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Disposing of Items Ruined by Flood Damage In New Milford

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here To Help SERVPRO storm and flood damage restoration services are top-notch. We will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood's Fool-Proof Formula For Restoring Your Flood-Damaged Appliances In Your New Milford Home. SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Your Home After a Flooding Situation

After any disaster, part of the restoration process involves removing those items that suffered the most and cannot be repaired cost-effectively. While the technicians can save as many materials and belongings as possible, some things become saturated during flooding events.

When a New Milford house sustains flooding, certain things become saturated and retain moisture, permitting microbial activity to grow unchecked. These things include part of the house's structure and the contents. Insulation, except for closed-cell foam, not only faces severe contamination, but water causes many types of insulation within walls to compress and lose their ability to prevent heat or cold from passing through. Restoring upholstered furniture can require dismantling pieces and other tasks with no guarantee of a successful restoration.

Appliances in your home can also contain insulation. These appliances include refrigerators, stoves, and others. Enclosed compartments inside doors or walls hold insulation when heat or cold plays a role in the appliance's use. Older units can contain asbestos, making the repair even more costly, if even possible. Because of these difficulties, technicians dispose of these appliances, also. Any food left in a refrigerator or freezer after a flood poses risks from spoilage, so we eliminate the contents, also.

We also remove broken glass that occurred because of changes in your home's structure. The force of the floodwater can twist window frames, breaking the glass. It can also happen when framework components absorb water and swell. Once we remove drywall sheets from the studs, we inspect for microbial damage. Finding this early can help preserve your house's framework, helping keep restoration work on schedule.

Flooring can also sustain severe water damage and require its removal and disposal. Flooring is often heavy because of its high density. When warping, cracking, peeling, and other damages occur, we remove the flooring and then carry it out of your home.

The increase in efficiency that happens after we remove these saturated materials dramatically decreases the amount of time involved. We can restore or repair any of your belongings that sustained saturation, and whenever possible, we choose that option. We want to assure our customers that we keep both their financial costs in mind.

Will a Flood Destroy Appliances in a Home?

As a New Milford homeowner, you have invested a lot over the years. Not only have you decorated your home to your liking and style, but you love it. In a moment's notice, your life can change for the worse. Flood water can infiltrate your home without warning. Before you know it, the trickle of water turns into a small stream. Now, your carpet, rugs, furniture, and hardwood floors are soaked with water. The first reaction you may have is to save your valuables which includes your appliances. Before taking that step, learn how flooding affects your electrical appliance.

The first thing you need to do as a family is to seek shelter in a safe place. As an emergency flood cleanup company in New Milford, we recommend that you switch off the electricity at the mains. Doing so cuts off power to your electrical appliances. Also, it lowers the chances of getting electrocuted as you move to a safer place.

Do not touch the circuit breaker with bare feet in the water or with wet hands when at the mains. Make sure your feet are protected by watertight rubber boots, and your hands are dry. If there is a wire touching the ground, assume it's live.

Not taking these steps immediately can lead to a fire. Want to know how? If you have electrical appliances resting on the ground, such as video game consoles, it can electrically charge the water. Not only that, the circuit inside the appliance can short-circuit and cause more damage. If you have a running generator at home, this is the moment where you shut it off.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood mitigates flood damage. We want residents to live in safe, dry homes, free of all types of damage. Call us at (201) 266-0482, so we can help you mitigate the damage caused by flooding or other disasters.

Erasing the Impact of Fire Damage in Englewood

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damaged sign Fire damage restoration is not a DIY project. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every fire damage restoration job.

Hiring SERVPRO Gets You the Fire Damage Restoration You Need for Your Englewood Business

Fire impact on your Englewood business can be devastating, and it often leaves an owner not knowing where to begin. SERVPRO is available 24/7 so that we can come out to your building to provide emergency restoration when you need it. Our services make it so that you can get your building back into a preloss condition faster than DIY cleanup methods alone. With the professional techniques and latest advancements in the fire restoration world, we can erase all traces of the fire throughout your property.

