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The Ultimate List of Resources for Remediating New Milford Flood Damage

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

How Can Flood Cuts Help Your Damaged New Milford Home?

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Experts In Englewood Can Save Your Flood Damaged Carpet

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Experts In Englewood Can Save Your Flood Damaged Carpet If you ever notice that your carpet has gotten wet after a storm, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24/7.

Englewood's Flood Damage Technicians Talk About Problems With Carpet And Pad

If a storm ever makes its way into Englewood residence, one of the first objects inside your home that can get affected is your flooring materials. Moisture can make its way into your structure during a storm in several different ways and cause flood damage to occur. If water comes in from a leaking window or your roof, it can follow gravity and make its way to the floor. If it floods on the outside, water can get in through the ground or from faulty lower door seals. Once you notice your carpet is wet, it is wise to call in a professional flood damage company such as SERVPRO.

Wet carpets can quickly create other issues inside your home including problems resulting from raised humidity levels. Once porous materials like your carpets get wet, flood damage mitigation in Englewood by our SERVPRO experts can become a necessity. We can take measures to prevent future health hazards from contaminated water and mold growth. When dealing with fabric materials like carpets, we know that rainwater can contain harmful bacteria and parasites. Knowing that water coming from the outside can be harmful we often remove wet materials such as your carpet and pad.

Wet carpeting materials can cause issues with the subfloor underneath it. Removing carpet and pad allows us to dry out the wooden materials making up your floor, thus preventing future fungal growth problems. Besides, when your carpet gets wet, it not only loses its backing and become delaminated, but it can become a source for mildew-like aromas.

If the water coming into your structure is muddy, then it could be classified as a category three situation which is the same contamination level as sewage water. When this occurs, we dry out all of the affected materials and then seal your subfloor with a specialized sealant paint. This sealer traps in any foul odors and helps prevent future microbial formations. If you ever notice that your carpet has gotten wet after a storm, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24/7.

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When Heavy Rains Cause Flood Damage To Your Bergen County Home You Need The Team At SERVPRO

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Heavy Rains Cause Flood Damage To Your Bergen County Home You Need The Team At SERVPRO If you ever notice groundwater rising into your home after a storm, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24/7.

Handling Groundwater After A Flood In Bergen County

When heavy rain pours down in Bergen County, flooding outside can cause you problems inside your home. When a flood takes place, water can get deep outdoors and then find its way into your structure by saturating through exterior walls and entering through door seals. Sometimes excessive rains can fill up the groundwater table underneath your building. When this happens, water will trickle into your home from the ground. Groundwater getting into your home after a flood can cause you contamination issues as well as problems with ruined contents and building materials.

The presence of moisture inside your home when it came from the ground can cause you a couple of different problems. Muddy water can rise from your floor after a flood in Bergen County, and when it does, it gets treated the same as a category three damage situation or sewage backup. When dealing with water coming in from the outside, there is always a chance that it is contaminated. Even rainwater may contain harmful bacteria and parasites, so it is classified as category two or gray water. Water that is muddy is most likely harmful, so it is considered black water which is the same as sewage water.

When working with category three water situations, our SERVPRO technicians take extra measures to make sure harmful bacteria does not contaminate your entire home. Any porous materials such as carpet that come into contact with groundwater get disposed of in sealed plastic bags. When drying out other materials that got affected by black water we seal off the area with a plastic barrier so that no contaminants can get released into the air. We then attach an air scrubber to the side of the containment chamber so that it sucks the contaminated air through a HEPA filter before it gets released back into your airflow.

After the affected materials are dry, our SERVPRO crew sanitizes the affected area with disinfectants and antimicrobial chemicals. If you ever notice groundwater rising into your home after a storm, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24/7.

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SERVPRO's Fool-Proof Formula For Restoring Your Flood Damaged Appliances In Your New Milford Home

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO's Fool-Proof Formula For Restoring Your Flood Damaged Appliances In Your New Milford Home If you want to prevent damage to your electrical appliances during a flood call SERVPRO!

