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When Your Humidity Problem Causes Mold Damage in Your Teaneck Home

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Your Humidity Problem Causes Mold Damage in Your Teaneck Home Mold Problems in Teaneck? Call SERVPRO

Mold Remediation? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Solutions

Mold is much like fire and water, a little bit that is under control is normally no cause for great concern. That all changes when humidity becomes too high for more than a couple of days. That is all it takes for mold to grow rapidly and then result in noticeable damage.
 
In your Teaneck home, mold damage might remain unseen if it is in a hidden area. Dark and hidden locations that are rarely seen are favorite locations for mold. Sunlight can kill mold, if the time mold colonies are exposed to it is long enough. Even when finding it while cleaning or searching for a hidden box of items in storage, the damage itself might not readily be apparent until cleaning reveals what the mold itself was hiding.
 
A malfunctioning or non-existent dehumidifier can be the cause, as can leaking water lines, or moisture is seeping in through the basement's floors or walls. Overflowing tubs and other basins that were not completely fixed in the past can also be responsible for current problems with microbes, including mildew and other forms of fungi. Correcting the humidity in a home is crucial to successful mold remediation. Otherwise, the problem can soon return.
 
Cleaning is not enough to remove mold. Areas that are severely damaged must be cut away and replaced, and this demolition must be done with care. Sections of your home that have evidence of problems from microbial activity require tarping up of doorways to prevent the spread of mold into uncontaminated areas. Our technicians receive IICRC training in both remediation and the use of personal protection equipment.
 
Because mold spores are so small, they cannot be seen by the naked eye. We use air scrubbers to clean the air while we are working, as this has been shown to reduce the number found in the air significantly. In addition to this, finding the leak or another source of moisture is paramount toward preventing future situations from developing. Adding a low-maintenance dehumidifier to your home is another service we can assist with, and this can considerably decrease the chance of a recurring problem.
 
If you have discovered mold damage in your home, call us. We are local and always available to answer you when you call us. We are SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood, and our number is (201) 266-0482.

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Radiator Leak: A Source Of Water Damage In Your Englewood Home

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Radiator Leak: A Source Of Water Damage In Your Englewood Home A radiator leak can cause significant water damage to your property.

Water Damage Caused By A Radiator Leak

Older homes often use a hot water system for heating. A boiler, usually in the basement, is connected by a series of pipes to radiators positioned throughout the house. The loop between radiator and boiler, or the radiator or boiler itself can leak, harming your home’s structure and contents. SERVPRO helps investigate the source of water intrusion, restoring building materials and possessions in the water’s path.

Your first hint that your heating system caused water damage to the floor of your Englewood dining room was a mysterious dampness of the carpeting near a window. After searching for obvious causes like spillage of water during meals or rain blown through the window you reached out to us to dry the carpet and evaluate permanent harm to the underlying floor. Our trained technicians investigate and find the unexpected source of the water.

Slowly the radiator under the dining room window leaks water from an ancient valve. Originally used to adjust the flow of water the device seemed frozen in place by sediment or oxidation. A crack in the connection allows water to seep out, barely noticeable, but increasing in volume in warmer weather as the water and cast iron cool and the valve seal loosens. SERVPRO puts you in touch with an appropriate radiator repair shop, and then our technicians move to restore the water damage.

Under the carpeting is a hardwood floor, now warped because of the swelling caused by water absorption. The carpet lifted and padding removed, we attend to the floor. We measure moisture levels initially to aid in setting drying goals. Air movers and drying mats join with dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture level to below 12 percent before sanding and refinishing. If we refinish the wood earlier, the action risks additional warping. It may take a few weeks for the proper levels to be reached, requiring periodic moisture measurements by our crew.

A portion of the floor may be pried up to release hidden pockets of water and to ensure the subflooring is drying as well. Another method SERVPRO uses successfully is the drilling of small holes in the hardwood to encourage the moisture to evaporate. When the floor is heavily sealed by stains, varnishes, and waxes, this approach may be the only way to break the vapor barrier.

