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Who Do Homeowners Call for Mold Removal?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Fort Lee Residents can Count on SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

Mold spores are microscopic and occur everywhere. They are indoors and outside and cannot be eradicated entirely. 

Facts About Mold

If you need mold removal in Fort Lee, SERVPRO has certified mold removal technicians to remediate the problem. Here are some facts homeowners should know:

  • Mold spores can enter a home in many ways, including the HVAC system, on a breeze, and even on your clothing
  • Water is necessary for mold to grow, which is why we address the moisture problem immediately
  • Mold may have a strong, musty odor, and we deodorize as part of the mold removal process
  • High indoor humidity supports mold growth, so keep humidity levels under 45% or 50%

Our technicians arrive on the scene in the proper PPE. Mold can cause health effects and therefore needs to be handled properly. When dealing with the situation we:

  • Contain the area where we are working, so the mold doesn’t spread
  • Remove moisture from the area and find the source if it isn’t already known
  • Use a variety of cleaning methods, including HEPA vacuums and filters
  • Decontaminate the region with antimicrobials and antifungals

If you need mold removal services in Fort Lee, contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024.

Water Damage Can Interrupt Your Life

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home Water damage can result anywhere in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Intrusions in Fort Lee and Gets Life Back to Normal

Just about everyone enjoys eating out, and the folks of Fort Lee are no different. Thankfully the city has some wonderful eateries. Why not expand your taste buds and enjoy some of our favorites? 

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

With a name like that, how can you pass this restaurant up? One of their favorite sides is their Mac n Cheese. Adults and kids alike love this deliciously cheesy side dish. The service is fantastic, and the staff is friendly and efficient. Oh, and did we mention their barbecue? BBQ ribs and more are scrumptious. It might be wise to bring a bib!

Jacob Restaurant Soul Food & Salad Bar

If you like soul food, you will not be disappointed. Collard greens, fried chicken, black-eyed peas, and more are on the buffet. The variety is fantastic. You do pay by the pound right now, but $10 can get you a great meal. It will be a place you come back to again and again.

Hiram’s Roadstand

Folks come from out of town just to grab a hot dog, fries, and birch beer at this humble restaurant. Most people in Fort Lee consider this the best place to grab a ‘dog. You can load it up with all the fixings, but the favorite seems to be one with good old ketchup and mustard. Hiram’s Roadstand is literally a no-frills deal along the road but folks agree it’s the only place to go for a hot dog.

Pisticci

Italian food lovers are going to be delighted with Pisticci’s Restaurant. For anyone who likes the idea of garden to table, this place doesn’t disappoint. The family that owns the restaurant grows many of their own ingredients as well. A hidden jewel, they have a mix of classic Italian dishes with more modern menu items as well. The lamb pasta dish seems to be a favorite with delicious Crème Brulee for dessert. 

So Kong Dong

An authentic Korean restaurant that has been in Fort Lee for quite some time. One of their specialties is a variety of Tofu soups. You can add what you want in yours, including:

  •   Beef
  •   Chicken
  •   Pork
  •   Seafood
  •   Kimchi
  •   Dumplings

The meals are very reasonably priced. The menu selection is small, but what they do offer, they do very well.

Support Fort Lee Businesses

There is nothing nicer than sitting down to a meal with family and friends. Although take-out or delivery is often the only option now, we encourage you to support your local eateries by trying something new. Before you know it, everything will be open in full force.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Services to Fort Lee Residents

You cannot be out enjoying your favorite restaurant when you are home dealing with water damage. Our expert technicians can mitigate any size water intrusion. Here are somethings that can cause in-home flooding includes:

  •   Faulty Appliances – washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators with ice makers can all leak or flood.
  •   Frozen Pipes – pipes can burst anytime, but freezing temperatures can cause frozen pipes, which then burst. 
  •   Plumbing Problems – Leaky faucets seem small but can lead to bigger issues. Hidden leaks can be undetectable until the leak gets big enough to break through.

