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When it Comes to Water Damage in Worcester, There’s No Such Thing as a Small Disaster!

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs Standing with van & equipment Call today 508-757-7885 SERVPRO of Worcester can help ensure the value of your property.

There is no such thing as a small disaster- especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub-floors, causing major problems over time. You need help fast.

SERVPRO® of Worcester is Here to Help.

No matter the time of day or night, the professionals of SERVPRO of Worcester are available to begin emergency mitigation. Emergency mitigation means under normal circumstance, a SERVPRO franchise professional can be on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility.

Every SERVPRO professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state -of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages. SERVPRO will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents.

Call today 508-757-7885 SERVPRO of Worcester can help ensure the value of your property.

Planning Ahead for Severe Spring Weather Just Makes Sense

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

One thing we can say about spring weather, it is unpredictable. It can swing between warm and cold temperatures, clear skies and storms- often within the same day. These quick and drastic weather changes can often lead to severe thunderstorms. Thunderstorms can bring lightning, flooding, and even the occasional tornado. We may not always know what spring weather has in store, but a little storm preparation can help to protect your home and commercial property from severe damage. Planning ahead just makes sense.

Hera are some tried-and-trues tips for being prepared for severe spring weather:

Being Forewarned Is Forearmed -Sign Up For Weather Text Alerts

The more information you have, the easier it is to plan and prepare. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends text messages to keep you updated emergency situations. There is a FEMA app you can download to your phone.

Get to Know Your Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage is a great way to prepare for the unexpected. Review your policy. Not all home owner’s insurance covers flood damage, familiarize yourself with your coverage. Know that if more is needed, it can take up to 30 days to take effect.

Examine the Exterior of Your Property

Be on the lookout for the following things:

  • Check the foundation of your basement and along exterior walls to see if there are signs of new or past leaks.
  • Consider having your roof inspected - make sure it hasn’t sustained winter damage and is ready for spring storms.
  • Check the siding to see if it’s firmly in place
  • Look for tree branches extending over your driveway or property that could fall in a storm.
  • Downspouts need to be in place, gutters should be firmly attached and free of debris- check for sagging or leaking.
  • Loose patio furniture should be secured or pulled inside when a storm comes.

Check Your Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump, now is the time make sure it working properly and perform any needed maintenance. Clear all debris and ensure your back-up is in working order.

SERVPRO of Worcester knows being ready for severe spring weather means planning ahead, performing regular maintenance on your property and being watchful after weather events but should the unexpected occur we’re Here to Help® 24/7.

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on SERVPRO of Worcester 24 hours, seven days a week.  Faster to Any Size Disaster and just a phone call away (508) 757-7885

For more information on recovering from water damage caused by weather-related disasters,

https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Flooded Basement in Your Worcester Property? We Can Help!

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Icon Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help (508) 757-7885

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Woecester basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Worcester and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (508) 757-7885

Wachusett Area 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Icon SERVPRO of Worcester provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Wachusett Area

SERVPRO of Worcester is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (
508) 757-7885

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Worcester has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Worcester

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

Meet Our Team: https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/employee-photos

What Will You Do When Water Damage Strikes Your Worcester Area Property?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Icon For more information on recovering from water damage, call us today 508-757-7885

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of receiving a loss notification, a SERVPRO franchise professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection

SERVPRO franchise professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning the work.

Emergency Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO franchise professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated with you.

Restoration Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and contents. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to its preloss condition.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut-off the water source, if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.

  • Turn-off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

  • Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.

  • Always avoid electrical shock hazards. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause electrical shock or damage to the device.

  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

When water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

For more information on recovering from water damage, call us today 508-757-7885

When Water Damage Strikes Your Worcester Property, Restoration Through Mitigation Is Less Expensive Than Replacing!

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Icon When water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. Call us today (508) 757-7885

When water damage affects your Worcester property, you want it restored as soon as possible. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO® of Worcester Professionals arrives on-site to perform water cleanup, the better the results – including lower claim costs.

Lower Recovery Costs – The SERVPRO® System Helps Save Money

  • Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional property damages.
  • SERVPRO® of Worcester Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water.
  • Restoration versus replacement of contents saves heirlooms and money too.
  • By using advanced drying techniques, SERVPRO® of Worcester Professionals monitor and ensure your property is properly dried.

Components of Proper Water Damage Restoration

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key components of a proper water damage restoration are Fast Action and Thorough Drying. It’s important to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property.

When water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. Call us today (508) 757-7885

From Leaks to Floods, SERVPRO® is Here to Help.

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Icon Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (508) 757-7885

When it Comes to Water Damage, No Job is Too Big or Too Small.

