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What Makes Closter Grease Fire Damage Harder to Cleanup?

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged drywall removed from the ceiling in a kitchen SERVPRO offers fire damage mitigation service that makes your home in Closter look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Closter Fire and Smoke Damage 

A grease fire in a Closter property is not limited to a pan left on a stove to the flashpoint. Another way people have caused fire damage to their properties is by putting frozen turkeys or chickens into outdoor fryers that are operated too close to the structure. During the fire, protein residues spread throughout the room and coat surfaces. While hard to see, they are highly intense, depositing a sticky residue.

SERVPRO technicians handle different types of Closter fire damage cleanup. One situation is from a single pan that caught on fire on a stovetop, and the flames in a pan were not too large until water or flour was used to attempt to extinguish it. These actions are enormous mistakes and rapidly elevate the fire and smoke damage within the kitchen. Flour is explosive, but the real danger is using water. When water comes into contact with the hot oil, it instantly vaporizes, travels upward, and carries the flames. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) recommends the following actions when there is a grease fire: 

  • Turn off the heat source and use a tight-fitting lid on the pan
  • Use salt or baking soda
  • Double-check to make sure frozen items thawed before cooking
  • SERVPRO advises having even a small amount of fire damage mitigated professionally to avoid spreading pungent odors throughout the property

Common Fire Damage Effects

After this type of fire damage in a kitchen, the issues can be widespread. SERVPRO technicians deal with ruined and sometimes melted exteriors of appliances, heat and smoke damage cleanup on cabinets and surfaces, and blackened walls and ceilings. Water damage used by first responders can also be an issue that requires extraction during the fire mitigation service. 

Actions During Housefire Cleanup

SERVPRO technicians section off the worksite when handling house fire cleanup to keep any airborne soot particles within the job area. Once the charred materials are removed, the technicians can inspect the ductwork to ensure no residues can carry odorous soot throughout the home. Property owners can avoid this common post-fire issue through a follow-up cleaning of the ducts and HVAC. Simply changing the HVAC filter will not lessen the potential for spreading smoke odors throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians can:

  • Use unique collection methods to remove dirt and debris from the ducts
  • Cleaning vents
  • Using odor control within the home as needed

Surface Smoke Residue Removal

Protein fires have a lightly-colored, thick residue that deposits tiny droplets on surfaces. Although difficult to see, it has a powerful odor and, once dried, often has a bumpy texture that can be felt on smooth surfaces such as countertops. The stuck-on nature of this kind of smoke damage makes it hard to remove without the use of a strong cleaning agent. SERVPRO technicians mix their solvent-based solutions and emulsions using EPA- approved formulas. Afterward, homeowners can hand off any repairs the property needs, including installing floor to ceiling and painting walls in colors chosen by the homeowner or other cosmetic touches. 

Closter residents with fire damage trust SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 with the cleanup and restoration job. The trained, certified technicians are ready 24/7 to make the fire and smoke damage, "Like it never even happened."

What are the Main Types of Closter Water Damage Equipment?

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans set up in a water damaged hallway Water damage can spread quickly and create a lot of damage in your Closter home. Contact SERVPRO today for all types of remediation assistance.

SERVPRO technicians Bring the Latest Water Mitigation Tools to Closter Jobs

According to a report produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average water cleanup in a home causes over $11,000 in damages. An average of 14,000 persons are affected by a water emergency every day in the United States. Besides the knowledge a professional restoration services company brings to the scene, professional equipment can make a marked difference in the outcome for the property and contents after water exposure. The most commonly seen devices include:

  • Extraction 
  • Dehumidification
  • Drying

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training for handling water damage within Closter properties. Before the extraction begins, the technicians nail down the location of the water within the structure using their sensitive moisture detection equipment. It takes mere minutes to layout the actual scale of the water cleanup needs within the property. This attention to detail ensures that all areas within the worksite get adequately cleaned. 

