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Will My Insurance Cover Fire Damage Restoration?

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can derail your daily routine, and it can create a flurry of phone calls to your insurance, to a professional cleaning service, and to other contractors necessary to finalize repairs. Each case is unique, and your insurance claims adjuster will guide you through their process. However, SERVPRO can be a resource to restore your home after fire damage and to liaise with other relevant parties until the goal of restoration is met.

Our SERVPRO team is specialized and certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle the most stringent fire cleanup efforts in Clifton. Our industry knowledge and expertise prepare us to come into your home, assess the situation, and make recommendations for the next steps. Throughout the process, we document our actions and provide any information you may need from us to file your insurance claim.

What are the steps to clean fire damage?
Fire damage is complex because it often entails the effects of the flames as well as the residue left behind by extinguishers and sprinkler systems. When our SERVPRO team comes in, we first ensure the safety of all present and then prioritize the tasks at hand. As we use pumps and other equipment to extract and evaporate the water in your home, we may place furniture on risers, so it no longer soaks water. Once humidity levels are back to normal, we concentrate on the smoke and soot itself. Our technicians take into consideration the following when making their action plan:

    •    The path of the fire- we follow its path to assess how widespread it is. Air vents are part of our consideration when evaluating the presence of smoke in other rooms in your home.
    •    The composition of burnt material- organic materials leaves a fine residue on the surfaces of your home, while man-made objects leave a stickier remnant.
    •    The smell in your home- as necessary, we apply air purifying techniques such as ozone generators and thermal fogging to get rid of the foul smell left behind by the flames.

Fire damage is our area of expertise at SERVPRO of Clifton. Call us today at (973) 928-3705!

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Why You Should Call SERVPRO of Clifton

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Our Experts Are Here To Help After A Disaster In Clifton

While we have some of the most awe-inspiring recreational areas like the Garret Mountain Reservation, Clifton’s thousands of residents also have seen their fair share of disasters over the years. From fire and water losses to destructive storms and mold growth, we have trained technicians and licensed residential and commercial contractors capable of helping. With our fast response to these emergencies, we can get to work quickly on making losses, “Like it never even happened.”


Scoping out a fire loss incident involves more than just determining how damaged your Clifton property has become. For our SERVPRO team, this initial evaluation helps to determine the pre-existing conditions of your home, the expectations of the customer, and the necessary equipment and personnel to meet these goals. Also, this preliminary assessment helps our professionals to interact with your insurance adjuster to determine their expectations and needs for damage claim approval to get work started on your home as soon as possible.

Cleaning soot from your home can be one of the many ways that the environment can get made safer. Microscopic particles of soot can be a threatening presence to a respiratory system, not to mention the damage that it can do as a residue on many surfaces given its acidic nature. Our professionals have multiple strategies to clean up soot, including both soda blasting for surface cleaning and the use of air scrubbers and other filtration tools throughout your Clifton residence.

Deodorizing after a fire loss can also be a challenge for even our experienced restoration professionals. By utilizing advanced tools like thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators, we can neutralize harsh lingering smoke odors, even those trapped in structural elements and contents of your Clifton property. Removing odors is one of the final steps that our technicians take before we take the final walkthrough with our customers.


Water losses can be more familiar to the city of Clifton than you might have thought. With more than 85,000 residents in the municipality alone, water losses continue to be one of the most common threats that these residences face. From burst pipes to leaking faucets, managing water emergencies can be the key to reducing the time and cost of restoration services. This management begins with a fast response at the first notification of a loss incident, and our SERVPRO team can rollout fast with pre-stocked water loss production vehicles and trucks.

Extracting water from materials is often more prevalent than surface water removal for your Clifton home, and this involves several advanced tools and technologies used by our professionals. With carpets being a magnet for absorbing pooling water, it is crucial to remove the majority of this trapped moisture to allow later drying techniques to be more productive. Weighted extraction tools, both ride-on and stationary, can press layers of carpeting and padding against the subflooring material and force moisture to the surface for collection.

Drying out damaged areas of your Clifton residence also involves a blend of advanced tools in our inventory, with air movers and dehumidifiers being at the heart of nearly every one of these tasks. In addition to the evaporation that air movers can allow, specialty tools can also help to manage trapped moisture in structural cavities and wood materials like plank flooring, including:

    •    Floor Mat Drying Systems
    •    Positive Pressure Systems
    •    Negative Pressure Systems


Severe weather threats like heavy snowfall or hurricane-strength torrential rains can be a destructive natural disaster for Clifton homes and businesses. Addressing structural concerns as well as the secondary effects like flooding does not have to fall to multiple contractors and restoration professionals, however. Our SERVPRO team has both reputable and knowledgeable water restoration and biohazard cleaning professionals to work alongside our in-house residential and commercial contractors.

