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We Act Fast In Clifton After A Fire

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

A room covered soot and smoke damage after a fire We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate and call us right away.

Restoration of Soot and Smoke-related Fire Damage in your Clifton Home

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Fire and the resulting hot smoke and ash can spread rapidly through a property. As it spreads, soiling is left behind on walls, ceilings, fabrics, and furniture. These soot and smoke residues can often be odorous or cause long-term staining if the affected area is not professionally restored. While homeowners can tackle some elements of cosmetic damages themselves using household cleaning products, certain areas, such as walls and ceilings, need expert care and attention to causing further issues.

Our restoration company provides qualified technicians for homeowners with fire damage in the Clifton area. By reaching out to us promptly, you give your home the best possible chance of making a full recovery- referred to in the industry as a preloss condition. Using a combination of training, industrial cleaning agents, and specialist equipment, SERVPRO can tackle even the most stubborn soot or smoke residues. As part of our restoration service, we can deodorize some or all of the property to remove lingering odors that can become an unpleasant reminder of the fire itself.

A room that has sustained significant levels of smoke or soot soiling can often be restored to a preloss condition with the right materials and methods. SERVPRO takes extra care to protect your possessions from further harm during the cleaning process by removing any loose items to a safe distance as well as sealing and covering larger items. In doing so, we can avoid the common knock-on effect of cleaning soots, which can land on direct items and cause extensive issues. In major property fires, we can perform pack-outs on a customer's behalf by temporarily removing contents for safe storage in a separate facility after fire damage.

There are often two types of smoke damage that can affect the same area of any particular wall or ceiling. These two categories are wet and dry smoke, which each require different cleaning methods to avoid spreading. SERVPRO can use industrial vacuums and a coiling brush to remove any loose soiling from surfaces. In some cases, soots may bond with the surface itself, requiring the application of solvent cleaning solution to remove effectively. We sensitively wash, rinse and dry walls or ceilings to avoid repainting or other expensive replacement options, keeping your claim expense low and stress-free.

Do not hesitate to bring in professional assistance for fire and smoke damages from professional, local technicians. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton straightaway at (973) 928-3705.

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Proven Tips to Combat Fire Damage in Clifton

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged rooftop of a home It can be quite overwhelming when your home suffers from a fire. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services right away.

Fire Damage Clifton – Water, Smoke, Odor, and Fire

Fire damage is often much more than just the damage caused by the fire. There can be charred areas from the fire. There may be either water damage or chemical residue used by the firemen to quell the fire. Smoke and odor may have permeated the home, even if the rest of the home is undamaged from the fire.

SERVPRO's experience and training with fire damage events in Clifton often help clients with the stress of dealing with a fire as well as recovering from the fire. We are onsite within four hours and respond on a 24/7 basis. Our technicians have been trained to deal with fire, smoke, odor, water damage, and cleaning of fabrics and furniture.

Immediate Action

SERVPRO not only responds quickly, but we also deploy teams to begin cleaning and removing damaged contents immediately. Removal and cleaning activities reduce the odor. All hard surfaces are cleaned and wiped down. If chemicals have been used to quell the fire, we apply appropriate cleaning materials to remove the residue.

Restoration vs. Replacing Saves Time and Money

Not everything can be cleaned; however, we focus on cleaning and restoring as many items as possible. This approach of returning items to pre-fire conditions saves time, and the overall cost can be reduced. We aim to return your home to normal as fast as possible.

Odor Removal

Smoke and odors sometimes can spread throughout the home and leaves an odor in rooms well away from the actual fire. Severe odor conditions may require the family to vacate the home while ozone generators are used to dispel odors. SERVPRO prefers to use hydroxyl generators, which allows the family to remain in the home during their use. SERVPRO crew chiefs always deploy the necessary equipment to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Woodland Park, Little Falls, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Eliminates Flood Damage in Little Falls Homes

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A neighborhood flooded all the way up to the sidewalk. We can’t stress the importance of water damage clean up in your Little Falls home.

