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Understanding Roxbury Fire Damage and Its Restoration

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Restore Homes After Fire Damage

From Harvard Medical School to Northeastern University, many large properties exist in the Greater Boston area of Roxbury. With the thousands residing in the neighborhood, fires happen more often than many think. Even after a fire gets extinguished, effects continue to threaten the impacted structure like:

  • Ruined contents
  • Airborne contaminants
  • Destroyed structure
  • Lingering water damage
  • Smoke residues and soils

Roxbury fire damage is a highly destructive event in many cases, even with minor kitchen flare-ups. Experienced professionals are needed to document loss and get restoration started. With insurance companies involved when damage claims are made, we work directly with adjusters to meet the requirements to obtain claim approval.

What Kind of Restoration Can Homeowners Expect?

Fire restoration services vary considerably between residences and commercial properties, making each situation unique. We evaluate the condition of your home and determine the needed mitigative and restorative actions to begin returning this structure to its original condition.

Mitigating Fire Damage

Mitigation describes any early actions our professionals take to protect the structure and its occupants from worsening conditions. While the process can involve dozens of acts, standard emergency services can include:

  • Personal Belongings/Contents – We can relocate and protect personal belongings caught in the damage path of migrating fire loss effects. We also have on-site cleaning solutions when relocation is not enough. 
  • Structural Elements – Inspecting damaged structures can be a wise start to mitigation as well, as several repairs and areas requiring controlled demolition exist with the arrival of our technicians.
  • Containing the Damage – It is essential to stop the movement of post-fire loss effects like soot and odors. Covering vents and returns keep these negative elements from entering the HVAC system.

How is Soot Resolved After Fire Damage?

Cleaning up surfaces impacted by soot and smoke residues is a priority of our fire restoration professionals. Partial combustion, prevalent in all affected areas of a structure fire, produces smoke solids that can come to rest on surfaces. We utilize several cleaning approaches, but there are specific factors that can influence the preservation of impacted materials and contents:

  • Smoke Damage Type – Environmental conditions and the combustion of specific materials will create varying types of smoke damage. Wet smoke, for example, is a more challenging residue to clean with its thick deposit and tendency to smear.
  • Underlying Material – The material impacted by the soot and smoke soils should also be considered when determining salvageability. Older materials are often harder to clean, and highly porous surfaces can also create a substantial obstacle for the technicians. 
  • Cost of Preservation – A final consideration that must be made into the salvageability of exposed materials and contents is the difficulty of fire damage restoration against the cost of replacement. Some materials, such as drywall, can be replaced more easily and cheaply than through lengthy restoration and cleaning processes. 

Repairs and Build-Back After a Fire

Structure fires often leave buildings with a pressing need for repairs and reconstruction. Build-back services by our SERVPRO team are possible with our general contractor license. Our qualifications in this field prevent customers from needing to secure secondary contractors to complete rebuilds after the restoration phases.

Roxbury fire damage events happen more often than many homeowners and business managers believe. With the swiftness that these disasters can impact a structure, there is little time to waste in securing restoration professionals approved by your insurance provider to help.

Our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team is a preferred post-fire recovery specialist available 24/7 when you call (617) 466-6909. 

Restoration Solutions for Roxbury Water Damage

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Water Damage in Multiple Ways

Water emergencies happen in our region daily, making it the most common service request for our SERVPRO professionals. We are a full-service solution for restoration and recovery from these disasters, providing:

  • Water Removal Services
  • Drying and Evaporation
  • Surface and Content Cleaning
  • Post-Damage Repairs

Rapidly Responding to Water Emergencies

With Roxbury water damage, it is important to have experienced professionals responding quickly. SERVPRO prides itself that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we show this through our pre-stocked vehicles in the Green Fleet, ready to mobilize at the first notice of loss.

Removing Pooling Water in the House

Extraction is an integral part of the mitigation process to get the restoration going. Without removing standing water, materials continue to be at risk for absorption and degradation. We have several water removal tools to help:

  • Wet Vacuums – These extraction units provide the most versatile solutions for water removal, including portability and access to multi-story structures without the need for deploying high-pressure pump units. 
  • Submersible Pumps – Ranging from engine-driven units providing the highest power for extraction and water removal to portable electric submersible units, pumps offer a higher volume of water removal when vacuums are overwhelmed. 
  • Specialized Equipment – While vacuums and pumps can care for the largest portions of standing water. SERVPRO professionals must also account for absorbed water at this stage. Materials like carpeting can relieve most of their absorbed water with high-pressure vacuums and weighted extraction units. 

