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How Flooding Damages Furnaces in Little Falls Homes

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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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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Our Technicians Can Help Save Your Water Damaged Upholstery In Clifton

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

White modern sofa isolated on white background One of the most common questions owners have regarding water damage is if their upholstered furniture is a loss.

How SERVPRO Pre-Testing Helps Save Clifton Upholstery With Water Damage

One of the most common questions owners have regarding water damage is if their upholstered furniture is a loss. Several factors determine the restorability, and each job site has unique attributes that affect the overall outcome.

Testing upholstery with water damage in a Clifton home uses different techniques to determine the best cleaning method for restoration. Using the incorrect cleaning method can result in a more significant loss, so SERVPRO technicians carefully conduct testing to find the best process for each type of fabric for both furnishing and window treatments.

Why Pretesting is Important
The core objective of conducting pretests is to determine cleaning methods that will not cause dye bleeding, shrinkage, or causing damage to fabrics during cleaning procedures. SERVPRO technicians commonly use three different tests to ascertain the type of fibers involved in the loss.

A burn test uses a small sampling of fibers which after burning have the odor, ash, and flame color examined to nail down the type of fiber. Chemical tests involve the application of substances that dissolve specific types of fibers to ensure they are not part of a blend in the fabric. The gravity test helps technicians find olefin fibers as it is the only widely used textile that floats when saturated. Once they know the fiber makeup of the upholstery, it assures the use of proper cleaning techniques.

Importance of Inspections
Before SERVPRO technicians begin pretesting and restoration efforts, they inspect the furniture and draperies for issues such as permanent staining, rips, and tears or other preexisting conditions that have the potential to affect the outcome. The technicians put together detailed reports regarding the state before beginning along with photographs to ensure the homeowner is aware of any damage before restoration efforts beginning.

Spot Treatments
Especially in cases where damage from water occurred on upholstered furnishings in a way that left water spots. Technicians sometimes lightly rewet the surface of the furniture to eliminate the water spot and allow for even drying.

The faster you contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705, the more quickly their technicians can turn around water damage to your home and property to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage to a Little Falls Warehouse? SERVPRO Can Help Reduce Losses with a Fast Response and Service

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Helpful Steps When Dealing with Commercial Flood Damage in a Little Falls Food Warehouse

Flooding can affect any establishment, and warehouses holding foodstuff are no exception. Such incidents are serious because any exposure to excess moisture can cause damage to the food or make it toxic. The high cost of the items stored in the facility means that tossing everything out might not be the best course of action.

Tracing Moisture Movement

Moisture action can cause most of the deterioration after an incident of commercial flood damage in a Little Falls Food Warehouse. Apart from items affected directly by water, moisture also moves through evaporation and wicking through materials. Therefore, even items stacked high above the water line can be damaged. Our SERVPRO technicians can help identify areas affected by moisture. Ordinarily, moisture movement through wicking is limited to one foot above the waterline, so after taking confirmation readings with a moisture meter, we can determine which items or materials are safe to salvage.

Checking the Structural Supports

Absorption of water increases the weight of materials. Grains and other dry food materials are also likely to swell. Such changes in physical form can have adverse effects on the structure depending on the materials used in construction and the method of storage. Our SERVPRO technicians can help inspect the structure to identify whether there are significant physical damages. Some signs that might indicate underlying physical damage include:

  •  Misaligned doors
  •  Stretched caulking seals
  •  Sheared bolts
  •  Elongated holes

 Thorough Cleanup

After the water recedes from the warehouse, it leaves sludge and other contaminants, which make the warehouse unsafe for storage, especially for food items. The vastness of the soiled area can complicate this process. Our SERVPRO crews have access to power washers and other specialized equipment to help ease the cleanup process. We also have a wide range of drying equipment, including trailer-mounted desiccant dehumidifiers to ensure we restore normal humidity levels in the storage facility.