Count on SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to help you solve water damage problems. One call to (201) 266-0482 establishes our partnership with you, committed to restoring your home to pre-water harm condition.

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Using Your Tenafly Fireplace Properly

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Using Your Tenafly Fireplace Properly To keep the air in your home clean and lower the fire risk, you should know how to operate them safely and understand the risks.

How To Properly Use Your Fireplace

Fireplaces are perfect for staying warm and cozy during the colder months. To keep the air in your home clean and lower the fire risk, you should know how to operate them safely and understand the risks. The last thing you want to do is deal with a fire-damaged home from an ill-kept or faulty fireplace.

Ensuring your Tenafly chimney is kept clean is important, as a buildup of creosote is a fire hazard. Damage to a chimney or fireplace can also cause a house fire and fire damage. To keep your fireplace maintained, have it annually inspected and cleaned once every two years or more. Also, do not burn a fire more than a few hours at a time and burn only hardwood that is well-seasoned.

SERVPRO has professionally trained fire remediation specialists. You should have our number on hand in case you do experience a fire in your home from your fireplace. We can clean and repair your home promptly.

When you improperly burn wood, it produces dangerous emissions like organic gas, carbon monoxide, and heavy smoke avoids this by not burning softwoods, wet wood, or newly cut wood. Do not burn wood which has been treated, painted, or made with glue, and do not burn papers which contain dyes or bleaches. Particles in these can clog the air passages in a fireplace and make noxious, carcinogenic, or corrosive gasses.

Watch for a chimney draft which is weak in the fall. The temperature difference between the outdoor air and chimney smoke can create many problems like a faulty chimney, cracks, and smoke which does not rise as fast as it should, causing too much smoke in the house. Another danger is back-puffing. A chimney that is obstructed causes your home to be backed up with smoke. Creosote buildup or soot can create a blockage, as can acts of nature, such as bird’s nests.

Even if a small fire has occurred from a malfunctioning fireplace in your home, SERVPRO can take care of the repair and cleanup for you. It's essential that you notify us as quickly as you can after the fire, soot and smoke continue to do damage to your home until we clean it up. We salvage any of your possessions that we can and ensure the affected area is sanitized when the cleanup is done.

Contact us at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood quickly after a fire in your home. We just need to hear from you at (201) 266-0482, and we take care of the rest, so you do not have to.

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Selecting A Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Company In Bergen County

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Selecting A Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Company In Bergen County When you fall victim to fire damage, quick decisions make all the difference.

Fire Damage Restoration

A home is a prized possession and a big investment for anyone. For most, it is a place for family and fond memories that last a lifetime. When you fall victim to fire damage, quick decisions make all the difference.

When hiring a fire damage restoration team for your Bergen County home, you expect to gain access to certified professionals, industrial-grade equipment, and technicians with years of experience. Sadly, that might not always be the case. Many try to do it their way, pass on certifications and avoid following rules that give those that want to do things right a bad name. To help customers just like you choose a qualified restoration company, here are a few helpful tips.

It never hurts to ask your insurance agency for a referral. If they have had success using a specific company, they are more than likely going to work out for you as well. Always make it a point to discuss services offered, certifications, and guidelines followed with each company you contact. You want someone who manages your entire restoration from beginning to end, like SERVPRO.

When discussing your problem with any restoration company, it is important for them to speak plainly and explain their services in detail. If the company cannot point out why a specific service is necessary, they are not the company for you. You also want access to someone that has operated within the industry for several years, companies like SERVPRO provide far better restoration services than smaller companies in business for less than a year.

The best way to determine the amount of expertise of the company you consider using involves checking how many services they offer. Fire damage to your property involves fire, water, and smoke restoration, water extraction, cleaning, deodorization, and repair services as well. Apart from that, they should offer 24-hour emergency services and make themselves available when you need them, just like SERVPRO.

When facing emergency situations in your home, contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood first. We can provide you with all of the services you need for a stress-free restoration process (201) 266-0482.