Tools for Efficient Water Damage Drying

Drying is the most critical portion of the restoration process and is needed in every water restoration project. While each structure requires a different amount of equipment and unique placement, some of the common tools deployed include:

  • Air Movers - Placing high-velocity blowers at 45-degree angles on surfaces allows us to steer drying and evaporation processes with direct infusion of dry air on wet structural elements.
  • Dehumidifiers - Desiccant and low-grain refrigerant dehumidification equipment use different approaches to trap and remove moisture grains from the atmosphere. Dehumidification is vital to allow evaporation to continue and not oversaturate the environment.
  • Portable Electric Heating - Manipulating the warmth of the drying zone can often help to increase the evaporation reactions and reduce contact time for cleaning products on surfaces.
  • Drying Mats - For flooring types like wood and vinyl plank, drying mats can be an integral part of the restoration process. Capillary suction draws moisture to the surface where these mats are placed so that evaporation and other techniques can remove it from the structure.

Prepared for Large Loss Scenarios

In the Greater Boston area and through communities we serve like Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, commercial properties are just as susceptible to water damage as the thousands of homes in the region. As such, our SERVPRO team must stay ready with Large Loss equipment and training to manage loss effects on a greater scale than typically seen in residential disasters.

Water Damage Repairs

One advantage of SERVPRO for water recovery work is the general contractor license we provide. After burst pipes and flooding, repairs and reconstruction are inevitable. Having this capability with the restoration team means that the work gets done right after the cleanup, and you are back to normal life faster.

With Roxbury water damage incidents, professionals like ours must respond quickly. There is a finite timeline where materials exposed to water and moisture are salvageable. As trusted restoration technicians in the Greater Boston area, SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury can help mitigate loss and make water emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Call now at (617) 466-6909.

The Impact of Roxbury Mold Damage on Homes

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Remediators Can Manage Mold Damage in Roxbury

Whether the lingering water in your home after a water damage emergency or a damp basement that continually contends with penetrating groundwater, conditions for mold development are common concerns for area homeowners. When you suspect microbial damage in your property, our SERVPRO team responds with a crew of experienced professionals representing multiple industry niches like:

  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation
  • WRT – Water Restoration
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • CDS – Commercial Drying 
  • OCT – Odor Control

How Does Mold Form?

Roxbury mold damage can exist without homeowners knowing, especially in less-trafficked areas of a residence like a basement or an attic. Any moist environment that persists for several days can facilitate mold colonies. Common examples include:

  • Unresolved Water Damage – A small leak at a connection of your plumbing or a dripping fixture could create a wet zone sufficient for welcoming mold. 
  • Humidity Concerns – Humid conditions are not foreign to our communities, and residences dealing with high moisture content can also contend with developing mold.
  • Post-Flooding – Flooding can leave many areas of the structure damp, a suitable environment for mold development.

What Materials Does Mold Target?

Organic matter becomes a food source for mold colonies. Those building materials and contents in the house are most at risk for supporting organisms and facing disastrous results. Some include:

  • Drywall
  • Wood elements
  • Baseboard
  • Carpets
  • Soft materials 

Removing Mold Damage Professionally

 The removal of mold and microbial threats involves several trusted strategies. Because of factors like the impacted materials, irregular or challenging surfaces, and the severity of the infestation, multiple remediation tactics are needed:

  • Surface Products – The least intrusive remediation method is applying sporicidal agents to the surface. Contact time with these colonies can often eradicate surface mold without further action.
  • Power Sanding – Wood framing and structural elements impacted by mold colonies can allow colonies to penetrate beyond the outermost surface layer. Power sanding removes a thin exterior segment to eliminate intruding mold colonies.
  • Dry Ice Blasting – Dry ice is not the only blasting material we can use for these pieces of equipment. We place various media under pressurized air and blast at hosting materials supporting surface colonies. 
  • Removing Damaged Materials – When surface and more abrasive cleaning methods are not possible, controlled demolition is an effective alternative. 

Will Mold Damage Repairs Be Needed?

