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How SERVPRO Has You Covered When Water Damage Hits Your Amherst Pet Store

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Has You Covered When Water Damage Hits Your Amherst Pet Store Water damage is a real risk for most businesses, and it is also something no company wants.

Water Damage

Water damage is a real risk for most businesses, and it is also something no company wants. Water damage can happen very quickly – all it takes is a broken pipe or seepage from outside to flood part of your pet store and leave you wondering how you are going to get things back on track.

There is so much to consider after water damage hits your Amherst pet store. You need to consider your stock and try so save as much as you can. You also need to talk to your insurance company, close up the shop until the damage is taken care of, and figure out how to get open again as soon as possible. After all, a closed business does not make money, so getting open again is of paramount importance.

We recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our water remediation experts are on hand to help you deal with the situation, and we have the skills and equipment you need to get your premises dried out and back on track.

The heart of our work is getting your pet store dry. Our teams come equipped with powerful free-standing, submersible, and truck mounted pumps to extract as much water as possible before drying begins. We test the humidity of your building and the moisture content of materials in the affected area so that we can set a realistic drying goal. SERVPRO technicians have a range of air mover, fans, and dehumidifiers on hand to get your pet store dried out as soon as possible.

However, the help we offer you does not end there. We also liaise with insurance adjusters on your behalf – we have proprietary software that generates labels and assists with listing salvageable and unsalvageable items. We also offer full pack out to move your stock out while the building is dried. Our storage facilities are managed by skilled staff to provide excellent conditions for storage, and we have powerful Esporta washers on hand to clean any soft furnishings from your store. After your store is properly dry, we employ a range of techniques to deodorize it and make it fresh and welcoming for staff and customers once more.

We understand that you need to get your doors open again as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 589-8975 for help.

For more about Amherst click https://www.amherstma.gov/.

Remodeling Project Reveals Mold in Amherst

7/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remodeling Project Reveals Mold in Amherst Mold and Renovations in an Amherst Kitchen

SERVPRO Rids Your Amherst Home of Mold Even During Renovations

One home improvement project leads to another, often the second needing completion before the first resumes. Discovering mold during the demolition phase of a rehabbing plan brings progress to a halt. Consult with the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO to manage the mold problem so new construction can proceed.
 
You finally take on a remodel of your master bathroom. The work crew pulls up the laminate previous owners installed and stop progress because of mold damage in your Amherst home. It appears a seeping leak at the seal of the toilet saturated the subflooring, feeding a colony of mold. We encounter this situation often and have a team of certified mold remediation specialists available to help get you and the remodeling contractor past this problem.
 
Mold is an opportunistic organism. All it needs is a little water to activate and a surface coated with bits of organic material to eat and grow. Oxygen is necessary, but light is not. Finding it under flooring in a damp environment is familiar to SERVPRO, and our remediators are experts in following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol for abatement.
 
First, the SERVPRO technicians contain the infestation. Since you live and sleep within feet of the affected area, we barricade the bathroom, at a minimum, and consider the use of a negative pressure machine vented to the outside to prevent particles of mold from drifting into your bedroom or other areas of the house while we work. Next, we remove the mold and any structure it infiltrated. Pressed wood subflooring compromises easily when mold feeds on it, so expect sections of it to be removed and bagged for proper disposal.
 
The next step involves using professionally matched antimicrobial products to sanitize the areas before we arrange installation of new subflooring and reseating or replacement of the leaky toilet. Eliminating the leak is the key to a successful mold remediation. Finally, an air scrubber runs for a designated period to clear all remnants of the mold colony before the barriers come down. The remodelers resume where they left off.
 
SERVPRO of Hampshire County comes to the rescue when mold damage threatens completion of a remodeling project. Call us at (413) 589-8975 for expert handling of unexpected microbial growth.
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Why Speed Matters After Water Damage To An Amherst Hotel

6/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Speed Matters After Water Damage To An Amherst Hotel Keep the Water Out of Your Hotel in Amherst

Swift Water Removal and Drying Mitigates Problems to Commercial Buildings

Hoteliers everywhere know that water damage is a genuine risk for their business. Harm can happen in the blink of an eye. Sometimes water enters due to extreme weather or a flood, but other times it is due to a leak, a broken, pipe, or even a careless guest who left the faucet on or the bath running.
 
The most important thing in dealing with water damage to an Amherst hotel is speed. You must act quickly to reduce the risk of damage spreading further and causing more harm to the building. Swift action often means the damage can be contained in a small area and dealt with there, which lessens disruption of most of the guests.
 
The consequences of water damage to a hotel can be severe especially if the problem is left unchecked. The obvious problem, of course, is damage to floors, rendering corridors unpassable. Moisture damages all kinds of floors, including carpet, wood, vinyl and, in the case of carpeted areas, the wooden subfloor.
 
