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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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Recovering From Fire Damages To Your Hudson Home

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering From Fire Damages To Your Hudson Home Don't Get Caught Sleeping on a Burning Sofa in Your Hudson Home--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

SERVPRO Provides Proven Methods for Smoke & Fire Cleanup and Recovery

Faulty wiring in your Hudson home has left you with a substantial loss. While you are considering all of your options, facing the devastating damage, you are not sure what to do next. The local fire department responded quickly, which allowed you to be able to keep a significant portion of the house untouched by the damaging blaze, but now you have to figure out how to restore that affected area to your preloss condition.
 
There are many times that this kind of disaster is unavoidable. If you are dealing with fire damage to your Hudson home, you might be curious as to what you can do. We at SERVPRO have spent years dealing with all manner of fire damages, from structural fires down to small kitchen blazes that sprung from faulty appliances or unattended cooking. While each case might prove very different, our team approaches each one with the same care and consideration that serves as the foundation of our reputation.
 
Our thoughtful approach starts with the understanding that this is the one place you know and love, and your home is vital to you. This knowledge makes your home important to us as well. That is why when you call you are not asked to wait. Someone is dispatched to respond and begin putting together a plan to restore the damages you have experienced right away, pending contractual agreement. Our emergency team can clean up the mess, remove the lingering odors, and restore the damages.
 
Depending on the severity of the incident, there could be some items in your house that just cannot be restored. However, most of the affected area can usually be cleaned and returned to preloss condition. Cleanup goes beyond the scrubbing of the walls with our equipment to remove soot, but it also involves concentrated restoration efforts on heirlooms, electronics, furniture, drapes, and flooring.
 
Removing the lingering smell is something people want to do the most. Even if the house remains someplace you can live after a damaging fire, the smoke and burning smell can often make it uninhabitable. Our high tech SERVPRO equipment comes into play at this point. With fogging systems, deodorizing sprays can react with the odor molecules and neutralize them. Instead of masking the scent, this process ultimately removes the molecules that caused the odor in the first place. For large fire damaging events we can set up air scrubbers and ozone machines to change the chemical composition of the odorous compounds and render them odorless.
 
If you are in need of fire restoration and odor removal services, our emergency mitigation team is always on call. Reach out to SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord by calling (978) 486-9868.

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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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