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Here’s How to Remove Mildew from Your Houseplants

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Potted cactus house plants on white shelf with white wall. Growing houseplants is an excellent way to help maintain healthy indoor air in Williamstown, NJ

Reasons To Grow Houseplants Inside

Growing houseplants is an excellent way to help maintain healthy indoor air in Williamstown, NJ. There are a few reasons to grow popular houseplants inside, including

  • Boosting the mood of the room by returning a natural environment to a home
  • Removing carbon dioxide and other pollutants from inside air
  • Add a pleasant, earthy aroma to the room

Maintaining most indoor plants is usually pretty easy, but sometimes issues can crop up, including plant mildew. Here’s how to identify and fix it.

Mildew Versus Mold

Mildew and mold are both types of fungus and are ubiquitous in the world. However, there are a few differences between them. Mildew tends to grow on the surface while mold tends to start just below the surface. Mildew can be cleaned off the surface readily, while mold tends to need a more penetrating and antiseptic cleaner to remove it. Also, mold can damage building material and may require an experienced mold cleanup company to remove.

Plant Mildew Tends to Be a Specific Type

By far the most common type of mildew growth you’re likely to encounter on your houseplants is powdery mildew. Fortunately, the symptoms are very easy to identify; look for a white or grey powder on the leaves, stems or even fruit. It’s often in roughly circular spots but may form a whole layer of film on a large area of the plant.

Cleaning Powdery Mildew Is Relatively Easy

The simplest and most effective way to treat houseplants is probably with a vinegar solution. Mix a tablespoon of 5% vinegar per quart of water and spray it directly on the affected areas. Reapply every three days until the mildew stops forming.
Plant mildew is relatively harmless, especially when treated quickly. However, if you suspect mold growth inside your home, you should have an inspection. Mold damage can require serious remediation by the experts, since leaving it alone can damage the structural integrity of your home. If you’ve had a flood or burst pipe in Williamstown, NJ, you should have a mold inspection once the problem is fixed.

Proactive Cleaning

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

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We Are Always Here to Help

During this global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are here to help you with any preventative or proactive cleaning you may need. 

Years of Experience 

Our team cleans and disinfects properties such as business, hospitals, and banks. According to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Restaurants
  • Banks
  • ATM's
  • Bathrooms 
  • Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Racks 
  • Counters 
  • Carpets 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevators
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

Call for your FREE commercial deep cleaning service quote! (856) 728-7350

Commercial Restoration Services

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Your Problem, One solution SERVPRO is your one stop shop for any restoration or remediation needs.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

When fire or water damage happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Knowing the right company to help in an emergency is important to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown is available 24/7 to help you restore your commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services.

Call anytime, Day or Night, at (856) 728-7250 and will be ready.

5 Storm Preparation Tips Your Company Should Follow

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of a professional gardener pruning a tree If you have trees near the building it’s important to trim back any dead or overhanging branches

5 Storm Preparation Tips Your Company Should Follow

When you have a business in Clementon, NJ, heavy storms can bring flood water. This has the potential to damage your company property. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take ahead of time to help mitigate any damages. Here are five of the most common.

1. Trim Back Trees

If you have trees near the building it’s important to trim back any dead or overhanging branches. This will help prevent them getting knocked loose during a storm and falling into the property.

2. Maintain Landscaping

Another step toward preventing a flooded building is to maintain the landscaping. Clear debris from drainage areas and be sure water has a path to flow away from the property so it doesn’t pool against the foundation.

3. Clean out Gutters

You may also want to ensure that the buildings gutters have been cleared of debris before the next storm. This will help prevent flood water from backing up onto the roof and causing possible leaks.

4. Tarp Over At Risk Areas

If the property already has areas affected by water damage you may want to contact a storm damage restoration service. These areas should be covered with a tarp or board to protect them against further damage that could occur while being exposed to the weather.

5. Build a Flood Barrier

If you know there’s a heavy storm coming you may want to consider creating a flood barrier. There are several types to choose from, but all can be set up in a way to help direct water flow away from the property.

If you’re looking to mitigate damages caused by flood water around your business, these tips may help. Trim back tree branches, maintain landscaping and gutters, protect at risk areas, and if needed make a flood barrier. Remember, if your business does experience flood damage a restoration service can help.

Is Your Business READY?

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

A hand writing a text that says Disaster Plan. SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency.

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency. 

Fires happen a lot  in retail stores and other mercantile properties such as grocery stores beauty and barbershops.

Those fires caused millions of dollars in property damage. Fire damage is worse during off hours vs business hours.

If is common for small businesses to home have a  formal emergency response plan because they feel the possibility of a fire is low. 

No Plan Means You're Less Likely to Recover

It can make it close to impossible to recover from a disaster if a business is not proactive. The amount of money it takes to restore a small business is costly and the amount of money lost while the business is closed. 

Tips For Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan

  • Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.
  • Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
  • Identify local utility contact information.
  • Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
  • Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

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.

Please contact one our Business Development Representative here at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile today (856) 728-7350

How to Extinguish Small Fires?

