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Teaneck House Smelly and Dirty after a Fire? Just Contact SERVPRO to Make It "Like it never even happened."

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Teaneck House Smelly and Dirty after a Fire? Just Contact SERVPRO to Make It "Like it never even happened." House Fire Odors in Teaneck Are Long Gone after a SERVPRO Mitigation

Call SERVPRO For Fire Damage and Odor Control Services in Your Teaneck Home  

Fire damage is usually apparent, characterized by the black soot stains in your home and the charred bits of your belongings that are left behind. However, even after the fire damage is remediated and cleaned, aspects of the damage can linger in your home if they are not adequately addressed. Specifically, nullifying the scent of fire is an essential step during the remediation process.

The malodor left behind by the fire damage inside of your Teaneck home can make it impossible for you to move on, and to forget about the event. Every other aspect of the fire damage may have been successfully remediated, but if the scent remains behind, it can make breathing in your home difficult to bear. Because of this, it is always wise to hire a remediation company that also tackles the smoke odors.
 
SERVPRO can use several devices to combat the smoke damage inside of your home, all of which are designed to target the malodor and neutralize it. When you reach out to us, SERVPRO always makes an effort to come to your home as swiftly as we possibly can. We understand that we are more likely to achieve successful remediation if we can access the damage as soon as possible.
 
As SERVPRO cleans the remnants of soot, grime, and charred bits out of your home, we have several options that we can choose from to ensure that the odor is also taken care of. If the fire damage inside of your home was significant enough to cause a move-out, we could use an Ozone Machine, a device of which requires the house to empty for a certain length of time while being used. However, we could also use hydroxyl generators or thermal foggers to address the scent. What we cannot address, is the phenomenon called phantosmia--the phantom odors--that residents sense because of the fire-damaging experience.
 
For your home in particular, since the damage was successfully contained to a small corner of your bedroom, SERVPRO can use a thermal fogger to address the foul scent. The fogger dispenses a vaporized chemical, the "fog," and that cloud traps any odor-causing particles and neutralizes them. After the device has done its work, your home can officially be free of all aspects of the damage that occurred inside. "Like it never even happened."
 
If your home requires fire odor remediation, never wait. Reach out to and speak with SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood by phoning (201) 266-0482. Day or night, we can address the damage in your home.

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What Does a Bathroom Sink, a Teenager, and FaceTime Have in Common? Water Damage in Teaneck!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Does a Bathroom Sink, a Teenager, and FaceTime Have in Common? Water Damage in Teaneck! SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is always on call to handle your water loss emergencies.

Water Removal in Teaneck Caused by FaceTime

Water damage occurs in many different ways. Not every single water loss cleanup we do involves a pipe break, leaking seal on a hot water tank or one of the other myriad of ways water can wind up where it should not be.

Sometimes water removal in a Teaneck home is needed due to good old fashioned human error. Case in point a teenage girl was filling a bathroom sink like she had done many times before, and she wound up chatting with a friend on FaceTime and completely forgot about the running water. By the time the water ran out of the bathroom and into the hallway, it was already a mess.

She and her parents blotted up the water from the floor quickly, but the vanity area was drenched up against the wall under the sink area. Her parents realized the wall behind the vanity needed professional attention, and the subflooring was possibly affected, so they contacted SERVPRO to ensure all the water was extracted. When our technicians arrived on site, they immediately used portable pumps with weighted extractors to push out the minor amount of water that had run into the hallway carpeting in front of the doorway.

The vanity in the bathroom was retaining water, so weep holes were drilled to allow for drainage and air flow. Moisture detectors were used to determine the subflooring was unaffected before the air movers and dehumidifiers were set up to dry the bathroom and a small area of carpeting. Airflow was specifically directed inside and under the vanity to ensure drying goals were attained. After a final wipedown by SERVPRO technicians with our professional-strength cleaners, the bathroom was both clean and dry.

Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 when you need water removal in your home. Our certified technicians are available 24/7 to mitigate any size water loss to your property with our equipment and expertise.

