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Mold & Soap Scum Removal in Bathroom

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold & Soap Scum Removal in Bathroom Bathroom Shower Door

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City we offer a wide array of services. While most jobs we receive are either fire, water, or mold jobs that is not always the case. With this job we received a call from a customer who thought they had mold in their shower. Even if you're unsure of whether something may or may not be mold we still advise that you call us at 201-656-0035 to ease your mind. Our team will inspect the potential mold and determine what the next steps are. It turns out the mold the customer thought she had was a build up of soap scum on the shower glass door. We gave the glass door a power wash and performed a deep clean to the surrounding areas. Pictured here is the glass door after our services. 

Commercial Damage to Store

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City and Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms and other instances can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. The job pictured here is a case of mold hidden within the walls at a local business. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and tore through the walls to get to the main source of the problem. Once the mold was exposed our crew followed standard procedure in mold remediation. Our customer was very satisfied with the results.

Fire Damage in Resident Basement

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we understand how badly some fires can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage.  This job classifies as fire damage as you can see the color of the beams after the fire got to them  when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with the proper tools to get rid of all the garbage and debris the fire left behind to make this house look like a home again. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO is #heretohelp.

Mold Removal VS. Mold Remediation

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-800-SERVPRO
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration
  • When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Fire Damage in Commercial Building

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

A fire that started in the elevator shaft of a commercial building caused repercussions throughout different parts of the structure as well. Unless it's summer and you're sitting next to a bonfire fires are never anticipated. In almost any case, they are not what any business owner wants for themselves. As you can see in the picture we have a different point of view from the building and there is soot damage present on the flooring. This is shown by the darker color on the floor and the foot prints shown within them. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City went in to this job and before we even put a single piece of equipment down we assured the business owner that this was nothing new to us. 

Nor'Easter Hits the East Coast

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Nor'Easter Hits the East Coast Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Yesterday we had a high temperature of 61 degrees today it's 36 and we're getting hit with a Nor'Easter. 

What is a Nor'Easter? According to google, it is a macro-scale cyclone. They are usually accompanied by very heavy rain or snow and can cause severe coastal flooding, coastal erosion, hurricane-force winds, or blizzard conditions. 

What does this mean for you? These type of weather conditions are not safe. You should avoid driving in these conditions. Of course, the world still spins and we must travel to and from work but our advise is to stay cautious. 

Are you prepared? Of course if it was 60 degrees yesterday no one is going to think of blizzard conditions the next day. We must face the facts that this is the reality we live in. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is here to help every step of the way. These are extreme weather conditions and can cause damage to your home or property. We will be working through the weekend to ensure that your covered by a company you can trust.

Call us any time at 201-656-0035. Stay safe everyone. 

Water Damage in Local University

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Living with roommates can have its ups and downs. Each person has to adjust to the other person's idiosyncrasies. One thing that definitely will not help the relationship blossom is water damage in your dorm room! This was exactly the case wit a local university. There was water damage in one dorm room that eventually effected multiple other units in the facility. Water left untreated can lead to mold, which is a health risk. We care about our local universities and the students that make them up. Pictured here is the moisture reader reading a 99.9% water in the dorm room. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Lower Manhattan consistently monitored the moisture readings to make sure we removed all the water from each dorm room. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Damage to Commercial Property

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we understand how badly some instances can affect our customers. This particular case is one of one individual projecting damage onto a place of business by fecal matter. This job is not one of our common jobs but we take care of a long list of items here at SERVPRO. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to damage. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and power washed the main issue to get to the root of the problem. Our crew followed standard procedure with this type of issue. Our customer was very satisfied with the results. Pictured here is what the place looked like before we cleaned and sanitized the area.

Commercial Water Damage

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

One of our clients maintains a huge resident building. When they faced problems with the elevator shaft being flooded they called SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City to help service their recovery. The elevator shaft, not pictured, had severe flooding damage that spread throughout the entire building causing other issues. This job was no different than hundreds of others our crew has conquered. Our team was up for the challenge, as always. They went to the scene with air movers and mops, and restored the residence back to a clean and water less state. You can see in the picture the state of the property and how it needed our help. Water damage is one of our favorite jobs to clean up. Our customer was very pleased with the results.

