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The Water Mitigation Specialists Your Teaneck Residence Needs

4/20/2024 (Permalink)

event member on stilts. servpro SERVPRO stands tall when it comes to water damage mitigation in Teaneck.

Our Water Mitigation Process Limits Destruction

Water damage is a ticking time bomb, triggered when your Teaneck home is drenched by a broken pipe or an overflowing sink. In such situations, immediate water mitigation is crucial to curb potential damage. Even slow leaks can be effectively managed with localized mitigation services.

Acting swiftly is crucial when it comes to preventing potential damage from water and moisture to your property in Teaneck. Our water mitigation services, when implemented immediately, can significantly reduce your overall restoration costs. Some mitigation tasks, such as shutting off the flow of water or taking other measures to make it stop, must occur without delay.

Here are a few different mitigation tasks and what they accomplish for Teaneck homeowners:

  • Extracting water,
  • Tarping open areas of your home's exterior, and
  • Decreasing the moisture in the residence.

Our water extraction process is meticulous, starting with the largest amount of water and gradually working towards the smaller amounts. This is evident in our approach to water retained in a ceiling - we strategically drill drainage holes at the perimeter, gradually moving towards the center. This method not only mitigates the damage but also often saves the ceiling from serious harm.

Storms can topple trees or send branches into the roof, allowing water to enter. Other times, the gutter can forcefully pour collected rain onto the side of your residence. A well-positioned tarp can stop this inundation until proper rebuilding or repairs occur.

Other mitigation work involves ongoing actions, such as creating air movement with our powerful box fans. When we remove unsalvageable items, their absence dramatically reduces the moisture in the property. Minimizing moisture helps decrease the chances of secondary water damage.

Homeowners can confidently rely on the expertise of SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood, available at (201) 266-0482, for tailored water mitigation services. Our team is dedicated to protecting your home and the precious belongings inside.

Tackling Teaneck Bathroom Ceiling Mold Damage

2/28/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of a home with  caption: "Call Our Team For Your Mold Problem" If you discover mold in your Teaneck home, call SERVPRO. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Remediation Tactics by Restoration Professionals

Mold and water damage go hand in hand, especially in wet, high-traffic areas like residential bathrooms. Spores exposed to humid, warm environments with organic materials to consume can start spreading rapidly in as little as 24 to 72 hours. Worse still, untreated mold can impact air quality and create costly structural damage in a home.

When Teaneck properties need mold remediation, SERVPRO® technicians can render that service 24 hours daily. SERVPRO’s availability and flexibility in the face of disaster can minimize potential damage to a home caused by microbial growth.

How Water Damage Encourages Mold Growth

Mold proliferation in a residence thrives primarily on three factors:

  • Adequate moisture levels, ideally above 50% relative humidity (RH).
  • Organic material to consume, which helps spores grow and spread.
  • Sufficient temperatures, ideally above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Growth can accelerate significantly at higher temperatures.

However, mold does not necessarily go away when these conditions are no longer met. Spores can go dormant for long periods until the right conditions for growth reappear. This tendency to go dormant and resurface is why professional intervention is essential: specialized tools and training ensure that mold can be effectively reduced with minimal risk of resurgence.

SERVPRO Turns Around Bathroom Mold Damage

Say this mold is a small spot on the ceiling near a vent fan. SERVPRO can:

  • Mitigate water damage that encourages mold with careful demolition of wet drywall.
  • Containment procedures like personal protective equipment, temporary sealing of vents, and polyethylene sheeting are often used to accelerate cleanup without spreading spores. 
  • Spores can be collected with the help of negative air pressure and HEPA filter vacuums.
  • Drying procedures, sanitation with EPA-registered antimicrobials, and odor control procedures remove moisture and associated malodors.
  • Clean HVAC ducts, if necessary, and replace demolished drywall.

When homeowners need "Like it never even happened” remediation, they can call (201) 266-0482 for restoration services by SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood.

Navigating Commercial Water Damage for Teaneck Businesses

1/8/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of a business with multiple large ventilation tubes going from the building to the SERVPRO trucks. If your Teaneck business has water damage, call SERVPRO. We're Faster to any size disaster™.

Contact SERVPRO® for Prompt Water Cleanup

Regarding Teaneck commercial water damage, swift and effective intervention is crucial to minimize losses and restore normal operations. At SERVPRO, we understand the intricacies of this challenge and have honed a meticulous approach backed by cutting-edge equipment. We are here 24/7 to serve Teaneck businesses in a water-related emergency.

