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Commercial Water Damage’s Ability to Slow Down Your Business | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

a zoomed in view of a wooden floor showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen are your local commercial restoration company. We will always be here to help and get you back in business.

Water is a powerful force that can have serious negative impacts on the normal operations of a business. Flooding often comes from an internal source, like burst pipes or a leaky roof. This can also occur from broken plumbing and faulty sprinkler systems.

However, this damage can also begin from natural causes, which we often see here in New Jersey. We experience powerful storms that dump thousands of gallons of water onto our region, potentially causing the local Saddle River to overflow and flood our neighborhoods. Our region sees over 47 inches of precipitation annually, which is over 20% higher than the national average!

Knowing the proper steps to take can prevent major damage and recover quickly. Follow these helpful tips to stay on track with your restoration process.

Know Your Building’s Layout

Knowing the different water cutoff points around the property, like the fire sprinkler system and the building’s water main cutoff valve, is important. Ensure that many people are aware of these safety features so that there is always someone who can help inside the business.

Know the Types of Water Involved

You should also understand the type of water involved, as this is a crucial factor in determining the overall severity of the problem. This can help you make better decisions for your business and the safety of everyone inside.

White water: This type of water most commonly results from plumbing problems. It’s not considered contaminated and is safe to handle yourself in small amounts.

Gray water: Sink drains and toilet tank overflows produce this type of flooding. The water is contaminated but not considered dangerous.

Black water: Sewage backups and storm flooding are common sources of highly contaminated black water. Always call in a professional to deal with this type of toxic water damage.

Take Action Quickly

You should attempt to shut off the water source as quickly as possible. Then you can circulate air through open windows and doors, but it’s also crucial for you to alert everyone inside the building of the affected zones.

After these three things, spend time documenting any visible damage to expedite the insurance claims process, and you’ll have reference photos for your restoration provider.

Remember to Be Patient

As always, the water damage you see is just a piece of the overall damage. Soaked insulation and moldy support frames are only a couple of signs of hidden water damage. The overall drying and cleaning process can take up to a week before repairs actually begin, so stay patient with our team as we get your building back to preloss condition.

When you suffer water damage at your commercial property, call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for a quick response. Our experts will handle the entire process with industry-leading equipment to quickly get you back in business.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

Why SERVPRO? Because We’re Your Next Door Restoration Professionals | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO crew unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No job is too big or small. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen today to schedule your estimate.

Choosing SERVPRO is a good decision for multiple reasons, including our expertise in every type of restoration. Whether it’s fire, water, storm or mold, we have special remediation services that can keep your building safe.

We also offer specialized services for biohazard removal or graffiti that needs cleaning.

But the most crucial of our SERVPRO qualities is that we are local and in business for over 25 years! Being locally owned and operated is important, and here’s why.

3 Reasons Being Locally Owned Is a Difference-Maker

You need a partner that understands the local risks and needs of the people it provides for:

1. We Can Respond Fast

You can’t afford to waste time during a disaster, as delaying the process can cause damage to escalate and affect more of your home with every passing second. This can lead to higher costs overall and lengtheir repair times.

Selecting SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen can ease your stress. We’re ready for action 247, and we’re always nearby, so you can get assistance fast!

2. We’re Prepared for Local Weather Conditions

Being your neighbor means that we experience the same weather patterns that you do. However, we pool our resources ahead of time when severe storms are inbound so we can be first on the scene when trouble arrives.

We understand the kinds of severe storms that happen here in New Jersey, especially when hurricane season rolls around. Combined with the fact that we see over 46 inches of annual rainfall, it’s important to have a provider that knows your risks.

3. We Know Bergen Front and Back

Many other companies come from other states or cities to handle your restoration needs, but that shows that they won’t know the region or what makes your scenario different. SERVPRO is truly local in every sense, knowing about the various things in our community, like the town  of Mahwah and the County parks.

Knowing how weather events will impact the surrounding region gives us a big advantage. We are also familiar with local government regulations so that we can move your paperwork through the system quickly, getting your restoration started fast.

An Extra Benefit

So, the next time a disaster hits us, you can rest assured that we’ll be there! Our restoration is typically done by our local experts, but we can also call in the cavalry for extra support.

These are two of the many ways SERVPRO benefits you: We are locally owned and know how the region works and we have the backing of a national brand, so don’t hesitate to call when you need assistance!

When disaster strikes your home or your business, we’re the team you can trust—located right here, close to home. Get in touch today to get started!

Protect Your Property From Floods With These Tips | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to get the restoration process started right away.

