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Do You Have Dirty Ducts?

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Do You Have Dirty Ducts? Call today to have your ducts inspected!

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Duct Cleaning.

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants, such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of your local SERVPRO of Cumberland County's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money.

Keep the air in your home or business healthy. Have a Franchise Professional inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. We'll make the necessary recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County can often restore the HFAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, we use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful pushy-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating power product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

We are local and serve Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland, and surrounding areas in Cumberland County. For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland County today! Call 856-692-0041 or EMAIL.

Looking for a Speaker For Your Next Meeting?

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cumberland County offers Guest Speaker Services for Seminars & Meetings!

We would be happy to host a delicious breakfast or lunch at your office and connect with your colleagues. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial services that may help your clients and educate you with industry-specific tips to prepare for emergencies. Our presentations are delivered by a franchise professional trained as a presenter.

Our services include: Post construction, HVAC, carpet, drape, and upholstery cleaning, water extraction, fire damage cleanup, pet odor removal, bio-hazard clean up, commercial services, and much more!

For more information, contact Colleen Dennis, 856-692-0041 or Email.

Recent Guest Speaker Engagements: Keller Williams, Vineland; Cumberland County Board of Realtors; and Farmers Insurance Regional office.

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning Process

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning Process Call for your duct cleaning today!

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning Process

  • We remove your vent covers and returns are then thoroughly clean them to remove any dirt build-up.

  • A trained Franchise Professional will use a high-powered vacuum system to pull debris out of your ducts and returns back to our filtration system. The air is filtered, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream.

  • We go to each vent and using our tools, we agitate and remove debris from each part of the duct work. The tool chosen is based on your type of ducting. The tools we use can include compressed air or another tool, much like a whip, that uses “tentacles” to loosen and remove years of debris.

  • We mist an EPA registered antimicrobial agent into the duct work while it is still under vacuum pressure. This is the same agent used for water damage restoration and mold remediation. Misting this agent in your ducts helps to eliminate bacteria and mold.

  • The final step is to apply duct sealer to create a mold and mildew resistant barrier between your living and non-living spaces. Also, if you have replacement filters we'll install them at no cost!

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland County today! Dial 856-692-0041 and ask for Colleen Dennis!

We're Here to Help 24/7/365!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Whether because of wind, rain or fire, SERVPRO of Cumberland County provides 24 hour emergency response and services!

Board-ups/Roof Tarping/Property Securing - In some cases it may be important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders. SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professionals may perform the board-up and tarping themselves, or outside subcontractors may be utilized.

Move-Outs - If prolonged exposure to the loss event could cause additional damage to your contents, your contractor requests relocation of the contents, or the safety of your contents is a concern, a move-out may be recommended. In these situations, SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professionals are trained to properly inventory, move out and control the contents from the structure during the cleaning, restoration and deodorization process.

Reconstruction Services - Once the damaged materials are removed from your home or business other construction may be needed to restore your property to preloss condition. Your local SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professional is trained with the proper equipment to replace flooring, carpet, tile, hardwood floors, and doors (interior, exterior, steel & storefront). We can paint many surfaces, work on acoustic ceilings, trim, bathroom/kitchen remodels and home/office renovations.

We also provide the following services: 

  • Temporary Power Rental
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Storage Services
  • Packing Supplies
  • Furniture & Fine Art Restoration

For all of your restoration and reconstruction needs, contact the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County - 856-692-0041 or email.

We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Continuing Education Seminars - Save The Dates!

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Community Continuing Education Seminars - Save The Dates! Sign Up Today!

Continuing Education Seminars at No Cost to Insurance Professionals Licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania!

SERVPRO of Cumberland County will be offering Continuing Education seminars to insurance professionals in 2019. Seminars qualify for credits in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and are free to Insurance Professionals (complimentary dinner included). Dates are subject to change with notice. 

Fall 2019 Schedule (Venues to be Announced Soon):

October 1: Cumberland County
October 15: Cape May County

PROPERTY FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION - 4 CREDITS

  • DE #57313
  • NJ #00505645
  • PA #122728

For all classes:

5 pm to 5:30 pm
Registration & Dinner

5:30 pm to 9:30 Seminar

For more information, or to register for a class, contact Minerva via email or call 856-692-0041.

A "Pawsitively Purrrfect" Idea!

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

A "Pawsitively Purrrfect"
Way to Help Homeless Animals at the Cumberland County SPCA!

Schedule a Residential or Commercial Cleaning Service in April, and we'll donate 10% of the proceeds to the homeless animals at the Cumberland County SPCA!

We are also collection donations for the shelter which can be left with the Crew Chief at the time of service or to make other arrangements, email us at: marketing@SERVPRO9011.com. Thank you for helping our furry friends at the SPCA in Vineland! 

Cleaning Services Include:
HVAC Duct Cleaning
Carpet & Upholstery Odor Removal & Deodorization
Commercial Cleaning Services 

Certified By NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaner Association) 

SERVPRO of Cumberland County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency services. We’re dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster with the training, equipment, and experience to respond to your restoration or cleaning needs. After the damage is repaired, we offer Reconstruction Services to restore your property back to preloss condition.

24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any Size Disaster

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Have Questions? Call Us Today 856-692-0041

Guest Speaker Services

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Guest Speaker Services for Seminars & Meetings!

We would be happy to host a delicious breakfast or lunch at your office and connect with your colleagues. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial services that may help your clients and educate you with industry-specific tips to prepare for emergencies. Our presentations are delivered by a franchise professional trained as a presenter. Our services include: Post construction, HVAC, carpet, drape, and upholstery cleaning, water extraction, fire damage cleanup, pet odor removal, bio-hazard clean up, commercial services, and much more!

 

Contact Colleen Dennis, 856-692-0041 or Email.

Recent Guest Speaker Engagements: Keller Williams-Vineland, Cumberland County Board of Realtors, and Farmers Insurance Regional office.

Continuing Education Seminars - Save The Dates!

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Community Continuing Education Seminars - Save The Dates! Save the 2019 Dates!

Continuing Education Seminars at No Cost for Insurance Professionals!

SAVE THE DATES!

SERVPRO of Cumberland County will be offering Continuing Education seminars to insurance professionals in 2019. Seminars qualify for credits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and are free to Insurance Professionals (complimentary dinner included). All dates are subject to change with notice. 

2019 Schedule (Venues to be Announced Soon):

April 16: Cape May County 
April 23: Cumberland County
NJ Course #0011444
Restorative Drying for Loss Control-3 credit hours
PA Course #125670
Restorative Drying for Water Damage-2 credit hours

July 9: Cumberland County 
July 23: Cape May County
NJ Course #88894833 - Ethics-3 credit hours
PA Course #120265 - Ethics-3 credit hours

October 1: Cumberland County
October 15: Cape May County
NJ Course #00505645
Property Fire Damage Restoration-4 credit hours
PA Course #122728
Understanding the Restoration Industry:Property Fire Damage Restoration

For all classes:

5 pm to 5:30 pm - Registration and Dinner
5:30 pm - Class starts

For more information, please contact Minerva at 609-624-0202 or email!

Why You Need to Consider Mold Remediation

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Need to Consider Mold Remediation Got mold? We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Exposure to moisture, whether it’s from storm damage or a plumbing failure in your home or business, can provide the right situation for mold to flourish. The growth process can begin in as little as 48 hours, which is why it’s extremely important to know what steps to take and who to call for help with mold remediation.

Proper Mold Remediation Is Key

We’re sure that you’ve probably seen ads for mold remediation and mold removal, but the truth is that the latter of these two is false. Removing all mold from a home or business simply cannot be accomplished.

Instead, a qualified restoration company focuses on mold remediation, and will work to achieve the goal of getting mold levels back to normal and natural ranges.

Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. It is only when a minor mold problem is left untreated that the mold will become a major issue.

During a mold remediation, technicians will isolate the mold-contaminated areas. Depending on the size of the remediation job, it can be done by either closing all doors and windows or completely sealing all of the doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials are removed and discarded in plastic bags, and all areas that have been exposed to and affected by mold are then completely cleaned and dried. In some cases, a HEPA vacuum may be brought in to aid in the removal of the contamination and debris.

The area that is affected by the mold is treated with a biocide, and then left overnight to destroy and kill the mold spores. The mold remediation crew will return the following day and encapsulate the affected and surrounding areas.

When to Call the Professionals

If you suspect that your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll need to act quickly. Take a look at the size of the problem area and, if the moldy area is larger than 10 square feet, it is time to contact your local Franchise Professionals.

Contact the SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professionals. We are highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, the safest way to deal with mold is to talk to the professionals to quickly and efficiently resolve the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Cumberland County, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County Offers Many Services!

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Building Services SERVPRO of Cumberland County Offers Many Services! We're Here To Help 24/7365

DID YOU KNOW? SERVPRO of Cumberland County provides 24 hour emergency response and additional services to help customers with Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration and Mold Remediation!

Board-ups/Roof Tarping/Property Securing - In some cases it may be important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders. SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professionals may perform the board-up and tarping themselves, or outside subcontractors may be utilized.

Move-Outs - If prolonged exposure to the loss event could cause additional damage to your contents, your contractor requests relocation of the contents, or the safety of your contents is a concern, a move-out may be recommended. In these situations, SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professionals are trained to properly inventory, move out and control the contents from the structure during the cleaning, restoration and deodorization process.

Reconstruction Services - Once the damaged materials are removed from your home or business other construction may be needed to restore your property to preloss condition. Your local SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professional is trained with the proper equipment to replace flooring, carpet, tile, hardwood floors, and doors (interior, exterior, steel and storefront). We can paint many surfaces, work on acoustic ceilings, trim, bathroom/kitchen remodels and home/office renovations.

Inventory - Utilizing Contents Claim Inventory Service technology, SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professionals can generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories. Contents are categorized as salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable - allowing for easier contents settlement.

Electronics Cleaning and Restoration - Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces when moisture is also present. If the residues are not removed, corrosion can eat away at the metal casing and can ultimately cause electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO of Cumberland County Franchise Professional can clean the outside casing correctly, as well as refer your equipment to a qualified electronics vendor.

