Recent Commercial Posts

Damage To Your Commercial Property - You Need SERVPRO

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Foxborough restores damaged businesses in the surrounding Metrowest area. What sets us apart is our appreciation for our customers and understanding the importance of getting your business back up and running after any size disaster.

Through our many years servicing our communities we have developed valuable relationships with local businesses to help them plan for emergency response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. We are a locally owned and operated SERVPRO family offranchises. Here are some of the ways we help our commercial clients after they suffer a loss.

  1. Identifying your businesses or offices priorities
  2. Expediting the insurance process and meeting specific requirements tailored to your insurance company
  3. We have the expertise, specialize training, certification, and resources available to handle any size loss
  4. Deodorizing and sanitization
  5. Providing a one-stop-shop offering restoration and rebuild services
  6. 4000 sq ft warehouse full of equipment to handle any size commercial disaster.

Commercial buildings are also public spaces which require special considerations during these challenging times.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your schools, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning".

If disaster strikes your commercial property call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Potential Water Damage Risks To Your Commercial Property

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

As we head into the winter months here in New England most commercial property owners focus on preparing for the first snow storm and the cold weather to follow. The reality is, it is the fluctuation in the weather that increases the risk of water damage to your Foxborough, MA commercial Property. 

Commercial buildings often feature flat roofs exposing retail centers, schools, and warehouses to an overhead flooding hazard when snow and ice liquefy. When roof drains malfunction because of ice dams, and the frozen ground surrounding a building is unable to absorb more liquid, water will find its way inside.  

Fluctuating Outdoor Temperatures Increase Risk 

Cold, slushy water exacerbated by overnight freezes can impede your property's water drainage systems. It also can cause ice dams to form. Both of these scenarios increase the risk of water damage to your commercial property.  

If several feet around your commercial building becomes an ice-filled moat, temperature fluctuation can result in flood damage. Additionally, bulging ceiling tiles may be hiding a frozen ticking time bomb that, when melted quickly, may put undue stress on your structure or building materials and ultimately end up finding its way inside.

Outside, a visual inspection can show water blocked from flowing down drain spouts by debris or ice dams instead of sheeting down the exterior. These fluids find ways inside the building through permeable building materials like concrete and masonry. Walls become soaked, insulation packs down, and floodwater collects at the lowest level. 

Should your commercial property suffer water damage this winter, contact SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305! We will help you make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety Tips For Commercial Property Owners

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Nothing can disrupt a business more than a fire. The damage to a commercial property and its contents can be catastrophic. While it is impossible to completely avoid a disaster, careful planning can minimize the effects to your business and your bottom line. Here are a few fire safety tips to follow to mitigate against fire damage.

Fire Prevention

  1. Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire
  2. Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
  3. Don't overload your circuits
  4. Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day
  5. Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn (i.e. copiers, coffee makers, computers)

In The Event Of A Fire

  1. Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately
  2. Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building
  3. Never use elevators during an evacuation
  4. Follow the escape plan and meet at a predetermined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.

Should your business suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305! We will help you make it, "Like it never even happened."

Winter Water Damage

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Many potential threats to your Wrentham, MA commercial property lurk during the winter months here in the Commonwealth. Biting cold snaps rarely deter customers from visiting your store front. Even though the rain will soon turn to snow, flooding of your commercial property is still a real possibility!

While snowmelt alone can lead to some compromising flood damaged homes and businesses, there are more direct paths for substantial water losses. Identifying and eliminating potential areas of high risk, like poor insulation, will help to reduce the risk of water damage to your commercial property this winter season.

Ice Dams 

It is always ideal to ensure that your commercial property remains adequately heated. The interior temperature should never drop below 55 degrees fahrenheit. Inadequate insulation in the attic will allow heat to easily escape making heating your property a challenge. An improperly insulated attic can also lead to ice damming on the roof. This phenomenon is a result of melting snow by heating the roof internally in frigid temperatures outside. This frozen dam continues to back up, damaging roofing materials and allowing water to flow back into the structure. 

