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What Helps Fire Damage Restoration in Medford Homes?

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Factors Contribute to Faster Surface Cleaning in Fire-Damaged Medford Properties

Understanding the correlation of appropriate environmental conditions and factors is important for faster and more thorough fire damage cleanup. Educated restoration professionals of our SERVPRO team appreciate the impact of each of these potential influencers, so we manipulate environmental conditions and circumstances to suit the ideal cleaning and restoration scenario.

Choosing the Right Product

The most direct and considerable impact on fire damage restoration for Medford homes is the appropriate cleaning product used. Various types of smoke damage require different cleaners and chemicals to overcome, so choosing appropriately from the beginning sets the tone for efficient and effective restoration and recovery solutions. Solvents and detergents are common choices, and the options vary based on wet or dry smoke damage deposits.

Mechanical Actions

An effective way to help cleaning processes be more effective and complete is to combine them with actions to agitate the soil and better infuse the residues with the cleaning chemicals. These might include:

  • Brushing
  • Feather Dusting
  • Scrubbing
  • Dry Vacuuming
  • Media Blasting

Temperature

Cooler temperatures slow down chemical processes and molecular movement, causing cleaning products and reactions to be less productive and efficient. Increasing the temperature of the work area allows faster drying, chemical reactions, and cleaning.

Contact Time

The time that solvents, detergents, and other chemicals used in the cleaning process are allowed to work on the residues and soil deposits, often the more effective they become. It is important that testing is completed in advance for the impacted underlying surface to be sure that extensive contact time with cleaners does not ruin the hosting substrate.

Several factors can influence the efficacy of our cleaning processes and the ease of removing stubborn soot and smoke residues. Our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team is ready to help you make these fire loss effects “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (781) 395-4444.

States of Water While Drying Everett Flood Damage

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Flooding Changes the Phase of Water Several Times in Everett Properties

The restoration process for situations like flooding involves dozens of direct actions that can cause water changing forms and phases. Floodwater changes from liquids and gasses, sometimes even solids, several times throughout the full restoration and recovery process through reactions like:

  • Melting
  • Evaporation
  • Condensation
  • Sublimation

Harnessing Chemical Processes

It is crucial to understand the behavior of water through different stages to increase production and management of flood damage in Everett homes. Flooding is a rapidly changing and destructive event for a property, so each action professionals take work to specifically harness chemical processes and behaviors of trapped water in different forms to provide efficient restoration results.

Evaporation

Evaporation describes the actions of units like our air movers to influence wet surfaces throughout a damaged area directly. These high-velocity units blast warm air against portions of wall, ceiling, and flooring systems to vaporize trapped water molecules and begin to dry the affected building material. Evaporation works to begin restoring construction elements but increases the moisture content in the environment.

Condensation

Condensation is the state water is brought to when dehumidifiers like our low-grain refrigerant units begin to pull in moist air from the environment. The humid air is sent across chilled coils within the machine to form condensation drops on the rings. The water formed from the moist air is collected and removed, leaving less humidity in the house.

The education of our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team allows us to react quickly to the harmful impacts of flood damage to provide the best restoration approaches for our customers. By harnessing processes like evaporation, absorption, and condensation, we can use the behavior of water to clean up after damaging flood scenarios effectively. Call us anytime you need us at (781) 395-4444.

Where Should Air Movers Go During Medford Water Restoration?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Proper Drying Tool Positioning is Important for Water Restoration in Medford Homes

One of our inventory's most powerful and effective drying tools is the high-velocity air mover. With hundreds of these implements in our supply, we can provide effective drying solutions for structures of all sizes.

The Versatility of Air Movers

Water restoration in Medford homes hinges on effective equipment. In most cases, units like our air movers are capable of addressing varying types of surface moisture concerns. We have several types of air movers:

  • Centrifugal - high-velocity units ideal for focused blasts on portions of wet surfaces. 
  • Low-Profile - centrifugal air movers are capable of reaching under fixtures, cabinets, and through flood-cut openings.
  • Axial - broader air delivery for impacting greater surface areas of moist building materials. 

