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Flooding Can Bring Saugus Businesses to a Halt

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged reception area of office; SERVPRO restoration equipment being used Flood water not only damages your building, but can contain contaminants. SERVPRO is equipped to safely remove the water.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Services to Saugus Businesses to Help Them Get Back to Business

Floodwater is highly contaminated. It can contain toxic chemicals, bacteria, and debris that should only be dealt with by a professional flood restoration company. To ensure your business is properly cleaned and restored, let SERVPRO handle the flood damage.

Contaminated Water Emergency Service Procedures

When flood damage strikes Saugus, businesses are at risk. The building and the content may come in contact with floodwater. Our technicians understand the risks and begin flood cleanup when they arrive. Safety is the first concern, and we take the following steps:

  • Eliminate safety hazards from the job.
  • Immediately disinfect surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
  • Set up containment if needed.
  • Remove standing silt and debris.
  • Determine what can be decontaminated and restored and what cannot.
  • Remove and dispose of carpet and padding if contaminated.
  • Pressure wash structural components as needed. Disinfect again.
  • Remove materials as necessary to decontaminate the building.
  • Clean and dry interior walls.
  • Repeat disinfecting as needed.
  • Remove and dispose of final debris and wastewater.
  • Dry the premises and content.

SERVPRO follows the strictest guidelines when dealing with contaminated water. We work with you to ensure everything is restored to preloss condition whenever possible. If we need to, we pack out the contents and move them to our warehouse for cleaning and restoration. 

You can trust us to provide the emergency services, water damage mitigation you need to get your business up and running. Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 for professional water damage repairs and water removal services. 

Mold Spreads Fast and Is Destructive – It Can Damage Saugus Homes

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth on ceiling and wall Inspect your home often for signs of mold and call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Understand the Damage Mold can do to Saugus Homes and Provide Mold Remediation

If you see or smell mold, you want to get professional help immediately. Mold spreads rapidly, and the fungi can destroy the content and structural elements of your home. At SERVPRO, we provide mold removal services following the strictest guidelines.

What Are SERVPRO’s Guidelines & Standards for Mold Remediation?

Mold removal companies in Saugus use various guidelines for mold removal. At SERVPRO, we follow both the EPA mold remediation guidelines and the IICRC standards. We do everything possible to ensure the mold gets removed from your home. Because mold spores are everywhere, it is impossible to remove 100% of the mold, but we can address the problem that allows it to grow. The EPA recommends:

  • Cleaning and drying moldy materials
  • Discarding moldy items that cannot be cleaned
  • Dry non-mold items within 48 hours

SERVPRO does this and more.

IICRC Mold Remediation Standards

Safety is paramount, and because mold can cause health effects, we take it very seriously. The standards we follow here include:

  • Providing for health & safety
  • Documenting the conditions & processes
  • Controlling the mold contaminant at the source
  • Removing contamination
  • Correcting the moisture problem

Once we have done all of the above and the home has been disinfected, we proceed with the final restoration. If you have a problem with black mold and need mold inspections, remediations and removal, contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409.

What Inspection Devices Are Used to Track Moisture in Saugus Homes?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in room Water damage? SERVPRO can help! We have the training and equipment to restore your home.

If Water Cleanup is Needed in Saugus, SERVPRO Uses Specialty Equipment to Locate Moisture

When our crew arrives on the scene, a scope gets done on the home. Scoping locates the areas where water has gone and determines the extent of absorption by the structure and the content. We use various devices in our water damage restoration services to track the moisture.

Water Restoration Inspection Devices

Water cleanup in Saugus begins with tracking the moisture, and we use the following: 

  • Moisture Sensors– Detects moisture in carpets and padding. Sharp probes penetrate through the carpeting to determine if the subfloor below has been impacted. 
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras– Infrared cameras monitor the moisture in building material. During the scope, they provide a fast evaluation of the extent of the water. They show the path the water has taken and prove successful drying at the end of the job. This device is not always precise with moisture tracking.
  • Moisture Meters-Measures the actual moisture content or level of materials. Different meters may get used for specific materials such as drywall. There are both penetrating and non-penetrating meters.
  • Hygrometers – Measures the relative humidity and temperature of air masses, helping with the drying process.

When water damage remediation is needed, these tools help our techs to do the best job possible. Whether you are dealing with a water intrusion from burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or basement flooding, our team provides water cleanup that leaves your home “Like it never even happened.” For water damage repairs, call SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 today.

What Method is Most Effective for Fire Restoration in West Lynn?

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire You want a trusted team of experts with the equipment your property needs after a fire incident occurs. Call SERVPRO right away.

No Two Fires are the Same. SERVPRO in West Lynn Uses a Multi-faceted Approach to Fire Restoration

Generally speaking, restoring property is more cost and time-efficient than refinishing or replacing. Fires are complicated to clean up with a myriad of factors affecting cleanability. These factors could include architecture and airflow, temperature, or type of materials combusting. SERVPRO trains technicians to the highest level so they can help with:

  • Fire damaged homes
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup

Porous surfaces in your home may attract and absorb fire debris which must be removed for a complete fire restoration of your West Lynn home. Introducing moisture to a porous surface can further damage it or cause smoke staining to spread out. We recommend opting for dry cleaning methods on surfaces first to dislodge or remove surface layer soot.

  • Vacuuming dry can help to remove particles loosely adhered to porous surfaces without damaging the material.
  • Compressed air canisters help in conjunction with vacuum from an air filtration device or negative air pressure machine.
  • Non-porous surfaces and synthetics can generally sustain more aggressive cleaning solvents and equipment.

We can help return your home to how you remember it. Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, for fire restoration at (978) 744-0409. “Like it never even happened.”

Can Water Damage Lead to Streaking on Furniture for West Lynn Residents?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment removing water Our skilled technicians have the expertise and state of the art equipment to get your home back in order after a water catastrophe.

Streaking is One Consequence of Water Exposure. SERVPRO Has Water Damage Restoration Professionals in West Lynn

All fabrics respond differently to water exposure. Synthetics generally absorb more soils and stains than natural materials. However, these are typically easier to clean as they do not suffer the same damage as silks, linens, velvets, or leathers. Our technicians can take care of your upholstery during water restoration. 

Water restoration can include: 

  • Water damage repairs
  • Emergency services water damage
  • Water removal services

In addition to the above, water damage restoration for West Lynn homes can incorporate contents and upholstery cleaning. Stains that occur on upholstery, such as streaking, usually happen from overwetting. We use water extraction equipment fitted with furniture wands to remove moisture from upholstery without causing streaks. 

  • Pilating tools can help to even out streaking issues and are applied regularly throughout contents cleaning.
  • Fabric brushes with stiff bristles stand up fibers to reduce the streaking's visible effect and encourage an even finish.
  • Specialist upholstery tools in combination with pre-spraying cleaners further reduce the chances of permanent harm. 

Upholsteries require special care and attention after water exposure. Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 now.

Is there a Service in Saugus for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup?

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle If your home has been damaged by a fire, you need expert assistance with cleanup and restoration. Call SERVPRO for help. We are always available.

SERVPRO is Based in Saugus and Can Help you with House Fire Cleanup

Saugus is a township on the outskirts of Boston in Massachusetts. The area is famous for its ironworks which made it a prominent manufacturing center for much of the seventeenth century when producing an estimated ton of iron per day. During the industrial revolution, manufacturing businesses returned and grew a strong reputation for the production of shoes. At one point, this small township was exporting its signature boots across the United States and the world. Much of Saugus's town center history has been preserved with some monuments, such as the historic ironworks, giving visitors a peek at American life in the 1670s. Saugus committed troops to the Unionist movement during the American Civil War, and there are numerous memorials in the township to commemorate those that contributed.

Much of visiting Saugus relies on being willing to explore some of its stunning state parks. The Breakheart Reservation is busy all year long with hundreds of acres of forestry, fishing, camping, and hiking trails. The Saugus Ironworks is part of the reservation, redeveloped as an educational and interactive museum of history. Guests can explore and get involved in much of the iron-making processes at a historic site that was among the first to exist in America's colonies. Situated nearby to Mt. Washington State Park and Lynn Woods, the area has become attractive to rock climbers. At the same time, casual interest can be fed at the MetroRock Climbing center, which offers tutelage from experienced instructors for all levels.

  • Legoland Discovery Center is an entertainment center and amusement park that attracts thousands of families each year. Legoland has theme-park rides, playgrounds, food trucks, and low admission prices often available on deals. 
  • Nahant Beach and the Lynn Shore Reservation are just a stone's throw outside Saugus, with a quieter atmosphere than Revere Beach. It is kept clean throughout the year and is especially popular during the warm summer months. During Fall and Winter, the Lynn Shore Reservation is a spot full of indigenous birds and wildlife.
  • Bish Bash Falls is located in the Mt. Washington State Forest, and visitors can take the short one-mile hike from the parking lot to witness them in person. The waterfall itself is sixty feet high, and tours for the family are available during the year. 

SERVPRO Technicians in Saugus are Available for House Fire Cleanup

House fires leave behind stains, debris, and odors. Our qualified technicians can arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss to provide:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • House fire cleanup
  • Smoke remediation

Sometimes a house fire can affect the indoor air quality in your home. This air quality issue can occur as a result of airborne dust particles, odor, and soot. Stained walls or ceilings can continue to emit unpleasant particles into the indoor atmosphere. Our technicians are experts at identifying and dealing with indoor air quality issues. 

