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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.

Common Flooding Types & Causes | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

"a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway" Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Flooding is the most prevalent natural disaster., impacting all 50 states and every territory in the United States. Though floods occur everywhere, there are distinctions in the forms and causes of flooding.

Floods are divided into three categories, each of which is triggered by one of four sources.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods occur when torrential rain falls or sits over a region, exceeding the ground’s capacity to hold moisture. Excess water rushes out, carrying with it everything, including trash cans, automobiles and all kinds of other debris.

River flooding means precisely what it sounds like. When a river’s banks are unable to absorb surplus water, the water flows over the edge, flooding the neighboring settlements and potentially causing significant damage.

Coastal floods are when storm surges or cyclonic activity force ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels near large bodies of water.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and linger over a location for a lengthy period of time, may create flash floods and river flooding. Because of the abundance of concrete and asphalt in cities, rain floods are more common, because there isn’t enough soil to absorb all of the water. In Bergen County, there are over 22,000 homes that have a higher than a 25% probability of being flooded in the next 30 years. This accounts for 8% of all homes in the county! Flooding can create plenty of other problems for Bergen County residents.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and high tides may all cause wave water levels to increase, inflicting havoc on coastal regions.

Dams and levees failing. The most well-known example is the disastrous levee breakdowns during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The structures break when levees or dams breach, or when excess pressure exceeds the dam’s capacity to manage the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. Snow and ice may accumulate throughout the winter in areas of the nation where heavy snow and extended freezing temperatures are prevalent, and when they melt, rivers of water pour through neighboring cities. Ice dams, also known as ice dams, arise when rivers get clogged by ice transported downstream, forcing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

The Business Partner You Didn’t Know You Had | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

"a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage" SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

As a company owner or manager, you are well aware that operating a flawless operation requires the assistance of all available hands. Significant delays or losses may cause you to permanently close your doors.

Your company already has a secret partner that can assist with all of your cleaning and recovery needs, and it’s practically in your backyard. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is capable of covering a wide range of business needs; it’s as if you had a business partner you didn’t realize was in charge of an important aspect of your company’s success strategy.

Large Loss Recovery. Fires, storms and floods are the most common causes of financial loss for businesses in the United States, and if prompt action is not taken, they may cause considerably more damage. When you call SERVPRO, you’re calling a team of highly trained professionals who are available 24 hours a day to deliver proven emergency services, reducing business interruptions and speeding up the recovery process.

Emergency Ready Plan. If your company has been adequately prepared, recovery may begin even before a disaster occurs. We can assist you in determining the best course of action in the event of a tragedy. You may require an emergency chain of command, alternative meeting or workspaces, and temporary suppliers during a crisis—and we’ll work with you to create it so that all of these plans may be activated with a simple button click.

Cleaning of All Kinds. From highly specialized needs like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to more ordinary requirements like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration, we have a solution for you. We’ve been in this business for a long time and have seen and cleaned just about everything there is to see and clean.

Restoration Services. As a consequence of a storm, flash floods may occur. Interns have the potential to ignite a fire in the kitchen. A water main could burst. Cleaning and repair are required for each of these events. From water removal to restoration, you can rely on us to bring your company back to life after a disaster.

Industry Specialization. There isn’t an industry that we can’t help with, and we’ve spent decades learning their intricacies. We can assist your company with any one-of-a-kind or customized cleaning or restoration requirements. We may even fence the work area in certain situations to avoid interfering with the normal activities of surrounding regions.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

SERVPRO We Are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Store front window with SERVPRO Certified  Clean sticker. Give SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen a call for any damage restoration services your home or business may need.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen was Here to Help during the unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we specialize in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Waldwick or Bergen County home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, 201-236-2400.

The Wide Range of Severe Weather in the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky" Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a click away if you experience any damage.

Given the enormity of the United States, the weather patterns from region to region are quite diverse. Each region has its own share of severe spring season weather with many various forms of weather threats.

In the Northeast, including New Jersey, winters are the longest and coldest in the country (as you are surely well aware of).  Extreme weather events typically experienced in New Jersey include coastal nor’easters, snowstorms, spring and summer thunderstorms, flooding rains, heat and cold waves, tropical storms, and on rare occasions, hurricanes.

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death.

Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.

 If you are under a flood warning:

  • Find safe shelter right away.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Remember, just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Depending on the type of flooding:
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.

Preparing for a Flood
Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding. Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response. Gather supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days, in case you must leave immediately or if services are cut off in your area.

In Case of Emergency
Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies. Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Clean drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Even though your risk of severe weather is different than that of a friend or family member in another state, it is still crucial to be prepared. Everyone in the United States is at risk from a wide range of severe weather conditions.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Develop Your Emergency Business Plan Today | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans"  If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen will be there to help.

Oftentimes, running a company requires more than typical full-time job hours. Between employees, payroll, and staying current on economic and technical advancements, as well as innovating and presenting a professional image on social media…it’s a lot to manage and can be difficult to strike a balance.

Being so busy, it’s easy to let even important tasks like disaster preparedness slip the mind. But it often just takes one disturbance to derail a company for good. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses are unable to reopen after a catastrophe, and a quarter of those that do reopen are forced to shut within a year.

If the pandemic shutdowns taught us anything, it’s that it’s more critical than ever for companies to have an emergency or catastrophe plan in place. Some 75% of small companies do not have an emergency strategy in place, and that has to change. You’ve worked hard to get your company to this point, and now you should do all that is possible to safeguard it and ensure its continued success.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is committed to assisting companies in the area, such as yours, in being prepared by collaborating with you to develop an Emergency Ready Plan. We help you by assessing your unique requirements and concerns in relation to your location and industry.

We’ll cover everything from flood damage to data recovery, so that in the event of a crisis, you’ll have a strategy in place that reduces delay and impact. You and your staff will understand precisely what to do and when to do it.

Don’t let inadequate preparedness make your company’s journey even more difficult than it already is. Allow SERVPRO’s specialists to prepare you with an Emergency Ready Plan today. It may prove to be the deciding factor in whether or not your company survives a crisis.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Visit our Google Listing at SERVPRO Northwest Bergen Google Page

The Full Range of Our Services | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

A green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment. When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to get the job done.

Perhaps you have an understanding of what’s going on when you see the big green truck rolling through. Maybe the local grocery had a kitchen fire and our specialists are on their way to clean it up.

Most think of SERVPRO as a cleaning company. While we also offer full-service cleaning, we also offer restoration and reconstruction. The following is the full range of what SERVPRO can provide:

Water damage recovery. Whether it’s water damage from a flood or a leak, we’ve got what it takes to clean it up—no matter the extent of the damage.

Fire damage recovery. Although it’s on a 40 year downward trend, fires still occur every 23 secondsin the United States. Fires can cause catastrophic damage, but we provide the pros to give you the help you need.

Mold removal. Mold grows quickly and can be dangerous. It can even threaten the structure of your home if not properly treated. It is not safe to remove mold without special training. You could cause harm to yourself or spread the mold further, so let the pros handle it for you.

Storm recovery. Natural disasters can cause terrible destruction. We have the expertise to take care of what’s required to get you moved back into a clean and restored space.

Commercial needs. We offer businesses and commercial spaces the access to every services we offer homeowners, as well as specialized cleaning that we are confident will instill pride in you andyour customers.

General cleaning. Your home and business may need help with heavy duty cleaning now and then. Carpets, upholstery and everything between require extra care, and you’ve got other things that need your attention. We offer the expert clean you deserve so you can focus on other, more important things.

Specialty cleaning. Beyond the basic, we also offer specialized services, including document restoration, duct cleaning, biohazard cleanup and more! Seriously, no matter what it is, our experts can get it done.

Construction. Unfortunately sometimes the worst happens and parts of your home or business simply can’t be restored. In these circumstances, you can rely on SERVPRO to rebuild and restore your home or business its to preloss condition. 

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

Fires Require These 4 Things | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”paper.jpg” alt = “a small paper house burning" > If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is ready around the clock to help you recover.

What geometric shape has four equal, triangular sides? If you guessed tetrahedron, congratulations on your junior high math recall!

If you’re afraid you may have accidentally stumbled onto a geometry blog, have no fear: It’s about fire safety!

Scientists use a pictorial representation called the fire tetrahedron (formerly the fire triangle) to help us visualize the things that a fire must have in order to originate. These must-haves for fire also give us insight into ways we can counteract fires—by removing or stopping the things fires need to survive.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. This would be what you say the fire burns. Everything from building materials to inorganic plastics are candidates to be fuel, because almost everything burns.

