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How to Heat Your Home Safely in the Winter

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Heat Your Home Safely

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use-don't substitute.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
  • Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages, or near windows.

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:

  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

Use Generators Safely

Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent -- preferably in a space where rain and snow does not reach them.

  • Never use an electric generator indoors, in the basement, inside the garage, or near open windows or the air intake of your house because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet because of the risk of electrocution.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

Cook Safely

  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. The fumes are deadly.

Conserve Heat

Some gas-fueled heaters, such as vent-less gas fireplaces, require some ventilation. Otherwise, if you don't need extra ventilation, keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

  • Avoid unnecessarily opening doors or windows.
  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night.

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants

Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and warm during the extreme cold:

  • Remove any pillows or other soft bedding. These can present a risk of smothering and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). 
  • Dress infants in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas, one-piece wearable blankets, or sleep sacks.
  • Try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If not, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere.
  • In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby. 
Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age:

  • Check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure their homes are adequately heated.

Keep a Water Supply

Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes rupture. When very cold freezing temperatures are expected:

  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

If you cannot thaw your pipes, or the pipes are ruptured, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor's home. As an emergency measure, if no other water is available, snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most microorganisms or parasites that may be present but won't remove chemical pollutants sometimes found in snow.

Eat and Drink Wisely

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages because they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

What Is an Air Scrubber?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Air Scrubber Air scrubbers are portable air filtration machines.

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 odoriferous (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

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

12/14/2021 (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

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

Winter Vehicle Safety Tips:

  • 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

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SERVPRO of Clifton

Water Mitigation in Your Woodland Park Home

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Skilled Water Mitigation to Salvage the Carpeting Throughout Your Woodland Park Interior

A water leak within the home is often an unavoidable emergency. Whether your plumbing begins to leak or a water heater breaks down, you have to work fast before water migrates into dry space. The longer water saturates your carpeting, furnishings, and personal belongings, the more significant the impact. Calling in the help of SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians lessens the onset of secondary damage and increases your ability to salvage your carpeting.

How Does Mitigation Work?

Our team understands how crucial prompt action is when it comes to water mitigation in Woodland Park. Because of this, SERVPRO offers restoration services 24/7, arrives on-site and ready to get to work in as little as a few hours or less. Upon arrival, we assess the damage and use a unique formula to set a plan in place for water removal, drying, and deodorizing.

Can I Save My Rugs and Carpets?

No two surfaces are created equal, which is why our team uses specialized methods and spot testing to ensure we preserve the integrity of your rugs and carpets. When we begin the mitigation, we take into consideration several factors of your carpeting, including:

  •   Color
  •   Material
  •   Weave
  •   Installation technique, and more

This assessment allows us to dictate best practices for water extraction and what cleaning products are the right fit for the job. Once the bulk of the water gets removed, we utilize a broad range of drying and dehumidification equipment to eliminate the remainder of the moisture. We do this with the help of:

  •   Wet/dry vacuums
  •   Wand extractors
  •   Air movers
  •   Industrial-strength fans
  •   Desiccant dehumidifiers, and more

Throughout the mitigation project, all efforts are made to save your carpeting and rugs. If we are unable to salvage these materials, everything gets removed, adequately disposed of, and replaced with brand-new materials. Call us whenever you need us at SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705, and we will send out a team as soon as possible.

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We are Hiring!

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clifton is hiring for technicians. Please click the Indeed link below or send your resume to SERVPRO9615@verizon.net.

Must be able to pass a background check and drug test. A valid drivers license is a must and you must also have a good driving record. No experience necessary, just a great attitude and willingness to learn. We will train you. Of course experience is always welcomed too. 

We are a great team and as our company grows we are always looking for employees to add to our team!

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Can I Clean This Mold on My Own?

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

If You Suspect Mold, Professional Mold Remediation Ensures Safety and Thorough Cleaning of Your Clifton Home

Although you may have some products and cleaning implements in your home to handle specific tasks, special care is paramount when it comes to mold and mildew. Mold can cause health effects, so calling in skilled mold remediation technicians to your Clifton home is the best way to safely and efficiently get the job done.

Why is SERVPRO the Best Team for the Job?

When it comes to mold remediation in Clifton, you need to know that mold spores rapidly spread when disturbed. This allows them to travel fast to other areas of your home. SERVPRO follows detailed guidelines for handling all mold projects, and we always have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety, such as:

  • Full-body covering suits
  • Disposable shoe and hair coverings
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Air-purifying respirators

Why is Your Equipment Superior?

We have access to the best tools and equipment in the restoration industry. When called for mold cleanup, our Green Fleet comes fully-equipped with:

  • Moisture probes, moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and thermal hygrometers allow us to locate all hidden moisture areas.
  • Fans, portable heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers will enable us to regulate drying and relative humidity within your Clifton home.
  • HEPA filtration, which pulls mold spores out of the air, keeping them from recirculating throughout your interior.
  • Blasting technology that allows us to address mold colonies in attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
  • Odor-eater pellets, fogging machines, and air scrubbers, which help us to eliminate musty odors.

SERVPRO is the best team to have by your side when you have areas of troublesome mold within your home. Once we finish with the project, your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to give you added peace of mind.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton whenever you need a team for prompt, reliable, and efficient mold remediation. You can reach our staff 24/7 by calling (973) 928-3705.

Need Cleanup after a Fire? Call SERVPRO of Clifton!

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Clifton Fire Damage Cleanup Results

Fire residue cleanup in Clifton works most efficiently when based on scientific principles and implemented by trained and well-equipped individuals. The soiling produced by a fire is unlike other household dirt. Heat, flames, and the production of various gasses and particulates affect the development and the consistency of the residues and the adhesion of the soot to various surfaces. The need to understand how all these elements work together is why we invest in world-class training for our technicians. 

Matching Methods and Products to Residues

Once a technician learns the basics of how fire damage affects your Clifton home, informed adaptations for your unique circumstances improve the outcomes even more. We support the efforts of our employees to become as precise as possible when pairing products and modifying the elements of cleaning as needed. Individualized care and treatment are why we start with the following basics of cleaning and work out from there:

Principles

  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues and discard properly

Elements

  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Temperature
  • Time

Adaptations We Consider

When we inspect and assess your home after a fire damage loss, we continuously evaluate how to adjust the primary approach for the best cleaning results. Our preference is to restore, not to tear out and replace, why SERVPRO takes into consideration how much of a toll various cleaning methods take on certain surfaces. When we select among the products and tools at our disposal, we might modify:

Agitation and Dwell Time

We use gentler ways to move the surface or the cleaning solution to dislodge tightly adhered residues. Rather than a brush, we might swap out a feather duster. Soft cloths and more “elbow grease” is easier on a delicate surface than a rough-sided sponge or sandpaper. Delicate items can break apart with the use of ultrasonic waves or jets sprays, why SERVPRO technicians might increase dwell time by soaking the articles and use a spray bottle or soft paintbrush to remove embedded soils. 

Chemical Action

Before using water or oil-based cleaners on residues, we judge whether the surface or item is durable enough to handle the chemicals. Pretesting is a reliable way to determine how the material holds up, why SERVPRO technicians dab a small amount of the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to evaluate the outcome.

Temperature and Dwell Time

The molecules in cleaning solutions move more quickly when we apply heat, why our carpet extractors and industrial washing machines use the hottest fluid possible to remove residues. Some materials warp or shrink under high heat, why SERVPRO employees research the material and spot test. If heat damages, we increase agitation or dwell time to achieve the desired results.

The experience and training of our technicians are why SERVPRO of Clifton can adapt cleaning procedures, leading to successful fire damage clean up. Call us round the clock at (973) 928-3705 to get one of our crews on their way to you.

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How To Make Sure Your Car is Ready for the Winter

12/3/2021 (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

Is Water Getting in Your Attic?

12/3/2021 (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 home, 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. Give us a call anytime you need us at (973) 928-3705.

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.”

Fire

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

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

Storm

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.

Mold

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.

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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.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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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The Commercial Water Extraction Process

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Water Removal Process Gets Clifton Business Owners Back in the Game

Water damage is a very scary thing to happen to business owners. The thought of damage to equipment, belongings and property is overwhelming.

Clifton business owners need water removal in a hurry in the event of a flood, leak, or any other water incident. Swift remediation means getting back to work faster. The first step in water removal is using extraction equipment to draw away standing water.

Why is extraction so important?

Moisture can do a lot of damage to business premises, including:

  • Warping wood floors or beams
  • Soaking drywall and causing it to collapse
  • Causing rust and tarnishing on metal surfaces
  • Providing a breeding ground for mold and mildew

What equipment does SERVPRO use for extraction?

Our technicians have access to a range of extractors, including:

  •        Free-standing extractors
  •        Truck-mounted extractors
  •        Carpet wands
  •        Deep extraction tools
  •        Squeegees, Mops, and Buckets

Carpet wands and deep extraction tools help us squeeze and draw moisture out of carpets and carpet pads for more thorough water removal.

How can I prepare for water removal?

The very best way to prepare for water removal is to sign up for SERVPRO ERP (Emergency Ready Plan.) ERP is free-to-join. We can visit your establishment to assist with the setup. You download the app, sign up for an account, and follow the prompts to complete a walk-through of your premises. ERP helps you capture all the vital information and store it in one place. You can even use it to make sure we are your first port of call in a disaster. The app allows you to establish SERVPRO of Clifton as your preferred restoration specialist, which allows you to create a First Notice of Loss from the app, or call us quickly with one click.

Using ERP means you’re prepared before anything even happens, which means you can get back to business faster.

For help with water extraction, give SERVPRO of Clifton a call at (973) 928-3705.

Water Damage in Office Buildings

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded offices A flooded office can be very costly.

Water Damage in Office Buildings

When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.

All building are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.

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Call SERVPRO of Clifton to Clean Up Your Storm Damage

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Little Falls, NJ Call SERVPRO of Clifton for all your Water, Fire, and Mold restoration.

Let SERVPRO eliminate your Little Falls flood damage.

Flash flooding can be disastrous for any community to endure. By 2016, all 50 states had experienced flooding or flash flooding in the five years prior. The cost of repairs, without proper mitigation, can be quite high and extremely stressful for homeowners. However, there is a team that can help you breathe a sigh of relief after a disaster.

If your Little Falls home needs flood damage cleanup fast, SERVPRO professionals can be at your home within hours of your call to mitigate damage. SERVPRO emphasizes the importance of preserving structures and possessions when it is safe to do so. These measures save homeowners on costs while ensuring that their property becomes a safe and comfortable place to live once more.

Always Able to Lend a Hand

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

SERVPRO Can Save Your Furnishings

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

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

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

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

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Water Damage in Offices

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Office Buildings

When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.

All building are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Emergency Prep Kit 101

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered about emergencies? Some people don't care to prepare a kit until after the disaster has happened, also known as too little too late.  With this sample checklist you can quickly create your own emergency disaster kit that could keep you alive and comfortable for 3 days.

    • Container for the kit, such as a plastic tote or a wearable duffle bag
    • 1 gallon of water per person/day
    • Portable tent
    • Small tarp
    • Poncho
    • 2,000 calories of healthy food per person/day (nuts, grains, food bars, canned food etc.)
    • Compact sleeping bag and bedroll
    • Hygiene Products

        • Toilet Paper

        • Baby Wipes

        • Deodorant

        • Bandana

        • Soap

        • Dust Mask

        • Potty bags

        • Latex gloves

        • Toothbrush and toothpaste

        • Feminine products
    • First aid kit

        • Roll of gauze

        • Medical tape

        • Alcohol wipes

        • Blood coagulant

        • Gauze pads

        • Painkillers

        • Burn/wound cream

        • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant/moisturizer
    • Tools

        • Pocket knife

        • Whistle

        • Hand warmes

        • Duct tape

        • Small rope

        • Wire saw

        • Matches
    • Self powered flashlight
    • Self powered radio
    • List of doctors and family contacts
    • Spare cash
    • Pet supplies

Give us a call to learn more. SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Water Damage Facts

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage of home This home experienced extensive flooding of their first floor after a pipe broke.

Dealing with water damage is a homeowners nightmare. Whether it came from a broken pipe, overflowing toilet, sump pump failure, or flooding from a storm- water damage can cause more problems than you may think.

In many cases, the damage will go much deeper than the water line. The drywall, wood, and even concrete can act as as sponge which causes the water damage to extend deeper into the structure. An even bigger concern is what can come after the water damage, if not properly dealt with-mold. Mold is toxic. It is created when there is moisture hidden in walls, crawlspaces and below floorboards.

Here are 3 facts about water damage that will help you respond properly to a potential disaster:

  1. Look For Stains

Obvious signs of water damage include- water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet, or sink, and on ceilings and walls. Cracks in the drywall, or areas that appear swollen or soft, as well as peeling paint.

  2. Check the Floors

For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling, or warped flooring. For carpets- be aware of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, and a musty smell.

  3.  Watch for Rust and Mold

Check your water heater for rust on the tank, or damp spots on the floor. Corrosion around pipe connections could signal water seeping from the pipes. Check for visual signs of mold.

We at SERVPRO of Clifton are here to make the cleanup process easier for you and your family.

Give us a call 24/7

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                 “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Ready Profile's for Your Business

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Small business owners have a lot to worry about while running a business. How to handle an emergency should not be one of those concerns. Learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) and see how your small business can be better prepared.

What is the SERVPRO ERP?

Unfortunately, all catastrophes cannot be prevented, which means it is imperative to have an emergency plan set just in case an unexpected event occurs. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan application works to prevent situations from escalating. The app, designed for commercial use, is marketed towards property and risk managers and towards business owners. The SERVPRO ERP works on the premise that the more you know what to do and what to expect in advance of any kind of emergency is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, storm, and fire damage can affect your business.

Our ERP includes the following:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Clinton as your local disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Is it necessary for small businesses to have a plan?

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" makes your employees and clients feel comforable that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they do not necessarily have to be.

If you prepare for the future, you will save early for disaster costs and prevent greater damage in the future. Utilizing tools to prevent damage, to prevent loss, and to prevent losing your business to a disaster, is one of the best ways to ensure the “health” of what you own or manage. 

Can SERVPRO help with commercial damage after an event?

SERVPRO of Clifton has a highly trained staff to help with any remediation needs you may have! We offer remediation for water, fire, mold, storm damage, and more. We also can help with other situations such as crime scene cleanup or other biohazard issues. In addition, we can help with your everyday commercial cleaning needs.

If you are a small business owner considering adding SERVPRO’s ERP to your overall business preparedness plan. You can learn more about the program by contacting us at 973-928-3705. Be prepared for any disaster! Let SERVPRO of Clifton help.

Water Damage: Information for Property Owners and Tenants

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Handling a water loss can be extremely difficult and confusing; especially, when both a tenant and property owner are involved. Although SERVPRO of Clifton strives to provide clear and consistent communication to ease the stress of restoring property damage, we understand that the added variables can create further confusion. Therefore, we make all possible efforts to prevent miscommunication and protect clients, as well as ensure that water cleanup and restoration efforts are performed as effectively as possible.

Below, are recommendations that can be beneficial to homeowners and tenants regarding water losses:

  • It is important to address water losses immediately to ensure the safety and security of tenants, as well as maintain the structure’s integrity. Additionally, it is important to note that failing to address water damage appropriately could result in the loss of tenants in the future.
  • Renter’s insurance, often, does not cover structural damage, only contents. Therefore, the homeowner is responsible for financial costs determined by damage.
  • We require the homeowner’s signature to begin work; tenants cannot provide a valid signature.

Water losses are never easy, especially when cleaning and restoration efforts involve collaboration between a homeowner and tenant. At SERVPRO of Clifton, we seek to provide efficient and effective work, while minimizing difficulty or confusion for all parties involved.

Should you be faced with water damage to your home or property, call us at (973) 928-3705 and one of our technicians will come out right away. 

Smoke Alarm Safety

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm Smoke alarms are one of the most important things to have in your home.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms will give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

SAFETY TIPS

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement.

• Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. Interconnected smoke alarms are good because when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

• Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.

• A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 ft from the stove.

• There are special smoke alarms for people who are hard-of-hearing or deaf that use strobe lights and bed shakers.

• Replace all smoke alarms when they are around 10 years old, but check them every 6 months to ensure the batteries are good and the alarm is working properly.

Facts 

  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level. Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection.
  • Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Click here National Fire Protection Organization for more about fire safety education and tips.

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Re-establishing Clean Air Post-Fire inside Your Clifton Retail Store.

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

When your HVAC or an other item in your store catches fire, SERVPRO is the team of pros needed for the fire restoration service needed to get you back

HVAC systems can spread smoke contamination after a fire. 

SERVPRO understands how important it is to ensure clean, healthy air inside your business. An acrid, smoky odor that persists throughout your store can upset or deter shoppers. This can happen even with an extensive cleaning of surfaces and airing out your building. 

Many times, this odor comes from the ventilation system. Assisting our fellow businesses in Clifton to recover from fire damage is important to the entire community. We inspect ducts and other components throughout your building before cleaning.

Here is an explanation of what we consider during the initial inspection:

  • The type and density of the smoke,
  • Damage to essential components (dampers, cooling coil), and
  • Duct material. 

Intensive cleaning of ducts might require disassembling the system, especially when soot accumulates in dense layers. We have special industrial vacuums with attachments like metal whisks to clean out the ducts in place. We can fog a deodorizer to help improve the ambiance of your retail shop. Once completed, your store’s HVAC system can easily circulate the air and provide a clean environment for everyone. 

SERVPRO of Clifton is ready to take care of all your fire damage needs. Call us at (973) 928-3705, and we can help you get everything back to normal again.

Flooding Affects Brick-and-Mortar Shops in Little Falls.

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

When a flood hampers your business. SERVPRO is the team of professionals. Their techs are IICRC certified for and size flood damage restoration job.

Proper remediation of brickwork preserves appearance after flooding.

Building materials ranging from steel to wooden shingle siding and everything in between. Brick is a common material, and for all its durability during our area winters, especially with the recent horrific frigid air and snowfall and then thaw, flooding can adversely affect its lifespan and its appearance. 

Because brick absorbs water so easily, it takes a long time to dry – roughly an inch a month, and only if conditions facilitate evaporation. Brick is a natural material. Drying out after your Little Falls business floods can leave your brickwork in need of experienced restoration. 

Brick that dries too slowly, quickly, or unevenly can sustain different types of additional damage. Some can pose more than cosmetic troubles and affect the stability and weather-tightness of the building’s envelope. Some points to consider:

  • Frost damage – freezing temperatures of saturated brick can cause cracks and disintegration,
  • Spalling and flaking – can lead to loosened bricks,
  • Shrinking – another reason bricks become loose.
  • Degradation of the mortar joints may mean pointing.

As bricks dry out, their surface can accumulate a white powder. This is a harmless salt. Allowing the brick to dry prior to brushing it off can prevent the dust from getting rubbed into the brick’s textured surface, leaving it cleaner-looking. 

We have the advanced equipment to dry out all types of building materials:

SERVPRO of Clifton is always ready to help make everything “Like it never even happened,” after a flood in Little Falls. We work hard to keep your business up and running. Contact us for prompt, professional assistance by calling (973) 928-3705.

Emergency Water Mitigation Services can Modernize Businesses in Clifton. 

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water restoration service for your commercial building should be handled by a team of pros. SERVPRO is the team needed for any size water restoration

Possible past business practices lead to one of Clifton's urban legends. 

The loss of a long-time Clifton business, the Dark Prince Distillery, looks like it might result in new apartments and a safer route for foot traffic to the train station instead of losing jobs and tax revenue. The drains below the Distillery were constructed during the late 1920s.

What is Clifton's urban legend about?

The legend tells of a series of underground drains that lead lower and lower into the Earth, ultimately leading to a special room where one can meet the Dark Prince himself. The exterior path that leads to the first entrance is dangerously rocky and nearly vertical. Several people have sustained injuries over the years after passing through the first of the 'Hell's Gates,' as many call them.

Exploring the interior requires expendable clothing, the best flashlight you can obtain, boots with excellent tread (with waders being the best choice), and at least one trustworthy individual waiting outside to help you up the steep incline. The drains' walls are covered in graffiti, with some sections depicting goats and other horned animals. Bones are also seen here and there throughout the drains, adding to a creepy feeling that many say grows intensely strong.

How much of the legend is true?

There are three reasons why it is improbable that the urban legend's basis is accurate. These reasons include: 

  • Prohibition lasted from 1920 through 1933,
  • The building site held a wool factory during Prohibition, and
  • The Distillery did not start operations until 1970.

Without these facts, the urban legend's foundation falls apart, namely that the Dark Prince Distillery used the drains to transport liquor.

Why does the legend persist? 

All legends are said to have a basis, in fact, so how did this legend get started? Perhaps the tale started in the 1970s when the Distillery was first new, and 'facts' were added to make it seem more believable. The Distillery's name could have easily added to the legend, significantly adding to the scare dynamic.

The ever-descending depths of the drains may have also figured into the fascination that keeps the story alive. The 'decoration' on the drains and breathlessly told tales from those who have explored and then told of their experiences also add to the magnetism such urban legends enjoy. We might never know exactly how the legend started.

What kind of company would need such drains in Clifton?

Wool factories require sheep, and sheep tend to get quite dirty when allowed outdoors. This leaves the wool in need of thorough laundering with special emollients that keep sought-after water-resistant properties intact.

Some elderly locals in Clifton remember when sheep grazed outside of the wool factory. Such an elaborate and deep drain allowed for the proper disposal of black water, including antibiotics, anti-parasitic medicines, and other chemicals. It would also keep the factory from flooding during the spring thaws.

Unless your business uses enormous amounts of water during its operations, it is unlikely you would need a similar drainage system. 

When such businesses need our services, we can often use existing drains to reduce their mitigation costs further. Such businesses include:

  • Restaurants,
  • Hospitals and other medical settings, or
  • Hair salons, spas, and gyms.

When water lines or fixtures break, SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified and is ready to help. Our water mitigation services do what drains do – get rid of the water and make it "Like it never even happened." How we get the job done takes extensive training. We always bring the right tools with us, no matter how complicated the job.

SERVPRO of Clifton's emergency services number is (973) 928-3705, helping keep our city businesses strong year-round.

Where Do Property Owners Seek Help When in Need of Fire Damage Restoration Services?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a fire mishap. Give us a call right away.

SERVPRO’s Team of Restorers Offers Professional Fire Restoration Services in Little Falls

Fire is an absolute nightmare to property owners because of the damage that it leaves behind. Most homeowners feel a sense of relief after the fire department puts out the flames. Unfortunately, the secondary damages of the fire begin immediately.

Once the fire trucks leave your property, it is essential to contact experienced restorers from SERVPRO to conduct fire restoration in your Little Falls residence. We have a team of certified technicians who have successfully restored thousands of homes. Our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and products since fire creates corrosive byproducts after burning synthetic materials. Along with smoke and soot, the byproducts cause considerable damage on various surfaces. Beginning the fire damage restoration process on time helps prevent the damage from spreading to unaffected areas.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Process is Complex and Comprises of the Steps Below:

  • Inspecting the area to determine the extent of the fire damage.
  • Removal of damaged contents to separate salvageable items from those damaged beyond repair.
  • Since the fire department often uses water to fight the flames, water damage can occur. We can remove the water and repair any resulting damage.
  • Smoke and soot damage restoration using advanced cleaning products. Our technicians can use natural fabric brightener mixed with shampoo super concentrate to clean cotton materials and wool carpeting.
  • Thorough disinfection and cleaning of the affected area using powerful products
  • Deodorization to remove the charcoal-like odor.