  • Air filtration devices use layers of filters to remove airborne particles. Our equipment includes high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air filters. 
  • Ventilating a property correctly is possible with industrial venting box fans and direct expansion units.
  • In restricted spaces in the home, technicians can use activated oxygen units to eliminate fire odors. 

For a comprehensive solution to property restoration, contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, for fire damage restoration at (978) 744-0409.

Should Saugus Homeowners Cleanup Floodwaters?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

flood damaged wall with flood cut in dry wall Flood damage restoration is a job for SERVPRO. Their IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced.

If you have flood damage hiring the professionals at SERVPRO is the wise thing to do

Floodwaters can cause a significant amount of damage to homes. One of the biggest problems is the long list of contaminants that can be in the water. Trained water restoration technicians (WRT) are what is needed to ensure reliable, safe cleanup.

What Happens When SERVPRO Arrives?

When we arrive, we thoroughly assess your home to determine the extent of the damage. We then formulate a plan of action to remove the flood water in your Saugus home and begin restoration. When dealing with floodwaters, safety hazards are always a concern. We take the necessary precautions when we begin. Here are some of the steps we take to make sure everything gets done efficiently and safely:

  • Check the home for electrical hazards
  • Put ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFC) on specific electrical equipment
  • Look for hidden moisture pockets to prevent mold
  • Perform floodwater testing to determine the contaminant level
  • Wear the correct PPE 
  • Sanitize and disinfect surfaces with antimicrobial agents

Floodwater is not something you should try to clean up on your own. At SERVPRO, we understand the risks and have the expertise and equipment to mitigate the flood damage. Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, for professional flood damage cleanup. You can reach us at (978) 744-0409.

Fire Damage Can Bring Your Saugus Business to a Halt

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside job site. A business not running is not a good way to live. Call SERVPRO for fast the action fire restoration service you need.

SERVPRO can help Saugus companies get back on track after a fire

When a fire takes place in a commercial building, it typically sets off the sprinkler system. If firefighters are involved, water and chemicals from firefighting efforts can be a problem. That is why water extraction is vital and should happen quickly.

Get Help Fast

 If your company needs fire damage restoration in Saugus, we can help. Secondary damage from hidden moisture can include:

  • Mold and mildew
  • Structural damage from hidden water
  • Ruined ceiling tiles
  • Warped flooring
  • Damaged content
  • Longer cleanup time

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Not only do we deal with water extraction, but we also get busy cleaning up soot. Soot can cause damage to whatever it touches. There are different types of soot, and depending on the composition, it can stain surfaces. It also has a foul odor that needs to be addressed. We get busy:

  • Cleaning every nook and cranny of your business
  • Eliminating persistent smoke odors with air scrubbers
  • Using industrial-strength dehumidifiers and air movers to help with drying
  • Removing charred debris and unsalvageable items
  • Cleaning contents and inventory
  • Restoring rather than replacing whenever possible
  • Getting your company back on its feet quickly

For commercial fire damage restoration service in Saugus, contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409.

What Are Some Problems from Saugus Water Intrusion?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged. carpet Water damage restoration to your property should be handled by a professional like SERVPRO. Their techs are ready 24/7.

 Hidden water damage is always a risk, but SERVPRO provides water cleanup to mitigate the problem. 

Saugus, MA, is a fascinating town, rich in history. The Hammersmith was built in 1646 in the town and was one of the most advanced ironworks in North America. The 19th century brought the ice industry to the area. Shoes, wool items, and tobacco were big industries during the Industrial Revolution. No matter the era, they had workers who needed to be fed. Today businesses throughout Saugus still need lunch breaks, and here are some of their favorite restaurants.

Angela’s Coal Fired Pizza

Pizza is always an excellent choice for lunch or dinner, especially when shared with friends or family. The menu is limited, but what they do have is delicious. The wings are fantastic, not overly sauced like you often get. Choose your crust type, and then pick out your favorite toppings. The crispy crust holds up well to all the sauce and cheesy goodness. 

Iron Town Diner

Diners are the perfect place to fuel up for breakfast and get home-cooked food for lunch. If you like red velvet cake, you have to try the pancakes that share the name. The Reuben sandwich is a local favorite, as is the Greek salad. Whatever you order, you will not be disappointed in the taste or amount. The portions served are very generous, and the staff is friendly and efficient. 

Border Café

If Mexican or Cajun is your go-to food, you will enjoy this restaurant. The menu has a great selection and is an interesting blend of cultures. It is a family-friendly eatery that is reasonably priced. Some of their menu items include salmon tacos, Louisiana gumbo, and enchiladas. 

Antique Table

This restaurant is one of Saugus’ hidden gems. Some of the favorites are chicken marsala, chicken parmigiana, and gnocchi. It is a cozy place with a décor that invites you to sit and stay awhile. The cuisine is what would be considered “American” Italian but is scrumptious. It is a restaurant you will find yourself heading to again and again. 

The Blue Ox

The Blue Ox is a great choice for lunch or dinner. They serve up some unique dishes such as pumpkin ravioli. Your choices range from burgers to lamb chops. They have a nice seafood selection as well, which includes crispy crab cakes. The seared pork belly over Asian slaw is a house specialty. They have gluten-free options. For dessert, the Crème Brulee is a must. 

SERVPRO Proudly Serves the Saugus Community

As a local business, we do our part by eating lunch at these fine establishments whenever we can slip out. The delicious food keeps us fueled up to handle all your water cleanup needs. If you have experienced a water intrusion in your home, get professional help to avoid hidden damages. When something like your dishwasher overflows, it can lead to:

  • Disruption to your day
  • Moisture flowing under the floor
  • Secondary damage such as mold
  • Water traveling down through the walls
  • Damaged cabinets and woodwork
  • Loose or warped floor tiles

Secondary damage is one of the biggest concerns with water damage. That is why professional water cleanup is so important. SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn provides that service and more. Contact us at (978) 744-0409 for all your water, fire, and flood restoration needs. 

What is Water Mitigation vs. Water Restoration?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling that is breaking apart Facing water damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call us at (978) 744-0409 today!

SERVPRO Handles Water Mitigation and Total Restoration to Bring Your West Lynn Home to Pre-Loss Condition

Any number of water catastrophes could take place in and around your West Lynn home. However, it is how you act and what happens during the clean up that matters most. SERVPRO features skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) armed with all the water mitigation knowledge necessary to get the job done correctly the first time.

To better understand water mitigation in West Lynn, the differences are as follows:

  • Water mitigation helps lessen the impact and prevent more damage from taking place.
  • Water damage restoration is a process for repairing and rebuilding the damage brought on by the water.

With our water mitigation services from SERVPRO, we extract water using powerful equipment and utilize moisture detection equipment to measure the dampness levels. We also put air scrubbers, fans, and dehumidifiers into play that work on drying out the water-logged portion of your property.

The length of time that mitigation takes depends on your project's overall scope and how severe the water damage is. We work as fast as possible to keep secondary damage from setting in, bringing the potential of excessive moisture that creates a breeding ground for mold.

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn is the team to call when you need water mitigation services. Call us at (978) 744-0409 to have our Green Fleet dispatched to your property to get to work.

Set Your Business Up for Flood Damage Success

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

flooded house with water everywhere Has flooding affected your home? Contact SERVPRO to remediate the flood damage situation in your residence.

Counting on SERVPRO for Your Saugus Business After Flooding Ensures Less Costs From Flood Damage

If your business has ever gotten flooded, then you know how stressful this situation can get. Being prepared is half the battle. Having skilled technicians on-site and ready to work within hours will be the best way to ensure that your commercial space returns normal fast. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, which helps keep you on your feet and all of your employees safe.

Flood damage in Saugus is no match for our proven techniques here at SERVPRO. Steps we take once we arrive at your commercial space includes:

  • Setting up barriers between the flood zone and unaffected areas
  • Taking precautions by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Careful cleaning of all objects that come into contact with contaminated water – thus removing any potentially harmful bacteria
  • Disposing of totally saturated building materials, including drywall and insulation
  • Rapid drying and water removal by using pumps, extractors, fans, and dehumidifiers in tandem
  • Controlled demolition to ensure your business is left “Like it never even happened.” General contractor license #: CS-114298

You might not always have the ability to avoid a flood, but you can control the impact of flood damage within your commercial space. Calling SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 provides you with professional results and priceless peace of mind.

Fire Damage Gets Worse the Longer You Wait

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with rubble and ashes everywhere Recent fire? Don’t delay, contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services immediately after the fire fighters leave.

Don’t Let Corrosive Soot Residue Further Damage Your Saugus Home – Call SERVPRO for Skilled Fire Damage Assistance!

You will find the town of Saugus within Essex County in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 26,628 when the United States Census got taken in 2010, this is a bustling area rich with history and beautiful communities. The name Saugus is believed to come from Native American roots, meaning “extended” or “great.”

The Hammersmith, now known as Saugus Iron Works, started operations in 1646. This was the first ironworks integration within North American and the most advanced at the time. Moving forward to the American Revolutionary War, roughly 100 men from Saugus joined the fight. In 1804, Saugus entered into the ice industry when Frederic Tudor started cutting ice from a family farm pond to have it shipped off to Martinique.

