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We Have Flooding in Our Closter Office, What Can We Do?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

interior of an office completely flooded To have a crew deployed to your office as soon as possible to begin flood damage restoration, call SERVPRO.

Flood Damage is No Match for SERVPRO – Call Us to Begin Cleanup of Your Closter Office Today!

Whether a pipe burst or there was another incident that brought on the emergency, you need to know that you have access to skilled water restoration services. Commercial spaces, in particular, call for unique processes to ensure the flooding gets cleaned up promptly so that your employees and visitors have as little disruption as possible. SERVPRO features a team of certified water restoration technicians (WRT) that you can count on to ensure your Closter office setting sees little downtime. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and you can always reach us 24 hours a day for emergency service!

This is Overwhelming: Where Do We Begin?

For flood damage in Closter, you should have a solid plan for restoration. SERVPRO has a unique process when called for commercial flood restoration, so that way, we can quickly spring into action. We follow best practices for water extraction while doing what we can to salvage interior contents, furnishings, necessary paperwork, and more. Everything gets done to limit secondary damage from taking hold while ensuring that our crew and your staff are safe. When you need fast flooding mitigation and restoration services, you can trust our team for:

•    Training and techniques set forth via the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
•    Detailed and organized pack-out services, if required
•    Water removal using advanced water extraction tools and technology
•    Controlled demolition and the prompt, ethical removal of unsalvageable materials
•    Moisture detection using professional-grade equipment
•    Efficient drying using best practices and the latest techniques
•    EPA-registered, commercial-grade products for cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection

We Have Our Own Cleaning Crew, Can We Have Them Begin Cleanup?

There are some instances where untrained personnel can make water damage worse when trying to address flooding. Having trained technicians that follow best practices for mitigation and restoration is best. There are a few things to keep in mind when you are faced with flooding and water loss in your commercial space:

•    Floodwater, of any kind, should never be left to linger. Water must be removed from the building promptly to help lessen the damage, the cost, and to get it restored to preloss condition.
•    If the water gathers contaminants along the way, the need for careful measures is enhanced. Try to set up a barrier to cordon off the loss zone until the SERVPRO team can arrive to start with the loss and flooding assessment.
•    Your staff should always have emergency protocols in place that help you handle water damage situations in the future. High levels of water create devastating and costly damages, so ensuring that your cleaning team and employees know how to act goes a long way until the skilled technicians arrive to get to work.

What Type of Damages Am I Looking At?

For a flooding event in your Closter office space, there can be several issues to worry about. All of the potential damage depends on the amount of time and the level of exposure to water. Some of the effects of the flood loss may include:

•    Breakdown of structural materials: Lingering water causes wood to swell, warp, and crack. For any drywall throughout your office saturated with water, it can start to warp and crumble. Painted surfaces can begin to bubble and peel, or you might notice discoloration and musty odors on the walls or flooring. Professional drying must take place soon before the materials are no longer salvageable, especially if you have carpeted areas of the office.
•    Potential onset of mildew and mold: Organic or porous materials within the building like subfloors or drywall can take on water. When this happens, it creates an environment that is the perfect platform for microbial growth. Mold and mildew thrive on organic materials whenever the temperature and relative humidity are just right.

Upon our arrival at your commercial location, SERVPRO technicians use commercial-grade extraction and drying techniques mixed with OSHA-approved agents and biocides that help inhibit mold and mildew growth.

How Does the Flooding Cleanup Work?

Our crew knows that you have a plethora of valuable information, office equipment, and furnishings within your space that must be used regularly. We know how to inspect every element to determine the best course of action during our restoration process:

•    Thorough inspection, to include measuring moisture on surfaces using moisture sensors and moisture meters
•    Water extraction using wet/dry vacuums, truck-mounted extractors, suction pads, and more
•    Expedient drying to include strategic placement of fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers
•    Odor control and sanitation management using specialized anti-microbial solutions and cleaning agents
•    Restoration tasks necessary to wrap up the project, including structural repairs and finishing details

To have a crew deployed to your office as soon as possible to begin flood damage restoration, call (201) 244-0100. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Should I do About Humidity in my Kitchen?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Modern Kitchen design with open concept and bar counter Excessive moisture in kitchens can case moisture issues which can lead to water damage.

