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Can Thermal Imagery Help Identify Water Damage in My Teaneck Home?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

A thermal image of a radiator in a home. SERVPRO has the equipment you need when it comes to moisture in your Teaneck home, call us today.

There are many advantages to using infrared technology to scope a water loss incident in your Teaneck property. 

Understanding the spread and severity of water damage in your Teaneck home is one of the initial steps to restoring it. From the time that our professionals first arrive after getting notified of an active emergency, our project manager and crew chief both work with the customer to determine the extent of the damage and any pre-existing conditions that we should be aware of moving forward.

There are multiple levels of water damage in Teaneck homes and businesses that our professionals must address, this is exponentially more challenging without the appropriate knowledge of where moisture pockets exist. Surface water might be simple to detect and even treat in certain circumstances, but this is seldom the full extent of the damage. Migration often forces water into structural cavities, and exposed materials can absorb moisture as well. Identifying where this water is, and its concentration, is one of the focal points of job scoping.

How Does Thermal Imagery Work in Water Restoration? 

As you might somewhat know, thermal imagery and infrared technology have become regular staples in loss restoration. This technology works by identifying variances in temperature that can indicate the presence of moisture. The entire approach hinges on a scientific truth known as thermal capacitance. This term describes the ability of specific materials or substances to store and retain heat over long periods. This ability, in terms of water restoration, means that thermal imagery can often detect fluctuations in temperature after time has passed. Using thermal imaging and infrared technology, our experienced technicians can usually identify:

  • Moisture Pockets
  • Dampness
  • Plumbing Damage

When Is the Best Time to Use Infrared? 

Despite its usefulness, there are only certain circumstances where thermal imagery is the best choice. Responding technicians can choose which techniques can best identify moisture pockets and dampness within materials and structural cavities to address the drying of your home thoroughly. There are specific advantages to choosing advanced technologies like infrared, even if this approach is not entirely without flaws. Some of the benefits of choosing thermal imagery to identify moisture pockets include:

  • No destruction to the home – One of the specific benefits of choosing this approach to identify moisture pockets is its non-invasiveness. We do not need to remove portions of drywall or probe through materials to get readings. 
  • Aids in inspecting challenging areas – Many areas of the property can be difficult to reach with our detection equipment. However, thermal imagery can sweep this area and help our technicians to determine if a closer evaluation is necessary. 
  • You can cover ground more quickly – With the imagery in a handheld device that can move with the technician, infrared sweeping of the property can happen fast. We can identify moisture pockets and dampness concerns quickly in this regard.

Why Is Thermal Imagery Not Used Exclusively? 

Many tools and technologies get used during the job scoping phase for area homes and businesses. While there are many distinct advantages to selecting infrared imagery of the property after a water loss, this is not exclusively the best choice in all situations. Because the approach works on identifying cooler temperature points, often generated by the presence of water, there is a potential for false positives that might temporarily slow down restoration.

What Are Other Moisture Detection Devices? 

Because thermal imagery is not infallible, there are many other moisture detection tools that our SERVPRO team can use. Each of these approaches has its place in job scoping and damage evaluation for the property. Choosing among these options happens at the discretion of our crew chief and project manager walking the property and cataloging the damage. The more thorough and accurate our determination of water presence can be, the shorter and less costly restoration becomes. Beyond thermal imaging, there are several other practical approaches for identifying moisture pockets and their concentration, even beyond surface materials. Some of these include:  

  • Moisture sensors
  • Surface detection tools 
  • Probing moisture meters

Water loss incidents can get out of control quickly, especially without a working knowledge of the migration of water damage and its concentration. While there are multiple approaches to discover where dampness exists beyond the surface materials, thermal imagery is still one of the most heavily used in residential and commercial applications. Give our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team call today at (201) 266-0482. We can make water losses in your home “Like it never even happened.”

Englewood Homeowners SERVPRO is Ready 24-7

4/18/2020 (Permalink)

flood in living room No matter if it is a little or a lot of water, our team of certified technicians are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood knows water removal needs to happen quickly no matter what the water type designation, as both clean and gray water can become labeled as contaminated black water within 48 hours of standing after having prolonged contact with building materials and other items.

It is compelling that property owners do not attempt to clean up water spills on their own. Even in a small-scale damage situation, where only a portion of a room appears to be affected by clean water, secondary damage can begin. If the drywall or carpet and padding are soaked, even when the top surfaces seems dry, moisture can dwell below and set up conditions for secondary damages to drywall or subflooring and damp areas may harbor mold.

Fast and thorough extraction of water and deep drying of the interior is crucial, and we have the equipment and knowledge to do it properly. We can offer truck-mounted pumps to small portable units along with evaporation and condensation enhancers like air movers and dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood Offers Fast and Efficient Water Damage Restoration

Indoor flooding can wreak havoc on your belongings and structural components. Although it mostly happens unexpectedly, the reaction time is crucial. The mitigation process must happen immediately to minimize the damage. The best approach to these types of situations is contacting a trusted, locally-based emergency flooding service.

At SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood, we deal with a wide range of property accidents and can provide home water damage repair in Bergen County. We have the resources and expertise to salvage your property before it is too late. Following IICRC guidelines, we can commence the cleanup process instantly, ensuring that your contents are back to their original state as fast as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Clogged drain pipes are one of the leading causes of property damage. When water backs up in the drain sink, for instance, it can cause considerable damage in the room. Eventually, it may end up ruining your furniture, flooring, and other items. Watch out for signs of poor drainage, which may point to an impending problem.

Clogged rain gutters can also cause flooding and subsequent damage, especially during periods of heavy rainfalls. The water can overflow from the gutter system and drain into the ground surrounding your foundation. SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood technicians can check for any leaks in your basement walls and repair any worn out concrete when necessary.

Another possible source of flooding in the house is your water heater. Leaks in the water heater can lead to big problems and even total failure of your tank. The endless water supply eventually turns into a pond in your home, especially if no one is around to stop it. When this happens, you should contact SERVPRO Of Teaneck / Englewood immediately for emergency flooding services. A faulty washing machine hose should also raise concern, as it can create a lake inside your home and cause wall to wall flooding

We know water

Water in the home can be just as damaging as a fire. Unlike other types of damage, water has three unique categories when it goes where it should not be in a property.

Clean water is the type of in-home flood or spill that might come from a broken pipe, appliance or hot water tank failure.

Gray water can have contaminants, and common sources are from sink and shower, washing machine or dishwasher drains and aquariums.

