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Why Even Small Fires Benefit from SERVPRO Restoration

1/11/2023 (Permalink)

Women holding a pan on fire over a stove Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your Cambridge home sustains fire damage.

Cambridge Fire Damage Restoration Available 24/7

While a small flare-up in a Cambridge home may only leave light soot and soils, these can prove challenging to address with consumer-grade cleaning solutions. Even worse, attempting to clean these deposits can spread stains and soot particles. Even when it seems like the damage should be minimal, fire and smoke damage can seep into nooks and crannies, finishes, and HVAC systems with relative ease. 

SERVPRO fire damage technicians help Cambridge properties return to a clean, odor-free condition after a disaster. This crew remediates debris, stains, and odors with industrial-grade tools to restoration industry standards, whether the source is a small kitchen fire or a large-scale conflagration. 

Why is Professional Cleanup for Fire Damage Necessary?

Fire restoration companies are necessary for multiple reasons:

  • Technicians complete training from the IICRC and SERVPRO to understand the intricacies of fire damage, including how soot particles spread and react to various materials and stimuli. This understanding allows them to remove fire damage more effectively. 
  • Professionals like those at SERVPRO can also render emergency services like packouts, debris removal, and board-ups for damaged windows and doors. Roof tarping services are also available for homes with damaged roofing
  • Restoration professionals can help homeowners with their insurance claims by providing such evidence as a photo or video documentation of damaged items, detailed inventory lists, and cost estimates for necessary repairs related to the disaster in question

If a small flare-up occurs, douse it with an extinguisher, baking soda, or salt. Water is not recommended for fires involving oils or fats because it can spread flames. Fires can spread quickly and cause thousands of dollars of damage within just a few minutes. If the disaster proves too large to handle, focus on ensuring home occupants are safe and call emergency services to control the flames. Before an emergency occurs, consider putting necessary paperwork, including insurance information, somewhere easy to reach safely before exiting the property. 

After the fire has been addressed, homeowners should contact insurers immediately to start the claims filing process. It is typically unnecessary to wait to begin repairs until an adjuster has evaluated the property, which means homeowners can contact restoration specialists like SERVPRO to inspect and give estimates for cleanup. Depending on the scale of the damage, homeowners may be able to stay at the property. However, insurance may cover hotel accommodations for large-scale damages depending on the policy's terms. 

SERVPRO Fire Cleanup Tools Remove Smoke Stains and Odors 

Fire and smoke damage restoration by SERVPRO is available for small and large disasters alike, 24 hours a day. This responsiveness minimizes potential damage to structures and contents and can save homeowners significantly on repair and replacement expenses. 

Cleanup services may include the following: 

  • Manual cleanup of lighter, dry soils with dry cleaning sponges, agitation tools, dust cloths, or gentle EPA-registered detergents
  • Heavy-duty cleaning with such methods as immersion, abrasion blasting, or ultrasonic cleaners 
  • Thermal fogging releases dry solvents in a cloud of thick smoke to chemically bind to and eliminate odor-causing particles

SERVPRO can also perform water damage mitigation for homes that require emergency fire suppression. This mitigation process protects the property from potential mold growth and corrosion caused by corrosive soot exposed to water. After cleanup is finished, this crew can also perform necessary rebuilding and move-back services for structures and contents.

Residents can contact the SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont team at (617) 864-7378. Our commitment to cleanup ensures that homes are successfully restored in full, "Like it never even happened."

The Factors That Impact Water Damage Drying

1/11/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician showing a homeowner a moisture meter in a water damaged kitchen A water leak can escalate into a bigger problem. Contact the SERVPRO team in Cambridge if you are dealing with any water damage.

SERVPRO Water Cleanup Preserves Cambridge Homes

Moisture, regardless of the source, can put additional stress on homeowners. While minor damages may seem only to need a few fans to dry, this DIY solution might not prove sufficient for moisture inside walls or ceiling cavities. This unseen damage impacts framing, insulation, wiring, and even plumbing. Mold can start proliferating within just one to two days. Professional water restoration can save Cambridge residents time and money while keeping their belongings safer from damage, even for small disasters.

SERVPRO addresses water removal needs for Cambridge homeowners 24 hours a day with a suite of tools tailored to the job. This equipment, along with SERVPRO's repertoire of EPA-registered biocides, can eliminate water-related odors, microbes, and moisture. 

How Long Does Water Damage Take to Dry?