If you have any water intrusions, SERVPRO arrives fast to the scene and gets busy cleaning up and restoring your home to preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 today.

Microbial Organisms Can Spread Quickly Through your Fort Lee Home without Correct Mold Remediation Procedure.

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Fort Lee Can Correct the Moisture Problem and Restore or Replace any Damaged Materials. 

The borough of Fort Lee, New Jersey, runs alongside the Hudson River on the East Coast and above the Palisades. During the American Revolutionary War, this borough was a crucial military outpost, which is where the name Fort Lee comes from. But this corner of the United States has remained at the forefront of consciousness through the 20th and 21st centuries. It was the site of America's first film industry with Edison's "Black Maria" film studios alongside nearly twenty other modernist, independent film production companies. Today the 35,000 plus people living in this part of New Jersey are a cosmopolitan, waterfront community that acts as a connecting line between Manhattan and Washington Heights. 

Modern-day Fort Lee has a diverse main street that is full of food from across the globe. Residents and visitors can take their pick from Korean, Japanese Sushi, Italian Eateries, and traditional American cuisine. Once you have stocked up on energy, it is well worth making your way out to Constitution or Firemen's park to take in some of the scenery. For the more experienced walkers, the Palisades Interstate Park provides a range of hiking trails and views over Manhattan, the George Washington Bridge, and surrounding Bergen County. Every year the close-knit community gathers together to watch the lighting of the tree at the Community Center. Fort Lee is a small borough with a long history and a big future. 

  • Fort Lee residents and locals of the surrounding Bergen County gather together each spring to celebrate Carnival at the Church of the Madonna on Main Street. Typical festivities include fantastic local cuisine, a fundraiser, carnival games, and an optional wristband for unlimited rides on the numerous fairs.
  • The strong Italian history of Fort Lee is celebrated with the annual feast in honor of Saint Rocco. This event has been running for 91 years, making it one of Fort Lee's most treasured traditions. The festival includes a raffle, rides, games, and live music with donations going toward the Saint Rocco Mutual Aid Society. This traditional feast takes place on Mainstreet during August.
  • On Palisade Avenue, the Fort Lee Museum is a hidden gem for visitors looking to learn a little more about this area's history. The museum was founded in 1999 at the Judge Moore House. Exhibitions cover the unique local history such as The Battle of Fort Lee, the history of Motion Pictures in Bergen County, and exhibits on the iconic George Washington Bridge and its construction. 

Visiting Monument Park in Fort Lee

Monument Park is one of only two parks in America dedicated to those who fought in the American Revolution. The other park is in nearby Brooklyn at the Continental Army Plaza. The grounds on which Monument Park is based was initially an encampment for armed forces fighting under George Washington. A revolutionary war monument and a time capsule were placed in the park, which has over 33 acres of greenery. The park was put together in 1908 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is only the Fort Lee Museum's home that contains exhibits on the defense of the Hudson River against British forces and the 2,600 soldiers stationed in and around Bergen County. 

  • During the summer, Monument park has a concert arena that shows regular Shakespearean plays, including Henry V.
  • The cliff-side park features fantastic views over the surrounding cities, including the New York Yankees Stadium in the Bronx.
  • There is a faithful reproduction of the original encampment in Fort Lee, including the battery quarters and blockhouse.

Storm Surges and Adverse Weather Conditions in Fort Lee.

Tropical storms form as the result of high-pressure vectors through the combination of warm and cold air. New Jersey residents must practice storm preparedness throughout the year to ensure they are well-equipped to deal with the stormy season that typically runs from the1st of June to the end of November. Many of these tropical storms begin in the Caribbean before making their way across the Atlantic to the East Coast. Among the chief concerns for residents are storm surges, which can lead to Hudson River overflows and flooding in Fort Lee and surrounding areas like Staten Island. Hurricane warnings are usually issued within twenty-four-hours of impact, which is why New Jersey residents keep storm preparedness kits containing medicine, battery-operated radios, and essential documents in case of an emergency.

