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Your Home Probably Isn't Totaled by Fire Damage in Granby

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Home Probably Isn't Totaled by Fire Damage in Granby SERVPRO is trained and experienced in restoring homes from severe fire damage.

Trust SERVPRO for Your Fire Restoration Needs, Big or Small

Large fires can sometimes be so all-consuming as to appear irredeemable to a despondent eye. If you do not know what to look for, it can sometimes appear as though your home has been burnt to a ruin and must be fully rebuilt. However, while this can happen, it is much rarer than most Granby fire damage victims think. The chances are that your home still has structural components, plans, belongings, and foundations that can be worked upon even if all else is lost. If the interior and exterior walls are mostly intact, the structure itself may only require quick repairs. While cleanup may be a long and arduous process, keep the big picture in mind.

For the most severe cases of fire damage in Granby, SERVPRO teams up with local contractors and businesses to bring a large workforce to the job. In addition to tarping, boarding, and room clearing, our mitigation response strategy also allows us to figure out exactly how much help we need for the job before restorations even begin. We can identify causes of damage, the extent of the problem, cleanup scale, and required replacement materials within a matter of days.

Once restorations begin, things tend to proceed quickly. We first remove debris and belongings from the house, carefully taking inventory of everything we must replace or restore. Once we have cleared the structure, we can begin the cleanup and restoration process, whereby we directly clean and repair any structural damage the fire may have caused. All the while, SERVPRO technicians advise and work with specialized contractors to ensure that everything gets the best care possible. Once the home itself has been restored to a condition even better than before the fire struck, we move your now-clean belongings back in and make sure everything functions as normal.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County has the personnel and equipment necessary to clean up even the most severe fire disasters. No matter how large or how small the damage, we are ready to respond to your call at (413) 324-1300.  

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How Being Prepared Saves Food from Water Damage in Amherst Restaurants

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How Being Prepared Saves Food from Water Damage in Amherst Restaurants It is important to store food away from dishwashers to avoid potential water damage to your inventory.

How to minimize the effects of water damage to your restaurant inventory

Water damaged food is a big problem for restaurant owners. Food that becomes damp is likely to be unusable, and losing edible stock is a costly problem. Restaurant owners in Amherst can easily become victims of a broken pipe, leaking appliance, or even an accidental sprinkler activation. Once foodstuff gets wet, it is often too late to save it. That is why SERVPRO recommends taking precautions to prevent water damage to food.

Amherst restaurants benefit from water damage preparedness. It is beneficial to be prepared and never suffer water damage than to be unprepared and suddenly find yourself at the mercy of a leak.

The first step is to draw up an inventory of all the foods you keep on hand. Include long-life items such as anything in tins or packets, along with the fresh items you regularly buy such as vegetables, fruit, meat, and dairy. Now assess your storage facilities. Items that are vulnerable to water damage should be stored at least two or three feet above floor level, and away from potential sources of water such as dishwashers, leaking windows, or pipes.

Now draw up a backup storage plan in case of emergencies. Should something happen and you need to get food out of your restaurant quickly, where will you take it? You might consider a reciprocal backup storage arrangement with a nearby sister restaurant in the same chain, or with another local business. Be aware of the shelf life of food, especially that which requires refrigerator or freezer storage.

Set out clearly what each staff member is expected to do in the event of water damage. The plan might include protecting food items during their shift or moving things to another location. Provide them with a list of emergency procedures to follow and contacts to call.

Be sure to include SERVPRO on your list of important contacts. Our IICRC-certified technicians have all the skills and equipment necessary to pump out water, secure your premises, and dry and dehumidify the affected area so you can open for business again soon.

For help with water damage in Northampton, Ware, Hadley, Ludlow and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 today.

For more information on Amherst, visit https://www.amherstma.gov/.

Why Hiring a Professional for Your Amherst Water Removal Emergency is Essential

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Hiring a Professional for Your Amherst Water Removal Emergency is Essential When you are faced with water in your home, your best defense is to call the technicians at SERVPRO to assess the damage and start remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Remediate Your Water Damage Emergency

No matter the cause, things can get hectic when a water damage disaster in Amherst strikes your home. You are suddenly faced with cleaning up a big mess, which can be very daunting. When you are thinking about all the cleanup to be done, you usually are only thinking about how much work it is going to be, and not how difficult it is. There are several reasons why hiring an expert for your water removal emergency is the best decision.
 
Water emergency stressors can hit you hard. Life in your Amherst home does not stop, and your daily responsibilities keep going, but now you are faced with the enormous task of water removal. It is why you need to trust our experts at SERVPRO to handle everything for you. You can go on dealing with your everyday life while we clean up the mess and repair your home.
 
Remember, the process of getting water out of your home and cleaning up is much more complicated than you might realize. Therefore, if it is not done correctly, the water damage can be greater, and the potential for a total restoration can be compromised. It is best to let our technicians handle it instead, as we have the proper training and equipment to do the job right.
 
