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Our Crew Can Save Your Water Damaged Antique Shop In Falmouth

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Our Crew Can Save Your Water Damaged Antique Shop In Falmouth You can trust the expertise and advanced equipment of our crew to make water loss effects “Like it never even happened.”

Content Management For Your Water-Damaged Falmouth Antique Shop

Water damage does not always have to be excessive and widespread to cost your Falmouth businesses its profits and products. In the world of antiques, there is a distinct need to keep items in as good of condition as you can, as this is an essential component to turning it into the most considerable profit. Excessive moisture present after a small, persistent leak in bathroom fixtures of the shop area can increase the relative humidity in the building to the point of allowing deterioration or swelling of intricate woodwork.

Even with a smaller affected area, water damage in Falmouth businesses can still get out of control without the appropriate response from trained professionals with expertise and experience in water loss recovery. Our SERVPRO professionals specialize in content management, which can provide a helping hand to the items affected by the rising humidity level or direct exposure to water damages until the preventative measures of our technicians take hold in the building.

We understand the investments that your management team has made in the delicate and fragile products and items you entrust our SERVPRO team to handle. We have thorough and non-invasive practices for thoroughly drying out exposed items and even have minimalistic deodorization practices and cleaning methods for contents damaged before our team arrived on the scene. We can address both indoor air quality concerns and lingering odors with equipment like:

    •    Hydroxyl Machines
    •    Ozone Machines / Chambers
    •    Thermal / UV Foggers
    •    Negative Air Chambers
    •    Air Duct Cleaning Equipment

Because of how important many of these items are, we keep a thorough record of each item and catalog its location, condition, and stored box number. You have access to all of these items at any time that you need them to continue operating your business as you are able until your facility is ready to accept customers again when the restoration completes.

With the often lucrative business that antiquing can be, you need a team of restoration specialists that can handle the removed contents with care and consideration. You can trust the expertise and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands to make water loss effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (508) 888-5985.

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The Hidden Mystery Behind Fire Damage Remediation in Falmouth

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Hidden Mystery Behind Fire Damage Remediation in Falmouth After the devastating effects of fire damage, count on SERVPRO.

Lessening the Effect of Fire Damage in Falmouth Homes 

As much as many Falmouth homeowners might like to, it is impossible to continually protect and care for your property as you might like. When disasters like fire damage occur, you have many effects that require your attention and a skilled response before they continually worsen. There are ways that even unskilled and unprepared homeowners can help to improve the condition of their property in the time it takes for our professionals to arrive on the scene. 

Understand foremost that the safety of your family is paramount and that if fire damage in your Falmouth home is too excessive or hazardous, that you should not attempt these listed objectives. Damage assessment and preliminary mitigation efforts are not worth risking your health or wellbeing for, but if first responders and firefighters have deemed the house safe to re-enter for a brief period, there are some ways that you can help our SERVPRO professionals in route to your damaged address. 

One of the primary objectives for every homeowner when contending with any level of fire damage to their property is protecting their possessions and personal belongings. As much of an investment as you have made in specific items, furniture, and electronics, these can all become part of a damage claim and replaced with coverage through your insurance. What cannot get replaced, are photographs, keepsakes, heirlooms, and other treasures. 

While you can do nothing to prevent the presence of soot, smoke, and odors in the house, you can have an active role in how they can move from the ignition point to unaffected points of the property. By shutting down the air circulation at the thermostat, you can reduce the movement of these airborne effects to unsullied points of the house. 

These are two quick tips that do not require you to be in a damaged house long in the span between when you call our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands professionals and when we arrive a short time later. To make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” give our rapid response team a call 24/7 at  (508) 888-5985.

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We Can Save Your Contents And Personal Belongings In Your Falmouth Home

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Can Save Your Contents And Personal Belongings In Your Falmouth Home No matter how severe water loss incidents can become, we can make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Protecting Contents From Water Damage In Falmouth Homes

Homeowners can quickly become overwhelmed when even simple water loss incidents affect their Falmouth residence. Often more troublesome to property owners than the threat of water damage to their structural elements is the effect that these hazardous conditions can have on the contents and personal belongings within the house. A fast reaction to these hostile conditions can help to save these unique items, but can even save both time and money on professional restoration work that might be necessary.

No matter how severe water damage is in Falmouth properties, there are steps that homeowners can take on the scene right away that can save them from costlier restoration and repair. As much as many property owners might rely on their insurance company to recover monetary loss and fund professional restoration like our SERVPRO team can provide, many personal belongings and treasures only carry sentimental value. No dollar value can recover these losses. Here are some tips to help you:

• If the damage is excessive – affecting more than 10 square feet – you should contact professional restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team.

• After a short time, you can gain an understanding of the affected areas of your property. Begin moving at-risk contents out of these regions and to areas of your home unlikely to become affected by spreading water damage.
 
• If you must vacate the house, be sure to take what time you do have to collect sentimental items that cannot get replaced.

• If possible, shut off the supply of water to the damaged element of your property, causing the current damage. These valves often get positioned where your service line enters the property in the basement area, and can usually get spotted by their flat design, quarter turn shutdown, and colored handle.

