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Are You Dealing With Foul Odors in Your Sterling Home After Fire Damage? 

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can completely overrun your Sterling home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Removing Odors Effectively After a Fire Damages Your Sterling Home

A fire may cause severe damage to your Sterling home because the destruction is not only caused by the flames but also the soot and smoke residues produced. To prevent additional damage, you should start the cleanup process as soon as possible to ensure your house is smoke and soot free.

When there are odors in your Sterling home after fire damage, it is vital to contact fire restoration experts to help you with the cleaning process. The smoke smell is mostly left in the building materials of a house, clothes, drapes, carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture. The factors that determine the severity of smoke odors include:

The extent of the fire: Large fires tend to produce a lot of smoke and burn more materials than smaller ones.

The duration that the smoke was left to linger before cleaning: A longer exposure time means materials in a home absorb more smoke.

The size of your home: Smaller rooms or homes tend to have more pungent smoke odors since the scent is more concentrated.

Burnt materials: If a fire burns items such as plastics, sponges, wood, and clothes, the smoke smell is more likely to be pungent.

SERVPRO has the appropriate cleaning products and equipment to help you remove soot and odors from your residence. We can assess the destruction and advise you about the actions to take, which items you can restore and which ones to replace. We can use a heavy-duty vacuum to remove soot from walls, carpets, and furniture, among other surfaces.  

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can also use chemicals called counteractants to split up smoke molecules to eradicate odors. The type of counteracts we use vary based on the kind of materials a fire burned. We can apply counteractants to carpets, furniture and drapers. Our crew can also provide them for laundering clothing. Bear in mind that a majority of deodorizing disinfectants and deodorizing sprays only offer temporary relief. Furthermore, deodorizing sprays can interact with the smoke scent, creating new odors in the process.

As a fire burns, smoke may spread through walls and other surfaces. If you do not remove smoke odor properly, it can occasionally reoccur, mainly when the weather is damp or warm. Our SERVPRO technicians can use a process called thermal fogging to eliminate the odor.  The warm chemical fog penetrates the house and walls just like the fire and neutralizes the smoke scent as it goes to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Our restorers can also remove smoke from ducts. We can use chemical sealers to permanently secure the smoke to the sides of ducts because these areas have crevices and joints that make them difficult to clean using the conventional brush and vacuum methods.

If your Fitchburg, Leominster, or Harvard home has unpleasant odors after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster for efficient cleanup and deodorization. You can reach us anytime at (978) 537-1500.

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A Flood Can Destroy Your Harvard Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Scenic Creek Becomes A Flood Menace In Harvard

They purchased the home because of the scenic meandering creek that wound its way through the back of their property. Little did the client know, but when the latest storm washed through their area, this meandering creek would become a raging swollen muddy river of water. The client watched the water come closer and closer to their home until it finally rose over the doorway and into their home. The highest point in their home was about four inches, which left a dirty brown muddy mess everywhere.

The client called SERVPRO about what to do regarding flood damage in her Harvard home before the flood waters entered her home. She was looking for tips about what to do. The team member she spoke to suggested the following to limit the damage:

    •    Remove area carpets and rugs to a safe place
    •    Remove all cushions and furniture to a dry location
    •    Move loose items to higher a higher location in the home
    •    Disconnect all electrical items such as TV's and Lamps and remove if possible

She followed SERVPRO's suggestions and was able to save a great deal of her furniture. Also, the small items that might have been ruined if she had left them in place. She called our team to respond to her flooded home as soon as the waters receded and we responded immediately.

Our job was easier because of the suggestions the client had followed to save her belongings. SERVPRO vacuumed up all of the remaining water in her home and removed carpeting and underpad from the floors. The air conditioning was turned on in the home, which assisted in drying the home. Our dehumidifiers and fans were brought in to further assist in removing. There was minimal damage due to the quick response and action by SERVPRO.

The owner's actions and SERVPRO's quick response to the flood minimized the damage to the contents of the home and the floors. She installed new carpets once everything was thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 for 24/7 service. We serve Sterling, Lancaster, Clinton, and surrounding areas. We can help before the flood. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO After Your Leominster Hotel Experiences A Fire

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is ready to help you with hotel fire damage 24/7.

