Recent Posts

Soot Removal Obstacles in Sandwich Homes After Fires

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

 Damaged walls and ceiling that is covered in soot from fire Dealing with fire damage after an event can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective fire damage remediation services.

Overcoming fire damage in Sandwich homes means addressing specific conditions immediately

Fires are foundational elements and chemical processes recognized as a definitive element of civilized life. However, when fires occur in your home, they are destructive and ruinous. Our professionals respond fast with mitigation tools and products to resolve concerns like smoke and soot residues that impact comfortable living. 

How Does Soot Form? 

One of the most challenging forms of fire damage in Sandwich homes and businesses is soot. Soot particles are a product of combustion, which is a chemical process converting a solid into a gas through heat. Partial combustion can create microscopic, carcinogenic particles that become aerosolized in the environment.

Where Do Smoke and Soot Particles Go During a Fire? 

Appreciating the behavior of smoke and soot during a fire can help homeowners understand the prioritization of certain areas during restoration and recovery. During the decomposition of burning materials, solids and aerosols are present in the air as smoke. The changing of temperatures can cause considerable turbidity in the airflow during a fire, coating many surfaces with loose soot and debris that must be cleaned.

Different Types of Soot Residues 

The composition and subsequent ease or difficulty of soot removal change dramatically based on the type of fire and materials involved. High heat fires produce less and more manageable smoke particles, while smoldering fires create thick and formidable soils that require wet cleaning solutions and mechanical action to resolve. Some of the types of fires producing soot damage include:

  • Dry Smoke
  • Wet Smoke
  • Fuel Oil
  • Proteins

Fire cleanup in homes and businesses requires immediate mitigation and emergency services. Our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team moves fast to create a safe work environment against the hazards and threats of soot. Call now at (508) 888-5985.

How Does Mold Impact Building Materials in Sandwich Homes?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall by the floor Quick action is required when facing a mold infestation on your property. Team SERVPRO technicians are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Mold damage is destructive to organic materials used in constructing Sandwich residences

When damp areas exist in a home following storm damage or water loss, mold can develop in as little as 72 hours. Our SERVPRO team responds fast to help remove these active colonies.

Why Mold Must Be Addressed Quickly

Mold damage in Sandwich homes can impact the property in several ways, beginning even before physical signs of infestation exist. Some of the threatening qualities of mold include:

  • Moves quickly
  • Replicates and grows
  • Destroys organic hosting material
  • Can cause health effects

The Deterioration of Drywall

Drywall is particularly susceptible to hosting spores and organisms moving through a household. Sheetrock is porous, so moist conditions can leave these building materials damp and welcoming to migrating microbes. In a short period of physical signs of mold exposure, the wall system material becomes unsalvageable and requires discarding and replacement.

Delaminating and Damaging Carpets 

Carpeted floors are a common staple for area homes, so when mold damage spreads in the residence, these fibrous floors are commonly impacted. The presence of mold and mildew on carpets, the backing of these upper layers, padding, and subflooring all contribute to the need for removal and replacement when conditions like delamination have started.

Destroying Wood Structure 

Wood framing, subflooring, and OSB board are all surfaces highly likely to support mold and microbial colonies as sufficient conditions exist. Even after only a few days, mold spores can severely compromise the structural integrity of these building elements to the point of requiring repair or replacement. 

Mold can be highly damaging and destructive to multiple types of materials found in the construction of area homes. Our professionals have effective remediation approaches to protect sensitive materials and contents when possible. Give our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team a call today at (508) 888-5985.

How Should Attic Flooding for Falmouth Homes Be Addressed?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking in through the roof of an attic with a equipment set up to dry area Attic flooding often results as part of a storm damage scenario. Call our certified SERVPRO technicians right away to assess the situation.

Our SERVPRO fast response allows mitigation to begin immediately in flood-damaged Falmouth residences.

