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Removing and Preventing Mold in Concord Attics

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing and Preventing Mold in Concord Attics Moisture & Mold in a Concord Attic? Call SERVPRO to Fix Both Problems

SERVPRO Offers a Full Service of Mold Remediation and Insulation Installation

There is mold in every home in Concord. Specifically, there are mold spores in every home. In most of them, the spores are dormant, and these dry, microscopic specs pose no threat to the home itself or the residents inside.
 
When there is enough moisture, then the spores begin to expand and develop in Concord and other Massachusetts homes. Mold in the attic then becomes an issue for SERVPRO technicians to inspect, clean, and remove from the house, duplex, or apartment building.
 
Most of the moisture we find in a home which causes spores to become active is usually from a leaking pipe or a water line with a seep. In attics, the problem can often be poor insulation or simply not enough to protect the space and property stored under the roof.
 
When there is not enough insulation, more heat from the rooms below rises into the attic. This increased amount of warm, moist air comes in contact with the colder, dry air already present and forms moisture on the support beams and other surfaces.
 
When enough forms, it drips down onto the insulation and other surfaces, leaving pools of water that serve as perfect, little breeding spots for mold spores to expand and grow. The dripping water also compacts the insulation, especially blown-in insulation. Compacted insulation quickly loses its ability to reflect heat back into the home, which increases the amount of warm air that escapes into the attic, causing more drops of moisture to form.
 
If this happens, SERVPRO technicians must not only clean and remove the mold and puddles of water, but the compacted insulation as well. We can do this with a commercial grade vacuum and a hose that draws out the affected insulation into a sealed bag or another container for disposal. For tight areas where we cannot use the vacuum, we use long-handled tools to reach in and pull out clumps of compacted insulation.
 
Once we have the old insulation removed, technicians spray every surface with an anti-fungal agent to kill most remaining spores. If needed, we can also use a fogger device to fill the attic with the chemical cleaner to get into every nook and cranny we might not be able to reach otherwise.
 
Then, we allow the attic to completely dry. If we need to speed up the process, we can use air movers to force warm, dry air over the attic. Our last step is to replace the insulation with new and make certain to use enough to protect your home from further mold and to lower your heating bills.
 
Removing mold is never a simple process, but SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord can help you with every step, ensuring your home is clean, dry, and safe to live in once more. If you have, or suspect mold in your residence, call us today at (978) 486-9868.

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Post-Fire Odor Control and Removal Helps Make a Marlborough Residence Habitable Again

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Post-Fire Odor Control and Removal Helps Make a Marlborough Residence Habitable Again Smoke from a Marlborough Housefire? Call SERVPRO to Freshen Up Your Home

SERVPRO's Expertise and Equipment Are the Answers to a Smoke Odor Removal Service

Housefires in Marlborough often mean lengthy rebuilding periods. However, that eventually ends, and the family can return home. With the home restored, nothing should hinder the family from enjoying their home once again. However, at times, a lingering problem does exist. This problem permeates almost everywhere and seems to become worse whenever heat or humidity rises.

Homeowners in Marlborough who return home after a fire often encounter an invisible problem that only odor control and elimination can solve. At SERVPRO, we use different machines to combat this problem. Highly effective against the particles left behind by even the most thorough cleaning work, hydroxyl and ozone-generating machines form invisible gases which quickly form molecular bonds with offending particles. Once bonded, the odor-causing compounds are rendered clean.

After the use of either of these two gas-producing machines, a waiting period for the gas to work follows. Once complete, we, along with the homeowners, check to determine the need for additional odor control measures. The presence of slight odors remaining can often mean that when warmer weather begins, those almost imperceptible scents currently experienced can quickly become much worse.

In conditions warranting extra odor control, we use thermal fogging. Mimicking the smoke that once permeated into tiny cracks, crevices, and spaces, thermal fogging can efficiently remove the ability of smoke particles to disintegrate and float back into the air. Because we use a forced fogging method, this works quickly.

Closing doors and leaving your home fogged with special chemicals that leave little to no residue, your home can soon smell fresh, clean, and healthy once again. Waiting times for the fog to work range from half an hour to less than two hours, with ventilation times running a bit less. Individuals with respiratory diseases or other concerns should speak with the physician about any concerns.