Excess Moisture in Your Closter Kitchen Needs the Attention of a Water Restoration Technician

If you detect an odd smell in your kitchen or any other room in your Closter home, it is best to call a water restoration technician to explore its cause. You may see some discoloration or peeling paint along with a smell of moisture, which could point to a leak or even the presence of mold. Rather than guessing the cause and extent of the damage, a team of professionals can make an educated assessment of the issue and take corrective action.

As you research water restoration companies in Closter, you find our SERVPRO team readily available to visit your home and apply our expertise to your specific needs. We hold certifications by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) verifying our technical expertise, which we accompany by on-the-field experience in our community. A call to our 24/7 hotline gains you access into top industry experts ready to work for you.

How do I prevent mold?

Excess Humidity has many consequences, including tile discoloration, compromised flooring materials, and even mold. While some issues are merely cosmetic, others can threaten your health. Moist places invite microorganisms to multiply and become part of your environment. To control their existence, our SERVPRO team takes corrective action which includes the following steps among others:

  • Application of thermal imaging to identify problem areas, including those hiding within wall cavities or your subfloor
  • Use of injectidry and other drying technology to speed up water evaporation
  • Cleanup of your ventilation system to prevent the spread of mold spores and bacteria

At SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, we treat your home like it was our own. We strive to mitigate your loss efficiently. Call us at (201) 244-0100 and let us apply our industry knowledge and best practices in your home. Our goal is to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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How Can I Quickly Reopen My Closter Business After Water Floods It?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet flooring wet in an office. Water damage to your office rather big or small, SERVPRO can get your business where it needs to be.

Hire SERVPRO to Quickly and Safely Reopen Your Closter Business

Now that Closter area businesses are reopening, owners are discovering the problems associated with being inactive for an extended period. Pipes rust and seals on appliances dry out quickly when not in use, leading to water spills across their structure. Regardless of how small or large they might be, each one can cause damage if left unattended for very long. 

How Long is Removal Going to Take? 

It depends on the business. Using a sports training facility as an example, Closter commercial water damage can be simpler for SERVPRO technicians to remove but still take longer. The floors are concrete with rubber pads on top to protect them from the equipment and customers which makes drawing off water faster than in a regular office space. The floor area is far larger though and requires additional time to move equipment to remove all of the water. 

Is that The End of it?

No. Now, team members dry the floor. To complete this task, they use three devices: Fans, Air Movers, and Dehumidifiers. 

  • Fans draw the damp air out of the business and force it outside.
  • Air Movers generate a warm airflow that dries trace amounts of moisture, sending it into the surrounding air.
  • Dehumidifiers draw moisture out of the air, reducing the indoor humidity and supporting the operation of the other two devices. 

What about the Walls of my Business?

If the water remained on the floor for more than a few hours, then wall paneling can absorb quite a bit. One of our inspectors performs a visual check and tests for water content. To remove it, they use the same equipment for drying out the floors. For more complicated extraction and drying we can use injecti-dry devices. These can create positive or negative air pressure inside the voids. Small holes are drilled through the removed baseboard area and warm air is introduced.

To schedule an inspection here or in Cresskill, call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 today. We are here to help you reopen for business as soon as possible.

What Can I Do To Regain Control After Flood Damage in My Cresskill Home?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Living room carpet flooding The scope of flooding incidents can make you feel helpless.

SERVPRO Can Help You Establish Control through Damage Evaluation and Taking Preventive or Restorative Steps in Cresskill

When a flooding incident affects your Cresskill property, it is disempowering. Whether the incident happens when you are at home or if you find your property already overrun by the water, the feeling that all is lost is familiar for many people. Even taking a few simple steps or seeking help can put you back in control of the situation.

