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Lynn Residents Rely On SERVPRO For Fast Water Removal

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

boots splashing in water with person wearing blue jeans You can take off your boots when SERVPRO arrives for water removal and cleanup in your Lynn area home

SERVPRO Arrives Quickly To Lynn Properties For Water Removal and Restoration

Like most of the land in the area, early settlers in the area that would become Lynn bought the land from the indigenous people, the Naumkeag. The tribe maintained their independence, although they initially were members of the Massachusett Confederacy of tribes. There is no evidence this particular tribe was anything but peaceful with their surrounding neighbors, both Native and the settlers. As more European settlers came into the area, the Native American population dwindled due to illness. When a plague swept through the site in the early 1600s, the Naumkeag people got hit hard and lost large numbers. The population did not recover and by 1633 were all but gone.

Lynn as a city would have never come into existence 350 years ago without a group of settlers from Salem who tired of the fast pace, crowded conditions, and wanted more farmland to raise crops and livestock. All of those needs got met in the not-yet-named Lynn, then called Saugus in 1630. The first official minister for the town was Samuel Whiting, who hailed from King's Lynn in England. The local townsfolk changed the name of the city to Lynn in 1637 in honor of Whiting.

Lynn grew primarily as an agricultural hub, but also due to the making of leather shoes. In fact, the soldiers’ boots for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War had their creation in the city.

In the present, the city's seal has a colonial boot on it. A Quaker gentleman named Ebenezer Breed saw potential in the town and persuaded other shoemakers and Europeans to settle in the area. By the time Lynn became an official city in 1850, it was already hailed as the Ladies Shoe Capital of the World. At the start of the 1900s, the town was the world leader in shoe production. Over 200 factories put out over one million pairs of shoes daily. This was in part due to the automation developed by an African-American immigrant named Jan Matzeliger. The city saw production begin to decline post-WWII and the last show factory finally closed its doors in 1981.

Jan Ernst Matzeliger was an immigrant from Suriname, then called Dutch Guiana, born to a plantation owner father and a mother who was still an indentured servant. He traveled to Lynn as he was a skilled shoemaker. To make shoes that fit, molds of the buyer’s feet called “lasts” got made and the shoes made around that mold. It was a tedious process that required dexterity and skilled hands. Also, the last-makers would sometimes hold back on delivery of the needed molds asking for more money for the job. Matzeliger set about to automate the shoe laster.

He spent five years developing his invention and finally in 1883, he received the patent for an automated shoe laster. This was the beginning of mass production of shoes, where a skilled shoemaker could produce up to 50 pairs of shoes a day; Matzeliger’s process could produce anywhere from 150 to 700 pairs of shoes in a single day. This lead to the price of most types of shoes getting cut in half and becoming more affordable. The downside of his dedication to developing this technology took a toll on his health. He did not eat and caught a severe cold which led to the discovery he also had tuberculosis. He died in August 1889 just three weeks shy of his 37th birthday.

Another important nickname is "The City of Firsts." Some critical "firsts'' for this town are: 

  • Established the first leather tannery in 1629
  • First fire engine in 1654
  • Lydia Pinkham is the first woman to use her image to sell a product in 1875   
  • Engineers built the first jet airplane engine in Lynn's GE Plant in 1942

Best Places to Check Out in Lynn

Lynn has the benefit of beautiful, natural scenery while still being able to see the city. Lynn Woods is one of the most popular venues for nature lovers. The trails are some of the best hiking in the area. Other popular places to visit in the city are:

  • Lynn Shore situated on the beach by Nahant Bay
  • High Rock Park has excellent views of Boston
  • Lynn Museum and Historical Society highlight the contributions the immigrant population made, plus Lynn's influence on the area’s growth through its hold on the ice and shoe industry. 

When it comes to dining, the winner of the Traveler's Choice for restaurants was the Antique Table Restaurant. This eatery is popular because of its Italian menu, excellent food, and gluten-free options. The city has a considerable number of food options with something for everyone's taste. 

What Furnishings Have The Best Outcome After Water Removal In Lynn Homes?

When a water damage event occurs in a Lynn property, the items that have the best potential for reuse after water removal are nonporous articles. Anything that absorbed the water has the potential for damage. Wood furniture can get restored if absorbing the water has not swelled or cracked crucial joints. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training to visually inspect items and determine if they have the potential for reuse through the various restoration techniques utilized by the techs.

Other top-level concerns about whether an item can get reused depend on many factors: 

  • How quickly the cleanup started
  • If the water caused damage to the item 
  • Whether the water contains contaminants 

If the water caused staining or discoloration to an item or surface, the techs have an array of cleaning agents, and some can lift away water spots. The technicians always test the surface to ensure the method chosen does not mar the exterior the techs are cleaning

Odor control can be another concern, mainly if the water waited a length of time for removal. Pungent, musty odors can set up quickly in a home, and after extraction and drying, the techs can perform different types of applications to dispel and get rid of odors.

SERVPRO of Lynn / Lynnfield at (781) 593-6663 serves the local Lynn community for all types of water removal services. The trained technicians bring their professional equipment and experience to make the damage in the home, "Like it never even happened."

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