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My Property Sustained Damage after a Storm- What Should I Do Next?

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO Technicians in Little Falls to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Residence.

As a homeowner, you need to know what to do after a storm causes flooding in your residence. An experienced flood damage mitigation company such as SERVPRO can help you to restore your Little Falls home to its pre-incident state.

What can happen in my house after it floods?

Floodwater can weaken or completely ruin flooring, walls, and ceilings, among other structures. Do not hesitate to contact restorers to mitigate the storm flood damage in your Little Falls home. If you wait long before hiring a restoration firm, there is a chance for mold and other secondary damage occurring.

What can I expect from your flood remediation services?

When you contact SERVPRO technicians to perform flood damage cleanup and remediation, our team can come to your residence ready to start working right away. We usually begin the flood remediation process with a damage assessment to determine the extent of the destruction.

When inspecting a home, we consider how many materials are contaminated, if the materials are non-porous or porous and if it is possible to ventilate the area. Our technicians also consider if it is necessary to perform containment and if we can decontaminate and restore the affected materials. It may be impossible to restore some materials like carpets. In that case, we can remove and replace them. We offer an estimate that outlines the cost of our repair and restoration services.

What does flood restoration involve?

Flood remediation and restoration services depend on the severity of the damage. Generally, they involve the following:

Debris removal

Water removal

Water damage repair



We have trained our technicians to clean up and repair flood-damaged properties to their preloss condition. We can mitigate the damage and rebuild the affected areas, enabling you to save time and money. We are fully equipped with industrial-strength water removal and drying equipment such as:

Self-priming trash pumps

Centrifugal air movers

Refrigerant dehumidifiers

Should I turn off the equipment?

The restoration equipment we use can run for days without being turned off. It does not overheat. Unless our technicians advise you otherwise, you should let it remain running until we complete the restoration process. Our technicians monitor the equipment and job progress daily, adjusting, and moving the equipment as necessary.

Flooding can lead to extensive secondary damage if you delay the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 for efficient flood restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Emergency Prep Kit

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered about emergencies? Some people don't care to prepare a kit until after the disaster has happened, also known as too little too late.  With this sample checklist you can quickly create your own emergency disaster kit that could keep you alive and comfortable for 3 days.

    • Container for the kit, such as a plastic tote or a wearable duffle bag
    • 1 gallon of water per person/day
    • Portable tent
    • Small tarp
    • Poncho
    • 2,000 calories of healthy food per person/day (nuts, grains, food bars, canned food etc.)
    • Compact sleeping bag and bedroll
    • Hygiene Products

        • Toilet Paper

        • Baby Wipes

        • Deodorant

        • Bandana

        • Soap

        • Dust Mask

        • Potty bags

        • Latex gloves

        • Toothbrush and toothpaste

        • Feminine products
    • First aid kit

        • Roll of gauze

        • Medical tape

        • Alcohol wipes

        • Blood coagulant

        • Gauze pads

        • Painkillers

        • Burn/wound cream

        • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant/moisturizer
    • Tools

        • Pocket knife

        • Whistle

        • Hand warmes

        • Duct tape

        • Small rope

        • Wire saw

        • Matches
    • Self powered flashlight
    • Self powered radio
    • List of doctors and family contacts
    • Spare cash
    • Pet supplies

Give us a call to learn more. SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

Taking the First Steps after a Fire

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

For Fire Damage Restoration Inside Your Woodland Park Home Call SERVPRO.

Depending on the severity of the blaze that burned inside your Woodland Park house, you and your family may be able to stay living in your home during the restoration process. For example, if the blaze was small and the building is still safe to be occupied, then you can live in sections that did not get affected.

What safety steps do you take when we can stay in or house during restoration?

During some fire damage restoration projects in Woodland Park, your insurance adjuster may ask that a professional company like SERVPRO conduct emergency cleaning procedures to make part of your home livable. In some cases where strong odors exist from protein-based residues, we can perform deodorization procedures. We can also clean areas of your home needed, such as your bathrooms or kitchen, as well as any clothing you need. We can establish a containment chamber to keep contaminants from the affected portions of your house getting into your living area.