Benefits Of Professional Fire Damage Remediation For Your Leominster Hotel

Whether locals arrive for a staycation or far-flung relatives and friends gather at your Leominster hotel for a wedding, graduation, or anniversary celebration, you promise guests a safe and comfortable stay. If a fire on the property threatens these expectations, you need professional help fast. Our team of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians have the skills and the equipment to turn a fire disaster around.

Your on-site hotel laundry facility in Leominster experienced fire damage from a blaze that started in lint-clogged dryer vents. Although the flames knocked down quickly when the automatic sprinkler system activated, your facility suffers from a smoky smell and soggy carpeting near the laundry. Our crews can help with all aspects of this disaster, protecting your customer’s travel plans as well as your bottom line.

When our SERVPRO crew arrives, we assess the need for water mitigation as part of the overall fire damage scenario. Technicians contain the damaged space, setting up air scrubbing equipment to filter and then vent airborne soot particles, and their associated odors, outdoors. We use pumps and extractors to remove standing water from the tiled floors in the laundry area.

Our crew leader designs a drying perimeter with heated air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected area. Other SERVPRO technicians work on the wet carpeting in the hallway near the laundry. First, they use wanded extractors to mitigate the damage, preventing the spread of moisture to the rest of the carpet. Then weighted extractors force water from both the wet carpet and padding.

IICRC-trained technicians must perform the in-place carpet water extraction. SERVPRO technicians avoid stretching or tearing the carpet fabric. Failure to proceed appropriately can also risk delamination of the carpet from its backing. When moisture levels drop to levels prescribed by industry, best practices drying equipment is added to complete the project.

If needed, SERVPRO deodorization specialists employ additional strategies if the air scrubber leaves an unwanted smell. Thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators can neutralize the odor-bearing particles. Finally, we take a look at the trouble-causing dryer vents, cleaning them for safety and future equipment efficiency.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is ready to help you with hotel fire damage 24/7. Call us at (978) 537-1500 to schedule an assessment and to get the ball rolling on mitigation and remediation that makes it “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold in Fitchburg Homes? Fire or Storm Damage at Your Property? SERVPRO can Provide Restoration Services

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Is Why Fitchburg Property Owners Know Whom to Call for Restoration Services

How Our SERVPRO Team Handles Disasters in Fitchburg

With hundreds of thousands of residents sharing Worcester County, having a team of qualified and experienced professionals to help when disasters strike Fitchburg and other communities in our area is vital to protecting our customer's property and keeping their families safe. We know how readily situations like water, fire, storm, and mold losses can occur, and we keep a full roster of trained professionals to address these concerns swiftly and thoroughly. Additionally, we can offer solutions for biohazard cleanup, insulation abatement and removal, and advanced cleaning for homes and commercial properties.

The location of the entire state of Massachusetts leaves areas like Fitchburg prone to severe storm damages in every season of the year. We understand how quickly a strong storm system can become traumatic to properties, and strive to offer our customers the most comprehensive approach to recovery, beginning with a fast and confident response despite the conditions in the area. From Nor’easters to hurricane-like scenarios, homes and businesses can become quickly and thoroughly damaged within a short period.

With winter being such a particularly devastating time for storm damage and Fitchburg homes, our SERVPRO team must remain prepared with the tools and resources needed to overcome any situation, including freezing and power loss. We can offer temporary heating solutions for properties damaged by storms, or those that have suffered frozen pipes. It can be dangerous for your family to go without adequate warmth through certain times of the year, so our team ensures you have it while restoration and recovery work continues in the house.

Our restoration services can continue into offering temporary power solutions as well with portable generators for storm-damaged Fitchburg properties. Not only can this be instrumental in running mitigation and recovery equipment used in the house, but it can help to maintain heat, air conditioning, and lights when relocation is not necessary, and restoration persists.

Much of the award-winning service that we have offered to Fitchburg residents over the years stems from our commitment to provide customers with knowledgeable and helpful technicians in a crisis. This dedication to have skilled and well-trained technicians has encouraged the majority of our team to pursue acquiring their Water Restoration Technician (WRT) accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) These certifications allow us to be the most readily prepared for water loss incidents that occur in the area, and we can dispatch experienced professionals in this niche of the restoration industry 24/7 from our facility.

Much of the work that we do during water damage in Fitchburg homes begins with establishing a moisture baseline and working all drying, extraction, and recovery efforts off of this goal. With an understanding of how quickly these loss incidents can get out of control, residents need a team that can arrive with powerful extraction and drying tools like our shaft-driven truck-mount pumps and heavy-duty dehumidification units.

