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Give Our Experts A Call Today For Sterling Water Removal Services

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

A Rover working on the carpet in a room to dry water damage Pictured is a "Rover," a ridable water vacuum being used to dry the carpet in this home.

SERVPRO Water Removal for Drying Your Wet, Damp Sterling Basement

Whenever the basement of your Nashua home becomes damp or wet, you need to remedy the situation quickly before damage sets in. Hiring the right technicians for the job gives you the lasting solutions you require. Whether you have a burst pipe, water heater malfunction, or a washing machine leak, the professionals at SERVPRO can help.

While there are various water restoration companies to pick from, our trained technicians at SERVPRO arrive for water removal in Sterling using all of the latest technology and equipment. There are several ways that water and moisture can penetrate your home, so we employ tried and true methods to combat these damaging effects. You can trust in us to arrive at your property with the best tools and equipment to get the job done.

For SERVPRO technicians to complete a thorough inspection of the water damaged area, we come in using discovery and detection tools for locating hidden moisture and water. Some of the tools we often use in such instances include moisture sensors for baseboards, walls, and carpeting. We also use infrared or thermal imagery and hygrometers and then isolate areas of your basement that might be damp and harboring moisture. These tools are essential for assisting our technicians in finding points of penetration so that we can begin the drying process.

Water Penetration Reduction

Our SERVPRO technicians pinpoint precise locations where moisture is and then seal them up. Any masonry that is compromised can leave your basement vulnerable. Here, we can use a hydraulic cement compound to seal off these water-breached points. The goal is to ensure you have a basement that is free of any lingering dampness. Swift detection and containment ensure healthier indoor air quality for your family and any pets within the home. 

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can make sure that you have the moisture and water removal to get your basement back to normal. Give our team a phone call today at (978) 537-1500, and we can send someone out as soon as possible.

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Specialists Give Tips on Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damaged Items in Leominster

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Before and after of smoke and soot damaged brass candlesticks.  One has been cleaned, the other has not This is a before and after pic of smoke damaged candlesticks. We were able to restore both completely.

Cleaning Household Goods Soiled by Smoke and Soot a Major Aspect of Fire Damage Mitigation Services in Leominster 

Helping your family's daily routines re-established after a disaster is one of the goals at SERVPRO. We understand that the ongoing stress that comes with significant disruptions in Leominster can reach into areas that previously seemed stable and rock-solid. Once-minor things can become much more critical in the wake of a crisis. We help stabilize the situation in numerous ways, including restoring the items your family used regularly. 

The varying degrees that a Leominster home might show fire damage like smoke and soot can range from items too filthy to touch to hardened plastic that melted onto surfaces, or scorched others. Cleaning methods vary, depending on soot type and density, as well as the residues left behind.

Large, flat, smooth surfaces like untextured walls and ceilings need vacuuming and then wiping down with a dry sponge. This method does not work well enough for most household items that might contain grooves, depressions, intentional pitting, or other textures. Soot can work on these surfaces. The microscopic particles in soot and the oily liquid residues can render regular soap and water too weak to clean anything effectively. 

We use several different tools to strip fire damage soiling away from the surface and get things back to their preloss condition. Many of these can reach the debris from a fire's smoke in tiny places on memorabilia from older generations or tourist traps visited on vacations. Brushes pull soot off lacy ribbons decorating dolls and other porcelain items. Our handheld vacuums free heavy draperies of smoke clinging to the fabric. Sponges gently rid chrome fixtures in your bathrooms and kitchen of blackened soot and keep them from additional damage. 

Another method used requires our ultrasonic water bath equipment. The difference in a short period makes in a soot-covered plate or vase is quite striking. After our crew packs up the items for cleaning and transports them to our facility, other members of our skilled team unpack them and begin organizing the items inside the basket. 

The water bath only requires a few minutes before all of the soot disintegrates. The bubbling action created by the ultrasonic waves works at the microscopic level and removes even embedded soot from hairline cracks and the tiniest spaces. While the surface of the water looks like nothing is happening, adding a hollow ball that floats to the water reveals the movement below the surface. This movement is a very effective method, and we use it to help our customers restore belongings and minimize the number of items they need to replace. 

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster wants to help your family recover from the implications of disasters, including those related to fire damage. Our building services crew helps restore structural components, including HVAC and electrical systems, but we know personal belongings are equally important. Call (978) 537-1500 when your residence in Sterling or Harvard and its contents need skilled cleaning and restoration professionals. 

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Developing an Emergency Plan for Natural Flooding in Fitchburg

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

What's your plan question underlined in red marker. With a red marker under the question. SERVPRO will help you come up with a plan for your Fitchburg flood.

You should always have a plan for when your Fitchburg home floods.

When flooding occurs in Fitchburg homes, you might not have the time to react to the situation. As water rushes along the lower levels of your home, new areas become affected, and the contents of these regions get immediately exposed to the rising water. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with nearly all of the effects of the flooding in your house, but developing an emergency plan is something that every property owner should do to better protect their family and their investment in the structure.

As challenging as flood damage in Fitchburg homes can be, much of these effects only require our premier equipment and products to overcome. With our fast response to emergencies, we can begin effective mitigation tactics immediately to save our customers time and money when it is possible. Your emergency plan can help to protect some of the belongings of your house before our team arrives to keep them safe from direct water exposure.

Your plan should fixate the most on what the members of your family should do in the event of a disaster. Flooding does not allow you to develop real-time strategies when water begins to pour into the house. In the brief time before this situation becomes overwhelming, every member of the household needs to know what they should do to prevent injury. In most cases, this is as simple as locating a safe area that does not become affected by flooding for everyone to convene. This component of the plan is ideal for those outside of the house as well.

There are ways that you can protect your belongings and our SERVPRO technicians arriving to help as well. Knowing what to grab before a situation becomes unsafe can help to protect irreplaceable belongings and keepsakes. Additionally, you can shut off running utilities that could become affected by the flooding, such as your electricity, gas, and water services before vacating.

No matter when disaster strikes, you need a team of professionals with the experience and the equipment to make a difference quickly. Even with our success in disaster relief, the highest priority of our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster team is the safety of our customers and team. Developing an emergency plan can help to do this. No matter how we can help, give us a call at (978) 537-1500.

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What to Avoid When Hiring Professionals in Leominster For Duct Cleaning

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

heating air duct cover Your HVAC system needs regular cleaning to stay effective. Contact SERVPRO to make an appointment for cleaning.

Save Money and Heat Better with Duct Cleaning in Leominster

With the winter season seemingly always just around the corner, Leominster homeowners might soon be looking to get their furnaces and heaters back up and running for the colder months to come. While many of these same units have been used throughout warmer climates to cool the house, this is still an ideal time to address potential blockages and throttling of your ducts before you need to heat your property sufficiently. There are many reasons that air duct and heater cleaning services our SERVPRO team provides can help.

You do not need to understand the heater duct cleaning process in Leominster homes to understand the benefit it can have for both this system and your out-of-pocket expenses. Our experienced professionals have accreditation through both the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Duct Cleaning Association (NDCA), giving us the knowledge and experience to confidently address any potential concerns for your HVAC system.

If the inspection from our SERVPRO professionals determines that cleaning your ducts can help your home, we can begin this process immediately. We have sophisticated tools to help limit the spread of dust, debris, mold spores, and other particulates such as our air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums. Cleaning the system itself involves tools like our whips and drill-powered brushes that can knock sediment and buildup loose for collection by our vacuum systems.

Cleaning your system can help it to run more efficiently. Because of our NDCA certifications and training, we can also open up the HVAC primary unit and clean its components in addition to the effect we can have on the attached ductwork. These steps can increase the longevity of the appliance and help the system to better heat the entire house. The added efficiency of the unit can allow it to run much less in certain situations, which can save you money on your utility costs.

With the harsh winter weather often expected in the area, you need to ensure that your heater and its connected ductwork is up to the task. Give our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster professionals a call anytime that you need us at (978) 537-1500.

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Fitchburg Commercial Settings, Air Duct Cleaning, and SERVPRO

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Large commercial warehouse showing the HVAC ductwork SERVPRO Says to Rely on the Pros for Commercial Grade Duct Cleaning of Your Fitchburg Warehouse or Place of Business

Benefits to Cleaning the Air Ducts of a Fitchburg Warehouse

You might not realize how beneficial the maintenance of your air duct system can be or the effect that a throttled airflow can have on your Fitchburg warehouse. With numerous employees and a steadily changing inventory of goods and wares for various businesses, you might not realize how vital this air quality can be to keep your staff healthy or your business in top form.

We offer efficient air duct cleaning services for Fitchburg businesses that begins with a thorough inspection. As a trusted name in the restoration industry, we are not going to recommend services that we do not think that you need, and our honest inspection involves sophisticated discovery tools. We can not only make our assessment of the present condition of your air ducts but show you our concerns with the results of this inspection with imagery obtained from our borescope cameras.

These discovery tools we use can navigate all of the turns and elbows of your air duct system to see most stretches of the ducts. We are looking for throttled sections, where the soil has compounded into a thick layer of sediment and debris. Not only does this indicate spaces where airflow can become restricted, but it is also a source of circulating potential contaminants, bacteria, and dust that can lead to health effects, an inefficient HVAC performance, and a continual need for cleaning in the facility.

Our SERVPRO techs can use advanced equipment to clear the air waves and insure a high indoor air quality level. With special vacuums, HEPA filtration, powered brushes and whips, we can scrape and buff the interior walls of sheetmetal, flex, and fiberboard ducts.

Understanding the benefits of cleaning this system when areas become compromised can ensure that the work happens as quickly as it should. There are multiple reasons that a clean HVAC system can benefit you, including:
- Improving the efficiency of the entire system.
- Reducing the spread of contaminants, dust, debris, and bacteria.
- Reducing energy costs.
- Limiting excessive cleanup and potential damage to stored goods.
Protecting the items within your warehouse, along with the health and wellbeing of your staff, are top priorities for your business. While you might not know the status of your air duct system, our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster team can help with an honest and thorough assessment. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (978) 537-1500.

Call Us If Your Lancaster Property Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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What To Do When Your Upstairs Neighbor Causes Water Damage To Your Lancaster Flat

Living with neighbors on every side can be difficult; however, it is even worse if one of them causes water damage to your Lancaster home. When you left your flat for work in the morning, you did not expect to come home and find water damage to the ceiling in your kitchen. Worse off, the water damage is the color of rust and a complete eye-sore. However, it is fortunate that talented and professional help is never far from you.

The water damage to your Lancaster apartment came from a cracked pipe in the unit above yours. The water dribbled down through the structure of the building and stained your ceiling. Additionally, it also impacted the back wall of your kitchen. Whenever your property suffers water damage, it is never wise to leave it be.

Mold spores are omnipresent. They are everywhere, difficult to get rid of, and very harmless when inactive. The problem with mold spores is that excess moisture activates them, and they go from being harmless to potentially causes health effects. Whenever your home suffers water damage, never wait to get help. Microbial growth takes less than 72 hours to impact your home.