When Damage affects your home or business, you want it to be restored as soon as possible. The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification a SERVPRO® professional will be on site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection

We will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

Emergency Services

We will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and prepare the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

Restoration Services

We will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets and clean affected areas of  your property and belongings.  A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition

About SERVPRO of  Shrewsbury/Westborough

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

Meet Our Crew: https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/employee-photos

Ask A SERVPRO Pro | How Do I Prepare My Property for Severe Spring Weather?”

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Ask a SERVPRO PRO words on a black & green background Here to Help® Our highly trained professionals are just a phone call away (508) 757-7885

In our April installment of “Ask a SERVPRO Pro” we speak with, Chuck Sargent, Business Development Representative & Senior Project Estimator at SERVPRO of Worcester. He is passionate about his work and holds multiple IICRC certifications including: Applied Microbial Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, and Odor Control.

The days are getting longer, temperatures are starting to climb, flowers are beginning to bloom. These are sure signs spring has sprung and with it comes spring weather.  We asked Chuck, “How Do I Prepare My Property For Severe Spring Weather?” This is what he had to say:

Spring weather can be unpredictable, swinging between warm and cold temperatures, clear skies and storms- often within the same day. When warm moist air collides with cool, dry air thunderstorms can occur, making them a common spring offender. Thunderstorms can bring lightning, flooding, and tornadoes. Dealing with the unknown can be a daunting task but with a little storm preparation you can protect your home and commercial property from severe spring weather. Planning ahead makes sense.

Know Your Risks & Sign Up For Weather Text Alerts

The more information you have, the easier it is to plan and prepare. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends text messages to keep you updated emergency situations. There is a FEMA app you can download to your phone. Additionally, your local weather channels, radio stations and power companies have similar services that let you know what’s happening in your region- being forewarned is forearmed

Get Familiar with Your Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage is a great way to prepare for the unexpected. Review your policy. Not all home owner’s insurance covers flood damage, familiarize yourself with your coverage. Know that if more is needed, it can take up to 30 days to take effect.

Inspect Your Property

When you take care of your property it can take care of you.
Be on the lookout for the following things:

  • Check the foundation of your basement and along exterior walls to see if there are signs of new or past leaks. If you do find cracks or leaks, it would be wise to have them assessed and repaired by a professional specializing in foundation repairs and waterproofing. Taking care of them now can prevent further damage.
  • Consider having your roof inspected - make sure it hasn’t sustained winter damage and is ready for spring storms.
  • Check the siding to see if it’s firmly in place
  • Look for tree branches extending over your driveway or property that could fall in a storm.
  • Downspouts need to be in place, gutters should be firmly attached and free of debris- check for sagging or leaking.
  • Loose patio furniture should be secured or pulled inside when a storm comes.
  • Make sure unattached structures (gazeboes, sheds, etc.) should be bolted securely to their foundation.

Check Your Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump, now is the time make sure it working properly and perform any needed maintenance. Make sure to clear all debris so it doesn’t impede function and ensure your back-up is in working order.

Prepare For A Power Outage
Sometimes extreme spring storms can lead to power outages.
Here are some tips to prepare for when the lights go out the lights go out: 

  • Fire up your generator and be sure it’s in good working order.
  • Plug all your electronics in to surge protectors just in case there’s a surge while power is being restored.
  • Charge your phones and any other electronic devices.
  • Fill the car and generator gas cans with fuel.

SERVPRO of Worcester knows being ready for severe spring weather means planning ahead, performing regular maintenance on your property and being watchful after weather events but should the unexpected occur we’re Here to Help® 24/7.

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.  Faster to Any Size Disaster and just a phone call away (508) 757-7885

For more information on recovering from water damage caused by weather-related disasters,

https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/storm-flooding-restoration

About April’s Featured “ SERVPRO Pro”

Chuck Sargent, Business Development Representative | Senior Project Estimator
SERVPRO of Worcester 

Chuck is a dedicated Business Development Representative | Senior Project Estimator at SERVPRO of Worcester | SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough.

He is passionate about his work and holds multiple IICRC certifications including: Applied Microbial Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, and Odor Control.

About SERVPRO® of Worcester

The highly trained and certified professionals of SERVPRO of Worcester are experienced in cleaning and restoring a fire, mold or water-damaged building and its contents, including wall, ceiling and floor surfaces; furniture; fabric; fixtures and more. They also offer cleaning and restoration of special items, such as: HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers; and documents that have sustained water damage.

Additionally, SERVPRO of Worcester is highly trained and experienced in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination. Adhering to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) and using EPA approved cleaning products you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO® to deliver the highest standard of clean.

For more information on SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough please contact Chuck Sargent at (508) 757-7885

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,800 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Ask A SERVPRO Pro: How Do I Prepare for the Spring Thaw?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Ask a SERVPRO PRO words on a black & green background Here to Help® Our highly trained professionals are just a phone call away (508) 757-7885

In this, our first installment of “Ask a SERVPRO Pro we speak with SERVPRO of Worcester’s Manager of Business Development, Sean O’Neill. Sean is a seasoned cleanup and restoration professional, holding IICRC certifications in Applied Microbial Remediation and Water Damage Restoration. 

