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Drying Crawl Spaces in Teaneck Homes to Counter Water Damage

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Back of a SERVPRO van Call the experts at SERVPRO when your Teaneck property experiences water damage.

How Does SERVPRO Address Concealed Areas in Teaneck During Water Restoration?

When water leaks in your Teaneck home, the wetness can reach many problematic areas, including crawlspaces. Leaks can also originate from these areas when a pipe bursts or a joint gives way. Crawl spaces vary, but in general, it is a hollow area under the home floor with a limited height. Whatever the space type or moisture situation, you need a sound plan to dry the affected hidden areas. Some viable moisture management solutions are circulating sufficient volumes of dry air in the concealed area or removing wet materials.

Several problems can develop in your Teaneck home when water damage affects a crawl space. The most common issues include mold growth, bad smell, rot, and pest infestations. Crawl spaces typically get minimal attention, thus allowing the buildup of debris, dirt, and minor structural issues like cracks to develop unnoticed. Also, the internal surfaces in these areas are usually unfinished. Combining these issues complicates moisture management since they necessitate additional actions apart from drying procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate these complexities when coming to your home, thus preparing in advance on how to handle them.

Other confined areas in a home:

  • Attics
  • Wall cavities
  • Cabinet interiors
  • Subfloors

The first step when managing water damage in confined spaces is creating access to facilitate water extraction, cleaning, and drying. Removal of significantly deteriorated materials, especially with mold, is also essential. We can make entry through controlled demolition or by using specialized equipment. SERVPRO offers a significant advantage since our crews are conversant with building procedures, and we bring various handy devices, including prying tools, cutting equipment, and hammers.

Handling Moisture Issues in Concealed Areas

Extracting any standing water is a priority step in managing water damage. A wet vac or a portable extractor with extended hoses are effective tools for handling the extraction. Cleaning the soils deposited by the intruding water or accumulated in the area over time is also essential since it helps combat mold, bad smells, and other issues related to soiling. Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO technicians can conveniently complete cleaning with multipurpose extractors that combine vacuuming and heating capabilities.

Implementing drying procedures helps remove the moisture absorbed by structural materials and the ground area on the crawl space. The main focus should be on:

  • Insulation on the subfloors above the space
  • Structural wood framing
  • Concrete on the floor area

The materials, especially wood and concrete, might exhibit a gradient of moisture whereby the core of the material is wetter than the surface. Drying requires surface evaporation and internal moisture movement. Otherwise, you might think the area is dried because the surfaces look dry, only for problems to develop later. Our SERVPRO technicians facilitate uniform dying by supplying heat and sufficient air currents to promote faster drying. Heating surfaces boost vapor transfer in the material while heating the air improves its ability to hold more water, thus sustaining evaporation from the wet materials. We use air movers and space heaters to enhance drying.

While fixing water damage in a crawl space, it can trigger other unrelated problems. In most cases, utility connections such as gas pipes, electrical wiring, and waste disposal systems pass through these areas. Puncturing or severing any of these connections can lead to unnecessary disruption or personal injuries. Our SERVPRO technicians follow an established safety guideline to limit the chances of such issues developing.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood can help you deal with water damage in any section of your home "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (201) 266-0482.

The Story Soot in Your Teaneck Home Tells About Fire Damage

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car in front of a fire station Soot damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage that smoke and fire has been left behind in your Teaneck home.

What SERVPRO Focuses on in Your Teaneck Home During Fire Restoration?

After a fire at your Teaneck home, soot accumulation is expected. However, you may not clearly understand variations like the amount of residue produced or spread patterns mean. Soot tells a story after the fire, including how intense it was and the types of materials burnt. A professional restoration team can rely on their superior understanding of soot residues to manage fire damage better or establish the resources needed for restoration.

In your Teaneck home, fire damage can be localized in situations like a trashcan catching fire or a stove flaring up. It can also spread widely when various items or structural materials ignite. The number of items or materials left unsalvageable may be minimal with a localized fire since flames and heat are contained. However, soot deposits still spread widely, whether the incident is localized or otherwise. When our SERVPRO technicians inspect your house, we can quickly identify what items are salvageable or not.

