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Learn How to Invest Better in the Comfort of your Clifton Home or Office

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Mold is no laughing matter. Call SERVPRO with their IICRC certified technicians. They have the knowledge and experience you are looking for.

Clifton Residents Can Gain Investing Advice at the Master the Trade Conference 

Investing for your future is essential, and you can enter the year 2021 wiser and stronger after attending the Master the Trade Conference. This online event occurs from January 23, 2021, at 7 PM to January 24, 2021, at 3.00 AM. Clifton residents are welcome to the one day conference full of hustlers and leaders ready to show you what the world of investing can offer you and your family.

During the conference, attendees can expect to take six different classes. Three classes are meant to ensure that attendees learn the skillset of investing, and the other three are meant to train investors on how they can reap profits from the stock market. The topics to learn about in the event include:

  • Self-discipline
  • Setting goals
  • Building a financial legacy
  • Introduction to stocks
  • Introduction to futures
  • Introduction to options

From the tips the investors offer at this conference, you can attain your desired investment goals. Get your tickets and discount now before the event is gone.

SERVPRO of Clifton is happy to inform you about the Master the Trade Conference. We support businesses that make such events possible. We are one of the premier commercial mold removal companies in Clifton. If your commercial property requires mold remediation, call us at (973) 928-3705 for prompt restoration. 

A Quick Response to Water Damage in Little Falls

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Water damage is no laughing matter. Especially when it comes to clean up. Call the professionals of SERVPRO for the job.

SERVPRO is One of the Premier Water Restoration Companies in Little Falls

Named after a waterfall at a dam bordering Beattie Mill on the Passaic River, the Little Falls Township is in Passaic County, in New Jersey.

According to the census held in 2010, Little Falls had a population of 14,432, which was a 33 percent increase in population compared to the census conducted in the year 2000. The census held in 2000 recorded a decline of negative 3.9 percent compared to 11,294 people counted in the 1990 census.

This Township has many white-collar professionals such as office and sales workers and managers. 87.67 percent of the workforce is employed in white-collar jobs, which is way higher than the national average. Many artists also live in Little Falls. The town has more designers, artists, and individuals working in media than 90 percent of America's communities. The concentration of artists helps shape the character of Little Falls.

Many people who live in Little Falls work in math and computers. People also consider this area a college town. Little Falls offers several opportunities, amenities, and services geared to the activities and needs of students.

Many of the residents of the township travel to work by bus daily. Many of these people primarily travel out of town to jobs in other cities. This town is also diverse. The residents describe themselves as belonging to various ethnic and racial groups.

The History of Little Falls 

The first people to live in the Township were seven Bergen Dutch settlers who started farming in 1711. The Speer Homestead, located in the Township, dates from 1785. Reynier Speer built the house, and on July 18, 1985, the old building was included in the National Register of Historic Places. From 1680, an earlier building occupied the location.

An essential artery of transportation and trade, the Morris Canal had its way through Little Falls Township until 1925. Some of the signs of the canal exist, and some parts of it are a greenway.

On April 2, 1868, an act of New Jersey Legislature incorporated Little Falls as a township from portions of Acquackanonk Township, which existed in the state between 1693 and 1917. Portions of Acquackanonk Township were taken to form the now Woodland Park former West Paterson borough.

The Little Falls representation 

The Township is part of the 40th state legislative district of New Jersey and is located in the 11th Congressional District. The Township was part of the 8th Congressional District before the 2010 census. The New Jersey Redistricting Commission made the change, which became effective as from January 2013. The commission-based its decision on the results of the elections held in November 2012.

A Board of Chosen Freeholders that consists of seven members govern Passaic County. The elected members serve for three years on a partisan basis. As part of the general election, about two or three seats come up every year for election. The board selects a Director as well as a Deputy Director in a reorganization meeting that takes place in January. The members choose the two to serve a one-year term.

The Little Falls Education System

Little Falls Township Public Schools educate the Township's students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The district had three schools between 2018 and 2019 that enrolled 865 students. The district had 94.6 teachers on a full-time basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 9:1:1. 

