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How Our Specialists Take Care Of Your Smoke And Soot Damaged Easthampton Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Specialists Take Care Of Your Smoke And Soot Damaged Easthampton Home Smoke travels into clean air spaces and can race through the home during a fire.

Professional Cleaning Techniques For Soot And Smoke Residues In Easthampton

Smoke travels into clean air spaces and can race through the home during a fire. Mostly composed of carbon, it deposits residues on cooling surfaces it comes into contact with, leaving behind what is colloquially known as soot. Soot though is an umbrella term for smoke residues and does not take into account the different types which are vital to understanding if you want a professional restoration of your home.

When we remediate fire damage in Easthampton properties the first step we take is a thorough inspection. SERVPRO has technicians that are IICRC certified and trained in the patterns of smoke as well as the way it travels through the home. This training makes us one of the leading restoration providers in the local area and ensures you are not going be left with nasty surprises further down the line.

As well as carbon, smoke residues can carry the essence of the materials that they burn. When synthetic materials burn, they leave behind what we refer to as wet smoke — a sticky, odorous substance that can be difficult to remove and easy to spread around causing further damage. SERVPRO uses chemical wet cleaning techniques to help remove wet smoke. We may also use abrasives which can damage paintwork. Thankfully, we are also capable of repainting your walls and ceilings after service is completed.

When fires are extinguished water can compound the damages. Dry smoke, which is created by the burning of natural materials like wood has a crumbly texture similar to powder. Unfortunately, when the dry smoke settles on fabrics and is then exposed to water, it can be absorbed making cleaning complicated. By using foam cleaners, SERVPRO can lift soot out of fabrics using the process of osmosis where it can be wiped away.

House-fires are inherently unpleasant and stressful for all homeowners. We operate a 24-hour call line to support you anytime day or night. We also stick to the SERVPRO promise of sending a technician to your property within four hours of notification of loss to help put your mind at ease.

You need a restoration service that knows what it is doing. Contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County anytime at (413) 324-1300.

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Mold Damage in Your Home? Trust SERVPRO to Remediate The Mess

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Mold Damage in Your Home? Trust SERVPRO to Remediate The Mess The technicians at SERVPRO of Hampshire County have the certifications and training to remediate mold from any home.

Why SERVPRO can Provide Expert Mold Damage Remediation to Amherst Homeowners

The appearance of mold in your property can be worrisome. We have all heard horror stories of the enormous costs involved in mold remediation and the harm it can do if left unchecked. As talented technicians with decades of experience in the industry, we can confidently tell you not to panic. Mold spores are a part of every home environment and even contain beneficial properties like penicillin. It is only when these benign spores come into contact with moist surfaces that they begin to proliferate requiring professional attention.

Discovering mold damage in Amherst properties is not uncommon. Humidity levels, rainfall or internal structural issues like leaky plumbing can all be a factor. It is not difficult to find a host of restoration services either. However, like most home restoration work, finding someone you can trust is paramount. At SERVPRO we always "do what is right by the customer" first, rather than adding expenses for unnecessary procedures like laboratory mold assessments.

We work with local technicians at SERVPRO providing training and allowing them to complete their IICRC certificates in a range of restoration methods. Being equipped with the latest industry expertise means they can use advanced techniques to tackle the affected area of your home. One technique we use is soda blasting which is useful for the remediation of porous materials that have mold growing below the surface.

We also hold IICRC certificates for applied structural drying. This qualification allows SERVPRO technicians to accurately assess the best course of action in each mold remediation service we complete. In cases of severe mold damage, it may be necessary to sand-blast the structure. This abrasive method removes heavy-set damages leaving behind a smooth, sturdy and most importantly sanitized surface. As part of our service, we can liaise with your insurance adjuster to make the whole process as effortless as possible for our customers.

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The costs of home restoration can spiral with an untrustworthy service provider, use SERVPRO of Hampshire County for an honest appraisal. Call us at (413) 324-1300 today to arrange service.

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Your Best Guide to Westhampton Water Damage Remediation

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Best Guide to Westhampton Water Damage Remediation When water damage affects your kitchen or any other room in your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for effective water removal services.

Mitigating Water Damage in Your Westhampton Kitchen

Entertaining guests often requires the use of your kitchen in your Westhampton home. While they might never see the area where their dinner party meal was prepared, you know how well you maintain it. Long absences can allow slow leaks to ruin cabinet and cupboard interiors, causing wood rot and rust.
 
In your home, any amount of water damage in Westhampton can cause health effects, primarily when located in the kitchen. Water increases the size of the pores in the wood, and this expansion allows microbial activity to flourish. Rusted areas can also affect you and your family's health. Water damage is more than highly unsightly. It is also unsanitary. SERVPRO can mitigate the damage caused by water leaking under cabinets in your kitchen. At the same time, we can also mitigate any water damage discovered in your bathroom.
 
We know you take pride in your property and we want to help you protect your investment. Water damage not only affects the immediate area, but it can also quickly spread by seeping into other structures or by condensing in other places after initially evaporating.
 
