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Commercial Services for Hoboken Businesses

9/7/2023 (Permalink)

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Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. Trust us to get to the problem quickly and restore your business "like it never even happened."

Commercial Buildings We Service

We service many different types of commercial buildings. This includes small office buildings, large office/high-rise office buildings, apartment buildings, restaurants, hotels/motels, small retail stores, large retail/big-box stores, high-rise residential, manufacturing and industrial, as well as government and military.

What We Do

We respond quickly to your Hoboken business fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in small businesses or big-box stores, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 2160 franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency.

Let's get into the commercial restoration services we offer.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

There's never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises at your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast when you need us.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. When you call us, we show up with water damage restoration technicians, applied structural drying technicians, odor control technicians, and upholstery/fabric cleaning technicians.

When it comes to water damage, it's especially crucial to contact us right away to prevent any further damage or mold growth. We will ensure that we not only stop the source of the water damage, but clean it up, restore the area, and provide any additional services you may need.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property owners. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we'll respond right away.

You want to make sure you contact us immediately so we can help prevent further damage from happening to your business. Fire damage restoration is extremely important to tackle once the fire has occurred. We can help with soot damage, smoke damage cleanup, and anything else that may have damaged your workplace. That's why we're the fire damage restoration company you can trust.

Commercial Mold Remediation

You probably know that mold can cause major business interruptions, as it can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting, or it can grow if your building fell victim to major water damage from a storm, a sewer overflow, or any other cause.

The important thing to note is that mold spreads quickly through a property if it's left untreated. We will respond quickly, working first to contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Commercial Cleaning Services

You don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the score of your regular janitorial staff, you should call us for prompt service. Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

We offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include Air Ducts and HVAC, Biohazard and Sewage, Trauma and Crime Scene, Carpet and Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds, Ceilings/Walls/Hard Floors, Odor Deodorization, Vandalism.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There's never a good time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business, and we know that.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Our Training and Certifications

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC Industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes:

  • IICRC Training
    • The Institute of Inspection and Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
  • Employee Certification Training
    • The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include Crew Training, Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, and Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning.
  • Initial Franchise Training
    • A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new franchise owners and covers many restoration topics like fire restoration, water restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation.
  • e-Learnings
    • All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a test at the end of each module. This keeps our techs and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.
  • Continuing Education Classes
    • We offer both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry, Restorative Drying for Loss Control, and Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course).

Why Choose SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City?

We understand the stress, loss, and all of the emotions that go through a manager, building owner, CEO, etc., when a disaster strikes their business. We also understand that time is money - especially for businesses, so your disaster needs to be handled and restored quickly and efficiently.

If your Hoboken business deals with damage caused by a fire, a flood, or anything else - we're here for you. We got your back with all of your water restoration, fire restoration, storm damage restoration, mold mitigation, and cleaning needs.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Tips For Commercial Business Owners When Dealing With Fire Damage

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Following a fire, to get your business up and running again, on whom should you depend? Are you going to do it yourself? You're certainly not going to ask your employees to provide cleanup services. The best way to recover after a commercial building fire is to call in certified, reputable technicians. If your place of business has experienced fire damage, turn to the experts at SERVPRO.

Why is an expert fire restoration company the best course of action? As an employer, you have a responsibility. Before your workers can return to the premises, you must ensure that proper steps have been taken where fire damage restoration is concerned.

Sure, you want to get your business back up and running as soon as possible. However, there are more reasons for immediate restoration action. If not addressed right away, the impact of water and smoke damage can produce additional negative effects.

When it comes to commercial building fire damage, cleanup, and restoration, what's involved?

Initial Safety Work and Damage Assessment

The extent of damage done to the property must be fully documented before workers can return to work, before the cleanup process can begin, and certainly for the purpose of insurance claims. Professionals can provide the best course of action when it comes to the complicated process of cleaning up after a fire. In fact, in order to process an insurance claim, fire restoration and water removal professionals may be required.

To make sure that additional damage has not been endured by support walls, the roof, windows, etc., you can also rely on experts to verify your commercial building’s safety. Existing damages aside, damage prevention is the name of the game here. Before any cleaning process can be initiated, a thorough investigation must be executed.

It's Time for Water, Smoke, and Soot Removal

Before employees can return to work, specialized cleaners, tools, and techniques are needed to remove soot, smoke, odors, and more from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Additionally, because a lot of water is used by firefighters to extinguish fires, flooding related water issues are bound to develop. To identify potential problems, you will need a professional team. The last thing you want is for mold to take root in your place of business. To put employees’ minds at ease, soot, smoke, and water must be completely eradicated from your commercial property.

Repair, Restoration, Cleanup, Etc.

You can proceed to structure and item cleanup once you've addressed large-scale cleaning needs for fabrics, carpets, and rugs, as well as repairing major structural items. Professionals will likely use special equipment, cleaners, and tools to bring your materials (desks, chairs, floors, etc.) back to life and remove odors.

Tasks like painting, which may seem normal and easy to handle, can be hindered by the bubbling, peeling, or chipping paint that results from fire and water damage. Refinishing, sanding, and large-scale scraping will likely be needed first.

Has Your Business Experienced Fire Damage?

For resolutions where commercial fire damage is concerned, turn to the certified, experienced experts at SERVPRO.

Time is money in the world of business. Don't wait another minute to recover from a fire. Contact us today.

Good Office Cleaning Practices To Implement

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Even if clients and/or customers never see the office(s) belonging to your company, office cleaning practices are important. For one thing, the health and happiness of your employees can be greatly affected by the cleanliness of your office. The appearance of your office, and how clean you keep it, goes a long way toward defining your company's culture.

To help you in your quest for office cleanliness, we're going to offer a handful of tips. Let's look at some good office cleaning practices to implement.

Adhere to a Schedule

By booking a professional cleaning team, you can have your office cared for by people who not only know what they are doing, but have all tools needed for the job. While encouraging your employees to tidy up after themselves is fine, don't rely on them for regular or deep cleaning. Turn to a trusted company. Work with the company to decide what should be cleaned and when.

Regular Station Cleaning

Employees can certainly tend to their own stations. They can wipe down their keyboard, printer, and monitor. Encourage the use of disinfectant to guard against germ transfer. This can be done daily.

Reduce Clutter

Get rid of the following whenever you can: extra pens, unused coffee mugs, expired calendars, outdated business cards, etc. They make your office look untidy and take up valuable space. They can also be distracting.

Practice Good Hygiene

Along with wiping down common surfaces with disinfectant, make sure when dealing with sensitive electrical equipment, appropriate safety precautions are taken. Confer with professional cleaners if you're in doubt as to how to regularly clean certain surfaces/equipment and what products to use.

Clean As You Go

This is particularly applicable when it comes to break rooms, cafeterias, and the like. Encourage your employees, if they make a mess, to please clean up after themselves. Before leaving the office for the day, also encourage them to make their desks look at least somewhat organized. This will be beneficial for appearances as well as making it easier for your employees to be efficient and productive.

A Place for Everything… And Everything in Its Place

You've heard this before, probably from your mom. But it applies to any work space, including your office. When effective office cleaning is executed, your supplies, files, accessories, etc. are more organized and found in an easier fashion. Anything you don't want handled by the cleaning company, simply put it away in a drawer or cabinet. Enhance office appearances, improve focus, and reduce chaos by maintaining the cleanest office space possible.

Need Your Office Cleaned on a Regular Basis or A Big One Time Cleaning?

At SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we handle various types of cleaning jobs including both commercial and residential. Need a major cleanup in a hurry due to a disaster? We offer 24-hour emergency service. If you just need regular cleaning of an office, we can take care of it for you. If you need a sizable cleaning project executed, we've got you covered there, too.

It doesn't matter whether you require commercial cleaning services or residential cleaning services, we can help.  Call us at 201-656-0035 with any questions or concerns. 

 If you wish, you can also open the lines of communication by using our convenient online form.

Understanding Government Office Cleaning

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

Understanding Government Office Cleaning

Few offices, government or not, require their employees to do any kind of significant cleanup. Usually, regular cleaning attention is given to hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, and office space by qualified, professional cleaners. The thing about professional cleaners and government offices is that special accommodations are required because some areas are security sensitive.

Where government office cleaning is concerned, how often should you tidy up? Which areas need the most attention? What kind of cleaning should be involved?

Why is the topic of cleaning so important to an office atmosphere? Here's the thing… people feel healthier, more motivated, and happier in an environment that is clean. What exactly is "clean" when it comes to government offices?

Areas Used by Employees

Employee-used areas must be cleaned as well as the offices. Workspaces must be vacuumed, sanitized, and dusted. Lunch areas/kitchens and restrooms must be thoroughly cleaned. Shine them up and disinfect them regularly.

Everyone will be healthier and happier if employee areas are kept clean, tidy, and disinfected.

Dusting and More

Yes, dusting needs to be done on a regular basis. But there's a lot more to cleaning a government office than just that.

Chairs must be kept stain and spot free and straightened daily. Windows should be fingerprint free, floors shined, reception areas vacuumed, and more. Where high traffic spaces exist, any restroom accompanying the area will need extra attention. Sinks and toilet areas must be disinfected. Dirt and grime must be removed from light switches, doors, windows, mirrors, etc.

A pleasant and safe visit will be better ensured if these areas are tidy and sanitized.

Precise Requirements for Trash

For whatever government office needs cleaning, there is likely a required protocol where dealing with trash is concerned. With respect to the handling rules for trash, shredding and or disposal should be appropriately executed. On a regular basis, in kitchens, public areas, and throughout the office, recycling, regular trash pickup, and trash/disposal of sensitive papers and more must be done by the rules.

There may be a need for more than once-a-day trash disposal in extremely high traffic areas.

Safety And Floors

In office spaces, floors not only need to be kept clear of dropped objects and wet spills, they need to be picked up, wet mopped, dry dusted, and/or vacuumed. To help safeguard against accidents, as they arise, safety issues should be addressed. Floor cleanup must be kept up with because, before you know it, high-traffic areas get incredibly dirty.

Does Your Government Office Need Cleaning? Call SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City!

Does your government office need cleaning? If so, there is no better service to call than the professionals at SERVPRO. Even if you have a building that has nothing to do with government or offices, we can help there as well. If you've experienced some kind of water damage, mold and mildew problem, storm damage, fire damage, or what have you, we are here for you.

Do you have an emergency? No problem. We offer 24-hour emergency service. The important thing is that you contact us before any further damage occurs.

Benefits Of Regular Restaurant Cleaning

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

One of the biggest turn offs for restaurant customers is uncleanliness. If the food, service or environment isn’t pristine, the customers will never return and may also post negative reviews online which can damage the reputation of the business. Below are the benefits of regular restaurant cleaning.

Cleanliness Boosts Ambiance

Fine dining is about more than just the food; it is also the experience and ambience. While the food must be delicious, the atmosphere must be pleasant and inviting, and the best way to accomplish this is through cleaning the area on a daily basis, both the kitchen and the eating area. Dusty lights, mold, sticky floors or stains on the table will kill the mood instantly in a way that is often impossible to recover.

It Makes the Food Safer

The worst nightmare for any restaurateur is having a customer get sick from eating their food. The consequences of this are so severe that in extreme cases it can lead to the restaurant being closed down, perhaps permanently. This is an area for which no mistakes can be made.

Every single ingredient that you use in your food must be tested and reviewed to ensure it is fresh, healthy and not contaminated in any way, and the equipment you use must also be clean. In most states throughout the U.S, those operating a restaurant are expected to follow stringent health codes; be sure you’re always in compliance with them or the restaurant you worked hard to build could crumble right before your very eyes.

It Makes Customers Want to Return

Repeat customers are worth their weight in gold, yet you have one chance to make a good first impression. If a customer arrives to your eatery for the first time and is not impressed because of something they saw, you’ll never be given a second chance. The restaurant business is highly competitive, especially in major metropolitan areas where there are often hundreds of them. If you want people to come back to your business you’d better give them a good reason to.

Essential Things That Every Restaurateur Should Do

Make your restaurant pest free. Rats, flies and roaches should be kept as far away as possible, which is easier said than done since these annoying critters are attracted to any place that has food. Make sure the trash is taken out daily and hire a professional pest control company to visit your premises on a monthly basis to implement measures to prevent these creatures from gaining a foothold; because once they do it can be very difficult and costly to get them out.

The next step is to hire slowly yet fire quickly. Every employee that works in your restaurant should understand cleanliness and the importance of remaining in compliance, and if they fail to do so you must get rid of them quickly. The owner of the restaurant might not always be present and those that are must be trusted to maintain hygienic standards at all times.

Understanding Manufacturing Plant Cleanliness

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Manufacturing plant cleanliness is extremely important. A work environment that is covered in oil stains and grease or littered work tools increases the chances of accidents, fires and injuries.  Below are some recommended best practices for those that work in or operate manufacturing facilities.

You Want to Lower Environmental Allergens

Employees don’t want to be exposed to allergens, but this will happen in a work area where dust is allowed to accumulate on the vents. This will lead to higher cases of sneezing and coughing among the workers and if mold starts to spreads things will become worse, as they will develop various respiratory symptoms that can inhibit their ability to do their job.

You Want a Healthy Environment

If your employees are operating in a manufacturing facility that is not frequently cleaned, they may be exposed to bacteria, mold, pathogens and even contagious illness. If multiple workers suddenly become sick simultaneously and are unable to do their jobs, this slams the productivity of your organization not to mention worker’s compensation claims. And if you are found to be violation of state health codes, your plant may be shut down completely.

How fast does sickness spread? Research found that norovirus which was placed on one surface had spread to forty to sixty percent of the people working in the surrounding area in less than two hours. Most manufacturing plants have a cafeteria, and if the kitchens and serving rooms aren’t kept meticulously clean they might harbor food residue which can breed bacteria which in turn can cause foodborne ailments. The food must be properly stored, cooked and served and all utensils, tables and equipment must be sterilized.

Merchandise Quality

The cleanliness and organization of your manufacturing facility will influence of the quality of your finished merchandise. Products which are exposed to dirt, grime or smudges will be unattractive to potential customers and if you’re assembling electronic equipment it may be contaminated in a manner which will compromise its operation or reduce its lifespan. Customers that purchase your product and discover the manufacturing defects may file lawsuits which will damage company finances not to mention your reputation.

Less Maintenance

Manufacturing plants are full of critical machinery which is used to assemble or fabricate finished goods. If this environment isn’t properly cleaned on a frequent basis, the machines may be exposed to spills or leaks which can cause corrosion and rust. The machines will begin to perform poorly over time and may eventually malfunction completely, leading to extremely high replacement or repair costs.

Those who keep their factories clean will require less maintenance which will save them money while minimizing downtime so they can continue assembling and building merchandise at an effective rate. Furthermore, clients, vendors and potential investors who visit the premises will be impressed by the presentation which will increase the likelihood of them wanting to do business with you.

Are You Employing The Right Fire Safety Measures For Hotels?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Owning and running a hotel comes with its own set of challenges for both the owner and staff. One of the most important aspects of safety that needs to be considered includes implementing the right fire safety measures for hotels to help avoid costly damage.

Fire Safety Measures for Hotels

According to data shared by the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 4,000 fires take place at hotels and motels each year which result in at least $100 million worth of property damage. A certain percentage of hotel owners assumes that their fire safety measures are up to industry standards but in actual fact, some steps are often overlooked. Below are some fire safety considerations that hotel owners can review.

Holding Regular Fire Drills and Testing Fire Alarms

Fire alarms are possibly the most important element to hotel safety in the event of a fire. Once an alarm sounds, hotel occupants are immediately aware of the situation and can make their way out of the property quickly. Unfortunately, most hotels do not have their fire alarms adequately checked and tested from time to time. This is the reason why it is critical to conduct regular fire alarm tests.

During a fire alarm test, its control panels need to be set to test mode to avoid notifying emergency services. Once this has been done, press the fire alarm button to test the system. Test results need to be recorded for future reference. For faulty alarms, have them replaced immediately to prevent problems in the event of a fire.

Regular fire drills are also important to prepare staff members on the correct evacuation procedures and for the management to highlight any areas that need to be improved.

Keep Fire Extinguishers Close

All hotels need to be equipped with fire extinguishers rated class A, B, and C which can extinguish small fires involving paper, wood, gas, and oil. Fire extinguishers need to be placed within 75 feet from a hotel property but guestrooms are not required to be equipped with any as there are already several placed in the hallway. Fire extinguishers also need to be check regularly to ensure they are at the proper gauge or weight limit.


Hallways, rooms, and common areas need to be free of clutter to ensure fire safety can be maintained at all times. It just takes a small flame to turn cluttered spaces into an uncontrollable fire. Things like boxes, equipment, or trash need to be moved and stored at appropriate places to allow occupants to move quickly in the event of a fire.

Regular Inspections

Hotels need to have their fire alarms, lights, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers inspected at least once a year. If these are neglected, they may cause costly fire damage. Professionally inspecting these items can ensure that any problems can be addressed at an early stage to prevent bigger issues.

Commercial Fire Damage Insurance

Fire damage can be costly and hotels without commercial fire damage insurance can be slapped with hefty damage costs. Ensure that your hotel has sufficient coverage in the event of a fire.

Does Your Commercial Property Have Smoke Damage After A Fire?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

The destructive power of fire is capable of leaving commercial entities stranded without any source of income for an extended period of time. After the fire has been successfully extinguished, if you insurance most likely will cover the financial losses. For the fire damage restoration portion, it needs to be handled by a professional company that offers immediate assistance. Smoke damage in commercial property can wreak havoc to any business even with today’s advanced fire-resistant and fire-suppression features in buildings. To know how to deal with fire damage, continue reading the article.

Fire Restoration Companies

Professionals working for fire restoration companies offer an important service to their communities. In the event of a fire, fire restoration experts assist business owners move forward to get their operations back on track again. The entire process may be overwhelming which is why engaging the services of professionals is highly essential. The restoration process after a fire is tedious and laborious and include the following steps:

  • Assessment of Damage
  • Removal of Debris
  • Mitigation of Odor, Soot, and Residual Water

Fire damage restoration experts are able to provide advice and can direct business owners throughout the entire restoration process. This will greatly help business owners to rebuild their business to restart their operations. Once the task has been assigned, the objective of fire damage restoration experts is to eliminate the lingering smoke odors as well as the residual soot and water. Every little trace of the contaminants needs to be scrubbed clean before the premises are deodorized. The process needs the support of high-powered equipment like air scrubbers to clean the air from harmful particulates and persistent odors. Industrial dehumidifiers and air movers are also used to mitigate residual water and any traces of moisture in the air.

Smoke Odors

Commercial fires leave behind a pungent odor which is also present in most cases of fire. The odor permeates through the whole building, fixtures, furnishings, and air. The odor comes from various sources which are a result of the fire itself. The soot, debris, and residual water all contribute towards producing the pungent odor. After the origin and cause of the fire have been determined, restoration experts need to quickly move into the building to remove the soot and debris from the premises to get rid of the pungent odor.

Soot Removal

Thick layers of soot that are already mixed with residual water are often seen at fire sites. Soot is the powdered carbon in black and chemical byproduct of the burned materials. The chemical composition of soot depends on the types of material that were burnt in the building. Some acidic compounds may cause further damage to the building surfaces and discolor or stain plastics, granite, grout and other fixtures that were not burned.

Residual Water

Flooding causes mold issues and so does a fire. Residual water that was used to extinguish the fire is a good breeding ground for mold infestation to take place. Proper mitigation needs to be done as soon as possible to prevent the increased moisture from spreading throughout the property.

Understanding Commercial Fire Causes

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

We all know that commercial fires can cause great damage and a loss of profit to businesses. Not only that, but it can also result in a period of downtime where your business is unable to function. Despite this, do you know what the most common causes of these fires are? In this article, we share with you more about the top 5 commercial fire causes to watch out for.

Cooking Equipment

It may come as no surprise that many commercial fires are caused by cooking equipment as they require high temperatures and highly flammable oils to function. However, one shocking thing is that this does not apply simply to restaurants, which many people may think. Any facility that has a kitchen is likely to fall prey to a commercial fire caused by cooking equipment, such as healthcare facilities and educational institutions.

Electrical Equipment

As dependent as we are on electricity today, few of us can profess to be unaware of the risks that come with it. Electricity is used in modern commercial buildings for lighting and power, and several problems can cause a commercial fire. These include old or defective wiring, loose connections, faulty fuses, overloaded circuits, imbalanced electrical loads and many more.

Heating Equipment

If your business is located in an area that experiences at least a few months of cold weather each year, chances are you make use of heating equipment to keep your workers and customers warm. This can include furnaces and heaters. When heating equipment overheats, a commercial fire can break out.

Smoking Materials

It is common knowledge that lighted cigarettes can start a commercial fire if they are not disposed of in the proper manner. The good news is that fires caused by smoking materials are on the decline due to the introduction of “fire safe” cigarettes. However, it still remains amongst the top five causes of commercial fires. Smokers should pay extra attention that their cigarettes are completely extinguished, and employers should enforce strict guidelines around the disposal of smoking materials.

Intentional Fire Setting

If a heat source has been misused for any reason, a commercial fire can be caused by intentional fire setting. Be very careful with this as it is only considered arson if the fire starter had malicious intent.

Engage Fire Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

If your property has sustained damage from a commercial fire, call in the fire damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO immediately. Our technicians are available round the clock under our 24-hour emergency services as we understand that fires do not wait for normal business hours and we want to get your premises back to working condition quickly. When you engage our services, you can be assured that we have the expertise as well as the tools and equipment necessary to address any complications you may face. If you have any queries or would like to book a service, please feel free to contact us now.

Top Tips To Recover From Commercial Storm Damage

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, it can take commercial properties a period of downtime to recover after a storm, particularly if the damage was severe. For that reason, the best course of action is always to call in the storm damage restoration professionals as soon as you can. Getting back into the game fast is critical, not only to gain a competitive edge, but to ensure that this storm does not become the end of your business. In this article, we share with you some top tips for recovering from commercial storm damage.

Come Up with A Contingency Plan

Even before storms have the chance to hit, you should have a plan in mind for what to do when one does happen. This is especially true if you are located in an area that is prone to storms. Write down the contact number of a reliable storm damage restoration company, alongside having those of your insurance provider at hand. That way, when disaster strikes, you are prepared and ready to take action.

File Your Claim as Soon as Possible

The one thing you want to do after storm damage occurs is to capture photographic evidence. Always do this before attempting to move anything. Then, get your claim in as soon as you can. Following a natural disaster, insurance companies and providers become inundated with requests, as anyone can well imagine. This means that the first ones to get their claim in will be the first ones to get paid, so never delay.

Get in the Experts

After a natural disaster, your premises may have become a breeding ground for dangers. Hazards from electrocution to mold and mildew growth can spring up, making your property unsafe. As soon as you can, schedule a servicing with SERVPRO and our technicians will be with you as soon as possible thanks to our 24-hour emergency services.

Mitigate Any Damage Possible Before the Professionals Arrive

While waiting for the professionals to arrive, it can help to start drying out your premises and furniture. Get in as many fans and dehumidifiers as you have, if possible. If not, do not worry as the damage restoration professionals have sufficient drying equipment on hand to deal with water extraction.

Engage Storm Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

If your commercial property has sustained damage caused by a storm, our restoration technicians at SERVPRO are always on hand to assist with the restoration process. Our technicians are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, as we understand that natural catastrophes do not wait for normal business hours and we want to get your property back to normal as soon as we possibly can. When you engage our services, you can be assured that we have the tools and equipment necessary to address any complications you may face. If you have any queries or would like to book a service, please feel free to contact us now.

How Clearing Dust In Ducts in Your Business Can Aid Mold Prevention

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

It is common for business owners to deal with mold in their vents and ducts. Having a mold problem in your establishment is not only unsightly and annoying, but it can also cause reduce the air quality thus affecting customers entering and employees working. However, it is not easy to get rid of a mold infestation. This is why it is crucial to prevent mold from growing in the first place. In this article, we will explain how clearing dust in vents and ducts within your business can aid mold prevention. Read on to find out more.

Importance of Cleaning Vents and Ducts

If you own an HVAC system, you might be familiar with how easily mold colonies can form in the vents and ducts. An HVAC system that is not cleaned regularly and has humidity issues provides mold with the ideal environment to thrive. When mold starts growing in the vents and ducts, it is possible that the mold growth can spread an unpleasant odor to the adjacent rooms. As time passes, the mold may be able to spread across the entire ductwork in the business. This will greatly affect the indoor air quality which will reduce the level of comfort in your commercial space.

Causes of Mold in Vents and Ducts

Mold grows well in moist conditions. Vents and ducts are especially prone to moisture accumulation when cold air travels through them. Due to the area being enclosed, the water in the vents and ducts starts collecting instead of evaporating. With dead skin cells, dust, and other dirt, the vents and ducts become very suitable for mold to grow.

Identifying Mold in Vents

In some cases, you can see mold growth in the form of black streaks in the vents and around ducts. However, mold growth can also be hidden from plain sight. If you smell a musty odor, it is a sign that there is mold growing. In addition, as the air quality becomes poorer, an even bigger problem may just be waiting to form. You may eventually realize that the comfort level in the establishment is slowly deteriorating.

How to Keep Vents and Ducts Clear

To keep the vents and ducts clear, condensation must be reduced in the ductwork. You can do so by insulating the air ducts. To increase the rate of evaporation and prevent water from pooling, try placing dehumidifiers near vents and ducts. For a greater peace of mind, consider getting a professional mold prevention and removal company to conduct a check on your ductwork annually.

Professional Mold Prevention and Removal

SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City provides professional mold prevention and removal services. Our team is highly trained and experienced in dealing with mold using specialized mold remediation equipment. With our commitment, you can trust us to restore your home if there is a suspected a mold problem. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you.

Understanding Ceiling Cleaning Safety For Your Commercial Space

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Understanding Ceiling Cleaning Safety

Cleaning normal ceilings is hard enough, but the challenge adds on when you have high or vaulted ceilings. These ceilings may look beautiful, but they often trap dust in places that are difficult to reach, making it a pain to clean them. Without a proper cleaning, build up can occur and become very visible. It is crucial to clean the ceilings regularly while taking care to mind your safety while doing it. If you are thinking about cleaning your ceilings, read on to understand ceiling cleaning safety before carrying out the cleaning activity.

Wear Goggles and a Mask

When cleaning the ceiling, you will be looking straight up, which exposes the eyes to the microscopic dust particles that fall as they are being cleaned off. To protect the eyes, wear a pair of goggles or a full protective mask to block out the dust particles.

Telescopic Cleaning Poles

It is unsafe to be on tall ladders when you are cleaning high ceilings. Besides the inconvenience of having to constantly move the ladder as each part of the ceiling is being cleaned, there is a real danger of falling over if one is not careful. Instead, use a telescopic cleaning pole to clean the ceiling. This means that you can safely stand on the floor while being able to clean every nook and cranny of the ceiling.

Forked Dusters for Ceiling Fans

Ceilings that have fans are more troublesome to clean because of the individual fan blades that need to be dusted down. To make things easier, get a forked duster and attach it to the end of the telescopic cleaning pole.

Start High and End Low

If you are cleaning the whole business, start cleaning from the places that are high up and slowly work your way down. This is because dust particles will inevitably fall from the places above and land on the areas below despite having dusters to catch them, so it makes more sense to clean the ceilings first, then the walls, furniture, and the floors last. Do a final vacuum of the area after dusting to make sure that all the dust has been gotten rid of.

Approach SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City for Professional Ceiling Cleaning Services

If you require professional ceiling cleaning services, do not hesitate to approach SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City. You can trust our highly trained and experienced team to carry out time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Contact us for more information and our friendly customer representatives will get back to you.

Trust us With Your Commercial Business

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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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. 

Trust us With Your Commercial Busniess

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

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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. 

Damage to Commercial Property

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our clients maintains a huge 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 from 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 waterless 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.

Commercial Mold Cleaning

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City 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 the 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.

Commercial Business Storefront Cleanup

4/13/2020 (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 the 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.

Water Damage to Commercial Ceiling

4/13/2020 (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.

Water Damage In Local Gym

7/8/2019 (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."