Recent Fire Damage Posts

Enjoy a Friday Night Tango Near Teaneck

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Teaneck Residents Can Dance the Night Away in Leonia

Each Friday, Club Tango hosts a Friday Night Tango at the American Legion Hall on Broad Avenue in Leonia, New Jersey. Whether you live in Teaneck or Englewood, you are cordially invited to join in on the fun from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. The next Friday Night Tango takes place on January 15, 2021.

Dance styles showcased during the Friday Night Tango event include:

  • Traditional
  • Nuevo
  • Salsa

Whether you are a beginner who has never danced before or a seasoned salsa dancer, Club Tango wants to see you there. Registration is free at Eventbrite, with a $15 cover per person paid at the door. Admission is limited to adhere to current public health and safety regulations. Masks and social distancing are a must to participate in this event.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood provides emergency-response fire damage mitigation for Teaneck homeowners within hours after they call (201) 266-0482.

Englewood Residents Can Cut Loose with Tango Lessons

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Dancers doing the tango Take time to learn how to dance while SERVPRO does the tango with your homes fire damage leaving it "Like it never even happened."

For those interested in learning pair dances like the tango, lessons are available now.

Learning to dance can be a considerable obstacle, but it might mean the world to your partner. The last thing that you would want to do is invest a hefty sum in dance lessons and coursework when you are not sure you will fully commit. Fortunately, in nearby Leonia, NJ, couples can learn the tango basics for a small fee.  

While this is a long-running course happening every Friday night at the American Legion Hall in Leonia, NJ, space is limited for each slot. The next spot occurs on Friday, December 18th, 2020, from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM. The lessons cover traditional and nuevo styles, as well as a touch of salsa. You can call the venue before the classes for more information at (201) 956-7145. 

Post-fire cleanup for Englewood homes can make you want to do anything but dance. Our experienced SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team can help with a fast response and skilled cleaning that saves you money. Give us a call at (201) 266-0482. 

Cleaning Up Fire Damages in Englewood Medical Centers

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

"Emergency" If you have a fire emergency in your home or business, call in the experts at SERVPRO. We will have a team on site right away.

It is vital to clean and restore the top clinics and medical facilities of Bergen County after a fire. 

Taking care of one another has always been one of the staples of our sense of community here in Englewood. Bergen County residents make up several smaller municipalities and towns, including Teaneck and New Milford. Caring for those who need it the most has helped inspire some of the most recognized and renowned medical facilities in the state, whether it is meant to provide urgent care, hope, or comforts. The protection of these facilities after disasters like fires is one of our capable SERVPRO team's responsibilities. We are leading fire restoration professionals and large loss recovery providers that can handle substantial structures and widespread loss effects.

Hospitals and Care Centers

The largest medical facility directly serving Englewood and its residents is the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Because it is affiliated with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the center has been a staple for the latest advancements in modern medicine applicable in a smaller-scale hospital setting. This connection also allows this Englewood facility to network with a talented roster of medical professionals and experts in their fields to consult on the best treatment options for individual cases. While the hospital began as a 12-bed clinic in 1890, since then, it has grown to have nearly 300 beds with a strong focus on emergency care and pediatric health. 

Providing the top-tier level of care available for Bergen County residents begins with an expert staff and a community willing to do what is necessary to allow the facility to grow. Since its humble beginnings, the now thriving Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offer a wide range of life-saving and rehabilitation services ranging from heart and vascular care to integrative medicine and bloodless surgeries. 

The ArtWorks Program

In 2002, ArtWorks, a Naomi Cohain Foundation, began its efforts to provide a better healthcare and treatment approach for youth and young adults. This non-profit organization's premise is that introducing those from birth to age 24 who have life-limiting conditions or chronic illnesses to performing arts gives them a conduit for self-expression, personal development, and most importantly, healing.  

At the age of 14, the namesake Naomi Cohain was diagnosed with late-stage bone cancer. Because of her work with an art therapist, Naomi was able to take the time that she had left and pour it into the arts that brought a smile to her face in even the bleakest of times. It is the knowledge that the arts can change your perspective that has pushed ArtWorks ever forward, being a supportive and accommodating presence in the lives of so many in New Jersey that struggle with unpleasant prognoses. 

Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities 

The care and well-being of the most vulnerable in our communities are the focus and heart of the work of many rehabilitation and nursing facilities throughout the county. Many of these organizations work in part or exclusively with the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, which gives each of them direct access to a network of some of New Jersey's most accomplished doctors and specialists. Because of the hundreds of individuals who rely on 24/7 support and attention, fires in these facilities must be addressed as quickly as possible by competent restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team. From air quality control to surface cleaning, a fast response reduces patients' need for mass relocation. 

Public Education Institutions 

The schools of Englewood, Teaneck, and all of Bergen County provide quality education to thousands of students every year. With just the Englewood Public School District, there are five public schools ranging from pre-K up to 12th grade. From recent demographics, the district provides a classroom for nearly 3100 students and employs almost 250 teachers, making the school district among Englewood's top employers. 

Much like the area's medical facilities, fire restoration professionals' fast response like our SERVPRO team is critical after a disaster. Also like the care centers and rehabilitation facilities throughout Bergen County, these institutions are always working on getting students out on better footing for a stable future. It is a nurturing community of educators that care for the student body's well-being and the respect of those who make up the staff. An excellent example of this is the Cleveland School's renaming to McCloud School in honor and memory of Dr. Leroy McCloud. He had given 50 years to the service of Englewood Public School District and served as principal of Cleveland School. 

What Steps Are Vital to Fire Restoration in Englewood? 

Restoring your home or one of Englewood's medical facilities hinges on our SERVPRO team's fast response. Loss effects, primarily odors, particulates, and soot can travel quickly throughout the property through pathways like the HVAC system. Quickly reaching a damaged residence can allow debris removal actions to begin and reduce the concentration and severity of these specific effects.

Likewise, our general contracting division of our SERVPRO team can work on offering immediate repairs and containment. By eliminating holes made by the spreading fire or man-made holes created to improve firefighting actions, we can better protect the property from further damage. Our responding technicians can also fixate on water removal that is often a concern for these properties after extinguishment efforts complete. Once these immediate concerns have been addressed, we can focus on other fire damage restoration approaches in Englewood homes.

Soot removal is one of the most challenging obstacles that our professionals face when responding to fire losses throughout Bergen County. When our technicians first arrive during the emergency services phase, we can address these hazardous concerns with the placement and use of air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and other filtration equipment. Highly damaged construction elements and fixtures can get removed and replaced at this time.

These first actions are critical to a shorter and less costly fire restoration process. Our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team can make fire losses "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (201) 266-0482.

What Are the First Tasks That Should Be Considered After a Fire?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged stove and microwave sitting outside on sidewalk Even small fires cause a lot of damage. SERVPRO knows how to remove the soot and smoke.

