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Removing Tough Fire Damage Residues in Brookline with SERVPRO Equipment

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Get 24/7 SERVPRO Emergency Fire Mitigation

Fire damage can be overwhelming and complex for Brookline homeowners to navigate without professional assistance. Flames leave behind soot, debris, and malodors. They can also leave homeowners tackling water damage and residues from extinguishing efforts. DIY cleanup solutions may appear cost-effective in the short term. Still, these efforts may impart unintentional secondary damages that affect a home’s structural integrity and comfort, leading to more costly repairs over time.

Brookline SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration technicians remediate soot and soils per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. This accredited disaster cleanup firm performs soot removal, debris cleaning, and water mitigation to return affected homes to a clean and safe condition before rebuilding and moving contents back into the property.

Cleanup Challenges Created by Fire Damage

Cleaning up smoke and fire damage with consumer-grade solutions can prove challenging and even frustrating for many homeowners. Smoke residues differ based on factors like what was burnt and the temperature of the flames. Loose, dry soils might be easier to clean than wet soils from burnt plastics, but they can still smear easily and potentially stain surfaces without the right care. DIY cleaning in a fire damage situation can also affect how insurers compensate homeowners for their repair and mitigation needs.

Other considerations that restoration technicians can address with specially crafted tools include:

  • Migration of soot particles and clusters into the HVAC system
  • The proliferation of both light and heavy soils, including charring on wood surfaces
  • Odors and residues caused by burnt proteins

Because of the widely varied types of care needed for fire restoration, including odor control, soot cluster removal, debris disposal, and char mitigation, homeowners are highly encouraged to use a firm like SERVPRO. Not only does SERVPRO inspect and perform mitigation, but the team can also perform necessary documentation, inventory, and rebuilding services that let residents comfortably enjoy their properties as soon as possible.

SERVPRO’s Suite of Fire Remediation Tools

The success of professional fire restoration tools and processes relies on some very consistent truths about fire and smoke damage:

  • Ceilings need to be cleaned first, as smoke tends to rise and do the most damage above a fire’s source instead of below
  • Residues are primarily either hydrophilic or lipophilic
  • Protein residues need powerful enzyme digesters to mitigate these otherwise hard-to-remove soils
  • HVAC needs to be inspected during fire cleanup, even if it does not seem like it was impacted
  • Water damage from flame suppression needs to be dried before cleanup can commence in earnest

The more quickly SERVPRO can act on these principles of fire damage mitigation, the more likely it is that technicians can preserve a home with minimal necessary demolition and repairs. Residents typically do not need to wait for an insurance adjuster to examine their home before calling a fire restoration company.

Cleanup starts with the lightest, driest soils, and works from ceiling to floor. Technicians typically use items like clean cloths and dry cleaning sponges for this type of soot, which can fall to the floor and be collected with the help of HEPA-filter vacuums and negative air pressure machines pulling smoke particles toward the ground.

Heavier damages, particularly on walls, can be remediated with alkaline cleaners and other EPA-registered SERVPRO solutions. Wood and furnishings with charring can be treated with gentle but effective abrasion media like soda ash or dry ice pressurized pellets.

SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton, & Brookline serves communities in need with “Like it never even happened” levels of cleanup. Property owners can call (617) 903-5055 to kick-start the restoration process.

Causes of Residential Water Damage in Brookline

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Mitigation Equipment and Services

Water damage cleanup is a restoration concern that homeowners in Brookline and all over the US encounter. A perforation in plumbing as small as 1/16" or 1/32" of an inch can leak gallons of water into a home over the course of days or weeks, causing utility bills to increase dramatically and potentially creating a suitable environment for mold growth at the expense of a resident's property.

SERVPRO is a water restoration company in Brookline that can implement 24/7 remediation for damaged homes and their contents. These services are available during weekends and holidays and are implemented in compliance with homeowners' wishes, insurance policy terms, and restoration industry standards.

What are the Most Likely Causes of Home Water Damage?

Weather is often cited as one of the most common causes of moisture damage on a property, usually due to structural damage or other phenomena that impact a building's structural integrity. Still, many water-related disasters have nothing to do with storms or other natural phenomena.