However, the problem does not end with damage to flooring. If the problem is severe enough, the ceiling of the area below might be damaged. Water also wicks into walls and is soaked up by drywall and sometimes insulation. There is also a real risk of harm to hotel items such as chairs, beds, towels, and bedding. Depending on your insurance policy you could find yourself liable for damage to guests’ belongings too.
 
As well as widespread damage, if left unchecked, a water problem could result in mold, which no hotel owner wants. It is evident to see that time is of the essence when dealing with water damage to a hotel: The consequences of leaving it are quite dire.
 
SERVPRO is quick to respond to any call for help, and our IICRC-certified teams are trained to assess, extract water, and dry every affected area as quickly as possible. Our technicians have a range of moisture meters and probes at our disposal for a thorough assessment of the situation.
 
Carpets, furniture, and soft furnishings are of particular concern to hotel owners. SERVPRO experts are trained in a range of water extraction and drying techniques that are suitable for even expensive carpets and fine soft furnishings. Our SERVPRO IICRC industry certified technicians have a range of specialty upholstery drying techniques at hand to rescue water-logged chairs, sofas, and beds.
 
If necessary, we can also remove baseboards and cabinets to dry inside walls and behind carpentry. Our drying goal is to restore your hotel “Like it never even happened.”
 
Do not let water ruin your hotel or your business. Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 589-8975 for help.

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Northampton Storm Damage Drying Techniques

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Northampton Storm Damage Drying Techniques When Northhampton Flooding is More Than You Can Handle, Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Maximizes Flooding Removal Time in Northampton

Excess rainfall can affect nearly every home in some fashion. When it causes streams or rivers to crest their banks, the problem increases significantly and can cause thousands of dollars in repairs.

Standing water is the primary source of flood damage to Northampton homes, but only removing it lessens the problem; it does not eliminate it. To do that, SERVPRO removes moisture from the property and the air. When it comes to lowering the air humidity levels, we use either a Closed or an Open system.

For a Closed system, we seal the affected area from other parts of the home and outside air. Dehumidifiers are the first machines we use for this process. A Closed system is a preferred method for smaller areas with a high humidity level since it is easier to seal off a single-entry point with plastic sheeting or to close and seal the doors and windows. Technicians also make use of the HVAC in a Closed system; air conditioning can significantly help the dehumidifiers to speed up the process.

An Open system is more efficient for larger areas. We use fans and air movers to force out the moist air inside the home and replace it with the drier air from the outside. However, if the humidity level of the air outside is not significantly lower than inside, this is not an efficient process. Higher temperatures outside are also necessary.

Although an Open system can work faster, it does come with a set of disadvantages. Additional monitoring is required to check the equipment and to keep watch on the open doors and windows to prevent trespassing, theft, and vandalism. If we use the HVAC, then there is an energy loss for every minute it is on. Finally, the weather can turn and the process must either stop or switch to a Closed system.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County knows that removing flood water is only the beginning of restoring your home to its original state. We are here to get you through every step and explain what we need to do. If you require our help, call us at (413) 689-8975 today.
For more information on this city:http://www.northamptonma.gov

Afloat in the Local Amherst Laundromat

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Afloat in the Local Amherst Laundromat There is a great potential for water damage at your laundromat business. Having SERVPRO on speed dial would be very beneficial.

SERVPRO Technicians are Adept at Remediating Your Commercial Water Damage

Everyone needs a laundromat from time to time. You lined up plenty of washers and even offer a drop off wash and fold option for busy college students and hardworking community members. All goes very wrong when a defective machine overflows, flooding your dry cleaning and laundry location with several inches of water. A speedy resolution to the problem is to call SERVPRO for efficient water removal services.
 
With so many different people operating the washers round the clock, an overflow of water needing immediate removal could be expected at your Amherst laundry center. The overworked machines do not cycle out of the filling stage, often because a valve is corroded and sticks in the open position. Customers fail to watch the machines carefully and do not notice the flow of water. Within minutes the floor of your shop is inches deep in sudsy water.
 
Managing this mess on your own is difficult. You have your hands full running the dry cleaning desk and the snack counter that keeps bored customers happy. You and you clientele count on the laundry being open 24/7, so the chance you close to deal with the damage is not one you want to take. The technicians from SERVPRO are a perfect fit for this scenario, trained in fast commercial water removal and proven drying techniques.
 
A professional restoration company like SERVPRO is also well positioned to determine how to get rid of the water properly and take all necessary steps even when your electricity is shut off. Truck mounted pumps and extractors do not rely on your electricity for power. The water pulled out of your business is considered contaminated, and SERVPRO contains this “gray water” for appropriate disposal. Submersible pumps and heavy duty extractors suck up standing water fast.
 
