How Can Mold Form in Your Marlborough Attic?
Removing mold from your attic is a hard job to do alone. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.
Damp attic spaces are not uncommon for Marlborough homes, so our technicians have the appropriate tools and techniques for addressing water and mold growth in these areas.
The development of mold colonies in Marlborough homes might be more common than property owners believe. With the humid continental climate of the area, moist conditions can leave structures susceptible year-round. In low traffic areas of your house, such as the basement or attic, you might not recognize a threat right away.
Mold removal for attics in Marlborough homes can be necessary without a homeowner knowing it. Damage to the house's exterior can often be among the largest contributors to elevated moisture or water damage in this upper space. When the attic is unfinished, you might not notice pressing concerns like water damage when you do not regularly inspect these areas. Some of the common causes of attic water/flood damage include:
- Ice Damming – When ice forms around the edges of the roof, snow melt has nowhere to go but back underneath shingles and roofing materials. Inevitably, this moisture and water find its way inside.
- Storm Damages – Because the area can be a wildcard with severe weather and violent storms, roofs can take substantial damage by wind, rain, hail, and snow.
- High Humidity – Humid conditions exist throughout the house without regulatory practices like dehumidification. Within 48 hours, these moist areas can promote growth.
How Can SERVPRO Remove Active Colonization?
Remediation can be a complicated procedure that varies from one house to the next. Choosing the appropriate response for your structure and damaged materials can save customers time and money on the work getting done. Some of our remediation practices include:
- Surface Cleaning
- Soda Blasting
- Demolition and Rebuilding
Mold can be a hazardous situation for your home. Our SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord team can help with efficient attic mold remediation solutions. Give us a call today at (978) 486-9868.
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How Can Gutter and Downspout Maintenance Help Homeowners Avoid Water Loss?
Homeowners have to deal with many types of damage. Contact SERVPRO for assistance with preventing damage to your property.
Wet Basements Compel SERVPRO Professionals to Look Up When Concord Residents Call for Water Damage Repair.
You understand why a basement takes on water during a torrential rainstorm but remain mystified why even a gentle rain results in seepage and puddling in your Concord home. Contacting us for a professional evaluation can shine some light on the problem, but you might be surprised that we go topside on your house to see if our suspicions are correct.
What Is the Connection Between Foundation Water Damage and A Building's Roof?
The roof of nearly every structure has a water collection and drainage system installed to avoid the need for water damage repair. In Concord, as in most areas that see significant precipitation, the system consists of gutters and downspouts. The trough-like gutters attach to the roof edge's underside and are canted to facilitate the flow of rain or meltwater toward the downspouts that link with the gutters at intervals to drain the fluids from the gutters to the ground.
Isn't the Main Purpose of Gutters to Protect the Roof and Upper Levels?
Well-maintained roofs protect the entire dwelling. Their design urges water to shed without entering the building. If the water merely sheets off the roof edges, it pounds down on the ground immediately adjacent to your home's foundation. SERVPRO looks for signs of uncontrolled rain flow off your home when assessing the source of basement water damage needing repair:
- Erosion of the ground around your home, especially if a "ditch" is visible parallel and just beneath to the roofline
- Visible seepage seen in the interior coming through the walls of the foundation into the basement or lower level
- Detection of water-filled cells in cinder block construction
- Detection of water in cavities between the foundation and building materials such as drywall or paneling
How Can Gutters and Downspouts Be Repaired or Improved?
- Replace rusted or damaged gutters, and consider increasing the width of the gutters to handle more water
- Ensure the gutters fasteners are engaged and replace with new fittings if necessary
- Check that the gutters tilt down toward the downspouts
- Clean out leaves, roofing coatings, twigs, and other debris, especially in the fall
- Add extensions to the end of downspouts to drain the water at least 10 feet from the house
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord can repair water damage due to any source, but we also work with homeowners to avoid future damage through proper system maintenance. Call us at (978) 486-9868 to repair current foundation water damage and arrange for gutter and downspout upgrades.
