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Are Water Losses in the Home Permanent?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Permanent Losses Can Occur as the Result of Untreated Water Damage. Contact SERVPRO to Mitigate Structural and Contents Loss at Your Wayne Property

Water loss occurs when home appliances malfunction, plumbing fails, or external forces like heavy rainfall lead to large quantities of moisture intruding into the home. Wayne residents may find the quickest solution to potential problems is to use professional restoration technicians. Drying and cleaning a property efficiently can reduce odor, microbial growth, and structural damage. Frequently, contents are restorable and decrease the need for you to source expensive replacements.

When should I seek professional help for water losses?

Once the amount of water in your Wayne property goes beyond a reasonable cleaning scope, it is time to bring in professional assistance. Unlike other kinds of property damages, water can get significantly worse in a short period. The timeframe for water losses is particularly sensitive because of the way moisture can interact with, and harm, structure or contents. It can be overwhelming facing large scale water loss. SERVPRO technicians are here to put a sound and efficient strategy in place for restoring your property from start to finish.

What preparation should I do before restoring water damage?

- Set up a clear staging area were for tools and equipment. This staging area helps to make the workload more manageable and prevents you from cross-contaminating other rooms by traveling to and fro for equipment.
- Put in place safety protocols in the house, which is especially vital in loss sites dealing with contamination.
- Create solid engineering controls to avoid spreading water throughout the home. These controls may include establishing de-contamination areas or sealing affected areas of the home. Other engineering controls may consist of foot traffic avoidance in the affected area to prevent contamination from spreading on footwear or clothes

How do I stop water losses?

The most effective measure of preventing water loss is to extract it from your home as quickly as possible. Extracting water can become complicated if debris, specks of dust, or silts contaminate contents and structure. If large amounts of water are outside the home, for example, in groundwater flooding, then they're a risk of structural collapse from hydrostatic pressure. SERVPRO can control structural harm by pumping out two feet of water with regular cooling-off periods and inspections to ensure there is no loosening of mortar or jointing. We may need to sanitize water before pumping it out of the home to avoid contaminating waste waterways.

What do I need to do to prevent secondary water damage?

Controlling humidity is an essential aspect of any water restoration because it prevents the buildup of microbial bacteria, viruses, and fungi. But high humidity levels can also lead to water migration into unaffected areas of your home. One way to manage humidity is to use negative air pressure. Negative air pressure can be applied with the use of Air Filtration Devices (AFDs) with exhaust ducting set-up through a nearby window or doorway. In most situations, humidity control should be in use once it is safe to bring equipment into the affected area.

What building materials get harmed by contaminated water losses?

- Flooring. Hardwood flooring can frequently be restorable, although carpets, which quickly absorb contamination and water exposure, should be detached and removed from the affected area along with the carpet pads.
- Trim at the bottom of walls like baseboard as well as door and windows can become contaminated quickly but is relatively inexpensive to replace.
- Ceilings and walls may need to be removed after exposure to contamination levels category two and above. Removal can be complicated requiring razor knives, drywall saws, rotary saws or Kett saws
- Your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems may become compromised in category two and three water emergencies. In these situations, it is necessary to dissembled for affected components to be containable or removable.

What can I salvage from a water emergency?

Most valuable contents are salvageable, provided water exposure is limited, and cleaning or drying procedure is underway. SERVPRO technicians can use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fitted vacuums to remove dry dust or debris from items. Once vacuuming is complete, we may also apply chemical agents to return your items to their preloss condition. We can control the spread of micro-organisms by using disinfectants or appropriate biocides on materials. To avoid causing further harm, our technicians always pre-test chemical cleaning agents on contents to ensure that they do not respond negatively to the cleaning method.

Controlling water losses relies on timely intervention as well as expertise and equipment. To prevent water damage from becoming permanent, contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 today.

How Do I Get this Water Leak in My Kitchen Cleaned Up?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

A woman and child dancing in a kitchen. Water damage can get bad real quick, let SERVPRO help you get back to making memories back in your Wayne kitchen.

