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Beverly-Rockport-Gloucester-Hamilton: How to handle Extreme Cold

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

Survive DURING

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

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We are Faster to any Size Disaster!!

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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. 

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Water Damage is the Keystone of our Business.

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We are trained in and know how to use technology to answer the questions you may have regarding your water loss.  This is exactly what we do-call us and put your mind at ease!  978-927-8665. We use moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry!  We handle all kinds of water issues from an overflowing toilet to "the ocean is now in my basement!", to roof leaks to burst water pipes to overflowing washing machines to failed sump pumps.  And, surfaces that range from a concrete basement to entirely finished basement living areas to exotic hardwood flooring  to custom tiles, custom carpet and one of a kind area rugs.  Because water finds it's way everywhere, we also often times end up cleaning out basements. I have been told by many homeowners that having the water issue in their basement sure made easy work of the basement clean out!

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We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, we are strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency, so Beverly residents can expect an immediate response, day or night.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

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24/7 Water Emergency Services

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SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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

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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable.  You need an expert to guide you through the crisis. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann

    SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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. 

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Is that Mold?

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One of the largest factors in mold survival 101 is the amount of moisture that is located within the air. Mold will grow anywhere on any substance where dampness is present.  Most people do not realize as well as causing mold, excess moisture can also contaminate the air as well. Mold that is located within your home is a source of pollution all in itself.  Mold particles can release toxic particles that will emanate and infiltrate the air that you are breathing in. Also, not to mention the fact that dampness itself can cause water vapor, which eventually will turn into microbial growth leading to more mold and now we are caught in a cycle. Making sure the moisture levels are maintained can affect the cleanliness of the air.

But there are many other things you can do to reduce the growth of mold and keep the air around you clean. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann

Ventilation

Quick, easy and most importantly…  free! Making sure that you keep your windows open whenever it is possible will ensure a healthy dose of air circulation.

Extractor Fans

Gas stoves and cooking pollutants in the kitchen as well as aerosol sprays and fragranced products in the bathroom are responsible for these rooms being high-toxin areas, so use extractor fans to ensure the air is regularly cleared. If you do not have a fan ventilating in a bathroom where showers are located, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann would recommend installing one.  Bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold, especially one without a vent.

Clean

Making sure all surfaces are regularly cleaned and dusted especially bathroom and kitchens are a must. Vacuuming and dusting are major when trying to prevent mold and particles from getting into your air.

Dehumidifiers

These are a must! Every indoor space should have one of these as it is the perfect weapon against excess moisture, which could lead to black ceilings, paint, and wallpaper peeling off.  Not to mention the fact that it will help protect your personal belongings and keep your food fresher for longer.

Plants

Plants one might ask? Other than just looking pretty, indoor plants, especially leafy greens, are key in helping to eliminate airborne pollutants. Thus in turn, purifying the air. So next time your out and about maybe think of purchasing a few leafy green plants to put throughout your home! 

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Beverly/ Cape Ann Specializes in Water Damage

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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 Beverly 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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

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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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 978-927-8665 

We are open 24 Hours a Day & Days A week

Great Things Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

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Let's just put it out there.... Usually when we encounter our customers, it is not a fantastic time for social interaction! Our crews arrive to your home ready and able to remediate any emergency, water, fire, or biohazard. And you will be put at ease by their knowledge and experience. They know how to handle your emergency and you can tell! 

SERVPRO Of Beverly/ Cape Ann Is Available 24/7 365 Days a Year, Holidays, Weekends and evenings included!!

Emergencies in your home know no clock or calendar! And they certainly do not abide by YOUR SCHEDULE! Or when you were planning on organizing your basement.

Our crew's arrive promptly, prepared and ready with the knowledge they need to remediate your emergency.

We have added 3 vehicles to our fleet since last year so we are ready to serve you efficiently. We have added over 20 pieces of new equipment, which are cleaned and sanitized after each and every single use so as not to cross contaminate, to better serve you. Plus countless other tools required to do our jobs... Both in the field and in the office. New computers, new printers, and a well functioning air conditioner which is key for hot summer days!

call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann 978-927-8665. We are Here To Help! We are open 24/7 Including weekends and holidays.

#1 Choice in Water Restoration!

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SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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: 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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)? SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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. 

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Here in Our Community.

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Advice from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:  "If asbestos containing material is in good condition, the best thing you can do is leave it alone."

Unfortunately, IICRC standards says removal of some amount of building materials in necessary in a high percentage of our jobs due to contamination.  What does that mean?  If we are removing any amount of building materials from your home, the said building material needs to be tested for asbestos levels, without fail before the materials are removed from your home.  What does this mean to you?  It means we are "on hold" with your project temporarily.  We contact a valuable asset, an Industrial Hygienist, who will contact you our customer, to make arrangements to come to your home to perform asbestos testing.  The Industrial Hygienist will take samples of the material we are looking to remove, and the samples are sent to a lab for asbestos testing.  We are usually notified within 2-3 days with the results...whether any of the building materials contain asbestos or not.  If there is asbestos in the materials, we need bring in an outside asbestos abatement company to provide an estimate for you (and your insurance company)and ultimately perform the asbestos abatement.

The reasons for the multi steps is simple. #1) if we skip this step, the fine from the MA DEP reaches into the thousands of dollars.  #2)What does this mean to you and your home?  It goes back to the MASS. DEP advice..."If asbestos containing material is in good condition, the best thing to do is leave it alone."  If the material needs to be removed from your home, it is no longer in good condition due to your loss.  If a saw is used on drywall or joint compound to remove the drywall, and your furnace is turned on, these asbestos articulates now become airborne! And they use the heating vents as highways.  You are now breathing in this dust, and the dust is airborne.  Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, the professionals regarding the proper way to take care of your home! 

