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Should Fort Lee Homeowners Clean Fire Damage Themselves?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damaged home Fire and smoke damage done to your home is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the man power and equipment for any size job.

SERVPRO Brings Advances Equipment and Techniques for Fire Restoration in Fort Lee Properties

There is more damage caused by a fire than burned fixtures, furnishings, and structural assemblies. The smoke and soot degrade the indoor air quality and can settle on surfaces and cause secondary fire damage.

When a homeowner reports a Fort Lee fire in their home, the damage may all look the same, but there are four different soot types, and each one needs a specific handling method. 

The types of soot SERVPRO technicians deal with regularly are:

  • Dry smoke  
  • Wet smoke 
  • Protein smoke 
  • Fuel oil smoke

As a fire burns through a structure, both dry and wet smoke can get left upon surfaces as the heat of the fire and articles burned change. Slower burning, smoldering fires, and burned plastics tend to leave behind wet residues that smear easily and stick to surfaces. Building materials and wood tend to burn at higher temperatures and leave dry, powdery dry smoke that spreads with ease and should get removed without the use of liquid cleaners. While dry smoke is less staining and leaves a less pungent odor behind, the presence of wet smoke residues may require multiple odor control applications to rid the structure of any residual odors. 

SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 brings professional service and experience to all types of fire restoration in Fort Lee homes. 

Local Fort Lee Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech setting up equipment Flood damage properties are no easy task. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the flood mitigation services you need.

SERVPRO Has the Equipment to Remove Floodwater

Floodwater in a home can happen in an instant. Once the water is inside the house, it races and can seep under floors, and behind walls as fast it can recede. 

SERVPRO techs use a host of specific devices to scope Fort Lee homes with flood damage. This attention to detail enables the techs to locate all areas of collected moisture. The extraction process may involve many different types of removal equipment such as portable pumps, mops, and even squeegee. The techs pick up the maximum amount of water to make the drying phase of the cleanup go even faster. 

Drying a property post-flood can bring unique challenges for the technicians. For example, carpet needs different handling than hardwood flooring. The techs use direct drying equipment such as: 

  • Injecti-Dry system for driving warm, dry air into small areas
  • Drying mats for hardwood flooring
  • Air movers with created tubing to direct air under a carpet

SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 helps save local Fort Lee properties with any size flood damage. Through the use of their advanced applications, the techs make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Local Edgewater Property Owners Count On SERVPRO for Water Removal

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has Professional Equipment for Edgewater Water Removal Jobs

The area now known as Edgewater was once part of the Lenape tribe, sometimes referred to as Delaware. These Native Americans lived and prospered in the area as farmers, hunters, and gatherers for thousands of years. Once the European settlers began arriving, the Lenape started selling portions of their lands to the settlers; in this way, Vriessendael, the first modern colony in Bergen County, finally became the modern-day Edgewater got founded. Vriessendael got destroyed in 1643, three years after its founding, land disputes with another local tribe that also laid claim to the land. 

Edgewater's earliest industry was fishing, where shad were abundant as the fish migrated up the Hudson River from the Atlantic Ocean to spawn. One of the first service businesses was set up by Etienne Burdett. He established a ferry service between the north border of Edgewater and Manhattan Island in 1758. The structure known as Burdett's Landing, where the ferry launched from, stood until 1899 and was invaluable for the movement of supplies and soldiers during the American Revolutionary War to get needed support to Fort Lee and Fort Washington. 

In the late 19th century, Edgewater underwent a massive change in direction and stopped being a fishing town and changed to being a much-in-demand resort town with several large hotels built to handle the influx of visitors. During this time, Burdett's Landing adopted the new name of "Old Stone Dock." 

The 20th century saw Edgewater morph into a genuinely industrial city with the establishment of numerous factories, and New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railway cut the Edgewater Tunnel through the Palisades, which connected the borough to the mainline. The town's proximity to the Hudson River's deepwater piers made it especially suited for shipping goods. As the industry continued to grow and spread, the hotels and reputation as a resort town faded. By 1920, the primary industries were producing:

  • Chemicals
  • Dyes
  • Oils
  • Sugars for food production. 

