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Removing Fire Damage from Surfaces in Salem

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides an Expert Fire Damage Restoration Service

When properties catch fire, one of the leading causes of damage is smoke-related. Combusting materials release toxins into the environment in the form of smoke. Hot smoke travels quickly from the source through the home, leaving behind thick, odorous residues on surfaces. Using a professional restoration service can help make these damages "Like it never even happened."

Homeowners with fire damage in Salem can reach out to SERVPRO to help rescue their structure and contents. You can carry out several tasks to reduce the impact of smoke on your home and belongings. Light vacuuming is a simple but effective way to remove light and dry soot from surfaces. The goal of eliminating these dry, unattached particles with a vacuum cleaner is to prevent them from gradually dropping onto floors and surfaces below. In areas with high foot traffic, loose soot can be driven into carpet fibers or floors, making restoration much more challenging and work-intensive. 

Another simple mitigative procedure is to open windows which helps to disperse unpleasant odors naturally. Tackling smoke residues with household cleaning products is not recommended as there may be an adverse reaction that ultimately causes more harm than good.

Meeting the Cleanup Challenge

Our technicians are adept at dealing with the challenges of cleaning complex soot and smoke residues. Cleaning porous surfaces with smoke damage are perhaps the most challenging aspect of restoration. Material porosity absorbs smoke particles and cleaning agents. Unfinished woods, common in cabinet interiors, plasterboard, carpets, and acoustical tiles or masonry are all porous materials in the home. Generally, these materials require a dry-cleaning solution as the absorption of cleaning agents can lead to discoloration or, in some cases, deterioration of the material. One dry cleaning solvent we use is denatured alcohol which can be applied directly to unfinished wood surfaces and allows us to clean with a dry sponge without causing damage. Other materials such as plasterboard can be salvaged if the soot is not embedded into the gypsum.

Fire Damaged Porous Materials and How to Clean Them 

  • Acoustical tiles that can soundproof walls are best cleaned using light peroxide to remove smoke residues. If embedded with soot, disposal is the required method of remediation.
  • Carpeted walls can absorb large amounts of moisture, especially if treated with a fire retardant. We identify the types of fiber and adhesive to determine the best cleaning action. 
  • Concrete and masonry have a sliding scale of cleaning actions that increase aggressive and agitative methods. 

If the ignition source is furnace-related (puff-back), it is common to find that the masonry surrounding the surface is damaged. Mortar, bricks, marble, and cinder block are common types of masonry found in the home. If dry cleaning with sponges is not possible, we may resort to an alkaline cleaning agent alongside water to remove soot, then rinse the surface with pressure washers or hoses. Since water and alkaline cleaners can discolor masonry, it is vital to pre-test these methods on an inconspicuous part of the material before applying them to the entire surface. Using solvents on surfaces also requires dwell time and correct mixing of solvents to ensure the best results.

Aggressive Cleaning Methods for Masonry

  • For stone and brickwork, high acidic solvents can help remove smoke damage. 
  • Avoid using acids on polished marble or porcelain as they may corrode finishes. 
  • Abrasion blasting is the most aggressive action that changes the material's surface. Dry ice pellets offer the most practical non-moisture abrasion method. This can be damaging in itself if the material has historical value.

Property fire damages can become permanent without professional intervention. Contact SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead for fire damage restoration at (978) 744-4545.

Repairing Residential Water Damage in Salem

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Water on a hardwood floor with the caption “how should you deal with water damage” What is the best way to deal with water damage cleanup and restoration? Call SERVPRO to protect your Salem home, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Has a Salem-Based Water Restoration Team

Unwanted moisture can have a detrimental effect on your home. Water impact is typically caused by insufficient insulation, leaking or broken pipes, and malfunctioning drainage equipment. It can be a sudden event that catches a homeowner by surprise and requires immediate mitigation to reduce potential water damage.

SERVPRO offers water damage restoratioan services to Salem residents. Our technicians, having extensive experience, are trained to deliver expert assessment, emergency mitigation, and restoration services in this local area, which helps to ensure that our methods are proven in practice. The first action is to contact us on our twenty-four-hour emergency line. We can then process your claim- referred to as FNOL first notification of loss, and organize a call-out from a qualified restoration technician. Emergency mitigation immediately occurs when we arrive on site. It can include tasks such as draining the property of standing water or using truck-mounted water extractors to get rid of excess moisture soaking into carpets, pooling on floors, or flooding washrooms. Mitigation helps to reduce the number of losses to the structure of your home and helps to save your belongings.

