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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.

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.

SERVPRO of Paramus is the Number #1 Choice in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration for Paramus Businesses

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Office Hallway Restoration Whenever your business is affected by water damage, our experienced technicians will get the job done.

Why do Businesses Choose Us?

We are the primary choice for businesses in the area, since we are the leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our staff of professionals have the training and experience needed to get the job done quickly and to the satisfaction of our customers. Our entire process for handling losses is streamlined for efficiency with no compromise to the end result. Our objective is to get your business on track quickly to minimize the affect a loss may have on your business, since we understand that going through a situation that requires our service is extremely stressful at time. The SERVPRO team both office and field employees are here for you and to make sure your worries are washed away.

When Should You Call?

A business should reach out to us whenever they have or may think their property has been affected by water, fire, or mold damage. When your business is affected by water damage it has the potential of going unnoticed for some time depending on the cause. Water damage can happen from a large range of things such as leaking pipes, pipe bursts, failure/misuse of appliances, sewage backups, broken/unmaintained hot water heaters, storms, frozen pipes, the list can go and on. Then there is fire damage which can occur in a many different ways hopefully when it does happen no one gets hurt. Fire damage could be caused by faulty/damaged wires, appliances, mismanagement of equipment, arson, power surges, even something being burnt can lead to fire damage allowing soot to travel through the air and settle on everything in the affected area. Once the damage has been done in most situations it can’t be done alone, that’s why we offer our 24/7 emergency services, so you can call us and a technician will be sent to the affected property right away.

The Restoration Process

In most cases water and/or fire damage can be quite the load to handle and may require a lot more work than business owner may have initially thought. When it comes to mitigating these situations a large amount of the time it may require demolition to properly fix the issues especially if a large area is affected, it also depends the materials that make up the structure. A business in more extreme circumstances may need to shut down operations if the affected area has significant damage having a negative impact on the profitability of the business. This is why it’s important to address the issue quickly. Once the affected area went through demo then the cleaning and drying process can begin along with sorting through the contents to determine what is salvageable and what can be claimed.

Rapid Water Removal in Paramus Business Premises Prevents Damages

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

concrete floor flood With advanced equipment, SERVPRO restores property to pre-damaged conditions, "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Water Extraction in Paramus with SERVPRO

Plumbing incidents like a burst pipe often leave a massive mess in Paramus commercial properties, mainly when the water spreads to neighboring premises. While a plumber may help with the necessary repairs, it is up to you to remove the moisture and dry things out. Water often causes severe damage if not addressed promptly. Therefore, your cleanup efforts should start immediately after the event.

You may think that professional water removal in Paramus business premises is mostly necessary if the leak has affected multiple rooms or has gone unnoticed for many hours. Thus, attempt cleanup on your own. However, professional intervention is still necessary as the water may have spread to hidden areas or is at greater levels that require specialized equipment and skills to reach. SERVPRO technicians offer quick water removal services preventing secondary damage to your premises.

Handy water extraction devices

  • Squeegee wands
  • Carpet wand
  • Dry/wet vacuums

Water Extraction Technique

SERVPRO removes puddles of water from the floor in various ways depending on how much water is there. This can be achieved with a vacuum or water pump. The key is to get as much standing water out as possible.

Wands are ideal for accessorizing pumps when removing large volumes of water and can be used on surfaces such as tile, asphalt, concrete, and linoleum. They are usually used for commercial tasks with a lot of surface area to clean. The type of squeegee to use depends on the kind of floor. For the uneven floor, like tile and asphalt, our crew uses a foam squeegee since the soft foam rubber blade can adjust to the cleaning surface.

Removing most of the water from the affected room is only a fraction of the work. You need to remove any excess moisture from the rooms through drying, which requires air movement, heat, and humidity management.

Drying equipment for total moisture control

  • Axial/ centrifugal air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Structural cavity drying equipment

SERVPRO of Paramus is available 24/7 for water removal and can quickly mobilize a team to help you restore your business to pre-damage conditions. Call us at (201) 445-5588. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Kitchen Fire Restoration Handled by Pros in Paramus

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage in a building FIre damage to you business is hard to endure. Give SERVPRO a call today.

SERVPRO is the Answer in Paramus for Commercial Fire Restoration Projects

A business owner's last thought is for their bakery, restaurant, or commercial kitchen to get taken out by fire damage. It is best to know as a business owner that the faster you act to restore your commercial space, the easier it is to get back on your feet and recoup your losses. SERVPRO is here for Paramus business owners that have been dealt with devastating fire loss so you can save time and money on the cleanup. We have the technicians, training, and equipment to ensure the project gets done and that no lingering odors are left behind. 

SERVPRO is a name that businesses trust for commercial fire restoration in Paramus. Depending on the scope of the fire, we take time to inspect all facets of your commercial property. This allows us to pick the best methods for handling charring, smoke deposits, and soiling. We can then get started with pulling up standing water and removing any debris that must get disposed of.

Tools we bring with us to each fire restoration project

Fire debris removal is essential but not the only step we take with the cleanup. We have deodorization practices that allow us to neutralize odors. We also bring a collection of industrial-grade equipment on our Green Fleet that will help us reach our goals. Some of the tools we use most often to battle smoke odors include:

  • Odor counteractant pellets/beads/granules
  • Exhaust system/HVAC cleaning
  • Thermal fogging equipment
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
  • Air scrubbers featuring HEPA filters
  • Ozone machinery
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • EPA-registered antimicrobial

Controlled demolition making it "Like it never even happened."

We perform controlled demolition to replace everything with new materials for areas where fire and smoke render materials unsalvageable. We go through the carpeting, fixtures, drywall, and every other element of your commercial kitchen or restaurant to return it to pre-fire condition. – General Contractor License #: 13VH001305854800

Contact SERVPRO of Paramus when you require assistance with commercial fire restoration. You can reach out to us online or call (201) 445-5588.

Handling Commercial Losses With Ease in Paramus

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Handling Your Commercial Loss

When it comes to commercial restoration, you shouldn't leave anything to chance. That's why property managers all over the Paramus area rely on professionals like SERVPRO of Paramus. Compared to other restoration companies, our skilled technicians and the advanced equipment we use to take care of any-scale disaster is unmatched. Our use of professional equipment and trained technicians allows us to restore your Paramus commercial property or retail business back to its preloss condition quickly, reliably, and efficiently.

Here are some of the unique tools we have to restore your property:

  • Infrared cameras can be used to identify hidden water locations for the thorough removal of moisture that is hidden by the naked eye.
  • Sensitive moisture meters/detectors, hydrometer, and other meters to assist us with measuring the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water from evens like floods, pipe burst/leaks, hot water heaters along with a variety of other situations.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units preform efficient water removal.
  • High-speed air movers allow moisture to evaporate quickly.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • Air Scrubbers that are able to filter the air of contaminants and fumes.
  • Thermal Foggers and environmentally-safe Deodorization Agents to leave a pleasant scent upon use.

When disaster strikes, you can count on SERVPRO of Paramus to take care of your property, so you can put your commercial business back in order. Give us a call at 201-445-5588!

Three Common Damages to Contents After Paramus Property Fires

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Garage with water Our SERVPRO of Paramus rapid response team is available 24/7! “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.”