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When a Storm Hits SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is Ready!

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When a Storm Hits - SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is Ready, and ready to go! SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann have Highly Trained Technicians who will come right out in your time of need, no matter what time day or night including weekends and holidays. We know the importance of how important it is to get right out to help.  

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! 978-927-8665. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is ready and here to help. 

We are open 24 Hours a Day 7 Days a week including Nights, Weekends, and Holidays. Give us a call today 978-927-8665

Water loss Timeline, What You Need To Know

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Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business and neither do we. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week including 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 much more. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann arrives quickly and starts water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning restoration costs. 

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 wrap.

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 spreads and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

Hours 48 to a 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 biohazzard contamination is possible.

More than A week

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically, replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, Mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risk to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property. Our staff is equipped and Highly Trained in water restoration.

Our TES Trailer can Provide you Heat

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SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann provide heat and power if you there is a power outage in our community, we are locally owned and operated so we can be faster to any size disaster. Eliminate the possibility of frozen pipes, water damage, mold damage and other related damages with a simple fix.  Call us and we will deliver and set up our TES trailer to have you back up and running with heat in no time!

There are many situations to use this magical trailer.  We recently used it for a multi-unit residential building to aid in drying some of the materials and contents.

During last winter's storms it was used to stabilize a home from further water damage during a period of power outage and sub zero weather.  Had the trailer not been set up to heat this home, the house, materials and contents would have never dried.  The entire home would have resembled a frozen snowball. And when this is the word used to describe your home, that is not good! 

Storms can bring High Winds, Floods, Surges, Power Outages and much more, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here in your community no matter what time of day or night including Weekends and holidays.

Let us provide temporary heat where you need it. Protect your investment! 

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Commercial or Residential Bio-Hazard Cleanup

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Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do’s and don’ts after a contamination. Let the professionals come out and clean it right.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Situations that contain any biohazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call 978-927-8665.

Did you Know!

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Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today at 978-927-8665.

Mold Problem in your Commercial Property?

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Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present health effects for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – 978-927-8665

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann training and certifications.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician. 

Call us Today here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann 978-927-8665 we are open 24/7

Fire Damage's no Problem.

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After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call  SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, which is available 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our crew with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 4: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO Beverly/Cape Ann will use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Don't Let Smoke and Soot get in the Way!

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Ice Damns and Their Hidden Damages?

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Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester by the Sea residents Make SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann your winter storm damage restoration company! Call us:978-927-8665

ICE DAMS AND HIDDEN DAMAGE

Ice Dams form when snow or ice  accumulates on the surface of your roof, causing a “dam” at the edge of an in-insulated part of a roof, such as an overhang or eve. As the heating system heats the home and attic space throughout the day, snow and ice begin to melt from the heated areas and drips off of the roof.

Though beautiful, icicles form and begin to build up ice on the edge of the uninsulated part of the roof. Beneath this top layer water runs down into the gutter and then refreezes then continues over time to cause a large amount of ice build up over the top of the gutter. Water then starts to pool on your roof and seep back under your shingles, metal roofing or any other roofing system. 

As the ice melts again, it seeps into your attic and eventually comes through areas of the structure, resulting in water damage. This can cause damage to drywall, insulation, and framing materials. It can also be an incubation point for mold inside the wall cavity or external walls, ceiling, and even the attic. It can even potentially cause dry rot to the framing materials and reduce the structural integrity of the structure. Wet building materials can start to have a strong musty odor as well.

Ice dams can cause a large amount of damage to a commercial or residential structure. They can cause mold damage and even dry rot. If ice builds up too much it can even rip off rain gutters from the weight of the ice.

Here are a few easy preventative measures to reduce the potential for ice dams:

1.Check the attic for proper insulation. 
2.String waterproof electric heat tape through your gutters to keep them from freezing and building up with ice.
3.Keep the snow off of your roof. If snow is building up on your roof, get it shoveled off to eliminate the melting of the bottom layer.

If you have any questions about ice dams, water damage or mold feel free to call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann:978-927-8665.

Flooded Basement Cleanups no Problem

3/2/2021 (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 Beverly 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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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

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Fire Check List.

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire checklist, the following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you and your family after a fire strikes.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the red cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines. 
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property. Conducting inventory and contacting "Fire Restoration Services." If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for Aid and assistance. 
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter, Be sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities   are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. Do not attempt to reconnect  utilities yourself. 
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made. Try to locate valuable documents and records. Refer to information on contacts and the replacement. 
  • If you leave your home, contact your local police department to let them know your home will be unoccupied.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money spend related to the fire/loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on the income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company about the fire. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 978-927-8665. 

We take on Storm Damage

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

  • A Blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe.
  • Heavy Rain causes surface water to pool around your home.
  • A sewer Backup.
  • Foundation Drainage Failure. 
  • Water Supply-line break or a hot-water tank failure.
  • Sump pump Failure
  • Storm Surges, High Winds

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann specializes in storm and flood damage restoration, our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24 Hours a Day 7 Days a Week including Holidays and weekends. If you occur a flooding, Sump Pump failure, or Broken pipes. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here for you in your time in need. Call us today 978-927-8665

Commercial Water Restoration.

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

When cleaning up areas of your home after Flooding and sewer damage is awful no matter what, but cleaning up the Bathroom can be especially tedious, if you ever face a sewer backup in your bathroom, there are a few things that are helpful to know to speed up proper cleanup and a safe and sanitary home.

