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Flood Damage Restoration Services Available for Your Sterling Home

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Services Available for Your Sterling Home If your home experiences storm damage, call SERVPRO to remediate.

Thorough Cleanup After a Storm

Our state has had a relatively quiet year for storms so far, but fall weather is on the way. As we have seen recently, a powerful storm can turn a quiet town or city into a total disaster area in just 24 hours. Restoring and repairing a home quickly once the water stops require a professional service.

Putting a Sterling home back together after flood damage is not a quick process. After decades in the business, SERVPRO has learned that the best method is to ensure that the home is free from moisture. Providing a safe, dry environment is always more important than being quick and careless.

Our technicians start with removing standing water. For any amount over two inches in depth, we bring in portable pumps to empty out the home. For water under two inches or after the pumps have done their job, we use extraction wands. These vacuum-like devices are designed to lift water from carpets and between floorboards without harming them.

Next, we remove property from the affected rooms. We do this to reduce the chance of damaging the items as we clean and to prevent fabric color and furniture finishes from staining carpets and floors. In some cases, we may remove certain items from flooded rooms before pumping or extraction if they hamper water removal efforts. Once removed, we have an inspector examine furniture and other personal property to recommend restoration or replacement.

At the same time, we examine the carpets and floors. Pumps and extraction wands remove moisture but do not dry everything completely. If left untreated, damp carpets begin to rot and floors with moisture still underneath the boards warp and twist in just a few days. If there is a pad underneath the rug, we remove and replace it. It is cheaper to replace them than attempting to dry and reattach them to the floor.

We use air movers, fans and space heaters to dry them and prevent secondary damage. The same actions we take to dry carpets and floors also reduces the chance for mold to expand and grow. At the same time, we set-up dehumidifiers to draw water from the air and lower the overall humidity (air moisture content) of the home. Lowering this also supports the other efforts to safely dry structural property like wall framing, sheetrock, and wood or plywood panels.

As a locally-owned franchise, SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster understands that each job site is not just a structure, but the home of one of our neighbors. We are here to help you return to a safe, dry home, so if you need us or just have a question, call us today at (978) 537-1500.

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The Life Cycle Of Mold Spores That Cause Damage In Leominster

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Life Cycle Of Mold Spores That Cause Damage In Leominster Mold Remediation in Leominster Gets Help from SERVPRO

Understanding Mold Morphology Improves Remediation Techniques

Mold spores are everywhere. The omnipresence of mold is not a pleasant thought, but it is nonetheless true – fungus occurs naturally in the world around us, and the microscopic spores are frequently present both indoors and outdoors.
SERVPRO understands that mold damage is a cause for concern in Leominster homes. We know our customers are naturally not too fond of the telltale black and green patches. That is why we are on hand to quickly remediate mold and take steps to discourage regrowth. Understanding the life cycle of mold spores helps explain how and why fungus grows in your home.
The fungal life cycle begins with cells called hyphae. Hyphae are tiny hair-like cells that need two things to move to the next stage: Moisture and a food source. Moisture is present in many places throughout your home such as the laundry room, bathroom, kitchen or basement. Each hypha needs an organic food source – cellulose, wood, and drywall are all suitable choices.
Hyphae use nutrients and water to grow into a mycelium, which is the name for a cluster of hyphae. The mycelium is the telltale dark patch of mold that you recognize as a sign of mold damage in your home. Some of the individual hypha cells develop spores, which are the reproductive cells of mold.
The mycelium releases the spores, which drift through the air or cling to clothes, footwear, or your pet’s coat. Once the spores find a new spot with enough food and moisture, they settle and begin growing new hyphae. Thus the mold life cycle is complete and keeps on turning as more and more spores are produced and released to establish new colonies.
Understanding the mold life cycle makes it easy to see why complete mold eradication is not possible. However, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to carry out thorough remediation and do all we can to prevent regrowth. We establish containment around affected areas and remove all visible signs of mold. We dry the area and give you advice on keeping it dry so that mold does not have the moisture it needs to start growing again.
For help with fungus in Lancaster, Harvard, Clinton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 today.

