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Diverse Reasons Why Falmouth Properties Develop Water Damage

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

air movers stacked in a water damaged home Our staff and technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and equipment to handle any size of water damage in Falmouth.

Can Falmouth Water Restoration by SERVPRO Deliver?

Many materials that form the house structure, whether in the floors, ceilings, walls, and trim, deteriorate if exposed unnecessarily to moisture. The water damage your Falmouth home develops can be instantaneous or gradual, taking weeks or months to become noticeable. The deterioration from gradual water exposure is usually dire since exposure time for materials is unlimited.

Knowing why your home in Falmouth can develop water damage is essential in preventing or limiting extreme deterioration from gradual moisture exposure. Moisture retention or intrusion are the two most likely reasons for such damage. SERVPRO professionals can help inspect your home, revealing where such risks might emanate from.

A house can retain moisture because of a drainage system problem that prevents regular evacuation, especially wastewater, as intended. Partial clogging is especially problematic since it might go unnoticed or ignored over a long time. Moisture retention can also happen without involving plumbing systems. Condensation is one of the main processes that can cause such retention. Condensation occurs when humid air cools down, converting the vapor it holds back to liquid water. The kitchen and bathroom are the most likely vapor sources of condensation in your house, leading to water damage.

Water intrusion occurs from:

  • Pipe leaks
  • Roof leaks
  • Appliance malfunction

Effects of Moisture Exposure

Water is benign in everyday use, but when left to interact with materials over an extended period, it triggers several problems ranging from swelling, staining, warping, and delamination. For example, you might notice that doors operating smoothly suddenly start getting stuck, indicating warping trim or swelling door materials.

Since water is by far a standard substance, the effects moisture has on materials depend on the physical properties of the said material. Some materials can withstand extended exposure for weeks or months, while others are ruined within a day.

Factors Affecting Moisture Processes

  • Composition
  • Permeability
  • Porosity

High moisture levels readily damage highly porous materials and those made up of composite parts because of higher absorption rates and the deterioration of cement or glues holding the distinct materials together. On the other hand, permeability is the possibility of moisture passing through materials at standard vapor pressure. Permeance is measured in grains per hour on a square foot of a surface. Permeance determines which materials act as a vapor barrier locking in moisture within a material, thus hampering mitigation efforts such as drying.

Professional assistance helps identify the uniqueness of materials and establish the best remedies to halt or reverse damages. Our SERVPRO technicians check for moisture barriers such as gloss paint on surfaces or 4-mil plastic sheets installed behind drywall which might stall drying.

Whatever materials the intrusion effects, performing thorough drying is essential. Our SERVPRO crews facilitate drying by increasing airflow around the wet materials using specialized equipment. We successfully set up several air movers and a dehumidifier unit to cover the wet areas. An air mover is a technological device that uses fans to harness and direct airflow in a specific direction. We also apply heat when necessary, but in most cases, the warm exhaust from dehumidifiers is sufficient in providing the essential heat.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can help evaluate your property to determine the source of water damage if it is not readily apparent. You can reach us at (508) 888-5985.

Simple Approaches Used in Falmouth to Ease Fire Damage Repair

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

 SERVPRO box truck parked on the street We have state-of-the-art equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your Falmouth home after fire damage.

SERVPROs Simple Tactics Ease Falmouth Fire Restoration

Problems in Falmouth property can vary significantly after fire incidents. Hazardous structural areas, heavy soiling, and odors are some typical issues. Resolving the problems can be time-consuming, costly, and generally inconveniencing, so most people opt to hire a professional to handle fire damage.

Although the Falmouth professional delivering fire damage restoration services may be popular for using advanced techniques or sophisticated equipment, simple actions also form a significant portion of the restorative actions taken. When done correctly, the process can be easier or faster. SERVPRO has developed various strategies over the years.

