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IICRC Certified Firm

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough

SERVPRO of South Shrewsbury/Westborough specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Why it is important to have SERVPRO Of Shrewsbury/Westborough help with any Mold Issues.

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why it is important to have SERVPRO Of Shrewsbury/Westborough help with any Mold Issues. Mold can Be obvious or it can lurk in the dark, Call SERVPRO Of Shrewsbury/Westborough, We can help! (508)757-7885.

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. 

First signs of mold:

  • Mucky smells.
  • Damp areas.

Persistent Physical Symptoms: 

  • Sore, Itchy Throat.
  • Congestion and runny nose.
  • Sinus headaches.
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing.
  • Itchy, watery eyes.
  • Irritated, itchy skin.

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

Why SERVPRO Of Shrewsbury/Westborough you ask?

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO Of Shrewsbury/Westborough you ask? We are prepared for any disaster! Call us for all of your home needs! (508)757-7885.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and production staff to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.

We Provide:

  • 24/7 Emergency Services 
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians 
  • Water Remediation
  • Fire and Soot clean up
  • Mold Remediation (IICRC Standards) 

 Residental and Commercial Services:

Our mission is to develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect. Our entire staff is highly engaged and will treat your restoration project as it was their own, regardless of size. You can rest assured you have visited the right company, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough is here to help! 

Have Questions? Call us for a free quote today (508)757-7885.

Are Home Mold Testing Kits Accurate?

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are Home Mold Testing Kits Accurate? Look for a professional mold tester in your city or town!

Homeowners may consider using home mold testing kits due to the comparatively low cost of these tests relative to professional testing and analysis. There are several reasons why expert testing is more accurate and useful. Learn more about the shortcomings of DIY mold tests and why it is worth it to seek the services of a certified environmental hygienist or full-service mold restoration company in Shrewsbury, MA.

False Positives

Home mold tests vary in sensitivity. Many tests are prone to return positive results for several reasons:

  •  Mold spores are everywhere
  •  Some kits are not properly calibrated
  •  Results may be ambiguous

A home mold testing kit may react to the presence of spores without factoring in whether microbial volatile organic compounds are present. These off-gases are released during the active growth cycle of fungi and indicate that mold is actively growing.

Inaccurate Species Identification

Most home mold tests are not precise enough to identify the species of mold. It is not possible to make a positive identification based on color. Black mold or Stachybotrys is actually dark green early in the growth cycle. As there are more than 100,000 known species of mold, lab testing is necessary to obtain an accurate identification.

No Expert Opinions

Environmental hygienists and mold specialists can offer informed opinions throughout the professional testing and remediation process. Insight into the following factors may be helpful:

  • The location of mold growth
  • Potential causes
  • Whether a species of mold is toxigenic

All of these factors will impact the type of cleaning methods and equipment necessary to remediate mold damage. Remediation may be more affordable and successful if expert knowledge is available. 

A home mold kit may be affordable in Shrewsbury, MA , but it is unlikely to be as accurate as professional testing. Homeowners should put the money they might spend on attempts at DIY mold tests toward expert mold testing and remediation that can fix the problem "Like it never even happened."

Inspecting a Commercial Property for Mold

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Inspecting a Commercial Property for Mold A mold inspection can remove at least one of the unknowns before a business adds a building to its property portfolio.

Buying a building is a significant investment for any businessperson, and there are a lot of moving parts to this type of transaction in Westborough, MA. Though it can be an expensive undertaking, hiring a professional to perform a mold inspection before the sale can head off major problems and remediation costs in the long term. 

Where Mold Growth Can Be Problematic

To live in this world is to live with mold. At its best, it makes life better by contributing to the creation of bread, wine, cheese and some medicines, like penicillin. It does, of course, have serious drawbacks as well, though. 

Prime spots in a building for a mold problem are well-known:

• Bathrooms are a place where mold can grow in grout, between wall tiles, and in the tub or shower.
• Windows that have been improperly sealed can allow moisture into walls or ceilings and facilitate mold growth. A mold inspection can reveal this to a potential buyer.
• Exterior doors without effective seals can allow moisture to collect and harbor mold.

Even slightly high humidity can facilitate the growth of mold. Experts recommend the prudent move of keeping indoor humidity levels below 45 percent. 

