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Tips for Spring

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

  • Check for loose or leaky gutters.  Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.
  • Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.
  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks.  Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
  • From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement.  All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.
  • Remove firewood stored near the home.  Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.
  • Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.
  • Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard work easier.

Smoke Remediation is Critical When Performing Fire Cleanup in East Taunton

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage can leave behind stains and odors. Tackle them with a call to SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup services.

SERVPRO ensures your East Taunton home is free from odorous smoke damage during the fire cleanup process

No homeowner wants to have lasting reminders of a fire event within their East Taunton property. Unfortunately, DIY house fire clean up leaves you open to remaining odorous particles from soot and smoke. Hiring skilled fire damage restorations from SERVPRO helps battle foul odors so that your newly-restored interior and indoor air quality (IAQ) match when the project wraps up.

When handling fire cleanup in East Taunton, our smoke and fire damage team can access a broad spectrum of odor removal tools, products, and equipment. When you call us to address the fire event in your home, we may use some or all of the following:

  • HEPA filtration – HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate arrestor. While using HEPA filtration tools, we can scrub the air to remove odorous airborne particulates.
  • Thermal fogging – Our thermal fogging equipment works by dispersing a fine mist of special deodorizing agents. This allows it to bond with particulates, even in hard-to-reach spaces, to pull out foul odors.
  • Ozone generators – This equipment works with the help of ozone gas production to help trap and remove odors and microorganisms within any given space. NOTE: all people, pets, and plants must be out of the area while this technology gets used.

There is nothing like house fire clean up by skilled technicians! Call us at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield when you need assistance with fire cleanup and smoke remediation at (508) 824-0200.

Emergency Services Water Damage Repair When You Need It in Taunton

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

An undetected pipe leak can be causing damage behind your walls. Once found, you’ll need SERVPRO’s help to remediate your space. Call right away!

Taunton residents require prompt assistance with water damage repair can count on SERVPRO!

Broken pipes can happen when you least expect them, and you must act quickly in this situation. But what if you have a slow leak that has been brewing undetected? You could start to notice ceiling leaks and staining that will call for specialized help to get you the water clean up and repair you need. SERVPRO understands best practices for locating the source of the moisture and then handling all of the steps for water damage restoration.

Water damage repair in Taunton could be a little or a lot depending on the event. SERVPRO arrives and follows our proven processes and methods to ensure your project goes off without a hitch.

You can trust that our skilled IICRC-certified water damage remediation team will:

  • Meticulously scope the zone where the loss took place, along with the surrounding area
  • Take note of all water damage to contents and building materials – setting up containment for protection
  • Either perform pack-out/move-out services or develop a staging area to clean or store specific contents
  • Set a plan in motion for water extraction, including specialized measures for wall cavities and flooring
  • Handle all water damage mitigation and restoration, as needed, using controlled demolition – General Contractor License #: CS-108357

Water removal services and water damage repair are two areas where we shine at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. Get the project handled right the first time by calling us at (508) 824-0200 when the need arises.

Fire Damage Restoration has Many Working Parts in Taunton

5/23/2021 (Permalink)

Regardless of the size of the fire, quick and effective clean up efforts are critical. Contact our experienced team to help remediate your home.

SERVPRO lessens impact and costs for Taunton business owners when called for help with fire damage restoration

Even if you have a small fire at your Taunton commercial space, you could have significant issues with smoke damage and indoor air quality (IAQ). Not only will there be burnt, charred materials to dispose of, but you also have to think about corrosive smoke and soot residue that may have traveled throughout the building – often via the HVAC system. SERVPRO is the only team to call when you want skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) on the job.

When handling fire damage restoration in Taunton, our team knows that circulating soot particles start to settle on contents and surfaces, posing a threat. This acidic, corrosive soot can damage surfaces it lands on, calling for specialized, careful cleaning. We work to:

  • Cut back on the power of smoke odors present in the building
  • Pay close attention to any safety hazards that fire and smoke/soot damage presents
  • Reduce thickness and severity of residue and soiling on all impacted surfaces

SERVPRO technicians have access to the best equipment in the industry when handling water & fire damage restorations, including:

  • Vacuums and air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • ULV fogging equipment
  • Ozone and Hydroxyl generators
  • EPA-registered sanitizers and deodorizers

The team at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is available 24/7 for emergency response when you require prompt, reliable fire damage restoration. Call us to your commercial space when you need us by dialing (508) 824-0200, and we can be there as soon as possible.

Does SERVPRO provide Flood Damage Restoration in Taunton?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is second to none when it comes to flood damage remediation for your home. Call now for the services you need.

Does SERVPRO Have Large Capacity Flood Damage Recovery Services in Taunton?

Storms can cause a lot of flood damage to homes and businesses in Taunton in a matter of minutes. High winds tear off roofs, send projectiles through walls and generally open the structure to rain penetrating the structure. Often there are flood waters associated with these storms, which rise and fall, leaving lots of contaminated debris in their wake.

