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The Commercial Restoration Professionals

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

What Services are Provided?

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County has built up experience over the years and has become a trusted leader in the property restoration/mitigation industry. If you are a business owner and your property has been effected by a water and/or fire loss we have your back. A situation where a business is effected by water and/or fire damage can have massive negative impacts on day to day operations. The business can also be forced to shut down until the problem has be dealt with.

Water damage can happen at any moment and a variety of different things can cause it. Pipe leaks, frozen pipes, pipe bursts, sewage backups along with plenty of other scenarios. A situation can happen at any moment and it is crucial to take quick and decisive action in order to mitigate the situation. We can help get your business back on track in a short amount of time. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County understands how important time is when it comes to running a business and that’s why we will do whatever it takes to restore your damaged property.

Fire has a lot of potential when it comes to dealing large amounts of property damage. Of course it depends on what causes the fire and how large it becomes. If your business has experienced a fire that caused property damage, we have you covered and will return it to pre loss conditions. Dealing with a fire loss can be a massive undertaking, since even if the fire is small it can cause soot to spread throughout the house. The soot then rests on objects and can form along the walls, ceilings, and floors. Once a team of SERVPRO technicians arrive on site, they will get the job done in no time. By the time everything is completed to your satisfaction it will be “like it never even happened.”

Call the Professionals

If your business has had a nasty run in with water and/or fire damage don’t hesitate, take action quickly by giving SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County a call. We got your back and we’ll get the job done quickly to your satisfaction. Our technicians are the solution to your water damage restoration needs.

Has your Dumont Business Encountered Water Damage?

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water restoration Water restoration services in a Dumont office building, being carried out by technicians.

The Challenges with Commercial Water Restoration

When it comes to owning and operating a business, it becomes a person’s pride and joy and an owner will do whatever it takes to succeed. Sometimes an unexpected curve ball may be thrown at us and a new challenge presents itself. If that curve ball happens to be water damage SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn has your back. During unexpected events such as a hot water heater leak, pipe bursts, along with other potential threats. Dealing with issues like this need to be addressed quickly in order to prevent further damage. Depending on the extent of the damage it can have sever negative effects on your business and can temporarily shut down operations.

Take Action

As a business owner you’re probably alert when it comes to how everything is operating, that can be applied to spotting an issue such as water damage on your commercial property. If there is a pipe leak or burst you can shut off the water supply if you have access to the area with the shut off valve. After you have figured out the source of the water, you can set up an appointment to get it fixed. Let’s not rush ahead of ourselves, since there is still all the water to deal with. This is where SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn comes in. Our company specializes in water restoration no matter what the cause is, we’ll get the job done to your satisfaction. We understand that events like these can take their toll financially and mentally. This is why we have an experienced team that has IICRC certifications that are related to the services we provide. To put it simply once the office is called and an appointment has been made, our production manager will take a look and give you a quick summary on the work that will be carried out. Once the estimator has finished, the next phase will require some paper work, man power and equipment. Our technicians are standing by and ready to take the job head on as soon as the word is given. We have specialized moisture monitors that assist our workers with determining what areas need to be dried and then water extraction if needed can begin. Depending on the extent of the damage some demolition may be required and any contents that are deemed non salvageable would be disposed of properly.

A Job Well Done

While all the hard work is being done, equipment is set up to begin the drying process. It’s standard procedure to leave our equipment for a few days to dry the affected areas. Near the end of the job our technicians perform a walk through and meter the affected area to determine if the drying is complete. If the moisture meter along with any other signs that area is dry the equipment can be removed and our job there is done, but one good thing about SERVPRO is that we offer construction services which allow us to do the rebuild, so your business can open up and resume normal operations. As a business owner if you are looking for a water restoration company that provides quality work and can get things done in a timely manner, you have come to the right place.

Give SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn a call at (201) 244-0100

Is Wet Fabric Permanently Damaged?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vacuum If your property is overtaken by water you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Hotel Businesses that Require Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Closter can Reach Out to SERVPRO for Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restoration.