Non-weather sources of water damage in a residence can include the following:

  • Plumbing failures, including compromised parts, burst pipes, loose fittings, and damaged supply lines
  • Clogged drains in tubs, showers, and sinks can damage plumbing and leak copious amounts of water in other areas of the property
  • Some damages may be purely accidental, caused by leaving a sink or tub running on a busy day or accidentally overloading a washing machine before rushing off to work
  • Water-using appliances ranging from refrigerators to washing machines can cause moisture damage concerns for similar reasons to plumbing failures, such as loose fittings or supply line malfunctions. However, these units also have problems like overflows, drain clogs, and leaky door gaskets that can suddenly unleash copious amounts of moisture into a home

Regardless of the source, SERVPRO water cleanup technicians can detect impacted areas and formulate a drying plan that considers homeowners' needs. This consultation and estimate process also includes photo documentation of damaged contents to help residents file a proof of loss claim where applicable.

Commercial-grade Water Removal Tools and Strategies Used by SERVPRO

SERVPRO's inventory of moisture mitigation tools and tactics includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Portable extractors for pulling moisture off the carpeting, curtains, and hard-to-reach areas. These tools can provide up to 140 inches of moisture lift at a time per unit, and often dispense hot water and EPA-registered sanitizers to salvage impacted materials, which can help homeowners save on carpet repair and replacement costs
  • Larger truck-mounted extractors are made with large-scale disasters in mind, like pipe bursts that impact multiple floors of a home. These half-ton commercial cleaning units can store over 100 gallons of water for situations requiring it. These extractors are typically not needed for most home water cleanup needs, but they are available when the situation calls for them
  • Tools like rover vacuums, mops, squeegees, and gas-powered sump pumps can help save carpeting, basement floors, and hardwood. Specialized rubber pads are especially useful for keeping hardwood planks and subfloors from warping, cupping, or cracking
  • After technicians extract the bulk of moisture, the affected space can be dried with high-powered air movers and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers. These units return homes to a dry condition much faster after extraction than using air movement alone

Homeowners can contact the SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline team at (617) 903-5055 for remediation that looks and feels "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Remediates Brookline Residential Mold Damage

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Mitigation Solutions and Safety Measures

Each year, mold damage impacts wood and structural materials more than fire and termites combined. This impact illustrates just how hard spores can be on home surfaces in a short period. Brookline homeowners can start feeling the effect of microbial growth within as little as one to two days after water damage enables its proliferation.

Brookline SERVPRO mold mitigation technicians utilize commercial-grade, cutting-edge remediation tools and technologies to restore homes after microbial damage. Technological advances like thermal imaging cameras, when paired with tried-and-true tactics like duct sealing, flood cuts, and debris removal, can return a home to its pre-mold condition safely and efficiently.

Reconsidering DIY Home Mold Cleanup

While it may seem tempting to cut costs by taking care of mold damage with do-it-yourself strategies, homeowners are encouraged to leave this restoration to certified professionals. Not only can trained restoration technicians more thoroughly restore spaces impacted by damage, but they can also inspect homes with high-grade sensors and imaging tools.

Homeowners looking into DIY spore cleanup should reconsider because:

  • Without thorough containment and decontamination of PPE, it is easy to unintentionally spread microbes which can then repopulate and damage structures and contents once more
  • When spores impact contents like carpet and mattresses, these items are typically not salvageable and require careful disposal. Mold remediation firms like SERVPRO can perform this service while preventing spores from spreading unintentionally
  • Structural materials like drywall may also need removal. We can perform a controlled demolition without removing a whole wall. Professionals can also implement solutions like spray-and-sealing on wall studs to prevent further contamination risks to essential structural materials like framing and subfloors

SERVPRO, meanwhile, adheres to restoration industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to implement microbial cleanup. While total mold removal is not guaranteed due to the microscopic size of individual spores, SERVPRO training ensures that remediation can achieve pre-disaster spore levels or lower without homeowners having to take on the work themselves.

SERVPRO’s Comprehensive Mold Restoration Strategies

One essential ingredient in SERVPRO’s recipe for effective mold remediation is its 24-hour responsiveness, which allows restoration to begin as soon as possible after homeowners call for assistance. These tasks can be implemented during weekends, late nights, and holidays to minimize homeowners’ discomfort and maximize the salvageability of home contents exposed to spores.

On top of cleaning, SERVPRO’s demolition and debris removal services are essential to keeping homes safe and maximizing their readiness for structural repairs. This crew’s loadout includes commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE), drying equipment, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and odor control units like foggers and sprays that can implement large-scale malodor removal. HVAC cleanup modalities, HEPA-filter vacuums, and air scrubbers significantly improve indoor air quality for Brookline residents.

