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What To When When Your Water Heater Breaks

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water Heater Call SERVPRO of Clifton if your water heater breaks.

Steps to Take if Your Water Heater Breaks

A broken water heater is a nasty surprise, especially if you’re in the middle of a shower. If yours starts making unusual noises or stops working completely, take these steps immediately to minimize the impact on your home.

Turn off the power supply. For a gas water heater, look for a dial on the top of the thermostat. For an electric water heater, turn the circuit breaker off.

Turn off the water supply. Turn the water valve clockwise (“righty tighty”) until it stops. It’s very important to turn off the supply of water to the heater. If you can’t turn the valve to the heater, you’ll have to turn off the water supply to the house.

Drain the water heater. Find the drain valve at the bottom of the water tank and attach a hose to it. Run the other end of the hose to a lower area where dirty water can safely drain, such as a basement drain. Open the drain valve, using a screwdriver if necessary.

Open the pressure relief valve. Flip the valve on to keep a vacuum from forming while the water is draining. Caution – the water may be very hot.

Rinse the water heater with cold water. Once the water heater has been completely drained, rinse it with cold water to flush out any remaining sediments.

If your water heater breaks and leaks water everywhere in your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO of Clifton.  Their certified professionals are specially trained in water damage restoration. Using non-invasive moisture detection probes and sensors, they will determine the extent of the damage, and then develop a comprehensive water damage restoration plan. From water extraction and drying to repairing drywall and cabinets, they can return your home or business to its preloss condition.

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Is Your Business Ready to Handle a Disaster?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Closed sign 50% of businesses never reopen after a disaster hits.

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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Broken Sprinkler Pipe Cause Water Damage in Your Piscataway Home?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

How to Detect a Broken Sprinkler Pipe Before it Causes Flood or Water Damage to Your Home

It is very common that most people think water disaster mitigation companies are slow during the summer months. Because water consumption increases in the summer, it can actually be one of our busiest times of the year. Whenever a plumbing source is being used, there is always a greater chance for water damage to occur.

The most common water loss in the summertime is broken sprinkler lines.  Many people forget to check the sprinklers at the beginning of the season and make sure everything is running properly.  Once automatic sprinklers turn on, what they don't realize is that they have a river of water traveling across the ground and into their house.

Here are some tips on how to check your sprinkler system for broken lines and leaks:

  • Check sprinkler heads for any malfunction
  • Double check the hose bib or spigot to make sure it working properly
  • Once you have turned on the sprinkler, take a look at the yard to see if the water pressure and coverage is even. Low pressure or heads that don't work at all could be a sign of cracked or broken line underground.

Follow these tips to minimize the risk of a flooded basement, garage, or home during sprinkler start-up season.

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Is It Possible to Save Clothes That Have Mold?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Foremost, any garment or fabric that has not suffered physical deterioration or discoloration as a result of mold growing on it, and that is washable (typically, a minimum of 130degrees for at least 10 minutes), can be restored completely. That foes for bacterial contamination as well, as evidence by hospitals daily as they wash linens, gowns, surgical drapes, etc.

Dry cleaning also does a good job when evaluated and cleaned- often twice - by a qualified professional.  Again, this assumes no deterioration or discoloration of the garment.  Ultimately, sampling and evaluation by a qualified environmental professional can be used to confirm remediation of the garment. 

Why Use a Certified Technician?

Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response.  Immediate remediation is key to controlling and escalating costs.  The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration.  Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply restoration techniques required to return the items to their preloss condition. 

SERVPRO of Clifton is IICRC Certified.  If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 973-928-3705

Have Mold Damage? Call SERVPRO of Clifton today!

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our office. A representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. 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.

If you see signs of Mold, call us TODAY!

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Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Clifton for Your Restoration Needs!

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

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

We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Check out our website for more information!

or give us a call today at 973-928-3705!

