Recent Storm Damage Posts

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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