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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.

Storm
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.

Water
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
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.

Fire
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.

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

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s how too for water damage.

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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