Content management is an essential element to the full-service recovery that our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team can offer damaged homes in our area. No matter how severe water loss incidents can become, we can make it, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (508) 888-5985.

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Water Damage to Wood Floors

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to Wood Floors Water Damage to a bedroom in a home on Cape Cod

If your home or business experiences a water damage event that affects your hardwood flooring, it is essential to call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands immediately.  It is possible for the hardwood floors to be saved if the water is extracted immediately and the area is completely dried. First, any standing water is pumped out of the home or business. Second, our industrial grade water extractors are installed onto the flooring to "suck out" any remaining water hiding inside the wood. You will be amazed how much water is actually extracted during this process.  When the water is not extracted in this manner, it's very common for the wood floors to buckle.  Third, industrial fans and dehumidifiers are installed into the damaged area to completely dry it out.  Lastly, anti-fungal treatments are applied to prevent mold from forming (known as secondary damage).  If your home or business suffers water damage to your wood flooring, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands. 

SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands will Deep Clean your Restaurant

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands will Deep Clean your Restaurant

Obviously, a restaurant's preparation areas should be kept clean. But, besides the everyday cleaning of kitchen equipment and appliances, it is necessary to perform a deep cleaning of kitchens at least once to twice a year.

Appearance

A restaurant's: atmosphere, attention to detail, and well-kept facilities are important for a customer's good first impression. The appearance of a restaurant's kitchen can bring in clients as well as scare them away.

Safety

A messy and unorganized look will affect guests' appetites as well as employee productivity. Daily mopping sustains a clean floor, but will not scrub deeply enough to remove certain bacteria. Sticky floors and unwanted objects can cause personnel or guests to slip. For a truly clean floor, it is important to remove: grease, oil, gum and even mold.

For a deep cleaning of your restaurant, please call SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands today!

Source: Yahoo Finance Jan 2019

Top Tips Reducing Mold Growth in the Kitchen

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Top Tips Reducing Mold Growth in the Kitchen

In the kitchen:

  • Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside (not into the attic) whenever you are cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning.
  • Turn off certain appliances if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
  • Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water. Repair if necessary.
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.
  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. If there is standing water or the soil is wet, dry it out with fans before covering the floor.
  • Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated by using fans and having vents installed in outside walls if necessary.
  • Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements. If you plan to install carpet over a concrete floor, it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover that with sub-flooring (insulation covered with plywood) to prevent a moisture problem.
  • Have your basement floor checked for leaks and have them repaired if necessary. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors or walls.
  • Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from -- not toward -- the house.
  • Do not finish basement walls with insulation and wall board unless your basement is very dry.

Source: webmd Jan 2019

Preventing mold and bacterial growth in the building’s ventilation system

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing mold and bacterial growth in the building’s ventilation system 

Ventilation systems should be checked regularly, particularly for damp filters and overall cleanliness. A preventive maintenance plan should be put into place for each major component of the building’s ventilation system. Contact your equipment supplier or manufacturer for recommended maintenance schedules and operations and maintenance manuals. Components that are exposed to water (e.g., drainage pans, coils, cooling towers, and humidifiers) require scrupulous maintenance to prevent microbial 10 growth and the entry of undesired microorganisms or chemicals into the indoor air stream.

Air duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems. The components of these systems may become contaminated with mold if moisture is present within the system, resulting in the potential release of mold spores throughout the building. All components of the system must be cleaned. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system. Water-damaged or contaminated porous materials in the ductwork or other air handling system components should be removed and replaced. Ventilation system filters should be checked regularly to ensure that they are seated properly. Filters should be replaced on a routine schedule.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands can help your building keep its air ducts clean and mold-free. Call Today

Source: OSHA Jan 2019

Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in the Bathroom and the Laundry Room

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in the Bathroom and the Laundry Room

In the laundry room:

  • Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
  • Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions, such as lint, and that there are no holes that leak air. If the vent duct is damaged, replace it with a metal duct. Have the duct cleaned at least once a year.
  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket or dryer. Wash and dry them promptly.

In bathrooms:

  • Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside (not into the attic).
  • Use area rugs, which can be taken up and washed often instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Open a window when showering.
  • Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.

Source: webmd Jan 2019

SERVPRO® Upper Cape Cod and The Islands Will Work with Your Business' Insurance Company

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® Upper Cape Cod and The Islands Will Work with Your Business' Insurance Company

In the unfortunate event your business suffers water, fire, or mold damage, SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands will work with your insurance company, so you have less work load on your plate.  Our employees talk with insurance adjusters every day to make sure things are billed correctly with your insurance and the job is properly documented to ensure things are going according to plan. Being in business for over 14 years, whatever property and casualty insurance company your business uses, odds are we have worked with them in the past.  Give us a call to set up an emergency preparedness plan for your business today. SERVPRO® of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands will work hard to make any damage, "Like it never even happened."

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.

Trim your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm. If your tree damages your house or a neighbor’s house, your insurance cover the damages, but it may pay only a portion.

If your home is damaged during a Cape Cod area storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.  Faster to Any Disaster

Source: kiplinger.com