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You Need a Professional to Fix Your Smoke Damage

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Need a Professional to Fix Your Smoke Damage Severe Smoke Damage in a home

Why You Need a Professional to Fix Your Smoke Damage

There is no question damage from flames and smoke can destroy a home. If your home has sustained fire damage, you might have one question when it comes to smoke damage:  Why should you use a professional for cleanup?  For three simple reasons, you should leave your fire and smoke damage to the pros.

Time Matters

When it comes to mitigating the damage of smoke, time is important. The longer smoke residue stays in your home, the more likely it is to cause permanent damage. If you hire a professional restoration service, it will be able to enter your home quickly, saving items before smoke has a chance to completely destroy them. Further, if you work with a professional restoration company, you can ready your home for other contractors to make repairs.

Equipment Counts

With industrial-grade filtration equipment and chemicals, professional fire restoration companies have the tools to deal with both fire damage and smoke damage. You probably do not. You might have one question about smoke damage:  Why should you use a professional for cleanup?  When it comes to the best equipment for the job, you want to rely on a professional service who has the tools to do the job right.


Smoke Is Hazardous

If you plan to try to fix your burn damage by yourself, you should think again. Smoke generated from household fires is a known carcinogen. Without the training, experience, and safety equipment to protect yourself from the health hazards of smoke, you could get quite sick. By working with a professional restoration company, you can protect your health while restoring your home.

There is a simple answer when it comes to the following question about smoke damage:  Why should use a professional for cleanup?  Since you probably don’t have the time, equipment, or skill to properly restore your home, you should leave fixing your smoke and fire damage to the professionals.

Car Crashes Through Home

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Car Crashes Through Home Rick Cristofol secures the house jack assisted by Kyle Meehan and Joe Kelly from Servpro of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County

When the accelerator stuck, a woman's car drove through the street in reverse and crashed through the front of a home. Fortunately no one was hurt. Washington Township's Fire Department was quick to respond was SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County who was called in to do the emergency board-up.

SERVPRO works with multiple Fire and Police Departments throughout Bergen County

Fire Restoration Can Make Your Home Livable Again

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Can Make Your Home Livable Again Room After a Fire

How Fire Restoration Can Fix Your Home

There is no question fire damage can be catastrophic for any home. Even if the flames are never too bad in your house, smoke damage can make it unlivable. Either way, by working with a qualified fire restoration specialist, you can return your home to a good condition again. Here are two ways fire restoration can make your home livable again.

Flame Solutions

If a fire breaks out, your home can sustain fire damage ranging from cosmetic to structural. A good fire restoration company can complete a full structural analysis of your house. If any part of your home is unsafe, the company will rope it off and discuss structural risks with you. Then, the company will remove any damaged materials to ready your home for repairs. Because they have knowledge and skill related directly to flame mitigation your restoration company will be in a better position to advise you on home repairs following your fire than a general contractor. If you are wondering if fire restoration can make your home livable again, this should give you peace of mind.


Smoke Remediation

Whether flames in your home were severe or relatively minor, smoke damage can be catastrophic. Even if the fire did not directly damage parts of your home, it’s smoke probably permeated every inch of your house. Because of this, you need to work with a skilled fire restoration specialist. You will receive a full analysis of what furniture, belongings, and building materials you need to remove from your house. The company will then use chemicals and filtration to purify the air in your home. Eventually, you might not even notice the effects of smoke damage.


If your house has sustained fire damage, fire restoration can make your home livable again. By working with an exceptional fire restoration specialist, you can return comfort, usefulness, and beauty to your house.

Why You Need Flood Damage Restoration Immediately

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Need Flood Damage Restoration Immediately Flooded Basement in Paramus, NJ

There are essentially two types of flood damage that can occur within a residential home. The first is the more common type, and it is caused by a pipe bursting. The second is damage caused by a flood or hurricane that came through your town. Either way, you want to seek out flood damage restoration as soon as possible, and that requires a few steps.

As soon as you realize your home has been flooded, you need to call your insurance agency. Different policies need to be taken out for each type of flooding. Flooding as a result of a pipe is covered by most types of homeowners’ insurance, but a separate policy generally needs to be taken out for flooding as a result from a hurricane. However, if you live in a part of the country that is not prone to heavy rains, then you may be able to go without it.

Your insurance agent will likely give you advice on what to do concerning your flood damage policy. You will probably be told to take pictures of the damage to show exactly how much flooding occurred. You may also need to make an itemized list of everything that was affected. Some insurance policies will only cover damage repairs that need to be done to the house itself, but others can cover personal belongings.

After you have spoken with an insurance agent, you want to call SERVPRO of Paramus to fix this damage. If you wait a while before calling a professional, then there is a significant risk mold could develop. Mold leads to various respiratory problems, so you want to prevent it from growing if possible. It is dangerous to handle items affected by flood water on your own, particularly electronics. Leave this work to the experts who know how to be safe.