Frozen Pipes  

The basement area of your property is often the most susceptible to freezing. Make sure that any exposed plumbing is properly insulated. Stagnant water freezes faster than moving water. Slightly turning on restroom faucets allowing the water to drip will help prevent pipes from freezing. If your commercial property has a kitchen area with cabinets, leaving the doors of cabinets with pipes in them slightly open will also help to minimize the risk.    

Should your business suffer water damage, contact SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305! We will help you make it, "Like it never even happened."

We Handle All Categories Of Commercial Remediation

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

When water, fire, or weather damage occurs to your Walpole, MA commercial property there are many factors to consider when determining the remediation techniques and equipment required.  Our project managers will assess the area and will categorize the damage into one of three different levels to ensure the appropriate level of resources are allocated to the project. 

Level 1 - 15,000 Sq Ft Or Less

A small commercial property that suffers damage to the entirety of its structure falls into this category. Examples of commercial properties that would fall into this category:

  1. Small retail or office building
  2. Restaurant
  3. Church
  4. Other small commercial properties

This level of loss can also be one smaller portion of a much larger building.

Level 2 - 15,000 to 60,000 square feet affected

A medium-sized commercial property that suffers damage to the entirety of its structure falls into this category. Examples of commercial properties that would fall into this category:

  1. Multi-family property
  2. Commercial warehouse
  3. Sporting venue
  4. Small apartment building. 

Similar to Level 1, this level of loss can also be a medium-sized portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3 - Greater Than 60,000 Sq Ft

These are referred to as “large losses.” While these are less common, because they occur in large buildings and the damage is far more extensive, they are by far the most financially costly and disruptive to the daily operations of a business. Examples of commercial properties that would fall into this category:

  1. Large commercial buildings
  2. High-rise apartment buildings
  3. Hospitals
  4. Schools.

Sometime the damage is spread across multiple, adjacent storefronts or smaller buildings. Those instances would fall into this category too.

Regardless of the size of your commercial property or the amount of damage incurred, the Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are equipped and ready to deliver all levels of commercial disaster remediation. When disaster strikes your commercial property call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. Not only are we "Faster to any size disaster" but we will make it "Like it never even happened," and get you back to business as usual in the quickest, most efficient way possible. 

Is Your Business Protected From Disaster

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Most business owners have insurance that covers damage to the property, structure, and its contents. However, when disaster strikes your Foxborough, MA commercial property the losses incurred may extend to revenue. According to the Insurance Information Institute many business owners fail to think about how they would keep their business afloat if they were forced to temporarily close. Business income (interruption) coverage also known as business income coverage (BI), can help with operating expenses during the period of restoration, and includes:

  1. Lost net income (based on financial records)
  2. Mortgage, rent and lease payments
  3. Loan payments
  4. Taxes
  5. Employee payroll

The III recommends that business owners should make sure the policy limits are sufficient to cover their company for more than a few days. After a major disaster, it can take more time than many people realize to get “back in business.”

Guidelines For Coverage

Generally, the best way to estimate future profits to determine the right amount of coverage is to use your business's gross earnings and projections. Remember, if business income interruption costs exceed the coverage limit chosen you will have to pay out of pocket for any extra expenses.

Extra Expense Insurance

Business income (interruption) insurance can also include extra expense, which will cover anything beyond the normal day-to-day operating expenses that are necessary to keep a business solvent. Instances of extra expenses include:

  • Renting a temporary place of business while the original place of business is being restored
  • Replacement of hardware, technology and furniture
  • Paying overtime for employees or hiring more employees
  • Leasing equipment

Extra expense insurance can be bundled in a Business Owner’s Policy (BOP), as a separate insurance policy or as a rider to a commercial property policy.

When disaster strikes your commercial property call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We are "Faster to any size disaster".