Can SERVPRO Help Protect My Stock During Water Restoration in My Store?
Water can not only damage the structure of your business, but also the inventory. SERVPRO can help! Call us today!
Marlborough Store Owners Want to Save Their Inventory During Water Restoration
As any Marlborough store owner knows, inventory is the heart and soul of a retail business. Whether you deal with tires or ice cream, selling your products is your focus. Entrepreneurs channel a lot of time and energy into deciding on and managing stock levels and figuring out their best-selling items to maximize profits.
It is natural to be worried about your stock during water restoration in your Marlborough store. SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is here to serve the local business community and help you through disasters.
What is water restoration, and why would I need it?
Water restoration means cleaning and repairing your premises and contents after water damage. Water damage can happen because of moisture leaking in from outside, such as through a broken window. It can also occur because of an appliance or plumbing mishap.
When something happens, it is tempting to think you and your staff can handle it. However, there are many advantages to calling in the professionals:
- We train our technicians in industry best practices, so you know you are getting the best results
- We have specialized cleaning products and equipment such as pumps and extractors that your business most likely does not have
- We can test for moisture in hidden places such as under carpet or inside walls, which means we get to the cause of the issue
- We understand the risk of mold growth and can take preventative steps
We equip our teams with the correct personal protective equipment for a safer working environment. Calling in remediation specialists means you can get your business back up quickly, leaving it, “Like it never even happened.”
When should I call for help?
Call SERVPRO as soon as you notice signs of water damage in Marlboro. Even if it is just a small leak or damp patch, call us immediately. Fast action means less damage to your store and less risk of fungal growth. We are available 24 hours, so do not delay.
Can SERVPRO protect my stock?
Unfortunately, if your stock is already water-damaged, you cannot sell it. You will need to dispose of it and replace it.
However, we can help protect your undamaged stock by:
- Covering everything with plastic sheeting while we work
- Moving items to a safer place within the store
- Packing your inventory out to our off-site storage facility if necessary
We understand how important your inventory is to your store. Our technicians will take every precaution to protect your stock and prevent it from getting damaged.
Are there Other Ways SERVPRO can Assist Me?
We can help you with every aspect of water restoration, from start to finish. We start by assessing your premises, logging moisture and humidity levels, and looking for hidden moisture sources.
The next stage is extraction – we use pumps and extractors to draw out as much water as possible. We have powerful truck-mounted pumps for deeper water pools and light carpet wands for hard to reach areas. Thorough extraction means we can dry your store more quickly.
We use a variety air movers and dehumidifiers to dry every corner of your store. Finally, we use air scrubbers, carbon filters, and sometimes fogging machines or ozone generators to deodorize your premises. We know that a fresh, clean-smelling store is vital.
Can I do anything to prevent the need for water restoration?
You cannot always prevent disasters. But you can be vigilant about potential problems. For example, it is good to regularly check doors, windows, gutters, and roof tiles and repair any issues. It is also essential to check for plumbing or appliance problems such as leaks, blocked drains, or running toilets.
Never ignore a warning sign of water damage.
How can I help my staff prepare?
To ensure your staff is prepared for any eventuality, create your own SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Your ERP contains all the vital information about your business:
- The chain of command and who to call in an emergency
- Insurance provider details
- Premises information such as water shut-off points and assembly points
- A plan for getting your business running after a disaster
It is easy to set up your ERP. Create a free profile, download the app, and follow the on-screen instructions to pre-fill your profile with all the essential details. The app will guide you on a walk-through of your premises to gather information.
An ERP means staff knows what to do and who to call when disaster strikes. You can set us as your go-to water restoration specialists so that you can get help quickly.
If you need help with water restoration in your store, call SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord at (978) 486-9868.
What Should I Do When a Small Fire Leaves Behind Residues in My Marlborough Home?
“Like it never even happened.”
