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The Ways Commercial Damage Affects Our Businesses | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

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In the United States, we pride ourselves on the success of our businesses and our economy. Every single person utilizes a business, or multiple, in our daily lives.

The men and women who run our country’s businesses have a lot to handle, from managing the daily operations to handling the complex economics of the company that customers never see. When a disaster strikes, it can really put a damper on business and have dire consequences for the owners.

Natural disasters continue to do increasing amounts of damage to our homes and businesses in the United States. In fact, over the last five years, the NCEI shows that our country has seen over $153 billion worth of damage annually, which is a noticeable increase from the previous period.

Here in Bergen County, we know about the destruction from storms all too well, including storm damage in the summer months. We even frequently see batches of 90 degree-plus heat waves directly after a brutal session of thunderstorms.

Below are the common ways nature can damage our businesses and how to tackle them:

Water Damage

Water is a significant threat to the structure of a business. Excess water and moisture can cause devastating damage over the long-term and often stem from natural causes. Flooding is a common cause of this damage.

Because heavy precipitation occurs fairly frequently, it is important to make sure your building is resilient. Inspect your roof to make sure it’s healthy and substantial. And you should also consider landscaping in a mindful way to redirect water away from your business.

Leaks that go unchecked are another major cause of damage. When wood begins to rot due to the unchecked presence of water, irreparable damage can happen, leading to large parts of your building needing to be replaced. To prevent this, routinely check on your exteriors and keep an eye out for water damage on walls and ceilings.

Storm Damage

Storms are the next leading cause of damage to businesses, and it’s because the destruction can be widespread. While most leaks only damage one building, a storm has the potential to destroy entire blocks of businesses.

Even small storms are able to disrupt the power grid and tear trees out of the ground that can wreak havoc on a building’s structure. The more powerful weather events can even rip off commercial roofs and do irreversible damage that can force the closure or relocation of a business.

While most of the storms in our area cause winds between 10 and 45 mph, strong storms like the ones we see in the warmer months can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms with this level of strength can rip walls apart and even lift large trucks completely off the ground.

While it is possible to limit the damage from storms by installing storm-protective windows and door covers, these ideas can be costly.

But you can also perform simple tasks like checking your window and door seals and inspecting the building on a routine basis to help prevent extensive damage or costly repairs. Prior to a storm, it’s a good habit to remove any potential hazards on your property that could become dangerous debris and hit property or other people.

Know Who to Call

While commercial damage can occur in many ways, water and storm are the most likely. In the event of these things, closing a business to make repairs is doubly costly.

Fortunately, our 247 availability allows us to quickly respond to any disaster you could face. It’s important to our expert team to find the right restoration plan for you and implement it properly.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Follow These Simple Methods to Prevent House Fires | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

So far in 2022, over 20,000 house fires have been responded to by the American Red Cross. While this may seem like a lot, it only represents a fraction of the number of fires that have occurred in the United States alone.

The primary way to prevent the damage and loss of life that fires can cause is still smoke detectors. But to aid in their function, here are simple methods you can implement:

Clear the Clutter

Having clothes, loose blankets and similar items strewn around the house can present issues. On top of being messy, these things can become fuel for a potential fire.

If left near a water heater, clothing items can actually be the cause of fires. Having open spaces will create clear escape routes and mitigate the spread of a fire.

In colder places like New Jersey, space heaters are a common catalyst of house fires. It is important to keep clothes and curtains a few feet away from these appliances.

Leaving space between outlets and furniture will allow air to flow properly and prevent overheating that can spark fires inside the home.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

In the event a fire originates outside, strategic landscaping is important. When done properly, this can protect your home and give enough of an area for firemen to prevent fires from reaching your home.

Because they frequently experience wildfires, states like California have created defensible zone requirements. This is because they have proven to slow down the spread and damage of wildfires. Although this risk is not as prevalent in New Jersey, it is still useful to practice these tips.

Despite these tips, you don’t need to stop planting your favorite bulbs. You can use it as an opportunity to place plants and trees to strategically provide protection. On top of this, it is a good idea to remove all dead plants and limbs since they can fuel flames.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

After cleaning the clutter in your home and yard, you can optimize your efforts with a thorough spring-cleaning. Actions like getting your chimney cleaned and inspected are effective ways to reduce risks.

On top of that, the simple act of dusting can prevent fires. Pay attention to the areas that collect a lot of dust and clear those out.

Breaking down all these methods and approaching them systematically makes them more manageable and easy to perform.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Understanding different types of Water Damage in your Ridgewood NJ home or business

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

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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, other water source, and rainwater.

Grey water is used to describe slightly contaminated water, which is usually clean water that has been 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 typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. 

When you have water damage, don't leave your Bergen County residential or commercial property to chance. Our Service Technicians are highly qualified, have the necessary equipment and follow every protocol to properly cleanup your property.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County to professionally cleanup any size disaster. 

Fire Safety Tip: Summer Grilling Safety Tips

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Keep your family and Bergen County home safe this summer by following a few grilling safety tips.

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 NJ Business after Water Damage

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen cleans and restores commercial office space.

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 (201)36-2400, and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County 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

Be Prepared: Have SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Develop an ERP for Your Company

5/17/2022 (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! 

3 TIPS For Reducing Water Damage To Your Bergen County Business

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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 for more information regarding disaster preparedness. 

