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

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Someone You Can Count on to Tackle Water Damage in Your 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 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)757-7885

Local Flood Damage from Storms and Failures Cause Water Damage

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Mold Remediation from Local Apartment Building.

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Mold Remediation from Local Apartment Building. This picture above shows mold growth that has been forming behind a apartment sink for years!

Whether you are in need of basement mold removal in your Shrewsbury / Westborough home or commercial building, there is no mold or odor issue too complex for SERVPRO. Your mold remediation will begin when one of our highly-skilled professionals comes to your home to conduct a mold inspection. If mold is detected from there, we will create a custom solution to eliminate your mold and odor problem.

At SERVPRO our patented ultra-mist technology is applied quickly and driest in just minutes leaving no residue. One the remediation is applied, you can get back to your space in just 15 minutes. The professionals at SERVPRO Shrewsbury / Westborough will work diligently to eradicate your mold problem with little interruption to your daily routine.

Don't delay in addressing your mold and odor issue. Contact the experts at(508) 757-7885 for a safe and quick solution.

What Should a Homeowner Avoid When Responding To Fire Damage In Grafton?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Should a Homeowner Avoid When Responding To Fire Damage In Grafton? Call SERVPRO quickly after fire damage!

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Property

It is completely understandable that when faced with the devastation of a fire, you want to help with the clean-up. Because of the nature of fire damage, the steps you take as a homeowner may make the restoration process harder and can cause permanent damage to your structure or possessions. When you have SERVPRO standing with you to move past the effects of the fire, we can advise on the precautions you must observe to ensure the safety of you and your family and to avoid making matters worse in this emergency situation. Our staff will guide you through the steps necessary to restore your home to preloss condition, outlining the master plan for your particular situation. 
You can take some simple steps to aid the restoration of fire damage in Grafton. Draping furniture and creating pathways on carpeting with clean towels or sheets will limit the spread of soot. Keep movement in the house to a minimum to stop residues of the fire from invading non-affected areas. Replace the filters in HVAC systems and cover vents with loosely woven fabric like cheesecloth. Coat chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bath with lubricant and clean any house plants with a water moistened rag. If you lost electricity in the fire, remove items from freezers and refrigerators. Keep hands and footwear clean as you move through the home so as not to deposit more smoke residue throughout. 
Avoid the temptation to wash walls or clean flooring or furniture without consulting SERVPRO professionals first. We are certified in properly removing the results of a fire, using proven techniques that are effective and designed to limit the spread of the soot and dirt. Do not attempt to operate appliances or electronics until our staff has cleaned and inspected them. The debris after a fire can cause serious electrical issues including shock and further fires. Consult with any vendor you bring clothing to for cleaning, ensuring they are experienced in dry or wet cleaning of fabrics damaged by fire to avoid residual odors. Canned and boxed food, as well as personal care items, may be unsafe to consume if exposed to heat, smoke and water so do not consume or use. 
The professionals at SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough will keep you and your family safe as they team with you to restore your home and possessions damaged by fire. Dispatchers await around the clock at (508)757-7885 to schedule a response to your fire damage.

The Importance of Containment for Mold Damage in Shrewsbury Homes

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Containment for Mold Damage in Shrewsbury Homes Mold in Registers and HVAC Systems in Your Shrewsbury Home Need Remediation from SERVPRO

Minimizing Mold Infestations - A Primary Goal of SERVPRO

What most homeowners are unaware of is the fact that mold spores exist in almost all buildings. In fact, it is nearly impossible to prevent stray spores from entering homes and businesses, because they travel on movements within the air. The only way to keep them out is to close up all the doors and windows, and this severely degrades circulation and increases humidity, mold's best friend.

Fortunately, mold spores are harmless if interior spaces are kept clean and, most importantly, very dry. As mold thrives in the presence of moisture, keeping spores dormant and benign is only a matter of routine maintenance. Inspect pipes regularly for cracks and rust. Never overload appliances. Keep gutters clean and free of obstruction and mold damage in Shrewsbury is unlikely to affect your home. 