Water Damage In Local Gym

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

This local sport rehab center had a leak and called SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City to come check it out. When the team arrived all the floors were buckled; it was clear what needed to be done. Our crew worked with the business owners schedule and took the proper steps in assessing and amending the damage that was done. Our team tore up the floor panels and used air movers to rid of all the water. The cleanup process was effective and hasty thanks to our team members at SERVPRO Hoboken/Union City  knowing just what to do thanks to their experience. Our customer was very pleased with the turnout and grateful for us that she did not lose business during such a tough time. We were happy to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Ceiling Repair

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

This particular job was for one of our clients who experienced troubles after a pipe burst in their parking garage. Not pictured here is the damage that took place on the ceiling of the garage. The ceiling had air pockets that were swelling up with water inside them. This type of damage can lead to a number of other issues including mold. Our client was lucky they called us when they did or this could have gotten much worse.  Our crew went in with SERVPRO tools and the damage was fixed hastily. The picture on the right is the ceiling once it’s been patched up and restored to its original condition. Our client was very happy with the results and noted that it was done way sooner than anticipated.

Who are you going to call? MOLD busters !

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is that person you went to high school with and hope to never see again but then one day you run into each other at the supermarket. No one ever anticipates mold growth in their property or hopes for it. Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union city we know no one wants to deal with pesky mold. We make it so you don't have to! Once you've established that you have mold growth in your property we will come in with our technicians fully equipped with the necessary equipment. First, we'd target the area of growth and isolate said area. Once we remove the surrounding area we will use SERVPRO products to prevent the growth of mold in the future. We'll make you forget you ever had mold growing in the first place. 

Trust Us With Your Commercial Space

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Trust Us With Your Commercial Space Photo courtesy of SERVPRO corporate.

We know opening a business is a risk in itself. You don't know if it's going to sink or swim. Let's just say in this example that you're Jane Doe and your business is booming. One night you're asleep peacefully in your bed. All of a sudden you awake to a call that your business is flooded. Now you're panicking, you ask yourself how you're going to get water out of a 10,000 square ft. room. You know you don't have nearly enough mops or buckets to clean something of that size. You think for a second and then remember that you saw an ad for SERVPRO and give them a call. There are a million things that can happen to your business or commercial space that you don't always anticipate. Luckily,we are trained for these kinds of events. We would show up to Jane Doe's business with the appropriate amount of equipment to extract the water. No matter how big or small the job may be, you can call us.  

We'll Fix Your Frozen Pipes

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Although the frosty breeze and sparkling snow can be breathtaking during winter, there are risks we must be aware of. Winter can be enchanting but this is the season where frozen pipes can be an awful disaster. This change in weather can cause temperatures to drop to extremely low levels and can cause pipes in your home to freeze and burst. If pipes are not properly insulated or if there are cracks or gaps where the pipe enters your home, this can cause the pipes to freeze easily. During the dramatic temperatures, water freezes and expands continually and eventually the pipes can burst. Be sure to maintain and check your pipes regularly to help avoid these situations. If you find yourself in this position, you can contact our location at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and we will be glad to provide our services. You can call twenty four hours a day seven days a week, we're #heretohelp. 

What is National Preparedness Month?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

We do know it's only February, but that doesn't mean you can't get ready for National Preparedness month! 

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City think this is a great time for business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans.

Look at the startling statistics like this one to emphasize the importance of advance planning: according to FEMA, as many as 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major flood disaster.

Because we know the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before it's needed, our corporate offices developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile for their facility, at no charge.

Are you ready for your Emergency Ready Program? Give us a call and we'll schedule an appointment. We're READY to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You know our motto, "Like it never even happened." 

