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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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Is Your Home Office at Risk of Fire Damage?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire flames burning hardwood floor No matter the size, fire damage is hard to clean. SERVPRO has the know-how and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage in Amherst Is A Genuine Risk When Working at Home 

Not everybody working in Amherst travels outside of the home for work. Some people telecommute or have a part-time job they run from their home. A home office makes working at home much more comfortable and cuts down on interruptions. 

Fire damage in Amherst home offices is terrible news. Even if you are working from your house, you must pay proper attention to workplace safety.

What are some fire risks when working from home? 

A home workspace contains several potential fire risks:

  • Electronics can catch fire.
  • Piles of paperwork or files provide kindling for flames.
  • Heaters or radiators can become a fire risk during the winter months.

If you are inclined to burn candles or incense – or even smoking – there is an immediate fire risk in your office.

What can I do to lessen the fire damage risk? 

SERVPRO recommends taking some easy steps to reduce the risk of fire damage in your home office:

  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Make sure tools do not have damaged cords or corroded batteries.
  • Deal with paperwork and do not allow it to pile up.
  • Use fireproof filing cabinets and storage boxes for all your papers and records.
  • Never leave a burning candle or incense unmonitored.

How can SERVPRO help? 

Even if you are careful when working at home, accidents sometimes occur. In the event of fire damage, we are on hand to help make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Our technicians assess the fire damage extent and draw up a plan to clean up your office and get back to work.

We use a range of cleaning methods, mechanical and chemical, to clean soot damaged walls, ceilings, and floors. We also clean your office furniture and any soft furnishings such as rugs, drapes, cushions, and upholstery.

Once your home workspace is clean and sound, we set to work using air scrubbers and, if needed, thermal fogging, to deodorize the room and leaving it smelling fresh once more.

Do not let fire damage put a spanner in the works. Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300.

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How Can SERVPRO Respond to a Flooded Record Room in an Amherst Hospital?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of hospital windows and hospital sign Patient records are vital to a hospital’s operations. Should flooding occur, call SERVPRO.

Records and Documentation for Patients and Clients in Your Medical Facility can be Sensitive and Irreplaceable, but our Professionals can Help with Effective Drying Strategies 

It is critical to protect hard copies of patient information and the respective documentation necessary for your Amherst hospital's daily functions. Flooding presents a direct risk to your facility's storage areas, especially those where this paperwork might have believed to have stored safely. The penetration of water into this room requires immediate action, especially several emergency services that our SERVPRO professionals can start upon arrival., including our cleaning technicians, but also involves our in-house commercial contractors.  

Addressing flood damage in Amherst hospitals and other medical facilities revolves around understanding how severe the disaster has become. From the initial onset of spreading floodwater concerns, the situation continually worsens until the appropriate actions reduce the spread and severity of these emergencies. Content management is a considerable aspect of this initial mitigation service that we can provide commercial customers. Especially with items and stored records, the multiple layers of content management can prove invaluable. The cleaning and restoration of documents, paperwork, files, and other contents include several tasks:  

  • Cleaning
  • Drying
  • Relocation
  • Deodorization
  • Antibacterial Treatment
  • Antimicrobial Treatment

How Does Document Drying Work?  

Freeze drying is among the most common actions taken to recover water damaged paperwork stored in your hospital's lower levels. Penetration of floodwater into these areas can make these documents vulnerable to irreparable damage, so mobile freeze-drying units get help to provide on-site recovery without compromising the sensitive information contained in the files. Freeze-drying works by placing paper products under in vacuum and flash freezing them.   

Often you do not need to remove documents and files from your facility after a flood when it is possible to restore them. Our SERVPRO of Hampshire County team can help protect these files and folders to make cleaning and recovery more efficient after a flood. Contact us today at (413) 324-1300. 

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Where Can I Get a Sewage Backup Cleaned After Hours?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon image of toilet overflowing; sailboat floating in the water on floor What do you do when your business experiences a sewage backup? Call SERVPRO. We can restore your business!