Heat. Every fuel source has a temperature at which it will ignite—for some materials this flash point is lower than others.

Oxygen. If the fuel source is what a fire eats, oxygen is what it breathes. Fires consume oxygen in the area surrounding the flames.

Chemical Chain Reaction. The three elements above have to stay readily available, and the oxygen in particular helps to create a chain reaction that perpetuates the growth of the fire.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. If a material has to reach a certain temperature before it will burn, it stands to reason that making that material fall below that threshold will stop it from burning. Cooling the material (typically by using water), restores a thermal balance that causes the fire to stop.

Smother it. Fire extinguishers and foam use this method, which cuts off the supply of oxygen the fire needs in order to thrive.

Starve it. If a fire has nothing to eat, it has no choice but to stop. This method can be used in many applications, but the most common you’d probably recall is the creation of a burn barrier around wildfires, scorching a perimeter around the flames to give them no further ground through which they can spread.

Interrupt the chain reaction. Certain elements and gases can actually stop fires by being introduced into the atmosphere around a fire to disrupt the constant reaction that keeps it going. Halon is the best, most effective example, but its negative effect on the ozone layer has seen its use decline and its availability decrease.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

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)

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.

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. http://www.nfpa.org/thanksgiving

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.

Keep Fall Fire Free in Your Bergen County Community

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the fire emergency preparedness plans for your home or business. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is a leading provider for fire cleanup and restoration. We have years of knowledge, and highly trained Service Technicians to properly handle any size fire, smoke or soot disaster. We also have the cleaning products and equipment required to restore your property to preloss conditions.

Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

  • Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and, other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flames.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jock-o-lantern. Use extreme caution is using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Along with these tips don’t forget to change your batteries in your Fire and Smoke Alarms. Once the alarm goes off you have less then 2 minutes to escape. Create, implement and practice a fire escape plan with your family and/or employees.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County wants you to stay safe, and informed for any type of disaster that comes your way. If your Bergen County area home does suffer damage from a fire, smoke or soot give us a call at: 201-236-2400 we can walk you through the necessary steps to get your home back to normal. Read our Fire clean up tips.

How You Can Tell Your Service Company Will Take Care of You | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen.

ome moments in life require you to make decisions that require both speed and trust. Having a home that sustains damage from a fire, flood or natural disaster is certainly one of those times.

An event that necessitates restoration at home requires some quick but critical thinking on your part, as you consider your options as to who will make the necessary repairs.

Anything you can determine before a moment of crisis will be helpful, so ask yourself these questions when it comes time for you to consider a service company.

Are They Legit?

Rough times can reveal both the best and worst in humanity, and disaster scenarios are no different. There’s nothing like a hurricane or flood to bring out a few scammers who over-promise, underdeliver (or don’t deliver at all), then disappear with the money of under-researched homeowners. Here’s a helpful tip: If a contractor doesn’t have a local reputation or a client base who can vouch for their work, they may not be trustworthy.

When you call SERVPRO, you’re calling on an established, respected leader in the restoration industry. We’ve worked tirelessly for over 50 years to develop and maintain a stellar reputation.

Will They Be There When I Need Help?

You’re never left waiting when you call SERVPRO. Weekends, holidays—we’ll even respond on our birthday.

We’ve got a team at the ready 24 hours a day, so you can be sure you’ve got somebody who will take action when you need it most.

Where’s a Fleet When You Need One?

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a local small business, based right here in Waldwick, which is how we provide you such speedy, expert service.

But the ace in the hole for SERVPRO is that if an area event causes a surge of activity or a need for extra help, we can call upon the mighty SERVPRO network of nationwide teams, tools and resources.

When you call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

October if Fire Prevention Month: Know What to do Until Help Arrives

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Service Technicians Cleaning Fire Damage. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to clean and restore your property after a fire.

First Have an Evacuation Plan and make sure your family or employees are safe.

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES TO CLEAN THE DAMAGE

A fire can leave behind soot damage, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning.

If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during the winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

  • Don't attempt to wash walls, painted surfaces, furniture or carpets. Instead call SERVPRO.
  • Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances before consulting authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as it may be contaminated. 
  • Do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

It is important for you to work with professionals trained in fire damage restoration to clean your home or business properly. Our Service Team and Production Managers are IICRC Certified and fully trained to clean fire damaged properties. We also have professional grade equipment and cleaning supplies to successfully clean soot and smoke damage. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Plan for Fire Safety This Fall | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

You could tell without a calendar that fall has arrived: The temperature is perfectly mild in a way that only happens for a brief period each year, the j-e-t-s are back on the field and there’s a pumpkin flavor of everything available.

Whatever your fall plans are this year, keep in mind a few basic fire safety tips to ensure safe enjoyment of Bergen’s most enjoyable season.

Campfire Safety

Fall is a perfect time for camping, and it can be a great activity this time of year. Just make sure you’re extra careful when building and putting out your campfire.

Your fire needs a 25-foot clearance from any tents or other structures. Ignite your fire only with old-school tools like matches or a lighter— kerosene or lighter fluid may get things going quickly but can get out of control just as quickly.

Make sure an adult is attending to the fire at all times, and be sure to completely put the fire out before you leave. Any warm ash or live embers you leave behind create a wildfire hazard, so make sure everything is cool to the touch and drowned in water.

Space Heaters

For the crisp mornings while you sip your pumpkin-spice coffee at your home office (or really anytime for the cold-natured among us), portable space heaters are a great solution to save energy but still provide some extra warmth. However, they’re one of the most frequent causes of home fire incidents, so take extra care with them.

Use only newer models, which will shut off if they tip over or overheat. Always keep your heater on a flat surface, away from anywhere children might play. Keep it at least three feet from anything—curtains, clothes, couches—that could ignite under intense heat.

Plug your heater directly into a power outlet, as opposed to an extension cord. And finally, make sure you turn it off anytime you leave the room, and certainly when you go to bed; never let it run overnight.

Halloween

When you’re decorating for Halloween, or for fall in general, it’s important to be aware of the presence of candles and their proximity to any decorations, particularly things like cobweb decor or paper items.

And if you’re planning outdoor parties and hanging lights, be sure to plug them in directly to outlets and unplug them when they’re not in use. A short circuit can spark a fire inside your walls, and strands of lights plugged into extensions are just the right recipe to cause one.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the fire cleanup and recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Preempting Water Threats at Home | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Did You Know? Water is looking for ways to escape.

In every pipe, hose and connection, your water is waiting—even now—for an opportunity to break free of restraint and get out. And if it finds any opportunity to free itself, it will absolutely take it.

That’s why it’s important to be familiar with the areas around your home that may be susceptible to leaks and failures—and if you can keep your guard up, you might be able to catch some escapes before they happen.

Toilets. Your toilet only has a couple of places that would end up putting water in your actual floor—namely the valve seal, the supply hose and possibly the wax seal under the toilet itself. Inside the tank, you might develop leaks from your rubber flapper as well—these will waste water, but not spill it.

Appliances. If an appliance uses water, it has to use hoses, joints and washers to move that water around. Washing machines in particular are known for developing leaky hoses. Oh, and do mind the age of your water heater. If it gets too old, it is more like to burst.

Clogged gutters. Clogged gutters are probably the most preventable water damage scenario, because it’s a relatively simple task to get up there and remove the leaves and dirt that would become a problem.

Roof damage. Roof damage can come from environmental factors such as sun and rain over time, or acute factors like falling branches and hail. Inspect your shingles from the ground regularly and after any major storm event.

Pipes. Older pipers are prone to oxidation, but even newer pipes can burst or separate if joints aren’t fitted well. And outdoor pipes can get in trouble, too, especially from tree roots.

Blocked garbage disposals and sinks. The wrong foods can make it difficult for your disposal to work, or they can soak up a lot of water even after processing and dam up your sink’s pipes.

Water will try to escape through even the tiniest crack or deficiency, and you can’t predict everything—but routine inspection and prompt action may save you the headache of having to deal with the damage of a leak.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Fire Safety Tip: Summer Grilling Safety Tips

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Outdoor BBQ Grill with safety tips. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for any size fire damage disaster.

