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Tips For Safer Water Removal In Northampton

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Safer Water Removal In Northampton Using the right equipment for water removal in Northampton is an integral part of safety.

Tips For Safer Water Removal

You probably only think of the damages standing water can cause to the structure and contents of your Northampton property. However, the removal process poses some personal hazards too. You can slip, trip and fall when performing various actions as moving items within the area affected by the water. Accessing confined spaces also presents other hazards. Observing safety procedures is therefore essential when restoring your water-damaged property.

Using the right equipment for water removal in Northampton is an integral part of safety. For example, someone using a bucket would have to move up and down the property to remove water. Using a water extraction pump eliminates this unnecessary movement diminishing the additional hazards such as tripping. Our SERVPRO team is equipped with different types of pumps to match the requirements of each removal exercise. We have both portable extraction wands convenient for confined spaces and the truck-mounted extractors for fast removal.

You should consider electrical hazards during the restoration of a water-damaged property. When water pools and reaches electrical outlets, you should turn off the power immediately to prevent the dangers of electrocution. This also means shelving any plan to use electrical equipment to avoid destroying them. Our SERVPRO team is equipped with portable generators so we can still operate our electric equipment even after turning off the mains. With such fallback equipment, it is possible to carry out the removal process as planned.

Some steps in the restoration process can cause damages, which the process is supposed to prevent. For example, using the wrong tool such as the carpet wand instead of a squeegee wand on hard floors can cause problems. Floating the carpet is an essential step during drying. This step involves passing air beneath the carpet to quicken the drying process. However, if overdone it might result in the carpet delaminating.

You should call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413)324-1300. We are available 24/7 to offer you the assistance and advice necessary for a safer removal process.

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Flood Damage Specialists in Easthampton Describe Psychrometrics Drying Goal Theory

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Specialists in Easthampton Describe Psychrometrics Drying Goal Theory Flood Water Extraction and Drying Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Storm Services in the Easthampton Area

SERVPRO Provides Skilled Storm Damage Cleanup and Drying of Flooded Properties in Easthampton

Many times when a severe thunderstorm hits the Easthampton area, problems with your property can occur. If the wind blows a rock or branches into your roof or a window, then it is likely that flood damage can happen at your place of residence. Once water gets inside a structure, many building materials and contents can get ruined. If structural components stay wet for an extended period, then the problems can get much worse. If organic materials remain wet for more than two days, your flood damage situation can turn into a mold remediation project.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians receive an emergency call after a storm, we begin the restoration process immediately. We know that quickly removing moisture from your flood-damaged property in Easthampton is essential when it comes to preventing secondary problems. First, we patch the hole in your roof or broken window so that no more rain can enter your building, if not too extensive. Next, we extract all of the standing water and moisture present in porous materials such as carpet and upholstery. After the extraction phase, we then set up drying equipment to dry out wet building materials as quickly as possible.
 
Depending on the severity of the disaster, and September is Disaster Preparedness Month, our SERVPRO team sets up different amounts of air movers and dehumidifiers that create an ideal environment for rapid structural drying. We then monitor moisture levels inside the materials and take humidity and temperature readings to make sure our equipment is working efficiently. If things are not working as we would like, we can adjust the ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers, and shift their positioning to maximize efficiency.
 
We take relative humidity RH readings to give us an idea of how much moisture is in the air. However, relative humidity readings are not the best gauge because air can hold a more substantial amount of water at higher temperatures. We then take temperature readings so that we can figure out the exact grains of water per pound of air or specific humidity SH. Specific humidity can be determined by using a psychrometric chart. The chart tells us how many grains of water are in a pound of air using recorded temperature and relative humidity readings. These are tools for controlling the rate of evaporation and a successful conclusion for the established drying goals.
 
If you ever notice problems that have to do with moisture inside your home, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Professional Methods To Restore Your Easthampton Home After Experiencing Fire Damage

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Methods To Restore Your Easthampton Home After Experiencing Fire Damage You need to know the options you have when your property experiences a fire damage incident.

