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Providing Efficient Restoration for Lynn Water Damage

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Several Steps for Water Damage Recovery in Lynn

Cleaning up after water disasters is often more complex than homeowners realize. Despite the desire to perform DIY restoration, property owners do not have the sophisticated tools and the restoration experience to manage the full scope of the work necessary.

Rapid responses are critical because Lynn water damage scenarios can quickly spread and impact new portions of households and businesses. As the largest unit of our restoration team, we have WRT-Certified technicians ready to mobilize with our Green Fleet of vehicles shortly after the first notice of loss (FNOL). Mitigative priorities include:

  • Water Removal Services – Standing surface water must be removed promptly to prevent further saturation and absorption into sensitive building materials. 
  • Controlled Demolition – Sagging drywall and bulk materials must be removed.
  • Content Management – SERVPRO professionals can relocate contents to a safe place on-site or our warehouse for drying and cleaning.

Extraction for Water Damage

Because water removal services are vital to the mitigation process, customers need to recognize the tools involved. Our team utilizes a combination of pumps and vacuums to extract and discharge standing water from the residence.

The Tools of Effective Drying

Drying is the essential element of every water restoration project. Water damage must be resolved on surfaces and trapped in building materials, and our drying equipment provides the most efficient path to achieve this. Some of our most heavily used machines and instruments include:

  • Air Movers – High-velocity blowers that push warm, dry air against damp surfaces. 
  • Drying Mats – Using drying mats pulls moisture to the outermost surface layer of wood plank flooring using capillary suction.
  • Heaters – Increasing the temperature allows drying and cleaning strategies to happen faster. 
  • Dehumidifiers –  to pull moisture out of the environment after evaporation. 

Surface Cleaning Strategies

After drying up most of the damage, residues and soils are still a threat to the exposed materials. This residual damage is especially true after conditions like flooding. Some of the most heavily soiled and damaged elements in the house are carpeted floors. We use bonnet cleaning and potent cleaning products along with it to restore the colorfastness of these fibrous floors and prevent permanent staining or discoloration.

Mold Prevention Approaches

Where there is water, there is a possibility for mold growth. Damp surfaces and conditions in areas of the house that persist for more than a couple of days have likely been exposed to residential mold spores. With naturally occurring microorganisms in every environment, mold colonization is only waiting for the appropriate conditions to facilitate a colony. We treat surfaces in the area with inhibiting products and work to keep the work areas below the humidity thresholds (about 55-60%) to support mold organisms.

Are Water Damage Repairs Needed?

While many do not always consider the structural damage that water disasters can cause, this is one of the focal points of the full-service solutions our SERVPRO team provides. We understand that there are likely vulnerabilities that exist after prolonged moisture damage, including the needed repairs to elements like the plumbing system, if still a problem. We carefully determine the extent of build-back services necessary after restoration and begin implementing these actions as soon as possible to save customers time and money.

Lynn water damage incidents make up the bulk of our service calls, so it is a situation that we must always be prepared to face. We prioritize keeping drying equipment and extractors stocked on our Green Fleet vehicles for a fast mobilization when disasters strike. Give our SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield team a call when you need us at (781) 593-6663.

Five Focuses on Lynn Fire Damage Restoration

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

B&A fire damage by tub, snow outside SERVPRO's goal is to restore your fire damaged Lynn home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Recovery Happens in Set Stages

Despite variables like the type of material affected and the size of the damaged areas, fire recovery is similar from one instance to another. Understanding the objectives and focal point of the responding team keeps homeowners more at ease with each phase and its expected timelines. From the time we are first notified of a disaster, we can move quickly to help in these five main areas:

  • Emergency Services
  • Mitigation
  • Soot Removal and Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Repairs and Reconstruction

It is crucial after Lynn fire damage to get professionals on-site as fast as possible. Any disaster continues to worsen after exposure. We have stocked trailers and production vehicles at our facility to help throughout the Greater Lynn area, so we can enter a building as soon as possible after first responders have deemed it safe to do so.

