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How to Get Rid of Odors in Lancaster After a Fire

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Get Rid of Odors in Lancaster After a Fire Smoke damage, residues, and odors are common after a fire. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and eliminate.

Eliminating the Lingering Effects of Fire Damage in Lancaster

When there is a fire in your Lancaster property, some of the effects can linger long after the incident. It might be surprising, but the minor effects of the fire such as bad odors or discolored surfaces are the most likely to last long. Addressing these problems requires the removal of all the debris left by the fire. Our professional restoration services can help you do this with ease.
 
Identifying all the residues left helps deal with the lingering effects of fire damage in Lancaster. Remains such as smoke particles can reach deep into surfaces because the heat from the blaze opens up pores embedding residue deeply. Even residue left on the surface only might have serious effects. For instance, soot tends to be acidic and therefore discolors surfaces such as marble. Through pretesting, our SERVPRO technicians can identify different remains and their effects thus determining the best method to eliminate them.
 
The testing done before restoration should focus on various aspects that determine the level of difficulty faced in removing residues. Apart from checking how porous the surface is our SERVPRO technicians consider its age too. It is essential to do this because old surfaces retain more deposits making them harder to clean. The amount of moisture in the loss environment also matters because higher levels settle residues making them more likely to cause permanent stains. Moisture could be a result of the water used to quell the fire or humid weather.
 
Since the type of materials burnt in the fire affects the residues produced, different procedures might be necessary to eliminate them. Residue from synthetic materials is harder to remove compared to residue from natural materials because in most cases, it is wet and smeary thus adhering firmly to the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO team uses various techniques to deal with such deposits. Applying chemical agents helps in dissolving or suspending them. Agitation helps when there is strong adhesion, while pressure washing helps penetrate deeper into the material removing residues as well as traces of the cleaning agents used.
 
Stains and bad smells can be hard to eliminate after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster to assist. You can reach us at (978) 537-1500 any time of the day.

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Here Are A Few Flood Damage Preparation Tips Our Experts In Lancaster Want You To Know

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Here Are A Few Flood Damage Preparation Tips Our Experts In Lancaster Want You To Know Although it might not appear so, cold winters in Lancaster present a higher risk of flooding.

Preparation Helps Minimize Effects Of Flood Damage In Lancaster

Although it might not appear so, cold winters in Lancaster present a higher risk of flooding. Various reasons contribute to this added danger. If snow piles up around the property, it can release a considerable amount of water around the property some of which might flood the property when it starts to melt. Frozen plumbing systems such as gardening hoses might also fail, releasing copious amounts of water into the property. Our professional restoration services can help remove the excess water and mitigate other issues that arise when a property floods.

It is possible to minimize chances of flood damage in Lancaster by taking some precautions before winter. Making some landscaping changes around the property can help ensure water flows away from the property when the snow melts. By minimizing the amount of water around the house, you can avert flooding. Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect your property to establish how best to do such landscaping changes.

Winterizing plumbing systems if the property remains vacant during winter can help protect it from flooding because of burst pipes. In most cases, the process involves draining water from the pipes and adding antifreeze. Our SERVPRO team can inspect your property to establish where such measures are necessary. We also help you determine how much antifreeze is necessary and the non-toxic options meant for plumbing systems.

Even the best preparation effort is not a guarantee against flooding, so it helps to have a plan that ensures any water intrusion is dealt with as soon as possible. Having the emergency of contacts of a reliable restoration service such as SERVPRO ensures that mitigation services start within a few hours after the intrusion happens. We have the necessary tools to deal with different levels of water loss. For example, our truck mounted water extractors can lift up to 198.98 inches of water.

With some preparation and professional assistance, it is easier to manage flood damages. Call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500.

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Commercial Water Damage Crews in Leominster Talk About the Use of Fans

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Crews in Leominster Talk About the Use of Fans When a pipe break scenario sends your employees to work from another office or home, contact SERVPRO to mitigate the situation.