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The Ultimate Deal on Fire Damage Remediation in New Milford

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Ultimate Deal on Fire Damage Remediation in New Milford If your fireplace was the source of fire damage in your home, do not despair. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Your Fireplace in New Milford Can Cause Trouble

This winter has been especially tough on those of us living in New Milford. Every time we think milder temperatures are here to stay, it seems like it is time to light the fire again to warm up inside. As cozy as it may sound, your fireplace can be a real hazard. In some cases, it could even threaten to burn down your home or leave it uninhabitable at the very least.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having fire damage to your home in New Milford, make sure to dial SERVPRO as soon as possible. Our fire cleanup team is available 24/7 and ready to move upon receiving your call. Emergencies involving fire and the residue left behind by smoke, soot, and extinguishers are best resolved when we treat them quickly. On the contrary, standing water only damages your property and belongings even more, and your losses can become even more significant.

The first step our SERVPRO team takes is assessing the safety and extent of the damage. With this information, we develop an action plan to remove all remaining water as well as clean and disinfect surfaces covered in soot and smoke. Our experience and knowledge let us know how to tackle each surface to preserve it and not damage it any further with abrasive cleaners. Like you, our goal is to mitigate the loss in terms of time and resources.

A significant byproduct of fire damage is the smell it leaves behind. Many homeowners believe they can eliminate it by using store-bought air fresheners when in reality it requires more specialized solutions. Our SERVPRO team has different options available to make the foul smell go away, from deodorizing pellets to bringing in an ozone generator to chemically counteract the offending odor.

SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is your partner in recovering from fire damage. A call to (201) 266-0482 is a call to a group of experts that want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Are You an Englewood Homeowner with a Water Loss? Get Found with SERVPRO Service!

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are You an Englewood Homeowner with a Water Loss? Get Found with SERVPRO Service! Water Spills, Damage, Cleanup and Restoration for Your Englewood Home? SERVPRO Can Help

Types of Water Removal Englewood SERVPRO Techs Handle

Water damage can be just as damaging as a fire. Unlike other types of damage, water has three unique categories when it goes where it should not be in a property. Clean water is the type of in-home flood or spill that might come from a broken pipe, appliance or hot water tank failure. Gray water can have contaminants, and common sources are from sink and shower, washing machine or dishwasher drains and aquariums. Black Water comes from flood waters or backed up sewer lines and may contain toxins, contaminants, and sewage. This type of water is treated as infectious waste, and the technicians use the highest safety and disinfectant standards.
 
SERVPRO knows water removal in Englewood needs to happen quickly no matter what the water type designation, as both clean and gray water can become labeled as contaminated black water within 48 hours of standing after having prolonged contact with building materials and other items.
 
It is compelling that property owners do not attempt to clean up water spills on their own. Even in a small scale damage situation, where only a portion of a room appears to be affected by clean water, secondary damage can begin. If the drywall or carpet and padding are soaked, even when the top surfaces seems dry, moisture can dwell below and set up conditions for secondary damages to drywall or subflooring and damp areas may harbor mold.

Fast and thorough extraction of water and deep drying of the interior is crucial, and SERVPRO has the equipment and knowledge to do it properly. We can offer truck-mounted pumps to small portable units along with evaporation and condensation enhancers like air movers and dehumidifiers.
 
SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood helps property owners with emergency water removal. No matter if it is a little or a lot of water, our team of certified technicians are available 24/7. To get started, call (201) 266-0482, and we can be on site to mitigate any type of water damage within four hours.

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The Ultimate List of Resources for Remediating New Milford Flood Damage

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Ultimate List of Resources for Remediating New Milford Flood Damage Flooding and other storm damage needs to be handled quickly so you’re not left dealing with mold. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

How Can Flood Cuts Help Your Damaged New Milford Home?