Dealing with significant loss situations requires sufficient resources. Call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 if your warehouse is affected. We have the resources to deal with the damage "Like it never even happened."

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We Offer Fast Cleanup Action In Little Falls After A Flood

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We have state of the art equipment and we are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Heavy Rains Bring Commercial Flood Damage to Little Falls Dentist's Office

Routine maintenance helps avoid commercial flood damage, but in the case of unexpected heavy storms, sometimes the best-laid drainage plans do not work. 

Locally heavy rains in the Little Falls area brought commercial flood damage to a dentist's office. Due to road work in the area, the grade of the soil meant to steer water away from the building actually directed it inward. Once the water pooled around the entrance, it began to enter the property. 

The staff was working when the floodwater entered the property, and they moved the chairs, small tables and other items out of the reception area in the front of the building. They attempted to put barriers in front of the door to halt the flow of water, but due to the amount of rainwater entering, it did not work. Other actions property owners can take before SERVPRO arrives are:

  • Run the HVAC to assist with drying 
  • Mop up excess water
  • Move out paper products out of areas of excessive moisture
  • Safety first, stay out of water loss areas if there is any danger of a slip and fall accident

Due to fast action from the staff at the office, SERVPRO technicians got right to work extracting water. Our technicians created a temporary barrier to stop any further rainwater from entering and recommended a repair to once again direct water away from the building. 

The rubber mats needed flood damage removal for cleaning and disinfection before reuse. Our detection equipment showed that water did not wick into the sheetrock; however, excessive moisture was found behind the baseboards and under the main reception desk. We used air movers to quickly dry the area and used the Injecti-Dry unique drying tool to force warm air under the reception desk and within the wall cavities. Afterward, we cleaned and disinfected all water-affected surfaces and got the office ready to see patients again.

At the first sign of commercial flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. Whether it is a single room or the entire property affected by water loss, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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You Can Trust Our Team To Get You Up And Running Again In Little Falls

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Whatever the case might be SERVPRO has the equipment and is always ready to go to get the job done and make it "Like it never even happened."

Flooding Can Damage Your Little Falls Shop’s Yelp Presence

Part of your success in the Little Falls area hinges on the experience that you can provide to your customers every time they enter your shop. With specialty items catering to specific hobbies and collections, your trove of treasures has become a considerably trafficked location throughout the Greater Clifton area. Unfortunately, nowadays, all businesses are at the mercy of online reviews and ratings, and even with devastating situations like flooding scenarios, you still have the customer satisfaction to consider. 

With how destructive these natural disasters can become, flood damage in your Little Falls shop must get addressed immediately. Tempting as it might be to contend with these effects on your own, there are many problems with this approach. The longer that you wait to get the building cleaned and dried, the more potential damage structural elements can suffer. Our SERVPRO professionals do not allow any of our commercial customers to wait a moment longer than necessary, as it is our business to get you back in business immediately. 

Part of our success in this niche of the restoration industry is relative to our ability to quarantine affected areas of your shop and the building while permitting your business to continue in a limited capacity. For flood damage incidents, both physical barriers with zipper-lock plastic sheeting and the use of sophisticated equipment like air movers and air scrubbers help to reduce the welcoming conditions for microbial growth, but also protect one-of-a-kind items that you have in your hobby shop. 

The more inconvenienced your loyal customer base becomes, the more likely they are to leave unsavory reviews and ratings on online forums like Yelp. We know how quickly situations can get out of control, especially in the hands of unpleasant patrons, so we mobilize rapidly to get our SERVPRO team to your doorstep as promptly as possible. 

As a hobby store owner, you begin to build a report with specific customers and groups to have the things they need whenever they need them. When compromising situations like flooding occurs, you can damage both your supply and your reputation at the same time. Trust in our SERVPRO of Clifton team to help set things right again quickly by calling (973) 928-3705.

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Lowering Moisture Content in Waterlogged Materials of your Clifton Home to Restore Water Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

At the first sign of water problems call us, let the professionals help your Clifton home.

