Recent Water Damage Posts

Property Damage Caused by Water

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

How can Water Damage Happen to Your Property?

There are plenty of scenarios where water can cause damage to your home or business and when something like that occurs it’s best to take action as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is a trusted leader in the water damage restoration field. When you choose us to get the job done, we will complete it to your satisfaction quickly without compromising the quality of our work.

Water damage can happen due to a variety of reasons and in most cases can be impossible to predict. Pipe leaks can cause a significant amount of damage depending on where the pipe is located, if it is located behind a wall it would make it more difficult to spot until a large area is potentially affected. Appliances can also break and/or malfunction such as a supply line to a refrigerator or a washer machine. Dealing with most types of water damage situations can be difficult and a bit overwhelming when it comes to deciding where to start in regards to cleaning up and restoring it . This is where our services come into the picture.

Water Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County has a dedicated team when it comes to getting any property mitigation/restoration job completed. Many of our employees have years of experience that have been built up over time from being out in the field and training that is ongoing, since there are always new solutions being implemented. We have access to top of line equipment that lets us dry an area quickly and effectively.

The first technician that arrives on site will perform a walk-through in order to determine the best approach and solution to tackle the problem. Once a plan is put into action the team will do whatever it takes to complete the job to your satisfaction. When the team is all done and everything has been finished it will be “like it never even happened.”

Northeast Bergen’s Water Damage Restoration Pro’s

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Commercial and Residential Water Damage

No matter what type of property a person may own, there is potential for a water damage event to occur. Water damage can occur from a variety of sources depending on the circumstances and the severity of the issue. It can happen to anyone at any time whether it be from nature itself or a manmade source.

Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn we provide suitable and efficient solutions for all types of water loss scenarios like burst pipes, sump pump failure, flooding along with many other potential causes. An incident can happen without warning and quickly spread throughout the affected property. Our certified and experienced technicians can contain the situation and begin work addressing the affected areas of your home or business through mitigation, cleaning, and recovery efforts. The onsite technicians will utilize advanced equipment like our infrared cameras, hydrometer, and moisture meter for detection. We will use powerful mitigation tools like air movers, water extractors, floor drying mats, and dehumidifiers to remove and dry the affected area.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in this community which allows us to build strong long lasting relationships with our clients and the towns around us. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn is close by and ready to respond to any water damage emergency. Our team is proud to be an active member of the community and want to do our part to make it the best it can be.

No matter when water loss incidents occur, our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Do you have a Water Damage Situation on your Hands?

Call Today – (201) 244-0100

Flood Damage and Water Damage: What's the Difference?

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Basement water extraction Technician providing water extraction service in basement.

Is it Flood Damage or Water Damage?

Mitigating and restoration is only part of the battle when it comes to addressing water damage. With water damage the first step is trying to determine if it can be classified as a water damage claim or a flood damage claim. This information is important, since it determines what part of the loss can be covered and what can't. 

It can be complicated when filling an insurance claim caused by water damage. When trying to determine if the loss falls under flood loss or regular water damage can be difficult depending on the terms and conditions laid out in the insurance contract and by how the government defines each of those events.

How to Find Answers?

The distinction between what is classified as a water loss or flood loss, is best described by (FEMA) the Federal Emergency Management Agency defines flood damage as a general and temporary condition of partial complete inundation of two or more acres and two or more properties of normally dry land. 

Braking it down to more simple terms, if the damages were caused by the water was from a natural source and neighbors are experiencing the same issues, it can most likely be classified as flood damage according to FEMA. The main things that can cause flood damage is an overflow of inland or tidal waters, unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, mudflow, or collapse of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves/currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood. 

What if my Home was Damaged by a Flood?

Let’s say the flood has caused damage to your home, it is important to figure out if you have flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Home insurance companies do not offer coverage on flood damage. Having flood insurance is beneficial to home owners that the slightest chance of being affected by a flood. The National Flood Insurance Program states that flood insurance policies cover physical damage to your property along with possessions. 

Under flood insurance everything from the building and its foundation, to the refrigerator and the food inside of it will be taken into consideration when a claim is filed. Flood insurance does cover basements and areas that are below the lowest elevated floor, but there are some stipulation in regards to that depending on the flood zone and the date the home was constructed. Flood damage does not cover the cover any sentimental value of any property, so be sure to remove any items such as photos, documents, or personal items that can't be replaced as quickly as possible. 

