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Teaching Fire Safety to Children

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

It is vital that you teach your children about fire safety at home. Your children should understand what to do in the event of a fire and how to protect themselves against a fire.

ESTABLISH AN ESCAPE ROUTE

In the event of a house fire, your family should have an established escape plan that you all understand. Your children should know how to get out of each room in your home and how to do so safely. You should establish a meeting point outside, far enough away from the house, so your children know where to meet you once they get outside.

FUNCTIONING WINDOWS

You should make sure that your windows can be easily opened by your child and that the screen can be removed easily. You should help your children practice opening and closing the windows in case they had to it by themselves in the event of a fire. Bedroom windows never should be sealed shut or incapable of opening. Many fires happen overnight and they may need that window to get out.

UNDERSTAND SMOKE DETECTORS

Your children should understand where your smoke detectors are in your home and how they work. They should be familiar with the sound the smoke detector makes so they can recognize it in the event that it is going off. As the adult, you need to ensure that batteries are regularly replaced and the detectors are tested.

CHECKING FOR SIGNS

You should teach your children how to check one side of a door to see if a fire could be burning on the other side. Children should understand how to feel for a fire through a door and be able to establish if there is one. You should also help children find alternative routes out of rooms if a fire is on the other side of their door, especially their bedroom.

STAYING OUTSIDE

Children need to understand that they should stay out of the burning house once they are safely outside. Many children want to run back inside for pets or toys because they don’t understand the danger of the fire inside. You should make it clear to children that they should not go back inside for absolutely anything once they are outside safely.

Do you have the right insurance in case of Storm Damage?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Bad weather can spring up without much of a warning. Most of the time when a flash flood or bad snowstorm is threatening your area, you barely have enough time to find shelter. As a homeowner, it is important that you think about these moments before they occur.

Do you have the correct insurance policy? Is your home going to be covered in the event of a disaster? Is the amount of coverage going to be enough to restore your home? Thinking about these questions before the storm damage occurs can make your life after the storm much easier.

Before you do anything else, stop and make sure your home is covered for the following:

  • Water and Windstorm Damage
  • Debris or Tree Removal
  • Sewer Backup Due to Flooding
  • Sump Pump Failures Due to Flooding
  • Additional Living Expenses In Case A Storm Forces You Out of Your Home

Once you have the proper home insurance coverage for storm damage, you can feel safer during the event of a tragedy. Seeing your home in ruins after a major storm can be heartbreaking. It can be difficult for families to know how to move on from this misfortune. The best thing you can do for your family and your home is to begin storm damage recovery immediately.

SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.  Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland is  prepared for the unpredictable.

Call us at 781-834-7707!

Why You Should Use SERVPRO

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Why Should I Hire A Restoration Company?

If your home or business has been damaged due to a fire or a flood, the situation can seem overwhelming. You want to get the building back into livable condition quickly, but you don’t want to have lasting issues due to the smoke and/or water. You should reach out to SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland.

In addition to getting the job done quickly and efficiently and allowing you to concentrate on your business or family instead of working on your home or office, SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland offers several benefits. Among these are:

  • We will make your home or office safe. SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland knows where to look to spot potential health hazards, such as black mold, and not only get rid of current problems, but help to prevent future issues. Although cosmetic work, such as re-painting and re-plastering will make your building look fresh and new, there could still be underlying smoke and mold problems that could cause or aggravate health effects for years to come.
  • We will work quickly. SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland can attack your clean-up job with a full crew immediately, while you’ll have to work the clean-up around your already busy schedule. Cleaning up the damage quickly will help to prevent the damage from spreading and mold and mildew from forming.
  • We will help with your insurance claim. SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland has years of experience dealing with insurance companies after a fire or flood. We can help you fill out and submit the necessary paperwork to get your money quickly. Plus, the services of SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland are usually covered under most homeowners’ insurance policies.
  • We will help you decide what’s salvageable. SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland can be invaluable in helping you determine what items you should keep and what is damaged beyond redemption. In the aftermath of a fire or flood, it can be difficult for you to make such decisions without being emotional.

Call us today at 781-834-7707

Mold in Your Business? SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland Can Help!

