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Is It Realistic to Anticipate Comprehensive Restoration After Fire Damage in Falmouth?

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician at work. Fire damage is no laughing matter. Call the professionals at SERVPRO with their IICRC trained technicians, and latest equipment and technology.

Successful Outcomes Result Because of SERVPRO's Wrap-Around Approach in Falmouth -- Managing Fire Damage Restoration from Hazard and Harm Assessment Through Rebuilding

Cities, towns, and villages like Falmouth today rely upon well-equipped and staffed fire departments in case of a household or commercial fire. Advancements in technology and methodology mean your property has more than a fighting chance of surviving a fire, particularly when the first responders are followed by crews schooled in fire damage best practices developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Communities like Falmouth with histories going back several centuries hear stories of tragedies where nonexistent or inadequate fire prevention and management did not protect buildings, timber, grasslands, and human life.

What Happened When Communities Did Not Have an Organized Fire-Fighting Response?

The consequences in towns and hamlets on Cape Cod and the Islands just after colonization were grim when fires occurred. Settlements were scattered, making it difficult to scale up a robust rescue response. No pressurized water supplies were available. The typical weapon used to fight a fire was a bucket and any source of water that could be found, including:

  • Ponds
  • Wells
  • Streams
  • Rain barrels

How Was the Community Involved in Early Firefighting Efforts?

If you were lucky, neighbors or other townspeople pitched in and formed a bucket brigade. Individuals lined up from the nearest water source to the edge of the fire, passing buckets or other containers made of wood, leather, gourds, or metal along to quell the blaze. Although roofs of nearby buildings and crude ladders could elevate the brigade members for better aim, nothing like the extendable ladders, cranes, or cherry pickers used today was in the firefighting inventory. If fire jumped from building to building, even those makeshift supports swiftly disappeared.

Did Falmouth Fare Well or Poorly Before the Establishment of a Dedicated Fire Department?

Falmouth marked its first colonists in 1660 and was incorporated in 1686. During the early part of the town's history, many daily realities exposed the settlers to substantial fire risks:

  • Open hearth fireplaces
  • Beehive ovens 
  • Open outdoor fires
    •  Clearing brush
    •  Rendering oils
    •  Roasting large pieces of meat
    •  Evaporating seawater for salt
  • Chimney flues fires 
  • Inadequate disposal of live coals
  • Negligent use of candles, lamps, and lanterns
  • Smoking meats 
  • Burning of tobacco
  • Lightning strikes
  • Spontaneous combustion in haymows or granaries 

High winds and the lack of a reliable firefighting force meant a small fire could rapidly get out of hand, spreading to other buildings, including those owned by others in town.

Are There Records of Significant Fires in Falmouth?

The Barnstable County Courthouse burned to the ground on October 22, 1827, destroying land records and the structure. In the 1830s, guests sleeping after a wedding awoke to fire and panicked horses below. The house and guests survived; the animals did not. Many other anecdotes tell of fires bringing property damage and often the loss of animals in the 19th century. Eventually, the obvious risks impelled the building of water towers and holding ponds by landowners of means. 

When Did the First Truly Municipal Firefighting Efforts Arise in Falmouth?

Cooperative efforts with horse-drawn water tanks with hoses and crews laid the foundation, and Falmouth's first fire department arose in 1897. The town allocated $700 for a basic firefighter unit. In 1899, the fledgling department rented sheds in different locations in town. Competition among the villagers within and near Falmouth encouraged recruitment.

How Did the Growth of Insurance Affect Falmouth's Fire Department?

The year 1919 marked an assessment by the New England Insurance Exchange of both the town's fire and water departments. Upgrades in equipment and management were recommended. The first Falmouth Fire Chief, Ray Wells, took on the challenge to modernize the department.

What Were Major Changes in the Falmouth Fire Department During the Mid-20th Century?

New firehouses replaced the rented sheds. Inventories of mechanical equipment permitted better oversight and routine upgrades. Firefighters were made more accountable. Response times of fire department units decreased as technicians installed call boxes equipped with telegraph devices enabling reliable and town-wide fire alarms.

Did Improvements to the Falmouth Fire Department Include Institution of Rescue Personnel?

Modern fire departments nearly always act as first responders for medical and other emergencies and fire extinguishing. During Chief Wells' 35 year tenure, he added a fire rescue squad. Initially, the interventions available were minimal, consisting of a firefighter piloting a station wagon with first aid equipment to emergencies. The nearest hospital was 30 minutes away; thus, patient outcomes improved with the Falmouth Hospital building in 1963. Fire department personnel began completing EMT training in 1967, another benefit for victims in the community.

