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How To Keep Your Summer BBQ From Going Up In Flames

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Keep Your Summer BBQ From Going Up In Flames Keep your BBQ fro going up in flames!

Keep Your Summer Safe With These Summer BBQ Safety Tips

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and the tray below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.  Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill placed away from the hoe, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • If using charcoal, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • If using propane, check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.

Have a Fun and Safe Summer from all of us at SERVPRO of Clifton

973-928-3705

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Storm and flood damage can be devastating.  Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle at size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

We are Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialist

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business.  SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, We can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can handle any size disaster.  During catastrophic storms and major events our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires

Have Storm or Flood Damage?  Call Us Today

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How to Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Protect Your Home From Summer Storms If your home suffered summer storm damage call us today! SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705

What should I be doing to protect my home from spring and summer storms? Follow these seven simple steps to prepare for volatile weather.

Some simple steps can make a big difference in protecting your home from wind, hail and water damage.

  1. Fix your roof. Snow and ice from a tough winter may have damaged, which can cause problems during storms.  Replace any missing shingles  and also make sure your chimney has a cap on it.
  2. Check your gutters. Clean your gutters and make sure they're draining properly
  3. Seal windows and doors. Make sure the caulking around windows and doors are sealed.
  4. Trim trees. Trim and branches that could potentially land on your house.
  5. Check your sump pump. Melted snow and rainstorms are raising the water levels in lakes, streams and rivers which can lead to sewage backup problems.  Make sure your sump pump I working and consider a battery- backup which will keep if running if power should go out.
  6. Adjust your insurance. Sewage backup is automatically included in most homeowners insurance policies, but you can generally add a rider onto your existing policy.
  7. Sign up for storm alerts.

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Faster to Any Size Emergency

4th of July Fire Safety Tips

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4th of July Fire Safety Tips Have a Happy and SAFE 4th of July SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Be Safe this 4th of July

GRILL SAFETY

Grill Fire Facts:

  • Happen between the time of 5-8pm
  • In homes with 1-2 families
  • The month of July has the highest rate
  • Happen in enclosed areas

Ways to Prevent Grill Fires:

  • Use only outdoor, specifically away from your home, deck railings, out from eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets away, enforce the 3ft. grilling zone rule
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Keep it clean

FIREWORK SAFETY

Firework Facts:

  • On average 240 people go to the emergency room for firework injuries around the 4th
  • Top two injuries from fireworks include hands & fingers (36%) and head, face & ear (22%)
  • Fireworks in brown paper are often made for professional displays

*Make sure fireworks are legal in your area

Firework Safety Tips:

  • For young children & teens, parental guidance is advised with both fireworks and sparklers.
  • Never place your body part directly over a firework and after lighting always back up a safe distance
  • Keep a bucket or garden hose handy in case of fire use
  • Use fireworks outdoors only and in an open space not pointed towards homes or people

CAMPFIRES SAFETY

Campfire No-No's:

  • Do not build a fire around dangerous materials, power lines, buildings, vehicles, or dry grass
  • Never leave a fire unattended and always keep it tamed
  • Never burn dangerous materials such as aerosol cans or glass

Campfire Fire Safety:

  • Set a safe 3ft perimeter around fire, away from flammable materials such as trash and leaves
  • Supervise children like you would at a pool and teach them proper fire safety
  • Extinguish fires properly

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What Causes Mold in Homes

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold in Homes Call SERVPRO of Clifton to remediate your mold 973-928-3705

What Mold Needs to Grow

Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:

  • Mold Spores
  • A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can being to grow in 72 hours if the conditions are right)

Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes.

So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem.

Causes of Mold In Homes

Humidity

If the weather's been very humid for a few days in a row you might notice mold starting to grow in your home.  When it rains for several days it's especially common to see mold start to grow on walls, benches and other surfaces because of the wet air.

Humidifiers are always good to have in home with high humidity.  But, there are molds that only need the humidity level to be higher than 55% to start growing.  So, be sure to set your humidifier below 55%.

 Leaking Pipes

Water leaks from pipes are a common cause of mold growth.  The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are hidden out of view, like inside a wall cavity.  By the time you discover these leaks mold has usually started to grow already.

Leaks in Roof

Check your attic regularly for leaks and keep an eye on the ceiling below.  If you notice any signs of water damage on the ceiling or any mold that has grown, then you probably have a leaking roof.

Condensation

Cold surfaces can create condensation in your home.  Places where condensations collects are prime spot for mold growth.

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation mean wet surfaces dry out more slowly.  Ventilation is especially important in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen where there is a lot of steam.

Flooding

Some dangerous toxic molds require more extreme conditions than common molds do, such as stachybotrys chartarum which requires material to be very wet for several days to grow.  A flood can create these conditions putting your home more at risk of being infested with dangerous toxic molds.

This is why it is important to call SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705, to begin the drying process as quickly as possible.

 

Summer Vacation Plans? Protect Your Home From Water Damage

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Protect your home from water damage while you're out of town this summer.

June 20th marks the official first day of summer.  The most common cause of home water damage in the months of summer is when families leave on vacation.  They leave their homes empty for days, weeks and sometimes even months.  If there is any kind of leak, even a small one, it'll be left unchecked and can cause a substantial amount of damage by the time someone ever notices.  This could be devastating.

In order to prevent water damage in the summer while on vacation it's important that you prepare your home against water damage whenever you're leaving it.  