What if it's a Regular Water Loss?

If the water damage doesn't originate from a natural source and it's not affecting other properties in the surrounding area. a water damage claim is the way to go. Water issues caused by a broken, toilet, overflowing bathtub, broken pipes, or a burst water mains are all grounds for water damage claims that should be filed with your homeowners’ insurance company. 

Going Through the Process

Filing a claim for water damage or flood damage can be very confusing. At time it's very overwhelming and sometimes you may need assistance, so don't be afraid to call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn. We can help you through the remediation process. 

You can reach us at: (201) 244-0100 

What are the Main Types of Closter Water Damage Equipment?

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans set up in a water damaged hallway Water damage can spread quickly and create a lot of damage in your Closter home. Contact SERVPRO today for all types of remediation assistance.

SERVPRO technicians Bring the Latest Water Mitigation Tools to Closter Jobs

According to a report produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average water cleanup in a home causes over $11,000 in damages. An average of 14,000 persons are affected by a water emergency every day in the United States. Besides the knowledge a professional restoration services company brings to the scene, professional equipment can make a marked difference in the outcome for the property and contents after water exposure. The most commonly seen devices include:

  • Extraction 
  • Dehumidification
  • Drying

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training for handling water damage within Closter properties. Before the extraction begins, the technicians nail down the location of the water within the structure using their sensitive moisture detection equipment. It takes mere minutes to layout the actual scale of the water cleanup needs within the property. This attention to detail ensures that all areas within the worksite get adequately cleaned. 

What Factors Affect the Time Needed for Water Cleanup?

While each water restoration job that SERVPRO handles is unique with houses, contents, and water damage effects being different, there are common things the technicians apply to each service such as:

  • Noting the type of water within the structure 
  • The level of probable contamination
  • The amount of moisture
  • The time passed since the water entered the house 

What Equipment Helps With Wet Flooring?

During a water damage restoration service, one of the most important things to determine is whether the structure's moisture affects the subfloor or within the house's walls. All flooring types with water damage can benefit from the tools that SERVPRO technicians use regularly. Extraction goes quickly when the technicians use the pulling power of their portable pump units. When necessary, the technicians can use a truck or van-mounted units to remove large quantities of water. However, the hoses needed begin to lose suction when extended beyond 150-feet, making the portable pumps ideal for most residential or jobs where vehicle-mounted units are not the most helpful method. Submersible pumps are the go-to water removal method for situations where the water within the structure is greater than two inches in depth. 

Drying a wet carpet may be accomplished by using special techniques known as floating or tenting, which concentrates the airflow directly on the damp carpet portion. Hardwood flooring carries its challenges when wet. The wood can crack or have permanent damage if the moisture gets removed too rapidly. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians handle it very carefully to ensure that the drying process goes slow and steady with frequent monitoring of moisture levels. 

No matter what type of drying equipment or method gets used against water damage, the dehumidifier is a crucial part of the process. It stops mold and mildew from having a sustainable environment and rapidly lowers the interior humidity levels. 

In situations where the potential for airborne contaminants exists with water damage, such as with a sewage backup, the technicians often utilize negative air machines. These units pump tainted air outside the worksite area and create a negative air pressure vacuum effect within the controlled area. 

Closter residents trust SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 when they need help with water damage cleanup and restoration for their properties and contents.

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Water Damage Repair to Closter Homes

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away at (201) 244-0100.

Wooden Floor Water Restoration at a Closter Property

Natural wooden floors are functional and beautiful and can last a lifetime when properly cared for. Over time, the boards are subject to a lot of wear and tear. Also, water damage may be one of the issues you probably encounter at your Closter home. Interestingly, most water damage issues are not due to heavy rains or floods. A dysfunctional appliance and excessive indoor moisture from various sources can also lead to compromised hardwood floors.

Failing to perform water damage repair at your Closter property quickly can lead to numerous issues that could be costly to fix and perhaps even irreversible. For example, moisture can seep through the subfloor and cause severe floorboard damage. Water trapped in enclosed sub-floor spaces could result in mold growth. Also, moisture can spread to other areas of your house, including nearby walls and carpets. SERVPRO has skilled technicians qualified to handle restoration on all floor types.

