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How About Mold Cleanup for My Home?
SERVPRO technicians can erect containment barriers to limit cross-contamination during soda blasting mold remediations services in Creskill
Mold Damage in Cresskill Requires Professional Remediation
Cresskill homeowners want to keep their homes clean and free from contamination of all kinds. A clean, fresh home is more delightful to be in – and it also has more curb appeal should you decide to sell. If you’re looking for a contractor to work on your home, naturally, you want to work with someone who uses the latest equipment and industry-standard techniques.
Mold damage in Cresskill homes requires swift and professional remediation. If left untreated, mold spores can swiftly spread throughout your home. Mold spores are microscopic, which means they can travel easily on:
- Air currents
- Clothes and shoes
- Pet fur
- Shopping bags or luggage
What should I do if I suspect a mold problem?
The first thing you should do if you suspect you have mold in your home is to call SERVPRO. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our teams are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are many signs of mold in your home. The most obvious sign is the growth of black or dark green mold colonies. You might also notice damp patches on walls or ceilings, especially around wet areas such as the bathroom or laundry room. A pervasive musty odor is another clue that you’ve got a mold problem in your house.
SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County trains our technicians in a range of mold remediation and cleaning techniques. One of our most popular and effective methods is soda blasting.
Soda blasting uses baking soda – yes, the same kind of soda you use to bake cakes! We air blast mold-covered surfaces with baking soda crystals. Because baking soda is mildly abrasive, it effectively scrubs the mold from the surfaces.
The baking soda crystals used in blasting are manufactured to be perfect for the job – we do not use boxes of baking soda intended for kitchen use. The crystals are angular when seen under a microscope, so they scrape off mold, but they are soft enough to use in the home.
Why does SERVPRO use soda blasting?
Soda blasting has several advantages:
- The soda crystals are soft enough that there is a minimal risk of harm to the underlying surface
- Baking soda is chemical-free – how many other mold products are also used in baking?
- When combined with an efficient delivery system, baking soda is cost-effective – and that cost-effectiveness is passed on to the customer
- Baking soda crystals are easily wiped away after blasting
- Baking soda blasting is quicker and easier than scrubbing each surface by hand, so we can cover a larger area in less time without compromising on results
Baking soda is also a natural deodorizer, so using it helps remove moldy smells from your home.
Are SERVPRO technicians trained in soda blasting?
Absolutely. We train all our technicians in the proper use of soda blasting equipment. Our teams know how to choose the correct amount of soda, the best nozzles and hoses, the right air pressure, and the optimum angle for best results.
Why is filtration such a vital part of soda blasting?
When we carry out mold remediation in your home, cleanup is an essential part of the process. Cleanup ensures all surfaces are left fresh and dry, and there is no leftover cleaning product. The same is true with soda blasting. Our technicians wipe away any residue, so all you see is clean surfaces with no mold growth.
However, cleaning up residue after soda blasting is not as simple as wiping the surfaces down. We also use air scrubbers to filter the air and remove the soda crystals. Air scrubbers use powerful filtration to clean the air in your home by trapping microscopic particles. A single machine can cleanse a large area, making them very useful.
Air scrubbers capture both soda particles and any errant mold spores, to leave your home as clean as possible. Using filtration after blasting makes it even more difficult for spores to re-emerge.
What happens after soda blasting?
After soda blasting, we clean and deodorize your home and carry out any necessary repairs (for example, if mold has damaged a door frame or eaten through the wallpaper.) We also monitor the moisture levels in your home to ensure it is dry enough to discourage further mold growth.
It is always our aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.” Our team will follow up with you a week after your remediation project ends, to ensure you are happy with the result and answer any questions you may have.
If you need help with mold damage, call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.
Flood Damage Has Ruined My Closter Home – Can It Be Salvaged?
Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 for quality flood damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.
SERVPRO’s Team of Technicians Provide Professional Emergency Water Mitigation That Restores Your Closter Home and Helps You Get Back to Normal
Seasonal weather brings storms and flooding that cause severe damage to Closter residences. Our technicians are available 24/7 to undo the havoc caused by heavy rains.
What kind of training do your technicians undergo?
To provide the proper techniques in treating flood damage in Closter homes, our technicians undergo intense training. They can assess a situation and put into action a water mitigation plan quickly. You can trust our Green Team to have accomplished the following:
• Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – Cleaning and restoration industries follow the standards set by this certification. Our techs learn how to best deal with everything, from general water and fire restoration to mold remediation.
