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Come Out and See Blues at Its Finest in the Amherst Area

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Northampton Seal Don't let storm damage give you the blues. SERVPRO is on call to keep you playing your tune.

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters to Perform at the Iron Horse Music Hall 

Rhythm and Blues fans recognize the name Ronnie Earl as one of the greats. Along with his band of musicians, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters will be coming to you live from the Iron Horse Music Hall this November 27th, 2020, beginning at 7 PM. The doors open at 5:30 PM, allowing you to find your seats and enjoy dinner well before the show starts. Ronnie will be sharing the stage with the ever-talented Diane Blue Friday.  

Tickets are available online or by contacting the Iron Horse Music Hall directly. Don't miss your opportunity to see what the great B.B. King has called "one of the most serious blues guitarists around."  

Just because you like the blues does not mean that you need to live them. Our SERVPRO of Hampshire County team can help area businesses to get their doors back open quickly with water extraction for Amherst structures. Contact us today at (413) 324-1300.

Northampton is a City Growing in Every Positive Way

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of buildings We love our community, and are always on call to remediate storm damage.

Enjoy Northampton’s Many Attributes – From Historical to Modern 

The city of Northampton has seen its share of hardships and required adaptation over the decades. From housing the prestigious and nationally recognized Smith College to its arts community, Northampton is a municipality growing in all the best ways. Rising from a low economic point in the 1970s, residents have created a community where people want to remain and raise their families instead of larger areas like Springfield to the south. There are several ways that the town continues to create a positive impact on its residents. 

A Focus on the Arts  

Despite a smaller size for a mid-sized town at around 29,000, Northampton has grown into a cultural and art-centered community in recent years. This revitalization alone can be a great testament to area residents' determination and perseverance following an economic decline that completely bottomed out in the 1970s and would take a few decades to rebuild and restore. As with many hard times, it brought about art in music, theater, and various still media. 

The pinnacle of art exhibitions for the community happens twice a year, with the Paradise City Arts Festival held on both the weekends of Memorial Day and Columbus Day. The festival welcomes various cultures and crafts together in a blend of all things art. This event has been a highly regarded display of local talents and craftworkers annually since the mid-1990s. Live entertainment has also become a staple of the art scene. There are multiple venues throughout the city that host these performances, including the Academy of Music and the Calvin Theater.

The Dynamics of a College Town  

Smith College is a prestigious women's institution here in Northampton that has become a community staple. Its involvement with four other Pioneer Valley colleges makes it a leg of the Five College Consortium with other liberal arts institutions such as Amherst College and Hampshire College. This connection allows students of these five schools to attend courses or programs at any of the others with additional costs. The presence and growth of Smith College in the town have also helped to bolster the evolution of retail, specialty shops, and employment opportunities. 

With the nearly three thousand extra residents brought to the area every semester, the need for part-time employment opportunities and retail locations is evident. Areas of Northampton have grown immensely with the development of the college and its temporarily boarded undergraduates. It is this blend of a younger permanent resident base and the college crowd that allows places like Thornes Marketplace, Campus Center, and Kingsgate Plaza Shopping Center up and running. 

Historic Sites of Northampton 

As much as the community is always looking towards the future and adapting to the country's changing conditions, Northampton officials have also recognized the need to preserve historical properties and architectural styles from succumbing to aging degradation. An excellent example of this is the Elm Street / Round Hill Historic District. Elm Street's one-mile stretch features nearly 140 buildings ranging from homes built in the 1700s to more modern architectural styles. Much of Smith College falls under the historic heading, as the school dates back to 1871. 

Smith College also owns and maintains structures dating back as far as 1725 with the acquisition of the current Sessions House (109 Elm Street) constructed initially by Jonathan Hunt. The Haven House on Smith College's campus was the residence of the American poet/author Sylvia Plath for her first years at the school in the 1950s. Just off of the main strip of historic properties on Elm is the hold of former President Calvin Coolidge, who served as Commander in Chief from 1923 to 1929. 