How Flood Damage Affects Electrical Appliances In Your New Milford Home

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

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

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

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

After SERVPRO flood damage experts have cleaned, dried and restored your home, you can have your electrical appliances cleaned by a professional. During this process, toxins and sediments are removed. In some cases, this is impossible. As a result, you have to dispose of the appliance.

Remember, do not attempt to restore power to your home until a professional electrician gives you the go ahead. If you want to prevent damage to your electrical appliances during a flood, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood now at (201) 266-0482.

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Disposing of Items Ruined by Flood Damage in Englewood

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disposing of Items Ruined by Flood Damage in Englewood Flooding can cause extensive damage to many parts of your home. Contact SERVPRO to help dry out your property and remediate any damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Your Home After a Flooding Situation

Part of the restoration process after any disaster in Englewood involves removing those items that suffered the most and cannot be repaired cost-effectively. While the technicians at SERVPRO save as many materials and belongings as possible, some things become saturated during flooding events.
 
When a house sustains flood damage in Englewood, certain things become saturated and retain moisture, permitting microbial activity to grow unchecked. These things include part of the house's structure and also the contents. Insulation, except for closed-cell foam not only faces severe contamination but water causes many types of insulation within walls to compress and lose their ability to prevent heat or cold from passing through. Restoring upholstered furniture can require dismantling pieces and other tasks with no guarantee of a successful restoration.
 
Appliances in your home can also contain insulation. These appliances include refrigerators, stoves, and others. Enclosed compartments inside doors or walls hold insulation when heat or cold plays a role in the appliance's use. Older units can contain asbestos, making repair even more costly, if even possible. Because of these difficulties, SERVPRO technicians dispose of these appliances, also. Any food left in a refrigerator or freezer after a flood poses health risks from spoilage, so we eliminate the contents, also.
 
We also remove broken glass that occurred because of changes in your home's structure. The force of the floodwater can twist window frames, breaking the glass. It can also happen when framework components absorb water and swell. Once we remove drywall sheets from the studs, we inspect for microbial damage. Finding this early can help preserve your house's framework, helping keep restoration work on schedule.
 
Flooring can also sustain severe flood damage and require its removal and disposal. Flooring is often heavy because of its high density. When warping, cracking, peeling, and other damages occur, we remove the flooring and then carry it out of your home.
 
The increase in efficiency that happens after we remove these saturated materials dramatically decreases the amount of time involved. We can restore or repair many of your belongings that sustained flood damage, and whenever possible, we choose that option. We want to assure our customers that we keep both their financial costs in mind, as well as the health of their families or other future occupants.
 
SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood mitigates flood damage when it happens in Tenafly and New Milford. We want residents to live in safe, dry homes, free of all types of damage. Call us at (201) 266-0482 so we can help you mitigate the damage caused by flooding or other disasters.

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Deodorization For The Final Touches Of Flood Damage Mitigation In Bergen County

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Deodorization For The Final Touches Of Flood Damage Mitigation In Bergen County Bergen County homes develop extremely pungent odors after sustaining flood damage.

Flood Damage Mitigation

Even the cleanest water can cause odors to develop in a Bergen County house after it invades materials and belongings. Flooding carries extreme filth into homes and other properties. Because of the much higher number of pathogens and other odor-causing elements in this dirty water, the odors become significantly more noticeable.

Bergen County homes develop extremely pungent odors after sustaining flood damage. Physical restoration of the structure positively affects the way a damaged home's interior looks. Musty smells can remain behind because of any elevated moisture levels within your home. Other reasons include remnants of debris. We remove as much of the foreign debris as possible. Because odors can continue, we use highly effective methods to eradicate them from your dwelling.

Because we do not know precisely what might be causing persistent odors in your home after we complete the physical mitigation of flood damage, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses several different methods. Many of these produce a distinct but much more pleasant scent. We always discuss these methods and the scents they produce with our customers to ensure you understand how each can change the way your home smells.

We often use air scrubbers that remove any airborne particles. Once these become trapped, they no longer cause problems for occupants. To keep any other particles from entering your residence's air, we implement thermal fogging techniques. Similar to how this heated fog bonds with foreign particles after a fire, this also works well in situations involving flood damage.

