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A Quick Guide to Restoring Fire Damage in your Dumont home

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Quick Guide to Restoring Fire Damage in your Dumont home Our technicians will take every leap and bound when it comes to your fire damage in Dumont.

We want to always help our Dumont community, especially with fire damage.

A home that has become damaged by fire is a stressful obstacle for a homeowner to overcome. Smoke and soot residues can become attached to walls, ceilings, surfaces, appliances, and ventilation spots while some soot can be harmful if ingested. That said, provided you have the correct safety equipment, some soot can be cleaned away yourself although you do need to bring in a qualified restoration professional to restore certain areas, remove unpleasant odors and ensure that soot is not spread around.

If you want to tackle fire damage in your Dumont home, the first thing you need to do is contact a Fire Marshall. A quick inspection is required to make sure your home is safe to enter after minor to moderate fires. Carcinogens and monoxides, as well as certain soot, can be harmful if inhaled so you should make sure you open all doors and windows as well as wearing a mouth mask to prevent tiny particles from being ingested. Additionally, you should lay down a tarp or floor covering in the affected area to prevent loose soiling dropping onto the floor. 

Begin by vacuuming dry soot from walls and ceilings. Vacuuming should remove any loose debris without spreading damage. If soot deposits are oily, you should leave them to a restoration professional. A chemical sponge can be applied directly onto dry soot to remove them. However, you should test on a small area to make sure there are no adverse effects on paintwork or finish. Contact SERVPRO to arrange a visit from a certified restoration provider for areas that require professional attention.

Generally speaking, shutting off electrical supply to the affected area, opening windows, performing light cleaning tasks with a vacuum and sponge as well as checking appliances can be carried out by a homeowner. SERVPRO professionals can take care of walls and clothing, which may require a pre-test of materials to determine a cleaning method that does not cause further damage. Avoid wiping any powder residues that may have been used to control a fire as these can have a chemical composition which could erode finishes, flooring or appliances. 

Enlisting a professional restoration provider can help by providing expert knowledge and equipment that gets your home back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

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How Our Advanced Equipment Can Save Your Cresskill House After A Water Damage Disaster

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our Advanced Equipment Can Save Your Cresskill House After A Water Damage Disaster Contact us so we can help you safely restore your home after water damages sections of it, “Like it never even happened.”

Necessary Safety Equipment During Water Damage Mitigation And Restoration Of Cresskill Houses

Water that seeps out from around a loose joint or appliance’s seal, or comes bursting out full force from a broken pipe can cause homes in Cresskill problems that gradually spread, worsen, and become increasingly more costly and time-consuming to mitigate and repair.

Residents in Cresskill facing potential water damage and related situations might feel tempted to perform the work themselves. Using proper safety measures, including personal protective equipment (PPE) keeps those handling wet materials safe. SERVPRO’s technicians use a variety of PPE, so doing the mitigation work becomes safer and less hazardous.

Even with clean water that poses little or no risk of contamination, water can change the previously safe condition of your house to one with hidden problems. Electrical issues are one of these. It only takes a little amount of water to cause short circuits. Touching wet appliances can lead to severe consequences. To avoid this, we use an electrical circuit tester. This tells us if the electricity in a house is active or off. To help us avoid cables and cords that we might step on, we use heavy sold rubber boots that also keep water out.

Cleaning up large messes generally requires the use of chemicals. To mix these, we wear both goggles and chemically resistant gloves. At times, when contamination levels seem high, we might use latex surgical gloves underneath, to help us when we remove our full body suits at the end of the day. The goggles protect our eyes from splashes and misted droplets.

When the pH of any chemicals rests at the end of the scale on either side, we often wear face-protection, as well. It is always easier for us to clean up spills and splashes on equipment than to get medical treatment after an injury. Also, during the application of many chemicals, we use respirators to help us avoid breathing fumes that might affect our health.