High School students rely on Passaic Valley Regional High School, which educates students from the ninth to twelfth grades. The public school serves students across Woodland Park and Totowa. However, the school's facility is in Little Falls Township. The high school enrolled 1,186 students between the 2018 and 2019 school year. Allocation of the high school's nine-member education board is based on the constituent municipality's population, where the three seats are assigned to Woodland Park, Little Falls, and Totowa.

The Township also hosts Montclair State University, which employed 66 staff from the Township on a part-time and full-time basis. In 2011, they earned a total of $3.5 million.

Popular culture in Little Falls

The Township is famous for several spots, including:

  • The Colonial Inn: It is a hotel and lounge where Jackie Gleason, a comedian in the 1930s, performed a stand-up.

The Delicatessen: The retail establishment is also known as Deli. The residents of the Township walk in to buy a selection of tasty and foreign prepared foods. The idea of the establishment originated from Germany in the 18th century. It spread across the U.S around the mid-19th century. Ashkenazi Jews, among other European immigrants in the U.S, popularized the delicatessen in the late 19th century.

The Jonas Brothers also mentioned the Township in the 2019 documentary "Chasing Happiness." The family moved to the Township in 2005, and the Jonas brothers wrote several songs in Little Falls.

The home of the New Jersey Jackals 

Floyd Hall founded the American professional baseball team in 1998 in Little Falls. Al Dorso owns the team. The businessperson also owns State Fair Superstore, Sussex County Miners, and Skylands Stadium. The team is in the Frontier League and plays in Montclair State University at Yogi Berra Stadium.   

How SERVPRO restorers help property owners to deal with water damage

Water damage is among the most destructive problems property owners face, from broken water heaters to leaking faucets. If the unfortunate incident is not taken care of on time, damages such as electrical hazards and mold growth can occur. Fortunately, when you contact water restoration companies like SERVPRO, it is possible to minimize damage and get your property to its pre-water state.

Before our restorers get to your property, you can help minimize damage by:

  • Removing wet rugs from the affected area
  • Extracting as much water as possible
  • Moving art objects, paintings, and photos to a safe and dry area.
  • Opening windows, cabinets, and drawers to improve air circulation

Once we get to your property, our team of highly skilled specialists can handle the difficult part of the restoration. Water damage restoration requires highly trained and experienced restorers who can address all the potential consequences.

Our team of specialists not only knows how to restore damaged property but also where to look. We have innovative equipment and tools that help us trace moisture even in hard to reach areas during our inspection and assessment process.

Since we aim to reduce damage as much as possible, we use advanced extraction equipment to remove moisture in confined areas. We can use high-powered pumps and vacuums such as a dry vacuum designed to absorb excess water from your property.

Drying the property fast and effectively is an essential step during water damage restoration. We can use industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture on various surfaces, including challenging access areas. Dehumidifiers put out dry, hot air that can dry difficult to access areas like pillars, walls, and other saturated areas.

Even after thorough water extraction, and drying, we conduct an additional inspection to determine if the process was successful. It also helps our restorers to decide whether we need to remove the hardwood floor or carpeting.

Water can cause severe damage to your home and health problems to your family if not handled professionally. SERVPRO of Clifton is one of the leading water restoration companies in Little Falls. We can provide effective restoration to make the water intrusion incident seem, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (973) 928-3705.

What Are Efficient Strategies for Restoring Flood Damages in My Little Falls Home?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle with equipment Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include storm damage. Don't let the moisture take over your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Many steps can be taken to make the restoration and repair of a flood-damaged home more efficient and cost-effective. 

Understanding the full measure of the flood restoration process for your Little Falls home can ensure that the appropriate professionals get called to respond to these disasters when necessary. Flood restoration involves multiple repair and cleaning stages, both of which our extensive roster of qualified professionals can provide. Understanding what is involved in returning your home to a preloss condition after a flood can show homeowners how vital professional recovery actually is for residences and businesses alike. 