SERVPRO Technicians Give Homeowners Tips on Actions They Can Take After a Fire in Tenafly

Many thoughts go through someone's mind during and after a fire in Tenafly. Many are distraught that they may lose their home, possessions, where they will live, and how they will ever recover! Above all, homeowners want to know that their families and pets are safe. But what are the next steps to consider after a fire?

SERVPRO has been responding to emergencies for over 12 years providing services such as fire restoration and more in Tenafly and surrounding areas. We have experience with many situations and can assist homeowners regarding what to do after a fire. Every fire has its personality and impact; however, the approach is much the same. For example:

  • Always confirm the safety of your family
  • Phone your insurance company to initiate the claim process
  • Arrange to meet with your insurance adjuster
  • Call SERVPRO for immediate assistance such as emergency board up services (we work closely with most insurance companies)
  • Discuss the restoration plan with your insurance adjuster and restoration company
  • Arrange alternate living accommodations if needed

Our experienced team can remove smoke odors, soot from the house's interior, and provide cleaning services along with restoration as needed.

Should Homeowners Stay in the Home During Restoration of Their Premises?

Many homeowners would prefer to stay in their homes during restoration, primarily if the fire was limited to one area of the house; however, there are several things to consider in making this decision. For example:

  • Amount of fire damage and smoke/soot/water in the home
  • Insurance coverage for alternate living accommodations
  • Smoke odors may be present throughout the entire home
  • Equipment installed to remove odors and dry the house may be noisy with continuous operation 24 hours a day
  • Recommendations of the adjuster and our SERVPRO restoration team

Our team always has your best interest and safety in mind. We aim to restore your home as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood (201) 266-0482 to help with fire restoration to your home.

How Does Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Teaneck Differ From DIY Methods?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

burned kitchen and remains of furniture in black soot Smoke damage and soot can get everywhere and infiltrate your home. Contact our certified technicians for services.

SERVPRO techs know that damage from a fire in your Teaneck home is never something homeowners should handle on their own; the best outcome comes from using a professional mitigation company

After a fire in a Teaneck property, whether large or small, it is always best to bring in a professional company for the cleanup. One reason among the many is there are different types of smoke damage, and self-cleaning methods can wind up doing more harm than good to the structure. Additionally, the following problem can occur:  

  • Cross-contamination of soot throughout the home
  • Potential health issues from skin contact or breathing in airborne particulate  
  • Knowledge of controlled demolition tactics for working safely around charred building materials  

Should Homeowners Remain in the Home During Fire Damage Restoration Services?  

Whether or not you stay in your Teaneck home during fire damage restoration depends on a few things such as:   

  • If the fire department stated it was safe to do so  
  • The area can be contained from the rest of the home  
  • You are comfortable without running your HVAC 
  • You can reliably keep other family members and pets out of the worksite  

Soot particles can be airborne and exist smaller than the human eye can see, yet they can be highly irritating to both the respiratory system and skin if you come into contact with them. While setting up containment or negative air chambers helps limit the spread of soot and chances of cross-contamination, the threat is still there if you remain on the property.

How Does SERVPRO Keep Homes Safe During the Fire Damage Cleanup?  

There are several tactics that the SERVPRO team uses to ensure that the property and contents remain safe and secure during the mitigation process. If there are valuable items in your home that you cannot get to, the crew chief will be happy to obtain any articles or heirlooms you want to remove off-site. It is unfortunate, but sometimes people who are curious or have ill-intentions attempt to enter properties after the fire damage in Teaneck has happened. The techs have many methods they use to keep your home safe during the cleanup and restoration, including:  

  • Securely boarding up windows and doors when the techs are not working on-site
  • Tarping damaged roofing until repairs can occur to stop rain or snow from entering
  • Placement of security tape around the perimeter to keep unauthorized persons out
  • Organized pack-out of undamaged furnishings and other contents to a secure location

The cleaning of fire damage in a home usually involves the removal of charred items first. These articles have zero restoration potential. One by one, as they are carefully taken out of the worksite, they get photographed and documented to get placed in a report given to the homeowner to use to expedite any insurance claims for the loss of property due to the fire.

Smoke damage on walls, ceilings, and floors gets handled in two distinct ways. When the soot covering the sheetrock or flooring is too embedded, or there is evidence of charring, it requires removal and disposal. There is no way to return these materials to a sanitary standard for reuse. The second way involves testing the residues to determine if they are dry or wet smoke and choosing the appropriate cleaning method. Dry smoke is most frequently found on walls and ceilings as it comes from high heat fires and settles as a light, powdery residue. Using any liquid cleaner on this kind of smoke damage is a recipe for disaster and is a mistake made by individuals attempting DIY cleanup after a fire. When this type of residue gets wet, it has the potential to drive more deeply into the surface, subsequently ruining it. 

Instead, this type of smoke damage gets gently lifted away through the patient and light-handed use of brushes and dry cleaning sponges. Then the techs follow up with more robust cleaning methods. When the smoke residues prove to be of the "wet smoke" variety, cleaning solutions that include solvents get used for releasing the grip the residue has on the surface it is on. SERVPRO techs always test the surface they are cleaning to ensure that the method they use brings no harm, only restoration.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 when you need fast fire damage restoration for your property and contents. The trained, certified technicians have the latest equipment and advanced methods for making the fire damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

Is it Possible to Erase the Impact of Fire Damage?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A living room with fire and soot damage. Englewood your fire damage is nothing to play with, call SERVPRO today.

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

Fire impact on your Englewood home can be devastating, and it often leaves a homeowner not knowing where to begin. SERVPRO is available 24/7 so that we can come out to your house to provide emergency restoration when you need it. Our services make it so that you can get your house back into preloss condition, and your life can get back to normal quicker 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 gets extinguished, and it is 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 Home 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 harmful mold and mildew growth. Our skilled technicians select the best equipment and filtration tools to clean and restore the air quality within your home. Not only does this help to ensure that the air in your home 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 that are 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 home 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. With standard restoration, replacement, or resurfacing is usually the best option. Because this is often time-consuming and costly, our skilled SERVPRO technicians use a variety of 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 the 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 home 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 home. We also have HEPA filters in our industrial strength vacuums that help to pull out loosened soot particles without worry 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 that we use helps to break down tough residue and locate all areas where odorous particles may have lingered. 

  •   When necessary, we remove belongings and furniture from your home to be deodorized elsewhere. This also helps to prevent the transfer of smoke residue to other parts of the home that are unaffected.
  •   Our technicians carefully clean all surfaces that are 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 home 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, as well as sealing the ductwork throughout the HVAC system.

When it comes to the fallout from fire damage in your home, working with skilled technicians is the best way to go. 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.”