Transitioning into a more residential community has been difficult as the borough still has marks from its time as an industrial force. The land from the old Alco Plant site got sold to a developer who wanted to build condominiums. Still, the ground had contamination from industrial chemicals, including PCBs, and this situation was not an isolated incident.

What Are the Consequences of Waiting for Water Removal in Edgewater Properties?

When an Edgewater home needs water removal, the sooner the process starts, the better. The time span between the damage to the home and the cleanup can increase the number of building materials and articles that cannot get restored. Professional biocides help lower the risk of bacteria build-up in water that aged before SERVPRO technicians were brought in.

SERVPRO technicians usually set up a cleaning station just outside the worksite to handle items that need stain removal or sanitizing. The most common types of cleaning methods include:

  • Immersion cleaning
  • Spot cleaning
  • Agitation 

SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 relies on the certified, professional technicians for water removal needs in local Edgewater properties.

Cliffside Park Car and Truck Enthusiasts Rejoice!

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

A blurred image of vehicles in a building. If you're into auto shows, New York International Auto Show at the Convention Center is where you want to be on August 20th and 29th.

Satiate Your Curiosity at the New York International Auto Show Near Cliffside Park.

Once again, the New York International Auto Show is returning to Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center, a venue located a short distance from Cliffside Park.  This spectacular event, dating back to 1900, is America’s first and most popular auto show.  This year, international vehicle producers are going to display about 1,000 cars and trucks, including all the newest models and innovative concept cars.  When planning your attendance, please remember the following:

  • The event takes place between August 20th and 29th
  • Its hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 10 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Tickets can either be purchased online or at the door and cost $17 for adults and $7 for children

As fellow car and truck lovers, the professionals at SERVPRO of Fort Lee are pleased to announce this historic auto show.  With that said, as one of the area’s best flood damage remediation companies, we would also like to remind you of the ever-present threat of flooding in the local area.  So, if you ever need help overcoming flood damage, call us at (201) 496-6024.

Enjoy an Exciting Day of Fantasy and Fun in Fort Lee.

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Cartoon video objects. Fantasy and Fun all in one, go out and enjoy the day.

Attend the Puchi Anime & Video Game Con in Fort Lee on June 5th and 6th.

Are you a big fan of Japanese art forms?  Well, then, local event planner Perez Play has just the Fort Lee event for you.  The planner has announced that its popular Puchi Anime & Video Game Con is being held this year on June 5th and 6th at the Hyatt Place Fort Lee / George Washington Bridge.  Among other things, attendees can enjoy some of the following fantastical activities:

  • Anime Game Show
  • Anime Rap Battle
  • Cosplay Anime Dance Classes
  • Cosplay Masquerade
  • J-Pop and K-Pop Karaoke
  • Video Gaming Activities

The convention starts at 11 AM and ends at 8 PM on the 5th and continues on the 6th between 11 AM and 5 PM.  Visit the Puchi Con website or call 551-795-1333 for additional details.

As your neighbors, SERVPRO of Fort Lee is pleased to tell you about this interesting nearby convention.  At the same time, as one of the area’s best fire damage restoration companies, we would also like to remind you that we are always here to help.  Call us anytime at (201) 496-6024 for assistance.

The Film Industry of Fort Lee.

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Fort Lee was the Nation’s First “Hollywood.”

Today, Hollywood, California is most often considered to be the filmmaking capital of America, if not the world.  However, this has not always been the case.  In fact, little more than a hundred years ago, the town of Fort Lee, New Jersey was at the heart of the fledgling filmmaking industry.  This seemingly odd circumstance resulted because of at least four practical reasons.  First, Thomas Edison invented the movie camera in nearby West Orange and soon after established the very first movie studio there.  A second reason for Fort lee’s rise as a moviemaking mecca was its proximity to New York City and its large pool of theater actors.  Thirdly, the town was located in the country’s main commercial and population hub at the time.  Lastly, it offered diverse and easy to access landscapes for filming locations.