It doesn’t matter where you live—protecting your property from flooding is a key part of owning a home. It takes only an inch of water to begin serious destruction, so even low-risk regions must take action to prepare.

You can prepare the inside and outside of your home in many ways, but the best way to start is by learning about our regional risks. In New Jersey, we see flooding fairly regularly, given our low altitude and proximity to the coast. Nor’easters frequently rip through, leaving our streets soaked and our properties flooded.

After you know about the disasters we might see, you can begin to prepare for them the right way.

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

Weather is often unpredictable, meaning that heavy rainfall can fall out of the sky at random, leaving you wading through the water trying to save your yard. However, you can take time to prepare your home’s exterior to mitigate the risks.

Clean your gutters regularly and consider using landscaping techniques that direct water away from the structure of your home. You can also create one or more rain gardens around your property that will absorb excess water, keeping it away from your house.

Use these tips before the next storm arrives to ensure that the rush of floodwater won’t consume your home.

Flood Protection From the Inside

It’s equally as important to protect the inside of your home, and this starts with stopping any external sources of water. Inspect your foundation or basement and seal any creeks that may exist. If you frequently suffer flooding on your lowest level, consider adding a sump pump for added protection.

It’s important to note that flooding can begin from within your home, too, but with routine maintenance, you can lower the chance of this disaster affecting you. Check your plumbing and faucets for signs of damage or leaks, and address any issues immediately so that the damage can not compound.

Floodwater is disastrous regardless of where it comes from. Items like photographs, clothes and documents will suffer immediate damage upon contact with water, so keep anything truly integral inside a waterproof container.

To be most prepared, practice an emergency plan with your family and remember to follow it during the next storm so everyone can stay safe from the potential flood.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed

Protect Your Home From Water Damage With These Tips | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

A man reading the newspaper at a table in a kitchen with water raining down on him. Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to get the restoration process started right away.

Water Damage can cause major problems to your Bergen County home. Whether you are dealing with broken pipes or a natural disaster, any number of things can cause flooding at your property. Besides the damage to any of your belongings and appliances, you have to find a way to get the water out of the home, and completely dry out the premises in order to avoid a problem that is compounded by unwanted mold growth. If you are dealing with water damage in Bergen County, the first step is to begin the water removal process.

It is always best to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen when the job is too big for you, and you don't have the equipment or manpower to properly complete the water removal process. Also, notify your insurance company and take pictures of everything before any work is done at your property. If you are going to get any kind of insurance payout, it will be necessary to have proof of the full extent of water damage at your property.

What you should do Before SERVPRO Arrives:

Think about electricity before you enter the property or space until you know it is safe.

Remove any contents you don’t want that have water damage.

Move contents to higher level if there is no water damage to them.



What WE do when we arrive to your property:

Once we are sure it is safe to actually go into the flooded area of the building, we dress in protective gear, because it is a possibility that the water is contaminated.  At this time our SERVPRO Production Manager assesses the damage, and will guide you through the process of insurance claims, give you an estimate and the best course of action to clean up the damage.

Water Removal:

We will now be able to remove what needs to be replaced, from dry wall to flooring. Then the Service Technicians will arrive in our “SERVPRO Green Trucks” with the required equipment of portable water extraction units to remove any standing water. After the water is removed air movers, fans, and/or floor drying mats can be place to completely dry the area.

What WE do after the water and moisture is removed:      

When the water has been removed, along with any damaged belongings, we will need to perform a thorough cleaning with a disinfectant. This ensures that secondary damage does not occur and your home is clean and dry. Now the rebuilding process can begin.

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

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for all of your water damage needs we have 24 hour/7 days a week emergency service.

Call today (201) 236-2400!

This Is Why Severe Storms Are Dangerous for Homeowners | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

8/26/2022 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen your first call. 201-236-2400

High-powered storms can bring many disasters to your doorstep. From extreme winds to heavy rains and flooding, they can all do serious damage to your home.

The type of storm and the events it causes can expose your home to multiple kinds of damage. Calculating your home’s potential level of damage is complicated and involves looking at your home’s qualities, age and the landscape surrounding it.

It’s essential to have basic storm damage knowledge, but it’s especially important for us in New Jersey, where powerful storms are common. Our regional government has created Weather Ready, which offers everything from a hyperlocal weather radar to tips about how we can prepare for these kinds of disasters.

Look below at the main types of damage so you can better understand how to prepare for them:

Wind

Wind damage takes place when structures face strong gusts that can rip roofs off the building or even tear walls apart. While tornadoes and hurricanes are usually the culprits, traditional thunderstorms can cause 100 mph winds as well.

