Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.

Storms & Property Damage

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lighting striking during a storm. Whenever a storm devastates a property, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Sometimes you just can’t win Against Nature

Even in todays’ modern age storms can still cause a lot of damage, no matter what we do to prepare for them. Our government from the federal to the local level, along with private and public organization monitor our weather 24/7 with some of the most advanced equipment at their disposal and still can get inaccurate predictions. Due to the changing environment around us weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable and more extreme. If this is becoming the new normal, it can be difficult to take preemptive measures and sometimes the only option is to mitigate the damages after the storm has passed. These extreme weather events, which are increasing in frequency are damaging more homes and businesses each year.

Flood and Storm Damage Recovery

It is a stressful situation if your home or business has been affected by storm damage and restoring/recovering from these circumstances requires experienced professionals like the team at SERVPRO of Paramus. Our technicians use proven scientific techniques involving psychrometrics giving them the ability to understand the behavior of water in order to mitigate the damage effectively. This provides us data on how to properly dry the structure and manage humidity levels. Here at SERVPRO we understand how traumatic and overwhelming it can be when your property is damaged. Once our team is on-site they immediately begin assessing the damage to determine what steps need to be carried out, such as determining if demolition is needed to move the restoration process forward. When the non-salvageable material is removed, whether it be part of the structure or contents, drying equipment can be set up and left on site for a few days. During the drying process an employee will stop by and take readings of the affected area until moisture reaches acceptable levels. Once the area has been dried the equipment can be removed and job can be marked as competed as long as you are satisfied with the work. Then you can begin planning your next move.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Paramus

We are the leaders in the restoration industry. Certified technicians will walk you through the entire process until the job is completed to your satisfaction. A benefit of being a locally owned and operated business gives us the ability to respond to property damage emergencies quickly at any time, since we provide 24/7 emergency service. SERVPRO of Paramus will do whatever it takes to make it “Like it never even happened”.

The Power of Mother Nature

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded street in New Jersey Flooded Street during a storm with water stretching all the way up to single family homes.

SERVPRO of Paramus is "Here to Help" Cleanup the Aftermath of any Storm

When disaster strikes we will be there to pick up the pieces and do whatever it takes to get things back on track. Whether it be rain or snow SERVPRO of Paramus is here for the local Bergen county community. Storms can be quite unpredictable and have the potential to cause quite a bit of damage. During a torrential rain storm or when a large amount of snow melts can potentially cause flooding among other things, which could cause major damage do properties. 

How can SERVPRO Help you?

We offer restoration/mitigation services after the damage has been done. Our company specializes in water, fire, and mold mitigation services and when it comes to rebuilding we got your back. No matter what type of property you own, whether it be residential, commercial, or industrial we will get the job done. 

Expect the Unexpected

Water emergencies such as flooding from a storm or burst pipe can happen at any moment. Events such as this can happen at any time, when it does you need trusted professionals to handle water removal and drying. SERVPRO is the trusted name in the restoration industry. Our locally owned and operated franchise has technicians that have up to date IICRC certifications for water restoration. We are faster to any size disaster and we're ready to respond to any water emergency 24/7. 

Why Should Flooding be Addressed Quickly?

The longer water is left sitting the more hazardous it becomes.

  • Within minutes of flooding - water can move rapidly through a structure, saturating the building materials, carpeting, and anything that can absorb water. 
  • Within 24 Hours - Unpleasant musty odors can develop, drywall can become over saturated and begin to break down, inks and dyes from items can mix with the water potentially staining other contents. Wood furnishing can begin to crack after being exposed to large amounts of water. 
  •  Within 48 hours - Building elements that have been exposed to water and high levels of moisture will begin to warp. Mold spoors can begin to colonize and spread throughout the structure. Paint can begin to peel off the walls and the floors could start to warp. At this time, severe contamination is possible.
  • After a week - The integrity of the structure will be questionable. By this time mold will have taken hold and the cost and time will be multiplied due to the severity of the situation. Building materials that have been exposed for too long will need to be replaced and total reconstruction of the affected area will be considered.

Faster to any Size Disaster

This is why we offer 24/7 emergency services, so any further damages can be potentially stopped. A fast response time will give our technicians the ability to take action and work with you every step of the way through a very stressful situation. Our objective is to mitigate and restore your property so it's "Like it Never Even Happened."

When Storms Bring Flood Damage to Westwood

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We recently restored this water damaged basement. We have the equipment and training to complete the job quickly.

Flood Damage Control and Restoration for Westwood Homeowners

Flooding has become more prevalent in Westwood in the last few years, thanks to the more extreme storms in our area. Unfortunately, removal and cleanup actions often take longer since this outside water carries contaminants not found in water when an inlet pipe breaks or a hose leading into a dishwasher bursts.

Westwood flood damage is rarely very greater than a few inches, so SERVPRO efforts focus on removal, disposal, and cleaning of the floors and any property on the floor when the water enters the home. Specialists begin with tools from our equipment inventory to remove the floodwater.

Since this is outside water, removal operations only begin after eliminating the initial health threat. Contaminants in the water would include soil, fertilizers, new pet waste, and even sewer waste if the flooding caused problems for much of the city system. After spraying an anti-bacterial spray over the water surface and affected items, they bring in water pumps and smaller extractor wands to rid the home of standing water.

Now comes disposal. Team members remove all paper and other items that can drip or bleed colors onto the hardwood or different types of flooring. If there are carpets, they remove them last so they can serve as a sponge to absorb colors. Carpet removal is necessary since SERVPRO cannot provide a 100% guarantee that it is safe to use again even after thorough shampooing with our most active cleaner. 

Specialists then begin cleaning the floors and property with various chemical agents. A mild agent usually works for concrete, hardwood, and most other floorings, including linoleum and tile. For furniture such as dining room sets, they sparingly spray the wood with a cleaner and then wipe it off carefully with a sponge or cloth. If needed, they dry the item first to allow any varnish or other finishes to harden again and avoid streaking. If curtains or upholstery absorbed any floodwater, specialists would use a sprayer, and an upholstery brush was needed to work in the cleaning agent.

SERVPRO of Paramus is ready to help every homeowner and resident here or in Hillsdale, Washington Township, and Woodcliff Lake return home to its pre-damaged condition. If you need us, call (201) 445-5588 today. We are here for you.

Our Experts Explain How A Flood Could Damage Your Paramus Home

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

yellow background with words need help on it Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 to help restore your property to its preloss state.

What Could Worsen Flood Damage In Paramus Homes?

Flooding is not an outcome that you would typically expect to deal with in your home. However, flooding in urban settings is a real danger due to several factors such as inadequate storm drainage systems and landscaping options such as paving of driveways and walkways. If a flood hits your home, some factors may worsen the situation. Our professional flood damage mitigation services help Paramus homeowners prevent a bad situation from turning worse.