Fire Damage Assessment for New Milford Property Owners

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood's Fire Damage Assessment for Your New Milford Home Is the Smart First Step

Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire is a difficult reality for a  New Milford homeowner. In addition to destroying interior property and irreplaceable personal treasures, the fire can weaken the structural integrity of your house. As a result, many residential property owners find themselves feeling emotionally frail and anxious about restoration expenses once the fire has burnt out. However, securing a professional fire damage restoration company in New Milford can help homeowners limit damages, save money, and restore the property quickly. One of the first and most important parts of the professional restoration process is the assessment of fire damages. Learn more about what this process involves and entails by reading this brief overview:

Analyzing Superficial Damage.

One of the first steps following the fire is determining how much superficial damage has befallen your property. Typically, the restoration specialist will begin outside the property and check for manifestations like missing shingles, damaged chimneys, melted objects, and other signs of exterior deterioration and ruin. Additionally, the local company may examine your roof and other exterior areas of the property. You should also look over these areas and use a video recorder or camera to record damages. This will help you obtain optimal coverage from your insurance company.

Examining Internal Damage.

In addition to examining the exterior of your home, fire cleaning experts will determine the extent of internal damage done by the fire. During this component of the assessment, our team can make a critical difference. Our assessment and inspection utilizing a corporate-wide technology called the Contents Claim Inventory Service--(CCIS.) This categorizes  room-by-room content as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The CCIC is an effective tool for dealing with your insurance company, which SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood is not. But we do work closely with these providers, looking out for your best interests. We will walk through the property and look for damages to windows, bathtubs, vents, ducts, ceilings, floors, roof, sinks, and walls. They will also analyze the interior to determine whether your ceilings, walls or foundation are structurally compromised.

After The Assessment: Water Removal, Cleanup and Repair. Once our restoration company has completed the property assessment, they will move forward with extracting standing water, if any, to mitigate water damage to furniture and building materials. This extraction helps prevent or slow the onset of mold growth. The cleanup process is also the period during which our IICRC certified technicians will help you salvage any items not destroyed by smoke, water or fire damage. The primary objective of the cleanup process is to prevent further degradation and restore as many items and structural elements as possible.

Related Case Study: Restoring a Kitchen after a Fire

Small kitchen fires can start with little warning, as several sources can cause them. While typically these fires can generate from a mismanaged stove or some short in the electrical systems, the result can often be the same in the localized issues that it causes. The typical effects are soot and smoke damages, which appear in several different ways.

 The aftermath of a  kitchen fire in a  home is rarely if ever the variety that can be cleaned and restored with conventional cleaning methods on your own. The lingering smell alone is not one to readily get masked, which needs the best professional fire cleanup company.

 From the moment that our experts arrive at your home, we get to work on assessing the damage to your kitchen area and any adjacent rooms or surfaces that could have gotten affected by the fire as well. This assessment details what must happen to clean and repair the home, everything from deodorization to controlled demolition and rebuilding services.

 Stove fires especially run the risk of irreparably damaging cabinetry in the kitchen well beyond the ability of even the most skilled restorer. In these cases, our team can remove these unsalvageable components and prepare the area for reinstallation of new materials.

 Contending with smoke damage often involves removing an unsavory smell that lingers behind after the fire has gotten extinguished. Deodorization with thermal foggers neutralize these odor molecules and leaves no discernable scent behind. Given the complexity of some of the other restoration processes to return your kitchen area to its former condition, deodorization is often one of the final steps of our plan.

Kitchen fires are not always wild and widespread, but they can cause damages that you cannot remedy on your own.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is locally owned and operated so we are part of the New Milford, Englewood, and Tenafly communities too. When you have a fire damage emergency, we are already nearby and ready to help. Call us.(201) 266-0482

Time Duration of Smoke & Fire Damage in Englewood

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Time Duration of Smoke & Fire Damage

The cleanup process after a house fire can be a tedious one, and experienced restoration professionals agree that time is of the essence. The longer you wait before enlisting the help of a resto clean-up and repair crew, the more extensive the long-term damage will become in your home or office. Smoke exposure has several detrimental effects on building interiors, including damage to plastics and drywall. Calling a restoration expert like SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood will help to minimize this kind of lasting damage and get your home or office back to the way it was before the fire.

Only a few minutes after the initial smoke exposure, the walls of your home or office get a coating of soot on them that causes any plastics to turn yellow. If any small appliances are close to the source of the fire, chances are high they could become discolored permanently. Some porous materials can also sustain permanent smoke damage in only a few minutes. Common examples of these building materials can include marble or alabaster.

Within only a few hours after the fire is put out, the residue from acid can stain and permanently discolor tile grout. It can also damage porcelain bathroom fixtures, fiberglass fixtures, any metals that do not have protective coating, counter tops and other types of furniture surfaces. If the smoke and fire damage aren't treated for a few days, the acid residues from the smoke will cause permanent yellowing of wallpaper and painted walls. Rusting and corrosion will also be evident on metal surfaces and appliances.

After a few weeks, the smoke damage will become more evident, and the repair costs will go up substantially. Any synthetic carpet fibers will become discolored, and metal corrosion will be obvious on several surfaces. Any glass items will also need to be replaced because of pitting, warping or etching on their surfaces. The same kind of surface damage will happen to China because of their longer exposure to the acid of soot residue. To avoid this kind of extensive fire and smoke damage, it's essential to call a professional restoration company and clean-up crew as soon as possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

New Milford Homes Can Be Restored by Our Fire Damage Experts

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

Fire Damage Restoration Of Your Belongings In Your New Milford Home

When a fire has scorched your New Milford home, it leaves behind toxic smoke damage, soot, and charred memories. Plus, there is extensive cleanup that now must be done, the restoration of contents, and rebuilding your home to its previous condition. You are not wrong if you think this sounds like too much to handle on your own, and you should hire a professional to help you.

Even if the fire in your New Milford home was small, you still have plenty of damage to clean up afterward. It is something you do not want to leave sitting, as the smoke and soot left behind is acidic and continues to do damage until it is cleaned. Therefore, reach out to SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood staff as soon as the fire is out. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster. We understand that we need to move quickly to protect your home from sustaining additional damage.

If the fire has left your home open to theft or vandalism, safeguarding the property is essential. Therefore, SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood techs provide on-site power, board-up services, and temporary fencing and shoring around the property to make sure everyone stays safe and your belongings stay secure while the restoration is in process.

We also take care of your possessions. Items which were damaged by the fire need proper treatment, so they are free of toxic smells and contaminants. Many times, we can restore your belongings to like-new condition. The contents of your home are just as important to us as they are to you. We pack and index all of them so we can start efficient restoration right away.

You can rest in knowing that your belongings are safe. Everything gets cataloged and stored in a climate-controlled facility. You also get a detailed report that describes the restoration status of every item, including details like model, make and photographic evidence. The documentation we make for your possessions is also perfect for working with your insurance adjuster. Once your home is fully restored, we return all of your refurbished items and help to get you situated again so you can resume regular use of your home.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

SERVPRO  of Teaneck / Englewood prides itself on our customer service in each emergency restoration situation. When your home in Tenafly, Teaneck, or New Milford experiences a fire, do not hesitate to give us a call at (201) 266-0482 so we can help you restore your property to the way it was.