Are Wet Carpets Complicated to Clean?

Carpet cleaning can have several complications that could impact your Closter Business. One issue is that carpet fibers can quickly absorb moisture, grime, and microbial infestation when exposed to moisture. With older carpets, it may not be possible to contact the manufacturer for cleaning instructions, which means technicians may have to conduct pre-testing to discover the most effective carpet cleaning method. While waiting for a professional assessment from a SERVPRO technician, it may be worthwhile to restrict foot traffic over the affected area by staff and customers. Foot traffic can compress fibers in a wet carpet, making the restoration process longer and less likely to return to a pre-damaged condition. Often, drying the carpet while effectively mitigating loss may not entirely repair the carpet fibers. 

How Do I Get the Grime Out of Thick Carpets?

Hotels frequently use thick carpets, which may require commercial water damage restoration services in Closter, should they become wet. Our technicians can use emulsifying powders on thicker mats, which can absorb grime without introducing further moisture. Using a wet/dry vacuum, our team can remove both the emulsifying dust and any soiling that may be present. We usually complete the carpet cleaning service by buffering it with a rotary machine. These fast-rotating mechanical cleaners can buffer carpet fibers to return a thicker carpet to its pre-damaged condition without risking causing harm. In some circumstances, we may utilize spot stain removal to restore your business to its pre-damaged condition. 

How Do I Restore a Carpet fromStart to Finish?

  • Identify the type of carpet or contact the manufacturer for cleaning advice
  • Dry the mat while using a cleaning solution or hot-water extraction
  • Buffer the mat and perform spot stain removal for any areas of soiling that remain

To reduce the chance of permanent damage to carpets in your hotel, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

Commercial Water Restoration in Closter Demands Professional Services

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Caution Wet Floor Sign The first step to resolving water damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn.

SERVPRO Can Perform Commercial Water Damage Repair in Your Closter Mall

Suppose your commercial property, like a shopping mall, suffers water damage. In that case, you must begin the water cleanup process right away to avoid the elevation of risks of mold damage, corrosion, and electrical hazards. It can also help your tenants get back into conducting their businesses as normal and avoid damage to merchandise due to elevated humidity levels.

SERVPRO is well equipped to quickly perform commercial water restoration in your Closter mall. Water damage in shopping malls can spread fast because they are often designed with several floors or wings.

If your mall has multiple wings, water can ruin several areas, especially if a malfunctioning sprinkler system has caused the water intrusion. If the water is coming from a higher floor level, it can flow downwards to the floors beneath. SERVPRO can handle water damage of any magnitude by taking the following steps:

  • Inspection and assessment
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Full restoration

Inspection and Assessment

After the inspection has given us the go-ahead, our technicians can perform a detailed assessment of the degree of damage to determine the amount of repair to be done.

Water Extraction

Standing water can continue to cause damage to your mall, requiring quick removal. We can use wet/dry vacuums or high-powered pumps to extract standing water from your premises.

Drying and Dehumidification

Our SERVPRO technicians can use industrial quality dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out materials that have moisture to prevent them from sustaining more damage like mold growth, cupping, or warping.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

SERVPRO can use wet cleaning and spray and wipe cleaning to preserve as much of your property as possible while following the sanitization and safety requirements. We can then dispose of all the damaged materials removed during cleaning.

Full Restoration

This step encompasses our efforts to get your property to its preloss condition by replacing or fixing removed or permanently damaged materials.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn can lend a hand to commercial property owners in times of water damage crises. Contact us at (201) 244-0100.

Obstacles for Closter Offices During Fire Damage Restoration

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Certain Fire Damage Restoration Is Needed to Reopen a Closter Office After Disasters

Specific fire restoration and recovery actions are beneficial in getting an office up and running again after a fire. As devastating as these loss effects can be, we prioritize a few specific steps.

