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We Respond Fast To Your Fort Lee Water Damage Disaster

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Small air movers working to remove water vapor from this room These small air movers were strategically placed to maximize the circulation of water vapor in this home.

Get Fast And Efficient Water Damage Restoration In Your Fort Lee Residence

Water damage does not always result from significant leaks. Small leaks that might go undetected for an extended period can ruin your carpeting or cause electrical faults, warping of wood flooring, swelling of drywall, or sagging of ceilings. If you do not perform restoration on time, you can incur costly repairs, or your home might be unsafe to live in.

The small leaks in your property could be from a cracked tile in the bathroom or a malfunctioning dishwasher, washing machine or water heater. Regardless of what caused the water damage in your Fort Lee residence, SERVPRO can handle the problem. Our technicians can complete any restoration project proficiently.

Water damage poses many dangers in a home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, above-average humidity levels are enough to cause a hazardous environment for the occupants of a home. The recommended moisture levels are around 40 to 60 percent. Anything above that creates a conducive environment for dangerous toxins and mold growth. Mold can cause health effects to the occupants of a property.

One of the most significant steps in water damage restoration is the drying process. If the drying process is not properly undertaken, the property can sustain more water damage. During the drying process, it is possible to face condensation problems. Condensation is the process in which water vapor turns into a liquid. It prevents efficient drying and can also cause secondary damage to your property. Therefore, we note any issues that may arise courtesy of condensation and resolve them professionally. Condensation can happen in:

Wall cavities

From the years we have been in the restoration industry, we have learned that when restorers apply heat on wall surfaces, condensation takes place in the wall cavities. To avoid such a problem, we can use a venting box fan to increase the airflow in the property. Increasing air circulation also speeds up the drying process.

Hardwood floors

Condensation problem in hardwoods occurs in their interstitial cavities. Condensation takes place when the surface temperature falls below the dew point. This is the temperature at which water vapor starts to turn to a liquid. We avoid this problem by controlling airflow and humidity in the property while performing heat drying. Our team can use desiccant dehumidifiers to remove moisture. This equipment uses chemicals known as desiccants, which readily absorb moisture from the air.

When drying your home, our SERVPRO team can use portable heaters, the HVAC system, or air conditioners to control the temperature and facilitate drying.

After a water loss incident, SERVPRO of Fort Lee can restore your property to its pre-incident state. We respond fast to emergencies at any time of the day. Call us today at (201) 496-6024 for restoration services in Edgewater, Cliffside Park, and Ridgefield.

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Unexpected Flood Damage In Your Edgewater Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Proven technologies employed by crews with years of training and experience are why SERVPRO stands apart in the flood restoration business.

We Anticipate Unexpected Flood Damage: Why SERVPRO Is an Essential Resource in Edgewater

Just because flooding is considered a summer or fall challenge in Edgewater does not mean the winter months are free of risk. Flooding is a natural consequence of heavy precipitation and high winds. Along the Hudson, a storm surge can threaten at any time that the conditions are right. Our training and experience during the hurricane season translate into preparation for winter weather crises, why we receive calls to help with flooding 365 days of the year.

Water in All Forms Contribute to Flood Damage
The weight of sleet and snow and formation of ice dams top-side on your home can damage roofing and gutters, allowing moisture to enter your home as meltwater flood damage in Edgewater. Wind damage or snow-coated downed tree limbs or icy power lines can also rip holes in siding and break windows. Our crews arrive ready to secure your roof and exterior from the elements, why you do not need to hire more than one contractor for mitigation and remediation.

Cold Weather Increases Foundation Flooding Risk
As the precipitation swings from rain to sleet, ice, and snow, and back again, the frozen ground cannot absorb liquids. Your basement, lower levels, or crawl spaces are at high risk of water seepage as it pools around buildings. Our commercial-grade pumps and extractors are impervious to the cold or electricity shutoffs, powered by gas or onboard generators. The variety of weather-based complications we see currently explain why SERVPRO stocks each service vehicle with a broad range of extraction devices. Delay exposes your property to secondary damage, so we do everything in our power to have appropriate equipment in the truck.