We also provide the following services: 

  • Temporary Power Rental
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Storage Services
  • Packing Supplies
  • Furniture & Fine Art Restoration

For all of your restoration and reconstruction needs, contact the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County today! Call 856-692-0041 or email us. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

5 Causes of Fire Damage & How To Avoid Them

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Causes of Fire Damage & How To Avoid Them Fire Damage? We're Here To Help!

According to the National Fire Protection Association's estimates, fire departments in the United States responded to a house fire every 86 seconds. Given this risk, it’s critical for homeowners to pinpoint potential triggers and take action to prevent fire damage. As you review the safety of your property, here are a few common causes of fires you should be aware of:

What Can Turn Into a House Fire or Fire in Your Business?

  1. Portable Heaters

When winter strikes, a portable heater may provide the little bit of extra warmth you need to stay comfortable. However, these devices can get extremely hot and ignite surrounding objects — such as curtains and furniture. If you must use a portable heater, never leave it unattended and make sure it’s not near any flammable items, and never use it with an extension cord.

  1. Kitchen Accidents

It takes a lot of heat to cook food, so danger can arise quickly if it’s not properly controlled. Gas stoves, grease, and food left in the oven for too long are all potential sources of fire damage. Minimize these risks by supervising meal preparation activities in your home or commercial kitchen, keeping curious kids and pets away from active stoves, and maintaining a clean kitchen space.

  1. Faulty Wires

Since electrical wires remain hidden behind walls, it can be hard to detect potential risks caused by factors like old age or pets that chew through cables. Call an electrician for an inspection at the first sign of trouble, such as flickering lights, malfunctioning outlets, and mysterious burning smells. A professional survey is also a good idea if your wiring is over 20 years old.

  1. Smoking

When dropped into the trash or left unattended, cigarettes can quickly spark massive flames, especially if everyone in the house is asleep. The best way to prevent this problem is to smoke outdoors — or quit.

  1. Candles

Open flames from candles can feel inviting and elegant, but they aren’t as contained as you might think. When flames get too big or candles are knocked over, they can trigger massive fires. Always blow out lit candles before leaving a room or use battery-operated versions that do not use real flames.

Watching out for these risks can help prevent house fires, but there may be instances where the danger is simply out of your control. For these situations, turn to SERVPRO of Cumberland Countyfor complete residential restoration services. Our trained franchise professionals use state-of-the-art equipment to safely remove and restore fire and water damage. To learn more about our 24/7 emergency services call 856-692-0041 or email us.

Winterize Your Cumberland County Home

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winterize Your Cumberland County Home Winterize Your Home!

It's Not Too Late To Winterize Your Cumberland County Home

  • Have a professional inspect your heating system annually.
  • Clean your fireplace or stove and have your flue checked for any buildup of creosote. Be sure other fuel burning equipment is properly vented to the outside.
  • Insulate your home properly. If necessary, insulate walls and attics to conserve energy.
  • Caulk doors and windows to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows, or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation.
  • Protect pipes from freezing:
    • Wrap pipes in insulation or layers of old newspapers. Cover the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture.
    • Turn both hot and cold faucets to continuously drip a little.
    • Keep a wrench near the valves and know how to shut off your water valves if a pipe bursts.
    • For more information: "Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes" from the American Red Cross
  • Inspect and flush your water heater.
  • Clean gutters. Leaves and other debris will hamper drainage.
  • Cut away tree branches that can fall on the house during an ice storm or from heavy snow. Notify the utility company of branches that overhang power lines; do not attempt to trim by yourself.
  • Replace batteries for smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors. If you did not do this when you set the clocks back, do it now.
  • Have a back-up power source in place if you are dependent upon electricity for medical or mobility needs.
  • Know where your snow shovel is located and have a supply of sand or a sand substitute.
  • Prepare a warm, safe place for your animals in severe winter weather. Make sure any outbuilding that houses or shelters animals can withstand wind, heavy snow and ice.
    • Bring pets indoors. Horses and livestock should have a shelter protected from wind, snow, ice and rain. Grazing animals need access to a protected supply of food and non-frozen water.
    • Make sure your animals have access to high ground in case you do not have time to relocate them during a flood.
  • Be aware of the potential for flooding when snow and ice melt.
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program if you are at risk.

If Power Goes Out

Follow these tips:

  • Dress in warm, light layers and wear a cap for warmth.
  • Close off unused rooms.
  • Eat well-balanced meals for energy.
  • Use only safe sources of alternate heat such as a fireplace, a small well-vented wood or coal stove, or portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturers' instructions and never substitute one type of fuel for another.

Clearing Your Roof

  • Clearing your roof is a dangerous task. Always think about safety first. If possible, do not attempt to clear the roof alone.
  • When possible use long-handled rakes or poles.
  • If you must use a ladder, make sure the base is securely anchored. Ask someone to hold the ladder while you climb.
  • Know where the snow is going to fall before clearing the area.
  • Make sure you do not touch electrical wires.
  • If the job is too big for you, HIRE HELP.

The information in this blog is from Ready.nj.gov (the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management). If you have water damage to your property, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County, 856-692-0041. We are trained in water removal, dehumidification, and mold mitigation/remediation. We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

WHY PIPE FREEZING IS A PROBLEM!

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Information for this blog obtained by redcross.org - when you have a water emergency, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County, 856-692-0041.

How to Prevent Furnace Puff Backs

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

When furnace burners don't ignite properly, they can cause excess oil to explode, creating what's known as a puff back. This small, but dangerous combustion can release soot and smoke throughout the house, damaging the structure and contaminating the air. Puff backs can also harm your heating equipment, making it more susceptible to failure or dysfunction in the future. If you want to avoid expensive furnace repairs - and having to call a residential restoration service to clean up the soot - here are a few strategies for puff back prevention that you should follow.

How to Reduce the Risk of Furnace Puff Back

Service Your Furnace

Puff backs are typically caused by a variety of furnace complications that often occur after the equipment has been turned off for some time. Common causes include oil leaks, clogs, cracked heat exchangers, and burner shutdown. The best way to prevent these problems from causing a puff back is to have your furnace professionally serviced at least once a year - preferably before you turn it on for the winter season.

Watch for Soot

In addition to annual maintenance, it's important to keep an eye on your furnace and look for warning signs that a puff back may occur. If you spot soot or smoke damage on the equipment, in the air ducts, or in the room where it is stored, your furnace may be experiencing ignition problems that could eventually cause a puff back. To reduce the chances of damage, call a technician for repairs and have a residential restoration service clean the soot and smoke.

Listen for Problems

If your furnace is making unusual sounds, a mechanical problem may be to blame. For example, a small bang could indicate that unused oil is being ignited. Low, rumbling noises, on the other hand, often suggests a problem with the oil burner shutdown. Upon hearing the sounds, you should turn off the equipment and call a professional for immediate inspection and repairs.

Address Leaks and Debris

Even if your furnace seems to be operating fine, less visible issues may be present that increase the risk of puff back. Oil leaks, for instance, may prevent proper flow of fuel and eventually cause unused oil to build-up and combust upon ignition. Flue vent connectors should also be inspected for clogs, as smoke and soot debris can collect and impair furnace operation. If you notice these issues, have your equipment professionally serviced and cleaned.

If you do experience a puff back, calling SERVPRO of Cumberland County immediately can help prevent structural problems, foul odors, and smoke damage from taking over your home. If you're a homeowner in Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland, or the surrounding areas in Cumberland County, you can rely on us for comprehensive cleaning and restoration services. Backed by heavy equipment, our professionals are able to thoroughly remove smoke, soot, and fire damage. To learn more about SERVPRO of Cumberland County’s residential restoration services, visit us online. To request emergency cleaning services any hour of any day,(24 hours, 7 days a week), call 856-692-0041.

Prevent Water Damage in your Cumberland County Home.

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Water Damage In Your Home.

Preventing water damage is a lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are three easy prevention tips.

Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and what holds your house together.

Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

#1. Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

Clean your gutters routinely. A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.

Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.

Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks. (For crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)

#2. Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

How to test your sump pump:  Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.

Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first. If you don’t have a backup pump — or a generator — and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.

#3. Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all. 

How to check for leaks: Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.

At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.

So now you know how to prevent water damage — and add years (and lower maintenance costs to your home!). If you do suffer from water damage, be sure to call us at 856-692-0041.

September is National Preparedness Month.

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month. Your friends at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County want to be sure you are prepared for any disaster and will be sharing information all through September to help you and your family.

Make A Plan.

First thing’s first. Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.

Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

*Information obtained from ready.gov website.

Managing Mold in your Cumberland County Home.

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold in your Cumberland County Home. We can help you manage mold.

From the Ordinary...

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County handles water damage every day and knows prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County cares about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss conditions.

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

Did you know?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know? “The first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives.

  • First and foremost, do not operate any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.
  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County has responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. When Winter weather strikes, we make it, “Like it never even happened.®”

Restoring Your Cumberland County Commercial Property After Water Damage

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Cumberland County 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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 at 856-692-0041, and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!

About SERVPRO® of Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County 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. Call 856-692-0041 for assistance.

Cumberland County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke:

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.

Here is additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 856-692-0041

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mold

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Mold is a fungus.
  2. Thousands of species of mold exist, some you may find yourself in contact more often than you think. Such as Penicillin, a frequently used antibiotic. Also Blue Cheese, a common addition to salads and sandwiches.
  3. Mold begins life as a tiny, microscopic spore. A single spore mass can consist of thousands and thousands of spores, that is carried through the air by wind and movement.
  4. Mold feeds on organic materials, such as Wood, Paper, Drywall, Insulation, Natural Fibers, Plants, Paints and Caulk. All materials commonly found in your home!
  5. Depending on the particular strain and percentage of mold in the air, exposure can affect your health. Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, sinusitis, hay fever, and more.

If you believe you are being exposed to mold in your home call SERVPRO® of Cumberland County at 856-692-0041 for a free estimate!

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 1st and 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 storm!

Concerned About Flooding Due to Storms?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Here in Cumberland County, it’s important to be prepared for water damage. Being prepared for flooding and water damage is your best defense. Be aware of 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 basement 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 Cumberland 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 ("ERP"), 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 Cumberland 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.

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 Center meteorologists 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.

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 Cumberland 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 SERVPRO® of Cumberland County 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 Millville, NJ are experts 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 (856) 692-0041. Ask about our carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and odor removal services

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, our specialists can quickly mitigate water emergencies to minimize the amount of property damage you experience. We 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.

