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Has Your Paramus Home Been Effected by Fire Damage?

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Fire damage can be stressful but SERVPRO of Paramus has your back.

We understand how stressful dealing with fire damage can be, even small fires can cause soot and smoke damage to other parts of the house. The team at SERVPRO of Paramus is certified and trained. We will get your home cleaned up and restored to your satisfaction quickly. This are a few tips that can help while you wait for technicians to arrive.

What can be done after a Fire?

  • Limit movement in the home. Just by doing this one thing it can help prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpets and upholstery.
  • It’s also helpful to keep your hands clean by not touching any of the effected surfaces, so the soot doesn’t soil any unaffected upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • If you do need to move around the affected area you can place towels or some type of covering over the rugs, carpets, and upholstery in order to prevent transferring soot to unaffected parts of the home.
  • If the electricity went off and has been off for some time, you should empty any food that can spoil from the freezer and refrigerator. After it has been cleaned out find something to prop the doors open.
  • If you have an HVAC system the filter would most likely need to be changed before it’s turned back on.

Things That Shouldn’t be done after a Fire

  • You shouldn’t attempt to clean/wash any of the walls or painted surfaces, also do not attempt to use chemicals/soaps to wash any carpeting and/or upholstery without contacting/notifying us.
  • Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances that may have been effected by the fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t use any canned/packaged food or drinks that were stored near the fire and effected areas.
  • Don’t attempt to turn on ceiling fixtures if the area is wet or severely damaged, since the wiring may be effected.
  • Don’t send any garments to an ordinary dry cleaner, since standard cleaning techniques may set smoke odor.

Give us a Call Today

If your Paramus home or business has experienced a fire damage event, SERVPRO of Paramus is here to help. We have the equipment along with the experienced personnel to get the job done quickly and correctly. When we are all finished restoring your home or business it will be “like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO a Trusted Leader in Water Restoration

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergencies

In Paramus, Westwood, Montvale, and the surrounding area, SERVPRO of Paramus provides 24/7 emergency services for any water damage emergency. When water damage occurs the clock start ticking and action should be taken quickly. You can count on our highly trained crews and the specialized equipment they use to restore your property to preloss conditions.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Most cleaning and restoration situations require immediate attention. A fast response can help minimize the amount of damage, therefore reducing the cost of the restoration work. Water is an invasive element, since it can spread through your property quickly and be absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. Once a SERVPRO professional arrives the water restoration process can begin.

Locally Owned and Operated

Here at SERVPRO of Paramus all of our employees live and work in the community. Being locally owned and operated means we are close by and are ready to respond to your water damage emergency. We are also happy to take part in community activities such as national night outs and other events that are hosted by towns within our territories. We are a proud to be an active member of the Paramus and surroundings community in order to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

The Fire Damage Restoration Professionals

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage with soot covering the bathroom The struggle of fire damage.

Has your Paramus Property been affected by Fire Damage?

After the fire has been extinguished in your property, people usually want to get the ball rolling and begin the restoration process quickly. When rushing to get the process started mistakes can be made, a property owner can risk their own health and safety when the issue is addressed without plan. Without full working knowledge of what to keep an eye out for and how to properly mitigate issues as they get discovered. These risks should not be taken and a restoration specialist should be called it this situation.

Fire Damage Assessment

A professional fire damage assessment of the damage can save time and money in most cases instead of attempting to do it yourself. An experienced and certified SERVPRO team of specialists will effectively evaluate the damage quickly in order to determine the proper restoration solution. There can be many lingering issues/consequences that can’t be found on the surfaces. A specialist will know what to look for and how to find any of the hidden problems because of the experience and training they have received over the years. Our workers have been accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in fire restoration and odor control.

Another benefit that comes with choosing SERVPRO of Paramus to assess your fire loss is that it can prove to be cost-effective, since our organization has strong relationships with local as well as large insurance agencies. We know what they need when it comes to evidence and the documentation needed for filing a damage claim. When you choose us to handle your fire loss we will get the job done to your satisfaction.

Give us a call at (201) 445-5588

How can Water Damage Affect your Home or Business

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water loss in a basement. The effects of water damage

Water is a powerful force and at times even our buildings impacted by its strength. There are ways that a property owner can improve/prevent the chances of their home or business affected by the elements. A few common causes of water damage include:

Severe Weather

Bad weather may not happen every day but when a severe downpour, hurricane, or thunderstorm rolls in, there will always be increased risks. Heavy downpour and winds can damage your roof and depending on the location of your house or business the soil can become over saturated, which can lead to ground water seeping into the structure. Flooding is one of the more severe scenarios that your structure can face during a rain storm and a flash flood event can happen at any moment catching you off guard.