Emergency-response remediation for mold damage includes the following:

  • Home inspection with moisture sensors, meters, and thermal imaging to locate potential microbial damage that has gone unnoticed and establish remediation goals throughout the cleanup
  • Negative air pressure and containment establishment that prevents spore spread through ducts, doorways, and windows
  • Decontamination of PPE in designated clean areas to follow restoration industry protocols for mold mitigation
  • Controlled demolition and disposal of unsalvageable materials contaminated by mold damage with the permission of homeowners
  • Spore drying and collection with structural drying equipment, dehumidification, and commercial-grade vacuum

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and only a phone call away from providing restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton, & Brookline at (617) 903-5055 to begin mitigation as soon as possible after a disaster occurs.

SERVPRO Helps Avoid Fire Restoration Hazards in Brookline

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Keeps You Safe During Fire Restoration Activities in Brookline

Many Brookline residents are unaware of the potential hazards after a fire in their Brookline homes. Fire department has extinguished the fire, and they are ready to leave. Should you enter the house and try to recover some of your belongings, mementos, and important papers? Or wait for help from your insurance company and a restoration crew? Has your home been designated as unsafe to enter?

SERVPRO provides fire restoration services to residents of Brookline. We can be onsite within four hours of your call at any time of the day. Our team leader will assess the damage and any safety issues. We check for overhead hazards such as collapsing ceilings, electrical shock hazards from water damage to electrical wires, slip and fall hazards, poor lighting, and maintaining the security of your home or business until repairs can be arranged.

During the clean-up and restoration phase of the project, our team works closely with the client to retrieve any items needed for insurance claims, recovery of heirlooms, and other important things. We take the utmost care to avoid further damage and reduce secondary damage as much as possible. Our objective is to clean and restore whenever possible vs. replace. 

Before beginning restoration, we remove all water, chemicals, charred materials, and smoke residues. Our restoration team includes all the trades needed to restore a home, including electricians, plumbing and heating experts, drywall and flooring installers, and many more.

We can save you time and manage your total costs by utilizing our building services teams to coordinate repairs and restoration activities. Our services at SERVPRO include:

  • Fire damage restoration and repair
  • Smoke remediation and odor removal
  • House fire clean up

Call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline for fire restoration services. We provide service to Brookline and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (617) 903-5055.

Selecting the Best Commercial Fire Restoration Team in Brookline

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

Before and after commercial fire damage project. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience needed for all commercial fire damage restoration services.

Brookline Businesses Need Prompt, Professional SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration

Having fire damage within your commercial property is devastating. As a business owner, you need to know that you can handle the damage to possessions, structures, and water from putting out the flames. You need to call a professional restoration team fast so that you can limit the amount of downtime that you have. SERVPRO has all bases covered, from debris removal and water extraction to repair and odor control. We always make it “Like it never even happened.”

With our commercial fire restoration in Brookline, we give you workable timelines for rebuilding and repair so that you know what you are up against. When hiring someone for the task, we suggest that you ask yourself the following questions:

  • What types of restoration services does the company provide? SERVPRO gets you through the entire process: initial inspection, tarping and board-up services, soot and smoke cleanup, odor control, and water removal services.
  • Does the company work outside regular business hours? SERVPRO is available 24/7, 365 days a year, so you have a restoration team ready to get started as soon as possible.
  • Will all fire damage get assessed right away? Once first responders give our crew the green light, a full inspection and assessment get done. We determine the level of fire damage, the types of soiling and residue present, and all possible structural and environmental hazards.
  • Is the company certified to handle fire and water restorations? SERVPRO is fully IICRC-certified - ready to address all water damage, charring, smoke damage, and everything your commercial property needs to put the fire behind you and get back to business. 

Knowing you have hired the best team to take on your commercial fire restoration needs is nothing like knowing. Call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline when you need us at (617) 903-5055 or request help online at your earliest convenience. Ask us about developing your Emergency READY Plan (ERP)!

