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Fire Damage to East Taunton Structures

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Why do some contents have more pungent odors from fire damage than others?

Many clients wonder why some materials smell of smoke residue more than others after a fire. Several factors contribute to these strong odors.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to recognize smoke residues' characteristics from fire damage in East Taunton buildings and contents. Smoke particles are one-tenth of a micron to 4 microns in size. This small size allows them to penetrate surfaces easily. Also, the following conditions can help odor particles penetrate materials:

  • Porous materials absorb odors readily, e.g., fabrics, drywall, leathers.
  • Heavy concentrations contribute to higher penetrations.
  • Exposure time also increases the number of particles that are absorbed.
  • Heat expands surfaces allowing particles to penetrate. The surfaces contract when they cool, trapping smoke particles inside
  • Humidity helps odors vaporize and carry the odor vapor to the nose, making the smell seem more substantial than in dry air.

Our team acts quickly to mitigate the fire damage and the retention of smoke odors. Removal, cleaning, sanitizing, deodorization, and sealing surfaces are among the solutions used by SERVPRO to control smoke odors.

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

Flood damage after Storm in Taunton

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage done to ceiling Flood damage after a storm may occur. Call SERVPRO for the flooding restoration services you need.

Providing temporary electrical power during flood damage restoration in Taunton

Taunton was founded in 1637 and is one of the oldest towns in the USA. It was also known as Silver City, named after the industry that predominated during the 19th century. Christmas City is another name it became known for after starting an annual light show in 1914, which continues to this day.

There are many activities to enjoy in Taunton and the neighboring area for residents and tourists visiting the region. For example:

  • Upside Down Escape Games
  • Capron Park Zoo
  • Borderland State Park
  • La Salette Shrine
  • Norton Kayak Company
  • Simcock Farm
  • Ace Archers
  • Massasoit State Park

Upside Down Escape Games

Can you decipher clues working with your partners to escape from a locked room? The excitement builds as the clock runs down. Compete with other teams to solve puzzles and clues using intuition and logic to find your way out of the room. Bragging rights go to those who escape first.

Massasoit State Park

There are over twelve hundred acres, six lakes and ponds, and many cranberry bogs in Massasoit State Park. The Park has an extensive pathway system enjoyed by many outdoor enthusiasts, including:

  • Hikers
  • Walkers 
  • Mountain bikers
  • Skiing cross county
  • Horseback riding

Fishing on Lake Rico is allowed as long as you are using a non-motorized craft. Limited hunting is also allowed.

There are exciting activities within an hour's drive of Taunton enjoyed by residents in nearby neighborhoods.

Capron Park Zoo – in operation for 75 years, this family attraction provides education in a clean environment portraying animals worldwide.

Borderland State Park – 1843 acres, a nature preserve, with public recreational activities available, including the Ames Mansion

La Salette Shrine – dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette-Fallavaux, France. Two children reported a Marian apparition in 1846. The shrine is one of several in the United States, located in nearby Attleboro, MA, dedicated to a shrine in La Salette-Fallavaux, France.

Norton Kayak Company – take a three-hour tour by kayak of the 530 acres Norton Reservoir. Tours run daily, and the company runs camps during the summer.

Ace Archers – located in Foxborough, clients can participate in classes learning all about archery, practice open shooting and join archery club teams.

Live Electricity Can Be Extremely Dangerous After a Storm Causes Flooding

Flooding introduces many hazards such as chemical spills, bio-hazards, infectious waste, and electrical short circuits. Water and electricity can cause many issues and potentially electrocute anyone touching live wires.

SERVPRO completes a thorough inspection and takes the appropriate steps to ensure the crew's safety before beginning flood damage restoration in Taunton structures. We also provide temporary power to run water pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and construction equipment.

We make arrangements to remove electrical hazards. For example:

  • Turn off the main circuit breaker panel switch
  • Turn off individual circuits if only portions of the building are affected
  • we add lockout tags in each case
  • Work in progress signs are added

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

Do Some Fires Produce More Smoke Damage than Others?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Taunton Fire Damage Restoration Requires Professional Measures

There are many different types of fires, each causing significant damage to homes and businesses. Some fires burn hot, burning quickly and charring content and structures in the immediate area of the fire. While other fires burn cooler, they produce significant smoke and soot distributed throughout the building. There may also be organic material mixed with the soot.

We Deal with All Types of Fires in Taunton

SERVPRO trained technicians manage all types of fire damage in Taunton and surrounding areas. We provide services depending on the extent of the fire and smoke damage to your home or business, including:

  • Boarding up and tarps on your roof
  • Remove water and dry all content and structures
  • Removal of damaged structures or contents causing odors
  • Soot and smoke residue removal from ceilings, walls, surfaces, and contents
  • Restoration, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection

Contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield for fire damage services to Taunton residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (508) 824-0200. Our team is ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your fire damage needs.

What Is the Best Approach to Remove Water from Carpets after a Water Leak?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

air movers drying office wet carpet SERVPRO saves and preserves carpets after water damage in both Taunton offices and homes

Water Cleanup and Removal from Carpets in Taunton

Carpets and the underpad beneath your carpet tend to soak up water quickly. These materials also tend to take a long time to dry if left in place. The subfloor can also absorb water quickly, begin to swell and lose structural integrity. Mold can also develop, causing potential health effects for anyone living in the home.

Complete Water Cleanup Quickly to Avoid Further Damage

SERVPRO water cleanup process in Taunton includes inspection of the carpet, the underpad, and the subfloor. We remove the rug and pad if needed. We may use weighted water extractors to remove excess water from either the carpet or the pad. We use high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining moisture. In summary, SERVPRO teams:

  • Assess the condition of water contacted surfaces
  • Recommend removal if needed of materials
  • “Float” the carpet to dry in place
  • Shampoo and restore to a like new condition

Contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield for water cleanup services to Taunton residential and commercial buildings and surrounding areas. Call (508) 824-0200.

Take Out Service at the Taunton Public Library

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

a library with no one in it It will be exciting to see the community enjoying their books from the Taunton Public Library!

Safely Social Distance and Get the Taunton Public Library Goods You Wish to Enjoy

The ability to enjoy a good book or other library materials is still available to residents of the Taunton area, even during this time of social distancing. At the Taunton Public Library, you can enjoy our Take Out Services! Please wear a mask, and proper social distancing rules are still in effect. But, you have the chance to call ahead to reserve what you need. Come in for an inside pick up, or you can take advantage of our convenient curbside services. Just get in contact with us at the library or use our online portal to place your order. We will then inform you when your holds become available.

  • Date: Ongoing during library openings
  • Where: Taunton Public Library, 12 Pleasant Street, Taunton, MA
  • Times: Inside pickup, Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm – mask required. Outside curbside available Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Cost: No additional cost

We want the local community to stay safe during times of social distancing. At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, we are always available should you need prompt fire mitigation services. Our crew arrives fast to get to work on debris cleanup and soot and smoke residue removal. Call (508) 824-0200, and we will send technicians out as soon as possible.

Flood Damage Restoration in Taunton

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO for Help with Flood Damage Restoration

The city of Taunton has had many different names. Native Americans referred to the area as Cohannet, Tetiquet, and Titicut. It was also known as the Silver City for being the silver industry center during the initial years of the 19th century. Taunton was settled in 1637 by members of the Plymouth Colony, making it one of the US's oldest communities. Taunton is named after Taunton in Somerset, England. Another popular nickname is Christmas City.

Taunton has supported many industries over the years, including:

  • Iron Works started in 1656 until 1876
  • Textile Mills
  • Central Rail Transportation Hub
  • US Army Camp
  • The National Weather Service

Some of the things to do in Taunton include visiting

  • Massasoit State Park
  • Taunton Green
  • Old Colony History Museum
  • Gertrude M Boyden Wildlife Refuge
  • Taunton Public Library
  • Taunton Antique Center

Massasoit State Park

Massasoit State Park encompasses over 1200 acres, six lakes and ponds, and numerous cranberry bogs. There is a large trail system throughout the park for:

  • Walking
  • Hikers
  • Cycling
  • Cross country skiing
  • Horseback riding

There is also a launch for nonmotorized boats for fishing on Lake Rico. Limited hunting is also allowed.

Taunton Green

Although the season has passed, Taunton Green must be mentioned. It is a famous annual light display that has been running since December 1914. Taunton is nicknamed Christmas City. The festival features live entertainment, activities for the kids, fireworks, and a large display of holiday lights.

Old Colony History Museum

The Old Colony History Museum focuses on collecting and displaying items from Southeastern Mass pre-1850. The museum has collected over 13,000 unique items. The museum is a great venue to bring a school group or arrange a tour for those interested in Taunton's history, pre-1850. Subject to current health guidelines, the museum regularly runs events for craft persons and workshops, storytimes, free productions, and plays. There is something for all age groups.

Gertrude M Boyden Wildlife Refuge

The refuge was established in 1968 and contains open fields, picnic areas, fishing stations with two miles of nature trails, including a covered bridge and elevated boardwalk facilitating passive observation of the wetlands and birds that frequent the area.

The Taunton public library and the Taunton antique center are two other venues that many visitors indicated are interesting places to visit.

What Contaminants May Be Found in Flood Damaged Buildings?

Floodwaters raging through a neighborhood can cause a great deal of damage to homes and structures in their path. Many people focus on the physical damage the water causes. Broken windows and doors, debris and mud distributed everywhere, dirty carpets, furniture, and miscellaneous materials are just a few examples.

Many other contaminants are contained in the debris and remaining water and must be removed safely, such as:

  • Biological materials
  • Fuels and oils
  • Bacteria and viruses

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

Flooding from a Recent Storm is Often a Concern for Taunton Residents

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with buckets and clothes floating everywhere Flooding is often unexpected but can severely damage your home. Contact our certified SERVPRO technicians for effective services right away.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield Arrive Fast to Your Taunton Home to Begin Flood Damage Mitigation and Cleanup Efforts

Bristol County in the state of Massachusetts is where you will find the city of Taunton. This city is ripe with New England heritage and just 40 miles to the south of Boston. It is also just east of Providence, Rhode Island, and 25 miles to the west of Plymouth, Massachusetts – which happens to be where the pilgrims docked when coming to this land. Taunton is found on the Taunton River, which works its way through the city. At the time that the 2010 United States Census was taken, the city included a population of 55,874 people.

Learning More About the Finer Details of Taunton, Massachusetts

In 1637, Taunton was founded by Plymouth Colony members and remained one of the oldest towns in the entire United States. The region was known as Cohannet, Tetiquet, and Titicut by the local Native Americans prior to European arrival.

Silver City is one name given to Taunton, MA, due to it being a historical centerpiece for the silver industry that began in the 19th century. Several companies like F.B. Rogers, Reed & Barton, and Poole Silver put out silver goods of the finest quality throughout the city. Taunton has been providing a sizable light display every December since 1914, which is why it has gathered another name of the “Christmas City.”

Taunton’s original boundaries included some of the lands that are now taken up by surrounding towns. These towns include Mansfield, Raynham, Dighton, Easton, Norton, Lakeville, and Berkley.

Understanding Taunton’s Beginnings and Rich History

Taunton is a town that became incorporated in an official capacity back in September 1639. Initially founded by settlers, many in the region were from Taunton in the city of Somerset, England. These English founders purchased this land in 1637 by the Nemasket Indians as part of the famous Tetiquet Purchase. The remaining native families here were then relocated to the town of Ponkapoag, which is now known as current-day Canton, Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Poole was a central figure among the founders and said to be the first female to found an American settlement. The original Plymouth Colony was divided formally into two separate counties in 1685. Here, Taunton became a shire town for Bristol County. The Taunton area itself has been known as the site for battles and skirmishes throughout various conflicts, including that of the American Revolution and King Philip’s War. In May 1864, Taunton was then re-incorporated as a city.

During the 19th century, the city of Taunton was known for being part of the iron-making industry. Many goods were produced at this time, including tacks, machinery, and stoves. Mason Machine Works was one of the more successful companies throughout this period, which saw steam locomotive production and machinery production for the ever-growing textile industry.

Living, Raising a Family and Spending Time in Taunton, Massachusetts

There is a lot to love about New England's splendor, including four incredible seasons and a strong sense of community within each of the states. When it comes to Taunton, Massachusetts, you will see that residents have the chance to enjoy a dense suburban setting. Most residents own their homes, and there are plenty of lovely parks, coffee shops, and small businesses throughout. Additionally, public schooling is above-average, making it a stellar place to put down roots and raise a family.

There are many notable things to understand about this region, including:

  • Myles Standish Industrial Park, located in Taunton's north end, is one of the most sizable in New England.
  • A regional weather forecast office is operated in Taunton by the National Weather Service. This center serves the majority of Massachusetts as well as most of northern Connecticut and all of the state of Rhode Island.
  • In 2010, City Hall in Taunton was damaged severely by a fire set by arsonists. Since that incident, the local government has been in full operation out of the Oak Street office, the Lowell M. Maxham School's former location.
  • In 2012, the Taunton Global War on Terrorism War Memorial was constructed on Church Green in the City of Taunton.
  • Back in 2005, there was a whopping 9 inches of rain that came down on the city. As a result of this weather event, the Whittenton Pond Dam, located just north of the downtown area, was in danger of failure. Two-thousand plus city residents were evacuated, and all of the businesses downtown were ordered to close. While the dam did not fail, it did prompt the Governor at the time, Mitt Romney, to request a full and immediate inspection of the dams at high-risk throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Nobody Handles Flood Damage Quite Like the Technicians at SERVPRO – Call us to Your Taunton Home When You Need Rapid Cleanup and Restoration Assistance

If not addressed quickly, flooding at your Taunton home will lead to costly, extensive repairs. Rather than the clean water that comes from a broken pipe in your home or a faulty appliance, flooding brings with it contaminated water. Instead of tackling this with DIY methods, you need skilled IICRC-certified technicians like we have on-staff here at SERVPRO. We understand best practices for dealing with significant contamination to keep bacteria from spreading to unaffected areas of your home.

When you call us for help with flood damage in Taunton after a storm, we have a series of actions that we follow:

  • Our team extracts water while removing all bulk debris using pumps and heavy-duty extraction tools.
  • We work to return the relative humidity in your home to normal levels by way of industrial-grade dehumidifiers.
  • Air filtration devices are put into play, which removes contaminants and other particulates from the air.
  • Any remaining debris, unsalvageable materials, and other damaged contents get removed using controlled demolition to set the stage for full restoration. General contractor license #: CS-108357

When you need flood damage assistance after a significant storm, you can trust our crew at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to get the job done right the first time. We are available 24/7 by calling (508) 824-0200 for emergency restoration services. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Have A Shining Good Time In The Silver City Of Taunton

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Even In Stormy Weather, Taunton Has Something For Everyone

Taunton is a modern and compact city of just 55,874 people, with a fascinating industrial past and a bright future. The county seat of Bristol County in Massachusetts is one of the oldest towns in the United States.

Members of the Plymouth Colony founded Taunton in 1637. Before the city's founding, the area was known as Cohannet or Tetiquet. Where many founders hailed from, Taunton got its modern name from Taunton, Somerset County, England. Taunton is also notable because one of its founders, who played a crucial role in its church's founding, was Elizabeth Poole. This pioneering lady was one of the first women to found a colony in the United States. She sailed to America from Plymouth, England, in 1633. She sailed in the company of fourteen servants, two friends, and plenty of goods and fishing provisions.

These days, anyone in England and interested in Elizabeth Poole can visit her birthplace, Shute Barton. This is an impressive and rambling medieval home. Here in Taunton, MA, history buffs can visit her grave.

Taunton, A City Of Iron and Silver

Taunton is not only famous for its age and its founders. It also has a long history as a producer of silver and iron.

Taunton Iron Works was first founded in 1656. It held a location on the Forge River banks in what was then part of Taunton and is now the town of Raynham. The ironworks was the first of its kind in Plymouth Colony and only the third ironworks to be established anywhere in New England. 

Early Taunton residents discovered bog ore, a kind of impure iron ore found in bogs, in the Taunton area. They realized this made it ripe for an ironworks and invited two experienced iron men who had worked at Braintree Furnace in Quincy, MA, to set up works in Taunton.

Taunton ironworks continued to produce iron until 1876, which means it was in constant operation for two hundred and twenty years!

Today, the ironworks site is marked by a small park, which is dedicated to the descendants of Theodore Dean, who was the last person to own the ironworks.

Although many of the old mills now have other uses, you can still visit the historic sites and admire the architecture. In and around Taunton, you will find:

  • The John Winthrop Jr. Iron Furnace Site, also known as the Braintree Furnace. This is the first iron blast furnace in the United States, and its founders went on to build Taunton Iron Works.
  • The Old Colony Iron Works-Nemasket Mills Complex in East Taunton. This site initially belonged to the Old Colony Iron Company, one of the most prolific iron producers in New England. In 1899 the New England Cotton Yarn Company acquired the site, and it became a textile mill. These days it is home to residential condominiums.
  • The Bridgewater Iron Works, in nearby Bridgewater. The Bridgewater works had a long and exciting history. The site was founded in 1707 with a blacksmith's shop and would produce iron pots for the whaling industry, cannons, nails, iron hoops for wooden barrels, and even steam engines. The works were a major producer of parts for the US Navy in the mid to late nineteenth century. These days the site is a public park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can still see remnants of the old buildings.
  • The Whittenton Mills Complex is on the banks of the Mill River in Taunton. The site began life as an iron forge in 1670 and has also housed a nail mill and a textile mill. In more recent times, the area was used for filming several scenes from the movie Shutter Island.

As well as iron and textiles, Taunton enjoyed an illustrious history as a silver producer, and you can still visit the sites of several silver producers, including The Taunton Silverplate Company, Reed & Barton, and the Poole Silver Company.

The Past Is Always Present In Taunton

With such a long history, it is no wonder that Taunton is full of historical sites. Visitors who want to enjoy Taunton's past will love:

  • The Bristol County Courthouse, which was built in 1826 and is known affectionately as "ole copper top."
  • The Taunton Post Office, built-in 1931-32, is a beautiful example of Classical Revival architecture.
  • The Old Colony History Museum, whose parent society, the Old Colony Historical Society, was founded in 1853. These days the site houses an impressive collection of artifacts that show what life was like in the original Plymouth Colony.
  • Taunton Green Historic District, which was the heart of Taunton's commercial district in the nineteenth century. Historic buildings edge the pretty green, where you can see monuments to all the wars in which Taunton residents have participated.

When Storms Nearly Caused Disaster In Taunton

1832 saw the construction of the Whittenton Pond Dam, which was an earthen dam. The original barrier was made of wood, and in 1968 it failed and caused flooding in Taunton. In October 2005, the city was once again in danger of flooding due to historically heavy rainfall putting pressure on the dam. This caused widespread disruption:

  • Schools were canceled
  • 2000 residents were evacuated
  • National Guard troops were stationed nearby in case of emergencies
  • Roads were closed

Although disaster did not befall Taunton that day, inspectors found structural damage on the dam, and it was replaced. The replacement dam was removed in 2013.

SERVPRO Uses Water Pumps To Help Residents Deal With Flood Damage

Vacuum pumps were vital to preventing disaster in 2005. Authorities used high-volume pumps to fend off flooding by diverting water around the dam and draining nearby Whittenton Pond.

When storms cause flooding in the home, pumping out excess water is a vital first step. Water can quickly soak into everything, from furniture and textiles to drywall and insulation, causing damage to personal belongings and the property. Water also provides a breeding ground for mold.

SERVPRO uses a variety of pumps to remove excess water in the case of flood damage. We have powerful truck-mounted pumps for significant incidents and smaller electric pumps or even carpet wands for smaller areas. We train our technicians to know which pump is most effective in every situation. 

Pumping out water makes it easier to dry your home and salvage your belongings. Once the water has gone, our team will focus on using fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry the area and restore your house, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield is here to help with any flood damage issues. Call us today at (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)

SERVPRO equipment on a floor that is bare. Flood damage can become hectic quickly, SERVPRO can come in and calm the situation and get your Taunton home back in living order.

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)

water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

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.” 

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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)

flooding rainwater or floor heating systems, causing damage, peeling paint and mildew Flooding quickly damages the contents and structure of your home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

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)

Fire flame on black background A fire estimate can help your business to process the costs of your claim.

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.

What Can I Do to Restore My Taunton Home After Water Spreads Throughout It?

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

torn apart ceiling revealing pipes Removing all the water from your home is not an easy job. Contact SERVPRO after a water damage incident for professional remediation services.

Call in SERVPRO to Repair Your Taunton Home After Any Disaster

What Has to Be Repaired or Replaced in My Home?

Water damage repair in Taunton often centers around floors and walls. SERVPRO technicians train to preserve as much of each home to avoid the costlier expenses of property repair or replacement.

How Do Technicians Do All This for My Home?

Our technicians perform key processes that reduce the amount of immediate damage and the chance of future damage: Water removal, moving and drying property, and drying the structure.

  • Water Removal – Technicians quickly set up pumps to draw water out of your home. If your electrical system was compromised, we can bring in a generator or even a truck-mounted pump for continuous operation for any sized residence. 
  • Moving and Drying Property – Team members remove furniture to an unaffected part of the home and set the items on pallets or blocks. This allows water to drain from the items and increase drying through evaporation.
  • Drying the Structure – Technicians install fans to increase circulation and force damp air outside. They use air movers to further increase airflow and direct the warm air across damp floors and walls to quickly dry them without causing further problems. 

What Can Technicians Do About the Odors?

SERVPRO technicians eliminate many types of odors when removing water-soaked property too damaged for repair or restoration, but some can penetrate deeply into structural and personal property. To eliminate them, team members use:

  • Chemical agents that can combine with and break down the odor-causing particles.
  • Injectors that put the agent directly into an odor-producing water stain. These are especially effective for sofas and other upholstered furniture.
  • Foggers that break down the agents into a fog of particles that penetrate as deeply into the home as the odor-causing particles, binding with, and eliminating, them. 

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield can do for your home, or to schedule a service visit, call today at (508) 824-0200. We are here for you.  

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What Can I Do To Prepare My Business For Emergencies?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Check list SERVPRO understands how important it is to prepare for an emergency situation. We can help you with our Emergency Ready Plan.

SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program (ERP) Helps Taunton Businesses Prepare Ahead of Time Disasters.

Fire and floods can devastate a business faster than you can imagine. Sadly 50% of all businesses that are impacted by a disaster never reopen. Of those that do survive, the majority of them had some type of response plan prepared. Over the past 34 years, Taunton has experienced approximately 5” of increased sea levels. This means the starting point for storm surges and high tides has raised, in turn, making coastal flooding more frequent and more severe. Is your business prepared?

How Can ERP Help My Business?

Taunton is a beautiful city with many fascinating historic buildings. Established in 1637 by the Plymouth Colony, it is also known as the “Silver City”. It was one of the principal starting points for the silver industry in the 19th century. Shops and homes sit along the Taunton River, which meanders through the town, ending at Mount Hope Bay. Storms can come up at any time, causing flood damage in Taunton and impacting businesses across the town. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program helps make sure your business is prepared for just this type of situation. Our ERP system can help by:

  • Helping you establish trust with clients and employees. They know you are prepared if disaster strikes.
  • Compiling a comprehensive information resource for use if there is a problem.
  • Minimizing business interruption and loss of revenue.
  • Reduce secondary damage saving your company money.
  • Providing timely mitigation that reduces downtime due to cleanup and restoration.

The key to prompt mitigation is knowing whom to call, what to do, and what to expect in advance.

What is the Emergency Ready Profile System?

This system is designed to shorten response time to emergency calls from businesses. Its web-based interface is user-friendly and easy to set up. By having your information on hand, our response is faster, which means you are up and running as soon as possible.

What Do I Need to Do?

As a business owner creating a company profile is the first step. You personalize your company profile with the relevant information. If you need assistance getting set up, a Marketing Representative can provide that service free of charge.

How Does My Profile Help?

When you establish an ERP profile, you have a Marketing Representative that works directly with your business. If an emergency occurs, such as storm flooding, that person has all your business needs, particular circumstances, and emergency contacts listed. There is no need to take the time to give SERVPRO that information when you call. This means a faster response time on our end.

More Benefits of ERP

There are many benefits to enrolling in the ERP system, as you can see from above. Some of the other factors that can be beneficial include:

  •   Multi Business Management – When flood damage hits dealing with one business is hard enough. If you are the owner or manager of multiple industries, it can seem impossible. The ERP system permits you to create a profile for each business, which is beneficial with severe storm flooding situations.
  •   Contact Management – Any company has multiple contact information. Insurance, utilities, suppliers, and other essential contacts you deal with all the time. With ERP, you can organize those contact lists and store that information within the system. Communication is vital in any type of disaster, and this enhances contact efficacy in the face of a disaster.

 Are You Ready?

Every business should have a contingency plan prepared. There are 3 components to a solid plan, and they are incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity.  SERVPRO ERP system is not a stand-alone contingency plan but a vital part of an existing one. We address the incident response and disaster recovery portions. Our technicians are trained to help you recover your business after flood damage occurs, but we also want to help you before anything detrimental happens. When you invest in ERP, you are creating a win-win situation for your business and livelihood. More reasons to choose the ERP system include: 

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • Contains only the needed information in the event of an emergency. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO® of Taunton/Mansfield as your disaster mitigation and restoration service provider.
  • Names the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information

If flooding does occur, the ERP readiness plan has our Green Team on the scene providing emergency mitigation and performing a scope immediately. Since we already have information on your building, the layout, and the content, the initial process is drastically reduced. Cleanup, repair, and restoration can get underway so your business can bounce back. 

Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for commercial flood damage service.

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How do I Get Rid of Odorous Water from My Taunton Home and Contents?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in a basement. SERVPRO has your water damage covered, no matter how the water found its way in.

SERVPRO Restoration Services Perform Expert Water Cleanup for Residents of the Taunton Area.

Why is odorous water in some regions of the home?

Water contains microbes, which over-time can stagnate, leading to unpleasant odors and wetness in your Taunton home. These issues are frequently linked to plumbing or leakage in the house. Outside rainwater entering the home, a faulty appliance, pipe, or water tank can all contribute to unpleasant greywater, causing a problem. SERVPRO technicians are quick to identify the root causes of water intrusion with strong expertise in the treatment of odor and sanitization. Our main goal is to return your home to a preloss condition using a combination of mechanical equipment, drying, and cleaning. While waiting for an inspection, it can be useful to isolate the affected area, unplug faulty appliances, and open windows to allow natural air ventilation. 

Is Greywater intrusion a serious concern?

Professional water cleanup services in Taunton can typically resolve water-related issues in your home provided they can address them early. Without early intervention, greywater can deteriorate, leading to a much more severe problem. This deterioration occurs because microbes present in water proliferate, leading to mold, bacteria, or viruses. Equally, building materials or contents in the direct vicinity of moisture can absorb large quantities and be tough to dry. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) establish proper drying methods using air-movement, dehumidification, and extraction to dry out the property thoroughly. Using these methods, we can be confident of mitigating further harm to your home before performing the necessary restoration to return it to its preloss condition. 

What are the symptoms of untreated water damage?

- Mold buildup in drywall, insulation and other surfaces around the vicinity

- Unpleasant stagnant odors 

- Warping of the surrounding building materials or contents

Early intervention can go a long way to reducing the overall expense of your claim. Contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at  (508) 824-0200.

I Need Fire Damage Restoration Services for My Home. Who Can Help?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

green air scrubber in a fire damaged kitchen Taunton Homeowners Are Happy with the SERVPRO Approach to Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration--We Even Eliminate the Pungent Odors

Hire SERVPRO’s Team of Experts in Taunton To Complete the Fire Damage Restoration Process.

Nothing is more traumatizing than a fire threatening your family’s sense of security. Even after the flames are gone, the secondary damage may continue to destroy the structure and pose health risks to its residents. Therefore, it is essential to act fast by contacting restoration experts in Taunton within the first 48 hours to stop further damage.

Why the first 48 hours?

Restoration experts call the first 24 to 48 hours following a fire loss the golden hours of recovery. To ensure the recovery of as much property as possible after fire damage in your Taunton home, it is critical to have an effective response that stabilizes the property. When the firefighters extinguish a blaze, the acidic soot and smoke can speed up corrosion and deterioration of building components and valuable items. To compound the issue, firefighters use water or chemicals to extinguish the flames. Our technicians can remove the left-over chemicals, water, and the odor that a fire leaves behind.

What does fire damage restoration include?

Our restoration services include mitigating the fire damage, water removal, and smoke residue cleanup. We conduct the restoration process as quickly as possible so that our customers do not incur costly repairs. Beyond the visible structural damage, SERVPRO technicians evaluate contents inside a property for recovery based on factors such as:

  • Decreased life expectancy
  • Effect of smoke and heat
  • Sentimental value
  • Loss of value
  • Loss of use
  • Comparison between replacement cost and cost of restoration

Our fire damage restoration services can include:

  • Emergency board-up: Since the restoration process might take a few days, we can protect your property from severe weather or intruders. We can use plywood enforced by two-by-fours to board up any openings. If the unfortunate incident damaged the roof, we can cover the opening using a polythene paper.
  • Soot and smoke residues cleanup: We use advanced products to clean the soot and smoke residues from different surfaces. We can use Liquid Crème Cleaners such as stain scrub to clean high gloss surfaces or appliances made of stainless steel.
  • Thermal deodorization: Smoke odor can hide in various places, including confined areas. Even after a thorough cleanup, the odors may persist. Our technicians can use thermal fog deodorizers to combat the odors. We use a thermal fogger to apply the product in the affected areas and allow it to work overnight.