Delayed removal of water and excess moisture after flood damage in Paramus can worsen the situation. Other problems, such as mold start developing within 24 to 48 hours. Rotting and other forms of deterioration affecting various materials such as wood may also occur. Our SERVPRO technicians begin water extraction procedures as soon as possible. We expedite the process by using sophisticated equipment such as truck-mounted or portable water extractors depending on the severity of the situation.

Having the wrong expectations can worsen the situation. Since it is probably the first time your home has flooded, you might not expect the restoration process to take long. However, many flooding situations require weeks or even months for proper cleanup and restoration. Alternatively, you might feel that the situation is dire and therefore see no urgency in starting the restoration process. A lackluster approach could create an opportunity for avoidable deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on extensive experience to help you understand the situation. The training and IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certification we receive also helps us evaluate the damaged site, and give rough estimates of the time it can take to fix.

Failure to do proper scoping after a flooding incident can leave some issues unaddressed, worsening the initial problem. The water left pooling around after flooding migrates due to gravity action. Therefore, even extraction efforts might leave pockets of wetness. Our SERVPRO technicians do thorough scoping and rely on sophisticated moisture detection equipment such as thermal cameras and moisture sensors to ensure we identify all wet areas.

Suppose you need professional help for the proper management of flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 to help restore your property to its preloss state. We’re Faster to Any

What is Rain Runoff and How Does it Impact Your Paramas Home?

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Car Driving Through Water in The Road Heavy rains can cause rain runoff to enter your home. Call SERVPRO for the expertise to remove it quickly.

Rain Runoff Causes Flood Damage in Paramus

North Jersey is densely populated, and our many retail and commercial outlets offer paved parking for all. Residents of Paramus can find rain runoff impacting their homes, filling basements and lower levels with potentially contaminated water. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment and a highly-qualified workforce ready to help with flood water woes. 

Flood damage in your Paramus residence is unduly disruptive and destructive. It cannot be ignored and requires the assistance of professional remediation specialists. Rapid removal and a complete dry out are essential to avoid progressive deterioration of building materials and inhibit mold growth. 

Our SERVPRO flood damage remediation crews are prepared to work immediately after our experienced project manager assesses the situation and develops the job plan. We stock our vehicles with the equipment, products, and specialized tools needed for the series of tasks we anticipate completing so that we can begin working as soon as we reach the worksite. 

The crew is also fully trained and certified in various specialties such as Water Damage Restoration Technician (WDRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASDT). The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international standards development organization for the restoration industry, provides the coursework and knowledge base supporting our employees. 

Water quality assessments generally indicate that floodwaters are contaminated, so we contain and dispose of them following applicable regulations. SERVPRO uses commercial-grade pumps and water extractors to get that part of the job accomplished. We use sensitive moisture meters and thermal scanners to detect hidden water, using flood cuts or top-down extraction to release it. 

Cleaning and disinfecting with EPA-registered antimicrobials follow. The flooded space receives thorough structural drying using air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. We continuously monitor for moisture levels, ceasing the drying efforts only after the reading return to normal. 

We also assist with an evaluation of the damage done to contents, often transporting them to a protected area on your property or our production facility. Specialized SERVPRO technicians offer innovative strategies like freeze-drying for papers and photos and controlled drying chambers for electronics and furnishings. 

SERVPRO of Paramus is ready to help with all aspects of flood damage remediation. When runoff becomes a problem, contact us at (201) 445-5588.

How Are Residential Properties in Paramus Prepped for Flood Damage Restoration?

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Moisture meter SERVPRO has the tools your property needs after a storm hits home. Call us for assistance at (201) 445-5588.

SERVPRO Technicians Use Proven Methods to Restore Paramus Homes Quickly and Efficiently

Floods that occur from stormy weather are tough to protect your home from completely. Sometimes the only option for homeowners is to make sure they respond correctly after a flood to save as much of the structure and belongings as possible. The strongest response to a home emergency is to bring in experts. Professionals can prep your property for the drying phase before undertaking the necessary reconstruction work to return it to its preloss condition. To understand how properties are dried following flooding, it is first vital to understand how properties are constructed- referred to in the industry as building assembly. We help residents with:

  • Flood restoration
  • Drying flooded properties
  • Prepping a home for restoration

Prepping for flood damage restoration in your Paramus home usually involves cutting away parts of the building assembly. In most flood situations, our team first pumps out standing water. We can then remove a two-foot section of drywall from the base of walls and ceilings to prevent vapor damage. Removing drywall helps remove contaminants that may have entered your home in floodwater; it can also assist the drying procedure by allowing greater air circulation into wall cavities. Other systems that are common when responding to a flood emergency include:

  • Stripping or removing carpets from all floors that were exposed to floodwaters. Removing carpets allows us to reduce contamination and assess potential subfloor damage. 
  • Shutting off all power to the property to reduce hazards. We can bring portable generators and lighting to work safely within the powerless environment.
  • Using penetrating moisture meters to gain accurate moisture content analysis of structural frameworks in the building. 

Prepping your home for restoration helps to ensure a smooth workflow. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus for flood damage restoration at (201) 445-5588.

Storms Can Cause Surprising Amounts of Flood Damage to Homes in Paramus – Call SERVPRO for Help

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Rain on home Storm flooding can impact your home in many ways. If your home has been affected by storm damage, just call the experts at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Cleanup, Repair and Restoration in Paramus

When storms bring water into your home in Paramus, causing damage to your floors and walls, it can seem very overwhelming. The floor is wet, and the water is seeping into the walls and wicking up the drywall. Items sitting on the floor are soaked in water. In addition, if the water is from a backed-up storm sewer or sewage line or floodwaters that washed into the house, it may be contaminated with dangerous viruses, bacteria, biological material, and chemicals.

SERVPRO provides cleanup services for flood damage to homes and businesses in Paramus. Our team responds in less than four hours from your call. We treat sewage and floodwaters as highly infectious waste materials. We take all of the appropriate precautions for the protection of your family and our employees. The steps required include:

  • Wearing personal protective equipment while cleaning and removing waste material
  • Set up containment areas to protect the remainder of the building and remove the waste material
  • We apply EPA registered disinfectant material to all waste material and all surfaces as they are cleaned
  • We dispose of all trash following industry-approved guidelines.

SERVPRO may need to complete control demolition of contaminated flooring materials, make flood cuts in the walls to expose damaged and contaminated drywall, insulation, and vapor barriers. After all of the contaminated material is removed, everything is disinfected and cleaned. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the space damaged by floodwaters. Our building services team can also assist with repairs and restoration of your home after a flood. Our general contractor license is # 13VH001305854800

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

How Can Westwood Homes Benefit From Flood Damage Restoration?

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Standing in a pool of flooding water in a home. Storm and flood damage mitigation by SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians is the best choice you can make for your home. Call now!