SERVPRO is Can Perform Expert Mold Remediation Services for Residents of Fort Lee Throughout the Winter Months.

Mold spores are ever present in indoor environments and, most of the time, remain invisible. However, in the presence of excess water, correct temperature, and organic material, these spores can grow hyphae and begin to reproduce. The full-cycle of a mold spore to a full-colony can be between 48 and 72 hours in ideal conditions. 

The presence of mold colonies can be damaging to both your home and contents. Most molds use enzymes to breakdown and digest organic matter. Over time, this digestion process can cause permanent harm to semi-porous items in the home. Items like hardwood flooring, drywall, and upholstery use porous or semi-porous materials that can become so infested with mold that they need a full replacement. SERVPRO can provide expert mold remediation technicians to your property to correct the moisture problem and remove contaminated materials. 

  • Our applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT) have qualifications that allow them to identify and remediate common household molds. 
  • We can investigate your property to discover the extent of a microbial growth issue and eliminate the cause to reduce the likelihood of returning points. 
  • SERVPRO prides itself on returning residential properties to a preloss condition by utilizing the latest technology, theory, and equipment to fight against mold growth. 

If you suspect a microbial infestation in your home, contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024.

Why does SERVPRO Wear Hazmat Suits when Working on a Flooded House?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

dark storm clouds Did you know that floodwater contains contaminants? Never enter floodwaters without protective gear.

We Need to Use Extra Precautions when Mitigating Homes in Fort Lee, Beginning with Floodwater Removal 

Flooding in Fort Lee involves foul water – water containing microscopic parasites and other biological matter and chemicals that dissolved in the water. Other dangers include sharp items that can cut or puncture the skin. Even scrapes that might seem minor in different situations can cause serious health effects. 

Flood information given to residents in Fort Lee includes warnings about the dangers caused by the water. High risks remain present, even in areas where the water has drained out and no longer seems to pose a real threat. Silt and mud are denser than it looks, mainly because it is wet. Movement of such material or your belongings can create problems when removing floodwater from your home. We use personal protective equipment or PPE to help keep our team members safe from various dangers. 

Different components of our PPE and their primary use are: 

  • Boots, to protect the feet from sharp items, skin from microbes, and insulation from shock near live electrical circuits.
  • Gloves, for protecting hands from a multitude of dangers.
  • Full body suits, tucked into boots and gloves, help keep regular clothing clean and germ-free.
  • Masks and respirators, so we can avoid breathing in any airborne particles. 

While we remove small pockets of floodwater, we continue to wear our PPE. Many of the risks dissipated with eliminating the standing water, but hazards like electrical shock remain. 

We ensure your home is safe and livable before considering the job-ready for a final walkthrough. We do more than pumping the water out – we also dry and clean everything, disinfect where needed, deodorize, and protect against microbial infestation. We check the moisture content of your hardwood floors and restore any demolition work like drywall tear-outs, as well. 

SERVPRO of Fort Lee provides a comprehensive service to residents in flood-struck areas, including Palisades Park, NJ, Leonia, NJ, and Edgewater, NJ. Always ready to serve our community, property owners can contact us round-the-clock by calling (201) 496-6024.

What Methods Are Used to Clean Soot, Ash, and Smoke in a Property?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Silver microwave covered in black soot under oak cabinets When a fire damages your kitchen or home, call SERVPRO today.

Combusting Materials Produce Significant Soiling of a Property

Why do smoke residues stick to surfaces?

At high temperatures, smoke residues and soots can bond to surfaces in your Fort Lee home. Once there is a reduction in temperature, some of these soils remain chemically bonded to the surface. A vital part of a fire restoration technician training is how to break the connection between soil and a surface without causing further harm to the structure or contents. The methods we use to break this bond can be chemical, agitative, or aggressive. Each method has different characteristics, and trained technicians must choose the correct one for each part of your home. Breaking the bonds between soots and surfaces often means the items can return to a good-condition following a fire without resorting to the increasing cost of replacing them. 

