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Fire Up Your Summer - Not Your Home

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Up Your Summer - Not Your Home SERVPRO of Clifton Wishes You a Happy and Safe Summer 973-928-3705

Summertime Fire Safety Tips

Are you going on summer vacation this season? Do you enjoy roasting marshmallows by the campfire on those chilly summer nights? Nothing’s better than a summer filled with fun activities, but it is important to be aware of fire hazards and the various risks that come with them.  For instance, did you know that in the United States alone approximately 5,000 homes and forests are destroyed by fire every day during the summer season? It is vital to be prepared and learn the numerous ways in which you can prevent a fire from ruining your summer.

Here are a few easy fire safety tips that you can implement while still enjoying your summer activities.

Campfire Safety

Whether you’re on a camping trip or in your backyard, making s’mores and telling scary stories by the campfire is one of the best ways to end a summer night. Unfortunately, if campfires aren’t controlled properly they can be extremely dangerous. Follow these fire safety tips the next time you decide to have a campfire.

  • Build the campfire where it won’t spread. Don’t build under hanging tree branches or near grassy areas and dry leaves.
  • Keep lighter fluid far away from the campfire as stray flames might ignite the fluid.
  • If a tent is nearby, make sure that you place the fire downwind from the tent.
  • Large campfires might be visually appealing, but they aren’t safe. Keep the fire small, so you can control it.
  • Never leave the fire unattended. Always properly put the fire out before leaving the premises.
  • Extinguish the fire by pouring water on it and use a shovel to bury the fire with ashes and dirt.

Summer Travel

Summer is the perfect time to take a trip with your family or friends, but if you don’t take the proper precautions your house could catch fire while you’re away. This is a frightening thought, but it can easily be prevented by following these fire safety tips. 

  • Make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work properly.
  • Unplug all electronics and appliances (computers, window air conditioners, etc.). 1 in 10 home fires are caused by an electronical malfunction.
  • Never let a cord run under rugs or furniture especially if the wire is torn.
  • Put a timer on your house lights to be on at night. Suspicious fires can come from vandalism to a home while the homeowners and residents are out of town.

Outdoor safety

  • Position grills at least 10 feet away from your home, and never place under low hanging tree branches or plants. When disposing of hot coals, drench them with water to make sure the fire is out.

  • Obey burn bans. Never burn trash, leaves, or brush outdoors if there is a burn ban. If you can burn these items, have a water source readily available.
  • Store flammable liquids such as gasoline, poisons, and other flammables safely outdoors. If possible, store them in a building not connected to your home.
  • Use caution when parking vehicles on dry grass or brush as a hot exhaust could start a fire.

Indoor safety

  • Replace your AC air filters regularly and never use an extension cord for a window AC unit.

  • Keep the stove clean. Grease build-up can trigger a fire when contact with heat or a flame is made.

  • Inspect your attic or basement for damaged wires. Rodents and insects can chew on and damage wiring, which can lead to an electrical fire.

  • Take power surges and blown fuses in your home seriously. Flickering lights or occasional power

  • surges could indicate a short somewhere in your home. Have it checked by an electrician.

Personal choices

  • Have cigarette smokers take it outside. Provide sand-filled containers to place cigarette butts, and make sure butts are completely extinguished.

  • Develop a family fire escape plan and practice it once a month so everyone in the household knows what to do in case of fire.

  • Install smoke detectors in your home and test them monthly. Replace batteries at least once a year.

By knowing and practicing summer fire safety tips, you can enjoy many wonderful time this season filled with fun, happiness and safety.

HAPPY SUMMER FROM,

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Hurricane Watch & Hurricane Warning, What's the Difference?

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

During hurricane season it is important to be prepared and know the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning.

Hurricane Watch: A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds 74 mph or higher) are expected within a specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  • Check your emergency supplies. Make sure everything is stocked and in working order.
  • Gas up your car.
  • Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, disassemble the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outdoor antennas.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Store drinking water.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family.
  • Move your boat securely or transfer it to a designated safe area. Use rope or chain to secure the boat to a trailer.
  • Use tie downs to anchor your trailer to the ground or your house.

