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The Story Soot in Your Teaneck Home Tells About Fire Damage

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car in front of a fire station Soot damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage that smoke and fire has been left behind in your Teaneck home.

What SERVPRO Focuses on in Your Teaneck Home During Fire Restoration?

After a fire at your Teaneck home, soot accumulation is expected. However, you may not clearly understand variations like the amount of residue produced or spread patterns mean. Soot tells a story after the fire, including how intense it was and the types of materials burnt. A professional restoration team can rely on their superior understanding of soot residues to manage fire damage better or establish the resources needed for restoration.

In your Teaneck home, fire damage can be localized in situations like a trashcan catching fire or a stove flaring up. It can also spread widely when various items or structural materials ignite. The number of items or materials left unsalvageable may be minimal with a localized fire since flames and heat are contained. However, soot deposits still spread widely, whether the incident is localized or otherwise. When our SERVPRO technicians inspect your house, we can quickly identify what items are salvageable or not.

Typically, items are rendered unsalvageable when heat or flames damage them significantly. Intense heat and flames can melt parts or consume entire materials. Therefore, household appliances, furniture, and other items are among those you may need to replace. Soot residues may seem less harmful but can still force you to replace items. Accumulation on surfaces causes heavy soiling and staining, while penetration inside appliances can cause varied yet severe problems, including electrical shorts and overheating components, which render the item unusable. Therefore, having a better understanding of the fire residues left in your house can help you change the outcome of the incident.

Some Things You Might Not Know About Fire Residues:

  • Soot amount might not indicate fire size
  • Fire residues are not as uniform as they seem
  • Low or high heat levels can lead to cleaning difficulty 

Although soot is one of the expected results of a house fire, what you find after an incident might seem unusual. You may expect a low amount of residues if it is a small fire and vice versa. However, on inspecting the damaged site, the results might prove otherwise. A seasoned restoration team from SERVPRO expects such contradictions since our technicians study combustion processes to understand restoration procedures better. 

The Combustion Story

Combustion is a chemical process that turns solid materials into gas. The reaction is fueled by oxygen and gives off significant heat. Incomplete combustion leaves remnant materials, including the carbon particles you identify as soot and aerosols. The quantity or speed at which residues are produced varies, resulting in distinctive solid deposits.

Typical unique outcomes: 

  • Heat lines
  • Concealed soot
  • Impinged soot

Heat lines are distinctive boundaries that appear horizontally on wall surfaces with one side, usually, the upper one having a significant accumulation of soot residues compared to the lower one. They occur because of temperature differences between air masses during the fire. The hotter smoke concentrates closer to the ceiling while the colder air sinks to the bottom, causing the unusual residue accumulation on the surfaces they touch. When our SERVPRO technicians observe heat lines, we know that the fire was scorching hot, and cleaning residues above the heat line would be difficult because aerosols and residues might be baked-on. 

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood understands that each fire damage incident has a unique storyline and strives to find solutions that address each "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (201) 266-0482. 

Drying Crawl Spaces in Teaneck Homes to Counter Water Damage

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Back of a SERVPRO van Call the experts at SERVPRO when your Teaneck property experiences water damage.

How Does SERVPRO Address Concealed Areas in Teaneck During Water Restoration?

When water leaks in your Teaneck home, the wetness can reach many problematic areas, including crawlspaces. Leaks can also originate from these areas when a pipe bursts or a joint gives way. Crawl spaces vary, but in general, it is a hollow area under the home floor with a limited height. Whatever the space type or moisture situation, you need a sound plan to dry the affected hidden areas. Some viable moisture management solutions are circulating sufficient volumes of dry air in the concealed area or removing wet materials.

Several problems can develop in your Teaneck home when water damage affects a crawl space. The most common issues include mold growth, bad smell, rot, and pest infestations. Crawl spaces typically get minimal attention, thus allowing the buildup of debris, dirt, and minor structural issues like cracks to develop unnoticed. Also, the internal surfaces in these areas are usually unfinished. Combining these issues complicates moisture management since they necessitate additional actions apart from drying procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate these complexities when coming to your home, thus preparing in advance on how to handle them.

