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Fire Damage from Your Clothes Dryer Can Affect Your Entire Belchertown Residence

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from Your Clothes Dryer Can Affect Your Entire Belchertown Residence It is important to remove lint from the dryer vent after each use to prevent a fire from starting.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Pulling fresh, just-dried towels out of the dryer can fill the area with a fresh, pleasant scent. During the winter in Belchertown, this chore can become one of the nicer ones just because of the warmth felt. However, just like the aroma can spread, lint from damp towels can accumulate and cause heat to build up to dangerous levels inside your ducts.

After pulling each load from your dryer in Belchertown, the simple but mundane task of removing the lint in the trap can help prevent fire damage. When homeowners neglect this task, lint can eventually pass through and into the duct. Still damp, it often sticks to the interior of the duct, slowly building up. Continued use of your dryer and sporadic removal of lint from the trap can lead to a fire starting inside your ductwork.

Dryer fires can also affect the clothing inside the dryer in cases where heat cannot escape into the duct and out the exterior vent. Synthetic fibers produce noxious gases when they combust. When the basement holds the washer and dryer, fire can affect the floor of the ground level story in your home. Finished basements, of course, sustain a great deal more property damage than unfinished basements might experience. The materials used to complete a basement often help to spread the fire, which can weaken even more considerable areas of the ceiling above, and thus, the flooring above.

Because many homes do not contain functioning smoke detectors in the basement, or if they do, testing does not happen on a monthly schedule, a fire in this location can become quite large, even with the occupants at home. Just as home maintenance that takes place on a regular schedule helps prevent a great deal of damages caused by a multitude of disasters, acting early can help keep existing fire damage from worsening.

SERVPRO technicians hold IICRC certificates, including Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). We continually maintain and check our tools and equipment to ensure they remain in working order. When a fire takes out your home's electric supply or only causes damage to the area we need to work in, we can supply our own to power our equipment.

After removing all charred and burned items from your basement, smoke odors can still permeate your entire home. This is because soot particles, as they disintegrate, become airborne and can enter your heating and cooling system, and then spread throughout your home. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help you address this predicament and make your home smell normal again.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County wants to help homeowners in our area, from Northampton to Ware, recover from fire damage. Ensuring your family lives in a safe home, free of the carcinogenic properties inherent in soot particles is very important to us. Call us 24/7, 365 days a year, at (413) 324-1300, so we can help make your home "Like it never even happened." again.

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Hidden Mold Damage in Your Granby Home

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Mold Damage in Your Granby Home Mold growth can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO at the first sight of mold for an investigation and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Locates the Source of the Mold Infestation Before Remediating the Damage

Sometimes, you can have mold growing in your Granby home and not even realize it. One way in which this can happen is if you have a slow pipe leak. Pipes are usually out of eyesight and buried under flooring or behind walls. If one of them starts leaking slowly, you probably won’t even realize it for a while, and in the meantime, mold also has a chance to grow.
If you have discovered mold and mold damage in your Granby home from a hidden leak, the faster you get it taken care of, the better. Your home continues to sustain more damage the longer the mold and moisture are present, so get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO when you see a problem. We have the training and the tools to take care of the problem for you quickly.
Upon arrival to your home, we do a careful inspection of your property for visible signs of mold. It feeds on water and cellulose and can be hidden from plain sight, so we use various technologies to find hidden water sources and mold.
SERVPRO techs also use various containment procedures to stop the mold from spreading. We might use containment methods that are advanced such as negative air chambers, so the area which is contaminated is isolated with barriers, plus negative air pressure to stop the spores from spreading to clean areas of your home. All cooling and heating systems or fans are turned off to stop the spread of the infestation.
Specialized air filtration equipment is also used to catch microscopic spores from the air. We use HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers to stop the spread of mold as well during the remediation process.
Our process of remediation depends on how much mold growth there is and what kinds of surfaces the mold is on. We use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to get rid of the colonies of mold and to stop new ones from forming. Removing and getting rid of porous materials that are mold-infested, such as carpeting and drywall, can be necessary when massive mold growth is present.
Restoration may also involve minor repairs like painting, replacing drywall, or installing new carpet. Major repairs include the construction of various rooms or areas in your home.
No matter how small or large your mold issue is, SERVPRO of Hampshire County ensures they are thorough in cleaning up your home in Belchertown, Ware, or Hadley. Get in touch with us as at (413) 324-1300 as soon as you see a problem so we can help.
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Restoring Your Home and Your Life after Flood Damage Happens to Your Ware Residence