Structural Cavity Drying

Low-profile units are the preferred method of infusing warm blasts of air into structural cavities where moisture or standing water are a concern. Flood cuts made to remove damaged portions of drywall and baseboard at the lower sections of wall systems provide the appropriate openings to these cavities for centrifugal air movers to impact evaporation.

Limited Power Solutions

Yet another advantage to our professionals choosing air movers to help with the evaporation and restoration needs of the household is the capabilities of linking them together. Available power can be a challenge after water or flood damage, and our portable generators and trailered units are often the epicenter of available electricity for early restoration efforts. More can be done in this effort by daisy-chaining multiple air movers together to limit the needed 110V outlets.

Unlike any other tool or machine used for water restoration and recovery efforts in homes and businesses, the air mover is among the most versatile and readily used. We rely on the capabilities of these powerful units to manage efficient evaporation. Get capable professionals and equipment to your home fast after water emergencies by calling SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444.

Mold Remediation in Everett Homes Requires Expertise

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Your Everett Home

Mold is a fungus that thrives in moisture and reproduces through invisible spores that travel through the air. Certain situations increase the possibility of mold growth, including poor ventilation and plumbing problems.

Thousands of mold species exist, and some are invisible to the naked eye. You need a competent restorer to perform mold remediation in your Everett residence. For many years, SERVPRO has provided mold remediation and cleaning services to properties of all sizes efficiently and effectively. We can treat your home for mold damage by taking these steps:

  • Visual mold inspection
  • Identifying moisture or leak problems
  • Protection of unaffected areas
  • Cleaning and decontaminating the affected areas and contents
  • Removing damaged materials
  • Applying antimicrobial products to prevent future mold infestation

Visual mold inspection

Our SERVPRO crew can identify the cause of the mold and assess the damage to determine which steps to take in removing it.

Identifying moisture or leak problems

We can use infrared cameras to see how moisture has traveled throughout your residence. The infrared camera offers a big picture of where the moisture is located.

Protection of unaffected areas

We can use negative air equipment to prevent airborne contaminants from spreading to unaffected areas during the clean-up process.

Cleaning and decontaminating the affected areas and contents

We can scrub and clean non-porous materials like glass and tile. Our SERVPRO technicians can also clean affected furniture, clothes, and curtains, among other restorable contents.

Removing damaged materials

We can remove mold-damaged porous materials like drywall, wood, and carpeting. We can seal them in 6 mil polyethylene bags to prevent the dispersal of spores and dispose of them appropriately.

Applying antimicrobial products to prevent future mold infestation

Our SERVPRO team can use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to eradicate mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming.

When you need mold remediation services, contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444. We can make the mold infestation seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Hire SERVPRO to Perform Commercial Fire Restoration in Medford

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Restoration in Medford Properties Calls for Expertise

I have fire and smoke damage in my commercial facility. How do I clean it up? Who can I trust to quickly restore my property to normal to avoid interruption of business activities and revenue loss?

After a fire, call SERVPRO to assist you in performing commercial fire restoration in your Medford property. We can attain controlled and professional results through pre-testing, using suitable cleaning agents for specific items, and using the right dilution ratios for mixing cleaning solutions with deodorizing agents.

Our experienced restoration team can assess the fire and smoke damage and develop a plan for restoring the affected structures and contents. Our fire restoration services include:

  • Removing and disposing of debris
  • Removing smoke residues
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction

Removing and disposing of debris

We can remove charred structures and contents and dispose of them appropriately.

Removing smoke residues

Our SERVPRO team can use chemical sponges that are soft and dry to remove sooty residues from walls, ceilings, and other semi-porous surfaces. They clean surfaces through absorption and friction. Our restorers can press, rub, and pull the sponges across the soiled surfaces, absorbing the soils from the surfaces. The sooner we can restore these surfaces, the sooner your business can function as usual.

Water extraction and drying

The fire may have initiated the sprinkler system, or the firefighters used water to extinguish it. Our SERVPRO team can remove the water using extraction equipment. We can dry the property using air movers and low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. In an office environment, rapid relative humidity return can lessen the potential damage to sensitive electronic equipment and books.

Deodorization

Air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA filtration units can capture airborne particles and gases, and odors. The devices draw dirty indoor air through several filters, including activated carbon, and can channel them to the exterior using negative air pressure. HEPA filters can contain particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. The activated carbon and potassium permanganate filter eliminates different types of odors and gases by attracting odor molecules to the filter through adsorption.

