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Flood Damage In Your Closter Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

Extreme Flood Damage in Closter Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

Cleaning Out Your Closet After Fire Damage in Cresskill

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

Synthetic Fibers Pose Remediation Challenges

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

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

Off-Site Clothing Cleaning

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

Examples of Equipment and Strategies

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

Deodorization

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

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

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

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Fire Damage Closter
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)

flooding caused by a storm Give our technicians a call whenever you need us at (201) 244-0100.

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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We Can Handle Your Closter Basement Flood Damage Cleanup

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Basement with flood water Call us today at (201) 244-0100, and we can send a team out as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO for Basement Flood Damage Cleanup in Closter

Basements are susceptible to flooding at any time, especially when there has been heavy rainfall. SERVPRO specializes in basement flooding cleaning, and we are available to assist with your restoration needs.

Your basement may be prone to flooding due to it being the lowest level of the home, with most being below the ground level. When it comes to basement flood damage in Closter, several reasons could be the cause, including:

    •    A break in your water supply line
    •    Failure of your hot water tank
    •    Storm sewer backup
    •    Sewer lateral pipe blockage or failure
    •    Surface water pooling around your home due to heavy rains
    •    Drainage issues with your foundation, and more

When there is basement flooding, restoration needs to happen promptly. Without prompt water removal and drying procedures, severe damage can impact the structure of your home. The longer you wait, the more the problem grows.

Flooding in the basement jeopardizes not only the integrity of your home, but it also impacts the health and the safety of your family and pets. When you contact our team of expert technicians at SERVPRO, we can come out to assess the problem. Water is known for following the path of least resistance. Moisture can get into holes and cracks of your basement walls, all places where your sump pump or wet vac is unable to reach. We are highly trained for water removal and restoration, including pack up, drying, and disinfecting of various belongings located in your flooded basement.

We are available for water extraction services, followed by drying techniques with the help of air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters. Our team uses the latest technology and work fast to help lessen the loss and get you back to life as usual in your home.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is here to help whenever you are faced with an emergency flood in your basement. Call us today at (201) 244-0100, and we can send a team out as soon as possible.

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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)

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

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

We utilize sophisticated freeze-drying techniques to overcome the flood damage to your Cresskill clinic and its documents.

Protecting Vital Documents From A Flooding Cresskill Clinic

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

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

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

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

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

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How SERVPRO Avoids Water Odors from Flood Damage in Closter Properties

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Trust us… mold has a bad odor. Call SERVPRO today.

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

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

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

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

We have several methods we commonly use, such as:

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

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

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Furnace Puffbacks Can Be Cause Significant Damage To Your Cresskill Home

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Furnace Puffback Symptoms Throughout Cresskill Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can accumulate fast and create a lot of damage. Contact SERVPRO today for all types of remediation assistance.

Fire Fighting Can Cause Water Damage Inside of Your Closter Home 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (201) 244-0100 to consult about disaster management strategies today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (201) 244-0100 for an evaluation.

Why SERVPRO Is An Industry Leader In Closter Water Damage Recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Call Us When A Flood Has Damaged Your Home In Closter

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Among the common aspects of flood damage in Closter, is soling of different parts of the property.

Different Ways Professionals Help After Flood Damage In Closter

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Team is Ready To Inspect Your Bergenfield Home After A Fire

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call us right away so we can get started and save your home from further damage.

SERVPRO - Restoring Fire Damaged Homes In Bergenfield

With some of the best schools and roads in the area, Bergenfield earned its recent selection as the #2 place to raise kids in New Jersey. Accidents and disasters still happen around here though, so when residents need to clean and restore their homes, they call SERVPRO to get the job done right.

Eliminating the effects of fire damage to Bergenfield homes means starting with a thorough inspection. Our response team leaders enter the home after the Fire Marshall gives the OK, and then examine everything from the carpet to the roof.

The next step is demolition and removal. Our specialists break down and dispose of everything that was physically damaged by the heat and flames. They do this for two reasons. First, it allows team members to get into the support structure and determine if further demolition and replacement is needed.

Second, removing the damaged property takes out the source of many of the odors left behind after a fire. That allows our technicians to find the source of the remaining odors, usually trapped in support structures, and eliminate the odor-causing particles.

Next, SERVPRO technicians begin restoring the home. If there is only minor surface damage to the wall framing and overhead supports, they sand down the surfaces to remove it. Then, they hang new drywall or other building material to restore the interior walls, dividing the rooms once more. If required by the homeowner, our restoration teams can also paint the interior to match the original appearance.

As they replace the walls, other members restore the interior. Technicians carefully strip the old varnish from the wood floors, clean them to remove soot and smoke residues left by the fire, then apply new varnish to seal the wood and protect them against future damage. With the floors restored, other team members next replace damaged ceiling panels or tiles to return each room to a normal appearance.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, our goal is to restore each home to a clean, safe home after fire damage. If you need us, call (201) 244-0100 today. We are here for you.

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Why Home Maintenance Is Important

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Your home is likely the most expensive thing you own in your lifetime. That is why it is so important to take the time to protect it. There are things in your home that need some care to ensure they last otherwise when they fail you can watch your insurance skyrocket.

Many times, we see home damages that occur by sources that could have been easily prevented.

Just to mention a few:

  • Not cleaning out your gutters can cause water to back up under your roof shingles.
  • Not cleaning your chimney can cause creosote buildup that creates a fire.
  • Not cutting down that dead tree can cause it to fall onto your house.

So here are some items you should be inspecting and how often you should be doing so.

Every Year:

Hot water heater-drain water to remove sediment & refill.

HVAC/Furnace system

Inspect garage door-be sure auto-reverse is functioning

Vacuum refrigerator coils: These build up dirt and grime which overtime effects the efficiency of the fridge.

Check water softener, add salt if needed.

Check grout and caulking- re-apply if needed. 

Inspect sump pump is running properly

Inspect basement & foundation for any cracks or leaks. 