When considering how extensive flood damage in Little Falls homes can become, containment and emergency services become vital efforts to begin immediately. Often, these preliminary tasks occur before mitigation or the job scoping phase. Planning is a considerable step and stage before restoration begins, but there are specific actions they cannot wait to be included in this overall restoration agenda. We have several efficient strategies beginning with your communication with our staffed SERVPRO emergency line.

When is the Information About the Disaster Gathered? 

As you might expect, our professionals cannot know about damages to your specific residence without first notifying our administrators about the issue. The information you share with our staff emergency line representatives is shared directly with the appropriate parties responding to the disaster. At this stage, it is critical to be as thorough as possible so that we can collect the proper data and relevant facts to ensure that our technicians mobilize from our warehouse with the right equipment, personnel, and products. There are three ultimate ways that we collect the bulk of the data necessary to form our restoration plan for the property:

  • Emergency Phone Call – As already discussed, the more that you can share with operators on our emergency line, the better prepared our technicians are for what to expect when we reach the property.
  • Job Scoping – We have highly trained project managers who walk through the property damaged by a flood to determine what actions must be taken to restore the home. We can also use this phase to document total losses of structures and contents or indicate where further measures might be required in these areas.
  • Conversations with the Customer – No one knows your property as well as you do, so we often lean on the information provided by our customers to prioritize what actions get taken first.

What is a Staging Area? 

One of the efficient recovery approaches that our SERVPRO technicians utilize is staging areas. These get constructed in unaffected areas of the home nearby to where the bulk of the work and cleaning must occur. The objective of establishing a clean room to store equipment and personal protective gear is to have these items accessible as they are needed. We can limit trips in and out of the house by bringing in all of the necessary equipment, products, and devices into this staging area. The primary advantages of establishing this cleanroom between your home and its damaged areas are:

  • Efficient 
  • Convenient 
  • Prevents Cross-Contamination
  • Near to Drying/Work Zones

What Are Efficient Strategies for Extraction? 

Flood losses can be traumatic events in your house, specifically when standing water becomes a pressing concern. In any capacity, pooling can lead to saturation and absorption into the exposed materials of contents nearby. Extraction becomes a critical effort for our responding technicians because this removes the standing water threat to allow for more focus drying, cleaning, and other recovery actions. There are several extractors common to removing natural flood water from a property, whether inside the house, in the crawl space area, or even more inaccessible locations. These approaches include:

  • Trash Pumps – Gas-powered trash pumps can often be an ideal choice for removing natural flood water because of these units’ ability to remove smaller solids and debris.
  • Wet Vacuums – Extractors like wet vacuums are a more versatile choice, as these can run several different attachments such as carpet wands, squeegee wands, or work independently to remove water below two inches in depth. 
  • Subcontractor – Threat of contamination can be a motivator to choose a subcontractor where blackwater incidents might be overwhelming for the equipment available to our SERVPRO team. 

Many initial tasks must occur between the potential for contamination and leftover bulk materials immediately following the disaster. Our SERVPRO of Clifton team has motivated and helpful water restoration technicians and cleaning specialists to help address drying and restoring the property “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (973) 928-3705.

Learn the History of Christmas in Clifton and New Jersey

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

wreath and red ribbon on a blue door Call SERVPRO to remove the groundwater from your Clifton home while you enjoy the Holiday Festivities

Find Out More About Clifton at the Montclair History Center

On 19 December, the Montclair History Center is hosting a presentation on how Christmas and other Winter holidays have been celebrated going back to the 18th century and ending with this year’s virtual festivities. This annual tradition is part of the History at Home feature usually given at the Crane House and Historic YWCA and is sponsored by the Montclair Garden Club.

