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Local Flood Damage Repair Services Around Me?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Rain boots in water If you don’t act quickly, water damage in your home can escalate. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team right away.

SERVPRO of Paramus Can Offer Flood Damage Mitigation Services to Your Home! 

Living in the small city of Paramus can seem like a relatively quiet way to live your life until flood damage suddenly impacts your home. It is essential to realize that not all floods are catastrophic. When it comes to flood damage, many homes are affected by heavy rain and thunderstorms. 

Imagine a scenario where a freak storm causes flood damage in your Paramus basement while at work. No rain was forecasted, so you left your basement window ajar to help air out some old boxes. When you saw cars breaking streets flooded with ankle-deep water, you knew your home was in trouble. 

What Can I Do in This Situation Knowing Water Might Be Pouring into My House? 

Here at SERVPRO, we believe it's better to be safe than sorry. If you know floodwater has an access point to your home, get help. You can: 

  • Call us from your car on your way home
  • Rely on an existing SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan
  • If you can do neither of the above, you can call our office as soon as you arrive at home 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan is a great way to help you prepare for an accident you cannot see coming. By making a plan before the flood happens, you can ensure our technicians have quick access to your home.

My Basement Ended Up Flooded; How Can SERVPRO Help Me? 

Fortunately, here at SERVPRO, we are flood damage experts. When we arrive, we can: 

  • Remove boxes, furniture, and clothing from your basement
  • Use advanced technological devices, such as industry-grade wet/dry vacuums, to remove the standing water
  • Make any necessary flood cuts and remove damaged materials
  • Set up drying equipment, such as heaters, axial fans, and air movers 

Our ultimate goal is always to leave a smile on your face, and return your home to its preloss state. 

If your home has suffered flood damage, do not wait. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus by dialing (201) 445-5588. No matter the time, we can help you.

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A Pipe Burst In My Paramus Home. Can SERVPRO Save My Hardwood Floor?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage to hardwood floors. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Without Prompt Professional Water Mitigation, Your Hardwood Floors May Suffer Permanent Damage. 

Once professionals from SERVPRO arrive at your Paramus home, we can begin assessing the extent of the damage. Our teams can carefully document this process to quickly provide your insurance adjuster with an accurate estimate. Once the initial paperwork is out of the way, our technicians can get to work. 

Can Hardwood Be Saved After Water Damage? 

Hardwood usually can be restored after coming into contact with water. However, if your home has a hardwood veneer, restoration may not be possible since veneer flooring is much more easily damaged. Our water mitigation in Paramus consists of:

Reducing the humidity in the area to a level between 30% and 45%. 

Lowering the moisture content in the hardwood to 16% to allow for drying with hot air. 

Removing the floor finish if moisture is not evaporating quickly enough. 

Drying from below to avoid ruining the floor finish. 

Throughout these steps, SERVPRO technicians can monitor your subflooring with a moisture meter to ensure that we are drying beyond the surface level hardwood. 

What Tools Are Used To Dry Out Hardwood? 

Unless quickly dried, hardwood will begin to develop mold when it has a moisture content above 20%. Our teams use the following equipment to speed up the drying process and avoid further damages:

Dehumidifiers

Air movers

Penetrating moisture meters

Can SERVPRO Refurbish My Floors if Warping Occurs? 

Yes, our technicians can help refurbish your hardwood floors if cupping or crowning occurs. Wood flooring typically takes between 1 to 2 months to stabilize down to equilibrium moisture levels. Once your hardwood floors are free of excess moisture, our teams can sand out any remaining warping in your floors and refinish the wood. 

Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 if you need help drying out your home. We will send professional assistance as soon as possible to get you on your way to feeling "Like it never even happened."

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How Can Embedded Smoke Odors Get Eliminated in Your Paramus Home?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage in home Our SERVPRO of Paramus team can help with a fast and reliable response in your time of need.

Trapped scents can be a considerable challenge to remove in Paramus, but we have advanced tools and practical strategies to help.

