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What Should a Falmouth Property Owner Expect During Commercial Fire Damage Restoration?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

van and vehicle at job sit  SERVPRO SERVPRO's Green Fleet arrives swiftly to mitigate fire and water damage to commercial Falmouth structures and businesses

SERVPRO Techs Work Hard to Restore Properties with Fire Damage

When the need for fire cleanup happens in Falmouth commercial properties, it can look daunting to see the soot covering surfaces and charred building materials.

SERVPRO handles any size fire damage restoration services needed in a Falmouth property. The techs know that every minute a business remains closed, and there are often multiple issues to deal with, such as:

  • Removal of charred building materials
  • Cleanup of soot on surfaces
  • Addressing water damage within the structure
  • Inspection and cleaning of contents

Inspection and estimating the cost and time frame until completion is commonly done when the restoration services begin. The technicians are careful to determine the type of insurance issued by the carrier for the structure and stay within the scope of coverage.

During the inspection, SERVPRO techs ascertain the types of damage. It is not uncommon to deal with fire, water, and mold damage during a single call. The technicians routinely use infrared cameras and probes to determine areas of the property where water damage is resident. Determinations regarding the restoration potential for contents within the business is a normal part of the scoping. The techs use this time to put up containment as needed to keep the prospect of cross-contamination of soot particles to a minimum.

When handling the cleanup, controlled demolition is a common action performed by SERVPRO technicians. Items that have zero potential for reuse also get discarded during this step of the restoration process. Surprisingly, soot-covered washable fabrics such as chair covers in a conference room are not necessarily suitable for disposal but can undergo a single cycle in the Esporta Washing System and get completely sanitized and renewed. If the carpet fibers do not show damage from the heat from a fire, they can often get restored through steam or dry cleaning methods.

Before the property can reopen for business as usual, odor control measures likely need to get applied. SERVPRO techs can perform treatments as needed that neutralize odorous airborne soot particles. Also, the techs can clean the HVAC ductwork as necessary to get rid of residual smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 has the tools and training to assist commercial properties in the Falmouth area needing fire damage restoration.

How Fast Can Water Removal Happen in a Sandwich Home?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

techs placing equipment and photos of water damaged kitchen Our SERVPRO techs scope, set up equipment, document the water damage, and provide data to our Sandwich homeowners insurance company

SERVPRO Techs Restore Sandwich Homes with Water Damage

One of the best reasons to outsource water damage cleanup in a Sandwich home is because homeowners do not need to wait until the next business day. SERVPRO technicians are available around the clock to handle restoration services in local properties.

SERVPRO technicians arrive for water removal in Sandwich properties a short time after the initial call for assistance. The tech that handles calls takes pertinent information so the green service vans can get loaded with the equipment needed for the job. Portable pumps are not required for every cleanup in a local residence. In some cases, the water damage is so widespread that larger extraction methods are needed, such as ride-on units or truck-mounted.

The speed at which water gets removed from a house differs on every job SERVPRO handles. The reasons for this variation include:

  • The type and amount of water in the home
  • The length of time before the cleanup began
  • Interior and exterior humidity levels

Outsourcing the cleanup to trained professionals like SERVPRO is also a healthy choice. Even clean water can build up bacteria and degrade quickly. Water that contains contaminants or sewage has the potential for harm to both people and pets. The technicians use full-body protective gear as well as adhere to safety protocols for handling biohazard-level materials.

Post-extraction and drying cleaning is an important part of the restoration service. Water has a unique musty odor that can permeate porous objects, and once the area with the water damage gets dried, residual odors can remain. SERVPRO techs have access to several devices to neutralize odors in homes, so there are no reminders.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 perform water removal of any size in Sandwich area properties. The trained, certified techs are available 24/7 to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

What Are Common Problems Seen During Falmouth Commercial Water Restoration?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

school blue flooring, covered with poly, dehu SERVPRO can rig equipment to dry usual and unusual water damaging situations in Falmouth commercial properties

SERVPRO Technicians Can Cleanup Any Size Water Damage in Falmouth Properties

Each water damage cleanup job in a Falmouth commercial property is unique. There are differing situations for each site that SERVPRO handles. However, there are certain types of issues that are not unusual to find.