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Mitigating Fire Damage Calls for the Help of Skilled Professionals in Teaneck

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

"Fire" Your fire damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

Our Fire Damage Experts are Trained in Fire & Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning

The fallout of a fire in your home sends smoke and soot circulating throughout the structure. Once this residue comes into contact with cooler surface areas, such as your belongings and building materials, it adheres and causes damage. Unfortunately, this residue flows through cabinets, ceilings, and walls in your home, making it difficult to remove without the help of trained professionals with restoration skills and experience.

When you call the SERVPRO team in for help with fire damage in Teaneck, we get to work by assessing your interior. This allows us to determine the best and most efficient way to clean your home to free it from sticky smoke and soot residue. We often start by dry or wet cleaning of the ceilings and walls, followed by other structural components that require cleaning and restoration.

Kitchen Restoration

Many house fires start inside the kitchen, so our technicians work to remove soot residue from countertops and cabinets. We use techniques based on the materials and finishes throughout the space. Finished cabinets are addressed with a cloth and water-based detergents. Cabinets and drawers with unfinished wood interiors are cleaned with dry methods, such as a dry sponge or dusting. SERVPRO technicians remove all cabinet and drawer hardware to reach any areas where residues may have gotten trapped.

Lighting and Fixtures

As part of the restoration process, we remove lighting fixtures for proper cleaning. If you have specialty lighting fixtures, such as chandeliers, SERVPRO technicians use careful steaming or hand-cleaning techniques. 

Attics and Crawl Spaces

Smoke and soot may also travel into crawlspaces and attics. We make sure we never leave any space unchecked, including unfinished wood or insulation in these small spaces. Instead of costly cleaning of your insulation, our technicians may suggest removing the first 3 to 4 inches and replacing it with new insulation.

Never leave soot and smoke residue lingering throughout your home after you suffer from fire damage. SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is here to ensure your interior is back to normal fast so that you can enjoy it once again. Call (201) 266-0482, and we will deploy a team promptly to begin an assessment.  

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Avoid Delays When Facing Fire Damage in Teaneck

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

fire and smoke coming out of house window Had a fire? Contact team SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave. We offer efficient fire damage remediation services.

The First Phase Of Fire Damage Restoration In Teaneck Takes Several Steps

Once an inferno ignites on your Teaneck property, professional restoration companies like SERVPRO can prove to help you out quite a bit. The first part of any fire damage restoration project is the initial inspection or project initiation phase. This first procedure involves identifying exactly how we can help you restore your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened." During these initial procedures, we research as much as we can. 

During every fire damage project in Teaneck, our SERVPRO technicians evaluate your property by completing a thorough walk-through of your building. During this first inspection, we can determine the best way to help you resolve the issues created by the disaster you recently suffered. Before we can provide you the homeowner with a good plan of our restoration procedures, we must first investigate not only the problems that exist but also test the procedures we plan to take to make sure that they will prove to be effective.

We start every restoration project by first commencing the lead intake and research step. Whenever we initially get a call from you, the homeowner, we put your information into our database system and conduct any research we can about your property before we arrive at your residence. Next, we make contact with you and inquire about what exactly happened to you. After we get all of the information that we can over the phone, we then schedule the best time for us to arrive at your house.

Once we determine a good time to meet you at your dwelling, we can promptly show up and introduce ourselves to you. After we make the initial contact with you, and we receive work authorization from you to begin, we complete the initial inspection estimate step. This step includes doing a complete and thorough walk-thru of your building so that we can figure out the overall project scope and determine which of your building materials and contents we can save and which ones we cannot.

During any property restoration project, having pre-set procedures that are consistent helps us provide quality customer service. If you ever need assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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We Respond To Any Size Fire Disaster In Englewood

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

A corner in a bedroom wall that is covered from top to bottom in fire damage We set up a hydroxyl generator to help purify the air after a fire disaster hit this home. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

Enjoy Professional Results with Fire Damage Restoration in Englewood

Structure fires can be devastating regardless of the size. The more time that it takes to extinguish the fire fully, the more damage is left in its wake. The best way for you to make sure that you get the cleanup completed promptly is to contact the professionals at SERVPRO. We have technicians that work fast to ensure that the burnt materials get cleaned up to lessen the chance of pungent odors festering and growing stronger.

No matter the size and scope of the fire damage restoration job in Englewood, our skilled SERVPRO technicians work fast to get you back into your home quickly. We are here to restore your living space to its preloss condition and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Fire Damage

When a fire breaks out within your home, burnt particles, smoke, and soot residue are left to linger. When this happens, unpleasant pungent odors develop. Even when moving as quickly as possible to remove all of the charred belongings and materials, it might be necessary to employ further deodorization methods to ensure your home is free of all foul odors. 

Once you call us for fire damage restoration, our SERVPRO technicians arrive and secure the building by inspecting your home to rule out safety hazards. We can then begin removing items damaged by fire, double-checking to ensure no moisture is left behind. Even though many materials and items might need removal or replacement, there are some situations where our technicians can save them with proper cleaning and disinfecting processes.

Should building materials like your home’s wooden studs show to have less than ¼” of charring, SERVPRO technicians remove the charred portion and then apply a sealant. Slight charring is fixed simply by scrubbing or sanding to remove any burnt portion. Soda blasting or dry ice blasting is also very useful in ensuring all damage mitigated.

No matter the scope of the fire damage restoration project, you can count on us at SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood to get you the results that you need in a timely manner. Give us a call at (201) 266-0482, and we can send out a team to begin an assessment as soon as possible.  

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Performing Fire Damage Cleanup Can Prevent Destruction In Teaneck

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage in home We can get your property back to the state it was in before the unfortunate incident.

Performing Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Teaneck Residence Can Prevent Severe Destruction

After firefighters have extinguished a fire, there is no time to waste. You need to begin the restoration process immediately to prevent future damage. SERVPRO fire restoration experts can assist you in restoring your residence after the unfortunate ordeal.

As you prepare to clean up your fire damaged Teaneck home, make sure it is safe to enter. Assess your property for smoldering spots that could ignite a fire. A fire that may have released asbestos fibers into the can air put your health in danger. Your local fire marshal can inform you if it is safe to enter your home to start the cleanup process. To know which cleanup tasks to perform, you should assess the damage. Common household materials react differently to flames, heat, and smoke.

Fiberglass and plastic
They turn yellow because of a chemical reaction that happens when they are too close to a fire. This is not something that you can wipe off, even with strong commercial cleaners.

Walls can get permanent stains if you do not clean them promptly and correctly. Improper cleaning can impact the residue, worsening the damage.

