Recent Water Damage Posts

Understanding the Mitigation Process

7/6/2023 (Permalink)

The Impact of a Water Loss

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

The Initial Assessment

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

Water Extraction

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

Drying & Dehumidification

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

Mold Remediation

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


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

5 Steps to Effective Water Damage Restoration on Your Residential Property

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration. Water restoration equipment in action.

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

Step 1: Assess the Damage

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

Step 2: Remove Water

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

Step 3: Dry the Affected Areas

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

Step 4: Clean and Disinfect

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

Step 5: Restore the Property

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


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

Water is a Powerful Force

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration

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


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

Part of the Community

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

How can Water Damage Affect your Home or Business

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water loss in a basement. The effects of water damage

Water is a powerful force and at times even our buildings impacted by its strength. There are ways that a property owner can improve/prevent the chances of their home or business affected by the elements. A few common causes of water damage include:

Severe Weather

Bad weather may not happen every day but when a severe downpour, hurricane, or thunderstorm rolls in, there will always be increased risks. Heavy downpour and winds can damage your roof and depending on the location of your house or business the soil can become over saturated, which can lead to ground water seeping into the structure. Flooding is one of the more severe scenarios that your structure can face during a rain storm and a flash flood event can happen at any moment catching you off guard.


A drain systems can be a useful tool against water damage, but drains can be clog if left unmaintained. Your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bathtub/shower drain, and French-drains can clog up for a number of reasons. Grease build up, dirt, hair, and foreign objects could obstruct the pipe preventing water to drain through properly. If the issue isn’t noticed and dealt if, it can lead to clogged drains and create a backup causing water to flow upwards back into your home leading to water damage.


Pipe leaks can be caused by simple things such as a loose-fitting. It can be difficult to figure out if you have a pipe leak until the damage has been done, since a lot of pipes are hidden behind the walls, under floors, and beneath the foundation. Water damage brought on by a pipe leak can be very costly, since it can go unnoticed.

If the water has been unmitigated for some time it can make an already bad situation worse, since the high moisture levels allow mold spores to form and spread. When this happens the job isn’t only mitigating water damage, but also dealing with mold cleanup.

Supply Lines

Many homes have washers, dish washers, and fridges with water supply lines running into those appliances. Problems tend to happen more frequently if the supply line is rubber or PVC. Those materials can wear out and rupture more frequently when compared to a line using braided stainless steel. If the supply line fails it can flood the area quickly if the water source isn’t shut off as soon as possible.

Air Conditioning Condensation

Condensation is a normal part of an A/C’s operation. When there is an issue the condensation drain line can get clogged with debris or the drain pain can be damaged. This prevents the water to flow out of the unit causing water to drip into your home or business. If the issue is noticed quickly and the unit is turned off you should be fine and might just have to do a little bit of a cleanup, but when no one is around the water can do a lot of potential damage to your floors and walls.

Water Heater

Water Heaters have provided homes and businesses with hot water for more than a century. They became more commonly used in the 1940’s. There are new high end water heater systems that don’t require a water tank, but the most common are water heaters that have a water tank. If a water heater with a tank isn’t replaced over a long period of time, the chances of a water leak increase. It can also happen if the water heater isn’t maintained or installed properly. Whenever there is a leak you can expect the entire area around the water heater to be affected by water damage.

How can SERVPRO of Paramus Help?

We specialize in water mitigation and restoration for homes and businesses in the Bergen County area. Our team consists of highly trained professionals with years of experience in water recovery situations and accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). With the knowledge and experience that our team has allows us to quickly address the threats to a property amid a water loss incident using effective mitigation strategies and top of the line equipment.

Our team operates 24/7 emergency services to those experiencing a severe situation. As a locally owned and operated business we have an understanding when it comes to the most common causes of water damage in the surrounding area, since we are close by it also ensures fast response times in most cases. The only time where our response times may be affected would be during severe weather events that affect a large amount of properties within the region.

How Bad can a Water Leak Be?

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged caused by leaking pipe. Water damage caused by pipe leak located in the ceiling.

There are many outcomes that can come from a water leak, whether it be in a home or commercial establishment. If you spot a water leak have SERVPRO of Paramus evaluate and determine the severity of the water damage. We are available 24/7 and give us a call at (201) 445-5588 to set up an appointment.

You can find some helpful ideas bellow when it comes to spotting and determining if there are any water issues going on that may need to be addressed. 

What should you watch out for? 

stains and discoloration on surfaces such as floors, walls, and ceilings.

- Swelling or buckling of floorboards.

Standing water in low places such as basements, and under porches along the foundation.

Water soaked insulation, electrical outlet covers, and light fixtures.

If a room feels abnormally humid check to see if any furniture or drapery is wet.

What should you do if you find a leak?

If you do find a water leak you should turn off your water supply valve to prevent further damage and move any electrical items away from the affected area. 

Turing off the water is the first step that should be taken to help prevent any further damage.

A water leak can be detrimental if not addressed quickly. Water damage can occur quickly and without much warning. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help with any and all water damage issues that you might have. 

Paramus Residents Deserve Quality Water Damage Restoration

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

water damage equipment on a linoleum floor We have state-of-the-art equipment to handle any size water damage job. Call us right away to prevent further damage to your Paramus property.

Call SERVPRO for Prompt Water Damage Assistance in Paramus

One of the more prevalent forms of damage found in residential homes and commercial businesses is water damage. This is due to many causes that may sometimes go undetected. Any excess water can make its way into your Paramus property because of weather conditions like heavy rains and flooding. There could also be internal problems like leaking or burst pipes, excessive humidity, and leaking fixtures. Because the extent of the damage may be deceiving, having trained technicians from SERVPRO take a look is the best course of action.

While it may be tempting to address water damage in Paramus on your own, hiring a professional ensures nothing gets overlooked. DIY methods and someone with an untrained eye could make it where you have the potential for costly secondary damage or mildew and black mold growth. Here at SERVPRO, we have IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) with all the experience and equipment to handle any size residential or commercial water restoration project.

Top Reasons to Hire Skilled Technicians for Water Damage Issues

Aside from the need for results, there are plenty of benefits that come from having SERVPRO for water removal services and restoration, including:

  • Hidden leak and water damage detection – One of the most challenging things about water issues will be understanding the extent of the damage. Water gets absorbed into building materials like drywall, insulation, and wood. We dive in to follow the path of migration to ensure no moisture gets left behind, pinpointing and addressing the root cause of the water problem.
  • Professional-grade equipment, tools, and products – We bring state-of-the-art equipment to each water damage call to ensure all excess moisture and water get removed. This includes advanced drying equipment like air movers, shop vacs, drying mats, and dehumidifiers. There will also be helpful tools like moisture sensors and meters that find hidden moisture and tell us how we are doing as the project moves along.
  • Rapid response and proven methods generate results – Once you make initial contact with our customer care team, we arrive at your door within hours to get to work. We assess the issue and begin water extraction as soon as possible to ensure proper water mitigation. 

How Can Professional Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Save Me Money?

It may seem that hiring professionals for water damage are a cost that you cannot take on. However, it saves you time and cuts losses in the long run. We want all Paramus area customers to know that SERVPRO makes it “Like it never even happened” while working to restore versus replace whenever possible. Things to keep in mind:

  • Having our Green Fleet on the scene as soon as possible to perform water mitigation keeps water from getting absorbed into your building materials. It can generate more extensive damage or mold growth.
  • Restorations for extensive secondary damage and structural issues brought on by water and mold can be more expensive than calling us initially.
  • We work with the restore versus replace mentality, meaning we salvage and clean whatever we can to save time and money.