Our SERVPRO technicians also inspect the property to ensure it is suitable for inhabitation.

Do not let secondary fire damage lead to expensive repairs in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 immediately after the fire loss for effective restoration.

How Can a Remediation Service Mitigate My Water Damage?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

injecti-dry system drying void in wall SERVPRO Offers Advanced Equipment to Mitigate Water Damage in Mansfield Area Properties

Mansfield Area Remediation Services Use Various Tools and Methods to Limit the Severity of Your Water Damage.

When your Mansfield home is impacted by a water leak, your first thoughts likely concern how damage can be mitigated and your residence restored to its preloss condition.  With that said, destructive leaks can develop for many reasons and exist in different locations around your home.  Some of their most common causes are pipe drips and ruptures, storm damage that puts holes in your roof, clogged gutters that allow the collected water to penetrate structural elements, malfunctioning household appliances like washing machines and dishwashers, and rusted out or defective water storage containers.  Whatever their cause, water leaks need to be found and adequately dealt with swiftly.

How Does a Service Like SERVPRO Discover and Locate Hidden Water Leaks?

The ideal way a Mansfield water damage mitigation service such as SERVPRO can limit a leak’s impact is by finding it early when it first starts.  This is exceedingly difficult, or near impossible, for those without the right experience and high-tech equipment to do.  Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians possess both of these things.  As a result, they can often find sources of water issues early by using their extensive training and industry experience, as well as the following tools:

  • Infrared cameras to look through ceilings, walls, and baseboards to locate sources of leaks
  • Moisture sensors that identify excess moisture in affected items and areas
  • Meters to measure actual moisture levels in impacted materials and objects

Our workers can locate water leaks with this detection gear near the time they start if you have your home periodically inspected.  In this way, we can often help you avoid the more serious damage that generally accompanies older, ongoing water-related problems.  Even if you suspect a leak and we find it later, we can still usually prevent it from developing into a more severe issue. 

How Does SERVPRO Dry My Home So That It is Not Further Harmed by Standing Water and Airborne Moisture?

In cases of apparent or catastrophic water events, the first course of action to mitigate damage is to remove standing water and reduce water vapor levels as quickly as possible.  We do this with a vast array of state-of-the-art equipment, like:

  • Strong extractors, pumps, and wet vacs that extract standing water from your home swiftly.
  • Advanced air blowers, high-velocity fans, and different kinds of dehumidifiers that dry interior air, household surfaces, furnishings, and other contents
  • Ingenious air blower-dehumidifier-injectidry networks to dry moist areas in difficult-to-reach places behind walls and ceilings

Often, these tools and measures help prevent harmful bacterial and fungal growths, as well as the development of persistent unpleasant odors.  This all substantially reduces your home’s long-term risk of experiencing destructive dry rot and other damaging microbial issues.  Moreover, they help ensure that unwanted smells related to your water problem are permanently eliminated.  

What Does SERVPRO Do to Disinfect Your Home and Neutralize Present Odors?

Our trained experts also do other things, besides merely preventative measures, to disinfect and deodorize your residence.  These measures further ensure that harmful microbes are killed, the structural integrity of your home is preserved, and foul water damage-related odors are effectively mitigated over the long-term.  Such efforts include, among other things:

  • Spraying EPA-approved disinfectants, antifungals, and deodorants directly on impacted structural elements and household contents
  • Injecting antimicrobials and deodorants into affected upholstered items and materials using injection devices
  • Eliminating microorganisms and foul smells from difficult-to-access spaces with liquid agent-atomizing ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
  • Thermal fogging with deodorants, disinfectants, and fungicides

Once completed, these actions generally protect your home from further leak-related damage and unwanted smells in the future.

Considering all this, you can see how a service like SERVPRO can effectively help you mitigate your water damage.  Such services are essential for homeowners eager to minimize their recovery times and save irreplaceable or exceedingly valuable property.  If a water damage restoration company is not skilled in successfully mitigating issues, you could face substantially higher long-term repair costs and potentially lose valuable property.  With all that said, however, we are skilled in helping homeowners limit potential harm done to their homes and possessions by water.

We do this via the early detection of water-related problems, which allows our workers to resolve them before they produce bigger issues.  If standing water or excess humidity are present, we mitigate possible damage by quickly extracting the water and drying the air.     

Although it is often difficult to prevent water leaks and other such issues, there are several ways they can be mitigated once they develop.  So, if you ever need this type of help, call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for assistance.

My Taunton Business Office Flooded – How Can SERVPRO Help?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

A business office with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. SERVPRO will get your Taunton office water damage back up and moving in no time.

By Providing Emergency Mitigation We Can Get Your Office Restored to Pre-loss Condition

You need your office open for business. If you experienced flooding from a burst pipe or HVAC leak, we recommend professional help. We have years of experience helping Taunton businesses get back to work after a water intrusion.

Can you repair and restore office furniture and equipment?

The first step our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians in water mitigation in Taunton takes is to make sure the source of the water loss is found and stopped. Then we will access what needs to be done for water extraction. Gas-powered pumps extract gallons of water rapidly. Once our team removes the water, then the cleanup and restoration begin. We can:

  • Clean and restore carpets if delamination has not happened. Fast intervention is needed to prevent that.
  • Dry out and restore desks, bookcases, and other types of wood furniture.
  • Clean, sanitize, and restore metal file cabinets.
  • Dry and restore documents.
  • Check electrical equipment for restoration possibilities.
  • Clean upholstered items. Re-upholster, if needed.
  • Deodorize the office.

Professional Water Restoration Means Returning to Pre-Loss Condition

By calling SERVPRO to handle your business office flooding, you guarantee that your office will get the care it deserves. We want you to walk in and feel, “Like it never even happened.” Our team of technicians understands you need your office functioning at full capacity as quickly as possible. We provide:

  • Technicians that are accredited and are continually training to increase their knowledge
  • 24/7 emergency services 
  • Advanced technology that can find even the smallest trace of moisture
  • Powerful equipment – air movers, dehumidifiers, and pumps
  • Customer service that is second to none

When it comes to commercial water mitigation, SERVPRO has over fifty years of experience and knows what is required to get you up and running. 

Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for quality water damage service that is Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Quickly Can My Home Get Dried Out After A Flood?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

"We are here to help" No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

For Fast, Professional Restoration in Your East Taunton Home, Call SERVPRO 

Stormwater is a greater threat to area homes than what flows from a broken pipe or split hose. Even if the same amount of water hits the floor, outside water picks up a small amount of everything it crossed before entering your home. Removing the dirt, grass, and other debris takes additional time to return each home to a clean, safe condition. 

How Long Does Everything Take?

That depends on how much water is present, and the size of your home in East Taunton. Flood damage restoration also only starts with removing the water. SERVPRO technicians use pumps and extractors that draw out most of the small bits of contaminants along with the flooding, but getting out the larger debris still requires removing it by hand and shovel. 

Can Everything Be Salvaged?

Almost. Carpets simply absorb too much water and contaminants to safely use again, so our team members throw them out immediately after removing the water. Paper and cardboard turn to mush in minutes, so it goes out by the shovelful as well. Nearly everything else we can save with a combination of commercial-grade cleaning agents and restoration equipment.

What about Drying Out My Home, So It Doesn’t Smell?

SERVPRO technicians use air movers, dehumidifiers, and exhaust fans to draw out remaining moisture trapped in both the structure of your home and personal property. Besides preserving the material, these actions also help remove any musty odors left behind. In addition to our cleaning agents, technicians also have access to chemicals and tools that can cover up any malodors until they fade or eliminate them, even if they penetrated wall framing and other support structures. 

Regardless of how much water entered your home here, or in Norton, contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield today at (508) 824-0200. We are ready to help you return home as quickly as possible. 

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What Can I Expect from Professional Water Damage Repair in Taunton?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Crews Repair Your Water Loss-Devastated Taunton Home to Pre-Loss Condition Supported by Best-Practices Training and Experience, and Cutting-Edge Equipment

Water emergencies in your Taunton home can have many causes. Plumbing leaks, appliances break, and structures lose integrity and water tightness because of storms or deferred maintenance. Regardless of how the water loss starts, it is urgent to respond quickly because of the corrosive effects of water on structural components and the risk of exposure to secondary damage. Our technicians can help, but what does that look like? How disrupted will your life become?

My Wet House Is a Mess! What Steps Do Restorers Take Initially to Calm the Chaos?

Your need for water damage repair in Taunton is immediate after the event resulting in the harm occurs. A supply line break or appliance malfunction can pour or pump hundreds to thousands of gallons of water into your house in a short time. Walking downstairs in the morning or through the door after work can find you at least ankle-deep in water if the loss happened overnight or when you were away from home. When we arrive, our first focus is on shutting down the water main if not done already. Then we concentrate on a safety review of the scene to ensure neither occupants nor restorers are in danger of encountering any of the following during cleanup and repair:

    •    Slip, trip, and fall hazards
    •    Electrical shock
    •    Other utility line breaks
    •    Contaminated fluids
    •    Dispersed or broken asbestos or lead-bearing building materials
    •    Collapse of structures because of water trapped in building cavities

How Do Professionals Handle the Bulk of Water Removal?

Once the project manager identifies and creates management strategies for safety concerns, SERVPRO technicians begin emergency services, including aggressive water extraction. If overhead water exists, we make sure to secure the surface and then punch “weep holes” to release the fluid carefully, keeping technicians and occupants away until the majority of the water drains to avoid injury. Crews position submersible pumps for water deeper than two inches. Any visible standing water remaining after pumping, we suction out using truck-mounted extractors. The pumps and truck-mounted equipment are powered by gas or generators, permitting us to move on this task even if live electricity is temporarily unavailable.

What About Removing Water in Confined Spaces?

Water can migrate anywhere inside your home, including hard to access spaces. We consider different plans of action to respond because to avoid severe consequences, no water can be left behind:

    •    Portable extractors with extensions to lengthen their reach, worn like backpacks by technicians who walk and direct them into closed-in areas
    •    Injectidry or similar systems that use negative air pressure to pull migrated water from several layers of flooring or behind baseboards using adhesive mats or hoses threaded through holes
    •    Planned, controlled demolition to open up a surface trapping water, such as flood cuts sawed several inches above the water line or holes drilled into mortar joints in cinder block construction

Why Does Drying Follow Extraction?

If you search for hints on how to handle wet building materials, advice to open windows and use fans is common as a first step. Experts wait to focus on these and other professional drying techniques until all liquid water evacuates because research proved that adding pre-drying extraction is far more effective than drying alone. We also calculate how to position air movers most advantageously, manipulate temperature, and choose the type and number of dehumidifiers to achieve the most successful drying outcome. Moisture levels measured and monitored during the drying phase guide our practice, making sure that the drying is complete, but that we do not overshoot the mark and overdry materials that could crack, warp, or otherwise break down.

Although I Am Glad, the Water and Moisture Are Gone, Whom Will Help Put My House Back Together?

Our pledge to our customers is firm. We strive to bring you back full-circle to preloss condition. We invest in an in-house rebuilding and construction division within our firm, ready to:

    •    Consult and assist with the mechanics of above-head water release, including providing structural support if needed
    •    Plan and help implement the specifics of controlled demolition, such as making the cuts and holes
    •    Assess the repair and rebuilding needs for structures damaged by the water incursion or the efforts made to extract water and dry out moisture.

The full spectrum of services offered by the team at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield can resolve residential water damage completely, “Like it never even happened.” Do not waste a second -- call us at (508) 824-0200 to get the process started.

Can I Retain Any Paneling After Fire Incidents?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage to ceiling tiles Call the fire restoration pros in your Taunton area. SERVPRO can mitigate fire damage with updated equipment and knowledge.

SERVPRO Can Help You Make Informed Decisions during Fire Restoration in Your Taunton Home

You might not recognize your own house after a fire incident because of the soiling of surfaces or other damages. The possibility of saving materials such as wall paneling might seem minimal. A professional restoration team from SERVPRO helps Taunton property owners evaluate what to save.

Is a plan to save paneling realistic?

The likelihood of successful fire restoration of materials in Taunton properties depends on several factors, including the physical characteristics of the material and the purpose such material serves. Paneling mostly serves a decorative purpose and is made from a variety of products, which are affected differently by fire. Typical forms of paneling that you might want to save include:

  • Acoustic paneling
  • Utility paneling
  • Tileboard paneling
  • Decorative wall paneling

Since paneling makes your home unique, the reason for restoring it might be more than just to save the money you would spend replacing it.

What is the best way to restore damaged paneling?

Unlike other materials in the house, the kind of damage you can restore on paneling mostly involves soiling or slight charring by heat or flames. Other forms of damage could be too severe to reverse. Our SERVPRO technicians use regular and specialized cleaning techniques to remove soils effectively, including:

  • Peroxide active cleaning on acoustic paneling
  • Soda blasting porous surfaces
  • Spraying and wiping regular surfaces

Some forms of paneling create ridges or grooves on surfaces leading to higher accumulation of soils. The unevenness of the surface can also slow down the cleaning process. Our crews overcome such challenges by using chemical sponges, which limit smudging or vacuum the affected areas to lift residues from corners.

Saving affected materials during a fire incident keeps costs manageable. Call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 to address any damage on fittings, "Like it never even happened."

Where Can I Find Taunton Water Removal Services?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

woman standing by leaking dishwasher calling repairman Yes, appliance failures happen. SERVPRO is always ready to restore your home. Call us today!

SERVPRO of Taunton Can Help You with Your Water Removal Needs 

Many Taunton homes may end up requiring water removal services at some point in their lives. There is no doubt that modern appliances are incredibly convenient. They are easy to use and take one more task off of your hands. However, they can sometimes run into problems.  

Imagine a situation where your dishwasher leaks and leaves your home in need of local Taunton water removal services. Many thoughts may rush to your head, but it is essential to remain as calm as possible when you find water-based damage.  

What Should I Do First?  

Finding a puddle of standing water is never something with which a homeowner wants to deal. However, if it does happen, it is essential to know what to do at that moment. Consider:  

  • Calling a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO
  • Turn off the water source of your home
  • Place any pets in kennels so that workers can move freely  

From the first moment you call, SERVPRO can begin to assemble a team of talented water damage restoration technicians (WRT) to help you.  

How Can SERVPRO Remove the Water in My Home?  

Using advanced technology, our technicians can begin to remediate your home and remove the damage as quickly as possible. For water removal jobs, our techs typically use:  

  • Extractors
  • Wet/dry vacuums
  • Flood drying mats 
  • Dehumidifiers and axial fans  

Using this equipment in conjunction allows our SERVPRO technicians to remove and then remediate the water damage inside of your home. Furthermore, we can also use devices such as moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to search for hidden pockets of water. Here at SERVPRO, we're water damage experts, and we know where to look and what to do.  

If you suspect your home may need water removal services, get help now! Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield by dialing (508) 824-0200. We're open 24/7 to help you! 

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The Hazardous Effects After A Fire In Your East Taunton Home

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt mansion interior after fire. Walls in black soot Our SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield team can help with efficient cleaning and restoration methods available anytime that you need them.

What Lingering Effects Are Hazards After a Fire in East Taunton?

Our SERVPRO team can help to identify hazards in your East Taunton home after a fire and work around the clock to restore these damages.

Fires are not one-dimensional threats to your East Taunton home that require only one specific restoration technique to resolve. In many situations, there are multiple lingering effects after a fire gets extinguished, which can be health hazards or structural concerns for your home. Addressing these conditions requires experienced professionals like our restoration technicians working with an insurance company and the customer to get the house back to preloss condition.

Fire damage in East Taunton often requires an array of qualified professionals from our roster, including Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT), and Odor Control Technicians (OCT.) Assessing lingering threats like water damage from extinguishment or soot and smoke residues can happen in the initial walkthrough and job scoping conducted by our project manager and crew chief.

Where Is Smoke Damage the Worst?

Smoke damage is one of the lingering effects that can often continue to damage a residence after a fire gets extinguished. The smoke produced during the combustion and burning of materials throughout the house can spread quickly throughout the entire structure. With open HVAC systems, smoke residues and odors can spread into almost every room of the house connected to the initial damage point. There are a few places where smoke damage is likely to be the worst, including:

    •    Near the Ignition Point - It is not challenging to assume that smoke and burning are going to be the worst where the fire starts. Before the disaster spreads in the house, it can burn the longest in this starting point. With a total burning of the ignition point, smoke effects can be the heaviest in this area.
    •    Ceilings – In the same manner that convection ovens circulate warm air, smoke rises. You can recognize the presence of smoke and ash by a blackening of ceiling tiles and drywall.
    •    Upper Portions of Wall Surfaces – Much like the ceiling surfaces, oily residues, and smoke effects can also get found on the upper halves of wall surfaces towards the ceiling.

How Challenging Are Odors to Remove?

As is the case with many loss incidents like flooding and biohazard cleaning, odors can often be one of the most challenging and persistent threats to the structure. ‘Airing out’ the problem zone does not resolve the problem. Instead, deodorization is a process that relies heavily on sophisticated tools and equipment available to our SERVPRO professionals. Depending on what materials and what area of the house has become affected by foul smoke and burning odors, we can choose among multiple odor removal devices, including:

    •    Thermal Foggers – by heating a deodorizing compound to a vaporous gas, we can quickly and thoroughly spread out this neutralizing product throughout the affected area. In a gaseous state, the process is likely to also help trapped odors in materials get neutralized.
    •    Hydroxyl Generators – these devices work in two different ways to help the home after a fire loss. Through UV cleaning the environment and producing radicals, these machines can eliminate odor molecules on contact. The onboard HEPA filter can also reduce the present particulates and soot in the environment.
    •    Ozone Machines – These units are not safe to use with living things around but are among the most definitive and authoritative weapons in the battle on lingering odors. By breaking apart oxygen compounds, single molecules get produced, which can bond with odor groupings and break them apart.

Can I Clean Soot on My Own?

Soot can be one of the most unsettling symptoms of a recent fire, especially when you understand the immense challenge it can be to remove. There are several strategies that our SERVPRO team implements depending on its location and severity. These include:

    •    Water-Based Solvents – Oily residues often require water-based solvents to remove, but they can also be effective at times against the acidic soot particles.
    •    Media Blasting – By utilizing pressurized air and soft media like sodium bicarbonate, we can often remove much of the soot adhered to the surfaces of affected materials.
    •    Controlled Demolition – While it is always the focus of our professionals to restore before replacing, controlled demolition is one of the most surefire ways to remove soot from the household.

Many homeowners believe that the worst is over with fire once it has gotten extinguished, but there is still much damage that can happen. Our SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield team can help with efficient cleaning and restoration methods available anytime that you need them. Give us a call anytime at (508) 824-0200.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Taunton, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield today at (508) 824-0200 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Which Water Removal Options Can Help Save Important Papers for Accounting Firms?

5/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Takes Special Precautions during Commercial Water Removal in Taunton to Limit Damage to Documents

When a water spill affects your Taunton area business, it can lead to different outcomes, including causing unforeseen inconveniences such as extended closedown. For an accounting firm, the incident may be more than an inconvenience if you lose valuable documents or delay your clients' work.

How vulnerable are documents to water damage?

Water exposure usually leads to irreversible damage to books or other documents. Taking preventive measures during commercial water removal in Taunton is one way to prevent catastrophic outcomes. Water can damage documents in many ways, including:

  • Absorption of humidity from the air
  • Splashing of water on documents
  • Submersion in water
  • Absorption of moisture from other wet materials

Although the risks of damage may seem apparent, other dynamics of an incident can lead to oversight. For example, when trying to resolve the incident, you are likely to pay more attention to visible documents such as those on top of desks or shelves but forget those locked away in file cabinets. Our SERVPRO technicians scope a loss site thoroughly. We also have resources such as handcarts to move heavy cabinets away from the affected areas limiting chances of damage by high humidity levels.

What happens to wet documents?

Although preventing exposure to water is desirable, it is not always possible. The next best option is halting further deterioration after discovering wet documents or books. Our SERVPRO technicians freeze the important papers and books we find at your premises to stop further deterioration. Freezing is useful when applied within 24-48 hours after exposure to water. After that, we can establish the right drying solution depending on whether you want to save the actual item or the information they hold. Drying documents relies on sublimation whereby a solid changes directly to a gas. We use a couple of methods to accomplish this, including:

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield can help you deal with unique water loss challenges. Call us at (508) 824-0200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Is The Best Way To Restore A Mansfield Kitchen After Oven Fire Damage?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Stove top after fire You can depend on our SERVPRO technicians to respond quickly to remove fire damage from your Mansfield home.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do After A Fire Incident Is To Have An Experienced Team Of Professionals Like SERVPRO By Your Side.

According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data from 2016, cooking fires alone accounted for 630,000 of all reported home fires. These fires typically involve the use of the stove or oven, and oils and proteins are among the most common sources of flames. Manby homeowners can mistakenly spread damage by opening oven doors before a fire has been smothered entirely or trying to douse a grease fire with water, spreading the flames to nearby surfaces. 

When a cooking mishap leaves your Manfield kitchen needing fire damage mitigation, the pros at SERVPRO are always ready to restore your home. Fire damage comprises more than just soot and odors in your kitchen: invisible protein residues and soot in your vents can spread unpleasant odors throughout your home that consumer-grade products are ill-equipped to address. SERVPRO also offers licensed general contracting services (#CS-108357) to restore your home as thoroughly as possible after a disaster.

Safely Using Your Oven as a Smoker

  • Put the food you wish to smoke in a bowl or container and season as desired. Use a disposable or reusable oven smoker bag, which typically has wood chips and seasoning in the lining. 
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for at least five minutes before inserting the smoker bag on a cookie sheet. Reduce the temperature and cook per smoker bag instructions.
  • Maximize ventilation by opening windows and turning on your range's hood fan. 

Removing Soot Residues From Ceiling to Floor

After an oven fire, kitchens typically require soot cleanup with both wet and dry cleaning methods, particularly in and around nearby cabinets. Food stored in or near affected areas may require disposal, including cans and jars, because heat and residues can penetrate packaging or otherwise alter the container. Smoke damage on and inside the stove can be cleaned with EPA-registered all-purpose industrial cleaners as well as gently-applied abrasive or alkaline cleaners. Enzyme digesters can combat protein residues in your kitchen.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a service you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (508) 824-0200 to have a team of IICRC-certified technicians at your home in as little as four hours.

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How Can I Get Immediate Restoration Help After a Fire in My House?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged and soot covered residential kitchen The aftermath of a fire can be quite overwhelming. Contact our certified technicians if your home suffers fire damage. We are standing by 24/7.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Can Reach Your East Taunton Home Fast Whenever Fires Happen to Begin Vital Mitigation Efforts. 

When fires occur, it can be a hazardous situation for your home, especially considering that many homeowners are ill-equipped to handle the immensity of fire loss recovery. With dozens of threatening circumstances present all at once, it is critical to get mitigation and restoration efforts started as soon as possible. The sooner that professionals like our SERVPRO team can get to work on restoring your home in East Taunton, the less widespread and compromising many of these effects might become.

Our fast response when fire damage threatens East Taunton homes is part of the reason that we have become a trusted name throughout Massachusetts. We have dedicated professionals devoted to fire and water loss recovery to maximize our efficiency when you need it most.

What Are the Emergency Services SERVPRO Offers? 

Emergency services are the initial actions that our technicians take when we respond during a fire damage disaster in East Taunton. As the first professionals on the scene after your property gets turned back over to your care, there are immediate steps that our team can take to lessen the destruction that can continue after extinguishment. Some of these actions include:

  • Temporary Construction Solutions  

With an in-house team of residential contractors (General Contractor License #: CS-108357), we can do more than implement approaches like controlled demolition. Because many structural breaches might exist after a house fire, or even man-made openings for immediate access for extinguishment, your home does not remain exposed to the elements. We can start roof tarping and board up services right away.

  • Damage Assessment 

Scoping the work to get done through mitigation and restoration phases is an essential element of maximizing production and efficiency. By carefully planning out the actions of responding technicians and the placement of restorative equipment, we can provide a faster turnaround on recovery.

  • Content Management 

We understand how valuable your belongings are to you, and during a fire disaster, you might consider many of these items to be a total loss. Through focused relocation of your possessions and designations for which contents need on-site cleaning or off-site recovery, we can do more to protect what matters most to you.

  • Air Quality Control 

Between odors and circulating ash, debris, and soot, the quality of the air in your home after a loss incident is hazardous. By deploying machines like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, we can do more to clean up the environment with onboard HEPA filters.

How Hard Is It to Clean Soot Myself? 

There are a few reasons why it might not be advisable to attempt the cleaning and removal of soot in your home on your own. These include:

  • Fine Particles 

Soot is almost microscopic by the individual particle, making it a hazard for those directly exposed without the appropriate personal protection equipment. When attempting to clean up settled residues, these particles can recirculate and become a health concern.

  • Thick Residues 

Because soot can collect in thick layers on the surfaces of exposed materials, cleaning these residues might be harder than you think. Wipe cleaning is often ineffective and can stain or mar surfaces when the soot layer smears.

  • Varying Cleaning Approaches

Similarly, many materials react differently to soot deposits. While some surfaces require soda blasting to clean, other affected contents or structural elements could get wipe cleaned or vacuumed. Knowing what your home needs is one of the benefits to trained and educated restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team.

Is Demolition a Necessary Restoration Step? 

As much as we always seek to restore before replacing, fires often make it impossible to avoid demolition entirely. There are several benefits to choosing controlled demolition during the mitigation phases, including:

  • Access to Damaged Areas
  • Removing Hazards that Could Collapse
  • Reduces Concentration of Soot and Odors

What Happens When We Do Not Need to Relocate After a Fire? 

Many fire losses do not force the relocation of the affected family. In these situations, our professionals can still work to provide an efficient result through containment barriers that isolate the affected areas and prevent cross-contamination from those in the living space, however possible. Through physical, structural barriers, we can reduce the migration of fire and smoke odors, soot particles, and other compromising effects.

Getting skilled professionals to your house quickly to begin mitigation after a fire loss incident is vital. We have an extensive inventory of cutting-edge equipment and tools to maximize the efficiency of our SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield technicians in the field. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (508) 824-0200.

What Do I Do When a Pipe Bursts in My Taunton Home?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

burst pipe When water damage happens, contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 no matter how big or small the problem.

SERVPRO Can Provide Your Taunton Home With Water Removal Services

The end of winter can be a dangerous time for the pipes in your Taunton home. The constant flux between freezing and warm weather can cause your pipes to burst and leave your home in need of water removal services. 

How can SERVPRO technicians swiftly remove the water inside your Taunton home? 

  • Action: SERVPRO can immediately put together a team of highly trained water damage remediation technicians (WRT) and then send them to your home as quickly as possible. 
  • Equipment: Our WRT can bring advanced technology to your home, which is specifically designed to mitigate water damage. 
  • Removal: Using devices such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors, SERVPRO can swiftly remove the flooded water from your home. 
  • Sanitization: To ensure mold growth does not occur, our WRT can use antifungal agents to sanitize the area.  

If you find your home in need of water removal services, never wait to get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield by dialing (508) 824-0200. We're here for you now. 

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Here is What You Should do for Your Storm Damage Situation in Taunton

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooded home Flooding can quickly affect your home's contents and structure. Make sure to get the help that you need right away with team SERVPRO.

Hidden Moisture Following Flood Damage in Taunton

A flood is never a welcome natural disaster and can have a huge impact on your life especially if you have to evacuate due to contamination, loss of power, or the work happening around your home. After a flood, it is important to assess all of the damage and take care of it as quickly as possible to mitigate further damage. 

Flood damage in your Taunton home does not just mean removing excess water. Since flood water is contaminated it is important to reveal any impacted materials hidden within your home so that they do not fester, potentially growing mold and producing an offensive odor. 

SERVPRO restoration specialists use equipment such as infrared (thermal imaging) cameras and moisture sensors to find the location of hidden moisture pockets. They may also use moisture meters to see roughly the amount of water. When necessary, restoration specialists open walls, built-in closets, stairs, and flooring, to find pockets of saturated materials containing excess moisture. 

If they find materials inside that are wet, most likely they will remove these construction components to decontaminate and clean them, or replace them if they are not salvageable. However, restoration by cleaning is always preferable to replacing, if at all possible. SERVPRO restoration specialists use a HEPA vacuum to clean up dry particles and debris. Some surfaces, like concrete or tile, require wet cleaning which uses a cleaning detergent like Wall and All Surface Cleaner or Orange plus to thoroughly clean and disinfect the surface. 

It is crucial to note that you cannot completely decontaminate surfaces after a flood with wet cleaning on its own. You also need to use an antimicrobial (biocide) such as Sporicidin or Concrobium. The dwell time of the antimicrobial agent on any surface needs to be at least 15 minutes for it to be effective. Technicians and residents should also avoid breathing in the chemical agent.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Professional COVID-19 Sanitizing Services

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

A person using a pump sprayer to sanitize SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is trained, equipped and ready to help you sanitize your facility and its contents.

To our neighbors and clients,

We at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield want you to know that we take the current status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously and are diligently monitoring the situation closely. We are prepared to respond when you need services for your business. Whether you would like to take precautionary measures to minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning or need to sanitize due to exposure of a person testing positive to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we can perform sanitizing cleaning services to disinfect both the facility and it’s contents.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call us today at 508-824-0200.