  1. Call for Help. 

If you suspect you have damaged sewer lines, call your sewer company to schedule an inspection to protect your home from future mold or rot issues after a toilet overflow, call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann we specialize in water restoration, you can rest assure that flood water has not crept into places you can see.

 2. Dry the Area.

Though you may be tempted to sanitize your bathroom immediately after a toilet overflow, you should not do so before you start drying out the affected area. Whether you are dealing with a flooded toilet or entire basement, the first thing you should do is utilize heavy duty vacuums, drainage systems and fans to remove all water.

 3. Sanitize. 

After drying the area, sanitize it as best you can. Flood water resulting from sewer damage can be toxic, so be thorough in your cleaning processes. Once the area is dry from the first round of Sanitizer, you should plan to disinfect it one more time.

 4. Dehumidify. 

The presence of excess water in the bathroom often welcome's lingering humidity which only encourages mold growth in spaces affected by sewer water, during the process of drying, sanitizing and restoring, you should be sure that a dehumidifier is always running.

Cleaning up the after math of sewer damage doesn't have to be a nightmare, by getting ahead start on the problem and calling the professionals, you can have your home clean and dry again in no time.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and holidays call us today 978-927-8665

Before the Storm!

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

If a Severe Storm hit's New England would you and your family be prepared and ready. Severe weather or a Storm can come in many different forms including Storm Surges, Tornadoes, High Winds, and Flooding. It's not to late to prepare and stock up.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann has some tips to help you be ready.

  1. Have a backpack for each family member in your home with a couple of outfits, personal hygiene items and medication (if needed), in case you need to leave quickly.
  2. Make sure to fill up you gas tank before a storm, just in case.
  3. Stock up on drinking water and non-perishable food enough for you and your family.
  4. Stock up on Flashlights and Batteries.
  5. Make sure to close all your storm windows and shutters.
  6. Charge all cell phones, Tablets, Laptops in case you lose power.
  7. Have activities for your children, coloring books, crayons, markers, board games, playing cards, etc.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and holidays. If you encounter Water Damage Due to a Storm call us today 978-927-8665

Emergency Services

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Green truck in front of building SERVPRO on the site

In late September SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann became aware that Northshore Education Consortium School in Beverly needed fast emergency services right away, after their water tank on the roof starting leaking through 3 floors causing devastating flooding throughout the school. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann was onsite within the hour to help a neighbor in our community. We knew the importance of getting the school back up and running so the children can get back to class. We stayed with Northshore Education Consortium from start to finish, taking every precaution possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with their insurance, managing all aspects of work including subcontractors. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is Honored to have helped such an important institution in their time of need. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and holidays, call us if you need emergency services @ 978-927-8665 

Water Damage Emergency

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

In late September SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann became aware that Northshore Education Consortium School in Beverly needed fast emergency services right away, after their water tank on the roof starting leaking through 3 floors causing devastating flooding throughout the school. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann was onsite within the hour to help a neighbor in our community. We knew the importance of getting the school back up and running so the children can get back to class. We stayed with Northshore Education Consortium from start to finish, taking every precaution possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with their insurance, managing all aspects of work including subcontractors. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is Honored to have helped such an important institution in their time of need. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and holidays, call us if you need emergency services @ 978-927-8665 

Commercial Water Damage

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Mother nature is no joke when a storm comes through Beverly/ Cape Ann. It poses numerous threats to your property whether it be your home or business. Storms could bring Strong Winds, Hail, Falling Tree's and Coastal Flooding, Which can cause extreme damages to Home or Business. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including night's weekends, and Holidays, If you occur Water damages do to a storm call us right away we will come right out and start our water restoration process right away, We can remove your contents if needed, start extracting water and drying your property. SERVPRO is here to help.. Call us today and talk to one of our friendly staff member's 978-927-8665. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann takes pride in helping our community. There is no job to big or to small, we will stay with you from beginning to end  

WILL YOU BE READY?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/ or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is ready to respond any time of day or night.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann to help make it "Like it never even happened," at 1-978-927-8665.

OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK.

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and Holidays 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 978-927-8665. 

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 Beverly/ Cape Ann has specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage 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 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 DAMAGE HOME OR BUSINESS.

* WHEN DID THE FLOODING OR WATER DAMAGE OCCUR.

* WHAT CAUSED THE WATER DAMAGE (IF KNOWN)

* IS THERE ELECTRICITY AVAILABLE (ON-SITE)

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann specializes in cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a Fire, Smoke, or Water damage event.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

There are lots of reasons why a sump pump can fail for number of reasons, which can include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages, surges, or improper installation. There are very simple steps you can take to prolong the life of your sump pump. When shopping for the best sump pump, look for pumps that are built to last. Having a quality sump pump and backup system will take care of many of the top reasons for sump pump failure.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS WHY A SUMP PUMP MAY FAIL. 

1. Lack of maintenance. 

2. Age of the pump.

3. Electrical power outages or power surges.

4. Improper Installation. 

5. Incorrectly sized pump. 

Your not alone, If this happens to you call us SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann, We are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and holidays 978-927-8665. We will stay with you from start to finish.  

COVID-19 and HOLIDAYS!!!!!

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann understands everyone wants to be with family and friends during the Holidays, But this year has been hard on all of us with COVID-19, especially since we are use to being around loved ones and friends during the Holiday season. Try to keep your gathering small and wear your mask if you can't social distance to ensure the safety for you and your love ones and friends. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann cares about our community, Here are some useful tips.