Fire Damage Restoration for Paramus Properties Includes Managing Damage to Contents

The contents of your property are often deemed the most important restoration objectives for responding technicians. In many cases, the belongings and valuables of your property are as important to preserve and clean as the structure itself. We have multiple mitigative strategies to help in this regard, and even beyond content management, we can help with:

  • Debris cleanup
  • Air filtering
  • Water extraction
  • Surface cleaning

Soot Deposit Damage

One of the first obstacles for fire damage restoration in Paramus is the impact and spread of soot and smoke residues. Soil deposits can be a significant obstacle for recovery, especially when strategies like emulsification or dissolving are needed to cut through thick residues present on surfaces.

Smoke Odors

Fire loss odors are particularly damaging to your belongings and soft materials throughout the property. Absorbing malodors is a severe threat to the restoration and recovery of the property. We have multiple deodorization strategies to help neutralize harsh smells as they are discovered.

Water Damage

One more threatening situation with the structure and contents of your property after a fire is the potential for water damage. While burning and combustion are chief threats for fire loss incidents, it is also possible for your property to be damaged by the extinguishment effort. High volumes of water are often necessary to put out fires, which can leave pulling and standing water in several areas of the property to be cleaned during mitigation.


Our knowledge of mitigative strategies and emergency services is an advantage of choosing our experienced professionals to help with restoration and recovery after damaging fire events. We appreciate the urgency of these situations and have an effective strategy for clearing soot and smoke deposits from surfaces and contents. FSRT-Certified technicians are available 24/7 to help when you need it most.

Fires can be destructive and costly to restore the longer you wait to act. Protect your personal belongings and call SERVPRO of Paramus today at (201) 445-5588.

Can Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Be Repaired with Fire Damage Restoration in Westwood?

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

HVAC units Our certified experts are standing by to assist you now.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Inspect and Clean HVAC Systems at your Westwood Workplace

Large commercial buildings tend to have powerful heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to regulate temperature and humidity in the building. These labyrinthine networks often connect all rooms and spaces across a commercial. In the event of a fire, HVAC systems can often work against the building by transporting hot smoke from one area into other areas of the premises. Fire restoration technicians focus on HVAC systems when conducting commercial restoration to prevent the spreading of soot or ash before, during, and after cleaning. While it is not always necessary to clean ducts in fire repair, it is vital to inspect them for potential damages. Our team can help your business with:

  • Duct cleaning
  • Fire debris removal
  • HVAC inspection after a fire

HVAC cleaning is frequently required for moderate to heavy commercial fire damage restoration in Westwood. The fire department usually cuts the main power to the building in a fire, so it is common for HVAC systems not to be in use during a fire. However, turning off circulation does not preclude the chances of smoke or ash entering ducts. The pressure created by high temperatures can force soot or smoke through return or supply-side ducts of your air-conditioning unit. SERVPRO technicians can also assess whether subcontractors are needed to fix an HVAC system damaged by fire. 

  • Sheet metal ducts can usually be cleaned easily. Ducts lined with insulation often require the removal and replacement of insulation inside ducts.
  • We can professionally disassemble HVAC systems to allow ductwork or systems deep cleaning.
  • Sealing a duct before deodorizing it with thermal fogging equipment may be necessary if part of the HVAC is impossible to clean or disassemble normally. 

Expert cleaning for your business's HVAC system is available. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus for commercial fire damage restoration at (201) 445-5588.

Need a Mold Removal Company for Your Commercial Building in Hillsdale

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall next to an outlet Finding mold at your commercial location needs not shut down your doors. Contact SERVPRO to assess the mold infestation in your home.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Removal Services for Commercial Buildings in Hillsdale

Whenever mold is found in a commercial building in Hillsdale, day-to-day operations may be severely restricted until the mold infestation is removed. Mold can cause health effects in many people; we prohibit both customers, employees, and suppliers from entering the area. Once a mold colony becomes established, the mold can spread throughout the building, damaging the contents and the structure if left unattended.

SERVPRO is a mold removal company providing service to commercial customers in Hillsdale and surrounding areas. Our applied microbial remediation specialists work closely with our water damage restoration technicians and drying technicians to identify the source of moisture and begin mold removal from the building.

We follow a four-step process:

  • Containment – installing barriers and negative air pressure rooms to contain the distribution of mold spores. We also seal HVAC systems and set up clean rooms and decontamination rooms.
  • Mold Removal – usually, porous materials must be removed for disposal, while non-porous materials can be cleaned and sanitized. We remove heavily damaged structural materials if their structural integrity is compromised.
  • Cleanup – of all dust and settled spores beginning from the highest point to the lowest point and towards the airflow of the negative air pressure machines.
  • Dry the Materials – We identify the source of the moisture and remove the source. The entire area, including contents and structure, is dried to its normal moisture content levels.

Commercial companies dealing with a potential mold infestation can arrange for a mold inspection by our SERVPRO experts. SERVPRO provides advice on the best approach to take that maintains the safety of your employees and customers and minimizes the impact on day-to-day operations.

Call SERVPRO of Paramus in Hillsdale and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 445-5588.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration and Repair in Westwood by SERVPRO

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians You can depend on our professionals with state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property after a water incident.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration to Commercial Customers in Westwood

Multi-story office buildings, motels, and apartments in Westwood often suffer water damage in multiple units. The water leakage may have occurred in one unit and trickled down into the unit or units below. Numerous tenants and guests are impacted by the water leaking into their apartments or offices, and the owner of the building may also lose revenue and incur additional expenses while they are being cleaned, dried, and restored.

SERVPRO can mobilize in less than four hours of your call for assistance with commercial water damage restoration emergencies in Westwood. Not only does the immediate damage and water need to be cleaned up, but delays also risk significant secondary damage as porous materials absorb water, swell and lose structural integrity. Drywall, ceiling tiles, subfloors, and furniture are prone to permanent damage if they absorb water. In addition, your tenants, employees, and customers cannot go about their regular business, which implies further losses.

Immediately after the water has been shut off, begin mopping up excess water. Be careful of slippery surfaces and also live electrical circuits. Avoid turning lights, TVs, radios, etc., on. Once our SERVPRO team arrives, we utilize the appropriate equipment to remove water and begin drying your building space. This equipment includes high capacity pumps, weighted water extractors, air movers and dehumidifiers, and specialized dryers to push air under equipment or into small areas. We also remove ceiling tiles that may have collected water from the floor above.

The SERVPRO team acts quickly to:

  • Minimize secondary water damage to walls and floors
  • Completes ceiling repairs and restoration from water damage
  • Dries carpeted and hardwood floors, interior and exterior walls
  • Provides building services to complete water damage restoration

Our commercial building services division can help with most restoration and repair needs.

Call SERVPRO of Paramus for commercial water damage restoration in Westwood and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 445-5588.

Is Mold Damaging to Commercial Properties in Paramus?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold spore Mold can damage structural integrity. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every mold remediation service. Call now!