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Your Home and Your Life after Flood Damage Happens to Your Ware Residence Contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to minimize the effects of flood damage in your home.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Restore Your Home Back to Safe Conditions for Your Family after Flood Damage

Nature often comes to mind as a beautiful, peaceful force that people in the Ware community travel out of their everyday environment to experience. Nature sometimes makes house calls and a substantial amount of costly damage might take place instead of a calm and relaxing interaction.

Ware residences in low-lying areas can sustain flood damage at any time of the year, but Spring can mean a much higher chance of this happening than other seasons. Increased rain and melting snow can mean the ground becomes too saturated to hold additional water, and this all too often results in flooding of our local homes and businesses.

Just like a quick response before flooding occurs can save many of your more valuable possessions, a timely reaction after a flood can also decrease you and your family's overall frustration. This includes lower restoration costs, a reduction of possible health risks, fewer damages to personal belongings, and also a shortening of the amount of time your home remains unlivable. Responding slowly can only bring increased damages and more significant loss of property, among other consequences.

The water in a flood does not only look dirty, but it also carries pathogens and chemicals that can cause health effects. Elimination of these microbes and chemicals through proper handling of your home's interior can adequately decrease exposure to these elements and protect your family. However, we must address many other aspects of flood damage in your home before we can consider it completely restored "Like it never even happened."

Structurally, your home must provide adequate shelter that poses no risks to the occupants. Homes where water remained for lengthy periods often sustain severe damage to walls, floors, wiring, and electrical features, and many other situations that all need competent workers to restore safe conditions.

Odor also plays a role in disasters affecting homes, even when the culprit is clean, and not dirty, water. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help you resolve this specific problem, also, so your home smells fresh and clean when the restoration work ends. Removing the damaged materials eliminates a considerable portion of the odor-causing microbes and other particles, but when an odor lingers, we can assure you that we can go that extra step for you and your family.

Helping the communities of Granby, Ludlow, and Hadley, SERVPRO of Hampshire County takes flood damage very seriously. We want individuals and families in the surrounding areas to live in safe, clean, dry homes. Call us at (413) 324-1300, at any time, day or night, any day of the year, whenever flooding affects your home.

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How Do Professionals Take Care of Odor Problems After Commercial Fire Damage to Your Amherst Store?

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Do Professionals Take Care of Odor Problems After Commercial Fire Damage to Your Amherst Store? Customers definitely don't want to purchase clothing items that smell bad or burnt. Contact SERVPRO should your store have a fire incident.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Arrives to Tackle Damage at Your Store

One of the most significant problems after a fire incident to your store is the odor. Whether you own a garment store, a restaurant, a grocery store or any other business, if your establishment smells like smoke, it drives the customers away. Even after the cosmetic and structural restoration after fire damage, it is crucial for your business that your store does not smell of smoke and soot.

Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians can use some of the best equipment to have your store smelling like usual in no time after commercial fire damage in Amherst. We employ different methods to eliminate even the most potent odors after a fire incident. Deodorization is a multistep process involving the following steps.

Removal of the odor source
The best way to deal with the odor problems after a fire is to eliminate the source of the odor itself. SERVPRO Professionals can remove any charred material from the building in an attempt to eliminate the source of the odor. The burnt debris can continue to give off odors if they are not disposed of promptly.

Cleaning surfaces  
The next step in the odor elimination process is to clean the surfaces with odor-causing residue on their surface. Cleaning is especially challenging in case of protein residue and wet smoke residue. Various cleaning techniques need to be employed to eliminate these residues in an attempt to remove the residue.

Recreation of the conditions that cause odor penetration
One of the reasons for deeper penetration of odor after a fire is the fact that the smoke can carry the odor causing particles deep into the pores of surfaces. To neutralize those odors, professionals use thermal foggers that create a vapor of a deodorant. This process takes the deodorant particles to the same place as the odor causing particles. The deeper, hidden odor-causing particles can lead to foul odor in your establishment driving customers out. So, it is necessary to use foggers to combat these.

