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How Objects React to Standing Water in Ware Flood Damage

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Objects React to Standing Water in Ware Flood Damage The longer standing water remains in your home, the more damage it does to your belongings and the structure of your home.

Calling SERVPRO Immediately after Flood Damage Can Help to Reduce Restoration Needs

Standing water can be one of the most destructive forces of all on your home if it is allowed to remain undisturbed. However, while some objects and materials can rather quickly break down and be destroyed in standing water, others can be surprisingly resistant to its effects. How much flood damage to your Ware home ends up costing you typically depends on what, exactly, is swamped and soaked in water.

Materials that Are Vulnerable to Standing Water

The bulk of any replacement costs in your Ware home after flood damage should likely come from these objects and materials. When swamped with water, they can begin to chemically oxidize, break down, develop mold and fungal growth, and experience other destructive processes. These materials may be ripped to pieces, dissolved, or otherwise physically damaged to such an extent that we cannot do anything to restore them to their prior state. This category of belongings can include breakable objects, some fabrics, paper products, raw iron, and many other materials, especially when given extra time. This is part of why fast water extraction is so essential: many of these materials can be saved if we remove the water before it has a chance to cause excessive damage.

Materials Resistant to Standing Water

Some objects and materials may be barely affected by water, even over time. These materials include water-resistant metals such as stainless steel, unpolished stone and masonry, some types of wood, hard plastics, and other non-porous materials. However, keep in mind that standing water rarely acts alone in damaging your home. Some of the most expensive damages can come from objects and debris carried in by the water, or staining from dirt and mud particles in the water.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County is an experienced local provider of damage mitigation, restoration, and repair services. Our technicians are IICRC certified and are ready after any significant storm to respond to your call for help. Call us at (413) 324-1300.  

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How Ignition Occurs on Different Materials, Leading to Fire Damage on Granby Properties

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Ignition Occurs on Different Materials, Leading to Fire Damage on Granby Properties We are the professional fire damage experts you know and trust. We will restore your home back to preloss condition.

Learn How Ignition Occurs on Different Materials and Causes Fire Damage in Your Granby home

There different types of fires that can cause fire damage to Grandby properties. The specific type of fire depends on the nature of fuel that is burning. Separating fires this way makes it easier to choose the best firefighting method. Some fire extinguishers, for instance, are more effective on certain types of fires than others. Keeping this in mind can go a long way towards controlling the extent of fire damage to your house and its contents.

If you are faced with a fire damage situation in Granby, you can bet on SERVPRO to restore your property. We have a long history in the restoration industry, and our competent technicians are certified by the IICRC to deliver industry-standard services. Using advanced products, tools, and equipment, coupled with a rich experience of dealing with clients from all over the country, we can return your home to preloss conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Ignition is considered the first step of the process of combustion that ultimately leads to fire damage. If the source of fire is an external ignition, it may occur as forced or piloted ignition. If it is the result of reactions happening in the actual combustible material plus the resulting heat release, it may occur as self or auto-ignition.

The impulse to ignition significantly relies on the ignition temperature (the lowest temperature at which ignition can occur upon heating a material). SERVPRO professionals can help determine this parameter using special test methods, making it easier to distinguish between the auto and piloted ignition temperature causing the fire damage. Different materials have different ignition mechanisms, depending on whether they are solids, gases, or liquids.

Most solid materials derive energy from outer ignition sources through radiation, convection, or conduction (sometimes by a combination) or by heating up as a result of heat-producing processes occurring that trigger decomposition internally on the surfaces. Liquids require the formation of a vapor space above them that is capable of burning, for ignition to occur. The air in this space mixes with the gaseous decomposition products and vapors being released, subsequently causing a flame.

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When a fire occurs, the damage to your property can continue long after extinguishing the flames. If you act fast, SERVPRO of Hampshire County can help combat the fire damage before it leads to permanent losses. Call us anytime at (413) 324-1300.

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Mold Damage Remediation in Easthampton

10/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation in Easthampton If you see or smell mold in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO to investigate, determine the cause and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Proven Process When Dealing with a Mold Infestation

Mold spores are in every home in Easthampton. No amount of regular household cleaning removes them, and that is perfectly normal. Spores only become active when there is enough moisture to allow for expansion, and they only grow when there is enough food and a temperature between 68 and 86 degrees.
 
Mold damage threatens Easthampton homes only when those three factors happen together in the same place. By the time most homeowners find mold or suspect there may be a problem, the colony has grown quite a bit, and a professional company like SERVPRO is needed to remove the threat.
 
We start by containing the spread. The immediate goal is to prevent the mold moving into unaffected or clean areas of the home. Our first action is to seal off the air ducts. It prevents accidentally spreading airborne spores to other rooms, and if there is mold in the ducts, this keeps it isolated until we can clean them. The second action is to seal off the affected areas with plastic sheeting over windows, entryways, and doors.
 