In the event of a fire, hire certified professionals on time to prevent secondary fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Where Can Commercial Property Owners Get Flood Restoration Services After Floodwater Recedes?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your commercial property.

SERVPRO’s Team of Professionals Performs Efficient Commercial Flood Damage Restoration in Clifton

The risk of damage increases when severe thunderstorm hits and heavy rains follow, causing flooding in your commercial property. Flooding is a problem that requires special techniques to treat and protect the property correctly. It is essential to contact a certified restorer like SERVPRO to mitigate the damage and remove the floodwater safely.

Our commercial flood damage restoration service in Clifton is fast and effective. Our team of restoration experts has special skills and access to the advanced equipment required to remove floodwater that may contain harmful bacteria. We are available around the clock to respond to flood damage emergencies.

Our commercial flood damage restoration services involve:

  • Thorough property inspection using advanced equipment, including thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters.
  • Floodwater extraction - Our restorers can use a self-priming trash pump to remove water and the solids in it.
  • Cleaning affected surfaces.
  • Deodorization 
  • Drying using centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers.
  • Cleaning affected contents using special products.

Problems Caused by Flood Damage in Your Business

Flooding in your business can cause more problems than just water damage. It can cause health problems to your staff or residents, mold growth, odors, and rusted pipes. However, if you contact us on time, we can complete the restoration process efficiently.

The more you delay the restoration process, the more the flood damage spreads. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton today at (973) 928-3705 for world-class restoration to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Prompt Water Damage Restoration for Clifton Homes

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a water catastrophe. Give us a call right away.

Involve SERVPRO’s Team of Restorers Immediately After Water Damage in Your Clifton Home

The city of Clifton is situated in Passaic County in New Jersey. According to the United States Census held in 2010, the city had an estimated population of 84,136, which is a 6.9 percent increase from the 2000 census. The city maintained its 11th position as the most populated municipality. According to the Census Bureau’s population estimate in 2019, the city’s population was 85,052, which is a 1.1 percent increase from the census held in 2010. That ranked Clifton as the 399th most populated city in the United States.

The History of Clifton City

The city’s name, “Clifton,” is from Garret Mountain cliffs bordering the neighborhood of Montclair Heights. In 2017, the city of Clifton turned 100 years old. However, settlement in the area dates back to when Captahem, an indigenous leader, gifted an 11,000-acre title deed to Hans Frederick in 1679 along the shores of the Passaic River.

The city is home to the United States Animal Quarantine Station that began its operations in 1903, and people considered it as the Ellis Island for Animals. The facility served as home to animals such as horses, cattle, poultry, and zoo animals that came into the United States for quarantine to minimize the chances of spreading disease. Unfortunately, the facility closed down in 1975. In addition, Clifton was the hub of agriculture. 

Even after Clifton and its surrounding cities converted from farmlands to suburban communities, it still boasts of two working farms, including:

  • City Green Farm Eco-Center: A non-profit focused organic farm since 2004 promotes urban farming and education.
  • Ploch’s Farm: A 15-acre family-run farm since 1867.

Clifton’s Economy

Clifton city hosts several businesses, including:

  • Promenade Shops, which is an upscale mall along Route 3 West.
  • A hot dog restaurant called Rutt’s Hut, which was established in 1928 at Delawana Avenue on the east end. Peter Applebome described the establishment in The New York Times as one of the top esteemed hot dog places in New Jersey.
  • Several low-rise office buildings are occupied by professionals such as medical practices, accounting, and law firms along Clifton Avenue between Allwood Road and City Hall.
  • The headquarters of the leading cybersecurity company Comodo

The city also has a shopping center, Clifton Commons, near Route 3, which features a wide range of stores, a 448,848 square feet 16-screen AMC Movie Theater, and restaurants.

Professional Water Damage Restoration in Clifton

A faulty dishwasher or a leaking tap can seem like an insignificant problem that most property owners ignore until the secondary damages set in the property. Mold growth and persisting odors are some damages that can make your home uninhabitable. However, if an experienced restorer like SERVPRO handles the water damage on time, we can minimize the damage and restore your property to its pre-damaged condition.

We have a team of professionals who have access to innovative equipment and tools. We can use portable pumps to remove the standing water and air movers as well as low grain dehumidifiers to dry the property to prevent secondary damage. Our team of restorers can also use a ventilation box fan to drive in fresh air from outside.

Water damage can cause costly damages within a brief period. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for reliable restoration that makes the mishap seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Join Other Residents of Clifton in the Egyptian Flag Raising Ceremony

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

A sneaky water leak can cause damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for their IICRC certified technicians for the job.

Enjoy the 10th Anniversary of Revolution Day Celebration with Your Clifton Friends and Family.

Do you have Egyptian roots or friends and family who come from this nation? If that is the case, you can attend the annual flag-raising ceremony in the nearby Jersey City. The Office of Cultural Affairs, Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Mayor, as well as the Municipal Council of Jersey City, welcomes all Clifton residents to the Egyptian Flag Raising ceremony. Taking place on January 25th, 2021, at City Hall Balcony, between 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM, the event is co-sponsored by:

  • The Bakka Corporation
  • The Egyptian American Community
  • The Egyptian Festival Committee

The event is free. Other attendees are expected to gather at City Hall Plaza on street level to enjoy the event. Attendees are urged to adhere to social distancing and wear a mask at all times during the event.

SERVPRO of Clifton warmly welcomes you to the Egyptian Flag Raising event. When you discover a water leak in your property caused by corroded pipes or clogged drains, do not attempt to restore the affected area. Call our certified restorers at (973) 928-3705 to perform water damage repair in your Clifton property. 

Learn How to Invest Better in the Comfort of your Clifton Home or Office

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is no laughing matter. Call SERVPRO with their IICRC certified technicians. They have the knowledge and experience you are looking for.

Clifton Residents Can Gain Investing Advice at the Master the Trade Conference 

Investing for your future is essential, and you can enter the year 2021 wiser and stronger after attending the Master the Trade Conference. This online event occurs from January 23, 2021, at 7 PM to January 24, 2021, at 3.00 AM. Clifton residents are welcome to the one day conference full of hustlers and leaders ready to show you what the world of investing can offer you and your family.

During the conference, attendees can expect to take six different classes. Three classes are meant to ensure that attendees learn the skillset of investing, and the other three are meant to train investors on how they can reap profits from the stock market. The topics to learn about in the event include:

  • Self-discipline
  • Setting goals
  • Building a financial legacy
  • Introduction to stocks
  • Introduction to futures
  • Introduction to options

From the tips the investors offer at this conference, you can attain your desired investment goals. Get your tickets and discount now before the event is gone.

SERVPRO of Clifton is happy to inform you about the Master the Trade Conference. We support businesses that make such events possible. We are one of the premier commercial mold removal companies in Clifton. If your commercial property requires mold remediation, call us at (973) 928-3705 for prompt restoration. 

A Quick Response to Water Damage in Little Falls

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage is no laughing matter. Especially when it comes to clean up. Call the professionals of SERVPRO for the job.

SERVPRO is One of the Premier Water Restoration Companies in Little Falls

Named after a waterfall at a dam bordering Beattie Mill on the Passaic River, the Little Falls Township is in Passaic County, in New Jersey.

According to the census held in 2010, Little Falls had a population of 14,432, which was a 33 percent increase in population compared to the census conducted in the year 2000. The census held in 2000 recorded a decline of negative 3.9 percent compared to 11,294 people counted in the 1990 census.

This Township has many white-collar professionals such as office and sales workers and managers. 87.67 percent of the workforce is employed in white-collar jobs, which is way higher than the national average. Many artists also live in Little Falls. The town has more designers, artists, and individuals working in media than 90 percent of America's communities. The concentration of artists helps shape the character of Little Falls.

Many people who live in Little Falls work in math and computers. People also consider this area a college town. Little Falls offers several opportunities, amenities, and services geared to the activities and needs of students.

Many of the residents of the township travel to work by bus daily. Many of these people primarily travel out of town to jobs in other cities. This town is also diverse. The residents describe themselves as belonging to various ethnic and racial groups.

The History of Little Falls 

The first people to live in the Township were seven Bergen Dutch settlers who started farming in 1711. The Speer Homestead, located in the Township, dates from 1785. Reynier Speer built the house, and on July 18, 1985, the old building was included in the National Register of Historic Places. From 1680, an earlier building occupied the location.

An essential artery of transportation and trade, the Morris Canal had its way through Little Falls Township until 1925. Some of the signs of the canal exist, and some parts of it are a greenway.

On April 2, 1868, an act of New Jersey Legislature incorporated Little Falls as a township from portions of Acquackanonk Township, which existed in the state between 1693 and 1917. Portions of Acquackanonk Township were taken to form the now Woodland Park former West Paterson borough.

The Little Falls representation 

The Township is part of the 40th state legislative district of New Jersey and is located in the 11th Congressional District. The Township was part of the 8th Congressional District before the 2010 census. The New Jersey Redistricting Commission made the change, which became effective as from January 2013. The commission-based its decision on the results of the elections held in November 2012.

A Board of Chosen Freeholders that consists of seven members govern Passaic County. The elected members serve for three years on a partisan basis. As part of the general election, about two or three seats come up every year for election. The board selects a Director as well as a Deputy Director in a reorganization meeting that takes place in January. The members choose the two to serve a one-year term.

The Little Falls Education System

Little Falls Township Public Schools educate the Township's students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The district had three schools between 2018 and 2019 that enrolled 865 students. The district had 94.6 teachers on a full-time basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 9:1:1. 

High School students rely on Passaic Valley Regional High School, which educates students from the ninth to twelfth grades. The public school serves students across Woodland Park and Totowa. However, the school's facility is in Little Falls Township. The high school enrolled 1,186 students between the 2018 and 2019 school year. Allocation of the high school's nine-member education board is based on the constituent municipality's population, where the three seats are assigned to Woodland Park, Little Falls, and Totowa.

The Township also hosts Montclair State University, which employed 66 staff from the Township on a part-time and full-time basis. In 2011, they earned a total of $3.5 million.

Popular culture in Little Falls

The Township is famous for several spots, including:

  • The Colonial Inn: It is a hotel and lounge where Jackie Gleason, a comedian in the 1930s, performed a stand-up.

The Delicatessen: The retail establishment is also known as Deli. The residents of the Township walk in to buy a selection of tasty and foreign prepared foods. The idea of the establishment originated from Germany in the 18th century. It spread across the U.S around the mid-19th century. Ashkenazi Jews, among other European immigrants in the U.S, popularized the delicatessen in the late 19th century.

The Jonas Brothers also mentioned the Township in the 2019 documentary "Chasing Happiness." The family moved to the Township in 2005, and the Jonas brothers wrote several songs in Little Falls.

The home of the New Jersey Jackals 

Floyd Hall founded the American professional baseball team in 1998 in Little Falls. Al Dorso owns the team. The businessperson also owns State Fair Superstore, Sussex County Miners, and Skylands Stadium. The team is in the Frontier League and plays in Montclair State University at Yogi Berra Stadium.   

How SERVPRO restorers help property owners to deal with water damage

Water damage is among the most destructive problems property owners face, from broken water heaters to leaking faucets. If the unfortunate incident is not taken care of on time, damages such as electrical hazards and mold growth can occur. Fortunately, when you contact water restoration companies like SERVPRO, it is possible to minimize damage and get your property to its pre-water state.

Before our restorers get to your property, you can help minimize damage by:

  • Removing wet rugs from the affected area
  • Extracting as much water as possible
  • Moving art objects, paintings, and photos to a safe and dry area.
  • Opening windows, cabinets, and drawers to improve air circulation

Once we get to your property, our team of highly skilled specialists can handle the difficult part of the restoration. Water damage restoration requires highly trained and experienced restorers who can address all the potential consequences.

Our team of specialists not only knows how to restore damaged property but also where to look. We have innovative equipment and tools that help us trace moisture even in hard to reach areas during our inspection and assessment process.

Since we aim to reduce damage as much as possible, we use advanced extraction equipment to remove moisture in confined areas. We can use high-powered pumps and vacuums such as a dry vacuum designed to absorb excess water from your property.

Drying the property fast and effectively is an essential step during water damage restoration. We can use industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture on various surfaces, including challenging access areas. Dehumidifiers put out dry, hot air that can dry difficult to access areas like pillars, walls, and other saturated areas.

Even after thorough water extraction, and drying, we conduct an additional inspection to determine if the process was successful. It also helps our restorers to decide whether we need to remove the hardwood floor or carpeting.

Water can cause severe damage to your home and health problems to your family if not handled professionally. SERVPRO of Clifton is one of the leading water restoration companies in Little Falls. We can provide effective restoration to make the water intrusion incident seem, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (973) 928-3705.

What Are Efficient Strategies for Restoring Flood Damages in My Little Falls Home?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include storm damage. Don't let the moisture take over your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Many steps can be taken to make the restoration and repair of a flood-damaged home more efficient and cost-effective. 

Understanding the full measure of the flood restoration process for your Little Falls home can ensure that the appropriate professionals get called to respond to these disasters when necessary. Flood restoration involves multiple repair and cleaning stages, both of which our extensive roster of qualified professionals can provide. Understanding what is involved in returning your home to a preloss condition after a flood can show homeowners how vital professional recovery actually is for residences and businesses alike. 

When considering how extensive flood damage in Little Falls homes can become, containment and emergency services become vital efforts to begin immediately. Often, these preliminary tasks occur before mitigation or the job scoping phase. Planning is a considerable step and stage before restoration begins, but there are specific actions they cannot wait to be included in this overall restoration agenda. We have several efficient strategies beginning with your communication with our staffed SERVPRO emergency line.

When is the Information About the Disaster Gathered? 

As you might expect, our professionals cannot know about damages to your specific residence without first notifying our administrators about the issue. The information you share with our staff emergency line representatives is shared directly with the appropriate parties responding to the disaster. At this stage, it is critical to be as thorough as possible so that we can collect the proper data and relevant facts to ensure that our technicians mobilize from our warehouse with the right equipment, personnel, and products. There are three ultimate ways that we collect the bulk of the data necessary to form our restoration plan for the property:

  • Emergency Phone Call – As already discussed, the more that you can share with operators on our emergency line, the better prepared our technicians are for what to expect when we reach the property.
  • Job Scoping – We have highly trained project managers who walk through the property damaged by a flood to determine what actions must be taken to restore the home. We can also use this phase to document total losses of structures and contents or indicate where further measures might be required in these areas.
  • Conversations with the Customer – No one knows your property as well as you do, so we often lean on the information provided by our customers to prioritize what actions get taken first.

What is a Staging Area? 

One of the efficient recovery approaches that our SERVPRO technicians utilize is staging areas. These get constructed in unaffected areas of the home nearby to where the bulk of the work and cleaning must occur. The objective of establishing a clean room to store equipment and personal protective gear is to have these items accessible as they are needed. We can limit trips in and out of the house by bringing in all of the necessary equipment, products, and devices into this staging area. The primary advantages of establishing this cleanroom between your home and its damaged areas are:

  • Efficient 
  • Convenient 
  • Prevents Cross-Contamination
  • Near to Drying/Work Zones

What Are Efficient Strategies for Extraction? 

Flood losses can be traumatic events in your house, specifically when standing water becomes a pressing concern. In any capacity, pooling can lead to saturation and absorption into the exposed materials of contents nearby. Extraction becomes a critical effort for our responding technicians because this removes the standing water threat to allow for more focus drying, cleaning, and other recovery actions. There are several extractors common to removing natural flood water from a property, whether inside the house, in the crawl space area, or even more inaccessible locations. These approaches include:

  • Trash Pumps – Gas-powered trash pumps can often be an ideal choice for removing natural flood water because of these units’ ability to remove smaller solids and debris.
  • Wet Vacuums – Extractors like wet vacuums are a more versatile choice, as these can run several different attachments such as carpet wands, squeegee wands, or work independently to remove water below two inches in depth. 
  • Subcontractor – Threat of contamination can be a motivator to choose a subcontractor where blackwater incidents might be overwhelming for the equipment available to our SERVPRO team. 

Many initial tasks must occur between the potential for contamination and leftover bulk materials immediately following the disaster. Our SERVPRO of Clifton team has motivated and helpful water restoration technicians and cleaning specialists to help address drying and restoring the property “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (973) 928-3705.

Learn the History of Christmas in Clifton and New Jersey

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to remove the groundwater from your Clifton home while you enjoy the Holiday Festivities

Find Out More About Clifton at the Montclair History Center

On 19 December, the Montclair History Center is hosting a presentation on how Christmas and other Winter holidays have been celebrated going back to the 18th century and ending with this year’s virtual festivities. This annual tradition is part of the History at Home feature usually given at the Crane House and Historic YWCA and is sponsored by the Montclair Garden Club.

Updating Clifton Traditions but Keeping the Same Spirit

The Garden Club members are still decorating the YWCA for the 26th year, and they are not going to let COVID-19 stop them. After all, if the flooding from the last few years did not keep them away, then this is not going to dampen their enthusiasm either.  Physical attendance is limited, but the Club quickly adapted and has a Zoom presentation that will still be a special part of the season for many area families

No matter what the season may be, SERVPRO of Clifton is here to help our community with flooding damage mitigation and to help restore homes after any disaster. To schedule one of our response teams, call us today at (973) 928-3705. Happy Holidays Everyone!

Is Restoration Tough to Navigate After a Fire?

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will take away your fire fears. Call us immediately after a fire. We will have our teams on site right away!

SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage Restoration Using Proven Methods and Advanced Technology, Making It Easier to Bring Your Clifton Property Back to Life.



When summing up a house fire, many homeowners who have been through it will tell you it was their worst nightmare. However, the various steps you take immediately after the fire play a significant role in your restoration outcome. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians ready to address every detail so that you can rest easy and know that everything is taken care of. Once you contact us, we can be at your Clifton property quickly to begin restoration efforts.

With SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration in Clifton, you can count on our methods and proven track record. We are available to take emergency calls 24/7 so that you know you have skilled technicians on your side and ready to get to work. Our team understands that each fire restoration project we get called to is unique, so we must adjust our cleaning procedures accordingly. The steps generally go as follows:

  • You contact us, and we send out our Green Fleet to your property in as little as a few hours. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!
  • We thoroughly inspect your home once the property is deemed safe for entry, which will include a complete fire damage assessment.
  • If needed, we perform immediate board-up services or tarping to protect your interior from exposure to the elements.
  • We will remove any water and moisture present from extinguishing the flames, followed by our specialized drying techniques
  • Our crew then handles the removal of all soot and smoke residue from surfaces, including deodorization practices
  • We tackle any cleaning, controlled demolition, and repair as needed.
  • Restoration wraps up with your interior sanitized and deodorized to ensure everything is left “Like it never even happened.”

What Precautions Should I Take After a Fire?

With a fire event in your home, you need to know the structure is safe to re-enter before anything can be done inside. This includes grabbing any of the belongings that you need/want. You should call SERVPRO as soon as possible to set our crew in motion to arrive where assessment can begin. This is also a good time for you to contact your homeowner’s insurance provider so that you can inform them of the fire. 

Why Do I Need Certified Technicians on the Job?

Fire restoration calls for specialized skills and techniques, ensuring safety, best practices, and professional results. We have a staff fully-trained through regular SERVPRO teachings as well as the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is the entity that sets forth the standards for the industry of cleaning and restoration. We can handle all of the fire damage, water cleanup, contents cleaning, and mold remediation that may be involved in your fire damage project. 

Do I Need to Worry About Structural Damage?

Depending on the extent of the blaze, there could be much damage that calls for extensive repairs. Our team works to restore your interior to bring it back to pre-fire condition faster than any DIY methods. Controlled demolition and repair is extremely beneficial to save both time and money for your project. 

  • We work to gain access to areas showing damage, including structural cavities that may be holding onto pooled water and soot.
  • The crew will also handle the removal of any compromised materials caught within the path of the fire. Whenever partially damaged materials are not appropriately addressed, odors can intensify, and soot becomes corrosive in nature. 
  • It is essential that we work to handle all substantial structural concerns as soon as possible after the fire. This is done for both the safety of our crew as well as the integrity of your home. 

How Do You Handle Soot Odors?

Unpleasant soot and smoke odors can linger if not appropriately handled during mitigation. We determine the kind of soot present so that we can select the best possible method for removal. This includes:

  • Careful selection of cleaning products
  • Use of advanced equipment and processes for deodorization
  • Sealants that help to lock in odors left on certain surfaces after cleaning

During Fire Damage Restoration, is There a Need for Full-Scale Reconstruction?

A great deal of repairing or reconstructing takes place throughout the mitigation steps of your project. However, there are times when our in-house technicians may work in unison to ensure the entire job is as seamless as possible. We never want you to wait so that scheduling conflicts get in the way of the timeline we set in place to get you back into your home enjoying your regular activities. 

SERVPRO of Clifton has you covered when you want trained technicians for your fire damage restoration needs. With one call to (973) 928-3705, we will have a crew at your door and ready to get started within hours.

Settle in on Sunday Nights in Little Falls for Some Local Acoustic Artists

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

It will be exciting to see the community at the Fine Grind Coffee Bar for the acoustic open mic night!

Coffee shop open mics are a relaxing way to cap off the weekend in Little Falls.

Every Sunday night through the end of the year, The Fine Grind Coffee Bar at 101 Newark Pompton Tpke here in Little Falls hosts an acoustic open mic event. This offers local talents the opportunity to hone their craft and try out some new creations for an accommodating audience enjoying the delicious aromas and tastes of well-prepared coffee beverages and teas. Performances begin at 7 and continue to 9:30.

Whether you are a budding musical artist or want to hear some fresh music that you cannot find anywhere else, see what is happening at The Fine Grind Coffee Bar on Sunday nights through the end of 2020. Expect COVID-related precautions to continue for the foreseeable future in the venue.

Do not let a water disaster keep you from a refreshing night out in town. Our SERVPRO of Clifton can help with fast and reliable water restoration for Little Falls homes when you call (973) 928-3705.

Why Can’t Mold Get Cleaned with DIY Methods?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage can be exhausting to even think about, much less tackle on your own. Call SERVPRO of Clifton today.

If You Suspect Mold, Professional Mold Remediation Ensures Safety and Thorough Cleaning of Your Clifton Home

Although you may have some products and cleaning implements in your home to handle specific tasks, special care is paramount when it comes to mold and mildew. Mold growth in the house brings the potential for harmful health effects, so calling in skilled mold remediation technicians to your Clifton home is the best way to safely and efficiently get the job done.

Why is SERVPRO the Best Team for the Job?

When it comes to mold remediation in Clifton, you need to know that mold spores rapidly spread when disturbed. This allows them to travel fast to other areas of your home. SERVPRO follows detailed guidelines for handling all mold projects, and we always have the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure safety, such as:

  • Full-body covering suits
  • Disposable shoe and hair coverings
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Air-purifying respirators

Why is Your Equipment Superior?

We have access to the best tools and equipment in the restoration industry. When called for mold cleanup, our Green Fleet comes fully-equipped with:

  • Moisture probes, moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and thermal hygrometers allow us to locate all hidden moisture areas.
  • Fans, portable heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers will enable us to regulate drying and relative humidity within your Clifton home.
  • HEPA filtration, which pulls mold spores out of the air, keeping them from recirculating throughout your interior.
  • Blasting technology that allows us to address mold colonies in attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
  • Odor-eater pellets, fogging machines, and air scrubbers, which help us to eliminate musty odors.