To detect these locations we look at your residence as a whole. We use moisture detection equipment to locate where the water that damaged your cabinetry traveled. Infrared imaging devices show us changes in temperature, a common indicator of unwanted moisture.
 
To achieve an appropriately arid interior environment, we bring in our powerful air movers. These direct air toward our desiccant machines after whisking moisture out of damp surfaces. Materials in your home can appear dry while still retaining moisture. We take readings of the moisture content until the material in question reaches a healthier, acceptable amount.
 
Wiping down the surfaces soiled as part of mitigation water damage helps remove anything that might continue to spread damage. We sanitize the affected areas in your kitchen and take note of anything requiring reconstruction or replacement. We do our best to keep these needs minimal by using the latest techniques developed for mitigation professionals. When we finish a job, the homes once again look “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO of Hampshire County's technicians train on-site and achieve several IICRC certificates, keeping them prepared for any job, large or small. We serve the entire area of the Hamptons, as well as Amherst, Ludlow, and Ware. Call us when your home sustains water damage in any location. Our 24-hour service line, (413) 324-1300, is always ready to take your call.

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Why Calling SERVPRO Should be a Priority After a Flood in Westhampton

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Calling SERVPRO Should be a Priority After a Flood in Westhampton Flooding from storms can happen at any time. Call SERVPRO so that your home can be restored as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Who to Call after Flood Damage in Westhampton

Did you know that the thought of losing your home or possessions to flooding is a common fear among homeowners? These forces of nature are often unexpected and can be caused by just about anything. Heavy rainfall, backed up drains, storms or natural disaster can all be a trigger for excess water entering the home and causing harm. We offer a single solution that can be sought anytime via our 24-hour emergency call-line.

The first thing homeowners can do when calling us about flood damage in Westhampton properties is to give us as much information as you have available. Providing us with all the facts can help us to ascertain what type of equipment we need and which technicians to send. At SERVPRO, we are well aware of the stress that flooding can cause to our community and promise to deliver a focused customer approach in any work we do.

It is important not to panic, but at the same time to act quickly. Standing water can cause permanent damage if left too long. However, never put your safety in jeopardy in an attempt to save possessions. SERVPRO technicians can remove furniture and other items to a clean location either on-site or in a local facility. We are also trained to spot potential hazards like electrical wires or structural damage and deal with them safely.

Your SERVPRO technician can carry out an initial visual inspection to decide the type of equipment that is most effective to your specific needs. Generally, we remove standing water below two inches with powerful heated extractors. Water levels above 2 inches may require submersible gas pumps to be brought in to drain the affected area quickly.

It is only natural to assume the worse in an emergency. However, we work toward a restore over replace mentality. That means doing our utmost to save your possessions. In some cases, we may perform a pack-out service which involves labeling all goods and sending them to a specialized facility where they can be deep cleaned, dried and restored.

We have extensive experience in dealing with situations just like yours. SERVPRO of Hampshire County is ready to receive your call at (413) 324-1300 anytime day or night.

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SERVPRO Provides a Studly Service to Fire Damaged Homes in Easthampton

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Provides a Studly Service to Fire Damaged Homes in Easthampton Don't Dispair After a Fire Loss in Easthampton--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Technicians in Easthampton Talk About Treating Burnt Studs

If a fire ever breaks out on your Easthampton property, it can cause a variety of problems. Some fires burn very hot and grow extremely quickly, which can cause extensive fire damage. Fires that have plenty of oxygen and burn hot can destroy more items inside your home but the smoke created is a dry smoke which is relatively easy to wipe off most surfaces. When a burn smothers at low heat and is oxygen starved, then it might not burn as much but the smoke created is wet which makes it tougher to remove. During most fire damage situations, our SERVPRO technicians mitigate problems caused by both heat and partially combusted materials or smoke.
 
The first step to any restoration process is to secure the work area, then come up with an initial estimate. During the first write up, our SERVPRO estimators inspect the fire damage on your Easthampton property and determine what should be considered a loss and what can be salvaged. Many times items that only receive smoke damage can be cleaned and deodorized and do not require replacement. However, if heat affected structural components severely, extensive reconstruction work could have to take place.
 
During the initial estimate of the damage, we inspect the entire property and figure out which materials got charred by the fire. Drywall often protects studs from getting burnt, but if the blaze gets hot enough, the wooden studs making up the walls of your house can become partially or entirely burnt. If wall coverings appeared to be charred, they usually get removed so that the studs can be checked out. The general rule is if the charred wood is deeper than a quarter inch, then the studs must be removed and replaced. A visual inspection, when done with the customer and the insurance adjuster, generally can conclude quickly how to proceed and what to toss.

If there is charring that is only on the surface and not quite a quarter inch deep, it is possible to treat the structural components and avoid removing them. When mitigating surface charring, our SERVPRO team often sands or sandblasts the burnt material off of the surface. We can also use dry ice pellets that are directed under pressure at the blackened surface to braid it down to clean, raw wood. The affected wood then gets sprayed with a specialized sealant paint that traps in any foul odors created by the burn. If you ever notice that a fire burns items on your property, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 seven days a week.

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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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