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Odor Remediation Experts

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

You have found your dream home and scheduled your viewing. As you drive up to the house it is just as you imagined. You eagerly anticipate walking inside for the first time. The realtor opens the door and as you walk in you are instantly overwhelmed by the pungent odor of smoke. Older homes in particular can hold on tightly to thick films of smoke residue from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. As you continue on the tour you quickly come to the realization that your dream home is more of a nightmare.

All is not lost, however, The Disaster Remediation Team at SERVPRO of Foxborough are fire remediation experts. We have access to specialized equipment and our technicians are trained how to properly remove smoke staining from ceilings, walls and other surfaces. We clean, sanitize and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that exhibit smoke and odor damaged. Our technicians have access to a variety of professional grade equipment such as oxidizers, industrial air scrubbers and foggers that enable us to eliminate smoke odor.

If you are looking to purchase a home or are in line to inherit a home whose previous owner was a smoker then call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough. Our extensive experience in the remediation of fire damage gives us an advantage when it comes to odor remediation. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Minimize The Risk Of Frozen Pipes This Winter

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

The Holiday Season is upon us and that means the cold, freezing Foxborough weather is near. Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes the increased risk of the water in your home's pipes freezing. The expansion of the frozen water will cause damage to your home’s plumbing and in some circumstances may result in rapture. When that happens, once the water thaws, your house will be flooded with water.

The good news is that there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of frozen pipes.   

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes.  You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Allow the cold water to slowly drip from one of your faucets. Even slightly moving water takes longer to freeze.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast.  If a deep freeze is on the horizon, make sure your heating source is functioning properly and fully fueled.
  • Get a generator. Deep freezes regularly cause power outages. No electricity equals no heat! 

Still Need Water Damage Services?

Even when every precautionary step has been taken, disaster may still strike. Rest assured, the Disaster Remediation Team at SERVPRO of Foxborough is ready 24 hours a day, EVERY day of the year - yes, even Holidays! We will expeditiously remove any standing water and dry all contents to prevent stains, warping of water-sensitive areas, and the potential for mold growth in your Foxborough property and our Rebuild Team will make it "Like it never even happened."

Common Sources of Home Fires

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Items you use daily can be the most common sources of fire in your Foxborough, home. It may be hard to imagine that the space heater you have always loved could cause a home fire, but that is just what can happen. Understanding the most common sources of home fires can help you reduce your risk of injury and property damage.

Cooking related fires increase this time of year and often result in the need for complex fire restoration services. Several kitchen scenarios can create the dangerous combination of high heat and combustible materials.

> A hot stove burner can cause grease on a pan or a burner to ignite.

> A hot oven can ignite grease that has splashed or dripped onto the oven interior.

> Food in close proximity to a glowing broiler coil is susceptible to combustion.

> Small appliances, such as toasters and griddles, can ignite crumbs or grease.

> A hot barbecue grill can ignite a nearby item, such as a landscape plant or wooden fence.

Frequently cleaning your cooking equipment and appliances, and observing all cooking activities will significantly minimize the likelihood of a cooking-related home fire.

Heating Systems

Space heaters can overheat, igniting various internal components and nearby items such as drapes, upholstery or carpets. Following the instructions on the appliance carefully and making sure the heater is never unattended can reduce your fire risk from these sources.

Human Carelessness

Human error contributes to each category of common fire causes, but certain behaviors are known to raise fire risk dramatically. Unattended lit cigarettes cause more residential fire fatalities than any other source; consequently, smoking in the bedroom is strongly discouraged. Unattended burning candles pose a similar risk.

Much of fire safety is common sense. The primary goal is to keep fuel sources, such as grease or textiles, separated from flame or high heat. Equally important is being present to observe anything that is burning or has an active heating element. These precautions are simple and may save you from experiencing a home fire and a disruptive fire cleaning and restoration process.

Stay Warm AND Safe

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

It's getting chilly outside!  The leaves have fallen and coats are necessary to go outside.  

With the cooler temperatures this week, many Foxborough residents are finding it's time to fire up the furnace! 

Furnace maintenance is one of those things that often gets forgotten, but it is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner for the safety of your property and your family.  Not only is an improperly working furnace costly, but it can be quite dangerous.

According to the NFPA 27% of house fires between 2012 and 2016 were caused by improperly cleaned furnaces, pellet stoves and chimneys. 54% of those fires ended in a loss of life with an average of 490 people a year. Fires are not always an avoidable thing, but properly maintaining your heating methods can help.

Space heaters are also a large component in heating related fires. It is best to become informed on proper use and wattages.