Updating Clifton Traditions but Keeping the Same Spirit

The Garden Club members are still decorating the YWCA for the 26th year, and they are not going to let COVID-19 stop them. After all, if the flooding from the last few years did not keep them away, then this is not going to dampen their enthusiasm either.  Physical attendance is limited, but the Club quickly adapted and has a Zoom presentation that will still be a special part of the season for many area families

No matter what the season may be, SERVPRO of Clifton is here to help our community with flooding damage mitigation and to help restore homes after any disaster. To schedule one of our response teams, call us today at (973) 928-3705. Happy Holidays Everyone!

Is Restoration Tough to Navigate After a Fire?

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO will take away your fire fears. Call us immediately after a fire. We will have our teams on site right away!

SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage Restoration Using Proven Methods and Advanced Technology, Making It Easier to Bring Your Clifton Property Back to Life.

When summing up a house fire, many homeowners who have been through it will tell you it was their worst nightmare. However, the various steps you take immediately after the fire play a significant role in your restoration outcome. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians ready to address every detail so that you can rest easy and know that everything is taken care of. Once you contact us, we can be at your Clifton property quickly to begin restoration efforts.

With SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration in Clifton, you can count on our methods and proven track record. We are available to take emergency calls 24/7 so that you know you have skilled technicians on your side and ready to get to work. Our team understands that each fire restoration project we get called to is unique, so we must adjust our cleaning procedures accordingly. The steps generally go as follows:

  • You contact us, and we send out our Green Fleet to your property in as little as a few hours. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!
  • We thoroughly inspect your home once the property is deemed safe for entry, which will include a complete fire damage assessment.
  • If needed, we perform immediate board-up services or tarping to protect your interior from exposure to the elements.
  • We will remove any water and moisture present from extinguishing the flames, followed by our specialized drying techniques
  • Our crew then handles the removal of all soot and smoke residue from surfaces, including deodorization practices
  • We tackle any cleaning, controlled demolition, and repair as needed.
  • Restoration wraps up with your interior sanitized and deodorized to ensure everything is left “Like it never even happened.”

What Precautions Should I Take After a Fire?

With a fire event in your home, you need to know the structure is safe to re-enter before anything can be done inside. This includes grabbing any of the belongings that you need/want. You should call SERVPRO as soon as possible to set our crew in motion to arrive where assessment can begin. This is also a good time for you to contact your homeowner’s insurance provider so that you can inform them of the fire. 

Why Do I Need Certified Technicians on the Job?

Fire restoration calls for specialized skills and techniques, ensuring safety, best practices, and professional results. We have a staff fully-trained through regular SERVPRO teachings as well as the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is the entity that sets forth the standards for the industry of cleaning and restoration. We can handle all of the fire damage, water cleanup, contents cleaning, and mold remediation that may be involved in your fire damage project. 

Do I Need to Worry About Structural Damage?

Depending on the extent of the blaze, there could be much damage that calls for extensive repairs. Our team works to restore your interior to bring it back to pre-fire condition faster than any DIY methods. Controlled demolition and repair is extremely beneficial to save both time and money for your project. 

  • We work to gain access to areas showing damage, including structural cavities that may be holding onto pooled water and soot.
  • The crew will also handle the removal of any compromised materials caught within the path of the fire. Whenever partially damaged materials are not appropriately addressed, odors can intensify, and soot becomes corrosive in nature. 
  • It is essential that we work to handle all substantial structural concerns as soon as possible after the fire. This is done for both the safety of our crew as well as the integrity of your home. 

How Do You Handle Soot Odors?

Unpleasant soot and smoke odors can linger if not appropriately handled during mitigation. We determine the kind of soot present so that we can select the best possible method for removal. This includes:

  • Careful selection of cleaning products
  • Use of advanced equipment and processes for deodorization
  • Sealants that help to lock in odors left on certain surfaces after cleaning

During Fire Damage Restoration, is There a Need for Full-Scale Reconstruction?

A great deal of repairing or reconstructing takes place throughout the mitigation steps of your project. However, there are times when our in-house technicians may work in unison to ensure the entire job is as seamless as possible. We never want you to wait so that scheduling conflicts get in the way of the timeline we set in place to get you back into your home enjoying your regular activities. 