Why Mold Growth Can Be Problematic

It isn’t only visible mold that can be troublesome to a property owner. Left unchecked, mold can destroy wood because it is an organism that feeds on surface nutrients. Mold that infiltrates drywall cannot be removed, and the affected area must be cut away. Carpets and insulation are also moisture-holding materials that mold can compromise to the point that they must be replaced. 

Buying real estate can be a complicated process, and it is impossible to know everything there is to know about a building’s history or future. However, a mold inspection can remove at least one of the unknowns before a business adds a building to its property portfolio.

Oh NO! You found Mold. Now What??

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Oh NO! You found Mold. Now What?? Mold discovered behind hot water heater. Call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury Westborough (508)757-7885.

So you have identified Mold in your home.  Now what?  Mold can cause serious illness and property damage so do not dismiss it as not a big deal.   Mold can destroy furnishings, and belongings, and cause mild to serious health consequences to those exposed.   Here are some tips!

·         Call your insurance agent immediately to report a suspected claim. With a flood or pipe burst claim, calling in the SERVPRO team in within the first 48 hours to begin drying out property can be crucial to preventing or containing mold growth.

·         Always review your policy so that you understand your coverage.  Review the "declarations page," which tells you the coverages you have, the policy limits for each coverage, and the effective dates of the policy.

·         Take any necessary emergency measures to protect the building and personal property from any further damage; however, do not throw anything away until you have the permission of the insurance company, and you have documented its condition. In mold claims you may need to hang on to mold contaminated items until they can be sampled by a lab for mold content. If in doubt, wrap the items in plastic or seal them in a plastic bag and store them.

·         If you have serious concerns call a local Microbiologist.  They can come to your home to conduct tests to let you know exactly what types of spores are in your home. Call us here at SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough and we would be happy to refer you to someone before we come in and remediate the Mold. (508)-757-7885.

Mold Damage on Plastic Items in Shrewsbury Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage on Plastic Items in Shrewsbury Home Mold can come in all colors shapes and sizes! call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough (508)757-7885.

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) 757-7885

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Decrease the Chances of Mold Damage Ruining Boxes Stored in Your Westborough Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Decrease the Chances of Mold Damage Ruining Boxes Stored in Your Westborough Home This DIY Storage space idea is great to keep mold out of your stored items!

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)757-7885.

Speedy Water Removal from Your Grafton Hostelry

2/5/2019 (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) 757-7885.

For more information about the City of Grafton, Massachusetts visit: https://www.grafton-ma.gov/

Restoring Fire Damaged Contents and Personal Belongings in Westborough

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Fire Damaged Contents and Personal Belongings in Westborough A small kitchen fire has taken place in this home, and as you can see soot from the fire can stick onto just about anything! Call (508)757-7885.

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)757-7885 to see how we can help.

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Hazardous Waste Filled Flood Damage During Seasonal Downpours in Grafton

2/5/2019 (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)757-7885. 
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Water Removal for Your Flooded Basement in Grafton

2/5/2019 (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) 757-7885

Visit https://www.grafton-ma.gov/ for more information about the town of Grafton.

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.

Visit https://shrewsburyma.gov/ for more information about Shrewsbury, MA.

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.

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.

Crawlspaces can Harbor Microbes after Flood Damage has Affected Your Grafton Home

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Crawlspaces can Harbor Microbes after Flood Damage has Affected Your Grafton Home Prevent a potential mold infestation by calling SERVPRO to thoroughly dry your house after flooding.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Dry Your Property after Damage

Water from flooding can continue to cause problems if all areas of your home are not returned to a dry condition. Often overlooked, or considered unimportant, SERVPRO knows that the crawlspace area is a potential area that often is the source of mold growths, bacterial colonies, and other possible risks. 

Grafton homes that have existing or past flood damage should have any crawlspaces examined for signs of problems. These areas are often used to house water pipes, gas lines, and heating and cooling system vents.

Increased moisture can cause accelerated rusting of metal pipes and vents. If microbes such as mold are present in the crawlspace, air intake of your ventilation system can also bring them into your living space. Other pathogens such as viruses and bacteria can travel the same way. 

SERVPRO technicians certified by the IICRC in ASD, or Applied Structural Drying, can install the necessary dehumidifiers, air blowers, and heaters, even in smaller crawlspaces, to rapidly reduce the amount of humidity. We do this work in addition to the typical flood damage restoration carried out after flood damage exists. Without it, our job would not be complete. 