We asked Sean, “How can we prepare for the spring thaw?” This is what he had to say:

It’ s been a long, cold winter. We are all looking forward to Spring, but  with it comes its own set of challenges. With rising temperatures, melting snow, the potential for spring storms & flooding the possibility for water damage climbs. The best way to prevent water damage is to be prepared.

Spring is known for its unpredictable weather. The thawing of snow and ice in spring can lead to water damage. Follow these tips to protect your home  or business:

  • Ensure drains take water away from your property and that they are not obstructed with debris.
  • Be sure to remove snow from around your property. This helps to prevent melting snow from draining into the building.
  • Consider having your roof inspected - make sure it hasn’t sustained winter damage and is ready for spring storms.
  • Check and maintain your gutters and downspouts. Backed up gutters and downspouts can overflow lead to water damage- make sure they are clear of debris and that water flows freely.
  • Check grading around home to ensure water is directed away.
  • Check your foundation for cracks. If you do find cracks, we would advise having them, assessed and repaired by professional specializing in foundation repairs and waterproofing.
  • Check that your sump pump is working. If your area is prone to floods, this can be your first line of defense against water damage caused by basement flooding.
  • Review your insurance. Not all home owner’s insurance covers flood damage, familiarize yourself with your coverage. Know that if more is needed, it can take up to 30 days to take effect.

SERVPRO of Worcester knows being ready for spring means getting your property prepared for the spring thaw, but should the unexpected occur we’re Here to Help® 24/7.

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.  Faster to Any Size Disaster and just a phone call away (508) 757-7885

For more information on recovering from water damage caused by weather-related disasters,

https://www.SERVPROworcester.com/storm-flooding-restoration

About March’s Featured “ SERVPRO Pro”

Sean O’Neill, Manager of Business Development

SERVPRO of Worcester & SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough

Sean is the Business Development Manager for SERVPRO of Worcester and SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough. In addition to managing a team of Sales and Estimating professionals, Sean is responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of commercial and community relationships.

Sean is a business professional with over twelve years’ experience and has earned a 4-year Business degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Well versed in the cleanup and restoration industry, Sean is IICRC certified in Applied Microbial Remediation and Water Damage Restoration. 

About SERVPRO® of Worcester

The highly trained and certified professionals of SERVPRO of Worcester are experienced in cleaning and restoring a fire, mold or water-damaged building and its contents, including wall, ceiling and floor surfaces; furniture; fabric; fixtures and more. They also offer cleaning and restoration of special items, such as: HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers; and documents that have sustained water damage.

Additionally, SERVPRO of Worcester is highly trained and experienced in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination. Adhering to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) and using EPA approved cleaning products you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO® to deliver the highest standard of clean.

For more information on SERVPRO of Worcester please contact Sean O’Neill at (508) 757-7885

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,800 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Sometimes April Showers Can Bring More Than May Flowers….Spring Weather Safety Tips

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

April Showers unbrella and rain We’ll make it “Like it never even happened,” and we’re just a phone call away, (508) 757-7885.

As we look towards spring, we’re reminded of the old proverb “April showers bring May flowers”. While it’s a poetic way of saying good things are on the way, it’s also a reminder that April can be a notoriously rainy month. In addition to those flower friendly showers, it can also be full of severe spring weather. This could include floods, heavy winds or even tornadoes.

Don’t leave disaster prep to chance. Check out these Spring Weather Safety Tips from ready.gov

Ready.gov Spring Weather Safety Tips

  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Purchase and review your plan now to protect your family for the future! www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness
  • Heavy rain to areas that have been experiencing drought can cause flash flooding. Learn how to prepare: www.ready.gov/plan 
  • Tornadoes can be extremely dangerous. Safe places include storm shelters and basements — but if not available, an interior room without windows can also be protective. If you receive a tornado warning, take shelter immediately! www.ready.gov/tornadoes
  • What does being Ready look like? When it comes to tornadoes, it means knowing your ‘safe place’ and practicing going there well before severe weather arrives. www.ready.gov/tornadoes
  • Severe weather can knock out power. Be prepared by gathering supplies for each household member.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Backup power can keep you connected during an emergency. Have alternative power sources on hand to power your devices in case of a power outage.
  • Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Learn your risk level for floods by entering your address at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search 

When you get more than April showers, SERVPRO of Worcester will be your May Flowers. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened,” and we’re just a phone call away, (508) 757-7885.

HOW CRITICAL ARE THE FIRST 24 HOURS?

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire or water losses, even smaller incidents, can result in costly claims over time. The longer smoke, soot, or moisture have to permeate contents and structural components, the more secondary damage one can expect to encounter.