What Should I Do Right After the Fire?

Once the fire is extinguished and deemed safe to enter, you should call our team right away. A crew is deployed, and upon arrival, we can start the assessment and plan for restoring your fire damage in Englewood. We have a range of cleaning techniques and restoration equipment available that allows us to salvage as much of your interior as possible. 

Do I Have to Worry About the Air Quality in My Building After a Fire?

There can be a lot of soot and smoke particles left after a fire. You also need to be concerned about remaining moisture from the fire being extinguished, as lingering water brings about the potential for possibly harmful mold and mildew growth. Our skilled technicians select the best equipment and filtration tools to clean and restore the air quality within your building. Not only does this help to ensure the air is breathable, but it reduces the potential threat of tough smoke odors and microbial contamination.

  • Air Scrubbers – These machines help to reduce the number of particulates and debris from the environment. They also cut back on the threat from certain microorganisms known for colonizing when conditions are moist. The machines work similarly to our Hydroxyl machinery, pulling in the contaminated air, trapping the airborne debris, and putting out cleaner air.
  • Hydroxyl Generators – These generators are dual-acting, meaning that they deodorize the interior of your building while also filtering and purifying the air. This equipment features a HEPA-filtration system where the air goes into the machine, and the filter traps all particles, debris, and microbes. 

How Do You Address Soot Stains?

During a fire, the heat from the fire brings about charring to various surface areas. Standard restoration, replacement, or resurfacing is usually the best option. Because this is often time-consuming and costly, our skilled SERVPRO technicians use various techniques and advanced equipment to address the tough soot and smoke residue. With soda blasting, pressurized air puts out sodium bicarbonate at a high rate of speed to strip away the smoke residue and charring. Since sodium bicarbonate also acts as a deodorizer, it helps to remove odors from damaged materials being treated. 

Smoke and soot particles settle very quickly on ceilings, walls, and other flat surfaces throughout your office after a fire. Trying to clean with DIY methods is time-consuming and often unproductive. Our technicians may use vacuum cleaners and pressure washers to help remove residue faster in your Englewood building. We also have HEPA filters in our industrial strength vacuums that help pull out loosened soot particles without worrying that they get redistributed into the air. 

Can Smoke Odors be Completely Eliminated?

We have perfected the process of removing smoke odors from your interior after a fire. Each step helps break down harsh residue and locate all areas where odorous particles may have lingered. 

  • When necessary, we remove belongings and furniture from your building to be deodorized elsewhere. This also helps prevent the transfer of smoke residue to other parts of the building that are unaffected.
  • Our technicians carefully clean all surfaces covered in residue, making sure to leave no area untreated. We have an extensive selection of EPA-approved cleaning agents to remove residue from burned materials, including wood, plastic, and building materials such as drywall.
  • More pungent odors call for recreation of the situation that caused odor penetration to various surfaces. Deodorant agents are heated with our fogging machinery, generating a chemical agent cloud that helps to penetrate deeply to reach the odors. 
  • Exposed surfaces can also be sealed if a fire burned a significant portion of the building and created a great deal of smoke residue. This is done by using a special primer coat on the walls before using a final color and sealing the ductwork throughout the HVAC system.

Working with skilled technicians is the best way to go when it comes to the fallout from fire damage in your business. You can call SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood 24/7 at (201) 266-0482, and we can send out a team quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hiring Professional Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO in Teaneck Can Save You Time and Money

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

back of SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO is the number one water damage restoration company. We have IICRC certified technicians with the training and know-how.

How Do Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Dry Your Teaneck Home?  

One of the biggest challenges for water restoration companies in Teaneck is to dry your damaged property as quickly as possible. Once SERVPRO techs are at your property, they inspect it for the extent and scope of water damage. After the inspection, a restoration plan is drawn to ensure prompt drying to prevent any secondary damages. 