SERVPRO Technicians are Available Around the Clock, Including Weekends and Holidays to Handle Water Damage in Your Granby Commercial Property 

It can be frustrating to have a toilet backup in your Granby place of business, and more so when it occurs after hours or during a holiday when the company is not open. Anything that absorbs this type of water, known as black water for the contaminants it contains, requires disposal as a biohazard. It is crucial not to have any contact, including aspirating, with this type of water, as it is unhealthy and can contain bacteria and pathogenic elements. SERVPRO techs are available 24/7 to come to your property and return your business to a sanitary standard for reopening. 

What Types of Commercial Water Damage Repair Can a Toilet Overflow Cause?

Once there is a sewage backup in your Granby business, the water damage repair actions need to start quickly. The interior humidity levels rise rapidly. Being in a closed environment can be detrimental to electronic equipment, including printers, computers, servers, and data centers. The techs work quickly to determine the scale that the water has affected and device perimeters to ensure everything gets addressed. Standard beginning actions include SERVPRO technicians: 

  • Contain the area to cut down on the spread of odor and water vapor
  • Remove any electronics in danger of damage 
  • Move out of furnishings and items from the job site area to a cleaning station for inspection and restoration

Are Toilet Backups Preventable?

There are many reasons that a sewage backup can happen within your property. While some can get prevented, it is impossible to 100% insulate your property from this type of disaster. Environmental monitoring equipment can help catch a water damage situation more quickly by alerting you when interior humidity levels rise, indicating the possible presence of water. Some of the most frequently seen reasons backups occur in commercial facilities are: 

  • Too much toilet paper causing a clog
  • Inappropriate or harmful objects getting flushed
  • Cracked sewage pipe
  • Toilet malfunctions such as the flush valves or sensors on smart toilets 

What is Controlled Demolition During Restoration Services? 

When sewage-tainted water gets absorbed into the sheetrock on walls, drips through a ceiling to a lower level or seeps under a floor, most of those building materials will be lost. However, whenever possible, the techs try only to remove the deteriorated portion and leave undamaged sheetrock and other articles intact to lessen the amount of rebuilding and replacing needed. If parts of the sheetrock require removal, the interior insulation usually needs disposal too.  

Identifying the areas where the water migrates in a Granby sewage backup event is crucial, along with careful monitoring of the extraction and drying process. The techs can peer under flooring and behind walls using their specialized equipment to determine where the water went and determine the best way to remove it and dry it. They have different types of detection devices, depending on the surfaces they are scoping. 

Prepping for Repairs is Necessary 

Because of the contaminated nature of sewage water, the property needs thorough disinfection before rebuilding efforts can begin so the business can reopen. SERVPRO technicians have a broad array of antibacterial, antimicrobial, and deodorizing cleaners to tackle any size mess or odor. Particularly in companies that serve food or health services to the public, the technicians can test the surfaces after cleaning to determine if any bacteria remain present and reclean if needed.  

Odor control may be needed as this type of water damage has a strong, pungent scent that can get embedded in porous objects such as cushions on chairs. While equipment such as hydroxyl generators neutralize any airborne odorous particulate that floats within the scope of the UV rays emitted, the manual application of a fogging solution also works to eradicate embedded odors. Since this removes foul smells at the molecular level, there is no worry about the odors returning.  

When it comes time for repairs to get made, SERVPRO holds a contractor license (#MA CS-107843) and can handle all aspects of the rebuilding of your property. This construction includes installing insulation and sheetrock on walls and ceilings, replacing carpet or flooring, and painting to name some of the services. Once the techs complete the full restoration process, there are no signs of the previous water issues. 

Do not let the need for commercial water damage repair keep your business closed a minute longer than you must. Contact SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300. the trained and certified technicians can turn around the situation to make it, "Like it never even happened."

What Can I Salvage After a Substantial Fire in My Home?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Heavily fire damaged kitchen; smoke, soot and charring on walls Not all is lost after a fire. SERVPRO techs have the training and experience to handle all aspects of a fire loss event.

