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Your Custom Water Damage Recovery Plan | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”house.jpg” alt = “a house floating in a large body of water" > When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

For the math majors out there: If 14,000 Americans fall victim to a water damage disaster each day, how many folks are undergoing that aquatic stressor each hour? How about each minute?

Answer: too many.

The day may never come when you become part of that unfortunate statistic, and we hope it never does. But should the need arise for sudden help to rid your home or business of rushing water, here’s what the process will look like when you reach out to SERVPRO.

Emergency Contact. Right away when you click or call, we’ll want to know a few things to guide us to a proper understanding of your scenario. This will lead to an appointment, so we can nail down a time soon thereafter to arrive on site with tools and technicians.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. We’ll survey the situation, building a customized plan for water removal and cleanup. We’ll also make sure you’re aware of any lurking hazards, and we’ll go over items from your home that may need to be replaced.

Water Removal. Big, powerful pumps come in next, to clear out the myriad gallons of water that have invaded your space. We’ll employ industry-leading techniques and tools to enact a complete removal of the offending substances.

Damaged Material Removal. Once the bulk of the water has been cleared, we can safely move on to the haul-away of items that have undergone too much damage to be restored.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Almost all water issues leave behind some stains and cleaning needs, and sewage backups and floods introduce toxins and other sanitation needs to your home environment. We’ll make sure all this gets cleared up.

Drying. The absence of water doesn’t necessarily signify the absence of moisture. Mold can grow quickly if excess moisture remains after water damage, so we’ll use specialized vacuums to dry out both the atmosphere and affected surfaces of your home to make sure mold has nowhere to reside.

Monitoring. We’ll keep an eye—both, actually—on the entire process, from arrival to finish, to ensure things are running smoothly and all techniques are being employed effectively. If any needed changes emerge, we’ll make them happen.

Repairs and Construction. Everything is dry; now we can rebuild. Our first love is restoration, so we’re glad to be able to perform repairs and reconstruction where necessary. It streamlines things for you and your insurance company as well!

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Disaster Doesn’t Wait for Office Hours | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

< img src =”fire.jpg” alt = “a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire" > If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County.

Water and fire damage have absolutely no manners. Emergencies show up both uninvited and with no advance notice.

It would be more convenient if all  emergencies happened during the workday, or at least during waking hours, but the fact is many don’t. So what do you do when an overnight or weekend issue arises?

You call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County, that’s what. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is available 24 hours a day for emergency service, so you never have to wait for service. And that’s certainly a good thing, because every moment you have to wait allows further damage to settle into your home, such as:

After a fire. Once the angry flames have done their thing, their aftereffects sink their claws into your home, in the form of smoke damage and soot. Soot is the black, thick sludge that covers your interior after a fire, the result of unfinished combustion during the fire. It only takes a few minutes for soot to stain every wall, ceiling and yes, oh yes, every fiber of carpet.

The difference between soot and smoke leaving permanent residue and smell behind and not is only a few hours—that’s all the time they need to settle in for good.

After water damage. Water has both quick and long-term damage to do, and part of that long-term damage is setting up the growth of mold. Within the first 48 hours after your water issue, mold starts to grow on organic surfaces where too much moisture is present, creating a threat to your home and your respiratory health.

Beyond that, unexpected situations stemming from storms and natural disasters can surprise you at any time, and you need to know you can get help immediately when those moments arrive. Yes, it’s very rude of these occurrences to show up without notice, but at least you know the toughest, fastest team in the industry is only a click or call away. We’re SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, and we’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

The Shocking Numbers of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

the underside of a sink showing water damage from leaking pipes If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County.

There’s a war going on in your home everyday—a struggle. A tussle not between good and evil, but between your pipes and the water they contain. It’s not totally unlike that superhero movie where the big, purple bad guy declares himself to be…how did he put it? Inevitable.

There are a great many ways for water to escape the hoses and systems coursing through your property, and given its way, it will find and exploit a weakness to rain down destruction upon your home. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that your plumbing be well-equipped and maintained—so that you can put up your best fight against this “inevitable” invader.

Let’s look at some numbers for context.

24. This represents the percentage of all home insurance claims centered around water damage. That’s a quarter of all claims, and it means one of every 50 homes will experience water damage every year. How do you like your chances?

48. This is the number of hours you have to quell the growth of potentially toxic mold after a water damage situation. Truth be told, it might not even be that long.

98. The unfortunate percentage of basements that will experience water damage at some point during the life of the house. If there’s one type of claim that is truly inevitable, this one comes close to being it.