Multiple obstacles exist after a fire loss incident in your Paramus home. Our restoration professionals can help address the varying layers of damage, much of which must occur shortly after arrival. Between emergency services, mitigation, and restoration cleaning, we have multiple skilled professionals capable of helping your home through each phase of recovery to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.”

Odors can often be one of the most considerable challenges for fire restoration in Paramus properties, especially when these conditions spread farther than the ignition point. With pathways in your house like the HVAC system, otherwise unaffected areas of your home can become compromised by harsh smoke odors after extinguishment. These effects can be even more challenging to address when these odors become embedded in porous materials.

How Do Odors Become Trapped?

Naturally, porous surfaces have a higher permeance level, allowing gaseous odors to penetrate the surface and embed within the composition of the material itself. In other situations, the fire's heat can expand pores, allowing smoke to enter the material without much incident. After extinguishment, the surface cools again, and these pores shrink and trap odor molecules within the construction elements and contents. Much of the time, these odor concerns do not get addressed until the final stages of restoration and recovery, specifically because controlled demolition and other actions taken throughout mitigation can agitate these odors. Some of the most sensitive materials for absorbing smoke after a fire include:

    •    Drywall
    •    Fabrics
    •    Textiles
    •    Furniture
    •    Flooring

Can Certain Practices Alleviate Harsh Odors?

Specific emergency services and other efforts started quickly when our professionals first arrive at a fire-damaged address can help to reduce the severity of odor concerns. These same actions can reduce the concentrations of soot and smoke residue particles as well. Debris removal from the flooring is one of the most effective approaches for reducing the severity and intensity of odors and other health hazardous concerns. We cannot stress enough the importance of removing from the fire-damaged premises non-salvageable fixtures, building members, and content to mitigate the smoke odor. Often, the moisture is also reduced within the structure from the fire-extinguishing efforts, another source of foul odors.

Do These Concerns Dissipate Naturally?

There is a common misconception that smoke and fire odors naturally dissipate on their own. In most situations, allowing odors to move unabated and unaddressed can lead to more significant damage areas and more of the contents in your home, requiring focused cleaning and recovery. There are multiple approaches to addressing odors where they are discovered. The choice between these depends on the severity of the situation, the material affected, and the likelihood of restoration. If it is more cost-effective to remove material and later replace it rather than attempting to clean and deodorize the affected area, these are considerations made during the job scoping phase. Some of the approaches designed to address trapped odors include:

    •    Fogging - Superheating deodorization products into a vapor or a mist provides small enough particles to penetrate porous surfaces and neutralize trapped odors within these materials. This deodorization process often does not occur until even reconstruction has finished in the house after mitigation.
    •    Surface Cleaning - The removal of soot and smoke residues can reduce the concentration and severity of smoke odors. Often, removing these residues involves emulsification or media blasting to prevent damage to the underlying hosting material.
    •    Controlled Demolition - There are many situations where the only suitable solution for protecting your home from odor threats involves removing compromised construction materials and contents. By only removing the portions of this material that are the most damaged, we can make the reconstruction and rebuilding phases more efficient and less costly.

What Tools Address Trapped Odors Exclusively?

The removal of smoke and burning odors can be a considerable challenge for even our SERVPRO professionals. Addressing these concerns utilizes multiple tools in our recovery inventory. Each of these units has its own set of advantages that make it ideal for specific conditions. The choice among the available equipment often comes down to several factors simultaneously, including the affected materials, how widespread the damage has become, and whether the occupants of the house are still on-site. The options for deodorization equipment in these situations often becomes a choice between:

    •    Thermal Foggers
    •    Hydroxyl Generators
    •    Ozone Machines

Fire restoration is not a universal approach from one address to the next. Each home requires its unique blend of cleaning, deodorization, and even reconstruction. Our SERVPRO of Paramus team can help with a fast and reliable response in your time of need. Give us a call today at (201) 445-5588.