Every Month:

Test Smoke & Carbon Monoxide detector

Look for leaks around toilets/sinks

Check HVAC filters for replacement

Check Kitchen Vent Hood Filter

Inspect fire extinguisher

Every Season:

Before the cold months inspect your pipes. If certain areas of your home do not receive adequate heat then considering wrapping your pipes to prevent a frozen pipe from bursting.

Check the drainage system outside your home to ensure water is flowing out and away from your home/foundation.

Clean out gutters.

Inspect roofing for any damage or leaks.

In the winter regularly inspect for any ice dams or icicles as these can cause damage to your roof and gutters.

What Type of Fireplace is Best?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 1 in every 3 homeowner uses a fireplace to provide heat in their home? It is also one of the top 10 sources of a fire in a home. There are several different types of fireplaces out there to use, some safer than others. This blog will help you distinguish which one may be best for you.

Some key factors to think of when choosing the right fireplace for you are the following:

  • Efficiency
  • Cost
  • Maintenance
  • Safety

1. Traditional fireplaces -wood-burning

A traditional fireplace is nostalgic for many people and can often been seen by some as the one and only fireplace out there.

It involves an open combustion system which can produce some heat but the heat generated actually just gets sucked back up the chimney like a vacuum. Older fireplaces are around 10-15% efficient in producing heat into a home. 

It requires a chimney which in itself has its own maintenance needed. If they aren’t inspected and cleaned regularly, they can create a build-up of soot and other substances that can be flammable. 

It also requires more effort to burn the logs correctly as well as the post fire clean up. However, many will say it is worth it because of the authenticity of having a real fire shooting sparks and crackling as it burns. It is easy on the eyes, creating a warm comfort feeling. 

2. Gas

This method is most popular for a number of reasons. It takes minimal installation effort and can be installed almost anywhere since venting gets set up through a PVC pipe in the wall instead of a chimney. Everything is enclosed behind a piece of glass so it very safe to use with little to no monitoring. It can easily be turned on with a switch and heats up a home very well. 

It also comes in a vent-less option however these emit the exhaust they produce into your home.

They produce an actual flame that is visible without the need of wood or pellets. It is very efficient in producing heat into a home.

3. Electric

This is probably the most mobile type of fireplace as it can be moved from room to room wherever it can reach an outlet. Downside is because there are no live burning flames it doesn’t produce much heat.

It does prove to be ideal for commercial settings like hotels because of the beautiful appearance of a fireplace without the liability of burning someone who tries to touch it. Cost to buy one is more affordable but in the long-term electric bills will spike.

4. Bio-ethanol

This is the most expensive and referred to as the high-end option. They don’t run on gas, wood or electric but bio-ethanol which is a burning fuel made from an alcohol produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates. They have no cleaning required and are very good looking on the eyes. Downfall is they do not provide as much heat as gas fireplaces and minimal protection from heat.

When deciding on which option is best for you we hope this helped point you in the right direction. 

Snowbird Living

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Living in New Jersey, I know everyone must know at least one person living the snowbird lifestyle. (Unfortunately that is not me.) I'm referring to those that are originally New Jersey residents who escape all of the winter blues and head to Florida for a few months out of the year. 

If you yourself fall into this category then here are a few tips to help you keep your New Jersey home safe and sound while you are enjoying the sun. 

1. Winterize Plumbing:

 This involves turning off the water supply and draining the pipes from the faucets leaving them bone dry.  If unfamiliar with the process contact a plumber, they can also blow compressed air. Almost 1 in every 4 homeowners insurance claim is related to water usually as a result of low temperatures causing freezing pipes. 

2. Roof:

Have roof inspected for any wearing or damage. Typically roofs are only designed to last for 20 years. 

3. Temperature:

Have fuel tanks filled. Keep interior temperature around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Gas:

Turn off gas line to reduce risk of fire. 

5. Exterior:

Make sure all landscaping is tailored to reduce the risk of coming in contact with your home and creating damage. Clean gutters to prevent buildup and flow occlusions during snowfall. 

6. Phone a Friend:

Have a friend come by to check that everything is okay at your home. You can also have them pick up the mail for you to reduce the chance of a break-in. 

7. Insurance:

Review homeowners insurance policy to make sure no updates or extra coverage is needed. 

8. Snow Removal:

Arrange for someone to come after snowfall to keep walkways free of snow and ice.

9. Safety:

Consider installing motion sensor exterior lights and timed interior lights to make your home appear occupied and unattractive to prowlers.

10. Electricity:

Unplug all unnecessary appliances and electronics. 

How to Install a New Hot Water Heater

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

You have likely already read our blog on how to remove a hot water heater so now we will discuss how to install your new hot water heater. When purchasing a new tank be sure to use something similar to the pre-existing tank as far as being an electric or gas tank.

  1. Start by positioning the new tank in the area where it will rest. Maneuver the tank to an orientation where all the wiring and pipes can easily be attached. Also keep in mind that the tank has cover plates that need to be accessible during any future maintenance so keep these visible.
  2. Wrap any threaded pipe fittings with two or three layers of teflon plumbers’ tape then re-install the water pipes. When applying the tape, start at about 1" from the end of the fitting and wrap the tape in a clockwise manner around the pipe, overlapping at least 1/2 with each rotation. The entire threaded area of the pipe should be covered with two layers of tape.
  3. Connect and tighten all pipes with a wrench. (DO not over tighten).
  4. Turn on the water and check for any leaks. Wipe all joints dry and check again after several minutes for any leaks. To eliminate air in the tank and plumbing allow the hot water tap to run until it stops sputtering.
  5. When the tank is filled turn on the power (if electric) or connect the gas supply line (if gas). Test the gas line for leaks. Recommended temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take several hours to reach.

Hot to Remove a Hot Water Heater

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Hot water heater leaks are a fairly common cause of water damages that we deal with. Some homeowners use a plumber to handle the removal and replacement of their hot water heater but if you are the DIY type it is simple enough for one to do it on their own. Some tips you should know before starting is that you may need a hand when removing the heat due to its size. Even after it is drained it is still not light and very bulky. You should also keep in mind that you will not have water available for use for a couple hours during this process. 