Simple strategies that ease cleaning

  • Doing a thorough inspection
  • Changing cleaning water frequently
  • Using products at the proper pH levels

Clearing heavy soiling from surfaces or materials can take longer if unnecessarily repetitive. The proper preparation processes and execution strategies can cut down the time involved. Our SERVPRO crews prioritize inspection before most of the other remediation steps. Assessment helps reveal the soil type or how stubbornly it is embedded on surfaces. Fire residues vary from fine dry soot to wet or smeary smoke residues. Wet residues are considerably challenging to wipe off from surfaces. Dry soot, on the hand, might penetrate beyond the surface since the intense heat of combustion opens up pores in materials.

The inspection done during fire restoration can be a simple or elaborate process. For example, rubbing a brightly colored cleaning sponge over surfaces to track residue spread patterns is a form of inspection. Other inspection approaches include doing chemical tests to establish the properties of residues or the affected materials. Chemical tests are beneficial when preparing to clean fabrics since they help reveal issues like propensity to stretch or dye bleeding.

Cleaning is more successful when applying unique approaches rather than standard techniques. Under most circumstances, that means using elaborate cleaning methods. However, it can also include simple techniques that you could easily dismiss while completing diverse tasks. Changing cleaning water constantly and maintaining the pH of the cleaning solution are two simple techniques that help improve the outcomes of fire cleanup exercises. Our SERVPRO FSRT-certified technicians manage pH levels by choosing products in the correct pH range which can be acidic or alkaline depending on the cleaning task. For example, heavy-duty cleaners that strip away greasy fire residues are highly alkaline, with a pH of around 10 to 14. Maintaining the pH level is also essential. Our technicians add a buffering agent in the cleaning solution to keep that range throughout the cleaning, thus maintaining its effectiveness.

Other Fire Damage Restoration Strategies

Since most blazes are usually limited to a specific house area, the location or position of damage influences the ease of restoration. Heavy smoke deposits or charring on elevated house sections such as ceilings or wall sections are particularly challenging to address because of the difficulty reach. Also, when cleaning, it is easy to soil contents and materials lying below the affected area creating unnecessary damage.

Simple solutions include:

  • Doing move-outs
  • Elevated access resources
  • Special cleaning equipment

Manipulating contents or moving them from the property ensures they do not stand in the way or incur damages from debris and cleaning solutions. Our SERVPRO teams efficiently manage the contents that need to move out of the way since we have enough workforce and handy tools such as handcarts. For elevated reach, extension poles and ladders come in handy.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands helps simplify fire damage restoration. You can reach us at (508) 888-5985. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Ways Falmouth Residences Can Contain Mold Damage

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

containment barrier set up in a mold damaged room Wherever you find mold damage in your Falmouth home, team SERVPRO can help remediate the damage. Contact us 24/7 for services.

Falmouth Homeowners Benefit From SERVPRO Mold Remediation

Mold is a progressive problem in terms of damage to properties. The incident at your Falmouth home can leave a mild impact or develop into a full-blown crisis that requires elaborate restoration procedures. Unlike other property disasters, you can influence the result of mold damage in your property based on your actions.

The action you can take in Falmouth to contain mold damage might depend on the timing of discovery. If the issue is in its formative stages, you only need to take the steps that curtail microbial growth and perform the cleanup. However, removing deteriorated materials is necessary if the contamination has taken root. Whatever the situation, assistance from SERVPRO is beneficial.

Containing mold contamination requires:

  • Limiting growth
  • Limiting debris spread
  • Preventing harmful exposure

Mold requires sufficient moisture and a source of food. It develops when spores on surfaces sprout, spreading hyphae and creating a colony. Disrupting growth is possible by stopping all water sources supplying an area or inhibiting microbial growth processes. Our SERVPRO technicians help by extracting stagnant water or drying wet materials. Inhibiting growth processes is also by applying chemical agents with antifungal and antibacterial properties on surfaces. For example, after removing the carpet and pad, we use the biocide on the floor surface before laying a new carpet.

Handling Mold Debris

In a moldy property, debris comes from several sources, including loose colony fragments, deteriorated materials, and dust from the drilling or cutting process when removing unsalvageable materials. Any heavily contaminated porous material like drywall, carpet, pad or insulation is deemed unsalvageable since cleaning and other restoration procedures cannot remove the root-like hyphae that penetrate its surfaces.

