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Accompany West Milford Loved Ones to a Memory Cafe

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

A man playing checkers with a computer set across from him. What a wonderful way to keep our loved ones active, but safe.

Healthcare Providers Make Health and Wellness Fun for West Milford Residents with Alzheimer’s and Other Conditions

Socialization, music, and fun are only a Zoom call away at the West Palm Memory Cafe hosted by Arden Courts of West Palm. These calls are free, and anyone interested can join. Whether you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia or other conditions, Arden Courts of West Palm is proud to provide a safe and fun way to befriend new people and share new experiences from the comfort of your West Milford home.

In the current public health climate, activities like travel, sports, and going to live events are not always feasible. Several virtual and in-home activities to try for memory enhancement and recreation include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • In-home yoga and other low-impact workouts
  • Music and dance
  • Watching movies and plays

Arden Courts of West Palm aims to engage seniors with social events and improve memory and overall health.

SERVPRO of Wayne offers rapid-response stormwater removal for West Milford properties when owners call (973) 546-4977.

Make Happy and Lasting Holiday Memories this Christmas at Willowbrook in Wayne

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Male employee wiping soot off of drywall in a laundry room Let SERVPRO wipe away your fire damage woes.

Wayne Families Count on Photos with Santa and Willowbrook Mall Ensures You Can Continue a Treasured Tradition

Sleigh Bells ring in the Bloomingdale Exhibit Court at Willowbrook this holiday season. Santa is ready for his close up with kids of all ages from the Wayne area. This season reservations are a must, allowing you and your family to plan your professional photoshoot without the worry or bother of waiting in long lines. Please choose a time to meet with Santa that works best for you and your family, and schedule it through Willowbrook’s website.

Dates and Times:

Now through December 23

Mondays -- Saturdays 11 am -- 7 pm

Sundays --  12 pm -- 6 pm

December 24 -- 9 am to 5 pm

If your home needs fire or smoke restoration during the busy holidays, you can feel confident when you schedule an assessment with SERVPRO of Wayne. One call to (973) 546-4977 is all it takes to make it “Like it never even happened,” before welcoming family and friends.

Emergency-Response Restoration Services in Wayne

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting a fire out in a window. SERVPRO of Wayne is ready for your fire damage emergency call.

SERVPRO of Wayne is a Phone Call Away from Rapid Disaster Cleanup at (973) 546-4977

Wayne, New Jersey’s history begins in 1694 with the land surveying and speculation of Arent Schuyler. Schuyler was tasked by the British with investigating rumors of French-led rebellion among the local Lenape tribespeople. However, the Lenape proved to be a peaceful agrarian tribe in a fertile river valley.

In 1695, Schuyler and many others, including Samuel Bayard and Anthony Brockholst, decided to invest in the land and eventually purchase it as British territory. At the end of the year, the first township settled on the newly purchased 5000 acres of land was dubbed New Barbadoes Township. The area would not be incorporated as Wayne until April 1847. The historic Schuyler-Colfax House on what is now Hamburg Turnpike still stands today as a museum and a testament to centuries of Wayne area history.

Notable people from Wayne include:

  • Retired United States Army North commanding general Major General Guy C. Swan III
  • Members of the band Dramarama, including founding member and bassist Chris Carter, singer John Easdale, keyboardist Theodore Ellenis, guitarist Mark Englert, and drummers Ronny Machuga and Jesse Farbman
  • A-list actress and “Queen of Jazz-Rap” Dana Owens, also known as Queen Latifah
  • New York Jets tight end Chris Pantale
  • Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Kathy Wakile and Danielle Staub
  • Paterson State alumnus Steve Lamprou

Wayne’s Revolutionary History

New Barbadoes Township, which was part of Saddle River Township by the 18th century, was nearing a century in age by the American Revolution. The Wayne area played a key role for prominent figures in the American Colonial Army, including:

  • George Washington, who formed his headquarters at Dey Mansion in the summer and autumn of 1780 and resided there with Alexander Hamilton
  • Anthony Wayne, the town’s namesake and the fifth Senior Officer of the United States Army, whose military tactics earned him the nickname “Mad Anthony”
  • Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman and officer who aided American forces during such instrumental battles as Yorktown and Gloucester

Today, the Dey Mansion is a museum dedicated to preserving a unique and crucial moment in the American Revolution’s history. While it usually hosts a bevy of programs year-round, it is currently closed in response to public health concerns.