Stopping flooding means slowing the penetration of water through structural breaches in your Clifton home. Our emergency response team can get to work on both tarping and board up services to prevent further damage to the structural elements and contents of your household. Other emergency services that we can offer during these disasters is content management, tree removal, and muck-out cleaning to remove flood debris on the floors of your residence.

Extraction and drying are vital elements of flood recovery for Clifton properties. Accomplishing either of these objectives involves the use of premier tools in our inventory, including powerful extractors and vacuums or high-velocity air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Remaining structural elements and contents can get cleaned and disinfected appropriately once drying has completed.


Higher humidity levels and unresolved water loss incidents can both be common contributing factors to mold threats in Clifton homes and businesses. When the organism can grow and spread for several days before discovery, it can be a challenging obstacle for even our experienced Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) to face. Remediating active colonization requires specific approaches tailored to the severity of the disaster, the area of the damage, and the materials affected.

Containment is often one of the priorities of our responding technicians, as colonies can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and there is a higher concentration of potentially hazardous mold spores. Containment is instrumental in preventing the continued spread of the organism and helps to more easily regulate environmental conditions to make them less favorable to mold growth. Physical barriers in a Clifton home can get constructed with wood and thick poly sheeting, while non-physical barrier equipment like negative air chambers reduces spores and VOCs by pulling compromised air through a HEPA filter.

With its proximity to the Hudson River and Upper Bay, Clifton and the rest of Passaic County remain at nearly constant risk of meeting the conditions necessary for mold growth when humidity hovers above sixty percent. Our SERVPRO team stays prepared for these threats with pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles that can roll out quickly after the first notice of loss.

No matter what emergency you face, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

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

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Floodwater can cause significant damage to a home environment. These situations can be even more stressful when restorers need to remove further components to repair what is damaged. 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 is overcome by floodwater, there are visible elements you may notice like standing water levels or staining. However, there are also invisible elements like water migration, cavity saturation, and rising moisture content of materials that you may not notice.

Here at SERVPRO of Clifton, we will 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 of Clifton 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 of Clifton can use thermal imaging to ensure we only remove structure when needed. In some cases, we may also 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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How to Prevent Fires in Your Bloomfield Home

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a great tool for house fire prevention, but they are not the only way to lessen your risk.

The Numbers Behind House Fires

In the United States, it is reported that a home fire is put on record every 24 seconds according to the NFPA. That works out to nearly 8,600 house fires a day.

Though the vast majority of house fires are cooking-related, malfunctioning appliances, frayed wiring or cords, and carelessness with open flames are also often to blame. Because fires spread rapidly and can quickly consume an entire home, it is essential to be vigilant in prevention for the safety of your household.

House Fire Prevention Tips

Being proactive is the best defense against house fires. By keeping these fire prevention tips in mind, you can minimize your risk and keep your family and home safer:

Maintain smoke detectors. Maintain your smoke detectors by testing them once a month and replacing them every 10 years.

Clean the dryer. After each load of laundry is dried, make a point to clear the  lint from the tray. Lint build up can become a fire hazard when the dryer is warming up.

Keep an eye on open flames. Fires can start and spread faster than you think, which is why it is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Whether it is a candle, cooking flame or fireplace, always keep an eye on them.

Maintain electrical cords. Cords and electrical wires should be checked often for frayed spots and immediately replaced if they are present. Never run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat and catch fire.

Read product labels. Chemicals in household products can be highly flammable, and so can products that come in aerosol cans. Keep these away from sunlight or heat sources.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

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Storm Damage Versus Flood Damage

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

You may not think there is a huge difference between storm and flood damage, but your insurance company sure does. It's absolutely vital to make sure that your Clifton business is covered for both types of damage. Doing research on the ins and out of your insurance company can prevent you from spending thousands of dollars in property damages.

The Difference Defined
Differentiating between the two types of damages can be tricky.

Insurance companies typically label the accident as storm damage if the destruction was a result of one or more of the following:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Cyclones and tornadoes
  • Hail storms
  • Hurricanes and other tropical storms

The Insurance Code of Practice defines flood damage as "the covering of normally dry land by water that has escaped or been released from the normal confines of any lake, river, creek or other natural watercourse, whether or not altered or modified, or any reservoir, canal or dam."

Even though it is obviously possible for the above storms to cause flooding in your building,your insurance company will not see it that way.  While it is absolutely possible for the above incidents to cause flooding, your insurance company won't see it that way.

How to File a Claim
If your commercial building is covered, then you need to file your insurance claim as soon as possible by contacting your insurance company.

Separate your damaged and undamaged property and make a itemized list of both, including the items model number, serial number, and brand name. Do NOT throw anything away until your insurance company sends out an adjuster to inspect it.  If you still have any receipts or bills, include them in the report.

Both severe storms and floods can cause massive amounts of water damage, but your insurance company still treats them like separate accidents. Make sure to contact remediation experts if your commercial building has recently suffered from storm or flood damage.

