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We Have The Effective Removal Strategies In Falmouth After A Flood

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

One of our green machines extracting water from the wet carpet in this home We have the state of the art equipment necessary to extract the water quickly to mitigate the water damage in your home after a flood.

Storm Debris Cleanup and Water Removal in Falmouth Homes

After a flood, your Falmouth home might not even look the same as it used to. Invading water can bring untold debris and threats into the property, and these are conditions that you must recognize. It is crucial that if you are one of the first people to re-enter your home after a flood that you do so cautiously. You are looking for several potential hazards, including shock threats, structural weaknesses, holes, and dangerous debris like broken glass or contaminants.

Post-storm debris cleanup is regularly the first step in the restoration of flood damage to Falmouth homes. Our SERVPRO professionals can also utilize this time when we first begin working on your property to remove standing water to better protect your house from requiring more elaborate controlled demolition. In certain situations, our technicians must shovel out sediment, mud, and other solids deposited on the floors of the affected areas of your house. Dry and wet vacuuming can also help to remove smaller bits of debris that are not as easily removed with shoveling and sweeping.

In many situations, we cannot begin full debris removal and cleaning of the affected areas because our SERVPRO technicians must first contend with standing water. Flood damage scenarios can allow for several feet of standing water in the most directly damaged areas of the house. Because the presence of solids is expected in this water, we can utilize stronger options with larger intake hoses like our gas-powered trash pumps.

Once we have dropped the water level to no more than two inches, devices like our wet vacuums can become useful both for the present debris and for removing the remaining surface water.

Flooding can become a devastating situation for many homeowners, and this can begin with the widespread threats that can enter the property with debris and contaminants. Our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands team have effective removal strategies and disinfection techniques that can manage these situations and make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (508) 888-5985.

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Multi-Story Water Damage from Bathroom in Falmouth Home

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom with water spot on the ceiling around the pot lights Water Damage on this bathroom ceiling was remediated by SERVPRO

How SERVPRO can Assist after Water Damage

One of the most frustrating things about water damage is how fast under an inch of water has the potential to ruin so much in a home. Bathrooms are frequently ground zero for water loss in homes. 

The water damage in a Falmouth home gets amplified when the bathroom that caused the accident is on the second floor, and the water runs to the room below through the ceiling.  SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in handling this type of loss. 


The technicians do more than show up and set up fans to dry the property. They carefully scope the home to determine all areas of water migration, especially in cases where the water came through the ceiling below, which indicates water in the floor joists between the first and second floors that require removal and drying. 

Getting Water Out of Hard to Reach Places

Seeing water come out of a ceiling and hit the room below is a heart-dropping experience for most homeowners. SERVPRO technicians use techniques such as weep holes to allow the water to drain to minimize the damage to the building materials. In cases where the wall cavity or floor joists require more significant airflow, the techs remove damaged sheetrock as needed.

Drying Above and Below

When multiple stories receive the effects of damage from water, the technicians set up air movers and dehumidification equipment to handle both stories at once. They often use drying mats on the floor above to force air into the floor joists and point air movers upward on the story below to drive moisture to the surface where dehumidifiers capture it and port it off-site. 

What About Repairs?

Through their general contractor license #CS-108357, SERVPRO offers local property owners the ability to schedule not only water loss mitigation but any necessary repairs to fully restore the home. 

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is available 24/7 at (508) 888-5985 to handle any size water damage. They arrive quickly in their fully stocked green service vans to make the water loss in the home, "Like it never even happened."

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Avoid Delays When Dealing a Mold Infestation In East Sandwich

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

black mold in living room When a mold infestation seems extensive, it's time to call for help. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Why SERVPRO Is the Only Call to Make for East Sandwich Mold Remediation

Residences in East Sandwich are equipped with appliances to make daily tasks easier, allowing homeowners to manage busy lives better. One of the hardest working appliances used daily in any home is the dishwasher. Built-in models are plumbed directly to a fresh water supply line and drain used soapy and food-filled water into the kitchen’s waste pipe. There are numerous ways water can escape, including malfunctioning pumps, cracked hoses, or loose or defective connections. 

