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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."

Our Professionals Discuss The Stages Of Drying Saturated Hardwood Flooring In Closter

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Stages of Drying Saturated Hardwood Flooring in Closter Homes

Water damages and flooding are both equally destructive to sensitive materials like wood flooring and framing in Closter homes. While hardwood has a lower porosity than other flooring materials, direct exposure to standing water can alter its appearance and strength. Addressing flooding is vital, and extraction and drying are elements of the earliest stages of mitigation for our SERVPRO team.

Using the most sophisticated tools and machines for both extraction and effective drying of the property, the flood damage in Closter homes does not have to be as destructive of a force. When hardwood flooring becomes damaged by direct exposure of water, it can happen in three stages. In the first two, we have techniques and machines that can reach the moisture before irreparable damage occurs. The third phase of flood damage to wood flooring is not restorable, and our in-house team of licensed (#13VH001305854800) general contractors can begin tasks like a controlled demolition.

Phase 1 – Surface Water
As you might expect, the first place that water and flood damages can affect the flooring is on the exposed surface level. There is an amount of time where surface water alone can get addressed before the situation can escalate into the other two phases. With hardwood flooring and standing water on its surface, one of the practical tools that our SERVPRO team can use is a squeegee wand attached to a wet vacuum.

Phase 2 – Free Water
The term free water refers to moisture that has not chemically / molecularly bonded with the flooring in any way. At this point, this water is occupying available space in the material but has not begun to alter the wood. In this phase, specialized drying equipment like drying mats can provide a draw of moisture from these exposed planks before the situation can get worse.

Phase 3 – Bound Water
Once water molecules from the flooding inside your home have bonded with the compounds that create the wood plank, warping, and distortion follow. Bound water can get removed in the same manner that free moisture can, but its presence causes irreparable damage to the flooring. Once this phase gets reached, the only suitable solution becomes a controlled or total demolition of flooring in the room.

Our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County team is standing by 24/7 to help address flood loss situations as they happen. Give our technicians a call whenever you need us at (201) 244-0100.

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Closter Home Flooded? SERVPRO Has the Restoration You Need--And Fast!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

red carpet, cleaned in a improved basement The Silt and Mud Are Gone After SERVPRO Cleans and Restores a Finished Closter Basement

Why Highly Trained Teams from SERVPRO Manage Flood Damage in Closter Better

Proper coordination is necessary to restore a home to its preloss state after a flooding incident. Some of the processes involved in such situations include cleaning up the mess left by the flood, decontamination, controlled demolition, and rebuilding. Missing the mark in any one of these tasks can ruin the outcome. We offer flood damage mitigation services in Closter. Our team includes highly trained and IICRC certified WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, and AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians.

 Controlled demolition of parts of the structure might be necessary after flood damage in Closter to manage moisture problems or remove contaminated materials. Such demolition requires care to avoid doing unnecessary damage while still accomplishing the intended goal.  Our SERVPRO technicians are well versed in the removal of carpets and pad without damaging other installations such as door frames or trim. We also make flood cuts for easier removal of affected materials such as insulation in wall cavities while also decreasing the drying time.

Flooding incidents can soil vast areas in the affected property. There might be silt or mud and other debris, depending on the location of the house. Debris accumulation is common in homes that sit at the base of very hilly areas where water from rainstorms easily channels into lower floors and basements. Cleaning the affected areas to a sanitary level requires a combination of different professional cleaning agents, including EPA-registered disinfectants. Our SERVPRO technicians also use pressure washers and other equipment to clean the affected sections.

Drying excess moisture left by the flooding and cleaning efforts is essential to combat smells, deterioration of construction materials, and prevent microbial growth. Drying requires balancing of different factors, including air movement, temperature, and humidity--known as HAT. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their advanced training to determine the right configuration of different drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers for optimum results. Sometimes we also use portable heaters to increase temperature or plastics sheets to create smaller drying areas known as drying chambers.

To restore your flood-damaged home to its preloss state, call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to assist. You can reach us at  (201) 244-0100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How SERVPRO Removes Fire Odors From Closter Homes

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged foyer Yikes!. Soot, smoke and fire odors traveled throughout this home. SERVPRO has the equipment for effective odor removal.

