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Drying a Wet Basement After a Storm in Marlborough

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying a Wet Basement After a Storm in Marlborough Stormwater and Waterproofing in Marlborough by SERVPRO

Flooding, Water Extraction, and Drying--Call SERVPRO

Marlborough has had fewer storms this year, but it is not over yet. Winter weather can tear into a home from top to bottom, causing storm damage issues at every level.
 
After a storm, a Marlborough wet basement usually means there is more damage than just floodwater. There was a pathway for enough of it to get in and leave more water than a mop and a shop-vac can handle. SERVPRO technicians are trained to remove the water, find out how it got in, and lower the risk of a flood happening again.
 
If the water level is more than ankle high, we bring in a commercial grade pump to remove it. Even in a larger home, we can clear the excessive in a single morning or afternoon. For lower levels of water, we bring in water extraction wands and other suctioning devices. These devices are designed to draw water off of floors and out of carpets without harming the surface or tearing up the nape. Contaminated water always plays a role in salvaging materials.
 
As SERVPRO technicians remove the water, one of our inspectors determines how it got in. Since the problem appeared after a storm, the inspector looks at the foundation walls which make up the basement for seepage points and cracks. Cracks are easy to spot, but a seepage point often looks like any other patch of rough surface on the exposed cinder blocks.
 
To seal and cover the damage, we use hydraulic cement to fill in the cracks and seepage points. When we complete that, we cover the entire wall surfaces with masonry cement. It is a thin coating that adheres to the surface and forms a waterproof barrier.
 
The water should be stopped before it gets into the foundation though. Once we have the inside taken care of, the inspector moves outside the home. Our recommendation is to allow us to dig out around the home and expose the foundation walls where we perform the same inspection as we did inside. We seal any cracks and seepage points with the hydraulic cement, but we cover the outside walls with a liquid rubber compound. The only way water gets past these barriers afterward, is if there is enough damage to shift the house even partially off of its foundation walls and pad.
 
Having a wet basement is not the worst problem to have, but it is a very good indicator that there may be more severe problems. If you have a flooded basement or are concerned about keeping it dry this coming winter, contact us here at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord. Call today at (978) 486-9868 for more details or to schedule a visit.

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Remediating Black Mold in Concord Homes

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Black Mold in Concord Homes Mold Remediation--Black, Green, Brown--All the Same SERVPRO Treatment in Concord

SERVPRO Offers a No-Scare Mold Remediation Service

Black Mold are two words that scare Concord homeowners and the general population for no good reason. Every type of mold can cause damage to a private home, duplex or apartment complex. There are more myths associated with black mold than there are facts published about it.
 
Having black mold in a Concord home does not mean everyone is at risk for lung infections or other health problems. The only people at risk with any mold are those individuals with highly sensitive allergies or have compromised or weakened immune systems. Mold can cause health effects.
 
Our first task is to stop further growth. The simplest way we accomplish this task is to find the moisture that is allowing the mold to expand and grow, looking for a food source and replicating across a home. This source can be relatively small, a tiny leak from a damaged roof or a small pool behind a rusting water heater can result in mold spreading through a large area.
 
SERVPRO response teams have an extensive network of cleaning agents and tools available to destroy active mold and render it harmless. As an example, If the mold is found in a tight area like in an attic or other crawlspaces, we use a combination of anti-fungal chemicals and a fogging device to create a cloud of mold killer. We force this agent into the enclosed space using a combination of fans and air movers to direct it to the affected surfaces. This method is also very useful in killing mold in the space behind walls.
 
Once we stop active growth, we remove any items that not cleanable. Drywall and other building material are easily compromised by mold, with the spores sending extensions into the panels to feed and continue growing. Our technicians carefully bag and remove damaged material to avoid accidentally spreading mold spores to unaffected areas of the home.
 
Removing black mold or any other infestation from your home is not an easy or quick process. SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord understands that it is not the end of your home, nor is it a threat to your health. For more information on how we treat and remediate this or any disaster, contact us at (978) 486-9868. We are here to help.

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Replacing Burst Pipes in Marlborough

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Replacing Burst Pipes in Marlborough Ice Dams and Frozen Pipes Lead to Water Damage in Marlborough Properties--Prepare and Prevent

Frozen Plumbing Often Leads to Water Damage--Call SERVPRO

Fall in Marlborough is the perfect time for watching the leaves turn and doing all of the tourist things that even us locals enjoy. We do not admit it of course, but everyone likes chestnuts and hot cider. It is also the time to find out the overnight cold snaps have left us an unwanted gift or two around our homes.

Unlike other types of water damage in Marlborough, burst pipes can cause problems from the roof down. Many homes still have their water tank in the attic or have pipes running from the tank across to other parts of the house. With almost thirty years in our area, SERVPRO can repair the problem or suggest one of our trade partners, remediate any damage, and prepare your home for the coming winter.
 
The quickest way to halt the problem is to replace the pipe of course. Our technicians can remove and replace open pipes not covered by a wall or ceiling in an hour or two. If the pipe cracked or sheared off at a connection, we have the tools ready to cut the damaged section out, replace it, coupling and all, in a single afternoon.
 
If the pipe is behind a laundry or bathroom wall, SERVPRO can swiftly deal with that as well. A technician first cuts away a section of drywall to determine the extent of the damage. If nearby panels are soaked, we usually recommend replacing them. It is much faster and the cost to replace is cheaper than the labor hours needed to try and dry the panels in place. It is true also for the panels we have to remove to get to the burst pipes.
 
Once everything is back in place, we examine the area where the pipe burst and similar areas to determine if we can prevent it from happening again. We usually find that poor insulation is the problem. Foam core pipe insulation is relatively inexpensive and can prevent a second visit from us as well as hundreds or thousands of dollars in future replacement costs. Our technicians can use it in attics and basements, as well as behind every wall in the home if needed.

At SERVPRO of Marlborough /Concord, we want to keep our neighbors safe and dry. If you have a leak in your home or have questions about how to prepare for winter, call us today at (978) 486-9868. We are here to help.

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Insulation Removal in Marlborough

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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.
 
Color Bleed
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.
 
Mold
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

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

General 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

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

9/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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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