Got Mold?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Who wants to deal with mold? I’m sure you answered no one to that question. Mold is the friend that comes over unannounced and the moment you see it you want it to leave.  Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we want you to forget about your pesky friend Mr. Mold better yet, we’ll make it so you forget it ever existed. We have the unique tools here to make the mold stop in its tracks. Our crew members work to their fullest potential to ensure that the job is done professionally and passionately. This mold shown in the picture was isolated and then the surrounding wood was removed. The customer associated with this job was very happy with the results received.  

Tips to Prevent Commercial & Residential Fires

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Prevent Commercial & Residential Fires Photo Courtesy of Jersey City Mayor, Steven Fulop via twitter.

It Seems Like Every Day a Different Home is up in Flames.

There is a long list of causes when it comes to home fires. They're beginning to become a commonality. When you're victim of a house fire you lose everything; all the memories you've made, burnt to a crisp.

Some practices to preventing a fire in your home are as follows:

  • Make sure everything is switched OFF and unplugged
  • Check/Inspect your chimney annually
  •  Keep comforters and anything flammable away from heaters
  • Test fire alarms/ replace batteries frequently
  • Never smoke in the home
  • Keep a spoon or spatula as a reminder when cooking/ do not leave stove tops unattended when lit

It is widely recommended that families practice a fire escape route in the event a fire does occur. No one sees a fire coming and it's best you know what plan of action to take in case you're faced with one.

In the event your home has endured a fire, call SERVPRO Hoboken/ Union City at 201-656-0035 and we'll make it like it never even happened.

Water Causes Damage to Ceiling

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Causes Damage to Ceiling Photo taken at job site.

While water is vital to our existence it can lead to a number of issues. Too much water is definitely a problem many individuals face on a day to day basis. Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union city we've seen a great deal of flood incidents. Pictured in the photo you see the ceiling panels beginning to slouch down as a result of flooding. The water is absorbed by the panels and if not treated properly can lead to a case of mold (which is another service SERVPRO provides). Our crew went into this job with the acquired skill that comes with doing this so often. They removed all the water from the job and then worked from there. The owner of the building was thrilled that we could fix as much as we did. 

Use SERVPRO this Holiday!

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

General Use SERVPRO this Holiday! Happy holidays !

The holidays are in full effect! Which means love, laughter, and spreading cheer. Except, some holidays bring unforeseen disasters like a water heater bursting or a frozen pipe. You really just never know what's going to happen, but that's why SERVPRO is a nationwide franchise. We run by expecting the unexpected. We also take pride in knowing that we are faster to any size disaster. The holidays are the worst time to add any more stress other than decorating and figuring what presents to get who. If you've used our services in the past, we want to thank you! You're part of the reason we can keep doing this day in and day out. We want to make your life easier, especially around the holidays. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union city is here for YOU !

We'll clean the mess for you!

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Our services go beyond just fire, soot, and mold. Our crew here at SERVPRO welcomes any challenge presented our way. For instance, the situation pictured was a call we received. Blood classifies as a bio-hazardous job. Once we are called we send a crew over to the scene to assess the damage and see what more needs to be done. We take pride in being well-equipped to handle these type of situations. At this job, we sent our crew in with all of the protection needed to keep safe and they cleaned up the stains. There's never a job that's too much of anything for us to handle here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City. Our customer was very pleased with the results they received once our crew was done.  

Clean Up Your Leaves!

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Clean Up Your Leaves! Photo courtesy of SERVPRO corporate.

Did you know leaving wet leaves on the ground can have serious consequences?

We're currently in hurricane season so in other words there's going to be a lot of rain in the coming months. While the colors of the leaves are lovely to look at be sure you don't leave them on the ground for too long. Believe it or not wet leaves can actually cause mold and other harmful specimens.  

Mold reproduces dark and wet areas; this is exactly why they can thrive underneath wet leaves. The leaves need to be picked up and properly disposed to prevent this outcome. 

In the event that you do find yourself faced with a case of mold there's no need to panic. SERVPRO of Hoboken / Union City specializes in mold remediation so we've got you covered! 

Follow us on Social Media !

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

General Follow us on Social Media ! Photo courtesy of Instagram

We finally took a leap into the socially hip world of Instagram and Twitter! 