SERVPRO of Paramus Can Perform Mold Remediation and Abatement for Commercial Businesses

Microorganisms like mold require moisture, organic matter, and temperature to grow. Commercial premises can offer these conditions for mold growth, affecting indoor air quality, sanitary standards and even damaging the property's structural integrity. Discovering mold requires immediate action, including:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold specialists AMRT

Mold remediation services in Paramus can help to return your business to a safe and sanitary standard.  The factors that may lead to molds, such as the age of the building, material construction, and ventilation systems, can usually be addressed by SERVPRO mold remediation professionals to prevent mold issues from becoming long-lasting issues. Our crew chiefs can help communicate with your staff about no-entry zones and any safety hazards that may be present due to the mold damage in your premises. SERVPRO technicians can:

  • Inspect and clean heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems to prevent condensation or moisture buildup from spreading through the premises.
  • Our technicians have mold certifications which help them perform expert remediation and return premises to sanitary conditions.
  • Abatement removes mold-infested materials from the property altogether and replaces them with clean materials. 

Protecting your staff and customers from mold is a priority. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus for commercial mold remediation at (201) 445-5588.

New Furniture and Old Wet Carpets in Your Paramus Showroom? Time to Call SERVPRO

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Rug showroom; rugs stacked and hung on wall Water damage can ruin your inventory. SERVPRO is equipped to quickly remove the water.

Water Cleanup – A Good Time to Replace Carpeting

Even small amounts of water can cause a great deal of damage. Furniture showrooms in Paramus are particularly vulnerable, with wide-open spaces and lots of furniture; the water can easily migrate across these vast spaces. The good news in these situations is that there are not many walls. There is space to remove furniture from damp areas to those that are dry during water cleanup activities.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services for Paramus business owners. Regardless of the job or the time of day, our team can respond and immediately provide water mitigation, removal, and drying services. We understand how important it is to return your business to normal operations as fast as possible. Showrooms present unique challenges in many respects.

Clean and Dry or Replace

Once the source of the water is found and repaired, SERVPRO can establish a plan to remove the water and protect the furniture. With large open spaces, furniture with hard surfaces in wet areas can be dried and moved to other areas of the store unaffected by the leak. If there are fabric items that are wet or damp, these items can be processed separately.

Carpets in showrooms receive a great deal of traffic. Often the carpet separates from the backing, and once it is wet can ripple and not return to its original state. The carpet may need to be replaced in these situations. The project manager or the crew chief, and the client can discuss the pros and cons of removing or salvaging this flooring material.

Portable water extractors can be used to vacuum up the water from the carpet. Air movers can be deployed to blow dry air over the carpet to expedite drying. Air movers draw clean, dry air in one door and moist air expelled through another door. SERVPRO can also deploy dehumidifiers to assist in further drying the carpeting.

Once the carpeting is fully dry, SERVPRO can assist in moving all of the showroom furniture back to their designated locations.

Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for 24/7 service. We also serve Westwood and Hillsdale, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Paramus Companies Rely on Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO for Help?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in storage area Dark and damp areas, like storage rooms, are places where mold can grow. Inspect your business often for signs of mold growth.

Does SERVPRO Provide Mold Inspections, Remediation, and Removal for Companies in Paramus?

The first time many companies in Paramus realize that they have an issue with mold is a musty odor in their buildings. Mold spores are everywhere, both inside structures and outside. Mold spores need moisture, a food source, and warm temperatures, often located inside dark unused rooms with little air circulation.

SERVPRO provides mold removal, inspections, and remediation services to companies in Paramus with mold infestations. If one of your employees or your property manager suspects there is mold due to a musty odor, call SERVPRO for a mold inspection.

We will check your entire premises for mold and sources of moisture that could contribute to mold growth. Our mold removal and remediation services include:

  • Remove porous materials contaminated extensively by mold
  • Clean nonporous materials
  • Vacuum using a HEPA equipped vacuum to remove loose mold fragments
  • Clean all surfaces from top to bottom to remove mold spores
  • Complete several rounds of cleaning to remove all newly settled dust and spores

 Call SERVPRO of Paramus for mold removal companies in Paramus and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 445-5588.

Can Paramus Commercial Companies Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Restoration Help?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

after fire, salvageable equipment in taped off area When a fire damaged this restaurant, SERVPRO was there! We made it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Businesses in Paramus Needing Fire Restoration Can Rely on SERVPRO

Paramus is considered a suburb of New York City and located only 20 miles northwest of midtown Manhattan. The borough was incorporated in 1922. Paramus comes from native American origin and derives from words meaning “Land of the Turkeys.”

Although all shops must be closed on Sundays, except gas stations, restaurants, and a few other essential businesses, the area generated over $6 billion in annual retails sales. Sales of this magnitude are more than any other zip code in the United States.

Paramus is a prominent shopping destination for many people in the New Jersey area and New York City. Major shopping destinations include:

  • Westfield Garden State
  • Paramus Park
  • The Outlets of Bergen Town Center
  • Fashion Center

There are many other activities for residents and visitors to consider.

  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Easton Tower
  • Fritz Behnke Historical Museum
  • Bury the Hatchet Paramus – Axe Throwing
  • IFly Indoor Skydiving – Paramus
  • Monster Mini Golf

Bergen County Zoological Park

The Bergen County Zoological Park in Paramus was the first Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Exhibits include wildlife from South and North America. Species found at the Zoo include Baird’s tapers, American Alligators, Andean Condors, Golden Lion Tamarins, and South American Pampas. These animals are unusual and rare species.

Daily Admission is from 10 am to 4:30 pm, from May 1st to Oct 31st. The Bergen County Zoological Park can be found at 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ. Visitors and interested parties are encouraged to join Friends of the Bergen County Zoo dedicated to supporting the Zoo and the animals, educational programs, and facilities at the Zoo.

Easton Tower

Easton Tower was built in 1899 on the estate owned by Edward Easton and used to house a water pump. Easton used the water pump to provide water to feed several fountains, small lakes, and water to expansive lawns commissioned by Edward Easton.

The tower is located next to the Saddle River near the crossroads of Red Mill and Paramus Road. The Saddle River Bike Path runs nearby along the Saddle River. The tower is a great place to stop for a break, take pictures and relax while enjoying the scenery.

Fritz Behnke Historical Museum

The Fritz Behnke Historical Museum is named after Fritz Behnke, whose family ran a vegetable farm and later started a building supply business. The family has lived at the site since 1886. Visiting the museum will provide a glimpse of how they lived life during the 1800s and early 1900s.

SERVPRO Utilizes a Variety of Products to Remove Smoke Damage in Paramus Commercial Buildings

Many different chemicals can be introduced during a fire and combined with smoke residues generated from the fire. These chemicals typically found in commercial buildings are carried from the fire source and deposited as smoke residues on structures and contents near the fire.

SERVPRO provides fire restoration services to Paramus commercial buildings covering all types of fires. Smoke residues can be non-water soluble in these situations and require specialized solvents to dissolve the residue before removing it from surfaces without causing further damage.

We train SERVPRO technicians to recognize the various types of smoke residues and use the appropriate cleaning agents. We also avoid using solvents on materials that the solvent may damage. We use solvents in situations such as:

  • Where water may damage surfaces
  • Removing soils that are not water-soluble
  • Where water and soap are ineffective

Call SERVPRO of Paramus for commercial fire restoration services in Paramus and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 445-5588.

