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Disaster Emergency? SERVPRO is Available 24/7

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

If you're a believer in Murphy's Law, then it is inevitable that a disaster will strike at 5:00 p.m. on a Friday, or over the weekend when the office is closed.

Because water and fire losses are so unpredictable, SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry is ALWAYS available, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Within minutes, water will quickly spread, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Within the first 24 hours drywall begins to swell and break down, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and furniture begins to swell and crack. The earlier SERVPRO can get to the scene, the faster water can be extracted from the area and the important step of drying and mitigation can begin.

Fire and smoke is especially destructive. Not only does the structure suffer physical damage, smoke and soot can creep into tiny spaces and settle there, leaving a lingering odor and settling in air ducts, furniture, clothes, and crevices.  In many instances property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

Immediate response can mean all the difference. 

If you wait too long, there is the possibility of  the appearance of mold and mildew, wood flooring begins to swell and warp or metal and paint being affected. The longer an area remains unmitigated, restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

It also means that you will get your business back up and running much sooner the faster you call SERVPRO in. 

So remember that SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Feryy is available day or night, we are always on call, and we’re always here to help.

SERVPRO Is Your Trusted Partner When It Comes to Cleaning Up Biohazards at Your Business

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

When accidents happen at your business or commercial property, the effects can be severe. When the accident involves biohazards, you have to be extra cautious to make sure everything is cleaned up and restored properly.

A biohazard is defined as “a biological agent or condition that is a hazard to humans or the environment.” Some biohazards include pathogens such as MRSA or hepatitis that are known to be highly infectious. Because of the health risks, you should never attempt to cleanup biohazards on your own.

Our expert professionals have the specialized training and equipment that is necessary to properly cleanup biohazards and prevent the risk of further contamination.

While every situation is different, there are several steps that are common to most biohazard cleanups. So that you know what to expect if you’re in need of biohazard cleanup assistance at your business or commercial property, here’s a step-by-step guide:

Assessment and Establishing Safety Protocols

The process typically begins with an assessment in which we determine the extent of the risk and damage and decide on the appropriate cleanup response.

Before beginning any cleanup, you must establish proper safety protocols. Sometimes an area might need to be quarantined with bio-tape and plastic sheeting. It’s important to follow the right safety measures to prevent further contamination.

Discarding Contaminated Items

The next step is to remove any contaminated items or materials from the scene that can’t be salvaged. Items are typically secured in specialized biohazard bags before being removed from the premises.

Sanitization

Once the area has been cleared, it’s time to disinfect and deodorize the area, often done in multiple steps using several different commercial- or hospital-grade cleaners that have proven to be effective and safe for biohazard cleanup. Deodorizers are also used to keep odors from developing as time passes.

Safe Disposal of Biohazards

In order to prevent contamination, any of the items that may have been exposed to biohazards are disposed according to established government regulations and industry standard best practices.

Restoration

If restoration and/or reconstruction is necessary, this will be the final step of the process.

It’s common for walls to need to be repainted or wooden floors to need to be re-finished. Your cleanup and restoration professional will be sure to discuss any necessary restoration steps before the work begins.

If you require help with biohazard cleanup and restoration for your business or commercial property, just call our team at SERVPRO Hackenask/Little Ferry.

What to Expect With Your Commercial Loss Restoration

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

exposed damaged floor in hallway Removal of damaged carpeting and flooring begins during a water loss restoration in an office building.

SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry has been the cleanup and restoration leader in New Jersey for over a decade. We’ve helped many business owners deal with the aftermath of a water or fire disaster and make sure they are up and running for business again as soon as possible. We know how important it is to be prepared so you can deal with the cleanup process ASAP and get back to serving your customers.

To help you understand what to expect from the cleanup process, here’s a step-by-step guide:

Create a Safety Zone

During any restoration process, it may be necessary to establish a safety perimeter, especially around standing equipment and removed building materials.

Remove Any Non-Salvageable Items

Our SERVPRO team of restoration professionals is committed to salvaging and repairing as much as possible. 

In particular, items like carpeting or wooden furniture that can become saturated with contaminated water may not be safe to try to repair.  When this happens, these non-salvageable items will be properly bagged and removed from the area for safe disposal.

Sanitize

Once the affected area has been cleared out, next it is time to clean and disinfect.

The specific cleanup process will vary depending on the nature of the accident, but in all circumstances, a commercial-grade disinfectant will be used to thoroughly sanitize the area and prevent any further issues. 

Seal

Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to seal-up certain surfaces in order to remedy odors and stains.

It is common for drywall to need to be repaired.  Other surfaces that may need sealing might include plaster, concrete, or certain wooden surfaces.

