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Behind the Scenes: How SERVPRO Prepares for a National Storm Event

7/8/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's disaster response trailer. Our teams are on standby 24/7, ready to mobilize immediately to affected areas as soon as conditions allow.

When a major storm or natural disaster looms on the horizon, SERVPRO® steps into action with a well-coordinated plan designed to provide swift and effective response to communities in need. Here’s an inside look at how SERVPRO prepares for a national storm event to ensure we’re ready to assist when disaster strikes.

Pre-Storm Preparation

Monitoring Weather Alerts:

  • Our dedicated team closely monitors weather forecasts and alerts to anticipate potential storm impacts across the country.

Resource Mobilization:

  • SERVPRO franchises strategically position and mobilize response teams, equipment, and supplies to high-risk areas identified by weather forecasts.

Training and Readiness:

  • Technicians undergo rigorous training in storm response protocols, ensuring they are prepared to handle various disaster scenarios effectively.

Operational Readiness

Inventory and Equipment Check:

  • We conduct thorough checks of our inventory, ensuring all necessary equipment for flood, water, and fire restoration is fully operational and readily available.

Communication and Coordination:

  • Constant communication with local franchises, insurers, and emergency management agencies ensures seamless coordination and rapid response deployment.

Community Partnerships

Local Engagement:

  • SERVPRO builds strong relationships with local authorities, community leaders, and emergency response teams to facilitate efficient collaboration during a crisis.

Pre-Event Planning Meetings:

  • Pre-storm planning meetings ensure all stakeholders are aligned on response strategies and resource allocation.

During the Storm

Emergency Response Teams:

  • Our teams are on standby 24/7, ready to mobilize immediately to affected areas as soon as conditions allow.

Safety First Approach:

  • Ensuring the safety of our team members and the community remains our top priority throughout the response and recovery process.

Post-Storm Recovery

Rapid Assessment and Deployment:

  • Once safe, SERVPRO conducts rapid assessments of damages and begins restoration efforts promptly to minimize property loss and disruption.

Support and Compassion:

  • We provide support and reassurance to affected homeowners and businesses, guiding them through the restoration process and offering peace of mind.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

  • Experience and Expertise: With decades of experience in disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the knowledge and resources to handle even the most challenging storm events.
  • National Network: Our nationwide network of franchises allows us to scale up our response quickly and efficiently, no matter the size or scope of the disaster.
  • Commitment to Excellence: We are committed to delivering exceptional service and restoring properties to preloss conditions, ensuring customer satisfaction every step of the way.

Contact SERVPRO Today

If your community is facing a storm event or disaster, trust SERVPRO to be there when you need us most. Contact us today to learn more about our storm response capabilities or to inquire about our services. Together, we can navigate through the storm and restore your peace of mind.

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At SERVPRO, we’re prepared to handle the unexpected and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Storm Flood Damage and Your West Lynn Home’s Flooring

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

wood floor waiting room, yellow cones For residential and commercial stormwater removal and disinfecting in West Lynn--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Has Specialized Flood Damage Treatment for West Lynn Residents

Should you be the unfortunate victim of flooding after a recent heavy storm in West Lynn, you may have some substantial interior damage to deal with. Hardwood flooring that takes on any water requires specialized care if you want to return your home to pre-flood condition. SERVPRO is there to address all types of water damage, from clean water events to contaminated flood water and sewage backups, to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Can I salvage my wood flooring after storm flood damage in West Lynn? SERVPRO works to restore versus replace whenever possible. Even though interior flooding from a storm is considered black water flooding, there could be many areas of the flood-loss zone we can salvage and repair.

Wood Flooring and Water Removal

Several things can affect wood flooring and how the materials deal with flooding regardless of the water source, including:

  • The quality of your initial flooring installation can increase the likelihood of success. Properly installed and well-fitted flooring is more likely to withstand flood challenges than poorly fitted flooring.
  • Hardwoods installed on concrete pads or crawlspaces require specific treatment protocols
  • It also depends on how quickly water removal services begin. The faster you call SERVPRO for water mitigation, the better the chances we can rescue your hardwood flooring.