So, what should you expect from us? You'll definitely get some great tips concerning everyday life or tips about what to do in emergency situations. You may also get some random happenings at our office or at the job sites - maybe a couple of before and after photos. There may be photos of important special events that we attend. Sometimes there might be a funny meme post for laughs or maybe a new restaurant in our area that we will recommend you to try. With social media constantly advancing we decided to join the world of Instagram and Twitter so you can see our daily adventures, share laughs, and receive wonderful daily life tips.

Check us out on Instagram @SERVPROHoLoNYC and Twitter @SERVPROofNYNJ

SERVPRO: Here to Help the Community

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

When a local daycare called us to help with an issue they were having with mold and water damage we were more than happy to help. We want our customers to be aware that no matter what size of the job we are #heretohelp. A goal of ours is to aide those in need regardless of if you’re dealing with a residential or commercial size issue. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools they needed to help remove all the problems the day care had that were leading to problems. When anyone has an issue, it is a big deal to us. This job was especially serious to us because the children were present to these conditions. To prevent future health issues, we made sure the job was done quickly and efficiently.

Mold Remediation in Home

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we take pride in the long list of services that we provide. We are willing to help anyone that needs our help as a means of alleviating the stress they are going through.  This particular job is the result of mold found in the home of one of our customers. Mold is definitely a sneaky culprit in the sense that you do not always see it. For instance, if there is a water leak or exposed water that has been sitting for a while these are the ideal conditions for mold reproduction to occur. Here at SERVPRO we take care of the mold by means of mold remediation. Pictured here is one of our crew members following mold procedure.

Mold Remediation in Bathroom

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we take pride in the long list of services that we provide. We are willing to help anyone that needs our help as a means of alleviating the stress they are going through.  As we have said time and time again mold is among the list of problems you do not know you have until it is brought up to your attention. Mold reproduces in dark areas usually exposed to some kind of water or dampness. No one wants mold in their life so it’s our job to make it so you’d never know the mold was there to begin with. You can see in the picture on the left that the ceiling has spots of darker coloring. This is primarily where the mold was reproducing. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools needed for mold remediation and made it look "Like it never even happened."

The Best Time to Sell a House

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Just like there’s a magic day to buy a plane ticket, there’s a specific month when you should try to sell your house: May.

It is said that spring time may be the best time to sell your house. Home selling and home buying are at peak during this season.

In a new study, researchers at Zillow found that homes listed between May 1 through May 15 sold, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during that timeframe. Homes that sold in the first half of May were also purchased for about 1 percent more than the average listing, which translates to a premium of about $1,700. 

If you are thinking about buying or selling your house, spring may be the best time of the year to start making preparations.

Spring is Here!

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air ladies and gentlemen! Here comes the blooming flowers and beautiful weather. However, along with saying goodbye to winter, we also have to welcome sniffles and sneezes. Yes, allergy season is here as well, unfortunately. While others are frolicking in the spring breeze, there are those who are stopping at their local drug stores for allergy medication. For those who have to take extra precautions during this time of the year, here are some tips to make spring enjoyable rather than bearable. 

- Laundry, laundry, laundry! After being outside pollen may stick to clothing and the skin/hair. Be sure to wash clothing after being outside!
- For homeowners: Make sure to mow your lawn! Take care of those pesky weeds and other flowers that release pollen.
- Keep windows and doors closed during days where there are high pollen levels.
- Dehumidifiers and air filters in your home may be very helpful!
- Clean, clean, clean!

Have a wonderful spring everyone!

 

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

General Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Photo provided by SERVPRO corporate.

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we love the colors green and orange. After all they are the SERVPRO colors! In honor of Saint Patrick's day our employees wore their green SERVPRO shirts. For lunch our crew enjoyed corned beef sandwiches from a restaurant in Bayonne, New Jersey called Alex and Terry's. We love celebrating holidays with our crew members. It helps make everyone feel more at home than working in an office. Attached here is a picture of SERVPRO workers courtesy of SERVPRO corporate. You can see from the picture everyone has on green hats and the truck in the background is also green. It's only fitting that we'd all be in green this Saint Patrick's day!  

