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What to Do After a Toilet Overflows

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Unclog the toilet

What to Do After a Toilet Overflows

Having a flooded toilet in your home in Williamstown, NJ, is one of those unfortunate things that seems to happen to everyone at some point. It’s important to know how to handle these situations in the safest way possible, especially in the case of sewer damage, to avoid any spread of contamination or potential illness caused by contact with the flooded water.
If you catch the mess early, you should be able to handle the cleanup on your own, especially if it only made it to your tiled floor.

  1. Stop the water from overflowing: Pull off the tank lid, push down on the circular rubber valve at the bottom of the tank and lift the float to stop more water from entering the toilet bowl. Then turn off the valve behind the toilet so no more water can be supplied to the tank.
  2. Clean up excess water from the floor: Use a mop or rags to clean up all the water and waste that made it to the floor after the water stops overflowing. Clean any bathroom rugs and towels or throw them away.
  3. Unclog the toilet: Use a regular toilet plunger (make sure it’s not actually a sink plunger), and if this doesn’t do the trick, an auger “snake” might clear it up.
  4. Call a plumber if necessary: After using the auger and the plunger again with no success, you may need a plumber, especially if you suspect sewer damage. You can also call the local sewage company if you’re concerned and want additional advice.
  5. Sanitize with bleach: Using a mixture of hot water and bleach, sanitize every spot that came into contact with the contaminated water. Use rubber gloves if you’re using a hand cloth.

If the contaminated mess is larger, may have resulted from sewer damage, and had time to absorb into the walls, wood flooring, or carpeting outside the bathroom, it might be necessary to use the services of a water damage restoration company. They will help ensure mold doesn’t have a chance to grow inside the walls or floors, and the contamination is fully cleaned up. They will also be able to remove any lingering odors if the damage was that widespread.

Flood Prevention in Large Cities

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Thames barrier in England

Flood Prevention in Large Cities

High water levels after a storm can cause severe flood damage. Lowlands and coastal areas are particularly vulnerable.
Many paved areas do not have proper drainage, which can lead to a buildup of water on city streets. Even traditional levees and dams are insufficient.
While an emergency restoration services company can help with flood cleanup, preventing storm damage entirely ensures that businesses continue running after a weather disaster. That is why some cities have implemented advanced technologies to keep out floodwaters.

Oosterschelde, Hagestein Weir and Maeslantkering in the Netherlands

Since 60 percent of Holland's population lives below sea level, it is no surprise that the Netherlands is known for its incredible flood prevention systems. One of these is called the Oosterschelde, or the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier. These movable gates helped lower the tidal height.
The Hagestein Weir, meanwhile, is a movable dam that blocks high water from the Rhine River. It features two arched gates that can be rotated open or closed. This weir has been in place since 1960 and has inspired similar structures around the world.
A more modern structure is the Maeslantkering, or Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier. It features tanks that fill up as water rises. The weight of this water then keeps the walls of the barrier closed.

Watergates in Japan

As an archipelago, Japan is also prone to flooding. The country thus utilizes canals and sluice-gate locks. It also has numerous water gates that contain hydraulic motors. These gates can thus continue running during power outages.

Thames Barrier in England

The Brits created a hollow steel barrier to block high water from the Thames River. The revolving gates typically remain open so ships can get through but close during major storms.
Perhaps some of these technologies will eventually make their way to Clementon, NJ. In the meantime, property owners will have to rely on more old-fashioned techniques to stop flooding and prevent the need for storm cleanup.

How To Restore Your Business After a Fire

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage in Berlin, NJ

Getting Your Business Up And Running After a Fire

Coping with the aftermath of a fire on your commercial property may feel overwhelming at first. Not only do you have to deal with the destruction caused by the fire itself, there might also be smoke damage, water damage and troublesome soot left behind. Fortunately, things are not always as bad as they seem, and restoration is often possible. Here are a few steps to getting your business up and running again after a fire.

1. Evaluate the Damage

The first step is to develop a plan of action for the repairs. Calling a commercial fire restoration expert is the best way to ensure that any fire damage, smoke damage or water damage is properly attended to. Trained professionals know what to look for and how to handle many common issues that occur after a fire. In addition to crafting a cleanup plan, they will take measures to prevent future damage. This includes boarding up destroyed windows and doors, as well as covering up holes in the siding or roof.

2. Water Removal

Oftentimes fire hoses leave excess water in the building. Water removal should be done promptly in order to prevent mold growth or more severe structural degradation. Restoration specialists begin by eliminating any standing water. Next, they use a combination of fans, dehumidifiers and air movers to fully dry out the space.