Typically, items are rendered unsalvageable when heat or flames damage them significantly. Intense heat and flames can melt parts or consume entire materials. Therefore, household appliances, furniture, and other items are among those you may need to replace. Soot residues may seem less harmful but can still force you to replace items. Accumulation on surfaces causes heavy soiling and staining, while penetration inside appliances can cause varied yet severe problems, including electrical shorts and overheating components, which render the item unusable. Therefore, having a better understanding of the fire residues left in your house can help you change the outcome of the incident.

Some Things You Might Not Know About Fire Residues:

  • Soot amount might not indicate fire size
  • Fire residues are not as uniform as they seem
  • Low or high heat levels can lead to cleaning difficulty

Although soot is one of the expected results of a house fire, what you find after an incident might seem unusual. You may expect a low amount of residues if it is a small fire and vice versa. However, on inspecting the damaged site, the results might prove otherwise. A seasoned restoration team from SERVPRO expects such contradictions since our technicians study combustion processes to understand restoration procedures better.

The Combustion Story

Combustion is a chemical process that turns solid materials into gas. The reaction is fueled by oxygen and gives off significant heat. Incomplete combustion leaves remnant materials, including the carbon particles you identify as soot and aerosols. The quantity or speed at which residues are produced varies, resulting in distinctive solid deposits.

Typical unique outcomes:

  • Heat lines
  • Concealed soot
  • Impinged soot

Heat lines are distinctive boundaries that appear horizontally on wall surfaces with one side, usually, the upper one having a significant accumulation of soot residues compared to the lower one. They occur because of temperature differences between air masses during the fire. The hotter smoke concentrates closer to the ceiling while the colder air sinks to the bottom, causing the unusual residue accumulation on the surfaces they touch. When our SERVPRO technicians observe heat lines, we know that the fire was scorching hot, and cleaning residues above the heat line would be difficult because aerosols and residues might be baked-on.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood understands that each fire damage incident has a unique storyline and strives to find solutions that address each "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (201) 266-0482.

Dehumidification for Teaneck Properties Affected by Mold Damage

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians in PPE around a table Sometimes mold is not visible to the eye but you can smell the musty odor. Contact our team in Teaneck to investigate the situation and find the mold.

How SERVPRO Dehumidifies Teaneck Homes during Mold Remediation

Mold primarily develops because there is moisture in abundance around organic materials. A combination of other factors, including minimal natural light and favorable temperature, worsen the proliferation and mold damage levels. A dehumidifier helps limit the level of moisture in the air and thus can be used as one of the steps to control mold in your Teaneck home.

Dehumidification is a potent tool, but it is rarely used alone when Teaneck properties have mold damage, primarily because it cannot remove the colonies already developing on surfaces. Dehumidification is also likely to control moisture in a building only temporarily. SERVPRO has certified Antimicrobial Remediation Technicians who perform dehumidification correctly and combine it with other remediation procedures to contain microbial growth.

Actions necessary when dehumidifying moldy areas:

  • Managing the airflow levels
  • Drying affected materials thoroughly
  • Timely action

Dehumidifiers draw in humid air, cool it down, leading to condensation, which extracts the water vapor it holds. The drier air is exhausted back into the room. Therefore, even when no separate air movers are used, the dehumidifiers influence airflow, spreading moldy residues around the property. Our SERVPRO teams use dehumidifiers with low airflow to limit the disturbance levels.

Dehumidification works against mold by making external conditions less favorable to the colonies. Therefore ensuring the dehumidification process minimizes moisture to the lowest levels is essential. We can dry materials sufficiently when our technicians use specialized dehumidifiers like Low Grain Refrigerants (LGR) or Desiccant units. We also use units with a higher Pints per Day, PPD, rating for faster completion of the restoration.

Other Solutions to Combine with Dehumidification

As dehumidification lowers humidity inside your home, other processes can help manage different aspects of mold contamination. Running an air filtration device is one such intervention. It helps remove spores and moldy debris from the air, limiting new growth chances since the particulate matter extracted from the air cannot settle on surfaces. The best air filtration devices are layered with filters, including HEPA filters which capture up to 99.97% of particles in the air.

Applying chemicals to moldy surfaces is also essential in killing spores or inhibiting microbial growth processes. Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO technicians use the chemical agents after thoroughly cleaning the areas. Ensuring direct contact with surfaces is also essential to guarantee effectiveness.