Marquis de Lafayette’s residence, the Van Saun House, is currently a private residence but is a well-preserved display of Colonial architecture. It was posted for sale as recently as January 2019 and was sold by March of 2020.

Other Revolutionary War sites for American history buffs to visit include the Wayne Public Library’s Boulder Monument, the Colfax Family’s burial plot, and the site markers for two encampments along Two Bridges Road near the Passaic River.

The Wayne Fire Department

Dealing with fires in any community is an unforeseen challenge that has a wide-reaching impact. In Wayne, fire suppression is carried out by five volunteer companies: Community Fire Company Number 1, Property Owner League Fire Company Number 2, Pompton Falls Fire Company Number 3, Preakness Fire Company Number 4, and Packanack Lake Fire Company Number 5. Each company operates independently, but the department is headed by a Fire Commissioner appointed by the mayor and elected by the firefighters.

The fire department structure is comprised of volunteer service members, with those among the most skilled belonging to the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). SERT members take care of the most daunting tasks in a fire situation, including rescues in close quarters and other high-risk scenarios.

Both the fire department and First Aid Squad are open to new volunteers. Besides saving the community in taxes and protecting the community, active volunteer emergency service staff receive the following benefits:

  • Passaic County educational facility tuition reimbursement for volunteers and their families
  • Annual clothing allowance
  • Access to LOSAP, an annual $1350 annual deposit in a tax-deferred income account for employees who meet the necessary point requirements
  • Free access to local swimming facilities

Training for fighting is done in-house after new members have passed firefighter I and II courses at the Passaic County Fire Academy. Applicants for the department must be between ages 18 and 45, pass a background check and a physical, and live in Wayne for at least six months.

What Factors Does SERVPRO Consider When Planning Wayne Fire Damage Cleanup?

SERVPRO performs fire damage cleanup and restoration for Wayne properties that conform to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) guidelines. Restoration industry standards require mitigation teams to carefully plan their cleanup to minimize property loss and increase restoration potential.

When planning the best course of action for a fire damage situation, SERVPRO teams consider the following:

  • Is there water damage from fire suppression? If so, this needs to be mitigated first. Not only can moisture allow mold and microbes to increase, but it can also make soot corrosive
  • What residues are present? Burnt soils can have different characteristics that can add additional challenges to cleaning. Proteins in meat require different cleanup methods from burnt electrical appliances or charred dining chairs
  • Are damaged items repairable, or is replacement necessary? While repair is a feasible option for many materials in the home, some materials, such as drywall or laminate flooring, would be safer and more cost-effective to replace than repair. SERVPRO professionals coordinate with homeowners and insurance adjusters to determine the most suitable options to return homes to a preloss state

SERVPRO also performs building and repair services for fire-damaged homes, including HVAC system cleanup, hardwood flooring repairs, roof repairs, and painting.

SERVPRO of Wayne provides restoration services that make homes look and feel, “Like it never even happened.” Property owners can call the team at (973) 546-4977 at any time of the day or night for their mitigation needs.

Get Out of the House for a Black Friday Pop Up Event in Wayne

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

A person holding several shopping bags. If you are up for it, go and support your local businesses at the pop up event and get yourself some treats.

Shop Local with Various Vendors in Wayne

You may be leery of large Black Friday crowds in 2020, so naturally, this small pop up event is a great alternative. You can shop safely with vendors on Saturday, November 28th hosted by Pop Up Next Door & NF8 Media. In addition to shopping, there will be entertainment and food options to make it a fun event for all. Admission is free for the whole family. It begins at 2 pm and goes on until 6 pm. The event is inside, so masks are mandatory. Come out for this great Black Friday event for a unique shopping and entertainment experience! 

