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The Most Common Places For Water Damage in a Marlton/Morningside Area Home

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

leaking fridge Here you can see how a leaking fridge may cause water damage if left unattended

Many people assume water damage only happens after intense storm weather, however water damage can happen anywhere and at anytime inside a residential or commercial building. That said, one of the primary spots in the house or office that water damage occurs is the kitchen. 

Because the kitchen is such a "hot spot
 for water damage, below we've listed the top 3 areas to look for water damage.

Knowing where problem spots are in the kitchen can help you know where to keep an eye out for leaks and ultimately, protect your kitchen from the harmful effects of water damage.

Hotspot #1 The Dishwasher
Due to the frequent use of this appliance, it isn't uncommon for leaks to develop causing the dishwasher to overfill with water and subsequently leak out causing water damage.

Frequently check for water accumulating beneath the dishwasher in order to catch any leaks as soon as possible and limit the water damage


Hotspot #2 The Sink
Sinks are the number one source of running water in a kitchen, and as such are one of the primary spots we see water damage occur.

Sink leaks can have a variety of causes, ranging from a drain or faucet leak to corroded sink parts.

Be sure to inspect piping underneath the sink about every 6 months and keep an eye out for puddles of water and corroded sections.


Hotspot #3 The Refrigerator and Ice Maker
 The refrigerator and ice maker are also susceptable to leaking and subsequent water damage. 

In order to catch a leak before irreparable damage is done, look for pools of water on the floor beneath the fridge and ice maker. For further water damage prevention, refrigerators and ice makers should receive regular maintenance and inspection.


Leaks in the kitchen causing water damage can result in major structural damage, as well as the growth of mold and mildew. If you noticed any leaking or water damage in the aforementioned "hotspots" or anywhere in your home or office, remember, SERVPRO is here to help. We are water damage specialists, experienced with all types of residential kitchen water damage. Call SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside today at (301) 856-5402.

One Landscaping Trick to Limit Storm Damage in Marlton/Morningside

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Large tree blown over Here you can see just how dangerous trees can be and how they exacerbate storm damage

Storm damage is often unexpected and incredibly inconvenient. While no one can control the weather there is one very easy "trick" you can do to help limit the amount of damage a storm may cause! Below we will explore how pruning can prevent storm damage and some best practices to follow while pruning!

Pruning limits the amount of debris a potential storm can blow into your property as well as gives you a chance to inspect a tree for health and potential hazards.

Before and while pruning, make sure to  look for these signs of a potential hazard:

  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs.
  • Hollow trunk (or mushrooms growing from the bark, indicating decay)
  • Heavy leaning to one side or the other
  • Branches hanging over the house near the roof.
  • Limbs touching live power lines.
  • V-shaped forks rather than U-shaped ones. V-shaped are more likely to split.
  • Branches that cross and interfere with each other.

These are signs that the tree may pose a greater threat to your residential or commercial structure and may need to be cut down.

Now, while pruning it is important to:

  • Avoid pruning branches that are flush with the trunk. This could expose trunk wood, opening the tree up to possible decay or insect damage.
  • Begin by making a cut partway through the bottom of any limb to be trimmed, a few inches from the trunk. Then cut through the limb just above the first cut. This ensures that when the limb falls, it will not tear a long strip of bark on the way down.
  • Finish by cutting off the few inches sticking out from the trunk. Leave the “branch collar,” the swollen area of trunk tissue that forms around the base of a branch. Keeping the branch collar protects the main trunk from damage.

After a storm, prune a tree just enough to balance the loss of roots. Cut out broken, diseased and malformed branches to give the tree a desirable shape. Continue to care for them to help them get healthy again.

Following these pruning tips will help limit storm damage, however, nothing can eliminate the threat of storm damage completely! If your residential or commercial building has suffered any storm damage give us a call here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside at (301) 856-5402 and we will handle the mess quickly, professionally, and with great customer service!

How Thunderstorms Cause Storm Damage in the Marlton/Morningside Area

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

tree falls down after thunder storm The aftermath of a serious thunderstorm

Many people think only tornadoes, hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions can cause storm damage but that isn't the case. Yes, while the more extreme weather patterns can cause very devastating storm damage, a sever thunderstorm can be quite destructive as well. In this article we'll explore exactly what kinds of damage a thunderstorms can cause.

Flooding

In addition to the thunder and lightning, people generally associate with thunderstorms, you can't forget that a thunderstorm is still a storm, meaning there is potential for flooding due to excess rainfall. In fact, under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning.