Other confined areas in a home:

  • Attics
  • Wall cavities
  • Cabinet interiors
  • Subfloors

The first step when managing water damage in confined spaces is creating access to facilitate water extraction, cleaning, and drying. Removal of significantly deteriorated materials, especially with mold, is also essential. We can make entry through controlled demolition or by using specialized equipment. SERVPRO offers a significant advantage since our crews are conversant with building procedures, and we bring various handy devices, including prying tools, cutting equipment, and hammers. 

Handling Moisture Issues in Concealed Areas

Extracting any standing water is a priority step in managing water damage. A wet vac or a portable extractor with extended hoses are effective tools for handling the extraction. Cleaning the soils deposited by the intruding water or accumulated in the area over time is also essential since it helps combat mold, bad smells, and other issues related to soiling. Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO technicians can conveniently complete cleaning with multipurpose extractors that combine vacuuming and heating capabilities.

Implementing drying procedures helps remove the moisture absorbed by structural materials and the ground area on the crawl space. The main focus should be on:

  • Insulation on the subfloors above the space
  • Structural wood framing 
  • Concrete on the floor area

The materials, especially wood and concrete, might exhibit a gradient of moisture whereby the core of the material is wetter than the surface. Drying requires surface evaporation and internal moisture movement. Otherwise, you might think the area is dried because the surfaces look dry, only for problems to develop later. Our SERVPRO technicians facilitate uniform dying by supplying heat and sufficient air currents to promote faster drying. Heating surfaces boost vapor transfer in the material while heating the air improves its ability to hold more water, thus sustaining evaporation from the wet materials. We use air movers and space heaters to enhance drying.

While fixing water damage in a crawl space, it can trigger other unrelated problems. In most cases, utility connections such as gas pipes, electrical wiring, and waste disposal systems pass through these areas. Puncturing or severing any of these connections can lead to unnecessary disruption or personal injuries. Our SERVPRO technicians follow an established safety guideline to limit the chances of such issues developing. 

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood can help you deal with water damage in any section of your home "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (201) 266-0482.

Dehumidification for Teaneck Properties Affected by Mold Damage

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians in PPE around a table Sometimes mold is not visible to the eye but you can smell the musty odor. Contact our team in Teaneck to investigate the situation and find the mold.

How SERVPRO Dehumidifies Teaneck Homes during Mold Remediation

Mold primarily develops because there is moisture in abundance around organic materials. A combination of other factors, including minimal natural light and favorable temperature, worsen the proliferation and mold damage levels. A dehumidifier helps limit the level of moisture in the air and thus can be used as one of the steps to control mold in your Teaneck home. 

Dehumidification is a potent tool, but it is rarely used alone when Teaneck properties have mold damage, primarily because it cannot remove the colonies already developing on surfaces. Dehumidification is also likely to control moisture in a building only temporarily. SERVPRO has certified Antimicrobial Remediation Technicians who perform dehumidification correctly and combine it with other remediation procedures to contain microbial growth. 

Actions necessary when dehumidifying moldy areas: 

  • Managing the airflow levels
  • Drying affected materials thoroughly
  • Timely action

Dehumidifiers draw in humid air, cool it down, leading to condensation, which extracts the water vapor it holds. The drier air is exhausted back into the room. Therefore, even when no separate air movers are used, the dehumidifiers influence airflow, spreading moldy residues around the property. Our SERVPRO teams use dehumidifiers with low airflow to limit the disturbance levels. 

Dehumidification works against mold by making external conditions less favorable to the colonies. Therefore ensuring the dehumidification process minimizes moisture to the lowest levels is essential. We can dry materials sufficiently when our technicians use specialized dehumidifiers like Low Grain Refrigerants (LGR) or Desiccant units. We also use units with a higher Pints per Day, PPD, rating for faster completion of the restoration.

Other Solutions to Combine with Dehumidification

As dehumidification lowers humidity inside your home, other processes can help manage different aspects of mold contamination. Running an air filtration device is one such intervention. It helps remove spores and moldy debris from the air, limiting new growth chances since the particulate matter extracted from the air cannot settle on surfaces. The best air filtration devices are layered with filters, including HEPA filters which capture up to 99.97% of particles in the air.

