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Hardware Plus Approaches To Combating A Wet Basement In Your Marlborough Residence

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hardware Plus Approaches To Combating A Wet Basement In Your Marlborough Residence SERVPRO Helps Keep Marlborough Basements High and Dry

Marlborough Basements When Kept Dry Offer Added Living Space and Health to Families

A wet lower level in your Marlborough home can lead to multiple issues and effects for your house and your family alike. Maybe it does not sound like a pressing concern, the possibility of structural failure and microbial/mold growth should encourage you to take care of this issue as promptly as possible.

Taking care of this persistent concern is a little more challenging than you might have thought it to be. Most homeowners do not have the appropriate equipment or training to entirely remove the moisture in their Marlborough wet basement, let alone to prevent this situation from happening again in the immediate future.

The way that our SERVPRO technicians determine what your home needs in this situation is through a thorough inspection into the current conditions of the basement and the source of the dampness. This assessment can aid in determining the equipment necessary as well as the specific tasks to eliminate the current moisture and prevent it from recurring through repairs and the installation of specialized machines. We can also assess if waterproofing the exterior with a coating or having the foundation area grade sloped away from the structure have a positive effect.

If flooding and water damage are persistent threats to the basement, your SERVPRO technicians on site might encourage you to consider the installation of a sump pump. This machine can divert the water away from the concrete floors and the walls of your basement, but typically requires grading the floors towards this installation or installing concrete canals to divert the water into this sump pump basin.

Another proposed piece of equipment could be a dehumidifier. This appliance can pull the moisture out of the environment, which would include any moisture seeping in from the walls or the concrete floors of your basement area. In many instances, this equipment alone can prevent recurrences of dampness that can lead to mold growth or construction material damage.

The plan to restore the damage that your home sustains from a wet basement varies per instance, but this is a good idea of the nature of the work that we do extending beyond extraction and drying efforts. You can count on our SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord rapid response team to help you control the situation quickly and return your house to the dry place it should be. Give us a call today at (978) 486-9868.

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Storm Damage Can Allow Flooding In Your Maynard Residence

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Can Allow Flooding In Your Maynard Residence Call SERVPRO to Rescue Your Maynard Home after Flooding

Maynard Homeowners Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Drying after Stormy Incidents

Severe weather is no stranger to the state of Massachusetts, let alone to the residents of Maynard. From the heavy snowfall throughout the winter months to the torrential rainfall expected through the spring and summer months, homes take a beating all year round from these steady elements. Even with the reinforcement of roofs and exterior materials like siding, homes still fall victim to the severe weather and allow substantial volumes of runoff or floodwaters to enter their home.

While these unfortunate circumstances might come unexpectedly, knowing what to do when they happen can help to limit the flood damages that your Maynard home experiences. One of the first things that you should do is to know whom to call in the event of an emergency like this, and that is a professional restoration company like SERVPRO.

Floodwaters entering your home can quickly saturate the materials used in the construction of your house. If the water damage originates from the attic area, materials like insulation and ceiling framework can get too heavy to remain supported and collapse into the lower levels of your home. One of the SERVPRO goals is to make every job as safe as possible, which begins with assessing these risks along with the full scope of the damage that your home faces.

Another consideration is the removal and replacement of the materials too irreparably damaged for restoration to be practical or even possible. This assessment is one that takes a trained eye and experience to make, which can eliminate unessential costs and help to make the restoration process go more quickly. The final call for tossing non-salvageable materials, especially possessions and furnishings, is controlled by the homeowner and the insurance adjuster.  We can advise which areas of your home can get restored with drying efforts and cleanup and which require removal and replacement.

While there are no ways that you can prepare yourself for the potential flooding that can come from storm damages on the exterior of your house, there are ways that you can prepare for what you would do if such an occurrence happens. You should give our experienced SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord restoration team a call immediately at (978) 486-9868.

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Odor Removal In Marlborough Homes

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Odor Removal In Marlborough Homes SERVPRO's Arsenal of Odor-Killing Devices Included Special HEPA/Carbon Filtered Equipment to Restore Fresh, Clean Indoor Air Quality in Marlborough

Many Causes of House Odors Are Neutralized with SERVPRO Expertise

Most malodors in Marlborough homes often come after a fire leaves smoke and odor residues throughout the structure. Eliminating them is often the final step to returning a home to its original condition after a fire. Other sources in our area usually come from an animal carcass under the home or in the attic, or an excess of animal feces in a crawlspace. Crime scene and hoarding can also require professional-grade efforts for odor removal.