Lightning

Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities property damage.

Hail

While technically a hail storm is different from a thunderstorm, it can be the case that the two coincide and hail starts to fall during a thunderstom. Hail can get up to the size of softballs damaging windows, roofs and doors on most residential and commercial buildings.

Wind Damage

Thunder storm winds, called straight-line winds which travel up to 120 mph can knock down trees,  associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes, causing serious damage to surrounding homes and buildings.

Now, luckily, the most sever thunder storms generally happen more south in states like Texas, however, even in the Marlton/Morningside area it isn't impossible for us to see serious storm conditions that result in storm damage. If you ever find yourself in need of storm damage restoration services call us here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside at (301) 856-5402.

The Most Common Types of Storm Damage in the Marlton/Morningside Area

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

snow caves in roof Here is a picture of roof damage caused by heavy snowfall

Storm damage can be devastating. Because weather is so variable and so unpredictable its important to know beforehand, exactly what kind of damage your home may suffer from a severe storm.

These are some of the most common types of storm damage to your roof, siding, and gutters.

Snow Weighs Down the Roof

Many people are shocked to learn that One of the most common types of storm damage is a damaged rough due to heavy snowfall.

Wind Damages Shingles

Strong winds can blow unsecure shingles off the room of your home AND potentially blow the shingles into a window. We've seen it happen.

Lightning Causes Fires

During thunderstorms, if you're unlucky enough to have your home struck by lightning, your home may catch on fire. This often occurs on rooftops.

Rain Causes Leaks and Damages Granules

If your area experiences excessive rain during one season, you may discover that the constant wetness wears on your roof. Roof shingles may become weaker when they have exposure to such wet weather for a long duration. When paired with other elements, like intense winds, the water can do more damage much faster, especially with leaks.

Rain also damages your shingles by reducing the granules on your roof. Granules help protect your roof and home from the hot rays of the sun, which helps keep your home cool in the summer.

Freezing Weather Causes Ice Dams

Ice dams, which trap water between your roof and a layer of ice, can cause leaking which may then turn into mold and mildew.

Water damage from ice dams isn't uncommon either.

Hail Can Dent and Crack Shingles and Siding

Hail is one of the most  damaging elements for your home's roof causing leaks and structural damage at times.

Dealing with storm damage, no matter what it is, is never fun. If you find yourself in the unfortunate place of needing help with storm damage restoration, give SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside a call at (301) 856-5402.

What to do If You Have a Leak in the Roof of Your Marlton/Morningside Area Home.

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Roof leaking is a common instance of storm damage. Because leaking roofs don't always seem like imminently dangerous threats to a homes' structure, people tend to wait to get it inspected and fixed.

Listen, it is important to act quickly when it comes to a roof leak. Leaky roofs never fix themselves or get better on their own. Even if the leak isn’t bad yet, get it fixed now.

Sometimes the leak hasn't fully developed yet, and instead the homeowner is noticing some of the pre-signs" of a leaky roof like:

  • Musty odors in certain rooms.
  • Water stains on your ceiling.
  • Spots on your exterior walls.
  • Bulging patches on your interior walls.
  • Missing or warped shingles.

If this is the case still call a professional for an inspection and consider calling a water and storm damage specialist to assess other damages that may have been caused by the leaking like us here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside at (301) 856-5402.

Not All Fire Damage is the Same!

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

a ktichen fire Here is an example of a Class F fire

Most people don't realize this but there are different classes of fire damage. Now for the most part this isn't the type of information you, as a homeowner or commercial building owner need to know, however, it can be helpful and interesting to know the differences.

Class A Fire Damage

The most common kind of fire damage is Class A fire damage. This kind of fire damage is caused by fires from flammable solids such as plastics, paper, rubber, wood and cloth.

Class B Fire Damage 

Class B Fire Damage is caused bu fires caused by flammable liquids such as gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, waxes, and even paint.

Class C Fire Damage

Class C Fire Damage comes from flammable gases like hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas. Since butane and propane gases are often used in cooking, Class C Fire Damage is typically classified as kitchen fires. 

Class D Fire Damage 

Class D Fire Damage are fires that are caused by combustible metals like magnesium, potassium and sodium.

Class E Fire Damage 

Class E Fire Damages are the result of factors that are found in both Class A and B fire damages as well as an electrical component. Class E fire damage are essentially caused by electrical fires.