Appliances and metal fixtures can tarnish after a fire. If you do not clean them up properly, etching and corrosion can damage them permanently.

Carpets made of synthetic fibers may melt in extreme heat. If they do not melt, they can hold the unpleasant smoky scent for a long time. Removing the smell is difficult, and even commercial cleaners may be ineffective. Carpet fibers can also become discolored after a fire.

Glass can appear etched after a fire. Ash, heat, and smoke combine to ruin the chemical composition of glass.

It is often necessary to sand and refinish the surfaces of wood exposed to fire to eliminate soot. A majority of homeowners do not own heavy-duty sanders that can handle this restoration project.

Removing all traces of smoke and soot damage from your property is essential to make it habitable once more. Apart from the visible soot, affected areas may have an unmistakable smoke odor. It is impossible to cover up the smell with air fresheners or candles because it is buried in the fibers of carpeting, textiles, and household surfaces.

With our advanced equipment and cleaning products, we can salvage most of your items. Our SERVPRO team can use immersion cleaning to remove residues from affected household items like glasses, dishware, and chandeliers, which can withstand being saturated in cleaning products. Foul smells are irritating if not professionally eliminated. Our technicians can deodorize your home using equipment like the Electro-Gen Thermal Fogger from Legend Brands. We use it to ensure deep penetration of deodorizers to areas where cleaning cannot reach.

When you need for restoration services in Englewood, New Milford, or Tenafly, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482. We can get your property back to the state it was in before the unfortunate incident.

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We Follow The Necessary Process To Restore Your Teaneck Home After A Fire Disaster

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

A candle torched this corner bedroom wall causing some destruction. Our team arrived right away and began cleanup of the damage.

Tips for Cleaning Up after a Fire Damages Your Teaneck Residence

No matter how large or small a fire is, it causes stress to the victims and significant smoke damage that poses a risk to the contents of a house. If you do not clean up soot and smoke, it may settle on various surfaces and stain them permanently within hours. Since soot is acidic, it speeds up the corrosion and deterioration of vital possessions.

To compound the issue, water from firefighting efforts can ruin items like furniture, electronics, and appliances. Restoring your Teaneck residence after fire damage is a systematic process. You can begin by removing the soot that has accumulated on different surfaces. Cleaning soot is difficult because it has an oily base, especially if many plastic items are burned. This issue makes it daunting to use a rag to wipe off soot from surfaces. Instead, it is necessary to use a cleaning agent to remove the soot. Some items you need to eradicate soot include:

• Large buckets
• Trisodium phosphate cleaner
• Large, heavy-duty trash bags
• Sponges

You also need to wear proper safety attire like goggles, gloves, a plastic body suit, and waterproof boots to avoid health risks. Mix the trisodium phosphate with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Start cleaning at one end of the fire-damaged area and move to the other end methodically. As you clean, examine items for damage and take photos for your insurance claim.

If you prefer to hire professionals to clean up your home, SERVPRO can take care of every detail for you. Our fire restoration process involves mitigating the destruction and providing soot cleanup as quickly as possible. Apart from the visible structural destruction, we can evaluate the contents in your house for recovery based on factors like effect of heat and smoke, replacement versus restoration expense, sentimental value and loss of value.

We can also remove the water associated with extinguishing a fire using shop vacs and then use professional-grade air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry out the affected areas. We monitor our equipment closely to ensure rapid drying time and prevent further destruction.

Our Smoke & Fire Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can also eliminate soot and smoke damage from walls, ceilings, cabinets, furniture, and other surfaces using specialized techniques and tools. We utilize dry cleaning methods to eradicate light to medium non-grease residues or to pre-clean excess residues before wet cleaning.

Our SERVPRO technicians can eliminate surface dust using dusting cloths or feather dusters by lightly wiping or brushing the surface. Dry cleaning sponges and vacuuming can eradicate particulate soiling and light debris. We use wet cleaning methods to eliminate moderate to heavy residues. This process involves using water that may or may not contain a cleaning agent.

When in need of fire restoration services, you can count on SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood. We have the knowledge and equipment to make the effect of a fire “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (201) 266-0482 for effective cleanup.

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Who Do You Call To Help With Your Fire Damage Remediation to Your Teaneck Home?

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don't try and handle fire damage remediation alone. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

What To Do After Fire Damage to Your Teaneck Home

Even after a small amount of fire damage to your home, it can feel overwhelming. Knowing the basics for what to do can keep you and your family safe until help arrives for cleanup.

One of the first things to find out after fire damage to your Teaneck home is to ascertain if it is safe to enter. In many cases, the electricity and gas are shut off after a home fire and left off until professionally inspected. Once the power is back on, look at light fixtures carefully before turning on to ensure they do not contain water from extinguishing the fire.

Avoid going into areas of the home damaged by far as it can spread soot resulting in smoke odors in portions of the property currently unaffected directly by the fire. It may be tempting to clean smoke or soot damage, but this can result in permanent staining and more damage if improperly done.

Call your homeowner's insurance company and report the fire loss; it is a good idea to have a copy of the incident report made by the fire department when you call in your claim. Although SERVPRO technicians document all phases of cleanup from start to finish with photos of the structure and contents, you should also make detailed notes and take photographs of the fire damage in your home. Once you file your fire loss claim, your next call should be to SERVPRO to begin the mitigation process.

Another concern is valuables in the home. If fire department personnel state it is safe to do so, remove essential documents, valuables and irreplaceable heirlooms if they are in areas of the home undamaged by the fire. If break-ins are a concern, contact your local police department and notify them your home will be vacant temporarily. On the next business day, call your local post office to hold or set up a temporary forwarding order for your mail.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 has certified fire damage technicians that use state-of-the-art equipment and methods to return your home to its preloss condition and make it "Like it never even happened."

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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)

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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The Ultimate Deal on Fire Damage Remediation in New Milford

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

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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Why Ignoring Fire Damage in New Milford Will Cost You Time and Money

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO understands that fire affects surfaces differently and appropriate remediation methods are required. Call us right away.

Cleaning Fire Damage Residues From the Ceiling of Your New Milford Home

Smoke and fire damage never stop when the fire has been put out by the fire trucks. There is more that happens behind the scenes which is likely to destroy your belongings if the right actions are not taken as soon as possible. Remember, the water they used to put off the fire is still in your property and if not extracted and appropriate cleanup procedures put in place, then your New Milford property is likely to experience unnecessary destruction. This article discusses some of the actions that we take to prevent such eventualities and return your home to its preloss condition.

Let us start by looking at three main procedures that we use when restoring the walls and ceilings of your fire damaged New Milford property. If your building has painted metal or wood ceilings and it happens that heavy smoke residues settled on its surface, then we may consider using wet cleaning. The method is also appropriate when cleaning dry ash from the mentioned surfaces. If our SERVPRO technicians are cleaning light or medium smoke residues, then we can opt for dry cleaning. It is a technique where we use a cleaning sponge to remove the particles. In most cases, we employ dry cleaning techniques before we can start using wet cleaning procedures – which is only possible when dealing with non-greasy soling.