Does Your FairLawn Business Have A Fire Emergency Plan

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Does Your Business Have a Fire Emergency Response Plan?

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however the Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business. OSHA suggests the following when creating your plan: 

  • Organize a Preparedness Procedure review with employees to review your company's emergency plan. You may want to select an individual or team 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. At all times ensure all routes are clearly marked, well lit, unobstructed, and wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel.
  • Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once conducted, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training is needed. 

Every second counts during a fire, help your employees and business by being prepared by having a plan in place.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to help restore your business after the disaster. We have the training, experience and equipment to handle any size fire damage disaster cleanup. 

Read our Fire Do and Don'ts for more tips. 

The Destruction Water Does to Your Home or Business as Time Passes | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

 a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Certain indicators like a leaky faucet or minor spots of water can seem very unimportant, but you should never underestimate the damage that moisture can cause in your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

The progression of water damage is faster than you expect, seeping into your walls, floors and any soft surface. If you don’t address the problems immediately, it will be difficult to achieve the best restoration results.

Here we’ve included the important information regarding the timeline of water damage:

<h2the-first-24-hours">In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage are crucial. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects.

Any soft material like fabric furnishings and upholstery will soak water in, and untreated wooden structures can swell when exposed to moisture. Even worse, your personal belongings such as photographs, documents, paintings and books are especially at risk to damage and warping beyond repair. During this time, mold can begin to grow, so taking action immediately is essential.

SERVPRO has over 50 years of experience, so combining our expertise with the “restore vs replace” mentality can help save you money while protecting your beloved and irreplaceable keepsakes.

If any item has gone beyond the potential for restoration, we will make sure to communicate this to you immediately. We will have to remove these items quickly to lessen the spread of moisture and enhance our ability to dry all restorable materials.

<h2the-first-week">Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. As mold sets in, it can even damage the home’s structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

Even treated materials are susceptible to water damage at this point, and not just the items that are submerged in water. As time passes, the standing water evaporates and rises to areas above the visible damage, affecting places you wouldn’t initially think of.

<h2one-week">After One Week

After a week’s worth of exposure to moisture, the damage can extend so far that it becomes irreversible; you must avoid letting moisture and water damage stay untreated for lengthy amounts of time.

As the moisture works its way deeper into the home, the costs and efforts needed to restore the structure will skyrocket, as well as the risks of severe structural damage.

<h2SERVPRO-will-help">How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces the overall drying time of your structure and belongings.

It’s very likely that any affected furniture, flooring, carpet and belongings will need a deep cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once we have removed most of the water, we send in our specialists to use our industry-leading technology that can remove the water you can’t see.

After performing the initial steps, your home or business may need construction work to restore your property back to preloss condition. This step could be very minor repairs, or it could be rebuilding major sections of your building.

We prefer to simplify the restoration process for you, handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding any affected areas that require it. SERVPRO will ensure that you are kept in the loop and that you’re back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

You Can Depend on Our Restoration Experts | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

 "two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van" No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

SERVPRO is well-known as a cleaning, restoration and construction business, but many people are unaware that we can also assist you in recovering from even the most severe natural or manmade catastrophes that affect your home or business.

Consider the following scenarios involving property damage that might occur in Bergen County and the assistance we can provide:

Water Damage

Flooding can occur at any time and has the potential to do significant damage regardless of how deep, whether an inch or a foot. Each year, flooding causes around $10 billion in damages in the United States.

If you own a home or commercial property, you are almost certain to encounter flooding at some point throughout your lifetime, especially in Bergen County. In fact, there is a 68% risk of at least one flood over six feet deep taking place between today and 2050 in the Bergen County area.

SERVPRO is prepared to help you if it strikes your home or business. We’ll assist you in determining the extent of the damage, so you can make the most educated repair decisions possible.

We possess the technologies necessary to identify and eliminate hidden moisture. Additionally, we’ll work with you to build a water damage restoration strategy that will guarantee your house is properly cleaned, dry and restored to its preloss state.

Fire Damage

Every 23 seconds in the United States, a fire department responds to a fire, and fire-related property damage totaled around $8.1 billion in 2020. If your house or business has been damaged by fire, we will immediately begin the restoration process utilizing our seven-step restoration strategy.

This process begins with an estimate and damage assessment and extends through all essential pre- and post-repair and construction procedures.

Storm Damage

Storms can cause tornadoes, hurricanes, severe winds, flooding, wildfires and blizzards. Storm and flood damage may be destructive to your property’s structure and contents.

Our objective is to promptly re-establish you in your newly restored property after storm damage. SERVPRO also specializes in content and document restoration, trying our best to first reuse and restore, rather than replace, damaged materials.

Dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleaning and abrasive cleaning are all included in our cleaning services. If your property needs a more thorough cleaning, we provide full move-out services that may quickly restore it to its preloss state.

What Makes SERVPRO Unique?

We are here to serve you at any moment. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you may reach a SERVPRO specialist by calling our 247 Emergency Line.

Our professionals are members of the biggest cleaning and restoration team in the nation, with more than 50 years of combined expertise. We are independently owned and operated, but we are backed by a countrywide network of over 1,900 locations, so you can be certain that we will rapidly return your home or company to “Like it never even happened.” 

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.