When you call SERVPRO, our technicians respond right away. We're certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. (IICRC.) Our techs are ready to face whatever they find in your home and can return it to its preloss state.

Once inside, SERVPRO can begin by using thermal imaging cameras to detect any access water pockets from the leak and identify all areas of remediation. We can start by removing your cabinetry off of the back wall and having it brought to our facility to be cleaned and dried. From there, our technicians can remove the impacted ceiling tiles and the portions of the back wall that were impacted. Furthermore, SERVPRO can remove any damaged insulation from your ceiling and between your walls.

Afterward, SERVPRO can set up drying equipment inside of your apartment. Our technicians can use devices such as heaters, air blasting tubes, air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers to dry the excess moisture. Once finished, we can bring your cabinetry back and reinstall it, so we can return your apartment to you, “Like it never even happened.”

If your home suffers water damage, don't let it sit. Speak with SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster by calling (978) 537-1500. Day or night, we're open and ready to help.

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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)

Call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 for 24/7 service. We serve Sterling, Lancaster, Clinton, and surrounding areas.

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.

Let us eliminate your worries.

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)

Don't take the steps all alone call SERVPRO to walk the steps with you.

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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SERVPRO Is The Leader In Leominster Water Damage Restoration

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage and Vapor Barriers in Your Leominster House

One of the elements in a Leominster home with the primary purpose of protecting structural elements from damage can also work against homeowners. Vapor barriers can keep moisture trapped in areas that then continue to deteriorate until the homeowner calls a professional restoration company like SERVPRO.

Moisture that settles under your Leominster area home's flooring can support widespread water damage when different layers act as a vapor barrier. The grout and glue that holds tiles intact over the subfloor acts as a vapor barrier and protects everything below from spills and minor leaks, helping preserve the property from minor emergencies.

SERVPRO professionals can detect the amount of moisture within an area, giving us information on which method can achieve optimal results. We look at the speed in which the area can become dry, as well as the impact of each method on the restoration stage. The floor's overall construction dramatically affects the decision. When we can drill ventilation holes into hidden areas, drying from the underside becomes possible. Doing so can help protect other areas from the effects caused by water damage.

Other vapor barriers that make drying severe include the back of cabinets when the wall and floor contain moisture, and also non-porous wallpapers, especially those made of vinyl. Drilling ventilation holes for our equipment can resolve the problem that such structures create more efficiently than temporarily removing them. However, wall coverings with the original purpose of keeping moisture out of the wall's interior now become almost impossible to dry completely.
SERVPRO technicians might need to remove these wallpapers so the interior of the wall can dry out. Replacing these costs less than reinstalling new walls, and also can occur much more quickly. Leaving them in place can lead to extensive damage behind the wall's surface, as well as potential microbial infestations.

Because moisture can invade your home from different places, water damage can happen anywhere inside your property. SERVPRO's specialists not only understand the most effective mitigation methods and related cost-effective restoration techniques but also practical ways to protect your home from future problems. We can help prevent future water damage in any area of your me.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can help make your home in Devens, Pratt Junction, or Clinton “Like it never even happened.” after an area becomes affected by water damage. Call us at our 24-hour service line, (978) 537-1500 for experts who can mitigate damage and help prevent future problems.

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To Improve The Air Quality In Your Fitchburg Commercial Property Call Our Experts For Air Duct Cleaning

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

If you would like a free inspection and estimate for your property, call us at (978) 537-1500 for an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning In The Spring Ensures Better Indoor Air Quality For Tenants In Fitchburg

Both hotels and large apartment complexes in Fitchburg need to provide their occupants with safe conditions, including a high-quality indoor environment. The heating and cooling system requires maintenance of the HVAC system to continue working efficiently. Part of this includes the ducts themselves.

SERVPRO technicians in Fitchburg perform commercial air duct cleaning using different tools attached to lengthy augers. These brushes and air-whips loosen debris attached to the inner sides of ducts and make it possible for our negative airflow system to remove the debris. In large buildings, this debris can contain dust mite waste, pollen, pet dander, microbes, dust, hair, and other unwanted substances.

Setting up the negative air pressure system we need to use involves taping all of the vents closed with heavy plastic and non-marking tape. While we have the vent covers off, we wash these thoroughly to remove any debris and then dry them. We also clean any filters in the system. We trap everything that the negative air pressure system's suctioning extracts, so it does not end up outside, dirtying up your property's appearance.

We begin at the top level of the building and work our way down, floor by floor, removing the debris that might otherwise make your system work less efficiently because of reduced airflow and clogged areas. Bends in ducts can cause this easily and create blocked areas that cause tenants or guests to complain about heating or cooling issues, as well as adjusting their individual thermostats, resulting in higher utility bills.

Cleaner air is not the only reason to have ducts cleaned. The reduced risk of fire, as well as lower costs month-to-month, are equally valid reasons to have air ducts cleaned yearly. Pollen that comes in through open windows during the spring months can also cause problems for sensitive individuals whenever these tiny particles enter their dwelling space from the vents.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can assist owners and managers of apartment complexes and hotels maintain their ventilation systems and improve the quality of the interior environment their tenants and guests experience. If you would like a free inspection and estimate for your property in Clinton, Pratt Junction, or Devens, call us at (978) 537-1500 for an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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When You Are Faced With Flood Damage In Leominster We Will Send A Team Out To You Within Hours

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified technicians have the equipment to handle any flood damage you'r home faces. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Mitigating Flat Roof Flood Damage in a Leominster Bedroom

Massachusetts residents are certainly not strangers to flash floods and heavy rains that can lead to roof leaks. When rainwater collects in vulnerable areas on an aging flat roof, for example, it can lead to leaks that, if left unmitigated, can rot the wooden frame of your home, erode drywall, and turn your home into a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. If this moisture accumulation happens in areas such as your bedroom, water can affect furniture made of porous substances such as wood and fabric.

If heavy spring rains cause flood damage in your Leominster residence, the certified technicians at SERVPRO are ready to restore your bedroom to its pre-flood condition. Our team is equipped with the latest in moisture detection and mitigation technologies so we can ensure that your home is restored. "Like it never even happened."

When water from a roof leak has affected fabrics, wood, and other porous surfaces in your home, it is vital to act quickly to preserve these items. We can set up industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to isolate and eliminate moisture from both your drywall and furnishings and treat your items with EPA-registered antimicrobial disinfectant to prevent the proliferation of mold or bacteria. Drying of flood-damaged items is also the first step to eliminating odors.

After drying, our SERVPRO odor control technicians can use devices such as Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to address and prevent odors in your bedroom. ULV foggers emit a mist of deodorizers that can be either water- or solvent-based that penetrates areas affected by odor-causing particles. Our team can cover furnishings with drop cloths to protect surfaces from moisture while deodorizing. Ventilation box fans are utilized before and after deodorization to ensure safe and effective odor elimination and keep the air in your home clean and dry.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is available 24/7, even on holidays, so we can always be Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (978) 537-1500, and we can send a team out to you within hours.

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SERVPRO Will Restore Your Sterling Home After A Fire

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified professionals will arrive as soon as possible with the necessary equipment, training and expertise to put out the flames of worry.

Mitigating Cooking Fire Damage in a Sterling Vacation Home

Cooking is a fantastic way to bond with your loved ones. Parents with sons or daughters learning to cook are often beaming with pride as they watch their children learn the skills that can aid them in adulthood. However, when food particles in the stove ignite and burn your budding chef's burgers to a crisp, it can be overwhelming to consider the fire damage that needs removal.

If you have a kitchen mishap that results in fire damage in your Sterling vacation home, the professional technicians at SERVPRO are ready to restore your kitchen to its pre-existing condition with industrial-grade tools, EPA-registered cleaners, and extensive knowledge of fire damage cleanup. Cleaning begins with scrubbing any damage from smoke off of surfaces and out of ventilation systems to ensure no spreading of soot or unpleasant odors. Objects in your home, such as kitchen appliances and windows, can also be cleaned to remove residue from fire damage and prevent corrosion of metals or electronics.

A critical part of a kitchen fire cleanup involving proteins such as red meat, poultry, or fish, is addressing the clear residue that such proteins leave behind. These residues can cause especially foul and long-lasting odors, particularly on porous surfaces like latex paint-covered walls. As a result, it is vital to clean every surface affected by protein residue to ensure that no odors can linger in your home.

To implement effective odor control in your kitchen, our SERVPRO technicians have a variety of tools and techniques at their disposal, such as HEPA air scrubbers with powerful activated carbon and potassium permanganate air filters to absorb odor-causing particles. ULV thermal foggers can also be used to address odors in confined spaces and work by binding with odor particles to eliminate unpleasant smells and make their source heavy enough to fall on surfaces for easy cleanup.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is ready to serve the area in disaster cleanup 24/7. If you need our services, call us today at (978) 537-1500.

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Flood Damage in Sterling? It's Easy If You Do It Smart With Team SERVPRO

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and the resulting flood damage can happen quickly. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation efforts.

Emergency Repairs and Mitigation for Flooding in Sterling Homes

Flooding can occur with little warning and often results from storm damage occurring to the exterior of your Sterling property. Without the right emergency response from competent professionals like ours, this water loss damage can spread quickly throughout your home and affect a broad area. Saturation can begin to compromise elements like drywall in as little as a day, making the need for efficient and effective mitigation and recovery solutions vital for your property. Our professionals can help.

While flooding can affect your home in many ways, the only effective means of preventing further damage to the property is sealing up vulnerabilities temporarily. Our SERVPRO rapid response team for storm damage in Sterling includes our qualified and licensed contractors, ensuring that experienced hands arrive fast to begin boarding and tarping services for your house. These temporary measures can stop the flow and penetration of floodwater into your home so that mitigation work can begin.

Our mitigation process has gotten designed to save our customers time and money. From thorough inspections with moisture detection equipment to choose the ideal locations for extraction and drying equipment, to these efficient machines and tools used to remove excess water and eliminate saturation for structural elements and construction materials, we can make a difference quickly for your damaged home. This process also includes debris removal and controlled demolition overseen by our contractors to ensure that reconstruction to follow is efficient and cost-effective.

With keeping construction in house, our customers do not have to seek out reputable contractors on their own. We have experienced professionals in our SERVPRO team that can not only perform these emergency repairs, but also quickly organize and begin full-scale reconstruction, remodeling, and repairs following substantial storm damages.

While flooding can present many obstacles to overcome, including damage to the exterior of your home, our comprehensive restoration approach can help you through every facet of flood recovery. You can count on our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster rapid response team to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (978) 537-1500.

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Do You Struggle with Commercial Storm Damage Issues in Fitchburg?

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

When your store is facing flood damage, your business can suffer. Contact our IICRC technicians for water removal and remediation.