Even with proper use and maintenance, fires can happen. From small electrical fires to entire house fires we are here to help. Our certified technicians are trained in the proper way to remove soot, odor and sometimes even charring from contents and structures. If fire damages your home this winter call SERVPRO of Foxborough to help you make it ”Like it never even happened."

What Can Happen After A Storm

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Bad weather does more than put a damper on your plans for the day. Across the United States, storm damages lead to billions of dollars of damage. The most common types of natural disasters in Foxborough are;

  • Floods
  • Thunderstorms
  • Nor' easters

When your home or business suffers the effects of one of these storms, chances are your property has suffered water damage. SERVPRO of Foxborough is your local water remediation expert!

Remove Water

When we arrive at your building, we'll begin by extracting water from the property. This generally includes a tear out process, removing wet materials, such as walls, furnishings, and inventory. Once all of the water and any waterlogged materials have been removed, our certified technicians will move on to the drying process.

Finish the Drying Process

Thoroughly drying out the building is one of the most important steps of the mitigation and cleanup process. Water damage occurs immediately, but it also continues to spread, long after the storm has passed. For example, if carpeting isn't thoroughly dried, mold could take hold and spread throughout the entire property. If insulation absorbs water, the same possibility of mold growth poses risks to the entire building.

Discard Damaged Goods and Begin Reconstruction

Once all damaged materials and water-affected items have been removed, our team will begin the restoration process. At this point, there may be a lot of paperwork to file and documentation to complete. We will make sure you have photos and written inventories of your property, the damages, and the losses caused by the storm.

Once the remediation process is finished the Rebuild Team as SERVPRO of Foxborough can assist you in returning your property to its preloss condition. We will make it "Like it never even happened."  

What Happens When Your Furnas Fails

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Despite the increasing number of viable alternative heating methods available on the market, the majority of Foxborough residents still rely on oil furnaces to heat their homes and businesses. Today heating systems are very reliable and dependable; most issues can be readily addressed by a qualified professional. Unfortunately, the malfunction commonly known as the "puff back" is not so easily dealt with.

A puffback is an explosion inside the burner chamber of the furnace, similar to the backfiring of a car. While there are a number of causes - such as excessive debris or a buildup of oil fumes prior to burner ignition - the resulting explosion can shoot soot and debris through the furnace's exhaust system...and into your home.

This soot is not just a powder-like substance; instead, it is black, sticky and will include a mixture of oil that is difficult to clean. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks. Typically, the damage is worse with a forced-air heating system or central air-conditioning, because the duct work provides a path through the house, even into closets. In addition to the soot, a puff back causes a foul odor to permeate your home. Oil-based soot is extremely difficult to remove and needs to be cleaned as soon as possible.

Fortunately, the technicians of SERVPRO of Foxborough have the knowledge and experience to take care of difficult problems such as this. Since each puffback situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home or business, while also treating your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Is A Mold Inspection Necessary When Purchasing Commercial Property

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Corner of Church walls, floorboard heaters and tile flooring covered in mold Corner of Church walls, floorboard heaters and tile flooring covered in mold

When you consider purchasing a commercial property in the Foxborough area, you likely have a checklist of things to look for. The building not only has to suit all your business needs but it must be structurally sound. This means checking for signs of mold and knowing when you may need a mold inspection.

Know Where to Look

Mold grows best in damp, moist conditions. As you walk through the property, consider any areas of the building that fit this description, and keep an eye out for signs of water damage. Some notable places to look for visible mold include:

  • Bathrooms - Check near showers, sinks, tubs and toilets.
  • Basements - Pay attention to signs of leakage or condensation on pipes, as well as flood-prone areas.
  • Windows - Rainwater leaks and condensation from humidity can cause mold formation.

Of course, mold is not always visible. It can lurk within HVAC ducts and behind walls, ceilings or floorboards. If you notice any current or previous signs of water damage, you should consult the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough to determine the extent of any infestation.

Inspection and Remediation

If there are no signs of mold or water damage, it may not be worthwhile to pay for a mold inspection. However, if you suspect a problem, trained inspection and restoration experts can help you determine the extent of the issue and figure out a cleanup method. The good news is that even if your ideal property has a slight mold problem, this does not mean it is out of the running. With the assistance of skilled mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough, the route cause will be identified and fixed followed by proper remediation of any infestation.