Follow these actionable tips to ensure the safety of your home. 

  • Turn off the main water - shutting off the water main to your house will avoid water pressure from building up in your pipes and weaken the pipes.
  • Drain your pipes - Running the faucets in your home will ensure that pipes are relieved of any pressure
  • Turn off water heater - Not only will this save you money but prevent any chance of the water heater having a problem.
  • Have a friend check your home - so many things can go wrong in your home without having someone present and the best way to make sure it's handled quickly is to have someone checking on your home.

If you do experience any kind of water damage be sure it's properly taken care of by experts.  SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals are trained and experienced and can be at your home quickly to help.

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Does Your Passaic County Home Have a Mold Problem?

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Passaic County Home Have a Mold Problem? In Clifton and surrounding areas, mold can spread through a home in a little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors.  This makes it impossible to  remove all mold from a home or business.  Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.  Consider the following mold facts:



  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or pet.

  • Mold spores thrive on moisture.  Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed.  Otherwise, the mold may return.

  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  Keep indoor humidity below 45%.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect an assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Do You Know How to Prepare Your Small Business for a Natural Disaster?

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Do You Know How to Prepare Your Small Business for a Natural Disaster? Let SERVPRO of Clifton help your small business be disaster ready.

How to prepare your small business for a natural disaster.


How quickly a company is able to recover after a disaster usually determines how successful they are in the future.  Adequate preparation creates trust among your clients and will allow your business to continue without too much damaging effects.


Here are six ways small businesses should prepare for a natural disaster:


1. Make a reliable emergency response plan. To protect your employees and clients, business owners should know all the proper evacuation routes and make sure everyone else is informed as well.  It is recommended to post escape routes and plan throughout the building and keep emergency phone numbers readily available. 


Be ready with SERVPRO's READY PLAN


2. Create a survival kit.  Every business in operation should have a survival kit with disaster-ready items, such as a flashlight, plastic sheeting, garbage bags, etc.  Consider storing a digital camera as well to take photos of the property damage for your insurance company.


3. Ensure that you enough insurance coverage. Before a natural disaster is given a chance to blow your business away, make sure to review your insurance to review your insurance policies.  What kind of coverage do you have on your facilities and properties?  Are they enough to insure your recovery if a disaster does physically destroy your business?  Small business owners should also consider business interruption insurance in case you have to close your doors for a substantial amount of time.


4. Back-up all your electronic data. With most business transactions conducted electronically, it is crucial that files and data are backed up and saved.  A company may not be able to reestablish itself without important financial and client databases.  It is recommended to save all your files - including the last few years of taxes - at least to times and store one in a waterproof container at the office, and the other in an offsite facility.  Anything that you are currently working on should be mailed to yourself on a Web service that can be accessed from any computer.


5. Determine a communication strategy. Plan a strategic and efficient way to communicate with employees and clients while your business operations are down.  Also, make sure everyone understands their communication responsibilities.  For example, who is going to be responsible for contacting the insurance company? r who will contact clients to update them? Or who will be the spokesperson in case information needs to be relayed immediately?


6. Consider temporary relocation if needed. If you can't get into your office, how do you continue business operations?  Think about another location that you may work at if disaster strikes.


Be sure to keep SERVPRO of Clifton on your emergency response plan.  We are the fastest to any disaster.


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Basement Flooding Due to Broken Sprinkler Lines

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement Flooding Due to Broken Sprinkler Lines SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705 We are always here to help!

How to Detect a Broken Sprinkler Pipe Before it Causes Flood or Water Damage to Your Home

It is very common that most people think water disaster mitigation companies are slow during the summer months. Because water consumption increases in the summer, it can actually be one of our busiest times of the year. Whenever a plumbing source is being used, there is always a greater chance for water damage to occur.

The most common water loss in the summertime is broken sprinkler lines.  Many people forget to check the sprinklers at the beginning of the season and make sure everything is running properly.  Once automatic sprinklers turn on, what they don't realize is that they have a river of water traveling across the ground and into their house.

Here are some tips on how to check your sprinkler system for broken lines and leaks:

  • Check sprinkler heads for any malfunction
  • Double check the hose bib or spigot to make sure it working properly
  • Once you have turned on the sprinkler, take a look at the yard to see if the water pressure and coverage is even. Low pressure or heads that don't work at all could be a sign of cracked or broken line underground.

Follow these tips to minimize the risk of a flooded basement, garage, or home during sprinkler start-up season.

SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705

Is It Possible to Restore Clothes That Have Been Affected by Mold?

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is It Possible to Restore Clothes That Have Been Affected by Mold? Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home. Call SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705

Foremost, any garment or fabric that has not suffered physical deterioration or discoloration as a result of mold growing on it, and that is washable (typically, a minimum of 130degrees for at least 10 minutes), can be restored completely. That foes for bacterial contamination as well, as evidence by hospitals daily as they wash linens, gowns, surgical drapes, etc.


Dry cleaning also does a good job when evaluated and cleaned- often twice - by a qualified professional.  Again, this assumes no deterioration or discoloration of the garment.  Ultimately, sampling and evaluation by a qualified environmental professional can be used to confirm remediation of the garment. 


Why Use a Certified Technician?


Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response.  Immediate remediation is key to controlling and escalating costs.  The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration.  Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply restoration techniques required to return the items to their preloss condition. 


SERVPRO of Clifton is IICRC Certified.  If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 973-928-3705