Many Wayne Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Restoration 

It's Who We Are

Most homeowners in Wayne are not forced to move out of their homes following a water leak. Our timely and effective service can mitigate water damage.

What to Do With This Water Leak

Water leaks in a kitchen area are common. These water drips leading to spillage do happen. However, if you do not deal with them in a timely fashion, there could be trouble. Mold and mildew often accumulate in areas that are damp. To ensure that the water leak in Wayne kitchen does not cause this kind of damage, you can call SERVPRO.

What Kind of Tools Do We Use?

There are many devices that we use to remove the pooling water. The following is a comprehensive list:

-Portable extractors: We use these to get rid of the pools. These are smaller tools that are in line with minor messes.

-Drying mats: These increase suction especially on hardwood floor planks, joints, and supporting floor joists.

-Extraction wands: Extraction wands have strong suction power.

 -Truck-mounted pumps: We employ these to get out larger patches of water. Sometimes you need to really get out a sizable amount of water.

-Dehumidifiers: These are used after the clean-up to prevent water from pooling again.

Can Your SERVPRO Team Minimize the Damage to Your Contents?   

We strive to clean-up and restore, not replace, building elements, fixtures, and personal belongings whenever possible. We understand that water damage can take a toll on your well-being and we do our best to work quickly to make you feel, “Like it never even happened.”   

SERVPRO of Wayne can respond rapidly to any size of a disaster. We will help you minimize any damage to your possessions.  We can help 24/7 when you call (973) 546-4977.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Wayne, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Wayne today at (973) 546-4977 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Tools Remove Water from a Wayne Grocery Store Stock Area?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

A stock man at a grocery store smiling. Let SERVPRO help your Wayne grocery store when you have water damage.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Understand How Finite the Timeline is When Your Supplies Are at Risk of Water Damage, and We Can Help with Premier Extractor Tools and Drying Equipment.

With thousands of customers entering the doors of your grocery store each week, keeping your facility in top form becomes an increasingly harder and harder thing to do. When pipes burst or fire suppression systems become damaged, water damage effects can quickly spread through the immediate stock area of your store.

How Do I Remove Standing Water Immediately? 

Standing water removal for your Wayne store involves multiple tools in our SERVPRO arsenal, as each of these situations can vary regarding severity, location, and affected contents or materials. Removing pooling water in the stock area is a vital effort that must begin immediately to help protect your investments. This effort begins with:

  • Submersible Pumps – These are a staple of extraction work when the surface water to get removed is deeper than two inches. These pumps get entirely submerged in the water and can continually remove liquid until it gets to a more manageable depth.
  • Wet Vacuums – Wet vacuums are the extractor of choice for lesser standing water concerns. Even an inch or two of standing water can still destroy your stock and supplies without immediate action, so the deployment of wet vacuums is essential.
  • Squeegee Wands – Your stock area has concrete floors, with much of the non-perishable foods sitting up on moveable skids to make later restocking of goods faster. Squeegee wands help to remove any lingering surface water and limit slips and fall hazards.

Is It Possible to Protect the Stock Before Water Damage Occurs? 

If caught early enough, our technicians and your staff can work to relocate potentially damaged goods to a safer area in the building. In some situations, this relocation can be all these items need to stay safe during restoration.

Our SERVPRO of Wayne team can help your store recover from unexpected water losses. Give us a call at (973) 546-4977.

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Proven Tips to Help Combat Storm Damage in Wayne

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couch and pillows floating When flooding overtakes your living space, it is time to contact team SERVPRO. We will successfully mitigate the situation and are available 24/7.

My Home Has Fallen Victim to Flash Flooding, What Should I Do Next?

Flash flooding can be among the most stressful forms of a Wayne home emergency. It can be hard to prioritize what to do in the immediate aftermath of a flood. SERVPRO is equipped to answer all the tough questions on flood-emergencies and is available in the local area.

How can I tell if water intrusion is bio-hazardous or harmful to health?