Along with safety goggles, we also use heavy-duty gloves for removing destroyed materials. Water might cause the drywall to soften, and removing sections often expose nails and other types of sharp fasteners. Other hazardous conditions often exist, including those where we need to use hard hats. Our building services team, helps us with the worst scenarios, helping get homes back into preloss condition quickly and with as little expense as possible to the homeowners.

While smaller jobs do not require all this, SERVPRO always arrives, ready to start work, with the PPE needed to protect each team member from possible harm. When we find contaminated areas, we already have the additional types of PPE we need in our Green Fleet.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County always has someone to answer calls from residents in Closter, Harrington Park, and Dumont. Our 24-hour emergency line is (201) 244-0100. Contact us so we can help you safely restore your home after water damages sections of it, “Like it never even happened.”

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Closter Property Owners Team Up with SERVPRO for Professional House Damage Restoration Services

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Closter Property Owners Team Up with SERVPRO for Professional House Damage Restoration Services Let SERVPRO Give You a Hand to Protect and Restore Your Home in Closter

Intelligence, Training, and Experience Are Why SERVPRO Delivers Closter Residents High-Quality Results Fast

Investment in a dedicated team of smart, hard-working managers and technicians pays off for Closter homeowners coping with the effects of water, fire, mold, and storm disasters. Decades of combined experience in the mitigation, remediation, and restoration business combined with an inventory of state-of-the-art, commercial-grade equipment equals top-notch solutions to even large and complicated residential damage scenarios. Our services are available 24/7, year-round because real life emergencies respect neither your agenda nor timeline.

Water Damage
Living in an area of the country that enjoys the change of the seasons has an impact on our experience with different types of water damage. Closter homes can suffer from the effects of ice dams, water damage common in upper levels of homes with infrequently maintained or damaged gutters and downspouts and inadequate insulation. When temperatures fall below freezing any water in a clogged gutter expands as it turns to ice. This “ice dam” can lift shingles and flashings, allowing water to invade during melting cycles, including when warm interior air exits near the ice.

If you notice a musty smell or staining when you climb to the attic to store seasonal items do not ignore the signs. Managing the problem is easier when it is still minor. Left to its own devices, the water damage can invade living spaces eventually. We have strategies and the equipment to remove any liquid water and dry out building materials that absorbed the moisture over the long winter.

Preventing future water damage requires steps to be taken in the summer and fall to limit the creation of ice dams in the next winter. Cleaning and repairing or replacing gutters avoid the pooling of water, and installation of additional insulation helps. Fixing damaged roofing components is essential, as is sealing joints where warm air flow increases the possibility of activating a freezing and melting cycle. Our full menu of restoration and rebuilding services is why SERVPRO is the company to solve this otherwise recurring problem.

Fire Damage
If a summer holiday barbeque goes wrong in Closter, fire damage can spread from the outdoor grilling area to the inside. Severe harm to the interior of your home occurs in the blink of an eye if a doorway admits the fire and a chimney-effect pulls the blaze into upper levels. Even if your quick thinking avoids such an intense reaction, a patio fire can send smoke and soot into your house, requiring professional mitigation and remediation.

When we arrive, an assessment helps us plan our interventions. Our service vehicles carry a broad inventory of equipment, products, and other supplies, so we are ready to put any plan into motion. The managers and members of our crews are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC)-trained, and we use that knowledge base together with our experience to perform all tasks to meet or exceed the restoration industry’s best practices. Our proficiency in all areas is why SERVPRO can show a successful outcome under all circumstances.
 
Water and soot removal proceed quickly, both substances incredibly corrosive, exposing your home to the risk of progressive deterioration if not eliminated. If smoke invaded, we might employ air scrubbing equipment to improve air quality and help with odor management. We have a wide range of odor elimination strategies available, and we find the ones that work because lingering smells are unacceptable. If your dwelling needs rebuilding inside or out, we have the appropriate licenses to complete those tasks, limiting the contractors you must line up to take care of the problems.