Improving Air Quality

Fire damage restoration in Closter office buildings cannot be done without addressing air quality. Circulating soot and smoke particles create a volatile environment for even experienced restoration professionals, so we use HEPA products to trap:

  • Ash
  • Smoke Solids
  • Contaminants
  • Carcinogenic Particles

Removing Water Damage

Fire suppression is greatly needed to put out the blaze, but it can leave damage of its own behind. Standing water and pooling can be significant obstacles for restoration after extinguishment. We have several extractors and drying tools to help regulate post-fire water damage effects.

Cleaning Contents and Equipment

The damage that could befall your equipment and contents in the office building after a fire could be substantial. Isolating the damaged area can help protect these contents by allowing a safe and clean storage portion of the property to take furniture and equipment out of harm's way. There are on-site cleaning solutions and pack-out procedures to help recover fire-damaged office items.

Overcoming Malodors

Among the final significant obstacles to getting production started again in the office after a fire is removing malodors from the structure. Combustion can generate harsh and offensive smells throughout the building, much of which can spread far beyond the fire-damaged area. We must address these concerns with deodorization products and equipment from our inventory to neutralize these threats.

There are several hurdles in the way of getting your doors back open and production rolling after the fire damage incident. With how traumatic fires can be to commercial structures and how quickly the effects can spread through open areas, our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County team is ready to help 24/7 at (201) 244-0100. 

Need Fire Damage Restoration for Your Commercial Building in Harrington Park? – Call SERVPRO

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

glasses, insurance policy SERVPRO simplifies the fire damage claim for your Harrington Park business by working closely with you and your carrier

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Restoration for All Types of Surfaces in Harrington Park

Whenever there is a fire in a commercial building in Harrington Park, the first question, the owner of the building and the tenant, if they are not the same person, want to be answered, is when I can get back in the building and resume operations? Employees cannot perform their jobs without access to the building, and customers cannot purchase their goods and services. Even with insurance coverage, they need to be back up and running as soon as possible

SERVPRO provides commercial fire damage restoration to customers in Harrington Park and the surrounding area. Within four hours of your call to our office, we are on-site, assess the situation, and prepare a damage restoration plan based on the amount of fire and smoke damage sustained by your building. We take all the issues into account, including safety, recovery, and cleaning of equipment and products, staging environments for cleaned or recovered items, and restoring all damaged structures.

Some products and structural items will only require to be sprayed and wiped to remove smoke residues. We apply foam cleaning to products and materials that could be further damaged by excessive moisture from cleaning products. We also complete demolition activities if needed. Often many items are moved to temporary quarters or staging areas until the building is ready for occupancy once again. Our team works with your insurance company, and your business needs to get you back in operation as fast as possible.

SERVPRO provides the following services:

  • Water and fire damage restoration
  • Smoke damage restoration
  • Coordination with your insurance company and your business needs

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County for commercial fire damage restoration in Harrington Park and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 244-0100.

Managing Water Damage Cleanup in Closter Commercial Buildings – SERVPRO

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

water removed ceiling, covered contents SERVPRO removes water and moisture from storms or leaks in Closter business buildings while protecting contents with poly sheeting

Drying Walls with Water Damage in Closter Business Buildings – Call SERVPRO

Water leaks often occur inside walls of commercial buildings in Closter. Older pipes and joints gradually degrade, springing leaks that can release hundreds of gallons of water in a few hours. Water spreads inside the walls, onto the floor, and across the entire area of your building. One of the best methods to mitigate damage to flooring materials is to begin mopping up the water immediately once the source has been controlled. But what can be done with water inside walls, especially walls covered in vinyl wallpaper?

SERVPRO provides Closter commercial water damage mitigation and cleanup services. Our team responds in less than four hours from your call and immediately assesses the situation, deploying water removal and drying equipment to protect flooring materials and the contents of your building. The water inside walls presents additional challenges. Many commercial building walls have a vinyl covering on the walls, which act as a vapor barrier. Removing the vinyl barrier, e.g., wallpaper, may involve the entire room, which can be costly.