The key to properly drying your home and its contents are to start immediately. Our professional staff uses the best drying equipment and arrives at your residence quickly to limit the damage done. By starting as soon as possible, the structure of your home and your belongings have the best chance of recovering.
 
After we get rid of all the water, the danger is not always gone completely. Moisture in the air and hidden spots in your home can create further havoc. Our experts have the tools such as moisture meters to find this hidden moisture and rid your home of it. We can also detect, remove and prevent dangerous mold which can cause health effects.
 
SERVPRO of Hampshire County offers 24-hour water removal and damage repair in the areas of Easthampton, Northampton, and Granby. So, don’t hesitate to call us anytime by dialing (413) 589-8975 so we can help restore your home back to normal.

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Mold Damage Detection and Remediation Services in Amherst

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Detection and Remediation Services in Amherst Mold grows quickly once the proper environment is attained. Once you see or smell mold, contact SERVPRO for thorough remediation efforts.

Our Team of SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Inspect Your Property for Mold and Put Together an Effective Remediation Plan

If water seeps into the house during a flood, the next thing the property owner needs to worry about is mold. Mold growth can occur quickly and cause damage to the structure and its occupants. All it needs is some dark space and a little moisture. The bad news is that mold and mildew can thrive without being detected, especially in very porous materials such as wall insulation, carpets, and carpet pads.
 
To counter the effects of mold on your property, you need a locally based water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. With many years of experience, our experts can arrive promptly to reverse the mold damage in your Amherst property. We follow IICRC recommendations and have appropriate tools and techniques to deal with various water damage situations.
 
Why Immediate Mold Removal is Important
Mold damage usually occurs within 2 days of contamination. Mold requires water, oxygen, nutrients, and favorable temperatures to thrive. They derive their nutrients from dead, organic materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper, as well as certain synthetic products like paints and adhesives. Normal indoor temperatures are ideal for most molds, as only a few can grow above 100F or below 40F. However, they can remain dormant outside this range of temperature and then revive themselves when the conditions are more favorable.
 
Mold Detection  
Mold growth normally starts where detection is difficult, such as inside crawl spaces and ducts, or behind tiles, paneling, and wallpaper. Our technicians look for early signs of mold damage to determine the presence of mold. These include gaps in the grouts, new cracks in the tiles, blistering paint or crumbling plaster, and warping walls. If your floor or walls are wet and feel relatively softer to the touch, call SERVPRO right away for mold remediation. The most obvious sign of hidden mold growth is a stubborn musty smell in a properly-maintained home.
 
Early detection is key to controlling mold growth. If you suspect the presence of mold in your house, you can count on SERVPRO of Hampshire County to control the mold damage. Call us anytime at (413) 589-8975.
 
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Smoke and Odor Control In a Fire Damage Situation in Grandby, MA

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Odor Control In a Fire Damage Situation in Grandby, MA SERVPRO Removes Smoke and Odors from Your Granby Property

SERVPRO Handles All Aspects of Cleanup and Odor Control After House Fires

Fire is a complex event, resulting from the right combination of fuel, a source of heat, and an oxidizer. It is a combustion process that causes the production of light and heat. In some cases, it can also lead to the production of different types of gases and a wide range of vapors. These gases include carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and carbon dioxide. When these are inhaled, they can be quite hazardous. Of course, any super heated gas is harmful to your lungs.

If a fire damage event has hit your Granby property, we have the professional restoration services to deal with the resulting odorous smoke residues. SERVPRO experts have several years of experience and industry-leading equipment for effective odor and vapor control.
 
The first step in vapor control is to remove the actual source of the odor and then clean the area of residues. This stage involves containing or blocking odor molecules from continuing to migrate throughout the structure. These physical barriers are generally set up with plastic sheets for isolation of the affected areas.
 
During a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO technicians identify the materials causing the odor and then spray them with a chemical deodorizer. The chemical forms a barrier that protects the source material from evaporating. Our IICRC-approved fire & smoke damage restoration specialists use industry leading odor counteractants to prevent the odor molecules from further circulating in the air. For chemical containment to be effective, we have to spray directly onto the charred areas using a pump-up sprayer or a fogger. A thermal fogger dispenses heated aerosols that can travel the same path as the heated smoke particles, and then bond with them to form an odorless compound.
 
The second phase is to counteract the odor particles that escaped into the air before the containment stage. This step is vital in a fire damage situation, as it helps eliminate airborne odors before they are detected by the nose. We can set up mechanical devices to change the chemical composition of the airborne particulates. Hydroxyl generators can be deployed while work is on-going. In the case of severe smoke and soot infusion and odors, there is another piece of equipment we use. This is the ozone generator, but because of the nature of ozone, this can only be placed and activated when no people, pets, or plants are within the structure. Overnight, it greatly enhances the indoor air quality, IAQ.
 
When a fire-damaging event occurs, it is important to protect your property from harmful smoke and odors. As part of the community, SERVPRO of Hampshire County is ready to help get your building back to normal, "Like it never even happened." For any assistance, call us anytime at (413) 589-8975.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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