Recent Storm Damage Posts
Even weak tornadoes can pack a big punch
Although tornadoes in New Jersey might seem like an unusual occurrence, it has become more common here in the Garden State. According to the National Weather service office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey now averages at least 2 tornadoes annually since 1999. Although cool in nature and pictures, Tornadoes can be deadly and destructive. SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly wants you to stay safe and be aware of how to avoid getting hurt in the event of tornado warning in your area.
Tip 1: When a tornado touches down, you should seek shelter in the lowest room (ex. basement) in your house.
Tip 2: avoid any and all windows, tornadoes can rip apart your house in seconds, causing shattering glass that can be more harmful then the strong winds.
Tip 3: If driving, seek shelter under an overpass is your safest bet while driving during a tornado storm.
When disaster strikes and you need help, SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly can service all of your Fire/Water/Biohazard cleanup needs!
Tornado Safety Tips
Always be prepared for a tornado!
Tornado's although not very common can be very unpredictable, as well as extremely destructive. There is no fool proof plan to guarantee safety during a tornado, but there are actions that can be taken to increase you're odds of staying safe and injury free. Being prepared is the most important step you can take. Having a plan and a place to take shelter is the first thing that should be planned out. Followed by having supplies ready such as fresh batteries, radio, and a emergency kit. Be aware of the weather especially if thunderstorms are in the forecast. A tornado can form without warning and rapidly at times. Some warning signs include, a dark/green sky, a large low lying dark cloud, hail, and a loud noise similar to a freight train. When taking shelter you want to find a basement or the lowest lying room without windows. Make sure to always protect your head, and cover yourself in a blanket or sleeping bag. Just staying prepared is always the number one safety step. If a tornado were ever to strike, just know that SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mt Holly has the experience and tools to clean up any damages!
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!
Winter Weather Hazards
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!
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!
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.
Preparing for Hurricane Season
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.
Who Is Liable
It is undeniable that dramatic and strange weather patterns have been on the increase. Not only have we seen the highest temperatures ever recorded in some areas, but massive hail storms and flash floods as well.This is all happening at the same time as other parts of the country continue to experience severe drought and devastating fires.During extreme weather cycles, physical damage to a property can be unavoidable.But is an owner or tenant liable for this kind of damage?“The risk and liability involved with immovable property will always be that of the owner. The owner is thus liable for all damages caused by 'vis major',” says Dickens.She says ‘vis major’ is a legal term referring to a superior force, which is outside of human control. It includes acts of nature or acts of God such as lightning, earthquake, flood or violent storms.Damage to the structure of the property, unless caused by the gross negligence of the tenant, is the responsibility of the owner.“This is also the case with permanent fittings, for instance cupboards, baths, toilets or curtain rails. If the tenant causes a fire in the kitchen through gross negligence, and in so doing burns down the house, the blame - and therefore liability - for the damage falls squarely on the tenant,” says Dickens.Cilna Steyn, Managing Director of SSLR Inc., property specialist law firm, says she can provide practical advice concerning this.“The question to ask is: who caused the damage? If the damage was caused by the tenant, it is the tenant’s responsibility to fix it. If it was caused by the landlord, the landlord is liable for the damage. If the damage is nobody’s fault, the property owner is liable for repair of the damages,” says Steyn.“Another way of looking at the problem is: who has the insurable interest? A tenant cannot take out insurance on a property, whereas a landlord can. Therefore, tenants cannot be held liable unless they were grossly negligent.”How does this contrast with a property that is sold? If a property is sold but occupation has not yet taken place and the property is destroyed due to no fault of the seller, the sale is not terminated. The buyer remains liable for payment of the full purchase price.Steyn says every set of circumstances where a dispute arises regarding damages to a property is unique, and liability can therefore only be determined on a case by case basis. Here at SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly want you to be knowledgeable of all scenarios and we hope that this helps you have a better understanding of the owner and landlord relationship.
Prepare for the Season
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."
"I Don't Live Near Hurricanes"
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
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.
Getting Your Property Back Up and Running
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
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
Millions of Fish Wash up on New Jersey Shore Causing Large Scale Bio-Hazard Cleanup
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
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.
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!
2014 Flooding in Philadelphia
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
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