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Flash Flood Damage Is a Risk to Anticipate in Worcester

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flood Damage Is a Risk to Anticipate in Worcester Setting up an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan with SERVPRO can help to ensure your concert venue is quickly and properly restored from flood damage.

Prepare Now for Future Flood Damage

Heavy rainstorms are not unusual during the traditional hurricane season in recent years in the Worcester area, and area businesses anticipate possible damage from flash floods. Large amounts of water collecting in retail spaces, production floors, offices or other commercial buildings bring your business to a halt if you have no plan. Professional assistance to deal with the issues relating to flooding is crucial for full restoration to occur.

Severe weather pounds the Worcester area, causing flood damage to downtown businesses including your concert venue. Electronic equipment, stage areas, patron seating, and food service areas are all involved. Your concert calendar is full, and both performers and fan rely upon you and your staff providing a safe and dry area for scheduled performances. The ability of our team to respond quickly with powerful water removal and state of the art drying equipment is the key to a fast turnaround. The show goes on with our help.

Our crews have familiarity with significant seasonal flooding activity in our area, and encourage businesses concerned about the yearly chaos flooding brings to work with us to develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan (ERP) as a flooding safeguard and preparation tool. Prior to any catastrophe, contact us and we send an experienced manager to your business for a no-obligation assessment of your space. Creating your ERP is as simple as opening our mobile app and providing a thorough list of details.

The information you provide allows us to focus our response to your current crisis. You appoint key staff who can direct the restoration effort if you are unavailable. SERVPRO asks you to give us a blueprint of your layout, including utility shut-offs, so we can jump right in to begin work. You devise and share with us a list of your priorities when flooding occurs, including the names and contact information for experts who can assist in the safe recovery of the specialized equipment used in the music business. Your Emergency Ready Profile and Plan makes a significant difference in the success of our restoration efforts.

Decide to address the potential for seasonal flooding by partnering with SERVPRO of South Worcester. Call to set up an assessment at (508) 757-7885, and we welcome the chance to craft a personalized ERP for your business.

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Mold Damage Control in Worcester

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Control in Worcester If you suspect mold is growing under floors or behind appliances, call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Experienced Mold Remediation Specialists

Water damage issues in the house can lead to mold growth on various surfaces, increasing the risk of health effects. As such, homeowners in Worcester should act quickly when water leaks or spills occur. The best way to deal with mold problems in your home is hiring an experienced mold remediation company.

As an experienced mold damage restoration company in Worcester, SERVPRO is strategically located to respond quickly to your emergency. We have a team of highly trained, highly skilled professionals that can eliminate mold problems in your house and prevent future attacks. Our products are up to par with IICRC guidelines, ensuring a smooth and efficient restoration process.

When it comes to mold damage, prevention is always better than cure. Mold needs organic matter, a suitable temperature range, and most importantly, moisture, to thrive. Considering that indoor environments provide the first two criteria in most cases, high moisture levels for a prolonged period are the crucial factor.

Unfortunately, simply removing water and moisture rapidly when it appears is not always possible, even in the most obvious scenario like a flood. Sometimes water can penetrate covered areas such as under flooring, wallpapers, and appliances, leading to hidden mold growth. If you have concerns about mold problems in the hidden corners of your home, call SERVPRO immediately.

Once we eliminate all visible water and signs of mold damage, we still have to deal with high humidity and any saturated materials. For this, SERVPRO has industry-standard dehumidifiers that can help replace moist air with dry air. You should keep your doors and windows open when practical to increase ventilation or air movement.

Mold damage can also occur when there are undetected maintenance problems in your house leading to high ambient moisture, such as leaking air conditioners or dripping pipes. SERVPRO can come in and assess the damage before determining the most appropriate remediation procedure.

Your home should be a place of relaxation after a long day at work, but the presence of mold can compromise this comfort. If you are dealing with mold problems in your house, SERVPRO of South Worcester can deploy highly skilled mold damage remediation experts to control the situation. Call us anytime at (508) 757-7885.  

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Flood Damage Restoration in Worcester from a Faulty Appliance

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Damage Restoration in Worcester from a Faulty Appliance A failed appliance can cause a big disaster in your home, but SERVPRO technicians have the equipment and expertise to restore your home.