What precautions can you take when I cannot stay in my home?

When the damage proves to be excessive, you may have to move out of your house because it is not safe to be occupied. When this occurs, we can do several things to secure your home, such as boarding it up and making sure the power and heat work. We can also prevent structural issues by doing things like reinforcing your floor joists.

How can you board up and secure my home?

Cover Over- One method we can use is to cover over the opening by attaching a piece of plywood to the surfaces surrounding the opening.

Insert. We can insert plywood inside the opening, which provides more security than covering over.

Bolt with Tension- The most secure way to board up an opening is to bolt the wood by nailing 2 x 4's around the piece of plywood.

If you ever notice that your structural components got burned during a fire, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705 24/7.

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Fire Damage Cleanup for your Little Falls Home

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Get Professional Fire Damage Cleanup in Little Falls for Items that Require Special Care

House fires are destructive and can start because of faulty electrical wiring or equipment. Even after extinguishing a fire, damage to your property and possessions continues. It is therefore, critical to prevent further destruction by calling professionals who have expertise in dealing with smoke, soot, and odor.

You can call SERVPRO to assist you in cleaning up your fire damaged Little Falls residence. We can assess the destruction that the flames, smoke, soot, or water has caused. Once we determine the amount of damage, we can come up with an estimate for cleaning up and restoring your house. A fire can ruin your home in many ways, including the following:

· Smoke may discolor the walls in a few minutes.

· Finishes on kitchen appliances may discolor within a few hours.

· Smoke can tarnish metal or cause etching in the glass after a short time.

· Smoke and ash can continue causing corrosion to materials the flames did not ruin.

Our technicians can remove smoke, soot, ash, and other residues that could have built up on different surfaces before they spread. We can also use deodorization products to remove unpleasant odors from curtains, carpets, and upholstered furniture. During the cleanup process, some items such as clothes, toys, jewelry, and food require special care. We use special cleaning procedures when cleaning such things.

Most clothes are made of artificial fibers and therefore smoke odor molecules, and smoke particles can bond with fabrics if you do not clean them quickly. To organize garment restoration, we recommend that you make three groups of clothes, namely:

· The clothes you need immediately

· The clothes you need at a later date

· Seasonal clothes

We inventory clothes before removing them from the fire damaged worksite. We take multiple steps to clean and deodorize clothing items, including removing them from metal hangers to prevent oxidization, eliminating loose, dry residues from fabrics, and spraying the garments with solvent-based odor counteracts.

When restoring toys, we do our best to ensure that we return them to a condition that is safe for children to play with them. We clean and sanitize toys, and if we have any doubts about their safety, we dispose of them.

The flames and heat of a fire can ruin foods, making them unsafe to consume. Our technicians dispose of food items that heat damage or smoke particles have ruined. We also evaluate canned foods to determine if they were too close to smoke and heat. We recommend disposing of food items that have discolored or scorched labels after you have inventoried them. Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you file your insurance claim using our contents claim inventory service (CCIS). The process involves identifying the salvageable and unsalvageable items and showing their value for easier settlements.

If you need fire damage cleanup services for items requiring special care, call SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. We are dedicated to professionalism and can meet your needs in Clifton, Woodland Park, and neighboring areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can your Business Survive a Flood?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Floods are unavoidable and when disaster strikes, you need to be prepared. This is best achieved by planning in advance and knowing how to deal with the aftermath once the flood has occurred. Below are a few tips on how to prepare your business for a flood before it happens and what to do after it has struck. 

Devise a flood plan

Whether you are expecting a flood or not, one of the most important things to have in place is a thought-out flood plan to help reduce the damage caused to your business or property. Your flood plan should cover the following aspects:


In the event of a flood, you need to make sure your staff are not only fully informed of the plan in place, but understand the risks involved. If you are expecting a flood to strike, it may be worth sitting down as a team and working out the best way to approach the situation. 