Fire Damage in Kitchen

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Kitchen Cabinets post our work.

Here at SERVPRO we take pride in our long list of services we provide to our clients. On this list is fire damage restoration. Any type of fire is a big deal to us here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City. That’s why when we got a call about a small kitchen fire we told the customer we’d be more than happy to help. Not pictured here is where the damage of the fire had taken place, above the cabinets the damage was the most visible. Not pictured is the damage to the stove and counter tops. As you can see when looking at the picture on the right our crew restored the kitchen like there was never a fire a there in the first place.

Storm Damage on Property

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage on Property Property post clean up.

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City and Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. Not pictured here is the damage a storm that hit this house pretty badly left. It left a mountain of debris to be cleaned up. Our crew went in with their tools and sorted the situation to make the home look like a storm never happened. Our customer was very happy with our work. Pictured here is the property after our crew cleaned everything up.

Biohazard Bathroom Cleanup

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Bathroom Cleanup Bloody tiles before our clean up.

Here at SERVPRO we take pride in our long list of services we provide to our clients. On this list is biohazardous damage removal and restoration. These types of jobs are a sensitive topic but we at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City are always up for any type of job where it’s possible to give the customer a sense of relief and satisfaction. As you can see from the picture here there was blood on the floor of the bathroom. The removal of this should only be done by trained professionals. Our crew went in with the proper equipment and tools they needed to remain safe while simultaneously fixing the damage. Not pictured here is the bathroom tiles that were cleaned up post our crew going in. 

Storm Damage in Home

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Home Storm damage before our cleanup.

At SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City and Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. Like our motto says, we want to make any type of job to make it look like it never happened. From looking at the picture on the right you can see where exactly the storm left the most damage. Our crew went in and disposed of the damage. The picture not shown here shows all the damage picked up and the state of the home is much cleaner. Our client was thrilled with the results they received.

Biohazard Clean up in Home

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Clean up in Home Carpet before our services.

SERVPRO of Hoboken and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan goes beyond your typical fire and water damage jobs. We also get a number of other calls and jobs that we are always prepared to tackle. Similarly this is the case we have here. Pictured on the right is a deep drown stain on the carpet. This stain is a hazardous material and our team when in dressed accordingly and took the appropriate measures to get the job done. Our crew took out the carpeting and the flood boards and properly disposed of the hazardous materials. This kind of job is not easy and it sure is not for everyone. Our team is properly trained to deal with these kinds of things. They are not phased and keep it professional consistently. The owner was very pleased with the level of our work. 

Water Damage in Building

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Building Flooded water on floor.

As we continuously reiterate, here at SERVPRO we put our customer’s needs above all else. We’re also here to help the community in any way we can. So when we got the call from a local business that they needed our help we were more than happy to provide our services. As you can see from looking at the before picture the building suffered severe water damage. Notice the huge puddle of water in the photograph. Our crew went in with air movers and dehumidifiers to get rid of all the water. This process is timely but our crew stays until we are absolutely sure all the water is removed. Our products work phenomenally to ensure that we give quality service every time we have a job.

Biohazard Cleaning

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Cleaning Stairwell after our crew cleaned it.

Our crew at SERVPRO is trained to handle this kind of situation. Not pictured here is the damage before our crew went in and cleaned it. We understand that these jobs are sensitive and therefore we have left out the before picture. Blood classifies as a bio-hazard job; this type of clean up should be done by professionals as there are diseases that this exposure can lead to. Our team goes in with the proper attire, protection, and tools get the job done. Pictured here is the aftermath of our clean up. Upon cleaning up the blood off the steps the damage that was there before was no longer visible to the naked eye. Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we are always up for any type of damage. 