Flooding is one of the disasters that can quickly and thoroughly destroy a home. Even without main level penetration, flooding in an area like the attic can have far-reaching impacts. As leading storm disaster relief professionals, our SERVPRO team answers three questions when we first arrive at a property with a flooded attic. 

How Did the Attic Flood? 

One of the big questions when establishing the approach to resolve flood damage in Falmouth homes is how the flood happened. Water penetration through a structure's envelope must be identified and temporarily resolved to prevent further flooding or damage while mitigation and restoration get underway.

What Structural Damage Resulted? 

When flooding occurs through roofing materials, whether ice damming or storm damage, a structural compromise results. We have a general contractor license to help provide immediate board-up services and lasting full repairs once the flood damage inside the house has been mitigated.

Has the Water Spread to Other Areas? 

Another considerable concern for responding professionals is where the water damage has migrated from the attic. Moisture can move through materials quickly, especially with standing water on unfinished attic materials doubling as the ceiling system of the floor below. Some of the signs our team looks for to determine migration beyond our moisture detection tools are:

  • Ceiling staining
  • Drips
  • Moist materials
  • Mold spotting

Resolving Present Flood Damage 

As experienced flood restorers, we arrive with the necessary tools for extraction and drying. Attic flooding is less likely to involve contaminants, making the runoff cleanup less stringent, and more of the affected materials can be preserved.

Our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team can help with needed restoration and recovery when flooding impacts your home. Call today at (508) 888-5985. 

Can Professional Water Restoration Lessen Damage to Sandwich Properties?

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

air movers green SERVPRO transports a large inventory of drying equipment in our Green Fleet to mitigate water damage in Sandwich.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Extensive Training in Handling All Kinds of Water Damage in Sandwich Residences

Two big things matter when water damage happens within a Sandwich residence. The first is if the water in the home can have contaminants such as sewage or chemicals, and the second is how long it was waiting for the cleanup to start. Some property owners believe waiting for water to recede can lessen the damage to the home when the exact opposite is true.

Using professional water restoration services, Sandwich property owners tend to have a much better outcome after a water damage incident within their residence. This fact is particularly true in the case of a toilet backup or an incident where the home has water contaminated with harmful elements. SERVPRO techs have the protective equipment that allows them to handle this type of cleanup safely. The techs also have a diverse selection of tools such as:

  • Extraction pumps, including submersible units
  • Moisture detection devices for locating all areas that need attention
  • Drying equipment
  • Tools for any required controlled demolition actions

When the water in the home contains biohazards, contents within the house that have absorbed the water generally require disposal unless they are washable. SERVPRO techs rely on the Esporta Washing System, which has the power to sanitize and clean fabrics in a single cycle. For important documents and books affected by the water, the techs can use freezing and drying equipment to halt the deterioration of the articles. SERVPRO never has a one-size-fits-all approach to water cleanup. The equipment and applications used are determined by the needs of each job site.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 has the training and equipment to handle any size water restoration in Sandwich properties. The certified techs are available 24/7 to make the water damage, "Like it never even happened."

Does a Falmouth Dryer Fire Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration?

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged washer and dryer charred Call SERVPRO to cleanup up after a clothes dryer fire in your Falmouth home

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts in Handling Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup in Falmouth Properties

The fire and smoke damage left behind by a dryer fire in a Falmouth property can look overwhelming as to where to begin to clean it up. Many homeowners are surprised at the number of things that have the potential to get cleaned for reuse despite being covered in soot.

Using their training and experience, SERVPRO technicians bring professional fire damage restoration services to Falmouth properties intending to save homeowners from needing to replace items. The techs do an initial sweep and determine the items in the laundry room that require disposal due to charring or heat damage and things that can get cleaned through their professional cleansing applications. While the dryer that caused the fire most certainly will need disposal, the washing next to it can get cleaned and inspected by an industry expert to confirm it is ready for reuse by the homeowner.  But—we check the exhaust vent for obstructions that may have overheated the dryer. Perhaps, it can be salvaged after all. And, of course, we also clean out the venting system.

