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How We Avoid Restoration Challenges In Your Boxborough Home After A Flood

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How We Avoid Restoration Challenges In Your Boxborough Home After A Flood Though some places are easy to dry during flood damage restoration, it is not always the case in some areas.

Dealing With Possible Restoration Challenges In Boxborough After A Flood Damage Experience

Though some places are easy to dry during flood damage restoration, it is not always the case in some areas. For instance, it can be challenging to access the HVAC ducting that is located in the attic or ceiling area and perform the necessary restoration work. Also, drying walls and floors behind the cabinets can take a lot of time. Our crew has the training and equipment to clean, dry, and restore such areas in your Boxborough home or business.

Our SERVPRO technicians have to clean and decontaminated the HVAC systems in your Boxborough property during flood damage restoration. We can quickly clean and disinfect sheet metal ducting, but we have to replace some form of ducting such as flex duct and coated fiberboard after exposure to black or gray water. The type of material the duct is made from determines the procedures we use when restoring HVAC systems. If it has fiberglass insulation, there are high chances of mold growth taking place if the situation is not attended to immediately. In such cases, we replace the fiberglass lining since the molds may lead to health effects.

The layers of drywall and cabinet back can slow the speed of drying the area around the cabinet. If the cabinet back is absent, our SERVPRO technicians drill holes into the walls to enhance the flow of air. In some situations, we use a vent system to force dry air through the wall cavities. Once the area is dry, we cover those holes. It is also possible to drill holes in the cabinet back and then use a similar material to patch them up at the end of the work. Drilling holes may lead to possible electrical and plumbing hazards, so we are careful about that and follow applicable regulations and laws. Also, we communicate with our clients before we can make the holes.

Our highly trained team at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord responds immediately to all restoration emergencies, be it water, fire, mold, or storm damage. Call us at (978) 486-9868 when you need to work with a leader in the restoration industry.

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Drying and Protecting a Wet Basement in Marlborough After a Storm

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying and Protecting a Wet Basement in Marlborough After a Storm If your basement suffers from a major or minor flooding event, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO for successful drying services.

Our Technicians Will Investigate ALL of the Causes of Your Wet Basement After a Storm, Before Commencing With the Remediation Process

Marlborough and our part of Massachusetts went through an incredible amount of extreme weather this year, and the upcoming winter is not expected to be any milder right now. Problems and damage not completed repaired or restored can resurface after the first heavy rain.
 
Many homeowners found themselves with a wet basement in Marlborough after a storm last year. If the water level was low, many of them used a water-vac to remove it and then let everything air dry as best as possible. At SERVPRO, we understand that this does not solve the problem, only push it back for more water intrusion later.
 
With the next storm, more water finds its way into the basement. After one of our restoration teams arrive, they start with two tasks, remove the water and determine how it entered the basement.
 
They start removal with a commercial grade pump to remove any water higher than ankle-deep. Depending on the area of the basement, this can take a few hours to a day or two. If there are any carpets on the floor, team members next use extraction wands to draw out the water and then remove the carpets to dry outside. If there is a pad underneath them, they dispose of it immediately.
 
With the water gone, a SERVPRO inspector carefully checks the walls and floor for cracks and seepage points. Some of these can be as small as the tip of a pencil, so the inspection takes a long time. In some cases, a seep does not show until enough water comes through to reveal a damp patch.
 
Technicians fill any cracks and seep with hydraulic cement to seal them off. Next, they coat the walls and the floor if needed with a layer of masonry cement. It adheres tightly to concrete and forms an excellent barrier against further water intrusion.
 
If there are a large number of cracks inside the basement, then there are usually larger cracks in the outside walls. To protect the basement and the foundation, we recommend allowing our team to dig out around the foundation, expose the walls, and cover them with a thick, liquid rubber compound. It seals the entire concrete surface and does not leak unless there is physical damage that separates the blocks.
 
A wet basement is usually a minor problem, but it can become an expensive one if not dried and repaired properly. SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is here to help you protect your home from this and other effects of severe storms. Call us today at (978) 486-9868 for more information and to set up an inspection.
 