However, if the worst does happen, you need to call the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO. We can carry out repairs fast and make sure that the problem is mitigated. The first thing that we’ll do is set up a containment area so that the spread of the mold, via spore circulation, is almost slowed to a stop. 

What Containment Means for Your Home 
‘Containment’ is the word that we use to describe any procedure that limits the spread of mold to unaffected areas of a building. For example, if a broken appliance causes water damage in your kitchen and this encourages the development of mold, the kitchen will be sealed off. The SERVPRO technicians will ask that you remain clear of the area, as movement causes spores to lift into the air and migrate. 

Using industry leading tools and equipment, as well as safety clothing (PPE), we can engage with the spores without disturbing them. Negative air pressure is very helpful when it comes to trapping contaminants within the sealed space and ejecting them to the exterior of the structure.

What to Expect from Containment Procedures 
The most common indication of a containment area is a thick polypropylene sheet. This is usually taped to apertures to exclude ease of movement to air, and what may be airborne--spores. If we erect a boundary of this kind in your home, only our SERVPRO technicians will be in the work area. If there are HVAC vents in the building, they will be temporarily sealed to stop mold spores from moving thru the system.

The technicians will be working to establish negative pressure within the containment zone. Any disturbance will set the process back. The extent of the mold infestation will dictate how our team members will attack the problem to remediate its effects and return your home to a safe and sanitary environment.

Mold damage can seem a little scary at first, which is why we’ll talk you through the whole process. You’ll be kept in the loop at all times, and we’ll only ask you to vacate the building if it is entirely necessary. SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough is based in your local area. Call us 24/7 at (508) 757-7885 for advice, an inspection or remediation.

A Solution to Flood Damage In Grafton

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Solution to Flood Damage In Grafton Grafton Flood Damage and the Solution—SERVPRO

Too Much Water? Call SERVPRO to Resolve Damage from Flooding

Flooding on your property creates a unique situation for restoration technicians each and every time. Technicians often complete jobs in very different ways, even though providing you with a safe, clean environment remains as an ending goal. 
If your Grafton area home receives flood damage after a common household accident involving a broken appliance, sewage line, drainage problems, broken fixtures, or even a natural disaster, each of these situations requires special attention and certified professionals to get the job done right. 
You need someone, like SERVPRO that follows specific health and safety protocols set by the EPA and OSHA while communicating issues to your insurance company and providing you with the services necessary for getting everything back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. 
After SERVPRO technicians locate and repair the water source causing the issue, we direct our attention to utilizing the latest water extraction equipment available in our industry. Tools such as hand-held and truck mounted water extractors make it possible to remove water from areas of all shapes and sizes. With submersible pumps used for areas where water exceeds two inches in depth. 
We remove as much water as possible, making the entire drying process, using air movers and dehumidifiers even faster. SERVPRO removes any saturated materials that are beyond restoration and communicate any losses to all parties concerned throughout the entire process. 
Your situation may call for some repairs, where technicians find it necessary to enter walls, under cabinetry, and other hard to reach areas where water can hide. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians manage the entire situation, making it possible for you to avoid spending hours on the phone scheduling different contractors or specialists adding to the stress of the situation. 
As each stage of your restoration finishes, cleaning and deodorization technicians make their way through to ensure your home returns to a quality pre-damage condition. Locating a recovery company you trust gives you access to technicians who care about your situation and provide you with solutions you can count on to recover quickly. 
Give SERVPRO of Shrewsbery / Westborough a call when water makes its way into your home, obtain the services you deserve and get the information you need to come out on top. (508) 757-7885

Avoiding the Danger Zones after Flood Damage in Northborough Homes

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding the Danger Zones after Flood Damage in Northborough Homes Heed flood warnings before a storm. After the storm, call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

Safety is Key after Storm Damage

Every year, hundreds of Northborough homes are hit by flood damage. It might be caused by a particularly heavy storm or by a preventable incident like a leak in the roof. Either way, it can be disastrous if not handled correctly. At SERVPRO, our top priority is carrying out repairs fast, so that we can get your property back to a livable condition. 

