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Why it is Necessary to Remediate Water Damage in Clifton

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

leaking water heater.  Water beginning to pool on floor Appliance leaks happen and unchecked, can cause harmful bacteria and mold to enter your home. Inspect your home often for water damage.

Water Damage Issues in Clifton Linked to Increased Health Risks

When water damage comes to mind, people often only envision ruined rooms and possessions. This image, though, fails to include the serious potential health risks that may also result.

Several things could lead to water damage in your Clifton home. Leaky hot water tanks, clothes washers, and dishwashers are the usual culprits. However, it can also occur in less obvious ways, including through the effects of long-term, normal condensation and small roof leaks in inconspicuous areas. These are far more frightening causes because the resulting bacterial and fungal growth can sometimes go unnoticed for months or even years. While something like this usually leads to devastating physical damage to your home, it can also cause health effects. Resulting bacteria and fungus, including mold and mildew that develops and grows around moisture sources, can cause these.

Such dangers make it exceedingly crucial for Clifton homeowners to periodically have their homes checked for water damage and moisture sources. Some area services, like SERVPRO, quickly check your residence for issues and effectively resolve them whenever discovered. Our technicians, using water sensors, examine your walls, baseboards, and carpets for moisture. They use specialized meters to look for dampness in your furnishings and evaluate the interior air with thermohygrometers that determine its temperature and relative humidity.

Afterward, SERVPRO professionals can remove any standing water found with portable extractors. These are convenient since they allow workers to access even the most difficult to get to areas. Workers, based on meter readings and the areas involved, calculate the right ratio of dehumidifiers to air blowers and determine where to place them to maximize evaporation. Once surfaces are sufficiently dried, SERVPRO uses ultra-low volume foggers to inject disinfectants and fungicides into affected spaces. This action kills off these harmful microorganisms.

Our homes and belongings are dear to us all, but health is by far the most important thing. Without good health, nothing else matters. So, always remember to check your home for water damage and resulting growths routinely. If you need any help, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705.                                

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We Get You Back In Business In Clifton After A Water Loss

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Our LGR dehumidifier and centrifugal air movers drying this room Our LGR dehumidifier and centrifugal air movers dried the water damage in this property. We get started right away to prevent further damage.

Commercial Water Damage in Clifton Day Care Centers Creates Unnecessary Risks to Children and Staff

Day care centers in Clifton need to provide hot meals to the children in their care, as well as adequate space for both indoor and outdoor play, art activities (which often means a sink in a central location), bathrooms and often a separate area for diaper changing. Much of these amenities require plumbing, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

SERVPRO assists businesses, including day care centers, in Clifton recover after commercial water damage and its effects threaten to close operations by acting quickly. Our building team skilfully handles any deconstruction needed, as well as rebuilding. Plumbing accidents can lead to electrical damage and when this happens, our team can reduce overall costs by performing this work, as well. We understand that you need to have safe conditions restored as swiftly as possible, and SERVPRO can make this a reality.

Water damages many of the materials used to construct your day care center. Flooring (including tile, linoleum, and carpeting), walls, and ceilings (when plumbing accidents occur upstairs) all require mitigation services to begin soon after any pipes break or leaks occur to keep damages minimized. Our green Fleet transports all of the needed equipment to remove the water and get things dry again so restoration activities can begin. 

New drywall and paneling, as well as flooring takes care of softer materials. Cleaning with stiff-bristled brushes and sealing cinder block walls prepares them for repainting. New materials and fresh paint can eliminate many of the odors let behind by water damage, but if you wish for SERVPRO to perform deodorization in your building, please let us know. We can bring in a hydroxyl generator that is safe to use in damp conditions, which allows us to continue working.

Furniture can also sustain damage if cushions, wood frames, or other components absorb water. Metal pieces can corrode and become weak. Fasteners and braces in this condition can become sharp and cut small fingers. The health risk of tetanus increases greatly when such furniture remains accessible to children. SERVPRO’s restoration experts can keep this from increasing your costs, as well.

