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The Need for Professional Restoration after Flood Damage in Falmouth

5/8/2024 (Permalink)

Storm clouds over a neighborhood with the caption: "STORM DAMAGE CAN HAPPEN IN A FLASH" Whether flooding affects the interior or exterior of your home, team SERVPRO can help with knowledgeable technicians and advanced water removal tools.

Navigating Flood Damage in Falmouth Homes with SERVPRO®

Situated along the southwest shoreline of Cape Cod, Falmouth provides easy access to pristine beaches, like Chapoquoit Beach, Surf Drive Beach, Falmouth Heights Town Beach, and Menauhant Beach, as well as scenic bike trails and delightful seaside communities. Visitors can explore scenic parks like Beebe Woods and Spohr Gardens or embark on outdoor adventures along the Shining Sea Bikeway. Falmouth exudes a lively arts and cultural ambiance, featuring galleries, theaters, and museums that exhibit the creations of homegrown artists and entertainers. Standout venues encompass the Falmouth Art Center, Highfield Hall & Gardens, and the Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Arts.

The necessity for professional flood damage restoration in Falmouth becomes apparent as floodwaters indiscriminately devastate structures, belongings, and even the fundamental integrity of homes. In the midst of this upheaval, the demand for professional restoration assistance becomes a vital lifeline for homeowners endeavoring to regain control over their environments and restore normalcy to their lives. SERVPRO stands ready to guide homeowners through the daunting process of flood restoration. Floods bring with them a range of risks, such as pollutants, mold, and compromised structural integrity. SERVPRO crews, equipped with expertise and specialized tools, can evaluate these dangers, enact appropriate safety protocols, and minimize hazards.

SERVPRO's approach to contaminated water damage sites

  • Removing excess water from carpets and other types of flooring using extractors
  • Spraying an EPA-registered disinfectant directly on affected areas
  • Removing standing silt and debris

When responding to a water damage situation caused by floodwaters, SERVPRO takes safety measures, including posting signs to warn of potential dangers and establishing a controlled work zone. Additionally, our crews wear PPE to shield them from the hazards present in the affected environment.

Water Removal Equipment for Flood-Damaged Properties

Lingering moisture presents numerous risks, including structural decay and the spread of mold, putting the safety and stability of flood-damaged properties at risk. Understanding the vital need for immediate intervention, SERVPRO's quick-response teams spring into motion, armed with cutting-edge extraction units like deep extraction tools and submersible pumps, crafted to remove water from impacted locations rapidly.

Further restoration actions for flood-damaged properties

  • Mold Remediation
  • Content Restoration
  • Odor removal and deodorization

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands stands as a beacon of hope when grappling with flood damage. Call us at (508) 888-5985. Faster to any size disaster™.

Falmouth Residents Trust SERVPRO with Fire Damage Restoration

3/3/2024 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen, soot on walls Tragic kitchen fires in Falmouth leading to devastation like this photo can be restored by our terrific SERVPRO team. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® Offers Premier Fire Damage Restoration in Falmouth

Dealing with the aftermath of fire damage to your Falmouth home can be overwhelming. However, if you are proactive and seek professional help, you can limit the extent of the damage and recover your property to preloss condition quickly.

SERVPRO offers comprehensive fire damage restoration services in Falmouth. Our IICRC-certified techs have years of experience dealing with any fire size and use state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property as quickly as possible.  

Using Multiple Approaches to Clean Smoke and Soot Damage  

SERVPRO technicians employ a multifaceted approach to fire damage restoration, ensuring comprehensive recovery of affected properties. We use a combination of specialized techniques tailored to address the unique challenges of fire and smoke damage. Integrating these methods to efficiently clean, repair, and restore properties is critical to successful restoration.

