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When Storms Bring Flood Damage to Westwood

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Equipment drying water damage We recently restored this water damaged basement. We have the equipment and training to complete the job quickly.

Flood Damage Control and Restoration for Westwood Homeowners

Flooding has become more prevalent in Westwood in the last few years, thanks to the more extreme storms in our area. Unfortunately, removal and cleanup actions often take longer since this outside water carries contaminants not found in water when an inlet pipe breaks or a hose leading into a dishwasher burst.

Westwood flood damage is rarely very greater than a few inches, so SERVPRO efforts focus on removal, disposal and cleaning the floors and any property on the floor when the water entered the home. Specialists begin with tools from our equipment inventory to remove the floodwater.

Since this is outside water, removal operations only begin after eliminating the initial health threat. Contaminants in the water would include soil, fertilizers, new pet waste, and even sewer waste if the flooding caused problems for much of the city system. After spraying an anti-bacterial spray over the water surface and affected items, they bring in water pumps and smaller extractor wands rid the home of standing water.

Now comes disposal. Team members remove all paper and other items that can drip or bleed colors onto the hardwood or different types of flooring. If there are carpets, they remove them last so they can serve as a sponge of sorts to absorb colors. Carpet removal is necessary since SERVPRO cannot provide a 100% guarantee that it is safe to use again even after thorough shampooing with our most active cleaner. 

Specialists then begin cleaning the floors and property with a variety of chemical agents. A mild agent usually works for concrete, hardwood, and most other floorings, including linoleum and tile. For furniture such as dining room sets, they sparingly spray the wood with a cleaner and then wipe it off carefully with a sponge or cloth. If needed, they dry the item first to allow any varnish or other finishes to harden again and avoid streaking. If curtains or upholstery absorbed any floodwater, specialists would use a sprayer, and an upholstery brush was needed to work in the cleaning agent.

SERVPRO of Paramus is ready to help every homeowner and resident here or in Hillsdale, Washington Township, and Woodcliff Lake return their home to its preloss condition. If you need us, call (201) 445-5588 today. We are here for you.

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After the Fire: How to Remove Smoke and Soot Residues From Your Paramus Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage creates residue that is difficult to clean. Let SERVPRO handle the mess for you!

Strategies for Residue Removal After Fire Damage to Your Paramus Home 

After a fire breaks out in your Paramus dwelling, both structural components and contents can burn. Depending on the kind of materials and the availability of oxygen, flames can burn hot, smolder, or heat up and evaporate the fuels. Each kind of fire leaves a signature type of ash, soot, or residue. The substances that remain vary in the intensity and unpleasantness of their smells. 

The first tasks our employees complete after fire damage to your Paramus usually include water removal and soot and residue cleanup. The water is a result of the firefighters’ efforts, and it must be resolved quickly for safety and because water is inherently destructive to the structure and contents in your house. Once water evacuates and structural drying completes, we begin cleaning the soiling. 

SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) evaluate the characteristics of the residues on surfaces. Our training and experience help us match products, tools, and cleaning methods. Hot, paper and wood-fueled ashy soot vacuums and dry sponges away successfully. Lingering smells are minimal, especially with good airflow. 

Lower temperature, oxygen-poor fires smolder, coating walls, ceilings, floors, and furnishings with thick and sticky soot that is more pungent and persistent in odor. SERVPRO technicians choose cleaners with surfactants and wetting agents for this kind of residue. We also use controlled agitation to loosen the acrid smelling coating. 

Cooking fires produce a residue consisting of proteins reduced to a thin, clingy film. The adhesion of protein-based residues is intense, often requiring solvents and abrasive tools or products to dislodge. Of all the fire residues protein-based is the most unpleasant smelling, a rancid odor that makes it hard to forget the fire event even after a thorough cleaning. 