Sealing the surfaces  
If the odor removal is too expensive or impractical, the odor causing particles can be sealed by painting over them. Inaccessible ducts can also be often sealed to eliminate the odor after a fire incidence in your establishment.

Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 today to consult with our odor elimination experts.

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How do Professionals Mitigate Mold Damage in Your Amherst Home?

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How do Professionals Mitigate Mold Damage in Your Amherst Home? SERVPRO has a four step process to properly rid your home of mold damage and help prevent future damage.

SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Process to Rid Your Home of Mold Damage

Mold damage is one of the worst things to happen to any home. Not only can it spread quickly, but it can also cause health effects. The best chance to control mold damage is to start the mitigation process as soon as possible. Restoration experts can help you get the damage under control and prevent any further damage as well.

Professional restoration experts use a multi-step process to clean the mold damage from your Amherst property. SERVPRO experts have all the necessary equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently. Here are the steps involved in professional mold remediation that you should know.


One of the essential steps in the whole process, containment refers to physically preventing the spores of the mold from spreading to unaffected areas. Our technicians use plastic sheeting to create a physical barrier and prevent the mold from spreading to uncontaminated areas during the cleanup. We can also use a negative air pressure to avoid the airborne spores from spreading to other areas of your home. Our technicians can also seal HVAC vents and establish ‘clean rooms' during the mitigation process to prevent the spread.


Once the damage has been contained, the next step is to remove the mold itself. The methods of removal depend on the type of the material involved. While porous material needs to be thrown out, the non-porous material can be cleaned by HEPA vacuuming and then clean with a detergent solution. The semi-porous material can be cleaned by sanding, wire brushing or damp wiping. SERVPRO professionals can use a combination of these methods depending on the nature of the surface involved in the damage.


The next important step in the mold remediation process is the cleanup. The settled spores and dust can be cleaned by vacuuming the surfaces with a HEPA vacuum. The cleanup is usually done in multiple rounds as the spores in the air take time to settle down. SERVPRO technicians can allow several hours between two rounds of HEPA vacuuming to get rid of most of the settled spores.


The last and perhaps the most critical step to prevent further contamination is drying. Mold loves wet and damp spaces. Professionals can help you to remove the residual moisture and try to prevent the mold from coming back.

Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 today to schedule a free consultation.

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What To Do After Flood Damage To Your Easthampton Home?

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do After Flood Damage To Your Easthampton Home? Flooding due to natural disasters such as storms can cause heavy damage to your Easthampton home.

What To Do After A Flood

Flooding due to natural disasters such as storms can cause heavy damage to your Easthampton home. The floodwater if not promptly and efficiently removed can cause secondary structural damage that can cost you thousands to restore.

It is crucial to know what to do after a storm has caused flood damage to your Easthampton home for a fast and efficient restoration. Being prepared for the aftermath is the key to getting your home back in order as soon as possible. Here are some things that SERVPRO technicians recommend you should do after a storm.

Safety First
The first and perhaps the most crucial thing to do after a flooding incidence is to ensure safety. Make certain that your family is safe before trying to do anything else. Turn off your home’s electric supply (even if the power is out) before the storm causes flooding.

Floodwater can be contaminated with nasty bacteria that can have adverse health effects. If possible, avoid handling floodwater by yourself. SERVPRO technicians have the necessary expertise and experience to handle and remove floodwater safely. Most importantly, avoid drinking tap water after a storm at all cost.

Get Professional Help For The Cleanup
SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to offer emergency services after a flooding incidence. There is no doubt that you need professional help to remove floodwater from your home. Successful flood damage restoration requires heavy-duty extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers to eliminate the water and residual moisture to minimize the damage.

Professional restorers can also help you in filing an insurance claim. Make sure that you keep your insurance adjuster in the loop and provide him/her with as many details as you can. Maintaining an inventory of items damaged in the flooding is also a great idea. Our technicians can help you in this as well.

SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to offer emergency services after a flooding incidence. Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 today to talk to one of our flood restoration experts and discuss your situation. Our goal is to help make it "Like it never even happened."

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The Process of Water Removal in your Westhampton Home

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Process of Water Removal in your Westhampton Home Need Westhampton Water and Moisture Extraction? Just Call SERVPRO

Liquid and Vapor Can Both Damage Properties without Swift Extraction

Water removal is the first step towards water restoration. If you have suffered any harm in Westhampton, it is crucial that all the water is removed from your house. At times, you may even be forced to move out for a while if there is a need for extensive cleaning or restoration.

Regardless of the amount of water in your Westhampton home, the process of water removal should start immediately. It is essential in that it helps to reduce the amount of drying time and prevents secondary water damage and mold.
Hiring a dependable company like SERVPRO can ensure the job is done right the very first time. Our IICRC trained professionals conduct a thorough inspection to know what needs to be done to get rid of all the water. We use top-notch detection equipment to locate all the areas of the house that has been affected by water. It helps us note down the extent to which the structure and its contents have absorbed moisture.
We answer your call fast and use advanced restoration and cleaning equipment to produce excellent results. Our team understands how to dry personal property and structures efficiently. We may use powerful submersible pumps and industrial strength wet vacuums depending on the task at hand. We primarily use extractors to clean upholstery and carpets as well as remove water from floors. It is a proven technique for moisture removal.
Homeowners should note that water damages materials in two main ways. One is through absorption or wicking that happens through direct contact with water. The other is the absorption of moisture present in the air. The air’s moisture content must be measured as it is critical to the drying process. Heating or cooling the affected area to attain a workable RH, relative humidity, is crucial to successful water damage restoration. Our highly trained restoration technicians have a deep understanding of this.
We always establish a favorable drying environment by manipulating humidity and temperature levels to achieve optimum drying conditions. The process is vital because it stops secondary damages from happening via improper drying processes. The moisture detection devices such as moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, and infrared cameras that we use to verify your space have dried thoroughly helps with insurance claims. After completing the work, we take our clients on a final walk to make sure that we leave them highly satisfied.
Call (413) 324-1300 if you would like SERVPRO of Hampshire County to assist with efficient water removal services. We offer emergency services round the clock also serving Amherst, Easthampton, and other surrounding areas.

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Heavy Snowfall Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Westhampton Home

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Snowfall Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Westhampton Home Heavy blankets on snow on your roof can cause flooding in your home when weak spots in your roof give way and collapse.

SERVPRO Offers IICRC-Certified Restoration Services 24/7

Many envision a flood in Westhampton as one that overtakes neighborhoods slowly in the Spring. However, substantial snowfall can also cause flooding in your home when weak spots in your roof give way and collapse. One of the first services we perform when we arrive is placing a tarp over the affected area of your home to prevent any additional damage.

A Westhampton home can suffer flood damage from snow crashing through the roof. Such snow can affect every level of the home, from top to bottom. The situation can become worse when a homeowner does not realize a problem with the roof happened and only becomes aware of the problem when water becomes visible in the living areas of the home.

Water slowly seeps down from melting snow, allowing many materials to absorb substantial mounts. A great deal of damage happens in the attic, of course, but living areas also need professional mitigation. Your personal belongings can also end up severely affected and require specialized care. Restoration typically costs much less than replacing items, and at SERVPRO, we prefer to always take the most cost-effective options available to us.

Although this kind of flood does not impose debris and sediment on a house as a typical flood does, we still must treat your home for contamination. Even the best-kept homes can harbor vermin, including rodents and birds, many of which carry disease. Pathogens carried by these animals, previously undetected mold, and other unhealthy substances can cause health effects. Our pumps remove not only the water but a substantial amount of the contaminants, also.

Drying a home includes removing saturated carpeting, sections of walls and ceilings, airing out other enclosed areas, including closets and cabinets, and installing dry materials. We save our customers expensive replacement costs by cleaning personal belongings, furniture, and household items. Flooding in your home can cause extensive problems, but at SERVPRO, we train our technicians according to IICRC standards. Because they understand the latest in restoration technology, we can provide you with the most appropriate services for your unique situation.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County can help your family by restoring your home after flood damage or other catastrophic events. Call us locally at (413) 324-1300 to reach our round-the-clock service.

