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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!

The Ways Commercial Damage Affects Our Businesses | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

In the United States, we pride ourselves on the success of our businesses and our economy. Every single person utilizes a business, or multiple, in our daily lives.

The men and women who run our country’s businesses have a lot to handle, from managing the daily operations to handling the complex economics of the company that customers never see. When a disaster strikes, it can really put a damper on business and have dire consequences for the owners.

Natural disasters continue to do increasing amounts of damage to our homes and businesses in the United States. In fact, over the last five years, the NCEI shows that our country has seen over $153 billion worth of damage annually, which is a noticeable increase from the previous period.

Here in Bergen County, we know about the destruction from storms all too well, including storm damage in the summer months. We even frequently see batches of 90 degree-plus heat waves directly after a brutal session of thunderstorms.

Below are the common ways nature can damage our businesses and how to tackle them:

<h2damage">Water Damage

Water is a significant threat to the structure of a business. Excess water and moisture can cause devastating damage over the long-term and often stem from natural causes. Flooding is a common cause of this damage.

Because heavy precipitation occurs fairly frequently, it is important to make sure your building is resilient. Inspect your roof to make sure it’s healthy and substantial. And you should also consider landscaping in a mindful way to redirect water away from your business.

Leaks that go unchecked are another major cause of damage. When wood begins to rot due to the unchecked presence of water, irreparable damage can happen, leading to large parts of your building needing to be replaced. To prevent this, routinely check on your exteriors and keep an eye out for water damage on walls and ceilings.

<h2damage">Storm Damage

Storms are the next leading cause of damage to businesses, and it’s because the destruction can be widespread. While most leaks only damage one building, a storm has the potential to destroy entire blocks of businesses.

Even small storms are able to disrupt the power grid and tear trees out of the ground that can wreak havoc on a building’s structure. The more powerful weather events can even rip off commercial roofs and do irreversible damage that can force the closure or relocation of a business.

While most of the storms in our area cause winds between 10 and 45 mph, strong storms like the ones we see in the warmer months can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms with this level of strength can rip walls apart and even lift large trucks completely off the ground.

While it is possible to limit the damage from storms by installing storm-protective windows and door covers, these ideas can be costly.

But you can also perform simple tasks like checking your window and door seals and inspecting the building on a routine basis to help prevent extensive damage or costly repairs. Prior to a storm, it’s a good habit to remove any potential hazards on your property that could become dangerous debris and hit property or other people.

<h2who-to-call">Know Who to Call

While commercial damage can occur in many ways, water and storm are the most likely. In the event of these things, closing a business to make repairs is doubly costly.

Fortunately, our 247 availability allows us to quickly respond to any disaster you could face. It’s important to our expert team to find the right restoration plan for you and implement it properly.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Restoring Your Bergen County NJ Business after Water Damage

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen cleans and restores commercial office space.

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex, with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and timely response. Whether dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen works 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 professional Service Technicians are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area of your business. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up may be an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen a call (201)36-2400, and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

About SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of both large and small commercial properties after a water damage event. Our staff is fully trained and certified IICRC in water damage restoration. 

Our company has professional grade equipment and cleaning products, and is fully capable of handling any size disaster, even large commercial property spaces.

To learn more about our commercial services read Commercial Services

Be Prepared: Have SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen Develop an ERP for Your Company

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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While SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is important to know that we can also handle commercial losses both large and small.  Those losses go beyond just water and fire though, as we remediate mold and provide general cleaning, disinfection and deodorization services. Here are some tips to help your business recover from any damage disaster. 

Be Prepared

READY Plan App:

We know when emergencies happen there is a lot at stake -- especially at commercial properties. Why not have help at your fingertips with SERVPRO's Ready App! The Ready Plan App is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen, and can be downloaded on your Android device, or iPhone.

Emergency Ready Profile: 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) Report, it gives you and SERVPRO access to critical facility information such as water shut-off valves.  This information helps speed up our response and clean up time.  If you want helping setting up an ERP, call us at (201)236-2400, so we can have Art Holl come out and walk you through the process! 

3 TIPS For Reducing Water Damage To Your Bergen County Business

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

1. Reduce Humidity Levels 

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows,  and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives. 

2. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, after calling your plumber to fix the pipes, calling in SERVPRO as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness.  There may also be a risk of black water contamination that can safely be remediated by our professional Service Technicians. We have PPE gear and professional grade equipment to safely cleanup the damage. SERVPRO Service Technicians will also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels. 