Floodwaters in Wayne are considered a black water emergency. Unlike clean water emergencies, black water may contain numerous human pathogens, as well as animal carcasses, herbicides, or raw sewage. Ask yourself the question of where the floodwaters have come from. Clean water comes from clean water supply pipes in the home as well as rainfall. If it is not from either of these sources, then you should consider it a grey or black water emergency. You should avoid contact with potentially harmful water emergencies and immediately seek out professional assistance. 

How can you stop further damage from occurring in my home after a flash flood?

Stopping further harm coming to the home is part of our Wayne emergency mitigation procedure. Restorers perform a crucial role in flood recovery by entering and scoping your property. During this inspection, we test floors and ceilings for structural damage or waterlogging as well as potential hazards like an electrical malfunction. But we can also perform essential mitigation to prevent further harm from coming to your property. These may include reducing standing water levels, tarping or sealing the building from further water intrusion, and boarding up a damaged structure to prevent unlawful trespass. 

What are the differences between black water and other water emergencies? 

Blackwater needs to be treated with caution. Our technicians are equipped to deal with and dispose of potentially biohazardous substances. Some items may need disposal at a designated waste facility to abide by state and federal law. We also need to provide and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when entering the property or working on the site. Creating decontamination rooms may also be an essential part of the restoration procedure.

What personal protective equipment (PPE) do I need to deal with floodwaters?

  • Steel capped footwear for use onsite
  • Hard hats for protection from potential ceiling collapse or falling hazards
  • Respiration equipment to avoid noxious sewer gases, bacteria and viruses
  • Thick heavy-duty gloves as well as plastic disposable gloves and aprons
  • Polyethylene sheeting to avoid cross-contamination when moving between areas of the site.
  • In some situations, full hazmat suits may be necessary

What property repairs do you need to restore a flood-damaged home?

High volume water intrusion can damage the structure of your home as well as the contents. Among the casualties, you may require tile repairs, painting, electrical repair as well as general construction duties. SERVPRO can provide these services for you during restoration. With contamination in water intrusion, we also need to demolish exposed drywall, clean and secure the cavity before performing a new drywall installation. Depending on the severity of damage to your property, you may need extensive reconstruction, which we can provide with an in-house team of general contractors.

What special repair services SERVPRO provide to flooded residences?

  • Fine art restoration
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Roofing services
  • Document drying
  • Linoleum and Hardwood floor repair
  • Tree removal

For residents of Wayne who have a long history of natural disasters, we provide a comprehensive restoration service. By using in-house repair staff, we can help the community overcome any size disaster without having to deal with unknown factors such as third-parties. 

How long does it take to return a flooded property to preloss condition?

Time can be an essential factor for homeowners, especially those that are temporarily displaced from their homes. Flood loss recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the severity of structural damage that the property sustains. In some cases, residents can return to the property after emergency mitigation is complete. However, specialist repair of some regions of the home may require a temporary closure. We endeavor to provide you with a working property as quickly as possible during the restoration.

Flood recovery can be a stressful and challenging time. Our restorers offer round the clock support for homeowners that have fallen victim to flash-flooding and other natural disasters. Our local workforce has access to national resources and is provided with the latest in restoration technology. In an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977.

Why is Professional Restoration Necessary for Water Damage in Wayne?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floor When an unexpected water loss event occurred in this home, SERVPRO came to the rescue. We completely restored this home.

Addressing Long Term issues during Water Removal from Your Wayne Home

When a water loss event occurs in your Wayne home, the most pressing issue is how to remove it and resume routine life. However, it is essential to think about the long-term implications such an incident might have and thus take steps that prevent future problems. Calling a professional like SERVPRO to handle the removal helps address current and future problems. 

Saving vulnerable items

The critical process during water removal exercises in Wayne is the extraction of standing water from floors and drying any wet materials. However, the water spill can damage some vulnerable items within the house; and priority should go towards saving such items before starting extraction and drying procedures. 