Can You Prepare for Flood Damage to Your Paramus Business?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged hallway; standing water on floor Commercial flooding happens. Should the water enter your business, call SERVPRO for fast effective remediation.

SERVPRO Helps Paramus Companies Handle Flood Damage

No one wants to incur flood damage in their business. A closed business means no customers and no revenue. Unfortunately, sometimes even with the best planning, you cannot avoid a flood.

However, you can prepare for potential flood damage in your Paramus business. Preparing now means you can get back on your feet faster.

The best way to ensure your business is ready if a flood comes is to sign up for a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP.) Your ERP contains all the essential information, such as:

  • Water and power shut-off points.
  • The chain of command to contact in an emergency.
  • A solid plan for getting your business open again.

You can also use your ERP to set your local SERVPRO office as your go-to flood damage repair service, which means you can contact us faster when you need us. It is free to set up your ERP. Simply create an account online, download the app, and follow the on-screen instructions.

To help prepare your business for potential flood damage issues, call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

Paramus Commercial Building Mold Inspection Services

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall near an outlet Mold damage can quickly overtake your home. Contact our technicians at (201) 445-5588 for emergency services.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Mold Inspection in Paramus

Paramus, NJ, is located approximately 8 miles west of upper Manhattan. Paramus gets its name from Native American origin, derived from a word meaning, "Land of the Turkeys." The Lenape Native Americans settled the area and sold 2000 acres to Albert Saboroweski. Saboriweski had emigrated from Poland in 1662. Paramus also played a part in the American Revolutionary War. General George Washington had his headquarters in the area in July 1778.

During the 20th century, Paramus became a shopping destination for nearby New York State consumers looking for great prices and lower sales taxes.

The city is one of the largest shopping locations in the US, producing over $6 billion in retail sales. The combination of:

  • Lower sales taxes
  • Proximity to a dense urban area – Manhattan
  • Efficient transit network
  • Limited planning restrictions

These factors provided ideal conditions for the city to achieve tremendous retail sales results, even with "Blue Laws" in place. Blue laws ban almost all white-collar and retail establishments from opening on Sundays. Grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations can remain open.

Major shopping malls include:

  • Westfield Garden State Plaza
  • Paramus Park
  • The Outlets at Bergen Town Center
  • Fashion Center

Many retailers have stores in multiple locations. There are at least 25 retailers with outlets in 2 or more malls.

Attractions and Activities in Paramus

Shopping is a major attraction to the area; however, there are many other attractions in the area. A few of these include:

  • Bergen County Zoological Park
  • Easton Tower
  • Fritz Behnke Historical Museum
  • Bury the Hatchet Paramus – Axe Throwing
  • Golf courses, Restaurants, and Theaters

 Bergen County Zoological Park

The zoo focused on North and South American animals, covers 18 acres with several exhibits, including a Great Plains exhibit, amphitheater shows, an 1860's farmyard, and an aviary to walk through. The zoo is open year-round and currently is offering free admission during the current health situation. Some activities are closed or restricted. Visitors are encouraged to check local requirements before heading to the Bergen County Zoological Park.

Easton Tower

Edward D Easton built Easton Tower in 1899 next to the Saddle River. Initially, it housed a water pump on the estate. He was president of the Columbia Phonograph Company.

Fritz Behnke Historical Museum

The Fritz Behnke Historical Museum provides a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1800s living in Paramus's village. Woodworking, blacksmithing, farm implements, schooling, and an 8-minute video of Paramus's history are on display.

Make Arrangements for Mold Inspection in Paramus

Commercial buildings often experience minor water leaks or condensation on cold water pipes. Mold can grow in dark and warm locations where moisture exists, potentially causing health effects for employees and customers entering the building.

SERVPRO utilizes various inspection tools to check for high moisture levels in the air, inside materials, and in cavities hidden from view. Our team uses minimally invasive procedures to avoid damage to walls and floors. Once we detect high moisture levels and potential mold infestations, our team explains the action required to:

  • Remove infested materials
  • Remove moisture and dry the area
  • Eliminate the source of the moisture

Contact SERVPRO of Paramus for mold inspection services to Westwood commercial buildings and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 445-5588.

Can Food Stores Be Saved During Fire Damage Restoration In a Restaurant?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Paramus Restaurant Owners Are Concerned About Food During Fire Damage Restoration.

Anyone who runs a restaurant in the Paramus area knows how much time, money, and dedication it takes to keep a restaurant thriving and profitable. Sound financial practices are a crucial part of business success, and savvy business owners know the importance of using their dollars wisely.

If your Paramus eatery needs fire damage restoration, you might be concerned about your food stocks. SERVPRO of Paramus understands – a restaurant is nothing without food, and you have likely invested plenty of money in your inventory.

What are the risks to food during fire damage?

Fresh food such as meat and vegetables might be burned in the fire, or if they survive they could be contaminated by soot or toxic fumes. However, canned and packet food is also at risk from a fire. The heat from the fire can have the following effects on cans of food:

  • The cans can warp and bulge, causing seals to break and rendering them unsafe
  • Heat damage can cause food inside the can to start spoiling
  • Toxic fumes can seep into the can, contaminating the food and causing an unpleasant taste

What should I throw out after a fire?

SERVPRO strongly recommends you throw the following items away if they have come into contact with heat from the fire, chemicals, or water from firefighting efforts:

  • All fresh fruit, vegetables, salad, eggs, poultry, and meat
  • Any containers or packets that were already open
  • Food stored in foil, paper, plastic, or cloth packaging
  • Food stored in canisters or packets with peel-off tops

We cannot stress this strongly enough – if in doubt, throw it out. It is frustrating to have to replace food, but it is better than using food that might be contaminated.

Can I salvage any food at all?

You might be able to salvage some canned food, under specific circumstances. The food must be stored far enough from the fire that it did not come into contact with the heat of the fire. There must be no sign of water, firefighting chemicals, soot, or heat damage. In some cases, the fire is small enough, and the food stored far enough away that it can be salvaged.

What about food in the freezer or refrigerator?

Some fridges and freezers do not have completely tight seals. Smoke can get into the unit, and soot can bond to the appliance’s surface. However, if the freezer is located far from the fire, you might be able to save the food if it has not defrosted. If the freezer lost power during the fire, be extremely cautious about keeping any food.

What about the restaurant itself – can SERVPRO help salvage that?

Your food is not your only concern after a restaurant fire. Fire damage can have wide-ranging effects, including:

  • Soot stains on the ceilings, walls, and across preparation surfaces
  • Fire damage to restaurant appliances such as cookers
  • Discolored upholstery due to soot damage, or water from firefighting efforts
  • Warped or cracked wooden furniture or wooden décor
  • A lingering smoky smell

Thankfully we are on hand to assist you with every aspect of fire damage restoration. Our process is based on thorough inspection and repair that leaves your business “Like it never even happened.” We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, and equip them with industry-leading equipment.

What happens during restoration?

The first step in a fire damage restoration is assessment. After examining your property and the extent of the damage, we draw up a cleaning plan for your business. We consult with you at every stage to ensure you are satisfied.

