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The Vital Importance of Effective Fire Damage Mitigation

8/7/2023 (Permalink)

Fire is a powerful force that isn’t to be messed with. It can go from something that provides comfort like a fire in a fireplace to something that gets out of control, causing destruction to everything around it. When a fire affects a home or business, its impact can be devastating and costly depending on the extent of the damage. A property that had experienced a fire damage event will be affected by smoke, soot, and potential water damage from the efforts of extinguishing the fire. This is where a fire damage restoration company comes into the picture.

The Effects of Fire on a Property

We often focus on the immediate destruction a fire can cause. However, the effects of a fire loss can go far beyond what is visible Smoke and Soot particles can be a large problem to deal with, leaving behind a residue that can damage surfaces, destroy belongings, and affect the air quality inside the structure. Not only that, the water used to extinguish the flames can cause damage and potentially cause mold to form.

Fire damage mitigation is required when a building has been affected by a fire loss. Sift action can prevent the situation from being more costly and greatly decrease the chances of a quick recovery time. SERVPRO mitigation experts will swing into action, having a rapid response is instrumental in preventing further deterioration of the property and mitigating the long-term impact of the disaster.

Water being a vital tool when it comes to fighting fires, can exacerbate the damage if it isn’t dealt with quickly. Our team will handle the extraction of standing water that may be on-site and dry the affected materials with air movers and control the moisture within the air using industrial-grade dehumidifiers.

Our team will focus on what materials can be salvaged and cleaned. We understand how a fire can reach into the emotional realm of our customers such as treasured belongings, sentimental items, and valuable possessions that can be affected by the damage. Mitigation experts will then utilize advanced techniques to deodorize the affected items.

A fire can leave behind persistent odors and unwanted residue on structural materials and contents. The cleaning and deodorization process is important when it comes to restoring the property to its preloss conditions. We will use deodorizers and ozone machines to eliminate the odor that is left behind by a fire damage event. With a well-experienced team comes great communication and collaboration, this helps move the mitigation process along in a timely manner. The team in the office and out on-site will make sure that communication is open and transparent with our clients and the insurance companies that are assigned to the loss. This will streamline the process and ensures proper documentation.

The importance of properly mitigating fire damages cannot be overstated. It is the bridge between destruction and recovery. Effective fire damage not only restores properties but also helps rebuild them. Through the hard work and expertise of our experts, the recovery process becomes more manageable, instilling confidence and resilience in those who have faced the devastating impact of fire.

Rising From the Ashes

8/3/2023 (Permalink)

In the blink of an eye, a devastating fire can turn a peaceful home into a smoldering ruin. Residential fire damages are not just physical catastrophes; they are emotionally devastating events that disrupt lives. However, amidst the ashes and debris, SERVPRO restoration experts can take on the monumental task of mitigating the property and restoring it to its preloss condition.

A Hefty Toll

For homeowners that have experienced a residential fire, the situation can be quite overwhelming. When the fire has been extinguished and the property has been determined safe by the authorities, the first step in the restoration process is to conduct a thorough assessment. Our professional restoration team has received specialized training in fire damage mitigation and the experience to carefully inspect the property to identify compromised areas of the structure along with determining what contents are salvageable. We will take immediate action to secure the structure, ensuring the safety of those involved in the restoration process.

Mitigation Planning

A project manager will develop a comprehensive mitigation plan to address the fire damage and commence the rebuilding process. This plan will include structural repairs, debris removal, and smoke and soot cleanup. Smoke and soot particles can infiltrate every nook and cranny of a home, requiring meticulous cleaning and deodorizing.

While the restoration team focuses on the physical structure, skilled content restoration specialists will work diligently to salvage any items that can be restored, from family heirlooms to future along with other items. Using the advanced techniques that have been developed over time combined with ozone treatment and ultrasonic cleaning.

A-Pillar of Support

During the restoration process, open and transparent communication is vital. Our office and on-site staff will go over any and all questions that you may have about the restoration process. We will maintain clear lines of communication with our clients. Providing updates, addressing concerns, and offering additional support if needed.

We understand that a fire loss can be a harrowing experience, but with the right mitigation efforts and support, affected families can rise from the ashes and rebuild their lives. Our skilled restoration experts will work tirelessly to transform the devastation into a new beginning. Bridging the gap between loss and recovery with unwavering dedication and expertise.

A Calamitous Scenario

8/2/2023 (Permalink)

If your business has experienced a water loss, it can be devastating to handle. Whether it was caused by a burst pipe, leak, or flooding it can lead to significant property damage, financial losses, and business interruption. When faced with such a disaster, a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO is the first line of defense to mitigate and restore your property to normalcy.