Team SERVPRO Understands How to Efficiently Dry Out Your Business After a Water Damage Incident

Disasters happen to everyone in Leominster from time to time, and your office complex is not free from the risk of something going wrong. Since most offices are unoccupied at night, a pipe break during off-hours can send thousands of gallons of H2O into your office overnight forcing you to deal with a commercial water damage issue first thing in the morning. Offices have many electronic items that can break and be costly to repair if damaged by moisture. Building materials inside your structure are also at risk because they can get saturated and deteriorate. Once water enters the interior of your complex, the commercial water damage problems get worse the longer things inside stay wet.
 
If moisture spilled into your building all night long, the problems might be severe. The more moisture that gets inside a structure, the more complex your Leominster commercial water damage project will be. Especially if the issue comes from units above your unit, water can drench everything from the ceiling down. If the moisture stays in your office for too long, the water itself can keep ruining items as time goes by as well as be the cause of microbial growth. Therefore, prompt mitigation work performed by SERVPRO immediately after you notice a problem can save your company lots of dough in the long run.
 
If your office carpets get saturated, then our SERVPRO team might move out all of your desks and office supplies so that we can extract moisture out of the carpet quickly. After our extractor doe what it can, we then commence the rapid drying stage to drop moisture levels of your building materials. During the drying phase, various types of equipment get used depending on your specific situation.
 
One key element to drying out a structure quickly is to create massive air circulation. In some cases, our SERVPRO technicians set up air movers in a circular motion to help push wet air away from the surface of damp materials. In other cases, we set up heavy duty box fans to create a strong draft of air. It is possible to dry out a building using air from the outside but it is more common to seal off the building so that we can create the ideal rapid drying environment.
 
If you ever suffer a water leak inside your office complex overnight and the effects the next morning look severe, call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 any hour of the day.

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Why Professional Mold Remediation Services Reduce Chances For Errors In Leominster

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Professional Mold Remediation Services Reduce Chances For Errors In Leominster Performing a site-specific risk evaluation and control assessment is very important during mold damage remediation.

Professional Mold Remediation Services

Performing a site-specific risk evaluation and control assessment is very important during mold damage remediation. It is because all sites are unique and entering a site without performing a full evaluation to determine whether it is safe is discouraged. During this assessment, we check out for wood rot, sagging roofs, and cracks on floors, as well as the interior and exterior walls. We also check whether the electrical circuits are grounded or if their path is broken - electrical shock is likely to occur when that happens. It is also essential to turn off the gas line to you Leominster property.

Our SERVPRO technicians use ventilation techniques when performing mold damage remediation in Leominster. For example, we may run a powerful exhaust fan on the site to offer ventilation and avoid infiltration of mold spores to the adjoining areas. We are careful when setting up the exhaust fans, for instance, we cannot place it near a window when it is so close to that of a neighboring building.

Containment is another crucial aspect during mold cleanup and treatment. Our main goal is to separate clean areas from contaminated areas and lower the contamination risk. We do this by hanging a poly-sheeting to separate the two areas and introduce a plywood pathway when the site has damaged floorboards. We can stable the four corners of the plastic or use masking tape to make sure it is firmly attached.

Establishing a safety and cleanup location is vital during the mold remediation process. This is an area where our SERVPRO technicians use to wash up when taking a break or when we have to treat any minor accidents. The area has trash bags, paper towels, drinking water, a scrub brush, and a first aid kit. Our team understands the importance of teamwork and communication when it comes to reducing errors and conflicts for a successful remediation process.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is a reliable industry leader that responds 24/07 to all restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (978) 537-1500 and benefit from our industry certified residential and commercial services.

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Water Damage in Sterling Should Not be Ignored

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Sterling Should Not be Ignored Don't wait until it's too late to call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster.

Don't Ignore Water Damage in Your Sterling Home!