We use dry scrubbing to clean away dry soot. However, many restaurant fires include burning protein, which creates greasy, sticky soot that is harder to clean. We use scrubbing, wet wiping, ultrasonic cleaning, and even baking soda blasting, to remove stubborn soot. Our teams know which cleaning method is best suited to different materials.

We can also clean carpets, drapes, and upholstery. When we cannot salvage soft furnishings, we oversee their replacement, to leave your restaurant looking as good as new.

If firefighting efforts have left your restaurant wet, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry it. We close out by deodorizing your eatery with air scrubbers, foggers, and ozone generators.

Is there anything I can do to help the restoration process along?

We recommend signing up to SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). ERP is a free app that helps you plan for disasters in your business. Follow the on-screen instructions to log details about your business and register us as your go-to fire damage restoration specialists. ERP saves valuable time in the event of a disaster.

If your restaurant has suffered fire damage, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

Should Mold Removal Interfere with Bookings at Our Hotel?

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help Perform Mold Remediation at Your Westwood Hotel with Minimal Inconveniences to Unaffected Sections of Your Facility

Mold is the last thing hotel guests expect to find when they spend time at your hotel. Since mold can cause health effects, some guests can cut short their stays or cancel their bookings altogether. Therefore, finding a way to avoid these outcomes should be a top priority when you discover clear signs of mold at your establishment. SERVPRO is always ready to send a team of professional technicians to Westwood hotels or other commercial properties that require mold remediation services.

What does it mean when mold signs appear on walls or other surfaces?

Some signs like dark spots on surfaces indicate an infestation and thus the need for mold remediation in your Westwood hotel. Because mold spores occur naturally in the environment as part of the decay processes, but they require the right conditions to start attacking materials, the signs you notice mean that other conditions like excess moisture are also present in the area. In some cases, the issue can be sparked by a localized problem such as an unresolved water spill, but in other instances, the issue is further entrenched. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you determine the true nature of the problem at your establishment before you pick a course of action. We check for other signs of an infestation in the property like:

  • Darkened grout on bathroom tiles
  • Peeling or bubbling wallpaper
  • A trace of musty odor
  • Weird smell from the HVAC system

What should follow the initial assessment?

Since quick remediation to save your facility from further damage, and the comfort of your guests are your two main concerns, you need to prioritize actions such as:

  • Cleaning areas with mold residues
  • Moisture management
  • Removal of mold-infested materials

However, your actions can be limited by factors such as the possibility of spreading mold debris or the musty odor all over the hotel, unless you isolate the affected areas from the rest of the facility. Our SERVPRO technicians can help by creating airtight containments that seal off the affected area. Since we use plastic sheets and spring-loaded poles to set up the barriers, we can finish the containment in a couple of minutes. We also seal off other openings such as air duct openings.

What is necessary for cleaning mold from surfaces?

  • Access to the affected material
  • A way to loosen mold residues from the surface
  • A way to stop further growth

The cleaning process must remove settled spores and any mold materials proliferating on surfaces. Direct access to the surface that needs cleaning is therefore necessary. Our technicians can help open up walls or other assemblies in the hotel area to gain access to such access. Unlike cleaning regular soils where the use of water is the standard approach, cleaning moldy areas using moisture would only worsen the situation. Alternative solutions are necessary to loosen the mold residues from surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians vacuum the affected surface to remove loose residues.  We can also sand, damp wipe, or wire brush the surfaces to remove the residues. Running dehumidifiers or applying other drying procedures to the areas we clean help eliminate the moisture fueling the mold growth.

An additional thing to note is that mold hyphae penetrate beyond the surface when the affected material is porous. Cleaning such material is rarely possible, so removal of the entire material is the best solution. Our technicians help teardown materials like drywall, insulation, and carpets from various areas, including walls and ceiling. Running negative pressure machines when tearing down such materials, helps prevent the spread of residues where they can interfere with other activities.  One such method is deploying several air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters for capturing airborne spores and mold particles. Our crews also bag the mold materials in sealed plastic bags before removing them from the property for disposal.

Does mold cause structural damage?

When mold grows on a material such as wood, the material serves as its source of food. Therefore, unchecked growth over months or years can eat the wood away, compromising its integrity. However, unless the moisture problem fueling growth is localized to a tiny section, the infestation is likely to spread to visible areas before it compromises frames and joists supporting your structure.

Scheduling remediation immediately, you notice the signs of a mold infestation in your hotel can help prevent any extreme outcomes that force you to close down your facility for repairs.

Mold can develop at any time in your Paramus, Hillsdale, or Washington Township hotel. SERVPRO of Paramus can help you respond to the challenge fast, making it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (201) 445-5588.

How do I Minimize Water Loss at my Business?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Commercial Water Restoration Helps Paramus Businesses Recover from Water Losses with a Minimum Loss of Revenue.

When should I use professional restoration services for my business?

Water can impact the structure, equipment, and viability of your Paramus business. Small businesses like retail outlets or supermarkets can be at particular risk of water-related losses because of the temporary closure. If you or your staff notice damp spots in your business premises or odors in some areas of the structure, these can be a sign of a slow leak or water issue. Water-incidents can make your business unsafe for staff and customers, so you should use a commercial restoration specialist to identify and repair the problem as quickly as possible. SERVPRO can mobilize water restoration technicians (WRT) quickly to dry out and decontaminate your property.

What qualifications should I look for when arranging commercial restoration?

When choosing a commercial water restoration provider in Paramus, it can be tough to decide which is the most reliable. Independently awarded qualifications can re-assure you of the expertise of a restoration firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) body is an excellent place to start when looking for commercial restorers. SERVPRO has a roster of technicians that have the expertise to recover losses in your business as well as many essential IICRC qualifications. Our focus is on water restoration with additional knowledge in textile cleaning, floor care, and general construction.

What constitutes urgent water damage?

  • Unpleasant odors emanating from particular regions of your business
  • Visible signs of dampness, mold, or moisture
  • Leaking and dripping
  • Loud plumbing systems or rattling inside walls
  • Discoloration of paintwork, cracking, and markings on the structure of the property
  • High humidity levels- you can measure these using a thermal hygrometer

Do I need to close my business during water restoration?

Closure of your business may be necessary for extreme Paramus water damage situations. SERVPRO communicates closely with premises managers and business owners throughout the restoration project. In some circumstances, it may be possible to work around your needs during commercial restoration. We can set up signage and barriers to warn staff or customers of areas that are restricted access. By confining the water emergency to a single space, we hope to cause minimum disruption to your business while still preventing foot-traffic from causing further harm. If water is in the central region of your business, it may be more efficient to dry the area by closing your business temporarily.

How do I dry out commercial premises?

The core methods of drying water damage are to control the temperature, humidity, and airflow within the area. The surest way to maintain control over these metrics is to establish a closed system drying method. Closed-system drying uses air-moving equipment, dehumidifiers, and portable furnaces to create ideal conditions for drying. Air movement helps to ensure that water can evaporate properly, while dehumidification draws evaporated moisture from the air. A closed system drying procedure, on average, takes between two and five days, although the size of your business premises and the extent of damage can influence the timeframe.

How do I measure the effectiveness of the drying procedure in my business?