1. Turn all water/energy sources off!

Start by turning off the water supply to the hot water heater whether that is the main valve to the house or a shut off valve directly to the heater. Turn off the power to the heater at the panel board as well as the gas supply. 

2. Remove any insulation around the tank and save to reuse if still in good condition.

3. Drain the tank. At the bottom of the tank there should be a valve that will allow you to attach a garden hose. Once attached have the other end outside to allow water to be drained. 

4. Open both hot and cold water valves somewhere in the house.

5. Time to disconnect the tank.

If you have an electric HWH- there top should have a small steel plate where the wires enter the tank. Remove the plate and gently pull the wires out. For a gas HWH- remove all connections to gas piping. 

6. Take a wrench and disconnect the water pipe. You may have to carefully bend this flexible pipe out of the way to remove the tank. It is normal for some extra water to leak at this point. However if it is more than a cup worth the water has not been shut off. 

7. Remove the tank and set aside for discard. 

Be on the lookout for our next blog on how to install a new hot water heater!

How to Properly Purchase Contents Insurance

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever asked yourself, "how much coverage do I really need on my belongings?" There is no way to just guess and hope you have enough without keeping an inventory of what you have. Not only for the purpose of determining how much coverage you will need but also in the event of a loss where those items become damaged and that policy comes into effect.

When setting up your home or business insurance policy it is important to keep an inventory of your personal belongings or products/merchandise. Whether you are dealing with personal or business items the same guidelines follow. Keeping a list of items along with the value of them will help keep you prepared when a disaster strikes. It is also important to keep this list current with any new purchases that may increase the value of your property. Trust me, it will be less of a hassle than having to figure out what items you own when they are possibly damaged by a disaster such as a fire. With all the stress and amount of effort one deals with after property damage, one less thing to worry about will help the restoration process resolve much quicker and easier for the owner.  

Also, aside from the usual items like furniture and jewelry; it is important to keep copies of any important documents. Things like birth certificates, property deeds and business contracts should be kept safe with duplicates available along with electronic copies. 

Once you have an idea of everything you own and its value this will allow you to confirm you are receiving enough coverage for those items in your insurance policy. Every insurance policy has a limit for reimbursement so knowing how your policy matches up will keep any surprises down the road from surfacing. 

Can Living With Mold Affect Your Health

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

The topic on health hazards from mold exposure is a gray area. It is believed that living with high levels of mold can cause some minor and/or serious health affects. However, there is very little evidence to confirm all instances at this time. 

What most can agree on is living with mold should not be ignored. Not only due to the beliefs of the health risks accompanied but the affects it may cause to the value of your home. Any new buyer or renter will not want to walk into another person's mold issue. 

Mold comes in thousands of different strains but only a few of those produce toxins. The most well known being stachybotrys chartarum also known as "black mold". Did you know the term we hear often as "toxic black mold" is not actually a scientific term. It was created by news reporters that carried the term around to create the myth that "toxic black mold" is deadly which in reality that has not been proven. 

Now lets discuss what types of symptoms are reported due to mold exposure. People who spend time in these environments report respiratory issues such as shortness of breath, development of asthma, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, nasal congestion and throat irritation. It is believed that those with weakened immune systems or a history of allergies or asthma are more prone to adverse reactions from mold. There are also some people that are more sensitive to particular strains of mold that can vary from person to person.  

The CDC suggested a link between mold and a medical condition called acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage (AIPH) or pulmonary hemosiderosis. Others state that mold causes more serious conditions as well like lung disease, upper respiratory infections or even cancer. These claims have yet to be proven with any substantial evidence. 

Although the research is limited on proving many of these claims it should still not keep someone from treating and removing any mold growth in their home. Hopefully future research can provide more insight so that federal laws can help regulate mold in homes. 

What is Not Covered?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Here are a few key areas that are typically not covered by your standard insurance policy. Also keep in mind of a deductible that may need to be met or coverage limits. 


1. Damages resulting from unresolved maintenance issues or neglecting to repair source. For instance, you have a leak coming from your toilet supply line that you have just been ignoring for almost a year. It caused some water damage to the ceiling below which typically would be covered by your policy initially but waiting too long to fix the problem will likely cause your insurance to reject coverage. 

2. Flood. Any source of water that enters your home from a flood regardless of the cause is not covered under a standard insurance policy. Yet you may purchase flood insurance which would be recommended for those living in a flood prone area. 

3. Law or Ordinance Upgrades. This type of scenario can come into play for something like a fire that causes the electrical wiring in your home to need to be removed and replaced. Yet, your town has new building codes that require a more expensive upgrade to new wiring being installed. In this case your insurance will only cover the costs of the original old wiring and the difference in charges for the new upgrade will be your responsibility. 

4. Sewer or drain back up from OUTSIDE. You will typically not be coverage for water that backs up into your home from an outside source. There are endorsements that can be added on to your policy to cover backs up occurring within your property line. If the source is coming outside of your property line your city may be responsible. 

5. Costs to repair and/or replace source. Most insurance companies will cover the damages associated however the costs to repair the cause falls under the homeowner. For example a pipe bursts in your home causing damages to your hardwood floors. Your insurance company will take care of fixing the floors yet the plumber you hired to replace the pipe will come out of your pocket. 

Emergency Ready Profile

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. 

SERVPRO of Paramus offers a FREE assessment of your property and develops a plan in the event of a disaster. 

Why the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile?

Here are just a few reasons why your business will benefit from having an emergency ready profile in place. 

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. 
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in a disaster.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

Developing your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from your current projects.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) could be a valuable tool to help restore your business in the shortest amount of time possible.

To set up this free service, call Tony D'Arco @ SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen. 

Top Sources of Mold

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

We will be discussing the primary sources of mold that are commonly found in homes. As we all know mold needs moisture and food (porous materials) to grow. Mold also likes dark humid environments. Some key causes to look out for mold are:

1. Leaky Appliances

Daily wear and tear to your appliances can cause leaks or splits that can allow moisture to escape. Unfortunately most appliances have the pipes and hoses hidden out of sight running inside walls or cabinets. So it may take some digging around to find any leaks. We recommend checking regularly for loose washers or leaky hoses. 