Once our office has been called, a crew chief will be dispatched to your location. This will mark the beginning of the initial assessment, which will go over the extent of the damage. We will use advanced equipment to help pinpoint what areas are affected and need attention. Moisture meter detection tools are used to identify the areas that are affected, including hidden spaces behind walls and under floors. The information that is collected will help when it comes to developing a customized restoration plan tailored to the specific needs of the property.

The first step that our mitigation team will take is to remove the standing water from the affected areas promptly. Using powerful submersible pumps and other additional extraction tools, the team will work swiftly to extract the water from carpets, flooring, and other porous materials. This will help prevent further damage to the property and will inhibit the growth of mold and mildew, which will exacerbate the situation if left unmitigated.

After the water has been extracted, industrial-grade drying equipment will be strategically placed throughout the property. Air movers and dehumidifiers are used to eliminate residual moisture from surfaces and the air. This step is vital to prevent structural damage, mold growth, and the development of musty odors. As the property dries out, the restoration team focuses on salvaging and cleaning up the damaged items. Materials like furniture, electronics, and documents are carefully inspected and restored to their preloss condition if they are determined to be salvageable. Any unsalvageable will be documented and disposed of.

Before wrapping up the mitigation process, the team will perform a final inspection to confirm that all the tasks have been completed properly and carried out successfully. The client is allowed to review the property and provide feedback to ensure their satisfaction with the work that has been performed on the property. A commercial water loss is undoubtedly a challenging situation for any business, but with the help and support provided by SERVPRO, the road to recovery becomes smoother. Our expertise, and advanced equipment, combined with a systematic approach will help minimize the downtime for the business.

The Process of Storm Damage Mitigation

7/13/2023 (Permalink)

Storms can unleash powerful forces of nature, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. When a property is impacted by a storm, quick and effective mitigation is essential to protect the structure and put it on the path to restoration. Safety is the utmost priority when dealing with storm damage. Before any restoration work can begin, professional technicians will conduct a thorough safety assessment. This involves identifying and addressing immediate hazards, such as structural instability, standing water, and/or debris. Only when the property is deemed safe can the mitigation and restoration process begin.

Once our team has determined that the property is safe for them to enter the building, the water extraction and debris cleanup can begin. A common consequence of storms is water intrusion. Whether through roof leaks flooding, or broken windows, water can infiltrate a property, causing significant damage. Water extraction will be conducted if there is standing water present. Through the use of industrial-grade pumps, specialized vacuums, and dehumidifiers the work can be done quickly and effectively. A skilled team of technicians goes a long way when given the tools to get the work done. We will set up air movers to dry the affected areas and take moisture readings until the area is determined as dry. Taking these steps will prevent secondary damage by decreasing the chance of mold growth occurring.

Storms can leave behind a trail of debris, including fallen trees, broken branches, damaged contents, and pieces of the structure. Debris removal and cleanup are crucial for restoring access to the property and helping to create a safe working environment. Professional crews equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to handle the task, ensuring proper disposal of the debris and unsalvageable contents.

Moisture can lead to many issues on a property that has been exposed to a storm that has caused water damage or even having your interior exposed to heavy amounts of moisture in the air. Our trained specialists can identify and remove any visible mold, employing proper containment measures and using the proper equipment to ensure a thorough remediation process.

Storm damage mitigation is a comprehensive multi-step endeavor. By engaging professional storm damage companies such as SERVPRO, property owners can navigate the challenges with expertise and efficiency. From safety assessments to debris removal, water extraction, mold remediation, and then the reconstruction process. Each step is crucial in restoring your property to its former condition. With dedication, knowledge, and skilled craftsmanship, the restoration process can bring new life into a damaged property, allowing owners to rebuild and move forward with confidence.

Understanding the Mitigation Process

7/6/2023 (Permalink)

The Impact of a Water Loss

Water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare, as it can wreak havoc on a residential property and potentially have long-lasting consequences. From burst pipes to floods and sewage backups, water loss incidents, SERVPRO has your back. A water damage incident can happen anytime, even when you aren’t home. Depending on the cause of the incident and how quickly it was discovered can determine how extensive the damages may be to your property. The following part of this article will summarize our technicians’ process to mitigate the affected areas.

The Initial Assessment

When faced with a water loss incident, the first crucial step is to assess the extent of the damage. Trained professionals from our water mitigation team will evaluate the affected area, determining the scope of the damage. This assessment helps create a plan of action to effectively mitigate the area.

Water Extraction

Once the assessment is completed and a plan of action has been created, mitigating the affected areas can begin with swift action and thorough water extraction. Industrial-grade pumps and specialized equipment will be utilized to remove standing water from the property. Quick action is crucial to prevent further damage, such as structural weakening and mold growth. Mold growth can also be present before water extraction has begun, depending on the date the loss event happened.

