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Winter Is on the Way

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Snow pack on a home with icicles hanging off the roof. Get ready for the first snow fall of 2022.

Winter Weather & Your Property

It’s that time of the year again, right as you open your front door you feel the chilly breeze and see frost on the grass. Within no time northern New Jersey will get its first snow fall of the year. In most cases getting snow isn’t that bad and is mainly annoying for those of us that are driving around. When we get a storm that’s when snow can be problematic and can potentially damage your home or business. Freezing rain is another concern as well and can cause a handful of problems. If you run into a situation where your home and/or business has been effected by the harsh winter weather, SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn is here to help. We are a leader in the restoration service industry and have experienced technicians that will determine the best solution that will solve your mitigation/restoration problems.

The Variety of Ways your Property can be Effected

There are plenty of scenarios that can lead to your home and/or business being damaged from the elements especially during the winter months. We will go over a few of the issues you should keep an eye out for, so you can take action quickly.

  • Ice Dams – This is one of the more frequent/common ways your home or business can be damaged during the winter. When ice builds up it clogs your gutters, when the snow begins to melt the water has nowhere to go and the water backs up under the roof and refreezes, since it isn’t being drained away from the house. It can lead to water damage, mold growth and rot if action isn’t taken as soon as it is discovered.
  • Snow Damage – When snow is on your roof it may not look like much, but it can be pretty heavy and could cause structural damage increasing the chances of a roof leak. It is important to not pile up snow near the foundation, because once it begins to melt the soil may become over saturated and potentially cause property damage.
  • Frozen & Burst Pipes – When it comes proper plumbing winterization, most pipes will not encounter many issues. Faucets that are located on the outside along with plumbing located in unheated areas, such as a garage or crawlspace have the highest risk of an issue happening in extremely cold temperatures. There are a few measures that a person can take that may help prevent a situation like that from occurring, keeping the facets at a trickle will keep the water flowing to avoid pressure build up and potentially prevent pipe freezes.

These are just a few common ways your home and/or business can be damaged by the harsh cold weather during the winter. The best way to prevent these situation is to make sure you are maintaining the property and staying alert by simply preforming a quick walk around to see if anything may require your attention.

What to do if you Find Storm and/or Water Damage

The best thing a home or business owner can do in this situation is get help as soon as you are aware of the damage. As soon as you call us, our office can schedule a time and date that works for you. In more dire circumstances we can send a restoration team quickly in order to prevent further potential damage from occurring. Once our experienced professionals are finished with the restoration process it will be “like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is the Right Choice for your Restoration Needs

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water restoration drying equipment High-speed air movers drying the affected area.

Restoration Professionals

Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration for commercial and residential structures. Our team is equipped with the knowledge and tools to complete any restoration tasks. This is because of initial and ongoing training that keeps them up to date, allowing them to apply the best solutions to your property damage issue. Training programs such as the ones provided by the IICRC, our very own employee certification training, initial franchise training, e-learning, continuing education classes, along with building up experience throughout their careers.

Effective Tools & Techniques

As we know technology keeps marching forward and improves each year. Advancements in restoration technology also needs new and updated techniques to match the rapid advancements within our field. This gives us the ability to restore a property back to its preloss conditions quickly without compromising the quality of the work.

  • Moisture detectors/hygrometers are used to help detect moisture saturation.
  • Infrared camera can be used to determine the location of the water for proper removal.
  • Submersible/gas powered pumps may be used to pump out large volumes of water.
  • Truck mounted/ portable extraction units will be used to efficiently remove water.
  • High-speed air movers are used for effective moisture evaporation.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers keep the air in the affected area dry.

This is only a list of some of the advanced equipment we have at our disposal. In the end, this helps our team provide outstanding results for any of your mitigation/restoration needs. The final result will be “Like it never even happened.”

Northeast Bergen’s Water Damage Restoration Pro’s

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Residential Water Loss Hard at work.

Commercial and Residential Water Damage

No matter what type of property a person may own, there is potential for a water damage event to occur. Water damage can occur from a variety of sources depending on the circumstances and the severity of the issue. It can happen to anyone at any time whether it be from nature itself or a manmade source.

Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn we provide suitable and efficient solutions for all types of water loss scenarios like burst pipes, sump pump failure, flooding along with many other potential causes. An incident can happen without warning and quickly spread throughout the affected property. Our certified and experienced technicians can contain the situation and begin work addressing the affected areas of your home or business through mitigation, cleaning, and recovery efforts. The onsite technicians will utilize advanced equipment like our infrared cameras, hydrometer, and moisture meter for detection. We will use powerful mitigation tools like air movers, water extractors, floor drying mats, and dehumidifiers to remove and dry the affected area.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in this community which allows us to build strong long lasting relationships with our clients and the towns around us. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn is close by and ready to respond to any water damage emergency. Our team is proud to be an active member of the community and want to do our part to make it the best it can be.