2. Air Conditioning Units

The condensation from an air conditioning unit creates moisture for mold. On top of that it also sucks in air from the outside that contains dirt and pollen which are attractive materials for mold. You can help minimize mold growth by running it everyday for at least 10 minutes. When it sits for long periods of time it is more likely to grow mold. When not in use like during winter season you should remove it and store in a dry place. 

3. Water Intrusion

It is beneficial to check your ceilings and cracks of your windows for any water getting in. This can be a sign of poor building construction so you may need a professional to diagnose and treat the issue. 

4. Window Sills

This area is subject to higher levels of moisture and humidity along with dirt that is a valuable source for mold. 

Next, we will discuss some locations in your home that have a higher chance for mold to grow.

1. Basement

Being that most basements are located on a sub-level, moisture is constantly part of its environment. The humidity level is much higher and typically not well ventilated leaving humidity to linger longer. Any cracks in foundation can also add to the issue. 

2. Wallpaper

If wallpaper is peeling it is likely that it has mold growing behind it. 

3. Attic

The attic of a home is home to many air flow sources like dryer vents, plumbing vents, and kitchen/bathroom. All of these constantly pump moist air into the attic accompanied with all the inevitable dust found there makes a perfect environment for mold. 

4. Crawlspace

Like a basement the crawlspace also has a higher relative humidity. The soil in the crawlspace will absorb and lock in moisture and when it dries it will evaporate adding moisture to the air. 

What To Do Until SERVPRO Arrives

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience a water damage the quicker you tackle it the better the outcome. First and foremost, finding out the source and stopping it should be your main priority.

If there are no safety hazards begin by shutting off the water source at the shut off valve. If applicable contact a plumber to fix the source to keep further damage from re-occurring. 

If the water did not come from a clean source and likely contaminated avoid all wet areas. 

DO

- Contact your homeowners insurance company

- Contact a professional restoration company (SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County @ 201-445-5588)

- If safe, turn off electricity to affected areas at circuit breaker

- Try to mop or blot up water with towels

- Place furniture legs on foil on wooden blocks

- Use safety pins or clothespins to keep furniture skirts and drapery off wet floors

- Remove oriental rugs and place in a dry area

- Remove all moisture sensitive items to a dry place

- Prop up any wet upholstery cushions to dry

- Remove books, magazines, paper to a dry place where they will not transfer and stain

- Wipe excess moisture from furniture

DO NOT

- Use a household vacuum to remove water

- Use any electronics in a room with wet flooring

- Use ceiling fans where a wet ceiling is present

- Open windows in temperatures higher than 70 degrees. AC may be used if water is not contaminated.  

How to Prepare For and Prevent a Fire.

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that the actual heat from a fire is more dangerous than the flames?

Room temperature during a fire can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level.

You can scorch your lungs just trying to take a breath. The high temperature will even melt your clothes onto your skin.

PREVENTION

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms for your home and test them at least once a month. Batteries should be changed once a year.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Turn off portable heater when unattended.
  • Never smoke in bed, when drowsy, or medicated. Douse cigarette buds in water before disposal.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used. Oxygen can be explosive and will make a fire burn hotter and faster.
  • Never use a portable generator indoors. It should also only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.
  • Keep items 3 feet in distance from any fire source.

PREPARE

  • Teach children what to do when they hear the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • In the dark close your eyes and practice feeling your way out of your house.
  • Establish two ways to exit each room.
  • Create a meeting point for all the members in your family outside of your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 911.
  • Make sure windows are easily accessible and screens can be removed quickly.
  • Make digital copies of all important documents and records such as a birth certificate.

In the event of a fire; before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If it is hot and/or has smoke coming out of the cracks do not open it. Use your second mode of escape from that room. If clothes catch fire teach everyone to stop, drop and roll. If someone cant drop down you can also take a blanket to smother the flames.

Why Bleach is Not Recommended for Mold

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth on Sheetrock

Did you know that bleach does not actually get rid of your mold problem?  The old school thought of spraying bleach whenever you see mold is nothing but a myth. The reason people believe this works is because to the naked eye the visible mold is gone, yes, but that is because the bleach has removed the color of mold not its roots.  

The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. The ESA (Environmental Site Assessment) also updated their guide similarly as well. 

The problem with bleach is that it is has too many variables that affect how it can treat mold. Bleach only works on killing mold on non-porous materials. If you read our previous blog on how mold growth occurs you will know that mold typically grows on porous materials like drywall and wood. So the chances your mold growth will be on a hard surface is unlikely anyways. 

Using bleach to clean areas like wood can actually promote mold growth and can leave you with a bigger problem than when you originally started. This is because mold spreads its roots deep into porous surfaces. When you use bleach it creates excessive moisture which then creates a better environment for the mold to return and thrive. Bleach will also negatively affect materials like wood by breaking down its fibers. It can also cause corrosion to metals. 

Bleach contains an ingredient called Sodium Hypochlorite which in high concentrations can be registered as an antimicrobial pesticide that will kill mold under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. However Sodium Hypochlorite can also be sold as a household cleaner without being registered as a pesticide due to this type of item only containing small amounts of Sodium Hypochlorite. This means it is not guaranteed to kill mold nor is it sold for that purpose. 

We want to steer you away from thinking bleach is the best route to dealing with your mold. Not only is it not effective but the dangerous fumes are toxic to your health. Plus, there are many  anti-microbial alternatives readily available that will get the job done and are safer to use. 

If you are dealing with mold in your home it is recommended to contact a professional. We are available to answer your mold questions. Contact us today @ 201-445-5588.

Minimize Business Interruption

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency 40% of businesses that experience a disaster never re-open. In order to protect your business from any type of interruption, it is adamant that you have a plan in place. 

