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Restoring Fire Damaged Contents And Personal Belongings In Westborough

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Fire Damaged Contents And Personal Belongings In Westborough SERVPRO Even Uses Brooms for Fire Damage Cleanup in Westborough

SERVPRO Provides Many Techniques for Cleaning Possessions After a Fire & Smoke Event

Surviving a fire is an ordeal that may seem endless even as the restoration work begins. Faced with the sheer quantity of items in your house coated with soot and soaked in water or chemical firefighting residues you want to throw everything out and just start over again. This approach is often more costly, discards memories, and can be much more disruptive to the overall recovery process.
Our experienced and compassionate team members responding to your Westborough fire damage master many efficient recovery strategies during their IICRC training. Their skill in transforming what seems ruined back to a preloss condition is a powerful motivation for you to reconsider restoration as you work with us to plan your post-fire agenda.
SERVPRO offers the following IICRC certified services when cleaning and restoring your home’s fixtures and your personal possessions.
Dry Cleaning
Fires produce a variety of substances during combustion. Ash and light soot may spread throughout your home but frequently resolves entirely with dry sponging, brushing, and vacuuming with HEPA filter-fitted equipment. Dry cleaning can also rejuvenate clothing and decor fabrics such as draperies, throws, pillows, and linens. Choose a dry cleaner experienced with fire damage.
Wet Cleaning
More substantial and water-based residues often respond well to a wet cleaning method. The objects come clean with a combination of saturation and agitation appropriate to the material involved. Water or a water and cleaner mixture dissolves and lifts the residue off. Washable fabric laundering and dishwashing are just two of many examples of this type of cleaning. Ask us about our Esporta Washing System.
Spray And Wipe
SERVPRO developed cleansers in diluted solutions applied with a spray bottle loosen coatings and debris on non-porous surfaces. The cleaning solution and the residue are washed away with a soft cloth. This method is commonly used for appliances, non-porous furniture frames and surfaces, walls, tile, hoods, woodwork, floors, and a host of other appropriate items that cannot be saturated without harm or for which saturation is impractical.
Foam Cleaning
Upholstery, mattresses and box springs, and fabrics that are permanently affixed to walls or trim respond well to an airy cleansing foam lightly applied with a brush. The foam dissolves and latches on to fire debris, and subsequent passes with a clean brush removes both foam and soot.
Abrasive Cleaning
SERVPRO crews attack the sticky, strongly adhered coatings of grease and electrical or chemical fires with an abrasive cleaning strategy. Care not to damage the underlying surface is necessary, but cream cleansers with abrasive ingredients, textured cloths, and sponges, or a combination remove the unsightly residues in many cases. The training our technicians receive guards against unnecessary secondary harm to the objects cleaned.
Immersion Cleaning--Ultrasonic
A tub of a cleaning solution is the answer for items that can soak in water or solvent-based liquid. Rinsed off, the solution and sooty dirt stay in the tub, the objects restored. This method is excellent for decorative or personal possessions with intricate surfaces that can trap the fire residues. Ultrasonic cleaning is a specialized process that uses high-frequency sound waves to dislodge the coatings. Small, rapidly moving bubbles gently remove residues from belongings. SERVPRO technicians are certified in this cleaning methodology. Jewelry, knick-knacks, window blinds, and toys are some of the belongings that benefit from immersion cleaning.
SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough offers a broad range of options for your fire restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (508) 393-7898 to see how we can help.

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Hazardous Waste Filled Flood Damage During Seasonal Downpours in Grafton

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hazardous Waste Filled Flood Damage During Seasonal Downpours in Grafton Flooding can cause a great deal of damage very quickly. Luckily SERVPRO's response team is standing by to dry out your property after a disaster.

