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Water Damage Sterling – Effective Control of Microbes

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Fast response to water damage can lessen your chances of water loss

When water gets into a home from a leak in a pipe or one in the roof, it can quickly turn to a mold infestation if steps are not taken to dry the structure and contents. Delays in arranging for help to dry your home or business may increase the amount of damage and expose the occupants to health issues. Folks that have compromised immune systems, asthmatics, young and older people are especially vulnerable to microbial growth.

SERVPRO provides water damage control and restoration services in Sterling as well as surrounding areas. There are several reasons we respond quickly to water damage events, usually in less than four hours on a 24/7 basis. The client is anxious about containing the damage and restoring their home as quickly as possible. We aim to help our clients deal with the chaos that a water damage event can cause as soon as possible.

Preventing Mold Growth

Responding quickly to these situations has another significant advantage. Drying the home and structure and removing contaminated materials is the only long term method of controlling and preventing the growth of mold. Applying professional disinfectant products in a humid environment can only provide a reprieve from the growth of mold and mildew.

SERVPRO training and experience with these situations demonstrate that removing moisture and drying is the best approach to containing infestations. Some materials that are contaminated and cannot be dried must be removed. Fast-drying the structure, flooring, and contents prevent further contamination. Maintaining humidity at below-average levels draws moisture out of carpets and underpads to assist in drying more quickly.

Professional products may still be needed to control microbial growth. SERVPRO ensures that these products are correctly applied, allowed to dwell long enough to be effective, and correct temperatures and PH levels are maintained to be effective. We also ensure that our clients and staff are adequately protected.

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

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.