Every business owner should be familiar with the location they are in and what types of natural disasters the location is historically known for. Knowing what type of natural disaster is common in your area will help you develop an accurate emergency preparedness plan. Some examples of natural disasters can be flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.

Once you have figured out what may be inevitable in your area you should then understand your insurance coverage. Business property insurance pays to repair or replace property damage but does not protect against consequential damage like the downtime of a business while repairs are going on. This type of damage would be picked up by a business interruption coverage. It is important to also understand this type of coverage as it can differ significantly with possible exclusions, coverage limits and waiting periods. 

When preventing hazards from arising you should ask yourself if these areas are up to standard/code:

1. HVAC system

2. Electrical system

3. Telecommunications system 

4. Fire protection systems 

5. Sprinkler system

These areas should be regularly inspected and maintained for proper functioning. 

Other potential risks may be occurring from indirect sources such as other occupants if in a multi-occupancy building. It is beneficial to know what hazards might be going on nearby. For instance, if the neighboring occupant to your property is a business that manufactures acetone products, which is extremely flammable, you would want to take note of this and customize your plan accordingly.   

To prevent inventory damages, store contents based on level of sensitivity. Any water sensitive products should be removed from flood prone areas and placed above 100 year flood level. Vital records that are necessary for the survival of the business should be given maximum protection from any disaster. If possible establish electronic back up copies.

To expedite repairs in the event of an emergency, companies should develop contacts with contractors in the area. By establishing prior contacts in advance will help to initiate return to operation quickly and efficiently. This will also prevent any time wasted by auditioning different contractors to pick the best one. 

We, at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, offer an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for businesses who would like to develop not just a plan but a relationship they can trust to help them be prepared for any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more!

Natural Disasters- Prepare Your Home

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

You are home watching the local news when the reporter says the next big hurricane is coming through your area within the next couple of days. You may think running out to fill up your gas tank and grabbing the last carton of milk and loaf of bread at the store means you are prepared. However, what about your home? Is it protected and prepared for the storm?

Here are some last minute tips on what you can do to get your home ready in the event of a natural disaster:

  • Close all windows, doors, and shutters
  • Bring in anything outdoors that can be picked up by wind. 
  • Keep trees trimmed, remove any compromised limbs
  • Turn your fridge and freezer on to the coldest setting & keep it closed as much as possible so food will last longer in case of a power outage 
  • Turn off propane tank
  • Unplug any small appliances
  • Make sure your sump pump is working

To keep your home prepared all year round you must first identify any vulnerable areas in your home. 

  • Check for cracks or small holes in the foundation where water can seep in. 
  • Check for any loose or missing shingles on your roof. Secure soffits that may weaken over time. You can reinforce them by adding stainless steel screws. 
  • Touch up areas with caulking that have worn away like windowsills and door jambs. You can easily fix these cracked areas on your own by simply getting a caulking gun and a waterproof sealant 
  • Keep gutters free of debris and make sure water flows several feet away from your home
  • Make sure the septic tank and sewer are inspected and cleaned before the start of every season 

If your home is affected by a major storm or disaster, an emergency restoration company can help you with cleanup. You should also contact your insurance company to report the damage and file a claim. Our team at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can handle any size disaster you may face. Call us for more info. 201-445-5588

What Is Asbestos?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral in the ground typically found in North America. It was frequently used in the past as a flame-resistant insulation. It is a durable material made of layers of fibers that together virtually create an indestructible material. It was widely used up until the 70's when it was discovered to be a carcinogen. 

Asbestos is found to be the sole cause of a deadly and rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma. After being exposed to asbestos mesothelioma can take 20-50 years before symptoms can appear. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen. Despite asbestos being known as a carcinogen it is still not banned. However, most manufactures have phased out the use of the material to switch to safer alternatives. 

The EPA classifies six different materials as asbestos. All six being human carcinogens.

1.  Amosite

2. Crocidoltite

3. Tremolite

4. Anthophyllite

5. Actinolite 

6. Chysolite

Only amosite which is the brown colored asbestos and crocidolite (blue) are mainly used. 

Now that we know what asbestos is and the negative side effects lets talk about what to do when you come across asbestos. When finding asbestos in your home or building you don't necessarily need to go remove it immediately. It is actually best to leave it untouched if it is intact. Generally asbestos containing material that is in good condition and not disturbed will not release asbestos fibers. In the case the material is not in good condition or is in the vicinity of a renovation it should only be removed by a trained professional. 

If you suspect the material contains asbestos but are not completely sure you can have testing done to confirm. Air testing can also be performed to confirm the air quality is safe after removal.

The most common scenario we come across is asbestos containing tile found hidden under layers of flooring. In the event our technicians suspect asbestos we will have testing performed to verify and then plan on the best route of execution. 

Preventing an Ice Dam

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

What is an ice dam and how will it affect my home?

Have you ever noticed those pretty icicles hanging off the edge of your roof after a big snowstorm? Although they are beautiful to look at (I guess that's why they mimicked them with Christmas decorative lighting) those icicles can cause some serious water damage to your home. 

An ice dam forms when snow melts from the upper portion of your roof causing water to run down your roof and then refreezes when it reaches the edge causing an ice dam to form over your gutter backing up water from properly draining. This pool of water that gets trapped backs up under the roof shingles soaking the roof sheathing and eventually finds cracks in the roof where it leaks into the attic of your home. 

Typically this is usually caused by poor roof ventilation, and a warm attic space. A clogged gutter system can also intensify the extent of the situation. 

Some steps that can be taken to prevent this from occurring are:

1. Check attic to make sure it is in good condition. You can do this buy searching your attic for daylight through any cracks. 

2. Keep gutters clear of debris. Make sure your gutter is draining properly. Remove any tree limbs that can come in contact with your home. 

3. Keep interior roof structure the same temperature as exterior. This can be done by providing ventilation for continuous airflow under the roof deck. As far as the interior temperature start by removing any heat sources like un-insulated lighting or un-insulated duct work. Opt for sealed can light instead of recessed lighting. Also increase attic floor insulation to keep living area heating from rise to the attic. 