 A contractor license for our team allows us to be there for the repairs and reconstruction that your home might require after mold cleanup. There are many instances where the infestation of colonies compromises hosting materials to the point of needing partial or complete replacement. Understanding that repairs are likely, our SERVPRO team prepares for this by dispatching experienced professionals to help with mold damage remediation.

Preventing Mold Recurrences in Your Home

 Another objective of our restoration team and the reconstruction specialists we provide is preventing recurrences. We adhere to IICRC standards for mold services. It is possible to address the entry point for moisture penetration and avoid continued infiltration. In many cases, rebuilding compromised structural elements allows moisture migration to the damaged area. Roof repairs, sealing penetration points in your home's foundation, and several other structural improvements can help.

When contending with Roxbury mold damage, homes and businesses can be impacted by these growths over a long period. The development and spread of mold and microbial organisms threaten the hosting materials and could lead to a need for extensive reconstruction. Our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team has a fast response through our Boston neighborhoods and communities to help. Call now at (617) 466-6909.

Avoid Excessive Costs in Roxbury with Expert Water Damage Repair

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO 24/7 in Roxbury for Pro Water Damage Repair Results

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – meaning SERVPRO will get you the results you need quickly in your Roxbury property when facing a water emergency. Time is of the essence with any water incident because the longer you wait to address standing moisture and water pooling, the more the damage multiplies. Our highly-trained technicians use advanced technology and proven methods to ensure your daily life sees as little disruption as possible. 

What kinds of water damage repair in Roxbury does SERVPRO handle? We handle debris removal of any saturated contents and building materials we cannot salvage. From there, we use trusted area contractors and vendors to make your property “Like it never even happened” with controlled demolition and reconstruction. The work we oversee includes, but is not limited to:

  • Repair of hardwood, linoleum, marble, and tile flooring
  • Carpet and carpet padding replacement
  • Drywall installation, in some instances, may include flood cuts to only remove the lower portion of the drywall
  • Painting, sealants, and wallpaper
  • New baseboard and other finishing touches

With any water-related incident, special attention must get paid to all surfaces to ensure we stop microbial growth in its tracks. We have Applied Microbial Restoration Technicians (AMRT) and Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) to help ensure everything is sanitized and dry. This helps ensure you and your family can breathe easily and comfortably in your home once we finish water removal services and drying. 

Did you know that we help with all the documentation for your insurance claim? We go the extra mile for our Roxbury customers so their insurance claim goes as smoothly as possible.

Trust SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury when you need professional water damage repair. Request help online or call us at (617) 466-6909, and we can mobilize our Green Fleet in four hours or less to get started.

Why SERVPRO Uses Lots of Plastic in Mold Removal Jobs in Roxbury

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Removal Experts Know How to Protect Your Home

Mold removal, or mold remediation, helps property owners in Roxbury resolve microbial infestations. There are specific methods used to assist homeowners with microbial infestations. 

One thing we at SERVPRO want residents to know about mold removal inside their Roxbury property is never to disturb it. Touching, sweeping, brushing, or blowing on mold can cause it to release spores. These microscopic particles are capable of creating new microbial colonies elsewhere inside your residence. 

To control the mold and protect your house from migrating spores, we use plastic sheeting during the removal of microbial infestations and mold remediation in various applications: 

  • Enclosing areas that contain no mold so they remain mold-free as we work,
  • Partitioning places with mold for dry ice blasting or application of an encapsulating medium, and
  • Creation of a negative pressure chamber for use when restoring affected furnishings.

Plastic sheeting is an impenetrable material that is inexpensive and easy to manage for our diverse requirements. We use non-marking tape to attach sections of sheeting to your walls above doorways and entrances to hallways. We also might use plastic to close off your ductwork, preventing any possible contamination. 

At the end of our mold removal efforts, we can quickly wrap up used plastic sheeting, forming a rolled-up ball. Or, we might fold it several times and use it as an extra layer when disposing of torn-away materials with sharp edges. Then, we bag it and carry it out of your home for secure disposal. 

One thing about plastic sheeting that can work against homeowners, however, is that the material retains moisture. Because of this property, we never recommend its use except for temporary, short periods. Otherwise, instead of helping with mold removal, the presence of plastic sheeting can create an environment suitable for the prolific growth of mold.

The little details, including where to adhere plastic sheeting and the timing involved in projects performed by the experienced crew at SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury, make all the difference. Call us at (617) 466-6909 for mold remediation.