SERVPRO of Clifton also provides restoration and mitigation services to businesses in Little Falls, NJ and Woodland Park, NJ. When it looks like water damage might close down your business, call (973) 928-3705 for 24-hour service.

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Water Loss Event In Clifton

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

Applications for Wet Vacuums in Drying Clifton Homes

Many tools play an intricate role in the restoration and drying of Clifton homes after water loss events, especially those that leave standing water concerns throughout the residence. While not all of these circumstances deposit several feet of liquid in the damaged areas, even an inch or two is enough to cause substantial damage to exposed materials and contents. The right tools for the job make water removal and the subsequent drying as efficient as possible.

There are favored tools for these applications, such as the electric submersible pump, but these are not always the ideal choice for water removal in Clifton homes. In some situations, it is more efficient and practical to use mobile solutions like wet vacuums to take care of pooling water on top of specific structural elements rather than attempt to get submersible pumps to work in shallow levels. Wet vacuums have several applications for water removal in a residence.

Shallow Depths
As briefly mentioned, electric submersible pumps are a powerful, quiet option for extraction. They can bring your standing water threat down to a couple of inches, but then lack the suction in their intake to continue water removal. Wet vacuums are ideal for the final two inches of standing water that can exist after sump pumps get used.

Inaccessible Areas
There are several instances where small spaces exist that do not offer the available room for submersible pumps to be of use. Instead, we can utilize the hose or attachments of the wet vacuum to remove this trapped water from this challenging area.

Needed Attachments
While submersibles can offer a direct, continuous draw of water, they are not ideal for use in one particular application or another. At lower levels, water removal requires several specific attachments that get connected to mobile wet vacuums to complete the job. These might include:

    •    Carpet Wands
    •    Squeegee Wands
    •    Extended Solid Tube

Regardless of where it might get used in your home, the wet vacuum is always a part of the stocked equipment ready to mobilize quickly after a water loss emergency. Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

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Flood Damage Restoration In Clifton

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Flood restoration from start to finish is a multi-faceted and challenging task.

Three Phases Clifton Residents should consider for Flood Damage Restoration

Flash flooding can be devastating for homeowners. However, with the right attitude and assistance, you stand a strong chance of getting your home back to its preloss condition. When disaster strikes your home that are several jobs to take care of that can go a long way to reducing permanent losses. Shutting off the power supply is a vital safety step that can prevent electric equipment from blowing out and prevent electrical fires in the interim. Contacting both your insurance provider and a professional restorer can also pay dividends in the long run.

There are different phases to flood damage recovery in your Clifton home. The first step is emergency services or mitigation. These may be robust jobs like moving furniture out of harm's way, closing and sealing doorways to prevent water migration as well as collecting relevant documents or valuables. These duties are within the scope of the average homeowner, providing that due care and attention is taken.

When entering a flooded property, be aware of potential hazards as well as contamination in water. If you have any doubts, it is best to leave it to a professional. SERVPRO technicians can perform emergency draining of a flooded property using a combination of extraction tools and pumping equipment. Once the reduction of standing water levels is complete, there is less chance of slip and trip hazards as well as structural collapse. However, a thorough examination of ceilings, walls, and flooring needs conducting to ensure the property is sound.

The next phase of flood restoration involves remediating any immediate concerns in the building. These steps are necessary when water migration is occurring or when there is contamination in the property. Remediation tasks include industrial cleaning or controlled demolition of non-salvageable items and materials. SERVPRO can thoroughly disinfect your home to destroy any residual microbes, including mold, bacteria, and viruses.

After remediation SERVPRO can perform the restoration, the disposal of any building materials is replaced with new material including drywall and insulation. We can dry the structure using a combination of dehumidifiers and rapid-air movers to lessen the chances of secondary damages and return to the property every twenty-four-hours to assess improvements. The last step involves refinishing surfaces, contents, and deodorizing to ensure your home returns to a preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Flood restoration from start to finish is a multi-faceted and challenging task. For expert assistance contact SERVPRO of Clifton.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Clifton After A Water Damage Disaster

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

One of our advanced technology tools used to detect moisture levels We use advanced technology to detect the moisture levels and ensure proper drying during the restoration process.