Contacting a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Clifton can do all the work for you. Our technicians will come in prepared with all the required insurance paperwork, will take photos of all salvageable and salvageable content, as well as all structural damage. We will create detailed itemized lists of all content for your adjuster and we will submit all information to your insurance and work with your adjuster.

Our technicians are on call 24/7 365 days a year- they can be called out on a moments notice if your business experienced flood or storm damage, because we know how precious time is when dealing with property damage.

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Do you Have Water in your Clifton Attic?

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Restoring and Repairing Flood Damage in Your Clifton Attic 

Severe weather systems that can sometimes affect the Clifton area of New Jersey offer strong winds capable of hurdling debris and tearing off roofing materials. Once vulnerabilities exist in the exterior defense of your house, it is a direct path for water and elemental exposures to occur that can allow situations like flooding. For the attic of your home, this water damage can spread quickly to the point of getting out of control, and this problem can continue to worsen without the appropriate intervention. 

Among the first steps that must get taken when flood damage is occurring in your Clifton attic from a compromised roof is to get competent and qualified contractors on the scene quickly for temporary solutions. Our SERVPRO rapid response team features licensed contractors that can offer emergency board up and tarping services to correct vulnerabilities in your home’s construction to allow mitigation work to get started. 

Once our professionals have arrived at your flood-damaged address, we must get to work quickly on extracting water from the attic space unless this damage has already spread to the floor beneath this area of the property. The SERVPRO team can utilize moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery to locate moisture between floors of your home and into spaces of the attic that are challenging to access. 

Because mitigation work needs to wrap up as quickly as possible, our team works to ensure that we arrive within hours of a call to get this critical extraction and drying efforts started. Once we have managed these effects inside of the house, our licensed contractors on the team can begin their efforts of rebuilding and restoring the damaged roof that allowed the flooding. 

We offer every customer a comprehensive approach to recovery when flooding has occurred, and our qualified and experienced SERVPRO of Clifton team is available 24/7 to help. You can count on our technicians to make all of the effects of flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (973) 928-3705.

Staying Safe During Summer Storms

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Summer storms can cause a lot of damage to your home.  Water damage, broken windows, power outages and even fires are some of the problems associated with summer storms.  Damage to your home can be expensive but there are ways to protect your home from costly repairs.

1.) Clean your gutters - Clear any debris from your gutters to make sure all that rain water can easily flow off your roof and away from your home. When water can’t get through your gutters, it pools on your roof and around your house in ways that can cause damage.

2.) Trim your trees - Some of the worst storm damage is caused by falling trees. A healthy, sturdy tree is unlikely to topple in high winds, but one with dead limbs, or disproportionate growth may. Maintaining them will help you protect both your property and the tree itself.

3.) Back Up Your Sump Pump - When heavy rains come, sump pumps can get overloaded. a flooded basement can cause all sorts of damage to your things–especially if it’s a finished basement. Plus, when water covers wiring or electric appliances, things get dangerous. Make sure your sump pump has a battery backup just in case the electricity goes out. You might also consider installing a second, battery operated pump that will come on if the main one fails.

4.) Gather Emergency Supplies -The Red Cross recommends keeping a three-day supply of food and water for your family, and a seven-day supply of any medications. You might also add a battery operated radio, and a car adaptor for your cell phone. Nothing fancy here, no need to build a bomb shelter, just a little stash in a duffle bag or plastic container in the garage or basement.

5.) Secure Windows and Doors - Windows and Doors often get damaged in thunderstorms.  Weatherproof windows and doors that are durable enough to withstand harsh climates and weather can avoid such damage.

If your home has damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Clifton at 973-928-3705. 

Fire Restoration for Your Little Falls Home

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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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Protect your Home Before You Go on Vacation this Summer

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Summer Fun Protect your home from water damage while you're out of town this summer.

Protect your home from water damage while you're out of town this summer.

June 20th marks the official first day of summer.  The most common cause of home water damage in the months of summer is when families leave on vacation.  They leave their homes empty for days, weeks and sometimes even months.  If there is any kind of leak, even a small one, it'll be left unchecked and can cause a substantial amount of damage by the time someone ever notices.  This could be devastating.

In order to prevent water damage in the summer while on vacation it's important that you prepare your home against water damage whenever you're leaving it.  

Follow these actionable tips to ensure the safety of your home. 

  • Turn off the main water - shutting off the water main to your house will avoid water pressure from building up in your pipes and weaken the pipes.
  • Drain your pipes - Running the faucets in your home will ensure that pipes are relieved of any pressure
  • Turn off water heater - Not only will this save you money but prevent any chance of the water heater having a problem.
  • Have a friend check your home - so many things can go wrong in your home without having someone present and the best way to make sure it's handled quickly is to have someone checking on your home.

If you do experience any kind of water damage be sure it's properly taken care of by experts.  SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals are trained and experienced and can be at your home quickly to help.

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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.

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