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Preserving Ridgefield’s History and Architecture

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield Restores Ridgefield Homes After Water-Related Disasters Occur

Ridgefield is a New England town packed with history and classic New England charm. This bustling Fairfield County locale was first incorporated in 1709, a year after English settlers from nearby Milford and Norwalk purchased the land from the Ramapo tribe’s chieftain, Catoonah. American history enthusiasts, particularly those with a keen interest in the Revolutionary War, are sure to find plenty to pique their interest here.

Ridgefield is home to a wealth of beautifully preserved historical locations that are registered on the National Register of Historic Places, including:

  • The Keeler Tavern and the Phineas Chapman Lounsbury House on Main Street, the latter of which is also referred to as the Ridgefield Veterans Memorial Community Center
  • The French army’s march route, led by Comte Rochambeau in 1781, on Ridgebury Road. On the same road lies the Ridgebury Congregational Church
  • The Branchville Railroad Tenement on Old Main Highway

Other historic houses on the register include the Benedict House and Shop, the Frederic Remington House, the Thomas Hyatt House, and the Lewis June House. Ridgefield is also home to the Hugh Cain Fulling Mill and Elias Glover Woolen Mill Archaeological Site, which houses industrial remains dating back to the American Revolution.

The Battle of Ridgefield and the Keeler Tavern

On April 27, 1777, Ridgefield turned from a quaint New England town into a battleground for American and British soldiers. The British, led by the Royal Governor of New York, Major General William Tyron, first destroyed supplies meant for George Washinton’s troops in Danbury before advancing toward Compo Beach. Seven hundred militiamen on what is now Main Street fended off the British forces. They chased them down to Westport, where the Redcoats expected to contact their ships on the coast.

Key figures in this battle included:

  • Brigadier Generals Gold Selleck Silliman and Benedict Arnold
  • Major General David Wooster, who led the Connecticut militia along with Silliman and Arnold

While Benedict Arnold is known for defecting to the British military in 1780, his years of military experience and leadership during the Battle of Ridgefield were crucial to staving off British soldiers in the town and inflicting casualties as the troops marched back to Compo Beach.

The British achieved their tactical goals in reaching their ships in Westport. Still, the skirmishes at Ridgefield united American troops and irregulars alike with allies like the French, who would be instrumental in the defeat of King George III’s army.

To this day, the Keeler Tavern has a British cannonball lodged in a post as a proud reminder of the endurance of the American troops and their allies. Visitors can find out more about the Battle of Ridgefield at the Keeler Tavern Museum, which was established in a property built in 1713 after Timothy Keeler purchased his grandfather’s home. 

In the mid-twentieth century, the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society eventually garnered the funds to purchase the original home and open the Keeler Tavern Museum in 1966.

The French Army in Ridgefield

King Louis XVI of France sent his army to assist, led by General Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the Comte of Rochambeau. The French aid, especially Comte de Rochambeau’s men, was crucial to leading American soldiers to victory in the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.

 Without the aid of the well-trained French military backing the American Continental Army, Lord Cornwallis may well have won in Yorktown. However, over 20,000 French infantry and seamen came to the aid of 9,000 American troops led by George Washington. In Ridgefield, Rochambeau and his men made camp in the fields near the Congregational Church that still stands to this day.

Comte de Rochambeau’s legacy has lived on in many ways:

  • His son, Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, Vicomte of Rochambeau, played a crucial role in several pivotal military campaigns and revolutions of his own, including the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Haitian Revolution.
  • Several locations across the U.S. are named after the Comte, including a middle school in Southbury, a bridge spanning across the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., and a French international school in Bethesda, Maryland. Connecticut, in particular, has many locales throughout the state named in Rochambeau’s honor.
  • The Comte is also referenced in the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton in two songs: “Guns and Ships” and “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).”

How Do SERVPRO Professionals Deodorize Water Damage in Ridgefield Homes?

What sets SERVPRO apart from other water restoration companies in Ridgefield is its unique combination of locally-owned and operated locations with access to large-scale education, tools, and resources to maintain a high standard for cleanup and restoration.

