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

8/22/2018 (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.

Gloves 
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.

Click here for more about the city of Cherry Valley, Massachusetts.

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

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why A Water Removal Expert Is The Right Choice After a Pipe Bursts in Home Water Damaging Burst Pipe Cleanup in any home needs SERVPRO

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

Burst pipes are the nightmare of homeowners everywhere. Ruptured pipes can cause havoc and disrupt your home life. Many home owners have 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, with the mess left behind from the burst pipe the 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 can handle 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.

Worcester Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood or have severe water damage at any time in any weather, although flooding can be very costly and most often occurs during heavy rainfall or when heavy snow melts rapidly. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Worcester basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure
  • And many more situations 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At - (508) 757-7885

SERVPRO South Worcester 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Worcester is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, 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 - (508) 757-7885

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 [[Franchise Name]] 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, 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 South Worcester

SERVPRO of South Worcester 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.

Diswasher Water Damage

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Diswasher Water Damage Overflowing Dishwasher in a Worcester Home

We depend on our appliances every day therefore it is very important that they are setup properly. Most of our appliances use water to work and perform their function. If your appliance hose cracks open or loosens it can cause hundreds of gallons of water to cover your floors in water. If this happens you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Worcester to extract all the standing water and then make sure your property is thoroughly dried. At SERVPRO, our technicians are dedicated professionals that are highly trained and are capable of doing quality work to meet your high standards. SERVPRO of South Worcester is available 24/7 for water, fire and mold emergencies and is independently owned and operated. For any questions call SERVPRO at 508-757-7885.

Water Damage in a Worcester Facility

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in a Worcester Facility Water Damages a Commercial Facility

Water from storms can easily leak into a business or home damaging flooring, carpet and walls causing structural damage. The SERVPRO professionals of South Worcester understand how disruptive this can be to your business. Water can not only be disruptive to a facility, can also affect daily production and possibly closing the business for days or even weeks.

Time is of the essence in the restoration process. SERVPRO of South Worcester will quickly respond to your emergency to make sure the restoration is started promptly. Quick response time will minimize the amount of damage and reduce the cost of insurance claims and interruption of business. Proper water mitigation will also reduce the chance of mold from forming. Mold can cause serious health issues if it is not addressed early. Our SERVPRO professionals have the training and experience to find water early and remove it quickly. SERVPRO of South Worcester has the equipment and resources to give excellent results while minimizing disruption to your clients. SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal in Your Cherry Valley Crawl Space

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Your Cherry Valley Crawl Space To prevent mold growth, SERVPRO technicians' first step is to remove any standing water in your crawl space.

Rely on Professional Services to Remove Water from and Remediate Your Crawl Space

Crawl spaces are low areas building contractors in Cherry Valley may put under the first floor of a home, so there is access to necessary wiring and plumbing. They can also be storage areas under your home if you do not have a basement and the floor is concrete. However, standing water can build up sometimes in the area, causing a multitude of problems. It can be caused by a kitchen waste line leaking, a leaking sewer line, gutter downspouts incorrectly directed, sprinkler water coming through a crawl space’s vents, or a naturally-occurring high groundwater table.

When this happens, you need the professional help of a water removal remediation company. It is not recommended to do the water removal in your Cherry Valley crawl space yourself because proper remediation and water extraction requires particular expertise and equipment to handle the problem thoroughly. SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians are specially trained to handle this type of issue, and we can be reached at any time you need us. We move fast to get to your home.

We first need to get the standing water out of your crawl space. To do so, we have industrial strength truck-mounted pumps. The water must be removed before it starts to erode your foundation or create mold growth, and this is the fastest way to do so.

Since concrete is cooler than other kinds of materials, moisture can stay even after the standing water has been removed. The moisture left behind can create mold and mildew growth, so it is essential we dry the crawlspace out quickly, instead of letting it sit and dry on its own. The best way for us to do so is by using dehumidifiers and fans which we carefully place in your crawlspace to dry it out most efficiently.

The equipment is checked by SERVPRO staff daily and rearranged for optimal drying as needed. Once everything is completely dry, we sanitize the affected area as well.