What Factors Affect the Time Needed for Water Cleanup?

While each water restoration job that SERVPRO handles is unique with houses, contents, and water damage effects being different, there are common things the technicians apply to each service such as:

  • Noting the type of water within the structure 
  • The level of probable contamination
  • The amount of moisture
  • The time passed since the water entered the house 

What Equipment Helps With Wet Flooring?

During a water damage restoration service, one of the most important things to determine is whether the structure's moisture affects the subfloor or within the house's walls. All flooring types with water damage can benefit from the tools that SERVPRO technicians use regularly. Extraction goes quickly when the technicians use the pulling power of their portable pump units. When necessary, the technicians can use a truck or van-mounted units to remove large quantities of water. However, the hoses needed begin to lose suction when extended beyond 150-feet, making the portable pumps ideal for most residential or jobs where vehicle-mounted units are not the most helpful method. Submersible pumps are the go-to water removal method for situations where the water within the structure is greater than two inches in depth. 

Drying a wet carpet may be accomplished by using special techniques known as floating or tenting, which concentrates the airflow directly on the damp carpet portion. Hardwood flooring carries its challenges when wet. The wood can crack or have permanent damage if the moisture gets removed too rapidly. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians handle it very carefully to ensure that the drying process goes slow and steady with frequent monitoring of moisture levels. 

No matter what type of drying equipment or method gets used against water damage, the dehumidifier is a crucial part of the process. It stops mold and mildew from having a sustainable environment and rapidly lowers the interior humidity levels. 

In situations where the potential for airborne contaminants exists with water damage, such as with a sewage backup, the technicians often utilize negative air machines. These units pump tainted air outside the worksite area and create a negative air pressure vacuum effect within the controlled area. 

Closter residents trust SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 when they need help with water damage cleanup and restoration for their properties and contents.

What Methods Work Against Closter Mold Damage?

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Corner of a room covered in a large area of mold damage Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage on your Closter property.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle Closter Mold Infestations Professionally

It is not unusual for Closter homeowners to attempt to handle mold remediation on their own using various DIY methods. This action can work against them by causing improper cleaning methods to become airborne mold spores. Once airborne, the spores can wind up in the ductwork and get distributed throughout the home via the HVAC system or through hitching a ride on shoes and clothing. 

Attempting DIY mold damage remediation is the very situation that is sometimes the catalyst for a Closter mold damage problem. Once these airborne spores encounter damp conditions, they can germinate, grow and spread. A common misconception is spraying bleach and water mixtures on the visible mold to eliminate the problem. Using this method can allow mold behind the scenes to continue to thrive, but the bleach can also damage surfaces. SERVPRO IICRC Certified technicians can handle mold remediation in homes safely, including colony growth located in areas such as:

  • Behind walls or ceilings
  • Under floorboards and wallpaper
  • Around leaks or damaged exterior areas 

Inspection, Repair is Better Than DIY Mold Remediation

One of the best ways to avoid mold damage in a property is to inspect it regularly. Homeowners should look up at ceilings and look for wet spots on walls. A slow leak has the potential to lead to a large-scale mold damage issue that will continue to worsen until it is repaired. Sources of moisture or humidity can invite germination in naturally present mold spores that would otherwise float harmlessly throughout the home. Frequently handled areas within properties where mold damage is typical include: 

  • Air conditioning units
  • Crawl spaces, attics, or basements
  • Bathrooms around fixtures and showers
  • Kitchens and appliances

Additions to Fight Against Mold Damage and Win

Besides looking over the home regularly and being alert for visible changes, homeowners can benefit from monitoring systems. Water monitoring can alert homeowners to leaks within the plumbing. Via a cellphone, pinpoint the likely location within the home for a fast fix before much water or mold damage occurs. Most of these systems fit seamlessly into existing eco-systems with other environmental monitoring ranging from fire alerts to air quality and intrusion.   