6. Class F Fire Damage 

Class F Fire Damages are the fires that occur due to cooking oils and fats from frying pans that were left unattended. Due to this, Class F Fire Damages are often classified as kitchen fires just like Class C, however note that these fires are caused by liquid, while Class C fires are caused by gas.

No matter what causes a fire, the damage left behind is tragic and can be overwhelming. If you have suffered through a fire and need fire damages restoration services call SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside, here at (301) 856-5402.

Prevent House Fires by Understanding Electrical Outlet Guidelines

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical fires are some of the most common types of household fires. in fact, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, the second leading cause of fires in homes in the United States was electronic malfunctions.

Understanding electrical outlet guidelines can help you prevent an electrical fire in your home. Knowing the answer to seemingly simple questions like: "How many cords is too many?", "How can we ensure that we are protecting our homes from electrical fires?", and "how many plugs can I plug into this outlet?", can be the difference between life and death.

Guidelines

The FEMA report also outlines a number of guidelines concerning fire safety when interacting with appliances, outlets, and extension cords.

Appliances

Major appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and microwaves, should only be plugged directly into wall outlets. The electrical cords and wires used with these appliances should be closely monitored, as the faster you can identify damage, such as cracking or loosening, the better you can prevent an electrical fire.

Outlets and Extension Cords

Never overload an outlet with more plugs than it is designed to handle. That being said, electrical cords should also always be fully inserted into sockets and three-pronged cords should never be forced into a two-prong outlet. It is especially important to never overload extension cords, as they are only intended to serve as temporary power sources. You can often find out about an extension cord’s capacity by checking its packaging. 

Electrical fires can still happen no matter what If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing fire damage restoration services, please give SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside a call at (301) 856-5402.

When you hire SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside, You Hire a Family

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside member Martin Graduates SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside member Martin Graduates

We know you have so many choices when it comes to damage restoration service providers in the Marlton/Morningside area, however, we believe we stand out from the rest of the competition, not only because we work harder, better and faster the rest, but because we care about each other just as much as we care about our community.

Here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside we don't only work together, we love, celebrate and grieve together.

Whether it be a graduation, or the untimely death of a relative, we are there for one another as a real family.

So when you SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside responds to a damage restoration service call,  we're sending out our family to help make our community better.

In this picture we have one of our crew members celebrating his recent graduation with the rest of the team! Look how happy everyone is!

Morning Meeting Date 6/3/21

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team Meeting The SERVPRO team meets to discuss the plans for the day

One of the reasons SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside is so efficient in responding to local damage restoration service calls is our commitment to preparation. 

Even before we get our first call of the day we are working together to strategize the best way to handle the tasks of the day, celebrate and review what we accomplished the day before, and set new objectives and goals for the days ahead.

These "power meetings" are just one of the many team structural tools our President, Bill Warnecki has set in place to keep us close as a team and focused.

In the picture in this blog we were going through our daily team meeting, trying to fine tune the routing schedule for the day. 

Everyone on the team is present (even if they aren't all in the picture) and we all are invited and encouraged to chime in and provide our insights and input.

Nothing especially noteworthy happened today, but that's perfectly fine. Business as usual is still business!

Warning Signs of Mold in a Marlton/Morningside Area Commercial Building

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Because it isn't visible, mold can be difficult to detect. However, mold can be an especially tricky problem to detect in commercial buildings.

Often times there are rooms or spaces in a commercial building that people don't visit often, and as such it may take longer to detect mold. This is why it is especially important to be sensitive to some of the two early signs of mold in a commercial building.

Warning Sign #1: Smell

Mold has a very musky, even earthy smell, while hard to miss, can easily be dismissed as simply "basement smell". If you detect an unusual and persistent odor in a particular room or section of your commercial building, it is possible you have mold.

Remember, mold isn't always visible and may be growing under carpets, furniture, sinks, cabinets, etc. so the "moldy smell" is you best first early detection signal.

Warning Sign #2: Health Issues

If you or any tenants experience any health effects in addition to the presence of a weird or "moldy" odor, there is a chance there is mold present somewhere in the commercial building. Seek medical attention and consider reaching out to a mold expert, like us here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside to address your mold issue.

SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside has been handling mold remediation in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt area for years and are committed to delivering results quickly and professionally, all while exhibiting the highest quality of customer service.

If you suspect you have mold in your commercial building, give us a call at (301) 856-5402.