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HVAC Cleaning for the Spring!

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. By removing contaminants from an air duct system, the effects of dust and mold are greatly reduced. Clean, healthy, circulating air is a must for those sensitive to indoor air contaminants, especially for people with allergies. But how dirty do your air ducts need to be before they need to be cleaned by a professional?

Here are the top reasons as to why air ducts should be inspected and serviced:

1. Allergies - By properly cleaning your air duct system, homeowners are protecting their families from harmful dust and other contaminants. Air ducts provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungi, and other allergens.

2. Mold - Many air duct systems are located in a home’s basement, which may often be wet, damp, or have experienced flooding. This moisture may cause mold and mildew to grow in and around the duct-work. Cleaning your HVAC will help eliminate any offensive odors and reduce the potential for mold growth in the future.

3. Pets - Animal fur can get trapped in the vents and builds up living germs, fungus, and allergy-causing bacteria. The fur and dander can also hinder the efficiency of the HVAC system. Clumps of hair will slow down the airflow for the entire system if it allowed to build up.

4. Dust - If you start noticing an excessive amount of dirt and dust building up even after cleaning, it may be time for a professional. Homes built today will have drywall dust and construction debris in the duct-work before the owner even moves in.

5. Efficiency - Years of dust, hair, pests, and other pollutants in duct-work will hinder an HVAC system’s airflow.  A proper cleaning will help remove the buildup and promote the proper airflow needed to run the system at peak energy efficiency.

When dirt and debris are removed from duct-work, the fans and motors that power a furnace no longer need to work as hard to distribute air. Advising people to routinely get their air ducts inspected and serviced is important. Not only does this properly maintain a home, but it keeps the quality of indoor air as pure as possible. However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, give us a call at (508) 234-3399!

The Fire Restoration Process

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave the scene of a fire, your home is likely to suffer from extensive smoke or water damage. Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we have a seven-step plan that will help get you and your family back on track to your everyday lives. 

1) Emergency Contact – The restoration process starts when you pick up the phone and contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County. Here, we will ask a series of basic questions pertaining to the damage to ensure that our staff is properly equipped upon arrival.

2) Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment – Here, our professionals will inspect your home, as well as assess the damage done. This step is crucial.

3) Immediate Board-Up & Roof-Tarp Services – When a fire compromises your windows and even roof-top, our professionals will take the necessary steps in ensuring no further damage by covering openings.

4) Water Removal & Drying – The water removal process beings immediately and after removal, dehumidifiers and air movers are placed strategically to ensure 100% dryness.

5) Removal of Smoke and Soot – Our professionals will use our specialized equipment and techniques to remove all soot and smoke remnants from all objects and surfaces.

6) Cleaning and Sanitizing – We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and surfaces to get you and your belongings back to preloss condition.

7) Restoration – The final touches of repairs, painting, and installing of new carpets will be done to make the disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we understand just how devastating a home fire can be. Your safety is our number one concern and we will not stop working until we get the job done right!

If you have any questions, please call us at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website!

Tips for Protecting Your Business and Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Business

  1. Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  2. Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  3. Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 
  4. Ask us about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.

Protecting Your Home

  1. Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 
  2. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through un-heated or un-insulated areas of your home. 
  3. Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  4. If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off. 
  5. Ensure gutters are clean and secure. leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  6. Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff-backs. 

Fire Damage in Southern Worcester County

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

After the fire department has left your home, we are YOUR next step in cleaning your home and getting your life back on track. In addition to the fire, smoke, soot, and water damage, we offer a bevy of services that can quickly and effectively help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

These services include:

  • Board-ups: In some situations, this may be necessary in securing openings to the structure. We use sturdy and durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and human/animal intrusion.
  • Inventory Analysis: Using our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), we can take a comprehensive inventory of each room. During this type of analysis, we can determine which contents are salvageable and non-salvageable. This service can optimize both time and accuracy.
  • Move-Outs: If your contractor requests that your goods and contents must be moved to a different location, we offer move-out services where we do the work for you. Our workers are professionally trained to properly inventory and control the contents from the structure during any cleaning, restoration, or deodorization process.
  • Electronics Cleaning: Some smoke residues are known to contain certain types of acids that, when in contact with metal surfaces and water, have the ability to cause corrosion. This can eat away at any metal casing and cause electronic failure within the device. Here at SERVPRO, we are trained to clean the outside correctly and refer your equipment to a qualified vendor.
  • Artwork Cleaning: We understand how costly some works of art are to restore post-fire. Restoration and cleaning of valuable artworks require the use of a trained art conservator. At SERVPRO, we usually will subcontract any fine art pieces to a conservator. However, if desired, our cleaning professionals may attempt to remove any residues or odors, only after given permission by the customer.