Planning To Reopen - Child Care, Preparedness and Planning

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

During his Thursday press conference Governor Charlie Baker set new targets for the expansion of coronavirus testing capacity in Massachusetts but fell short of calling for universal testing as part of the plan. He still did not shed any light on which industries will be "green lighted" come Monday. What we do know is that schools will not be. So, as we head back to work the need for safe child care options are paramount. 

To help our communities ramp up their ability to meet these growing needs we will be focusing on guidelines for safely opening child care programs.

General Preparedness and Planning

According to the CDC, no matter the level of transmission in a community, every child care program should have a plan in place to protect staff, children, and their families from the spread of COVID-19. As you think about how your facility will deal with the impact of COVID-19, it is important to work with your local health officials, school districts, child care licensing boards/bodies, child care accreditation bodies, health consultants, and other community partners to determine the most appropriate plan and action. 

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Plan ahead to ensure adequate supplies to support hand hygiene behaviors and routine cleaning of objects and surfaces. If you have difficulty in obtaining these supplies, please contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency to learn more about service organizations in your community who may have additional resources. Your local CCR&R Agency can be found under “Resources” at Child Care Aware of America.

Encourage staff to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Remember to supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Cover cough and sneezes.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.

Require sick children and staff to stay home

No matter the symptoms or their severity these difficult times require a steadfast and unwavering response to potential contagion. Evidence suggests that COVID-19 manifests itself differently case-by-case therefore extreme caution must be taken in any case of potential illness. This will require educating your staff and clientele. Unfortunately, this may also necessitate the refusal of admission to those, staff and clients, showing signs of illness.

  • Communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are sick.
  • Communicate to staff the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and staying in touch with facility management if or when they start to feel sick.
  • Establish procedures to ensure children and staff who come to the child care center sick or become sick while at your facility are sent home as soon as possible.
  • Keep sick children and staff separate from well children and staff until they can be sent home.
  • Sick staff members should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Implementation

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

This is the sixth installment in a series of blogs that we hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. Please keep in mind the purpose of these CDC  guidelines are to serve as a foundation for your planning.

Implement your plan

Once you have a plan, it’s time to take action. Read all manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaning and disinfection products you will use. Put on your gloves and other required personal protective equipment (PPE) to begin the process of cleaning and disinfecting.

Clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water

The CDC recommends that you clean surfaces and objects using soap and water prior to disinfection. Always wear gloves appropriate for the chemicals being used for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Follow the directions on the disinfectant label for additional PPE needs. When you finish cleaning, remember to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean or launder soft and porous materials like seating in an office or coffee shop, area rugs, and carpets. Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using the warmest temperature setting possible and dry items completely.

Use appropriate cleaning or disinfectant products

The EPA has approved cleaning and disinfectant products that when applied according to the manufacturer’s label, are effective for use against COVID-19. Follow the instructions on the label for all cleaning and disinfection products for concentration, dilution, application method, contact time and any other special considerations when applying.

Follow the directions on the label

Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many product labels recommend keeping the surface wet for a specific amount of time. The label will also list precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.

Maintain and revise your plan

This is the most essential step to take to ensure that we open the Commonwealth safely. Continue to update your plan based on updated guidance and your current circumstances. No plan is perfect and many times we forget things during the planning process. Make certain that if steps or items to be cleaned or disinfected are found to have been accidentally omitted from the pan that they are included to the plan as soon as they are discovered. Do not assume that, "we will remember the changes." Also, update the plans for any changes to the workplace. Additionally, your plan will need to be updated should your first choice of cleaner/disinfectant is in short supply or becomes no longer available. 