SERVPRO is one of the few water restoration companies in Teaneck with IICRC certified technicians that are experienced and trained to tackle any size disaster. Our technicians understand that the most efficient way to dry wet areas is to establish drying zones within the affected building. SERVPRO  techs control the humidity, temperature, and airflow within the drying area to accelerate the evaporation of trapped moisture. Restorers create a drying zone by closing doors or erecting 6- mil plastic sheeting. The size of the containment area depends on the extent of the water damage.    

Why do SERVPRO Techs Spend Time Positioning Drying Equipment During Water Cleanup of Your Teaneck Home? 

It is not enough to have state-of-the-art equipment if proper care is not used to install them on your water-damaged Teaneck property. The SERVPRO techs must use the right type of equipment in the right places to speed up the drying process. 

Once we analyze the premises to be dried, the technicians calculate the number of equipment such as air movers that are needed. It is also crucial to decide where the equipment should be placed to get the best possible results. 

For example, SERVPRO techs place the air movers so that they blow air onto the wet surfaces. When drying multiple walls, the restorers keep the air movers to create a vortex of circular airflow.    

Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 with any restoration questions.

Combating Odors After Flood Damage to Your Teaneck Home

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

two people standing in a flooded room in rainboots Flooding in your home needs to be dealt with effectively or it can cause secondary problems to develop. Contact SERVPRO for flood damage remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate Odors after Flood Damage

Flooding due to heavy rains, storms or other natural disasters can have a long-lasting impact on your property. The odors that linger on long after flood water is removed can be difficult to get rid of from your Teaneck home. If you want your house to smell like home again, you need professional help.

SERVPRO technicians utilize some of the best deodorizing equipment and techniques that eliminate even the most difficult to remove odors from your Teaneck property. We use multiple methods that ensure complete and efficient odor elimination after flood damage. Here are some of the techniques that we use for odor elimination after flood damage.

Direct Spraying

In this method, small hand or powered sprayers are used to spray strong deodorants over the affected area. During flood damage, this technique is also used to apply disinfectants as well.

Wet Fogging

Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) foggers are used to dispense water-based or solvent-based deodorants. SERVPRO uses some of the best wet foggers on the market. These foggers are designed to administer the deodorizing compounds in minute particles that penetrate deep within the pores where the odor-causing particles hide.

Thermal Fogging

Although thermal fogging is mostly used to combat smoke odors, it is sometimes used to eliminate odors due to flooding as well. Solvent-based deodorizers are vaporized by the application of heat during thermal fogging. This method breaks down the deodorant into minute particles that penetrate deep into the pores and eliminate even the strongest odors.

Venting Box Fans

Ventilation is a big part of odor elimination. SERVPRO technicians use box fans to ventilate before and after deodorizing. These high-velocity fans can ventilate large areas quickly. Efficient ventilation can also reduce the waiting period for occupancy after deodorizing treatments.

Air Scrubbers

Air scrubbers eliminate air-borne odor-causing particles. The scrubber draws in dirty air through a series of filters and traps the odor particles. Air scrubbers use HEPA filtration technology that can eliminate particles that are as small as 0.3 microns with an efficiency of 99.97%.

Call SERVPRO at Teaneck / Englewood today at (201) 266-0482 to talk to our odor elimination experts. Our skilled and certified technicians can help you eliminate even the most stubborn odors after flood damage in no time.

Water Damage from a Leaking Skylight in Your Teaneck Home

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a wet ceiling from water leaking in around the skylight Skylights are beautiful but need to be maintained well or leaks can develop. Contact SERVPRO should your home be affected by water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Receive Training and Have Years of Experience Drying out Homes After Water Damage

Having a skylight in your Teaneck home is a great way to allow natural sunlight in almost any room. However, if it is installed improperly or is not maintained, the skylight can develop leaks. A leak like this can cause numerous problems for you as the homeowner, including severe damage to your property. Leaking skylights need to be repaired as soon as possible to minimize the damage and stop the leak from spreading.

Leaking Skylight From Storms

If you have discovered any leaking coming from the skylight in your home, getting it fixed and any water damage in Teaneck repaired, it is essential to act upon it quickly. Water damage can promptly create other problems such as mold growth, plus the leak can keep spreading. Our SERVPRO staff can help you anytime you need. We are professionally trained to handle all kinds of water damage situations in a timely fashion.

