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Do Small Home Fires in Little Ferry Need Professional Restoration Services?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry at (201) 441-1345 stands ready 24/7 to support local properties with fire damage.

Soot and smoke damage can spread throughout your Little Ferry home quickly, so bringing in SERVPRO to halt the issue should be priority number one

When a small exterior fire or a kitchen blaze that did minimal damage in a Little Ferry home occurs, the first impulse many homeowners have is to clean up the mess and replace the siding or sheetrock that received charring. However, in many cases, this works against the property owner because the fire odor remains as the soot and smoke residues did not get adequately removed. Some of the main issues with soot remaining in the home are:

    •    Soot particles can exist smaller than the eye can see and produce pungent odors anywhere they are in the home
    •    This particulate can get spread through the ductwork and foot traffic in the home
    •    Soot can be a potential skin and respiratory irritant for some people
    •    If not removed quickly, soot can pit and mar chrome and metal fixtures

What is the Best Method to Remove Fire Damage?
When SERVPRO techs clean up and restore Little Ferry homes with fire damage, the equipment and applications used depend on the type of smoke damage left behind; there is no single "best method." Dry smoke does not cling to surfaces in the same manner as wet smoke residues apply themselves, requiring the use of solvent-based cleaning agents to release its grip.

Also, care needs to get taken to match the cleaning solution to the type of surface or material getting cleaned to ensure the agent chosen will not harm the article getting cleaned. That is why the SERVPRO techs give detailed attention to testing fibers and learning the manufacturing components of items before cleaning, so it gets done right for the best outcome.

SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry at (201) 441-1345 stands ready 24/7 to support local properties with fire damage. The technicians have the training and advanced tools to make the damage to your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Are There Different Types of Water Removers for Damaged Homes?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

black submersible water pump SERVPRO Provides Advanced Water Removal Equipment to Mitigate Damage to Hackensack Area Properties

Our SERVPRO team utilizes a full inventory of restoration and recovery tools to help your water-damaged Hackensack home. 

Meeting the needs of a water-damaged Hackensack property means understanding the changes from one site to the next. A pipe burst from freezing temperatures requires different tools and approaches than a leaking fixture underneath a sink. We have a comprehensive inventory of recovery tools to help.

Because water damage in Hackensack homes can be so destructive when not thoroughly addressed, we rely on multiple types of tools to manage various aspects of this restoration. Among the most pressing of these is removing standing water and trapped water in structural elements throughout the property, as this can lead to damaging situations like microbial growth and deterioration. Some of the different extractors that our professionals use include:

  • Electric Submersible Pump – Electric pumps are among the most common option for our restorers, offering quiet and continuous operation. Typically deployed with standing water depths of two inches or more.
  • Self-Priming Trash Pump – When solids and small bits of debris are a possibility in the water, these powerful pumps can help manage the standing water threats.
  • Light Wands – Attachments for wet vacuums are necessary for water removal, as many of the impacted areas are not highly accessible. 
  • Weighted Extractors – Stand on units use our technicians' weight to force moisture to the surface of carpeted floors for extraction. Drying in place is a key element to salvaging wet carpets.

What Tools Get Used for Thorough Drying?

Drying is ultimately one of the most necessary elements of any water restoration project. While air movers and dehumidifiers remain the foundational blocks of this phase, we can also use special tools like positive and negative pressure systems, floor mat drying systems, and portable heaters.

Water restoration does not have to be overwhelming for homeowners. Our SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry team is standing by 24/7 to help when you call (201) 614-2600.

Why SERVPRO is the Best Restoration Company In Your Area

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage

Disasters are by definition: "a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage."

Nobody can predict when a water heater will burst, a pipe will break, or your stove will catch fire while you’re cooking.

But SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry is always available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We are always ready to be there when you call, being "faster to any disaster."

Within minutes water will quickly spread, saturating everything in its path. 

Fire and smoke are especially destructive, leaving physical damage, smoke and soot and lingering odor settling in air ducts, furniture, clothes, and crevices.  In many instances property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

In either case, The longer an area remains unmitigated, restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive. That is why SERVPRO is ALWAYS available, we can get to the scene the faster. 

As part of a national chain of over 1,700 independently owned and operated franchises, SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry is held to a high standard of customer service. Creating happy customers is our overall goal.

SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Residential Home Water damage in a customer's home.

SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 201-742-5920

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

·        Your name and contact information

·        Your insurance information (if applicable)

·        The street address of the water-damaged home or business

·        When did the flooding or water damage occur?