However, there are often dangers associated with flood damage in Northborough homes. When electrics and water mix, for example, affected areas become hazards and special measures are needed to neutralize them. This is why flood damage restoration should only be carried out by professionals. 

The SERVPRO mobile app is a great way to make sure you can always get in touch our team of technicians, no matter what your emergency or when you need them. This guide to danger hotspots, after a flood, will give you some information on how to safe until they arrive. 


Whether your home has an electric fireplace or a full furnace, be cautious around it if flood water has intruded into the room. Generally, you only need to worry if the flooding is severe. Water and electrical components may mix and make the area dangerous. 

Alternatively, in the case of open fires, storm damage could clog the chimney and force carbon monoxide into the room. If you are not sure whether a chimney has been compromised, leave the room until the SERVPRO technicians arrive on site. 

HVAC System 

Extensive flood damage can also wreak havoc with HVAC units. We strongly recommend that you allow our team to inspect the system for faults. The burner units, gas connections, wiring, and fans all need to be checked for hazards. Damaged electrical wiring can very easily start fires and cause even more damage. At the very least, your HVAC unit must be fully dried out before you can use it again. 

The Fridge 

If you have had to leave your home, due to flood warnings, don’t tamper with the fridge when you return. Gray and black water contains bacteria and has the potential to contaminate food items. It may also spread toxic substances to walls, floors, and ceilings. Professional restoration experts are trained to deal with hazardous water classifications, and they can remove it while wearing protective clothing. If asked to stay outside the affected area, for your own safety, it is important that you do so. 

As already mentioned, we have developed an innovative mobile app, which allows homeowners to get in touch with emergency repair teams at the click of a button. This means that SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough can now arrive onsite and start restoration work even faster. Download the app or call us 24/7 at (508)757-7885.

Water Damage Restoration in Your Home Includes Unpleasant Odor Removal

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Your Home Includes Unpleasant Odor Removal SERVPRO Helps Restore Water Damaged Homes in Shrewsbury

Damage to Furnishings and Walls Is Only Part of Water Intrusion Issues

Water damage can have long-lasting effects. The sooner efforts are started to correct the problem, the fewer problems will be experienced, and of those that are encountered, these will be less severe than if water damage repair efforts had been postponed. There is no logical reason to postpone or ignore the intrusion of unwanted water.

In a Shrewsbury area home that has water damage, this is also true. Finding water damage unexpectedly can create panic in many homeowners, but there are ways to eliminate its effects. If there is water damage in a home, SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.” We're highly skilled in not only prevention of water damage but also in cleaning up and performing repairs of both structural problems and water penetrations that have affected other belongings. This includes furniture, clothing, and many other items. We know and appreciate the place that your home holds in your heart for you and your family.
One result of water intrusion is an unpleasant odor. This musty odor may continue even after the water has been extracted and preventative measures have been carried out. The breakdown on drywall and carpeting that has not been treated to remove moisture and can also be troublesome. Our IICRC technicians can apply products with foggers, both chemical and thermal, to eliminate, not just mask the odors. 
SERVPRO technicians will utilize moisture sensors and thermal hygrometers to root out pockets of moisture or dampness to mitigate the proliferation of mold growth. Not only do these fungi cause health effects, but the dank and the musty odor is unpleasant to the senses. 
When water damage is affecting your enjoyment of your home or keeping you from entertaining friends and family, call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 757-7885. We are ready to serve our local community 24/7 by dialing us up.

Water Removal in a Shrewsbury Home Is a Process

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in a Shrewsbury Home Is a Process Humidity and RH Are Factors in Controlling Water Damage in Shrewsbury.

SERVPRO Professionally Extracts Water and Moisture to Mitigate Damages

After water gets into your home, every minute is important. Regardless if the flooding happens from storm water, a broken pipe or a faulty water heater, it throws your life into a tailspin and can seriously compromise the livability and safety of your home.