SERVPRO staff inspects and evaluates your flooring, trim, and walls, looking for areas where the water undermined the integrity of the building materials. If the crew arrived soon after the flood and begins restoration work, chances are good the tile floor and painted walls simply need air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture remaining. Our trained technicians scout out any concerning patches where water has been absorbed and then check for possible microbial growth risks.
 
When you need to get your customer’s laundry back on line SERVPRO of Hampshire County is the answer to washer overflow. Contact us at (413) 589-8975 for immediate assistance in removing wash water and drying out your laundry business.

For more information regarding Amherst, click here https://www.amherstma.gov/

Subtle Water Damage Builds Up To A Crisis in Northampton

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Subtle Water Damage Builds Up To A Crisis in Northampton Northampton Water Damaged Hardwood Floors Get Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Hardwood Floors Damaged by Water

Life keeps homeowners very busy, distracted by work, school, children, and other obligations. Seemingly insignificant amounts of spilled or leaked water slowly harm a hardwood floor, the damage tucked in a corner you rarely inspect. When you focus on a thorough cleaning of the room containing the neglected corner, you notice with shock the condition of the floor. Give SERVPRO a chance to restore the harm and recommend a permanent fix for the excess moisture.

Your home relies on hot water heat, a gravity system that uses century-old radiators to warm your rooms. An undetected hairline crack caused a leak that slowly soaked the hardwood floor beneath the heater, the water damage in your Northampton dining room now spreading out to floorboards beyond the cover of the under-window radiator. SERVPRO has the experience and the skills to restore the harm done and respond quickly to put a stop to further damage.
 
As soon as you realize the floor is soaked through you need to consult the experts at SERVPRO. The longer your hardwood floor remains wet, the more likely it is that it suffers secondary damage like rot or a mold infestation. Wet wood risks discoloration, shrinkage, and warping. The team we assign to your home trained in hardwood restoration and knows the steps to take to dry out the floor and plan for final restoration.
 
A long term leak not only damages the visible floor but can also destroy the integrity of the subfloor and any ceilings or other structures a story below. Our IICRC certified crew members carefully evaluate the extent of the problem and employ restoration strategies intended to rehabilitate and refurbish rather than tear out the original flooring. We extract any standing water with our powerful water vacuums and then drying mats, and air movers are placed to remove more moisture. If possible, the floor should be dried from above and below, to make certain the subfloor does not retain moisture.
 
SERVPRO water abatement specialists use their training in water vapor management or psychrometrics, and drying theory to achieve the best result for your valued hardwood floor. Sanding and refinishing waits until the moisture content of the planks or strips is reduced to an equilibrium of 12 percent. Dehumidifiers and the judicious application of heat amplify the action of air movers in approaching this moisture level.
 
To restore the beautiful floors in your home call SERVPRO of Hampshire County as soon as you realize they suffer from water damage. (413) 589-8975.

The Danger in Your Dryer Vents

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Danger in Your Dryer Vents This dryer caught on fire due to a clogged vent.

Did you know that dryer fires are one of the biggest causes of home fires? 


Each year, failure to clean clogged dryer vents and lint traps results in thousands of fires.  These disasters are easily preventable with proper maintenance.


Here are some tips to keep you and your home safe:



  • Flexible metal venting material should be used to promote good air flow and drying time

  • Make sure the dryer exhaust vent is properly installed and free of any obstruction

  • Make sure the outside vent flap is opening properly

  • Always use the lint filter in your dryer

  • Clean out your lint filter before or after every load. 

  • Clean dryer lint from around the drum and on the floor around the dryer

  • Only operate your dryer when you are home; in case of a fire, you will be able to respond quicker and limit damage


Once a year, clean lint and other debris out of the vent and pipe.  Too messy, don't have the time? SERVPRO of Hampshire County specializes in air duct and dryer vent cleaning.  Our technicians have the training and the equipment to do the job quickly and efficiently.


Most of all, proper maintenance gives you peace of mind your Western MA home is safe.  And that is priceless.


Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County to discuss your air duct and dryer vent needs at 413-589-8975.


 


Some content sourced from the National Fire Protection Association.


 

IAQ Series - Part Four - Indoor Air Quality Problems in Western MA Businesses

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial IAQ Series - Part Four - Indoor Air Quality Problems in Western MA Businesses Over time, air ducts can become clogged with dust, dirt, hair and lots of other contaminants.

This is Part Four of an ongoing series exploring Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

We've talked a lot on this blog about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in Western MA homes.  But office buildings can have poor IAQ as well.