If you have any questions regarding our services, please gives us a call at (508)-234-3399 or visit our website.

Ready Whenever

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Imagine a nice, relaxing weekend away with your friends and family. Whether you were away on a ski trip, an island, or even a cruise, the escape from grueling days at the office puts you in a total state of relaxation.

Now imagine coming home and walking down the basement stairs to find several inches of water everywhere.

What do you do?

The initial reaction might be to freak out and lose your cool. You then begin to shuffle through your phone and frantically call each and every number that promises to save you from your crisis.

This is foolish.

To skip this step, have SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County ready on call to save the day and bring your home back to preloss condition. Our professionals have the training and equipment to save you from any situation, no matter the severity.

If you experience a situation similar to the one mentioned, DO NOT hesitate to give us a call at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website.

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What to do After a Water Damage in Charlton, MA

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

After a storm or water damage situation has plagued your home, your first reaction may be to panic. Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we understand how stressful these types of situations may be to your home as well as your family. Before help arrives, here are a few of the Do’s and Don’ts of water and flood cleaning:

Do’s

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Don’ts

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

We have the moisture detection and measurement equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels; the water extraction equipment to speed up the drying process by removing the bulk of water from your home or business; as well as the drying equipment to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. If your home requires any of these services, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399. 

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Storm Damage - Oxford, MA

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to is pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond with the right resources in a timely manner, which is extremely important in the case of a disaster. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the cost of restoration services.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (508) 234-3399!

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Ready Whenever!

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Imagine a nice, relaxing weekend away with your friends and family. Whether you were away on a ski trip, an island, or even a cruise, the escape from grueling days at the office puts you in a total state of relaxation.

Now imagine coming home and walking down the basement stairs to find several inches of water everywhere.

What do you do?

The initial reaction might be to freak out and lose your cool. You then begin to shuffle through your phone and frantically call each and every number that promises to save you from your crisis.

This is foolish.

To skip this step, have SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County ready on call to save the day and bring your home back to preloss condition. Our professionals have the training and equipment to save you from any situation, no matter the severity.

If you experience a situation similar to the one mentioned, DO NOT hesitate to give us a call at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

As the cold winter months rapidly approach us, frozen pipes become a regular occurrence throughout the region. Since water stored in these pipes expands once frozen, the expansion places pressure on the containing pipe, including both metal and plastic pipes. This pressure can cause the pipes to crack and break, potentially causing a problem to you and your home. To ensure that this does not happen once the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, here are some basic preventative tips:

  • Drain the water from all pool and sprinkler supply lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses that are used outdoors. Also, be sure to close the inside valves supplying the outdoor hose spouts. Keep these open to allow all the water remaining in the pipe to drain.
  • Know where your water supply lines are in unheated areas. Make sure these pipes are insulated, to ensure the security and safety of them.
  • Think about insulating water pipes with materials such as pipe sleeve(s) or heat tape and cable to protect pipes that are exposed. This can serve as an extra barrier for extreme freezing weather.
  • Keep your garage doors closed.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature during the daytime and nighttime. If you are away from your home for an extended period of time, be sure to set the temperature in your home no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (American Red Cross).

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we want you and your family to be prepared for the worst, as the weather rapidly drops to freezing temperatures. By ensuring that your pipes are up to the proper safety specifications, you will hopefully survive the winter seasons without having to worry about a broken pipeline.

If you have any questions or concerns, call us at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website.

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Commercial Water Damage in Uxbridge, MA

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can be from a flood, septic system problems, a broken pipe, or a faucet mistakenly left on. It is important to take care of this as quickly as possible to prevent mold, mildew and structural damage.

Initial Cleanup

Take immediate action before professional help arrives. One thing you can do is open your windows to aid in the initial drying process.

Next, remove excess water by mopping or using a wet-dry vacuum (do not use a regular household vacuum to do this). You should also wipe down any wood furniture and remove wet upholstery/cushions and other water-logged materials from the affected area. These simple steps will begin the drying process, but professionals with heavy duty equipment can more fully restore your home.

Besides the headache from dealing with physical water damage, there are other issues to consider:

Health Hazards

Mold and mildew are two very common problems that will occur after water damage. It only takes a few hours, especially in high humidity for these to start growing. Mold and mildew can cause health effects. A professional service will have the high capacity fans and vacuums to remove the water from your site before it has a chance to saturate construction materials and leave them prone to mold.

Structural Damage

After a home has been impacted by water damage, it is possible for the entire structure of the house to be weakened. Again, it’s important to dry the home thoroughly before this happens. After the cleanup, it is advisable to have a professional come out and assess the structural condition of your home.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these issues, please contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399. We offer 24-hour emergency service and are more than happy to help you with your water damage repair and restoration.