Every year, approximately 8,900 home fires are started by backyard BBQ grills. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County has responded to many home fire cleanups due to owner complacency or faulty equipment. Don't let this happen to you, pay attention to a few safety rules and your summer BBQs should go off without a problem. 

Do:

1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.

2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.

3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.

5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

7.  Do Not turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face. 

8. Never leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.

9. Never Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

10. Never Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is a premier fire and water cleanup company that is locally owned and operated. We are Here To Help, with 24/7 emergency service and highly trained IIRC Certified Technicians. 

Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service in Bergen County

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Charlie Vingoe and Lauren Clarke at an employee appreciation night out. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for any water, fire or storm damage.

Charlie Vingoe's SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is celebrating over 25 years of service!

Service and Expertise

As one of SERVPRO’s top 100 franchises in the nation for the past 15 years, Charlie’s SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen provides quality service, experience and expertise in emergency water, fire, sewage, mold and bio-hazard cleanups. We handle both residential and commercial properties in Bergen County and Northern New Jersey to make any fire, water, mold and biohazard disaster "Like it never even happened."

Excellent Staff
Believe it or not, Lauren Clarke was SERVPRO's first hire and is also celebrating 25 years of service! Our entire staff is fully trained and has years of experience. We strive to provide the best customer service on every job. 


Congratulations Charlie and Lauren!

Take Precautions Against Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is available 24/7, ready to make things right.

Summer in Mahwah or Ho-Ho-Kus probably means you’ve got lots of plans. Longer days full of sunshine call you outdoors to soak it all up while you can—maybe you’re headed into the city to root for the Bronx bombers, or maybe you’ve got plans to cool off at a local splash pad. But wherever you go, even in the sunniest time of the year, make sure you pack an umbrella.

Despite all the sunny weather (or truthfully because of it), Bergen County summers are actually more prone to produce thunderstorms than other seasons. July, for example, while not our rainiest month in terms of days, brings more precipitation than any other month, as summer warmth combines with atmospheric humidity to create afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

Be Storm-Alert

Storms can drop in with little notice during these months. If your local weatherperson issues an alert, or your weather app shows a storm icon, it’s time to get ready. An NOAA Weather radio on hand can be a handy asset as well, because it can keep you informed and focused, even if a storm knocks out your power.

If flooding is predicted, change your plans and stay indoors. You may need to take stock of the backyard as well, and move or tie down certain items that might blow over or wash away in a heavy storm.

Settling in for a storm doesn’t exactly thrill the heart as much as watching Aaron Judge thump baseballs, but it can be the difference maker in an emergency. A little extra caution or preparation could prevent many of the storm-related deaths each year.

Be Storm-Safe

Once the storm arrives, stay inside and safe. It’s dangerous outdoors until you’re 30 minutes past the last thunderclap.

Lightning can create problems indoors, too—showering, bathing, or standing near windows are all no-nos until the storm passes.

Hopefully, you’ve already got a stocked emergency kit, but now is the time to make sure it’s current. A mobile kit in the car can be a huge help as well if a surprise storm causes a need for evacuation.

If flooding does occur, stay out of the water at all costs, Aside from being physically dangerous, it’s also full of contaminants that can cause health effects.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass.

If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Did You Know? SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a IICRC Certified Firm

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, located in Bergen County is proud to be an IICRC Certified Firm. The IIRC, or the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a non-profit organization that set standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

“Standard Of Care"

The goal of the IIRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration and installation industries. To accomplish this goal, the IICRC sets standards and certifications for inspection, cleaning and restoration. The IICRC ensures that when the customers hire a certified firm or technician that they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry's “standard of care.”

The IICRC Certified Production Managers and Service Technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen  set themselves apart through SERVPRO training, years of work experience, and IICRC Certification. 

Don't trust your property to just anyone, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen.

Give us a call (201)236-2400.

Be Flood Smart in Bergen County

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage from Heavy Rains and Flooding: Clean up & Restoration 

Flooding from a storm or heavy rains can happen fast. After the recent storms in Bergen County, New Jersey many homes have suffered water damage that never had any before.  In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. 

The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency or evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water-3+ day supply; one gallon per day per person
  • Food-3+day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries (all sizes)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items (hearing aids, glasses, contacts, syringes, canes)
  • Multi-purpose tool, supplies to secure your home
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication lists, deed/lease to home, insurance policies, birth certificates)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Blanket
  • Baby supplies, pet supplies
  • Maps
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Extra clothing for both warm, cold and rainy weather-sturdy footwear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Be prepared and make sure your family is safe, then call our trusted office staff at (201)236-2400 to schedule an appointment with SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County to handle the water damage cleanup professionally and quickly before any secondary mold damage can take over and cause even more costly repairs. 

Can Your Family Escape in Two Minutes?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Every Second Counts

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.* In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few tips to help you develop a plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by recognized testing laboratory.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Mark this place on your escape plan map.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your escape plan during the day and nighttime.

*Tips provided by the American Red Cross

Call SERVPRO after you and your family are safe, cleaning up after a fire can be overwhelming. However, prompt cleanup is critical to eliminate secondary damage from water and even mold. Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to help you through the process of cleaning up after a fire damage event at your home or business. 

Bergen County Residents Trust Us for Recovery and Restoration | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

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There are a lot of things you have to prepare for as a home or business owner. It’s a bit like running Grand Central Station—you have to make sure everything is running in its proper place and time and with its proper resources, and when something goes off the rails, you have to move swiftly to get it back on track.

But occasionally something comes along that upends the whole station, and that’s when we step in. You can’t fully prepare for a damaging fire or flood event, but it’s our job to be ready.

When disaster brings the trains to a screeching halt, make the call to SERVPRO.

We’re Always Ready and Faster to Any Size Disaster

We’re the team that never sleeps. We’re on call 24 hours a day to make sure we can react immediately when you have an emergent need.

Every moment of wasted time may mean a more engrained smoke smell, secondary mold damage or another set of ruined belongings. A rapid response makes recovery easier, and having a SERVPRO team right here in Bergen County means you not only get fast, local service from area professionals, but you also get the full force of SERVPRO’s national network of resources.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

The solution that’s right for a home may not be the same as the solution for a local business, and it’s our business to know the difference. We’ve got 50-plus years invested in making the right customized plan and executing it to perfection.

We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."

While our methods are elaborate, our promise is plain: We’ll provide you with impeccable service, flawlessly executed, and we’ll leave your home or business so fully restored, you’ll have to check your journal to remember we were even there.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

It is incumbent on business owners to quell health concerns of returning customers. That’s why we developed the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. Now you can have the cleanest place in town, and your customers can know it before they even step in.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO.

After The Storm: SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Is Here To Help

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Home flooded by dirty water When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is your local restoration expert.

After any water damage situation, like a storm your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Floods from heavy rains is one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States, and can happen to your Bergen County home. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along a city street, in the mountains, near a river or even in a desert--there is always a potential for flood damage. 

Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. 

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County, even minor floods can lead to major damage when not treated quickly and properly. Cleanup is often an overwhelming task for the average homeowner without the right equipment. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County Service Technicians can handle any size disaster large or small. Read Storm and Water Damage Tips

Wildfire Protection Can Start at Home | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is ready and able to repair any damage.

One of the most unsettling thoughts for homeowners is the idea of seeing one’s home devoured by a raging wildfire. And while it’s true that most home fires in our area are from other root causes, wildfires are not as rare in New Jersey as you imagine.

But you can take action to make your home less likely to fall prey to wildfire, in addition to the oft-ignored practice of simply being careful, which is the top potential method of prevention.

One of those things is known as “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

It has nothing to do with stopping invaders from Jupiter. “Defensible space” is the practice of creating safe zones around your property that make it difficult for fire to close in on you. You can slow or stop the spread of a fire with the right mix of intentional pruning and tree spacing, gravel and inorganic material around the immediate perimeter of the house, and removal of dry fuel sources like dead trees or brush.

Think of defensible space as a way of choking a fire out before it reaches your home. If there’s nothing to feed the fire, it has to slow down and stop moving.

Defensible space also gives fire crews their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it gets to your house by giving them adequate space in which to work.

Why Defensible Space Matters

While western states are more prone to wildfires because of their drier climates, wildfires can and do occur all over the country. In fact, there were over 59,000 wildfires nationwide in 2020.

Even without the 10,000+ fires in California in the mix, there was still an average of almost 1,000 fires per state in 2020, and no state was totally spared. New Jersey experienced almost 2,000 wildfires and saw almost 12,000 acres of land burn last year. That’s more than 18 square miles!