  • Use a thermal hygrometer to measure the relative humidity of an unaffected area of the premises
  • Use combination dehumidifiers and air movers to encourage drying
  • Measure the exhaust output of the dehumidifiers and water level to assess the effectiveness
  • Compare the humidity of the unaffected area with the affected area until the results are the same

Is commercial water damage likely to return?

Recurring water issues are usually the result of insufficient restoration. Sometimes, a property may appear dry, but the root causes of your water issue remain. When water issues are recurring, it could be due to plumbing issues in the building or leakages. Although these issues can stack and result in secondary damages like mold growth, SERVPRO technicians undergo training to identify water issue sources. You may need to enlist the assistance of a plumber or roofer to remedy the cause of damage rather than remediate the symptoms. We can contact trusted professionals on your behalf for specialized restoration to ensure that a water issue returns once the premises return to a preloss condition.

If your business suffers from a water issue, it is vital to us a commercial restorer to stop it at the source. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 now.

I Need to Eliminate the Fire Damage in My Paramus Office Building. Who Can Help Me?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to Deal With the Commercial Fire Damage in Your Paramus Office Building

A fire’s destructive power can leave your Paramus office building devastated. Once firefighters extinguish the flames, you need to take steps to restore the building to its normal condition. SERVPRO can help you to clean up and restore your commercial property.

What can SERVPRO do to eliminate the fire damage?

Our fire restoration experts can assist you in putting your business premises back together so that normal operations can resume. To deal with the commercial fire damage in your Paramus office building, we can first assess the damage to know how the restoration process should proceed. The other steps we can take include:

    •    Removing debris
    •    Water damage restoration
    •    Soot cleanup
    •    Odor removal

What could happen after fire damage in an office building?

A fire-damaged office building is a hazard for the people who work in it and the customers. The heat and water could have weakened the walls, making them prone to collapse. There could also be a danger of electrical shock. Fire, smoke, or soot-damaged office equipment and possessions could end up being beyond repair if they are not handled properly from the first response. Downtime for firms operating in the building could translate to lost revenue. That’s why you need to hire SERVPRO since we can help you to restore the property within a short time.

Removing smoke residues after a fire is difficult. How do you remove them?

Thick layers of soot mixed with moisture often cover a large area of commercial fire sites. Soot’s acidic composition can cause additional destruction on its own on the surfaces it is in contact with. It can stain textured and porous surfaces, and permanently discolor plastics, grout, granite, and the unburned fixture constructed with wood or textiles.

Our team can use industrial vacuums to remove dry particles that are loosely attached to surfaces. If moisture contacts the particles, it can cause the surface to absorb them and be difficult to eradicate. We usually try to vacuum dry smoke residues from surfaces before we apply wet cleaning products. For soils that are not loose particles, our SERVPRO team can dissolve them so that it is easier to remove them.

How do you neutralize smoke odors?

Many owners of office buildings find that the smell the smoke, soot, and water leave behind after a fire is impossible to neutralize. It is a toxic and lingering odor that makes the environment unpleasant. Our team can use specialized odor removal equipment like thermal foggers, air scrubbers, and hydroxyl machines to remove the odors.

Are you dealing with fire damage in an office building? Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 to offer effective restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Dry Out Acoustic Ceiling Tiles in Paramus Offices After Suffering From Water Damage?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling tiles in office When ceiling tiles or other parts of your office sustain water damage, contact Team SERVPRO. We respond quickly to your emergency call.

SERVPRO Can Set Up Equipment To Dry Out Your Various Building Materials In Your Paramus Office

Office complexes that sit on the lower level of a building risk severe problems in the case of a pipe breaking above them. However, it is possible to dry out and restore several of the wet items in your office instead of removing and replacing everything that got wet.

How Do I Know What Items In My Office Got Affected?

Finding all of the water damage inside your Paramus office can be tricky. Our SERVPRO technicians can utilize a wide array of advanced technology in the form of moisture sensors and other tools to help us find where the liquid went and what it contacted. During our initial inspection, we can take moisture readings of affected and unaffected areas of your office so we can find out how wet your contents and building materials got.

How Does The Drying Process Start?

  • Initial Inspection: We find out where the moisture traveled and figure out which items got wet.
  • Safety Assessment: We walk through your office building and look for any potential safety hazards, such as fallen ceiling tiles.
  • Calculations: We take the results from our tests and determine the type of equipment to use.
  • Equipment Setup: We strategically place tools like air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the natural drying process.

How Can You Tell When To Remove The Drying Equipment?

  • First, establish a drying goal by testing unaffected items that are similar to the wet ones.
  • Once the equipment is up and running, we return to your office to take readings that tell us how well the drying efforts are working.
  • When moisture levels reach the drying goal, we can then remove all of our equipment.

When you find everything wet inside your office, including your ceilings, call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588. We are available 24/7, and we also service Hillsdale and Woodcliff Lake.

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Removing Commercial Water Damage In Paramus

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Commercial Water Damage from a Paramus Tech Repair Shop

Many businesses, particularly small ones, do not have adequate insurance for when disasters occur. An estimated 75% of businesses in the United States are underinsured, while a staggering 40% of small business owners are entirely uninsured. While disasters can be incredibly costly, all-in-one disaster cleanup pros that specialize in everything from cleanup to reconstruction can help you save time and money.

If your Paramus small business needs commercial water damage mitigation, the certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to assist you. SERVPRO's repair-first approach strives to save your assets, documents, and other business essentials while minimizing replacement costs whenever possible. Your local team also offers licensed general contracting services (#13VH001305854800).

Dealing With Water-Damaged Documents
While electronic restoration experts may be well aware not to turn on water-saturated electronics, paper documents, such as insurance papers, tax necessities, and invoices, need a different kind of care. Papers are fragile, especially after moisture exposure, and require delicate care and attention during the mitigation process to minimize damage.

    •    If your office area has water damage, take care to remove essential papers from the situation as soon as you are able.
    •    Freeze documents to prevent further warping of paper or spreading of ink.
    •    Never separate wet papers to minimize the risk of tearing.
    •    If your facility handles photographs or film negatives, do not touch them. Carefully air-dry the materials and do not freeze them.
    •    Do not aim fans directly at papers to dry them.

SERVPRO Saves Your Office
This team's cleaning and drying methods address moisture contents in a wide array of surfaces with careful monitoring. Furniture can be removed, cleaned, and dried to minimize the risk of secondary damages to your possessions. SERVPRO can freeze your documents while evaluating them to determine the best course of action for cleaning. Sublimation is preferred for drying papers because it prevents liquid water from warping the material further. SERVPRO technicians can also make electronic copies of your documents so that you have access to them regardless of their physical condition.

SERVPRO of Paramus keeps your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” Rapid disaster mitigation is only a phone call away at (201) 445-5588.

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How We Handle Hazards And Mold Damage In Your Hillsdale Restaurant

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Dealing With Hazards And Mold Damage In Your Hillsdale Restaurant

Biohazards can make patrons of your Hillsdale restaurant sick, and nearly all of them can harm you one way or another if exposed to large amounts of microorganisms. Referencing our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, provides us with an extensive discussion concerning microbiology associated with water damage.