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

SERVPRO Can Save Your Furnishings

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

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

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

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

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The Real Truth Behind Effective Water Cleanup in Little Falls

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

leaking sink pipe on light blue background Pipes can break or leak causing water damage. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

Prompt and Swift Water Cleanup of Your Little Falls' Kitchen Minimizes Interruptions for Your Family

A broken pipe can spray water in an arc, fully saturating your kitchen in Little Falls. Feed lines to appliances like your dishwasher or ice-maker on your refrigerator can do the same thing. Besides causing a mini-flood on your floor, damage can affect other areas nearby. The contents in the area can also sustain damage. Water and electricity never mix safely, and wet appliances can cause shocks to people or start a fire.

When something like this happens to a house in Little Falls, starting water cleanup as soon as possible keeps the situation from becoming more costly than absolutely necessary. SERVPRO's expert technicians know which steps to take to make mitigation ad restoration more manageable and less expensive. The emergency responses after such an event also keeps other areas in your home from getting damaged.

Our different teams work together to provide a concerted effort so each aspect of your house that became damaged receives the attention it needs for a complete recovery.. Restoring your property so everything in it becomes “Like it never even happened” is our goal.

If you have difficulty turning off the water at the main valve, explain this to our staff when you make the initial call. Our building services crew can shut this off for you. They also handle plumbing repairs, and can help get any affected appliances back into working order for you. Before this, we recommend not turning anything on that was switched off, as the initial surge of electricity can cause shorts and other malfunctions to happen.

Wiping surfaces down to get them dry keeps moisture from migrating deeper into pores. The more we remove now, the faster the rest of the process becomes. We also dry off individual food items, as this can save significant amounts of food that otherwise might spoil or become useless if water soaks into the packaging. Cans can also rust, which can contaminate the contents. Doing this early can help preserve the labels on affected cans, keeping things more organized for later use. 

Cords that hang down onto the floor can create shock hazards but we eliminate this hazard before moving the items so we can work on drying the floor. Cleaning up the water might also require stain removal where table legs discolored the carpet. However, many kitchens' flooring is tile or linoleum. Our building staff can handle repairs or tear-outs and installation of new, as needed.

Depending on the structure of your home, we might seal off the kitchen or parts of it to speed up drying. These barriers also keep moisture from invading other areas of your home. Regaining control of your house's interior environment starts as soon as we arrive, keeping us on schedule and able to restore your property quickly for you and your family's benefit.


SERVPRO of Clifton also provides water cleanup services to homes in and near Woodland Park. Contact us for all your restoration needs by calling (973) 928-3705, 24/7, year-round.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Can Save Your Clifton Home

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

fire in home causing damage Give us a call when you need us at (973) 928-3705.

Proper Damage Assessment Makes Clifton Fire Recovery Efficient

Among the most challenging aspects of fire recovery in your Clifton home is understanding how severe the damage is and what can be done to correct it. While restoration is a necessity after structure fires, accurately identifying the severity and scope of the damage can better determine the personnel, equipment, and processes required to return your home to preloss condition.

Because of how destructive fire damage in Clifton homes can continue to be, even after extinguishment, it is vital to secure restoration services as promptly as possible. We aim to streamline every phase of restoration and recovery, including our controlled demolition and reconstruction efforts with our licensed general contractors. This commitment begins with a thorough and intricate assessment of the entire property to understand the full scope of the fire loss.

Assessing hazards is one of the primary methods of keeping our technicians safe when our SERVPRO team gets set to begin working on fire losses in your residence, as well. Every restoration project is different, and variables exist that can become amplified or more dangerous in specific environments and conditions. Gasses released during the burning of certain materials, concentrations of soot and other debris, and even potential exposure to asbestos or lead must get determined to protect our employees working to restore your property.

The scope of the damage to your property also involves a detailed walkthrough and assessment by our SERVPRO project manager. Working with your insurance adjuster, we can determine a full catalog of the loss and the schedule and timeline of restoration projects to come. From determining moisture and dampness from firefighting efforts to the airborne threats present in the environment, we can map out the entire course of our restoration efforts from mitigation through reconstruction and cleanup.

