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Spring & Summer Fire Safety in the Backyard | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Spring and Summer has a way of filling us with life, especially with  warmer weather and the social activity that comes with it.

For many, the ultimate social activity is the backyard barbecue. Graduation parties, wedding engagements and family reunions all call for a grilling session or a night around the fire pit.

But these bring with them an inherent rise in fire incidents. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year.

Since spring is underway and summer around the corner, let’s go over a few fire safety basics for the backyard.

The grill. The grill is a staple of many households in spring and summer, and it’s responsible for much of the activity around festive gatherings. It’s also the prime suspect for accidental fires, because of its unique juxtaposition of flames, high heat, grease and sometimes combustible gas. So be extra careful with those hot dogs. Make sure your grill is working properly and is situated on level ground away from anything flammable. Don’t use accelerants like lighter fluid or gasoline to stoke the fire, and don’t neglect cleaning the grill between uses. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. The grill pit has become a favorite backyard item for many homeowners, and it’s a place where conversation and camaraderie seem to come easy. Just make sure that you’re operating yours safely and attended to at all times. Never allow unsupervised kids or pets near the fire. Don’t add leaves or pine needles to the fire; they create embers that can easily be carried away by the wind. And always have a large bucket of water, which you can use to extinguish the fire (slowly, not all at once), or catch any wayward flames or ash.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Clean your chimney while your mind is on fire safety, so you’re not starting the fall with a chimney full of ash and layers of soot. And take the vent pipe off your dryer to remove any lint that might be stuck in it. (Do this again in six months, too.)

Your local SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Service Technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Safely Grill and Avoid Fire Damage Disasters This Summer

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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As the season for grilling outside officially kicks off this month here are some tips to remember while grilling at your BBQ. 

  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  2. Make sure people especially young children and pets stay away from the grill
  3. Use long-handed tools made for cooking on the grill

As a leading fire disaster cleaning and restoration  company, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen understands the process of recovering after a fire disaster destroys your home or business. There are some tips and steps to take immediately after a fire. We can help guide you through this difficult process dealing with insurance companies and scheduling cleanup and rebuilding.  

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is ready for any size disaster. We clean and restore Fire, Smoke and Soot damage "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Bergen County Business After Water Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex, with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and timely response. Whether dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen works 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 Service Technicians 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

Flood Damage Cleanup Process and Tips

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to Provide Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Your Bergen County Home

Flooding can cause damage, leading to serious issues both to the interior and exterior of a Bergen County home. Flooding can take place fast with minimal warning, and flood damage can leave your home requiring significant repairs. It can be overwhelming recovering from a flood and understand the steps to take afterward.

Floodwater can be dangerous

Floodwater can affect human health because there could be bacteria, viruses, pesticides, and sharp objects, among other biohazardous substances. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Technicians have the training and experience cleaning up, drying, disinfecting a flooded house safely.

Precautions you should take after a flood

After a flood, you should take some precautions to avoid injury and extensive damage to your property. They include:

  • Avoid walking in floodwater and wear personal protective gear like boots and gloves if you must walk in it.
  • Turn off the electricity at the mains.
  • Call your insurance firm to inform it about the incident.
  • Check your home for signs of damage that needs professional help to repair such as bulges or cracks in the walls and changes to the structure.

Restoring a flooded Property

The task of cleaning up your flood-damaged home can be a lengthy process, particularly in the case of severe water infiltration. Our SERVPRO crew seeks to understand the nature of the flood. The existence of biological or chemical contaminants, and sewage in the floodwater dictates the way we manage recovery. For standing water containing the above items, we have the equipment for extraction and safe disposal.

We also consider the height the floodwater reached and its rate of flow around and inside the building. We use powerful extractors to remove water quickly. Our team then uses air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry the home. We also use deodorization, antibacterial and anti-fungal products to eliminate odors and microorganisms from the affected areas of a structure.

When your home has flood damage, call the company you can trust SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen at (201)236-2400 for an immediate response to your flood damage disaster. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

The Must-Know Signs of Basement Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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A Bergen County home with a basement is often a big pro to house hunters, and if you have had one in your home, you likely understand why. Basements are multipurpose spaces that can be used for storage, shelter from severe weather and even living spaces if they are partially or fully finished.

While there are a lot of reasons to love a basement, having a home with one does not come without its drawbacks. Basements have become synonymous with water damage over the years, and while it does not have to be this way, it is something to keep in mind if you have a basement of your own.

Understanding the signs that water damage may be working its way in is a must for any homeowner so you know when to call in the professionals and get the issue treated for good. Take a look at some common indicators of water damage below.

