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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.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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.

To learn more about Little Falls, click here.

Water Damage in Offices

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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

Emergency Prep Kit 101

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered about emergencies? Some people don't care to prepare a kit until after the disaster has happened, also known as too little too late.  With this sample checklist you can quickly create your own emergency disaster kit that could keep you alive and comfortable for 3 days.

    • Container for the kit, such as a plastic tote or a wearable duffle bag
    • 1 gallon of water per person/day
    • Portable tent
    • Small tarp
    • Poncho
    • 2,000 calories of healthy food per person/day (nuts, grains, food bars, canned food etc.)
    • Compact sleeping bag and bedroll
    • Hygiene Products

        • Toilet Paper

        • Baby Wipes

        • Deodorant

        • Bandana

        • Soap

        • Dust Mask

        • Potty bags

        • Latex gloves

        • Toothbrush and toothpaste

        • Feminine products
    • First aid kit

        • Roll of gauze

        • Medical tape

        • Alcohol wipes

        • Blood coagulant

        • Gauze pads

        • Painkillers

        • Burn/wound cream

        • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant/moisturizer
    • Tools

        • Pocket knife

        • Whistle

        • Hand warmes

        • Duct tape

        • Small rope

        • Wire saw

        • Matches
    • Self powered flashlight
    • Self powered radio
    • List of doctors and family contacts
    • Spare cash
    • Pet supplies

Give us a call to learn more. SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Water Damage Facts

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage of home This home experienced extensive flooding of their first floor after a pipe broke.

Dealing with water damage is a homeowners nightmare. Whether it came from a broken pipe, overflowing toilet, sump pump failure, or flooding from a storm- water damage can cause more problems than you may think.

In many cases, the damage will go much deeper than the water line. The drywall, wood, and even concrete can act as as sponge which causes the water damage to extend deeper into the structure. An even bigger concern is what can come after the water damage, if not properly dealt with-mold. Mold is toxic. It is created when there is moisture hidden in walls, crawlspaces and below floorboards.

Here are 3 facts about water damage that will help you respond properly to a potential disaster:

  1. Look For Stains

Obvious signs of water damage include- water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet, or sink, and on ceilings and walls. Cracks in the drywall, or areas that appear swollen or soft, as well as peeling paint.

  2. Check the Floors

For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling, or warped flooring. For carpets- be aware of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, and a musty smell.

  3.  Watch for Rust and Mold

Check your water heater for rust on the tank, or damp spots on the floor. Corrosion around pipe connections could signal water seeping from the pipes. Check for visual signs of mold.

We at SERVPRO of Clifton are here to make the cleanup process easier for you and your family.

Give us a call 24/7

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                           973-928-3705

                 “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Ready Profile's for Your Business

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Small business owners have a lot to worry about while running a business. How to handle an emergency should not be one of those concerns. Learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) and see how your small business can be better prepared.

What is the SERVPRO ERP?

Unfortunately, all catastrophes cannot be prevented, which means it is imperative to have an emergency plan set just in case an unexpected event occurs. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan application works to prevent situations from escalating. The app, designed for commercial use, is marketed towards property and risk managers and towards business owners. The SERVPRO ERP works on the premise that the more you know what to do and what to expect in advance of any kind of emergency is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, storm, and fire damage can affect your business.

Our ERP includes the following:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Clinton as your local disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Is it necessary for small businesses to have a plan?

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" makes your employees and clients feel comforable that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they do not necessarily have to be.

If you prepare for the future, you will save early for disaster costs and prevent greater damage in the future. Utilizing tools to prevent damage, to prevent loss, and to prevent losing your business to a disaster, is one of the best ways to ensure the “health” of what you own or manage. 

Can SERVPRO help with commercial damage after an event?

SERVPRO of Clifton has a highly trained staff to help with any remediation needs you may have! We offer remediation for water, fire, mold, storm damage, and more. We also can help with other situations such as crime scene cleanup or other biohazard issues. In addition, we can help with your everyday commercial cleaning needs.

If you are a small business owner considering adding SERVPRO’s ERP to your overall business preparedness plan. You can learn more about the program by contacting us at 973-928-3705. Be prepared for any disaster! Let SERVPRO of Clifton help.

Water Damage: Information for Property Owners and Tenants

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Handling a water loss can be extremely difficult and confusing; especially, when both a tenant and property owner are involved. Although SERVPRO of Clifton strives to provide clear and consistent communication to ease the stress of restoring property damage, we understand that the added variables can create further confusion. Therefore, we make all possible efforts to prevent miscommunication and protect clients, as well as ensure that water cleanup and restoration efforts are performed as effectively as possible.

Below, are recommendations that can be beneficial to homeowners and tenants regarding water losses:

  • It is important to address water losses immediately to ensure the safety and security of tenants, as well as maintain the structure’s integrity. Additionally, it is important to note that failing to address water damage appropriately could result in the loss of tenants in the future.
  • Renter’s insurance, often, does not cover structural damage, only contents. Therefore, the homeowner is responsible for financial costs determined by damage.
  • We require the homeowner’s signature to begin work; tenants cannot provide a valid signature.

Water losses are never easy, especially when cleaning and restoration efforts involve collaboration between a homeowner and tenant. At SERVPRO of Clifton, we seek to provide efficient and effective work, while minimizing difficulty or confusion for all parties involved.

Should you be faced with water damage to your home or property, call us at (973) 928-3705 and one of our technicians will come out right away. 

Smoke Alarm Safety

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm Smoke alarms are one of the most important things to have in your home.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms will give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

SAFETY TIPS

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement.

• Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. Interconnected smoke alarms are good because when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

• Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.

• A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 ft from the stove.

• There are special smoke alarms for people who are hard-of-hearing or deaf that use strobe lights and bed shakers.

• Replace all smoke alarms when they are around 10 years old, but check them every 6 months to ensure the batteries are good and the alarm is working properly.

Facts 

  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level. Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection.
  • Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Click here National Fire Protection Organization for more about fire safety education and tips.

SERVPRO of Clifton

         973-928-3705