SERVPRO is the best team to have by your side when you have areas of troublesome mold within your home. Once we finish with the project, your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to give you added peace of mind.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton whenever you need a team for prompt, reliable, and efficient mold remediation. You can reach our staff 24/7 by calling (973) 928-3705.

What Should I Do to Winterize My Water Pipes?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO says to insulate your home's plumbing to prevent water damage to your Clifton home

SERVPRO technicians handle water cleanup in Clifton properties all year round

The harsh Clifton winters can freeze pipes causing water damage in homes. This occurs when water gets left in a line, and upon freezing, the ice expands within the confined space of the pipe and breaks it. The other water within the pipe flows out, and you can have a tremendous mess quickly in your house. Shut off the water and bring in a professional company to clean up the water and dry your home and contents. Easy steps to winterize your pipes include:  

  • Insulate pipes with insulation sleeves
  • Caulk or spray foam cracks that let freezing air in around pipes
  • Make sure indoor pipes get kept above freezing temperatures
  • If you have a crawlspace, insulate it

What Equipment Do Water Restoration Companies Use Against Water Damage?

SERVPRO is unique among water restoration companies in Clifton as the techniques have access to a vast array of both extraction and drying equipment ranging from efficient, portable pumps to truck-mounted units. The techs bring moisture detection devices to track the water migration in the home as well as limit the amount of controlled demolition that needs to occur to get the water within walls and under floors extracted and dried.

Actions homeowners take before the arrival of SERVPRO can also assist in a better outcome after water damage. Simple tasks such as turning off the water, put down towels or rags to blot up standing water, and mopping can all help. Once the techs arrive, they can begin the water removal and restoration efforts immediately. If you need furnishings or contents removed from the work-site to another area of the home, the crew chief can make sure it gets done to your satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 is a leader among water restoration companies for advanced equipment and techniques for the best outcome from any size or type of water damage to your home or contents.

When Flood Damage Occurs in a Clifton Property, Where Can Property Owners Seek Help?

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damage in your home can cause long lasting issues that are hard to remedy. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Flood Damage Restoration is a Task that Requires Advanced Equipment and Expertise of a Reliable Restorer in Clifton Like SERVPRO.

Floodwater in your Clifton property can soak into your carpet and pad, seep into your furniture, warp your wooden floor, and cause mold growth within 24 hours. However, if you involve a reliable restorer immediately, the unfortunate takes place, we can minimize further damage from occurring. SERVPRO technicians can use innovative equipment to restore your property to its pre-flood state.

What does flood damage restoration involve?

It is crucial to act quickly to remove the potentially lasting effects of storm flood damage in your Clifton property. Flood damage restoration involves several steps, including:

  • Floodwater extraction from flooring and other affected surfaces.
  • Thorough property cleaning and decontamination
  • Using specialty equipment to dry out moisture
  • Mold removal 
  • Deodorization

How do you remove water?

To avoid potential secondary damages from occurring in your residence, SERVPRO technicians can extract the floodwater in your home effectively. We can use portable pumps to ensure fast and efficient flood water extraction. However, before setting up a pump, we make several considerations, including:

  • If the fluid contains solids
  • The water level in your home
  • The vertical distance that the water must be carried to reach the extraction equipment.

If we discover that the water levels are high and contain soils, we can use a self-priming trash pump for extraction. The diesel-powered equipment can pass solids of up to 1 ¼". Using a 4" to 24" hose, the machine can move between 1000 and 16000 gallons of water per minute.

Does the drying process take long?

With our edge-cutting techniques and advanced equipment, the drying process may take a few days. Even after conducting thorough water extraction, the moisture left behind can cause severe damage to your property. Wood and concrete soak up surprising amounts of water. Drying such materials can take a while.

We can use several axial air movers to increase airflow in the property. The equipment brings in dry air from outside to replace the humid air in the property. That increases the rate of evaporation to speed up drying.

Taking quick action after flooding occurs in your property is essential since water can cause irreversible damage to your home and valuables. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for quick restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.         

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Clifton Builds on Its Past to Move Forward in Its Second Century

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

The Clifton Indians at the Local Gov't know to call SERVPRO for water damage restoration

SERVPRO Supports the Clifton Community with Water Damage Restoration

As a formal community, Clifton is only three years into its second century. Its informal development began when Hans Frederick was granted a deed from the native leader, Captahem, in 1679 for 11,000 acres along the Passaic for settlements. Eventually, the name of Clifton was adopted from the cliffs of nearby Garret Mountain. Clifton is unusual today in that with a population of 84,136 (2010 Census), the city is listed under five different ZIP Codes (07011 Main Avenue, 07012 Allwood, 07013, 07014 Delawanna, and 07015).

U.S. Department of Agriculture opened an Animal Quarantine Station

Shortly before Clifton’s formal incorporation in 1917, the U.S. Department of Agriculture opened an Animal Quarantine Station in 1903. As an agricultural hub, the city was already served by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad (Newark Branch). It became the primary East Coast location for housing everything from chickens to zoo animals until they were determined to be disease-free and safe for consumption or show in the United States. The station operated for more than 70 years until it moved to its new Stewart International Airport facility.

Most of Clifton today has converted from farmland to the suburbs. The agricultural tradition is still alive, however, thanks to nearby Manhattan (15 miles West of Midtown) and the residents' desire for fresh produce. Two working farms in the community provide organic, in-season vegetables year-round to the Big Apple and other cities and towns in both states. While the transition to the suburbs has kept the community thriving, the reduction in natural run-off and other waterways has led to more flooding over time.

While Spring and Summer are often mild to hot, Fall and Winter can bring incredible storms coming off the Atlantic and out of the north from Canada. With the drop in temperature, Clifton residents need to carefully examine their outdoor pipes and all exterior connections that lead to their homes to avoid damage to their homes.

Water pipes not wrapped against the cold weather can split due to swelling. Even when the pipe does not split, the temperature changes can damage connections. These slower leaks can run down both sides of the exterior walls. Outside, the water can lead to damaging the mortar of brick walls and undermining the foundation. Inside, the water can slowly spread throughout the wall spaces and start damaging drywall panels, floor trim, carpets, and wood floors.

The Clifton City Government, and County, State, and Federal Representation

The city of Clifton uses the 1923 Municipal Manager Law as its framework for local government and is one of only seven municipalities in the state (there are 565) to choose this form. According to the 2010 Census, 53.9% of Clifton’s population (45,349) is registered to vote. The City Council is the governing body and has seven, elected at-large, members.

All positions are up for election together, every four years, in November. These councilmembers then choose Clifton’s mayor. Over time, the tradition has been to name the person who received the highest number of votes in the election. City meetings are held according to the following schedule:

  • The Board of Adjustment (BOA), which handles all variance requests, meets on the first and third Friday of every month unless announced on the City’s official website. 
  • City Council Meetings handle all actions initially and ensure that all ordinances are read and approved. Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless announced on the City’s website. 
  • Planning Board Meetings concentrate on construction projects with variances left to the BOA. Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month unless announced on the City’s official website.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is the governing body of Passaic County. Its seven members are elected at-large to staggered terms (three years in office) on a partisan basis. This means that two or three seats come up for election each year in the November general election. At each January reorganization meeting, the Board selects their Director and Deputy Director for that year. The County Clerk, Sheriff, and Surrogate constitutional officers are elected on a countywide basis.

Clifton is located within the 34th Legislative District of the State Legislature. The District is represented by one State Senator and two members in the General Assembly. State Senators are elected to four-year terms with the exception being the first term of a new decade, i.e., 2020, which is for two years. Assembly members are elected for two-year terms. All legislators elected in November take office on the second Tuesday in January the following year.

At the Federal level, Clifton is part of the 9th Congressional District and is represented by Bill Pascrell (D). The Senators representing Clifton and all of New Jersey are Cory Booker (D-Newark) and Bob Menendez (D-Paramus).

Why SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration to Support Clifton

Because there is annual flooding due to storms, Clifton residents understand when their homes are at risk due to time of year and plan appropriately. However, these same neighborhoods can also find themselves underwater due to failed dishwashers or a cracked pipe connection due to a minor leak and a sudden, overnight freeze.

Restoring area homes requires quick action from one of our Response Teams. SERVPRO specialists use an extensive inventory of equipment to remove water and carefully dry the affected property to return it to its original condition.

  • Pumps and extractors draw out water to preserve carpets and stop wood flooring from absorbing too much water to prevent warping, splitting, and other damage. 
  • Dehumidifiers draw out water already trapped in floors and walls. Slowly removing this moisture also reduces the risk of secondary damage. 

No matter if your Clifton water damage is from a rusted-out water heater or flooding from a hard storm, SERVPRO of Clifton should be the first choice when it comes to the restoration of your home. Call us today at (973) 928-3705 to schedule an inspection or bring in one of our Response Teams to begin work immediately. We are here for you.                                              

Upcoming Little Falls Town Council Meeting

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Please go to the Little Falls Council meeting, SERVPRO can remediate the mold damage

December Municipal Issues in Little Falls

The Little Falls Township Council is holding its Monthly meeting on December 7th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. holds its Workshop Meetings at 7 PM on the second Monday of each month except as noted in the Township Calendar. All meetings are in the Municipal Building located at 225 Main Street unless otherwise noted on the Township Calendar webpage.

Monthly Reports and Ordinances

Included in the December Agenda are the following reports involving the noted city offices:

  • Civic Center Report for November 2020
  • Construction Report for November 2020
  • Municipal Clerk’s Dog/Cat License Report for November 2020
  • Police Department Report for November 2020
  • Recreation Center Report for November 2020

Please note if you wish to attend a Workshop Meeting, those are held on the second Monday of each month unless otherwise noted on the Township Calendar webpage. Cancellations of the Workshop or Council Meetings are noted only on the Township Calendar website.

Community support is only one reason why SERVPRO of Clifton is proud to serve the people of Little Falls. If you need mold remediation in your home, call us today at (973) 928-3705 to determine the required next steps.

Make a Profit from Potential Donations While Helping Clifton-Area Organizations

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is looking forward to the events at the flea markets in Clifton which will benefit nonprofit and local organizations!

Open-air flea markets are commonplace in Clifton and often provide some much-needed funding for local organizations and nonprofits.

Take your potential donations and turn them into some extra green in your pockets while also helping out organizations like the Clifton Recreation Department. November 14th, 2020 is your final chance to get in on the open-air flea market held on Main Ave for the year. Becoming a vendor is a fast way to turn some of your collectibles and keepsakes into some extra spending money right before the holidays.

A 50.00 vendor fee supplies you with a 20x20 space to set up your items with the convenience of parking your vehicle directly behind your stall for easy unloading and setup. Vendors must show up and set up their spaces beginning at 6:30 to open the market at 9.

Though the weather might be turning cold, do not wait for fire cleanup for puffback in your Clifton home. Soot can permanently damage potentially profitable wares for future events. Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

What Are Some Safety Tips to Prevent Fires?

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

With the holidays right here at our door steps, please be prepared and know SERVPRO is here for you and your family.

Clifton Residents Need to Be Cautious of the Potential for Fires Around the Holidays – These Tips Can Help

Many families throughout Clifton enjoy the holidays. It isn’t just a time for decorations, food and fun. It is also a time to think about the potential for fires. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that residential fires increase around the holidays, mainly due to decorations igniting.

What Should I Know About Fires During This Time?

Statistics show that 44% of fires caused by holiday decorations that were too close to a heat source. Candles accounted for 37% of those fires. The kitchen was where 21% of them started. Vigilance needs to be taken when decorating for fall and preparing for gatherings. SERVPRO has mitigated fire damage in Clifton for just these reasons.

 How Can I Keep My Family Safe?

Christmas lights are a holiday tradition for quite a few families. Icicles and trees adorn porches and homes all over Clifton. When the decorations are set out, often, a candle is placed around the home for holiday fragrances. This can lead to unintended consequences. Unstable decorations can easily get bumped, causing the candle to come in contact with flammable items. Here are some tips to avoid fire risks:

  • Keep highly flammable decorations like gift wrapping or christmas skirts away from open flames.
  • Instead of real candles inside your home, opt for battery operated lights or flameless candles.
  • When using candles for decorations indoors, blow them out before leaving the room. Avoid using candles in bedrooms.

By following these essential safety tips, you can help prevent a holiday that is something families look forward to becoming something devastating. SERVPRO understands the results of fire damage. We hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday.

 Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3704 for professional fire damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Celebrating 100 Years of Clifton

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

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The Clifton area has steadily grown since its founding in 1917 as a suitable alternative to living in nearby New York City.

In 2017, Clifton celebrated 100 years as a city. This event not only showcased the longevity of the municipality but all of the obstacles and hurdles that officials had to overcome to reach this point. From the earliest co-existence with inhabitants of the Passaic region to the industrial boom that would still see steady growth in population from one decade to the next, there is a lot that even long-time residents of Clifton do not know about the city.

The Growth and Evolution of Clifton

While the city itself was chartered in 1917, documents go back as far as 1679 when settlers were gifted a deed for 11,000 acres of land where Clifton now sits on the Passaic River. White settlers found their way to the region from Holland, Sweden, and other European countries. This foundation for the area's demographic continues to be prevalent in those that have lived in the region for multiple generations.

When the city itself was founded, New Jersey had long since been a state. While no one knows for sure, it is believed that the name Clifton comes from the visible cliffs of Garret Mountain, which sits behind many of the homes constructed along Valley Road. After 50 years, rezoning efforts made it possible for the city to accommodate as much as 130,000 residents in the decades to come. While this has not yet been achieved, the city's dynamic and population continue to change, and the landscape of businesses, manufacturing facilities, and commercial properties also change the same. 

Climate and Conditions for the City

Because of the proximity to significant bodies of water like the Passaic River and even the Hudson River some 12 miles away, there are many weather events and circumstances that can continually impact Clifton homes and businesses. Flooding is one of these situations and can result from post-snowmelt circumstances or hurricane-grade torrential rainfall. Our SERVPRO professionals stay prepared for storm damage emergencies as a large loss recovery team.

The region's climate has always made the soil and area favorable for growing during certain seasons of the year. Unlike tropical climates you might see in the south, Clifton's winters can be bitter cold and ruinous to crops and plant life. While often average temperatures do not fall beneath 24 degrees, cold snaps can potentially damage properties through unexpected effects like freezing pipes.

Shopping and Attractions for Passaic County

Apart from attracting potential homebuyers with a closer commute than many other popular New York City metropolitan area cities and towns, several other attractions and shopping experiences can draw in travelers passing through and tourism to the area. One such location is the Clifton Commons Shopping Center with countless stores, shops, and restaurants for all tastes. Upscale retail locations can also be found at the Promenade Shops.

While much of the region has become less and less the rural countryside that it used to be back when the original 11,000 acres were gifted for settling by the indigenous people, Clifton has two functional farms that continue to produce fresh products. The City Green Farm Eco Center focuses on educated urban communities on the advantages of growing your food and healthy lifestyles. The family-run Ploch's Farm has been operating since 1867, offering fresh products for consumption and fun activities for visitors like picking your own pumpkins from the patch and corn mazes in the appropriate season.

The Allure of NYC and Newark

Much of the attractiveness of Clifton for potential residents is the proximity to New York City. As one of the world's largest cities, New York City has a metropolitan area spanning multiple miles from the heart of boroughs like Manhattan. Only being 12 miles from Midtown, our municipality in Passaic County has become a more affordable and quieter alternative to seeking an apartment, condo, or house within New York City limits. Through state routes 3 and 46, travelers can reach one of the multiple bridges across the Hudson to Manhattan.

In the same sense, those living in Clifton have a short 20-minute commute to Newark to the south. Though, through the manufacturing facilities that Clifton has grown known for, including metals and plastics, less are having to make the commute into the bigger city for work and able to find gainful employment within Passaic County.

Flood Removal Services by Competent SERVPRO Professionals

Flooding is an unfortunate circumstance that many Clifton homeowners must contend with at different points of the year. Whether it is ice damming on the roofs of houses or rising creeks and streams after snow melts or torrential rainfall, the immediate impact of water on a property cannot get ignored. We have a fast and reliable response to begin mitigation services for flood water removal as soon as possible.

Natural flooding often requires specific recovery tools to resolve, many of which must remove both water and any solids or debris that could be contained within it. Flood removal in the basement of Clifton homes is often where natural floodwater can collect. Self-priming trash pumps are typically the suitable choice, as they can have a higher head and discharge capability than many of the truck-mount extractors despite their lessened output.

One of the advantages of choosing our SERVPRO professionals to help with post-flooding recovery in your home is our in-house general contractor knowledge. These professionals on our roster can help in multiple ways to begin repairing and restoring your home alongside vital mitigation efforts like extraction and debris removal. Our technicians can help with various emergency services, including:

  • Structural repairs
  • Tarping
  • Board-up
  • Content inventory and relocation
  • Controlled demolition

Despite how devastating flood losses can be, having dedicated and experienced professionals that can help you through the restoration process is valuable. Our goal is to keep your out of pocket expenses as minimal as possible, and that begins with our fast response after you call our SERVPRO of Clifton team at (973) 928-3705.

My Property Sustained Flood Damage After a Storm. How Do I Restore It?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your home.

Call SERVPRO Technicians in Little Falls to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Residence.

As a homeowner, you need to know what to do after a storm causes flooding in your residence. An experienced flood damage mitigation company such as SERVPRO can help you to restore your Little Falls home to its pre-incident state.

What can happen in my house after it floods?

Floodwater can weaken or completely ruin flooring, walls, and ceilings, among other structures. Do not hesitate to contact restorers to mitigate the storm flood damage in your Little Falls home. If you wait long before hiring a restoration firm, there is a chance for mold and other secondary damage occurring.

What can I expect from your flood remediation services?

When you contact SERVPRO technicians to perform flood damage cleanup and remediation, our team can come to your residence ready to start working right away. We usually begin the flood remediation process with a damage assessment to determine the extent of the destruction.

When inspecting a home, we consider how many materials are contaminated, if the materials are non-porous or porous and if it is possible to ventilate the area. Our technicians also consider if it is necessary to perform containment and if we can decontaminate and restore the affected materials. It may be impossible to restore some materials like carpets. In that case, we can remove and replace them. We offer an estimate that outlines the cost of our repair and restoration services.

What does flood restoration involve?

Flood remediation and restoration services depend on the severity of the damage. Generally, they involve the following:

Debris removal

Water removal

Water damage repair

Disinfection

Deodorization

We have trained our technicians to clean up and repair flood-damaged properties to their preloss condition. We can mitigate the damage and rebuild the affected areas, enabling you to save time and money. We are fully equipped with industrial-strength water removal and drying equipment such as:

Self-priming trash pumps

Centrifugal air movers

Refrigerant dehumidifiers

Should I turn off the equipment?

The restoration equipment we use can run for days without being turned off. It does not overheat. Unless our technicians advise you otherwise, you should let it remain running until we complete the restoration process. Our technicians monitor the equipment and job progress daily, adjusting, and moving the equipment as necessary.

Flooding can lead to extensive secondary damage if you delay the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for efficient flood restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What Should I Do After I Have a Grease Fire in My Kitchen?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

In the event of a fire incident, you need a team you can count on. Our SERVPRO technicians are available around the clock to assist you.

For Fire Damage Restoration After You Suffer From a Mishap in Your Kitchen in Little Falls Call SERVPRO.

The most common way a fire starts inside residential buildings in Little Falls is by a cooking accident. Sometimes people get distracted and leave whatever they are cooking unattended, and then a mishap occurs. Grease fires can start quickly and burn many items inside your house in a short period.

What problems can occur even if I extinguish the blaze quickly?

During fire damage restoration in Little Falls, our SERVPRO experts first inspect your entire structure for possible issues. When something sets ablaze inside your kitchen, the heat and the smoke coming from the flames can cause problems with your building materials and contents. Smoke can travel through various parts of your house and leave behind residues. Partially combusted particles first rise with the heat, and then they can harden and attach to cooler surfaces like the upper part of your walls and your ceilings. A grease fire can create oily residues that can prove to be difficult to remove from the various surfaces inside your home.

How can you remove greasy, oily residues from my walls and ceilings?

"Like Dissolves Like": This phrase describes the fact that water-based detergents work best on soils that are H2O-based and oily residues can be removed more efficiently by using oil-based products.

The Use of Solvents: A solvent simply is any solution that has the capability of dissolving another substance. In the cleaning and restoration industry, though, a solvent is defined as any cleaning agent that is not water-based. Solvents can be used to remove soils that aren't water-soluble or in situations where water-based detergents could damage the item being cleaned.

The Use of Detergents: Water-based solutions can sometimes be effective against oil-based residues because the detergents can attach themselves to the soil molecules, and then the water can pull them away.

If you ever suffer from a grease fire, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 24/7.

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Call SERVPRO If Your Clifton Property Is Damaged By A Disaster

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

No matter what emergency you face, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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.”

Fire

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 and present fewer health hazards to those exposed. 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

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

Storm

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.

Mold

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.

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What is the First Step I Should Take After I Have a Fire in My House?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

For Fire Damage Restoration Inside Your Woodland Park Home Call SERVPRO.

Depending on the severity of the blaze that burned inside your Woodland Park house, you and your family may be able to stay living in your home during the restoration process. For example, if the blaze was small and the building is still safe to be occupied, then you can live in sections that did not get affected.

What safety steps do you take when we can stay in or house during restoration?

During some fire damage restoration projects in Woodland Park, your insurance adjuster may ask that a professional company like SERVPRO conduct emergency cleaning procedures to make part of your home livable. In some cases where strong odors exist from protein-based residues, we can perform deodorization procedures. We can also clean areas of your home needed, such as your bathrooms or kitchen, as well as any clothing you need. We can establish a containment chamber to keep contaminants from the affected portions of your house getting into your living area.

What precautions can you take when I cannot stay in my home?

When the damage proves to be excessive, you may have to move out of your house because it is not safe to be occupied. When this occurs, we can do several things to secure your home, such as boarding it up and making sure the power and heat work. We can also prevent structural issues by doing things like reinforcing your floor joists.

How can you board up and secure my home?

Cover Over- One method we can use is to cover over the opening by attaching a piece of plywood to the surfaces surrounding the opening.

Insert. We can insert plywood inside the opening, which provides more security than covering over.

Bolt with Tension- The most secure way to board up an opening is to bolt the wood by nailing 2 x 4's around the piece of plywood.

If you ever notice that your structural components got burned during a fire, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 24/7.

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What is The Best Ventilation System to Use for Drying after a Flood in Little Falls?

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Clifton!

SERVPRO Uses Various Devices for Your Little Falls Home Moisture Removal Goals

A flooded home in Little Falls is devastating, but it is crucial to buckle down to go about the restoration process quickly. In all likelihood, your home requires airflow and extensive ventilation to ensure proper drying and help keep odors at bay. The best way depends on your particular location, weather, and security of your home. An open system uses outside air to assist in the process, and a closed system prevents outside air and air coming from unaffected areas of your home.

Should I Use Drying Zones During the Drying Process?

SERVPRO Assesses Your Unique Situation to Determine Drying Zones
Extensive flood damage in your Little Falls home typically means that most of the first floor in your home sustains damage. However, if you live in a two-story house, technicians may seal off the second story with 6-mil polyethylene to limit airflow within the structure. Sealed drying zones are also beneficial if some rooms took in more floodwater than others, requiring different drying techniques.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Drying System?