SERVPRO responds to flood damage events of all sizes in Taunton and neighboring areas. Our franchise is equipped to handle large emergencies, and we can call on nearby franchises for immediate help. There are over 1500 franchises nationwide that routinely send support when large disasters strike.

We provide emergency services, water damage, and flood restoration. Our teams are available 24 / 7, and we are prepared to respond within four hours of your call. We are equipped with:

  • Large capacity truck-mounted pumps
  • Electrical generators
  • Trained water damage restoration technicians
  • Large-capacity air movers and drying equipment

Our objective is to get started promptly to dry your property and restore it to a pre-storm condition as fast as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield for flood damage services in Taunton and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (508) 824-0200.

SERVPRO Can Help with Water Damage Restoration in East Taunton

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage done by burst pipes can get crazy. SERVPRO will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call. Our water damage restoration is top-notch!

Can You Recognize the Signs of Water Damage in East Taunton?

Many people associate water damage in East Taunton with catastrophic floods or burst pipes, allowing water to flow into their homes for hours. They can cause a great deal of water damage; however, so can slow leaks under kitchen and bathroom sinks. These leaks may go unnoticed until there is a water stain on the ceiling below or a noticeable musty odor indicating a mold infestation.

SERVPRO can inspect your East Taunton home for water damage, mold infestations and provide water damage restoration services. We will find the source of the moisture and identify how extensive the damage may be. We provide you with a water damage restoration plan that encompasses all water damage repair requirements, including:

  • Water clean up
  • Cupboard water damage repair
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Mold inspection and removal

Homeowners should conduct regular inspections of all areas where possible leaks may occur or install water detection devices to alert them about high moisture conditions.

Call SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield for water damage restoration services in East Taunton and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (508) 824-0200.

Does SERVPRO Restore Fire Damaged Homes in Taunton?

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage restoration for your property is no easy task to handle. SERVPRO has the equipment and experience for any size disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Taunton

Taunton is located in Bristol County on the Taunton River, with a population of approximately 60,000 people. The city was founded in 1637. It is considered one of the oldest communities in the United States and was nicknamed the “Silver City” for its expertise in the silver industry in the 19th century. 

It is also known as the “Christmas City,” for the annual light show on display each December.

The industry today is based on semiconductors, silicon, and the manufacturing of electronics. Taunton is 40 miles from Boston. Activities available for residents in Taunton and the surrounding area include:

  • Massasoit State Park
  • Watson Pond State Park
  • Boyden Park
  • Taunton Green
  • Old Colony History Museum
  • Gertrude M Boyden Wildlife Refuge
  • Taunton Public Library
  • Hopewell Park
  • Fore Kicks
  • Taunton Antique Center
  • Bristol County Court House
  • US Post Office
  • Round One Entertainment

Massasoit State Park

Massasoit State Park covers more than 1200 acres with six lakes, numerous cranberry bogs, and trails that meander between the lakes, the wetlands, and the heavily wooded areas. The park is located in the southeast portion of the city of Taunton. There are four main trails – Massasoit, Lake Rico and Big Bearhole Pond, Massasoit Loop, and Adams Trail. Park hours are from sunrise to sunset, and there is free parking available. 

Activities at the park include camping, swimming, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing. Hunting is also allowed; however, hunters should check with park rangers for details. There is also a boat ramp, playground, and trailer or RV hookups.

Watson Pond State Park

Watson Pond State Park is a smaller state park covering 10 acres with picnic areas on the beach, a bathhouse, a small pavilion, and a playground. It is open from late May until September from 10 am until 6 pm. Fishing and canoeing are allowed. There are several short trails to enjoy throughout the park.

Taunton Green

Taunton Green dates back to 1743, when it was used as a militia training area. There was also a meeting house. Today it is at the center of the old historic district of Taunton. The Green is the city’s holiday light display site, attracting visitors from around the area. Taunton gets its nickname, “The Christmas City,” from this attraction that continues to provide residents with a holiday event.

Providing Fire Damage Restoration Services in Taunton Residences

It is important to thoroughly clean all surfaces in homes, including contents and structural elements after a fire. When plastics burn, they produce chlorides that produce hydrochloric acid when combined with moisture. A common by-product of combustion is carbon dioxide, which produces carbonic acid when combined with moisture.

SERVPRO tests all surfaces before fire damage restoration begins in Taunton to determine the acidic nature of smoke residues. Once these surfaces are cleaned, they are retested to ensure no residual acid remains on the surface. Acids remaining on surfaces can:

  • Cause discoloration
  • Corrode surfaces
  • Cause long term smoke damage

Completely removing and testing for acids eliminates further deterioration.

Call SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield for fire damage services in Taunton and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (508) 824-0200.