SERVPRO Uses Proven Fire Damage Restoration Methods to Increase Your Chances of Salvaging Belongings in Your Easthampton Home

There is plenty to worry about when you have a fire in your Easthampton home. The last thing on your mind should be whether you have the right tools to clean up the debris and charred materials. Instead of taking a chance that your DIY cleaning may compound the damage, SERVPRO has the right tools and techniques to salvage as much as possible. We work with the mindset that it is often better to try to repair and restore rather than replace, which also helps you lessen the cost of the loss.

How Can You Tell Which Belongings Are Salvageable?

When you call on us for fire damage restoration in Easthampton, we have technicians with specialized instruction through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our team understands that multiple factors are at work that determines your interior belongings and materials after a fire. The way that items are damaged includes their exposure to:

  • Flames of the fire
  • Heat
  • Smoke and soot residue
  • Water or chemicals used to extinguish the blaze

In addition to these factors listed above, the length of exposure time also plays a vital role. A fire that gets extinguished quickly lessens damage. However, there is still amplified risk from exposure to fire residues and soot that can cause breakdown or corrosion. Depending on the materials burned, the right methods must also be selected to facilitate the restoration. Some of the more common materials utilized in household furniture include:

  • Wood
  • Plywood
  • Medium-density fiberboard
  • Glass
  • Acrylic
  • Leather
  • Textiles
  • Plastics, and more

I Have Hardwood Floors, Are They a Total Loss?

We take each Easthampton fire restoration project on a case-by-case basis. Our skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) know how to assess your hardwood flooring to determine the right course of action. Hardwood flooring is generally durable, so our team may have the option of sanding and then refinishing. If the floors are unsalvageable, we will perform controlled demolition to remove all charred materials and replace them with brand-new hardwood flooring.

What Methods are Used for Cleaning Furnishings and Belongings?

Depending on the materials and soiling level, we have a range of dry or wet cleaning methods to try:

  • Dry Cleaning –This method works well for clearing away ashy, loose residue, and particles. We use various tools, including dusting cloths, feather dusters, sponges, brushes, and vacuums.
  • Wet Cleaning –We use this method for soot and smoke residue that adheres to surfaces. Wet methods work to dissolve, loosen, and suspend using products like mild detergents or low-alkaline surface cleaning agents.

A practical method often used with fire damage restoration is agitation, helping to loosen soiling before removing it. Any dry soot that may not have bonded with a surface can be agitated to make the residue more easily washed or cleaned.

  • We have mechanical agitation tools such as rotating brushes that work to remove soot from a heavily soiled surface.
  • We use air pressure hoses indoors while we have water pressure equipment for outside use.
  • Sandblasting is another form of agitation that allows us to blast away surface soiling and soot to bring about a smooth, clean finish.

How Do You Handle the Wetness from the Fire After Extinguishment?

Any time that water is part of fire-fighting efforts, moisture is often left behind. When this happens, it boosts the chances of odorous elements and mold festering within the fire zone. Without prompt attention, this is a combination that can quickly become problematic and hinder the restoration process. We have our technicians inspect your interior to ensure all water or chemicals from extinguishing the flames get removed before we move to the next phases of drying and deodorizing.

Ventilation is Key

With any fire restoration project, SERVPRO understands that airflow and ventilation help us meet our goals faster. We utilize negative air chambers or containment on an as-needed basis to inhibit soot particles from moving through your home’s ductwork. It also helps keep tracking to a minimum by anyone walking in and out of the loss zone. Additionally, we may:

  • Set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to improve general air quality
  • Wipe down surface areas to help eliminate smoke residue traces

Smoke and odor control are also a significant factor for any fire damage project. It is essential not to leave odorous molecules behind that could become a constant reminder of the fire. We utilize a broad spectrum of tools and products to help us stop odors in their tracks, including:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators

SERVPRO of Hampshire County is the team you need on your side when faced with a need for fire damage restoration. Call 24/7 at (413) 324-1300 to have a Green Fleet deployed to your property.