When a hurricane warning is issued, you should:

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If you are in a mobile home, make sure it is tied down and evacuate immediately.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. Too many running appliances can create a power surge when the power is turned back on.

What Cause Mold to Grow in Houses and Homes

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Cause Mold to Grow in Houses and Homes SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 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.

Would Your Business Stay Afloat?

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Would Your Business Stay Afloat? When disaster strikes, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

How To Prepare Your Business For A Flood

Floods are unavoidable and when disaster strikes, you need to be prepared. This is best achieved by planning in advance and knowing how to deal with the aftermath once the flood has occurred. Below are a few tips on how to prepare your business for a flood before it happens and what to do after it has struck. 

Devise a flood plan

Whether you are expecting a flood or not, one of the most important things to have in place is a thought-out flood plan to help reduce the damage caused to your business or property. Your flood plan should cover the following aspects:

Staff

In the event of a flood, you need to make sure your staff are not only fully informed of the plan in place, but understand the risks involved. If you are expecting a flood to strike, it may be worth sitting down as a team and working out the best way to approach the situation. 

Equipment

If you work in an office then it is likely that you will have computers or some form of electrical equipment; this can pose a huge risk when it comes to floods so it is important that you include such equipment and risks in your flood plan. The best thing to do is listen out for any news about the flood and whether it is predicted to reach your premises any time soon. If the flood is close to your business, it might be worth switching off all of the electrical equipment and moving it to higher, safer locations before evacuating the building. This way you not only ensure the safety of your employees, but you also reduce the chance of suffering expensive equipment damage and loss.

Sandbags

Sometimes it is impossible to predict sudden events or evacuate the building before disaster hits. Therefore, it is vital that you are prepared for the flood striking when you least expect it. Sandbags can be incredibly useful in a flood, so you should have some spare just in case. Not only can they help to barricade the flood's entry points i.e. the door where the flood is coming in, they can also filter a few sediments commonly found in flood waters. 

Dealing with the aftermath

The results of a severe flood can be devastating for everyone. Floods can change the lives of homeowners and entire families. In the business world, flood can affect everything from property safety to business operation, which in turn can put people's livelihoods at risk. This is why it is vital that if you are expecting a flood you have someone who can help you deal with the aftermath and restore your business as soon as possible.

Here at SERVPRO of Clifton, we offer a fire and flood restoration service that focuses on providing those affected by floods have a stress-free experience when it comes to cleaning up and getting business back to normal a quickly as possible.

Should you encounter flooding at your business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton.  We will help you get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Broken Water Heater? How to Handle a Flood in Your Home

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Steps to Take if Your Water Heater Breaks

A broken water heater is a nasty surprise, especially if you’re in the middle of a shower. If yours starts making unusual noises or stops working completely, take these steps immediately to minimize the impact on your home.

Turn off the power supply. For a gas water heater, look for a dial on the top of the thermostat. For an electric water heater, turn the circuit breaker off.

Turn off the water supply. Turn the water valve clockwise (“righty tighty”) until it stops. It’s very important to turn off the supply of water to the heater. If you can’t turn the valve to the heater, you’ll have to turn off the water supply to the house.

Drain the water heater. Find the drain valve at the bottom of the water tank and attach a hose to it. Run the other end of the hose to a lower area where dirty water can safely drain, such as a basement drain. Open the drain valve, using a screwdriver if necessary.

Open the pressure relief valve. Flip the valve on to keep a vacuum from forming while the water is draining. Caution – the water may be very hot.

Rinse the water heater with cold water. Once the water heater has been completely drained, rinse it with cold water to flush out any remaining sediments.

