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Finding Mold in the Basement of Your Leominster Cafe

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Finding Mold in the Basement of Your Leominster Cafe SERVPRO Remediates Mold from Your Leominster Cafe Keeping the Java Flowing

SERVPRO Works In the Background, Keeping Your Business Open During Mold Remediation 

Many businesses use their basement for storage but going into that area and finding mold damage can create a considerable problem for you as the owner. Mold growth on your property is especially pesky when your business is centered around food service. Mold can cause health effects, and an outbreak in a building that makes pastries and serves coffee would make any health inspector close the business. As a business owner, it is better to take it into your own hands and deal with the mold damage to your property before this scenario can occur. Luckily, there is qualified help close to you.

We can send an estimator to your Leominster property to inspect the mold damage as soon as possible. We can go through your basement and detect the patches of mold growth and answer any questions you have about the remediation process. Our estimator can speak with you about the best time for our technicians to work in your restaurant. If you would like us to work out of sight, we can get the job done during the hours that your business is closed.
SERVPRO can begin by setting up a barrier so the agitated spores cannot transfer elsewhere when we begin to clean. The source of the dampness and moisture must be found and eliminated. We can tear out any porous material the mold has attached itself to that is not salvageable. While SERVPRO does not install building materials, we can recommend contractors to you for any renovations that are needed. While we do this, our technicians can set up carbon filter air scrubbers to help capture odors, eliminating the musty smell. HEPA filters are also fitted on these air scrubbers to capture airborne mold spores, pollen, dust, and pieces of mold.
SERVPRO can clean any non-porous surfaces. After cleaning and removing the visible mold growth, we can spray your basement with an antifungal agent that can help prevent further outbreaks.
When you find mold on your property, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500. We can work around your schedule to get your business running normally as soon as possible.

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Why Cleaning Counts after Facing Fire Damage in Sterling

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Cleaning Counts after Facing Fire Damage in Sterling Residues that remain after a fire can be difficult to remove. Contact SERVPRO right away to remediate stubborn types of residues.

Team SERVPRO Understands That Dealing With Fire Damage Includes Remediating Different Types of Residues

Reducing the claim costs is a top priority after experiencing a fire damage incident. During this stressing time, you have to do all you can to avoid ending up with replacements and tasks such as resurfacing. That means you should act quickly and work with professionals that offer restoration and cleaning services in Sterling. By doing that, it is easy to know the contents you can salvage and in the process mitigate the damage.

Let us begin by understanding the principles of cleaning that our SERVPRO technicians use when attending to fire damage incidents in Sterling. Our primary goal is to return your contents to their preloss state, and we begin by doing a site inspection which helps us trace the smoke residues and how far the smoke has moved. We then go ahead and analyze the type of smoke residues, since there is a possibility of having different kinds in the same location and that means using more than one cleaning technique.

Our SERVPRO technicians also look at the type of surface where the particles are resting on since that also helps us when choosing an appropriate cleaning procedure. At this point, we are ready to capture and remove the smoke particles either through wet or dry cleaning procedures. It is also our work to dispose of the waste and debris we end up with after cleaning your property.

When we want to dislodge soils from hard surfaces, we may decide to use mechanical action. In most cases, we use the process before implementing other cleaning actions such as lubrication, chemical action suspension, and dispersion. Some areas are too fragile and using aggressive agitation may cause damage and to avoid that, we may use absorption. Our SERVPRO technicians can apply an absorbent powder on delicate surfaces to absorb residues, and after that, we use vacuum-cleaning to remove them from porous surfaces.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is a trusted industry leader in mold, fire, water, storm and fire damage restoration. Call us at (978) 537-1500 when you face any size disaster, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Water Damage from a Roof Leak in Your Fitchburg Home

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from a Roof Leak in Your Fitchburg Home A damaged roof can leak into your home causing extensive water damage.

Call the Expertly Trained Professionals at SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

In theory, a flat roof in Fitchburg should be as good as a sloped roof. However, when things go wrong, there can be a host of problems. Despite the name, flat roofs typically do have a slight gradient. Sometimes debris, branches, and leaves can build up on your roof, creating enough weight to cause the roof to collapse inward a bit. Water collects here, leaving standing water on your roof, causing water damage and mold to form on the ceiling and roof. It can also put a crack and leak in your roof.

A leak in your roof can create significant problems for your Fitchburg home, especially if it goes unnoticed for a while. You can be dealing with a considerable amount of water damage in that case, and you need someone professional to help you clean and restore your home. Our staff at SERVPRO are trained and experienced to do just that. We deal with all kinds of water loss situations and are prepared to help you anytime you need.

