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SERVPRO:Who Else Could Handle Properties Stricken By Disaster in Northampton? 

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

If disaster strikes and you need help call the professionals at SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

Why Northampton Residents Trust SERVPRO With All Types of Restoration Services

There are only so many things Northampton property owners can do to prevent damage from water, fire, storms, or mold. When the unexpected occurs, you need help right then, not during the next business day. When you contact SERVPRO, we are locally based and arrive soon after your initial call. When water accidents happen in a home, it is vital that cleanup efforts begin as soon as possible. Even a small fire in a home has the potential to leave behind significant odors and spread soot if not properly mitigated quickly. 

Fire damage in Northampton homes has the potential to occur in any room, in places such as within walls or a garage with improperly stored lawn treatment chemicals or paint. Once it does, fire spreads quickly, and as it burns, the air expands and drives soot into porous objects. The end result is a leftover lingering smoke odor that requires professional mitigation to get rid of.

Containment is crucial for a fire loss area because the majority of fire cleanup sites are not total losses. Often only a single area is affected, and the rest of the home needs protection from soot from the fire-damaged area. SERVPRO technicians frequently turn to traditionally effective containment methods such as heavy gauge plastic over doorways and vents or the use of negative air chambers. Both are useful for halting the spread of soot and odors. 

We thoroughly clean away smoke residues and remove any charred fire debris necessary. In some fire damage situations, there is little in the way of restoration due to extreme loss; however, because we hold licenses as both residential #MA HIC 180066 and general contractors  #MA-CS-107843 in the State of Massachusetts, we have the expertise to clean up fire damage and rebuild your home restoring it to its preloss condition. 

When water damage occurs in a Northampton home, our emergency response team is available 24-hours a day because when you need water cleanup, the faster water extraction begins, the more potential to reduce the amount of loss in the home. 

We use different types of water extraction equipment to remove moisture during several passes to lessen drying time. We have equipment for specialized tasks such as water removal from upholstery and carpet; these are used in tandem with our moisture detection equipment so even if water migrates behind baseboards or under flooring, we find and remove it. 

For carpeting and area rugs, if the water cleanup begins within 24 hours, there is a good chance the floor coverings have restoration potential. Our certified Carpet Cleaning Technicians have training in specialty drying configurations such as floating the carpet to dry it both above and below in place to limit the disruption in the home during water damage restoration services.

SERVPRO technicians set drying goals before deploying our air movers and dehumidifiers. This part of mitigation is essential because any excessive moisture invites mold spores to germinate and bacterial growth. We take air measurements during and after drying the water-loss affected areas to ascertain the humidity in the room is below favorable conditions for mold infestation. After drying, all hard surfaces receive a hand-cleaning with our professional-grade antibacterial solutions to ensure any part of the home that required water cleanup is left sanitary and ready for habitation.  

Storm damage in Northampton residences brings water damage to a new level of cleaning challenges for SERVPRO technicians. Tree limbs ruin roofs and break windows allowing rainwater to enter. Flash floods are not uncommon when intense storms bring large amounts of rain, or the Connecticut River breaches its banks. Groundwater has a rating as a category three biohazard, and due to the potential for contamination, homeowners should not come into contact with the water until we test it for bacteria, toxins, or sewage.

Much like water damage in the home from a plumbing failure, our technicians perform water extraction quickly. Unfortunately, unlike in a clean water spill, carpeting affected by groundwater is not a candidate for sanitization and reuse in the home and must be discarded. We use different types of cleaning solutions depending on the surfaces cleaned for the best outcome.

Water odors can be a significant issue after flood damage in the home. SERVPRO technicians put in immense amounts of time becoming trained and certified in various restoration sciences, so they have the expertise to handle any task, including odor control. 

Sometimes time-release gel pellets are enough to handle residual water odors. When the odors left behind are significant, our technicians use equipment such as ultra-low-volume foggers that neutralize odor-causing molecules. 

In Northampton homes, mold damage occurs as a result of three factors coming together to form perfect conditions for spore germination and growth:

  • An area with maintained humidity over 45%
  • Temperatures 70-degrees Fahrenheit or more
  • Consumable organic materials such as sheetrock or wood

We carefully contain mold infestation areas for remediation using plastic or negative air chambers, much like when we handle fire damage cleanup to limit the spread of soot. Mold spores exist naturally and when conditions are right, germinate and turn into colonies that spread quickly. Professional mold remediation is crucial to stop the cycle of mold infestation.

Not only do SERVPRO technicians perform abatement of the mold colonies, but we also assist homeowners in stopping the conditions that allowed the mold to flourish. After completion of mold remediation, we give the homeowner a report detailing not only the actions we did on-property but also the necessary repairs or actions to halt any further mold growth. 

Why SERVPRO? When Northampton homeowners require restoration services and need fast cleanup assistance, it's a smart choice to outsource the task to a company with certified professionals that can not only mitigate damage but also provide any reconstruction necessary as a seamless service. This all-in-one assistance lessens the stress of having to coordinate both cleanup and repairs to your property as well as having a streamlined report to submit with your insurance claim to expedite the process. 

SERVPRO of Hampshire County stands ready to assist our friends and neighbors in this area with any needed restoration services from damages incurred by fire, water or mold. Call us at (413) 324-1300, and we can make the loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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