Some of the steps our SERVPRO technicians take to save vulnerable items include:

  • Removing fabric materials to prevent staining
  • Limiting exposure of electronics to water
  • Stopping damage to books or other documents 

After saving items likely to be damaged immediately by exposure to high levels of moisture, we can perform extraction procedures. The use of pumps and extractors helps expedite the process.

Finding hidden water     

After dealing with surface water, there is a need to determine whether there is an intrusion in hidden sections of the property. For example, water intrusion below tiles or into wall cavities can lead to severe damages, if not addressed before drying it. The damage caused by persistent wetness in the hidden areas may lead to costly repairs later on. Regular drying cannot remove such hidden moisture pockets. Our SERVPRO technicians first identify the wet areas using advanced equipment such as borescopes and thermal cameras. We then use specialized drying equipment such as drying mats or other cavity-drying equipment to remove the moisture. We can then proceed with regular drying procedures once the hidden moisture is gone. 

The way we conduct a water removal exercise determines whether the incident has long-term effects. 

Call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 to help mitigate current and future problems from an incident, making it, "Like it never even happened." 

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How Can I Eliminate Moisture in My Wayne Home After Flood Damage?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Standing in flood water SERVPRO Leaves Your Flood Damaged Home in Wayne Only When It Is Dry and Ready for a Build Back.

Our Team at SERVPRO Combats the Effects of Flooding with Timely Restoration Efforts

Any flood event can leave your household in disarray. To get your home cleaned and back to normal, you need to go beyond the notion of DIY to make sure that no moisture or bacteria gets left behind.

Hiring the professionals for flood damage in Wayne with the right equipment and cleaning agents ensures your interior is safe for your family and pets once again. We arrive with all of the right tools and specialized cleaning agents to get the job done.

What does SERVPRO do to address the flood damage in my home?

-    We start by scoping out the job site to prioritize issues to address. A plan of action is then put into place to address debris cleanup, water removal, and repair of structural damage.

-    SERVPRO expedites restoration of your loss, using controlled demolition with flood cuts to open up wall cavities to enhance drying times.

-    Our skilled technicians also eliminate contaminants like chemicals, biohazards, and fuel oil by using EPA-registered disinfectants to clean your interior thoroughly.

If you need assistance with flood damage in your home, count on our team at SERVPRO of Wayne to get the job done. With a phone call to us at (973) 546-4977, we can send out a team as soon as possible.

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3/16/2020 (Permalink)

toilet with several pieces of green drying equipment Bathroom Flooding Got You Down? Call SERVPRO for Speedy Wayne Service

Removing Flood Damage from a Wayne Bathroom

In black water damage situations, like ground floods, homeowners in Wayne can expect to pay an average of $7 per square foot for cleanup services alone. Many porous materials require replacement after exposure due to the risks posed by chemicals, bacteria, and sewage carried in by floodwaters. This estimated cost does not even factor in the expenses needed to replace furniture, drywall, flooring, and electrical components.

If your Wayne home needs flood damage mitigation that can save you time, money, and stress, SERVPRO is ready to send a crew to your residence to get started right away. This team not only offers disaster cleanup but can also remediate mold and repair structures so that your home is restored as thoroughly as possible after a disaster. SERVPRO also uses specialized inventory systems to keep track of your belongings and can disinfect them off-site to minimize property losses while bolstering your insurance claim with comprehensive documentation.

Electricity Safety After Bathroom Flooding

  • If standing water in your bathroom has made contact with outlets, electrical devices, or power cords, stay away from the bathroom.
  • If you need to access the breakers, never do so if they are in a room filled with standing water. Call your utility company for assistance with shutting off the power.
  • Electrical appliances and tools should be at least ten feet away from wet surfaces to minimize electrical shock risks.
  • Have a licensed professional service wet electronics before trying to operate them. Do not attempt to turn on or use waterlogged devices yourself.

