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The Best Way To Clean Puffback Soot

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

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The Best Way To Clean Puffback Soot

A furnace puffback can cover every surface in a commercial building with oily soot. Puffback damage calls for furnace repair followed by specialized cleaning equipment and methods. Take the following steps to resolve the underlying problem, minimize damage and clean up a commercial property located in Clayton, NJ.

1. Schedule Furnace Repair

A puffback results from an explosion caused by the accumulation of fuel vapors inside the burner chamber of a gas or oil furnace. Minor incidents can cause soot to build up in a furnace and diminish the function of the appliance over time. An open flue vent connector allows soot to spread through ducts and vents, causing damage throughout a building.
Regular furnace maintenance can clear clogged burners, address fuel leaks or clear a blocked chimney or exhaust flue. These measures should prevent a puffback explosion. If an incident has already occurred, schedule a furnace repair and hire professionals to clean up damage.

2. Contact Restoration Professionals

Soot is corrosive and will discolor building materials and contents and eventually cause deterioration. The best way to handle puffback damage is to contact mitigation and restoration specialists.
Cleanup professionals have access to specialized solvents and personal protective equipment for cleaning up damage consisting of particles as small as 2.5 microns. Decontamination and deodorization may be necessary to make a structure safe for occupancy after a furnace puffback.

3. Keep Damage From Worsening

Any attempt by a building owner or occupant to clean up after a puffback could make damage worse. Walking on or touching soot-covered surfaces grinds in particles and intensifies staining. Limit access to a structure until restoration is complete.
Damage cleanup professionals have the right supplies and equipment to handle furnace soot. Rather than risking making puffback damage worse, a building owner should contact a restoration service that offers a full range of cleaning services for commercial properties in Clayton, NJ.

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

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.

4 Ways to Prepare for Flooding

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Sandbag pile protection from flood Several employees can make quick work of a sandbagging project

Simple Steps You Can Take To Avoid Flooding 

You might not be able to prevent weather-related floods, but you can minimize the damage they cause to your office. If you live in an area where flooding is common, you should be ready for disaster at any time. With a few simple steps, you can avoid costly cleanup and repairs. You can also keep your business instead of worrying about the recovery process.

Keep an Eye on Mother Nature

Living and working in West Berlin, NJ can bring severe weather. Heavy winds and rain could wreak havoc on your office building. Be aware of incoming hurricanes, thunderstorms and other weather that could cause flood damage.

Move Items to Higher Ground

If you know substantial precipitation is coming or that nearby waterways are overflowing, you can get work materials and business equipment to higher levels. Storm damage will likely first affect basements and ground floors. Before water hits the building, get the following items to safety:

  • Furniture
  • Servers and computers
  • Copiers
  • Hard-copy files and documents

Get Some Sandbags

Placing sandbags in doorways and near windows can be an effective way to keep water out and divert it away from your building. This is especially important if you have older windows. Several employees can make quick work of a sandbagging project.

Check Your Drainage System

It doesn't take a torrential downpour to cause flooding. Even moderate amounts of rainfall can infiltrate your workplace, requiring you to enlist the services of flood cleanup specialists. Inspect the rain gutters and downspouts on your building. Remove any debris and check for damage. Make sure water isn't gathering near windows but that it is draining away from the building. If you don't have a sump pump system in your building, now is a good time to purchase one.
Flooding doesn't have to derail your business. Take these steps to protect your employees, your building and your materials.

Commercial Water Damage Problems to Watch Out For

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Red sprinkler with SERVPRO logo. Theses systems may malfunction and cause damage.

Water damage is a common problem that many commercial buildings in Berlin, NJ, face at one time or another. Understanding the potential risks that can lead to something like a broken pipe and how to handle them can help save your business a lot of time and money. Here are some of the main causes of water issues you may face.

Broken Pipes

A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but it can end up causing a lot of damage. If left untreated, it may even lead to a broken pipe, which can cause serious flooding in the building. Have a professional come look at your system right away if you notice a problem.

Toilet Overflow

Most commercial buildings have numerous patrons going in and out each day. This increases the risk of a toilet getting backed up and overflowing. This is usually due to people using too much toilet paper or flushing items that are not meant to go down the system. Putting up signs asking users not to flush trash or feminine products can help prevent flooding. It is also helpful to place small waste bins in each stall. Toilet water is contaminated, so if an overflow does occur, it is important to handle the cleanup process correctly.

Fire Sprinkler System

Sometimes these systems malfunction and go off without cause. The water can then cause damage to important documents and office equipment. A restoration company can help you with the water repair in these cases, but you should also contact the company that installed the system to find out why it went off.

While doing what you can to prevent water damage from occurring is beneficial, sometimes a broken pipe just happens, and it is out of your hands. In those cases, have a plan in place and know what to do. Be prepared to call a professional restoration company to assist in your needs. The sooner the situation is taken care of, the better off your business will be.

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

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

When Natural Disasters Hit Your Business

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Last year we saw an abundance of natural disasters take place all around the world, including destructive hurricanes and floods. And it doesn’t just stop there; we have also experienced wildfires ravage through Southern California. Each one of these events resulted in the major destruction of people’s businesses and commercial property.

At SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown we know how devastating events like these can be for individuals who own commercial and private property, so we want to reassure you that we have the tools and skills to help you during the restoration process.

At SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown, we believe that no job is too big. We have an elite group of individuals who specialize in restoration.  

We want you to know that you are always in good hands if your commercial property ever gets damaged, no matter how big or small the damage is.

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown is dedicated to helping our customers, and we are always prepared to assist you, no matter what the situation entails! Let us help you if your commercial property or buildings are ever damaged. Just give us a call 24/7 at (609) 383-9785

Fire Damage to your Business

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown has a process to ensure your business fire damage is properly handled. 

  • Within 1 hour from your notice of fire loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way.
  • Within 4 hours of loss, we will be on site to start mitigation services.We respond fast to reduce costs and damages.
  • Within 8 hours of on site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the right person, normally by your adjuster or property manager.

Our team will work efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging commercial fire has occurred. We will use state of the art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right away.

We are available 24/7 to help you when an event happens, and be assured that we will get you back to normal as soon we possibly can "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown 856-728-7350