We are Your Insurance Liaison to Ensure Your Claim Goes Smoothly

Should your home or any personal belongings get damaged because of excessive water or moisture, you must file a claim for insurance compensation. We work with your insurance provider to ensure all paperwork is in order so that your claim goes off without a hitch.

SERVPRO of Paramus is here whenever you require skilled technicians for help with water damage. Call us 24/7 at (201) 445-5588!

Hillsdale Home Having a Water Problem?

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

standing water on a concrete floor What! DIY'ers drying their home in Paramus without advanced equipment like SERVPRO's centrifugal heated air mover? Call us for positive results.

Tips for Performing Water Cleanup in Your Hillsdale Property

The scene of standing water in your kitchen, dining room, living room, or even the bedroom can be stressful. Water does not belong there. If you do not take care of this problem quickly, you may incur unimaginable damage within a short time. In any water  incident, you can take the following steps to clean up your residence.

Observe safety

Before you start performing water cleanup in your Hillsdale home, take precautions to ensure safety. Switch off the power to prevent the risk of electrocution if the water is pooling around outlets or appliances. You should also try to wear thick rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Remove the water

You can remove the water using mops or a shop vac. Remove as much water as possible to speed up the drying process. Please consider hiring a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to help you out. We have powerful water extraction equipment such as portable pumps and wet/dry vacuums. We can use them to remove water from your carpets and hardwood floors effectively and quickly, perhaps saving your efforts and possessions.

Dry the affected areas

Drying your home after a water intrusion incident is best done by professionals because the typical fan may not remove all the moisture. Dampness can cause secondary damage to your home. The moisture enables the growth of fungi which can cause wood rot. Paint and plaster can deteriorate, and wallpaper can loosen. Our technicians can use industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the floors, walls, and other surfaces in your home thoroughly. We also use thermal imaging cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. If the water pooled on your carpet, our technicians can use moisture sensors to detect moisture in the carpet and pad. Moisture sensors have sharp probes that can penetrate through carpets and padding to determine if there is moisture in the subfloor underneath.

Disinfect and deodorize

Regardless of the cause of water intrusion, it is essential to disinfect your home to kill bacteria that the standing water might have spread. Microbes are present in any water damage, be it black, gray, or clean water. They may proliferate and cause one category of water damage to deteriorate into a more contaminated category. Our SERVPRO crew can use antimicrobial products to sanitize the affected areas. Your home may also have bad scents after a water intrusion incident. We can use equipment like hydroxyl machines, air scrubbers, and Vaportek units to remove the offensive odors. We understand how odors spread through water, and we can eliminate them.

If you need help to restore your Paramus, Westwood, or Washington Township home after water damage, contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588. Our SERVPRO team is available 24/7 and will respond quickly to your emergency.

Our Water Damage Technicians Discuss Our Restoration Process In Hillsdale

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Red Need Help Sign Call SERVPRO of Paramus any time at (201) 445-5588 to help.

What It Takes For Thorough Water Cleanup At Your Hillsdale Home

Whenever you think of cleaning something, water is the most likely agent that comes to mind. However, any accidental spill that sends water into unwanted areas in your home ends up soiling it by spreading debris, dissolving substances, and even sparking microbial growth. Water loss incidents, therefore, necessitate thorough cleanup to restore your Hillsdale property to its pre-damaged state.

The level of necessary water damage cleanup after your Hillsdale home is affected by spills or other incidents depends on the circumstances, including the time it takes to notice the problem and the type of water involved. If it takes hours or days to notice the loss, water has enough time to spread to several sections in your home, affecting a wide range of materials. If it is a grey or black water loss, the resultant soiling is heavier. Such situations complicate the cleanup process. Our SERVPRO technicians use different chemical agents, including sanitizers, disinfectants, and bleach, to clean affected areas neutralizing the effects of the loss.

Both the contents and the structure require cleaning after a water spill. Some contents, such as carpets, might present more challenges because of their location on the floor of the house where most of the water pools. Carpets are also porous, so debris and other soils penetrate deeper. We have certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians at SERVPRO who utilize their skills to handle any problematic cleaning tasks.

Dealing with soils and other contaminants helps restore sanitary conditions in your home. However, building materials remain wet, and relative humidity is high, creating perfect conditions for microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to dry your property. We use moisture meters and other detection equipment to determine wetness levels. We then set a drying goal, which determines the number of dehumidifiers and air movers necessary to extract excess moisture before mold, rot, and other forms of deterioration develop further.

A well-planned cleanup exercise should deal with any aspect of a water spill, “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Paramus any time at (201) 445-5588 to help.

How are Dehumidifiers Used for Water Damage Restoration in Paramus?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has state of the art drying equipment You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after water damage takes place.

SERVPRO Has a Proven Method for Setting up Dehumidifiers that Maximizes Efficiency

Air-movers, pumps, and water extractors are the most efficient equipment for getting rid of water in your home. However, dehumidifiers can often be equally essential. Understanding when and how to set up dehumidifiers to restore a wet property is vital for any trained restoration professional. One of the first considerations for using dehumidifiers is the nature of the environment. Dehumidifiers are most useful when the indoor environment has a lot of wet, porous materials. Porous materials could include carpets, carpet pads, plasterboard, and upholstery. In these situations, we may use as many as twenty dehumidifiers to dry a property correctly and prevent moisture damage. We can help your home with:

  • Property drying
  • Structural drying
  • Upholstery restoration

When conducting water damage restoration for your Paramus home, technicians first assess the power capabilities of dehumidification equipment. Dehumidifiers are measured by the number of cubic feet they can pass per minute (CFM) and how many gallons of water they remove over twenty-four hours under standard conditions. To understand how many dehumidifiers to use, technicians calculate the cubic feet of the affected area by using the following equation: length x width x height. In some circumstances, dehumidifiers can be used to draw moisture from hard surfaces or materials such as lumber, hardwood flooring, or concrete, although this method utilizes specialized equipment.

  • Dehumidifiers are largely used to balance the drying process and ensure that the environment is neither too dry nor too humid for fast evaporation. 
  • We can daisy-chain equipment to allow multiple units in one given space.
  • Smaller drying chambers may be created by sealing rooms, windows, or ducts.

Contact SERVPRO of Paramus for water damage restoration for expert, balanced drying systems at (201) 445-5588.

What to Expect from Water Restoration Companies in Paramus

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the floor of a room Regardless of the extent of the water damage, team SERVPRO can help with water restoration. Our technicians are trained and here to help you.

Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home to its Former State

All homeowners desire to live in safe homes, void of any issue. However, they are sometimes forced to deal with unforeseen events like water damage. To keep damage from spreading, you can seek help from a water restoration company like SERVPRO.

As one of the reputable water restoration companies in Paramus, we can help you prevent the short- and long-term consequences of water damage from increasing. We are well-equipped and trained to extract the water and dry the affected structures and contents. SERVPRO can handle water damage in the briefest time possible by taking the following steps:

  • Measuring moisture content
  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Repairs

Measuring moisture content

We can use non-penetrating moisture meters to measure the actual moisture level or content of various materials. These meters detect moisture using capacitance, conductivity, or radiofrequency emissions.