Some fire damage incidents may leave heavy tar soling or nicotine particles in acoustical, porous or non-porous surfaces. In such situations, our SERVPRO technicians use a method known as peroxide active cleaning. We prefer this method when there are chances of dissolving the coating that exists on blown ceilings. During cleaning, we use disinfectants to deactivate mold spores and reduce the chances of its growth.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood has the experience and expertise to deal with all sizes if fire damage incidents. Prevent your building from experiencing unnecessary loss and call (201) 266-0482 to have all your questions answered.

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The SERVPRO Way To Restore Your Fire Damaged Property And Contents In Bergen County

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fires are difficult enough to deal with, without enduring a long, stressful and time-consuming cleanup.

A Fast Solution To Fire Damage In Bergen County

Fires can be catastrophic, causing widespread structural damage and requiring a long, arduous rebuilding project. However, the majority of fires only cause minor to medium levels of harm which can be remediated effectively with the right tools, training, and equipment. One constant, in any scale fire, is smoke which is made up of three main parts: solid particles, gases, and aerosols.

Gases can be hazardous when a fire is burning but are far less so once a fire has been put out. The remaining parts, solid particles, and aerosols tend to stick around. When we deal with fire damage in Bergen County, it is these two components we are aiming to remove which, in everyday language, is known as soot and smoke residue.

When materials burn they release soot and smoke residue which needs to be removed from the property. The specific type of material determines whether or not it is an easy job. Synthetic materials can release thick residues that travel upwards leaving behind thick, odorous deposits. Natural materials, on the other hand, leave behind light soot.

Treating these two types of smoke the same can make a restoration service harder than it needs to be. At SERVPRO we train our technicians to identify the differences by conducting a pre-test of all smoke and soot deposits. Doing so allows us to work efficiently, using tools and equipment that has the maximum effect in the shortest time possible.

Getting your residential property back to a livable condition is part of what we do. At SERVPRO we make an effort to work around you. Sometimes we may have to cordon off an affected area to bring in specialized chemical deodorizers or establish clean spaces for thorough contents cleaning. We do this to reduce the amount of time spent working without cutting corners or leaving behind a mess.

Fires are difficult enough to deal with, without enduring a long, stressful and time-consuming cleanup. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is here to help. Call us at (201) 266-0482 to find your solution.

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Fire Does More than Just Burn, Mitigating Fire Damage in New Milford

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can quickly spread through areas of your home. If your home suffers from fire damage, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Understands How Fire can Damage Your Home

Although it might sound weird, when there is a fire, several things usually happen. These might not be apparent once a fire goes out but understanding them makes it easier to appreciate various aspects of proper restoration. The way the two main aspects of fires interact during the brief period the fire is on has a great impact on the kind of damage caused. With our professional restoration services, it is easier for New Milford property owners to deal with the damages.

For proper mitigation of fire damage in New Milford, an understanding of smoke behavior is important. You might think that smoke just moves from the fire source upwards then to any other unaffected areas. If this were the case, then the smoke residue would be evenly distributed which is not always the case. Smoke moves in convection currents, which means as the fire burns, hot air moves up to the ceiling forcing the cold air downwards. As these movements happen, areas with colder air tend to accumulate more smoke residue and might, therefore, require more effort during restoration even though the fire did not reach them. Our SERVPRO technicians understand this and take appropriate steps.

A fire that burns very hot, even for a short time, might leave visible heat lines. The lines have some significance to the mitigation efforts. The residue left above the heat line is harder to remove because the extreme heat opens up pores in the surface leading to penetration of the residue. Our SERVPRO technicians can remove such baked in residues easily by using cleaning products or thoroughly agitating of the surface. We have various agitation tools ranging from simple brushes or towels to the more advanced ultrasonic machines. With these, we work on any surface without causing additional damages.

Smoke ionization and magnetization also happens in some cases and especially when plastics burn. When ionized, the particles become electrically charged and therefore attracted to surfaces with an opposite charge. This attraction leads to situations where items made of synthetic materials end up with more layers of the smoke residue. Ionization also causes the formation of smoke webs on various parts of the structure.

A trained technician understands all the unusual outcomes in a fire and can take the right remediation steps. You should call SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood at (201) 266-0482. We are available to help you deal with any fire-related damages 24/7.

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Fire Damage Experts in New Milford Talk About Removing Oily Soils

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Soot damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage that smoke and fire has left behind in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Using Their Knowledge About Residues

If a fire ever burns on your property in New Milford, smoke can cause damage even if the flames do not. Smoke is made up of partially combusted materials that rise with the heat coming from the fire. Smoke then hits cooler surfaces and causes soot residues and soils to coat the material. Soot can ruin the finish on various types of surfaces and produce burnt smelling fragrances.
Any time a blaze takes place, it can burn different types of fuels changing the composition of the soils. During fire damage mitigation in New Milford, the removal of soot residues is vital to prevent foul smells. Some soots are extremely difficult to clean while others can easily be wiped off. There are several factors that affect cleanability including the chemical composition of the soil and the type of surface that got affected.
When some types of materials burn they produce smoke that leaves behind oily residues. Oily soils can be difficult to remove from certain surfaces. When dealing with oily substances, our SERVPRO technicians have a few techniques they can utilize. If the surface we are cleaning is porous, then dry removal methods such as dry sponges or a compressed air sprayer can be the best to remove the soils.
If the surface is non-porous, then wet methods can be implemented because the water will not soak the soot into the material and cause more damage. When dealing with oily soot residues, our SERVPRO technicians often use water-based detergents. These specialized detergents can emulsify the oily residues into the chemical.
These water-based detergents are specially designed to dissolve into water and attract oily particles at the same time. The detergents have a water-loving head that mixes with the water and an oil-loving tail that attracts the oily residues. This unique composition allows the detergents to attract both the oily particles and water so that the residues get emulsified into the solution and removed from the affected surface.
When removing soot residues, it is essential to use the proper chemicals and techniques. If you ever need assistance with removing oily soot residues, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24/7.

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Addressing Smoke And Soot Damage After A Fire In Your Teaneck Residence

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

While any fire to your home can be disastrous in its own way, widespread occurrences can prove more troublesome to extinguish and cause more damage.

Addressing Smoke And Soot Damage After A Fire

While any fire to your Teaneck home can be disastrous in its own way, widespread occurrences can prove more troublesome to extinguish and cause more severe damages. While you might pour over these damages when the fire eventually gets extinguished, it is often difficult to make sense of the necessary steps to restore these glaring issues to bring your home back to preloss conditions.