For Fire Damage Mitigation and Help With Smoke-Related Issues in Your Marlborough Home Call SERVPRO
A small kitchen fire can cause you issues even if the flames do not burn any of the building materials or contents inside your house in Marlborough. Kitchen fires can often get caused by grease getting too hot while unattended cooking is taking place. Once oil or something you try to cook ignites, smoke can spread throughout your structure.
How can you tell if smoke has affected my contents and building materials?
During fire damage mitigation in Marlborough, our SERVPRO technicians always start the work process with a thorough inspection of your property. We can perform wipe tests where we wipe all of the surfaces of your house inside and out with a white rag to see if there are any residues present. After we find where all of the soot residues are, we can then perform test cleaning procedures to see which cleaning products and procedures work best on your specific types of smoke residues. Then finally, we can begin removing your smoke residues even if they are light.
What happens to my house if light smoke residues exist?
When our SERVPRO crew conducts the removal of light smoke residues, we find that the following issues exist:
• Light smoke residues exist usually when the area affected by the smoke is small.
• In most cases, when the residues are light, there is no structural damage present inside your home.
• Sometimes after a small fire ignites, the smoke residues in the affected areas of your structure are light or not visible at all.
• Even if your house gets affected by smoke residues that are not heavy, foul odors can exist near the source. But if the fire was small and we conclude that you have light smoke residues as opposed to moderate or heavy residue situations, then unpleasant aromas may not exist in sections of your building that are far from the source.
If you ever happen to have a small grease fire break out in your kitchen, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord at (978) 486-9868 to see if you have any like smoke residues present.
What Happens When Floor Drains Fail in Your Concord Basement?
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Flooding can become a substantial threat when the water cannot get sufficiently drained from the property.
Basement flooding has been a common problem for the Concord area for generations. As many potential solutions exist to waterproof basements and prevent further exposure of these subterranean levels, hydrostatic pressure and other forces can still permit water penetration under the right conditions. Water diversion equipment and fixtures like floor drains are vital to reducing the probability of standing water in this lower level of the property.
When these floor drains and diversion tactics become clogged or blocked, flood damage in Concord homes becomes inevitable. Natural flooding can introduce multiple types of debris and solids to your house, making the blockage of floor drains more likely than you might think. Once this grating becomes covered, water can begin pooling based on the severity of the house's flooding conditions. The solution is to pursue effective flood removal solutions that can also address circulating debris and solids in this standing water, such as:
Should I Evaluate if Water Diversion and Removal Tactics Are Working?
While your methods of moving water from your basement level might be useful for the past several decades, changing conditions and the degradation of the property itself might require a more direct approach to relocating penetrating floodwater. If drains are not working as they should, you might consider installing a sump pump and the grading of your basement floor or installing pipe and trenches to direct water to this constructed pump pit.
Flooding can sometimes happen without much warning and overwhelm water diversion pathways installed in the lower levels of your property like the floor drains. Our SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord team can help with both the restoration of this damage to your house and long-term solutions to more effectively prevent flooding in the future. Give us a call today at (978) 486-9868.
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After a Fire in Marlborough, How Can I Safely Clean Away All of This Soot?
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is the team to call when you need fast, effective fire and soot removal.
SERVPRO Comes to Your Marlborough Business and Uses the Latest Techniques for Fire and Soot Removal
When SERVPRO gets called to manage a fire cleanup project, we have technicians trained to handle all of the intricacies of such a task. We work carefully intending to restore versus replacement, which means cleaning as much of the structure and contents of your Marlborough business possible. This gets done with the help of our proven methods, powerful equipment, and advanced cleaning agents. All of this gets handled as quickly as possible because the longer it takes for total cleanup of smoke and soot, the less chance we have of a successful, full recovery.
How Do You Assess the Fire Damage?
After your interior is deemed safe for entry by the first responders on the scene, our crew chief does a walkthrough to scope the damage. When it comes to fire and soot removal in Marlborough, our technicians have been trained following guidelines of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). What this means is that we know how to determine what to salvage and what to dispose of.
