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Our Commercial Mold Damage Tactics Will Help You Restore Your Amherst Business

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Commercial Mold Damage Tactics Will Help You Restore Your Amherst Business Prevention is the best way of battling commercial mold damage and reduce chances of making unnecessary losses.

Strategies if your office experienced mold damage

Prevention is the best way of battling commercial mold damage and reduce chances of making unnecessary losses. We can learn from this year's National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme which states that: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. The secret to preventing mold growth is controlling dampness and inadequate ventilation within the indoor environment. If you do not take the right action, the wetness can biologically degrade the items in your Amherst office suite.

To protect your employees from possible health effects when your Amherst office experiences commercial mold damage, our SERVPRO technicians perform appropriate cleanup activities. To begin with, we have to determine whether the remediation process can proceed while your office is still operational - which is possible when a small section of the building has the contamination. We also have to identify the wet or condensation spots in the building and correct the source of the moisture as soon as possible.

If our SERVPRO technicians discover the window sills of your office have mold growth, we have to come up with a tactic for stopping the problem. Such a problem develops typically when the room is poorly ventilated, and that means we may advise you to install an additional room fan once we complete the cleanup procedures. The use of a programmable dehumidifier which keeps the humidity of the room between 30 - 40 percent can also be a good solution. Using disinfectants when cleaning the sills can also do away with favorable conditions for mold growth.

The remediation activities can disturb the mold colonies and make the mold spores airborne. We have to put in place containment measures to prevent occupant exposure to mold. Keeping the site under negative pressure and using duct tape to affix a polyethylene sheeting to ceilings and floors. We also have to switch off the HVAC systems and replace their filters.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County can offer emergency restoration services to your commercial property at any time of the day. Call our highly experienced technicians at (413) 324-1300 to find out more about our solutions.

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How SERVPRO Can Help You Recover From A Fire In Easthampton With Our Cleaning And Restoration Services

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Can Help You Recover From A Fire In Easthampton With Our Cleaning And Restoration Services It is essential to remove the soot from your draperies and carpets during fire damage restoration before any attempt to deodorize or clean items.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Solutions For Residents Of Easthampton

Cleaning your property after a fire damage incident requires a keen assessment of the damage left behind as well as the level of destruction. While we all know how important it is to notify your insurance agency and the owner of the structure if you are renting, you need to work with restoration professionals to prevent further damage. Usually, our team starts to restore your Easthampton property once we have determined it is safe to re-enter the building.

It is essential to remove the soot from your draperies and carpets during fire damage restoration in Easthampton before any attempt to deodorize or clean items. Soot is oily and to remove it, our SERVPRO technicians can use a heavy-duty vacuum. There are chances of forcing the soot into fabrics if the vacuuming is not done correctly. After removing the soot from your carpets, we cover them to prevent soil and other particles from tracking in during the clean-up process.

When cleaning the soils and other residues from surfaces, there are key cleaning elements we consider: time, chemical action, agitation, and temperature. For instance, when we introduce heat, it breaks the surface tension and allows better penetration of water-based solutions. When that happens, it enhances the dissolving of soils. Agitation may be necessary when we need to free and wash away residues from surfaces. Some of the cleaning methods that use agitation include sandblasting, wiping, scrubbing, and air pressure washing.

After a fire, the smoke that penetrates into various areas of the building may leave behind offensive odors. Covering this smells with a fragrance has never been a good idea since with time the problem can reoccur. To solve this challenge, our SERVPRO technicians perform deodorization. Usually, we analyze the situation at hand before choosing the deodorization technique that works best. When we need to apply disinfectant and fungicides, we may decide to use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers. Using thermal Foggers can be an option when dispensing deodorants in large volumes.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County responds immediately to all commercial and residential cleaning and restoration needs. Call us today at (413) 324-1300, and our highly trained technicians can make your property “Like it never even happened.”

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Help! Help! SERVPRO to the Rescue for Water Removal and Restoration in Westhampton Properties

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Help! Help! SERVPRO to the Rescue for Water Removal and Restoration in Westhampton Properties A Riding Rover Extracts Water from Westhampton Carpets--Just Another Great Device SERVPRO Deploys

Getting Rid of Water Damage in Westhampton

Excess water can be caused by natural disasters, structural issues or even something as simple as a leaking pipe. The result tends to be the same, pooling water that threatens both your interior design and contents. Calling in a professional restoration service not only ensures an efficient clean-up but can also guard against the risk of secondary damages occurring.
 
Homeowners experiencing water damage in Westhampton, rely on local services to arrive onsite quickly. At SERVPRO we have extensive experience in dealing with these types of incidents and the expertise, training, and equipment to help. We can send a trained and certified technician to your property within four hours of notification of loss, typically less.

On arrival, our technician can conduct a brief but thorough visual inspection. One purpose of the visual inspection is to ascertain the source of water and make sure it is shut off. Another is to verify no evidence of electrical equipment that could prove hazardous during the service. In some cases, we may look to cordon off or establish clean rooms for contents cleaning.

The priority is removing excess water. We can do this by bringing in portable water extractors and use them in tandem with industrial-grade wet-dry vacuums. A technician may place rapid air-movers and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry certain areas and lower the risk of secondary damages caused by mold growth. If you are aware of any pre-existing issues making us aware of them during service can result in a quicker, more efficient service.

SERVPRO does offer a pack-out service for contents in cases of extensive damage, but usually, we can work on-site using clean rooms. By applying a range of chemical wet and dry cleaning methods, it is possible to restore a large number of your contents including valuable items, upholstery, fabrics, and furniture.

One of the main issues homeowners experience after water damage is the unpleasant odors that can last long after the initial service has been completed. At SERVPRO we are committed to deodorizing your home before our task is complete. Using foggers with odor neutralizing chemicals can help to restore your home to a clean, livable condition, "Like it never even happened."

If you are experiencing property damage, contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County now at (413) 324-1300 for an assessment and remediation.

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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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