Professional Methods To Restore Your Home

You need to know the options you have when your property experiences a fire damage incident. The idea is to put the right measures in place and act quickly to avoid the need to refinish and replace what professionals can easily restore using professional methods. We do not rely on a single cleaning method when restoring your property since different contents and surfaces may have the soot particles. We're going to cover some of the methods we use when addressing such events in Easthampton.
 
When our SERVPRO technicians are pre-cleaning light-to-medium soot particles during fire damage restoration in Easthampton, we might decide to use dry cleaning. During the technique, we use feather dusters to brush or lightly wipe surfaces to remove dust. Vacuuming as well as using a dry cleaning sponge is part of dry cleaning. We usually use this technique before introducing additional wet cleaning procedures.
 
If the soot particles are moderate to heavy, then wet cleaning can be a good option. In this process, we use an appropriate cleaning agent or water to do the work. This process is best suited for the contents which cannot experience any additional damage even after being thoroughly saturated by the cleaning agent. Spray and wipe also happens to be a wet cleaning process and when we use the method, we use a clean white towel to wipe the surface. We prefer to use spray and wipe when we need to control the quantity of the cleaning agent and when too much saturation may affect the surface or materials we are restoring.
 
If agitating the surface is necessary when removing the smoke particles, then our SERVPRO technicians may use the abrasive cleaning method. In this process, we may use a cleaning agent that contains abrasive ingredients or use an abrasive material when applying the cleaning product. If we have to use this method, we are careful not to damage surfaces with the abrasives.
 
SERVPRO of Hampshire County can restore both your residential or commercial property and return it to its preloss state. Call us at (413) 324-1300 and learn the options you have in our 24-hour emergency services.

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How Effectively Can Professionals Remediate Mold Damage in Amherst?

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Effectively Can Professionals Remediate Mold Damage in Amherst? Contain the spread of mold throughout your home with a call to SERPVPRO. Contact us at the first mold sighting for best results.

Team SERVPRO Offers BOTH Expertise and Equipment to Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold presents a wide range of problems to Amherst property owners. First, it becomes an eyesore if left to proliferate on visible parts of the structure. It also produces terrible odors, and finally, it can lead to health problems if exposure extends over long periods. The spores that form mold are always present in a home environment, so when conditions are right, growth occurs. Therefore, apart from cleaning the affected areas, remediation also involves eliminating the conditions that favor mold growth.

You might try to deal with mold damage in Amherst by scrubbing the affected areas or even painting them. However, these measures only give you a temporary reprieve because they do not address the cause. Even if you replace the affected contents or parts of the structure, the problem might still recur because the source is elsewhere.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we rely on proven methods to give you a longer-term reprieve from mold proliferation. First, we do a thorough inspection of the property to identify all moldy areas. This inspection is an essential step because mold might be present even in areas that you are yet to identify. Depending on the level of infestation, we might use containment measures such as polythene sheets to prevent spores from spreading to unaffected areas. Air scrubbing might also be necessary to minimize spores in the air within the affected area.

Working with professionals like the team we send from SERVPRO ensures access to equipment that not only makes the work simpler but also guarantees a positive outcome. We have a wide range of equipment to combat different problems. We have air scrubbers with HEPA filters to deal with airborne particles. We also have an injectidry system that helps eliminate moisture from wall cavities without requiring demolition. We have many other specialized types of equipment which we use depending on the problems that we find in a property.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County has the necessary skills and equipment to help you deal with mold-related issues. Call us at (413) 324-1300 any time of the day.

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Professional and Affordable Water Removal Services in Amherst

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional and Affordable Water Removal Services in Amherst SERVPRO Techs Strive to Preserve and Restore Water Damaged Carpets in Amherst Homes

Amherst Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Damage

During the winter months, temperatures in Amherst can drop as low as 17 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Water-pipes running through areas of the house without central heating like your garage or cellar are prone to freezing which causes these vital supply pipes to burst.

SERVPRO's water removal service in Amherst has the expertise and equipment to rescue your home. Using truck-mounted submersible pumps and industrial wet/ dry vacuums our 24-hour emergency service can restore your rooms to their former glory, under most circumstances.