Water removal

We attach deep extraction equipment to extractors to remove water from affected surfaces. For instance, we can use stationary tools to extract water from carpeting and padding utilizing the weight of the technician standing on the equipment. The device has a vacuum system that pulls water through a series of small holes at the unit’s base.


We use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry affected areas. Our SERVPRO restorers control airflow, humidity, and temperature to work towards the drying goals. Managing the psychometric conditions helps in speeding up the drying process. Reducing the humidity ratio lowers the vapor pressure. High pressure goes to low pressure, and water evaporates faster when the air above the wet material has lower pressure. As water evaporates from damp materials, the air directly above the material, known as the boundary layer, becomes saturated and cool. Airflow disturbs the boundary layer, replacing the saturated, cool air with drier, warmer air, expediting evaporation. Increasing the material temperature and the material temperature within the material increases the energy within the water molecules, and this increases the evaporation rate.


Our SERVPRO team can fix damaged building materials like drywall, tile, and wood to restore them to their original state.

If you need water damage repair services, call SERVPRO of Paramus for help. Our 24-hour helpline is (201) 445-5588.

Need Help with Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming in Paramus – Call SERVPRO

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

icicles growing on the side of a roof When ice damming affects your home, team SERVPRO can help. Our team is standing by 24/7 to mitigate the excess water in your home.

SERVPRO Can Repair Damage Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming in Paramus

Cold weather brings freezing temperatures in Paramus, Freezing rain, ice crystals, and even snow. Homes with poorly insulated attics and skylights are often susceptible to ice buildup on the roof, creating ice dams. With nowhere to go, melting snow and ice creates pools of water on your roof and leaks into the attic, often penetrating living areas causing even more damage. Homeowners must deal with wet insulation, damaged drywall, and flooring materials that become wet from the water pouring into their homes.

SERVPRO provides drying and restoration services for damage caused by frozen pipes and ice damming in Paramus. Our contractors can carefully remove the ice dam from the roof area to allow melting water to flow off the roof. We investigate the damage caused by the water to your insulation and ceiling materials, such as drywall. We check for water and moisture inside the walls and the main living areas. Once we understand which areas have been compromised by the melting water, our team deploys equipment to begin drying your home and making repairs, including:

  • Moisture extraction equipment for flooring, cavities inside walls and the ceiling
  • Air movers to blow dry air across wet and high humidity areas
  • Dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels to return humidity in your home to normal levels

Copper or plastic pipes that froze during the cold weather must be repaired before the main water supply is turned on.

Consumers can prevent ice dams. Installing additional insulation in the attic and waterproof membranes around skylights and areas susceptible to ice dams can reduce the chances of future ice dams during cold weather incidents. SERVPRO can assist with these repairs under general contractor license #: 13VH001305854800.

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

Need Help with Water Cleanup After a Plumbing Leak in Paramus – Call SERVPRO

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment Our skilled technicians have the expertise and state of the art equipment to get your property back in order after a water catastrophe.

SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup and Restoration Services in Paramus

Plumbing leaks can occur anytime in homes across Paramus. Whether it is old pipes that finally break down, or cold weather causing pipes to freeze and leak, or overflowing water caused by water taps forgotten and left on, water can cause significant damage to your home. High moisture levels can also jeopardize flooring materials and structural components and lead to mold growth in your home.

SERVPRO can help residents and homeowners with water cleanup in their homes in Paramus. We can be on-site in less than four hours after your call, assess the situation, and deploy the equipment needed to remove standing water as well as moisture and reduce humidity levels in your home. Mold can begin growing in twenty-four hours. Producing a strong, musty odor if allowed to continue, mold can cause health effects for some people.

Once the water leak is removed, we can focus on the hard-to-reach areas to remove water and moisture. For example, water on hardwood floors penetrates the floor at the joints between the wood planks. Water left in place is absorbed by both the hardwood planks and the subfloor, leading to swelling, cupping, and warping of the floor. SERVPRO uses hardwood floor mats to extract water and dry the floor before it has a chance to be absorbed and cause further damage.

Fast action by SERVPRO can significantly reduce the secondary damage caused by water leaks. Our services include:

  • Fast response emergency water damage cleanup
  • Restoration and repair caused by water damage
  • Active mitigation action to minimize secondary damage from water leaks

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

Is Water Mitigation Vital for Restoring Homes in Paramus?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage may happen in many different ways. SERVPRO has the solution for every water damage restoration service you need.

SERVPRO Has Expert Water Mitigation Technicians Ready to Help Paramus Residents

Restoration companies use dedicated technicians to work as a go-between for the homeowner, insurance adjuster, and insurance company. Processing a claim following a water intrusion event can be tricky. Restoration technicians can help to reduce the permanent losses in your home by using their training and access to assistive drying equipment. The process of lowering permanent losses is referred to in the industry as mitigation. Mitigation is a manifold process, but the core principle in water damage events focuses on drying the building appropriately. Once contents, structure, and building assembly are adequately dried, the chances of excessive damage are greatly reduced. Restoration technicians help with:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Water clean up
  • Water damage repairs

Being able to measure the effectiveness of water mitigation efforts in your Paramus home is vital. Without counting the impact of our drying strategy, we cannot understand when the house is dry or how effective and efficient the system is. Measuring can also help reduce overdrying of parts of the home, which wastes energy and can also be damaging to some materials within the building assembly. Measuring equipment can also help identify trapped moisture pockets and humidity levels, which can be damaging to the home environment in the long term. 

  • Calcium carbide testing can help ascertain the amount of moisture removed from a sample material which can then be applied to larger structural elements of the home.
  • Capacitance meters are non-invasive measuring equipment that uses an electrical frequency to measure conductivity. Wetter materials are generally more conductive than dry ones.
  • Capacitance meters can have drawbacks relating to their ability to gain direct contact with the materials in question. In these circumstances, we can rely on conventional moisture probes to ascertain moisture content. 

Professional mitigation can save money in the long run. Contact SERVPRO of Paramus for water mitigation at (201) 445-5588.

Water Damage Remediation Guide from Experts in Westwood

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

protective covering on pool table; pooling water on covered pool table and floor Water damage often ruins family treasurers. SERVPRO knows how to protect and restore your property.

Protecting Water Damaged Contents in Properties

One of the most detrimental aspects of water damage incidents to Westwood homes is the potential damage to your personal belongings and keepsakes. While many of the construction materials and structural elements throughout the property can get replaced by our licensed contractors and reconstruction experts, replacing your treasures and acquired items cannot happen so easily. In many cases, substantial water damages lead to irreparable damage to these contents without the appropriate preventative measures from skilled professionals like ours.

By protecting the contents of your Westwood home from water damage that can occur with situations like appliance failures, broken fixtures, and aging plumbing, our SERVPRO team is always here to help. We have a full-service content department with accreditations in multiple niches of the restoration industry through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Water Damage Repairs

At-risk items in your home get assessed and tagged throughout the initial inspection process. We can determine which items do not require removal, which of your belongings are at risk, and which contents require relocation on site. These determinations must happen quickly, as water damage effects can lead to irreparable saturation and degradation of specific belongings. Our experienced professionals arrive with packing materials and boxes to remove designated items and furniture with our production trucks back to our SERVPRO facility for cleaning, drying, and safekeeping.

At our facility, items can get restored at a more concentrated and advanced degree than our team can do on-site. While we have the complete comprehensive approach to restoring your home, including valuable time and money-saving reconstruction, protecting your belongings is one of the main objectives of our mitigation process. We know that certain items cannot get replaced, so we take our time to protect everything we possibly can from rapidly spreading water damages.