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Fall Inspection for Water Damage in Sterling

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fall Inspection for Water Damage in Sterling Look around your house for signs of possible water damage. It is better to get those taken care of right away and prevent leaks from continuing.

Prevention and Regular Home Maintenance can Help Strengthen Your Home's Reaction to Possible Damage

As the seasons change, proactive Sterling homeowners want to take prudent precautions and check their houses for water damage that may have gone unnoticed during the busy summer months. An inspection of the attic, foundation, and gutter and downspout system reveals rains during the spring and summer or ice and snow last winter invaded your home. What is your next step?
Water damage found inside a Sterling home cannot be ignored. Fall is a good time to make repairs to stop the slow deterioration water causes to your dwelling’s structure and avoid potential harm to your personal belongings. Look for signs that water has made its way inside, and then contact us for an assessment of the situation and suggestions on a plan to abate the damage done and eliminate the moisture source.
Signs of hidden or seemingly minor water damage that can slowly destroy the integrity of your home include:
Discolored areas on walls or ceilings indicate that water soaked the drywall or lath and plaster that make up these surfaces.

Bulges in ceiling or walls and peeling paint show where accumulations of water collected and tried to escape through the building materials.  

Rusty coloration signals places where metal plumbing fixtures or heating elements such as vents and radiators leaked.

Textural changes or evidence of warping on flooring, especially loose or peeling synthetic tiles and buckling, crowning, or cupping hardwood floors, are signs that moisture made its way onto and under these common floor materials.
Musty odors and obvious microbial growth point to moist spaces where mold spores grew into colonies.

Puddles or damp spots that are unrelated to spills suggest leaks from failing plumbing or appliances, or saturated soil around your home perhaps due to poorly draining gutters or improperly graded landscaping next to your house.
SERVPRO technicians are familiar with a broad range of reasons water intrudes into a residence. We have the skills, experience, and equipment to find the source of the water, arrange for repair, and then restore the affected areas to preloss condition. Truck-mounted pumps and water extractors pull water from the structure and fixtures of your home. Air movers and dehumidifiers reduce the moisture content of the air, walls, ceilings, floors, and framework of your building.
Prepare your home for the challenges of the cooler months by ensuring subtle water damage is identified and abated through the efforts of SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster. Our phones at (978) 537-1500 are answered 24/7, and a highly-qualified team of restoration specialists arrives at your home within hours to consult and begin the recovery work.

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Commercial Water Damage and Your Sterling Factory

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage and Your Sterling Factory When production is stopped due to damage, revenue is lost. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and restart production at your plant.

SERVPRO Technicians are Quick to Assess and Remediate Damage so That Your Business Progress can Continue

Whenever a factory ceases production, the economic consequences are severe, affecting hundreds of families. Without the products made, numerous other businesses must wait for products to become available again, affecting many others, including consumers, across the nation.
Factories easily handle most threats, but commercial water damage in Sterling can stop production lines in almost any plant. Our local factories provide goods to industries in aviation, automotive motors, household hardware, and also make the prototypes needed to demonstrate newly designed devices and tools that do not yet exist. The health and vibrancy of our community businesses affect industries and commerce nationwide.
Water damage within a factory setting may hinder production in diverse ways. Included is a leak from a damaged roof during a rainstorm or other problem that permits vast amounts of water to flood and invade an otherwise dry location. Standing water still cannot negate the amount of damage that can occur from constant spikes in humidity from smaller drips or leaks on water coolers, refrigerator lines, and rushed coffee-making.
Water damages materials, particularly those that are porous, by making small changes in the structural makeup, increasing dimensions via swelling, and corroding surfaces with minute imperfections. SERVPRO's highly skilled technicians hold several IICRC certificates, including Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). The knowledge held by our committed team members, combined with restoration experience gained from jobs of both grand and small scale, ensures that restoration of your factory setting happens quickly.
When water damages the factory itself, we cut off the source of water and track it down to where it 'disappeared.' Then, we eliminate every trace of moisture so that new damage cannot happen. It is typically fast work when it comes to fixing peeled paint on walls and other surfaces, examining carpeted areas to determine the best restoration options, and removal and replacing of areas damaged beyond repair.
Our trusted partners, professional restorers, tend to damaged high-tech equipment and other electronics, quickly restoring them to functionality. Our team members work swiftly and thoroughly to clean assembly lines, end baskets, sorting areas, and anywhere else that water has created a mess that hinders your production goals. When presented with situations that may cause delays in your productions lines, our technicians are trained to inform your staff of the situation, keeping you abreast of all developments on an ongoing basis.
Protecting and bolstering our local and national economies is part of what drives SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster in providing mitigation services for factories suffering from commercial water damage. Protect your equipment and product lines from this and other disasters by calling our local number, (978) 537-1500, any day, and at any hour.