SERVPRO Technicians Bring Years of Experience and Expertise to Water Damage Cleanup in Westwood

After floodwater affects a Westwood property, some homeowners attempt to dry out the property on their own. The water may recede rapidly, but the floor, subfloor, and walls may need attention to get dried completely. If the moisture remains, further damages can occur within the structure. Signs of water damage to walls include:

  • Warping and buckling
  • Sloughing off of the outer layers
  • Saturated portions deteriorating

A Westwood homeowner undergoing flood damage cleanup can find the situation happened in numerous ways. A forgotten window left open during heavy rains can drench the drywall around the sill, and the result can be a portion of a wall that buckles and warps. The insulation inside may require removal to dry to the interior wall cavity completely. In some cases, the techs will need to remove the damaged portion of the wall in an action known as a flood cut. This action stops further damage to the wall from excessive moisture.

The professional equipment used by SERVPRO assists in pulling even embedded moisture out of the structure. The techs use their equipment to determine areas of collective moisture. This ensures they know where to focus their water removal and drying efforts. Once they run their drying equipment, the techs set drying goals and then scope the property to ensure no pockets of water vapor are left behind.

After the floodwater extraction and drying, this SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license #13VH001305854800. The technicians can perform any needed repairs on the structure, from reconstruction to priming and painting in colors chosen by the homeowner.

SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 supports the local Westwood area with its flood damage restoration services. The trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make the water damage in the home, "Like it never even happened."

How Long Does it Take to Dry a Paramus Property with Flood Damage?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Zone sign Storm and flood damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in all phases of storm damage remediation.

Using SERVPRO Technicians in Paramus for Flood Damage Can Greatly Reduce Drying Times

One core area of concern for homeowners with flooded properties is drying times. Flooding exposes the home to an enormous amount of moisture in a short space of time. Since there are many different materials in a building's assembly, all with additional normal moisture content, it can be tough to determine exactly when the building is suitably dry through calculations. Attempting to dry a property through opening windows or entranceways naturally can take up to six months. It makes sense that restoration companies use assistive drying techniques to reduce the expected drying time to around three weeks. Assistive drying is useful for:

  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage restoration
  • Water clean up

When a flood damage restoration in Paramus is complete, the general rule is when it is deemed safe for occupants to return to the property. Assistive drying speeds up the drying process by focusing on particular areas of the property using advanced drying equipment. A subfloor, for example, can be dried quicker by focusing the output of a rapid-air mover at 45 degrees to the surface. Wall cavities and framing in the building assembly can be dried quickly using injectidry systems or other specially designed structural cavity drying equipment. Prioritizing areas of the home that could continue to sustain damage if remaining wet is essential to ensuring re-occupancy of the property can occur within an approximate three-week timeline. 

  • Drying goals can be drawn up by analyzing moisture contents from similar but unaffected materials in the property. Upstairs rooms, for example, can be a good choice for setting drying goals.
  • Monitoring is vital to ensure that materials are drying efficiently and that they do not drop below their natural moisture content which can cause buckling or cupping. Many assistive drying technologies have real-time data flow to help with monitoring. 
  • Often repeated use of drying equipment in the same area of a property can aid the drying process by ensuring thorough and consistent airflow, temperature, or humidity. 

We aim to return a flooded property to its preloss condition in around three weeks. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus for flood damage restoration at (201) 445-5588.

Who do Westwood Residents Rely on for Flood Damage Restoration?

7/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Flooding causes numerous problems in your home. SERVPRO has you covered in any situation. Flood damage restoration is what we do.

SERVPRO is an Expert Flood Restoration Provider Operating in the Westwood Area

Adverse weather situations can knock out power to your home, damaging tiling or roofing, and cause flooding. These emergencies require a quick response to reduce losses from exposure to the elements or floodwaters. Our services run twenty-four hours a day for residents in an emergency and can help with:

  • Water mitigation
  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Basement flooding

Basements can often sustain the worst of flood damage in your Westwood home. Most basements in flood risk areas are installed with sump pumps, which help manage excess water flow. In some situations, these pumps can become overloaded, resulting in excess water intruding into the basement. These walls, flooring and ceiling structure in your basement is often less protected than in your home. This lack of protection can sometimes lead to structural damages such as cracking of concrete subfloor and plaster. SERVPRO technicians can help:

  • Quickly remove items from the basement to dry, clean areas for restoration.
  • Use high-pressure electric submersible pumps to transport water uphill and out of the property.
  • Assess concrete and other solid subfloor materials for damage and perform mitigation to prevent permanent losses. 

In an emergency flooding situation, it is vital to act quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

Does SERVPRO Handle Flood Damage from Storms in Paramus?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

'safety first' signs on top of each other Floodwaters can contain contaminants. SERVPRO can safely remove the water. Call us today!

SERVPRO Offers More Than Just Water Removal Services after Flooding Affects Paramus Properties

Although the most anticipated problem in flooding is inundation in various sections of a property, other issues do develop, complicating the restoration process. In case of storm-related flooding, calling a professional to help resolve flood damage at your property is one way to simplify the recovery process.

Typical issues likely to develop after flood damage in Paramus properties include water in cavities such as walls, cabinets, or floors. Shattered windows or torn roofs are also possible since gale-force winds can push large debris against the structure causing significant damages. Other problems include deep contamination and the development of foul odors. SERVPRO provides all the solutions necessary to resolve the myriad of obstacles under one roof.

With our flood management service, you do not have to worry about:

  • Biohazard remediation
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Rodent clean up services
  • Disinfecting companies

SERVPRO works to secure the property affected by a storm, thus preventing further deterioration of any section, whether affected or not. We take preventive measures such as installing roof tarps to seal holes in a torn roof. We also board up the structure to separate affected areas from the rest of the house or seal openings such as doors or windows damaged by storms. Boarding up also helps keep rodents and small animals from readily accessing the house interiors.

Buildings affected by storms may be hazardous because of unstable components or the heavy contamination from groundwater. However, our SERVPRO technicians can access the properties safely since we use protective gear such as hard hats, bodysuits, and rubber boots, thus minimizing the chances of injury.

SERVPRO of Paramus can handle any flood damage loss, restoring properties to their preloss state. Call us at (201) 445-5588 when you need assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Does SERVPRO Handle Muck-Out Cleaning in Paramus Homes after Flooding?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Don't let flood water take over your Paramus home, Call our certified storm damage technicians for assistance.

Following Flood Damage, Debris and Mud can Overwhelm Exposed Areas of Your Paramus House. 

Flood restoration can involve many steps and intricate efforts from our experienced storm damage response team. However, emergency services water damage, including extraction and water removal services, are the first needed actions. Eliminating the water can often expose a secondary need for extensive surface cleaning and controlled demolition.

What Can Muck-Out Cleaning Remove in Paramus Homes? 