Airflow is one of the essential tools that we use. Drying your home requires that we use the right techniques for using airflow. If we place the air mover, so it blows directly into a wall, air not only bounces back but it forces moisture into the wall, which is not good. On the other hand, if the air mover is angled at forty-five degrees, the air bounces off the wall, and the moisture is replaced with drier air after it is carried away.

SERVPRO techs use a clockwise pattern to position the air movers, facing the inlet at the wall and with the nose touching the wall. We ensure all of the walls affected are in the air stream. To do this, we might place additional air movers in closets, offsets, and windows. Every time we monitor the equipment, we move the machines to the left or right in a circular pattern, so the structure dries evenly.

We also need to dry the ceiling. Airflow has to be directed across the wet ceiling to evaporate the moisture. Directing the airflow over the area circulates the warm air which has risen to the ceiling. With drop ceilings, we open a few panels on each end and direct the airflow into the open areas.

SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood takes the time to ensure your home in Tenafly, New Milford, or Teaneck is thoroughly dry after a water damage disaster. When you contact us at (201) 266-0482, you can be sure that your home is in good hands.

How Can Trapped Water Get Removed from Hardwood in Teaneck Homes?

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water on the wood floor When hardwood flooring gets wet, water removal and drying services are critical. Contact SERVPRO for more information and services.

Clearing moisture from wood flooring is vital for restoring Teaneck properties. 

Wood flooring and accents are particularly susceptible and sensitive to water absorption, making it vital to clean surface water concerns as soon as possible. From ceiling leaks to flooding, hardwood elements are at risk until extraction and drying begin for the property. Evaluating the presence of moisture and damp pockets against or already absorbed into these elements is an important aspect of pre-job scoping.

The Sensitivity of Hardwood to Absorption

Water removal for Teaneck homes, especially on hardwood surfaces and floors, should begin as soon as possible. A combination of extraction devices can help to eliminate pooling before excessive absorption. Cellulose in wood planks can aid in faster absorption rates, but drying these materials is still possible if the moisture has yet to chemically bond with the wood molecules. More than just hardwood flooring can be impacted by moisture damage, as well, including:

  • Wood framing, including crawl space joists
  • Shelves
  • Vanities
  • Furniture
  • Cabinetry

Potential Obstacles in the Drying Process

While the extraction process might involve a range of tools from wands and wet vacuums to truck-mount extractors, drying is typically grounded with the same base machines and devices. Air movers can help overcome obstacles like vapor barriers and cool air pockets forming above drying materials that hinder recovery speed. Moisture monitoring with surface meters tracks the pace of water removal from wood planks and materials to prevent over-drying and subsequent harm.

Protecting flooring and installed elements in the property begins with effective surface mitigation solutions to remove standing water. We have efficient options for pulling free water trapped in the material as well before irreparable harm occurs. Count on our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team for a fast response to help at (201) 266-0482.

Common Causes of Fire Damage in Englewood Properties

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen fire Fire damage of any kind is a job for SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified and trained staff are ready 24/7 365 days a year!

SERVPRO Takes Fire Damage Seriously

In many homes, people often take shortcuts to help them improve how their home feels and looks. While these shortcuts may increase functionality to a small degree, they can sometimes backfire by creating fire hazards. Many fires also start in a very localized area but quickly spread. Eliminating these causes is something that you can do as a fire prevention measure. 

Homes and businesses in Englewood that suffer from fire damage can be quickly repaired by dedicated and highly trained technicians from SERVPRO. We have IICRC training and certification. This is nationally recognized and provides the training needed to respond to any size disaster, large or small. If your home or real estate property is damaged by fire, you can trust us to make it "Like it never even happened."

Preventable Electrical Fires can Cause Fire Damage 

Most electrical fires are preventable. Replacing frayed, cut, or otherwise damaged cords on appliances is one way to do this. Replacing the item can also be one way, although more expensive in most situations, to prevent the risk of fire from becoming a reality. 