Closter Fire and Odor Removal Through Recreation of Fire Conditions 

After a household fire in Closter, a substantial agenda of recovery phases, tasks, and steps develop as our experienced project managers assess the situation. We work through the list, checking box after box, and your home returns to preloss condition as we clear away debris and residues. Throughout the project, our technicians are open to your questions and concerns. One worry we want to put to rest is a lingering odor. No matter how diligent we are while cleaning, disinfecting, and rebuilding fire-damaged structures if the odor remains, our work is incomplete.  

Reality and Perception 

In your Closter home, fire and odor link themselves together. When you or members of your family notice a smoky smell, the memory of the chaos and fear felt during the fire comes rushing back. Your experience of fire odor might be primarily an individual perception. Still, we tackle the task of neutralizing and eliminating all traces of fire damage malodors with perseverance, working with you until you are satisfied.  

The Four Basics Underlying Deodorization 

SERVPRO technicians understand that if we are meticulous about the following, nearly all odor complaints resolve.  

  • Remove the odor source
  • Deep clean surfaces that were in contact with the odor-causing substances
  • Recreate circumstances that permitted odor penetration
  • Seal surfaces that persist in emitting odors 

Why Deep Cleaning Alone Is Frequently Inadequate 

The odor-bearing particles that float and settle after combustion are tiny, invisible to the naked eye. They persist in a professionally-cleaned environment because: 

  • They absorb into a porous material
  • They often form in large quantities
  • They are present for extended periods
  • They penetrate materials more easily under super-heated conditions
  • They vaporize readily when humidity levels rise

How Recreating Odor Penetrating Conditions Helps 

SERVPRO uses thermal fogging as an option when odors linger with excellent results. Deodorant compounds are combusted in a heated chamber, minimizing the size of the deodorants to the equivalent of the persistent odor-bearing particles. These minute particles seek out the odors, pairing with the residues to neutralize the smell. Because they act similarly to the odor-bearing particles, they can cause the change even deep within porous materials. 

Count on SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to help with fire odors that you fear would remain troublesome forever. We have many options we can explore when you call us at (201) 244-0100. 

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Preventing Staining and Residues After Harrington Park Water Damage

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

Furniture covered with plastic, with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. SERVPRO will help you through your Harrington Park water damage.

Let SERVPRO help reduce your Harrington Park water damage.

Cleaning up surfaces and flooring damaged by migrating water loss is essential in Harrington Park homes to prevent water staining and other marring. There are many ways that our technicians can work to clean up after a loss, much of which starts with our mitigation practices to address overwhelming moisture and saturation in construction materials and contents in the property.

A thorough examination of the house can help to determine the best approaches for drying and water cleanup in Harrington Park residences. Because every loss scenario is different, determining the migration of water and how concentrated this damage has become in different areas of the property is vital to producing the best restoration plan. From options like controlled demolition to media blasting and agitated cleaning practices, we can work to overcome any lingering obstacles once the drying phase has completed.

Drying your home after a water loss incident involves the use of several pieces of equipment, namely the abundance of air movers and dehumidifiers. Positioning them in a high volume at the origin point and lightening their frequency in rooms further away can ensure an even and consistent drying process. We determine the necessary balance between forced air machines and moisture collection tools to make sure that over-drying does not occur.

Cleaning up surfaces after drying involves the use of our disinfectants and antibacterial cleaning agents. These products can help to reduce the development of microbial threats while clearing off residues that can ultimately set in and stain susceptible surfaces like drywall. For more extreme situations, our licensed (#13VH001305854800) general contractors can remove portions of damaged materials. This step might occur if our SERVPRO team has not gotten informed about a water loss recovery until after irreparable damages have already occurred.

Knowing how to contend with the effects that migrating water can leave behind can be the key to cost-effective and efficient restoration in your home. Our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County team can help you with cleaning, drying, and even controlled demolition if your home needs it. Give us a call anytime at (201) 244-0100.

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Our Professionals Are Ready To Remove Your Cresskill Home Flood Damage

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Several of our air movers and dehumidifiers set out on this carpet after a flood We used several air movers as well as several dehumidifiers after a flood in this home. We have the latest technology and equipment ready 24/7.