Early Emergency Services

Because it is important to act fast with mitigation solutions, we arrive quickly to implement specific actions that can help. Often, these processes precede focused inspections and any insurance repair work. This phase of our recovery combines the knowledge of our restoration experts and the experience of our contractors. The union becomes a series of actions to improve later recovery times through efforts like:

  • Temporary Construction
  • Debris Removal
  • Water Removal

Mitigating Loss After Fire Damage

Mitigation is among the critical elements of restoration and recovery. These are the earlier actions that our professionals can take to begin fact-finding about the damage for insurance claims purposes and removing glaring issues that could make the restoration process unsafe for our team or slower to complete. Some of these focal points include:

  • Content Relocation
  • Air Quality Improvement
  • Controlled Demolition

Removing Soot Damage

One of the more formidable obstacles to removing fire and smoke damage effects from the property is eliminating soot residues on the surfaces. Partial combustion thrusts soot particles through the air, many of which rest on horizontal surfaces. Depending on the damage condition, from wet and dry smoke to furnace puff backs, the strategy of surface cleaning changes. We rely on alkaline cleaners, solvents, detergents, and other products to clear the outermost layers of affected items from soot. More aggressive measures like media blasting are also needed when the damage extends beyond the surface.

Addressing Fire Damage Malodors

Another one of the primary objectives of complete fire restoration and recovery is the removal and neutralization of malodors in the house. Not only must our professionals manage overwhelming open-air smells, but they must also deal with trapped scents in porous materials and imaginary odors (phantosmia.) Each of these requires a unique strategy, but SERVPRO can remove the actual smells with a combination of fogging, UV cleaning, and ozone.

Fire Damage Repairs Needed

Very few fire incidents do not require some type of repair, so this is the fifth and often final focus of the restoration process. Our team can resolve structural concerns and provide temporary construction, controlled demolition, and other build-back services with a general contractor license. If requested, we can even utilize the bare conditions after demolition to provide remodeling and renovation services as the assemblies get reconstructed.

When contending with Lynn fire damage threats, it is imperative to have a team of professionals capable of helping you from start to finish. Our SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield team combines experienced FSRT-Certified technicians and experienced general contractors to provide a full-service solution for post-fire recovery. Call us after a fire at (781) 593-6663.

Remediating and Restoring Lynn Mold Damage

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

opened wall showing mold damage When mold remediation and build back are needed for your Lynn area home, call SERVPRO.

Is Mold Damage Common for Lynn Homes

Damaging weather systems of snow and rain combined with frequent humid conditions make the Greater Lynn area susceptible to threats. Many homeowners have likely experienced mold in their property’s lifetime, especially in lower levels like cellars and basements. While mold can form in just about any area, it is mostly seen in:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Crawlspaces
  • Bathrooms

Experienced remediators get dispatched to help with Lynn mold damage when these problems arise. Through combined efforts of mold removal and the cutting-edge equipment and products used to combat these disasters, our SERVPRO team can rapidly manage the cleanup, restoration, and remediation of active colonization.

What Makes Mold Threatening?

Part of the reason mold is underestimated and overlooked as a threat to the property is that many do not fully appreciate potential damage to the residence. Mold development is a threat to the structural integrity of the hosting materials and could continue to worsen the longer conditions go unchallenged.

Containing the Work Area

Our professionals can take early actions to help after mold and microbial threats by erecting containment barriers. By combining polyethylene sheeting, tension poles, wooden framework, and other components, we can successfully eliminate pathways of spores to new areas. We also cover HVAC returns and vents, keeping the ductwork from becoming a new passage for spore activity.

Mold Remediation Approaches

There is no universal remediation approach, so the same methods do not work in every household experiencing mold development. The preferred and least invasive option is our surface cleaning solution using antimicrobial products in our inventory to neutralize or eliminate mold activity on the surface of hosting materials. This option only affects the outermost layer, however. More abrasive cleaning might be necessary in many cases, involving mechanical actions like sanding or soda blasting. It is only when there is no suitable solution that options like controlled demolition are considered.

Overcoming Moisture Threats

The same general contractor license that gets used to implement the needed controlled demolition benefits other areas of the remediation process. Because prolonged moisture exposure is the primary contributor to mold development, it is essential to take the necessary time to implement strategies to prevent recurrences. For warding off future mold damage, our SERVPRO team

  • Resolves plumbing leaks
  • Repairs to structural damage
  • Seals openings
  • Installs proper ventilation

Lingering Odors After Mold Damage

One of the more challenging aspects of remediation for our professionals is addressing odors that result from spreading colonies. Volatile organic compounds are produced by active organisms, creating musty odors that overwhelm the immediate area. In most cases, this same strong smell can help initially identify problems in your home, even if you cannot see them. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified AMRT technicians have multiple deodorization practices to help neutralize odor compounds, like foggers and hydroxyl generators.