Signs of degraded flooring:

  • Warping
  • Cupping
  • Buckled floorboards
  • Deep stains/dark spots

Dealing With Wooden Floor Water Damage

Different wooden floors react to water differently. Some can be easily salvaged, while others cannot be due to the floor's natural characteristics when subjected to moisture. When repairing wooden floors with significant damage, the intensity of restoration is required due to several factors.

Influential factors

  • Type of wood the floor is made of
  • What is underneath the floor–subfloor
  • The volume of the water
  • How long your floor has been wet

Once SERVPRO technicians determine this, we use a vacuum or squeegee to remove the surface water as quickly as possible. This helps stop further absorption and minimize drying time. Our teams may have to remove the warping floorboards to check subfloor conditions. We cut the damaged floor planks using a saw and removed them with a pry bar. We then nail the new boards to the floor and sand the old and the replacement boards to match. Next, we apply a stain and a polyurethane finish.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn, provides efficient water damage repair. Call us at (201) 244-0100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Our Advanced Equipment Can Save Your Cresskill House After A Water Damage Disaster

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

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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 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 wet handling 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 exposes 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 pre-damage 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.”

Can Water Damage in Closter be Fixed with a Wet Vacuum?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work SERVPRO water damage restoration specialists use the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

 Water Damage Restoration in Closter Needs an Array of Specialized Water Extraction Equipment

Homeowners may be at a loss when they need emergency water removal services in Closter. Well-meaning friends may come to your aid and offer advice on how to handle the situation after a water leak floods your home, but finding a professional staff to address the problem is worth the investment. Finding the right team with the expertise and access to industry-recommended equipment helps mitigate your loss.

Wondering who can handle water damage in Closter is not necessary. Our SERVPRO crew is present in the community and ready to take the toughest water extraction jobs with equipment specific to your needs. Standing water is a powerful threat, even if it doesn’t appear very deep, so using the right tools to counteract their impact translates into a safe and clean home.

At SERVPRO, we use wet vacuums to remove standing water as one of our methods. They are portable and powerful, so they become a ready solution for many of the jobs we perform. They help extract water from flooring materials, and they are easy to plug in and operate. Our team, however, also has access to other specialized equipment such as:

Having access to different water extraction and cleanup options allows us to address each area affected with its required solution. Call when you are looking for the most reliable and efficient group of experts to take care of your home. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is reachable around the clock at (201) 244-0100, and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Do Not Attempt Water Damage Repair on Your Own in Cresskill

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet When you have water damage restoration needs, SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have you covered from start to finish.

Skilled SERVPRO Water Damage Repair Technicians Know Best Practices to Yield Quality Results in Your Cresskill Property

Some Cresskill homeowners may see a small amount of water intrusion and think they can deal with it independently. However, water that migrated below flooring and behind baseboards can cause warping, degradation, and mold development. SERVPRO wants you to know that repairing damage from a water event, big or small, means hiring a skilled team to get the job done right. Even beyond water removal services, fixing saturated and unsalvageable building materials requires a professional touch.

Many benefits come from hiring professionals for water damage repair in Cresskill. When you have basement flooding or ceiling leaks, a good restoration company like SERVPRO gets in fast to limit cost and downtime. Just a sampling of the advantages that come from enlisting SERVPRO’s help include:

  • Efficiency – Emergency services water damage calls require fast mitigation if you want to thwart secondary damage and water migration. Our crew scopes the area to formulate a plan to get going on cleanup and repair as quickly as possible.
  • Safety – Caution is our middle name at SERVPRO. Not only will our certified team assess all potential risks, but we will also wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for each project.
  • Industrial-Grade Equipment – Our Green Fleet comes fully stocked with pumps, various attachments, moisture detection tools, and EPA-registered cleaning products to help us facilitate our water damage restoration goals.
  • Insurance Assistance – You already have a lot on your mind when facing a water emergency. Because your insurance may cover the water event, we take the time to ensure all paperwork is to help your claim go as smoothly as possible.

Water damage repair does not have to be stressful when you have professionals on your side. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 when you need to have a crew dispatched to your property.