Chemicals that help in mold remediation:

  • Biocides
  • Sporicides
  • Fungistats

Dehumidification is only effective if it reaches all the affected areas in your house. Physical barriers that limit air movement, such as wall panels, can hamper the effectiveness of dehumidifiers. Our SERVPRO technicians resolve this through engineering controls. We can demolish some areas to open them up for uninhibited airflow. We can also set up containment barriers to limit air movements within a targeted section of your property.

Demolition is also necessary to remove heavily contaminated porous materials since they might be structurally compromised. The deeply embedded hyphae are challenging to clean. Our experienced crews use a controlled approach when cutting or breaking down materials to limit the spread of moldy residues in the air. Controlled demolition requires using precision cutting tools and evaluating the affected areas to establish mold spread patterns and the location of vital installations such as air ducts and power cables. That way, only the necessary materials are removed.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood performs simple procedures like dehumidification or complex remediation to combat mold damage in your property "Like it never even happened." Call us at (201) 266-0482.

Teaneck Homes Require Fast Water Restoration for Carpeting

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

water extraction from carpet with a wand and vac SERVPRO can mitigate the water damage to your Teaneck home's carpeting and also clean them "Like it never even happened."

Carpet Water Restoration Must Happen Quickly

Many areas of your home or business might suffer the effects of migrating water after a disaster. Few are as sensitive to absorption and mold growth as carpeting, so this must be a mitigation and restoration objective for responding technicians when we arrive.

Extracting Water from a Carpet

Water restoration in Teaneck homes often begins with the saturation and the standing water surrounding the carpeted floors. SERVPRO can only do something to preserve flooring by first addressing pooling on the surface. Water cleanup gets achieved by combining extraction devices from our inventory, beginning with submersible pumps and wet vacuums. Still, it also requires more specialized units like roving weighted extractors or carpet wands in later stages.

Effective Drying with Floating

Floating is one of the standard practices to restore installed carpet materials when recovery professionals determine they can be salvaged. The objective is to remove carpeting on one side from the tacking strip and choose a couple of points on the opposite wall to pull up for relief to prevent carpet stretching. Centrifugal air movers are placed between the carpet and padding layer to dry both of these materials simultaneously; the infusion of this air causes the upper carpet layer to float.

The Equipment for Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning the carpet is only necessary when SERVPRO can sufficiently dry these elements without growing microbial colonies and spreading mold organisms. Prolonged moisture exposure can often lead to mold and mildew, so this must be carefully calculated before time is wasted cleaning the carpet. If it is possible to preserve this installed element, there are multiple premier machines and devices from our inventory capable of helping:

  • Bonnet Cleaning
  • Hot Water Extraction
  • Deluxe Conditioning

A significant obstacle to water restoration for Teaneck homes and businesses is cleaning up damage to the carpeting. With several tools and strategies to help, you can count on SERVPRO of Teaneck/Englewood. Call us at (201) 266-0482.

Selecting A Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Company In Bergen County

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

Appliance After Fire Don’t let your property be a victim of fire damage, SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is only a call away.

Fire Damage Restoration

A home is a prized possession and a big investment for anyone. For most, it is a place for family and fond memories that last a lifetime. Quick decisions make all the difference when you fall victim to fire damage.

When hiring a fire damage restoration team for your Bergen County home, you expect to gain access to certified professionals, industrial-grade equipment, and technicians with years of experience. Sadly, it might not always be the case. Many try to do it their way, pass on certifications and avoid following rules that give those that want to do things right a bad name. To help customers just like you choose a qualified restoration company, here are a few helpful tips.

It never hurts to ask your insurance agency for a referral. If they have had success using a specific company, they will likely work out for you as well. Always make it a point to discuss services offered, certifications, and guidelines followed with each company you contact. You want someone who manages your entire restoration from beginning to end, like SERVPRO.

When discussing your problem with any restoration company, it is essential for them to speak plainly and explain their services in detail. If the company cannot point out why a specific service is necessary, they are not the company for you. You also want access to someone that has operated within the industry for several years; companies like SERVPRO provide far better restoration services than smaller companies in business for less than a year.

The best way to determine the amount of expertise of the company you consider using involves checking how many services they offer. Fire damage to your property involves fire, water, and smoke restoration, extraction, cleaning, deodorization, and repair services. They should offer 24-hour emergency services and make themselves available when you need them, just like SERVPRO.

When facing emergencies in your home, contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood first. We provide the services you need for a stress-free restoration process (201) 266-0482.