Applying chemicals to moldy surfaces is also essential in killing spores or inhibiting microbial growth processes. Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO technicians use the chemical agents after thoroughly cleaning the areas. Ensuring direct contact with surfaces is also essential to guarantee effectiveness. 

Chemicals that help in mold remediation:

  • Biocides
  • Sporicides
  • Fungistats 

Dehumidification is only effective if it reaches all the affected areas in your house. Physical barriers that limit air movement, such as wall panels, can hamper the effectiveness of dehumidifiers. Our SERVPRO technicians resolve this through engineering controls. We can demolish some areas to open them up for uninhibited airflow. We can also set up containment barriers to limit air movements within a targeted section of your property. 

Demolition is also necessary to remove heavily contaminated porous materials since they might be structurally compromised. The deeply embedded hyphae are challenging to clean. Our experienced crews use a controlled approach when cutting or breaking down materials to limit the spread of moldy residues in the air. Controlled demolition requires using precision cutting tools and evaluating the affected areas to establish mold spread patterns and the location of vital installations such as air ducts and power cables. That way, only the necessary materials are removed. 

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood performs simple procedures like dehumidification or complex remediation to combat mold damage in your property "Like it never even happened." Call us at (201) 266-0482.

Electrical Residential Fires: How to Protect Yourself

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

After Electrical Fire in a Wall Outlet Dealing with an electrical fire in your Englewood home? SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood can clean and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

How To Protect Yourself from Electrical Residential Fires 

Electrical fire damage is one of the most common types of fire damage, especially in urban environments. Despite recent improvements in consumer electronics' safety and fire resistance, electrical fires still claim many buildings each year across the nation. Unlike regular fires, electrical fires can not be doused with water, leaving many homeowners unable to contain the blaze. There are, however, some safe ways to stop this accident from happening and to safely clean up after it has occurred. 

Have a Household Fire Extinguisher 

An essential step in keeping an electrical fire at bay in your Englewood area is ensuring that there is a portable or household fire extinguisher nearby. Ceiling-mounted sprinklers will do nothing to contain an electrical fire, so chemical or foam fire extinguishers are the only options. Make sure you know what you are buying, however, as a water-based extinguisher will not be of any help. Englewood residential fire extinguishers should be foam or chemical-based, aiming to smother the fire and deprive it of any oxygen. 

Do not use the extinguisher sparingly. Many homeowners try to use as little of its contents as possible to save their electronics and prevent a mess. This is highly dangerous, as these extinguishers typically rely on a heavy, smothering coat to be effective. Make sure you completely cover the source of the fire when putting it out yourself. 

Use Safety Equipment During Cleanup 

To safely clean up damage from an electrical fire, you should always be wearing rubber gloves and boots and do your best not to touch the electronics directly. If the fire is particularly damaging, you may want to employ a professional cleanup service like SERVPRO. We equip all of our personnel with proper training and equipment to avoid almost every disaster that can come from a cleanup job. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you require cleanup and restoration services for an electrical fire or any other fire damage, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 for 24-hour service and assistance. SERVPRO has become a trusted name nationwide, famed for quality service, professional technicians, and high-end equipment. We are ready to send our best to any fire disaster cleanup.

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

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

House Radiator 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 the 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 old valve. Originally used to adjust the water flow, 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 remarkable and the valve seal loosens. SERVPRO puts you in touch with an appropriate radiator repair shop. 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 was lifted and padding removed, and we attended 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.

Elements About Mold Removal That Should Not Bother Teaneck Homeowners

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Ceiling SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you.

SERVPRO Carefully Manages Teaneck Mold Remediation

There is plenty of available misinformation regarding the destructive nature of a mold infestation. However, the panic you might feel after noticing dark patches and other signs of contamination in your Teaneck home can interfere with the mold removal process. 

Letting a professional handle mold removal at your Teaneck property is one easy way to iron out doubts or tone down the unnecessary apprehension about microbial growth's effects on your property and contents. SERVPRO evaluates the situation and provides clear information while developing a sound mitigation plan. 