What Does Certified Technicians Mean

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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What Is IICRC Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a non-profit globally recognized governing body for the cleaning and restoration industry.  They set the standards we follow and it is their certifications that our technicians carry. When a technician obtains a program mitigation certificate from the IICRC, they are held to the highest standards. Not only does this keep industry standards high, but it also establishes a recognized global standard and that is why insurance agents and adjusters keep IICRC graduates on their preferred vendor's lists. Here are a few of the values the SERVPRO of Foxborough technicians are expected to uphold;

1. Respect

Technicians are taught that working with clients and staff that everyone treats respectfully can elevate the job site. It can also help bring out natural abilities and let inborn qualities shine.

2. Integrity

Valuing integrity, the expectation is that all graduating technicians will have strong ethical principles. Dealing honestly and upholding high values is important in developing an honorable reputation within the cleaning and restoration industry.

3. Responsibility

Once at a job, all IICRC technicians are expected to work as if the property were their own. This includes completing the job promptly and using the best tools available to finish the job.

4. Excellence

Service, leadership, and duty are all part of what the graduate is expected to bring to the office each day. Technicians are also taught to hold high standards in service, on the job and off.

5. Expertise

The IICRC continues to update their courses, incorporating new and improved tools and techniques to ensure standards, values and expertise remain at the highest level possible. Certification is a lifelong process of self-improvement and gaining professional knowledge. SERVPRO of Foxborough technicians must obtain 14 hours of education every four years.
The IICRC helps hold trained technicians of the cleaning and restoration industry to a high standard. That is the SERVPRO of Foxborough difference!        

Steps To Follow When Your Property Floods

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

What do you do when your basement or place of business floods? Not knowing where to start and what to do can be overwhelming. Here are three steps to follow which will guide you through the process.

3 Steps to Cleanup Flood Damage

  1. Remove Water

Before any repairs can be made, all of the water must be removed from the basement. We at SERVPRO of Foxborough are water remediation experts and we can help you through the entire process. From water removal to rebuild our vast team of certified technicians and licensed craftsmen will make it “Like it never even happened.” Flooded basement water removal may look something like the following:

  • Hiring an electrician to evaluate the risk of electric shock. 
  • Getting the sump pump up-and-running to remove sitting water.
  • Using a shop vacuum to suck-up the last inch or so of water. 
  • Lifting carpet and using large fans to dry-out moisture. 
  • Sanitizing with warm water and disinfectant to prevent mold growth.

    2. Repair Damage

Once the area has been completely dried, repairs may be in order. Checking your home flood insurance coverage may be a good place to start. While salvaging some belongings may be an option, it is unwise to try to save anything which uses electricity or gas. If your gas furnace or electric outlets took on water in the flooding, replacement over repair is the safe route to go. 

  1. Plan for Future Flood Prevention

Now that the basement is clean, dry, and repairs are complete its time to plan ahead for the future. There is nothing worse than putting time and money into basement flood restoration only to have it ruined all over again. Consider the following preventative measures:

  • Install a back-up pump.
  • Create outside drainage for storm runoff.
  • Buy a generator for use during a power outage.

While following these three tips will help you after water damage strikes the reality is calling SERVPRO of Foxborough is the only step you need to take!

Choosing The Correct Alarm

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

In Order to Find the Right Alarm, You Need to Know the Various Types

Choosing the correct smoke alarm for your Foxboro home is a key part of fire safety. If your home does not have the proper smoke alarm, your house could sustain severe fire damage and require a major fire cleanup. In order to choose the right alarm, you need to know the various types. They include:

  • Combination
  • Photoelectric
  • Ionization
  • Dual sensor

Combination Alarm

A combination alarm typically includes both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Because carbon monoxide sensors do not last as long as smoke ones, combination alarms need to be replaced more frequently. However, they are great for homes that include an attached garage or fuel-burning appliances.

Photoelectric Alarm

A photoelectric alarm is ideal for detecting slow-burning fires, specifically electric fires or those in clothes and bedding. These detectors are less likely to go off accidentally, but they can be more expensive.

Ionization Alarm

An ionization smoke alarm detects small particles from quickly igniting fires such as those caused by grease or paper. Since they are fairly sensitive, you may want to avoid using them near kitchens.

Dual-Sensor Alarm

As its name implies, a dual-sensor alarm uses parts of both ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors. They can be costly, but they also provide great protection for the entire home.

There are several other factors you should consider when choosing a detector. If you don’t want to climb a ladder to test the battery every month, look for a device that can be tested via remote control. You may also want to choose a detector that is easy to clean.

Buying the right detector and regularly checking the batteries will help keep your loved ones safe in the event of a fire and calling the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough will help you to restore your property.