Interior Humidity Levels Should Be Under 50%

The dehumidification unit on the home HVAC unit should be cleaned and maintained along with the rest of the system yearly. This enables the home's humidity levels to be held at levels that are not sustainable for mold growth. In the event of an unseen slow leak, the capture of humid air can assist in minimizing the amount of mold damage, if any, that happens before the repairs occur. Exhaust fans should be checked yearly to ensure that nothing is blocking the exit. Unfortunately, birds are notorious for making nests in the outtake pipes, which can block the flow of humid air and eventually lead to mold remediation. While mold spores can germinate as rapidly as 24 hours after a water damage event in a home, the lower humidity levels can assist in slowing this process down and tipping the scales in the homeowner's favor against dealing with mold damage situations. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 brings professional mold damage remediation services to the local Closter area. The IICRC-trained and certified technicians can handle any type or size of mold colony infestation.

How Our Experts Can Save Your Fire Damaged Closter Home

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Charred Room After Fire When fire hits your Closter home, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

What You Can Expect During Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Closter Home

Fire damage is one of those home disasters that tend to look worse before it gets better. Numerous actions are necessary during the cleanup and readying for repairs and reconstruction.

One of the most common steps taken in Closter homes during fire damage restoration comes in the form of controlled demolition. This is a method that SERVPRO technicians receive a large amount of training in during the certification process. The cutting away of charred sheetrock or building materials that buckled from either fire or water damage is a necessary step in reducing odor, limiting the spread of soot, and prepping the property for reconstruction.

How Much is Too Much Fire Damage for Restoration?

There is no one-size-fits-all rule for fire loss cleanup. SERVPRO technicians examine each item and area of the home for restoration potential through various cleaning methods and techniques. Non Porous items generally fare better than things that can take in smoke odors and soot.

Stay Out of the Fire Loss Area

One of the first actions technicians practice involves establishing containment or a negative air barrier space around the area in the home with fire damage. This limits the accidental spread of soot to currently unaffected areas of the house.

Let the Technicians Know What is Important

SERVPRO knows that some things in the home are invaluable to homeowners, and when someone tells them to save their favorite 75-gallon aquarium or wedding photo album is priceless, the technicians work to find those items and ascertain the restoration potential. Through their various cleaning solutions, often complicated restorations are possible.

Taking the Stress Out of Rebuilding

After fire damage cleanup, the property receives treatments against odor and to ensure it is ready for reconstruction. Because SERVPRO has a general contractor license #13VH001305854800, they can lessen the anxiety for property owners from having to find, vet, and hire builders to perform the needed repairs and construction to restore the structure entirely.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County stands ready to handle fire damage cleanup of any size for local property owners. The technicians are available 24/7 at (201) 244-0100 and arrive on-site quickly because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

We Will Document The Recovery Process After A Flood In Your Dumont Home

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

hole In Ceiling Give us a call today at (201) 244-0100.

Documenting The Recovery Process For Flooded Dumont Homes

Whether we are working under the financial canopy of insurance companies or helping homeowners through flooding damages in a budget-friendly mindset, we can help you bring your Dumont home back to pre-damaged condition quickly. We work to help keep our customers at ease as much as possible through the entire recovery process, as we understand how stressful and overwhelming these circumstances can become. Helping you to see our progress and the stages of our approach can give you an accurate look at when you can expect to return to your property.

Documenting our recovery process and each stage is an intricate and involved service, but one that our professionals know is necessary when addressing flood damage in Dumont homes. Because this approach is a staple of SERVPRO flood recovery and water damage restoration, we have developed software called DryBook to streamline this documentation and allow individual professionals access to the information to witness milestones and the overall progress of the housing recovery. Having this software available helps in three specific ways:

  •   Efficiency of Our Team – With this information accessible to our management professionals, we can dispatch new personnel and add equipment to a project when progress is not as efficient as we would like. It keeps our entire team accountable for their pace and productivity.
  •   Coordination with Insurance Providers – We work alongside insurance companies in the area to meet their requirements and to keep an open line of communication with these firms. Our SERVPRO DryBook software and overall progress documentation can help.
  •   Helping the Customer – We understand how stressful flooding scenarios can be, especially when you do not have coverage for these disasters with your home insurance. We strive to provide an efficient service that addresses any budget concerns you have, and part of this process is an open communication that documents our progress and drying process.