Professional assistance alleviates worries of:

  • Immediate further degradation of belongings
  • Severe structural deterioration
  • Mold spread patterns

With proper management of the remediation, it is possible to remain in your home throughout the process. Our SERVPRO technicians set up airtight containment barriers separating clean rooms from the contaminated areas.

Structural Deterioration From Mold

Mold eats into materials causing deep rot. The problem starts at the surface when moisture-activated spores sprout. Later, root-like hyphae develop, spreading the issue deeper, leading to structural degradation of organic materials. The process takes time, so you cannot expect dramatic changes immediately after you notice signs of an infestation. Therefore, it is better to prepare well rather than take drastic remedial actions. SERVPRO technicians start with a thorough inspection of the affected areas before choosing a remediation approach.

Mold inspection methods begin with a visual check:

  • Drilling exploratory holes
  • Probing surfaces with equipment
  • Checking for hidden moisture

Since mold is contained in walls, ceilings, and even floor cavities, drilling holes in suspected areas and then using borescopes reveals the spread patterns. Compromised materials crumble when prodded, so a sharp tool can help determine the deterioration of wall or ceiling panels.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood provides practical mold removal solutions. Call us at (201) 266-0482.

Does Water Damage In Teaneck Properties Remain Consistent if the Amount of Water is the Same?

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs and Clients SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a water catastrophe. Give us a call right away.

SERVPRO Can Help You Understand the Different Classes of Damage That Water Can Cause.

You might expect a specific amount of water to cause the same level of damage in any property where the intrusion occurs. One indicator of the amount of water released at your Teaneck property is the duration it takes to stop the source of water. The level of damage varies based on the kind of materials affected. SERVPRO classifies damages into classes depending on the affected materials. 

How Many Classes of Water Damage Are There? 

A water intrusion incident can lead to four classes of water damage at your Teaneck property: 

  • Class one only affects semi-porous materials 
  • Class two affects a small percentage of porous materials 
  • Class three mostly affects porous materials 
  • Class four affects porous materials as well as those requiring specialty drying 

Porous materials such as carpets and pads readily absorb water once it is released into a property. Even if remedial action is taken, it can take significant time to dry the materials. The risk of secondary damage such as mold development, staining, or deterioration of materials is high since they absorb high amounts of water. Therefore, restoring property under a class-three category of damage is more involved. 

When is Specialty Drying Necessary?  

When some materials absorb lots of water, they require specialized drying procedures to remove the water without causing additional damage. In some cases, access to the affected area is also limited, complicating the restoration processes. Specialty drying is necessary when drying: 

  • Hardwood floors 
  • Cinderblock and exterior walls 
  • Cabinets, stairs, and other assemblies 

Our SERVPRO technicians can help in many ways to resolve situations. For instance, we use specialized cavity drying equipment to dry the interior of cabinets or wall cavities. We also set up drying chambers to control the drying rate on hardwood floors preventing permanent problems such as cupping or cracking. 

Resolving water damage can be challenging. Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 to help you find the right solution. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is Mold Remediation the Best Choice for Teaneck Homes?

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Air Conditioner Filters Mold in Your Teaneck Home? Not to Worry when SERVPRO Arrives with Skilled Technicians, Advanced Equipment, and Even Air Filters!

Discovering Mold in Your House can be Alarming, But Trusting Professionals like Our SERVPRO Team to Help Can Provide a Cost-Efficient Solution.

Many Teaneck homeowners have encountered mold growth inside a building in the area over the years. You can tell from the times that you have witnessed these conditions that the situation does not go away on its own. Instead, property owners often turn to the experienced and helpful Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) of our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team.

Understanding the stages of mold remediation for Teaneck properties can help you make an informed decision about your home needs with current microbial concerns. Experience matters when addressing mold organisms and fungi hosted by materials in your house, as mismanagement of this situation can cause the spread of the colonies to worsen and the impact on the property to mirror this.

What Are the Primary Stages of Remediation?