To quickly deal with the effects of water damage in your Shrewsbury home, call SERVPRO. We are one of the premier restoration companies in the state; with decades of experience and the extensive training needed to help you put your home back together. Our inspectors and technicians meet every IICRC standard required before we send them out to your home. 

Removing the bulk of the water can be accomplished in less than a day, usually. To completely dry your home and make it safe from mold and other hazards the process typically takes longer. There are four factors that affect how quickly we can get your home dry again. 

Temperature - If a room is too cool, it slows the evaporation process. Technicians will use a series of space heaters to raise the temperature to point somewhere between 70 and 80 percent. If we raise it higher than that on the first day, the hotter air can actually retain more moisture and work against our efforts. 

Amount of Water to be Evaporated - Simply put the more water trapped in floors and walls adds to the moisture in the air, and our technicians try to extract every drop possible. In addition to the heaters for raising the temperature, technicians will place dehumidifiers at key positions to draw moisture from the air. Each machine can draw up to 30 gallons per day. 

Humidity - Relative Humidity (RH) is the percentage of moisture in the air. Most people are comfortable with a range of 30 to 50 percent. Levels over 60 percent in your home slow the drying process and provide an atmosphere where inactive mold spores can begin to expand and grow. We can bring this level down to around 30 percent after 24 hours with the use of the dehumidifiers and heaters. 

Air Movement - By moving or circulating the air in a high moisture area, the heaters and dehumidifiers work more efficiently. Technicians set up a series of air moving machines to blow damp air out and replace it with warmer dry air. These machines are also very useful to evenly dry the surfaces of tables and other furniture. 

You can rely on SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough to dry and restore your home to its pre-damaged condition. As a locally owned franchise operation, we see it not just as a job, but a way to help our neighbors. Call us today at (508) 393-7898. We have a team ready 24/7 to meet every need.

Why Mold in Upton is So Durable

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold in Upton is So Durable SERVPRO technicians understand mold. Call today to discuss.

Understanding Mold is Crucial to Remediation

For thousands of years, mold has been a dreaded but often unavoidable tenant of homes around the world. Mold spores are omnipresent on earth, and the average person breathes in thousands of them every day without ever noticing it. Most spores never grow into a mature colony, as they generally have very specific requirements that must be met before growth can begin. Once they do grow, however, SERVPRO knows first-hand how difficult the average mold colony is to eradicate. Mold has adapted to be a hardy and resilient organism, and intensive, controlled treatments are often the only way to remove it. But what gives mold its edge?

Long Periods of Dormancy

Part of the reason why preventing mold damage in Upton is so difficult is because mold spores can lay dormant for many years, and during that time, they are virtually impossible to destroy. Mold spores are able to withstand searing heat, freezing cold, drought, flooding, and any manner of weather effects short of open flame. These spores collect and lay inside homes and buildings, waiting for enough moisture to begin growing, and at any time in their long lifespans, they are fully capable of doing just that. Spores are almost impossible to fully remove from an area, and even more difficult to keep out, so a homeowner's only option is to control for other causative factors such as moisture.

Unique Reproductive Cycles

Part of the reason why mold is so resilient is its unique reproductive technique. Mold spores grow in bunches poised above wide, reaching roots, and when something brushes against them, they quickly scatter and are able to find a new spot to begin growth. If the mold is not sterilized and dried out beforehand, any scrubbing or washing will cause these spores to break free and a new patch of mold to grow in the place of the last.

Resistance to the Elements

Although mold likes to grow in warm, wet conditions, it can actually survive in a wide variety of temperatures and moisture levels. It takes extremes of both heat and cold to kill most varieties of mold, and some species are almost entirely immune to these effects. Most mold colonies do not simply go away until they have eaten through their host surface, making professional remediation service a necessity.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough is dedicated to helping local homeowners with their damages, with friendly service and fast responses. Call us 24/7 at (508) 757-7885.