. Only Hurricane Katrina (2005) claimed more lives since Audrey.  Nevertheless, the top 10 most devastating hurricanes (measured by strength) have affected the United States in August and September.  This month, we will discuss what the different categories of Hurricanes mean to you.  We will also review your power outage checklist, and what to do during the storm.

    The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale was developed in the early 1970s by Herbert Saffir, a consulting engineer in Coral Gables, Florida, and Dr. Robert Simpson, then director of the National Hurricane Center. The 1-5 category scale used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. 

    • Category 1: Minimal Damage (which is really not accurate, if you see the example of Hurricane Agnes above!) Winds are 74-95 mph, sustained.  (Wind gusts may be stronger.)  You may have damage to your roof, vinyl siding, and gutters.  Tree branches are likely to snap, and power outages are common.  Coastal road flooding is possible.

    • Category 2: Moderate Damage.  Winds are 96-110 mph sustained.  Shallowly rooted trees will be uprooted and block roads.  Well-constructed homes could sustain major roof and siding damage; major damage to exposed mobile homes.  Coastal roads and low-lying escape routes inland can be cut off by rising water, about 2-4 hours before landfall.  Considerable damage to piers and marinas is likely.  Near-total power loss should be expected.   

    • Category 3: Extensive Damage.  Considered a Major Hurricane.  Winds are 111-129 mph, sustained.  Mobile homes will be destroyed, and well-constructed homes will incur major damage and potentially structural damage.  Serious flooding, especially on flat terrain 5 feet or less above sea level (up to 8 or more miles inland).  Expect loss of electricity and water for several days or several weeks.   Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm.  It was the second most intense storm to hit the US, the most costly hurricane (twice as expensive as Hurricane Sandy) and the third deadliest.  Category 3 storms are no joke!

    • Category 4: Extreme Damage.  Considered a Major Hurricane.  Sustained winds are 130-156 mph.  Mobile homes will be demolished.  Complete failure of roofs on smaller homes.  Well-built frame homes will likely have damage to the roof and exterior walls.  Flat terrain 10 feet or less above sea level will be flooded inland as far as 6 miles.  Major erosion of beaches.  Massive evacuations required.  Power outages will last weeks to possibly months.  Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.  Hurricane Andrew was a Category 4 when it hit Florida in August of 1992. 

    • Category 5: Catastrophic Damage.  Considered a Major Hurricane.  Sustained winds of 157 mph or greater.  (For those of you who are familiar with tornadoes, a Category 5 Hurricane would be the equivalent of an F3 or greater tornado, which represents about 5% of all tornadoes.  The reason you cannot compare the intensity of the two is because tornadoes generally last for minutes over one area, while hurricanes can last for days.)  A high percentage of framed homes and industrial buildings will be destroyed, with total roof failure and  wall collapse.  Major damage to lower floors of all structures less than 15 feet above sea level within 1500 feet of shore.  Massive evacuations as far inland as 10 miles may be required.  Hurricane Camille, a Category 5, was the second most intense Hurricane ever to hit the US, in August of 1969.  The final wind speed will never be known because all measuring devices were destroyed, but it is thought to exceed 200 mph.

    So what does all this mean for you?  You only need to know 2 things:  Prepare, and Heed all evacuation orders.  According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, "Research on preparedness shows that people who believe themselves “prepared” for disasters often aren’t as prepared as they think. Forty percent of survey respondents did not have household plans, 80 percent had not conducted home evacuation drills, and nearly 60 percent did not know their community’s evacuation routes." Stay safe and stay alive.

    Safety During the Storm

    What are some tips for staying safe during the storm?  First of all, you need to know what to do based on the type of storm  that you  are facing.  You can find this information at: Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.  The following list is for a summer storm:

                * Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.  I would not recommend relying on an app on your cell phone as you will wear the battery down.  If you lose power, you will be unable to recharge your phone if you really need it.  So invest in a battery-operated NOAA radio (about $35) and turn your cell phone off, or on to airplane mode to conserve the battery.

                * Avoid contact with corded phones.  Cordless phones are safe to use.  Cellular phones are also safe but see above for info about the battery!  Or, purchase an alternative charging device for your cell phone so you always have power.  Kent German has some unique suggestions at Cell phone chargers - CNET Reviews.

                * Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.

                * Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers.  Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.  (Are we seeing a pattern here?)

                * Avoid contact with plumbing.  Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.

                * Stay away from windows and doors.

     Power Outage Checklist

    If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you need not be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible, according to The American Red Cross.  For their complete list, click here.   

    Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.  Use perishable food from the fridge first.  An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours.  Then use food from the freezer.  A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. When the power comes back on, throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures of 40 degrees or higher for 2 hours or more.  When in doubt, throw it out!

    Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment.  Leave one light turned on so you will know when the power comes back on.  If purchasing a generator, consult an electrician to make sure you get the right one.  Never use a generator inside, or in a partially enclosed area.  Install carbon  monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home.  If the alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door and call for help.  Carbon Monoxide kills. 

    If your community experiences a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site available through RedCross.org to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.

    As I write this blog, the Atlantic/Gulf/Caribbean is unusually quiet.  That worries me more than if it had been busy all season.  People tend to think the danger has passed, or is not imminent.  But now is the perfect time to start making your disaster kit (if you haven't already!) as most items will be on sale.  For more money-saving tips, see our June Blog, "Storm Preparedness."  Next month will be our last blog of this storm series.  Hopefully, the Atlantic will still be quiet.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend. 

    Family Emergency Preparedness

    7/31/2013 (Permalink)

    General Family Emergency Preparedness Bowzer, just one example of a very important family member!

    So far, in our Emergency Preparedness series, we have learned about the naming of Hurricanes, Hurricane Shutters, preparing your family and business emergency plan, and how to get prepared on a budget.  This edition, we will be focusing on what to include in your Emergency Supply Kit, what to do BEFORE an approaching storm, and how to keep your pets safe in a disaster.  

    Before the Storm 

    Before the storm, it is important to build an emergency supply kit and develop your emergency plan.  Please see our blog from June for more information on your written plan, and see the next section for information about your Emergency Supply Kit.  But what else can you do to prepare yourself, your family, your home and/or business, and your pets for a disaster? 

                    Learn how to shut off utilities:

    1) Contact your local gas company in advance to determine what your home requires, and the exact procedure for shutting off the gas. It might even be a good idea to post instructions somewhere near the meter. If at any point, though, you smell gas or hear a hissing noise, FEMA advises that you open a window and get everyone out of the house. Contact your gas company immediately.

    2) Locating the main shutoff valve for your water supply in advance of a disaster is important. If you have trouble, contact a local plumber or your area water utility for assistance. Once you’ve identified the main water shutoff valve, make sure everyone in the household knows where it is, and how to turn it off. To prevent any possible confusion, consider labeling the water valve with a colored identification tab.  SERVPRO can also provide you with shutoff valve tags. 

    3) Electrical sparks can ignite leaking natural gas, resulting in an explosion, says FEMA. Which is why, following a natural disaster, the electricity may need to be shut off immediately. If your home has a basement, the electrical circuit box is likely located there, but that’s not always the case. Be sure that everyone in your home knows where the circuit box is, well in advance of an emergency.  (Tips provided by Allstate

    Some other steps you can take as the storm approaches:

    • Unplug any electronic equipment.

    • Unplug any electronic equipment.

    • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

    • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).

    • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. 

    • Follow SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly on Twitter and Facebook for additional tips.

    For information on how to prepare for specific types of disasters, visit our friends' website: Red Paw Emergency Relief Team Emergency Preparedness

    Emergency Supply Kit
    There are many lists out there of what you could or should put in your emergency kit, or go bag.  You can even purchase pre-packed kits for the quick solution.  But you will find you have most of the basic items in your home already, and it will just take a few hours to put it altogether.  The items we suggest as necessary for every kit are:

    • Water (one gallon per person per day; this includes pets!)

    • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

    • Manual can opener

    • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio

    • Flashlight and extra batteries

    • First aid kit

    • Whistle to signal for help

    • Clothing

    • Dust masks or bandana

    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape

    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

    • Hygiene items

    • Important documents: copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account   information

    • Cash

    • Fire extinguisher

    • Matches in a waterproof container

    • Prescription medication for people and pets

    • For pets:  Food; leash, harness or carrier; records of vaccinations; non-tippable food and water containers, a picture of your pet, and a favorite toy of your pet's. 

    For specific examples, please visit The Weather Channel

    Not everyone has them, but those that do know that your pets are just as important as your other family members, and should not be forgotten about in case of an emergency.  After Hurricane Katrina, it became obvious that many people who do not heed evacuation orders are responding to the fact that they don't know what to do with their pets.  As a result, many shelters are now pet-friendly.  Just like with everything else, a little planning can help keep your pets safe in the time of a disaster. 

    Often, warnings are issued hours, even days, in advance.  At the first hint of disaster, act to protect your pet.  Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency.  Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate.  Ask if no-pet policies could be waived in an emergency.  Talk to friends and family members about taking your pets, but make sure your pet is comfortable with that person and that person is comfortable with your pet.  If you are not home and cannot get home following a disaster, make sure you have pre-arranged with someone in your neighborhood to check on your animals.

    Ensure that all pets are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date identification. Consider microchipping your animals.  Bring pets inside so you won't have to search for them if you need to leave quickly.  NEVER leave your pets behind!  There is simply no reason to anymore, unless you do not heed evacuation orders and they come to rescue you by boat--then, and only then, is it difficult to bring your pet along.  ALWAYS evacuate when told to do so and bring ALL family members with you. 