SERVPRO® professionals have been performing fire and water cleanup and restoration services for nearly 50 years. Experience has shown that fast, appropriate action delivered within the first 24 hours can dramatically reduce secondary damage. Smoke and soot have less time to chemically interact and damage or destroy contents, and moisture is prevented from spreading and breaking down structural components or promoting the growth of mold and mildew.

Offering 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO® professionals are committed to responding to fire and water claims during the most critical time period following a loss. Usually onsite in less than four hours, SERVPRO® arrives prepared to begin emergency mitigation services to help prevent secondary damage to the structure and contents.

SERVPRO® utilizes specific industry technology designed for the collection and reporting of claims information for the insurance industry. SERVPRO® professionals can quickly gather the necessary information an adjuster will need to authorize the cleanup and restoration process. The end result is a better, more informed decision-making process, which can speed up the cleanup and restoration of the policyholder's property.

The objective of critical response is to help return homeowners and business owners' properties back to its preloss condition while also controlling claims costs. Your local SERVPRO® franchise can provide the emergency service, mitigation, cleanup and restoration experience and industry-specific technology to help you accomplish these goals. When a policyholder experiences a fire or water loss, even those that fall under the deductible limit or are excluded under their policy, reach out to your local SERVPRO® team to help protect their property  and contents now and in the future.

Floods- Are You Prepared?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Floods are the most commonly occurring natural disaster in the United States. They occur when there is a temporary overflow of water into land that would normally be dry.


Floods Facts:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.


What You Should Know About Flood Safety

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
  • Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
  • Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
  • If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not go through flood waters.

Learn More About Flood Safety & Preparation

Beware of the Water You Don’t See, That Can Cause the Most Problems!

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tech and customer testing for water damage under kitchen floor Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (508) 757-7885

Small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The professionals of SERVPRO® of Worcester have the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Your SERVPRO® of Worcester professionals will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® franchise professionals.

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® franchise professionals to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® professionals can calculate and create an environment most

conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

You need to know the professionals at  SERVPRO® of Worcester have the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Worcester has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. We will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 
Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (508) 757-7885

Flooding and Sewage Back-ups: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth More Than a Pound of Cure.

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

If your home or business is located in an area subject to periodic flooding or where sewage backups have occurred it’s important to implement preventive or pro-active measures to prevent and/or minimize the nature and extent of flooding and back-up damage.

Preventive Actions:

  1. Waterproofing the building foundation and/or sealing cracks in foundation floor or walls
  2. Installation of a check valve or shut-off valve on the building sewer close to where it enters the structure.
    **Make sure you check with the proper sewer authority prior to taking this action!
  3. Raising or removing any sink, toilet, washing machine, etc. in the basement that may be subject to backups when the sewer system surcharges.

Pro-active Actions:

  1. Purchasing or installing a sump pump to pump out water that collects in the low point of the basement
  2. Ensure that building gutter downspouts and drains are directed away from the foundation and toward low points away from the structure
  3. Try to keep furniture and valuables above flood levels where flooding has previously occurred
  4. If minor flooding occurs, follow the water to its point-of-entry and seal cracks or defects to the extent possible.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

Please remember flood insurance is also vitally important where properties are known to be in floodplains or flood prone areas.

More information on prevention and flood insurance is available on the FEMA website.

For source material and further information visit: https://www.mass.gov/guides/flooding-and-sewage-back-ups-home-care-guide

About SERVPRO of Worcester

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

Preventing Water Damage Is a Much Cheaper Than Paying For Repairs

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can weaken your home’s foundation, eventually causing serious structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants; it causes mold and mildew. Well you know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Well this is absolutely the case when it comes to water damage and your property. Let’s face it- it will cost much less money, trouble and stress to prevent damage from happening then repairing it once it happens.

Here are ten easy prevention tips:

  1. Clean your gutters.
  2. Direct downspouts 5-10’ away from the house
  3. Slope your yard away from the foundation
  4. Test your sump pump once a year
  5. Make sure to check your sump pump frequently during storm season
  6. Repair noticeable drips in pipes
  7. Check for dark spots on ceilings and under pipes
  8. Repair any cracked caulking
  9. Fix all water leaks.
  10. Replace missing roof shingles.

When Water Damage Happens.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Worcester is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond immediately to flood or water damage. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our local technicians will closely monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Got Water Damage? Faster To Any Size Disaster Call Us 24/7 – 508-757-7885

Flooded Basement in West Boylston? We Can Help.

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Basement flooding can happen anytime The professionals at SERVPRO are here to help.

There are many reasons basements flood. We all know that basement flooding can happen during extreme weather, heavy rains, rapid snow melts but it can also occur during dry weather in homes that have never experienced water damaged in the past. Flooding can occur by seepage or flow through the walls or foundation floor, from surface water sources, or by a sanitary or storm sewer backup.

