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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned table tents on a white background Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Western Essex County.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Could Cause Fires in Your Business? | SERVPRO® of Western Essex County

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

2 men putting out a fire with a fire extinguisher Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of Western Essex County is here to help.

Business owners have many responsibilities, with one of them being safety factors to take into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. One of those risks that needs some extra consideration is planning for and working toward preventing fires.

Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires


According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) the leading causes of structure fires in office properties were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively..

Protect Your Business

By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you can take steps to protect your business from a fire risk and help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, you must assess the fire hazard risk. Fire marshals are often offered in some areas by the local government. During a visit, the fire marshal can offer advice and help identify your business’ risks, providing guidance on your fire prevention plan.

You’ll want to make sure you have chosen the right fire protection equipment. This should include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Finally, and more importantly, consider your employees and visitors. By creating a fire prevention and evacuation plan and reviewing it with your staff, you’ll be making sure everyone knows what to do in the case of a fire. Conduct regular fire drills at least annually to keep the fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and routes and also the location of first-aid kits.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. Click here to contact us to learn about our fire damage repair and restoration.

Stay Safe New Jersey | Storms

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

One thing I love about New Jersey is that we get to experience all four seasons. With the weather warming up to the 90s, it’s only necessary to take impromptu trips to the beach and have endless barbeques. But with hot weather comes brutal showers.

Severe thunderstorms pummeled across New Jersey and the Northeast these last few days, causing flooding on major roads, widespread ongoing power outages, fallen trees and utility lines, damage to homes and even fatality. SERVPRO of Central Union County would like to stress the severity and the potential threat storms can cause.

To keep from putting yourself at risk, we encourage our community to please stay away from storm-damaged areas, downed power lines that can potentially have live wires, and to never drive through a flooded road. During storms, use a battery-operated radio to get updates from local officials. Stay away from windows and doors. Make an emergency supply kit. We recommend having water, non-perishable food, flashlights and extra batteries, clothing and hygiene items, important documents, and cash.

As Always, SERVPRO of Western Essex County are here to handle any water damages, no matter the home or business. Give us a call at 866-361-3400 to set up a free inspection with us. We are here to serve our community!

A look into our Commercial Division | Services

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

It's tough to find a reliable company with enough man power to address any commercial services you may need. Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges. Our goal is to provide excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. SERVPRO of Western Essex County are fully equipped to take on your commercial property no matter the size of the job.

Commercial Services:

  • Air Ducts / HVAC
  • General & Specialty Cleaning
  • Post Construction Cleaning
  • Punch List Services
  • Dry Ice Blasting
  • Power Washing
  • Biohazard & Sewage
  • Odor Removal / Deodorization

We offer our services to any time of commercial property:

  • Small/Large Office Buildings
  • High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

For any additional information, please feel free to contact our office at 866-361-3400. Our Sales department will gladly assist you with the best services for your commercial property

Looking to get your HVAC/Air Ducts Cleaned?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air

quality? Inspecting the duct work in your facility or home should be a high

priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time

without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of our service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money.

Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Western Essex County Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and duct work and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, we can often restore the HVAC system and duct work to pre-damage condition. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, we use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine duct work and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the air-stream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

To inquire on prices for HVAC/Air duct cleaning, give us a call at 866-361-3400

Mold Services

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Western Essex County professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem affecting your residential and commercial property.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect hidden water sources that could lead to mold. Depending on the amount of mold found, we may refer the services of an environmental testing company for your protection.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Western Essex County technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If you suspect a mold issue in your home or business, please give us a call at 866-361-3400, to schedule an inspection. We have highly trained professionals ready to take care of your property needs  

Do's & Don'ts for Fire in Your Home

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Essex County are devoted to keeping your family safe in case of an unexpected fire. Please review these tips to better prepare yourself for any future disasters:

DO:

-To prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet, try to limit the movement around your home. This will avoid tracking. Also, keep your hands clean as you can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

-Empty your freezer and fridge. Keep doors open to prevent odor.

-Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

-Pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, and tubs, to avoid freezing pipes in case heat is off during the winter.

-Change your old HVAC filter, and leave it off until a professional can check the system

-To prevent soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system, tape your air registers with double layers of cheesecloth

DON’T:

-Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or shampoo carpets/rugs without contacting SERVPRO of Central Union County

-Do not clean any electrical appliances as it may have been close to fire

-Ceiling fixture wiring may be wet and damaged, so avoid turning them on. It may cause electrical shock

 Call SERVPRO of Western Essex County For your residential or commercial needs. 866-361-3400

Understanding Water Types

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Essex County are here to help you understand what type of water you are dealing with to ensure proper cleanup when your home or business suffers a water damage.

We classify these waters in three ways. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source (such as rain). The term gray water is slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should only be handled by trained professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • We advise our customer to not enter any rooms with standing water. Electrical hazards may exist and should be avoided. Turn off your circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock.
  • Shut off water source if possible.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your SERVPRO of Western Essex County. 866-361-3400

Prepare for a Flood

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Essex County proudly service our community, bringing the best solutions for water damage in your residential home. Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Stock up on water! - You should have 3 days’ worth (or more) of water, and about one gallon per person per day.
  • Keep a supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food. You should have enough for 3 days (or more)
  • Keep a couple of flashlights in your possession
  • Battery-powered or çhand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries for your flashlights, tools, or radio
  • Have a First Aid kit
  • Medications – Here’s one that doesn’t get spoken of… Medication! (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Bring a Multi-purpose tool
  • Stock up on Sanitation/personal hygiene items for the family
  • Save Copies of personal documents
  • Don’t forget a Cell phone with chargers
  • Have Family and emergency contact information
  • Bring Extra cash for expenses
  • Emergency blankets
  • Make sure to have map(s) of the area
  • Pack Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Remember your four-legged friends! Pet supplies such as food, treats, toys, medication, etc.
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear (water- resistant coat, rainboots, umbrellas, hats)  
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Call SERVPRO of Western Essex County today for your residential or commercial needs. We are a 24-Hour emergency response service with highly trained restoration technicians. 866-361-3400

Gearing Up for Unpredictable Spring Weather

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve made it through winter and welcome spring with open arms! Now we can better enjoy the weather…but also buckle up for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Mother Nature Can Be Tricky

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine; however, the season also brings the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s dealer’s choice this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Changing, unpredictable weather is caused by the unstable temperatures we get with spring, going from warm to cold even in the same day. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are increasingly common throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

When looking at losses caused by natural catastrophes in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

The threat of floods, high winds and even tornadoes, given the right conditions, go along with these storms. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Be Prepared

Weather is fickle, and we are not be able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, forecasters have the tools available to at least give warnings that severe weather may be on the horizon. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Western Essex County to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.