SERVPRO Takes the Headache Out of Paperwork After Water Damage to Your Englewood Laundromat

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Person Sitting In a Chair At a Laundromat There is never a good time to have your business closed and not receive revenue. Call SERVPRO after water damage and we will respond quickly.

Quick Action By Our Certified Technicians Will Have Your Water Damaged Business Back Open in Record Time

A laundromat is, by nature, a business that deals with water and suds. Having several washers in one place means that any laundry business is at risk of a leak from a damaged appliance. Even if you keep your washers in good condition, it only takes one fault to cause a flood on your premises.

SERVPRO understands that closing your business doors is not a viable option. You want to get up and running again as soon as you can. That is why we take commercial water damage in Englewood businesses seriously and always respond promptly – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We attend your premises as quickly as we can and immediately start formulating a plan of action to get your doors open again.

One of the most frustrating parts of flood damage is the paperwork. You need to deal with your insurance company and adjusters, and that takes up valuable time that you would rather spend getting your business back on its feet. It is a necessary evil.

We will take some of the stress out of post-water damage paperwork. Our industry software is compatible with a broad range of commercial enterprises. What does that mean for your business? It means that we can generate the appropriate forms for your company and make it easier to get information to your insurance adjuster. Our experts can also liaise with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure they have all the paperwork and details they need to get started on your claim.

Of course, once the paperwork is with the adjuster, it is up to them to do their job while we focus on it. We equip our IICRC-certified technicians with the skills and tools necessary to dry your laundromat. We have free-standing and truck-mounted pumps on hand to get as much water as possible from your premises before drying begins.

When it is time to dry your property, we conduct a thorough assessment that tells us the extent of the damage to the building and its contents. Then we set to work positioning air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans in the perfect configuration for your unique situation. We monitor drying at every stage to ensure we reach our drying goal and your business is left dry and ready to open to the public.

Do not let leaking appliances damage your profits. Call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482 for help.

Can Factors Make Smoke Cleanup Challenging for Teaneck Homes?

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Cloud For fast and efficient service call SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482.

Knowing the behavior of smoke and environmental conditions can help clean Teaneck homes after a fire. 

With the pace of spreading fire damage, immediate mitigation and recovery services can only benefit a home. Our team can respond fast to post-fire cleanup help. 

Factors that Impact Cleaning Smoke Damage 

With a pressing need for fire and smoke restoration in Teaneck homes and businesses after a disaster, our SERVPRO team can get to work fast. Several variables can determine the ease of cleaning up after a fire loss incident. Knowing how the situation can change with these factors means always providing the most efficient and cost-effective restoration solution. Some variables to smoke and fire damage cleanup include:

  • Amount of Heat – The heat of the fire can impact the type of smoke residue left behind, namely dry and wet smoke. 
  • Air Pressure – With hot air expansion during a fire, soot, and smoke can be forced into crevices and more challenging areas. 
  • Affected Surfaces – The type of affected material can affect how easy the cleanup goes. Painted surfaces can often be treated with wet cleaning approaches. At the same time, unfinished wood could be heavily damaged and require more cleaning time and supplies. 
  • Moisture – The presence of moisture in a fire-damaged home (during the blaze and afterward) can impact the soils and residues. Wet smoke damage can stain surfaces and be a considerable challenge to remove without compromising the underlying substrate. 

With many obstacles and hurdles to successful cleaning and restoration after a fire, it is a process that is best left to professionals. Our SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood team has the experience and training to thoroughly clean and restore homes and businesses after a fire. You can reach our team 24/7 by calling (201) 266-0482.

Restoring Flood Damage In Your Bergen County Home

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Concernd Customers If your home is in an area that is flood prone, you need to know some precautions you can take to protect your home from the heavy rains.

Restoring Flood Damage

If your home in Bergen County is in an area that is flood prone, you need to know some precautions you can take to protect your home from the heavy rains. The first thing you should do is install rain gutters and other drainage systems. These help to catch the rainwater and direct it to the ground. You can also grade your lot so that ten feet or so of the ground around your property is sloped at least six inches to funnel away rainwater. Sump pumps, backflow protection devices, and flood insurance are also essential.

When the rainwaters have still gotten past your preventative measures and caused flood damage inside your Bergen County home, you need to act fast to get the water out. The best thing to do is trust professionals like SERVPRO to help you. We have all the training and tools needed to dry your property out again and salvage whatever is possible.

