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5 Ways to Prevent Mold in Business Properties

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Five Ways To Help With Mold Prevention On Your Business

Whether you own a series of rental properties or an office space mold prevention can be important for a Woburn, MA, business. Here are five things many professionals say you can do to help mitigate potential mold problems.

1. Know the Weather

Since mold growth has a tendency to occur in areas of water damage, knowing the weather of your area can actually help with mitigation. This will allow you to prepare for any storms and take the steps needed to prevent damage that could lead to mold problems.

2. Regular Maintenance Inspections

Keeping a regular maintenance schedule will allow you to know when damages occur and give you the chance to act quickly before mold has a chance to grow. Having a maintenance schedule will also allow you to keep an eye on possible problem areas.

3. Make Repairs Quickly

Another important step for mold prevention is to make any repairs that may be needed quickly. This is especially important for areas with water damage as mold grows best in damp environments.

4. Contact a Professional

If you think there’s a chance mold may be growing on your business property it’s recommended that you contact a local mold remediation service. These professionals can help test the area for mold, and make any repairs that might be needed. They can also recommend further mitigation tips for the space.

5. Keep Things Clean

Last but not least keeping the property clean can help prevent mold. Cleaning solutions and soaps may help make the environment inhospitable to mold. This step can also help remove the water before mold has a chance to grow.

These five steps may help with mold prevention on your business property. Know what the weather is in your area, keep a regular maintenance schedule, fix the damage quickly, and contact a professional for help. Keeping the space clean may also help. A remediation professional should be able to answer any questions you may have.

3 Methods of Preventing Mold Growth

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Old faucet (water tap) over sink in the bathroom. Dirt Bacteria. Hard water stain of soap and mold. Time to clean. Copy space Tiny drips from the faucet could lead to mold growth

Focus On These Three Steps

Fungus grows quickly, especially when placed in the right environment. The spores require three things: moisture, organic matter, and themselves. The reality is people cannot eliminate the organisms. They live everywhere--within the air and ground. Keeping them out is extremely hard. The key, then, to mold prevention is limiting water exposure. Without the liquid, the microbes are innocuous, leaving your place alone. Therefore, owners should prioritize maintaining a clean, dry space, free of dampness. Be proactive, focusing on these 3 steps.

1. Immediately Fix Plumbing Issues
Tiny drips from the faucet could lead to mold growth, especially if they go unnoticed or unattended. Be careful to inspect plumbing regularly, paying attention to water rings, buildup, and rust. If any of this is noticed, contact specialists to make repairs. Periodically, walk through your home, paying attention to the walls, floors and ceiling. Notice any changes in color, spotting or odor. In addition, you may want to have an annual inspection, ensuring that everything works properly.

2. Run the HVAC System
Another major component of your mold prevention is running the air conditioner. The unit works to pull out humidity, maintaining a cool environment. As it extracts the excess fluid, the spores have limited food, inhibiting their growth. Have the device tuned twice a year, and, if you suspect that one room is not receiving the same air quality, contact a mold remediation company in Winchester, MA, to inspect the premises. They can assess the air quality and dampness.

3. Evaluate the Roof
Loose shingles are easy access points for rain, allowing drops to enter through crevices and holes. Water damage occurs, then, within crawl spaces and attics, often hidden to the residence until it's too late. To avoid this situation, schedule roof maintenance after severe storms, especially when hail occurs.
Remain vigilant in water cleanup. Doing so is significant to your mold prevention plan.

SERVPRO Works Closely With Each Insurance Adjuster to Make Things Easier

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Works Closely With Each Insurance Adjuster to Make Things Easier

These days, each insurance adjuster faces a workload that was unthinkable as little as ten years ago. The number of claims and administrative tasks has significantly increased since then, creating a stressful environment and raising the chances of a costly mistake.
However, there is good news: by choosing a preferred vendor, you can eliminate a great deal of time per claim as well as be confident that your client receives quality service at an attractive price to the insurance company.