Drains

A drain systems can be a useful tool against water damage, but drains can be clog if left unmaintained. Your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bathtub/shower drain, and French-drains can clog up for a number of reasons. Grease build up, dirt, hair, and foreign objects could obstruct the pipe preventing water to drain through properly. If the issue isn’t noticed and dealt if, it can lead to clogged drains and create a backup causing water to flow upwards back into your home leading to water damage.

Pipes

Pipe leaks can be caused by simple things such as a loose-fitting. It can be difficult to figure out if you have a pipe leak until the damage has been done, since a lot of pipes are hidden behind the walls, under floors, and beneath the foundation. Water damage brought on by a pipe leak can be very costly, since it can go unnoticed.

If the water has been unmitigated for some time it can make an already bad situation worse, since the high moisture levels allow mold spores to form and spread. When this happens the job isn’t only mitigating water damage, but also dealing with mold cleanup.

Supply Lines

Many homes have washers, dish washers, and fridges with water supply lines running into those appliances. Problems tend to happen more frequently if the supply line is rubber or PVC. Those materials can wear out and rupture more frequently when compared to a line using braided stainless steel. If the supply line fails it can flood the area quickly if the water source isn’t shut off as soon as possible.

Air Conditioning Condensation

Condensation is a normal part of an A/C’s operation. When there is an issue the condensation drain line can get clogged with debris or the drain pain can be damaged. This prevents the water to flow out of the unit causing water to drip into your home or business. If the issue is noticed quickly and the unit is turned off you should be fine and might just have to do a little bit of a cleanup, but when no one is around the water can do a lot of potential damage to your floors and walls.

Water Heater

Water Heaters have provided homes and businesses with hot water for more than a century. They became more commonly used in the 1940’s. There are new high end water heater systems that don’t require a water tank, but the most common are water heaters that have a water tank. If a water heater with a tank isn’t replaced over a long period of time, the chances of a water leak increase. It can also happen if the water heater isn’t maintained or installed properly. Whenever there is a leak you can expect the entire area around the water heater to be affected by water damage.

How can SERVPRO of Paramus Help?

We specialize in water mitigation and restoration for homes and businesses in the Bergen County area. Our team consists of highly trained professionals with years of experience in water recovery situations and accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). With the knowledge and experience that our team has allows us to quickly address the threats to a property amid a water loss incident using effective mitigation strategies and top of the line equipment.

Our team operates 24/7 emergency services to those experiencing a severe situation. As a locally owned and operated business we have an understanding when it comes to the most common causes of water damage in the surrounding area, since we are close by it also ensures fast response times in most cases. The only time where our response times may be affected would be during severe weather events that affect a large amount of properties within the region.

Why SERVPRO® is a Leader in Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

servpro vehicle on-site during sunny day Ready to Respond at Anytime

SERVPRO of Paramus, Assisting property Owners in need of Restoration Services

Water and fire one of the most common ways a business or home can be damaged. Whenever a property owner runs into a situation where their structure has been affected by those elements, SERVPRO of Paramus is “Here to Help“. Our company specializes in water & fire restoration cleanup, we take pride in the services we provide to residents in the Garden State. We have an amazing team of professionals that have the training and expertise to provide high quality solutions to address your restoration needs.

Water Restoration Process

Each situation is unique and in most cases requires professionals to get the job done. An efficient and reliable process is used to address water damage no matter what type of structure is affected. This section will briefly go over the steps that are taken to mitigate your issue and provide information, so you can understand why certain things may need to be done during mitigation. Our company has developed a general six step water damage restoration process.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Fire Restoration Process

Dealing with fire damage can be challenging even for a qualified professional to overcome. There are so many variables that make each job unlike any another, it is important to quickly set up appointments for damage assessment and an inspection. We have experienced employees that can handle the full range of effects can come about after a fire emergency, our technicians have (IICRC) certifications in fire & smoke restoration and odor control. That knowledge can go a long way when it comes to getting your property restored properly.