10,234. This is the number of dollars spent repairing the average water claim. Considering how much water a single crack in a pipe can unleash in a day’s time, it’s no surprise that water damage can quickly take its toll.

14,000. This is the number of water events that happen across the United States each day. Read it again—that’s not a monthly stat, that’s every single day. Every six seconds someone’s pipes are bursting.

13,000,000,000. Once you’re dong counting all those zeroes, we can tell you that this is the average annual cost of water damage claims in the United States. It’s kind of a problem.

Is water damage inevitable? Not exactly, but it’s going to take some work to prevent. If you can make it a priority to keep your plumbing updated, your water appliances up to date and your hoses switched out periodically, you’ll be able to put up your best defense against the hidden danger running through your home.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.

Did you know SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Handles Sewage/Biohazard, Crime Scene, Vandalism, and Hoarding Cleanup

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician showing customer mold/dirt on sponge. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County we are here to help.

Recognized as a leading fire, water, and mold restoration provider, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen also offers fast and reliable biohazard, vandalism, hoarding and crime scene cleanup and restoration services in Bergen County, New Jersey. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose  health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Service Technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. 

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. 

Our services cover the following issues:

  • Blood-borne Pathogens: We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substance resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Technicians clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.
  • Methamphetamine Labs: Many chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces. 
  • Crime Scene Residues: Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues can be cleaned from surfaces and contents to restore your property. 
  • Arson and Vandalism: After the fire trucks are gone, your home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 
  • Sewage Backups: Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. This water is grossly unsanitary, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
  • Black Water Intrusions: This water is unsanitary, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation: Mold has the potential to cause other health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to mitigate your mold infestation.

Knowing and trusting who to call when you have a cleanup problem is critical to getting the job done right. Call the professional cleanup Service Technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County to reliably and safely cleanup your worst bio-hazard disasters.

To learn more read SERVPRO residential cleaning services. Or give our professional office staff a call at 201-236-2400.

Winter Storms Are on Their Way Again—Here’s How to Prepare | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

A close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for fast, restorative solutions.

The promise of winter is beloved by some, derided by others. Whether you love the cold and the cheer of holiday and end-of-year festivities or you look forward to the new year when you can keep your head down and relax again, you probably don’t look forward to the inconvenience and potential hazards of winter weather.

Winters in Bergen County can bring all sorts of surprises and hazards, and the best way to keep yourself and your family safe is to start preparing now. You don’t want to be caught off-guard when Jack Frost comes at you with both barrels.

<h3your-family">Protect Your Family

In the event of a massive winter storm, you’ll want to have an emergency action plan upon which you and your family can fall back. Make sure everyone in the house knows what to do, where to meet and how to stay in contact during a crisis.

Your vehicles need to be ready as well. Make sure all your car batteries are in good working order, top off any necessary fluids, and have your brake pads changed and tires rotated or replaced as needed.

Your home and car both need emergency kits stocked with water, supplies and medical needs in the event of a shut-in situation or outage. Make sure to include a warm change of clothes and some sturdy shoes in your car kit.

<h3your-home">Protect Your Home

Frozen pipes send a chill down the spine at the mere thought, don’t they? Keep your faucets dripping when it’s bitter cold, and insulate pipes and spigots as necessary to keep them from bursting.

Speaking of insulation, take a peek in the attic and make sure your insulation situation up there is adequate. Poor insulation and window sealing waste energy and let cold air in to replace the warm air being provided by your heating unit.

Your heating unit or HVAC needs some love before winter drops. Let a pro examine it and perform any needed maintenance or upgrades. The cold of winter can really put your unit to the test, so you’ll want it to be in tip-top condition from the start.

<h3your-pets">Protect Your Pets

The bitter winter is uncomfortable and even dangerous for household pets. Make a comfortable place inside and invite them in during the cold.

If you have horses, livestock or special outdoor animals, make sure they have a good place to shelter and constant access to thawed water.

<h3for-melts-and-flooding">Watch for Melts and Flooding

Thaws on a large scale can create dangerous flooding, as local waterways become overrun when weather warms up. This same effect can cause your roof to leak as well, so be cognizant of ice dams, and let local news sources warn you about potential thaw flooding.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County for fast, restorative solutions.

The Water You Don't See May Cause More Damage To Your Bergen County Property

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Image of water sensor tool being used to detect water in the wall. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is dedicated to providing expert water damage cleanup in the Bergen County area.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County has the equipment, training and experience to test for and find unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. 

We have a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our trained SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen technicians. 

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters  are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO staff can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. 
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

The bottom line? At SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County we have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Holiday Safety Cooking Tips | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen County

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Image of kitchen stove with flames. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is available 24/7 for restoration of fire damage emergencies.