Because crawlspaces are the lowest part of your home, excluding any basement or cellar areas, and they are also located on the exterior part of your home, flood damage on the crawlspace's interior can be extensive. Smaller animals, sewage, fluids from vehicles, and garbage are often washed in by the flood and then left behind, trapped by the walls. We remove this debris when we find it, so your crawlspace is once again as it should be, dry, and also clean. 

To keep it dry and less likely to allow mold and bacteria to grow, we can install a dehumidifier, lay down plastic protective sheeting to keep humidity from seeping up from the ground, and paint a mold inhibitor on the crawlspace's interior. 

We at SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough are always ready to bring your home back to how it should be after a flood or any other disaster. We can be reached any day of the week, day or night, by calling (508) 757-7885.

Water Removal in a Grafton Property - An Ounce of Prevention

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in a Grafton Property - An Ounce of Prevention Maintain Roof Drainage to Help Prevent Grafton Home Water Damage

Enjoy Your Home, Call SERVPRO for Help with Water Extraction

Storm and other water damage can happen to every home. Showers and snow are expected next week in our community, so now is the time to look at what we can do to protect our homes before rain and snow find a way in where they do not belong.

Preventing the need for water removal in your Grafton home is the best way to deal with it. SERVPRO has extensive experience in both prevention and clean-up. In fact, there are two things that you as a homeowner can do before you have to call us to keep your home ready for the increasingly inclement weather. They are simple and not expensive to accomplish. These suggestions may even keep you from having to call at all. 

First, clean and maintain your drains and gutters. Our inspectors find in many cases that the initial leak into a home comes from poorly cared for drains and gutters that have not been cleaned for months or even years. Water that can't drain correctly collects on roof tops, damages tiles, fascia’s, and eventually finds its way underneath to damage attics and walls. Ice dams can also be prevented with structurally sound roof drainage.

Second, reinforce your roofs. Winter storms are very good at finding that one spot where the roofing is weakened and not properly secured to the roof supports. If it does not compromise the strength and functionality of the roof, it is always a good idea to use additional nails and screws to secure the sheathing and shingles further. It is never a good idea to start off the New Year trying to nail down plastic sheeting over a hole. 

If the weather does overcome preparation, you can rely on our teams of SERVPRO technicians to remove the water and restore your water damaged property back to normal. Each of our franchises maintains an extensive inventory of pumps and extractors to quickly remove standing water as well as heaters and air movers to remove excess moisture. 

If a snowstorm has knocked out power, we can also deploy generators and generator trucks to ensure uninterrupted electrical service and get you back into your home as soon as we can.

Our community may be a little smaller than many in Massachusetts, but we are certainly in one of the most beautiful areas in the state. There's no need to let fall and winter weather cause you not to enjoy every moment. If you require our services, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough is ready to help. Call us today at (508) 757-7885.

Staying Safe When Chemical Agents Are Used For Commercial Water Restoration

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Chemical Agents and Commercial Water Removal

The consequences of water damage can be huge, particularly for small businesses. Ultimately, every day that you can’t operate represents lost profits. This is why a fast and efficient restoration service is essential. At SERVPRO, we have a broad range of techniques that we can use to dry, clean, and repair your property quickly. In some instances, this does involve the use of strong chemicals.

They might be cleaning products, chemical agents, or water treatments. If our technicians do plan to introduce any kind of chemical element to the restoration process, you will be fully informed. Do be aware, however, that your employees will not be allowed to access the affected area during this time. Commercial water removal in Westborough is a complex process, and it requires your full cooperation.

This simple guide to the most commonly used restoration chemicals will give you some information so that you can keep your workers safe.

Antimicrobial Agents 
This describes any chemical that is used to prevent the spread of microorganisms in water or on moist, damp materials. We will use these agents if we believe that black or gray liquid has entered the building, as it can be toxic.

Our disinfectant products are not too dissimilar from the ones that your cleaners may use, but they are substantially stronger. They are able to kill 99% of all the organisms that they encounter, and they leave surfaces close to sterile. We may use formaldehyde, alcohol, or chlorine based products.

The job of a sanitizer is to lower the number of microbes to a level that has been considered safe for ‘public use.’ Usually, sanitizing chemicals are combined with other cleaning agents, because they are not powerful enough to eradicate all organisms on their own. If bacteria remains and only sanitizer is used, there is a chance of it returning and we won’t take it.

Sterilants are very effective because they eradicate fungi spores as well. This prevents the spread of mold in areas that have been affected by water damage. The downside to these chemicals is that they can’t be applied to every surface. Some materials will become damaged if brought into contact with sterilant, so we’re very careful about how we use them.