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Storm Damage Can Allow Flooding In Your Maynard Residence

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Can Allow Flooding In Your Maynard Residence Call SERVPRO to Rescue Your Maynard Home after Flooding

Maynard Homeowners Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Drying after Stormy Incidents

Severe weather is no stranger to the state of Massachusetts, let alone to the residents of Maynard. From the heavy snowfall throughout the winter months to the torrential rainfall expected through the spring and summer months, homes take a beating all year round from these steady elements. Even with the reinforcement of roofs and exterior materials like siding, homes still fall victim to the severe weather and allow substantial volumes of runoff or floodwaters to enter their home.

While these unfortunate circumstances might come unexpectedly, knowing what to do when they happen can help to limit the flood damages that your Maynard home experiences. One of the first things that you should do is to know whom to call in the event of an emergency like this, and that is a professional restoration company like SERVPRO.

Floodwaters entering your home can quickly saturate the materials used in the construction of your house. If the water damage originates from the attic area, materials like insulation and ceiling framework can get too heavy to remain supported and collapse into the lower levels of your home. One of the SERVPRO goals is to make every job as safe as possible, which begins with assessing these risks along with the full scope of the damage that your home faces.

Another consideration is the removal and replacement of the materials too irreparably damaged for restoration to be practical or even possible. This assessment is one that takes a trained eye and experience to make, which can eliminate unessential costs and help to make the restoration process go more quickly. The final call for tossing non-salvageable materials, especially possessions and furnishings, is controlled by the homeowner and the insurance adjuster.  We can advise which areas of your home can get restored with drying efforts and cleanup and which require removal and replacement.

While there are no ways that you can prepare yourself for the potential flooding that can come from storm damages on the exterior of your house, there are ways that you can prepare for what you would do if such an occurrence happens. You should give our experienced SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord restoration team a call immediately at (978) 486-9868.

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Seasonal Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Hudson Home

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seasonal Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Hudson Home SERVPRO Can Replace Storm Damaged Insulation in Hudson Homes Along with Water Extraction and Drying

Floods from the Roof or Foundation Present Emergency Cleanups and Water Removal--Call the Professionals from SERVPRO 

Spring brings a lot of rain to the State of Massachusetts, and the excessive volume of water has the potential to cause flood damage in any homes that are not adequately prepared. If the roof on your home is already in critical condition, a weekend of rain can quickly turn into a disaster for you. Water flooding into your attic can soak through the ceiling, causing water spots and rotting the material if it is not dealt with immediately. When water damage occurs inside of your home, it is always a wise decision to call for help immediately.

No part of your home is meant to withstand significant flood damage, but the attic of your Hudson home is particularly weak. Most attics are usually not finished, and it is never good if water has direct access to the bare structure of your property. Insulation and support beams can become waterlogged and turn into the perfect place for microbial growth in as little as 72 hours. If mold is allowed to form, it puts the structure in your home in even more damage, as mold rots organic material, such as the wooden frame of your home. The quicker you are to call for help, the more likely you are to have successful remediation.
 
After receiving your call, SERVPRO makes it our top priority to travel to your home quickly. When we arrive, we can bring trade tools with us to remove any pooling water from your home before drying out the structure. Insulation is relatively easy to dry and save, however, our SERVPRO techs may need to remove it to access water that has reached the sheetrock underneath it.  Our team has extensive experience with replacing wet or contaminated insulation. We use tools such as extractors and wet/dry vacuums to tackle any pooling water. Afterward, SERVPRO can employ the use of air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure of your attic.
 
If your home suffers from flood damage, do not hesitate. Dial (978) 486-9868 to connect with SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord. We understand how essential it is to arrive quickly and always strive to do so.

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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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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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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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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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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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Prepare Your Concord Area Home Against Flood Damage

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Concord Area Home Against Flood Damage SERVPRO Tip: Get Flood Insurance for Concord Properties--We Will Clean Up the Damage

SERVPRO Gives Tips and Flood Damage Cleanup to Concord Homeowners

Floods can develop slowly, making a homeowner feel helpless as they watch. Water begins spreading over land when rivers and waterways overfill, gaining access to homes caught within the flood plain.  
 