Notable People from Saugus, Massachusetts

There are several important people that either came from or lived in the Saugus, MA, area, including:

  • Wade Boggs – Professional athlete, former baseball player
  • John A. Curry – Formerly president of Northeastern University
  • Kevin Wortman – Professional athlete, former hockey player
  • Vincent Ferrini – Poet and writer
  • Nathan Ames – Famous inventor known for patenting the very first escalator back in 1859

Visiting the Area or Planning a Move to Saugus

The town of Saugus is well-known for being a great location to raise a family while remaining close to Boston and other major cities. You will find various incredible hotels and inns in the area if you are planning a visit. Should you be looking to move here, plenty of public and private schools offer an excellent education.

Some of the top attractions and eateries in the area worth checking out include:

  • Saugus Iron Works – Local landmark
  • Jimmy’s Steer House – Steakhouse and American cuisine
  • Breakheart Reservation – Parks and nature destination
  • Border Café – Southwestern and Mexican fare
  • Iron Town Diner – American diner food
  • Square One Mall – Shopping center
  • Harrows Chicken Pies – Fast food and famous chicken pies
  • Lendy’s Deli & Restaurant – American cuisine, deli selection
  • Sunny Relax Spa – Day spa and massage therapy

Saugus Tanker Crash in 2011 Leads to Fire of Several Nearby Buildings

Accidents can happen at any time, even leading to fire from an outside source. In July 2011, a fiery tanker crash caused several nearby buildings to become caught up in the blaze. The fiery explosion happened just after 2 am and it caused local first responders to work well into the daylight hours to address the nearby home and greenhouse buildings that caught fire.

Saugus Residents Can Get Quality Soot Removal and Fire Damage Help From SERVPRO

After a fire, harsh smoke residue and soot settles on a variety of surfaces throughout your Saugus interior. SERVPRO carefully chooses which methods and products we use to remove these elements to restore your home to a pre-fire condition.

There are several ways that we can handle soot and fire damage in Saugus, including:

  • Soda blasting
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Agitative cleaning techniques
  • Chemical cleaning agents
  • Controlled demolition – General Contractor License #: CS-114298

Fire damage must get addressed as soon as possible to eliminate the chance of costly secondary damage. Call SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 when you need an emergency response after a fire in your home.

How Broad Should Mold Remediation Processes Be?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

containment barrier at steps and room, Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Saugus? We use polypropylene sheeting for containment barriers to prevent cross-contamination during treatment.

SERVPRO Evaluates Infestations in Saugus Properties to Determine the Best Actions

Sometimes, mold might develop in your property inexplicably, especially if there is no noticeable water intrusion. In such a case, you might feel that you only need to apply a professional product with antimicrobial properties to the visible mold to eliminate it. However, this approach is less likely to bear fruit.

Establishing the underlying issues fueling mold growth is essential before embarking on mold remediation at your Saugus property. Our SERVPRO technicians ascertain whether your property has undiscovered moisture issues such as leaks in pipes or the air conditioning system.

Protocols for Mold Remediation

Our SERVPRO technicians also take numerous steps to resolve the mold infestation. Typical steps for average infestations are:

  • Drying all wet materials at the residence
  • Removing heavily infested materials, especially if they are porous
  • Applying antimicrobial products to the affected surfaces

However, severe mold requires advanced processes to eradicate it.  Cleaning specialized house installations such as HVAC systems and using sophisticated cleaning methods like soda blasting to remove mold residues are typical responses. 

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn manages all types of mold remediation, restoring properties to the preloss state. Call us at (978) 744-0409.

Does Equipment Abundance Lead To Better Water Restoration?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

green equipment drying an interior SERVPRO vehicles are stocked with plenty of advanced equipment for home and commercial water damage mitigation in the West Lynn area

For Convenient Restoration of Your West Lynn Business Premises Call SERVPRO

In your search for a restoration service to help your business recover from water intrusion, issues like finding one with sufficient resources to deliver quality results or getting the service at a reasonable charge might cross your mind.

Although quality water damage restoration in West Lynn business premises takes technical skills, experience, and passion, finding a well-equipped team can be advantageous. SERVPRO restoration teams are equipped with a variety of tools to handle each task. For instance, drying wet materials requires the use of dehumidifiers.

Our restoration teams are equipped with different types of dehumidifiers, including:

  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Low Grain Refrigerant LGR dehumidifiers
  • Conventional dehumidifiers

The variety allows our technicians to use refrigerant dehumidifiers at the start of the job when humidity levels are high, and then switch to desiccant after porous materials dry, but there is still wetness in structural materials. In some cases, our SERVPRO crew chiefs might opt for one type of drying equipment for convenience.

Weather conditions can also dictate the use of the mentioned dehumidifiers. From a small retail shop to a large fabricating factory we have you covered with water damage restoration and cleanup. Our business is to keep you in business.

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn considers the client’s convenience when making decisions about water damage restoration.  You can reach us at (978) 744-0409.

Wondering Whether Your Fire Damaged Items Can Be Restored?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

greasy, sooty film from a fire in a room SERVPRO can pretest greasy, sooty deposits on surfaces in a Saugus home to restore the fire-damaged residence

SERVPRO Gauges Fire Damage Restoration Odds in Saugus Properties Using Estimator Kits

Throwing away all your valuables after a fire incident is not a viable approach since replacement is costly. You may also want to retain the ones with sentimental value. Restoration processes such as cleaning and resurfacing can help save some items and reduce the cost involved. Restoration has its challenges, too, since determining which procedures can resolve specific problems might not be easy.

Before embarking on fire damage restoration in Saugus properties, SERVPRO scopes the loss site to determine the level and type of damage in different materials. Common damages include accumulation of smoke residues, plastic melting into appliances, and charring of materials.

The testing kits our SERVPRO technicians use contain various resources, including:

  • A variety of brushes for inspecting materials in crevices
  • Tags for labeling items based on damage levels or restoration options
  • pH papers to determine acidity or alkalinity levels of various residues
  • Accessories such as spray bottles, rubber bands, safety pins, and markers

With assistance from SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, you can expect positive results from fire damage restoration since we scope the loss site thoroughly. Call us at (978) 744-0409.

Cleaning Your Structure after Flood Damage?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

workers using pumps to remove flood water When you need stormwater cleanup from your home, school, or business in Saugus, call on the great crew from SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Helps Clean and Decontaminate Saugus Properties after Flooding

If a storm leaves your property inundated, you must clean up all the affected areas to remove physical soils, invisible contaminants, and bad odor. Floodwaters contain a cocktail of waste materials ranging from biohazards such as raw sewage and harmful industrial chemicals. For cleaning to be effective, removal of all these substances is necessary.

Depending on the extent of flood damage at your Saugus property, various cleanup steps might be necessary to address all the issues. The appropriate resources must accompany the decision to take various cleaning steps. For instance, removing waste materials from a wall cavity is only possible if you have the tools to open up its panels.

Tools and Kits

SERVPRO assesses loss sites to determine the necessary cleaning tasks and avail all the tools and professional cleaning products needed. In a typical cleaning exercise, our technicians:

  • Spray EPA-registered disinfectants directly into flooded areas of the property
  • Pressure wash structural components
  • Remove fine wastes such as silt and sewage
  • Place air movers and dehumidifiers around the property to dry wet materials

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, has well-trained technicians who can clean up any property after flood damage. Call us at (978) 744-0409.

Take a Hike in Saugus

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

man with telescope looking at the night sky Look to the sky for stargazing, and look to SERVPRO for your water damage restoration needs.

Saugus Residents Learn to Hike at Night 

Saugus has many excellent hiking opportunities, and this class will introduce hikers of all experience levels to the fun of night hiking. This event will cover the basics of getting around safely with minimal light, hike in a controlled environment, and using natural night vision to navigate paths. There will be plenty of stargazing and an instructor-provided history of the area. This excursion is a level one hiking course and ideal for anyone new and just beginning. Safety basics including how to make your way over uneven terrain in the dark, get covered to help hikers develop confidence, and acquire the essential skill set necessary for night hiking. The list of gear needed gets provided at the time of registration. Contact the organizer at (617) 942-0258 with questions.

  • Date: February 5, 2021
  • Time: 5 PM to 7 PM 
  • Location: Boston Outdoor School, 131 Walnut Street
  • Price: $35 per person

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 is the place to call when the need for water damage restoration services arises. The techs are available 24/7 to support local Saugus properties for any size cleanup. 

Saugus Residents Can Learn Italian Cooking Skills

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

close up of pasta Relax by learning a new cooking skill while SERVPRO remediates your mold damage.

Make A Pasta Dinner Plus Tiramisu in Saugus

Learn to cook a delicious Italian dinner from scratch at this fun class led by an experienced chef. Attendees will learn to make a traditional Italian salad served up in a Parmesan cheese basket. Participants learn to stretch mozzarella cheese. They will also create several different pasta varieties, such as ravioli, tortellini, and fettuccine. Several different fillings and sauces are taught, including the base for many sauces: the ragout, ensuring the pasta always has something yummy served along with it. Another Italian staple comfort food, gnocchi, gets covered, and students learn to make the perfect little bite. Finally, cooks will create a delicious tiramisu to cap off the meal. For any questions, call the organizer at 857-219-2519.

  • Date: January 29, 2021
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
  • Location: Selfup Venue, 19 Kingston St, #1
  • Price: $100

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 supports the local Saugus community as the top choice among mold removal companies, and they work to make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Gets Handled Fast in Saugus by SERVPRO

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Sign saying Saugus founded 1629 SERVPRO takes pride in serving such a longstanding,vibrant community. Call us for all of your fire damage restoration needs.

