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Fire Damage In Your Cresskill Laundry

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County offers a mitigation service that makes your home look, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Removes Fire Damage from a Cresskill Laundry

Failure to clean the dryer and remove flammable dust or lint is the leading cause of approximately a third of all dryer fires. Not only can these disasters char your laundry room and destroy the dryer, but soot residues can create long-term corrosive damage that eventually causes other appliances and structural materials to decay.

When the utility room of your Cresskill home requires fire damage mitigation, SERVPRO technicians offer IICRC-certified training in mitigation techniques that restore your home. The Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification determines the universal standards necessary to return homes a clean, safe condition after various types of disasters occur.. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to offer general contracting services (#13VH001305854800) for your home.

Preventing Clothes Dryer Fires
    •    Keep the lint filter clean. Check it both before and after use. This is especially crucial because dryer lint is one of the primary ignition sources in clothes dryer fires.
    •    Examine the venting system behind your dryer. Is it damaged or dusty? Is there enough clearance between the dryer and the wall? Consult the manufacturer or a licensed installer for troubleshooting if needed.
    •    Unplug the dryer when away from home. If you plan to take a vacation, you can minimize fire risks due to electrical system failures by keeping appliances unplugged while you are away.
    •    Replace damaged components ASAP. Do not operate a dryer with damaged hoses or without a lint filter.

How SERVPRO Saves Your Laundry Room
If your laundry has wood or vinyl paneling around or behind the source of the fire, it may need removal. Synthetic wood options are generally more cost-effective to replace than repair, but real, finished wood can often be restored. Wet cleaning methods are adequate for light to moderate soiling of paneling. More substantial damage may require SERVPRO's Wood Creme Paste, which can be gently applied with #0000 steel wool to treat wood without removing finishes.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County offers a mitigation service that makes your home look, “Like it never even happened.” You can call (201) 244-0100, no matter when your home is affected by a disaster.

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We Get You Back In Business In Closter After A Water Loss

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Our air movers and dehumidifiers working to dry the carpet in this property We have the equipment to handle your dry-out needs. In this photo we have several air movers running as well as a dehumidifier.

Commercial Water Cleanup for a Closter Florist

Water damage is a frustrating prospect for any commercial space to consider. It can cause huge headaches for small businesses that specialize in merchandise that requires plenty of water, like plants or flowers. This damage not only affects the appearance of your store but can also introduce the risk of mold and bacteria proliferation into your facilities.

If your Closter small business requires commercial water cleanup from an experienced team, you can count on the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO for rapid, reliable service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. SERVPRO's constant availability ensures that you get the help you need, even outside of regular business hours. This team's focus is on maximizing safety for your customers and staff while minimizing the risk of loss to your possessions and structure.

Detecting Water Damage in Wood Flooring

  • Damage equals saturation plus time. In many cases, visible damage on wood flooring takes time to build up. If you notice it on the surface, the water has likely been an issue for some time. 
  • Warping or cupping planks. As the wood absorbs moisture, it expands and warps, which can eventually cause whole planks to buckle.
  • Dark stains. If you notice this staining along the edges of one plank or spreading through several planks, there are a couple of common causes for this, including mold and rust from nails. The tannins in the wood may also change color from long-term contact with minerals in the water. 

SERVPRO Extracts Water Quickly

SERVPRO has a variety of tools available to remove water from your floors, including portable extractors, mops, squeegees, wet/dry vacs, and suction pads designed to pull moisture out of flooring. If only a few planks are affected, these can be pulled up, dried, and replaced. If the subflooring is also saturated, technicians can position air movers and dehumidifiers to pull up moisture from surfaces and replace it with warm, dry air from both above and below the flooring by removing a few planks and replacing them after drying. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County wants to ensure that your business looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (201) 244-0100 for quality commercial cleanup. 

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Flood Damage Restoration In Your Cresskill Home

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Floodwaters are severe and potentially dangerous to both yourself and your home.