And 2021 is shaping up for more of the same—there has actually been a 25% increase in the number of fires so far nationwide.

The truth is that anything that can be done to slow or stop wildfires needs to be done, and while defensible space isn’t required by law in New Jersey as it is in some states, you should consider it as a way to protect your home from potential danger.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a premier fire restoration company located in Bergen County. 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.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

SERVPRO: The Science of Drying

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?

Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. SERVPRO technicians are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards. This helps lower the chances of any secondary damages like mold growth. 

Here are the steps we will take to ensure your water damage restoration is handled correctly and efficiently.

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

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up mother nature"? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air-is drier.  The only issue is that nature often takes too long and secondary damage such as mold may occur.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County has special equipment such as Dry Matt System for Wood Floors and tools to help dry hard wood floors, and hard to reach spaces inside walls. We use modern moisture monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process called DryBook to help speed the drying of your home or business.

DryBook is a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process. It helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has the training, equipment and technology to help make your water damage disaster "Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety Tips: Do You Have An Escape Plan

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Severe Storms Are Becoming More Frequent and More Costly | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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We’re all aware that 2020 was a challenging year but did you also know that  2020 saw more weather disasters than any previous year on record.

Once a storm hits the billion-dollar mark in terms of damage caused, it’s officially given the dubious moniker of “disaster.” The U.S. suffered 22 such events in 2020, and of course there were many other weather events that didn’t reach the disaster threshold—in fact, the National Weather Service didn’t prepare enough names to be able to keep up with all the Atlantic storms the year produced, so they ended up using Greek letters to serve as additional names.

Not Just Hurricanes

It’s easy to blame hurricanes for causing costly damages, because they’re so obviously devastating. But it so happened that the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes. 

Of the year’s 22 official disasters, 14 of them were storms or storm events like tropical storms Fay and Isaias, which dumped floodwaters and took out power for days at a time in the Bergen area.

To give you an idea of the power of a single storm: In August, a single storm system in Nebraska became a rare derecho (kind of like a tornado made up of cutting straight-line winds) took out over 100 million acres of corn fields—an area more than 150,000 square miles—threatening over 11% of the entire country’s corn production, and half the crop of the state.

Not Just 2020

While we hope for gentler years to come, it’s hard not to notice that 2020 was following a trend toward more extreme weather events. Each of the last 10 years has produced at least eight of the billion-dollar disasters, and several of those years have set records of their own, such as the $300 billion in damages caused by storms in 2017.

Precautions against storm and water damage should be part of every property owner’s routine. But should extreme weather overwhelm your preparation or cause unforeseen damage, remember SERVPRO is on call 24 hours a day for emergency help, and we’ll be there “Faster to Any Size Disaster.”

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen does Commercial Water and Fire Damage Cleanup in Northern New Jersey

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Service Technician cleaning water damage in a warehouse. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen can handle any size commercial water and fire damage disaster.

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 of Northwest Bergen Preparedness: Summer Heat Safety

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Summer is here and it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but is particularly dangerous for the sick, elderly and young. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.

According to the EPA, "the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50-90° F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces often in more rural settings remain close to air temperatures." 

Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for an prevent extreme heat from affecting you and your family. If possible stay indoors I the air conditioning. Remember to bring your pets indoors, or have shade and water available for them at all times. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. 

If you must venture outdoors, wear light-colored, and loose-fitted clothing. It is also important to wear sunscreen when outdoors, and follow the instructions for application. 

Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which include: heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, and fainting according to the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Try to reduce the body temperature with cool, wet clothes or a bath. Do not give the person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency. (CDC)

If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter. 

Extreme Heat Safety Tips to Prepare Your Home

  • Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper ventilation
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes). Aluminum foil covered card board can be used to reflect heat back outside. 
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers, to reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.

source ready.gov

Extreme Heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit https://www.ready.gov/ or https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/index.html

Faster To Any Size Disaster 24/7 | SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Bergen County, New Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Service Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 

(201)236-2400 or

(800)497-7179

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage, fire damage or biohazard/sewage damage cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can clean and restore your home and make your property look its best. 

Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Cleanup
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Sewage/biohazard Cleanup
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond quickly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Cleaning and Disinfecting

Don’t trust your home or business to just any cleanup crew, TRUST the local damage and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen. We will be there faster even when disaster strikes at any unexpected time. 

A Custom Cleaning Solution for Your Post-Pandemic Business Needs | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

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With major metro areas like New York City finally making significant progress in the area of COVID-19 recovery, hopes are high that “real life” will be on its way again soon, and business owners are hoping to see a return to economic normalcy as well.

But as customers and employees return to on-site work and in-store shopping and dining, they need assurances from local business owners that the environments they’re stepping into are safe.

That’s why your business needs to be Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned.

Get Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program uses high-grade biohazard solutions and technologies much deeper than typical cleaning and janitorial services can offer to give your customers the confidence they need as they return to your business or office.

By mitigating concerns about sanitation, you can give your teams and patrons valuable and loyalty-engendering peace of mind. They’ll feel great about returning to your business knowing they don’t need to be fearful of contagious diseases of any kind, not only the coronavirus.

What makes this program stand out? It’s the three C’s:

Consult. We’ll work together to customize a cleaning strategy that adapts to the needs of your unique context. It helps that SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is locally owned and operated, so we are already accustomed to many of the complexities of northeast New Jersey.

Clean. Once we settle on an attack plan, we’ll get to the “fun” stuff—giving your building the cleaning of its life. Equipped with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning suspensions that are effective against everything from MRSA to anthrax, we’ll give your workplace an extreme cleaning that meets or surpasses the CDC’s strict guidelines. And we’ll focus on more than COVID-19 prevention—our goal is to create a worry-free environment that gives your customers protection from a host of infectious diseases.

Certify. Maybe the best part is you have a way to let your returning customers and potential newcomers know about all this before they even come inside. With the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield displayed in your window, on your door, and on your website and social outlets, you can radiate peace of mind to anyone who walks by or checks out your business.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

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.

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)

Smoke detector. SERVPRO of Bergen County is a IICRC Certified firm and a premier fire restoration specialist.

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. 

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

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

a heavy rain coming out of stormy clouds Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen if you experience any damage.

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.

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.

SERVPRO Has Drying Down To A Science

4/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

At SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen  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 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 has the training and equipment to help make water damage in your Mahwah, Wyckoff or Ridgewood, New Jersey 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

It's the Water You Don't See

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Large commercial drying fans. Drying Fans
 

Even small water damages at your Bergen County home has 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.

Smoke Alarms are LIFE SAVERS

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of a smoke detector. Smoke Detector
Did You Know? Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Assoc. (NFPA)

Follow these tips:

  1. 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. 
  2. Test Smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other smoke alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms are present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. (source NFPA)
  3. 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 is smoke is detected in just one area. (source NFPA)

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

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has IICRC certified and trained Service Technicians that have the knowledge and experience to clean and restore your Bergen County property after a fire damage event.  

(Source: Restoration Newsline Vol.29, Issue 9)

Danager of Extreme Cold

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

While your home may be damaged due to winter storms and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk. 

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as heart attacks from overexertion, according to Ready.gov. That is why it's important to be aware of the effect extreme cold temperatures can have on you.

Frostbite: is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms include white or grayish skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness. 

Hypothermia: is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone's body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress in layers to stay warm and keep dry. 

Have a safe and warm winter from SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County. 

Did You Know? Water Damage can Lead to Mold Damage

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Protimeter in a moldy beam. Mold Protimeter

Water damages can often cause mold growth in your home or business; therefore, it is important to have your water damage cleaned properly and professionally. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen service technicians handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage for example from leaking pipes, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure quickly. Our commercial grade equipment and DryBook monitoring system will leave no doubt that the structure is clean and dry. 

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • Visible Mold
  • Strong, musty odors
  • Excessive humidity
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and chronic water damage problems. We can help recommend companies that provide that service.

To learn more about mold visit our mold information page.  

Fire Damage: The Behavior of Smoke

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

The damage to your Bergen County property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke.

There are two different types of smoke--wet and dry. As a result, there are different typed of soot residue after a fire.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County Service Technicians are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration. They are trained to know about the different types of smoke and its behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, the technicians will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on your precious items. 

Smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems helps us to investigate how far smoke damage may have spread.

The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. 
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke dries. 

Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Service Technicians can, in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly. 

Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

Our technicians are trained to handle even the toughest losses, and are IICRC Certified. The Northwest SERVPRO team will make any smoke disaster "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage: Cold Weather Issues

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Drawing of a pipe leading to a sink with text. SERVPRO Tips

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. In Northern New Jersey temperatures often sink below freezing level, and your property is at risk for frozen pipes, which can create a major disaster at your home or business. Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold ares such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back-flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. to prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

  1. Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  2. Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
  3. When weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  4. Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

If you have any water damage caused by a burst pipe call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County at 1-800-497-7179.

To learn more about storm damage and our services visit our Storm Damage web page.

You Can Be Ruined or You Can Be READY! And SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Can Help!

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

With the Help of Technology

Technology can be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters. The following are tips to help you be ready and use technology in the event of any flood or storm disaster.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store information securely online. Services like Google Drive, and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records and information on your pets if necessary.

Follow the News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and your local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well Check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish.

Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you're located in the affected area at that time. 

Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts and others whom you may need to contact before, during and after a disaster. SERVPRO has the READY Plan APP, download the APP and be READY for any fire, water or mold disaster. 

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. 

Get an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen offers an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for free to help prepare you, your property or your business for an emergency. By having an ERP done in advance you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely and cost effective mitigation. Call our office for more information regarding your ERP Profile for your property or business. 

source: Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Issue 2

If Disaster Strikes Will Your Business Be Ready?

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is ready to help after a fire or water damage event strikes, but we can also help you prepare your business before disaster strikes.

It is important to prepare before a water or fire disaster occurs to keep your employees, and customers safe. Consider the following steps to help your business better prepare for an emergency situation. 

  1. Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  2. Develop and test emergency communication plans with all employees.
  3. Assemble or update emergency supplies. 
  4. Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  5. Have employees participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class. 
  6. Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  7. Plan with work neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  8. Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  9. Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
  10. Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to establish a Emergency Ready Profile of your Mahwah, Ridgewood, or any Bergen County commercial property. Then download the READY Plan APP on your digital device to quickly access important information about your property. 

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect your customers, staff, yourself and your property.

Call 201-236-2400.

Kitchen Cautions During The Holiday Season

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

 

Each Holiday Season, families gather to celebrate, which includes cooking large dinners, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires is unattended cooking. Here are some useful tips to avoid cooking fires:

  • Be on ALERT! If you are sleepy or consumed alcohol don't use the stove.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, and remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. 
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and towels) away from the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep your family safe.

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 911 or the local fire department after you leave.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fire. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove-top. Leave the pan covered until it is cooled completely. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen wants you to keep your Bergen County home safe this holiday season! We have 24/7 emergency service--even during the holidays 201-236-2400.

Destroy Odors With Deodoization

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke and soot damages in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.  Even small fires can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County specializes in restoring, cleaning and deodorizing after the fire and possible water damage has caused odor issues at your property.

Other odors that may require deodorization:

  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Pet Odors
  • Decomposition
  • Mold

As various material burn, or other problems like mold growth go untreated, the odorous residues and deposits on surfaces are left behind. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

We have technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), to handle specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. 

Our services don't cover up the odor with fragrance; we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO's own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor  from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies, upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC ducts and more. 

Whether it's fire, water, mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County will make it "Like it never even happened."

Are You Winter READY?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Are you and your Bergen County home prepared for the coming cold weather?

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet or snow, all extreeme weather can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check property for downed tree limbs and branches.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to help ensure they are in proper working order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your foundation. Clear gutters of debris, leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water damage problems.
  • Inspect handrails and stairwells as well as entryways to address and correct potential slippery surfaces.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the doors open allowing warm air inside the cabinet. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucets to ensure it drains.
  • Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen about completing an Emergency Ready Profile for your business or downloading the READY Plan APP and list us as your damage restoration company.  

CALL US TODAY AT 201-236-2400

Light the Holiday Season Safely

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season-however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening. 

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good working condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacture's instructions.
  • Always unplug your tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

The entire team at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is wishing you and your family a Merry and Safe Holiday Season!

How To Prevent Home Fires

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes accidents happen, but when it comes to your Bergen County home or business property, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires. 

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately ad do not run cords under rugs of furniture. 
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never try to force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut-off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
  • Space Heaters-should never be left running unattended. (see tips in photo)

Fireplace and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. 
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. 

During the cold weather months in Bergen County, New Jersey it is especially important to keep these tips in mind. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a premier fire damage restoration company, that has a fully trained staff, professional equipment and products, and many years of experience in fire restoration and cleanup. Call us at 201-236-2400.

Source: ready.gov

Why Cleaning Dryer Vents Is Important

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

As a premier fire restoration company in Bergen County, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen and our team of Service Technicians  often deal with many home fire cleanups that are caused by a clogged dryer vent.

According to FEMA , failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. 

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home or business, clean your dryer vents on a regular/monthy basis.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load. Also, make sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird's nest, or other potential obstacles. 

For more information visit  https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen will treat your family with empathy and respect and your Bergen County property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Is Your Bergen County Home Ready For A Storm?

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Weather can have a huge impact on your Bergen County home if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious damage. While you cannot control weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather. 

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Obstructions can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the doors open allowing warm air inside. If you have outdoor faucets, turn off the water at the main valve.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen about completing an Emergency READY Profile for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster. For residential customers download the ERP App and input your property information, and emergency contacts. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen can be listed as your emergency contact for storm, flood, water, fire and biohazard damage restoration. Give us a call today 201-236-2400.

Fire Extinguishers: Tips You Should Know

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

 

Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest remembering the word PASS

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. 

Aim low. Point the extinguisher as the base of the fire. 

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. 

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards?mode=code&code=10

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a leader in the fire restoration industry. We have over 25 years of experience, IIRC trained technicians, and professional grade cleaning products and equipment. Don't leave the most imortant job of cleaning your home after a fire to just anyone--Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County 201-236-2400.

Water Damage Cleanup for your Bergen County Home

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage can cause major problems to your Bergen County home. Whether you are dealing with broken pipes or a natural disaster, any number of things can cause flooding at your property. Besides the damage to any of your belongings and appliances, you have to find a way to get the water out of the home, and completely dry out the premises in order to avoid a problem that is compounded by unwanted mold growth. If you are dealing with water damage in Bergen County, the first step is to begin the water removal process. It is always best to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen when the job is too big for you, and you don't have the equipment or manpower to properly complete the water removal process. Also, notify your insurance company and take pictures of everything before any work is done at your property. If you are going to get any kind of insurance payout, it will be necessary to have proof of the full extent of water damage at your property.

What you should do Before SERVPRO Arrives:

Think about electricity before you enter the property or space until you know it is safe.

Remove any contents you don’t want that have water damage.

Move contents to higher level if there is no water damage to them.



What WE do when we arrive to your property:

Once we are sure it is safe to actually go into the flooded area of the building, we dress in protective gear, because it is a possibility that the water is contaminated.  At this time our SERVPRO Production Manager assess the damage, and will guide you through the process of insurance claims, give you an estimate and the best course of action to clean up the damage.

Water Removal:

We will now be able to remove what needs to be replaced, from dry wall to flooring. Then the Service Technicians will arrive in our “SERVPRO Green Trucks” with the required equipment of portable water extraction units to remove any standing water. After the water is removed air movers, fans, and/or floor drying mats can be place to completely dry the area.

What WE do after the water and moisture is removed:      

When the water has been removed, along with any damaged belongings, we will need to perform a thorough cleaning with a disinfectant. This ensures that secondary damage does not occur and your home is clean and dry. Now the rebuilding process can begin.

When your Bergen County home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and drying process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the entire process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for all of your water damage needs we have 24 hour/7 days a week emergency service.

Call today (201) 236-2400!

After The Storm: Leaks May Cause Mold Growth

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Did You Know? There is a Water Damage Timeline

Intrusion of water into your home from a storm can result in mold growth. When water damages are not addressed right away, the result is an increased risk of harmful mold growth. Mold may appear within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage intrusion event if the conditions are conducive to mold growth.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen located in Northern New Jersey handles water damages every day, and we know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or business building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which helps prevent secondary damage like mold growth. 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may begin to bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1-24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears. Mold spores grow if conditions are conducive to microbial growth.

Before risking further damage to you home, and belongings don't try to clean a water damage incident on your own, instead call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County at (201) 236-2400 to handle the water damage cleanup and restoration. 