What makes up smoke residues?

When performing fire cleanup in your Fort Lee home, it is essential to determine the type of smoke residue before cleaning. When materials combust, they alter chemically as solid turns to gas. These materials chemically change depending on the type of material, either synthetic or natural, and the temperature of the fire. When coming into contact with surfaces, the heat and pressure can result in further chemical reactions. When dealing with fire soots or smoke residues, it is essential to act cautiously to avoid inadvertently causing extra harm. Light-vacuuming or dry brushing surfaces is a safe way to remove smoke residues. However, not all residues respond well to water, chemical cleaning agents, or temperature. Some residues may spread around when water and scrubbing are introduced. This is a situation that can be avoided by using professional restoration technicians.

How do different methods work to reduce fire soiling in a property?

  • Chemical cleaning methods generally dissolve, chemically alter or suspend the soils within the cleaning agent to be rinsed away.
  • Agitation cleaning repeatedly scrubs a part of the soil using brushes, roto machines, or steel wool to loosen the bond enough for the surface to be washed.
  • Aggressive cleaning methods focus on removing surface layers through blasting sodium, sand, or glass particles against the surface. This method often requires refinishing the surface.

How do cleaning products alter soots or soils?

When materials combust, they release numerous particles into the atmosphere. The temperature and pressure causes it to seek out cold surfaces. This phenomenon is why fires appear to billow out smoke, and interior drawers or cabinets often show significant soiling signs. Chemically altering soil can help to release the bond between smoke residue and material. Detergent is a household product that chemically transforms soils by emulsifying compounds into a foam and then cleaning away with water. SERVPRO technicians may attempt to address the pH balance when performing chemical altering of material.

How does pH balance affect restoration?

  • Using pH litmus paper, soil testing is used to determine the acidity or alkalinity of a surface.
  • Alkaline soots and soils dissolve best in equal-weighted cleaning solutions
  • Mixing and applying the necessary products with sufficient 'dwell time' which allows for chemical alteration to take place

How does agitated cleaning reduce soot and smoke damages?

Agitative cleaning is commonly used by all homeowners, whether washing dishes or scrubbing surfaces. The cleaning principle is much the same in the restoration industry, albeit with more robust equipment and tools. Friction produces heat, and the two together can help to dislodge soots from surfaces. One piece of equipment we use to accentuate this process is a rotary machine. A rotary engine can be fitted with steel wool or robust material and is then spun at hundreds of revolutions per minute. These can be applied directly to surfaces and do not involve water, helping dry smoke damages. Often a rotary machine is run over a body several times to remove all soots and double up as a machine for polishing or buffing surfaces. 

How do immersion cleaning methods remove soots from items?

  • The item is fully-submerged with an appropriate cleaning solvent or solution. Items must be strong enough to withstand full immersion in the solvent for this type of cleaning.
  • Ultrasonic soundwaves create millions of bubbles within the immersion tank.
  • As bubbles burst against the item, they produce heat and friction, which can help restore valuable metals or items like drapery rods.

Knowing and applying the right methods of cleaning agents to apply to fire damages can reduce secondary harm and return your property to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 now.

Which Mold Removal Firm Offers Residential Services that Follow the EPA Protocols?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold" If your home is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fort Lee Homeowners Looking for Mold Removal Need Help Not Hype, Why SERVPRO's Expert Remediators Fit the Bill.

Everyone, from your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers,  to the media, has opinions on how seriously you should take the possibility of mold growth inside your Fort Lee dwelling. Cautious homeowners always want to be aware of issues, including mold outbreaks, that can negatively impact their home's structure and contents. Because some individuals are susceptible to the irritants of increased mold levels, you might be concerned about health effects as well. Panicking is not the way to approach the problem. Instead, we take a constructive approach, why we settled on employing the procedure developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  

Is Residential Mold Removal an Impossible Task?