Using Staging Areas to Increase Efficiency of Flood Damage Restoration in your Cresskill Home

Flood situations can be particularly traumatic for a homeowner because they can involve displacement of contents and significant structural damages. There is also a requirement of quick, mitigating actions to make sure your property does not sustain permanent harm. But there is more to flood restoration than equipment. Our team focuses intently on the organization from start to finish to increase the efficiency of our services and reduce permanent losses. The speed of service begins with our twenty-four-hour emergency call line.

While flood damage in your Cresskill home may be a traumatic event taking time to set up correctly can make a massive difference to the turnaround of a restoration. SERVPRO technicians set-up staging areas on-site to reduce the amount of time traveling between site and truck. Ideally, we set up staging areas close to a water supply, which allows us to mix chemical cleaners quickly and easily. Tools, as well as portable power supplies, can also be set up in a staging area.

SERVPRO technicians communicate with you from start to finish. Once permission to set up a staging area is given, we can begin to run an organized, efficient cleanup. We can protect the area by placing plastic sheeting on floors or against walls. When entering wet rooms, this can reduce the chances of spreading moisture or soiling to an unaffected area of the home. SERVPRO may need to assess contamination levels of any floodwaters in the home to prepare appropriate safeguards. Category three contamination levels may require you to temporarily evacuate the building while we deal with human pathogens or other harmful materials.

Category three contamination may include raw sewage, bloodborne pathogens as well as herbicides and pesticides. These contaminants can quickly spread with foot traffic or by moving equipment from one room to the next. To make sure of limiting damage, our crew chiefs must set up a decontamination chamber to allow safe entry and exit of the affected area. Decontamination chambers are generally set-up using polyethylene plastics and tension poles to erect the containment chamber. These precautions can be vital in limiting the losses of a flood in your home.

Floodwaters are severe and potentially dangerous to both yourself and your home. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

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Flood Damage In Your Closter Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by flood The certified techs arrive fast and work until the damage to your home is, “Like it never even happened.”

Extreme Flood Damage in Closter Home

Flood damage is the worst type of water loss to hit a residential property. The reason is that the water carries a rating as a category three biohazard, as it picks up anything it encounters along the way, such as debris, sewage, and chemicals, then dumps it into the home when it arrives.

That is why one of the first actions SERVPRO technicians perform on arrival at Closter homes with flood damage is testing the water on-site to determine the nature of any contaminants, bacteria, and other harmful factors. The techs wear protective clothing and often put up containment around the worksite to inhibit chances of cross-contamination from airborne water vapor.

Electricity Out? Not an Issue
When the floodwater causes power outages in the home, it does not hold up the restoration process. The techs bring every single piece of equipment required in their green service vans, including generators to power their pumps, fans, and more.

Preparing the Structure for Drying
Once the water extraction phase of mitigation completes, the technicians cut away damaged sheetrock using a technique known as flood cuts. The techs measure several inches above the water line and remove the portion where water wicked into. This action opens up the wall cavities and framework for drying.

Flooring Takes a Beating
Whether it is tile, hardwood, or carpet, it often receives the brunt of the water loss. Prolonged exposure to moisture causes glue-down tiles to delaminate, requiring removal. Carpet does not have the potential for sanitization from this type of water and needs replacement. The techs remove the water and cut it into strips, so it is lighter and safer to handle.

Rebuilding Services
Once the water -damaged get removed and the property dried, the prepping for reconstruction begins. This phase of the restoration involves odor control, to remove any lingering musty odors and proactive treatments for mold. SERVPRO has a general contractor license #13VH001305854800 and handles both the cleanup and necessary repairs and final touches to bring your home to a pre-flood condition.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 has emergency response teams available 24/7. The certified techs arrive fast and work until the damage to your home is, “Like it never even happened.”

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Stuck? Try These Tips to Streamline Your Flood Damage Remediation Services in Closter

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

floating leather armchair Flooding can affect your cloth and leather furniture. Make sure that your remediation experts specialize in restoring different materials.

Renovating Leather Upholstery of your Closter Home in a Flood Damage Situation

Flooding emergencies can be among the most devastating types of property damage a homeowner encounters. Large bodies of water entering an indoor environment can immediately degrade and impact furnishings. This degradation is particularly pronounced in situations where rain comes from an outside source such as flash flooding or nearby road overflow. The severest areas of harm may be your possessions and particularly furnishings or upholstery. Typically, these items can be tough to remove from the affected area as they are naturally bulky and becomes more burdensome as they take on more moisture. 