Controlling the spread of mold debris takes erecting physical barriers. Our SERVPRO technicians take the initiative to ensure such barriers are airtight. We use 6-mil plastic sheets supported with PVC pipes or spring-loaded metallic rods. An adhesive tape helps secure the edges. We also establish negative air pressure, which contains the debris released into the air when materials are disturbed through agitation, demolition, or cutting.

Containment barriers are not necessary for every type of contamination. However, debris control is essential in all cases. If demolition is not required, more straightforward techniques can help control the spread of spores and moldy materials. The crucial thing is to understand what needs protection from such materials. Protecting cleaned areas while the remediation is in progress is a helpful step. Otherwise, it can turn too repetitive, taking unnecessary time. Residue capture is also an alternative solution since it directly removes soils from contaminated areas to the waste collection containers.

Specific actions that help include:

  • Directional cleaning
  • Limiting airflow
  • Extractive cleaning like vacuuming

Vacuum cleaning and air filtration are two great extractive cleaning solutions. Our SERVPRO technicians use devices fitted with High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters that capture 99.97 percent of residues. Such filters can remove residues as small as 0.3 microns. Vacuuming helps eliminate residues embedded in cracks or crevices. On the other hand, the air filtration process has additional benefits, such as minimizing odors by capturing or neutralizing malodor molecules.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands has the necessary resources to control mold damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (508) 888-5985.

Keep Your Falmouth Business Open after Water Damage – Call SERVPRO

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

WATER SOAKED, CARPETED HALLWAY IN A HOTEL SERVPRO's skilled techs deploy advanced equipment to dry large commercial structures in Falmouth--We Keep Your Doors Open for Business.

Commercial Water Removal for a Falmouth Hotel

Hotels face challenges when it comes to water damage. These structures are massive compared to the average home or business, and there are many more chances for pipe leaks, burst plumbing, and other types of water damage to affect it. While commercial cleaners do great for day-to-day maintenance, removing water damage in wall cavities or ceiling tiles requires more specific equipment for extracting water.

If your Falmouth hotel needs commercial water removal from an experienced team of restoration specialists, SERVPRO is ready to help. These IICRC-certified pros receive extensive training in water damage mitigation and restoration techniques as indicated by IICRC standards, meaning your business can expect a consistently high standard of cleaning based on empirical measurements and tried-and-true methods.  

Preventing Water Damage to Your Hotel

  • Guest safety always comes first. Monitor sprinklers, plumbing, electrical systems, lighting, and smoke alarms carefully to ensure that guests all have safe and adequate infrastructure in their rooms, as well as in communal areas and conference rooms.  
  • Pay extra attention to plumbing. Water supply issues can come from various sources, from frozen pipes to leaks, to rust, and a little bit of maintenance goes a long toward preventing expensive repairs and unsightly stains.  
  • Have your maintenance crew look at the HVAC. Not only are climate controls essential to your guests' comfort, but something as simple as an HVAC leak can cause extensive damage with enough time and moisture.  
  • Maintain your concrete floors. Polished concrete is the ideal surface for handling the wear and tear of foot traffic, luggage, and renovations, but without proper sealing, it, too, can become vulnerable to damage.  

How SERVPRO Removes Water Damage Odors

SERVPRO has industrial-grade tools needed to address water damage in your hotel, from extraction wands and rovers for pulling moisture out of carpets and injecti-dry systems for drying wall cavities to EPA-registered antimicrobials for removing light odors and preventing bacterial and fungal growth.  

If there is a persistent odor from damage, odor control technicians can implement ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers in your structure to release deodorizing solutions. We use hand-pump or powered sprayers for disinfection, which goes a long way toward mitigating odors by removing bacteria. 

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can leave your hotel or other business looking "Like it never even happened." Call (774) 252-7567 today if your facilities need cleanup fast. 

Falmouth Businesses Deserve Prompt Water Damage Repair

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Make sure that business resumes quickly after water damage in your office. Our crew is standing by 365 days a year for your emergency call.

Let SERVPRO tackle water damage repair and restoration at your Falmouth commercial location!