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has experienced Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) on our roster to address mold concerns by removing active colonization and not quite entirely removing mold spores from the facility. Despite proper ventilation, humid conditions of the environment or mismanaged water damage can result in facilitating mold growth, threatening both the structure and contents while causing possible health effects to its patrons simultaneously. Our responding remediator's objective is to first determine the severity of the current colonization to address it directly with cleaning and demolition strategies.

How Bad Is the Mold Colonization?

Because mold colonization might not be visible on surface materials for up to 10 days from the onset of mold growth on agreeable materials, by the time property owners become aware of colonies, it is already a widespread concern. Even at this stage, where microbial organisms and fungi can be identified with the naked eye, environmental testing and moisture detection can help determine the full extent of this condition. Finding moisture pockets and damp materials beyond the surface can indicate other areas suitable for mold growth and spread. Some of the tools, technologies, and tactics for identifying these areas include:

  • Moisture Meters
  • Thermal Imagery
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Hygrometers

What Are the Main Concerns with Continued Mold Presence?

Understanding the impact that mold growth can have on your business and its customers and staff can help you appreciate your need for professional mold remediation companies like our SERVPRO team. There are multiple significant concerns associated with the development, spread, and continued existence of mold in your facility. The primary issues of microbial threats are:

  • Structural Deterioration – Materials like flooring, drywall, and ceiling tiles can deteriorate from hosting mold colonies and providing a food source for their growth. 
  • Health Effects – Proximity to active colonization puts your patrons in contact with volatile organic compounds produced by the organism. As stated earlier, health effects can result.
  • Health Code Violations – The presence of mold in your business can not only harm your reputation but can force your doors closed through edicts from local governing offices until the situation gets resolved. Containment happening quickly can prevent this temporary closure at times. 
  • We suggest, if not mandated, that an independent IH Industrial hygienist sample the air, if not before treatment, then awards to ensure that the remediation was successful.

What Can SERVPRO Remediators Do to Help?

The removal of colonies from your business requires a combination of tactics and equipment. Remediating seeks to remove the organism without impacting the hosting material, if possible. In severe exposures, removing and discarding the damaged structural elements is often the only suitable solution to efficiently return your business to preloss condition. Remediation strategies include:

  • Sanding
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filters
  • Soda Blasting
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Controlled Demolition

Does my Business Have to Close?

Whenever decisions are made about keeping the business going throughout restoration or remediation services, the customer and staff safety and well-being must remain top priorities. For isolated mold developments, appropriate containment barriers and immediate remediation work can allow the business to keep functioning in a limited capacity. When mold and microbial threats are more widespread, containment might not be feasible in communal areas used most heavily by your members. With experienced remediation technicians and in-house contractors, we can complete colony removal and repairs more efficiently to reduce profits lost with your business closed.

Remediation is a sound solution to address both the presence of mold in the building as well as its impact on contents and structural elements to make it "Like it never even happened." Give our SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland team a call today at 781-834-7707.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration Requires Proper Drying Techniques

Commercial water damage can take place by things like your building's roof leaking or one of your water pipes running to your restrooms bursting. Once moisture leaks from the outside, or your plumbing system, it will follow gravity and build up on your flooring materials first.

Once your carpets get wet, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We know that restoring the commercial water damage inside your property promptly is essential to providing a pleasant atmosphere for your customers. When moisture starts to affect your carpets and other building materials inside your office after a leak, we can start the restoration process by extracting all of the moisture possible while it is still a liquid.

After our SERVPRO technicians extract as much liquid H2O as possible, we begin the applied structural drying or ASD phase. During this step in the mitigation procedures, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to create an environment that speeds up the natural evaporation and drying process. When setting up the drying equipment, we utilize proper placement techniques.

One rule when placing air movers and dehumidifiers is that the fans should never push air directly into the back of any of these machines that remove moisture from the air. Dehumidifiers dispense hot, dry air that the air movers can use to create effective air circulation during the ASD process. All fans should be placed so that the exhaust from the dehumidifiers are pointed directly at the air mover's intake.

Another drying technique commonly used in an office building with carpet is to "float" the flooring materials. During this technique, sections of the carpet get removed from the tack strip and peeled back so that air movers can push air underneath the carpets and dry the bottom of the flooring material as well as the subfloor.