Advantages
    •    The evaporated moisture pushes outside of your home.
    •    Potential to use less energy because technicians incorporate outside air.
    •    Outside air needs to be significantly drier for an open system to work.

Disadvantages
    •    If weather changes, your drying system may be in jeopardy.
    •    Leaving windows and doors open may pose a security risk if you leave your home.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Closed Drying System?

Advantages
    •    Outside weather is not an issue.
    •    Allows for precise drying measurements enabling technicians to reach their drying goal effectively.

Disadvantages
    •    May take longer to set up.
    •    It can use more electricity.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705.

Are There Different Types of Fire Damage?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

When fire damage happens, contact SERVPRO at (973) 928-3705. No matter how big or small the problem.

With smoke effects, there are multiple types that our SERVPRO team must address in Little Falls homes based on the material burned and the conditions of the fire.

Smoke is one of the most common effects of a fire because it gets generated during the combustion of almost every material in your Little Falls home. The variances in the type of damage that occurs involve the kind of material combusting and the areas of the house impacted. As challenging of a loss effect as this can become to clean up, there are several methods at our disposal to address these conditions.

Our SERVPRO team strives to be the one-stop-shop for all of the fire damage in Little Falls homes and businesses. To do this, we begin with a prompt response amid the crisis to begin mitigation and emergency services as soon as possible. This fast arrival can dictate the kind of smoke damage and structural losses present in the house and determine the appropriate surface and content cleaning techniques.

What Kind of Smoke Damages Exist? 

The combustion of a fire is often a combination of three primary factors: oxygen, heat, and fuel (material that burns.) A perfect blend of these elements would leave no residues or coatings behind, but this is rarely the case. Instead, smoke gets generated. As if the situation were not enough of an obstacle, the variances in heat, structural components, and exposure can leave homes contending with each of these smoke types in certain circumstances:

  • Wet Smoke
  • Dry Smoke
  • Protein Smoke
  • Fuel Oil Smoke

Is Wet Smoke Challenging to Remove? 

Identifying wet smoke often occurs with a pre-test when our professionals arrive. When we can note that most of the damage results from a slow-burning fire, deposits on the surfaces of construction materials and the contents of the house are often this more challenging residue. One of the reasons that this type of smoke damage can be a substantial obstacle is the time that these loss effects have during the fire itself to spread. Thick residues commonly left behind after smoldering can get pushed and forced into crevices, cracks, and inaccessible areas of the property.

Specific cleaning practices exist for wet smoke damage, typically involving agitative approaches like vacuuming, brushing, scrubbing, and more, along with our more potent chemical agents. In some cases where it gets believed that materials can get preserved, restoration might involve stripping and refinishing a surface. Cleaning up after wet smoke is not without its potential problems, however. These residues often lead to:

  • Smearing
  • Staining
  • Strong Odors

How Does Dry Smoke Form? 

Dry smoke is another challenge resulting from a specific fire type. Instead of a slow, smoldering fire, dry smoke gets created from a fast-burning, quick-moving blaze. Combustion is far more complete with dry heat fires. Instead of a thick, oily residue, our technicians instead must clean up a chalky film left behind on surfaces and contents otherwise unaffected by the fire.

Materials impacted directly by the moving flames before extinguishment are often too charred, blistered, and burned to protect and preserve. Controlled demolition is a practical approach to these situations. Removing only the compromised portions of wall systems, flooring, and ceiling materials can reduce money spent on materials and the installation you later require.

What Makes Protein Residues Challenging to Remove? 

Protein fires are not often thought of when it comes to fire restoration but can be one of the most common obstacles in kitchen fire scenarios. Often these fires originate from food burning or grease igniting. Burned meats, foul, and fish can leave a thick and odorous residue on surfaces in the kitchen area. Some of the worst areas impacted by these protein smoke residues are the cabinets and wall materials directly connected to the ignition point on the stove. Be mindful of the risks of grease fire flare-ups in your kitchen and the appropriate ways to handle emergencies when cooking:

  • Red Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish

How Common is Fuel Oil Soot Damages? 

Furnace puff backs result from the ignition of your furnace getting delayed, and with older units, this can happen more often than homeowners think. Vapors can build up in the chamber to the point of a small explosion when the furnace does start. This blast shoots soot and other debris through the house and out of registers and vents. This ionized smoke damage can easily be identified as it commonly stays within the vicinity of registers and vents in the furnace system and can appear like black spider webs on surfaces.

Smoke can be a considerable obstacle for even well-trained service professionals. Let our SERVPRO of Clifton help you to make fire losses “Like it never even happened,” no matter what kind of smoke damage you have to face. Give us a call anytime at (973) 928-3705.

Will Professional Water Mitigation in Woodland Park Save My Carpets?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Don’t panic when facing water damage in your home. Contact our certified technicians to assist during this time.

SERVPRO Provides Skilled Water Mitigation to Salvage the Carpeting Throughout Your Woodland Park Interior

A water leak within the home is often an unavoidable emergency. Whether your plumbing begins to leak or a water heater breaks down, you have to work fast before water migrates into dry space. The longer water saturates your carpeting, furnishings, and personal belongings, the more significant the impact. Calling in the help of SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians lessens the onset of secondary damage and increases your ability to salvage your carpeting.

How Does Mitigation Work?

Our team understands how crucial prompt action is when it comes to water mitigation in Woodland Park. Because of this, SERVPRO offers restoration services 24/7, arrives on-site and ready to get to work in as little as a few hours or less. Upon arrival, we assess the damage and use a unique formula to set a plan in place for water removal, drying, and deodorizing.

Can I Save My Rugs and Carpets?

No two surfaces are created equal, which is why our team uses specialized methods and spot testing to ensure we preserve the integrity of your rugs and carpets. When we begin the mitigation, we take into consideration several factors of your carpeting, including:

  •   Color
  •   Material
  •   Weave
  •   Installation technique, and more

This assessment allows us to dictate best practices for water extraction and what cleaning products are the right fit for the job. Once the bulk of the water gets removed, we utilize a broad range of drying and dehumidification equipment to eliminate the remainder of the moisture. We do this with the help of:

  •   Wet/dry vacuums
  •   Wand extractors
  •   Air movers
  •   Industrial-strength fans
  •   Desiccant dehumidifiers, and more

Throughout the mitigation project, all efforts are made to save your carpeting and rugs. If we are unable to salvage these materials, everything gets removed, adequately disposed of, and replaced with brand-new materials. Call us whenever you need us at SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705, and we will send out a team as soon as possible.

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Can I Operate My Clifton Salon While Mold Remediation Occurs?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Clifton for a mold damage consultation.

SERVPRO Listens to You! We Have Strategies to Keep You Doing Business in Clifton While We Complete Mold Remediation!

It might have been a while since you opened your Clinton salon doors to clients, but now you fear another shutdown because of mold growth in your utility room. Do not despair. Our highly qualified crew of remediation specialists know how to rid your salon laundry space of active mold growth. We feel confident we can do it while you snip and trim in your customer area.

How Can Professionals Hide Mold Remediation?

Mold remediation in your Clifton hairstyling shop must occur in a contained space for the health and welfare of you and your clientele. Because the mold is located in a separate room, you are halfway there. Our technicians might opt to contain the space even more effectively by wrapping all or a portion of the room in 1.6 mil polyethylene. A negative pressure air scrubber installed inside captures tiny particles of moldy debris in HEPA filters and exhausts to the outdoors.

Can I Spray on a Disinfectant and Repaint the Stain?

Even though it seems like a solid material, the drywall in your salon laundry is permeable. The hyphae or “roots” of mold organisms infiltrate the structure and frequently rebound if the colonies are not removed mechanically by scraping or brushing. Blasting with baking soda can restore the drywall in some cases, but we often suggest the removal and replacement of porous materials.

Will Mold Come Back?

Mold spores are everywhere, impossible to eradicate. If they do not absorb moisture, they rarely grow and damage surfaces. We help you determine where the water originated, and offer hints to manage moisture like:

    •    Fixing leaks
    •    Installing and using exhaust fans
    •    Cleaning spills immediately

Punch in (973) 928-3705 to call SERVPRO of Clifton for a mold damage consultation. Our trained crew follows EPA guidelines to remediate mold growth, and we have reliable recommendations to help you inhibit mold issues in the future.

What Can Happen if I Don’t Hire Expert Water Removal in Clifton?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

If Your Clifton Home Floods and You Fail to Address Water Removal Properly, You Could Face Secondary Damage

Whether you have flooding due to a recent storm or a pipe burst in your Clifton home, proper water removal is crucial to ensure your interior does not take on excessive damage. While there are some times when a mop and bucket may do the trick, you never know if hidden moisture pockets are festering behind walls or in cracks and crevices. Hiring IICRC-certified technicians ensure your home is protected from secondary damage.

What is Done During the Water Removal Project?

Once you call our team for water removal in Clifton, we have a range of methods that help us restore your interior. We use a unique formula to determine the equipment needed based on the extent and type of damage as well as the size of your home. The general steps for water cleanup and restoration include:

    •    Water Containment: Proper containment of the water loss zone allows us to prevent various contaminants from making their way into other areas of the home. We also work to protect our team, occupants of your home, and manage the airflow to limit exposure to pollutants.
    •    Water Extraction: The Green Fleet comes equipped with submersible pumps, light wands, rovers, and truck-mounted extractors to remove water from your interior efficiently.
    •    Pack-outs and Materials Removal: Our team removes your wet personal belongings to be dried and cleaned outside of the loss zone. We also take out any unsalvageable materials that require replacement.
    •    Drying and Dehumidification: Centrifugal air movers, industrial fans, and dehumidification equipment work in unison to remove moisture from materials while lowering the relative humidity in the air.
    •    Cleaning and Sanitizing: To finish up each project after the interior is thoroughly dried, we clean surfaces and spray EPA-registered anti-microbial solutions to inhibit bacterial growth and foul odors.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton when you want prompt, reliable water removal. We can be reached at (973) 928-3705, and our team makes it “Like it never even happened.”

How Can I Get My Clifton Restaurant Open Quickly After Water Losses?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Did your restaurant experience a water loss event? SERVPRO can quickly restore your business.

Our SERVPRO Team has Efficient Extraction, Drying, and Cleaning Solutions to get Your Doors Back Open as Soon as Possible. 

A water loss incident in your Clifton restaurant can cripple your ability to serve food and remain available to your loyal customer base. As damaging as these conditions might initially appear, our technicians' fast and reliable response can help manage immediate losses and better protect your investment in advanced equipment in the kitchen and the furniture and flooring materials of the dining areas.

Moisture and water can move quickly after a loss incident, making water removal in Clifton restaurants and businesses a vital step in slowing the migration of loss effects. Even when the damage remains isolated to your restaurant's specific area, you cannot expect to restore these losses and keep your doors open to your patrons without a deliberate response by our experienced SERVPRO professionals. Because most of our roster has water restoration (WRT) certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have educated professionals able to help 24/7. 

What Are the Most Efficient Extraction Methods? 

Extraction is a critical process that can be instrumental in determining how long before your doors can reopen. Standing water can be destructive to electric equipment and can deteriorate sensitive materials like wooden booths or chair legs. The sooner that our professionals implement some of our premier extraction tools, the better protected these exposed materials and areas become. Removing surface water in your restaurant often falls to multiple extraction units, including: 

  • Electric Submersible Pumps – While we have several submersible pumps, electric units are versatile because of their longer discharge lines and continuous, quiet operation. These units can take standing water down beneath two inches in depth. 
  • Wet Vacuums – Once the pooling is a manageable couple of inches, wet vacuums play cleanup. These are much more mobile units that can get placed precisely where water still exists and remove the lingering surface water threats. 
  • Carpet Wand - With the dining area carpeted, it can be costly to replace all of this flooring material after a water loss. It is possible to prevent tear-out and reinstallation by implementing carpet wands to extract trapped water and make drying more efficient. 

How Can My Restaurant Get Dried Quickly?

Drying the restaurant is vital, especially when it is feasible to keep your doors open in some capacity with the application of the right containment methods. Regulating specific drying sciences like airflow, temperature, and humidity can increase the overall efficiency and pace of the drying process. Some tools that can be instrumental in evaporative drying include:

  • Air Movers 
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers
  • Positive Pressure Systems 

How Do I Get My Doors Open As Soon As Possible? 

Statistically, businesses have a hard time bouncing back from widespread loss incidents. From Clifton water and fire losses to even flooding and storm losses, the building's effect can be costly and take longer than expected. Our SERVPRO team works to ensure that we can do whatever you need to get your business back open as soon as possible so that you can get back to business. Often, this commitment to our commercial customers comes with a three-part system: 

  • Job Scoping – Appropriately diagnosing the building's problems and the specific processes necessary to restore them is a vital system for efficiently recovering your restaurant.Our project manager can work with you to determine pre-existing conditions and the particular priorities you have to get back to work in some capacity to keep your business afloat through the restoration. 
  • Appropriate Containment – Operating your restaurant in a limited capacity means keeping your staff and customers out of the drying zones. We can build physical barriers to prevent cross-contamination in work areas and to expedite the drying process. 
  • Round-the-Clock Restoration – We know that you are not going to rest until your building looks the way it should, so we will do the Our SERVPRO professionals can offer around-the-clock restoration of your property to make drying and recovery after a water loss as fast as possible.

Is Demolition Necessary? 

It is always our policy to restore before replacing whenever possible. That is especially true with the investments that you have made in kitchen elements, dining room furniture, and flooring. While we have in-house contractors that can oversee controlled demolition and full-scale reconstruction when necessary, we work first to restore the property to preloss condition. 

We know that every minute counts when your restaurant suffers a water loss. You can count on the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Clifton team. Give us a call today at (973) 928-3705. 

There was a Water Leak in My Clifton Office. How Do I Save The Furniture?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

SERVPRO Dries and Cleans Furniture 

As an interior designer with a showroom and waiting area in Clifton, it is crucial to have attractive furnishings free from stains or other visible damage. Our technicians use specialized techniques and equipment to restore your furniture while cleaning and drying the rest of your office space.

Do I Keep the Furniture on the Carpet During the Restoration Process?

No, Our Technicians Move the Furniture Before Treating it or the Carpet.

Technicians move furniture off the carpet during water cleanup in your Clifton office space. Technicians move the damaged furniture to a non-carpeted spot to work on it. This way, they can also thoroughly extract, clean, and dry the carpet while working on the furniture.

What Are Some Things That Could Happen if We Wait to Restore the Furniture?

  • Swelling: If the wood framing sustains water damage, it can weaken, swell, and ultimately cause the breakdown of your furniture.
  • Cosmetic Issues: Colors may bleed, or the water droplets can spot fabric. 
  • Mold Growth: Damp, prolonged conditions can cause mold growth in the furniture.

What Are Some Things That SERVPRO Technicians Do to Restore Damaged Furniture?

  • They treat stains on the furniture before they dry it.
  • They tent the cushions by standing them up against each other to help the drying process.
  • Technicians use the upholstery tool to extract excess water from sofas and chairs. 

While waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, you can dry any buttons or zippers on your furniture and cushions to prevent rust. After drying, you can place wax paper under the zippers to ensure there are no rust stains on the furniture. After our technicians arrive, they can continue the restoration process by extracting water, cleaning surfaces, and drying the furniture.

Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for assistance. We make it "Like it never even happened."

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Clifton, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton today at (973) 928-3705 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Should I Look for in a Commercial Water Restoration Team to Protect My Building?

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings with water damage in Clifton. SERVPRO is right around the corner to mitigate your problem.

A Comprehensive Service for Clifton Area Commercial Water Losses Is Provided by SERVPRO

The principles of commercial and private restoration teams are much the same. However, commercial businesses in Clifton generally require a larger workforce as well as more powerful equipment to achieve the same results. SERVPRO works with commercial clients regularly to help them overcome water-related situations by providing vital resources, expertise, and experience to businesses in an emergency.

How soon can I expect to re-open my business after a water-related emergency?

The size and scope of the project can change from business to business. We understand that a company requiring commercial water removal in the Clifton area needs a fast response to minimize losses to both their building and their revenues. You can expect the initial extraction process to take from several hours to many, with both pumping and extractors capable of removing up to a hundred gallons per hour. However, the drying process takes longer, depending on the size of the building and its unique material construction. Hardwood floors, for example, take longer to dry than other types of flooring. We endeavor to communicate accurate timeframes and outcomes to you throughout the service so that you can plan for your business.

How can I tell if water migration is affecting the building materials in my business?

Building materials with exposure to water of seventy-two hours or more are likely to absorb large amounts of that moisture. We measure moisture content using moisture meters, which feature a sharp probe to pierce the surface levels and provide an accurate content percentage. A hardwood floor has a natural moisture content reading of around twelve percent. Anything above twelve percent can result in the material swelling. This can cause significant pressure to exert at jointings as well as warp, cup or buckle the material.

What equipment is useful in measuring water impact?

- Moisture sensors read surface temperatures to ascertain the extent of waterlogging in a given material
- Moisture meters are useful in getting accurate measurements of water content within woods, drywall, and other building materials
- Boroscopes can help you to see inside walls or cavities for potential water spots
- Thermal imaging cameras are a non-invasive method of inspecting subfloors, wall cavities, and ceilings for signs of water migration by suing temperature variations.

What can I do to reduce buckling of floors of underwater exposure?

There is no shortcut for restoring building materials. A strategic drying procedure needs to be put in place over several days or weeks to ensure that moisture content is brought back under control without causing permanent damage to the material or the structure. A combination of air moving equipment, portable heaters as well as dehumidification can help to bring moisture contents down. However, technicians must make repeat visits to measure the success of the approach and, in some cases, make changes to the drying method.

When is it safe to re-open my business after a water emergency?

Our team at SERVPRO make an effort to perform walkthroughs with our commercial clients once the restoration is complete. Water can carry with it microbial bacteria, fungi, or even viruses. The presence of microbes in water can make it unsafe or unhygienic for businesses to open their doors to staff and customers. We ensure that your business is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and then treated with anti-microbial chemicals to return it to a sanitary condition. In larger workspaces, such as warehouse spaces, our team can utilize fogging devices to disperse substantial amounts of anti-microbial treatments in a short time. Some restoration work may be a requirement after the cleaning process, but these can be confined to disrupt your daily workflow as much as possible.

What special services can you bring to water removal in my business?

- Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can work with you to remove water migration and dry cavities as well as subfloor
- Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) Technicians can ensure you do not suffer from secondary harms like mold growth
- If your building is pre-1980, it may have dangerous building materials or construction. Our roster includes an in-house Lead-Based Paint Activities and Restoration Technician (RRRP)
- If there is structural damage, we supply an in-house general contractor to ensure your business only has to deal with one point of contact throughout service

What are the benefits of commercial restoration for my business?

Our commercial teams provide a wide range of services, which means there is minimal involvement of third-parties, which can help to keep restoration efficient and accountable. We also have established connections with local insurance adjusters as well as the chamber of commerce. Our work is regularly documented from start to finish in digital inventories. We can pass these on to your insurance provider at the end of service to aid you with a stress-free claim. If you have any questions, you can speak directly to a crew chief or project manager throughout the service.

Unforeseen commercial property disasters can impact your revenues and affect the bottom line of your business. By using reputable restoration services, you can relieve both stress and pressure while knowing your business is getting back to its original condition. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 to speak to a commercial operator and arrange service.

Is Fire Damage Restoration Handled by My Clifton Insurance Company or By Me?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is our area of expertise at SERVPRO of Clifton.

Clifton Homeowners in Need of Fire Damage Restoration Should Call SERVPRO for Help

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 at (973) 928-3705 and let us work for you until your home feels, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Does the Building Itself Affect the Procedures in a Commercial Water Cleanup in Clifton?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO of Clifton for a comprehensive water cleanup of your commercial building.

Rely on the Building Knowledge and Expertise of SERVPRO to Perform the Water Cleanup in Your Clifton Commercial Building

Many variables must be accounted for when performing water cleanup in a commercial building. These include the shape of the structure, the building materials, the movement of moisture, and so on. A thorough knowledge of how these variables work is an important part of an effective cleanup.

How Do Restorers Use This Knowledge in a Water Cleanup?
SERVPRO professionals performing a commercial water cleanup in Clifton implement their knowledge of different variables to formulate an inspection plan, and the variables are also part of the water removal and cleanup procedures.

What are some of the specific variables of a given commercial building?

    •    Building structure and materials
    •    Mechanical systems
    •    Airflow and water flow

How does water flow and moisture movement affect a water cleanup?
SERVPRO professionals understand the path water will take in a commercial building, and this path is used to determine many of the specifics of a cleaning and drying strategy as well as the equipment to be used.

What materials and structures are evaluated as part of the cleanup?

    •    Structural wood
    •    Ceiling, floor and wall assemblies
    •    Windows, doors and other openings

How do the specifics of materials and structures become part of a water cleanup?
SERVPRO professionals know that moisture and water have different effects on different materials. This information is used to help restore these materials as water is removed, and it also helps them determine the best way to dry the building.

What other issues must be accounted for in a commercial water cleanup?
Unanticipated problems are common in this kind of cleanup, but SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to minimize or eliminate these. Simply put, the expertise of the restorer is critical to get the job done right.

Rely on SERVPRO of Clifton for a comprehensive water cleanup of your commercial building. Call us at (973) 928-3705 to get an inspection and an estimate.

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We Have The Best Techniques To Restore Your Home After A Water Loss

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

We have the state of the art equipment to restore your home and prevent further damage. Call us day or night, we are available 24/7.

What is the Best Way to Handle Water Cleanup from a Toilet Backup?

SERVPRO can remove sewage-tainted water and restore your Clifton bathroom to its preloss condition

Nothing says, "Need for urgent water removal" in a house as a toilet backup does. Unfortunately, it is a situation that almost every homeowner can expect at some point. The most common reasons include tree roots in the sewer line and or a blockage of waste and toilet tissue in the trap. The pungent odor notwithstanding, this type of water is dangerous for people and pets to come into contact with and needs professional cleanup.

What Should I Do Until Help Arrives for Water Removal?

There are several actions that Clifton homeowners can take before water cleanup help arrives, such as: 

  • Close off the loss area from the rest of the home
  • Put down towels and rags to absorb the water; avoid mopping as this can cause contact with the contaminated water
  • Turn off the water to the toilet and instruct family members not to flush it again
  • Avoid using any type of chemicals to treat the water including bleach as this can mar surfaces or cause dyes to bleed

What to Expect When SERVPRO Arrives

One of the first actions the technicians do upon arrival is to test the water. They already know it contains sewage, but determining any other present pathogens or bacteria allows the techs to choose the level of antibacterial or antimicrobial treatment needed for the water. 

The technicians may put up containment to stop the potential for cross-contamination in the Clifton home during water extraction and drying. Airborne moisture drops can carry harmful bacteria that have the potential to enter the human body via the eyes or the nose or mouth through aspiration. The techs wear full protective gear, including respiration equipment during the cleanup process for the highest safety standards. Air scrubbers get used frequently to capture airborne elements and improve air quality during the mitigation efforts.

What Are Some Common Issues Caused by Sewage-Tainted Water?

This type of water is also commonly referred to as "black water." And anything that absorbs it may be a loss. Non-porous items have the best potential for restoration, usually through immersion cleaning techniques. 