Our IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) knows that while some odors remain so slight that some individuals never notice them while other individuals experience discomfort from these same odor-causing particles. Every individual reacts uniquely, and our goal is to make your home smell "Like it never even happened," for every member of your family.

SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord wants to help you make your home smell like it should, smoke-free and clean. Call us at our round-the-clock service line at (978) 486-9868. Locally owned and operated, we are always ready to help those in our community.

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Getting The Odor Out Of Your Marlborough Business

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Getting The Odor Out Of Your Marlborough Business SERVPRO Eliminates Odors that Affect Commercial Buildings in Marlborough

SERVPRO Assesses and Eliminates Sources of Odors and Improves IAQ to Commercial Buildings

Maybe you are coping with a lingering smoke odor after a fire at your Marlborough business. Moldy areas can emit that musty smell even after remediation. Traumatic or criminal events also have residual aromas that are unpleasant and upsetting to employees and customers. Use the expertise of our deodorizer specialists to eliminate the odor.
 
When planning for odor removal in your Marlborough shop, hotel, restaurant, factory, or other business our crews follow a step by step process. Each step may be repeated until the odor is removed entirely. Some of the processes involve cleaning and disposal of smelly residues. Others use advanced technology to rid the area of the smell in other ways. We are confident that our crews can find a solution to even the toughest odor problems.
 
The first attempts to rid the areas affected are pretty intuitive. We discuss what the owner, manager, and employees of the business feel might be the source of the smell. Then we scour the area to look for remnants that may have gone undiscovered. Odor removal typically improves Indoor Air Quality, IAQ. For example, if the smell is linked to dead animals all carcasses must be found, bagged, and discarded properly.
 
The SERVPRO team also looks for residues that make surfaces smell. Soot and smoke are typical examples, but a crime scene could have pepper spray or tear gas remnants. The residues are cleaned off as thoroughly as possible, and we may use heat to drive the odor vapors out of porous articles.
 
Next, persisting odors may respond to professional air spray deodorizers. SERVPRO employees try to replicate the way the odor was dispersed originally to capture and eliminate the smell. Smoky odors are often defeated by thermal fogging, where deodorants are combusted in a heat chamber, and then fogged in an area. The deodorant particles cling to odor particles and neutralize them at a molecular level.
 
Hydroxyl generators emit tiny particles that also latch onto the smelly bits, airborne and on surfaces, and change the chemical composition to eliminate the odor. SERVPRO may use ozone in certain circumstances, but only when other attempts are unsuccessful.
 
Sealing in odors is an option when you do not want to discard articles that may carry the smell. Sealing is not always the perfect solution but can work well with other strategies. SERVPRO crews are relentless until one of the efforts works and the smell is gone.
 
If persistent odors plague your commercial space, rely on SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord to find a deodorizing solution that is permanent. Call (978) 486-9868 to schedule an odor eliminating consultation.

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What To Do When You Discover Your Marlborough Home Has A Wet Basement

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When You Discover Your Marlborough Home Has A Wet Basement Don't Wait, Call SERVPRO to Restore and Prepare Your Basement for Waterproofing in Marlborough

Damp and Wet Basements Can Get Remediation from SERVPRO

Your Marlborough home might not be decades old, but that does not mean that it does not have structural concerns that could threaten to cause you problems in the future. Any home is only as good as the contractors that built it, and this goes down to each block that was laid to construct your basement walls and foundation of your home. Small imperfections or the lack of having full mortar joints can allow for water to eventually penetrate through from the exterior to your basement.
 
The trouble is, you may not even notice this happening when it first begins. The symptoms of failing waterproofing efforts and structural concerns of your foundation might only present themselves as some excess moisture in the air of your lower levels. As the problem worsens over time, you find yourself struggling to understand your wet basement of your Marlborough home. While this might not seem like a huge deal at first, there are several impending threats that this discovery could later mean for you and your home.
 
Wetness and warmer temperatures can combine with mold spores that naturally occur in the air to form fungal growths throughout your basement level. With the health effects that mold can cause to you and your family, this possible threat requires professional mold remediation services from certified and trusted professionals like our technicians at SERVPRO.
 