Mold Remediation
Homeowners in Closter struggle with mold damage most frequently when water damage is incompletely abated, or high humidity levels persist indoors. Other causes of mold growth activity include lack or non-use of exhaust fans or venting in steamy settings like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Wet laundry piles, plumbing leaks, and even AC units with clogged drains that drip can provide the moisture needed for mold growth.

Mold damage can be challenging to get under control using ordinary cleaning methods, which is why SERVPRO uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for mold remediation. Soap and water provide two of things mold needs to thrive -- moisture and an organic food source. Best practices contain the moldy space with physical barriers and air scrubbing equipment. Then the mold growth is mechanically removed with brushes, scrapers, or abrasives like soda blasting. We vacuum up debris and bag the moldy material for appropriate disposal under local regulations.  

EPA-registered antimicrobials treat affected surfaces to inhibit regrowth, and disinfectant enhanced coating seals areas for final refinishing. Mold remediation is not complete until we develop a plan with you that pinpoints and eliminates sources of excess moisture. Vigilance in cleaning up water and maintaining humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent greatly minimize the potential for mold damage.  

Storm Damage
Residents of Closter are no strangers to intense storm activity, with the memory of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 still fresh every summer and fall. Thunderstorms need not rise to the level of a named system to cause considerable harm to your home and its contents. Lightning strikes can expose your house to the risk of fire, and heavy rain and winds invite vast quantities of potentially contaminated flood waters into the lower levels through holes ripped open by flying debris and seepage when the ground becomes saturated.

The skills and equipment we bring during the aftermath of summer storm damage in Cloister are why SERVPRO is the restoration company you rely on and recommend. Our IICRC-trained crews quickly take charge, securing your property with tarps and boards during the mitigation and remediation phases. We assess the interior for damage, packing-out the contents using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to clear space and allow evaluation and remediation of your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions at our production facility.
 
We accomplish flood water removal of more than two inches with submersible pumps, switching to wanded extractors as the level lowers. If your electricity is out the evacuation of the flooding proceeds as our pumps are gas powered and extractors use truck mounts and generators. Flood water generally needs containment and disposal as hazardous waste. Our team is familiar with local rules. Cleaning and disinfection with EPA-registered products precede the final structural drying, and then we move on to any repair and rebuilding needed.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County offers mitigation, remediation, and restoration services for water, fire, mold, and storm damage. Our phone at (201) 244-0100 connects you with our talented team 24/7. 

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Our Flood Damage Experts Can Save Vital Documents In Your Cresskill Clinic

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Flood Damage Experts Can Save Vital Documents In Your Cresskill Clinic We utilize sophisticated freeze-drying techniques to overcome the flood damage to your Cresskill clinic and its documents.

Protecting Vital Documents From A Flooding Cresskill Clinic

While your Cresskill clinic has likely moved into the age of digital record keeping backed up to a server offsite from your facility, there are still hard copies of information that exchange hands in your building. Much like other records, these are often stored in-house and can become at risk should disasters like flooding occur. Even with a prompt response to remove these items from danger, excessive moisture can even begin to compromise their composition. Even many professional restoration teams do not have the equipment or expertise to handle this damage, but our technicians do.

We utilize sophisticated freeze-drying techniques to overcome the flood damage to your Cresskill clinic and its documents. The best way that our SERVPRO team can protect your paperwork and records from water damage is to work to get them all out of the area as quickly as possible. We have a highly trained contents department that can work amid the effects of a disaster to remove at-risk items to prevent further degradation and decomposition.

With carefully positioned air movers and other drying units, our SERVPRO team can work to reduce the presence of moisture throughout the damaged areas of your property. We know that even more than the documentation that needs our sophisticated drying techniques, you also have costly equipment that can be problematic to replace. From x-ray machines to instruments vital to check-ups, flooding can affect much more than the structural integrity of your building.

Many residents rely on your clinic for their well-being, so prolonged periods of recovery and restoration can become very damaging to your reputation and standing in the area. We can often work to contain damages to allow your clinic to continue operating at a reduced status to allow both the restoration work to continue and you to take care of the customers that depend on you.