Reconstruct

Once your damaged property has been thoroughly cleaned and sealed up, it will be time to start the restoration and reconstruction process.

Maybe it’s just your floor that needs to be restored, or maybe there’s a whole section of a building that needs to be reconstructed.  Whatever the size of the problem, you can rest assured that our professionals of SERVPRO will be able to handle it. 

Cleaning Up Biohazards at Your Business

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Two men dressed in protective gear Working a biohazard cleanup means protecting the environment and yourself from potential harmful pathogens that could become a health risk.

When accidents happen at your business or commercial property, the effects can be severe. When the accident involves biohazards, you have to be extra cautious to make sure everything is cleaned up and restored properly.

A biohazard is defined as “a biological agent or condition that is a hazard to humans or the environment.” Some biohazards include pathogens such as MRSA or hepatitis that are known to be highly infectious. Because of the health risks, you should never attempt to cleanup biohazards on your own.

While every situation is different, there are several steps that are common to most biohazard cleanups. So that you know what to expect if you’re in need of biohazard cleanup assistance at your business or commercial property, here’s a step-by-step guide:

Assessment and Establishing Safety Protocols

The process typically begins with an assessment in which the professional will determine the extent of the risk and damage and decide on the appropriate cleanup response.

Before beginning any cleanup, the professionals will establish proper safety protocols. Sometimes an area might need to be quarantined with bio-tape and plastic sheeting. It’s important to follow the right safety measures to prevent further contamination.

Discarding Contaminated Items

The next step is to remove any contaminated items or materials from the scene that can’t be salvaged. Items are typically secured in specialized biohazard bags before being removed from the premises.

Depending on the situation, it may even be necessary to remove sections of your carpeting or drywall, which is why the cleanup process frequently does involve restoration too.

Sanitization

Disinfection is often done in multiple steps using several different commercial- or hospital-grade cleaners that have proven to be effective and safe for biohazard cleanup. Deodorizers are also used to keep odors from developing as time passes.

Safe Disposal of Biohazards

After everything is disinfected, it will be time to systematically take down any quarantine structures and materials that may have been used.

In order to prevent contamination, any of the items that may have been exposed to biohazards are disposed according to established government regulations and industry standard best practices.

Restoration

If restoration and/or reconstruction is necessary, this will be the final step of the process.

Here at SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry, we’ve certainly seen our share of accidents requiring special cleanup due to biohazards. Our expert professionals have the specialized training and equipment that is necessary to properly cleanup biohazards and prevent the risk of further contamination.

If you require help with biohazard cleanup and restoration for your business or commercial property, just call our team and we will be there "Faster to any disaster."

A Commercial Cleaning

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of Aldi Supermarket SERVPRO can clean and remediate any size commercial space.

Cleanliness is always a key component of a professional reputation. Customers, clients, and colleagues will always respond more favorably to a well-kept, fresh atmosphere.  Plus, you need to make sure your commercial property is a safe environment for all who enter.  This includes being proactive about potential hazards.

To help make sure your place of business is as clean as it ought to be, here’s a commercial cleaning checklist:

  • Clear out all gutters
  • Inspect for and remove any mold and mildew growth
  • Make sure air ducts and HVAC systems are clean and functioning properly
  • Deep clean any carpets or upholstery
  • Remove the accumulation of dirt, grease, and contaminants from hard floors, walls, and ceilings

Everyday wear and tear can build up overtime until the problem goes beyond the capabilities of your janitorial staff. Plus, certain challenges, like removing biohazardous contaminants, should always be left to specially trained professionals with the equipment, tools, and industrial grade products needed to restore your commercial property to business as usual.

SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry has been helping local business maintain their high standards of safety and cleanliness with a range of commercial cleaning services from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing odors to restoring damaged property.

Remember we have all the equipment and staff available for any of your commercial needs, and we're available 24/7 in case of any water or fire emergency.

Be Aware of Mold in Your Commercial Space

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth is NOT a new subject. In fact, many commercial structures end up closing their doors to business for months due to mold contamination.  That is why in any large facility the importance of maintaining that facility to deter water leaks, moisture problems and poor air quality should be the main focus.

Most mold growth is discovered after we get called to remediate a water issue, and we discover it growing behind removed material such as sheet rock, sink vanities, cabinetry, etc. In many instances, the mold growth has gone undetected for months, if not years.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems.

Mold Prevention Tips

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

Potential health concerns are also an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Obviously staying on top of moisture issues is the key to keeping mold under control. 
Should your commercial building need mold remediation, remember that SERVPRO has specially trained technicians that can handle the job. No job is too large or small, and we are available 24/7.

Keep Your Business Safe From Winter Storms  

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

If you own a business that is in a high-risk area for flooding, make sure you are prepared before any storm to keep your business afloat afterward.