Cutting off the source of the water getting into your basement must be a priority, and our SERVPRO professionals are well equipped to handle this task as well. We can patch holes and cracks in your foundation with durable hydraulic cement or completely encapsulate crawl spaces that allow excess moisture and water to reach the walls of your foundation unabated. We can advise you of negative grading or improper landscaping that can facilitate the infiltration of water and moisture. Perhaps, a sump pump or dehumidifier can help to rectify current and potential water damaging conditions.
 
If you have recently discovered that your basement is unexplainably wet, you should give our SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord team of restoration specialists a call. We can help you to dry up this level of your house and prevent further damage by cutting off the source of the intruding water. You can reach us 24/7 by just calling (978) 486-9868.

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Handle Your Wet Basement Issue Quickly In Your Marlborough Home

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Handle Your Wet Basement Issue Quickly In Your Marlborough Home Drainage Systems Protect Marlborough Basements and Foundations from Flooding Damages

SERVPRO Offers Solutions to Flooded and Damp Basements

As if the severe weather passing through Marlborough was not enough, improperly waterproofed foundations can allow moisture and water in through cracks and mortar joints that were not full. Your basement should not be permitted to stay moist or wet though because several potential problems could arise.
 
When you consider a wet basement in your Marlborough home, many people weigh all of the things that they have stored in the lower levels of their home that could become irreparably damaged by the presence of pooling water. The possibility of flooding from torrential weather could be a distinct possibility if your foundation has already become compromised. Even smaller amounts of water penetrating to the inside and entering your basement could spell trouble in this case.
 
If you notice that the walls of your foundation are wet following a moderate rain shower, this is something that you need to correct as soon as you are able. The problem with the foundation is going to get worse, as the presence of water erodes even the most durable of mortar joints without adequate waterproofing. The best thing that you can do is to call our experienced and reliable SERVPRO team of technicians to assess the problem and get to work quickly on a solution.
 
As you well know, storms can pop up at a moment’s notice. With this being a distinct likelihood, the longer you wait to fix a foundation problem, the more wet basement issues that you have. Our SERVPRO professionals can address precisely where the water is penetrating, and coat the area with hydraulic cement and masonry cement to successfully stop water from getting in. Then, the restoration process involves pulling moisture from the air using dehumidifiers and thoroughly drying up the presence of any lingering water that got inside before the holes were sealed. These steps go a very long way in preventing the possibility of mold growth in the basement of your home.

Foundation leaks are not entirely uncommon to Marlborough homes, but it is something that you should address as soon as you can. Give SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord a call. You can reach us anytime at (978) 486-9868.

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Why Do You Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration After a Fire to Your Littleton Property?

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Do You Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration After a Fire to Your Littleton Property? Odors from Fires? Call SERVPRO to Freshen Up Your Littlleton Home

Smoke and Soot Particles and Odors Need SERVPRO Restoration Methodologies for Comprehensive Cleanups

Fire damage to your home can be a traumatic experience for any homeowner. Apart from the damage due to the heat, fire can cause significant damage to your property and belongings due to smoke and soot. The smoke particles can coat walls, ceilings, and almost any surface and cause permanent damage if not cleaned quickly and efficiently.
 
The particles in the smoke contain unburned carbon that can be very difficult to remove after a fire to your Littleton property. Furthermore, not all soot particles are alike, and it takes a multi-step process to eliminate them. It is a job for the professionals who have years of training and expertise in fire damage restoration. Here are some of how professionals get rid of the smoke and soot damage from your property.

Strategies are developed based on the type of soot residue
The plan to restore the smoke damage depends on the type of smoke residue. Here at SERVPRO our team of expert restorers evaluates the type of smoke residue and prepares a plan accordingly. The dry smoke residue is easier to clean compared to the wet smoke residue. As dry smoke residue does not stain the surface as intensely as wet smoke residue, it is easier to remove by wiping. Our IICRC certifies technicians use less aggressive methods to clean such films.