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Worcester and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 508-757-7885

Holden Residents: Do You Know What to Do If Your Basement Floods?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Holden, MA basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Worcester and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 508-757-7885

Staying Safe In A Water Damaged Home In Cherry Valley

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Staying Safe During A Water Catastrophe

Once your home has been struck by a water catastrophe, it immediately becomes a much riskier place to move about and live in. While we firmly recommend allowing SERVPRO technicians to provide all guidance and operate to the fullest extent of their ability, there may be times when you, the homeowner, must enter the damaged portion of your homes. If so, be sure to take these safety precautions beforehand.

Follow Our Guidance 
SERVPRO of Worcester is not here just for the simple water removal job in your Cherry Valley home - we are here to help with all aspects of the disaster. Our representatives are well-known for their approachability and communication skills, and this is perhaps most evident with safety rules. Our personnel is there to guide you on what you should and should not do around your home, and your safety is always their top priority. If we tell you to avoid an area or task, it is not for our poor intentions. These suggestions are to keep you out of harm's way and to prevent any further damage from occurring.

Face Masks 
Water damage can create some harmful respiratory conditions, especially if mold has started to take root. Whenever you are near the damaged portion of your home, you should be wearing a face mask to keep out harmful chemicals and pathogens.

Gloves 
A good pair of gloves is essential for doing anything in the damaged part of your home. They should be rubberized to avoid any risk of electrocution, thick to avoid rips and tears, and well-fitted to ensure as little water as possible reaches your skin. Try to avoid disposable gloves, as these do not provide suitable protection in a water damage scenario.

Long Sleeves 
You should always wear long-sleeved clothing in a damaged area, even if it is a hot day. Long sleeves protect your skin from harmful chemicals and hazards, especially if the clothing is composed of a strong material.

SERVPRO of Worcester is a locally-owned and operated branch of a national company with decades of experience removing and restoring water damage in homes like yours.

Here to Help®. Call Us Anytime 24/7 at (508) 757-7885.

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Flood Restoration in Worcester from a Faulty Appliance

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Flood Damage Restoration Services

A flood disaster in Worcester due to a broken appliance can happen anytime. In fact, any appliance whose fixtures (e.g., pipes) lead into a water line can develop spring leaks or blockages that can cause serious flooding if unattended to. It is usually difficult to predict when a household equipment is going to fail on you, and accidents often strike unexpectedly. It can happen when you are on vacation, treating you to a rude awakening on your return home.

Your best bet against flood damage from a faulty appliance in Worcester is consulting a reputable restoration company. With many years of experience in water damage restoration, SERVPRO has the expertise to return your property to preloss conditions as quickly as disaster hits. As a part of your community, our IICRC-trained technicians are extremely efficient, adequately equipped, and highly motivated to respond swiftly to any emergency.

A number of appliances can cause flood damage in the house, including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters. A kitchen flood, in particular, can ruin cabinets and counter tops, and you may have to replace them in case of extensive damage. After some time, mold and mildew may develop due to prolonged exposure to water. Additionally, the adhesive material that helps hold counter tops in place can become loose and fall off because of excessive moisture.

Standing water from a dysfunctional dishwasher can cause irreversible damage to the flooring tiles, sometimes requiring complete removal and replacement. This additional expense can be overbearing, especially in a disaster situation. If the water contained oil and grease, it could contaminate surfaces in accessible and inaccessible areas. SERVPRO technicians use special solutions to clean up and deodorize these surfaces.

The decision to replace or salvage flood damaged equipment from a broken appliance depends on the level of damage, the length of time in the water, and the type of insurance coverage (if applicable). For instance, repairing certain equipment may void their warranty. On the other hand, if the appliance was old, replacing it with a newer model can provide better energy efficiency, subsequently saving you money on monthly energy bills. Clogged parts should be replaced to avoid safety hazards such as electrical shock, explosion, and fire outbreak.

Flood damage from a household appliance can be dramatic. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Worcester is strategically located to respond immediately when you need us. Call us anytime at (508) 757-7885.

To learn more about Worcester, visit http://www.worcesterma.gov/.

Dishwasher Overflow Caused Water Damage to Worcester home

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

What Happens When Dishwashers Go Bad?

We depend on our appliances every day. It is very important that they are setup properly. Most of our appliances use water to work and perform their function. If your appliance hose cracks open or loosens it can cause hundreds of gallons of water to cover your floors.

If this happens you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Worcester to extract all the standing water and then make sure your property is thoroughly dried.

At SERVPRO, our technicians are dedicated professionals that are highly trained and are capable of doing quality work to meet your high standards.

We are Water Damage Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

SERVPRO of Worcester is available 24/7 for water, fire and mold emergencies and is independently owned and operated. For any questions call SERVPRO at 508-757-7885.