5 Ways to Protect Your New Home from Water Damage

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

After spending a great deal of money on a new home, the last thing you want to face is the hefty expense of water damage repairs. However, this is a reality all new homeowners should prepare for — especially since floods are the most frequent and costly types of natural disasters in the United States.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County in Millville, NJ reminds consumers that there are several ways to protect against damage caused by storms, floods, and plumbing emergencies. To help you keep your property in good condition, this residential restoration service offers a few important tips to follow:

5 Water Damage Prevention Tips for New Homeowners

  1. Invest in Roof Inspections

Small roofing problems can develop rapidly — and result in serious leaks the next time a heavy storm comes along. Visually inspect your roof at least once every year, especially after bad weather occurs. You should also hire a professional roofer to thoroughly inspect the structure about once every three years. If you spot any issues — such as missing shingles — have them repaired immediately.

  1. Test Your Sump Pump Annually

When you have a flooded basement, your home’s sump pump can help clear water out to prevent damage. However, these devices only have an average life span of 10 years and can often experience issues after long periods of inactivity. To avoid flooding damage, test the sump pump once a year and promptly repair any problems.

  1. Keep Your Gutters Functional

  If your gutters don’t provide proper drainage, excess water can spill over and damage the walls and foundation of your home. Regularly clean your gutters to promote the flow of water away from your home. And if you spot sagging or broken gutters, have them replaced as soon as possible.   

  1. Watch Your Water Bill

Since the majority of your home’s plumbing system remains hidden behind the walls, it can be tough to spot leaks that may cause water damage. However, unusual upticks in water bills can be a sign of a potential leak. If you notice increasing water usage, call a plumber for a professional inspection.

  1. Check Your Insurance  

While proactive inspection and repairs can help new homeowners avoid water damage, some incidents can’t always be avoided. In these cases, strong homeowners and flood insurance policies can help cover the cost of water restoration and mold remediation.

When water damage occurs, it’s important to restore the area as quickly as possible to prevent structural deterioration and mold growth.

You’ll find fast and reliable care from the professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County. Providing water, fire, and storm damage restoration services since 1967, we offer expertise and resources to get your home back to its original condition. Visit us online to learn more about our emergency restoration services or call (856) 692-0041 to request assistance.

3 Reasons It Pays to Hire Professionals for Residential Spring Cleaning

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Every spring, Americans break out their cleaning supplies to give their homes a much-needed deep clean after winter fades away. But as refreshing as spring cleaning can be, some tasks can involve more work than you bargain for. Fortunately, if you’re facing a tough chore that needs a professional touch, you can hire a residential restoration service to get your living space in tip-top shape. To help you achieve a fresher, healthier home, here are a few ways these specialists can simplify the process.

How Can a Residential Restoration Service Help With Spring Cleaning?

  1. Duct Cleaning

Changing out your HVAC’s air filter every 90 days keeps your family from breathing in dust and other contaminants. Unfortunately, if you have a ventilated system, debris can also collect along the ducts, possibly impacting your air quality and increasing allergy and asthma risks. Since the spaces can be incredibly hard to reach, it’s better to hire a professional duct cleaning crew to wipe down surfaces and eliminate buildup.  

  1. Drapery Cleaning

 While many fabrics used in window drapes are designed to resist stains and maintain color, they can still get quite dirty since they’re exposed to soil and dust in the air. You should have the drapery cleaned every two years to avoid these problems. Backed with advanced equipment, residential restoration services can make the job easier by gently steam cleaning these fabrics to extend their life span and help you avoid costly replacement.

  1. Carpet Cleaning

Regular vacuuming is essential for removing loose soil and debris from carpet fibers. But even with this upkeep, your carpets might be dirtier than they look — especially after a winter full of heavy foot traffic. Professional carpet cleaning crews are equipped to tackle all types of carpets by offering a variety of specialized techniques, such as hot water extraction and deluxe preconditioning. In addition to keeping your floor looking fresh, these services help eliminate odors as well as extend the life of the carpet.

If you have a long list of spring cleaning tasks to tackle, turn to SERVPRO® of Cumberland County to lighten the load. As the premier commercial and residential restoration service of Cumberland County, we offer a variety of deep cleaning services that will refresh your air ducts, furniture, carpets, drapes, and more. In addition to this comprehensive care, our crews are equipped to help with water damage and mold remediation when springtime rainstorms strike. Visit them online to learn more about their cleaning and restoration solutions, and call (856) 692-0041 to schedule fast, affordable service.  

4 Ways to Protect Your Home From Electrical Fire Damage

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Powering everything from light bulbs to kitchen appliances, electricity provides much of the comforts people enjoy at home. But while this power source may make life easier, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County reminds consumers that it’s not used without risk. In fact, research estimates that nearly 51,000 homes encounter electrical-related fire damage a year.

Here are a few tips to help protect your family — and your home — from electrical fires.  

How to Prevent Electrical Fire Damage

  1. Schedule Inspections

Since electrical wires are usually hidden within walls, it’s not always easy to tell if a fire risk is present. The best way to catch these dangers early on — and have them repaired — is to schedule an inspection with a professional electrician about once every five years. In addition to checking wiring, these professionals can also assess the safety of your outlets and overall power use.

  1. Avoid Overloading

 Plugging too many devices into a single outlet can strain your electrical system and increase the risk of fire. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them and avoid using extension cords for prolonged periods. Also, follow all wattage recommendations when installing light bulbs.

  1. Keep Cords in Control

Electrical cords that are damaged in any way should never be used — particularly if there is any visibly exposed wire. Cords should also be kept uncovered and away from flammable objects and water sources.  

  1. Check Smoke Detectors

If an electrical fire occurs, smoke detectors can provide a second line of defense to help you avoid and minimize danger. Test all smoke detectors once a month and swap the batteries annually.

While following these steps will reduce the risk of electrical fires in the home, it’s still important to know who to call when problems occur. Once fires have been put out, SERVPRO of Cumberland County will help put your home back in order. Offering end-to-end care, our highly trained technicians will assess the fire damage, clean soot, repair structural damage, and remove smoke odors. Committed to helping homeowners regain comfort as soon as possible, we also offer emergency restoration services 24/7. Call 856-692-0041 for immediate assistance.

What to Do and What to Avoid When You Have a Flooded Basement.

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

When floods break out, basements are at risk. Whether it’s due to a broken pipe or heavy rain, flooded basements should be addressed quickly to help you minimize costly water damage and prevent safety issues. So what’s the best way to respond to these emergencies? To help you stay prepared, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County— a water restoration company serving Cumberland County — highlights important do’s and don’ts of tending to a flooded basement.

DO:

Move belongings to dry areas.

As soon as you determine the area is safe, try to recover any belongings that may be exposed to moisture. Certain items — such as soaked books and appliances — are usually not salvageable. However, clothing, furniture, and other slightly damp objects can often dry out in a well-ventilated area.

Safely remove water.

 The sooner you can remove water, the less damage you will experience. Sump pumps, wet-dry vacuums, or mops and buckets can all be effective ways to clear the space.

Check insurance coverage.

While home insurance policies may cover some types of water damage, they generally don’t pay out benefits for natural floods. However, if you have flood insurance, you may be able to save yourself a great deal of money. To find out what’s covered, get your insurance documents in order and call your agent as soon as possible to start the claims process.

DON'T:

Keep electricity active.

If the water is more than two inches deep, do not touch it; you could be shocked by live electricity. In any case, shut off power to the basement using the circuit breaker or calling an electrician.  

Enter water unprotected.

Water in a flooded basement may contain harmful bacteria and can increase the risk of slip-and-fall injuries. Wear a face mask, boots, gloves, and other protective gear when entering the area.

Wait to call for help.

Even if you seem to have a good handle on removing water and recovering items, call a professional water restoration team right away. These trained specialists will quickly remove excess water and help dry out the area to limit the risk of property damage, as well as mold growth.

When you’re facing a flooded basement, call SERVPRO of Cumberland County. Backed by the nationally recognized SERVPRO name, we are a local business that offers responsive, safe, and thorough water damage restoration to provide homeowners with peace of mind. In addition to preserving your home as much as possible, we also offer comprehensive mold remediation services to help keep your family healthy. Ask about our water removal capabilities by calling (856) 692-0041.  

How Can You Prevent Mold in Your Home?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

When there’s moisture in your home, there’s a risk for mold growth. While this is usually a harmless fungus found everywhere in nature, it can be particularly dangerous inside homes. Specifically, when mold spores are inhaled, some individuals—such as those with asthma or allergies—can develop breathing problems, skin irritation, and congestion. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your household. Offering advanced mold remediation services in Vineland, NJ, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County highlights some of the best ways to keep the problem at bay.

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

  1. Repair Water Damage Risks

Water damage of any size can spark mold growth within 24 to 48 hours. To stay proactive, routinely inspect for moisture risks—such as leaking pipes and drafty windows—and have them repaired. You should also take care to maintain proper drainage outside the home, as dysfunctional gutters can cause water to seep into the walls and basement.

In the event your home experiences water damage, acting fast will help reduce the risk of mold growth. Whether you have a flood or a plumbing emergency, call a water restoration service to quickly dry and clean the area. If growth has already begun, these professionals will provide thorough mold remediation to stop the problem from spreading.

  1. Control Humidity

 Mold thrives in humid conditions, so it’s recommended you keep your home’s humidity levels at 60% or below. You can monitor these levels using a simple tool known as a hygrometer. If there’s too much humidity, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will help bring the levels down.  

  1. Invest in Ventilation

Cooking, taking showers, and washing laundry are all common activities that introduce moisture. To prevent the need for mold remediation, it’s important to ensure your home has the proper ventilation that allows moisture to escape. For example, use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to direct moist air outside. If you don’t have these, it can help to open windows or doors to promote air flow.

Whether you’ve found mold in your home or want to keep water damage from causing problems, SERVPRO of Cumberland County is here to help. Equipped with heavy-duty tools, our restoration specialists are able to provide fast, thorough, and affordable mold remediation services. If you’re facing an emergency—such as a flooded basement—our experts also offer round-the-clock service to get water out and dry wet areas to prevent mold growth. You can learn more online or by calling a specialist at (856) 692-0041.

5 Common Causes of Fire Damage & How to Avoid Them

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association's estimates, fire departments in the United States responded to a house fire every 86 seconds. Given this risk, it’s critical for homeowners to pinpoint potential triggers and take action to prevent fire damage. As you review your home safety, here are a few common causes of house fires you should stay aware of.  