• Employee Certification Training – Technicians learn in-depth ways to deal with water restoration, carpet cleaning, and upholstery cleaning.
• Initial Franchise Training – Hands-on training that provides the needed experience to tackle the restoration customers need.
• Continuing Education & E-Learning – Ongoing training keeps the staff up to date on cutting-edge technology and new cleaning and restoration methods.
Giving You Back Your Home with Advanced Technology
After something as devastating as a flood, you want your life back. SERVPRO is committed to restoring your residence, enabling you to get back to work, family, and everyday life. We use advanced technology to mitigate the flood damage and clean all areas affected, even the areas you can’t see. These include:
• Moisture Detection & Measurement Equipment – Infrared cameras, hygrometers, and more provide information that determines where water is and how much saturation there is.
• Powerful Water Extraction Equipment – Both truck-mounted and portable pumps are employed. Our pumps can be gas-powered or submersible.
• Drying Equipment - Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air, and heavy-duty air movers help everything try faster.
• Deodorizing Techniques – removes the smells that occur with water damage.
• Sanitizing Agents – making sure everything is as clean and decontaminated as possible.
We know catastrophes do not take vacations, and neither do we. We are available around the clock, including holidays.
Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 for quality flood damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open in Closter, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County today at (201) 244-0100 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
Is There A Way To Save Hardwood Floors From Water Damage Without Demolition in Closter?
SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help save your beloved hardwood floor.
Your Local SERVPRO can Help by Using Sophisticated Equipment to Reverse Water Damage in Your Closter Home
Hardwood flooring is deemed a great choice considering the visual appeal it gives to property and its durability. Unlike other options such as carpets, or laminate, it can last a lifetime. Unless something unexpected, such as water damage happens.
Why are hardwood floors vulnerable to moisture?
Looks can be deceiving is perhaps the best way to describe water damage in Closter homes if it affects hardwood floors. The surface of the floor may appear dry while water penetrates from the bottom or sides of the planks. Wood also has a high affinity for water – even high humidity levels in the air can lead to damages. With help from a professional team like SERVPRO, it is possible to reverse the effects of water exposure.
What solutions are available for drying?
• Use of drying mats to extract water vapor
• Using drying chambers to manage the drying process
In cases where the water spills are discovered in time, our SERVPRO technicians use drying mats to remove the water before it causes extensive damages.
Are there unique steps necessary when using drying mats?
Although the mats are highly effective, improper use can affect the outcome. Essential steps when setting up the mats include:
• Placing the long edges of the mats perpendicular to the floorboards
• Spacing the mats with even spaces between them and the walls
• Using an extractor with sufficient lift capacity
Our technicians also test the vacuum seal during extraction by lifting the edges of the drying mats to ensure they are airtight. In case the floor finish is uneven, we tape the mat edges to secure them. Depending on the level of exposure, we can also set up a drying chamber by taping a plastic sheet over the floor, then using air movers to circulate dry air over the area.
SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County can help save your beloved hardwood floor. Call us at (201) 244-0100 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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Flood Damage Restoration In Your Cresskill Home
Floodwaters are severe and potentially dangerous to both yourself and your home.
Using Staging Areas to Increase Efficiency of Flood Damage Restoration in your Cresskill Home
Flood situations can be particularly traumatic for a homeowner because they can involve displacement of contents and significant structural damages. There is also a requirement of quick, mitigating actions to make sure your property does not sustain permanent harm. But there is more to flood restoration than equipment. Our team focuses intently on the organization from start to finish to increase the efficiency of our services and reduce permanent losses. The speed of service begins with our twenty-four-hour emergency call line.
While flood damage in your Cresskill home may be a traumatic event taking time to set up correctly can make a massive difference to the turnaround of a restoration. SERVPRO technicians set-up staging areas on-site to reduce the amount of time traveling between site and truck. Ideally, we set up staging areas close to a water supply, which allows us to mix chemical cleaners quickly and easily. Tools, as well as portable power supplies, can also be set up in a staging area.
SERVPRO technicians communicate with you from start to finish. Once permission to set up a staging area is given, we can begin to run an organized, efficient cleanup. We can protect the area by placing plastic sheeting on floors or against walls. When entering wet rooms, this can reduce the chances of spreading moisture or soiling to an unaffected area of the home. SERVPRO may need to assess contamination levels of any floodwaters in the home to prepare appropriate safeguards. Category three contamination levels may require you to temporarily evacuate the building while we deal with human pathogens or other harmful materials.