Emergency Repair and Mitigation for Your Flooded Fitchburg Shop

When flooding occurs in your small business in Fitchburg, it often happens as a direct result of structural compromise for your building. While these situations can get out of control quickly, finding the right professionals that can provide fast temporary repairs can help to stop the unabated flow of floodwater into your business to get mitigation started. Our professionals can help with a 24/7 response to storm damage emergencies that allow flooding to occur in your property.

Emergency repairs and mitigation is critical following flood damage in your Fitchburg shop. Our SERVPRO professionals have fully stocked production vehicles and trailers ready to roll out at a moment’s notice when storms have compromised the structural integrity of your building, arriving with our contracting firm to provide quick temporary repairs to the structure to stop the flow of water through compromised areas like the roof, windows, or other damaged points.

Emergency construction repairs often include boarding and tarping services. Our contractors can assess the best approach to protect your property from further damage, and get to work immediately on covering holes and vulnerabilities in the construction of your building. Once these temporary repairs have completed, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on mitigating your loss with our effective extraction and drying techniques. We cannot begin these processes until the flow of damaging water has gotten resolved.

We arrive with the full measure of extraction and drying equipment, helping us to provide our customers with rapid solutions to oversaturation and standing water. We begin with extraction efforts that range from our powerful extractor trucks to our wet-vacs and our portable sump pumps. To dry out saturated elements and materials, we have multiple drying machines such as air movers, dehumidifiers, our Injecti-dry system, and more. Once mitigation completes, our competent construction team can work on fully repairing the damage to the structure permanently and professionally.

With our comprehensive approach to mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration for flood damages, our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster team is a wise choice to return your property to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime you need us at (978) 537-1500.

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We've Got You Covered After Your Home In Lancaster Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call at (978) 537-1500 as soon as the fire is out so we can clean and restore your home to a safe residence for you and your family.

Fire Damage Restoration For Your Lancaster Home

Fireplace safety begins with building your fire correctly, ensuring logs don’t roll out of the firebox and keeping sparks and flame safely inside. Fires in your Lancaster home can easily start when improperly using your fireplace or not keeping up with regular maintenance. It is essential to know how to take care of it to keep you and your family safe.

Fire damage and smoke damage in your Lancaster home should be taken care of right away. Settled smoke and soot continue to harm your structure until they are cleaned up. At SERVPRO, we are trained and experienced to handle these situations to return your home to the way it was, like nothing ever happened.

Opening the flue needs to be the first thing when lighting your fireplace. If you forget to do so, it causes your home to fill up with smoke, which can leave stains throughout your home. If you overload the firebox or are using an accelerant, a flue that is closed can also lead to flames spreading throughout your residence.
A main part of the restoration process is cleaning the soot and smoke particles. Every fire goes through stages, generating wet and dry smoke. Some create a big enough proportion of one kind of smoke, and SERVPRO techs use different cleaning methods to remove the various residues. Wet smoke is usually more difficult to remove than dry smoke. More materials can be restored in dry smoke conditions, as dry smoke carries few aerosols and deposits dry, small particles on surfaces. It also does not stain surfaces as intensely as wet smoke does, and the odor is less pungent.

Your fireplace should have both glass doors and a screen. The doors are made to prevent cold air from going through your fireplace when not in use. The screen stops embers and sparks from jumping out of the firebox. The screen should be closed as soon as you light the fire. If it is not, embers, sparks, and even flames can leave the firebox and start a fire in your house.

Keeping your chimney clean is also essential, as the creosote buildup from burning wood reduces the air flow. The more and more it collects, your chance of embers and sparks catching it on fire go up.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is here to help you if your home in Devens, Harvard, or Still River catches fire for any reason because of your fireplace. Give us a call at (978) 537-1500 as soon as the fire is out so we can clean and restore your home to a safe residence for you and your family.

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Relax, Sterling Homeowners, SERVPRO Can Treat All Categories of Water Damage

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Oops, Left the Water Running? SERVPRO Can Respond to Mitigate the Water Damage to a Sterling Home

When Dangerous Water Damage Hits Home in Sterling

Though all water damage is problematic, not all are equal. When your Sterling home has a backed up sewer line, it is more than just "some water" to clean up. For the health and safety of you and your loved ones, you need to take immediate action. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, whenever you need us. We can dispatch a team of highly trained professionals to assess and address hazardous water damages quickly.
The average homeowner doesn't take special classes on mitigating water damage. You almost certainly don't own safety equipment to clean up Black Water in your Sterling home. Trying to DIY cleanup for Class 3 water damage can be hazardous to your health. Understanding different kinds of water damage and how to treat them is (part of) what we do. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and fully equipped for messy situations like backed up sewage or a simple leak under the sink. We handle all types of water cleanup.
When your water enters your home from a burst pipe or condensation, it's what we call Cass 1 water damage. This means the water is clean and unused.
Class 2 water damage comes from Gray water. It isn't called gray because of color, but rather because it has waste products in it. This water is used. When a washing machine is running and overflows, this is an example of gray water. Used water may cause sickness if ingested or touched.
It's important to call in professionals in any water damage situation, but Black Water or Class 3 is the most dangerous to your health. SERVPROs dedicated staff use extensive protective equipment for removal and mitigation of sewage and other biologically hazardous cleanups. PPE personal protective equipment is crucial for safe and secure cleanup and restoration.
Water removal and drying is only part of the process. You need good deodorizing and biocide treatments so you can take back your home safely after a hazardous incident and feel “Like it never even happened.”
When your water damage makes your eyes water, don't risk your health. You need special treatment right away. Contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 anytime day or night.

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Mold Damage Can Spell Big Trouble For Your Home In Sterling

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

You can depend on our technicians to respond quickly to remove active colonies and restore the damage they have caused.

How Mold Remediation In Your Sterling Home Can Save You Money

When people think of restoration or remediation for their Sterling property, one of the last things that they think of is how much money it can save them. While the initial expense of a service like this can seem steep, there are much costlier outcomes that can result from inadequate DIY removal strategies for mold growth in your home, not to mention the costs of hiring non-reputable “professionals” to take care of this problem for you.

Mold damage in your Sterling residence can pose many threats. Remediation works to isolate active colonization and prevent the organism from spreading further throughout your home. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training and IICRC certifications that allow us to be knowledgeable in mold varieties and the best approach to remove colonies from your property successfully.

Our process begins with containment, as this is the only effective means of preventing the spreading organism from reaching new materials and areas within your home. Through the application of advanced equipment like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers, both fitted with HEPA filters, we can trap spores moving throughout the affected area. As an added layer of protection, our experts can install plastic sheeting along the perimeter of the work area to further reduce the spread of the organism.

How does remediation save you money? Without remediation, the organism continues to spread into areas that cannot get seen with the naked eye, continually degrading construction materials and posing health risks to your family. Inadequate removal of the colonies works similarly, as now you have already paid once for a job that was not thorough enough to remove the threat. Our SERVPRO professionals can see the process through from inspection to reconstruction, ensuring that you also have safeguards in place to reduce moisture that allowed the problem to occur in the first place.

While you might not think of professional mold remediation as something that can save you money, it doesn't take long to understand how getting the job done right the first time is a valuable and cost-effective strategy. You can depend on our SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster technicians to respond quickly to remove active colonies and restore the damage they have caused. Give us a call anytime at (978) 537-1500.

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How Professionals Remediate Your Flood Damaged Sterling Home

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is ready to tackle your water restoration needs.

Why You Need Help Fixing Flood Damage in Sterling

The damages left by a flood on your property can be extensive depending on what transpires during the incident. For example, if the flooding happens during a storm, the water and winds can destroy building materials like drywall and others. Even in cases where the level of damages is not immediately apparent, it can be extensive because floodwaters permeate through materials such as carpets and baseboards. The water also reaches into enclosed spaces such as wall cavities and crawlspaces. We offer professional mitigation that can help restore your Sterling home to preloss state.  

Unlike water spills, flood damage in Sterling is likely to involve an aspect of contamination. Therefore, trying to clean up the affected areas on your own can expose you to risks. As floodwaters flow, they collect contaminants like raw sewage, pesticides and pet wastes, which end up in your house. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals wear the PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, enabling them to handle these wastes safely. We also spray EPA-registered disinfectants in the flooded sections to control contamination.  

As the water soaks into building materials such as drywall, insulation, and others, it is likely to cause loss of structural integrity, loss or R-value or other problems. The best way to deal with such outcomes is to tear down the affected materials and replace them with new ones, which is backbreaking work to tackle on your own. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals work as a team, and using advanced tools easily tackle demolition and rebuilding dealing with the damage "Like it never even happened."  

Even after floodwaters outside the house recede, the standing water in the house remains. The longer such water remains in the structure, the higher the likelihood of causing secondary damage. Issues like mold infestation and deterioration of materials like wood, metal, and fabrics are just some of the secondary damages likely to happen. Our SERVPRO technicians help extract such water from the house fast using pumps or truck-mounted water extractors.  

If your property floods, you should not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster. You can reach us at (978) 537-1500 any day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Find Out Now, What Should You do for Effective Mold Damage Remediation in Sterling?

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

We Keep Mold Damage From Spreading in Your Sterling Area Residence with Containment Measures

Partnering with SERVPRO to keep your home in Sterling in great condition pays off. We have the tools and experience to perform a multitude of tasks that protect your investment from different kinds of harm. Our IICRC-certified specialists always take the time to listen to your concerns and to provide guidance on how you can take steps of your own that prevent damage from occurring.

Many homeowners rely on us to help keep their homes protected from the effects of mold damage in Sterling. The harm that an over-abundance of microbes can bring can encompass your entire home and the belongings used by your family every day. Many items that receive little use, such as those stored in closets, basements, and attics, can sustain microbial infestations that cause ruined memories and the need to replace items, as well as keep you from handing down otherwise perfectly good things to relatives and friends.

Because mold spreads relatively easily from one area of a house to another via spores, we at SERVPRO know we need to control this mechanism. Whenever mold senses a disturbance nearby, thousands of spores fly into the air. They then travel on air currents and end up in locations everywhere in the home, searching for water to start a new colony.

Negative air pressure chambers solve this problem. Using both plastic sheeting and a powerful HEPA-equipped air mover, we can work on a location infested with mold and mildew confidently. Knowing that we can protect your home in this manner and keep spores from contaminating your home's currently clean areas allows us to concentrate on the work fully.

During the cleanup of mold particles, spores, and debris from blasting in other areas, we use vacuums that have HEPA filters attached. HEPA filters trap microbes and their spores, keeping your home from sustaining future infestations.

To help increase the protection from microbial infestations in the future, our mold remediation specialists treat affected and nearby areas with antimicrobial liquids. This also traps any microorganisms that might have settled in the area and encapsulates them. As this liquid dries, it shrinks around microscopic particles and crushes them.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can help you understand the importance of reduced humidity and the elimination of water leaks in your home and how these steps can help prevent mold damage. Preventing its growth is as important as keeping microbes from spreading. Call us at (978) 537-1500, 24/7, year-round, and we can make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Restoration Experts You Can Trust In Your Leominster Home

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after a fire.