What Can Turn Into a House Fire?

  1. Portable Heaters

When winter strikes, a portable heater may provide the little bit of extra warmth you need to stay comfortable. However, these devices can get extremely hot and ignite surrounding objects — such as curtains and furniture. If you must use a portable heater, never leave it unattended and make sure it’s not near any flammable items.

  1. Kitchen Accidents

 It takes a lot of heat to cook food, so danger can arise quickly if it’s not properly controlled. Gas stoves, grease, and food left in the oven for too long are all potential sources of fire damage. Minimize these risks by supervising meal preparation activities, keeping curious kids away from active stoves, and maintaining a clean kitchen space.

  1. Faulty Wires

Since electrical wires remain hidden behind walls, it can be hard to detect potential risks caused by factors like old age or pets that chew through cables. Call an electrician for an inspection at the first sign of trouble, such as flickering lights, malfunctioning outlets, and mysterious burning smells. A professional survey is also a good idea if your wiring is over 20 years old.

  1. Smoking

When dropped into the trash or left unattended, cigarettes can quickly spark massive flames, especially if everyone in the house is asleep. The best way to prevent this problem is to smoke outdoors — or quit.

  1. Candles

Open flames from candles can feel inviting and elegant, but they aren’t as contained as you might think. When flames get too big or candles are knocked over, they can trigger massive house fires. Always blow out lit candles before leaving a room or use battery-operated versions that do not use real flames.

Watching out for these risks can help prevent house fires, but there may be instances where the danger is simply out of your control. For these situations, turn to SERVPRO® of Cumberland County for complete residential restoration services. Our trained experts use state-of-the-art tools to safely remove and restore fire damage, as well as water damage resulting from fire hoses. To learn more about our emergency restoration services call (856) 692-0041 today.

5 Common Causes of Flooded Basements

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you use it for storage or additional living space, your basement is worth protecting against heavy rains and faulty plumbing. If it floods, your basement could be subject to extensive water damage and become a breeding ground for dangerous mold. But with a little foresight, you can take steps to prevent this problem from happening. Providing water restoration services throughout Cumberland County, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County highlights a few common causes of flooded basements that homeowners should watch out for.

5 Reasons You May End Up With a Flooded Basement

  1. Sump Pump Failure

All basements should be equipped with a functioning sump pump. When water pools in the basement’s sump basin, these pumps push it out. When the pump isn’t working, the water will only continue to grow. Since sump pumps only have an average lifespan of six years, it’s best to inspect your equipment every year and repair or replace it when necessary.

  1. Leaking Pipes

If you don’t spend a lot of time in your basement, it can be easy to miss a plumbing leak. While small leaks may only cause minimal water damage, they can get worse over time. To defend against these problems, inspect your plumbing about once a year and keep an eye out for signs of leaks—such as unusually high water bills. You should also use insulation to protect exposed pipes from freezing and bursting.

  1. Drainage Problems

 If your home was built in a bad location or you have clogged gutters, it’s possible that storms could cause water to rush toward the basement. If you have drainage issues, consider hiring a contractor to grade your landscape to change the direction of water flow. Additionally, make sure that gutters are always clean and that drain spouts are positioned far away enough from the foundation of the home.

  1. Sewer Backup

When sewage backs up into the basement, it not only presents water and mold risks, but may also introduce harmful bacteria. While some backups may be out of your control, you can minimize the danger by resolving clogged pipes immediately—and taking steps to avoid clogs in the first place.

  1. Improper Sealing

If the walls of your basement are not sealed correctly, you may notice continually damp areas—and experience an increased risk of flooding. Fortunately, there are several products out there that can waterproof these spaces, including concrete sealers, densifiers, waterproof paint, and specialized tiles.

If you’re faced with a flooded basement, acting fast could save you from a great deal of costly damage. That’s why SERVPRO of Cumberland County offers round-the-clock emergency restoration services.

When floods strike, we will dispatch knowledgeable crews to your home to remove water, dry wet areas, and repair structural damage. We also offer comprehensive mold remediation to minimize health risks. To request water damage services for your property, call the experts at 856-692-0041.

What Is Furnace Puff Back & How Should You Handle It?

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you use an oil furnace, it’s important to know about the risk of puff backs. Essentially, furnace puff backs occur when burners do not ignite on start-up, causing excess oil fumes to combust. This reaction produces a great deal of smoke that causes soot to spread throughout the house.

When this happens, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County recommends acting fast to protect your health and your belongings from smoke damage. To help you stay prepared, we highlight a few do’s and don’ts to follow when you experience a furnace puff back.

DO:

Protect your belongings.

Soot can spread quickly, so you’ll need to act fast to keep it from setting on your belongings. If you have a forced air system, tape cheesecloth over the vents to help keep particles from coming through the ducts. You can also place towels over carpets, rugs, and upholstery to provide a protective barrier.

Review your homeowner’s insurance policy.

 Since it takes special tools and experience to properly clean smoke damage, you’ll need to call a residential restoration service provider to clear your home of soot. But before you call, check your homeowner’s insurance policy, as most providers cover this kind of restoration.

Have your furnace inspected.

The problem may have occurred due to a mechanical issue with the equipment. To prevent further puff backs, have a heating specialist inspect and repair your furnace.

DON'T:

Touch or breathe soot.

Soot can be extremely hazardous to your health when inhaled, as it contains a variety of toxic components and carcinogens. Limit movement and keep individuals out of the home until the problem is resolved. As you protect your belongings, cover your mouth and nose with a face mask. Additionally, throw away any exposed food.

Try to clean surfaces.

While it’s fine to take steps to shield items from smoke damage, you shouldn’t try to clean surfaces. Standard cleaning supplies will not remove soot and may only cause particles to settle in further. Instead, wait for a professional smoke and fire damage restoration team to clean the area.

Increase air circulation.

You may be tempted to turn on a fan or open windows to eliminate smoke, but increased air circulation will only spread particles. To keep the problem contained, try to keep airflow to a minimum.

When furnace puff backs occur, SERVPRO of Cumberland County offers fast, thorough, and affordable restoration services. Equipped with specialized cleaning products, we will minimize smoke damage in your home and eliminate stubborn odors. To request assistance, call 856-692-0041 to reach a specialist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

What Are the Health Dangers of Mold?  

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you notice mold growing in your home, the spot may look like nothing more than a nuisance. But for many people, mold can present a wide range of health risks — particularly when the problem is widespread. To help you protect your household — and recognize the importance of mold remediation — here are few important details to know about how this type of fungus can harm the body.

A GUIDE TO THE HAZARDS OF MOLD.

How Does Mold Affect Health?

As this variety of fungus grows, it produces microscopic spores that can spread through your home. When inhaled, individuals with sensitivities to mold may experience chronic breathing problems, skin irritation, and congestion.

These reactions are typically more common among those with allergies or asthma. When people have compromised immune systems, mold-related health problems can lead to infections, such as those affecting the lungs. In addition to putting human health in danger, mold growth is also known to similarly affect pets.

How Can You Prevent Mold-Related Health Problems?

The best way to avoid these health risks is to limit the amount of moisture in your home, as this fungus thrives in damp, humid conditions. Some approaches to DIY mold remediation include fixing leaks, using a dehumidifier, and insulating windows to prevent condensation. If your home is subject to water damage, hire an emergency restoration service to thoroughly dry and clean the area.

What Should You Do If You Spot Mold in Your Home?

Even by following the above steps, it’s likely that you will encounter this problem at some point. If the issue is small and contained, you can usually tackle it on your own by washing the surface with a soap and water solution. However, if you face recurring or widespread growth, hire a professional mold remediation team.

If mold is putting your household’s health at risk, the trusted professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County in Vineland, NJ, will put your home on the path to wellness. As leading mold remediation and restoration service experts, we know how to tackle mold growth strategically. Equipped with heavy-duty cleaning tools, our crews will not only remove spots, but also implement solutions to control moisture and prevent the problem from returning. To arrange fast and effective clean-up, call a helpful representative at 856-692-0041 today.

The Do's & Don’ts of Recovering From Fire Damage

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

A fire is one of the most damaging and traumatic events that can happen to a home or business. Although the safety of everyone in the building is the top priority, knowing the steps to take to recover from fire damage can provide a clear road map to normalcy. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.

DO:

Cover carpets.

Even when the flames are extinguished, fire damage can continue if the necessary precautions aren’t taken. A lot of ash and soot hangs in the air after a fire. When this material settles, it will damage your carpets and floors. To mitigate these effects, cover these surfaces with old towels or sheets. The extra barrier will keep them free of soot and make them easier to clean.

Call professionals as soon as possible.

Although there are some basic actions you can do yourself to help recover from fire damage, most of the work is for professionals only. Call a restoration company after a fire to keep you safe and pave the way for a speedier recovery for your home or business.

DON'T:

Clean furniture or upholstery yourself.

While it might be tempting to start cleaning as soon as possible, doing so can do more harm than good. Without professional experience and know-how, cleaning furniture and upholstery can spread the damage and soot to other areas of the items. It’s best to leave the heavy lifting to fire damage professionals.

Use electrical appliances.

Fire can impact different appliances in different ways. Even if an item seems to be in good shape, the blaze could’ve had unexpected effects that make it dangerous for use. Refrain from using any electrical appliances until they’ve been tested. 

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County is the go-to source for fire damage recovery. With more than 50 years of experience, the company takes pride in helping both residential and commercial customers recover from water damage, mold, and storms. To schedule service, call 856-692-0041.

4 Questions About Storm Damage Restoration

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with a natural disaster can be challenging, especially when you aren’t prepared for the magnitude of the aftermath. That’s especially true when inclement weather causes damage to your home. The storm damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County answers some frequently asked questions about handling this serious problem.

What Kind of Damage Is Possible?

There’s no way to predict the severity of a storm’s impact on the home. Common effects include flooding and roof damage. Hail or heavy wind may knock out windows or cause damage to doors. Extensive water damage might develop inside the house if left unattended.

What Should I Do After the Storm?

Act fast if storm damage occurs. First, find a contractor who provides emergency restoration services. You’ll also need to prevent further damage to the home by securing any doors and windows that were destroyed. Professionals will put a tarp on a damaged roof to ensure that the property is safe. You’ll also need to contact your insurance provider to start the claims process. Take pictures of the area to aide your claim.