Category three contamination may include raw sewage, bloodborne pathogens as well as herbicides and pesticides. These contaminants can quickly spread with foot traffic or by moving equipment from one room to the next. To make sure of limiting damage, our crew chiefs must set up a decontamination chamber to allow safe entry and exit of the affected area. Decontamination chambers are generally set-up using polyethylene plastics and tension poles to erect the containment chamber. These precautions can be vital in limiting the losses of a flood in your home.
Floodwaters are severe and potentially dangerous to both yourself and your home. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.
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Stuck? Try These Tips to Streamline Your Flood Damage Remediation Services in Closter
Flooding can affect your cloth and leather furniture. Make sure that your remediation experts specialize in restoring different materials.
Renovating Leather Upholstery of your Closter Home in a Flood Damage Situation
Flooding emergencies can be among the most devastating types of property damage a homeowner encounters. Large bodies of water entering an indoor environment can immediately degrade and impact furnishings. This degradation is particularly pronounced in situations where rain comes from an outside source such as flash flooding or nearby road overflow. The severest areas of harm may be your possessions and particularly furnishings or upholstery. Typically, these items can be tough to remove from the affected area as they are naturally bulky and becomes more burdensome as they take on more moisture.
Our restoration services encompass contents that may suffer flood damage in your Closter home. As a specialist in the renovation of materials, we can counteract the ill effects of floodwaters on upholstery and leather furnishings. Leather items can suffer badly with an introduction to water and can dry out, crack, or even have further color distortion during the restoration procedure. We provide qualified leather cleaning technicians (LCT) at SERVPRO, who can help to return your sofas and seating to its preloss condition.
Leather can be at a high risk of permanent damage both when coming into contact with water and during the drying or cleaning procedure. During the drying procedure for contents leather that drops below its standard moisture content can become cracked. Equally, cleaning methods can scratch or discolor the finish. SERVPRO uses moisture sensors to gain real-time knowledge of moisture content and use sensitive cleaning materials to prevent discoloration.
Sometimes leather upholstery may not restore to its exact color. At SERVPRO, we use leather butter to refinish the surface texture of leather and cover over any cracks. Sometimes refinishing leather may change the color hue. To combat this discoloration, LCT workers apply leather butter across the entire upholstery to ensure that colors remain uniform. Providing that we arrive while surface textures are still wet, there is a strong chance that we can restore your leather upholstery to a preloss condition.
For a restoration team specializing in upholstery renovation, contact SERVPRO of North East Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.
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Trouble with Flooding in Closter? Don't Fret! Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration Services
SERVPRO's Advanced Pumps and Equipment Mitigate Flood Damage to Closter Properties
Skill and Experience Help Expedite Flood Removal from Affected Closter Homes
Removal of floodwater may seem like straightforward physical work, but in practice, it takes skills and even experience to run the process smoothly, especially if you want fast results. Apart from water extraction in Closter, other steps like moisture management and decontamination are crucial in the restoration of the home to its preloss state, thus the need for a skilled team.
Choosing the Right Pump
The immediate goal in flood removal from affected Closter homes is the extraction of all standing water. The process requires a pump with sufficient strength, usually measured in lift and volume capacity. Floodwaters are also likely to be contaminated with solid materials reducing the efficiency of ordinary pumps. From the experiences our SERVPRO teams have had restoring flooded properties, we have different types of equipment, including self-priming trash pumps to remove water filled with solids where the suction lift is less than 25' and the discharge head is less than 100'. We also have submersible ones for efficient removal of standing water deeper than 2 inches.
Safe Demolition of the Structure
The structure can inhibit flood removal in different ways, especially if the water reaches concealed areas. The skillful teardown of the damaged areas helps ease the removal process without creating unnecessary expenses. Our SERVPRO technicians can safely remove materials such as carpet and pad, laminate, vinyl, and tiles from the floor to ease the removal process. We also open up assemblies such as stairs, walls, voids, and built-ins to expedite water removal, decontamination, and drying.
Flooding leaves properties contaminated with biohazards and chemicals collected by the groundwater as it flows. Decontamination of the property is therefore essential for preloss restoration, and it involves different segments, including removing porous materials and using chemical agents to disinfect the soiled areas. The process can be tricky, especially when using chemical agents to remove contaminants because some require optimum conditions to work. For example, the use of Phenolics to clean the loss site can only be feasible if the pH levels are maintained at around 6 to 7, and the cleaning agent is not mixed with nonionic or cationic detergents. Experience, therefore, helps in choosing the right agents.