A Warm Welcome to the World 

Over the past decades, Northampton has become a community more accepting of alternative lifestyles, religions, and orientations. Having a safe and accepting location for community members ensures that they can live out life with joy and pursue dreams created by the top minds leaving institutions like Smith College. Without prejudice and restrictions, artists and individuals create art in all forms, from music and still art to live theater and films such as: 

  • The Cider House Rules
  • Malice
  • In Dreams
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Storm Response Team to Help for Any Northampton Disaster 

While Northampton has never had the unfortunate luck of encountering severe natural disasters like hurricanes that can impact the coastal states, there are several types of extreme weather events that can occur here. Blizzards and cold snaps can be structurally damaging or ruin under-insulated pipes in a house. However, flooding remains one of the most destructive forces Hampshire County must contend with for homes and businesses. Between 1950 and 2010, nearly 350 flooding events were recorded. 

How SERVPRO responds to these events impacts the potential damage that homes and businesses suffer from flood losses. We appreciate that mobilizing quickly in a crisis can ensure that beneficial emergency services such as extraction can promptly start. We have powerful water removal tools that we can utilize as soon as our water restoration technicians arrive at the flooded residence. Some of these include: 

  • Wet Vacuums
  • Submersible Pumps
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Carpet Wands 

Cleaning is also a vital element to flood removal for Hampshire County homes. With substantial loss incidents, exposure to contaminants and harmful substances cannot be ignored. In some situations, demolition is necessary to prepare the property for recovery. With a general contracting license for residences (MA HIC 180066), we can complete the tear out, repairs, and reconstruction your property requires. 

Flood damage can be a devastating situation for area homes, especially when contamination is a concern. Let our SERVPRO of Hampshire County team help, however possible, by calling (413) 324-1300.

Foodies Visiting Northampton are in for a Treat

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign on building Our SERVPRO team enjoys attending the Pioneer Valley Food Tours.

Enjoy Personalized Food Tours in Northampton

Pioneer Valley Food Tours offers various tours, food baskets, and even cycling tours to visitors and residents who want to experience locally grown and prepared foods from the pioneer era. Visit shops selling locally prepared cheeses, meats, artesian bread, yogurt, pastries, ciders, and craft beer. Services offered by Pioneer Valley Food Tours include:

  • Locally guided walking food tours to local merchants in the downtown area – 2.5 hours
  • Guided walking tours focused on vegetarian foods produced in the area – 2.5 hours
  • Picnic baskets full of local products for 2 to 4 people
  • Custom private tours for families and groups up to 6 people
  • Seasonal tours, for example, cycling food tour in the spring of 2021
  • Gift Cards

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, they are only booking private tours of up to 6 people and not mixing groups of people for everyone’s safety and protection.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County provides professional mold removal in ceilings to Northampton residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (413) 324-1300. We are available 24/7 to help with mold removal, mold mitigation, and restoration.

What are Best Practices for Handling Oily Soot After a Fire in Northampton?

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage While it might be challenging to handle some damaged surfaces, SERVPRO has the training and skill to complete your fire damage project.

Once Your Northampton Shop Has Fire Damage, Skilled SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remove Soot and Soiling with Innovative Techniques

Fire moves quickly, especially if the contents of your Northampton business create the perfect environment. Materials combust and leave sediment and residue behind, some of which can be too stubborn and difficult to remove. To ensure you have the best practices in play for cleanup, SERVPRO is available to address all smoke particles and oily soot on all surfaces. Give us a phone call, and a crew will be there within hours because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Types of Soiling Am I Up Against?
Once you call us to your commercial property to help with fire damage in Northampton, we start by assessing the interior. Not only is structural integrity and overall loss taken into account, but our skilled IICRC-certified crew also takes note of the types of soiling throughout. Depending on the soil's heavy nature or depth, specific products, techniques, and approaches get selected carefully.

• Lighter Soiling – If you happen to have oil-based soiling throughout your business space, we can use a water-based detergent to help us emulsify and remove. The detergent and soil attach, making it easier to clean the surface and rinse the residue away.
• Heavier Soiling – The more massive the soil, the more significant the obstacle for our crew. However, we look into methods that help us dissolve the soils where water-based detergents will not work. In these cases, we have access to powerful solvents made for various materials that enable us to loosen and remove stubborn residues.

