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Myth about Mold

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Myth about Mold


The myth that bleach is the only thing that kills mold, has been passed on to us from generation to generation.  While there are benefits to using bleach-such as disinfecting and sterilizing-the cons of using bleach definitely outweigh the pros. 


Bleach Removes Mold Stains Only


So, why do homeowners believe bleach kills mold? Because the mold stain disappears after using bleach. If you can’t see it anymore then the mold must be dead, right?incorrect! You see, mold is like a plant in the sense that it grows roots and attaches itself to porous surfaces such as drywall, concrete and even fabrics. 


Bleach is Toxic


Have you ever used bleach and felt like you could barely breathe? One homeowner recently told us they had to stay out of the room for days because the fumes were so pungent.


Concrobium Mold Control


There’s a safer way to eliminate and clean mold, without exposing yourself to harmful chemicals.



  • Mold clean-up during remodeling projects

  • Mold and mildew treatments while painting

  • Mold prevention in homes and facilities

  • Musty odor control in vulnerable areas


Concrobium Mold Control dries to form an invisible antimicrobial shield that encapsulates and physically crushes mold spores. 


 


If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100


 

We Are IICRC Certfield

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We Are IICRC Certfield Certificate

SERVPRO of Fall River has been a multi-specialty IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm years. The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (http://www.IICRC.org).

”IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the Clean Trust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

"IICRC Certified Firms must:

"• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

"• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

"• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

"• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

"• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

"The IICRC actively pursues relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC-certified service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.”

SERVPRO of Fall River is honored to count ourselves among the select organizations to receive these certifications.  You can rest easy that we’ll get the job done right, every time!

STORM PREPARATION

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Taking proactive steps to protect your family and property from severe storms before they hit can save lives and minimize damage to your home or business.

Severe storms including hail storms, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes cause a lot of damage in the every year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a storm plan and make sure everyone in your home knows the plan, in case of emergency.

Having a plan increases your chances of keeping you and your family safe. If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider buying flood insurance, as flooding is typically not covered under most homeowners insurance policies. In order to stay safe, it is important to understand your risks and have a plan of action in place before the storm hits.

To prepare for a storm, each family should have an emergency kit. Since you may have to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the emergency kits are located.

Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information

Call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100.

Derecho Storms

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Derecho Storms


A derecho is a large, violent, fast-moving, complex of thunderstorms that follow one another along a path of at least 240 miles, with wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Although derechos are very difficult to predict, they often form along the boundary of a large, hot air mass near a jet stream air current. Derechos can produce winds as violent as a hurricane or tornado and cause similar damage, but they are not confined to the coastal areas of the United States. While derechos can happen at any time of the year during the day or the night, typically, derechos happen in warm weather, during June and July, and in the New Enland.


Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Fall River home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Fall River can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions


What To Do After Flooding



  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.


What NOT To Do After Flooding



  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.


 


Call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100.  

What to do until helps arrives on a Water Damage

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Up After a Flood

  • Keep children & pets outside the affected area 
  • Wear proper personal protective gear (rubber boots, rubber gloves, eye protection)
  • Remove & discard items that can’t be washed and sanitized (i.e. mattresses,   carpet & padding, foam items, books and paper products)
  • Remove & discard drywall & insulation contaminated by flood or sewer water 
  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize all hard surfaces
  • Help drying process by strategically placing air movers and de-humidifiers
  • Wash all affected clothing with hot water and detergent.  It is recommended that you use a Laundromat until your on-site waste water system  has been professionally inspected and serviced
  • After completing cleanup wash with soap and water that has been boiled for at least one minute, to kill off bacteria still in water system.
  • OR call us in 24/7 and we’ll take care of all your drying out needs.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Storm Damage

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage a home affected by a storm

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Fall River home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Fall River can respond immediately to storm and flooding condition


In the picture above you will see the after affect of a Storm in Fall River, MA. Property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. Te get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a SERVPRO of Fall River restoration company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.


Severe storms can be frightening and dangerous, and safety has to be your first priority. If your area has seen major problems, be careful. If you think your home has been structurally damaged or if flood risk remains, don’t go inside until a professional says it’s safe. Spending a few nights at a friend’s house or in an emergency shelter is a small price to pay. Once the disaster has passed, it’s important to assess the damage and get started with cleanup and restoration. Below, we’ve provided information about the damage different kinds of storms can cause and how you can protect your property value in different scenarios.


-Winter Storm


-Hail Damage


-Thunderstorm Damage


-Storm-related Flood Damage


-Hurricane Damage


Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (508) 676-9100

STORM DAMAGE & WIND DAMAGE

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

An unexpected Hurricane can bring wind damage and hail damage. Storm damage caused by a powerful hurricane can cause severe property damage and flooding. A wintry blizzard can cause wind damage and ice damming. Mother Nature can unleash powerful weather patterns, leaving behind substantial storm damage to your home or business. Wind, water, hail and downed trees are just some of the things that can expose your property and contents, whatever their size, to the elements. It is at this time that immediate storm damage restoration is key to your property’s safety and recovery.


In the Picture about you will see water damage after affect of a storm.Here at SERVPRO of Fall River,we offer immediate help to secure your property and prevent further damage from occurring. Storm damage services can include the following:



  • Emergency Board-Up Service

  • Demolition and Reconstruction Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Fall River community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.


Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (508) 676-9100

Commercial Storm Restoration

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. 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.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Fall River has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our training and certifications.

 

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (508) 676-9100

Fire Restoration

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.



  1. Emergency Contact

  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

  6. Cleaning and Repair

  7. Restoration


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Removing odor after a fire

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Fall River is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.