To prepare for wind damage, remove any excess limbs, large rocks or toys that might become dangerous debris during a powerful weather event. This will limit the number of objects that could potentially damage your home.

You should also have your roof inspected regularly to ensure it is able to withstand intense wind and storms.

Water

The damage that water can cause during and after a storm is also significant. High-volume rains can allow water to collect around your home, seeping inside through any possible location.

To mitigate the level of destruction from water, think about using landscaping methods that direct water away from your home. Or you could create a rain garden on your land to collect excess rainwater and prevent flooding.

You should also maintain your gutter so that they can assist with removing water from the roof. When water can collect up there, the results can be catastrophic, potentially even a roof collapse.

Impact

Damage done through impacts is another big problem with storms. Falling trees or flying debris are two of the main ways that this affects us, but you can help prevent impact damage.

By trimming trees around your home and removing any dead ones, you can lower the risk of one falling onto your home. You should also secure other objects outside of your house that could be picked up by wind and thrown into your structure or property, causing damage.

Weather disasters resulted in approximately $145 billion in damages last year in this country. This is why it’s important to follow these steps and take action before the storm strikes. Doing so could help you save countless amounts of money and stress associated with recovering from a disaster.

If you do happen to suffer storm damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen immediately. Our expert team will come ready for action, with a can-do attitude that will have you back in your home before you know it!

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

Here’s How Knowing Emergency Alerts Could Keep You Safer | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign Know who to call when the next storm hits, call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen 201-236-2400.

In our country, we use at least 42 different kinds of weather alerts, split between seven categories that cover every kind of weather event. This is too much for one person to know off the top of his or her head, especially when panicking during an extreme storm.

One thing that’s very important to know is the meanings of warnings, watches and advisories that could be issued for our area. Knowing these can help you decide what the next step is quicker, giving you more time to prepare.

It’s important to know about all kinds of weather, but it’s crucial for you to be aware of the most common events that we see here in New Jersey.

<h4alerts-are-issued">How Alerts Are Issued

Do you know how weather alerts are issued and planned? Well, the process is complex and affected by multiple factors. Weather forecasts make a prediction, but the severity, location and size of the storm require a lot of data to understand.

The National Weather Service is the main organization responsible for forecasting, collecting data and issuing warnings. They have split the country into six categories, each with its own headquarters, along with hundreds of local offices. Here in Bergen, we fall under the Eastern Region headquarters, which allows us to have more specialized alerts.

The NWS has many employees, including meteorologists and astronomers who collect data and formulate forecasts for the country. They use information from satellites, seismic meters and even the sun’s activity to create the most accurate predictions possible.

<h4most-important-alerts-to-understand">The Most Important Alerts to Understand

The most basic knowledge that everyone should have is the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” These terms are used in virtually every extreme weather event, including thunderstorms, winter storms and floods.

A watch is telling you that a storm is closing in, and it has the potential to be dangerous for the people in your area. However, these alerts are often issued for large areas, with the main goal of keeping everyone up to date with the current situation.

A warning is only issued when danger is approaching your area quickly. These alerts are typically only for a single city or county, and they are highly specific. When a warning is issued for your area, you should begin taking immediate measures to protect your home and yourself.

It’s also very important for you to understand the weather that we see here in New Jersey, and in Northwest Bergen specifically. Having this information can help you prepare for the events that will likely put us at risk. We see an incredible 48 inches of rain per year, which is approximately 24% more than the national average.

<h4your-home-during-a-storm">Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Knowing what your local weather alerts mean is the best way to stay safe during extreme weather events, but you can also take action and reduce the damage done to your home with a few simple steps.

Clearing your gutters and securing your outdoor furniture can really help you slow storm damage, as clogged gutters can easily cause flooding during a thunderstorm.

Additionally, you should create an emergency plan for your household to help keep everyone safe from disaster.

Once the storm is gone, take plenty of photos and videos of any damage your home has suffered. Then, call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, since we’re available 247 to assist you with all cleanup and restoration.

As we said previously, the more you know about the weather risks in your area, the better you can prepare for them. Stay aware of the emergency alerts, and follow the guideline from your local officials for the best chance of weathering the next storm.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Spring & Summer Safety Tips for SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Sparks from a fire. Your local SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Service Technicians are on hand 24/7 for emergencies

Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to learn more.

Spring and Summer has a way of filling us with life, especially with  warmer weather and the social activity that comes with it.

