Recent Posts

Now Who Do We Call?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Finish Residential & Commercial Work Is Our Specialty.

Water, fire and mold damage can be devastating. From first sight all the way to the refinishing process. With SERVPRO you never have to worry! Our team of professionals can get your residential or commercial space back and even better, "Like it never even happened."
At SERVPRO our local team of experts will resolve your problem and work with you until the project is completely finished, remodeled and back in working order to your satisfaction. From restoration to remodeling we have you covered. So there is never a need of "who do we call next?" We work with a full team of professional builders, carpenters, plumbers and electricians to keep things moving. Our relationships with these folks are solid, so you'll never be left stranded in the water!

Halloween Safety

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Halloween Safety Tips Halloween Safety From SERVPRO

With all the uncertainty in today's world, it is nice to see some local stores getting ready for Halloween. It's brightened our spirits to see costumes on display, candy aisles filled to the brim with Halloween treats and decor. This is also the time of year to remember safety with our kids, families and homes. Plan ahead and think safety first by keeping decorations away from open flames, avoid using candles- glow sticks can always be a great substitue and double check children's costumes for fire/safety features. Follow some of these tips and enjoy the upcoming treats!

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabrics.
  • Stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them and fire pits.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. 
  • As always make sure all smoke and CO2 alarms are working with fresh batteries.

Storm Safety

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Safety Safety

Every year hundreds of folks are injured due to fallen trees and debris from storms Know your surroundings for the safety to you and your family. There are many types of storms from flash floods and thunder storms to blizzards and hale storms. All capable of causing physical damage to you and your home. With summer coming to a close and Fall and Winter around the corner, here are some tips to follow to keep us all safe.

  • Discuss storm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a storm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm such as lawn chairs, garden tools, toys and lawn ornaments.
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches, tie larger ones up with burlap if needed.
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Get trained in first aid and CPR and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an first aid kit and emergency equipment and let everyone know where it's located in your home
  • Set a meeting place outside if you are forced to leave your home in case of emergency

Fire Prevention Month with SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

basement with a heating system that could cause a fire damage Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy.

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan.

  • Do you have a fire escape plan?
  • Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?
  • Are you prepared if a disaster strikes?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2019 theme is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape!"

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off, "you could have less than one to two minutes to escape safely," yet only 8 percent of people surveyed said getting out was their first thought after hearing a fire alarm. Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy. Make a plan today! Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone in your home or business enough time to get out.

How do you define a hero?

Is it a person who is courageous and performs good deeds? Someone who comes to the aid of others, even at their own personal risk? A hero can be all of those things! A hero can also be someone who takes small but important actions to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire. When it comes to fire safety, be a hero in your household or community. 

When a fire does strike, remember that SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford is here to help!

Prepping for the Unknown Winter!

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Wood flooring is raised and buckling These floors have buckled due to water damage from a frozen pipe. Prepping your property can help prevent these types of problems.

Winter is coming, but are you ready? This National Preparedness Month, allow yourself to be be prepared. 

With it comes cold weather, stormy days, and potential harm to your home or business. Below is an excerpt from SERVPRO's Restoration Newsline. 

TO help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property cold weather hits.

  • Check for downed tree limbs and branches. Damaging weather could cause harm to the property and potentially cause personal inguries.
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to help ensure they are in proper order. 
  • Point gutter downspouts away from the building. And remove any debris from the gutters so they don't overflow
  • Install non-slip mats on at all entries. 
  • Consider shutting off outside spouts to help water pipes from freezing
  • Ask SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford about an Emergency Ready Profile to help protect your property.

We want to help you keep what you care about protected. Ask us how today!

What Makes Us Different

8/4/2019 (Permalink)

With every saved home, every business that reopens, and every satisfied customer, the track record of excellence continues to grow.

When you experience a disaster in your home or workplace,you want a leader in the industry to help care for your property. What makes SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford different?

  • In over 1,700 franchises, there are more than 10,000 employees to call on when disaster strikes. 
  • We are an IICRC trained company that meets and exceeds industry standards
  • With the support of many other franchises, and a training system in place, there is over 40 years of experience for us to rely on to help return your home or business to preloss condition
  • SERVPRO continues to grow the resources as technology grows to provide the best possible service.

Knowing you have someone with training, support, and the proper resources to handle the damage where you spend most of your time takes stress off your mind. While we hope you never have to suffer a disaster, we are here to help!

 Please visit our website to learn more about what we can do for you! You can reach us anytime at 978-256-4225

Managing Mold

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

When most people hear the word mold, the reaction is fear.

When most people hear the word mold, the reaction is fear. Fear for getting sick, fear for the damage it may cause, and fear of what it means.

What people may not know is the fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment every day. Some forms (and there are over 100,000 fungi that have been identified) are actually helpful and add value to our lives. Others are harmful and require remediation to give everyone safe. 

When water intrusions go untreated, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Take precautions for you, your family, and employees. SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford handles water damages every day and knows how to help prevent mold damage. We use the proper restoration process to take care of your property and make it "Like it never even happened."

When An Untreated Water Damage Becomes a Mold Problem

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours.

Mold can happen when you least expect it. Recently we were called to a job where the homeowners had a sink leak. We were called in to investigate. Upon removing the sink we discovered that mold was not only in the sink area but it had spread throughout The whole bathroom.  Unfortunately the bathrooms and to be gutted and fully renovated.  

Some things to think about when it comes to mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
  • 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 that odor 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 you think you have mold give SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford a call. We will come to investigate and give you a quote.

978-256-4225 

A few steps to restore your business from a fire!

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When a project sits in from of you, have you ever wished you could deal with just one person, and let them deal with everyone else?

When a project sits in from of you, have you ever wished you could deal with just one person, and let them deal with everyone else?

Well, SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford can help you do just that!

Starting with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to help you prepare before a disaster, it can leave our your plan should a disaster happens. From who to call, where shut off valves are, or even where Remediation companies should park!

Taking care of the fire damage after you call us in the next step. Determining how far the damage has gone, removing any materials that cannot be cleaned, and using programs based on science to dry the area that was affected by firefighter's efforts to reduce the fire, is only a small portion of what we can do. 

Lastly, when materials such as drywall, flooring, or ceilings are damaged, we can replace and restore it back to preloss condition. Rebuilding your business as quickly as possible restores more than a building. It also helps bring profits and employees back to your company.

When you are concerned for what could happen, or you are in the midst of the "what ifs" contact SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford.

What to do after a fire!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?

SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford tips for after a fire: 

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Call SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford at 978-256-4225