What Does the Event Offer?

Live entertainment including music

Henna tattoos 

Food and drink

Shopping with various vendors

If you need mold removal in your Passaic County business, contact SERVPRO of Wayne anytime, 24/7 at (973) 546-4977. We are available to assist with disasters, large and small.

What Kind of Repairs are Necessary After Water Damages in West Milford?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

flooding coming through under wooden door Excess water can enter your home in many ways. Contact Team SERVPRO for water removal services.

By getting repairs started in West Milford homes quickly after disasters, we can lessen losses for customers. 

A fast and reliable response is what West Milford homes have come to expect after water disasters threaten their properties. Considering how quickly saturation and water penetration can threaten structural cavities and porous materials, our mitigation solutions must encompass a combination of efforts from our certified technicians and building trade professionals. After water damages, various materials can become affected, which consequently requires different construction niches to resolve. Depending on what areas of the house are damaged by the disaster, we can offer contractors experienced in masonry, carpentry, flooring, drywall finishing, and plumbing.

There are multiple phases of water mitigation for West Milford homes. The more of these actions that we can implement early on, the less overall loss that property owners experience. Because we can reach most homes within hours of the first notice of loss (FNOL), we can begin many of the vital recovery actions at this time. Apart from repairs and reconstruction necessary, mitigation typically begins with several approaches such as:

  • Extraction – We have dozens of machines and devices that can remove standing water from the property. Gravity often encourages water to pool along the floors of damaged areas, leading to overexposure to porous and sensitive materials like wood flooring, drywall, and carpeting. Removing surface water can ultimately reduce saturation. 
  • Content Cleaning – After evaluating damages present in the house, our project manager can identify compromised contents. Cleaning up these items on-site is the ideal approach. We have solvents, detergents, and cleaning equipment to help in this effort. 
  • Pack Out – There are instances where on-site cleaning is not feasible or possible, even if these personal belongings are believed to be salvageable. The pack-out process moves these items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for intricate cleaning practices, deodorization, and safe storage. 

What is Controlled Demolition?

Contractors on our roster complete multiple tasks beginning as soon as our team first arrives at damaged residences. Because of how quickly water damages in West Milford can spread throughout a house, it is common for some degree of controlled demolition to restore and recover the affected property. While there are varying reasons for this emergency service, it often falls into one of three categories, including:

  • Access – Because repairs are often necessary to fixtures and portions of pipe, controlled demolition might be needed to access this system's points that require replacement. Using thermal imagery and other moisture detection equipment, we can identify where these damages exist to limit the amount of drywall that must get cut out and discarded. 
  • Safety – Sagging materials can become a substantial threat to occupants and technicians working in homes and businesses. Unmanaged sagging ceiling drywall and insulation can collapse and injure those in the immediate areas. 
  • Preventative – Sometimes, the actions taken by our contractors to remove portions of exposed materials like drywall and hardwood flooring are meant to prevent circumstances like moisture-wicking. 

What Repairs Can SERVPRO Perform?

Emergency services are part of the initial actions that professionals on our team take to protect the property after a water damage incident. Many different approaches fit this description. While our technicians often must address pressing concerns like extraction and debris removal to prevent the spread and severity of water damages, our contractors must identify structural threats and work to repair and recover these areas. Some of the initial actions that our building trade professionals can address include:

  • Plumbing Repairs/Replacement
  • Board Up
  • Tarping
  • Controlled Demolition

Can SERVPRO Perform Complete Build Back?

Because we have a dedicated division for construction and repair, our general contractors represent nearly every building trade niche. While this can translate into the repairs and controlled demolition, it also becomes a seamless phase to follow mitigation. Our general contractors can take the remaining reconstruction and build back the property as needed to replace discarded structural elements in this phase. The experience of these professionals can also allow you to reimagine space where considerable repair is necessary. Remodeling is more cost-efficient when demolition is already required to repair property after a water loss.