SERVPRO Remediates Flooding in Your Home That Stems From Many Sources

More often today in the news all over the country we read reports of “once in a century” rainfalls and catastrophic flash floods. Our area is no exception to this phenomenon, and residents find themselves coping with unexpected quantities of water in basements and lower levels. The answer to the crisis of flash flooding in Grafton is a reliable and experienced water removal and remediation company.
The late summer into fall defines the hurricane season on the east coast, including storms inland around Grafton that bring torrential rains and flood damage. The highly developed central Massachusetts area struggles with adequate drainage when many inches of rain fall in a short time. Local sewer systems are unable to handle the vast amount of water runoff, causing residents to find excess water inside their homes. We monitor the potential for flooding in our community and are ready to answer with constructive action fast when you call.
A serious problem arises if sewage backs up into your home, a consequence to the glut of water racing across pavements and into the city’s drainage system. SERVPRO and our technicians are certified to respond to and appropriately manage the dirty water rising in the depths of your home. Standing water inside your home is categorized from clean to slightly contaminated, or gray, all the way to severely compromised, or black. When sewage pushes back into your home, the water must be considered black, potentially containing bloodborne pathogens, dangerous chemicals, and other hazardous materials including dead animals and human urine and feces.
SERVPRO technicians receive advanced training in the safe collection and disposal of gray and black water. Clad in personal protective gear, our crews use powerful pumping and extraction equipment to remove the dirty mix of rainwater and sewage, contain it, and dispose of it properly.
Care must be taken after the majority of the tainted water is gone to sanitize the flooded area and then dry it thoroughly. If personal belongings, carpeting, or furnishings were soaked with the toxic moisture, SERVPRO employees help you determine what can withstand effective antimicrobial treatments and what must be discarded because of the risk of harm to health or safety.
Flash flood damage can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough can help sort through your options and provide high-quality remediation services. Our staff awaits your call at (508) 393-7898.
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Mold Damage on Plastic Items in Grafton Homes

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage on Plastic Items in Grafton Homes A closed plastic water bottle with small traces of dirt inside can grow mold.

Beware of the Different Surfaces Mold Can Grow On

Mold is a repulsive and potentially dangerous fungus that normally grows on porous materials such as grout, plaster, wood, and fabrics. However, under the right conditions, mold growth can also occur on semi-porous and non-porous materials such as metal, glass, and even plastic.

If you find mold growing on any plastic items, SERVPRO can help eradicate it. We have a team of IICRC-certified mold damage remediation experts in Grafton who are highly skilled and highly experienced. Our tools and products are designed to reverse mold growth on any surface quickly and efficiently.

The speed at which mold damage occurs depends on a number of factors. Moisture, in particular, must be present on the plastic surface. Since some plastics are semi-porous (such as shower curtains) while others are non-porous (such as food containers), not all plastics can support mold growth as quickly or as efficiently. Semi-porous surfaces tend to trap moisture for a longer period than non-porous surfaces, thus making them more susceptible to mold damage.

For mold growth to occur on a non-porous surface, there must be a consistent source of moisture present (such as a puddle of water). SERVPRO water damage restoration professionals can fix this source to prevent future growth. Mold also requires a source of nutrient to thrive. Since plastic does not contain natural nutrients such as cellulose, mold spores rely on dirt, old food particles, or soil to acquire enough nutrients. For example, it might grow inside an old plastic water bottle with traces of dirt, or inside a plastic container where some rotting food remains.

Other factors can also determine the speed at which mold damage happens on plastic. For example, poor circulation or high humidity in the house can support mold growth. Ideally, the cleanliness of the general environment is important, since dirt and dust in the air can land on the plastic and provide more soil for mold spores to thrive. Temperature also plays a role in mold growth, as the fungus grows more speedily at high temperatures.

If mold growth is affecting your overall indoor air quality, you can count on SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough to control the mold damage. We have the expertise to handle your restoration needs, and we are available 24/7, every day of the week. Call us today at (508) 393-7898.

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Water Removal for Your Flooded Basement in Grafton

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal for Your Flooded Basement in Grafton A flood in your basement can weaken the foundation causing the walls to crack or warp, if you discover water in your home, call SERVPRO.