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Leominster Flood Damage Can Occur from a Breached Roof

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Leominster Flood Damage Can Occur from a Breached Roof Storms and Flooding in Leominster Use SERVPRO for Water Removal

Verticle Flooding Increases the Water Damage to Leominster Homes

Storms in the New England area can be very destructive, and over time, the wear and tear can bring about additional problems for homes that are more weather-beaten than they appear. Many building materials can give a false sense of security because they seem fine until they disintegrate or breakdown when you need them most.

The roof of a house is intended to protect the inside of the home, but when an opening erupts because of missing shingles or a physical break, flood damage in Leominster can gravely affect the home's interior. Torrential downpours can produce gallons of water that, when trapped by your exterior walls and floor, accumulate much quicker than you might have expected. When rain falls outside, it rushes away, with little or nothing to stop its flow. However, when rain falls inside your home, it quickly rises instead of channeling away from your building.
Although this kind of flooding might not carry the pathogenic load that a flood from the terrain can carry and bring into your home, contamination from stored items inside your attic is likely to occur. Also, any droppings deposited by animal pests in crawl spaces can contaminate the water invading your home's living spaces below. Training at SERVPRO includes decontamination of such catastrophes, which is needed to make a home's surroundings safe again for people.
One aspect about flooding in this manner that can make things worse is that the water came from overhead, much like a bathtub overflowing on an upper story. The walls are saturated, electrical hazards skyrocket, and the floor/ceiling in larger rooms can become extremely weak and unsafe due to saturation. We can provide the remedy for these and other situational problems, ensuring that your family home is made safe again structurally.
Flooding, no matter the source or direction from which the water comes from can result in many different types of problems. Each one must be addressed and resolved, and the sooner restorative work begins, the less time the damage has to spread and worsen. Because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can help minimize any damage your home and belongings suffer.
From the external structure of your roof, all the way to the floor, we can get flood damage mitigated quickly. Then we can sanitize everything in your home, including your child's favorite toys, clean, dry, and safe once again. Call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 to make this happen for your family when flood damage threatens to take your home and turn it into a watery mess.

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Fire Damage May Stem from Many Sources in Your Fitchburg Residence

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage May Stem from Many Sources in Your Fitchburg Residence When the Firefighters Are Gone, then SERVPRO Cleans Up the Damage in Fitchburg

Degrees of Heat, Smoke, and Flames Define the Pattern and Extent of Damage

The ways fire can affect a home are numerous. The original material which caught fire, the amount of material present, air currents, and even the time of year can all create differences from one fire to another. No two fires are identical. This broad range of characterizations is part of the reason firefighters spend substantial amounts of time training with different types of intentional fires.