Smoke Damage Removal Methods

While a dryer fire is generally a high heat fire that does a large amount of damage quickly, fires burn at different temperatures as they move through a structure. As this occurs, different types of soot get created and deposited on surfaces. SERVPRO technicians know how to test to determine the smoke damage they are dealing with, so the appropriate removal methods are used. Some examples of this might be:

  • Wet smoke can be caustic and damaging to some surfaces, such as chrome. It usually needs a solvent-based cleaning agent to remove its grip on surfaces
  • Dry smoke should always be removed through dry methods
  • Chrome and metal fixtures should be cleaned and wrapped to avoid damage from soot

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 stands ready to assist Falmouth property owners with all types and sizes of fire damage restoration needed.

Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Prevention Tips for Falmouth Residents

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

ice encrusted on side of house Ice damming can lead to major water damage on the exterior of your Falmouth home. Call SERVPRO to mitigate the damage and offer advice.

SERVPRO Supports Falmouth for All Types of Winter Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

When the winter season rolls around in Falmouth, water damage from pipe bursts becomes a frequent issue. While this type of home disaster can lead to thousands of dollars in repair and restoration fees, it is largely preventable.

The first task for frozen pipes and ice damming prevention in Falmouth homes starts with learning where the vulnerable places are within the structure. Every property will have unique attributes, but commonly the most likely areas to have this type of damage are found within unheated interior spaces such as:  

  • Basements
  • Attached garages
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces

Safely Thawing Frozen Pipes 

If only a tiny amount of water comes out of a faucet, there may be a frozen pipe. Do not thaw the pipe if it has already burst because the ice is the only thing keeping the water from flowing throughout your home. If a burst pipe is suspected, turn off the water at the main shutoff and bring in a professional. 

If the water is still running and there is no evidence of a break, you can probably safely warm the pipe. Turn on the cold water and let it run through the pipe, the water will melt the ice plug, and the flow will return to normal. An electric heating pad can be wrapped around a pipe, or a hairdryer on low heat can also be used. The idea is to bring up the temperature slowly.

Ice Dam Prevention 

An attic that allows the heat from the home to melt the snow on a roof can be the reason for ice dams forming. When the snowmelt runs towards the edge of the roof, it runs into ice and snow covering the gutters, downspouts, and pools. As it backs up, this water may run into the home, under shingles, and cause damage such as fallen gutters from the weight. Insulation to prevent excess heat loss, clean gutters, and snow removal are keys to avoiding ice dams.

Frozen pipes and ice damming prevention is a priority for SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands. If winter water damage cleanup is needed, the techs are available 24/7 at (508) 888-5985.

Does SERVPRO Offer Water Restoration Services for Commercial buildings in Sandwich?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage ceiling tiles, from broken pipe. Commercial restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. 24/7 365 days a year we are ready to help.

SERVPRO Provides Fast Response Water Restoration Services to Commercial Customers in Sandwich.

Water leaking around windows during heavy rain or a slow plumbing leak often goes unnoticed in Sandwich commercial buildings until an employee walks through puddles of water on the floor. In many cases, the leaks do not disrupt operations or affect employees and customers. A bit of water on the floor can easily be mopped up, and business continues until they notice the wall under the window has gone soft or they smell a musty odor.

SERVPRO provides commercial water restoration to business clients in Sandwich and the surrounding area. Leaky plumbing inside walls, or leaks around windows, or overflowing basins can quickly bring your operation to a halt. Slow leaks inside walls are sometimes the most difficult to detect and go unnoticed for days or even weeks. A slow leak can soak the insulation, be absorbed by the wallboard, causing it to lose integrity and crumble, and wood products to warp. Given sufficient time and the right temperature conditions, mold colonies will grow inside the walls.