Following an initial assessment, our team can use the latest technology, including infrared cameras, to remove the water you can see and the water you cannot see. Our primary concern is getting your home dry, but a thorough assessment is necessary to reduce secondary water damage from mold and mildew.

The priority is your valuables. Residual moisture, if left unchecked, is a hotbed for bacteria growth and mold. As part of our service, we can put your possessions in a safe and dry area. SERVPRO's pack out team can remove your furniture, valuables and, in some cases, carpets before work begins. Of course, this is in the case of extreme flooding from clean water.

We begin by removing water almost immediately using a two-step process. First, by truck-mounted submersible pumps which are capable of removing thousands of gallons of water in one go. Followed by industrial strength wet/ dry vacuums to remove residual water and moisture; preventing mold and mildew buildup.

Upon arrival, our estimator can inspect your floors to determine how deep the damage goes. In some cases, this can mean removing carpets to check for damage to the sub-floor. As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers, SERVPRO can carry out an in-depth inspection of your sub-floors. Leftover moisture inevitably leads to problems further down the line, so identifying wetness early is a high priority for preserving and protecting our customers' property.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County is the one to call for fast and efficient water removal. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster simply by calling (413) 324-1300.

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Summer Storms Can Bring Flood Damage To Your Amherst Home

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storms Can Bring Flood Damage To Your Amherst Home Water from the rains come gushing into your guest bedroom, and before you know it, the room is flooded, and your furniture is soaked.

Summer Storms Can Bring Flood Damage

Summer brings warm weather, vacations, and outdoor barbeques, but it also brings seasonal storms with it that can cause intense flood damage to your home. Lightning, thunder, whipping winds, and heavy rain are all a product of these severe storms and each one can have a significant impact on your residence. When lightning strikes a tree outside your house and causes it to plunge through part of your roof, the situation can seem like something out of a nightmare. Water from the rains come gushing into your guest bedroom, and before you know it, the room is flooded, and your furniture is soaked. It is imperative to reach out to professionals as soon as you can.

In order for a contractor to fix the new hole in your roof, the flood damage in your Amherst home must be dealt first. The contractor cannot work with sopping wet patches of material. The sooner you get a professional restoration company into your home, the better, as they can remove the flooded water and dry out the space.

When SERVPRO arrives at your house, the first thing we can do after our investigation is put a tarp over the hole of your roof so no further moisture can get inside while we work. Afterward, our technicians can clean up any floating, and potentially dangerous, debris from the tree that fell into your home. Once we are dealing with just the flooded water, SERVPRO can then bring in advanced trade technology so that we may remove it.

Our techs use devices like wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to remove the flooded water from your guest room. To assist in removing water from the soaked carpet and drapes, we can use an extractor to remove the moisture. An extractor has a heating element that further helps to dry fabric materials as it pulls the water away from them. Additionally, SERVPRO can use tools like ventilation box fans and air movers to dry out your floor and the area of your roof that had been damaged by the rain. The very last thing that we can do for you is to put you in contact with a contractor that we recommend so they can fix the hole in your roof.

When an accident befalls your home, never hesitate to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Hampshire County by dialing (413) 324-1300. Our experts always make it a priority to arrive at your home as swiftly as we possibly can.

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A Clothers Dryer Is Sometimes the Culprit in a Granby House Fire

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Clothers Dryer Is Sometimes the Culprit in a Granby House Fire SERVPRO Says Keep Dryer Filters and Ducts Clean to Prevent House Fires in Granby

Granby Home Owners Call SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup

Fires can start wherever heat builds up inside your Granby house. This includes the laundry area. Dryer fires often happen when lint accumulates and then ignites. The airways get blocked from the appliance through the elbow leading to the venting duct. This heat can ignite and also put undue stress on your dryer's performance as it raises your electrical bill. While threads and other items generally become caught in the lint trap, it is possible for defects to cause problems. When objects have sharp points or edges, they can make small holes in the mesh, letting larger fibers through and into the ducts. Other times, a lighter left in a pocket can ignite inside the dryer, and spread from there.

