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Simple Approaches Used in Falmouth to Ease Fire Damage Repair

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

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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.

Diverse Reasons Why Falmouth Properties Develop Water Damage

3/7/2023 (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.

Ways Falmouth Residences Can Contain Mold Damage

3/7/2023 (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.

Rapid Water Restoration in Falmouth Businesses Minimizes Damages

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO helps Combat Water Damage in Falmouth

Water intrusion in commercial spaces is a common occurrence. The after-effects can severely impact structural components and cause business interruptions. If no rapid measures are taken, the water gradually spreads through the building soaking into materials. Over time, wet materials expose employees to contaminants, and the materials risk developing mold. Therefore, water damage in Falmouth business premises should be addressed as swiftly as possible to avoid extensive damages and business interruptions. SERVPRO takes water damage matters seriously and rapidly responds by sending a well-equipped team.

Water restoration in Falmouth business premises should minimize damages and maximize recovery efforts. The worst water damages occur when repair efforts are not performed correctly. A quick clean-up may allow you to resume operations faster, but you risk facing closure later as anything you miss fuels continued deterioration. By involving a restoration company like SERVPRO, you can expect a rigorous inspection disinterring all damages.

Some ways water damage affects businesses:

  • Destruction of documents and records
  • Damage to equipment and furnishings
  • Water-logged flooring
  • Mold development
  • Lost revenue due to temporary closure

Water intrusion immediately impacts the flooring materials and other structural components but can also significantly affect stock. Books, documents, fixtures, and valuable equipment are vulnerable to damage. The longer the problem remains unresolved, the higher the chances of major financial loss since you won’t be able to provide service to customers. All these can be prevented by acting quickly before the damage escalates.

Water Restoration Equipment Facilitates Quick Recovery

Completing water extraction fast and setting up air moving and dehumidification equipment for drying helps speed up the recovery efforts. Specialized drying equipment, such as centrifugal and axial air movers or structural drying equipment, may be necessary for efficient property drying. SERVPRO restoration teams also help with delicate processes such as document recovery through methods such as:

  • Air-drying
  • Freezer drying
  • Vacuum freeze-drying
  • Vacuum thermal-drying

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands offers quick and thorough water restoration services allowing you to minimize business interruptions. Call us at (508) 888-5985. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO’s Fast Water Removal Service Saves Falmouth Homes

2/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Falmouth Homeowners Trust SERVPRO with Water Removal 

Removing the standing water from your property is a crucial and time-sensitive step in water restoration. If water removal from your Falmouth home does not happen quickly, water can seep into the structural components causing widespread damage.   

SERVPRO restorers employ several pieces of equipment during the water removal of your Falmouth property. While pumps and extractors remove the standing water, deep extraction tools and light wands remove water absorbed into the carpets and pads. 

Deep Extraction Tools in Water Damage Repair

One of the best ways to accelerate the drying rate is by removing as much liquid water from the structure as possible before using dehumidifiers and air movers. Once the pumps and extractors remove the standing water, the SERVPRO techs focus on the water absorbed into the carpet. 

We use the following types of extraction tools to remove this water-

  • Self-propelled tools have an independent motor moving the units over the carpet constantly. The tool compresses the carpet and the pad to squeeze out the liquid water and remove it using a vacuum system. Some tools are designed so that the restorer can stand on them while it works to provide additional weight. 
  • Stationary tools don’t have a motor, and the restorer extracts water section by section by manually moving the tool from one part of the carpet to the other. The techs must use their weight to increase the efficiency of the tool.
  • Light wands are used to remove residual water on the surface of the carpets after a stationary tool has been used.   

Water Removal is Necessary

Removing as much liquid water from the water-damaged structure as possible is crucial. Not only does liquid water continue to damage the structure, but it is also very difficult to remove by evaporative drying alone.  

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985.

Steps to Conduct Mold Removal in Falmouth

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Assist with Mold Removal Services in Falmouth

Fungi exist naturally in many places outdoors, but issues can arise if a fungus grows inside your home. Mold only needs moisture, an organic food source like wood or paper, the proper temperatures, and time to develop. Once a fungus forms, its spores can get into the air and cause the contamination to spread to other parts of your structure. 