No matter when disaster strikes, we have the sophisticated equipment and approaches like freeze drying to overcome it. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County team a call anytime at (201) 244-0100.

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How SERVPRO Avoids Water Odors from Flood Damage in Closter Properties

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Avoids Water Odors from Flood Damage in Closter Properties Trust us… mold has a bad odor. Call SERVPRO today.

Let us make sure you won't have odor damage.

This area of New Jersey is no stranger to flood damage from sources such as heavy rainstorms, hurricanes, and tropical storms. Water carries its own unique, musty odor and must be thoroughly cleaned up to avoid residual odors after the restoration and repair from the water damage.

When SERVPRO handles flood damage in Closter homes, the approach of our technicians is always to restore rather than replace both structure and possessions. In cases where flood water affects only a portion of the home, we move items to dry areas for cleaning and restoration efforts. In cases where water damage compromises an entire house, we perform pack outs on any items with restoration potential. We work quickly to lessen the chances of secondary issues such as foul odors or mold.

After extraction and drying of the water-affected areas of the home, there may be odors left behind by contaminants in the water or the water itself and in some cases where longer than 48 hours have passed between the flooding and cleanup: mold. SERVPRO team members are trained and certified as Odor Control Technicians and have numerous types of applications dependent on the scale of the scent left in the home.  

We have several methods we commonly use, such as:

  • For mild odors, we often use time-release gel capsules. 
  • More robust scents require the use of equipment such as hydroxyl generators which use UV rays to neutralize airborne odor-causing molecules. 
  • Fogging is another method our technicians utilize in the form of thermal based or ultra-low-volume (ULV) to penetrate porous objects and eradicate embedded odors. 
  • Because of the complexity of odor removal, it is not uncommon for our technicians to use a combination of techniques.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 when you need help getting rid of flood damage and foul water odors in your home. Our certified technicians work with both homeowners and adjusters to ensure your property is returned to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

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Furnace Puffbacks Can Be Cause Significant Damage To Your Cresskill Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Furnace Puffbacks Can Be Cause Significant Damage To Your Cresskill Home Give us a call anytime at (201) 244-0100.

Cleaning Furnace Puffback Symptoms Throughout Cresskill Homes

When oil gets left in an ignition chamber of a furnace but does not get burned, puffbacks can occur that spread their effects quickly through your Cresskill property. You can often find soot damage to indicate a persistent problem with the furnace system by checking in the room where you keep the furnace for black stains on the walls and ceilings. If you do not frequent this area, you can also find what looks like black sooty spiderwebs in cooler corners of closets and your living areas.

Soot can be challenging for fire damage professionals to overcome in Cresskill residences. Many owners mistakenly think that they can handle this condition on their own, but in many situations, can smear the soot and cause staining. Once a material, surface, or item becomes stained, it can be nearly impossible to restore. Our SERVPRO professionals know what cleaning agents, tools, and approaches are best for each type of affected material.

When our team first arrives at your fire-damaged home, we assess how widespread the puffback damage is throughout the property. This inspection often involves a thorough look at the entire ductile network and furnace unit, which our professionals have the advanced equipment to clean. The SERVPRO cleaning technicians have a borescope camera to put eyes on the full heating system that could all have variances of soot damage after ongoing furnace concerns.

We have high powered HEPA vacuums that can remove the largest portion of soot sediment and buildup. We can also utilize chemical sponges that can be beneficial in removing nearly fifty square feet of damaged wall space with a single pad. We also have industrial-grade, OSHA-approved cleaners that can remove lingering particulates attached to surfaces and contents.

Furnace puffbacks can be a dangerous situation that homeowners should address as quickly as possible by servicing their heating unit. While we cannot repair this compromised appliance, our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County professionals can help to make the soot damage throughout the property “Like it never even happened.”  Give us a call anytime at (201) 244-0100.