Emergency Flood Damage Restoration Services

A flood disaster in Worcester due to a broken appliance can happen anytime. In fact, any appliance whose fixtures (e.g., pipes) lead into a water line can develop spring leaks or blockages that can cause serious flooding if unattended to. It is usually difficult to predict when a household equipment is going to fail on you, and accidents often strike unexpectedly. It can happen when you are on vacation, treating you to a rude awakening on your return home.

Your best bet against flood damage from a faulty appliance in Worcester is consulting a reputable restoration company. With many years of experience in water damage restoration, SERVPRO has the expertise to return your property to preloss conditions as quickly as disaster hits. As a part of your community, our IICRC-trained technicians are extremely efficient, adequately equipped, and highly motivated to respond swiftly to any emergency.

A number of appliances can cause flood damage in the house, including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters. A kitchen flood, in particular, can ruin cabinets and counter tops, and you may have to replace them in case of extensive damage. After some time, mold and mildew may develop due to prolonged exposure to water. Additionally, the adhesive material that helps hold counter tops in place can become loose and fall off because of excessive moisture.

Standing water from a dysfunctional dishwasher can cause irreversible damage to the flooring tiles, sometimes requiring complete removal and replacement. This additional expense can be overbearing, especially in a disaster situation. If the water contained oil and grease, it could contaminate surfaces in accessible and inaccessible areas. SERVPRO technicians use special solutions to clean up and deodorize these surfaces.

The decision to replace or salvage flood damaged equipment from a broken appliance depends on the level of damage, the length of time in the water, and the type of insurance coverage (if applicable). For instance, repairing certain equipment may void their warranty. On the other hand, if the appliance was old, replacing it with a newer model can provide better energy efficiency, subsequently saving you money on monthly energy bills. Clogged parts should be replaced to avoid safety hazards such as electrical shock, explosion, and fire outbreak.

Flood damage from a household appliance can be dramatic. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Worcester is strategically located to respond immediately when you need us. Call us anytime at (508) 757-7885.

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Things to Do and Avoid After Fire Damage in Worcester

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Things to Do and Avoid After Fire Damage in Worcester Sometimes it's better to wait until the SERVPRO restoration team arrives before cleaning up after a fire. That way damage can be more contained.

Our Technicians Arrive Quickly After Your Call to Assess the Damage and Formulate a Custom Cleaning and Remediation Plan

A question that we commonly hear at SERVPRO is: What can I do until you arrive? We aim to ensure We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, but of course, we understand that a person’s home is meaningful and full of personal belongings that they do not want to lose to fire damage.
It is a natural instinct to try and clean soot-coated or charred items as quickly as possible after fire damage to your Worcester home. However, we would like you to be aware that some cleaning actions can make the situation worse and even lessen the chance of successful restoration. Here are the cleaning actions we recommend you avoid along with some things you can do while you wait for the restoration team.
Do not try to clean upholstery, carpets, or walls. Soot damaged soft furnishings and walls require specialist cleaning, such as HEPA vacuuming. Attempting to clean them yourself might make the damage worse.
Do not switch on or use electrical appliances. Smoke residues can be conductive and might ignite another blaze. Wait until the SERVPRO team arrives to inspect and, if possible, clean the item.
Do not send clothes or soft furnishings to a dry cleaner who does not specialize in cleaning smoke-damaged items. We have access to powerful Esporta washers which were specifically designed to wash smoke damaged soft furnishings.
Do place old, clean linens or colorfast towels over carpets, rugs or upholstered furniture to protect it from further harm.
Do wash your hands regularly – soot has a propensity to cling to hands and clothes and is very easily spread throughout a home, thus causing further damage.
Do try to limit movement into and out of the fire damaged area – this helps prevent the further spread of soot particles.
SERVPRO arrives quickly and ready to tackle the aftermath of the blaze. We equip our IICRC-certified technicians with the skills and tools necessary to clean soot and smoke damage and restore your home. We also deodorize your home after cleaning is complete so it feels and smells fresh once more.
For help with fire cleanup in Worcester, Cherry Valley and the surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885.