  • Wear a mask.
  • open a window to get fresh air in.
  • Have a fan on blowing the air around.
  • Wipe down common touched surfaces- Bathroom Sinks, Toilets, Door Knobs, Kitchen Sink, Light Switches, Ect.
  • Wash your Hands. 

SERVPRO of Beverly of Beverly/ Cape Ann wants to Wish Everyone A Happy, Safe, Holiday.

Call us Today 978-927-8665 We are open 24 Hours 7 Days a Week including Weekends and Holidays. 

5 most common reasons for house fires

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

1. Despite overall progress reducing in home fires, Fire safety facts show cooking fires have remained steady.

Here are some factors.

  • Not keeping an eye on the stovetop, ovens, and other cooking equipment.
  • Placing flammable materials too close to heat
  • Improperly throwing out or disposing of hot material
  • Leaving heat generating appliances on after cooking- or turning them on accidentally. 

2. Heating takes second place among the top fire Hazards in the home- with electric heaters and fire places bearing much of the blame.

No surprise that winter months see a disproportionately large share of space-heater and fireplace-related fires in December, January, and February as there are in the other nine months of the year combined.

3. Fire safety facts- electrical fires are single-most damage source of Ignition.

Some Common causes of home electrical fires include.

  • Faulty outlets and old appliances.
  • Bulbs with wattages that are too high for the fixture.
  • Misuse of extension cords.
  • Wiring that cant handle the demands of modern electrical devices. 

4. Smoking Fires join the top fire Hazards in the home as less common but extremely lethal events

 5. Only 1 in 5 home fires with candles, but they cause their fair share of harm. 

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THANKSGIVING FIRE TIPS

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving by the numbers
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths
Safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
More NFPA Thanksgiving-related information

If you do have a kitchen fire SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is here to get your family back to cooking!!  Our professional and experienced teams will remove the smoke, soot and fire damage from your home.  Even a small kitchen fire can leave a residue and odor.  Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 to get your home back in it's best condition for the holidays!!

Winter Is Coming

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Now that fall is officially here, it's time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

Some tips could include;

- If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan's blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. Energy Star says the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises). This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings -- and it might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings.

-If your home had lots of icicles last winter -- or worse, ice dams, which can cause meltwater to back up and flow into your house -- take steps to prevent potential damage this year. You will be happy you did!

-Turn of exterior faucets;
Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets.

Check and repair weather stripping before winter hits. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/essential-guide-to-weatherstripping

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TIPS FOR CLEANING!

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Leaves and Rake Yard, leaves, Rake

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann knows how important it is to be safe with Flu season approaching and Coronavirus spiking. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann put together some tips to keep your you and your family safe. Here are some tips that you should know. 

1. DOORKNOBS. 

Doorknobs are highly touched throughout your home and should be cleaned twice a day.

2. WASHER & DRYER.

Most people think washers and dryers are clean, but they can hold mold, mildew, and bacteria. There are solutions you can run in them once a month to make sure they are cleaned and sanitized.

3. REMOTE CONTROLS.

They should be wiped down throughout the day.

4. LAUNDRY BASKETS.

Laundry baskets hold dirty clothes which can leave behind bacteria. When you do laundry you should spray down your laundry basket with a disinfecting spray.

5. TRASH BARRELS. 

Trash barrels should be sprayed downed with a disinfecting spray when trash goes out.

6. BLANKETS & BED PILLOWS. 

Blankets and bed pillows should be washed once a week to prevent bacteria backup.

7. SHOWER CURTAINS & BATH MATS.

Shower curtains can hold mold, mildew, and bath mats can hold dirt. They should be washed once a week.

8. LIGHT SWICTHES. 

Light switches should be wiped down twice a day since they are highly touched throughout the day.

9. KITCHEN SINK AND DISHWASHERS.

your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. Make sure to clean the sink and dishwasher and commonly touched areas of your kitchen.

10. LIVING ROOM.

Be sure to spray a disinfecting spray daily over your couches.

Those are just some ideas from SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann to keep you and your family safe. 

Home Space Heater

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

In the colder months of the year, homeowners look for ways to make chilly areas warm and comfortable. While space heaters can be useful to keep small areas warm, it’s very important to use them with caution. In a 2010 study, it was found that space heaters caused 32 percent of all home heating fires but were involved in 79 percent of all home-heating related fire deaths. Fortunately, using a space heater can be safe if you follow these simple recommendations.

NFPA offers the following safety tips.  

Heating

  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Supervise children when a fireplace, fire pit, or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy, metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are even more common than flame burns.
  • All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never use your oven for heating.
  • Install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment, according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Have a qualified professional install the equipment.
    • Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is created when fuels burn incompletely. CO poisoning can cause illness and even death. Make sure the venting for exhaust is kept clear and unobstructed. This includes removal of snow and ice around the outlet to the outside.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.

Portable electric space heaters

  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
  • Place space heater on solid, flat surface.
  • Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.

Fuel burning space heaters

  • Always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.
  • When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside or in a well-ventilated area.
  • When using the heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.
  • In portable kerosene or other liquid-fueled space heaters, always use the proper grade of the proper fuel.
  • All new unvented gas-fired space heaters have an oxygen depletion sensor that detects a reduced level of oxygen in the area where the heater is operating and shuts off the heater before a hazardous level of carbon monoxide accumulates. If you have an older heater without this feature, replace it.
  • If the pilot light of your gas heater goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying again, do not allow gas to accumulate, and light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid risk of flashback.
  • If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not attempt to light the appliance. Turn off all the controls and open doors and window. Call a gas service person.