While there is often a long list of fire damages to your Teaneck home that requires restoration following a recent blaze, our communication with you can help our SERVPRO team to identify these lingering symptoms that are the most problematic for living in the house. For many homeowners, the most prominent concerns they have (aside from any irreparable damages to the structure of their home) is the smoke and soot damage throughout the house.

The restoration process begins the same way, regardless of the severity of the problem that our team faces: a thorough inspection to determine the full scope of the damage in your home. For one, this assessment is a requirement from your insurance company to process the claim you intend to make, but it also helps our SERVPRO professionals better understand the severity of the damage present in your home to get addressed.

Smoke and soot damage both get addressed in different ways. For soot damages, several types of equipment from vacuums to sponges get used to clean up the residue. Deodorization can help to remove the persistent scent left behind after a fire, and this approach requires the use of equipment like our thermal fogger to dissipate the noxious odor and leave no discernible smell behind.

When you experience a fire in your house, the initial damage can feel overwhelming. When you take each part of the restoration process and address them individually as our experienced professionals do, the house can get restored to preloss conditions in no time. Trust SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood for any disaster you might experience. Give us a call today at (201) 266-0482.

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Take the Guesswork Out of Restoring Fire Damage in Your New Milford Area Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO technicians remove water and dry out your home, minimizing the damage left behind by the efforts of putting the flames out.

Trust a Professional Restoration Company to Thoroughly Clean Your Property after Fire Damage

Everyone gets anxious to clean their home after fire damage occurs. However, unless you take the time to obtain professional advice, you may be wasting your efforts and even creating more damage. You should contact your insurance adjuster immediately. They should be able to give you a list of qualified professionals that can provide you with the advice, restoration, or replacement services needed to get things under control.

A professional fire damage restorer takes all of the guesswork out of repairing your New Milford home. You get a no-cost inspection and assessment, in most cases, that help you determine which items remain salvageable, an estimated price for services such as a thorough cleaning, deodorization, and restoration of your home, along with any personal belongings caught up in the event.

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians help minimize damage from water, flames, smoke, soot, and ash residues after a fire. Our technicians use air-movers and dehumidifiers to dry water used to douse the flames. We can put water extraction equipment of all shapes and sizes to work that help get water trapped in your floors, walls, ceiling, and carpeting. 

SERVPRO can help prevent damages to brass or copper fixtures, furniture, rugs, carpeting, draperies, and other household textiles. Our complete drying, cleaning, and deodorization process covers every inch of the affected area. Starting with the removal of damaged materials, and ending with preparing your home for repairs as soon as humanly possible. 

SERVPRO uses thermal fogging equipment and a variety of cleaning methods to break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors found in your home. We save you time and money, providing a variety of services all in one place. Our restoration team can clean furniture and clothing, as well as any stains found on your walls, ceiling, and floor. 

Contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to request 24/7 emergency services you can trust. We extend services throughout the area, helping members of our local communities recover from fire, water, storm, or mold damage situations that can occur on their property, call today. (201) 266-0482

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Fire Damage and Soot Damage Restoration Services in Bergen County

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to call SERVPRO immediately after the fire is out to minimize the extent of the damage.

Call on SERVPRO for Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fire and soot damage can leave your property in an unsightly state, not to mention the possible odor and secondary damage because of the acidic nature of soot. Fortunately, there are several things Bergen County homeowners can do to deal with the situation. This involves engaging professional restoration services to ensure a proper cleanup process and maintain the structural integrity of your property.

In the event of a fire emergency in your home, you need to act quickly to minimize the extent of the damage. SERVPRO has many years of experience in fire damage restoration, and we are strategically located to respond quickly to any emergency in Bergen County. Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7, every day of the year to ensure that you do not lose valuable items when a fire occurs.

Soot damage is common after a fire and usually appears as a black powdery substance due to incomplete combustion. Tiny soot particles can stick to building contents and surfaces such as walls and ceilings in the aftermath of a fire. Soot residue is difficult (and sometimes impossible) to cleanup, especially when using the wrong methods.

SERVPRO technicians are professionally trained to deal with the two main types of soot after fire damage -- dry and oily. Dry soot is relatively easy to remove, but oily soot often requires using degreasing agents. It is common to find dry soot in one room and oily in another when treating fire damage and soot damage. It all varies with the types of materials involved.

SERVPRO professionals carry a number of products that are specially designed for soot removal from different surfaces. Sometimes, depending on the nature of the item or the severity of the fire and soot damage, removing the soot residue may not be possible, and we may have to discard that item. Of course, we must first check with you, the property owner, before making this decision.

Smoke odor may linger in carpets, clothing, upholstered furniture, and draperies when fire damage occurs. To get rid of this smell, we must apply proper deodorization techniques. This includes using chemicals and "counteractants" that disintegrate smoke particles to eliminate odors. The specific type of product we use depends on the kind of material that was burned in the fire. However, our products are applicable to all sorts of items, including carpets, draperies, and furniture.

The presence of fire damage in the house can significantly affect the mood of its occupants. If you need quick and reliable fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is there to help. We are available 24/7 at (201) 266-0482.  

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Homeowners in New Milford Facing a Variety of Fire Damage Issues

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

If fire breaks out in your home, make sure that you and your family get to safety. After the fire fighters leave, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate All Aspects of Fire Damage After a Fire

A variety of problems exist after fire strikes your New Milford property. Without professional help, you may be causing additional damage without even knowing.  

Immediately after firefighters deem your home safe again, you may feel a sense of urgency to enter your home, to witness fire damage in New Milford first-hand, which may be a significant mistake. There are areas in your home covered with smoke, soot, and ash that continually does damage long after the flames go out.  

It takes a professionally trained technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, to help you enter your home after a fire. We understand how to protect your carpeting, furniture, appliances, and other household contents from harm while surveying and assessing damages on your property. You never want to add to the problem, so, make sure you call for help before reentering your home.

Remember, residues settle on any available surface. Your SERVPRO cleaning and restoration technicians use a variety of methods to stop damage in its tracks and do everything they can to return many of your household items to a quality pre-fire damage condition. Your shelving, windows, upholstery items, books, antiques, and artwork all require different techniques to restore correctly.

Your locally owned and operated SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to provide you with full-service solutions to emergency situations that occur in your home. We are proud to serve our local community and answer your call for help immediately. All of our technicians are IICRC-industry certified and follow strict guidelines approved by the EPA, as well as local, state, and federal governing institutions.  

As with any fire, water damage is also a concern. Our technicians have access to water extraction and drying equipment of all types, making your cleaning and restoration that much quicker. We perform every repair, replacement, or reconstruction service necessary to make it look, "Like it never even happened."

Contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood, today. We provide services to Englewood and Tenafly as well, helping members of our local communities and ensuring a safe, comfortable restoration experience. (201) 266-0482

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Small Steps You Can Take to Help with Fire Restorations

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Say no to fire damage, and say yes to SERVPRO fire damage restoration.