Saugus Business Owners Count on SERVPRO For Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

Saugus had come a long way from when it was first settled in 1629. The city's name comes from an Algonquin word for "great" or "extended," describing the vast forested area, the present-day city's location.

In 1646, the first big business began in Saugus, the ironworks, called Hammersmith. This facility put out nearly one ton of iron daily but did not turn enough of a profit to stay in business, and it closed in 1670. At the time of its operation, it was considered one of the most advanced places that produced iron. After it closed, the building went into a disrepair state and was covered by underbrush. An archaeologist named Roland W. Robbins discovered the site in 1948 and reconstructed the Saugus Iron Works with financial assistance from the First Iron Works Association. The building opened to the public as a museum in 1954 and became part of the National Park Service properties in 1968.

During the nineteenth century, the iron industry had long since waned, and the ice manufacturing picked up speed in Saugus. This cottage industry's roots can get traced to 1804 when Frederic Tudor cut ice from a pond on his land and sold it to nearby Martinique. He was inspired to do this after a trip to the Caribbean where tourists were lamenting, they wished they had ice in their drinks. Tudor became known as "The Ice King," and he made a fortune selling ice worldwide, as far away as India and Hong Kong. Some of the most significant factors that helped Tudor become a success were:

  • Ice was free.
  • Sawdust used to pack the ice was free.
  • Ships in Boston Harbor were empty and cheap to hire. 

The U.S. 1 Highway, known as the Newburyport Turnpike in 1805 when it got built, was considered a mistake initially as the designers had it running through hills, swamps, and grass grew over the road. It required regular maintenance until automobiles became the most widely chosen form of transportation in the 1930s, and it became a toll-free public highway. As the traffic increased, savvy business people moved along Route 1, and in the present, this area generates millions of dollars in sales yearly for Saugus. 

President Andrew Jackson donated a revenue surplus of $2,000 to build the first town hall in Saugus. The building still stands and gets used as an American Legion Hall. The actual cost to build the hall put the city in debt to the tune of $48,000. 

Saugus played a crucial role in the Civil War and sent many of its citizens to fight. Several notable names emerged from the city, such as Gustavus Fox, who was the United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War. A ship launched in 1863, a Union Navy monitor, named the USS Saugus, in honor of the town's commitment. After the end of the war, resident Henry E. Hone donated a large monument made of granite to honor the city's soldiers. The memorial contains all 166 names of the men who served in the war on bronze tablets. 

In the late 1800s, another industry sprang up in Saugus: the tobacco industry. Because during the Civil War, many of the significant southern tobacco plantations got destroyed. The local company of Waitt & Bond became the major exporter of cigars and snuff for the rest of the country, and soon the city was the nation's largest producer of those products. When the tobacco industry began to decline in the 1970s, the city attempted to create two new businesses - an oil refinery and a garbage incineration plant. The plans did not pan out for the refinery, but in 1975 the incineration plant opened. It became the first commercially successful type of operation of this nature in the United States and still runs in the present. The top three industries in the city today are:

  • Health
  • Technology
  • Waste management

Does A Saugus Business Need to Close During Commercial Fire Damage Restoration?

In most cases, commercial fire damage restoration, a Saugus property will need to close during the services. The reasons can range from the danger of structural damage causing an injury to air quality concerns from airborne particulate. 

SERVPRO technicians have an array of specialized equipment to use against soot and smoke damage. The techs deploy air scrubbers and sometimes use negative air chambers to improve the air quality during the restoration. When only a portion of the structure has damage, the techs put up containment to inhibit the spread of airborne soot. Cleanup for this type of loss takes several forms, including:

  • Immersion cleaning as needed for non-porous items.
  • Removal of smoke damage from surfaces using various methods.
  • Application of sealants as needed.

The techs give special care to moving out items that show no signs of damage and separate them from inspection for cleaning and reuse. When articles get removed from a worksite, also known as a pack-out, the techs take careful notes about each item's location and condition. When the business is ready to reopen, it gets put back in its original place. 

This SERPVRO location holds a general contractor license #cs-114298 and offers local commercial properties the opportunity to streamline the restoration and rebuilding services as needed through one place. The trained techs can handle the structural reconstruction and replace drywall, flooring, or install carpet. The need for cosmetic touches such as painting walls and trim can complete the job and leave the building ready to reopen. 

When Saugus properties need commercial fire damage restoration, the owners look to SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 for the solution. The trained technicians can handle any size clean up and make it, "Like it never even happened."

What Cleaning Is Necessary after West Lynn Furnace Puff Backs?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

red furnace, leaking and dirty black in a basement SERVPRO Suggests that local West Lynn neighbors call us to clean air ducts and interiors after a furnace puff back

Removing soot and smoke threats require several tools and products

After a small explosion in the oil furnace of your West Lynn home, you can contend with multiple hazardous and potentially threatening conditions. A furnace puff back throws oily residues and charged soot particles into connected rooms through vents in your HVAC system. Cleaning up after these events must happen as soon as possible, and we have experienced fire restoration professionals to help.

How Does the Full Scope of the Damage Get Identified?

Fire puff back cleaning in West Lynn homes begins with an evaluation of the premises. Considering that the effects of furnace puff backs are hazardous to those without the appropriate personal protective equipment, choosing professional evaluation and damage assessment is wise. Our project manager can quickly and thoroughly inspect the property and determine what steps are necessary for restoration.

How Do SERVPRO Professionals Clean Soot?

Soot represents a complicated makeup of various fuels and combusted materials. It can be made up of plastics, fabrics, wood, and in the case of furnace puff backs, oil. The choice of solvents and detergents used in surface cleaning is critical to prevent unnecessary damage to the underlying material. This greasy film is electrically charged complicating the wipe down. Smearing must be avoided to minimize any repainting of surfaces. Agitative cleaning practices can often reduce the presence of the spiderweb-like deposits around vents and ceilings before more direct cleaning practices are implemented. Some of these agitative cleaning approaches include:

  • Dry vacuuming
  • Soft-bristle brushing
  • Steel wool
  • Feather dusting

Are Odors a Concern After Puff Backs?

Petroleum smells are common in homes after furnace puff back incidents. Much like other structure fires that our restoration team might help address, we have specific deodorization practices that can overcome these effects. Most commonly, we may utilize a combination of thermal fogging, HEPA filtered air scrubbers, and hydroxyl generators to address trapped odors and smells in the HVAC system and impacted rooms.

Everyone running an oil-based furnace can do well to prepare themselves for the possibilities of puff back disasters. These situations can deposit harmful soot particles throughout the residence, requiring the experienced response of our SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn team to help. You can reach us 24/7 at (978) 634-3355.

Travel Off the Beaten Track in Saugus' Stunning Breakheart Reservation.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

The Breakheart Reservation Storms can cause extreme damage to any type of building. Call SERVPRO for the water mitigation service to get your property back to preloss condition

This December, Saugus Residents are Taking a Winter Walk on the Stunning Trails of the State Park. 

With many events and tours canceled this year due to the pandemic, why not take a trip to one of the Boston area's stunning state parks. The Breakheart Reservation has a strong reputation for outdoor activities, including Kayaking, Boating, Swimming, and Mountain Biking. The Breakheart Visitors Center is open through December and January, which features function rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. There is a wide variety of terrain here, making the state park an ideal location for walking trails with the kids or taking out the mountain bikes. Find out more about the unique courses and sites by visiting the Breakheart Reservation via Saugus' government website. Weekend activities, including camping, are frequently available by checking in with the visitors center. 

  • Walking trails are graded by difficulty and include short 1 mile trails and longer, more challenging hikes. 
  • Multiple parking locations are available for easy access to the grounds.
  • The two freshwater lakes are ideal for fishing or swimming throughout the year. 

Residential properties can be at risk of flooding during the wetter period of the year. Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 for urgent assistance and restoration.

Tour the Saugus Iron Works by Kayak this December.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Saugus Iron Works A fire can cause damage really fast. SERVPRO will be on-site within four hours to start the fire restoration process in your home.

Paddle Boston is Running 3-hour Kayaking Tours Along the Saugus River.

Paddle Boston is an initiative that encourages residents of Saugus and wider Boston to take to the water on Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and Boats. The Saugus Iron Works Tour is an upstream paddle that runs along the river and past the historic site, built in 1646. The tour is suitable for children aged eight and over, providing an accompanying adult while guidance and instruction are provided for beginners. Local historian Peter Laraba gives an in-depth historical tour of both the Ironworks and the surrounding waterways. Paddle Boston encourages locals to involve themselves in outdoor activities and provides training for beginners up to experts. 

  • The Saugus Iron Works tour costs just $20 per person with Kayaks and equipment included. 
  • General Canoeing and Kayaking classes are available on rivers and lakes across the Boston Area.
  • Wednesday nights are reserved for competitive racing on the Charles River. 

An unattended stove can quickly lead to extensive property damage. Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 for advice and assistance.

Residents in Saugus Are Returning their Homes to Pre-loss Condition Following Water Damage.

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site Water restoration should be left to the professionals. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment best to fit your water damage needs.

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn Assists Local Homeowners with Water Intrusion, Leaks, and Restoration.