Water damage in your home can be a huge problem. There can be issues with the dishwashers, disconnected washer hose, weak pipes, floods, improper drainage, or other adverse effects that can cause a massive amount of water damage to your home. Water problems can happen anywhere, even in the Sterling area. It can lead to long-term effects on your home, so it is not something that you should ignore.

Water damage in Sterling can result in various problems for your real estate. When water enters your home, it can soil the foundation and fixtures causing multiple issues. It can seep through your carpets and flooring, ruin your furniture, get into your walls and insulation, and stimulates the mold to grow. Even if you think that cleaning everything can fix the problem, then you are mistaken. You need to remove everything that the water has touched. If you do not do that, then the mold can develop in those areas. Doing this can be a very exhausting process, and if left untreated, it can eventually lead to a very costly project.

SERVPRO has a 24-hour emergency service that can send trained, uniformed technician to your home. These techs utilize state of the art equipment and technique such as mitigation to help clear out the water to reduce additional property damage. They also use advanced drying techniques and can monitor your property to ensure that it has dried efficiently.

Water can damage your property by absorbing through direct contact and from moisture in the air. It is critical to measure the moisture content in the air before drying. Our restoration technician must decide if the environment is favorable for drying. They are also knowledgeable on how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels for the best drying condition. These techs can use equipment such as moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers. These tools can help measure the amount of moisture in the air, and once they obtain the information that they need, they can utilize in extraction methods to get rid of the water. Afterward, the SERVPRO technician can go through a final walk-through with you to make sure that you are satisfied with the service.

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You can rely on SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster to provide timely, respectful, and professional mold remediation services. Call (978) 537-1500 to arrange for a consultation with our skilled and experienced technicians.

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Fire Damage in a Lancaster Home and Professional Help

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in a Lancaster Home and Professional Help Lancaster Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO for a Speedy and Money Saving Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Expert Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration in the Lancaster Area

Firefighters do an exceptional job putting out the blaze and protecting you, your family,  and your home from immediate danger. However, once the dust settles, the process of rebuilding begins. That is when calling in professional, qualified fire loss technicians could help restore the property safely.

Properties with fire damage in Fitchburg-Leominster can benefit from an immediate assessment by taking into account personal items, electronics and restoration options. Using specialized equipment combined with extensive experience in dealing with issues like these, a SERVPRO fire technician is just a phone call away.

The extent of damage and the necessary remediation varies from property to property. Materials react to high temperatures in different ways with some becoming toxic or others at risk of causing further damage if they are not treated properly or removed from the premises. Plastics and enamels are particularly high-risk as well as electronics which can react with soot or smoke residue.

During our assessment, a visual inspection takes place. The inspection is designed to gauge health risk as well as the extent of damage suffered during the fire. We can measure the levels of carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gasses in each room to ensure your safety first. Electronic equipment needs to be removed, inspected and carefully cleaned to ensure no lasting damage. This service must be performed by an outside contractor. We can wipe down exteriors of sensitive devices only. Your furniture can be cleaned using a small wand and vacuum and perhaps foam cleaning to treat upholstery. Even personal belongings of sentimental value can be submitted for restoration including, where possible, photographs.

The extent and depth of the fire loss dictate what we as fire damage restoration technicians can salvage. What we can do is work with a restore over replace mentality. Removing infrastructure is exceptionally costly. Where possible, SERVPRO can restore your home by removing all soot and smoke, carrying out water removal (if necessary), cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your home. In extreme cases, immediate board-up and roof-tarps services may be available to prevent on-going damage.
 
Fire damage and water removal often go hand in hand. At SERVPRO these are cornerstones of our services. That means we have both the equipment and the expertise to help you in the aftermath of a fire.

So if your home is victim to fire damage, SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is on hand. Call our emergency line on (978) 537-1500 or request help online for immediate assistance.

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Mold Damage Remediation With Minimal Disruption To Your Harvard Business

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage Remediation With Minimal Disruption To Your Harvard Business Mold damage in your Harvard business stems from excessive moisture, not a lack of cleanliness.