We can respond quickly to water damage emergencies with the advanced equipment to address both the saturation and standing water. You can also trust in our experienced and highly trained SERVPRO of Paramus contents department to protect what matters most. Give us a call anytime you need us at (201) 445-5588.

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Reliable Water Mitigation Services to Paramus Residents

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

equipment drying hardwood floor in a kitchen Water mitigation in Paramus means limiting the water damage caused by spills--That is where SERVPRO can help

Paramus Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Mitigation of Their Homes

If water mitigation is not done promptly at your Paramus home, it can cause secondary damage that can make the situation worse. Hiring a professional water mitigation company like SERVPRO can help you prevent extensive water damage and save time and money.

SERVPRO performs water mitigation of Paramus homes after a variety of water incidents, including-

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Basement flooding
  • Sewer backup

Removing the moisture during water damage restoration can be easy or difficult, depending on how the moisture is contained within the material. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of strategies to deal with different types of moisture.

Forms of moisture SERVPRO techs encounter during water damage remediation of your Paramus home

Moisture can get trapped or absorbed on various surfaces after a water damage incidence. SERVPRO technicians classify moisture in the following categories-

  • Surface water- It is the water in liquid form that accumulates on the surface of a material. Technicians deal with this water first during the water cleanup process. Technicians remove it by extraction followed by evaporation with the help of air movers.
  • Free water- It is the water absorbed by the material when it is either in contact with water or humid air. Although it is within the material, it is still 'free' as it is not chemically bonded with the molecules. The evaporation rate of this type of moisture is slower and needs higher air temperatures and flow rates.
  • Bound water- It is the water that is bound within the cells of the wood. It is most difficult to remove. Heating the material can speed up the drying process.

Call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 today; we are here to help you 24/7.

Will SERVPRO Review Their Water Mitigation Plan with Homeowners in Westwood?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

living room with puddled water on floor A broken water heater flooded this house. SERVPRO was able to quickly remove the water and restore the home.

When Does SERVPRO Do Water Damage Restoration Planning for Clients in Westwood?

There are considerable advantages to developing a proper plan before starting any job, including water mitigation in Westwood homes and businesses. Developing a procedure helps to estimate the equipment and staff needed to complete the water damage restoration project. A project plan also helps our clients understand what is involved and how long it will take for water cleanup, drying, and needed repairs.

SERVPRO has provided water mitigation and water clean-up services in Westwood since 2007. Our water removal services experience has shown us that our clients are anxious when their homes are wet and looking for help. That’s why we respond in less than 4 hours on a 24/7 basis.

We discuss our plan to remove water, moisture and dry the structure and contents and repairs required with the customer. Our communications with our customers always ensure that their concerns are addressed. We take the time to:

  • Explain all of the necessary steps for water mitigation and restoration
  • Identify all areas and contents that need cleaning and drying
  • Explain why some items may not be restorable and need a decision by the client or the adjuster
  • Answer all our client’s questions.

Call SERVPRO of Paramus for water mitigation in Westwood and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (201) 445-5588.

Can SERVPRO Protect Your Carpets during Water Remediation?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

two young girls lying on carpeted floor Keep your floors safe for them. Call SERVPRO to remediate your water damage.

Paramus Floor Coverings are in Safe Hands with Us

One of the most frustrating aspects of water damage in your home is the thought of replacing everything that got soaked. Carpets, drapes, and furniture are not cheap, so it is better to repair rather than replace where possible.

SERVPRO focuses on repairing as much as we can so you do not have to replace everything after water remediation in your Paramus home. For example, we can apply a range of cleaning methods to restore your carpets “Like it never even happened.”

The best way to preserve your carpets is to carry out a thorough examination before we begin. Your SERVPRO team will examine your carpets to determine:

  • The type of fibers constructing the carpet, such as wool or synthetics.
  • Carpet style such as loop, multi-loop, plush, or shag. The carpet style affects which methods we can use to clean it.
  • Colorfastness, so we know which methods we can safely use without causing the color to bleed.

Carrying out a proper assessment first means we can better determine how to tackle the water damage and restore your carpets and rugs.

For water remediation that you can trust, call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

Help for Water Damage Repair in Westwood

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

gloved hand cleaning rain gutter Clogged gutters and downspouts account for significant water damage each year. Clean your gutters at least once per year.

SERVPRO Keeps the Borough Dry Whatever the Weather

Westwood is a small borough of New Jersey, with just over 10,000 residents. Despite its small size, Westwood has a rich history and plenty of things to see and do. The local government formed Westwood due to a phenomenon known as "Boroughitis." In the late 1800's the provincial government decided to reform the school system in New Jersey and regarded the best way to do that was splitting large townships into smaller boroughs. This craze continued for several years, and Westwood is one of the boroughs that came about.

Westwood started as farming land with just a small scattering of families. In the mid-nineteenth century, the town consisted of six stores, four schools, and twenty mills. However, the Hackensack and New York Railroad's beginnings in 1870 changed its fortunes, causing it to grow rapidly. Builders soon added churches, more stores, European-style homes, distilleries, hotels, and even a laundrette to the town's landscape.

Today, Westwood is a pleasant suburb with a green park at its heart and is popular with people who want easy access to bigger towns without the hustle of urban life.

Enjoy Time Outside in Westwood's Beautiful Parks

Westwood has a wealth of community parks designed to encourage residents to enjoy fresh air and exercise. Town parks offer a wide range of activities and facilities, including dog walking parks, plenty of long walks, ball fields, playgrounds, and tennis and basketball courts. Some even offer outdoor yoga spaces. The local community holds events in Westwood's parks throughout the year, and many of the parks also provide picnic and barbecue spaces that you can rent for a low fee if you want to host a gathering.

Some popular Westwood parks include:

  • Veteran's Memorial Park offers a quiet recreational area with plenty of seating. The bandstand is home to concerts throughout the summer, and there are also easter egg hunts and children's parades. 
  • Westfield Park offers ball courts, pavilions, a concession stand, and a paved walking area. Located in a convenient locale, you can walk from Westfield across a nature reserve to Pascack Brook County Park, where you will feel as though you are miles from civilization.
  • Westwood Train Station is a historic train station set in a rolling green park. Take the time to explore the nearby walks, or check out the Westwood Heritage Society's Museum, located in the old station. The station itself is striking, being built of cream-colored Briar Hill Stone.

Can yard care help prevent water damage?

Groundskeepers at Westwood parks know the importance of keeping lawns, flowerbeds, and outbuildings in good condition. Keeping an eye on your yard can also help protect your home from water damage. Some problem areas to be aware of include:

  • Lawns that slope towards your home rather than away.
  • Blocked drains and gutters leading to overflow.
  • Precarious old trees that might damage the roof and let the rain in.

SERVPRO recommends taking good care of your yard as a way to protect your home from water damage. However, if you need water damage repair, our expert teams are here for you. We can clean and dry everything from drapes and carpets to walls and furniture.

For reliable water damage repair, call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

Remove Water and Humidity Before Long Term Issues Occur

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded room with stairs Affected by recent water damage? Contact our technicians at (201) 445-5588 for services to help you at this time.

Can Water Mitigation and Removal Reduce Mold Infestations in Westwood?

Water leaks occur all of the time from leaking pipes or overflowing sinks or tubs. Many consumers mop up the water and let the moisture dissipate over time, assuming no further damage will occur. Water seeps into many nooks and crannies, inside walls and under cupboards. These dark warm areas are perfect conditions for mold to grow, especially with lingering moisture.