The walkthrough gives us a better idea of the structural damage and any office furnishings, fixtures, and items that call for restoration. We also make sure that all documentation and photographs of the damage get handled carefully by the project manager on the job so that your insurance claim goes as smoothly as possible.
We Secure Your Property
Fire damage often weakens your building structure, which can leave any openings in a vulnerable position in regards to outdoor elements. We can go around your business space to close off any areas of potential exposure with our tarp up and boarding services.
What About Wet Areas of the Interior?
Fires are fought with either water, chemicals, or a combination of both. Depending on the size of the blaze, there could be extensive water damage left behind. We address the water left after first responders extinguishing the flames by:
• Utilizing specialized hygrometers that help us measure moisture saturation
• Using infrared camera technology that allows us to locate hidden pockets of moisture
• Employ the use of powerful equipment for water removals, such as truck-mounted extractors, pumps, and wet-dry vacuums
After our team is confident that we have removed enough water, we then put industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers into place. We always consider humidity levels and adjust our equipment placement accordingly to help achieve our drying goals. As with any project that involves moisture, mold prevention is part of the process.
Could There Be Soot in the Ductwork?
Before we arrive at your business, you can shut off the power to your HVAC system to reduce the transmission of soot and particulates to unaffected areas of your building. You can also close off the doors to the fire zone and carefully remove any relevant paperwork and other important items, if it is safe to do so.
Our team will take the appropriate steps to clean out your ductwork and seal the interior if necessary to help keep odorous elements from lingering. It is not unusual to have several smoke residue types within one space, all of which may require different applications and products for removal. It is important to note that some DIY cleaning methods may also result in further damage, such as:
• Wet cleaning solution used on dry smoke particles can embed them into surfaces causing stains
• Haphazardly dusting or vacuuming can cause particulates to become airborne, posing a health threat as well as moving them into other unaffected spaces in the building
We have the right equipment to use in each situation, including solvent mixtures that work on stubborn, sticky residue. Our team chooses the best process for mitigation during fire and soot removal to reach our restoration goals on time.
What About Wood Furniture?
For unfinished wood items within your commercial space, it is easy for smoke odors to penetrate them. Our team uses a few different cleaning options, including denatured alcohol and dry cleaning sponges on bottoms of office furniture, inside desk drawers, and any untreated wood shelving or other items.
There are some signs that your wood furniture may not be salvageable, which may happen after exposure to high heat. This will include:
• Joints that have taken on water or have cracked from exposure to heat
• Heavy surface blistering
• Permanent staining that is moderate to extremely dark
We do offer semi-refinishing techniques that can help to bring your wood furnishings back to life. This process is best for taking off watermarks and slight stains while using a solvent-based cleaner over the finish layer on top. When carefully executed, this process helps to remove chalky spots and light stains.
SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is the team to call when you need fast, effective fire and soot removal. Contact us 24/7 by calling (978) 486-9868 to have a crew deployed to your building.
My Concord Basement Has Mold – Who Should I Hire?
SERVPRO technicians don PPE--personal protective equipment during mold remediation in Concord area homes--even the attics.
Understanding the Qualifications of a Professional Mold Removal Company Can Help You Make the Right Choice
If you love history, Concord is a grand place to visit. It was a key place in the Revolutionary War, and you can relive that time frame if you visit Minute Man National Park. Just under 20,000 people reside there with various businesses, schools, and churches. Lurking inside many of these homes is mold.
What Should I Expect in a Mold Removal Company?
If you need mold remediation in Concord, you do not just want to open the phone book and pick the first name you see. There are things you should know about the business before you hire them. You want to take the time to call and ask questions. Here are some elements professional mold remediation technicians should do or have:
- Proper Training - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) certification.
- Personal Protective Equipment – They should always have the correct PPE.
- Provide Containment – Plastic sheeting for barrier erection
- Professional Equipment – HEPA products and commercial dehumidifiers are good examples.
- Air Purification Tools – Air scrubbers, air exchange equipment, and HEPA filters.
- Proper Disposal – Porous materials such as mold-contaminated drywall according to local codes national guidelines
- Sealants and Encapsulants -Makes surface areas water-resistant and helps prevent the return of mold.