Flood removal is straightforward when handled by experienced professionals. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County to help. You can reach us at (201) 244-0100. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Our Professionals Are Ready To Remove Your Cresskill Home Flood Damage
We used several air movers as well as several dehumidifiers after a flood in this home. We have the latest technology and equipment ready 24/7.
Why SERVPRO Makes the Difference After Flood Damage in Cresskill
Tenakill Brook can overflow its banks or persistent, and torrential rains can saturate the ground surrounding your Cresskill home. Storm water flows into streets because of overtaxed sewage systems and poorly maintained gutter and downspouts configurations dump water near your foundation. Flooding is a problem because of these and other causes, and your need for immediate relief is why SERVPRO has crews available 24/7.
Category 3 Water Needs Specialized Handling
Although rainwater starts as clean, Category 1 water, overland flood damage in Cresskill transforms it to Category 3. It is impossible to tell what contaminants the fluids pick up as they move across the ground and combined with other sources, eventually seep into your house. Keeping your family safe from pathogens and building materials free from corrosive chemicals is why our team contains and disposes of floodwaters as hazardous waste. Homeowners cannot keep current with local regulations, but we make it our business to do so.
What Happened to Categorization by Color?
Sometimes customers ask why SERVPRO does not consistently use the traditional three-color categorization after a water loss. Clean, Gray, and Black waters are the equivalents to Categories 1, 2, and 3. The number system emphasizes the type of contaminants rather than the look of the water. Dangerously contaminated water does not always look black. We strive for accuracy when assessing water contamination for your family’s health and safety.
Personal Protective Equipment and Contamination Training Required
If you are used to managing household emergencies on your own, involving our professional crews might seem like an overreaction. Quite to the contrary, failing to appreciate the hazards of human and animal waste, chemicals, and fungi or other pathogens can put you in harm's way. Viruses and bacteria can make people sick. Chemicals can create an indoor environment that can cause irritation and allergic reactions in people and pets. The reactions chemicals can have with building materials can weaken and destabilize your structure, why SERVPRO expertise is needed after flood damage strikes.
One look at your family’s worried faces provides support for why SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County should lead your post-flood damage. Engage our professional services, assured we arrive within hours by calling (201) 244-0100.
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Basements, Water Extraction in Cresskill, and SERVPRO Doing It Right!
SERVPRO protects foundations during water extraction from Cresskill basements.
Why SERVPRO Stops the Pumps when Performing Water Removal Work in Cresskill
The processes involved in restoring a Cresskill home after a disaster occurs can require the use of all types of equipment. From small brushes to our large pump truck, we use many different tools and machines to mitigate damage and remediate a customer's property. Extensive training teaches our employees how to use each item properly, which maintains high efficiency and significantly decreases the occurrence of accidents.
Minimizing preventable destruction from affecting a home in Cresskill while performing water removal activities also takes patience. For example, possible cracking of the foundation walls is why SERVPRO regularly stops the pump while extracting water from a basement. If the pressure from saturated soil outside the house pushes inward on the basement walls and the level of the water inside no longer has an equal amount of force pushing outward, cracks can form. Changes in the wall's stability must take place gradually. We work to balance the hydrostatic interior and exterior water pressure slowly.
While we know the customer wants water removed from their property as rapidly as we can get it done, we understand that periodic checks where we look for the smallest fractures can save our customers thousands of dollars later in both waterproofing or structural repair costs. We can, if necessary, use cement patching to close fissures.
Checking for cracks does not take a long time, but it is crucial to protecting our customer's property. Cracked basement walls can lead to different problems later, long after we have finished the initial water removal job and packed up our gear. While to some, it might seem like we are 'playing around' with the pump truck's controls, this activity helps us prevent severe damage from developing inside your home.
Cracks rarely stay the same size and condition, gradually worsening in both depth and length. The weakening of the foundation can cause shifting of the house's frame above ground. In turn, this shifting can show up as uneven floors, moldings that continually pop off, cracks in drywall seams and plaster walls and ceilings, and problems with windows and doors.
SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County relies on teamwork to prevent damaging cracks in basement walls, as well as many other kinds of harm from happening to your property. Water removal tasks require we work together and with you, the customer, to dry out your home and make things “Like it never even happened” again. We provide these and many other restoration services to residents in Closter and Dumont, as well as those around Harrington Park. Call us at (201) 244-0100 for round-the-clock, year-round services.