Flooding damages can be challenging to manage and feel much longer to restore without the knowledge that the restoration process is progressing. We have designed premium software to share this information with our team, insurance companies, and our clients to guarantee that there are no delays in recovery. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County specialists to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (201) 244-0100.

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Water Damage Repair to Closter Homes

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away at (201) 244-0100.

Wooden Floor Water Restoration at a Closter Property

Natural wooden floors are functional and beautiful and can last a lifetime when properly cared for. Over time, the boards are subject to a lot of wear and tear. Also, water damage may be one of the issues you probably encounter at your Closter home. Interestingly, most water damage issues are not due to heavy rains or floods. A dysfunctional appliance and excessive indoor moisture from various sources can also lead to compromised hardwood floors.

Failing to perform water damage repair at your Closter property quickly can lead to numerous issues that could be costly to fix and perhaps even irreversible. For example, moisture can seep through the subfloor and cause severe floorboard damage. Water trapped in enclosed sub-floor spaces could result in mold growth. Also, moisture can spread to other areas of your house, including nearby walls and carpets. SERVPRO has skilled technicians qualified to handle restoration on all floor types.

Signs of degraded flooring:

  • Warping
  • Cupping
  • Buckled floorboards
  • Deep stains/dark spots

Dealing With Wooden Floor Water Damage

Different wooden floors react to water differently. Some can be easily salvaged, while others cannot be due to the floor's natural characteristics when subjected to moisture. When repairing wooden floors with significant damage, the intensity of restoration is required due to several factors.

Influential factors

  • Type of wood the floor is made of
  • What is underneath the floor–subfloor
  • The volume of the water
  • How long your floor has been wet

Once SERVPRO technicians determine this, we use a vacuum or squeegee to remove the surface water as quickly as possible. This helps stop further absorption and minimize drying time. Our teams may have to remove the warping floorboards to check subfloor conditions. We cut the damaged floor planks using a saw and removed them with a pry bar. We then nail the new boards to the floor and sand the old and the replacement boards to match. Next, we apply a stain and a polyurethane finish.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn, provides efficient water damage repair. Call us at (201) 244-0100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is Wet Fabric Permanently Damaged?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vacuum If your property is overtaken by water you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Hotel Businesses that Require Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Closter can Reach Out to SERVPRO for Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restoration.

Are Wet Carpets Complicated to Clean?

Carpet cleaning can have several complications that could impact your Closter Business. One issue is that carpet fibers can quickly absorb moisture, grime, and microbial infestation when exposed to moisture. With older carpets, it may not be possible to contact the manufacturer for cleaning instructions, which means technicians may have to conduct pre-testing to discover the most effective carpet cleaning method. While waiting for a professional assessment from a SERVPRO technician, it may be worthwhile to restrict foot traffic over the affected area by staff and customers. Foot traffic can compress fibers in a wet carpet, making the restoration process longer and less likely to return to a pre-damaged condition. Often, drying the carpet while effectively mitigating loss may not entirely repair the carpet fibers. 

How Do I Get the Grime Out of Thick Carpets?

Hotels frequently use thick carpets, which may require commercial water damage restoration services in Closter, should they become wet. Our technicians can use emulsifying powders on thicker mats, which can absorb grime without introducing further moisture. Using a wet/dry vacuum, our team can remove both the emulsifying dust and any soiling that may be present. We usually complete the carpet cleaning service by buffering it with a rotary machine. These fast-rotating mechanical cleaners can buffer carpet fibers to return a thicker carpet to its pre-damaged condition without risking causing harm. In some circumstances, we may utilize spot stain removal to restore your business to its pre-damaged condition. 

