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Hotel Guests in Paramus Getting Wet? Call SERVPRO Fast for Water Removal

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Hotel Guests in Paramus Getting Wet? Call SERVPRO Fast for Water Removal For Commercial Properties in Paramus with a Water Damaging Event--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Professional Help Reduces the Impact of Commercial Flood Damage in Paramus Hotels

Closing a business that offers food or accommodation even for a day is not something to look forward to since the inconvenience it creates for your customers can leave a lifetime impression on them. So when a flooding incident affects your hotel, you need to take immediate steps to mitigate the situation. A professional restoration service has the necessary resources, including skilled crews and a variety of equipment to handle the process smoothly.
There are different dynamics at play in separate incidences of commercial flood damage in Paramus. Restoration, therefore, requires quick thinking and some degree of improvisation. You need to know whether leaving contents in place or taking them out to pave the way for restoration can quicken the process. Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience dealing with flooded hotels so we can advise you on the quicker approach.
Flooding can leave high levels of contamination or wet swathes in your property, depending on how the incident unfolds. A torn roof or other problems in higher levels of your building can leave a significant number of contents and building materials wet. The good news is that such intrusion mostly involves clean water, so soiling and contamination is limited, unlike cases involving rising ground water. Our SERVPRO technicians scope your property to establish problem areas. We also apply stopgap measures such as installing roof tarps to protect your property from additional damages as we clean up soiling and other storm damages.
Restoring the hotel to its preloss state requires the elimination of all traces of excess water. Such removal is a multi-step process that involves extracting standing water, drying contents and materials as well as restoration of normal humidity levels. Our SERVPRO crewmembers are trained in ASD, Applying Structural Drying, allowing them to utilize the best approaches when drying your hotel. Apart from using sophisticated air movers and dehumidifiers, we also segment the affected areas into smaller drying chambers using plastic sheets, expediting the entire process.
In case your hotel floods, call SERVPRO of Paramus for assistance at (201) 445-5588. We are available at any time. With our combined resources, we can help fix flood damage "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Explain How A Flood Could Damage Your Paramus Home

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Experts Explain How A Flood Could Damage Your Paramus Home Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 to help restore your property to its preloss state.

What Could Worsen Flood Damage In Paramus Homes?

Flooding is not an outcome that you would typically expect to deal with in your home. However, flooding in urban settings is a real danger due to several factors such as inadequate storm drainage systems and landscaping options such as paving of driveways and walkways. In case your home is hit by a flood, some factors may worsen the situation. Our professional flood damage mitigation services help Paramus homeowners prevent a bad situation from turning worse.

Delayed removal of water and excess moisture after flood damage in Paramus can worsen the situation. Other problems, such as mold start developing within 24 to 48 hours. Rotting and other forms of deterioration affecting various materials such as wood may also occur. Our SERVPRO technicians begin water extraction procedures as soon as possible. We expedite the process by using sophisticated equipment such as truck-mounted or portable water extractors depending on the severity of the situation.

Having the wrong expectations can worsen the situation. Since it is probably the first time your home floods, you might not expect the restoration process to take long. However, many flooding situations require weeks or even months for proper cleanup and restoration. Alternatively, you might feel that the situation is dire and therefore see no urgency in starting the restoration process. A lackluster approach could create an opportunity for avoidable deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on extensive experience to help you understand the situation. The training and IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certification we receive also helps us evaluate the loss site, and give rough estimates of the time it can take to fix.

Failure to do proper scoping after a flooding incident can leave some issues unaddressed worsening the initial problem. The water left pooling around after flooding migrates due to gravity action. Therefore, even extraction efforts might leave pockets of wetness. Our SERVPRO technicians do thorough scoping and rely on sophisticated moisture detection equipment such as thermal cameras and moisture sensors to ensure we identify all wet areas.

You need professional help for proper management of flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 to help restore your property to its preloss state. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How We Help Prevent Permanent Issues After A Flood In Your Paramus Home

5/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How We Help Prevent Permanent Issues After A Flood In Your Paramus Home Preventative actions could prevent permanent damages, contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for assistance.

Preventing Permanent Issues After Flood Damage In Paramus

In an emergency, situation trust is of the utmost importance. Flooding can occur at any time either by natural weather events or from issues with internal plumbing in your home. Depending on the type of water you are dealing with, these damages can be relatively simple to repair or require PPE as well as biohazardous waste disposal training. We're a locally owned company with decades of experience in dealing with water and flood-related repairs.