Keep in mind that not all flood water is visible, so you also benefit from our moisture detection services. We know that hidden moisture brings costly secondary damage and the onset of hazardous black mold. Flooding under and around your wood flooring can be as damaging as water pooling on the surface.

After water removal and drying, any damaged and unsalvageable flooring gets replaced using controlled demolition, so your interior is returned to pre-flood condition - General Contractor License #: CS-114298. All surfaces get thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with the help of trusted EPA-registered antimicrobials.

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn leaves no stone unturned when handling storm flood damage. Request help online or contact our customer care team by calling (978) 744-0409. We are available for 24/7 emergency service.

Handling Flood Damage in West Lynn Properties After a Storm

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm damage can happen fast Fast and immediate flood damage restoration services for your home need to be handled by SERVPRO. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the first call.

SERVPRO is Available 24/7 in West Lynn to Assist with Flood Damage

If flash flooding caused contaminated water to come into your West Lynn property, you must be aware of the possible hazards. SERVPRO is here with the proper training and equipment to handle water removal services while being mindful of the risks involved. We arrive at your door to perform a thorough assessment of all structural elements and the potential contamination in the flood water so we can formulate the best course of action. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Whether you have an apartment building where the ground floor is taking on water or a private residence with a basement filling up, professional flood damage intervention in West Lynn is best. SERVPRO knows how to navigate storm-related water intrusions and work to restore versus replace to help you salvage your belongings.

When handling flooding, our skilled water restoration technicians will:

  • Safety – We wear personal protective equipment (PPE), put containment barriers in place, and follow detailed safety protocols.
  • Documentation – We record all facets of the job, including belongings being packed up and moved out and all work procedures.
  • Mitigation – We use water mitigation efforts to salvage materials and contents, dry out the property, and facilitate cleaning and deodorization.

Will My Flooded Property Be Safe?

Structural integrity gets carefully assessed before your water removal, and flood restoration project begins. Our technicians understand that significant water can cause joints to shift or lead to damage t the foundation. We follow the S500 guidance outlined with our IICRC certification to ensure safety during the project. Should there be a need for reconstruction/reinforcement of structural elements, our team gets to work so that the restoration can proceed. General contractor license #: CS-114298

There is no team better to have on your side when dealing with storm flood damage than SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn. Give us a phone call 24/7 for emergency response at (978) 744-0409.

Steps Taken After Flood Damage to Your Saugus Home

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

demo and equipment drying basement SERVPRO techs rapidly remove floodwaters and dry the Saugus property to mitigate storm damage

Approaches to Mitigate Flood Damage in Saugus Properties

When your Saugus house floods during a storm, the water can wreak havoc on your belongings and the structure of the home if immediate measures are not taken. Your high-value items like carpeting, appliances, and furniture can get ruined even with just an inch of floodwater. However, with rapid mitigation, you can prevent further damage from occurring.

When dealing with flood damage in your Saugus home, the best option is to contact professionals. Usually, restoration involves interaction with wastewater, electricity, and other hidden hazards. Also, better handling of floodwaters ensures proper drying, decontamination, and dehumidification. SERVPROs technicians can offer guidance and assistance to help you make the best decisions through such difficult times.

Steps to facilitate flood repairs

  • Water extraction
  • Debris removal and disposal
  • Structural and content drying

Removing flood residues

Removal of standing water, solid waste, debris, and silt from the house is necessary to expose structural surfaces or assemblies for further assessment. This also helps decrease the time needed to dry a structure. If the water is two or more inches deep, we use a submersible pump to extract standing water. We may have to treat contaminated water with a disinfectant in some areas before pumping out. We take caution when removing water from crawl spaces and basements as highly saturated soils next to the foundation could collapse the wall due to hydrostatic pressure.

