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How Does Drain Cleaner Damage Your Pipes?

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Drain cleaner ads, water pipe detergent with clear pipes section in 3d illustration When your Library, NJ, home has a clogged drain, you may use a drain cleaner

Top Ways In Which Drain Cleaners Damage Your Pipes

When your Library, NJ, home has a clogged drain, you may use a drain cleaner as a quick and easy way to remedy the problem. While these products seem convenient, they often do little to fix clogs. In fact, many drain cleaners end up causing harm to pipes, which only introduces additional plumbing problems into your home. The next time you think about pouring chemicals down your drain, be sure to consider these top ways in which drain cleaners damage your pipes.

Disrupted Septic System

Each time you use a drain cleaning product, you’re compromising the effectiveness of your septic system. Most drain cleaners are packed with strong chemicals that aren’t intended for regular use. Some of the most harmful elements in standard drain cleaners include the following:

  • Lye
  • Trichloroethane
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Peroxide
  • Bleach
  • Caustic potash

Over time, these toxic chemicals can destroy the good bacteria that your septic system relies on to function properly.

Broken or Cracked Pipes
In many cases, the products you use to clear your clogged drain can lead to broken or cracked pipes. This occurs when the drain cleaner produces an excess of heat or chemicals that cause your piping to slowly break down. As a result, your pipes begin to accumulate cracks and other types of damage that may eventually cause the whole pipe to break. This form of destruction may require a costly sewage cleaning or repair.

Leaking Pipes
The excessive heat that drain cleaners produce can harm your pipes in other serious ways. If you have plastic pipes in your home, they will warp or melt if too much heat builds up inside them. This might later result in leaks or other forms of water damage.
The next time you have a clogged drain in your home, be sure to call water damage repair experts for cleanup services. A professional can address any existing problems and prevent additional damage to your pipes.

What Now?

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen black with soot. Call us today at(856) 728-7350

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building may never return to normal.

While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own.  The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown should be called on-site immediately.  We can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but we must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause.  

The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration. The experts at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown will identify what can and cannot be salvaged, and will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces. Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a lacquer-like consistency. Once this is done, the restorers will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor. Once materials are treated, they may be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.

For more information on the services that SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown provides regarding water and fire damage cleanup for your commercial or residential structure, please visit us at: 

Emergency Storm Services

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall swelling from water damage A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown is available 24 hours a day for water and flooding emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
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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 Berlin/Williamstown 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)?


SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown 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.

Restoring Water Damaged Property

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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No business owner wants to think about the possibility of having a water catastrophe, but the more knowledgeable you are about the risk, the better prepared you will be if an event occurs. Standing water is the perfect scenario in which mold and other contaminants can grow. Dealing with flooding or pipe burst cleanup can be time-consuming and costly and it must be handled quickly.
There are many things to consider when managing water cleanup. Professionals are best equipped to analyze the situation. They will determine the category and class of any damage, which will aid them in developing the best plan to restore your business.

Classes - Water Damage

Class 1 – This is damage that has only compromised a small area that hasn’t absorbed much moisture.
Class 2 – Damage in this class affects an entire area, including the flooring and the walls.
Class 3 – Not only have the walls and flooring in this class been saturated but most likely the moisture has seeped through to the ceiling.
Class 4 – Specialty drying techniques are required in this class because of the damage done to such hard surfaces as concrete and stone.

Categories - Water Damage

Category 1 – The source of this damage is from clean water such as a broken pipe, toilet tank or a supply line leaking. Pipe burst cleanup can be degraded to a lower category if not dealt with quickly.
Category 2 – This damage is from “grey water”, which includes dishwasher or washing machine water that contains detergents.
Category 3 – The damage in this category would involve water that is unsanitary, such as sewage or a flooding river.

Water Removal and Restoration

Vacuums and pumps will be used to remove the water from all affected surfaces and items. Antimicrobial remedies may also be applied. Pipe burst cleanup or other water damage repair can be resolved successfully if it is handled quickly and professionally.

MOLD After Storm Damage

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy wall If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today

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. The mold likely occurred after a flooding incident inside the home.

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown (856) 728-7350

Need Emergency Service Damage Help?

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Car driving out in the rain. 24 hours seven days a week We are faster to your city. Please call today at 856-728-7350

SERVPRO of BERLIN/WILLIAMSTOWN  provides 24 hour water damage restoration service throughout the region. Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide 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 BERLIN/WILLIAMSTOWN arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This fast response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration cost.

We never miss a call and a live operator will answer your emergency right away.

How Electronic Claims Services Can Help Your Business

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

A businessman pressing an Insurance Claim button on a transparent screen. Electronic claims processes and systems can simplify this task for you and your agent

Accidents are a part of life, but you never want to deal with a serious emergency or disaster in the workplace. The health of your business could be in jeopardy if something such as a flood, fire or severe storm wreaks havoc on your building. The consequences could make it difficult or impossible to return to work. Also, cleanup costs could be significant. Making an insurance claim is a critical step to rebuilding your company. Thankfully, electronic tools and services can speed up this process.

Steps to Filing a Claim

If you find extensive damage in your building from water, smoke, mold or storms, you shouldn't hesitate to contact your insurance agent. The faster you can get in touch with your provider, the better. Follow these guidelines in the aftermath of a disaster in your Pleasant Hills, NJ, office:

  • Contact the appropriate authorities to put out the fire or stop the flooding.
  • Get in touch with a professional disaster restoration company.
  • Call your insurance company and give details about the incident

Sending Information

A key part of the insurance claim process is to furnish your agent with more information. You should take pictures of the damage, including where it occurred and what was ruined. You should also document what items were lost and which still may be salvaged. Make sure you also report any injuries or health concerns you or any of your employees suffered.