Our service incorporates rapid response units for emergency flood damage in Paramus. That means we have technicians on call throughout the night as well as during regular hours. We do this because in a flood situation, sometimes the smallest repairs taken in time can prevent severe or even catastrophic damages to your property. You can reach our experts 24/7  by calling our emergency number to arrange a service.

The job of a restorer is to work after the first responders- police, fire department, ambulances- have arrived but before general contractors carry out works. One of our roles can be creating a safe workspace for third-party remodelers. These duties could include performing emergency board-ups, restoring power to your property, or identifying and removing potential hazards like debris or loose wiring.

Professional restorers can also help to protect you from unnecessary property damages. Indeed, water damages, in particular, must be rectified quickly to reduce the risk of a permanent issue. SERVPRO can remove carpets, dispose of saturated subfloors as well as remove valuable possessions or furniture from the affected zone. In taking these small steps, we can significantly limit the losses your property may otherwise have sustained.

Flood water can cause unpleasant odors in the home. Usually, thoroughly drying the affected area is effective in reducing the presence of odors, but it is not always one hundred percent effective. SERVPRO can deploy thermal fogging equipment to help neutralize lingering odors and getting your home back to its preloss condition.

Preventative actions could prevent permanent damages, contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for assistance.

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What is Rain Runoff and How Does it Impact Your Paramas Home?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What is Rain Runoff and How Does it Impact Your Paramas Home? Heavy rains can cause rain runoff to enter your home. Call SERVPRO for the expertise to remove it quickly.

Rain Runoff Causes Flood Damage in Paramus

North Jersey is densely populated, and our many retail and commercial outlets offer paved parking for all. Residents of Paramus can find rain runoff impacting their home, filling basements and lower levels with potentially contaminated water. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment and a highly-qualified workforce, both ready to help with flood water woes. 

Flood damage in your Paramus residence is unduly disruptive and destructive. It cannot be ignored and requires the assistance of professional remediation specialists. Rapid removal and a complete dry out are essential to avoid progressive deterioration of building materials and inhibit mold growth. 

Our SERVPRO flood damage remediation crews are prepared to get to work immediately after our experienced project manager assesses the situation and develops the job plan.  We stock our vehicles with the equipment, products, and specialized tools needed for the series of tasks we anticipate completing so that we can begin working as soon as we reach the work site. 

The crew is also fully trained, certified in a range of specialties such as Water Damage Restoration Technician (WDRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASDT). The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international standards development organization for the restoration industry, provides the coursework and knowledge base supporting our employees. 

Water quality assessments generally indicate that flood waters are contaminated, so we contain and dispose of them following applicable regulations. SERVPRO uses commercial grade pumps and water extractors to get that part of the job accomplished. We use sensitive moisture meters and thermal scanners to detect hidden water, using flood cuts or top-down extraction to release it. 

Cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-registered antimicrobials follow. The flooded space receives thorough structural drying using air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We continuously monitor for moisture levels, ceasing the drying efforts only after the reading return to normal. 

We also assist with an evaluation of the damage done to contents, often transporting them to a protected area on your property or our production facility. Specialized SERVPRO technicians offer innovative strategies like freeze-drying for papers and photos and controlled drying chambers for electronics and furnishings. 

SERVPRO of Paramus is ready to help with all aspects of flood damage remediation. When runoff becomes a problem contact us at (201) 445-5588.

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Don’t Tackle Fire Damage Remediation Alone in Your Paramus Home

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don’t Tackle Fire Damage Remediation Alone in Your Paramus Home Don't try and tackle this cooking mishap alone. Call SERVPRO today for fire damage remediation assistance.

How Learning Fire Behavior Helps Restorers When Fixing Fire Damage in Paramus

To the average person, the best way to define the aftermath of a fire is being chaotic. The damages left by the blaze affect contents and structure haphazardly. Therefore, it is challenging to know the best place to begin the restoration process. A professional on the other hand recognizes patterns including the way smoke residues spread out throughout the property thus helping in preparing a response plan.

Temperature levels differ in different fire incidents, and this affects the restoration of fire damage in Paramus. Temperatures in a fire incident affect the restoration process by determining where smoke movements deposit residues, as well as how hard such deposits adhere to materials. Smoke from hot fires concentrates near the ceiling where it replaces cooler air through convection currents.  Finding heat lines in such cases is common. From experience, our SERVPRO technicians understand how difficult it is to clean residues above the heat line so remove the affected materials instead of wasting time trying to clean them.