Local Leominster Fire Debris Cleanup Services

When a blaze breaks out on your property, it is only natural that your home may need fire debris cleanup services called as soon as possible. Fire doesn't just leave behind ashes and charred objects, but soot and foul scents as well. In your home, a fire broke out in your kitchen, due to an electric wok, and burned many of the foodstuffs on your countertop. Boxes, plastic, and food were all reduced to soot, which adhered itself to your countertops and walls. In order for the debris to be cleaned up, without any problems, it is best to call for help as soon as possible.

Calling Leominster-based fire debris cleanup services to your home can help reduce the time it takes to return it to its preloss state. Soot and ash adheres itself to the surrounding structure of your home based on the temperature at which the fire inside your kitchen burned. Calling in a professional cleanup and remediation team can ensure that the job is done correctly and thoroughly, making sure that there is no trace of the fire left inside of your home.

If you want fast, effective, and friendly cleanup services, it is best to call SERVPRO. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and highly trained to combat many different types of damage. When we get your call, SERVPRO always gathers a team swiftly and then travels to your house as fast as possible. We always aim to deliver fast and effective services, no matter the size of the problem.

SERVPRO always uses advanced technology to handle cleanup and remediation jobs. When it comes to fire debris, once we get rid of the charred remains from the fire, we can focus on cleaning up the soot from your countertops. SERVPRO can use chemical cleaning solutions to cut through the soot. After continually scrubbing at the soot, wiping down the counter, and respraying the solution, the soot can begin to break down and come away from the surface.

Once we have removed all of the debris left behind by the fire, our work is done, and you can enjoy your home once more in its preloss state. We're confident we can leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."

When a fire leaves behind a mess, always reach out for help immediately. Contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster by phoning (978) 537-1500. Night or day, we're ready to come to your home and remediate the problem away.

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Duct Cleaning Improves IAQ in Fitchburg Structures Says SERVPRO

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tells Fitchburg Homeowners to Keep the HVAC Ductwork Clean for Improved Indoor Air Quality

Why SERVPRO Handles Fitchburg Heater Duct Cleaning with Ease

HVAC systems play a crucial albeit unseen role in keeping homes and commercial establishments habitable by regulating temperature and air quality. Over time these systems accumulate contaminants ranging from dust, dander, smoke, mold, and pollen as air is circulated through the systems many times every day. Air duct cleaning can help remove these contaminants improving air quality and preventing other problems. For example, by keeping the furnace or heater ducts clean, “puff-back” can be avoided.
A thorough inspection is necessary during Fitchburg heater duct cleaning because many parts in the HVAC system collect dirt over time. Our SERVPRO technicians focus on the parts that require attention including supply ducts, return ducts, heat exchangers, the cooling coil, blowers and filters to ensure the air duct cleaning exercise we carry out addresses all issues.
Where the property is located as well as how the property is used determines the kind and level of contaminants likely to affect the HVAC system. Choosing air duct cleaning companies with the necessary equipment, skills, and experience helps ensure thorough cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians are well-versed with different situation including removal of lint from clothes dryer vent in both commercial and residential properties. We also have specialized equipment for heater duct cleaning including wire extension brushes whisk brushes and powerful specialized vacuums for debris removal during cleaning.
Microbes like mold and even dust mites can develop in heater ducts. Since microbes grow over time, they can be harder to deal with compared to regular dirt. Besides, they are also likely to affect air quality. Our SERVPRO technicians combat these microorganisms by spraying antifungal and antimicrobial agents into the ducts. We use ULV foggers to deliver the cleaning agents effectively all over the ductworks, working from the inlets to the outlets. To limit chances of runs and drips, our technicians turn the fogger on and off periodically. In case of mechanical damage in the HVAC system, we involve a professional repair technician. However, our cleaning crews can patch up minor leaks.
A fully functional air conditioning system helps keep properties habitable. Call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 to help clean air ducts in your property. We deal with every aspect of the problem “Like it never even happened.”

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Call SERVPRO To Restore Your Lancaster Business

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage.

Complete Commercial Water Removal Must Include Walls to Protect Lancaster Office Buildings

A water leak anywhere in your office building can soak the area quickly. When your property in Lancaster sustains a water incident on one of the upper stories, lower floors can contain hidden water inside the walls and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians have specialized training and all of the latest equipment needed to get these enclosed areas dried out, so subsequent issues do not affect your property.  

Water that flows down on the inside of your Lancaster property's walls causes water damage and affects ceilings, making commercial water removal necessary to prevent severe problems from affecting the condition of your building. While stained ceilings can take months to appear, microbial colonies can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after a leak releases water. Our specialists work as fast as possible to remove lost water and prevent such situations from increasing your restoration costs.
To accomplish this, we use thermal imaging devices that show in real time affected areas. The temperature on the surface of the walls changes enough to register on our equipment. We follow this up with moisture readers that accurately determine how much water the materials contain.
Typically, we can dry walls with our Injectidry system, which forces dry air into walled cavities. For solid walls, merely directing warm, dry air toward the affected wall at an angle pulls all of the moisture out rapidly enough to keep it from becoming damaged. Coverings made of vinyl can prevent this method from working adequately. Recovering a saturated wall after we remove the vinyl covering and dry the wall is much less costly than replacing the entire wall.
Because stretching is most likely to occur during removal, you need to decide what you want to cover the walls with after we finish. Once we restore dry conditions, we can also treat the bare wall with an anti-fungal agent. Adding protection like this dramatically increases the value of our services to you.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster has teams ready to resolve moisture problems in your office building in Still River, Sterling, and Clinton. Water damage removal teams work hard to restore dry conditions in your property. Call (978) 537-1500 to find out more about our services and how they can help you recover after a disaster. 

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How SERVPRO Removes Mold in Your Leominster Home

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold easily grows in Leominster. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage.

Why SERVPRO For Mold Removal In Leominster

Although our community did not feel the worst of the storms that struck our state this year, Leominster residents still dealt with any number of weather-related issues. The temperatures and amount of rain still caused an incredible amount of damage. Another issue homeowners are now beginning to discover the mold that grows after all that water wakes mold spores out of their inert state.  

Yes, it is cold outside, and mold rarely grows below 68 Degrees. So why do you need SERVPRO in your Leominster for mold removal? Because it is not 67 or below inside your home. It is probably a lot closer to 77. As long as mold has a range from 68 to 86 degrees, growth continues if it has sources of water and food.  

To remove the mold, our restoration technicians can either clean the mold out of the home or eradicate an item if the mold had extended hyphae into the surface and grown into building materials like drywall, ceiling tiles, and support structures like wall framing.

SERVPRO technicians have an extensive inventory of anti-fungal cleaning agents that can kill spores and help break up massed layers of mold. For thick layers or rough surfaces like stone, they use a thicker cleaning agent and a brush or another agitation device to get to every mold spore.  

For thicker layers of mold in an attic, technicians can also use a new method called soda blasting. Team members use a high-pressure device to fire a stream of sodium bicarbonate onto exposed surfaces. The powder is very abrasive and exceptionally useful for removing mold while causing no harm to the structural supports in the attic.

Where the mold did penetrate deeper into the material, it is usually cheaper to replace them than to attempt restoration. Drywall, in particular, crumbles easily after its physical integrity is disturbed by mold growth. For minor penetration into wall framing, it is possible for team members to sand down the surface to remove the mold in small areas. If the growth is into a majority of the surface area, then is cheaper to replace it than expend the labor hours to try and restore it.  

No matter where you live along Routes 2 or 12, SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is here to help restore your residence to its pre-mold condition. To schedule a visit with an inspector or restoration team, call (978) 537-1500 today.

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Why Professional Remediation is Needed for Your Mold Damaged Leominster Home

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

What is hiding behind your wall paper? Inspect your home regularly and call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Preventative Steps to Avoid Mold Growth in Your Leominster Home

Every Leominster homeowner wants to do what it takes to keep disasters from impacting their property and their families. With this idea in mind, preventative steps might seem improbable for natural disasters, but not for circumstances that can ultimately cause the same degrees of damage such as mold growth. With certain precautions taken to prevent and actively deter mold colonization in your home, you can work to keep this situation from happening as much as possible which saves you time and money.

While many Leominster homeowners experience mold damages at some point in their home’s life, it does not have to be a bank-breaking ordeal. With the right steps getting taken immediately upon discovery, our experienced SERVPRO professionals can arrive to perform an honest assessment of the situation and get to work on containing the spread of the colony and preparing to remove the organism as efficiently and safely as possible.

Something that every homeowner can do to help reduce the possibility of mold growth in their home is to inspect all of the areas of your house regularly. Some people do not use areas of their property like their basement and attics. With regular inspections of these areas, a homeowner can remain informed about potential vulnerabilities and moisture breaches that leave the area feeling damp. These conditions are ideal for mold growth, so early identification of potential concerns can help reduce the spread of a mold colony significantly.

You cannot remove mold spores from the environment, so you must learn to reduce the ways that they can colonize. If you have areas of your property prone to dampness and moisture, our SERVPRO professionals would recommend a continual use of equipment like dehumidifiers to reduce the overall humidity in this area to prevent spores from sticking to surfaces ideal for their growth.

Finding the right professional assistance for mold growth in your home is not difficult to do, our SERVPRO of Fitchburg – Leominster remediation professionals are standing by 24/7 by calling (978) 537-1500.

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Learn Effective Ways To Save Your Ceilings And Floors After Water Damage In Your Lancaster Home

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Help is on it's way when you call a SERVPRO expert.

Wet Floors and Ceilings Require Different Water Extraction Methods in Lancaster Residences

Damaging incidents involving water can happen anywhere in your residence in Lancaster. When ceilings or floors become waterlogged, SERVPRO technicians can use highly effective equipment to get these portions of your property dry again.

Protecting your home in Lancaster from the effects of permanent damage by using water extraction techniques starts with your quick response to a water emergency. The earlier we can begin, the better results we can obtain for you. As always, our goal is to mitigate the damage and get your home's condition restored, so everything looks just “Like it never even happened.”

Hardwood floors that become overrun with water damage can look almost new again, saving our customers from the need to reinstall new flooring. We must begin water extraction and drying procedures as soon as possible to achieve great results. Our Injectidry equipment for this includes heated mats that force absorbed water to evaporate. Once water becomes airborne, the Injectidry system pulls it out of the flooring and into enclosed chambers, where it cannot escape.

Steady drying is key to getting the best results, so we continue to monitor the amount of moisture remaining in the floor. Hardwood must retain some moisture as becoming too dry can also create damage to the wood boards. Checking for cupping or crowning after we finish assures the homeowner of an excellent job that protects their investment and the beauty of their home.