The chemicals we use to clean your home after flooding can also leave your home's interior with specific scents. These more chemical-based scents do not last as long as those left behind by time-released deodorization packets or injections into carpeting.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is ready to make sure your home also smells “Like it never even happened” after events that cause flood damage. To make your home smell great again, contact us at (201) 266-0482. Our emergency number is available 24/7 to help homeowners successfully deal with this and other disasters.

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Mitigating Flood Damage within Englewood Homes

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Mitigating Flood Damage within Englewood Homes After you and your family are safe, contact SERVPRO in order to thoroughly dry out and remediate your flooded property.

SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage Quickly to Prevent Any Secondary Damages From Forming

Many disasters bring a multitude of risks with them whenever they affect properties in Englewood. As both a cause of perilous situations and a way for other dangers to remain hidden, water, especially murky, muddy flood waters, can turn your home into a treacherous place.
 
If your Englewood home suffers flood damage, it may seem insurmountable, but professional restoration can undo the damage and make your home safe again. Removing the risks, including those that can cause damage to your home in the future, should begin as soon as possible. SERVPRO's professional restoration technicians hold IICRC certificates in fields related to all stages of flood damage restoration and mitigation.
 
Our experienced crews are Always Faster To Any Sized Disaster, including flooded homes and businesses. We also arrive prepared and ready to start the work involved in restoring your home so your family can return to their usual routines. Interruptions such as flooding and other catastrophes can cause stress and other issues that affect people adversely. These problems only add to the already complicated situation, making it worse. This makes a quick recovery even more crucial.
 
Besides the interruptions caused by flood damage, your home's living environment becomes saturated with organic matter that includes pathogens, animal waste, and other unwanted materials. Motor oil and other vehicle-related liquids from the roadways can get washed into your home, as can chemicals placed on lawns and gardens. These can seem unlikely to cause harm, but in the interior environment of your home, they can pose risks your family should not face.
 
The water itself also creates hazards for your home's structure. Woods warp when exposed to water for extended periods, and metal fittings, fasteners, and other items can corrode rapidly. The glue under linoleum floors can dissolve and allow bubbled areas to form. Carpeting, due to its construction, often becomes so saturated with the filth carried by flood waters and requires removal and replacement. We have the equipment to dry these floors entirely so new carpeting does not rot or create the perfect environment for microbial growth underneath them.
 
Because water can travel up via capillary action, we use the Injectidry system. This allows us to dry out areas that otherwise might pose problems for us to reach. The tubing directs air from our air movers exactly where we want. Speeding up the process also saves you money by only drying out areas that need our attention.
 
SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood can be reached by calling our local number, (201) 266-0482, whenever you need our help dealing with flood damage or other risks to your home. We restore homes in the Tenafly and New Milford areas, as well.

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Putting Everything Back Together After Flood Damage in Tenafly Homes

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Putting Everything Back Together After Flood Damage in Tenafly Homes If your home is facing a flooding situation, get to safety with your family and pets. After that, contact SERVPRO to dry out your flooded home.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Home as a First Step Towards Flood Damage Remediation

Floods are the least predictable natural disasters that can hit a home in terms of the damage they can cause. In some cases, it is possible to salvage the home even if the homeowner has to get rid of some appliances, furniture, and items such as curtains and carpeting. In other cases, the homeowners may incur tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. Worse still, mold may start growing behind walls and other places that are prone to water damage.
 
If you find your home in a flood damage situation in Tenafly, SERVPRO has experienced restoration experts that can respond quickly to your emergency. We follow IICRC guidelines in every cleanup job, and our equipment is up to par with industry standards. Our aim is to help you get your property to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently.
 
Flood damage often comes with chemical toxins, sewage, bacteria, and mud when the flood water disrupts sewage disposal systems and causes chemical spillage and overflow of waste sites. Porous materials absorb the water, but the contaminants stay behind and may present serious health issues. As such, it is advisable to discard porous materials such as vinyl flooring, upholstered furniture, mattresses, rugs, and carpeting, especially if they have been underwater for more than 24 hours.
 
SERVPRO technicians use various techniques to clean, disinfect, and dry salvageable items and fixtures. This includes those made of concrete, plastic, porcelain, and glass. For safety purposes, nobody should enter the house if the ground is still wet and the power supply is turned on at the mains. Indeed, apart from causing water damage, flooding can increase the risk of fire through the electrically charged water.
 