Wet smoke residues, on the other hand, are significantly more difficult to clean. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of methods such as wet-cleaning, foam-cleaning and abrasive cleaning to mitigate the damage caused by wet smoke residues. The heat streams during a fire can drive these smoke particulates deep into cracks and crevices and porous surfaces further exacerbating the cleanup difficulty.

Deodorizing  
Smoke and soot pose another challenge during the restoration process- the odor. If proper precautions are not used during the restoration process, the odor can linger on long after the fire. SERVPRO technicians use equipment such as Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers, heat foggers, deodorizing beads and other methods to combat the odors after a fire. Our technicians have years of experience in managing odors after fires of all sizes. We get your home smelling like home again in no time.

Call SERVPRO at Marlboro/Concord at (978) 486-9868 today to talk to one of our fire restoration experts.

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Fire, Smoke, and Soot

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

Practically all fire events are destructive, leaving homeowners with ravaged homes and destroyed belongings. While a blaze is capable of ruining a broad range of possessions, it's also possible to keep the contents of your home out of the trash heap. 
 
If you're a homeowner dealing with fire damage, you probably think that many of your possessions are a lost cause. However, when you call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Concord, we'll work to restore your belongings and save you money. Here's how we salvage a variety of items, even those affected by fire damage. 
 
Electronics and Appliances 
It's not just flames that can destroy electronics and appliances, but the soot and smoke that's left over after a fire emergency has ended. In fact, soot and smoke can erode metals and finishes, wreck circuitry, and make appliances and electronic devices malfunction. Our SERVPRO technicians will carefully assess your electronics to see if they can be salvaged and then rid them of damaging soot deposits. This cleaning is only done to the exterior covers. For actual electronic repair work, we can refer you to a competent partner.
 
Books and Documents 
Even if flames didn't directly contact your paper documents and books, smoke could leave them with markings and odors that stick. We have industry leading tools that can restore paper of all types, even collectibles. The method that we use will depend upon how fragile the document or book is -- the sooner you call SERVPRO after fire damage has occurred, the greater the chances that we can salvage delicate items. 
 
Rugs, Carpet, and Furnishings 
Though it may appear to be ruined by water from fighting the fire or smoke and soot, don't automatically assume that your area rugs and carpet will have to be thrown out. Though we may need to replace your carpet pads, we're usually able to clean, deodorize, and restore a wide variety of rugs and carpet types. We can eliminate many odors by placing hydroxyl generators to purge the air of odor causing particulates as we go about our tasks of fire damage restoration.
 
At SERVPRO of Marlboro/Concord, we're well equipped to help get your home and possessions back in good shape after any fire emergency. Call us 24/7 at (508) 481-7556 and we can assess the damage and offer professional services.

Remediation to Mold Infestations

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Remediation to Mold Infestations

Dealing with mold damage can be stressful for any homeowner. Damp weather, flood or water damage can form a conducive environment for the mold to grow and thrive right under your nose. Mold can quickly spread if you do not act fast wreaking havoc on your property and can adversely affect your health as well. 
 
Considering seeking professional help as soon as you spot signs of mold damage inside of your property. If left untreated, mold can quickly spread to various areas of your home causing a wide-spread damage that can be a nightmare to restore. Here are some reasons you are better off seeking professional help for mold remediation. 
  
1. It is easy to spread mold: If you are not careful, you can quickly spread the mold in your entire house trying to clean it in no time. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to contain the mold damage to the affected areas. We use containment barriers and other precautions to minimize the spread of the contamination.

2. Eliminating the moisture is the key: Mold thrives in damp and moist places. If you do not remove the moisture entirely, the spores in the air can cause secondary growth. Here at SERVPRO, we use powerful dehumidifying equipment to eliminate moisture and restore the humidity to pre-damage levels. Our professionals also use various moisture sensing equipment to ensure that the moisture level of the affected areas is under control even after the completion of the whole process. Our AMRT technicians can ensure proper drying and moisture elimination.  

3. Disposing of the contaminated material: Disposal of the contaminated material such as drywall, carpet or studs safely is critical to limit the spread the infestation. SERVPRO professionals have training and experience in proper handling and disposal of the mold contamination. If you try a DIY approach, chances are, you might end up spreading the mold to new places and worsen the situation.