  • Soot and smoke removal: Technicians meticulously remove soot and smoke residue from all surfaces using advanced equipment such as HEPA vacuums and dry sponges.
  • Odor elimination: Through thermal foggers and ozone generators, persistent odors caused by smoke and fire are neutralized, restoring the property's air quality.
  • Sanitization and cleaning: SERVPRO’s techs ensure that all areas are sanitized, addressing potential health risks from the fire.
  • Contents restoration: Specialized techniques are applied to clean and restore personal belongings affected by fire damage, from furniture to individual items.

By leveraging these techniques, SERVPRO technicians can restore properties to their pre-fire condition, making the aftermath of a fire "Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Tough Smoke and Soot Damage  

SERVPRO technicians utilize enzymatic cleaners as a crucial part of fire damage restoration. These biodegradable, non-toxic solutions break down soot and smoke residues at the molecular level, effectively removing stubborn stains and odors from fabrics and surfaces without causing further damage, ensuring a thorough and safe cleaning process.

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 for a top-class service.

Our Quick Action Helped Overcome Water Damage in Local Basement

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

Flooded basement in a home with standing water on carpet If your Upper Cape Cod home has water damage, call SERVPRO. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Early Actions Greatly Impact Water Cleanup

Your basement is one of the catch-alls of your home for many property owners. You want to store a lot throughout the year that might only make brief appearances in your everyday life, such as an artificial Christmas tree or holiday decorations. When water damage impacts this lower level of your property, it can do much harm unless professionals work to resolve it quickly.

The water damage in the basement of this Cape Cod property impacted the structure and its contents while making life difficult for the homeowners. Once discovered, the family made the right first call to our SERVPRO® team to help. Once we established the degree of damage and affected areas, we began mitigation and cleanup to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Removing the Bulk

Step one in this situation is removing all the wet contents from the basement. We will also temporarily move any boxes or loose items that could come into contact with migrating water before our team can pump it out. Items rarely need to leave the premises and can be treated and dried on-site.

Cleaning Up the Water Damage 

Next, our SERVPRO professionals set their sights on removing the present water damage. Ideally, this begins with eliminating standing surface water or puddling with wet vacuums and pumps. With the visible water removed, our technicians can set up for efficient structural drying.

Structural Drying 

Sometimes, setting up the equipment to remove the moisture is not enough. Controlled demolition is an essential aspect of effective drying, and we are experienced in knowing when it is necessary to preserve most of the remaining structural elements affected. Thorough moisture removal involves:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Drying mats
  • Negative air pressure
  • Moisture detection sensors

This basement space was severely impacted by spreading water damage, so much so that we spent days clearing out the stored items, evaluating them for salvageability, and cleaning and drying the structure. When your home is damaged by water, count on our experienced and thorough team to help. Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands at (508) 888-5985.

Expert Mold Inspection in Falmouth Homes

11/1/2023 (Permalink)

mold growth on raw lumber by pipe Air scrubbers help trap mold growth hidden in enclosed areas. SERVPRO protects your Falmouth home and remediates mold damage.

We Deliver Thorough Mold Remediation Solutions

Discovering mold growth in a bathroom can be a daunting experience. Mold spores exist naturally, causing no issues. When conditions are right, the spores can establish themselves quickly and spread. Once a mold colony grows, it will require mitigation to stop the problem. The most common areas for infestations are behind tiles, beneath sinks, or in damp corners. The cleanup of the issue begins with a professional inspection and assessment.

Homeowners who suspect a problem behind the walls or under the flooring in a bathroom should contact SERVPRO? for a complete mold inspection in Falmouth. One of the most frequently stated reasons from homeowners is they noticed a musty odor in a specific area in the bathroom that would not diminish.

Understanding Why Mold Infestations Need Fast Action

Mold is a progressive issue. The longer it remains within a structure, the more it spreads and deteriorates. Other problems occurring in Falmouth properties include:

  • Structural Damage: Mold can compromise the structural integrity of a house. Prolonged exposure to moisture can necessitate expensive repairs.
  • Health Implications: Mold exposure may cause health issues in some individuals.
  • Loss of Personal Property: When mold infiltrates porous items, sometimes there is no saving, even with the proprietary methods used by SERVPRO professionals and state-of-the-art tools.