Our general contractors can perform many potentially practical steps and actions to help your property recover from water damage scenarios. With many potential causes of water disasters that can simultaneously threaten your entire property, the experience and training of our SERVPRO of Wayne team can positively impact what restoration is possible for your property. Give our rapid response team a call 24/7 at (973) 546-4977.

Who Repairs Residential Properties after Flooding in Pompton Lakes?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in the kitchen If your property becomes flooded, the application of material science can help to recover losses.

SERVPRO is a Qualified Flood Damage Restoration Service Operating in the Pompton Area.

How do floodwaters spread through a home?
The initial impact of water intrusion can cause structural harm to your Pompton Lakes home. However, the immediate aftermath is where much of the permanent damages are caused. Moisture that comes in with floodwaters can permeate a structure, quickly absorbing the materials it comes into direct contact with and increasing the relative humidity in the affected area. Understanding how moisture moves through a structure is essential to identifying where losses are and performing mitigation against those losses. SERVPRO technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) and have experience working with residential flood losses in the area.

How does moisture spread through the home?
    •    Liquid flows which may come from rainfall or through flooding
    •    Air movement that can carry moisture into, or throughout, a structure
    •    Capillary suction which allows water to permeate porous materials
    •    Vapor diffusion is when evaporated moisture moves as a gas through the home.

How does moisture affect materials in the home?
When dealing with flood damage in your Pompton Lakes home, it is vital to remember that moisture affects different materials in different ways. The two main damage-causing factors when water moves through a home is the permeance of the materials it contacts and the length of exposure. Typically, longer-term exposures mean our technicians may need to demo certain items. Longer-term exposure can also lead to secondary damages like mold growth. We act quickly in flood situations to reduce the exposure-time of moisture on materials and, by doing so, reduce the amount of damage in the home.

What are the types of material that become damaged by water exposure?
    •    Porous materials like carpet or gypsum board absorb moisture quickly, and some types can sustain microbial growth.
    •    Semi-porous material has slow absorption rates like unfinished woods.
    •    Non-porous materials like glass do not absorb moisture or water damage.

If your property becomes flooded, the application of material science can help to recover losses. Contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977.

Local Flood Damage Remediation Services?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

"!" Sign in the rain Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Can Remove the Flood Damage From West Milford Homes.

Watching your West Milford home suffer flood damage is an awful experience to go through. No one wants to see their possessions, valuables, and their home itself become jeopardized. However, excess water does not always mean you have to go through a lengthy remediation process. Not all floods equal a gutted interior.  

When it comes to flood damage in your West Milford home, promptly getting help is the best thing you can do. Water damages of any kind are time-sensitive. The longer your home is exposed to excess moisture, the more problems it can conjure for you. 

A Storm Flooded My Home! What Can SERVPRO Do to Help Me Right Away? 

Storms come hand in hand with intense wind, rushing rain, and falling debris. A seemingly harmless tree can fall and put a hole in your home, allowing water to rush inside. If this happened to your home, we could: 

  • Quickly assemble and travel in a pre-loaded van of advanced water restoration equipment
  • Use a GPS to navigate the fastest route to your home
  • Come equipped with advanced technology and highly trained technicians 

While it may not seem like much, having expert technicians is critical. Ours are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 

What Can SERVPRO Do to Restore My Home?:

Our technicians are trained to use several devices designed to remove flood water as soon as possible. Once at your home, we can: 

  • Use plastic sheeting and tarps to cover the hole in your home caused by the tree
  • Inspect the flood water to ensure it is not blackwater, which is unsafe for human contact
  • Remove the excess moisture with devices such as wet/dry vacuums, portable pumps, and extractors

Our goal is to get the water out of your home ASAP, to help reduce the chances of mold growth. To help ensure it, we can also use antifungal disinfectant on suspect areas. At SERVPRO, we aim to be thorough and leave you with peace of mind. 