You cannot begin to recover other flood damage in Paramus homes without first addressing the debris and sediment that has made its way inside. Muck-out cleaning and debris removal play a critical role in expediting the overall restoration process and preventing further damaging effects like contaminants. These efforts can often find a wide variety of soils and debris after a flood, but the process targets:

After a flood, our SERVPRO of Paramus team can help with fast mitigation and cleaning efforts to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (201) 445-5588.

Visit Westwood's Demarest Farm this January for Excellent Food, Drinks, and Tours

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

demarest farms bbq Relax, SERVPRO takes care of the floodwaters in your Westwood home, while you enjoy a great BBQ.

The Demarest Farm is a Family-run Business for Westwood Residents this Winter

The Demarest Farm is 34-acre farmland that has been in the family for over 130 years. Since the mid-seventies, the farmyard has been open to the public for seasonal peach and pumpkin pickings as well as tours of the local orchard. While the orchard light show may well have been packed away come January, the weekly barbeques that have become a tradition for residents continue. Every Thursday night, the barbecue feast serves up ribs, salads, chicken, and hotdogs to its delighted guests. Wagon rides are also available, while winter specialties like flaming smores are a joy. For older visitors, the home-made ciders that come directly from the orchards are an experience that you cannot find anywhere else in Bergen County.

  • The farm features a pick your own orchard, seasonal gardening center, and a farm store for taking produce with you
  • Barbecues cost $21 per head and are served up every Thursday.
  • A drive-in movie theater opens periodically throughout the year with family-friendly picks.

Getting rid of floodwaters from your home is only possible with industrial equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for help with your flooding emergency.

Violent Weather Events Can Cause Extensive Damage to Paramus Properties

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

techs, generator, trucks Count on SERVPRO for Commercial and Residential Storm Damage Mitigation in Paramus--We've Got It! Go shop at the mall!

SERVPRO of Paramus Can Mitigate Losses and Repair Damages in an Emergency

Paramus is a quintessential suburb of New York City. Situated just 8 miles away from Manhattan, the bedroom community here numbers 26,342 people. This area of the Garden State has a long history dating back to the arrival of early colonial forces from Holland and England. During the Revolutionary War, Paramus became a key staging ground for battles fought along the East Coast and was visited several times by the patriot forces leader, George Washington. The district was a former headquarters for Washington before advisors suggested he move to Westchester County. For most of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century, this region was a rural farming community with a relatively small, light population of around 5,000 people. The primary focus on agriculture gave Paramus, and the surrounding area, a nickname of the Garden State. It was only by the twentieth century, and the building of the George Washington Bridge in 1931, that the region developed into today's commercial outlet. Infrastructural connections to New York City and an unregulated land development saw Paramus triple its retail outlets to 319 stores in the 1950s alongside three massive shopping malls. Today, it holds a reputation as both a commuter destination and a vibrant shopping district outside New York City.

The Garden State city of Paramus

is well-known as a shopping district. The earliest malls were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s, while local governments have brought in sales tax reductions and levies to encourage further business. Today, five shopping malls serve residents and tourists of Bergen County throughout the year. While the shopping destination does attract visitors and boost the local economy, there are efforts to prevent congestion or other high traffic areas for residents. The so-called blue laws restrict the trade of non-essential goods on Sundays, which have been enforced by the local government since 1957. Paramus is one of the last regions in the US to maintain strict regulation on Sunday trading. The only time these blue laws have been suspended was following the events of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Charities, food, and medical stores are the only retailers that remain open during Sundays as a result of the blue laws in effect. Alongside Paramus's shopping districts are a significant number of theaters and cultural centers for the arts, which attract internationally renowned artists throughout the year. 

  • Bergen County Zoological Park is located with the Van Saun County Park and offers 146 acres of parkland, forests, and waterways. The center also encourages entertainment for younger children with its playgrounds, Washington Spring Garden Train, and Millenium Carousel. The zoo opens from 10 am until 4 pm each day, with free admission throughout the year. Alongside the animals on show, the zoo encourages nature through several education programs, volunteer workshops, and displays. 
  • The Garden State Plaza is home to some of the largest shopping malls in the region, including Westfield. These destinations cater to visitors throughout the day, with several food courts and hundreds of retail outlets selling electronics, fashion items, and accessories. Flagship stores include Lord & Taylor and Macy's, although many smaller gems are found here like the Timberland outlet. The mall also hosts a sixteen screen IMAX cinema.
  • Hyatt Place Fair Lawn Hotel in Paramus is one of the more popular mid-range hotels in the area and is ideally situated on Broadway Route North. The large property has several room types, TVs in all rooms, and a complimentary breakfast. It is located near enough to Manhattan and the Garden State Plaza to ensure that guests can experience both the big city and shopping destination without moving to the hotel. 

Popular dining destinations in Paramus, NJ

  • The Capital Grille is among the standout food outlets from the Garden State Plaza. The menu is a mixture of fish, meats, and fried fish in the traditional American style. During the summer months, the outdoor patio is a treat for breakfast or lunch, while desserts are typically excellent. 
  • Just down West Pleasant Avenue in nearby Maywood is the excellent Seafood Gourmet. The charming narrow restaurant serves a variety of freshly caught seafood. Seafood Gourmet has become something of an icon to the local community and delights visitors all year round with their range of traditional soups and salads.
  • In and around Paramus Road are two excellent seafood restaurants. The first is El Cid, which cooks up freshly caught in Spanish style and serves paella, among other seasoned favorites. Down the road is the Bonefish Grill, which offers refined grilled fish alongside a surprisingly good cocktail menu.

Large Weather Events Can Cause Damage to your Paramus Home. SERVPRO Can Help Secure and Restore your Property after a Storm. 

Storm and flood cleanup is a time-sensitive task that requires experience working with residential properties in the area. SERVPRO has been helping residents recover after massive storm events like Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and can help protect your home in an emergency. Our first step is to secure the property against looting or further water intrusion. We can erect temporary tarpaulin to prevent additional rainwater from entering the property and boarding up broken windows or entrance ways. Inside the home, our team can quickly pump water out of the property, which reduces stress on the structure. Using our leading drying techniques, technicians can promptly guard your home against the secondary damages associated with water intrusion. Storm and flash flooding can have a devastating impact on your daily life. SERVPRO has both the resources and infrastructure to return your home to its preloss condition. 

  • Our technicians are trained to work in biohazardous substance environments that are a frequent byproduct of flash flooding. Using our full range of disinfectants and cleaners, we can safely remove contaminated materials or restore property parts. 
  • Crew chiefs can perform emergency pack-outs of the contents in your home following a storm event. Pack procedures can secure your possessions and store them at a climate-controlled warehouse while restoration of the structure begins.
  • Powerful submersible pumps can be deployed in the property to pass contaminated water and solid waste that may enter the home. Our extraction equipment is capable of removing hundreds of gallons of water at a time. 