Whether you have ceiling leaks from a faulty HVAC system or encountered burst pipes, you need to act fast so that your Falmouth business does not miss a beat. To cut back on downtime and the cost of damages, SERVPRO offers commercial restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even if there is an in-house janitorial crew, many benefits come from hiring skilled technicians for water damage repair in Falmouth. We act fast to mitigate damage and get you the results you are looking for:

  • We Restore Your Commercial Space Quickly – Our Green Fleet is equipped with extractors, pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to handle all kinds of water clean-up jobs.
  • We Offer Expert Advice – Rather than feeling that all is lost, we can go over salvageable items, including important documents, office carpeting, and more. 
  • We Carefully Dry and Clean to Remediate Mold – The onset of mold and mildew is a significant concern with any water removal services we offer. We use moisture meters to detect hidden pockets and adjust our equipment and timing accordingly to achieve our drying goals. We wrap up each job with the application of EPA-registered antimicrobials.

Your commercial space deserves prompt attention from a highly-trained team of water damage repair technicians. Contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands by calling (508) 888-5985 – we are available for emergency response 24/7!

Aiding with Commercial Fire Damage Repair in Falmouth

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Flames Under Ceiling Water Extinguisher SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands understands how important your business is. Let us help you out.

SERVPRO Helps with Fire Restoration in Falmouth

Whenever a fire breaks out inside any structure, several issues can occur. But if the building is a commercial property, there are more problems that a fire can create that must be solved. For example, a fire at your business can become costly if products and equipment get negatively affected. A fire could also cost your company a loss of business during the restoration process.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians work on restoring commercial fire damage in Falmouth, we focus on trying to reduce loss of business while we repair your company’s building. In some cases, we can schedule our working procedures during times when your business is not operating. In other situations, we can complete the restoration process in sections so that your employees can remain working in parts of your building. We can also take extra measures to ensure that the fire did not create any safety hazards for your employees or our crew.

Ways we can help your business after a fire:

  • Smoke Remediation
  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Content Cleaning
  • Cleaning Soot from Walls and Ceilings
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Setting Up Ozone Generators
  • Restorative Carpet Cleaning

After we inspect your entire property and figure out the extent of the damage, we can then formulate a plan of attack. Suppose you have burnt building materials like your drywall or ceiling tiles. In that case, we can start our restoration process by removing any severely burnt materials and placing them in sealed plastic bags, so the soot does not spread across your building. If some items like your wall studs only have charring on the surface, we can sand or sandblast off the burnt material and seal it with a specialized sealant paint such as Kilz.

If your company ever suffers from a fire inside its building, call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985.

How Do I Know if My Carpet Pads and Floors are Wet Under the Carpet in Falmouth?

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Water can quickly ruin carpet. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the know-how to dry and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Our Skilled SERVPRO Technicians Working in Falmouth Restore Your Carpet 

Excessive water leaking onto your carpet requires quick attention. It is not always as simple as letting the carpet dry on its own, even if the water is clean. Effectively extracting water may be more difficult in humid climates like Cape Cod. 

Technicians Use Moisture Sensors to Detect Excess Water  

Water Removal in your Falmouth home first requires that you detect and then possibly measure moisture levels. SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors with long sharp probes to penetrate through carpet and padding, reaching to the floor underneath to determine the presence of water. Then, they may use moisture meters to determine the amount of moisture present. 

How Do Technicians Remove the Water? 

  • Water extraction is vital. The more passes made with portable extraction equipment, the better as it expedites the drying process.
  • Self-propelled extraction moves throughout the impacted areas as a technician stands on them, using their weight as they ride around the carpet, vacuuming up as much water as possible.
  • Restoration professionals may also use stationary extraction equipment that uses the technician's weight to remove water in one location. The technician then moves it to another section after 10-15 seconds. 

Why Do SERVPRO Technicians Use Air Movers and Dehumidifiers? 

  • Air movement, ventilation, and dehumidification are all critical in effectively drying the carpet to prohibit mold colonies from forming.
  • Air movers move warm, dry air over the impacted carpet while dehumidifiers pull moisture from the air.

Removing a soaked carpet may be tempting; however, our professionals have the tools and techniques to dry and restore your carpet adequately. For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985. We make it "Like it never even happened." 