Black Water comes from flood waters or backed up sewer lines and may contain toxins, contaminants, and sewage. This type of water is treated as infectious waste, and the technicians use the highest safety and disinfectant standards.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood helps property owners with emergency water removal. No matter if it is a little or a lot of water, our team of certified technicians are available 24/7. To get started, call (201) 266-0482, and we can be on site to mitigate any type of water damage within four hours.

Does Your Teaneck Home Need Water Removal Services?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

When damaged ceiling; insulation falling from ceiling tiles When this property exprienced water damage, SERVPRO answered the call. We can restore your home!

Quaint Older Teaneck Homes Often Come with Hidden Water Damage Risks

A newlywed couple recently purchased a charming three-story Tudor Revival house in Teaneck at a bargain price. Little did they know, they had purchased a water-damaged home filled with old, poorly maintained plumbing.

Many times when people purchase a house, they quickly fall in love with the property and fail to examine it for potential flaws, which is how the buyers overlooked the Teaneck home’s water damage. The water leaks and fungal damage were not readily apparent, so they eagerly believed the residence was problem-free.

Issues only started appearing a couple of months after they had moved in. First, one day, the wife noticed some mold on the ceiling of a downstairs closet while retrieving her coat. She did not think much of it then, but later realized it was a sign of more significant problems. The couple continued noticing mold near the same area of their house. Then, one night during a deep freeze, some water pipes ruptured under their second-floor bathroom.

With water pouring from a ceiling hole of their ground-level living room, the Teaneck residents were in a dire position. Water had already saturated their couch and living room carpet, and the situation was quickly becoming worse. There were also other wet patches in the ceiling, as well as moldy areas around the first-floor, which was when the couple found SERVPRO online. Soon after contacting us, we were on-site to clean up the mess and limit further damage.

After stopping the water flow and assessing the situation, SERVPRO started cleaning up by removing water with portable extractors. Technicians pulled liquid out of the waterlogged couch and carpet. Then, they positioned a dehumidifier and several air movers around the room to remove excess moisture. Workers then drilled small holes in wet or moldy sections of the ceiling. They used an injectidry system, connected to the dehumidifier, to pump warm, dry air into the interior area where leakage had occurred. SERVPRO continued dehumidifying the couple’s house until detection equipment showed air and material moisture levels were within the acceptable range.

Our technicians quickly resolved the couple’s water issues and prevented permanent damage. With that said, always check for signs of water damage before purchasing an older home. If you do purchase an older residence and later have problems, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482.

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Water Inside Your Home Can Cause Severe Damage

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

water spraying out of damaged pipe Do not let a water damage incident stress you out. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood can handle it to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage from a busted water line is one of many ways that any home can suffer damage to the interior. While water from a water line is clean water, depending on where this line is located, the water may not remain clean. Becoming contaminated with dirty carpeting, such as is commonly found in basements, can create water that is a different category.

Categories of Water Damage


Clean water coming directly from a water line is Category 1 water. It poses no risks to health or safety unless it meets an electrical source or contaminants. Category 2 water may have contaminants, particularly bacteria in it, and generally comes from rainfall or melting snow. Category 3 water contains pathogens that can make you ill. Water damage is not something that you should wait to clean up. Category 1 water can change quickly into Category 3 water when it has been contaminated by carpets, mixed with water found in basement drains, or is left standing on unfinished basement floors.

Mold Quickly Grows When Given Even Small Amounts of Moisture
 
When a water line has burst, your first move should be to shut off the water at the valve. This will stop any additional water from entering your home. If any electrical lines are affected by the water, you need to call the power company to shut off the power. You can then remove most of any standing water by using a mop and buckets. If there is too much water, you should call SERVPRO of Teaneck and Englewood right away. We are experts in the removal of water and humidity so that mold will not have a chance to grow.

Mold grows quickly in even low levels of moisture. This is because spores are always present in homes, but are kept inactive because of the normal low-level of humidity and moisture. Having all the water extracted will help prevent this problem. We have special equipment that detects any moisture, and can then pinpoint where these areas are located at. We will inspect the area where your leak was at and any adjacent areas. We will then know exactly where to place our drying equipment for maximum performance.

Water Damage Doesn't Need to Remain Damaged

The mess made by water must be cleaned up quickly to keep the damage from spreading and from changing into worse damage. We are a professional water damage restoration service they can reduce the chances of the damaging effects of the mold by eliminating the water that has flooded your home, no matter the source.

Call SERVPRO of Teaneck and Englewood at (201) 266-0482 and we'll soon have your home back in its pre-damaged state again.

Kitchen Sink Water Cleanup in a Teaneck Home

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Woman by leaking sink No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

You Want The Professionals By Your Side In The Event of Any Water Incidents in Your Teaneck Home

Whether the source is a damaged pipe or accidentally leaving the sink running, leaks and overflows can cause significant damage to kitchen floors. Vinyl flooring is especially vulnerable to water-related disasters and can lose its adhesion to the floor after some exposure to moisture. Worse still, this water can penetrate subflooring without your knowledge and cause further structural damage. 

If your Teaneck residence needs water cleanup that is fast-acting and precise, IICRC technicians at SERVPRO are happy to lend a helping hand. SERVPRO prides itself on having over 1,700 locations in the United States and Canada, making its franchises positioned so that they can always respond quickly to disasters and restore homes to their preloss conditions. 

Preventing Kitchen Sink Leaks

  • Perform regular checkups. You do not need to be a professional to detect issues even if they require an expert to fix them. Look closely at your pipes for abnormalities every so often to catch small leaks before they become big problems.
  • Insulate exterior pipes. Even hot climates can deal with frozen pipes occasionally, which can cause them to burst and bring gallons of water into your home. 
  • Keep storage areas clean. If the cupboard under your sink is littered with haphazardly-placed cleaning products, consider organizing them in such a way that you can easily see the pipes and the area underneath them to detect moisture. 
  • Keep the little things in mind. Something as simple as an old fitting or loose washer can cause a leak. If you see water dripping from the pipes, shut off the water to that area and get a professional to maintain your pipes as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO Quickly Extracts Water

SERVPRO can quickly prepare your kitchen for extraction and drying using portable, back-mounted extractors. These extractors can lift 140 inches of water and are highly effective for preventing the migration of water damage to other areas in your home.  The toe-kick can be removed and have small holes drilled in it to dry inside of kitchen cabinets. A polyethylene drying chamber can be constructed to contain the drying area and accelerate the moisture removal process with air movers and dehumidifiers

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is a service you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (201) 266-0482 for disaster cleanup that starts when you need it.

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We Act Fast In Englewood After A Water Damage Disaster Strikes Your Home

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

A picture of one of our air movers Our air mover is used along with our dehumidifying equipment to aid the drying process after water damage strikes your home.