Recently we were called to check for mold by an East Sandwich homeowner who noticed a persistent musty odor in the kitchen. When our crew arrived, we noted the smell grew stronger near the dishwasher. The floor in front of the appliance also appeared damp, showing distortion of the hardwood strips near the base of the dishwasher.

We pulled the dishwasher from its niche, discovering active mold growth stemming from significant water damage behind the unit. Mold spores require a source of moisture and an organic surface to infiltrate as the organism multiplies. The wallboard behind the dishwasher absorbed nutrient-rich fluids from a leaky waste hose, providing the perfect environment for a rapidly multiplying mold colony.

As the picture shows, the plywood under the dishwasher also sustained water saturation, explaining the warped boards just under the toe kick. After careful assessment of the extent of the damage, our SERVPRO mold remediation team planned an appropriate intervention. Adhering to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols developed for safe and effective mold remediation, we contained the affected area and removed the mold. Because the wall was porous, the mold hyphae were well-established inside the building material. Our team cut out and disposed of the microbially compromised and wet drywall along with the rest of the moldy residue, following local hazardous waste regulations.   

Inhibiting the chance of mold rebound is why SERVPRO treated all affected surfaces with an EPA-registered antimicrobial. Then we dried the space thoroughly, returning all structural components to normal moisture levels as compared to other areas in the home. Our general contractor license permits to streamline needed rebuilding and repair of the wall and floor. 

Wraparound remediation and construction capabilities are why SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can manage even complicated mold scenarios. Make an appointment with our experienced assessment team by calling (508) 888-5985.

Contractor Licenses:

General: CS-108357

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Has Water Damaged Your Falmouth Hardwood Foors?

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damaged hardwood floors. We have the training and equipment to dry your floors and restore the damage.

Professionals Fix Hardwood Flooring Water Damage in Falmouth  

Every day in the US, thousands of homeowners suffer from water-related disasters. Leaks alone misuse more than one trillion gallons of water every year. Not only is this a staggering loss of resources, but it can also cause an equally tremendous amount of damage to homes and communities. 

If water damage has affected your Falmouth home, SERVPRO professionals can be at your residence within hours of your call to address the source of the damage and restore the area to a preloss condition. Technicians and franchise owners alike receive extensive training in fire and water damage mitigation techniques, including restoration procedures for upholstery, structures, and other materials homeowners have that can be affected by water. SERVPRO is also licensed to provide general contracting services (#CS-108357) for effective repairs after a disaster. 

SERVPRO's Dedication to Education

On top of this IICRC-certified firm's commitment to thorough training of employees and franchise owners, SERVPRO also offers continued education opportunities, which includes web-based training that is voluntary, ongoing, and self-paced. These materials help technicians and staff alike stay up to speed on how to maintain the highest possible standard of care. SERVPRO also offers credit and non-credit courses for insurance agents and adjusters, real estate professionals, as well as franchise staff. Classes offered to our team members include: 

  • Water and fire damage restoration courses 
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry 
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • And a non-credit seminar on Mitigation Awareness Response 

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

If you have a pipe leak under your flooring that has left you with waterlogged hardwood, SERVPRO technicians can fix the problem fast. While hardwood is a highly porous surface, there are many cases where it can be restored to its prior condition. However, without fast mitigation, permanent damage is possible. When the moisture content in hardwood flooring is above 20%, mold growth is also a possibility. 

To combat this, technicians can reduce relative humidity around damaged wood to 30 to 45%. Air movers are then positioned both on top of and underneath the flooring. In more contained areas of damage, we erect polyethylene chambers for more effective drying. Once the floor's moisture content dips below 16%, air temperature can be increased to speed up the evaporation of moisture. However, drying effectiveness can vary depending on if the floor's finish acts as a vapor barrier. 

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your home, call (508) 888-5985 today. 

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Why SERVPRO is the Go To Team in Falmouth for Water Spills

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Air dryers and a dehumidifier circulates air in the room and into small holes in the walls By drilling small holes in walls, special drying equipment reduces the need for teardown and reaches all moisture traces.

Sophisticated Equipment to Handle Any Aspect of Water Removal in Affected Falmouth Properties

If there is a water spill affecting your Falmouth property, you should consider involving a professional team like SERVPRO to perform the water removal for you. Besides having a highly skilled team of technicians, we have state-of-the-art equipment that helps us simplify the different processes required to complete the job.