Saugus' town is a part of the Greater Boston Area with a long manufacturing history and a current population of 26,628 people. The name Saugus is derived from the Algonquin people who originally settled in West Lynn, Reading, and Wakefield. As an early English settlement, the town made waves as one of the first Ironworks in the US, which began with the Saugus Iron Works in 1646. The national historic site used several water wheels to power the production and purification of Iron ore, and today has been faithfully reconstructed. At the same time, the surrounding grounds became a national park in 1968. The industrial revolution saw parts of Saugus become hotbeds for the mass production of shoes, tobacco, and many other enterprises. Despite being a relatively small township, Saugus played an important role both militarily and economically during the American Revolutionary War- the civil war monument in the town center pays tribute to those who dedicated their lives. Economically, the southern tobacco states were replaced temporarily by Saugus' Waitt and Bond, who set up in East Saugus.

Visits to Saugus promise a combination of history and wildlife. The reconstructed Saugus Iron Works on Central Street is a specific example. The heritage center runs many events throughout the year showing history buffs how the Iron Works purified iron ore, shaped materials, and drew power from the nearby water. The tours run on weekdays and through the week, led mainly by local park rangers and curators from the Ironworks museum. The Breakheart Reservation stretches 652 across both Saugus and Wakefield. Inside are two freshwater lakes as well as forestry and wildlife conservation. The opening hours are from sunrise to sunset, while there are several excellent hiking trails and supervised swimming sessions in some of the State Parks freshwater lakes. This site's archaeological significance can be enjoyed by taking some educational programs and tours through the various campsites. At the same time, cross-country skiing is encouraged during the winter months. Fishing, biking, and horseback riding are also regular events taking place at the Breakheart Reservation.

  • The Square One Mall just off Route 1 has permanent stores, including Macy's, TJ Maxx, and Best Buy. The multi-storied shopping center features 100 shopping destinations with dining experiences serving the communities surrounding Saugus. The shopping district offers a wide selection of sports, health & beauty, fashion, and family-focused shops.
  • For entertainment, the Wicked Escapes adventure room on the broadway attracts visitors from nearby Boston and West Lynn. The setup is relatively simple, with guests given a set of orange overalls and some clues to help them escape a cell block. Group parties are welcomed, while these events can also make significant team-building training events for businesses.
  • The Saugus Plaza offers a variety of nightlife and entertainment. On Main Street, Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports, wings, and cocktails bar for late-night revelers in the Saugus area. Opening hours run from 11 am to 11 pm every day, with their kitchen closing slightly early at 10 pm.

Exploring Saugus' unique history at the Boardman House. 

The Boardman House is a historic site on Howard Street that has remained a part of Saugus since the seventeenth century. The building itself has somehow managed to remain mostly intact over the past 300 years and allows guests to experience the early settlers' lives in Massachusetts. The Boardman House was named after William Boardman, who worked as a joiner in 1692 when the house was built. The quality of building materials and construction within the home saw it fit to be made a Historic Landmark and earn a place on the register of historic places. 

  • Historic New England owns the land, a trustee-led preservation society with buildings of historical significance. Admissions to the Boardman House are $5 and include a tour of the various seventeenth-century building construction methods. Children and Seniors receive concessions. 
  • The Historic New England society was originally founded in 1910 by William Sumner Appleton, who, incidentally, also purchased the Boardman House around the same time. The organization frequently raises money for the upkeep of historical sites, increases its income by welcoming over 200,000 visitors each year, and operates through five New England states. 
  • The core mission statements behind this organization focus on sustainability, engagement, and preservation. Historic sites are brought to life by local historians, tours, and events throughout the year, including Saugus, taking part in the Fall Festival. 

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn Works Diligently to Restore Homes Using Advanced Cleaning and Drying Apparatus. 

Water leaks in the home are common during periods of sustained rainfall. However, these damp spots can cause numerous issues to your belongings and even threaten the structural integrity of the home itself. SERVPRO technicians can establish an effective drying strategy in your home to ensure that a water leak does not lead to a more expensive issue. By using a combination of rapid air-moving equipment, psychrometric science, and dehumidifiers, our technicians can return your home to its normal, pre-damage state. By working quickly and communicating regularly, we can ensure that our customers do not experience undue stress or inconvenience. Our crew chiefs and production technicians are always on-hand to provide you with information and guidance during the restoration process. 

  • Rapid air-moving equipment, venting box fans, and air filtration devices can all be deployed in your home to remove liquid moisture and dry belongings or structure. 
  • Our dehumidifiers come in a range of types and sizes. We are flexible and can work within the confines of your home's unique architecture to bring down humidity and reduce secondary damages.
  • Using psychrometric science, our team can accurately predict the length of restoration and how effective our methods are every step of the way. 

Professional water restoration ensures that your home does not suffer unnecessary secondary damages. Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409.

West Lynn Residents Can Experience the Magic of An Elf’s Story

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

elf story photo for film Flood damage in your West Lynn's home? Take your kids to the drive, we can take care of it!

Children of all ages in West Lynn can appreciate the heartwarming holiday take on the big screen in nearby Swampscott.

While the drive-in movie theater might be a dying medium, it has been very beneficial to concerts and live events during the pandemic. Burke’s is hosting the viewing of An Elf’s Story along with many other magical activities beginning at 6:30 PM on November 27th, 2020. 

Beyond seeing the film An Elf’s Story on the screen, children also will be given a chance to write a letter to their elf before heading home and have some added fun with some coloring activities and treats straight from the North Pole. Any child who writes a letter can expect a response back in the mail.

As magical as Christmas can feel, a need for flooded basement restoration in West Lynn homes can ruin your holiday spirit. Let our SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn team help with fast extraction and thorough cleaning. Reach us 24/7 at (978) 744-0409.

Find Your Center with Beginner Yoga Classes in Saugus

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

logo Saugus Public Library Enjoy your local library and yoga class while SERVPRO mitigates the water damage in your Saugus home

Get stronger and more flexible with other Saugus residents with the help of a trained yoga instructor.

Taking care of yourself should never take a backseat in your life, and many have found exercises and routines like yoga to be beneficial. However, if you do not know what you are doing, you might end up hurt or, at the very least confused. The Saugus Public Library is welcoming Yoga Alliance member Lisa Poto to teach a free, beginning introductory yoga class on November 25th, 2020 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

Because this is a virtual event, there is no cut off to the number of people who can participate or get involved. The only requirements necessary are a connected device or smart TV to stream the Zoom class content. You can register for the course via email.

You don’t have to bend over backward to find reliable and knowledgeable remediation experts to help when you find mold in your house. Give our SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn team a call for mold remediation in Saugus homes today at (978) 744-0409.

How West Lynn Has Grown and Evolved Since Colonial Times

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

partial skyline of Lynn Water damage mitigation is a keystone of SERVPRO services for West Lynn and Lynn

As one of the earliest European settlements in the state, (West) Lynn has a rich history and culture.

Lynn has a truly remarkable history that has helped to shape its future. From the settlements of Pilgrims and early European farmers to the role Massachusetts and Lynn would play in the American Revolution, there is a long and illustrious history. It is challenging to consider the changes and evolution that shaped the present and future versions of the city without taking the time to appreciate the stages that led to Lynn as many know it today. This population growth would also help services like our SERVPRO restoration professional recovery develop and grow at the same time.

Colonial Lynn

There is an entire era of Lynn's history and growth before reaching the United States going to war with global superpower England. Pre-colonial settlements began in 1629, though at this time, Lynn would be known as Saugus based on the indigenous word for the area. Five prominent families pushing out from this development and Salem would ultimately create the start of present-day Lynn. These families operated and sustained a large mill devoted to timber, grains, and even alcoholic beverages placed in casks and sent to England for the enjoyment of King George. It would be until 1850 for Lynn to be incorporated as its own town.

In the years leading into the Revolutionary War and during this turmoil and strife, Lynn would become necessary for the union. The city held some of the most significant shoe manufacturing facilities. It would be the residents' hard work in these buildings that would ensure that the Continental Army had boots for the ongoing conflict. This trade would ultimately bring about a prosperous age for the town spanning into the 19th century. Our homage to this vital service Lynn provided is on our city seal, where you can see a colonial boot.

Historic Locations in Lynn

Lynn and its surrounding areas have dozens of structures that have been accredited as historic and significant by a national database. While we do have buildings in the region that can date back even before the formation of the United States, some of the most prominent and well-known of these historical properties include: 

  • Capitol Diner – This site is believed to be the final diner of its type by this company still in operation. It has been a staple restaurant on Union Street in Lynn since 1928.
  • Lynn Armory – This facility has been in Lynn since 1893 and has seen many functions and owners from that time to the present. The armory has recently been approved for a project to convert the space into apartments for veterans.
  • High Rock Tower – This is an 85-ft tall tower in the middle of the park of the same name in Lynn. The massive stone building was built by Jesse Hutchinson, famed in the area as one of the members of a renowned abolitionist singing group from the 1840s to the 1880s.
  • Grand Army of the Republic Hall/Museum – This hall is now a museum dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic – an organization for American Civil War veterans. This hall is the last of its kind in Massachusetts and has maintained its appearance and functionality as living on as a museum.
  • Fabens Building – Lynn was ravaged by a fire in 1889 that forced many properties to get reconstructed from the rubble. William Fabens would take the opportunity to construct a massive building to accommodate the need for large office space and storefronts.