The Electronics Process

Fortunately, technology can be on your side. There's no need to send these details the old-fashioned way. Your agent should have a site where you can upload pictures and other files. This reduces wait time and the time it will take to process your claim. An agent's job is easier. When you hire SERVPRO to clean up the disaster, company representatives can also use the electronic system to update the insurance company on your cleanup needs.
Filing an insurance claim doesn't have to be time-consuming or stressful. Electronic claims processes and systems can simplify this task for you and your agent.

The Key to Quick Remediation

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire place with fire damage. Call our company that's Faster to Any Size Disaster to get your property back to normal again

When your commercial property is damaged by fire there are many reasons to get it repaired as soon as possible. Quick remediation lowers the chances that you will get secondary damage such as mold or deterioration in your flooring. When you call SERVPRO, you get the company that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Timely Response

The first call you probably will make after a disaster strikes your building is to your insurance company. After all, you want to start the process on your insurance claim quickly so you can get the damage repaired and pay the bill. The insurance company is likely to refer you to certified remediation specialists who have a reputation for responding quickly to mitigate certain types of damage:

Flood Damage

Fire Damage

Water Damage

Mold Damage

You can start a claim by calling the toll free number or filling out the form on the SERVPRO website. Calling remediation services as soon as you know you need them helps them be Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Local Franchise

Hiring local technicians has its perks. They know the area well, and they are likely quite experienced with the problems they see often. For example, if you live in a flood plain, the remediation specialists in your area probably get the chance to handle flood damage on a regular basis. The added benefit of working with SERVPRO is that, although each franchise is locally owned, they are backed with the resources of the corporation. There are over 1,700 SERVPRO locations throughout the country, which means there is likely one in your area. You get both local service and corporate support.

Dealing with fire, storm or water damage is never fun. Quick remediation can make it as painless as possible.

Tips To Stop Mold Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Background of mold spores, sign that says THRIVE ON MOISTURE Mold spores thrive on moisture

As much as you don't want to believe, mold is all around you. In your workplace, the potential to come into contact with this fungus is possible, but there are things you can do to prevent it. Black mold can be especially concerning. However, if you are careful and follow some basic guidelines, you can contain mold and reduce the issues it can cause.

Where it Thrives

Mold spores are present in the air, both indoors and outdoors. Spores can attach themselves to people as they walk into your Whiteall, NJ, office. You won't see much growth unless the conditions are ideal. Mold growth is most evident when:

  • There is a moisture problem
  • There is standing water
  • There are areas with high humidity
  • There are leaks

Identifying Mold

It can be difficult to spot this fungus with the naked eye. You may not know it is in your office unless you are looking for it. Mold can grow just about anywhere, but you should keep an eye out for it in crawl spaces, cellars, attics, under sinks and behind appliances. Mold is typically green, but it can also come in white, brown, yellow and, of course, black. Sometimes, you may mistake mold for a stain on the wall or floor. It sometimes has a fuzzy or velvety texture. If you suspect fungal growth at work, it's best to call a mold remediation company. In addition to doing mold cleanup, these specialists have the tools and experience to find this substance.

Steps You Can Take

To slow black mold development or other fungal issues in your building, you should turn off the water and shut down the HVAC system, as airflow can spread the spores. You should never touch mold unless you have protective gear.
Though the sight of mold may scare you, there are steps you can take to eliminate it. Do your part to get rid of black mold and other fungi.

Protecting Your Business and Employees From Potential Fire Disasters

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Escape plan Create an escape plan for your business in Atco, NJ

Four Tips for Protecting Your Business and Employees

What have you done to protect your business and your employees from the potential threat of a fire disaster? Have you designed exit routes and coordinator with emergency services? Fire preparation is all about having plans and tools in place to protect the people and buildings that encompass your business. Therefore, make sure to follow these four tips for protecting your business and employees.

  • Create an escape plan
  • Communicate
  • Maintain fire suppression equipment
  • Run drills

Create an Escape Plan

Disaster preparation 101 is about designing an escape plan. These plans need to be placed in plain sight and should consist of alternative exit routes. Every location should have a minimum of two pathways to escape. If you are having trouble determining what those paths should be, then you can contact Atco, NJ, emergency services or a fire remediation company to have your property assessed and receive some pointers.


Next, successful fire preparation relies on open and direct communication. You cannot only post escape plans in accessible locations. You must also discuss these plans with your employees and managers, ensuring that everyone is aware of the routes that pertain to them and understand your business's emergency strategy.

Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment

Next, the easiest way to avoid fire damage is to ensure that all of your fire suppression equipment is in good working order. Therefore, you should have routine inspections performed on your sprinkler system, and you should check the expiration dates on the fire extinguishers.

Run Drills

Last, it is not enough to create or memorize plans and escape routes. During a fire, your mind may panic, leaving you to rely on muscle memory. Therefore, be sure to practice fire escapes with all employees. It is a good idea to run practice drills often.
Having escape plans in place as well as updated suppression tools are the key to successful business fire preparation. If you are unsure of how to prepare your facility for the possibility of a fire, then talk to an experienced first responder or fire specialist.