Sufficient Lift Capacity when Needed

Water removal from affected Falmouth properties is easier when the equipment has sufficient lift capacity. Capabilities such as truck-mounted water extractors are often the right solution. However, the configuration of the site damage location might reduce their efficiency if we have to run a long hose from the extraction point to the equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians combat such problems by having alternative equipment. In this situation, we can use submersible pumps or portable extractors.

Providing Heat When Needed

Heat is an essential resource during the drying phase of a water removal exercise. Providing enough heat for drying when a considerable percentage of the property is affected can be challenging. Our SERVPRO teams have a variety of heating devices that we use depending on the specifics of an incident. One example is Indirect Fired Furnaces. They can provide up to 800,000 BTU, British Thermal Units, of heated air, making them perfect when adequate heat is necessary. We also have portable electric heaters for heating specific areas.

Removing Water from Cavities

Once water spills, it can reach several hidden areas, including subfloors and wall cavities. Removing all moisture traces from these areas is challenging and tedious if they have to be demolished and rebuilt. SERVPRO uses advanced equipment that can prevent additional work. Having the right tools at hand reduces the need for teardown while also reaching all moisture traces. Drying mats help remove moisture from hard to penetrate floor materials, such as tile or hardwood floors. We also use Structural Cavity Drying Equipment after drilling small holes in ceilings, walls, or cabinets to complete the project.

Water removal can be complicated when handled with the wrong tools. Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We are your go to team in Falmouth.

Bourne Burned Contents Can Benefit from SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Skills

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

dirty, flexible A/C duct Fire, Dirty Ducts, Sooty Contents in Your Bourne Home? Don't Fret!! Call SERVPRO for Skillful Restoration--"Like it never even happened."

Basics For Cleaning Fire Damage On Your Property In Bourne

Cleaning and restoration after a fire in your Bourne home, typically cost less than disposal and outright replacement. Resurfacing is another costly option, where you hire someone to re-paint surfaces, re-cover upholstered items, or re-finish wood contents. Restoration technicians apply the basic principles and elements of cleaning to restore materials to a quality preloss condition.

We help limit any losses you might experience when restoring fire damage in your Bourne area home. The goal is to clean and remove any trace of the fire incident from your property, “Like it never even happened.” Giving you access to restorers with years of experience, training, advanced equipment, as well as local resources that you can count on to complete the task.

SERVPRO technicians can inspect the area near the source of the fire and trace to see how far smoke traveled. We use our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to identify different types of residue. Our technicians help determine which cleaning method and products serve as the most effective solution on an existing surface.

SERVPRO restoration teams capture and remove residues smoke leaves behind, removing the bond using both wet and dry cleaning processes. However, some materials are not restorable because they cannot withstand the cleaning process. We help you communicate losses to your insurance company and use local, state, and federal guidelines for proper disposal of debris and cleaning waste.

Basic Principles of Cleaning:

•    Inspect the affected area.
•    Identify the type of residue.
•    Identify the surface material.
•    Capture and remove residues.
•    Dispose of residues.

At SERVPRO, we combine these principles with the four elements of cleaning to perform quality cleaning and restoration services throughout the area. We understand your situation and use every weapon in our arsenal to suspend and remove residues after a fire.
Four Elements of Cleaning:

1.    Temperature – Heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products.
2.    Agitation – We use towels, brushes, air and water pressure, and sonic vibrations in ultrasonic machines to agitate surfaces, dislodge residues, and distribute cleaning products.
3.    Chemical Action – Your restorer selects the proper cleaning product depending on the desired action, such as dissolving, emulsifying, bleaching, oxidizing, changing pH, or digesting.
4.    Time – There is often a dwell time involved in the use of professional cleaning and deodorization products that can vary, depending on the product and the type of residue.

Contact the team at SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands for access to full-service cleanup and restoration services today. (508) 888-5985

We Deliver Fast Flood Damage Recovery In Bourne

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Call us at (508) 888-5985 to engage our services when the waters rise.

