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What Contaminants Might Be Present with Basement Flooding in Sandwich?

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO appliances in a house Flooding can quickly damage your home. Contact our certified technicians 24/7 for remediation services and water removal.

Flood damage presents unique challenges after a storm in Sandwich – Hire SERVPRO for basement flooding cleanup!

When looking at the town of Sandwich, Massachusetts, you may not think there is much to it. Smaller in size than many tourist stops in the state, Sandwich happens to be the oldest town in all of Cape Cod. Throughout the historic district in town, you will find a beautiful town hall situated by Dexter Grist Mill, making for excellent photo opportunities.

Indigenous peoples for thousands of years initially occupied cape Cod. The town of Sandwich was settled in 1937 by a group of Europeans from Saugus under permission from the Plymouth Colony. There are many extraordinary historic homes located in the town of Sandwich, including:

  • Benjamin Holway House, originally built in 1789
  • Benjamin Nye Homestead, constructed in 1678

Sandwich, Massachusetts, was also home to an early Quaker settlement. Today, the town still plays host to annual Quaker meetings.

There are Plenty of Beautiful Natural Attractions to Experience in Sandwich, Massachusetts

Due to the location of Sandwich, you have several incredible coastal attractions to take in. Whether you want to explore a local beach or take in the sights from a State Reservation, there is a lot to put into your day trip schedule, including:

  • Sandy Neck Beach – Situated on Sandy Neck Road, this is a lovely little stretch of scenic beachfront. As part of the charm that comes from 'all that is Cape Cod,' this is a lovely spot to enjoy hiking, birdwatching, or simply soaking up the sun and salty sea air.
  • Scusset Beach State Reservation – This little spot is located on Scusset Beach Road, where you will find a strip of beach with clean sand for spending time with a book or watching the kids building sandcastles. There is also a rocky jetty that is just right for exploration to look for crabs or to cast your line to try your hand at fishing.
  • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen – Located on Discovery Hill Road, this destination features lovely nature trails, whimsical gardens, and an on-site jam-making kitchen. Browse the gift shop, take home so jam, or snap a few pictures of the animals on the grounds.

Basement Flooding After a Sandwich Storm Brings Pesky Microbes – SERVPRO Can Handle Your Flood Damage Cleanup Needs!

Emergency services water damage assistance is critical once your basement gets flooded after a major storm rolls through Sandwich. Not only could there be a leaking roof from storms, but the flood water coming into your basement is loaded with potential contaminants. Letting this fester for too long brings harmful microbial growth.

Flood damage in Sandwich is best left to the skilled technicians at SERVPRO so you can ensure you get the results you need. We work to:

  • Facilitate water clean up fast while reducing relative humidity to below 60% to help inhibit mold growth.
  • Arrive at your property quickly to start water removal services to cut down on costly secondary damage.
  • Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Put containment barriers in place to limit the tracking of contaminants into unaffected zones

Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985 when you need prompt flood damage restoration after a recent storm.

The Best Fire Damage Restoration Company Near Me?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage at the fireplace SERVPRO says to always check your chimney and hearth each cold season before fire damage results in your Falmouth home

Trust SERVPRO to Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Falmouth Home!

There are many ways your home could experience fire damage. Furthermore, a significant portion of those events is not as explosive as you might imagine. Something as small as a candle or as big as a stove could have equal impacts on your home.

Should your Falmouth home experience fire damage, call SERVPRO immediately. Our technicians are expertly trained and can handle fire cleanup and smoke removal of any measure, big disasters or small. SERVPRO can:

  • Promptly come to your residence after your call
  • Bring advanced technological devices designed for fire remediation
  • Work whenever you need us, day or night

Our crew can get to work straight away once an agreement is signed and authorized. For the sake of an example, let's say that a faulty electrical socket caused a fire. The wall around it is covered in soot, as well as the carpet. Our technicians could do the following during remediation:

  • Remove greasy soot stains from your wall with scrapers
  • Remove any carpet that is beyond remediation and use our General Contractor License #: CS-108357 for new installation
  • Set up odor-reducing equipment, such as hydroxyl generators

Don't wait when fire damage strikes! Dial (774) 252-7376 to speak with SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands. Our technicians are always ready to help you.

Is Commercial Mold Removal Needed?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage sheetrock wall SERVPRO provides the Mold Removal Service that Falmouth homes and businesses yearn for!!

SERVPRO Can Expertly Remediate Mold from Your Falmouth Office Building!

Many business owners consider doing remediation work in their building themselves or with their in-house maintenance staff. DIY projects may help keep costs as low as possible. However, it is always best to trust a professional mold removal company to do the work.

Trusting professional and local Falmouth mold removal services for your office building is the best choice you can make. Mold colonies can develop and exacerbate the initial damage without a prompt response.