The Fort Lee Film Industry is Born

Fort Lee’s early status as the nation’s first major film-producing center largely developed because of the efforts of inventor Thomas Edison.  In 1886, Edison invented the kinetoscope, the world’s first motion picture camera.  Eventually, in 1893, the inventor built the first movie production studio, “Black Maria,” on the grounds of his West Orange workshop, a mere thirty miles away from Fort Lee.  After acquiring several patents related to his new invention and forming a movie production syndicate, Edison became the dominant force in the film industry for several years.  The movies of his companies, like the popular 1907 silent film “Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest,” introduced other would-be moviemakers to the area as a prime filming location.           

Benefits of Locating in Fort Lee and How it Fueled the New Industry

Located across from Manhattan, where the present-day George Washington Bridge crosses the Hudson River, Fort Lee was an ideal location for movie studios.  This was true for various obvious reasons, like:

  • Fort Lee was near centers of movie making technology, making it more convenient for firms to acquire and maintain equipment
  • The town was located just across the river from the nation’s largest and most famous theater district, giving studios easy access to a large pool of talented actors  
  • It was in the heart of America’s largest population and commercial center, which put filmmakers closer to potential funding sources, made film production and distribution much easier, and gave firms access to more venues to showcase their movies
  • The area around the town offered diverse landscapes, including various urban and natural environments, ideal for films depicting varied international settings   

All of these benefits were quickly noticed by other aspiring film directors and motion picture production companies that settled there between 1907 and 1918.  Famed directors like D.W. Griffith shot hundreds of movies around Fort Lee and, by 1918, eleven or more production studios had located there.        

The Notable Movies and Actors of the Fort Lee Era

At its zenith, the Fort Lee motion picture industry cranked out hundreds of films and hosted the talents of several notable actors and actresses.  Some of the more notable films from the era included:

  • The Call of the Wild (1908), a Western melodrama about the relationship between an Indian brave and a white woman
  • The Battle (1911), a picture set during the American Civil War
  • Robin Hood (1912), a movie about Robin Hood and his merry men
  • The Blue Bird (1918), a fantasy film
  • Within Our Gates (1919), a theatrical response to D.W. Griffith’s controversial picture The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the earliest known film made by an African American

In these early days of motion pictures, it was not uncommon to see famed industry celebrities walking about in this community on the Hudson.  A few of the more recognizable A-list stars that passed through the area while working on movies were:

  • “Fatty” Arbuckle
  • Lionel Barrymore
  • Lillian Gish
  • Mary Pickford
  • Will Rogers
  • Rudolph Valentino

These particular actors and actresses were so influential that they defined the silent film era and essentially all of them are remembered today.

The End of Fort Lee’s Golden Age

Fort Lee’s time as the movie capital of the world effectively ended in 1918.  The frigid winter of that year, combined with coal shortages fostered by the First World War, made it difficult for local film studios to heat their facilities and continue production.  In addition to this hardship was the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 that forced production companies to close for weeks at a time.  Ultimately, all these problems motivated these firms to relocate to the Los Angeles area.     

As you can see, unforeseen circumstances can upset the plans of anyone.  This is why the water damage mitigation experts at SERVPRO of Fort Lee would like to remind you that we are always ready to deal with your water-related issues.  Call us anytime at (201) 496-6024 for assistance.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Remediate Your Water-Related Problems?

Once SERVPRO technicians are onsite, they quickly get to work on mitigating potential water damage.  They locate, dry, deodorize, and repair water-impacted structural elements and household contents.  Some of the specific measures our skilled professionals take to remediate your home’s water damage are:

  • Quickly identifying water sources and affected materials with moisture sensors/meters and infrared cameras
  • Effectively repairing leaks that are causing your water issues
  • Rapidly removing all standing water with wet vacs and powerful extractors
  • Using cutting edge air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems to dry surfaces and areas in your home affected by excess moisture
  • Disinfecting and deodorizing impacted carpeting and furnishings with innovative injection devices
  • Employing ultra-low volume and thermal foggers to kill harmful microbes and neutralize odors

These time-tested procedures are highly effective in mitigating your home’s water-related problems and saving you money in the long run.