What Steps Are Crucial in Disinfecting Property Flooded by A Storm?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech removing baseboard in water damaged room; SERVPRO drying equipment being used in room What should you do when floods damage your home? Call SERVPROI! We know how to safely remove the water.

SERVPRO Can Help Clean, Disinfect, or Remove Materials as Part of Flood Damage Restoration in Your Northampton Property 

When a storm floods your property, one of the problems you have to worry about is contamination. Failure to decontaminate the affected areas can pose significant risks. It is important to note that you can clean up your Northampton property, but leave traces of contaminants.

Can Contamination Persist After Cleaning?

Cleaning is a necessary part of flood damage restoration when Northampton properties flood. However, several factors influence its effectiveness in removing contaminants, including:

  • Whether affected materials are porous or non-porous
  • Whether cleaning involves the use of disinfectants or antimicrobial products
  • Procedures used in the application of cleaning agents
  • Site management procedures such as content manipulation

What is easier to decontaminate, porous, or non-porous material?

Floodwaters contain massive levels of contaminants, such as chemicals and biohazards. In most cases, decontamination is only feasible for non-porous or semi-porous materials such as wood furniture or some floor and wall materials. Porous materials, including carpets and pad, allow deeper penetration of contaminants minimizing chances of proper decontamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove such materials for disposal for the safety of your family.

Which steps are necessary when decontaminating hard surfaces? 

  • Allowing products at least 10 minutes of dwell-time
  • Use of products at correct temperatures of at least 68°F
  • Ensuring the cleaning solution spreads evenly around the property

Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to ensure we decontaminate all areas thoroughly. For instance, to ensure we apply sufficient products on vast areas such as floor surfaces, we use electric or pump-up sprayers for application. We also clean the surfaces we want to decontaminate before applying the disinfectant since the products need physical contact to be effective. Some organic matter can also neutralize the products.

Restoring sanitary conditions to your property after a storm floods it is crucial. Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Can the Interior of My Granby Home Ever Look the Same After Severe Fire Damage?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke filled room Smoke and soot are hard to clean. Let SERVPRO restore your fire damaged home.

SERVPRO Offers Full-Spectrum Fire Damage Restoration Services to Granby Residents, Including Repair, Resurfacing, and Rebuilding Options

Fire damage recovery in Granby can be a complicated matter, involving the employment of many disaster restoration strategies. A typical household fire, even if quickly knocked down, can include the following phases and remedies:

  • Safety assessment
  • Contaminated water containment and removal
  • Debris cleanup
  • Residue and surface evaluations and matching with effective cleaning products and methods to eliminate 
  • Deodorization
  • Repair and rebuilding of significantly burned structures and fixtures

Why Are Fire Damage Residues So Hard to Remove?

Everyday dirt and grime can pose a bit of a problem, but the conditions during which they settle on floors and surfaces are relatively consistent. Sweeping, a pass of the vacuum, dusting, or a bucket and mop chases them away in short order. Fire damage in your Granby house can be a different matter. The soiling presented is not just tramped in leaves and garden dirt, food prep leftovers, the odd spill, or dust motes finally clinging to the woodwork. During the fire, the heat and the continuous combustion of a wide range of building materials, fixtures, and contents change everyday items into chemically altered substances. Benign materials transform into toxic, hazardous residues that are both airborne and attached to every surface in your home.

How Did the Fire Damage Inside my House Spread So Widely?

When materials catch fire, the burning heat causes the vapors and incompletely combusted bits of fuel, also known as soot particles, to spread on air currents. Hot air rises, so the pattern often is seen more substantial soot deposits near and on ceilings. The heat and response of the lighter-than-air particles of soot also explain why the soiling occurs one or more levels above the ignition site. If the vents in your HVAC system were open during the fire, soot could travel through the ductwork, emerging far from where the fire burned and thought confined.

My Attempts Only Made the Situation Worse! How Do I Clean Up?

Leave fire damage cleanup to our SERVPRO team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians. Rigorous coursework plus on the job experience under the tutelage of seasoned fire restorers helps our employees recognize the different types of soot commonly seen in household fires and then match the residues with effective propriety cleaners and appropriate techniques. Failure to follow these steps frequently results in smearing and setting in stains, and incomplete removal of corrosive residues.