How Do I Restore a Carpet fromStart to Finish?

  • Identify the type of carpet or contact the manufacturer for cleaning advice
  • Dry the mat while using a cleaning solution or hot-water extraction
  • Buffer the mat and perform spot stain removal for any areas of soiling that remain

To reduce the chance of permanent damage to carpets in your hotel, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

Need Flood Damage Cleanup After a Storm in Closter – Call SERVPRO

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Afraid your wood floors have been damaged by a Storm? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Emergency Cleanup Services in Closter

Storms rolling through our area in Closter can cause a great deal of damage to homes, knocking out power systems, bringing down trees, and flooding. Many homeowners rush to begin recovering their belongings and attempting to remove excess water in dangerous conditions.

SERVPRO can help with all aspects of flood damage cleanup in Closter after a storm ravishes your neighborhood. Our team can assist, whether temporary tarps covering the roof, windows to cover, doors to board up, or temporary power to keep essential appliances operating.

We urge residents to keep safety foremost in their minds. Slips and falls on muddy wet surfaces, electrical wires sparking nearby, and even usually delicate items can be heavy when soaked with water. If in doubt, wait for the professionals to help you clean up, recover, and restore your home.

SEERVPRO provides high-capacity truck-mounted pumps, portable pumps, water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove excess water and dry your home. Our fast response limits the amount of secondary damage caused by water absorption, allowing us to recover, clean, and dry many items.

Not everything can be recovered. We work closely with the homeowner and their insurance company to determine what must be replaced or cleaned. Depending on the amount of damage, controlled demolition techniques are utilized to limit the damage to other home areas.

SERVPRO inspects and assesses the damage before developing a plan to help the homeowner recover from storm damage. Our services are aimed at your needs and your insurance coverage. Our services include:

  • Emergency services water damage repair
  • Water clean up and water removal services
  • Flood restoration

Call the flood damage specialists from SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn, and nearby areas for assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 244-0100.

How About Mold Cleanup for My Home?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Plastic Sheets Held by Tape SERVPRO technicians can erect containment barriers to limit cross-contamination during soda blasting mold remediations services in Creskill

Mold Damage in Cresskill Requires Professional Remediation

Cresskill homeowners want to keep their homes clean and free from contamination of all kinds. A clean, fresh home is more delightful to be in – and it also has more curb appeal should you decide to sell. If you are looking for a contractor to work on your home, naturally, you want to work with someone who uses the latest equipment and industry-standard techniques.

Mold damage in Cresskill homes requires swift and professional remediation. If left untreated, mold spores can swiftly spread throughout your home. Mold spores are microscopic, which means they can travel easily on:

  • Air currents
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Pet fur
  • Shopping bags or luggage

What Should I Do If I Suspect a Mold Problem?

The first thing you should do if you suspect you have mold in your home is to call SERVPRO. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our teams are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are many signs of mold in your home. The most obvious sign is the growth of black or dark green mold colonies. You might also notice damp patches on walls or ceilings, especially around wet areas such as the bathroom or laundry room. A pervasive musty odor is another clue that you’ve got a mold problem in your house.

What is Soda Blasting?

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County trains our technicians in a range of mold remediation and cleaning techniques. One of the most popular and effective methods is soda blasting.

Soda blasting uses baking soda – yes, the same kind of soda you use to bake cakes! We air blast mold-covered surfaces with baking soda crystals. Because baking soda is mildly abrasive, it effectively scrubs the mold from the surfaces.

The baking soda crystals used in blasting are manufactured to be perfect for the job – we do not use boxes of baking soda intended for kitchen use. The crystals are angular when seen under a microscope, so they scrape off mold, but they are soft enough to use in the home.