4. Use a roof rake to remove snow (6 inches or higher) from the edge of your roof. 

If you find yourself with water leaking into your home call us at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to handle your ice dam problems. 201-445-5588

Do You Live In a Flood Zone?

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, there are some homes that are just more prone to floods that it is almost inevitable. Of course, the first option to fix the problem is to just pick your house up and move (literally), but not everyone has the ability to do so.

Here are some tips to help you prevent the damages resulting from a flood to your home.

1. Consider replacing building materials with water-resistant materials such as:

  • Galvanized nails - will not rust in a flood
  • Indoor/Outdoor carpet w/ synthetic pad
  • Synthetic baseboards instead of wood
  • Marine plywood-most water-resistant plywood
  • Metal doors & frames- will not warp, only rust which can be later sanded & painted

2. Have your washer/dryer in the basement? You may want to relocate them to the 1st floor or even just elevate them from the floor. (12" above 100-year flood level recommended). This can also be done with your hot water heater.

3. Raise all sockets, circuits breakers, switches and wiring to at least a foot above your expected flood level. 

4. Install a sump pump. Sump pumps are the first line of defense in preventing water from seeping into basements. Also recommended to install a battery powered backup in case of a power outage.

5. Although expensive, raising your home with piers or columns so that the lowest level sits above flood level may be the drastic option needed if you live in a high risk flood zone. 

6. Review your homeowners insurance policy. Did you know that most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage? Flood insurance is a supplemental policy you can purchase through an insurance agent or company.

7. Lastly, be prepared with a company you can trust like SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County that can help a devastating disaster like a flood become "Like it never even happened."

Better Act Quick!

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Soot cob webs found in the kitchen of this home.

A fire is a devastating thing to have happen to anyone. No homeowner wants to experience a fire and its damages left behind.

Why is it important to start clean up and restoration after a fire?

Health Risks

First and foremost, left over smoke & soot particles is a bio-hazard. Smoke inhalation can cause respiratory problems or worsen conditions like asthma and heart disease. If possible always try to limit exposure by staying with a relative or in a hotel during restoration. Many times when filing a claim your insurance company may offer you a stay in a hotel until it is no longer a hazard. 

Was Water Used?

There may be occurrences where water was used to cease the fire. If that is the case you may be experiencing not only fire and smoke damage to your home but also water damage. It is imperative to start proper drying of water in your home to prevent mold growth from occurring. 

Permanent Damage

Acidic soot can cause damage to porous materials leading to permanent discoloration that even a professional at that point wouldn't be able to remove.  However, if action is taken quickly permanent damage can be prevented.

It is expected that wherever the fire occurred there can also be electrical damage to outlets, wires, appliances. Make sure these are deemed safe before return to use. 

Soot can also cause damage to finishes on appliances or kitchen surfaces. These can become discolored turning a yellow hue. Over time smoke and soot can cause etching to glass and tarnishing of metal. 

Hopefully this situation will not occur in your home but if you find yourself needing to act quickly contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County.

Generator Safety

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO generator being used outside a home in Rutherford, NJ

When a storm hits and your home loses power many people turn to a portable generator. Although generators may seem simple enough to use many people do not know the risks of operating one. 

Using a generator indoors can kill you in minutes. The primary hazard is the likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust. Carbon monoxide does not produce an odor and is invisible to the eye. That is why it is important to practice safe handling. 

1. NEVER use a generator indoors including a garage (even with an open door). The best and only place you should place an operating generator is outdoors. Allow 5 feet of clearance around the generator. Be sure the generator exhaust fumes are away from all windows and doors to prevent travel indoors. 

2. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Follow the manufacturers guidelines for correct placement and mounting height.

3. Avoid electric shock or electrocution by keeping the generator dry. Do not use in rain or wet conditions. 

4. When refueling be sure to turn off the generator and allow to cool. Spilled gasoline on the hot engine parts can ignite causing an explosion. Do not overfill tank! Leave room of fuel expansion. 

5. Never smoke near a generator. 

6. Know the output rating of your generator. To prevent overloading select the right sized generator to handle the power requirements of your appliances you wish to use. Overloading can destroy not only the generator but also your electronics and/or appliances. 

7. Never plug directly to your homes wiring or household outlets. Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy duty outdoor extension cord with the correct outage to handle your appliances. Never use a cord with exposed wiring. 

STORAGE

Storage of fuel safely is just as important as operation of the generator. Store fuel outside living areas, such as a locked shed, in a properly labeled approved safety can. Use the fuel recommended in instructions for your generator. Some areas restrict the amount of fuel you may store so be sure to verify with your local fire dept. Do not store fuel near a fuel burning appliance like a natural gas water heater. 

Practice proper generator handling to keep your home & family safe!

Dealing With Hoarding

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowner with hoarding disorder affecting mitigation of water damage and mold growth.

What is hoarding?

By definition hoarding is collecting or keeping large amounts of various items in a home due to strong urges to save them or distress experienced when discarding them. It is classified as a mental disorder that usually is the result of a traumatic event or a symptom of another disorder such as depression, dementia or obsessive compulsive disorder. It is most commonly found in older adults.

Many rooms in a hoarders house are so packed with items that the room cannot be used for its intended use. This makes normal everyday living compromised. 

Hoarding can really be an issue in terms of safety and health. For one it can be a major fire hazard. In the event of a fire many occupants die due to the inability to escape the home because of blocked exits or even injuring themselves by tripping over items. Firefighters responding to a fire that is home to a a hoarder can be put at risk as well due to these obstructed exits and falling objects. It makes the search for occupants much harder and very risky. The weight of large amounts of piled up personal belongings along with the use of water to put out a fire can lead to a homes collapse. 

Along with fire safety hazards hoarding can also be detrimental to health in the event of ignored or even unnoticed water leaks that can lead to mold growth. Many times a pile of various items can hide any issues that may be going on in the home since they are blocked out of sight. It can also attract pests and rodents that can gnaw away at materials like wiring causing further safety risks. 