Mold growth can begin as fast as 24-hours after a water loss event in a home and spread rapidly. SERVPRO techs know the early warning signs of a mold infestation and apply proactive measures to stop it before it starts. Other frequently seen water damage aftereffects of black water include: 

  • Loss to carpet and padding as they cannot get restored to a sanitary level for reuse
  • Delamination of tile in the area of the water loss
  • Sheetrock that wicks black water requires a tear out and replacement
  • Hardwood flooring on a case by case basis may have restoration possibilities

What Are Some Odor Control Measures After the Water Cleanup?

  • Even when the visible signs of the sewage backup get removed, there is still the issue of the odor. This type of water loss frequently has a very pungent smell that penetrates porous items. SERVPRO technicians use advanced formulas to clean and disinfect surfaces, including powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents. While manual cleaning of affected areas goes a long way to reducing odor, occasionally, the scent in the home requires more robust applications. 
  • Thermal fogging is an ideal method for neutralizing foul odors, particularly embedded ones. The technician heats a solvent to the point it becomes a fog and then allows the fog to cover all the water loss areas slowly. This application gets carefully used as it is for all types of surfaces and materials. When the fog comes into contact with odorous molecules, it attaches to it and breaks the chain eliminating the odor.
  • Hydroxyl generators work to move airborne odor-causing molecules through the very safe use of ultraviolet rays, precisely like from the Sun. These machines are harmless for use around people, pets, and plants.

Final Steps For Water Damage Restoration 

After SERVPRO techs complete the sewage water cleanup in a Clifton home, they take the property owner through for a review of the actions taken and repairs necessary to bring the house to its preloss condition. Another essential aspect of the restoration services is a detailed report that not only outlines the mitigation process but also includes photographs and descriptions of loss items to expedite any insurance claims.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 when you need a water cleanup of any size. The technicians are available 24/7 to restore your home to its pre-water loss condition.

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Why it is Necessary to Remediate Water Damage in Clifton

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Appliance leaks happen and unchecked, can cause harmful bacteria and mold to enter your home. Inspect your home often for water damage.

Water Damage Issues in Clifton Linked to Increased Health Risks

When water damage comes to mind, people often only envision ruined rooms and possessions. This image, though, fails to include the serious potential health risks that may also result.

Several things could lead to water damage in your Clifton home. Leaky hot water tanks, clothes washers, and dishwashers are the usual culprits. However, it can also occur in less obvious ways, including through the effects of long-term, normal condensation and small roof leaks in inconspicuous areas. These are far more frightening causes because the resulting bacterial and fungal growth can sometimes go unnoticed for months or even years. While something like this usually leads to devastating physical damage to your home, it can also cause health effects. Resulting bacteria and fungus, including mold and mildew that develops and grows around moisture sources, can cause these.

Such dangers make it exceedingly crucial for Clifton homeowners to periodically have their homes checked for water damage and moisture sources. Some area services, like SERVPRO, quickly check your residence for issues and effectively resolve them whenever discovered. Our technicians, using water sensors, examine your walls, baseboards, and carpets for moisture. They use specialized meters to look for dampness in your furnishings and evaluate the interior air with thermohygrometers that determine its temperature and relative humidity.

Afterward, SERVPRO professionals can remove any standing water found with portable extractors. These are convenient since they allow workers to access even the most difficult to get to areas. Workers, based on meter readings and the areas involved, calculate the right ratio of dehumidifiers to air blowers and determine where to place them to maximize evaporation. Once surfaces are sufficiently dried, SERVPRO uses ultra-low volume foggers to inject disinfectants and fungicides into affected spaces. This action kills off these harmful microorganisms.

Our homes and belongings are dear to us all, but health is by far the most important thing. Without good health, nothing else matters. So, always remember to check your home for water damage and resulting growths routinely. If you need any help, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705.                                

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We Get You Back In Business In Clifton After A Water Loss

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Our LGR dehumidifier and centrifugal air movers dried the water damage in this property. We get started right away to prevent further damage.

Commercial Water Damage in Clifton Day Care Centers Creates Unnecessary Risks to Children and Staff

Day care centers in Clifton need to provide hot meals to the children in their care, as well as adequate space for both indoor and outdoor play, art activities (which often means a sink in a central location), bathrooms and often a separate area for diaper changing. Much of these amenities require plumbing, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

SERVPRO assists businesses, including day care centers, in Clifton recover after commercial water damage and its effects threaten to close operations by acting quickly. Our building team skilfully handles any deconstruction needed, as well as rebuilding. Plumbing accidents can lead to electrical damage and when this happens, our team can reduce overall costs by performing this work, as well. We understand that you need to have safe conditions restored as swiftly as possible, and SERVPRO can make this a reality.

Water damages many of the materials used to construct your day care center. Flooring (including tile, linoleum, and carpeting), walls, and ceilings (when plumbing accidents occur upstairs) all require mitigation services to begin soon after any pipes break or leaks occur to keep damages minimized. Our green Fleet transports all of the needed equipment to remove the water and get things dry again so restoration activities can begin. 

New drywall and paneling, as well as flooring takes care of softer materials. Cleaning with stiff-bristled brushes and sealing cinder block walls prepares them for repainting. New materials and fresh paint can eliminate many of the odors let behind by water damage, but if you wish for SERVPRO to perform deodorization in your building, please let us know. We can bring in a hydroxyl generator that is safe to use in damp conditions, which allows us to continue working.

Furniture can also sustain damage if cushions, wood frames, or other components absorb water. Metal pieces can corrode and become weak. Fasteners and braces in this condition can become sharp and cut small fingers. The health risk of tetanus increases greatly when such furniture remains accessible to children. SERVPRO’s restoration experts can keep this from increasing your costs, as well.

SERVPRO of Clifton also provides restoration and mitigation services to businesses in Little Falls, NJ and Woodland Park, NJ. When it looks like water damage might close down your business, call (973) 928-3705 for 24-hour service.

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Water Loss Event In Clifton

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

Applications for Wet Vacuums in Drying Clifton Homes

Many tools play an intricate role in the restoration and drying of Clifton homes after water loss events, especially those that leave standing water concerns throughout the residence. While not all of these circumstances deposit several feet of liquid in the damaged areas, even an inch or two is enough to cause substantial damage to exposed materials and contents. The right tools for the job make water removal and the subsequent drying as efficient as possible.

There are favored tools for these applications, such as the electric submersible pump, but these are not always the ideal choice for water removal in Clifton homes. In some situations, it is more efficient and practical to use mobile solutions like wet vacuums to take care of pooling water on top of specific structural elements rather than attempt to get submersible pumps to work in shallow levels. Wet vacuums have several applications for water removal in a residence.

Shallow Depths
As briefly mentioned, electric submersible pumps are a powerful, quiet option for extraction. They can bring your standing water threat down to a couple of inches, but then lack the suction in their intake to continue water removal. Wet vacuums are ideal for the final two inches of standing water that can exist after sump pumps get used.

Inaccessible Areas
There are several instances where small spaces exist that do not offer the available room for submersible pumps to be of use. Instead, we can utilize the hose or attachments of the wet vacuum to remove this trapped water from this challenging area.

Needed Attachments
While submersibles can offer a direct, continuous draw of water, they are not ideal for use in one particular application or another. At lower levels, water removal requires several specific attachments that get connected to mobile wet vacuums to complete the job. These might include:

    •    Carpet Wands
    •    Squeegee Wands
    •    Extended Solid Tube

Regardless of where it might get used in your home, the wet vacuum is always a part of the stocked equipment ready to mobilize quickly after a water loss emergency. Give our SERVPRO of Clifton team a call today at (973) 928-3705.

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Flood Damage Restoration In Clifton

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flood restoration from start to finish is a multi-faceted and challenging task.

Three Phases Clifton Residents should consider for Flood Damage Restoration

Flash flooding can be devastating for homeowners. However, with the right attitude and assistance, you stand a strong chance of getting your home back to its preloss condition. When disaster strikes your home that are several jobs to take care of that can go a long way to reducing permanent losses. Shutting off the power supply is a vital safety step that can prevent electric equipment from blowing out and prevent electrical fires in the interim. Contacting both your insurance provider and a professional restorer can also pay dividends in the long run.

There are different phases to flood damage recovery in your Clifton home. The first step is emergency services or mitigation. These may be robust jobs like moving furniture out of harm's way, closing and sealing doorways to prevent water migration as well as collecting relevant documents or valuables. These duties are within the scope of the average homeowner, providing that due care and attention is taken.

When entering a flooded property, be aware of potential hazards as well as contamination in water. If you have any doubts, it is best to leave it to a professional. SERVPRO technicians can perform emergency draining of a flooded property using a combination of extraction tools and pumping equipment. Once the reduction of standing water levels is complete, there is less chance of slip and trip hazards as well as structural collapse. However, a thorough examination of ceilings, walls, and flooring needs conducting to ensure the property is sound.

The next phase of flood restoration involves remediating any immediate concerns in the building. These steps are necessary when water migration is occurring or when there is contamination in the property. Remediation tasks include industrial cleaning or controlled demolition of non-salvageable items and materials. SERVPRO can thoroughly disinfect your home to destroy any residual microbes, including mold, bacteria, and viruses.

After remediation SERVPRO can perform the restoration, the disposal of any building materials is replaced with new material including drywall and insulation. We can dry the structure using a combination of dehumidifiers and rapid-air movers to lessen the chances of secondary damages and return to the property every twenty-four-hours to assess improvements. The last step involves refinishing surfaces, contents, and deodorizing to ensure your home returns to a preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Flood restoration from start to finish is a multi-faceted and challenging task. For expert assistance contact SERVPRO of Clifton.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In Clifton After A Water Damage Disaster

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

We use advanced technology to detect the moisture levels and ensure proper drying during the restoration process.

How SERVPRO Removes Water Damage from a Clifton Residence

Whether from a pipe leak behind a wall or an appliance failure that has saturated your floors, water damage causes millions in property damage and is the third-largest cause of home property loss. An estimated 14% of all water delivered to the average home is lost to leaks and plumbing malfunctions. Without fast action, this type of damage can go undetected for weeks, months, or even longer, creating even more problems for homeowners to tackle. 

If your Clifton home needs water damage mitigation, your local SERVPRO is ready to extract moisture, remove potential microbes, and restore your home to a preloss condition. Technicians receive extensive training in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and techniques to ensure that homeowners receive consistent, high-quality cleanup after a disaster occurs. The entire crew lives in Passaic County and works hard to stay in touch with the needs of the community.

SERVPRO's 24/7/365 Availability

When you choose SERVPRO for your cleanup needs, you get the services of an IICRC-certified team that is available on evenings, weekends, and holidays. Technicians know that disasters do not occur on a typical 9-to-5 schedule, so they are always prepared to respond to disasters of all sizes with cutting-edge technologies, tried-and-true cleaning techniques, and EPA-registered antimicrobials. 

Preserving Water-Damaged Hardwood Floors

Whether the source of the damage is a pipe or an appliance failure, many types of flooring do not hold up well to prolonged moisture exposure and may require replacement. If you have hardwood floors, however, restoration is often possible. 

Technicians work quickly to prevent warping, buckling, and cupping by reducing relative humidity to levels between 30% and 45%. The goal is to reduce the moisture content of the hardwood flooring to 16% to prevent the proliferation of microbes. For flooring with a finish that acts as a vapor barrier, the finish may require removal so that water extraction and drying can proceed. Polyethylene tents may be set up near the floor to improve the effectiveness of dehumidifiers during the drying process. 

SERVPRO of Clifton provides service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call this team at (973) 928-3705 for thorough, emergency-response cleanup. 

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Let Our Crew Restore Your Water Damaged Clifton Home

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

Porosity of Clifton Home Materials Affects Cleaning After Losses

Cleaning up after a water loss incident involves the use of powerful extractors, drying machines, and potent cleaning agents all working together to help your Clifton residence. Our technicians have extensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to ensure that they can make knowledgeable real-time decisions that improve the efficiency of recovering your property.

When combined with cutting-edge cleaning equipment, and a line of cleaning products to suit various PH levels, soils, and severity, water cleanup for Clifton homes should be easy for our skilled SERVPRO professionals. Variables exist, however, that can make cleaning and recovery of specific materials and structural elements challenging. Porosity and permeability can both play a substantial role in whether a material can be salvaged and how long that recovery might take.

The porosity of a material affected by a water loss incident can have a direct effect on how readily it can get dried and how effective surface cleaning efforts might be to remove staining or residues. Materials like carpets and upholstery can be among the first materials to absorb excessive amounts of migrating water during a loss incident but are also able to release this moisture as quickly. This composition makes cleaning practices like hot water extraction and steam cleaning effective with these specific materials.

Likewise, staining and residues that affect beyond the immediate surface level of hardwood floors, cabinets, or other furniture might prove more challenging for our SERVPRO professionals to affect with our potent cleaning products. In some situations, stripping and removing the finish from flooring or furniture might be the only way to remove the present residue. This process is only cost-effective for the customer with premium flooring materials like teak, oak, maple, and pine planks.

The porosity of a material can affect its ability to absorb water initially, which can be a benefit to drying efforts but can also hinder cleaning when water damaged form on less porous materials. Let our experienced SERVPRO of Clifton professionals help you through this process and make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

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Why We Are The Best Choice For Clifton Fire Damage Restoration

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke or soot damage? Whatever the case might be we have the state of the art equipment and are ready 24/7 to assist you with your fire damage.

Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Clifton Fire Damage Cleanup Results

Fire residue cleanup in Clifton works most efficiently when based on scientific principles and implemented by trained and well-equipped individuals. The soiling produced by a fire is unlike other household dirt. Heat, flames, and the production of various gasses and particulates affect the development and the consistency of the residues and the adhesion of the soot to various surfaces. The need to understand how all these elements work together is why we invest in world-class training for our technicians. 

Matching Methods and Products to Residues

Once a technician learns the basics of how fire damage affects your Clifton home, informed adaptations for your unique circumstances improve the outcomes even more. We support the efforts of our employees to become as precise as possible when pairing products and modifying the elements of cleaning as needed. Individualized care and treatment are why we start with the following basics of cleaning and work out from there:

Principles

  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues and discard properly

Elements

  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Temperature
  • Time

Adaptations We Consider

When we inspect and assess your home after a fire damage loss, we continuously evaluate how to adjust the primary approach for the best cleaning results. Our preference is to restore, not to tear out and replace, why SERVPRO takes into consideration how much of a toll various cleaning methods take on certain surfaces. When we select among the products and tools at our disposal, we might modify:

Agitation and Dwell Time

We use gentler ways to move the surface or the cleaning solution to dislodge tightly adhered residues. Rather than a brush, we might swap out a feather duster. Soft cloths and more “elbow grease” is easier on a delicate surface than a rough-sided sponge or sandpaper. Delicate items can break apart with the use of ultrasonic waves or jets sprays, why SERVPRO technicians might increase dwell time by soaking the articles and use a spray bottle or soft paintbrush to remove embedded soils. 

Chemical Action

Before using water or oil-based cleaners on residues, we judge whether the surface or item is durable enough to handle the chemicals. Pretesting is a reliable way to determine how the material holds up, why SERVPRO technicians dab a small amount of the cleaner in an inconspicuous spot to evaluate the outcome.

Temperature and Dwell Time

The molecules in cleaning solutions move more quickly when we apply heat, why our carpet extractors and industrial washing machines use the hottest fluid possible to remove residues. Some materials warp or shrink under high heat, why SERVPRO employees research the material and spot test. If heat damages, we increase agitation or dwell time to achieve the desired results.

The experience and training of our technicians are why SERVPRO of Clifton can adapt cleaning procedures, leading to successful fire damage clean up. Call us round the clock at (973) 928-3705 to get one of our crews on their way to you.

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Mold Damage In Your Clifton Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Mold Damage in your Clifton Home Requires Extensive Mitigation

Basements are a common place to find mold damage. Because many homeowners do not inspect this area of the home regularly, it is not unusual for a small mold infestation to become a large one quickly.

Working on a partially finished basement in Clifton with mold damage, SERVPRO technicians found evidence of a large infestation. The presence of both wood support beams, sheetrock, and cardboard boxes all give the mold something to consume, which exacerbates the issue.

Why SERVPRO?
Mold remediation is a restoration service that the technicians have specialized training to handle. The techs take precautions to ensure mold spores do not spread during mitigation and additionally follow up with protective measures upon completion to ensure the mold does not return.

Containment and Drying
Mold cannot exist when air moisture content levels are below 50%, so the technicians set up containment around the work area and use their drying and dehumidification equipment to lower the humidity and effectively dry the colonies. Air scrubbers also run in tandem to capture airborne spores stirred up by the air movers.

Abatement Techniques
Once the colonies dry, the techs use hand tools to lift the mold from surfaces gently. In cases where the mold does not release quickly, or the scale of the infestation is large, the techs use methods such as soda blasting to remove any remaining visible colonies. After abatement, the surfaces get wiped down with professional-strength antifungal and antimicrobial cleaning agents.

Post Treatments
It is common for techs to apply antimicrobial sealant in areas where colonies previously established. This action is particularly useful in cases where an issue that requires repair is, in part, responsible for mold growth. Treatment ensures no return of the problem before the homeowner has the necessary repairs completed. Technicians also commonly inspect the ductwork to determine it needs cleaning to remove evidence of mold spores, so they don't spread to other areas of the residence.

When mold damage is an issue, contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. The certified technicians can end the infestation and ensure it does not return “Like it never even happened.”

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How Technology Helps With Flood Water Removal in Clifton

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding can occur any time during the year. SERVPRO has the technology to locate hidden pockets of water and restore your home.

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

Floodwater can cause significant damage to a home environment. These situations can be even more painful when restorers need to remove further components to repair harm. 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 soaks in floodwaters, there are visible elements you notice like standing water levels or staining. However, there are also invisible elements like water migration, cavity saturation, and rising moisture content of materials.

Here at SERVPRO, we can 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 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 can use thermal imaging to ensure we only remove structure when needed. In some cases, we can 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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Mitigating Home Theater Flood Damage in Little Falls

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Little Falls let us be the one to assist your Little Falls flood damaged home theater.

SERVPRO knows best when it comes to your Little Falls flood damage.

While most homeowners have precautions in place for dealing with flooding when it occurs, one thing that can be harder to plan for is the cost of a disaster. As much as 70% of New Jersey real estate has needed repair at least five times due to flood damage. Average payouts per claim have been estimated at $25,000, a staggering expense for homeowners rebuilding after a disaster.

If you find flood damage in your Little Falls home, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to restore your home to a preloss condition. Both technicians and franchise owners undergo extensive training in fire, water, and mold damage mitigation and remediation. Through thorough education and training in contemporary disaster cleanup measures, technicians help homeowners save money and possessions whenever it is safe and feasible to do so.

Tips for Handling Electronics

If you have an entertainment center or home theater that has been affected by flooding, here are some tips for salvaging your electronics:

  • Do not turn on devices. Turning a device on after it has been affected by water is more likely to ensure that it never turns on again. 
  • Do not dry electronics in microwaves or ovens. Exposure to the high heat from these items can damage devices further, so avoid using these to save your electronics. Wait for certified technicians who can handle electronics to help you.
  • Do not open devices to dry them. It is more likely that you can damage internal components by opening devices, especially after they have been affected by water.

How SERVPRO Can Help

There are several crucial factors to keep in mind for restoring electronics, and SERVPRO technicians receive thorough training in observing these measures. Low humidity and adequate temperatures are crucial to the success of any restoration effort. For example, technicians can set up dehumidification chambers for drying CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs, as well as other media. This measure helps maintain a relative humidity of approximately 25%. To minimize corrosion, technicians ensure that electronic devices like computers and televisions do not cool below the dew point. But, that is all for mitigating water damage to sensitive electronic components. SERVPRO can recommend, or our customers can select their own specialty service to inspect and repair the internal workings. 

SERVPRO of Clifton has the tools and techniques you need to make your home look, "Like it never even happened." If you need rapid disaster cleanup, call (973) 928-3705 today.

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We Are The Leader In Little Falls Water Damage Restoration

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians have the expertise and experience to utilize state of the art equipment properly in your home and prevent further damage.

Why Little Falls Residents should Understand Containment of Contamination during Water Cleanup

Water Cleanup Little Falls

Coming home to a water emergency is the last thing you need as a homeowner. Water damages can occur from faulty appliances, sump pumps, or problems with plumbing infrastructure. The length of time that water resides in an indoor environment can exacerbate the issue with deterioration from clean water to grey or black contamination levels occurring in as little as seventy hours. A trip away for the weekend can mean a benign water issue becomes a property emergency.

One of the primary concerns we have when performing water cleanup for Little Falls residents is cross-contamination. Cross-contamination can be hard to spot and even harder to stop. Wet contents can affect clean rooms in the house. Equally, wet footwear can spread greywater to other areas of the home, which presents a cross-contamination concern, especially in carpeted properties. Here at SERVPRO, we undergo extensive training on containment to ensure property damage does not spread around the home, causing more damage.

Preventing contamination depends on containment. Proper containment can quarantine the affected area, protect yourself and water damage restoration technicians in the property as well as manage airflow. Porous materials are often non-salvageable, in which case SERVPRO technicians can wrap materials in thick polyethylene or sealed plastics. This technique is known as source containment. This type of containment allows us to bring materials through unaffected areas of the property without risking cross contamination.

The other aspects of containment cover local containment and full-scale containment. Wrapping PVC pipes so that contaminants can be safely passed through uncontaminated rooms is essential to ensure proper disposal. In rare, ultra-severe cases, full-scale containment is necessary. Full-scale containment is a comprehensive process that requires the setting up of a work area, a decontamination area, an equipment room, and a cleanroom. Setting up full-scale containment may need an industrial hygienist on-site to direct SERVPRO technicians.

Inadequate containment can make a water emergency in one room a water emergency throughout the home. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705.

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We Act Fast In Clifton After A Fire

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Fire damage Clifton

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

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

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

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

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

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Proven Tips to Combat Fire Damage in Clifton

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Immediate Action

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

Restoration vs. Replacing Saves Time and Money

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

Odor Removal

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

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

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SERVPRO Eliminates Flood Damage in Little Falls Homes

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

We can’t stress the importance of water damage clean up in your Little Falls home.

Let SERVPRO eliminate your Little Falls flood damage.

Flash flooding can be disastrous for any community to endure. By 2016, all 50 states had experienced flooding or flash flooding in the five years prior. The cost of repairs, without proper mitigation, can be quite high and extremely stressful for homeowners. However, there is a team that can help you breathe a sigh of relief after a disaster.

If your Little Falls home needs flood damage cleanup fast, SERVPRO professionals can be at your home within hours of your call to mitigate damage. SERVPRO emphasizes the importance of preserving structures and possessions when it is safe to do so. These measures save homeowners on costs while ensuring that their property becomes a safe and comfortable place to live once more.

Always Able to Lend a Hand

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

SERVPRO Can Save Your Furnishings

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

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

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

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

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The Real Truth Behind Effective Water Cleanup in Little Falls

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Pipes can break or leak causing water damage. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Our Fire Damage Experts Can Save Your Clifton Home

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call when you need us at (973) 928-3705.

Proper Damage Assessment Makes Clifton Fire Recovery Efficient

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

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

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

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

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

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We Can Restore Your Flood Damaged Clifton Apartment

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call anytime at (973) 928-3705.