The answer to this particular question depends on various factors, which can include:

  • Ambient temperature and humidity levels
  • The extent of impacted structures and contents
  • The materials affected and their individual drying needs
  • Whether the damage was sudden or gradual 
  • Whether mold is present

Professionals can resolve many clients' cleanup needs within hours of a property owner's call. Larger-scale disasters can take days to restore the property entirely. The most crucial part of this process is that homeowners act quickly after noticing water damage. The faster it is spotted after it occurs, the more efficiently technicians can clean it without additional concerns like extensive home repairs or mold remediation. 

While DIY solutions can sometimes prove sufficient, this often does not guarantee that the disaster is fully addressed. Moisture can still exist inside wall cavities and other structural materials. On top of that, materials like wood, concrete, fabric, and drywall all require different types of care and react to moisture differently. Positioning several fans in a wet laundry room or kitchen, for example, may seem like enough to address the problem. However, it can unintentionally create secondary water damage without adequate dehumidification

How SERVPRO Handles Water Cleanup, Drying, and Rebuilding

SERVPRO professionals can address moisture-related concerns with a meticulous inspection process, powerful extraction and drying tools, and sanitation solutions that can remediate odors and microbes. 

  • Before implementing a water damage plan, technicians inspect walls, flooring, carpet, and contents to determine moisture levels with pin-type and pinless moisture meters. Infrared cameras can determine the presence of moisture inside ceilings, walls, or floors. At the same time, thermohygrometers help technicians establish current relative humidity compared to a clean, dry area of the home if possible.
  • After formulating a plan of action and clearing it with homeowners, technicians can focus on extracting excess moisture, typically performed with extraction units. While there is rarely standing water present after damage occurs, SERVPRO can address it when present with the vacuum component of an extractor. Submersible sump pumps can remove water two inches or deeper. Extraction may take several passes to reach adequate moisture levels to begin drying but makes the overall process hundreds of times faster.
  • Technicians position air movement equipment for maximum water mitigation, pulling residual moisture off surfaces for refrigerant coil dehumidification units to collect. Heavily impacted structural materials with minimal other objects present may require high-powered desiccant dehumidifiers.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and can implement restoration tools when homeowners need them most. Call SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont at (617) 864-7378 for responsive restoration and build-back services.

Cambridge Mold Cleanup with Commercial-Grade SERVPRO Tools

1/11/2023 (Permalink)

Mold damage on the walls and debris on the floor When you discover mold damage in your Cambridge home, contact SERVPRO. We are Here to Help.

Understanding Microbial Mitigation Versus Mold Removal

Mold damage is a disaster complication that does not exist in a vacuum. Microbes live in all properties and only require one disaster, like a pipe leak or a home fire doused with water, to accelerate their growth and spread. Microbes are especially damaging to structural materials because they eat by releasing digestive enzymes that harm porous, organic materials like wood and sheetrock.

SERVPRO Cambridge mold remediation specialists are equipped to render restoration services around the clock for properties in need. This team is committed to keeping damage to a minimum while maximizing the benefits homeowners can receive from professional cleanup and restoration services. 

The Difference Between "Mold Removal" and Mold Mitigation

While it may seem like the terms are interchangeable, mold removal and mold remediation are two different processes. In short, the difference is that total spore removal is not possible, and the scope of this service may only be limited to removing the spores themselves. While this does help in the short term, it does not address the conditions that allow mold to continue growing. 

Meanwhile, mold mitigation focuses on the following:

  • Reducing spore populations to pre-disaster levels
  • Eliminating moisture, stagnant air, and debris that microbes subsist on for growth
  • Performing necessary demolition services to save walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Odor control and rebuilding where needed to return the home to a clean and livable condition

With these factors in mind, certified professionals best handle microbial cleanup who can resolve the problem in full. Highly trained crews like SERVPRO's are equipped with a repertoire of industrial-grade solutions and tools to address spore growth thoroughly. 

Another crucial question homeowners might have about the mitigation process is whether their insurance covers it. A comprehensive policy may include mold coverage, but many home insurance policies may require this to be added separately. It may only cover certain aspects of the cleanup. Microbial damage related to a pipe leak, for example, may have coverage for the spore remediation but not plumbing repairs for the damaged pipe. Residents can discuss this with their insurers to better understand their policy's terms. 