Flooding in House

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding in House Standing water

Water damage is one of the number one calls we receive here at SERVPRO Hoboken/Union City and Lower Manhattan. With this job in particular you can see very clearly the surplus amounts of levels of water. Our customer was frazzled and we assured them that this type of job is our specialty and we would alleviate the stress caused by the water damage. Our crew went in with air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the water. Once all the water was dry our crew did the rest of the cleanup and restored the property to its original state. You can see when looking at the attached picture how much standing water was in the house. Once we removed all the water, our customer was very pleased with the job.

Flooding in House

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding in House Standing water

Water damage is one of the number one calls we receive here at SERVPRO Hoboken/Union City and Lower Manhattan. With this job in particular you can see very clearly the surplus amounts of levels of water. Our customer was frazzled and we assured them that this type of job is our specialty and we would alleviate the stress caused by the water damage. Our crew went in with air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the water. Once all the water was dry our crew did the rest of the cleanup and restored the property to its original state. You can see when looking at the attached picture how much standing water was in the house. Once we removed all the water, our customer was very pleased with the job.

Bathroom Cleaning

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Bathroom Cleaning Condition bathroom was in prior to our services.

When looking at the image on the right it is visible to see where the damage is. The room is covered in dust, debris, and possible unknown toxins. These types of conditions are unsuitable for any individual to be in. Our team at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan knew exactly how to take this task head on. You can see in the after picture on the right the conditions have improved immensely. The floor is visible again. Both the sink and toilet have been restored to their original white color. The green air mover was a great tool that helped us get the job done. Our customer was very thankful four our services and overall happy with the final turnout.

Bathroom Cleaning

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Bathroom Cleaning Condition bathroom was in prior to our services.

When looking at the image on the right it is visible to see where the damage is. The room is covered in dust, debris, and possible unknown toxins. These types of conditions are unsuitable for any individual to be in. Our team at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan knew exactly how to take this task head on. You can see in the after picture on the right the conditions have improved immensely. The floor is visible again. Both the sink and toilet have been restored to their original white color. The green air mover was a great tool that helped us get the job done. Our customer was very thankful four our services and overall happy with the final turnout.

Flooding in Department Store

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Flooding in Department Store Flooding is visible on floors

A local building suffered severe flooding after a storm. You can see when looking at the picture on the left just how much water is on the floor. The extent of the water runs throughout the entire building structure. Our team went in with air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to rid of all the water in the property. As you see in the picture this flooding took place in a clothing store.  The worst of the damage is located on the floors. If water was left untreated on the clothing the fabric would be ruined. This would have cost the business owners a great deal of money to replace all the damaged items. Once the water was all dried up our team got the place feeling brand new again.

Building Cleanup

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Building Cleanup Condition of the building before our team went in.

At SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand the frustration that comes with damage to your home or property. This is why we work hard to ensure our customer’s satisfaction above all else. When looking at the picture you can see that this property faced a number of different issues that caused them to call us. The floor suffered water damage that led to a number of other issues. Our crew went in and used their SERVPRO tools to help get rid of the water and other damage the property suffered. We used air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to remove all of the water on the property. Then we went back in and cleaned what we needed to in order to restore the property back to the desired state. 

NJAA TOYS FOR TOTS

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

General NJAA TOYS FOR TOTS Toys for tots

During the month of December, we had the pleasure of sponsoring the annual NJAA Toys for Tots. The drop location was at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Secaucus. Toys for Tots is a wonderful program by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Their mission is to obtain new toys during the winter months to give away to less fortunate children in your local neighborhoods. This is a great mission that allows our struggling children to be able to have new gifts during Christmas. For this special event we allowed children to come up by groups of two’s and pick out toys of their liking. Once the toys were picked we personally handed it out to them. Seeing the smiles on their faces was an unforgettable memory and we here at SERVPRO were grateful to be a part of this lovely mission.