How Do Fire Damage Restoration Experts Partner with the Falmouth Fire Department?

After the fire department's first responders stabilize your Falmouth home, fire damage restoration commences, returning structural components and contents to preloss condition. Our IICRC-trained managers complete a safety assessment and then direct our certified technicians to begin emergency services to restore your home:

  • Firefighting water removal, containment, and lawful disposal
  • Evaluation of fire residues and matching with effective removal products and methodologies
  • Control of air quality throughout the fire restoration project, using negative pressure air scrubbing equipment if indicated
  • Cleanup and disinfection implementation
  • Deodorization

What Sets SERVPRO Apart from Other Fire Damage Restoration Companies in Falmouth?

Besides the advanced training our crews obtain, SERVPRO also earned and maintains a general contractor's license. Our construction division's skills and experience permits streamlined demolition, repairs, and build backs in response to fire damage without the homeowner needing to hire another contractor. We save our customers time and money by offering a wrap-around approach to fire damage restoration. 

The multiple specialties and certifications offered by the team at SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands make a recovery from fire loss as stress-free as possible. Call us day or night at (508) 888-5985 after the fire department releases your property, so we get a jump on making it "Like it never even happened."

Contractor Licenses:

General: CS-108357

Attention Falmouth Residents Interested in Creating Successful Online Businesses

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage in your home may occur anytime. Call SERVPRO for the water restoration services needed for the job. 24/7 365 days a year.

Falmouth Entrepreneurs Can Learn How to Establish or Enhance an Etsy Shop Starting January 18, 2021

Drive to the Cotuit Center for the Arts Monday evenings for step-by-step classes that jump-start your art, products, or collectible sales in your own online Etsy Shop. Experienced Etsy seller Laura Bouton can help you start from scratch or enhance your current virtual Etsy storefront. She cannot wait to share pro tips and brainstorm with you to make your online Falmouth business soar.

The first class is Monday, January 18, 2021, and meets three more Mondays, winding up February 8, 2021.

Bring your device -- laptop, iPad, or tablet. Basic computing ability is a must.

Masks and social distancing are required. 

  • Dates/Times: January 18 through February 8, 2021

5:30-8:30pm

  • Location: Cotuit Center for the Arts

Schoolhouse

4404 Falmouth Road 

Cotuit, MA 02635

  • Cost: $180/$153 members 

Register on the Cotuit Center for the Arts website

Water woes need not dampen your newfound Etsy enthusiasm. SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is the water cleanup expert, reachable 24/7 at (508) 888-5985.

Contractor Licenses:

General: CS-108357

Falmouth Community Members – Don’t Miss the Art Market!

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Scarves hanging on a rack. Supporting local artisans and getting your holiday shopping done is a win. Go out to the Falmouth Art Center.

The Art Market is Taking Place at the Falmouth Art Center on Select Days and Times

Even with the need for safe social distancing, you still have the chance to enjoy a broad selection of crafters and local artisans during the Art Market at The Falmouth Art Center on Gifford Street. During this event, you will find everything from hand-knitted hats and scarves to jewelry, bags, papercrafts, baskets, homemade soaps, and much more! The Falmouth Holiday Market and Gift Gallery are open now until Christmas Eve so that you can get in a little bit of shopping while supporting local vendors.

  • Dates/Times: December – Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Location: Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA
  • Cost: Free

Taking part in the holiday shopping season and supporting local vendors is something we are passionate about at SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands. If you have some sort of water damage to your home that calls for prompt restoration, you can look to our team to get the job done right the first time. We are available 24/7 for emergency service by calling (508) 888-5985, and we will send out our Green Fleet and skilled technicians as soon as possible.

Don’t Miss the Santa Event at the Sandwich American Legion!

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

An ornament on a Christmas tree. Santa and The Grinch are coming to visit, go out and visit Sandwich American Legion for holiday fun.

Santa is Coming to the American Legion – Fun Holiday Happenings for Sandwich Families

It is always lovely to see the wonder of the season in a child’s eyes when they see Santa Claus. This season, we’re doing it slightly differently with a drive-through with Santa event at the American Legion. You can bring the kids and take a drive along the back parking lot where there will be elves on hand, an appearance by the Grinch, and the Big Man himself waving at the kids. You come to a stopping point in front of Santa, where elves hand out goodie bags to the kids through the windows. You do not want to miss out on this event, complete with a festively-lit Christmas tree and plenty of holiday cheer!

  • Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Where: American Legion, 20 Main Street, Sandwich, MA
  • Cost: Free Admission

This is the season for holiday cheer, and our team at SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is here to support the local community. If you are a business owner and suspect mold infestation within your building, you need attention quickly. When it comes to commercial mold removal companies, we are the best in the area – including EPA-registered antimicrobials and proven methods. Call us at (508) 888-5985, and we can dispatch a crew as soon as possible.

Flooding and Damage Restoration is Something Each Falmouth Business Owner Must Consider

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van with the door open Water damage to your company is very serious, SERVPRO can act as quickly as you call. Give us a call today.

SERVPRO Acts Quickly to Mitigate Flood Damage, Ensuring Falmouth, MA, Businesses Have Impeccable Restoration Results

A quintessential New England town, Falmouth is situated within Barnstable County in Massachusetts on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod. As of the time that the 2010 United States Census was taken, this town had a population of 31,532, which makes it the second-largest municipality on the Cape, second only to Barnstable itself. 

A popular vacation destination in the area is Martha’s Vineyard, which receives ferries from the Steamship Authority terminal located in Falmouth’s Woods Hole village. Here you will also find a variety of scientific organizations, including the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, Woods Hole Research Center, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and other various museums.

Falmouth, Massachusetts – Historically Speaking

Back in 1660 is when a group of English colonists initially settled the town of Falmouth. From there, it was incorporated in the year 1686. Bartholomew Gosnold had officially given the settlement the name after Falmouth, Cornwall, England, his original home port. A lot of the early activities in this region included salt works, whaling, shipping, farming, and sheep husbandry. The reason why sheep husbandry became commonplace was the introduction of the Merino breed of sheep and the start of the mills, which were powered by water. This is what made it easy to work on processing the wool. As of 1837, the town of Falmouth averaged roughly 50 sheep for each square mile. 

In 1872, the railway was introduced to Woods Hole and Falmouth, which paved the way for summer homes in the area. Moving into the latter portion of the 19th century, strawberries and cranberries were rapidly cultivated and brought to the markets in Boston and the surrounding areas. After that, large-scale dairy farming developed throughout Falmouth and interior regions of the state. Significant housing booms took place in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. 

Falmouth, Massachusetts also includes several historic districts, including the following that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • North Falmouth Village
  • Falmouth Village Green
  • Waquoit
  • West Falmouth Village

Within the Woods Hole area of Falmouth, you also have the Marine Biological Laboratory set up back in 1888. There is also the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which was built and opened in 1930. Never a dull moment and plenty of things to see and do make life in this region rich and fulfilling. Even when it comes to travel, you have various places nearby to explore, including Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Both of these locations are easy to reach by ferry, making them very popular in the summer months.

Other popular attractions to be found throughout the Falmouth area include:

  • Megansett Harbor
  • 68 miles of coastline
  • Oak Bluffs
  • Sea Farms Marsh
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens
  • Mares Pond Reservation
  • Falmouth Dog Park
  • Cataumet Light Mini-Golf
  • Lobster Tales Excursions
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum, and more!

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping in and Around Falmouth, MA

Whether you are looking for a night out with friends or interested in a restaurant for elegant dining on the waterfront, you have plenty of options in Falmouth. Not only are there seaside shacks serving fresh seafood, but you also have casual dining locations and popular watering holes where you can stop for a drink at the end of the day. Authentic ethnic food offerings abound throughout historical Falmouth Village, including everything from American comfort foods gastropub-style, Thai cuisine, and Indian fare. There truly is something for every palette and all age groups, from restaurants such as:

Landfall Restaurant – This is a seafood restaurant in the perfect location if you would like to enjoy the whiffs of the fresh ocean breeze. With plenty of outdoor dining on the deck, you also get amazing views. Top options on the menu include the surf and turf, baked stuffed haddock, and fish and chips.

Moonakis Café – If you are looking for an excellent spot for breakfast or brunch, there is nothing quite like the Moonakis Café. Choose from Belgian waffles loaded with fresh fruit, perfectly crafted quiche, or signature omelets and colossal cinnamon buns. 

Bucatino Restaurant and Wine Bar – When you are hoping for a casual setting for a nice meal, this is a great option. Not only is there a menu filled with American staples like steak tips and salmon, but you also have a vast assortment of Italian favorites and plenty of wine to choose from with the fully stocked wine bar.