SERVPRO can assist with water mitigation in Westwood and avoid mold growth. Our experience and water sensing equipment can find water and moisture in these hard to reach areas. We use:

  • Moisture sensors to assess moisture in carpets and padding
  • Thermal imaging cameras to determine moisture levels in building materials
  • Moisture meters to measure actual moisture content
  • Inspection cameras to observe water and moisture inside cavities

Once moisture is detected, SERVPRO uses specialized equipment to dry these areas and avoid mold growth, which causes health effects for many people and structural problems if allowed to continue.

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

Can A Regular Water Restorer Help Save Wet Electronics in Paramus?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home It is possible to save some of your appliances after water exposure.

SERVPRO Takes Preventive Water Damage Restoration Steps or Helps Paramus Homeowners Find Specialists to Fix Advanced Issues

When water leaks into a property, electronic items or appliances are vulnerable since moisture can cause permanent damage to their interior components. Managing damage in electronics requires the right set of skills to guarantee a positive outcome. SERVPRO takes protective steps to safeguard electronic items or finds specialists in Paramus to assist.

What situations lead to water damage in electronics?
You might believe water damage restoration of electronics in Paramus properties is only necessary when such items are submerged in water. However, other situations can lead to such outcomes, including:
    •    Humidity in the air condensing, wetting the items
    •    Water splashing on the items
    •    Moisture spreading from other wet items nearby

What are the best ways to restore wet electronic items?
    •    Drying the moisture
    •    Preventing rusting or other chemical reactions
    •    Cleaning all traces of impurities

Water damage in electronics can develop differently. For instance, the moisture or impurities dissolved in the water have conductive properties, which might cause short-circuits when an item is powered. Our SERVPRO technicians take simple steps, such as unplugging all the items to prevent shorts. Ensuring there is sufficient heating in the house helps prevent condensation, which can spread damage in items all over the house. Regular drying procedures such as dehumidification also help.

In case the water involved has significant impurities or is salty, the affected items require cleaning because traces of such materials can corrode or short-circuit internal components when the appliances are turned on. We can arrange for such cleaning by a specialist to forestall future issues.

It is possible to save some of your appliances after water exposure. Call SERVPRO of Paramus to help you take proactive steps. You can reach us at (201) 445-5588. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Should Drywall Get Removed After Water Damage in Hillside?

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

woman holding a bucket to catch dripping water When water damage happens in your home, your drywall can be severely damaged. Contact SERVPRO to handle the remediation and maintenance services.

Water damages in wall cavities of Hillsdale homes can be destructive for the entire house, requiring a need for fast restoration and recovery.

Because so much of the plumbing gets hidden in interior and exterior wall systems of your Hillsdale home, any breaks and damages to these lines can be destructive to multiple materials simultaneously. Many homeowners do not realize that these situations do not resolve themselves by fixing the waterline's damage. Natural drying often does not happen on the agreeable timetable to prevent microbial threats from developing. After a plumbing breach, there are several layers of a wall system that can become damaged by migrating water loss effects and saturation, including:

  • Drywall
  • Wood Framing
  • Insulation
  • Plywood
  • Exterior Veneer/Siding

Water damage repairs in Hillsdale homes begin with an evaluation of the impact migrating moisture has on the elements of these wall systems. If caught early enough where the flow of water can get stopped and repairs made to the damaged plumbing, immediate damages can get limited to the insulation and wood framing. Suppose thorough saturation that leads to warping and distortion has not occurred. In that case, these elements can often be dried using positive pressure systems, centrifugal air movers, and other evaporative drying tools.

Is It Cheaper to Replace Drywall than to Restore It?

Damage to the drywall itself can present a query for responding technicians and general contractors of our SERVPRO team. When does the cost of drying and restoring this surface material outweigh the expense of removal and replacement? As one of the cheapest construction materials available, it is often not cost-efficient to spend the time restoring materials that could become irreparably damaged in as little as 24 hours from direct water exposure.

Restoration and repairs are two areas where our SERVPRO of Paramus team can help after a water loss. Give us a call anytime you need us at (201) 445-5588.

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Why Can’t I Let Water in My Paramus Home Air-Dry?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

water sitting on a basement floor and walls without drywall Water removal is not an easy job for a family to take care of alone. Call SERVPRO to get professional help and mitigate water damage to your home.

Failing to Locate Hidden Moisture in Your Paramus Home Can be Costly and Harmful – Call SERVPRO for Efficient Water Removal

Something you never want to do is let water linger for too long before calling in the help of trained water restoration technicians. Your Paramus home could fall victim to secondary damage that boosts the cleanup cost and leaves you open to the onset of mold and mildew. SERVPRO features a skilled team of technicians to provide you with quick restoration while ensuring your family goes through as little inconvenience as possible.

What About Flooring and Carpets? Can I Use My Wet Vac?

When we have a call for water removal in Paramus, careful care must be taken with all carpets and other flooring surfaces.

To address your carpets, we:

  •   Remove and dispose of any unsalvageable carpeting
  •   Commence with water extraction
  •   Test carpet fibers for colorfastness
  •   Thoroughly dry and pre-condition carpet fibers
  •   Buffer the affected carpet so that we can return the fibers to preloss condition

To address your hardwood floors, we:

  •   Pull up standing water with pumps and industrial-grade vacuums
  •   Utilize drying mats, air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to pull up water trapped below the flooring
  •   Employ the use of moisture detection tools to ensure the hardwood is dry to prevent buckling or warping

Floating of the carpet may be an option depending on the situation at hand. To float the carpet, our technicians detach it from the baseboards and seams so that an air mover can be placed underneath. Our centrifugal air movers help circulate dry, warm air under the carpet to restore it and dry the subfloor below. In many situations, this method helps reduce the restoration timeframe while lessening the level of inconvenience for the homeowner.

SERVPRO of Paramus is the team to call when you need assistance with water removal. Call us 24/7 for emergency service at (201) 445-5588, and we will send a crew out as soon as possible.

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How Can I Prevent Moisture From Ruining My Carpet in Hillside?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

home interior water leaking damaged plasterboard and carpet Quick action after a water damage emergency can help save money when repairing your home. Contact SERVPRO right away.

For Water Damage Repair Services That Can Save your Carpets in Hillsdale Call SERVPRO

When working towards restoring your home after any type of disaster, our SERVPRO experts work towards preserving and protecting your negatively affected structure and contents. One of the most primary concerns is saturated carpets and padding.

How can my carpets be saved?

During water damage repair in Hillsdale, our SERVPRO technicians take every measure possible to save your carpets. We know that your carpeting materials can get ruined if it gets saturated or if it stays inside the fabric materials for too long. Therefore, we can utilize methods, including implementing industrial extractors and drying equipment to remove moisture from your flooring as quickly as possible.

How can moisture ruin my carpets?

  • Delamination: Carpeting consists of fibers with secondary and primary backings. Moisture can make the backings of your carpet separate from the grains. Delamination is a term that describes the aspect of carpet separating from the material holding it together, and when it occurs, it can cause your flooring to get removed and replaced.
  • Latex Deterioration: All carpets have a primary and secondary backing that helps hold the fibers to the support that sits on your subfloor. Both of the backings get held together by latex adhesives. Latex starts slowly deteriorating as soon as it gets installed by naturally occurring events such as foot traffic, sunlight, and gases in the air.