Our SERVPRO team drills small holes behind the removed floor trim work into the wall to release excess water from the wall's interior. We also use vacuum wands to vacuum excess water from cavities. We force dry air into the wall's interior using air movers attached to a wall venting system. In extreme cases, we remove the drywall and vinyl to properly remove all of the water, moisture and dry the space before completing repairs. We can rig injecti-spray equipment to fit the need of a specific water drying task.

SERVPRO water removal services include:

  • Water clean up
  • Water damage restoration
  • Wall cavity water removal and drying
  • Poly covering of furnishings

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County for water damage removal in Closter and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 244-0100.

Can SERVPRO Help with Water Mitigation in Closter?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged library Water damage and libraries don't mix. Call SERVPRO for the professional help needed for your business.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation Service to Protect Your Commercial Building in Closter

Many of our customers wonder why water mitigation in Closter is so essential. As long as the water is present in your commercial building, it continues to cause damage to any materials that are porous and absorb moisture. These materials are permanently damaged as they absorb moisture and swell. Drywall, particleboard, and wood floors easily absorb moisture and swell if water mitigation is not immediately undertaken. Mold colonies can grow in less than 24 hours.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation service to commercial customers in Closter 24/7 with a response time of fewer than 4 hours. We know how important it is for your business to return to normal operations. We focus our water mitigation efforts on removing water and moisture as quickly as possible before the damage causes extensive damage and keeps your business closed.

We aim to remove water and moisture, dry the premises as well as contents. We deploy our teams and equipment 24 hours a day to capture and remove water and moisture. We can decrease operations downtime significantly if we can implement water removal immediately. As soon as the water is observed, call SERVPRO to avoid prolonged operational outages.

Our services include:

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County for water mitigation in Closter and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 244-0100. 

How can SERVPRO Protect Your Cresskill Restaurant from Water Damage?

6/27/2021 (Permalink)

moisture meter Water damage to your restaurant will hurt business. SERVPRO will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Restorers Helps Cresskill Eateries Get Back into Business after Water Damage in no Time

Water damage to your restaurant in Cresskill can be devastating for business. You might lose valuable business hours during the restoration, and there is always a risk of long-term damage if you hold it off for too long. Hiring IICRC certified SERVPRO experts can help you get the job done efficiently and get your business back on track in no time.

One of the toughest challenges for SERVPRO technicians after water damage to your Cresskill establishment is eliminating the residual moisture from the structure and contents. If the surface is not dried promptly, the moisture can interact with the material and cause irreparable damage. SERVPRO technicians use several pieces of equipment to speed up the drying process during water damage repairs. Reducing the humidity ratio is one of the most common ways to accelerate drying during water damage restoration. We use state-of-the-art dehumidifiers for this purpose. 

What is a Desiccant Dehumidifier that SERVPRO Techs use During Water Damage Repairs in your Cresskill restaurant? 

SERVPRO techs use several types of dehumidifying equipment during water damage remediation in Cresskill establishments. Desiccant dehumidifiers are popular as they work even in colder and drier conditions, where conventional refrigerant dehumidifiers do not. 

Desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals called desiccants with a high affinity for water and can rapidly absorb moisture from the air. Once the desiccant absorbs the moisture, heated air passes over it, causing the release of the absorbed moisture. Finally, the moisture-laden air is vented outside the structure, and the desiccant is ready once again to dehumidify the air.  

We will be happy to help you 24/7; call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

Can Safe and Effective Mold Removal Help Your Cresskill Business?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

black mold in bathroom Mold remediation in your commercial building will become very hazardous. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for the fix you needs.

SERVPRO mold remediation Cresskill-area specialists use research-based strategies for commercial mold removal and prevention

Some industries are subject to frequent mold inspections, with remediations and removal needed promptly. Businesses in Cresskill struggling with these issues require fast and professional support, available from SERVPRO’s mold specialists. For example, mold in your Cresskill restaurant or hotel can discourage repeat business and impact your reputation. Mold can cause health effects for susceptible individuals, making the reluctance of your clientele to risk mold exposure in your Cresskill commercial building understandable. You want to find mold remediation specialists who can handle active, current mold removal as well as work with you to inhibit future infestations.