Best Regards,
Bill and Beth Russell

Our Professionals Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Taunton Home After A Fire

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

a ceiling fire caused by this light fixture The light fixture in this home caused a fire and our restoration experts arrived right away and began mitigation. We are available 24/7.

Cleaning Up After Fire Damage in Your Taunton Home

Having a minor fire in your home means that you have a lot of clean-up from smoke residue and long-lasting malodors. If not handled right away and properly, you may be smelling smoke for weeks and months to come.

Dealing with fire damage in your Taunton home requires a lot of patience, and often professional assistance to use the proper cleaning techniques, products, and equipment. The same fire can produce different types of residue that require differentiated cleaning, making it challenging for homeowners to clean up properly.

There are basic cleaning principles after a fire that works as a process to clean and deodorize correctly. This process aids SERVPRO fire restoration technicians with ensuring your home is returned to preloss condition.

Locate the Smoke Residues

It helps estimators to trace the trail that the smoke traveled throughout the structure. This confirms the total distance the smoke traveled and helps technicians formulate a restoration plan. This helps prepare technicians the degree of the fire damages.

Determine the Type of Residue and Surface

Technicians test surfaces to determine the type of residue to decide the appropriate cleaning tactics. For example, different types of paint may need different types of cleaning. Sometimes surfaces are porous, and smoke residues penetrate deep within the fabric, making it difficult to remove. Fabrics and upholstery hold smoke residue differently from hard surfaces.

Remove Captured Residues and Dispose

Depending on the type of residue and surface, technicians vacuum or dissolve the soils. Technicians vacuum when particles are solid, usually made up of carbon. If moisture accidentally comes in contact with these solid particles, they may become tough to capture and remove. If a residue is not an individual particle, it needs to be dissolved before removal; this way, technicians can rinse and flush away the loosely-bonded residue. The most important consideration with residue disposal is that you dispose of it according to regional and state regulations. SERVPRO technicians do not dispose of it in gutters, septic systems, or sewer lines.

For assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield (General Contractor License #CS-108357) at (508) 824-0200.

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Some of the Biggest Problems With Storm Damage Remediation in Taunton

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couch When storm waters infiltrate your home, the results can be overwhelming. Contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO right away for remediation.

Do You Have Flood Damage to Your Home? Call the Taunton SERVPRO Team to Help!

After a storm comes and goes, your home can suffer from some massive structural and water damage. There is the potential for loss of structural integrity as well as water saturation and bacterial contamination from lingering moisture. The best news is that you have the ability to save the day and protect your home by calling a team of skilled SERVPRO technicians.

Once you call in the help of a team of experts, you have all of the best equipment and specialized techniques on your side. Flood damage in Taunton can come in many forms, but trained technicians know where to begin to offer you with the best possible result. 

When We Begin

After you call SERVPRO and we finish up the initial assessment of your flood damage, water extraction begins. Our content management team takes out any items throughout the affected area that deemed at risk from severe water damage. Even though the full extent of any structural damage remains a mystery until further inspection takes place, we put in motion other steps to help mitigate the amount of flood loss.

Drying

Once the standing water is entirely removed, our skilled SERVPRO technicians begin to dry all saturated materials. We employ the use of moisture detection devices that allow us to determine where water traveled, including the wall studs, framing, and joists throughout your home. Flood cuts taken at floor level helps to access framing and studs, allowing air movers and dehumidifiers to work in unison for proper drying of any lingering moisture. We work diligently to address any potential structural threats, as water degradation takes hold quickly. Safety is always a number one priority, so we do whatever possible to preserve or fully replace any critical structural elements throughout your home.

Specialized Cleaning

Depending on the level of flood damage your house has incurred, the SERVPRO team might have to expose any damaged materials and use industrial-strength disinfection products. We have specialized products to inhibit mold growth while also preventing the onset of harmful bacteria. 

Regardless of the scope of the flood damage to your home, our team at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to get to work. Just get in touch with us by calling (508) 824-0200, and we send a crew out as soon as possible to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The Importance of Humidity Controls During Flood Damage Restoration in Taunton

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on flood damaged floor When floodwaters damaged this home, SERVPRO answered the call to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Establishing Humidity Controls in Flood Damage Restoration across Taunton

Water evaporates and condensates in a constant cycle. When flooding hits your home, the process of evaporation continues and can raise the relative humidity of the affected area significantly. High levels of humidity can become a problem for homeowners because it promotes the growth of microbes like bacteria, mold, and viruses as well as slowing down the restorative drying process. When dealing with properties that are suffering from the impact of flooding, one crucial mitigation task facing restorers is to bring humidity levels back under control and protect the home from secondary damages.

Pumping equipment is a fast-acting remedy toward flood damage in your Taunton home. However, the restorative drying procedure can be equally challenging, with several factors for SERVPRO technicians to consider. Some of these factors may relate to the architecture of the structure. Other factors may relate to the type of floodwaters and their location within the home. We identify areas of concern and anticipate possible outcomes using our industry-leading qualifications, technology, and experience.

Remediation of your home often begins before the drying procedure takes place correctly. Contamination levels are category two or category three when dealing with floodwaters. SERVPRO technicians work hard to decontaminate waters during the pumping and extraction phase, then disinfecting the structure after. However, by implementing humidity controls during the decontamination phase, we can help to reduce moisture migration and microbial amplification.

Setting up humidity controls is achievable by using dehumidifiers, which are either refrigerant, working similarly to air conditioning, or with desiccant chemicals which utilize moisture-absorbing gel. In situations where flooding is limited to one portion of the structure but not others, we can set up negative air pressure using an air filtration device. Using negative air pressure can affect humidity controls, and we may need to use more powerful dehumidifiers to achieve the same result.

Maintaining a healthy humidity during the restoration of floodwaters is essential to avoiding expensive secondary damages. Contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for assistance.

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Taunton Facilities Know SERVPRO Holds the Answer to Speedy Flood Damage Control and Cleanup

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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How to Manage Commercial Flood Damage in Your Taunton Nursing Home

Nursing homes care for the medical needs of patients who are elderly or disabled. Flooding in these facilities can disrupt their regular operations and impact the residents and staff. That’s why SERVPRO responds to flooding emergencies in Taunton around the clock. We have experience in handling both small and large losses in commercial facilities.

Flood damage in your Taunton nursing home is dangerous to the property and the residents who need critical care. Some issues that can occur after floodwaters enter your nursing home include:

•    Weakened wood - If furniture, wooden floors, and walls remain exposed to water for lengthy periods, they can weaken, blister, or soften.
•    Corroded metals - A combination of air and water exposure can speed up the rusting process of metal building materials and furniture.
•    Ruined documents – Nursing home facilities keep detailed records that track the condition of every resident. If floodwater destroys some essential documents, it can throw the medical program of the residents into disarray.
•    Electrocution hazards – Water can conduct electricity when it comes into contact with plugged-in electronic equipment or live wires. An electric current can pass through the water and could electrocute staff or residents who come into contact with it.
•    Fire hazards – Water may short circuit the power system of the building and create sparks that may ignite nearby drywall, fabrics, and wood. Water that contacts exposed wiring, appliances, and power outlets is a serious concern.
•    Contamination – Floodwater usually contains viruses and bacteria, which can pose health risks to the residents.

You can avoid many of these problems if you start the cleanup process as soon as possible. SERVPRO has the equipment, knowledge, and sufficient flood damage restoration crews who can assist you in getting your nursing home back to normal operations within a short time. After assessing the damage, we can begin extracting the standing water. Floodwater may contain soft and hard solids. Our technicians can use self-priming trash pumps to remove it. These pumps can easily maintain the flow of large volumes of water containing sand, mud, sludge, and other waste with no external help. Self-priming pumps also offer easy access to the pump body if they get clogged. Small units are portable and can move 10,000 to 60,000 gallons of water per hour using a 1″ to 4″ hose.

To deal with the contaminants in floodwater, our crew can apply microbial agents in the affected areas. These are chemicals designed to stop or limit the growth of microbes or prevent their development. They include virucides, fungicides, germicides, sanitizers, and mildewcides. Our crew can also get rid of excess indoor humidity in your nursing home using air moving and dehumidifying equipment.

If you need flood cleanup services in Taunton, Mansfield, or Norton, call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200. We have the expertise required to restore your facility to preloss condition.

Why Taunton Residents Trust us to Deliver on Fire Restoration Services

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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A fire in Taunton is what SERVPRO is here for.

Property fires can occur from numerous sources with several stages of restoration to get your home back to its preloss condition. As a restoration service operating here in Taunton, we have seen fires as the result of faulty electrics, appliances, unsupervised cooking as well as candles, incense, or cigarettes. While the causes of fire are manifold, the results are almost always the same. Severe smoke residues, soot soiling on fabrics, charred debris, and unpleasant odors. Often materials severely damaged in fire need to be taken to a particular waste facility for safe disposal. The removal of soots can vary from building to building and material to material. Our team of fire and smoke damage restoration technicians are here to help guide your home to a preloss condition. 

Fire Damage

When particles are subject to extreme temperatures, they combust, releasing carbon as well as chemicals in the construction of the material. These chemicals are the root cause of fire damage in your Taunton home and can spread outward quickly from the source of ignition. Hot air rises, which is why the ceilings and upper walls are likely to sustain the most fire damage in your Taunton home. Pressure, created by the air exchange of hot and cold, can drive soot into small crevices like electrical fittings, inside cabinets as well as delaminating surfaces. Often falling soots can cause damage to furniture and upholstery. 

When beginning a fire restoration project in Taunton, the first step is to take any debris out of the building. Charred materials can continue to release odor and soot long after the initial blaze is brought under control. SERVPRO technicians can safely enter your property to seal debris and transport it out of the property. Using double-sealed waste bags prevents falling soot from being spread through unaffected rooms in the home. Often, materials with charring can continue to release chemicals into the environment, which is why they need disposal in an environmental protection agency (EPA) approved site. 

When attempting to restore a structure in Taunton, our technicians conduct comprehensive pre-tests to assess the type of smoke and the ph balance of the affected areas. By understanding the relative acidity and alkaline levels in each piece of structure or contents, SERVPRO technicians can ensure that the right products are put to use. Using the right products on the right materials can alleviate many soot-related soiling and restore contents to their preloss condition. 

Fire Cleanup

Hot smoke rises upward, depositing residues on to ceilings and upper walls. However, when the temperature cools, the soot can begin to fall. Performing fire cleanup in your Taunton home begins with light vacuuming to remove any falling soots and covering surfaces directly beneath the areas of significant soiling. SERVPRO restoration services incorporate pre-cleaning and carpet conditioning using a tailored approach to the type of carpets, fibers, and their related materials. 

Pre-inspecting carpet is an essential part of what we do during SERVPRO restoration. Accurately assessing the condition and make-up of a rug can save Taunton residents both time and expense. We use three testing methods to determine the fibers, colorfast, soiling, and stain resistance of your carpet. Technicians at SERVPRO may also ask you about any warranties or care instructions that accompany your carpets. Generally, the testing phase encompasses burn tests, chemical tests, and specific gravity testing. The combination of all three ensures that we do not irritate fabrics and cause unnecessary damage. 

Thick carpeting or rugs feature larger fibers that are more likely to attract and retain soiling. By using a truck-mount, our technicians can apply an emulsifying powder to the fibers of your rug. Emulsifying powder captures soiling, which can then be vacuumed out of a carpet. By using these powders in combination with light deodorants, our team is fully-confident of removing both soiling and odor from thicker rugs and carpet in your Taunton home. 

Smoke Removal 

The challenge of smoke removal in your Taunton home rests on the ability to identify and alleviate different types of smoke. There are two categories to consider in pre-testing, which cover wet and dry smoke-types. Often this aspect is the toughest for restorers as smoke can travel from the source of fire throughout the home in a short time. With high temperatures and pressure, the likelihood of soots bonding with surfaces increases, making safe removal even harder. 

Dissolution is a technique that SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) frequently use to restore walls and ceilings. Dissolution involves applying a chemical solution that bonds with soots to the affected area. Once the bonding process is complete, a technician can rinse, wash, and dry the wall removing the cleaning solution alongside the soiling for a clean finish. We may also need to dry the property of water used during the firefighting procedure by deploying extraction tools, portable heating, or air-moving equipment. Moisture in a smoke damage environment can permanently set staining or make odors more perceptible.

The type of smoke damage- either wet or dry- dictates the approach we adopt in your Taunton home. Wet smokes are the result of oily or synthetic materials. These can include plastics and animal fats. Dry smoke comes from burning natural materials like drywall or wood. We approach wet smoke using oil-based solvents which bond with the smoke deposit instead of splitting it like water-based solvents. Dry smoke residues are restorable using water-based solutions, which can be safer and kinder to materials. Tailoring our approaches ensures that Taunton residents do not suffer from further property harm during the restoration service.

Odor

When materials combust, they release chemicals into the surrounding environment. These chemicals can include odor-causing particles that can enter porous materials. Smoke odors can also linger in the air creating an unpleasant home atmosphere. Since there are a variety of odor sources, our approach to odor removal in your Taunton home must be multi-faceted. 

Cleaning the indoor air quality can go a long way to clearing away unpleasant, airborne odors. SERVPRO restoration technicians can deploy industrial air-scrubbers in your Taunton home. By combining these air-scrubbers with air-moves, we can both create and remove odor. Air scrubbers suck in contaminated air and filter it through several layers of purifying materials. These high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are capable of removing in microscopic odor particles from the surrounding air. 

Contents and possessions can also absorb odor-causing particles. Using hand-held spray equipment, SERVPRO restoration services can disperse light molecules of deodorant solvent onto furniture and fabrics. These deodorants incorporate into porous materials in the same way that smoke odors absorb and can lock odor into a structure where it no longer becomes perceptible. For massive odor problems, our team can fumigate your Taunton property altogether using ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers.

For all restoration services relating to fire, contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824- 0200.

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Water Contamination Issues After Flood Damage in Taunton

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

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You should always have a plan for when your Taunton home floods

Perhaps one of the most distressing concerns for Taunton residents suffering from the flooding is water contamination. Supply line breaks and overflowing tubs are emergencies, but the water is typically clean, and secondary damage is rare if extraction and drying are swift. Hundreds of gallons of water from drain backups or overland flooding after a storm add significant hazards to the fluid buildup, and professional removal and drying must include management of these dangerous substances.

Flood Waters Are by Definition Category 3

The flood damage to your Taunton residence requires an approach that contains the affected spaces and water collected. If heavy rains overwhelm storm sewers, the main waste pipe from your house can push human and animal blood and feces-borne pathogens into your home. Often at the same time, flooding from paved areas and the ground seeps through your foundation walls into the basement or lower level of your home. Landscaping and roadway chemicals and industrial waste make their way inside. Category 3 water is the most contaminated, and best practices prescribe caution and personal protective equipment when handling.

Flood Water Disposal Limited by Local Regulation

SERVPRO trains and keeps up to date on current requirements for appropriate disposal of hazardous waste, including floodwater. We obtain any necessary permits and complete forms or other paperwork to avoid official sanctions at this already stressful time.

Containment Within Your Home

As SERVPRO technicians work to pump and extract flood water, we guard against spreading contaminants into other areas of your home. Before work commences, we often broadcast-spray an EPA-registered disinfectant over the surfaces to reduce the pathogen load. Because pumping and extraction activities can cause some vaporization of the dirty water, we consider sealing off the work area with a negative pressure air scrubbing system. The system captures airborne debris in HEPA filters and then exhausts to the outdoors. Living areas outside of the workspace are thus protected. After the space is free of liquid water, we disinfect again and continue the containment during structural drying when the air movement and accelerated vaporization otherwise could send contaminants into the rest of your home.

Count on SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to manage even heavily contaminated floodwaters safely and lawfully. Call us as soon as the flooding is evident at (508) 824-0200. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Frozen Pipes in Taunton homes often result in water damage due to burst pipes

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Frozen Pipes in Taunton Spell Water Damage

If you are among the many Taunton home and business owners who have experienced a burst pipe due to frozen pipes in winter months, you are not alone. At SERVPRO, our trained professionals are here to help. You may have a flooded basement on your hands, and we have the experience and equipment to clean it up quickly.

Water damage is among the most common result of frozen pipes in northern climates. Water lines are always full of water, and when the temperature drops below freezing, the water freezes in the pipes and expands to the point that it bursts pipes that are not insulated properly. It may be that the pipe has broken at the seam or even cracked in a wall or crawlspace. We have the expertise to find the leaking pipe quickly, repair the damaged pipe, and even clean up the floodwater left behind. 

If you have frozen pipe damages in Taunton, our SERVPRO team is here to assist you every step of the way. Our 24-hour services are available to help keep damage from a burst pipe to a minimum. Day or night, we are eager to assist you if you have frozen pipes in your home or business.

Common problems caused by frozen pipes

If you have a residential property or commercial building, winter months and poorly insulated pipes are a common cause of water damage and even flooded basements here in the northern states. The SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield teams have seen it all, burst pipes causing kitchen sink leaks, bathroom sink leaks, and even leaking pipes in walls which are sometimes hard to find until water damage starts to appear.

It is crucial to call a professional at the first sign of frozen pipes. If you turn on your facet in the morning after a hard freeze and water does not come out, chances are you have a frozen pipe.

As we all know, when water freezes, it expands, and in the pipes of your house, this often causes burst pipes in need of quick repair. If not addressed immediately, you could end up with significant damages to your home as the water thaws and starts to leak into walls, carpets, and we have seen quite a few flooded basements due to water leaks after a freeze.

That is why we are here; SERVPRO restoration and remediation teams are trained to help when a disaster like frozen pipes occurs. Keep damages to a minimum with our 24-hour water removal and pipe leak repairs. We make it, "Like it never even happened."


Our 24-hour emergency response teams are knowledgeable and caring professionals well trained to find the frozen pipes in your home, repair the damage and remove any water that may have leaked into your home before significant damages can occur. Removing the water that leaked from thawing frozen pipes is extremely important. Water left in a home often results in water damage to your walls, subfloors, possible mold growth, and more costly repairs down the road.

It is essential to understand how water damage from frozen pipes can affect a building, whether it is commercial or residential, and to catch the problem quickly. No one wants to have rotted floors or mold damages due to a burst pipe that did not get addressed fast enough. If you own a building that is not being appropriately heated in the winter, freezing and thawing pipes can cause disastrous water damages to a structure if left unaddressed.  If you think you have frozen pipes, do not delay in giving our experts a call, it can save you down the road. 

If you own property in Taunton that is not occupied and unheated, be sure to check on it regularly for signs of frozen pipes and leaking pipes. Do not let time destroy your property, the longer the water sits the more water damages it causes.

Sometimes a burst pipe happens to occupied homes too. Frozen pipes in mobile homes are quite common because the freezing temperatures easily penetrate mobile home underpinning, where pipes may be exposed and not appropriately insulated. In a perfect world, we would all have our pipes insulated properly in northern climates. Still, sometimes builders cut corners, and homeowners do not know the dangers of not protecting their pipes in winter months until a disaster happens and your pipes burst.

Even regular stick frame homes are susceptible to hard freezes if not appropriately insulated. Sometimes no matter what you do, such as leaving your taps dripping, a hard freeze can cause substantial damages to your home and belongings.

Water cleanup and restoration can be costly, so inspect your property regularly and be sure to insulate any exposed pipes in the winter to keep pipes from freezing. This can help prevent the need to call us. We are not only here to help clean up and remove water from your home, but we are also here to help instruct you on preventing such a catastrophe.

Some tips to help prevent freezing pipes in the winter months:

Help protect your pipes from freezing during the winter:

  • Turn on your faucets and permit them to drip, moving water has less of a chance of freezing.
  • Keep your property heated to at least 65 degrees
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow heat to circulate around your pipes
  • If the property is vacant, shut off the water and drain the system
  • Exterior hoses should be removed in the winter and facets adequately insulated
  • Know the location your water main shut off; this can help in case of a water leak
  • Be sure all your pipes are adequately insulated or wrapped with heating tape, in both interior and exterior walls
  • Keep your basement or crawlspace heated
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated sections of your home

Keep a close eye on freezing conditions in winter months.

  • Allow a faucet to drip marginally (lukewarm water) to lessen freezing
  • The initial sign of freezing is diminished water flow from a faucet.
  • Inspect your faucets for water flow and pressure at night and again in the morning.
  • Check pipes near your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls, and crawl spaces. These tend to be susceptible to freezing.
  • Pinpoint cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney and caulk gaps that are near pipes.

If you have a hard freeze and water stops flowing:

  • Turn off water at the main valve.
  • If the crack is in a hot water pipe, turn off the water valve on the hot water heater
  • Call SERVPRO 24/7 to remove water, repair broken pipes, and restore your property.

Bursting pipes can cause substantial loss incidents in your home that gets worse the longer you wait for professional restoration. Our SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield team has the equipment and the expertise to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime at (508) 824-0200.

Is Your Taunton Home in Need of Water, Storm, Fire, or Mold Damage Remediation? SERVPRO has You Covered!

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Where to go for Restoration Services in Taunton After a Property Emergency

Our team at SERVPRO is here to help the residents and commercial businesses of Taunton overcome property damages by providing expert restoration services. Harm to your property can come from several areas, and it isn't easy to predict and prevent. We offer tailored solutions for unexpected mold, fire, water, and storm incidents that affect your home. Using local technicians here in Taunton, we can significantly reduce call-out times and ensure our company remains "faster to any-size disaster."

Storm Damage Restoration

Storms are the least predictable of all damage-causing events. That unpredictability can make them among the most complex to repair. The impact of storm damage in your Taunton home can extend to water, fire, and even structural repair. Homes can often become unsafe. Particularly in scenarios where contaminated water enters from flash flooding or high winds, and flying debris affects the property's structural integrity. Our emergency, on-call technicians are here to help you navigate these situations safely and successfully.

When dealing with flash flooding, you must use a professional restorer. Contaminated water supplies caused by flash flooding or road overflow can contain any number of harmful pathogens. Avoiding contact at all costs is essential to your safety.  We provide our SERVPRO technicians with personal protective equipment (PPE) that allows them to interact with Biohazardous or infectious waste without putting themselves at risk. Upon entering the property, we can accurately determine a course of action to get your home back to the way you remember it.

In situations where there is evidence of contamination in your Taunton home, our team must set up a containment zone to prevent cross-contamination. We may use physical barriers like plastic sheeting as well as establishing clean rooms to prevent waste from being spread around the home. SERVPRO technicians can inspect materials in your home and assess which ones are salvageable and which ones need replacing. Porous materials must be disposed of to protect the safety of your home, non-porous items and structure can often be disinfected, cleaned, and deodorized.

Water Damage Restoration

Storm-related incidents may be the most unpredictable, but water damage to your Taunton home is among the most common. Clean water emergencies are those that are caused by leaking water pipes or valves. A malfunctioning heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit may result in condensation and advanced water damage in regions of the house. Alternatively, a structural cavity may allow rainwater into the home, soaking insulation and drywall. These are all examples of clean water emergencies that can, if left unchecked, present more severe issues.

The goal of our water restoration services here in Taunton is to act decisively by mitigating immediate losses. Once we have performed damage limitation, the next step is conducting a thorough drying and cleaning procedure for the existing damages. Mitigation procedure may include rapidly removing large quantities of water, shutting off the source of moisture, or removing furniture from the point of contact. Prolonged exposure to moisture can prove costly to many parts of your home, so acting quickly on your behalf is one of our main priorities.

SERVPRO can begin cleaning and drying the affected area once mitigation of damages is complete. Some materials need cleaning while wet to have the best chance of returning to a preloss condition. Others may need to be dry, or held at the dew point, to prevent permanent harm occurring. We train our SERVPRO technicians to identify which areas of your Taunton home need specific restoration services. They have access to the full range of cleaning products and drying equipment needed to get the job done with as few losses as possible.

Fire Damage Restoration

Fires can be devastating. Even a small, contained kitchen fire can cause the finish on appliances to melt away, releasing toxins and stain walls and ceilings with thick, black soot. When materials combust, they release all kinds of chemicals into the surrounding air in the form of hot smoke. Synthetic materials tend to cause more significant damage, but even natural smoke can cause general soiling. Firefighting procedure can compound the harm caused to your possessions with water or foam setting debris into fabrics and other porous materials.

After phoning the fire department, you should reach out to a professional restoration service immediately to repair the fire damage in your Taunton property. Time is of the essence when it comes to fire restoration, and you can begin mitigating the loss straight away by airing the property or covering expensive furnishings and fabrics. Removing valuables to an unaffected area of the home can be helpful. Be sure to layout covering when you store damaged fire items- these can quickly spread smoke and odor into previously unaffected areas of the home. SERVPRO fire restoration technicians can help to guide you during the cleaning procedure.

Some regions of your fire damaged Taunton home may require specific expertise. Usually, these areas are where the smoke residues are thickest or dealing with multiple items like electronics or fabrics. SERVPRO use pre-testing techniques to understand the type of smoke we are dealing with first to reduce the likelihood of spreading damages around during cleaning. In most cases, a thorough cleaning and drying procedure can effectively tackle malodors. Those that linger after cleaning procedure are complete may need deodorization which SERVPRO provide as part of the restoration service.

Mold Remediation

Microbial growth issues are unhygienic and can even pose health and safety concerns. When cleaning away, microbial fungi, the constant exposure to spores means you may need to wear respiratory protection. SERVPRO mold remediation technicians can not only remove the evidence of mold growth but address the source of the problem in a way that prevents it from coming back. There is no one-hundred-percent solution to microbial growth issues- spores are a natural part of any indoor environment. SERVPRO can prevent mold damage in your Taunton home from becoming a persistent issue.

Cleaning and removing mold colonies requires aggressive methods using scouring pads, controlled demolition of the drywall as well as powerful chemical agents. During the aggressive cleaning procedure, mold spores can become airborne and spread to unaffected areas of the home. SERVPRO address this cross-contamination issue by applying negative air-pressure during removal. We may also need to set up physical containment barriers and establish quarantine areas during the service. These steps can sometimes be inconvenient but are essential to getting a positive result.

After SERVPRO removes mold from your Taunton home, we need to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas that may contact mold spores. Our restoration services incorporate preventative measures into the mold remediation procedure by using anti-microbial chemicals that secure the property against future harm.

By contacting us today, you can take the initiative in dealing with time-consuming, inconvenient, and stressful property damages. For anything related to storm, mold, fire, or water damage, contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

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Taunton Residents and Facilities Benefit from SERVPRO's Safe Handling and Disposal of Biohazardous and Medical Waste

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Medical Waste Removal from Taunton Homes and Facilities

When caring for a loved one in Taunton with an acute health condition, medical waste removal may become part of your needs. This is particularly true in the care of someone with a colostomy bag or on-going hospice care.

Medical waste removal in Taunton may be required when a stoma leaks or a colostomy bag malfunctions or bursts. The stoma is where an opening in the body and where the tubing attached the bag connects. If it is not changed frequently enough or ill-fitting, it has the potential to leak.

Why SERVPRO?
The technicians at SERVPRO have extensive training for handling the cleaning and sanitization of homes that require assistance with medical waste. They treat each job with both compassion and professionalism. We can safely remove biohazardous materials and products and allow our customers the peace of mind that all is well-taken care within their homes.

Our training has been of unmeasurable help to many local facilities, including hospices, nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals. Allow us to perform the difficult tasks of cleanup and biohazardous removal.

In Cases of Severe Leakage
When an accident happens in a home that involves bodily fluids, it requires safe handling as a biohazard. We ask that people and pets in the home avoid the area requiring cleanup, as we don personal protective equipment PPE. Containment of the cleanup area is also typical to stop cross-contamination from any airborne pathogens.

The surface where the contaminants occurred factors heavily in the amount of loss experienced, especially in the case of rooms with carpet and padding generally do not have the recovery potential to return to sanitary standards for use. Affected areas need to be cut away and disposed of as a biohazard as per EPA regulations. Tile flooring the technicians can use their EPA-registered cleaning agents on fares much better in terms of restoration.

Odor Control
To eliminate odors, it may require a multi-layered approach, including cleaning the ductwork. SERVPRO technicians have equipment such as hydroxyl generators that are safe for use around people and pets, and they neutralize odor-causing molecules.

SERVPRO Handles Reconstruction
After the cleanup and disinfection, the technicians can offer a seamless service for any needed repairs to fully restore the home through their general contractor license #CS-108357.

When you need medical waste removal, contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200. Their certified technicians are available 24/7 to clean up and disinfect the property, "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage in Mansfield? How SERVPRO Helps Take the Stress Out of the Restoration Process

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked outside of a home A leaking water heater caused significant damage to this home. No worries. SERVPRO has the equipment and training and completely restored this home..

Common Concerns Homeowners Have After Flood Damage in Mansfield Homes 

Flood damage in a home feels overwhelming in which to look. The wet floor, the odor, and the sense of loss, not knowing which items have restoration potential, if anything feels overwhelming for most homeowners. 

When SERVPRO technicians assist local Mansfield homeowners with flood damage, they focus on lessening the loss as much as possible. They disseminate information with both the property owner and adjuster to make sure all work done is within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprises.  

Why SERVPRO? 

The technicians have extensive, on-going training in the restoration sciences as taught by the IICRC, a non-profit organization considered to be the gold standard for best practices in the restoration services industry. They also have access to a vast variety of specialized equipment to extract the water and completely dry the premises. 