When Water Damage Strikes: Know What To Do

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage to your home or business. To help ensure a water damage is handled correctly complete the following steps:

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock. 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place. 
  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water *this could cause electrical shock and/or damage to the vacuum.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. Watch for a possible Ceiling collapse.

After taking the first steps to limit the damage to your Bergen County home or business. The next step in the process is to:

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen 

As a leader in the water damage restoration industry we will help you through the process of mitigating the damage. Here are the steps that will  happen next: 

Inspection: Our experienced SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Service Technicians will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work. 

In case of Emergency Service: Service Technicians will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damages by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step.

Monitoring: To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a technician will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently be communicated to you. 

Restoration Services: Are available upon request. We will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property. A final walk-through of the job-site will be conducted with you.

With our level of experience in water damage restoration our SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County team is prepared for nearly any type and size disaster that could affect your home. Give us a call today at (201) 236-2400.

Disasters Happen: Make Sure Your Business is Prepared

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This September or National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters Happen" and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your employees, company and its infrastructure. This will maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  1. Plan to stay in business-develop a Emergency READY Profile with SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County. 
  2. Encourage your employees to become ready-Download the READY Plan APP
  3. Protect your investment-Plan Ahead

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • No Cost Assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains 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 County as your restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authoring work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and critical contact information.

We must all work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, and neighborhoods are ready when disaster strikes.

At ready.gov/business companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County and speak to Art Holl to find out  how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Profile program and APP.

Water Damage: SERVPRO Drying Process

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

When mitigating a water loss, taking steps to allow for thorough drying of the affected area is critical.

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call the SERVPRO team that is Faster to any Size Disaster

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

After the recent storms and heavy rains from hurricane Isaias homes and businesses are devastated by flooding water and sewage damage.  

A home or business water and sewage damage disaster can be a very stressful event for the property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern. The damage to the building structure is another. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs.  SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County offers 24 hr. 7 days a week emergency service. The rapid response and the training of our professional Service Technicians will help limit damage and get your home or commercial facility back in operation quickly and help make it, "Like it never even happened."   Don't hesitate when disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen 201-236-2400.

SERVPRO Has Drying Down To A Science

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Laptop with Drybook program on the screen. DRYBOOK

What is the Science of Drying? The Science of Drying or psychrometrics is a process that was created to establish guidelines, regulate techniques, and provide validation and documentation on the drying process. Our professional technicians are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. 

Why is it important? When it comes to water damage, there’s nothing more important than making sure the job is done right the first time. Our team 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 grade drying equipment.

What does it mean to help Mother Nature? A wet building can dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. However, this only happens when in fact the air is actually drier.  Unfortunately, secondary damage like mold may occur while the building is drying out. It's not only the equipment, but the technology SERVPRO Of Northwest Bergen uses as well to ensure your property is dry. SERVPRO Industries has developed DryBook, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and help ensure industry drying requirements are met. Bottom line we make a water damage event "Like it never even happened." 

Understanding Water Damage: Different Types of Water

7/21/2020 (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. 

Celebrate Summer Safely: FIREWORKS

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Question and Answer writing. E- all of the above

Fireworks Safety Tips

Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. 

  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear. 
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. 
  • Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
  • Have a Happy Fourth of July.

Firework Facts:

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
  • In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires, more than any other cause of fire. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is locally owned and operated company in Bergen County, New Jersey. We are a premier fire cleanup and restoration company with over 25 years of experience and training. We also have the professional cleaning products and equipment to get your property restored properly and quickly. 

AND the answer to the question is E!

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Assoc

Fire Escape Planning For Your Business

6/12/2020 (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 Service Technicians are trained fire cleanup and restoration professionals with years of experience. 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 about what to do or NOT do after a fire read our Fire Damage Tips. 

Featured Member of The Waldwick Chamber of Commerce

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

We Live Here Too!

For over 20 years, Charlie and Donna Vingoe have owned the SERVPRO franchises of Northwest Bergen, Southern Rockland County & Eastern Rockland County, located on Crescent Avenue in Waldwick. SERVPRO, a residential and commercial cleanup and restoration firm, provides 24/7 emergency water and fire/smoke/soot damage cleanups, sewage cleanups, mold remediation, bio-hazardous cleanings such as crime scene and hoarder situations, and carpet and upholstery cleanings.

Since 1995, the Vingoe’s and their SERVPRO Team have earned the trust of 100’s of national insurance carriers, as well as home and business owners alike, by making water and fire damage cleanups “Like it never even happened.”

Their local SERVPRO team of industry certified and experienced production managers, technicians and office staff are experts in helping you with your cleanup and throughout the mitigation process.

SERVPRO’s reputation is based on “Readiness”, being ready to help when disaster strikes, “Faster”, being faster to any sized disaster and committed to being “Here to Help”, with the philosophy of understanding the customer’s wants and needs. As a service company our goal is to make a difficult time less challenging.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen and Southern Rockland County & Eastern Rockland County has been recognized as one of the top 100 SERVPRO’s in the country, out of over 1800 franchises, for the past ten years and are members of SERVPRO’s National Franchise Advisory Board and the Northern New Jersey Sub-Regional Advertising Committee.

Charlie, Donna and the entire SERVPRO team take great pride in giving back to the community and believe their business has a responsibility to “pay it forward”. SERVPRO actively participates with The Waldwick Chamber of Commerce and is part of their Executive Board. SERVPRO works together on Chamber events that support local charities, community volunteer organizations, the town’s beautification, and the promotion of business amongst Chamber members. SERVPRO sponsors the Chamber’s 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk, networking events, Small Business Saturday, and Disco Nights for The Center for Hope and Safety. SERVPRO also sponsors Waldwick Day, several town recreational sports teams and sports banners, local educational fundraising events by donating tricky tray raffle items and monetary donations to various town volunteer organizations. SERVPRO has established a scholarship for a graduating senior from Waldwick High School and is the Emergency Evacuation Shelter and Meeting Point for the Crescent Elementary School. SERVPRO has initiated and sponsored the following charity events for local community members, Bridges for Katie, Kisses for Kelly Comedy Night & Subs for Super Bowl, A Night at the Hermitage for Laura A., a Variety Night for Hope with Heart and a Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Concert for Kerry.

Be Prepared For ANY Type Of Storm

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

If your home has water damage due to a storm, call the professional cleanup crew at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen (201)236-2400 to help we offer storm damage cleanup and restoration visit Storm Damage Cleanup Services for more information. 

Types of Water Damages and the Importance of Cleaning The Damage Quickly

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in your Bergen County home occurs when excess water starts to flood and pool in areas where it shouldn't be.

Several factors can cause this excess water, and therefore, contribute to damage to your property. When you know what the potential causes are, you can take precautionary steps to help you avoid a water loss. You can also spot an issue once it arises and get it fixed before it has a chance to do additional damage.

The faster you see a problem, the less work and extraction there is. Either way, water cleanup needs to be done in your Bergen County home, and you should hire the help of a professional remediation and restoration company to do the job. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Customer Service staff and Service Technicians are available to help you at any time with the experience and knowledge that you would expect from a reliable company.

A common cause of water damage in your home is broken pipes and hoses. Things such as aging pipes, a burst water main, or ice maker supply lines and washing machine supply hoses that fail certainly ruin your day. It is a good idea to purchase copper pipes and braided metal lines to replace the original ones, as they hold up much better so you can avoid accidents. Another common cause for water damage is leaking hot water heaters which can cause major water damage mainly in finished basements. If you are home the first thing to do is shut off the water supply, then call your plumber, often the appliance needs to be replaced. The next steps should be a call to your home insurance company and then SERVPRO so we can help cleanup and dry the entire space while working closely with your insurance company.  

No matter what has happened, our SERVPRO Service Technicians can help you get your home dry and back in its preloss condition. We have various tools to help us get the water out, including moisture meters and sensors to find any hidden moisture, pumps to get rid of any standing water over a few inches deep, plus air movers and dehumidifiers to dry everything. We also work quickly and efficiently so additional damage is avoided, such as mold growth.

