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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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Insulation Removal From Marlborough Homes After a Storm

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Insulation Removal From Marlborough Homes After a Storm SERVPRO Removes Insulation from Marlborough Homes After Soaking Storms

SERVPRO Provides Professional Services for Insulation Removal from Attics

Marlborough homes are now preparing for the summer heat. Winter storms are over, but their effects can result in high cooling bills and owners still sweltering in an uncomfortable home.
 
Insulation removal is necessary for Marlborough homes when their rolled or blown-in insulation starts to compress after stormwater soaks and begins to compress it. This may even lead to mold growth. If it is the original insulation, then it may have already begun deteriorating from age. That increases the effects of compression, and the insulation is barely more useful than stacks of newspapers. SERVPRO understands how the loss occurs and how to remove the damaged insulation safely.
 
Compression from stormwater reduces the R-value or thermal resistance. It measures how rapidly insulation and other building materials, such as siding, control heat. A high R-value indicates the insulation or other material prevents the transfer of heat into a home in the summer and keeps the heat inside a home in the winter.
 
The R-value lowers over time due to the natural breakdown of cellulose or fiberglass insulation fibers. Blown-in is more vulnerable than rolled insulation, and cellulose breaks down more quickly than fiberglass. Cellulose is also more common than fiberglass in homes over 25 years old. If you have owned your home for that long, or cannot determine the age of the insulation, you need to have a restoration service like SERVPRO examine it for age and compression from storms and animal infestation. To complicate the insulation materials available, mineral wool insulation can also cause rusting of stored items in an attic.
 
Regardless if it cellulose or the more expensive fiberglass, both potentially hazardous when removing them from attics and walls. Our restoration teams first don protective gear and then remove the bulk of the affected material using commercial grade vacuums and hoses. Every fiber is drawn out of the home and into specially designed storage bags to safely remove it without contaminating your home or the surrounding property.
 
The teams then move in with rakes and other tools to scrape out every inch of the insulation from the corners and low-points under the roof. If needed, they can switch to a smaller vacuum head to get farther into these tight areas.
 
Our goal at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is to leave each homeowner with a clean, dry environment for new insulation. If you are not certain about your R-value, contact us today at (978) 486-9868. We are here to help.

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Odor Removal Experts can Make Your Commercial Setting in Marlborough Like New Again

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Odor Removal Experts can Make Your Commercial Setting in Marlborough Like New Again Buildings in the Marlborough Area Rely on SERVPRO for Odor Control and Good Indoor Air Quality

SERVPRO Restores Good Indoor Air Quality with Commercial Odor Control

Circumstances beyond our control can lead to unwelcome developments, including odors that seem to come from nowhere. When your commercial building in Marlborough develops such a problem, knowing that solutions exist can set your mind at ease. Welcoming clients and potential partners to your business can happen more easily when you and your employees feel confident and at ease. An odor permeating your building can prevent that from happening.
 
Marlborough businesses in need of odor removal can get help. SERVPRO specialists include IICRC-certified Odor Control Technicians (OCT) who can combat the odors making your business' atmosphere unpleasant. The cause of such odors helps determine the most appropriate methods.
 
Our methods use the latest in technological advances so you can rest assured that your building's odor problem becomes a thing of the past. We work hard to improve IAQ indoor air quality. Some causes that may exist in your building include vermin in enclosed spaces, smoke from fires or hidden smoking of cigarettes, and cooking odors that permeated into non-kitchen areas. The list goes on with dirty HVAC or furnace systems that caused puff-backs.
 
After we discover and solve the cause of such odor, we can begin eliminating the residual effects left behind. Rodents and other pests leave nests behind, as well as other debris. Raccoon urine latrines require the discarding of tainted insulation. Removing this, then sanitizing the area often removes the source of the offensive odors. However, when liquids permeate into absorbent materials, these may require removal, followed by replacements, to solve the problem.
 
Smoke can deposit tar, from cigarettes, or soot, from the burning of wood, papers, and plastics, which combusted during a fire. Thermal fogging can help in this situation, as its forced fog carries deodorizing agents into the same small crevices that the smoke entered. This method produces excellent results and does not require a building to remain closed for long periods, if at all.
 
Cooking odors, including those from grease fires, require special cleaning agents that remove the grease and soot produced by the fire. When odors travel on air currents to non-related areas, as in a hotel, these areas also require treatment.
 
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord can help your business smell as it should once again. Call us at (978) 486-9868 for odor removal services tailored to your exact needs. We are always available to answer your questions, from that first phone call through the completion of the job.

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The Unexpected Development of Mold Damage In Your Littleton Home

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Unexpected Development of Mold Damage In Your Littleton Home Degrading Blocks Let in Moisture Which Leads to Mold Damage in Littleton Homes--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

The Quality of Building Materials Can Affect the Advance of Mold Growth--SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Remediate Fungi

Did you know that the block used in the construction of your Littleton home’s basement might have been the best building materials of that time, but the process to make these blocks changes on a regular basis? The more that companies learn about the effects that certain conditions have on concrete and blockwork over time, the more the formula for these building materials change to fair better over time against these elements based on the region and conditions. The unfortunate side of this is that unless you have a brand new home, the building materials used to construct it are well on their way to degradation and vulnerability to water penetration.