Does the Floor Have Restoration Potential?

It depends on the materials. When category three flood water saturates carpeting, the best thing to do is to remove it as sanitizing it is not an option. If the tile flooring has not delaminated from water exposure and the subfloor is dry, disinfection and cleaning are often possible, saving the homeowner the cost of replacement. 

Why is Controlled Demolition Necessary?

Sheetrock is notorious for its water-wicking abilities. A mere inch of floodwater in a home has the potential to go several inches upward in the wall. To halt the damage, SERVPRO technicians measure above the water line and cleanly cut away the water-damaged sheetrock and open the wall cavities for drying. 

What About Repairs?

The result of post-flood cleanup usually shows rooms with cutaway sheetrock, dry floors, and a cleaned and disinfected area. When it is ready for reconstruction, SERVPRO offers full rebuilding services with their general contractor license #CS-108357. Our contractor license takes the hassle out of finding, vetting, and hiring a separate company to do the necessary repairs to restore the home. 

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 has emergency response teams ready 24/7 to help local property owners get flood damage cleaned up and their homes restored to pre-flood condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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Salvaging Your Tools after Flood Damage Covers Your Taunton Neighborhood

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

A garage with a green leather couch and motorcycle in it, with a tool box. Taunton residents don’t panic over your tools, SERVPRO will be there for your flood damage.

Let SERVPRO help you save it all when you have a flood damage in Taunton.

It took time to collect all of the tools in your Taunton garage, but a disaster like a flood can destroy so many of your possessions. These losses might include projects you made using those tools, making their loss seem even more terrible. Getting them cleaned up as quickly as possible can save many from corrosion and, in the case of power tools, from needing you to replace the entire tool.

While you might need to replace some of the tools you kept in your Taunton garage, flood damage doesn't need to claim all of them. Our building department, with General Contractor License # CS-108357, utilizes many power tools and other pieces of equipment when we restore and repair water-damaged materials, fixtures, and items. We can dry off the exteriors and if there are not electrical wiring or other damage to the power tool, it may still be operational. If not working, then a specialist needs to be called in to attempt to salvage the tool.

Hand tools also require similar measures to prevent corrosion. Corroded tools become difficult to handle easily, develop sharps burs, and generally end up unsafe to work with unless the user wears heavy gloves to protect their hands. We can wipe them down with cleaning agents to remove residues and then apply a light application of oil to seal out moisture

The rest of your garage also needs extensive work after a flood. Heavy work tables require cleaning and drying to prevent warping and splitting of both legs and other areas that remained submerged.

We also flush out debris and clean out the garage. Flooding can carry heavy items, including large pieces of trees, trash, and broken pieces of glass. The force behind floodwaters can also break panels laid up against the base of the garage's walls in anticipation of future projects, and then push them around. 

We try to organize everything for you so you can see which items do need to be replaced or salvaged. This attention to detail helps ensure customer satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is also near Norton and Raynham, ready to help residents with all of the flood damage restoration needs. Call us at (508) 824-0200 for a fast response and a competent restoration crew.

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A Taunton Home's Wet Basement and Help from SERVPRO

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

Tech off-loading dehumidifier from a small SERVPRO vehicle Skilled Technicians, Advanced Equipment, and the Work Culture Is Why SERVPRO Is a Premier Water Damage Restoration Company in Taunton!

Boiler Leak Requires Water Extraction in Taunton 

Autumn in Massachusetts means it is time to make extensive use of your water heater. However, rust, worn valves, and other component failures can cause massive issues that require water extraction from a trusted professional. If left unchecked, a water heater leak can cause mold, odors, and eventual structural damage to develop in nearby surfaces. This can include damage to flooring and subflooring.

If an unexpected boiler failure requires water extraction for your Taunton home's basement, SERVPRO technicians can investigate the issue within hours of your call. Your safety takes priority, so the focus during cleanup is on the restoration of structures and damaged items whenever possible. SERVPRO also offers a licensed general contracting team (#CS-108357) that can conduct necessary repairs to your home after cleanup.

Certified for the Job
Your local SERVPRO is an IICRC-accredited firm that features a team with a diverse skill set of certified technicians. Team members and franchise owners receive extensive and continuous education on disaster mitigation techniques and technologies. You can rest easy knowing there are several professionals available with skills tailored to the work that you need for your home.

These certified technicians offer such skills as:

?    Microbial and mold remediation
?    Structural drying, odor control, and carpet and rug cleaning
?    Carpet repair and reinstallation
?    Lead-based paint activities and renovation
?    Fire and water damage restoration

How SERVPRO Cleans House
After arrival, technicians get to work evaluating the extent of damage with a wide selection of moisture measurement tools. These can include penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters for surface moisture, and infrared cameras to assess damage behind structures. To remove water from hard flooring surfaces like cement or concrete, professionals can go in with disinfectant, wet/dry vacuums, and portable extractors to address floor moisture.

After extraction, drying can commence with the help of carefully-placed centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, which are highly effective for drying structural materials. Depending on how open the affected area is, polyethylene chambers may be erected to contain moisture and hasten the water removal process. After drying, professionals can disinfect the area to prevent microbial growth.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield can make your residence look "Like it never even happened." For a 24/7 emergency response to your home disaster at any time of the year, call (508) 824-0200 today.

Take the Stress Out of Flood Damage in Your Mansfield Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

flooded garage with bikes Floods can create damages in homes, but if you contract SERVPRO they will work quickly to remediate the damages that were caused by the flood.

Better Management of Flood Damage Incidents in Mansfield Homes

Flooding events can leave you grappling with different problems, including substantive soiling of the affected Mansfield home. Water intrusion also leads to the deterioration of materials on the floors, walls, and any other section that the floodwater reaches. There is a need to tear down some materials, remove debris, and clean soiled areas to restore the property to its preloss state. It is a tough task, but a professional like SERVPRO is well suited to handle the problem.

We perform tasks such as:

Water Extraction

Debris Removal

Mold Removal

Rebuilding and Refinishing

The primary step in the restoration of property after flood damage incidents in Mansfield is removing any water left in the structure. In ideal situations, once the floodwaters outside the structure recede, any standing water inside the house subsides. However, at times, that is not the case requiring effort to remove the water. Our SERVPRO technicians are prepared for such scenarios. We have truck-mounted water extractors for faster water removal. We also have self-priming trash pumps, which remove debris-filled water.

The debris that piles up in your home after a flooding incident might exceed your expectations. Apart from the silt or mud brought by floodwater from outside the structure, most of the materials around the house, including area rugs, clothes, books, and even wall materials, deteriorate to form part of the debris that needs removal. Our SERVPRO crews arrive prepared to tear down walls accessing deteriorated materials. To minimize the debris produced, we make flood cuts on the walls, thus removing only the affected materials. Also, using heavy-duty plastic bags and trashcans on wheels makes it is easier to manage the wastes at the loss site.

Once cleaning and rebuilding areas torn down for restoration is over, there is a need to put final touches to the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians help replace door and window trims. We also repaint walls and other surfaces, making an effort to match the new colors to any existing finishes.

Restoring flood-damaged property requires different resources, including patience and skills. Call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What's Next After Flood Damage to Taunton Hospitals or Clinics? Call SERVPRO!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on corner floor of office Water damage can keep your medical facility closed indefinitely. We restored this pediatrics office after a commercial water loss.

Resuming Operations in a Hospital or Clinic with Commercial Flood Damage in the Taunton Area 

Flooding from any of the small creeks and ponds near Taunton affects all types of businesses, including hospitals and clinics. Storms can also cause drifting snow, which later melts, possibly causing additional flooding. Closing the doors to a hospital is often the last resort, as it involves relocating patients and refusing to accept new ones. Rescheduling surgeries or finding a new setting capable of providing adequate space with suitable facilities also imposes an enormous hardship.  

Medical facilities like hospitals in Taunton affected by commercial flood damage need more intensive restoration and mitigation work than other industries. We work with your administration to ensure we follow all pertinent guidelines and necessary procedures after putting precautions in place to protect worker safety. These precautions include a building and life safety evaluation, which also addresses microbial activity.  

Our building department, General Contractor License # CS-108357, helps with a thorough assessment and expert repairs of plumbing and water supply lines and electrical systems. We can help ensure that boil water advisories are current and that the power system no longer runs the risk of power surges that can harm medical equipment. The HVAC system also requires a well-trained and knowledgeable service crew to eliminate hazards from spreading through the air.  

Helping your staff check medical instruments, one-time use testing kits, and other devices protect from unnecessary loss while still protecting patients' health. Just as soiled medical instruments can undermine your patients' care, inaccurate test results can lead to misdiagnoses.  

Eliminating water damaged items immediately after a flood and ensuring instruments receive proper and adequate autoclaving or other sterilization methods are two ways we can help you protect patients. Contaminated water does not need to come into contact with many medical devices to damage them. Increased humidity can cause malfunctions and destroy the delicate chemical balance in testing materials.  

Simultaneous to these mitigation tasks, we have other crew members working on your laundry facilities. Ensuring linens and other necessary textiles in sterile conditions help with the care of any remaining patients until other hospitals can assist with replacements or substitutions.  

Many other areas of a flooded hospital become compromised and require removal and disposal. Some items, such as patient records, might require freezing (lyophilization) or wrapping in plastic and photocopied. Other imaging might also suffice.  

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is always ready to help restore safe conditions within medical facilities in Mansfield and Raynham. Contact us at (508) 824-0200, 24/7, for emergency assistance.

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Get Better Flood Damage Remediation For Your Mansfield Business 

10/12/2019 (Permalink)

School desks Don't let your school be overtaken by flood damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Commercial Flood Damage in a Mansfield School Gets Fast Turnaround

When commercial flood damage happens, the difference between an excellent restoration job and an "okay" one lays within two factors: the type of equipment used and the knowledge of the restoration team. 

Parents have expectations for the school they send their kids to. When commercial flood damage occurs in a Mansfield school, the building needs to have the water extracted, cleaned up, and reopened as fast as possible. School districts have a limited number of days that the kids can stay out of class before makeup days become a must. 

Choosing the Right Cleaners

There is no question groundwater has potential contaminants. SERVPRO technicians have a vast array of different antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners that they choose from after testing the water, so they apply the correct treatments leaving the school building disinfected and ready for reconstruction.

Controlled Demolition Helps Drying

Once water enters a property, it wicks quickly into sheetrock and has the potential to delaminate tile if not removed fast enough. If that happens, it results in more extended closure to replace the flooring and potentially the subfloor. Sheetrock that wicked groundwater undergoes removal using flood-cuts and it opens up the wall cavities for more significant airflow and faster drying. 

Complete Drying Diminishes Odors and Mold

The technicians use portable pumps with different types of extractor heads to ensure they pull the maximum amount of water from the floor. They do several passes to ensure that when the drying phase starts, it moves at an expedited rate. When the deployment of air movers occurs, they run in tandem with dehumidification equipment to ensure moist air is continually ported off-site and warm, progressively drier air circulates. This inhibits the chances of mold growth and avoids secondary issues in the school. 

One-Stop Restoration and Reconstruction

To save time, after the restoration services complete, SERVPRO holds a general contractor license #CS-108357 and instead of sourcing and vetting a contractor, they offer the service for clients so clean up of flood loss happens with one company from start to finish.

Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 when you need fast action against commercial flood damage. The emergency response team is available 24/7 and handles any kind of water loss and makes it "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO, Restoration of Water Damaged Ceilings, and Happy Taunton Property Owners

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Stacked air movers outside in staging area SERVPRO Provides Plenty of Advanced Drying Equipment for Water Damage Restoration in Taunton

Water Removal in Taunton  Ceilings

First, there is a small yellow stain, then a big brown stain, then a water blister -- but how did water get on the ceiling? The water removal process identifies the cause of water damage to the surface, and then uses a variety of tools and techniques to get that water out.

What Causes Water To Leak On Ceilings? Water can leak on the ceiling for a variety of reasons. Older homes in Taunton suffer water damage when copper or cast iron plumbing has grown tired, fissures occur in welded or soldered joints, and water drips in the attic. Gravity takes over, and the water trickles down and slowly soaks into the ceiling panels, or worse into the plaster and lathe surface.

SERVPRO has The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians available to inspect the affected area, mitigate the damage by stopping the leak, and then remove any water and moisture in the materials. In the event that a ceiling has bowed, we can use a screwdriver or a small tool to poke holes in the ceiling panels carefully. These weep holes can then drain water and relieve the pressure along with the safety hazard of falling debris.

We strive to preserve and not replace building elements whenever possible. This reduces costs to our customers and disruption time to the family routines. We can perform a controlled demolition if the material is non-salvageable. By removing and discarding the ruined ceiling element, we also exposed the opened attic area for drying out using directed, warm airflow from air movers. Our moisture meters indicate to us when content drying to the standard of about 12% has been reached. We can document this to ensure our customer that the water damaged ceiling is now ready to be buttoned up with new sheetrock.

We also can spray an antimicrobial product to help prevent any dormant mold spores from germinating and causing secondary damages due to the water loss.

Act quickly when you see signs of water on your ceilings. Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for fast and effective water removal services.

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SERVPRO Removes Medical Waste From Taunton Assisted Living Facilities

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Used syringe being dispose into a medical waste container by a gloved hand Let SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield take the worry out of disposing of your medical waste. Call us today.

Reliable Medical Waste Removal in Taunton 

Concentrate on the provision of high-quality medical care when you engage the services of our dedicated and trained biohazard waste removal technicians. Rounding out our comprehensive menu of disaster and crisis resolution services, our Taunton crew can help meet your business need for medical waste collection. Our services include the appropriate and lawful cleanup and disposal of the waste. 

Medical Waste Poses Disposal Challenges 

Manage medical waste removal at your Taunton nursing home or assisted living center by relying on our highly-skilled, trained, and OSHA certified technicians. Your residents or their guests may have medical needs or conditions that require appropriate management and disposal of used medical supplies. You must protect any individual at risk of contact with medical waste. Our crews are current in their medical waste disposal training and certification, stepping in to take this concern off your list.  

Relieve Stress on Your Housekeeping Staff 

When SERVPRO steps in to handle medical waste disposal needs your cleaning or housekeeping staff does not need to pursue additional training. Understandable worries about personal exposure to human pathogens or guilt about leaving the door open for harm to residents are present. Any concern they might feel because of planned or unexpected medical waste management expectations disappears when they know highly-qualified technicians are ready to take on the responsibility.  

Safety Equipment, Experience, and Knowledge 

SERVPRO biohazard technicians have the personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources necessary to take care of medical waste cleanup safely and efficiently. We ensure crew member training in the safe disposal of all blood, tissues, and supplies. This training includes safely discarding materials contaminated with potential viruses, bacteria, and other hazards. We follow the applicable health rules and regulations. 

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers medical waste disposal services as part of our biohazard management. Contact us at (508) 824-0200 to discuss your facility’s need for our offerings.

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Our Professionals Are Ready To Remove Water Damage In Taunton

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment working in a bathroom after a water pipe burst Our SERVPRO team arrived quickly to extract the water and dry out the small room with our advanced equipment.

SERVPRO Extraction Tools Used in Taunton Homes

There is no “one size fits all” solution for water loss in your Taunton residence. These disasters can spread quickly, leaving standing water and other threats for homeowners and the secured restoration technicians to manage when we arrive. While you have likely shut off valves and stopped water flow to whatever fixture or appliance allowed for the water loss, overcoming the effects in your home might not be as straightforward as you might like it to be.

Because of the hazardous conditions that can result from excessive water loss, our professionals prioritize water removal in Taunton homes. Between our estimator and project manager, we can work to provide your home with a thorough inspection, including moisture content detection. While much of the internal flooding in your property can get seen easily, there might be standing water in wall cavities and other inaccessible areas that you did not know was there. Our SERVPRO professionals have many tools available to the arriving team to make short work of standing water in your residence.

Submersible Pumps

Sump pumps offer versatility for our SERVPRO team as they can get deployed in areas where accessibility is a concern. We do not always have the room for larger extraction units, yet the portable sump pump can offer continual extraction until the area is ready for rapid drying solutions to follow.

Trash Pumps

These are gas-powered options that are much larger and less mobile than the submersible electric pumps we use. These offer more powerful suction, moving higher volumes of water. These tools are ideal for areas without power.

Weighted Extractors

These remote-controlled units can roll over water damaged carpeted areas and force moisture and water to the surface. The onboard vacuum can suck out the uncovered saturation and discharge it. These extraction tools can preserve installed carpeting when utilized early enough after the water loss incident.

Our professionals work to manage water losses from the time that we first arrive. Our objective is to save as much of your time and money as possible, and that begins with the use of the right tools for efficient extraction and recovery solutions. Give our SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield team a call anytime at (508) 824-0200.

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Tips for Cleaning Fire Damage in Taunton

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Open SERVPRO van showing equipment inside You can rest easy after SERVPRO arrives at your home. Each vehicle has the equipment needed to restore the fire damage.

Clean Up of Fire Damage in Taunton Requires Many Strategies

When a fire ignites and moves through your Taunton home, various materials burn, creating different types of residues in the same environment. Comprehensive training in identifying the range of smoke and soot damage possible on a vast number of surfaces following residential fires is crucial. Our crews achieve mastery of the steps involved to capture, remove, and dispose of fire-related soiling regardless of location through research-based training offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Fire Residues Bond with Surfaces

Fire damage affecting your Taunton home presents challenges because the heat and creation of gases and chemicals during the blaze causes residues to bond with surfaces. Our technicians are familiar with techniques and products that combine to release the adhesion of soot to surfaces. The residues must be loosened and suspended in a solution for a thorough removal.

Fire Residue Cleaning Fundamentals 

SERVPRO fire damage remediation crews manipulate conditions as follows to dislodge and clear away soiling: 

  • Raise the temperature to increase the speed of chemical reactions when using cleaning products. 
  • Employ agitation with sponges, cloths, brushes, water or air pressure, and ultra vibration to dislodge firmly adhered residues. 
  • Match chemical actions of cleaners to residues by evaluating the characteristics of both the soot and the affected surfaces, determining whether dissolving, emulsifying, oxidizing, bleaching, digesting, or manipulating pH is the preferred action. 
  • Determine appropriate dwell time when applying products, considering the residue type, the surface vulnerability, and chemical reaction expected.  

Adaptation Is Frequently Necessary 

Because each fire scenario presents its challenges, SERVPRO crews are persistent and flexible. We adapt the fundamental cleaning approaches to meet the needs of your home and the damage it suffered. With the full range of options available to our team, we work until we find a combination of tools, products, and methods that work to remove residues and smoke odors. Our mission is restorative, avoiding tear out and replacement of surfaces only after we exhaust all possible ways to bring structures and contents back to preloss condition.   

The professionals at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield have extensive experience and up to date training in fire damage management and restoration. Give us a call at (508) 824-0200 to see how our highly-skilled crew can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Discuss How To Properly Clean Your East Taunton Apartment After A Water Damage Disaster

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor At Home From Water Leakage No matter the time, we're always ready to assist you.

How To Cleanup The Water Damage In Your East Taunton Apartment

Sometimes accidents happen and those accidents can lead to you finding water damage inside of your East Taunton apartment. In the case of your home, your window air conditioner leaked water during the middle of the night and left a puddle on your hardwood floors. When water damage is left alone, it can cause many problems for your home. So, it is best to be proactive when it comes to remediating the damage.

In order to clean up the water damage in your East Taunton apartment, you must keep some critical principals in mind and have a few tools at your disposal. Remember, as water damage sits, it causes further problems, especially with wooden objects or floors. When dealing with the hardwood floors in your apartment, this could mean splitting, bubbling, cracking, and general swelling. These problems occur when the wood absorbs the excess water and then dries again. Furthermore, leaving water damage for long enough can activate mold spores in your home. When mold spores become active, they can form colonies and cause potential health problems.

When it comes to removing the puddle of water near your air conditioner, SERVPRO has a few pieces of advice to give. Make sure that you address as much of the water that you can. Furthermore, consider there could be water where you do not see it, such as underneath the crowning on your wall or the floor itself. When SERVPRO remediates a space, we use special devices to address these potential risks, but these are not readily available for public use. However, there are similar things that you can find in your home that should do the trick for a simple cleanup, such as the one in your apartment.

First, mop up all of the water that you can see to get the floor as dry as possible. After the water has been removed, SERVPRO would usually then make sure that any excess moisture is also removed. If you can get a fan and a space heater, you can put them where the puddle was. Using both together creates an environment that encourages evaporation, which can help ensure the moisture levels return to normal. However, if you sense that the water damage is becoming worse or that mold damage is forming, reach out for professional services immediately.

If you need water damage remediation services, never wait. Communicate with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield by phoning (508) 824-0200. No matter the time, we're always ready to assist you.

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Why Professional Remediation is Necessary for Flooded Mansfield Businesses

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Salon office that is empty Don't let your salon get ruined by flood damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How to Prioritize Your Mansfield Customers During Flooding

Flooding can be a destructive force for your Mansfield salon. With so much foot traffic you expect from the time you open to when you close, a disaster like flooding can affect many people throughout the day. Even when the situation gets contained to a small area of your building, the effects of a flood or water loss incident must get addressed immediately to protect your business, your employees, and your customers. 

It should not be difficult to understand why acting quickly to flood damage in Mansfield salons is a wise decision. You have made a substantial investment in multiple areas of your business, including its furniture for cutting and styling hair, your sophisticated equipment designed to provide the perfect cut, and your shelves of premium haircare and beautification products. All of these could potentially become at risk with spreading floodwater. With all of these avenues to consider, the most important should be your customers. 

Prioritizing the customers that depend on you means choosing our SERVPRO team to help out. We have a rapid response to loss emergencies and can arrive with the full measure of our personnel and renowned recovery tools. With several units capable of removing any standing water from affected areas, our technicians can quickly get to work on reducing moisture and humidity levels that can warp and distort imitation wood flooring common to the main floor of the salon area. 

While our professionals strive to keep your doors open throughout the flood recovery, this mind not always be possible when the damage occurs in the main areas of the salon. The best approach is to reach out to our SERVPRO professionals. We have efficient practices for water removal and deep, thorough drying which can get your doors back open as promptly as possible. 

It might be initially overwhelming to experience flood damage in your salon, but with the practical techniques and the experience of our SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield professionals, we can make this loss incident “Like it never even happened.” You can get ahold of us whenever you need us at (508) 824-0200.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Taunton Home After Flood Damage

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fans and Dehumidifiers placed in a room Our trained technicians are ready 24/7 and have state of the art equipment and expertise to bring with them to any size job.

Tools for Removing Floodwater in a Taunton Basement

Basements can be an ongoing problem for Taunton homeowners, especially in a rapidly aging property. With structural degradation combined with hydrostatic pressures from groundwater against the blockwork of the foundation, you have a recipe for water penetration. While this scenario might be light at first, a single breach in these defenses leads to flooding when those leaks open more prominent crevices and cracks in the construction of the basement walls.

While flood damage in Taunton homes can happen from multiple sources and scenarios, leaks and penetration through subterranean masonry is a common culprit. As water can pass through these walls with less and less resistance, standing water becomes a much more likely result. Our SERVPRO professionals know that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, which means that we can help you whenever disasters like this strike without hesitation or delay.

Many homeowners might have access to specific tools needed for extraction and water removal, but none have the extensive inventory of removal and drying equipment available to our SERVPRO team. We continually invest in the latest equipment used by our parental brand to offer unparalleled recovery options when every minute counts. Here are some of the tools that our professionals use when removing flood damage from your basement level:

-      Wet/Dry Vac with Extraction Wands    

-      Extractor Truck

-      Gas-Powered Trash Pump

-      Portable Sump Pump

-      Drying Mats

-      Air Movers

-      Dehumidifiers (Desiccant and Low Grain Refrigerant)

During the initial mitigation process, where our professionals must remove at-risk items stored in the basement and begin setting up extraction and drying tools, we can determine the best units for the job at hand. For inaccessible areas that can be challenging to reach, the Injecti-Dry System and the use of our wet-vacs with extraction wands can help to reduce the need for material removal.

Our professionals work to make all flood loss situations “Like it never even happened.” We have the training and experience to handle all levels of loss incidents and a deep inventory of recovery tools to help. No matter when disasters strike, or how floodwater enters your basement level, you can trust our SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield team to arrive 24/7. Give us a call today at (508) 824-0200.

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Three Step Procedure for Restoring Water Damage in your Mansfield Residence

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows more than the basics to help your water damage in Mansfield

We will always have your back with your Mansfield water damage.

Properties can suffer damages during long-term ownership. Unfortunately, these damages are difficult to predict and can have a significant impact on your everyday life. During these stressful situations, you must reach out to a professional, accountable restoration service to guide you through the process and restore your home. Not only does professional restoration control immediate losses, but it can also help to stem future damages which you may incur from secondary issues such as molds or malodors. 

Our team has built a reputation for restoring residential water damage here in Mansfield. Using professional technicians with training in key areas like applied structural drying and water restoration, we can be confident of returning your home to its pre-incident condition. Our process covers three areas:

  • Containment / Mitigation
  • Cleanup
  • Restoration

Containment is focused on stopping an adverse situation from causing serious expense or losses. In a water loss scenario, containment may include stemming the flow of water as well as removing possessions from the affected area. SERVPRO technicians can scope the property for potential hazards like loose electrical wiring or weakened flooring and negate them by performing small tasks, like shutting off the power or extracting large quantities of water quickly. The containment phase is essentially focused on mitigating the immediate potential for losses on your property.

Cleanup takes place once the immediate loss causing factors are under control. We may bring in specialty drying equipment and take regular measurements using a combination of hygrometers (for humidity,) Moisture Sensors (for cavities,) and Moisture meters (for water content.) Controlling these elements is referred to as psychrometrics and help SERVPRO to establish and maintain the best conditions for drying your property. During this phase, we may deploy deodorizing equipment like ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to tackle malodor.

Restoration procedure is the final piece of the puzzle. In a water damage scenario it is likely that some materials may have to be discarded. Porous items like sections of drywall or carpet pads may be demolished while the cleanup phase takes place. Likewise, paintwork may show discoloration and yellowing after drying. Restoring is when SERVPRO replace any discarded materials, or repaint areas of the home to return it to its pre-incident condition, "Like it never even happened."

Contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 for our three-step procedure that returns your home to its preloss condition after property damages.

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SERVPRO'S Complete Fire Damage Restoration Process for Taunton Residents Explained

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Wrap Around Taunton Fire Damage Restoration Services Streamline Recovery 

A fire loss in Taunton can become extremely disruptive to the day to day lives of you and your family. You are likely scared, grateful that you avoided injury, but wary that you can ever feel safe again in your home’s damaged shell. We take pride when offering our patrons the highest quality customer service. Our commitment is to conduct our business transparently and compassionately to make your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

Fire damage brings your Taunton daily routine to a halt. Our approach begins by assuring you it is safe to feel confident that our team can manage your fire emergency from start to finish. Knowing that you do not need to line up many different companies to handle the tasks needed to secure, stabilize, clean, and repair your home takes a huge weight off your shoulders. 

When SERVPRO starts a fire restoration, water removal and structural drying is almost always the first task. Firefighters use water liberally to knock down the flames. First, we contain and dispose of the contaminated fluids according to local hazardous waste rules.  We then prepare the space for soot removal, charring remediation, and odor elimination. 

As we begin the fire residue cleanup, you may be concerned that we wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and build a containment barrier around the work area. Although we are mindful of our own safety, the PPE and perimeter also keep toxic debris out of unaffected spaces in your home. The air scrubbing equipment we use to complete the containment seal uses negative air pressure to send floating contaminants through HEPA filters before venting to the outdoors. 

Room by room, we clean up soot residues and evaluate the condition of any building materials with heavy charring. SERVPRO has a restoration mindset, but our general contractor license allows us to tear out significantly damaged structures and rebuild them. Once we complete the mitigation and remediation of all areas, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) use a multi-step protocol to eliminate noxious smells. Innovative equipment like thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators chemically alter odor-bearing particles, neutralizing malodors that deep cleaning did not resolve. 

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield commits to completing the journey back to pre-fire condition with you after a blaze damages your home. Our emergency number, (508) 824-0200, picks up 24/7, and we schedule an assessment as soon as possible. 

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Getting Water out of your Home Fast, with Taunton-based Water Removal Services

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will show Taunton their way with water damage.

We will do all the work for your water damaged home in Taunton, you enjoy the day away.

Unwanted moisture in the home can come from a variety of sources. Aging water tanks in your attic could eventually give way to minor leaks that, over time, begin to cause widespread problems in your wall cavities and ceilings. Equally, exposed plumbing on the exterior of your house may create pressure on the interior, causing pipes to split and burst. 

Whatever the causes of your water incident, we are on-hand to help you with water removal from your Taunton residence. Our SERVPRO company began life in cape cod before expanding coverage into Taunton and Mansfield. In doing so, we brought with us the principle of a local restoration service that causes as little inconvenience as possible to your everyday life. 

Contents can often be considered at a high-risk of staining or permanent damage due to the porous nature of fabrics and structure. At SERVPRO, we can block furniture off from the water flow immediately using tarps or plastic sheeting. In some cases, it may be more efficient to remove furnishings from the affected area; which has the added advantage of unrestricted access to floors and walls.  