Here is a glimpse into our process:

Rapid Water Extraction

  • Time is of the essence in commercial water damage restoration.
  • Our team employs powerful extraction equipment, such as truck-mounted pumps and portable extractors, to swiftly remove standing water from affected areas.
  • High-capacity pumps ensure efficient water removal, preventing further damage.

Moisture Detection Technology

  • Utilizing advanced moisture detection tools, we identify hidden pockets of water.
  • Infrared cameras and moisture meters help us map the extent of water damage beyond visible surfaces.

State-of-the-Art Drying Equipment

  • Our arsenal includes industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers.
  • Air movers facilitate rapid evaporation by directing airflow across surfaces.
  • Dehumidifiers then extract moisture from the air, expediting the drying process.

Controlled Environment

  • Establishing a controlled drying environment is paramount.
  • Our team strategically places equipment to ensure optimal airflow and moisture removal.
  • Moisture levels are continuously monitored throughout your business to fine-tune the drying process.

Content and Document Drying

  • Water damage often extends beyond structures to valuable assets.
  • We employ specialized techniques and equipment to salvage and restore documents and other critical contents.

Mold Prevention

  • Swift action is critical to preventing mold growth.
  • Our team applies antimicrobial treatments to affected areas, mitigating the risk of mold infestation.

Documented Progress

  • Throughout the restoration process, we maintain detailed documentation.
  • Regular updates and reports keep clients informed about progress and facilitate insurance claims.

In the world of commercial water damage, precision and efficiency are non-negotiable. SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood's commitment to utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and a methodical approach ensures that businesses can resume normal operations with minimal disruption. Call us at (201) 266-0482 to initiate services.

Clearing Flood Damage in Teaneck Properties After Disasters

10/29/2023 (Permalink)

a flooding living room with water covering the floor Flood damage needs to be dealt with quickly in your home or business. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians and professional equipment.

Flood Cleanup Quickly When Every Second Counts

Flooding can be one of the most unfortunate situations your home can face, especially if you are one of the unlucky ones not to be offered insurance or have taken up your provider on that type of coverage. Whether it is attractions like the Bergen County Zoological Park and the New Jersey Naval Museum or the thousands of homes and apartments surrounding these destinations, we have the tools and experience to help.

Clearing flood damage in Teaneck homes and businesses begins with understanding the situation's urgency and responding accordingly. Yes, properties like the Teaneck Plaza Shopping Center or the Cedar Lane Shopping District could have dozens of properties affected simultaneously; we have large loss solutions to suit every situation. 

Rapid Action After Flooding

Our SERVPRO® technicians take the necessary steps to assess the extent of the damage. We use advanced discovery tools like probing moisture meters, infrared thermography, and other cutting-edge technologies to understand the damage accurately. We make sure to document each potential problem we find beyond the surface damage that's visible to the naked eye. This data helps us identify the effects we must address during the mitigation and restoration work.

Keeping track of all the information gathered during an initial flooding inspection can be daunting, but SERVPRO's exclusive DryBook software makes it a breeze. This tool can easily organize all the details, including environmental and atmospheric readings. We can also identify any pre-existing damage to your property, which will help our technicians focus restoration efforts.

This information helps with:

  • Water removal
  • Content claim services
  • Repairs
  • Disinfection cleaning
  • Structural drying

Before beginning work, our professionals can coordinate with your insurance company to lower restoration costs. Preliminary cleaning and emergency services may be covered under your policy, even if you do not have flood insurance.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is ready to help after flood damage. Call us at (201) 266-0482.

Restoration of Homes with Fire Damage Benefits Teaneck Residents

8/27/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged hallway with soot covering the walls Dealing with fire damage is a big task for residents. Call SERVPRO for certified technicians to make a remediation plan for you.

Fire Damage Restoration - a Cost-Effective Choice

As bad as a fire might seem while raging in your Teaneck home, SERVPRO® can save significant sections of its interior. Our fire damage restoration methods make removing only the damaged portions possible.

Our techniques might make things seem very haphazard in your Teaneck residence. Our fire damage restoration team wants to assure you that the restoration stage is only temporary, just as the rebuilding stage that follows is only temporary.

Choosing restoration over the drastic demolition of interior elements (and costly rebuilding) can save money for many homeowners coping with the aftermath of a fire. Here are two ways we make restoration the more cost-effective choice for a homeowner:

  • Structural components,
  • Utility infrastructures, and
  • Cleaning.