Insurance Claims Are Simplified Using the Preferred Vendor Program
When you use a trusted provider from the list of preferred vendors, it comes with some guarantees:

  • They stay within a set price range.
  • They stand by their work and react promptly to customer complaints.
  • They are vetted by major insurance companies.

In addition, their services are evaluated regularly to verify their commitment to providing good service. They also must maintain a well-scrutinized relationship with the insurance companies to remain on the list.

SERVPRO Is Here to Help
With a single call to SERVPRO’s Claims Information Center, they can help take the burden off a busy insurance adjuster. Their Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification means they have complied with the highest standards in the industry for water, smoke, and fire damage restoration. They also may be able to offer additional discounts to some adjusters.
Once you’ve evaluated and adjusted the insurance claim, SERVPRO is ready to come in immediately – often in hours – to tarp and board exposed areas and construct temporary fencing when necessary. They also follow a 21-point guideline at every disaster – the most comprehensive in the industry.
With over 50 years in the restoration field, no other damage mitigation company offers the same experience or assurance of customer satisfaction. Their 24-hour Customer Care Center connects you with an account representative as soon as you are ready, as well as answering questions and fixing any issues that arise. One call to them can decrease your workload and keep that part of your job less complicated.

Understanding Mold Remediation

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Removing mold from the wall in a building Mold removal in a Winchester, MA building

Finding mold in your commercial property can be a stressful situation. You'll undoubtedly have many questions about the remedial and restoration process, like when you can safely occupy the building again and how long cleanup will take. Understanding facts about mold and how the process works will help.

The Facts on Mold

Mold is everywhere. One of the most common types of mold found in buildings is black mold, but there are thousands of other types of mold found in the environment.
While you may not have mold growth in your building, mold spores come in through doors, windows, and ducts. Mold spores must have moisture to thrive, which is why it is important to repair any sources of water damage.

The Remediation Process
When mold growth is found in your facility in Winchester, MA, remediation specialists act quickly to contain the growth, perform the mold removal, sanitize the area, and restore any damage that may have occurred. Your remediation specialists will work through several steps to achieve a safe environment for you and your employees.

Once the mold has been located, containment procedures will be utilized to ensure the mold doesn't spread. This may include the use of negative area chambers and physical barriers with negative air pressure. Any central air will be shut off during the cleanup phase.
Filtration equipment will remove mold spores from the air while HEPA vacuums prevent the spores from spreading.
Special treatments will eliminate the mold as well as ensure it doesn't return. Damaged materials will have to be removed. Anything that can be saved will be thoroughly cleaned.
The last step will be restoration to replace any damaged materials that had to be discarded during the cleanup.

During the mold removal process, employees should not have access to the contaminated and enclosed rooms. The time it takes to complete the entire process can be anywhere from one to several days, depending on the amount of mold and damage that is present.

Flooded Basement Tips

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded basement Avoid a flooded basement

Avoid a Flooded Basement, This Year and Forever!

Normal spring thaws can cause a small trickle to become a bigger issue. Foundation cracks that weren’t a problem before have the potential to become a huge problem now.

This year’s sudden spring thaw could exacerbate any issues that were not taken care of in the past.

In late winter and early spring, the ground can’t absorb all of the rain and snow melt, so it flows along the foundation. A proper drain system, sump pump and sealed cracks will help you avoid problems this spring.

Here are a few simple tips:

  • Keep your gutters clean (this will keep rain water from flowing directly to your foundation)
  • Grade landscaping away from foundation (add mulch or soil at an angle, higher at the foundation, slanting away)
  • Check your sump pump or purchase a submersible pump and fans

Move valuables and expensive items you may have in your basement, or use pallets and shelves to keep them elevated.

When there is a natural disaster, often the emergency items you need are sold out, so plan ahead.

If you do have a flood

There are still things you can do to mitigate the damage.

  • If you can do it safely, turn off the electricity.

But don’t get electrocuted! If you can reach the breaker without standing in water turn it off.  

  • If you’ve got just a bit of water in spots consider yourself lucky. If you can clean it up with a wet vac and have fans to dry it afterward you might be all set.
  • If your basement has flooded more than an inch, it’s best to call us.