Storm-related incidents can cause havoc in a home environment. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

What is the Fastest Way to Reduce Standing Water in a Property?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

gutted basement after flooding After pumping out the floodwaters, SERVPRO techs prepare this Paramus basement for a build back, clean and sanitary.

SERVPRO is a Professional Flood Water Removal Firm with Access to High-Powered Pumps and Extractors to Restore your Paramus Home.

What pumps are useful for property flooding?

There are a variety of pumps to choose from when restoring your Paramus home from water intrusion. The capability of a pump should match your requirements. Some situations may require pumps that can transport water a long distance. Other conditions may require pumps that can lift water uphill or remove water with solid waste.

Professional services can quickly assess the ideal type of pump for a flood situation in Paramus and use it as soon as possible. The capability of pumps is generally measured in lift capacity and volume. These measurements can be calculated against the architecture of your home to find the ideal solution.

What types of water pumps are used for flooding?

  • Self-priming trash pumps to remove water with solid waste.
  • High pressure pumps to transport water from below-grade levels of the home.
  • Electric submersible pumps which are commonly used and can transport water up to twenty-five feet away via a hose

Can water contamination affect pumps?

Contamination is present when performing flood water removal in your Paramus. Water flotsam and debris must be assessed before choosing the right type of pump. Solid-waste could clog up a pump or make it less efficient. Equally, the amount of standing water can be a critical factor in assessing the type of pump. Priming is required for most equipment to work. However, when standing water drops below two inches, the pumps may begin to take in air. We can combat this by using a diaphragm pump or relying on a different water extraction method after initial pumping.

What assessments are necessary before water removal?

  • The type of water source and the level of contamination
  • Whether the basement is occupied (electric pumps) or unoccupied (diesel pumps)
  • How far, and through what obstacles, does water need to be transported

A quick resolution to water intrusion can help to reduce losses significantly. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

Who do I Call When my Westwood Garage Floods?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in the garage of a home. No matter what part of your Westwood home floods, SERVPRO will be there right away to assist you.

When your Garage in Westwood Floods, SERVPRO is at your Service

Weather events can cause water levels to rise or your windows to leak, allowing floodwater to come in straight into your Westwood home. Despite your best efforts, winter clothes, your children's schoolwork, and your personal belongings can now be in peril thanks to the excessive moisture and bacteria brought into your garage. Rather than sorting through items on your own, reach out to a reputable restoration company for assistance.

In Westwood, help with your flood damage is a job for our water restoration technicians at SERVPRO. We are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in all matters of water restoration. You can have peace of mind that you are in the hands of the most competent team in the area. As soon as the storm passes and it is safe for us to visit your home, our Green Fleet arrives and designs an action plan specific to your needs. With safety as a priority, we wear personal protective equipment and set up barriers to avoid contamination in other areas of your home.

Are all the keepsakes in my flooded garage trash?

It can be very discouraging to see pictures and other personal items soaking in water after you have kept them so carefully. Before you despair, allow our team to extract the excess water and moisture by using industry-grade pumps and equipment such as dehumidifiers and air circulators. As we strive to mitigate your loss, we control the humidity and presence of bacteria and then address the specific drying needs of your garage's contents. In this process, we may suggest some of the following-

  • Outside laundering and disinfection of porous materials such as textiles
  • Dry freezing to preserve paper products such as pictures and documents
  • A temporary move of furniture into our facilities where we can treat and disinfect it away from the worksite

Sometimes restoration is not feasible, so we help guide you in deciding which items to discard and take care of their removal. What is important to remember is that SERVPRO of Paramus is here to help. Call us around the clock at (201) 445-5588 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Local Flood Damage Repair Services Around Me?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Rain boots in water If you don’t act quickly, water damage in your home can escalate. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team right away.

SERVPRO of Paramus Can Offer Flood Damage Mitigation Services to Your Home! 

Living in the small city of Paramus can seem like a relatively quiet way to live your life until flood damage suddenly impacts your home. It is essential to realize that not all floods are catastrophic. When it comes to flood damage, many homes are affected by heavy rain and thunderstorms. 

Imagine a scenario where a freak storm causes flood damage in your Paramus basement while at work. No rain was forecasted, so you left your basement window ajar to help air out some old boxes. When you saw cars breaking streets flooded with ankle-deep water, you knew your home was in trouble. 

What Can I Do in This Situation Knowing Water Might Be Pouring into My House? 

Here at SERVPRO, we believe it's better to be safe than sorry. If you know floodwater has an access point to your home, get help. You can: 

  • Call us from your car on your way home
  • Rely on an existing SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan
  • If you can do neither of the above, you can call our office as soon as you arrive at home 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan is a great way to help you prepare for an accident you cannot see coming. By making a plan before the flood happens, you can ensure our technicians have quick access to your home.

My Basement Ended Up Flooded; How Can SERVPRO Help Me? 

Fortunately, here at SERVPRO, we are flood damage experts. When we arrive, we can: 

  • Remove boxes, furniture, and clothing from your basement
  • Use advanced technological devices, such as industry-grade wet/dry vacuums, to remove the standing water
  • Make any necessary flood cuts and remove damaged materials
  • Set up drying equipment, such as heaters, axial fans, and air movers 

Our ultimate goal is always to leave a smile on your face, and return your home to its preloss state. 

If your home has suffered flood damage, do not wait. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus by dialing (201) 445-5588. No matter the time, we can help you.

Want to see more about Paramus?

What Can Flood Damage Do to My Hillsdale Basement?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged basement When basement flooding affects your home, a quick call to SERVPRO is what you need. We are available 24/7.

Hillsdale Homes That Have Suffered Flood Damage Can Receive Mitigation Services from Disaster Cleanup Specialists

Basement flooding is one of the most common home maladies after a natural disaster in the Hillsdale area. Small-scale basement floods can be as much as $10,000, while more substantial flooding can rack up costs between $25,000 and $50,000.

If a disaster has left flood damage in your Hillsdale home’s basement, SERVPRO technicians can return your home to a preloss condition. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to render general contracting services (license #13VH001305854800) for more effective rebuilding after flooding.

How Floods Can Affect Your Basement

  • Foundation damage. If the foundation of your home has cracks, a ground flood can deepen these cracks, which can be costly and challenging to repair.
  • Mold growth. Basements already often tend toward being humid and hospitable for mold, but this is amplified by the presence of floodwaters and contaminants that can allow microbes to spread.
  • Overloaded waterproofing. Waterproofing systems in your basement, including sump pumps, may not be able to handle the amount of water that comes into your home. After cleanup, these systems may require repair or replacement.