For Marlborough odor removal, SERVPRO technicians follow four key steps to clean and protect area homes: Remove the source and debris, clean surface residues, recreate conditions to eliminate, and seal surfaces.
 
The first step is to remove the odor source whenever possible. Team specialists dispose of charred structural and personal property debris, or animal carcasses immediately. If an item has a layer of smoke residue on it, then our personnel remove it to an unaffected part of the house, another facility, or take it outside if the weather is good. Removal eliminates much of the odors, and if the source was in the removed debris or property, the home returns to its pre-odor condition quickly with a little help.
 
Next, SERVPRO technicians clean and wipe down every surface which contains an odor-causing residue. They can break down and remove most residues with a cleaning agent and a dry or wet sponge. If the residues came from a kitchen fire, then they may contain grease, which makes them much harder to remove. Team members may need to use scrubbing brushes and stronger cleaning agents depending on the surface of the property. An example would be removing odor-residues trapped in upholstered furniture.
 
If the odors penetrated the surface of an item, then technicians may need to recreate the condition. To do this, they distribute a deodorizing agent in the same way smoke got into the property during the fire. Often, they use a fogger machine to create a cloud of deodorizing or neutralizing agent and spray onto the surface. The cloud can penetrate to the same level as the smoke, blocking or eliminating the malodors. This option is not always available due to possible chemical reactions with plastics, vinyl, and rubber products within the house. Hydroxyl generators and HEPA filtered air scrubbers with activated charcoal filters are two more useful devices for bad odor neutralization.
 
The final step is to seal the surfaces. It is not used regularly but is effective for blocking mild odors that remain after cleaning if the homeowner does not want to remove structural property. Our technicians use paint with an odor-blocker to prevent odors from entering through the walls. This is useful also to contain previously mold infested elements.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Marlborough / Concord is to return your home to a clean-looking, and smelling condition. If you detect any malodor in your home, call us immediately at (978) 486-9868 to schedule a visit.

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Expert Help For Marlborough Office Wet Carpet Woes

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Expert Help For Marlborough Office Wet Carpet Woes SERVPRO's Water Extraction from Wet Carpets Mitigates Damages in Marlborough Commercial Properties

Wet and Water Damaged Commercial Carpets Get the Professional Service Needed for Restoration from SERVPRO in the Marlborough Area

Wall to wall carpet gives a professional look to your Marlborough office or hotel, but adequately maintaining it is necessary to preserve its appearance and function. Leaving the cleaning and repair of damage to your floor coverings to your housekeeping staff might not be the best choice, especially if a significant water incursion soaks your carpet. Our crews are experienced in resolving wet carpet issues and are available to help quickly.

If a water cooler or lobby aquarium breaks and spills in your Marlborough office, restoring and drying the wet carpet must be job one. Merely mopping up the moisture or renting a cleaner cannot give you the peace of mind a professional restoration delivers. Carpets take a beating even without the addition of excess water but are expensive and time-consuming to replace. IICRC trained technicians from our production teams approach the job of removing the water and drying the floor and carpet with strategies back by research and best practices.
 
Removing the carpet is an option, but that is disruptive to your business operations. SERVPRO crews receive advanced training on in-place drying of the floor, padding, and carpeting. When we arrive, we assess the extent of the water saturation and take steps to minimize further migration of the fluid to unaffected areas of the carpet. Drying the several layers of floor covering requires the operation of weighted extraction wands, using pressure to force the moisture out of carpeting and padding. Only certified technicians can ensure the repeated passes of the extractors do no damage the carpet further, including potential rips, tars, stretching, and delamination of the backing from the fibers. When commercial grade glue-down carpeting has been affected by a large water spillage, the requirements are different and can be covered in another blog article.
 
Sometimes it makes sense to remove and replace the padding, particularly when the water holds contaminants. This can be done in stages without requiring the entire carpet to be taken up at one time. As the areas under the padding are exposed, examination and drying of the underlying floor can occur. SERVPRO crews work closely with you, and our office provides a liaison to your insurance company as we complete the job to ensure the restoration efforts chosen, including replacement of parts of the carpeting system, are covered by your policy.
 