Drying Challenges in Colder Weather
Colder temperatures do not negate the need for appropriate drying techniques after flood water extraction. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training our managers and technicians receive covers the use of different types of dehumidifiers depending on the conditions. The variability temperature and humidity are why SERVPRO depends on a selection of refrigerant, low grain refrigerant, and desiccant dehumidifiers to get the job done. Only desiccant dehumidifiers work in temperatures below 33 degrees, and they are effective from 0 to 95 degrees and well-suited for confined areas like crawl spaces. Our certified technicians monitor the drying action carefully as alternatives to regular refrigerant models can overdry materials, causing cracking and shrinkage.

Proven technologies employed by crews with years of training and experience are why SERVPRO of Fort Lee stands apart in the flood restoration business. Call us at (201) 496-6024 to get the recovery started.

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Why Fort Lee Homeowners have Trusted SERVPRO Restoration Services for Home Emergencies Since 2009.

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck parked in a parking lot. Let us show you why SERVPRO should be your number one pick for Fort Lee.

We know exactly what you're Fort Lee community needs for restoration services.

As a proud provider of restoration services for Fort Lee, we understand how property damages can affect a customer's everyday life. Whether it be a water leak, fire, storm event or mold growth, our team is available for a professional, honest assessment, and remediation. SERVPRO of Fort Lee has operated here since 2009, prioritizing restoration with minimal disruption. At times, our duties may include bringing in third-party general contractors to perform repairs. You can trust us to complete the necessary paperwork and admin to be handed over to the insurance adjuster for a stress-free claim. 

Water

Homeowners with apparent water emergencies in their Fort Lee home should decide to bring in professional restoration services for all but the most benign issues. In many cases, what may appear to be a non-emergency can cause long term problems. A slow leak, for example, can send water into cavities throughout your home. Without the proper care and attention, this buildup of moisture can result in discoloration of flooring, wall-paper, or paintwork as well as increasing the risk of a microbial growth issue.

SERVPRO uses a variety of detection and assessment equipment to ensure water damage in your Fort Lee home is dealt with comprehensively. We offer homeowners the option of specialist restoration services that may not be available with other providers. These services could include natural wood restoration as well as mitigating losses relating to electronic devices or essential household documents. Using moisture sensors and meters SERVPRO technicians can get a complete picture of the extent of water damage in your Fort Lee property. 

Specialist restoration services could include controlling and reducing the moisture content of natural materials in the home. The wood used in floorboards and window frames can often become porous over time as sealants naturally wear. Introducing water to these natural materials can cause them to expand, resulting in cupping, warping, and buckling. SERVPRO technicians know that woods should hold moisture content no higher than 12%. Using dehumidification equipment alongside heated air movers can work together to reduce moisture content. Once the item is appropriately dry, we can often sand and refinish the affected area to a like-new condition.

Fire

Waking up to the sound of a fire alarm is an unpleasant experience. Evacuating the property safely before calling in the fire department should be prioritized above saving possessions. Once a fire marshall has cleared the property for entry, you may want to consider contacting a professional restoration service here in Fort Lee. While you wait for SERVPRO to arrive, you can begin mitigating loss by placing old sheets or coverings over the floor as well as opening windows. Opening windows can allow fresh outdoor air to replace odorous indoor air left behind after a fire. Covering the floor with old sheets can help to prevent falling soot from causing further fire damage to your Fort Lee home.

SERVPRO restoration services cover both the structure and contents of your home. When arriving on-site, your technician can conduct a quick pre-test of smoke residues and soot textures to determine the most effective course of action. We can remove charred materials and debris from the property while tagging possessions that we believe can be restored to a preloss condition. Although not all items in the home are salvageable after a fire, we work with a restore over replace method that could help to reduce your claim expense.