SERVPRO’s Sanitation Strategies

Sanitation is key to flood damage mitigation and comes before drying. This process is essential to keeping homes safe because:

  • Microbes can spread through the air when SERVPRO techs are operating air movers and dehumidifiers.
  • The high contamination risk posed by floodwaters requires more stringent sanitation than a typical clean or gray water damage situation. Sewage, pests, and chemical runoff all create safety concerns that must be addressed promptly through sanitation.
  • SERVPRO’s EPA-registered biocide solutions eliminate microbial proliferation, which curbs the spread of contaminants and odors.

After extraction and sanitation, structural drying can begin.

SERVPRO of Paramus supports the community with mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (201) 445-5588.

Click here to learn more about Hillsdale.

We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Paramus Home After A Flood

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Common Questions When Paramus Homes Need Flood Damage Cleanup

Flood damage needs fast action. Even though SERVPRO techs get to each loss-site quickly, often in the four hours or less it takes them to come, much of the water has either receded into the walls or flooring.

Homeowners have questions about flood damage in their Paramus properties. That following are some of the most common situations that SERVPRO technicians encounter.

Should I Clean Up the Water Before SERVPRO Arrives?

It is fine to put down towels and rags to help absorb the water, however, until the techs get to the premises and test the water. Also, if there is any danger of slip and fall accidents, close off doors to the loss area in the home and wait for help to get there.

Does Carpet Require Removal?

If the carpet has floodwater, it usually requires disposal as a biohazard. The reason for this is because groundwater has the potential to contain a host of contaminants. When SERVPRO technicians work on flood damage, they wear protective clothing and commonly set up containment around the loss area to stop cross-contamination to other areas of the home.

Why is Sheetrock Cut Away From the Floor Up?

This is a controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts." When sheetrock wicks water, it has no restoration potential. The technicians use their moisture detection equipment to measure several inches above the waterline and cut away the damaged portion of the building materials. This is a clean-cut that leaves the wall open for drying and makes repairs fast and easy. When the restoration services complete, the techs have a general contractor license #13VH001305854800 and can perform any necessary repairs to bring the house to its pre-flood condition.

Why Did Mold Grow on the Walls So Quickly?

After a water loss in a home, the interior humidity levels go up. As airborne mold spores are present indoors and outdoors, when they encounter these favorable conditions, they germinate and begin to spread rapidly. The techs use professional drying equipment and monitor the process to ensure the ambient humidity gets quickly lowered. Any existing mold growth also gets addressed, and treatments such as antimicrobial cleaners and sealants.

SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 cleans up flood damage of any size in properties and makes the water loss in the homes "Like it never even happened."

See more about Paramus.

SERVPRO Restores Paramus Home with Flood Damage in a Basement

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Wet basement floor Don't let water damage take over your basement. Call the experts at (201) 445-5588.

What It Takes for Timely Resolution of Flood Damage Incidents in Paramus

A study showed that nearly 98% of basements would receive some form of water or flood damage in their service life. It is vital to begin cleanup as soon as possible after the water intrusion to limit the loss to the structure and contents. 

A finished basement in Paramus with flood damage needed fast action. The homeowner had a good deal of items stored in the basement and moved a portion of the smaller things out of the way before SERVPRO technicians arrived on-site. During the initial call, the technician advised the homeowner to avoid contact with the water until the technicians came to test the water and determine the nature of any contaminants or bacteria present. 

Scoping and First Actions

The technicians use their equipment to determine the scale of the water loss in the basement and begin extraction. In cases where the water is deeper than two-inches, SERVPRO has submersible pumps to perform removal without delay. The glue-down carpet delaminated from the concrete slab after a short period of exposure to the excessive moisture and required disposal. 

The sheetrock wicked water and showed signs of buckling. The techs removed the sheetrock so the cinderblock wall underneath could dry. Each item in the basement received inspection to determine the restorability potential to save the homeowner from the cost of replacing things as much as possible. 

Drying Challenges

SERVPRO technicians use powerful air movers to bring down the ambient humidity and dehumidification equipment to capture and port away moisture. 

Efflorescence Looks Worse Than It Is

When concrete dries, salts in the composition sometimes rise to the surface and appear as a dry, white powder. At first glance, the substrate looks ruined, but it only needs wiping away to look good as new. 

Repairs and Rebuilding

To restore the basement to its preloss condition, SERVPRO holds a general contractor license #13VH001305854800 and can reinstall carpet, sheetrock, and other needed restorations to bring the basement back to normal for the homeowner. 

SERVPRO of Paramus restores local properties with flood damage. The certified technicians are available 24/7 at (201) 445-5588 to make the water loss in the home, "Like it never even happened."

See more about Paramus.

Paramus Basement Flooding Cleanup is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

basement water damage, removed flooring and wall panels Paramus Basements after a Storm, Get Cleaned Up, Restored, and Repaired by SERVPRO Skilled Teams

Stormy Summer after a Cold Winter? Get Professional Help for Paramus Flood Damage

When warm weather comes to Paramus, it is hard to fit all needed maintenance during busy, fun-filled days. If winter’s ice and snow bent gutters and downspouts, some of the connections might be loose, causing poor drainage. Blossoms and seeds from nearby trees also add to last fall’s leaves, creating clogs that interfere with the smooth flow of summer rainwater. Any of these conditions can increase the chance of a flooded basement.

Torrential summer rains sweep across New Jersey, resulting in flood damage to Paramus homes struggling with roof drainage issues. When water pools in a portion of a gutter, it spills over with force into a concentrated area of your yard. Since it does not follow the drain pattern that was designed to channel water further away from your foundation, it often seeps into your basement.

We see this flooding every year, and our technicians bring the tools and training to your home as soon as possible after your initial call. Our SERVPRO  project manager or crew chief assesses the damage and devises a plan to rid your basement of the current flooding. Team members unload gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extractors to remove the water quickly. We assess the water’s category, and if contamination is evident, we contain and dispose of the fluids according to local ordinances.

If you use part or all of your basement for storage or living quarters, SERVPRO might suggest moving wet items either to a dry staging area on your property or to our production facility. Our pack-out service saves many possessions and treasures from the scrap heap. We use the Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to track the condition and location of any moved items.

Clearing the flooded area allows our crew to work rapidly to remove the water. Minimizing the number of wet materials in the affected area during structural drying permits our air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to work more efficiently during the drying phase. To avoid flooding from the next storm on the horizon, you should consult with a trustworthy roofing or gutter cleaning contractor to solve the drainage issue.

SERVPRO of Paramus provides fast and reliable assistance when poor roof drainage results in flooded areas in your lower levels. Call (201) 445-5588 to arrange an assessment followed by prompt flood remediation.

Our Professionals Will Sanitize Your Paramus Home After A Flood

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for 24/7 service.

Sanitizing after a Flood in Paramus

Flooding potentially introduces a great deal of contamination into the home or business. Floods carry debris such as sand and dirt, various objects picked up and carried by the floodwaters, and of course, a variety of biohazards. Biohazards may include blood, human and animal waste, body fluids, microbiological waste, and pathological waste.