Ceilings can become saturated with water from broken pipes, a leaky roof, overflows, or even a window left open during a rain shower. Water in a ceiling can cause injuries if it falls on someone. SERVPRO technicians test for the presence of water and the need for draining it from the ceiling's cavity. When water does exist, we drill tiny weep holes near the outside perimeter of the water, allow it to drain, and repeat until we reach the center of the 'puddle,' where we drill the final weep hole.

Afterward, and for wet ceilings that do not retain water, we use a single air mover after attaching some flexible tubing to force air into the ceiling. We prefer to use an already existing hole, such as a light fixture's space. Without any new holes to patch up, we can finish that much sooner and let your family get things back to normal.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster also answers calls for Clinton, Devens, and Still River. When you need water extraction and drying professionals to preserve your home and protect it, call us at (978) 537-1500. Emergencies happen at any hour, unexpectedly, which is why we are always here, ready to answer your questions and give you information on how we can help you.

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Soda Blasting, Ice Blasting, and Sand Blasting after Major Fire Damage in Leominster

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Our technicians have state-of-the-art equipment to conquer any fire and soot damage!

House Fires Cause Tremendous Damage & Headaches - SERVPRO Can Provide Peace of Mind

Most of the time when we talk about the restoration of homes after a fire, we are talking about soot and smoke removal. However, when fires burn at a high temperature, they can cause structural damage as well. These types of fire are generally referred to as major and leave behind charred furniture, structure, and fittings. Despite the seemingly permanent impact, many of these items can be restored rather than replaced using the right equipment.

Severe fire damage in Leominster homes requires intense restoration efforts. At SERVPRO, we use IICRC certified technicians who know how to remove, replace or restore items as well as which parts can be salvaged. Where substantial damages are present, we may have to pack out items to a nearby cleaning facility to fully restore them using ultrasonic cleaning methods.

As for the structure, a careful assessment and pre-test of materials can be carried out by your SERVPRO technician. Although a test process may seem time-consuming, it is an essential part of the work we do. For natural materials, the use of a sandblaster can help to remove charring without the expense of replacing furniture or structure. This equipment removes the charring layer by layer leaving behind a smooth, remediated surface. For your homes more delicate items soda, or ice blasting can be equally effective at removing damage but are less abrasive than sandblasting. However, we need to test the materials before we can apply equipment like this so we can ensure the right outcomes are achieved.

In any fire, the lingering odor of charred materials can be an unpleasant reminder of the event for a homeowner. SERVPRO is certified in odor control techniques using water-based or desiccant chemical foggers to help find and neutralize unpleasant odors. A thorough deodorization of your home can make the fire damage seem "Like it never even happened."

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We are responsive restorers of small, medium-sized and large-scale damages. Contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 to arrange a call out.

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Got Excess Moisture After A Flood In Your Harvard Home? Our Team Can Make It “Like it never even happened.”

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is not an everyday event, but when it happens, it can cause severe loss.

Dealing With Moisture After Flood Damage In Harvard

Flooding is not an everyday event, but when it happens, it can cause severe loss. What can make a difference are the response measures taken after such an incident affects your Harvard property. There is a need to secure the structure and its contents to halt further damages. Removal of contaminants introduced to the structure is also essential as well as moisture control. The need to finish those steps within a reasonable period is also crucial because the longer it takes, the higher the likelihood of further complications arising. As IICRC certified restoration service, we can help you tackle the situation better.

Before starting the restoration of flood damage in Harvard, it is necessary to evaluate the percentage of the structure ruined. Water has varying effects on contents and different parts of the structure. Issues like water spots, swelling, and color bleeding effect upholstery items. In wooden furniture and parts of the structure, problems like warping weak joints, and general loss of structural strength in particle boards. Using moisture sensors and meters, our SERVPRO technicians can accurately tell the extent of the damage.

Saving items, both affected and unaffected, is vital when dealing with flood damage. Various actions can help achieve this objective. Performing a flood-cut two feet above the waterline helps stop moisture migration on walls through absorption. Removing the carpet and other floor coverings help quicken drying of wooden floors, preventing problems such as buckling and warping. Our SERVPRO crew also moves items from affected areas.

A flood-damaged structure requires thorough drying after cleanup to prevent additional problems like mold growth. Several factors including temperature, humidity, amount of water to be evaporated, and air movement affect the drying process. We focus on thorough water extraction before starting other drying procedures to increase effectiveness. One truck-mounted extractor can remove 36,000 gallons per day compared to a dehumidifier, which only manages 30 gallons per day. The ideal temperatures for drying are between 70° and 80°, so if heating is not available in the house, our SERVPRO technicians use portable heaters.

Excess moisture in a flooded property can cause significant problems. SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can help you take corrective measures. You can reach us at (978) 537-1500 any time.

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SERVPRO is Available 24/7 to Handle Your Fitchburg Water Emergencies

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment capable of removing water in your home quickly.

Why SERVPRO is the Fitchburg Specialist you need for Water Damage Restoration

When you find yourself in an emergency, it can be tempting to go for the first service you see. This approach is understandable given the stress and desire to resolve the situation quickly. For most homeowners, property damages are unexpected events and are usually the first time they seek a restoration agency. However, picking the right service, one that can work with you and your insurance adjuster is an integral part of dealing with property damages correctly.

The impact of water damage in Fitchburg homes can vary. Sometimes it can be a minor spillage, in other cases, it can be widespread affecting different areas of the house. A company that has the capabilities to handle any size disaster is an essential addition to your emergency contacts list. SERVPRO uses local technicians that live and work in your community. Also, as a franchise, we also have access to expensive equipment that can help to restore your property effectively.

A SERVPRO service operates 24 hours a day and boasts fast call out times. These can be essential factors in your emergency planning. Leaving water to sit can cause further damages, so you want to remedy the situation quickly. Making a call to our emergency call line is the first step in restoring your property, and we can arrange a service with you within the hour.

On arrival, a SERVPRO technician can be trusted to assess the situation expertly and bring in the right equipment. That could be truck-mounted water extractors that are capable of removing hundreds of gallons of water in one go. It could also be the ability to label and pack your possessions for deep cleaning at a specialized facility. We have a range of advanced equipment and work with a restore over replace mentality that could keep your expenses low.

The bottom line is that in an emergency you need a service you can trust. SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is that service. Contact us at (978) 537-1500 to make the damage "Like it never even happened."

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How We Restore Your Water Damaged Carpet In Your Lancaster Home

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water cleanup services are meant to return the structure to its earlier state, or even better before the water incident took place.

Reliable Water Cleanup Services To Restore Soiled Carpets In Your Lancaster Property

Water cleanup services are meant to return the structure to its earlier state, or even better before the water incident took place. We choose an appropriate cleaning procedure to clean restorable materials such as subfloors and walls. We understand that different surfaces and items in your Lancaster home have different cleaning needs, so, we consider that when we are working for you.

Carpets get exposed to different soling levels after a water event, so our SERVPRO technicians must factor that when offering water cleanup services in Lancaster. In some instances, the dirt can penetrate deep into the fibers, and in some situations, it can be resting on the fiber tips. Also, the source of the water may determine the aggressiveness of the cleaning method we decide to use. For instance, we use more aggressive techniques when we are restoring carpets exposed to gray water.

Our SERVPRO technicians use rotary jet extraction when cleaning deeply soiled carpets. It is an intensive cleaning method that restores heavily soiled and matted carpets. The Rotary Jet Extractor has spray jets and a vacuum head that clean the carpet fiber, fluff up and restore the pile. The vacuum system helps in collecting dry soils.

If your carpet is moderately soiled, our SERVPRO technicians can use hot water extractions. During this method, we inject a deluxe pre-conditioner or any appropriate cleaning agent into the carpet's fibers at high pressure. The pressure forces the soil to be lifted, and then we use a powerful vacuum to do the removal. To thoroughly rinse the pre-conditioner, we pass a rotary extractor or a wand over the surface. We can then use a carpet brush or groom to remove the visible wand lines and reset the carpet pile. Our team performs bonnet carpet cleaning when cleaning lightly soiled carpets. The method cleans the top area of the fibers.

At SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster whether it is in your home or business. We offer 24-hour emergency cleaning and restoration services to return your property to its preloss state, if not better. Call (978) 537-1500 to get immediate help.

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SERVPRO Can Help You Recover From A Commercial Flood Damage Disaster In Your Harvard School

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless if it is from a broken pipe or a storm moving in off the coast, nearly everyone knows when to call in a professional restoration service.

Eliminating Commercial Flood Damage In Harvard Schools

Harvard residents are well acquainted with flooding around our town. Regardless if it is from a broken pipe or a storm moving in off the coast, nearly everyone knows when it is time to call in a professional restoration service.

Commercial flood damage in Harvard centers around what it does to our schools. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO understands this does not mean the University. Our community has some of the finest public schools, and our students test out with some of the best scores in Math and English in the state and the country. When flooding closes school doors to students, it can put their future at risk.

Although Bare Hill Pond can flood and cause problems, most of our area flooding comes from the storms that affect us every year. When flooding is from an outdoor source such as these, there is also the threat of contaminated water entering into classrooms and cafeterias. That can include soil, fertilizers from lawns and area farms, and even animal feces and urine.

To restore and reopen our schools, SERVPRO technicians start by spraying down the standing water and every surface that might have been affected with a strong, anti-bacterial agent. Spraying reduces the risk to property and protects both our restoration teams and school workers. After the chemical has time to take effect, our teams begin removing the water using pumps and extraction wands. Together, these devices can draw out nearly all standing water from a facility.

As we finish removing the water, other technicians begin wiping down everything the water covered or touched. In classrooms and other common areas, this means cleaning desks and chairs with the same agents and examining furniture for signs of damage. Depending on the severity, our teams may recommend disposal if restoration is not cost-effective.

For cafeterias and kitchens, cleaning is even more important. Although we do not disassemble ovens or freezer units, we do wipe down every visible surface and crawl under appliances when possible to ensure everything is ready to support the student population once more.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster after a flood is to help every school and other commercial facilities reopen to support our local population. If you need our services, call us today at (978) 537-1500 to schedule a visit and start the restoration process. We are here for you.

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How to Get Rid of Odors in Lancaster After a Fire

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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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Get Your Basics Right When Performing Water Removal In Leominster

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Extraction is part of the water removal procedures that we perform when restoring your property after a water event.

Water Removal

Extraction is part of the water removal procedures that we perform when restoring your property after a water event. Even if the source of water intrusion was from a broken pipe, storm, clogged shower or a burst sewage backup, never waste time. If the water stays in your property for a longer time, there is a possibility of experiencing further damage. Professionals use the right equipment when working on your Leominster property, and in this post, we are going to look at some of these devices.

After offering water removal services in Leominster, our SERVPRO team also cleans your contents - such as upholstery and carpets. The extractors we use are so unique such that they can both remove the water and clean items. By using pumps and wet vacuums, we can remove any standing water from the structure. We always ensure the area we are working on is safe and as a result turn off all electrical circuits to prevent possible electrocution.

