Insulation Removal in Marlborough
Water Damaged Insulation Removal is Essential in Marlborough Attics, Call SERVPRO
Marlborough Attics and Homes Suffer from Ruined Insulation
Colder temperatures are coming soon for Marlborough. That means beautiful fall foliage and tourists driving up to see it all. Right now is also the perfect time to check roofs and attic insulation; especially after the rain and storms, we have had this year.
Insulation Removal in a Marlborough home is a difficult task; more so after water damage. SERVPRO can usually remove most attic insulation with a commercial vacuum pump, but moisture now clumps the ordinarily loose fibers. The task now requires additional labor and the use of hand tools to clear out the blown-in insulation which now looks like an attic full of clumps.
Water-soaked insulation compacts, reducing its effectiveness to help warm your home. Eventually, it compacts enough so that heating costs rise and a home grows colder with no overhead layer to stop heat conduction through the roof. It takes one of our work crews about a full day to remove insulation with the commercial vacuum. Depending on how much we have to remove by hand, the entire task could take two to three days.
Before we replace the insulation, we want to ensure the environment is dry. One of our technicians measures the humidity in the attic, and if it is high, we set up dehumidifiers to draw down the moisture in the air. We also inspect for mold growth activity and can apply an antifungal agent to purge the wetted areas of mold spores and colonies. If framing or support beams are very damp, we may also use air movers. These devices are designed to blow warm, dry air over a damp surface, forcing moisture out where it is drawn in by the dehumidifiers.
For homes that are insulated with rolls of batten-type insulation, the process is different. Regardless, removal is possible, and feasible, under the right circumstances.
An inspection is also an excellent prevention tool. Even if the insulation is in optimal condition, a damaged and leaking roof can change that after one heavy snowfall. SERVPRO technicians are trained to perform construction tasks from repairing a few panels due to dry rot to replacing the entire roof.
The weather is fair now, but showers and much colder temperatures are just a few days away. If your insulation is not performing as it should or if you want to have it checked before the next rain; contact us here at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord. To find out more about how we can protect your home, call (978) 486-9868.
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How Wet Carpet in a Concord Home Can Create a Much Bigger Disaster
SERVPRO Gives Your Concord Property the Red Carpet Treatment for Water Damage Restoration
SERVPRO Can Restore Water Damaged Carpets If Called Quickly to Your Concord Property
Moisture in carpets and rugs can quickly become a costly and headache-inducing factor for the unprepared. While quick implementation of drying plans and treatments can stop most long-term damage from happening, many homeowners never get the chance to stop damage early. Instead, they must deal with the effect of a wet carpet in their Concord homes after water has already soaked in and started to cause problems. Without proper and timely care, these unwanted effects may strike your home's carpeting.
Some types of wet carpet in Concord homes may bleed their colors into nearby flooring materials, furniture, walls, and other carpets. Color bleed can not only destroy the carpet in question but also create expensive repainting, refinishing, and replacement tasks elsewhere. The longer a carpet or rug is allowed to remain wet, the more pronounced its color bleed becomes, making quick reactions indispensable in limiting the reach of this type of damage.
Warping and Shrinking
If the carpet is allowed to dry on its own terms, it is highly likely to begin to bend and warp. Tack strips and other objects on the floor may also contribute to rips and tears in the material, creating elements of damage that are not often fixable. Most carpeting SERVPRO replaces rather than restores has shrunk or warped beyond repair.
Allowing water to remain past its due in a carpet paves the way for mold growth. Mold grows easily in the twisting, nutrient-rich fibers of most types of carpeting, and ample moisture provides the last piece in the puzzle that allows mold to flourish in your carpet. While SERVPRO technicians are IICRC trained to look for and take care of mold growth should it arise, the best way to conserve costs and prevent further damage to your home is to react quickly to water damage and prevent mold from getting any chance to grow in the first place.
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is a local franchise of a national company with industrial-grade cleanup and restoration solutions for any damage your home may incur. Call us 24/7 at (978) 486-9868.