Electronics such as dishwashers, washing machines, and DVD players should be professionally cleaned following a flood damage event. The toxins and sediments from the floodwater are extremely difficult to remove. Some of these devices may not even be salvageable in the event of severe water damage.
 
Getting your home back to normal after a flooding event can seem impossible. As a part of your community, SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is available 24/7 to provide quick and efficient flood damage cleanup services. Call us anytime at (201) 266-0482.

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Restoring Flood Damage In Your Bergen County Home

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damage In Your Bergen County Home If your home is in an area that is flood prone, you need to know some precautions you can take to protect your home from the heavy rains.

Restoring Flood Damage

If your home in Bergen County is in an area that is flood prone, you need to know some precautions you can take to protect your home from the heavy rains. The first thing you should do is install rain gutters and other drainage systems. These help to catch the rainwater and direct it to the ground. You can also grade your lot so that ten feet or so of the ground around your property is sloped at least six inches to funnel away rainwater. Sump pumps, backflow protection devices, and flood insurance are also essential things to have.

When the rainwaters have still gotten past your preventative measures and caused flood damage inside your Bergen County home, you need to act fast to get the water out. The best thing to do is to trust in professionals like SERVPRO to help you out. We have all the training and tools which are needed to dry your property out again and salvage whatever possible.

If you do not address the flood water inside your home promptly, your flooring, walls, carpeting, ceilings, and personal property can become damaged fast. An unsafe environment is created because of this, making the perfect environment for breeding rot, bacteria, and mold. Our restoration process consists of two major phases – flood water removal and flood cleanup.

SERVPRO uses professional grade drying equipment and truck-mounted pumps to dry our home out again. The pumps remove any standing water, and the drying equipment, such as dehumidifiers, large fans, and air-movers, dry your home out the rest of the way. We also have moisture meters that we use to detect any hidden moisture inside walls, flooring, and ceilings to ensure your home is genuinely dried back to its normal levels.

Any unsalvageable contents are also removed, such as carpets and padding, drywall, paneling, cabinets, or shelving. The affected areas are cleaned afterward with disinfecting and deodorizing agents.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood makes sure to thoroughly dry your home in Tenafly, Teaneck, or New Milford back out after a flood emergency. You need to get in touch with us as soon as possible after the disaster by dialing (201) 266-0482 so we can help you get your home back in order.

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Combating Odors After Flood Damage to Your Bergen County Home

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Combating Odors After Flood Damage to Your Bergen County Home When flood water enters your home it can leave behind unwanted odors, SERVPRO has professional equipment to eliminate these odors.

SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate Odors after Flood Damage

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

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

Direct Spraying

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

Wet Fogging

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

Thermal Fogging

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

Venting Box Fans

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

Air Scrubbers

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

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

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How SERVPRO's National Size Helps for Flood Damage in New Milford

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO's National Size Helps for Flood Damage in New Milford Flooding after a storm can be devastating. SERVPRO has the tools and personnel to handle drying out your property after damage. Call today.

Our Technicians Have Equipment Resources and Personnel to Handle BOTH Small and Large Scale Storm Damage Remediation

When major storms hit, they usually hit large areas at once. One SERVPRO franchise may suddenly be flooded with dozens of calls in the span of a few hours, and from an outside perspective, it can be difficult to understand how we can service such large numbers of flood damage victims in New Milford and surrounding areas at once. Our secret is our national presence: there are over 1,700 SERVPRO franchises nationwide, a number that grows every year. Interconnectedness with other regions and facilities lets us acquire extra personnel and equipment when we need it most, and allows us to service more homeowners at once.
 
Hurricanes are some of the most common scenarios in which we mobilize extra teams to combat flood damage in New Milford. The entire east coast of the United States remains vulnerable to hurricanes, as seen in 2012 when hurricane Sandy caused immense damage on the northern coast. When that storm hit, SERVPRO locations across the region mobilized to help areas closer to the coast to rebuild and restore their homes.
 