Whenever we work on restoring your place of business, we try to find the best and most cost-effective methods to return your real estate office to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.” When in need of a restoration contractor in your area, call SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland at 781-834-7707 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Is smoke damage permanent in my home?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians Can Remove Stubborn Smoke Residues and Odors from the Contents and Structure of your Home.

What is smoke damage?

When a fire breaks out in your home, rapidly combusting materials release toxins into the surrounding area in the form of smoke. This smoke can have a composition, including carbon, synthetic chemicals, or ashes. In high-pressure fires, these smoke particles can force themselves into surfaces like walls, ceilings, and furnishings. Once smoke cools, it may drop to the floor below, causing a layer of ash, which can cause further harm to your property when contacting with carpet fibers. Surfaces throughout your home may show blackening, or there may be noticeable smokey odors that last long after the initial fire has been brought under control. Our technicians are trained specially to remove soiling and bring any residual odors under control without further harming the structure and contents of your home.

How is smoke removed without damaging surfaces?

Smoke can bond with surfaces making fire damage restoration in your home challenging. Technicians need to decide to remove smoke from surfaces using either agitation of the surface or with chemical components. Agitation can include mechanical cleaning methods like air-whips. Air whips rapidly rotate rubber whips against the surface to dislodge soots and make them removable. Chemical solvents suspend bonded soot into the solvent solution. The suspended soots can then be rinsed away along with the solvent. SERVPRO can perform repainting of some surfaces if solvents damage paintwork during the removal process. We aim to leave your home in a preloss condition following a property fire.

What other methods do you perform during fire cleanup?

- Debris removal
- Odor control
- Contents cleaning

If a house fire affects your home with stubborn soot and odors, contact SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland at 781-834-7707.

What Can I Do In The Event Of A Kitchen Fire?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

No Fire Can Be Totally Prevented, But There Are Steps You Can Take And SERVPRO Can Handle the Fire Damage if it Happens in Your Home!

Over one-fourth of all fires take place in homes. The majority of these fires happen in the kitchen. Prevention is better than intervention, but if help is needed in your home, call the professionals.

What are the most common causes of house fires?

A house fire is never a pleasant thing. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes, cooking is the main cause of fires in the home. But cooking isn’t the only thing that can lead to a residential fire. The top five reasons are:

• Cooking
• Heating
• Electrical & Lighting
• Arson
• Smoking

Kitchen fires are one of the main reasons SERVPRO gets called out to deal with fire damage. 

What Causes Cooking Fires

Kitchen fires resulting from a cooking fire involve a stove or cooktop 62% of the time. Unattended cooking is the main reason for this type of fire, but things like flammable materials too close to the stove are another reason. Electric stoves cause more problems than gas stoves. Improper disposal of hot items is another cause. Thanksgiving and Christmas appear to be the peak time for these incidents to occur.

How Can I Prevent a Kitchen Fire?

One of the foremost essential things you can do is to stay alert. Never walk away from the stove when you have something cooking, turn off the stove if you need to step out. Keep all flammable material away from the range. Many people use their flat surface stoves as additional counter space. That is a big mistake that could cost you dearly. Always assume the stove is hot even when off. Keep your heat at the proper level. If your skillet starts to smoke or your pot boil over, turn off the heat. Keep a cookie sheet handy to place over the top of a pan that does catch fire.

What Happens if There is a Cooking Fire?

If the worse does happen and you undergo a kitchen fire, our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians are ready to go at a moment’s notice. Once they arrive, they will immediately assess the situation. Kitchen fires are often contained and damage minimal comparatively, but there are still things that need to be determined before fire damage restoration can begin. They will determine the type of smoke residue, pretest materials for the proper cleaning techniques, and decide if there is any structural damage. The goal is to restore items rather than replace them when possible.

Cleanup and Restoration

Once a course of action is decided, the Green Team of professionals get to work. With years of experience and specialized training, they can provide the necessary services for your situation. In the case of fire damage restoration, these could include:

• Debris removal – the stove may be charred and unsalvageable
• Dry cleaning – using techniques such as wiping down surfaces
• Wet cleaning – using professional chemical cleaners specific to the soot and the item getting cleaned
• Restoring wood surfaces
• Cleaning or replacing flooring
• Checking other kitchen appliances for problems arising from the fire
• Deodorizing – air scrubbers, thermal fogging, ozone generators or aroma pellets
• Cleaning HVAC duct systems

Do I Need Expert Restoration?