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for effective repairs if a fire has ruined your commercial property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Hire Experts to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Your Medford Residence

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Counter Storm Flood Damage in Medford with SERVPRO's Help

Storms are a source of severe damage and loss of property to many homeowners across the country. If left unchecked for a while, the storm damage may worsen, compromising the whole structure and leading to the growth of microorganisms that pose health risks.

SERVPRO has the professional capabilities required to handle storm flood damage in Medford homes. In the unfortunate circumstance that a storm strikes, you should contact us as soon as possible to counter it before the damage intensifies. Our restoration process is as outlined below:

Damage assessment

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO team can inspect your house to determine whether we can work safely and assess how extensive the damage is.

Securing your house

If our inspection detects security deficiencies, we can take measures to correct them. For instance, if there are any openings because of fallen tree branches, we can board up the home or tarp the roof. The covering materials we use include roofing tarpaulins, exterior grade plywood, and polyethylene sheeting. We may also use roll insulation depending on the damage.

Water extraction

Our SERVPRO team can use extraction equipment to remove the water standing on the floor of your building to prevent further damage and pave the way for other restorative activities.

Disposal of damaged materials

We can sort through the affected materials and dispose of those that have been damaged beyond saving.

Drying

We can use structural cavity drying equipment to direct airflow into wall cavities and replace the moist, cool air with drier, warmer air to raise the temperatures of the affected surfaces and decrease the vapor pressure. This helps to increase the evaporation rate for quicker drying.

Cleaning, disinfection, and deodorizing

Our SERVPRO technicians can clean all the parts and items affected and remove the dirt brought in by the floodwater while also doing away with contaminants. We can disinfect your house and then apply deodorizers to remove the bad smell left behind.

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett provides efficient flood damage restoration services. Contact us at (781) 395-4444. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Water Cleanup in Medford

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

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What Makes SERVPRO One Of The Most Efficient Water Cleanup Companies In Medford?

While it is true that water cleanup from your Medford home requires professional equipment, it is equally important that the restorers know how to use them efficiently. SERVPRO spends a lot of time and resources to train restorers so that the equipment can produce the best possible results. 

SERVPRO techs pay close attention to every operation parameter of each equipment they use during water cleanup in Medford properties. A lot of thought is given, for instance, to decide the placement of the drying and dehumidifying equipment.    

Positioning Air Movers And Dehumidifiers During Water Damage Repairs In Medford Homes 

Air movers and dehumidifiers are two of the most important pieces of equipment to speed up the drying process of your water-damaged Medford home. SERVPRO techs consider various factors to decide the best positions to place these pieces of equipment.  

  • Positioning air movers: Techs calculate the number of air mover units required to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. The vortex is maintained by air movers positioned close to each wall (almost touching) and at an angle (15° angle for axial fans; 45° angle for centrifugal air movers).
  • Positioning dehumidifiers: Ideally, the SERVPRO techs put at least one dehumidifier in each room where water intrusion occurs. Techs can even strategically direct the exhaust of any of the dehumidifiers towards wet materials such as saturated cabinets or wet hardwood flooring to speed up drying. 

How Do SERVPRO Techs Handle Power Distribution To All Drying Equipment?

Some buildings may not provide enough circuits to run the required air movers and dehumidifiers. In those situations, SERVPRO techs use power distribution boxes to convert an existing 240-volt circuit into 120-volt circuits.


Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444; we are available 24/7.

Can SERVPRO Save West Medford Homes from Fire Damage?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Clean Appliances After West Medford House Fires

A fire damage incident at your West Medford home can tarnish the surfaces of various appliances like refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers. Professional restorers like SERVPRO use wet cleaning and polishing to remove the smoke and soot residue before they can cause any permanent damage. 

Most appliances affected by fire damage in your West Medford home that SERVPRO techs encounter are made from materials like metal, Formica, granite, and plastic. All these surfaces are non-absorbent, and consequently, techs use water-based detergent solutions to clean them. However, if heavy smoke residues are present, they can pose significant cleaning challenges.