Seeking professional help for mold remediation is essential. Professionals have the required training, technical skills, and experience that make mold remediation sometimes easy and fast but always safe. 
 
Call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Concord at (508) 481-7556 today to schedule an appointment. Talk to our experts to learn more about strategies for mold remediation that meet your needs.

Mold Damage from Rapid Microbial Proliferation Harms Homes in Concord

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage from Rapid Microbial Proliferation Harms Homes in Concord Mold Needs Moisture to Grow in Concord Bathrooms, Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Mold Spores in Concord Properties Can Be Controlled from Causing Damage--Ask SERVPRO How

Microbes outnumber humans and other much larger living creatures at astronomical ratios. This is true worldwide, and every home in Concord contains its fair share of these microorganisms. Not to worry, though, as this natural occurrence is something that homeowners can easily keep under control to prevent adverse impact on their properties.

Concord residents can control microbial growth and avoid mold damage to their property if they keep a few facts about these plentiful microorganisms in mind. Mold and mildew meet their needs by taking advantage of the location in which they settle.

Brought into your home through many different means, pieces of mold become airborne quickly. Air currents direct these microorganisms and their spores to the same locations as moist air. When the humidity in the air comes in contact with cooler surfaces, condensation forms, collecting water which microbes then put to use.

Much of the typical home materials used today contain substantial amounts of cellulose and other organic matter. Even when treated with preservative agents, microbes can use these organic-based materials as a plentiful food source. Moisture and food closely positioned expedite microbial colonization to start and then thrive, allowing for the rapid takeover of large areas of your home. SERVPRO technicians can inspect areas of your home for accumulated moisture that provides this conducive condition for mold remediation.

It is virtually impossible to keep microbes away from their food source inside your home, even if your home consists of brick or concrete. This is why many businesses experience problems with mold and mildew. Dust that accumulates in the natural pits, grooves, and indentations in these harder materials provides adequate food for microbes solely on their surfaces. Concrete and brick can also collect more moisture than other materials found in a home because moisture condenses on them more readily than on other surfaces that remain closer to the temperature of the air.

The certified technicians at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord have the training and certification from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). We quickly restore homes, so everything is “Like it never even happened” once again for our customers. When you locate mold damage in your home, on any surface, call us at (978) 486-9868 to talk to us about our 24-hour services and how they can help remediate your home.

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The Reality of Sump Pump Failure For Your Marlborough Home

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Reality of Sump Pump Failure For Your Marlborough Home SERVPRO Helps with Sump Pump Failures Leading to Water Damage in Marlborough

Water Damage Potential in Your Basement Is Reduced with a Functioning Sump Pump

Sump pumps are standard tools used in many Marlborough homes. These devices help to keep water from accumulating in your basement (or other low-lying areas of your home or garage.) With specific homes being regular victims of flooding situations, these tools help to remove the water from the basement and simultaneously prevent moisture from building up. They are not impervious to ordinary wear and tear, however, especially in situations where they are invariably running.
 
Sump pump failure in your Marlborough home is nearly impossible to detect. You often cannot know it has stopped working until you have to experience for yourself the conditions of your basement when it malfunctions. Unfortunately, for many people, this means that you have to wait until flooding conditions are present, and then you see that the sump pump you have installed is no longer functioning to remove the excess water from your home.
 
While it would not hurt to attempt to check the breaker box to ensure that the fuse associated with your sump pump has not tripped, only do so if you are not standing in water at the breaker box. Most commonly, these pumps merely fall apart over time, much like any appliance or machinery that you purchase for your home. In these cases of equipment failure, it is not wise to wait out the storm to contact SERVPRO for assistance.
 
Our team of emergency response SERVPRO technicians can remove the water quickly from the area with the use of wet vacs and pumps of various GPM ratings. The objective is twofold: prevent water from continuing to come into the basement, and to remove all of the water that has penetrated the walls so far. Once the water gets removed, damage assessment can begin, and the sump pump can be accessed and replaced.
 
Do not wait for the problem to get worse before you call. While you cannot predict when your sump pump might fail, you can always call us at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord to be there when you need us. Call us 24/7 at (978) 486-9868.

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