If the damage is beyond repair, we may perform controlled demolition to make your business space like-new again. General Contractor License #: MA CS-107843.

While it might be challenging to handle some damaged surfaces, SERVPRO of Hampshire County has the training and skill to complete your fire damage project. To have a team dispatched to your business, give us a call at (413) 324-1300.

Are Flood Losses Expensive for Homeowners?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

insurance adjuster standing in a flooded house SERVPRO works with the claims adjuster after a Northampton home flooded

SERVPRO Works with your Insurance Adjuster to Make Sure your Northampton Home Returns to a Pre-incident Condition After Flood Damage.

How do homeowners deal with flooding?

Flooding in Northampton can be a massively traumatic event for homeowners. Not only is the home unsafe, but there is also a risk of losing possessions that may have been collected over a lifetime. We understand that the best method for dealing with a traumatic event is to perform effective and efficient restoration for homeowners. Our technicians have extensive experience dealing with flood losses, which allows us to answer tough questions like where to store contents, prevent further damage, and return a home to its preloss condition correctly. Our crew chiefs or project managers are on-hand to communicate with you directly and ease any concerns you may have about the home's structure or possessions. Our guidance can help you reduce the burden of worry that so frequently afflicts homeowners undergoing flood recovery. That is why we operate our call lines twenty-four hours a day and promise to arrive at your property within four hours of notification of loss to begin work, whenever possible.

How necessary is preparation for flood recovery?

To reduce the impact of flood damage in your Northampton home, it is essential to come prepared. As a homeowner in a flood-risk area, it is wise to take out a separate flood insurance policy, create a flood preparedness kit, and a game plan should a flooding event be imminent. SERVPRO is equally prepared by establishing a fail-safe, tried, and tested method for restoration and mitigation of loss in your property. A crew chief conducts a detailed pre-inspection of your property upon arrival at the site to note any areas where there is potential for loss reduction. Loss reduction could be extracting water or providing humidity control. Crew chiefs also document the number of technicians needed and the type of equipment we require to perform our jobs. Our preparation spans back to our training, experience working on residential properties, and advanced cleaning or drying equipment.

What are the priorities for mitigating losses in a flooded home?

  • Protecting the structure from unlawful entry, looting, or trespass and noting potential hazards within the structure like falling ceilings, damaged subfloors, or exposed wiring.
  • Pumping out the standing water from the home which can help to reduce the pressure on walls and joints as well as significantly reducing the impact of water exposure on contents.
  • Inspecting cavities where water may have migrated, such as crawlspaces, subfloors, and wall voids.

Can floodwaters be pumped out entirely from a property?

While pumps may be the most efficient method of extracting water from a property, these are only useful for reducing standing water levels. Once the water level drops to below two inches, there is a no-longer adequate lift for pumps to remove moisture. SERVPRO technicians resort to extraction equipment to remove residual moisture from home. First, we use a moisture meter to find out the level of water penetration in the material. Contents in the house can be blocked, secure them from water exposure, or taken to a dry, clean area of the home to reduce further damage. To guarantee that our extraction process eliminates of all residual moisture in the affected area, we often remove floor finishes like hardwoods, carpets, and laminate flooring. Getting rid of water efficiently goes a long way to mitigating losses in your property, allowing you to return sooner.

How are surfaces returned to a normal condition after flooding?

  • Application of deodorizer or anti-microbial chemicals directly onto the surfaces reduces the chances of malodor or secondary losses.
  • Removing the spots and stains from furnishings or upholstery while these contents are wet to ensure stains do not become permanent.
  • Applying specific topical treatments to distinctive textiles like carpets or high-value upholstery such as leather and satin.

How do professional restorers dry a property?

Drying the property after a water intrusion event is essential to ensuring that your home does not suffer further losses. Much microbial growth in the house is the result of a recent water intrusion event. SERVPRO brings in humidity controls alongside air-moving equipment to thoroughly dry the property and prevent microbial spores from growing in the environment. Professional drying of the home can also help control odors, which are more perceptible in a wet climate. Our technicians regularly monitor a property throughout the restoration to ensure drying is effective and correlates with our expected timeline.

