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How Our Experts Can Save Your Fire Damaged Closter Home

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Removal In Closter

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

sketch of man standing looking at overflowing toilet Act quickly should your toilet overflow. Calling in the professionals is always your best bet. Contact SERVPRO.

Top Floor Toilet Mishaps Call for Professional Water Removal in Closter

When a toilet overflows in your home, it turns into a tricky situation. However, a toilet on a second or third floor presents a whole new set of challenges that are better addressed by the professionals. 

If you have a bathroom located higher levels in a multi-floor building, sewer damage can trickle down through the lower floors. You need fast and efficient water removal in Closter to contain the problem so that cleanup can commence. Even if you inspect the damage on your own, hidden areas with moisture can lead to more significant problems requiring special techniques to remedy.

Get Started by Calling for Help

It can be tough to determine the severity of the issue without having the right equipment and experience. Toilet overflow is when professional water cleanup technicians should be called to assess the damage and implement the best course of action. If there is any toilet water or raw sewage, that is overflowing onto your floors and throughout the walls on other floors, leave the area and give us a call at SERVPRO.

Water Damage Cleanup

Flooded toilets located on a higher level in a building can create different types of sewer damage, such as:

  •     Soaked sub-flooring or insulation
  •     Damage to the flooring and drywall
  •     Dangers from electrical wiring exposure
  •     Damage to bathroom cabinetry
  •     Leaking, cracking, or staining of the ceiling beneath the bathroom
  •    The potential for harmful mold growth

When no sewage is present, the source of the overflow should be stopped immediately by shutting off the water valve and then soaking up as much water possible with a mop and bucket. Once your water restoration team arrives on the scene to assess the damage, water pumps, vacuums, and air movers help to remove moisture from the flooring, walls, and the ceiling below. After the removal of all damp materials and your space is dried, sanitization commences.

Don’t let sewer damage lead to health hazards. Call our team at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to tackle your water removal needs. You can reach us by calling (201) 244-0100 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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A Flood in Closter Can Affect Your Diner

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Interior of old diner “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Flood Damage in Closter Affects Family Diner

Groundwater entering a property is never a positive thing, and there are so many ways it can happen. Hurricanes that make it far up the East Coast, flash flooding from intense storms any time of year and then there is infiltration into the building through seepage.

Upon arrival, SERVPRO technicians scoped the property for the cause of commercial flood damage in Closter. They were not finding the usual culprits responsible for water loss such as clogged gutters or storm damage. They did discover the reason quickly: hydrostatic pressure flooding in the basement.

What Causes Hydrostatic Pressure Damage?
When the soil surrounding a property receives saturation levels of rain, the ground relieves the immense pressure by seeping into the lower levels of homes and commercial properties. The end result is an average of one to two inches of water enter the premises.

Cleanup and Clean Out of the Water-Damaged Area
The basement where the water loss occurred was the main storage area for the diner's supplies. Technicians discovered strong, musty odors and found evidence of mold colony growth from previous hydrostatic events and prepared to remediate them during the water cleanup by inspecting and packing out undamaged boxes and items in the storage area.

Fast Water Extraction and Drying
The technicians used a combination of squeegees and pumps to remove the water quickly and begin the drying phase. Careful containment keeps cross-contamination from occurring during mold remediation, and the abatement of dried colonies halts the issue. The application of an antimicrobial sealer to the area ensures no return of the mold to that spot.

Solutions for Hydrostatic Water Seepage
Once cleaned and dried, the water odor in the diner basement was no longer detectable. As the technicians have a general contractor license, after mitigation of the flood damage ended, the property owner received a list of necessary repairs required to restore the property to its pre-flood condition and reduce the probability of further hydrostatic events in the storage area.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 is ready to remove and repair any type of commercial flood damage. Our certified, trained technicians work quickly and have the tools and experience to get your business reopened and make the water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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Basements, Water Extraction in Cresskill, and SERVPRO Doing It Right!

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon Picture of a House with a Cracked Foundation SERVPRO protects foundations during water extraction from Cresskill basements.

Why SERVPRO Stops the Pumps when Performing Water Removal Work in Cresskill

The processes involved in restoring a Cresskill home after a disaster occurs can require the use of all types of equipment. From small brushes to our large pump truck, we use many different tools and machines to mitigate damage and remediate a customer's property. Extensive training teaches our employees how to use each item properly, which maintains high efficiency and significantly decreases the occurrence of accidents.

Minimizing preventable destruction from affecting a home in Cresskill while performing water removal activities also takes patience. For example, possible cracking of the foundation walls is why SERVPRO regularly stops the pump while extracting water from a basement. If the pressure from saturated soil outside the house pushes inward on the basement walls and the level of the water inside no longer has an equal amount of force pushing outward, cracks can form. Changes in the wall's stability must take place gradually. We work to balance the hydrostatic interior and exterior water pressure slowly.

While we know the customer wants water removed from their property as rapidly as we can get it done, we understand that periodic checks where we look for the smallest fractures can save our customers thousands of dollars later in both waterproofing or structural repair costs. We can, if necessary, use cement patching to close fissures.