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Neutralize Water Damage That Exists In Your Englewood Area Home

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Neutralize Water Damage That Exists In Your Englewood Area Home Water intrusions that make their way into your home can leave devastating damage behind.

Water Damage In Your Home


Water intrusions that make their way into your home can leave devastating damage behind. For those of you who appreciate the beauty and elegance of hardwood flooring; how you react and the choices you make can lead to warping or permanently damaging your wood floors.

Protecting your investment, getting the right help, and neutralizing problems that exist in your Englewood home make water damage a bad memory. We can repair your water damaged hardwood floors and help return them to almost new condition; if you make the call. You do not need to face these issues alone and should never attempt repairs on your own. Obviously, you should be able to handle small amounts of water, the finish alone offers some protection. However, it can be difficult to determine how much water has affected your hardwood flooring, an initial inspection from SERVPRO Professionals can help.

Places like SERVPRO, can successfully remove excess water and provide you with a fast drying process to help get things under control quickly. Remember time is a major factor in any water damage repair issue, making the decision to call for help reduces the amount of time mold has to take hold, prevents buckling, and guesswork. If you decide to attempt repairs on your water damaged flooring yourself and make the mistake of refinishing your floor before it is fully dry, you can make the damage even worse. So it is important for the entire area, including the subfloor, to obtain professional attention before a variety of issues take hold and make restoration of your wood flooring impossible.

SERVPRO’s professional water damage restoration services involve utilizing expertly trained technicians, industrial-grade water extraction, and drying equipment. Giving us the ability to dry your hardwood floor quickly and evenly, without causing additional problems that often arise devastating a wood floor’s infrastructure. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood makes every effort to return your home, its contents, and any personal belongings to a quality pre-water damage condition for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. Call us to begin restoring your water damaged property, today (201) 266-0482.


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Why We Place So Much Emphasis On Standing Water In Englewood

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why We Place So Much Emphasis On Standing Water In Englewood Even small amounts of standing water have the ability to cause thousands of dollars' damage.

Standing Water Can Damage Your Property


Standing water is a term used to describe any situation where there is water spread across an area with a measurable depth. In a home, any instance of standing water is typically going to be an example of or a product of flood damage and has significant potential to cause severe damage to your home. Even small amounts of standing water have the ability to cause thousands of dollars' damage. However, why does this specific aspect of flood damage wreak so much havoc on a home?

One of the most vital things to remember about standing water is that it is often an indicator of much more serious flood damage in your Englewood home. When SERVPRO technicians hear that they have to deal with standing water, they tend to ready themselves to handle other more severe symptoms of flood damage. Lighter floods tend to evaporate quickly or find their way into a street, causing fewer problems. If water has remained in large volumes inside the building, there is probably a significant amount of damage elsewhere.

However, standing water also creates problems all on its own. Most of these are compounded with time. If floodwaters are allowed to remain in a building longer than a few hours, they may seep into the building's foundation, necessitating a much larger and lengtheir restoration process than normal. Furthermore, every hour without water removal adds to the risk of a mold colony starting to grow, creating a much bigger problem overall. SERVPRO technicians almost always arrive on-site within four hours of your call being placed, so it is usually possible to avoid the worst damage these waters can create. For the sake of your home and our efficacy, be sure to call us as soon as you have confirmed a flood.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is ready 24/7 to respond rapidly to local homeowners' flood damage cases, and we aim to make sure as little damage is done to your home as possible through our time-tested mitigation approach. Call us at (201) 266-0482.

Broken Pipes Lead To Commercial Water Damage In Cafes And Diners In New Milford

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Broken Pipes Lead To Commercial Water Damage In Cafes And Diners In New Milford Sharing a meal is a favorite way to spend time with others, so being closed can result in regular customers looking elsewhere, never to return again.

Broken Pipes And Commercial Water Damage

A broken pipe in the bathroom or kitchen area can create a disaster in the best of eateries. When flooding happens, profits come to a screeching halt. Getting everything back to normal needs to happen fast.

