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How to Prevent Fires in Your Bloomfield Home

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a great tool for house fire prevention, but they are not the only way to lessen your risk.

The Numbers Behind House Fires

In the United States, it is reported that a home fire is put on record every 24 seconds according to the NFPA. That works out to nearly 8,600 house fires a day.

Though the vast majority of house fires are cooking-related, malfunctioning appliances, frayed wiring or cords, and carelessness with open flames are also often to blame. Because fires spread rapidly and can quickly consume an entire home, it is essential to be vigilant in prevention for the safety of your household.

House Fire Prevention Tips

Being proactive is the best defense against house fires. By keeping these fire prevention tips in mind, you can minimize your risk and keep your family and home safer:

Maintain smoke detectors. Maintain your smoke detectors by testing them once a month and replacing them every 10 years.

Clean the dryer. After each load of laundry is dried, make a point to clear the  lint from the tray. Lint build up can become a fire hazard when the dryer is warming up.

Keep an eye on open flames. Fires can start and spread faster than you think, which is why it is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Whether it is a candle, cooking flame or fireplace, always keep an eye on them.

Maintain electrical cords. Cords and electrical wires should be checked often for frayed spots and immediately replaced if they are present. Never run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat and catch fire.

Read product labels. Chemicals in household products can be highly flammable, and so can products that come in aerosol cans. Keep these away from sunlight or heat sources.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Storm Damage Versus Flood Damage

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

You may not think there is a huge difference between storm and flood damage, but your insurance company sure does. It's absolutely vital to make sure that your Clifton business is covered for both types of damage. Doing research on the ins and out of your insurance company can prevent you from spending thousands of dollars in property damages.

The Difference Defined
Differentiating between the two types of damages can be tricky.

Insurance companies typically label the accident as storm damage if the destruction was a result of one or more of the following:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Cyclones and tornadoes
  • Hail storms
  • Hurricanes and other tropical storms

The Insurance Code of Practice defines flood damage as "the covering of normally dry land by water that has escaped or been released from the normal confines of any lake, river, creek or other natural watercourse, whether or not altered or modified, or any reservoir, canal or dam."

Even though it is obviously possible for the above storms to cause flooding in your building,your insurance company will not see it that way.  While it is absolutely possible for the above incidents to cause flooding, your insurance company won't see it that way.

How to File a Claim
If your commercial building is covered, then you need to file your insurance claim as soon as possible by contacting your insurance company.

Separate your damaged and undamaged property and make a itemized list of both, including the items model number, serial number, and brand name. Do NOT throw anything away until your insurance company sends out an adjuster to inspect it.  If you still have any receipts or bills, include them in the report.

Both severe storms and floods can cause massive amounts of water damage, but your insurance company still treats them like separate accidents. Make sure to contact remediation experts if your commercial building has recently suffered from storm or flood damage.

Contacting a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Clifton can do all the work for you. Our technicians will come in prepared with all the required insurance paperwork, will take photos of all salvageable and salvageable content, as well as all structural damage. We will create detailed itemized lists of all content for your adjuster and we will submit all information to your insurance and work with your adjuster.

Our technicians are on call 24/7 365 days a year- they can be called out on a moments notice if your business experienced flood or storm damage, because we know how precious time is when dealing with property damage.

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Do you Have Water in your Clifton Attic?

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Restoring and Repairing Flood Damage in Your Clifton Attic 

Severe weather systems that can sometimes affect the Clifton area of New Jersey offer strong winds capable of hurdling debris and tearing off roofing materials. Once vulnerabilities exist in the exterior defense of your house, it is a direct path for water and elemental exposures to occur that can allow situations like flooding. For the attic of your home, this water damage can spread quickly to the point of getting out of control, and this problem can continue to worsen without the appropriate intervention. 

Among the first steps that must get taken when flood damage is occurring in your Clifton attic from a compromised roof is to get competent and qualified contractors on the scene quickly for temporary solutions. Our SERVPRO rapid response team features licensed contractors that can offer emergency board up and tarping services to correct vulnerabilities in your home’s construction to allow mitigation work to get started. 

Once our professionals have arrived at your flood-damaged address, we must get to work quickly on extracting water from the attic space unless this damage has already spread to the floor beneath this area of the property. The SERVPRO team can utilize moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery to locate moisture between floors of your home and into spaces of the attic that are challenging to access. 

Because mitigation work needs to wrap up as quickly as possible, our team works to ensure that we arrive within hours of a call to get this critical extraction and drying efforts started. Once we have managed these effects inside of the house, our licensed contractors on the team can begin their efforts of rebuilding and restoring the damaged roof that allowed the flooding. 