Checking for cracks does not take a long time, but it is crucial to protecting our customer's property. Cracked basement walls can lead to different problems later, long after we have finished the initial water removal job and packed up our gear. While to some, it might seem like we are 'playing around' with the pump truck's controls, this activity helps us prevent severe damage from developing inside your home.

Cracks rarely stay the same size and condition, gradually worsening in both depth and length. The weakening of the foundation can cause shifting of the house's frame above ground. In turn, this shifting can show up as uneven floors, moldings that continually pop off, cracks in drywall seams and plaster walls and ceilings, and problems with windows and doors.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County relies on teamwork to prevent damaging cracks in basement walls, as well as many other kinds of harm from happening to your property. Water removal tasks require we work together and with you, the customer, to dry out your home and make things “Like it never even happened” again. We provide these and many other restoration services to residents in Closter and Dumont, as well as those around Harrington Park. Call us at (201) 244-0100 for round-the-clock, year-round services.

Closter Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Green air movers drying out a room SERVPRO Restores Moisture Levels and Comfortable RH levels when extracting water from Closter Properties

Vital Aspects of Successful Water Removal in Affected Closter Properties

Water loss can originate from any point in your house. A leaking or burst water pipe in a concealed location such as wall cavity can go unnoticed for some time causing widespread water damage in your Closter home. Taking appropriate steps to remove the water and repair any areas ruined by the spill should help restore your home to its preloss state.

Establishing Loss Extent
The process of water removal from affected Closter homes largely depends on the spread patters throughout the home. The types of materials in different rooms might also influence the steps taken. In case many of the affected rooms have carpeted floors, there is a need to remove the pad, which in most cases is destroyed by the water. Removing the carpet is, therefore, part of the water removal process. For tiled rooms, there is no need to disturb the floor materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use portable or truck-mounted extractors to lift standing water from such hard surfaces.

Reaching All Wet Materials
As the water spreads, it easily permeates different materials and contents. Removing such water requires a skillful approach. For example, insulation on the outer walls is likely to absorb and hold on to significant amounts of water, which can cause a wide range of issues, including affecting energy efficiency. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts a few inches above the waterline, allowing direct access to the wet materials on the outer wall. Opening up the walls also allows natural air circulation in the wall cavity for faster drying.

Drying Materials
Removing moisture from wet materials within the house requires deliberate drying efforts. Drying happens through evaporation, whereby wet materials release moisture into the air. The process is, therefore, only efficient if the relative humidity in the air surrounding the items is low. A state called EMC, Equilibrium Moisture Content, can be attained when the moisture level in a material is stable when compared to the humidity of the surrounding air. Evaporation is no longer possible at such state thus hampering drying. Our SERVPRO technicians avoid this by increasing air movements using air movers and regulating temperature through heaters.

Proper water removal can help reduce damage in your Cresskill, Harrington Park, or Dumont property. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our Experts Will Restore Your Flood Damaged Closter Grocery

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

floodwater covering floor Rely on SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to respond to your business flooding emergency quickly and professionally.

Fast And Efficient Restoration Of Flood Damaged Closter Grocery Benefits The Community

When we prioritize recovery of your Closter grocery store from flooding, we are protecting both your profitability and the employees and customers who count on your business. Severe seasonal storms are a reality in our area of the country. We gear up ahead of the heavy weather to be able to respond quickly and effectively when high winds and torrential rains increase the chance of substantial harm to the companies in our region.

Natural Disasters Are Unexpected Yet Recovery Is Predictable
We are never sure when the next significant storm might cause flood damage in Closter. However, our managers and technicians are confident we can respond with restoration services after even substantial storm and flooding devastation. When we work with a business, we try to develop a restoration plan that respects your need to be available to customers and the public, even in the chaos of a natural disaster.

Secure the Premises and Craft a Restoration Plan
When high winds and toppling trees crushed a section of your food store’s roof, heavy rains pour inside. The SERVPRO crew acts fast to board and tarp up the exterior, trying to minimize the damage inside. We set up floor level barriers to mitigate the flow of floodwater from the incursion site as the comprehensive restoration plan develops. Our service vehicles carry pumps and extractors powerful enough to clear large spaces inside the grocery store of water. When the project manager shares the plan with crew members, they immediately begin water removal.

Contain the Work Area
If the majority of the store survived the storm intact, we make every effort to contain the damage, so the rest of the departments can remain open. Plastic barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers create a sealed work area. We evacuate the water, containing for disposal according to local health regulations. EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants clear away soiling and sanitize the area. Structural drying is more efficient in the contained area as we vent the humid air through HEPA filters and outside while air movers and dehumidifiers accelerate the process.

Prepare the Space for Rebuilding
Once the floodwater evacuates, and the area is clean and dry, SERVPRO readies the space for any exterior or interior rebuilding. We coordinate with other contractors and your insurance company to make sure the result is, “Like it never even happened.”

Rely on SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to respond to your business flooding emergency quickly and professionally. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so call us with confidence at (201) 244-0100.

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

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Documenting The Recovery Process For Flooded Dumont Homes

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

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

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

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

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A Quick Guide to Restoring Fire Damage in your Dumont home

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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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