SERVPRO provides flood cleanup services to Paramus and surrounding areas. Some storms produce devastating damage across the state; other floods are contained in local areas affecting neighborhoods. We can respond within 4 hours on a 24/7 basis and mobilize equipment and teams at a moment's notice.

Cleanup After a Flood
The first step is to ensure the safety of the occupants and our team members. We check for electrical hazards, damage to buildings that may be dangerous to staff, and we check for debris, including biohazards that may be dangerous to humans.

We deploy truck-mounted water pumps if needed. Generators are brought in to power smaller pumps and water extractors as needed. We remove and dispose of any debris that may have been carried into the home or building. Unrestorable items are identified, recorded, and the owner notified before destroying any contents. Some items may be too damaged or contaminated and must be thrown out.

Cleaning and Drying
Depending on the extent of the damage and the contamination, flooring and walls may need to be exposed. Quick action and application help to control the growth of microbes and mold. Hard surfaces are cleaned with antimicrobial, disinfectant, or sanitizers as required. HVAC systems may be turned off, and all occupants are asked to leave during the application of these chemicals.

Complete drying and dehumidification of the structure and remaining content before restoration and reconstruction of the building begins. Every flood damage event is different and requires a variety of equipment and supplies. Our SERVPRO team is trained and has the experience to handle all flood damage events.

Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Washington Township, Woodcliff Lake, River Vale, and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

For more about Paramus click here.

Why Drying Is Vital After A Flood In Paramus

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 today for flood assistance.

Why Drying is just as Important as Removal after Flood Damage in Paramus

A priority concern for homeowners when flood water enters the property is to remove as much volume as possible, as quickly as possible. However, the drying procedure is equally important but can quickly fly under the radar. Failure to correctly dry a flooded property can lead to water damages, which present themselves as discoloration or rotting of structural materials in the home. Previous flooding incidents can also lead to microbial growth issues further down the line, which can be both difficult and expensive to repair.

Our restoration services for flood damage in Paramus, incorporate proper drying techniques to ensure secondary harms are kept to a minimum. SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize both immediate dangers as well as putting in place procedures to prevent secondary ones. We consider restoring a property to be not just the removal of water but also the thorough drying and cleaning of the affected area.

After pumping out large volumes of water, your home may feel safe to re-enter and inhabit. However, standing water can migrate quickly from the source and enter underneath the flooring, inside wall cavities, or beneath fittings. SERVPRO technicians use a range of measuring equipment, including moisture meters, sensors, and thermal imaging cameras, to track the migration of water around your home. This equipment can help us to restore the property without performing unnecessary removal of drywall or other physical barriers.

If the presence of moisture is detected inside wall cavities, they can cause secondary mold growth issues. By removing the baseboard of the wall, a SERVPRO technician can drill small holes to allow ventilation into the cavity. We can then use these small holes to attach our Injectidry system to the wall and circulate warm, dry air. Creating circulation is essential to ensuring that the evaporation process happens quickly without condensation damaging or discoloring paintwork.

While restoring a flooded property incorporates cleaning, the most effective guard against secondary issues is controlling humidity. Using thermal hygrometers with dehumidification equipment, our technicians can keep the affected area above the dew point. This drying method can be especially effective at protecting electronic equipment, which can often suffer irreparable damage if the dew point is reached.

Removing large volumes of water is just the first step in getting your home back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 today for flood assistance.

For more about Paramus click here.

Snowbird Living

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Living in New Jersey, I know everyone must know at least one person living the snowbird lifestyle. (Unfortunately that is not me.) I'm referring to those that are originally New Jersey residents who escape all of the winter blues and head to Florida for a few months out of the year. 

If you yourself fall into this category then here are a few tips to help you keep your New Jersey home safe and sound while you are enjoying the sun. 

1. Winterize Plumbing:

 This involves turning off the water supply and draining the pipes from the faucets leaving them bone dry.  If unfamiliar with the process contact a plumber, they can also blow compressed air. Almost 1 in every 4 homeowners insurance claim is related to water usually as a result of low temperatures causing freezing pipes. 

2. Roof:

Have roof inspected for any wearing or damage. Typically roofs are only designed to last for 20 years. 

3. Temperature:

Have fuel tanks filled. Keep interior temperature around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Gas:

Turn off gas line to reduce risk of fire. 

5. Exterior:

Make sure all landscaping is tailored to reduce the risk of coming in contact with your home and creating damage. Clean gutters to prevent buildup and flow occlusions during snowfall. 

6. Phone a Friend:

Have a friend come by to check that everything is okay at your home. You can also have them pick up the mail for you to reduce the chance of a break-in. 

7. Insurance:

Review homeowners insurance policy to make sure no updates or extra coverage is needed. 

8. Snow Removal:

Arrange for someone to come after snowfall to keep walkways free of snow and ice.

9. Safety:

Consider installing motion sensor exterior lights and timed interior lights to make your home appear occupied and unattractive to prowlers.

10. Electricity:

Unplug all unnecessary appliances and electronics. 

Generator Safety

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

A generator being used after a house fire in Rutherford, NJ.

When a storm hits and your home loses power many people turn to a portable generator. Although generators may seem simple enough to use many people do not know the risks of operating one. 

Using a generator indoors can kill you in minutes. The primary hazard is the likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust. Carbon monoxide does not produce an odor and is invisible to the eye. That is why it is important to practice safe handling. 

1. NEVER use a generator indoors including a garage (even with an open door). The best and only place you should place an operating generator is outdoors. Allow 5 feet of clearance around the generator. Be sure the generator exhaust fumes are away from all windows and doors to prevent travel indoors. 

2. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Follow the manufacturers guidelines for correct placement and mounting height.

3. Avoid electric shock or electrocution by keeping the generator dry. Do not use in rain or wet conditions. 

4. When refueling be sure to turn off the generator and allow to cool. Spilled gasoline on the hot engine parts can ignite causing an explosion. Do not overfill tank! Leave room of fuel expansion. 

5. Never smoke near a generator. 

6. Know the output rating of your generator. To prevent overloading select the right sized generator to handle the power requirements of your appliances you wish to use. Overloading can destroy not only the generator but also your electronics and/or appliances. 

7. Never plug directly to your homes wiring or household outlets. Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy duty outdoor extension cord with the correct outage to handle your appliances. Never use a cord with exposed wiring. 


Storage of fuel safely is just as important as operation of the generator. Store fuel outside living areas, such as a locked shed, in a properly labeled approved safety can. Use the fuel recommended in instructions for your generator. Some areas restrict the amount of fuel you may store so be sure to verify with your local fire dept. Do not store fuel near a fuel burning appliance like a natural gas water heater. 

Practice proper generator handling to keep your home & family safe!