SERVPRO can and will get your moisture under control in your Clifton water damage.

Wet rooms in the home can often become damaged over time as sealant wears away or surface finish dilapidates. A bathroom on the second floor can quickly become waterlogged with moisture being absorbed into the flooring before dripping down onto the below ceiling. Tell-Tale signs of bathroom water damage could include a warped floor- mainly if the material processed wood as well paint peeling on the first-floor ceiling beneath the bathroom. In situations where the issues are not dealt with immediately, you may begin to notice signs of mold growth in the affected area. 

Bringing in professional assistance at the first sign of water damage in your Clifton home could save you considerable expenses. Prolonged exposure to moisture can weaken materials requiring demolition and replacement. Microbes- like fungi, bacteria, or viruses- can also thrive in wet environments at a high cost to the homeowner. SERVPRO technicians are explicitly trained in assessing and restoring parts of your home that have suffered from a water incident. 

Access to the affected area is often restricted in water incidents with the root cause being a slow-leak or lose connection from inside walls or underneath the flooring. Your SERVPRO technician may need to remove obstacles including sections of drywall, flooring, or floorboards to gain access to the affected area. Certain materials like drywall, MDF and PDF woods absorb such large quantities of water that they may need to be replaced after service, others like hardwood can often be restored by drying, sanding and refinishing. 

The primary goal of restoring structural components is to encourage evaporation by creating airflow. Excess moisture needs to be extracted, and waterlogged materials may require dehumidification. Dehumidification involves drying the surrounding air to reduce the moisture content of a particular material. SERVPRO can achieve this by using desiccant chemicals to reduce the humidity to below 40 grains per pound. This process draws moisture from affected materials preventing lasting damages as well as microbial growth. 

Drying affected structure and materials is essential to ridding the home of water-related problems. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for expert assistance.

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Why DIY Commercial Fire Damage Fails Little Falls Properties

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

We can always help you take care of your fire issues in Little Falls.

SERVPRO won't fail your Little Falls business.

The heat and charred building materials and ruined objects are not the only losses from commercial fire damage. When improperly cleaned, it leads to the potential for other costly issues such as embedded foul odors and mold. 

There are many well-meaning articles online that detail how to clean up damage from a fire. The place where this advice falls short for Little Falls commercial fire damage is when presented as a one-size-fits-all solution. Did you know soot particles exist smaller than the human eye can see? If this airborne particulate matter is not captured and removed or neutralized at the molecular level, strong odors develop wherever it goes. And that is just one issue. 

When SERVPRO assists local businesses with the cleanup and restoration of fire loss properties, we sometimes encounter additional challenges from improper cleaning attempts such as: 

  • White vinegar is not the white knight of cleaning soot and smoke residue. In some cases, certain types of residues should not have any liquid applied, or it has the potential to grind in the soot
  • Scrubbing residues can embed the stain into walls and paint.
  • Using left blowers to take debris and residues off surfaces merely spreads soot.

We contain the fire loss area to stop any further spread of soot, and this includes vents. If the HVAC has been running since the fire, there is a good chance the ductwork needs cleaning. If there is a possibility previously attempted cleaning efforts spread the soot more widely across the site, we expand our containment and cover or remove possessions for cleaning and deodorization outside the worksite.

In settings such as reception areas and conference rooms, upholstered furnishings are not automatically a fire loss. On a case-by-case basis, our certified Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians inspect and determine if the cushions and fabrics are restorable through our proprietary cleaning methods. 

Odor control after a fire is crucial for both a healthy work environment as well as aesthetics. No one wants to spend time in a pungent place. Our employees hold certifications as Odor Control Technicians and have access to some of the most advanced equipment that removes odors at the molecular level, never to return. 

When commercial fire damage strikes, contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. Our emergency response team answers each call with both compassion and professionalism with a goal to get your property restored to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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