Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Damage in Your Lynn Basement?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Zone sign Storms will cause a flood damage in your basement if you are not prepared. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Has the Expertise to Determine the Degree of Damage in Flood Damaged Properties in Lynn

Flood damage experiences are common in Lynn, so if your property suffers one, our SERVPRO technicians can help. Our team can check on the structural integrity of your house. We use advanced technology and equipment to test the structural integrity of your walls, ceilings, and floors. If there are signs of damage, we can bring in temporary propping or shoring systems to prevent collapse until a professional contractor can make repairs.

Which Water Removal Techniques Does SERVPRO When Restoring Properties in Lynn?

If the basement of your Lynn home is filled with water after the flood damage incident, our SERVPRO team can pump it out using portable or truck-mounted extraction units. If there is silt, sediment, or other debris in the water, we use shovels and other cleanup tools to remove it.

We can also use:

  • High-performance air movers – we use these units to dry flooring surfaces using a combination of heat and airflow.
  • Moisture detection equipment – tools like moisture sensors help us to find leaks before they cause foundation issues.
  • Vacuuming systems to extract water from hard-to-reach areas.
  • To get rid of bad odors caused by mold growth, we can use the wet fogging technique to direct deodorants into such areas and neutralize the odor-causing particles.

At SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, we are committed to providing you reliable cleaning and restoration services. Call us at (978) 744-0409 if you need assistance at any time of the day.

Can Storm Damage Restoration Help a West Lynn Property Recover?

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blue tarp on storm damaged roof When this home incurred storm damage, SERVPRO was there We tarped the roof and completely restored the home.

SERVPRO Techs Can Handle Storm Damage Repairs and Flood Restoration in West Lynn

Not all emergency services water damage situations in West Lynn homes result from flood damage after storms. Sometimes, very little water damage is involved, and there are other reasons the home needs restoration services.

One frequently seen type of storm damage restoration SERVPRO handles in West Lynn properties involves high winds causing tree limbs to fall. When a large limb hits a rooftop or breaks a window, the combination of structural and water damage in the home can be a costly disaster if the cleanup does not begin rapidly after the event. 

This type of home disaster comes with a significant amount of storm cleanup and the need for temporary repairs such as tarping a hole in a roof or over a broken window to halt any further moisture from entering the home during the restoration services. Our SERVPRO has a general contractor license #cs-114298 which means the techs can handle the cleanup and drying and the reconstruction as needed and save the homeowner the anxiety of finding and vetting someone to rebuild the damaged portion of their house.

Getting a Storm-Damaged Property Dried Professionally

  • Air movers and drying mats as needed
  • TES - Thermal Energy System
  • Dehumidifiers to capture and condense away water vapor        

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 is on call 24/7 to support the West Lynn community for any size or type of storm damage restoration services.

What is the Best Way to Dry a Saugus Home After Flood Damage?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning When storms strike, SERVPRO is ready. We can quickly mobilize to remove unwanted water from your home.

SERVPRO Can Perform Flood Restoration in Saugus Properties

Not all flood restoration jobs occurred in Saugus homes due to flash floods or roof damage from high winds. Sometimes simple human error such as leaving a window open can cause significant water damage within a structure. 

SERVPRO techs cleaned up flood damage in a Saugus home after a window was left open during intense storms. When this happens in an upstairs room, the water damage within the house can be even more significant as the incoming water migrates throughout the property. The act of water entering through a window will wet down the sill, wall underneath, and carpet in front of the window. As the storm blows in more moisture, the carpet will continue to get saturated, and eventually, the liquid will flow through the pad into the subfloor and affect the floor below. Most consumers do not have the tools on hand to deal with this type of water cleanup, which is why handing off the restoration process to SERVPRO ensures the best outcome through the use of their professional extraction and drying equipment.

SERVPRO Flood Restoration Actions

  • Removal of ruined building materials
  • Monitoring drying with moisture meters and thermal cameras
  • Attaining moisture content levels for complete drying

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409 is available 24/7 to handle flood damage restoration services for local Saugus properties. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.