Once you start to explore Falmouth, MA, you will quickly see that this is a region with a beautiful history and a fantastic sense of community. Whether you are looking to plan a short trip or you are curious about putting down roots, you will find that there is always a new adventure waiting for you around each corner in this section of New England.

Commercial Water Emergencies Call for Prompt Action – If Your Falmouth Business Suffers Flood Damage, SERVPRO Has the Manpower and Equipment to Handle it Fast!

Whether you had a pipe burst or you had a faulty appliance in your commercial kitchen, gallons of water infiltrating your business is never something to wait to clean up. SERVPRO understands that you do not want a lot of downtime at your Falmouth business, so we arrive quickly to get the cleanup started. Flooding is never a problem for our skilled IICRC-certified team and the industrial-strength equipment that we bring to each project.

Commercial flood damage in Falmouth can happen at any time. SERVPRO is here for assistance no matter the type of business you have, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Small Office Buildings
  • Motels and Hotels
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Buildings, and more

Once you notice water damage, it is best to address it before secondary damage sets in. Because mold and mildew bring potential health effects, having our skilled technicians on-site with powerful cleaning agents will ensure the best results. 

Contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands if you require assistance with flood damage within your commercial building. We arrive fast, starting with an assessment followed by steps for total water extraction plan, drying, dehumidification, and deodorization. You can reach us 24/7 for emergency service by calling (508) 888-5985.

Take the Stress Out Of Holiday Cooking with A Festive Class in Falmouth

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Highfield Hall and Gardens exterior The Falmouth area Highfield Hall and Gardens offers special cooking tips--another tip from SERVPRO

Enjoy Historic Surroundings Plus Unmissable Holiday Cooking Tips in Falmouth

Highfield Hall & Gardens is a unique historic home. The site is awash with history and functions as a modern arts and culture hub for the Cape Cod area. This season, Highfield is helping local people take the stress out of holiday cooking. We all know that the kitchen can become a frantic place over the holiday season. Come along to this fun class to:

  • Learn from Highfield’s very own culinary director Gail Blakely.
  • Make your holiday cooking look effortless.
  • Wow your guests without overwhelming yourself.
  • Taste the delicious recipes.

The class takes place on 18 November from 1 PM – 3 PM. Tickets start at $60, and places are limited, so do not wait!

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands knows that historical homes need special care, especially when hosting events. Whether your historic home needs fire or water damage restoration, we are here for you. Call us at (774) 252-7376.

Find the Perfect Holiday Ornament at Sandwich Glass Museum

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

sandwich police car SERVPRO says feel safe during the Holiday Season in Sandwich

It Is Time for Sandwich Glass Museum's Annual Glassblowers Christmas

It is the time of year for festive ornaments, and what could be better than something beautiful and locally crafted? Glassblowing plays a massive role in Sandwich's history, and the Glass Museum offers exhibits and demonstrations all year round. Every year, they put on a festive fare where visitors and residents alike can marvel at the local glass-making talent and purchase eye-catching holiday ornaments.

  • View the decorations displayed on a forest of festive trees.
  • Delight at the annual exhibition – this year's theme is the glass menagerie.
  • Entry is free, but you will need to purchase a ticket to enter the rest of the museum.

The Glassblowers Christmas takes place at the Sandwich Glass Museum on Main Street and starts on 14 November. You are sure to find an ornament that will look great in your home or something for the perfect gifts.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands hopes the weather will hold for anyone traveling to the exhibit! However, if you run into trouble with storms and need water extraction, please give us a call at (774) 252-7376.

SERVPRO Helps Falmouth Residents with Water Removal All Year Round

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO vans at jobsite with doors open Falmouth homeowners trust SERVPRO for water removal from their properties

Residents and Visitors Can Enjoy Falmouth All Year Thanks to Our Reliable Water Removal Service

Falmouth is a charming maritime town situated near Cape Cod. The area has plenty to offer visitors all year round, and of course, the proximity to the sea is a big part of the attraction.

Falmouth is the second-largest municipality on Cape Cod (the largest is Barnstable). Colonists settled the town in 1660 and got its name from Bartholomew Gosnold, an English barrister, who named it after the English port of Falmouth in Cornwall. Its Cornish counterpart has a similarly vibrant maritime culture, which makes the name particularly fitting.