There are many steps to restoring your damaged New Milford home after a flood, many of which must begin as promptly as possible to reduce the spread of damage throughout the property. The faster that you can secure the services of professionals to restore your property, the less that floodwater can spread and saturate into materials throughout your home. Many of the mitigation practices of our responding professionals are effective when applied immediately after a flood emergency has occurred.

While many flood damages can affect your New Milford home, many of these widespread effects can get lessened by the prompt response of our professionals. Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24 hours a day to address your emergency and its effects as they happen, never asking any customer to wait for the restorative practices that can save them money and time when disaster strikes.

One of the common mitigation practices that occur when we first arrive at your home is a full assessment of the damage. We can utilize tools like moisture detectors and thermal imagery to determine the moisture pockets and saturation of exposed drywall and other materials throughout your property. Knowing how much of a drywall sheet has become exposed to the pooling water, we can tape off a line to indicate where the moisture begins moving towards the floors on the wall. This line is where the drywall gets cut and removed.

Flood cuts help in two different ways when your home becomes damaged by a flood. The first helpful aspect of this practice is the convenient access to dry wall cavities and other inaccessible areas damaged by the spread of floodwater. Secondly, by our SERVPRO team only removing the damaged portions of the drywall, reconstruction can get done in a fraction of the time and for a smaller price because there is less to replace and afford.

Mitigation needs to begin immediately following a flood in your home. You can reach our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood rapid response team 24/7 by calling (201) 266-0482.

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Water Damage Restoration Services in Teaneck

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Services in Teaneck SERVPRO has professional grade equipment to not only get eliminate visible water, but water vapor within your home.

Dangers of Water Damage

When water is on the move, it can wreak havoc on your Teaneck home. Whether it is the result of a faulty appliance, poor plumbing, or natural disaster, excess water should be controlled to avoid compromising the structural integrity of your home. If not addressed, it can damage building materials made of wood, metal, and even cement. The icing on the cake is you have to deal with mold growth in the house, which can cause health effects to the occupants.

If you are a victim of water damage in Teaneck, SERVPRO can help restore your property. We work 24 hours a day, every day of the week and have a swift emergency response service. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with approval from the IICRC. Using advanced water detection and removal techniques, we can return your home to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."

Initial water damage is instantly identifiable as opposed to secondary damage, which occurs when water changes from liquid to vapor and spreads throughout the building. Once this moisture condensates, it is absorbed by porous materials and creates damage that could appear after a few years. SERVPRO technicians can use extractor fans to get rid of humid air within the structure and eliminate all water vapor.

Water damage can come from different types of water. Clean water is not particularly harmful to humans, but it can cause extensive property damage. Sources include appliance leaks, broken pipes, and sink overflows. Grey water may contain microorganisms and includes water from broken aquariums, dishwashers, and washing machines. Black water is the most toxic. Sewage back-ups are excellent sources of black water.

When black water finds its way to carpets and other porous materials, we may have to replace these items. High-value area rugs with black water damage can be cleaned, soaked in a biocide, re-cleaned, and then dried. However, we have to confirm whether the rugs have reached a sanitary condition before starting the restoration process.

In a water damage crisis, there are many factors to consider. Let SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood ease your mind. As a locally operated business, we have many years of experience in helping residents of Teaneck and Englewood with water damage restoration. For any assistance, call us today at (201) 266-0482.

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When Your Humidity Problem Causes Mold Damage in Your Teaneck Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Using Your Tenafly Fireplace Properly

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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 in Tenafly. 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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SERVPRO Provides Bergen County Small Businesses with Mold Cleanup and Remediation

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Provides Bergen County Small Businesses with Mold Cleanup and Remediation Moisture and Mold in Your Bergen County Book Store? Fast, Fast, Fast--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Common Challenges During Commercial Mold Remediation in Bergen County

Mold develops easily when a building has persistent water leaks or the relative humidity levels exceed 60%. Water spills can also lead to mold infestation if cleanup and drying efforts are inadequate. When mold develops in offices or other similar businesses sharing space, the owners encounter several challenges in the process of eradicating it. With our professional remediation services, you can navigate through the infestation with minimal challenges.
 