How SERVPRO Removes Water Damage from a Clifton Residence

Whether from a pipe leak behind a wall or an appliance failure that has saturated your floors, water damage causes millions in property damage and is the third-largest cause of home property loss. An estimated 14% of all water delivered to the average home is lost to leaks and plumbing malfunctions. Without fast action, this type of damage can go undetected for weeks, months, or even longer, creating even more problems for homeowners to tackle. 

If your Clifton home needs water damage mitigation, your local SERVPRO is ready to extract moisture, remove potential microbes, and restore your home to a preloss condition. Technicians receive extensive training in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and techniques to ensure that homeowners receive consistent, high-quality cleanup after a disaster occurs. The entire crew lives in Passaic County and works hard to stay in touch with the needs of the community.

SERVPRO's 24/7/365 Availability

When you choose SERVPRO for your cleanup needs, you get the services of an IICRC-certified team that is available on evenings, weekends, and holidays. Technicians know that disasters do not occur on a typical 9-to-5 schedule, so they are always prepared to respond to disasters of all sizes with cutting-edge technologies, tried-and-true cleaning techniques, and EPA-registered antimicrobials. 

Preserving Water-Damaged Hardwood Floors

Whether the source of the damage is a pipe or an appliance failure, many types of flooring do not hold up well to prolonged moisture exposure and may require replacement. If you have hardwood floors, however, restoration is often possible. 

Technicians work quickly to prevent warping, buckling, and cupping by reducing relative humidity to levels between 30% and 45%. The goal is to reduce the moisture content of the hardwood flooring to 16% to prevent the proliferation of microbes. For flooring with a finish that acts as a vapor barrier, the finish may require removal so that water extraction and drying can proceed. Polyethylene tents may be set up near the floor to improve the effectiveness of dehumidifiers during the drying process. 

SERVPRO of Clifton provides service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call this team at (973) 928-3705 for thorough, emergency-response cleanup. 

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Let Our Crew Restore Your Water Damaged Clifton Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

Porosity of Clifton Home Materials Affects Cleaning After Losses

Cleaning up after a water loss incident involves the use of powerful extractors, drying machines, and potent cleaning agents all working together to help your Clifton residence. Our technicians have extensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to ensure that they can make knowledgeable real-time decisions that improve the efficiency of recovering your property.

When combined with cutting-edge cleaning equipment, and a line of cleaning products to suit various PH levels, soils, and severity, water cleanup for Clifton homes should be easy for our skilled SERVPRO professionals. Variables exist, however, that can make cleaning and recovery of specific materials and structural elements challenging. Porosity and permeability can both play a substantial role in whether a material can be salvaged and how long that recovery might take.

The porosity of a material affected by a water loss incident can have a direct effect on how readily it can get dried and how effective surface cleaning efforts might be to remove staining or residues. Materials like carpets and upholstery can be among the first materials to absorb excessive amounts of migrating water during a loss incident but are also able to release this moisture as quickly. This composition makes cleaning practices like hot water extraction and steam cleaning effective with these specific materials.

Likewise, staining and residues that affect beyond the immediate surface level of hardwood floors, cabinets, or other furniture might prove more challenging for our SERVPRO professionals to affect with our potent cleaning products. In some situations, stripping and removing the finish from flooring or furniture might be the only way to remove the present residue. This process is only cost-effective for the customer with premium flooring materials like teak, oak, maple, and pine planks.

The porosity of a material can affect its ability to absorb water initially, which can be a benefit to drying efforts but can also hinder cleaning when water damaged form on less porous materials. Let our experienced SERVPRO of Clifton professionals help you through this process and make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

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Why We Are The Best Choice For Clifton Fire Damage Restoration

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves stocked with our green machines Smoke or soot damage? Whatever the case might be we have the state of the art equipment and are ready 24/7 to assist you with your fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Clifton Fire Damage Cleanup Results

Fire residue cleanup in Clifton works most efficiently when based on scientific principles and implemented by trained and well-equipped individuals. The soiling produced by a fire is unlike other household dirt. Heat, flames, and the production of various gasses and particulates affect the development and the consistency of the residues and the adhesion of the soot to various surfaces. The need to understand how all these elements work together is why we invest in world-class training for our technicians. 