A minor house fire may look harmless enough and leave you thinking you can take care of it yourself. That isn’t generally the case. Smoke residue seeps into the tiniest cracks and crevices. Depending on the type of soot, it leaves behind improper cleaning can make it worse. SERVPRO uses industrial-grade equipment and cleaning supplies that the average homeowner does not have access too. Our experts know what and where to look for when it comes to fire damage.

Available Around the Clock

SERVPRO is ready to handle any fire damage that may occur, including kitchen fires. We hope that you can prevent a cooking fire, but if something unavoidable happens, we are available 24/7. Disaster doesn’t take a holiday, and neither do we. You can trust our fire restoration technicians to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” Your life doesn’t stop because a fire happens, and we understand that. Our rapid response team will do everything they can to get you back to normal.

Cooking fires can destroy a kitchen. Contact SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland at 781-834-7707 for expert fire damage restoration service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Cleaning Floodwater In Your Basement

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Natural flooding can introduce debris, sediment, and other solids to the basement of your home. While water in this situation can spread quickly throughout this level of the property, the proper mitigation and cleaning techniques can help to regain control of the disaster and reduce preventable loss. Between extraction, drying, muck out services, and cleaning, we can make flood losses “Like it never even happened.”

Before restoring elements of flood damage to Bridgewater homes like debris and potential contaminants, our SERVPRO professionals must focus on removing standing water. With natural flooding scenarios, unfinished basements can allow for substantial penetration. Following these disasters, homes in the direct path of migrating floodwater can battle several feet of standing water. Our technicians have premier equipment to help, including a wide array of extraction tools.

In situations where debris is known to exist, and a higher volume of water is present, we can utilize our extractor trucks. When hooked up directly through the truck-mount pump, we can discharge floodwater into sanitary sewer systems or culverts. With continual discharge, these powerful extractors can work at levels of 300 psi to extract thousands of gallons of standing water until debris removal and cleaning could be practical to begin.

Muck out and cleaning work together with controlled demolition. In many situations, portions of exposed wood framework joists beneath the floor must get cleaned with biocides and disinfectants. This sterilization can remove the potential for widespread biothreats and the development of mold colonies. We can also clean and dry concrete floors by first shoveling out mud and debris and working with pressure washers and cleaning agents to restore the floor to its original condition.

After a flooding incident, any homeowner can contend with substantial debris, mud, and other solids. Cleaning up after this loss can require a wide array of proven techniques, cutting-edge equipment, and potent products. Our SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland team can help with a fast response to begin extraction and debris removal as promptly as possible. Give our team a call anytime at 781-834-7707.

Cleaning and Disinfection Is Crucial After A Flood

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning and Disinfection After Flood Loss in Your Home

Disasters can take a severe toll on your home. Despite your ability to keep a clean home, the level of care and restoration that a property needs after natural flooding often exceeds the limitations and knowledge of traditional upkeep and maintenance for your property. Our cleaning technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), making them knowledgeable assets in returning your flooded property to preloss condition.
 
After natural flooding, there are many obstacles to overcome with the flood cleanup in your home. Silt, mud, and contaminants all play an active role in the hurdles our SERVPRO professionals must address to return your property to its original condition. Cleaning and disinfection might be among the final stages beyond controlled demolition, extraction, and drying, but they are vital to keeping your family safe.
 
Beyond the mud and debris in your home after flooding, bacteria and other contaminants could also be present in the intruding water that adds a hazardous situation to leave your family exposed to for prolonged periods. Our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly, despite when the disaster occurs, so that your home does not wait a moment longer than necessary for protection and early mitigation steps. This process most often begins with the assessment of which construction materials like drywall requires removal by our contracting unit.
 
We have a powerful line of potent cleaning products developed to stay in compliance with OSHA regulations while not limiting the potential strength and effectiveness of our cleaning efforts. We have virucides and sporicides that can get sprayed directly on structural elements, framework, joists, and other supports to prevent the spread of bacteria or the growth of microbial threats in these areas.
 