Moisture detection tools and discovery devices help to monitor the success of drying efforts in your Fitchburg home through every phase of restoration. With our restoration over replacement mentality, we can arrive quickly in a crisis to protect your original construction materials and contents to prevent unnecessary reconstruction.

Mold damage in Fitchburg homes can occur from multiple sources, but this moisture and dampness present substantial risks to both the structural integrity of your property and those exposed to the active colonization. Considering the humidity levels that damage many homes and properties throughout all seasons of the year, there is no set time where your residence is less at risk for this potential microbial growth.

Basements and crawlspaces are particularly susceptible to mold growth and microbial threats. Fitchburg properties can struggle to ventilate these areas properly, and they are also less likely to get enough sunshine and traffic. Dark and damp are ideal conditions for the facilitation of mold colonies, which can spread quickly to threaten far more than the immediate materials and contents of the area.

We have IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) that can work to quickly identify the full spread of mold damage in Fitchburg homes and the best plan to overcome these effects. Our SERVPRO team has multiple approaches to remove active colonies, including soda (bicarbonate) and dry-ice pellet blasting, antimicrobial sprays, and controlled demolition techniques. We can meet the high expectations of industrial hygienists involved in helping clear homes, and especially commercial structures like clinics, dental offices, and hospitals after mold damage.

While all of the potential disasters that could affect Fitchburg homes can be traumatic and overwhelming in their unique way, fire loss incidents become multi-faceted threats. Not only can these situations present significant structural concerns, but there are additional effects that must get addressed as well, including deodorization, residue removal, content management, and debris removal. With no two disasters being exactly alike, our SERVPRO team must create a fire loss recovery plan tailored to your property and the damages that must get overcome.

Part of our success in recovering fire damage in Fitchburg homes begins with our commitment to having the best available equipment in the industry. From our industrial steamers that can help to thoroughly clean materials like tile and upholstery to our gas and electric fogging machines that are vital to deodorization efforts, we can approach each loss situation with confidence and the right tools to help.

We strive to offer Fitchburg residents a comprehensive and knowledgeable approach when contending with fire loss scenarios, and that is why our technicians have IICRC certifications in multiple areas, including:

-    Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT)
-    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
-    Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
-    Odor Control (OCT)

We know how quickly your home and your family need a response when disaster strikes, and that is why our team of professionals, in every niche of the restoration industry, stay prepared 24/7 to help. Our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster team can make any loss incident “Like it never even happened.” We have a full roster of dedicated professionals with cutting-edge equipment to offer restoration services that can save you time and money. Reach out to us at (978) 537-1500.

Why Drying Is An Important Part Of Our Water Damage Restoration Process In Fitchburg

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

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The Crucial Role Of Drying Theory In Restoring Fitchburg Homes From Water Damage

A wet property is exposed to a range of primary and secondary issues. It is a well-known fact that the longer a property is wet, the more likely it is for damage to occur. This danger can be immediately visible signs of damage, such as staining, weakening of the structure, or absorbing of moisture. It can also be a less immediately noticeable problem, such as the growth of bacteria, fungi, or other microbial growth. Acting quickly to dry the affected area is crucial to mitigating against immediate or future losses.

Our crew of technicians is on hand to help you with water damage in Fitchburg. One of the key advantages of using SERVPRO is that we have a strong knowledge of the factors which affect drying time. Using these factors to our advantage helps us to speed up drying times and, in doing so, prevent permanent issues from occurring. The factors to control during the drying process are the temperature, the amount of water to be evaporated, humidity, and air movement.

The guiding principle of drying theory is that wet moves to dry. Moisture moves into dry surfaces to establish equilibrium, just as evaporated moisture exchanges with drier air. Temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit ensure that the surrounding air holds more water and thus lowers drying time. SERVPRO can control temperature either by using your central heating system or, if the affected area is non-heated like a garage, we can bring in our heating equipment to reach optimum temperatures.

The amount of water that we need to evaporate can also be controlled. By bringing in extraction units or pumps, we can reduce the amount of water needing to be evaporated. A truck-mounted extraction unit can pump out 36,000 gallons of water a day. A dehumidifier, by comparison, can only extract 30 gallons. When it does come to evaporating residual moisture, rapid air movers can help to raise surface temperatures and encourage evaporation through the airflow.