Luckily SERVPRO is available 24/7 for mold removal services in Falmouth. Since mold can cause problems, it is wise to call professionals to remediate the issues. If we take action before the spores spread, we can help prevent contamination of materials far from the initial source. 

When our SERVPRO technicians first arrive at your residence, we start by inspecting your building to determine where moisture entered. For example, if you found mold in your attic, we would look for leaks in your roof where the water entered. If the mold formed by rainwater enters a leak in your roof, then we can seal your roof so that no more moisture enters during the restoration process.

We can also use moisture sensors to find other places where building materials could be wet. During the initial inspection, we can inspect hidden, tight spots to ensure there aren't fungal formations anywhere else in your house. Once we find all of your structure's contaminated areas, we can spray them with an antimicrobial solution. Next, we can remove the contamination from the surface of the affected materials.

We can remove contamination in the following ways:

  • Dispose of contaminated materials in sealed bags
  • Sandblast surface mold from wood
  • Soda blast surface mold from various materials
  • Scrub surface mold on non-porous materials with steel wool or a sponge

We can also set up air scrubbers and seal affected areas while we work on restoration to prevent spores from getting into the air.

If you ever notice any black mold forming inside your house, call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation Services to Reduce Damage in Falmouth

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Quick Water Mitigation Reduces Extensive Secondary Damage in Falmouth – Call SERVPRO

Residents of Falmouth appreciate the fast water mitigation service provided by SERVPRO. When water leaks occur, water spreads everywhere, seeps into every nook and crack, and is absorbed by porous materials. Even hardwood floors can be damaged if exposed to water and high moisture levels for an extended period.

SERVPRO believes in being onsite to begin water mitigation efforts in Falmouth homes and businesses within four hours of your call. Our technicians know that if they can quickly remove the water and the moisture, they can prevent significant secondary damage to porous materials. 

Carpets, underpads, subfloor material, hardwood flooring, drywall, and furniture/cupboards manufactured from particle board products can be damaged permanently if the water is not quickly removed.

Older carpets may delaminate and need to be replaced. Under-pad material soaks up water and causes the subfloor to lose structural integrity. The drywall expands and crumbles. Hardwood floor planks cup, buckle and warp if exposed to water for too long. Kitchen and bathroom cupboards made from particle board materials also disintegrate.

Mold can also infest a home in as little as twenty-four hours after a water leak. Mold likes to grow in dark warm areas with moisture and organic materials available, which are abundant in our homes.

SERVPRO utilizes high-capacity pumps, water extractors, vacuum floor mats, vacuum wands for difficult-to-reach locations, air movers, and dehumidifiers to rapidly remove water and moisture from your home. Our quick response and focused efforts reduce the probability of secondary damage significantly.

Our fast response to your water event can mitigate many of these issues. Don’t hesitate, call now.

Our services include the following:

  • Water clean up
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands for water mitigation and restoration services. We provide service to Falmouth and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (508) 888-5985.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration in Falmouth

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Need Fire Damage Restoration in Falmouth After a Fire – Call SERVPRO

Fire damage restoration in Falmouth involves removing contents and structures damaged by the fire, smoke deodorizing, cleaning, and repairing to return your home to its original condition "Like it Never Even Happened." After a fire has damaged your home or business, many factors must be considered.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration in Falmouth and surrounding areas to homeowners and business clients. We respond in less than four hours from your call and are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies. We provide board-up services to cover broken windows and doors and tarps to cover compromised roofs.

Our team assesses the home's condition once the firefighters give the green light for us to enter. 

Our initial objective is to confirm that it is safe to enter, avoiding live electrical circuits, slips and falls, and any structure that may be in danger of collapsing. Most fires are contained in one room, often the kitchen; however, smoke residues and odors may have penetrated the entire home.

SEREVPRO follows industry-approved processes during our fire damage restoration activities. 

These steps include:

  • Review the restoration plan with the client and the insurance adjuster
  • Remove contents damaged by the fire
  • Perform controlled demolition as required
  • Cleaning and deodorization of contents and structure
  • Reconstruction, repair, and restoration as needed

We customize smoke residue cleaning and deodorization to the type of residues produced by the fire. Grease fires have an oily residue, while hot fires tend to have fluffy nongreasy residues. We consider the types of chemicals made from burning plastics. Our SERVPRO team is fully trained to deal with all these variables while cleaning and restoring your home.