Quick and Thorough Water Removal Services

Your basement can flood for various reasons, including faulty drainage, broken pipes, or another leak. Unless the water is extracted right away, the damage to your property is imminent, and the potential for mildew and mold growth is a genuine concern for you and your family in Grafton.

There is no time to shop around when your basement floods. You need professional water removal immediately to protect your Grafton home. SERVPRO can handle your emergency as safely, quickly, and efficiently as possible. We are always committed to a fast response time and extraction which is quick and thorough, plus complete drying and cleaning afterward so your basement is restored to its original condition.

SERVPRO is a full-service water damage restoration company. We treat each call with the urgency it deserves, and we begin the water removal process in a short amount of time. Our professionally trained crew takes specific steps to ensure your basement is taken care of properly.

Upon arrival to your home, we conduct an initial assessment of the area affected and shut down the power if necessary. A detailed inspection is performed to figure out how severe the water damage is, then we identify the entry point or source of the leak and categorize the water type. Once the scope of the water damage is determined, we go over our plans for remediation before we begin anything. We want you to feel comfortable with all that is going on.

Our equipment and submersible pumps are state-of-the-art and remove water quickly. Since moisture can stay hidden inside walls and under floors, we also inspect further for dampness and damage using moisture meters and other specialized equipment. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers make sure that your basement is fully dry and safe, and all the air-borne contaminants are eliminated.

Water in your basement can weaken your foundation, warping and cracking the walls it supports. Dampness from the water and humidity in your basement can cause mold growth, and you can experience electrical problems as well, making your basement very unsafe.

Allow SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough to take care of your water removal needs in your basement in the regions of Northborough, Shrewsbury, and Grafton. We return it to a safe place to work and play in a short amount of time when you call us at (508) 393-7898

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Speedy Water Removal From Your Grafton Hostelry

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Speedy Water Removal From Your Grafton Hostelry Your guests look for a well-maintained hotel room when they travel. Contact SERVPRO after a water damage event for quick arrival and remediation.

Our Technicians Arrive Promptly to Dry Out Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

Inns and hotels are always at risk for water connected losses. Each features dozens of guest rooms and suites, all with showers, tubs, and sinks. Laundry facilities, pools and hot tubs, kitchens, and firefighting sprinkler systems are everywhere in lodgings and increase the likelihood of water filling areas by negligence or accident. To protect guests and your business, hiring a company familiar and competent with removing water is crucial when a disaster occurs.
A bachelor party got out of hand, filling a suite of guest rooms with water from an overflowing spa. Immediate water removal limits the commercial water damage done to your Grafton hotel. The affected rooms are only part of the area threatened as water migrates throughout the levels and down the halls if not extracted fast. Our crews arrive with commercial grade pumps and wet vacuums on board the service vehicles, ready to tackle even significant water removal tasks. If the power is interrupted within your property because of the risk of shock, our truck-mounted equipment is self-powered and allows us to get to work right away.
Water from a shower or tub may appear clean, but it is considered gray, or slightly contaminated. The presence of soaps, oils, and other substances encourages microbial growth and must be removed, contained, and discarded according to local hazardous waste codes. SERVPRO technicians train extensively to manage this type of water removal complication effortlessly. Depending on the depth of the standing water we use submersible pumps first, or high-efficiency extractors to pull most of the water from where it collected. Carpeting gets a thorough treatment with the wet vacuums, carefully executed by our trained staff so that the fabric remains unstretched and the fibers do not pull away from the backing.
As crew members work on positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture remaining in the previously flooded suite, other SERVPRO employees search for evidence that water leaked down a floor or into an adjoining room. Catching this water incursion quickly and drying out these adjacent areas completely is essential to prevent lingering wetness contributing to secondary damage like mold growth or structural deterioration. We use precise moisture meters to inform our drying goals, ensuring that all structures and fixtures receive proper drying before we release areas back to guest use.
SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough remains unfazed by even the most unusual ways water comes to fill a commercial area. Our focus is fast and reliable restoration, assessment and implementation with no added judgment, scheduled by just a call to (508) 393-7898.

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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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