Why Can’t I Let Water in My Paramus Home Air-Dry?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

water sitting on a basement floor and walls without drywall Water removal is not an easy job for a family to take care of alone. Call SERVPRO to get professional help and mitigate water damage to your home.

Failing to Locate Hidden Moisture in Your Paramus Home Can be Costly and Harmful – Call SERVPRO for Efficient Water Removal

Something you never want to do is let water linger for too long before calling in the help of trained water restoration technicians. Your Paramus home could fall victim to secondary damage that boosts the cleanup cost and leaves you open to the onset of mold and mildew. SERVPRO features a skilled team of technicians to provide you with quick restoration while ensuring your family goes through as little inconvenience as possible.

What About Flooring and Carpets? Can I Use My Wet Vac?

When we have a call for water removal in Paramus, careful care must be taken with all carpets and other flooring surfaces.

To address your carpets, we:

  •   Remove and dispose of any unsalvageable carpeting
  •   Commence with water extraction
  •   Test carpet fibers for colorfastness
  •   Thoroughly dry and pre-condition carpet fibers
  •   Buffer the affected carpet so that we can return the fibers to preloss condition

To address your hardwood floors, we:

  •   Pull up standing water with pumps and industrial-grade vacuums
  •   Utilize drying mats, air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to pull up water trapped below the flooring
  •   Employ the use of moisture detection tools to ensure the hardwood is dry to prevent buckling or warping

Floating of the carpet may be an option depending on the situation at hand. To float the carpet, our technicians detach it from the baseboards and seams so that an air mover can be placed underneath. Our centrifugal air movers help circulate dry, warm air under the carpet to restore it and dry the subfloor below. In many situations, this method helps reduce the restoration timeframe while lessening the level of inconvenience for the homeowner.

SERVPRO of Paramus is the team to call when you need assistance with water removal. Call us 24/7 for emergency service at (201) 445-5588, and we will send a crew out as soon as possible.


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How do I Minimize Water Loss at my Business?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

outside view of multistory office building Don't let a water loss event close your business. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO Commercial Water Restoration Helps Paramus Businesses Recover from Water Losses with a Minimum Loss of Revenue.

When should I use professional restoration services for my business?

Water can impact the structure, equipment, and viability of your Paramus business. Small businesses like retail outlets or supermarkets can be at particular risk of water-related losses because of the temporary closure. If you or your staff notice damp spots in your business premises or odors in some areas of the structure, these can be a sign of a slow leak or water issue. Water-incidents can make your business unsafe for staff and customers, so you should use a commercial restoration specialist to identify and repair the problem as quickly as possible. SERVPRO can mobilize water restoration technicians (WRT) quickly to dry out and decontaminate your property.

What qualifications should I look for when arranging commercial restoration?

When choosing a commercial water restoration provider in Paramus, it can be tough to decide which is the most reliable. Independently awarded qualifications can re-assure you of the expertise of a restoration firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) body is an excellent place to start when looking for commercial restorers. SERVPRO has a roster of technicians that have the expertise to recover losses in your business as well as many essential IICRC qualifications. Our focus is on water restoration with additional knowledge in textile cleaning, floor care, and general construction.

What constitutes urgent water damage?

  • Unpleasant odors emanating from particular regions of your business
  • Visible signs of dampness, mold, or moisture
  • Leaking and dripping
  • Loud plumbing systems or rattling inside walls
  • Discoloration of paintwork, cracking, and markings on the structure of the property
  • High humidity levels- you can measure these using a thermal hygrometer

Do I need to close my business during water restoration?

Closure of your business may be necessary for extreme Paramus water damage situations. SERVPRO communicates closely with premises managers and business owners throughout the restoration project. In some circumstances, it may be possible to work around your needs during commercial restoration. We can set up signage and barriers to warn staff or customers of areas that are restricted access. By confining the water emergency to a single space, we hope to cause minimum disruption to your business while still preventing foot-traffic from causing further harm. If water is in the central region of your business, it may be more efficient to dry the area by closing your business temporarily.