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How Littleton Homeowners Can Prevent Fire Damage With Wood Stove Safety
SERVPRO Tip--Prevent Fire Damage in Little and Keep Your Chimney Clean
Inspections and Cleanings by SERVPRO Can Mitigate Fires
Wood stoves are popular with some homeowners. They provide heat as well as looking attractive and a little bit rustic, especially during the cold fall and winter days that are so common in Massachusetts. A wood-burning stove is comforting and cute and who does not enjoy the crackle of a real fire? Unfortunately for Littleton homeowners, wood stoves are also a fire risk. That is why SERVPRO recommends being cautious and taking precautions to keep wood stoves safe.
There are several steps Littleton wood stove owners can adopt to reduce the risk of fire damage. It does not take much effort to secure a wood-burning stove and make it safer, thus protecting your home from a potential blaze.
Proper clearance from surrounding materials is a must. Check the manufacturer’s instructions or get your burner professionally installed to make sure there is enough space at the front, back, top, bottom, and sides.
A proper chimney is required. Chimneys should be UL-listed and constructed in such a way as to be safe for use with your stove (lined or double bricked are standard). Do not use an unlined, single brick chimney for a wood burning stove under any circumstances.
Good ventilation is a must. Ventilation problems are a leading cause of wood stove related home fires. The vents connecting the stove to the chimney must be as short as possible, with no more than two ninety-degree bends. Fasten stovepipes securely, and make sure the seams between sections overlap. Improper ventilation can lead to emergency health hazards.
Wood-fired burners require cleaning at least once a year. The stove itself, the stovepipes, and the chimney, all need a thorough cleaning. If you cannot do it yourself, call in a professional to do it for you.
Avoid creosote buildup. Creosote is highly flammable and builds up when the stove burns at a relatively low temperature, thus failing to release combustible gases to the atmosphere, so they stick to the stove and form creosote. You can scrub away some black deposits with a wire brush, but some adhere firm and require a professional chimney sweep.
In the unfortunate event of fire damage, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to assist with cleanup. We arrive equipped with heavy-duty cleaning equipment to deal with soot damage and take care of deodorizing your home after cleaning is complete.
For help with soot cleanup in Acton, Bolton, Maynard, Hudson and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord at (978) 486-9868 for assistance.
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SERVPRO / GreenSky Financing Help for Marlborough Area Homeowners
SERVPRO Partners with GreenSky to Help with Financing of Mold, FIre & Smoke or Water Damage Restoration in the Greater Marlborough Area
Help Is Here with Mold, Fire, or Water Damaging Restorations Costs
We try to reduce the cost of remediation and restoration, but the amount to a customer can quickly run into thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. Groundwater flooding is often not covered by homeowner insurance policies. If you had never purchased insurance or perhaps let it lapse when the economy was tight, this entire amount can come down on you just as hard as the original disaster.
In situations where there is no insurance coverage for a loss, some Marlborough residents may attempt to clean-up their property without a professional service like SERVPRO. Do-it-yourself may be fine if only a few dozen gallons of water from a split washing machine hose spread across an empty garage floor. However, when the problem is hundreds of gallons over carpets or wood floors, attempting to clean or remove them as a DIY project often causes more problems and higher costs.
We believe we have found a solution for homeowners caught in this situation. Our office has recently partnered with GreenSky, a company that specializes in approving installment loans to people in this situation, and the approval happens much faster than most other lenders. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has loaned over $8 Billion to homeowners in need of restoration funding.
Our office has trained and been approved by GreenSky's financial program to help our customers finance their restoration projects. We can assist an individual in getting loans with competitive rates and regular monthly payments, compared to the exorbitant rates and payments from a large credit card transaction. We have the options to assist by filling out an online application at our office or over the phone, and thanks to GreenSky’s new Mobile App, we can even get a customer approved for a loan on site at your home within minutes of arriving at the front door.
Other than the fast approval, this is not a rush loan in any other sense. GreenSky understands that the restoration process can take weeks or months depending on the level of the damage. Recipients have up to four months to exhaust the amount of their loan with our office. It is not a short-term loan with a limited 18-month payment structure. Qualified customers can spread their payments up to as long as 84 months (7 years) or 96 months (8 years).