With a thorough inspection of your home after first responders and firefighters have left your property, our SERVPRO of Clifton team can begin our mitigation and restoration processes quickly. Our full understanding of the damage and threats present can make our recovery more efficient and save our customers money on the work to get completed. Give us a call when you need us at (973) 928-3705.

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We Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Clifton Apartment

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

water covering tile flooring in apartment Give us a call anytime at (973) 928-3705.

Reducing the Severity of Flooding in Your Clifton Apartments

As the property manager or owner of any of the Clifton apartment buildings, you have many people to consider when disasters strike. From structural damage that can allow water penetration to rising waters after several days of steady rainfall, the possibility of flooding is a persistent threat that should not get ignored. As much as you might have a custodial and maintenance staff to handle smaller scale concerns that arise, flood damage should get handled by certified restoration professionals.

Our SERVPRO professionals have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in every recovery niche for flood damage to Clifton properties. Nearly our entire staff has Water Restoration (WRT) certification, and some of our specialists have secondary endorsements with Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and Commercial Drying (CDS.) These experienced team members can help to begin mitigation work quickly to reduce loss in the building and protect more of the units in the complex.

In the earliest stages of mitigation, our professionals must begin with extraction where it is necessary. We have multiple tools and equipment to complete this task, including our wet-vacs with extraction wands and our portable sump pumps ideal for water removal in units above the ground floor of the building. Once the standing water has gotten addressed, including the saturation of carpeting in hallways and individual units, our SERVPRO technicians can begin the critical process of drying up the damage.

We must meticulously inspect any damaged areas with infrared imagery and moisture detection devices. These tools can identify moisture pockets that our team must address before the drying phase completes. We have positive pressure systems like our InjectiDry unit that can dry out structural cavities between units and rooms while maintaining a minimally invasive approach.

Reducing the loss to your renters is a priority of any apartment property manager, and that is why so many have chosen the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Clifton team over the years. We have the equipment and training to make losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (973) 928-3705.

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How Flooding Damages Furnaces in Little Falls Homes

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

White furnace Inspect the area around your furnace often for signs of moisture and water damage.

How to Protect Your Furnace From Flood Damage in a Little Falls Home

Homeowners invest in their HVAC system, and in places such as New Jersey where temperatures drop to the sub-zeroes rapidly in the winter, having a fully functioning furnace is vital.  

Flood damage in a Little Falls basement can leave more behind than water to cleanup. If the home has a mounted furnace directly on the basement floor, it is in danger of extreme amounts of damage, and the average replacement cost of an HVAC ranges into the thousands of dollars in most cases.  

Elevate Your Furnace

Whether it is in a basement, crawlspace, or mechanical closet, you can set up the first line of defense against water loss by merely having your HVAC placed on an elevated platform anywhere from 10 to 24-inches in height keeps the unit out of the way of the majority of floodwater events.  

Use Technology for Water Detection

Admit it; you do not go into your basement and certainly not a crawlspace regularly. The use of water sensors installed near the furnace alerts you, usually via a phone app, while others rely on an alarm, to water intrusions in the vicinity of where the placement of the sensor is. This assists in limiting loss by allowing for fast cleanup efforts.  

When Flood Loss Happens Get Professional Assistance

When flooding happens in your home, it is vital to engage a restoration services company. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training in the safe cleanup and drying of groundwater. They have specialized equipment and techniques for drying out basements and closed in areas such as crawlspaces.  

Prevention of Additional Loss

SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect properties after cleanup to ascertain there are no remaining water odors, which can indicate additional moisture requiring removal. They use different types of detection equipment to scope the property and confirm that all flood loss areas are dry. Mold is another threat, and spores have the potential to germinate as fast as 24 hours after flooding in the home. Technicians perform protective treatments with both antimicrobial cleaners and sealants as needed.  