Homeowners in Closter Who Need Water Mitigation and Drying Services Call SERVPRO

12/4/2021 (Permalink)

removed carpet, dried subfloor, snow outside SERVPRO can salvage plywood subfloors in Closter homes with water extraction, carpet removal, and drying walls

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal, Drying and Restoration Services in Closter

Water leaks or sinks overflowing can distribute a great deal of water in Closter homes in a very short time. The water soaks into many porous flooring materials commonly found in our homes, such as carpets, padding, many pressed wood products, and even hardwood flooring materials. Removing the water and drying within a short period is important to prevent secondary damages such as mold infestations, pressed wood products swelling and losing structural integrity, and hardwood floors beginning to buckle as the wood absorbs water.

SERVPRO utilizes a variety of water mitigation techniques in Closter techniques to prevent secondary damage in homes in Closter. Our fast response within four hours of your initial call lets us get to work immediately removing excess water. We also deploy weighted water extractors, air movers, and high-capacity dehumidifiers to remove moisture and dry the area.

Our water removal technicians will also determine whether carpets need to be removed to expose the underpad and subfloor to allow faster and more thorough drying. Carpets exposed to water longer than 72 hours could exhibit mold growth, and subfloors could have absorbed moisture, causing them to lose structural integrity. Carpets installed over hardwood or laminated floors may also need to be removed to dry the wood floors under the wet carpet. Our water removal technicians will determine the best course of action to mitigate immediate and secondary damage caused by the water leak.

SERVPRO provides the following water mitigation services:

  • Water cleanup and extraction
  • Drying of carpets in place as well as removal for thorough drying of subfloor materials (floating)
  • Mold mitigation and remediation

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

Do You Need Professional Water Damage Restoration after Water Incidence in Your Closter Home?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

thermal camera SERVPRO uses state of the art moisture detection equipment in your home for thorough drying after a water incident takes place.

SERVPRO’s Water Damage Restoration Can Help Closter Homeowners Deal with the Aftermath of a Water Incidence 

Water damage is one of the most common problems faced by an average homeowner. An unmitigated water issue can quickly turn into a disaster, whether it is due to burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or faulty plumbing. Hiring professional water damage restoration experts at your Closter home is the right thing to do in such a situation.  

SERVPRO's technicians have years of experience providing water damage restoration to Closter homeowners. Our crew is highly trained, IICRC certified, and equipped with advanced equipment to tackle water damage of any proportion. With 24-hour emergency service, SERVPRO professionals are always ready to go. We can start the restoration process within a matter of hours of hearing from you; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

How Can SERVPRO Save Closter Homeowners Money in Water Damage Restoration costs? 

SERVPRO technicians are driven by the fact that restoration through mitigation is less expensive than replacing. Our water damage restoration experts also work tirelessly to help you lower the insurance claim costs. 

  • SERVPRO’s emergency mitigation services help to minimize the spread of the water damage to unaffected areas of your Closter home. Our restorers work hard to prevent the secondary damage associated with water incidents, such as mold growth. 
  • Our technicians use advanced equipment such as thermal cameras, moisture meters, and thermo-hygrometers to detect hidden moisture. 
  • The advanced drying techniques that we use helps to remove any residual moisture from the structure and contents. We use state-of-the-art dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the affected area as quickly as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100. We are available 24 a day, seven days a week, to assist you with any water-related issues in your home. 

SERVPRO’s Premier Water Mitigation Service Saves Closter Homes from Long-Term Damage

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged floor in closet When water damage occurs, you need the help of SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Closter Residents Trust SERVPRO with Water Mitigation of Their Homes

Water mitigation at your Closter home involves activities that prevent the damage from spreading and becoming worse over time. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians ensure that the water damage is contained and rectified before it gets a chance to cause secondary issues. 

SERVPRO techs begin the water mitigation of your Closter home by scoping the structure to locate the moisture and determine the extent of the damage. A successful and complete water damage remediation is contingent on the ability of the SERVPRO restorers to identify hidden moisture. We use several state-of-the-art pieces of equipment for this purpose. While some equipment such as thermal image cameras helps to detect hidden moisture in the structure, others such as thermo-hygrometers help determine the air's humidity and moisture content. Moisture meters, on the other hand, give the actual moisture content of the material. 

How do Moisture Meters Help SERVPRO Experts During Water Cleanup from Your Closter Home? 

SERVPRO techs use moisture meters to determine the amount of moisture in various structural elements in your Closter home. 