Cleaning, sanitizing, and thorough drying must also be a part of the procedure. SERVPRO uses effective and dedicated carpet cleaning solutions and EPA registered disinfectants after the water removal to ensure clean and sanitary conditions. We position supports and air movers to direct warm airflow over and under the carpet while running dehumidifiers to speed the water vapor migration out of the fibers.
 
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is ready to assist when a water spill or crisis soaks your office carpet. Call (978) 486-9868 immediately to avoid secondary damage -- reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Returning A Marlborough Hotel Room To Non-Smoker Odor-Free Status

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Returning A Marlborough Hotel Room To Non-Smoker Odor-Free Status SERVPRO Can Eliminate Odors from Marlborough Hotels and Residential Properties

SERVPRO Remedies Odor Problems in Commercial Establishments in the Marlborough Area

As a hospitality and lodging provider, you want each of your guests to find comfort and relaxation in their Marlborough hotel room. You make a promise to guests that request a non-smoking room that their environment is free of the smell and residues associated with cigarettes while staying at your hotel. Our deodorization technicians and innovative equipment may be your answer.
 
When guests check into the non-smoking room your staff prepared for them, the success of any odor removal techniques used in your Marlborough hotel is on trial. If a previous guest ignored the signs and smoked in the room, your non-smoking customers may be upset at the lingering odor. Effective odor removal often requires trying many approaches until one works, and our OCT, odor control technicians, IICRC-certified crews are familiar with this process.
 
Upon arrival, SERVPRO’s crew lead assess the room or rooms that need odor removal. Although it may seem that the smell is airborne only, we seek out other, remediable sources. Furnishings and carpeting attract and hold the tiny particles of ash, tar, and other substances incompletely burned. We start with a thorough cleaning, including the upholstery and carpet using our commercial strength steam extractors and professional cleaning products.
 
Nicotine and other substances can stain walls and from there emit smells. Our crews wash walls with appropriate cleaners. SERVPRO might suggest repainting the walls and sealing wooden portions of furnishings and headboards to keep odor penetrating beneath these surfaces from vaporizing. Frequently each room has a separate heating and cooling system, and we also inspect and clean the vents and any ductwork to prevent the smoke smells from recirculating.
 
SERVPRO also can access resources that eliminate odors by changing the chemical composition of the minute particles floating in the air and embedded in surfaces and fixtures. One option is thermal fogging, a process where air cleaners combust in a heated chamber and then bond with and render smell-free the particles remaining in the room. Other resources include hydroxyl generators and other oxygenation systems. A form of UV light creates the hydroxyl radicals that then react with solid pollutants like cigarette smoke and help destroy them. These processes eliminate the odors, not just cover them up like most air fresheners.
 
Efficient and profitable management of your hotel requires all rooms possible are available, and SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is ready to deodorize areas of your premises damaged by previous guests smoking in spaces designated “non-smoking.” Call for a consultation at (978) 486-9868.

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Professional Mold Damage Remediation Techniques For Your Concord Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professional Mold Damage Remediation Techniques For Your Concord Home High moisture areas like the bathroom can develop mold damage the professionals at SERVPRO can remediate.

Remediating mold damage from your home

Some Concord homeowners feel encouraged to try to handle a mold infestation on their own. Although you may feel empowered with a bottle of diluted chlorine bleach spray in one hand, entrusting the mold remediation tasks to our professionals is a wiser and potentially less costly decision. Our trained technicians and safer yet more efficient mold treatments and protocols keep everyone safe and adapt to manage mold outbreaks more extensive than first believed.

Mold damage in Concord is not something to embarrass or panic a homeowner. It merely shows the link between two elements that are common in any home -- mold spores and water. Mold spores float and settle everywhere indoors and out. They are an essential natural component in breaking down dead vegetation and abandoned organic materials outdoors. Indoors their growth is unwanted, but it follows the same process as in the natural world -- water absorbed by a mold spore jump starts its life cycle. Colonies develop, needing only the moisture and air and a surface made of or coated with organic materials. No light is required, so they often multiply in the dark and hidden areas of your home.

The hyphae that make up a mold colony can penetrate porous surfaces such as insulation, fabrics, and drywall. Unlike the professional products used by SERVPRO, DIY remedies like diluted bleach or other pre-formulated cleaners often only work on a very superficial level. Dark mold stains may lighten, or mildew in the corner of the shower might disappear for a few days, but the mold returns quickly. When these water-based products soak into the drywall, grout, or insulation, they are not strong enough to kill the outbreak. The high percentage of water in these mixtures instead can feed the mold.