If you do not address the flood water inside your home promptly, your flooring, walls, carpeting, ceilings, and personal property can become damaged fast. An unsafe environment is created because of this, making the perfect environment for breeding rot, bacteria, and mold. Our restoration process consists of two major phases – flood water removal and flood cleanup.

SERVPRO uses professional-grade drying equipment and truck-mounted pumps to dry our home out again. The pumps remove any standing water, and the drying equipment, such as dehumidifiers, large fans, and air-movers, dry your home out the rest of the way. We also have moisture meters to detect hidden moisture inside walls, flooring, and ceilings to ensure your home is genuinely dried back to its normal levels.

Any unsalvageable contents are also removed, such as carpets and padding, drywall, paneling, cabinets, or shelving. The affected areas are cleaned afterward with disinfecting and deodorizing agents.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood makes sure to thoroughly dry your home in Tenafly, Teaneck, or New Milford back out after a flood emergency. You need to get in touch with us as soon as possible after the disaster by dialing (201) 266-0482, so we can help you get your home back in order.

Why We Place So Much Emphasis On Standing Water In Englewood

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Concerned Customers Even small amounts of standing water have the ability to cause thousands of dollars' damage.

Standing Water Can Damage Your Property

Standing water is a term used to describe any situation where water is spread across an area with a measurable depth. In a home, any instance of standing water is typically going to be an example of or a product of flood damage and has significant potential to cause severe damage to your home. Even small amounts of standing water can generate thousands of dollars in damage. However, why does this specific aspect of flood damage wreak so much havoc on a home?

One of the vital things to remember about standing water is that it is often an indicator of much more severe flood damage in your Englewood home. When SERVPRO technicians hear that they have to deal with standing water, they tend to ready themselves to handle other more severe symptoms of flood damage. Lighter floods tend to evaporate quickly or find their way into a street, causing fewer problems. If water has remained in large volumes inside the building, there is probably a significant amount of damage elsewhere.

However, standing water also creates problems all on its own. Most of these are compounded with time. If floodwaters are allowed to remain in a building longer than a few hours, they may seep into the building's foundation, necessitating a much larger and lengtheir restoration process than usual. Furthermore, every hour without water removal increases the risk of a mold colony's growth, creating a much bigger problem overall. SERVPRO technicians almost always arrive on-site within four hours of your call being placed, so it is usually possible to avoid the worst damage these waters can create. For the sake of your home and our efficacy, call us as soon as you have confirmed a flood.

SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood is ready 24/7 to respond rapidly to local homeowners' flood damage cases. We aim to ensure as minor damage is done to your home as possible through our time-tested mitigation approach. Call us at (201) 266-0482.

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

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Appliances are a leading cause of water damages inside New Milford homes, yet, there are still many people that are unaware of how to remedy this problem. While preventative maintenance can aid in keeping the appliances themselves from malfunctioning, the pressure of the water in the pipes themselves feeding these appliances might be an equally contributing factor.

Your water pressure will vary based on your proximity and elevation to the water tower that services the mainlines your home gets connected to. When you are at a lower elevation and the farthest reaches of the tank's distribution system, your pressure is among the highest. Many homeowners opt for pressure reducers for more comfortable showers, but in reality, failure to reduce overly high pressures could result in the need for water removal services in your New Milford residence.

High water pressure puts a strain on hose connections to water-fed appliances, which can cause them to disconnect and pour untold amounts of water on the floor surrounding the appliances until this supply gets shut down. Once the immediate emergency has gotten handled and no more water is pouring into the affected area, contact our SERVPRO professionals to help you clean up the mess correctly to prevent further damage.

From the moment our experienced technicians arrive at your home, we get to work quickly extracting the water from the area using truck-mounted pumps from our SERVPRO fleet and wet-vacs with various attachments for concise cleaning. Drying the area is a process that typically involves using our industrial-strength air movers and dehumidification equipment. Once the area has gotten successfully dried, we can assess the full scope of any remaining damage to structural elements and construction materials like flooring, walls, and ceilings.

While you might never want water removal services for your home, sometimes emergencies can happen. With our 24/7 emergency response team at SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood, Help is only a phone call away. Contact our experienced technicians anytime at (201) 266-0482.