Our restoration services encompass contents that may suffer flood damage in your Closter home. As a specialist in the renovation of materials, we can counteract the ill effects of floodwaters on upholstery and leather furnishings. Leather items can suffer badly with an introduction to water and can dry out, crack, or even have further color distortion during the restoration procedure. We provide qualified leather cleaning technicians (LCT) at SERVPRO, who can help to return your sofas and seating to its preloss condition. 

Leather can be at a high risk of permanent damage both when coming into contact with water and during the drying or cleaning procedure. During the drying procedure for contents leather that drops below its standard moisture content can become cracked. Equally, cleaning methods can scratch or discolor the finish. SERVPRO uses moisture sensors to gain real-time knowledge of moisture content and use sensitive cleaning materials to prevent discoloration. 

Sometimes leather upholstery may not restore to its exact color. At SERVPRO, we use leather butter to refinish the surface texture of leather and cover over any cracks. Sometimes refinishing leather may change the color hue. To combat this discoloration, LCT workers apply leather butter across the entire upholstery to ensure that colors remain uniform. Providing that we arrive while surface textures are still wet, there is a strong chance that we can restore your leather upholstery to a preloss condition. 

For a restoration team specializing in upholstery renovation, contact SERVPRO of North East Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

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We Act Fast In Cresskill To Restore Your Home After A Fire

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Our ozone machine sitting in this room working to get rid of smoke damage Our ozone machine was used in this home to counteract the smoke produced from a fire in this home. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Cleaning Out Your Closet After Fire Damage in Cresskill

Considering the other damage in your Cresskill home after ablaze, the last thing on your list is going through your closets and dressers. The expense and aggravation of replacing your wardrobe and those of your family would be significant, pushing this task more to the forefront once you realize the impact of waiting to cope with it. Our technicians understand the urgency of evaluating and responding to the condition of your clothing. Let us help.

Synthetic Fibers Pose Remediation Challenges

When fire damages your Cresskill home, countless toxic gasses, vapors, and chemicals form. The synthetic fibers found in many items of clothing can bond with these hazardous emissions, causing discoloration, deterioration, and persistent smell. Clothing damaged with heavy smoke can be hazardous to wear, requiring disposal for the health and safety of your family. Our technicians sort clothing into three main groups:

  • Clothing you need immediately (during the restoration time frame)
  • Clothing that you need shortly
  • Clothing that is specialized or seasonal

Off-Site Clothing Cleaning

Once the sorting and detailed inventorying complete, specially trained SERVPRO technicians or subcontractors get to work, often at our production facility, removing the residues and odors so the items are refreshed and safe to wear. We have industrial washers and dryers and fire damage restoration-skilled dry cleaner resources to return clothing to preloss condition.

Examples of Equipment and Strategies

As a first step, SERVPRO workers often blow away loose fire debris with compressed air. The evaporation process accelerates, deactivating some odor particles. Items are then laundered or dry cleaned, depending on the material. One detail with which most homeowners would not be familiar is the need to remove clothes from metal hangers. The corrosive action of fire residues can oxidize the metal, transferring the discoloration to the clothing.

Deodorization

We chose from among several solutions if odor persists in your clothing. Proprietary SERVPRO solvent-based odor counteractants are a possibility, sprayed on and allowed to dry. Thermal fogging is another option. We place the clothing into garment bags, directing the fog inside. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is a full-service fire damage recovery company. Give us a call at (201) 244-0100 for help with all your smoke and residue-damaged possessions.

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SERVPRO Skilled Team Provides Closter Properties with Fire, Smoke, and Odor Mitigation Services--And Fast!

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

smoke from a house fire coming under a door Smoke, Odors, Fire Damage in Closter Have You Down? SERVPRO Can Lift You Up--"Like it never even happened."