Growing from Strong Roots

As the largest city in Essex County, Lynn has been steadily growing in population and through its industry and commercial offerings since accurate records were first kept in 1790. What was once a population of roughly 2300 after the Revolutionary War, Lynn has grown to accommodate nearly 95,000. The city had to work hard to overcome a bad reputation as an area that was crime-ridden for several decades as a more affordable subcommunity of Boston. Instead of the moniker "The City of Sin," officials spent much of the 1990s campaigning the municipality as the "City of Firsts."

Though many of these proposed 'firsts' were difficult to substantiate, it was enough to help put Lynn in a different light. City officials would suggest that Lynn, MA would be the first place that several of these events or circumstances first occurred:

  • First tannery in the United States
  • First American jet engine
  • Lydia Pinkham - First woman in advertising
  • First fire engine
  • First electric streetcar operating in Massachusetts
  • First iron works facility
  • Birthplace of the roast beef sandwich

When Water Removal is Necessary for Lynn Businesses

Between the thousands of homes and businesses throughout the Greater Lynn area, water disasters can often be one of these structures' direst circumstances. As such, our SERVPRO professionals stay prepared to address these concerns with a prompt response that utilizes many of our top-tier tools and equipment. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster is more than just our motto.

Water removal for West Lynn businesses is a foundational element to restoring and regulating the structure's damage. Extraction can happen at various levels, from addressing surface pooling of standing water to releasing trapped moisture within porous materials exposed. Depending on the present water threat's severity, multiple removal tools are necessary, including wet vacuums, submersible pumps, and other specialty extractors.

Content management and inventory is a vital element of water restoration and removal for Lynn homes and businesses. With the substantial investment, you make in your merchandise and wares, the time spent cataloging damage and relocating items away from the compromised areas is critical. For belongings and stock that require more direct attention, drying, and cleaning, they can get removed and taken to our nearby SERVPRO facility.

Our business is to get you back in business, and that starts with a fast and confident response by our SERVPRO of Saugus / West Lynn team. Give us a call anytime that water disasters strike at (978) 744-0409.

How Can Owners Eliminate the Effects of a Fire in Their Homes?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

flames and smoke entering under a closed door When a house fire in West Lynn burns fixtures and materials, and the smoke invades under the doorways, call SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup

West Lynn Homeowners Can Call SERVPRO for Professional Fire Restoration

Can Fire-Caused Odors Be Eliminated from Residential Structures?

In West Lynn homes, SERVPRO can eliminate, or cover-up, malodors. Our technicians are highly trained for cleaning property, removing odor-producing damage, and other tasks needed to recreate a pleasant, healthy environment after any type of fire in the home.

What Steps Do Technicians Take to Restore Homes?

To eliminate or reduce the effects of fire damage in West Lynn homes, our teams perform the following steps:

  • Remove the odor source debris – Items damaged physically by the fire exude malodor particles. Technicians remove every item scorched by the fire which greatly reduces the amount of odor-causing particles and also the number of chemical deodorizers needed in the home.
  • Clean surfaces of malodor particles – Even a small amount of particles transported by the smoke can generate malodors, so technicians clean every possible affected surface at the point of origin, and everywhere that smoke from the fire could have carried odor-causing particles.
  • Recreate the “fire” – Some odor particles can penetrate deeply into the wood, fabrics, and other property. To eliminate them, technicians can create a cloud of deodorizing particles that penetrate as deeply as the malodors to bind with and eliminate them.

Is It Possible to Block Odors So Technicians Do Not Have to Use Demolition?

Yes. If SERVPRO team leaders determine that demolition and replacement are too difficult, expensive, or not necessary, then sealing surfaces is the preferred option. For walls and ceilings, technicians use paint and primer with a chemical sealant that blocks malodors from being released into the residence. For air ducts, they spray a sealant over every reachable surface to block malodors.

To begin removing odors and other fire restoration procedures for your home, call SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 today. Our teams are here to return your home to its original state and make the damage disappear "Like it never even happened."

Does Carpet Have to Get Replaced Automatically After Water Damage in Saugus?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

a man ripping up a water damaged carpet from the floor Repairing your house after water damage can be a complicated process. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation services.

SERVPRO technicians can assist local Saugus homeowners in the restoration of wet carpet and, in many cases, save them the cost of replacement

One of the critical elements to limiting the need to replace items after a water disaster in a home is to begin the cleanup as rapidly as possible. There are several actions that SERVPRO techs can perform to increase the chances of a complete restoration of wet carpet in Saugus homes such as: 

  • Drilling weep-holes to assist with both drainage and airflow
  • Floating the carpet during the drying phase of mitigation
  • Using weighted-extractor heads to push out the maximum amount of moisture

What Does Floating Carpet Mean During Water Damage Restoration?

After a pipe break or other type of water damage restoration need in your Saugus home, you might hear terms such as tenting or floating in reference to your carpet. These are both common actions performed by SERVPRO to increase the chances of successfully drying the carpet and pad in place.

Tenting is the use of plastic sheeting over a portion of wet carpet, usually a smaller-sized area. Both air movers and dehumidifiers get connected to the "tent" and deliver warm, dry air while simultaneously porting away moisture water vapor through the dehumidification equipment.

When SERVPRO technicians "float" a carpet, the method is exactly what it sounds like. The techs loosen one side of the carpet and position air movers to direct the airflow under the carpet, effectively causing it to rise off the pad while allowing both elements to dry completely. Both of these techniques allow the techs to limit the disruption to the home by drying the carpet in place.

Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, at (978) 744-0409 when you need water damage restoration of any size to your home. The certified techs are available 24/7 to clean up your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Should Homeowners in Coastal Towns Be Worried About Increased Flooding Risks?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

flood insurance policy and pen SERVPRO Says--We work with your flood claim adjuster to restore your damaged Saugus Property

Houses in Saugus are Prone to Coast Flooding, and SERVPRO is There to Provide Cleanup & Restoration

Saugus is a town near Boston that is rich in history. It goes back to the early 1600s, has roots in fighting for independence in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. This quaint town is home to the Saugus Iron Works, which began in 1646 and was the first integrated ironworks in all of North America. Saugus was a focal point of the industrial revolution. As businesses thrived, the town grew, and today over 26,000 people reside there. It is also a coastal town, which means those businesses and homes are subject to flooding.

Is There an Increased Risk of Flooding in a Coastal Town?

Over the last 92 years, Saugus, MA, has seen an increase in sea level rise of approximately 10 inches.  In 1978 floodwaters topped at 4.8 feet. Many factors contribute to the ocean rising, including warming ocean waters, shrinking ice, and sinking land. A tide station in Boston, just 8 miles from Saugus, has recorded 149 days since 1950, where the flood thresholds exceeded the standard set by the local National Weather Service. All this means an increase in storm surges and the chance of flood damage in Saugus. SERVPRO understands the impact this can have on local homes and is ready to provide the needed mitigation should a flood occur.

How Critical Are the First 24 Hours?

In any flood situation, immediate intervention is vital. With floodwaters, it is even more critical due to the contaminated waters. Every minute that goes by can lead to water damage to both the home and its content. If allowed to sit unattended, within 24 hours, the following can occur:

  • Laminate flooring begins to break down and peel.
  • Carpeting continues to soak up water leading to stretching, weak carpet fibers, and delamination.
  • Carpets exposed to contaminated water typically need replacing.
  • Warping and swelling occur in particleboard and pressed wood items.
  • Drywall and ceiling tiles begin to bulge, crumble, and breakdown, which makes them a safety hazard.
  • Structural breakdowns can result from the force of collected water.
  • Mold and mildew start to form. This can happen in as little as 24-48 hours.
  • Metals may start to corrode.
  • Musty odors spread throughout the home.
  • Bacteria and other biohazards in the water can worsen, causing potential health effects to those exposed.

SERVPRO knows the flood damage that can occur and works tirelessly, 7 days a week, to provide fast water mitigation. The more time that passes, the more damage and more loss that occurs. The need for replacement over restoration goes up as well. Homeowners should be aware that in a flood situation, items and structural elements may need replacing more often than other types of home flooding.

What Safety Issues Does SERVPRO Look For?

Safety is our number one priority. We do not want the residents of the home or our crews to put themselves in any type of danger. When the Green Team arrives at the scene, a project manager ensures a scope gets performed on the property. Emergency mitigation may be required, such as roof tarping. Once the scope determines the extent of the flood damage, then a work plan is put into place. While the scope is undergoing the technicians are looking for the following:

Contamination – Floodwaters flow fast and furiously through towns and streets, picking up all types of biohazards. This can include bacteria, debris, and even medical waste. The degree of the contamination, the level of the water, and the appropriate action to clean are determined. No one should enter floodwater without the proper PPE.

Structural Damage - Structural elements can absorb water and become oversaturated leading to degradation. The structural integrity of subflooring, flooring, and wall systems become compromised and can collapse.

Content Damage – Extra precautions need to be taken when cleaning and restoring items damaged in a flood due to contamination. SERVPRO techs are experienced in assisting homeowners and insurance adjusters in understanding what is salvageable and what needs to be thrown away.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Prepare?

If you reside in a coastal town like Saugus, having adequate flood insurance is key. An emergency plan that covers what your family is to do in the case of a disaster is a wise idea. Safety should always be your first concern, so obey all evacuation orders. There is no material thing out there worth risking your life. Keep valuables such as jewelry on higher levels and in waterproof containers. Have backups of all essential documents and place originals in water and fireproof packaging. Check your storm drains and gutters often so water can flow freely.