  • Removing Active Colonization – Removing and eliminating the physical organism spreading through the property involves several strategies ranging from sanding and abrasive cleaning to scrubbing with antimicrobial agents.
  • Removing Compromised Materials – While it is a focus to protect structural elements whenever possible, feeding mold organisms can quickly deteriorate materials like drywall.
  • Environmental Cleaning – A higher concentration of mold spores and other particulates in the environment can increase the likelihood of further colonization while remediation continues. We have HEPA filtration equipment like air scrubbers to remove the majority of these microbes.
  • Odor Removal – Active colonies can emit a harsh, musty odor that can affect the entirety of the house - even beyond where the infestation exists. With thermal fogging and other deodorization practices, we can eliminate these scents and improve IAQ indoor air quality.

Mold can be an unexpected threat to your home that should get resolved as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team can help by calling (201) 266-0482.

Learn Why Teaneck Residents Need Professional Fire Restoration

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.”

SERVPRO Generates Quality Fire Restoration Results in Teaneck Properties

While you may think that house fire cleanup is impossible after seeing the devastation throughout your Teaneck home, SERVPRO wants you to know that we are here for your restoration needs. We have proven methods and a knowledgeable team to navigate your cleanup and restoration throughout the charred debris, soot residues, and water saturation after a fire. Call us when you need us, and we can dispatch our Green Fleet to get started as soon as possible!

Proven Methods, Proven Results

Our SERVPRO technicians will employ a broad range of cleaning strategies when handling fire damage restoration in your Teaneck home. This is all done to salvage whatever is possible, eliminate soot and smoke residue, and limit the onset of potential secondary damage. You must know:

  • Some residues are easy to eradicate, while some left by burned synthetic materials and proteins can be challenging.
  • Our trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) know not all residues are alike, so we use scientific methods for elimination.
  • Wet or dry cleaning methods might be used with the help of specialized cleaning agents and solutions to help us get the best result.

Our Green Fleet Comes Stocked with Advanced Equipment and Tools.

We always have the equipment, tools, and cleaning products readily available in the vehicles we bring to each job. Our crew chief formulates a plan of action so that the team can get started on debris removal and pulling up any standing water or moisture left from dousing the flames. We have powerful pumps and truck-mounted extractors and dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers with HEPA filters to pull odorous particulates from the air. 

Why trust anyone else when you need fire damage restoration? SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is there whenever you need us – call (201) 266-0482, and we can be at your door within hours!

Dealing With Flood Damage in Bergen County

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Outside view of flooded home; water coming up garage and entry door When you and your family are safe after a storm, it is time to contact SERVPRO to dry out your property and help prevent secondary damages.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Storm Damaged Home

Abundant waterways in Bergen County contribute to the beauty of the area and the challenges when snowmelt and heavy precipitation cause them to overflow their banks. The flowing water makes its way into the basement of your home, causing damage to both structure and contents. 

Professional help is not a luxury but a necessity when flood damage strikes your Bergen County home. The waters lapping around your heating and cooling mechanical systems must exit quickly, or collateral damage threatens the integrity of the building and the items stored in the lower level. Our teams of flood damage experts receive training in proper water removal techniques, followed by instruction in a range of techniques developed by the restoration industry to dry out both building materials and stored items. 

Local authorities and SERVPRO concur that safety is the first consideration when approaching your flood damage. The area flooded likely contains electrical appliances, heating and cooling systems. Expect the power to shut down as we begin water removal. This is not a problem as our vehicles carry truck-mounted pumps and water extractors, allowing us to pump and suction out the majority of the water long before it is safe to throw the switch and restore the electricity. 

Floodwaters frequently test as contaminated. This increases the urgency to quickly remove it and requires that it be contained and disposed of according to local hazardous waste rules. SERVPRO crews are proficient in identifying problem waters and managing them professionally. We also follow up extraction with sanitization, using antimicrobials developed to work, not just temporarily covering up staining and smells. 

Water pools in the lowest level of your home because it follows the path of least resistance. It can also hide in various recesses and even behind walls or within common foundation materials. SERVPRO technicians take periodic moisture measurements and use constantly evolving technologies to locate obscured water. This search is critical to effective flood damage remediation. Any water left behind is a perfect environment for microbial growth. Avoiding mold growth through thorough flood water reduction is preferable to revisiting the basement days or weeks later for full-scale mold containment and removal. 

Partner with the professionals at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to make flood damage a temporary irritation that is managed completely, not a long-term problem that continues to make its presence known. Contact us at (201) 266-0482 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.