Prevent Mold after Water Damage

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water in unwanted areas can cause considerable damage to your possessions and home.  When water damage occurs either due to a leak or natural disaster, mold can develop quite fast.  Preventing mold development is vital to maintaining clean and healthy air in your home.  It's essential to begin the drying process started as soon as possible.  After a water intrusion occurs, there is a 72 hour window to prevent the potential of mold growth.

Proper drying is important.  Many times a person will think that moisture was removed when in fact enough moisture was left behind to allow mold to start growing.  If a minor amount of moisture is lingering inside the wall cavities, behind the baseboards, in the carpet, or under the carpet padding it will likely be weeks before it all dries up, by that time the mold starts forming as visible spores on your walls.  Many mold remediator's and carpet cleaning companies will focus efforts on drying the room that flooded and neglect nearby rooms where water flowed hidden inside wall cavities and under carpet or even tile.  SERVPRO of Clifton's certified and trained production staff will ensure all effected areas are fried properly.

After you call your insurance agent to report the initial water damage, call SERVPRO of Clifton we'll quickly begin the water damage cleanup to prevent mold from developing in your home.

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"Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety in the Workplace

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO SERVPRO, the nations leader in Fire, Water, and Mold restoration.

It is important to have a fire prevention plan in place at all times whether it is in your residence or your business.

Below are 11 tips to ensure a fire-safe workplace:

Step 1. Get Organized– Keep areas clean and tidy. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment. 

Step 2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas. 

Step 3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Make sure to get them checked regularly to ensure they will work when you need to use it.

Step 4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment. 

Step 5. Access to Control Panels – Make sure there is a clear and direct path to the control panels. Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electric could be shut off easily. 

Step 6. Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks. 

Step 7. Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Make sure to have sprinkler systems and smoke detectors checked at least annually.

Step 8. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely. Always read labels and Safety Data sheets to familiarize yourself with the chemicals and determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances. 

Step 9. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency. 

Step 10. Exits – All exits should be be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs. All employees must be familiar with the exits. There should be monthly drills.

Step 11. Contact Info – Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number and floor plan should be posted. 

Planning to ensure fire protection and safety is key to avoiding unwanted fire issues. Call SERVPRO of Clifton at 973-928-3705 for all your fire restoration needs.

Fire Damage Debris Removal You Can Do For Your Little Falls Home

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

While professional fire debris removal is a coverage option that most Little Falls homeowners have in their insurance policy, you might find that you would rather not risk potentially raising your premiums for moderate cleanup and recovery efforts. Addressing an initial task like debris removal involves much more than cleaning affected areas, as there are potential hazards that can exist with this DIY as well.

Even with some potential pitfalls, many homeowners can often address fire damage to Little Falls properties provided that the situation does not get out of control. During the initial inspection and assessment of the property after extinguishment occurs, you should keep an eye out for a few specific situations that could become problematic:

Structural Weakness
You cannot always tell when specific areas of your home have become unsafe to support your weight, or are hanging on by only a small amount of material before a collapse occurs. If you must perform an assessment instead of professionals like our SERVPRO team, tread carefully.

The Concentration of Soot
Soot is a severe effect that can exist after extinguishment and land on surfaces and contents. These conditions are very challenging to clean without staining and smearing, but airborne soot particulates can also present a potentially hazardous condition for those exposed.

The Wishes of Your Insurance Company
You might determine shortly after a fire gets extinguished to pursue a damage claim, and many insurance providers want experienced professionals like our SERVPRO technicians providing a damage assessment and catalog of losses from the property.

DIY assessment and debris removal can save a homeowner time and money if they have a good understanding of what their property needs and are careful to address all of the damaged areas. Unresolved symptoms and damages can present health and structural risks that might not appear immediately.

While there are many ways that you can save money by addressing specific aspects of fire loss incidents on your own, it is crucial to understand your limitations and the severity of the disaster. Our SERVPRO of Clifton team is here when you need us. Our experts can make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (973) 928-3705.

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Prepare for a Winter Storm

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

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,

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