Drying & Dehumidification

Once the excess water is removed, the focus shifts to drying the affected areas. Powerful dehumidifiers and air movers are strategically placed by our technicians in order to remove moisture in the air and prevent mold growth from occurring. This part of the process may take several days to ensure the affected area is dry. While the equipment is drying our technicians will stop by each day to take moisture readings until the area is dry enough to remove the equipment.

Mold Remediation

One of the most significant risks associated with water damage is the growth of mold. Moisture-laden environments provide ideal conditions for mold spores to thrive, leading to potential health hazards for occupants and further potential damage to the property. If the mold is visible to our technicians we will be able to mitigate the issue quickly, but if the mold is not visible and is believed to be present additional steps may need to be taken. If the mold isn’t visible an industrial hygienist needs to be called, then they will take air samples of the area believed to have mold present. Once the tests come back they will be negative or positive, if positive there is no need for mold mitigation, but if it is positive a protocol must be followed to mitigate the issue.


Water loss incidents can be devastating for residential property owners, causing significant damage, health risks, and financial burdens However, by understanding the mitigation process and enlisting the help of our professional water damage mitigation team, a homeowner can rest easy knowing that they have chosen the right people for the job.

Water Mitigation Services for Commercial Properties

6/6/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike unexpectedly, wreaking havoc on commercial properties and causing significant financial losses. In such distressing times, having a reliable and efficient water mitigation provider is crucial in order to have the problem dealt with quickly. SERVPRO has established itself as a leader in the water restoration industry. With our experience and state-of-the-art equipment and our commitment to high-quality work, we offer unparalleled services to restore your commercial property.

We offer 24/7 emergency service with a swift response time. No matter what time a water emergency may strike your business a SEERVPRO team is here to save the day. During a water emergency, it is important to take action quickly in order to minimize the damage. Whether it’s a burst pipe, flooding, or sewage backup, our team has the expertise to handle any water emergency swiftly and effectively.

Highly Skilled and Certified Professionals

We take pride in our team of highly trained and certified technicians who possess extensive knowledge in the water mitigation industry. They stay updated with the latest information and advancements in the field to help them provide top-of-the-line service. From the initial assessment to the final stages of the restoration process, our team employs their expertise to develop customized solutions tailored to the unique needs of each commercial property. By adhering to industry standards and best practices, they ensure quality workmanship and exceptional results.

5 Steps to Effective Water Damage Restoration on Your Residential Property

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration. Water restoration equipment in action.

Water damage can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Whether it's a burst pipe, a leaky roof, or a natural disaster, water can cause significant damage to your residential property and belongings. In addition, water damage can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can pose health risks to you and your family. To minimize the damage and restore your home back to its pre-damaged condition, it's essential to follow these five steps to effective water damage restoration on your residential property.

Step 1: Assess the Damage

The first step in any water damage restoration process is to assess the extent of the damage. This includes determining the source of the water, the affected areas, and the extent of the damage. A professional restoration company can help you identify the scope of the damage and create a plan for restoration.

Step 2: Remove Water

The next step is to remove any standing water from the affected areas. This can be done using a wet vacuum, pump, or dehumidifier. Removing the water as soon as possible can prevent further damage and minimize the risk of mold growth.

Step 3: Dry the Affected Areas

Once the water has been removed, it's essential to dry the affected areas thoroughly. This can be done using air movers and dehumidifiers to increase airflow and reduce humidity levels. Proper drying can prevent mold growth and structural damage to your property.

Step 4: Clean and Disinfect

After the affected areas have been dried, it's crucial to clean and disinfect the area to remove any bacteria or other contaminants that may have been present in the water. A professional restoration company can use specialized equipment and cleaning agents to ensure a thorough cleaning and disinfection.

Step 5: Restore the Property

The final step in the water damage restoration process is to restore your property back to its pre-damaged condition. This may involve replacing damaged drywall, flooring, or other materials. A professional restoration company can work with you to determine the best approach to restore your property and belongings.


Water damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for homeowners. However, by following these five steps and taking preventative measures, you can minimize the damage and restore your property back to its pre-damaged condition. It's important to work with a professional restoration company to ensure that the job is done correctly and to prevent further damage.

Water is a Powerful Force

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration

A home and/or business owner can run into a lot of challenges when it comes to maintaining a property. Buildings are always under attack from the elements, they are designed to take a beating, but sometimes things begin to break down over time if left unmaintained. There are so many potential scenarios that can cause damage to your home. Water losses can be quite common in most types of structures, there can be plenty of different ways this can happen. Frozen pipes, pipe leaks, ground water seepage, roof leaks, broken toilet supply lines, sewage backups, and this is just to name a few examples of issues that can lead to a pretty large water damage situation. Dealing with water damage issues can be overwhelming and may require professionals like SERVPRO of Paramus.