Water Damage in Worcester facilities

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged hallway Water damage in Worcester facilities

Water from storms can easily leak into a business or home damaging flooring, carpet and walls causing structural damage. The SERVPRO professionals of South Worcester understand how disruptive this can be to your business. Water can not only be disruptive to a facility, can also affect daily production and possibly closing the business for days or even weeks.

Time is of the essence in the restoration process. SERVPRO of South Worcester will quickly respond to your emergency to make sure the restoration is started promptly. Quick response time will minimize the amount of damage and reduce the cost of insurance claims and interruption of business. Proper water mitigation will also reduce the chance of mold from forming. Mold can cause serious health issues if it is not addressed early. Our SERVPRO professionals have the training and experience to find water early and remove it quickly. SERVPRO of South Worcester has the equipment and resources to give excellent results while minimizing disruption to your clients. SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Restoration Services 24/7

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help with Restoring your Treasured Items

Only when you are struggling to recover from fire damage do you realize the overwhelming number of things you have in your house, all vulnerable to the effects of the smoke and heat. Once the fire is out, and the structural damage to the building itself is being addressed, you move on to the dozens and dozens of items that have been damaged or soiled by the fire, or both. SERVPRO has developed a comprehensive protocol to manage the personal property and structural components in your home including fixtures and decorative items. Our extensive experience with fire restoration gives us a perspective we share with you as we strive to make it “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Somehow the little things that are dirtied and damaged in a fire can cause the greatest emotional burden to the homeowner. When the window coverings you took such pains to coordinate with furnishings and wall color hang in grim, sooty disarray it is difficult to know where to start to fix the problem that seems bigger than draperies. Similarly, when the beautiful chandelier that lit up your family’s faces on holidays is coated with grime or vintage pictures of your forebears are streaked with inky residue and curl up from moisture, our promise to restore your possessions to pre-fire condition may ring a little hollow. Fire damage in Cherry Valley must be restored from the bottom up with every method and trick we have in our training toolbox. If the memories have to be trashed, it is impossible to feel like even a completely remodeled space is still your home. We won't let that happen. 
 
We at SERVPRO understand that your home is so much more than ceilings and walls. Our technicians are trained in heirloom, document and picture restoration. A cherished lamp or the kitchen cabinets your father helped you build are worth the effort to restore, and we will develop a plan to do so. Our team is well schooled on how to turn back the clock on fire damage by using the correct cleaning products and proven methods so you can gaze on beloved portraits again by the light of your chosen fixtures. This focus does not mean we ignore serious fire damage issues behind walls and in the attic, but it is part of our balanced approach that makes us a trusted business in our communities. 
 
Let us restore you home and your heart with the team at SERVPRO of Worcester. A call to (508) 757-7885 will be answered 24/7 with an inspection of your fire damage scheduled as soon as possible.

Water Removal in Your Crawl Space

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Rely on Professional Services to Remove Water from and Remediate Your Crawl Space

Crawl spaces are low areas building contractors in Cherry Valley may put under the first floor of a home, so there is access to necessary wiring and plumbing. They can also be storage areas under your home if you do not have a basement and the floor is concrete. However, standing water can build up sometimes in the area, causing a multitude of problems. It can be caused by a kitchen waste line leaking, a leaking sewer line, gutter downspouts incorrectly directed, sprinkler water coming through a crawl space’s vents, or a naturally-occurring high groundwater table.

When this happens, you need the professional help of a water removal remediation company. It is not recommended to do the water removal in your Cherry Valley crawl space yourself because proper remediation and water extraction requires particular expertise and equipment to handle the problem thoroughly. SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians are specially trained to handle this type of issue, and we can be reached at any time you need us. We move fast to get to your home.

We first need to get the standing water out of your crawl space. To do so, we have industrial strength truck-mounted pumps. The water must be removed before it starts to erode your foundation or create mold growth, and this is the fastest way to do so.

Since concrete is cooler than other kinds of materials, moisture can stay even after the standing water has been removed. The moisture left behind can create mold and mildew growth, so it is essential we dry the crawlspace out quickly, instead of letting it sit and dry on its own. The best way for us to do so is by using dehumidifiers and fans which we carefully place in your crawlspace to dry it out most efficiently.

The equipment is checked by SERVPRO staff daily and rearranged for optimal drying as needed. Once everything is completely dry, we sanitize the affected area as well.

SERVPRO of Worcester can take care of your water removal problem in your crawl space in a short amount of time. Anyone in the areas of Cherry Valley, the Wachusett Region, Worcester, and South Worcester should call us as soon as you recognize an issue by dialing (508) 757-7885.

For more information about Worcester, click here.

24/7 Water Restoration Service

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Heros action figures and trucks Our Crews are prepared 24/7 Give us a call! (508)757-7885

Faster to you Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Worcester provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Worcester County.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Worcester provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Worcester arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (508) 757-7885

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Worcester

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

How To Stay Safe In A Water Damaged Home In Cherry Valley

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

MAn trying to catch water from ceiling leak in pans Once your home has been struck by a water catastrophe, it immediately becomes a much riskier place to move about and live in.