Appliance Cleaning During House Fire Cleanup In West Medford Homes

Protein fires in the kitchen can cause the most damage to appliances in your West Medford home. Most of the residues in such fires are acidic and can cause corrosion to the metal surfaces of the appliances if not properly removed. SERVPRO techs use special alkaline detergents with a pH between 12 and 13.5 to remove acidic soils from appliance surfaces. 

Another option to clean residue from appliances is using an abrasive cream cleaner. Although it is a more aggressive cleaning method, it is the best method to remove burnt protein's yellow stains on appliances. Technicians use a '0000' steel wool pad to apply additional abrasion. 

How Do SERVPRO Techs Take Care Of Electric Components?

As most appliances operate using electricity, SERVPRO techs get them checked by an authorized electronic company once the cleaning is finished. Our techs always carry a safety check before plugging the appliance back into the electric outlet. 


If you need help restoring your fire-damaged home, call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444.

Is SERVPRO One of the Premier Mold Remediation Companies in Everett?

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Can Save Everett Homes From Lasting Damage.

One of the best ways to prevent any lasting damage to your property due to mold is to involve professionals as soon as possible. Mold removal companies like SERVPRO of Everett can help you in mold inspections, remediations and removal as well. 

SERVPRO is one of Everett's most experienced mold removal companies, with highly trained experts. Our techs follow the IICRC S520 mold remediation guidelines to ensure that the process is safe and efficient. SERVPRO techs use one or all of the following IICRC recommended cleaning methods during the mold remediation process:

  • HEPA vacuuming and air washing
  • Damp wiping and ultrasonic cleaning
  • Sand, soda, and dry ice blasting

When do SERVPRO Mold Specialists Use Abrasive Cleaning Methods In Everett Homes? 

The IICRC defines abrasive methods as a cleaning method that relies on using a medium or material to dislodge mold contamination. Abrasive cleaning methods that SERVPRO techs use in Everett homes include:

  • Sanding
  • Scraping and brushing
  • Abrasive media blasting 

As abrasive methods, especially those involving abrasive blasting, tend to produce aerosolized particles, SERVPRO techs use these methods with extreme caution. We use high-volume laminar airflow chambers while using abrasive methods to prevent cross-contamination. Abrasive blasting is usually reserved for cleaning mold damage present outdoors in crawlspaces, or attics.

What If The Techs Can't Remove The Contamination? 

The IICRC guidelines suggest disposing of the contaminated material if porous with visible mold growth. In a few special circumstances, however, the guidelines allow the use of shellac or varnish to coat porous or semi-porous surfaces from which mold can't be fully removed. 


Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444; our technicians are available round the clock to answer your questions.

Preparing for Storms and Flood Damage in West Medford

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here for West Medford Area Storm Flood Damage Calls

Flooding from storms can occur at any time, but the area of West Medford poses a unique challenge with the proximity to the coastline. With the havoc that mother nature can play at any given time along the East Coast, all residents must have a plan in place to limit flood damage and handle storms that come their way. SERVPRO is the company to call for all mitigation and restoration needs for anything that comes after a storm!

Unfortunately, floods are a frequent natural disaster, so you always need to be prepared. Rather than having immense flood damage in West Medford, there are some things you can do to get ready for a coming storm:

Before flooding occurs:

  • Secure your home by elevating essential items higher than the possible water line
  • Disconnect your electrical appliances
  • Have your utilities turned off
  • Evacuate if instructed by local authorities
  • Keep the name of a restoration team handy

During storm flooding: 

  • Listen for area warning sirens
  • Never touch electrical equipment when standing in saturated areas
  • Avoid contact with contaminated floodwaters

After a flood: 

  • Only return home after local authorities give the green light
  • Contact SERVPRO to begin the assessment for cleanup and flood damage restoration
  • Get in touch with your home insurance company to notify them of the flooding in your home

There is no flooding or water damage project that SERVPRO cannot handle. We also make your life easier by working with your insurance company to ensure all paperwork gets filled out completely. Our Green Fleet comes fully equipped with portable power and heaters to be used as needed for floods and other natural disaster events.


(781) 395-4444 is the number to call when you require assistance with flood damage after a storm. SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is available 24/7 for emergency service. We make your home “Like it never even happened.”