If my padding gets wet, does it have to be removed and replaced?

The answer to this question is that it depends upon how much moisture has soaked into your carpet pad. If your padding gets saturated, it is often cheaper to just remove and replace it than it is to attempt to dry it out. However, in situations where the amount of water entering your house is minor, extraction and drying methods could save all of your floorings.

Any time you notice wet carpets inside your house in Woodcliff Lake or Montvale, call SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588.

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What Is Better? An Open or Closed Drying System After a Water Leak in your Paramus home?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

water damage caused by storm We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

The Paramus Restoration Team at SERVPRO Scopes the Damage and Determines the Best Drying System for Your Home

After a water leak, one of the key factors in returning your Paramus home to preloss condition is adequately drying surfaces and removing moisture from the air. Without a dry environment, further damage may occur, such as mold infestations or long-term structural damage.

What Factors go Into Choosing an Open or Closed Drying System?

SERVPRO Water Damage Specialists Consider Weather and Other External Factors
With any water damage in Paramus, there are several external factors to consider, such as the time of year and the weather outside your home. The specific location and security of your home are other deciding factors. For an open drying system, consistent weather is crucial.

What is an Open Drying System?

    •    Open drying systems exchange the air from inside the home with air from the outside.
    •    Air is constantly warm and dry for success with this system.
    •    Outside humidity levels are 20 fewer grains per pound (gpp) than indoor levels.

What is a Closed Drying System?

    •    Closed systems use dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from the air.
    •    Technicians control humidity levels with dehumidifiers and air moving equipment.
    •    Portions of the home may be sectioned off to form drying chambers.

Which System Works the Best?

Most often, SERVPRO technicians choose a closed system over the open drying system. It's far easier to control, especially in a colder, variable climate like that of New Jersey's. An open drying system may pose security issues as windows are open and unlocked. Closed systems also facilitate closing off one area of the home to concentrate drying efforts in just one space.

Contact SERVPRO of Paramus (general contractor # 13VH001305854800) at (201) 445-5588 for 24/7 assistance. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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A Pipe Burst and My Paramus Home Has a Lot of Water, Whom Should I Call to Protect My Property?

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

damage caused by water leakage If you are dealing with water damage in your house, contact SERVPRO and ask about our restoration services.

SERVPRO Can Offer Fast Service to Mitigate the Water Damage in Your Paramus Home

Seeing water damage in your home can be a traumatic experience. If it happens at odd hours of the night, it is disconcerting, and you might be unsure of what to do. Thankfully, you can call SERVPRO because we offer restoration services on a 24-hour basis. We have a licensed, insured, and certified crew. Upon arrival at your house, our crew can survey the destruction and address your concerns to prevent further damage.

What type of damage does water cause?
Our technicians can handle any magnitude of water damage in your Paramus residence. This includes an influx of water in your house because of water heater leaks, broken pipes, and overflowing tubs, among other mishaps. Water can pool in a specific room of your home, and it can ruin wood floors, carpets, insulation drywall, furnishings, and wood beams.

Water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and microorganisms like fungi and bacteria. The longer water remains standing in your house, the more challenging it is to clean up. Our SERVPRO team strives to arrive at an affected property within four hours, ready to start the remediation process. We also eliminate the stress of filing a claim. Our goal is to make the entire repair and claim process fast and as pain-free as possible.

What do you do to deal with water damage in a house?
Before we perform remedial work, our team makes sure that the property is safe to entre and read for cleanup and repair. Our team does the following things:

    •    Conducts a damp surface check and requests your permission to deal with your insurance company directly.
    •    Prepares a comprehensive report that outlines remedial work and expenses.
    •    Meets with your insurance loss adjuster to go through the report and agree on the work that we need to complete.
    •    Pumps out the standing water using pumps
    •    Clears the affected rooms of your water damaged building materials and contents
    •    We set up drying equipment.

Which equipment does SERVPRO use to extract water
We use state of the art water extraction equipment to remove the standing water. For instance, we can use portable extractors and carpet wands to remove it. Portable extractors are flexible since restorers can take it into most areas of a building. They are ideal for removing water from high rise buildings. They require power to operate, and it can come from the building or a generator. Carpet wands, on the other hand, are ideal for extracting water from glue-down carpets. They can also effectively remove the water that remains on the surface of carpeting after we have used a stationary tool. Removing water helps reduce secondary destruction.

Is it necessary to remove the carpet?
A carpet easily attracts and retains microscopic organisms and moisture. This combination almost provides laboratory conditions for microbial growth that produces an odor. When a carpet becomes damp, mold growth can occur within 24 to 48 hours. During this time, professionals need to intervene with specialized water extraction and decontamination tools to avert mold infestation. It is not always necessary to remove the carpet in a category once water loss. However, there are several reasons why your carpet may be unsalvageable. They include:

    •    Loss of adhesion, which can happen because of the age of the carpet or prolonged exposure to water.
    •    Delamination – This is when the backing separates from the carpet fibers.
    •    Permanent stains.
    •    Carpeting covers wood flooring- We can remove it to salvage the wood floor.
    •    If mold has contaminated carpeting and it is not responding to professional smell removal techniques.

How long does it take to dry a home?
Several factors determine the drying time, including the type of building materials water has affected, the duration that the water pooled in the home, and weather conditions. Another factor that determines drying time is the techniques and equipment that restorers use to dry affected structures and contents.

Our SERVPRO team can mitigate the overall destruction and salvage some of your belongings using proven techniques like dehumidification. Dehumidification is necessary because moisture in your home can be as destructive as pooling water. Humid air can ruin floors, furniture, walls, and other structural components in your house. Dehumidification reduces moisture. It mitigates damage to a home and prevents mold infestation. We can use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers because they provide maximum power in eliminating moisture from the air. These dehumidifiers differ from conventional refrigerant dehumidifiers because they have a pre-cooling component. LGRs re-cool the air before it gets to the evaporator coils. This leads to more condensation, which forms on the coils in the machines. Therefore, more moisture is pumped out, and less moisture is left in the air that returns to a room.

How do I know that my house is dry?
The proper way to determine if affected areas are dry is testing with specialized equipment. We consistently monitor and evaluate the drying process to determine when drying is complete. For instance, our team can use infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in building materials. When beginning a water damage restoration project, these cameras help our restorers to evaluate the extent of moisture quickly. Infrared cameras are great for showing how water traveled in a building. When ending the water restoration project, they offer excellent evidence that the property is dry. Your property may take about 3 to 5 days or more to dry based on the prevailing conditions. Once dry, we can issue you with a certificate of dryness, air quality, and hygiene.

If you are dealing with water damage in your house, contact SERVPRO of Paramus and ask about our restoration services. You can reach us at (201) 445-5588 to schedule a visit.

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We Remove Wood Trim to Dry Water Damage in Paramus

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged floor; flooring removed We often remove trim to ensure drying of flooring and drywall is complete.

Why We Remove Wood Trim After Water Damage in Paramus Homes 

When you think about the damage that water losses can do to Paramus homes, many property owners do not consider construction materials like wood trim. While the removal of drywall and flooring might feel more significant, there are several reasons why removing baseboards and other accentuating woodwork might benefit the drying process and make water losses “Like it never even happened.” 

Water damage to Paramus homes requires focused attention and drying efforts by our SERVPRO professionals. We have skilled technicians that can utilize efficient drying and extraction tools to manage water losses and their effects shortly after these emergencies take place. Wood trim might feel insignificant to the drying and recovery process of your home, but there are many ways that this material can have a vital role in the work that must get done. 