How do I dry out commercial premises?

The core methods of drying water damage are to control the temperature, humidity, and airflow within the area. The surest way to maintain control over these metrics is to establish a closed system drying method. Closed-system drying uses air-moving equipment, dehumidifiers, and portable furnaces to create ideal conditions for drying. Air movement helps to ensure that water can evaporate properly, while dehumidification draws evaporated moisture from the air. A closed system drying procedure, on average, takes between two and five days, although the size of your business premises and the extent of damage can influence the timeframe.

How do I measure the effectiveness of the drying procedure in my business?

  • Use a thermal hygrometer to measure the relative humidity of an unaffected area of the premises
  • Use combination dehumidifiers and air movers to encourage drying
  • Measure the exhaust output of the dehumidifiers and water level to assess the effectiveness
  • Compare the humidity of the unaffected area with the affected area until the results are the same

Is commercial water damage likely to return?

Recurring water issues are usually the result of insufficient restoration. Sometimes, a property may appear dry, but the root causes of your water issue remain. When water issues are recurring, it could be due to plumbing issues in the building or leakages. Although these issues can stack and result in secondary damages like mold growth, SERVPRO technicians undergo training to identify water issue sources. You may need to enlist the assistance of a plumber or roofer to remedy the cause of damage rather than remediate the symptoms. We can contact trusted professionals on your behalf for specialized restoration to ensure that a water issue returns once the premises return to a preloss condition.

If your business suffers from a water issue, it is vital to us a commercial restorer to stop it at the source. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 now.

How Can I Prevent Moisture From Ruining My Carpet in Hillside?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

home interior water leaking damaged plasterboard and carpet Quick action after a water damage emergency can help save money when repairing your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

For Water Damage Repair Services That Can Save your Carpets in Hillsdale Call SERVPRO

When working towards restoring your home after any type of disaster, our SERVPRO experts work towards preserving and protecting your negatively affected structure and contents. One of the most primary concerns is saturated carpets and padding.

How can my carpets be saved?

During water damage repair in Hillsdale, our SERVPRO technicians take every measure possible to save your carpets. We know that your carpeting materials can get ruined if it gets saturated or if it stays inside the fabric materials for too long. Therefore, we can utilize methods, including implementing industrial extractors and drying equipment to remove moisture from your flooring as quickly as possible.

How can moisture ruin my carpets?

  • Delamination: Carpeting consists of fibers with secondary and primary backings. Moisture can make the backings of your carpet separate from the grains. Delamination is a term that describes the aspect of carpet separating from the material holding it together, and when it occurs, it can cause your flooring to get removed and replaced.
  • Latex Deterioration: All carpets have a primary and secondary backing that helps hold the fibers to the support that sits on your subfloor. Both of the backings get held together by latex adhesives. Latex starts slowly deteriorating as soon as it gets installed by naturally occurring events such as foot traffic, sunlight, and gases in the air.

If my padding gets wet, does it have to be removed and replaced?

The answer to this question is that it depends upon how much moisture has soaked into your carpet pad. If your padding gets saturated, it is often cheaper to just remove and replace it than it is to attempt to dry it out. However, in situations where the amount of water entering your house is minor, extraction and drying methods could save all of your floorings.

Any time you notice wet carpets inside your house in Woodcliff Lake or Montvale, call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

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I Need to Eliminate the Fire Damage in My Paramus Office Building. Who Can Help Me?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Burning flame isolated on black We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Call SERVPRO to Deal With the Commercial Fire Damage in Your Paramus Office Building

A fire’s destructive power can leave your Paramus office building devastated. Once firefighters extinguish the flames, you need to take steps to restore the building to its normal condition. SERVPRO can help you to clean up and restore your commercial property.

What can SERVPRO do to eliminate the fire damage?

