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SERVPRO offers Document Restoration

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Services SERVPRO provides for residential and commercial buildings are:  water, fire, mold cleanup. Specialty services are provided by many franchises, such as biohazard cleanup, document restoration, electronics restoration, dry cleaning, and reconstruction.

So lets talk about Document Restoration

Our Document Restoration Facility:

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Types of content:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

What Vacuum Freeze Drying?

This is the most effective way to restore documents after a water loss. Our Document Restoration Team uses sublimation, which skips the liquid stage to turn a solid right into a vapor to avoid causing more damage.

What is Digitizing?

Keeping your important documents in a digital file is a good idea to eliminate the stress and work of replacing and losing files in an emergency.

What is Gamma Irradiation?

This method is used to clean and disinfect documents that are infected by bacteria. This is frequently used in events where sewage or flood water are involved.

WHY SERVPRO?

Call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr for all your Document Restoration needs!

856-349-7318

Teaching kids the importance of Fire Safety

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Home fires can spread rapidly and leave families with as little as 2 minutes to escape.  Teaching children fire safety and making sure families create their own fire escape plans are vital to helping save lives in the event of a home fire.

START EARLY

It is never too soon to start teaching children fire safety.  Below are some tips for parents.

  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. Make sure to check them regularly.
  • Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. 
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire.
  • Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. Watch this video  from safekids.org to learn more.

CREATE AND PRACTICE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

  • Draw a map of your home, you can use the below grid. Show all doors and windows. http://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/Images/SafetyTips/fire_escape_plan_grid_2014.pdf
  • Visit each room.  Find two ways out.  
  • All windows and doors should open easily.  You should be able to use them to get outside.  
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside.  It should be in front of your home.  Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill!  Try to get everyone out in less than 2 minutes. 

If you experience a home fire, let SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr help you  Call us at (856) 349-7318 for immediate assistance.  

Hurricane Season is here for the Atlantic Coast

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season for the Atlantic coast is from June 1 - November 30

Hurricanes are massive storms that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Hurricanes cause powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. 

  • Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  • Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
  • Are most active in September.

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

Call SERVPRO Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr for all your restoration needs at 856-349-7318

Camden residents: Here is what to do after a fire

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

NEED HELP?  FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE?  CALL (856) 349-7318 TODAY!

Storm damage at the Procacci Brothers Building in Philadelphia

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

July 23, 2019 Philadelphia PA. 

A Recent storm in our area had winds going at a speed of up to 50-60 MPH with some reports as high as 70-80 mph wind gusts. Power company crews were scrambling to restore power to thousands of New Jersey homes and businesses, which one expert reported were the worst since super storm Sandy of 2012.

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr received a call that the Procacci Brothers Building in Philadelphia had some water damage due to this storm.

When our crews arrived we found that the building's roof was blowing off and had a lot of damage to it causing the rain to leak into the building. There was severe water damage on both levels of the building. Our crew got to work drying and demoing.

Our crew had to call another SERVPRO to come in and help us with such a large job. The great thing about SERVPRO is that no job is too big. We have crews all over the country and can handle anything. We have a STORM team to handle large storm events as well. We work together to get the job done and keep our customers happy. 

Call on SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr if you are the victim of storm damage. 

856-349-7318

Mold in Camden County

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

(856) 349-7318 For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Camden County, NJ

7/9/2019

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camden County, NJ.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your mold damage restoration or cleaning needs.

People most at risk include:

  • Infants and children

  • Pregnant women

  • The elderly

  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies

  • People with weakened immune systems

  If you suspect you have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr at (856) 349-7318 and have the experts handle your mold remediation and cleaning needs.

Contact our Highly Trained Professionals at SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr for a mold inspection today!     When mold damage takes over your life, SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr helps you take it back!

Fire Safety Tips

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Prevention Tips

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Cooking Fire Safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a small (grease) cooking 

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

FACT – The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

Candle Fire Safety

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

FACT – Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom.

Electrical Fire Safety

  • Have all of the electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You do not need a flame to start a fire. Fires can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot light bulb is near things that burn, such as cloth or paper, or a cord has been placed under a carpet.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
  • Use a light bulb with the right number of watts. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts

SERVPRO's Storm Team

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

NO JOB IS TO BIG 

In the recent weeks of June 2019, South Jersey experienced severe storms and flash flooding. SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr received hundreds of calls from customers over night who had floods and water damage to their homes, mostly basements or sump pumps. With the help of SERVPRO's storm team, we were able to meet all of our customer's needs. 

Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO is dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO has extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. 

The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

4th Of July Safety Tips

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

The 4th Of July is Here! And so is SERVPRO of Mount Ehpraim / Bellmawr. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 18,500 fires a year are started from FIREWORKS! 

Bellow are a few tips to consider when celebrating with fireworks.

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy, just in case.
  • Supervise children handling fireworks.
  • Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before putting them in a trash can.
  • Light the fireworks at arms length and then stand back.
  • Do not attempt to re-shoot fire works that did not initially fire.

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr wants you to stay safe!  Enjoy the parties, barbeques, and celebrations.  We are here if you need us.  Call 856-349-7318

Sump pumps fail during flash flood storms

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr recently experienced severe storms and flash floods in the South Jersey area. Severe storms can cause Sump Pumps to fail. 

A sump pump is a mechanical device tasked with pumping excess water away from a property. Water from rain, melting snow, flooding, and other water damage related disasters can seep through a building's foundation into a sump basin or other area where standing water is distributed to the pump. If the sump pump becomes overwhelmed with excessive water or becomes non-operational due to malfunction then catastrophic flood damage can occur.

When standing water is not addressed for 48 hours, another catastrophic disaster can occur in the property. Toxic mold growth can cripple a building's infrastructure while causing a variety of health risks to the occupants of the building. Professional and thorough mold remediation services are necessary in order to remove the threat of mold within the home or business.

There are several reasons a sump pump can fail and what you can do to prevent it:

1.) Loss of Power: When the power goes out during a storm or a heat wave, the sump pump will not be able to drain water. Having a back-up generator specifically for the sump pump will keep water from pooling.

2.) Improper Installation: Following manufacturer instructions when installing the sump pump or bringing in a professional is key! Making sure the sump pump is the correct size and properly installed will make a huge difference with how it functions in the long term.

3.) Age: The average life of the sump pump is about 10 years. As it ages, the efficiency of the pump starts to become reduced.

4.) Clogged Pipes: The discharge pipe can become clogged with debris. Installing a grate or protective cover can keep the pipe clear and prevent overflow.

5.) Maintenance: Regular maintenance on the sump pump is key to keeping performance at peak efficiency. Cleaning the unit 3 to 4 times a year and having the unit checked by a professional bi annually can greatly reduce the chance of failure. Also, be sure to check the position of the float and adjust it as necessary to avoid any jams with the switch.

Should you experience water damage or MOLD from the recent abundance of rain, SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr is here to help and make it "Like it never even happened."  856-349-7318