Another common reason for water damage in your home includes broken toilets and overflowing bathtubs. The toilets overflows or backups are particularly important to clean up properly because of the biohazards contaminants of the “black water,” SERVPRO techs are trained and have protective gear specifically for these types of cleanups. Sewer backups, unfortunately, happen as well. Tree roots can invade and clog your drain lines. Using an enzyme drain treatment to flush out your lines every month during the spring and summer months when tree roots grow the most is a good idea to avoid this kind of disaster.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen can help you restore your home after a water damage emergency, no matter what type it is.  Call our Customer Service team at (201)236-2400 as soon as you realize there is an issue so we can schedule an appointment and come quickly to clean things for you. 

To learn more about Water Damage read our online water damage brochure.

Karen is awarded Citizen of the Year

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

The staff at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County couldn't be more proud of our very own Karen Centauro.  She was recognized as Citizen of the Year for all of the amazing work she does in our Waldwick, New Jersey community.  Karen has worked closely with the Waldwick Chamber of Commerce, as well as coordinating various charity events in town. 

Some of her community involvements are being a judge at the Shark Tank competition at the High School, helping with the Waldwick 5K, Waldwick Day, and Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation Golf Outing, and much more. Congratulations Karen! Our SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen office and local community is a better place with you! 

As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this Bergen County community too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or water, fire or mold damage restoration services. 

SERVPRO supporting the local Northwest Bergen Community and Waldwick High School

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Group picture of high school students, and adults sitting at a table in front of them. "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: 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  

The Science of Drying Water Damage

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

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".

Waldwick Cinco de Mayo 5k Run

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Waldwick 5k Run 2018

Grab your sombrero and sneakers! And join SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County at the Waldwick 5k Run. We are a Gold sponsor for the event, we are donating tents, swag bag items and Karen is handing out the "Chile Pepper" medals! Here is the link to find out more information: 

https://thewaldwickchamberofcommerce.com/waldwick-5k-run/  

You might also see some of our employees running or walking!  

RACE WEBSITE

Additional race information can be found at https://thewaldwickchamberofcommerce.com/waldwick-5k-run/.

Here are the details from the event organizers:

This is “nacho” ordinary 5K Run! This year’s 12th Annual Waldwick Chamber of Commerce 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk will be held on Cinco de Mayo!  This USATF-NJ Grand Prix sanctioned 500-point event offers a fast, scenic course through Waldwick Borough Park with the big finish on the new high school track. We’ll fiesta like there’s no manana with live music, and entertaining messages peppered along the way.  Waldwick’s special brand of race-day spirit will keep you light on your feet all 3.1 miles. The race is timed by Best Racing System using B Tag Chips, and this race boasts the best goody bag swag (to the first 400 registrants), and special commemorative tech shirts.A portion of the proceeds from the 5K Run will be donated to The Waldwick High School Scholarship Fund, The Sean Fisher Foundation, The Christopher Goodell Scholarship Fund, The Staff Sgt. Joseph D’Augustine Memorial Fund, as well as a number of other community and veteran volunteer organizations. Show your Waldwick spirit and pride by coming out and joining us on this fun day.

Always in our hearts, this race is dedicated to the Memory of our three fallen Marines:  SSgt. Joseph D’Augustine, Sgt. Christopher Goodell (WPD),  & Gunnery Sgt. Mark Hopkins. 

 For more information please view our race website: https://thewaldwickchamberofcommerce.com/waldwick-5k-run/

Fireplace and Portable Heating Safety Tips

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know? 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire. 

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment., like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid free" zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container a safe distance away from your home. 
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. 

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Plan Ahead and Build an Emergency Kit

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Be Prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. https://www.ready.gov/ suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit.

  • 3-day Supply of non-perishable food
  • Water-One gallon per person per day
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription Medication
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Hygiene products
  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Cell phone charger
  • Change of clothes
  • Matches in weatherproof container
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies
  • Infant supplies
  • Important documents in weatherproof container (insurance documents, bank records, IDs)

You can also keep a condensed Emergency Kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive kit go to ready.gov/

Clean Water vs. Contaminated Water

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Dirt and water damage on commercial floor. Contaminated water damage

When your home or business in Rockland County suffers from a water damage disaster, 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. The term 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 property to chance, and risk secondary damage. To learn more visit Water Damage Tips or call SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County at 845-753-3730 to professionally cleanup any size water damage disaster. 

Top Three DO's and DON'Ts after a fire disaster

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

These tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen technicians arrive. Follow these Do's and Don'ts to help reduce the damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

  1. Limit Movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  2. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  3. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 

DON'T:

  1. Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO.
  2. Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  3. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage. 

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Winter Weather Worries

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather and temperatures falling below freezing can bring about home water damage issues such as frozen pipes and ice dams. These damages are costly to repair and in most instances can be prevented. 

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are not only those exposed to the cold weather, such as outdoor pipes, but also pipes in cold areas like basements, attics, garages and kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your home if not properly and quickly fixed. 

According to The American Red Cross here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing:

  • Drain water completely from swimming pool, sprinkler system and outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near plumbing.
  • In extreme cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set at the same temperature day and night. The temperature should not be set below 55°

Ice Dams

Ice dams can cause major damage during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, (source Travelers.com) check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along ceiling of exterior walls in your home. These are indicators that ice dams have occurred and water has penetrated the roof membrane. Remove the ice dam quickly to prevent major water damage to your homes exterior and interior. Using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt can be used to alleviate the ice dam problem. 

If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO has trained professional technicians ready to restore your property.

Carbon Monoxide: A silent cold weather killer

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

CO Alarm

Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment such as portable generators. There are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes. Reduce CO fumes exposure in your home or workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside bedrooms. Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from openings to prevent fumes from entering the home/building. Visit usfa.fema.gov for more info on CO safety. 

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Alarms

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.

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 and equipment to clean and restore your property. Learn about our services here Fire cleanup and restorations services.

Home Fires Occur More Often in Winter Months

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know?

Home fires occur more often during the winter than in any other season. 

A home or business fire can be a very stressful event. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. 

Be Prepared!

  • Install Smoke Alarms- on every level of your home
  • Test Smoke Alarms at least once a month
  • Replace batteries at least once a year
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years

The 10th Anniversary Sean Fisher Memorial Event

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Northwest Bergen is an active member of our community, and we are humbled to be able to participate in charitable events that involve our neighbors and friends within the community. 

The 10th Anniversary Sean Fisher Memorial Event was held Sunday, August 19 - 5 pm to 7 pm at the Waldwick High School Turf field.

The event was held to Celebrate Sean's Life and Supporting the Sean Fisher Foundation.

Sean passed away on August 13, 2008 (his 13th birthday) during football practice on the WHS turf of an undetected heart defect. His parents, Sheila and Jim, created the Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation to provided funding for heart screenings for students to hopefully prevent this tragedy from ever happening again. This event is to raise funds and awareness, as well as to honor Sean's life. The friends of Sean's put together an Air band contest. What is an Air band? It's a fun way to play air guitar, air drum, air sing, air anything and jam to great music! NO TALENT NECESSARY!! It was a fun and beautiful way to show support of the Fisher family and honor Sean's memory.

Third Annual Service Scholarship

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Northwest Bergen County enjoys being an active member of the community, and sponsors a scholarship every year for a student in the local high school. We would like to Congratulate  Conor Gallagher a 2017 Waldwick High School Graduate. He won our 3rd Annual SERVPRO Northwest Bergen Service Scholarship for 2017. Conor wrote a great essay about his contributions to the community. Art Holl was on hand to offer Conor his check. It is always so rewarding to see young adults involved in community service, and succeeding academically in school. Conor will have a bright future no matter what school or career choices he makes.

Is Your Business READY? Commercial Disaster Preparedness

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile Application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in to SERVPRO when disaster strikes. The Ready Plan App is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO, and can be downloaded on your Android device, or iPhone.

The application allows both residential and commercial property owners and managers to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, key contacts; stores photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forecasts and more, including our SERVPRO contact information. 

Through the application, the user can quickly call SERVPRO or submit an electronic "First notice of Loss" to the SERVPRO National Call Center setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Rapid response can help the owner evaluate options, and start the insurance process and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Presidential Proclamation encourages citizens, government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other interested groups to join in activities to increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent breast cancer. Visit the Breast Cancer Awareness Website for valuable information about Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Does Your Home or Business Have a Mold Problem?

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Found Inside a Wall


Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. SERVPRO has specialized mold removal equipment and trained technicians to get the job done right. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any source of water must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your porperty and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 1(800)497-7179. Read our Mold Blog to learn more about mold. Visit our Mold Web Page to learn about all our services.