What If I Don’t See Visible Damage?

Not all types of damage are visible. If a storm ravaged your area and caused significant structural concerns for other homes, it’s possible that your property also suffered to some degree. A qualified storm damage restoration team can properly inspect the area to determine the severity of the problem.

What Does the Restoration Process Involve?

During storm damage restoration, a residential service uses specific equipment to quickly remove excess moisture and dry the affected areas. If necessary, they’ll get rid of odors and sanitize the space. They will also remove damaged drywall, fix flooring, clean carpeting, and perform any needed fixes to ensure that all signs of water are completely gone.

Storms can be debilitating to homes, but with the help of the team at SERVPRO of Cumberland County, you can handle the most challenging types of damage.

If you need emergency restoration services, call 856-692-0041. For more information about storm damage, visit our website.

A Brief Guide to Fire Damage Remediation

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

When you’ve been the victim of fire damage, having a trusted remediation company pick up the pieces makes the process much easier for you and your family. SERVPRO® of Cumberland County knows that if you have suffered a fire emergency, you likely have a lot of questions about the next step. Here, they have demystified the remediation process with the following guidelines: 

What Does the Fire Damage Remediation Process Entail? 

Remediation Professionals Assess Damage 

After emergency personnel has deemed your property safe to enter, a restoration team will go inside and assess the fire damage. They examine how far the fire, soot, and smoke spread throughout the home. They’ll also determine how much damage your furniture and walls received from the fire. After giving it a detailed assessment, they’ll come up with a remediation plan and provide an accurate estimate. 

The Cleanup Process Begins 

Next, the team begins the cleanup process. First, they’ll remove and dispose of items that were too damaged to be salvaged. They’ll clean walls, carpeting, and other areas affected by smoke and fire. These fire damage professionals also remove carpeting and any lingering odors. In some cases, a pipe may have burst due to extreme heat; if this happens, the team will perform both fire and water damage cleanup.

Repair & Restoration

After cleaning and disposing of damaged materials, fire remediation professionals repair and restore your home. This includes fixing fire-damaged furniture and installing new cabinets, carpeting, and wallpaper. Many companies are also equipped to repair damaged electronics, making it possible to keep your appliances.  

Having a reliable remediation service on hand helps minimize costly fire damage to your home. The professionals from SERVPRO of Cumberland County are always available to take your call. We provide affordable commercial and residential remediation services throughout Cumberland County. Call 856-692-0041 for a complete list of services.

3 Reasons You Should Regularly Clean Your Air Ducts

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

When you use a traditional HVAC system, the air ducts are a vital part of circulating the air. However, when the ductwork becomes dirty, your indoor air quality can suffer as a result. It can also lead to further problems like mold growth, which impacts your health. To avoid this, the residential restoration service experts at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County recommends having a professional clean your ducts every three to five years.  

Why Your Air Ducts Should Be Cleaned 

  1. Breathe Easier

As air circulates through the HVAC system and your home, it is easy for dust, dirt, and pet dander to become lodged in the ducts. According to this residential restoration service, as the amount of allergens in your ducts increases, those with allergies will experience an influx of symptoms, such as red and puffy eyes, sneezing, and a scratchy throat. Some might develop respiratory ailments as a result of the poor air quality.

  1. Remove Mold

When moisture from damp areas in the home makes it to the air ducts, they encourage mold and mildew growth. This leads to spores spreading throughout the home. It also causes health problems for anyone living inside it—not just the allergen prone. If you’ve started experiencing nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, regular coughing or wheezing, and eye or skin irritation, you may require a mold or residential restoration service.

  1. Increase Energy Efficiency

When air ducts become impacted with dust and other debris, it causes the HVAC system to work harder. As a result, your monthly energy bill can start to go up. When you have it cleaned, the air can blow freely out of the vents. Additionally, your unit is less likely to require as many repairs when it is working efficiently.

If you are experiencing an increase in allergy symptoms or smelling a musty odor coming from the air vents, it’s time to have your ductwork cleaned.

The trusted team at SERVPRO of Cumberland County provides numerous residential restoration services, including air duct and HVAC cleaning, mold remediation, and odor removal and deodorization. For questions about their services, call 856-692-0041.

THE SERVPRO DUCT CLEANING PROCESS

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning Process

  • Vent covers and returns are removed and thoroughly cleaned to remove any build-up that has accumulated.

  • A highly-trained technician will attach a high-powered vacuum system to your air duct system. This will create a vacuum in your ducting and returns, and pulls the collected debris to our filtration system. Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream.

  • Going to each vent, we use one of our tools to agitate and remove debris from each branch of the duct work. We select the tool we use based on your type of ducting. These can include compressed air or a whip, that uses “tentacles” to agitate years of debris.

  • While your system is still under vacuum pressure, we mist in an EPA registered antimicrobial agent into the duct work. This is the same agent we use during water damage or mold remediation losses. By using this, we help eliminate mold and bacteria.

  • Finally, duct sealer is applied to create a mold and mildew resistant barrier between living and non-living spaces.

If you have replacement filters on site, we will be more than happy to install them at no additional cost. Call 856-692-0041 for more information.

No Water Damage is Too Big or Small

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

No Water Damage is Too Big or Small

Whether a flood or leaky pipe, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County can help. When damage affects your home or business, you want it to be restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the experience to do the job right.

The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary damage or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Cumberland County will be on-site to help ensure water damage is handled b completing the following steps:

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of Cumberland County will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of Cumberland County will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and prepare the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, SERVPRO of Cumberland County will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES

SERVPRO of Cumberland County will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to ensure the property was returned to preloss conditions.

Before further water damage occurs to your home or business and belongings, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland County by calling 856-692-0041.

From Carpets to Catastrophes - For All Your Commercial Cleaning Needs

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

What SERVPRO® Professionals Can Do for You.

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration              
    Pre-testing helps SERVPRO of Cumberland County determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professionals identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup 
    SERVPRO of Cumberland County Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
    SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professionals work to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
    Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job completion tome. SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professionals can provide an itemized area-by-area loss inventory.
  • Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning                  SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professionals can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.
  • Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaning & Care SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professionals use the latest Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration ("IICRC") training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped sails from deep within your carpet’s pile and backing.
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
    Using IICRC standards for carpet as a guide, SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professionals will show you what cleaning option would be best for your carpet’s level of soiling and explain the benefits of sail protection.
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization   SERVPRO of Cumberland County Professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods
    Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning methods.

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland County today for all your commercial cleaning needs. 856-692-0041.

Time is a Precious Commodity

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO® of Cumberland County for all your commercial cleaning needs.

Did you know when you hire SERVPRO of Cumberland County for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response - that's the SERVPRO way.

Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Cumberland County for all your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your home facility, you need fast response and the experience to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. SERVPRO of Cumberland County can provide:

  • Over 45 years of experience as a leading fire and water clean up restoration provider
  • Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.
  • Large loss capabilities - no fire or water damage is too big!

If you have a fire, water or mold loss at your place of business or just need a good deep cleaning - call SERVPRO of Cumberland County today, 856-692-0041.

Cumberland County: Get Help 24/7

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

BE READY FOR WHATEVER HAPPENS. PUT HELP IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND!

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile. By developing a SERVPRO®Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

For your complimentary consultation, contact us at 856-692-0041 or via  Email.

Don't Be The 50% in Cumberland County!

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, YOU CAN BE RUINED OR YOU CAN BE READY!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY™ Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile™ Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following your disaster
  • Provides facility details such as shot-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

    Contact us Today to Get Started! Call 856-692-0041 or reach us via Email.

Prepare Your Business for a Hurricane or Storm

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") for Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane. 

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. 
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery. 
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. 
  • Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home. 
  • Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable. 
  • Ask your SERPVRO of Cumberland County
    professionals about setting your business up with a Disaster Recovery Profile. 

    At SERVPRO of Cumberland County, we make it "Like it never even happened.®"

    Call 856-692-0041 when you need help recovering after storm damage. For more information from FEMA visit their website.

Electrical Fire Safety in Cumberland County

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

The Electrical Safety Foundation International ("ESFI") is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety in homes, schools, and workplaces.

Electrical Safety information is used to educate us about the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss.

Did you know that an electrical outlet can do much more than provide electricity? Electrical outlets can be life saving devices by preventing shocks, burns and even fires.

Specialized electrical outlets can provide you with a safer home and work environment. Do your outlets need an upgrade?

Protect yourself from electrical fires. Visit the ESFI website for more information.

If you have any questions about electrical fires or electrical fire damage, be sure to contact SERVPRO® of Cumberland County at 856-692-0041.

Facts About Fire...Did You Know...?

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More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 25,000 are injured.

An overwhelming number of fires occur in the home. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive a fire. It's not a question of luck. It's a matter of planning ahead.

Fire is FAST! There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. Most fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.

Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.

Fire is DARK! Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black. Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.

Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.

Information obtained from U.S. Fire Administration's website. For assistance with cleanup after fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County, 856-692-0041.

Fire Safety in Cumberland County. Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP!

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Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s about “location, location, location”.

The key message from Fire Departments everywhere is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

The National Fire Protection Association ("NFPA") is excited to share this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of home smoke alarms. Visit NFPA's website for more information.

The above information and more courtesy of the National Fire Prevention Association.

For information on what to do after the fire trucks leave visit our website: SERVPRO of Cumberland County or call 856-692-0041.

Fire Tips: Be Alert, Avert Fire.

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The Vineland Fire Department has compiled a list of fire safety tips to keep you and your family members from becoming one of these deadly statistics.