Controlled Demolition After Falmouth Flood Damage

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Drywall Removed We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Certain Materials Can Be Ruined by Flood Damage 

Flooding is one of the more complex and rapidly developing disasters impacting homes in the area. As violent and intrusive as these emergencies typically are, controlled demolition is often needed to protect the property from more significant harm and make restoration more efficient.

Recovering the Attic

Flood damage in Falmouth homes can often impact areas like the attic. Water penetration usually means damage to the roof, which must get repaired or rebuilt. Underlayment, insulation, damaged trusses, and other construction elements can often require removal to recover attics after flooding.

Cleaning the Basement

The basement level of your home is a typical area to experience intruding water for local homes and businesses. Falmouth properties contend a great deal with groundwater, and vulnerabilities in the foundation of residences can allow water to penetrate this lower level of the property directly. Demolition in this area might require wood framing, masonry foundation block, and subflooring for the main level.

General Building Materials 

Even without one specific area of the house being targeted by flood damage, certain materials used in the construction of your home are sensitive to absorption and saturation. Some of these include:

  • Flooring – Porous flooring absorbs flood damage from carpet to hardwood and can cause seams to bloat and warp.
  • Baseboards – Trim around the base of the walls can be heavily impacted when wall systems fall victim to flooding.
  • Drywall – Drywall gets used in the ceiling and wall assemblies and is one of the first materials to buckle underwater exposure due to its high porosity.

Many areas of a residence will become overwhelmed and even destroyed by flood damage. Because of the severity of these disasters, and the impact on the structure, our SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands professionals, respond fast to get mitigation and emergency services started. Call us today at (508) 888-5985. 

The Coast Is Too Close to My Falmouth House

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Let SERVPRO help you take care of your Falmouth flood damage.

We Can Help You Through Your Falmouth Water Damage

Our coastal town of Falmouth is an enjoyable one. Its rich history and marine life are like no other in the country, as is our close-knit community. In the past years, we have continued to make history, but now it is more related to severe weather events that threaten our peace and leave us vulnerable to damage. Severe storms and downpours have left a significant number of homeowners in need of advice as they strive to restore their homes to mint condition. What many homeowners have come to realize is that a good insurance policy does not substitute for knowledgeable people guiding you in the restoration process.

SERVPRO works diligently to support our Falmouth community when there is flood damage. We understand the tribulation of seeing the water threaten your belongings; family heirlooms, pictures, and memories can fall victim to floodwaters, and it is your job to protect them. When disaster strikes, you can call our 24/7 hotline and let our Green Fleet arrive at your home as soon as it is safe. Keeping in mind any restrictions and guidelines imposed by local emergency workers, we begin to sort through the debris to minimize your losses.

Flood damage differs from a regular burst pipe in that the water entering your house can carry pollutants and bacteria. At SERVPRO, we recognize this critical distinction and design our work plan accordingly. Extracting water and removing any goods that can not be salvaged is a top priority for our team. We do this by understanding any environmental considerations in disposing of furniture or other porous materials and by bringing in potent pumps to remove the standing water and discard it through the appropriate sewage. A homeowner, does not need to know these intricacies; all you need to do is trust our knowledge and expertise as we restore your home.

Disinfecting your home is also of paramount importance. Eliminating organic matter requires a certain degree of education to apply targeted cleaning solutions to each surface. Once again, our SERVPRO crew knows the specific recommendations for each disinfecting job, and we count on up-to-date technology to be efficient in the process.

At SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands, we walk along your side when disaster strikes. Like you, we want to see Falmouth in its full glory and not ravaged by flooding. Let us be a part of the solution by calling (508) 888-5985 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Why Do Experts Recommend Professional Mold Removal?

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in Corner Area 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 must 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. Still, the lifecycle of these fungi can frustrate even the committed significantly if the outbreak widens. Your extensive kitchen infestation qualifies as a circumstance that requires professional help, which is 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. Still, 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 for mold remediation aimed at schools and commercial buildings is our choice. Fortunately, this protocol is scalable to a residential setting, which is why SERVPRO is confident it will work well for your home mold damage scenario.

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 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.