If a deep cleaning does not eradicate the smells, SERVPRO has innovative equipment that neutralizes the odor-carrying capability of the particles at the molecular level. Thermal fogging combusts deodorants under conditions similar to the fire, the tiny bits seeking to pair with and neutralize odor-bearing particles. Hydroxyl generators use free radicals to change the chemical composition of soot, rendering it smell-free. Ozone machines harness oxidation to rid spaces of smoky smells. 

SERVPRO of Paramus uses the cleaning and restoration industry’s best practices to clear away fire residues and neutralize odors. Call us round the clock at (201) 445-5588 to schedule a thorough assessment and to begin mitigation and remediation steps. 

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Our Water Damage Technicians Discuss Our Restoration Process In Hillsdale

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

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What It Takes For Thorough Water Cleanup At Your Hillsdale Home

Whenever you think of cleaning something, water is the most likely the agent that comes to mind. However, any accidental spill that sends water into unwanted areas in your home ends up soiling it by spreading debris, dissolving substances, and even sparking microbial growth. Water loss incidents, therefore, necessitate thorough cleanup to restore your Hillsdale property to its preloss state.

The level of necessary water cleanup after your Hillsdale home is affected by spills or other incidents depends on the circumstances, including the time it takes to notice the problem and the type of water involved. If it takes hours or days to notice the loss, water has enough time to spread to several sections in your home, affecting a wide range of materials. If it is a grey or black water loss, the resultant soiling is heavier. Such situations complicate the cleanup process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different chemical agents, including sanitizers, disinfectants, and bleach, to clean affected areas neutralizing the effects of the loss.

Both the contents and the structure require cleaning after a water spill. Some contents, such as carpets might present more challenges because of their location on the floor of the house where most of the water pools. Carpets are also porous, so debris and other soils tend to penetrate deeper. We have certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians at SERVPRO who utilize their skills to handle any problematic cleaning tasks.

Dealing with soils and other contaminants helps restore sanitary conditions in your home. However, building materials remain wet, and relative humidity is high, creating perfect conditions for microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to dry your property. We use moisture meters and other detection equipment to determine wetness levels. We then set a drying goal, which determines the number of dehumidifiers and air movers necessary to extract excess moisture before mold, rot, and other forms of deterioration develop further.

A well-planned cleanup exercise should deal with any aspect of a water spill, “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Paramus any time at (201) 445-5588 to help.

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We Help You Get Back To Business In Paramus After A Flooding Disaster

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

We used air movers to dry out the storage area of this children's clothing store. We have the equipment to handle any job big or small.

Developing A Flood Response for Your Paramus Shop – The ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan

Protecting your business means much more than bolstering security or improving how steadily your Paramus shop functions when you leave it in the hands of management. It is also about knowing how to respond to emergencies and disasters that can strike with little warning. With the severe weather systems that the area can expect throughout the year, elements like roofs, siding, and windows fall victim to brutal conditions. This breach leaves the shop vulnerable to devastating circumstances like flooding.

While you might not be able to prepare for all possible flood damage to Paramus properties adequately, there are ways that you can protect your shop long before disaster ever occurs. Our SERVPRO team can help business owners to develop an Emergency READY Profile to increase the focused response buildings can receive during an emergency. This process has gotten designed to compile all necessary information our team needs about a location and its specific needs so that there is no delay in getting mitigation and recovery efforts started immediately once our team arrives. This mobile app allows you, the business owner, to be in direct contact with all relevant personnel from managers to the municipal contacts. Contact our office to arrange an appointment to explain this no cost consultation that may save your business thousands in profits and good will.

Even with a profile like this, there are things that you or your management team can do to protect your investments in the shop and the building that you use in a time of a flood damage crisis. One of the priorities that any business owner would have is protecting the stock and inventory of the shop by getting it relocated to a dry place in the store. While these often still must get entirely removed by our SERVPRO professionals for focused cleaning, deodorization, and drying efforts, these preliminary efforts can often prevent a costly total loss of these stocked items as standing water levels rise in the shop.

