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Hurricane Season is Here!

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Living near the coast brings many benefits to those of us who reside in Cumberland County. But with all the pros, there are some cons, one of them being hurricane season. Hurricane season is upon us! The season started on June 1stand the threat will continue until November 30th here in the Northeast. The strongest chance for hurricanes and storm activity begins in mid-August and lasts until about the end of October. Hurricanes can bring speeds up to 200 mph and the storms themselves have been known to stretch across up to 600 miles. Are you prepared for a storm of this size? Important information everyone should know includes the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A watch means that threatening conditions are possible within the next 48 hours, while a warning means conditions are expected within 36 hours. Stay prepared and informed, that is the best way to get through any potential storms!

Concerned About Flooding Due to Storms?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Here in Cape May County, it’s important to be prepared for water damage. Many of us live on barrier islands where the threat of flood is an everyday concern whether its high tide from a full moon, heavy rains or an intense storm. Being prepared for flooding and water damage is your best defense. Be aware of the tides and the weather, be prepared to move cars to higher grounds and keep all pets inside when necessary. Be aware of how high off the ground your home is, do you have a crawlspace that would be susceptible to water? Finally, have a plan in place in the event water damage does occur in your home. SERVPRO of Cumberland County is ready to go 24/7 to assist you. We can be reached at 856-692-0041, we will work to make your situation as stress-free as possible.

Emergency Readiness Plans

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Do you own a business in Cape May County? Is your store, office or restaurant prepared for a burst pipe, sewage back-up, fire damage, flood or storm damage? With SERVPRO’s Emergency Readiness Plan a trained representative will come out to your building, evaluate how and where to shut off any utilities, exits and entrances, as well as building lay out and square footage. They will then sit with you and create a plan based on your preferences on how to handle any situation that may occur so that you don’t lose precious time by shutting down. Once your plan is complete, you can receive all of the information in the form of an app on your phone, if an event occurs you will be ready, and so will we! ERP’s are a free service, if you would like to take a protective measure for your business call SERVPRO of Cape May County today at 856-692-0041

What To Do In a Thunderstorm!

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Whether a power outage in your home is caused by grid failure or severe weather, you can take the following steps to prepare and respond.

Family Safety

Include power outages in your family disaster plan, identifying alternate means of transportation and routes to home, school or work. 

Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.

Keep your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.

During a power outage, resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information --that's what your battery-powered radio is for.

Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.  Check on elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives who may need assistance if weather is severe during the outage.

Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.

Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food as appropriate on hand. Also be sure to have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand. 

If it is cold outside, put on layers of warm clothing. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.

If it is hot outside, take steps to remain cool. Move to the lowest level of your home as cool air falls and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. If the heat is intense and the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or "cooling shelter" that may be opened in your community.

Remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets.

Food

Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than 4-6 hours.

Have one or more coolers for cold food storage in case power outage is prolonged. Perishable foods should not be stored for more than two hours above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage. 

Generators

Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.

Connect only individual appliances to portable generators.

Don't plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home's electrical system - as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger. 

When Power Returns

When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.

When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.

This information provided to you by The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. For more information visit their website at www.flash.org

Summer Brings Potential for Tornadoes, Be Prepared!

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

What is the difference between a Tornado WATCH and a Tornado WARNING?

A Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Centermeteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states. Watch and prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio to know when warnings are issued.

A Tornado WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 over a designated area. This means a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the tornado. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.

How is tornado strength rated?

The most common and practical way to determine the strength of a tornado is to look at the damage it caused. From the damage, we can estimate the wind speeds. An “Enhanced Fujita Scale” was implemented by the National Weather Service in 2007 to rate tornadoes in a more consistent and accurate manner. The EF-Scale takes into account more variables than the original Fujita Scale (F-Scale) when assigning a wind speed rating to a tornado, incorporating 28 damage indicators such as building type, structures and trees. For each damage indicator, there are 8 degrees of damage ranging from the beginning of visible damage to complete destruction of the damage indicator. The original F-scale did not take these details into account. The original F-Scale historical data base will not change. An F5 tornado rated years ago is still an F5, but the wind speed associated with the tornado may have been somewhat less than previously estimated. A correlation between the original F-Scale and the EF-Scale has been developed. This makes it possible to express ratings in terms of one scale to the other, preserving the historical database.How do tornadoes form?The truth is that we don't fully understand. The most destructive and deadly tornadoes occur from supercells, which are rotating thunderstorms with a well-defined radar circulation called a mesocyclone. (Supercells can also produce damaging hail, severe non-tornadic winds, unusually frequent lightning, and flash floods.) Tornado formation is believed to be dictated mainly by things which happen on the storm scale, in and around the mesocyclone. Recent theories and results from the VORTEX2 program suggest that once a mesocyclone is underway, tornado development is related to the temperature differences across the edge of downdraft air wrapping around the mesocyclone. Mathematical modeling studies of tornado formation also indicate that it can happen without such temperature patterns; and in fact, very little temperature variation was observed near some of the most destructive tornadoes in history on 3 May 1999. We still have lots of work to do.