What Mold Remediation Protocol Does SERVPRO Follow?

Often businesses in Cresskill need bathroom mold removal, as excess moisture is typical in that space. SERVPRO used the mold remediation protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA procedure stresses moisture management and containment to prevent mold spores and debris spread. Expect interrelated 

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

Do not delay reaching out to SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County for mold remediation assistance in your business property. Find out how we can get your operations back on track with one call to (201) 244-0100.

Protect Your Closter Store From Further Damage During Fire Restoration

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to quickly restore your property so you can return safely after a fire incident.

Fire Restoration Means Being Safety Conscious in Closter

Fire can cause havoc in your store. You might find yourself facing inventory loss or building damage alongside a sizable cleanup operation.

If you need fire restoration in your Closter store, it is essential to be aware of the damage that might happen after the fire. What do we mean by that? Surely the fire has caused enough damage? Some damages that might occur after the fire include:

  • Water damage because it rained and there was a hole in your roof due to the fire.
  • Opportunistic thieves got in through a window that was blown out by the fire and stole some of your stock.
  • A ceiling fixture fell, or a wall or floor collapsed because it was weakened by fire.

In many cases, insurance does not cover these damages. It only covers damage caused at the time of the fire. That is why SERVPRO puts securing your premises top of our priority list. We will board and tarp up as needed, survey potential health hazards, and do our best to mitigate them.

For a thorough fire restoration service, call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.

What Can Be Done After a Closter Business Fire?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged business Fire damaged restoration is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO their technicians are trained and ready for any size fires damage.

Our Professional Technicians Provide Emergency Mitigation and Fire Restoration Services

When a fire breaks out in your business, you need help fast.  Many times, the damage is from sprinklers or firefighting efforts.  Immediate mitigation is the key to getting your business back up and running.

SERVPRO Helps Businesses Recover From Fires

If a fire occurs in a business, your insurance may require you to hire a fire restoration service in Closter.  Our technicians are experts at helping companies recover from fire damage.  The process includes cleaning, repair, and restoration.  While everyone’s situation is different, there are specific steps that are basic to each one.  These include:

  • Scoping the damage and assessing the immediate needs
  • Removal of debris and charred remains
  • Soot, residual water, and odor mitigation
  • Content cleaning

Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) work with business owners to determine which mitigation efforts are right for rebuilding their business.  Our goal is to clean and restore your facility and leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Rapid intervention is the key, and our fast response helps minimize damage and loss.  It is critical to remove soot and smoke odors as quickly as possible.  Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 for fire restoration services in Closter.

Conflict Management Classroom Training for Cresskill Managers

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Conflict Management and Communication Skills Workshop to Help Resolve Issues in Cresskill Workplaces

When different people interact, especially in a work environment, conflicts tend to arise. If not adequately addressed, they can lead to animosity or other extreme outcomes. Whether the conflicts develop between workmates or between staff members and clients, the person in a leadership position must find a way to diffuse the situation and resolve the issue collaboratively. You can gain the skills necessary to handle such situations through training or experience. Another alternative is through interactive training that involves role-playing. The Conflict Management and Communication Skills workshop can impart the skills you need when running your Cresskill business.

The key features of the one-day event include:

  • An 8-hour intensive and interactive session with industry experts
  • Case studies and role-play to help practice the lessons learned
  • Demonstration by the trainers on how to break down barriers that lead to conflict or prevent resolution

The event starts at 9 AM, ending at 5 PM, once a month. You can reserve a seat for the January session scheduled on January 22nd, 2020.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County helps perform mold remediation to restore Cresskill business premises to their preloss state. Call us at (201) 244-0100 for fast assistance.

The Breakroom Refrigerator Leaked & Mold Developed – Does the Store Need a Professional?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

A woman about to step into a puddle of water in a commercial building Your employees enjoy the break room. Keep it clean and safe by checking for water leaks and mold damage.