With a leak in your roof, the damage has at least begun in your attic. When we are checking an attic space for damage, we examine every part of the roof construction to see if the roofing material is damaged. Our IICRC certified technicians also check to see if the roof decking material was affected and if the water is still leaking. We find any structural damage that has been done and check to see if parts can be repaired temporarily or permanently.

Some attics are easy to access while getting into others is more difficult. How much equipment SERVPRO techs can get into the damaged area is limited. Sheetrock may complicate drying, and any damaged sheetrock may have to be demolished. Once this is done, structural components in your attic area can dry reasonably quickly. We may even have to remove sheetrock so we can access areas in your attic.

Restoration of an attic many times involves working with insulation. We may be able to dry and save fiberglass insulation that got wet, but wet plaster or sheetrock underneath might not be salvageable. Almost always, when plaster or sheetrock has begun to sag, we have to move the insulation to an area that is unaffected to reach the sagging materials. Large insulation vacuums can remove the insulation, and possibly save it. For smaller areas, bagging can also work.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can help get your home in Devens, Still River, or Sterling dry and restored after a roof leak. Call us at (978) 537-1500 as soon as you realize there is an issue so we can prevent additional damage from occurring.

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What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Lancaster Home With Unsafe Black Water

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do When a Storm Floods Your Lancaster Home With Unsafe Black Water Flooding can affect many homes in your area simultaneously. Contact SERVPRO to quickly come out and dry out your property.

Team SERVPRO Understands That Drying Out Your Home Quickly After Flooding in a Necessary Step Towards Preventing Secondary Damages

Intense storms of significant magnitude can cause flood damage to your home swiftly. There are many ways the water can penetrate your Lancaster residence depending on the severity of the storm. Debris can break a window, or strong winds could blast a door wide open, for example. The water can get into your home swiftly, but water from storm floods is not always clean. Luckily, help is close at hand to assist with the clean up after the flood.
Storm floods in Lancaster can often carry a variety of debris and contaminants into your home. In a matter of moments, things like pesticides, petroleum products, and sewage can find its way in, and that water can damage your belongings. Not to mention it is unsafe to be in contact with the unclean water, which we classify as black water.
Skilled SERVPRO technicians can get to your house as soon as possible after your call to help with the water removal, clean up, and drying after the flood. Once we remove all of the water, we can determine what is salvageable and what is not. Unfortunately, when black water contaminates your carpets and rugs, they must be thrown away as they are unsafe to keep in your home.
At SERVPRO, we understand that you can lose some belongings to the black water and that it can be frustrating. As a result, our technicians can help you create an inventory of what you lost during the flood. Afterward, we can assist you in creating an insurance claim so that you may replace any lost belongings. After helping you with the claim, we can begin to clean up and dry out your home.
When flooding brings black water, and it damages your home, do not wait. Day or night, call SERVPRO of the Fitchburg-Leominster area at (978) 537-1500. We can get our technicians to your home swiftly to return it to its pre-flood state as soon as possible.
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Why Mold Damage Remediation Is an essential Service in Harvard

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage Remediation Is an essential Service in Harvard SERVPRO Can Remedy Mold Problems in Harvard Homes

Preserving Properties with SERVPRO's Advice and Help Against Mold

Our homes are susceptible to mold damage as far as there is the presence of moisture. Irrespective of the cause of the mold, it can compromise the value of our property, lead to permanent damage and sometimes cause health effects. If you do not act, its growth can continue and expand, and that is not good for your Harvard home.
Removing the source of the moisture is the first step that our SERVPRO technicians take during mold damage in Harvard, then dealing with the real problem follows. It is crucial to understand that spores – that act as seeds - spread this form of fungi. On the other hand, mildew is a form of fungi or mold. It can appear in various colors such as purple, brown, black, green, orange or pink.
Ceilings and wall interiors are prone to mold damage. When controlling this form of destruction in such areas, our SERVPRO technicians remove all contaminated or wet porous materials such as ceiling tiles. Where necessary, we can drill holes near the floor and detach the baseboard in attempt to drain walls of water or to allow for better circulation to dry out hidden moisture. When dealing with exterior walls and floors, we remove wet insulation and discard it. We also clean surfaces using disinfectant to prevent future growth of mold.
Though mold spores are almost everywhere, you have to learn how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your home. The secret lies in cleaning and drying your home whenever there is a water infiltration due to a flood or leak. It is advisable to take action within 24 - 48 hours after the water event. Ensuring that the humidity of your home lies in the acceptable levels is also necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians achieve that by setting up central air conditioning systems and dehumidifiers for an RH relative humidity level that helps prevent spore development into colonies.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is an industry leader that offers mold remediation and commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. Call us at (978) 537-1500 when you face any water, storm, mold and fire damage, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Fire Damage Experts Of Lancaster

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Fire Damage Experts Of Lancaster Don't let fire damage overwhelm you. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response to your fire damage emergency situation needs.