Cooperation And Collaboration Will Keep You Safe 
We’ll keep you in the loop at all times and explain what is happening throughout the restoration process. In exchange, we expect you to listen to our recommendations and vacate areas containing strong chemicals when advised. This is for your safety. You must inform all employees as to which spaces they can and cannot use during the repairs.

Don’t forget that SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough is a local company. We are based in your area, so you can access our services at any time. We have access to state of the art drying equipment, and we can restore severely damaged items at our special facility. Call us 24/7 at (508)757-7885.

Fire Damage in Grafton Results in Residues

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Residual Smoke, Soot, and Odors Are Vanquished by SERVPRO

The primary source of fire damage in most Massachusetts homes comes from smoke and soot residues. It is not as stark or violent, and most people do not realize just how damaging these residues are to their homes and property. They affect everything from divans to drywall and countertops to ceiling tiles.

Fire damage to a Grafton house, apartment, or condo requires professional restoration to return it to its pre-fire state. SERVPRO has developed an extensive list of cleaning procedures over decades of experience in the business to do just that.

Find and Identify - A response team member inspects the facility and all property inside to determine what residues are present. This inspection provides the data we need to develop a cleaning plan for your home. The inspector also pre-tests particular items to determine exactly which cleaners and equipment are required.

Vacuuming Dry Particles - Dry residues are powdery in nature and easily removed using a vacuum with a HEPA filter designed to capture smoke residue and even mold particles. Unless it smears a wet residue, technicians always try to vacuum up the element before applying a cleaner.

Dissolving Residues - Any residue that cannot be vacuumed or wiped away must be dissolved or loosened. This procedure allows the residue to be captured and removed. The type of surface covered by the residue determines which cleaner is used to prevent damage.

Capture and Remove - IICRC Certified technicians use cleaners and agitation devices to release residues and soil from the property and structural walls and floors. The cleaning solution suspends residue particles which are then vacuumed away and physically removed from your home.

Disposing Residues - We follow federal, state, and local requirements for disposal of all residual waste. No debris is ever disposed of on your property, down your sewer system, or into a nearby source of water. If there is a chance that a biohazard is present, we have qualified technicians that can handle any problem from asbestos abatement to lead paint clean up.

Restoring your home to a pre-fire condition is a privilege we take seriously. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough is ready to help our fellow members of the community put their life back together. Call us at (508) 757-7885 today to get started with an inspection. We are always here to help! 

Fire can Damage Garages and Sheds if Grilling Equipment is Stored Incorrectly in Westborough

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Damage in Your Home, Business or Any Additional Buildings

It does not take much for a fire to start. While it is a tragedy when a home catches on fire, garages and sheds can also have fires, too. Flammable liquids like gasoline and lighter fluid, cardboard boxes full of stored items, and odds and ends often found in these locations can easily combine with hot coals from a grill that has been put away too soon. Live coals can fall out when they burn small enough to escape through ventilation holes but are still large enough to ignite whatever materials they come into contact. 
Westborough residents who enjoy grilling their food outside can prevent fire damage from destroying their storage areas. Because live coals can look like ash, it is difficult to make sure that the grill is ready to be put back in its place. It is a better practice to wait until after eating to return the grill or to keep it outside. Fire-resistant grill covers are available that can protect grills from the elements and prevent rust while also preventing unwanted fires from igniting. 
If you have fire damage from a grill or other similar catastrophe in your shed or garage, SERVPRO is ready to repair the damage and restore your property quickly. Garages, particularly attached ones, typically have a structure that is similar to the rest of the home. We remove all the burned building materials after we have packed up any belongings that may get in the way of our work. Because of the location of these items, we take them to our facility so they need not clutter up your home's interior while we work. 
It is easy to replace damaged drywall, and if the fire happened in a garage, the typical floor is concrete, making cleaning reasonably easy to do. Floors that are industrial grade plastic or composite materials may require specialized repairs. If the flames reached into and damaged the roof, SERVPRO professionals cover the entire structure with a protective tarp before work begins. Fires cause enough damage, and we want to make sure that while we work to restore everything that there is no other damage. 
Fires in sheds can result in a total loss. Some sheds are constructed of thin metal panels or sheets, or are only of the outer wooden paneling, with a metal or wood beam support system to which the outer panels are then attached. The floor, if not of concrete, is often made of the same material as the rest of the shed. Fires often destroy non-concrete floors. As we sort through the remains of the fire, we salvage everything that we can. The rest we list on an inventory sheet so you can present it to the insurance agent. We provide inventory sheets regardless of the location of a fire. 
Grills, being made of metal, are often easily restored to working condition again. Other items may not be so lucky. Soot that has settled on different items should be removed as soon as possible. Tools and machinery are usually damaged if contaminants can work their way into working parts, but cleaning soon after a fire can remove grime, preventing problems and preserving functionality. 
Get back to grilling and relaxing with friends on your free time. When you have a disaster, call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 757-7885, anytime, including weekends and all holidays.