Our fire restoration experts can assist you in putting your business premises back together so that normal operations can resume. To deal with the commercial fire damage in your Paramus office building, we can first assess the damage to know how the restoration process should proceed. The other steps we can take include:

    •    Removing debris
    •    Water damage restoration
    •    Soot cleanup
    •    Odor removal

What could happen after fire damage in an office building?

A fire-damaged office building is a hazard for the people who work in it and the customers. The heat and water could have weakened the walls, making them prone to collapse. There could also be a danger of electrical shock. Fire, smoke, or soot-damaged office equipment and possessions could end up being beyond repair if they are not handled properly from the first response. Downtime for firms operating in the building could translate to lost revenue. That’s why you need to hire SERVPRO since we can help you to restore the property within a short time.

Removing smoke residues after a fire is difficult. How do you remove them?

Thick layers of soot mixed with moisture often cover a large area of commercial fire sites. Soot’s acidic composition can cause additional destruction on its own on the surfaces it is in contact with. It can stain textured and porous surfaces, and permanently discolor plastics, grout, granite, and the unburned fixture constructed with wood or textiles.

Our team can use industrial vacuums to remove dry particles that are loosely attached to surfaces. If moisture contacts the particles, it can cause the surface to absorb them and be difficult to eradicate. We usually try to vacuum dry smoke residues from surfaces before we apply wet cleaning products. For soils that are not loose particles, our SERVPRO team can dissolve them so that it is easier to remove them.

How do you neutralize smoke odors?

Many owners of office buildings find that the smell the smoke, soot, and water leave behind after a fire is impossible to neutralize. It is a toxic and lingering odor that makes the environment unpleasant. Our team can use specialized odor removal equipment like thermal foggers, air scrubbers, and hydroxyl machines to remove the odors.

Are you dealing with fire damage in an office building? Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 to offer effective restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Can Flood Damage Do to My Hillsdale Basement?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged basement When basement flooding affects your home, a quick call to SERVPRO is what you need. We are available 24/7.

Hillsdale Homes That Have Suffered Flood Damage Can Receive Mitigation Services from Disaster Cleanup Specialists

Basement flooding is one of the most common home maladies after a natural disaster in the Hillsdale area. Small-scale basement floods can be as much as $10,000, while more substantial flooding can rack up costs between $25,000 and $50,000.

If a disaster has left flood damage in your Hillsdale home’s basement, SERVPRO technicians can return your home to a preloss condition. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to render general contracting services (license #13VH001305854800) for more effective rebuilding after flooding.

How Floods Can Affect Your Basement

  • Foundation damage. If the foundation of your home has cracks, a ground flood can deepen these cracks, which can be costly and challenging to repair.
  • Mold growth. Basements already often tend toward being humid and hospitable for mold, but this is amplified by the presence of floodwaters and contaminants that can allow microbes to spread.
  • Overloaded waterproofing. Waterproofing systems in your basement, including sump pumps, may not be able to handle the amount of water that comes into your home. After cleanup, these systems may require repair or replacement.

SERVPRO’s Sanitation Strategies

Sanitation is key to flood damage mitigation and comes before drying. This process is essential to keeping homes safe because:

  • Microbes can spread through the air when SERVPRO techs are operating air movers and dehumidifiers.
  • The high contamination risk posed by floodwaters requires more stringent sanitation than a typical clean or gray water damage situation. Sewage, pests, and chemical runoff all create safety concerns that must be addressed promptly through sanitation.
  • SERVPRO’s EPA-registered biocide solutions eliminate microbial proliferation, which curbs the spread of contaminants and odors.

After extraction and sanitation, structural drying can begin.

SERVPRO of Paramus supports the community with mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (201) 445-5588.


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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. 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 Paramus, 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 Paramus today at (201) 445-5588 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.

Who Can Help When I Cannot Get Rid of the Smoky Odors After a House Fire?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

serge protector with plugs on fire. Don't have no worries if you had a fire in your Westwood home. Call SERVPRO for their specialized service.