Is It Dangerous to Clean Up Soot?

The air quality inside your home after a fire in Granby can give cause for concern. When we assess the scene, we likely recommend at least partial containment of the hardest-hit spaces to improve the conditions our workers and occupants endure during cleanup. Wrapping the area with 1.6 mil polyethylene and employing a negative pressure air scrubber forces airborne-residues through HEPA filters. Our crews also wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid inhaling the residues or allowing skin contact during the project. We suggest you and your family avoid the work areas as much as possible.

How Can You Handle Severe Charring of Building Materials?

We always trend toward the restoration of damaged materials rather than demolition and replacement. This approach is less disruptive and costly in both time and money, but it is not always appropriate for every scenario. As we work on returning soot-encrusted surfaces to preloss condition, we also encounter circumstances where the underlying material sustained significant damage from the heat and burning of the fire. There are options short of rebuilding, even in severe cases. We also consider a hybrid response when some areas of fire damaged materials can emerge from aggressive cleaning intact and can return to function while another section cannot. Here are some strategies we use:

Blistered and peeling finishes

  • If brushing the loose finish reveals relatively undamaged material beneath, refinishing or painting can proceed after thorough cleaning and drying.
  • Additional layers of charring might respond to controlled removal. We might choose to use an appropriate abrasive technique like fine-grit sandpaper or steel wool until we find undamaged, stable material to refinish.

Charred structural components unable to provide support

When the integrity of a structural component or fixture becomes irreparably damaged by burn-through or heavy charring, our rebuilding division can assist with demolition and repair and reconstruction.

Engaging the services of SERVPRO of Hampshire County gives homeowners a seamless and low-stress restoration experience after a destructive fire. We can handle everything from initial assessment to rebuilding severely burned structures, starting with a call to (413) 324-1300.

Contractor Licenses:

General: MA CS-107843

Residential: MA HIC 180066

Does Drywall in My Northampton House Need Removal When It Gets Wet?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Woman watching suds overflowing from dishwasher When appliances fail, drywall often becomes water damaged. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore your home.

Experienced SERVPRO Managers Assess the Water Damage and Follow Best Practices to Restore Wet Materials in Northampton Homes

Drywall is a common material in many homes, predominant in more recent constructions, but also used in remodeled or repaired dwellings. Because of its porous nature, drywall wicks water quickly. When water spreads across a floor and moves toward the baseboard, the water crawls up the drywall. The composite material crumbles and warps and is rapidly rendered as inadequate and irreparable.

Where Does the Water Go After an Appliance Breaks Down?

If the dish or clothes washer in your Northampton home causes water damage, dealing with the visible water is just one step. You would not be the first homeowner wondering where the gallons of water that poured out went. Contact between the floor and wall joints in your kitchen or utility room allows water to seep through, pooling up between the walls and percolating into the subfloor. Merely mopping up or using a wet vacuum is not enough to address this hidden and now trapped water migration.

How Do the Pros Follow the Water?

SERVPRO technicians use sensitive moisture detectors and meters to outline the perimeters intruding water. We then choose the path of least disruption to reach the water, which can include flood cuts that take the wet drywall out several inches above the waterline, permitting:

  • Access to the water, extractable with portable units
  • Removal of unrestorable materials and inhibition of mold growth
  • Opening of the wet areas so our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians can eliminate moisture inside affected wall cavities

How Is Cutting Up My Wall the Least Disruptive Option?

Replacement of drywall is a straightforward process that our build-back specialists can manage easily. Choosing instead to leave the standing water and moisture behind surfaces to dry slowly, if at all, leads to the risk of severe damage to framing and other supportive structural materials.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County has wraparound restoration services available when water damages your home. Call us at (413) 324-1300 to discuss the best practices we use to return your house to the preloss condition.

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Contractor Licenses:

General: MA CS-107843

Residential: MA HIC 180066