For more details about what SERVPRO of Marlboro /Concord can do for you after a disaster and how our new partner, GreenSky can make it affordable, visit us at http://www.SERVPROmarlboroconcord.com or call us today at (978) 486-9868.
Marlborough Wet Basement and Water Damage
Basement Water Proofing Helps Prevent Water Damage in Marlborough Homes
Water Seepage Results in Damages to Many Basements and Crawl Spaces
Constant drips and puddles are fine for kids playing outside, but not when they are playing in the basement. Regardless if it is a finished room or just a considerable crawl space, it needs to be safe and dry for the residents and property security.
A wet basement in your Marlborough home may start as a nuisance, but it can become a source of mold and ruined belongings. If the room is not cleaned and dried, the growth can result in damage to property and, eventually, the structure itself. At SERVPRO, we understand just how much damage water and mold can cause a home and how to stop it.
For significant amounts of standing water, we bring in portable pumps powerful enough to force water up the stairs and outside the home. When there is only a small amount of water, technicians draw it out using water extraction wands, and even mops. These devices work well on concrete, wood floors, and carpets.
As we remove the water, SERVPRO technicians start the process to reduce the humidity. If water has been in the basement for an extended period, humidity levels are higher than normal. To lower them, we install dehumidifiers to draw water out of the air at a rate of up to 25 gallons per day and commercial grade space heaters to raise the temperature enough to help the dehumidifiers work more efficiently.
Once the basement is dry, we check for hidden leaks and cracks. If the source of the water is a leaking pipe, we can repair or replace it in less than a day. If there are cracks in the walls, we clean them and then fill them in using a hydraulic cement. This adhesive is an excellent barrier against water. When it is dry, we cover the area and recommend covering all of the basement walls, with a layer of masonry cement. This second type of cement is a superb seal to prevent leaks and seepage from the outside.
A wet basement is not the worst problem to have in your home, but you should resolve it as soon as possible. If you have it as a recurring situation, contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord to help. Call us at (978) 486-9868 to schedule an initial inspection today.
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Marlborough Duct Work Maintenance Avoids Winter Woes
Duct Cleaning in Marlborough by SERVPRO Saves You Many and Provides Better Indoor Air Quality
Keep Cool & Warm When SERVPRO Inspects and Cleans HVAC Systems
The duct work in Marlborough homes and businesses is designed to handle changes in temperature, even extreme weather like we have seen over the last couple of years. There are still weak points in every system though, and they are not always easy to see until the seasons change and suddenly the monthly heating or cooling bill skyrockets.
Preparing the duct work in a Marlborough home or business for the winter is not technically challenging, but the task still needs a professional service to ensure the job is completed right the first time. SERVPRO has extensive experience with duct work and HVAC systems in Massachusetts. Proper circulation of air in furnace systems helps reduce the chance of puff backs resulting in messy, costly cleanup. Checking for clean filters, and vacuuming out ducts when needed can also ensure a better quality of indoor air to the structure.
Often, the problems are caused by water from a leak in the roof or along the eaves of the home or commercial building. It can happen over a single season, summer or winter. When water collects on the surface of the ducts, nuts, bolts, and screws can rust. If the water drips down over the brackets, then the damage to the wood beams suspending the conduits can cause the screws or bolts to pull away and shift thanks to the weight of the system.
Moving ducts means they bend and the joints start to twist. Now, the inside air that is supposed to heat your home or business is leaking into the crawlspaces. Our technicians are trained to spot these problems and the potential for them.
The cost of replacement parts is usually cheap. Individual brackets and several handfuls of nuts and bolts only run a few dollars. Depending on the size and extent of the ducts, we can usually finish each job in a day or two. For large, commercial buildings, a full inspection, and repair may take four or five days total.
Our area has not been hit as hard by weather as other parts of the country, and the forecast looks fairly good as well. Now is the perfect opportunity to contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord to prepare your HVAC ducts for the coming winter. If you need our services, call today at (978) 486-9868.