As the fire burns, some surrounding surfaces might remain cooler attracting smoke, which moves towards colder areas. In a room with well-insulated walls, the temperature differential is usually around the windows. As the smoke wafts to the window, it leaves massive deposits of tar and other residues on the back of draperies. Our SERVPRO technicians make a point of checking such areas even when there are no visible smoke deposits on the front. Also, closets and other concealed areas collect massive residues, so we check and them too.

Smoke particles can also go through ionization especially when a fire burns plastics. The electrically charged smoke particles are attracted to surfaces with an opposite charge, which can manifest in the formation of smoke webs, which are similar to cobwebs. When our SERVPRO find signs of ionization, we know that the fire burned plastics even if all physical evidence is gone. We, therefore, prepare for advanced cleaning procedures to remove wet smoke residue and pungent smells associated with such fires.

In case of a fire incident in your Westwood, Hillsdale or Washington Township property, call SERVPRO of Paramus to help. You can reach us at (201) 445-5588 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Water Damage Affects Flooring Materials in Paramus

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Water Damage Affects Flooring Materials in Paramus Quick remediation is necessary to prevent water damage to the flooring materials. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to quickly remove the water.

Why SERVPRO For Water Damage Restoration In Paramus

In a town so perfectly suburban that even The Wall Street Journal has to admit it, Paramus is an ideal place to live and raise a family. Minor disasters like a failing water heater or a broken inlet pipe still cost our neighbors thousands of dollars in damage and restoration expenses every year.  

So why should you choose SERVPRO for eliminating water damage to your Paramus home? Every technician on our restoration team trains to the standards required by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). They can perform every task from removing standing water to performing minor repairs, and drying out the interior of each home.  

Failed plumbing issues do not usually leave a large amount of water inside the home. Team members begin by removing this standing water with extraction wands. These devices are excellent for removing water about ankle deep or closer to the floor. Technicians can adjust the rate of vacuum and also use an internal heating element to help dry carpets and wood floors.  

Making the adjustments can prevent delamination in carpets. This separation of the top and bottom layers happens when the glue softens from being underwater for too long, so quickly drawing it off reduces the risk. The wands are also capable of drawing out water from between floorboards to lower the threat of their cracking or splitting from extended exposure to the water.  

SERVPRO technicians then examine beneath both to reduce the humidity. For carpets, this means lifting and rolling them up out of the way. They next remove the carpet pad and throw it out. Pads deteriorate quickly, and it is simply cheaper to replace them than waste labor hours trying to dry them. They next use air movers and fans to dry the floor before laying down the pad and replacing the carpet.  

For wood floors, team members insert a moisture meter between floorboards to test the space underneath. If the air tests high, they carefully lift a floorboard usually hidden by a bed or other piece of furniture. Technicians insert a hose attached to an air mover to force warm, dry air into the space to increase the rate of evaporation. Once it tests at normal levels again, they carefully replace the floorboard. If needed, our personnel can strip the old veneer from the wood and apply a new coat for a professional appearance.  

For SERVPRO of Paramus, the goal is to return every home to its original condition. To learn more, call us today at (201) 445-5588.

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Why Home Maintenance Is Important

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Every Year:

Hot water heater-drain water to remove sediment & refill.

HVAC/Furnace system

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. 

Every Month:

Test Smoke & Carbon Monoxide detector

Look for leaks around toilets/sinks

Check HVAC filters for replacement

Check Kitchen Vent Hood Filter

Inspect fire extinguisher

Every Season:

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.

What Type of Fireplace is Best?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 1 in every 3 homeowner uses a fireplace to provide heat in their home? It is also one of the top 10 sources of a fire in a home. There are several different types of fireplaces out there to use, some safer than others. This blog will help you distinguish which one may be best for you.

Some key factors to think of when choosing the right fireplace for you are the following:

  • Efficiency
  • Cost
  • Maintenance
  • Safety

1. Traditional fireplaces -wood-burning

A traditional fireplace is nostalgic for many people and can often been seen by some as the one and only fireplace out there.

It involves an open combustion system which can produce some heat but the heat generated actually just gets sucked back up the chimney like a vacuum. Older fireplaces are around 10-15% efficient in producing heat into a home. 