If you work in an office then it is likely that you will have computers or some form of electrical equipment; this can pose a huge risk when it comes to floods so it is important that you include such equipment and risks in your flood plan. The best thing to do is listen out for any news about the flood and whether it is predicted to reach your premises any time soon. If the flood is close to your business, it might be worth switching off all of the electrical equipment and moving it to higher, safer locations before evacuating the building. This way you not only ensure the safety of your employees, but you also reduce the chance of suffering expensive equipment damage and loss.


Sometimes it is impossible to predict sudden events or evacuate the building before disaster hits. Therefore, it is vital that you are prepared for the flood striking when you least expect it. Sandbags can be incredibly useful in a flood, so you should have some spare just in case. Not only can they help to barricade the flood's entry points i.e. the door where the flood is coming in, they can also filter a few sediments commonly found in flood waters. 

Dealing with the aftermath

The results of a severe flood can be devastating for everyone. Floods can change the lives of homeowners and entire families. In the business world, flood can affect everything from property safety to business operation, which in turn can put people's livelihoods at risk. This is why it is vital that if you are expecting a flood you have someone who can help you deal with the aftermath and restore your business as soon as possible.

Here at SERVPRO of Clifton, we offer a fire and flood restoration service that focuses on providing those affected by floods have a stress-free experience when it comes to cleaning up and getting business back to normal a quickly as possible.

Should you encounter flooding at your business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton.  We will help you get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Clifton ~ 973-928-3705

What Does IICRC Certified Mean?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Categories of Water

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) set the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training.

From the IICRC's standards, there are three categories describing the type of liquid involved in a destruction.

    • Category 1 (clean water) This is a liquid from a clean and sanitary source, such as faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc.  But, category one can quickly degrade into category 2.
    • Category 2 (gray water) This category of liquid has contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested.  Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but not feces.
    • Category 3 (black water) This is the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary.  It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.

When hiring a professional to clean up your water damage, it's important to make sure the technician has the right knowledge and tools for the job.

SERVPRO of Clifton's technicians are trained and educated in water damage restoration and categorizing the type of water with every intrusion.  Infrared probes are used to tell the extent of the destruction, as well as air movers, air scrubbers, different sizes and types of dryers and blowers, special hardwood dryers, and dryers designed specifically for drying the sub-floor and inner wall cavities.

Call SERVPRO of Clifton, our technicians are on call 24/7 and can dispatched at a moments notice.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705

What To Do After a Fire in Your Business

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

After Fire Damage in your Business, call SERVPRO

Fire loss incidents can sweep through your Clifton bar quickly, and with natural accelerants behind the counter, can spread throughout the main area of the building beyond your control. Once first responders and firefighters have quelled the blaze and you can get to work on restoring the property, it is essential to leave this task in the hands of trained professionals like our team. We have IICRC certifications in both Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control, which makes us uniquely qualified to handle all of the effects that your bar could experience from a fire loss incident. 

Our team can work quickly to assess the full scale of the fire damage to your Clifton bar, and in doing so, can also get effective mitigation strategies started. We understand how vital it is to get the bar back open to your customers, as the city has no shortage of nightlife establishments. It is easy for businesses to lose their loyal customers when they have to spend prolonged periods with their doors closed. Our SERVPRO team can help with a fast and confident response to address the lingering effects in your building. 

Containment is a vital component to keeping the symptoms of a fire loss incident from reaching new areas or from getting worse in the affected portions of the bar. We work to establish both physical barriers with implements like plastic sheeting and general area barriers with the use of our sophisticated filtering and deodorization equipment like our hydroxyl and ozone machines. With the onboard HEPA filter and specific positioning in prime locations throughout the bar, damaging effects cannot move freely throughout the property. 

We know how important it is to overcome fire loss incidents as promptly as possible for your area bar. With the patrons that you serve on a nightly basis, a prolonged closing could cost you profits and loyalty. Our SERVPRO of Clifton fire restoration specialists have the expertise and the equipment to help. Call anytime that you need us at (973) 928-3705.

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Cost Effective Water Remediation

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Many steps can be taken to make the restoration and repair of a flood-damaged home more efficient and cost-effective. 