Real SERVPRO Hero Spotlight

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

General Real SERVPRO Hero Spotlight OUR SERVPRO

SERVPRO® of Hoboken/Union City (NJ) Recently, my elderly mother and I experienced a vertical flood stemming from a broken water main pipe in the third floor condo above us. Hours went by as plumbers inside and the town water department outside tried to stop the fl ow of water. Needless to say, gravity brought that water straight down into our fi rst floor condo! We cannot praise enough the SERVPRO® team who came to our rescue and stayed with us each diffi cult step of our month-long odyssey! Production Manager Damon Tosada came that fateful night along with Raheem Coleman. Raheem stayed hours assessing damage, performing triage in the most apparent affected areas, setting up equipment, etc. The next day dawned early with Team Leader Steve Roberts and Raheem at our door with big smiles and assurances that we were not to worry they would take care of us...and they did. Bryan Wartel joined them as the remediation days continued. Packing us out of our home and then back in four weeks later was done with the utmost care. My mother is almost 89 and team leader Steve, Raheem, and Bryan treated her as they would their own grandmothers! Damon worked hard on the management end keeping us updated while coordinating between the condo association, insurance companies, remodeling team, etc. I believe God answered my prayer for the right people to help us. They were knowledgeable, strong, compassionate and respectful both of us and our property. Please let Damon Tosada, Steve Roberts, Raheem Coleman, and Bryan Wartel know just how much they were and are appreciated. As the SERVPRO® Franchise Owner and the GM, I thought you’d like to hear what strong assets these men are to your company. They are the role models for how it should be done. I’ve attached pictures so you can see your A-TEAM in action! With much appreciation we off er our heartfelt thanks.

Basement Cleaning

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Basement Cleaning Basement after our crew went in and cleaned it up.

Cleanings are one of our services we offer here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and Lower Manhattan. Not pictured in the picture on the right is the basement of this property had a great deal of clutter the customer did not want to deal with. Here at SERVPRO we like nothing more than to take the stress off the shoulders of our clients. Our crew bagged up everything the client wanted to discard and took the appropriate steps to waste cleanup. Looking at the picture here on the right you can see the difference of clutter. We discarded all the unwanted items and disposed of them properly. Our client was very impressed with the level of skill our crew provided and can rest assured. 

Our Team

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

General Our Team Photo of our team

This is a photo of our team here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. Without each and every one of these individuals we would not be where we are today. Each person on our teams serves a vital role in our business. Think of it this way, to build a house you need a strong foundation that you know is going to last you a long time. That's how we view our team. They make up the foundation that holds our SERVPRO together. 

We just want to extend a sincere thank you to ALL of our employees. Whether you're in the office or on the field, you are an important asset to our team. Not all of our employees were able to make this photo, but this thank you is extended to everyone pictured and not pictured. 

Out with the old, in with the new!

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Community Out with the old, in with the new! New canvases for the walls.

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we want to make sure when our employees come to work they are entering a comfortable environment that in a way makes you feel like you're at home. We want our office space to be a clean and calming space for our employees to get work done. In recent weeks our General Manager, Jeffrey Lupo, took steps to get the office feeling more like a home than a work space. We added portraits to the walls as you can see in the picture. These photographs in particular allow for the viewer to be transported to a different setting while still sitting at work! This way we all can have the best of both worlds.

Common Characteristics

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Ever wonder how sucessful people become successful? Here are some some traits they all have in common. Maybe you can become a millinare one day!

1. Properly managing your money

It will take time to become profitable and while you are striving for financial success, any money you utilize should be closely monitored. Remember that your capital is limited and you should ensure that every penny is used wisely. Keep track of your spending and stick to your allocated budget. Proper money management will help prevent financial mistakes as well as ensure you keep (or wisely spend) any profits made.

 2.Planning ahead

Creating a business plan will help you maintain an active list of goals and achievements. Not only that, business planning will help ensure that you build healthy habits that you will develop, implement, as well as maintain along the way. With the assistance of a proper business plan, you can easily highlight your goals and how you will reach them.

3. Learning to adapt and be flexible

While it is a great trait to be passionate and even stubborn about something you are working hard for, the lack of flexibility will hinder you in the long run. Successful entrepreneurs need to learn how to adapt and be flexible for the current market trends.

 4. Taking risks

Entrepreneurs are often times considered to be risk takers. Yet, not every risk taker is considered a successful entrepreneur. The difference is simple – know when to take a risk and what the risks involve. Ask yourself is this risk worth my time, my money, or the cost of my career? You should also ask yourself what you will do if a certain venture does not pay off.