If you have a sump pump and fans, you may still wish to tackle the job by yourself.  Submersible water pumps work best when you place them in the deepest part of the flooded water. If dirt and debris builds up and clogs the screen around the pump, clean it out and consider using something like a small tool to prop it up a bit. This will increase the space for water to flow through the pump. Use the widest and shortest hose possible, this will enable the pump to work faster.

When all the water is up and it appears dry you may still want us simply to treat the previously flooded area in order to kill any mold before it’s an issue.

To avoid this problem next year you must identify where the water came in.

  • First, seal the cracks
  • Then, dig to avert water flow next time

Remember water will travel down the path of least resistance. It is strongly advised to dig outside near the foundation and repack the soil. Dig down to where the water came, and then dig out and to the sides a few feet. There is a channel that you may not see but you will disturb and avert if you do this. Next year, water will not flow in that same direction if done correctly.

Last but not least, our friends at Signature Page Real Estate in Woburn, suggest having a dehumidifier in any basement, old or new.

Recap:

  • Clean your gutters
  • Have a sump pump, wet vac and fans
  • Fix lawn grading
  • Seal the cracks
  • Dig to avert water flow next year
  • Have a dehumidifier

If water comes in and it’s too much to tackle yourself, call us. Mitigating water damage is one of our core competencies. We’ll tackle the job at hand, and be sure your water problem doesn’t become a mold problem later: "Like it never even happened."

Different Levels of COVID-19 Cleaning

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Much like water damage categories, there are different levels of COVID-19 cleanings, precautionary, suspected, and confirmed. These differentiations determine protocol when it comes to providing preventative measures as well as cleaning & disinfection after someone within the building has tested positive. 

Precautionary/Preventative - cleanings are a measure taken when there has been no confirmed or suspected cases. 

Suspected/Person Under Investigation - cleanings happen when there is reasonable suspicion that the virus is present, or one or more people that have been in the building have been tested and are waiting for results.

Confirmed - cleanings happen after there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 onsite.

It is very important that property owners and business stakeholders recognize their own abilities, comfort levels, resources, and risk factors. While all stages require proper precautionary & intentional steps, the CDC has issued the following protocol in regards to , Confirmed cleaning & disinfection:

  • Workers must be trained to follow OSHA regulations
  • Proper use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) donning and doffing
  • Compliance with Bloodborne Pathogens and proper disposal of of regulated waste and PPE
  • Disinfectants used include - diluted bleach solutions, alcohol solutions, household cleaners followed by disinfectants, EPA registered household disinfectants

SERVPRO of Burlington/Woburn understands the immediate need for all stages, which is why we have made ourselves available 24/7 to offer disinfection services. We are able to offer disinfection services to buildings of all sizes, including residences for those in need. Please don’t hesitate to call our office for more information on proper protocol, pricing, and the products we are using. (781) 935-8222

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional To Check For Mold

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Three Reasons To Not Do It On Your Own

It's tempting to grab a spray bottle of diluted bleach solution, hoping to remove those unsightly fungus spots. That, though, is not appropriate mold cleaning, potentially allowing those microbes to continue to grow and creating even more of a problem. If homeowners in Winchester, MA, think they have concern, it's best to call in the professionals who have the credentials and knowledge to handle any trouble. Here are three reasons to not do it on your own.

1. DIY Testing Is Unreliable

Sometimes fungus isn't always visible; rather, homeowners get a sense that something is off. Perhaps it's an odd, musty odor or other health effects. Whatever the reason, it's tempting to purchase a kit and avoid hiring a mold remediation company. This could be problematic, though. Since microbial spores exist in nature, they will be in the home. That doesn't mean they are a hazard. In order to pose a threat, they must combine with organic material and water. Therefore, often an in-home test flags a false positive, leading residents to worry when they shouldn't.

2. Certification Provides Validity

Water restoration companies work with certified environmental hygienists to avoid guess work and false calls. These specialists have undergone classes and testing to ensure that they can identify issues within a building. In addition, they can perform more thorough evaluation, collecting air and wall specimens that could find what a DIY system may not. This information, then, assists the crew in determining the team's appropriate methods as well as the depth of mold cleaning that is needed.

