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Why Hiring a Professional for Your Amherst Water Removal Emergency is Essential

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Hiring a Professional for Your Amherst Water Removal Emergency is Essential When you are faced with water in your home, your best defense is to call the technicians at SERVPRO to assess the damage and start remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Remediate Your Water Damage Emergency

No matter the cause, things can get hectic when a water damage disaster in Amherst strikes your home. You are suddenly faced with cleaning up a big mess, which can be very daunting. When you are thinking about all the cleanup to be done, you usually are only thinking about how much work it is going to be, and not how difficult it is. There are several reasons why hiring an expert for your water removal emergency is the best decision. 
 
Water emergency stressors can hit you hard. Life in your Amherst home does not stop, and your daily responsibilities keep going, but now you are faced with the enormous task of water removal. It is why you need to trust our experts at SERVPRO to handle everything for you. You can go on dealing with your everyday life while we clean up the mess and repair your home. 
 
Remember, the process of getting water out of your home and cleaning up is much more complicated than you might realize. Therefore, if it is not done correctly, the water damage can be greater, and the potential for a total restoration can be compromised. It is best to let our technicians handle it instead, as we have the proper training and equipment to do the job right. 
 
The key to properly drying your home and its contents are to start immediately. Our professional staff uses the best drying equipment and arrives at your residence quickly to limit the damage done. By starting as soon as possible, the structure of your home and your belongings have the best chance of recovering. 
 
After we get rid of all the water, the danger is not always gone completely. Moisture in the air and hidden spots in your home can create further havoc. Our experts have the tools such as moisture meters to find this hidden moisture and rid your home of it. We can also detect, remove and prevent dangerous mold which can cause health effects. 
 
SERVPRO of Hampshire County offers 24-hour water removal and damage repair in the areas of Easthampton, Northampton, and Granby. So, don’t hesitate to call us anytime by dialing (413) 589-8975 so we can help restore your home back to normal. 

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

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mold Damage Remediation in Easthampton

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Flood Damage Specialists Explain The Damage Wind Can Do To Your Amherst Property If you ever suffer from ruined building materials after severe weather, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 24 hours a day.

Commercial Flood Damage Experts In Amherst Talk About Issues With Wind

During a violent storm in Amherst wind is a condition that can cause a disaster to take place. If the winds get to a high enough speed, problems could occur that force you to call in a certified commercial flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Many storms that blow into town can bring with them swirling winds that have gusts or maximum speeds that can be dangerous and cause issues on your property. We have all seen on TV what winds that get close to 100 miles per hour can do, and the results are usually not pleasurable. Any time the area starts to get windy, there is a good chance that the breeze will cause your restaurant extensive commercial flood damage.

The presence of wind can be dangerous to humans, animals, and buildings. Any damage caused by severe weather is usually best treated by professional commercial flood damage technicians in Amherst like our team SERVPRO. Any time wind speeds get high, things attached to your restaurant building can blow off from being attached and cause other damage. Things like signs or outdoor decor items outside your restaurant can get blown away from where they were attached and damage your building. Even if these items don't damage your building, losing things on your property or attached to your building can cost your business and your insurance company money.

We know that whenever a storm ruins materials at your place of business that it is important to get things repaired quickly so that your business can continue operating as normal as soon as possible. One thing property damage to your restaurant's building can cause your company is a loss of revenue if your diner cannot keep operating as usual. Losing customers due to loss of functionality can get costly.

Whenever we arrive at your cafe after the storm takes its toll on your company's structure, we figure out how we can fix the problems without forcing you to close down or lose any customers what so ever. If you ever suffer from ruined building materials after severe weather, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 24 hours a day.

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How Ice Dams Cause Water Damage in Amherst

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Ice Dams Cause Water Damage in Amherst Is there an ice dam forming in your home?