Restoring Air Quality from Fire Damage in Restrictive Spaces of Your Closter Home

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A fire situation can cause catastrophic harm to your home environment and indoor air quality. The combustion process- when materials burn- releases myriad gases into the air. Synthetic materials, in particular, can release gas that is noxious and odorous in the form of smoke. When these hot smoke plumes come into contact with cold surfaces, they can leave behind staining as well as soiling. In high-pressure fires, soiling pushes beneath the surface and may require intensive agitative to remove.

When restoring fire damage in Closter, our technicians conduct a pre-test before any work begins. Pre-testing allows us to understand the different types of smoke damages. By following the composition of soiling, SERVPRO can apply cleaning solutions and strategies that are effective. Wet smoke deposits, for example, produce greasy smoke signatures that require oil-based solvents. Dry smoke deposits, on the other hand, usually respond well to water-based cleaning solutions and products.

While several gases may deposit particulates on the walls of your home, some may remain airborne. Odor-causing particles can bond with particles in the air, causing them to linger. In some cases, you may not be able to re-enter your home until harmful particles in the air disperse. This dispersal usually takes around an hour or more after a fire is put out. However, you should always wait to receive an all-clear from a fire marshall before re-entering your home. SERVPRO recommends that you check before opening windows immediately to ventilate the space and remove gases and odorous particles. Unintended consequences can exacerbate the smoke and fire damage.

Some areas of your home may be tough to ventilate in normal conditions. You may find that hallways, stairwells, and small spaces like attics become difficult to ventilate thoroughly. SERVPRO technicians can deploy air filtration devices (AFDs) to help restore indoor air quality in restrictive areas. AFDs draw air through layers of filters that can capture odorous particles. The clean air then exhausts back into the home, removing gases and odors. Under severely compromised air quality, HEPA filtered air scrubbers can do the heavy lifting to clarify the air.

Take back control of your indoor air quality IAQ. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen at (201) 244-0100.

Closter Water Leaks and Tired Pipes? Call SERVPRO for Advice and Help

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

production crew photo in front of green van With Our Skilled Team, Closter Homeowners Are Always Pleased with Our Water Damage Restoration Services--"Like it never even happened."

Preventative Plumbing Repair Can Reduce Water Damage in Closter

As plumbing breaches can become a common culprit to widespread and destructive water losses in Closter homes, it stands to reason that some preventative care and maintenance can reduce these risks. Fixtures and fittings can often be among the most likely areas of your system to fail, as substantial pressure, long-term degradation, or pipe-freezing might occur to burst straight portions of the plumbing. Our SERVPRO professionals want to help you prevent costly water losses, and that is why we have put together some helpful strategies to limit these possibilities as much as possible.

Not every homeowner feels experienced or daring enough to replace worn portions of plumbing and put in new fixtures, even if it means reducing potential water damage to their Closter residence. We have a licensed team of general contractors that can help with these requests and can even undertake more substantial remodeling and renovations of your bathroom and kitchen to your exact specifications. These revitalizations of your property can often address the state of your pipes, faucets, and spouts.
 
The installation of a new shower, bathroom vanity, or kitchen sink can often come with the need for newly installed fixtures, which can become one less area to worry about as elements of the plumbing network wear down. Our skilled team can show you the areas that require attention and the most cost-effective and long-term solution to address these concerns. Backed by our General Contractor License #: 13VH001305854800, we can complete the restoration, "Like it never even happened."
 
Even if you do not choose our SERVPRO team for construction and repairs, we want to help you reduce the likelihood of water damage. DIY enthusiasts should approach these projects with confidence and patience, as plumbing repairs and replacements do not always go as seamlessly and smooth as they should.
 
While there are many ways that water loss incidents can occur in your home, our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County team can help you to reduce these risks with preventative care for your plumbing system. If you want to improve the aesthetic appeal of specific fixtures or feel like individual installed components are past their prime, you can reach our skilled contractors 24/7 by calling (201) 244-0100.