Westwood Residents Rely on SERVPRO to Offer Cutting-Edge Fire Damage Odor Resolution

The job of cleaning up fire damage residues is far from easy, but it eventually completes with or without the assistance of an expert disaster response company. Surfaces are clean, appliances work safely, personal possessions are cleared of corrosion and set back in place, clothing is laundered, and furniture is ready for your family to gather. As you settle back into a semblance of normalcy in your Westwood home, one fire loss related problem endures. Malodors are present despite all the cleaning and repairs. The quiet enjoyment of your home is impossible to sustain.

Is the Only Answer to Persistent Fire Damage Odor an Air Freshener?

The internet marketplaces and shelves at your local hardware or grocery store line up perfuming or masking agents as an answer to tough odors following fire damage in Westwood. Sprays, deodorant blocks, essential oils, wax melts, fabric wicks, absorbent clays, and more claim to solve your odor problem. Although we may choose briefly to employ professional masking agents as one tool, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians also have other strategies that are longer lasting or permanent solutions. Masking distracts from the foul smell, but it does not eliminate it, and its temporary nature means reapplication of the products may be necessary.

How Are Odors Linked to Fire Damage Mitigation and Remediation in General?

Odors are created during combustion. As materials burn, many chemical changes occur in reaction to the heat, oxygen level, and air pressure. Combustion unleashes toxic residues, vapors, and liquids, all of which can carry distinctly unpleasant smells. Soot particles are tiny bits of potentially hazardous and unpleasantly scented and incompletely combusted plastic, textiles, wood, food, grease, paper, and more. They float on air currents and settle on all surfaces and contents inside your home. Sometimes they get sucked into HVAC systems. Basic deodorization protocols learned and used by SERVPRO technicians during IICRC coursework recognize the link between debris and residues and odors, recommending the following multi-step protocol to work toward odor elimination:

First, remove the odor source.

If the charred debris and waste are gone, they carry the odor out of your home. Checking under and behind fixtures and furniture can reveal debris missed. When an area of a room or hall is particularly smelly, removing a portion of drywall might show burned framing, insulation, or other materials that must be removed to eliminate odors.

Second, thoroughly clean surfaces coated in the odor-bearing soots (check the entire house--these residues drift).

If the soot left behind is cleaned with appropriate products, tools, and methods, the bulk of the odors is removed as well. Be sure the interiors and tops of cabinets receive a cleaning, as well as hidden surfaces such as the top of fan blades, woodwork. Replace HVAC filters.

Third, if smells persist despite disposal and cleaning, recreate the environment present during the fire and odor penetration and apply deodorizers in the sam way.

The heat and smoke of a fire can be recreated by thermal fogging, where a heated chamber breaks down the deodorant into smaller particles that seek out, pair with, and neutralize soots, both airborne and settled.

Fourth, consider sealing surfaces that absorbed malodors.

Sealing can help in extraordinary situations like HVAC systems and attics, vaulted, or otherwise inaccessible spaces where surface cleaning is impossible. Broadcast sprayers propel sealants onto these hard to reach surfaces where they keep the malodorous vapors from leaching into the air.

Are Any Other Options Available to Eliminate Odors?

We continuously train our employees and research unique and innovative improvements in odor-elimination technology. When we find effective options that we can use safely, we add them to our arsenal of odor elimination tools.

Ozone MachinesUsed with care, usually in small, contained areas or even off-site, ozone machines can remove odors from furniture and other items. Ozone cannot be used around pets or people, limiting its application as a whole-house remedy. 

Hydroxyl Generators

These machines produce molecules that seek out the odor-bearing particles. A chemical reaction occurs that alters the soot at a molecular level, neutralizing the smell. The operation of a hydroxyl generator does not put humans or pets at risk.

Enzymatic Treatments

Some products are available that break down organic-based malodors using enzymes. Often used for fabrics, they can solve odor problems with protein-based residues.

Who is better positioned to eliminate persistent fire damage odors SERVPRO of Paramus for members of our community? If smoky smells linger, give us a call at (201) 445-5588.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 13VH001305854800