Even after pumping and vacuuming out the water, some water may remain hidden within the padding and carpeting. To address such situations, our SERVPRO technicians use weighted extractors. However, we are careful with the weight we apply so that we do not damage the carpets. By using moisture sensors and meters, we are in a position to detect the water that hides behind walls and cabinets.

To dry the area, our SERVPRO technicians might set up space heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers. Air movers and heaters enhance water evaporation into the air, and in the end, the humidity of the structure may end up becoming so high. We have to perform dehumidification to control the additional moisture. Usually, we prefer using refrigerant dehumidifiers when the humidity is still so high - usually at the start. In cases where the structural materials are wet, but porous items within it are dry, we use desiccant dehumidifiers.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is to make your property “Like it never even happened” after a water damage disaster. Call us at (978) 537-1500 if you need to work with a trusted industry leader who is Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Mold Damage to Leominster Event Venue Needs Fast and Professional Remediation

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold can be overwhelming for you and your staff. Contact SERVPRO at the first sight or smell for thorough remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand Mold and How to Effectively Remediate the Damage

Bridal couples and their family and friends gather in Leominster at a variety of spaces, restaurants, and hotels to celebrate the nuptials. Graduation and retirement parties, as well as milestone birthdays, anniversaries, and a host of other celebrations flourish in the beautiful surroundings your and your staff create. Unfortunately, mold finds ways to flourish in the very same settings. Our mold remediation crews can help.
Commercial mold damage in your Leominster event venue is the ultimate party crasher. Even though your space is cleaned and decorated regularly, mold growth can happen. In fact, the constant turnover from event to event can be part of the problem. You and your staff experience pressure to get ready for the next booking in only hours. Professional mold remediation seems too intrusive and time-consuming but is the strategy you need for a long-term solution.
Your housekeeping staff may be trying to manage what seem to be minor mildew or mold problems on the fly, using surface treatments like diluted bleach. Often this approach merely reduces staining, not penetrating deeply enough to reach all of the hyphae in the drywall, grout, or other surfaces the mold invaded. The water in your employee’s solution also fuels further growth of the existing colony and can encourage any other nearby mold spores to begin new colonies.
SERVPRO remediation specialists understand the complexities of abating mold damage and use a multi-step plan to eliminate current fungi, inhibit additional growth, and plan to rid your business of the moisture that causes molds to grow. We assess the affected space, establishing the extent of the mold involvement. Our crew goes beyond the superficial, searching for hidden mold behind walls and woodwork, under curtains and floors, and in a broad range of other recesses and crevices.
SERVPRO technicians then contain the affected areas, using physical barriers or negative pressure air scrubbers to filter out moldy debris during cleaning. Scraping and employing abrasives like soda, we remove the mold, vacuuming up residual debris with HEPA-fitted equipment. Follow up includes treatment with an EPA registered antimicrobial on surfaces.
We are keenly aware your facility is in constant use, so we do everything in our professional power to limit the remediation activities to specific areas and off-times for your operations. Our technicians are fast but thorough, abating the mold damage and identifying the likely ways water invaded so arrangements can be made to eliminate the moisture to avoid future mold damage.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster uses EPA developed mold remediation protocols to respond to your business’s microbial infestation crisis. Call us at (978) 537-1500 to set up an evaluation and work on a plan to manage your mold issues.

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Nor'easters Can Cause Water Damage Inside Of Your Fitchburg Home

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

When a severe storm damage hits your Fitchburg home, it is best to hire SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster.

Nor'easters Can Cause Water Damage

Storm damage is more commonly associated with Florida than it is Fitchburg when it comes to the average person. However, the general area of New England suffers storm damage as well; Nor'easters bring heavy rain, high winds, and they can even sometimes bring intense snow. When these storms occur, it is essential to call SERVPRO to the scene as soon as possible instead of trying to handle the water damage left behind by yourself.

Measuring moisture levels, removing excessive pools of still water, and drying out the structure of your home takes advanced and specialized equipment. The tools that this job requires, including moisture meters, extractors, pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and axial fans, are pricey and should be industrial-grade to get the job done right. Our storm damage professionals have been trained to use the equipment properly so that there is no damage done to your home during the remediation with the equipment.

One of the advantages of hiring a SERVPRO is that you do not have to worry about buying equipment or trying to find accurate DIY tutorials online. When you trust someone else who has been trained to do the job right, you can focus on the other important aspect of your life.

It is also vital to note that leaving water damage for extended periods of time is incredibly dangerous for the longevity of your home. Water can cause mold damage, rot, and rust inside your residence. In as little as three days of exposure, the materials inside of your home as in danger of mold growth. When an intense storm hits your city, it is best to call the experts at SERVPRO as soon as possible should you find damage inside of your residence.

When a severe storm damage hits your Fitchburg home, it is best to hire SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster. Do not hesitate and allow the water to cause more damage to your property over time. If a storm damages your home, you need to contact our experts at (978) 537-1500.

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Mold Damage and Historical Leominster Residences

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Leominster Residents Turn to SERVPRO to Remove Mold Colonies--"Like it never even happened."

Special Care for Mold Remediation Is a Core Value Offered by SERVPRO

Microbial infestation can occur anywhere, but historical homes such as those in Leominster can needlessly suffer unless attended to promptly. The construction of many homes did not take into account pollution of the current time, and this can affect a residence's condition.

Homeowners in Leominster might find mold damage in any area of their home, but walls facing the exterior areas of the home can often withstand extreme variability in temperature year-round. In winter, this can cause moisture from the wintry weather to accumulate inside the walls' cavities,
While Spring cleaning your home, you might come across darker areas on walls which might not mean dirt and grime. This discoloration could be mold colonization forming on your walls. Mold does not always give off a musty odor, even when disturbed. Only some strains do this. SERVPRO can help you determine if the darkened areas on walls and ceilings are from water drips or from mold damage. If our experts find that microbial populations have grown out of control, we can remedy the situation for you and your family.
Our IICRC-certified employees use the latest in techniques and methods to ensure that your home's uncontaminated areas remain as such, while safely removing current, existing microbes from your home. We use air scrubbers as a part of a negative pressure containment area to clean your dwelling's air of any mold, spores, or other particles from leaving the area being remediated.
Once we remove all traces of mold and its spores, we can discuss treating the area with microbial inhibitors or installing a dehumidifier. Keeping moisture minimized but still at comfortable levels for your family can decrease the effects of mold on people's health and also make it much more difficult for it to ever grow.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster would like to assist your family in combating mold damage in their Sterling, Clinton, or Harvard residence. Our number, (978) 537-1500, is a local call, and places you in touch with our friendly professional staff, available 24/7/365, who can assist you in getting the remediation work that your home needs.

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The Importance of Professional Inspection Following a Fire In Your Lancaster Home

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Works with Lancaster Homeowners' Insurance Companies to Make the Fire Damage Restoration Process Less Stressful and Expedient

SERVPRO Expedites the Initial Process to Coordinate the Cleanup and Restoration of Fire Damaged Properties

A fire in your Lancaster home can feel devastating when you are unsure of how to go about getting the damages restored. Every homeowner wants to see their home back to the way it was once it has gotten affected by a disaster. Fortunately, you do not have to worry about repairs and restorations all on your own.

After a fire, your Lancaster home likely shows multiple signs of this occurrence. From the soot and smoke damage to possibly severe structural concerns, you might not be entirely sure where to begin the cleanup. Our SERVPRO team can help you to understand the work that needs to be done to restore your home and can help you through the often involved process of affording it through your home insurance claim.

One of the requirements for an insurance adjuster to submit a claim to the insurance company is that a qualified professional assesses the damage and generally estimates the cost of the repairs and restoration. Our SERVPRO estimator would get tasked with this process. The inspection not only includes the steps required to bring your home back to original condition whenever possible but the affected contents of your home and the equipment/personnel that are required to complete the job. We catalog non-salvageable items on our CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service form to assist with the claims process. Close cooperation is essential, but SERVPRO is not an insurance company.

Once this assessment finishes, our estimator and project manager for the assignment can meet with the insurance adjuster to submit the findings and work on your behalf to expedite the claims process. This direct communication cuts out excessive legwork on your part and helps keep the process moving steadily forward towards the restoration and completion of the project.

There are multiple concerns that a homeowner like you has when they get posed with recovering from a fire in their home. Fortunately, our SERVPRO of Fitchburg – Leominster team of fire restoration specialists can help you to cut through a lot of the hurdles that stand in the way of your damaged home and its return to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (978) 537-1500.

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How Does A Fast Call To SERVPRO Help With Flood Damage In Sterling?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

One of the worst disasters that can befall a home in Sterling is flood damage, which can occur after any significant storm passing through the area.

A Fast Call To SERVPRO Will Help With Flood Damage

One of the worst disasters that can befall a home in Sterling is flood damage, which can occur after any significant storm passing through the area. While some floods require professional water removal and damage restoration teams to clean up, it may be less evident whether or not you need help for lighter flooding. Failing to call in a professional, certified cleanup company like SERVPRO opens your home up to a range of risks and additional types of damage that can become far more severe with time. Be sure to call SERVPRO as soon as possible after a disaster to avoid many of these consequences.

Foundation Destruction
Flood damage to homes in Sterling can cause irreparable destruction to the foundation and structural elements of the building, potentially tearing the place apart from the core if left unattended. Water can seep into cracks that may be so small as to be invisible to the naked eye, slowly gnawing away at materials and causing physical damage through expansion and contraction due to heat. If the flooding happens during the colder months of the year, the water may even freeze and accelerate the process.

Mold Damage
Without fast and thorough water extraction, your home may become vulnerable to mold growth. In addition to causing permanent visual marring and giving the air a foul odor, some types of mold may also cause health effects with prolonged exposure. SERVPRO provides professional and safe mold remediation services alongside our regular flood damage procedures to ensure a smooth and stress-free process even if mold does find its way into your home.

Fabric Deterioration
Carpeting, drapes, furniture, and other types of fabric in your home may be much easier to salvage if you can get SERVPRO to the door quickly after a flood. Without fast action, some fabrics may begin to break down and deteriorate, forcing us to replace them rather than attempt restorations.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster acts fast after every local disaster to provide emergency damage mitigation and restoration services to homeowners in the area. Call us 24/7 at (978) 537-1500.