Closter Property Owners Team Up with SERVPRO for Professional House Damage Restoration Services
Let SERVPRO Give You a Hand to Protect and Restore Your Home in Closter
Intelligence, Training, and Experience Are Why SERVPRO Delivers Closter Residents High-Quality Results Fast
Investment in a dedicated team of smart, hard-working managers and technicians pays off for Closter homeowners coping with the effects of water, fire, mold, and storm disasters. Decades of combined experience in the mitigation, remediation, and restoration business combined with an inventory of state-of-the-art, commercial-grade equipment equals top-notch solutions to even large and complicated residential damage scenarios. Our services are available 24/7, year-round because real life emergencies respect neither your agenda nor timeline.
Living in an area of the country that enjoys the change of the seasons has an impact on our experience with different types of water damage. Closter homes can suffer from the effects of ice dams, water damage common in upper levels of homes with infrequently maintained or damaged gutters and downspouts and inadequate insulation. When temperatures fall below freezing any water in a clogged gutter expands as it turns to ice. This “ice dam” can lift shingles and flashings, allowing water to invade during melting cycles, including when warm interior air exits near the ice.
If you notice a musty smell or staining when you climb to the attic to store seasonal items do not ignore the signs. Managing the problem is easier when it is still minor. Left to its own devices, the water damage can invade living spaces eventually. We have strategies and the equipment to remove any liquid water and dry out building materials that absorbed the moisture over the long winter.
Preventing future water damage requires steps to be taken in the summer and fall to limit the creation of ice dams in the next winter. Cleaning and repairing or replacing gutters avoid the pooling of water, and installation of additional insulation helps. Fixing damaged roofing components is essential, as is sealing joints where warm air flow increases the possibility of activating a freezing and melting cycle. Our full menu of restoration and rebuilding services is why SERVPRO is the company to solve this otherwise recurring problem.
If a summer holiday barbeque goes wrong in Closter, fire damage can spread from the outdoor grilling area to the inside. Severe harm to the interior of your home occurs in the blink of an eye if a doorway admits the fire and a chimney-effect pulls the blaze into upper levels. Even if your quick thinking avoids such an intense reaction, a patio fire can send smoke and soot into your house, requiring professional mitigation and remediation.
When we arrive, an assessment helps us plan our interventions. Our service vehicles carry a broad inventory of equipment, products, and other supplies, so we are ready to put any plan into motion. The managers and members of our crews are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification IICRC)-trained, and we use that knowledge base together with our experience to perform all tasks to meet or exceed the restoration industry’s best practices. Our proficiency in all areas is why SERVPRO can show a successful outcome under all circumstances.
Water and soot removal proceed quickly, both substances incredibly corrosive, exposing your home to the risk of progressive deterioration if not eliminated. If smoke invaded, we might employ air scrubbing equipment to improve air quality and help with odor management. We have a wide range of odor elimination strategies available, and we find the ones that work because lingering smells are unacceptable. If your dwelling needs rebuilding inside or out, we have the appropriate licenses to complete those tasks, limiting the contractors you must line up to take care of the problems.
Homeowners in Closter struggle with mold damage most frequently when water damage is incompletely abated, or high humidity levels persist indoors. Other causes of mold growth activity include lack or non-use of exhaust fans or venting in steamy settings like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Wet laundry piles, plumbing leaks, and even AC units with clogged drains that drip can provide the moisture needed for mold growth.
Mold damage can be challenging to get under control using ordinary cleaning methods, which is why SERVPRO uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols for mold remediation. Soap and water provide two of things mold needs to thrive -- moisture and an organic food source. Best practices contain the moldy space with physical barriers and air scrubbing equipment. Then the mold growth is mechanically removed with brushes, scrapers, or abrasives like soda blasting. We vacuum up debris and bag the moldy material for appropriate disposal under local regulations.
EPA-registered antimicrobials treat affected surfaces to inhibit regrowth, and disinfectant enhanced coating seals areas for final refinishing. Mold remediation is not complete until we develop a plan with you that pinpoints and eliminates sources of excess moisture. Vigilance in cleaning up water and maintaining humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent greatly minimize the potential for mold damage.
Residents of Closter are no strangers to intense storm activity, with the memory of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 still fresh every summer and fall. Thunderstorms need not rise to the level of a named system to cause considerable harm to your home and its contents. Lightning strikes can expose your house to the risk of fire, and heavy rain and winds invite vast quantities of potentially contaminated flood waters into the lower levels through holes ripped open by flying debris and seepage when the ground becomes saturated.