  1. EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR ON EACH LEVEL Smoke detectors are available for purchase at any hardware store and most retail stores. They are also available at Vineland Fire Headquarters-free of charge. A smoke alarm is inexpensive protection for you and your family. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. A working smoke alarm can double your chances of survival in a fire Test it monthly, keep it free of dust and replace the battery at least once a year. Never remove the battery or disable the smoke detector. Smoke detector themselves should be replaced after ten years of service, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. PREVENT ELECTRICAL FIRES Never overload circuits or extension cords. Do not place cords and wires under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas. Immediately shut off and unplug appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell. Have them professionally repaired or replaced.
  3. USE APPLIANCES WISELY When using appliances follow the manufacturer's safety precautions. Overheating, unusual smells, shorts and sparks are all warning signs that appliances need to be shut off, then replaced or repaired. Unplug appliances when not in use. Use safety caps to cover all unused outlets, especially if there are small children in the home.
  4. PORTABLE HEATERS Portable heaters need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away. Keep fire in the fireplace. Use fire screens and have your chimney cleaned annually. The creosote buildup can ignite a chimney fire that could easily spread. Never cleanout wood stoves or fireplaces unless you are absolutely certain the ashes are cool. Kerosene heaters should be used only where approved by authorities. Never use gasoline or camp-stove fuel. Refuel outside and only after the heater has cooled.
  5. PLAN YOUR ESCAPE In the event of a fire, remember - time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames. Practice an escape plan from every room in the house and know two ways out. Designate a meeting location away from the home, but not necessarily across the street. For example, meet under a specific tree or at the end of the driveway or a front sidewalk to make sure everyone has gotten out safely and no one will be hurt looking for someone who is already safe. Designate one person to go to a neighbor's home to phone the fire department. Caution everyone to stay low to the floor when escaping from fire and never to open doors that are hot. Never go back into a burning building for any reason. Teach children not to hide from firefighters. If someone is missing, tell the firefighters. They are equipped to perform rescues safely.
  6. NEVER LEAVE MATCHES OR LIGHTERS IN REACH OF CHILDREN Children under five are naturally curious about fire. Many play with matches and lighters. Tragically, children set over 18,900 house fires every year. Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching your children that fire is a tool, not a toy. Children who are caught playing with fire or damage a vehicle, structure or injure a person are enrolled in the Vineland Fire Department's Juvenile Fire-setters Program.
  7. NEVER LEAVE CANDLES BURNING UNATTENDED Candles should be used under the supervision of an adult. A candle is an open flame, objects in close proximity could become involved in fire should the candle fall over. Although candles may give off a pleasant aroma, they are dangerous and should only be used while someone is occupying the room.
  8. SMOKING Smoking is not only hazardous to your health, it can have deadly results in the form of fire. Never lie down or smoke in bed. Always dispose of ashes in a safe manner, by waiting a day to dispose of them or by making certain that they are cool.
  9. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS In November 2005, Acting Governor Richard Codey signed into law legislation requiring that upon the sale, lease or transfer of a building with three or fewer dwelling units, each unit be equipped with at least one portable fire extinguisher. The law defines portable fire extinguisher as "an operable portable device, carried and operated by hand, containing an extinguishing agent that can be expelled under pressure for the purpose of suppressing or extinguishing fire, and which is: (1) rated for residential use consisting of an ABC type; (2) no larger than a 10 pound rated extinguisher; and (3) mounted within 10 feet of the kitchen area, unless otherwise permitted by the enforcing agency." A fire extinguisher when used properly can adequately extinguish small amounts of fire, keeping a small fire from becoming a large one.

Information obtained from U.S. Fire Administration and New Jersey Association of Realtors.

Got Mold in Your Cumberland County Building?

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Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County.

We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.

A Moldy Situation.

Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. A number of situations may have created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.

Containing the Infestation.

When SERVPRO® of Cumberland County professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.

Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air.

Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, our mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a “negative air” situation inside the infested area. A “negative air” situation is essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.

Removing Contaminated Materials.

Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage businesses to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.  

Inhibiting Future Growth

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.

Call SERVPRO® of Cumberland County for Mold ASAP.

When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our mold remediation team at 856-692-0041 for a free estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again. 

* Information on mold health risks obtained by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Does Your Cumberland County Home Have a Mold Problem?

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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 SERVPRO® of Cumberland County Today at 856-692-0041.

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

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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. SERVPRO of Cumberland County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  

    About Our Mold Remediation:

    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 SERVPRO® of Cumberland County Today at 856-692-0041

Managing Mold

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From the Ordinary...

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.

To the Unhealthy.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO of Cumberland County handles water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County cares about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss conditions.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO® of Cumberland County Today at 856-692-0041.

Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane or Storm

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Tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") for Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane. 

  • Cover all of your home’s windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds. 
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. 
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant. 
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed. 
  • Turn off propane tanks. 
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water. 
  • Ask your SERVPRO® of Cumberland County professional about boarding up your home.

    At SERVPRO of Cumberland County, we make it "Like it never even happened."®

    Call 856-692-0041 when you need help recovering preparing for a storm or after storm damage. 

Don't Be Left In The Dark Cumberland County!

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Thunderstorms: Power Outage - Safety Tips

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.

When Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO of Cumberland County is ready!

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SERVPRO® of Cumberland County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Cumberland County, 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 856-692-0041!

Cumberland County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

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Flooded Basements

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causing surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more…

The flooding in this home was caused by heavy rain runoff. Cumberland County had received several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system. 

At this particular job, we were onsite within an hour to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the basement dry. We used advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that the structure of the homes was dry. 

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get! 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists, and we: 

  • Are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • Bill the Insurance Company Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About!
  • Highly-Trained Technicians in Water Restoration Techniques
  • Use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help! (856) 692-0041.

We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

Water Damage & Flooding Tips: Did You Know, Cumberland County?

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Did you know, Cumberland County?

The first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives.

  • First and foremost, do not operated any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.
  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland Countyhas responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. When Winter weather strikes, we make it, “Like it never even happened.®

Call us today for your water damage questions: 856-692-0041.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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SERVPRO® of Cumberland County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – 856-692-0041

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cumberland County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Faster to your Cumberland County Water Damage

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Water Damage Faster to your Cumberland County Water Damage SERVPRO of Cumberland county provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service throughout the county.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO® of Cumberland County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Cumberland County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 856-692-0041

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Avoid Cooking Fires in Cumberland County!

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy safe cooking in your Cumberland County home!

  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking;
  • Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove;
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking;
  • Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on;
  • Keep kids and pets away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid/pet-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove;
  • Keep anything flammable-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from the stove, oven, or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat;
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup;
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen;
  • Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers;
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving your home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off; and
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms.  Use the test button to check it each month.  Replace batteries at least once a year!

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Cumberland County property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Contact SERVPRO® of Cumberland County if you have a fire damage emergency - (856) 692-0041 or EMAIL.

Restoring Your Cumberland County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water damage events at Cumberland County 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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.

About SERVPRO® of Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County 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.

Meet our Crew

Our Certifications

When Storms or Floods hit Cumberland County, SERVPRO is ready!

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SERVPRO® of Cumberland County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Cumberland County, 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.

24 HOUR Emergency Services: Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Cape May County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 856-692-0041!

Water Damage Tips for Cumberland County Residents

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Water damage? We're here to help in Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding areas in Cumberland County!

Did you know that the first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage?

Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives.

  • First and foremost, do not operated any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.

  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.

  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.

  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.

  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County has responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. When Winter weather strikes, we make it, “Like it never even happened.®

Call 856-692-0041 if you have any water damage questions. We're here in your community, and we're here to help!

Clean Homes Sell Faster in Cumberland County!

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

Get It Clean – Get It Sold in Cumberland County!

It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show.

Experienced realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased Market Value
  • Shortened list to sale conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County professionals offer a variety of services to help revive your listings to top show condition:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Ceiling, Wall, and Hard Floor Cleaning and Deodorization.
  • Duct and HVAC Cleaning-Dirty Ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home.
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation-Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.

By following these simple steps, your listing is sure to pass home inspections and sell!

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland County at 856-692-0041! 

Vineland Chamber of Commerce Honors Minerva Alvarado

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Community Vineland Chamber of Commerce Honors Minerva Alvarado Minerva with Vineland Chamber of Commerce President, Victor LaTorre

The Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce honored Minerva Alvarado, Marketing Coordinator for SERVPRO of Cumberland County with the "Spirit of Giving" award at a special ceremony held at the Buena Vista Country Club.

Chamber businesses each nominated an employee to be recognized for their volunteer work. The awards were presented at the Chamber’s December holiday lunch.

Minerva's "giving spirit" shows in her commitment to the following organizations: Salvation Army Vineland Corps, Project Thanksgiving NJ, Cumberland County Code Blue, and Gateway Community Action Partnership (GCAP), where she is a member of the board and also serves as a GCAP Literacy volunteer.

Minerva was nominated by Barbara Jones, owner of SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties and Vineland Chamber board member.  We are proud to have Minerva on our team and are honored to support causes that improve the quality of life in Cumberland County and promote self-sufficiency.

Grab a Passport and Love Where You Live-- Eat, Shop, Play!

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

We are proud to partner with the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce to promote the GVCC Business Passport Program. Love Where You Live-- Eat, Shop, Play!

Shoppers have six months to shop at participating chamber member businesses (spending at least $10 per visit to get a stamp from that store) and fill up their “passport.” The passport is then returned to the Vineland Chamber office and will be entered into a grand prize drawing that will include a $25 gift certificate from each of the participating businesses and special gifts from the Vineland Chamber! The grand prize winner will also be a guest at Vineland Chamber’s President's Gala in June.

The following local businesses are participating:

Ace Plumbing & Heating Supplies
Al & Sam's Canoes & Kayaks
Appliances Plus Video
Bellview Winery
Benngian's Restaurant
Choice Cleaners
Crust N Krumbs Bakery
Denny's Restaurant
Double Eagle Saloon
Landi Pools & Games
Larry's II Restaurant
LaTorre Hardware
Lilliston Ford
M&M Music
Mainiero's Appliances
Mauro's on the Ave
Merighi's Savoy Inn
Running Deer Golf Club
SERVPRO of Cumberland County
Sir Speedy of Vineland
South Jersey Litho
Spot At The Ave
Wheaton Arts Center

If you have any questions about the program contact our Marketing Department via email or visit the Vineland Chamber’s website.

Winter Safety for Cumberland County Residents

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

We urge Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding Cumberland County communities to prepare for severe weather by following these winter safety tips.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says to be sure you have these things:

  • Snow shovels – more than one because they can break, and four hands are better than two if you have them
  • Deicers, preferably the pet-safe type*
  • Extra fuel such as firewood, a full propane tank, or a generator.
  • Clean blankets, pillows, warm clothing, etc. because you might not be able to do laundry for awhile
  • Food and water that doesn’t require refrigeration
  • Transistor radio with new batteries — and backup batteries

*When it comes to deicers, some of the more environmentally-safe types include calcium magnesium acetate and sand to improve traction. Be sure to stock up early in the season, as they become scarce before a well-publicized storm.