Understanding All of the Potential Causes for Water Damage in Englewood

Most people think about water damage, and storms come to mind. While the wind and rain can bring on flooding and turn into a potential hazard, there are many other water hazards that homeowners should be cautious of. SERVPRO wants you to know all of the potential causes of damage from water throughout the home so that you understand what to expect.

Inside the home, water damage in Englewood can come from pipes that are leaking or broken, water heaters that burst or leak, or issues coming from loose pipe fittings, old fixtures, faulty appliances, and damaged sump pumps. When you live in an area where the winter temperatures drop significantly, freezing can play a significant role when it comes to damaged pipes

SERVPRO wants you to know some of the ways that you can protect your home from potential water damage throughout the colder months.

Around the outside of your home, you can:

- Drain the water from your irrigation system

- Wrap outdoor faucets

- Locate pipes entering the home and caulk around them

- Make sure that your garden hose is disconnected

Around the interior of your home, you can:

- Have a light stream of water running from faucets once the temperatures get below the freezing mark.

- Ensure your thermostat is set at a consistent temperature to prevent pipes from freezing

- Look for areas within your home where pipes and supply lines are not heated and could freeze, then insulate.

Should you have any water damage, calling our professional technicians at SERVPRO get you the help that you need, fast. We can send a team out as soon as possible to perform an assessment and get the steps worked out to start the cleanup and restoration process. If there is a burst pipe, we can talk you through turning off the water supply line until we arrive.

SERVPRO technicians use pumps and vacuums to remove water from the impacted area, then use moisture detection devices to locate any patches that may remain unseen to the naked eye. From there, we remove any materials that must be replaced, including flooring and drywall. Further drying commences by way of fans and air movers as well as dehumidifiers to ensure every last bit of moisture is gone before we restore your home to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood at (201) 266-0482, and we can send out a team to help with your water damage needs.

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Thorough Restoration In Your New Milford Home Can Prevent Further Water Damage

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring in home Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 to restore your Teaneck, Englewood or Tenafly home to its normal condition.

Thorough Water Damage Restoration in Your New Milford Home Can Prevent Further Damage

Unforeseen emergencies cause havoc in the lives of New Milford property owners every year. Malfunctioning dishwashers, burst pipes, and other incidents soak carpeting, hardwood flooring, upholstery, and drapes, among other home furnishings. These incidents can also warp wood paneling and ruin expensive floor coverings.

Some signs of water damage include peeling or discolored paint, pooling water, a musty scent, and warped hardwood floors. If your New Milford property has water damage, it needs thorough restoration. The water restoration experts from SERVPRO offer a rapid response that can safeguard your home against bacteria and mold growth. The effects of prolonged contact between the building materials and contents of a home and water include:

    •    Rusting or staining of metallic items
    •    Delamination of laminated surfaces
    •    Decomposing and warping of wood
    •    Mold growth in drywall
    •    Color fading and mold growth in fabrics

When you retain our services, you can get knowledgeable support in repairing the damage. Our technicians can inspect your home, document the extent of the water loss, and take corrective action using advanced water cleanup tools. We can use electrical submersible pumps to extract water from the flooring.

Water can get into hidden areas of your home. That’s why we use high-tech moisture detection equipment such as the Tramex Moisture Meters to check for hidden pockets of water. These moisture meters offer precise, quick, and wide-ranging moisture detection and measurement in bricks, block, drywall, plaster, and other materials without ruining them.

Our SERVPRO technicians also use air movers to improve evaporation at the surface level and minimize drying time. If water has pooled on both hard surfaces and carpeted floors, we can use the Studebaker AirPath air mover to dry them. This air mover pulls dry, warm air from above, directing it across the whole surface of the floor, up to 12 feet in every direction. We can place the air mover in the middle of the affected rooms and lock it in place to dry tile, carpet, vinyl, or hardwood flooring. When used along with dehumidifiers, these devices enable our crew to remove all the traces of moisture from a building, “Like it never even happened.”

Precision is crucial in water damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 to restore your Teaneck, Englewood or Tenafly home to its normal condition.

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Why Fast Water Removal Is Essential in Your New Milford Home

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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The Importance of Performing Water Cleanup in Your New Milford Home Speedily

Water problems are a nightmare for property owners, especially when vast volumes of water are involved. A washing machine leak or a burst pipe can cause water to pool in your home and damage the contents and structures in its path. Dealing with a water loss incident can be time-consuming and costly.

The sooner you perform water cleanup in your New Milford residence, the higher the chance of restoring it cost-effectively. You can seek help from SERVPRO to clean up and dry your home quickly. One component that water can ruin is furniture. It can cause the furniture to weaken or act as a food source for mold. Some types of furniture are sensitive to water and can turn white shortly after coming into contact with it. Other furniture can swell or become discolored after prolonged exposure to water.

When exposed to water, electrical appliances can malfunction or cause electrical hazards. Corrosion is one of the most frequent causes of destruction that occurs in electronic equipment. If the damage is not severe, you may repair the equipment. We can work with electronics restoration specialists who can repair your ruined appliances. If the damage is severe, you can dispose of the ruined appliances and file a claim with your insurer.

If the water has saturated your carpet floor, removing it is more difficult because of the fabric composition. The carpet can become discolored depending on the material used to make it. Removing water from carpets requires the use of appropriate cleaning equipment and cleaning methods to prevent damage.

Our SERVPRO team can pretest and pre-inspect your carpeting to choose the right cleaning method. Our technicians can identify the various fibers used to manufacture carpets. We can involve you by testing the carpeting in your presence and explain for which we are looking. The tests we use to identify carpet fibers include:

  • Specific gravity test
  • Chemical test
  • Burn test

After a water intrusion incident, the walls can also sustain damage. Water-soaked walls tend to become discolored. Yellow spots can appear on white-colored walls after some time. When drying walls, one of the impediments restorers face is a water barrier. This barrier is a material that prevents moisture from evaporating from walls. We can remove the outer vapor barrier or perforate gloss paint to speed up the drying process.

When there is water damage in your home, you need to act quickly to prevent further issues. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood has experienced technicians who can assist you in cleaning up the affected areas. Call us any time at (201) 266-0482.

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Stop Leaks Before They Cause Water Damage To Your Englewood Home

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Leaks may seem like just another part of day-to-day life in your home, but the truth is that ordinary leaks from pipes, faucets, and drains routinely cause some of the most expensive water damage in American homes. Leaks can break down materials, cause discoloration, produce foul smells, and even lead to mold growth when left unchecked. SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) can help to reverse these damaging effects, but the best way to lower repair costs is to avoid them entirely. 