Water Cleanup Equipment Makes All the Difference in Allston

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Allston Property Owners Look to SERVPRO for Expert Water Cleanup

Water removal services help you to remove standing water after an emergency within your Allston property. However, most circumstances go beyond using a mop, bucket, or wet/dry vacuum. Powerful industrial-grade tools used by skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) help you get results quickly. SERVPRO’s 24/7 availability also brings you the trained team you need at your door within hours to help you limit the loss and secondary damage to your home or business – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water mitigation and water cleanup in Allston go hand-in-hand. SERVPRO’s Green Fleet arrives in four hours or less so that our initial inspection can get underway and water removal services can begin. We have all the right tools of the trade to get results, including:

  • Extractors – We have pumps, truck-mounted extractors, carpet wands, rovers, and other tools to pull up standing water and moisture in carpeting and other spaces.
  • Drying Tools – Our technicians set up air movers and fans to increase airflow and dehumidifiers to help lower moisture in the air. We also have drying mats, the injectidry system, and other specialized tools to handle hidden moisture and trapped water.
  • Heating – In some instances, heaters strategically help us achieve our goals quickly to lessen downtime and drying times.
  • Cleaning Agents – Disinfection and mold prevention are vital with any water cleanup project. We have a collection of EPA-registered antimicrobials to clean all surfaces thoroughly. 

Trusted area contractors carry out water damage repairs to ensure everything gets restored to pre-water loss condition “Like it never even happened.” This includes everything from carpet and drywall replacement to electronics restoration by local professionals.

When dealing with a water emergency, SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline can handle your water cleanup needs. Call the SERVPRO customer care center 24 hours a day at (617) 903-5055 for your restoration project.

Why Expert Mold Remediation Is Paramount in Brookline

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Brookline Contents Cleaning and Mold Cleanup with SERVPRO

When faced with mold damage to your Brookline property, you need a technical team that handles every aspect. All too often, content cleaning becomes an afterthought with some restoration companies. With SERVPRO, we ensure nothing goes unaddressed so that you can get your property back to pre-damage condition. This includes salvaging as many building materials and mold-impacted contents as possible. We never leave until your home gets the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval!

Beyond containment and isolation measures with mold remediation in Brookline, you need to think about contents like personal belongings, linens, and furniture. The unfortunate truth is that improperly assessed and cleaned contents can become a cross-contamination source.

Why call SERVPRO

We perform a thorough initial assessment of all contents, separating those that can get salvaged from items that call for disposal. Determinations are made for the proper cleaning methods, the best products to use, and whether or not some things should be moved off-site for safe storage at our climate-controlled warehouse.

  • Most non-porous contents can usually get satisfactorily cleaned of all items with visible contamination.
  • Most porous, soft contents may support and harbor fungal colonies and call for disposal.

SERVPRO technicians know that even if specific contents are free from visible mold growth, there could be small pockets of contaminants like mycotoxins, hyphae, and spores. The IICRC characterizes this as Condition 2 within their mold remediation standards. Our thorough assessment and cleaning measures ensure thorough cleaning to restore spore counts to normal levels so that you and anyone else within your property can breathe easily again.

What about materials that are beyond repair?

Controlled demolition may also get performed to help us remove any unsalvageable building materials and replace them with brand-new ones. Once we get done, the indoor air quality (IAQ) improves, and all surfaces are thoroughly disinfected and sanitized.

Call us at SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline at (617) 903-5055, and we will send a crew out to help with mold cleanup and remediation. You can also request help online at your earliest convenience.

The Demolition Necessary after Flood Damage in Allston Homes

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Controls Flood Restoration Demolition in Allston

With the widespread damage that flooding unleashes in Allston homes, you may have no choice but to demolish your home to pave the way for full restoration. Demolition does not necessarily mean taking a wrecking ball and flattening the structure. In most flood damage cases, demolition is a surgical process that removes only the unsalvageable materials and leaves the structure standing.

Depending on the level of flood damage experienced in Allston properties, demolition can be limited or a “full gut.” Substantial evaluation is necessary to determine the required type of action. Otherwise, you might leave some damaged materials or waste money tearing down salvageable ones. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs can evaluate your property and rely on their skills or special equipment to determine what goes and what should stay.

Critical considerations for demolition

  • Moisture absorption level
  • Physical deterioration extent
  • Contamination

Demolition skills

Whatever the reason for demolition, including facilitating material disposal, the right skills are necessary when doing it to achieve positive outcomes. Appropriate skills can be the ability to remove materials without damaging the surroundings or utilities. It can also mean creating manageable debris. These might sound like simple goals, but in a flooded property, slick floors, weak ceilings that can collapse anytime, and other challenges make it harder to carry out simple tasks. Our SERVPRO teams are well prepared with PPE such as rubber boots, heavy-duty gloves, and hard hats for safety when handling materials. We also have other useful resources like large trash cans for holding the debris removed from the structure.