3. Clearing Smoke and Soot

Dealing with soot damage and lingering smoke is one of the most important parts of fire cleanup. Soot and smoke may penetrate into linens, carpets, furniture and other products. They can even damage paint or drywall. Open windows to ventilate the area as well as possible, and use gloves to remove any burned debris. Smoke cleaning and soot removal is best completed with professional help. A restoration company will utilize specialized techniques and tools to remove odor and residue.
Whether you need assistance with smoke damage, water removal or cleaning and restoration, certified fire damage specialists in Berlin, NJ, are never more than a phone call away. Time is of the essence when restoring your business after a fire, so choose the pros who are Faster to any size disaster.

Are Your Business Ducts Cleaned?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Have you had your Ducts cleaned? 

Duct systems do not get the attention needed to ensure there is proper function and clean air. If you were to ask a business owner when was the last time you had your HVAC and Duct Systems cleaned, they would probably say they don't remember or it had never been done before. That's a very common reply, and most people don't realize the health hazard that they are at risk with.

Dirty ductwork can contribute to sinus issues, headaches, and debris building in your property---without you realizing the source of these problems.

We at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown will do a free inspection to determine the severity of your system, and take you through each step to ensure that we will complete the task in a most professional manner. Our workmanship is excellent and our reputation is superb in this and other areas. You will breathe clean and fresh air when we are done all over again.

Call us today at (856) 728-7350

Summer Storms Causing Water Damage

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

When homes are flooded and not taken care of properly mold can become another issue that owners experience.

As we begin the summer season we will see some summer storms. Many of these storms bring rain and strong winds. This type of precipitation can cause some real damage if they come in strong. Many home owners are not prepared for water damage and may have no clue how to handle flooding when it happens. 

When homes are flooded and not taken care of properly mold can become another issue that owners experience. 

Do not let your water damage turn in to a mold damage problem leave the clean up to professionals and call us today. We have the proper equipment and experience to handle any size water damage. Let us take the stress from your shoulders on to ours and get your home back to normal. 

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown (856) 728-7350

Thunderstorms in South Jersey

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Downpour in Berlin, NJ

Lately our area has been getting hit by some strong thunderstorms. These storms come with heavy rain, strong winds, and occasional tornado warnings. Due to the severity of these storms many local residents in Berlin, Williamstown, Atco, and Sicklerville areas are experiencing flooding and water damage to their properties. 

Water damage is not something that needs to be dealt with alone. SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown has a team that is fully equipped to handle any size and type of water damage that may occur at your property. We are available 24 hours and 7 days a week so you can call us when the problem hits. 

Give us a call today at (856) 728-7350 and let us schedule a time to come check out your properties water damage. 

Are Wondering Why YOU Should Call Us

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Are you wondering why you should choose SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown for you water mitigation needs?  

  • Our technicians are highly trained in water mitigation.  They are required to be WRT (Water Damage Restoration) by the IICRC and trained by in the SERVPRO Employment Certification Training Program (ECTP).  
  • They have experience and have access to the equipment and skills that are requisite for a proper restoration.
  • We ensure that the SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown have their technician safety and health certifications up to date, as well as their specialized training. Our technicians have been trained formally in schools approved by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.  
  • SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown work may be done in a commercial or residential location.

It is important to us to make your stressful situation "Like it never even happened."

Let US Work Closely with Your Insurance Provider

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to customer service, we make continual efforts to make sure that not only you are satisfied but all parties involved are happy with the services we provide. We stay in constant contact with your insurance adjuster, agent and carrier to make sure all parties involved are informed with the services we provide and the progress that is made during the claim. This is paramount to us!

A perfectly satisfied customer is a repeat customer! The relationships that are forged by premier customer service provided to each and every home owner, business owner and insurance agent mean so much to us. It only takes one bad job to cancel out a thousand "great outcomes." We strive to make sure that doesn't happen. Chose SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown for you clean up today (856)728-7350.

What To Do After Fire Damage?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration is a very sensitive job that is best left to professionals. After an accident happens it’s very important to have a Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration plan to be able to overcome any issues.

When smoked and fire arises the most complicated and matters is the by-products of such scenes that are usually classified as bio -hazardous materials, and they require special handling that ordinary people are usually not knowledgeable in.

But what to do and not to do after a Fire?

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.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution. At SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown we clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us at 856-728-7350

Wood Stove and Fireplace Safety Tips

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Nothing beats curling up in front of a warm fire, but there are some risks to watch out for. Here's a few tips for you to rest easy and enjoy during this winter season. 

  • Be sure to have a professional inspection every year. The biggest risk of an uncleaned chimney flue is creosote, a highly flammable residue.
  • Your wood stove should be the right size for the space you intend to heat. Inconsistent temperatures can cause problems ranging from poor fuel efficiency to fire risks. Use a stovepipe thermometer to check the temperature for safety.
  • Never leave a fire unattended and use a fire screen.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close at hand, and teach everyone in the family how to use it.

Have a warm, cozy, and safe winter!