Any water intrusion on your property in Hillsdale can lead to mold damage. Water may also contain organisms that pose a potential health threat to workers and guests in your restaurant. Damage created by a clean water source can easily pose a problem, especially after water gets left within a structure for too long. Water and excessive moisture provide an excellent environment for the advanced growth of bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

SERVPRO technicians always treat sewage and floodwaters as highly infectious waste material with the potential to pose a severe threat. These sources may contain cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, hepatitis, and a variety of other infectious diseases, which makes taking precautions a necessary step. Regular sewage backups in your restaurant also emit methane gas and other sewer gases, which are harmful to breathe.

When SERVPRO technicians work in an environment with the potential to contain infectious waste, we always follow local, state, and federal safety precautions and guidelines. Since exposure to molds may also pose health risks to anyone working in a mold-contaminated building, our technicians make every effort to inform you of potential hazards. We keep safety at the forefront of every job while working as quickly and efficiently as possible, limit your losses, and provide excellent results.

SERVPRO teams working in contaminated environments use personal protective equipment, including full-body suits with hoods, rubber and latex gloves, and eye protection. Goggles, half-face, or full-face respirators that supply purified air are a must in extreme situations. We ensure everyone’s safety before beginning work and ensure that our customers fully understand their situation.

Protect yourself and your patrons, call SERVPRO of Paramus for 24-hour access to mold damage remediation, and damage mitigation experts throughout Westwood, Oradell, and Montvale. We are ready to provide professional services you can count on to help keep your business running smooth. Call today (201) 445-5588.

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A Severe Storm Can Spell Big Trouble For Your Paramus Home

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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A Harsh Atlantic Storm Could Cause Flood Damage To Your Paramus Home

Living adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean can put your Paramus home in danger of flood damage. A severe storm off of the ocean could bring heavy rains, ripping winds, and rushing waters to your home. In these scenarios, it is imperative for you to reach out for help as soon as possible. Doing so could significantly reduce the overall damages that your home could suffer.

Imagine a situation where a severe thunderstorm uprooted a tree on your property and plunged it into the side of your Paramus home, causing flood damage. The tree shattered a window and did structural damage to the side of your home. Furthermore, the tree allowed for hundreds of gallons of rainwater to pour into your home. In this scenario, what is the best course of action for your home?

Calling for professional cleanup and restoration services as soon as you can after the damage occurs is essential. Heavy rain could have flooded streets and uprooted more trees near your home. However, those things cannot deter SERVPRO from setting out to arrive at your home as quickly as we can manage.

Once we arrive, our water damage restoration technicians (WRT) could begin to remove the tree from your home. We could use chainsaws to make it easier to remove the tree, section by section. After the obstruction has been removed, we could put a tarp over the damage, to limit the amount of rainwater coming into the structure. As we work with your home, SERVPRO can keep in touch with your insurance adjuster.

Our SERVPRO WRT can use a few different devices to remove the standing water from your home, including wet/dry vacuums. To limit the damages to your walls, we can make flood cuts. If the rainwater might have extensively damaged any of your floorings, we could tear it up and expose the base so that it can be adequately dried. Our technicians can use a variety of advanced equipment to dry out the structure of your home, including devices like air movers, heaters, and ventilation fans. Afterward, we can call in trusted contractors to expedite or complete any reconstruction or remodels that we may not do.

If your home ever ends up suffering from flood damage, never wait to reach out for aid. Speak with SERVPRO of Paramus by calling (201) 445-5588. No matter the time, we're here for you.

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Some Steps to Effective Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Paramus

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage Paramus – Preventing Contaminants from Spreading

Business owners always want their flooded premises cleared of debris, the water removed and everything dried as soon as possible, so their business is back in operation. SERVPRO understands these requirements and responds and works efficiently whenever there is a flood damage event.

SERVPRO responds fast to any commercial flood damage event in Paramus. Our crew chief can quickly assess the situation and muster the equipment needed along with skilled technicians to deal with your emergency. Water pumps, dehumidifiers, debris removal, and moisture detection is always top of the priority list to ensure our customers receive the best service possible.

Protecting Unaffected Areas of the Building

Often floods damage a portion of the office while other areas remain unscathed. Employees in these areas can often continue their jobs. A huge concern of SERVPRO is avoiding spreading contaminants (water, soil, or worse) throughout the unaffected areas of the building. Foot traffic, moving equipment, and dust from air movement can quickly contaminate these areas.

The crew chief can discuss the potential spread of contaminants with the client and the steps that may be required to avoid this problem. In some situations, it may be as simple as laying down runners to protect the floor from foot traffic transferring moisture and soil to clean carpeting.

Turn Off HVAC and Seal Registers

The objective is to avoid moist air or contaminated air from being spread to the rest of the building. Efficient moisture reduction may involve sealing off open doorways with 6-mil polyethylene plastic and creating a negative pressure situation.

Air filtration devices may be deployed to filter the air and exhaust the contaminated air outside the building while drawing in fresh air at the same time. None of the contaminated air is distributed to unaffected areas of the commercial space. 

Rest assured that SERVPRO assesses the situation quickly and deploys the required resources to protect your existing space while restoring flooded areas. Our team wants to minimize the impact of the flood while restoring your commercial space, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for 24/7 serve. We serve Westwood, Hillsdale, Washington Township, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Help You Get Back To Business In Paramus After A Flooding Disaster

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Developing A Flood Response for Your Paramus Shop – The ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan

Protecting your business means much more than bolstering security or improving how steadily your Paramus shop functions when you leave it in the hands of management. It is also about knowing how to respond to emergencies and disasters that can strike with little warning. With the severe weather systems that the area can expect throughout the year, elements like roofs, siding, and windows fall victim to brutal conditions. This breach leaves the shop vulnerable to devastating circumstances like flooding.

While you might not be able to prepare for all possible flood damage to Paramus properties adequately, there are ways that you can protect your shop long before disaster ever occurs. Our SERVPRO team can help business owners to develop an Emergency READY Profile to increase the focused response buildings can receive during an emergency. This process has gotten designed to compile all necessary information our team needs about a location and its specific needs so that there is no delay in getting mitigation and recovery efforts started immediately once our team arrives. This mobile app allows you, the business owner, to be in direct contact with all relevant personnel from managers to the municipal contacts. Contact our office to arrange an appointment to explain this no cost consultation that may save your business thousands in profits and good will.

Even with a profile like this, there are things that you or your management team can do to protect your investments in the shop and the building that you use in a time of a flood damage crisis. One of the priorities that any business owner would have is protecting the stock and inventory of the shop by getting it relocated to a dry place in the store. While these often still must get entirely removed by our SERVPRO professionals for focused cleaning, deodorization, and drying efforts, these preliminary efforts can often prevent a costly total loss of these stocked items as standing water levels rise in the shop.

We strive to provide every customer with a fast and tailored response to their emergency, and their help with preliminary mitigation and completing an Emergency Ready Profile allows our SERVPRO of Paramus team to do more for your business right away. Give our experienced professionals a call at (201) 445-5588 to make flood loss “Like it never even happened.”