Staying Safe During A Water Catastrophe

Once your home has been struck by a water catastrophe, it immediately becomes a much riskier place to move about and live in. While we firmly recommend allowing SERVPRO technicians to provide all guidance and operate to the fullest extent of their ability, there may be times when you, the homeowner, must enter the damaged portion of your homes. If so, be sure to take these safety precautions beforehand.

Follow Our Guidance 
SERVPRO is not here just for the simple water removal job in your Cherry Valley home - we are here to help with all aspects of the disaster. Our representatives are well-known for their approachability and communication skills, and this is perhaps most evident with safety rules. Our personnel is there to guide you on what you should and should not do around your home, and your safety is always their top priority. If we tell you to avoid an area or task, it is not for our poor intentions. These suggestions are to keep you out of harm's way and to prevent any further damage from occurring.

Face Masks 
Water damage can create some harmful respiratory conditions, especially if mold has started to take root. Whenever you are near the damaged portion of your home, you should be wearing a face mask to keep out harmful chemicals and pathogens.

Gloves 
A good pair of gloves is essential for doing anything in the damaged part of your home. They should be rubberized to avoid any risk of electrocution, thick to avoid rips and tears, and well-fitted to ensure as little water as possible reaches your skin. Try to avoid disposable gloves, as these do not provide suitable protection in a water damage scenario.

Long Sleeves 
You should always wear long-sleeved clothing in a damaged area, even if it is a hot day. Long sleeves protect your skin from harmful chemicals and hazards, especially if the clothing is composed of a strong material.

SERVPRO of Worcester is a locally-owned and operated branch of a national company with decades of experience removing and restoring water damage in homes like yours. Call us 24/7 at (508) 757-7885.

Click here for more about the city of Cherry Valley, Massachusetts.

Is A Water Removal Expert Is The Right Choice After a Pipe Bursts in Home?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water-Induced Damage from Faulty Plumbing Gets Cleaned Up By SERVPRO

Burst pipes are the nightmare of homeowners everywhere. Ruptured pipes can cause havoc and disrupt your home life. Many home owners have struggled to deal with the after effects of a burst pipe and discovered the misery of trying to mop up the water with towels and open the windows to get everything dry. 
 
Thankfully, with the mess left behind from the burst pipe the home is completely avoidable. Instead of struggling to sort out the flood and get your home back to normal, put in a call to SERVPRO. We can handle any size disaster which means that we are on hand to help you with any plumbing leak no matter how big or how small. 
 
We are water removal and damage remediation experts, so you know your home is in safe hands with us. Our business has years of experience in dealing with water damage to local houses and businesses, and we know what it takes to restore a home to its pre-accident condition, "Like it never even happened."
 
Removing water seems like a daunting task, but SERVPRO teams come outfitted with all the necessary equipment to get it done quickly and as easily as possible. We have both portable and truck-mounted wet/dry vacuums available for water removal. Our truck mounted extractors have tanks that can store 60 or more gallons of water – some can store over 100 gallons – and can provide up to 198 inches of water lift. In other words, no matter how serious the problem, we have the machinery at hand to remove water from your home. 
 
We also have submersible pumps at hand, so no matter how deep the water level, we are equipped to deal with it. We train our remediation experts in a variety of extraction techniques, including how to use an extraction wand to draw water out of any damaged carpets. We also have air movers and dehumidifiers on hand to dry out your home following water removal. 
 
SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are the right choice for dealing with any burst pipe problems. We have the skills and tools to restore your home safely and to a high standard. 
 
SERVPRO of Worcester is here to assist with any water removal needs. Call us at (508) 757-7885 today for help. We will be ready!

Worcester Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood or have severe water damage at any time in any weather, although flooding can be very costly and most often occurs during heavy rainfall or when heavy snow melts rapidly. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Worcester basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure
  • And many more situations 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At - (508) 757-7885

SERVPRO 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service for Worcester

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Neon Sign of SERVPRO 24/7 Have Water or Flood Damage? Call Us Today – (508) 365-6434

SERVPRO of Worcester is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of damage to your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (508) 757-7885

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Worcester has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Worcester

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

Water Damage in Cherry Valley can affect even the best-cared for homes

11/20/2016 (Permalink)

No matter how much effort you put into caring for and maintaining your home, accidents do happen. Water woes can start inside, in the form of leaks, overflows, and other mishaps, or come from the outdoors in the form of floods, rainwater, or even melting ice. Once water has entered, it's imperative that it be cleaned up and removed, before it can damage your home.
 