Most importantly, you need to act fast when it comes to flood damage restoration. The longer you wait, the more you are going to be inconvenienced

Bleach Does Not Kill Mold

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bleach Does Not Kill Mold Got Mold? Call Servpro of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County


A well-known expert when interviewed on a local New Orleans radio station, recently said, “When you have a mold problem, simply wash down the affected area with diluted bleach.” We have seen FEMA handing out gallons of Clorox to flood-victims. Lowe’s and Home Depot stock up pallets of the stuff whenever the impending doom of a threatening hurricane is close. This is one of the most widely publicized “urban legends”. Bleach is a powerful oxidizer and can, in many instances, sanitize surfaces of certain types of bacteria but when you are faced with a wall or beams etc. covered in mold, Bleach is NOT the product to use. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County.

Eyebrows raise in disbelief every time I say the phrase “bleach doesn’t kill mold.” Some look at me as if I’m speaking another language and they are right. I am speaking the TRUTH. Bleach (active ingredient is Sodium Hypochlorite) is very effective in removing the discoloration but may leave the microflora that will enable the mold to return in exactly the same spot when conditions are right. So, “how do you know this,” I’m asked.

Anecdotally, my wife wonders why she has to clean the same spot of mold on the bathroom tile month after month. Now she knows why. The mold has never been killed – it simply goes clear and then returns. Bleach will not kill the mold but a good biocide, or anti-microbial will.

To underscore the validity of my claim, I suggest the “Journal of Forest Products” who commissioned a study by Oregon State University a couple of years ago. The mold disappears but the microflora remains and under the right conditions the mold will begin to grow.

In our Sanitization Protocol we recommend using GREEN technologies to remove surface mold. When you use the right kind of anti-microbial, the mold will be destroyed and the underlying bio-slime will be annihilated.

SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County provides free estimates for mold remediation. We can recommend an Industrial Hygienist if needed for testing and protocol. We don't recommend using the same company for testing AND remediation as these should be completely independent of each other.

Contact SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County at 201-445-5588 or


At the mall...

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial At the mall... Frozen pipe two weeks before the Christmas holidays. This could have been a disaster. We scheduled crews on a Sunday to work around the clock.

Restoring Your Bergen County/Paramus Commercial Property After or Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event (this very popular Bergen County mall), we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County

SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Meet Our Crew:

Don't Let This Happen To You

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let This Happen To You Address water damages professionally as soon as they happen. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County for help.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County. One of our mold remediation specialists will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to sign a work authorization form prior to any mold clean up or related work being performed. SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County can provide a written, detailed estimate for you or your insurance company.

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require testing by an Inddor Air Quality/Environmental Professional or an Industrial Hygienist. They will independantly do testing and provide a written remediation protocol. You may wish to consult with your insurance adjuster prior to any work being completed to discuss your policy coverages.

You can call our office (201)445-5588 for a referral to an independant Industrial Hygienist.

Our professionally trained crews are here and ready to assist you with any mold concerns.

Always Ready When You Need Us !

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

 Bergen County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 201-445-5588

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 [[Franchise Name]] 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)?
  • About SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County

    SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County 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.

    Meet Our Crew:

    Found Treasure

    6/17/2016 (Permalink)

    The homeowner was in Arizona when she got the call that there was a fire in her townhouse in River Vale, New Jersey. SERVPRO of PARAMUS/NORTHEAST BERGEN COUNTY was called in to do the emergency board-up and later to clean some of the structure, any salvageable contents and to perform the demolition in other areas. We had been in the townhouse numerous days but could not get into the utility room due to the structure of the kitchen floor above being compromised. Eventually after the area was secured we began cleaning the utility room. During cleaning one of our technicians (Gus Calliste) found 5 cardboard boxes, small but heavy. He opened the first one and discovered a solid silver bar, it weighed 100 Ounces and was marked 99.999 pure silver. Gus opened the remaining four boxes and found the same solid silver bars in each one.

    Gus took a picture and sent it to our owner, Tony Palumbo. The picture only showed four silver bars. Tony called the homeowner and told her we found four solid silver bars. She wasn’t even aware they were there but she was very grateful. She also misunderstood Tony and thought they were one ounce silver bars. Gus came back to the office and turned in the 5 silver bars. We cleaned the soot from the silver bars and made arrangements to return it to the insured/homeowner.

    The day we arrived at the scheduled appointment she wasn’t home. Our technician Mike Johnson called her cell phone and she said she was stuck at the Verizon store in Hillsdale. Mike told her not to worry and he drove the big green truck out to meet her. She was absolutely shocked to discover they were 100 ounces each and that there was 5 not 4. Mike handed over the 5 bars, 100 ounces each to a delighted homeowner. 500 ounces at about $17.43 an ounce was a nice ($8715) and very unexpected surprise. She couldn’t stop thanking Gus and the crews that had been working in her house for their honesty. This was definitely one of our more interesting finds at a jobsite. Lastly for the record, she was grateful for the job we did in her home to get her on the road back to getting her home and life restored. SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County was happy to assist.

    Restaurant Impossible: Ambush

    1/28/2016 (Permalink)

    General Restaurant Impossible: Ambush MARCH 9th, 2016 at 9 PM only on the FOOD NETWORK

    We have the date the show will air. Titled AMBUSH:FADED STAR will debut on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 on the Food Network at 9 PM. We were there but we don't know how this one turns out. Watch the episode and other episodes on the Food Network.

    Additional airings Thursday March 10th @ midnight and Saturday March 12th @ 5 PM.

    We're not just fire, water and mold!

    SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County to the rescue!