The moisture meters that SERVPRO techs use are often calibrated to measure moisture in the wood. They have a wood scale ranging from 5% to 30% and indicate the percentage of water in the wood. These meters can't measure the exact moisture content of non-wood materials but can still provide valuable information regarding the relative amount of moisture in these materials. Moisture meters generally come in two forms-

  • Penetrating type- Has probes that need to be penetrated in the material to be tested.
  • Non-penetrating type- Ideal for measuring surface moisture content

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100; we are available 24/7 to help you.

How Do Trained Technicians Restore Water Damaged Homes in Closter?

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO has the proper equipment needed to fight against water damage in your Closter home. Call on our experts for assistance.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly To Water Damage Incidents in Closter

You have no time to waste when your Closter home needs water damage restoration services. Whether you are dealing with a flooded basement, a serious issue with your sewer backup, a leaking appliance, or a broken pipe, an experienced restoration company like SERVPRO should be your first option. Many structural problems and safety challenges are likely to arise when the unfortunate incident strikes, so that is why you need to work with our technicians to stop the water source and put in place appropriate restoration steps to return your property to normalcy.

When is it Safe to Enter Your Closter Home after a Water Damage Incident? 

It is hard to determine if your Closter property is safe to occupy after a water damage incident. The incident can present several unexpected hazards such as slip, fall, and many more such as electrical dangers and mold damage which is likely to cause health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians wear appropriate personal protective equipment when protecting your valuables. For instance, we wear rubber gloves and boots when lifting your furniture off the carpeting and where necessary, we place tin foil beneath the seat's feet to protect stains from developing on the carpets. We also do:



  • Remove wet rugs from the floors and determine whether they can be restored or replaced
  • Dependent on the degree of water damage; we can decide if your furniture needs to be fixed or discarded
  • We can install air movers to hasten the drying process

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is Faster to Any Size Disaster, whether commercial or residential. Call (201) 244-0100 to work with our experienced and certified technicians.

Does Living in an Older Home in Closter Increase Water Mitigation and Remediation Risk?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts in drywall SERVPRO will start and finish your water-damaged home. We will even help with the build back with our general contractor. Call now!

Historic homeowners in Closter count burst pipes as a persistent worry SERVPRO can address

Rumors and disagreements about the personage memorialized in the Closter borough seal continue to this day. The circular seal features the stylized outline of a single rider, appearing to wear attire dating to Revolutionary War times. In actions similar to those attributed to Paul Revere's famous ride, an anonymous farmer either from Closter or the surrounding region rode from what is now Bergen County south to Fort Lee with urgent news that helped the Continental army.

What Are the Details About the Closter Horseman?

The story related over the years focuses on British Commander Lord Cornwallis landing and disembarking at Closter Dock with thousands of British and Hessian troops. Closter Dock was on the Hudson River at the Palisades, several miles away from the center of the land-locked borough now known as Closter. Upon viewing the watery arrival, the unknown farmer and his plow horse sped off with the news. The bare bones of the story include the following facts:

  • The date was November 20, 1776.
  • The Continental garrison at Fort Lee was 10 miles away.
  • The stores and munitions at Fort Lee were depleted, exposing the Continental Army stationed there to significant risk from attack.
  • The intelligence from the Closter horseman permitted George Washington time to lead the Fort Lee troops to Hackensack.
  • The relocation by Washington eventually took the Continental Army to Pennsylvania.
  • The time and space gained allowed Washington to plan and implement a successful attack on British troops at Trenton on December 26, 1776.

Were Other Factors in Play Interfering with the Closter Dock Escapade?

In addition to the warning, other Closter-area patriots got in the way of Lord Cornwallis and his troops. The British allegedly marched in the wrong direction because of inaccurate maps and intentionally confusing advice from the locals.

Does SERVPRO Offer Reliable Water Mitigation to Closter Homeowners?

Failing plumbing systems and structural wear and tear can result in an enhanced need for water emergency services and water damage repair in Closter properties. Burst pipes and ceiling leaks impact Closter's historic homes with some regularity. The affinity residents have for the older homes means Closter water damage repair preference is for halting or mitigating the harm without changing the integrity of beloved interiors or treasured antique contents. 

Can SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Maintain Closter Homes' Function and Appearance?