Common Indicators of Water Damage in Basements

Unpleasant, musky odors. While clean, fresh water does not have a smell on its own, as it soaks areas of basements and then evaporates away, it can develop a rather strong, musty odor that can’t be missed. This is often referred to as “basement smell,” but really, it does not have to be that way. This smell is a direct result of mold and mildew being present in the room, which can often be hard to find but easy for your nose to pick up on.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. With the best intentions, people will often apply waterproof paint to the interior surfaces of a leaky basement. Unfortunately, this paint will simply mask the problem for a while and then lead to a compounding issue down the road. Water that seeps in will eventually work away at this paint, leading to peeling, cracking or bubbling on its surface.

Foundational cracks. It is normal for homes—especially older ones—to shift over time, but anything larger than a hairline crack should be taken seriously. Cracks can arise in any surface, from the ceiling to the floor to the walls, and can even let more water in over time. If you notice large cracks anywhere in your basement, it is likely a good time to call the pros.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

Smoke Alarms in Your Bergen County Home are LIFE SAVERS

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Here are some guidelines to follow for properly using and maintaining a smoke alarm:

  • Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarms unit replaced every ten years.
  • If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.
  • Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half the fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA)

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA)

If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. 

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency escape plan in place and conduct regular drills to ensure proper execution of the plan. The NFPA website  is a good resource for information. 

If your home or business has suffered damage from a fire SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has the experience, training and equipment to clean and restore your property from any size fire damage loss. We have been in business for over 25 years and service the entire Bergen County, New Jersey area. Learn about our services here Fire cleanup and restorations services. 

Be Prepared: Have SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen develop an ERP and use our READY Plan APP

5/16/2021 (Permalink)

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While SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is important to know that we can also handle commercial losses both large and small.  Those losses go beyond just water and fire though, as we remediate mold and provide general cleaning, disinfection and deodorization services. Here are some tips to help your business recover from any damage disaster. 

Be Prepared

READY Plan App:

We know when emergencies happen there is a lot at stake -- especially at commercial properties. Why not have help at your fingertips with SERVPRO's Ready App! The Ready Plan App is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, and can be downloaded on your Android device, or iPhone.

Emergency Ready Profile: 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) Report, it gives you and SERVPRO access to critical facility information such as water shut-off valves.  This information helps speed up our response and clean up time.  If you want helping setting up an ERP, call us at (201)236-2400, so we can have Art Holl come out and walk you through the process! 

What Dangers Can Thunderstorms Cause? | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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In the spring and summer, thunderstorms are a fairly regular occurrence—enough so that people tend to become immune to the threat they pose over time. While many thunderstorms occur without serious repercussions, with weather that severe, there is always the potential that damage will occur and danger is imminent.

Any storm that produces thunder is considered a thunderstorm—and any time there is thunder, there is lightning as well. A thunderstorm is upgraded to severe if winds reach a speed of 58 miles per hour and hail is greater than one inch in diameter, both of which can cause significant threats to your property and person.

The Threats That Severe Thunderstorms Pose

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. As previously mentioned, every thunderstorm contains lightning even if you are not able to see it. Lightning-related injuries occur approximately 300 times every year, and there are even more incidents reported of lightning causing house fires or causing trees to topple onto buildings. There are many myths about where lightning will and will not strike, but really, anywhere can become a viable target during a storm.

Property damage due to hail. While hail does not occur during every storm, if the thunderstorm is classified as severe that means hail will be present. Hail can present serious dangers to property, and can also cause injury if someone is caught outside in the storm. Hail has been known to not only dent cars, but also damage the siding and roofs of homes that are in its path due to the serious speeds it can fall at if conditions are right.

Harm from flash flooding. Though flooding is often associated with waterways, flash floods can occur for a variety of reasons during heavy rain. Storm drain backups and overwhelmed tributaries are extremely common, meaning that nearly anywhere can flood if the conditions are right. Floodwaters can knock people off their feet, carry away cars and cause significant injuries or death, so stay far away from any area that has rising water.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

3 TIPS For Reducing Water Damage Of Your Business

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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1. Reduce Humidity Levels 

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows,  and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives. 

2. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, after calling your plumber to fix the pipes, calling in SERVPRO as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness.  There may also be a risk of black water contamination that can safely be remediated by our professional Service Technicians. We have PPE gear and professional grade equipment to safely cleanup the damage. SERVPRO Service Technicians will also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels. 

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration 

Service technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery. 

Facing a flood at your Bergen County, New Jersey business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts. Visit ready.gov for more information regarding disaster preparedness. 

Does Your Bergen County Company Have An Emergency Ready Profile?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

ERP=Preparedness

Having an Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a great opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, employees and family. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
  • The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens. Call our office today at (201)236-2400 and speak with Art Holl to start your Emergency READY Profile.