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Here to help Westborough's Homes and Businesses

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Here to help Westborough's Homes and Businesses Carpet blocks prevent water from wicking up furniture and staining carpets

When water leaks in a business or home it can quickly seep into, walls, baseboards, flooring and carpet. This ultimately can cause havoc to the home or business owner.   SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough knows how troublesome water damages can be. Not only are water leaks disruptive, but can possibly disrupt a business for days and even weeks. Having your business closed can also effect revenues which could lead to a business closing.

The first 24 hours after a water loss is the most critical time to prevent damage. Our professionally trained technicians will be at your site quickly to ensure your water damage is handled properly. Until help arrives, listed below are a few helpful safety and damage prevention tips.

  • Turn off circuit breakers near saturated areas
  • Do not use a vacuum cleaner to remove water
  • Place blocks of aluminum foil under furniture legs to prevent indents
  • Move all valuables to a dry area

Remember to call SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough for all your fire, water and mold restoration services.

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

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What Level Is Your Water Damage?

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Can Count on US When Its Time to Tackle Water Damage in Your Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage You Can Count on US When Its Time 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. We will be ready for your call (508)757-7885

Water Damage Restoration in Your Home Can Also Leave Behind Odor

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration in Your Home Can Also Leave Behind Odor SERVPRO Helps Restore Water Damaged Homes in Shrewsbury. We are always ready

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.

There is a Process to Water Removal in a Shrewsbury Home

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage There is a Process to Water Removal in a Shrewsbury Home Humidity and RH Are Factors in Controlling Water Damage in Shrewsbury. Call on the professionals at SERVPRO

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. We hold many additional certifications as well. 

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!

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.

The Grafton Area's Premier Option for Professional Water Removal Services

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Grafton Area's Premier Option for Professional Water Removal Services Call SERVPRO to Professionally Mitigate Water Damage to Your Grafton Property, we will be ready.

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. We stand ready, willing, and able to help!