Typical controlled demolition tasks 

  • Disassembling countertops
  • Making wall flood cuts
  • Drilling ceiling weep-holes

Controlled demolition is a planned process that starts with removing materials attached to walls such as cabinets before removing wall panels. In the next stage, we remove ceiling fixtures and then the boards. Any demolition involving the floor is done last.

SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline takes the necessary action to address flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (617) 903-5055.

Fire Restoration on Unfinished Surfaces in Brookline Homes

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering the walls and ceiling After a fire in your home, you need quick remediation services. SERVPRO technicians are available any time to assess and remediate your fire damage.

SERVPRO Readily Handles Fire Cleanup in Brookline

You may think of fire damage only in terms of consuming materials, reducing them to charred pieces or fine residue like ash. However, fire also leaves surfaces caked with residues requiring extensive cleanup work. The condition of the soiled surface in your Brookline home matters since the porosity level influences the cleaning challenge. Fire restoration requires special attention or equipment if the affected areas include brick, wood, or concrete surfaces.

Whenever cleaning as part of fire restoration in Brookline properties, it is essential to consider whether the process might worsen the soiling or damage the underlying material. The problem for resilient materials such as brick or concrete is mostly soil setting since it takes tremendous force to harm them. On the other hand, significant moisture absorption, heavy agitation, and harsh chemicals can readily damage unfinished wood. SERVPRO fire restoration technicians comprehend these issues, so we try to create the best conditions to facilitate cleaning.

Cleaning unfinished surfaces requires:

  • Special chemical agents like denatured alcohol
  • Abrasive resources like sandpaper
  • Vacuuming equipment
  • Protective clothing like gloves, respirators, and goggles

Cleaning unfinished surfaces

You can achieve restoration through dry or wet cleaning. Starting with dry cleaning helps remove all loose residues, so that wet cleaning does not send them deeper into the surface. The method choice also depends on whether the situation involves wet or dry smoke residues. For dry cleaning, our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians combine an abrasive option like sanding with one that collects residues conveniently, such as vacuuming.

Wet cleaning helps remove the stubborn soils attached or embedded to the surface. The wet cleaning phase allows using potent chemical agents and rinsing of the surfaces once the process is over. Our SERVPRO technicians can use a pump sprayer to apply the cleaning agent or buckets and towels.

Reasons professionals finish wet cleaning faster

  • Giving solutions sufficient dwell time
  • Avoiding dipping soiled towels in cleaning solutions
  • Heating the cleaning solution

SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline can help you with any challenging fire restoration task. Call us at (617) 903-5055. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Resources Necessary for Water Removal in Brookline Premises

7/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is Well Equipped for Water Removal in Brookline

Before water leaks into your Brookline premises, you may not consider removal a complicated process. Once the incident occurs, you must figure out how to scoop away gallons of water and dry, vast wet areas within a limited period. Seeking professional assistance can help you manage water removal conveniently.

The main determinant of the resources needed for water removal from your Brookline premises is the amount spilled. The materials affected may also have an impact. In case there is a significant percentage of porous materials like upholstery and carpets affected by the spill, removal is more challenging compared to a case where water spreads over tiled surfaces.

Necessary water removal equipment

  • Pumps
  • Vacuum extractors
  • Humidity control

Depending on the prevalent conditions, various pumps, including submersible and high-speed varieties, can help evacuate water from a structure. A pump with sufficient head capacity is essential for a depressed structure section, such as a parking garage. High-speed pumps handle such removal conveniently. In most cases, vacuum extractors are sufficient since the standing water is not deep enough to necessitate a pump. Our SERVPRO teams are equipped with portable and truck-mounted extractors to facilitate quick removal.

The moisture absorbed by materials

A significant percentage of the water that leaks into your premises escapes into porous and semi-porous materials. Although removing high volumes of stagnant water may seem daunting, it pales compared to the effort needed to dry wet materials. Extraction only requires sufficient vacuum lift but drying wet materials in good time requires manipulation of several factors simultaneously.

Main factors to manipulate

  • Air movements 
  • Air temperature
  • Humidity levels

Drying is only possible if there is sustained evaporation. Unfortunately, as the moisture evaporates from wet materials into the air, humidity levels increase, and once the air is saturated, drying stops. Supplying a steady stream of dry air across damp surfaces facilitates constant removal of the absorbed water. Our SERVPRO teams set up several units of air movers and dehumidifiers for sustained drying.

SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline can manage water removal conveniently from your business premises. You can reach us at (617) 903-5055.