Flood damage needs fast action to limit loss, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 when you need a rapid response. The technicians are available 24/7 to make the water loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Discuss Our Restoration Deodorization Procedures In Clifton

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen cabinets Our goal is always to return your home 100% and make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Clifton's Fire Damage Pros Spell Out Restoration Deodorization Procedures

When anything ignites in or near your Clifton residence, burnt materials are not the only problems that can materialize. Smoke which consists of partially combusted fuels can add to the severity of your property's fire damage. Smoke can travel throughout your structure and leave behind soils and soot residues that can firmly adhere to surfaces in your home. Microscopic partially combusted particles can also penetrate deeply into porous items, making them smell burnt.

Our SERVPRO technicians know that a significant part of any fire damage project in Clifton is deodorization. Foul aromas can exist well after the blaze gets put out unless the problems get treated. When removing malodor particles, there are specific steps that must be taken to best accomplish the task of deodorization.

When working on restoration deodorization, our SERVPRO team follows four main procedures to return your house to preloss conditions.

1. Remove The Odor's Source
If items got burnt during the blaze, we start by removing the charred materials. For example, if your contents got torched, we dispose of them so that malodor particles coming from them do not spread to your building materials. Soot can also be a source of pungent smells. Therefore we can take steps to remove the residues left behind by smoke.

2. Clean Odor-Causing Residues From Surfaces
Soot residues and soils can adhere to surfaces inside your home and become a source for burnt aromas. Cleaning the soot from affected surfaces can help reduce the presence of malodor particles. We can remove soot residues by using specialized chemicals and cleaning techniques.

3. Re-Create The Conditions Of Odor Penetration
Since smoke can penetrate deeply into some items, the best way to deodorize can often be to mimic the behavior of smoke. We can use heavy-duty fogging machines that break down deodorants into small particles that can penetrate porous materials in the same way the smoke did.

4. Seal Surfaces As Needed
Sometimes smoke can penetrate wooden materials, and malodor particles can get stuck inside the wood. When this occurs, using a sealant paint can help seal in the malodor particles.

If you ever smell burnt aromas in your house after something burns, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. Our goal is always to return your home 100% and make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Discuss The Tips For Protecting Your Home After A Fire In Your Little Falls Home

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in house with furniture floating “Like it never even happened.”

Tips For Protecting Your Home From Fire Danger After Flood Damage In Little Falls

Although fire and water seem like opposites and you should not have to consider one disaster on top of another after flood damage hits your house. The danger of a structural fire is real, and there are steps homeowners can take to protect their property.

When a Little Falls home has flood damage, homeowners should immediately shut off the electricity to the house to help negate the risk of electrical fires. This reduces the danger of surges and sparks. This action will not hinder cleanup efforts in the slightest as SERVPRO technicians have industrial generators to power their equipment for the water loss cleanup.

Unplug and Move Electrical Devices
If you have items in the water loss area that have not received direct water damage, unplug and move them into a dry, safe area. Secondary damage from extended exposure to high humidity has the potential to damage consumer electronics. Do not test wet devices, instead show water-damaged electronics to the SERVPRO job site coordinator, and they can arrange for a professional service to inspect and if possible, repair your items.

Turn off the HVAC
The potential for airborne microbes and contaminants is part of flood damage, and you can keep it out of your ductwork by turning off the HVAC. SERVPRO technicians inspect and clean ductwork if necessary during the floodwater mitigation process.

Remove Flammable Substances
Gather up cleaning, lawn care chemicals, lighter fluid, and pesticides and remove them to a safe, dry place. If these flammable substances leak or spill into the floodwater, a spark could set off a devastating structural fire.

Stay Alert for Downed Power Lines
The danger of fire not only comes from the inside of the home but outside too. Watch out for downed power lines or exposed wiring as expose to water may spark a fire that could spread to your property.

Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 when you need safe, thorough flood damage cleanup from knowledgeable, certified technicians that make the water loss “Like it never even happened.”

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Little Falls Home

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

a room in a bedroom covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We have the equipment, expertise and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

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

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

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

· Smoke may discolor the walls in a few minutes.

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

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

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

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

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

· The clothes you need immediately

· The clothes you need at a later date

· Seasonal clothes

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

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

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

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

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