Mold Damage Remediation

Among the various types of damage your Harvard business can experience, a mold infestation causes more than its share of concern. Finding mold growing in your commercial building requires you to arrange a fast and professional response. Rest assured that our mold remediation experts have the training, experience, and the specialized equipment to get the job done quickly with less impact on your operations than you expect.

Mold damage in your Harvard business stems from excessive moisture, not a lack of cleanliness. Water damage ranging from seemingly insignificant hairline cracks in a pipe to a major flooding event and everything in between can provide the fuel for a mold outbreak. The mold spores are always present, waiting for an opportunity to absorb available moisture to promote their growth into a colony. Your vigilance in providing a rapid response to any moisture issues avoids most mold issues. If a hidden leak or even abnormally high humidity feeds a multiplying mold problem, we are ready to help.

SERVPRO mold remediation follows EPA, OSHA, and IICRC guidelines and protocols, and well as any applicable local regulations. The basic protocol is to contain, remove, and disinfect the mold colonies and residues. When done by our certified technicians we are often able to confine the project so that at least a portion of your business operations can continue while remediation occurs.

The crew we send assesses the extent of the mold involvement, aware that mold does not need light to grow. It frequently thrives in cavities unseen. Our remediation is not complete until we abate even that hidden fungal growth. Once SERVPRO establishes the mold perimeter, we contain the affected space, using heavy plastic sheeting as a physical barrier. We almost always add a negative pressure air scrubbing system to prevent mold materials from escaping the containment area, using temporary ductwork to vent and HEPA filters to filter the contaminated air.

Our team mechanically removes the mold from solid surfaces, scraping or wiping. SERVPRO also employs a soda blasting technique that uses an abrasive solution of sodium bicarbonate to loosen mold and its “roots” or hyphae from porous materials. We follow up with thorough vacuuming with HEPA filters keeping the airborne debris from spreading. EPA registered antimicrobials treat the cleaned and nearby surfaces to inhibit future growth.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster has practical and efficient methods to remediate your commercial mold damage quickly. Call us at (978) 537-1500 to set up an assessment.

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Ways Professionals Combat Odors Associated with Water Damage in Lancaster Homes

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ways Professionals Combat Odors Associated with Water Damage in Lancaster Homes SERVPRO Freshens Lancaster House Odors after Water Damaging Events




It can be a frustrating experience trying to deal with flooding in your home on your own because apart from draining the water, other problems can crop up. Combating bad odors is one of these additional quandaries most homeowners like you have to deal with, yet many do not know that we offer professional remedial services that cover these secondary problems.
 
After a case of water damage in Lancaster, some issues can cause the bad smells that you are facing. When the floodwater on your property mixes with sewage or trash, the contaminants might reach areas with limited accessibility. Left in place, they emit objectionable odors, and your property can only be pleasantly habitable when the source is discovered and cleaned. When you call SERVPRO, we can place masking agents in the form of pellets that slowly release an agreeable scent to cover up the odors. This is a short-term measure to make your property habitable immediately, and more pleasant for us to continue with combatting the malodorous particulates in the air. Our technicians then find the best way to remove the contaminants, which can guarantee long-term results. Removing the standing water quickly helps mitigate the accompanying odors.
 
When floodwater dilutes pet waste and other forms of soil in your home, the result can be a stench. This is because of the absorption of the contaminants by any cloth materials present in the affected area. Carpets and couches are the worst culprits. Using specialized equipment like Ultra Low Volume foggers, which produce a fine mist to penetrate deep into the affected area, the SERVPRO technician can mitigate the odor. The contents in the mist include a pairing agent that combines with the odor particles bringing them to the surface for easier cleanup.
 
Moisture can also cause pungent smells that also lead to the development of mold. Using dehumidifiers, our technicians can extract moisture even in concealed spaces of your home. We also use disinfectants and sanitizers to clean and inhibit mold growth in the affected area. By deploying hydroxyl generators, we can neutralize pungent smells in the air returning your home environment to its preloss condition. The IAQ indoor air quality can be further purified with the use of an industrial-grade air scrubber fitted with both a HEPA and activated charcoal filter.
 