Why SERVPRO’s Experience with Storm Surge Delivers Fast Flood Damage Recovery in Bourne

Extreme weather patterns are a reality year-round for residents of Bourne, and when high winds and heavy precipitation are augmented with storm surge flooding, the results can be devastating. Not only do you contend with the harm water can do, but the contaminants in overland flooding and saltwater also create complications only professionals deal with effectively. Urgent problems like these are why we pledge availability year-round, 24 hours a day.

Hazards Presented by Contaminated Water
Storm activity affects both municipal and individual drainage systems, causing substantial flood damage in seaside Bourne. The waters collecting in your lower levels can contain a broad range of mud, sand, chemicals, industrial waste, and sewage. Human and animal waste can be present. Health hazards can include viruses, bacteria, and molds. Our crews have the capability of gathering, collecting, containing, and disposing of contaminated water following local regulations, why we can take that worry off your shoulders.

Increased Risk of Damage with Saltwater
Saltwater mixes into overland flooding, adding debris from the ocean as well as salt. When seawater is present in a flooding scenario, more caution than usual must be taken as the compound creates the free movement of ions, permitting easier conduction of electricity, increasing the risk of shock. Salt also damages and removes the lignin, the “glue” that holds plant cells together. Wooden framing and other cellulose-based building materials weaken as the lignin disappears, feathery bits of the destroyed compound coating wooden surfaces exposed to saltwater.

Freshwater Flushing Familiarity Why SERVPRO Fits Your Remediation Plan
When saltwater is a part of the flooding fluids, rinsing with fresh water is crucial to avoid delignification, hard to manage without professional help. Our crews have experience with the process, why SERVPRO offers you skills missing from a do-it-yourself effort.

Disinfection Followed by Structural Drying
Research-tested products are in our repertoire, why SERVPRO responds appropriately to the contamination issues. We employ EPA-registered antimicrobials after the fluids exit via pumps and extractors. We then turn to air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to evaporate and then capture water in vapor form, reducing the moisture content of structural components.

Confidence and skill in managing the specialized needs of saltwater infused flooding are why SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is at the top of the list when selecting a disaster recovery partner. Call us at (508) 888-5985 to engage our services when the waters rise.

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SERVPRO Can Restore Nor'easter Storm Damage in Falmouth

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

water on floor in hallway of home Nor'easter Storms frequently cause water damage. We have the experience, training, and are always available to restore your home.

Restoring a Falmouth Basement After Nor'easter Storms & Flooding 

Northeastern storms, which generally occur between September and April, can cause considerable storm damage and flooding. Not only are these large storms slow-moving, but their trajectories can be difficult to predict. Homeowners can expect gale-force winds, snow, rain, or potential floods that can cause considerable amounts of damage over several days. 

If you need fast-acting restoration services after a nor'easter floods your Falmouth home, experienced SERVPRO teams can get to work on mitigating damage within hours. Whether you need groundwater flooding removed or roof damage from storms repaired, you can count on these extensively-trained professionals to handle it with swiftness and care. SERVPRO also has a general contracting license (CS-108357), meaning you can get disaster cleanup and repairs that are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.

Nor'easter Preparation Tips

  • Stock up on non-perishables.Three days' worth of food and water is the minimum recommended amount for sitting out a nor'easter.
  • Prepare your car for the storm. Fill up your tank before the storm hits and keep an emergency kit, blankets, food, and water in your vehicle.
  • Have a plan for drainage. If water does get into your home, use a sump pump with auxiliary power sources available to drain water out of affected areas. 
  • Check your homeowners' insurance.Not all policies cover specific storm or flood damage claims, so go over the terms of yours carefully and update it as needed.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home

Storm damage can happen even with meticulous preparation. A clogged or damaged interior basement drain tile can be enough to bring copious amounts of water into your home. SERVPRO technicians can salvage your basement with industrial-grade, truck-mounted pumps with their generators so that you can get relief even during a power outage. 

Experts can use back-mounted extractors to remove moisture from interior nooks and crannies before the drying process begins. Depending on the extent of the damage, drying a basement with concrete floors can take several days. SERVPRO technicians emphasize disinfection, safely meeting drying goals and the prevention of mold growth and structural damage. 

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is Faster to Any Size Disaster so that homeowners can have their residences restored to a preloss condition. If you need emergency cleanup after a storm, call (508) 888-5985 today. 