  • Cause health effects in some individuals
  • Ruin organic materials in your office building, such as wood
  • Cause a malodor and poor indoor air quality

Office disruptions can mean disappointed clients and staff. Select the company that many property managers choose to satisfy their clients' needs. Our goal is to keep your business in business.

Some Mold Removal Actions

  • Locate the mold colony and set up protective plastic sheeting to prevent the spread of spores
  • Remove the fungi with advanced scrapers, bicarbonate soda blasting (like a gentle pressure washing)
  • Use antifungal sprays to help ensure that the mold does not regrow

If you need professional mold removal, get help today! Call SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands by dialing (774) 252-7376. We’re open 24/7 for you.

What Should I Do When Storm Damage Impacts My Home?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

air scrubber and a poly duct porting moisture flooded This advanced method of using air scrubbers and lay-flat poly ducts can facilitate the drying of a structure in Falmouth after a storm--SERVPRO can do

SERVPRO Can Remediate the Storm Damage in Your Falmouth Home!

Falmouth was first settled by English colonists in 1660 and has grown to become the second-largest municipality in Cape Cod. The city was named after a port in England, Falmouth, Cornwall. Today, it has a population of 31,531, according to the 2010 census.

Falmouth Facts:

Early in its history, the settlement became known for:

  • Farming
  • Salt Works
  • Whaling
  • Sheep Husbandry

Falmouth Attractions:

  • North Falmouth Village
  • Falmouth Village Green
  • Waquoit

North Falmouth Village:

North Falmouth Village is a heritage site constructed in the 1800s. The townsfolk traditionally used the area for fishing and for gathering together in celebration. Many of the historic districts of Falmouth are excellent areas for tourism.

Falmouth Village Green:

The Village Green is centered around the triangular green of Main Street. It is a historic site and has been the town center since 1756. Many people travel here to see the traditional colonial layout of a traditional settlement.

Waquoit:

The Waquoit Historic District encompasses the village of Waquoit in southeast Falmouth. It has more than 80 properties of historical value and was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 2004.

When Storm Damage Interrupts Your Life:

Living so close to the ocean can make it easy for storm damage to affect your Falmouth home. An intense storm can bring water, wind, and even debris to your door and cause trouble. Picture winds more than fifty miles an hour blowing signs, tree branches, and yard decor around your neighborhood. A mighty gust of wind could throw open the door of your home and allow storm damage inside. Storm damage like this could enable:

  • Blackwater to rush into your home
  • Carpets to become waterlogged
  • Mud and muck to cover interior rooms and furnishings

Blackwater is a serious issue and should not be ignored. It can contain biohazards, petroleum, gas, and other harsh chemicals. Should it impact the rugs in your home, they cannot be remediated as there is no way to ensure safety. Our team understands the health risks of contaminated groundwater and removes any residual amount as we begin the cleanup and restoration.

How Can SERVPRO Help Me?

Our technicians are IICRC-certified (Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration-Certification) and can clean up the mess in your home, no matter the size. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our technicians are trained to use state-of-the-art advanced equipment for the job. It is always our goal to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

To clean up and remove storm damage, our technicians can:

  • Use wet/dry vacuums to remove excess puddles of water
  • Set up flood drying mats to draw moisture from hardwood floors
  • Clean your property with industrial-grade disinfectants and detergents

If your home has been struck by storm damage, never hesitate. Get help today by calling SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (774) 252-7376. We're always ready to help you!

Inspecting and Testing Are Important Components to Water Damage Restoration

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged bedroom. When water invaded this home, SERVPRO was there! We were able to completely restore this home.

Monitoring for excess moisture in your Sandwich home

Water damage often means that there needs to be some extraction of excess moisture during the cleanup. Before extraction, it is essential to thoroughly test the impacted area to understand the damage's extent and see if the damaged areas have restoration potential.

Water Removal in your Sandwich home consists of measuring the presence and then the amount of moisture before moving on to removal. SERVPRO encourages pretesting areas of the house to determine complete restoration's feasibility before completing the entire job.

Pretesting has four objectives:

  1. What portion of the home and contents can dry and be cleaned to preloss condition?
  2. What amount of the house and contents can NOT dry and be cleaned to preloss condition?
  3. What part of the home is unaffected?
  4. What part of the property is unknown for repair status?

For assistance with water removal, contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985. Our team will make it "Like it never even happened."

What to Do After a Fire in Your Falmouth Home

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke entering room from under door SERVPRO has the tools and training to restore any fire damage you may experience. Call us today.

What Happens When You Call SERVPRO After a Fire Emergency? 

Experiencing a fire in your home can be traumatic and often overwhelming. Our trained professionals at SERVPRO are ready to answer your call anytime, day or night, to get the restoration process begun as quickly as possible.