Prepare by making sure you locate any important documents and valuables and store them in a location that will be dry and secure. 

Check your gutters and spouts to ensure they won’t be clogged when the storm hits, and make sure to have a working sump pump.

If possible, move any electronics or other costly items to a higher floor or at least try to raise them several feet off the floor to minimize any flood damage.

If your business facility floods, your first responsibility is to keep people safe.

Make sure to turn off electricity in any affected areas.  Even if there’s a power outage, the power may be suddenly restored without notice and could cause a shock hazard. If you choose to enter a damaged building, be cautious of any structural compromises or falling debris.  Keep out of the floodwater as much as possible to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall hazards and bacterial contamination. Be sure to wear protective clothing – including slip-resistant shoes, gloves, eye protection, and a mask – in order to minimize potential risks.

Clean-Up ASAP

When flooding occurs, the quicker you can start your cleaning and restoration efforts, the better your chances of minimizing long-term damage and costs.

Reconstruction can’t happen until the flood-damaged area has been thoroughly disinfected and dried.

Be aware that although surfaces may feel dry to the touch, that doesn’t mean they are thoroughly dried.  If you are able to remove any wet items from the flood-affected area of your business, make sure they dry completely before you bring them back to where they belong.

One thing you can do right away is to encourage drying and control the spread of mold by opening windows and doors to allow for maximum air circulation. If it is safe to do so, you may want to run an air conditioner, fan, or dehumidifier to facilitate greater air flow.

When it comes to flood clean-up, you want to make sure you are thorough.

Anything porous that gets soaked – like carpet, insulation, or molding – may be beyond salvaging. If so, these items will need to be thrown away to prevent risk of disease from contamination.  Items that can be saved will need to be disinfected and washed in the hottest possible water the item can tolerate. Sometimes pressure washing and professional cleaning are the only ways to ensure your items will be safe.

If your business suffer flood damage and requires professional cleaning and restoration, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry has technicians with advanced training, skills, and equipment necessary to clean and restore your business to its pre-flood condition as quickly as possible.

Commercial Property Water Leaks

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by leaky pipes can cause severe property losses for local businesses. Whether the water is slowly seeping from a loose fitting or is suddenly gushing from a burst frozen pipe, commercial property leaks can prove disastrous and disrupt business.

The good new is: many types of leaking water damage are covered by commercial property insurance policies.  However, not all leaks are covered, so, it’s good to be prepared.

To help you understand how to deal with leaks at your commercial property, here’s a helpful guide explaining what kinds of water leaks are typically covered by commercial property insurance policies, and what kinds of leaks are not:

Covered

  1. Sudden Events

If a leak is caused by a pipe or other appliance, such as a water heater, that suddenly breaks, any damage to your commercial property will likely be covered under your insurance policy.

  1. Fire System Damage

While commercial property policies generally won’t cover the repair costs to most broken appliances, they often will cover the cost to replace or repair any damaged parts of a fire protective system, such as a sprinkler.

  1. Building Restoration

Most water pipes are hidden inside walls, ceilings, and floors, so when a leak occurs, it will often be necessary to tear out a piece of the building in order to repair the pipe. Many commercial property insurance policies will cover the costs to restore those parts of the building that had to be removed in order to repair the leak.

Not Covered

  1. Slow Leaks

Many commercial property insurance policies will not cover damage caused by water that has been leaking continuously for 2 weeks or more.

  1. Frozen Pipe Leaks

It’s common for many insurance policies to contain a “freezing” exclusion so that any damage caused by a frozen appliance or liquids that freeze will not be covered.

Here at SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry, we know how important it is to keep local businesses up and running. That’s why we’re trusted by so many business owners in this community to help deal with water damage and restoration issues.

4 Tips to Keep Your Commercial Property Safe During the Holidays

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

The holiday season is full of cheer and good will, but it can also be an especially stressful time for local business owners.  Many small businesses will be experiencing their busiest sales rush of the year, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Other businesses may be closing for a short holiday break or even an extended winter hiatus.  Whatever your business model may be, if you make sure you’re prepared for the holiday season, it can help you prevent problems to your commercial property.

Here at SERVPRO Hackensack/Little Ferry, we’re passionate about keeping this community safe from disasters. As a premier locally owned and operated restoration company, we’ve been providing 24-hour emergency services to local businesses and residences for over 10 years. We understand how important preparation and prevention are to keep businesses protected from winter disasters.   