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration 

Service technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery. 

Facing a flood at your Bergen County, New Jersey business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts. Visit ready.gov for more information regarding disaster preparedness. 

Does Your FairLawn Business Have A Fire Emergency Plan

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Does Your Business Have a Fire Emergency Response Plan?

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however the Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business. OSHA suggests the following when creating your plan: 

  • Organize a Preparedness Procedure review with employees to review your company's emergency plan. You may want to select an individual or team to lead and coordinate your emergency plan. 
  • Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. At all times ensure all routes are clearly marked, well lit, unobstructed, and wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel.
  • Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once conducted, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training is needed. 

Every second counts during a fire, help your employees and business by being prepared by having a plan in place.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to help restore your business after the disaster. We have the training, experience and equipment to handle any size fire damage disaster cleanup. 

Read our Fire Do and Don'ts for more tips. 

The Business Partner You Didn’t Know You Had | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

"a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage" SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

As a company owner or manager, you are well aware that operating a flawless operation requires the assistance of all available hands. Significant delays or losses may cause you to permanently close your doors.

Your company already has a secret partner that can assist with all of your cleaning and recovery needs, and it’s practically in your backyard. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is capable of covering a wide range of business needs; it’s as if you had a business partner you didn’t realize was in charge of an important aspect of your company’s success strategy.

Large Loss Recovery. Fires, storms and floods are the most common causes of financial loss for businesses in the United States, and if prompt action is not taken, they may cause considerably more damage. When you call SERVPRO, you’re calling a team of highly trained professionals who are available 24 hours a day to deliver proven emergency services, reducing business interruptions and speeding up the recovery process.

Emergency Ready Plan. If your company has been adequately prepared, recovery may begin even before a disaster occurs. We can assist you in determining the best course of action in the event of a tragedy. You may require an emergency chain of command, alternative meeting or workspaces, and temporary suppliers during a crisis—and we’ll work with you to create it so that all of these plans may be activated with a simple button click.

Cleaning of All Kinds. From highly specialized needs like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to more ordinary requirements like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration, we have a solution for you. We’ve been in this business for a long time and have seen and cleaned just about everything there is to see and clean.

Restoration Services. As a consequence of a storm, flash floods may occur. Interns have the potential to ignite a fire in the kitchen. A water main could burst. Cleaning and repair are required for each of these events. From water removal to restoration, you can rely on us to bring your company back to life after a disaster.

Industry Specialization. There isn’t an industry that we can’t help with, and we’ve spent decades learning their intricacies. We can assist your company with any one-of-a-kind or customized cleaning or restoration requirements. We may even fence the work area in certain situations to avoid interfering with the normal activities of surrounding regions.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Develop Your Emergency Business Plan Today | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans"  If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen will be there to help.

Oftentimes, running a company requires more than typical full-time job hours. Between employees, payroll, and staying current on economic and technical advancements, as well as innovating and presenting a professional image on social media…it’s a lot to manage and can be difficult to strike a balance.

Being so busy, it’s easy to let even important tasks like disaster preparedness slip the mind. But it often just takes one disturbance to derail a company for good. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses are unable to reopen after a catastrophe, and a quarter of those that do reopen are forced to shut within a year.

If the pandemic shutdowns taught us anything, it’s that it’s more critical than ever for companies to have an emergency or catastrophe plan in place. Some 75% of small companies do not have an emergency strategy in place, and that has to change. You’ve worked hard to get your company to this point, and now you should do all that is possible to safeguard it and ensure its continued success.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is committed to assisting companies in the area, such as yours, in being prepared by collaborating with you to develop an Emergency Ready Plan. We help you by assessing your unique requirements and concerns in relation to your location and industry.

We’ll cover everything from flood damage to data recovery, so that in the event of a crisis, you’ll have a strategy in place that reduces delay and impact. You and your staff will understand precisely what to do and when to do it.

Don’t let inadequate preparedness make your company’s journey even more difficult than it already is. Allow SERVPRO’s specialists to prepare you with an Emergency Ready Plan today. It may prove to be the deciding factor in whether or not your company survives a crisis.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Visit our Google Listing at SERVPRO Northwest Bergen Google Page

Commercial Cleaning for Every Business | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen for all your cleaning needs.