Where Leisure Meets Science

One particularly notable thing about Falmouth is its strong presence in the field of marine science! Indeed, the tiny village of Woods Hole, which is part of Falmouth and located on the South Western corner of Cape Cod, boasts several scientific organizations:

  • The Sea Education Association is a non-profit educational organization. It currently operates two sailing ships – the SSV Corwith Cramer and the SSV Robert C. Seamans – which travel through the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, offering education about the seas.
  • The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a non-profit dedicated to marine science and engineering. Scientists established the Institution in 1930, and it is the largest independent oceanographic research facility in the U.S.
  • The Marine Biological Laboratory is associated with the University of Chicago. A staggering 58 Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the Laboratory, some as faculty members or researchers, and others as students. It offers a program of classes and internships all year.
  • The Woods Hole Research Center is dedicated to studying climate change impact and researching possible solutions. Scientists at the Center focus on answering policy questions or influencing policy decisions for lasting positive change.
  • The Woods Hole Science Aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums in the country – it has been around since at least 1857, perhaps a couple of years longer (sources vary!) Residents and visitors are welcome to visit the aquarium, where they will see 140 species of marine animals from the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions. Seeing creatures that live in the seas around your home is excellent entertainment for all the family.

All of these institutions give Falmouth the most vibrant and active marine science community in the United States. Researchers and academics are drawn here, along with students and interns. Residents can enjoy the aquarium and the educational programs on offer.

However, Falmouth is not just about science! The area is rich in exciting places and fun things to do. The entire Cape Cod area is popular with tourists all year round and offers a wealth of shops and restaurants and, of course, miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy.

The Wood’s Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Steamship Authority (usually known as The Steamship Authority) operate out of Falmouth. The Steamship Authority provides the main link between the mainland and Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard is an island that is very popular with tourists thanks to its gorgeous summer weather, prosperous vibes, and vibrant arts, culture, and sports communities that stage regular events throughout the vacation season.

Falmouth Residents Faced Historic Groundwater Pollution Problems

Some residents clearly remember the groundwater pollution problems of the 1970s and 1980s. The problem started at Joint Base Cape Cod (then known as the Massachusetts Military Reservation.) The base is an unofficial joint base, which has stood on its current site since 1935. It was renamed Joint Base Cape Cod in 2013.

The groundwater pollution problems arose due to the disposal of toxic substances at the base, including:

  • Industrial chemicals
  • Commercial solvents
  • Jet fuel

Unfortunately, the contaminated groundwater spilled out into Falmouth and contaminated the well water in parts of the town. At one point, the town was forced to shut a well that supplied around 25% of its water. Authorities commissioned a major report as a result of the pollution incident. After the report, the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment took responsibility for cleaning up the contamination. They installed pumping wells and undertook soil treatments to help clear the contamination.

SERVPRO Helps Falmouth Residents Deal with Contaminated Water

Pollution is not just a groundwater issue. Contamination with dangerous chemicals can happen during any water-based incident. Sources of contamination in water include:

  • Chemicals and detergent if a dishwasher overflows
  • Raw sewage and microbes if the toilet backs up or overflows into the bathroom
  • A range of contaminants including sewage, microbes, viruses, and even carcasses in floodwaters from an overflowing river, sewer, or town drainage system

When there is water in your home, it is natural to want to clean it up straight away. However, it is much better to call a professional water removal crew like SERVPRO. We know how to assess the situation to establish the level of contamination and devise a safe way forward.

How Does SERVPRO Reduce the Risk During Water Removal?

It is clear that water removal is sometimes risky. Thankfully, SERVPRO trains its technicians to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards, which means our people know the industry best practices and how to take care of health and safety. We increase safety by:

  • Providing all the necessary personal protective equipment for our staff, including aprons, gloves, and breathing apparatus.
  • Using containment to establish barriers around working areas.
  • Applying anti-microbial treatments when necessary.
  • Being mindful of the risk of mold growth and taking steps to reduce the risk.

Health and safety is not just about contaminants. We also ensure the room is secured before entry and that the lighting and electricity supplies are safe.

Safety is always our priority. We recommend listing to the safety recommendations of our technicians and following their instructions. They are here to keep you and your family safe during remediation. You are free to ask us questions at any time – no questions are wrong, and we are always happy to put your mind at ease.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is on hand to help with any water removal needs you have. Call us today at (774) 252-7376.

What Needs to Get Done After Storm Flooding in Falmouth?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property We are available 24 hours a day to send a crew out to begin the assessment phase.