No matter when water loss incidents occur, our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Do you have a Water Damage Situation on your Hands?

Call Today – (201) 244-0100

Why Choose SERVPRO® of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

The team works hard to try and be the best and makes sure that they have the proper tools, skills and experience to mitigate and restore your property correctly. We will do whatever it takes to get the job done to your satisfaction and take pay close attention to detail when restoring your home or business.

In any business there will always be companies that lack the skill and experience to get the work done properly. That’s not the case here at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn, since we provide training to all our technicians and many of them have years of experience under their belt.

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. Each technician takes courses throughout the year to make sure the certification are up to date.

Employee Certification Training

Our company also offers Employee Certification Training that is voluntary, which is a self-paced program designed for SERVPRO franchise employees. These programs are useful towards new hires, so they can get brush up on certain restoration topics if they are unfamiliar with the subject matter.

The entire staff has access and can utilize our web-based training programs. These programs are designed to be ongoing for our employees out in the field and in the office. Each course is then followed by a knowledge test at the end of every module. All of this keep our staff up to speed on the industry standards.

Cleaning, Restoration, Construction.

When it comes down to your restoration needs on your commercial and/or residential property, SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn would be. As you can see from the info provided above our team is highly trained and experienced in the subject. We will assist any client in need and guide them through our entire process. We also provide 24/7 emergency service since a restoration emergency can happen no matter what time it may be. If you every need restoration services we are “Here to Help”. You can give us a call at our number is 201-244-0100.

Storm Systems & Property Damage

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Ice on house roof and flooded neighborhood  Faster to any size disaster™

Common Storm Systems in the Northern New Jersey

Here in northern New Jersey our climate is diverse and can be quite different from what is happening in the southern New Jersey region. New Jersey can be divided into five main climate zones, which can experience different weather events throughout the year. Bergen County is located in the central New Jersey climate zone, but shares a border with the north climate zone. This exposes our area to weather events that occur in both regions. Around the summer season thunderstorms can be quite common and are largely responsible for most of the rainfall received throughout the year, but cyclones are becoming more frequent each year as the average temperature is increasing slowly every year. Due to most of our county being somewhat flat, certain communities during these warm rainy months are at risk of to flooding potentially causing damage to homes and commercial properties. .

Since we are located on the border of the northern and central climate zones, our winters can be pretty different then the areas south of us. This exposes us to shifts between freezing and non-freezing temperatures, which affects how much snow fall we get. We tend to get more snow than most of the state with the northern climate zone being the only exception. On average we can expect to get anywhere between 23-27 inches of snow annually. Depending on how extreme a winter storm can be can cause tree limbs to break along ice damming on roofs potentially damaging property.

What to Do if Your Home or Business is Affected by a Storm

If your property has been damaged by a storm, depending on the extent of damage you can try to mitigate and restore it on your own, but we don’t advise that unless you’re an experienced professional. Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn we have an experienced and IICRC certified team that can help you in a storm damage situation. We specialize in property restoration and our crew can handle cleanup after any size disaster. Client satisfaction is our priority, since we understand how stressful it can be when it comes to property damage. Every SERVPRO offers 24/7 emergency service. After a storm system has rolled on by and if by chance your home or business has been damaged, take action and give us a call at (201) 244-0100 and a technician will be on their way.

Has your Dumont Business Encountered Water Damage?

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water restoration Water restoration services in a Dumont office building, being carried out by technicians.

The Challenges with Commercial Water Restoration

When it comes to owning and operating a business, it becomes a person’s pride and joy and an owner will do whatever it takes to succeed. Sometimes an unexpected curve ball may be thrown at us and a new challenge presents itself. If that curve ball happens to be water damage SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn has your back. During unexpected events such as a hot water heater leak, pipe bursts, along with other potential threats. Dealing with issues like this need to be addressed quickly in order to prevent further damage. Depending on the extent of the damage it can have sever negative effects on your business and can temporarily shut down operations.

Take Action

As a business owner you’re probably alert when it comes to how everything is operating, that can be applied to spotting an issue such as water damage on your commercial property. If there is a pipe leak or burst you can shut off the water supply if you have access to the area with the shut off valve. After you have figured out the source of the water, you can set up an appointment to get it fixed. Let’s not rush ahead of ourselves, since there is still all the water to deal with. This is where SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn comes in. Our company specializes in water restoration no matter what the cause is, we’ll get the job done to your satisfaction. We understand that events like these can take their toll financially and mentally. This is why we have an experienced team that has IICRC certifications that are related to the services we provide. To put it simply once the office is called and an appointment has been made, our production manager will take a look and give you a quick summary on the work that will be carried out. Once the estimator has finished, the next phase will require some paper work, man power and equipment. Our technicians are standing by and ready to take the job head on as soon as the word is given. We have specialized moisture monitors that assist our workers with determining what areas need to be dried and then water extraction if needed can begin. Depending on the extent of the damage some demolition may be required and any contents that are deemed non salvageable would be disposed of properly.