The work done on commercial and residential fire restoration jobs in the Paramus area wouldn’t be possible without our growing inventory of recovery and mitigation equipment. Situations where soot and odor are a primary concern, containment strategies are vital. Hydroxyl and ozone machines are used to filter out particulates/contaminants while addressing odors. Chemical sponges are used on areas that have built up smoke/soot residues. SERVPRO has also developed a fire damage restoration process made up of multiple steps.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if required)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Faster to any size disaster™

With more than 1,900 franchises across the United States, allows our experienced employees to respond quickly to any size disaster. Professionals are available 24/7 and are ready to restore and clean your property. SERVPRO of Paramus is locally owned and operated along with our other locations, which means each team has an understanding on what areas are affected more frequently and will be able to provide an effective solution based off of environmental factors.

If your property has been affected by fire and/or water damage give us a call today at (201) 445-5588.

Storms & Property Damage

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lighting striking during a storm. Whenever a storm devastates a property, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Sometimes you just can’t win Against Nature

Even in todays’ modern age storms can still cause a lot of damage, no matter what we do to prepare for them. Our government from the federal to the local level, along with private and public organization monitor our weather 24/7 with some of the most advanced equipment at their disposal and still can get inaccurate predictions. Due to the changing environment around us weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable and more extreme. If this is becoming the new normal, it can be difficult to take preemptive measures and sometimes the only option is to mitigate the damages after the storm has passed. These extreme weather events, which are increasing in frequency are damaging more homes and businesses each year.

Flood and Storm Damage Recovery

It is a stressful situation if your home or business has been affected by storm damage and restoring/recovering from these circumstances requires experienced professionals like the team at SERVPRO of Paramus. Our technicians use proven scientific techniques involving psychrometrics giving them the ability to understand the behavior of water in order to mitigate the damage effectively. This provides us data on how to properly dry the structure and manage humidity levels. Here at SERVPRO we understand how traumatic and overwhelming it can be when your property is damaged. Once our team is on-site they immediately begin assessing the damage to determine what steps need to be carried out, such as determining if demolition is needed to move the restoration process forward. When the non-salvageable material is removed, whether it be part of the structure or contents, drying equipment can be set up and left on site for a few days. During the drying process an employee will stop by and take readings of the affected area until moisture reaches acceptable levels. Once the area has been dried the equipment can be removed and job can be marked as competed as long as you are satisfied with the work. Then you can begin planning your next move.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Paramus

We are the leaders in the restoration industry. Certified technicians will walk you through the entire process until the job is completed to your satisfaction. A benefit of being a locally owned and operated business gives us the ability to respond to property damage emergencies quickly at any time, since we provide 24/7 emergency service. SERVPRO of Paramus will do whatever it takes to make it “Like it never even happened”.

Deodorizing a Property after a Fire

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage - Cleanup Soot being cleaned off a wall in a Paramus home after a fire in the kitchen.

Here at SERVPRO of Paramus we are experts when it comes to restoring properties after they have experienced fire damage. Whether it be your business or a home we will get the job done to your satisfaction. The first thing people think of after experiencing a fire is cleaning the debris, soot, and char damage, but that’s not the only thing to focus on. The longest affect a fire can have on your property is the smell, which is a big part the restoration process that requires our deodorization equipment.

We have specialized Ozone generators that can be set up on site and left for a few days in an effort to eliminate any smells that have been brought on by the fire. Our team will also collect and box up salvageable contents so they can be thoroughly cleaned and stored until the restoration process is completed.  Ozone has the ability to destroy odor particles in materials through a process that is called oxidation. This process works on all kinds of odors ranging from organic to any odor that has been brought on by fire damage. This process can take some time, but in most cases gets the job done.

SERVPRO of Paramus can handle all your restoration needs. We don’t just focus on fire restoration alone, our other services include water and mold damage restoration. If you have experienced water, fire, and/or mold damage don’t hesitate to give us a call at (201) 445-5588.

SERVPRO of Paramus is the Number #1 Choice in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration for Paramus Businesses

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Office Hallway Restoration Whenever your business is affected by water damage, our experienced technicians will get the job done.

Why do Businesses Choose Us?

We are the primary choice for businesses in the area, since we are the leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our staff of professionals have the training and experience needed to get the job done quickly and to the satisfaction of our customers. Our entire process for handling losses is streamlined for efficiency with no compromise to the end result. Our objective is to get your business on track quickly to minimize the affect a loss may have on your business, since we understand that going through a situation that requires our service is extremely stressful at time. The SERVPRO team both office and field employees are here for you and to make sure your worries are washed away.

When Should You Call?