Step By Step Guide to Restore Your Residential Fire Damage

Although most of the cleaning and restoration work should be left to our professionals, there are still some things you can do for fire damage in your home before SERVPRO arrives. With proper safety precautions, you may be able to make some slight adjustments and cleaning efforts around the house to hasten our work and ensure a more thorough job done. However, safety is paramount, and you should never attempt any of these suggestions if the structure seems unstable or if there are obvious risks in the vicinity.

Wash Houseplants

Houseplants can be highly fragile in the aftermath of Bergen County fire damage - especially the more expensive breeds and varieties. Giving them a quick scrub around any stems and on both sides of leaves encourages their survival and check one more thing off our to-do list once we arrive.

Change HVAC Filters

If it is accessible, we highly recommend replacing the filters in your HVAC system. Even if there are no visible signs of damage, your HVAC system is almost certainly filled with microscopic smoke and soot particles which continue to circulate and create long-lasting odors. Removing your filters now helps to contain some of these particulate smoke matter and reduce the time we spend on deodorization.

Keep Movement to a Minimum

When SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, you may observe them following strict paths of movement or avoiding areas altogether. Unrestricted movement about the home only serves to press soot and ash into flooring and other materials, in addition to kicking up dust and spreading odors around. Try to keep your movement in and around the home to a minimum whenever possible.

Empty the Fridge

If the power has gone out or needs to be shut off, you might want to get everything out of your refrigerator before it is too late. This oft-forgotten part of the home becomes far more noticeable after a few days when thawed food products begin to create odors of their own. In the interest of your food and our technicians' workflow, please remove all food from the refrigerator and prop open its doors.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is well-equipped to deal with any variety of fire damage, large or small. Call us anytime you need help at (201) 266-0482.

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Selecting A Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Company In Bergen County

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

damage washing machine with clothes on the floor When you fall victim to fire damage, quick decisions make all the difference.

Fire Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Trust SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Cleanup in Englewood Cliffs

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

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

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

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

Four Key Ways That We Restore Fire Damaged Items

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO today to assess your Fire Damaged household items!

SERVPRO Can Restore Many Fire Damaged Items to Save Your Funds

It is common to see homeowners tossing away items after a fire event, assuming they are a total loss and no longer usable. While some items can be ruined beyond repair by fire, many others can be saved -- that is the benefit of working with our professionals.
If you are facing fire damage in Tenafly, you should know that our restoration expertise means you will save money on the cost of replacing your possessions. Here are four ways that we restore items affected by fire damage.
SERVPRO has to take extra precautions when dealing with electronic devices and appliances, but we are often able to clean and restore these items if called soon after a fire emergency has occurred. Dry cleaning and vacuuming are often our go-to methods for these items, and we are careful to get damage causing soot and smoke residue off the surfaces of electronics.
Heavy Damage
Fire damage can deposit a significant amount of particles, soot, and smoke around a home, but our professionals are prepared to handle these heavily soiled items. We often use professional wet cleaning techniques in this instance, and sometimes we will use a combination of processes to ensure things with heavy residue are fully restored.
Especially when it comes to furniture with fabric, getting rid of the stains and discoloration that result from fire damage can be considerably tough. When SERVPRO technicians restore furniture, our aim is to preserve the integrity of its components, prevent color bleeding, and remove all residues. For furniture that was soaked in water, we will also extract the excess moisture.
Difficult to Clean Items
Many of our clients are surprised to find that we are even able to restore items such as window blinds. Our state of the art equipment, which includes highly efficient ultrasonic and immersion cleaners, can restore even the most challenging, oddly shaped, or delicate items.
The experts at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood are well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to restore your possessions and get your home back in great shape. To obtain a quote or get more information about our fire damage restoration services, call us anytime at (201) 266-0482.

Electrical Residential Fires: How to Protect Yourself

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

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 

By far the most important step in keeping an electrical fire at bay 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 is not going to 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. Many injuries and deaths result after an electrical fire due to safety overlooks, and 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, and so avoid most 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 type of 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, and we are ready to send our best to any fire disaster cleanup. 

Common Causes of Fire Damage in Tenafly Properties

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Electrical Fires Like This One Can Be Prevented

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 out 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 Tenafly 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 a 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 if you can see well, you are more aware of your surroundings. 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 then can spread rapidly throughout a room.

Oils placed in rings to scent a room should be only used when you will always be 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 take into consideration 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 where there is 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 will 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 who has experienced technicians on call 24/7 to provide expert services when you need us, that fire damage will soon be a distant memory. Calling SERVPRO of Teaneck and Englewood at (201) 266-0482 will make sure that your fire-damaged home and furnishings are cleaned, refurbished, and made like-new again.

New Milford Fire Damage - How to Respond to Fire Damage in New Milford

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs.

How to Handle New Milford Fire Damage 

If you are like most homeowners, you have taken multiple steps to protect your home from a fire, but despite your best efforts, this type of event may still occur. For example, a fire in New Milford can start from a lightning strike, cooking with grease in the kitchen or even an electrical shortage inside the walls of your home. If your home has been damaged by a fire, you may be wondering what steps you need to take with services for fire damage in New Milford in order to restore life as usual in your home. Professional fire damage restoration services are often the best way to quickly return your home to its former glory. 

Assessing the Damage

Many people who have never experienced fire damage in New Milford before may be surprised at the extent of the damage that even a small fire can create. The fire itself will leave behind a charred mess, but this is only one aspect of the fire damage that you may be dealing with. For example, the smoke from the fire may have spread throughout the entire home, and it may leave behind odors as well as staining on the walls and other surfaces. In addition, the firefighters may have used water or a fire retardant material to extinguish the fire, and these substances can cause additional damage to the home. As you assess the damage in your home, you may be surprised by how extensive it is.

Repairing Your Home 

Repairing your home is a top goal to accomplish after you have experienced a fire in New Milford, but this is not a task that you want to attempt to achieve on your own. Even if you have the carpentry and other skills necessary to repair the charred areas of your home, keep in mind that you need water remediation services to remove the water and smoke removal services to remove the smoke damage. Ideally, you want your home fully restored to like-new condition with no remnants of the fire remaining; this will keep the structure sound and your family healthy.

What to Expect From Professional Services

With professional fire damage services, the remediation and repair specialists will help you restore the look and condition of your home as quickly as possible. Most companies will offer 24-hour emergency service for fire damage needs, and this is because fire damage can cause structural damage as well as immediate health concerns. In addition, water extraction will need to begin immediately to reduce the risk of mold growth in the home. This is the first step that a professional remediation company will take. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is available to help when your home has been damaged by a fire. We are a local company that understands the importance of providing you with a fast response after your home has suffered from fire damage in New Milford, Englewood, and surrounding areas. For help with your fire damage repair services, call us at (201) 266-0482.