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Man putting out a fire with a fire extinguisher A fire can be scary but understanding what to do when it happens can prevent a small fire from growing.

A fire can be scary but understanding what to do when it happens can prevent a small fire from growing.

When a fire is just starting, it could be small enough to be extinguished with a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher. But if it starts to scatter fast or takes longer than five seconds to be defeated, call 911 or pull the alarm. In case of a fire, do the following;

Electrical Fires 

  • Turn appliances off or pull the plug.
  • Do not use water.

Cooking Fire

  • Shut off the stove
  • Do not use water or turn on the exhaust fan.

Grease fires

  • Keep your oven grease free and clean up afterwards.
  • Hot grease can can spatter and ignite paper.

Gas fires

  • Shut off gas supply.
  • Never light a match near a heater or a stove.
  • Do not turn on any light switches.

No matter the type of fire, we always recommend to call 911...it's better to be safe than sorry!

If you do have a fire disaster SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown is open 24/7 to begin restoration just call us at (856) 728-7350

Cooking Fires

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flames coming out from a gas burner Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries.

Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year. The NFPA says holidays are the peak seasons for these incidents. Make sure you keep yourself and your family safe this year with these safety tips.

REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE KITCHEN

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 6 out of 7 cooking fires occurred while the cook was out of the kitchen, and 2/3rds of these fires happened in the first 15 minutes of cooking. So the BEST THING you can do to keep you and your family and property safe this year, ALWAYS watch what you’re cooking. If you’re using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and watch closely. Also, experts recommend setting a timer periodically to remind you to check the oven.

OTHER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS INCLUDE

  • Roll up sleeves and don’t wear loose fitting clothing that could catch and open flame or heating element
  • Ban children and pets from a 3-foot “safe zone” around the stove
  • Keep the stove and oven clean, turn pot handles in to avoid spills and cleanup any messes when appropriate
  • Keep potholders, dishtowels, oven mitts, food packaging and other clutter off and away from the stove.
  • Clean cooking equipment thoroughly because built-up grease can catch fire.
  • Don’t overheat your oils, and wait for grease to cool before disposing, tossing hot grease in a trashcan could turn into a disaster

Smoke detectors are your first line for defense against a fire disaster situation so make sure you have one installed in or near the kitchen and make sure it’s working properly.

IF A FIRE DOES HAPPEN, CONSIDER THESE SAFETY TIPS

  • Just get out, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

People often try to put out cooking fires themselves with a fire extinguisher or even water. NEVER use water on any grease fire. Store fire safety equipment in a cabinet or under the sink – It’s important to have a fire extinguisher close by as well as a box of baking soda or salt for grease fires. The first step you can take is turning the stove off and having a lid handy to put over the pan you can also smother the fire with baking soda or salt. If the fire is in your oven just close the door and turn off the heat. Done improperly your cooking fire can spread to other parts of the kitchen, any time you are unsure of how to combat a fire your best option is to leave and call your local fire department.

Although we hope this never happens, our SERVPRO team is ready to help the community of Berlin, Williamstown, Clayton, Atco, Clementine, Cedar Brook, and West Berlin in any type of fire and water disaster. Just call us at 856-728-7350.

What Do You Need To Know About Smoke Alarms?

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detector in the smoke of a fire If you're not sure what the best smoke alarm is for your home, talk to experts at the Berlin, NJ

When a house fire typically consumes an entire home within five minutes, every second counts as you try to evacuate your family safely. Within the first two minutes of a home fire, the temperature of the fire could reach over 400 degrees, and by the time three minutes have passed, it could be very difficult to get out of the home. With this in mind, you need to know that your smoke alarm will work reliably and efficiently during a fire.

How Do Fires Trigger Alarms?

How does a smoke detector work? Fires are the result of a simple chemical process when three key ingredients are available:

  • Heat
  • Fuel
  • Oxygen

By controlling and eliminating any one of these ingredients, it's possible to put out the fire. Before it's possible to control the flames, however, you need to know there is a fire. Many types of smoke alarm go off when smoke interrupts a photoelectric beam. Other alarms sound when an ionization chamber detects smoke. Either way, this warning is possible because of the smoke generated by the fire's chemical makeup.

Which Detectors Are Best?
What's the best way to choose an alarm that gives you the full two-minute window you need to escape? The best answer depends on your home. Your first step should be understanding the various types of detectors with their pros and cons. Next, consider how the smoke detector is powered; this means considering whether you prefer hard-wiring or battery-powered. The size of your home affects how many detectors to install and may influence which type is best.

What Else Should You Include in Your Safety Supplies?
In addition to installing alarms throughout your home, there are a few other pieces of equipment that can improve fire safety. These include one or more fire extinguishers, fire blankets, portable ladders (especially in upstairs bedrooms,) and extra-long garden hoses.
If you're not sure what the best smoke alarm is for your home, talk to experts at the Berlin, NJ, fire department. You could also ask fire damage mitigation professionals for tips and advice.

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:https://www.SERVPROberlinwilliamstown.com/fire-repair-process