How are drying equipment combined to improve drying time?

  • Air movers are positioned throughout the property to evaporate moisture using heat and ventilation.
  • Dehumidifiers, either refrigerant or desiccant, can help to draw the evaporated moisture out of the air and prevent indoor humidity from rising.
  • Indoor furnaces can help to provide additional temperature to aid moisture removal.

Flooding can be extremely difficult to overcome without the assistance of qualified restorers. Contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-5400.

How Does Cleanup Work if Water Gets into Walls?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged ceiling Should your home experience water damage, call SERVPRO. We are always available to restore your home.

SERVPRO Handles Walls Within Your Granby Home Carefully to Facilitate Rapid Water Cleanup 

With any water incident within your Granby home, the walls are susceptible to taking on moisture. Proper steps must be followed to remove any water from behind the walls so that thorough drying can occur. At SERVPRO, we feature highly-skilled technicians ready to handle any cleanup and drying that your property requires after a major spill or leak. Once you call us, we send out a team to your home so that we may begin initial assessment and planning. 

Will All Walls Within My Home Need Attention? 

When you contact SERVPRO to help with water cleanup in Granby, we take the time to inspect all surface areas, including your walls, flooring, furnishings, and anything else impacted by standing water. Even if the affected walls in the loss zone seem undamaged, it is best to open them to help prevent future mold growth, musty odors, and structural decay. We work to: 

  • Remove the water from your interior as quickly as possible, including ventilation.
  • Take off baseboards, then use drill holes in your drywall to drain out any uninsulated walls.
  • Take off the inside surface of walls with insulation a few inches above the waterline. Flooded drywall gets disposed of appropriately according to local guidelines.
  • Any paneling without damage can be propped open or get re-installed after detailed cleaning.
  • Fully remove and then dispose of saturated fibrous insulation.
  • Should water damage result from outside flooding; our team removes any mud, silt, and debris. We treat wall studs and other surface areas with anti-microbial agents. 

In some situations, we use the InjectiDry system for addressing moisture found within the walls in your home. Our crew always adjusts equipment and drying methods as needed to ensure the best results. 

Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 when you need help with water cleanup, including potential moisture hidden behind walls.

How do Professionals Restore Residences to an Original Condition?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked outside home Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with restoration equipment and ready to be deployed to your home.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Experts Have Years of Experience Working with Residential Properties in Northampton and Restoring them to a Pre-loss Condition

Does property restoration begin right away?

When residential properties in Northampton suffer damages, there are usually several processes that must take place before the home is ready for restoration. Mitigation and emergency services are the priority that technicians address in a home as these can help secure the property or prevent further damage. During this process, SERVPRO technicians can also begin sorting through permanent and non-permanent losses, which keeps the restoration procedure time and cost-efficient; there is no point in restoring items that may later need replacing. Restoration usually occurs once a property is clean, dry, and the removal of permanently damaged contents or structure is complete.

What does water restoration cover?

  • Cleaning items to return them, where possible, to a preloss condition
  • Resurfacing and refinishing things that may have non-permanent damage
  • Replacing items which have permanent water damage

Does water restoration get expensive?

The expenses of water restoration in your Northampton home depend entirely on the extent of the damage. Water exposure is a critical factor in a claim's cost because long-term exposure leads to permanent damage. The most expensive aspects of restoration cover replacement and resurfacing. SERVPRO aims to produce the same results, a preloss condition, by using cleaning methods and technologies. We can stock our vans with advanced equipment like ultra-sonic immersion cleaners to achieve quality restoration for various household items. When we do need to replace things, we do so for cost-efficient or inexpensive materials like sheetrock. Our restoration over replacement methodology ensures that customers enjoy an on-time and on-budget service.

How does mechanical washing work?

  • Textiles are suspended in place within the machine
  • Water jets rotate around the suspended fabrics at high pressure
  • Up to 99% of soils and stains are removed through mechanical cleaning

Working to restore a property to its preloss condition is cost-efficient. Contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 now.