Repairing your home's structure costs significantly less than rebuilding it. We assess and fix damaged sections to ensure structural integrity and compliance with local codes. We then take steps to restore affected areas. Restoration tasks involve cutting the places with blemishes, weakening, or deterioration. Our cutting tools are sharp and can easily cut in a straight line. To eliminate the chance of dust particles entering your living space, we build enclosures to trap debris and then use vacs with HEPA filtration systems to get even the smallest dust particles.

Utility infrastructures are the property owner's responsibility. We can inspect, remove damaged elements, and repair your electrical system, HVAC components, and plumbing and drainage systems for your family.

Cleaning after a fire helps us determine which items can be reclaimed by restoration efforts. We use techniques like dry sponge wiping, wet toweling, and dry brushing. Sponges are excellent for removing layers of soot and other smoke deposits. Wet towels work well in many ways, including removing debris from surfaces and protecting other surfaces from contaminants. Dry brushing helps dislodge and remove any loose particles while preventing new damage from occurring.

After completing these and other initial steps, we can perform needed rebuilding to make your home "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 for professional service after a disaster.

SERVPRO Saves Teaneck Homes by Offering Efficient Water Removal

5/25/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment For any type of water damage in your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

It Pays to Hire SERVPRO for Water Removal from Teaneck Homes After a Water Incident 

A water incident can be overwhelming, especially without professional help. Restorers like SERVPRO have the experience, tools, and training to handle such situations and can carry our water removal from your Teaneck property quickly and efficiently. We use some of the latest equipment and follow IICRC guidelines to restore water damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO techs follow the IICRC S500 guidelines during the water removal and restoration of your Teaneck home. Our techs use different pumps and extraction equipment to remove standing water before drying the structure. 

Pumps Used in Water Removal Services 

SERVPRO relies on professional water removal equipment to extract water from structures effectively and prevent further damage. Water removal pumps are essential to the restoration process, and restorers use several different types of pumps. Here are some of the most common pumps SERVPRO techs use in water removal:

  • Trash pumps can handle solids and debris that may be present in water. Restorers use these pumps to remove water that contains sediment, such as floodwater. 
  • Electric submersible pumps can be submerged in water, and SERVPRO techs use them for residential and commercial applications. Submersible pumps remove large volumes of standing water from basements and underground garages. 
  • High-pressure pumps can handle large volumes of water, and techs use them in situations requiring a high lift. 

How SERVPRO Techs Choose the Right Pump?

SERVPRO techs consider several factors when choosing a pump for water restoration. Factors influencing this decision include the type of water (Category 1, 2, or 3), water volume, and the affected area's size. Techs also consider factors like portability, power source, and safety features. 

Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482; we are available 24/7 to help you.

Valuable Resources That Help With Mold Remediation in Teaneck Homes

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Don't let mold damage go unchecked in your home. Call SERVPRO for help to avoid further damage.

SERVPRO Is Equipped To Handle Mold Removal in Teaneck

Mold damage is a common occurrence in buildings. It usually signals a problem with moisture; hence it’s the first issue to address when dealing with mold. Mold propagates well on paper, ceiling tiles, cardboard, and wood products. Also, it can grow in dust, paints, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. The growth can be unsightly, making your home look poorly maintained and dirty. However, you can remediate your Teaneck home from microbial-driven damage with suitable approaches.

When the mold problem has affected large areas of your home, finding a reliable mold remediation company in Teaneck is vital to ensure the contamination is safely and effectively removed. If the process is not professionally handled, you risk dispersing mold debris to other areas. SERVPRO crews take several measures to remove mold from homes safely. However, our removal techniques may vary depending on the type of surface, the extent of mold growth, and the specific conditions on your property.

General steps involved during mold cleanup:

  • Inspection to check for moisture sources and the extent of mold growth
  • Building containment to prevent the spread of mold spores
  • Physical mold removal using specialized tools and techniques
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all affected surfaces

Mold Abatement Measures

SERVPRO crews clean mold on semi-porous and no-porous materials through safe isolation processes, preventing the release of spores into the air. As earlier stated, the type of surface or material on which the mold grows determines the technique our teams use when cleaning moldy surfaces. However, disposal is usually the right option when microbes affect porous material.

Different resources for mold remediation:

  • Air scrubbers use HEPA filters to trap mold spores in contaminated areas
  • Wire brushes to break up the mold from surfaces
  • Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air helping prevent the mold growth
  • EPA-approved antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to eliminate mold colonies
  • HEPA- vacuums to remove loose mold fragments and any remaining moisture

If your home needs mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Story Soot in Your Teaneck Home Tells About Fire Damage

3/30/2023 (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

3/30/2023 (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

3/30/2023 (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.