There are several types of flooding that might affect your Concord area home. Flood damage affects your home and its surrounding environment, occurring anytime of the year. Severe storms can even bring flash floods to the area that give you little to no warning and cause massive damage.  
 
Floodwater itself can be extremely hazardous, taking as little as 15cms of fast-flowing water to knock a full-grown human off their feet. A flood can disrupt both public and personal transportation, by cutting off roads, railways, and even cut communication lines by destroying telephone poles and other equipment.  
 
Floods carry large amounts of water and anything it can carry over large areas, displacing soil nutrients and eroding agricultural lands. Severe floods do far more than ruins homes or destroy personal property, the environment and wildlife in the area are also at risk. What can you do?
 
You should always take the time to understand more about where you live. If your home lies within a floodplain, never take chances and get your family to safety at the first signs of a flood. Watch your local news station for notifications, and prepare your home for the event. Do you have a distinct flood insurance policy?
 
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers; your personal or house phone may stop working, get lost, or damaged, make sure to have numbers ready for when you reach safety. Prepare every member of your family by practicing an escape plan, bring plenty of supplies, medication, and food. Call SERVPRO to stop by and offer our ERP, Emergency READY Profile mobile app to help you prepare for possible emergencies; and then we are only a call away to help.
 
With your family safe and the event coming to an end, make preparations with your local SERVPRO to re-enter your home as soon as possible. You want to take action immediately to save the contents of your home and any personal belongings left behind.  
 
SERVPRO can help you prepare your home to combat flood damage, providing you with expertly trained technicians, access to advanced equipment and services that help prevent losses. However, in the event of a flood, it is also important to have someone there to help you recover, and that is where we come in.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord anytime for full-service solutions to flood, fire, storm, mold, or other water-related issues. (978) 486-9868
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Concord Flood Damage Removal from Private Homes

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Concord Flood Damage Removal from Private Homes Concord Properties Call On SERVPRO for Flood Water Removal

SERVPRO Extracts Standing Water Post Flooding Swiftly


Removing water from your home is a relatively simple task when it comes to pumping or extracting. The problems are usually timing and labor. When that water is contaminated, the costs and threats to your home and personal health quickly increase.


When it comes to restoring your Concord home and property from the effects of flood damage, SERVPRO looks for one of three categories of water: Clean, Gray and Black. We maintain a 24-hour response team to determine the category and determine what is needed to clean and restore your home.

Clean Water – This type of flood water poses no substantial risk to the health of the residents or our technicians. The restoration crews do not have to take any precautions before bringing in pumps or other water extraction tools to remove standing water or water trapped on carpets, floors, building material such as drywall, and personal property. To prevent clean water from crossing into the gray water category, we remove it as quickly as possible. Microbes present on surfaces and in the air are harmless until they have even a small amount of standing water to collect in and grow. Our technicians also begin work to lower the humidity level; drier air inhibits microbial growth as well.

Gray Water – This category contains low levels of contamination that can threaten the health of residents and anyone else who exposed to it. Contaminants include water from aquariums, urine, and wash water. Gray water becomes more contaminated very quickly with fungi or bacteria. Spores from these threats can become airborne and spread to parts of the home not affected by water. If unchecked, the spores grow into building material as well as become a health threat. To prevent this, technicians spray the water with an anti-fungal or anti-microbial agent before bringing in water extraction equipment.

Black Water – This is the most contaminated water. Most stormwater falls into this category, as run-off or water from a crested river also pulls in feces, sewage, and even dead animals from the outside. Contamination levels also depend on how far the water traveled before it entered your home. Other contaminants can include chemical and medical waste. Technicians don protective gear and spray black water before utilizing pumps. Our crews carefully watch every hose connection and ensure there are no leaks as they pump contaminated water into a holding tank or tank truck.

Restoring a home to its pre-flood state can be complicated and expensive. SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is here to help our neighbors and fellow residents return to their normal life as soon as we can. Call us today at (978)486-9868 to begin.


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When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Marlboro/Concord is ready!

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marlboro/Concord specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Marlboro/Concord area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country, that are strategically located throughout the United States. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to any storm or flood damage in Marlboro/Concord.