How Do Homeowners Know if Mold is Growing in Their House?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech removing water damaged carpet What's underneath your carpet? Mold? SERVPRO is trained to look for signs of mold damage.

The Most Common Reason to Enlist a Professional Mold Inspection is Musty Odors or Visible Mold on Surfaces. SERVPRO Helps Northhampton Residents to Discover and Remediate Mold.

Why is mold growing in my property?

The growth of mold can occur for a variety of reasons. If you notice unpleasant odors in some parts of the home, it is enough to justify a Northampton-based restoration firm's professional inspection. The causes of mold can be tough to pinpoint without mold remediation technicians entering the property. Sometimes, visible mold growth on walls can be an outward sign of infestation within wall spaces, attics, crawlspaces, or flooring. Microbes, like mold, grow in the presence of moisture. That means a mold issue is likely to result from insufficient insulation, the lack of an adequate vapor barrier, or a slow leak in your home's plumbing. SERVPRO has a roster of expert technicians ready to investigate a potential mold infestation.

Is it essential to act quickly after discovering mold?

You should consider a professional mold inspection of your Northampton home at the first signs of growth. Like most infestations, microbial organisms can spread relatively quickly. A mold colony starts life as a spore. These spores can contain many seeds which, in the right conditions, attach to surfaces through hyphae. Hyphae can be restricted to the surface level or penetrate porous materials. In the right conditions, molds can grow through materials, continuing to produce spores for further colony growth. We recommend that you contact a qualified restoration service who can assess the extent of damage by inspecting floorboards, baseboards, or ceiling cavities. SERVPRO technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC), which allows us to operate on properties with microbial growth infestations.

How do I discover mold in my home?

  • Musty odors are familiar with most types of mold and could indicate an infestation
  • Grey, green, or black mold colonies on walls, ceilings, or behind furniture and fittings
  • A recent water damage issue could contribute to mold, so homeowners should be extra-vigilant in these situations
  • Dampness should be investigated thoroughly for potential microbial activity 

Is it necessary to demo building materials with mold?

The prospect of removing building materials through demolition can be a worrying one for homeowners. We understand that there is much potential inconvenience associated with the noise and space usage of demolition. However, exposing hidden areas of a mold infestation in Northampton may only be possible with the controlled demolition of infested materials. Without inspecting the full extent of damage and the source of the issue, the chance of mold returning is relatively high. As a general rule, materials that are porous or semi-porous suffer adversely from microbial infestation. These materials may include drywall, insulation, sheetrock, or floorboards. In severe cases, the subfloor or building frame- which is usually made from wood- can require replacement. SERVPRO promises to act quickly on any necessary demolition of materials when working in your home.

How do molds spread?

  • Airborne spores
  • Through porous and semi-porous materials
  • By traveling on footwear or clothing

Does demolition of moldy building materials increase the chances of spreading?

Mold spores can be as miniscule as 1 micron in size. The potential for spreading on clothing or becoming airborne is high, given that most remediation techniques involve agitative cleaning or demolition. SERVPRO technicians can set up a containment zone in your Northampton property to control the spread of molds. Usually, these containment areas use air-scrubbers, vacuums, negative air pressure, and impermeable sheeting to prevent potential spreading. Most vacuum remediation equipment uses high-efficiency particulate air-filters (HEPA) to capture airborne spores. Our technicians can set up decontamination rooms to wash clothing and other personal protective equipment to control the spreading further.

What materials are salvageable from mold?

  • Certain fabrics can be machine washed using Esporta washing machines
  • Non-porous or dense materials which only show surface-level infestation
  • Mortar, tiles, or synthetic materials in the home generally respond well to restoration

Are the demolition and replacement of moldy materials expensive?