Thorough chemical cleaning is a common practice to remove stubborn soot and smoke residues before drying the affected area. Once a SERVPRO technician is satisfied that the area is clean and clear of potential odor-causing materials, we can set to work deodorizing the property to remove any remaining odor particles. Usually, our team deploys pellets in cavities around the home and ultra-low volume thermal fogging equipment to tackle odors. In severe fire damages, we may decide to bring in oZone generators that permanently alter the atmosphere and eliminate residual odors.  

Mold 

The types of property damages that usually cause mold are those related to moisture. If your home becomes exposed after a storm event or internal plumbing issue, you may begin to notice unpleasant musty odors in some areas of the property. These malodors are often followed by the appearance of mold damage in your Fort Lee home; starting in corners before slowly spreading outwards. Vigorously scrubbing at mold colonies can prove to be a sufficient stop gap. However, at some point, you should consider professional restoration services to prevent molds from regrowing. 

To stop mold, you need to tackle it at the source. Our professional mold remediation technicians are an essential part of the team at SERVPRO. Equipped with the correct licenses and training, we can find the source of a mold problem and use a range of drying equipment, cleaning agents, and antimicrobial treatments to prevent it from becoming a constant issue. Laboratory testing can be an effective solution, but it is also time-consuming and rarely covered in a home insurance plan. At SERVPRO, we offer Fort Lee residents a practical solution to microbial growth issues. 

Mold colonies form when airborne spores land in areas where there are food supply, moisture, and warm temperatures. Porous materials like insulation and drywall can be particularly susceptible to mold infestations and are rarely salvageable. SERVPRO restoration services can demolish infested materials, clean and dry the affected area before installing replacement drywall and insulation. In most cases, the odor is intrinsically linked to the infestation itself, disappearing once cleaning and drying are complete. However, in situations where odors persist, SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) can remove or mask the odor, causing particles until they naturally dissipate.

Storm

Storm-related events can be complex restoration services to deliver. When storm damage strikes your Fort Lee home, multiple issues need consideration. First of all, is what type of harm is caused to the property, whether water or wind-related. SERVPRO restoration services also need to consider what the potential losses could be and perform several vital tasks quickly to limit the impact of those losses. These could include securing the structure as well as placing temporary tarps over gaps in roofs, windows, or doors to seal them from the outside elements.

One storm-related harm to your property could be the presence of excess quantities of water. These can often pour into your property as a result of flash flooding or heavy rainfall. As a general rule, water causes more damage the longer it remains in your Fort Lee home. SERVPRO large loss teams are adept at removing water using a combination of pumping equipment and massive duty water extractors. We can set up drying equipment to tackle any residual moisture that may have been absorbed by carpets or other porous materials exposed to water. The proper drying procedure is essential to reducing the likelihood of mold or discoloration to fabrics and materials in your home.

It is not uncommon for a homeowner to need the help of third-party contractors to return their Fort Lee home to its preloss condition. SERVPRO has trusted contacts in the local area and can arrange for specialist repair work on your behalf. SERVPRO of Fort Lee is a local provider that is here to get your home back to its best after a fire, water-incident, mold or storm damage with minimal disruption to your everyday life. Contact us today at (201) 496-6024.

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SERVPRO is Your First Choice to Remediate Mold Damage in Fort Lee

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in water damaged room Unresolved water damage becomes breeding grounds for mold. SERVPRO has the knowledge to eliminate the water source and remove the mold.

Remediating Attic Mold Damage in a Fort Lee Home

There are over 100,000 known species of mold globally, with 1,000 varieties in the US alone. While mold is a natural part of any environment and found at almost any building, it is crucial to keep these fungi and bacteria populations under control with professional-grade remediation. As long as there is sufficient moisture, oxygen, and organic material to feed on, mold can thrive for long periods, which can eventually damage structural materials. 

If your Fort Lee residence requires mold damage remediation, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to remove mold from your house and restore it to a preloss condition. This crew receives extensive training in mold remediation and related damages, and take great care to salvage structures while saving homeowners time and money.  

SERVPRO Training & Education

Technicians and franchise owners are required to learn the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and best practices in a variety of disaster situations. These include water and fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, as well as other restoration services that can aid homeowners. Employee certification training covers all of this in thorough detail, including safety measures, calculations, scientific theory, and much more.  

