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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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We Are The Crew To Call To Restore Your Amherst Home After A Mold Infestation

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We Are The Crew To Call To Restore Your Amherst Home After A Mold Infestation When you reach out to us, you can rest assured your home is getting the best care.

Mold Damage Remediation In Your Amherst Home

When you have detected a mold problem in your Amherst home, you do not want to hesitate in getting it handled. Professional help is needed to clean up the mold and to stop it from spreading further. The quicker this is done, the better since mold can cause health effects and quickly grows to other areas.

Mold damage remediation for your Amherst home is essential to have done by professionals like our staff at SERVPRO. Our specialists have the expertise and advanced equipment needed to get the job done correctly and promptly.

One of the most popular methods for mold remediation on semi-porous and non-porous surfaces is blasting. Blasting systems give a very thoroughly clean without needing much manual labor like scraping, scrubbing, or wire brushing. There are several different media blasting methods which can be used, including water, baking soda, and grit.

We can use dry-ice blasting to remove larger areas of mold or lightly charred raw lumber such as attic crawl spaces after a fire. The pellets of carbon dioxide are under pressure and shootout and scrape the residue from the surfaces. The solid pellets then pass into a gaseous state, which leaves a minimal mess.

Grit and sandblasting are thought of as more aggressive methods and are used most frequently for coatings, rusted surfaces, and preparation or floor cleaning. It can disturb mold spores but might be too aggressive. It can also break up the mold spores into smaller particles, which can then pass through your HEPA filtrations system and contaminate other areas of the home.

Soda blasting, on the other hand, has been found to be quite useful and is a popular method that SERVPRO techs use for mold remediation. It doesn’t cause much damage to the surface being treated since it is softer than other blasting media. Any debris that is made from this process is suctioned up as it is progressing. We also create containment barriers with plastic sheeting to isolate the circulation of mold spores and debris from spreading.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County uses the best methods for mold remediation in your home in Granby, Ludlow, or Hadley. When you reach out to us at (413) 324-1300, you can rest assured your home is getting the best care.

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Some Warning Signs of Damaged Pantry Items After Flooding in Your Northampton Home

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Some Warning Signs of Damaged Pantry Items After Flooding in Your Northampton Home When your home pantry or other household items are affected by flooding, it can be hard to figure out what is salvageable. Call SERVPRO.

The Question of Food After Flood Damage in Northampton

One complication of flood damage in Northampton that can often be overlooked is food. Depending on where and how you store your food and how extensive the flood damage is, your pantry could stay fully stocked, or you could find yourself eating out for days or weeks in the future. While this may seem like a trivial concern, the value of the food in most homes is significant enough for SERVPRO to be concerned about it. Follow these tips to save on meals while restorations are underway in your home.

Put Perishables in Coolers
Many cases of flood damage to Northampton homes knock out power to specific objects, rooms, or even entire buildings for days at a time. On top of that, in some circumstances, even working appliances can represent a safety risk if they remain in use. Until a SERVPRO professional checks to make sure your home electrical systems are safe, you might be best off storing perishable items like meats, dairy, and vegetables in coolers full of ice. Be sure to bag and wrap individual items to prevent them from being soaked in water as the ice melts.

Don't Toss Out Cans
Canned goods that have been soaked in flood waters may still be perfectly safe to consume. Although it may be unsafe to open damaged cans, those that clearly have no dents, cracks, or holes can be saved and eaten later, even if their labels are marred. This advice also applies to bottles, packages, and other sealed containers that successfully resist damage.

Get Rid of Ruined Items
We cannot save or restore ruined food items. Any open or damaged packages or perishable items that may have encountered floodwaters should be thrown away to avoid the many health risks that can come with their consumption. In general, if you have any doubts as to whether or not a food item has been contaminated, you should err on the side of caution and throw it away.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County can help to mitigate and reverse the effects of flood damage in your home. For our professional services and advice, call us 24/7 at (413) 324-1300.

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How Our Technology Can Restore Your Amherst Home After A Mold Infestation Takes Over

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Our Technology Can Restore Your Amherst Home After A Mold Infestation Takes Over Call us for help!

SERVPRO's Technology Eliminates Mold Damage With Ease In Amherst

Eliminating mold damage from your Amherst home requires speed, thoroughness, and flawless sanitization to get done optimally. Without the right equipment for the job, the fungus can keep coming back, possibly stronger and more resistant to treatment than before. SERVPRO carries an advanced array of mold-fighting tools and technology that allows us to take care of infestations faster and more reliably than ever before. By using these technologies and more, we can bring you one of the best mold remediation services in the country.

Moisture Detection Tools
One of the biggest ways we are helped by the latest and greatest technology when fighting mold damage in Amherst is with our moisture detection tools. Our handheld thermohygrometers and infrared imaging devices allow us to see through walls and floors to find pockets of moisture harboring live mold growth. Without water, mold cannot grow (although dry areas could still house dead colonies) and so these tools allow us to find and destroy any remaining patches of growth in the home.

Sanitization Technology
Simple sanitizing sprays, wipes, and solutions are often not enough to kill mold and other fungi. Because spores have a tough outer layer insulating them from many common chemicals, these products prove ineffective in the long term. Instead, we turn to machines that project powerful ultraviolet light onto an area, frying the spores and ensuring that anything in the vicinity stays dead.

Thorough Odor Removal
Conventional odor removing techniques involve masking odors or, in some cases, neutralizing common chemicals via common cleaning agents. However, mold colonies emit odors that cannot easily be masked or neutralized by the usual methods and solutions, and their odorous particles tend to spread widely throughout the home. To take on these problems, we employ custom-made chemical and thermal foggers that can find and eliminate the smell of mold in every corner of your home.

SERVPRO of Hampshire County provides expert mold damage remediation and restoration services at affordable rates and fast speeds. Call us for help at (413) 324-1300.

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

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

Professional Cleaning Techniques For Soot And Smoke Residues In Easthampton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

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

Why SERVPRO can Provide Expert Mold Damage Remediation to Amherst Homeowners

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Best Guide to Westhampton Water Damage Remediation

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

Mitigating Water Damage in Your Westhampton Kitchen

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

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

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

Who to Call after Flood Damage in Westhampton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO Provides a Studly Service to Fire Damaged Homes in Easthampton

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage Technicians in Easthampton Talk About Treating Burnt Studs

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

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

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

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

Strategies if your office experienced mold damage

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

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

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

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

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

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