Reducing the Severity of Flooding in Your Clifton Apartments

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

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

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

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

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

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How Flooding Damages Furnaces in Little Falls Homes

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Elevate Your Furnace

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

Use Technology for Water Detection

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

When Flood Loss Happens Get Professional Assistance

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

Prevention of Additional Loss

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

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

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Our Experts Discuss Our Restoration Deodorization Procedures In Clifton

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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)

“Like it never even happened.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

SERVPRO Is on the Job for Commercial Flood Damage Restoration in Clifton

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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Addressing Fire Damage In Your Little Falls Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

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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Containment Makes Fire Recovery Efficient for Your Clifton Bar

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Keep the fire in the flaming cocktails and let SERVPRO remove it from your bar.

After Fire Damage in your Business, call SERVPRO

Fire loss incidents can sweep through your Clifton bar quickly, and with natural accelerants behind the counter, can spread throughout the main area of the building beyond your control. Once first responders and firefighters have quelled the blaze and you can get to work on restoring the property, it is essential to leave this task in the hands of trained professionals like our team. We have IICRC certifications in both Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control, which makes us uniquely qualified to handle all of the effects that your bar could experience from a fire loss incident. 

Our team can work quickly to assess the full scale of the fire damage to your Clifton bar, and in doing so, can also get effective mitigation strategies started. We understand how vital it is to get the bar back open to your customers, as the city has no shortage of nightlife establishments. It is easy for businesses to lose their loyal customers when they have to spend prolonged periods with their doors closed. Our SERVPRO team can help with a fast and confident response to address the lingering effects in your building. 

Containment is a vital component to keeping the symptoms of a fire loss incident from reaching new areas or from getting worse in the affected portions of the bar. We work to establish both physical barriers with implements like plastic sheeting and general area barriers with the use of our sophisticated filtering and deodorization equipment like our hydroxyl and ozone machines. With the onboard HEPA filter and specific positioning in prime locations throughout the bar, damaging effects cannot move freely throughout the property. 

We know how important it is to overcome fire loss incidents as promptly as possible for your area bar. With the patrons that you serve on a nightly basis, a prolonged closing could cost you profits and loyalty. Our SERVPRO of Clifton fire restoration specialists have the expertise and the equipment to help. Call anytime that you need us at (973) 928-3705.

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When Your Clifton Laundromat Experiences Water Damage From A Faulty Washing Machine Our Crew Can Help

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

You can count on the expertise and equipment of our SERVPRO of Clifton team to make these effects “Like it never even happened.”

Faulty Washing Machine Can Damage Your Clifton Laundromat

Laundromats provide a critical service to those without specific machines in residences they either rent or own throughout the Greater Clifton area. Many utilize these facilities every day to wash and dry their clothing and other fabrics from their property. Maintenance and upkeep on the machines that you have purchased for this business should happen regularly, and even with this attention, the appliances can still end up malfunctioning to the point of allowing widespread water loss incidents to occur throughout the building. Addressing these concerns quickly exceeds the skillset and equipment of the business owner, and becomes the responsibility of our experienced, and well-equipped professionals.

With linoleum flooring not designed to withstand an onslaught of water damage, your Clifton laundromat can quickly show the damages and harsh effects of a compromised washing machine. Our SERVPRO professionals have the advanced equipment designed for fast extraction and drying solutions to help protect this tile flooring in your building and to prevent unnecessary damages to the electric-powered units still functional inside.

Often, tile flooring in places like your laundromat gets installed directly over a rough finished concrete floor. While this subflooring can provide modest water resistance, concrete is permeable and can absorb a considerable volume of standing water and hold it within its pores. This situation can provide lingering moisture and dampness to the entire property, facilitating conditions like mold growth and allowing for continued structural compromise and degradation. Drying mats can slowly draw moisture from both the tile and subflooring to prevent reinstallation when possible.

Protecting the other appliances and machines within the laundromat is another concern of our SERVPRO professionals beginning mitigation. Containment of these effects can reduce the moisture and water damage present throughout the building, which can keep our contents department from needing to remove all of the at-risk units in the facility.

Several damaging conditions can dramatically alter the appearance and function of your laundromat after a water loss incident. You can count on the expertise and equipment of our SERVPRO of Clifton team to make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (973) 928-3705.

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We Have The Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Clifton Home After A Water Damage Disaster

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Many times following a water loss, structures can appear to be dry to the eye and even to the touch. Our team uses advanced technology to find water.

Upstairs Sink Overflow Can Damage Your Clifton Home

Emergencies do not always occur in your Clifton home from malfunctions in appliances or portions of plumbing bursting unexpectedly. Human error and forgetfulness can often be a contributing factor to damages to your property as well, especially water loss incidents. With basin sinks with no overflow protection, which is common among decorative or custom pieces, overfilling the sink can lead to an overflow that spreads quickly across the floor.

During these disasters, water removal in Clifton is the first thing that your property needs. Qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team have advanced equipment to help address standing water concerns immediately, but also have the extensive training and education through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become knowledgeable Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technicians.

Extraction is a key component of recovering water loss incidents within your property. In many cases, water removal must occur before a full and thorough inspection of the house can get conducted to determine what other restorative practices are necessary. Also, a fast extraction starting as soon as our professionals first arrive at your address can help to reduce the spread of damaging water effects that can saturate materials and penetrate inaccessible areas like flooring, ceiling spaces, and wall cavities.

Our Injecti-Dry system and drying mats are both specialized equipment designed to protect saturated construction materials and structural elements before they become too degraded to preserve. Our SERVPRO technicians on site can work to determine where these units are necessary based on the readings from moisture content equipment like our probing readers and thermal or infrared cameras. Once moisture pockets have gotten located, we can direct our rapid drying tools to protect your house as best as possible.

Second-floor water loss incidents can spread quickly out of where the damage originates, even through the flooring to affect the main level below. To prevent catastrophic conditions, reach out to our SERVPRO of Clifton rapid response team. We have the expertise and the equipment to make these emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

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Water Damage Remediation Essentials in Your Clifton Home

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation can cause lots of headaches if you are trying to do it alone. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Upstairs Sink Overflow Can Damage Your Clifton Home

Emergencies do not always occur in your Clifton home from malfunctions in appliances or portions of plumbing bursting unexpectedly. Human error and forgetfulness can often be a contributing factor to damages to your property as well, especially water loss incidents. With basin sinks with no overflow protection, which is common among decorative or custom pieces, overfilling the sink can lead to an overflow that spreads quickly across the floor.

During these disasters, water removal is the first thing that your Clifton property needs. Qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team have advanced equipment to help address standing water concerns immediately, but also have the extensive training and education through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become knowledgeable Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technicians.

Extraction is a key component of recovering water loss incidents within your property. In many cases, water removal must occur before a full and thorough inspection of the house can get conducted to determine what other restorative practices are necessary. Also, a fast extraction starting as soon as our professionals first arrive at your address can help to reduce the spread of damaging water effects that can saturate materials and penetrate inaccessible areas like flooring, ceiling spaces, and wall cavities.

Our Injecti-Dry system and drying mats are both specialized equipment designed to protect saturated construction materials and structural elements before they become too degraded to preserve. Our SERVPRO technicians on site can work to determine where these units are necessary based on the readings from moisture content equipment like our probing readers and thermal or infrared cameras. Once moisture pockets have gotten located, we can direct our rapid drying tools to protect your house as best as possible

Second-floor water loss incidents can spread quickly out of where the damage originates, even through the flooring to affect the main level below. To prevent catastrophic conditions, reach out to our SERVPRO of Clifton rapid response team. We have the expertise and the equipment to make these emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (973) 928-3705.

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Clifton Homeowners Benefit from SERVPRO's Water Removal Methods

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Strives to Preserve Hardwood Flooring with Fast Water Mitigation in the Clifton Area

Innovative Equipment and Expert Technicians Preserve Hardwood Floors after Water Damage in Clifton

When your Clifton home experiences a water loss, flooring often takes the brunt of the harm. Some types of floors, such as the laminates that are popular today might need to be removed and replaced as their construction does not hold up well to water immersion. Other floors like ceramic tile need careful water removal and assessment of subfloor damage if any grout or other joints are cracked or poorly sealed.

The pride of many local homeowners is the original or restored hardwood floors in our community’s historic homes or more modern construction. Water damage to your Clifton floors can be a great worry after a burst pipe or appliance malfunction. Our team of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)-trained technicians use strategies learned during both coursework and on the job to deliver a successful outcome including a well-preserved floor.

Speed of response is essential when water flows over a hardwood floor. The joints between each plank allow water to migrate under the decorative and durable top layer. As the water moves down between the tongue and groove joints of the planks, additional layers of subflooring become involved as well. SERVPRO crew members understand the tendency of water to soak deeply into the different fixtures and structures of a hardwood floor set-up. We employ several methods to pull out the majority of the liquid water before finishing the job with applied structural drying (ASD) techniques.

Water deeper than two inches is pumped out using submersible units. Our crews move to powerful wanded extractors as the water level decreases. SERVPRO has a wide range of equipment on each service vehicle aligned with fast water removal and drying, stocked for every job to avoid delays.

Because hardwood floors need the supporting sub-floor dried out completely SERVPRO uses floor mats sealed to the floor to provide a suctioning action designed to pull moisture from several levels. Our workers use moisture meters and infrared scanners to locate the lingering wetness and then target those areas with negative air pressure technology. The system extracts moisture under the mats via hoses that suck water into containers for disposal.

SERVPRO of Clifton invests in training and equipment to ensure our team responds effectively to your water damage issues. Call us at (973) 928-3705 to schedule an assessment and rapid water damage remediation.

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Are You Storing Water Damage in Your Clifton Attic?

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Strong spring and summer storms can damage your roof, allowing water to enter your home.

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.

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Spring Home and Safety Checklist

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

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SPRING AHEAD WITH THESE HOME SAFETY & MAINTENANCE TIPS

The cold winter months are finally behind us and we are ready for the warmer Spring days, but is your home prepared? Following a home maintenance plan can help prevent potential problems before they occur.

INSIDE

  • Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs.  Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation.  Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer.  Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
  • Inspect your smoke detectors.  Make sure there is one on each floor of your home.  Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
  • Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures.  Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.  Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorescent bulbs.
  • Deep-Clean carpets, vacuum thoroughly and have them professionally steam cleaned and deodorized.

OUTSIDE

  • Check for damage to your roof.
  • Remove dead trees in your yard
  • Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  • Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  • Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
  • Have your sprinkler system serviced
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage.  Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Check for loose or leaky gutters and clean out winter debris.  Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawlspace.

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We are an ICRC Certified Firm

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

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973-928-3705

Is Your Business Ready For "Whatever Happens?"

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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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)

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

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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)

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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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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

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Candle Safety During the Holidays and Throughout the Year

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

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Fire Restoration Process

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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Your Belongings and Fire Damage

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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

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Cleanup and Restoration From Storm Damage

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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.

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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?
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Faster To Any Disaster

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Residential and Commercial Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Clifton is a leader in the restoration industry and our professionals are faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore or clean your property.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies

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Residential Services

Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals to make your house feel like home again. They have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. Our residential services include the following:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services

Commercial Services

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Our commercial services include the following:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

Mold Remediation Process

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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!

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Get Your Business Restored Quickly After Water Damage

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Water Damage in Office Buildings

When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.

All building are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.

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Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

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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.

Fire Up Your Summer - Not Your Home

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Summertime Fire Safety Tips

Are you going on summer vacation this season? Do you enjoy roasting marshmallows by the campfire on those chilly summer nights? Nothing’s better than a summer filled with fun activities, but it is important to be aware of fire hazards and the various risks that come with them.  For instance, did you know that in the United States alone approximately 5,000 homes and forests are destroyed by fire every day during the summer season? It is vital to be prepared and learn the numerous ways in which you can prevent a fire from ruining your summer.

Here are a few easy fire safety tips that you can implement while still enjoying your summer activities.

Campfire Safety

Whether you’re on a camping trip or in your backyard, making s’mores and telling scary stories by the campfire is one of the best ways to end a summer night. Unfortunately, if campfires aren’t controlled properly they can be extremely dangerous. Follow these fire safety tips the next time you decide to have a campfire.

  • Build the campfire where it won’t spread. Don’t build under hanging tree branches or near grassy areas and dry leaves.
  • Keep lighter fluid far away from the campfire as stray flames might ignite the fluid.
  • If a tent is nearby, make sure that you place the fire downwind from the tent.
  • Large campfires might be visually appealing, but they aren’t safe. Keep the fire small, so you can control it.
  • Never leave the fire unattended. Always properly put the fire out before leaving the premises.
  • Extinguish the fire by pouring water on it and use a shovel to bury the fire with ashes and dirt.

Summer Travel

Summer is the perfect time to take a trip with your family or friends, but if you don’t take the proper precautions your house could catch fire while you’re away. This is a frightening thought, but it can easily be prevented by following these fire safety tips. 

  • Make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work properly.
  • Unplug all electronics and appliances (computers, window air conditioners, etc.). 1 in 10 home fires are caused by an electronical malfunction.
  • Never let a cord run under rugs or furniture especially if the wire is torn.
  • Put a timer on your house lights to be on at night. Suspicious fires can come from vandalism to a home while the homeowners and residents are out of town.

Outdoor safety

  • Position grills at least 10 feet away from your home, and never place under low hanging tree branches or plants. When disposing of hot coals, drench them with water to make sure the fire is out.

  • Obey burn bans. Never burn trash, leaves, or brush outdoors if there is a burn ban. If you can burn these items, have a water source readily available.
  • Store flammable liquids such as gasoline, poisons, and other flammables safely outdoors. If possible, store them in a building not connected to your home.
  • Use caution when parking vehicles on dry grass or brush as a hot exhaust could start a fire.

Indoor safety

  • Replace your AC air filters regularly and never use an extension cord for a window AC unit.

  • Keep the stove clean. Grease build-up can trigger a fire when contact with heat or a flame is made.

  • Inspect your attic or basement for damaged wires. Rodents and insects can chew on and damage wiring, which can lead to an electrical fire.

  • Take power surges and blown fuses in your home seriously. Flickering lights or occasional power

  • surges could indicate a short somewhere in your home. Have it checked by an electrician.

Personal choices

  • Have cigarette smokers take it outside. Provide sand-filled containers to place cigarette butts, and make sure butts are completely extinguished.

  • Develop a family fire escape plan and practice it once a month so everyone in the household knows what to do in case of fire.

  • Install smoke detectors in your home and test them monthly. Replace batteries at least once a year.

By knowing and practicing summer fire safety tips, you can enjoy many wonderful time this season filled with fun, happiness and safety.

HAPPY SUMMER FROM,

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

Hurricane Watch & Hurricane Warning, What's the Difference?

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During hurricane season it is important to be prepared and know the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning.

Hurricane Watch: A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds 74 mph or higher) are expected within a specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  • Check your emergency supplies. Make sure everything is stocked and in working order.
  • Gas up your car.
  • Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, disassemble the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outdoor antennas.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Store drinking water.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family.
  • Move your boat securely or transfer it to a designated safe area. Use rope or chain to secure the boat to a trailer.
  • Use tie downs to anchor your trailer to the ground or your house.

When a hurricane warning is issued, you should:

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If you are in a mobile home, make sure it is tied down and evacuate immediately.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. Too many running appliances can create a power surge when the power is turned back on.

What Cause Mold to Grow in Houses and Homes

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What Mold Needs to Grow

Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:

  • Mold Spores
  • A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can being to grow in 72 hours if the conditions are right)

Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes.

So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem.

Causes of Mold In Homes

Humidity

If the weather's been very humid for a few days in a row you might notice mold starting to grow in your home.  When it rains for several days it's especially common to see mold start to grow on walls, benches and other surfaces because of the wet air.

Humidifiers are always good to have in home with high humidity.  But, there are molds that only need the humidity level to be higher than 55% to start growing.  So, be sure to set your humidifier below 55%.

 Leaking Pipes

Water leaks from pipes are a common cause of mold growth.  The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are hidden out of view, like inside a wall cavity.  By the time you discover these leaks mold has usually started to grow already.

Leaks in Roof

Check your attic regularly for leaks and keep an eye on the ceiling below.  If you notice any signs of water damage on the ceiling or any mold that has grown, then you probably have a leaking roof.

Condensation

Cold surfaces can create condensation in your home.  Places where condensations collects are prime spot for mold growth.

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation mean wet surfaces dry out more slowly.  Ventilation is especially important in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen where there is a lot of steam.

Flooding

Some dangerous toxic molds require more extreme conditions than common molds do, such as stachybotrys chartarum which requires material to be very wet for several days to grow.  A flood can create these conditions putting your home more at risk of being infested with dangerous toxic molds.

This is why it is important to call SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705, to begin the drying process as quickly as possible.

Would Your Business Stay Afloat?

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

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How To Prepare Your Business For A Flood

Floods are unavoidable and when disaster strikes, you need to be prepared. This is best achieved by planning in advance and knowing how to deal with the aftermath once the flood has occurred. Below are a few tips on how to prepare your business for a flood before it happens and what to do after it has struck. 

Devise a flood plan

Whether you are expecting a flood or not, one of the most important things to have in place is a thought-out flood plan to help reduce the damage caused to your business or property. Your flood plan should cover the following aspects:

Staff

In the event of a flood, you need to make sure your staff are not only fully informed of the plan in place, but understand the risks involved. If you are expecting a flood to strike, it may be worth sitting down as a team and working out the best way to approach the situation. 

Equipment

If you work in an office then it is likely that you will have computers or some form of electrical equipment; this can pose a huge risk when it comes to floods so it is important that you include such equipment and risks in your flood plan. The best thing to do is listen out for any news about the flood and whether it is predicted to reach your premises any time soon. If the flood is close to your business, it might be worth switching off all of the electrical equipment and moving it to higher, safer locations before evacuating the building. This way you not only ensure the safety of your employees, but you also reduce the chance of suffering expensive equipment damage and loss.

Sandbags

Sometimes it is impossible to predict sudden events or evacuate the building before disaster hits. Therefore, it is vital that you are prepared for the flood striking when you least expect it. Sandbags can be incredibly useful in a flood, so you should have some spare just in case. Not only can they help to barricade the flood's entry points i.e. the door where the flood is coming in, they can also filter a few sediments commonly found in flood waters. 

Dealing with the aftermath

The results of a severe flood can be devastating for everyone. Floods can change the lives of homeowners and entire families. In the business world, flood can affect everything from property safety to business operation, which in turn can put people's livelihoods at risk. This is why it is vital that if you are expecting a flood you have someone who can help you deal with the aftermath and restore your business as soon as possible.

Here at SERVPRO of Clifton, we offer a fire and flood restoration service that focuses on providing those affected by floods have a stress-free experience when it comes to cleaning up and getting business back to normal a quickly as possible.

Should you encounter flooding at your business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton.  We will help you get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

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Broken Water Heater? How to Handle a Flood in Your Home

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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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Understanding Mold

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

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Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold Misconceptions

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With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

What is "Black Mold"

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of Clifton Professional immediately.

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Water Damage Restoration Process

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SERVPRO of Clifton has the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. We use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

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Every water damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO of Clifton Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 - Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

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Why Choose an IICRC Certified Restoration Company For Your Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage impacts your commercial property, you want professionals to help get you back in business. SERVPRO of Clifton works closely with insurance companies to get you back up and running in a quick manner.  As business leaders know, contacting a professional water damage restoration company is typically the first step to restoring your property. However, many individuals do not know how to select the most exceptional, ethical company. If this is the case for you, it's important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will prove advantageous. Learn more about why this is the case by reviewing this short outline: 

  • What Is The IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.

  • How Do Companies Obtain Certification?

To obtain IICRC certification, water remediation companies have to conform to specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:

  1. Provide consumers with accurate data
  2. Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
  3. Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
  4. Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
  5. Maintain policies for written complaints
  6. Hold liability insurance
  • Why Choose an IICRC-Certified Company?

There is a wide variety of forms water damage can take. Some of them include flooding, a burst pipe, sump pump overflow, and sewage backup. Irrespective of the cause; however, the end result is substantive damage. In fact, standing liquid can lead to severe property damage as well as mold infestation. For this reason, it's essential that you attain water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals.

Doing a Google search for the key phrase "water damage restoration" will produce over 500,000 results. To narrow your selection, it's a good idea to limit your search to companies that have obtained their certification from the IICRC. Because the IICRC is efficient in establishing reference guides and industry standards regarding water damage restoration and mold removal, companies that have been certified by the organization will likely offer you the excellent, effective services you want.

SERVPRO of Clifton also offers  24/7 365 service for their customers. You can call 973-928-3705 for your commercial emergency.

Summer Heat & Humidity

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

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How to Fight Mold Issues During the Summer Months

Hot & humid summer months are conductive to mold growth.  Here are some key tips to help reduce the risk of those unwanted guests.

Keep Your Home Clean

Keeping your home clean is important for a number of reasons. The number one thing mold needs is moisture. Once it has this, it can easily grow on a number of surfaces within the home. Regular cleaning of these areas can be instrumental in preventing mold from growing. Cooking oils, soap scum, and dirt can all facilitate mold growth. Eliminate these elements from the home through regular cleanings.

Control Humidity

Because mold needs water to grow, humidity in the home can be detrimental. This can be an especially big problem during the summer months when humidity in the air is especially high. Whether the moisture is coming from outside air, water coming in, cooking, showering, running the dishwasher, or even breathing, it is important to reduce the amount that remains in the home. Wipe away excessive moisture on the walls and ceiling. Make sure fans in the kitchen and bathroom are functioning properly to remove the moisture. For those living in especially humid areas, investing in a dehumidifier may be necessary.

Control the Temperature

For mold to grow, the ideal temperature needs to be reached. The ideal temperature is between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. During the summer months, temperatures are often higher than normal inside the home. Make an effort to keep temperatures inside the home lower during the summer months. Setting the thermostat to the low 70s makes it more difficult for mold to grow. Be conscious of the temperature of your home. Even if you are away from your home for an extended period of time, keep the temperature fairly low to prevent against mold.

Keep Air Circulating

Stagnant air breeds mold. Keeping air circulating through your home will help prevent mold from growing. Keep all the vents in your home open, even if you don’t often go in that room.

Protect your home against mold, even during the humid summer months. By keeping your home clean, controlling the humidity, controlling the temperature, and keeping the air circulating, you can better prevent mold from growing in your home.

Should you find mold in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Clifton. 973-928-3705

Emergency Fire Damage Guidelines

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

What Can You Do Until Help Arrives?

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What to Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT to Do After a Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?
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Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Happy 4th of July from SERVPRO of Clifton

The 4th of July is just around the corner, check out more Firework Safety Facts from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association #NFPA

According to NFPA, each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death.

BE CAREFUL!

  • Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.
  • Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

FACTS

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 18,500 reported fires per year.
  • Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

CONSUMER FIREWORKS

NFPA is opposed to consumer use of fireworks. This includes sparklers and firecrackers. Even sparklers burn hot enough to cause third-degree burns.

For additional firework safety info.  Please click the link below:

NFPA FIREWORK SAFETY INFO

STAY SAFE THIS 4TH OF JULY!

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Commercial Restoration Services for Your Commercial Property

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

There is never a good time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast ad with the help you need.

Your commercial properties appearance speaks volumes to your clients.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Clifton professionals have the training and expertise to make it "Like it never even happened."

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitalities Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage.  We are also your businesses best resource for mold remediation.

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Clifton to get the job done right the first time.  They'll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

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Water Intrusion To Your Office/Commercial Building

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in Office Buildings

When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.

All buildings are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.

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SERVPRO of Clifton Ready Plan

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

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When Damage Strikes, You Can be Ruined.....Or You Can Be Ready

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

Did you know that 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. 

