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Faster To Any Disaster

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster To Any Disaster SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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

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

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

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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Water Damage Restoration Process

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Process SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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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SERVPRO of Clifton Ready Plan

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Clifton Ready Plan SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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 Emergency Tips

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Emergency Tips SERVPRO of Clifton

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!

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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

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Choose SERVPRO of Clifton SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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.

Water Damage Repar and Restoration

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Repar and Restoration SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

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

Have Questions? Call Today 973-928-3705

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.


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.

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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Basement Flooding Due to Broken Sprinkler Lines

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement Flooding Due to Broken Sprinkler Lines SERVPRO of Clifton - 973-928-3705 We are always here to help!

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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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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Can Hardwood Floors be Saved After Water Damage?

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Can Hardwood Floors be Saved After Water Damage? 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)

Water Damage Understanding the Types of Water After an Intrusion 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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SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC certified firm

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC certified firm 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.