When crafting a mold removal response to Fort Lee infestations, it is crucial that you understand household molds' life cycle and growth habits. A mold outbreak does not mean that your housekeeping is suspect. It merely indicates that the mold spores present in almost all environments found a moisture source and can multiply. Eradication of mold spores is an unattainable goal. Still, with the help of a trained and disciplined mold remediation crew such as our technicians, active mold colonies can be removed and future outbreaks minimized through moisture management.

How Can Remediation Experts and Homeowners Partner to Remove Active Mold Growth and Damage?

You are the best "test" for mold issues, keeping a close watch for the minor leaks and spills that fuel mold development in your home. This is why SERVPRO responds to your request for removal assistance with pointed questions. The long term benefits of working with us might be our background in water damage mitigation and remediation. When we inspect a suspected mold invasion, we inquire about signs that might indicate unnoticed water losses:

  • Recent upticks in water bills
  • Musty smells
  • Softened building materials like drywall or packed-down insulation
  • "Spongy" feeling or squeaking floors 
  • Darker stains on surfaces

Once we move in on the moisture source, we find the mold, which we contain using heavy plastic partitions and then remove by scraping, brushing, and even blasting with "gentle" abrasives like soda. We vacuum and wipe down the residues, then bag up all moldy materials for disposal as hazardous waste.

Why SERVPRO of Fort Lee for mold removal? Vigilance concerning early signs of growth and multiplication of household mold naturally leads to hiring a company adhering to the EPA remediation protocols. Call (201) 496-6024 to discuss your options.

How Can I Stop Mold Damage in My Fort Lee House?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage on a wall with paint peeling When a mold infestation spreads, your best option is to contact the professionals at SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

Avoid Mold Damage Remediation Mistakes in Fort Lee

Applying bleach directly and scrubbing the surface is a short term solution to mold damage. But, you need Professional Fort Lee Mold Remediation Services to Stop it Coming Back.

Why does mold return after bleaching a surface?

The mold damage that reappears on surfaces in your Fort Lee home is likely to be a symptom of a larger microbial growth issue. Clearing away mold using disinfectant or bleach is a short-term method of controlling growth. However, if mold returns after cleaning, there is an underlying issue that could be spreading throughout your property. SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can identify the root causes of mold growth then perform the necessary steps to reduce and control it in your property.

Where can mold grow in my home?

  • Inside wall, ceiling or floor cavities
  • Beneath furnishings or fittings
  • On natural materials that are wet or damp

How do you fix recurring mold issues?

Finding the source of a mold problem is essential to remediation. Key signifiers of hidden mold growth in the home may be musty odors or visible signs of growth. These indicators suggest that the source of the issue may be behind a wall or on a hidden damp spot. To remove mold, we need to control moisture. Controlling moisture may include drying inside wall cavities or placing dehumidifiers in the affected area to slow mold growth. When cleaning colonies, it is essential to apply negative air pressure. Mold spores are microscopic and can spread unnoticed throughout your home.  Negative air pressure provides a vacuum to prevent mold spores from spreading during aggressive remediation.

Identifying and remediating the source of mold is the only way to prevent it from coming back. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 to stop mold growing in your home.


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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 Fort Lee, 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 Fort Lee today at (201) 496-6024 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.

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)

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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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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 Love Our Community!

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fort Lee attended the Fort Lee Art and Music Festival hosted by the Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce!

Here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee, we feel it is extremely important to be a part of our local community. Not only have we hosted events such as our Annual Pet Adoption Day or Red Cross Blood Drive, but we have also been a sponsor and participated and many other events as well. For example, we have gone to amazing events such as the Fort Lee 5K Run/Walk and the Fort Lee Art and Music Festival. Not only that, we participate in networking events such as the Multi-Chamber Dinner & Networking Cruise that was hosted by the Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce! By participating in events like these and taking an active role in our community, we feel it not only betters us as a business, but as people as well!  