Fire can Damage Garages and Sheds if Grilling Equipment is Stored Incorrectly in Westborough

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Damage in Your Home, Business or Any Additional Buildings

It does not take much for a fire to start. While it is a tragedy when a home catches on fire, garages and sheds can also have fires, too. Flammable liquids like gasoline and lighter fluid, cardboard boxes full of stored items, and odds and ends often found in these locations can easily combine with hot coals from a grill that has been put away too soon. Live coals can fall out when they burn small enough to escape through ventilation holes but are still large enough to ignite whatever materials they come into contact. 
Westborough residents who enjoy grilling their food outside can prevent fire damage from destroying their storage areas. Because live coals can look like ash, it is difficult to make sure that the grill is ready to be put back in its place. It is a better practice to wait until after eating to return the grill or to keep it outside. Fire-resistant grill covers are available that can protect grills from the elements and prevent rust while also preventing unwanted fires from igniting. 
If you have fire damage from a grill or other similar catastrophe in your shed or garage, SERVPRO is ready to repair the damage and restore your property quickly. Garages, particularly attached ones, typically have a structure that is similar to the rest of the home. We remove all the burned building materials after we have packed up any belongings that may get in the way of our work. Because of the location of these items, we take them to our facility so they need not clutter up your home's interior while we work. 
It is easy to replace damaged drywall, and if the fire happened in a garage, the typical floor is concrete, making cleaning reasonably easy to do. Floors that are industrial grade plastic or composite materials may require specialized repairs. If the flames reached into and damaged the roof, SERVPRO professionals cover the entire structure with a protective tarp before work begins. Fires cause enough damage, and we want to make sure that while we work to restore everything that there is no other damage. 
Fires in sheds can result in a total loss. Some sheds are constructed of thin metal panels or sheets, or are only of the outer wooden paneling, with a metal or wood beam support system to which the outer panels are then attached. The floor, if not of concrete, is often made of the same material as the rest of the shed. Fires often destroy non-concrete floors. As we sort through the remains of the fire, we salvage everything that we can. The rest we list on an inventory sheet so you can present it to the insurance agent. We provide inventory sheets regardless of the location of a fire. 
Grills, being made of metal, are often easily restored to working condition again. Other items may not be so lucky. Soot that has settled on different items should be removed as soon as possible. Tools and machinery are usually damaged if contaminants can work their way into working parts, but cleaning soon after a fire can remove grime, preventing problems and preserving functionality. 
Get back to grilling and relaxing with friends on your free time. When you have a disaster, call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 757-7885, anytime, including weekends and all holidays.

Professional Water Removal Services Available In the Grafton Area

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Water Removal Services Available In the Grafton Area Call SERVPRO to Professionally Mitigate Water Damage to Your Grafton Property

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

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

Water removal services are key to restoring your Grafton area property after leaks or flooding; they often help eliminate a variety of secondary damages that develop over time. You might not understand it, but ignoring it is totally out of the question. Do yourself a favor, locate a qualified restoration company to help get things under control.

Small floods with less than 2-inches of water in any location of your home often have a pretty basic solution. SERVPRO technicians enter your home, assess the damages, and explain their services. If their tests show that the water does not contain contaminants of any kind, they bring in a variety of portable extraction equipment and remove water from your home safely. More or less a straight forward job that may or may not lead to repairs, painting, or general construction work in your home. Drying out all wetted materials is crucial to controlling any need for replacement.

Large area floods often bring dirt and muck along for the ride, leaving large amounts of unknown waste throughout your home. These types of flooding incidents may not allow such an easy, simple solution. SERVPRO technicians run into more contaminants, biohazards, and safety issues with this kind of flood. Safe and secure services with specifically trained personnel accomplish the task. However, once they have taken care of the contamination, the restoration continues just like any smaller job would.