3. Regulations Create Security

Once the hygienist has written the report, staff can develop mold damage cleanup plans, following appropriate standards and regulations. This includes removing contaminated porous items, particularly drywall, ceiling tiles and flooring. These should be replaced with the room then sprayed with sanitizing chemicals. Further assessment can be completed prior to restoring the area, providing reassurance that all is back to normal.
When you need mold cleaning, get results that you can trust. Seek a place that is certified and follows regulations.

Proactive Cleaning Services in Burlington, MA

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your commercial space in Burlington/Woburn needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today. SERVPRO of Burlington/Woburn is working around the clock to ensure our local community is taken care of.

Count on Fast Service with a Competitive Edge

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO semi truck As a trusted leader in restoration services, SERVPRO has professionals ready 24/7

When a claim comes in about a Winchester, MA, commercial property that needs restoration or remediation services, an insurance adjuster quickly begins the balanced process of serving the client in the best possible way while ensuring cost-effectiveness. As a trusted leader in restoration services, SERVPRO has professionals ready 24/7 to help you meet those dual demands.

Fast Response and Documentation

The minute an insurance claim comes in, our cleanup and restoration professionals are ready to tackle the disaster, whether it is water, fire or storm damage. While the top priority is to get your client’s property back to “Like it never even happened,” which means arriving onsite within four hours, making the claims process easier is a close second. Agents and adjusters who work with us can expect:

  • Immediate response to the disaster by professionals trained and certified on IICRC standards who adhere to best practices.
  • Local franchises backed by a robust national entity with established relationships within the insurance industry.
  • Pretesting property to verify optimal restorability.

To best handle, a claim, in insurance adjuster requires quick and accurate information. Within hours, our team will provide you an electronic job file with everything you need to ensure the best decisions are made for your client and within the policy specifications. The file includes all related forms and paperwork, a detailed estimate photos of losses and other pertinent information to make your job easier.

Boosting Your Competitive Edge

Keeping the communication lines open 24/7, we will work with you throughout the restoration process to ensure repairs or replacements are done right and with regard to everyone’s best interest. Noting all the small details and providing measurable performance ensures you, the client and insurer are getting the best possible service keep everyone satisfied.
An insurance adjuster is an important role that can be complex and delicate. A reliable, immediate response from a trusted leader can ease the complexity and get your client’s property back to normal quickly.

How Restoration Companies Estimate the Cost of Fire Damage Repairs

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

The tarp covers the roof of the building Roof tarping after fire damage in Burlington, MA

Many fire cleanup and restoration companies will provide an estimate for the cost of their services. Sometimes, these estimates can be vague. That is usually the case when the restoration business hires subcontractors to perform a majority of the work.
Instead, choose a full-service company in Burlington, MA, that does everything in-house. This will make the process simpler and less expensive.

First Steps

Some repairs cannot wait for the completion of the estimation process. For instance, you may have severe water damage from the firefighters' hoses or your sprinkler system. If left untreated, this could lead to mold growth.
Restoration professionals should remove any standing water from the premises as soon as possible. They may also provide other emergency services, including:

  • Roof tarping
  • Boarding up
  • Hiring security guards to prevent theft

Property Assessment

At the same time, project managers will work together to come up with an estimated cost of restoration. They will obviously consider the extent of the fire and smoke damage to the premises. They will then decide which debris must be removed, and which chemicals should be used to eliminate the stench.
An estimate should additionally feature the expenses involved in moving, storing and cleaning damaged items. The amount of money needed to rebuild any destroyed walls, doors or roofs should be included, as well.

Contacting Insurance

Ideally, the restoration business you pick will work directly with your insurance company. The cleanup experts should tell the insurer the cost of the restoration project and urge the provider to approve the work as soon as possible. The insurance adjuster may also receive a list of the items that were completely destroyed by the commercial fire. The insurer may cover the cost of replacing these assets.
In the aftermath of an emergency, time is valuable. You can't spend too long deciding which fire damage restoration company to use. Your best bet is to pick one that provides a detailed estimate and a variety of services.