However, Sandy is not the most recent storm to warrant such a large-scale response in the region. In 2014, the infamous Polar Vortex struck, causing catastrophic snow and flood damage across multiple states. Once again, SERVPRO franchises from all around the region helped locals to protect their properties as much as possible, saving combined millions thanks to fast and efficient mitigation efforts. Moreover, then, in 2017, hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, respectively, costing hundreds of billions of dollars in combined damage. SERVPRO teams from around the country lent resources and equipment to the affected regions, and continue to assist in efforts to reverse damages and effects from these destructive storms.
 
SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is a local franchise of a national company with the resources, personnel, and connections to make sure your home recovers from flood damage as smoothly as possible. Call us at (201) 266-0482.
 
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Dealing With Flood Damage in Bergen County

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing With Flood Damage in Bergen County When you and your family are safe after a storm, it is time to contact SERVPRO to dry out your property and help prevent secondary damages.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Storm Damaged Home

Abundant waterways in Bergen County contribute to the beauty of the area, but also to the challenges when snow melt and heavy precipitation cause them to overflow their banks. The flowing water makes its way into the basement of your home, causing damage to both structure and contents.
 
Professional help is not a luxury but a necessity when flood damage strikes your Bergen County home. The waters lapping around your heating and cooling mechanical systems must exit quickly, or collateral damage threatens the integrity of the building and the items stored in the lower level. Our teams of flood damage experts receive training in proper water removal techniques, followed by instruction in a range of techniques developed by the restoration industry to dry out both building materials and stored items.
 
Local authorities and SERVPRO concur that safety is the first consideration when approaching your flood damage. It is likely that the area flooded contains electrical appliances, heating and cooling systems. Expect the power to shut down as we begin water removal. This is not a problem as our vehicles carry truck-mounted pumps and water extractors, allowing us to pump and suction out the majority of the water long before it is safe to throw the switch and restore the electricity.
 
Flood waters frequently test as contaminated. This increases the urgency remove it fast, but also adds the requirement that it be contained and disposed of pursuant to local hazardous waste rules. SERVPRO crews are proficient in identifying problem waters and managing them professionally. We also follow up extraction with sanitization, using antimicrobials that were developed to work, not just cover up staining and smells temporarily.
 
Water pools in the lowest level of your home because it follows the path of least resistance. It can also hide in a variety of recesses and even behind walls or within common foundation materials. SERVPRO technicians take periodic moisture measurements and use constantly evolving technologies to locate obscured water. This search is critical to effective flood damage remediation. Any water left behind is a perfect environment for microbial growth. It is far preferable to avoid mold growth through thorough flood water abatement than to revisit the basement days or weeks later for full-scale mold containment and removal.
 
Partner with the professionals at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to make flood damage a temporary irritation that is managed completely, not a long-term problem that continues to make its presence known. Contact us at (201) 266-0482 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

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Why We Place So Much Emphasis On Standing Water In Englewood

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why We Place So Much Emphasis On Standing Water In Englewood Even small amounts of standing water have the ability to cause thousands of dollars' damage.

Standing Water Can Damage Your Property


Standing water is a term used to describe any situation where there is water spread across an area with a measurable depth. In a home, any instance of standing water is typically going to be an example of or a product of flood damage and has significant potential to cause severe damage to your home. Even small amounts of standing water have the ability to cause thousands of dollars' damage. However, why does this specific aspect of flood damage wreak so much havoc on a home?

One of the most vital things to remember about standing water is that it is often an indicator of much more serious flood damage in your Englewood home. When SERVPRO technicians hear that they have to deal with standing water, they tend to ready themselves to handle other more severe symptoms of flood damage. Lighter floods tend to evaporate quickly or find their way into a street, causing fewer problems. If water has remained in large volumes inside the building, there is probably a significant amount of damage elsewhere.

However, standing water also creates problems all on its own. Most of these are compounded with time. If floodwaters are allowed to remain in a building longer than a few hours, they may seep into the building's foundation, necessitating a much larger and lengtheir restoration process than normal. Furthermore, every hour without water removal adds to the risk of a mold colony starting to grow, creating a much bigger problem overall. SERVPRO technicians almost always arrive on-site within four hours of your call being placed, so it is usually possible to avoid the worst damage these waters can create. For the sake of your home and our efficacy, be sure to call us as soon as you have confirmed a flood.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is ready 24/7 to respond rapidly to local homeowners' flood damage cases, and we aim to make sure as little damage is done to your home as possible through our time-tested mitigation approach. Call us at (201) 266-0482.