It is understandable for homeowners to think of mold remediation in terms of cost-efficiency. Our technicians operate on a restore rather than replace the basis. Before removing any materials, we factor in the expense and time associated with replacement. Many household building materials are inexpensive to replace. These materials include drywall or insulation. The best option for expensive materials like hardwood flooring is to clean and restore. We can use sand, pressure washing, or soda-blasting on the surface of the wood. Following that, our team can refinish and re-polish hardwoods to return them to a preloss condition following microbial growth. You can talk with a crew chief throughout restoration to get a full picture of the cost and time frame of remediation in your Northampton home.

Taking a pro-active approach to microbial infestation can help to recover and restore expensive material in the home. Contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 today.

What Are All Those Holes In My Wall For After Flooding?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home After a flood incident occurs. You can trust that your home is in good hands with our experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO uses multiple restoration techniques in Northampton homes with floodwater problems.

When floodwater enters a home, it is not uncommon for the majority of the visible water to recede into other areas of the structure, known as "migration." SERVPRO technicians use their equipment to track the migration path and, in some cases, help the structure release the moisture it is holding through actions such as creating weep holes along walls, allowing better drainage of the water.

Why Did My Tile Come Loose After Flood Damage?  

After flood damage in a Northampton property, tile flooring bears the brunt of the loss in many cases. While ceramic tile floors with an intact grout line seal have one of the best outcomes from flood water contact, laminate and adhesive floor tiles tend to have one of the worst. Upon exposure to floodwater, the glue holding down the tiles tends to deteriorate, and the tile delaminates and requires removal. This also calls attention to the probability that water seeped into the subfloor, and it necessitates drying. The techs use most commonly:

  • Drying mats
  • Air movers
  • Industrial dehumidifiers
  • Air scrubbers 

There is a certain amount of controlled demolition that is common. With their residential contractor license, #MAHIC180066, the SERVPRO techs bring the knowledge of building as well as safely removing damaged structural elements and readying the property for the needed repairs. 

Mold is a threat after floodwater enters a home. It does not come in with the moisture but can find optimum conditions for naturally occurring airborne spores to germinate. Once this happens, an infestation can spread rapidly throughout the area. The technicians can remove damaged sheetrock or other items and perform abatement as needed to neutralize the issue. The application of antimicrobial solutions assists in inhibiting the setup of mold colonies during the mitigation. 

SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 to handle storm and flood damage in your home. The technicians are available 24/7 to handle any size water cleanup and restoration service needed.  

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How Can I Fortify My Home Against Flood Damage?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding; home becoming submerged Storms and flood damage happen. Our technicians are ready to go. Call us today!

Northampton Residents Are Worried About Preventing Flood Damage 

Northampton homeowners know the importance of taking good care of their home – and they know that sometimes it’s worth spending a little money now, to save expense and stress later.

When flood damage hits Northampton, homes are at risk of extensive damage. Flood damage repairs can be costly and inconvenient. SERVPRO recommends doing all you can to fortify your home against floods before anything happens, to reduce the possible harm and protect your house.

What can I do to boost my home’s flood resistance? 

Here are some things to consider if you want your home to be more resistant to flooding:

  • Apply water-resistant paint to the outside of your property
  • Cover pet flaps and vents if it looks like a storm is coming
  • Use sandbags to protect your property when the weather dictates
  • Consider installing flood-proof doors and windows if you are in a high-risk area

Is there anything else I can do? 

As well as taking care of your home’s structure, SERVPRO recommends keeping on top of home maintenance projects. Things that can reduce your flood damage risk include:

  • Dealing with any roof repairs or loose tiles as soon as possible
  • Cleaning gutters and downspouts regularly and repairing any damaged parts
  • Checking your door and window seals and replacing them if needed

You might also consider hiring a landscape gardener to ensure flood water will run away from your home.

What should I do if flood damage occurs? 

No matter how many precautions you take, you cannot wholly prevent flood damage. If you need flood mitigation, call SERVPRO as soon as you can. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we know how to repair and restore your home after a flood.

Our professional team will extract water from your home and make it safe again if it has suffered structural damage. We also handle the removal of damaged carpets, and we clean and restore furniture Wherever possible. We will not quit until your home is appropriately dry and clean again, and we even carry out odor removal, so your house smells fresh.

 For help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300.

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