When the SERVPRO remediation crew takes on the task, a different emphasis results in more successful results. A Microbial Remediation Supervisor reviews your scenario, evaluating the extent of the mold damage and devising a comprehensive plan to contain and remove the mold infestation. We use barriers or negative pressure air scrubbers to protect unaffected areas of your home while observing proper procedures to clean up lingering debris and lawfully dispose of all moldy materials. Scraping and the use of gentle abrasives like sodium bicarbonate loosens and removes the mold below the surface.

SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord commits to offer residents in our community reliable mold damage remediation. Contact us at (978) 486-9868 to set up an appointment for a mold consultation, including suggestions on how to eliminate the water intrusions causing the growth.

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Seasonal Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Hudson Home

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seasonal Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Hudson Home SERVPRO Can Replace Storm Damaged Insulation in Hudson Homes Along with Water Extraction and Drying

Floods from the Roof or Foundation Present Emergency Cleanups and Water Removal--Call the Professionals from SERVPRO 

Spring brings a lot of rain to the State of Massachusetts, and the excessive volume of water has the potential to cause flood damage in any homes that are not adequately prepared. If the roof on your home is already in critical condition, a weekend of rain can quickly turn into a disaster for you. Water flooding into your attic can soak through the ceiling, causing water spots and rotting the material if it is not dealt with immediately. When water damage occurs inside of your home, it is always a wise decision to call for help immediately.

No part of your home is meant to withstand significant flood damage, but the attic of your Hudson home is particularly weak. Most attics are usually not finished, and it is never good if water has direct access to the bare structure of your property. Insulation and support beams can become waterlogged and turn into the perfect place for microbial growth in as little as 72 hours. If mold is allowed to form, it puts the structure in your home in even more damage, as mold rots organic material, such as the wooden frame of your home. The quicker you are to call for help, the more likely you are to have successful remediation.
 
After receiving your call, SERVPRO makes it our top priority to travel to your home quickly. When we arrive, we can bring trade tools with us to remove any pooling water from your home before drying out the structure. Insulation is relatively easy to dry and save, however, our SERVPRO techs may need to remove it to access water that has reached the sheetrock underneath it.  Our team has extensive experience with replacing wet or contaminated insulation. We use tools such as extractors and wet/dry vacuums to tackle any pooling water. Afterward, SERVPRO can employ the use of air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure of your attic.
 
If your home suffers from flood damage, do not hesitate. Dial (978) 486-9868 to connect with SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord. We understand how essential it is to arrive quickly and always strive to do so.

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Deodorization For The Odors That Imperil Your Concord Business

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Deodorization For The Odors That Imperil Your Concord Business Make Your Concord Business Center "Purr with Purity," Call SERVPRO for Odor Control and Improved IAQ

Concord Enterprises Turn to SERVPRO for Odor Control and Abatement

Businesses come and go throughout Concord, and some of the ones that are on their way out of the picture can leave an unwelcome reminder of their presence by a lingering odor in the building or strip center unit that traditional cleaning and deodorizing spray cannot overcome. Your new office could have recently experienced a fire before you acquired it, for instance. Your new restaurant dining area could get positioned in what used to be the locker room for a local athletic team. The list goes on. Fortunately, in circumstances where you have a persistent odor to overcome, and you cannot seem to handle it alone, you can count on professional restoration.

Regardless of what is causing the lingering foul odor in your Concord building, you want to be able to separate your new business from whatever happened in that space before. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists can help you through our expertise and sophisticated equipment to remove this persistent problem once and for all.

When our team arrives at your building, we go over the entire facility to ensure that there are no apparent sources of the odor, and to assess how widespread this effect is throughout your building. To remove this odor, our SERVPRO technicians often employ thermal fogging machines throughout all of the affected areas. This process integrates open areas, surfaces, furniture, fabrics, and textiles into the deodorization efforts.

This machine emits a chemical compound that can break apart foul odor molecules in the air and those that embed into surfaces and fabrics. This process neutralizes the molecules and leaves no discernable smell behind. Our SERVPRO OCT odor control technician may set up an air scrubber or two that utilizes several different types of filters. A HEPA, high-efficiency particulate absorber filter, can capture airborne motes as small as 0.3 microns that may contain smoke, dander, pollen, mold spores, and varying odorous materials. The second filter is activated carbon, well-known as an odor eater. Purifying the ambient environment and improving the IAQ indoor air quality offer benefits to employees, clients, customers for a sense of well-being and even less sick days.