SERVPRO Understands Fire Damage Including Smoke Residues

If a fire burns your Lancaster home, many different types of damage possibly exist. Not only does the heat from the flames burn and char materials, but smoke coming from the fire damages things as well. Smoke spreads from the source of the burn to other areas of the building. Smoke leaves behind soot residues and possibly penetrates odors into specific materials.
Due to the different types of damage a blaze can cause, it is essential to seek professional help. SERVPRO's fire damage specialists in Lancaster are IICRC certified and know how fires behave. Studying the theory of fire helps our technicians find and adequately mitigate every problem a burn has caused inside your structure.
Anytime a loss due to a fire is reported, the issue gets classified as minor, medium, or major. The more severe the burn was inside your home, the more likely it gets classified as major. Our crews at SERVPRO have experience in the different procedures involved in all the types of scenarios.
The most common situation is minor damage resulting from an indoor burn. In these cases, there are little building materials that get burned and need replacement. The primary type of damage found in minor issues is smoke-related problems.
Whenever smoke fills a building, it leaves behind a few different kinds of soot residues. Most smoke gets classified as being either wet, dry, or a combination of the two. The types of smoke leave behind residues that take different methods to get clean.
Dry smoke gets created when a hot, fast-burning fire burns natural fuel sources. Dry smoke residues deposit small particles and stick to surfaces making the soot easy to clean. Wet smoke gets created when a cooler, slow-burning fire torches synthetic fuels. Wet smoke residues penetrate materials deeper and have more pungent odors than dry smoke. Since wet smoke particles are longer than dry smoke particles, soot coming from wet smoke is much harder to clean.
Anytime you are dealing with even the most minor types of smoke damage; it is wise to reach out to the professionals of the industry. For assistance with any smoke problem, call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 for help 24/7.

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Expedient Restoration of Your Sterling Restaurant's Water Damage

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Expedient Restoration of Your Sterling Restaurant's Water Damage If water damage is ignored it can lead to mold growth.

Trust SERVPRO for Expert Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Your Sterling restaurant might have been around for several years now, but the fact remains that you are still very much at the mercy of the flow of traffic that comes into the establishment every day. Interruptions to this flow can lead to a significant loss in your profit margin, and there are an untold amount of emergencies that could cause a significant stoppage. However, with a little bit of forethought into whom you should call should disaster strike, you can spare yourself (and your patrons) unnecessary time away from the restaurant.

When you are dealing with water damage to your Sterling restaurant, it might at first appear as though it is something that you might be able to handle on your own. Once you start to consider the workforce and time it would pull from the needs of the restaurant, not to mention the general inability that your conventional methods have of ultimately resolving the issue, professional restoration services are a wise decision.

Our SERVPRO team can quickly assess the full scope of the damage while we work to address the damage that can be easily seen with the naked eye. There are many instances in which water damage extends into areas that are difficult to access and see clearly, leaving these areas prone to structural damages and even compounding conditions like mold growth. The last thing that your restaurant needs is mold growing in areas where customers are getting served, or food gets prepared.

That is why our experienced SERVPRO restoration specialists utilize infrared technology and thermal imagery to assess the full extent of the damage that your restaurant has suffered. The technology can show our technicians areas where water might still exist based on a temperature difference. This process can ensure that the damage has not reached other areas of the building and confirm the completion of the restoration process.

When you want a team that can resolve your problems and restore your water damage quickly, you can trust us at SERVPRO of Fitchburg – Leominster. We can be reached 24/7 by calling (978) 537-1500.

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Using Water Removal Equipment To Save Homes From Watery Disasters In Lancaster

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Using Water Removal Equipment To Save Homes From Watery Disasters In Lancaster Water-logged homes in Lancaster become drier faster when homeowners opt for water removal crews to handle the situation.

Using Water Removal Equipment To Save Your Home

Emergencies involving the home, which is often the most significant investment made, can bring high repair costs and other traumatic problems to Lancaster homeowners and their families. A majority of unexpected events involving water often occurs, with sources of malignant water coming from outside, inside, and below the property.

Water-logged homes in Lancaster become drier faster when homeowners opt for water removal crews to handle the situation. SERVPRO provides this service to homeowners as a primary service or in conjunction with others, when required. Protecting your home and making it "Like it never even happened" often begins by extracting all water, eliminating moisture and restoring normal humidity levels within the entire home.

Our technicians received training in the use of our equipment and coupled with the earning of certificates from the IICRC, so we know our crew can efficiently and skillfully handle your water emergency professionally, achieving the results your home needs.

After assessing the situation, the size of extraction equipment might range from our large truck-mounted pumps, which quickly remove thousands of gallons of water or smaller-sized and highly portable hand-operated units that remove water from small, localized areas within your property. We do not wish to use equipment too large for a small job, nor too-small equipment for a more extensive disaster. A vast difference exists between a slightly overflowed tub and a broken water pipe that occurred several hours, or even days, ago.