We offer every customer a comprehensive approach to recovery when flooding has occurred, and our qualified and experienced SERVPRO of Clifton team is available 24/7 to help. You can count on our technicians to make all of the effects of flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (973) 928-3705.

Staying Safe During Summer Storms

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Summer storms can cause a lot of damage to your home.  Water damage, broken windows, power outages and even fires are some of the problems associated with summer storms.  Damage to your home can be expensive but there are ways to protect your home from costly repairs.

1.) Clean your gutters - Clear any debris from your gutters to make sure all that rain water can easily flow off your roof and away from your home. When water can’t get through your gutters, it pools on your roof and around your house in ways that can cause damage.

2.) Trim your trees - Some of the worst storm damage is caused by falling trees. A healthy, sturdy tree is unlikely to topple in high winds, but one with dead limbs, or disproportionate growth may. Maintaining them will help you protect both your property and the tree itself.

3.) Back Up Your Sump Pump - When heavy rains come, sump pumps can get overloaded. a flooded basement can cause all sorts of damage to your things–especially if it’s a finished basement. Plus, when water covers wiring or electric appliances, things get dangerous. Make sure your sump pump has a battery backup just in case the electricity goes out. You might also consider installing a second, battery operated pump that will come on if the main one fails.

4.) Gather Emergency Supplies -The Red Cross recommends keeping a three-day supply of food and water for your family, and a seven-day supply of any medications. You might also add a battery operated radio, and a car adaptor for your cell phone. Nothing fancy here, no need to build a bomb shelter, just a little stash in a duffle bag or plastic container in the garage or basement.

5.) Secure Windows and Doors - Windows and Doors often get damaged in thunderstorms.  Weatherproof windows and doors that are durable enough to withstand harsh climates and weather can avoid such damage.

If your home has damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Clifton at 973-928-3705. 

Fire Restoration for Your Little Falls Home

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Get Professional Fire Damage Cleanup in Little Falls for Items that Require Special Care

House fires are destructive and can start because of faulty electrical wiring or equipment. Even after extinguishing a fire, damage to your property and possessions continues. It is therefore, critical to prevent further destruction by calling professionals who have expertise in dealing with smoke, soot, and odor.

You can call SERVPRO to assist you in cleaning up your fire damaged Little Falls residence. We can assess the destruction that the flames, smoke, soot, or water has caused. Once we determine the amount of damage, we can come up with an estimate for cleaning up and restoring your house. A fire can ruin your home in many ways, including the following:

· Smoke may discolor the walls in a few minutes.

· Finishes on kitchen appliances may discolor within a few hours.

· Smoke can tarnish metal or cause etching in the glass after a short time.

· Smoke and ash can continue causing corrosion to materials the flames did not ruin.

Our technicians can remove smoke, soot, ash, and other residues that could have built up on different surfaces before they spread. We can also use deodorization products to remove unpleasant odors from curtains, carpets, and upholstered furniture. During the cleanup process, some items such as clothes, toys, jewelry, and food require special care. We use special cleaning procedures when cleaning such things.

Most clothes are made of artificial fibers and therefore smoke odor molecules, and smoke particles can bond with fabrics if you do not clean them quickly. To organize garment restoration, we recommend that you make three groups of clothes, namely:

· The clothes you need immediately

· The clothes you need at a later date

· Seasonal clothes

We inventory clothes before removing them from the fire damaged worksite. We take multiple steps to clean and deodorize clothing items, including removing them from metal hangers to prevent oxidization, eliminating loose, dry residues from fabrics, and spraying the garments with solvent-based odor counteracts.

When restoring toys, we do our best to ensure that we return them to a condition that is safe for children to play with them. We clean and sanitize toys, and if we have any doubts about their safety, we dispose of them.

The flames and heat of a fire can ruin foods, making them unsafe to consume. Our technicians dispose of food items that heat damage or smoke particles have ruined. We also evaluate canned foods to determine if they were too close to smoke and heat. We recommend disposing of food items that have discolored or scorched labels after you have inventoried them. Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you file your insurance claim using our contents claim inventory service (CCIS). The process involves identifying the salvageable and unsalvageable items and showing their value for easier settlements.

If you need fire damage cleanup services for items requiring special care, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. We are dedicated to professionalism and can meet your needs in Clifton, Woodland Park, and neighboring areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Protect your Home Before You Go on Vacation this Summer

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

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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The Categories of Water

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training.

From the IICRC's standards, there are three categories describing the type of liquid involved in a destruction.