Part of the Mitigation Procedure is Preventative

Liquid can raise the temperate climate inside your home, leading to stagnation, mold, and other microbial infestations. It is common for restoration technicians to bring in climate control monitoring and maintenance equipment. Thermal hygrometers measure the relative humidity of an environment, which should be maintained below 60% to reduce the risk of microbial growth. The humidity levels themselves are often controlled with the use of refrigerant dehumidification equipment which is deployed in the affected area. A wet property can need anywhere from five to thirty dehumidifiers to provide adequate climate control during the restoration period. We can run these from mainline electrics or portable generators. At the same time, each unit is connected using ground fault circuit interrupters to reduce the risk of an electrical spike and maintain electrical safety in wet parts of the property.

Dehumidification Equipment in Wet Properties

  • Low grain refrigerant (LRG) dehumidifiers are the industry standard for overall climate control during restoration.
  • Alternative equipment such as desiccant dehumidifiers can be used for specific tasks such as drying out furniture. 
  • Sometimes natural ventilation- referred to as open-system drying- can be equally effective in maintaining a balanced humidity. 

Drying a water damaged property can take a few days or several weeks, depending on the severity of the water intrusion event and the size of the property. Another crucial factor is how long moisture has been residing on the property. Long-term exposure to smoke can permanently damage materials such as drywall and belongings. Equally, liquid can migrate from one area of the home to another, leading to extensive damage to wall cavities or the subfloor. These assessments are made following the initial emergency mitigation procedure. We may use borescopes to check voids and nooks for potential damage. If water has migrated into cavities, it is vital to enact applied structural drying (ASD) to avoid secondary losses from mold and bacteria damage. ASD techniques often involve removing interior layers of a building assembly like floorboards and stud walls to dry out cavities. These can be replaced like-for-like with new materials before the end of service. 

Applied Structural Drying Methods

  • Use a claw hammer and razor knife to detach stud wall sections, gypsum board, or drywall to dry cavities directly. 
  • Drilling small holes beneath the baseboard of walls and adapting rapid air-moving equipment with a flex hose to push warm, dry air into the cavity. 
  • Removing carpets, pads, or floorboards to access the subfloor and using extraction and drying equipment.

If your home suffers water damage, contact SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead for water damage restoration at (978) 744-4545.

Salem Residents Use Professional Mold Damage Remediation

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

mold containment area with poly sheeting Our SERVPRO AMRT technicians contain the mold infested area of your Salem home to prevent cross-contamination. Call us to get it done right.

Mold Removal Technicians from SERVPRO Can Help

Microscopic organisms are a normal part of a home environment. However, the tiny seed-like spores can increase under the right conditions and become a problem for homeowners. Microbial infestation in the home causes unpleasant odors and damages materials and belongings. SERVPRO is a licensed remediation service that can help restore your property and mitigate an infestation.

Remediation of mold damage in Salem is best left to the professionals. There are hundreds of different strains of fungi, with each one having unique characteristics, and posing unique challenges, for restoration. Our technicians are extensively trained in identifying different types of fungi and implementing remediation practices.

At SERVPRO, we do not use laboratory testing for microbial infestations as these can often be time-consuming and expensive. A visual inspection of the property using an array of measuring equipment is more than sufficient to perform remediation. We recommend that homeowners who notice the common symptoms of microbial infestation- malodor, discoloration, and dampness- initiate a remediation team immediately. You can contact our twenty-four-emergency helpline and provide a loss notification. We can dispatch AMRT-applied microbial remediation technicians typically within four hours of the initial call.

When there is a microbial infestation in the home, it is crucial to avoid disturbing colonies as much as possible. Reduce foot traffic in the area suspected of infestation, and do not brush mold stains. This non-action prevents spores from becoming airborne and spreading to other home areas. We always establish proper containment protocols before agitating or aggressive action on infestations. Some of our methods for removing the infestation from materials are chemical agents, physical agitation, and the use of machinery. When a property shows severe infestation, our team generally resorts to mechanical equipment. These include rotational machines, sanders, and pressurized blasting equipment that rely on abrasive action to remove colonies. The last resort is a controlled demolition of the non-salvageable materials. SERVPRO techs bag and dispose of the infested materials according to local codes and EPA guidelines.