SERVPRO Commercial Storm Damage in Bergen County

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Commercial Storm Damage in Bergen County Call SERVPRO after a thunderstorm has damaged your property for quick remediation.

Professional Technicians Can Get Your Property Back to Normal After a Storm


Extreme weather is almost a regular occurrence along the Hudson River the last few months. Storms have damaged commercial buildings (i.e. small and large businesses, industrial areas) in numbers typically only seen farther down the coast in South Carolina and Florida.

Attempting to remove or replace structural property and furniture with regular employees usually results in further damage to the structure and often personal injury to untrained workers. Cleaning up and repairing the effects of storm damage in Bergen County requires a professional restoration company. SERVPRO has decades of experience in restoring businesses to their original state and reopening their doors to the public.

Grocery stores were particularly vulnerable. There is more glass present to attract people, and large coolers and freezers require continuous power to maintain produce, meat and dairy products. One blizzard, hurricane, or a dangerous thunderstorm can turn the corner store into a large, open warehouse that only sells dry food, magazines, and cheap toys. Our restoration teams specialize in the following, emergency services to prevent further damage:

Boarding doors and windows – We secure broken doors and windows with plywood and plastic sheets. We also offer this service as a preventive measure before a storm can cause damage.

Emergency power – If the electricity is out, our response teams place generators to serve as a stop-gap measure to prevent spoilage of perishable foods. We also have generator trucks for larger businesses such as refrigerated warehouses.

Water removal – Rainwater and melted snow leave hundreds of gallons of water across the floor. We use commercial-grade pumps to remove it in less than a day. Quick removal prevents moisture from working its way under the tile or linoleum floors, preventing thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

Emergency reconstruction – Our response teams quickly perform tasks such as roof repairs, door, and window replacements, and shoring up damaged roof supports.

It is critical to respond to damage from wind, rain, and snow as quickly as possible. The sooner you start, the lower the costs are regarding replacement of property and inventory and repair of the facility. SERVPRO of Teaneck /Englewood is here to help you reopen your doors to customers and return your life to normal. Call us at (201) 266-0482 today.

Flood Damage in Englewood Can Be Costly

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Englewood Can Be Costly SERVPRO Tip: Keep Your Gutter Clean to Prevent Water Damage to Your Englewood Home

SERVPRO Tip: Inquiry How to Maintain a Home and Mitigate Storm Damage

Flooding is not a common occurrence in most parts of New Jersey, but when it does happen, we have seen it destroy entire neighborhoods. Storms can drive wind and water into every possible corner of a house, condo and apartment building. Clean-up and replacement of property can be very expensive.

Here at SERVPRO, we do everything possible to reduce the effects and the cost of flood damage to your Englewood home. The initial step in getting this done is to call us for a thorough, home inspection. The inspection helps us determine what we can do to keep the water from getting into your home in the first place.

Our response team members are trained and certified to IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards. They use an exhaustive checklist that covers every possible way for water to get into your home. In our experience, two of the most common sources of water entry into your home are misaligned or damaged drain pipes and rain gutters. Misaligned drain pipes can send stormwater running down the side of a structure and into the foundation instead of away from it. The additional water also loosens soil which enters your home with the water, making clean-up more difficult, time-consuming and costly.

Blocked rain gutters can push water back onto the roof where it soaks up the additional rainfall and allows it to get into the attic and other parts of the structure. The water now drains inside your home to the lowest point, increasing flooding and potentially damaging every piece of building material it touches. Storm winds drive improperly secured drain pipes and rain gutters against the roof and walls of your home. The unsecured equipment causes further physical damage that allows more water to enter the structure, increasing the amount of water damage throughout the structure.

Before storms strike our neighborhoods again, SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood wants to make sure we have done everything possible to help you prevent floods from ruining your home. Our team members are ready to examine your home from roof to basement; recommending actions you can take yourself (securing loose drain pipes) and what you need us to perform for you (reattaching gutters to the roof line).