- Antimicrobials and Antifungal Agents – Used to disinfect surfaces.
- Experience – how long have they been in the mold remediation business?
A Company You Can Trust
SERVPRO is a mold remediation company that has years of experience. Our technicians have the proper certification, and any local mold damage license required. We can mitigate mold damage to your home and leave it, “Like it never even happened.” Mold is not something you want to ignore. It can spread rapidly and damage property, including treasured possessions. Mold can cause health effects.
Contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord at (978) 486-9868 for quality mold remediation service.
How Can I Reduce Standing Water in my Home?
SERVPRO Performs Controlled Demolitions to Remove Contaminants and the Floodwaters. Marlborough Prorperties get CERTIFIED SERVPRO CLEANED
SERVPRO is a Leading Floodwater Extraction Specialist for Marlborough Residents Operating Twenty- Four Hours a Day.
Are floodwaters a safety concern?
Flooding occurs periodically in Marlborough due to extreme weather patterns. The type of flooding that can commonly affect your home is often the result of heavy rainfall, which can raise groundwater and river tables. Once these tables reach a saturation point, residential areas may be affected by flash flooding. Unfortunately, flash flooding can bring dangerous pathogens into your home, so you should contact a professional flood technician to carry out the extraction procedure. Contaminated floodwaters, known as blackwater, could contact herbicides, pesticides, animal carcasses, microbial bacteria, and viruses on route to your property. With floodwater intrusion, it is critical to wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and have experience dealing with biohazardous substances.
Can floodwaters be disposed of in sewers?
There may be local regulation that prevents floodwater extraction from being deposited into Marlborough waterways. Our technicians are well-versed in the legislature and can ensure that any waste-water disposal is responsible and legal. In these situations are team may rely on a truck-mounted water storage tank to transport standing water away from your property to a facility where it can be disposed of correctly. Using pumping equipment alongside extractors, we can ensure the complete removal of any excess water from your property. The procedure to remove initial standing water can take up to a full day, while the average restoration of the flooded property is two to five days.
What causes floodwater intrusion?
- Heavy, persistent rainfall which can enter through the roof or gutters of your building
- Road overflow when city drainage systems become overloaded
- River overflow or dam busts which can lead to flash flooding
- Groundwater flooding
For time-efficient and safe floodwater removal, contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord at (978) 486-9868.
Is It Absolutely Necessary to Hire Disaster Response Professionals to Direct the Water Damage Repair in My Marlborough House?
Water damage remediation is a complex process and needs professionals. Call SERVPRO for water damage remediation.
Opening a Window and Flipping on a Fan Is Probably Inadequate As Your Sole Water Loss Intervention -- Let SERVPRO Manage Your Marlborough Water Damage Repair
No time is preferable for water damage in Marlborough, but certain atmospheric conditions make cleaning up and drying out after water loss more challenging. Your first inclinations and the advice you receive from friends, family, and research might have you opening doors and windows wide as the water damage planning progresses, creating what the industry calls an open drying system. Depending on the materials affected, the temperature and humidity in different environments, and other factors, an open drying system could be spot-on effective or cause more water damage to repair.
Does Science Really Matter During Water Damage Repair, or Should I Follow My Instincts?
Repair of Marlborough water damage depends on a comprehensive understanding of how water, air, temperature, and structural components relate when materials are wet. Extraction of liquid water and then applied drying techniques are how research indicates damaged materials regain their function and appearance. Fundamental to the science of drying, or psychrometry, is that liquid water and airborne moisture (water vapor) damage the structure they touch. The damage is progressive and cumulative, emphasizing that rapid and equipment-assisted water removal and drying are vital to its repair.
Will Waiting for Water to Dry Out on Its Own Cause More or Less Damage?