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Hotel Guests in Paramus Getting Wet? Call SERVPRO Fast for Water Removal

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

For Commercial Properties in Paramus with a Water Damaging Event--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Professional Help Reduces the Impact of Commercial Flood Damage in Paramus Hotels

Closing a business that offers food or accommodation even for a day is not something to look forward to since the inconvenience it creates for your customers can leave a lifetime impression on them. So when a flooding incident affects your hotel, you need to take immediate steps to mitigate the situation. A professional restoration service has the necessary resources, including skilled crews and a variety of equipment to handle the process smoothly.
There are different dynamics at play in separate incidences of commercial flood damage in Paramus. Restoration, therefore, requires quick thinking and some degree of improvisation. You need to know whether leaving contents in place or taking them out to pave the way for restoration can quicken the process. Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience dealing with flooded hotels so we can advise you on the quicker approach.
Flooding can leave high levels of contamination or wet swathes in your property, depending on how the incident unfolds. A torn roof or other problems in higher levels of your building can leave a significant number of contents and building materials wet. The good news is that such intrusion mostly involves clean water, so soiling and contamination is limited, unlike cases involving rising ground water. Our SERVPRO technicians scope your property to establish problem areas. We also apply stopgap measures such as installing roof tarps to protect your property from additional damages as we clean up soiling and other storm damages.
Restoring the hotel to its preloss state requires the elimination of all traces of excess water. Such removal is a multi-step process that involves extracting standing water, drying contents and materials as well as restoration of normal humidity levels. Our SERVPRO crewmembers are trained in ASD, Applying Structural Drying, allowing them to utilize the best approaches when drying your hotel. Apart from using sophisticated air movers and dehumidifiers, we also segment the affected areas into smaller drying chambers using plastic sheets, expediting the entire process.
In case your hotel floods, call SERVPRO of Paramus for assistance at (201) 445-5588. We are available at any time. With our combined resources, we can help fix flood damage "Like it never even happened."

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Why Keeping Inventory is Important

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

How to Properly Purchase Contents Insurance

Have you ever asked yourself, "how much coverage do I really need on my belongings?" There is no way to just guess and hope you have enough without keeping an inventory of what you have. Not only for the purpose of determining how much coverage you will need but also in the event of a loss where those items become damaged and that policy comes into effect.

When setting up your home or business insurance policy it is important to keep an inventory of your personal belongings or products/merchandise. Whether you are dealing with personal or business items the same guidelines follow. Keeping a list of items along with the value of them will help keep you prepared when a disaster strikes. It is also important to keep this list current with any new purchases that may increase the value of your property. Trust me, it will be less of a hassle than having to figure out what items you own when they are possibly damaged by a disaster such as a fire. With all the stress and amount of effort one deals with after property damage, one less thing to worry about will help the restoration process resolve much quicker and easier for the owner.  

Also, aside from the usual items like furniture and jewelry; it is important to keep copies of any important documents. Things like birth certificates, property deeds and business contracts should be kept safe with duplicates available along with electronic copies. 

Once you have an idea of everything you own and its value this will allow you to confirm you are receiving enough coverage for those items in your insurance policy. Every insurance policy has a limit for reimbursement so knowing how your policy matches up will keep any surprises down the road from surfacing. 

Emergency Ready Profile

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. 

SERVPRO of Paramus offers a FREE assessment of your property and develops a plan in the event of a disaster. 

Why the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile?

Here are just a few reasons why your business will benefit from having an emergency ready profile in place. 

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in a disaster.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

Developing your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from your current projects.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) could be a valuable tool to help restore your business in the shortest amount of time possible.

To set up this free service, call Tony D'Arco @ SERVPRO of Paramus. 

Minimize Business Interruption

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency 40% of businesses that experience a disaster never re-open. In order to protect your business from any type of interruption, it is adamant that you have a plan in place. 

Every business owner should be familiar with the location they are in and what types of natural disasters the location is historically known for. Knowing what type of natural disaster is common in your area will help you develop an accurate emergency preparedness plan. Some examples of natural disasters can be flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.

Once you have figured out what may be inevitable in your area you should then understand your insurance coverage. Business property insurance pays to repair or replace property damage but does not protect against consequential damage like the downtime of a business while repairs are going on. This type of damage would be picked up by a business interruption coverage. It is important to also understand this type of coverage as it can differ significantly with possible exclusions, coverage limits and waiting periods. 

When preventing hazards from arising you should ask yourself if these areas are up to standard/code:

1. HVAC system

2. Electrical system

3. Telecommunications system 

4. Fire protection systems 

5. Sprinkler system

These areas should be regularly inspected and maintained for proper functioning. 

Other potential risks may be occurring from indirect sources such as other occupants if in a multi-occupancy building. It is beneficial to know what hazards might be going on nearby. For instance, if the neighboring occupant to your property is a business that manufactures acetone products, which is extremely flammable, you would want to take note of this and customize your plan accordingly.   

To prevent inventory damages, store contents based on level of sensitivity. Any water sensitive products should be removed from flood prone areas and placed above 100 year flood level. Vital records that are necessary for the survival of the business should be given maximum protection from any disaster. If possible establish electronic back up copies.

To expedite repairs in the event of an emergency, companies should develop contacts with contractors in the area. By establishing prior contacts in advance will help to initiate return to operation quickly and efficiently. This will also prevent any time wasted by auditioning different contractors to pick the best one. 

We, at SERVPRO of Paramus, offer an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for businesses who would like to develop not just a plan but a relationship they can trust to help them be prepared for any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more!

What Is Asbestos?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral in the ground typically found in North America. It was frequently used in the past as a flame-resistant insulation. It is a durable material made of layers of fibers that together virtually create an indestructible material. It was widely used up until the 70's when it was discovered to be a carcinogen. 

Asbestos is found to be the sole cause of a deadly and rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma. After being exposed to asbestos mesothelioma can take 20-50 years before symptoms can appear. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen. Despite asbestos being known as a carcinogen it is still not banned. However, most manufactures have phased out the use of the material to switch to safer alternatives. 

The EPA classifies six different materials as asbestos. All six being human carcinogens.

1.  Amosite

2. Crocidoltite

3. Tremolite

4. Anthophyllite

5. Actinolite 

6. Chysolite

Only amosite which is the brown colored asbestos and crocidolite (blue) are mainly used. 

Now that we know what asbestos is and the negative side effects lets talk about what to do when you come across asbestos. When finding asbestos in your home or building you don't necessarily need to go remove it immediately. It is actually best to leave it untouched if it is intact. Generally asbestos containing material that is in good condition and not disturbed will not release asbestos fibers. In the case the material is not in good condition or is in the vicinity of a renovation it should only be removed by a trained professional. 

If you suspect the material contains asbestos but are not completely sure you can have testing done to confirm. Air testing can also be performed to confirm the air quality is safe after removal.

The most common scenario we come across is asbestos containing tile found hidden under layers of flooring. In the event our technicians suspect asbestos we will have testing performed to verify and then plan on the best route of execution. 

Title: Restoring Your Bergen County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges. The time between a flood and your business getting back is critical.

Flooding and water damage events at Bergen County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County

SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us, 24/7 201-445-5588

At the mall...

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe two weeks before the Christmas holidays. This could have been a disaster. We scheduled crews on a Sunday to work around the clock.

Restoring Your Bergen County/Paramus Commercial Property After or Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event (this very popular Bergen County mall), we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County

SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew: