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Tips to Help Decrease the Chances of Mold Damage Ruining Boxes Stored in Your Grafton Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Help Decrease the Chances of Mold Damage Ruining Boxes Stored in Your Grafton Home Storing your belongings in plastic bins with an airtight seal can help prevent mold damage.

Protecting your stored items from mold damage

Understanding how mold, an ever-present microbe, grows and reproduces gives us information that we can use to protect our belongings. Because microbial growth happens quickly, your items can become extremely damaged in a short length of time. Awareness about mold can help whenever Grafton homeowners decide to put articles in storage.

Regardless of where Grafton residents put their items at to store and keep for a later time, protecting these items from mold damage and other problems is crucial. Without considering possible problems, the chances increase that everything is bound for the garbage can.

One of the key points is to choose a place that is continuously dry. Even the slightest bit of moisture can destroy your belongings, particularly photos. SERVPRO technicians recommend installing a dehumidifier wherever ongoing and elevated moisture or humidity exist.

Ventilation is also essential, as condensation can happen when temperatures fluctuate in an area. Highs during the day and lows at night can significantly vary, creating the perfect environment for the collection of moisture on hard surfaces.

Using plastic bins that have an airtight seal is always preferable to cardboard boxes. In their absence, using polyvinyl bags sealed with tape can increase the amount of protection given to your items.

Storing on raised pallets or shelving is also always preferable to storing directly on the floor. Less contact with what might suffer from extremes of the above situations can only benefit your belongings.

Ensuring that everything is clean and dry before putting them in storage can also decrease the possibility of mold damage. Microbes exist everywhere, but dirt, dust, food particles, and even soil left on clothing from being worn only once can provide a substantial food source for mold.

Our technicians receive training in mold remediation and hold IICRC-certificates in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). Helping residents deal with microbial infestations, both preventatively and when remediation is necessary, is part of what we do best. For assistance with any mold damage issues found inside your home, contact us, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough, 24/7, at (508) 393-7898.

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Fire Damage Soot Cleanup in Shrewsbury

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Soot Cleanup in Shrewsbury At SERVPRO our IICRC certified technicians are available day or night to mitigate your fire damaged home.

SERVPRO provides immediate and thorough fire damage restoration services

Smoke from a burning house is highly corrosive and can damage anything given enough time. Apart from burnt wood, smoke from a house fire can come from other items such as leathers, plastics, and even chemicals. The resultant air can be extremely toxic. Time is a huge factor here: The sooner you commence the restoration process, the more items you can be able to save. 

Within a few hours of loss notification, you can expect SERVPRO at your Shrewsbury home to begin fire damage mitigation. Our professionals are uniformed, adequately equipped, trained, and certified by the IICRC to provide industry standard services. As soon as we arrive, we begin by walking you through the restoration process, step-by-step, highlighting what to expect and the projected results.

Our top priority is restoring damaged areas and contents to preloss condition, ensuring everything looks “Like it never even happened.” Most smoke or fire damage situations are characterized by floors, woodwork, ceilings, walls, and carpeting that need a thorough cleanup. After pretesting to determine the extent of the damage, our experienced professionals use specific cleaning products and equipment to salvage different types of surfaces in the structure.

In some cases, we may be able to dislodge lighter soot deposits on certain surfaces and save you the additional cost of repainting or refinishing. If needed, SERVPRO technicians can clean to prepare for painting. The cleanup process deodorizes and allows the new paint to adhere well to the surface.

Any restorable contents in the fire damage site are professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, area rugs, upholstery, and draperies. Our technicians begin by carefully testing every fabric in the structure to determine the most appropriate cleaning method. We utilize both dry and wet cleaning services to restore your contents to normal condition. This includes bedding, clothing, kitchen items, wood furniture, art, electronics, and much more. If requested, we can also provide an inventory of all items “to be claimed.”

Nobody wants to be caught on the wrong side of a fire disaster. However, if it happens to you, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough can arrive quickly to deal with the fire damage. Call us anytime at (508) 393-7898.

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Flood Damage can Happen to Homes in Shrewsbury by Several Means

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage can Happen to Homes in Shrewsbury by Several Means Flooding from any source can be devastating. Contact the technicians at SERVPRO to quickly remediate the damage.

Our Technicians Arrive Quickly, Equipped to Get the Storm Damage Under Control

Flooding in a home can bring up visions of invading water from nearby streams and lakes, but additional origins exist other than overflowing bodies of water. SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and training to restore residences impacted by any flooding situation.
 
Shrewsbury homes with flood damage need to be repaired as soon as possible after the event. Experience has repeatedly proven that time is against homeowners in regards to damages a house suffers, and this is why we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
Trees are notorious for creating large openings in the roof they land on, allowing rainwater to enter. Residents who believe the weather is likely to remain constant might leave windows open for airflow and the nice breeze expected. When torrential rainfall mixes with heavy, powerful winds, large amounts of water can be blown in through those windows, creating a highly surprising homecoming.
 
When we encounter a tree which has broken through a roof, we know that rainfall saturates into every material it encounters as gravity pulls it down. During its downward path, absorbent materials can become saturated and then retain this moisture for extended periods. Secondary water damage such as mold and water stains can result if the current situation is not evaluated and mitigated correctly. Tarping the area to ensure that no further unwanted rain, pests, or vermin can enter is carried out immediately after removal of the tree.
 
Windows can suffer damage internally when left open during a storm. As the rain comes in, instead of being repelled by the exterior window frame, it splashes over, creating the potential for rust, warping, and sagging to develop. Until correct repair of this situation happens, your home's security is less than it should be, plus rain can continue to create additional damage.
 
Standing water must also be removed quickly, so extraction tools and equipment are necessary. Additional procedures follow the extraction of water by portable, handheld equipment, including heat, increased circulation of the air, and dehumidification. Odor management also follows, because water, no matter how clean, often produces unpleasant scents that can seem to linger on for months without proper treatment.
 
Our technicians are provided with extensive training, resulting in the awarding of IICRC certificates. Experience in both large and small jobs provide the hands-on experiences needed to build the skills that make us equally proud and competent. All materials, both building and those that comprise the personal belongings your family treasures, can be handled expertly by our technicians as they restore your home.
 
Call us, the experienced and caring technicians from SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 393-7898. We are ready to answer your call no matter when you call us.

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Someone You Can Count on to Tackle Water Damage in Your Grafton Area Home

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Someone You Can Count on to Tackle Water Damage in Your Grafton Area Home We make sure to change the pad under your carpet as part of our protocol. This can prevent mold from setting in. Contact SERVPRO to see our method.

SERVPRO Technicians are on Call to Remediate Water Damage on Your Property

With the sheer amount of situations involving water damage and natural disasters on the rise, water related cases soar throughout the area. It is becoming more and more meaningful for homeowners to locate a quality restoration company near them to reduce problems involved in water incidents.
 
While having water damage in your Grafton area home is bad enough, the effects of water damage on your living environment should be more concerning. Several types of microorganisms spread throughout your home over time. Given the right conditions, these organisms pose a severe health concern, especially after making their way into your ventilation system, carpeting, and the indoor living environment.  
 
Locating a company, like SERVPRO, in your area can give you access to air duct, carpet cleaning, and water damage services that make handling areas of vital importance easier. It is important to keep your living environment free of contaminants, ensuring that everyone in your family enjoys the best indoor environment quality possible.
 
Waterproofing is serious business, providing you with a way to keep the structure of your home intact while also maintaining a healthy living environment. SERVPRO can help you perform waterproofing services on your home and be there to provide you with emergency plumbing, water extraction, carpet cleaning, and a way to locate hidden moisture in your home.
 
SERVPRO makes every effort to provide 24-hour emergency services to all customers. With an array of advanced equipment, expertise, and other resources available, there is not much they cannot do. For those specialty items like electronics, we have contacts within the industry to provide you with restoration services that exceed your expectations.
 
We want to be the partner in home protection that you can count on to help during an emergency, someone you trust to protect the environment that you and your family call home. Our technicians care about your situation and provide you with the attention you deserve.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough for additional information about available services or to schedule your home restoration, today. (508) 393-7898

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Grafton Flood Damage from Storms and Failures Cause Water Damage

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Grafton Flood Damage from Storms and Failures Cause Water Damage Storm Flooded Carpets and Homes in Grafton Call Upon SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Works Fast to Remove Storm Water to Preserve the Integrity of Your Grafton Property

The word flood causes people to think of thunderstorms and bursting levees. Most of the restoration costs come from smaller water sources, however.

Much of the flood damage that SERVPRO finds within Grafton and nearly everywhere else results from failing plumbing and broken appliances. In winter months, poorly insulated pipes can freeze and burst, flooding basements, attics and other areas of the home.

Year-round, lines get blocked and rupture, old plumbing corrodes and fails as do clothing and dishwashers. While all this may seem like a small amount, a burst water pipe can send 160 gallons across a kitchen floor per hour. If this happens when a family is out for the weekend, they can come back to find over 5,700 gallons (36 hours) has flooded their entire home. Typically, this is clean water, which is not the case with intruding ground water from a storm.

To put things right; our response team starts with two tasks: an inspection to determine the extent of the flooding while technicians set up the first pump to begin removing the flood water. A quick check with a tape measure tells us the depth; if it is over two inches, we start a commercial grade pump to drain the water.

As this happens, a team inspector checks the other areas of the house to see how much water is present and if there is ancillary damage such as water in the electrical outlets. It is not a regular occurrence, but it can happen in basements or split-level homes. More common are flooded carpets, walls, ceilings, and floors with possible damage to other structural property.

Once we finish with the pumps, the next steps are to remove water trapped in the carpets and floors and to dry or replace damaged drywall. We use extractor wands to draw water out of carpets and wood floors without damaging the nape or surface. In most cases, we throw out the carpet pad, as it is too expensive to dry out something that cheaply can be replaced. Once again, if surging water from the exterior transported debris, the contaminated padding must be tossed.

To prevent removing drywall, we try to dry it in place if it is not too soaked. SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians set up dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air, install exhaust fans to pull damp air out of the affected rooms, and place air movers along the affected panels to force heated, dry air across the surfaces to carefully lower the moisture content. We may also drill small holes into the baseboard area and close to the ceiling joints to increase air flow and the rate of evaporation. This further mitigates the loss.

These are just a few of the actions we take to return your home to its normal, pre-flood state, "Like it never even happened." If you need our help to dry out your home and property, call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough today at (508) 393-7898. We are here for you.

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Request Mold Damage Remediation Services to Protect Your Grafton Area Restaurant Today

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Request Mold Damage Remediation Services to Protect Your Grafton Area Restaurant Today Don't let your cozy restaurant lose its charm as the smell of mold permeates the air. Contact SERVPRO and we will take care of mold and the smell.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive to Your Business Location Quickly to Begin Remediation Efforts

Even a small amount of mold in your restaurant can lead to huge problems. If the odor does not drive your customers away, the view definitely can. What you need is an experienced specialist with advanced training and equipment to get the job done right.
 
Fast-growing fungus or commercial mold damage growing in your Grafton area restaurant can produce some downright destructive results. It can start anywhere in your building and lead to significant problems and eventually cause you to close your doors for good. However, you can get help the help you need to prevent any of this happening, protect your business and your customers in one fell swoop.
 
SERVPRO stops mold in its tracks, using containment methods, quality equipment, and years of experience to get mold growth under control. You just need to make the call to get the help you need. It does not take much for mold to get out of control, so, never hesitate to get help immediately.
 
Most of the time, if you can see mold, a larger problem lies hidden underneath. Stains on your walls, patches in the ceiling of your bathroom, an odor emanating from somewhere unknown all lead to mold problems that have the potential to cause health problems for your workers and customers alike. When it comes to dealing with mold, your best bet is to play things safe.
 
SERVPRO technicians cover ventilation system vents to help limit spreading airborne mold spores throughout your establishment. We help prevent mold problems that occur in one of your storage rooms from spreading into your dining or cooking areas by using industrial-grade mold remediation equipment, cleaning and sanitization methods to control any contaminated areas.
 
SERVPRO often works after hours to ensure a timely and less intrusive process to our customers. With 24/7 emergency services, we make getting the services you deserve easier and get mold conditions under control in the fastest, most efficient way possible.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough for additional information about our services or to request help, today. We are waiting for your call. (508) 393-7898

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Qualified Water Removal Services Available In The Grafton Area

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Qualified Water Removal Services Available In The Grafton Area Call SERVPRO to Professionally Mitigate Water Damage to Your Grafton Property

Take No Chances, Call in SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Having a flood of any type occur on your property can leave behind overwhelming amounts of damage. Everything in your home that comes into contact with water requires special handling that you may need help with for cleanup.

Water removal services are key to restoring your Grafton area property after leaks or flooding; they often help eliminate a variety of secondary damages that develop over time. You might not understand it, but ignoring it is totally out of the question. Do yourself a favor, locate a qualified restoration company to help get things under control.
 
Small floods with less than 2-inches of water in any location of your home often have a pretty basic solution. SERVPRO technicians enter your home, assess the damages, explain their services. If their tests show that the water does not contain contaminants of any kind, they bring in a variety of portable extraction equipment and remove water from your home safely. More or less a straight forward job that may or may not lead to repairs, painting, or general construction work in your home. Drying out all wetted materials is crucial to controlling any need for replacement.
 
Large area floods often bring dirt and muck along for the ride, leaving large amounts of unknown waste throughout your home. These types of flooding incidents may not allow such an easy, simple solution. SERVPRO technicians run into more contaminants, biohazards, and safety issues with this kind of flood. Safe and secure services with specifically trained personnel accomplish the task. However, once they have taken care of the contamination, the restoration continues just like any smaller job would.
 
The amount and type of water exposure you experience in your home have a severe impact on the results you receive. However, SERVPRO technicians have years of experience performing water removal services, obtain IICRC industry certifications, and have access to the equipment and resources necessary to handle any size job that occurs on your property.
 
SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough can respond to your call for help, anytime, day or night. With 24-hour emergency services and expertly trained technicians, you could not receive a more qualified solution. (508) 383-7898

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What Is Black Mold and How Does It Grow In Your Shrewsbury Home?

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Is Black Mold and How Does It Grow In Your Shrewsbury Home? Dampness, Moisture, and Leaks Can Cause Mold Growth Needing Remediation for your Shrewsbury Property

Mold Remediation and Removal of Spores Are Crucial


Black mold, though it has an unwarranted reputation, is something that should concern every homeowner. Black mold causes damage to your home and belongings and can even cause health effects. That is why SERVPRO recommends all homeowners in the Worcester County be vigilant about fungal growth in their homes and give us a call at the first sign of trouble.
 
The question is, what is black mold? Mold refers to fungi that grow in thread-like structures called hyphae. Mold also releases small spores into the air. These can be inhaled and can also travel to other rooms, thus increasing the risk of mold damage in your Shrewsbury home.
 
Mold needs several things to grow:
•Darkness or Lack of Strong Light
•Warmth
•Oxygen
•Moisture
•A food source
 
Wood, cotton, and drywall backing are all good food sources (cellulose) which mean that if the other conditions are present, mold can feed on those materials in your home and colonies begin to grow. Moisture is easy to find in a home. Leaks and floods provide moisture, but there are also plenty of common damp sources including wet laundry, water from faucets or tubs, and condensation. Water buildup around your foundation or in your basement also helps provide an ideal growing ground.
 
The right conditions mean the fungus can grow and cause mold damage in your home. Luckily our trained professional are on hand 24 hours a day to help you deal with it.
 
SERVPRO teams are fully trained to carry out mold remediation and containment. Our technicians are IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified, and we follow their S520 mold remediation standard. Our AMRT team members also adhere strictly to guidelines laid out by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
 
Our experts work to contain as much mold at the source as possible by establishing containment and by using negative air machines to vent contaminated air from your home. We have a range of cleaning protocols and use whichever method is best suited to your situation, be that scrubbing, wet wiping with powerful detergent, or using HEPA vacuums to vacuum up loose mold.
 
We also train our people to dry out the area using dehumidifiers and air blowers to make it less friendly for mold and reduce the chance of a resurgence. Then we can spray or fog anti-fungal agents to reduce the chances of future mold infestations.
 
Do not let mold invade your home. Call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 393-7898 today for help. For information on the area: https://shrewsburyma.gov

How Can UV Technology Be Used to Repair Fire Damage in Grafton Homes?

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Can UV Technology Be Used to Repair Fire Damage in Grafton Homes? Don't let smoke odors linger long after the fire has been put out. Call SERVPRO right after damage to make sure that your home smells good again.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Many Methods at Their Disposal When It Comes to Smoke Damage Remediation

When a fire breaks out in a residential building, it does not usually burn for long. In most cases, help arrives quickly and neutralizes the danger. Fort this reason, the most common challenge associated with fire damage repair is not burnt items. It is the lingering, acrid odors which hang around after the flames are out.

At SERVPRO, we use a broad variety of techniques to eliminate these smells. Deodorization is the most important because it introduces odor fighting chemicals to the affected environment. Crucially, they get dispersed throughout the space in a very specific way. We call this ‘recreating the odor conditions, ’ and it is a big part of repairing fire damage in Grafton.

In some cases, UV lamps and detection equipment is brought on site to aid with the deodorization process.

External Deodorization

When it comes to large areas and whole rooms, the usual strategy is to deodorize the entire space. SERVPRO sets up ozone generators and leaves them running to fill the smoky room with odor-killing, neutralizing, masking, or pairing chemicals.

Sometimes, we use dry and wet foggers to distribute the substances in a ‘mist’ like form. It ensures that they are small enough to penetrate porous materials like wood and fabrics. This is important because, if the particles are too large, they get trapped at the surface.

UV technology becomes useful during the later stages when we are trying to target the remaining pockets of odor. They may, for example, be inside cupboards, crawlspaces, or crevices. UV lights, in some cases, are a helpful way to find evidence of these odor trails.

Internal Deodorization

In the event that external techniques are not sufficient, SERVPRO may temporarily pull the carpet back. As it is such a large piece of porous fabric, it has the potential to hold lots of odor particles. Often, it makes sense to lift it up, expose the padding, and extract any sections of subflooring which smell bad.

Following this, the technicians clean both sides of the carpet, seal the base floor to neutralize lingering odors, and replace the old padding with new material. Depending on the severity of the fire and the extent of the smoke damage, we may suggest a comprehensive steam clean for the carpet afterward.

At SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough, we have access to cutting-edge equipment and technology. If you need help ridding your home of stubborn smoke odors, just get in touch with our team. Call us 24/7 at (508) 393-7898.

Keeping Water Damage Away from Your Costume Shop in Grafton

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Water Damage Away from Your Costume Shop in Grafton SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Costume Shop in Grafton

Commercial Losses from Leaks and Damaging Water Accumulations Can Be Mitigated by SERVPRO


Water damage in your costume shop can be a devastating event. It can be expensive to get it cleaned up but also slows down or even closes your business operations for a time. Whether you are sending employees home during the cleanup, managing the distraction, or losing records and equipment, water damage inevitably causes a big hit to your business. There are some things you can do to help you prevent water damage from occurring you should know. However, if an emergency still arises, SERVPRO can extract the water, clean up the mess, and restore your shop efficiently and promptly.
 
The Usual Problems
Figuring out where water can originate goes a long way in preventing water damage to your Grafton business. Some possible water sources to check out include:
 
Appliances
Common sources of water damage include air conditioner units, water heaters, clothes washers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. The age of these devices is a big factor. Over time, for example, appliances which make condensation can rust, increasing chances for a leak. Water supply hoses can develop leaks as well. Hundreds of gallons of water can flow, creating significant damage to your building and the property inside. Waterlogged costumes can become a financial hardship. When this happens, SERVPRO can help you salvage much of the items inside, besides drying out your business and repairing the damage. Off-site cleaning in Esporta Industrial Washing Machines can salvage inventory.
 
Drains and Pipes
Your plumbing system can become clogged, leading to appliances that overflow such as sinks, toilets, and washing machines. Kitchen sinks can have grease buildup, while the accumulation of lint in dryers and roots in sewer lines are other reasons for clogs. Pipes can also freeze in the wintertime, burst, and damage your building and the property inside. A 1/8-inch crack can flood your property with up to two hundred fifty gallons of water per day.
 
Roofing
Missing, deteriorated, or damaged materials on your roof and ice dams let water enter through your roof and damage walls, ceilings, and floors. Attic ventilation and insulation which is insufficient speeds up the decay of the roof, contributing ice dams forming. Exposure to snow, wind, rain, ice and foot traffic also affects the ability of the roof to keep water out. Many factors can contribute to closing your doors to your clients and customers.
 
Regular maintenance of these areas in your building can help prevent water damage. If you still experience a water emergency, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough is fully capable of fixing the problem, drying your business out and salvaging any property possible. We do it all with care and regard for you as the business owner, and we are available anytime you need us, day or night when you call us at (508) 393-7898.