Steps to Prevent the Spread of Spores

  • Trying to avoid entering rooms with clear signs of an infestation is vital to preventing the spread of a microbial infestation. 
  • Physical barriers such as 6-mil polyethylene sheeting, which is entirely non-porous, can block airborne spores. 
  • Careful organization and management of space, including decontamination rooms, are equally vital to cleaning microbes. 

The fungi require water to grow. It stands to reason then that most microbial infestations result from an underlying moisture issue. Moisture issues can originate from ineffective vapor barriers in the home. Crawlspaces are a specific area where microbes can proliferate rapidly. We offer additional services such as installing vapor barriers in crawlspaces to help prevent recurring microbial growth issues and correct moisture problems. Vapor damage is caused by evaporating moisture from underneath a home that can become wet due to rainwater or groundwater. We seal the interior with waterproof materials to stop evaporating moisture from condensation on organic materials such as the subfloor. Sometimes we can install or inspect sump pumps that help move standing water from underneath the home into a nearby drainage duct. We call this service encapsulation.

Preventative Measures for Infestations

  • Pumping equipment to move water out of the home is essential for properties with crawlspaces in high rainfall areas. 
  • Maintenance and cleaning of gutters, as well as appropriate pipe insulation, can help to stem the growth of microbes. 
  • Replacing insulation inside wall cavities or adding insulation to poorly insulated spaces, such as garages, is also helpful in the fight against infestation. 

If you suspect a microbial infestation, contact SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead for mold remediation at (978) 744-4545.

Water Removal Must Be Fast to Save Your Salem Business

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Extraction Makes Business Activities Possible

All living things require water, but just like fire, when we lose control over it, disasters happen. A small leak in your Salem business can suddenly break and let untold gallons into your company’s workspace overnight. SERVPRO’s water removal services help in situations like this, getting things back to normal as rapidly as possible.

Problems occur in commercial buildings daily, including those that require water removal in Salem. A slow response can increase unnecessary damage. SERVPRO wants to prevent this from happening to your business, which is why We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We use protocols that ensure we address each aspect of your needs regarding water removal and related issues. We assure you that these methods promote and support your company’s regular operations. We carry out activities focusing on:

  • Removing water to facilitate the desiccation of the interior,
  • Treating carpets to prevent discoloration from furniture,
  • Checking furniture for warping of frames and issues affecting upholstery, and
  • Necessary plumbing repairs.

Our extraction units make stripping the water from your floors easy and the air fast. We employ controlled demolition techniques to free moisture trapped inside cavities.

Carpeting can pick up darker stains from wooden furniture legs, and rust can get set in from metal cabinets and rolling wheels. We use special cleaning agents to remove these and make your carpeting look nice again.

Interior frames can become soaked regardless of the direction of the water. As they dry, these unfinished pieces can begin to warp, pulling the exterior of the item in incorrect directions. Our technicians help get your furniture dry and correctly reframed.

With breaks in your plumbing, our certified experts get this taken care of immediately upon arrival. Stopping any additional water from soaking your business is paramount to the rest of our work.

Call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 586-2915 for the professional B2B services you need when disaster strikes to keep your business activities going.

Fire Restoration Experts Rebuild Burnt Homes in Peabody

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO smoke damage sign Fire and smoke damage remediation is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

Cleaned Up and Made Livable with Fire Restoration

Firefighters use water or foam to extinguish the fire when a home catches fire. Water makes it so things can no longer burn, and foam works similarly by blocking oxygen from getting near anything that can fuel the fire. Either can save your house in Peabody, but thousands of gallons of water can leave such residential properties with additional restoration needs.

The technicians at SERVPRO can handle any fire restoration work our Peabody customers might need. We want to make your damaged home a place that you feel comfortable and safe living in again.

Because fire restoration work requires more than mere cleaning away of soot and removing odors, SERVPRO specializes in rebuilding and reconstructing homes and businesses. This specialized work includes :

  • Roofing repairs and reconstruction of attics, including insulation installation,
  • Reconstruction of window frames, and
  • Cleaning up of water or foam used by the fire department.

Firefighters often open up the roof when a house burns to gain control over the fire. Such holes allow pests like raccoons and birds, rain, and debris from overhead trees to enter your residence. We get these openings tarped immediately upon arrival and rebuild the damaged structures, including shingles and gutters. We often remove any existing insulation and install new batting or blown-in insulation.