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Small Amount of Commercial Fire Damage Leaves Huge Odors in Falmouth Office

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee standing on a street next to a SERVPRO vehicle. We know that your Falmouth fire loss can put your business down completely, let us help.

SERVPRO will take care of your Falmouth business fire loss.

Microwaves are a common feature in most businesses and a cause of commercial fire damage. It is convenient for employees to heat meals, and the assumption is that everyone knows how to operate one. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, microwaves account for $31-million in direct property damage.

When commercial fire damage occurs in a Falmouth business, especially if the loss seems confined to a single space such as a breakroom, it may be tempting to self-clean the premises or have the regular janitorial staff take care of it. This decision is often a mistake and has the potential to spread soot throughout the property resulting in widespread odors. 

How Do You Know If the Area Requires More Cleanup?

Signs of inadequate fire loss cleanup include still smelling smoke odors days or weeks after the incident. Another frequent sign is finding residues on surfaces and in some cases, staining. 

How are Odors Removed?

The deep cleaning of smoke residues is the first layer of defense. SERVPRO technicians hand clean surfaces in the breakroom and scope the rest of the property to determine if other areas require any fire damage cleanup. The HVAC and ductwork receive an inspection and in many cases, also need cleaning due to the spread of odor-causing soot through the use of the HVAC. 

Halting the Spread of Odors

When mitigating the residual smoke damage, SERVPRO technicians contain the area to prevent any further spread of soot. Containment may consist of plastic barriers over doorways and vents, or the use of negative air chambers.

What About Painted Walls? 

During a fire, hot air expands and drives soot into surfaces, and painted walls are particularly susceptible. There are specialized cleaners for wet sponge cleaning that work to suspend and wipe away soot. However, for deeply embedded odors, the wall may require sealing, priming, and repainting. 

Top Layer of Odor Control 

In some cases, smoke odors require removal using equipment such as air scrubbers, which capture soot particles smaller than the human eye can see. Hydroxyl generators also eradicate airborne particles using UV rays safely. Thermal fogging is another frequently used method of deodorization that neutralizes smoke odors. 

Contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 when you need assistance with commercial fire damage. The technicians have extensive experience and specialized equipment to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Things to Avoid after Flood Damage in Your Falmouth Property

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

A room with the carpet lifted, with SERVPRO equipment 0n the carpet. Let SERVPRO show you things to do and don’t when it comes to your Falmouth flood damaged property.

We keep up with what needs to be done for your flood damage in your Falmouth home.

When there is a flooding incident that damages your Falmouth property, you might want to take every possible action to save your property. Such quick response helps in many ways, including preventing secondary damages. Knowing what to do and what to avoid can help you address the flooding problem exhaustively. If you involve a professional like SERVPRO right from the start, you can ease the process because of the resources we avail.

Do Not Let Water Sit in Your Property Long

Most of the harm from flood damage in your Falmouth property trace back to water exposure since it has adverse effects on almost every material including metal, wood, and fabrics, among others. You should not let water sit in your property over extended periods, especially if the flood has receded outside your structure. Our SERVPRO technicians provide different types of pumps, including submersible ones and self-priming trash pumps to remove water from your structure fast. We also use procedures such as making flood cuts or even punching weep holes to help removal.

Do Not Let Electronics Cool to the Dew Point 

Flooding can cause malfunctions in electronics and appliances. While you may expect direct water exposure to water to cause damages, even items that remain unreached by the water can still malfunction due to excessive humidity in the air. When temperatures reach the dew point, moisture in the air condenses. You should not let electronics cool to the dew point to protect their interior components from rusting. Because turning off the power is one of the steps taken immediately after flooding, SERVPRO technicians help by providing alternative sources of heat such as using portable heaters.

Do Not Save Porous Materials Affected By Flooding

In your home, there are many porous materials, including gypsum-based wall panels, fabric materials such as carpets and upholstery. While the items made from these materials might be highly valuable to you, trying to save them can expose your family to contaminants in the future. Controlled demolition helps remove all porous materials affected directly by the floodwater.

The correct response is crucial when trying to save your Sandwich, Bourne, and Nantucket property from flooding. Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 to help you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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