If the worst happens, call SERVPRO and let us deal with the stress of cleanup, repair, and restoration. We work alongside your insurance company to ensure things go smoothly. Our company is licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: General: cs-114298.

Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Low Temperatures and Frozen Pipes Leave Your Home with Flood Damage in Saugus?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen Ice Covered Cracked Copper Water Pipe Leaking If a frozen pipe breaks in your home, Contact SERVPRO for restoration.

SERVPRO can remove water damage after a frozen pipe breaks. 

Frozen pipes are more than just an inconvenience in Saugus. While your family goes without running water, the pipes' pressure expands as the frozen area swells. As soon as the affected area of pipe bursts, ice-cold water sprays into your home. Depending on the pipe's diameter, this can range from hundreds of gallons an hour to several hundred a minute. 

SERVPRO helps homeowners deal with all types of flood damage to their Saugus properties, and our building crew helps with repairs. Having an extra resource available to our customers speeds things up while keeping costs low and manageable. When pipes break inside exterior walls, many customers are glad to find that we can handle tear-out work and minor demolition, as well.

Drain lines can also freeze and break, spilling contents inside your house. We can mitigate the damage and help restore your home in such situations. Making the area clean again is crucial to protecting your family. Decontaminating the site might also need to happen in cases involving dirty water

As soon as we remove the excess water, we can begin drying the area. In winter, we can choose between using isolated heat or increasing the entire house's temperature. Closing off the intake vent can keep the increased water vapor from affecting the rest of the house. Isolating the area, including the heat used, can make the process much faster. 

We discuss these options with our customers. We know that dry winter air inside your home can become damp-feeling when extra moisture enters, and we want to avoid doing anything that might make your home uncomfortable, even temporarily. A broken pipe can make the entire home feel damp, so using desiccant machines in other areas might alleviate this for you. 

For damage related to flooding and storms, call SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, at (978) 744-0409. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and can start the mitigation process soon after arriving.

Can SERVPRO Help Restore My Business After A Storm?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Person holding a moisture meter on a wood floor Tools such as this moisture meter can assist our technicians in locating and removing flood damage from your business

Yes, we have the equipment and training to Restore your property.

When we think of storm damage, we generally have visions of copious rain and water seeping into our buildings in Saugus. However, we rarely think of the lightning that can come with the storm and how that can affect our office. Weather events are a hazard to the structure of your business, as well as outside elements, wreaking havoc around you. For example, lightning may strike a tree, and it can fall on your building, allowing water to seep into the interior and become a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you work in Saugus and are facing storm damage, SERVPRO is at your service. Our technicians are available around the clock to respond to your emergency needs. They begin the cleanup and restoration process as soon as it is safe to do so. At the core of remediation is extracting water from your company and allowing moisture levels to stabilize. Advanced technology, at our disposal, includes: 

  • Infrared moisture meters
  • Handheld extraction wands
  • Submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted pumps

Our SERVPRO team monitors the progress of the situation while matching each tool with your needs. Accessing wall cavities and sub-floors is possible thanks to our equipment designed specifically for our industry.

When a storm upends your business, SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn can help you get back to normal. Reach out to our expert team at (978) 744-0409. Like you, our goal is to make your business look "Like it never even happened." 

Why Does Mold Pose a Problem and Why Do Homeowners Need Professional Remediation?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold buildup in the corner and under wallpaper  of an old house. Mold can grow, and be hidden from view. Contact SERVPRO to help find mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Can Address the Mold Growth in Your Saugus Home with Safe, Reliable Remediation Methods

Various disasters may impact your home, but one that often goes unnoticed until it is too late is mold. Mold growth inside the house is something that you can avoid if you are diligent about moisture levels and ensuring that areas get appropriately ventilated. High levels of humidity can be a significant contributing factor. However, should you suspect you have a mold infestation, the best thing to do is call in the help of trained professionals to ensure your Saugus interior gets the safe, efficient cleaning. 

How Can SERVPRO Help?

When it comes to mold removal in Saugus, our crew responds fast once discovering mold and mildew growth. Because humid conditions create the ultimate atmosphere for these spores to grow and colonize, we get to the heart of the matter and return your interior to proper humidity levels. We can:

  • Determine the sources of moisture contributing to the mold
  • Assess all of the mold damage
  • Isolate and then contain the mold with a variety of specialized techniques
  • Work on capturing, filtering out, and scrubbing all of the tiny mold spores from the air inside your home
  • Carefully remove the mold with the help of antifungal and antimicrobial treatments
  • Thoroughly clean, deodorize, and sanitize any impacted belongings, as necessary
  • Help with the repair and reconstruction of any severely damaged areas throughout your home

Should the flooring in your Saugus home have mold damage, we can address the carpeting and floorboards. The impacted carpet is removed and replaced, but we also ensure that all of the boards below are clean and sanitized. We can identify the source that caused the mold and work on implementing a plan to prevent mold colonization in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn when you need help with reliable mold removal. We can be reached for prompt restoration services by calling (978) 744-0409.

What Tools are Used During Storm Damage Restoration?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

green and black dehumidifier Count on SERVPRO to have the right tools and equipment for your storm damage restoration.

Premier Tools to Reduce Reconstruction After Saugus Flooding

While we have a full team to help after flooding in Saugus homes, the less rebuilding that is necessary beyond mitigation, the more money we can save the customer. With this mindset, we can make many drying and restoration decisions based on which materials and contents must be discarded and what tools and practices can restore the rest.

Choosing among the premier equipment available to our SERVPRO team can help us manage flood damage in Saugus residences more efficiently. Because flooding can affect a home in numerous ways, our professionals must focus on standing water, moisture, and health threats like microbial and bacterial growth first. Each of these phases in mitigation has unique tools capable of protecting affected materials and contents.

Water Removal 

Standing water is a common threat for your home after flooding, regardless of where water penetrates the structure. The longer that materials stay exposed to spreading water, the weaker and more physically damaged these surfaces become. Removing surface water falls on the capable tools in our inventory, including:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Truck-Mount Extractor Pumps

Drying and Restoration 

Removing moisture from both the environment and the materials affected by flooding can be a defining step in the restoration process. The ability of our SERVPRO team to reduce present moisture involves multiple state-of-the-art tools like our centrifugal air movers, drying mats, positive pressure systems, and desiccant or low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Microbial and bacterial threats can have as destructive an impact on exposed drywall, flooring, and other materials as the floodwater itself can. Cleaning surfaces of residues and potential contaminants involves potent cleaning agents like chlorines, biocides, sterilizers, and similar products.

Overcoming flood damage in your home involves an extensive array of premier tools and potent products, especially when reducing rebuilding and reconstruction is the goal. No matter how we can help, from mitigation and restoration, you can reach our SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn team 24/7 at (978) 744-0409.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Spots and Stains During Water? Cleanup in Saugus

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water from cups on wood texture The tools and equipment our technicians have, can help remove all forms of water damage.

Our technicians use various tests and tools to help remove spots and stains

It is common to expect severe losses after water spills in a property. However, there are cases when minor imperfections have a significant impact. When performing water cleanup in Saugus, there is a need to ensure that any stain or spots are addressed, restoring the property to its preloss state. SERVPRO uses different approaches to deal with such imperfections.

Spots, Stains, and Discolorations

For a team to ensure that Saugus's water cleanup process addresses all imperfections that develop, there is a need to identify clearly what a problem involves. There is a difference between spots, stains, and discolorations in fabrics and other property materials. A spot signifies that a substance has been added to a fiber. A stain, on the other hand, involves the addition of dye molecules to a fiber. Discoloration is the loss of color, meaning that a section of the fiber is lighter than the surrounding areas. The differences might seem minor, but they play a huge role in determining the restoration procedure.

Determining the Type of Soil

After the spots and stains form, it is not always possible to tell what caused them, especially if the area has already been cleaned. Our SERVPRO technicians, therefore, try to identify any spots and stains within the property before cleaning starts. Most of the stains form from regular items found in the house, including medication, grooming products, plants, or furniture. If the cause is not conclusive, our technicians can use pH test processes to determine the substance that forms the spots. We can also rely on physical aspects such as spread patterns, which indicate the stain formation process.

Timely Removal

Given time, most blemishes set, ruining the affected fiber permanently, but fast action can help prevent such an outcome. Our SERVPRO technicians use various procedures, including vacuuming, scraping, blotting, and flushing, to remove such blemishes as fast as possible. We use mild detergents, plain water, and volatile dry solvents to deal with water-based and oil-based blemishes.

Spots and stains can ruin the outcome of a cleanup process. Call SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409, to help remove traces left by an incident, "Like it never even happened."

What Hazard Control Protocols Can Homeowners Anticipate Inside a Fire-Damaged House?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire line in front of a fire damaged home Count on the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home after fire damage.

Well-Trained and Equipped SERVPRO Managers and Work Crews Assess Fire Damage In West Lynn Residences to Identify and Implement Controls for Hazards to Ensure Safety for All

After a fire in West Lynn, safety, and health considerations loom large for both your family and the technicians working onsite to mitigate and remediate the scenario. Establishing a safe work site requires the homeowner and the restorer to communicate and collaborate. 

What Is the First Step in a Fire Mitigation Situation?