SERVPRO of Clifton has you covered when you want trained technicians for your fire damage restoration needs. With one call to (973) 928-3705, we will have a crew at your door and ready to get started within hours.

Settle in on Sunday Nights in Little Falls for Some Local Acoustic Artists

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked in front of building It will be exciting to see the community at the Fine Grind Coffee Bar for the acoustic open mic night!

Coffee shop open mics are a relaxing way to cap off the weekend in Little Falls.

Every Sunday night through the end of the year, The Fine Grind Coffee Bar at 101 Newark Pompton Tpke here in Little Falls hosts an acoustic open mic event. This offers local talents the opportunity to hone their craft and try out some new creations for an accommodating audience enjoying the delicious aromas and tastes of well-prepared coffee beverages and teas. Performances begin at 7 and continue to 9:30.

Whether you are a budding musical artist or want to hear some fresh music that you cannot find anywhere else, see what is happening at The Fine Grind Coffee Bar on Sunday nights through the end of 2020. Expect COVID-related precautions to continue for the foreseeable future in the venue.

Do not let a water disaster keep you from a refreshing night out in town. Our SERVPRO of Clifton can help with fast and reliable water restoration for Little Falls homes when you call (973) 928-3705.

Why Can’t Mold Get Cleaned with DIY Methods?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Mold under a home on boards. Mold damage can be exhausting to even think about, much less tackle on your own. Call SERVPRO of Clifton today.

If You Suspect Mold, Professional Mold Remediation Ensures Safety and Thorough Cleaning of Your Clifton Home

Although you may have some products and cleaning implements in your home to handle specific tasks, special care is paramount when it comes to mold and mildew. Mold growth in the house brings the potential for harmful health effects, so calling in skilled mold remediation technicians to your Clifton home is the best way to safely and efficiently get the job done.

Why is SERVPRO the Best Team for the Job?

When it comes to mold remediation in Clifton, you need to know that mold spores rapidly spread when disturbed. This allows them to travel fast to other areas of your home. SERVPRO follows detailed guidelines for handling all mold projects, and we always have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety, such as:

  • Full-body covering suits
  • Disposable shoe and hair coverings
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Air-purifying respirators

Why is Your Equipment Superior?

We have access to the best tools and equipment in the restoration industry. When called for mold cleanup, our Green Fleet comes fully-equipped with:

  • Moisture probes, moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and thermal hygrometers allow us to locate all hidden moisture areas.
  • Fans, portable heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers will enable us to regulate drying and relative humidity within your Clifton home.
  • HEPA filtration, which pulls mold spores out of the air, keeping them from recirculating throughout your interior.
  • Blasting technology that allows us to address mold colonies in attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
  • Odor-eater pellets, fogging machines, and air scrubbers, which help us to eliminate musty odors.

SERVPRO is the best team to have by your side when you have areas of troublesome mold within your home. Once we finish with the project, your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to give you added peace of mind.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton whenever you need a team for prompt, reliable, and efficient mold remediation. You can reach our staff 24/7 by calling (973) 928-3705.

What Should I Do to Winterize My Water Pipes?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

frozen pipe burst, ice SERVPRO says to insulate your home's plumbing to prevent water damage to your Clifton home

SERVPRO technicians handle water cleanup in Clifton properties all year round

The harsh Clifton winters can freeze pipes causing water damage in homes. This occurs when water gets left in a line, and upon freezing, the ice expands within the confined space of the pipe and breaks it. The other water within the pipe flows out, and you can have a tremendous mess quickly in your house. Shut off the water and bring in a professional company to clean up the water and dry your home and contents. Easy steps to winterize your pipes include:  

  • Insulate pipes with insulation sleeves
  • Caulk or spray foam cracks that let freezing air in around pipes
  • Make sure indoor pipes get kept above freezing temperatures
  • If you have a crawlspace, insulate it

What Equipment Do Water Restoration Companies Use Against Water Damage?