Ask us about our ERP--Emergency Ready Profile mobile app to mitigate and prevent losses. Call our offices today at (201) 266-0482 to schedule an inspection and protect your home.

Flood Damage Repair Services In Tenafly

11/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Repair Services In Tenafly Flooding and Road Closures in Tenafly Can Result in Severe Water Damage

Damage Severity Increases with Procrastination After a Flood

Time is everything when dealing with a flood. While it may very well take more than a few days to see the effects such as decaying wood, mold or structural weakening; waiting that long can be too late to do anything to mitigate losses.
 
Don't leave anything to chance, act immediately and place all of the flood damage restoration needs of your home in Tenafly to our expertly trained technicians. Your initial phone call begins our recovery process that is specifically designed to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
 
Our SERVPRO technician lives and works within the same community and experience the same things that you do. Major events can change a local economy and deliver crushing blows to small business and homeowners. Calling us is like calling your neighbor with the experience, knowledge, and means available to effect real change to your situation.
 
SERVPRO's 24/7 emergency services can handle any small or large flood damage repair. We have all of the expertly trained professional technicians, following the best practices of the guidelines set down by the IICRC, and equipment available to remove any standing water quickly.  We strive to save the valuable, precious personal items that make your property a home for your family.
 
The services that we offer at SERVPRO can mean the difference between restoring your property and total reconstruction after a flood damage incident strikes your home. Make the call to our offices before swelling, cracking, weakening and additional damage from long term exposure causes a rapid rise in the costs associated with your restoration.
 
It is important for you to understand that water can effect your possessions in many different ways and that if it is not removed as quickly and efficiently as possible the right way, even professional services can have a hard time restoring your property. Swelling of wood framing and furniture, color bleeding of fabrics, water spotting, and mold growth can all begin causing further damage within 48-72 hours of exposure.
 
Removing the water source and using the proper equipment to dry any moisture found within the affected area rapidly is essential to saving your home. As you can see, putting things off or leaving things to chance can cause significant problems and result in further loss. Spend a penny now rather than a dollar later.
 
Make the call to SERVPRO of Teaneck - Englewood today. There is an expertly trained professional staff waiting to assist you with all of your flood damage restoration needs. (201) 266-0482

The Damage Caused By Flood

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Damage Caused By Flood Flooding can cause severe damage to your property.

Flood Damage To Your Property

When your home has been flooded, whether by a malfunctioning appliance or a natural disaster, you will need to move fast to prevent any further damage to your furnishings. Moisture, as you can imagine, can have huge effects on your upholstery and other furniture, especially anything wooden. Although you will need professionals such as SERVPRO to help you clean it up and salvage anything you can, it is good for you to understand what the water can do to your possessions and what you can do right away to help prevent additional damage.

Upholstery
When you’ve experienced flood damage in New Milford, any upholstery that is in your home can experience several problems:

Swelling – Since the framing of furniture is usually wood, this means it is subject to swelling and cracking. The framing joints will weaken because of this, plus, water could make any glues break down, which will cause damage to the furniture.

Color Bleeding – When wet, dust covers have a good chance of bleeding, and if the cover sags it can stain flooring and carpeting. The metal backing on the buttons of the upholstery can also rust, causing additional staining.

Water Spotting – If your furniture has dry clean only fabrics, water spotting could occur. The whole piece of furniture might need wetting to keep you from having visible water lines.

The growth of Mildew – The primary method of preventing the growth of mildew is removing the water source with rapid drying. Dehumidifiers and air movers which we at SERVPRO can provide will lessen the time that is needed for drying.

Wooden Furniture
When wood composition or wood furniture comes into contact with water, two things can happen. Water spotting can occur on the finish, or the water can cause cracking, swelling or weakening of joints. Specialized wood care products can be used to take out water spots, and a furniture refinisher can fix any problems with furniture frames. Particleboard furniture covered with laminate does not react well with water. The laminate can resist the water and act as a barrier, while the non-laminated side will absorb a lot of water, which can lead to warping.
 