Whether you are overcoming a disaster of your own doing or trying to separate your business from its distinctly smelly past, professional restoration can help you through every step. When it comes to deodorization and restoration for your business, regardless of the source, SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord can show you how to reclaim your space. Give our experienced restoration specialists a call 24/7 at (978) 486-9868.

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The Discovery of Black Mold In Your Concord Home

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Discovery of Black Mold In Your Concord Home Moldy Mess in Concord? Call SERVPRO for Remediation and Cleanup

SERVPRO Alleviates Fears and Remediates Mold for Our Customers

The discovery of mold in your home is something that many Concord homeowners have in common. Humid conditions and moisture left behind in your home after storm damages occur often provide the right circumstances for fungal and microbial growth. While some might get billed as being worse than others, any mold growth in your home is something that you want to address as quickly as possible.

One of the varieties of fungal growth that tend to get named as more harmful or severe than others in your Concord home is black mold. In truth, this might look different and more ominous than other types you might have seen in the past, but the effects of its presence typically are the same as any other type you might encounter.

Our SERVPRO team of Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians AMRT get uniquely trained to handle every variety of mold that could surface and colonize in your home. Our experience and equipment can allow our team to work efficiently in remediating the damage that black mold causes and make the environment safer for you and your family.

With the understanding that mold can cause health effects to you and your family, remediating the damage is a critical step that should immediately follow the discovery of the growth. When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, we get to work on isolating the affected area with plastic containment barriers, negative air chambers, and air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA filters for capturing mold particulates and spores as small as 0.3 microns. These devices catch airborne mold spores to prevent them from spreading to new areas of your home while the remediation is underway. We can also utilize activated carbon in this scrubbers to improve the indoor air quality.

Often sanding and soda blasting are typical approaches to removal of the mold colonies, especially when they get deeply seated in a material. Extraction of these colonies is not always effective, however. Sometimes removal of the severely damaged material (and replacement of new material) is necessary to complete the mold remediation.

Many people end up misguided by a belief that black mold is more dangerous or hazardous in your home than other types. While this might not be the case, exposure to any variety of mold is something you should handle as soon as you can. Trust the mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord to help you through every step of this process. Give us a call today at (978) 486-9868.

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Inspections and Insurance Claims Following A Fire To Your Hudson Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Inspections and Insurance Claims Following A Fire To Your Hudson Home House Fires in Hudson, Insurance Adjusters, and How SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO Can Assist with Claims After Damaging Fires to Your Property and Possessions

While a fire in your Hudson home might be traumatic enough, merely experiencing the damage firsthand might seem overwhelming at first. Finding the right kind of help in this situation is critical, both to help you restore the damages that have occurred and to aid in getting insurance companies to understand the full scope of the devastation to your home and what is a requirement to bring it back to the way that it used to be.

While you might still be working to assess the fire damages to your Hudson residence, this is not a process that you should undertake alone. Our SERVPRO team of experienced technicians can walk through the house with you and gauge the full extent of the fire damage that it has suffered and what our professionals need to do to restore it. One of the essential aspects of this process is to have an open dialogue with your insurance company to make them aware of what needs to happen.

 Often this communication is overseen by our SERVPRO project or production manager working to keep the restoration running smoothly at your residence. This individual meets with the insurance adjuster and shows our findings and restoration model and works to get the appropriate approvals from the home insurance outfit so that work can continue without delays. Moreover, this open line of communication works to ensure that you are not responsible for expenses that your insurance company was not clear about or did not approve.

The estimator for our work sets out to determine what in your home can get successfully restored. This process includes making a claims list based on the value of specific items that cannot get restored through our efforts. The final determination of what to salvage rests with the client and the carrier. Please bear in mind that we are NOT an insurance company.

While a fire in your home is traumatic enough, the stress of dealing with your insurance company and its adjustment team can be equally as problematic at times. In these cases, it might be a better option for you to leave it to the professionals we have at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord. Our team can work directly with your insurance company to show the importance of each restoration task, and ultimately achieve these goals and get your home back the way it should be after a damaging fire. Give us a call anytime you need us at (978) 486-9868.

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