What to Expect During Falmouth Mold Mitigation

SERVPRO techs conduct a thorough assessment using their moisture-detecting and tracking equipment to identify the nature and extent of the mold present. Once the area with a mold infestation gets defined, the techs use containment to ensure airborne spores do not spread during the remediation process. Along with this measure, the techs deploy advanced devices to trap microscopic mold spores in the air. The HEPA-filtered air scrubbers greatly diminish spore circulation. The techs perform a rigorous surface cleaning after removing the affected building materials and contents.

Contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508-548-1011) if there is a need for a mold inspection in your Falmouth property. The certified, professional technicians make the issue "Like it never even happened." ™

The Focuses of Floodwater Damage Cleanup in Falmouth Offices

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

flooded office with furniture floating around When your business suffers from flood damage, it needs to be dealt with quickly. Call SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians ready for the job.

Flood Mitigation Happens in Stages

Flooding can breach the exterior of an office building without warning and begin spreading through large areas of the facility. Post-storm disaster recovery and relief services are critical to getting your doors back open and coordinating the entire process through your insurance provider. SERVPRO® can help.

Removing Standing Water

Floodwater damage cleanup for your Falmouth office building will always begin with removing any standing water if it exists. Sometimes the water has receded when our professionals arrive, so we can focus on drying and cleaning services at the forefront of mitigation. When standing water is a concern, we have productive extractors to simultaneously manage high volumes of liquid and debris.

Assessing Structural Integrity

The next step is seeing how the flood impacted the structural elements of the office. Like a pipe bursting in the ceiling and causing tiles to collapse, water destroys the office. For example, drywall can be heavily damaged by standing water and spreading moisture. While the metal framework of many commercial buildings can withstand contaminants, we must often remove impacted elements like drywall, short-pile carpeting, and trim.

Protecting Contents and Furniture

Contents are an essential consideration of your office building as well. Content management is a vital component of the mitigation process, from furniture like desks and chairs to file cabinets, electronics, and other loose items. On-site cleaning is not always practical with Large Loss recovery, so we coordinate with your property management to transport objects to our SERVPRO facility, where we offer:

  • Cleaning equipment
  • Esporta Wash System
  • Ozone deodorization chamber
  • Climate-controlled storage

While much repairs and demolition are necessary to get your office looking its best again after flooding, we are with you every step of the way to help. SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands has experienced professionals to help with extraction, cleaning, demolition, and build-back services typically needed for commercial properties after a violent storm. Give us a call at (508) 888-5985.

Get Reliable Water Restoration Services in Falmouth with SERVPRO

5/23/2023 (Permalink)

Contact Us Now Sign Don't let storm damage go unchecked in your home.

SERVPRO’s Expert Team Provides Swift Water Restoration in Falmouth After a Storm 

Whether from flooding, heavy rainfall, or a leaky roof, water damage from a storm can take a heavy toll on your property. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO for water restoration of your Falmouth home can help limit damage and speed up recovery. 

SERVPRO techs quickly assess the damage and provide equipment and expertise during the water restoration of your Falmouth home. We take steps to prevent further damage to your property, such as installing tarps or boarding up windows to protect against rain or wind. 

Removing the Standing Water During Flood Restoration

One of the most challenging tasks SERVPRO restorers face when they arrive at your flooded property is removing the standing water. As floodwater is often contaminated (category 3), techs must remove it quickly to prevent secondary damage. 

SERVPRO techs use different types of water-extracting equipment to speed up water removal.

  • Truck-mounted extractors are large, powerful extractors mounted on a truck, and techs use them for large-scale water extraction. They have a higher capacity and can extract water faster than portable extractors.
  • Portable extractors are one of the most common water extraction equipment used in restoration. These machines are typically mounted on wheels, and techs can quickly move them from room to room.
  • Trash pumps are especially useful during floodwater extraction as they can remove water that contains sediment and other debris. 