Stopping Leaks and Dripping Damages 

Make no mistake - common household leaks can cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars of water damage to your Englewood home. The most severe damages from leaks that we see in local homes come after months to years of exposure and when no actions are taken to fix the issue early on. There are a few ways that you can stop leaks from happening in your home: 

+Store-bought epoxies and sealants can provide short or long-term protection. 

+Replacing old pipes can solve many simultaneous problems. 

+Installing high-quality faucets aids in durability and reliability. 

However, leaks may still happen, often in places that you cannot quickly identify or find without the help of special tools such as the moisture-detecting thermohygrometers and infrared imaging devices used by SERVPRO inspectors. When problems start to get out of hand, you should call us up to see how we can help. 

Damages Take More Than a Patch To Fix 

Our WRTs train for years to become experts in the treatment and repair of water damages that come from leaks and other common sources. These problems take more than a few layers of epoxy and sprays of air freshener to solve - we often need to implement industrial-grade cleaning protocols and specialized deodorizing fogging machines to return your home to the sights and smells it showed before any damage took place. We take the time to get our job done thoroughly and return the entire home to the way it was before the disaster, "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood can help you to save hundreds of dollars on water damage restoration by identifying and solving problems sooner rather than later. Call us 24/7 at (201) 266-0482. 

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We Have A Fast Response Time To Your Milford Water Damage Disaster

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts have the equipment and training required to restore your home to pre-damage condition quickly and efficiently.

Techniques for Saving Sofa from Water Damage in New Milford

Although most water damage events in a home are small in scale, they often catch the homeowner off-guard because they were completely unexpected. The biggest issue with water loss is the potential for migration to hard-to-clean places such as subflooring, behind baseboards and floor joists. Setting up a home for problems with foul odors and mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians responded to a call late one evening for water damage in a New Milford living room. A pipe running across the ceiling leaked substantially onto a new sofa the homeowner recently purchased. We scoped the room with our moisture detection equipment, and other than the ceiling area and sofa, not even the flooring under the couch had elevated moisture levels.
The homeowner wanted to know if his couch had restoration potential. We explained our technicians go through a lengthy training and certification process that includes hands-on situational learning before they ever step foot on an actual job site for a client and we had both training and previous experience mitigating damage from water to sofas.

Because of the fast action of the homeowner calling SERVPRO, exposure to water damage had not yet begun to affect the framing joints of the sofa. We used upholstery extractors to remove as much of the absorbed water as possible and placed the sofa up on blocks for drying.
We wrapped the zippers on the upholstery with wax paper to inhibit the potential for rust from the zipper to stain the cushions. We placed the cushions at an angle with tops touching in a technique called "tenting" to speed the drying process and limit bleeding. We also angled air movers to dry the ceiling area thoroughly.

Dehumidifiers are an essential part of the drying process, as the air movers force the water vapor to rise from within the sofa, the dehumidifiers capture and port the water away, helping the upholstery dry quickly. This action is so only warm dry air blows onto the furnishings as the equipment removes humid air.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is available to mitigate any size water loss to your home or contents 24/7 by calling (201) 266-0482. Our certified restoration specialists have the expertise and equipment to make the damage to your home "Like it never even happened."

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What Does a Bathroom Sink, a Teenager, and FaceTime Have in Common? Water Damage in Teaneck!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is always on call to handle your water loss emergencies.

Water Removal in Teaneck Caused by FaceTime

Water damage occurs in many different ways. Not every single water loss cleanup we do involves a pipe break, leaking seal on a hot water tank or one of the other myriad of ways water can wind up where it should not be.

Sometimes water removal in a Teaneck home is needed due to good old fashioned human error. Case in point a teenage girl was filling a bathroom sink like she had done many times before, and she wound up chatting with a friend on FaceTime and completely forgot about the running water. By the time the water ran out of the bathroom and into the hallway, it was already a mess.

She and her parents blotted up the water from the floor quickly, but the vanity area was drenched up against the wall under the sink area. Her parents realized the wall behind the vanity needed professional attention, and the subflooring was possibly affected, so they contacted SERVPRO to ensure all the water was extracted. When our technicians arrived on site, they immediately used portable pumps with weighted extractors to push out the minor amount of water that had run into the hallway carpeting in front of the doorway.

The vanity in the bathroom was retaining water, so weep holes were drilled to allow for drainage and air flow. Moisture detectors were used to determine the subflooring was unaffected before the air movers and dehumidifiers were set up to dry the bathroom and a small area of carpeting. Airflow was specifically directed inside and under the vanity to ensure drying goals were attained. After a final wipedown by SERVPRO technicians with our professional-strength cleaners, the bathroom was both clean and dry.

Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 when you need water removal in your home. Our certified technicians are available 24/7 to mitigate any size water loss to your property with our equipment and expertise.

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If Your New Milford Aquarium Is Leaking Call In Our Experts For Top-Notch Water Cleanup Services

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (201) 266-0482, so we can help protect your home from accidents like this.

Our Water Cleanup Team Removes Water From Leaky Aquariums In New Milford

Fish in an aquarium might benefit your family in several ways, from the relaxing atmosphere to its low-care requirements. Older tanks often find their way into yard sales in New Milford or local online ads, and resealing these can help young families get an excellent, but low-cost, start in keeping beautiful tropical fish.

When you first set up your aquarium, checking for leaks that might cause damage is a good idea, although many only show up later, requiring emergency water cleanup services in your New Milford home. While you house your fish in another tank or receptacle, we can extract the lost water.

Because of the density of organic compounds within aquarium water, we need to start as soon as possible after the leak begins. Aquarium water is not like water from your tap and immediately begins to smell. Cleaning it up requires more than a few towels and some spray deodorizer.

SERVPRO's specialists can extract the water and ensure that everything resorts to its previous state, just “Like it never even happened.” Both wood floors and carpeting can harbor microscopic pathogens and other organic matter that continually produces that distinctive aquarium scent. When goldfish were in the tank, our services become that much more important. Odor control with water cleanup services become crucial toward protecting both your home and your family's comfort level.

After removing the water and cleaning the area using color-safe antimicrobial cleansers, we air dry the area using a powerful air mover and trap any airborne microbes with an air scrubber. Those that remain embedded in your home's floor and other areas that the water flowed on can retain organic substances.

Our water cleanup strategy includes odor control. Slow-dispersing gel packs can become helpful with this type of odor, as can deodorizing liquids injected directly into affected carpeting. These methods show better results when we perform carpet cleaning or thoroughly wash wood floors beforehand and allow them to dry thoroughly. This may require we return the following day to finish the work. Starting too soon, while the area is still damp from our cleaning of the area can diminish our odor control efforts.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood knows families in our area include pets, as well. When these added family members create watery disasters, our water cleanup team is ready to help. Call us at (201) 266-0482, so we can help protect your home from accidents like this.