While placing an extension cord under a thick rug to protect it from damage may seem like a good idea, it can create a way for the cord to overheat. Cords can also be damaged if a wheeled chair or another item is rolled over the rug. This can create direct contact with electricity and the floor or rug itself. A common result is a fire. Extension cords are not designed to be used long-term or for heavy appliances like refrigerators or electric stoves. Television sets and computers should only be plugged into the wall outlet directly for long-term use. 

Lighting Your Home Shouldn't be a Fire Hazard 

Keeping your home well-lit can keep most accidents to a minimum, simply because you are more aware of your surroundings if you can see well. A possible source of fires in the home can develop when colored fabric pieces or scarves are used to tint the light from a given lamp. Light bulbs can become extremely hot very quickly, and this heat can ignite many fabrics, which can spread rapidly throughout a room. 

Oils placed in rings to scent a room should be only used when you are in the same room. Oil is very flammable and should be used only with great care. These should never be used in a child's room. Children are curious and can quickly start a fire if they play with the ring and the oil. 

The watts on the light bulb are also necessary to consider when buying bulbs for lamps and light fixtures. Using one that is much stronger than what is recommended for a fixture can quickly lead to fire damage. 

Fire Damage Prevention and Your Space Heater 

Space heaters that are used in the home need to be placed safe distances away from everything. These can quickly become so hot that anything that contacts the heater's coils or another type of heating element can ignite. If children are allowed to play in an area with a space heater, supervision must be vigilant to ensure that no papers or crayons, small toys, clothing such as laces, or ties end up near the heating element. 

Pets can also create a higher risk of fire when space heaters are used. Pets may knock a space heater over, causing a fire if the unit is older or the auto-shut-off component fails. Older pets may also try to snuggle close to the heater, creating a physical risk to themselves, as well.  

Fires Create Damage that Requires Skilled Clean-Up and Repairs 

If you've had a small fire in your home, we want you to know we can help you with repairs and cleaning up the aftermath. Another way we assist those who have had fire damage is to provide inventory assistance so that your insurance carrier can approve your claim for damages more quickly. 

IICRC Training Prepares Us for Both Large and Small Fire Damage Repairs of All Types 

Fire damage may seem insurmountable, but when you use a professional company that has experienced technicians on call 24/7 to provide expert services when you need us, that fire damage can soon be a distant memory. Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 to make your fire damaged home, and furnishings made like new again.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Fire in Teaneck

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from a fire A fire in your commercial building isn't good for business. SERVPRO will have you back up and running in no time. Call now for the help you need.

SERVPRO Can resolve your Commercial Fire Damage in Teaneck

Getting hit with a commercial fire is one of the business owner's worst nightmares in Teaneck. In addition to causing financial challenges, hardships, and damage to the property's structure, fires can leave the by-product of water damage that leads to the presence of unwanted mold. To ensure that your commercial property can be restored to its original safe and sanitary condition promptly, it's important to call SERVPRO. To get a clear, concise understanding of how to quickly address and resolve your fire damage issues, refer to the following outline:

Call Your Insurer

Your initial call after your property has suffered extensive fire damage is to your insurance agent. The insurer should be effective and expedient in helping you locate temporary accommodations where you can conduct business while your property is renovated and restored if this is appropriate. The insurer should also be able to assist you with the process of finding a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO works with over 300 insurance companies, agencies, and property management corporations. In some cases, your insurance provider can request that you create an inventory of all the personal belongings, capital improvements, electronics, furnishings, and documents on the property, as well as their value. SERVPRO can generate a comprehensive inventory for salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable content to assist you. This is our helpful Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) form.  Final decisions, replacement or clean and repair of contents, are always between you and your insurance company. 

The Assessment of Water and Fire Damages

Although each aspect of the fire damage restoration process is important, the initial assessment plays an integral role in the whole procedure. During the assessment, specialists perform several tests to determine the time frame and costs necessary to restore your property. This forms the basis to implement the actual fire damage restoration steps. Standing water, the result of the firefighting efforts, must first be extracted. Our skilled technicians clean up debris and remove it for storage or discarding. The drying step utilizes dehumidifiers and air movers to draw moisture and humidity from the business. Soot cleaning and smoke and odor elimination continue the restoration process. SERVPRO possesses state-of-the-art equipment such as ozone machines, foggers, and mold remediation chemicals to bring the fire damage restoration to completion. 

The SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood IICRC-certified crew offers you the precise, proficient services you need to get you back in business after fire damage. Call us at (201) 266-0482.

How Does Textile Cleaning Vary for Fire-Damaged Teaneck Homes?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damaged room SERVPRO trained technicians will have your home back to preloss condition from any size fire. Fire damage restoration is a specialty of ours!

Our fire restoration professionals can help Teaneck homes look normal again after a disaster.

There is no universal approach to cleaning building materials and contents after a fire. With multiple compositions and placements of these items throughout the damaged structure, dozens of products and techniques are required to provide the SERVPRO level of cleanliness after a disaster.

Cleaning Dry Smoke Damages from Materials 

Dry smoke is on the easier side of fire damage restoration for Teaneck homes, as much of this can be resolved with a combination of chemical sponges and light wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning Strategies for Soils

We have multiple solvents and detergents designed exclusively to remove stubborn soot soils through dissolving and emulsification. These chemical processes deteriorate thick residues so they can be wiped away rather than continuing to mar, stain, and ruin finished surfaces.

Removing Soot from Non-Porous Contents 

Hard surfaces like ceramics can become damaged by soot and smoke particles as well. We have an ultrasonic cleaning tank to fully submerge these items and clear this soil and debris. Other impactful services we provide at our nearby SERVPRO facility include:

  • Deodorization
  • Surface cleaning
  • Drying
  • Storage

Cleaning is one of the necessary restoration actions for all fire-damaged homes and businesses. With so many needed types of cleaning after a fire loss, our experienced SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team can help. Call us today at (201) 266-0482.

Teaneck Water Damage 101

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse fully loaded. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians that are ready at a moment's notice. Call now, for the water mitigation services needed for your home.

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration 

Whether your property is subject to Teaneck water damage due to a natural disaster or sewage issue, resolving the issue immediately is immensely valuable. Unfortunately, many homeowners and commercial property owners don't know what to do or call when their residential property is affected by water damage. To get a basic understanding of how to effectively grapple with water damage, review the short outline provided below:

What Is Water Damage?

Teaneck water damage is a form of damage that results from natural disasters such as fires, floods, and tornadoes. When these events occur, it is often necessary to put out a fire as quickly as possible. The water left behind from the fire extinguishing process is the excess matter that constitutes water damage. Teaneck water damage can also occur when a pipe bursts or a sewage issue strikes a community.

Why You Need To Call The Professionals

Once homeowners and business owners realize that their property has been subjected to water damage, they can attempt to complete a DIY project. Water damage is a severe and complex matter that requires professional remediation. Here are several reasons that calling the experts for help is essential:

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

One of the reasons that calling a professional water damage remediation company is important pertains to equipment. Remediation company specialists have access to specialized equipment that is specifically designed to remove excess water. From dehumidifiers to air movers, professionals have the equipment necessary to complete the drying process with expedience and excellence.

Knowledge And Experience in Water Damage Removal

In addition to possessing the equipment necessary to complete the water damage restoration process, industry professionals possess the knowledge. Often, homeowners try to identify signs of water damage but have difficulty doing so. In many cases, something simple like water spots under the kitchen counter may seem like a non-issue. However, these spots could be signs of a deeper problem. Over many years, water remediation specialists, certified by the IICRC, develop the knowledge and experience necessary to identify quickly and eliminate the source of water damage.

Call SERVPRO Immediately 

If your commercial or residential property has been affected by water damage, there's only one company to call: SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood. Our tenacious technicians have undergone extensive training and specialize in expediting and optimizing the drying component of the restoration process. Our commitment to offering fast, friendly service has made us an industry leader, and we're ready to help you right now. Call us immediately at (201) 266-0482.