SERVPRO Sanitizes Your Bathroom

SERVPRO technicians can safely remove solid debris and waste, spray down surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials, and eliminate discoloration and microbial growth from tile grout with specialized cleaners. Technicians can use flood cuts approximately 12 inches above saturated drywall for wall cavity drying, insulation removal, and eventual replacement during structural restoration.

SERVPRO of Wayne restores homes with cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 546-4977 to have an emergency response team at your home within hours of your initial contact.

Why We Are The Best Choice In Wayne After A Water Loss

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our technicians wearing a safety suit We have the safety gear necessary in some instances of water damage. Call our experts right away to stay safe and to prevent further damage.

Maintaining High Safety Standards during the Restoration of Water Damage Incidents in Wayne

Water loss incidents present different safety challenges to house occupants, including children and pets. Sometimes the circumstances can be aggravated by the procedures followed during restoration. SERVPRO makes safe restoration of water-damaged properties, a priority.

Safety of the Worksite

Wide-ranging actions are necessary to keep a worksite safe during the restoration of water damage incidents in Wayne. Our SERVPRO technicians start by planning the worksite, ensuring equipment and cleaning products are readily accessible but not exposed to children and pets. We achieve this by having a designated staging area, which can be a utility room, bathroom, or laundry room where possible. We take time to identify possible hazards such as slippery floors or cables and hoses, which can trip people as they move around the worksite.

Equipment safety

Water damage restoration requires the use of different equipment and cleaning products. Some may be used once, while others are used repeatedly. Proper planning helps guarantee safety for everyone that enters the worksite during the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps such as checking for nicks or cuts in power cords before plugging in electric equipment. We also ensure proper grounding by using GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. We follow best practices when performing all tasks, including the simple ones. For instance, we avoid actions such as pulling on the cords to unplug equipment, which is not only dangerous but can also damage the power outlets in your home.

Product safety

The products used for cleaning or other procedures necessary when restoring water loss can be harmful to people or cause additional damages to the contents in the affected areas if mishandled. Our SERVPRO technicians follow product label instructions strictly when determining the amount to use, pH levels, dwell time, and ventilation requirements where necessary. When cleaning fabrics, we always pre-test a product before applying it over a massive area.

Secondary damages or injury to people can aggravate the loss after a water spill. Call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The SERVPRO ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Provides Wayne Property Owners with Means of Preventing Water Damage

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

image of ERP mobile app on a tablet SERVPRO Provides Vehicles and Even Software to Help Mitigate Water Damage in Wayne

Water Damage Wayne – Choosing a Water Restoration Company

Clients dealing with water damage situations do not have much time to research whom to call for help. Water is all over the floor. The client is worried about damage to their Wayne home or commercial space and the contents. Consumers may lose time at work, and business owners may need to close.

This is why SERVPRO should be your first choice for water damage recovery in Wayne and the surrounding areas. We respond in less than 4 hours from your initial call and are available on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis. We have fully equipped trucks available to be dispatched to your home or business. We train our team members in water damage restoration, microbial remediation as well as additional courses for many other emergencies, including fire and smoke damage.

We work with your insurance company adjuster to help manage the insurance claim process and the paperwork. We discuss each step with you and your insurance company. If needed, we set up staging areas to store your content.

We equip SERVPRO trucks with the latest water removal extractors, moisture and humidity sensors, and drying equipment to ensure there is no moisture remaining. We avoid mold infestations by thoroughly drying your home and its contents.

Response time is critical. A fast response can limit the amount of damage and enable your home or business to be returned to you quickly. SERVPRO is committed to minimizing the response time to your location. We are also committed to helping our clients prepare for water damage. That's why we offer our free Emergency READY Profile Program (ERP.) When you create a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, the information in this profile can be used by both team members and clients to respond quickly.

There are tips for the homeowner as well as employees on what to do to minimize the damage. There is information about where shutoff valves are located. Are there keys needed for access? Our profile includes Insurance company information. SERVPRO offers superior response times and service to our customers.

Call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Pompton Lakes, North Haledon, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.