Continue to take steps to reduce your risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 during daily activities. Do not loose sight of the need for routine cleaning and disinfecting as they are an equally important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Remember, the "frequency of use" will dictate the levels of cleaning and disinfecting that will be necessary to ensure a safe environment for your employees and customers. For example, certain surfaces and objects in public spaces, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads, should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Foxborough understand the severity of our current situation and the impact it has had to our lives. Our daily reality has been turned upside down and sideways. Parents and school administrations have united to ensure that our children remain safe and continue to learn outside of the classroom. The need for social distancing has forced communities, governments and businesses to make difficult, but necessary decisions.  For businesses those decisions range from temporarily closing their doors to working virtually. However, there are essential businesses, like supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, where temporarily closing and working virtually are not options. It is paramount that employers in such businesses take the necessary steps to ensure both customer and employee safety. To help create safe environments OSHA has created guidelines for preparing workplaces for COVID-19. Along with information on COVID-19 itself and how an outbreak could affect the workplace OSHA has classified the levels of risk inherent to various jobs and the steps to take to protect your constituents. Click, here, to download a copy.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control website. 

If your residential or commercial property needs preventative deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough today – (508) 533 - 5305

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! 

Salvaging Electronics After A Fire In My Commercial Property

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

An electrical fire in your Bellingham commercial building doesn’t just destroy walls and ceilings. It can also cause fire damage to your valuable electronics, including:

  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Televisions

These electronics can even sustain smoke damage during a fire. That is because smoke actually has a magnetic charge. This, in turn, can short-circuit the electronic devices in your building. Smoke can also create a black film within electronics, which can lead to more frequent overheating and eventually cause the device to fail. The smoke additionally leaves behind acidic soot that can also lower the lifespan of your electronics. Your electronics are valuable parts of your business therefore you should contact emergency restoration professionals to ensure the items are cleaned properly after an electrical fire. However, there are some steps you can take to mitigate the damage before the experts arrive.

Dealing With Smoke-Damaged Electronics

Once it is safe to go back into your commercial building, be sure to turn off and disconnect any electronics. Running the devices before they are properly cleaned can cause short-circuiting and additional problems. You should also track down the warranties for the electronics. If your warranty is up to date, it may even cover water damage caused by the sprinklers in your building.

Salvaging Computers

Restoration professionals will have the proper tools for computer cleanup. Before the process begins, however, you should remove the hard drive housing the device’s memory and storage. You can then transfer this data to another device that wasn’t damaged in the fire.
Dealing with the aftermath of an electrical fire in your Bellingham, MA, business can be stressful and frustrating. Yet with the help of professionals, you should be able to clean both your property and your electronics. Hiring restoration experts can also save you money in the long run, as you won't have to purchase any expensive replacement devices.

Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Fire In Your Commercial Property

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Whether your Foxborough business was caught in the middle of a natural disaster or your pipes burst in the winter, flooding can cause serious damage to your office and its contents. Perhaps you’ve cleaned up the area and dried it out, but there’s still one thing that lingers: the smell. Mold growth and sewage loss can leave a pungent scent that’s hard to get rid of. What happens after a flood is that the gasses from the debris end up trapped in the building and remain there even when dried.

If you’re suffering with the smell of a recent flood, here are a few tips on how to disinfect and deodorize.

  1. Treat Carpets and Flooring

One of the main culprits behind bad odors left behind is the floor itself. If your carpet is installed over cement, you’ll have to remove the carpet to clean it. Then, before you reinstall the carpet, it’s suggested that you seal the floor with an antibacterial spray. This will help combat the mold growth that caused the odor to begin with.

  1. Use Household Cleaners

In case of the odor left behind after a flood, you have a few different tools that you can utilize. First, consider fabric refreshers and a combination of vinegar and baking soda for bad smells. In addition, consider disinfectant sprays. Disinfectant sprays can beat the smell at the source and create an environment that is unconducive to mold growth.

  1. Invest in Air Purifiers

An air purifier can help rid your building of more than just the odors caused by recent flood waters. With an air purifier, you can completely change the quality of your air. While it eliminates the cause of the odors, your house will smell beautiful in no time.