Clothes dryer fires can ignite areas in your Granby laundry room or travel through the ducts from the dryer to the vent. Wherever fire damage spreads inside your house, SERVPRO quickly restores everything so you and your family can get back to your regular routines, “Like it never even happened.”

Removing fire-damaged ducts and other materials helps us uncover the rest of the damage more easily. Cleaning as much as we can to restore it back to usable condition keeps costs lower than replacing specific elements. However, when we cannot attain safe conditions with restoration replacements become our only option. Smoke from burned clothing can become very offensive. We eliminate these odors with thermal fogging as a last restort throughout your home. Hydroxyl generators typically can vanquish the foul-smelling airborne particulates. Smoke-killing agents perform the task of eliminating the particles that produce the smoky smell your family continues to breathe in, making the air clean again. Removing any residual water that was used to put the fire out also needs to take place. Preventing mold and mildew growth after a fire protects your house even further. Microbes do not care if the materials they consume carry an offensive odor.

Moisture from your washing machine may also play a part if electricity was cut off after the fire. We work with you to get everything back to normal and in healthy livable conditions. We want your family to live in a safe environment, free of damages that can easily cause harm or injury.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County can make your home's problems with fire damage a thing of the past. Call us at (413) 324-1300 to let us know of your situation, and we can explain how we can help you accomplish this in a fast and efficient manner.

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Professional Mitigation After Commercial Fire Damage Keeps Your Granby Business Going

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Mitigation After Commercial Fire Damage Keeps Your Granby Business Going Granby business owners need commercial fire damage mitigation after a blaze takes place in their company offices, warehouses, or factories.

Professional Mitigation After A Fire

The situational changes that occur after a natural disaster could easily put many companies out of business, so government agencies use disaster relief funds to prevent this from affecting the area's economy. Individual businesses in the Granby area do not receive such assistance when they sustain damage, however, but a fast response can help them remain a part of our city's economic framework.

Granby business owners need commercial fire damage mitigation after a blaze takes place in their company offices, warehouses, or factories. SERVPRO experts know how to get everything back to normal again with safe conditions for employees, customers, and the public in general. Eliminating the damage to your property also involves the re-creation of a safe environment.

Our local technicians can get your business, regardless of its size, complexity, or industry, back into operational condition again. We're a part of a nationwide network of over 1,700 SERVPRO companies across America, each of which also always stands ready to help business owners near them. We assist property owners in every industry, including government agencies.

Our ability comes from our dedication to serve our customers. This dedication starts before your business becomes damaged and needs our services. We know we cannot protect all businesses from every possible disaster, but we can help business owners become more prepared in the event one does happen. We do this through our Emergency READY Profile Plan, which we offer without charge to businesses located in our area. Contact SERVPRO to find out more about how this program can make restoration and recovery faster and with reduced losses.

When fire damage affects a business, we take all the damage into consideration. Safety remains a priority, from start to finish. We take care of removing damaged and charred materials, including glass and other sharp objects. We remove the water and foam used by firefighters. Cleaning up reveals how much of your business survived, and can provide a starting point for rebuilding. Often, clearing the area brings relief to business owners, as well. Discussing the future and how things can look again often helps develop new ideas that can help your business thrive once it reopens.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County can restore your business after fire damage so you can get things back to normal. Call us so we can help you through this devastating event. Our local number, (413) 324-1300, is always available so you can receive answers when you need them the most.

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How Water Damage in Easthampton Homes Affects your Upholstery

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage in Easthampton Homes Affects your Upholstery Water Damage? Upholstery and Carpet Drying in Easthampton--Call SERVPRO

With Finesse, Training, and Equipment SERVPRO Technicians Clean Your Water Damaged Belongings

Water damage can lead to several effects on your property, and there is need to act quickly to prevent further damage and restore as many items as you can. For instance, when your upholstery comes into contact with the moisture, you should expect some swelling, water spotting, color bleeding as well as potential mold growth. Each problem requires a discrete solution, and since this is one of the most stressing moments, you need to work with a professional in the restoration industry. Here, we are going to cover some of the common moisture effects that take place after a water event in Easthampton.
 