This commitment to a comprehensive cleaning is especially crucial for odor control after water damage has affected a property. Odors are frequently one of the early signs not just of water damage but of potential microbial growth on a property.

SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) take the following into account when determining what methods are ideal for deodorization:

  • Whether affected carpeting can be easily lifted for odor removal, if not, technicians rely on injection systems to deodorize carpet and pad.
  • If mold odors are present after the initial round of deodorization procedures has been implemented, OCTs may rely on sealers to encapsulate and mitigate odor-causing residues.
  • The size and openness of the area affected by unpleasant odors determine the equipment and materials best suited to mitigation. A burst pipe in an open kitchen, for example, may require the use of an ultra low-volume fogger for more efficient deodorization.

Odor control measures are crucial to returning a water-damaged home to a preloss state that looks and feels clean. SERVPRO technicians receive extensive education and training on industrial-grade deodorization tools best suited to a diverse array of situations.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides homeowners with Faster To Any Size Disaster mitigation and restoration services when they call (508) 824-0200.

Make Your Own Nature Inspired Festive Decor In Taunton This December

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Brighten Your Taunton Home This Festive Season With Hand-Crafted Decorations

The Old Colony History Museum provides fascinating exhibits that take you right into the world of the early Taunton colonists. They also offer regular craft workshops to help you learn new skills. Wednesday Workshops are a popular fixture in the museum’s calendar. Come along in December to learn how to make nature-inspired festive decorations:

  • The workshop runs 5:30 – 7:00 on December 8
  • Costs $10 for non-members or $5 for members
  • Materials included

Space is limited, so please book in advance. If you cannot attend in person, you can join as a virtual attendee via Zoom. You will receive more information on how to access materials for Zoom attendees when you book.

It is always fun to learn new crafts, but businesses who run craft workshops need to be aware that crafts materials can provide fuel in a fire. For help with fire damage cleanup, call SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 

Share Your Love of Reading With Other East Taunton Bookworms

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Enjoy Reading Aloud With East Taunton Residents This Winter

The only thing better than a good book is sharing it with others. You can share your latest literary finds with fellow book lovers, thanks to the Taunton Shared Reading Book Group at Taunton Public Library.

  • Entry is free.
  • Refreshments are included.
  • Reading material is provided.

This is a relaxed and friendly group. You can read aloud if you would like, join in the literary discussions, or simply relax and listen.

The Shared Reading Book Group meets every Monday at Taunton Public Library from 2 PM – 3:30 PM. You do not need to book ahead or even read anything ahead of time. Simply turn up on the day and enjoy the materials provided.

Book lovers understand-the fear of moldy books. Protect your books by keeping them in dry places that are free of damp. If you are concerned about mold affecting your book collection, SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield is here to help with mold remediation. Call us today at (508) 824-0200.

Enjoy a Live Magic Show with Your Friends And Family in Taunton

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Residents of Taunton Can Come Together and Enjoy a Live Magic Show

Sometimes, magic shows on television are unbelievable and may look staged. Since live magic shows are rare in Taunton, most people do not get the opportunity to attend one. Fortunately, Cedric Purcell brings the Cedric Purcell Magic Show close to you. The event occurs on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 8 Trescott Street, Taunton, MA 02780. It is a one-hour event beginning from 8 PM to 9 PM. Parking is free, secure, and in plenty of supply across the street.

Ticket buyers should be above 15 years of age since the show contains strong language. All audience members should have their mask on during the event for personal safety. Those in attendance should note that they may be called on stage to participate in the show. Items provided include:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gloves
  • Mask

Couples and groups should show up early to avoid being separated and help with social distancing.

SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield welcomes you to the Cedric Purcell Magic Show. If you are dealing with water damage, we are ready to help. Our highly trained and certified professionals can perform efficient water removal in your Taunton property. Call us today at (508) 824-0200 for help.