·        What caused the water damage (if known)?

·        Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry

SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

A water damage in a commercial building before restoration began A Commercial Water Damage.

Commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges 

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry

SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Be Prepared for Storm Conditions

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Storm Conditions Be prepared for storm conditions

The peak potential time for hurricanes here in New Jersey runs from mid-August through the end of October.  Hurricane Sandy is still on people’s minds, and each season is unpredictable as to the amount and severity of possible storms. Here at the Jersey Shore it’s especially important to be prepared for anything.

In order to protect your home, here are 5 tips that can help you prepare for and ride out a storm:

Keep Doors and Windows Protected Against Rain, High Winds, and Flying Debris

Heavy rains can cause flooding in your home. And, high winds can hurl objects at speeds so fast they can act like bullets. In other words: make sure to protect your windows and doors.

And don’t forget your garage door! Make sure your garage door is installed to be weather-proof or brace an existing door to keep it from giving way.

Remove Items from Your Yard

The more you can minimize any loose, large objects near your house, the better you can protect yourself from flying debris. Remember to secure any patio furniture or garden sculptures.  Even better, try to bring everything you can indoors for the duration of the storm.

Keeping your trees pruned and removing any dead branches well before the storm begins will make a big difference in high winds.

Keep Gutters Clear So Water Can Flow

It’s a good idea to regularly clean out your gutters and downspouts and make sure nothing blocks flowing rain water or melting snow throughout the year.  But, is especially important to make sure nothing is blocking your water flow before a major storm. 

If the heavy rains can’t flow down and away, they could end up pooling on your roof and leaking into your attic, creating significant and costly damage to your home.  So, make sure to conduct a visual inspection of your gutter and downspouts to ensure rain will flow away from your roof and home.

Make Sure You Have a Working Sump Pump and Emergency Generator

One way to ensure your basement or crawl space will stay dry during any potential flooding is to install a sump pump system.  Also having an emergency generator on hand can be useful for any power loss you may experience during a major storm.  You may consider installing a whole-house system, but even a small generator can keep the essentials going and help you withstand the worst of the storm’s after-effects.

Stock Up on Basic Supplies

It’s a good idea to keep on hand at least a three-day supply of basic necessities. This includes drinking water, food that doesn’t need refrigeration, a first aid kit, any prescriptions or other necessary medications, and personal hygiene items. You’ll probably also want a supply of batteries, a flashlight, and candles, just in case you end up with no electricity.

Some additional items recommended by FEMA include:

  • Copies of important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Sleeping bags and warm blankets
  • Change of clothing
  • Paper towels and plastic utensils, plates, and cups
  • Books and games to pass the time.

If your home does sustain significant storm damage, it is a good idea to enlist the help of trained storm damage specialists as soon as you can.  A fast response can limit the extent of the damage and significantly reduce your overall costs. Remember SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry is THE only restoration company who can handle storms like Sandy - we can rely on many of our SERVPRO franchises throughout the country to come and help.

Flash Floods a Real Spring Concern

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

The Hackensack area has had its share of flooding problems, mostly due to its proximity to the Meadowlands and several major rivers. Durng heavy spring rains, flash floods can be a real threat to the area. Flash floods can be devastating and dangerous, and oftentimes there is no warning.

Causes of Flash Floods

Flash floods typically happen when there’s a sudden storm, and the ground soil can’t absorb all the water that’s quickly streaming in.

The most common causes of flash flooding include:

  • Rain for an extended time (e.g. during a tropical storm or hurricane)
  • Sudden heavy rain in a short time span
  • Dam failures
  • Rapid thawing of snow build-up
  • Overflow in man-made sewers and storm drains

It’s important to understand the difference between a flood warning and a flood watch:

  • Flood Warning – a flood is expected within 30 minutes to an hour
  • Flood Watch – the conditions are right for a flood, and you should continually check to see if a Flood Warning develops

If a flood warning is issued, you probably won’t have much time to take action, so it’s important to be prepared and know what to do:

  1. Pay attention to instructions from local authorities – there may be a mandatory evacuation or a recommended evacuation to designated shelters or areas. 
  2. Protect your home – if there is no need to evacuate, be sure to secure your home by closing all windows and doors and staying up high away from possible flooding.
  3. Pay attention to water sources – if you find yourself near any bodies of water, from oceans to rivers to lakes to streams, keep a close eye on water levels and be prepared to leave if necessary. Storm drains or drainage ditches could also cause problems.
  4. Avoid driving and walking through flooded areas – many flood-related deaths are the result of people who are trapped in the cars or swept away by the flood waters. 