After a flood, you might not always think of prioritizing cleaning and revitalization. Because of our experience and extensive training through the IICRC, we can assess the severity of hazards and bio-threats, helping to regain control of the widespread disaster and get you back to normal life fast. No matter how severe flood losses can be, our SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 781-834-7707.

Who Can Homeowners in Our Region Depend on for Reputable Duct Cleaning?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland Tops the List When Residents Need Duct Cleaning 

If you have concerns about your home's HVAC duct system's cleanliness, you need to ensure any duct cleaning experts you consult are knowledgeable. Some companies over-emphasize the need for cleaning regularly. Others might concentrate on clearing out just a portion of the system, resulting in dirt and debris in other ductwork areas quickly re-soiling the cleaned space.  

Should Homeowners Obtain Duct Cleaning if Family Members Suffer from Allergies or Irritation? 

Before lining up duct cleaning because of a suspicion that dirty ductwork contributes to asthma or breathing problems in a family member, consult a health care practitioner. Although it might be possible that contaminants in the ducts are part of the problem, exploring other alternatives with medication, diet, or other treatments could eliminate the issue. Many allergies are seasonal, impacted more by outdoor conditions. You can always schedule a duct cleaning if different strategies fail to reduce coughing, sneezing, red eyes, and other sensitivity or allergy symptoms.  

If Homeowners Suspect Household Mold Contamination, Is Duct Cleaning a Good Control Measure? 

Taking charge of any duct-related mold issues is intertwined with the water damage or excessive humidity that drives mold spores' growth into active mold colonies. The connection between water and moisture damage and mold concerns is why SERVPRO is such a good fit for area residents. Merely cleaning the ducts in your home in response to mold proliferation is a temporary fix. We can combine appropriate duct mold cleaning to mitigate and remediate the water and moisture problem for a longer-lasting solution to mold concerns. The water inside HVAC systems often links to the cooling components evaporator coils. Leaks in return ducts can permit water to pass inside. These and other signs of excessive moisture are noted and can be addressed during high-quality duct inspections.  

What Are Generally Accepted Reasons to Hire a Duct Cleaning Contractor? 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discusses duct cleaning at length. A worry is that unscrupulous contractors advise cleaning when no or little benefit from the procedure seems likely. Improper cleaning can introduce particles into the air of your home. These concerns are why SERVPRO pledges to provide duct cleaning only by highly trained professionals when the following conditions are present: 

  • Significant and visible mold growth, in conjunction with remediation of the water and moisture damage that causes it
  • Infestations of vermin such as insects or rodents 

Other situations can result in substantial quantities of visible dust or debris, especially if the vents were open during an event such as: 

  • Remodeling or repairs
  • House fires 

Regularly changing your HVAC system's filters is the most efficient and effective way to keep dust, mold debris, other allergens, and more out of your home. Educate yourself comprehensively on the benefits and detriments of the use of chemical biocides or sealants.  

  • Limited use of chemical biocides and sealants can be appropriate under specific circumstances. Still, you might want to discuss their use with your healthcare provider if members of your family exhibit allergic reactions or sensitivity to chemicals.
  • The EPA has no chemical biocides currently registered for use in internally insulated air duct systems.
  • Research does not demonstrate the effectiveness of chemical biocides in duct cleaning.
  • The potential for adverse health effects from the chemical is not as yet established. 

What Safeguards Should Homeowners Employ When Choosing Among Duct Cleaning Contractors?  

Like any home restoration or cleaning services, pick a local company. Traveling duct cleaning companies are here today and 100 miles away tomorrow. You deserve to partner with a reputable firm with a physical facility and a broad spectrum of services to address the underlying causes of excessive debris in ducts.  

  • General restoration and cleaning training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an excellent sign that the duct cleaning company takes every type of intervention seriously.  
  • Certification as NADCA Certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists is also a plus.  

With generations of service to our community, we are that local company, why SERVPRO inspires confidence in those seeking duct cleaning.

The duct cleaning experts at SERVPRO of Marshfield/Rockland proceed with skill and caution when clearing the HVAC system and other ducts in your home. Call for an evaluation to determine if your ducts need attention and the conditions that caused the soiling by reaching out to us at 781-834-7707.