SERVPRO of South Worchester can take care of your water removal problem in your crawl space in a short amount of time. Anyone in the areas of Cherry Valley, Worchester, and South Worchester should call us as soon as you recognize an issue by dialing (508) 757-7885.

For more information about Worcester, click here.

Flood Restoration in Worcester from a Faulty Appliance

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood 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.

To learn more about Worcester, visit http://www.worcesterma.gov/.

Drying Furniture After Water Damage To Your Cherry Valley Home

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Furniture After Water Damage To Your Cherry Valley Home Rely on SERVPRO to Dry Out and Save Your Cherry Valley Home's Furnishings

SERVPRO Offers Cherry Valley Homeowners Restoration for Their Furniture

Water damage is a serious situation for homeowners. It does not take long for water to cause significant damage to your home and belongings. During the cleanup, you need to decide what cannot be saved, and what to try and dry out. One of the biggest challenges facing homeowners after water damage is drying furniture.
 
Leaking pipes, broken appliances, basement seepage and yard runoff can all cause water damage in your Cherry Valley home. When that happens, the first step is to find the source of the water and stop further leaks. After that, however, you are left with the task of getting your house and belongings dry. In the case of soft furnishings, this can be a challenge.
 
The Effect Of Water Damage On Soft Furnishings
Soft furnishings are often made of wood and upholstery with soft fillings. That makes them particularly susceptible to water damage. Wood can swell and warp, and joints can crack or weaken. Areas such as couch cushions might suffer from water spotting or color bleeding. There is also a risk of mold growth moisture remains on these items.
 
How SERVPRO Can Help Restore Your Furniture
Our IICRC certified technicians are trained in all aspects of water damage assessment, control, and treatment. When you call us, we take stock of the situation and give you honest advice on whether your soft furnishings can be salvaged. If they can, we will treat them using our tried and tested techniques. Our aim is to restore your furniture so that you will never know it was water damaged. "Like it never even happened."
 
Treating your furniture starts with wetting it if needed, to ensure the moisture content is even throughout. This aids with even drying and gets a much better result. We use water extractors and hand wands to get as much moisture out of your furniture as we can. Our teams are also trained to treat any furniture stains for a "like new" finish. We ensure every zipper and button is thoroughly dry, to avoid rust, and use waxed paper and furniture pads to prevent rust transfer between metal parts and the rest of the furniture.

Finally, our IICRC certified technicians calculate the best placement of air movers and dehumidifiers around your furniture to complete drying as quickly and efficiently as possible. Of course, any structural drying to your home will also dictate the placement of these devices.
 
If your soft furnishings have suffered from water damage, give SERVPRO of South Worcester a call at (508) 757-7885. Our teams will respond quickly and do everything we can to dry and restore your furniture.
 

Water Damage in Cherry Valley can affect even the best-cared for homes

11/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Cherry Valley can affect even the best-cared for homes Don't let water damage in your Cherry Valley home keep you from living your life, The experts at SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened."

No matter how much effort you put into caring for and maintaining your home, accidents do happen. Water woes can start inside, in the form of leaks, overflows, and other mishaps, or come from the outdoors in the form of floods, rainwater, or even melting ice. Once water has entered, it's imperative that it be cleaned up and removed, before it can damage your home.
 
Your Cherry Valley home needs to be protected from all types of water damage. When you have any of the above situations or another, that is allowing water to enter your home, you need to stop the water from entering, and then clean up the mess. Because water does not stay still unless it is in a container, it's important to call for professionals to get rid of the water that you can't see.
 
SERVPRO professionals have training in dealing with water of all sources. They know how to not only eliminate the water itself, but also any pathogens it can carry with it, or pick up and spread through your home. Extraction of water only rids your home of the moisture, but not the pathogens. We can make your home safe again, "Like it never even happened."
 
Water can damage your home in many ways. It can lead to secondary water damage, also. Primary damage from water results in soiled and waterlogged personal belongings, and possible contamination when the water is from a source that is contaminated. This can include carpeting, clothing, toys and books, cabinetry, and many other things.
 
When your home's windows are open, they can allow rain to enter, spilling out onto the floor, and spreading out until it can seep in somewhere through some tiny crack or other break in the floor. While it may seem harmless, even rainwater can create water damage over time if left alone.
 