All staff also have access to continuous education through online courses that are voluntary and self-paced. SERVPRO dedicates itself to ensuring that staff members stay at the forefront of disaster mitigation knowledge and techniques to maintain a high standard of service for the community.  

How SERVPRO Can Help

One of the initial steps for remediating mold is establishing containment spaces to prevent spores from spreading. Technicians take great care not to introduce unaffected areas to materials impacted by mold spores. Mold containment measures can include a variety of safety measures, such as: 

  • Implementing plastic sheeting as a containment barrier
  • Sealing HVAC vents to prevent duct system contamination
  • Designating "clean rooms" so that technicians can safely enter, leave, and decontaminate their equipment and other materials without affecting other areas of the home
  • Installing 6mm polypropylene sheeting over doorways
  • Establishing negative air pressure in affected areas 

SERVPRO of Fort Lee strives to leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." You can call (201) 496-6024 today for rapid disaster cleanup. 

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Communication Is Key to Initiating Flood Loss Cleanup in Fort Lee Industrial and Businesses--Call SERVPRO

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Silhouette of two men standing in floodwater and staring out of large plate glass window of an office Commercial flood damage in Fort Lee can be a catastrophic event for businesses. SERVPRO arranges the response to quickly restore your property.

Commercial Flood Damage Fort Lee – Primary Contact

Whenever there is a flood from overflowing streams or rivers, or a storm has broken windows allowing water to penetrate a commercial building, most owners and managers are very stressed and worried about their business. The business may have to close for some time. Loss of revenue, employees out of work, and damaged contents are often their top concern.

SERVPRO understands that a commercial flood damage situation in Fort Lee may be considered a catastrophic event by many people. It is our job to make sense out of a chaotic situation and formulate a plan to complete a cleanup, provide board up services if needed, remove water and moisture and dry the building as well as the contents. Every hour lost has the potential to impact the bottom line of the company's income statement.

Assessment and Planning

Based on the initial information provided to our team, SERVPRO dispatches a project manager, crew chief, and technicians. Once the project manager or crew chief determines the environment is safe to begin work, our technician begins organizing and preparing for additional resources and equipment arriving on site. Every job is different, and it is essential to arrange the correct response to restore your commercial property as fast as possible.

Establishing Primary Contact and Decision Process 

SERVPRO can work with a company's primary contact. Your company's contact should be someone who has the authority to make decisions that can facilitate recovery. For example, decisions about establishing a staging area in an unaffected area of the building can save a great deal of time. Equipment can be delivered and stored until it is needed. Building contents can also be stored in a staging area instead of offsite. These are for large loss types of emergency measures to mitigate flood damage.

There may be multiple people who may want to interface with our team, sometimes with conflicting instructions. It is essential to provide clear direction. SERVPRO can mobilize pumps, decontamination equipment, water extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment much more efficiently. We aim to return your building to you, "Like it never even happened," whenever possible and as fast as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Cliffside Park, Palisades Park, Undercliff Junction, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

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Some Warning Signs of Flood Damage Issues in Cliffside Park

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged living room with floating furniture Coming home to a flooded space can be a reason for despair. Pick up the phone and call SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Risk of Overland Flood Damage in Cliffside Park: Why SERVPRO Sticks to Our Mission

The majority of the projects we complete in Cliffside Park involve water losses, whether because of plumbing mishaps, appliance malfunctions, or the overwhelming onslaught of overland flooding. Heavy precipitation or sanitary sewer backups can flood your basement or crawl space with inches to feet of contaminated water. A do-it-yourself response is inadequate during this kind of crisis, why we prioritize flooding mitigation and remediation.

Contamination Concerns Need a Professional Response

The potential to contract infectious diseases or risk exposure to dangerous chemicals when flood damages your Cliffside Park home cannot be ignored. As rain, sleet, or snow dumps substantial amounts of water on the pavement and the ground surrounding your house, it picks up industrial waste, landscaping chemicals, organic material including dead animals and their waste, and more. Overtaxed sewers can force human waste back into your basement. Pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi can be present. The possibility of exposure to blood and fecal-borne diseases is why our employees suit up in personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow containment and lawful disposal protocols as we properly clean up the flooding.