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When A Flood Plagues Your Bergen County Home, You Need Our Experts!

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

When possible, our crew can restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

We Can Help In Flood Damage Situations In Bergen County

Flood water came into your home from the massive storm last night. Since these waters contain dangerous contaminants like chemicals, rodents, dead animals and raw sewage, it is vitally important that you contact professionals like us immediately to deal with the cleanup. Our certified and trained techs aim to thoroughly clean your home and can quickly remove all standing water from the structure.

SERVPRO flood damage techs in Bergen County try to save as many of your personal belongings and household items that they can. We work fast to minimize damages and to preserve contents inside the home. It is of utmost importance for our techs to stop water from seeping into the residence. The crew can check the premises and find and stop the water flow right away. Next, they can begin the water removal stage. They can utilize portable extractors, wet/dry vacuums, wands and pumps to remove water fast. If necessary, we can employ truck-mounted units to move large amounts of water quickly from the affected areas.

In many situations such as a flood, our technicians may need to pack-out various items and contents from the structure like clothing, furniture, appliances, and paper documents. When we remove such materials from home, you can expect our trained techs to keep an accurate inventory and track every item we remove. Taking this step can help with insurance claims and can help the restoration go smoothly. Typically, salvageable items are sitting in contaminated water. When this happens, our techs can remove and clean those items with EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaning agents and sprays to decontaminate everything we take from the structure.

Drying the affected areas is vital to storm restoration. Our team may use air scrubbers to clean and purify the inside air in your home. Plus, we can utilize air moving equipment, heaters, and axial fans to increase the drying stage. Also, our techs may strategically place dehumidifiers in various sections inside the structure to push out dampness and increase moisture evaporation.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood flood damage services can restore your home when possible. Call us 24/7 at (201) 266-0482. Our skilled techs are here to help and can assist you in your flood emergency. When possible, our crew can restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

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Why Water Damage In Bergen County Should Not Be Ignored

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

The standard issue that water damage often faces is from the subsequent destruction that inevitably takes place when the problems are left untreated.

Why Water Damage Should Not Be Ignored

When it comes to water damage, time does not heal all wounds. Water damage that is left unmanaged could escalate into further issues that could be very costly in the future. This is definitely something that communities in Bergen County would want to avoid.

The standard issue that water damage in Bergen County often faces is from the subsequent destruction that inevitably takes place when the problems are left untreated. Keep in mind that water contamination could spread rapidly and destroy furniture that is sensitive to moisture. You would then noticed that your furniture would turn white, and they would be standing on wet carpets. If the water is left there for hours, you will witness household odors, humidity, and the dyes from the fabrics would begin to bleed.

Water damage that goes untouched for days could cause fungi to appear along with musty odors. Your wood flooring would start to warp and swell up, which could eventually be unsalvageable, and the wallpapers would begin to peel. If you ignore the problem for weeks, you will notice molds destroying the integrity and foundation of your house. The growth of microorganisms can cause some health issue, and you may consider moving your family away during the treatment process.

Luckily, with the SERVPRO team, we could save your house from this catastrophe. We have a crew of trained specialists that could respond to any immediate flood or water damages at your property. Water damage is an urgent case, so we make our services available on a 24-hour basis.

We have a variety of high-tech equipment to locate the water and remove it as soon as possible. We even invest in the latest technology and tools to restore your house quickly and at minimum cost. We utilize professional cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing products to fix the damages in your home. Our technicians would monitor and document the drying process to make sure that your property is well-restored. Before we start the whole process, we would discuss our findings with homeowners and come up with an excellent strategy that works best to repair and restore the house.

You can rely on SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to provide timely, respectful, and professional water damage repair services. Contact our team at (201) 266-0482 to arrange for a consultation with our experienced and skilled technicians. With us, you do not have to suffer intensive water loss.

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New Milford's Water Removal Team Describes Different Types of Extraction Equipment

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Whether water damage is external or internal, from burst pipes or clogged toilets, the technicians at SERVPRO effectively dry out your home.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Technicians and Equipment to Dry Out Your Property After Water Damage

Any time water leaks into a building in New Milford, removing the moisture promptly can prevent mold development. Since fungi need excessive moisture to form, lowering levels within 48 hours is essential. When dealing with wet building materials and contents specialized extraction and drying equipment gets implemented. During the extraction phase, heavy-duty vacuum systems pull out as much water out of items as they can. After extraction, air movers and dehumidifiers then work to dry out the remaining wet substances.
 
The goal when beginning any extraction process is to remove standing water and the water from any materials that are saturated. When starting water removal in New Milford, moisture sensors get used to test materials inside your home. A carpet moisture sensor is often used when our SERVPRO technicians first figure out where the affected areas are. The sensor consists of a metal pole with two probes on the bottom. The probes get stuck into a building's carpeting, and a light flashes and buzzer sounds if the region is wet.
 
Once our SERVPRO crew finds out which areas of the house got wet, we decide on what tools to use for the extraction phase. The major part of any extraction system is the extractor or machine that contains the vacuum motor used to pull up water. Some extractors are portable and are used to get into tight spaces where hoses cannot reach. Other extractors are truck-mounted and also used for restorative carpet cleaning.
 
If there are two inches or more standing water present anywhere inside your home, our SERVPRO team uses a submersible pump that gets dropped into the water. The pump then sucks up the water and pumps it into a sewer drain such as your toilet. After standing water gets removed, we extract moisture from flooring, carpeting, and furniture containing upholstery.
 
When extracting moisture from most flooring materials and some carpets, a medium-sized extraction tool gets implemented. If we have to pull water from furniture items like couches, we can use a smaller handheld extraction tool to get into small sections of the couch. If thick carpet materials get heavily saturated, then we can use a heavy-duty, weighted extraction system. When operators use these systems, our technicians stand on top of and ride the machine. The tool uses the weight from the operator to compress the carpet fibers, allowing more moisture to come out of the material.
 
In most cases, a variety of different types of equipment get utilized to remove moisture from the various materials that exist inside your home. Any time you need assistance with extracting water out of your house, call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 24/7.

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Trust SERVPRO To Restore Water Damage In Englewood

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes count on our certified technicians

Contact us if a Storm causes water damage to your home.

The thunderstorm last night was pretty heavy. It rained for hours, and a good amount of excess water seeped into your basement. Your basement is not severely flooded, but there is enough standing water to cause a significant cleanup. You were smart and did manage to remove many of the items stored in plastic bins on the basement floor to an upstairs room, but the basement floor is a mess. We suggest that you call trained and certified professionals for this cleanup job. They have the right equipment and skills and can do a proper job.