Large quantities of water need to be pumped out quickly to avoid the issues of waterlogging. SERVPRO can mobilize industrial gas-powered pumps that can be fully submerged in standing water without sacrificing efficiency. Hoses attached to the pumps, deposit water into a nearby sewer point allowing us to remove limitless amounts of water without requiring emptying or changing of storage tanks. 

When certain materials like wood are exposed to water for an extended period, they can absorb more moisture and expand. This expansion can be problematic in properties with hardwood flooring causing warping, cupping, or buckling of the floor. SERVPRO can use desiccant dehumidifiers to return woods to their natural moisture content, then return to sand and refinish the affected floorboards; returning them to a like-new condition. 

In tackling water issues in your property, relying on a local service could help save time and expense. Contact SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield at (508) 824-0200 today for a quality start to finish restoration service.  

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Fire Loss? Smelly Odors? A Mess in Taunton? Just Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Here Is the SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Service You Need in Taunton

Cleaning Up Soot and Other Residues after Fire Damage in Your Taunton Home

A fire incident in your Taunton home can be very destructive. Major fires can bring down an entire structure or sections of the building. Small fires too can be very destructive, especially since they spread soot and other residues all over the property. Cleaning up to restore the property to its preloss state can be a lengthy process, but seeking professional assistance can help simplify it.

Smoke movements can leave residues in different parts of your property complicating the process of Taunton fire damage restoration. Apart from the deposits left on readily accessible surfaces such as the walls and ceilings, smoke also finds its way into concealed locations, including the HVAC system. More residues can enter the ductwork if the blower is operational during the fire. The heat from the fire also increases air pressure, which can force smoke into the ducts. Our SERVPRO technicians can help by vacuuming and fogging the HVAC system to remove soot and other residues.

The hot temperatures in a fire can lead to residue impingement or charring of some surfaces. Simple cleaning procedures such as wiping or vacuuming cannot clean such surfaces properly. Our SERVPRO technicians can sand any charred surfaces or use wet chemical sponges to eliminate the sooty film from surfaces preparing them for refinishing. We can also use specialized cleaning methods such as soda blasting. The soda blaster uses sodium bicarbonate powder and air pressure to loosen residues from surfaces, so it has an added advantage since it does not abrade the underlying material. For more robust scraping we can use an "ice-blaster," pressurized CO2 carbon dioxide pellets which as they remove the charred coating sublimate into the air, leaving no wetness behind.

Although not visible, a stubborn smoky odor is a likely outcome of a fire incident. While most of the odor dissipates after debris removal and cleanup of residues from surfaces, some can persist. The odor may require different actions for complete removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use hydroxyl generators, which chemically change odor particles. We also run air filtration devices with HEPA filters, which help capture particulate matter suspended in the air. On the surfaces where we clean soot, we apply odor-blocking primers before repainting or applying other finishes to eliminate all traces of the odor "Like it never even happened."

You can clean up your fire-damaged property better with help from a professional team. Call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to assist. You can reach us any time at (508) 824-0200.

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SERVPRO Helps You Prepare for Commercial Flood Damage in Taunton

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Worried about potential floods? Call SERVPRO to help you develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile.

Be Ready for Commercial Flood Damage in Taunton 

Taunton’s history as a milling center means it comes as no surprise that waterways intersect the city. When heavy summer rains combine with the Mill and Taunton Rivers area businesses can open to find flooding in their properties. Be aware of the potential and partner with professionals who know how to minimize the effects of flash floods. 

Bars and restaurants near the rivers enjoy a pleasant ambiance for their customers, but when the waters rise flood damage threatens Taunton establishments. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians are familiar with the risks and well-prepared with fast and efficient strategies if called to help. 

SERVPRO recommends that commercial customers work with us to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP).  An  ERP ensures a remediation plan is in place long before heavy precipitation causes a crisis. We send a seasoned project manager to your restaurant to assess your vulnerability to overflow from street and river flooding. 

Expect practical suggestions to limit harm even if the waters lap closer than is picturesque. SERVPRO has commercial class pumps and extractors to remove floodwater rapidly.  Taking proactive steps ensures you can again be serving up delicious fare faster than your dared believe possible. We clean, disinfect, and dry out your restaurant with the least disruption of your operations if we know what to expect and have a plan in place ahead of time. 

You fill us in on critical details when you use our mobile app to create your Profile. Designate SERVPRO as your preferred restoration provider and appoint key employees or family to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the crisis. Any step you take to speed the mitigation and remediation of your business saves time, money, and your reputation as a reliable part of the city’s hospitality industry. 

Take control of the unexpected by calling (508) 824-0200 to set up an ERP assessment. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is eager to create a plan to help shore up your business during and after flooding.

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What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Remediation in Your Taunton Home

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you get over your fire damage fears.

We will have your Taunton home back to normal in no time.

During the aftermath of a fire in your Taunton home, it might feel impossible to believe you and your family could ever live there safely and comfortably again. Water, charring, and soot damage can be seen on every surface in every room, creating a sense of overwhelming worry and fear. Our highly-qualified team of managers and technicians employ state-of-the-art fire remediation equipment as well as training and experience to return your dwelling to preloss condition.

Recovery from fire damage in Taunton is possible with the guidance of our production management and crew chiefs and the tireless work of our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crewmembers. We arrive on the heels of the firefighters, immediately crafting a robust mitigation and remediation project agenda based on a careful assessment of the scenario and integration of the restoration industry’s best practices.

Water and extinguisher chemicals need removal first. Slip and fall concerns, plus the chance of electrical shock, push extraction of firefighting fluids to the top of the list. While a sub-crew of SERVPRO employees complete that task, others evaluate the characteristics of sooty residues throughout your home. Different types of soot respond to cleaning in unique ways, requiring us to match products and methods for optimum results.

Paper and wood burn hot and fast, leaving crumbly ash that vacuums and dry sponges off surfaces. Smoldering fires with low oxygen levels include burning fabrics, upholstery, and electrical cords. The soot deposited is thick and sticky, needing cleaners containing wetting agents and surfactants applied and agitation to loosen. Protein-based soot follows a grease or food fire and creates an almost invisible, thin layer that adheres stubbornly. Solvents and abrasive tools clear the residue, but it also produces a pungent and unpleasant odor the might need persistent effort from one of SERVPRO’s Odor Control Technicians (OCT) and advanced deodorization technology to eliminate.   

As we work at your property, likely, furnishings, household goods, and personal belongings transported to our SERVPRO production facility receive specialized cleaning and deodorizing treatment to restore their function and appearance. When your residence is clean and free of malodors, the return of the packed-out items can make your house a home again.    

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides reliable and compassionate professional fire damage remediation services, responding 24/7. Make the call to (508) 824-0200 to start the process of regaining your home after a fiery disaster.

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What Should You Do When You Discover Water Damage in Your Taunton Home?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

You can take steps to minimize water damage in your home. Turn off the water supply and call SERVPRO!

Handling Water Damage in Taunton Residences 

Any emergency that threatens your Taunton household can be stressful and overwhelming without the right plan of action to restore the damages and get life back to normal. One of the keys to responding to situations like water damage is reacting quickly to the situation to keep conditions from getting worse. There is much that a homeowner can do to either recover the affected portion of the property on their own or to begin necessary preliminary efforts while awaiting the arrival of restoration professionals. 

Discovering the source of water damage in Taunton residences is the first step to overcoming the effects on the property successfully. Without addressing the point of origin, these damages are likely to continue unabated, which can allow a broader area of your home to suffer over time. Even without a strong background in pipefitting and plumbing, many homeowners can shut off the supply of water and replace a portion of a damaged pipe or a leaking elbow with single-bolt compression fittings. 

As soon as these disasters get discovered on the property, owners should get encouraged to contact professional restoration services like our SERVPRO technicians provide if damaged areas exceed ten square feet. Even with experienced technicians certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration and structural drying, there are ways that you can aid the process going more smoothly and quickly before the work begins. As a homeowner, you can:

 -    Cut the supply of water to the damaged portion of plumbing, the faulty appliance, or specific source

-    Remove contents and personal belongings from the affected area of your home to prevent unnecessary and preventable damages

-    Keep your family and pets clear of the damaged area so that our SERVPRO professionals can get right to work on vital mitigation efforts 

You might find that some smaller-scale water loss incidents feature damages and repairs that you can address on your own with the right determination and education. When the situation exceeds your expertise or comfort level, you can always rely on our SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield professionals. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call us today at (508) 824-0200. 

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Storm Damage and Electrical Fires

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration to a bathroom in a home in Taunton.

When most people think of storm damage, they usually think of caved in roofs, broken windows, and water damage. What is sometimes forgotten are electrical fires. A fire can ensue after lightening strikes a home.  In addition, electrical fires can start even when lightening strikes away from the property and causes electricity to run through pipes and wires sparking a fire inside the home. This is one of the reasons why it's so important to stay away baths, showers, and other water sources within your property during a lightening storm. Both water and metal are excellent conductors of electricity.

If your home has encountered an electrical fire, please do not hesitate to call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield today to assess the damage and begin restoring your home. 

What You May Not Know About Smoke Damage

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage from a kitchen fire in a home in Mansfield

What You May Not Know About Smoke Damage

Smoke travels very quickly during a fire and can touch nearly every item in your home or business. When certain items burn, they can emit chemicals and other bi-products that in turn contaminate the smoke. This smoke then touches the walls, furniture, clothing, kitchen cabinets, and other contents.  This is why it's so important to call the Certified Professionals at SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield to properly restore the fire and smoke damage to your home or business. 

SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield has restored many homes and businesses after they have suffered fire and smoke damage. For us, no job is too big or too involved.  Please call today and rest assured your home or business is in the hands of certified professionals.

Sewage Water in Your Basement or Home After a Storm

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage Water in Your Basement or Home After a Storm

If your basement, home, or business ever experiences a sewage contamination after a storm, it is very important to call professionals to restore the damage.  Sewage water is known as category 3 black water and should only be removed by professionals certified in bio-hazard removal. The technicians at SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield are trained for sewage, bio hazard, and category 3 black water clean up. Water from overflowing lakes, ponds, and rivers is also considered category 3 black water due to the possible microbe contaminants and should only be removed by professionals as well.  

If your property has experienced a flood or sewage contamination of any sort, please do not hesitate to call us today at SERVPRO of Taunton / Mansfield.  

Things to Do to Be Prepared in the Event Your Home is Affected by a Hurricane

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Things to Do to Be Prepared in the Event Your Home is Affected by a Hurricane

Take inventory. “The last thing you want to be doing after you’ve been affected by a hurricane is to try to remember everything you had in the house. Having an inventory will make the process of getting through the claim and getting back to normal so much easier.” Keep the inventory list in a safe place away from your home like a safe deposit box.

Update your insurance. Make sure you have the right amount of insurance, and fill in a few key gaps in coverage.  Call your Insurance Agent for more information.

SERVPRO® of Taunton/Mansfield will work with your insurance and try to make things go as smoothly as we can for you. Faster to Any Disaster

Source: Kiplinger

Top Tips Reducing Mold Growth in the Kitchen

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Top Tips Reducing Mold Growth in the Kitchen

In the kitchen:

  • Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside (not into the attic) whenever you are cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning.
  • Turn off certain appliances if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
  • Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water. Repair if necessary.
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.
  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. If there is standing water or the soil is wet, dry it out with fans before covering the floor.
  • Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated by using fans and having vents installed in outside walls if necessary.
  • Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements. If you plan to install carpet over a concrete floor, it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover that with sub-flooring (insulation covered with plywood) to prevent a moisture problem.
  • Have your basement floor checked for leaks and have them repaired if necessary. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors or walls.
  • Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from -- not toward -- the house.
  • Do not finish basement walls with insulation and wall board unless your basement is very dry.

Source: webmd Jan 2019

SERVPRO® of Taunton/Mansfield Will Work with Your Business' Insurance Company

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield Will Work with Your Business' Insurance Company

In the unfortunate event your business suffers water, fire, or mold damage, SERVPRO® of Taunton/Mansfield will work with your insurance company, so you have less work load on your plate.  Our employees talk with insurance adjusters every day to make sure things are billed correctly with your insurance and the job is properly documented to ensure things are going according to plan. Being in business for over 14 years, whatever property and casualty insurance company your business uses, odds are we have worked with them in the past.  Give us a call to set up an emergency preparedness plan for your business today. SERVPRO® of Taunton/Mansfield will work hard to make any damage, "Like it never even happened."

Dryer Lint Fires

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer Lint Fires

Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage.

Facts and figures

  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
  • The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
  • A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
  • Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.  

Source: Report: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: March 2017

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.

Trim your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm. If your tree damages your house or a neighbor’s house, your insurance cover the damages, but it may pay only a portion.

If your home is damaged during a Cape Cod area storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.  Faster to Any Disaster

Source: kiplinger.com

Securing Your Home for Hurricanes

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Securing Your Home for Hurricanes

Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage.  Most garage doors are not reinforced, and when the wind gets into the garage, it creates a positive push at the same time that the wind swirling above the structure creates a negative pull. That push-pull combination can cause the roof to fly off. Find a kit that you can buy at home-improvement stores to brace your garage doors.

Secure your windows and doors. Broken windows can let in wind and rain, and they can also increase the pressure under the roof. Storm shutters provide the best protection, but boarding up windows when a storm is on the way can help, too. Make sure doors have several locking mechanisms so they don’t fly open; deadbolts are best. And it’s important to secure windows and doors at all sides of the home -- not just the one facing the body of water where hurricanes could form -- because hurricanes can swirl in any direction.

Source: kiplinger

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Faster to Disaster

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Faster to Disaster

SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield offers a 24 hour emergency service.  Our office is open Monday through Friday, however there will always be someone to answer your call after hours and on the weekends.  If the event is classified as an emergency, SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield will be out right away regardless of time or day.  When hurricanes, floods, wild fires, and other disasters strike all around the country, SERVPRO franchises band together and travel sometimes thousands of miles to come to the disaster area to help restore homes and businesses affected. If there is a catastrophic event in your area, SERVPRO will call in "extreme teams" that will arrive in your city or town to help cover more ground and to help more home and business owners. If your home or business has suffered a water damage or other emergency event, please do not hesitate to call.  

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO Uses Industrial Grade Equipment and Cleaning Products on your Home or Business

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO?  SERVPRO Uses Industrial Grade Equipment and Cleaning Products on your Home or Business

If your home or business has suffered a water damage event, simply cleaning up the water and opening up the windows will not completely dry the space, leaving your home or business vulnerable to future mold growth (known as secondary damage).  SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield uses industrial grade dehumidifiers and fans to completely dry your home or business.  SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield uses moisture testing devices to make sure your walls, closets, and floors are dry before we leave your home and close out the job.  In addition to drying, commercial grade anti-fungal treatments are applied in order to prevent mold from forming.

If your home or business has suffered a fire damage event, air scrubbers are brought in to the area to "scrub" the air clean and remove the chemical and smoke odor. In addition to air scrubbers, special cleaning agents are used to save as many smoke-affected items as possible in your home or business.

If your home or business has suffered a water damage, fire damage, or mold growth event, please do not hesitate to call us today.

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

If you or your business has suffered a water damage, fire damage, mold damage, or bio hazard damage, odds are it has affected some sort of fabric or textile in your home.  The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.

Do you need upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning for your home or business performed by a company that is IICRC certified?  SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield cleans upholstery for general cleaning , pet dander, smoke damage, office carpet tile, and more. 

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

Why SERVPRO - SERVPRO's Mold Technicians are Mold Certified

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO - SERVPRO's Mold Technicians are Mold Certified

Are you smelling mildew or a musty odor in your home or business?  Can you visually see mold growth? SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield can perform your Mold Remediation using a Mold Certified Technician so you know it's done right. Mold remediation means the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter. The industry is regulated to ensure that persons conducting mold assessment and remediation services are properly trained and licensed, and are following minimum standards that protect the health of workers and building occupants. Don't hesitate to give us a call today at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to set up a time to start the mold remediation process.

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO?  SERVPRO is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained

Bio hazard clean up is considered: blood clean up, urine clean up, human feces clean up, animal feces clean up, vomit clean up, and other human fluids.  General maid and janitorial services will not remove these items due to their potentially hazardous nature.  SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield technicians are trained and properly uniformed to safely remove bio hazardous materials. This is why you can rely on SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to get the job done quickly, safely, and to sanitation standards.  Many homes and buildings that have been left unattended and/or improperly cared for will generally require this type of service. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will remove all hazardous items and properly dispose of them. If you or your business is in need of bio hazard removal, please do not hesitate to call today.

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO Will Work with Your Insurance

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO Will Work with Your Insurance

In the unfortunate event your home or business suffers: water damage, fire damage, mold damage, or bio-hazard clean up needs,  SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will work seamlessly with your insurance company.  This means less hassle and less worry for you. Our employees talk with insurance adjusters every day to make sure things are billed correctly with your insurance and the job is properly documented to ensure things are going according to plan. Being in business for years and years, whatever property and casualty insurance you or your company uses, odds are we have worked with them in the past.  If you need the job done right and less hassle for you, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU COMPLETED THESE FIRE PREVENTION TASKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU COMPLETED THESE FIRE PREVENTION TASKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

You’ve heard all of the preventative steps, you’ve prepped your employees, and your building is up to code. However, the easiest prevention methods are usually the most overlooked. Inspect these things today and be sure to set reminders accordingly:

  • Smoke Detectors. Safety experts say that you should check these at least once a month and replace the batteries once a year, or as needed.
  • Fire Extinguishers. See the directions on your fire extinguisher to see when it expires and who you can call to replace your extinguishers. Extinguishers can last anywhere from five to fifteen years. Also, depending on your fire marshal’s standards, you may have to have your extinguisher certified.
  • Fire Exits and Exit Signs. Can guests clearly see exit signs? Can they easily get to them? Consider having a fire drill to ensure guests and employees can easily get out of the building in the event of an emergency. Practice regularly.
  • See any State or Local Guidelines. There are some local and state guidelines that businesses have to follow to stay up to code. Take a minute to read up on these laws or talk to your local fire marshal to learn about the guidelines.

Keeping your business, employees, and guests safe is important. Just by taking the time to make sure the basics of fire safety are taken care of, you can protect your investment.

 Source: DKI Service Fire Services

Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness  plan that could save your business $1,000's. 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more.  Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

Do you need upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning for your business? SERVPRO cleans upholstery for general cleaning , pet dander, smoke damage, office carpet tile, and more.

The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.

TheIICRC works with other organizations to increase awareness of certified firms – from companies like Shaw, which requires warranty work be done by an IICRC Certified Firm, to associations, to government officials. Additionally, theIICRC also partners with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to include a suggestion for use of IICRC Certified Firms that specialize in upholstery cleaning in its Furniture Care Codes.

When you see aIICRClogo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.

Source: www.farmers.com

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month

During Fire Prevention month, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. See what programs your local fire station offers.

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere!” That’s the theme for Fire Prevention Week.

LOOK
Look for places fires could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

LEARN
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

1.Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

How to Prevent Mold on Your Patio Furniture

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Mold on Your Patio Furniture

If you’re hoping to save your current furniture or you’ve bought a new patio set and want to keep it from falling victim to the same problem, you can take steps to prevent mildew and mold. When purchasing new furniture, look for water-resistant fabrics and materials and check to see if the dyes used are also weather-resistant. Acrylic and polyester are usually the most durable. You can also waterproof your patio furniture yourself by purchasing a waterproofing kit at your local supply store.

Note that sunscreen and bug spray are known to soak into cushions, so always use a towel to sit on as added protection, and never sit down directly after coming out of the pool. If you do spill water or otherwise soil the furniture, clean it immediately, and do routine cleaning every few weeks. If you do not use your patio furniture year round, consider using furniture covers, or find a shed, garage or storage unit to house it during the off season.

Now that you know how to remove mold and mildew from patio furniture, you can clean up your chairs, table and umbrella to return it to good condition. You’ll be back to lounging out in the summer heat in no time.

Source: https://learn.livingdirect.com/patio-furniture-mold-removal/

Keep an eye on your water bill in order to detect slow leaks

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Keep an eye on your water bill in order to detect slow leaks

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

It's not uncommon for us to get a call from a homeowner who has mold behind their dishwasher or mold behind their sink because there has been a slow leak in a pipe in their walls. It's always a good idea to take care of any water leak as soon as possible in order to prevent mold from forming in addition to the water damage.

If your pipes clog, use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

If your pipes clog, use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes. If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes.

Source: www.farmers.com

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield have restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal. Our Large Loss Division has the expertise to manage the cost and operations of large commercial disaster recovery projects.

How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure

How can people decrease mold exposure?

Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

What areas have high mold exposures?

  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Mills
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops
  • Summer cottages
  • Lake Houses

Source: cdc.gov

What are molds?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What are molds?

One of the most common questions we receive at SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield is: what exactly is mold.  What kind of mold do I have?  How do I keep it from spreading?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. In addition, mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

SERVPRO® can help to remediate the mold in your home.  In addition, SERVPRO® will bring in air scrubbers that will help to remove the mold spores in the air in order to prevent any additional mold from forming.  In most cases, the contaminated area will be sealed off in order to contain the mold spores in the air while the air is being "scrubbed" by the air scrubbers.

In many cases, the mold can simply be remediated.  Please give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Taunton and Mansfield area - Are you Storm Aware?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Taunton and Mansfield area - Are you Storm Aware?

As we continue to see storms throughout our Taunton and Mansfield area cities, we at SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be better prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

If your home or commercial building ever suffers flood damage, call the SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield experts.

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

Maybe your water alarm alerted you, maybe you see a puddle or some dripping, or maybe you see some signs of water damage (corrosion, water stains, etc.). Once you’ve discovered a leak, consider the possible causes.

Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.

Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.

Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.

Water line. This is potentially the most problematic. Refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers have water lines running between the main water supply and the back of the fridge. Feel to see if the water line is wet or dripping. Cracked hoses and loose connections are often the culprit.

Refrigerator leaks can damage the flooring and cabinets in your kitchen.  If you experience a refrigerator leak, please contact us right away to treat and help to prevent any further damage.

Source: https://www.erplumbing.com

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building? 

After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster

Here to Help After A Fire Damage| SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, the best professional fire and smoke damage restoration in Bristol County. We are always here to help!

In the Northeast we enjoy long Summer days and beautiful weather especially after the tough winter we all suffered this year with some of the lowest temperatures ever experienced here in the Bristol County Area. And even though we promised not to complain when the thermostat rose above 80 degrees we are because this Summer is abnormally hot, hazy and humid. And with no sign of relief in the forecast many people have turned to keeping their AC units on maximum 24/7 to keep things cool. And unfortunately, that turned into a problem for one Bristol County family. The air conditioning unit was plugged into an extension cord that overloaded the circuits causing the fire damage according to the local Fire Inspector. Luckily no one was in the home when it happened. But the fire caused major smoke damage.  We were called in to clean and we immediately started cleaning the thick, black soot off all the ceilings and walls. The kitchen and bathrooms were all effected too. But the two areas that needed great attention were the carpets and HVAC duct system which can lead to secondary odor source after a fire damage at your property.

When carpet cleaning their home and business it’s important to remember that the carpet (and padding) can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants (mold and bacteria) to grow. To avoid this from happening make sure not to use too much water during the cleaning process and use commercial grade equipment to extract as much water as possible. If you're not sure how much is too much hire a professional trained (IICRC) person to perform the work. These tips can help protect your property from secondary damage

When we were ready to clean the family’s content we helped them by separating all the salvageable goods from the not salvageable ones which made it easier for the family to claim their lost items. One question that is often asked on jobs such as this one is what the difference is between content and structure. Do you know the difference? If not, here is an easy test. First, imagine you turned your home upside down and shook. Everything that would fall out would be considered content and everything that stayed intact in your home would be considered structure. A good example can be found in the kitchen. The cabinets would still be intact but all the stuff in the cabinets would fall out and be considered content. Equally so, the counters, would be structure and anything set on the counter would be content.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield helped this family after a fire damage and we can help you too! Call us at 508-824-0200 today.

5 Useful Tips for Fire Damage Restoration|SERVPRO Taunton/Mansfield

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers competent smoke and fire damage restoration by professional workers who possess proper training and experience.

Destruction from fire does not only damage your property, it can be fatal to your health. After a fire occurs, you will most likely need restoration services. If there is extensive damage, contact a professional company for the restoration process. Nonetheless, always contact the authorities first when faced with a fire situation. When the time for fire restoration arises, get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

To facilitate a smoother restoration process, homeowners can follow these  5 useful tips:

Mend The Smoke Damage Wall

Fires will cause great damage to your paints, wallpaper and even the wall itself. Sometimes, simple soap or bleach with water is effective enough to clean the soot. For thicker soot, you may need to put a little extra elbow grease into scrubbing the walls. If the damage goes deeper, then it may be time to start looking for professional help.

Fix Flooring and Carpet

During a fire, water is abundantly used to put it out. It is a likely scenario that carpets and floors will be soaked after putting out a fire. You may need to remove the carpeting, as it is likely that water has permeated beneath the rug to the flooring. If it soaks into the wood, it may never completely dry when covered up by a rug. This is sure to create even more issues. Hire restoration technicians of SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for expert rug cleaning or removal. We deliver the best results.

Get Rid of Mold and Mildew

Once the fire is put out, the property must be dried out immediately. Otherwise, the moisture makes it susceptible to Mold and Mildew. If mold goes untreated, it can set in to surfaces in your home including your salvaged belongings. In some cases you can clean it up with bleach and water or a disinfectant spray. If this does not work, don't allow it to spread, making matters worse after a fire. Get mold restoration in Taunton, MA to keep the problem away.

Clean Your Clothes

It is sad when even your clothes are affected or destroyed by a property fire. If clothes are covered in soot, throwing them into the washer will not work. In fact, it may make matters worse due to the oily and expansive nature of soot. Professionals have access to special equipment to remove soot rather than smear it. Local dry cleaners or other equipped professionals can help.

Washing Dishes

Fire can also affect your kitchenware. Dishes need proper cleaning, otherwise you may end up ingesting harsh chemicals. Deal with this by creating a solution of 2 tablespoon of bleach in one gallon of water. Soak your kitchenware in the solution for at least 20 minutes. Afterwards, wash the dishes with soap and rinse with hot water. If they don't seem to be getting properly clean, trust your gut. Throw away permanently fire damaged dishes to avoid gaining health issues. 

There are other steps and preventative measures that can be taken in a fire damage emergency. For more information on our fire damage and water removal service in Mansfield, MA, call at (508) 824-0200.

4 Commercial Cleaning Service|SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best commercial cleaning services in Taunton and Mansfield.

Everybody loves a clean space. This is especially true and necessary for successful businesses. However, common property issues are deteriorating and unsanitary. This can divert business from coming through your door. Therefore,  they need to be taken care of in a prompt and effective manner. 

Your commercial property may face problems such as water or fire damages and mold growth. To keep your business space in good shape, seek cleaning services to do a thorough job.  Some cleaning jobs include sewage and biohazard cleanup. Still, simple services are available for those who do not have the time. This can be cleaning for air ducts, carpets and furniture. Odor removal is also available. For information on more services, contact SERVPRO of Taunton Mansfield. We offer commercial mold removal, damage restoration and cleaning services.  Four common cleaning services are:

Air Duct Cleaning

Property cleaning is essential to provide a safe, clean, and comfortable environment. Clean air ducts regularly to avoid issues. Dirt and other buildup can become a serious problem if your air ducts go unchecked. Not to mention, regular cleaning will make you aware of any crack or gaps. This can cause moisture in you air vents, allowing mold spore to form. Air duct cleaning can be a hectic burden, costing you money effort and time. However, you can choose to spend only money, and let the professionals handle it.

Odor Removal

Odor in houses can come from a number of places. A common source is mold and mildew caused by flooding or leakages. Another reason may be lack of airflow from areas such as a basement. It can seem like you've done everything to get rid of the smell, but have little results. That is when you contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. They offer to mold restoration for productive odor removal results.

Sewage and Biohazard Cleaning

Another cause of odor may be from a sewage or black water overflow. This can be caused by sewer or plumbing back up, river flooding, and other dirty water overflow. Sewage clean-up is effective for removing the debris and the nasty smell. For commercial places, this is something that needs to be taken care of immediately. Otherwise, a company could lose business. In such cases, do not try to take care of the issue alone. Contact a company offering water removal service in Mansfield MA. Skilled and experienced restoration technicians will fix problem as soon as possible.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Carpets and upholstery act as the filter to trap dust. They become loaded with dirt and bacteria If not cleaned often. this is a health hazard as it is a common cause for infection. If you want a fresh and clean property, then regular carpet and upholstery services are for you.

These were some of the common commercial cleaning services necessary for your property. Timely maintenance and service are essential both commercial and residential properties.

For more info related to the commercial services, call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

What You’re Able to Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leader in fire, smoke, water, storm and mold damage restoration of residential or commercial disasters.

Learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is devastating. The good news is, if you hire a professional, much of the damage can be mitigated through restoration.

Working with a professional has several benefits—they will work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, and they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. However, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started as you’re waiting for help to arrive.

While some things should always be left to the professionals, there are a few things you can do while you wait. If you decide you’d like to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Increased Ventilation

If weather allows, open windows and doors to reduce the smoky smell, and let them remain open as long as possible. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to aid this process once they arrive, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Laundry

Starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. Most things will have to be washed several times, so washing any clothing, bedding or other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution is a great place to start. Leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

Preliminary Cleaning

Non-porous surfaces such as tile and countertops can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the outermost layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to begin, and let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so anything you’re unsure about should be left to the pros.