Matching Methods and Products to Residues

Once a technician learns the basics of how fire damage affects your Clifton home, informed adaptations for your unique circumstances improve the outcomes even more. We support the efforts of our employees to become as precise as possible when pairing products and modifying the elements of cleaning as needed. Individualized care and treatment are why we start with the following basics of cleaning and work out from there:

Principles

  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues and discard properly

Elements

  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Temperature
  • Time

Adaptations We Consider

When we inspect and assess your home after a fire damage loss, we continuously evaluate how to adjust the primary approach for the best cleaning results. Our preference is to restore, not to tear out and replace, why SERVPRO takes into consideration how much of a toll various cleaning methods take on certain surfaces. When we select among the products and tools at our disposal, we might modify:

Agitation and Dwell Time

We use gentler ways to move the surface or the cleaning solution to dislodge tightly adhered residues. Rather than a brush, we might swap out a feather duster. Soft cloths and more “elbow grease” is easier on a delicate surface than a rough-sided sponge or sandpaper. Delicate items can break apart with the use of ultrasonic waves or jets sprays, why SERVPRO technicians might increase dwell time by soaking the articles and use a spray bottle or soft paintbrush to remove embedded soils. 

Chemical Action

Before using water or oil-based cleaners on residues, we judge whether the surface or item is durable enough to handle the chemicals. Pretesting is a reliable way to determine how the material holds up, why SERVPRO technicians dab a small amount of the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to evaluate the outcome.

Temperature and Dwell Time

The molecules in cleaning solutions move more quickly when we apply heat, why our carpet extractors and industrial washing machines use the hottest fluid possible to remove residues. Some materials warp or shrink under high heat, why SERVPRO employees research the material and spot test. If heat damages, we increase agitation or dwell time to achieve the desired results.

The experience and training of our technicians are why SERVPRO of Clifton can adapt cleaning procedures, leading to successful fire damage clean up. Call us round the clock at (973) 928-3705 to get one of our crews on their way to you.

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Mold Damage In Your Clifton Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Damage in your Clifton Home Requires Extensive Mitigation

Basements are a common place to find mold damage. Because many homeowners do not inspect this area of the home regularly, it is not unusual for a small mold infestation to become a large one quickly.

Working on a partially finished basement in Clifton with mold damage, SERVPRO technicians found evidence of a large infestation. The presence of both wood support beams, sheetrock, and cardboard boxes all give the mold something to consume, which exacerbates the issue.

Why SERVPRO?
Mold remediation is a restoration service that the technicians have specialized training to handle. The techs take precautions to ensure mold spores do not spread during mitigation and additionally follow up with protective measures upon completion to ensure the mold does not return.

Containment and Drying
Mold cannot exist when air moisture content levels are below 50%, so the technicians set up containment around the work area and use their drying and dehumidification equipment to lower the humidity and effectively dry the colonies. Air scrubbers also run in tandem to capture airborne spores stirred up by the air movers.

Abatement Techniques
Once the colonies dry, the techs use hand tools to lift the mold from surfaces gently. In cases where the mold does not release quickly, or the scale of the infestation is large, the techs use methods such as soda blasting to remove any remaining visible colonies. After abatement, the surfaces get wiped down with professional-strength antifungal and antimicrobial cleaning agents.

Post Treatments
It is common for techs to apply antimicrobial sealant in areas where colonies previously established. This action is particularly useful in cases where an issue that requires repair is, in part, responsible for mold growth. Treatment ensures no return of the problem before the homeowner has the necessary repairs completed. Technicians also commonly inspect the ductwork to determine it needs cleaning to remove evidence of mold spores, so they don't spread to other areas of the residence.