 5. Get to know your customers

Getting to know your customer on a personal level is one of the most competitive aspects you can offer your clients as well as the market. People are always looking to make a connection and if you can provide this service you will not only stand out, but will also create a long lasting client base.

 6. Stay organized

Organization is key. Lacking proper organizational skills will leave you cleaning up unnecessary messes. Keep track of your daily tasks in one place, whether it is a calendar or journal and make sure that you keep a close eye on what happens each day. Staying organized is absolutely necessary to run and manage a successful business.

7. Create relationships by networking

One of the greatest aspects of running a business is learning how to network. Meeting people and getting to know those in your community or reaching out to mentors can only help you improve within yourself and therefore your business. Besides, putting yourself out there will help others remember who you are and if you can create positive business relationships, you will find that your business will thrive.

by Veronika Kavanova 

http://addicted2success.com/entrepreneur-profile/10-common-characteristics-of-successful-entrepreneurs/

Garden Tips

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Crushed eggshells sprinkled around your flower beds or veggie gardens will prevent slugs from passing through. Crushed eggshells also provide a nice calcium supplement for vegetable beds.

Here are some other Garden tips that can save tons of time and energy.

1. If its getting cold and you have tomatoes still ripening on the vine — save your tomatoes! Pull the plants up and bring them inside to a warm dry place. Hang them up, and the tomatoes will ripen on the vine.

2. Keep garden vegetables from getting dirty by spreading a 1-2 inch layer of mulch (untreated by pesticides or fertilizers) around each plant. This will also help keep the weeds down.

3. Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright, color other than green to help you find them amongst your plants. You can also keep a mailbox in your garden for easy tool storage.

4. Compost needs time to integrate and stabilize in the soil. Apply two to three weeks prior to planting.

5. There is an easy way to mix compost into your soil without a lot of back breaking work: Spread the compost over your garden in the late fall, after all the harvesting is done. Cover with a winter mulch such as hay or chopped leaves and let nature take its course. By spring, the melting snow and soil organisms will have worked the compost in for you.

6. Like vining vegetables, but don’t have the room? Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence. Saves space and looks pretty too.

7. Garden vegetables that become over-ripe are an easy target for some pests. Remove them as soon as possible to avoid detection.

8. Onions are ready to harvest when the tops have fallen over. Let the soil dry out, harvest, and store in a warm, dry, dark place until the tops dry. Cut off the foliage down to an inch, then store in a cool, dry area.

9. Over watering is worse than under watering. It is easier to revive a dry plant than try to dry out drowned roots.

10. When planting a flower or vegetable transplant, deposit a handful of compost into each hole. Compost will provide transplants with an extra boost that lasts throughout the growing season.

11. Insects can’t stand plants such as garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums. Grow these plants around the garden to help repel insects.

12. Plants will do best if they are well suited to your growing area. Take some time to read up and choose plants accordingly.

13. For easy peas, start them indoors. The germination rate is far better, and the seedlings will be healthier and better able to fight off pests and disease.

14. If you’re short on space, garlic, leeks and shallots make excellent container plants. They tend to have few insect or disease problems and don’t require much room for roots.

15. Another reason to use natural and organic fertilizers and soil amendments: earthworms love them! Earthworms are extremely beneficial in the vegetable garden; increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do what you can to encourage earthworms in your soil.

16. Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss and to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity levels.

17. Some vegetables actually become better after a first frost, including kale, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts.

18. When transplanting tomatoes, cover the stem with soil all the way up to the first set of leaves. This greatly encourages root growth, making a stronger, healthier plant.

19. Healthy soil means a thriving population of microbes, earthworms and other organisms. A soil that has “good tilth” will produce robust garden plants that are better able to resist pests and disease.

20. A simple five percent increase in organic material (compost) quadruples the soil’s ability to store water.

http://www.planetnatural.com/vegetable-gardening-guru/tips/

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