Once standing water no longer remains, we can proceed with other methods designed to extract moisture from structures and other items that absorbed water before we used our removal equipment. Powerful air movers, dehumidification units, and desiccant machines help reduce the amount of moisture in physical structures, personal belongings, and the air.

Because the level of moisture remains a focal point of our work and how we carry it out, we implement moisture readers and detection units that employ infrared technology. During our initial assessment, we test several areas inside your home, both affected by water and other areas that remained dry, and then compare those readings to newly taken ones when we conclude our work. This assures us that all unwanted moisture no longer remains present and that your home is once again dry.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster provides emergency services to the Still River and Devens communities, as well as the surrounding areas, including water removal equipment. Call us at (978) 537-1500 at any hour of the day or night, every day of the year, to receive professional assistance for your home's disaster.

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Recovering From Fire Damage To Your Lancaster Home

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering From Fire Damage To Your Lancaster Home Fast Mitigation After Fire and Smoke Incidents Reduce Disruptions to Lancaster Residents

SERVPRO Cleanups and Restores Smoke & Fire Effects in Many Properties

When your Lancaster home gets overcome by a serious fire, there are so many things on your list that need to get addressed. With such a large volume of lingering symptoms to remind you of the traumatic event your family endured, it is difficult to consider how your family can feel comfortable living in the house again. Professional restoration services can make this seemingly far-fetched dream a reality for you.  
Fire damage to your Lancaster home can show itself in several different ways. Fortunately, SERVPRO and our professional technicians have dealt with all manner of fire restoration and can help you through this trying time. Working closely with your concerns and what priorities that you have, our certified team can work quickly to give you back the house that you lost and allow living at home comfortable for you once again.  
With extinguishing efforts, damage gets inadvertently done to a home. Our technicians can assess this damage from the moment we arrive, starting with sealing up holes and broken doors or windows. While this is a precautionary measure, it does help to prevent elemental damage from making the situation worse. This step ensures that the rest of the restoration process can be done more efficiently as well.  
Smoke and soot damage are often large components of significant fire incidents, and our SERVPRO professionals can handle this as well. Utilizing our scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters (to limit debris and dust circulating), the team works to completely clean walls, surfaces, floors, ceilings, and the contents of your home. While this process is often successful, there are times where the best that can get achieved is to prepare a wall or ceiling for priming and painting to get entirely restored.  
In incidents that leave significant structural damage, our experienced technicians can prepare the affected areas for reconstruction efforts through a contractor. The process involves controlled demolition to ensure that only the damaged areas get removed and that the areas in need of reconstruction get readied for a residential contractor to install and finish.  
While the thought of a fire to your home might be challenging, having experienced professionals like ours at SERVPRO of Fitchburg - Leominster makes it a little easier to manage. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (978) 537-1500.

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Flood Damage in Your Lancaster Home and Safety

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Your Lancaster Home and Safety If heavy storms flood your home, call on SERVPRO to remediate the damage safely and quickly, we are here to help.

Let SERVPRO Take the Stress Out of Flood Damage

Heavy rainstorms can wreak havoc on your Lancaster property. When the water comes down too fast, and in too high an amount, it can quickly cause flooding, including flash floods. A situation like this leaves your home vulnerable to the rushing waters and can create a flooding issue inside your structure.

When the floodwaters have entered into your Lancaster home and left behind flood damage, it is not a pretty sight. It is overwhelming as well, and you may not know where to begin. However, SERVPRO does, and we can bring in our expertise and all the tools needed to extract the water and dry your home and possessions back out.

After we assess the damage and make a plan of action for restoring your damaged property, we can get to work. There is just one more thing that we need to think about first, though, which is the safety of you and our workers.

Floodwater can be quite nasty. Standing water leaves behind residues of biological and chemical contaminants which range from pests to cleaning chemicals, to pet waste. We treat the environment as hazardous because it is. We have you and your family remain out of the home while we are working. We also always use protective equipment and clothing to keep ourselves safe while we work and then make sure to clean our equipment and tools once the repair work is done.

Standing water can also degrade your home’s structural integrity. Water is a solvent, so it breaks down all kinds of building materials. We are cautious on staircases and while working in your home after severe flood damage. Flooring and ceilings can be weakened as well if there is trapped water in them, so we test for this. If needed, small weep holes are made in the ceiling where water is trapped so it can drain out.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is acutely aware of the dangers of a flood-damaged home, and how to work safely while restoring your home in Lancaster, Devens, or Still River. Reach out to us right away at (978) 537-1500 when your home experiences flooding so we can get there quickly to minimize the damages.

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