To prevent and respond to hoarding behavior be sure to be respectful when communicating with the individual. Instead of acknowledging the clutter focus on expressing safety concerns for not just themselves but for those around such as neighbors, family members, responders etc. The use of outside outlets to help with intervention can be beneficial and necessary.  

What Is Soot?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Soot found on chemical sponge.

Did you know that the highest cause of house fires is from cooking? Usually when a homeowner leaves a pot or pan unattended and then only remembers it when smoke invades their home. It may not develop into fire damage to your property but rather smoke and soot damage that usually is worse than you would think. Although your kitchen cabinetry isn’t on fire and ruined there is still some specialized clean-up needing to be done from the smoke & soot. 

Soot is a powdery, flaky substance composed of mostly carbon that is a result of incomplete combustion of materials like coal, oil and wood. Not only is it harmful but it can also be a pain to remove due to its stickiness which can cause staining if not treated properly. 

A chemical sponge is used to clean soot from walls. Commonly a chemical sponge may also reveal soot you did not notice was there. 

When treating textiles, a heavy duty vacuum must be used  before trying to clean them. Do not try to wash these in regular dry-cleaning or wash. Professional cleaners will need to use counteractants to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors. 

It is highly recommended to hire a professional to properly handle clean-up and restoration to eliminate chances of staining and odor. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (201) 445-5588

 

How to Prevent Mold Growth After a Water Damage

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold behind wainscoting.

Mold spores are everywhere! It only wrecks havoc on our life when it starts to grow in our home.  

Mold requires a few circumstances in order to grow. 

1. Warmth:

Ideal temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Mold does not flourish in cold temperatures. 

2. Food:

Organic matter found in sporous materials like carpet, carpet pad, drywall, wallpaper, wood materials, paper products and ceiling tiles.

3. Moisture:

Humid environments with poor circulation.

How to prevent it.

Typically when mold has these conditions present it can begin to grow within 24-48 hours. 

To prevent mold from reaching these conditions we must:

First, eliminate water ASAP.

Second, remove any saturated porous materials like carpet padding, insulation and ceiling tiles. Upholstered furniture should be removed as well since it can be a nesting ground for mold and difficult to clean. Lift carpeting to allow flooring underneath to dry out. 

Third, dry out any wet materials with fans. Keep area ventilated by opening windows and doors. 

Fourth, dry out the moisture in the air with a dehumidifier.

Fifth, sanitize walls, flooring and baseboards. Any baseboards not made of true wood should be discarded. If so made of wood detach from wall to allow drying to occur behind. 

In most cases a professional like SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is recommended to perform proper water mitigation and drying. In the event mold does grow on these materials mold remediation will need to be done safely and effectively to ensure no health risks are present. 

Most Common Types of Homeowners Claims

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that in 2016 losses due to natural disasters in the U.S. totaled $23.8 Billion in costs. Severe thunderstorms accounted for 60% of the losses at $14 Billion.

The most common types of homeowners insurance claims policy holders will file are:

1. Theft- Unlike most of the other types of losses this one can be prevented with security measures like an alarm system, safe box or my personal favorite a dog! 

2. Wind Damage- Be sure to check trees and shrubs around your property to make sure they will not cause damage to your home. Also checking the shingles on your roof should be done yearly. 

3. Water Damage (non-weather related)- This list includes causes like a pipe burst, leaky appliance, sump pump failure or even a sewer back up. 

4. Water Damage (weather related)- This is most common in the Northeast where colder temperatures are common. Some measures can be taken to avoid instances like clearing out snow and ice to prevent buildup.

5. Hail Damage- This type is most common in the West and Midwest where golf ball sized hail can cause serious damage to property. 

Water Damage? Let's Talk Contents!

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Move contents to a safe and dry place.

When dealing with property damage to your home one of the challenging tasks is trying to save all of your possessions.

It may be a disappointing and daunting task to itemize, photograph and list every single item for insurance reimbursement but SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County will be there to help give some guidance as well as lend a hand with the removal of any unsalvageable items. 

Here are some tips to help you figure out how to categorize your items.

Let's start with discussing what types of contents cannot be saved from water damage.

Items like food, cosmetics, medicines, medical supplies, carpet padding, stuffed animals and baby toys should never be tried to salvage. Mainly due to the risk of contamination and potential health hazards.

There are also some types of contents that can usually be saved but depending on the extent of the damage.

These are items like mattresses, pillows, large carpets, area rugs, upholstered couches & chairs, books, paper products, solid wood/metal/plastic furniture, metal utensils, pots and pans. 

Now that you have an idea of what types of items can be saved it is important that you move FAST! Make sure everything you want to save is moved to a safe dry place to prevent further damage. Time is of the essence to decrease the chances of further damage.

The things you don't want to save should be left outside to dry until your claims adjuster arrives. Sometimes your adjuster may not be able to get out for a couple of days. In the case that some of these items are things like food that will spoil or may attract rodents; make a separate pile to have discarded as soon as possible after contacting your adjuster. 

Be sure to have EVERYTHING documented as well as photographed for your adjuster to confirm all of your losses. 

We hope this provides you some help and insight when dealing with your personal items. 

We're Here To Help 24/7

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today- We're Ready

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (201) 244-0100

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Sometimes It Can Be Overwhelming

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

Don't try to tackle this on your own.

When That Sewer Back-up Is Too Much To Handle On Your Own.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, sometimes sewer back-ups can be bad... very bad. Our IICRC certified technicians know the safest way to clean up the mess. Sewer back-ups can cause illness if not properly remediated. Let our trained technicians get the job done right for you and your family.

We'll work directly with you and in most cases, your insurance company to assure that your home is properly cleaned, deodorized and sanitized. We'll make it safe again for your family, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us, SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, your clean-up professionals.

We're here for you: 24/7 (201) 244-0100

Emergency Ready Profile

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Our professionally trained crews are ALWAYS ready

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

*** This a NO COST assessment of your facility ***

Important contact and phone numbers as well as insurance information, contractor, plumber, electrician and roofer info and more at your fingertips no matter where you are. If you are stuck at home and circumstances don't allow you to get to your business, you have everything you need right there with you. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help you coordinate at a time when you need help the most.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from your current projects.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) could be a valuable tool to help restore your business in the shortest amount of time possible.