Your home is not likely going to give out all at once in these critical areas, however. No, this process begins by allowing small bits of water through vulnerable cracks or crumbling mortar joints. The result is moisture and dampness, which provide the ideal conditions to support fungal growth. Mold damage in your Littleton home can occur quickly, and with little warning, so diligence in inspecting areas like your basement can save you a lot of time and money when it comes to SERVPRO mold remediation efforts.
 
Mold damage is a serious concern for you as a homeowner, and this stretches far beyond the observed health effects attributed to exposure to the colonies present in your house. The longer that mold colonies get left to grow and thrive, the deeper the damage that they do and force situations which require replacement of structural components like wood framing, drywall, and flooring in affected areas.
 
Sanding and scraping are crucial components of our remediation process, especially in areas where drywall and wood elements have gotten directly impacted by mold growth. This procedure penetrates beyond the surface to remove the entire organism. In areas where the damage is widespread, a chemical solution can get sprayed onto the framing, and organic materials by our IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals in the area to reach the seated organism hiding below the surface you can see. These antimicrobial agents destroy hyphae, the root-like anchors of many species of fungi.
 
While this is just a small piece of the entire remediation process, our SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord team gets well equipped to handle any mold damage you might experience in your home. Trust our experienced team to help you get rid of this fungal growth and reclaim your home. Give us a call anytime at (978) 486-9868.

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SERVPRO Delivers On Odor Removal For Concord Businesses

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Delivers On Odor Removal For Concord Businesses Call SERVPRO to Eliminate Unpleasant Odors from Your Concord Office

From Eateries to Offices, SERVPRO Eliminates Odors

Any number of different causes can underlie an odor problem for a Concord business. Water and smoke damage after a catastrophic event are obvious reasons, but other sources of unpleasant smells can include mold, decaying organic matter, and even volatile organic compounds from remodeling or planned maintenance. We invest in the training and equipment to solve these smelly challenges.

Odors in a Concord commercial location are unacceptable, especially if your customers or guests notice and it decreases their approval of your business. Our odor removal specialists complete IICRC certification as Odor Control Technicians and then employ a number of strategies to eliminate malodors.
 
Removing debris and thorough cleaning often does the trick. Odor control is almost always one of the final steps in a fire, water, or mold remediation, becoming the focus after cleanup and other restorative tasks fail to eradicate lingering smells. Professionally formulated sprays and treatments that use enzymes work on some smells. Our SERVPRO also invests in innovative equipment such as thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to neutralize odor-bearing particles at the molecular level if necessary.
 
Understanding how the smell invaded is the key to elimination. If the smell traces to a dead animal discovered in a storage area, the surfaces it infiltrated can need sealing. Smoky smells respond to thermal fogging, as the super-heated delivery of the deodorizer replicated the way the smell spread through the space. Equipment is available to produce neutralizing particles that seek out odiferous airborne or settled and embedded molecules, an exciting and compelling option that manages a broad range of stenches. Our SERVPRO employees are well-versed on the tactics the restoration industry finds to be best practices to deal with hard to eliminate smells.
 
Do-it-yourself remedies a business or a traditional cleaning service might try often result in a short-term effect. The smell can fade, but then return over time or when the indoor environment changes. Cover-ups are not a sustainable answer and can add to the unpleasant odor load and even cause irritation to your customers and employees. SERVPRO odor removal services offer a permanent remedy to this frustrating problem, not just a temporary masking solution.
 
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is ready to get to the root of your odor issues and resolve them. Call (978) 486-9868 for an evaluation and to schedule odor removal treatments that work.

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Evacuating Before Flooding Crests in Hudson Could Avoid Some Safety Risks

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Evacuating Before Flooding Crests in Hudson Could Avoid Some Safety Risks SERVPRO Suggests After Evacuation Due to Flooding, Call Us for Water Removal and Mitigation Services

SERVPRO Advises Residents in Hudson that Safety First Regarding Storm and Flood Conditions

While evacuating your home can be difficult in the face of a major storm, the safety benefits of such an action can often outweigh the deficits of leaving. Flood damage in Hudson can cause many dangerous and unpredictable consequences for people trapped in their homes, most of which can be avoided by temporarily evacuating to a safer area. Note that in some scenarios, staying in place may be less risky than seeking refuge elsewhere, especially if water blocks roadways. However, here are just a few of the risks you can avoid by vacating the area.

Fire Risk
Even with your home doused in water, flood damage can cause Hudson homes to catch fire in many different ways. Electrical fires can start when water reaches electronic devices and power outlets. Heat and lighting fixtures may be damaged and set fire to nearby materials if floodwaters hit them and knock them over. In some cases, chemical fires may start as substances both within and from outside the home combine and react negatively. If you are still in your home when a fire starts, it may be difficult to escape with a flood added into the mix.