A Job Well Done

While all the hard work is being done, equipment is set up to begin the drying process. It’s standard procedure to leave our equipment for a few days to dry the affected areas. Near the end of the job our technicians perform a walk through and meter the affected area to determine if the drying is complete. If the moisture meter along with any other signs that area is dry the equipment can be removed and our job there is done, but one good thing about SERVPRO is that we offer construction services which allow us to do the rebuild, so your business can open up and resume normal operations. As a business owner if you are looking for a water restoration company that provides quality work and can get things done in a timely manner, you have come to the right place.

Give SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn a call at (201) 244-0100

How Storms can Turn Everything Upside Down

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Brewing Large Storm Front Moving In

Storms and your Property

Mother Nature can be unpredictable at times. We rely on our weather centers and news apps to see what future weather may occur, but at times even the weatherman gets it wrong. That is why it’s always good to be ready for anything that could damage your property, whether it be extreme winds or rising waters there is always something that can be done to minimize the effect it may have on your home or business.

Mitigating the Aftermath

Even for those who are properly prepared can still encounter property damage because the power of nature can’t be controlled. This is where our services provide the community with ability to bounce back and allow the restoration process to begin. After the damage is done we are here to put your property on the path to recovery. Our experienced team of technicians will determine what affected areas are able to be saved and restored. In our line of business we have the state of the art tools and equipment that can assist with water extraction and being able to determine what materials are affected, so they can be dried or disposed of. Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County we understand how stressful a situation like this can be and we’ll walk you through each step until the end.

Our Services

In case of emergency events we offer 24/7 emergency service to those who need it. We offer water, fire, and mold restoration services. Not only that we also have construction services, which streamlines the entire process so you don’t have stress out when it comes to finding another contractor. Choosing us means everything can be done in one fowl swoop. So if your property has had a run in with water damage brought on by a storm or any other incident. If you are in need of our services give us a call today.

Flood Damage and Water Damage: What's the Difference?

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Basement water extraction Technician providing water extraction service in basement.

Is it Flood Damage or Water Damage?

Mitigating and restoration is only part of the battle when it comes to addressing water damage. With water damage the first step is trying to determine if it can be classified as a water damage claim or a flood damage claim. This information is important, since it determines what part of the loss can be covered and what can't. 

It can be complicated when filling an insurance claim caused by water damage. When trying to determine if the loss falls under flood loss or regular water damage can be difficult depending on the terms and conditions laid out in the insurance contract and by how the government defines each of those events.

How to Find Answers?

The distinction between what is classified as a water loss or flood loss, is best described by (FEMA) the Federal Emergency Management Agency defines flood damage as a general and temporary condition of partial complete inundation of two or more acres and two or more properties of normally dry land. 

Braking it down to more simple terms, if the damages were caused by the water was from a natural source and neighbors are experiencing the same issues, it can most likely be classified as flood damage according to FEMA. The main things that can cause flood damage is an overflow of inland or tidal waters, unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, mudflow, or collapse of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves/currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood. 

What if my Home was Damaged by a Flood?

Let’s say the flood has caused damage to your home, it is important to figure out if you have flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Home insurance companies do not offer coverage on flood damage. Having flood insurance is beneficial to home owners that the slightest chance of being affected by a flood. The National Flood Insurance Program states that flood insurance policies cover physical damage to your property along with possessions. 

Under flood insurance everything from the building and its foundation, to the refrigerator and the food inside of it will be taken into consideration when a claim is filed. Flood insurance does cover basements and areas that are below the lowest elevated floor, but there are some stipulation in regards to that depending on the flood zone and the date the home was constructed. Flood damage does not cover the cover any sentimental value of any property, so be sure to remove any items such as photos, documents, or personal items that can't be replaced as quickly as possible. 

What if it's a Regular Water Loss?

If the water damage doesn't originate from a natural source and it's not affecting other properties in the surrounding area. a water damage claim is the way to go. Water issues caused by a broken, toilet, overflowing bathtub, broken pipes, or a burst water mains are all grounds for water damage claims that should be filed with your homeowners’ insurance company. 

Going Through the Process

Filing a claim for water damage or flood damage can be very confusing. At time it's very overwhelming and sometimes you may need assistance, so don't be afraid to call SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn. We can help you through the remediation process. 