SERVPRO is unique among water restoration companies in Clifton as the techniques have access to a vast array of both extraction and drying equipment ranging from efficient, portable pumps to truck-mounted units. The techs bring moisture detection devices to track the water migration in the home as well as limit the amount of controlled demolition that needs to occur to get the water within walls and under floors extracted and dried.

Actions homeowners take before the arrival of SERVPRO can also assist in a better outcome after water damage. Simple tasks such as turning off the water, put down towels or rags to blot up standing water, and mopping can all help. Once the techs arrive, they can begin the water removal and restoration efforts immediately. If you need furnishings or contents removed from the work-site to another area of the home, the crew chief can make sure it gets done to your satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 is a leader among water restoration companies for advanced equipment and techniques for the best outcome from any size or type of water damage to your home or contents.

When Flood Damage Occurs in a Clifton Property, Where Can Property Owners Seek Help?

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

living room with water marks left around the room from flooding Flood damage in your home can cause long lasting issues that are hard to remedy. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Flood Damage Restoration is a Task that Requires Advanced Equipment and Expertise of a Reliable Restorer in Clifton Like SERVPRO.

Floodwater in your Clifton property can soak into your carpet and pad, seep into your furniture, warp your wooden floor, and cause mold growth within 24 hours. However, if you involve a reliable restorer immediately, the unfortunate takes place, we can minimize further damage from occurring. SERVPRO technicians can use innovative equipment to restore your property to its pre-flood state.

What does flood damage restoration involve?

It is crucial to act quickly to remove the potentially lasting effects of storm flood damage in your Clifton property. Flood damage restoration involves several steps, including:

  • Floodwater extraction from flooring and other affected surfaces.
  • Thorough property cleaning and decontamination
  • Using specialty equipment to dry out moisture
  • Mold removal 
  • Deodorization

How do you remove water?

To avoid potential secondary damages from occurring in your residence, SERVPRO technicians can extract the floodwater in your home effectively. We can use portable pumps to ensure fast and efficient flood water extraction. However, before setting up a pump, we make several considerations, including:

  • If the fluid contains solids
  • The water level in your home
  • The vertical distance that the water must be carried to reach the extraction equipment.

If we discover that the water levels are high and contain soils, we can use a self-priming trash pump for extraction. The diesel-powered equipment can pass solids of up to 1 ¼". Using a 4" to 24" hose, the machine can move between 1000 and 16000 gallons of water per minute.

Does the drying process take long?

With our edge-cutting techniques and advanced equipment, the drying process may take a few days. Even after conducting thorough water extraction, the moisture left behind can cause severe damage to your property. Wood and concrete soak up surprising amounts of water. Drying such materials can take a while.

We can use several axial air movers to increase airflow in the property. The equipment brings in dry air from outside to replace the humid air in the property. That increases the rate of evaporation to speed up drying.

Taking quick action after flooding occurs in your property is essential since water can cause irreversible damage to your home and valuables. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for quick restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.         

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Clifton Builds on Its Past to Move Forward in Its Second Century

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

indian head seal of Clifton The Clifton Indians at the Local Gov't know to call SERVPRO for water damage restoration

SERVPRO Supports the Clifton Community with Water Damage Restoration

As a formal community, Clifton is only three years into its second century. Its informal development began when Hans Frederick was granted a deed from the native leader, Captahem, in 1679 for 11,000 acres along the Passaic for settlements. Eventually, the name of Clifton was adopted from the cliffs of nearby Garret Mountain. Clifton is unusual today in that with a population of 84,136 (2010 Census), the city is listed under five different ZIP Codes (07011 Main Avenue, 07012 Allwood, 07013, 07014 Delawanna, and 07015).

U.S. Department of Agriculture opened an Animal Quarantine Station

Shortly before Clifton’s formal incorporation in 1917, the U.S. Department of Agriculture opened an Animal Quarantine Station in 1903. As an agricultural hub, the city was already served by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad (Newark Branch). It became the primary East Coast location for housing everything from chickens to zoo animals until they were determined to be disease-free and safe for consumption or show in the United States. The station operated for more than 70 years until it moved to its new Stewart International Airport facility.