What Guarantees Safety When Managing Flood Damage?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Addresses Physical, Chemical, and Biological Risks For Safe Restoration of Flood Damage in Taunton Properties

Flooded properties can be risk havens if precautions are not taken during the renovation process. Such risks can lead to physical injury or exposure to harmful substances. It is also possible to cause additional unintended damages to the property. SERVPRO helps manage safety risks for the safe restoration of Taunton properties.

How does flood damage pose risks to Taunton homeowners?

  • Floodwater deposit chemicals and biohazards in houses
  • Water and mud leave surfaces slick, increasing the risk of sliding
  • The risk of electrocution is high once property floods

Although the most apparent problem during a flooding incident is the rising water that intrudes into different sections of the house, other issues present bigger problems. For instance, the floodwater might contain dissolved chemicals and biohazards. Wading into the water to perform removal procedures might only replace a simple problem with a severe one when someone falls sick.

Our SERVPRO technicians accomplish the desired goal of extracting the contaminated floodwaters while avoiding the risk since we use protective gear such as rubber boots and Tyvek bodysuits. We also use circuit testers to confirm no electric current flowing through the water or wet surfaces, thus eliminating the risk of electrocution.

What is the best way to safeguard against physical injury?

Unlike chemical and biohazards, it is hard to eliminate the risks that lead to physical injuries while restoring flood damage. Our SERVPRO professionals prepare the loss site to minimize the dangers by:

  • Setting up the wet floor and other warning signs
  • Shoveling mud and silt from the floors making the less slippery
  • Securing equipment cables and hoses with tack strips 

Flood loss sites are usually chaotic, with everything spread all over the place. The equipment used to extract water and clean soiled areas can add to the level of clutter. Our crews declutter loss sites before starting restoration processes by setting up a staging area for the equipment and securing any materials that might trip people.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield can restore your property safely. Call us at (508) 824-0200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Does SERVPRO Do First to a Restore a Fire Damaged Home?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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After a Fire in Taunton Our Technicians Assess What Mitigation Needs to Be Done After Dealing with Safety Issues

The Taunton Fire Department has a fascinating history. One of the oldest continually operating fire stations in the U.S., the first station was dedication in 1869. By May 1866, there were five Taunton Fire Stations, and in December of 1876, fireboxes and fire hydrants were added. The first motorized engine company began in 1912, and in April of 1924, they retired the last of their horses. Today over 127 firefighters respond annually to over 11,000 runs. Many of these call-outs involve residential property. After the firefighters put out the flames, SERVPRO steps in to help clean, repair, and restore.

During Fire Restoration What Happens First?

Securing the building from safety hazards is the first step in any job we do. We cannot begin repair and restoration unless it is safe. Our technicians are trained to scope out a fire damage scene in Taunton and look for potential hazards. Emergency mitigation, such as boarding up, may be needed as well. The particular things SERVPRO looks for include:

  • Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead
  • Utility concerns including gas leakage risks and electrical shock dangers
  • Damage to the structure that could lead to a collapse
  • Fall or slip hazards
  • Off-gassing during combustion
  • Determining the level of water contamination

We have protocols we follow to mitigate any of the above situations so that everything gets done safely. These protocols include:

  • Turning off utilities, such as gas and electric, at the source
  • Using temporary supports for damaged structural components
  • Letting our certified biohazard removal technicians handle hazardous materials.
  • Use the correct PPE gear for the job.
  • Working within local and state laws for removal of biohazardous material

How Do You Determine What Restoration Techniques are Used?

SERVPRO employs the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) that understand fires and fire residue. In a single fire, they often deal with wet, dry, and protein-based soot. Each of these requires different cleaning methods. The project manager considers several aspects when putting a restoration plan together. The conditions during the fire, materials consumed, and how the fire and smoke swept through the home are all considered.  The technicians then begin cleaning and restoring the home.

In order to properly clean, the technicians determine which type of soot is in the area where they are working. They test different cleaning methods and products in inconspicuous places to decide the best cleaning option. They go through the house, cleaning each impacted surface so that restoration can begin.

Why is Water Damage Cleanup Necessary After a Fire?