Window frames often swell and warp during a fire. Glass can become cracked, also. These changes can make it difficult or even impossible to open and close windows. We can remove these when we perform any other needed controlled demolition work and then reinstall new windows and frames.

The fire department’s goal is to put it out as quickly as possible whenever a fire breaks out. Often using water, they create another mess while gaining control over the initial catastrophe. Restoration includes water extraction, drying the floors and walls, and the air with a combination of air scrubbers and desiccation machines.

Call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 586-2915 for professional services from trained and competent restoration experts.

SERVPRO Makes Your Flood Damage Nightmare in Salem Short-lived

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Man in yellow boots standing in flood Flood damage restoration for your home needs to be handled by SERVPRO. Our team of experts are here to help.

Restoration Starts after Flood Damage Mitigation

Flooding often seems like something that only happens to neighborhoods in other parts of Salem, but when it does happen to your family's residence, it can feel like a terrible nightmare. SERVPRO helps families recover by using specific steps that systematically decrease the intensity of flood damage.

To decrease flood damage's impact on your Salem residence and the personal property your family holds dear, SERVPRO begins with a rapid response. We work day and night to get families back in their homes and their lives back to normal.

Several major components must occur with flood damage restoration to make everything "Like it never even happened." These restoration phases include:

  • Extraction and draining off of contaminated water,
  • Rinsing with clean water,
  • Decontamination of surfaces, 
  • Desiccation of the home's interior, and 
  • Rebuilding of your home's interior, as required.

Getting the water out of the residence often requires opening up enclosed compartments under cabinets and other spaces where water gets forced into and trapped. We use specialized equipment that helps us complete this step quickly and reduce the time your house remains exposed to stagnant water.

Once we have gotten the home free of contaminated water, we rinse surfaces with clean water, which removes particles that can cause mold damage or produce persistent foul odors.

We use spray-on decontamination agents for their uniform and easy application. We apply these at least twice during our work efforts on your home, providing a high level of protection while simultaneously removing any microbes that can later cause problems for your family.

We reduce problems with solid wood flooring and keep the warping of structural beams under control through highly controlled drying and desiccation.

Our building and reconstruction team handles wiring, plumbing, and much more. The support beams underneath removed drywall sections often dry square enough that we don't need to replace them. If required, though, SERVPRO is ready to perform the necessary work. For complex reconstruction, a third-party company consisting of a structural engineer can be brought in for consultation and direction.

Call (978) 586-2915 to speak to experienced restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead after any disaster.

Need Fire Damage Restoration in Peabody – Call SERVPRO

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Burnt Kitchen After Fire For fast and efficient service call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.

SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup and Fire Damage Restoration in Peabody

Fires cause a devastating amount of damage in Peabody homes every year. Many fires begin in the kitchen; however, they can also start in bathrooms, garages, and family rooms. Poor electrical connections, smoking, overheated appliances, and inattention to food cooking on the stovetop are some of the common causes of fires in homes.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services to residents of Peabody and the surrounding area. Regardless of where the fire started, there is often damage to other portions of the living space from smoke residues and odors, as well as fire retardants used by the fire department to quell the fire. Water can seep into rooms below the fire, causing ceiling tiles to sag or collapse and floor materials to absorb moisture.

Our team assesses the situation and the amount of damage to identify the solutions needed to address every area of your home damaged by the fire. Controlled demolition techniques remove damaged items and structures that cannot be cleaned and restored. Weighted extractors and floor drying mats extract water from carpets and hardwood flooring. We clean every surface, removing all smoke residue from both porous and non-porous materials. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to return humidity levels to normal.

Our building services team assists with the restoration and repair of structural items, including electrical, plumbing, flooring, walls, and cabinets, to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” 

Our SERVPRO team provides the following services to help our clients after a fire causes devastating damage:

  • Water & fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire damage repair and house fire cleanup

Call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead for fire damage restoration services. We cover Peabody and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (978) 744-4545.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Salem

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Home with Belongings Don’t let storm damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead.

Need Specialized Document Flood Damage Recovery in Salem – Call SERVPRO

Floodwaters can cause devastating damage to homes in Salem in a matter of minutes. Debris, silt, dirt, and organic material can be carried into a home with floodwaters. Valuable documents may become waterlogged and damaged if not rescued quickly. Your home may look a complete mess and unrecoverable.

SERVPRO can assist with flood damage cleanup and restoration of your Salem home, structure, and contents. Our team can remove all of the debris, clean and disinfect the structure and the contents and make repairs to structural components that may have been damaged during the storm. We use high-capacity pumps to remove standing water, weighted extractors to remove water from carpets, and high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. All surfaces are disinfected.