Our SERVPRO Family!

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Celebrating the boss's birthday!

Our SERVPRO of Fort Lee family is just as important to us as your family is to you! As a business, we take pride in how we are more than just coworkers to each other. Each and every employee truly cares about one another. Whether it be buying them lunch or lending their tools, they show us how much they care about each other every single day. For example, for our owner and boss's birthday, we surprised him with a party in our warehouse and lunch at a local restaurant! As a business, we feel it is imperative to create a great experience not only for our customers but our employees as well. Without them, we would not be able to make it seem "Like it never even happened!"

Our Annual Pet Adoption Day in October!

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Welcome to the Pet Adoption Day!

Each year, we host our annual Pet Adoption Day to help local animal shelters in our area. Ever since our first year, we have been more and more successful in helping find dogs and cats their forever homes. This event is our favorite event that we host by far! The look children's faces when they know they have found the perfect addition to family is priceless.

Here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee, we know how important it is to give back to the community we serve and that is why we do events like this every year. We are so grateful for our community and that we are able to do our part in making it better! Without them, we would not be where we are today!

Why SERVPRO of Fort Lee? Read Our Reviews!

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Read what our satisfied customers have to say about our work!

"Thank you for cleaning up the fire in our kitchen! SERVPRO of Fort Lee was nothing but professional and my business was able to continue running throughout the process!" - Nolan T. from Rockaway, NJ

"Holy cow! A great company run by an awesome guy! Thank you Chris!" - Stephaine C. from Scotch Plains, NJ

"After finding mold in my basement, I was distraught. I looked online and decided to go with SERVPRO of Fort Lee. I gave them a call and from the beginning of the whole process, they catered to my needs. They made themselves available and helped me get my house back. I would recommend them to anyone!" - Dana D. from Plainfield, NJ

"Thank you Chris, Pamela, Sebastian, and Jelesty for helping me through this time! I hope I never have to deal with this again, but if I do, I'm calling SERVPRO!" - Louise F. from Palisades Park, NJ.

Meet Some of Our Awesome Employees!

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee, we have some pretty awesome employees that make our business what it is!

Sebastian Osorio

Sebastian Osorio is a General Manager at SERVPRO of Fort Lee. Sebastian has many years of experience prior to him joining us about 6 years ago. Sebastian is always eager and determined to assist our customers in the best way possible. He does this by attending classes and seminars that help him expand his knowledge on things such as water damage, fire damage, and mold damage.

Jerome Fenton

Jerome Fenton is a Marketing Representative here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee. His tenacity and positive attitude that make him such a productive Marketing Representative are a result of years of experience. Jerome is constantly attending meetings and seminars in order to expand our horizons as a business as well his own.

Jelesty Mendez 

Jelesty Mendez is an Administrative Assistant here at SERVPRO of Fort Lee. She has many years of experience and her position is vital to our success. She makes sure that everything runs smoothly and is always willing to help in any way possible.

Sewage Backup in a Commercial Building in Fanwood, NJ

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Check out this before and after!

A commercial building in Fanwood, NJ called us recently about a sewage backup in one of their bathrooms. We got a crew chief out to them the same day so we could see what we were dealing with. After evaluating the damage and identifying the course of action, we got a crew in there to begin the cleanup process. The after picture was taken only a few days after we got the call about the backup. The landlord was extremely pleased that we were able to clean up the sewage and water so quickly and that there was no odor left behind. This is what they had to say about our work:

"When one of our toilets backed up in our bathroom, to say we were shocked is an understatement. After doing some research, we decided our best bet would be to go with SERVPRO of Fort Lee. After our first phone call, I knew we had made the right decision. I am so glad I decided to give them a call. I don't think any other company would have been able to get the job done like they did. They truly are amazing!" - Andrew. F - Fanwood, NJ