Learn the Facts About Mold

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Found in Basement raffers

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Extreme Heat

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Now that summer time is here, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but mainly the young, elderly and sick. There are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. If you must go outdoors, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting and fainting. (according to the Center for Disease Control) Heat Exhaustion can lead to Heat Stroke which is life threatening. Signs of Heat Stroke are a high body temperature (103 Degrees or more) rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has Heat Stroke, call 911, and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce the body temperature with cool wet clothes or a bath. Do not give a person with Heat Stroke fluids- treat the situation as a serious medical emergency. For more info visit ready.gov  Extreme Heat Tips to Prepare Your Home 

  • Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outdoors.
  • Weather strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

Mold: Don't Let It Grow

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth on Wall

From the Ordinary

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing baked goods and other food products. The unique flavor of Blue Cheese is a result of mold, and edible mushrooms are a type of fungi. Lifesaving penicillin is also a product of mold (Penicillin-chrysogenum). 

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.

To The Unhealthy

Water intrusion events such as storm damage, plumbing leaks or equipment failures, and poor humidity control, in your home or business can result in mold growth. When these water intrusions are not addressed quickly the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. However, if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply into mold colonies. Organic materials found inside a building, such as paper, fabric, drywall, wood, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

Health Concerns

Health Concerns may arise with excessive mold growth indoors. These concerns will likely arise for people that are considered "at risk", which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children, the elderly, pregnant women, people with allergies or asthma. However, anyone can experience problems associated with exposure to mold. Possible health effects include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses. 

Take Precations

If there is an ongoing moisture problems in the building/home it is important to be alert for signs of mold growth:

  • Presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors
  • Evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold
  • Excessive humidity

Help is Here

Sometimes a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional will be required to inspect and test the building for mold growth and provide reports on the type of mold present. After, the reports are done our SERVPRO Technicians can start the mold mitigation process. 

Managing Mold: Tips Before Help Arrives

5/31/2018 (Permalink)


Be Careful! without proper training or tools, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. 

What To Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the HVAC systems and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO Bergen & Rockland County for mold remediation.

What Not To Do:

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold
  • Don't blow air across any surface with visible mold growth
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

About our Mold Remediation Services:

SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professional that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. 

If you see mold, call SERVPRO today!

Managing Mold: Take Pecautions

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Infestation

When there's a water intrusion event like a leaky roof or leaky water line, mold can quickly become a problem in you home or business. Mold can  cause health issues and can also cause significant damage to your property. Our Technicians have the training,protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle any size mold problems at your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mitigation process remains the same, the following is a typical mold removal process. 

Call SERVPRO A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed. An independent Air Quality/Environmental Professional may be needed to do the initial mold testing. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment Your property will be carefully inspected by SERVPRO for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. We have powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents and Belongings Restorable items such as furniture, decorative items, and curtains affected by mold can be cleaned. We use a variety of cleaning methods and techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Technicians are trained to remove odors with specialized fogging equipment. 

Restoration Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs or major reconstruction.

Our Professional Technicians have the training and equipment to mitigate mold in your home or business. 

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Dryer Fire

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup. Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles

Every Second Counts-October is Fire Prevention Month

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

American Red Cross Fire Escape Plan

Every Second counts during a fire.

Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home. That is why every second counts, it is critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. Once a plan is developed, it is important that everyone in the home understands the plan. The best way to do this is to practice the escape plan at least twice a year. 

A survey by the American Red Cross shows only 26% of families have a fire escape plan in place. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. 

  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. (Store them by the window)
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped, emergency personnel will also be able to see you. Make sure to mark this on your plan. 
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. 
  • Practice your plan twice a year during the day and at night. 

Increase your chance of surviving a fire by having working smoke/fire detectors in place, developing an escape plan, and then practicing the plan with the family. 

At SERVPRO our priority is your safety. We are here to help you to prepare for possible disasters, and restore your home after a disaster strikes.

May is NATIONAL BUILDING SAFETY MONTH

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Clean Up,

Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council. Building Safety Month-is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public, on "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings," according the ICC website. 


The theme for 2017 is Code Officials~Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth, and highlights managing disasters, specifically natural disasters. Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include Disaster Safety and Mitigation, as well as, Fire Safety and Awareness. 


Important Tips From The ICC


Disaster Safety & Mitigation



  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade plywood. Visit www.flash.org for more info.

  • Flooded roads could have a significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It only take 6 inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of moving water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. Want more info visit www.iccsafe.org


  • Here are a few tips to follow from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – (FLASH®) when preparing your family for any emergency.



    • Develop a family disaster plan that includes a list of food and water supplies needed for each member of your family and supplies for your pets. Make copies of important documents like insurance policies, the deed to your home, and other personal papers, important phone numbers and a home inventory. Create a checklist of important things to do before, during and after a disaster.

    • Review your evacuation route and emergency shelter locations with your family. Options for evacuation would include staying with friends and relatives, seeking commercial lodging, or staying in a mass care facility operated by disaster relief groups in conjunction with local authorities.

    • Taking shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering in place is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, place of employment, or other location where you are when disaster strikes.



Celebrate Earth Day all week

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Deals with the aftermath of weather disasters all the time- but this week lets celebrate all things green.  Did you know starting a personal/community garden and buying local food makes a huge difference? SERV the world by PROtecting the environment. Earth day is Friday April 22!  

Suburban Home Show Carpet Cleaning Contest Winner

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Lina M. of Piermont, NY.

She was the winner of our Carpet Cleaning raffle valued at $225 at the Suburban Home Show.

Spring has Sprung Get Ready For Wild Weather

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Get Ready For Unpredictable Weather

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians, who employ specialized equipment and techniques, to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.  Visit Weather.gov for all types of weather alerts and safety information.Visit weather.gov website

Clean Homes Sell Faster

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

Get it Clean - Get it Sold

It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Home owners should keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased maket value
  • Reduced list to sale conversion times

SERVPRO offers professional cleaning services:

  • Carpets, Upolstery and Drapery Cleaning
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Did You Know? December is the peak time of Year for Home Candle Fires.

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

Candles, pretty lights and decorations are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season, however, if not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

SERVPRO handles Fire, Smoke and Soot cleanup and restoration.  The first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss.

SERVPRO professionals help meet the real needs of insurers and property owners by supplying reliable and consistent service. 

Turn on the Green Light to Honor Verterans

11/10/2015 (Permalink)

Waldwick - Every Nov. 11, the nation takes a day to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. 

This year, in addition to a procession at 10:45 a.m. in front of American Legion Post 57 and a ceremony at Veterans Plaza at 11 a.m., Mayor Thomas Giordano is urging residents to take part in an initiative that would make it more obvious just how much the borough supports its veterans.

"To show our thanks to our veterans in all they have done for all of us, I ask all Waldwick residents to change a single light bulb in the front of your home to green to show support for those who have served," Giordano said in a statement.

Giordano's call is part of the nationwide initiative called Greenlight A Vet. The website describes the initiative as a "campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green" with the color green signifying "hope, renewal and well-being" as well as offering a "greenlight" forward for veterans who are back home.

American Legion Post 57 Commander John Vervoort said he appreciated the initiative and Giordano's support of veterans.

"[In] our post, we've got men from the 'Greatest Generation' that served in the Pacific and European theaters and all war eras, up until now," said Vervoort. "I know, to me, I'm going to be very interested to see how many green lights are out there. It's going to touch my heart to see it."

For Giordano, along with recognition, the green lights will serve as a quiet "thank you" to all veterans.

"As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all our Waldwick veterans and all veterans for your sacrifices and selflessness as you make our country a better place," said Giordano. "Your dedicated service to our country will never be forgotten. You are examples of how courage and leadership leads to service. And we owe all of you a debt of gratitude."

For information about local Veterans Day ceremonies, visitlegionpost57.org

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/community-events-and-announcements/waldwick-turns-on-the-green-light-in-thanks-to-veterans-1.1450550

BY RODRIGO TORREJONSTAFF WRITER | WALDWICK SUBURBAN NEWS

Waldwick High School Scholarship

8/12/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Northwest Bergen is proud to sponsor the First Annual SERVPRO Scholarship at Waldwick High School. 

Customer Appreciation

4/10/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen recently held their customer appreciation celebration.  This year was very special as Charlie and Donna Vingoe and staff are celebrating 20 years of making it "Like it never even happened."

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