SERVPRO® has a team of trained professionals that can help your life get back to normal, faster in the event of a home fire.

Carpet Cleaning’s Benefits for Your Home After a Water Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield Carpet Cleaning

Most homeowners assume that vacuuming will suffice to clean their carpets, meaning a professional cleaning is rarely on the list of regular chores. Unfortunately, vacuuming doesn’t clean as well as many assume it does.

Not only do carpet companies typically require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By enhancing air quality, exterminating bugs and mites and extending the life of the carpet, professional cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowner looking to have clean and well-maintained floors. And if your home or business has suffered a water damage or a septic backup it is critical for the carpets to be cleaned even if its an area not directly affected by the damage itself. Learn more about how water damage can affect your carpets.

Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can be beneficial:

Improve indoor air. All carpet holds on to dirt, but more dangerous pollutants and bacteria also lurk within the fibers. Contaminants from the outside air are let in every time doors and windows are opened. Since vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants stick around to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.

Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming serves as a surface-level solution to a deeper carpet problem, the two can coexist well! Vacuuming regularly cleaned carpets will actually be easier because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been eradicated.

Remove mites and bugs. Just as with other soft surfaces in the home, mites and bugs can quickly take up residence within plush carpet fibers. A thorough cleaning will make the carpet an inhospitable living environment for the critters and maintaining a regular schedule will prevent them from coming back.

Extend your carpet’s life. Many homeowners replace carpet that looks “tired,” but sometimes that look just comes from being too dirty for too long. Dirt serves as sandpaper to the delicate carpet fibers, becoming more deeply embedded and shortening the lifespan every time dirty carpet is walked on.

Remove bacteria and odor left behind after a water damage.

Even if the water damaged didn’t happen in the room where the carpeting is doesn’t mean it wasn’t affected. The foot traffic of everyone who enters the property from the homeowners, adjuster and even the crew assisting with the cleanup are inviable tracking potential bacteria from the affected portion of the property to the unaffected part. Carpet cleaning after using sanitizing and disinfecting treatments can help reduce the bacteria and restore the life of your carpet. 

If you’re still unsure about carpet cleaning, our SERVPRO team of professionals is happy to help you learn why carpet cleaning can be a good choice for your home!

Effective Tips on Mold Remediation of Basements

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best mold remediation in Taunton & Mansfield. Bristol County residents will no longer have to worry about mold

Mold Eradication Techniques for Basements

Mold is an icky black greenish stuff that can’t be ignored as it deteriorates the look of a house. It also causes health concern to the residents. The availability of moisture, lack of ventilation is a favorable situation that accelerates the growth of mold. The mold removal is necessary to maintain the beauty of a property. If you are worried about removal process, get the services related to mold restoration through hands of expert and skilled restoration technicians.

Mold growth is largely seen in basements due to lack of proper ventilation. The following are some ways to get rid of mold from basement and concrete walls:

Keep Moisture in Check

Mold happens due to favorable conditions which helps spores to grow and spread across the property. One major factor that plays an important role in creating moisture is the lack of ventilation. So, it is necessary to control moisture percentage on your premises if you want to remove mold. The best way is to open windows or passages for air flow throughout the basement. Open the doors and windows of your house so that air can circulate within. Fix water leakages, if any, as mold grows in damp places within 24 to 48 hours. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to lower moisture. If you do not have proper ventilation, you’re inviting mold.

Precautions to Be Taken

Since prevention is better than cure, adopting preventive measures can save your home from the harm caused by mold. While you’re in the removal process, wear protective gloves. If you are going to use bleach, wear a respirator mask or dust mask to protect yourself from breathing in mold particles which may have become airborne. Is your commercial property affected by mold? Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for effective residential and commercial mold removal.

Steps for Effective Removal

  • Inspect & Prepare the Area

While looking at the area, especially talking about basement, you may see black, white or bluish patches on the wall. If it is left unchecked, it can spread to surrounding organic materials that includes carpeting, cardboard boxes, etc. For proper removal or treatment of mold, firstly remove the belongings away from the wall. This will give enough space to start the removal process and end it in desired results.

  • Always Go for Scrubbing

You can find many products available in a market to remediate mold. Bleach is one of these, which is easily available and used for the removal process. One-part bleach and three-part water solution is used to remove mold accompanied by scrubbing using a sponge or a scrub brush. At times, you will have to leave the solution for a while before scrubbing. If this looks tough, the get professional mold remediation.

Tips for Effective Results

Always ensure there is proper air circulation in your house, especially if you live in an area with humid climate. Buy a humidifier for the basement to keep it moist-free. Also, keep a look out for any possible leaks in the plumbing in the basement. If you are going to paint your basement after mold removal, make sure that you use a mold-resistant paint for effective results.

For more info on mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

7 Pointers on Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers competent smoke & fire damage handled by professionals who have been trained and experienced in fire challenges.

7 Steps for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Life is unpredictable. You have no idea that what’s coming next? One should be careful and alert to the surroundings. Fire damage is an incident that can be fatal and/or destroy property to some extent. In some extreme cases, whole houses are burned down. After that damage, its restoration process is the second thing that comes to mind of any homeowner. During fire, the concerned authorities should be called first to help you out in fire extinguishing. Once that is settled, you can get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield that offers fire restoration.

These are some of the steps we’ll take to stop smoke and fire damage restoration:

  • As mentioned above, contact a competent and professional restoration company to get a quick response. This is absolutely necessary because the longer you let the smoke or soot sit, the harder it will become to remove and remediate it.
  • A SERVPRO professional will monitor your house. Check the places to see damage in order to create a plan of action required for the restoration. Secondly, the person undertaking this task (estimator) will also work with your concerned insurance company to evaluate the loss.
  • The restoration technicians of SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will swoop in with all the necessary equipment. They will box up all things such as clothing, dishes etc. to save them. Many of the items can be saved through special cleaning and restoration procedure. The things that require quick cleaning or the ones you are sentimentally attached to should be cleaned and saved first.
  • The procedure of cleaning starts with removing carpets, other porous material, scrubbing down walls with special solutions to remove odor and soot. We will wipe every single surface to have effective cleaning and removal. Sometimes, cabinets have to be removed to clean behind walls.
  • Mold problem and water outburst is an issue that must be considered and addressed during the cleanup process. Get mold restoration in Taunton, MA to keep the nasty stuff away from your homes.
  • After smoke damage, odor persists. To address this, proper procedures are adapted to remove the smell. If not done properly, the smell will reappear once the climate, moisture or environment changes.
  • Your belongings are safely returned once proper cleaning has been completed, so that you may start your daily routines again. All things are packed according to your house so that you can easily get back to unpacking and settling in to your old life.

For more information on our fire damage and water removal service in Mansfield, MA, call at (508) 824-0200.

A List of Useful Tips on Black Mold Remediation

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leading name in black mold restoration in the areas of Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA and other areas on Cape Cod.

When storms or floods hit the Taunton area, SERVPRO will be here to help!

All at once the skies open up and it seems like the rain won’t stop! Sounds like a scene out of a movie but seriously summertime is a common time when crazy storms brew in the Atlantic Ocean bringing wind and rain to the Bristol County area of Massachusetts.  When it rains more than the ground can filter the water is when flooding occurs. The excess of water through the ground, cracks in your foundation or your gutters or roof can cause water damage inside your property and becomes the primary reason for mold growth in sometimes as quick as 72 hours. This is when you rely on hiring a competent mold remediation professionals from leading companies such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

Here’s a list of ways to prepare and prevent water and mold at your residential or commercial property:

Presence of Storm and Flooding Conditions

There are numerous factors that lead to flooding in your area. You will notice that the rivers and streams will have a high-water table and may even be overflowing the river’s bank. The streets in your neighborhood will become flooded too. It’s only a matter of time until the properties are affected by the heavy rains and flooding conditions. The main reasons are the presence of ideal temperatures and the right amount of moisture in the air that cause such storms.

Useful Tips for Flood Prevention

One of the most effective ways to prevent flooding is with excavating practices. Making sure the grade of the earth that surrounds your property is done to move the water away from your foundation. Cleaning gutters is always on the top of the list too as they can fill up and cause the water to back up into the property. Lastly, removing any trees that could directly hit your roof exposing your property to the outside elements. If you’re looking for help with fixing a water damage and preventing mold problems, get the help of professional water damage restoration companies who will eliminate any and all causes before mold becomes a problem for you.

How to Recover from a Storm

Hiring SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield can help you recover from a storm or flooding at your property with making one phone call. From the emergency service to stop damage to rebuilding or repairing your property we can do it all. Being onsite within an hour is critical to immediately stop secondary damage to the other parts of your property that were not affected by the damage. By extracting any standing water and removing anything that is dangerous like fallen ceilings the situation is under control. You might need other services and even help with your claims process. This is the case especially if the storm has affected a lot of people in the area, you want to make sure you and your property are a priority. It’s also a good idea to know the cost of repairs or the replacement of your things prior to an insurance adjuster arriving on scene. SERVPRO offers the best and the most effective storm damage solutions for both residential and commercial properties.

For more information on our competent storm and flooding cleanup, feel free to call us at (508) 824-0200.

Hurricane Season

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to help with your storm damage restoration, call us at 508-824-0200.

Preparing for a Storm in the Bristol County Area

If a catastrophic storm was reported in the area would you be ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size emergency, whether it’s a small storm or a category five hurricane. The best time for planning for such events is before the report hits the airwaves. Most of us don’t plan for a tragedy, but the fact is you can do just that. As the 2018 hurricane season begins, June 1- November 30th, take the time to ask yourself, would we be ready?

How to Start an Emergency Plan

By developing an Emergency Ready Profile for your business and home you minimize interruption to your life with an action plan to guide you through the storm damage. Sometimes the difference is knowing what to do if it is needed.  Your family and employees will thank you for having a plan that gives them peace of mind. This types of plans are easily available online at American Red Cross and on ready.gov. However sometimes these plans can seem daunting to do by yourself. That’s when a local restoration company like SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield comes in handy. We can walk you through the different steps of setting up an Emergency Ready Profile for their home or business (and its free). 

Beth Russell, Co-Owner at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, can help you through this process. Beth has years of experience and can help you make a plan and get informed so you can be ready at no cost. A concise plan that contains only the critical information needed in the event of a storm only takes minutes and can help reduce the amount of time your business is closed helping you to recover financially sound. This can reduce stress, worry and money while identifying who’s in charge of the different responsibilities.

If a category 5 hurricane hits the area this Summer, it’s important to know a company who you could call for help. Though it is a scary thought, imagine that everyone on your street needed service all at the same time, don’t you want to be at the top of the list?  Being a established customer with a reputable local company helps to do just that.

5 Must Haves in an Emergency Plan

  • The supplies such as a radio and flashlight must have at least a three-day supply of batteries and all devices such as iPad and phones are fully charged
  • All-important contacts must be documented somewhere you can access easily such as doctor, insurance carrier, and bank including how you would communicate with each one; phone number and email address
  • Make sure there is an emergency plan in place where you and your family spend time; home, work, school or daycare
  • Have a minimum three-day supply kit including blankets, food, water and any necessary medicines (make sure to include these items for any pets)
  • A list of all family members including their date of birth, social security number and medical information

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best storm damage restoration for home and business owners. Give us a call at (508) 824-0200 if you need help after a storm.

Useful Tips on Storm Damage Restoration

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the most effective storm damage remediation for all the residents of Taunton, Mansfield & various Cape Cod towns.

What to Do After a Severe Storm Hits Your Property

In New England, the northeaster storms are a recurring event which leave behind a devastating damage. This includes property damage on both commercial and residential properties of residents in the Greater Bristol County Area including Taunton and Mansfield, MA. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, with its disaster team, is always ready to help you out with any and all kinds of storm damage restoration. Our team of professional, skilled and competent crew is trained to handle your property proficiently and deliver the best and desired results to you. We understand that storm damage can become a cause for water, mold and even fire damage. Don’t worry, we offer all the services needed to recover under our company’s umbrella and we’re ready to restore your property so effectively that the damage will seem ‘like it never even happened’.

Here’s a list of useful tips for properly inspecting and restoring storm damage at your house or commercial premises:

Useful Tips on Inspection and Immediate Restoration  

First and foremost, keep in mind that if you have been evacuated don’t take the chance and stay at your property to handle protecting efforts on your own during the storm. Always wait for the official authorities’ clearance call before getting out of your safety area. Once you have the green signal, only then invest your time and effort in inspecting and making initial restoration. We advise that you call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield before taking any action. Our professionals will guide you through what needs to be done till they reach your property.

Here’s a list of things you can do:

  • Carefully inspect the house/office all over. Visit every corner of the property. Note down the intensity of damage. You may also take pictures to use for insurance. But keep in mind that you should steer clear of any and all areas that seem unsafe in any aspect.
  • Do not walk into rooms or spaces that may have exposed electrical wiring, especially if that area is flooded with water. Ensure that you’ve switched off the electricity from the main switch before walking into your property. Do not walk into dark areas without proper lighting.
  • Do not touch, move or remove heavy items such as floored carpets, sofas, armchairs, furniture, appliances, etc. Most of these will pose a safety threat because of being extremely heavy due to water absorption. Do not touch any electrical appliances.
  • Take pictures of damaged and affected areas from a safe distance. Do not walk into, under, onto, or over dangerous spaces such as stairs, attics, basements, balconies, etc. Any place that creaks noisily has to be avoided at all costs as it may cause physical damage to you.
  • You may however bring out small items such as valuables, pieces of art, expensive decorative items, etc. into an open dry space and let the excess water evaporate under the sun. This will help in the water damage restoration process of our professional crew.
  • For books, magazines, etc., it is better to let them stay where they are if they are inside shelves, cabinets, desks, etc. If you pull them out, it may distort and damage the books. However, ensure that you pull out valuable documents and keep them dry and safe.
  • Do not try to work on the plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilation and electrical network within your home. What you’re about to do may seem like a small act in your favor, but it may become the cause of damaging your property on a large scale, not to mention the safety risks involved.
  • Once you have taken care of everything that you can do, wait for our professional crew to show up. Let them do their job and with your coordination and cooperation, they will restore your property back to its former glory. We always deliver the best solutions and results to our clients.
  • Storms can even cause fires which means that you will have to look into fire and smoke damage restoration Avoid using candles if possible. We advise that you stay away from open circuits, electrical wires, switches, plugs and the likes. It is never safe to handle such situations on your own.
  • If the water from the storm is left to sink in, it will eventually lead to mold growth. Mold damage restoration by our experienced crew will ensure that all sources of excess water are repaired so as to lower the unwanted moisture content back to normal levels.

Always remember that professionals who have been effectively dealing with storm damage of all shapes and sizes for years will definitely know how to handle it more efficiently than inexperienced and unskilled crew. So always invest your money and time in leading companies that have years of experience, such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

For further queries, call us at (508) 824-0200.

A List of Useful Tips on Black Mold Remediation

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leading name in black mold restoration in the areas of Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA and other areas on Cape Cod.

A List of Ways to Remediate Black Mold at Your Property

Have you ever noticed a black tainted or spotted area in the corners of your rooms and spaces? If it gives off a musty, mildew odor, it is surely black mold. Not only is it an aesthetic nuisance, but it may also become the cause of health concerns in the occupants of your property. This growth gradually deteriorates your property and it can become dangerous if its spores are dispersed in the air. This is when you have to hire competent mold remediation professionals from leading companies such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. The most common places to find this culprit is in high-moisture areas such as your bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc. The excess of water, be it through damaged/leaky pipes or through storm damage, becomes the primary reason for its growth.

Here’s a list of ways to remediate black mold at your residential or commercial property:

Presence of Mold in Kitchens or Bathrooms

There are numerous factors that lead to the growth of black mold in kitchens and bathrooms. The main reasons are the presence of ideal temperature and the right amount of moisture, both of which trigger the growth of black mold. One of the most effective ways to remediate it is to ensure proper ventilation through the property. If there is a proper flow of air through the various rooms, the moisture will dry out and not become a breeding ground for unwanted mold. If you’re looking for a way out of the mold problem, get the help of professional water damage restoration companies who will eliminate any and all causes before mold becomes a problem for you.

Useful Tips for Mold Prevention

If you’re facing black mold problem, you can do the following to restore the damage done by it:

  • Always use glasses, gloves, masks, and other protective safety gear before handling black mold. The mold spores and chemical fumes can be hazardous.
  • Ensure proper containment and keep the affected area dry. Never use exhaust fans in the area effected, to maintain the temperature and low humidity use dehumidifiers or heaters. Choose depending on your local climate, area being treated and season.
  • Always cover the surrounding immovable surfaces before cleaning and removing the mold. If there is furniture present, move it aside before remediating mold.
  • Inspect and clean the vents, airducts, HVAC ducts, etc. in a thorough and meticulous manner. These spaces are highly prone to mold damage because of presence of high moisture content.
  • In the local market, you will be able to find effective cleaning agents and liquids that will help you in the removal process. However, only use DIY methods if the area is smaller than 5 square feet.
  • For large affected areas, get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield as we offer the best and the most effective mold remediation solutions for residential and commercial properties.
  • There are many DIY homemade solutions that you can opt for when removing mold from small affected areas. These include tea tree oil, distilled white vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, etc. all of which are anti-fungal.
  • The chemicals that you can utilize for removal are borax, ammonia, bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Please keep in mind that these chemicals are effective but toxic. Do not use them without proper instruction and supervision.

These tips are useful only when the black mold hasn’t exceeded an area of 5 square feet. If the mold problem is larger than this or hidden behind cabinets, under countertops, in the vents, or any other inaccessible areas, it is better that you call in professionals.

For more information on our competent black mold remediation, feel free to call us at (508) 824-0200.

What to Consider When Hiring Commercial Restoration Services

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Key Benefits of Hiring Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services 

What makes SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield an ideal restoration service for your fire-damaged residential or commercial property? Because our professionals have been efficiently and professionally handling such incidents for years now. We do the simple calculation that fire equals soot and smoke damage, firefighting equals water damage, and if not restored timely, water damage equals mold. For all these steps, we are prepared with the latest equipment from the industry as well as the best practices undertaken for productive results. Our services for fire, water and mold restoration will inspect, assess, clean up and restore every corner of your property while ensuring that everything is handled within a quick timeframe. From apartment mitigation to basement renovation, and from fire damage restoration to cleaning up your property; we do it all!

Effectively Avoid a Fire Hazard

There is a very long list of causes that may spark a fire within your residential or commercial property. But here’s a list of how to avoid these:

  • First and foremost, ensure that all the electrical wiring and system is in check and properly handled to avoid any short-circuiting or sparking.
  • Next, make sure that all gas connections, outlets, and stoves are properly shut at the end of every usage, be it at home or at your restaurant.
  • Keep a safe distance between the cooking fire and inflammable materials such fabrics, wood, paper, etc.
  • Remind everyone at home or at your business place to cap any and all unsupervised flames when not in use.
  • Do not let anyone smoke near inflammable materials, and if it is absolutely unavoidable, designate a safe area of smoking.
  • Switch off any and all unused electrical plugs and outlets so as to avoid any power surges or sparking.
  • Do not keep matches, lighters, flints, fuel, etc. within reach of children. Always lock it up within a safe box.
  • Always check the electrical requirements of any appliance, machinery, equipment, etc. before plugging it in. Use necessary safety precautions.
  • Do not let water, electricity and fire mix up anywhere within your residential property or commercial setting.
  • When indulging in cooking, make sure that you use cork or wooden mats so as to avoid placing hot pans or pots directly onto fabric.
  • Keep fully-functional fire extinguishers at all safety points assigned within your property.
  • Train everyone at your home/workplace on fire safety, guidelines, and instructions including fire escape, notifying authorities, etc.

Hire Pros for Fire Damage Remediation

It is a most unfortunate event when a family or a business has to face loss as a result of a fire incident. We, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, understand that every matter has to be dealt with carefully and professionally. Once the firefighting authority has given you a green signal that all is safe, you may contact our fire damage restoration services. We swoop in, assess the property damage, and help you in getting your home or business back on track. Since fire leaves behind a lot of soot and residue, we ensure that all that is cleaned up effectively. Also, any amount of firefighting will considerably put your property underwater damage. Worry not, as our water cleanup and restoration services will make sure that once we’re done with your home/workplace, it is new and improved "Like it never even happened."

For more information on our fire damage restoration service, get in touch with us at the 24/7 emergency helpline at (508) 824-0200.

How Do Professional Commercial Restoration Services Stand Out

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leader in the most effective professional commercial restoration services for business in Taunton and Mansfield.

Key Benefits of Hiring Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services 

What makes SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield an ideal restoration service for your fire-damaged residential or commercial property? Because our professionals have been efficiently and professionally handling such incidents for years now. We do the simple calculation that fire equals soot and smoke damage, firefighting equals water damage, and if not restored timely, water damage equals mold. For all these steps, we are prepared with the latest equipment from the industry as well as the best practices undertaken for productive results. Our services for fire, water and mold restoration will inspect, assess, clean up and restore every corner of your property while ensuring that everything is handled within a quick timeframe. From apartment mitigation to basement renovation, and from fire damage restoration to cleaning up your property; we do it all!

Effectively Avoid a Fire Hazard

There is a very long list of causes that may spark a fire within your residential or commercial property. But here’s a list of how to avoid these:

  • First and foremost, ensure that all the electrical wiring and system is in check and properly handled to avoid any short-circuiting or sparking.
  • Next, make sure that all gas connections, outlets, and stoves are properly shut at the end of every usage, be it at home or at your restaurant.
  • Keep a safe distance between the cooking fire and inflammable materials such fabrics, wood, paper, etc.
  • Remind everyone at home or at your business place to cap any and all unsupervised flames when not in use.
  • Do not let anyone smoke near inflammable materials, and if it is absolutely unavoidable, designate a safe area of smoking.
  • Switch off any and all unused electrical plugs and outlets so as to avoid any power surges or sparking.
  • Do not keep matches, lighters, flints, fuel, etc. within reach of children. Always lock it up within a safe box.
  • Always check the electrical requirements of any appliance, machinery, equipment, etc. before plugging it in. Use necessary safety precautions.
  • Do not let water, electricity and fire mix up anywhere within your residential property or commercial setting.
  • When indulging in cooking, make sure that you use cork or wooden mats so as to avoid placing hot pans or pots directly onto fabric.
  • Keep fully-functional fire extinguishers at all safety points assigned within your property.
  • Train everyone at your home/workplace on fire safety, guidelines and instructions including fire escape, notifying authorities, etc.

Hire Pros for Fire Damage Remediation

It is a most unfortunate event when a family or a business has to face loss as a result of a fire incident. We, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, understand that every matter has to be dealt with carefully and professionally. Once the firefighting authority has given you a green signal that all is safe, you may contact our fire damage restoration services. We swoop in, assess the property damage, and help you in getting your home or business back on track. Since fire leaves behind a lot of soot and residue, we ensure that all that is cleaned up effectively. Also, any amount of firefighting will considerably put your property underwater damage. Worry not, as our water cleanup and restoration services will make sure that once we’re done with your home/workplace, it is new and improved ‘like it never even happened’.

For more information on our fire damage restoration service, get in touch with us at the 24/7 emergency helpline at (508) 824-0200.

5 Guiding Steps for Mold Remediation after a Storm

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield delivers the best services in Taunton & Mansfield, MA in term of storm damage remediation for any and all size disasters.

If your property has experienced a water damage due to a storm whether it is ground water intrusion, sump pump failure or roof leak if it goes untreated you have a greater chance of having mold. Mold is a fungus that breeds on moisture. Mold development in the different areas of a house gives a disturbing odor that is musty which is the warning that your home or business’s air quality may not be healthy. Growing mold is considered a very dreadful situation for all homeowners. The bathrooms, walls, ceiling, kitchen cabinets and wardrobe are some of the significant places that get occupied by mold. In the recent event of nor ‘east storm Skylar, Riley and cyclone bomb. The towns of Taunton/Mansfield effected by the storm followed by strong winds, snow and flooding include Taunton, Raynham, Norton, Easton, Mansfield, Berkley, Rehoboth, Dighton, Seekonk, and Swansea. We all are aware of the fact that water plays a significant role in spore growth. For effective storm damage remediation, we have listed five steps that should be followed for basic processes for quick mold remediation:

Evaluate the Moisture Content

Assessing mold growth is not limited to what we see with our eyes, you need to give a thorough look on the walls as well in the corners. First, you need to understand the reason behind all mold growth. Water or moisture problem due to flooding caused by storm or leakages is a primary reason for mold buildup. The ultimate goal lies in identifying moisture source and locating all other location with mold presence.

Have a Proper Remediation Plan

Next comes the remediation plan. Before you start it, it is recommended to document the mold situation with photos which is part of our service. This will help the restoration team and will be useful in your insurance claim. These documents will assist in developing a remediation plan, which typically answers the questions related to work startup time, work completion time, any testing that should be done, or will homeowners be temporarily relocated all things come mentioned in this document.

Assess Extent of Contamination

Mold growth is not restricted to certain places.  So, calculating the extent of contamination is very significant. This will decide how water removal and cleanup will take place. The goal of mold remediation is to clean mold growing within the home and to prevent residents from the exposure to mold.

Effective Mold Remediation

The care of the residents and the workers are a top priority during mold remediation. The procedure will also prevent new growth by addressing the moisture source which will be based on your calculation of the contaminated area. This procedure is further divided into the following steps:

  • Repair any and all water system problems
  • Isolate the contaminate area
  • Remove any and all soggy materials
  • Properly discard mold/wet materials in plastic bags
  • Effectively clean porous/wood surfaces damaged by mold
  • Clean all surfaces and areas along egress
  • Properly inspect the area to be completely positive you got all areas
  • Dry any and all textiles/materials out in the sun
  • Replace whatever is damaged beyond repair

Successful Professional Cleanup

At the end, we need to be sure that our cleanup efforts have been successful. According to EPA guidelines look for the following points:

  • Revisit the entire house and verify that there is no lingering moisture problem remaining in the property.
  • Inspect for signs of visible and hidden mold and check other furniture and surfaces for spore remnants.
  • The house/office should be ready for reoccupation without any health hazards.
  • As per the mold problem in the house/office, ensure proper testing so the property is fit for living.

Mold Removal after Storm

Storms naturally create many situations that encourage mold growth. It may occur due to flooding, leakages or blockages in the pipes. So, it will be better to be efficient regarding inspection of pipes before the storm to avoid any unfavorable consequences. If you’re facing such a problem, it will be better to call in professional remediators for effective removal of mold.

If you have any more questions regarding storm, water and mold damage, contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

10 Essential Tips for Effectively Reducing Property Storm Damage

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield a crew of skilled, experienced, trained and licensed storm damage remediation crew that offer professional services.

A storm can only be forecasted in advance, but the damage caused by it can never be estimated beforehand. Before a storm hits an area, it is always advised that you be prepared for the worst and hope for the best to happen. Recently, Skylar, Riley and Cyclone Bomb devastated far and wide in the Bristol County area. From Raynham to Norton, Taunton to Easton, Mansfield to Berkley, Rehoboth to Dighton, and Seekonk to Swansea; everywhere was hit hard and properties were left damaged in the wake. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is always dedicated to serving its community. We deliver the best storm, water and mold remediation to homeowners and offices to restore your damaged property to "Like it never even happened."

Here, we offer ten very useful tips to minimalize storm damage at your property:

Follow Official Storm Warnings

Once the concerned authorities have issued a storm warning, make sure you know where all family members and loved ones are and relocate if needed to a safe location within your house, shelter or a location that will not be effected by the storm. If the warning is higher, evacuation is strongly suggested for safety. Do not try to drive the roads sightseeing the scenery or repair any property damage once the storm hits.

Check Water Inlets/Outlets

Make sure that all inlets and outlets of the water/drain system are open and not clogged. Storms bring in debris, dirt, and garbage which can easily block the gutters and drains, causing water to pool in or flood into significant areas of your house/office. Seek competent water damage services.

Inspect Water Pipes

In winter, ensure that all hot water tanks and pipes are insulated properly to prevent them from freezing. In summer, keep all release points free of any and all obstructions. Maintain a regular checkup, before and after a storm.

Trim Risky/Damaged Foliage

Keep the trees in your yard in check. Make sure that there are no dangling branches which may be risky or dangerous during the high and strong winds of a storm. Any breakage could damage roofs, windows, and walls.

Secure All Fences

White picket fences or any other decorative fences may not be strong enough to survive through a storm. Even if you have a metal mesh fencing, always check that the fence is securely grounded, otherwise remove it completely.

Check Property Roofing

If you have shingles, roof insulations, roof tiles, decorative roofing, keep a detailed check on any areas that might be chipping off or breaking. Any loose fragments in the roofing will break, fall and damage the house.

Store Outdoor Furniture

Garden furniture, patio furniture, deck furniture, decorative gnomes, tables, etc., basically anything which is not tied down or fastened into the ground, remove it and store it in the shed, garage or basement.

Maintain Water Temperature

Depending on the seasons, there is always a recommended maintenance temperature for pipes, boilers, water systems, etc. This is to ensure that the water does not freeze or heat up enough to a steam. Follow the recommended guidelines.

Revisit Home Insurance

The most important thing to do before and after a storm is to check your home insurance. Much of the damage done to your property may be covered by the insurance. Get professional help to assess what you can get help with.