If your commercial property has a bigger challenge with odor after flood water has been removed, you can rely on a restoration specialist to help you. Recovering from a flood in Foxborough, MA can be intimidating, especially when you have a smell that just won’t go away. However, with these 3 simple tips you will be on your way to making it, "Like it never even happened."

Faster To Any Size Disaster

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage strikes your Foxborough commercial property you need remediation experts who understand that time sensitivity is of the utmost importance, you need the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough! In such an emergency setting, it is crucial that the initial hours of the loss be utilized effectively and efficiently. Water continues to cause damage to a property if neglected. Our Disaster Remediation Team is ready to respond 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including Holiday. With a fleet of vehicles, a warehouse full of professional grade drying equipment and multiple project teams SERVPRO of Foxborough has the ability to handle large scale losses at a moments notice. Not only can we remediate any size disaster, but with our in-house Rebuild Team, we can make you whole and get you back to business as usual faster than the competition. 

3 Basic Construction Safety Tips

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Busy construction worksites are often very dangerous places to be. Many things can go wrong throughout the process of a project, so it is in one's best interest to take the proper preventative safety measures. These three basic tips will help minimize any risk.

1. Find the correct Personal Protective Equipment to Wear on the Job.

Wearing the proper gear for a job proves to be very helpful in preventing injury. When lifting heavy objects, be sure to wear a secure back brace to limit damage to your body and the surrounding areas. Wearing proper construction footwear such as non-slip rubber soled shoes will prove to be very helpful in avoiding slipping and falling.

It is also extremely important to protect your lungs and wear breathing masks to avoid inhaling dangerous toxins around you.

2. Limit Crowding Within the Work Area

It is not uncommon for those working on a construction site to crowd around large and powerful machinery. Although it may often be unintentional, staying away from this powerful machinery is your best bet in limiting damage to other workers and even pedestrians. This rule should be strictly enforced on a construction site, and it is the responsibility of the foreman to ensure his surroundings are clear before engaging in his work.

3. Loading and Unloading Equipment Safety

Make sure there is ample room around you when loading and unloading heavy equipment off of machinery. Proper clearance of all obstacles and people around you is key in avoiding damaging any people or structures that are around you. Make sure that all objects are secured using the correct tie-down procedures.

By following these tips, you can make your construction site as safe and efficient as possible for you and your team. Although these tips may seem basic is should always be your first priority to practice the correct safety measures in the workplace.

Commercial Water Remediation Experts

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

It Is Crucial For Businesses To Have Commercial Water Damage Professionally Mitigated

We know commercial water damage is a stressful event any time it occurs in a property. It is crucial to have the water loss mitigated professionally to ensure, along with cleanup and restoration, there are no secondary issues such as foul odors or mold growth, which have the potential to harm your business.

When SERVPRO answers a call to assist a retail business in Millis with commercial water damage, we gather information during the call to ascertain the type of water spill, whether it is clean water from a pipe break or biohazard-level cleanup with more severe water intrusions such as a sewage backup or groundwater.

Towels and mopping are never enough to clean up water adequately. Water migrates to places difficult to reach such as behind baseboards, under flooring and wicked into sheetrock. Our certified technicians spend extra time extracting water from the property using portable pumps and specialized extractors for removing moisture from hard to access areas. This attention to water removal speeds the restoration process along, which reduces the drying time and lessens closure time for the business.

SERVPRO of Foxborough techs hold certifications in a diverse array of restoration sciences, and we use specialized equipment and proprietary techniques for remediation which enable us to help business owners save more of their contents from water loss. Our goal is always to restore rather than have a customer replace an item.

We know the longer a business stays closed for remediation, more revenue is lost. To save time, when pack out of contents is not necessary, we dry furnishings in place on raised blocks, so there is as little disruption as possible.

After cleanup and drying, we wipe all surfaces to ensure they are sanitary for both employees and customers. Our location has certifications for mold remediation, and once we finish the cleanup and restoration, we take measures to ensure conditions are not favorable for mold growth or foul odors.