Decontamination After Water Clean Up

SERVPRO techs use antimicrobials to decontaminate your property according to the IICRC S500 guidelines. We only use chemicals approved by the EPA during the decontamination process and strictly follow the local regulations regarding their usage. 

SERVPRO techs apply antimicrobials only after the affected area has been cleaned and dried. 

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 for immediate help. Remember, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Ways Falmouth Residences Can Contain Mold Damage

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

containment barrier set up in a mold damaged room Wherever you find mold damage in your Falmouth home, team SERVPRO can help remediate the damage. Contact us 24/7 for services.

Falmouth Homeowners Benefit From SERVPRO Mold Remediation

Mold is a progressive problem in terms of damage to properties. The incident at your Falmouth home can leave a mild impact or develop into a full-blown crisis that requires elaborate restoration procedures. Unlike other property disasters, you can influence the result of mold damage in your property based on your actions.

The action you can take in Falmouth to contain mold damage might depend on the timing of discovery. If the issue is in its formative stages, you only need to take the steps that curtail microbial growth and perform the cleanup. However, removing deteriorated materials is necessary if the contamination has taken root. Whatever the situation, assistance from SERVPRO is beneficial.

Containing mold contamination requires:

  • Limiting growth
  • Limiting debris spread
  • Preventing harmful exposure

Mold requires sufficient moisture and a source of food. It develops when spores on surfaces sprout, spreading hyphae and creating a colony. Disrupting growth is possible by stopping all water sources supplying an area or inhibiting microbial growth processes. Our SERVPRO technicians help by extracting stagnant water or drying wet materials. Inhibiting growth processes is also by applying chemical agents with antifungal and antibacterial properties on surfaces. For example, after removing the carpet and pad, we use the biocide on the floor surface before laying a new carpet.

Handling Mold Debris

In a moldy property, debris comes from several sources, including loose colony fragments, deteriorated materials, and dust from the drilling or cutting process when removing unsalvageable materials. Any heavily contaminated porous material like drywall, carpet, pad or insulation is deemed unsalvageable since cleaning and other restoration procedures cannot remove the root-like hyphae that penetrate its surfaces. 

Controlling the spread of mold debris takes erecting physical barriers. Our SERVPRO technicians take the initiative to ensure such barriers are airtight. We use 6-mil plastic sheets supported with PVC pipes or spring-loaded metallic rods. An adhesive tape helps secure the edges. We also establish negative air pressure, which contains the debris released into the air when materials are disturbed through agitation, demolition, or cutting. 

Containment barriers are not necessary for every type of contamination. However, debris control is essential in all cases. If demolition is not required, more straightforward techniques can help control the spread of spores and moldy materials. The crucial thing is to understand what needs protection from such materials. Protecting cleaned areas while the remediation is in progress is a helpful step. Otherwise, it can turn too repetitive, taking unnecessary time. Residue capture is also an alternative solution since it directly removes soils from contaminated areas to the waste collection containers.

Specific actions that help include:

  • Directional cleaning 
  • Limiting airflow 
  • Extractive cleaning like vacuuming

Vacuum cleaning and air filtration are two great extractive cleaning solutions. Our SERVPRO technicians use devices fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters that capture 99.97 percent of residues. Such filters can remove residues as small as 0.3 microns. Vacuuming helps eliminate residues embedded in cracks or crevices. On the other hand, the air filtration process has additional benefits, such as minimizing odors by capturing or neutralizing malodor molecules.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands has the necessary resources to control mold damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (508) 888-5985.

Diverse Reasons Why Falmouth Properties Develop Water Damage

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

air movers stacked in a water damaged home Our staff and technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and equipment to handle any size of water damage in Falmouth.

Can Falmouth Water Restoration by SERVPRO Deliver?