Flooding as you can see can cause severe damage to your furniture, which will need the professional help of our technicians at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood. Contact us at any time after you’ve experienced flooding of any kind by calling (201) 266-0482.

Englewood Flood Damage - Repair and Clean-up

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Englewood Flood Damage - Repair and Clean-up Not only is flood water a problem, but what happens after the flood waters recede could also cause permanent damage and further expenses.

Flood Damage in Englewood - Repair and Clean-up

If flood damages your home in Englewood, you may need professional restoration experts to help you. Floods can be a real disaster for homeowners. Not only is flood water a problem, but what happens after the flood waters recede could also cause permanent damage and further expenses.
 


Safety First
After a flood has damaged your home, make sure you can safely enter the premises. Assessing the safety may require evaluation or assessment by a flood damage expert in Englewood. Water damage professionals can determine whether a building is structurally safe to enter or occupy after a flood. Check your home for structural damage with the help of an expert. Make sure that all electrical connections and power is turned off in the home before conducting any clean-up efforts. Once you have assessed all of the concerns, and it is deemed safe to enter, you are ready to begin your flood damage restoration in Englewood.
 


Video and Take Notes
For insurance purposes, make video records and take notes on all flood damage in your home. Take pictures or video of all furnishings, fixtures, or other personal items damaged by the flood. These records help you receive proper compensation for the damages and restoration.
 


Dry out the Flood
Once you've documented all areas of flood damage in your Englewood home, be sure and begin the drying process quickly. The dry out requires extraction, air movement, dehumidification, and proper ventilation. Drying is a critical step to restore your property, reduce mold growth and mold spores, and mitigate further costs. Pump out any remaining water. Thoroughly dry the areas damaged by the flood. Remember you can always call a flood damage restoration team in Englewood to help you with the clean-up. They will bring specialized equipment, expertise, and trained personnel to every water damage situation.
 


When Flood Damage threatens Englewood or surrounding communities, Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482

Flash floods in Englewood Cliffs: These fast-moving natural disasters can cost you big.

7/22/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash floods in Englewood Cliffs:  These fast-moving natural disasters can cost you big. Flash Flood Causes Severe Water Damage

Flash floods: These fast-moving natural disasters can cost you big.

Flash floods in Englewood Cliffs are the leading cause of weather-related deaths in America. They are the most commonly occurring natural disaster, and tend to leave the most costly damages in their wake.

What causes flash floods?
Flash floods come rapidly, with almost no warning. They can develop even when there's no sign of rain. Flash flooding occurs when:

    •        An excessive rain comes within minutes of the start of the precipitation, or within six hours afterward.
    •        A slow-moving rain endures for a long period.
    •        A levee or dam is breached.
    •        Ice jams break up, releasing a large volume of water.
    •        Melting snow or rainfall surpasses the capacity of underground drainage systems.
    •        After a wildfire, when the ground cannot absorb as much moisture.
    •        Areas become paved, boosting runoff and decreasing rainfall absorption.



What areas are at risk of flood damage?


    •        Properties in low-lying areas
    •        Locations near water
    •        Places behind levees or downstream from dams
    •        Near Canyons
    •        Areas that appear safe can be at risk for flash floodings, like dry stream beds, gullies, and culverts.



Watch or warning – what’s the difference?

    •        Watch: Someone is warning you of the possibility of a flood when none has been seen in the area yet.
    •        Warning: This means a flood is occurring, or will occur within the next hour.



If an Englewood Cliffs flood is likely in your area…
Aside from the roaring wall of water, flash floods bring rocks and other debris to the areas they devastate. If you're faced with a Englewood Cliffs flash flood:

      •     Evacuate to higher ground immediately.
      •         If time permits, shut off utilities and unplug appliances. Don't touch electrical wires or equipment if you are wet.
      •      Never walk through moving water.
      •        Never drive through a flooded area; most vehicles can be carried away in two feet of water. If your vehicle is carried off, stay inside. If water seeps in, get onto the roof.
      •       Be smart about selecting campsites; avoid areas near rivers and streams.



If you're already facing Englewood Cliffs flood damage, the professionals at SERVPRO® can throw you a lifeline. Call us today for a free restoration quote!

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SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Englewood community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

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