LEARN MORE AT: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/tornadoes/

If a Tornado does strike, SERVPRO of Cumberland County will be here to help! Call us at 856-692-0041 

Cumberland County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Cape May County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Cumberland County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-692-0041

Does Your Cumberland County Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/19/2018 (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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-692-0041

Top Benefits of Deep Cleaning Services

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

While spring is the perfect time for a deep clean, you may not have the time, expertise, or products to get the job done. Hiring a professional cleaning service company will save you stress and provide you and your family with many additional benefits. As Summer approaches right around the corner, now is the time to rid your house of all of the excess pollen, dirt, dust and allergens that come with the Spring. Learn more below about the biggest advantages of bringing in skilled technicians. 

Top Benefits of Deep Cleaning Services 

  1. Better Equipment 

Most families do not have a carpet and upholstery machine or know how to properly remove debris from air ducts. By calling someone to take care of your deep clean, you won’t have to spend money on equipment and products you rarely use. Professional cleaning teams with experience in odor and stain removal have state-of-the-art technology and formulas to wash each item in your home safely and effectively.

  1. Enhanced Health 

 You may not realize how dust and allergens are affecting your family until you get a deep clean. Pollen, mold, and dirt particles could be making you sick by circulating throughout the rooms of your residence. They could even be hiding in your carpet, ducts, or air filters. An expert in spring cleaning will guide you on the tasks that need to be completed to improve your loved ones’ respiratory health. 

  1. Improved Hygiene 

No one wants to spend time in a dirty home. In a matter of hours, your cleaning team will turn each grimy and messy space into a hygienic haven for your spouse, children, and guests. Whether you are planning for a big summertime party or would like an easy way to manage your house’s overall cleanliness, a professional, deep clean will help you get started. 

No matter your reasons for getting the job done, you deserve a deep clean performed by expertsWhile SERVPRO of Cumberland County in Ocean 
View, NJ, is an expert in mold remediation and water damage, they also provide a variety of residential cleaning offerings. To make an appointment for deep cleaning services, call them at (609) 624-0202. For information about their carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and odor removal, visit their 
website

How to Protect Carpets From Water Damage

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

From leaking pipes to flooding, there are many ways your carpets may suffer water damage. However, these incidents don’t mean you’ll have to replace the flooring. With fast action—and help from a residential restoration service—you can mitigate moisture to preserve carpets and prevent mold growth. After calling the restoration specialists, here are a few tasks you should do as you wait for help to arrive.

How to Protect Carpets From Water Damage

  1. Stop the Source

If possible, determine where the water is coming from and how you can keep it from reaching the floors. For example, you might place a bucket under a roof leak or shut off the water supply valve that serves a problematic pipe.

  1. Clear Out the Room

When exposed to water, furniture—such as shelving and sofas—can become damaged, as well as trap moisture in the carpet. To protect your personal belongings, move all of these items to a dry, safe location.

  1. Extract Water

Since mold can grow in as little as 24 hours after exposure to moisture, it’s critical to quickly remove as much water as possible. The best way to do this is with a wet/dry vacuum that uses powerful suction to extract water from carpet fibers. If the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to remove and replace padding found under the carpet.

  1. Dry & Dehumidify

 While water extraction can resolve a great deal of the moisture, it’s not enough to finish the job. You should also air out the room and use high-powered fans to dry up wet flooring. To keep moisture out of the air—and prevent mold growth—use a dehumidifier. Once dry, have the carpets professionally cleaned.

  1. Clean Nearby Surfaces

Wearing the right protective gear, you should also consider wiping down walls, baseboards, and other surfaces that are near the carpet—particularly if the damage is caused by storm water. Using a bleach-and-water mixture, you can sterilize the surface to eliminate harmful bacteria and mold spores that could cause health problems down the road. However, if you cannot properly protect yourself from exposure, leave the cleaning to the professionals.

Water damage can happen in an instant. That’s why SERVPRO of Cumberland County is proud to offer responsive emergency restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Equipped with decades of experience and heavy-duty equipment, these specialists can quickly mitigate water emergencies to minimize the amount of property damage you experience. They also offer extensive mold remediation services to protect the health of your household. You can learn more about these services online or by calling a helpful representative at (856) 692-0041.

Thunderstorms: Power Outage - Safety Tips

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Whether a power outage in your home is caused by grid failure or severe weather, you can take the following steps to prepare and respond.

Family Safety

Include power outages in your family disaster plan, identifying alternate means of transportation and routes to home, school or work. 

Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.

Keep your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.

During a power outage, resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information --that's what your battery-powered radio is for.

Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.  Check on elderly neighbors, friends, or relatives who may need assistance if weather is severe during the outage.

Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.

Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies, and pet food as appropriate on hand. Also be sure to have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand. 

If it is cold outside, put on layers of warm clothing. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.

If it is hot outside, take steps to remain cool. Move to the lowest level of your home as cool air falls and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. If the heat is intense and the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or "cooling shelter" that may be opened in your community.

Remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets.

Food

Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than 4-6 hours.

Have one or more coolers for cold food storage in case power outage is prolonged. Perishable foods should not be stored for more than two hours above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage. 

Generators

Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.

Connect only individual appliances to portable generators.

Don't plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home's electrical system - as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger. 

When Power Returns

When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.

When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.

This information provided to you by The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. For more information visit their website at www.flash.org