The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers, both residential and commercial.  It allows the creation of an emergency READY profile.  By Developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

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Water Damage to Your Office or Building

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in Office Buildings

When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.

All building are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.

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Water Damage Emergency Tips

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

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What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency?
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What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton

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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.

The Mold Remediation Process

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

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In addition to causing significant property damage, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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 local office. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Clifton Franchise Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We 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 Franchise 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 Franchise 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.

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Water and Storm Damage Tips

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

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What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Mold vs. Mildew

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

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Mold vs. Mildew: What's the Difference?

Mold and mildew have a lot of similarities. They're both likely to grow in moist, warm areas and are adept at surviving on a wide variety of surfaces.

Additionally, they're both fungi that aren't welcome in your home. Their presence is an indicator that excess moisture is present. (We'll get to the three factors that help mold and mildew to thrive shortly.)

Technically, mildew is a type of mold. The difference? Mildew sticks to growing on surface areas and is simple to wipe clean whereas mold can grow undetected for months“ destroying the surfaces it thrives on.

Visually, there are some significant differences. Mildew is recognizable by its flat surface which stays relatively flush with whatever it's growing on. It can appear downy or powdery in texture, and, while it may start out white, generally ends up yellow, brown, or black.

Mold, on the other hand, can be any of a wider range of colors including green, yellow, brown, gray, or white. Instead of growing relatively flush with a surface, it's distinguished by a fluffy appearance.

And, depending on where it grows, spots may appear separately "as in not connected“ but in the same area.

Discerning whether a patch of fungi is mold or mildew is important since their differences are way more than skin deep.

Food, Warmth, and Moisture: The Three Musts for Mold and Mildew

Microscopic mold and mildew spores are everywhere” even in the air we breathe. However, the risks of mold and mildew increase come winter due to the difference in temperature between indoors and out.

That's because fungi like mold and mildew require three things to thrive in your home: food, warmth, and moisture.

The "food" that mold and mildew require is any organic material (meaning that it contains carbon atoms) which can give it the energy to grow. This can be anything from the old bread on your kitchen counter to the cupboards on the walls, or even the cotton rug on your floor.

Warmth occurs when you crank up that aforementioned thermometer. But some areas that suffer from poor insulation, such as single-pane windows and outer-facing walls, can stay cooler than your home's average temperature.

Moisture that travels into your home basement, bathrooms, or kitchen will condense when it comes in contact with a cold area. That's why you're most likely to find mold or mildew on windowsills, baseboards, tile grout, and even in the back of closets.

The good news is that if you deprive mold or mildew of moisture, warmth, and food, you will stop it from growing.

The bad news? While mildew might be easily defeated, depriving mold of its needs won't kill the spores that are already there.

Instead, deprived mold will just stay dormant and start growing again if they get moisture, warmth, and food- springing back to life within hours of a favorable shift in its environment.

Six Ways to Beat Mold and Mildew Before They Start

When all the right conditions are present, moisture, ample food, and a temperature between 41-100 degrees Fahrenheit, mold will begin growing within 24 to 48 hours.

However, it can often remain hidden until the spores have already affected large areas of your property and caused considerable structural damage.

That's why the easiest way to beat these fungal culprits in the winter months is with prevention. Here's how to limit moisture, remove tempting food sources, and keep an eye out for the first telltale signs of a winter mold problem.

1. Increase Air Circulation and Reduce Humidity

One cheap and simple step to reduce moisture is to use fans and open windows. By increasing the air circulation in rooms, cold air is less likely to condense in nooks and crannies.

If you live in a particularly cold climate, opening windows might not be an option. Instead, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to reduce the overall moisture inside your home.

Look for one that offers digital readings, which can help you to keep your indoor humidity level is below 40%.

2. Keep an Eye Out for Leaks That Can Let in Excess Moisture

Keep an eye out for leaks in common areas such as windows, exterior to interior doorways, and the surrounding areas by swamp coolers and skylights.

Not only should you be on high alert for leaks coming from the outdoors, but don’t forget to check your indoor plumbing as a possible culprit for excess moisture. Check for hidden leaks in areas such as under bathroom and kitchen sinks.

3. Repair Any Leaky Area Immediately

Mold and mildew can grow at a rapid pace. The longer you leave a leak unattended, the more likely you are to experience mold and the damage that comes with it.

In short, the moment you suspect or see a leak, fix it--or you might be stuck with paying for more expensive remediation.

4. Limit the Possible Areas Where Mold and Mildew Can Grow

Since fungi thrive on quick-to-decompose items such as books, piles of loose papers, or boxes of clothing, be strategic when storing these items.

The best areas for long-term storage area away from external walls or windows that invite condensation. Instead, pick a storage area that enjoys circulation to prevent the possibility of built up moisture.

Remember to also keep a close eye on the moisture in your bathroom and clean surfaces regularly as well. Because bathrooms can carry the most moisture in the home which naturally results in the most mildew.

5. Take Care to Keep Entryway Flooring Dry During Wet Weather

If possible, use area rugs or washable floor surfaces rather than wall-to-wall carpet in areas or rooms that have a moisture issue.

While it's not usually a great idea to have carpeting in your entryway, if you live in a cooler, wet climate, renters often don't have a choice.

In instances where you do have carpet up to the door, take care to vacuum the area regularly, inspecting the area for signs of any mold near the baseboards or where your carpet meets the wall.

6. Use Exhaust Fans in the Kitchen and Bathroom

Boiling water and taking steamy showers provide your home's environment with plenty of moisture. Make sure not to slack on turning on exhaust fans, including the one in your oven's hood, that can help reduce condensation from collecting.

It's also helpful to leave exhaust fans on for twenty to thirty minutes after steaming up a room and wiping down moisture on the walls with a dry rag.

You've Discovered Mold. What to Do Next?

Natural cleaning won't do the trick, always hire a professional to remove it.  Call SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705 for professional mold remediation services.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

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By preparing your home now, you can protect yourself and your family from a winter storm.

Follow these tips and suggestions on how best to prepare your home for winter:

  • Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted. Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days notice.
  • If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one online.
  • If you'll be using a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater, install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside. Each winter season have your furnace system and vent checked by a qualified technician to ensure they are functioning properly.
  • If you are over 65 years old, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently. Your ability to feel a change in temperature decreases with age. Older adults are more susceptible to health problems caused by cold. Check the temperature of your home often during the winter months.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze. To the extent possible, weatherproof your home by adding weather-stripping, insulation, insulated doors, and storm windows or thermal-pane windows.
  • If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

Checklist

  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls. This will make water less likely to freeze.
  • Service snow-removal equipment.
  • Have chimney and flue inspected.
  • Install easy-to-read outdoor thermometer.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.

Is Your Family Safe From Fire During the Winter Months?

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There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire in your home and ensure that you would be alerted to any emergency and able to escape.

Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

  • Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected yearly.  The inspection should be done by a professional chimney sweep.
  • Burn only dry, well-seasoned hardwood t minimize chimney or flue buildups.  Do not burn trash or plastic.

Space Heaters

  • Be sure to keep all combustibles, including furniture, curtains, papers, etc. at least 3 feet away from space heaters.
  • Check all portable heater power cords to be sure they aren't frayed, cracked or get hot when plugged in.  If so, do not use.
  • NEVER use extension cords with portable heaters.
  • Always turn portable heaters off when the family is out of the house or when everyone is sleeping.
  • Make sure your portable electric heater is UL approved, has a temperature control and is equipped with tip-over shut off protection.

Electrical Outlets and Cords

  • Overloaded outlets and extensions can cause fires.
  • Only purchase UL approved extension cords.
  • Select the proper extension cord of the correct length and gauge for the intended use.  
  • Never cut or splice extension for any reason. 
  • Electrical cords should never be run under rugs or be coiled up because they are too long.  Doing it will cause the cord to overheat and potentially cause a fire.
  • Use covers to protect children from possibility of getting shocked by unused outlets
  • Have a licensed electrician install ground fault circuit interrupter outlets in outside locations and any inside locations where water is present such as in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms

Cooking

Never leave stovetop cooking unattended

  • If you have a stovetop grease fire:
    • Turn the burner off and cover the pan with a lid to cut off the oxygen to the fire.  Let the pan cool before removing the lid.
    • Never try to take a burning pan to the sink
    • Never use water on a grease fire
    • Use a fire extinguisher rated for grease fires only if you are trained.  If you stand too close and use the fire extinguisher, you can spread the flaming grease all over the kitchen.
  • If you have an oven fire:
    • Turn the oven off
    • Keep the door closed until the fire is out and the oven cools.

Never leave an oven door open to heat a room.  The oven can overheat and catch fire.

Smoke Detectors

  • When there is a fire, seconds count.  Working smoke detectors not only provide early warning of a fire, but they can more than double your chance of surviving.  Smoke detectors can mean the difference between life and death.
  • It is recommended that smoke detectors be installed on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom.
  • Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month. 
  • Change smoke detector batteries twice a year.  A good way to remember to do this is to change your batteries in the fall and spring when you change the clocks for day-light savings.
  • Smoke and CO detectors should be replaced with updated detectors every ten years.

Home Escape Plans

Why do I need an escape plan?

Most fatal home fires happen between midnight and 8am, when people are asleep.  When your smoke detector sounds, you may have less than 2 1/2 to get out.  Every family needs an escape plan.

  • Have a family meeting to make your plan and to be sure everyone knows it.  A good plan includes knowing two ways out of every room and having a family meeting place outside your home.
  • Drill your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Once you are safely out of your home, stay out.
  • Call 911 from a neighbor's house or other location.

Indoor Safety During a Winter Storm

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Heat Your Home Safely

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use-don't substitute.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
  • Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages, or near windows.

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:

  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

Use Generators Safely

Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent -- preferably in a space where rain and snow does not reach them.

  • Never use an electric generator indoors, in the basement, inside the garage, or near open windows or the air intake of your house because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet because of the risk of electrocution.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

Cook Safely

  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. The fumes are deadly.

Conserve Heat

Some gas-fueled heaters, such as vent-less gas fireplaces, require some ventilation. Otherwise, if you don't need extra ventilation, keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

  • Avoid unnecessarily opening doors or windows.
  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night.

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants

Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and warm during the extreme cold:

  • Remove any pillows or other soft bedding. These can present a risk of smothering and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Dress infants in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas, one-piece wearable blankets, or sleep sacks.
  • Try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If not, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere.
  • In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby. 
Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age:

  • Check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure their homes are adequately heated.

Keep a Water Supply

Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes rupture. When very cold freezing temperatures are expected:

  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

If you cannot thaw your pipes, or the pipes are ruptured, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor's home. As an emergency measure, if no other water is available, snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most microorganisms or parasites that may be present but won't remove chemical pollutants sometimes found in snow.

Eat and Drink Wisely

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages because they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

7 Methods To Prevent a House Fire

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House fires kill and injure thousands yearly, and cost many more their valued possessions and memories. Here are some steps you can take to lessen the chance of your home becoming a part of this statistic.

Method 1: Checking the House

  1. Inspect your home. You may need to recruit, or even hire, someone experienced in home electrical wiring, plumbing (gas), heating, and air conditioning to ensure that it is thoroughly inspected. You can also do the checks outlined in the following steps.
  2. Check the condition of your home's electrical system 
  • Look for improperly grounded receptacles. Many modern appliances require a "three pronged" (grounded) receptacle, but people will sometimes use an adapter to bypass this safety feature, or even break a ground prong off an appliance cord. Changing existing circuits to provide grounding is a job that is best left to a professional electrician.
  • Look in the attic and crawl spaces for wiring which has been damaged by pests or insects. Some old wiring is insulated with a material which insects eat or chew on, and squirrels or other rodents will often chew the thermoplastic insulation off of modern nonmetallic cable (Romex).
  • Look for overloaded circuit breakers, panel boxes, or fuse boxes. Check for breakers or fuses which may have circuits "piggy-backed" on them. These are rated for single circuit protection, but sometimes in outdated or undersized panel boxes, people will put two or even more wires in the terminal of a single breaker or fuse.
  • Notice flickering lights, or intermittent power surges. These conditions may be caused by outside influences, but if they occur often, they may indicate a bad connection or a short in the circuit.
  • Note breakers which trip, or fuses that blow frequently. This is almost always a sign of an overloaded circuit or other wiring problem, usually of a most serious nature.
  • Look at the individual breaker connections, especially in outdoor panel boxes, for corrosion, signs of thermal damage (smut or smokey residue near terminals) splices which are poorly taped or wire nutted, or abraded or damaged wire insulation.
  • Check the ground cable. A failure in the building grounding system and bonding can be dangerous in regard to electrical shock, as well as fire. Look for loose split bolts, clamps, or other connecting devices, and corrosion.
  • Be especially careful to notice any connections in wiring other than copper. Installed correctly, and with tight connections, aluminum wire is not excessively dangerous, but when connections are made to copper wires, an electrolytic reaction may occur, causing increased resistance in the connection which will generate excessive heat. If you are able to apply an antioxidant compound to aluminum connections, it will help decrease the risk of oxidation causing a short circuit at these locations.

3. Check the natural gas/LP gas system in your home. You will want to look for loose fittings, leaking valves, faulty pilot lights, and debris or improperly stored flammable materials in areas near these appliances.

    • Check the vent stacks on gas water heaters, furnaces, and clothes dryers.
    • Check the automatic ignition systems or pilot lights on these fixtures, as well, particularly for any guards which are not properly installed, and for lint or dust buildup in the immediate area around them.
    • Have the gas plumbing (pipes), valves, and regulators inspected by a professional any time you smell gas or suspect a leak.

 4. Check the air conditioning and heating unit in your home.  These systems operate with electric motors and air moving equipment which requires periodic maintenance.

    • Clean, or have your interior AC coils cleaned, and replace your return air filters regularly. This will prevent the fan motor from being overworked, and also save money on your energy bill. For window air conditioners, never use extension cords!
    • Lubricate belt drive pulleys (where applicable), boss bearings on drive motors, and other equipment as needed.
    • Have the resistance coils or furnace burners cleaned and serviced at the beginning of the heating season, since debris may accumulate there while the system is off during the summer.
    • Listen to the system when it is operating. Squealing sounds, rumbling noises, or banging and tapping sounds may indicate loose parts or bearings which are seizing up.
    • If you have access to a snap-on amp meter, you may check the amperage draw on the high amperage circuit to your heating coils to make sure they are in the normal operating range. Higher than normal amperage draw on a circuit indicates unusual resistance, and in an electrical circuit, resistance is what causes heat, and ultimately, fires.

Method 2: Checking and Safe Use of Household Items

1. Check your appliances

    • Keep your stove and oven clean, especially watching for grease accumulation.
    • Check stove vent hoods, clean the filter regularly, and make sure that if it is equipped with an exterior vent, insects or birds do not build nests or otherwise impede the air flow through it.
    • Check the power cords for your appliances. Look for missing grounding prongs on the plugs and damaged insulation, and replace or repair them if defects are found.
    • Keep the lint trap and outside vent clean in your clothes dryer. Some dryers have internal ductwork which may become clogged and require servicing, so if the dryer is operating poorly, have it checked. Lint or other material collecting near the heat coils in clothes dryers is extremely dangerous. Stay nearby while using the dryer. Have a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher nearby. If you must leave the area for a minute, turn off the dryer. After all, you are not going to be away long, and you can immediately turn the dryer on when you return.

2. Be very careful with space heaters.

    • Keep flammable materials (curtains, the couch) a safe distance (usually 3 feet) from portable heaters.
    • Set heaters where they are not in the traffic flow of the room.
    • As a rule, extension cords are not recommended with space heaters. Small, low wattage heaters may be an exception, but check the manufacturer's recommendations prior to using an extension cord with one. Be safe, just don't use extension cords.
    • Use space heaters only on solid, firm surfaces. They should never be placed on tables, chairs or other places where they may tip over. Replace old space heaters with ones that will automatically turn off if tipped over.
    • Do not drape fabric over lamps to dim them. Either buy a lower wattage bulb, or turn the lamp off.

3. Avoid using extension cords for air conditioners. An overheated cord is like an out-of-control electric heater.

4. Maintain your fireplace correctly.

    • Inspect the fire box (hearth) for cracks, damaged sheet metal (for inserts) and other hazards.
    • Use glass fire doors or a wire mesh spark screen to prevent embers from popping out of the fireplace.
    • Burn dry, seasoned wood to prevent creosote buildup in the chimney. Note that some woods, like cedar, pop excessively when burned, and should not be used in an open fireplace.
    • Remove ash and unscorched wood only when there are no embers or sparks in the fire box. Place ash in a metal (not a plastic bucket) and place outside away from any buildings.
    • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year.

5. Keep flammable liquids away from ignition sources. 

    • Keep gasoline, paint thinners, and other highly flammable liquids or materials in UL approved containers and out of the house.
    • Do not store any flammable liquid in a garage or utility room with that has a pilot light equipped appliance in use in it. Be safe, keep these items outdoors, or in a separate outbuilding.

 6. Be very careful in any situation where you use an extension cord for extended periods of time. Often, foot traffic, moving furniture, and other hazards damage these cords, causing a potential for a fire. Holiday decorations are often lit for weeks with these cords, and if you are using them, use a high quality cord with a sufficient rating for the intended purpose.

Method 3: Kitchen Safety

1. Stay in the kitchen when using the range for cooking. If you are leaving for just a minute, turn off all the burners on the range. Going to the basement for a can of tomatoes, or running out to check the mail, going to the bathroom, answering the phone in another part of the house? Simply turn off all the burners. After all, you are just leaving for a minute. You can immediately turn the pot or frying pan back on when you return. Taking this simple step will prevent one of the most common situations that cause house fires: unattended cooking. 

  • When cooking with oil, keep a lid or flat cookie sheet close by. If flames appear, simply suffocate the fire with the lid and immediately turn off the stove or fryer to let it cool down. Do not try to move the pan. Do not use water. The super-heated water will explode into steam, and can cause severe burns, and oil can splash and spread the fire.

2. Don't cook when drinking alcohol, using drugs, or very tired. Eat something already prepared, make a cold sandwich, and go to sleep. Cook your meal later, when you are fully conscious

3. Ensure tea cloths, tea towels dish rags etc are never left on the hob or burner. Never hang towels etc where they may fail onto a flame or hot surface.

Method 4: Taking Care in Daily Activities 

1. Don't sit or lie down when smoking. Standing up will usually prevent you from falling asleep while smoking. Getting too tired? Put out the cigarette thoroughly in an ashtray or water-damp sink and go to bed. Do not smoke in bed - when you're in bed it's easy to fall asleep and drop your cigarette on the floor allowing it to set fire to the carpet. Cleaning out the ashtray? Place the ashes in the sink and dampen them, then scoop them up and place them in the trash can away from the house.

2. Take care when drying laundry on airers or dryers by the fire. Try not to do this unless totally unavoidable. Dry clothes by radiators, or outdoors if possible.

3. Be careful with candles, oil lamps, and other open flame illumination or decorations. Cover the flame with a wire cage to prevent something from falling or blowing onto the flame, and to prevent children and pets from coming in contact with the flame. Extinguish any naked flames when leaving the room, if even for a minute. After all, you'll be right back, and you can immediately relight the candle or lamp.

4. Use caution with holiday decorations, particularly Christmas trees. Natural Christmas trees are highly combustible when they become dry, and old, damaged, or low quality tree lights cause many fires when combined with an under watered or otherwise dry tree. Watch a video of a Christmas tree fire. It is amazing how fast it can destroy a room, and a home.

5. After using matches, quickly place in or run under water to extinguish any invisible flame or heat source that could cause a fire in the trash can.

6. Take care using chargers for devices such as mobile phones. Unplug chargers when not in use.

7. Unplug hair straighteners, curling irons and other similar appliances after use. Don't just turn them off at the socket or switch the device itself off, unplug it.

Method 5: Outdoor Safety

1. Do not pile up lawn clippings near a building. Fermenting lawn clippings can create heat, and catch on fire. Barn fires start this way from bales of hay with no electricity; house fires have been started from a pile of lawn clippings.

2. Be careful using a grill on a deck. Decks are flammable. Place non-flammable pads under your grill. Have a fire extinguisher readily available. Stay with your grill while cooking. Turn off propane if leaving, if even for a minute. After all, you'll be right back and can turn on the propane again.

Method 6: Pet Safety

1. Crate train dogs. Use the crates when you are not home and when you're not awake, to prevent new dogs or puppies from chewing on electrical cords. This will also prevent pets from urinating on electrical objects and starting a fire.

2. Confine new cats to a safe room, a small room with no places for the cat to crawl into to hide (such as into the refrigerator motor), and no electrical cords. Use the safe room until the cat is calm and no longer hiding. Provide cats with edible oat or wheat grass, to prevent them from chewing on electrical cords.

    • Confine rabbits, chinchillas, and other pets when not supervising them, to prevent them from chewing on electrical cords, causing burns or electrical fires.

Method 7: Installing Fire Prevention Tools and Teaching Fire Safety

1. Install and maintain smoke detectors. Rental properties in many countries must have smoke detectors. If you have them in your home, keep them in good working order and if you don't have any, get some, or ask your landlord to install some.

2. Look into the possibility of installing a lightning protection system in your home if you live in an area where lightning is a frequent problem. The savings from reduced damages to appliances may offset the cost of this upgrade.

3. Consider having a home sprinkler system installed. This can be used to extinguish fires both when you are away and at home.

4. Teach your children not to play with lighters or matches. Children are often both the cause and victims of fires, and should not be allowed access to matches or cigarette lighters. Consider getting a lockable box, and keeping matches and lighters locked up.

Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives

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Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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Recovering After a Fire

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4 Steps to Take Immediately After a Home Fire

  1. Call 9-1-1. Give first aid where needed; cool and cover burns to reduce the chance of further injury or infection.
  2. Let friends and family know you're safe.
  3. People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterinary help immediately.
  4. Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

Returning Home After Fire

Stay safe when returning to your home after a fire:

Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions about what the sign means and whether it is safe to enter your home.

If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the fire. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.

Cleaning up and removing smoke odor after a home fire

To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture and floors, structure, etc. call the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton. We are always available to get you back-to-new.

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Protect Your Home For Hurrican Season

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

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Hurricane season officially starts in June and runs through November. These tropical storms can wreak havoc on anything in their path. 

Review coverage with your insurer

Sit down with your insurance agent to find out if you have adequate insurance for your home, car and any boats or recreational vehicles. Does your policy provide temporary housing in case your residence is uninhabitable following a storm? Do you know your deductible and any policy limits? Tropical storms can impact inland areas, too, so these questions aren't just for those living on the coast.  

Your homeowners policy may cover damage caused by hurricane winds (sometimes subject to a separate deductible). However, a standard homeowners policy does not cover flooding, which is the most common type of damage from tropical storms. Ask about purchasing a separate rider for flood coverage if needed, but understand that any changes or additions to your insurance policy may take 30 days to take effect.

Inspect your home

To prepare for possible storm damage, walk around your home's interior and take an inventory of personal belongings with a short video. Anything stored in a garage or basement could get water-damaged in a flood, so consider raising items on blocks or moving them to other parts of your home. Secure outdoor furniture to prevent exterior damage.

Create an emergency evacuation plan, write it down and share it with all family members. Note where you're storing insurance documents and other important paperwork. Consider scanning these documents and uploading them to secure cloud storage online, or be sure to take hard copies with you in the event of an evacuation. 

Build an emergency safety kit

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommends preparing an emergency safety kit in case you need to evacuate or you get trapped in your home. You may not be home when you're ordered to evacuate, so consider preparing kits for your car and workplace, too.