Many materials that form the house structure, whether in the floors, ceilings, walls, and trim, deteriorate if exposed unnecessarily to moisture. The water damage your Falmouth home develops can be instantaneous or gradual, taking weeks or months to become noticeable. The deterioration from gradual water exposure is usually dire since exposure time for materials is unlimited. 

Knowing why your home in Falmouth can develop water damage is essential in preventing or limiting extreme deterioration from gradual moisture exposure. Moisture retention or intrusion are the two most likely reasons for such damage. SERVPRO professionals can help inspect your home, revealing where such risks might emanate from. 

A house can retain moisture because of a drainage system problem that prevents regular evacuation, especially wastewater, as intended. Partial clogging is especially problematic since it might go unnoticed or ignored over a long time. Moisture retention can also happen without involving plumbing systems. Condensation is one of the main processes that can cause such retention. Condensation occurs when humid air cools down, converting the vapor it holds back to liquid water. The kitchen and bathroom are the most likely vapor sources of condensation in your house, leading to water damage. 

Water intrusion occurs from:

  • Pipe leaks
  • Roof leaks
  • Appliance malfunction

Effects of Moisture Exposure

Water is benign in everyday use, but when left to interact with materials over an extended period, it triggers several problems ranging from swelling, staining, warping, and delamination. For example, you might notice that doors operating smoothly suddenly start getting stuck, indicating warping trim or swelling door materials. 

Since water is by far a standard substance, the effects moisture has on materials depend on the physical properties of the said material. Some materials can withstand extended exposure for weeks or months, while others are ruined within a day. 

Factors Affecting Moisture Processes

  • Composition
  • Permeability
  • Porosity

High moisture levels readily damage highly porous materials and those made up of composite parts because of higher absorption rates and the deterioration of cement or glues holding the distinct materials together. On the other hand, permeability is the possibility of moisture passing through materials at standard vapor pressure. Permeance is measured in grains per hour on a square foot of a surface. Permeance determines which materials act as a vapor barrier locking in moisture within a material, thus hampering mitigation efforts such as drying. 

Professional assistance helps identify the uniqueness of materials and establish the best remedies to halt or reverse damages. Our SERVPRO technicians check for moisture barriers such as gloss paint on surfaces or 4-mil plastic sheets installed behind drywall which might stall drying. 

Whatever materials the intrusion effects, performing thorough drying is essential. Our SERVPRO crews facilitate drying by increasing airflow around the wet materials using specialized equipment. We successfully set up several air movers and a dehumidifier unit to cover the wet areas. An air mover is a technological device that uses fans to harness and direct airflow in a specific direction. We also apply heat when necessary, but in most cases, the warm exhaust from dehumidifiers is sufficient in providing the essential heat.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can help evaluate your property to determine the source of water damage if it is not readily apparent. You can reach us at (508) 888-5985.

Simple Approaches Used in Falmouth to Ease Fire Damage Repair

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck parked on the street We have state-of-the-art equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your Falmouth home after fire damage.

SERVPROs Simple Tactics Ease Falmouth Fire Restoration

Problems in Falmouth property can vary significantly after fire incidents. Hazardous structural areas, heavy soiling, and odors are some typical issues. Resolving the problems can be time-consuming, costly, and generally inconveniencing, so most people opt to hire a professional to handle fire damage. 

Although the Falmouth professional delivering fire damage restoration services may be popular for using advanced techniques or sophisticated equipment, simple actions also form a significant portion of the restorative actions taken. When done correctly, the process can be easier or faster. SERVPRO has developed various strategies over the years.

Simple strategies that ease cleaning

  • Doing a thorough inspection
  • Changing cleaning water frequently
  • Using products at the proper pH levels

Clearing heavy soiling from surfaces or materials can take longer if unnecessarily repetitive. The proper preparation processes and execution strategies can cut down the time involved. Our SERVPRO crews prioritize inspection before most of the other remediation steps. Assessment helps reveal the soil type or how stubbornly it is embedded on surfaces. Fire residues vary from fine dry soot to wet or smeary smoke residues. Wet residues are considerably challenging to wipe off from surfaces. Dry soot, on the hand, might penetrate beyond the surface since the intense heat of combustion opens up pores in materials.