When mold damage is an issue, contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. The certified technicians can end the infestation and ensure it does not return “Like it never even happened.”

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How Technology Helps With Flood Water Removal in Clifton

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain. Thunderstorm warning sign. Flooding can occur any time during the year. SERVPRO has the technology to locate hidden pockets of water and restore your home.

Flood Removal Inspection Equipment Can Speed Up Recovery of your Clifton Home

Floodwater can cause significant damage to a home environment. These situations can be even more painful when restorers need to remove further components to repair harm. Interference with structure and contents can increase the amount of time it takes for the home to make a full recovery. Demolishing sections of drywall, for example, creates further damage and lengthens the procedure because restorers must then cut and replace the area.

At our company, we seek to use non-invasive measures in your home as far as possible during flood removal recovery in Clifton. This approach leads us to use advanced analytic equipment during the inspection phase. When your home soaks in floodwaters, there are visible elements you notice like standing water levels or staining. However, there are also invisible elements like water migration, cavity saturation, and rising moisture content of materials.

Here at SERVPRO, we can assess the invisible elements using inspection equipment. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared light frequency bands to measure temperatures of a surface. While these do not detect moisture, they can detect the after-effects of moisture on a surface, which is useful in assessing whether rising moisture content or migration is occurring. If water is residing in wall cavities, for example, it is likely that the surface temperature drops, which can then be picked up on by a thermal imaging camera.

As far as non-invasive methods are useful, SERVPRO seeks to use them. Unnecessary removal of structural components during inspection can increase the turnaround of a restoration significantly. While it is often necessary to remove the structure to thoroughly dry property and reduce secondary water damage, SERVPRO can use thermal imaging to ensure we only remove structure when needed. In some cases, we can use non-invasive drying tools such as injectidry systems to restore the property.

Make sure your recovery time after a flood is as short as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705.

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Mitigating Home Theater Flood Damage in Little Falls

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

A room with a big screen with a projector on the ceiling and two rows of recliners. Little Falls let us be the one to assist your Little Falls flood damaged home theater.

SERVPRO knows best when it comes to your Little Falls flood damage.

While most homeowners have precautions in place for dealing with flooding when it occurs, one thing that can be harder to plan for is the cost of a disaster. As much as 70% of New Jersey real estate has needed repair at least five times due to flood damage. Average payouts per claim have been estimated at $25,000, a staggering expense for homeowners rebuilding after a disaster.

If you find flood damage in your Little Falls home, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to restore your home to a preloss condition. Both technicians and franchise owners undergo extensive training in fire, water, and mold damage mitigation and remediation. Through thorough education and training in contemporary disaster cleanup measures, technicians help homeowners save money and possessions whenever it is safe and feasible to do so.

Tips for Handling Electronics

If you have an entertainment center or home theater that has been affected by flooding, here are some tips for salvaging your electronics:

  • Do not turn on devices. Turning a device on after it has been affected by water is more likely to ensure that it never turns on again. 
  • Do not dry electronics in microwaves or ovens. Exposure to the high heat from these items can damage devices further, so avoid using these to save your electronics. Wait for certified technicians who can handle electronics to help you.
  • Do not open devices to dry them. It is more likely that you can damage internal components by opening devices, especially after they have been affected by water.

How SERVPRO Can Help

There are several crucial factors to keep in mind for restoring electronics, and SERVPRO technicians receive thorough training in observing these measures. Low humidity and adequate temperatures are crucial to the success of any restoration effort. For example, technicians can set up dehumidification chambers for drying CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, as well as other media. This measure helps maintain a relative humidity of approximately 25%. To minimize corrosion, technicians ensure that electronic devices like computers and televisions do not cool below the dew point. But, that is all for mitigating water damage to sensitive electronic components. SERVPRO can recommend, or our customers can select their own specialty service to inspect and repair the internal workings. 

SERVPRO of Clifton has the tools and techniques you need to make your home look, "Like it never even happened." If you need rapid disaster cleanup, call (973) 928-3705 today.

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