Professional Mold Remediation

Mold growth is one of the most visible outcomes of storm damage to the property. Since there is too much influx of water in all the gutters, pipes, downspouts, etc., there is bound to be pooling of water at some place. If this water is left as it is, it will surely become the breeding ground for mold. After a storm, we recommend that you get professional mold remediation service to inspect, assess and treat your property.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best storm damage restoration for homeowners as well as business owners. If you’re facing issues due to storm, water and mold damage, give us a call at (508) 824-0200.

How to Cleanup Sewage Backup?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the most professional & effective sewage cleanup for commercial and residential properties in Taunton & Mansfield.

Raw sewage backed up into your home or office can be a critical problem and can pose a serious threat to your health and property. Don't consider this as an easy cleanup; sewage carries all kinds of virus and bacteria which can become a reason behind various serious illnesses. If you are going to deal with sewage, it is important that you first wear protective clothing, gloves on your hands, goggles for your eyes and a respirator for breathing. Secondly, when removing items that are contaminated by sewage, dispose of them in accordance with your local city or state regulations.

Properly designated areas are present to dispose of carpeting, padding and other items in a local landfill, but sewage needs to be disposed of in a sanitary sewer system. You should never do it anywhere other than the designated area as it can become a health hazard for others and you will be penalized by the concerned authorities.

Following are some points that need to be kept in mind for cleanup sewage backup:

  • Remove all standing sewage from the flooring, bathtubs, or shower by using a vacuum system that has a filtration device to catch items that you would normally put in a toilet. If not handled properly, these items will become the reason for clog. Avoid using a regular floor vacuum cleaner for sewage cleanup at all costs. Waste that can be salvaged should be stored for later cleaning.
  • It is better to remove all wet carpeting, baseboards, drywall, wood flooring, vinyl flooring and throw them away. Water makes its way under your flooring and into the walls. As we are dealing with sewage-contaminated water, all materials that have come in contact with it must be removed and thrown out instead of just cleaning. Keep this fact in mind, sewage water is highly prone to mold growth due to a high level of contamination. Therefore, porous material such as carpet or wood flooring in the house will hold up bacteria’s which will later cause unpleasant odors and/or health hazards.
  • Once you are done with disposing of the contaminated materials, you can start with cleaning the remaining structural items such as concrete flooring and wood framework with the help of antimicrobial disinfectants to properly clean all affected areas. Repeat the cleaning process twice or thrice, just to be safe and for better results.
  • After the cleaning procedure has been completed and the affected areas are completely disinfected and sanitized, a thorough dry-out of all exposed framework and flooring is essential using dehumidifiers and air movers. This will rule out the possibility of mold growth. The speed of drying depends on the amount of saturation caused by the backup. It will also depend on the type of drying equipment used for the process to ensure its effectiveness. The average drying time is 3 days for most materials.

These were some important pointers that should be kept in mind. Sometime your insurance policy may cover sewage loss. Hence, it is always better to take pictures of the sewage backup before the cleanup is in order. Show it to the insurance agent to verify if it is covered under your policy or not. For any and all sewage cleanup, you can get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

For more inquiries, call us at (508) 824-0200.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides the best and the most efficient air duct & vent cleaning service in Taunton and Mansfield, MA.

Air ducts are a vital part of your house as they play a significant role in keeping the air quality of your house clean and healthy. These require maintenance and cleaning after a certain period of time to avoid problems related to air quality and health. When was the last time you had your air ducts cleaned? Don’t remember? Your home and indoor air quality could benefit greatly from a professional air duct cleaning.

The following are a few pointers that indicate that it may be time to clean your air ducts:

Mold Growth

Take a closer look at the ductwork and you might identify mold, mildew, slime or other microbial growth within the ducts or in other HVAC system components. Mold can be one of the reasons to cause health concerns as spores are blown away every time the furnace or air-conditioner is turned on. It can make a habitat in the insulation surrounding the air ducts. If you find signs of this, replace the insulation along with getting the ducts cleaned. Looking for professionals to get rid of mold, get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for effective mold restoration.

Signs of Illness/Allergies

If you or a family member experiences unexpected allergies or illnesses, these symptoms could be due to poor indoor air quality. This is often a critical indication that your ducts need to be cleaned before you even examine the ductwork closely. If you’ve tried other methods to eliminate causes for allergies or illness, duct cleaning could just be the only thing left to do.

Water Damage

What is the reason behind ductwork mold? The answer is clearly water and moisture. A colony can easily start growing if water is present within the ductwork. It serves as a breeding ground for mold spores. Similarly, a leaking roof may be the main source of water damaged insulation and in the ductwork located in the attic. For these problems, you not only have to replace moldy insulation but also need to fix the leakage source, otherwise the problem will surely reappear.

Vermin Infestation

One of the many reasons to clean your air ducts is infestation of insect or rodent within. The first indications may include the sound of scamper paws or flapping wings coming from your ducts. If you find droppings, nests or other evidence in your ductwork, clean them up as soon as possible to eradicate the vermin and block the entrance point of your ductwork so pests can’t have passage to enter.

Nasty Odors

Musty, rotten or other offensive odors may swirl around your home if the ductwork has mold growth, an animal carcass or something unpleasant. The trick to freshening up your home is to clean up your air duct.

Restricted Airflow

Comfort problems throughout your home could be due to a number of issues, and restricted airflow caused by debris can be one of these. You won’t know for sure until you send a thorough checking of ducts. You might be shocked to see dust-covered cobwebs blocking airflow as well. This condition is enough to convince you that it’s time to have the ducts cleaned.

Fiberglass Ductwork

Fiberglass ducts gather more contaminants than sheet metal. It also falls apart with the passage of time and leads to gaping holes in your ducts. During an air duct inspection, check the duct material to know whether it needs to be cleaned or replaced entirely.

Excessive Dust

Excessive dust, cobwebs or other debris blowing from the vent is a clear indication that your ducts are dirty and need cleaning. Any delay in this will adversely affect the health of the residents and may even be a reason for serious health concerns.

If you want professionally handled air duct cleaning for your home or office, you can call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

Foxboro restaurant calls for an emergency commercial cleaning.

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SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to help when you need us the most! We specialize in emergency services to get your business back up and running.

Sometimes the property damage isn’t your fault!

Most of the time property damage is caused when someone's  plumbing pipes break or appliances malfunction within your own space. However, this isn't always the case as one Foxboro restaurant owner found out the hard way. Over the weekend, he was called to come down to his restaurant immediately because the fire alarms were going off in his unit.

At first, he was relieved when he got the news that there was no fire damage at his restaurant! As a matter of fact, his unit seemed perfectly fine, or so he thought. Once the fire department inspected all the units they confirmed no fire had occurred.

Instead, they noted that workers next door were jackhammering the concrete floors to install new plumbing and had caused concrete dust to fill the air in the units setting off all the alarms in the complex.

Unfortunately, the inspector had to deliver the bad news to the restaurant owner that his unit too was completely affected by the concrete dust. He told the owner that his unit would need to be cleaned and sanitized before opening for business again. At first, they didn't think much of it, they had cleaned the restaurant many times before, but the inspector told them that they should call a professional company to do the cleaning due to the cause. They explained that the fine concrete dust was everywhere and covered everything in the restaurant right down to the light fixtures and salt and pepper shakers on every table. They didn't know how they were going to get everything cleaned so they could open for business then someone on scene recommended they called SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

Within an hour we responded and began the process of cleaning every square inch of the restaurant. We were able to give them peace of mind knowing that their restaurant was cleaned and sanitized, so they could get back to doing what they do best, cooking for the neighborhood!

A few days later, I was in the area and stopped by to see how everything was during lunchtime. I was happy to see a full restaurant serving amazing food and thought to myself today is a perfect fall day for some soup. As I sat enjoying a delicious bowl of homemade beef stew and watching the staff and customers converse I realized that this is the reason why we do what we do! Bad things happen to good people sometimes and I am proud to say we have their back when it does!

5 Ways to Build a Better Business Image Through Cleaning

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SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers experienced, expert cleanup and restoration technicians who will handle all commercial cleaning services for your

Can A Taunton Business Build A Better Business Image Simply Through Cleanliness?

Every business wants to see their premises neat and clean. Cleanliness is necessary to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the space. The business owners always want to win over their clientele with their impeccable attention to detail. However, this does not happen without due efforts. There are a number of tasks related to cleaning that is undertaken to make your commercial property look better. This includes air ducts and HVAC cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, ceiling and floor cleaning, kitchen cleaning, and most importantly, mold remediation. If you are looking to get these services via a professional company, then you can get in touch with us, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. Our skilled cleanup crew and restoration technicians will leave your property spick and span!

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

All commercial properties have a ventilation system which may be prone to contamination by dust, dirt, etc. if left unchecked. Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning unit (HVAC) may be responsible for the circulation of dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris and other contaminants if these remain uncleaned for a long period of time. Hence, duct cleaning becomes necessary. But before you slide in a new cleaning budget to your business, first call a representative from our company to get an inspection for better guidance. Call us for air ducts and HVAC cleaning as we routinely undertake such a cleaning task in the most professional way. Monitoring your ducts in time will save you money and provide you with clean air to breathe.

Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet and upholstery add a statement of style to your commercial property and its cleaning is a must. Carpets trap dirt, dust, pet hair and soil since they act as a filter to keep your spaces from getting overly untidy. Some of the preventive maintenance actions for carpet cleaning are regular vacuuming, spot removal, moving furniture to change traffic patterns, use of walk-off mats to restrict the amount of soil on a carpet and pilating the carpet to prevent matting among other measures. If you’re looking to get effective carpet cleaning, get in touch with us as we have state-of-the-art equipment with years of experience on our side. The services we offer include bonnet, showcase premier, dry cleaning, hot water extraction, deluxe precondition and rinse, to deliver the best results with a high rate of satisfaction.

Maintenance of Ceiling, Floor, and Wall

Ceiling, wall and floor cleaning is an integral part of the cleaning procedure for business properties. Walls and ceilings are susceptible to dirt, dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke and other contaminants which taint the original element of beautification. If you are thinking of getting a paint job done in your office, then keep in mind to fix all and any holes and cracks in the ceilings, walls, and floors. In doing so, you will end up with a smoother surface when painted anew. Floors like hardwood and tiles also need to be cleaned and may require additional attention as the soil that accumulates on it in time may be harder to get rid of. We have an approved cleaning method for such surfaces which enables our professionals to restore the beauty of your property to its former glory.

Deep Kitchen Cleaning

The kitchen is an important and the most used part of any commercial premises. Due to frequent use, dirt and dust may pose a problem over time. Proper deep cleaning of kitchens becomes imperative after a certain period as dust can accumulate on fixtures, cabinets, and appliances present in the kitchen. This may harm the food and may even lead to health concerns. Get it effectively deep cleaned after a few months to keep the environment and occupants healthy.  

Effective Mold Remediation

Mold is a nasty problem for any property. It affects the appearance of its black icky growth. Targeted restoration and effective cleaning procedures should be followed to deal with mold damage removal. Hire our competent mold remediation services and our experience and skilled restoration technicians will take care of the rest.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians for commercial cleaning. For details, Call (508) 824-0200.


Essential Tips for Sewage Cleanup for Businesses

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Want an effective and quick sewage cleanup? Pick your phone and call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

When the residents of the City of Taunton need sewage cleanup they rely on SERVPRO to get the job done right.

Sewage issues are often neglected because of the icky factor but if left unchecked, these can become very problematic for the entire property. Any issue in this regard needs to be handled instantly in order to avoid foul odor and infectious effluent. The contaminated water from leakage in your property is usually divided into three types by professional cleaning companies; clean water, gray water and black water. Sewage cleanup generally refers to the removal of black water as it contains untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes from flooding of rivers or sewer backup. Yes, we admit that it is a dirty job but it is a necessary evil nonetheless. For commercial properties, it becomes an even more serious issue because if it is not handled instantly, it can greatly affect your business, reputation and brand image. If you require sewage cleanup, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. We will deliver you with effective solutions, cleanup and restoration included.

Initial Cleaning Steps to Take

Here are a few things that you can instantly and initially do at your commercial property to mitigate any sewage issue:

  • Shovel solids in a heavy plastic bag and disposing of it in the trash.
  • Use rags or paper towel to clean up liquid and throw them in a plastic bag to dispose of.
  • Use wet/dry vacuum to clean up remaining water.
  • Tape a path of plastic sheet to the floor to avoid soiling other areas on the property.
  • Place all damaged and undamaged items outside to dry out in the open.
  • Swab the area with an effective industry standard bleach solution.

How Professionals Handle It

You have done all that could have been done, and now it’s time for our professionals to handle the job till it’s done. Remember, these cleanup issues may sound a bit off-putting but it is crucial for any business to remediate them as soon as possible. When making the choice for a cleanup crew, keep in mind that you need professionals who can ensure productive results. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leading name that you can trust for sewage cleanup. We will pump out and remove the muck. In addition, we will deodorize through the use of our advanced cleaning equipment and best practices. This equipment includes fans, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, etc. to provide your business with the best cleanup services.

Which Professionals to Consult

In sewage cleanup, there may be different types of issues which might require the skill set of a particular professional. The following is a list of crew members with their respective expertise:

  • Septic Specialist:

If you are facing a problem related to backup septic tank, then you may have to consult a septic specialist. If you have called our company, you can get this specialist or a plumber that offers emergency drain cleaning services.

  • Sewer Worker:

If you have an issue related to city sewer system, then you should call the concerned sewage department to ensure whether the clog is due to a city sewer problem or not. If it is, then you will have to get in contact with the concerned department to handle it properly.

  • Drain Cleaners:

If the problem is rooted in the connection between your property and the city line, due to clogging or otherwise, then you will have to hire a drain cleaner or a plumber to fix the issue.


Five things to Know about House Insurance

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SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield helped a family in Mansfield, MA recover.

At times it seems like SERVPRO is the bridge between the customer and carrier in Mansfield, MA. What does that mean? Well, we work directly with you, our customer, and the adjuster, who represents the carrier. And what we find in most cases is that people who have had insurance for even years don't understand their insurance policies are required to converse with professionals in the insurance industry that both interpret and enforce insurance policies every day. Below is a collection of resources and questions we are often asked about that could help people understand their insurance coverage a little bit better. I hope this article not only helps people when it comes to buying insurance but also if they ever need to use their insurance policy. Now, I know this stuff isn’t exciting to think about, but we know that knowledge is power which can lead to peace of mind for many folks.

Know Your Rights

We often hear of Public Adjusters and Restoration Companies show up right behind the fire truck (otherwise known as a Fire Chaser) who claim they are trying to help folks that have just experienced a devastating fire loss to their home and personal belongings. However, some see this as preying on folks that may have impaired judgment under such a stressful situation.  Your insurance carrier or agent may also suggest someone you should call to help with your water damage. And then there is always the neighbors down the street that had that terrible ice dam during the winter of 2015 that ruined their roof, ceilings and the majority if their holidays for the better part of a year while they were settling their claim and dealing with repairs. No matter who you turn to for advice, it is equally important to understand that you have the right to hire whoever you want to repair your property. Make sure the person or company doing the work is experienced, trained and seasoned in the type of service you will be needing, and they carry insurance that includes worker’s compensation and liability or run the risk of needing to file yet another insurance claim for liability if anything should happen during the repair process.

Question: Who Do I Tell About Changes I Might Make?

Answer: Your local agent is the best person to call to let know of changes like jewelry purchases, but they are also the folks you want to call when you are making a move!

You should call your agent at least 30 to 60 days before any move, so they can go over the change of address and any new or different coverage they may suggest, or you want for the new place. The rates may change based on the zip code or geographical region. Having the conversation well in advance of your move is an opportunity to ensure you can have "no hidden surprises" by having all the coverage you need or want when you arrive at your new place. 

Be prepared to ask the question of with new or different coverage, "will my premium and or deductible change?" It's important to understand ALL the changes that will happen to your policy before something happens! 

The expression we here time and time again from folks is, “I hope I never need your services!” Please keep in mind, furnace malfunctions, pipe breaks and appliances break without notice.  It’s always better to be prepared then not when these situations occur. If you need help cleaning up after a water or fire damage, please give us a call 508-339-3595. We can make damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Here to Help!

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Learning what to do if you have a water or fire damage in Taunton, MA helps you recover quicker.

Other Things to Consider

Water and fire damage can happen in Taunton, MA in a blink of an eye. Sometimes the situations are minor and cause minimal disruption to your life. Other times the situation can be much more serious. So serious that your gas, water or power needs to be shut off. Which may signify that things may have to be addressed immediately. Ensuring that the whole family knows how to find and power down each utility shutoff can be a key part of dealing with these potential hazards in these types of situations.

Where To Find It: The main water shutoff valve will likely be near the water line at the point where it enters your house. Look in the basement and in your utility room; in some areas, the valve may be located on an outside wall near the utility area of your home.

How To Shut It Off: Turn the valve clockwise. Then, turn on your faucets to test whether you’ve turned off the correct valve. 

Take a tour of your home today with the tips below as your guide. (Keep in mind, though, that if you are experiencing a fire or water damage you or your family should only take these steps if it is safe to do so.) Special Considerations: Contact a plumber or your utility provider if you have trouble locating the shutoff valve. Label it with a tag when you do identify it. We can provide a shut off tag for you by contacting us by phone or email. 

Who do you need on speed dial if anything happens? Of course, if you need First Responders dial 911. Next is your landlord if you rent. If you own the property and need service as soon as possible hopefully you have the local restoration company already in your contacts. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has a free and easy application (ERP) that links you directly with our office in these times.  The quicker you stop the damage the better. With water damages mold growth can start as soon as 48 hrs. With soot or fire damage the secondary damage happens immediately with what is referred to as transferring. It happens when things with soot on them are touched and then you touch something else. Footprints are the most prevalent and can cause the most damage to areas not ordinarily effected.  Here are some great tips to help you through the process.

If you would like to learn more about planning ahead, we can set you up with a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Just give us a call at 508-824-0200.

The Facts About Renter’s Insurance

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Question: If I Rent Do I Still Need Insurance Coverage?

Answer: If you own personal belongs such as a television, computer, furnishings and clothing that may need to be replaced if something happens such as a break-in or fire, the answer is YES!  Even if you don't own a home, unexpected things do happen. Whether you're renting a studio apartment or single-family home, renters insurance may help protect you and your "stuff." We have come across situations where properties have experienced tremendous water or fire damage whether it is from a pipe break or electrical malfunction to learn that the persons renting the apartment or house do not have renter's insurance. Usually, we have to give them the "bad news" that the property owner's insurance covered does not include their personal belongs.

Question: What does Renters Insurance Cover?

Answer: Landlord insurance is designed to help protect the owner's dwelling, while you, the renter, are usually responsible for protecting the belongings you keep inside.  Think about all the stuff you own. The value of your belongings can quickly add up. Personal property coverage, a typical component of renter’s insurance, may help cover the cost of replacing your stuff if it's unexpectedly damaged or ruined. 

Question: Does Renter's Insurance Have a Deductible?

Answer: Before renter’s insurance pays out to help pay for a covered loss, you will need to pay a deductible. The amount of your deductible is often decided by the cost of your premium, which is the amount you pay your insurance company to keep your policy in- force. Just like home owner's insurance coverage, you will find that the lower your premium, the more your deductible may be for each covered loss. Your deductible and premium are listed in your policy and can be changed if you need them to.

Homeowners Insurance Questions and Answers

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SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is available to fix the damage from a water or fire damage in the Greater Bristol County.

Know Your Deductible

Question: What does it mean when you have meet your deductible? 

Answer: Most insurance policies, whether home, auto or health use this method of meeting your deductible. For example, if your deductible is $250, you must spend $250 for doctors' visits or for prescription medications before your health insurance company will start to pay. Insurance policies can have a wide variance of deductibles. We have seen them as low as $250 and as high as $50,000 (however, both of those are few and far in between) depending on the location and circumstances. A typical family household most likely has a deductible of about $1000. Here's a good explanation of why insureds are required to pay a deductible.  If something such as a computer, cell phone or tablet were stolen, there is going to be coverage for that, but the deductible may exceed the value of the loss item.

Know Your Limits

Question: Does my homeowner’s policy have any limits of coverage?

Answer: Most insurance carriers do place limits on the policies that they write to protect themselves financial.  It's equally important to know that, whether it's during a move or not, any property covered by homeowner’s insurance will only be protected up to the limits on your policy on the day the damage occurred. Your policy may also include a lower limit for your personal property while it's away from your residence premises. Another example of limits to policies would be mold removal. Many carriers choose to have $10,000 limits for claims requiring any work relating specifically to mold remediation work.

In addition, there are different standard limits depending on the category of property. An example would be jewelry or collectibles; your policy may state maximum coverage amounts for such items. However, your agent may suggest purchasing extra coverage and creating a scheduling for items that are of significant value so you get protection for them up to their appraised value, not just the standard personal property limit. No one wants to spend $15,000 for a diamond ring only to get $10,000 for it when it comes time to file a claim!

Know Your Costs

Question: How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Home?

Answer: The types and amount of coverage you need depends on many factors. These factors include your home's size, location, and amenities. Meaning there isn't a simple answer that works in every case. Hint: How much you pay for your home may not be a key factor in the cost of the cost of insurance coverage. The formula for determining good insurance coverage takes many factors like the cost to replace it if something happened.

Question: Does My Location Change the Cost of Insurance?

Answer: Geographic location often affects the type of risks your home is exposed to. For instance, if you own a home on Cape Cod, Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, you may be required to have different insurance coverage limits than those set by the owner of the exact same home in a neighborhood in the Taunton area of Bristol County. Why? Dwelling coverage limits are based on replacement cost, which can vary by location due to different construction or material costs in each area.

Another factor is the cost of labor and materials in different geographic areas. Since homeowner’s insurance typically helps cover the cost of repairing or rebuilding a home if it's damaged or destroyed by a covered peril (water, wind and fire damage are examples of peril), the amount of insurance you may need partly depends on what it would cost to complete the work in your town. Labor costs, in particular, vary significantly in different markets.

And why wouldn't you simply choose dwelling coverage limits that match the purchase price of your house? The actual labor and material costs to repair or rebuild your home could end up being less than what you paid. Or it could be costlier to rebuild your home. A local agent can help you understand the options, so you can choose the coverage that's appropriate for you.

We hope this information has taken a little of the mystery out of the frequently asked questions we receive. And because insurance policies vary so greatly, we strongly suggest that people ask their agent the specifics of their policy. And of course, if you ever need help with a water or fire damage please give us a call at 508-824-0200.

Homeowners Insurance Coverage

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SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has earned the trust of the insurance industry for providing the highest quality of customer service in Raynham, MA.

It's a picture-perfect day as you pose with your loved ones standing on the porch of your newly purchased home in Raynham, MA. Both you and your husband have worked overtime to save enough money to secure a mortgage. You have spent countless hours surfing the internet and going to open houses where you may want to raise your kids. The neighborhoods with the best schools, churches and playgrounds. No one thinks the thought that there may be a storm brewing on the horizon in the form of a hurricane or Nor'easter which can bring a flood of concerns that your family's home and personal property could get damaged or worst, lost forever. If it did happen would you be ready?

I’m not talking about whether you have the standard list of supplies needed if you lost the electricality like flashlights, batteries or even a good supply of bottle drinking water. I’m talking about are you ready to deal with the eminent loss claim of damage caused to your property, your belongings and most importantly your home. Speed forward to standing on the exact same porch you stood on with your loved ones happily taking photos with proud faces and now instead imagine you are standing there talking with the claims adjuster and the restoration company who are there to help you through not only a difficult time but also the process of filing a claim to recover your life. What type of coverage did you buy? Was it a policy that provides actual cash value protection which typically covers belongings up to their current market value (taking depreciation into account) or was it a policy that includes replacement cost coverage that helps you pay to replace your items at today's retail prices after a covered loss?  

If the thought running through your head is, "I don't know," take the time to learn more and gain control. We will journey down this road and hopefully help folks be able to answer the question, would you be ready to deal with a loss at your home with a strong conviction, “YES, I AM”! This series of blog postings will touch on different aspects of insurance, types of policy coverage and limits and the lingo used in the industry to discuss such topics.

Please keep in mind that the information in this blog series is very broad scope of this topic and understand that this information is from the perspective of a restoration company we see a lot of customers struggling with understanding the process. And while no two jobs are ever the same there are some common themes that we will point out in the series.

If you have questions about water removal service in Raynham, MA give us a call at 508-824-0020.

What to Consider Regarding Mold Growth After Flooding

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a professional water removal and mold restoration service which serves areas of Taunton and Mansfield, Massachusetts.

How to Handle Mold Growth After Flood Damage

Mold growth is a natural process that begins or speeds up once space has been flooded. Due to the excess water accumulation, the mold is provided with ideal conditions to breed. Before it starts to appear visibly, it makes the water musty which is another indication of mold growth in progress. For professional mold restoration services, it has to be eradicated completely to save the property of the client. Here are a few things to consider once mold starts growing after a flood:

Timeframe for Mold Growth

As an active, lauded and trusted water removal service in Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA, SERVPRO has handled a huge number of mold removal cases. With years of experience on our side, we can clearly tell you that there is no set-in-stone timeframe for mold growth. However, according to EPA and CDC, the mold growth begins anywhere between 24 to 48 hours after flooding. During our services, we also consider the musky smell of accumulated water to be indicative of mold growth even if the mold is not visibly prominent. Depending on the area in question, external factors may also boost the process of mold growth. Warm, humid, dingy and dark spaces are more prone to mold than spaces that are properly ventilated.

Mold Removal Services

Professional mold removal services offer complete packages that cover everything under their restoration. Before you invest your time and money, contact the service and inquire about the procedures and available packages. A competent service such as ours, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, will always guide you with the right information so you can restore your property in the most productive way possible. We ensure that our clients receive the best quality removal service along with customer success, satisfaction, and happiness. Our expert crew is seasoned with experience in all sorts of damage restoration and mold is one of them.

To Hire or Not to Hire

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a reliable service for commercial mold removal in Mansfield, MA as well as Taunton, MA. We also handle residential property to remediate mold whether it is on a large scale or confined to a small space. There are numerous tips and tricks for mold removal that you can carry out on your own. However, EPA and CDC recommend that you call in professionals to handle mold growth if it exceeds a total area of a 10-foot-by-10-foot area or 100 square feet. In these cases, we are always available round the clock on our emergency helpline. Just give us a call and we will swoop in to save your property and belongings while restoring it efficiently and effectively.

Save What You Can

Before you call us or our crew reaches you, there are a few things that you may be able to save on your own from the water damage. Keep in mind that before taking any action, ensure the safety of everyone including yourself.

Here’s what you can usually save:

  • Non-porous and solid items such as china, jewelry, porcelain, glass, metal and the likes
  • Furniture, even if its wood, can be saved provided it was in good condition before damage
  • A few types of appliances and electronics that have not been affected directly by water
  • Clothing, textile, artwork and similar items which hasn’t sustained much damage
  • Important legal documents, books, and photographs with minimal mold and water damage

For more information on mold restoration in Taunton, MA and mold removal in Mansfield, MA, call (508) 824-0200.

5 Places in Your House Where Water Causes Damage

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Get SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for effective and lasting results for water removal in Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA. We handle houses of all sizes a

5 Places in Homes Prone to Water Damage

Water is a necessity of life but the damage caused by water is a serious concern. It can’t be ignored as it can deteriorate your property. The aesthetic appeal of the residential space is ruined if water leakage occurs or if it suffers flooding. Since homeowners are proud of their homes, any kind of water damage will affect it aesthetically and even structurally. Water damage can shatter the elegance and outlook of the property. If you are looking for water removal service in Taunton, then SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to help you. Our specialized machinery and equipment, and well-trained crew are used to handling water damage situations professionally. Here’s a list of places in your house that might get damaged by water leakages and flooding:

Another Break in the Wall

Walls and pillars are most prone to damage caused by water. Due to this damage, leakages, cracks or holes may appear in them. If unchecked, water can easily flow inside these. As a result, the strength of walls or pillars may get compromised. Aesthetically speaking, no homeowner wants to see such ugliness on their walls.

Similar to walls, any damage caused on the floors by water, be it small or large, is likely to compromise the structure of the entire house. If your house is carpeted wall-to-wall, water will affect it greatly. However, in case of another flooring, it may seep in further and may damage the beams and foundations upon which the house stands.

Pipe It Right, Or Wrong

Water accumulation or leakage results in corrosion. Pipes in kitchens, bathrooms and even in the basement can get affected if water damage is unchecked for a longer period of time. Water connections and taps should be checked regularly to avoid unfavorable circumstances.

Damaged by Mold Growth

Mold growth is a must if water pools in and accumulates in a space for 24 to 48 hours. It damages the outlook as well as becomes a health concern, especially for sick, old and young. Moisture helps the mold to grow which is why the accumulation of water should always be prevented. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a professional service for mold restoration in Taunton, MA. Get our help when the situation gets ‘ugly’.

 Beautiful Inside and Out

Most homeowners are more concerned with what lies inside their house, and hence, they do not give much heed to its exterior. However, water equally damages the exterior and the interior. Standing water outside is one of the first things that you need to take care of. Poor drainage, leaky hoses, faulty sprinklers, rusty faucets, and such can be one of the reasons why the exterior of your house is being adversely affected by water.