During commercial water restoration in Falmouth commercial properties, the technicians from SERVPRO may deploy a host of advanced equipment and methods to limit the damage within the structure. Scoping is a very important part and is performed at the beginning of the services. The technicians do a visual inspection and follow up using devices such as infrared cameras and probes to determine if seepage or migration occurred. This early attention to detail ensures that no water gets left behind.

Walls and Ceilings

There are a number of considerations when working on structural elements with water damage. Along with scoping to determine where elevated collections of moisture are, the technicians look for warping, buckling, and sagging as signs of deterioration from water exposure.


It is not uncommon for glue-down tile or carpet to lose adhesion to the substrate after water damage. SERVPRO techs know how to determine if carpet or tile has the potential for restoration and can get dried in place. The technicians have specific drying applications to tackle water that migrated under flooring, such as:

  • Custom created tubing and tenting
  • Drying mats
  • Injecti-Dry

Data Centers and Electrical Equipment

SERVPRO techs can move out items as needed to avoid damage from moisture contact. When required, the techs can bring in industry professionals to inspect devices and recommend any repairs if required. This may be outside the scope of the restoration services.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 supports the local Falmouth area with professional water restoration services in commercial properties.

The Value of Content Cleaning After Fire Damage in Sandwich Offices

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

burnt interior by fireplace SERVPRO provides fire damage cleanup and demolition to Sandwich area homes and commercial buildings

Structure Fires Can Heavily Damage Sandwich Office Buildings. 

As with all businesses, specific contents, documents, belongings, and other items can become damaged during disasters like a fire. Rapidly spreading flames can overwhelm large areas of commercial structures, leaving furniture, electronics, and other contents suffering post-fire effects like soot, smoke, and odor damages. Our SERVPRO team can help with on-site and off-site cleaning. 

On-Site Content Cleaning Options 

Our professionals always want to protect and preserve as many damaged contents on-site during fire restoration in Sandwich offices as possible. In many cases, relocation alone can positively impact items in the path of migrating post-fire effects. Our cleaning technicians can use wet and dry cleaning approaches to restore compromised contents after evaluation. 

Pack-Out Process for Intricate Cleaning Needs 

When on-site cleaning is not possible, we can relocate furniture and contents of the office to our nearby SERVPRO warehouse for focused restoration and recovery. Our technicians can evaluate each item for its specific needs, ranging from surface cleaning, ultrasonic tank cleaning, or deodorization in our ozone chamber. 

Preparing for the Return of Contents 

While several items can often require the attention of our off-site cleaning technicians at our SERVPRO facility, preparing for the return of these items is equally critical. Before contents get loaded back into vehicles to return to the office, they get individually inspected for damage or odors. The areas where these items will get returned must also have work done to prepare for this arrival, including:

Fires are a devastating force that might overwhelm a business to the point that it never reopens. Let our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team help you overcome damage to the structure and its contents with our rapid response. Give us a call today at (508) 888-5985.

What Are Restoration Obstacles for Falmouth Basement Flooding?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Flood damage to your home is no DIY project. SERVPRO technicians are trained and ready at a moment's notice.

Standing Water in the Basement can be a Harmful Situation for Your Falmouth Property. 

Severe weather events are not uncommon for the Upper Cape Cod area, making a storm response for situations like flood removal vital for area homes and businesses. However, standing water and spreading moisture is only part of the flooding concern, as properties can also suffer the possible contaminants and bacteria associated with this natural disaster.

Water Removal Services for Damaged Basements 

Storm and flood damage for Falmouth properties can sometimes lead to standing water threats in areas like the basement. Acting quickly in these situations ensures that the appropriate measures get taken to remove this pooling and any solids or debris before greater harm results. Truck-mount pumps and trash pump units are typically the start of this extraction effort. 

Repairing Penetration Points for Flooding 

With a general contractor license, our SERVPRO professionals can do more to help recover a flood-damaged home. We have the means to provide repairs, controlled demolition, and reconstruction where they are necessary after a flood damaged property.