We strive to provide every customer with a fast and tailored response to their emergency, and their help with preliminary mitigation and completing an Emergency Ready Profile allows our SERVPRO of Paramus team to do more for your business right away. Give our experienced professionals a call at (201) 445-5588 to make flood loss “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Remove Soot and Smoke Damage From Your Paramus Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Removing smoke and soot damage from walls can be difficult. You can trust the experts at SERVPRO of Paramus clean your home.

Dry Cleaning is not Just for Clothing - We Use it to Cleanup Smoke-Damaged Homes in Paramus 

Restoring our customers' homes in Paramus means that every aspect of their house's damage needs attention. We provide this in a diverse number of ways, using different methods. We have the necessary materials to ensure that not only do we do this effectively, but that we also do so efficiently. 

If the surfaces inside your home in Paramus become soot-covered, permanent staining and corrosion can happen. We know how to remove this from both washable items and non-washable ones. Dry cleaning methods work to remove soot and smoke residue from non-washable surfaces. Wetting these items could lead to irreversible damage. SERVPRO's dry cleaning methods prevent this from happening and saves you from needing to replace such belongings and other materials. 

Two of the most relied upon methods are the dry sponge and the vacuum. Both remove and trap soot particles. The sponge relies on its pores to do this, and the vacuums we use come with HEPA filters.Our vacuums trap lighter particles of soot. SERVPRO technicians often use a brush with the vacuum, to remove more of the larger-sized particles. We can get surfaces cleaned more fully with the sponge after we remove a significant portion of the soot. 

A sponge can clean large areas of walls and ceilings before it begins to show overload by leaving streak marks behind. Once this happens, we continue with another sponge. While these are reusable after we rinse and air dry them, we do not need to do this on the job site, as they come in packs of a dozen.

Another method that removes soot is compressed air,  which can blow soot off surfaces without introducing any moisture into the material we are cleaning. 

The stress on a displaced family can create additional problems, and we want to eliminate the mess that keeps our customers from residing in their residence. We use these same techniques to prepare washable surfaces for wet cleaning, as the removal of any soot beforehand makes the process more efficient. 

SERVPRO of Paramus can help your family with these and other methods after smoke and fire damage create a dirty mess in your Hillsdale, Washington Township, or Woodcliff Lake residence. Call us at (201) 445-5588, any time, 365 days a year, to speak to us about how we can help. 

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Water Damage Remediation Guide From Experts in Westwood

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can work insidiously and cause major damage. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Protecting Water Damaged Contents in Westwood Properties

One of the most detrimental aspects of water loss incidents to Westwood homes is the potential damage to your personal belongings and keepsakes. While many of the construction materials and structural elements throughout the property can get replaced by our licensed contractors and reconstruction experts, replacing your treasures and acquired items cannot happen so easily. In many cases, substantial water losses lead to irreparable damage to these contents without the appropriate preventative measures from skilled professionals like ours.

By protecting the contents of your Westwood home from the often traumatic water damage that can occur with situations like appliance failures, broken fixtures, and aging plumbing, our SERVPRO team is always here to help. We have a full-service contents department with accreditations in multiple niches of the restoration industry through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

At risk items in your home get assessed and tagged throughout the initial inspection process. We can determine what items do not require removal, which of your belongings are at risk, and which contents require relocation on site. These determinations must happen quickly, as water loss effects can lead to irreparable saturation and degradation of specific belongings. Our experienced professionals arrive with packing materials and boxes to begin removing designated items and furniture with our production trucks back to our SERVPRO facility for cleaning, drying, and safekeeping.

At our facility, items can get restored at a more concentrated and advanced degree than our team can do on site. While we have the full comprehensive approach to restoring your home, including valuable time and money-saving reconstruction, protecting your belongings is one of the main objectives of our mitigation process. We know that certain items cannot get replaced, so we take our time to protect everything we possibly can from rapidly spreading water loss damages.

We can respond quickly to water loss emergencies with the advanced equipment to address both the saturation and standing water. You can also trust in our experienced and highly trained SERVPRO of Paramus contents department to protect what matters most. Give us a call anytime you need us at (201) 445-5588.

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

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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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