Wood burning stoves

  • Install the stove, chimney connectors and chimneys following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  • Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Start the fire with newspaper or kindling, never with a flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline.
  • Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate with water.
  • Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected at least once a year.

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is here to help you recover from any fire.  Our trained technicians will remove the smoke and soot from your home.  Saving your belongings and memories.  Call your neighbors when you need us 978-927-8665

Halloween Safety Tips

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Jack-o-lanterns Halloween pumpkins

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

Parents

  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Motorists

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

Our Water Restoration Process

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Knows what it takes to take on water damage, Were Highly Trained in Water Restoration it is the keystone of our business. We handle all kinds of water issues and overflowing toilet, roof leaks, a burst water pipe, sump pump failure, flooded basements. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here for you in your time of need no matter the day or time were open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

HAVE WATER OR FLOOD DAMAGE

Give us a call 978-927-8665.

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. SERVPRO has over 1,700 U.S and Canadian franchise locations. We are strategically positioned to be faster  to any size disaster. 

WE'RE HIGHLY TRAINED WATER DAMAGE SPECIALIST 

As a water damage specialist we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

WE USE ADVANCED DRYING EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety. 

Call us Today here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 were here for you no matter what time of day it is.   

Broken Pipes

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poising, and heart attacks from overexertion. Not only can winter storms bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds, and a winter storm can also cause pipes to burst, flooding, sump pump failures, and power outages.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can respond faster to any size disaster because we are locally owned and operated. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is professional, reliable and highly trained in water restoration, so we'll make it "Like it never even happened," and bring your home back to its pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will work with your Insurance Agency for a stress free claim process. We're here for you in your time of need. Call us here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann at 978-927-8665. We're open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and holidays.

Plan Ahead

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

With Hurricane Season very active this year, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann wants you to have some information. Hurricanes are dangerous and can cause major damage because of Storm Surge, Wind Damage, and Flooding. They can happen along any U.S coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. Storm Surge is historically the leading cause of Hurricane-Related deaths in the United States.

Know your Hurricane Risk. 

Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Find out how Rain, Wind, Water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now.

Make an Emergency Plan.

Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your Hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), and how it may affect your Hurricane planning, and don't forget a plan for the Office, and Children learning.

Gather Supplies.

Have enough supplies for your household to include Medications, Disinfectants supplies, Cloth face coverings, Pet supplies in your Go bag or in your car trunk.

Those with Disabilities. 

If you or anyone in your household is an individual with a disability, identify if you may need additional help during an emergency.

Know your Evacuation Zone.

You may have to evacuate quickly due to a Hurricane. Practice with your household, pets, and identify where you will stay.

Recognize Warnings and Alerts.

Have several ways to receive alerts and receive real-time alerts from the national weather service for up to five locations nationwide. 

Review important Documents. 

Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents like "ID" are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password protected digital space.

Strengthen your Home.

De-clutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture, consider Hurricane shutters.

Get Tech Ready.

Keep your cellphone charged when you know a Hurricane is in the forecast and purchase back-up charging devices to power electronics. 

Help your Neighborhood. 

Check with your neighbors, Senior Adults or those who may need additional help.

Prepare your Business.

Make sure your business has a continuity plan to continue operating when disaster strikes. 

Remember  SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Is open 24/7 Including weekends and Holidays.

When Disaster Strikes

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SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is getting ready for winter months ahead, so we put together some information that would be helpful. Make a plan today, your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you'll contact one and another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find. 

Step One: 

  1. Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family and friends to start your emergency plan. 
  2. How will I receive Emergency Alerts and Warnings?
  3. What is my shelter plan?
  4. What is my Evacuation route?
  5. What is my Family communication plan?
  6. Do I to update my Emergency preparedness kit?
  7. Check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and update my Emergency plans due to Coronavirus.

Step Two: 

  • As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how a network can assist each other with communication, care of children, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some of these factors when developing your plan. 
  • Different ages of members within your household.
  • Responsibilities for assisting others. 
  • Locations frequented.
  • Dietary needs.
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment.
  • Languages spoken.
  • Pets or service animals.
  • Household with school aged children. 

Make sure to practice with your family 

Fall is in the air.

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fall is in the air, the kids are going back to school, there's a chill in the in the air, and if you're like most homeowners, fall also means an opportunity to spruce up your yard and cut down on the work you'll need to do when the weather turns warm again. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned landscape professional or somebody who just wants their yard to look as good as it can with as little work as possible, everyone can benefit from backyard fall cleanup. A little bit of work in the fall will really pay off when spring rolls around again. 