SERVPRO evaluates whether structure and contents can be decontaminated and restored or if a replacement is required. The decision depends on the porosity of materials and the nature of contamination. It may be difficult to discard water-damaged items, particularly if they hold sentimental value. Nonetheless, keeping certain things that may have been soaked with water could cause persistent microbial growth and exposure to contaminants.

Areas that require special attention

  • Stairwells
  • HVAC systems
  • Wall spaces

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn, provides rapid measures towards flood damage “Like it never even happened.” call us at (978) 744-0409.

Cleaning and Restoring Flood Damage from Properties in West Lynn

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Street Flood For fast and efficient service call SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn at (978) 744-0409.

Heavy Storms Can Lead to Flooding, SERVPRO Can Return Your Home to Pre-flood Condition

Floods always take a heavy emotional toll on a homeowner. At the same time, the physical damages can often vary depending on whether it is a minor or major incident. Regardless, properties with either type of damage must go through thorough cleaning, decontaminating, and drying to return to a habitable state. A minor flooding scenario could be wet floors, carpeting, walls, and belongings. A major incident could include wind damage to roofs and other structural elements that allow rainwater to enter the property and the presence of standing water. Major flooding could also overload central heating systems, emergency generators, sump pumps, and drainage systems. Homes can be structurally compromised in severe storm conditions by rushing floodwater and washed away altogether. We are an emergency restoration service that can help your property with:

  • Water intrusion
  • Flash flooding
  • Storm damages

Significant and minor flood damage in West Lynn can be restored with professional assistance. Repairs generally occur across three categories. One category includes decontaminating the property from pathogens, bacteria, or waste that enter the home with floodwater. Another category is drying the property, which helps prevent mold growth, a damaging follow-up to water intrusion. The third category can restore essential amenities such as clean drinking water, electricity, and heating. Usually, the third category is reserved for major flooding events where significant damage occurs. 

  • Our proprietary disinfectants, biocides, and antimicrobial chemicals can help address 

contamination concerns in your home.

  • We can quickly dry properties with minor or significant flooding using powerful submersible pumps, water extractors, and air movers to prevent mold growth.
  • We can arrange a professional subcontractor on your behalf to restore plumbing, electricity, and heating systems if necessary.

Act quickly to reduce losses from flooding. Contact SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn for flood damage at (978) 744-0409.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Clean Up and Restore Flood Damage in Saugus?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

a flooding living room with water everywhere and furniture floating Bring in the professionals to tackle flooding in your home. Our SERVPRO technicians are certified and arrive on the scene with the equipment to help.

Our Saugus Remediators Perform Various Services to Restore Flood-Damaged Homes.

Flooding usually causes severe residential damage in Saugus that requires extensive remediation services. These necessary services generally include, among other things, water extractions, the cleanup of contaminated materials, the treatment of potential microbial threats, full interior deodorizations, and reconstructions of destroyed rooms.

SERVPRO, a neighborhood biohazard remediation company, has been cleaning up and restoring flood damage in Saugus for several decades. During that time, we have performed countless water removal services, sewage cleanup jobs, basement flooding cleanup efforts, and water damage repairs. As we have completed this work, our technicians have:

  • Extracted several feet of standing water from lower levels of area homes using powerful extractors and wet vacs
  • Professionally cleaned up, removed, and disposed of hazardous wastes that have rendered residences unlivable
  • Treated bacteria-fouled surfaces with state-of-the-art foggers and commercial-grade disinfectants that render them benign
  • Thoroughly dried interior parts of homes affected by increased, flood-related airborne moisture with high-tech air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
  • Deodorized entire residences and household contents with innovative foggers, injection devices, and professional-strength deodorants
  • Rebuilt entire sections of homes that have been substantially destroyed by flooding and associated decay 

Once we have finished cleanup and restoration work, impacted residences have usually been returned to their pre-flood condition. Moreover, we have often been able to do this much more quickly than other area services.

Considering all of this, keep your neighbors at SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn in mind whenever you need flood damage remediation. Regardless of the extent of the damage or when it occurs, we are just a swift phone call away. Call us anytime at (978) 744-0409 for help.