Contact SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305 at the first sign of commercial water damage. Our certified technicians handle all types of water loss for your business or organization and make it "Like it never even happened."

Is Your Commercial Property Under Siege By Mold

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

What to Expect During Commercial Mold Damage Remediation

As the proprietor of a Wrentham business, you know you have the responsibility to arrange for abatement if mold growth occurs on your property. Understanding how mold remediation professionals approach, plan for, and implement a project helps you prepare your employees, protect your customers, and put a brake on any panic you may feel. Our team has the training, experience, and equipment to complete your mold remediation job with minimal disruption to your business.

Mold Inhibition Is About Moisture Control

When coping with mold damage affecting your Wrentham business, learning about the life cycle of these organisms helps put everything into perspective. Mold spores are everywhere in our environment, inside and out. Airborne or settled on surfaces they cause no concern, so small they are invisible. They need two things to grow and multiply -- oxygen and water. When a moisture source is available for at least 24 to 48 hours, colonies can develop.

Zealous Cleaning Can Accelerate Mold Growth

Often the commercial cleaning products used in your business are mostly water. Preparations your cleaning staff might use to target evidence of mold damage such as staining can contribute to an ongoing mold issue. Diluted bleach solutions used to clean up mold rarely penetrate deeply enough to eliminate all hyphae, the filaments that comprise the “roots” and other structures of mold organisms. SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) learn strategies that either remove an active outbreak or interfere with the mold’s ability to continue growth and production of new spores.  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Protocol

SERVPRO of Foxborough mold remediation technicians follow a procedure developed by the EPA to manage mold infestations in schools and commercial buildings. The steps include:

  • Locating and determining the perimeters of the mold damage.
  • Containing the space to prevent the spread of the moldy materials with plastic sheeting and negative pressure air-scrubbing technology.
  • Mechanical removal by scraping, brushing, and use of gentle abrasives.
  • Double-bagging of mold and irretrievably contaminated porous materials.
  • Disposal of the bagged materials following local regulations.
  • Cleanup with HEPA-equipped vacuums.
  • Preventive measures such as application of EPA-registered antimicrobials and consideration of mold inhibiting coatings.
  • Finding and arranging for elimination of the moisture source that fuel the original mold outbreak.

Commercial mold removal is a specialty of SERVPRO of Foxborough, and our experts know how to abate mold with minimal disruption to your operations. Call us at (347) 590-9902 to schedule an inspection, evaluation, and planning session.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Franklin / Walpole can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

Commercial Restoration Services

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water 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.

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call (508) 533-5305.

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

SMOKE & SOOT DAMAGE? ~ SERVPRO Can Give You a Hand with That!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

SMOKE & SOOT DAMAGE? ~ SERVPRO Can Give You a Hand with That!

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Business.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your workplace, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke. Wet and Dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We, at SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole have the equipment, the expertise, and the experience to restore the fire and smoke damage caused to your place of business.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Contact Us TODAY! – SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Lead Clean up at the Gun Range

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Dust cleaning

Our crews were called in to this particular gun club for an extensive duct cleaning and removing the lead dust from the gun range. This is typically done often as the dust accumulates very quickly and can pose serious health issues to those that utilize the ranges. For more information on this please visit http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/deleading-and-lead-safety/occupational-lead-poisoning-registry/shooting-range-bulletin.pdf

According to this article every year several shooters, instructors and maintenance staff become sick from lead poisoning they receive while on the range.

Our technicians are required to be trained in lead safe practices and wear PPE at all times to protect themselves from the dangers during clean up. 

Always remember to contact SERVPRO of Stoughton/Sharon to help with any and all your cleaning needs! 

SERVPRO Emergency READY Program

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Call our office today to schedule yours! 508-697-5439

Dealership with roof leak

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling tiles fallen due to roof leak

The contractor who was replacing the roof had tarped it but not very well which resulted in the building getting flooded during heavy wind and rains. Ceiling tiles had fallen and water was pouring into the dealership. We arrived on site within 2 hours of getting the call. The building was completely flooded with roughly 2 inches of water throughout. Our crews worked around the clock to extract the water and used lifts to remove the remaining ceiling tiles.

