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What To When When Your Water Heater Breaks

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

Steps to Take if Your Water Heater Breaks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Clifton

973-928-3705 

Broken Sprinkler Pipe Cause Water Damage in Your Piscataway Home?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is It Possible to Save Clothes That Have Mold?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Why Use a Certified Technician?

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

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

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.

Click here for more information about Woodland Park. 

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.

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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                           973-928-3705

                 “Like it never even happened.”

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. 

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. 

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 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.

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.

Click here for more information about Woodland Park. 

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.”

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

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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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Water Loss Event In Clifton

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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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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 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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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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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

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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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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

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)

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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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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 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!

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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.

Water Damage Repar and Restoration

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

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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.

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)

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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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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)

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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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.