To set up this free service, call Tony D'Arco @ SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, CALL NOW or contact Tony via e-mail: TDarco@SERVPROparamus.com

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

The amount of time your business remains closed is critical. At SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, we'll work to get you open as fast as possible.

Flooding and water damage events at Bergen County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County

SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us, 24/7 201-445-5588

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause Pervasive Odor in Your Home

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Special Chem or Dry Sponges used to remove excessive soot and smoke from hard surfaces

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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What are The Common Causes Of an Ugly Ceiling Stain?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

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Nothing can be more annoying than finding an ugly looking water stain on your ceiling every time you look up. If you are like most home owners, this ceiling stain will keep on bugging you until fixed. The first step in this direction should be to find the source. However, finding the real culprit can be difficult, inspecting the surrounding areas of the ceiling stain can be a good place to start with. Identifying the cause can also determine whether it can be solved with a DIY project or a residential restoration cleaning company would be required.

If you see that the damage has reached a larger area, don’t delay in calling a professional restoration company. Whether you need to call a local plumber or a roofing company, do so immediately.

What are the common causes of ceiling water damage?

Pipe leak - The most common reason for a water damage is a leaking pipe running under floors and behind walls. When you’re trying to identify what caused the ceiling stain, check the roof, the floor above and even the floorboards. If you hear the sound of running water, then you can guess that the reason is a leaking pipe. Keep in mind that a leaky pipe or fixture can leak onto a board at one spot and run along the board for a surprisingly long distance before the water drops onto the ceiling tiles below. The leak might not be directly above the spotting in the ceiling.

Roof problems – Missing shingles or loose parts in the roof can cause the water from rain or snowfall to enter into your house. Roof problems can also include cogged ice dams during winters. A long term fix for this is to upgrade the insulation in your attic.

Worn out pipes- The plumbing system in older homes may be outdated and develop leaks more easily than others. In other cases, pipes can also “sweat” water which means that older, worn out or improperly installed pipes are causing water to drip from the pipes.

Removing the ceiling water stain

While some stains can easily be removed with a stain-killing primer and a fresh paint, others will require the professional skills of a residential restoration cleaning company. It may also require replacing a large part of your ceiling. If not, the problem will keep occurring.

The ceiling stain will be completely removed only after the source has been eliminated, otherwise you’ll find yourself in the same situation. Once the source has been dealt with, the ceiling will require a structural repair. Whether you decide to call a professional house cleaning company or conduct a DIY project, ensure that the problem is fixed thoroughly.

Preventing future ceiling stains

Addressing ceiling stains is not a task you’ll  enjoy tremendously, but delaying it will only bring you bigger problems down the road. The longer the damage is left to sit on the ceiling, the damage will continue to grow and become a serious problem requiring major structural changes.

Once the stain has been repaired, you can prevent it from happening again by keeping the moisture levels low. This also prevents mould growth and bacterial infestations. Also have a professional roofing contractor perform an inspection to ensure that it’s in good condition and not at risk for any leaks.

Sewage cleanup – why you should depend on professionals to do it right

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

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Even a minor plumbing problem can cause serious menace around the house and force the homeowners to treat the problem themselves with a mop, bucket and perhaps some bleach. Such minor water cleanup problems can be solved without professional help, but when it comes to sewage backup, it cannot be solved with a simple DIY project.

Sewage water is toxic. Sewage backup contains harmful bacteria and other dangerous elements that pose serious health risks to anyone exposed to it. Many a times, homeowners believe that treating problems such as a pipe burst or standing waste water lies within their capabilities, the truth however, is that water cleanupshould be best left to professionals to ensure safety and best outcomes.

Read on to know more about this dangerous sewage backups and why you should let professionals take care of it.

Why Sewage backups are dangerous?

Most sewage backup occurs when the lateral line between your home and the main sewage line gets blocked. The most common reasons for this are old worn out pipes, tree roots, and rain water that causes soil to shifty and block the lateral line. When standing sewage gets accumulated, you are exposed to morbid viruses, bacteria, fungi and deadly parasites. There have been cases where people have been affected by diseases like Hepatitis A and Encephalitis due to exposure to toxic sewage backups.  Hence, it is important to address the problem as early as possible and call for professional sewage removal services.

Why should you let the professionals do it?

  • Professionals follow a strict protocol

Proper sewage cleanup involves interrelated procedures which the professionals are trained to undertake. Raw sewage and the clogs which originate from deep within the plumbing can damage the structure of your house permanently. Unorganized and amateur attempts can magnify the problems. The professional companies providing specialized sewage removal services operate according to strict standards, minimizing further damages, and unclog pipes and prevent it from happening again.  

  • Professionals use special equipment

Professionals make use of special equipment including commercial grade vacuums and pumps to safely remove contaminated water. These hi-tech machinery is available only with professional companies and require professional handling for which their technicians are trained.

  • Professionals discard contaminated property

Items such a furniture or carpets, that may have come in contact with sewage water and pose health risks, should be identified and discarded. Your cleaning crew will have the expertise to identify the items which are salvageable and the ones which must be removed.

  • Professionals will sanitize your house

The cleaning job should be followed by sanitizing the entire house to completely get rid of the lingering microbes. Sanitization is also important to prevent mold growth, which causes its own host of health problems. Also, there are several infected areas in the house which can only be accessed by experts. By using the right cleaning methods and agents, the professionals will clean the crevasses, ducts and other difficult-to-access-areas, leaving your house fully sanitized and safe to occupy.

What can you do until professionals arrive at your doorstep?

It is recommended that all the members stay away from the sewage accumulation. However, until help arrives, owners can take small steps to ensure safety. These can include – turning off the electricity, shutting down the water lines, and avoiding the use of AC’s or heaters to prevent the circulation of contaminated dust around the house.

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