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It's the Water You Don't See

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage It's the Water You Don't See Commercial Fans

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 quickly handle every water problem as a serious problem that will affect your property. Our service technicians have the training and equipment to find and dry unseen water before secondary damage occurs. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage and expense during a fire or water damage event. 

When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to work, here are just a few of the tools our technicians use to do their job and restore your property.  

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 reading, allowing technicians to monitor the drying process. 

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, technicians 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  also to disinfect and deodorize. 

Ultra Low-Volume 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. 

These are just a few pieces of the professional grade equipment that each SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Service Technician is trained to use to help ensure your property is completely restored. visit https://www.SERVPROnorthwestbergen.com/advanced-technology to learn more.

Plan Ahead: BE READY

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Plan Ahead: BE READY Commercial Water and Fire Cleanup

In the event of an emergency, the Emergency Ready Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility.

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 25 years of experience in mold, water and fire cleanup. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.

By downloading the FREE SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building quickly following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes--resolve to Be READY. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens".

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

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

Contact Art Holl at 201-236-2400. Visit Commercial Services/ERP

SERVPRO supporting the local Northwest Bergen Community and Waldwick High School

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO supporting the local Northwest Bergen Community and Waldwick High School "Shark Tank" at Waldwick High School

Karen participated in the 2019 "Shark Tank" at Waldwick High School. It's a great opportunity for the young entrepreneurs to use their creativity and business savvy!  Here is a note from the organizer:

Dear "Sharks",

 I can't thank you enough for your continued support of our students.  You are so generous with your time and expertise and we are so thankful for you.  The students really enjoy this activity which would not be possible without your help.  I believe it is such a valuable learning experience for them in terms of collaboration, presentation skills, creative analysis, and critical thinking. Thanks you again and I look forward to having you back for Season 5 next year!  Have a wonderful summer!!   Please find an attached photo.... With much gratitude, Ted 

Fire Safety Tips

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips Fire Escape Plan

Fire Safety and Prevention Tips 

Fire prevention should be your first concern. The  best thing is to make sure everyone in the household knows what to do if there is a fire in the home. 

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test them monthly.
  • Know two ways out of every room in your home.
  • Create a home fire escape plan, practice it at least twice a year.
  • Identify a meeting place outside your home for your family or anyone who lives in the home. 
  • Don't Wait, Check the Date-Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. 
  • Store matches and lighters safely, mainly out of the reach of children. Also, make sure you store them in locations where combustion or exposure to flames is not an issue.
  • Practice proper cooking safety. Don't leave cooking food unattended, have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen, keep children and pets away from the kitchen while cooking. 
  • Be careful with all open flames, never leave them unattended. This would include your fireplace and candles. 
  • Generators should always be used outside the home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur when a generator is not working or vented properly. 

The key is to reduce risks by practicing fire safety in your home, while there are no guarantees taking these steps will help prevent fires and keep your family safe. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a premier fire restoration company located in Bergen County. After you have the safety plan in place, have our phone number on hand in case your home has a fire damage event. We have trained Service Technicians on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you in case of an emergency. Visit Fire Damage Services to learn more.

Fire Safety: Early Warnings Saves Lives

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

During a fire, early warnings from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that is practiced regularly can save lives. 

  1. Do you have a fire escape plan?
  2. Have you changed your Smoke Alarm batteries within the last year?
  3. Are you prepared? 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on Fire Prevention. This years theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 ways out!" 

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off "you have less than two minutes to get out safely," yet only 8% of people surveyed said getting out was the first thought after hearing the alarm. Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy. Make your plan today. Visit http://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Read More about SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen's Fire Restoration services  

Fire Escape Planning For Your Business

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Can Your Employees Escape a Fire in Under 2 Minutes?

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.

  • Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
  • Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
  • Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County has trained fire cleanup and restoration professionals. If your business has suffered from fire damage event please give us a call at 201-236-2400 to learn about our services or learn more read Fire Damage Tips.

*Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Restoring Your Business After a Water Damage Disaster

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Business After a Water Damage Disaster Major Commercial Water Damage from Leaking Pipes

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and timely response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professional are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area of your business. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up may be an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen specializes in the cleanup and restoration of both large and small commercial properties after a water damage event. Our staff is fully trained and certified IICRC in water damage restoration. 

Our company has professional grade equipment and cleaning products, and is fully capable of handling any size disaster, even large commercial property spaces. To learn more about our commercial services read Commercial Services

Understanding Water Types

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage event, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. 

There are three types of water.

  • Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.
  • The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.
  • Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. 

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage: 

Damage from Clean Water: 

DO:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so. 
  • Turn off the circuit breakers for wet areas of the building is access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 
  • Move moisture sensitive items like paintings, documents, and computers to a safe dry place. 

DON"T:

  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your house hold vacuum to remove water as there is potential for electric shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water:

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated area. 

DON'T:

  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants. 

When you have a water damage disaster, don't hesitate to call our professional team of Service Technicians. Dealing with the water quickly can often limit the amount of damage to your home and the cost of cleaning it up. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, we are your remediation and restoration experts in the Bergen County area. 

The Science of Drying Water Damage

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup

Did You Know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?

At SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County we have the Knowledge of psychrometrics which is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.  

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in the wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. 

SERVPRO technicians use the latest technology to help ensure your property is dried quickly and efficiently. DryBook™ is a proprietary tool that:

  • Manages industry drying requirements.
  • Provides real-time documentation on the drying process.
  • Validates that services are executed to standards.
  • Reports to all stakeholders involved.
  • Allows real-time updates through DryBook™ Mobile Integration.

 The bottom Line? SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County has the training and equipment to help make water damage in your Bergen County home or business "Like it never even happened." To learn more about water damage and the process of cleaning your water disaster visit Water Damage Restoration Process

Getting Ready For Spring Break -If a fire or water disaster happens call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

If your family is leaving for Spring Break remember these quick tips to keep your home safe. 

  • Keep Valuables away from your windows
  • Set up timed lights around your home
  • Have a neighbor watch your house
  • Turn off your home phone ringer
  • Don't post your vacation photos while your away
  • Turn Washer machine water valve off

If any water or fire disasters happen while your away call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen we can help you through the process of cleaning the mess left behind, and restore your home. We are a locally owned and operated franchise with 25 years of water and fire restoration experience. We can make any disaster "Like it never even happened".