Fast Winter Water Damage Repair in Amherst

You probably look up at the stars, but seldom consider looking up when you're at home. Most homeowners do not think about overhead spaces in their Amherst homes. An attic is a convenient storage place for old furniture, but seldom a source for concern. The attic above your head can suffer accidental winter water damages when an ice dam causes leakage in your crawlspace. If that happens, it's important to act quickly to mitigate the damages. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day so that you can reach us right away. That's why we're Faster to Any Size Disaster.  

Winter water removal can be tricky in Amherst, and our IICRC certified technicians can handle it so you can get back to your life quickly. There are four keys to getting your home dry quickly, and we can address them all.

The amount of water you need to have removed effects how long it takes. SERVPRO Professionals take the time to extract as much water as possible. Doing so is 1200 times more efficient than dehumidifiers alone.

Temperature affects how rapidly your space dries. We bring in specialized equipment and heaters for unheated attics to speed up the process.

Humidity is the next challenge. The best way to remove the remaining water is to evaporate it and then use dehumidifiers.

Air movement is the last crucial factor. A humidifier can only remove water from air that reaches it. We use the proper ratio of humidifiers to air movers so that you can get back to enjoying your space sooner.  

These are not the only concerns when you need water removal and damage mitigation in your attic. SERVPRO Professionals can arrange to move your belongings to a dry area. Water damage raises humidity, and that means smells are transmitted easily. We have technicians that specialize in deodorizing and even upholstery cleaning. We take care of everything so you can feel “Like it never even happened."  

When accidental winter water damages have you looking up answers, there's no need to stress. Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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Did You Know Increasing the Humidity in Your Home can Lead to Mold Damage?

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Did You Know Increasing the Humidity in Your Home can Lead to Mold Damage? Our SERVPRO of Hampshire County team is here to make your mold infestation "Like it never even happened."

Increasing the Humidity in Your Home can Lead to Mold Damage over the Winter in Granby

While the air becomes much drier over the colder months of winter in Granby, elevating the moisture levels too much can cause problems. Slight amounts of water vapor increased through the use of vaporizers can help people breathe more comfortably, especially during the night. However, repeated use of boiling water to achieve the same purpose, especially if continued daily, can backfire.

We want to caution the residents in Granby about having too much moisture in the home, as this can cause microbes to proliferate and cause damage. Such mold damage can happen anywhere inside your Granby residence. While we can remediate this problem anyplace it occurs, we also know that preventing microbial infestations costs less than home restoration costs.

Keeping temperatures cooler in your home and using layers of clothing while awake and extra blankets during the night keep the air from becoming overly dry feeling, and thus reduces the need to add moisture to the air. Doing these things can also reduce your heating costs, and add up over the winter. Using the oven can also keep your home warmer, at least near the kitchen, without adding too much moisture to the air. While some moisture does escape the oven and enters the air, it is considerably less than boiling water to cook produces from the stove.

Another area of the home that regularly produces steam is the bathroom. Showering daily may seem like a good way to get some humidity into the air, but instead, this allows mold damage to escalate. Running the exhaust fan during the shower and for a few minutes afterward ensures that all of the moisture gets released outside. This is especially important because the bathroom is one of the most prone areas in your home for developing mold damage.


SERVPRO of Hampshire County is always ready to help remediate mold damage when you have a problem in your home in Hadley, Ware, or Belchertown. Contact us by calling (413) 324-1300, and we can have your home free of excess mold, “Like it never even happened.” as well as provide you with additional ways you can prevent mold growth.

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Proven Tips to Remediate Fire Damage in Northampton

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Proven Tips to Remediate Fire Damage in Northampton When a fire affects your home, there are so many things to consider: smoke, odors, residue, debris, and water. Contact SERVPRO for our expertise.

Why Choose SERVPRO? Your Northampton Homes Needs Immediate Restoration After Fire Damage

Northampton residents enjoy the benefits of living in a small town but with quick access to I-91 can go anywhere in the state within just a few hours. Add in the water sports and activities popular along the Connecticut and Mill Rivers, and our community is an amazing place to live. It takes a disaster like a flood or fire to knock down a smile for even a few minutes.