    If you must evacuate, there are some additional travel tips that Progressive Insurance recommends:

    • Prepare a doggie bag with food and water for travel.  Depending on where you live, evacuation routes can be congested with traffic and you may be in the car much longer than you intended.

    • Bring your pet's favorite toys, and a doggie first aid kit as well.  Pets can experience anxiety just like the human members of your family.

    • Secure your pet in your vehicle within a travel crate or with a harness.

    • Never leave your pet unsupervised in the car.

    • Make sure your pet is covered on your car insurance policy.  Progressive is the first major car insurance company to provide Pet Injury Coverage, at no additional charge, to cover your pet's vet bills in the event of an accident. 

    Next month, I will provide you with information on what the different categories of hurricanes mean to you, what to do during a storm, and we will review your power outage checklist.  In September, we will consider some expert tips on how to manage your emotional health after a disaster, and ways to help your community or other communities effected by severe weather.   As always, follow us on social media for additional information on preparedness, and sign up for our monthly newsletter with quizzes and contests based on this blog!

    Burlington County Times Forty Under 40 Award

    7/30/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Burlington County Times Forty Under 40 Award Even the "Green Machine" made it into the paper!

    On July 29, 2013, Angelique Flynn, Marketing Representative for SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly, received an award as one of the forty top community leaders of Burlington County under the age of forty, at a special reception at Cafe Madison in Riverside, NJ.  Congressman John Runyon was the keynote speaker at the event.  Angelique was nominated by Rich Lewis, President of the Rotary Club of Burlington:  "In the short time she has been a member of our Rotary club, she has been tireless with her time and energy our community support efforts successful."

    You can view the entire inaugural class and their bios (don't forget to scan the QR codes to watch their videos!) at 40under40

    Storm Preparedness

    6/26/2013 (Permalink)

    General Storm Preparedness These houses on Long Beach Island, NJ were effected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

    With two named storms so far this Hurricane Season, it is important to continue to stay vigilant in our severe weather preparations. This month, I will provide you with information on how to prepare before the storm is even named and how to prepare on a budget.

    Are you at risk for a direct hit? Check out this Map to see if your state has a history of hurricane activity. If you are here in New Jersey, I can assure you that you are at risk! Next, take our quiz to determine your level of preparedness:


    Are you prepared for an emergency? Quiz yourself on the questions below to see just how prepared you are. If you don’t know the answer to some of the questions, visit Ready.gov or your local Office of Emergency Management for tips and resources that can help make sure you, your family, and your community are Ready.

    • Does your local government have an emergency or disaster plan for your community? If so, do you know what it is?

    • Do you know how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on the radio?

    • Does your city/county have an emergency alert system? Is so, are you signed up to get alerts?

    • Do you know your local evacuation routes? How would you get out of town from work? How about from home?

    • Does your city/county have a Citizen Corps Council? (If you don’t know, visit http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps)

    • In the last year, have you prepared or updated your Emergency Supply Kit with emergency supplies like water, food and medicine that is kept in a designated place in your home?

    • In the last year, have you prepared a small kit with emergency supplies that you keep at home, in your car or where you work to take with you if you had to leave quickly?

    • In the last year, have you made a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate in an emergency situation if you were separated?

    • Are you prepared to help your neighbor? In most emergencies, the best way to get help quickly is by working with your neighbors. Do you know anyone in your neighborhood who might need a little extra help preparing for or responding to an emergency?

    • Have you established a specific meeting place for your family to reunite in the event you and your family cannot return home or are evacuated?

    • In the last year, have you practiced or drilled on what to do in an emergency at home?

    • In the last year, have you volunteered to help prepare for or respond to a major emergency?

    • Have you taken first aid training such as CPR in the past five years?

    If you are like me, you probably don't have the answers to most of the questions in our quiz. Now is the time to seek out those answers. There is no impending doom coming towards our area as I write this, so it is our nature to assume none is coming. I like to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. With a little thoughtful planning now, we can be ready for whatever comes our way all summer long.

    Let's talk about an emergency preparedness plan for your home and business first. If you do not have one in place for your business, contact us right away. We can provide you with a no-cost assessment of your facility and compile all the data in our SERVPRO Ready Plan app for your smartphone. For your home, we recommend creating a written emergency preparedness and action plan NOW. Start by deciding where to go if you are at home, school, work, outdoors, or in a car when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Update these plans every school year and as places of employment and residence change. Identify two places where you and your family members can meet if you are separated: one outside your home and another outside your neighborhood. Learn how your local government handles emergencies by contacting your local American Red Cross chapter or local Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Review your insurance coverage for your home and business. Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone by contacting your local emergency management office. Visit The Weather Channel for more information.