You can reach us at: (201) 244-0100 

What Can SERVPRO Do For You?

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in a basement caused by pipe burst and technicians pumping water out of the affected area. . Technicians pumping water out of affected area affected by water damage.

Commercial and home restoration projects can be a massive undertaking. There must be great attention to detail because if something is missed it has the potential to negatively affect the entire project. This is why it's critical property owner should consider having an experienced team to handle their restoration needs to ensure that the work does not need to be redone or cause a setback to prevent any financial and emotional toll. SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen Count, Fair Lawn can be your local restoration hero thanks to our outstanding customer service, employees, and top notch equipment.

Our Commitment to You

Here at SERVPRO we understand the stress and worry that comes with fire and water damage along with the disruption it causes to you, your home, or your business. Our objective is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened". This is key for giving our customers peace of mind during a stressful time, helping to pave the path towards a successful restoration project and positive relationship in the future.  

Experience and Certification

SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County, Fair Lawn has had over a decade in experience through our amazing and loyal employees that have stuck with us through the easy and stressful times. Our employees study IICRC standards and practices in cleaning and restoration. We make it a priority to get out team up-to-date on the latest certification that give them and our company an edge.

  • Water Damage Restoration (IICRC)
  • Fire & Smoke Restoration (IICRC)
  • Applied Structural Drying (IICRC)
  • Odor Control (IICRC)
  • Health & Safety (IICRC)

How to Get in Touch With Our Team

When you have a restoration need. We're located locally and can quickly arrive on site to assist you. We take pride it being part of the Bergen county community and want to do our part making it the best it can be. If you would like to schedule an appointment call us at:

(201) 244-0100

What Makes Closter Grease Fire Damage Harder to Cleanup?

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged drywall removed from the ceiling in a kitchen SERVPRO offers fire damage mitigation service that makes your home in Closter look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Closter Fire and Smoke Damage 

A grease fire in a Closter property is not limited to a pan left on a stove to the flashpoint. Another way people have caused fire damage to their properties is by putting frozen turkeys or chickens into outdoor fryers that are operated too close to the structure. During the fire, protein residues spread throughout the room and coat surfaces. While hard to see, they are highly intense, depositing a sticky residue.

SERVPRO technicians handle different types of Closter fire damage cleanup. One situation is from a single pan that caught on fire on a stovetop, and the flames in a pan were not too large until water or flour was used to attempt to extinguish it. These actions are enormous mistakes and rapidly elevate the fire and smoke damage within the kitchen. Flour is explosive, but the real danger is using water. When water comes into contact with the hot oil, it instantly vaporizes, travels upward, and carries the flames. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) recommends the following actions when there is a grease fire: 

  • Turn off the heat source and use a tight-fitting lid on the pan
  • Use salt or baking soda
  • Double-check to make sure frozen items thawed before cooking
  • SERVPRO advises having even a small amount of fire damage mitigated professionally to avoid spreading pungent odors throughout the property

Common Fire Damage Effects

After this type of fire damage in a kitchen, the issues can be widespread. SERVPRO technicians deal with ruined and sometimes melted exteriors of appliances, heat and smoke damage cleanup on cabinets and surfaces, and blackened walls and ceilings. Water damage used by first responders can also be an issue that requires extraction during the fire mitigation service. 

Actions During Housefire Cleanup

SERVPRO technicians section off the worksite when handling house fire cleanup to keep any airborne soot particles within the job area. Once the charred materials are removed, the technicians can inspect the ductwork to ensure no residues can carry odorous soot throughout the home. Property owners can avoid this common post-fire issue through a follow-up cleaning of the ducts and HVAC. Simply changing the HVAC filter will not lessen the potential for spreading smoke odors throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians can:

  • Use unique collection methods to remove dirt and debris from the ducts
  • Cleaning vents
  • Using odor control within the home as needed

Surface Smoke Residue Removal

Protein fires have a lightly-colored, thick residue that deposits tiny droplets on surfaces. Although difficult to see, it has a powerful odor and, once dried, often has a bumpy texture that can be felt on smooth surfaces such as countertops. The stuck-on nature of this kind of smoke damage makes it hard to remove without the use of a strong cleaning agent. SERVPRO technicians mix their solvent-based solutions and emulsions using EPA- approved formulas. Afterward, homeowners can hand off any repairs the property needs, including installing floor to ceiling and painting walls in colors chosen by the homeowner or other cosmetic touches. 

Closter residents with fire damage trust SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 with the cleanup and restoration job. The trained, certified technicians are ready 24/7 to make the fire and smoke damage, "Like it never even happened."