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Deodorization During Mold Remediation In Your Leominster Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Mold Make Your Leominster Home Smell Like Bleu Cheese--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Leominster Mold Removal and Odor Control Are Essential for Healthy IAQ Indoor Air Quality

One of the tell-tale signs of mold growth in your Leominster residence is a musty odor. This scent indicates that mold colonies have formed and are beginning to thrive, which can also be a clear sign to call in professional remediators to help you to remove these damaging colonies and also remove that lingering persistent odor from the affected area of your home.
While there are undoubtedly many steps to remediating the mold damages to your Leominster residence, correcting this harsh smell is one that always has to happen. Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the experience and the equipment to not only tackle this odor in the environment in this affected area of your home but also to deodorize the contents of your home as well that absorbed it.
The areas where deodorization needs to happen get noted in the initial inspection conducted by our SERVPRO professionals when we arrive at your home. Often deodorization is saved as one of the last things that occur to your home before completing the remediation process, but this is to ensure that we are not continually combatting it while we work to remove mold colonies and the subsequent damages they have caused.
For this process to be a success, the rest of the restoration and remediation needs to occur, which includes both the removal of the existing colonies and the extraction/drying of the moisture and dampness found that allow the spores to seat and thrive.
Deodorization typically uses thermal fogging. This machine emits a chemical compound which reacts with these overwhelming odors in the environment and neutralizes them on contact. The odorless compound leaves no aroma behind. Additionally, this process can get used for fabrics, furniture, draperies, textiles and more to remove the blatant musty scent of the former mold colonies. Air scrubbers fitted with HEPA and activated charcoal filters help to eliminate the odors and airborne particles during the actual work.
Fighting mold damage in your home comes in several unique steps. While you might not be aware of all of the pieces that make up the whole of restoration and remediation, our SERVPRO of Fitchburg - Leominster technicians can help you to see its effectiveness through their efforts in your home. Give us a call at the first sign of mold at (978) 537-1500.

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Finding Mold in the Basement of Your Leominster Cafe

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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-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)

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)

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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Mold Damage Cleanup For Your Leominster Home

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

If you see little black spots on your walls, you need to get it treated right away.

Mold Damage Cleanup

Moldy drywall in your Leominster home can cause unnecessary health problems and damage to your structure if it's left untreated for even a short amount of time. If you see little black spots on your walls, you need to get it treated right away. Mold grows and spreads quickly, so the situation cannot be ignored.

When you discover mold and mold damage in your Leominster home, it is not enough for you to clean it off of the surfaces it is growing on. You need the knowledge and skills of professionals to help you clean it properly. That is where the services of SERVPRO come in. All our staff is specially trained to handle mold growth and damage properly.

Since mold growth in your home can be hazardous, we ensure that we protect the health of our workers and you and your family. Some of our safe work practices stop us from being exposed as we disturb the mold during cleanup. Other practices stop mold from spreading to clean areas of your home.

SERVPRO staff records conditions in your home like the extent of the contamination and how much moisture saturation there is. After remediation is complete, an independent indoor environmental professional might record that mold in your home has been returned to normal conditions.

Our goal is to keep the mold contamination from spreading to clean areas by becoming airborne. We put negative air machines near where drywall demolition occurs to reduce how much airborne mold that we are exposed to and to make the method of mold removal more efficient.

After mold levels have grown past average, the best solution is for us to remove the excess contamination. We can accomplish this by getting rid of materials damaged by the mold, by vacuuming into HEPA filters the mold spores that are present, and by cleaning surfaces that are affected with a damp cloth and cleaning products.

Correcting the moisture problem is the key to handling mold. We stop the source of the moisture which caused the mold growth in the first place. Even the best cleanup efforts do not keep the mold from reoccurring if your home still has moisture problems.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster understands that we must stop the moisture problem in your home in Devens, Lancaster, or Sterling that created the mold growth. Rest assured that when you contact us at (978) 537-1500, we can clean up your home so you can feel safe again.

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Reliable Water Damage Restoration Services For Sterling Residents

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Droplets Lead to Damage in Sterling Homes--Call SERVPRO for Removal and Relief

When Unwanted Water Intrudes onto Your Sterling Home, Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup

Water damage is usually considered an emergency that would require the input of a professional. In case the situation is not attended to in good time, then you might end up experiencing a substantial loss in the value of your property. As a Sterling resident, it is essential to ensure that you are in a position to identify some of the most reliable companies that offer restoration services.

As a certified franchise, SERVPRO has trained technicians that work to solving water damage issues that Sterling residents might be experiencing. The first step that we usually undertake is a comprehensive inspection of the damage. Specifically, this entails establishing the source of the moisture and stopping the flow of water into the establishment. Additionally, we undertake an analysis of the extent of the damage and ascertain which areas have been affected. Establishing the nature of the loss is essential since it ensures that the restoration activity is comprehensive and covers all affected areas.
Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture detectors to establish areas that have been infiltrated by the water. Moreover, our team also uses infrared cameras to discover the extent of damage in concealed areas such as inside the ceilings and walls.
Once we have established the source of the moisture and extent of the damage, SERVPRO's team of technicians embarks on an extensive water removal process. We employ the use of advanced equipment including powerful submersible pumps and vacuums. The pump and vacuum units facilitate removal of large amounts of water that may have flooded your property.
Once we have been able to get rid of the water, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the property. Finally, we undertake an extensive post water damage restoration inspection, usually with the customer present, to ensure all is good and our client is completely satisfied.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is a reliable leader in all water damage challenges. Call us at any time at (978) 537-1500 and be served by experienced professionals.

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Mold Remediation Is Critical To Your Leominster Retail Store

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

When Mold Strikes Call SERVPRO to Keep Your Leominster Shop Open for Business

Fungus Removal Protects Your Retail Shop from Losing Business

While your Leominster retail store might not have much in the line of employees with plumbing experience, a small leak underneath a sink or from a worn piece of piping can present substantial concerns for you. These seemingly insignificant leaks might not present much of a threat when it comes to flooding or other water damages, but it could provide the ideal conditions for fungus to grow.
Mold damage to your Leominster business should be something that stays on your mind. Not only is this a factor that could cause health effects for the staff exposed to it, but it might also affect sensitive customers that are merely shopping in your store. Taking care of the problem right away can prevent these kinds of situations altogether.
Given that mold colonies grow in humid environments, and are prone to thrive on organic materials like cardboard boxes, failure to deal with the problem could end up impacting you financially as well. Consider the risk to the stock in storerooms and the understanding that once clothing or food becomes exposed to the fungus, you are no longer allowed to stock it on your shelves. Our SERVPRO team has the expertise to remove the threat to your business and your employees quickly and efficiently.
Isolating the affected area is the first step that our IICRC-certified remediation specialists take. Using negative air chambers, along with shutting off air circulation measures to the building, ensures that the mold spores present around a growing colony are not given the opportunity to spread. Removal of the colonies is a thorough process which can involve many different tools depending on the kind of fungus that is present, the full extent of the seated hyphae (full organism), and the surface the colony is growing on.
Typically, our technicians utilize scrubbers to deeply clean the surface where the mold is thriving, completely removing the entire organism. Eliminating the colonies prevents spreading, and along with preventative measures like fixing the source of the moisture in the air, dramatically reduces the risk of recurrences.
Mold damage remediation should fall into the hands of trained professionals held to IICRC standards. If you find or smell this fungus growing in your retail store, give SERVPRO of Fitchburg – Leominster a call. You can reach us anytime at (978) 537 -1500.

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Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services in Sterling

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have different cleaning methods for different fire damage situations to restore your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Cleaning Methods

Cases of fire damage are common all over the world and knowing how to deal with them is so important. After a fire incident, you have to decide whether to replace the affected contents or repair them altogether. Although replacing all the materials and furniture could look like a better idea, restoring your property is recommended as the first step. That is why you need a professional to help you know what to restore and what to replace

Fire damage can be very disastrous and can lead to massive losses. However, residents of Sterling should consider contacting SERVPRO and let our skilled and experienced technicians help restore the property after the disaster. Our technicians thoroughly clean the affected structures, getting rid of black spots, bad odor, and smoke particles.

Our SERVPRO technicians apply different methods to handle different situations. For instance, our technicians use dry cleaning methods to eliminate light or medium soils that are non-grease. To remove surface dust, we use dusting cloths or feather dusters to brush or lightly wipe the affected surface. After dry cleaning, our technicians go to wet cleaning. Wet cleaning is used to remove the moderate and heavy residues. In this method, our technicians use water together with other cleaning agents where necessary.

Another technique that our team uses while washing your contents is the spray and wipe formula. In this method, we use a spray device to spray and spread the cleaning agent. After spraying, a clean fabric is used to wipe the surface. Our team uses the spray and wipe method on materials that are hard to saturate in water or the cleaning product.

To deal with upholstery fabrics that are prone to shrinking due to wetness, our IICRC-certified technicians use a foam cleaning method. In this, we use a Tampico upholstery brush to stir a shampoo solution, creating lots of foam. We then spray the foam into the brush or a sponge and then apply the foam to the item. We use foam cleaning on light residues or materials that are delicate.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is a trustworthy and reliable leader that restores property after fire, storm, water and mold damage disasters. Call us today at (978) 537-1500 to learn more about the available options.

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Extensive Flood Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Harvard Area Home

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding in Harvard Properties? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Too Much Storm Water in Your Harvard Home? Call SERVPRO for Help

A flood occurring on your Harvard area property can contain multiple safety and biological hazards, making the use of the proper signs, PPE, and containment procedures necessary while working. The company you choose for your restoration must be willing to follow specific guidelines to protect everyone involved and maintain a safe, secure, job site.

Recovering from flood damage to your Harvard home is a complicated, lengthy process. One best performed by IICRC certified professionals who understand what to look for and which tools to use to get things under control the first time. Never attempt to enter your flooded property without a qualified professional, you can expose yourself to contaminants, or cause significant damage that might have been avoidable.
At SERVPRO, it is our job to evaluate your property, eliminate hazards that may exist, while evaluating whether the contents, structure, and other items found on your property remain salvageable. We come up with a solid plan of action so that you understand what is happening in your home and which steps we intend to take to rectify the situation.  

There are two different types of floods that can occur on your property, clean water or contaminated water, SERVPRO technicians handle each situation differently. During clean-water situations, it is crucial to get the water out and begin the drying process as quickly and efficiently as possible. While the same is also true for contaminated-water situations, some areas of your home can remain inaccessible at least until a technician performs various procedures to reduce the exposure and spread of any contaminants. Typically, black water intrusion is the result of some type of storm system.

Personal protective equipment-PPE- assists SERVPRO technicians with containing germs, allergens, and other infectious contaminants found on your property. Under most circumstances, gloves, boots, protective clothing, goggles, and respirators keep a technician safe during the initial inspection, or throughout the restoration process, which is determined by their findings.

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster work hard and train harder to supply you with quality flood damage services in your home anytime, day or night. Call us whenever you need help, we supply you with cleanup & restoration services you can trust. (978) 537-1500

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Sterling Funeral Home Needs Special Care to Remediate Water Damage

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Funeral homes need to remain open for the community members to be able to gain closure. Should your funeral home suffer water damage, contact SERVPRO.