If your home requires flood damage remediation, get help today! Get in touch with SERVPRO of Wayne by calling (973) 546-4977. No matter the time, we can help!

What Are Some Useful Things to Know When Planning Fire Restoration?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

fifty dollar bill being burned at both ends Fire damage restoration is expensive. SERVPRO knows how to restore your home cost efficiently.

From the Vast Experiences Handling Fire Damage Restoration Exercises in Wayne, SERVPRO Can Guide Homeowners on What to Do 

Restoring a fire-damaged property takes several processes to deal with damaged materials, soiled areas, and other problems. Although each situation may have unique requirements, loss incidents also share common characteristics. Knowing specific things can help deliver better results. When SERVPRO technicians inspect Wayne properties after fire incidents, we can help point out crucial things that the owners need to know. 

What information does SERVPRO reveal about fire damage restoration to Wayne homeowners? 

  • Cleaning contents and structural items may differ even when involving similar materials
  • Restorative processes should exhaust mild methods before trying harsh ones
  • Restoration must address the interior and exterior house sections, as well as assemblies
  • Materials can determine the usefulness of restorative procedures 

A significant percentage of the restoration processes done after fire damage in Wayne involves cleanup of affected contents and building materials. Generally, cleaning methods depend on the type of soil and the type of material involved. However, whether you are dealing with a material that is part of the structure or contents can influence the decisions you make. For instance, if an item in your content inventory proves challenging to clean, you can move it to offsite storage until it is convenient to do the cleanup. However, issues with structural items must be addressed holistically. 

It is possible to use several cleaning approaches to accomplish the same goal. For instance, removing smoke residues from surfaces can be achieved through vacuuming, wet wiping, pressure washing, or using abrasive techniques such as sanding. However, starting with mild methods presents many advantages, including faster completion of the task and lower cost. Our SERVPRO technicians opt for approaches such as vacuuming the soiled surface and wiping with chemical sponges instead of pressure washing, which can over-wet the materials leading to other complications. We only use the advanced cleaning methods where we determine the soiling is too severe. We explore cleaning before opting for different approaches such as resurfacing or teardown of materials. 

What are some of the advanced cleaning methods commonly used during fire restoration? 

  • Peroxide active cleaning
  • Soda blasting
  • Abrading surfaces with steel wool pads
  • Wet cleaning with alkaline or acid solutions 

With the sophisticated systems, it is possible to care for the specific type of soiling or unique materials that need extra care during restoration. For instance, soda blasting can remove massive soot deposits from unfinished wood surfaces such as trusses. Peroxide active cleaning, on the other hand, is excellent for restoring acoustic tiles. 

Should all sections of a house receive the same level of attention? 

When a fire damages your Wayne house, you are likely to worry about the damage to interior surfaces such as walls and ceilings. You will also probably notice damage to the eaves and exterior walls and thus think of ways to address it. However, the process is not complete. Even hidden areas such as wall cavities and assemblies such as cabinets need attention. Smoke tends to collect in such places since hot smoke and other gases filter inside to replace the colder air trapped there. Therefore, even when there are no physical damage signs, there is a need to open the cavities for cleaning.

Our SERVPRO technicians are better suited for the cleaning tasks involving assemblies and structural cavities. Apart from having the sophisticated cleaning equipment, we also bring the small tools that help simplify the process of opening up hidden areas at the loss site: 

  • Pry bars
  • Rubber hammers
  • Molding lifters
  • Flashlights 

Do confusing situations arise during the restoration of fire damage? 

You might think that once you identify the areas affected by the fire, it is easy to decide whether to perform restoration or to remove the affected materials for disposal. However, in practice, you might find yourself stuck, not because there are no solutions, but because you cannot make a decision. The damage to some contents in the house can complicate decision making if it is not bad enough to warrant immediate disposal. At the same time, it might seem too extensive to guarantee a positive outcome from the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians help classify such items as questionable, which allows them to be set aside until there is an opportunity to examine them thoroughly and decide the best course of action. 