SERVPRO is a leader within the property restoration industry and will tackle any restoration job no matter how challenging it may be. Our team at SERVPRO of Paramus has built of plenty of experience of over the years and are constantly looking to improve our services. Once you have informed our staff about your water damage situation, a technician will be dispatched quickly. The technician will then preform a walk through in order to determine the best course of action to solve your water damage problem. We use the top of the line restoration equipment improving our turnaround time for each job. Air movers are an integral part of the process along with dehumidifiers which give us the upper hand when drying out effected areas. Our team will make sure the job is completed to your satisfaction and it will be “like it never even happened.”

Part of the Community

The Paramus branch is locally owned and operated. This helps build strong and long lasting relationships with each customer. Our goal is to help put your home or business back on track after being affected by water damage. We want to make sure that each customer is happy with the services provided to them by our amazing hardworking team.

The Beauty and Ugliness of Winter Weather

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

Winter Wonderland

For those that are longtime residents of the northern New Jersey area, we are all use to the cold and snowy winter season. Sometimes we do get hit by a sizable storms that can have a negative impact on our day to day lives. Even though snow on occasions can be a beautiful site to see it can still cause potential issues that affect your property directly. The cold temperatures can also negatively affect a person’s home or business. Most of the issues that are brought on by this seasonal weather can be avoided in most cases just by simply preforming standard maintenance.

As an example, a large amount of snow can fall during one storm or over a period of time. If the snow is left alone, it can pile up and the weight will increase, so if this is on a roof of a structure it can have potential to cause warping of the structure allowing water to pass through when the snow pack begins to melt. Another scenario is when the gutters are either frozen/blocked, this can stop water from melting snow to drain away from the structure properly. This causes ice damming, which leads to water damage to the structure.

Damages to property can simply occur due to the extreme cold. Pipes can freeze causing it to burst causing tons of water damage to your property. There are a few things that can be done to potentially stop situations such as that, such as installing insulation on pipes that aren’t in heated areas of the building. Another way that freezing pipes can be prevented is by allowing a faucet to drip allowing water to constantly flow, which help prevent it from freezing.

What if your House is Damaged by a Winter Storm or Water?

Well you came to the right place, SERVPRO of Paramus is a leader in the field of storm damage cleanup and property restoration. Our team has years of experience and has access to top of the line tools, which helps get jobs done completed quickly to your satisfaction. We offer 24/7 emergency service for situations that need immediate attention. SERVPRO of Paramus is locally owned and operated giving us the ability to arrive at your effected property in a short amount of time. This allows us to begin remedying the situation in a short amount of time in order to prevent any further potential damage.

Has Your Paramus Home Been Effected by Fire Damage?

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Fire damage can be stressful but SERVPRO of Paramus has your back.

We understand how stressful dealing with fire damage can be, even small fires can cause soot and smoke damage to other parts of the house. The team at SERVPRO of Paramus is certified and trained. We will get your home cleaned up and restored to your satisfaction quickly. This are a few tips that can help while you wait for technicians to arrive.

What can be done after a Fire?

  • Limit movement in the home. Just by doing this one thing it can help prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpets and upholstery.
  • It’s also helpful to keep your hands clean by not touching any of the effected surfaces, so the soot doesn’t soil any unaffected upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • If you do need to move around the affected area you can place towels or some type of covering over the rugs, carpets, and upholstery in order to prevent transferring soot to unaffected parts of the home.
  • If the electricity went off and has been off for some time, you should empty any food that can spoil from the freezer and refrigerator. After it has been cleaned out find something to prop the doors open.
  • If you have an HVAC system the filter would most likely need to be changed before it’s turned back on.

Things That Shouldn’t be done after a Fire

  • You shouldn’t attempt to clean/wash any of the walls or painted surfaces, also do not attempt to use chemicals/soaps to wash any carpeting and/or upholstery without contacting/notifying us.
  • Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances that may have been effected by the fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t use any canned/packaged food or drinks that were stored near the fire and effected areas.
  • Don’t attempt to turn on ceiling fixtures if the area is wet or severely damaged, since the wiring may be effected.
  • Don’t send any garments to an ordinary dry cleaner, since standard cleaning techniques may set smoke odor.

Give us a Call Today

If your Paramus home or business has experienced a fire damage event, SERVPRO of Paramus is here to help. We have the equipment along with the experienced personnel to get the job done quickly and correctly. When we are all finished restoring your home or business it will be “like it never even happened.”