SERVPRO Tools are Designed to Remediate Mold Damage 

Mold remediation tools and strategies used by SERVPRO are tailored to both the disaster at hand and national standards for the restoration industry. This team's microbe-fighting arsenal includes:

  • EPA-registered biocides tailored to spore cleanup
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and containment measures for rooms and ductwork
  • HEPA filter vacuums and air scrubbers to collect spores as minuscule as 0.3 microns in diameter
  • SERVPRO drying equipment, including hot water extractors, air movers, and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, can effectively remediate water damage and humidity that enables mold damage to spread

Restoration technicians initially focus on establishing containment for mold to prevent it from spreading during cleanup. These measures can include designing "clean rooms" for decontaminating equipment, sealing doors, windows, and ductwork, and setting up sealed polyethylene chambers. SERVPRO also performs debris removal for homeowners, including removing unsalvageable carpets, mattresses, or insulation.

After debris and spore clusters are removed from the home, technicians focus on reducing moisture with extraction, air movement, and dehumidification, which can dry out remaining microbes and make them easier to collect. SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians can address spore odors. 

When property owners need mitigation and restoration services, they can call SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont at (617) 864-7378 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Damage Remediation Done the Right Way in Cambridge

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

Close Up of Mold Don’t let your property be a victim of mold damage, SERVPRO is only a call away.

Cambridge Mold Damage Remediator Saves Local Homes 

Every year, countless Cambridge residents deal with mold and the various kinds of damage it causes. Some homeowners merely see it as a minor inconvenience that can be ignored, while others don’t know what to do about it. However, you should know that such fungal outbreaks can quickly morph into significant problems, and services like SERVPRO can help.

SERVPRO is a Cambridge mold damage cleanup and restoration firm that has developed detailed, time-tested procedures for effectively handling mold and its effects. These methods have proven highly effective in both containing the fungus and decontaminating rooms fouled with it. Our mold specialists have employed them whenever they do basement mold remediation, bathroom mold removal, deal with attic mold, or attempt to resolve other related problems. SERVPRO’s containment procedures are as follows:



  • Contaminated rooms are identified, clean rooms are marked, and decontamination zones are established so that fouled materials and equipment can be cleaned before they are brought into unaffected places.
  • Barriers like plastic sheeting are used to seal doorways between impacted and clean rooms to contain mold and prevent its spread.
  • Negative air pressure is then established in these mold-damaged spaces to mitigate further issues.
  • Fungal spores are kept out of HVAC ductwork by sealing the system’s vents, thereby preventing them from traveling to other parts of the home.

Our company’s decontamination plan of action involves the following:



  • First, remove any rotting wooden furnishings/objects and extensively mold-affected, porous things like carpeting, drywall, insulation, and fabrics.
  • Next, cleaning salvageable, semi-porous materials like concrete or wood with a HEPA vacuum, and then the most appropriate abrasive method. 
  • Then, restore dry, nonporous surfaces like metals, glass, or plastics with HEPA vacuuming and cleaning soiled materials using damp wiping with a detergent. 

Keeping our methods in mind, call SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont the next time you need mold damage clean up. Call us anytime at (617) 864-7378 for assistance.

Fast Solutions for Water Removal in Cambridge Offices

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Let your local SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont professionals resolve your water damage problems.

Mitigation Tools for Effective Water Removal

Mitigation is important in commercial water repairs and recovery, especially in larger, open spaces in traditional office buildings. Our fast response to these emergencies ensures that we have the appropriate mitigating equipment deployed throughout the structure to remove standing water and protect damaged contents and building materials from irreparable harm. We prioritize extraction in several forms.

Standing Water Removal

Removing pooling from the surface of office flooring is one of the first objectives and obstacles of water removal in Cambridge buildings. Standing water threatens the entire building, spreading and migrating from the source until extraction stops this process. We have several removal tools used for this purpose, including truck-mount pumps and trash pumps that can be used with:

  • Light wands
  • Squeegee wands
  • Carpet wands

Carpet Wand Extraction

The common use of short pile, glue-down carpeting can make the cleanup of surface water somewhat of a challenge. The thin layer of carpeting rapidly becomes overwhelmed by water, and the underlying concrete subflooring is non-porous. Preserving the carpet after surface water extraction means using carpet wands to lift out trapped moisture in the fibrous flooring.

Enough Air Movers for Large Buildings

Air movers play a critical role in regulating airflow through some of the larger, open spaces typical of office buildings. Axial units are the most effective in open areas, promoting continual air movement where needed most. Centrifugal units have an impeller to push air through at a high velocity. These units can be daisy-chained together to focus direct blasts of warm air on moist surfaces with trapped water for effective evaporation rates. 

Water removal for office buildings and other commercial structures calls upon many of the Large Loss tools in our inventory. Our SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont team shows We're Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (617) 864-7378.