Why SERVPRO Makes the Difference After Flood Damage in Cresskill

Tenakill Brook can overflow its banks or persistent, and torrential rains can saturate the ground surrounding your Cresskill home. Storm water flows into streets because of overtaxed sewage systems and poorly maintained gutter and downspouts configurations dump water near your foundation. Flooding is a problem because of these and other causes, and your need for immediate relief is why SERVPRO has crews available 24/7.

Category 3 Water Needs Specialized Handling

Although rainwater starts as clean, Category 1 water, overland flood damage in Cresskill transforms it to Category 3. It is impossible to tell what contaminants the fluids pick up as they move across the ground and combined with other sources, eventually seep into your house. Keeping your family safe from pathogens and building materials free from corrosive chemicals is why our team contains and disposes of floodwaters as hazardous waste. Homeowners cannot keep current with local regulations, but we make it our business to do so.

What Happened to Categorization by Color?

Sometimes customers ask why SERVPRO does not consistently use the traditional three-color categorization after a water loss. Clean, Gray, and Black waters are the equivalents to Categories 1, 2, and 3. The number system emphasizes the type of contaminants rather than the look of the water. Dangerously contaminated water does not always look black. We strive for accuracy when assessing water contamination for your family’s health and safety.

Personal Protective Equipment and Contamination Training Required

If you are used to managing household emergencies on your own, involving our professional crews might seem like an overreaction. Quite to the contrary, failing to appreciate the hazards of human and animal waste, chemicals, and fungi or other pathogens can put you in harm's way. Viruses and bacteria can make people sick. Chemicals can create an indoor environment that can cause irritation and allergic reactions in people and pets. The reactions chemicals can have with building materials can weaken and destabilize your structure, why SERVPRO expertise is needed after flood damage strikes.

One look at your family’s worried faces provides support for why SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County should lead your post-flood damage. Engage our professional services, assured we arrive within hours by calling (201) 244-0100.

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Is Flood Damage Causing Your Closter Factories to be Idled?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying water damaged floor and room SERVPRO can handle your commercial flood damage, no matter the size of the loss. Call us today!

Our Extraction Equipment Speeds Up Commercial Flood Damage Mitigation in Closter's Factories 

The constant evaporation and re-condensation that occurs in a still-damp building after flooding in Closter show the continuous circulation of moisture. Even after our pump trucks extract a significant portion of the invasive water, a large amount remains on the floors and lower parts of the walls. At SERVPRO, we want to extract as much of this as we can.

When we further reduce the amount of liquid water inside a factory in Closter, mitigation of commercial flood damage can happen much more swiftly. This method also significantly reduces the damages involved, and also the overall recovery costs. Mitigating this way does not add to the time involved because it makes the following steps involving evaporation and removal of water vapor much more efficient.

Our other extraction machinery includes different pieces. While some of these can remove water from tight spots, like under stationary equipment on your factory floor, others use the weight of the person operating the equipment to help push the water out of carpeting or off other flooring types. Depending on the machine we use, we can pull an additional 10 to 60 gallons per minute out of your facility.

Removing carpet is a cumbersome task, but removing the water beforehand reduces the time involved later. The absence of dirty water in such carpeting makes handling and disposing of it much more sanitary, as well. This same concept applies to other building materials and contents. Removing as much as possible before starting to extract water vapor and dry the structure reduces the time involved. It also reduces the number of materials available to microbes, therefore making it less likely that an infestation might occur.

With less water to evaporate and then remove from your building, the final drying stages happen very quickly. Although flooded buildings receive an initial spray-down with a disinfectant when we first start our work, another application protects your workers from anything that might still have pathogens on the surface. Our Dri-Eas dehumidifiers give us a reading on the machine's panel, so we know the moisture content of the air passing through it. When buildings contain denser materials like concrete blocks, we use one of the DriTec models, instead. Both give us the needed controls over how fast your structure dries out, preventing over-drying.

Over-drying a structure can cause cracks and other problems. We use industry-standard guidelines to prevent this from affecting your factory. When called for, our building services team, General Contractor License # 13VH001305854800, assists with the construction of drying chambers. We use when different materials require higher or lower moisture contents than the surrounding area or its contents.

Businesses in the manufacturing industry within and near Cresskill, Harrington Park, and Dumont can rely on the expertise and specialized skills of SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County's mitigation team. Flood damage does not need to force your factory closed. We can help restore everything “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (201) 244-0100 to get things started.

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