Understanding the full measure of the flood restoration process for your Little Falls home can ensure that the appropriate professionals get called to respond to these disasters when necessary. Flood restoration involves multiple repair and cleaning stages, both of which our extensive roster of qualified professionals can provide. Understanding what is involved in returning your home to a preloss condition after a flood can show homeowners how vital professional recovery actually is for residences and businesses alike. 

When considering how extensive flood damage in Little Falls homes can become, containment and emergency services become vital efforts to begin immediately. Often, these preliminary tasks occur before mitigation or the job scoping phase. Planning is a considerable step and stage before restoration begins, but there are specific actions they cannot wait to be included in this overall restoration agenda. We have several efficient strategies beginning with your communication with our staffed SERVPRO emergency line.

When is the Information About the Disaster Gathered? 

As you might expect, our professionals cannot know about damages to your specific residence without first notifying our administrators about the issue. The information you share with our staff emergency line representatives is shared directly with the appropriate parties responding to the disaster. At this stage, it is critical to be as thorough as possible so that we can collect the proper data and relevant facts to ensure that our technicians mobilize from our warehouse with the right equipment, personnel, and products. There are three ultimate ways that we collect the bulk of the data necessary to form our restoration plan for the property:

  • Emergency Phone Call – As already discussed, the more that you can share with operators on our emergency line, the better prepared our technicians are for what to expect when we reach the property.
  • Job Scoping – We have highly trained project managers who walk through the property damaged by a flood to determine what actions must be taken to restore the home. We can also use this phase to document total losses of structures and contents or indicate where further measures might be required in these areas.
  • Conversations with the Customer – No one knows your property as well as you do, so we often lean on the information provided by our customers to prioritize what actions get taken first.

What is a Staging Area? 

One of the efficient recovery approaches that our SERVPRO technicians utilize is staging areas. These get constructed in unaffected areas of the home nearby to where the bulk of the work and cleaning must occur. The objective of establishing a clean room to store equipment and personal protective gear is to have these items accessible as they are needed. We can limit trips in and out of the house by bringing in all of the necessary equipment, products, and devices into this staging area. The primary advantages of establishing this clean room between your home and its damaged areas are:

  • Efficient 
  • Convenient 
  • Prevents Cross-Contamination
  • Near to Drying/Work Zones

What Are Efficient Strategies for Extraction? 

Flood losses can be traumatic events in your house, specifically when standing water becomes a pressing concern. In any capacity, pooling can lead to saturation and absorption into the exposed materials of contents nearby. Extraction becomes a critical effort for our responding technicians because this removes the standing water threat to allow for more focus drying, cleaning, and other recovery actions. There are several extractors common to removing natural flood water from a property, whether inside the house, in the crawl space area, or even more inaccessible locations. These approaches include:

  • Trash Pumps – Gas-powered trash pumps can often be an ideal choice for removing natural flood water because of these units’ ability to remove smaller solids and debris.
  • Wet Vacuums – Extractors like wet vacuums are a more versatile choice, as these can run several different attachments such as carpet wands, squeegee wands, or work independently to remove water below two inches in depth. 
  • Subcontractor – Threat of contamination can be a motivator to choose a subcontractor where blackwater incidents might be overwhelming for the equipment available to our SERVPRO team. 

Many initial tasks must occur between the potential for contamination and leftover bulk materials immediately following the disaster. Our SERVPRO of Clifton team has motivated and helpful water restoration technicians and cleaning specialists to help address drying and restoring the property “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (973) 928-3705.

SERVPRO of Clifton for Water Damage

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Office Buildings

When water enters an office space that houses office equipment, supplies, furniture and computers that could be affected, the resulting damage could be costly. Not only is there the potential of damage to office items and important documents, water can seep into the wall cavities and become trapped behind common building materials.  This would only create ongoing moisture problems long after the water damage incident.

All building are different, but each is at a risk for water damage.  Even the most carefully operated office building will likely experience a water damage event at some point.  With hopes it will never have to be used, the building staff should have a well practiced emergency response plan. The speed of response to a water loss is the most vital key to getting back to normal day-to-day operations quickly.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton's professionals have the training, experience and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through it completion.

SERVPRO of Clifton 973-928-3705