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous. 

Here are some safety tips to ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Check food regularly, use a timer as a reminder.
  • Keep young kids away from the cooking area. 
  • Keep anything flammable away from the stove, oven or any other hot surface. 
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it properly.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home, to make sure all appliances are turned off. 
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Here is a link with additional safety tips.

The Most Likely Ways a Fire Could Start in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen are here for you if your home is affected by fire.

We’ve heard fire safety messages all our lives. We ran fire drills in school, we listened to Smokey the Bear, and we see campaign after campaign on social media and in advertising preaching the virtues of fire safety.

And yet, a quarter of all reported fires in the U.S. start in the house, and a great many of them could be prevented.

Let’s take a deeper look, and see if we can figure out where we can tighten up our fire awareness and prevent some of these home fires.

Cooking. Virtually half of all house fires ignite in the kitchen. These blazes have causes that range—pun intended—but the top (and yet most easily preventable) cause is unattended cooking. To put it another way: The single most practical thing you could do in your home right now to prevent fires is to be more attentive when you’re over the stove. That’s really it.

Heating equipment. When it gets cold, we turn on the HVAC heat, but many people also reach for space heaters to add warmth in specific areas or save energy costs by only heating certain rooms. These little firestarters are prone to cause all sorts of danger, as they have been known to tip over, overheat or overload wall outlets, especially when left on for long periods. If you have to use one, get a new one with added safety features.

Electrical fires. Old wiring can cause fires inside your walls, incorrect use of lighting fixtures and extension cords can cause short-circuits, and fires can even begin because your home is overpowering your older home’s capacity to provide electricity. You can’t predict all of these, but regular inspection and maintenance of your electrical system can give you a good chance of stopping many of them.

Smoking materials. Fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire fatalities, though they only make up about 5% of total home fires. If smoking is part of your routine, always do it safely, and never smoke while drowsy or impaired.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Freezing Temperatures May Lead to FreezingPpipes and Water Damage in Bergen County Properties

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes bursting with water SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen can help with water damage in your Bergen County home or business.

With temperatures getting colder in the Northern New Jersey area there is a potential for pipes to freeze and cause serious water damage both outside and inside your home. Here are some tips to avoid frozen pipes in your home or business property.

On the inside:

If you will be away from home for days at a time, make sure that all of your pipes are kept warm, especially in spaces that receive little or no heat. If any pipes will stay exposed to freezing temperatures, open up one faucet with a very small drip to keep water moving through the pipes.  Also, leave cabinet doors open to expose pipes to the air temperature within the room. 

On the outside:

Protect your pipes as you would protect your plants. Cover up your outside faucets with foam or towels to insulate them.  Make sure the water is turned off from the main valve. If you plan to be away from home this winter, remember to leave your contact information with a neighbor. You might consider giving them a key to your home, too, and leaving your preferred plumber's contact information behind should an emergency occur.

If your pipes burst and your home has water damage call your plumber and SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of homes and commercial properties after water damage disasters.

Commercial Cleaning for Every Business | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for all your cleaning needs.

Homeowners in Bergen County know that when mold, fire or water cause headaches at home, SERVPRO is the call to make for recovery, restoration and more.

Business owners, likewise, know that we’re the proper partner for businesses suffering from similar fates.

But there’s an additional service business owners can take advantage of at any time, not only when there’s a crisis: ultra-high-grade commercial cleaning services that go far beyond traditional sanitation service.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Size

More so than ever before, it’s important for business owners to present a shopping or commercial experience which makes it clear that the health of customers and employees is at the forefront. And that’s where we can help. We take care of businesses of every ilk, including:

Retailers and malls. Chains and local boutiques equally deserve sanitation and the clean feeling that promotes customer comfort.

Educational facilities and sporting venues. School wipedowns are only clearing half the bacteria from the most heavily used areas of the classroom. We can improve the standard of cleaning to provide a more hygienic learning or athletic environment.

Senior care facilities and hospitals. The environment of healthcare facilities has to be clean to an incredible degree to ensure a safe space for patient care, and nobody is more capable of making it happen than the experts at SERVPRO.

Resorts, hotels and casinos. Whether chips are flying or families are checking in, we’ve got the extra cleaning that high-traffic areas like hotels and convention centers require.

Foodservice facilities. Processing, distribution and service of food calls for a bacteria-free space. We can keep it spotless so you can focus on the vittles.

Managed residences and businesses. Landlords and property managers trust us to provide tenants with healthy spaces and spotless offices.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.