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Candle Safety During the Holidays and Throughout the Year

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candle Safety During the Holidays and Throughout the Year HAPPY HOLIDAYS! SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Candles are a beautiful addition to any holiday decor, but if not properly used, they can be cause serious damage to your home.  Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the winter holidays than any other time throughout the year. The top 3 holidays for candle fires were Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with the month of December being the peak month when candle fire incidents nearly doubled. 

Following these candle safety tips to keep you and your family fire-safe during the holiday season and throughout the year:

  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily and are made from a material that cannot burn, such as metal, ceramic or glass and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
  • When lighting candles, be sure to keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Protect candle flames with glass covers/chimneys or containers.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from things that can burn/catch fire, like clothing, books, curtains, silk and dried flower arrangements, holiday decorations and Christmas trees.
  • People are fascinated by a flickering candle and children and pets are no exception, therefore, keep children and pets away from burning candles.
    • NEVER leave a child or pet unsupervised in a room with a lighted candle.
    • Keep matches and lighters safely out of a child’s reach, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
  • NEVER use a candle when oxygen is present.
  • Keep candle wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch and extinguish the flame when they get to within 2 inches of the holder.
  • Votives and containers should be extinguished before the last ½ inch of wax starts to melt.
  • For emergency lighting, use flashlights NEVER use candles.

Flameless candles are fire-safe, However when using flameless candles, remember to secure the battery compartment and keep them out of reach of children.

Have a wonderful and SAFE holiday season ~ From SERVPRO of Clifton


Fire Restoration Process

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Process Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Clifton Today 973-928-3705

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Clifton, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Clifton Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Clifton Today



Your Belongings and Fire Damage

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals understand your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.


If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO of Clifton will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. Learn more about our document restoration services.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. Learn more about the Contents Claim Inventory Service.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call SERVPRO of Clifton Today


Cleanup and Restoration From Storm Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration From Storm Damage Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today ~ 973-928-3705

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 any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

They’re 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 Specialists

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.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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, They 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 ~ 973-928-3705

Faster To Any Disaster

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster To Any Disaster SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Residential and Commercial Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Clifton is a leader in the restoration industry and our professionals are faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore or clean your property.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies

Have Questions? – We’re Here to Help® 973-928-3705

Residential Services

Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals to make your house feel like home again. They have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. Our residential services include the following:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services

Commercial Services

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Our commercial services include the following:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

Mold Remediation Process

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our office. A representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If you see signs of Mold, call us TODAY!

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Get Your Business Restored Quickly After Water Damage

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Get Your Business Restored Quickly After Water Damage SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Home From Summer Storms SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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.

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.


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.