Rising Water
While most floods come and go quickly, some especially disastrous events can leave you in a perilous situation as water rises. Direct contact with standing water can expose you to dangerous bacteria, viruses, other pathogens, and fungi, and if your home occupies a single story, avoiding this contact may be impossible in some cases. However, a two-story structure offers refuge from most floodwaters, as water depth rarely rises above a single floor.

Structural Instability
Floods can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your home, even if it is a single story and of newer construction. Large volumes of water can rapidly disintegrate or even physically tear apart materials in your home, exacerbating existing problems and creating new ones. Particularly disastrous floods can even trap you in your home or cause personal injury. If you do remain in your home, try to stay on the high ground in a structurally stable location.

SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is ready to respond even in the midst of major storms. To start recovery of your home faster, call us at (978) 486-9868.

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What Happens During and After Fire Damage to Your Acton Home?

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Happens During and After Fire Damage to Your Acton Home? Acton House Fire Cleanup and Restoration is a Job for SERVPRO

The Complexities of a House Fire in Acton Properties Require Professional Help for Cleanup--Call SERVPRO

Fire damage can be a devastating experience for any property owner. A fire can destroy your property and the contents. Understanding the theory of fire can help you deal with this unfortunate event.

Three components can wreak havoc on your Acton property during and after a fire incidence- Fire, Smoke, and Heat. All of these components can cause a different type of damage, and the restorability depends on which component has caused more damage.

Fire and Heat
Fire and heat are the most devastating component of a house fire. The heat generated during the fire can cause extensive damage to the non-combustible material in your home as well. In many cases, the material that is entirely or partially damaged in a fire needs to be replaced during the restoration process.

Smoke and Soot Residues  
Smoke and soot arise if there is an imbalance in the three components (Fuel, Oxygen, and Heat) required for burning. In an ideal situation, the burning material combines with the oxygen to generate heat and carbon dioxide, and there is no smoke or soot residue. However, during a house fire, the conditions are far from ideal. As the oxygen supply is not optimal during a house fire and the varying types of fuel available, the material burns incompletely and generate smoke. SERVPRO technicians use various techniques to eliminate the damage caused by smoke and soot.

Smoke contains a variety of components including suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. As the smoke particles are microscopic (About 0.1 to 4 microns in size), they can penetrate porous surfaces such as drywall and fabric and cause discoloration and odors. Once these particles settle on surfaces, it is called soot, which can be quite challenging to clean and can cause extensive damage to your house and belongings. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have years of experience in handling almost any type of smoke and soot residue. Hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, thermal foggers, and HEPA and carbon filter air scrubbers are key weapons in our arsenal to combat odors and floating particulates.

Fire damage restoration is a job for the professionals. We have all the equipment and expertise to get your home back to the pre-damage condition as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."
 
Call SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord today at (978) 468-9868 to get fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration services.

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Why Your Marlborough Home Should Not Have A Wet Basement For Long

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Your Marlborough Home Should Not Have A Wet Basement For Long When Failed Construction Leads to a Wet Basement in Marlborough, Call SERVPRO to Extract the Water and Moisture

SERVPRO Says to Repair Water Damaged Areas in Your Marlborough Basement without Delay

There are plenty of emergency situations that you can face when you are a homeowner with sound explanations, but this is not always the case. When you are dealing with something like a wet basement in your Marlborough home, several different causes could be to blame for the situation. More importantly, this is a situation that requires your immediate attention to prevent various types of on-going damage.

Often, a wet basement in your Marlborough home indicates a failure of your foundation or elements like your sump pump. Discovering dampness or wetness to the area might, in fact, be an excellent means of identifying a potentially disastrous problem before it becomes a threat. This situation provides an opportunity for our SERVPRO restoration specialists to restore the current water damages and to prevent the problem from reaching a more extreme result in the future.
 
When your foundation begins to waiver in its duties of keeping moisture and water on the outside of your home, it rarely happens all at once. Dampness and wetness in your basement can be a clear indication of the structural integrity of this critical component of your house starting to degrade and wear. With the appropriate tools and experienced eyes, these vulnerable spots can get identified and repaired before further degradation occurs, permitting water to enter your home unabated. The scope of service depends on the needed products and procedures to rectify the issue of water intrusion or seepage. Simply applying a waterproofing formulation or even trenching along the exterior perimeter to control french drains and tiles may be in order. Hydrostatic concrete is also in our arsenal of products. Vapor barriers form an integral factor in the prevention of water seepage.
 
Additionally, your wet basement can allow for instances of mold growth. With naturally occurring mold spores in the air that we breathe, warm air and moisture are the only elements required for these spores to seat themselves on surfaces and form colonies. Resolving the dampness in the area through SERVPRO's dehumidification and drying processes can eliminate the components necessary to facilitate fungal growth.
 
From the moment that our restoration specialists arrive at your home, we assess the full scope of the damage to the basement and coordinate with you to map out a restoration plan. This visual inspection is critical to locating the source of the moisture and resolving this issue (when possible) to prevent this detrimental environment from continuing in the lower level of your home.
 
While a wet basement might not seem like a huge problem to discover, it could lead to much more disastrous results if it is not repaired and dried entirely. Call SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord today at (978) 486-9868.

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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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