New Milford has many beautiful places to visit with friends, but commercial water damage can keep patrons away. Sharing a meal is a favorite way to spend time with others, so being closed can result in regular customers looking elsewhere, never to return again. We can help by decreasing the amount of time you are closed for repairs after your business has flooded. Even if the flood came from a dirty source, like sewer backup, we are qualified to bring your establishment back up to code. One thing to remember is that even if the water came out clean, that water can quickly and easily become contaminated by cleaning chemicals stored in bathrooms or closets.

Our applied structural drying technician (ASD) knows the best ways to reach maximum dryness in areas that tend to latch onto and hold or retain water and moisture. When these materials are allowed to retain higher moisture content than they should be, the area they are in can never attain its intended level of dryness. Our ASD works in conjunction with our water damage restoration technician (WRT) in restoring your diner or cafe to a functional state.

SERVPRO understands that simply cleaning up the water and drying your business out is not enough to get you back up and operating again like normal. Anything that was damaged by the water must be repaired for restoration to be complete. When there has been a flood in your eatery, just call us, SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood. SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, so we know the area ad how much your business means to not only you but to the community in general. We are always ready to take your call at (201) 266-0482.

Mold Cleanup In Schools: Find The Best Remediation Manager In Englewood

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup In Schools: Find The Best Remediation Manager In Englewood Mold growth is not uncommon within these buildings and causes great concern when discovered.

Commercial Mold Cleanup


Our city is home to schools, both public and private. Mold growth is not uncommon within these buildings and causes great concern when discovered. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed guidelines for remediating mold in schools and commercial buildings. SERVPRO is familiar with this proper protocol and uses it when responding to concerns from school officials.

Administrators, parents, teachers and students appreciate an efficient approach to mold damage remediation in Englewood schools. The buildings in question are often large and filled with many areas where mold spores find the water, oxygen, and organic surfaces necessary for growth. Plumbing lines snake from restrooms to water fountains in every hall and level of the school. Gymnasiums, swimming pools, and HVAC systems offer other sources of moisture and hidden areas for microbial growth. The response we provide adjusts to the scale of the problem once an investigation begins.

The EPA protocol lists a number of considerations aimed at owner-managers of school and other commercial sites:

    •    Assess size of affected area(s)
    •    Pay particular attention to spaces where occupants noticed smells or felt susceptible people reacted to the potential infestation
    •    Seek out hidden mold
    •    Respond to smaller outbreaks and the water issues feeding them immediately to limit problem
    •    Look for water damage
    •    View inside air ducts and system
    •    Choose a remediation manager if the outbreak is large or in many areas

If a private school or public district determines the mold abatement task is beyond their in-house efforts SERVPRO stands ready with our local presence, and access to a nationwide network if needed. We provide mold remediation trained specialists for these jobs, technicians who completed additional education courses in line with the EPA standards. Expect our staff to contain the mold, to remove the mold and any contents it damaged or infiltrated, to disinfect the affected areas, and to identify and plan for the repair and restoration of breaches in the structures and fixtures permitting water to permeate the school building.

Our services include state of the art containment technology, vital to protect the occupants of the building while remediation progresses. SERVPRO industrial air scrubbers use a series of filters to remove dangerous substances, along with negative pressure to contain the spread of moldy material as our technicians remove the colonies. After the cleanup and water damage restoration completes we schedule return visits, per EPA guidelines, to inspect and test for additional microbial activity.

Look no further than SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood when in search of a qualified mold remediation company for your campus. Call to schedule a consultation at (201) 266-0482.

SERVPRO Commercial Storm Damage in Bergen County

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Commercial Storm Damage in Bergen County Call SERVPRO after a thunderstorm has damaged your property for quick remediation.

Professional Technicians Can Get Your Property Back to Normal After a Storm


Extreme weather is almost a regular occurrence along the Hudson River the last few months. Storms have damaged commercial buildings (i.e. small and large businesses, industrial areas) in numbers typically only seen farther down the coast in South Carolina and Florida.