Your Cherry Valley home needs to be protected from all types of water damage. When you have any of the above situations or another, that is allowing water to enter your home, you need to stop the water from entering, and then clean up the mess. Because water does not stay still unless it is in a container, it's important to call for professionals to get rid of the water that you can't see.
 
SERVPRO professionals have training in dealing with water of all sources. They know how to not only eliminate the water itself, but also any pathogens it can carry with it, or pick up and spread through your home. Extraction of water only rids your home of the moisture, but not the pathogens. We can make your home safe again, "Like it never even happened."
 
Water can damage your home in many ways. It can lead to secondary water damage, also. Primary damage from water results in soiled and waterlogged personal belongings, and possible contamination when the water is from a source that is contaminated. This can include carpeting, clothing, toys and books, cabinetry, and many other things.
 
When your home's windows are open, they can allow rain to enter, spilling out onto the floor, and spreading out until it can seep in somewhere through some tiny crack or other break in the floor. While it may seem harmless, even rainwater can create water damage over time if left alone.
 
To help protect not only your home but also the efforts you've put into caring for and maintaining it, call SERVPRO of South Worcester at (508) 757-7885. We're always available to help you make your home dry, safe, and healthy again.

It's The Water You Don't See in your Home that's Scary

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage to your flooring can be a inconvenience but not with the professionals! Call SERVPRO of South Worcester! (508)757-7885.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of South Worcester have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of South Worcester professionals will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor- causing particles.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO of South Worcester has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Like it never even happened.

Imagine its 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.

The only problem? A water pipe burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hardwood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now?

When it is your home or business that is underwater, mitigation cannot wait. You need mitigation to begin immediately. If water damage strikes you or your customers, give SERVPRO of South Worcester a call, any time, any day.

The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business. The benefits of rapid mitigation offered by SERVPRO of South Worcester is two-fold: Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided, and your peace of mind goes through the roof.

If the unthinkable happens to your home or business, allow SERVPRO of South Worcester to help quickly turn your “before” into a “happily ever after.”

Water Damage Clean-up

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub floors, causing major problems over time. You need help—fast. No matter what time of day or night, contact SERVPRO of South Worcester to begin emergency mitigation. Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, SERVPRO of South Worcester can be on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility. Every SERVPRO Franchise Professional is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

SERVPRO of South Worcester professionals will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents to IICRC Standards. Help ensure the value of your property by calling your local SERVPRO of South Worcester (508)757-8775.

Types of Water Damages and What to Do About Them

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Worcester! Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water 

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Floods Can Happen -Even in Worcester!

5/15/2015 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. It doesn’t matter if your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert–there is always potential for flood damage - even here in Worcester!

Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Worcester. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Worcester is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Worcester will help you take it back.

What Do I Do After a Water Damage?

4/7/2015 (Permalink)

When facing a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO® of Worcester. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive. 

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Note: If exxposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure meducal evaluation.  Consult your local health department or physician.

Protecting Your Property From a Worcester Winter

12/5/2014 (Permalink)

Cold weather can wreak havoc and cause costly damage to your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious propery damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent weather-related damages, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Clean chimneys and exhaust systems to ensure they are free of debris.
  • Test gas lines if they have been dormant to ensure they are in good working order with no leaks.
  • Inspect your property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. Make sure all exterior pipes are properly insulated.
  • If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Make sure all exterior doors, garages, roll-ups and windows have sufficient weather stripping.
  • Ask a SERVPRO® of South Worcester professional about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

Before and After

8/25/2014 (Permalink)

Imagine it’s 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.

A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now? 

When it’s your home or business that’s underwater, mitigation can’t wait. You need mitigation to begin yesterday. If water damage strikes you or your customers, give SERVPRO of South Worcester a call immediately.

The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, drywall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business.   The benefits of rapid mitigation by a SERVPRO Technician are two-fold: Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided, and your peace of mind goes through the roof.

So if the unthinkable happens to your home or business, allow SERVPRO of South Worcester to help quickly turn your “before” into a “happily ever after.”

It's The Water You Don't See

8/6/2014 (Permalink)

With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that causes the most trouble; especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria, or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property. 

SERVPRO of South Worcester understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, SERVPRO of South Worcester offers 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed technician on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of South Worcester can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents. 

So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of South Worcester!

The Science of Drying

6/9/2014 (Permalink)

Did you know, there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professional will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. 

For this reason, SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom-line? SERVPRO of South Worcester franchise professionals have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

What to do until help arrives

3/11/2014 (Permalink)

When facing a water damage, it is important to understand what type of water you are dealing with to ensure proper cleanup. There are three types of water: clean water, gray water and black water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated. Bacteria and other contaminants begin growing making the water hazardous. Black wateris highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Consider the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive. 

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not use televisions or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.

Protect Your Property This Winter

12/9/2013 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious property damage. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before winter weather hits.

  •  Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Worcester Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.