  • Rake those leaves. Once the snow flies, an un-raked layer of leaves can get matted down over the turf and smother it all winter long. Raking or using a mulching mower in the fall helps avoid dead patches in the spring. But don't worry about getting every last leaf, especially in the garden. They help insulate plants, and as they decompose, they provide valuable nutrients.
  • Feed the grass. Fertilizing in the fall is like a day at the spa for your lawn. Using a slow-release fertilizer allows the grass to soak up nutrients and - just as important - spend the cool days and nights of autumn recovering from summer heat and stress. And building a healthy, rejuvenated lawn is one of the best ways to protect against heat, cold, drought, insects and other stresses.
  • Weed all about it. Weeding in the fall is probably the most valuable thing you can do to prepare for spring, and it's one that many people overlook. The good news: Pulling weeds used to be a backbreaking chore, but tools like the Weed Hound have come a long way from the tiny weeding forks of "the good old days." There's no reason to get down on your hands and knees and gouge at the turf. All you do is place the tool over the weed, step lightly on the footrest, and pull.
  • Remove thatch build-up. A build-up of aboveground roots called thatch prevents sunlight, oxygen and moisture from getting to the nutrient-hungry soil below. But it's easy to remove, especially if you don't wait until it overwhelms the yard. Just go at the yard with a dethatching rake in early fall, or for an easier - but more expensive - option, rent a power dethatcher.
  • Aerate. Heavy use throughout the summer can cause soil to become compacted. Perforating your lawn with small holes helps reduce compaction and lets water, air and fertilizer get down to the soil, which strengthens the grass plant's root structure. For smaller yards, a manual aerating tool that removes plugs from the turf while you step should be just fine. If you've got a larger yard, consider renting a power aerator.
  • Water trees and shrubs. Dehydration during the colder months is an all-too-common cause of tree damage, but it's easily preventable. To sustain them over the long winter, it's important to give trees a drink before putting them to bed. After they go fully dormant - but before the ground freezes - use a soaker hose or root irrigator to water them thoroughly.
  • Clean out your garden. Fruits and vegetables left in the garden can rot all winter long, and provide a comfy home for insect eggs. Gross? Not as gross as they'll be in the spring. Now's the time to get rid of diseased plants, too, but keep them out of the compost pile so the problem doesn't spread to the rest of your garden next year.
  • Plant spring bulbs. Fall is not all about closing up shop. It's also the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips. But pay attention to the weather in your area; planting too early can cause bulbs to sprout before winter, and planting them too late can mean their roots don't have enough time to develop before the ground freezes.
  • Give your tools a tune-up. When it comes time to put away the backyard tools for the season, don't just shove them into the garage or shed. Spend a few minutes wiping them down and removing debris and dirt, then apply a light layer of oil to keep them from rusting over the winter. That way they'll be all set to go again come spring.

Old Man Winter may be on his way, but with a little work now, you can lay the groundwork for a happy, healthy backyard that's ready to thrive next season.

# 1 Choice in Water Restoration Services!

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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: 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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)? SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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
  • About SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

Emergency Services 24 Hours a day 7 Days a week

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 - 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

We are all in this together. With the rising spike of COVID-19 all across the country, it's time to take action and fight back! SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here for you with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. 

You may ask what is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned and how is it important? Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann we use EPA registered disinfectants to touch point services in a variety of methods including but not limited to ULV fogging. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is designed to provide our communities with a way to know that your business, office, or home has been Cleaned, Sanitized, and Disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is highly trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice. If a structure is cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected as a part of our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure as well as a separate window decal which will be dated by one of our highly trained crew members to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected. We can schedule as little as one time or a recurring service to put you at ease. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is ready to help!

Call us today  978-927-8665,

Remember to continue to be safe.  

School Is Back in Session!!

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Hallway/ Lockers Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Whether you're going back in person or schooling from home, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann knows the importance of safety. But September is not only the month everyone goes back to class, as it is also National Preparedness Month! 

Different types of disasters and emergencies happen in communities across the country, but there are key steps that every household can take to be better prepared for them. Kids learn what to do at school so why not have some sort of a plan at home? Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that can help at home, work, and school.

Some tips can include:

  • Make a clear plan of what to do in an emergency, and in case of evacuation.
  • Identify clear key roles for everyone in your house.
  • Have a list of all the important things you may forget when an emergency occurs.
  • Have a disaster kit assembled for everyone in your household.
  • Have an out of the area emergency contact person saved on a smartphone.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts.  

Practice evacuating your home twice a year, especially if you have kids, infants, people with disabilities and seniors. This makes it a routine and can make a real emergency situation less stressful.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here for you 

Highly Trained technicians in water Restoration

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Be careful to take certain precautions after the storm has passed. Damage to your home can have a dramatic emotional impact, and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how to reenter your home. Having a plan, and being aware of certain risks, will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family after the storm.  

Keep these after the storm tips in mind:

  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid metal fences and other metal objects near downed lines. 
  • DO NOT use matches in a storm ravaged area until all gas lines are checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand).   
  • Stay tuned to local news organizations, such as a radio or television station, for important announcements, bulletin, and instructions concerning the storm area.
  • Remember that, after the storm, you may not have immediate access to your home. Emergency rescue crews, power crews and other personnel may be attending to special needs. Roads could be blocked, power lines could be down and people may be trapped and in need of assistance.  
  • Use a camera or camcorder to record thoroughly any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.  
  • In certain areas, the flooding rains that accompany a storm can create pest problems. Be aware of potential pest problems in your area, such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have "come with the storm". 
  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid driving as roads may be blocked after the storm.
  • Avoid sight-seeing or entering a storm ravaged area unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.  
  • Avoid downed power lines even if they look harmless.
  • Avoid turning the power on at your home if there is flooding present. Have a professional conduct a thorough inspection first.  
  • Consider having professionals/licensed contractors inspect your home for damage and help in repairs. This includes electricians, as well as professionals to inspect gas lines, remove uprooted trees and check plumbing.
  • Remember that downed or damaged trees can contain power lines that can be a hazard after the storm.  
  • Telephone lines will likely be busy in the area; use a phone only for emergencies.
  • Flooding brings with it the risk of waterborne bacterial contamination.
  • After the storm you should assume that the water is not safe and use properly stored water or boil your tap water.

These are just a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a severe storm hits. Remember to keep your radio tuned to a station issuing emergency bulletins and updates with the latest information.

We often only focus on the before when it comes to storms (you can see our tips for before the storm here) but knowing what to do after is just as important.