Three major reasons for poor IAQ in office buildings are:

  • The presence of indoor air pollution sources such as water damaged ceilings and walls
  • Poorly designed, maintained, or operated ventilation systems
  • Building uses that were unanticipated or poorly planned when the building was designed or renovated

Sources of Office Air Pollution

As with homes, the most important factor influencing IAQ is the presence of pollutant sources. Commonly found office pollutants and their sources include:

  • Environmental tobacco smoke
  • Asbestos from insulating and fire-retardant building supplies
  • Other organics from building materials, carpet, and other office furnishings, cleaning materials and activities, restroom air fresheners, paints, adhesives, copying machines
  • biological contaminants from dirty ventilation systems or water-damaged walls, ceilings, and carpets

How SERVPRO of Hampshire County Can Help

If you are concerned about the indoor air quality in your office or business, we are Here To Help.

  • Expert Know-How: with certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) including
    • Water Removal Technician
    • Applied Structural Drying
    • Lead Removal
    • Mold Remediation
  • Experience:  With over 20 years in business, we've dealt with all kinds of commercial disasters and cleanup
  • Equipment:  the right equipment for the right environment
  • No Job Too Big:  We have the resources and manpower to draw from other SERVPRO franchises for large losses 

We specialize in water damage cleanup and restoration, mold remediation and air duct cleaning.  Give us a call today at 413-589-8975.

Some content sourced from the Consumer Product Safety Commission

IAQ Series - Part Three - Strategies For Improving Indoor Air Quality

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation IAQ Series - Part Three - Strategies For Improving Indoor Air Quality Black mold in the basement of a Hadley, MA home.

This is Part Three of our ongoing series exploring Indoor Air Quality.


Ventilation


Most Western MA home heating and cooling systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate.


Find and Eliminate The Source


Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of pollution. Here are a few examples:


Biological Contaminants


Biological contaminants include bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, house dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen. There are many sources of these pollutants. Pollens originate from plants; viruses are transmitted by people and animals; bacteria are carried by people, animals, and soil and plant debris; and household pets are sources of saliva and animal dander. The protein in urine from rats and mice is a potent allergen. When it dries, it can become airborne. Contaminated central air handling systems can become breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and other sources of biological contaminants and can then distribute these contaminants through the home.


By controlling the relative humidity level in a home, the growth of some sources of biologicals can be minimized. A relative humidity of 30-50 percent is generally recommended for homes. Standing water, water-damaged materials, or wet surfaces also serve as a breeding ground for molds, mildews, bacteria, and insects. House dust mites, the source of one of the most powerful biological allergens, grow in damp, warm environments.


Install and use exhaust fans that are vented to the outdoors in kitchens and bathrooms and vent clothes dryers outdoors.


These actions can eliminate much of the moisture that builds up from everyday activities.


Ventilate the attic and crawl spaces to prevent moisture build-up.


Keeping humidity levels in these areas below 50 percent can prevent water condensation on building materials.


Thoroughly clean and dry water-damaged carpets and building materials (within 24 hours if possible) or consider removal and replacement.


Water-damaged carpets and building materials can harbor mold and bacteria. It is very difficult to completely rid such materials of biological contaminants. SERVPRO of Hampshire County has both the equipment and expertise to assess and mitigate water damage situations.


Some content sourced from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.


Whether you live in Amherst, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Ludlow, Northampton or anywhere in Western MA, SERVPRO of Hampshire County is an expert in mold remediation, deodorization, water damage, air duct cleaning and carpet cleaning.  Call us at 413-589-8975 today if you have an indoor air quality concern. We're Here To Help!


In Part Four, the final installment in our Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) series, we explore how to determine IAQ in Western MA offices. 

IAQ Series - Part Two - How To Identify Air Quality Problems In Your Western MA Home

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

This blog is Part Two in our Indoor Air Quality Series.

Some health effects can be useful indicators of an indoor air quality problem, especially if they appear after a person moves to a new residence, remodels or refurnishes a home, or treats a home with pesticides. If you think that you have symptoms that may be related to your home environment, discuss them with your doctor or your local health department to see if they could be caused by indoor air pollution.

Another way to judge whether your Western MA home has or could develop indoor air problems is to identify potential sources of indoor air pollution. Although the presence of such sources does not necessarily mean that you have an indoor air quality problem, being aware of the type and number of potential sources is an important step toward assessing the air quality in your home.  For information on different types of pollutants, read Part One of this series.

Finally, look for signs of problems with the ventilation in your home. Signs that can indicate your home may not have enough ventilation include moisture condensation on windows or walls, smelly or stuffy air, dirty central heating and air cooling equipment, and areas where books, shoes, or other items become moldy. To detect odors in your home, step outside for a few minutes, and then upon reentering your home, note whether odors are noticeable.  You can also ask a friend or family member that doesn't live in your home to give your home the smell test.

If you find an area of mold in your Western MA home, give SERVPRO of Hampshire County a call at 413-589-8975. 

 

In Part Three of our IAQ series, we explore strategies to improve the indoor air quality of your home.

 

Some content sourced from The Consumer Product Safety Commission