SERVPRO Provides Immediate Mitigation for Water Damage and Mold Removal in Your Cresskill Store 

A clean break room is meaningful to your employees. Whether your business is small or a large corporation in Cresskill, it is a crucial part of your company. In this store, the refrigerator ice maker leaked, allowing water to pool underneath. After remaining unnoticed, mold grew in the tubing, wall, and the floor under the fridge. 

Can the Drywall Be Saved? 

Whenever there is moisture, mold can develop quickly. Mold spores absorb the water and swell rapidly. As the spores grow, they shoot out hyphae, which attaches to the surface of various materials. Mold colonies love porous material like drywall as it absorbs water well. It also means that the drywall's impacted areas may need to be removed unless the damage is exceptionally light. Controlled demolition allows the removal of the infected areas. SERVPRO technicians understand how to mitigate mold damage in Cresskill. Restoration is preferred over replacement, and if the drywall can be saved, our techs can do it.

Returning Your Breakroom to Pre-loss Condition 

In this situation, we were able to scrub the tile floor to remove the mold. The drywall was repaired once the moldy portions were removed. The refrigerator was repaired by a local serviceman who was able to replace the tubing. Everything got sanitized with EPA registered antimicrobial and antifungal agents. 

Mold can spread rapidly. If left untreated, this breakroom's mold could have spread into the cabinets, along the walls, and onto the content. Food items and other appliances could have been affected too. If you suspect mold infestation of any size, call in the professionals who can provide fast mold remediation.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 for expert mold damage service. We are licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: General: 13VH001305854800.

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

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

This is Overwhelming: Where Do We Begin?

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

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

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

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

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

What Type of Damages Am I Looking At?

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

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

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

How Does the Flooding Cleanup Work?

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

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

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

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

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

Hire SERVPRO to Quickly and Safely Reopen Your Closter Business

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

How Long is Removal Going to Take? 

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

Is that The End of it?

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

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

What about the Walls of my Business?

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

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

Commercial Water Removal Closter

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The impact of Water weight on a structure 

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

How to Limit Water migration

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

Water degradation

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

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

- Measuring Equipment

- Gas or Electric Pumps

- Extraction Tools

- Drying equipment

- Anti-microbial treatments

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

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

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

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We Get You Back In Business In Closter After A Water Loss

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Our air movers and dehumidifiers working to dry the carpet in this property We have the equipment to handle your dry-out needs. In this photo we have several air movers running as well as a dehumidifier.

Commercial Water Cleanup for a Closter Florist

Water damage is a frustrating prospect for any commercial space to consider. It can cause huge headaches for small businesses that specialize in merchandise that requires plenty of water, like plants or flowers. This damage not only affects the appearance of your store but can also introduce the risk of mold and bacteria proliferation into your facilities.

If your Closter small business requires commercial water cleanup from an experienced team, you can count on the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO for rapid, reliable service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. SERVPRO's constant availability ensures that you get the help you need, even outside of regular business hours. This team's focus is on maximizing safety for your customers and staff while minimizing the risk of loss to your possessions and structure.

Detecting Water Damage in Wood Flooring

  • Damage equals saturation plus time. In many cases, visible damage on wood flooring takes time to build up. If you notice it on the surface, the water has likely been an issue for some time. 
  • Warping or cupping planks. As the wood absorbs moisture, it expands and warps, which can eventually cause whole planks to buckle.
  • Dark stains. If you notice this staining along the edges of one plank or spreading through several planks, there are a couple of common causes for this, including mold and rust from nails. The tannins in the wood may also change color from long-term contact with minerals in the water. 

SERVPRO Extracts Water Quickly

SERVPRO has a variety of tools available to remove water from your floors, including portable extractors, mops, squeegees, wet/dry vacs, and suction pads designed to pull moisture out of flooring. If only a few planks are affected, these can be pulled up, dried, and replaced. If the subflooring is also saturated, technicians can position air movers and dehumidifiers to pull up moisture from surfaces and replace it with warm, dry air from both above and below the flooring by removing a few planks and replacing them after drying. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County wants to ensure that your business looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (201) 244-0100 for quality commercial cleanup. 

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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."

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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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. 

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!

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. 

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