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What is an Air Scrubber and Why Do We Use Them?

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What is an Air Scrubber and Why Do We Use Them? Let the Professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton remediate your Mold. 973-928-3705

What is an Air Scrubber?

In simplest terms Air scrubbers, or negative air machine, is a portable air filtration machine.  It draws air from the surrounding environment and passes through a series of filters.  These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality.

Why do we use Air Scrubbers?

The goal of every restoration job is to safely and efficiently return the indoor environment to preloss condition for the customer. 

Any job that involves cleanup of sewage, mold and or fire damage will generate significant amounts of particulates and odiferous (smelly) gases.  These contaminants are a direct result of the damage itself, as well as the necessary process of treating and cleaning damaged materials.  An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable and potentially harmful particles and gases from remaining in the indoor environment.

Mold Remediation 

Mold remediation projects can release large quantities of mold and fungal spores into the air.  These indoor air pollutants can affect the health and comfort of occupants.  Air scrubbers are equipped with multiple pre-filters for removal of visible airborne particles.  The final stage filter, HEPA, captures microscopic particles and microbes such as fungal spores.  HEPA filters can capture particles as small as 0.3 micros.

Think you have a mold situation?  Let our highly trained staff remove and remediate safely and efficiently

SERVPRO of Clifton

973-928-3705

Is Your Business Ready For "Whatever Happens?"

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Is Your Business Ready For "Whatever Happens?" SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

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

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

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Stay Safe Before, During and After a Flood

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Stay Safe Before, During and After a Flood Prevent further damage after a flood SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Take steps to protect yourself, your family and your home from flooding.

Before a Flood:

  • Purchase flood insurance - flooding can cause significant damage to homes and businesses.  Flood insurance will protect you from the financial burden.
  • Protect your possessions - Create a file containing a list of al your possessions and important documents.  Store them in a waterproof container.
  • Prepare your house - place the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and any other electrical components on cement blocks. (at least 12 inches above flood elevation).  Make sure the sump pump is working and also has a battery backup in case of power outages.

During a Flood:

  • Go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding
  • Do not attempt to walk or drive through flowing streams or flooded roadways
  • Listen to the direction of local officials and stay updated by following local news reports
  • If you come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.

After a Flood:

  • If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim. 
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse. 
  • Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property. 
  • Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items. 
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety. 
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Prevent further damage by calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton to remediate and restore your home

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Vehicle safety is important during winter weather conditions, especially if you have to drive on icy or snowy road. 

  • Practice your winter driving skills
  • Change your wiper blades
  • Fill wiper fluid
  • Check tire pressure
  • Track your tire tread
  • If necessary, change to winter tires
  • Check battery and change oil
  • Keep coolant fresh
  • Check you brakes
  • Pack and emergency kit (see suggested items below)

Be Prepared this winter by stocking your vehicle with life saving items in case of emergency.

Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit

  1. Blankets
  2. Tire Chains
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Maps
  6. Flashlight (With extra batteries)
  7. Jumper cables
  8. Sand or kitty litter

Prepare for a Winter Storm Before it Hits

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare for a Winter Storm Before it Hits SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Winter is on us and winter storms are expected in the Clifton NJ areas.

The best way to keep your family and yourself safe is to plan and prepare before the storm hits.

Listed below are tips and suggestions for preparing your family for upcoming winter storms.

Communication: If a power outage should occur, make sure to have the following:

  • Cell phone, portable charger, extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
  • Find out how your community warms you about severe weather (siren, radio, television, websites)elderly neighbors and family members 

Heating: Turning on the stove for heat is not safe

  • Have at least one of the following heat sources available in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats
    • fireplace up to code and extra dry firewood
    • portable space heater or kerosene heaters 
  • Have the following safety equipment:
    • Chemical fire extinguisher
    • Smoke alarms in working order
    • Carbon monoxide detector in working order
  • Generators should be located at least 20  feet from any window, door or vent and in a space where it will not get wet from rain or snow (Never use generators indoors or inside garages or near any intake to the home.)
  • Do not store gasoline indoors

Food & Safety: Have a weeks worth of food, water and supplies

  • Drinking water
  • Canned/ no-cook food
  • manual can opener
  • baby food / formula (if baby in house)
  • first aid kit
  • ice melt for sidewalks or walkways
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • battery powered lamps.  Avoid using candles if possible 

Household Water Supply:

  • Leave water taps opens slightly so there is a continuous drip
  • Keep indoor temps warm
  • Open cabinet door under sink to allow warm airflow

Should your pipe freeze and burst during a storm, call the service professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton to clean and dry your structure to prevent further damage,

SERVPRO of Clifton

973-928-3705

Get Your Home Winter Ready

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Making preparations ahead of time can prevent fierce winter storms from causing havoc to your home.

Getting the Outside Ready for Winter Storms

Trim or Remove Trees

  • Trimming: Trimming is far less expensive than full removal. Crews can thin out the branches to reduce the “sail effect” when those high winter winds blow. Trimming can also can balance out the tree’s load and keep one side from being heavier than the other, a condition that may topple the tree.
  • Removing: Tree removal can entail a significant cost, especially in dense, metro areas where mobility is limited.Many communities require that you apply for a tree removal permit or at least put in a written notification. In many cases, the permit or notice must be accompanied by an arborist’s report stating that removal is required.

Check Roofing and Flashing Stability

High winds can loosen roof shingles. Walk your roof and inspect it carefully. Shingles that are obviously loose should be replaced by a qualified roofer.

The condition of the flashing – the metal sleeves around the chimney and other roof protrusions – is more difficult to visually determine. Have a contractor or roofer inspect these areas.

Promote Drainage Away from House

When storms hit, massive amounts of water are directed at your house over a short period of time.  Re-grade the soil around your house so it declines away from the foundation.

Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts

One source of water damage to foundations and basements is downspouts that force water straight into the ground.  This can be easily and cheaply fixed by adding plastic downspout drainage lines that deposit the water away from the house.  Fix or replace gutters in the summer.  Clean gutters early fall, as soon as all the leaves are off the trees.

Remove Air Conditioners

By the end of summer, window unit air conditioners are no longer needed.  A/C units are weak points for water intrusion.  Even if there is a tight seal between the unit and the window, water can still enter through the back of the unit. 

Clean Wood Fire Burning Chimneys

Wood-burning fireplaces build up an oily substance that can cause chimneys to ignite. 

Call the experts if you experience Water, Soot, Smoke or Fire Damage

SERVPRO Of Clifton 973-928-3705

Candle Safety During the Holidays and Throughout the Year

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candle Safety During the Holidays and Throughout the Year HAPPY HOLIDAYS! SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Candles are a beautiful addition to any holiday decor, but if not properly used, they can be cause serious damage to your home.  Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the winter holidays than any other time throughout the year. The top 3 holidays for candle fires were Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with the month of December being the peak month when candle fire incidents nearly doubled. 

Following these candle safety tips to keep you and your family fire-safe during the holiday season and throughout the year:

  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily and are made from a material that cannot burn, such as metal, ceramic or glass and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
  • When lighting candles, be sure to keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Protect candle flames with glass covers/chimneys or containers.
  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from things that can burn/catch fire, like clothing, books, curtains, silk and dried flower arrangements, holiday decorations and Christmas trees.
  • People are fascinated by a flickering candle and children and pets are no exception, therefore, keep children and pets away from burning candles.
    • NEVER leave a child or pet unsupervised in a room with a lighted candle.
    • Keep matches and lighters safely out of a child’s reach, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
  • NEVER use a candle when oxygen is present.
  • Keep candle wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch and extinguish the flame when they get to within 2 inches of the holder.
  • Votives and containers should be extinguished before the last ½ inch of wax starts to melt.
  • For emergency lighting, use flashlights NEVER use candles.

Flameless candles are fire-safe, However when using flameless candles, remember to secure the battery compartment and keep them out of reach of children.

Have a wonderful and SAFE holiday season ~ From SERVPRO of Clifton

973-928-3705

Fire Restoration Process

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Process Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Clifton Today 973-928-3705

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Clifton, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Clifton Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Clifton Today

973-928-3705

 

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals understand your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO of Clifton will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. Learn more about our document restoration services.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. Learn more about the Contents Claim Inventory Service.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call SERVPRO of Clifton Today

973-928-3705

Cleanup and Restoration From Storm Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration From Storm Damage Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today ~ 973-928-3705

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today ~ 973-928-3705