That’s not to say removing the results and restoring a Northampton home after fire damage is an easy task. There is demolition, disposal, smoke residues, and odors which need immediate attention after firefighters finish their task of stopping the fire. That is why SERVPRO should be the first call you make after contacting your insurance agent. Our restoration specialists train to meet all IICRC standards and have access to a nationwide inventory of equipment, cleaning agents, and knowledge related to restoring everything not excessively damaged by a fire.

Response team members quickly remove property ruined by the fire to eliminate further contamination from smoke residues and ash as the property deteriorates. When needed, personnel bag or wrap items to avoid spreading the damage and make it easier to complete disposal. As the process begins, an inspector examines structural property like drywall panels, framing, and other support structures. Where needed specialist can demolish and remove these items as well.

Next, SERVPRO team members work to remove residues and the odors they exude. They first establish fans in the home to increase circulation and force out air containing malodors. As the fans turn, specialists use a wide variety of cleaning agents to break up residues and remove them from affected surfaces. For thick layers or residues on surfaces like rock and some marble, they use a stiff brush or a powered agitator to break the residues free.

If there are still odors in the home after we finish residue removal, it may be necessary to introduce a counteragent. For mild odors, it may require spraying surfaces to eliminate them. If the odor penetrated structural property like ceiling beams, specialists use a fogger machine to generate a cloud of particles that can penetrate as deeply as the odor to bind with and eliminate them.

As a locally owned office, SERVPRO of Hampshire County does everything possible to help return our neighbors to a clean home, safe for occupation once again. If you have suffered any level of fire damage, call us today at (413) 324-1300 to schedule a visit and get started on the restoration process.

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Your Amherst Home Can Be Restored By Our Experts After A Mold Damage Disaster

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Your Amherst Home Can Be Restored By Our Experts After A Mold Damage Disaster SERVPRO of Hampshire County can clean your home when a mold infestation has broken out.

Mold Damage Restoration In Your Amherst Home

In most homes in Amherst, mold is a big issue, but many people do not realize it is a problem. Everyone looks in the obvious places like under the sink, at the shower curtain, or in the basement when they think mold could be an issue, but mold can grow just about anywhere the conditions are right.

Finding mold and mold damage in your Amherst home requires immediate attention, so the growth does not continue to spread throughout your home. Mold can even cause health effects, so it is essential you ask for the assistance of a professional mold remediation company right away. Our team is ready 24/7 to help you, and with our training and tools, we can have the mess cleaned up for you quickly.

When we arrive at your home, we assess the situation and how severe the mold infestation is. We always use protective gear when it comes to cleaning up the mold to protect all our staff. SERVPRO workers wear eye protection and chemical resistant gloves and have various respirators available depending on how severe the infestation is. For small areas, we can use an N95 or greater filter respirator, while a half-mask respirator is used for larger contaminations. Fore extensive contaminations a full-face respirator can be used, along with a full body suit.

There are one thousand types of mold which can be found growing in homes. One of the most common types is aureobasidium. It can grow on painted and wooden services and develops in a black, brown, or pink color. Cladosporium can grow not just in warm conditions but in the cold as well. It frequently grows in indoor materials like upholsteries, carpets, and fabrics. You can find it inside cupboards as well and under floorboards. It is either olive-green or brown.

Mucor grows in larger patches and is usually white or greyish. It can be found closer to air conditioning machines and HVAC systems. Damp carpets can also offer a conducive spot for the growth of Mucor spores. Ulocladium grows well in wet areas and water. It usually is dark in color and can grow in homes that have undergone severe water damage in places like bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and windows in high condensation.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County can clean your home in Ludlow, Westhampton, or South Hadley when a mold infestation has broken out. You don’t want to hesitate to call us at (413) 324-1300, as the mold continues to multiply and spread throughout your home until we take care of it.

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Our Professionals Know When Snow Melts Your Granby Home Is At Risk For Damage

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Professionals Know When Snow Melts Your Granby Home Is At Risk For Damage If this water vapor remains, mold and other problems related to elevated humidity become much more likely to plague your home.