Handle Storm Flood Damage in Cambridge with SERVPRO's Help

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Floor and Wall When a flood hits your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

Opt for Expert Storm Flood Damage Restoration in Cambridge

People living in areas free of flooding need help to understand the damage's significance. The floodwater brings debris, soil, sewage, refuse, or deceased animals. Moisture collecting in areas hidden from you can cause the growth of mold and other microbes on your fabrics, drywall, and carpets.

Flood damage is a source of stress, immense losses, and economic downfalls if professionals do not handle the restoration process. SERVPRO provides round-the-clock storm flood damage repair in Cambridge. We have well-trained and certified technicians. We are equipped with advanced equipment to handle any situation. Since water affects almost everything it comes into contact with, our SERVPRO team ensures the safety of the homeowners and all the residents by inspecting the following for damage: plaster, drywall, wood, insulation, floor coverings, framing, electrical wiring, HVAC, pipes, and appliances.

Our team considers factors like the water volume and the damage's severity to restore your home efficiently. To remove the odors the floodwater leaves behind, SERVPRO deodorizes the house, with the initial step involving the removal of moisture. Some of the deodorization methods we use include:

  • Direct spraying where discoloration is not likely to happen or where it does not matter.
  • Wet fogging. Our SERVPRO technicians use Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Foggers to dispense solvent-based and water-based deodorizers.
  • Hot/thermal dry fogging. We use dry or thermal fogging equipment to dispense solvent-based deodorants.
  • Air scrubbers to remove chemicals, odors, and airborne particles from the air.
  • Venting fan boxes are high-velocity ventilators that shorten the time required for occupants to return.

Deodorization works to improve indoor air quality to make it easier for you to live in the house. Please don't allow the floodwater to sit on your home for long since it can incur more damage, making it difficult or impossible to restore.

For a fast and efficient restoration process, contact SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont at (617) 864-7378. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Does SERVPRO Ventilate During Fire Restoration in Cambridge?

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

 Storm Damage Call SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont at (617) 864-7378 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Helps Cambridge Clients Avoid Airborne Smoke Residues 

Many of our clients in Cambridge want to immediately enter their homes or buildings to recover family heirlooms and other valuable items after a fire. Some will ignore the guidance of the fire department to wait until the fire is completely out and the space has been thoroughly ventilated. There is real danger lurking inside your home. Among the hazards are slips and falls, live electrical wires, weakened support structures, and airborne smoke residues containing many toxic compounds.

SERVPRO provides fire restoration services to our clients in Cambridge and the surrounding area. We are very conscious of potential hazards, and our technicians ensure that the space is well ventilated, we turn the electrical system off, and structures are not in danger of collapsing. We ensure the area is safe for our team to enter. We can look for essential items and recover them before cleaning and restoration begin.

Ventilation is vital. Air movers remove nitrogen produced by burning organic materials and sulfur from burned inorganic materials. These chemicals are hydrocarbons, are quite toxic, and have been linked with cancer diagnoses. In addition, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and hydrogen chloride are also produced.

SERVPRO ventilates the space, removing most of the gasses emitted from debris. We remove all fire-damaged contents and structures and clean every surface to remove smoke residue from your home. SERVPRO can also assist with restoring and repairing your home after a fire in your home after we remove all smoke residues.

Our SERVPRO services include:

  • Smoke damage cleaning and remediation
  • Fire damage restoration
  • House fire cleanup, repair, and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont for fire restoration services. We provide service to Cambridge and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (617) 864-7378.

Fire Damage Restoration Variables in Belton Homes

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Chairs on fire Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now!

Belmont Fire Damage Cleanup with SERVPRO - What to Expect

If your Belmont home catches fire, you face the challenging task of fire damage restoration. Despite the traumatic experience, you must act fast to prevent further destruction. Any delay could worsen material deterioration.

Before embarking on fire damage restoration processes in Belmont properties, it is highly recommended that you inform your insurance provider. That way, the initial claim can readily cover all the damages. Having to deal with insurance companies can be nerve-wracking at times. SERVPRO helps smooth the process by working directly with adjusters. Our teams inspect the damages and help you clean your property to its former state.

Areas to be inspected include:

  • Roof
  • Plumbing and heating
  • Interior walls and framing
  • Windows

A fire causes an array of issues on the onset. Soot settles quickly into items and surfaces, and if it is wet soot, it damages textured and porous materials significantly. When combined with water, it forms a corrosive solution that can damage metal objects. It also increases conductivity, thus the risk of shorts in electronics which may leave some items irreparable. Smoke also causes a putrid smell that needs professional intervention.

Only a trained person should enter a fire scene because fire damage is unpredictable and may pose particular risks that only professionals can identify. Therefore safety should be a priority even after the fire is out. There are also specialized equipment and techniques necessary for cleanup that only professionals can perform effectively.