The job took approximately a week and a half to remove the water and complete the demo and dry out. Our insured was extremely happy with the outcome and how fast they were able to get back up and running.

Call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole for all your commercial needs.

Commercial Duct Cleaning-Braintree, MA

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

This commercial company decided that it was time to clean the duct system.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health. Most people will spend an average of 60 to 90% indoors. HVAC systems carry such micro's such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust. 

Research has demonstrated the cleaning the HVAC system may allow the system to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components, are less likely break down and provide cleaner air. 

The HVAC units should be inspect annually for cleanliness. Visually inspect the supply and return every two years. During your inspection you may see particulate matter being discharged from the vents, this is a good indication it it time for the cleaning of your vents.

SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole has trained and certified technicians that can come and clean the vents for you. Give them a call today at 508-533-5305

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Roof Leak at Pre-School- W'Bridgewatger, MA

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

This pre-school was replacing the roof when they suffered a water loss.

Big Buildings present big challenges, but when it happens at a preschool, it needs to be handled so as to not upset the daily routine. This preschool was fortunate, school was out when they suffered damages from a roof leak. 


No one is more prepared to tackle your commercial loss then SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole. We help building owners get their business up and running fast. 


Our number 1 priority is getting onsite, begin the assessment and immediately get to work. We work directly with you and your adjuster. When a business suffers a loss, any amount of disruption can effect the bottom line.


Virtually every job we perform is covered by insurance. We specialize in helping our clients with the insurance claim in a timely manor.   


If you are in need of service for your commercial property contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 781-341-1946 for your peace of mind.

Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Brockton, MA  commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

About SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole

SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

North Dighton, MA Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Business

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  


Smoke and soot facts:



  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different Types of Smoke


There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber



  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood



  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire



  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 


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.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – Franklin/Walpole 508-533-5305

Walpole, MA commercial Duct Cleaning

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Day care in Walpole concerned about the air quality.

Commercial air duct cleaning is different than residential air duct cleaning. HVAC systems are larger and more complex you will need more types of cleaning tools, and connections. . SERVPRO Franklin/Walpole has knowledgeable technicians that will walk through the process with you as well as determine what equipment is needed. 


SERVPRO Franklin/Walpole knows that commercial duct work can come in all shapes and size. Some are large enough to crawl through while other must be cleaned with various cleaning tools (power brushes, air whips, air washing, and contact vacuuming). Typically  duct work would be put under negative pressure from the vacuum collection system, and cut access holes and zone off as needed and then do your source removal. SERVPRO puts the Air back into Air Quality when it comes to cleaning your duct system. 


 Have questions call SERVPRO Franklin/Walpole today at


508-533-5305


 


 

Brockton, MA Sewage Loss

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

A Sewage loss in Brockton, MA caused from the use of to much toilet paper.

Sewage damage is the most dangerous from of water cleanup. The possibility of blood-born pathogens and other contaminants is high. Should you suffer a sewage loss, SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole would like to share a few tips.

1: Advise any and all occupants that they should leave/evacuate the space.

2: Inspect for any possible hazards that might be in the environment, "I.E" electrical plugs that might be in contact with the loss.

3: Do not walk in the area of the loss to avoid cross contamination and try to clean yourself.

The the experts help you. SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole have certified technicians that will do the following.

1: Pump out the water and sewage.

3: Remove all unsalvageable materials from from the space including carpet, pads, flooring and drywall.

4: Set up a containment barrier if need be to prevent cross containment.

5: Clean and deodorize the area.

When you call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 you can be assured that we will take care of you "Like it never even happened."

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Before and After

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?