Treating Against Possible Mold Growth 

Natural floodwater is known for possible contaminants and bacteria, which can amplify and increase the likelihood and severities of microbial colonization. Treating surfaces likely to experience mold growth before colonies form or become visible can often remove these organisms from hosting materials while simultaneously making the surface uninhabitable for further colonization. Some of the options for this include:

  • Antimicrobial products
  • Sporicides
  • Biocides
  • Disinfectants

Flooding of Falmouth basements is more common than many homeowners realize. Water penetration into this lower level can result in widespread damage and a pressing need for quality restoration services. Our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team can help you make flood loss situations "Like it never even happened," when you call (508) 548-1011.

How Can SERVPRO Avoid Controlled Demolition for Mold-Damaged Falmouth Homes?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

mold in basement SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of mold remediation. Call now!

Remediation Strategies Seek to Avoid Tear-Out in Falmouth Properties. 

With the swift response of our SERVPRO team, we can often avoid the full spread and severity of mold loss incidents. Mold inspections can often determine where specific removal tactics are necessary, the affected and damaged contents, and how more aggressive approaches or even controlled demolition could also be needed.

Aggressive Cleaning and Deep Remediation Options

Mold remediation in Falmouth homes can often occur in multiple ways. While surface treatment options are among the first attempts at removing mold colonies, more aggressive and abrasive tactics are often necessary, such as:

  • Sanding – Among the more aggressive tactics available for removing mold and microbial threats is sanding. This abrasive tactic can affect hosting materials just beyond their surface layers. 
  • Media Blasting – When the air gets combined with specific materials like baking soda, dry ice pellets, or other products, more of the organism's hyphae can be removed. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Using tools like stiff-bristled brushes or even steel wool in conjunction with wet cleaning solutions, we can reduce the impact of mold on contents and building materials. 

When Controlled Demolition is Necessary 

When mold damage occurs, repairs and reconstruction are not always required. When controlled demolition is deemed necessary to clear out materials too badly damaged by present mold threats, we have a general contractor license to complete this work without requiring a secondary building contractor. 

Mold is one of the underestimated threats to area homes and businesses, but one that our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team is prepared to help you face. We have skilled professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to help with remediation and secondary needs like build-back or repairs. Give us a call today at (508) 548-1011. 

How Does Sanitation Mitigate Flood Damage in Falmouth?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage home Storm and flood damage remediation is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO Biocides Curb Mold and Malodors from Falmouth Flood Damage

Flood damage brings more than just water into a given Falmouth property. An inch of water is enough to cause over $27,000 in damages. Cleanup of the debris, chemical residues, sewage, microbes, and pests that come with floodwaters renders a do-it-yourself cleanup solution unsafe for homeowners. Fortunately, there is a team that can assist with these disasters.

SERVPRO professionals perform flood damage cleanup for Falmouth residences 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified firm deploys EPA-registered antimicrobials to address bacteria and odors from floodwater debris and mold.

SERVPRO Sanitation Methods Salvage Flooded Properties

In a flood scenario with standing water present, SERVPRO can implement OSHA-approved biocides with pump or trigger sprayers right away. Meanwhile, extractors and submersible sump pumps eliminate the excess water. This firm has access to over 100 proprietary cleanup solutions designed to mitigate microbes and malodors.

Treatment steps for flood-damaged surfaces include:

  • Applying sanitation solutions directly to salvageable flooring. Flood-damaged carpet and pad requires removal and replacement.
  • Careful cleaning of home contents, either on-site or in a SERVPRO warehouse after a pack-out
  • Establishing negative air pressure to prevent the spread of mold spores and other odor-causing microbes
  • Wet cleaning for salvageable walls entails the manual application of cleaning solution from bottom to top, followed by a rinse solution and towel-drying

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands performs fast-acting mitigation and restoration that makes homes feel “Like it never even happened.” Call (508) 548-1011 at any time of the day or night for service.

Where Can Sandwich Homeowners Turn for Fire Damage Restoration?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damaged home SERVPRO techs are IICRC certified and trained for all phases of fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Training Prepares Techs for Fire Damage Restoration in Sandwich

Whether it comes from a cooking fire, fire damage, an electrical failure, or something as simple as unattended candles can quickly wreak havoc on a Sandwich residence. Between hard-to-remove odors and stains, homeowners need more than consumer-grade products to remove the aftereffects of a home fire.