Failing to respond immediately to water damage in your Marlborough home ensures that the harm will continue and worsen, complicating the repairs needed. If you try to hasten the drying by introducing outdoor air and running fans or dehumidifiers without managing psychrometric conditions appropriately, the hope of repairing the damage fades. Our managers and technicians complete the rigorous coursework developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The training provides them with a context for planning an effective water damage repair plan, manipulating the three psychrometric conditions for optimal outcomes:
- Humidity -- determines how receptive air is to accepting more water vapor from damaged materials
- Airflow -- air movers positioned advantageously sweep vapor-saturated air away from surfaces, permitting the less humid air moved adjacent to wet surfaces to accept additional vapor
- Temperature -- warmer air can hold more water vapor
Wait -- Do I Want My Home Filled with High-Humidity Air?
As the humidity of the air rises, the chance of additional damage to structures also increases. Our certified and experienced water damage repair technicians do not merely balance airflow and temperature until the humidity becomes oppressive. Once the air movement and temperature fully load the air with vapor, we configure dehumidifiers to absorb (desiccant) or condense the water vapor, containing it for disposal outside of the house.
Will Even Well-Balanced Drying Repair the Water Damage Alone?
It is also useful to note that failing to use aggressive extraction prior to choosing a drying system is a huge mistake. Extraction with pumps and truck-mounted extractors is vital to successful water damage remediation, substantially shortening the time needed to dry structures:
- Truck-mount extractors can remove 36,000 gallons of water a day
- High-efficiency dehumidifiers, in contrast, remove 30 gallons of fluid a day
We always start with pumping and extraction, completing the job with the most advantageous drying system.
Why Is Opening My House Up to Outside Air a Questionable Action During Water Damage Repair?
Employing an open drying system, where outside air exchanges with the air inside your home, can work in some circumstances. Those circumstances, however, are limited and unlikely to be easily understood without IICRC training. Only when the following conditions are in place and stable over time will the desired air exchange, and repair of water damage, occur:
- The outdoor air must be warmer and much drier than the interior air (high temperature and low relative humidity)
- The contrast between the humid indoor air and dry outdoor air must show at least a 20 grains per pound (gpp) lower humidity
Note: Optimal levels for efficient drying are at less than 40 percent relative humidity
All that it takes for an open drying system to slow down or reverse structural drying is for the weather to change. Additionally, 40 percent humidity may rarely or never occur in some climates.
Partnering with SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord to repair water damage ensures your home benefits from scientifically based best practices, welcoming you back to “Like it never even happened,” condition. Call us at (978) 486-9868 day or night to schedule an assessment and planning session.
How do I Restore My House After A Fire?
Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.
Let SERVPRO Restore Your Littleton Home
Restoring your Littleton property is a multi-tiered process. Our technicians scope the damage to determine your needs and for insurance purposes. You might face water damage if there were firefighting efforts along with deodorization and extensive cleaning. It is an arduous process. However, our technicians are well trained in restoration based on individual needs.
What is the Difference Between Structure and Contents?
There Are Different Components to Every Home.
To best understand the fire damage restoration process, it is vital to know some of the terminologies. The structure of your home is the permanent parts of your house, such as the walls, flooring, and ceiling. The structure includes building materials such as drywall, lumber like studs and sheathing, exterior coverings, system components like electric and water, tiles, and more.. On the other hand, contents consist of everything else within your home, including appliances, furniture, and other personal belongings.
What are the Methods of Structural Cleaning?
- Washable: These materials can sustain wet cleaning with both water and cleaning agents such as Wall Rinse and Industrial Cleaner.
- Non-Washable: These materials cannot sustain wet cleaning. Water and cleaning agents would create smearing and push the residue deeper into porous surfaces. For non-washable materials, technicians use dry brushes or vacuums to remove residue.
Different fires produce different types of residues. For instance, protein fires, usually in the kitchen, create a sticky residue that requires special attention, such as a dry solvent cleaning agent to remove the residue. The type of surface also determines whether or not the material is washable or non-washable; more porous surfaces tend to absorb a more considerable amount of residue, making it more difficult to remove using dry methods.
For assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord at (978) 486-9868. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
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