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Appliance Fire Damage in Your Ware Home

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Appliance Fire Damage in Your Ware Home Appliances make everyday living easier, but can easily cause fire damage to your home if not well maintained.

The Four Fundamental Elements of Cleaning Fire Damage

Appliances in your household in Ware make life more comfortable on a day to day basis. Each machine which operates on gas or electricity, however, presents safety risks and needs to be used according to the instructions from the manufacturer. When you follow basic safety tips, it helps you to avoid disasters in your home.

Keeping appliances away from wet areas in your kitchen or bathroom for example, and not running cords underneath rugs, assists in keeping your home safe from fire and fire damage. If you still experience an appliance fire in your Ware residence, however, SERVPRO can come to your aide in cleaning up and repairing the damage.

To clean fire damage, we need to remove smoke residues and deodorize smoke odors. Fire damage presents a large variety of cleaning challenges because of the various ways that oxygen, heat, gases, and moisture interact to make smoke residues. The different kinds of burning materials found in your home and the effects smoke and temperature have on them make different variables for cleaning methods.

When cleaning fire damage, there are four fundamental elements which we need to suspend residues to be able to remove them. Temperature is the first one. Heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products. We select the right temperature depending on the solution being used and the material we are cleaning.

Agitation is next. SERVPRO techs agitate the surfaces by using brushes, towels, water and air pressure, plus sonic vibrations in ultrasonic machines. The process helps to dislodge residues from surfaces and spreads cleaning products over surfaces.

The professional cleaning products we use work through various chemical reactions with surfaces and residues. We select the right cleaning product depending on the action we want like bleaching, dissolving, oxidizing, emulsifying, digesting, or changing pH.

The amount of dwell time that is needed for professional cleaning and deodorization for products to work varies depending upon the kind of residues and the product.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County are experts at determining the right cleaning products and procedures for various types of fire damage. If you have had a fire due to a failed appliance in the areas of Belchertown, Ware, or Amherst, give us a call right away at (413) 324-1300, so we can clean and repair your home.

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Restoring Commercial Water Damage In Northampton

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Commercial Water Damage In Northampton In Northampton, commercial water damage to a small, retail store can mean the loss of income for a week.

Commercial Water Damage

Nearly any damage cost to a Northampton business is double to that of a home disaster, if not more. Costs take into account, not just repair and restoration, but also the lost income each day due to the business having to close its doors.

In Northampton, commercial water damage to a small, retail store can mean the loss of income for a week. Unless that store has a good insurance policy behind it, SERVPRO understands that could mean a loss of paychecks for every employee that week and maybe the next one as well. It is our task to get the doors open as soon as possible, to avoid this.

A small, retail operation can still have an extensive inventory of goods. That means our technicians use a variety of tools to preserve the inventory as well as clean and restore the structure itself. To perform both tasks, our primary goals are to remove water and then dry out the interior of the shop.

Standing water is not a safe environment for the business owner, customers, or our SERVPRO technicians. In case of an electrical issue, we turn off the power and then bring in not just pumps and extraction wands, but portable generators as well. We use the pumps when the water is over 2 or 3 inches deep. The extraction wands we use for water under 2 inches or about ankle deep. Technicians also use the wands to draw water from carpets and wood floors.

Once we have the water down to several, isolated puddles, we begin setting up the equipment to dry the interior and help prevent further property loss. That means lowering the inside humidity and drying the actual structure without causing any secondary damage. We start with dehumidifiers which draw moisture from the air and nearby structural and inventory property. Depending on how much moisture is present, each of these machines can remove from 20 to 25 gallons of water each day.

Next, we set up air movers. These devices blow warm, dry air that we direct over floors, walls, and other property to speed up the drying process without causing additional damage. Technicians also set up exhaust fans to draw out the damp air inside. They help improve the function of both the air movers and dehumidifiers.

Restoring a business after water damage is not a quick process, but it is one that SERVPRO of Hampshire County has been doing for over two decades. If you need our help, call us at (413) 324-1300 today. We are here to help.

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