Damaged Trim  

One of the most direct reasons that our SERVPRO team must remove wood trim from water damaged areas in your home is that the material has suffered from exposure. Standing water, for example, often directly absorbs into these particleboard trim pieces. This exposure can quickly swell and distort these installed materials, making it necessary to remove them to prevent the facilitation of mold growth or seepage into drywall surfaces behind the trim. Our in-house contractors can reinstall this baseboard and removed portions of the wallboard when drying completes. 

Access for Drying Purposes 

Removing the baseboard can often be beneficial when structural cavities have become compromised by migrating water. Preventing saturation to wood framing and insulation can often be a challenge without removing portions of drywall and the wood trim. Utilizing positive pressure systems to force heated air into wall cavities can help with evaporative drying, and can get done through multiple hoses in drilled holes behind the removed baseboard. Once the area gets dried, our professionals can patch the drilled holes and replace the trim. 

There are reasons to remove wood trim baseboards to benefit the drying process in your home. With positive pressure systems like our Injecti-Dry system and controlled demolition, we can restore and dry damaged properties quickly and thoroughly. Give our SERVPRO of Paramus team a call to help anytime at (201) 445-5588. 

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Water Damage Paramus – Moisture Removal Importance

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on the subfloor of a room. Let us show and explain why your Paramus water damage needs to be mitigated.

SERVPRO will be right there every step of the way for your Paramus water damage.

Water damage often occurs from a leaking pipe, an overflowing tub, or even a leaky window when an intense rainstorm is pounding against the side of a home. Many consumers assume that all that is needed is to mop up the water. The area can dry on its own over a few days. Depending on relative humidity levels, local temperatures, and airflow, moisture levels can remain high for some time, causing more damage and even mold growth.

Our SERVPRO technicians are trained water damage mitigation experts in Paramus. Our technicians have loads of experience as well as accreditation from the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and ASD (Applied Structural Drying Technicians).

Time is Important

As the water spreads throughout your home, different materials absorb moisture at different rates. Carpets and underpads, fabrics, and other similar materials absorb moisture quickly. These materials also can release moisture quickly if the relative humidity of the air around these items is lower. Drywall also absorbs water quickly. However, drywall tends to swell as it absorbs moisture.

Hard surfaces such as hardwood floors and even subfloors also absorb moisture, but more slowly. Nonporous materials also release moisture more slowly. Removing the water from these surfaces quickly and lowering the relative humidity quickly, can limit the amount of moisture hard surfaces like these absorb and the damage swelling can cause.

Drying Conditions 

At SERVPRO, we understand that the removal of surface water is essential and must be completed as quickly as possible. Also, we account for the relative humidity, temperature, and airflow when setting up drying conditions. For example, drawing outside humid air into the home may make conditions worse in an attempt to dry the floors and contents. SERVPRO technicians use Psychrometric calculators to determine the best approach to setting up the most efficient drying conditions. 

In conditions of high outside relative humidity, we can seal the home and utilize air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air, which in turn draws moisture from porous materials quickly and non porous materials more slowly. We continuously monitor the humidity levels to ensure the most efficient drying of your home.

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

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We Are Available 24/7 to Restore Your Paramus Home After Water Damage Strikes

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Our air movers set out in a room drying the carpet We have the state of the art equipment to handle any size water removal job. Call us right away to prevent further damage to your property.

Water Removal in Your Paramus Home

An accident like a bathtub overflowing in a downstairs bathroom can lead to excess water in your home. This type of excess, although seemingly small, can have a significant impact if not correctly extracted from your home. You may be able to remove most of the water through mopping and wiping, but it is crucial to ensure you have all of the water removed. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a growing mold infestation or an unbearable odor, even with clean water from the bathtub. 

You may need to get the professionals involved in the water removal from your Paramus home. Getting help can save yourself a lot of long term consequences. SERVPRO professionals use moisture sensors to determine where excess moisture is hiding, so there is no doubt regarding excess humidity in the home. You may also be able to find the source with your nose if there is a strong smell coming from it. Depending on the amount of leftover moisture, technicians may use extractors to pull water out of nearby carpet or rugs during water removal

When clean water meets germs from the bathroom, bacteria can flourish, potentially leaving you with a smelly situation. Odors are some of the most offensive remnants of a water leak. If such ascent has set into your home, technicians first find the source of the smell. After that, they locate and remove the source. 

Deodorizing after odor removal is often necessary to altogether remove the offensive smell from your home. Merely using a masking agent does not fix an odor problem and can make it worse. Technicians assess the situation to determine what type of deodorization process and chemicals to use to come up with an individualized plan. Technicians utilize Orange and other specially formulated deodorizers and disinfecting agents to attack offensive orders and kill microbial growth, always checking with clients to ensure the smell of the cleaning agent is pleasing. A combination of disinfectants, sanitizers, and pairing agents remove odors. 

Contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (201) 445-5588 for help with water removal. We are available 24/7 to help. 

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Paramus Properties Are Subject to Various Forms of Water Losses--Call SERVPRO for Restoration

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

water heater leaking from the valve and bottom onto the floor Leaks Can Mean Water Damage Caused by Appliances and Plumbing Failures, for Fast Water Removal and Restoration in the Paramus Area--Call SERVPRO

Identifying The Top Four Sources of Water Damage In Your Paramus Home 

Every homeowner should be aware of the biggest potential sources of water damage. Knowing how to identify and regularly maintain these sources can help you avoid damage and mitigate the effects of water quickly.

Water from flooding and storms can be quite harmful, but the most common sources do not actually come from the outside elements. The top four causes of water damage in Paramus are in or around the home. This includes:
1. Washing Machine
The average life expectancy for a washing machine is about a decade. Over time, your washing machine can break or leak, causing water to spray out onto the floor. This is usually due to the lack of integrity of old rubber hoses. A metal-braided washing machine pipeline can prevent the hoses from breaking down so much. Alternatively, you can reinforce your rubber hoses every few years.

2. Toilet Overflow
Toilets can stop working due to a clog in the pipes or a problem with the float in the top of the tank. Regardless of the reason, this water can come out of the toilet bowl and drench your floor. Turn off the source of water to your toilet before the water spills out to avoid water damage. Water that comes from the toilet may be contaminated, and SERVPRO technicians may need to restore or possibly remove the flooring that has been damaged by this water.

3. Broken Plumbing Systems
You may not see them, but pipes run all over your house, inside and outside. Pipes can weaken or break over time, causing a water leak somewhere within the system. The water main can burst or a draining issue can cause a backup. Either way, it’s important to have your plumbing systems inspected to prevent water damage.
4. Broken Water Heater
Water heaters are large appliances that can burst or leak, usually after running past the manufacturer’s warranty. It is likely that you need to replace the water heater at this point. It is essential to make sure the broken water heater hasn’t affected other parts of the home.
Avoid water damage by identifying the top problem areas of your home. For water damage assessment and mitigation services, contact SERVPRO of Paramus at (210) 445-5588. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How to Install a New Hot Water Heater

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

You have likely already read our blog on how to remove a hot water heater so now we will discuss how to install your new hot water heater. When purchasing a new tank be sure to use something similar to the pre-existing tank as far as being an electric or gas tank.