SERVPRO renders fire damage restoration services for Sandwich homeowners per guidelines outlined by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Restoration professionals have access to commercial-grade cleaning technologies and extensive training to meet a consistently high restoration standard.

SERVPRO’s Training Provides Technicians, Staff, and Franchise Owners with Fire Damage Knowledge

SERVPRO technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike undergo training that expands their knowledge on such topics as:

New franchise owners also receive training in mold mitigation during their 15-day, hands-on Initial Franchise Training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility. Sandwich staff and technicians are encouraged to expand their knowledge base with self-paced SERVPRO e-Learning modules.

Credit and non-credit courses and seminars are also available for insurance and real estate professionals who wish to learn more about the restoration industry.

Property owners can contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 for 24/7 service that proves We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do Falmouth Homeowners Address Late-Night Water Restoration Needs?

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for the help you need.

SERVPRO Techs Render Water Restoration for Falmouth Homeowners 24/7

Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere, for Falmouth property owners. Something as putting a load of laundry into a washing machine before going to bed can turn into a stressful night of mopping up water from a supply line leak. Worse still, moisture can saturate flooring and drywall and create a thriving environment for mold in as little as 24 hours.

IICRC accredited SERVPRO restoration technicians use a reliable combination of sophisticated technologies and tried-and-true mitigation methods to perform water restoration for Falmouth homes.

SERVPRO Availability Minimizes Water Damage Risk for Falmouth Homes

SERVPRO’s 24/7 water damage restoration services ensure Falmouth properties see less damage and are more quickly returned to a clean, safe, pre-disaster condition. Rapid-response cleanup is available to respond, typically within several hours of a call, even on weekends and holidays.

This firm’s constant availability also provides multiple other benefits, such as:

  • Less water damage to structural materials and contents, which means more savings for property owners
  • Fast-acting sanitation with EPA-registered biocides curbs potential mold growth and controls malodors from moisture exposure.
  • SERVPRO’s thorough documentation of damage and consistent communication with homeowners and insurers also saves time during claim filing

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is a phone call away from rendering mitigation that makes homes look “Like it never even happened.” Call (508) 548-1011 to start the cleanup process.

Why Call SERVPRO for Safe Mold Damage Assessment and Cleanup in Falmouth?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing by the pipes of a sink Finding mold on your property does not need to be a reason to panic. Call SERVPRO and our certified technicians will assess the damage and help.

In the Event Your Falmouth Property Develops Mold, SERVPRO Has the Training and Equipment to Handle Mold Damage Restoration!

Whenever you see visible mold anywhere in your Falmouth property, it is best not to disturb it. By doing so, you could inadvertently dislodge mold spores and spread them throughout your interior. Once black mold gets upset, it can release microscopic spores that quickly become airborne. This leaves the spores free to circulate throughout your home and your HVAC system and settle in areas where they can colonize. SERVPRO is here to help with the rapid response so that you can get your home back to normal – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Why Hire SERVPRO to Handle Mold Damage in Falmouth?

Our skilled IICRC-certified crew can handle everything from bathroom mold removal to basement mold remediation and everything in between. Until we arrive, we want you to know the following tips on what to do and not do:


  • Remain out of any impacted areas
  • Shut off any fans or your HVAC system
  • Get in touch with SERVPRO to start mold remediation services

Do Nots:

  • Never touch or disturb areas where you suspect mold growth
  • Never attempt cleaning the area or drying it on your own
  • Never wipe or blow across any areas where you suspect mold
  • Never spray disinfectants or bleach on black mold

You must know that mold spores are natural, and you will find them almost everywhere, both inside and outside of the home. Skilled mold remediation carried out by mold specialists at SERVPRO helps you dry the area, restore relative humidity, and return the mold spore count to a baseline.

Call (508) 888-5985 to have mold specialists at your door and ready to work. SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is available for emergency cleanup and black mold damage repairs.