What simple steps can help manage ongoing flood damage in my Cresskill home?

    •    Documenting everything
    •    Safeguarding the structure
    •    Protecting yourself

Flooding incidents in Cresskill can vary greatly. For instance, water intrusions from heavy downpour flashfloods can clear in just a matter of hours. However, intrusions from a swollen water body can last for days before the water recedes. Since wading into the floodwater presents many dangers, including exposure to contaminants and hazardous materials, the only way you can take steps that help you regain control is by first protecting yourself.

The protection should shield you from the chemicals and biohazards in the water, sharp objects, fumes, and the risk of electrocution. Our SERVPRO technicians can help because we have a wide range of personal protective equipment, including:
    •    Rubber boots
    •    Heavy-duty gloves
    •    Respirators and splash goggles
    •    Full body protective suits

How can I protect a structure that is already flooded?

Most people are aware of the steps that can help protect a home from flooding, including:
    •    Raising the home on piers or stilts
    •    Installing sump pumps or vents
    •    Grading the lawn away from the house

What people are not familiar with is how to protect the structure once flooding happens. For others, it is a question of whether the effort is necessary since the damage is already done. Even if you do not think it is useful, there are reasons for taking protective measures, including meeting the requirements of your insurer.

To protect the house, you need to have an idea of what sort of damages can happen after the initial flooding. Damage to contents by small animals that find a way into your house as they seek shelter from the swathes of water is common. The standing water in the house evaporates, increasing humidity levels all over the property, including rooms in the upstairs. Higher humidity levels affect items in different ways, including causing rusting in internal components of electronics and sparking microbial development.

Sealing off openings on the outer walls or roof can help keep out the animals. Our SERVPRO technicians help by boarding up wall openings and installing roof tarps. Inside the structure, we can use engineering controls to seal off hallways or openings connecting the affected areas from the dry ones, thus inhibiting moisture movement. Moving contents from the wet areas also help protect them. We also start moisture control steps early by running dehumidifiers in the property to keep humidity levels constant while we perform other restoration steps.

How does documenting flood damage help control the situation?

Documenting involves many things, but the ultimate goal is to have as much information about the loss as possible. The information can help you in many ways ranging from filing insurance claims to locating your valuables. One easy way to document is taking photos or videos since you can do it as you perform other steps. You should take general shots and close-up photos that capture specific details of the damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians also help with loss documentation. Apart from photos and videos, we also keep other records. We take moisture readings from various parts of the structure. We also keep small samples of materials such as carpets that we remove from the site to ensure the replacements we make match what was there initially, thus undoing the effects of the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

In case we need to move-out some items for cleaning or to facilitate the restoration of the structure, we keep well-structured records using an electronic CCIS. With such records, we can trace where we pick the items from and the exact storage pallet holding the items. That makes it easy to access specific items should you need them while we still have them in the storage facilities. When it is time to move the items back in, it is easier to rearrange your home.

The scope of flooding incidents can make you feel helpless. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help you find a way to control the situation. Call us at (201) 244-0100 to assist you in restoring your Closter, Harrington Park, or Dumont home to preloss state.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Closter, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County today at (201) 244-0100 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do To Save My Cresskill Carpets After Fire Damage

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire line in front of a destroyed home SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help clean your carpets or rugs caked with fire residues.

Advanced Carpet Cleaning Resources from SERVPRO can Help Restore Fire Damage in Your Cresskill Home

Carpets are vulnerable to fire damage in many ways. The fibers can burn from the intensive heat and flames during the fire. The water that quells the fire can also cause damages. Finally, residues such as soot deposited on the carpet surface at any stage of the incident can cause damage.

Is carpet damage from fire incidents preventable?