Testing is one issue that can complicate commercial mold remediation in Bergen County. Mold tends to develop in concealed sections of the property such as wall cavities first. One of the early signs of mold is a musty smell, but in shared spaces, there is a need to identify the exact location, so many people spend considerable amounts of money on tests to confirm the location. Our AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, understand that mold is a sign of underlying moisture problems. We can, therefore, help you avoid wasting money by looking for the cause. We use different moisture detection tools including thermal cameras that help identify wetness in concealed spaces. Thermo-hygrometers help us check the relative humidity levels in and outside affected areas.
 
Mold remediation involves some level of tear down of building materials on walls and other surfaces. Finishes like paint may also come off as the workers scrub off mold residues from surfaces. Hiring different teams to rebuild the areas torn down during the remediation can drive costs higher than expected. Our SERVPRO technicians handle the entire process from clean up to rebuilding and refinishing the affected surfaces.
 
Mold affects all organic items in properties including furnishings, fabrics such as draperies, and even books. Many older retail shops have circulation which can lead to excess moisture, and then the mold colonization. Cleanup and restoration is, therefore, an extensive exercise which can take long when limited resources are available. Our SERVPRO technicians work as a team, so we have a sufficient workforce to tackle every aspect of the project including moving items and rearranging the place. We also use advanced equipment such as soda blasters to remove residues from structural components. By creating exclusion zones with plastic sheets, we can work on affected areas without disrupting your daily activities.
 
In case of mold infestation in your workplace, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to help with remediation. You can reach us at (201) 266-0482 any time.

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Your Best Guide to New Milford Mold Damage Remediation

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Your Best Guide to New Milford Mold Damage Remediation Sometimes mold is not visible to the eye but you can smell the musty odor. Contact our team to investigate the situation and find the mold.

Mold Damage Detection and Restoration for Your New Milford Home

Most homeowners in New Milford understand that mold can cause health effects for them and their families, but not all of them know how to detect mold in their homes. There are several things to look for that can indicate you have an issue, so learning what they are is essential in keeping your family in a safe living environment.

If you suspect you have mold and mold damage in your New Milford home, you need to call in an expert remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO. We have the tools that can detect hidden moisture problems in your home, which can also indicate hidden mold growth, as the mold does not need long to grow in the right conditions.

One of the easiest ways to detect mold in your home is if you smell any musty or damp odors. If you have smelled mold, it is not something to spray some air freshener at and hope it's okay. You have a mold infestation, even if hidden in your walls somewhere, that needs to be handled right away. SERVPRO techs use special moisture sensors to detect where the moisture is residing so that we can stop the issue and clean up the mold that has resulted from it.

Previous or current water leaks are many times an indicator that you have mold present. Whether it’s a leak in the roof or a leaky pipe, they can produce moisture in overlooked places. We can find where the issue is here as well and proceed to dry and clean the affected area.

Water intrusion can also be an issue. Whether a pipe breaks or your sewer line backs up, each problem can lead to mold if it is not adequately cleaned. Many times, the issue cannot be spotted right away, which leads to the likelihood of mold. We find the affected area and seal it off with plastic sheeting and use negative air pressure so we can work without spreading the infestation to parts of your home that are clean.

If the problem is severe, we wear PPE, or personal protective equipment, to protect ourselves from breathing in the mold spores. We use antimicrobial cleaning products to remove the mold colonies, as just using household cleaners yourself is not good enough to properly get rid of the mold.

If you see any mold growth, you know you have a problem, although you may not know just how big the infestation is yet. Many times, you cannot see all of it right away, so we make sure to find it all with our tools and expertise.

SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is experienced in finding mold and make sure to thoroughly clean your home in Tenafly, Teaneck, or Englewood Cliffs when there is an issue of mold present. Give us a call anytime at (201) 266-0482 if you suspect you have a problem so we can find it and make your home clean and safe once more.

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