Your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Fort Lee understand the ultimate impact of water damage on your home and life.  With that said, we want you to know that our water damage mitigation team is ready to help you whenever you need us.  Call us at (201) 496-6024 for assistance.

Have a Laugh with Other Fort Lee Residents at a Comedy Showcase

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Two large SERVPRO services vehicles. Fire loss will be more if you do not act fast enough to the damage. Call SERVPRO for their expertise in the matter of fire damage restoration.

See the final Miracle Mile OTR Comedy Showcase of 2020. 

If there is anything that we need after a year like this one, it is a good laugh. On December 30th, 2020, you can take in the final comedy showcase event by the Miracle Mile OTR. These events bring out the best of the best in the regular open mic events. The open mics and main events happen at the Wreckognize Gaming Store in Union City.

Ticket sales for these events that continue into the new year are 15 dollars, and beyond admission to the showcase, you also get hot chocolate, popcorn, and a water bottle. For more information and to grab your ticket to the night of laughter and fun, call (201) 223-9087.

There is no fun in needing fire and odor restoration for your Fort Lee home. With practical and efficient deodorization practices, we can make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give SERVPRO of Fort Lee a call today at (201) 496-6024.

Latin Dancing Classes for Edgewater Residents this Winter Season

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Learn some new moves with some new friends to take your mind off the stresses of the holidays. 

On December 22nd and December 29th, 2020, those interested in the fast-paced and passionate Latin dance moves can learn from some of the area's most talented professionals. The dance experts at the MDN Studio offer advanced and beginner students education in this challenging dance style's intricacies.  

The classes are held from 8:30 PM to 10 PM at the MDN Latin Dance Studio in Belleville. Admission to the dance course is 20 dollars and can provide you with a solid foundation of this world-recognized dance form. For more information or to reserve your spot, you can contact the studio directly (201) 388-7832.

Storm damage cleanup needs, in Edgewater businesses can take the dance out of your step. Protecting your investments and getting your doors back open again rely on the experienced response of water restoration professionals like our SERVPRO of Fort Lee team. We have an extraction, drying, and cleanup tools to help. Give us a call today at (201) 496-6024.

Meeting Water Damage Restoration Needs of Fort Lee

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO new equipment Water damage in Fort Lee will be a hassle in your home. Call SERVPRO with their experienced technicians to use new water mitigation techniques.

In New York City's metropolitan area, restorers have much to protect after water damages.

Fort Lee is a city that has almost consistently grown and evolved since its origins as one of the new settlements to take root and thrive after the American Revolution. From Bergen County being one of the catalysts for the motion picture industry to the classic Palisades Amusement Park that ran for 73 years beginning in 1898, Fort Lee has been home to many of the country's most well-known places and events. When disasters like water damage occur, protecting this history becomes the job of our experienced SERVPRO technicians.

Gateway to New York City

One of the significant attributing factors to the growth and expansion of Fort Lee after the turn of the 20th century was the creation of the George Washington Bridge. This was a substantial undertaking for both states, as it was constructed from the branch of the government agency overseeing the ports of both New York and New Jersey. This double-decked suspension bridge crosses the Hudson River and unites Fort Lee to Manhattan. The bridge was initially dedicated in 1931 and currently supports the traffic of more than 100 million vehicles a year.

The creation and heavy use of this bridge would see a growth in population for Fort Lee and its surrounding areas. Those that wanted the allure of New York City no longer had to stay within its limits to commute easily. In New Jersey, residential neighborhoods are often less crowded and less expensive for more extensive square footage in a home. The bridge continues to be a gateway connecting the still growing Fort Lee community with the Big Apple.

The Population Boom

Though highly developed now, much of this area in New Jersey used to be rural properties. Before a tremendous industrial draw began overtaking some of the developments throughout eastern New Jersey, places like Fort Lee would not see quite its peak population numbers as it does today. Even with the construction of the George Washington Bridge, which connects the city to downtown Manhattan, the population only grew slightly.