Are Mold Damage Repairs Necessary?

It is difficult to experience mold development in a home or business that does not require some repairs. Fungal activity may be enough to require controlled demolition, but there is the added focus on the vulnerabilities that allow moisture to persist. With this repair capability in our ranks, you do not have to wait to complete the full remediation processes and return to normal living conditions.

Lynn mold damage can impact many separate areas, making it important to have a thorough and complete evaluation when remediation first begins. Our SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield team is ready to respond fast with skilled professionals, state-of-the-art equipment, and potent antimicrobial products to help. Call us now at (781) 593-6663.

Water Mitigation Minimizes Damage in Lynn - Call SERVPRO

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign Water mitigation services in Lynn is a job for SERVPRO. Our IICRC certified technicians have all the experience needed for your home.

SERVPRO Applies Water Mitigation Techniques to Reduce Water Damage in Lynn

Water leaks in Lynn can cause lots of damage to the immediate area of the leak. Failure to stop the leak and remove the water as quickly as possible can cause permanent damage to many materials as they absorb water and moisture, swell and lose their structural integrity. Hardwood flooring, drywall, and cupboards made from particleboard are examples of materials that absorb moisture.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation services in Lynn and the surrounding areas. In less than four hours from your call, we believe in a fast response to manage the water damage and mitigate further damage to various building materials. We also know our clients are concerned about their homes and want someone onsite as quickly as possible to deal with the water damage.

Removing water from flooring materials and lowering the humidity level reduces the chance of secondary damage. For example, water seeps between the hardwood floor planks and, if not removed, causes the hardwood planks to warp and buckle as they absorb moisture. SERVPRO utilizes floor mats to withdraw water from the floor. We also deploy high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in the home. Clients are also encouraged to activate their AC systems to reduce humidity levels.

Water mitigation is a primary service we offer to our clients to reduce the secondary damage to fabrics and porous materials. Our building services team can also assist with any water damage repairs required. Don’t hesitate to call us for assistance removing water and reducing humidity levels after a water leak. Services offered by SERVPRO include:

Call the water mitigation specialists from SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield and nearby areas for assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (781) 593-6663.

Need Water Restoration in East Lynn – Call SERVPRO

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

over flowing toilet East Lynn homes with water damage restoration need the help of SERVPRO. We are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Provides Water Restoration and Repairs in East Lynn

Water leaks in East Lynn often cause a great deal of damage to walls and flooring. A leak from a pipe inside a wall may go unnoticed before water is observed. Perhaps the carpet in the leak area is wet, or the drywall feels soft and spongy to the touch. Undetected water leaks can cause a great deal of damage if allowed to continue before taking action to find and repair the leaking pipe.

SERVPRO provides water restoration in East Lynn associated with plumbing leaks, sink or tub overflows, leaks from AC units, and many more situations involving water leaking into your home. We can help locate the source of the leak, and our building services team can assist with repairs to the plumbing system and the removal of wet drywall, flooring, or cupboards that the water has damaged.

Once the leak is corrected, we use weighted water extractors to remove water from carpets and under padding. Hardwood floor drying mats are used on hardwood floors to remove water from between the hardwood planks to prevent absorption, swelling, and buckling. Water detectors help us find pockets of water that may exist inside walls or under cupboards. We use suction wands to access the space and remove the water.

Our air movers blow dry air over the space to absorb moisture, and our high-capacity dehumidifiers reduce the humidity in your home to normal levels drying your flooring materials. Building services can assist with new carpeting or drywall repairs if needed. SERVPRO provides the following services to our clients in East Lynn:

  • Water clean up
  • Water damage remediation
  • Water damage repairs

Call the water restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield and nearby areas for assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (781) 593-6663.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Removal and Inspection Services in Lynn

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Need Mold Inspection and Mold Removal Services in Lynn – Call SERVPRO

Many residents of Lynn do not realize they have an issue with mold until they notice a strong, musty odor emanating from specific areas of their homes. Often, there is a water leak, moisture from AC units, or high humidity levels with little air circulation and warm conditions creating perfect conditions for mold growth. A mold infestation can quickly grow into a full-scale colony that continues growing until mold remediation efforts are followed.