Let’s keep your commercial property safe this holiday season! Here are 4 simple tips to help make sure your business stays merry and bright:

Be Smart About Safe Holiday Decorations 

  • Choose decorations made of non-combustible materials. 
  • Choose electric or battery-operated candle lights instead of real candles.
  • Make sure not to cover or block: fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, or emergency exit signs.
  • Make sure there is clear access to any and all emergency exits.
  • If you use extension cords, be careful to keep them out of high traffic areas to prevent trips and falls.
  • Be a champion of ladder safety when hanging decorations up high.
  • Make sure all electrical decorations are turned off before leaving the building.

Make Sure Your Building Doesn’t Freeze

Pipes that freeze and burst are a winter nightmare for any business owner. Make sure your building is protected from freezing.

If your building is unoccupied, you should still maintain your thermostats at a minimum of 55 degrees. You may even want to run a small trickle of water to keep pipes from freezing. Use insulation to keep pipes from getting too cold, and open up closet and cabinet doors to expose your pipes to warmer room temperatures. You may even want to install an electric sensor to monitor for early detection of a leak.  

Keep the Roof Clear of Debris or Snow

Before any winter storms hit, make sure to clean leaves, dirt, and debris from your roof.  These can block gutters and downspouts, and if enough debris builds up it can prevent snow from melting, which can lead to heavy snow buildup on your roof.

If/when a storm occurs, make sure you have a snow removal plan in place. You may need to designate an employee or plan for professional snow removal services. What you don’t want is an excess of snow build up, which could cause structural failure or water intrusion into your business.

Make Sure Your Building Is Secure When You’re Closed

Whether you’re shutting down for the winter season or taking a break for the holidays, make sure your business is prepared for safety before everyone leaves. 

Shut down any unnecessary office equipment and double check your building alarms and security. 

If something happens and your commercial property is in need of professional cleaning or restoration services this holiday season, SERVPRO of Hackensack / Little Ferry will be happy to help!  We pride ourselves on being “faster to any disaster” with the highly trained technicians and advanced tools and equipment necessary to get you back to smooth running business operations as quickly as possible.

You can reach us anytime 24/7 at 201-441-1343.

Will You Be Open for Business After a Disaster?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters like water damage, fire damage or flood, no matter how big or small, can never be predicted.  But you CAN prepare for them!


The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.  Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, no matter how big or small.

According to the latest industry research, 50% of all businesses never recover after a disaster. Of the businesses that do open, approximately 75% of those businesses had a plan in place.

One of our most effective tools in helping customers in the event of an emergency is the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile. This profile provides all the critical information needed in emergency situations, and minimizes business interruption.

The main reason to have an ERP done for your facility or home is:

  • It provides a concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • It is a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • It is an identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • It provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

This invaluable service is offered at no cost to our customers, and leaves them with peace of mind that their home, office or school will be ready for whatever happens.

This service can also be done for residential properties, so homeowners can rest assured they have the information at hand when a disaster strikes.

Be prepared! Call SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile and rest easily in knowing that we will be faster to your disaster!

Why You Should Get Your HVAC System Inspected This Fall

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Have you scheduled a routine inspection of your HVAC system for this Fall?

Now is one of the best times of year to make sure your HVAC system is in good running order, before the cold days of Winter begin. Annual routine maintenance is one of the best things you can do to make sure your HVAC system will be operating at top efficiency when you really need it.

If you’re wondering whether an HVAC system inspection is worth it, here are 5 key benefits you should consider:

Safety

If your HVAC system is failing, it can turn into more than just a hassle. A failing HVAC system can endanger you and your family.

Equipment Lifespan

HVAC systems function best when they are inspected, serviced, and cleaned on a routine basis.

If one part of your system starts to malfunction, it can create a domino effect that puts the rest of your system in jeopardy.  Regular maintenance can prevent system breakdown and add years to the lifespan of your equipment.

Lower Energy Costs

If your HVAC system hasn’t been serviced recently, it is probably no longer operating as efficiently as it ought to be.  One significant consequence of this lack of efficiency is higher energy costs for you.

 Just like a tune-up ensures that your car has better gas mileage, maintenance on your HVAC system will make it possible for it to run effectively on less fuel. You may be surprised by just how much you can lower your heating costs this Winter.

Fewer Expensive Repair

If you have your HVAC system inspected regularly, you can catch and fix any problems early before they turn into more extensive and expensive repair projects.

Less Chance of a Total Breakdown

On the coldest days of winter, the last thing anyone wants is a heating system that breaks down leaving you freezing and in need of emergency help.

Here at SERVPRO Hackensack / Little Ferry our specially trained technicians can help save you money and offer you greater peace of mind by performing routine HVAC system inspections.  We can make recommendations for the best ways to address any of your air quality concerns and make sure your HVAC system will run smoothly all Winter long.  To find out more, call us at 201-742-5920

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Bergen County 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.