Most of Clifton today has converted from farmland to the suburbs. The agricultural tradition is still alive, however, thanks to nearby Manhattan (15 miles West of Midtown) and the residents' desire for fresh produce. Two working farms in the community provide organic, in-season vegetables year-round to the Big Apple and other cities and towns in both states. While the transition to the suburbs has kept the community thriving, the reduction in natural run-off and other waterways has led to more flooding over time.

While Spring and Summer are often mild to hot, Fall and Winter can bring incredible storms coming off the Atlantic and out of the north from Canada. With the drop in temperature, Clifton residents need to carefully examine their outdoor pipes and all exterior connections that lead to their homes to avoid damage to their homes.

Water pipes not wrapped against the cold weather can split due to swelling. Even when the pipe does not split, the temperature changes can damage connections. These slower leaks can run down both sides of the exterior walls. Outside, the water can lead to damaging the mortar of brick walls and undermining the foundation. Inside, the water can slowly spread throughout the wall spaces and start damaging drywall panels, floor trim, carpets, and wood floors.

The Clifton City Government, and County, State, and Federal Representation

The city of Clifton uses the 1923 Municipal Manager Law as its framework for local government and is one of only seven municipalities in the state (there are 565) to choose this form. According to the 2010 Census, 53.9% of Clifton’s population (45,349) is registered to vote. The City Council is the governing body and has seven, elected at-large, members.

All positions are up for election together, every four years, in November. These councilmembers then choose Clifton’s mayor. Over time, the tradition has been to name the person who received the highest number of votes in the election. City meetings are held according to the following schedule:

  • The Board of Adjustment (BOA), which handles all variance requests, meets on the first and third Friday of every month unless announced on the City’s official website. 
  • City Council Meetings handle all actions initially and ensure that all ordinances are read and approved. Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless announced on the City’s website. 
  • Planning Board Meetings concentrate on construction projects with variances left to the BOA. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month unless announced on the City’s official website.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is the governing body of Passaic County. Its seven members are elected at-large to staggered terms (three years in office) on a partisan basis. This means that two or three seats come up for election each year in the November general election. At each January reorganization meeting, the Board selects their Director and Deputy Director for that year. The County Clerk, Sheriff, and Surrogate constitutional officers are elected on a countywide basis.

Clifton is located within the 34th Legislative District of the State Legislature. The District is represented by one State Senator and two members in the General Assembly. State Senators are elected to four-year terms with the exception being the first term of a new decade, i.e., 2020, which is for two years. Assembly members are elected for two-year terms. All legislators elected in November take office on the second Tuesday in January the following year.

At the Federal level, Clifton is part of the 9th Congressional District and is represented by Bill Pascrell (D). The Senators representing Clifton and all of New Jersey are Cory Booker (D-Newark) and Bob Menendez (D-Paramus).

Why SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration to Support Clifton

Because there is annual flooding due to storms, Clifton residents understand when their homes are at risk due to time of year and plan appropriately. However, these same neighborhoods can also find themselves underwater due to failed dishwashers or a cracked pipe connection due to a minor leak and a sudden, overnight freeze.

Restoring area homes requires quick action from one of our Response Teams. SERVPRO specialists use an extensive inventory of equipment to remove water and carefully dry the affected property to return it to its original condition.

  • Pumps and extractors draw out water to preserve carpets and stop wood flooring from absorbing too much water to prevent warping, splitting, and other damage. 
  • Dehumidifiers draw out water already trapped in floors and walls. Slowly removing this moisture also reduces the risk of secondary damage. 

No matter if your Clifton water damage is from a rusted-out water heater or flooding from a hard storm, SERVPRO of Clifton should be the first choice when it comes to the restoration of your home. Call us today at (973) 928-3705 to schedule an inspection or bring in one of our Response Teams to begin work immediately. We are here for you.