SERVPRO can assist commercial customers with these conditions, make repairs and restore the structure as needed. We use moisture meters to detect moisture levels and moisture probes to check for moisture inside walls without opening the wall. We can check the insulation and the spaces inside the wall for water and high moisture levels. We also use specialty drying equipment to push air into cavities and inside walls to dry the area without removing the wall cladding.

In situations where the wall must be removed, SERVPRO can complete the demolition and make repairs to return your space to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” Our services include:

  • Emergency services water restoration – 24/7 onsite in less than four hours
  • Minimally invasive moisture testing and drying to reduce recovery time and cost
  • Full commercial water damage repair and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands for water damage repair in Falmouth and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (508) 888-5985.

Need Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Falmouth – Call SERVPRO

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Smoke and soot residue can be very messy. Let SERVPROs team of experts handle all the fire damage mitigation your home needs.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Falmouth

Fires produce copious amounts of smoke residues in homes and businesses in Falmouth. The amount of smoke produced depends on how hot the fire burned and the materials consumed in the fire, along with how long the fire was allowed to smolder. After the fire department leaves, the water and chemicals used to quell the fire, debris, ash from the fire, and smoke residue cover everything. Where do you start, and what cleaning agents work best to remove residues?

SERVPRO has provided fire damage restoration in Falmouth for the past 14 years. Coupled with 25 years of construction experience, we have the expertise to help with controlled demolition if needed, debris removal, house fire cleanup, and smoke residue removal.

The cleaning agents used to remove smoke residues while cleaning after a fire depend on the fire and the materials burned. Using the incorrect cleaning agent could cause greasy residue to smear and penetrate further into the fabric, especially if it is very porous. Our fire & smoke restoration experts examine the residues (Residues can vary throughout the building) and employ cleaning agents as required. In addition to soap and water, they use enzyme digestion, bleaching, oxidizing or strong acids for various cleaning tasks.

Enzymes, for example, digest proteins in soils such as blood, starch, dairy products, and other proteins commonly found in homes. They change the condition of the residues from insoluble to soluble. Water and detergents can usually remove these materials once they become soluble.

SERVPRO can help with all your needs related to fire damage restoration:

  • Controlled demolition and rebuild of the damaged structure
  • Fire and smoke damage cleanup
  • Fore restoration and repairs

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

Need Water Damage Repairs After a Water Leak in Falmouth? – Call SERVPRO

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

moisture meter on floor boards. When a water disaster strikes your home don't fret. SERVPRO water damage restoration team has the training and experience needed for any size disaster

SERVPRO provides Water Damage Repair and Restoration Services in Falmouth

Many of our customers experience plumbing leaks in Falmouth. The amount of water and the length of time the water is allowed to remain in contact with carpeting, hardwood flooring, and structural materials such as framing and drywall materials can dramatically impact the amount of damage. Short-term exposure limits the damage, while long-term exposure can cause much more secondary damage to these materials.

SERVPRO provides water damage repairs to residents and business owners in Falmouth. Our team responds in less than four hours from your call to help limit the amount of secondary damage from standing water and high humidity levels. We immediately focus on removing standing water and installing dehumidifiers and air movers to reduce humidity to dry your contents and structure.

Many wood products, including furniture, are made from particleboard covered with a wood veneer. While the wood veneer resists water penetration for a short period, once these materials begin to absorb moisture, the material swells, loses integrity, and may even disintegrate. Drywall can also absorb moisture and lose its shape from swelling. Wood framing absorbs moisture and warps. These materials must be either repaired or replaced if the damage is too extensive.

Hardwood flooring can also absorb moisture causing cupping and crowning. Removing the water and drying the various materials using our specialized equipment, e.g., floor drying mats for floors mitigates the damage and reduces the repairs required after a water leak.

Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO after a water leak. With a fast response and appropriate drying techniques applied, we can significantly reduce the potential secondary damage. Our services include:

  • Fast response and water clean up
  • Water damage restoration and repair
  • Water extraction from hardwood floors, carpets, interior walls, and more

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands for water damage repair in Falmouth and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (508) 888-5985.

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.