Falmouth Property Owners Know that Flood Damage Happens Without Warning – Look to SERVPRO for Skilled Restoration

Once flooding occurs inside your Falmouth home, multiple layers of damage can arise. You could have issues with flooring, carpets, walls, and even your home’s structural elements. It is also common to have some electrical issues after a flood, which is why the safest bet is calling in trained water restoration technicians (WRT).

Where Do I Start?
Right after the storm, you need the right team to handle flood damage in Falmouth, including emergency water extraction. SERVPRO begins with assessing your property to determine which equipment is best so that cleanup and drying may begin. The home repairs that your home might require could be extensive, but we have contractors that can handle controlled demolition and finish off your interior back to preloss condition.

What About Mold?
Any floodwater left standing for too long creates the ultimate atmosphere for mold growth. Our crew understands best practices to search for hidden moisture pockets. We also work to treat surfaces throughout your home to facilitate mold remediation.

Why Should I Call Skilled Restoration Technicians?
When you enlist our help at SERVPRO, we provide:
    •    Years of experience in the restoration industry
    •    Education and training via the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
    •    Industrial-grade equipment such as extraction tools, air movers, dehumidifiers, and more
    •    EPA-registered cleaning agents with anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties

Because floodwater often contains contaminants, our crew is careful to test the water and treat surfaces throughout the restoration process. Exposure to the microbes found in floodwater, also known as black water, can lead to health effects if not handled carefully. All of our restoration technicians wear personal protective equipment to ensure safety throughout the project. We also wear foot coverings and block off zones to keep contamination from getting tracked to unaffected areas of your home.

Do you need prompt, reliable assistance to handle the flood damage in your home after a storm? Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985. We are available 24 hours a day to send a crew out to begin the assessment phase.

Why Do Experts Recommend Professional Mold Removal?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in a corner of a ceiling. Let SERVPRO professionally take care of your mold issues Falmouth.

Microbial Outbreaks Can Surface Anywhere in a Home -- Why SERVPRO Uses a Scientifically Based Mold Removal Protocol for Outstanding Results for Falmouth Residents 

An unexpected discovery of mold colonies filling the building cavities opened during your Falmouth kitchen's remodeling brings work to a halt. Your contractor does not handle mold issues, so you need to manage this roadblock another way. Although you are usually comfortable with even tough cleaning jobs, this problem seems beyond your capacity.

Is It an Overreaction to Seek Professional Mold Removal Services?

Hiring a remediation company for mold removal in your Falmouth home is a savvy move. Minor mold infestations might be within reach for homeowners to resolve, but the lifecycle of these fungi can frustrate even the committed, especially if the extent of the outbreak widens. Your extensive kitchen infestation qualifies as a circumstance that requires professional help, why we include mold remediation as a core service.

Can a Broadcast Spraying of an Antimicrobial Take Care of the Building Cavity Mold Problem?

Although innovations are always welcome to our mold removal practice, Falmouth residences with moderate to severe mold infestations need a structured remediation process for adherence to best research-based practices. It would considerably shorten an onerous work agenda if we could rely on an aerosol treatment, but much more is needed to bring mold colonies under control.

What Is the Mold Removal Approach Used by SERVPRO?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-developed protocol mold remediation aimed at schools and commercial buildings is our choice. Fortunately, this protocol is scalable to a residential setting, why SERVPRO is confident it will work well for your home mold damage scenario.

  • Locate the Mold 

Usually, property owners lead us to the mold, but we can arrange for testing if needed.

  • Contain the Workspace

With a significant infestation, the room needs wrapping in 1.6 mil polyethylene, with plastic conduit supports. Technicians should wear personal protective equipment (PPE), and occupants should exclude themselves from the area.

  • Remove the Mold

Mechanical removal is most efficient, using brushes and scrapers. In many instances, porous materials can be saved by using gentler "blasting" techniques using soda or dry ice as the abrasive.

  • Bag Up and Dispose of the Moldy Material

SERVPRO follows local rules for the disposal of hazardous waste. We vacuum using HEPA filters and wipe up the area.

  • Disinfection of Affected Surfaces

We depend on EPA-registered antimicrobials, applied directly, or sprayed. Coating surfaces with an antimicrobial-containing primer is an option to hinder mold regrowth.  

Count on our team's training and hands-on experience, why SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands reports good mold removal results. Call for a consultation at (508) 888-5985.