 Water is an unstoppable force when it gains the required momentum. In case of floods, the safety of human lives is the first priority. Once everything has been deemed safe by concerned officials, you may focus on getting your house back to how it was. Flood damage also includes water damage and mold damage, so by dealing with one restoration,

Everybody, Hit the Floor

you’re investing in getting rid of three. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is reliable for water removal service in Taunton, MA. Call us anytime and we will come help you restore your house from water damage of any and all magnitude.

Why Getting Rid of Mold is Necessary

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold restoration in Taunton, MA and in Mansfield, MA is efficient, effectively and professionally offered by SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

Why Getting Rid of Mold is Necessary

Getting rid of mold that grows in your house is compulsory as it may become a nuisance in terms of aesthetic appeal. Let’s face it, molds are ugly to look at! Their presence gives out the impression of you being a careless and negligent homeowner. Along with being a pet peeves for some, it may also be a health concern for certain residents. As a professional mold restoration service in Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in restoring mold-damaged houses and offices. We understand and cater to mold damage of any magnitude, especially after floods and storms.

Why Molds Should Be Removed

Often than not, homeowners ignore molds for as long as possible. They only consider removing it once it is a visible botheration. Even then, only if it is visible on a more frequented area, surface, wall, ceiling, etc. Mold which is secretly plotting against you and your family behind your curtains, below bathtubs, under sink cabinets are left to thrive. It is a big eyesore for many as it ruins the outlook of the surface it grows on, be it a wall, ceiling, cabinet, furniture, etc. Would you want to have the elegance of your house or office ruined by a mold spot? We guess not! Homeowners need to be aware of the fact that mold may also cause health effects.

Who to Call for Removal

For mold growth that is specific in a small reachable area, there are many DIY methods in which you can completely eradicate them yourself without the help of professionals. However, it is advisable to treat the disease instead of just removing the symptoms. So, unless and until you locate the source and get rid of the root cause of mold, it will likely grow again when conditions are favorable. For molds that occupy more than 100 square feet, you should call it in and let the skilled removal crews handle it. Our water removal service in Taunton, MA (and Mansfield, MA) is equipped with the right machinery, expert crews and latest removal best practices to get rid of mold of any size and shape, and in any setting.

DIY Mold Preventions

The most common places where mold is likely to grow inside your homes are kitchens and bathrooms. Since molds thrive in moisture, these areas of moisture enable growth till it becomes an actual problem which needs to be removed.

Here are a few preventive measures you can adopt to avert mold growth within your property:

  • Inspect for leakages, even if minor, and fix them immediately
  • Don’t let water pool in or accumulate anywhere, especially near or on wood surfaces
  • Wipe clean your sinks, countertops, tubs, cabinets, showers, curtains, etc. to keep them moisture-free
  • Always utilize ventilation, exhaust fans or air-conditioning before, during and after kitchen or bathroom usage
  • Ensure that your kitchens and bathrooms are kept dry

By following these tips, you can make your spaces mold-free for longer durations.

If you have questions about mold restoration in Taunton, MA or mold removal in Mansfield, MA, contact us at (508) 824-0200.

Why Should We Take Mold Growth Seriously

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Want black mold remediation? Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for mold restoration in Mansfield, MA and get professional results.

Why Should We Take Mold Growth Seriously?

Do you see black stuff collecting on the corners of your walls, ceilings or furniture? Don’t worry, it’s not dark matter, but also worry because it’s black mold which is a concern in terms of aesthetic appearance. This growth will slowly destroy your property if not handled in a timely manner. While it damages, it will also disperse harmful spores into the air, which may cause health implications for certain individuals. The most common places where you will see black mold are kitchens and bathrooms as these are the places where water is frequently used. The moisture provides favorable conditions for mold to grow. Here’s a quick guide on how to get rid of black mold in different areas of your houses along with some useful tips:

Mold in Kitchens and/or Bathrooms

There are numerous reasons which can cause mold growth in kitchens and bathrooms. Ideal temperature and moisture facilitate it by providing ideal conditions for its growth. An effective way to remediate it is to have a proper ventilation system installed. Effective flow of air is necessary to keep the spaces dry and to eliminate moisture content which is necessary for mold growth. There a few DIY methods to prevent it, however, if the situation has escalated, you can hire professional companies such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield which deal with mold restoration in Mansfield, MA and Taunton, MA.

Handy Tips for Prevention

If your property has been affected by black mold growth, you may try the following handy tips to prevent and even eradicate it by doing-it-yourself:

  • Use gloves, glasses, and mask before cleaning affected area. Spores and fumes from the chemicals used can be hazardous
  • Proper ventilation is required to keep the area dry. Exhaust fans, humidifiers and air-conditioning in summer and heaters in winters can be used for this purpose
  • Cover the surrounding before cleaning and removal process
  • Check vents, ducts properly as these may fall victim easily due to not being used or cleaned over longer durations
  • Get cleaning agents from the market to clean mold from small areas that have been affected
  • For larger areas of the house, always hire a professional company to carry out this task. SERVPRO is a leader in mold restoration in Mansfield, MA and Taunton, MA
  • Homemade cleaners can also be utilized for the removal process. These include grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, and distilled white vinegar, all of which are anti-fungal
  • Besides this borax, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, and bleach can be utilized. These mold-killing chemicals should be handled carefully

Effective Measures to Remove Mold

The proper removal of black mold is necessary to avoid further damage to your property, furniture, etc. If the black mold growth is beyond the capabilities of DIY solutions, don’t waste more money and simply hire a competent and professional mold remediating service such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. Only professionals can know how to remediate it completely and stop it from further growth.

For further inquiries, contact us at (508) 824-0200

Why Air Duct Cleaning is Important

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, the leading mold restoration Taunton, MA service, also offers commercial and residential air duct cleaning.

Why Air Duct Cleaning is Important?

Air ducts and HVAC systems are prone to dust, debris, mold, and even vermin. Since these tight spaces and airways cannot be easily reached, there is a higher risk of getting infested with mold or other harmful and toxic material. There are a few preventive measures that you can take on your own to eliminate and minimize the duct contamination. Keep in mind that overtime, it will be contaminated no matter what. Hence, after a certain period of time, even if all goes well, you should hire professional air ducts and HVAC cleaning service to conduct a detailed cleanup. It will help in improving your lifestyle as well as extending the lifespan of the HVAC systems.

DIY Prevention for Duct Contamination

Here are a few pointers for duct contamination prevention:

  • Use your cooling and heating system manufacturer’s high efficiency air filters to keep the indoor pollution to the minimum
  • Make a schedule for changing filters and stick to it, and change more frequently if the filters get clogged quickly
  • Seal the edges of filters to force the air to pass only through it, and do not put a wide gap between two filters
  • During maintenance and/or construction near or on your property, seal off the air ducts and HVAC to avoid dust accumulation
  • Cleanup your home or office rooms and carpets to minimize the dust content that is being ventilated

All these steps are easy to do and can be undertaken personally. We advise caution and safety before you do it yourself. It is better to ask professionals for guidance, if not help.

Reasons to Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

There is no hard and fast rule to determine whether the air ducts and HVAC in your house or office needs to cleaned. However, as a general rule, homeowners as well as businesses can opt for professional HVAC cleaning service in Mansfield, MA if one of these indications arise:

  • There is a constant foul, offensive or unusual odor present for days at a stretch. If you cannot trace it to its source, there might be some rodent or vermin decaying in the vents
  • There are visible spots or accumulation of dirt and/or debris visible to you upon light inspection
  • A musty odor is present which may indicate mold growth. Also, if you can easily see mold growing in any section of the air ducts and HVAC.
  • The HVAC and air ducts haven’t been cleaned in years

If any of these reasons suddenly prop up and with frequency, then you should consider a professional cleanup for your home or office.

Efficient Air Duct Cleaning by SERVPRO

We, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, offer professional air ducts and HVAC cleaning for the homeowners and businesses in the region. Our cleaning service has garnered great results for our clientele in both the commercial as well as the domestic sector. The before-and-after comparison is evident of how efficiently our highly trained restoration specialists clean up the vents and ducts. With conducting a thorough cleanup, you ensure that offensive odors are eliminated or greatly reduced. It is also beneficial in preventing mold from growing inside the ducts and vents. Furthermore, the overall efficiency of your HVAC system is boosted as there is minimal resistance in the air flow.

For more information on our air ducts cleaning service in Taunton, MA, you are welcome to contact us anytime at (508) 824-0200.


A What-To-Do Guide for Mitigation in Flood Disaster

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has earned the trusts of many when it comes to water damage restoration and flood cleanup service.

Any property that is damaged by fire, water, flood, storm, mold or likewise has to be remediated to its original state through the services of competent cleanup and restoration services. For residents of Taunton and Mansfield, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has the best and most effective services. Staying true to their slogan, we ensure that your property, be it commercial or residential, is restored to its former glory with the damage cleanup efficiency being "Like it never even happened." Before any of these damages incur on your property, there is a long and detailed list of mitigation which can help you reduce the damage. Here’s an overview of what to do and what not to do before, during and after a water or flooding disaster hits:

 Preventive Measures Before Flooding

Whether you live in a flood zone or whether your property is prone to damage by water in any capacity; there are quite a few essential tips that can help you be prepared to face the challenge. Here’s what you can do beforehand:

  • Ensure that your property is barricaded against water inflow
  • Regularly check all plumbing to make sure there are no leakages
  • Check floor levels and openings to put stoppage on water sources
  • Make sure that vents, pipes, ducts, etc. are sealed properly
  • Remove unnecessary, extra furniture and upholstery from floors
  • Unplug unused appliances, fixtures, and electronics to avoid hazards

Being a leading water cleanup service in Taunton and Mansfield, MA, you can get in touch with us for further instructions, precautions, and tips on how to mitigate for flooding.

Water Damage Safety Prerequisites

Once the flood or water damage has occurred, there are quite a few safety and hazard concerns that you need to be aware of. If your property has been flooded with water, the safety of you and your family is of top priority. Here are a few things you need to take are of:

  • First and foremost, ensure the safety of family and loved ones
  • Check and see if it is safe to stay in and on your property
  • Turn off all electrical supplies to avoid hazards in flooded spaces
  • Avoid spaces where you may face a ‘slip and fall’ hazard
  • Carry out only the activities which are safe for you
  • Do not carry wet materials as they will be heavier when drenched

By focusing on these points, you will be able to keep your loved ones safe and prevent any accident or hazard that might happen due to negligence or carelessness.

 DIY Damage Minimization Tasks

After your property has been flooded, you can conduct a few DIY steps and tasks that will help your property and belongings from further damage. By taking these steps, your property will be better prepared for our water damage restoration in Mansfield and Taunton. These DIY steps are:

  • Mop and blot excess water to remove it
  • Wipe off wood furniture after removing all items from it
  • Prop and remove wet cushions and upholstery
  • Utilize air-conditioners and exhausts to dry the spaces
  • Make sure you remove all items from floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Do not interfere or touch electrical appliances or fixtures

    Through taking these small steps, you can save a lot of your property and belongings before professional help arrives. We are a trusted name in water removal service in Taunton, MA. Our services are efficient as we use latest technology, machinery, and techniques to restore your commercial or residential spaces back to how it was.

     If you have more questions or inquiries about our water removal service in Mansfield, MA or Taunton, MA, give us a call at (508) 824-0200.

A Family Rebuilds After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage not only effects your personal property it affects the family emotionally with the odor left behind after the fire is put out.

A Family Saved After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA

In Mansfield, MA, a family had to go through an immense loss of material damage after disastrous fire damage. The fire spread so quickly and immensely that the family had no option but to evacuate the house. A family member smelled something burning but ignored thinking that it was maybe the neighbors having a barbecue or maybe a bonfire somewhere down the street. Within few minutes, the situation got out of hand. The fire enveloped the entire house. Once the brave firefighters stopped the fire and it was cleared for cleanup, the residents worried about their property. This is when they decided to call SERVPRO.

After an investigation into the source and origin of the fire, it was found out that there was a short circuit damage near the kitchen side which promoted the spread of fire. As soon as our team arrived, we worked closely with the family and got the situation under control within a few minutes.

SERVPRO: A Team of Experts

Fire damage can occur because of many reasons, be it carelessness in lighting up firewood, or because of a faulty electrical circuit. In such devastating situations, the first thing that you want is to ensure that you, your family and your pets are safe. The next step, after the firefighting is done, is to protect your valuables. No matter what sort of fire damage your house has, call us and we will handle it. We have a team of professionals who have the right knowledge and experience to assess and handle fire damage of any amplitude.

Fire Damage Restoration At Its Best

Fire damage restoration requires great care and attention, and we are the people who carry it out efficiently with minimal inconvenience. Once your property has been cleared by the firefighting department, you can call us and we will assess and remediate the fire damage. Our professionals will handle everything. The first thing that our team will do is to inspect and assess the fire damage, followed by immediate services like roof tarp and board-up are given to the property. If fire damage has caused water damage as well, we’ll provide the necessary water removal. A proper removal of smoke and soot from every corner coupled with our exceptional cleaning and restoration services will make your property look like as it was, before the damage.

Services That Are Second to None

Having fire damage in your house or near your property requires quick actions. SERVPRO understands these sensitive situations very well and for this reason, our fire restoration services are available 24/7. Our experts are ready to respond immediately when you need help in critical situations. A speedy action always lessens the damage. Our professionals and technicians are highly trained and specialized in smoke and fire restoration. Fire damage causes a lot of burning odor but don't worry, we have got odor control technicians for you too. We assure you complete restoration and will help you in getting your property back to its original state before the damage.

Fire damage is a difficult situation which can very easily be averted with the help of exceptional restoration services. Fire damage restoration service Mansfield, MA by SERVPRO makes sure every corner of your property gets repaired and restored. We have won the trust of our clients by providing them excellent services at any time during the day. We treat our client’s property with care as if it’s our own. You can trust us with our specialized team and latest equipment to get your property back to life.

Raynham, MA Family Rebuilds After Home Experiences Water Damage 

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment drying a water damage in a Raynham, MA home.

A family in Raynham, had to go through immense loss of material damage, because of water leakage in their house. It had only been eight months, when the family started noticing water patches on their ceilings and on the walls. Thinking that it could have been because of the recent thunderstorm, they ignored it. With time, the situation got worse. The patches affected the distemper on the walls, making flakes of paint fall off. Worried about the fortunes they had invested in this house, they called SERVPRO

It was later found out that, because of the lack of genuine quality of water pipes, water kept leaking slowly for months. Everything was soon under with one call to us!

SERVPRO’S TEAM-Like No Other:

Water damage can occur because of any reason. A thunderstorm could trigger it at times, or it may also occur as the water pipes get worn out. Curing, treating and restoring water damage in a property requires a lot of expertise. Having a fully equipped team of knowledgeable and experienced technicians, water damage removal is what we do everyday.

How SERVPRO Saves The Day?

Home water damage restoration service is a well-defined and well-structured procedure comprising of six to seven steps. The only responsibility you have onto yourself is to call us one time. The rest is handled by us. First, we would inspect your house. The final steps include drying and dehumidification of the damaged property, which prevents the growth of mold. We restore the property damaged after treatment.

Services At SERVPRO:

Our 24/7 availability helps us solve the problem as soon as you get to us. All you must do is call, and the truck carrying team, tools and spare parts will be at your door step in a blink of an eye. Our water damage cleanup service has no match at all! We have won this name, recognition and trust by giving our clients what they expect from us. We make sure that whoever invests in us gets what they desire.

Our company SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield uses the most advanced technology and equipment which not only has made our job easier, but has also helped us win the trust of our customers.

Water damage can be a very tricky business. You would want to be sure about the company you have invested in, their competence and their level of expertise. Water Removal Service Mansfield, MA by us is like no other in the town. No matter the time of the day, or the weather outside, we have won the loyalty of our clients by being there for them as soon as they get to us. We have managed to always prove through our services that our clients and their satisfaction come first, we have made our name locally and nationally. Having national resources, we are truly number one when it comes to restoration services of all sizes. So, if you got a water damage job, give us a call. We are just a dial away.

Norton Homeowner Calls On SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to Save Their Holiday

7/9/2016 (Permalink)

Bristol County Commercial and Residential Property Owners: We provide Building/Reconstruction Services.

A Norton homeowner can attest to the fact that there never really is a good time for a water damage that requires reconstruction services. But some days are worse than others! Let’s face it, just before the holidays tops the list as the worst time EVER for a disaster to happen. But that was the case for one of our customers whose washing machine hose blew out, spewing water all over her finished basement. If you are the mother of young children, there are some things that you almost can’t live without: one of those things is a washer and the other is a playroom/family room in the basement. In an instant, this mother lost both of those necessities, just before 4th of July.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Bristol County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. And with our building/reconstruction services we can truly make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 
  • Residential Services

    Whether your Bristol County home needs emergency flood damage or your air ducts cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:http://www.SERVPROtauntonmansfield.com/residential-restoration-cleaning

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Inspection & Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • Commercial Services

    There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Bristol County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROtauntonmansfield.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Inspection & Remediation
  • Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • General Contractor License #: CS-108357

    Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 508-824-0200

    Restoring Your Mansfield Commercial Property After A Water Damage

    7/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Mansfield Commercial Water Damage Presents Unique Challenges.

    Flooding and water damage events at Mansfield commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Bill and Beth Russell, co-own and operate the franchise with a strong work ethic while providing customers with fair pricing and impeccable customer service.

    If you need help with restoring your business after a water damage, we can help! Call us today at 508-339-3595.

    Berkley, MA Home Smoke and Soot Cleanup

    7/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Berkley Home.

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    Rehoboth Residents: Do You Need a Mold Inspection or Mold Testing?

    7/9/2016 (Permalink)

    This Rehoboth home had a severe mold problem before SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield did the Mold Remediation.

    Mold Inspection Vs. Mold Testing

    At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, inspecting for mold is a standard part of what we do. We know the signs to look for and how to identify a problem. Once we detect signs of mold, we search for the cause. After determining the source of the moisture, we begin the process of fixing the problem. If there are no visible signs of mold, but there are some symptoms, allergens for example, the homeowner can choose to have their house tested for mold. In this case, we recommend that they call in an unbiased, third party to do the testing. This eliminates any doubt or questions about the test results and makes for a good system of checks and balances. At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, we sell our services based on information and not scare tactics.

    What to consider when choosing a company to remove mold from your home

    Step 1: Choosing a reputable company to treat a mold issue is as important as using the right process to eradicate the mold spores. Look for a company that is experienced and trained in mold remediation. Is the company certified and do they require their employees to receive on-going training to stay on top of the most updated techniques for mold remediation? At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, we are professionals that are trained and certified and are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Step 2: Check to make sure the company you are hiring has insurance and not just worker’s compensation. Any reputable company will hold pollution insurance, since mold can be an environmental issue. Can the company do more than just treat your mold problem? Do they have the resources and licensures to do the necessary reconstruction work or will you have to hire a separate contractor for the part of the project? We hold a General Contractor License #: CS-108357

    Step 3: Find out if your mold and water damage are covered under your homeowner’s insurance policies.

    Step 4: Finally, don’t let price drive your decision. The cheapest isn't always the best choice and neither is the most expensive.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We know that there are choices in restoration companies, that’s why we, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, believe that delivering a full complement of services, from the initial assessment of mold spores to the final reconstruction services and everything in between, along with outstanding customer service should be a standard part of every project, no matter the size.

    What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at 508-824-0200 for mold remediation services.
  • What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    When Storms or Floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready!

    7/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Raynham, Massachusetts

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    When storms and floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have access to equipment and personnel that are strategically located throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a property owner living near a body of water whether it is a river or the ocean like the words, Hurricane or Storm. Sure, we have lived through some significant storms—everyone remembers Hurricane Bob? — and perhaps that is why we take it seriously when predictions about a hurricane or tropical storm begin to surface. Even if the storm doesn’t live up to the hype of weather forecasters, we know that these storms are likely going to include wind, rain, and flooding and those elements can do significant damage to coastal properties…. whether those properties are located close to the water or a bit further inland. All homes and businesses are vulnerable to the damage that rain, wind, and flooding can cause but ironically many property owners are not aware of the damages that can occur, how to respond to those damages, and what is even covered under their insurance policies.

    Here are some tips before the storm hits

  • Look around the property. Anything that is unsecured, lawn furniture, toys, tables, and chairs should be brought inside or stored away. Secure the grill as much as possible.
  • If your property is located near the water, and you have hurricane shutters, go ahead and use them, even if the storm is not categorized as a hurricane.
  • Remove any solar-powered ground lights. Ground lights that are hard-wired can be left in the ground.
  • Wrap burlap around ornamental trees or fragile bushes. You can also stake and string trees and bushes.
  • Take in any window air conditioners.
  • Here are some tips after the storm hits

  • If water has infiltrated the basement, shut off the power. Remember, electricity and water are a deadly combination. If you have to walk through standing water to get to the circuit breaker box, consider calling your power company to come out to shut off the power. If you are unsure of the best and safest way to shut off the power, call your local fire department.
  • To mitigate any further damage to your valuables, raise any items up off of the floor and out of the water.
  • If the roof has incurred any damage, immediately cover it with a tarp. If a window has been broken, immediately board it up. If you are unsure of how to do this, contact a professional.
  • ·           Check on neighbors—especially the            elderly—to make sure they are safe.

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Hot tip #1: If the water level can be measured in feet, you definitely need to call in a professional, immediately. When a high volume of water is pumped outside at a high rate of speed, it may cause significant structural damage.

    Wind can cause a variety of damages…from sending furniture and other debris into the air, crashing into windows, to knocking trees onto roofs, to ripping shingles up from the roof. The biggest misconception that property owners have about wind damage pertains to their insurance deductible. Most property owners believe that the deductible or amount that they will have to pay is based on the cost of the damage; however, the deductible is actually based on the percentage of the total value for which the home is insured.

    Hot tip #2: Any damage caused by the wind should immediately be addressed. A broken window should be boarded up from the outside and any hole in the roof should be covered—from the outside!

    Have a Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Now! 508-824-0200

    When Storms or Floods hit Taunton, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready!

    7/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Taunton, Massachusetts.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. You wouldn’t wait until December 24 to start preparing for Christmas, so why wait until a storm is predicted to begin preparing for that event. As someone who works well under the pressure of a deadline, I understand how attractive procrastination can be. But when it comes to the safety of my family and taking care of my property, I cannot put off until tomorrow what should be dealt with today. When you plan before a crisis, you have the benefit of clarity of thought and therefore your action plan will be complete and hopefully your emergency kit will contain a few unexpected pleasures.

    When storms hit Taunton, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have the equipment and personnel to make storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” According to the FEMA website, there are several plans to put into place now so that you can rest somewhat easy when television stations across the state preempt favorite television shows to talk about an approaching storm.

    Four Easy Steps to Help Get You Ready

    Step 1: Have a Plan

    Having a plan in place for receiving emergency alerts and make sure all family members know where to meet in case the family is separated before or during an event. Cell phone coverage will most likely be limited so know where the closest emergency shelter is and consider making that your meeting place. Make a paper list of contact numbers and make sure all members of the family have a copy of the list. Just as an aside, don’t you miss the days when we could memorize our children’s and parents’ telephone numbers?

    Step 2: Create an Emergency Kit

    Having an emergency kit is key. While most people know that it is important to put together an emergency kit, the majority of people do not know what items to put into the kit. After all, one person’s necessity is another person’s, “what the heck is that doing in here?” According to ready.gov, the kit should contain one gallon of water per person for at least three days, a flashlight with batteries, medications, a first aid kit, a whistle to signal for help, pliers or a wrench to turn off water or utilities, a manual can opener, and non-perishable canned goods. The kit can also contain games that the family can play or small toys and activities, depending on the age of your children. Consider including some hygiene products, such as hand sanitizer, wet cloths, and deodorant. Since you are preparing this kit well in advance of a storm, consider putting in some nice to have items, such as chocolate or other treats. Yes, you should change those items out with a fresh supply every few months.

    Step 3: Get Alternative Energy

    If you have a backup power generator, make sure that it has been installed by a licensed electrician and has been tested. If the generator is gas powered, be sure that it is located a safe distance from the home. If you are using a fireplace or wood stove as a heat source during power loss, make sure that you have enough wood to keep warm for at least three days and that the home is properly ventilated. Check on neighbors—especially elderly neighbors—to make sure they are warm and safe. While a gas grill can be a great alternate cooking source, NEVER bring it inside the home or into garage.

    Step 4: Have Needed Supplies

    Hurricane season starts in June and winds down in November. Hurricane preparedness only takes a few days to consider the items you use on a daily basis, the things your children love and that bring them comfort and make sure that as many of those items as possible are in your emergency kit. When a hurricane or severe storm does hit, it can be very inconvenient and uncomfortable. Being prepared for the storm can take away some of that discomfort and even make surviving a few days without power a fun memory. If the power does go out, chances are gas stations will not have power either and therefore, pumps will not work. Make sure that your vehicle’s gas tank is full and that there is gas for the generator, chain saw or snow blower (you never know in NE).

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 508-824-0200

    Norton Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    6/10/2016 (Permalink)

    Got Mold? SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides mold remediation and reconstruction services to help property owners in Norton, MA 02766

    Mold…it’s everywhere. It’s present inside and outside and while you will never completely eradicate mold spores from your life, there are situations when it can do significant damage to your property and compromise the integrity of your structure. The first question that comes to most people’s minds is how does mold suddenly appear in a home. The answer is rather simple: it doesn’t suddenly appear… with the proper environment, which is water, and a food source, which come in many forms such as simple everyday items like sheetrock, wood molding, paint, cardboard and even leather mold spores grow over a period of time.

    Mold is more than just unsightly…it also has an odor. Though you might be tempted to spray bleach on the affected areas, I wouldn’t recommend doing so, since that can actually increase the damage. Even if you are successful at covering up the unsightly stain, the mold spores spread and continue to grow and travel. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home.

    What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at 508-824-0200 for mold remediation services.
  • What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    Taunton Family Calls SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield For Mice Infestation

    6/10/2016 (Permalink)

    Mice Infestation cleanup by SERVPRO of Taunton Mansfield

    With the warm days of Spring come the chores of mulching the flower beds and cleaning  the yard up after the winter. Pulling out the outdoor furniture and stacking wood for those parties are other essentials for preparing for the Summer season. Humans are not the only ones who prepare for the upcoming season. However, in many cases property owners find that soon it is discovered that they need to evict wildlife after an unknown "winter rental." The fact they they have made their way into properties for the  winter results in a problem for property owners, especially if the issue is a mice infestation rather than just one unwanted guest there are usually many more than you see. 

    Because these rodents are without a skeletal system, they can easily maneuver into tiny spaces to gain entrance to a building. Once they are in, they get behind walls, in attics, basements and crawlspaces where fluffy pink insulation provides the ideal spot for nesting. If you think rabbits multiply, mice can double in population just as easily.

    Once you begin to see evidence of the rodents—usually in the form of tiny black feces no bigger than a sesame seed or holes chewed out of food containers in the pantry—you are going to have to address the problem. While getting rid of the mess of one or two mice is a one-person job, getting rid of many requires the expertise of a professional. While exterminators can come in and eradicate the property of the mice infestation, that is where their job ends—leaving the property owner with the clean up. And if there were a significant number of mice inside the structure, the damage and the clean up are going to be far more than just picking up a few droppings or throwing out food from the pantry.Hint: If you suspect a mice infestation, contact a professional immediately.

    How To Deter Mice From Entering Your Home

    • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home or building.
    • Do not leave doors open and this includes the bulkhead.
    • Keep trash in secure buckets outside and away from the house.
    • Dispose of trash on a regular basis.
    • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home or building.

    SERVPRO recently has been called onto jobs where the rodents had a field day, practically establishing an entire condominium complex inside the rafters of the basement. They damaged the insulation and contaminated large portions of the property. Our team comes in and removes the killed rodents—exterminators usually set traps containing poison that, once eaten, kill the creatures immediately which leaves a pungent odor. We also dispose of their feces and any contaminated insulation. Lastly we, sanitizing the framing and studs and replacing the insulation, making it “Like it never even happened.” If you would like help with this type of situation please contact us SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

    If You See Signs of Mice, Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    Mansfield Residents: Water heater recall, Rheem, American Standard

    5/31/2016 (Permalink)

    Water heater recall: Rheem, America.n Standard. If you need assistance cleaning up call us at 508-339-3595.

    We recently came across this recall from Rheem who issued a recall May 26 on its Rheem Performance Platinum brand of electric water heaters in 40-, 50- and 80-gal. capacities due to fire and burn hazards caused by the overheating of control panels. If you have experienced a fire damage due to your Rheem water heater and need help cleaning up contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.  Water Heating Technologies Corp. issued a recall May 24 on its American Standard brand of gas water heaters in 30-, 40- and 50-gal. capacities due to a fire or explosion hazard caused by a space between the burner flange and the combustion chamber.

    Rheem Performance Platinum recall
    The Rheem recall is for 54,000 of its Performance Platinum brand of electric water heaters (40-, 50- and 80-gal.) sold exclusively at Home Depot locations nationwide and online from January 2014 through April 2016 for between $450 and $720. The control panel on the water heaters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The firm has received 296 reports of control panels overheating, including one report of a fire which resulted in $5,800 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.  

    Consumers should immediately turn off and stop using the recalled water heaters, and contact Rheem to request a free repair by a Rheem field technician. Call toll-free at 866/369-4786 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, or visit www.rheem.com/recalls.

    If You Need Help After A Fire, Call Us Today – 508-339-3595

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