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SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Preparedness: Summer Heat Safety

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Practice Heat Safety images and information. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen encourages everyone to practice HEAT Safety precautions.
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%.


Extreme Heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit or

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

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Green alarm clock with numerals twenty-four and 7. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is available for emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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


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)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen team.

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.

SERVPRO We Are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is Here to Help during this time of need. During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists 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.


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."

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. 

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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.

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

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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 serious 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 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 could cause severe illness or death if ingested, 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 grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, 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 can produce allergens and irritants and 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 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.

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

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO billboard. SERVPRO Billboard

Charlie Vingoe's SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is celebrating 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.

Check out our new Billboard located in Suffern NY. 

Congratulations Charlie and Lauren!

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.

Did you know SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a certified IICRC firm?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

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. 

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.

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 

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".

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.

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,