The skills and equipment we bring during the aftermath of summer storm damage in Cloister are why SERVPRO is the restoration company you rely on and recommend. Our IICRC-trained crews quickly take charge, securing your property with tarps and boards during the mitigation and remediation phases. We assess the interior for damage, packing-out the contents using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to clear space and allow evaluation and remediation of your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions at our production facility.
We accomplish flood water removal of more than two inches with submersible pumps, switching to wanded extractors as the level lowers. If your electricity is out the evacuation of the flooding proceeds as our pumps are gas powered and extractors use truck mounts and generators. Flood water generally needs containment and disposal as hazardous waste. Our team is familiar with local rules. Cleaning and disinfection with EPA-registered products precede the final structural drying, and then we move on to any repair and rebuilding needed.
SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County offers mitigation, remediation, and restoration services for water, fire, mold, and storm damage. Our phone at (201) 244-0100 connects you with our talented team 24/7.
We’re The Experts To Turn To If Your Closter Home Experiences A Water Damage Issue
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Why SERVPRO Is An Industry Leader In Closter Water Damage Recovery
It’s often the minute things that lead to the most significant water loss challenges in Closter. Life gets busy, making it hard to notice leaks or cracks in plumbing when hundreds of feet of it run behind walls and under floors. The housing stock in our town varies from brand new to historic, with roots before the Revolutionary War. Aging plumbing can be a headache, which is why we offer 24/7 water disaster services.
If your home in Closter shows signs of water damage depend on our fast response and well-equipped work crews who deliver result meeting or exceeding the restoration industry’s best practices. Our technicians hold multiple certifications in water damage and structural drying from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We come to your home prepared in every way to give you superior water loss recovery results, proving why we should be on your speed dial.
We approach every project with a restoration frame of mind. Especially if your home holds memories and contains treasures, we pledge to handle your water damage challenges quickly and discreetly. We arrive with an experienced project manager, ready to assess the scenario and plot out a plan. Our vehicles are stocked with water removal and drying equipment, why SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster.
The water source is shut off, and the crew gets to work, removing the water. We use advanced technology to scan for hidden water and measure the moisture content in nearby structural components. Our team possesses strategies to release the water trapped behind walls and under floors, why SERVPRO can stress remediation instead of large scale demolition and repair. Negative air pressure machines sealed on walls or topping floors suction water from several layers to prevent distortion of wood and disintegration of drywall or lath and plaster.
Once the standing water is gone, the team transitions to structural drying. Using IICRC recommended methods, our crew positions air movers and heaters to force water out of building materials and into the air as a vapor to be captured by our dehumidifiers. The need to achieve a proper balance of air movement, temperature, and humidity is why SERVPRO stresses mastery of Applied Structural Drying (ASD) principles.
Training and commitment to best practices are why SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County is the only call you need to make when water damage your home. Contact us at (201) 244-0100 for an evaluation.
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Why Home Maintenance Is Important
Your home is likely the most expensive thing you own in your lifetime. That is why it is so important to take the time to protect it. There are things in your home that need some care to ensure they last otherwise when they fail you can watch your insurance skyrocket.
Many times, we see home damages that occur by sources that could have been easily prevented.
Just to mention a few:
- Not cleaning out your gutters can cause water to back up under your roof shingles.
- Not cleaning your chimney can cause creosote buildup that creates a fire.
- Not cutting down that dead tree can cause it to fall onto your house.
So here are some items you should be inspecting and how often you should be doing so.
Hot water heater-drain water to remove sediment & refill.
Inspect garage door-be sure auto-reverse is functioning
Vacuum refrigerator coils: These build up dirt and grime which overtime effects the efficiency of the fridge.
Check water softener, add salt if needed.
Check grout and caulking- re-apply if needed.
Inspect sump pump is running properly
Inspect basement & foundation for any cracks or leaks.
Test Smoke & Carbon Monoxide detector
Look for leaks around toilets/sinks
Check HVAC filters for replacement
Check Kitchen Vent Hood Filter
Inspect fire extinguisher
Before the cold months inspect your pipes. If certain areas of your home do not receive adequate heat then considering wrapping your pipes to prevent a frozen pipe from bursting.
Check the drainage system outside your home to ensure water is flowing out and away from your home/foundation.
Clean out gutters.
Inspect roofing for any damage or leaks.
In the winter regularly inspect for any ice dams or icicles as these can cause damage to your roof and gutters.