SERVPRO provides mold inspection and mold removal services to Lynn and surrounding area residents. Residents should take action as soon as they notice a strong, musty odor or observe mold forming on their homes' walls, floors, or ceilings. Our mold inspection team evaluates the affected area, and we are obligated to follow local and state laws regarding documentation and removal protocols for larger infestations.

Mold spores are everywhere, just waiting for the right conditions to germinate. Combine moisture, warmth, and a food source, and suddenly you have a mold infestation that looks unsightly, smells bad, and can cause structural issues if left in place long enough. Drywall, fabrics, and even the two-by-fours inside your walls can be compromised.

SERVPRO mold removal technicians use controlled demolition techniques and negative pressure rooms, and we bag debris in place before removing mold-infested materials from your home for disposal. We follow these removal protocols to prevent the spread of mold spores to additional areas of your home.

SERVPRO offers the following services to our clients dealing with mold issues:

  • Mold inspection and advice on the proper removal process
  • Mold removal following state-mandated guidelines
  • Mold remediation and repair of damaged areas

Call the mold removal specialists from SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield and nearby areas for assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (781) 593-6663.

Cleanup Actions Facilitating Fire Damage Restoration in East Lynn

5/22/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Emphasizes Variety during East Lynn Fire Cleanup

Soiling and other changes that develop in a house are readily identifiable. What might not be sure is how to address them, restoring your East Lynn property to its preloss state. Luckily, there are many cleaning methods that you can rely on to facilitate fire damage restoration. It is easier to explore such ways with the help of a professional team.

The effectiveness of the cleaning methods used during fire restoration in East Lynn homes depends on how vast the affected areas are or the intensity of soiling. The materials in the affected areas also play a role since some are highly vulnerable to moisture exposure, so methods that involve the use of liquids may do more harm than good. SERVPRO evaluates the soils, underlying materials, and the ingredients of a cleaning product.

Categories of cleaning approaches:

  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Specialized methods

Dry cleaning methods do not involve any liquids. However, their effectiveness is limited against severe soils. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry cleaning as a precursor to other methods or where fire damage only involves light or moderate residue accumulation. One typical dry cleaning method is wiping surfaces with chemical sponges. Wet cleaning helps when significant soiling or deeply embedded materials are involved. Wet cleaning mostly takes chemicals that react with soils loosening the bonds they have with surfaces. Wet cleaning products can also lubricate or dissolve the soil facilitating easier removal. 

Removing Soils Physically

Abrasive cleaning may be regarded as a dry cleaning method since it does not involve any wetting of surfaces. However, abrasive cleaning may degrade the surface, making it a last resort where other forms are deemed ineffective.

Various Abrasive Cleaning Methods

SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield provides any resources you might need in facilitating fire restoration at your property. Call us at (781) 593-6663. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Importance of Deodorization during Fire Restoration of Lynn Homes

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mitigates Odors to Manage Fire Damage in Lynn

Odors are common after fire incidents. Although smells are invisible, they make it uncomfortable to stay inside a house, especially over extended periods. It is easy to ignore odors during fire restoration since they are expected to dissipate on their own over time. However, your Lynn home may require elaborate deodorization to restore its preloss conditions.

Before thinking of deodorization, it is essential to ensure the other fire restoration processes your Lynn property requires are well executed. Odors are highly prevalent when combustion residues, charred materials, moisture, and firefighting chemicals are still within the property. SERVPRO eases the effort to fight odors by cleaning up a property thoroughly before starting odor management processes. We also have a better understanding of odor issues.

Things to note when dealing with fire-related smells:

  • Odors are deeply embedded
  • Odor molecules are volatile 
  • Malodors are vastly spread in a property

Unlike soils and other physical issues, which are mostly restricted at the surface of a material, smells tend to be deeply embedded in materials. Therefore, no matter how thorough, cleaning is not that effective in combating them. When done properly, deodorization works on the surface and penetrates deep into materials neutralizing the embedded molecules. Our SERVPRO teams use methods such as thermal fogging or running activated oxygen generators to combat deeply embedded malodors.