  1. Start by positioning the new tank in the area where it will rest. Maneuver the tank to an orientation where all the wiring and pipes can easily be attached. Also keep in mind that the tank has cover plates that need to be accessible during any future maintenance so keep these visible.
  2. Wrap any threaded pipe fittings with two or three layers of teflon plumbers’ tape then re-install the water pipes. When applying the tape, start at about 1" from the end of the fitting and wrap the tape in a clockwise manner around the pipe, overlapping at least 1/2 with each rotation. The entire threaded area of the pipe should be covered with two layers of tape.
  3. Connect and tighten all pipes with a wrench. (DO not over tighten).
  4. Turn on the water and check for any leaks. Wipe all joints dry and check again after several minutes for any leaks. To eliminate air in the tank and plumbing allow the hot water tap to run until it stops sputtering.
  5. When the tank is filled turn on the power (if electric) or connect the gas supply line (if gas). Test the gas line for leaks. Recommended temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take several hours to reach.

Hot to Remove a Hot Water Heater

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Hot water heater leaks are a fairly common cause of water damages that we deal with. Some homeowners use a plumber to handle the removal and replacement of their hot water heater but if you are the DIY type it is simple enough for one to do it on their own. Some tips you should know before starting is that you may need a hand when removing the heat due to its size. Even after it is drained it is still not light and very bulky. You should also keep in mind that you will not have water available for use for a couple hours during this process. 

1. Turn all water/energy sources off!

Start by turning off the water supply to the hot water heater whether that is the main valve to the house or a shut off valve directly to the heater. Turn off the power to the heater at the panel board as well as the gas supply. 

2. Remove any insulation around the tank and save to reuse if still in good condition.

3. Drain the tank. At the bottom of the tank there should be a valve that will allow you to attach a garden hose. Once attached have the other end outside to allow water to be drained. 

4. Open both hot and cold water valves somewhere in the house.

5. Time to disconnect the tank.

If you have an electric HWH- there top should have a small steel plate where the wires enter the tank. Remove the plate and gently pull the wires out. For a gas HWH- remove all connections to gas piping. 

6. Take a wrench and disconnect the water pipe. You may have to carefully bend this flexible pipe out of the way to remove the tank. It is normal for some extra water to leak at this point. However if it is more than a cup worth the water has not been shut off. 

7. Remove the tank and set aside for discard. 

Be on the lookout for our next blog on how to install a new hot water heater!

What is Not Covered?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Here are a few key areas that are typically not covered by your standard insurance policy. Also keep in mind of a deductible that may need to be met or coverage limits. 

1. Damages resulting from unresolved maintenance issues or neglecting to repair source. For instance, you have a leak coming from your toilet supply line that you have just been ignoring for almost a year. It caused some water damage to the ceiling below which typically would be covered by your policy initially but waiting too long to fix the problem will likely cause your insurance to reject coverage. 

2. Flood. Any source of water that enters your home from a flood regardless of the cause is not covered under a standard insurance policy. Yet you may purchase flood insurance which would be recommended for those living in a flood prone area. 

3. Law or Ordinance Upgrades. This type of scenario can come into play for something like a fire that causes the electrical wiring in your home to need to be removed and replaced. Yet, your town has new building codes that require a more expensive upgrade to new wiring being installed. In this case your insurance will only cover the costs of the original old wiring and the difference in charges for the new upgrade will be your responsibility. 

4. Sewer or drain back up from OUTSIDE. You will typically not be coverage for water that backs up into your home from an outside source. There are endorsements that can be added on to your policy to cover backs up occurring within your property line. If the source is coming outside of your property line your city may be responsible. 

5. Costs to repair and/or replace source. Most insurance companies will cover the damages associated however the costs to repair the cause falls under the homeowner. For example a pipe bursts in your home causing damages to your hardwood floors. Your insurance company will take care of fixing the floors yet the plumber you hired to replace the pipe will come out of your pocket. 

What To Do Until SERVPRO Arrives

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience a water damage the quicker you tackle it the better the outcome. First and foremost, finding out the source and stopping it should be your main priority.

If there are no safety hazards begin by shutting off the water source at the shut off valve. If applicable contact a plumber to fix the source to keep further damage from re-occurring. 

If the water did not come from a clean source and likely contaminated avoid all wet areas. 


- Contact your homeowners insurance company

- Contact a professional restoration company (SERVPRO of Paramus @ 201-445-5588)

- If safe, turn off electricity to affected areas at circuit breaker

- Try to mop or blot up water with towels

- Place furniture legs on foil on wooden blocks

- Use safety pins or clothespins to keep furniture skirts and drapery off wet floors

- Remove oriental rugs and place in a dry area

- Remove all moisture sensitive items to a dry place

- Prop up any wet upholstery cushions to dry

- Remove books, magazines, paper to a dry place where they will not transfer and stain

- Wipe excess moisture from furniture


- Use a household vacuum to remove water

- Use any electronics in a room with wet flooring

- Use ceiling fans where a wet ceiling is present

- Open windows in temperatures higher than 70 degrees. AC may be used if water is not contaminated.  

Water Damage? Let's Talk Contents!

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

When dealing with property damage to your home one of the challenging tasks is trying to save all of your possessions.

It may be a disappointing and daunting task to itemize, photograph and list every single item for insurance reimbursement but SERVPRO of Paramus will be there to help give some guidance as well as lend a hand with the removal of any unsalvageable items. 

Here are some tips to help you figure out how to categorize your items.

Let's start with discussing what types of contents cannot be saved from water damage.

Items like food, cosmetics, medicines, medical supplies, carpet padding, stuffed animals and baby toys should never be tried to salvage. Mainly due to the risk of contamination and potential health hazards.

There are also some types of contents that can usually be saved but depending on the extent of the damage.

These are items like mattresses, pillows, large carpets, area rugs, upholstered couches & chairs, books, paper products, solid wood/metal/plastic furniture, metal utensils, pots and pans. 

Now that you have an idea of what types of items can be saved it is important that you move FAST! Make sure everything you want to save is moved to a safe dry place to prevent further damage. Time is of the essence to decrease the chances of further damage.

The things you don't want to save should be left outside to dry until your claims adjuster arrives. Sometimes your adjuster may not be able to get out for a couple of days. In the case that some of these items are things like food that will spoil or may attract rodents; make a separate pile to have discarded as soon as possible after contacting your adjuster. 

Be sure to have EVERYTHING documented as well as photographed for your adjuster to confirm all of your losses. 

We hope this provides you some help and insight when dealing with your personal items. 

Flooded Basement? Call SERVPRO of Paramus

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Heaters can go without warning and the damage can be extensive

SERVPRO of Paramus is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (201) 445-5588

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Paramus has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Paramus

SERVPRO of Paramus specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

When Clean-up Demands A Professional

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Your basement? Don't pick up a mop, pick up the phone

When That Sewer Back-up Is Too Much To Handle On Your Own.

At SERVPRO of Paramus, we know that sometimes sewer back-ups can be bad... very bad. Our IICRC certified technicians know the safest way to clean up the mess. Sewer back-ups can cause illness if not properly remediated. Let our trained technicians get the job done right for you and your family.

We'll work directly with you and in most cases, your insurance company to assure that your home is properly cleaned, deodorized and sanitized. We'll make it safe again for your family, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us, SERVPRO of Paramus, your clean-up professionals.

We're here for you: 24/7 (201) 445-5588

Always Ready When You Need Us !

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

 Bergen County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 201-445-5588

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • About SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County

    SERVPRO of Paramus/Northeast Bergen County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

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