Homeowners in Bergen County know that when mold, fire or water cause headaches at home, SERVPRO is the call to make for recovery, restoration and more.

Business owners, likewise, know that we’re the proper partner for businesses suffering from similar fates.

But there’s an additional service business owners can take advantage of at any time, not only when there’s a crisis: ultra-high-grade commercial cleaning services that go far beyond traditional sanitation service.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Size

More so than ever before, it’s important for business owners to present a shopping or commercial experience which makes it clear that the health of customers and employees is at the forefront. And that’s where we can help. We take care of businesses of every ilk, including:

Retailers and malls. Chains and local boutiques equally deserve sanitation and the clean feeling that promotes customer comfort.

Educational facilities and sporting venues. School wipedowns are only clearing half the bacteria from the most heavily used areas of the classroom. We can improve the standard of cleaning to provide a more hygienic learning or athletic environment.

Senior care facilities and hospitals. The environment of healthcare facilities has to be clean to an incredible degree to ensure a safe space for patient care, and nobody is more capable of making it happen than the experts at SERVPRO.

Resorts, hotels and casinos. Whether chips are flying or families are checking in, we’ve got the extra cleaning that high-traffic areas like hotels and convention centers require.

Foodservice facilities. Processing, distribution and service of food calls for a bacteria-free space. We can keep it spotless so you can focus on the vittles.

Managed residences and businesses. Landlords and property managers trust us to provide tenants with healthy spaces and spotless offices.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen does Commercial Water and Fire Damage Cleanup in Northern New Jersey

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Service Technician cleaning water damage in a warehouse. SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen can handle any size commercial water and fire damage disaster.

In the event of an emergency, the Emergency Ready Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility.

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 25 years of experience in mold, water and fire cleanup. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.

By downloading the FREE SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building quickly following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes--resolve to Be READY. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens".

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Contact Art Holl at 201-236-2400. Visit Commercial Services/ERP

Does Your Bergen County Company Have An Emergency Ready Profile?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

ERP=Preparedness

Having an Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is a great opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, employees and family. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. 
  • ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
  • The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens. Call our office today at (201)236-2400 and speak with Art Holl to start your Emergency READY Profile.

If Disaster Strikes Will Your Business Be Ready?

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen is ready to help after a fire or water damage event strikes, but we can also help you prepare your business before disaster strikes.

It is important to prepare before a water or fire disaster occurs to keep your employees, and customers safe. Consider the following steps to help your business better prepare for an emergency situation. 

  1. Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  2. Develop and test emergency communication plans with all employees.
  3. Assemble or update emergency supplies. 
  4. Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  5. Have employees participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class. 
  6. Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  7. Plan with work neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  8. Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  9. Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
  10. Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen to establish a Emergency Ready Profile of your Mahwah, Ridgewood, or any Bergen County commercial property. Then download the READY Plan APP on your digital device to quickly access important information about your property. 

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect your customers, staff, yourself and your property.

Call 201-236-2400.

Disasters Happen: Make Sure Your Business is Prepared

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This September or National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters Happen" and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your employees, company and its infrastructure. This will maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  1. Plan to stay in business-develop a Emergency READY Profile with SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County. 
  2. Encourage your employees to become ready-Download the READY Plan APP
  3. Protect your investment-Plan Ahead

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • No Cost Assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County as your restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authoring work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and critical contact information.

We must all work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, and neighborhoods are ready when disaster strikes.

At ready.gov/business companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County and speak to Art Holl to find out  how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Profile program and APP.

Fire Escape Planning For Your Business

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Can Your Employees Escape a Fire in Under 2 Minutes?

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.

  • Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
  • Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
  • Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen County Service Technicians are trained fire cleanup and restoration professionals with years of experience. If your business has suffered from fire damage event please give us a call at 201-236-2400 to learn about our services or learn more about what to do or NOT do after a fire read our Fire Damage Tips. 

Is Your Business READY? Commercial Disaster Preparedness

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile Application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in to SERVPRO when disaster strikes. The Ready Plan App is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO, and can be downloaded on your Android device, or iPhone.

The application allows both residential and commercial property owners and managers to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, key contacts; stores photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forecasts and more, including our SERVPRO contact information. 

Through the application, the user can quickly call SERVPRO or submit an electronic "First notice of Loss" to the SERVPRO National Call Center setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Rapid response can help the owner evaluate options, and start the insurance process and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal, "Like it never even happened."