A business should reach out to us whenever they have or may think their property has been affected by water, fire, or mold damage. When your business is affected by water damage it has the potential of going unnoticed for some time depending on the cause. Water damage can happen from a large range of things such as leaking pipes, pipe bursts, failure/misuse of appliances, sewage backups, broken/unmaintained hot water heaters, storms, frozen pipes, the list can go and on. Then there is fire damage which can occur in a many different ways hopefully when it does happen no one gets hurt. Fire damage could be caused by faulty/damaged wires, appliances, mismanagement of equipment, arson, power surges, even something being burnt can lead to fire damage allowing soot to travel through the air and settle on everything in the affected area. Once the damage has been done in most situations it can’t be done alone, that’s why we offer our 24/7 emergency services, so you can call us and a technician will be sent to the affected property right away.

The Restoration Process

In most cases water and/or fire damage can be quite the load to handle and may require a lot more work than business owner may have initially thought. When it comes to mitigating these situations a large amount of the time it may require demolition to properly fix the issues especially if a large area is affected, it also depends the materials that make up the structure. A business in more extreme circumstances may need to shut down operations if the affected area has significant damage having a negative impact on the profitability of the business. This is why it’s important to address the issue quickly. Once the affected area went through demo then the cleaning and drying process can begin along with sorting through the contents to determine what is salvageable and what can be claimed.

Fire Damage in Paramus New Jersey

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Structure Fire A structure fire in a single family home in Paramus, NJ.

Preparation Tips for your Paramus Home

Have you inspected your smoke alarm system recently? You can prepare your household for the possibility of a fire and by doing so can help save lives. It may be difficult to even imagine a fire breaking out in your home, but that’s why taking the proper precautions can greatly affect the outcome of a house fire.

Helpful Tips

Here at SERVPRO of Paramus we offer these helpful tips provided by the American Red Cross to help families prepare for a fire emergency.

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.  
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. 
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“to alert everyone that they must get out.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire

Putting the Pieces Back Together

If you have experienced a fire in your Paramus home, we understand that it’s a traumatic and difficult situation to deal with. It can be hard to figure out where should things go from there, but that’s why we offer our fire restoration services, so we can help pick the pieces up and do everything within our power to put them back together. Our team has the expertise and advanced training that allows us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

If you are in need of our services give us a call at (201) 445-5588

The Power of Mother Nature

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded street in New Jersey Flooded Street during a storm with water stretching all the way up to single family homes.

SERVPRO of Paramus is "Here to Help" Cleanup the Aftermath of any Storm

When disaster strikes we will be there to pick up the pieces and do whatever it takes to get things back on track. Whether it be rain or snow SERVPRO of Paramus is here for the local Bergen county community. Storms can be quite unpredictable and have the potential to cause quite a bit of damage. During a torrential rain storm or when a large amount of snow melts can potentially cause flooding among other things, which could cause major damage do properties. 

How can SERVPRO Help you?

We offer restoration/mitigation services after the damage has been done. Our company specializes in water, fire, and mold mitigation services and when it comes to rebuilding we got your back. No matter what type of property you own, whether it be residential, commercial, or industrial we will get the job done. 

Expect the Unexpected

Water emergencies such as flooding from a storm or burst pipe can happen at any moment. Events such as this can happen at any time, when it does you need trusted professionals to handle water removal and drying. SERVPRO is the trusted name in the restoration industry. Our locally owned and operated franchise has technicians that have up to date IICRC certifications for water restoration. We are faster to any size disaster and we're ready to respond to any water emergency 24/7. 

Why Should Flooding be Addressed Quickly?

The longer water is left sitting the more hazardous it becomes.

  • Within minutes of flooding - water can move rapidly through a structure, saturating the building materials, carpeting, and anything that can absorb water. 
  • Within 24 Hours - Unpleasant musty odors can develop, drywall can become over saturated and begin to break down, inks and dyes from items can mix with the water potentially staining other contents. Wood furnishing can begin to crack after being exposed to large amounts of water. 
  •  Within 48 hours - Building elements that have been exposed to water and high levels of moisture will begin to warp. Mold spoors can begin to colonize and spread throughout the structure. Paint can begin to peel off the walls and the floors could start to warp. At this time, severe contamination is possible.
  • After a week - The integrity of the structure will be questionable. By this time mold will have taken hold and the cost and time will be multiplied due to the severity of the situation. Building materials that have been exposed for too long will need to be replaced and total reconstruction of the affected area will be considered.

Faster to any Size Disaster

This is why we offer 24/7 emergency services, so any further damages can be potentially stopped. A fast response time will give our technicians the ability to take action and work with you every step of the way through a very stressful situation. Our objective is to mitigate and restore your property so it's "Like it Never Even Happened."