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle water damage cleanup in your Englewood home. We get to homes quickly after the initial call, which can lessen damage to the property. Plus, we offer 24-hour emergency service and respond fast day or night. The moment you contact us is when the restoration process starts. We ask the right questions so that when our technicians arrive, they can handle the situation quickly and efficiently.

We use powerful equipment to extract water swiftly. After the water has been extracted, our technicians start the cleanup process. Our SERVPRO crew uses specialized cleaning solutions that can get rid of dirt and mud. Plus, they can sanitize the affected areas such as the lower walls, floor, and baseboards. If needed, we use deodorizers to eliminate stale odors from the basement. Call us to do the job. Our reliable technicians can make your dirty and wet basement look “Like it never even happened.”

Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in water damage restoration. We use industrial-grade vacuums and pumps to remove standing water, which can help prevent mold from growing in hidden areas. Plus, our technicians use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to clean the air and to dry the floor thoroughly.

We provide reliable, fast and efficient water damage cleanup 24/7 that you can trust to return your home to its pre-storm condition. Contact SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood at (201) 266-0482 day or night.

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High Pressure Supply Could Cause A Need For Water Removal in Your New Milford Home

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Hoses that attach your washing machine to the water supply can fail causing a great deal of water to be dumped into your washroom. Call SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Understands that Quick Drying Services Are a Must After Water Damage in Your Home

Appliances are a leading cause of water emergencies inside of New Milford homes, yet, there are still many people that are unaware of how to remedy this problem. While preventative maintenance can aid in keeping the appliances themselves from malfunctioning, the pressure of the water in the pipes themselves feeding these appliances might be an equally contributing factor.
 
Your water pressure is going to vary based on your proximity and elevation to the water tower that services the mainlines your home gets connected to. When you are at a lower elevation and the farthest reaches of the tanks distribution system, your pressure is among the highest. Many homeowners opt for pressure reducers for more comfortable showers, but in reality, failure to reduce overly high pressures could result in the need for water removal services in your New Milford residence.
 
High water pressure puts a strain on hose connections to water-fed appliances, which can cause them to disconnect and pour untold amounts of water on the floor surrounding the appliances until this supply gets shut down. Once the immediate emergency has gotten handled and no more water is pouring into the affected area, contact our SERVPRO professionals to help you clean up the mess correctly to prevent further damages.
 
From the moment that our experienced technicians arrive at your home, we get to work quickly extracting the water from the area with the use of truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO fleet and wet-vacs with various attachments for concise cleaning. Drying the area is a process that typically involves using our industrial strength air movers and dehumidification equipment. Once the area has gotten successfully dried, we can assess the full scope of any remaining damage to structural elements and construction materials like flooring, walls, and ceilings.
 
While you might not ever want to need water removal services for your home, sometimes emergencies can happen. With our 24/7 emergency response team at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood, you can always remain confident that help is only a phone call away. Reach out to our experienced technicians anytime at (201) 266-0482.
 
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Water Damage from a Leaking Skylight in Your New Milford Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Skylights add natural light to your home. But the disadvantage is that they are another way that water can get into your home. Contact SERVPRO.

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

Having a skylight in your New Milford home is a great way to allow natural sunlight in almost any room. However, if it is installed improperly or it is not maintained, the skylight can develop leaks. Leaks like this cause numerous problems for you as the homeowner, including severe damage to your property. Leaking skylights need to be repaired as soon as possible to minimize the damage and stop the leak from spreading.
 
If you have discovered any leaking coming from the skylight in your home, getting it fixed and any water damage in New Milford repaired, it is essential to act upon quickly. Water damage can promptly create other problems such as mold growth, plus the leak can keep spreading. Our SERVPRO staff can help you anytime you need. We are professionally trained to handle all kinds of water damage situations in a timely fashion.
 
Airflow is one of the essential tools that we use. Drying your home efficiently requires that we use the right techniques for using airflow. If we place the air mover, so it blows directly into a wall, air not only bounces back but it forces moisture into the wall, which is not good. On the other hand, if the air mover is angled at forty-five degrees, the air bounces off the wall, and the moisture is replaced with drier air after it is carried away.
 
SERVPRO techs use a clockwise pattern to position the air movers, facing the inlet at the wall and with the nose touching the wall. We ensure all of the walls affected are in the air stream. To do this, we might place additional air movers in closets, offsets, and windows. Every time we monitor the equipment, we move the machines to the left or right in a circular pattern, so the structure dries evenly.
 
We also need to dry the ceiling. Airflow has to be directed across the wet ceiling to evaporate the moisture. Directing the airflow over the area circulates the warm air which has risen to the ceiling. With drop ceilings, we open a few panels on each end and direct the airflow into the open areas.
 
SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood takes the time to ensure your home in Tenafly, New Milford, or Teaneck is thoroughly dry after a water damage disaster. When you contact us at (201) 266-0482, you can be sure that your home is in good hands.

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New Milford Residents Can Rely On Quality Water Removal Services

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Facing water leaks in your New Milford home can be quite a tedious task.

Quality Water Removal Services

Facing water leaks in your New Milford home can be quite a tedious task. You would have to get as much water out as soon as possible, move any soaked furniture or other household items affected by the flood to a dry location. Then you need to dry everything out, often throwing a few items away such as rugs, shoes, clothing, or even heaters, depending on the conditions that exist.

Sounds like hard work, we know. We deal with this kind of issue on a nearly daily basis. However, we go above and beyond, ensuring that water does not get the opportunity to enter your subfloor, damage floor coverings like linoleum, tile, or wood floor. It is also our job to check carpeting, rugs, appliances, cabinetry, walls, ceilings, or any other part of your New Milford home that requires water removal.

SERVPRO can do all this and much more, we provide members of our local community with 24-hr emergency response teams, give you access to water extractors, hygrometers, air-movers, dehumidifiers, along with several years of experience performing water removal services for homeowners throughout the area.

SERVPRO’s expertly trained team is fully IICRC-industry certified to handle any restoration service necessary to return your home to a quality pre-water damage condition for you and your family to enjoy. We can provide you with specialists who understand how water moves through your home, locating hard to reach or hidden pockets of water with advanced equipment and services designed to fit your situation.

Having SERVPRO’s technicians spend time getting the water out, and the bulk of your home dry means that you have qualified professions who also take the time to address individual items as well. Our technicians focus on each item, applying drying, cleaning, and restoration techniques specific to the particular material present, working hard to ensure a successful recovery.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is proud to serve as your water removal, cleaning, and restoration team. We show our determination to provide you with excellent services in everything we do for you, call to schedule an initial inspection or to obtain water removal services today (201) 266-0482.