It requires a chimney which in itself has its own maintenance needed. If they aren’t inspected and cleaned regularly, they can create a build-up of soot and other substances that can be flammable. 

It also requires more effort to burn the logs correctly as well as the post fire clean up. However, many will say it is worth it because of the authenticity of having a real fire shooting sparks and crackling as it burns. It is easy on the eyes, creating a warm comfort feeling. 

2. Gas

This method is most popular for a number of reasons. It takes minimal installation effort and can be installed almost anywhere since venting gets set up through a PVC pipe in the wall instead of a chimney. Everything is enclosed behind a piece of glass so it very safe to use with little to no monitoring. It can easily be turned on with a switch and heats up a home very well. 

It also comes in a vent-less option however these emit the exhaust they produce into your home.

They produce an actual flame that is visible without the need of wood or pellets. It is very efficient in producing heat into a home.

3. Electric

This is probably the most mobile type of fireplace as it can be moved from room to room wherever it can reach an outlet. Downside is because there are no live burning flames it doesn’t produce much heat.

It does prove to be ideal for commercial settings like hotels because of the beautiful appearance of a fireplace without the liability of burning someone who tries to touch it. Cost to buy one is more affordable but in the long-term electric bills will spike.

4. Bio-ethanol

This is the most expensive and referred to as the high-end option. They don’t run on gas, wood or electric but bio-ethanol which is a burning fuel made from an alcohol produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates. They have no cleaning required and are very good looking on the eyes. Downfall is they do not provide as much heat as gas fireplaces and minimal protection from heat.

When deciding on which option is best for you we hope this helped point you in the right direction. 

Snowbird Living

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Living in New Jersey, I know everyone must know at least one person living the snowbird lifestyle. (Unfortunately that is not me.) I'm referring to those that are originally New Jersey residents who escape all of the winter blues and head to Florida for a few months out of the year. 

If you yourself fall into this category then here are a few tips to help you keep your New Jersey home safe and sound while you are enjoying the sun. 

1. Winterize Plumbing:

 This involves turning off the water supply and draining the pipes from the faucets leaving them bone dry.  If unfamiliar with the process contact a plumber, they can also blow compressed air. Almost 1 in every 4 homeowners insurance claim is related to water usually as a result of low temperatures causing freezing pipes. 

2. Roof:

Have roof inspected for any wearing or damage. Typically roofs are only designed to last for 20 years. 

3. Temperature:

Have fuel tanks filled. Keep interior temperature around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Gas:

Turn off gas line to reduce risk of fire. 

5. Exterior:

Make sure all landscaping is tailored to reduce the risk of coming in contact with your home and creating damage. Clean gutters to prevent buildup and flow occlusions during snowfall. 

6. Phone a Friend:

Have a friend come by to check that everything is okay at your home. You can also have them pick up the mail for you to reduce the chance of a break-in. 

7. Insurance:

Review homeowners insurance policy to make sure no updates or extra coverage is needed. 

8. Snow Removal:

Arrange for someone to come after snowfall to keep walkways free of snow and ice.

9. Safety:

Consider installing motion sensor exterior lights and timed interior lights to make your home appear occupied and unattractive to prowlers.

10. Electricity:

Unplug all unnecessary appliances and electronics. 

How to Install a New Hot Water Heater

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

You have likely already read our blog on how to remove a hot water heater so now we will discuss how to install your new hot water heater. When purchasing a new tank be sure to use something similar to the pre-existing tank as far as being an electric or gas tank.

  1. Start by positioning the new tank in the area where it will rest. Maneuver the tank to an orientation where all the wiring and pipes can easily be attached. Also keep in mind that the tank has cover plates that need to be accessible during any future maintenance so keep these visible.
  2. Wrap any threaded pipe fittings with two or three layers of teflon plumbers’ tape then re-install the water pipes. When applying the tape, start at about 1" from the end of the fitting and wrap the tape in a clockwise manner around the pipe, overlapping at least 1/2 with each rotation. The entire threaded area of the pipe should be covered with two layers of tape.
  3. Connect and tighten all pipes with a wrench. (DO not over tighten).
  4. Turn on the water and check for any leaks. Wipe all joints dry and check again after several minutes for any leaks. To eliminate air in the tank and plumbing allow the hot water tap to run until it stops sputtering.
  5. When the tank is filled turn on the power (if electric) or connect the gas supply line (if gas). Test the gas line for leaks. Recommended temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take several hours to reach.