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How Clean Are Your Westborough Property’s Ducts?

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your home or office.

Keeping your HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help you save money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. Let SERVPRO inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make the proper recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO can often times restore

the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition. SERVPRO uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before the vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ductwork to a container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

Call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough to help protect your health and your property from ventilation and air quality issues. 508-393-7898

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team Is Ready Whenever & Wherever You Need Us!

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster. This is not just another catchy line for SERVPRO. It is a commitment from each SERVPRO franchise professional to be there when you need them most.

Whether you are a small business or homeowner facing water or fire damage, or you are a property manager dealing with a widespread disaster, the SERVPRO franchise system has the resources (equipment, products, fleet, people) to respond quickly and efficiently. The sooner

help arrives, the sooner restoration begins and the sooner you can resume life and business as usual.

Your local SERVPRO franchise is just the tip of the iceberg! Should a major disaster occur, such as a flood or wildfire, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is always poised and ready to go where they are needed.

So no matter the size, call your local SERVPRO franchise professionals today! Backed by a system of franchises more than 2,000 strong, we'll help make your property disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Managing Mold? Yes, We’ve Got A Pro For That.

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

In less than 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO franchise professionals have the industry training, certifications, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Although every mold scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. Your local SERVPRO understands mold and mold growth and has what it takes to remediate the mold that happens to show up in your home or business.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

We’re Here to Help protect your health and your property. If you think  you may have a mold problem call the Pros at SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough 508-393-7898

Post Construction Cleanup & Restoration In - We’ve got a Pro for That!

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

When have to finish on time - SERVPRO help can help you  meet your project deadlines through post-construction services.

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines- the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.

Our SERVPRO Professionals can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner.

These services include:

  • Post Construction Cleaning
    Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the dirt and debris to prepare for the finish work. SERVPRO can help with debris removal and cleaning services.

  • Dehumidification and Drying
    During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. SERVPRO can help you with eliminating moisture and preventing potential mold growth.

  • Final Cleaning
    There's nothing like a first impression, you want everything perfect when you first open your doors. SERVPRO provides the professional cleaning services to have you your property looking it's best. To learn more about our commercial cleaning services click here.

  • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services
    The last thing you need is fire damage, water intrusion or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of your projects. SERVPRO’s 24-hour emergency restoration, mitigation and cleanup services will get you back on schedule quickly. Click Here to learn more about our 24-hour Emergency Services.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough will help you to make sure your finished project is looking its best. Call 508-393-7898

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week this June 19-25th

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Celebrate National Lightning Safety Awareness Week this June 19-25th. It started back in 2001 to call attention to lightning being such an underrated killer. Since then, U.S. lightning fatalities have dropped from about 55 per year to less than 30. This reduction is largely due to greater awareness and people seeking proper safety when thunderstorms threaten. During National Lightning Safety Awareness Week this year, it is encouraged that you learn more about it and how to stay safe!

One solution to keep your home safe from lightning are lightning rods. Lightning rods (and the accompanying protection system) are designed to protect a house or building from a direct lightning strike and, in particular, a lightning-initiated fi re. It's important to note that lightning protection systems do not prevent lightning from striking a structure, but rather intercepts a lightning strike, providing a conductive path for the harmful electrical discharge to follow and disperse the energy safely into the ground. These components must be properly connected (bonded) to minimize the chances for any sparks or side flashes to occur. While lightning rods protect a structure from a direct lightning strike, a complete protection system is needed to help prevent harmful electrical surges and possible fi res caused by lightning entering a structure via wires and pipes. Lightning protection may also be needed for gas piping.

There are three main ways lightning can enter a structure: a direct strike, through wires or pipes that extend outside the structure or through the ground. Once in a structure, lightning can travel the electrical, phone, plumbing, and radio/television reception systems. Lightning can also travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Learn more about how you can protect your home or property today.

June is Pet Preparedness Month

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Your pets are an important member of your family, so they need to be included in your family's emergency plan. To prepare for the unexpected follow these tips with your pets in mind:

  1. Make a plan.
  2. Build an emergency kit.
  3. Stay informed.

If you have a plan in place for you and your pets, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry when you need to make a decision during an emergency. If local offi cials ask you to evacuate, that means your pet should evacuate too. If you leave your pets behind, they may end up lost, injured, or worse. Many public shelters and hotels do not allow pets inside, which is why it is so important to have a plan in place ahead of time. Consider having your pet microchipped too! If you get separated, this will help you identify them.

How to Avoid Lingering Smells?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

woman holding small trash bag. How to Avoid Lingering Smells Odor Removal and Deodorization- We’ve got a Pro for that. Call 508-393-7898

Summertime is known for being overscheduled with lots of jam-packed activities and the "go, go, go" mentality. While you and your family are getting out of the house to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors this season, you may not realize the smells that can build and linger in your home.

Warmer months bring more moisture, water, unique smells, and new routines that may introduce new odors into your home. If odors are left alone and stagnant for too long, it can disrupt your fun by leaving you with a burden that requires only cleanup professionals to fix.

Is your furry friend a little too excited to spend time outside now that the weather is nice? Puddles, dirt, mud and grass can all end up in your home from your pets fur or paws. These outside contaminants can end up embedded in to your rugs and carpets leaving a gross smell if not cleaned right away.

Pool days can also increase the chances of a wet and sour smell. Dripping bodies on your floors can turn the carpet musty, along with wet towels thrown in a heap and left dirty for too long. Once moisture makes its way into your home, it can sometimes be difficult to get out.

Keeping your windows open on a nice day is a perk of the summertime season but it can also increase the

opportunity for unwanted odors. Smoke from a campfire or grill can soak into your walls leaving behind the lingering odors of smoke, food and grease.