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

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

A radiator leak can cause significant water damage to your property.

Water Damage Caused By A Radiator Leak

Older homes often use a hot water system for heating. A boiler, usually in the basement, is connected by a series of pipes to radiators positioned throughout the house. The loop between radiator and boiler, or the radiator or boiler itself can leak, harming your home’s structure and contents. SERVPRO helps investigate the source of water intrusion, restoring building materials and possessions in the water’s path.

Your first hint that your heating system caused water damage to the floor of your Englewood dining room was a mysterious dampness of the carpeting near a window. After searching for obvious causes like spillage of water during meals or rain blown through the window you reached out to us to dry the carpet and evaluate permanent harm to the underlying floor. Our trained technicians investigate and find the unexpected source of the water.

Slowly the radiator under the dining room window leaks water from an ancient valve. Originally used to adjust the flow of water the device seemed frozen in place by sediment or oxidation. A crack in the connection allows water to seep out, barely noticeable, but increasing in volume in warmer weather as the water and cast iron cool and the valve seal loosens. SERVPRO puts you in touch with an appropriate radiator repair shop, and then our technicians move to restore the water damage.

Under the carpeting is a hardwood floor, now warped because of the swelling caused by water absorption. The carpet lifted and padding removed, we attend to the floor. We measure moisture levels initially to aid in setting drying goals. Air movers and drying mats join with dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture level to below 12 percent before sanding and refinishing. If we refinish the wood earlier, the action risks additional warping. It may take a few weeks for the proper levels to be reached, requiring periodic moisture measurements by our crew.

A portion of the floor may be pried up to release hidden pockets of water and to ensure the subflooring is drying as well. Another method SERVPRO uses successfully is the drilling of small holes in the hardwood to encourage the moisture to evaporate. When the floor is heavily sealed by stains, varnishes, and waxes, this approach may be the only way to break the vapor barrier.

Count on SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood to help you solve water damage problems. One call to (201) 266-0482 establishes our partnership with you, committed to restoring your home to pre-water harm condition.

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Neutralize Water Damage That Exists In Your Englewood Area Home

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water intrusions that make their way into your home can leave devastating damage behind.

Water Damage In Your Home


Water intrusions that make their way into your home can leave devastating damage behind. For those of you who appreciate the beauty and elegance of hardwood flooring; how you react and the choices you make can lead to warping or permanently damaging your wood floors.

Protecting your investment, getting the right help, and neutralizing problems that exist in your Englewood home make water damage a bad memory. We can repair your water damaged hardwood floors and help return them to almost new condition; if you make the call. You do not need to face these issues alone and should never attempt repairs on your own. Obviously, you should be able to handle small amounts of water, the finish alone offers some protection. However, it can be difficult to determine how much water has affected your hardwood flooring, an initial inspection from SERVPRO Professionals can help.

Places like SERVPRO, can successfully remove excess water and provide you with a fast drying process to help get things under control quickly. Remember time is a major factor in any water damage repair issue, making the decision to call for help reduces the amount of time mold has to take hold, prevents buckling, and guesswork. If you decide to attempt repairs on your water damaged flooring yourself and make the mistake of refinishing your floor before it is fully dry, you can make the damage even worse. So it is important for the entire area, including the subfloor, to obtain professional attention before a variety of issues take hold and make restoration of your wood flooring impossible.

SERVPRO’s professional water damage restoration services involve utilizing expertly trained technicians, industrial-grade water extraction, and drying equipment. Giving us the ability to dry your hardwood floor quickly and evenly, without causing additional problems that often arise devastating a wood floor’s infrastructure. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood makes every effort to return your home, its contents, and any personal belongings to a quality pre-water damage condition for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. Call us to begin restoring your water damaged property, today (201) 266-0482.


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Dealing With Water Damage in Your Bergen County Pizza Parlor

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Out Your Water Damaged Pizza Parlor in Bergen County

Your Bergen County Business Is Rapidly Re-Opened After a Water Problem


It is never possible to predict how water damage strikes your pizza parlor, whether it is a storm, plumbing leak, roof damage, or any other major event. Water can leak into ceilings, walls, furnishings, floors, and other areas of the facility. Not only can water damage the contents of your business, but the building itself. The longer the water is left, the more damage occurs. Understanding the importance of getting repairs done quickly can save your property and business. Disaster strikes at any time, and usually when least expected. SERVPRO needs to be called in with our trained team to clean up the water and repair the damage anywhere in Bergen County.
 
Understanding Characteristics of Water Damage
It does not matter what caused the commercial water damage to your Bergen County business. Our technicians can figure out the cause right away and start working on your facility and the contents. Once we address the cause, we begin to get rid of and salvage anything possible. One step is to mitigate the losses to your food inventory, including flour and mozzerella cheese. We then start making emergency repairs. We also work closely with your insurance company and work in a timely fashion so you can reopen your business as soon as possible.
 
It is important to call us right away if your property has any water damage. Standing water quickly spreads and can ruin your whole building. In a very short time, all upholstery, carpet, books and documents can be destroyed or damaged. The pizza ovens are an expensive capital investment and must be protected. Furniture made of wood can swell, and sections can disintegrate. Metal surfaces can be damaged, too. Standing water must be removed fast.
 
Long-term effects of water damage include molds and bacteria, plus an unpleasant odor that is very negative in your eatery. If left unchecked, more damage occurs, as wood warps and splits, harming countertops and booths alike. The damage might not be obvious in many cases. Maybe it is only noticeable by the smell and mold growth. Small leaks can cause a significant amount of potential damage if they are not handled quickly.
 
Dealing with Water
At SERVPRO, we begin with dehumidifiers and a high-volume, low grain desiccant. The dry air is pushed into areas of dampness and lowers the danger of additional damage. Before these procedures, the source of the water intrusion is found and controlled. The level of contamination must be monitored for repairs to start. When removing the standing water, mold growth is controlled and halted. Once the water starts to evaporate, the level of humidity lowers. It is essential to remove all the water and moisture totally.
 
SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is your go-to source for commercial water damage cleanup and remediation. We have the training and experience you need and deserve, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at (201) 266-0482.

The Technical Guidelines For Working With Asbestos And Water Damage In New Milford

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

The thing to remember is that asbestos only poses a threat when the particles are disturbed.

Asbestos And Water Damage

You might already know a little about the drying process which water damage experts carry out after flooding, leaks, and other domestic emergencies. Usually, the aim is to employ high powered equipment in a way which removes excess water as quickly as possible. What do you do if the water damaged area contains a toxic material?