When the upholstery in your Easthampton home becomes exposed to water for a long duration of time, the wood absorbs the water and swells. It can also crack if you fail to take quick preventive measures. As time goes by, the framing joints can also weaken, the glues break down, and water spots may appear on the fabrics. When attending to such situations, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to wet the entire furniture to prevent water lines and give uniformity.
 
Wetness can cause the dust covers to bleed and should they sag; then it means they might stain the floors or carpets. Rust may also appear on the metallic backing on upholstered buttons and zippers. There is also the possibility of the wooden furniture legs staining your carpets. If you fail to work with a service provider like SERVPRO before the items with such stains dry, then the chances of removing the stains are minimal. Never panic and start rubbing the upholstery fabric or carpet since that may lead to irreparable fiber distortion and staining.
 
When our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are restoring your property, we pretest our spot removing procedures within an inconspicuous area to be sure of their efficiency and safety. By performing a close inspection, we can identify possible fabrics appearance changes and dye transfer. We also know that water-based stains dissolve readily in water-based solutions and a solvent solution may be necessary when addressing oil-based spills. We have spray bottles filled with SERVPRO formulated agents, and we know how to use them.
 
When drying your upholstered furniture, we put in place dehumidifiers and air movers. These devices help in lessening the drying time. Since the presence of moisture creates favorable conditions for mold growth, we remove the water source to prevent such eventualities.
 
SERVPRO of Hampshire County is a trusted leader in water damage restoration and has highly trained technicians. Call us at (413) 324-1300 when you face any water, fire, mold, and storm damage, and we can restore your property to its earlier state, "Like it never even happened."

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Cleaning Out Mold Damage In Easthampton

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Out Mold Damage In Easthampton Stopping mold growth and cleaning up the damage requires professional service.

Cleaning Out Mold Damage

Easthampton homeowners deal with the same disasters as anyone else. Our proximity to large bodies of water, however, increases the threat of flooding, and also brings an increased risk of mold growth whenever water finds its way inside the structure.

Since it is impossible to keep the Connecticut River from cresting its banks, stopping Easthampton mold damage means cutting off the source of water inside the home. SERVPRO response teams train to follow a mold growth to its origin point and then eliminate the moisture source. Regardless if it is outside water from flooding or a puddle that collected under a laundry room sink, our specialists can dry the affected area inside, and then remove the mold spores and growth.

In most cases, removing mold means killing active spores and cleaning them off of nearby surfaces. Technicians use a variety of anti-fungal agents to eliminate the threat, allow the area to dry, and then use sponges and cloths to wipe away the dry mold. If there is a significant amount, they may need to use a mild cleaning agent to break up any clumps of spores.

In areas like attics or basements, SERVPRO technicians also have the option to use industrial vacuums with HEPA filters. These filters are designed specifically to capture and collect mold spores and can lift even a single, microscopic spore from any surface. Every spore we remove, on a cloth or in a filter, is carefully bagged before leaving the affected area to prevent accidentally contaminating clean areas of the home and disposed of according to State and Federal regulations.

If the mold went unnoticed long enough, spores could grow into a surface. When this happens, one of our inspectors carefully examines the items to determine if they can be cleaned or require disposal. If the mold is on personal property as a piece of furniture, it may be possible to clean and remove the mold. As an example, an upholstered sofa can be cleaned using spray or foam cleaners, dried, and then vacuumed using HEPA filters.

If the items are building materials, our technicians remove the affected paneling, ceiling tiles, or sheetrock and dispose of them. In most cases, replacement is far cheaper than attempting to cut out affected portions and patch them. Replacement is the usual response of most major insurance companies as well.

Stopping mold growth and cleaning up the damage requires professional service. SERVPRO of Hampshire County has helped our neighbors restore their homes and businesses for many years now. Call (413) 324-1300 today and let us help you too.

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