    • Category 1 (clean water) This is a liquid from a clean and sanitary source, such as faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc.  But, category one can quickly degrade into category 2.
    • Category 2 (gray water) This category of liquid has contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested.  Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but not feces.
    • Category 3 (black water) This is the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary.  It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.

When hiring a professional to clean up your water damage, it's important to make sure the technician has the right knowledge and tools for the job.

SERVPRO of Clifton's technicians are trained and educated in water damage restoration and categorizing the type of water with every intrusion.  Infrared probes are used to tell the extent of the destruction, as well as air movers, air scrubbers, different sizes and types of dryers and blowers, special hardwood dryers, and dryers designed specifically for drying the sub-floor and inner wall cavities.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton, our technicians are on call 24/7 and can dispatched at a moments notice.

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The Commercial Water Extraction Process

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Water Removal Process Gets Clifton Business Owners Back in the Game

Water damage is a very scary thing to happen to business owners. The thought of damage to equipment, belongings and property is overwhelming.

Clifton business owners need water removal in a hurry in the event of a flood, leak, or any other water incident. Swift remediation means getting back to work faster. The first step in water removal is using extraction equipment to draw away standing water.

Why is extraction so important?

Moisture can do a lot of damage to business premises, including:

  • Warping wood floors or beams
  • Soaking drywall and causing it to collapse
  • Causing rust and tarnishing on metal surfaces
  • Providing a breeding ground for mold and mildew

What equipment does SERVPRO use for extraction?

Our technicians have access to a range of extractors, including:

  •        Free-standing extractors
  •        Truck-mounted extractors
  •        Carpet wands
  •        Deep extraction tools
  •        Squeegees, Mops, and Buckets

Carpet wands and deep extraction tools help us squeeze and draw moisture out of carpets and carpet pads for more thorough water removal.

How can I prepare for water removal?

The very best way to prepare for water removal is to sign up for SERVPRO ERP (Emergency Ready Plan.) ERP is free-to-join. We can visit your establishment to assist with the setup. You download the app, sign up for an account, and follow the prompts to complete a walk-through of your premises. ERP helps you capture all the vital information and store it in one place. You can even use it to make sure we are your first port of call in a disaster. The app allows you to establish SERVPRO of Clifton as your preferred restoration specialist, which allows you to create a First Notice of Loss from the app, or call us quickly with one click.

Using ERP means you’re prepared before anything even happens, which means you can get back to business faster.

For help with water extraction, give SERVPRO of Clifton a call at (973) 928-3705.

Water Damage in Office Buildings

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded offices A flooded office can be very costly.

Water Damage in Office Buildings

When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.

All building are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.

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Call SERVPRO of Clifton to Clean Up Your Storm Damage

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Little Falls, NJ Call SERVPRO of Clifton for all your Water, Fire, and Mold restoration.

Let SERVPRO eliminate your Little Falls flood damage.

Flash flooding can be disastrous for any community to endure. By 2016, all 50 states had experienced flooding or flash flooding in the five years prior. The cost of repairs, without proper mitigation, can be quite high and extremely stressful for homeowners. However, there is a team that can help you breathe a sigh of relief after a disaster.

If your Little Falls home needs flood damage cleanup fast, SERVPRO professionals can be at your home within hours of your call to mitigate damage. SERVPRO emphasizes the importance of preserving structures and possessions when it is safe to do so. These measures save homeowners on costs while ensuring that their property becomes a safe and comfortable place to live once more.

Always Able to Lend a Hand

SERVPRO of Clifton is available at any time of the day or night to take your call. This firm can have a team at your home within 24-hours, coordinating with property owners and insurance adjusters to clean and restore your home. If your residence needs repairs after a flood-related disaster, technicians can also help owners secure reliable contracting services that are dedicated to cleaning up and restoring your living space. The entire crew is local to Passaic County, so they are familiar with the needs of residents. 

SERVPRO Can Save Your Furnishings

SERVPRO technicians prioritize cost-saving measures for homeowners to restore their property and can offer advice on whether restoration or replacement is ideal for furniture items after a flood. Your items can be moved off-site in a pack out if needed. This way, technicians can focus on ensuring that your structure is thoroughly cleaned, dried, and deodorized, maximizing safety for residents. 

There are several things that technicians can do to preserve certain parts of water-affected furnishings when it is safe to restore them, including:

  • Drying buttons, zippers, and other non-fabric components to prevent damage and rust
  • Reducing rust transfer with furniture pads around affected fixtures
  • Using a portable extractor in tandem with upholstery tools to remove water
  • Treating furniture stains with commercial-grade, EPA-registered cleaners

SERVPRO of Clifton is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 928-3705 today for an emergency response to flooding in your home.

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