Coursework in Psychrometry

Why SERVPRO facilitates advanced training in the science of drying or psychrometry is simple. A knowledgeable and experienced workforce focuses on the elements of flood damage mitigation and remediation we can control and manipulate. Ensuring that we follow safety protocols as we remove water, disinfect surfaces, and dry out spaces delivers results without compromising the health and welfare of the occupants and the structural integrity of the building. Best practices dictate we clear away dirt and debris along with water before sanitizing with EPA-registered antimicrobials. Then we balance heat and air movement to speed evaporation of absorbed moisture. Follow up with high-efficiency dehumidifiers removes the water vapor, enhancing the action of heated air movers as capable structural drying equipment.

A foundation in contamination containment, and the science of drying is why SERVPRO of Fort Lee fits the bill for flood damage recovery. Call (201) 496-6024 day or night to schedule an assessment and immediate implementation of a remediation plan.

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We Are Here To Help You Every Step Of The Way When Dealing With Flood Damage In Fort Lee

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Card board boxes in a basement covered by water damage The water climbed up the cardboard boxes in this home after a flood. The homeowner was relieved when we were able to clean up the mess.

Do You Need Flood Damage Remediation In Fort Lee? How To Spot The Warning Signs

A natural disaster can happen at any time, leaving Fort Lee homeowners looking for ways to save their property from flood damage. You must act fast to keep moisture levels and water intrusion from harming the structure of your home and the contents within. Calling the professionals to assess your needs gets you one step closer to returning your property to pre-storm conditions.

Before addressing any of the flood damage to your Fort Lee home, it is best to follow specific steps. These steps help you to get familiar with the process of restoration and the steps necessary to work with your insurance company to address the loss. Our team at SERVPRO is available to help clients to navigate their world after a natural disaster or flood. We have the experience necessary to make the disaster relief easier as you go through the hurdles that lie ahead.

First Steps

We encourage homeowners to get in touch with our team at SERVPRO upon returning to their homes after suffering flood loss. We are happy to get to work on an assessment right away to mitigate the loss and start protecting as many structural elements as possible. The more time that passes, the more all of the construction materials are exposed to excessive moisture and standing water. Lingering exposure leads to harmful decay and the potential for dangerous mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians do the initial assessment to give your insurance provider the information necessary to start in on your claim. We can take photographic evidence of the flood damage and fill out all documentation to facilitate the claim process. From there, we work on strategic water removal and drying while using industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers. 

Do you have questions regarding the first steps to take after suffering loss from a flood? Call us today at SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024, and our team can talk you through the remediation process.

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We Are Here To Help You Every Step Of The Way When Dealing With Flood Damage In Fort Lee

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Do You Need Flood Damage Remediation In Fort Lee? How To Spot The Warning Signs

A natural disaster can happen at any time, leaving Fort Lee homeowners looking for ways to save their property from flood damage. You must act fast to keep moisture levels and water intrusion from harming the structure of your home and the contents within. Calling the professionals to assess your needs gets you one step closer to returning your property to pre-storm conditions.

Before addressing any of the flood damage to your Fort Lee home, it is best to follow specific steps. These steps help you to get familiar with the process of restoration and the steps necessary to work with your insurance company to address the loss. Our team at SERVPRO is available to help clients to navigate their world after a natural disaster or flood. We have the experience necessary to make the disaster relief easier as you go through the hurdles that lie ahead.

First Steps

We encourage homeowners to get in touch with our team at SERVPRO upon returning to their homes after suffering flood loss. We are happy to get to work on an assessment right away to mitigate the loss and start protecting as many structural elements as possible. The more time that passes, the more all of the construction materials are exposed to excessive moisture and standing water. Lingering exposure leads to harmful decay and the potential for dangerous mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians do the initial assessment to give your insurance provider the information necessary to start in on your claim. We can take photographic evidence of the flood damage and fill out all documentation to facilitate the claim process. From there, we work on strategic water removal and drying while using industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers. 

