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What Should You Do if You Need Taunton Mold Removal?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Start at Taunton Green

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

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

Exploring Beyond the Green

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

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

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

What to do if You Observe Signs of Mold Damage?

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

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

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

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

Share Your Love of Reading With Other East Taunton Bookworms

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

A group of people discussing a book in a book club in a home. Don't let your personal belongings get destroyed by mold. SERVPRO has the technicians to do the job.

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)

green machine hydroxyl generator Fire Damage Mitigation and Control Includes Odor Elimination--SERVPRO Uses Hydroxyl Generators inside Taunton Homes

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.

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.

Why Taunton Residents Trust us to Deliver on Fire Restoration Services

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A burn wall in a home with smoke and soot. SERVPRO will show you why we are what your Taunton fire needs.

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

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Attic A-Frame with Batten Insulation SERVPRO Says Additional Attic Insulation Can Prevent Frozen Pipes and Water Damage to Your Taunton Home

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

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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

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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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A Taunton Home's Wet Basement and Help from SERVPRO

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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

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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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Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Faster to Disaster

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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

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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"

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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. 

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Why SERVPRO - SERVPRO's Mold Technicians are Mold Certified

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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

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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

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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.