If your water heater breaks and leaks water everywhere in your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO of Clifton.  Their certified professionals are specially trained in water damage restoration. Using non-invasive moisture detection probes and sensors, they will determine the extent of the damage, and then develop a comprehensive water damage restoration plan. From water extraction and drying to repairing drywall and cabinets, they can return your home or business to its preloss condition.

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Understanding Mold

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold If you suspect mold, Call SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • 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 percent.

Mold Misconceptions

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

What is "Black Mold"

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of Clifton Professional immediately.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today ~ SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-370 

Water Damage Restoration Process

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Process SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

SERVPRO of Clifton has the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. We use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

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Every water damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO of Clifton Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 - Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

Have Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Why Choose an IICRC Certified Restoration Company For Your Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage impacts your commercial property, you want professionals to help get you back in business. SERVPRO of Clifton works closely with insurance companies to get you back up and running in a quick manner.  As business leaders know, contacting a professional water damage restoration company is typically the first step to restoring your property. However, many individuals do not know how to select the most exceptional, ethical company. If this is the case for you, it's important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will prove advantageous. Learn more about why this is the case by reviewing this short outline: 

  • What Is The IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.

  • How Do Companies Obtain Certification?

To obtain IICRC certification, water remediation companies have to conform to specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:

  1. Provide consumers with accurate data
  2. Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
  3. Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
  4. Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
  5. Maintain policies for written complaints
  6. Hold liability insurance
  • Why Choose an IICRC-Certified Company?

There is a wide variety of forms water damage can take. Some of them include flooding, a burst pipe, sump pump overflow, and sewage backup. Irrespective of the cause; however, the end result is substantive damage. In fact, standing liquid can lead to severe property damage as well as mold infestation. For this reason, it's essential that you attain water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals.

Doing a Google search for the key phrase "water damage restoration" will produce over 500,000 results. To narrow your selection, it's a good idea to limit your search to companies that have obtained their certification from the IICRC. Because the IICRC is efficient in establishing reference guides and industry standards regarding water damage restoration and mold removal, companies that have been certified by the organization will likely offer you the excellent, effective services you want.

SERVPRO of Clifton also offers  24/7 365 service for their customers. You can call 973-928-3705 for your commercial emergency.

Summer Heat & Humidity

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summer Heat & Humidity SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

How to Fight Mold Issues During the Summer Months

Hot & humid summer months are conductive to mold growth.  Here are some key tips to help reduce the risk of those unwanted guests.

Keep Your Home Clean

Keeping your home clean is important for a number of reasons. The number one thing mold needs is moisture. Once it has this, it can easily grow on a number of surfaces within the home. Regular cleaning of these areas can be instrumental in preventing mold from growing. Cooking oils, soap scum, and dirt can all facilitate mold growth. Eliminate these elements from the home through regular cleanings.

Control Humidity

Because mold needs water to grow, humidity in the home can be detrimental. This can be an especially big problem during the summer months when humidity in the air is especially high. Whether the moisture is coming from outside air, water coming in, cooking, showering, running the dishwasher, or even breathing, it is important to reduce the amount that remains in the home. Wipe away excessive moisture on the walls and ceiling. Make sure fans in the kitchen and bathroom are functioning properly to remove the moisture. For those living in especially humid areas, investing in a dehumidifier may be necessary.

Control the Temperature

For mold to grow, the ideal temperature needs to be reached. The ideal temperature is between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. During the summer months, temperatures are often higher than normal inside the home. Make an effort to keep temperatures inside the home lower during the summer months. Setting the thermostat to the low 70s makes it more difficult for mold to grow. Be conscious of the temperature of your home. Even if you are away from your home for an extended period of time, keep the temperature fairly low to prevent against mold.

Keep Air Circulating

Stagnant air breeds mold. Keeping air circulating through your home will help prevent mold from growing. Keep all the vents in your home open, even if you don’t often go in that room.

Protect your home against mold, even during the humid summer months. By keeping your home clean, controlling the humidity, controlling the temperature, and keeping the air circulating, you can better prevent mold from growing in your home.

Should you find mold in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Clifton. 973-928-3705