We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

SERVPRO® of Franklin/Walpole is always just a quick phone call away. Whether you are dealing with a Water loss or damage from a fire we can help. Emergencies do not work on a set schedule and can happen at any hour of the day or night. That’s why we are here 24/7, 365 to assist you should the need arise.

We are experts in Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration, Water and Fire Cleanup and Restoration.

Ultrasonic Content Cleaning

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

As a homeowner or even a renter, one of our biggest fears is losing everything we own to a natural disaster, especially the items that are most sentimental to us. When a natural disaster hits, it is much more than just a physical burden, it also takes a mental toll with everything that now needs cleaned and repaired. There are many different methods of cleaning, depending on the type of damages that are done, but one specific way could truly salvage items that you might have just given up on in the past. This method of cleaning is called Ultrasonic Content Cleaning.

Ultrasonic Content Cleaning uses cavitation action to access even the smallest of crevices on damaged objects. Cavitation is the formation of vapor cavities in liquid, meaning small bubbles that implode to send powerful shockwaves of pressure across the damaged or dirty object, successfully removing residue. This process can send the cleaning fluid in places that a hand cannot reach to clean.

According to TovaTech, the restoration process for smoke and water damaged articles includes a couple of different steps. First the objects are placed into mesh baskets where they are pre-washed with high agitation to remove as much loose residue as possible. Next, they are placed into the ultrasonic cleaning tank for the cavitation action to take place.  The bubbles from the cleaning fluid make their way through the items, removing the last of the remnants thoroughly cleaning the, what used to be, damaged items. The rinse station is next where the flowing reverse osmosis water (water that was put through a membrane removing tap water impurities) removes the soap residue and leaves that clean final touch. The last 5 minutes of the cleaning process go to the drying tunnel where the dyer covers the items in a continuous, down draft, hot air to make its way back to the customer.

According to besttechnologyinc.com, the assembly line layout of the Ultrasonic technology can improve cleaning and labor times by as much as 75%. This process has saved tons of money by restoring products instead of having to replace them. Items that look like they could never be used again have been restored back to beautiful looking items. Don’t give up on your items next time and give the ultrasonic cleaning a try.

Source - http://www.tovatech.com/blog/7816/ultrasonic-cleaner/contents-restoration-and-ultrasonic-cleaning

Don’t let the winter weather leave its mark on your Nashville business

1/29/2015 (Permalink)

 Magnify Photo

This time of year brings in the chaos, from cars bring covered in snow to carpet being stained with mud; there is no escaping the winter mess. The kids and pets come running through the front door leaving behind a trail of debris that will later take some time to deeply clean, but at least it’s just a small crowd. In a different situation though, what if those couple of kids and dog were hundreds of customers walking through your living room daily? Cleaning the carpeting of a small living room can even be a challenge, but it is nothing compared to a corporate office with 10 times the traffic. Maintaining a large office requires more attention and higher end equipment to ensure that the area is always up to professional standards.

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), “the first critical component in programmed maintenance and cleaning is routine vacuuming coupled with rapid response to spots and spills.” The longer dirt is sifted into the carpet by constant traffic, the more worn down the fibers get in the carpet, leaving stains or worn out spots that eventually require carpet replacement. Making sure that spills and stains are taken care of promptly can make a large difference in the amount of years that carpeting lasts and for a company, which can mean saving thousands of dollars.

Tricks to maintaining commercial carpeting:

  • Vacuum daily, especially after hosting large parties or events where the traffic throughout the house or office is more than usual. This will stop dirt and debris from being permanently embedded into the carpet or harder to remove at a later date.
  • All carpet should be deep cleaned at least twice a year. Some areas with more traffic should be deep cleaned quarterly. Deep cleaning the carpet consists of using a carpet shampoo vacuum to wash, scrub and rinse the excess dirt out of the carpet.
  • Treats spots immediately! Just warm water and mild detergent if treated right away can clean most spots. If the spots or stains are given time to settle, this could mean a more intense and expensive clean up for you later.