As a service to our valued customers, SERVPRO holds a general contractor's license, permitting us to streamline mitigation, remediation, and water damage restoration for Closter properties. Control of Closter water mitigation projects from assessment to build back saves time and money and allows precise and consistent communication. During water clean up and flood restoration, Closter homeowners depend on SERVPRO to keep their families safe and homes true to their origins while also providing needed:

  • Water Removal Services
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Cleaning Up After a Sewer Backup

Reach out to SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County when water damage threatens. We are ready to do battle with the forces interfering with the quiet enjoyment of your comfortable home. One call to (201) 244-0100 gets our troops on the move.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 13VH001305854800

Our Closter Water Damage Repairs Target the Source

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer Call in the professionals for water cleanup, to avoid additional water loss in your home. our SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7.

Sip a Freshly-made Bubble Tea at Closter's First Establishment

One of the most noteworthy culinary phenomena spreading across the nation has, in recent years, been bubble tea. Closter residents would need to travel far to find a shop selling these teas, but now, a location has opened up in our community. Gong Cha is the most popular nationwide chain of bubble tea specialists, and they chose to open their first shop in New Jersey right here in Closter.

The concept of bubble tea began in Taiwan several decades ago. It involves a multitude of tea varieties that are typically served cold and with milk. What sets a glass of bubble tea apart from ordinary milk tea is introducing tapioca pearls in the bottom of the cup. Besides adding flavor and texture, the pearls are often mixed with fruit, spice, and other creative additions. The result is a layered tea with complex flavors.

With a modern and relaxing interior, Gong Cha hopes to create a more welcoming atmosphere than the fast-paced air of Starbucks and other coffee shops. Swing by, here in Closter, for a cup of bubble tea to see if it lives up to the hype.

Perhaps the Best Fine Dining in Closter

Living near one of the world's culinary capitals may be great, but many of us in Closter lack time to travel into the city every night for dinner. Thankfully, one of the city's most highly-regarded chefs, a native to our Closter community, now cooks here instead. The Hill is one of the highest quality dining experiences in the entire region, and if you have not tried it yet, perhaps a dinner service may be what you need.

Owned and operated by chef Ben Pollinger, The Hill serves seasonal American dishes while being unafraid to take elements from foreign cooking styles. Pollinger was a Michelin-starred chef in New York before relocating here in 2018, founding the restaurant of his dreams. In addition to an evolving menu composed of top-quality ingredients and dishes, the establishment also offers an impressive array of wines and craft beers that pleases even the most discerning connoisseur.

The Hill is open seven days per week for lunch and dinner service and features a kids' menu for family outings. Check them out if you have not already experienced one of the best dining experiences in the entire Closter region.

Water Damage Repairs Need to Target Hidden Threats

One of the most important reasons insurance companies encourage homeowners in Closter to contact water damage repair professionals like SERVPRO is the difficulty that many handymen face in finding the source of the issue. Throughout your home, many permeable materials may transfer water into hidden places, which can later seep back into the common areas to cause long-term issues. Our inspectors utilize many tools to contend with this threat, including:

  • Infrared scanning devices
  • Thermal imaging tools
  • Penetrating moisture detectors
  • Isolated demolitions for visual assessment

Once we identify the source of the problem, we can begin treating it. The thorough inspection process ensures that no sign of the water damage is present after we leave.

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is professional, fast, and cost-efficient with any water damage restoration project for Closter and the surrounding area.. Call us at (201) 244-0100.

Cresskill Residents Count on SERVPRO When Water Damage Occurs

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water mitigation is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERVPRO, their technicians are trained for the water restoration and build back.

 SERVPRO provides prompt water mitigation to homes with water intrusions 

Cresskill got its name from the watercress that grows along the many streams in the area. It is a small borough in New Jersey. It was incorporated in 1894 when Bergen County went through many remote locations, becoming boroughs.

The Railroad & Chickens Boost the Economy

Like many small cities, the railroad made a considerable difference in Cresskill residents being able to travel to different parts of the state. It also brought revenue and customers to Cresskill. One of the primary sources of the local economy was a chicken hatchery. By 1897 it was the largest in the world. The poultry farm was owned by W.C. Baker and held 2000 laying hens. It could produce a quarter-million broiler chickens every year. That’s a lot of chicken!