When Snows Melt, Flood Damage Mitigation Experts Restore Homes In Granby

Depressions around your Granby home's exterior can hold more snow, and drifting can add several feet of snow and ice to what already exists. Once this begins to melt, water can slip into your home quite easily. If your home rests on lower portions of a hillside, freshly melted snow can increase the flow.

SERVPRO technicians are ready to remove flood damage in your Granby residence with efficient techniques and protect your home from further problems. Flooding picks up soils and other debris, including organic matter from trees, your and neighbors' yards, and even the street. We use special cleaning equipment to remove not only the water but also the sediment left behind.

Our drying methods rapidly remove the moisture that evaporated from the standing water and entered the air inside your residence. If this water vapor remains, mold and other problems related to elevated humidity become much more likely to plague your home. We explain to our customers that helping them save money includes helping them prevent possible damaging situations, as this is much less costly than restoration through cleaning or replacing of materials.

With flooding, odors quickly become noticeable and make a home inhospitable. Odors continually remind occupants that the house is now dank and damp, a breeding ground for pathogens and other microbes. Achieving normal humidity of the air and moisture content of flooded contents reduces the odors, but many remain. Our IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses industry-recognized methods to eliminate these odors at their sources.

While still-damp environments, including even those barely moist, are not ideal candidates for treating through ozone, our hydroxyl generators do not have the same precautions. We can safely use them in such environments, as well as while these areas remain occupied by our workers and others helping to get your home's condition back “Like it never even happened.” Neutralizing odor-causing substances with easily formed chemical bonds, the new molecules disintegrate in new ways that do not produce odor. Additional methods, such as thermal fogging, once your home is arid again, add to the effectiveness of our odor control treatments.

Contact us, SERVPRO of Hampshire County, at (413) 324-1300, so we can help you move beyond flood damage and its terrible effects. Our professionals have the experience and advanced equipment needed to mitigate all of the effects caused by flooding.

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Curious About Our SERVPRO Commercial Fire Restoration Process? Read About It Below!

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Curious About Our SERVPRO Commercial Fire Restoration Process? Read About It Below! We are dedicated to restoring your bakery from fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Odor Restoration Process for Your Northampton Business

A fire in your Northampton bakery can prove to be quite costly. Plus, the longer you wait to repair the damage, the costs rise even higher. The settled smoke and soot are acidic and continue to create additional damage until they are cleaned up. Another aspect is the odors left behind after a fire.

Commercial fire odor restoration for your Northampton business is essential. You need to use an expert in fire damage restoration to ensure that the odors are properly handled. At SERVPRO, our technicians are specially trained and know what to do, and most importantly, what not to do.

The first step in deodorization of your residence after a fire is to remove the source of the odor. Charred structural materials and debris which is contaminated with smoke residues continue to give off odors of smoke if they are not removed.

SERVPRO staff can then clean surfaces which have odor-causing residues on them. These small particles keep generating odors until we clean them. We check adjacent rooms from where the fire started as well, as the odors can penetrate through walls and travel to other spaces. The whole structure at times plus the contents might need to be cleaned to remove the smoke odors entirely.

Next, we distribute a deodorizer to the affected surfaces in a manner that is similar to how the smoke penetrated the surface. A deodorizing fog or smoke is most effective in this case. Using deodorization methods which replicate the nature of smoke are very useful in smoke and fire damage deodorization.

Lastly, we may need to seal surfaces that were exposed to malodors. It might not be required in all circumstances, but it can be needed for situations that have severe damage. If odor removal would be too costly or impractical, sealing could eliminate the problem. Two common sealing situations are sealing duct surfaces in air handling systems that are inaccessible or painting walls. The building is then ventilated to ensure the odors are gone.

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At SERVPRO of Hampshire County, we understand what it takes to remove smoke odors from your business in Belchertown, Hadley, or Granby after a fire. Give us a call at (413) 324-1300 as soon as the fire is out so we can clean up your property and prevent further damages.

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