The creation and construction of multiple high-rise towers designed exclusively for living space provided the uptick in the population that modern Fort Lee residents recognize. During the 1960s and 70s, a substantial population boom was attributed to the production of these high-rise apartment buildings that could support hundreds of families within a single structure. That development continues today as an allure for those looking for more affordable accommodation without living in the city of New York.

High-Rise Structures

These structures present a need for specialized equipment and approaches when water or fire damage exists several stories in the air. As it stands, there are nine structures in Fort Lee that exceed 300 feet in height, most of which are apartments and condominiums for residents. One such structure is the formidable dual tower design of The Modern complex. This structure stretches 47 floors into the sky, with each tower having an equal half of the more than 900 apartments – many with panoramic views of the New York City skyline or the Hudson River.

While many of the other high-rises might not measure up to the nearly 500 feet of each of The Modern towers, many older constructions served as foundational blocks for the skyscrapers recently built. In 1975, the city finalized the construction of The Plaza and The Colony, twin structures that stand roughly 350 ft and feature 32 stories of apartment units.  

Cultural and Historical Centers 

With so many historical figures passing through Fort Lee and even encamping within its region, it is no great surprise to learn that the name of the city originates from one of the American Revolution generals, Charles Lee. His service to the Continental Army would be memorable, enough for his service to be commemorated by the town's naming, Despite also being involved in one of the worst retreats of the revolution at the Battle of Monmouth. Our region's role throughout the growth and adaptation of a new nation can be seen at the Fort Lee Museum.

Those wanting to better understand the conditions and the quarters for the Continental Army could also visit areas like the Ft. Lee Soldiers Cabin. This is part of a greater historic park on protected grounds of the city, which can showcase many exhibits of old weaponry, accommodations, and tools of the time period to showcase the hardships of colonial Fort Lee.

SERVPRO Restoration and Water Damage Repairs 

There is an urgency to address water disasters when they happen, precisely because of how quickly these effects can spread throughout Fort Lee homes. Mitigation is one of the most critical phases of protecting property and contents, and this begins as soon as our technicians and building trade professionals arrive. As you might expect, extraction is one of the critical elements of mitigation, specifically because of how threatening standing water can be too sensitive materials that absorb moisture and can begin to deteriorate almost immediately.

Water damage repairs for Fort Lee homes often involve compromised portions of plumbing that burst or degrade over time. With freezing being such a common occurrence during harsh winter months along the Hudson, homeowners can remain at risk of pipe bursts. Repairing damaged structural elements and compromised pipes and fixtures fall to the competent building trade professionals on our roster that arrive with our emergency response team.

Reconstruction is a specific need after substantial water loss incidents, making our general contractors' experience and available expertise valuable to restoration projects. While controlled demolition and repairs happen among the mitigation tasks necessary, the property's build-back is a step taken following the bulk of the restoration phase. 

As challenging as water damage incidents might be to overcome, involving our SERVPRO of Fort Lee team provides homes with a comprehensive solution, including restoration and repairs. Give our experienced team a call at (201) 496-6024.

Experience a Jurassic Christmas this Year at Fort Lee's Field Station: Dinosaurs

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

A Christmas tree with red letters on a blue background. A Jurassic Christmas, what an exciting experience. Go out and enjoy the show.

The Prehistoric Theme Park Plays Host to Winter Wonderland this Year for Fort Lee Residents.

This theme park has been temporarily closed for the past six months and sits on Fort Lee Road. The park caters to children as young as three years old and also entertains for big kids and adults. There are numerous trails to explore with education on the Jurassic Period through life-size modeling of a T-rex, Brontosaurus, and more. This year's Christmas theme includes adapted dinosaur carols. Field Station works closely with the community and has exhibited at the Newark Museum of Art and works with schools to teach children about our prehistoric history. 

  • Field station features rides, food, and life-size dinosaurs across the grounds with tiered ticket pricing for families.
  • Group tickets and school trips can be arranged by speaking directly with the DinoNewJersey box office team.
  • The theme park's full reopening is scheduled for March 2021 and promises exciting new trails and rides. 

Furnace puff backs are standard in this part of the year and could cause harm to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 for assistance.