If firefighters were involved in putting out the fire, water and chemicals get used. Our IICRC techs deal with any water intrusion before they begin fire damage cleanup. Water is corrosive and destroys impacted material quickly. Water extraction methods are used to clear as much moisture from the building as possible. We use EPA-registered antimicrobial agents to treat contaminated water. Industrial strength drying equipment gets used to dry the structure. If the moisture is allowed to sit for long periods, secondary damage such as mold and mildew can become a serious problem.

How Does SERVPRO Restore My Home?

Once the safety issues get dealt with, and water extraction is complete, the cleaning and restoration begin. Charred and ruined material gets removed quickly as they contribute significantly to the foul odors present with fire damage. Cleaning methods such as soda blasting are used on fire-damaged structural elements. Scraping and wire brushing are other cleaning options for content covered in soot. Clothes, linens, and even sports equipment can be washed in our ESPORTA system. Damp wiping removes smoke residue from surfaces. Damaged walls, floors, and ceilings get repaired. You can rest assured that our technicians use the most advanced restoration techniques and professional equipment to restore your home. Our goal is to leave the residence, “Like it never even happened.”

Can the Smell Be Removed?

Smoke residue settles on surfaces and becomes embedded into the content of the home. The airborne particles can travel quickly throughout the home, even from the smallest fire. Our technicians work tirelessly toward eliminating the foul odors present. We neutralize scent-bearing particles with chemicals that alter the composition of the soot. Enzymatic products, hydroxyl generators, and thermal fogging are techniques that help remove the awful smell.

A fire damaged home needs professional, well-trained fire damage restoration experts that understand what is needed. At SERVPRO, we sympathize with anyone who has undergone a disaster such as a fire. We want you back in your home and doing all the normal things you do every day. Our technicians work diligently to ensure that happens.

 Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for professional fire damage service. We are licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: General: CS-108357.  We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Does Water Cause Harm to Upholstery, Carpets, and Textiles in Taunton?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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A Water Leak Can Lead to Permanent Fabric Damage. SERVPRO Can Provide Expert Water Cleanup for your Taunton Home.

How does water affect fabrics?
Textiles in your Taunton home are made up of unique fabrics with unique fiber and dye characteristics. When water exposure occurs, these textiles can bleed dye, shrink or become flat. Long-term water exposure can lead to unpleasant odors and mold growth. SERVPRO technicians are not only experts at drying your home and contents; we can also clean various fabrics to return them to a preloss condition. Understanding how different materials react to cleaning methods or chemical action is essential to reducing secondary damages. We can avoid these secondary harms by consulting manufacturer guidance or relying on our extensive fabric cleaning training.

What stages are there for textile cleaning?
    •    Assessing whether fabrics should be cleaned while wet or putting in place an immediate drying plan
    •    Using pre-conditioning elements as well as spot and stain remover to clean the fabric
    •    Providing a topical treatment onto the fabric to ensure a lasting clean finish

What are topical treatments for textiles?
Topical treatments are an essential part of water cleanup in your Taunton home. These treatments are usually applied initially by the manufacturer but can be re-applied after cleaning the textile. We use topical treatments to help release soiling from a fabric piece and make the fabric stain resistant for the future. A soil-repellent can be used as a mitigation method to prevent soils from absorbing into a fabric, providing technicians with a vital window to clean upholstery before permanent staining occurs. One risk of using a soil repellent is yellowing, which is why we recommend you seek professional assistance when performing textile cleaning.

What types of topical treatments are available for fabrics?
    •    Soil release agents allow textiles to absorb more water or cleaning solution allowing for deep cleans.
    •    Stain-resistant chemicals can prevent or reduce the staining of materials through dye discoloration.
    •    Fire retardants can often wash out in the presence of moisture. Re-applying fire retardants can help return your furniture to its preloss condition.

Water spills can lead to staining, dye bleeding, or other forms of damage in upholstery, carpets, and fabrics. Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 now.

Why Should Businesses in Taunton be Struggling with Mold Outsource Removal to Specialists?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on ceiling tiles Finding mold in your building can quickly cause great stress. Contact SERVPRO for commercial mold removal and remediation services for your business.