Natural Disasters- Prepare Your Home

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

You are home watching the local news when the reporter says the next big hurricane is coming through your area within the next couple of days. You may think running out to fill up your gas tank and grabbing the last carton of milk and loaf of bread at the store means you are prepared. However, what about your home? Is it protected and prepared for the storm?

Here are some last minute tips on what you can do to get your home ready in the event of a natural disaster:

  • Close all windows, doors, and shutters
  • Bring in anything outdoors that can be picked up by wind. 
  • Keep trees trimmed, remove any compromised limbs
  • Turn your fridge and freezer on to the coldest setting & keep it closed as much as possible so food will last longer in case of a power outage 
  • Turn off propane tank
  • Unplug any small appliances
  • Make sure your sump pump is working

To keep your home prepared all year round you must first identify any vulnerable areas in your home. 

  • Check for cracks or small holes in the foundation where water can seep in. 
  • Check for any loose or missing shingles on your roof. Secure soffits that may weaken over time. You can reinforce them by adding stainless steel screws. 
  • Touch up areas with caulking that have worn away like windowsills and door jambs. You can easily fix these cracked areas on your own by simply getting a caulking gun and a waterproof sealant 
  • Keep gutters free of debris and make sure water flows several feet away from your home
  • Make sure the septic tank and sewer are inspected and cleaned before the start of every season 

If your home is affected by a major storm or disaster, an emergency restoration company can help you with cleanup. You should also contact your insurance company to report the damage and file a claim. Our team at SERVPRO of Paramus can handle any size disaster you may face. Call us for more info. 201-445-5588

Preventing an Ice Dam

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

What is an ice dam and how will it affect my home?

Have you ever noticed those pretty icicles hanging off the edge of your roof after a big snowstorm? Although they are beautiful to look at (I guess that's why they mimicked them with Christmas decorative lighting) those icicles can cause some serious water damage to your home. 

An ice dam forms when snow melts from the upper portion of your roof causing water to run down your roof and then refreezes when it reaches the edge causing an ice dam to form over your gutter backing up water from properly draining. This pool of water that gets trapped backs up under the roof shingles soaking the roof sheathing and eventually finds cracks in the roof where it leaks into the attic of your home. 

Typically this is usually caused by poor roof ventilation, and a warm attic space. A clogged gutter system can also intensify the extent of the situation. 

Some steps that can be taken to prevent this from occurring are:

1. Check attic to make sure it is in good condition. You can do this buy searching your attic for daylight through any cracks. 

2. Keep gutters clear of debris. Make sure your gutter is draining properly. Remove any tree limbs that can come in contact with your home. 

3. Keep interior roof structure the same temperature as exterior. This can be done by providing ventilation for continuous airflow under the roof deck. As far as the interior temperature start by removing any heat sources like un-insulated lighting or un-insulated duct work. Opt for sealed can light instead of recessed lighting. Also increase attic floor insulation to keep living area heating from rise to the attic. 

4. Use a roof rake to remove snow (6 inches or higher) from the edge of your roof. 

If you find yourself with water leaking into your home call us at SERVPRO of Paramus to handle your ice dam problems. 201-445-5588

Do You Live In a Flood Zone?

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, there are some homes that are just more prone to floods that it is almost inevitable. Of course, the first option to fix the problem is to just pick your house up and move (literally), but not everyone has the ability to do so.

Here are some tips to help you prevent the damages resulting from a flood to your home.

1. Consider replacing building materials with water-resistant materials such as:

  • Galvanized nails - will not rust in a flood
  • Indoor/Outdoor carpet w/ synthetic pad
  • Synthetic baseboards instead of wood
  • Marine plywood-most water-resistant plywood
  • Metal doors & frames- will not warp, only rust which can be later sanded & painted

2. Have your washer/dryer in the basement? You may want to relocate them to the 1st floor or even just elevate them from the floor. (12" above 100-year flood level recommended). This can also be done with your hot water heater.

3. Raise all sockets, circuits breakers, switches and wiring to at least a foot above your expected flood level. 

4. Install a sump pump. Sump pumps are the first line of defense in preventing water from seeping into basements. Also recommended to install a battery powered backup in case of a power outage.

5. Although expensive, raising your home with piers or columns so that the lowest level sits above flood level may be the drastic option needed if you live in a high risk flood zone. 

6. Review your homeowners insurance policy. Did you know that most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage? Flood insurance is a supplemental policy you can purchase through an insurance agent or company.

7. Lastly, be prepared with a company you can trust like SERVPRO of Paramus that can help a devastating disaster like a flood become "Like it never even happened."

Why Your Roof May Not Be Covered

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Its common for many homeowners to look at their homeowners insurance as an extended warranty for their roof. However, insurance companies expect you to maintain your roof like you would your car. (oil change, tune up, new tires, etc.) When you fail to keep up with the maintenance of your roof, insurance companies will deem damage caused to your home due to your neglect resulting in possible claim denial. 

One of the more common claims to get denied is "wind drive rain". If heavy wind causes rainwater to get pushed under shingles yet you have an old roof that needed repairs or even a replacement don't expect your insurance be on the hook.  

Usually around 15-20 years your roof is on its last legs needing a replacement. However, keep in mind if your roof experiences its fair share of beatings like hail or catastrophic storms your need for a new roof may be much sooner than that. 

Try to have your roof inspected annually during the warmer months to make sure you are prepared. Maintenance is key to the longevity of your roof.

Why You Need Flood Damage Restoration Immediately

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement in Paramus, NJ

There are essentially two types of flood damage that can occur within a residential home. The first is the more common type, and it is caused by a pipe bursting. The second is damage caused by a flood or hurricane that came through your town. Either way, you want to seek out flood damage restoration as soon as possible, and that requires a few steps.

As soon as you realize your home has been flooded, you need to call your insurance agency. Different policies need to be taken out for each type of flooding. Flooding as a result of a pipe is covered by most types of homeowners’ insurance, but a separate policy generally needs to be taken out for flooding as a result from a hurricane. However, if you live in a part of the country that is not prone to heavy rains, then you may be able to go without it.

Your insurance agent will likely give you advice on what to do concerning your flood damage policy. You will probably be told to take pictures of the damage to show exactly how much flooding occurred. You may also need to make an itemized list of everything that was affected. Some insurance policies will only cover damage repairs that need to be done to the house itself, but others can cover personal belongings.

After you have spoken with an insurance agent, you want to call SERVPRO of Paramus to fix this damage. If you wait a while before calling a professional, then there is a significant risk mold could develop. Mold leads to various respiratory problems, so you want to prevent it from growing if possible. It is dangerous to handle items affected by flood water on your own, particularly electronics. Leave this work to the experts who know how to be safe.

Most importantly, you need to act fast when it comes to flood damage restoration. The longer you wait, the more you are going to be inconvenienced