What if this material is asbestos? Most property owners know that asbestos is extremely toxic if its particles enter the lungs. It used to be a very popular building material back in the sixties and seventies, but this was before people understood the dangers. It has now been banned in scores of countries, but the SERVPRO team do still encounter it when repairing water damage in New Milford, particularly in older properties.

If you live in an older home, there is a chance that it may contain asbestos. When this material gets wet, it can make water damage restoration rather tricky, but there are still plenty of ways that SERVPRO can help.

No Immediate Danger
The thing to remember is that asbestos only poses a threat when the particles are disturbed. People live with it under their carpets and in their walls for decades, and they stay safe because the material is stable. The problem with water damage is that the force of leaks and burst mains can be quite intense. It has the potential to dislodge the asbestos particles.

Testing And Verification
If the SERVPRO team encounters what they believe might be asbestos, while working on your water damage repairs, they will follow EPA and NESHAP regulations. This usually means establishing a containment perimeter around the material, so that harmful particles cannot be spread throughout the house. A sample of the material will be sent to a licensed asbestos inspector. If it comes back positive, the technicians will then defer to the advice of an asbestos abatement specialist. It is likely that safe removal of the material will significantly extend the timeframe for repairs, but it is crucial that the toxic substance is neutralized first.

Working Together To Get Results
The law states that an abatement specialist must be onsite to oversee the handling of asbestos materials. All water damaged components will need to be removed and disposed of according to local regulations. This might include pieces of tank insulation, duct insulation, textured ceiling panels, subflooring, drywall, mastics, sheetrock, and window glazing compounds. Once the danger has been neutralized, the team can get back to finishing the drying process and restoring your residential property to its original condition. You may be required to steer clear of the affected area for a little while longer, just until the technicians are sure that the air is clean and all traces of toxic particles have been eliminated.

Water damage can be a stressful thing for homeowners to have to deal with and the identification of asbestos complicates the process. There are plenty of ways to tackle the challenge and bring your property back to life. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is here to help you find a simple solution. Call us 24//7 at (201) 266-0482.

Water Damage: Primary and Secondary

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip: Mitigate Water Damage in Teaneck by Quickly Removing the Water

SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Properties and Mitigates Losses

When your home or office experiences water flowing into areas where it is not designed for water, water damage can result. There are two different kinds of water damage, primary and secondary. Water damage can still occur months after water has even cleaned up by homeowners or tenants, and this is why expert water removal services should be used.

When resulting from water damage, Teaneck properties that have had major spills indoors should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Significant leaks need professional cleaning and extraction. Water flows downhill, but as it flows, it can also run into barriers or other items that divert the flow of water from what may be what seems to be a logical course, and then continue to flow downhill in other areas. Water does seek its level. Because of this, SERVPRO uses equipment that can detect elevated moisture and humidity levels behind and inside your walls, and find to where all of the water that can damage your home has spread.

Expertise and training give SERVPRO technicians an edge over others and helps us find all that hidden water. Then we can begin to dry in precisely those areas that have become damp, and prevent water damage from happening or continuing. When there are areas that are wet, this is primary damage. It will affect carpets, wallpapers, and even drywall. Left as it is or without professional extraction and drying, secondary water damage can begin to happen.

This type of water damage might not be observable right away and is often not discovered for months after a leak or busted water pipe. This is where drywall is beyond just a bubbled appearance but is actually disintegrating, hardwood floors begin to warp or cup, cracking lengthwise from the pressure of expanding in their confined spaces, and mold growth and its distinctive smell has become noticeable.

Secondary water damage can largely be restored and repaired, with a few items needing replaced, especially in the presence of mold, but this secondary water damage is also highly preventable. This is why it is so important to have professional technicians eliminate the water damage in the first place. When it is completely removed, secondary damage cannot begin.

While it may seem costly to do, having SERVPRO eliminate the primary water damage while they extract all the water and dry out your home is a sound investment. Secondary water damage is extremely expensive to restore and repair, with much of your home's affected interior possibly requiring replacements, instead. We can document any damaged items that are beyond repair so that you can present this paperwork to your insurance carrier, helping you even more in recovering from water damage.

When you have water damage, make it a priority to call us. SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482, as we can help you reduce the damaging effects of water damage and mitigate the chance that secondary water damage can happen.
 

Englewood Water Damage 101

9/29/2015 (Permalink)

Whether your property is subject to water damage due to a natural disaster or sewage issue, resolving the issue immediately is immensely valuable.

Water Damage 101 in Englewood

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


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


Why You Need To Call The Professionals
Once homeowners and business owners realize that their property has been subjected to water damage, they will often attempt to complete a DIY project. Don't commit this error. Water damage is a serious, complex matter that requires professional remediation. Here are several reasons that calling the experts for help is important:


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


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


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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters. 

Our expertise in fire damage and water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (201) 266-0482

Water Damage in Teaneck

5/13/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage can happen anywhere and anytime. When the worst occurs call the professionals at SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood (201) 266-0482

Water Damage can really wreak havoc on your home or building. Whether you are dealing with broken pipes or a natural disaster, any number of things can cause flooding in your home. Besides the damage to any of your belongings and appliances, you have to find a way to get the water out of the building, and completely dry out the premises in order to avoid a problem that is compounded by pesky mold. If you are dealing with water damage in Teaneck, the first step is to tackle water removal. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may be able to take on water removal on your own. Otherwise, it is best to call in the professionals when the job is simply too big for you and you don't have the equipment or manpower to complete the water removal process. Also, notify your insurance company and take pictures of everything before you begin your clean up job. If you are going to get any kind of compensation, it will be necessary to have proof of the full extent of water damage in your building.

Think About Electricity Before You Get Started
Before you actually begin removing water and drying out the premises, bear in mind that you have live electricity that is submerged under water. You take the risk of getting a dangerous shock unless you cut the power. Once the power is off, you can also address gas or propane. These sources of potential leaks should be turned off as well. Once you are sure it is safe to actually go into the flooded area of the building, make sure you are dressed in protective gear. There is a possibility that the water is contaminated. You'll find that there is a variety of equipment you can use to remove water, from sump pumps to wet vacuums, and heated blowers. In some cases, your best option is to allow evaporation to occur with the assistance of ventilation once the water has been removed.

Take Care of Your Building Once the Water is Gone
When the water has been removed, along with any damaged belongings, you will need to perform a thorough cleaning with a disinfectant. You'll also be able to assess the damage and decide what needs to be replaced, from dry wall to flooring.

When your Englewood Cliffs home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.

Contact SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood for all of your water damage needs 24/7 (201) 266-0482