Mold Removal Companies Offer Experienced Crews with Advanced Training Certification to Do the Job Right -- SERVPRO Is a Mold Remediation Leader for Taunton Businesses

Taunton small business entrepreneurs pride themselves on handling unexpected challenges on their own. Not surprisingly, they also surround themselves with individuals with the same type of “can do” attitude. Although this approach is commendable, one of the issues business property owners might want to consider outsourcing is mold removal. Choosing among local companies can be daunting, but there are solid reasons why you should select our services.

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Full-Service Disaster Recovery Company in Taunton for Your Mold Remediation Needs?

It is not uncommon to find yourself urgently evaluating mold removal companies when you undertake remodeling or deep cleaning in your retail space. Tearing out a wall or moving plumbing or electrical lines can reveal a long-term mold issue, nearly always associated with unseen water damage. Trying to resolve a complicated situation that can involve the deterioration of building materials and a microbial infestation is best left to experts. This is why our full-spectrum disaster recovery services are in demand to remedy both the underlying water damage and mold colony multiplication issues.

How Do Mold Removal Companies Gain Access to Hidden Damage?

Our general contractor license offers the capability to proceed with carefully planned controlled demolition to reveal water and mold damage. As the spaces providing habitat for spores to grow and proliferate open to view and interventions, SERVPRO mold remediation specialists commence the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to rid your property of the active colonies:

  • Locate the mold damaged materials
  • Contain the area with 1.6 mil polyethylene, and consider the additional protection of operating a negative pressure air scrubber within the containment compartment to 
  • Seal the perimeter
  • Force airborne mold spores and debris through HEPA filters for capture, exhausting to the outdoors
  • Remove the mold colonies with brushes, scrapers, and tempered blasting techniques like soda or dry ice, which can clear growth from some porous materials
  • Vacuum and wipe up lingering debris and residues 
  • Bag all moldy materials and dispose of as hazardous waste, following rules in your community
  • Treat affected spaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit mold rebound

Take full advantage of the multiple certifications held by SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield as your business recovers from mold removal and water damage remediation. Call us at (508) 824-0200 to explore how our team can make a tricky microbial invasion “Like it never even happened.” 

Contractor Licenses:

General: CS-108357

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What Should a Homeowner Do If My Taunton Home is Ever Damaged by Floods?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

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If Floods Ever Impact Your Taunton Home, You Should First Contact a Good Local Flood Damage Cleanup and Remediation Service for Help.

Every year, powerful seasonal storms batter Taunton and the rest of the Northeast.  These monstrous weather systems often bring with them intense winds, torrential rains, flooding, and massive headaches for area homeowners.  As the storms pass through our community, your home could be compromised in a myriad of ways.  Tree limbs, or even entire trees, could fall on your house, damaging roofing and windows.  This, in turn, could make your residence much more vulnerable to stormwaters.  At the same time, flying debris could further impact your home in such ways and block its drainage systems.  Then, as heavy rains swell local rivers, lakes, and ponds, your house could be put in the direct path of raging floodwaters.     

What Makes Flood Waters Particularly Hazardous?

Flood damage remediation in Taunton involves much more than simply removing the floodwaters and airing-out a residence.  As SERVPRO, a local Taunton flood damage cleanup and restoration company, understands, it takes much more than this.  This is because floodwater, classified as “black water,” is the most contaminated type of water you can encounter.  It flows over various polluted surfaces, carrying with it such things as:

  • Human corpses and animal carcasses
  • Animal and human feces
  • Industrial wastes
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Other harmful substances in soils 

This contaminated water is teaming with troublesome microorganisms that could, if not quickly and successfully eliminated, irreparably impact your residence and cause negative health effects.

How Does SERVPRO Quickly and Effectively Clean Up Flood Damage?