Knowledge of how to efficiently restore a wet structure is as valuable as the equipment required to do it, contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 for expert assistance.

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The Technology That Goes Into Fire Damage Restorations in Leominster

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will take on your fire damage restoration.

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Restoring many of the items in your fire damaged Leominster home may require special care and individual attention. However, processing large quantities of items very quickly is equally important to ensure that as little damage over time happens as possible. To satisfy both needs, we treat many objects in our ultrasonic immersion tanks. These devices contain a mixture of water and cleaning chemicals but, unlike most other baths and cleaning techniques, also involve the use of carefully-tuned ultrasonic waves that create vibrations and remove even the smallest particles of smoke and ash. SERVPRO technicians receive extensive training in these machines to ensure that the correct frequencies and chemical mixtures are applied to give your belongings the best treatment possible. 

Industrial-Grade Cleaning Agents 

Most of the surfaces and furniture in your home can be cleaned through much faster means, either through hand washing or with large scrubbers. However, to remove fire residues effectively, we have to use industrial-grade cleaning agents that may often be designed to work with only a single type of fire damage. Although it can be tough to stock, maintain, and use such a wide variety of cleaning agents that may only apply to a specific type of damage, doing so enables us to treat all cases of fire damage with utmost efficiency. 

Deodorizing Foggers

Fire odors can persist for long after all other signs of damage have been removed. To prevent any smells of smoke from sticking around, we use powerful thermal fogging devices that create thick clouds of odor eliminating chemicals that leave your home with a neutral scent, "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can help mitigate and restore the effects of fire damage from your home after disasters large or small. Call us 24/7 at (978) 537-1500. 

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Fitchburg Commercial Properties Benefit from Air Duct Cleaning--SERVPRO Can Help

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Cleans Air Ducts in Fitchburg

Improving Air Quality with HVAC Cleaning for Fitchburg Hotels

With the larger volume of guests that can choose your Fitchburg hotel for accommodation at any given time, it is always wise to do whatever you can to improve the experience of these customers as much as possible. Indoor air quality is an often-overlooked aspect of guest satisfaction, and it can also be a costly problem for your business in multiple ways. Our team offers a free evaluation of your HVAC system to determine if a cleaning is necessary.

Our professionals have extensive experience with air duct cleaning for Fitchburg hotels like yours. Even with the much larger HVAC units and more extensive networks of ducts to clean and inspect, we have the effective and efficient tools to get the jobs done correctly in a minimally interruptive manner. We know how quickly the guest experience can get compromised, so we work to fit this cleaning into the least congested times of the day, with sophisticated tools and products that quickly reduce contaminants, buildup, and debris in the system.

Apart from the health and wellbeing of your guests and patrons, there are other reasons you might also consider choosing duct cleaning from our SERVPRO professionals. The first of these advantages is lowered energy costs and the longevity of your HVAC system. With less throttling of the conditioned air moving throughout your building, the system runs more efficiently. This performance can improve the lifespan of the appliance while also reducing potential energy costs.

Additionally, our SERVPRO team members can also clean this system to reduce the amount of time that your housekeeping services provide upkeep and maintenance to individual rooms. Compromised systems collect dust and debris against vents and registers, so with the circulation of air, these particulates get spread to nearby surfaces and require cleaning.

To avoid added time cleaning, to improve the efficiency of the system overall, and to make the air quality better for your guests, consider air duct cleaning from our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster professionals. We can respond quickly to your concerns with a free and honest evaluation of your HVAC system. Give us a call today at (978) 537-1500.


SERVPRO Takes Immediate Action In Restoring Your Leominster Home After Water Damage

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

We will use our specialized inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO - Professional Water Removal For Protecting Leominster Homes

Every Leominster home has the potential for a water intrusion event. Most of these incidents happen from a plumbing failure or a faulty appliance like a dishwasher. Far less likely is flooding coming in from the nearby Saw Mill Pond or Notown Reservoir.

Since water removal in Leominster is so important to restoring a home, it is part of the emergency services SERVPRO performs for every home. Each team of trained specialists breaks it down into two parts, removing standing water, and extracting water.

If the water is two inches or more high, specialists use one of the commercial pumps in our equipment inventory. Depending on the size of the home, they can pump the water out in usually a day or two. After finishing with the pumps, team members examine below the floors for additional water. If any is present, they remove it using smaller pumps similar to a water-vac.