Changes Related to Odors

Unlike other soils which remain static, odors emanate from volatile compounds which continually release the molecules into the air, resupplying the bad smell in the house. Therefore leaving any section unaddressed is not ideal. Unfortunately, some materials such as structural supports or HVAC ducts may be difficult to work on or access. Our SERVPRO technicians apply unique solutions to resolve such situations.

Advanced Deodorization Methods

  • Sealing surfaces
  • Enzyme digesters
  • Activated oxygen

SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield can conduct a thorough fire restoration exercise leaving your home odor-free. You can reach us at (781) 593-6663.

Things to Remove when Flood Damage Affects a Lynn Home

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

storm damaged home Flood damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have the experience and training you need.

With SERVPRO, Flood Restoration Is Convent in Lynn

Accumulation of unwanted materials is a common outcome of flooding. Apart from the intruding water, silt, and mud, items inside the house also deteriorate, contributing additional unwanted substances. Removing all these materials is essential to resolve flood damage problems in Lynn homes.

Some materials are more susceptible to the flood damage at your Lynn home than others leading to irreversible changes. The changes could develop from physical deterioration, heavy soiling, or contamination. Several advantages accrue when you involve SERVPRO, including safer and faster removal of unwanted matter.

Contaminated materials needing immediate removal:

  • Flood water
  • Carpets and pads
  • Silt or mud
  • Drywall

Water accumulation is the main issue during a flooding incident, so it is essential to clear it from the property as quickly as possible. Floor materials such as carpets and pads are usually fully saturated, and unfortunately, cleaning them cannot eliminate all traces of contamination. Once floodwaters settle on surfaces, residues like silt and mud separate, so removal must factor in how to address such materials.

Appropriate Removal Procedures

A method can be deemed appropriate in facilitating flood removal if it meets or exceeds certain criteria. SERVPRO technicians have significant work experience, which eases decision-making.

Factors influencing the choice of flood removal methods:

  • Level of thoroughness
  • Possibility of damage to surroundings
  • Safety for the technicians or occupants

Some floor coverings such as carpets and pads are easily peeled off the surface. However, the removal should be procedural to avoid injury or damage to baseboards or trim. Our SERVPRO technicians use pry bars to wedge out the baseboard conveniently. We then unfasten the carpet from the tack strip before unrolling it. Since carpets are considered hazardous material after flooding, cutting them into small pieces helps ease disposal.

There is no reason to remove the entire drywall panels when only a small area is affected. Our SERVPRO crews make flood cuts 2 inches above the visible water line. You can replace the removed pieces and refinish the spot, eliminating the traces of damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield helps remove all deteriorated or hazardous materials from a property. Call us at (781) 593-6663.

Pre-Existing Damage Impacts Fire Restoration in Lynn

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

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The Scope of Lynn Fire Restoration Efforts Can Be Increased by Pre-Existing Damage

Before starting fire cleanup and restoration efforts, Lynn area fire remediators check to see if there is pre-existing damage present. Performing this check is crucial because it identifies what your insurance should cover and how issues existing before the blaze might raise the cost of repairs and increase the time necessary to return your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO’s fire restoration experts in Lynn are always vigilant in locating and identifying problems your residence might have had prior to the house fire in question. Our fire restoration pre-checks help determine what fire and smoke damage are related to the current event and guide the proceeding house fire clean up and smoke remediation work.

Often, when we test fire-damaged homes, we uncover the following pre-existing issues:

  • Central heating and air conditioning ductwork filled with non-fire-related dust/dirt that has accumulated on its surfaces over many years, which could make cleanup more difficult
  • Smoke residues deposited by forced air heating systems that cover ceilings, walls, and other surfaces throughout your residence and represent an additional remediation issue
  • Cigarette and cigar smoke stains/remnants that have discolored structural elements
  • Dark coronas or outlines left on walls by hot devices like TVs and microwaves
  • Structural damage from termites, dry rot, and other pre-existing issues that necessitate the replacement of elements, increase costs and lengthen restoration times
  • Construction not up to current building or fire codes that needs to be updated

Rest assured that your knowledgeable friends at SERVPRO of Lynn/Lynnfield are usually going to identify all potential fire restoration problems before they begin their remediation work. In doing so, they are likely to save you a lot of time and money. So, whenever you need our help, don’t hesitate to call us at (781) 593-6663.