Many residents have valuable books and documents that they need to recover. SERVPRO can assist in saving important documents for the homeowner. While we cannot reverse existing damage caused by water, we can prevent further secondary damage. Our team can act quickly using various techniques to recover and dry essential documents. These methods include air-drying, dehumidification, freeze-drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and vacuum thermal drying.

Our team works closely with homeowners to determine the best recovery approach based on the type and value of the document, along with the cost of recovering the documents. We maintain an inventory of all the documents removed from the home and, with the homeowner's help, identify those considered high priority for recovery.

SERVPRO helps homeowners and residents with all aspects of floodwater restoration. Our services include:

  • Floodwater clean up
  • Flood damage restoration
  • Water damage repair and remediation

Call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead for flood damage restoration services. We cover Salem and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (978) 744-4545.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation Services in Salem

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Magnified Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead to help with mold restoration to your property.

Why Does SERVPRO Respond Quickly to Perform Mold Remediation in Salem Residences

Many residents of Salem are unaware that mold spores are virtually everywhere inside and outside their homes. They transfer through open windows and doors or on our clothes and typically do not cause any problems for homeowners. Whenever there is high humidity or a moisture problem caused by a small leak somewhere in our homes, dormant spores absorb moisture and, with the right temperature and food source, begin growing, sending out a network structure called hyphae. A growing mold colony produces a very noticeable strong musty odor, and colonies can form in less than twenty-four hours.

SERVPRO provides mold remediation to clients in Salem and surrounding areas. We respond quickly to limit the mold colony's growth and the amount of damage to fabrics and structures. If a musty odor is noticed, it is a good indication there is a mold problem. We can help locate the source of the odor and the source of the moisture.

Elimination of the moisture source will prevent the return of a mold infestation once we have completed mold remediation in your home. SERVPRO inspects the infestation and advises our clients regarding local and state bylaws requiring various protocols that must be followed. We also install barriers and negative pressure rooms to prevent mold spores from floating into other areas of your home during remediation and infestation removal.

Clients are urged to contact SERVPRO before mold colonies become a major infestation. Our services include a full suite of mold removal services:

  • Mold inspections, including state law protocol guidance for mold removal
  • Mold removal, including moisture source identification, barriers, and negative pressure solutions
  • Protection of other areas of your home during mold remediation
  • Bathroom and attic mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead for mold remediation services. We cover Salem and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (978) 744-4545.

Commercial Restaurant Fire Restoration in Salem

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

flames in a commercial kitchen When your commercial kitchen in Salem gets "overheated", call SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Salem Restaurant Owners Look to SERVPRO for Fire Restoration

Commercial restoration for restaurant fire damage is often unique because operations may not be able to continue until everything is cleaned and repaired. For restaurants, bakeries, and commercial kitchens, codes and regulations require thorough fire damage cleanup and disinfection wherever food prep and serving are concerned. SERVPRO understands best practices for handling commercial fire damage at restaurants, offering Salem business owners the best when it comes to industry practices.

Each day your restaurant is closed for fire restoration in Salem, you lose money. This is why SERVPRO mobilizes quickly and formulates a tailored plan for cleanup and repair to get you up and running quickly.

Our commercial fire damage restoration process includes:

  • Inspection and assessment of the restaurant interior and structure
  • Determination of what needs repair/cleaning and what must get disposed
  • Addressing moisture, water, or chemicals used for dousing the flames
  • Electrical contractors to assess all fixtures and wiring to ensure safety and functionality
  • Debris removal, reconstruction, and odor control services

Fire damage to a restaurant calls for immense cleaning to handle soot and ash while addressing pungent odors. SERVPRO has specialized cleaning agents to thoroughly clean countertops, shelving units, ceilings, appliances, walls, kitchen range exhaust hoods, etc.

It is essential to know that all kitchen equipment and appliances that suffered damage from the fire might need replacing. Many times, the replacement cost could be less than what it takes to repair it. SERVPRO has working relationships with trusted area specialists to assess your equipment to determine what avenue will be best for your unique situation.

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead is here to ensure your commercial fire restoration goes as smoothly as possible. This includes working as your insurance liaison and taking time to make sure all your documentation is for your commercial fire insurance claim. Request help online or call us at (978) 744-4545.