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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

What Not to Do in a Fire!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

This family’s Pepperell home suffered from a devastating fire loss. It’s always upsetting when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford worked hard to recover the structure and contents.

We not only clean but we can also help with restoring your space back to original condition. We work with your insurance agency to make sure the job runs smooth and safely.  Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Chelmsford Westford.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you have suffered a fire loss please call SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford at 978-256-4225

From Residential to Commericial Property

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

When that is all said and done, we can help finish the job with a remodel, truly to make it "Like it never even happened."

Your SERVPRO of Chelmsford/Westford team doesn’t just stop at residential homes. We also have the capacity to handle any size commercial jobs as well. Whether this a multi-family, a school, or thirty story building, we are ready for the water or fire damage that creates havoc in your life! When that is all said and done, we can help finish the job with a remodel, truly to make it "Like it never even happened."

In the past, we were called to a huge water loss at the a school, a wellness center, and more commercial buildings in Chelmsford, MA.  We understand that disasters like this are stressful; therefore, we are always ready to go!

Don’t hesitate to call us 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We are there for you and to help put your mind at ease.  Call SERVPRO Chelmsford/Westford today! 

If your commercial building has recently had a water loss do hesitate call us now! 978-256-4225

When the rain won't go away, mold may be trying to stay!

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

We will both clean the mold and if needed replace any damaged caused from the water and the mold.

With all this rain we have been recently having, beware, mold can start to grow in our homes. Mold is no match for us. It can cause damage to our homes and health issues to those who live in the house.

Make sure to call us ASAP.

Our professionals use advanced water detection equipment to locate the source of the problem and remediate any mold or water damage. We will both clean the mold and if needed replace any damaged caused from the water and the mold. We will all make sure the location of the mold is properly ventilated.

Call us today if you think you may have a mold issue. 978-256-4225

Don’t wait! It spreads fast. Catch it early! “Like it never even happened.”