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What Level Is Your Water Damage?

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.

Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any Water damage is categorized as one of three levels by how polluted the water source was that caused the ill effects.

Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it,

Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. Think sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.

Even though water may start out as Category 1, that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Any contamination that the water touches, such as dirty carpeting or soil from the ground, can change water damage Category 2 or even Category 3. And since standing breeds bacteria, the longer the water is around, the worse the contamination of your property.

More contamination can mean that the restoration team will have to use more aggressive measures to clean your structure and property, and it might mean that soft furnishings, like your carpet and the carpet pad, may have to be discarded for your safety.

Water damage can be dangerous and expensive, so preventing water damage is an important part of home maintenance. But if you know the basics of what to do once it happens, you can prevent it from doing its worst.

Also if at any time your home or office has water damage call the professionals, we are only one call away. SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough is here to help (508)757-7885.

Fire Damage Soot Cleanup in Shrewsbury

8/23/2018 (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)757-7885.

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Why Mold Remediation Is So Important

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

When you were a little kid, were you afraid of terrifying monsters in the closet or evil goblins hiding under your bed? As an adult, you probably don’t believe in supernatural creatures lurking in the dark corners of your room, but without realizing it you may as well shelter a well-known villain threatening your health and your property – mold. Mold can be growing unnoticed in many homes, often hidden inside the walls, behind tiles, under suspended ceilings, and other hidden places. And while it is not likely to turn into a mystical beast that will devastate your place and your life, mold still poses great risks to your health and is really persistent and harmful in many ways. Black mold signs are often difficult to detect until it is too late and the fungus has already spread to a large area in your property and caused damage. It is important to know how to recognize the first signs of mold and to take adequate precautionary measures in order to prevent more substantial damage. 

Call the Professionals SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/ Westborough are here to help. call us today (508)757-7885.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough even cleans Air Ducts!

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all Commercial properties or homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • pets
  • occupants with allergies or asthma
  • cigarette or cigar smoke
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • home renovation or remodeling projects

Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help address.

Rule of thumb for consumers is that “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are,” and that dirty HVAC systems should be inspected by a reputable, certified HVAC professional. Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home or office. The system takes air in and breathes air out.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.

When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough is always here to help with our 24/7 emergency services to light general cleanings we are the pros call us at (508)757-7885.

Flood Damage can Happen to Homes in Shrewsbury by Several Means

8/9/2018 (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) 757-7885. We are ready to answer your call no matter when you call us. 

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Request Mold Damage Remediation Services to Protect Your Restaurant Today

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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  unobtrusive 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) 757-7885.

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.