Upon restorers' arrival at your West Lynn home, fire damage hazard evaluation by a trained and experienced project is job one. In addition to a visual inspection, expect our project manager to inquire of you about any known safety hazards. We conduct testing if needed to delve deeper into the types and severity of potential hazards, including:

  • Identifying slip, trip, and fall risks, and electrical shock exposure possibility from water damage
  • Checking damaged building materials for biohazards such as lead paint or asbestos, including "sound" materials we might need to cut, remove, or drill to achieve mitigation or remediation goals
  • Detecting the presence of firefighting water in building cavities which could cause structural collapse
  • Evaluating load-bearing structures and supports for integrity after charring, burn-through, or water incursion
  • Determining if air quality or residues pose toxicity concerns

How Do Fire-Damage Recovery Professionals Control the Work Site for Safety Considerations?

SERVPRO establishes work area boundaries and creates spaces for equipment and supplies. We often build a containment partition with 1.6 mil polyethylene to seal off the working area so we can filter the air with negative pressure scrubbers and prevent drift of smoke, soot, and other residues. Warning signs and barrier tapes communicate vital safety information to occupants and workers. If SERVPRO employees wear personal protective equipment, we identify a dressing and undressing space to avoid tracking debris and residues elsewhere in your home.

Rely on the professionals of SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, to attend to the significant safety and health concerns at any fire damage restoration site. Contact us at (978) 744-0409 to explore how we can work together to get your home back to preloss condition quickly while controlling hazardous conditions.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Smoke, Odors, and Fire Damage After a Fire Incident In Your Saugus Home

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke stained oven in kitchen after fire Whether it is a small fire or large fire, SERVPRO can help restore your home to pre loss condition.

SERVPRO has the equipment needed to remove smoke odors from your Saugus home

One of the biggest concerns after a house fire is not charred furniture or burnt walls, but the long-lasting impact of offensive smoke odors that can linger even after the house is clean and damaged items restored.

Fire damage in your Saugus home means that your life was just uprooted from your daily routine. All of a sudden, you have nothing to wear that does not smell like smoke, and your home may or may not be livable. After assessing the fire's damage and securing the impacted structure for safety purposes, it is now essential to go about the arduous task of deodorizing your home and all of its contents. 

The first step is to remove the smoke residues as the odor's source can extend the life of the smell. When SERVPRO restorers remove affected contents and clean or replace the affected materials, the smoke smell greatly diminishes within the home. After removing these odor sources, restorers determine whether the smoke damage is light, moderate, or heavy to decide which techniques are most effective in the deodorization process. Although the offensive odor may seem overwhelming and extreme, most house fires have light to moderate smoke damage.

In a light smoke odor situation, the smoke only affects a small area of the home, typically the kitchen, without any significant structural damage. In rooms farther away from the source, there is no detectable odor. In this case, after source removal, SERVPRO technicians ventilate the area and clean surfaces having smoke residues with a cleaning solution such as Wall and Surface Cleaner (#351). 

Then, they continue to control the odors by using instant odor counteracting beads or pellets. Technicians may use thermal fogging in the affected area beginning near the source and dispensing less fog further away from the source. Technicians inspect crawl spaces and wall cavities for odor pockets, fogging where needed. They also check the HVAC system within the home if it was in use during the fire. They may use cheesecloth over the vents to see if there is any smoke contamination. Cheesecloth also acts as a protectant, keeping the HVAC system from resoiling during cleaning. 

There is typically more structural damage in moderate and heavy smoke damage situations than in light smoke damage. ULV fogging or activated oxygen (ozone) may be required, and an overall more extensive restoration process where the residents often evacuate until completion of the home.

Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, at (978) 744-0409 for 24/7 assistance.

Where Can I Find Local Restorers for Flooding?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water spreading on living room parquet floor in a house SERVPRO has various pieces of equipment to remove water from your home.

SERVPRO is a Certified Emergency Restorer Operating in the West Lynn Area

How does SERVPRO remove water from the home quickly?

The most efficient method of getting rid of standing water is to use a professional West Lynn restorer. Our technicians can quickly set up submersible electric-powered pumps to reduce the standing water level. If necessary, our technicians can supply power using portable generators. Portable power can be the safest way of running equipment in properties with severe levels of water intrusion. The typical duct length for submersible electric pumps is up to twenty-five feet. This means we can transport water from your property to an exterior sewer point or into a truck-mounted water storage tank. 

Are submersible water pumps effective at removing all water from my home?

Submersible pumps are a commonly used equipment for flood damage in West Lynn. However, this equipment becomes less effective as the standing water level reduces. Usually, a restorer uses pumps to lower the standing water level to below two inches before switching to an extraction method. Water extractors are available as truck-mounted equipment for residential homes and in portable units, which can be useful for flats or tenement buildings. Depending on your flooring, carpets, and fittings, we may opt for a weighted extraction tool or a lightweight tool with an adjustable wand to draw water from a property.

How can heavy furniture be protected from water intrusion?

  • Attempt to stop the source of water entering the property
  • Block furniture by placing flood blocks beneath and raise them from the water level
  • If it is not possible to block furniture, use a tarpaulin to wrap the lower part of the furniture and protect it from moisture

For expert assistance in dealing with water intrusion, contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409.

What Tools Are Used When Drying A Business After Water Damage in Saugus

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

assortment denim collection on the stand If you business experiences water damage, count on the professionals at SERVPRO for restoration.

SERVPRO has the tools and training to complete water damage restoration in your business. 

A water leak in your home is one thing, but a whole new set of challenges presents itself in your Saugus business. Your main concern is most likely the potential loss of revenue, and then it might be keeping business hours as usual.  

Recovering from water damage in your Saugus clothing shop without losing too much revenue may seem challenging. However, using the correct procedures, equipment, and products may keep your business operating as usual. Make sure everything of any value, including merchandise and displays, are off the floor and in a safe, dry area to mitigate any secondary damage such as mold infestations or loss of the retail value of your merchandise. 

The critical component in water damage is making sure the flooring and walls are adequately dry. Suppose you encounter wet drywall in front of the leak. In that case, SERVPRO restoration specialists work on drying and restoring the wall and, in some cases, may cut around the damaged area and replace the drywall to ensure that there is no lingering moisture and the potential for mold growth.  

To dry the floor, technicians use air moving equipment in conjunction with dehumidifiers to dry out and circulate the air. Air movers enhance evaporation at the surface level to reduce overall drying time. When water evaporates from wet materials, the air hanging directly above the wet area is saturated with moisture and generally cooler. This heavy air because of a boundary layer of humidity that does not evaporate quickly. Hence, the use of high-velocity producing air movers. Technicians place these air movers throughout the room at surface level to enhance evaporation by replacing the cold boundary layer with warmer, drier air from the dehumidifiers.

It is essential to take safety precautions into account when using air movers to avoid overstressing them, which in turn could overheat the unit, posing a danger. They should always have three-prong plugs, safety screens over the inlets and outlets, and thermally protected motors. Some air movers have the ability for "daisy-chaining," allowing technicians to plug air movers into each other. This helps eliminate the dangers of long extension cords posing trip hazards while also decreasing the demand for power in your shop. 

For assistance 24/7, contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do Professionals Handle Water Loss to Walls, Floors, and Ceilings?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

shingled home, flag and two wooden lawn chairs SERVPRO Lets Saugus Customers Relax while We Cleanup and Restore Their Water Damaged Homes! "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Brings High-Quality Training, Experience, and Equipment to Water Damage in Saugus Homes -- We Prioritize Clear Communication to Homeowners Concerning Our Efforts

Saugus property owners tend to focus first on the harm done by water to walls, floors, and ceilings. The following is a brief primer on how we approach damage to these critical structural components to prepare you for the interventions you are likely to observe and experience as our crews work to make a water loss “Like it never even happened.”

What Are Common Issues with Water-Damaged Drywall?

Water damage in your Saugus dwelling can involve multiple layers of drywall. If your home has a history of remodeling or repairs, several layers of the lightweight boards covering the same area is expected. Multiple layers of drywall can significantly increase the drying time after water saturation. One sheet can take 5 to 7 days to dry, but that timeframe can double or more if additional layers are present. The extra cost to dry overlapping drywall and the risk of secondary damage such as mold growth might result in us recommending replacing the materials.

Can Water-Damaged Hardwood Floors Be Restored?

As long as SERVPRO crews arrive promptly, we deliver excellent results for water damaged hardwood floors. Hardwoods are dense, protecting against water incursions. Even if the water absorbed results in buckling, cupping, or warping, professional drying allows skilled technicians to sand and refinish the surfaces. Wood floor restoration can take one to two months, requiring the following before ready for sanding and refinishing:

  • Initial reduced relative humidity to 30 to 45 percent using air movement above and below the floor
  • Continued reduction of the relative humidity, increasing air temperature when RH falls below 16 percent
  • Sanding and refinishing only when the floor’s moisture continent is below 12 percent
  • Monitoring subfloor drying using penetrating moisture metering devices

Should Ceiling Tiles Stay or Be Replaced?

SERVPRO technicians reach out to licensed asbestos removal contractors if the tiles contain that hazardous substance. Replacing tiles is relatively inexpensive, and makes sense when the materials exhibit stains or noticeable bowing. Temporary removal is typical to permit airflow, and we consult with you and your insurance company when determining whether to reseat the old tiles or install new.

Have confidence that SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn follows water damage restoration best practices and strives to keep you informed as the project proceeds. Call us at (978) 744-0409 to get the process started because early interventions show the most successful results.

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