Source: Federal Alliance For Safe Homes 

Give us a call at (978) 927-8665 or visit our website at https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Let SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Help

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Understands your concerns after a fire happens in your home or business, After the fire trucks leave your home or business likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from the firefighters efforts putting it out. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann has the specialized fire restoration training needed in restoring your home or business to its pre-fire conditions.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann, Which is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. One of our representative's will ask you a series of questions regarding the Fire damage event that will help us to dispatch our crew with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage 

Our professionals will carefully inspect and test rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Water Removal and Drying ( if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will then use dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to remove the remaining water and complete the air drying. 

Step 4: Removal of Smoke and Soot From All Surfaces.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann uses a specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing: 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will clean all your restorable  items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We are trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers ad fogging equipment.

Step 6: Restoration:

 Restoration is the final step- getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing Drywall, Painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Today 978-927-8665

What To Do When Your Basement Floods

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at anytime, Although flooding most occurs during heavy rainfall, Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are number of reasons why your basement can flood.

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

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann specializes in storm and flood damage restoration, our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to a storm or flood damage in our community. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Have any questions about basement flooding?

Call us today at 978-927-8665 We are here to help!

What you need to know about Fire and Soot Damage

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home or business, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann has the expertise and experience that allows us to inspect and accurately access the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Different types of smoke

There are two different types of smoke, wet and dry, as a result of the different types of soot residue after a fire, before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will test the soot to determine which type of smoke  damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on that. Here are some examples.

Wet Smoke/ Plastic or Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean on your own, But SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Dry Smoke/ Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high Temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here to help call us today 24/7 978-927-8665

Get your Business back up and Running

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week including holidays to restore your commercial property and get you and your employees back to work. We have the expertise, equipment and highly trained crew to handle your commercial property, whether it's Water, Fire or Mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann takes your commercial property seriously. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us today 978-927-8665

When a Storm Hit's or Flooding occurs in Essex County, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is Ready!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Faster to any Size Disaster 

Since we are locally owned and operated, We are able to respond quicker with all the right resources, and our Highly Trained Crew we can restore your property to its pre-storm condition like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24/7 including weekends and holidays, We understand that when you call you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. you need an expert to help guide you through your crisis. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann has the specific water damage training through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration, in fact its the cornerstone of our business. 

Resources to handle Floods and Storms

When a storm hits the North shore you can count on SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann. We have the proper equipment to handle any size emergency. 

  • Infrared camera to help us detect water through walls, ceiling, or floors.
  •  Water extraction equipment.
  • Drying equipment.
  • Odor removal and deodorization.
  • Sanitizing agents
  • Germicides
  • Anti-Microbial treatments. 

If you have a Sub Pump Failure, Sewage loss, or Flooding, Call us today here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Were here to help! 978-927-8665 Let us Help You Today!

LESSEN THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here for you in your time of need. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann cares about the people in our community, and takes pride in our highly trained staff to provide you with the comfort with our professional deep cleaning, and sanitization services to help lessen the spread of this horrible virus. We're all in this together, continue to be safe and maintain social distancing. Call us today and talk to one of our friendly staff to help or answer your questions. 978-927-8665

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is Ready to take on COVID-19

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Grey Building White Sign SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Takes on COVID-19

I know that the coronavirus has impacted all of us in some form, and has affected our everyday lives, and the ways we operate our businesses. So when Moynihan Lumber called us for help when one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann took action right away with our proactive deep cleaning and sanitization, to ensure the safety of their employees and customers. We're all in this together. We are here and ready to aid you in your time of need, providing these services so your facility can be cleaned and ready for your business to resume. 

 https://www.salemnews.com/coronavirus/moynihan-lumber-goes-to-delivery-only-after-employee-tests-positive-for-virus/article_3d9927f4-6ead-11ea-8eee-ff08e601e4d4.html 

Stop the Spread of Germs!!!!

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann we can help minimize the spread of germs with our proactive cleaning! SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is highly trained to adhere to the highest standards, making us the #1 choice for a cleanup and restoration team.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann provide cleaning and sanitization needs during this COVID-19 pandemic for your home or commercial property. Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann, we provide Bioremedition services to Clean, Disinfect, and Sanitize. Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC recommendations.

Here are Some Examples of What We Can provide.

  • Kitchen/ Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/ Classrooms
  • offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and racks
  • Sales counters
  • carpets/ rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment and Much More

WE ARE IN THIS WITH YOU 

Please continue to stay safe and maintain social distancing as we all do our part to combat this and lessen the spread of this horrible virus.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann at 978-927-8665.

We're open 24 hours a day 7 Days a week 

Good Things Are Happening! Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Let's just put it out there.... Usually when we encounter our customers, it is not a fantastic time for social interaction! Our crews arrive to your home ready and able to remediate any emergency, water, fire, or biohazard. And you will be put at ease by their knowledge and experience. They know how to handle your emergency and you can tell! 

SERVPRO Of Beverly/ Cape Ann Is Available 24/7 365 Days a Year, Holidays, Weekends and evenings included!!

Emergencies in your home know no clock or calendar! And they certainly do not abide by YOUR SCHEDULE! Or when you were planning on organizing your basement.

Our crew's arrive promptly, prepared and ready with the knowledge they need to remediate your emergency.

We have added 3 vehicles to our fleet since last year so we are ready to serve you efficiently. We have added over 20 pieces of new equipment, which are cleaned and sanitized after each and every single use so as not to cross contaminate, to better serve you. Plus countless other tools required to do our jobs... Both in the field and in the office. New computers, new printers, and a well functioning air conditioner which is key for hot summer days!

call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Anne 978-927-8665. We are Here To Help!