Flood Damage Repair Solutions in Roxbury Attics

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

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We Provide Efficient Flood Damage Repairs

The attic is a location commonly damaged by the heavy storms Jamaica Plain and Roxbury communities endure throughout the year. Despite the sturdy construction of even historic properties in the region, roofs are not impervious to damage. We are ready to respond to flood damages and necessary repairs after threatening disasters.

Evaluating the Damage

Before any flood damage repair in Roxbury homes can begin, SERVPRO providers must understand the scope of the damage and decide on an appropriate series of solutions. Damage evaluation is the most suitable approach. Assessment allows our experienced production manager to closely inspect impacted structural elements and the surrounding attic space to see where controlled demolition, repairs, and full reconstruction might be needed. Factors that influence repair decisions include:

  • Contaminants
  • Structural integrity loss
  • Sagging materials
  • Roof damages

Removing Contaminated Structure

Contamination is not always a concern with storm damage to the roof, but SERVPRO specialists must evaluate the entire affected area to see if these threats could exist. We take no chances with potentially contaminated materials, so these must be entirely removed from the underlying studs.

Drying Framework and Roof Supports

Repairs are often needed after flood damage exposure, but it is the preferred option when drying can solve issues. SERVPRO always seeks to restore versus replace materials so we can deploy air movers to the impacted spaces while other repairs are getting underway to see what building elements we can preserve.

Repairing the Roof

Structural vulnerabilities are another concern, as more and more water can continue to penetrate the attic space without a resolution. Our licensed contractors work to provide temporary board up to get restoration underway initially but are also capable of repairing the roof fully once the remediation of water damage and flood loss effects have been overcome.

Flood damage repairs are a common element of the recovery from these disasters, and our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team is trained and licensed to help. Call us after disasters strike at (617) 466-6909.

Managing Flood Damage to Contents of Jamaica Plain Homes

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Content Cleaning Solutions After Flood Damage

To many homeowners, the contents of their property are as important as the structure itself. Then, it is critical to have suitable solutions after flood loss situations to manage the handling of these impacted items and work to restore them when possible. Multiple possible phases and actions can occur with personal belongings, furniture, clothing, and other contents. Some of these include:

  • Relocation
  • Cleaning
  • Off-Site Restoration

Relocating Contents When Possible

Flood damage in Jamaica Plain homes can be very noticeable when specialists of our SERVPRO team begin evaluating and cataloging the condition of the contents in the house. Because flood loss effects continue to migrate and move until containment gets established and much of the extraction occurs, it is important to relocate at-risk contents to safer areas of the residence.

On-Site Cleaning with Disinfectants

It is possible in some cases to perform on-site cleanup, but this must occur in one of two ways to be successful. The affected items must either exist in an area very mildly affected by intruding floodwater conditions, or contents must be relocated to an established staging area for cleaning and recovery. At the same time, restoration in the impacted rooms continues.

Off-Site Recovery at SERVPRO Warehouse

One of the more effective and direct solutions our specialists on the roster can provide is off-site cleaning at our SERVPRO facility. With the full measure of powerful recovery tools and products at the disposal of certified cleaning technicians, we can provide a wealth of services to restore contents to their original appearance and function. Some of these include:

  • Surface Cleaning
  • Drying
  • Disinfection
  • Deodorization

Managing the contents of a flood-damaged property is rarely as straightforward as homeowners might like. Still, our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team strives to choose the efficient recovery methods that suit the situation best. Give us a call now at (617) 466-6909.

Elements of Flood Damage Estimates for Roxbury Homes

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Factors Calculate Roxbury Flood Restoration Costs

One of the biggest concerns for homeowners after flooding and storm damage is who pays for the needed restoration. The answer is rarely straightforward, as there are vastly varying levels of coverage available from insurance providers in the area. We are a preferred insurance work vendor in storm, fire, and water damage scenarios, making us uniquely suited for meeting the criteria for claim approval.

Mitigating Water Damage

Flood damage in Roxbury homes can seem overwhelming initially, as there are often portions under several inches of water and ruined materials. Mitigation is one of the most vital services we offer to customers after a flood. Much of this effort precedes the claims approval process as this is essential to preventing the destruction of the house. This can include:

Relocating Exposed Contents

Personal belongings contribute to the final cost and estimated restoration time for recovery. When an estimation and projected plan of action is put together, data collected from the pre-job inspection is included, like the condition of affected contents. Relocation, on-site cleaning, and off-site restoration and recovery are all services possible by our professionals to protect what matters most.