As the fire rages, saving contents such as carpets is probably an afterthought since the main concern is quelling the fire. However, fire damage in your Cresskill home is likely to continue even after the flames are out. Some typical secondary damages include:
    •    Separation of backing due to moisture exposure
    •    Stains from soot and other fire residues
    •    Stains from dyes or rust

With help from our SERVPRO crews, it is possible to prevent or reduce some of the secondary damages using a combination of simple or complex cleaning techniques, and use of other restoration resources.

What simple steps help save carpets?

Before trying to save the carpet, it is good to establish how the fire affects it since it is hard to reverse burning or heat action. When the problem involves soiling or moisture, simple steps can help save the carpet:  
    •    Timely vacuuming dry residues
    •    Lifting rather than dragging furniture during movement
    •    Pilating the carpet to prevent matting

The combination of people moving around the loss site and powdery residues such as soot and ash leaves sections of the carpets heavily soiled. Our SERVPRO team pre-treats such areas and use spot removal for isolated soiling. We apply specially formulated cleaning products to break the heavy soiling then agitate the areas thoroughly using pilating brushes or roto. We use rotary jet extraction, showcase, as well as, deluxe precondition and rinse for restorative cleaning.

Planning the cleaning process also helps. For instance, starting with areas further away from the exit helps prevent re-soiling through movements, thus expediting the cleaning process.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help clean your carpets or rugs caked with fire residues. Call us at (201) 244-0100 to help.

For more about Cresskill click here.

Is There A Way To Save Hardwood Floors From Water Damage Without Demolition in Closter?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking and flooded on wood parquet floor SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help save your beloved hardwood floor.

Your Local SERVPRO can Help by Using Sophisticated Equipment to Reverse Water Damage in Your Closter Home

Hardwood flooring is deemed a great choice considering the visual appeal it gives to property and its durability. Unlike other options such as carpets, or laminate, it can last a lifetime. Unless something unexpected, such as water damage happens.

Why are hardwood floors vulnerable to moisture?
Looks can be deceiving is perhaps the best way to describe water damage in Closter homes if it affects hardwood floors. The surface of the floor may appear dry while water penetrates from the bottom or sides of the planks. Wood also has a high affinity for water – even high humidity levels in the air can lead to damages. With help from a professional team like SERVPRO, it is possible to reverse the effects of water exposure.

What solutions are available for drying?
    •    Use of drying mats to extract water vapor
    •    Using drying chambers to manage the drying process
    •    Dehumidifying

In cases where the water spills are discovered in time, our SERVPRO technicians use drying mats to remove the water before it causes extensive damages.

Are there unique steps necessary when using drying mats?
Although the mats are highly effective, improper use can affect the outcome. Essential steps when setting up the mats include:
    •    Placing the long edges of the mats perpendicular to the floorboards
    •    Spacing the mats with even spaces between them and the walls
    •    Using an extractor with sufficient lift capacity

Our technicians also test the vacuum seal during extraction by lifting the edges of the drying mats to ensure they are airtight. In case the floor finish is uneven, we tape the mat edges to secure them. Depending on the level of exposure, we can also set up a drying chamber by taping a plastic sheet over the floor, then using air movers to circulate dry air over the area.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help save your beloved hardwood floor. Call us at (201) 244-0100 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

For more about Closter click here.

Water Has Pooled in My Bergenfield Home, Whom Should I Call?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County also provides water restoration services in Closter, Cresskill, and Harrington Park.

Waste No Time and Call SERVPRO to Perform Water Cleanup in Your Bergenfield Residence

If there is excess water in your home, you need to address it quickly before it ruins building materials, carpeting, upholstered furniture, and other porous items. Water damage cleanup is a technical process. So, it is reasonable to have questions about how to clean up your home. Our SERVPRO team can answer your questions and restore your house to its original condition.

What are the Typical Effects of Water Damage?
The ability of water to get into hidden places makes it one element that can cause the most significant destruction in your home. To solve the issue, you need to perform effective water cleanup in your Bergenfield home. The typical effects of water damage include:

    •    A ruined building, decreasing its overall value.
    •    Rotting wood flooring
    •    Damage Carpeting
    •    Mold infestation in hidden areas
    •    Chipping of paint
    •    Musty odors

Hiring professional water damage restoration services can prevent structural damage and reduce restoration costs.