Next, we remove the active mold and spores. The goal at this point is to clean mold from both personal and structural property in the affected area if at all possible. SERVPRO technicians wipe down every surface with cloths or sponges and use vacuums with HEPA filters to trap and prevent spores from spreading outside the sealed area.
 
Since our cleaning actions have stirred up the mold spores on surfaces and in the air, the next task is to wait for them to settle. When enough time has elapsed, technicians wipe down every surface again using dry cloths and sponges. We repeat this step until our air content meters test out at normal levels of dormant spores.
 
Our last task is to lower the humidity and dry the property inside the affected areas. Technicians accomplish this with dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air, and smaller devices called air movers which blow warm, dry air across damp surfaces. By removing the excess moisture in these areas, we lower the risk of the spores becoming active and growing a new colony.
 
Every action we take is designed to return residents to a safe, clean home. For SERVPRO of Hampshire County, this is never just a job. It is how we take care of our neighbors. If you need our services or have a question on how we can help; call us at (413) 324-1300 today.
 
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Put Professional Water Damage Experts To Work In Your Amherst Area Home Today

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Put Professional Water Damage Experts To Work In Your Amherst Area Home Today If you find water damage in your Amherst area home, give professionals a call that can make the proper repairs and get things back to normal, quickly.

Professional Water Damage Experts

It can be easy to fall behind in general maintenance tasks on your home. Before you know it, a significant storm enters the area, causing severe damage to your Amherst property.

If you find water damage in your Amherst area home, give professionals a call that can make the proper repairs and get things back to normal, quickly. It helps to have someone you trust available to answer your call for help 24/7, 365, and we are here to fill that role.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians along with all the latest equipment, and resources necessary to make your home look new again. All it takes is a single call to our office to begin your home’s restoration, today. We address all of your concerns and communicate with you throughout the process to help make the best of unfortunate circumstances. Maintaining a stress-free claims process and finishing as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO technicians use infrared moisture detectors to locate excess water on your property, along with extractors of all shapes and sizes to remove water wherever it might be. Our drying process involves using a variety of equipment, depending on your situation, to get everything dry as quickly and efficiently as possible while limiting any losses you might experience.

If you have a specific section of your home or personal property you would like saved, SERVPRO technicians can provide individual attention to specific areas, ensuring more satisfying results. We do everything in our power to meet or exceed your expectations and return your property to a quality pre-damage condition.

Calling a professional for help with water damage restoration provides you with licensed experts you can trust, exactly when you need us. No water problem is too big or too small; our entire team stands ready to answer your call for help, providing unique solutions to a large variety of emergency situations that can occur on your property.

Contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County for full-service water damage solutions in Granby, Ludlow, Hadley, and more. Highly trained restoration experts are nearby and ready to help, put our experience to work for you, today (413) 324-1300.

Cleaning Up After Flood Damage From A Hurricane In Granby

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cleaning Up After Flood Damage From A Hurricane In Granby The heavy amounts of water produced by these storms can go through properties of an area and cause a significant amount of flood damage.

Cleaning Up After A Flood

Highly unpredictable regarding patterns, hurricanes are one of the most difficult to predict storms. People living on coastlines endure storm surges and high waves. Even if you are not in the direct path of a hurricane in Granby, it can cause plenty of damage from its flooding rains. The heavy amounts of water produced by these storms can go through properties of an area and cause a significant amount of flood damage.

Streams can overflow their banks from the excess rains, quickly filling streets and homes within Granby with water. If your home experiences flood damage from one of these powerful storms, the cleanup needs to be done efficiently and fast to avoid additional harm, which is why you need to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible.

It's in your best interest to choose our professional team since your home can sustain mildew and mold growth, plus even more damage, the longer you wait. We are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year for this reason. We realize that flood damage never comes at a convenient time.

SERVPRO’s restoration services being with pumping out the accumulated water. Special, heavy waterlogging equipment, such as truck-mounted portable water pumps, are used to extract and get rid of the standing water. Equipment such as this ensures a fast response and quick drying times.

Industrial strength dehumidifiers and fans are placed to control the moisture levels in your home and dry it thoroughly. We monitor these devices daily, and their position changed when necessary, so we get your home dry as soon as possible. We also use dry and wet fogging, ozone, and crystals treatment for deodorization. To remove any mildew or mold, we use scientific HEPA techniques.

When it comes to your possessions, SERVPRO techs restore, clean, and decontaminate anything that is salvageable, while we dispose of the rest. Different procedures, such as disinfectant and deodorizing agents, are used to clean draperies, clothing, and necessary documents. Sofas, carpets, beds, chairs, utensils, mattresses, appliances and more can be salvaged if prompt action can be taken.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County works with you to restore your home back to its normal state as quickly as possible after flooding. We are specially trained to handle these situations with the right equipment, so do not hesitate to call us at (413) 324-1300 when a problem arises near Easthampton, Granby, or Amherst.

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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.  

To learn more about Granby, visit http://www.granby-ma.gov/.

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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