Flash Flood Cleanup

Make sure to remove all the water and dry the affected area as quickly as possible. Whether you hire professional cleanup and restoration services or can manage the cleanup work yourself, the process typically involves the following steps:

  • Removing all standing water
  • Properly disposing damaged materials
  • Quick-as-possible drying and dehumidifying
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Rebuilding and restoring

After a flash flood, it’s important to dry the affected area as soon as possible in order to minimize the extent of the water damage. This is why many people turn to experts like SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry, as we guarantee fast, thorough cleanups with our expertly trained technicians and advanced professional-grade equipment. We’ll even help you work with your insurance.

Basics of Smoke Damage

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damage from a fire, no matter how large or small, can be devastating. Oftentimes smoke damage can be long lasting, which is why it is so important to take care of it immediately.

Behavior of Smoke

A fire loss can be very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke. SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry undergo extensive fire restoration training and certification, and understand the behavior of smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas.
  • Smoke migrates to upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.

This enables us to take care of smoke throughout the entire home or office.

Knowing how smoke penetrates and lingers is only one part of being able to mitigate smoke damage. Knowing what types of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process as well. 

Types of Smoke

  • Wet smoke- Plastics and Synthetics
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry smoke- Paper and Wood
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, dry. Powdery, non-smeary residues. Heat rises therefore the smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire.
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs
    • While “puff backs” can create havoc for property owners, SERVPRO professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other smoke related services we offer are:

Content Cleaning

  • Smoke and soot residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in periodically resurfacing odors if not properly deodorized.
  • All salvageable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition when possible. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, electronics, clothing, photos, kitchen items, bedding and much more.

Deodorization

  • SERVPRO provides specialized services
    that rid structures of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.
  • Proper deodorization is vital as odors may appear to be gone, only to reappear months later under different conditions, including when humidity levels rise.

It is important to understand why calling us in the event of a fire, no matter how large or small. The professionals at SERVPRO Hackensack/Little Ferry will help get you back to your lives and jobs as soon as possible.

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call us today for an estimate or proactive cleaning today.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

What to Dispose (and What to Keep) After Fire Damage

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

damaged treadmill from a fire Damaged electronics such as a treadmill pictured above is an example of something that should be desposed after a fire.

Fires can be devastating to a home or business, potentially damaging everything in their wake.

If your home or business suffers a fire, you should definitely throw out anything that has been melted, burned, or otherwise visibly damaged by the flames, heat, and/or smoke.

However, sometimes, it’s difficult to tell what can be salvaged and what should simply be tossed. Here is a quick guide to help you start to make decisions as you cleanup from a fire.

Four items you should definitely throw away:

Food Exposed to Fire and Heat

  • Any foods that come contact with the flames, smoke, high heat, or firefighting substances  (especially if the packaging was already opened).
  • Foods stored in the refrigerator or freezer if the temperatures reached higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit for longer than 2 hours.
  • If smoke, soot, or fire entered the refrigerator/freezer, just stay on the safe side and toss everything.

Fabrics

  • Any clothing, bedding, carpeting or other fabric that has sustained major burning should just be disposed.
  • Anything charred or significantly burned.

Mattresses

Mattresses that have been stained or burned by fire should just be disposed as they may now be structurally unsafe and/or carry contaminants. 

Medicine and Cosmetics

  • If prescription medicines have been affected by a fire, you should contact your doctor immediately.
  • It’s best to replace them as you don’t want to risk becoming sicker from potential contamination.

Three examples of items that can often be salvaged after a fire.  

Hardwood

Luckily, hardwood floors can often be saved, unless there is extreme burning or charring.

You can often use an oil soap made especially for wood to clean off stains, and then sand and refinish your hardwood to restore it.

Glass

Glass, if it doesn’t melt, is often resilient to fires.

If your glass is simply stained, try cleaning it with white vinegar or dish soap. You can also try to soak it in vinegar and baking soda.

Metal

Metal may stain, but often can withstand the heat and flames.

To clean mental, use vinegar or dish soap and then try to gently sand and paint the metal.

Note: never try to keep items that may be melted, charred, or rendered structurally unsafe. 

If you need help trying to salvage and/or restore your property and belongings after a fire, our team of experts here at SERVPRO Hackensack / Little Ferry is close by and ready to help!  Whatever the size of your fire damage, we have the know-how, training, and tools to help you deal with it and move forward.