Needed Drying of the Residence

Another factor that ultimately influences the cost and complexity of restoration after flooding is the need for thorough drying. Even without contamination concerns, flooding can impact hundreds of items and materials in a household. We have to ensure that the appropriate amount of air movers and dehumidifiers get used to finding an efficient balance between evaporation, sublimation, and condensation to dry a house effectively.

After a flood, you want to limit the out-of-pocket expenses to get your property back to its original condition as fast as possible. Our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team can help with detailed estimations and projected plans to secure claim approval. Call now at (617) 466-6909.

Helping Jamaica Plain Commercial Structures After Fire Damage

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Structural Emergency Services Benefit Fire Restoration in Jamaica Plain Shop

Emergency services encompass several pressing issues in a fire-damaged property. Commercial facilities often require several steps to shore up the structure and make it safe enough for restoration efforts to begin. Contractors on our crew work quickly to complete several steps such as:

  • Demolition
  • Temporary solutions
  • Repairs

Controlled Demolition

Fire damage in Jamaica Plain shops often requires repairs or reconstruction services. To reach the point where building materials can be safely reinstalled, controlled demolition should happen first. Our contractor license lets us complete this needed demolition and the subsequent repairs and build back to follow.

Tarping

When a roof system has become compromised by fire or related extinguishing efforts, temporary tarping is sufficient to protect the structure until permanent repairs can be administered.

Board Up Services

Multiple types of structural damage can result from the combustion processes and extinguishment. The emergency response team must install temporary coverings for these vulnerable areas to prevent intrusion from animals, insects, precipitation, or opportunistic thieves. Using plywood and reinforcement, we can provide a stable temporary wall or ceiling system to deter secondary damages. These roof coverings can greatly mitigate secondary damages.

Utility Repairs

The movement of fire can directly influence utilities like the water service or electrical conduit running through the property. It is important to focus on restoring these services as fast as possible, as this directly impacts your business. Water services especially can be problematic when harmed as this might introduce a secondary layer of damage to the property until it is rebuilt.

Fast structural repairs and emergency services are a critical offering by our professionals after fire damage impacts shops and businesses throughout the region. As leading restoration professionals, we can help when disasters strike to get your doors back open as soon as possible. Call our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team today at (617) 466-6909.

Dehumidifiers Help Dry Flood Damaged Roxbury Homes

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage in Roxbury? Call SERVPRO

One of the most significant obstacles to post-flood restoration and recovery in a household is removing trapped water in materials and moisture in the environment. Dehumidifiers play a substantial role in managing this moisture concern throughout the structure.

How Do Dehumidifiers Work?

The objective of dehumidifiers concerning flood damage for Roxbury properties is the removal of excess moisture that threatens the structure and contents within it. Dampness presents a significant threat to the property, so the placement of dehumidification equipment is essential to manage water in the environment and promote a faster and more complete drying process. Units work by pulling humidity into a chamber, and through the process of refrigeration or absorption, they convert moist air into physical water to discharge from the machine.

Low-Grain Refrigerant Units

These are a popular type of dehumidifier for restoration work as they do not require an excessive amount of power to perform. These work by cooling air to the point of condensation, which is then collected in a tray on the unit for disposal. Multiple refrigerant dehumidifiers can be used simultaneously to achieve greater production of moisture removal in an environment. This method can be especially effective to mitigate flood damaged interiors.

Desiccant Units

Desiccant units rely on absorption to achieve moisture management. The exhaust of these machines infuses the work area with warm, dry air to further promote a faster and more evenly distributed evaporation process. SERVPRO deploys trailer-mounted large desiccant units for Large Loss projects.

Seeking a Balance

It is important to note that conditions throughout the structure work to seek a balance during flood damage restoration and recovery. Several tools to regulate temperature and airflow throughout the impacted spaces to regulate these natural processes to benefit restoration. These include:

  • Air movers
  • Portable heaters
  • Containment equipment

After a flood damaging event, several tools are necessary for effective drying of the space. Water removal is critical to returning normal living conditions to the household. Our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team can help with effective mitigation. Give us a call today at (617) 466-6909.