Cleaning and deodorizing textiles

Unfortunately, not every item can be saved; however, for small fires, SERVPRO crews help restore surfaces and eliminate the smoke odor. We also assist with more challenging things, especially carpets and upholstery. Special care is needed when cleaning and deodorizing textiles.

Textile restoration may involve:

  • Performing several wash cycles
  • Using specialized cleaning products to prevent yellowing
  • Expediting drying to avoid bad odor

SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont has experience in fire damage restoration and thus helps manage and complete the most difficult or dangerous cleanup processes. Call us at (617) 864-7378. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Handles all Water Damage Restoration in Cambridge

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech at work Water damage restoration is no DIY project. Let SERVPRO technicians handle al the work for you, from start to finish.

Rapid Water Removal in Cambridge Halts Deterioration

Any property disaster, including water intrusion events, worsens the longer you hesitate to act. It can be overwhelming to address such a disaster, which could lead to delays in taking action. Making plans ahead of time for an emergency can help you see your Cambridge property restored speedily after water damage occurs.

A complete Cambridge water damage restoration process has many steps. It considers all the small, essential details that otherwise could remain unnoticed, causing further and severe problems in the future. Water can get into seemingly unusual places. Therefore, restoration by experts involves cleaning and deodorizing such areas. Sanitation and odor removal are also part of the process. SERVPRO is quick to implement these steps to lessen the potential long-term damage. Our professionals are compassionate and want to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Excess moisture causes issues such as:

  • Microbial growth
  • Damage to content
  • Poor indoor air quality

The need for swift action is because standing water becomes more contaminated if not treated and removed, thus creating a perfect condition for microbial growth and damage to contents. Without proper water extraction, decontamination and drying, many long-term effects can take hold in a home. SERVPRO technicians specialize in restoring and repairing water damage using advanced equipment that, among other things, helps extract standing water and detect hidden moisture.

Factors determining restoration

The restoration resources required usually depend on various things, ranging from simple vacuuming and drying to complete reconstruction projects. Submersible pumps, truck-mounted vacuums, and portable wet/dry vacuums effectively extract water.

SERVPRO performs additional inspections to determine the remaining moisture levels and identify whether the floors and carpeting need to be removed.

Considerations during restoration

  • The class and category of water destruction
  • Exposure time
  • The permeability level of materials affected

SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont IICRC has certified experts that provide thorough and effective water recovery services. They follow the best industry practices of keeping up-to-date on the latest cleanup techniques. You can reach us at (617) 864-7378. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What to Expect From Mold Removal Companies in Belmont

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on a white wall and ceiling SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience for all mold remediation services needed for your home.

Effective Mold Damage Cleanup for Belmont Homeowners

Mold is undesirable in your Belmont home. Over time, it can accumulate, leading to removal challenges. It is unpleasant when damp materials such as wood change color and rot. When you discover contamination in your home, you may be tempted to clean it yourself, but such remediation is best left to professionals.

Among the mold removal companies in Belmont, SERVPRO helps clean moldy surfaces on your property, reversing any damage it may have done. Our teams know what a homeowner should expect and the industry standards. We know mold remediation can be overwhelming, and we understand that every home and circumstance is unique. As such, we stick to proven processes to remove mold contaminants and keep infestations from returning.

Some major steps for effective mold remediation

  • Defining the job scope
  • Correcting the moisture problem
  • Establishing protection measures
  • Cleaning and restoring the damaged surfaces

SERVPRO offers comprehensive surface and indoor air quality inspections to define the extent of the necessary work that technicians should do. Our crew talks you through all your options and tailors a plan that fits your budget and needs. We also determine whether there is a leak problem or high interior humidity as these are common moisture sources that set the stage for mold growth in houses.

Dealing with mold

The key to effective mold remediation is containing contaminants, a process involving sealing off the area with plastic sheeting and establishing negative air pressure in the contaminated areas. The method we choose to clean mold depends on the surface type and damage degree. Many materials, including porous ones like carpets, insulation, wallpaper, mattresses, and plush furniture like sofas, cannot be adequately cleaned or restored after being contaminated with mold. You must remove and discard them.

Mold removal techniques

  • Scrubbing with antimicrobial cleaners
  • Dry-ice blasting technique
  • Wire brushing to break up the mold
  • Sanding

SERVPRO of Cambridge / Belmont is among the best mold remediation companies that clean mold-infested materials using advanced equipment, fully restoring the area. Call us at (617) 864-7378. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.