Can My Water-Damaged Carpet be Saved?
Carpets are costly, and you can be especially concerned about finding yours ruined. Fortunately, it is possible to fix carpet water damage through professional water damage restoration and carpet cleaning services. We consider several factors to determine if it is possible to restore a carpet, including:

    •    The extent of water damage
    •    How long water pooled on it
    •    The type of water that damaged it

We can restore your carpet if clean water from a broken pipe or any other source pooled on it for a relatively short time, typically 24 to 48 hours. The water does not contain contaminants, and it is safe to consume. The pollutants in category one water damage are usually few, and we can clean them. Taking action quickly can mean the difference between being able to save your carpet, and in turn, money from not having to replace it. We have expertise in cleaning textiles. Our team can identify, remove, and properly dispose of soils, which is the key to cleaning surfaces effectively. Soils are the microorganisms and unwanted foreign matter on a surface.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County also provides water restoration services in Closter, Cresskill, and Harrington Park. Contact us at (201) 244-0100 for immediate assistance.

For more about Bergenfield click here.

How Do I Get Rid of Floodwater in My Closter Home?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home At SERVPRO, taking care of our neighbors isn’t just a job for us, it is a privilege to be of service to each of them.

Engage SERVPRO Flood Damage Technicians to Dry and Clean Your Closter Home

Any standing water can rot and erode both structural and personal property. As floodwater comes into your home, it also brings in soil and other contaminants that can speed up the rate of decay, making removing it an immediate priority.

How will Technicians remove floodwater from my home?
SERVPRO technicians have a large inventory of pumps, extractors, and other equipment to quickly draw out water from Closter small apartments to mini-mansions.

    •    With water about an inch or higher, they use one or more pumps to pull water out of basements, laundry rooms, and other rooms where the floodwater pools and settles
    •    For more shallow water, we use extractors that are designed to draw it off the hardwood and other floorings without damaging the surface. Set on a higher drawing speed, these devices are excellent for pulling water out of carpets.
    •    Neither type of device can get all traces of the floodwater, so Technicians also use dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air, which increases the rate of natural evaporation.

How much of my property can be restored?
As long as we can quickly remove the floodwater and eliminate the threat of mold and other contamination, the most property can be restored. Walls and floor trim can be wiped down and sprayed with an anti-bacterial agent to eliminate the health threat. An exception to this is carpeting. Our Technicians cannot guarantee that carpets are safe to use again after using even the strongest cleaning agents in our chemical inventory.

What about the mold and other bacteria in the floodwater?
Before bringing in a pump or extractor, SERVPRO Technicians spray the surface of the water and surrounding property with a powerful anti-bacterial cleaner that kills most contaminants quickly. After removing the floodwater, they spray all now, exposed surfaces to eliminate the threat.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, taking care of our neighbors isn’t just a job for us, it is a privilege to be of service to each of them. If you have had recent flooding or suspect there is still a problem from previous years, contact us at (201) 244-0100 today to schedule a service call. We are here for you.

For more about Closter click here.

Commercial Water Removal Closter

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" We have the experience, specialized training, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

What is the right response when you need Commercial Water Removal Services in your Closter Business?

To minimize loss of revenue and property damages, contact water removal professionals, SERVPRO. Commercial water losses can be beyond the scope of your control and be the result of a broader flood, storm, or internal plumbing issue. The sudden arrival of massive volumes of water in your property can force a temporary closure of a business. Your response is paramount to how well your business responds to this crisis, and you may find that you do not have the resources or equipment to manage the transition back to regular trade. SERVPRO can help you get back on track faster and with a minimum loss of revenue.  

How does commercial water removal differ from other water-related scenarios?