Various unexpected issues might crop up during the restoration of your fire-damaged property. SERVPRO of Wayne sends experienced technicians to West Milford, Pompton Lakes, or Ringwood properties to help manage unexpected issues. Call us at (973) 546-4977. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What is the Quickest Way of Getting Water Out of Commercial Premises?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

A man cleaning the floor of a business. SERVPRO knows how quickly water damage can take over your Wayne business. Call us today, let us keep you up and moving.

Commercial Water Removal Requires Significant Resources and Equipment. SERVPRO Offers Wayne Businesses Professional Removal and Drying of Water Issues.

How long should I expect water removal to take?

We recognize that for Wayne, businesses expect a time-efficient restoration of their premises. Water leaks can lead to losses of revenue, especially for those leasing property for others to use. SERVPRO offers a commercial service that allows property managers to communicate directly with our crew chiefs throughout the service. We can provide you with informed information regarding the length of time we expect a water restoration to take. Equally, our technicians can work around the needs of your business. A space with an isolated area of water damage can allow you to keep your business running while working on the affected area. We can position warning signs and barriers to inform members of the staff of the situation. 

What water removal services are available for commercial businesses?

- Arriving on-site within four hours of notification of loss

- Institute of inspection, cleaning, restoration and certifications (IICRC) qualified technicians

- Twenty-four-hour emergency call line

Is drying the structure important after water removal?

Wayne's commercial water removal service typically covers both the pumping out of the liquid and the drying procedure. Residual moisture can be very harmful to a structure, leading to mold growth, odor, or discoloration. SERVPRO technicians monitor a damaged area repeatedly to ensure that our methods are efficient and achieving the expected outcomes. It is not uncommon for crew chiefs to return every twelve to twenty-four hours to assess our drying procedure's effectiveness. We can also put in place more aggressive drying equipment if necessary, after job monitoring. 

What equipment is used in water removal?

- Water pumps to remove standing water

- Truck-mounted or portable extractors for residual moisture

- Dehumidifiers and air-movers for the drying process

Professional and efficient drying time is essential for your business. Contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977.

Who Do I Call after a Fire in My Home Left a Mess Behind?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

burnt kitchen ruined cabinets This is not a DIY fire damaged kitchen in Pompton Lakes! Call SERVPRO for professional cleanup and restoration.

Your Pompton Lakes Home may be Full of Water, Soot and Debris, but SERVPRO Can Help You Restore It

When a fire occurs in your Pompton Lakes home, you may think that getting rid of soot is your biggest problem. However, the firefighters' efforts also leave a residue behind in the form of water and extinguishing solutions, as well as general disarray of the affected areas. Furthermore, your ventilation system seems to spew a foul odor in every room, even those far from where the fire ignites.

In Pompton Lakes, fire restoration is our specialty at SERVPRO, and you can call us as soon as it is safe for us to enter your home to enlist our help. Our knowledgeable fire restoration technicians hold certifications by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a credential achieved only by the best in the industry. When you are at a loss of where to start sorting through the damage in your home, our expert team can guide your efforts. Call our 24/7 hotline and get the ball rolling to mitigate your loss of time and money.

What are the leading fire restoration steps?

The restoration of your home is quite intuitive. We need to remove any standing water, clean individual surfaces where soot has settled, and follow up with a disinfecting and deodorizing process. However, the devil is in the details. When you invite our SERVPRO crew into your home, you can be sure that we use the correct equipment to achieve each goal efficiently. Knowing the theory behind home fires helps us determine which cleaners to use, what size pumps to resort to, and which items to discard. Every single step we take is deliberate, and we base it on industry best practices. Some techniques you may see us apply in your home include-

  • Wand extraction to remove water from tucked-away corners of your home
  • Fogging with disinfecting agents
  • Treatment of salvageable porous materials and textiles

When fire strikes, you don't need to know each step towards restoration. Instead, you can call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 and place your trust in our expertise. Together, we can work hard until your home looks, "Like it never even happened."