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How To Stay Safe In A Water Damaged Home In Cherry Valley

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Stay Safe In A Water Damaged Home In Cherry Valley Once your home has been struck by a water catastrophe, it immediately becomes a much riskier place to move about and live in.

Staying Safe During A Water Catastrophe

Once your home has been struck by a water catastrophe, it immediately becomes a much riskier place to move about and live in. While we firmly recommend allowing SERVPRO technicians to provide all guidance and operate to the fullest extent of their ability, there may be times when you, the homeowner, must enter the damaged portion of your homes. If so, be sure to take these safety precautions beforehand.

Follow Our Guidance
SERVPRO is not here just for the simple water removal job in your Cherry Valley home - we are here to help with all aspects of the disaster. Our representatives are well-known for their approachability and communication skills, and this is perhaps most evident with safety rules. Our personnel is there to guide you on what you should and should not do around your home, and your safety is always their top priority. If we tell you to avoid an area or task, it is not for our poor intentions. These suggestions are to keep you out of harm's way and to prevent any further damage from occurring.

Face Masks
Water damage can create some harmful respiratory conditions, especially if mold has started to take root. Whenever you are near the damaged portion of your home, you should be wearing a face mask to keep out harmful chemicals and pathogens.

A good pair of gloves is essential for doing anything in the damaged part of your home. They should be rubberized to avoid any risk of electrocution, thick to avoid rips and tears, and well-fitted to ensure as little water as possible reaches your skin. Try to avoid disposable gloves, as these do not provide suitable protection in a water damage scenario.

Long Sleeves
You should always wear long-sleeved clothing in a damaged area, even if it is a hot day. Long sleeves protect your skin from harmful chemicals and hazards, especially if the clothing is composed of a strong material.

SERVPRO of South Worcester is a locally-owned and operated branch of a national company with decades of experience removing and restoring water damage in homes like yours. Call us 24/7 at (508) 757-7885.

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Can You Save Your Best Carpet From Mold When It Gets Wet in Cherry Valley?

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can You Save Your Best Carpet From Mold When It Gets Wet in Cherry Valley? Drying out your wet carpet after an incident is our highest priority. Call our technicians after an event at your home so that we can remediate.

SERVPRO's Quick Actions can Help Prevent a Mold Infestation

It does not take much for a rug to get wet. Sometimes the culprit is extreme weather or run-off after a storm, but often a broken pipe or appliance is enough to soak a carpet through. After a carpet gets wet, the risk of mold growth is a genuine concern. Mold is a fungus, and as such, it likes to have moisture and an organic food source to sustain it. Unfortunately, carpet fibers are an excellent food source for mold, and once fungus gets into your carpet, it is hard to get it out again.
The best way to save your favorite carpet from mold damage after it gets wet in Cherry Valley is to call SERVPRO at once. The key to saving floor coverings from the fungus is to dry them out swiftly and thoroughly, so the spores do not have a chance to grow. Our IICRC-certified technicians have the skills and equipment necessary to dry your carpet fast.
When our team arrives, we start by extracting as much water from the carpet as possible. We understand that thorough extraction is key to the success of the drying process, which is why we use special tools such as wands and make several passes.
After extraction, the next step is drying your carpet. SERVPRO uses three types of air mover for optimum performance. Centrifugal air movers sit atop the carpet and blow air directly over the surface to encourage evaporation. Low profile air movers are similar to centrifugal and are used to direct air over the carpet. Low profile units can also be stacked and are light enough to move around. Finally, we use downdraft machines that pull warmer air downwards and spread it across the carpet. Downdraft units are useful for drying large areas.
Dehumidifiers are used to lower the moisture level in the air and hasten the drying process.
We understand that thorough drying is the only protection against mold growth. We use a range of equipment including moisture probes and penetrating moisture meters to measure the amount of dampness and make sure the job is complete.
Do not put your favorite carpet at risk of fungal growth. Call SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885 today for help.

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Speedy Flood Damage Restoration Avoids Need to Reschedule Worcester Events

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Speedy Flood Damage Restoration Avoids Need to Reschedule Worcester Events Make sure that all events at your venue are remembered for the beauty of the room and the event celebrated there. Call SERVPRO after any accident.