Camp Merritt & WWI

The railroad was the reason the establishment of Camp Merritt was possible. More than a million American troops got sent through this major debarkation point on the way to the battlefront. The camp could hold 38,000 transit troops. The troops were transported via two different routes to their sending off point. Local railroads would carry the men south along with one of the routes. The other route involved groups of up to 3000 men marching to the northeast. They would march for an hour and then board ferryboats that would take them to Hoboken. They then would travel by train to a terminal on Long Island and their final destination of the embarkation piers. Approximately one million of the four million troops sent to the Western Front during World War I would pass through Camp Merrit. The camp was decommissioned in 1919.

National Register of Historic Places

If you are one of those who enjoy historical places, Cresskill has several. These include:

• Blackledge-Gair House – one of the Early Stone Houses of Bergen County, the building is an architectural delight.

• Demerit-Atwood House- a distinct brick and wood two-story home that was built in 1793.

• Peter Huyler House – located on the Captain John Huyler Homestead, this land once belonged to a loyalist. The stonework is some of the finest in the county.

• Benjamin P Westervelt House – a local militia member was the original owner. The main wing of the house is in the Dutch colonial style. The Westervelt family has continuously occupied the site since 1778. It has been used in several films.These sites are worth checking out for the architectural value alone. 

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation Services to Cresskill Residents

When a water intrusion occurs, you want fast mitigation to avoid further damage to your home. SERVPRO provides both water mitigation and restoration. Our technicians use the following mitigation techniques when cleaning and restoring your home:

• Dealing with safety concerns

• Water extraction using pumps designed for the situation

• Setting up the humidifiers and air movers

• Establishing drying goals

• Relocating content to unaffected areas

• Furniture blocking

• Containment to prevent water migration.

Once our technicians have done all that, we move on to the restoration process. This may involve repainting walls and redoing wallpaper, and replacing drywall and ceiling panel sections if needed. We may also need to replace insulation if it could not be dried. We also refinish water damaged wood surfaces. Any impacted content is cleaned and dried. 

If you need water mitigation in Cresskill, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Spice up the Seasonal Treats You Serve Your Closter Home’s Visitors

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Cookie tray with holiday decor While you make holiday treats, let SERVPRO treat you during the holidays. Our technicians will leave your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Residents in Closter can Take Part in the Holiday Mocktails Online Class.

Held on December 9, 2020, at 7 PM, the Holiday Mocktails class on Zoom can help you make 2020 end with a more favorable and memorable tone. Because of social distancing, many want to make the most of what little interaction that takes place. Call the Ramsey Free Public Library at 201-327-1445 in advance for your Zoom login credentials.

Attendees should be prepared to take notes on paper as they learn about:

  • Mocktails that children can also enjoy,
  • Infusions to create flavorful teas not found in a box,
  • Syrups that you can use to flavor milk, ice cream, and a multitude of other desserts, and also
  • Garnishes that are safe to eat, beautiful, and tasty

Plumbing accidents can happen at any time. When freezing temperatures cause you grief, call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 for certified water damage repair technicians, even on the holidays.

How Can I Remove Excess Water On My Own in Closter?

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is here to assist you in deciding on the water damage in your home.

Removing Excess Water from your Closter Home on Your Own May Leave you at Risk for Aggravated Water Damage. Call a Professional Restoration Service for a Thorough Cleanup Process

You may look at the damage left behind by a leaky pipe in your home and think that water extraction is a simple process. As you prepare to mop your floors and open all your windows to accelerate evaporation, take a minute to consider the risks of leaving water hiding beneath your floors or within your walls. The longer your Closter home is exposed to water, the higher the chance that its foundation and structural elements weaken due to excessive moisture.

Thankfully, our Closter neighbors facing water damage can call our SERVPRO team around the clock for help. As we arrive at your home, we assess the damage by inspecting your home and using state-of-the-art technology to monitor humidity levels, thus detecting any accumulation hiding from the naked eye. If needed, we rapidly establish a staging area where we can protect your belongings and avoid cross-contamination. In the meantime, we also discard any items damaged beyond recovery and begin to extract water with our industrial-grade equipment.