To help protect not only your home but also the efforts you've put into caring for and maintaining it, call SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885. We're always available to help you make your home dry, safe, and healthy again.

It's The Water You Don't See

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage It's The Water You Don't See Water damaged basement

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of South Worcester have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of South Worcester professionals will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor- causing particles.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO of South Worcester has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Like it never even happened.

Imagine its 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.

The only problem? A water pipe burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hardwood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now?

When it is your home or business that is underwater, mitigation cannot wait. You need mitigation to begin immediately. If water damage strikes you or your customers, give SERVPRO of South Worcester a call, any time, any day.

The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business. The benefits of rapid mitigation offered by SERVPRO of South Worcester is two-fold: Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided, and your peace of mind goes through the roof.

If the unthinkable happens to your home or business, allow SERVPRO of South Worcester to help quickly turn your “before” into a “happily ever after.”

Water Damage Clean-up

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub floors, causing major problems over time. You need help—fast. No matter what time of day or night, contact SERVPRO of South Worcester to begin emergency mitigation. Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, SERVPRO of South Worcester can be on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility. Every SERVPRO Franchise Professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

SERVPRO of South Worcester professionals will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents. Help ensure the value of your property by calling your local SERVPRO of South Worcester (508)757-8775.

Water Emergenices- SERVPRO South Worcester can help

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Emergenices- SERVPRO South Worcester can help Water damaged couch

Faster to you Water Damage Event SERVPRO of South Worcester provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Worcester County.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (508) 757-7885

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of South Worcester

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] 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.

24/7 Water Restoration Service

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Faster to you Water Damage Event SERVPRO of South Worcester provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Worcester County.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (508) 757-7885

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of South Worcester

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] 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.

Types of Water Damages and What to Do About Them

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of South Worcester! Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water 

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaff ected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Floods can happen - even in Worcester!

5/15/2015 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. It doesn’t matter if your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert–there is always potential for flood damage - even here in Worcester!

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of South Worcester. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of South Worcester is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of South Worcester will help you take it back.

What do I do after a water damage?

4/7/2015 (Permalink)

When facing a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO® of South Worcester. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive. 

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Note: If exxposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure meducal evaluation.  Consult your local health department or physician.

Protecting Your Property From a Worcester Winter

12/5/2014 (Permalink)

Cold weather can wreak havoc and cause costly damage to your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious propery damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent weather-related damages, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are free of debris.
  • Test gas lines if they have been dormant to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks.
  • Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. Make sure all exterior pipes are properly insulated.
  • If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Make sure all exterior doors, garages, roll-ups and windows have sufficient weather stripping.
  • Ask a SERVPRO® of South Worcester professional about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Before and After

8/25/2014 (Permalink)

Imagine it’s 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.

A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now? 

When it’s your home or business that’s underwater, mitigation can’t wait. You need mitigation to begin yesterday. If water damage strikes you or your customers, give SERVPRO of South Worcester a call immediately.

The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, drywall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business.   The benefits of rapid mitigation by a SERVPRO Technician are two-fold: Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided, and your peace of mind goes through the roof.

So if the unthinkable happens to your home or business, allow SERVPRO of South Worcester to help quickly turn your “before” into a “happily ever after.”

It's The Water You Don't See

8/6/2014 (Permalink)

With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that causes the most trouble; especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria, or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property. 

SERVPRO of South Worcester understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, SERVPRO of South Worcester offers 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed technician on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of South Worcester can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents. 

So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of South Worcester!

The Science of Drying

6/9/2014 (Permalink)

Did you know, there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professional will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. 

For this reason, SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom-line? SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professionals have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

What to do until help arrives

3/11/2014 (Permalink)

When facing a water damage, it is important to understand what type of water you are dealing with to ensure proper cleanup. There are three types of water: clean water, gray water and black water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated. Bacteria and other contaminants begin growing making the water hazardous. Black wateris highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Consider the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive. 

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not use televisions or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.

Protect your property this Winter

12/9/2013 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect your property this Winter Snow buildup can create and ice dam resulting in interior water damage.

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.



  •  Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 

  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.

  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 

  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.

  • Ask SERVPRO of South Worcester Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.