Why Does SERVPRO Use Soda Blasting?

Soda blasting has several advantages:

  • The soda crystals are soft enough that there is a minimal risk of harm to the underlying surface.
  • Baking soda is chemical-free – how many other mold products are also used in baking?
  • When combined with an efficient delivery system, baking soda is cost-effective – and that cost-effectiveness is passed on to the customer.
  • Baking soda crystals are easily wiped away after blasting.
  • Baking soda blasting is quicker and easier than scrubbing each surface by hand, so we can cover a larger area in less time without compromising on results.

Baking soda is also a natural deodorizer, so using it helps remove moldy smells from your home.

Are SERVPRO Technicians Trained in Soda Blasting?

Absolutely. We train all our technicians in the proper use of soda blasting equipment. Our teams know how to choose the correct amount of soda, the best nozzles and hoses, the right air pressure, and the optimum angle for best results.

Why is Filtration a Vital Part of Soda Blasting?

When we carry out mold remediation in your home, cleanup is an essential part of the process. Cleanup ensures all surfaces are left fresh and dry, and there is no leftover cleaning product. The same is true with soda blasting. Our technicians wipe away any residue, so all you see are clean surfaces with no mold growth.

However, cleaning up residue after soda blasting is not as simple as wiping the surfaces down. We also use air scrubbers to filter air and remove the soda crystals. Air scrubbers use powerful filtration to clean the air in your home by trapping microscopic particles. A single machine can cleanse a large area, making them very useful.

Air scrubbers capture both soda particles and any errant mold spores to leave your home as clean as possible. Using filtration after blasting makes it even more difficult for spores to re-emerge.

What Happens After Soda Blasting?

After soda blasting, we clean and deodorize your home and carry out any necessary repairs (for example, if mold has damaged a door frame or eaten through the wallpaper.) We also monitor the moisture levels in your home to ensure it is dry enough to discourage further mold growth.

It is always our aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.” Our team will follow up with you a week after your remediation project ends to ensure you are happy with the result and answer any questions you may have.

If you need help with mold damage, call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

Commercial Water Restoration in Closter Demands Professional Services

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Caution Wet Floor Sign The first step to resolving water damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn.

SERVPRO Can Perform Commercial Water Damage Repair in Your Closter Mall

Suppose your commercial property, like a shopping mall, suffers water damage. In that case, you must begin the water cleanup process right away to avoid the elevation of risks of mold damage, corrosion, and electrical hazards. It can also help your tenants get back into conducting their businesses as normal and avoid damage to merchandise due to elevated humidity levels.

SERVPRO is well equipped to quickly perform commercial water restoration in your Closter mall. Water damage in shopping malls can spread fast because they are often designed with several floors or wings.

If your mall has multiple wings, water can ruin several areas, especially if a malfunctioning sprinkler system has caused the water intrusion. If the water is coming from a higher floor level, it can flow downwards to the floors beneath. SERVPRO can handle water damage of any magnitude by taking the following steps:

  • Inspection and assessment
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Full restoration

Inspection and Assessment

After the inspection has given us the go-ahead, our technicians can perform a detailed assessment of the degree of damage to determine the amount of repair to be done.

Water Extraction

Standing water can continue to cause damage to your mall, requiring quick removal. We can use wet/dry vacuums or high-powered pumps to extract standing water from your premises.

Drying and Dehumidification

Our SERVPRO technicians can use industrial quality dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out materials that have moisture to prevent them from sustaining more damage like mold growth, cupping, or warping.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

SERVPRO can use wet cleaning and spray and wipe cleaning to preserve as much of your property as possible while following the sanitization and safety requirements. We can then dispose of all the damaged materials removed during cleaning.

Full Restoration

This step encompasses our efforts to get your property to its preloss condition by replacing or fixing removed or permanently damaged materials.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn can lend a hand to commercial property owners in times of water damage crises. Contact us at (201) 244-0100.