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Stabilizing A Concord Warehouse After Water Removal
Concord Businesses Protect Inventory from Water Damage with Rapid Response from SERVPRO
SERVPRO Extracts Water and Preserves Contents in Concord Structures
Concord warehouse owners know all too well the risk of water damage to their premises. Water that enters a storage area might damage both the facility itself and everything stored there. Concerns about water damage are justified no matter what kind of warehouse you run – and it is even more worrying if you happen to store food or flowers or anything else that needs to be kept under controlled temperature and humidity.
The first thing to do after a leak or flood in your Concord warehouse is to call SERVPRO for water removal services. Our expert teams arrive ready to remove all the water using a combination of free-standing, truck-mounted and submersible pumps. However, water removal is only the first step in remediating the situation. Our overall aim is to restore your warehouse “Like it never even happened.”
We understand how important it is that your premises have optimum conditions as concerns temperature and humidity. That is why our IICRC-certified technicians pay such close attention to measuring the moisture and humidity and devising an appropriate drying plan.
We equip our teams with a range of perfectly calibrated instruments, including thermal hygrometers, moisture meters and probes, and thermal imaging software. Thermo hygrometers measure the humidity in the air, or in other words the amount of moisture the air is currently holding. Meantime, we use moisture meters and probes to measure the moisture content of particular parts of the warehouse, such as the walls, storage units, or under the floor. Finally, thermal imaging techniques allow us to see hidden patches of moisture that we could not detect with the naked eye.
Once we have a clear overview of the situation in your premises, we devise a drying plan to restore it to the best temperature and humidity. Drying out something as large as a warehouse is a challenge, but do not worry. Our experienced teams are well versed in how to calculate the correct number and placement of dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect.
Stabilizing the conditions in your warehouse is a vital part of recovery after water removal, and you can rely on SERVPRO to get the job done right. Protecting the contents is our highest priority.
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is on hand to help with any water removal process for Marlborough, Concord, and Littleton. Simply call us today at (978) 486-9868 for help and advice.
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Using The Right Services To Combat Mold Damage In Your Concord Area Home
Mold Outside of a Petri Dish in a Concord Home Needs SERVPRO for Remediation
Mold Remediation in Concord Properties Is Handled by SERVPRO
Mold thrives in moist environments, basically anywhere in your home that has excessive moisture, humidity, or water leaks. Indoor mold colonies cause damage to surfaces they grow on including walls, ceilings, floors, carpeting, furniture, drapes, and any other organic materials.
Luckily there are quite a few steps for homeowners in Concord to take to reduce the amount of mold damage that occurs on their property. If you have already let things get out of control, contact a remediation expert, like SERVPRO, today. We can help you rid your living environment of this type of nuisance and teach you how to prevent growth in the future.
Knowledge is a great tool to have to battle mold growth in your home. Learning more about what mold is, how it acts, and which environments it can survive in can help prevent exposure to any risks involved. SERVPRO technicians thoroughly explain what is happening in your home and keep you informed throughout the remediation process.
Molds are fungi that are a naturally occurring recycler of organic materials within our environment, often helping decaying materials absorb back into our ecosystem. However, because molds take very little to survive, if given the right conditions, can invade your home and expose you to threats that can cause severe cosmetic and structural problems over time.
SERVPRO technicians provide the tools necessary to locate, control, and confine mold from spreading throughout your home. Using infrared cameras, thermal hygrometers, and moisture sensors for detection are needed. Water extractors, advanced drying equipment, and antifungal agents can reach cool, dark, humid areas of your home where mold often grows to eradicate and complete the remediation.
Do-it-yourselfers are often limited by what they can accomplish, leaving areas larger than 10-square feet more than they can easily handle on their own. A store bought wet-dry vac, and household cleaners often fail to do the job, adding moisture to the area, allowing mold to spread even further. This only aggravates an already difficult situation.
Avoid taking the risk of providing half-solutions to your problem, contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord today. We can provide you with the IICRC certified technicians necessary to get mold growth in your home under control, fast. (978) 486-9868
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Prepare Your Concord Area Home Against Flood Damage
SERVPRO Tip: Get Flood Insurance for Concord Properties--We Will Clean Up the Damage
SERVPRO Gives Tips and Flood Damage Cleanup to Concord Homeowners
Floods can develop slowly, making a homeowner feel helpless as they watch. Water begins spreading over land when rivers and waterways overfill, gaining access to homes caught within the flood plain.