Water loss affects businesses at some point or another. However, the way that your business is affected can change considerably. Many water-loss scenarios are the result of moisture buildup over time. These can be because of low vapor barriers, malfunctioning sump pumps, or an inability for the structure to adapt well enough to atmospheric pressure changes. Typically commercial water removal is a requirement when the damages are sudden and involve large bodies of water rather than degradation over time. 

What equipment and services should you consider when large amounts of standing water are in your commercial property? 

Typically, the leading equipment that SERVPRO use for commercial water removal is pumping equipment, extraction devices as well as dehumidification. Each type of equipment needs adapting to the specific needs of the structure. Some waters may contain solid waste, in which case our technicians need to use self-priming trash pumps, which allows solid waste up to 5/8" to pass through. If standing water is confined to subterranean levels, we may need to use high pressure pumps to transit water uphill and out of the property. 

Extraction equipment is less effective overall than pumping equipment. However, once standing water levels reduce, they can be more efficient at removing residual moisture. Generally, SERVPRO technicians can decide between weighted or light extraction tools. A carpeted business property may require weighted extraction to squeeze the fibers of the carpet and remove moisture. Harder surfaces such as tiling found in retail outlets may benefit from lighter extraction tools. 

What type of harm can standing water cause to my business?

Water in a structure that is not designed to sustain it can be catastrophic. Several ways standing water levels can affect your property in both the immediate moment and over a more extended period. SERVPRO distinguishes water loss issues between primary emergencies and secondary damages. 

The impact of Water weight on a structure 

Large bodies of standing water create a significant downward pressure onto the structure. At upper levels, large amounts of water can result in ceiling collapses or damage jointing at the base level of walls. Often interior structures are made using wood frames that can absorb moisture and expand. In severe cases, standing water levels can cause permanent harm to a building's structure. SERVPRO can reduce standing water levels quickly using a combination of pumping and extraction equipment, thereby minimizing the immediate concerns of standing water. 

How to Limit Water migration

Water migration can be a defining factor when limiting the losses. The guiding principle is that water always moves from wet to dry. The longer you leave large amounts of standing water with your business, the more likely it is for that water to spread and affect other areas. SERVPRO technicians can use a combination of thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters as well as moisture sensors to understand how far water migration is occurring. In some cases, we can provide applied structural drying technicians to restore wall cavities and other areas of the home. 

Water degradation

When any amount of moisture is residing in a property, there is a potential for water degradation. SERVPRO estimates that a clean water emergency can transform into a black water emergency in as little as seventy-two hours. To ensure that we provide the fastest response to our business communities, we use local technicians and can mobilize equipment resources to suit the emergency at hand. Water degradation occurs because microbes have space and time to grow. We act fast to remove large bodies of water then dry the structure effectively to reduce the potential impact of degradation or secondary water damage in your Laconia business.

The primary tools that SERVPRO use to tackle these issues on behalf of commercial property managers are variable depending on the situation. Generally, we use:

- Measuring Equipment

- Gas or Electric Pumps

- Extraction Tools

- Drying equipment

- Anti-microbial treatments

Water loss events can have a seismic effect on your business. You may find that your ability to manage water restoration is only possible by using a team off trained professionals. SERVPRO has extensive experience working with the business community here in Closter. Our training qualifications are awarded by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications body, which operates on a national level. You can trust us to perform responsible water loss recovery at your business. 

While we understand that re-opening is of the utmost importance to your bottom line, we are also a responsible restoration service that can handle a project from start to finish. Our process begins with emergency mitigation, which can help you to overcome the immediate harm as well as potentially saving your thousands of dollars worth of costs in restructuring or remodeling. Our attention to detail can help to ensure that secondary harms are kept to a minimum. 

Our services can also help to protect your business against future losses. By using anti-microbial treatments as well as proper drying techniques, SERVPRO can reduce the likelihood of microbial damage, which can build up over time. For any size business, you can reach us twenty-four hours a day to arrange a service. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

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