Do you have questions regarding the first steps to take after suffering loss from a flood? Call us today at SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024, and our team can talk you through the remediation process.

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Environmental Threats After A Fire in Edgewater

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to home Give our skilled professionals a call anytime that you need us at (201) 496-6024.

Environmental Threats After Fire Losses in Edgewater Homes

Air quality concerns are a common threat after fire loss incidents within Edgewater residences, even if the fire itself was not widespread and engulfing. Even localized disasters affecting little more than a single room can still present widespread and damaging airborne hazards such as soot, debris, smoke particulates, and other contaminants that must get addressed before the family can resume comfortable living again in the house.

As premier restoration professionals capable of addressing nearly all fire damage to Edgewater homes, our SERVPRO team has multiple strategies for overcoming these environmental threats in your residence. Once the fire has gotten extinguished, there is little time to waste to begin this cleanup and recovery efforts so that effects like soot do not become even more challenging to clean and remove. That getting said, a lower dispersion of these particles can also indicate a more concentrated presence of soot still in the air.

Soot is one of the primary threats present in the air once firefighters have extinguished the blaze. With its microscopic size, particles can get breathed deeply into the lungs and can present respiratory complications for those that do not have the appropriate personal protective equipment. Our SERVPRO team can utilize full-face respirators, Tyvek suits, and even SCBA equipment when necessary to keep our technicians safe as we assess the damage and begin the initial steps of mitigation.

We have multiple pieces of equipment capable of reducing the presence of these harmful particles – in many cases as small as .3 microns – from the environment. Air scrubbers can do much good for filtering out air contaminants, as the onboard HEPA filter can catch much of the residues and debris. Hydroxyl generators also present the filtration ability for larger spaces, but can simultaneously also harness a combination of water vapor and UV to deodorize the immediate area as well.

Keeping your family safe should always be your top priority after a fire, and our SERVPRO of Fort Lee team can help to reduce airborne threats to make the living space safe again as quickly as possible. Give our skilled professionals a call anytime that you need us at (201) 496-6024.

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SERVPRO has Multiple Extractor Options for Water Damaged Edgewater Homes

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of SERVPRO storage facility.  SERVPRO drying equipment being stored Take a peek inside of our storage facility. This is just some of the equipment that we have available to restore your home.

Why We Have Extractor Choices for Edgewater Homes 

You might think that all extraction tools are the same, but there are varying degrees of power and precision to cater to specific water loss scenarios that threaten Edgewater homes. The advantage of having multiple choices for extraction is that we can provide a tailored water removal experience for each residence after a water loss and have the most efficient path to getting drying efforts started. 

We have multiple options for water removal in Edgewater homes, most of which exceed the power and capacities of store-brand vacuums or portable pumps. While homeowners do have the capacity to purchase versions of many of the tools we use from home improvement locations, they often lack the same strength that our equipment does. We have a vast inventory of extraction tools ranging from light wands to extractor vehicles in our fleet, helping us to protect water-damaged properties better. 

In most recovery scenarios, our SERVPRO team implements more than one extraction device on the same restoration project. For example, our electric submersible pumps and the stronger gas-powered trash pump function best when water levels are higher than 2 inches. Once the water has gotten reduced to this depth, we can switch to more focused tools like our light wands attached to wet vacs to finish the excess water removal. We can develop the right approach for the damage scenario based on the severity of the standing water and how widespread these effects have become. 

We also have specialty extractor options that can help to address the oversaturation of areas like carpeting. With self-propelled weighted extractors and ride-ons, we can force moisture out from the padding and subflooring of carpeted areas to dry out these materials. When approached quickly enough, we can reduce the need for the reinstallation of new carpeting. 

Water removal scenarios vary from house to house, but our SERVPRO of Fort Lee team has the equipment and skill to address them individually. We can customize a restoration plan suited to your home and get your property back to preloss condition quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (201) 496-6024. 

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