DHS suggests that your kit include enough water and non-perishable food for each person in your family for at least three days. If you have pets, don't forget to include extra water and pet food. Other useful supplies: a manual can opener for food, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit and wrench or pliers to shut off utilities.

Bottom Line

Hopefully you'll never need to use your flood insurance or an emergency safety kit, but if you do have that unfortunate experience, you'll be glad to have them. Planning for a natural disaster and making sure you have the proper insurance coverage can also help give you and your family greater peace of mind.

Water Damage Repar and Restoration

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When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals

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Why Choose a 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.

Specialists

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. They 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. They finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Commercial Cleaning Services

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Your commercial property's appearance speaks volumes to your clients.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial  Building Cleaning Services

You don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.  When grime, odor and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call the SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals.  Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring and carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award-winning training
  • Over 40 years' of experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products

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How To Keep Your Summer BBQ From Going Up In Flames

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your BBQ fro going up in flames!

Keep Your Summer Safe With These Summer BBQ Safety Tips

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and the tray below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.  Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill placed away from the hoe, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • If using charcoal, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • If using propane, check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.

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Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

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Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage

SERVPRO of Clifton Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

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 at size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton?

We are 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 Specialist

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.

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, We 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

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How to Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

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What should I be doing to protect my home from spring and summer storms? Follow these seven simple steps to prepare for volatile weather.

Some simple steps can make a big difference in protecting your home from wind, hail and water damage.

  1. Fix your roof. Snow and ice from a tough winter may have damaged, which can cause problems during storms.  Replace any missing shingles  and also make sure your chimney has a cap on it.
  2. Check your gutters. Clean your gutters and make sure they're draining properly
  3. Seal windows and doors. Make sure the caulking around windows and doors are sealed.
  4. Trim trees. Trim and branches that could potentially land on your house.
  5. Check your sump pump. Melted snow and rainstorms are raising the water levels in lakes, streams and rivers which can lead to sewage backup problems.  Make sure your sump pump I working and consider a battery- backup which will keep if running if power should go out.
  6. Adjust your insurance. Sewage backup is automatically included in most homeowners insurance policies, but you can generally add a rider onto your existing policy.
  7. Sign up for storm alerts.

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4th of July Fire Safety Tips

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

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Be Safe this 4th of July

GRILL SAFETY

Grill Fire Facts:

  • Happen between the time of 5-8pm
  • In homes with 1-2 families
  • The month of July has the highest rate
  • Happen in enclosed areas

Ways to Prevent Grill Fires:

  • Use only outdoor, specifically away from your home, deck railings, out from eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets away, enforce the 3ft. grilling zone rule
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Keep it clean

FIREWORK SAFETY

Firework Facts:

  • On average 240 people go to the emergency room for firework injuries around the 4th
  • Top two injuries from fireworks include hands & fingers (36%) and head, face & ear (22%)
  • Fireworks in brown paper are often made for professional displays

*Make sure fireworks are legal in your area

Firework Safety Tips:

  • For young children & teens, parental guidance is advised with both fireworks and sparklers.
  • Never place your body part directly over a firework and after lighting always back up a safe distance
  • Keep a bucket or garden hose handy in case of fire use
  • Use fireworks outdoors only and in an open space not pointed towards homes or people

CAMPFIRES SAFETY

Campfire No-No's:

  • Do not build a fire around dangerous materials, power lines, buildings, vehicles, or dry grass
  • Never leave a fire unattended and always keep it tamed
  • Never burn dangerous materials such as aerosol cans or glass

Campfire Fire Safety:

  • Set a safe 3ft perimeter around fire, away from flammable materials such as trash and leaves
  • Supervise children like you would at a pool and teach them proper fire safety
  • Extinguish fires properly

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What Causes Mold in Homes

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

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What Mold Needs to Grow

Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:

  • Mold Spores
  • A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can being to grow in 72 hours if the conditions are right)

Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes.

So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem.

Causes of Mold In Homes

Humidity

If the weather's been very humid for a few days in a row you might notice mold starting to grow in your home.  When it rains for several days it's especially common to see mold start to grow on walls, benches and other surfaces because of the wet air.

Humidifiers are always good to have in home with high humidity.  But, there are molds that only need the humidity level to be higher than 55% to start growing.  So, be sure to set your humidifier below 55%.

 Leaking Pipes

Water leaks from pipes are a common cause of mold growth.  The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are hidden out of view, like inside a wall cavity.  By the time you discover these leaks mold has usually started to grow already.

Leaks in Roof

Check your attic regularly for leaks and keep an eye on the ceiling below.  If you notice any signs of water damage on the ceiling or any mold that has grown, then you probably have a leaking roof.

Condensation

Cold surfaces can create condensation in your home.  Places where condensations collects are prime spot for mold growth.

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation mean wet surfaces dry out more slowly.  Ventilation is especially important in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen where there is a lot of steam.

Flooding

Some dangerous toxic molds require more extreme conditions than common molds do, such as stachybotrys chartarum which requires material to be very wet for several days to grow.  A flood can create these conditions putting your home more at risk of being infested with dangerous toxic molds.

This is why it is important to call SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705, to begin the drying process as quickly as possible.

 

Summer Vacation Plans? Protect Your Home From Water Damage

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

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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Does Your Passaic County Home Have a Mold Problem?

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

In Clifton and surrounding areas, mold can spread through a home in a little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors.  This makes it impossible to  remove all mold from a home or business.  Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.  Consider the following mold facts:



  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or pet.

  • Mold spores thrive on moisture.  Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed.  Otherwise, the mold may return.

  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  Keep indoor humidity below 45%.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect an assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


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

Do You Know How to Prepare Your Small Business for a Natural Disaster?

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Clifton help your small business be disaster ready.

How to prepare your small business for a natural disaster.


How quickly a company is able to recover after a disaster usually determines how successful they are in the future.  Adequate preparation creates trust among your clients and will allow your business to continue without too much damaging effects.


Here are six ways small businesses should prepare for a natural disaster:


1. Make a reliable emergency response plan. To protect your employees and clients, business owners should know all the proper evacuation routes and make sure everyone else is informed as well.  It is recommended to post escape routes and plan throughout the building and keep emergency phone numbers readily available. 


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2. Create a survival kit.  Every business in operation should have a survival kit with disaster-ready items, such as a flashlight, plastic sheeting, garbage bags, etc.  Consider storing a digital camera as well to take photos of the property damage for your insurance company.


3. Ensure that you enough insurance coverage. Before a natural disaster is given a chance to blow your business away, make sure to review your insurance to review your insurance policies.  What kind of coverage do you have on your facilities and properties?  Are they enough to insure your recovery if a disaster does physically destroy your business?  Small business owners should also consider business interruption insurance in case you have to close your doors for a substantial amount of time.


4. Back-up all your electronic data. With most business transactions conducted electronically, it is crucial that files and data are backed up and saved.  A company may not be able to reestablish itself without important financial and client databases.  It is recommended to save all your files - including the last few years of taxes - at least to times and store one in a waterproof container at the office, and the other in an offsite facility.  Anything that you are currently working on should be mailed to yourself on a Web service that can be accessed from any computer.


5. Determine a communication strategy. Plan a strategic and efficient way to communicate with employees and clients while your business operations are down.  Also, make sure everyone understands their communication responsibilities.  For example, who is going to be responsible for contacting the insurance company? r who will contact clients to update them? Or who will be the spokesperson in case information needs to be relayed immediately?


6. Consider temporary relocation if needed. If you can't get into your office, how do you continue business operations?  Think about another location that you may work at if disaster strikes.


Be sure to keep SERVPRO of Clifton on your emergency response plan.  We are the fastest to any disaster.


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Basement Flooding Due to Broken Sprinkler Lines

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

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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 Restore Clothes That Have Been Affected by Mold?

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home. Call SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705

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

What is Black Mold?

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Call SERVPRO of Clifton to remediate TODAY 973-928-3705

What is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called "black mold" or "toxic mold." Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing.

Any mold in your home should be treated with caution - stay out of affected areas and don't touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If Its Black Mold?

Since many type of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Clifton, regardless of the color or type of mold.  In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.  If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Clifton immediately at 973-928-3705.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours.  Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mod spores are microscopic, floating along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spore thrive on moisture.  Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.  These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  • Before mold remediation can begin any sources of water or moisture must be addressed.  Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If You See Signs Of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Clifton Today - 973-928-3705

Fire Damage Restoration to Your Business

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Restoration Presents Unique Challenges. Call A SERVPRO of Clifton Certified and Trained Professional - 973-928-3705

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property.

In addition to fire, smoke and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.  Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

Commercial Restoration Present Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Clifton professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency.  They will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion - getting your business-ready.

If you have a fire emergency, Call SERVPRO of Clifton right away.  We are faster to any size disaster.

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Preventing Electrical Fires in the Home

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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Be Fire Smart with Electricity Throughout Your Home


Facts:


There are more then 45,000 home electrical fires each year


About half of these involve lighting equipment or home electrical wiring.


Home electrical deaths peak between midnight and 6am


Peak months for electrical fire deaths are December through March.


Tips to prevent electrical fires in the home:


Appliances



  • Always plug major appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, directly into a wall outlet

  • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance - it can easily overheat and start a fire

  • Always plug small appliances directly into a wall outlet

  • Unplug mall appliances when you are not using them

  • Keep lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs way from anything that can burn

  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture

  • Check electrical cords on appliances often.  Replace cracked, damaged and loose electrical cords.  Do not try to repair them.


Outlets



  • Do not overload wall outlets

  • Insert plugs fully into sockets

  • Never force a three prong cord into a two-slot outlet

  • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlet if you have young children


Extension Cords, Power Strips and Surge Protectors 



  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away

  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only

  • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug

  • Do not overload power strips

  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection


Make sure all electrical work in your home is done by a qualified electrician!

Restoring Your Clifton or Passiac County Commercial Property AFter Water Damage

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Clifton or Passaic County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.  Whether we're dealing with relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Present Unique Challenges

Our Professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.  We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost revenue and productivity.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.  Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Commercial Restoration Services

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

No Job is too Small . If your business suffers a loss CALL SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

There is never a good time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast ad with the help you need.

Your commercial properties appearance speaks volumes to your clients.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Clifton professionals have the training and expertise to make it "Like it never even happened."

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitalities Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage.  We are also your businesses best resource for mold remediation.

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Clifton to get the job done right the first time.  They'll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

Have Questions? Call Today 973-928-3705

Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding and Water Damage

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

How to protect your home in advance of a heavy rainfall, melting snow or a rapid spring thaw.


Weather can be crazy and unpredictable, but you can take precautions now to minimize the chance your home will sustain water damage from flooding.


Tips to minimize water damage from a flood: outside the home



  1. Ensure your lot is properly graded, so that water can drain away from your basement walls

  2. Repair, where possible, sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways that may have shifted over the years, allowing water to pool close to home.

  3. Landscape your yard and gardens with plants and vegetation that will minimize soil erosion.

  4. In the winter, clear snow away from the home's foundation.

  5. Consider getting window well covers so that water does not accumulate.


Tips to minimize water damage from a flood: inside the home



  1. While you plumber is checking the weeping tile, have them look at the sump-pit and sump pump too (if you have them) to ensure they're working correctly and not blocked.

  2. Ask your plumber about installing a backwater valve.  A backwater valve is a devise that stops water and sewage from coming back into the house during times of heavy rainfall.  A backwater valve should be maintained annually.

  3. Consider investing in a water leak sensors and alarms that alert you to possible leaks in the home; some of the more sophisticated models will even turn off the water coming into the house if a problem is detected.

  4. Keep your floor drains clear of obstructions

  5. Seal cracks around windows and in the basement foundation and floors.

  6. Protect your HVAC system; if possible have a professional elevate the furnace and hot water tank so that it's not sitting on the basement floor.

  7. Consider installing shelves in the basement to keep items off the floor.  Also, avoid keeping valuables and important documents in the basement; store them upstairs where they are less likely to be damaged.

  8. Don't pour fats, oils and grease down your drains; they may solidify and contribute to a clogged pipe - the last thing you need when your system is under distress from a storm!

  9. During heavy rainfalls, minimize your home water use.


Should water intrude your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton, to quickly remediate and make it "Like it never happened"


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Water Damage to your Clifton, NJ Building

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in Office Buildings


When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.


All building are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.


About SERVPRO of Clifton


SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.


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How to Check your Food After a Natural Disaster

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Few things are as scary and unpredictable as natural disasters.  While all emergencies are terrifying, there's something about the uncontrollable nature of these disasters that make them especially frightening. 


While it's impossible to know what exactly will result after one of these disasters, it always pays off to have some practical knowledge on hand, from the biggest issues to the smallest inconveniences.


When it comes to said inconveniences, nothing is as annoying as trying to guess whether your food has gone bad or not.  Often during a huge storm, electricity tends to get blown out, which means that your refrigerator has probably died and left your food to spoil.  One of two things will happen: the food will defrost, go bad, then maybe refreeze OR it will stay frozen or refreeze in time to keep the food edible.


We can feel a little safer with this practical, simple tip:


DIRECTONS


Place a cup of water in your freezer.


Freeze the water until it is solid, and then put a quarter on top of the frozen water and return it to your freezer.


Leave it in your freezer.


You're probably asking yourself, what does this tip accomplish?


It helps you determine whether or not your food has gone bad , or whether it refroze or stayed frozen while you were away.


For instance, if you return after you have been evacuated and find the frozen water has melted and the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup, you know that all the food has defrosted and it should be thrown out.


However, if the quarter is either on the top of the frozen cup or in the middle of the cup, then your food may still be okay to eat.  The top tells you that the freezer was still in tact the whole time - the middle tells you that your food might have defrosted, but later refrosted when electricity returned.


Most importantly, as a general rule, if you feel your food is no longer safe, simply throw it out.  Safety is the utmost priority and eating food that may have spoiled can have numerous negative health consequences.

Can Hardwood Floors be Saved After Water Damage?

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Save your wood floors! Act fast and call the experts at SERVPRO of Clifton. 973-856-2228

Can hardwood floors be saved after water damage? The answer is YES!


It is no longer necessary to tear up and replace hardwood floors after a water intrusion.


Sudden floods can turn your gorgeous wood planked floors in a warped, mold-prone mess in just days.  Simply moping up the water and towel drying the flooring is not enough.  The floors may look dry but they aren't fully dried properly. Water seeps down in between the planks and can get trapped.


To avoid mold growth or the wood from buckling, it's important to thoroughly dry your hardwood floor as soon as possible. 


To ensure a proper job of drying your hardwood floors and minimizing damage, the very best thing you can do is call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton.  With out sophisticated drying equipment and moisture detected tools, we are fully equipped to dry your hardwood floors.


"Like it never even happened"


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Understanding the Types of Water After an Intrusion

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Act fast with clean water and avoid it tuning to gray or black. Call SERVPRO of Clifton immediately to remediate!

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.


SERVPRO of Clifton is armed with water damage restoration training and the proper tools.


Most situations are salvageable!


 


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How to Build Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Be Emergency Ready

Have you ever wondered about emergencies? Some people don't care to prepare a kit until after the disaster has happened, also known as too little too late.  With this sample checklist you can quickly create your own emergency disaster kit that could keep you alive and comfortable for 3 days.



  • Container for the kit, such as a plastic tote or a wearable duffle bag

  • 1 gallon of water per person/day

  • Portable tent

  • Small tarp

  • Poncho

  • 2,000 calories of healthy food per person/day (nuts, grains, food bars, canned food etc.)

  • Compact sleeping bag and bedroll

  • Hygiene Products

    • Toilet Paper

    • Baby Wipes

    • Deodorant

    • Bandana

    • Soap

    • Dust Mask

    • Potty bags

    • Latex gloves

    • Toothbrush and toothpaste

    • Feminine products



  • First aid kit

    • Roll of gauze

    • Medical tape

    • Alcohol wipes

    • Blood cagulant

    • Gauze pads

    • Painkillers

    • Burn/wound cream

    • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant/moisturier



  • Tools

    • Pocket knife

    • Whistle

    • Hand warmes

    • Duct tape

    • Small rope

    • Wire saw

    • Matches



  • Self powered flashlight

  • Self powered radio

  • List of doctors and family contacts

  • Spare cash

  • Pet supplies


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Prevent Mold After Water Damage

4/25/2017 (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"

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Put help in the palm of your hand

When Damage Strikes, You Can Be Ruined....Or You Can be Ready


Did you know that 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.


The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers, both residential and commercial.  It allows the creation of an emergency READY profile.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Prolife for our home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.


Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.


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What is an AIr Scrubber and why do we use them?

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Air Scrubber

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


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TIME FOR SPRING CLEANING!

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

With spring now and full swing, it the perfect time to focus on getting the winter clutter out and do a deep cleaning of your home.


Spring cleaning can be a dirty job.  Not everyone has the capability or the hours of work that spring cleaning will entail, but most want a clean home.


Why hire a professional? Spring cleaning is really about getting deep into the home and cleaning from top to bottom.  SERVPRO of Clifton brings high quality disinfectants and products that are more effective than you typical household cleaners.  We also bring years of training and have perfected the technique and effectiveness in cleaning homes.


SERVPRO of Clifton cleans all major areas of your home and will also focus on the little details like mini-blinds, window sills, baseboards, etc.


What is your time worth?  Save time with SERVPRO of Clifton.


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October Fire Prevention Month - Recovering After a Fire

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Stay safe when returning to your home after a fire

4 Steps to Take Immediately After a Home Fire

  1. Call 9-1-1. Give first aid where needed; cool and cover burns to reduce the chance of further injury or infection.
  2. Let friends and family know you’re safe.
  3. People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterinary help immediately.
  4. Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

Returning Home After Fire

Stay safe when returning to your home after a fire:

Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions about what the sign means and whether it is safe to enter your home.

If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the fire. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.

Cleaning up and removing smoke odor after a home fire

To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture and floors, structure, etc. call the profresionals at SERVPRO of Clifton. We are always available to get you back to -new.

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October Fire Prevention Month - What to do if a Fire Starts

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Know what to do if a fire starts

Tips from the American Red Cross on What to do if a Fire Starts

  • Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
  • Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
  • If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  • Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan.

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October is National Fire Prevention Month - Prepare an Prevent Home Fires

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire According to the American Red Cross

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

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What is the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

During hurricane season it is important to be prepared and know the difference between a hurricane watch and hurricane warning.

Hurricane Watch: A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds 74 mph or higher) are expected within a specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  • Check your emergency supplies. Make sure everything is stocked and in working order.
  • Gas up your car.
  • Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, disassemble the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outdoor antennas.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Store drinking water.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family.
  • Move your boat securely or transfer it to a designated safe area. Use rope or chain to secure the boat to a trailer.
  • Use tie downs to anchor your trailer to the ground or your house.

When a hurricane warning is issued, you should:

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If you are in a mobile home, make sure it is tied down and evacuate immediately.
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. Too many running appliances can create a power surge when the power is turned back on.

SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC certified firm

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC certified firm

SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


IICRC Certified Firms must



  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.


The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry


The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.


Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.


About SERVPRO of Clifton


SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Be Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clifton Supports the RED CROSS

Do you know what to do to keep your family safe in an emergency? Plan to Protect Yourself and Your Family.


Being prepared for natural disasters - floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes - is the best way to protect you, your family, your pets and your belongings. When a natural disaster is imminent, you'll have to act quickly, so it's important that you do everything you can before disaster strikes. Your pre-disaster prep should include assembling your supply kits, gathering food, water and medication for all family members and pets, developing evacuation plans and securing your possessions. The information below will help you get started.


GET A KIT


Gather the necessary resources you need to act on your plan in the event of a disaster. Have at least three days of supplies in an easy to carry evacuation kit with additional supplies at home in case you cannot leave.


An easy way to get your kit started is to contact your local Red Cross or go online to www.redcross.org to order an emergency preparedness kit today. Store it where it is easily accessible.


Remember to check your kit and replace the stock every six months.


MAKE A PLAN


It’s important that in an event of an emergency that your entire family is prepared for the event. If a situation arises were your family isn’t together, there should be systems in place for contacting one another. 


 The following are a few basic steps to remain safe:


– If one of your family members is enlisted to serve in the military, then make sure to plan out what would happen if they were deployed.


– Allocate responsibilities to each family member in the household so that in the event of an emergency, everyone can work as a team.


– Discuss between your family how all of you intend to prepare and respond to an emergency.


How to prepare incase your family is separated during an emergency:


– Discuss two locations that all of you can meet out. Two locations are vital in case the one of the locations isn’t accessible due to the emergency.


– Make sure to have an out of state contact in case it’s impossible to call or reach anyone in your area. Every person in your family should have this contact.


How to prepare for an evacuation:


– It’s always important to know where you plan to go if an emergency strikes. This could be a hotel, a friend’s home or a relative’s home. It’s preferable to also have a location that is slightly out of your area.


– Make sure to run drills. Practicing an evacuation twice a year will keep you plenty prepared for a real disaster. Remember to also drive your planned evacuation route.


– Have pets? Then make sure to prepare for them as well. Not all hotels or motels will accept pets, so make sure to have a list beforehand.


BE INFORMED


An important step in preparing yourself for a possible disaster is by learning the types of disasters that might occur in your city.  These events could could simply be events that would only effect you and your family such as a home fire or a medical emergency, to larger disasters such as floods or earthquakes.


The following are further steps you should take to be informed:


– Figure out ways in which local authorities would be able to convey a disaster to you, such as over the radio or television.


– Educate yourself on different weather alerts, specifically knowing the difference between watches and warnings. It is also crucial to know how to react to both of those alerts.


– Prepare yourself for the type of disaster you would expect in your own city or in the city that you’re traveling to. If you’re visiting an area that is prone to floods, then prepare for a possible emergency evacuation if there is a possibility of the disaster striking.


– There should be at least one individual in your family that is trained in first aid and CPR. It would also be beneficial if they know how to use an automated external defibrillator.


Additional Tips:


Make sure to print out emergency contact cards for all your household members. On these cards should be the contact information for each household member, along with their work information. These cards should be kept in a wallet or a purse.


You may download an emergency contact card template from Red Cross at the following link.

Spring Home Safety & Maintenance Checklist

4/11/2016 (Permalink)

Prevent Potential Problems Before they Occur

SPRING AHEAD WITH THESE HOME SAFETY & MAINTENANCE TIPS

The cold winter months are finally behind us and we are ready for the warmer Spring days, but is your home prepared? Following a home maintenance plan can help prevent potential problems before they occur.

INSIDE

  • Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs.  Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation.  Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer.  Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
  • Inspect your smoke detectors.  Make sure there is one on each floor of your home.  Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
  • Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures.  Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.  Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorsscent bulbs.
  • Deep-Clean carpets, vacuum thoroughly and have them professionally steam cleaned and deodorized.

OUTSIDE

  • Check for damage to your roof.
  • Remove dead trees in your yard
  • Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  • Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  • Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
  • Have your sprinkler system serviced
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage.  Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Check for loose or leaky gutters and clean out winter debris.  Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawlspace.

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973-928-3705

SERVPRO Ready Plan

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Put Help in the Palm of Your Hand

When Damage Strikes, You Can be Ruined.....Or You Can Be Ready

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

Did you know that 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. 

The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers, both residential and commercial.  It allows the creation of an emergency READY profile.  By Developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

Are You Ready? CLICK HERE to get started today.

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4/5/2016 (Permalink)

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