The amount and type of water exposure you experience in your home have a severe impact on the results you receive. However, SERVPRO technicians have years of experience performing water removal services, obtain IICRC industry certifications, and have access to the equipment and resources necessary to handle any size job that occurs on your property.

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough can respond to your call for help, anytime, day or night. With 24-hour emergency services and expertly trained technicians, you could not receive a more qualified solution. (508)-757-7885

Commercial Water Removal can Mitigate Damage from Flooding in Your Grafton Antique Shop

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial  Commercial Water Removal can Mitigate Damage from Flooding in Your Grafton Antique Shop Call SERVPRO quickly to save your artifacts from damage after storm or water damage event.

SERVPRO Technicians Take Great Care When Dealing with Delicate Items

Antiques are high on many people's list of the more interesting things in life – the ability to see how generations of the past lived and functioned satisfies the curiosity of many people. Others also believe that things today are not made as well as they used to be, and find that they prefer antique items over more recently made equivalents. This creates a strong market for the antiques business. Damage to your inventory can create irreparable losses, simply due to the scarcity of the items comprising your stock. 
When your Grafton location experiences flooding, you need commercial water removal efforts to begin immediately. This is the best and most thorough way to protect your investment. Saving the most delicate items may not always be possible, but when efforts to remove water begin earlier, much more damage is prevented. We know that items such as letters, photographs, books, and even items that are special because of the autograph they carry may be damaged, so we will do our part in providing adequate descriptions of these items, aiding you in the process of recovering those losses through your insurance carrier. 
Our Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS) knows the complexities involved in regaining a dry state, even when many different items are involved. Because the time periods involved most likely are spread out over several decades at a minimum, we know that we must work as quickly as possible to provide you with the best results. Preserving the patina that shows use and age while also preserving the piece as a whole is something that only an expert can do successfully after a flood situation, regardless of the source of water. Flooding from external sources can create a mess no matter what business type you are involved in, of course, but internal sources can create inventory losses in settings where priceless antiques are displayed that other businesses might not face. Commercial water removal includes even the smallest stock items. 
Preserving years' worth of inventory and protecting your financial security is something you cannot afford to skimp on. Call us, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508) 393-7898, for any size disaster and we can help you protect your assets with commercial water removal services.

How does Black Mold Grow in our Local Community

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Black mold, is a huge concern to every homeowner. black mold causes damage to your home and belongings, It can even cause health effects. That is why SERVPRO recommends all homeowners in the Worcester county area to be vigilant about fungal growth in their homes and give us a call at the first sign of trouble. 

The question is, What is black mold? Mold refers to fungi that grows in thread-like structures called hyphae. Mold also releases small spores into the air. These can be inhaled and can also travel to other rooms, thus increasing the risk of mold damage in our local communities and homes. 

Molds Needs Several Things to Grow:

-Darkness or lack of strong light 




-A food source

Wood, Cotton, and drywall backing are all good food services (cellulose) which means that if the other conditions are present, mold can feed on those materials in your home and colonies begin to grow. Moisture is easy to find in a home. Leaks and floods provide moisture, but there are also plenty of common damp sources including wet laundry, water from faucets or tubs, and condensation. Water buildup around your foundation or in your basement also helps provide an ideal growing ground. 

The right conditions means the fungus can grow and cause mold damage in your home. Luckily our trained professional are on hand 24 hours a day to help you deal with Mold remediation. 

SERVPRO teams are fully trained to carry out mold remediation and containment. Our technicians are IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified, and we follow their S520 mold remediation standard. Our AMART team members also adhere strictly to guidelines laid out by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Our experts work to contain as much mold at the source as possible by establishing containment and by using negative air machines to vent contaminated air from your home. We have a range of cleaning protocols and use whichever method is best suited to your situation, be that scrubbing, wet wiping with powerful detergent, or using HEPA vacuum up loosen up mold. 

We also train our crews to dry out the area using dehumidifiers and air blowers to make it less friendly for mold to reduce the chances of resurgence. Then we can spray or fog anti-fungal agents to reduce the chances of future mold infestations. 

Do not let mold invade your home. Call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury / Westborough at (508)393-7898 today for help. For more information on the area: https://shrewsburyma.gov

Did you Know UV Technology can be used to fix Fire Damage in our Local Homes?