Quick Action Towards Remediating Your Water Damaged Business is Our Specialty

Closing a funeral home for even a day or two is not an option in Sterling. Bereaved families, friends, and community members need a comforting place where they share a loving and emotional time grieving their loss. If water damage needs restoration, we strive hard to ensure our local chapel and funeral parlor continues operation while we complete the work.
Just like any other property, a funeral home battles occasionally with commercial water damage in Sterling. Restrooms, food service areas, and the viewing preparation spaces all have plumbing that can leak. Accidental spills, clogged drains, and even unmaintained gutters result in water intrusions that need attention sooner than later. Our work crews have the skills necessary to mitigate all types of water damage, and we also use strategies to complete the tasks without interfering with a visitation or service.
SERVPRO employees train continuously to react to your business’s situation quickly, using the restoration industry’s best practices. Slow leaks often allow water to pool and spread unseen between walls, over ceilings, and under floor coverings. We use specialized scanning equipment and moisture meters to locate damp areas and hidden pockets of water. Releasing and extracting the moisture is achievable by a number of means -- removing a section of drywall, pulling up a floorboard, or carefully punching or drilling a hole in ceilings or mortar joints in cinder block construction.
We work closely with you on timing as we design a plan to permit air flow, heat, and dehumidification to dry out the affected areas when the bereaved are not on the premises or have been secluded in a different suite in your property. SERVPRO service is a 24 hour a day proposition, providing the flexibility needed during difficult times for those honoring the deceased.
The managers at SERVPRO always consult with your insurer at every opportunity as we move step by step to full recovery. It is crucial to eradicate all moisture to prevent secondary damage, including mold growth. We arrange for plumbing or roof repairs to be sure that the water damage does not recur.
Let us join with you in support of our community members who have lost dear ones. Your water damage restoration needs are a top priority at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster. Day or night we answer at (978) 537-1500.

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Remediation of Mold Damage in Harvard Residences

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Typically mold starts out as a small patch and then can extend quickly throughout your home. Contact SERVPRO at the first sight to stop the spread.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With Mold Detection Tools to Isolate the Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

When moisture exists in an enclosed area in your Harvard home for more than a day or two, microbes begin overgrowing. Before they form a colony large enough for us to see, individual ones remain unnoticed. Singly, they are too small to devastate a home. The typical home's environment holds mold and mildew, but ordinarily dry conditions keep problems from developing.

Homes in the area with visible mold damage in Harvard most likely have elevated humidity levels. When we visit a home to inspect for mold infestation, one of the first steps we take is locating where any water leaks exist. It is often quite easy to repair leaks within your plumbing system. Other locations, such as saturated ground in crawlspaces, may require more extensive measures to solve the situation. However, in many cases, installation of a dehumidifier keeps moisture at appropriate levels.

Other aspects of restoration work addressing mold damage and mold remediation can seem drastic, but without them, it can be almost impossible to complete the necessary work. Tearing out walls and other permeable materials, or removing tub and shower liners to reveal microbial colonies comprise a sizable segment of remediation.

Because mold can cause health effects in sensitive individuals, either from prolonged exposure over time or in large amounts at once, SERVPRO technicians wear personal protection equipment, including masks and full suits. Our gear also prevents the spread of mold from the area undergoing remediation to other, uncontaminated areas, within your home. Elimination of mold within any home remains an impossible goal, but we take the responsibility of containing mold very seriously.

After we complete the removal part of remediation, restoring walls and ceilings make your home look “Like it never even happened.” Even so, mold can grow in other locations that also require remediation. Attics, garages, crawl spaces, and basements can harbor large mold colonies, primarily if your family rarely uses these locations. Earning certifications from the IICRC in mold remediation and related fields, we arrive at your home ready for any degree of mold damage and infestation your home might hold.

The skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster want to provide the services your home needs when mold damage appears. Mold can grow anywhere in your home and appear in different colors. All varieties call for remediation. Call us at (978) 537-1500 for our 24-hour services.

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Water Damage Is A Serious Concern For Flooded Homes In Sterling

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is a problem that any homeowner in Sterling dreads.

Water Damage Is A Serious Concern For Homeowners

Water damage is a problem that any homeowner in Sterling dreads. Water can cause losses worth thousands of dollars by damaging electronics, upholstery, wood furniture, plumbing equipment, and household appliances. It also increases the chance of mold growth and mold damage, which is very challenging to remediate. The best way to ease your mind is hiring an experienced restoration company that is well-versed with advanced cleanup and repair methods to return your property to preloss conditions.

If you notice existing water damage to your Sterling property, contact SERVPRO immediately. We have a team of dedicated restoration experts at your disposal, ready to respond to your emergency anytime. We combine our experience with advanced tools and equipment in every cleanup project, drawing from IICRC guidelines at the same time.

There are numerous possible causes of water damage in your home, including foundation cracks, plumbing leaks, leaky roofs, overflowing washing machines, broken dishwasher hoses, broken pipes, clogged toilets, and leaky dishwashers. Excessive water can cause all sorts of problems, ranging from small ones such as flooding in the basement to massive ones such as compromising the structural integrity of the building.

Once your home sustains water damage, it is crucial to begin the cleanup process immediately. Doing this increases the chances of saving water-soaked carpets, furniture, clothing, rugs, and other items. Using the right procedures, SERVPRO technicians can help you save precious belongings and even prevent your home from permanent damage.

SERVPRO specializes in mitigating water damage, but the success of our efforts depends on the amount of water and the severity of the damage. We may also consult outside experts when assessing the property to determine a proper water removal plan. Our technicians typically use well-documented procedures and advanced equipment to control water damage.

Our services also include mold damage remediation, which occurs in the presence of high moisture levels. Ignoring the presence of mold can cause serious health effects. Cleaning up right away can help prevent health complications and create clean air for you and your family.

If any part of your home sustains water damage, contact SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster as soon as possible. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, applying our expertise to restore your home as best as possible. You can reach us anytime at (978) 537-1500.

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SERVPRO's Two-Part Process Saves Costs in Lancaster Fire Damage Situations

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

When you and your family are safe after a fire, it is time to call the responsive team at SERVPRO to evaluate the damage and start remediation.

Finding a Team that Can Handle BOTH Remediation and Reconstruction is a Big Part of Getting Back into Your Home After a Fire

Part of the reason why SERVPRO franchises nationwide have been so successful is due to our ability to handle both mitigation tasks and rebuilding work in one effort. We are qualified and equipped to handle these larger, more involved jobs, keeping all the work under one company and team. The combination of our mitigation and rebuilding services shines best in cases of fire damage in Lancaster and surrounding areas, due to the especially destructive nature of fire damage and typical rebuilding needs.
Mitigation services are designed to prevent as much fire damage as possible in your Lancaster home. The hours immediately after a fire are crucial, as it is during this time that much of the costliest damage develops. A swift and comprehensive professional response can significantly reduce the impact of fire on the home. Our mitigation strategy relies on our 24/7 fast response times and readiness to tackle disasters of any size. Calling SERVPRO immediately after the disaster ensures that your home takes as little damage as possible from the fire.
Once mitigation and initial restoration steps have been completed, we can then move on to reconstruction work. Fires can damage a structure in many different ways at once, requiring specialized treatments and building techniques to repair correctly. We carry a broad selection of certifications to showcase our ability to handle any situation and help to rebuild and restore your home to the same condition it was in before the fire.
How They Tie-In
Our mitigation and rebuilding services are so effective in part thanks to their interconnectedness. Other companies typically stick to one service or the other, and so must communicate with each other or else become inefficient. Our teams handle both parts of the process, and so as a result, our services are seamless, cost-effective, and light on paperwork.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is available around the clock to respond to calls for help. If a fire has hurt your home, call us at (978) 537-1500.

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Removing Commercial Mold Damage In Sterling

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can close a business permanently if not treated promptly, and often no disaster is needed, just a leak.

Removing Commercial Mold

Here in Sterling, we tend to deal with water disasters more than others. It is important to do so quickly so that secondary damage from water or mold is eliminated or at least reduced. Mold can close a business permanently if not treated promptly, and often no disaster is needed, just a leak.

Many owners first detect mold damage in their Sterling business because of the distinctive musty odor. In a facility like a beauty salon, the odor goes unnoticed because the chemicals used on hair, skin, and nails mask everything else. Unfortunately, SERVPRO knows that by the time an owner sees mold growing across a bathroom ceiling or underneath a workstation sink, the infestation may have spread over more than one room.

To stop current growth and prevent future problems, we first eliminate the sources of water. We fully train our technicians to repair and replace everything from leaky faucets to drain pipes. By stopping these leaks, we take away the moisture mold spores need to expand and grow. Without it, they return to an inactive state and are easier to clean.

Now, we can clean and remove the mold. Most workstations in a salon are an inexpensive plywood or fiberboard. Technicians easily clean both materials with an anti-fungal agent and a little labor using cloths or sponges. If the infested pieces have an excessive amount of mold, our restoration team can easily dispose of and replace them cheaper than it costs to try and save them.

For mold across a ceiling or down a wall, it is always cheaper to have us remove the infested pieces and replace them. For ceilings, walls, and workstations, it is also faster to have us replace the affected material. That means getting customers back in the chairs faster as well.

If you discovered mold in your business, or suspect there may be an infestation, you need a professional service to remove it and restore your facility. SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is ready to help you reopen your doors as quickly and safely as possible. Call us at (978) 537-1500 to schedule an appointment.

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Quality Water Damage Restoration Services Available For Your Sterling Area Home

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we provide QUALITY water damage restoration services to Sterling residents.

Your Sterling Home Can Be Restored With The Assistance of SERVPRO

Having water enter your Sterling home after a huge storm can be devastating. Regardless of where it enters, it always seems to make its way into the lowest area, causing damage in various locations along the way. Since it can leave small pockets of water throughout your home, a professional service provides you with the smartest options to keep your property safe.

As we transition into winter, severe storms can take their toll. Sterling area residents combat water damage far more often than you may think and it helps to have a professional on your side should anything happen. Most restoration companies are available 24/7, 365 because it is unlikely for this kind of situation to occur when it is convenient for you.

So, when you experience water damage on your property at 2 AM and need an expertly trained IICRC certified technician, call SERVPRO. We are available anytime and have several years of experience providing full-service solutions to many problems that homeowners face on a regular basis. You never need to call anyone else or schedule additional appointments; we take care of you from beginning to end.

You may think that SERVPRO’s motto of, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, sounds a little funny. However, it is true that speed plays a major role in your homes recovery. Indecision can make things worse, where making the right call, immediately, can also improve your chances of a full recovery.

There are many kinds of materials in your home that all react differently to water exposure. Some may split and crack while others bleed or stain. The longer it takes to make a decision, the more damage can spread and the higher the costs of your restoration soar. SERVPRO technicians train hard and work harder, performing restoration services for our customers that keep their property safe.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is proud to serve members of our surrounding communities. Whether you live in Clinton, Pratt Junction, or Still River, we respond to your call as fast and efficiently as possible. You can count on our certified restoration technicians to provide quality solutions to problems you face in your home, call today. (978) 537-1500

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Flood Damage Restoration Services Available for Your Sterling Home

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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.


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