For many, the ultimate social activity is the backyard barbecue. Graduation parties, wedding engagements and family reunions all call for a grilling session or a night around the fire pit.

But these bring with them an inherent rise in fire incidents. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year.

Since spring is underway and summer around the corner, let’s go over a few fire safety basics for the backyard.

The grill. The grill is a staple of many households in spring and summer, and it’s responsible for much of the activity around festive gatherings. It’s also the prime suspect for accidental fires, because of its unique juxtaposition of flames, high heat, grease and sometimes combustible gas. So be extra careful with those hot dogs. Make sure your grill is working properly and is situated on level ground away from anything flammable. Don’t use accelerants like lighter fluid or gasoline to stoke the fire, and don’t neglect cleaning the grill between uses. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. The grill pit has become a favorite backyard item for many homeowners, and it’s a place where conversation and camaraderie seem to come easy. Just make sure that you’re operating yours safely and attended to at all times. Never allow unsupervised kids or pets near the fire. Don’t add leaves or pine needles to the fire; they create embers that can easily be carried away by the wind. And always have a large bucket of water, which you can use to extinguish the fire (slowly, not all at once), or catch any wayward flames or ash.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Clean your chimney while your mind is on fire safety, so you’re not starting the fall with a chimney full of ash and layers of soot. And take the vent pipe off your dryer to remove any lint that might be stuck in it. (Do this again in six months, too.)

Your local SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Service Technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Did You Know? Cleaning Your Dryer Vents Regularly in Your Bergen County Home Is Important

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

A dryer with fire damage and burn marks on the back. Call our SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen team at 201-236-2400 for any questions regarding services.

As a premier fire restoration company in Bergen County, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen and our team of Service Technicians  often deal with many home fire cleanups that are caused by a clogged dryer vent.

According to FEMA , failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. 

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home or business, clean your dryer vents on a regular/monthy basis.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load. Also, make sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird's nest, or other potential obstacles. 

For more information visit  https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen will treat your family with empathy and respect and your Bergen County property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen wants You To Be Ready For Any Type of Storm

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is available 24/7 for emergency services call us at 201-236-2400.

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

If your home has water damage due to a storm, call the professional cleanup crew at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen (201)236-2400 to help we offer storm damage cleanup and restoration visit Storm Damage Cleanup Services for more information. 

SERVPRO Is Ready to Help With Every Disaster | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van" No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is only a phone call away.

We can relate to the struggles of business owners, as our SERVPRO location is independently owned and operated. We know how difficult it is to balance 20-plus things at once, all while running the everyday operations of a business. An unexpected disaster ruining everything would be the worst outcome for every business owner.

While none of us are able to perfectly predict or prevent natural disasters, we are all able to prepare for them.

We know that damage to the home can be just as stressful, too. Attempting to recover after sustaining any level of damage can be an overwhelming and painstaking process.

To get your home ready for handling destruction, you should make an effort to form an emergency plan. This starts by learning the kinds of disasters that we face most often.

Our American Red Cross has created a great website to help Americans prepare with information about general emergency preparedness. Our government has created 2-1-1 New Jersey, which is aimed at getting all of us in this state ready for our common disasters.

It’s likely that every homeowner and business owner will experience damage at some point. However, it’s always important for you to begin restoration quickly so that you can get the best results. Here is why we should be first in your mind:

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We understand that no two situations are alike. Although many disasters happen that require restoration in the United States, every situation will be different.

To show this, there are more than 14 million homes in this country that face annual flooding risks, but the damage each one suffers will vary for a number of reasons. Our experts are trained to handle any damage regardless of its scale.

We will begin by getting an understanding of your circumstances so that we can provide the best solution for you.

We are available 24 hours a day. On the topic of restoration, the most important thing to remember is that you need to act quickly. Not only does this prevent more damage from happening to your home, but it can also lower the costs of restoration significantly.

As water gets inside your home, it will likely damage your flooring, fabrics and furniture almost immediately. Even worse, as water is allowed to soak in, it will allow mold to grow exponentially throughout the affected areas. This is why our team is on call 247 so that you can get started immediately.

We provide more than simply damage restoration. Instead of merely restoring the damage to your home, we can help you every step of the way.

Our professionals are happy to help pack things away and prevent further destruction, and we can speak with your insurance company to make that process go better. We always strive to provide you with the best assistance in any way that we can.

Regardless of the damage you may face, your restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen will be there for you! Our team has years of experience handling every kind of damage so you can feel confident going with us.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.