    To physically prepare your home and business for a future storm, consider purchasing hurricane shutters now. If you do not live on the coast, but still want to protect your windows from high winds, plywood is a good option. Purchase it now to avoid scarcity immediately before the storm. It is recommended that you the lumber you use to cover your windows be a minimum of 3/4" thick, but preferably 1" thick. You can purchase (2) 1/2" thick boards and double up. This thickness will hold up well in most hurricane conditions up to a Category 3. The Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety provides further information on how to prepare your home, what to consider when remodeling, and tips on how to prevent water damage.

    It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared

    It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.

    • Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

    • Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

    • Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

    • Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    • Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.

    • Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.

    • Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight

    • Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.

    • Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.

    • The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready! 

    Next month, I will provide you with information on what to include in your Emergency Supply Kit, what to do before an approaching storm, and how to keep your pets safe. In August, we will discuss what the different categories of hurricanes mean to you, what to do during a storm, and we will review your power outage checklist. Finally, in September, we will consider how to manage your emotional health after a disaster, and ways to help your community or other communities affected by severe weather. If there is anything else you are interested in learning more about, please send us an email and we will try to address your concerns in one of our blogs.

    Hurricane Season

    5/22/2013 (Permalink)

    General Hurricane Season Hurricane Katrina, 2005, www.katrina.noaa.gov

    As a former resident of Louisiana and Florida, (and evacuee for both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Wilma), I felt it was important to discuss Hurricane Season with you today, before it officially begins.  The Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season actually begins earlier than the Atlantic Hurricane Season: the former began May 15, the latter will begin June 1st.  But here at SERVPRO of Burlington Twp/Mt Holly we will focus on the Atlantic Hurricane Season as those storms may affect NJ residents. 

    National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2013 runs from May 26 through June 1, 2013.  According to the National Weather Service, they are responsible for providing us with watches and warnings, but we are responsible for our level of preparedness before the storm ever approaches.  Awareness is the first step towards minimizing damages. I urge you to read A Preparedness Guide, issued by NOAA, at your earliest convenience. 

    Hurricane Season runs June 1 through November 30th every year.  Hurricanes can develop before June or after November, as evidenced by the most active Hurricane Season in recorded history in 2005, when we had named storms through late-December! Nevertheless, the most damaging hurricanes are typically during Hurricane Season. This year's names for tropical storms are:


    These names may look familiar to you.  They are recycled every 6 years, unless a storm is so deadly that it's name is retired, such as Hurricane Katrina, Wilma, Irene, and Sandy. For more information on the naming of storms, click here.

    Over the next few months, I will be focusing this blog on Hurricane Preparedness and Information, with helpful links to outside sources.  This blog is not meant to be all-inclusive; however, having been through a few hurricanes myself, there are key points that I share with my family and friends and would like to share with you.  I hope you will do your own research and due diligence as well. 

    The easiest way you can begin to prepare is to update your list of contacts for fast reference.  Keep this list in your phone, on your computer, and a hard copy in your home, office, and car as well.  Some contacts you might like to include on this list:

    • Local Emergency Management Office

    • County Law Enforcement

    • County Public Safety Fire/Rescue

    • State, County and City/Town Government

    • Local Hospitals

    • Local Utilities

    • Local American Red Cross

    • Local TV Stations

    • Local Radio Stations

    • Your Property Insurance Agent

    • Your Local SERVPRO franchise: SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly.  The earlier you call us, the quicker we can respond to your emergency.  Our phone number is #609-326-3663 and we are available 24/7, 365 days per year!

    SERVPRO can help you prepare this list, as well as other pertinent information for your business, to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan is offered to non-profit and for-profit businesses, commercial and industrial buildings, and churches, schools, and government buildings at no charge to them.  Contact us directly to schedule a complimentary assessment of your facility.  #609-326-3663 or aflynn@servprosocietyhill.com

    Connect with SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly!

    5/17/2013 (Permalink)

    General Connect with SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly! Find fun photos like this on Social Media!

    Did you know that you can now connect with us through social media?  Stay in the know of important weather-related information, safety tips, and community-based events by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or inviting us to connect on Linked In. Keep an eye out for special contests, promoted through Social Media only! 

    Rotary Golf Outing 2013

    5/17/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Rotary Golf Outing 2013 SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt. Holly's Tee Sign at the 2012 Golf Outing

    SERVPRO of Burlington/Mt Holly is a proud supporter of the Rotary Club of Burlington's Annual Golf Outing.  This year's event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Burlington County Country Club in Mount Holly, NJ.  Please email Angelique at aflynn@servprosocietyhill.com if you would like to participate as a golfer, sponsor, or volunteer.  All proceeds benefit the various programs that Rotary supports in our local community.  Please visit the Rotary Club of Burlington's website for more information. 


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