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Trouble with Flooding in Closter? Don't Fret! Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration Services

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

deep water flooded basement SERVPRO's Advanced Pumps and Equipment Mitigate Flood Damage to Closter Properties

Skill and Experience Help Expedite Flood Removal from Affected Closter Homes

Removal of floodwater may seem like straightforward physical work, but in practice, it takes skills and even experience to run the process smoothly, especially if you want fast results. Apart from water extraction in Closter, other steps like moisture management and decontamination are crucial in the restoration of the home to its preloss state, thus the need for a skilled team.

Choosing the Right Pump

The immediate goal in flood removal from affected Closter homes is the extraction of all standing water. The process requires a pump with sufficient strength, usually measured in lift and volume capacity. Floodwaters are also likely to be contaminated with solid materials reducing the efficiency of ordinary pumps. From the experiences our SERVPRO teams have had restoring flooded properties, we have different types of equipment, including self-priming trash pumps to remove water filled with solids where the suction lift is less than 25' and the discharge head is less than 100'. We also have submersible ones for efficient removal of standing water deeper than 2 inches.

Safe Demolition of the Structure

The structure can inhibit flood removal in different ways, especially if the water reaches concealed areas. The skillful teardown of the damaged areas helps ease the removal process without creating unnecessary expenses. Our SERVPRO technicians can safely remove materials such as carpet and pad, laminate, vinyl, and tiles from the floor to ease the removal process. We also open up assemblies such as stairs, walls, voids, and built-ins to expedite water removal, decontamination, and drying.

Effective Decontamination

Flooding leaves properties contaminated with biohazards and chemicals collected by the groundwater as it flows. Decontamination of the property is therefore essential for preloss restoration, and it involves different segments, including removing porous materials and using chemical agents to disinfect the soiled areas. The process can be tricky, especially when using chemical agents to remove contaminants because some require optimum conditions to work. For example, the use of Phenolics to clean the loss site can only be feasible if the pH levels are maintained at around 6 to 7, and the cleaning agent is not mixed with nonionic or cationic detergents. Experience, therefore, helps in choosing the right agents.

Flood removal is straightforward when handled by experienced professionals. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to help.  You can reach us at  (201) 244-0100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Closter Office Suite Drenched from Fire Suppressant System? No Worries-Call SERVPRO for Rapid Restoration

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

front of an high rise office building No Need to Close the Office in Closter after a Water Loss--Just Call SERVPRO

Sprinkler System Causes Commercial Water Damage in Closter

The fire suppressant sprinkler system gives business owners in Closter peace of mind about their property when they are not on site. This system causing commercial water damage is probably not the outcome they were expecting.

That is what happened to cause commercial water damage in a Closter office. A malfunction triggered the sprinkler system to activate overnight and water pooled on the glued-down industrial carpeting. Fortunately, there was no subfloor, as the foundation was a concrete slab.

Fast Water Extraction
This type of floor covering delaminates rapidly upon exposure to water, and SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to remove moisture quickly and avoid that outcome. As a proactive measure, they removed the vinyl floor trim to drain and dry any water that wicked into the sheetrock with the idea of preventing ongoing water damage.

Setting and Attaining Drying Goals
The techs measured the air quality and set drying goals in line with relative humidity levels for the interior environment that are typical for the workplace. They then set up air movers and dehumidification equipment to expedite drying the water loss area.

Drying in Place
SERVPRO attempts to disrupt commercial workspace as little as possible during water cleanup and restoration. We can dry office furnishing in place by raising them up on blocks of wood or high-density foam. If the carpet was glued directly to the concrete pad, and the adhesion has remained intact, we can dry it with weighted wands or Rovers.

Deodorization
No one wants to come to work in an office that smells musty. The technicians use a combination of hand cleaning with deodorizing cleaning agents and odor control equipment as needed to ensure there are no lingering reminders of the water loss.

Repairs as Needed
With our general contractor license #13VH001305854800, SERVPRO can offer property owners the seamless service of repairs and rebuilding as needed to restore the loss area entirely. In cases like this one, where only minor damages resulted from the water loss, very little was required to restore the office after the completion of the restoration services. Our goal was minimal disruption to the work routine during the business day.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 has fast assistance for local properties with commercial water damage. The technicians arrive quickly and make the loss to the property, "Like it never even happened."