Fun in the sun, pool days, and grilling al fresco make up some of the best parts of the summertime season.

You can count on your local SERVPRO franchise professionals to eliminate these odors at the source with limited interruptions to your busy schedule.

Odor Removal and Deodorization- We’ve got a Pro for that. Call 508-393-7898

Ready, Set, Grill!

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Backyard with grill and picnic table When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

Local SERVPRO fire remediation specialist advises Shrewsbury grill masters to prepare now for a safe, savory outdoor cooking season

Shrewsbury, MA (Grassroots Newswire) May 17, 2022— For many, the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.1

“Sixty-one percent of U.S. households own a gas grill,” says fire remediation specialist Donny McKendall  of SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough. “A total of sixty-four percent own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill, or smoker. The popularity of this outdoor cooking equipment combined with longer, warmer days creates a unique fire hazard that should be taken seriously.”

The time to take precautions is now, adds McKendall, before the outdoor cooking season is in full swing. The NFPA offers these basic tips for fire-safe grilling:2

For gas/propane grills:

  • Check the gas tank for leaks before using.
  • Open the lid on all gas grills before lighting the grill.

For charcoal grills:

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid to start the fire but never add it or any flammable liquids to a fire that is burning.
  • Cool coals completely before you dispose of them in a metal container.

For all grills:

  • Place grill well away from house and deck railings. Don’t place under eaves or branches.
  • Remove grease and fat buildup from grills and trays after each use.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
  • Never leave the grill unattended when in use.

“Basic precautions set the stage for a safe and enjoyable outdoor cooking season,” says McKendall. “Life is unpredictable, but you can take steps to control the risk of house and property fires caused by outdoor cooking. Whether you are strictly a summer grilling warrior or you use your grill year-round, simple, common-sense actions can help ensure that the only smoke you smell this summer is the sweet aroma of steaks and vegetables grilling.”

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping to remediate damage for both commercial and residential customers.

1 https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Images/Infographics/Grilling-Infographic2020BIG.png

2 https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2021/NFPA-offers-safe-grilling-tips-and-recommendations-to-prevent-fires-and-injuries

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For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold mitigation, and biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

New England SERVPRO® Owners Team Up with Red Sox

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO proud sponsors of the Boston Red Sox "Our SERVPRO New England team is excited to cheer the Boston Red Sox to victory alongside our community! Let's go, Red Sox!"

A group of local business owners become a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox

A group of SERVPRO franchise owners in northern New England is proud to announce their collective sponsorship of the Boston Red Sox for the 2022 season. The SERVPRO owner group, which is made up of more than 30 SERVPRO franchise owners, is excited to come together and partner with their beloved Red Sox, making this sponsorship one of the first of its kind for SERVPRO. 

"This new deal illustrates the SERVPRO family's love for their local communities, fellow New Englanders, and America's favorite pastime," said Jesse Mathewson, SERVPRO Marketing Team Member. 

The sponsorship is marked by two LED signs that will illuminate SERVPRO's distinctive green and orange on the first and third baselines at every home game in historic Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. The group will also sponsor National Clean Up Day on September 17, including the pregame ceremony and in-park promotions when the Red Sox host the Kansas City Royals.

This isn't the first interaction between the Red Sox and the brand, as SERVPRO's certified restoration specialists had the honor of cleaning and sanitizing Fenway Park at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

"Being selected to assist an institution like Fenway Park, prioritizing safety above all else, following all IICRC guidelines and CDC protocols, was a privilege," Mathewson said. "Ever since that initial interaction with such a first-class organization, we knew we wanted to take the next step to making the partnership bigger."

SERVPRO's full spectrum of restoration, mitigation, construction, cleaning, and decontamination services are offered year-round, but one thing SERVPRO and the Boston Red Sox have in common is how each gears up during the Spring season. 

"Spring is the perfect time to have your residential or commercial property cleaned and sanitized by our team of certified technicians from our New England SERVPRO locations," Mathewson said. "We are proud to support the Red Sox and our local communities, not only with this sponsorship, but with any emergency or upcoming services and projects this year."

"Our SERVPRO New England team is excited to cheer the Boston Red Sox to victory alongside our community! Let's go, Red Sox!" 

Building Safety Month 2022 | Safety for All: Building Codes in Action

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month 2022 | Safety for All: Building Codes in Action Building Safety Month 2022 | Safety for All: Building Codes in Action

Building Safety Month is an international campaign that takes place annually in the month of May to raise awareness about building safety, according to the International Code Council (ICC) website. This increasingly popular campaign reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly updated building codes, and help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

This initiative is presented by the International Code Council, a nonprofit association that is focused on building safety worldwide. The Code Council provides a wide range of building safety solutions and develops codes and standards used around the world to construct safe, sustainable, affordable, and resilient structures.

All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather-related events such as flooding, and structural collapse. Model building codes, adopted and enforced by well-trained professional code officials, are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues.

The theme for this year's campaign is Safety for All: Building Codes In Action. Regularly updated codes and a strong system of strict code enforcement ensures that individuals and communities are safe in the buildings where they live, work, and play. This campaign is supported by four core themes that will be highlighted throughout the month:

Week 1: Planning for a Safe & Sustainable Tomorrow

Week 2: Exploring Careers in Building Safety

Week 3: Understanding Disaster Mitigation

Week 4: Creating a Safe & Abundant Water Supply

To learn more about the weekly themes, check out iccsafe.org. You can help spread the word about Building Safety Month, the importance of building safety, and the role of code officials with your community! Use the hashtag #BuildingSafety365 to join the global conversation on social media.

As always, if your residential or commercial property suffers from structural damage, call SERVPRO® of Shrewsbury/Westborough 508-393-7898 to help make it "Like it never even happened.®"