How to Begin Water Removal after a Burst Pipe in Your Taunton Residence

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment it takes to restore your water damaged home.

SERVPRO is Here to Assist Taunton Homeowners

A burst pipe can bring a lot of damage and annoyance to your home. If the break has left your floors wet, you need to remove the water as quickly as possible. If you do not, the moisture can soak into the floor or even the walls and cause long-term damage.

If you need to perform water removal in your Taunton home, it is best to call SERVPRO. Even if the spill seems small enough to mop up with an average household mop, there could be hidden patches of moisture. Leftover moisture can cause structural damage and can also provide a breeding ground for fungus.

SERVPRO techs will start by removing as much standing water as possible. We use: 

  • Free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to vacuum water from the surface of the floor
  • Motorized and non-motorized extractors to press the water out of the carpet
  • Carpet wands to remove water from the surface of the carpet and to reach the corners

Thorough water removal is the foundation of successful water cleanup, and the sooner we start, the better the outcome. Do not wait – call SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

Why is it Risky to Avoid Professional Fire Damage Restoration?

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot from this fire traveled throughout the home. SERVPRO has the equipment and cleaners to restore you home.

SERVPRO Helps Taunton Homeowners with Hidden Risks 

We recognize that you want to save money after fire damage. Getting in a professional cleaning crew can seem costly compared to doing it yourself. It also feels like a hassle to have strangers in your home.

However, when it comes to fire damage in your Taunton home, it is better to call for professional help. Even if you clean away visible soot, there might be hidden damage:

  • Soot sinks into all kinds of materials where it can cause damage and odors.
  • Smoke and moisture from fire fighting can harm structural elements and even make your house unsafe. 
  • Soot is full of nasty chemicals, and if you do not treat it, those chemicals react with carpets, drapes, and upholstery.

SERVPRO technicians track the pattern of smoke throughout your home and identify risk areas. We can test for areas of hidden moisture and make sure your home is structurally sound. We can also deodorize everything from upholstery to linen to the shell of your home, to leave it “Like it never even happened.” 

Do not leave fire damage restoration to chance. Call SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

What Should You Do if You Need Taunton Mold Removal?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that attics are a common place for mold growth? Inspect you home often for visible signs of mold and call SERVPRO!

Stay Put – SERVPRO is on Hand to Help with Mold Remediation

Taunton is a delightful city of 55,874, situated on the Taunton River just ten miles from Hope Bay. Taunton has everything a visitor could want, including a fascinating history, gorgeous architecture, cultural sites, and plenty of green space.

Settlers named Taunton after the town of Taunton in Somerset, England. Members of the Plymouth colony were responsible for settling the area in 1637, making it among the earliest towns in the United States. Taunton also boasts two nicknames: The Silver City and The Christmas City. Locals gave it the name The Silver City from the silver industry's development there, and people call it The Christmas City because of its impressive yearly light displays. 

Start at Taunton Green

Should you be unsure where to begin exploring this lovely city, Taunton Green is an excellent starting place. Taunton Green was historically a gathering point for troops headed off to war and was gifted to the town as a military training ground in 1743. These days, it provides a delightful green place to sit and watch the world go by and is also the Taunton Green Historic District's heart.

The district is home to many beautiful buildings from different eras. The Green is also dotted with sculptures commemorating soldiers who fought in various wars, including The Hiker, a statue in memory of those who fought in the Philippine–American War, the Spanish–American War, and the Boxer Rebellion. 

Exploring Beyond the Green

Taunton's fascinating sites do not stop at Taunton Green. There are many other places in the city to explore:

  • The Old Colony History Museum belongs to the Old Colony Historical Society, founded in 1853. This museum is one of the oldest historical societies in New England. The museum is jam-packed with local artifacts and documents.
  • Taunton City Hall is a historic city hall dating back to 1848. The current building houses local government offices.
  • Central Fire Station is the oldest continuously-used fire station in America. It has never been shut since it was first built in 1869. The building is a striking gabled construction, featuring an eye-catching hip roof.
  • Battleship Cove is the home of the USS Massachusetts and features the country's most extensive collection of World War II naval vessels. There are many famous ships moored here, and it is open to the public.

Taunton also has several parks to choose from, plus miles of walks near the Taunton River. 

What to do if You Observe Signs of Mold Damage?

If you see signs of mold damage in your home, call SERVPRO immediately. Your actions can make a significant impact on the outcome. We recommend that you:

  • Stay away from the affected area if you can. Do not walk through it if you can avoid it, as mold spores can attach to your clothes.
  • Do not touch anything with mold on the surface, including walls, floors, or personal belongings.
  • Do not try to clean the mold yourself, as this can make the problem worse.

We equip our teams with plastic sheeting and negative air machines to set up containment and lower the spores' risk. Our techs wear protective equipment at all times and dispose of contaminated coveralls and gloves so as not to spread mold throughout your home.

For thorough mold removal, call SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.