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did you Know UV Technology can be used to fix Fire Damage in our Local Homes? Even the worst of fire damage can be cleaned and fixed! Call SERVPRO right after the damage to make sure your home can be restored!

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

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

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

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

External Deodorization 

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

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

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

Internal Deodorization

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

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

At SERVPRO of Shrewsury/Westborough, we have access to cutting-edge equipment and technology. If you need help ridding your home of stubborn smoke odors, just get in touch with our team. Call us at (508)757-7885. 

Keeping Water Damage away from you Business

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Keeping Water Damage away from you Business SERVPRO can Restore Your Water Damaged Business and Make "It Like It Never Happened"

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

Water damage in your company can be a devastating event. it can be expensive to get it cleaned up but also slows down or even closes your business operations for the time being. Weather you are sending employees home during the cleanup, managing the distraction, or losing records and equipment, water damage inevitably causes a big hit to your business. There are some  things you can do to help you prevent water damage from occurring you should know. However, if any emergency still arises, SERVPRO can extract the water, clean up the mess, and restore your company efficiently and promptly. 

Things to Look for to Help Water Damage Prevention:

-Musty smells 

-Running water sounds - even when all water is shut off

The Usual Problems 

Figuring out where water can originate goes a long way in prevention water damage to your business. Some possible water sources to check out include:


Common sources of water damage include air conditioner units, water heaters, clothes washer, refrigerators, and dishwashers. The age of these devices is a big factor. Over time, for example, appliances which make condensation can rust, increasing chances for a leak. Water supply hoses can develop leaks well. Hundreds of gallons of water can flow, creating significant damage to your building and the property inside. Waterlogged rugs, and desks can become a financial hardship. when this happens, SERVPRO can help you salvage much of the items inside, besides drying out your business and repairing the damage. Off-site cleaning in esporta industrial washing machines can salvage inventory. 

Drains and Pipes 

Your plumbing system can become clogged, leading to appliences that overflow such as sinks, toilets, and your washing machines. Kitchen sinks can have grease buildup, while the accumulation of lint dryers and roots in sewer lines are other reasons for clogs. Pipes can also freeze in the wintertime, burst, and damage your building and the property inside. A 1/8-inch crack can flood your property with up to two hundred fifty gallons of water per day. 


Missing, deteriorated, or damaged materials on your roof and ice dams let water enter through your roof and damage walls, ceilings, and floors. Attic ventilation and insulation which is insufficient speeds up the decay of the roof, contributing ice dams forming. exposure to snow, wind, rain, ice and foot traffic also affects the ability of the roof to keep water out. Many factors can contribute to closing your doors to your clients and customers. 

Regular maintenance of these areas in your building can prevent water damage. if your still experience a water emergency, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough is fully capable of fixing the problem, drying you business out and salvaging any property possible. We do it all with the care and regard for you as a business owner, and we are available any time you need us, day or night when you call us at (508)757-7885 


5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Investigation Process With Help of High-Tech Tools 

You may have seen, or smelt mold growth in your residence, but many questions run through the mind of SERVPRO which pertain to its exact location, spread, severity, strain, and a host of other factors. Mold can grow back to full size from just a tiny remaining patch, so it is imperative that we are fully stamp out the colony in your home in one try. Thus, we are equipped with the same expensive, high-end technology found at SERVPRO locations nationwide. Thermal cameras, moisture sensors, and specialized air analysis  equipment help us to understand the exact extent of mold in your home, and root it out accordingly.

Thermal Cameras 

most types of mold damage are caused by mold species that emit heat - heat that can be detected by the right equipment. Our special hand-help sensors can peer behind walls and into dark corners to see where mold is growing, and where we needto focus our efforts. These sensors also often allow us to measure critical readings like humidity that can promote faster mold growth. 

Moisture Sensors

Where there is mold there is moisture, so much of our detection process revolves around finding that moisture. Moisture detectors allow us to detect water in hard-to-see locations, even in minuscule amounts. SERVPRO is fully certified to handle any extra water damage problems found in this process, so u do not have to worry about arranging for additional restorations should we find severe damage. 

Air Samples

Sometimes, especially when dealing with certain dangerous types of mold that may cause health effects, our technicians may take samples of the air. Depending on the specific situation, these may be elevated on-site, at our facility, or at a laboratory to determine air composition and help us to understand better what mold we are fighting in your home. 

SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough carries high-tech equipment to make sure the mold is gone from your home as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Call us at (508)757-7885 


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