3 Mistakes of Mold Remediation

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Three mold spores - 3d illustration Mold spores thrive on moisture

Most Common Pitfalls When it Comes to Mold Removal

Perhaps the only thing more frustrating than having a mold problem in the first place is hiring a mold remover only to have the fungus come back. There are several potential mistakes when it comes to removing mold, from failing to use a certified mold remover to failing to treat the entire building. Here are just a few of the most common pitfalls when it comes to mold removal in your Winchester, MA, home.

How Mold Thrives

Unlike plants that need the sun, mold is a fungus that can survive by eating dirt, biofilm and even dust. As a result, mold can survive on:

  • paper
  • wood
  • drywall

And many more materials. Hiring a mold remediation company is the first step in getting rid of it. But mistakes can happen.

Spreading Mold During Cleanup

Ironically, spreading mold spores during removal is one of the most common mistakes companies make. Certified mold removers should use methods to separate areas where they are working. Your mold cleaners should also vent air outside, preventing mold spores from drifting through your home and causing new problems.

Leaving Mold Behind

Mold loves tiny cracks and crevices that are easy to miss. Mold that’s left behind sets the stage for a new infestation. Choose a mold remediator that will inspect your home before and after treatment to nix hidden mold.

Not Being Certified

Mold certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) ensures a company employs the gold standards of mold removal. As a homeowner, you can rest assured that this company will avoid the above pitfalls as well as implement all of the tactics that are proven to remove mold thoroughly.
Mold removal is a skilled process that, if done right, can keep fungus at bay for good. Ensure that your mold won’t be back any time soon by choosing a certified mold remediation. company that can avoid mistakes and get your home fungus-free permanently.

Safe Alternatives to Candles When There’s No Electricity

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

3 white candles Inexpensive and effective candle alternatives are readily available.

When your home in Woburn, MA loses power, candles are typically one of the go-to light sources. But they can pose a lot of safety hazards. They are not very practical because they must be carefully placed and closely monitored. Besides, the light they produce is very dim. Be prepared for your next outage by choosing from the many cordless candle alternatives.


1. Flameless Candles


These candles are generally battery powered. Many of them give off the same amount of light as a normal candle, so they won’t be very practical if you need more brightness. They are great for everyday use for ambient illumination and will provide a convenient, quick light source in an outage.


2. String Lights


Battery-powered string lights, like flameless candles, are good for everyday use and decoration. However, they aren’t very cost-effective.


3. Table Lamps


Table lamps aren’t usually thought of as cordless, but there are some good battery-operated options available, and many are rechargeable. They are good candle alternatives because, unlike most candles, they will give off enough light for reading or other tasks.


4. Emergency Power Failure Lights


These bright LED lights are designed to stay plugged in a charging station so that they are always ready to go. They automatically turn on when your home’s power goes out. Most of them can also be used as a flashlight.


5. Lanterns


Camping lanterns are perhaps one of the best options for a power outage due to their portability and versatility. You can find some that are multi-powered with a solar, hand crank, or rechargeable option, and most have bright LED bulbs. They often last days on a single charge.


They can mean the difference between safely getting through a power outage or experiencing a major disaster as a result of a candle fire. If your house does sustain any harm from a fire, you can feel confident when hiring fire damage cleanup professionals to return it to its original state. Visit https://www.SERVPROburlingtonwoburn.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration for more information on fire damage restoration

Here to Help

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading and North Reading 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 Stoneham/ Wakefield

SERVPRO of Stoneham/ Wakefield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a damaging 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.

We are HERE to Help, Call Us Today – 781-935-8222

If you see mold, Contact us Today

3/30/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Burlington/ Woburn 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 Burlington/ Woburn 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 – 781-935-8222

24 Hour Emergency Service

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Woburn is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 781-935-8222

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Woburn has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Burlington/ Woburn

SERVPRO of Burlington/ Woburn specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

When Mold Invades Your Home or Business

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

WHY SERVPRO?

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See or Smell Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (781) 935-8222. 

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Burlington/ Woburn have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 781-935-8222

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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.