How to Winterize Your Home

High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off roof tiles and gutters, exposing your home to serious damage. Make sure no roof tiles are loose or missing. Do the same with your gutters and siding.  

  • Check roof tiles, shutters, siding, and other exterior materials to ensure they’re secure
  • Seal air leaks around the home to keep it warmer (and save energy costs)
  • Insulate all exposed plumbing pipes to prevent burst pipes
  • Trim tree branches away from your roof to prevent roof damage

Clean Your Gutters.

If you don’t, you risk an ice dam. What’s an ice dam? Ice dams occur when ice melts off the roof during the day and then re-freezes as it drips into a clogged gutter. This can force water back under the roofline and cause serious leaks, often thousands of dollars in damage!

Overgrown tree branches are a risk to your home, vehicles, and loved ones. But trimming and removal can be dangerous, too, so don’t attempt it on your own. Best to hire a professional!

Insulate Your Pipes.

Buy foam insulation to cover your pipes. Invest in a temporary patch kit in case you need it later in the season. While you’re insulating your pipes, remind yourself where all water shut-off valves are so you can turn off the water supply in case of any leaks.

NOW you’re ready for a snow day, but if you find yourself with winter storm damage, click HERE for important tips to help you. We're here 24/7, 365 days a year to make it, Like it never even happened.®

Holiday Safety in Cumberland County: Christmas Trees

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Make Holiday Safety in Cumberland County a Priority this Holiday Season!

About Christmas Trees

  • Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $16.2 million in direct property damage annually. 
  • On average, one of every 34 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
  • Some type of electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in one-third (35%) of home Christmas tree fires.   
  • Twenty-three percent of Christmas tree fires were intentional. 
  • Two of every five (38%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

Source: NFPA's "Home Structure Fires Involving Christmas Trees" report, November 2016

Holiday Safety in Cumberland County: Candles

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Cumberland County residents should place fire safety top on their list of priorities this holiday season.

It only takes SECONDS for a flame to start a major fire. Be smart. Be prepared!

HOLIDAY SEASON SAFETY: Using Candles

Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.

  • Put candles in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders.
  • Place candles where they cannot tip over.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Blow out candles after use and before going to bed.

Review these tips with your children and remind them that lit candles should never be left unattended! Better yet - use flameless candles!

*Information from the U. S. Fire Administration website.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County Offers Military Discount

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

It would take a life time of THANK YOUs to express to U. S. Military Veterans our appreciation for their dedicated service to our country.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County can say thank you to veterans by offering a 10% discount on residential cleaning services!

Residential cleaning services include:

  • Dryer vent cleaning,
  • HVAC duct cleaning, and
  • Carpet cleaning & deodorization

Customer must show military identification at time of service to receive discount.

Did you know?

HVAC Duct Cleaning services can help restore your system to peak energy efficiency, eliminate orders, and improve air quality in your home.

Carpet Cleaning and Deodorizing with our state-of-the-art equipment removes entrapped soils from deep within your carpet, pile and backings.

Call us today at 856-692-0041, to schedule your residential cleaning service, and if you’re a veteran, we will apply a 10 percent discount at the time of service!

We appreciate your business! Thank you Veterans!

Cumberland County Employee Spotlight: Colleen Dennis

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

General Cumberland County Employee Spotlight: Colleen Dennis Colleen Dennis, Cumberland County Business Development Consultant

Colleen joined the SERVPRO® of Cumberland County team in July, 2016 as a Business Development Consultant and has been involved in the emergency restoration business since 2015.


Prior to joining SERVPRO® of Cumberland County, Colleen was employed for eight years in operations management for a medical management vendor and spent 15 years in corporate travel.


Colleen is active with the Chambers of Commerce for Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and Southern New Jersey. She is a member of several professional groups in Cumberland County and Southern New Jersey.


Colleen is originally from the Pine Barrens and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has two sons, Evan and James, who are both active US Military and engaged to be married. Colleen currently resides in the blueberry capital of the world, Hammonton New Jersey, with her husband Everett.


 

SAVE THE DATES!

9/11/2016 (Permalink)

Free Continuing Education Seminars for Cumberland County Insurance Professionals!

SAVE THE DATES!

  • Ethics - November 2, 2016 at Andrea's in Millville
  • Biohazard Cleanup - April 5, 2017
  • Fire Restoration - July 12, 2017
  • Understanding Mold - September 13, 2017

Seminars include class materials, dinner, snacks and refreshments. Locations not listed will be announced in advance of each class. Dates subject to change. Dinner/Registration: 5 p.m. Seminar: 5:30 p.m.

EMAIL us for more information or call Minerva at 856-692-0041. We hope to see you soon!

Note to Insurance Agencies:

If you are interested in having us come to your office, we are happy to conduct a Continuing Education seminar in your office. There is no charge to the insurance agents in the class, and we will provide a lunch or dinner meal. For more information about in-house continuing education seminars, please contact our Business Development Consultant for Cumberland County, Colleen Dennis at 856-692-0041.

A "Pawsitively Purrrfect" Way to Help Our Furry Friends!

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Help Homeless Animals and the Cumberland County SPCA

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County will donate 10% of the revenue from Residential and Commercial cleaning services scheduled this month to the Cumberland County SPCA (a/k/a South Jersey Regional Center Animal Shelter).

We are also collecting donations for the shelter, which can be given to our Crew Chief at the time of service, or dropped off at our office at 2871 S. Main Road in Vineland.

Items needed for cats and dogs: Toys, treats, Purina kitten chow, dry cat food, clay cat litter, collars, leashes, pet beds, mops, brooms, wash cloths, and towels.

If you have any questions about this special promotion, please call our office at (856) 692-0041 or contact us via EMAIL and we'll be happy to answer any questions! To find out more about the shelter, follow this link: SPCA

Thank you for your generosity!

Stay Safe This Summer, Cumberland County!

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Summer means vacation, outdoor activities, and fun in the sun! But don’t let the sunny days and warm nights fool you, Cumberland County!

Summer also holds significant weather and water hazards. Heat waves can be lengthy and deadly. Lightning deaths are at their peak during the summer. Beach hazards such as rip currents can catch the unprepared. And, it’s the start of hurricane season. 

This summer, the National Weather Service (NWS) wants you to be prepared for the following weather and water hazards:

  • Floods

  • Severe Weather

  • Rip Currents/Beach Hazards

  • Air Quality

  • Hurricanes

  • Wildfire

  • Heat

  • Lightning

But you’re not powerless in the face of these hazards. With just a few simple steps, you can become weather-ready. Stay safe this summer: Know Your Risk, Take Action and Be a Force of Nature!

Follow this link for more information from the National Weather Service, and have a great summer, Cumberland County!  

The American Red Cross Recognizes SERVPRO® for their Contribution to Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Efforts

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO® for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1

As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO® pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO®Is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO® of Cumberland County and other SERVPRO® Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long. Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents – and cooking is something most people do every day. 

Although SERVPRO® of Cumberland County is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and other franchises actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, our relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.

SERVPRO®’s commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services. Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO® of Cumberland County to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives. 

For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit our WEBSITE. For more information on SERVPRO® of Cumberland County, please call 856-692-0041 or EMAIL us. 

1 American Red Cross

2 NFPA

About SERVPRO® 

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County has been locally owned and operated since 2003. We perform cleanup, restoration, and reconstruction services due to fire, mold, water, and biohazard damage for residential and commercial properties. We are a national leader in remediation services ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. We have established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® franchise holds the #4 ranking in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2016 Franchise 500 list and has been in the top 10 for seven consecutive years.

Continuing Education Seminars for Cumberland County Insurance Professionals

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Community Continuing Education Seminars for Cumberland County Insurance Professionals Reserve your seat NOW!

Calling Cumberland County Insurance Professionals! Announcing our schedule of FREE Continuing Education Seminars!

RESTORATIVE DRYING OF WATER DAMAGE - 4 credits

Instructor: Cory Hanahan

Date: September 14, 2016

Registration & Dinner: 5:00 p.m.

Seminar: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Breighton Room, NJ Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, NJ

Please RSVP by Friday, September 7, 2016.

EMAIL us for more information or call Minerva at 856-692-0041.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming seminars! Save the Dates:

  • November 3, 2016 - Ethics
  • April 5, 2017 - Biohazard Cleanup
  • July 13, 2016 - Fire Restoration

Seminars include class materials, dinner, refreshments and snacks. Locations to be announced in advance of each class. We hope to see you soon!

*Dates and/or topics subject to change

National Safety Month: What's In A First Aid Kit?

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

According to OSHA, a first aid program should be reviewed periodically.

Training supplies, equipment and policies should all be modified as necessary to ensure safety and health is maintained on the job, despite any changes in safety hazards, worker schedules or worksite locations.

Common first aid kits should contain the following items: 

  • Gauze pads (at least 4 by 4 inches) 
  • Two large gauze pads (at least 8 by 10 inches) 
  • A box of adhesive bandages (different sizes) 
  • One gauze roller bandage 
  • Two triangular bandages 
  • Wound cleaning agent 
  • Scissors 
  • At least one blanket 
  • Tweezers 
  • Adhesive tape 
  • Latex gloves 
  • Resuscitation equipment (such as resuscitation bag, or airway or pocket mask) 
  • Two elastic wraps 
  • A splint 
  • Directions for requesting emergency assistance 

Other items to consider:  Examination gloves, instant cold pack, burn cream, sting relief pads, alcohol pads, antiseptic towelettes, first aid guide, cotton tip applicators, filtration mask and eye wash.

Information obtained by Safety and Health Magazine.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can Restore your Cumberland County Home or Business.

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cumberland County is an IICRC firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. 

IICRC Certified Firms must: 

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity. 

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests. 

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry. 

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident. 

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration. 

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals. 

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace. 

About SERVPRO® of Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Certifications

•ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

•RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

•UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

•OSHA - Other Training 

•OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program 

•AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician 

•WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician 

•RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician 

•IICRC Certified Firm 

•CRT - Color Repair Technician 

•HST - Health and safety Technician

•ABRA Certified Biorecovery Technician course 

•SSI - Substrate Subfloor Introduction 

•ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program 

•CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician 

•SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician 

•OCT - Odor Control Technician 

•RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician 

•OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

Affiliations

•National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) 

•American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) 

•Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) 

•New Jersey School Building & Grounds Association (NJSBGA) 

•American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 

For more information about your SERVPRO of Cumberland County professional cleaning and restoration company, please call 856-692-0041.