The inspection done during fire restoration can be a simple or elaborate process. For example, rubbing a brightly colored cleaning sponge over surfaces to track residue spread patterns is a form of inspection. Other inspection approaches include doing chemical tests to establish the properties of residues or the affected materials. Chemical tests are beneficial when preparing to clean fabrics since they help reveal issues like propensity to stretch or dye bleeding.

Cleaning is more successful when applying unique approaches rather than standard techniques. Under most circumstances, that means using elaborate cleaning methods. However, it can also include simple techniques that you could easily dismiss while completing diverse tasks. Changing cleaning water constantly and maintaining the pH of the cleaning solution are two simple techniques that help improve the outcomes of fire cleanup exercises. Our SERVPRO FSRT-certified technicians manage pH levels by choosing products in the correct pH range which can be acidic or alkaline depending on the cleaning task. For example, heavy-duty cleaners that strip away greasy fire residues are highly alkaline, with a pH of around 10 to 14. Maintaining the pH level is also essential. Our technicians add a buffering agent in the cleaning solution to keep that range throughout the cleaning, thus maintaining its effectiveness.

Other Fire Damage Restoration Strategies 

Since most blazes are usually limited to a specific house area, the location or position of damage influences the ease of restoration. Heavy smoke deposits or charring on elevated house sections such as ceilings or wall sections are particularly challenging to address because of the difficulty reach. Also, when cleaning, it is easy to soil contents and materials lying below the affected area creating unnecessary damage.

Simple solutions include:

  • Doing move-outs
  • Elevated access resources
  • Special cleaning equipment

Manipulating contents or moving them from the property ensures they do not stand in the way or incur damages from debris and cleaning solutions. Our SERVPRO teams efficiently manage the contents that need to move out of the way since we have enough workforce and handy tools such as handcarts. For elevated reach, extension poles and ladders come in handy.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands helps simplify fire damage restoration. You can reach us at (508) 888-5985. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Falmouth Residents Should Know About Fire Damage

4/9/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged oven with soot covering the wall behind it and around it Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be quite stressful. Contact SERVPRO for trained technicians using trusted tools for the remediation tasks.

Fire Damage Restoration with SERVPRO Gets Results

With how frightening the fire statistics are across the United States, it is more essential than ever that home and business owners safeguard their properties from damage. However, fires are an awful reality and come without notice, so SERVPRO is here to help ensure Falmouth property owners know about the fallout of fire and how to proceed when picking up the pieces.

Housefire statistics in the United States

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agents have released multiple statistics regarding fires across the country:

  • It takes 30 seconds for a minor flame to morph into a major blaze. 
  • Roughly 358,000 homes will have a structure fire each year.
  • Throughout a five-year span, home fires cause several thousand fatalities and billions in property damage.

Did you know?

Along with the statistics listed above, there are many other facts about housefires that property owners may not be aware of. For example, the top causes are electrical malfunctions, heating equipment, and cooking-related incidents. Throughout the fall months, roughly 45% of fires are caused in homes using fireplaces as a heating source.

SERVPRO is always here to help

Once you have a fire in your home, it helps to know you have a trusted restoration team you can turn to for cleanup and reconstruction. We handle everything from start to finish, ensuring we leave no stone unturned to make it “Like it never even happened.” From debris removal and contents cleaning, we carefully handle every aspect of your property to help you return your home to pre-fire condition. – General Contractor License #: CS-108357

Whether you had a fire break out in your kitchen or faulty electrical work that caused a great deal of smoke damage, we can be at your Falmouth property within hours to get started. Call us at (508) 888-5985, and our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team will mobilize and head to your location.