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands for fire damage restoration services. We provide service to Falmouth and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (508) 888-5985.

Keep Your Falmouth Business Open after Water Damage – Call SERVPRO

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

WATER SOAKED, CARPETED HALLWAY IN A HOTEL SERVPRO's skilled techs deploy advanced equipment to dry large commercial structures in Falmouth--We Keep Your Doors Open for Business.

Commercial Water Removal for a Falmouth Hotel

Hotels face challenges when it comes to water damage. These structures are massive compared to the average home or business, and there are many more chances for pipe leaks, burst plumbing, and other types of water damage to affect it. While commercial cleaners do great for day-to-day maintenance, removing water damage in wall cavities or ceiling tiles requires more specific equipment for extracting water.

If your Falmouth hotel needs commercial water removal from an experienced team of restoration specialists, SERVPRO is ready to help. These IICRC-certified pros receive extensive training in water damage mitigation and restoration techniques as indicated by IICRC standards, meaning your business can expect a consistently high standard of cleaning based on empirical measurements and tried-and-true methods.  

Preventing Water Damage to Your Hotel

  • Guest safety always comes first. Monitor sprinklers, plumbing, electrical systems, lighting, and smoke alarms carefully to ensure that guests all have safe and adequate infrastructure in their rooms, as well as in communal areas and conference rooms.  
  • Pay extra attention to plumbing. Water supply issues can come from various sources, from frozen pipes to leaks, to rust, and a little bit of maintenance goes a long toward preventing expensive repairs and unsightly stains.  
  • Have your maintenance crew look at the HVAC. Not only are climate controls essential to your guests' comfort, but something as simple as an HVAC leak can cause extensive damage with enough time and moisture.  
  • Maintain your concrete floors. Polished concrete is the ideal surface for handling the wear and tear of foot traffic, luggage, and renovations, but without proper sealing, it, too, can become vulnerable to damage.  

How SERVPRO Removes Water Damage Odors

SERVPRO has industrial-grade tools needed to address water damage in your hotel, from extraction wands and rovers for pulling moisture out of carpets and injecti-dry systems for drying wall cavities to EPA-registered antimicrobials for removing light odors and preventing bacterial and fungal growth.  

If there is a persistent odor from damage, odor control technicians can implement ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers in your structure to release deodorizing solutions. We use hand-pump or powered sprayers for disinfection, which goes a long way toward mitigating odors by removing bacteria. 

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can leave your hotel or other business looking "Like it never even happened." Call (774) 252-7567 today if your facilities need cleanup fast. 

Falmouth Businesses Deserve Prompt Water Damage Repair

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Make sure that business resumes quickly after water damage in your office. Our crew is standing by 365 days a year for your emergency call.

Let SERVPRO tackle water damage repair and restoration at your Falmouth commercial location!

Whether you have ceiling leaks from a faulty HVAC system or encountered burst pipes, you need to act fast so that your Falmouth business does not miss a beat. To cut back on downtime and the cost of damages, SERVPRO offers commercial restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even if there is an in-house janitorial crew, many benefits come from hiring skilled technicians for water damage repair in Falmouth. We act fast to mitigate damage and get you the results you are looking for:

  • We Restore Your Commercial Space Quickly – Our Green Fleet is equipped with extractors, pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to handle all kinds of water clean-up jobs.
  • We Offer Expert Advice – Rather than feeling that all is lost, we can go over salvageable items, including important documents, office carpeting, and more. 
  • We Carefully Dry and Clean to Remediate Mold – The onset of mold and mildew is a significant concern with any water removal services we offer. We use moisture meters to detect hidden pockets and adjust our equipment and timing accordingly to achieve our drying goals. We wrap up each job with the application of EPA-registered antimicrobials.

Your commercial space deserves prompt attention from a highly-trained team of water damage repair technicians. Contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands by calling (508) 888-5985 – we are available for emergency response 24/7!