SERVPRO Technicians are on the Job Quickly After Your Call to Make Sure that Your Business is Able to Meet Any and All Party Expectations

The beautiful and historic venues in our area add an element of elegance to weddings, graduations, and conferences, among other celebrations and ceremonies. Antiquated plumbing fails and floods without regard to schedules, threatening to require cancellation of events long-planned and anticipated. SERVPRO responds to such catastrophes fast, getting your agenda back on track.
A water main breaks, causing commercial flood damage in the main hall of your Worcester event center just hours before proud friends and families plan to gather for a medical school graduation. Scrambling to hold this significant event in one of the smaller areas of your building requires paring down the graduates’ guest lists. Discard this unacceptable notion and call us to restore the planned setting in time for the awarding of the diplomas.
The SERVPRO flood damage team springs into action. Our powerful water pump and extraction equipment are truck mounted, so we get to work even if the power is off temporarily. Our project manager assesses while the crew gets to work. We collect and remove the standing water before industrially sized air movers begin the drying process. Our technicians train extensively in advanced drying techniques, including measuring and then monitoring moisture levels throughout the affected areas to guide our efforts. If the air movers do not reduce the wetness fast enough, we bring in high-efficiency dehumidifiers to more rapidly reduce the moisture.
Water removal from carpeted areas is one of our specialties. If part of the targeted area has wall to wall floor coverings, we dedicate workers to the task of extracting water carefully from the fibers. Using the strong and efficient extraction vacuums is a task our team is certified to do without stretching or tearing the carpeting from its backing. Air movers and dehumidifiers help after in-place water extraction, positioned to dry both above and below the carpet.
The influx of water is the major issue, but SERVPRO also attends to the cleanup of items displaced, tipped over, or otherwise damaged during the floor. We understand your clients expect a memorable event, but not because the area appears devastated by the flooding. Our focus during every job is restoration to a preloss condition. The vastness of your physical plant does not change our goal. We bring in as many technicians as needed to achieve this objective in the time permitted, ensuring your event proceeds on time.
Major flooding is a disaster to which SERVPRO of South Worcester confidently responds, even in a large, commercial setting. One call to (508) 757-7885 brings the crews required to return your hall to its previous glory quickly, for the event of your clients' lifetimes.

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Why A Water Removal Expert Is The Right Choice After a Pipe Bursts in Your Cherry Valley Home

7/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why A Water Removal Expert Is The Right Choice After a Pipe Bursts in Your Cherry Valley Home Water Damaging Burst Pipe Cleanup in Cherry Valley Needs SERVPRO

Water-Induced Damage from Faulty Plumbing Gets Cleaned Up By SERVPRO

Burst pipes are the bane of homeowners everywhere. Ruptured pipes can cause havoc and disrupt your home life. Many a householder has struggled to deal with the after effects of a burst pipe and discovered the misery of trying to mop up the water with towels and open the windows to get everything dry.
Thankfully, wrestling with the mess left behind after from water damage to your Cherry Valley home is completely avoidable. Instead of struggling to sort out the flood and get your home back to normal, put in a call to SERVPRO. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster which means that we are on hand to help you with any plumbing leak no matter how big or how small.
We are water removal and damage remediation experts, so you know your home is in safe hands with us. Our business has years of experience in dealing with water damage to local houses and businesses, and we know what it takes to restore a home to its pre-accident condition, "Like it never even happened."
Removing water seems like a daunting task, but SERVPRO teams come outfitted with all the necessary equipment to get it done quickly and as easily as possible. We have both portable and truck-mounted wet/dry vacuums available for water removal. Our truck mounted extractors have tanks that can store 60 or more gallons of water – some can store over 100 gallons – and can provide up to 198 inches of water lift. In other words, no matter how serious the problem, we have the machinery at hand to remove water from your home.
We also have submersible pumps at hand, so no matter how deep the water level, we are equipped to deal with it. We train our remediation experts in a variety of extraction techniques, including how to use an extraction wand to draw water out of any damaged carpets. We also have air movers and dehumidifiers on hand to dry out your home following water removal.
SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are the right choice for dealing with any burst pipe problems. We have the skills and tools to restore your home safely and to a high standard.
SERVPRO of South Worcester is here to assist with any water removal needs. Call us at (508) 757-7885 today for help.