You should call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 for advice and assistance. Our crew can offer lasting solutions using the right equipment and techniques.

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Annual Inspections Can Help Prevent Flood Damages In Your Lancaster Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Annual Inspections Can Help Prevent Flood Damages In Your Lancaster Home Failure to find these weak points can lead to situations where you require professional restoration like SERVPRO to handle flood damages to your home.

Annual Inspections Can Help Prevent Flood Damage

Annual inspections of your Lancaster home can help you prevent much of the catastrophic damages it can sustain through the barrage of severe weather expected in nearly all of the seasons throughout the year. Unfortunately, this is one of the many things that homeowners in the area neglect to do, allowing their houses and families to become adversely and substantially affected by the storms yet to come.

There are many things that a home inspection can clue you in on, helping you to find vulnerable areas of your home's construction and repair them before it turns into a much larger problem. Failure to find these weak points can lead to situations where you require professional restoration like SERVPRO to handle flood damages to your Lancaster residence.

One of the focal points of inspection is the basement and foundation of your home. These areas tend to get affected by both moisture and running water underground, as well as fail when threatened by surface floodwaters, so having this blockwork is critical to preventing a later flood. SERVPRO professionals can repair small breaks and vulnerable areas with hydraulic cement upon discovery.

Another area that requires inspection on an annual basis is the siding and roof of your home. While these might not be areas of expertise for our technicians, having this assessment performed is essential all the same. This process can help you to determine if any damage has already occurred to these vital components of your exterior, and give you the opportunity to fix them before the situation becomes dire.

Any of these points of entry can allow high volumes of water into your home unabated. The subsequent damages can leave you with much irreparable damage and often a long-spanning restoration project to bring your property back to its original condition.

This understanding is why regular inspections of the stability and structural integrity of your home are so vital. If you already have flood damages affecting your home, or want to know a little more about inspections to help prevent disasters from striking your house, give our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster technicians a call today at (978) 537-1500.

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Material Replacement in Mold Remediation for Your Leominster Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Material Replacement in Mold Remediation for Your Leominster Home Mold Remediation Can Include Demolition in Your Leominster Basement, Call SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Can Utilize Many Methods for Mold Cleanup and Restoration

Sometimes the discovery of mold in your Leominster home comes long after the materials can get salvaged or saved. Within a short period, active colonies can erode and degrade construction materials and fabrics in your home to the point that there is little left of them. Part of the remediation process for mold growth is assessing the full scope of the damage which affects your home, and what has to get done to restore it.

You might not know that mold growth is simple to occur given the right circumstances. With persistent dampness and warmth, mold damages can occur to organic materials in your Leominster home in as little as 3 days. With a sufficient amount of time attacking various materials, flooring, ceilings, and contents of your home, the damage could prove irreparable.

This scenario is one that our SERVPRO technicians, unfortunately, see from time to time. To prevent further damages, the removal of the colony has to be a priority for our technicians. Once this process completes, a better assessment can get made into what materials must get removed and replaced to restore your home successfully.

Many times this irreparable damage happens with drywall in affected areas. With the composition of this material, mold spores can seat easily and spread quickly. It's thin makeup also plays a role in the irreparable damage it can sustain, as mold colonies do not have to penetrate deeply into the cardboard backing to affect the entire depth.

Fortunately, drywall removal is a fast process. This demolition can provide a more efficient approach than merely trying to remove the colony. With an overall replacement, removal procedures like sanding and soda blasting can be set aside for a more efficient and cost-effective rebuild instead. Though we strive to restore and not replace, the best interest of our customer is always our number one priority.

Mold damage in your home is nothing that you want to find or have the training to handle on your own. With the right professional help from our SERVPRO of Fitchburg - Leominster mold remediation specialists, we can remove this health hazard from your home quickly and efficiently. Give us a call anytime at (978) 537-1500. 

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