Next comes the extraction process. Technicians use moisture meters to check how much water penetrated floorboards, carpets, and other parts of the home. After determining the extent of the water damage, other SERVPRO specialists move unaffected furniture out of the home and place affected pieces on blocks or pallets to dry.

Once technicians move the furniture, they begin drawing water from carpets and between floorboards using extraction wands. Team members can adjust the vacuum speed and use a built-in heating element to quickly and carefully dry the carpet without causing secondary damage to the carpet layers and the individual floorboards.

After extraction, technicians detach the carpet and raise it for drying, using a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force dry air over and under the carpet while drawing the moist, cooler air out of the layers. At the same time, they also remove and dispose of the carpet pad since it deteriorates almost immediately after absorbing too much water.

These are two of the immediate actions SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster takes return every home to a dry, livable condition. If your residence has water, excess humidity, or a lingering odor left behind after a water intrusion event, call us today at (978) 537-1500 to set up a service call and start the removal process. We are here for you.

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Call Our Trained Professionals To Restore Your Leominster Home After A Flood Damage Disaster

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water and wind can destroy building materials like sheetrock requiring a partial demolition.

Why You Need Professional Flood Damage Restoration in Leominster

Excessive and persistent rain can soak the ground and cause water to end up in different parts of a home, particularly the basement. If flood water encounters a home barrier that is not waterproof, it can seep inside and disrupt your normal way of life.

If water is not removed right away, the flood damage to your Leominster home can be significant. Flood water can drive mud and other sediments into your property, leaving a thick layer of the mess after the waters subside. It can also ruin drywall and insulation, electrical systems, gas systems, and HVAC systems. Garbage may also attract pests that can add more problems to an already complex situation.

Water can weaken the building structure and ruin the furnishings and other items inside. The basement can flood first since it is the lowest level of your home. High volumes of water can cause holes and cracks in your basement walls. It is dangerous to resolve this problem without an experienced water damage restoration technician (WRT). The water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO can help you restore your home after it has flooded.

Our crews check the entire flooded area, including floors, subfloors, walls, insulation and surfaces like brick, hardwood, and concrete, which require specialty drying. We can use submersible pumps to extract all the standing water in your home and dry the affected areas properly and speedily to prevent secondary damage like mold growth and lingering smells.

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove any unsalvageable items and dispose of them properly while working efficiently to get your home back to its preloss state. We can set up air moving and dehumidification equipment in affected areas to remove moisture. We can also use thermal cameras to locate areas of dampness that may not be clear. Since floodwaters may contain bacteria, parasites, fungi and virus, our technicians use EPA-approved products to sanitize, decontaminate and deodorize the flood-damaged materials and areas. Our water extraction and drying processes emphasize documentation and monitoring to validate that a building is dry.

If there’s unwanted water in your home, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster immediately at (978) 537-1500 for cleanup and repairs. We have the staff and equipment to make a flood damage incident look “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage Technicians In Leominster Talk About The Tools Of The Trade

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s how too for water damage.

If an appliance ever malfunctions inside your Leominster home, it is possible that many of your contents and building materials can get wet. Items like your dishwasher or washing machine have pipes running to them, and if a waterline leading to it breaks, you could suffer from extensive water damage. Any time your contents or building materials get wet it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We provide fast 24/7 service, and we can arrive at your residence shortly after your phone call. Our water damage restoration technicians or WRTs make up our highly trained team and have vast amounts of training and experience.

One thing that makes our SERVPRO crew stand out from the rest is the advanced technology we use during the restoration process. We have at our disposal industrially advanced equipment to aid our WRTs in conducting your water damage project in Leominster. As soon as we arrive at your house, we utilize specialized instruments to determine the extent of the issues. We use moisture sensors to figure out whether building materials such as your carpet and drywall got wet. We also test the air inside your house and take temperature and relative humidity readings.

When figuring out how wet your carpet got, we use a moisture sensor that is a large metal rod with probes on it that alerts our WRT if there is moisture present. To test your drywall and wooden studs we use an instrument that has two metal probes that get hammered into the material. We examine both areas that got affected and places we know that did not so we can determine a drying goal.

Once we figure out what got wet and what did not, we begin the extraction process. During extraction, we utilize a heavy-duty extractor with specialized tools. We have different tools for the various surfaces that got affected inside your home. If you ever need assistance after an appliance malfunction, call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 seven days a week.

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