SERVPRO technicians also continuously train so that they are always prepared for the many different kinds of fire damage in Fitchburg they may encounter. When someone already present at home puts out a smaller fire, damaged areas might be less costly but should still be repaired by professionals with experience. Water can become just as harmful if left to evaporate and cause staining on its own, even in small amounts.
When firefighters use hoses to wet everything down inside your home to keep it from catching on fire, steam can become quite prolific and spread throughout your home. A fine mist of steam, smoke, and soot, plus particulates from burnt materials slowly deposits these substances everywhere, indiscriminately. These deposits can pose risks to many of your personal belongings and keepsakes. Removing the soot and smoke residue must commence soon after so these items do not suffer any additional damage.
The water used to fight your home's fire can also damage support beams within your home, compounding the damage your floors may have already suffered from the heat and flames. Cleaning is not enough to restore a home in all cases. Structural integrity is crucial to protecting your family. Our technicians have been trained to IICRC's international standards, preparing them for all types and severity levels of fire damage. From the top of your home's roof down to the ground below your house, we can restore everything, so your family home is once again “Like it never even happened.”
Not only is a fire of any size a stressful and horrific event, but it is also a dangerous one that can continue placing your family's health at risk. Smoke residues can induce breathing difficulties, soot can contain harmful substances that can pose serious risks to toddlers who put contaminated items in their mouths, and weakened areas in walls can pose dangers from electrical shock.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is a locally owned and operated franchise, making us your friends and neighbors. We are here whenever you might need us most, in traumatic events that can leave slight, or extensive, fire damage behind. Calling us at (978) 537-1500 should be your first step in restoring your home, which can also eliminate your family's bad memories of a terrible situation.

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Mold Damage in Stored Clothing Can Indicate Bigger Problems in Fitchburg Homes

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Stored Clothing Can Indicate Bigger Problems in Fitchburg Homes Mold on a Wall in Fitchburg Needs Remediation and Moisture Control--Call SERVPRO

Remediation and Humidity Control Get Your Fitchburg Property Back in Great Shape

Pulling items out of storage or the back of a closet can sometimes reveal damaged items. When any mold is present on fabrics and clothing, a larger problem is likely to exist in that area of your home. Other spaces may also have problems with fungal infestations, such as areas of the already discovered locations.

Fitchburg is full of beautiful homes, but mold damage is not choosy about which home it attacks. Dust is full of mold spores and other microbes, and they often easily carried into your home from the outside. Once there, they can quickly settle on a surface, and if conditions are correct, they can begin to grow.
Microbes such as mold spores and mildew only need a few basic items to grow and engage in its life cycle. The main component that we can control is moisture. A leak, a tiny drip, or even increased humidity from a poorly installed bathroom vent can provide more than enough moisture to allow fungal growth to happen.
We find these areas rich in moisture with the use of a hygrometer, showing us where increased moisture exists. Not only does this often reveal infested areas, but it often helps us discover the source of the moisture itself. When this is the case, we eliminate any future moisture from accumulating thereby reducing the possibilities of future mold infestations.
Whenever SERVPRO answers a call for mold damage, we know that remediation is only part of the answer. Prevention of future outbreaks of microbial growth is crucial to protecting your home. Even though mold is ever-present, with the correct measures, its movement can be controlled, and it can be a non-factor in your daily activities.
Expert applied microbial remediation technicians like those at SERVPRO are perfect for all your needs. We train our employees according to the standards developed by the IICRC so we can assure you that all traces of fungal activity ceases, and future activity effectively prevented. In addition to removing all known traces of infested materials in a safe manner that reduces the risk of contaminating microbe-free areas of your home, the installation of easily-maintained dehumidifiers can ensure correctness of humidity levels. Sans humidity, these tiny organisms can no longer proliferate into large mold patches.
We at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster understand that mold damage can be a serious threat to your home and the act of finding it in your home can cause you extreme stress. Call us at (978) 537-1500, so we can help you with remediation, from start to finish, and get your home back to how it should be once again.

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Peak Time of Year for Home Candle Fires

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

A candle fire created this mess throughout this hallway in Leominster.  SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster was called in to clean up the soot throughout. 

Water Damage

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fitchburg/Leominster is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage in the Fitchburg Leominster area, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today – 978-537-1500

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.


What to Expect

When you call us, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?


About SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.