What does SERVPRO do differently in terms of water removal?
Our water restoration technicians' training is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), which validates our knowledge base of all matters about the treatment of water damage. We particularly understand the perils of leaving moisture behind, as it can damage your property and create a suitable environment for bacteria, such as mold, to prosper. As we use our pumps equivalent to the volume of water we need to extract, we consistently monitor the environment to optimize our efforts. The following equipment helps record these observations and guide our next steps:

    •    Moisture sensors to detect humidity in carpets, upholstery, and other porous surfaces
    •    Moisture meters are similar to sensors, but they allow us to probe behind walls and baseboards for a more thorough assessment
    •    Flexible cameras enable us to review hard to reach places without having to create further damage in gaining access

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is here to assist you in deciding on the water damage in your home. Call us at (201) 244-0100 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

How Involved is Water Cleanup and Restoration?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in water damaged room Should water damage affect your home, call SERVPRO! We have restoration equipment and trained workers to restore your property.

SERVPRO Takes Necessary Measures to Handle Water Damage So Your Closter Home is Restored to Pre-Loss Condition 

Within any home or office building, water damage brings the potential for significant harm to the structure and the contents inside. Cleanup is just one piece of the restoration puzzle if you want to be sure that you bring your Closter home back to pre-water damage condition. SERVPRO has the technology and speedy response times to reduce the loss and get you back to your routine faster. 

Calling SERVPRO to help with your water damage in Closter means you have trained technicians on your side using proven methods and planning techniques. Once we arrive, we begin with our restoration process, which includes: 

  • Full assessment of the cause of your damage as well as the extent.
  • We explain all of the damages in detail to go along with our restoration solutions.
  • All water is promptly extracted from the water loss zone.
  • We initiate the drying phase of your structure along with any content to reach our goals.
  • Dehumidification equipment and other tools get used, keeping hidden moisture from causing more damage. 

Are All Restoration Methods the Same? 

Our team has worked to perfect our restoration efforts and planning, but we always grow and evolve with changing technology, equipment, and techniques. We use a proprietary planning method to execute each water restoration project as quickly as possible. The goal is to work and adjust to facilitate drying to give you as little disruption while salvaging everything we can. 

After the water damage in your home gets under control, our technicians follow up by searching for hidden moisture pockets and thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces. Everything this is left, “Like it never even happened.” 

We have your water damage needs covered at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County. Call us 24/7 to have a crew deployed to your location at (201) 244-0100 to get started! 

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What Should I do About Humidity in my Kitchen?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

How do I prevent mold?

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

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

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

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

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Do I Deal with Water Damage in My Home?

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

beige berber carpet with water stains From drying and saving carpets to entire houses and their contents--Closter area Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO

Many Locals in Closter Experiencing a Water Loss Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

For conscientious homeowners, few problems are more vexing than water damage. The causes can be tough to isolate, and the cost of fixing the problem in Closter can run into thousands of dollars.

If you’re a homeowner in Closter with water damage, though, SERVPRO is a great option. Few companies offer the right combination of experience, the advanced equipment necessary to fix the problem, and a comprehensive solution designed to provide complete satisfaction.

What is the water damage restoration process?

  • SERVPRO project manager or crew chief can begin investigating within four hours of notification, first by inspecting the premises. After that, we give you a comprehensive evaluation of the problem.
  • Once the issues have been defined, SERVPRO can dig in and start to solve it. That means finding the source of the moisture, then checking to see if the water is contaminated.

What are some steps in the water extraction process?

  • Moving furniture
  • Evaluating the condition of the carpets, then deploying advanced equipment for extraction
  • Disinfect and dispose of any damaged, or contaminated material Reinspect the flooring, walls, and subfloors.

The drying equipment handles moisture removal, but post-analysis is also used to measure temperature and humidity as part of a final air quality test. We strive to leave your water damaged home in a healthy and wholesome condition, "Like it never even happened."

This includes floor prep, carpet and pad installation, seaming, carpet cleaning, and cleaning the furniture and the contents of the house. Another important aspect of SERVPRO’s commitment to you as a customer is to respect the privacy of your personal belongings. Our team also places a priority on health and safety, and we can provide you an approximate timeline for completion of the job along with a final report.

The conclusion is obvious: if you have water damage problems and wish rapid, honest, and professional remediation, then call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 224-0100. We provide emergency services to mitigate the damages.

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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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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The Ultimate Guide to Water Removal In Closter

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

Top Floor Toilet Mishaps Call for Professional Water Removal in Closter

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

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

Get Started by Calling for Help

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

Water Damage Cleanup

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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!

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. 

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.  

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. 

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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.

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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