Attempting to remove or replace structural property and furniture with regular employees usually results in further damage to the structure and often personal injury to untrained workers. Cleaning up and repairing the effects of storm damage in Bergen County requires a professional restoration company. SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring businesses to their original state and reopening their doors to the public.

Grocery stores were particularly vulnerable. There is more glass present to attract people, and large coolers and freezers require continuous power to maintain produce, meat and dairy products. One blizzard, hurricane, or a dangerous thunderstorm can turn the corner store into a large, open warehouse that only sells dry food, magazines, and cheap toys. Our restoration teams specialize in the following, emergency services to prevent further damage:

Boarding doors and windows – We secure broken doors and windows with plywood and plastic sheets. We also offer this service as a preventive measure before a storm can cause damage.

Emergency power – If the electricity is out, our response teams place generators to serve as a stop-gap measure to prevent spoilage of perishable foods. We also have generator trucks for larger businesses such as refrigerated warehouses.

Water removal – Rainwater and melted snow leave hundreds of gallons of water across the floor. We use commercial-grade pumps to remove it in less than a day. Quick removal prevents moisture from working its way under the tile or linoleum floors, preventing thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

Emergency reconstruction – Our response teams quickly perform tasks such as roof repairs, door, and window replacements, and shoring up damaged roof supports.

It is critical to respond to damage from wind, rain, and snow as quickly as possible. The sooner you start, the lower the costs are regarding replacement of property and inventory and repair of the facility. SERVPRO of Teaneck /Englewood is here to help you reopen your doors to customers and return your life to normal. Call us at (201) 266-0482 today.

Help With Clean Up After Fire Damage In Your Englewood Cliffs Home

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help With Clean Up After Fire Damage In Your Englewood Cliffs Home Trust SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Cleanup in Englewood Cliffs

Your Home's Fire & Smoke Damage Is Restored by SERVPRO Professionals


If your home has been damaged by fire, you likely find yourself facing some clean up tasks. Even after the fire has been contained and the building has been secured, there is still the job of cleaning and restoring your home and possessions as much as possible. While it is true that some items simply have to be discarded as non-salvageable, other items can be saved from soot and fire damage. It is likely that parts of the structure of your home itself may also need a thorough clean.


After fire damage in your Englewood Cliffs home, the thought of tackling the clean up can be daunting. Let our SERVPRO experts help you clean your home and possessions in Englewood Cliffs. Our IICRC certified professionals are fully trained in the various cleanup techniques needed to get the best results.
 
Every fire damage cleanup job is different. The techniques and products we use vary depending not only on the extent of the fire damage but the kind of materials involved too. Our professional technicians start by thoroughly assessing your home and belongings. We determine the type of smoke residue and how they coat elements and then decide on the most effective cleaning method for each item or area.
 
Some articles and materials can be saturated with cleaner, or even immersed in it. In those cases, we use the appropriate amount of cleaning products to penetrate the material and clean the smoke residue as thoroughly as possible. Using the incorrect amount of cleaner can damage materials and extend the drying time – that is why we professionally train our SERVPRO engineers to apply just the right amount of cleaner.
 
For surfaces and materials that aren’t fit for saturation, we use surface cleaning techniques. This can mean spraying cleaner on and then wiping it gently with a dry cloth or using a foam cleaner to cover the surface lightly. Fabrics and leather generally fall into this category of treatment. Surface cleaning makes it easier to control the exact amount of cleaning product, making it the best choice for more delicate surfaces. If a surface is too delicate to withstand cleaning spray or foam, our technicians use absorption techniques to trap and extract soot and odors gently.

Damage to belongings resulting from significant fires offers other means of restoration. Pack-out services provide a haven for your possessions while we clean the structure and also a workplace for cleaning at our facilities. We can utilize specialty cleaning machines such as the Esporta Washing System and also ultrasonic cleaning for hard surface elements.
 
SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is here to help with any fire damage clean up. Call (201) 266-0482 today for assistance.