When the Storm Rolls Out in Cumberland County, We Roll In.

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When the Storm Rolls Out in Cumberland County, We Roll In. When the storms roll out, we roll in.

Prepare your home for a hurricane or storm.

Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane. 

  • Cover all of your home’s windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds. 
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. 
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant. 
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed. 
  • Turn off propane tanks. 
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water. 
  • Ask your SERVPRO® of Cumberland County professional about boarding up your home.

Prepare Your Business.

Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane. 

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. 
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery. 
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. 
  • Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home. 
  • Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable. 
  • Ask your SERPVRO of Cumberland County professional about setting your business up with a Disaster Recovery Profile. 

Call 856-692-0041 when you need help recovering after storm damage. 

At SERVPRO of Cumberland County, we make it "Like it never even happened.®"

When Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO of Cumberland County is ready!

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO of Cumberland County is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Cumberland County, NJ

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Cumberland County, 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, 856-692-0041!

Cumberland County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Flooded Basements

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causing surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more…

The flooding in this home was caused by heavy rain runoff. Cumberland County had received several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system. 

At this particular job, we were onsite within an hour to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the basement dry. We used advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that the structure of the homes was dry. 

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get! 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists, and we: 

  • Are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • Bill the Insurance Company Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About!
  • Highly-Trained Technicians in Water Restoration Techniques
  • Use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help! (856) 692-0041.

We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

Don't Be Left In The Dark Cumberland County!

2/22/2016 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms: Power Outage - Safety Tips

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.

One Donor Could Save Three Lives!

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

Community Blood Drive - Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Ocean View Fire Dept. in Ocean View, NJ.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Donate Blood. Save Lives.

We have joined with the American Red Cross to SAVE LIVES and while doing so also supporting the Ocean View Fire Department.

Mark your calendars to attend the SERVPRO of Cape May County American Red Cross Blood Drive on April 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean View Fire Dept.,  2545 Route 9, Ocean View, NJ.

This is a community event with a bounce house (for kids who come with their parents), raffle, refreshments, hoagie sale, bake sale and lots more fun for the community!

Click HERE to make your appointment (click red arrow, select appointment time, then sign-in or create a Red Cross account to complete your reservation.

If you have any questions, please contact our Blood Drive Coordinator, Pandora Mason via EMAIL or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

SERVPRO Named to Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List for 7th Consecutive Year

2/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO retains top ranking in restoration services category and climbs to #4 ranking overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings 

SERVPRO, maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 13th consecutive year and moves up to the number four spot overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine. This is the seventh consecutive year SERVPRO has been included in the magazine's Top 10 list, standing out in a group of more than 951 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list. 

"This recognition affirms that SERVPRO is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension, its customers," said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. "The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer."

According to Steen, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:

•SERVPRO's strength as a brand with a national footprint, and the ability to create national partnerships with organizations such as the PGA TOUR and the American Red Cross.

•SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company's culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers. 

•SERVPRO's focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company's operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy. 

"Today, as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support."

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened." For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit SERVPROofCumberlandCounty.

Don't Be The 50% Cumberland County!

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, YOU CAN BE RUINED OR YOU CAN BE READY!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile™ is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY™ Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile™ Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following your disaster
  • Provides facility details such as shot-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Contact us Today to Get Started!
Call 856-692-0041 or Email: SP9011@SERVPRO9011.com 

SNJ Today Millville Christmas Parade Winners!

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Community SNJ Today Millville Christmas Parade Winners! SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties Christmas Candlyland float

The SNJ Today Millville Christmas Parade announced the winners of the parade’s first float competition. We are happy to announce that SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties took 3rd place!

The winners received a one-of-a-kind glass trophy created by the artists of Wheaton Arts in Millville and advertising credits with SNJ Today. The awards were presented to the winners by the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce at its holiday luncheon on December 9th at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Special thanks to Ken Camp for the countless hours constructing the foundation and working his magic with all of those strings of lights! Also, to Holly Leith and Angela Stephens for working night and day on the Christmas Candyland design and display. Last, but not least, kudos to Louise Richardson, Chamber Board Member, for her time leading the parade event committee on their first-ever float contest. Thanks to all of the employees who helped with this team effort!

Employee Spotlight: Minerva Alvarado - Helping to Feed the Hungry

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Community Employee Spotlight: Minerva Alvarado - Helping to Feed the Hungry Minerva Alvarado, SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties accepting a turkey donation from Vineland resident, Lori Ferrarie. Photo by: Jodi Streahle

Minerva Alvarado, Sales & Marketing Assistant for SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties and a Salvation Army Vineland Corps. ("SAVC") volunteer, served as a community liaison helping to promote the 7th Annual Turkey Drive for Project Thanksgiving NJ.

Minerva also helped plan a promotional event held at the Cumberland Mall in Vineland, where shoppers could stop to take their photo with the SAVC Turkey Photo Board.

Last year, the turkey drive donations provided meals to over 1,000 families. Volunteering with Minerva on the day of the event was Sales & Marketing Representative, Monique Laperriere. 

Minerva continues to volunteer with SAVC and is currently assisting in the development of their online Red Kettle Program.

It's "Pawsitively Purrrfect!"

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

A “PAWSITIVELY PURRRFECT” WAY TO HELP HOMELESS ANIMALS AND THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY SPCA!

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County will donate 10% of all Residential* Cleaning Services scheduled in the month of December to the Cumberland County SPCA (South Jersey Regional Center Animal Shelter) in Vineland.

We will also collect donations for the shelter, which can be collected by our Crew Chief at the time of service, or dropped off at our office at 595 Sherman Avenue, Millville, NJ.

Items needed for cats and dogs: toys, treats, Purina kitten chow, dry cat food, clay cat litter, collars, leashes, pet beds, mops, brooms, wash cloths, and towels.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County cares about our communities and our furry animals, too. Thank You for your support!

*Residential cleaning services include: Dryer vent cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and carpet cleaning & deodorization.

Employee Spotlight: Angela Stephens

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

Community Employee Spotlight: Angela Stephens Angela Stephens, Lead Admin.

We would like to thank an exemplary employee for her dedication to her job and her attention to the special details that make our customers very happy with our services. Thank you, Angela Stephens!

Angela became part of the SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties team in May of 2013. She was promoted to Lead Administrative Assistant in March of 2014. Angela is also a certified Water Restoration Technician with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). Prior to joining SERVPRO, Angela worked as a licensed Personal Lines Insurance Producer for the State of New Jersey and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, writing homeowner and automobile policies. She has dedicated over 15 years to specialized client services with a study in Sign Language Interpretation and Computer Systems Support – Microsoft Certified Solutions. Angela lives in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey with her boxer, Dozer. 

Angela, we are proud to have you on our team!

Thank YOU Veterans

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

It would probably take a lifetime of THANK YOUs to show past and present veterans our appreciation for their service.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County can say thank you by offering a 10% discount to veterans on all residential cleaning services* scheduled in the month of November.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County is a local business committed to helping veterans in our communities. 

HVAC Duct Cleaning
Cleaning services can help restore your system to peak energy efficiency, eliminate odors, and improve air quality in your home.

Carpet Cleaning and Deodorizing
Our state-of-the-art equipment removes entrapped soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backings.

*Residential cleaning services include dryer vent cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and carpet cleaning and deodorization. Discount is for veterans only (please show military I.D. at time of service).

Cory Hanahan - Recipient of 2015 Young Professional Award

10/19/2015 (Permalink)

Congratulations to CORY HANAHAN who received the 2015 Young Professional Award by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce in New Jersey.

Cory is the Sales & Marketing Manager for SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties. He serves as a member of the Ambassador & Membership and the Emergency Management Committees for the Chamber. His never-ending dedication of time and talent in our communities makes his SERVPRO family very proud to have him on our team!

Cory has been with SERVPRO for three years and holds certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), as Water Restoration Technician (WRT), and in Applied Structural Drying (ASD).

Cory also serves as Director for Lower Township Chamber of Commerce. He is from Medford, New Jersey and graduated in 2000 from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Mass Communications. He lives in Woodbine, New Jersey with his wife Renee and dogs Chloe & Luke.

It's Hurricane Season, Cumberland County! Be Smart. Be Prepared.

10/1/2015 (Permalink)

BEFORE the storm hits, have an Emergency Supply Kit ready and an evacuation plan. Communicate with your family and offer to help your neighbors who may be elderly, disabled or living with small children.

Emergency Supply Kit List

  • Water (one gallon per person per day
  • Food (non-perishable, 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery powered radio, preferably a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
  • Cash - when there is no power, ATMs will not work
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us ASAP. A timely response is key to minimizing secondary damages caused by a severe storm or hurricane.

Business Owners and Property Managers should ask about our Emergency Ready® Program. 

Storm tips are provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). For more information on severe storms and other emergency situations, visit their website.

SERVPRO gets Testimonial of the Month in Grapevine

8/10/2015 (Permalink)

In the July edition of The Grapevine, (Volume 8, Issue 22), we were honored with being credited for the Testimonial of the Month.  Monique Laperriere, Sales and Marketing Representative, was quoted for her testimonal.  She stated, "Being new to SERVPRO and Vineland, I thoroughly enjoy my time networking at GVCC luncheons and Meet and Greets.  I find the Chamber to be educational, fun and current on topics.  They really build a sense of community among members and beyond. Cash Mob events are a blast to partake in and a nice economic boost for our local businesses. We at SERVPRO are very involved with our community and strongly urge everyone to BUY LOCAL!"

We couldn't have said it better ourselves, Monique.  Great job!

Recipe for Cooking Safety from SERVPRO® of Cumberland County

11/5/2014 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires.  Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking
  • Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food.  If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.  Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area.  Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at leats three feet away from the stove
  • Keep anything flammable-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from the stove, oven, or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.  Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms.  Use the test button to check it each month.  Replace batteries at least once a year

    Call SERVPRO® of Cumberland County for all your non-emergency cleaning needs, including carpet cleaning and duct cleaning.  We can be reached at (856) 692-0041.

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