In Falmouth, fire restoration begins with a phone call to our emergency response team. After contacting them, expect the initial appointment shortly.

What you can expect when you contact our emergency response team:

  • Our trained dispatchers ask questions about the loss, while you respond, they fill out the "First Notice of Loss" form to get a comprehensive picture of the overall damage following the fire.
  • After the response team fills out the form, a restoration team member contacts you after about 30 minutes to set up the initial appointment to inspect the loss site.
  • The appointment is within four hours of the initial call.
  • Team members arrive at your home to inspect the damage and create a repair plan.

For 24/7 assistance, Contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985.

Safety Precautions are Important During Water Cleanup

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged basement SERVPRO is no stranger to water damaged basements. Should water invade your home, contact us. SERVPRO is always on call.

Electricity Safety Measures for Your Falmouth Home

Falmouth, originally named Sacconnesset by Algonquian-speaking Native Americans, was settled in 1661 by Isaac Robinson and his fellow Quakers. Incorporated into a town in 1686, Falmouth, one of the country's oldest areas, was named after the town in England. Since the city lies near the Ocean in Cape Cod, it was a perfect place for the British to attack Americans during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Isaac Robinson came from Bristol, England, to Boston. On February 5th, 1631, he arrived via the ship Lyon, surviving a 66-day journey in the winter. The vessel only sailed during the winter to bring supplies to the settlers. Supplies included lemons to ward off the rampant amount of scurvy in Massachusetts.

Isaac settled in Sandwich but relocated when Quakers were fined and persecuted there. Quakers in the region were heavily fined and sometimes even executed for refusing to pledge allegiance to the colonial government. He built a house between Fresh and Salt ponds at Falmouth, including four acres of land by his home and eight more acres nearby, which was the location that later became Falmouth.

Isaac continued to contribute to the community, establishing the West Falmouth Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Quaker meetings from Cape Cod are still in practice today, having been established more than 300 years ago. From the late 1600s until the early 1800s, Quaker meetings rapidly grew. As a result, more meeting houses were established. Quaker membership declined in the late 19th century but has since seen revivals in the 1950s and early 2000s. Quaker meetings are often silent and yet welcoming to everyone. Although they say that they pull from Christian beliefs, they note the sign that says "All are Welcome," insisting that anyone from any religion may find benefit in the meetings.

Currently, Falmouth is typically a busy tourist town in the summers with ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island. 

There are beautiful places to visit, including:

  • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Long Pond Watershed
  • Beebes Woods
  • Crane Wildlife Area
  • Nobska Point Lighthouse
  • The 300year old West Falmouth Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Safety First During Water Cleanup

During the home restoration, it is essential to take safety precautions seriously. Our SERVPRO team performs safety inspections before beginning the job to identify hazards. Since electricity and water are an unsafe combination, it is the first thing technicians inspect.

  • Here are some electrical safety steps:
  • Turn off the main circuit breaker before beginning work.
  • Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) for all electrical equipment to mitigate risks.
  • Do not turn on electrical components exposed to water.
  • If you are standing in water, do not turn on electrical appliances.

For assistance with water cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands at (508) 888-5985. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Need a Funky New Groove on a Sandwich Thursday Night?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Mold damage is no DIY project. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC trained and experienced with mold remediation.

Patrick's Music Bingo at Clark-Haddad Legion Post 188 Is the Place to Boogie on January 28 in Sandwich

Forget the dreary task of finding the intersections of numbers and letters on your bingo card when Patrick is calling! Listen for lively pop music titles and dance your way to a win. All you need is a little focus and enthusiasm because your entry is free for this fast-paced moon-walk of high-energy musical titles from the past few decades. Twist and shout "Bingo!" when your sheet beats others for the game called. Prizes and hilarity await.

  • Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 through 9:30 pm
  • Event: Patrick's Music Bingo

Register on Sandwich Eventbrite

  • Location: American Legion (Clark-Haddad Post 188)

20 Main Street

Sandwich, MA 02563

Mold damage remediation in Sandwich offered by SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands is a "bingo" for your business. Call (508) 888-5985 for an evaluation and plan to get back on track.

Contractor Licenses:

General: CS-108357

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

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ponds
  • Wells
  • Streams
  • Rain barrels

How Was the Community Involved in Early Firefighting Efforts?

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

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

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

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

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

Are There Records of Significant Fires in Falmouth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contractor Licenses:

General: CS-108357

Attention Falmouth Residents Interested in Creating Successful Online Businesses

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Masks and social distancing are required. 

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

5:30-8:30pm

  • Location: Cotuit Center for the Arts

Schoolhouse

4404 Falmouth Road 

Cotuit, MA 02635

  • Cost: $180/$153 members 

Register on the Cotuit Center for the Arts website

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

Contractor Licenses:

General: CS-108357