As your neighborhood SERVPRO, we are located nearby and our skilled technicians live in your community.  This is why we can often be onsite to help resolve your Taunton flooding issue within four hours of your call, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.  Once at your residence, SERVPRO experts:

  • Inspect your home, noting all water damage and potential safety concerns like the presence of lead or asbestos
  • Rapidly extract gallons of polluted standing floodwaters from your house with industrial strength extractors and submersible pumps
  • Disinfect surfaces around your home with EPA-approved disinfectants and high-tech foggers
  • Professionally dispose of hazardous wastes
  • Set a drying goal based on local conditions and monitor its progress with moisture sensors/meters and thermohygrometers
  • Quickly dry the interior of your residence with a network of cutting edge air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
  • Further disinfect and deodorize your house with advanced antimicrobial-delivering foggers

Taken together, all of these measures help ensure that your flood damage is remediated as quickly and effectively as possible.  Many times, they can save you from future issues related to a flooding event, which can save you precious time and money.

How Do SERVPRO’s Foggers Disinfect Surfaces and Neutralize Odors?

The greatest concerns related to flood damage cleanup are eliminating harmful microbes and neutralizing unpleasant odors.  In order to tackle these key problems, SERVPRO employs the most advanced foggers in the industry today.  Our thermal foggers create dense fogs filled with disinfectants/deodorants that eliminate microbes or unwanted smells from confined areas of your residence.  Technicians use ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers that aerosolize microorganism/odor-eliminating agents to treat impacted materials and difficult-to-access parts of your home.  This is possible because ULV foggers, unlike other foggers, create fine mists that are able to easily penetrate tight areas and the small pores of affected materials.   

What Can Happen to My Home If I Don’t Have It Properly Cleaned by Knowledgeable Professionals?

As previously explained, floodwaters are particularly dangerous because they usually carry numerous harmful microorganisms.  The harm that these microscopic threats often cause is in addition to the troubles generally associated with regular water damage.  Some examples of the issues you can eventually expect to encounter after having ineffective remediation service performed are:

  • Persistent foul odors that may become more pronounced during hotter and more humid periods
  • Discolorations and stains from proliferating mold and mildew on floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Deteriorating drywall and plaster
  • Warping and buckling of floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Structure-destroying dry rot that could require substantial and costly reconstruction efforts
  • Negative health effects

It is for all of these reasons that you should take care of any flood damage as soon as possible and have the work done by trained professionals.  Otherwise, over the long term, your delays could cost you dearly.

As caring members of your community, we urge you to always prepare for storms and related flooding.  Also, you should know your cleaning and restoration options well before storms arrive.  With all that said, if you ever need help cleaning up in the aftermath of flooding, call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for assistance.

How Expensive is Fire Restoration for Businesses in Mansfield?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Producing an Accurate Estimate for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration is Essential to Allow Mansfield Businesses to Plan and Account for Insurance Claims.

How are commercial claim costs calculated?

Fires affect hundreds of small, medium-sized, and large businesses in the Mansfield area every year. These can occur in restaurant kitchens, electronics shops, and retail outlets. We understand that as a business owner, getting the first idea of the costs of your claim is essential to your business planning. The expense of your restoration depends on the cleanability of the property. Replacing, resurfacing, or reconstructing is where the high costs of recovery occur. SERVPRO works to restore rather than replace and test smoke residues to gain an accurate idea of which areas can be cleaned and which may need replacement. By conducting rigorous tests, your business can avoid being charged for restoring items that ultimately need replacing.

How accurate are testing estimates?

When we conduct commercial fire damage restoration for Mansfield businesses, we generally provide testing equipment for estimators. These equipment include safety equipment like respirator masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as pH paper and brushing or scraping tools. To distinguish between restorable and replaceable items requires an ongoing assessment of smoke residues. We may scrape tiles or hard surfaces to assess damage underneath. Melted plastics, such as those found on commercial cooking appliances, can often be agitated with steel wool to see if melting can be restored. SERVPRO also includes cleaning chemicals that can be tested on discrete areas of walls or furniture in your business to see how active smoke residues are to chemical action.

How do estimate tests help restoration technicians?

- Tagging of items as a claim or damaged inform whether to restore or replace
- Caution tape may be placed to indicate potential hazards
- Markers to delineate work which can be useful during inventory

A fire estimate can help your business to process the costs of your claim. Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for commercial restoration services.