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Commercial Mold Damage Negatively Affects Pet Stores in Cherry Valley

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Damage Negatively Affects Pet Stores in Cherry Valley Many pet stores harbor mold that may contribute to the smell that hits you when you walk in. Call SERVPRO to investigate whether this is mold.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle ANY Type of Mold Damaged Environment

From puppies playing, cats climbing around, and fish tanks everywhere, pet stores often seem like everything is clean and sanitized on a regular, ongoing schedule. However, areas that receive little or no maintenance can quickly become very problematic when left alone.
Mold does not take very long to begin growing when the correct conditions exist in a Cherry Valley pet store, and subsequent commercial mold damage often is a result. Employees are often busy taking care of your live inventory and customer needs, and more than a good wiping-down of surfaces, a deep-cleaning, is rare.
When young animals play in cages, spills happen, and puppies and kittens are not always blessed with good hygiene skills. Mold does not require water – mold requires moisture or extreme humidity, to grow well. Moisture can come from young animals' waste just as easily as it can originate from an overturned water bowl. Aquarium water can also evaporate, and provide moisture for mold's use.
Also, when cleaning liquids are left on surfaces to allow them to work at the grime left behind by young pets, any scratches on the surface can allow moisture to become trapped or even seep through to the underside of platform display areas. Mold might be found growing above in darker corners and where water bowls are frequently placed, but underneath might be full of mold.
When mold is allowed to grow prolifically because it remains unnoticed, the spores that are sent off during different life cycle stages can become released into the air and begin growing elsewhere. These new colonies can damage your bagged inventory, leather items, and food stocks. If mold damage is caught in time, much of your affected inventory can be saved and should not need to be destroyed.
Another concern about mold that people often have is centered on the possible health effects that mold can create. These concerns are also valid when it comes to young animals. Professional remediation by SERVPRO can assist in creating a healthy environment for your employees and the pets they sell. We are IICRC certified in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), as well as Odor Control (OCT). Odor control can be a special benefit, as odors are produced not only by mold colonies at times, but kittens and puppies, and aquariums can all produce smelly odors. Eliminating these can make your pet store an even nicer place for your customers to visit.
Mold damage should not exist in any store, including yours. When it becomes a problem, the best remedy is to fight back with professional remediation as soon as possible. Contact us by calling us, SERVPRO of South Worcester, at (508) 757-7885. We are always here to answer your call.

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Cherry Valley Fire & Smoke Damage Services

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cherry Valley Fire & Smoke Damage Services SERVPRO Eliminates Smoke Odors in Cherry Valley Homes

Odor & Smoke Removal and Restoration in Cherry Valley by SERVPRO

Much of the restoration cost after a fire comes from cleaning smoke and soot residues off the structural and personal property. These same residues also result in hundreds of dollars in costs to eliminate the smells left behind as well.

Removing the odors from fire damage in Cherry Valley is a multi-level task. To return a home to its original state, SERVPRO uses Multiple-Phase Odor Control.

The first phase is Chemical Containment. The task for us here is to block odor molecules from vaporizing into the air. Technicians spray a deodorizer directly on smoke residues; forming a barrier that slows down or stops the evaporation process.

Vapor Odor Control is the second phase. Technicians release deodorant vapors to counteract smoke odor particles that are already airborne. We use granular agents that release different odors which are remarkably effective after smoke damage.

Thermal Fogging is the final step. We disperse solvent-based deodorants using thermal foggers. These devices use heat to break down the deodorant to the same particle size as the odors. They bond with the odors, changing their chemical composition, and effectively neutralizing them. This a dry fog that evaporates within several hours, leaving almost no moisture that can stain surfaces. It is ideal for furniture fabrics, drapes and even building material such as drywall.

Not every home requires all three phases to eliminate odors. After each one, our technicians wait and determine if they need to move to the next one or if they only need to repeat a phase.
Eliminating the odors from a fire may seem like a small part of the restoration process. It is not as obvious a problem as a burned-out structural support, but a lingering smoke scent is a continual reminder of the disaster that struck your home.

SERVPRO of South Worcester understands how important it is to put the crisis behind you and is here to help. Call today at (508) 757-7885.

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