What Are Some Useful Solutions to Decontaminate Saugus Properties After Flood Damage?

11/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Storm and flood damage restoration will be hassle with not the right equipment or knowledge. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in all phases.

SERVPRO Seeks to Balance Effectiveness and Cost When Choosing a Flood Restoration Solution

Contamination is a serious concern whenever groundwater breaches and inundates property. Such water contains dissolved chemicals and biohazards that should be addressed while fixing other aspects of flood damage. Calling a professional team to help decontaminate your property wins half the battle.

The professionals handling flood damage at your Saugus property have the prerogative to use various methods, including cleaning, decontaminating, or removing the affected materials. SERVPRO considers both the effectiveness of the chosen actions and the cost implications of such actions before settling on a solution.

Some typical solutions that help combat contamination from flooding include:

  • Removing porous floor and wall materials 
  • Applying biocides before and after cleanup
  • Expediting water removal and drying

Floodwater readily soaks into highly porous materials such as carpets, pads, and insulation. Therefore, you can expect many problems from deep soiling, physical disintegration, and heavy contamination. Although each of these problems may call for a teardown, confirmation is necessary before deciding to do so. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians use luminometers to confirm the presence of organic contamination since that requires the removal of any porous materials exposed.

The level of contamination also determines the other actions taken before or after the removal of spoiled materials. For instance, in case of heavy contamination, biocides are essential before and after material removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use approaches such as wet fogging powerful decontaminants such as Vanquish to ensure an even spread, thus reaching all areas.

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn finds appropriate solutions to flood damage that help you manage costs and eliminate all traces of the problem, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (978) 744-0409.

Why Do Saugus Flood Damage Restoration Professionals Use Controlled Demolition Techniques?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

school flooding, muck on floor Whether a residential basement in Saugus or a school, count on SERVPRO for storm damage cleanup and restoration, "Like it never even happened."

Carefully planned interventions enable SERVPRO crews to manage leaking roofs from storms and basement flooding cleanup in Saugus

Flood damage in Saugus homes can include the challenge of substantial quantities of contaminated fluids trapped inside building cavities and absorbed into structural components. Post-storm emergency services targeting water damage remediation start with:

  • Safety hazard evaluation, focusing significant attention on discovering and controlling for pooled water over ceilings, between walls, and under flooring
  • Moisture detection and measurement using sensitive devices
  • Scanning for hidden caches of flood water with infrared imaging technology

How Does SERVPRO Access the Trapped Flood Water Inside Saugus Homes?

Permitting water to drain and moisture to dry slowly after a flooding event in Saugus results in progressive structural deterioration and secondary water damage like mold infestation. Odors develop, affecting your family’s enjoyment of what was a cozy dwelling. SERVPRO crews refer to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and other training mastered, concluding efforts to release the water and open up wet confined spaces are vital. Some strategies include:

  • Punching weep holes in sagging ceilings from the outer edge, gradually moving toward the center to avoid collapse
  • Removing baseboards, toe kicks, beadboard, paneling, and cabinet backs to allow access to collected water
  • Accelerating water removal and facilitating drying by drilling holes on vertical surfaces
  • below flood lines for drainage and threading hoses carrying warm, moving air to speed evaporation
  • Drilling into cinder block mortar joints to mitigate basement flooding
  • Sawing flood cuts between wall studs several inches above the water line in plaster or drywall to expose and removed wet building materials

Does the SERVPRO Team Possess Specialized Skills Enhancing Controlled Demolition Results?

As a licensed general contractor in Massachusetts, SERVPRO offers residential flood victims flood mitigation and restoration resources, including expert, controlled demolition, without seeking and hiring another company. The streamlined water clean up possible with in-house construction support reduces the time, expense, and disruption of basement flooding cleanup. We can also complete or arrange for necessary build back, making evidence of the demolition merely a memory, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Saugus, West Lynn delivers comprehensive flood damage restoration. Call (978) 634-3403 round the clock to schedule a prompt assessment and plan for water damage repairs.

Contractor Licenses:

General: cs-114298

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.