There are several types of flooding that might affect your Concord area home. Flood damage affects your home and its surrounding environment, occurring anytime of the year. Severe storms can even bring flash floods to the area that give you little to no warning and cause massive damage.
Floodwater itself can be extremely hazardous, taking as little as 15cms of fast-flowing water to knock a full-grown human off their feet. A flood can disrupt both public and personal transportation, by cutting off roads, railways, and even cut communication lines by destroying telephone poles and other equipment.
Floods carry large amounts of water and anything it can carry over large areas, displacing soil nutrients and eroding agricultural lands. Severe floods do far more than ruins homes or destroy personal property, the environment and wildlife in the area are also at risk. What can you do?
You should always take the time to understand more about where you live. If your home lies within a floodplain, never take chances and get your family to safety at the first signs of a flood. Watch your local news station for notifications, and prepare your home for the event. Do you have a distinct flood insurance policy?
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers; your personal or house phone may stop working, get lost, or damaged, make sure to have numbers ready for when you reach safety. Prepare every member of your family by practicing an escape plan, bring plenty of supplies, medication, and food. Call SERVPRO to stop by and offer our ERP, Emergency READY Profile mobile app to help you prepare for possible emergencies; and then we are only a call away to help.
With your family safe and the event coming to an end, make preparations with your local SERVPRO to re-enter your home as soon as possible. You want to take action immediately to save the contents of your home and any personal belongings left behind.
SERVPRO can help you prepare your home to combat flood damage, providing you with expertly trained technicians, access to advanced equipment and services that help prevent losses. However, in the event of a flood, it is also important to have someone there to help you recover, and that is where we come in.
Contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord anytime for full-service solutions to flood, fire, storm, mold, or other water-related issues. (978) 486-9868
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Let The Drying Experts Help When Your Marlborough Business Is Awash In Wet Carpets
Keep the Red Carpet Dry with SERVPRO's Help
Business As Usual in Marlborough After SERVPRO Dries Wetted Carpets
Even as little as an inch or two of water in a retail or office setting, can soak a vast amount of carpeting. A company’s cleaning or housekeeping staff rarely have the capacity to respond to this degree of water damage, but the carpeting must be dried quickly. SERVPRO offers business owners the tools and technicians to dry out even acres of wet carpeting fast and efficiently.
A pipe burst in the wall you share with an adjoining shop, pouring water throughout your retail area. Wet carpeting extends for thousands of square feet in your Marlborough furniture showroom. You need professional water restoration help immediately, and reaching out to us, and our crews of carpet drying specialists, is the first step to putting this devastation behind you.
Even if the subfloor in a mall or shopping center is concrete, a brisk run over with a carpet cleaner is inadequate to manage soaked floor coverings. SERVPRO has industrial strength water extraction and drying equipment designed precisely for the crisis you face. Our technicians receive thorough and up to date training on water extraction techniques that remove the majority of the moisture but also protect the integrity of the carpeting.
Furnishings in your showroom must also be protected during the restoration, and prevented from staining or otherwise damaging the carpet. Our team moves through your store systematically, extracting the water and shifting your inventory, so it and the carpet escape further harm. Using foam blocks, foil-backed cardboard squares, or other appropriate aids, SERVPRO crew members keep the wood from bleeding its finish or absorbing moisture, and metal from rusting during the drying recovery period.
Chances are good we dry out the carpeting successfully in place. This task requires disengaging the carpeting enough from the subfloor to position air movers and dehumidifiers, directing air floor over and under the carpet. We often replace the padding as it disintegrates easily and adds a layer that impedes the carpeting from drying. Tack strips also must be monitored for retained moisture and may be replaced to avoid strips of dampness after the carpeting is returned and stretched.
Because of the risk of secondary harm, such as mold growth or delamination of the carpet from its backing, contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord as soon as possible after retail flooding. A call to (978) 486-9868 sets up an inspection and implementation of a drying plan within hours.
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