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Call the Professionals to Handle Water Damage Remediation in Your Closter Residence

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call the Professionals to Handle Water Damage Remediation in Your Closter Residence Water damage can accumulate fast and create a lot of damage. Contact SERVPRO today for all types of remediation assistance.

Fire Fighting Can Cause Water Damage Inside of Your Closter Home 

Having a fire on your property is never a good thing, but it is especially misfortunate when putting out the flames causes water damage to your property. Many people do not realize that firefighters sometimes use thousands of gallons of water to put out a fire and that water can linger in your house afterward. Not only is your home suffering the effects of fire damage after a blaze, but often water damage as well.

To have the best success remediating the water damage in your Closter home, it is vital you reach out for a cleanup and restoration company immediately. The sooner that technicians are able to get into your house and can begin to pull the water from the structure, the better it is for the longevity of your home. It is advisable to call for professional remediation help while the firefighters are doing their job, so a remediation crew can arrive shortly after, or even when the firefighters are still on the scene.

SERVPRO understands how time-sensitive home damages are. We can rush to your aid as soon as we get your initial phone call. Once there, we can immediately begin an investigation and can devise a strategy of remediation.

SERVPRO can focus on drawing the water out of your home by setting up devices designed to remove excess water and moisture as swiftly as possible. Should the water have damaged any materials untouched by the fire, SERVPRO can make flood cuts on walls or remove any damaged flooring.

From there, our technicians can begin to set up dehumidifiers, axial fans, heaters, air blasting tubes, and drying mats. SERVPRO can even use thermal imaging technology to look for any hidden pockets of water that may be between walls, or under floors, and then remove them with wet/dry vacuums. Once we're finished cleaning up the water damage in your home, SERVPRO can move onto focusing on the fire damage.

Never wait when sudden damage has struck your home. Speak with SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County by dialing (201) 244-0100. Our technicians are always ready to come and help.

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We Are The Crew To Call When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Shopping Center In Closter

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Are The Crew To Call When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Shopping Center In Closter Call us at (201) 244-0100 to consult about disaster management strategies today.

Closter Shopping Center Flood Damage Requires A Professional Partnership With Our Reliable Restoration Team

Closter businesses owners always have the memory of monster storm Sandy in the back of their minds when nasty weather is a-brewing. Torrential rains and fierce winds are sure to return, resulting in flooding impacting commercial buildings in Bergen County. A brush with this kind of disaster is likely enough that you are wise to seek and select a flood remediation company in advance.

If your retail space in a local shopping mall in Closter faces flood damage due to record-breaking rain totals, ordinary cleanup strategies are inadequate. Commercial cleaning contractors or your center’s in-house cleaning crews do not have the training or the equipment to rapidly remove thousands of gallons of water from your store and the common areas of the center. You need our highly-qualified water removal and structural drying technicians and our state-of-the-art commercial quality equipment to move the flood waters out fast and then clean, disinfect, and dry out the building using restoration industry best practices.

SERVPRO invests in comprehensive training for our technicians long before your call for help. Our crew members earn multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is an international standards development organization, leading the way for our dedicated restoration technicians. We also invest in water removal and structural drying equipment efficient and durable enough to handle even the significant losses seen when multi-tenant business centers take on floodwaters.

We urge you to consult with us ahead of any flooding disaster, designing with our management team an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). An experienced project manager assesses all aspects of your location and asks you to add details that help us respond most efficiently if flooding occurs. With this concise, digital plan in hand SERVPRO can begin remediation work immediately after you call to report the waters are rising.

Our IICRC-trained crews use pumps and extractors to make short work of even feet of contaminated floodwaters. SERVPRO contains and disposes of the dirty water as required by local regulation. Thorough cleaning and disinfection with EPA-registered products follow before an intensive drying effort with air-movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County commits to delivering the fastest and highest-quality commercial flood damage remediation service to local businesses. Call us at (201) 244-0100 to consult about disaster management strategies today.

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We’re The Experts To Turn To If Your Closter Home Experiences A Water Damage Issue

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We’re The Experts To Turn To If Your Closter Home Experiences A Water Damage Issue Contact us at (201) 244-0100 for an evaluation.

Why SERVPRO Is An Industry Leader In Closter Water Damage Recovery

It’s often the minute things that lead to the most significant water loss challenges in Closter. Life gets busy, making it hard to notice leaks or cracks in plumbing when hundreds of feet of it run behind walls and under floors. The housing stock in our town varies from brand new to historic, with roots before the Revolutionary War. Aging plumbing can be a headache, which is why we offer 24/7 water disaster services.

If your home in Closter shows signs of water damage depend on our fast response and well-equipped work crews who deliver result meeting or exceeding the restoration industry’s best practices. Our technicians hold multiple certifications in water damage and structural drying from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We come to your home prepared in every way to give you superior water loss recovery results, proving why we should be on your speed dial.

We approach every project with a restoration frame of mind. Especially if your home holds memories and contains treasures, we pledge to handle your water damage challenges quickly and discreetly. We arrive with an experienced project manager, ready to assess the scenario and plot out a plan. Our vehicles are stocked with water removal and drying equipment, why SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

The water source is shut off, and the crew gets to work, removing the water. We use advanced technology to scan for hidden water and measure the moisture content in nearby structural components. Our team possesses strategies to release the water trapped behind walls and under floors, why SERVPRO can stress remediation instead of large scale demolition and repair. Negative air pressure machines sealed on walls or topping floors suction water from several layers to prevent distortion of wood and disintegration of drywall or lath and plaster.

Once the standing water is gone, the team transitions to structural drying. Using IICRC recommended methods, our crew positions air movers and heaters to force water out of building materials and into the air as a vapor to be captured by our dehumidifiers. The need to achieve a proper balance of air movement, temperature, and humidity is why SERVPRO stresses mastery of Applied Structural Drying (ASD) principles.

Training and commitment to best practices are why SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is the only call you need to make when water damage your home. Contact us at (201) 244-0100 for an evaluation.

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Call Us When A Flood Has Damaged Your Home In Closter

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call Us When A Flood Has Damaged Your Home In Closter Among the common aspects of flood damage in Closter, is soling of different parts of the property.

Different Ways Professionals Help After Flood Damage In Closter

If you are a regular person and you have vast experience dealing with a flooded property, then you must be very unlucky. Most people deal with one or just a few incidents over many years so, even though you might not know which steps to take when your property floods, you are not alone. Luckily, there are professional flood mitigation experts with the necessary training, and experience to handle such situations best since it is part of their day-to-day work. Hiring such an expert helps in different ways.

Among the common aspects of flood damage in Closter, is soling of different parts of the property. A flood dumps contaminated groundwater, silt, mud, and other soils into a property necessitating thorough cleanup. Professionals rely on advanced equipment to speed up the cleaning process. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on pressure washers and multi-surface scrubbing equipment to remove soils. We also have pumps to extract any standing water. Sometimes, the water or other aspects of the flooding can leave physical damages such as soggy drywall. We do controlled-teardown to remove the affected materials then rebuild the area to deal with the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Although insurance covers most of the damages left after flooding, if you have the right policy, filing a claim can be a nightmare. Insurers require proper records, and even evidence of the damages suffered. Professionals keep records as part of the restoration making it easier to file claims. Our SERVPRO technicians fill electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, especially if we have to move out items providing a clear record of fully or partially damaged items for insurance purposes.

Microbial growth is a common outcome of a flooding incident.  Some steps taken early during the restoration can help prevent such growth or limit their spread. Our SERVPRO technicians spray EPA-registered disinfectants in all areas affected by the incident. We also dry excess moisture from the structure by increasing air movements using air movers and extract moisture from the air using dehumidifiers.

For better response after a flood damages your home in Cresskill, Harrington Park and Dumont areas, call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to help. We are available at (201) 244-0100 any time.

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