We Specialize in Flooded basement Cleaning!!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call us Today 978-927-8665

If flooded water is not handled quickly and properly it can jeopardize your health, 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 Beverly/Cape Ann and letting 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 a week
  • We're 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 SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is ready to help 978-927-8665

If Disaster Strikes Will You Be Ready?

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

No matter what Season it is unexpected Disaster's can happen. It's Important to Prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following step's to help you better prepare for an emergency situation. Here is some Tip's,

  • Sign up for local alert's and warning's, download apps and/ or check access for wireless emergency alert's
  • Develop and test emergency communication plan's
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies 
  • Learn about local hazard's and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions
  • Participate in preparedness discussion, training, or class
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property!!

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann  978-927-8665. We Are Open 24/7 Including Holidays and Weekends. 

We Work Holiday's! Emergency Water Damage Services

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann 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 water damage.

We Answer The Phone Ready To help...

Give Us A Call today 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/ Cape Ann has the specific water damage training and experience to help get 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 of Beverly/ Cape Ann representative will ask several questions:

  • Your Name and contact information
  • Your Insurance Information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water damage at your Home Or Business.
  • When did the Flooding or Water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)  
  • Is there electricity Available on site?
  • Is there Running Water

About SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann

SERVPRO Of Beverly/ Cape Ann 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 corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Does Your Office Smell? SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Can Help!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

You cannot always see mold lurking in the walls or vents of your commercial property or your home. But sometimes your sense of smell can be the help you need to find out you might have a mold issue.

This time of year can be very humid most of the time which is great for mold, as it loves damp dark places to spread its spores. Although you may not be able to hide from mold it can definitely hide from you.

In many of our jobs mold comes with a musky almost damp smell that once detected needs to be eliminated as quickly as possible. Here at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann we have professional equipment that eradicates mold and then we sanitize the affected area's to help keep the mold from returning and causing more problems.

If you think you have an issue at you Business or Home Please give us a call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann so we can help! 978-927-8665

Commercial Carpet Cleaning!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO system offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. 

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpet's.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet type's.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Help's restore deeply soiled areas. 
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most through cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance 

Carpet's act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soil's. All carpet manufactures agree on action's you can take between carpet cleaning's to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet. 

preventative maintenance actions include:

  • Regular vacuuming.
  • Spot removal.
  • Moving furniture to change traffic pattern's.
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet.

Professional Cleaning 

Our professional cleaning can be address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you'll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 month's. The best advice is to clean carpet's before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpet's look really dirty, the carpet's may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt build's up in layer's and when a carpet look's dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tip's of the fiber's. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When the carpet is saturated with dirt, The soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the JOB done right. Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann 978-927-8665

FIRE ODOR IN YOUR HOME! LET US HELP

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Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potential permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies, and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the source of the odor. Ask your SERVPRO representative to explain the various deodorization method's available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services give us a call 978-927-8665

FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

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After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire conditions. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact 

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann, which is available 24 Hours a day and 7 Days a Week. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our crew with the appropriate equipment.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damages. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 4: Removal of Smoke and Soot From All Surfaces

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belonging to pre-fire condition. They're also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. 

Step 6: Restoration

Restoration is the final step getting your home or business to it's pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann 978-927-8665 We are open 24 hours 7 days a week including Holidays and weekends.

IMPORTANT TIPS AFTER THE STORM!

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Be careful to make take certain precautions after the storm has passed.Damage to your home can have a dramatic emotional impact, and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how reenter your home. Having a plan, and being aware of certain ricks, will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family after the storm.

Keep these after the storm tips in mind:

  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home or neighborhood.
  • Avoid metal fences and other metal objects near downed lines.
  • DO NOT use matches in a storm ravaged area until all gas lines are checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand) 
  • Stay tuned to local news organizations, such as a radio or TV for important announcements, bulletin, and instructions concerning the storm area.
  • remember that after the storm, you may not have immediate access to your home. Emergency rescue crews, power crews and other personnel may be attending to special needs.  Roads could be blocked, power lines could be down and people may be trapped and in need of assistance.
  • Use a camera or camcorder to record thoroughly any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.
  • In certain areas the flooding rains that accompany a storm can create pest problems. Be aware of potential pest problems in your area, such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have come with the storm.
  • Avoid driving as roads may be blocked after the storm.
  • Avoid sight seeing or entering a storm ravaged area unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.
  • Flooding brings the risk of waterborne bacterial contamination.   
  • These are just a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a severe storm hits. Remember to keep your radio tuned to a station issuing emergency bulletins and updates with the latest information.  

5 COMMON REASON'S FOR SUMP PUMP FAILURE!

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Sump pumps can fail for a number of reason's, which include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages or surges, or improper installation. There are simple steps you can take to prolong the life of your sump pump. When shopping for the best sump pump, look for pumps that are built to last. Having a quality sump pump and the backup system will take care of many of the top reasons for sump pump failure. 

Here are some of the most common reasons why a sump pump may fail..

-Lack of maintenance.

-Age of pump.

-Electrical Power outage or Power surges.

-Improper Installation.

-Incorrectly sized pump.    

Those are just some reasons for sump pump failure. 

Were here to help no matter what size the disaster is. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann 978-927-8665

We can Sense water for you!

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have 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 Beverly/ Cape Ann has 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 fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann professionals.

  • Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing your SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann. 

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations!

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

There is to much learn about the novel coronavirus that causes (COVID-2019). Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. Transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Transmission of coronavirus in general occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas of those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19 cases. It's aimed at limiting the survival of novel coronavirus in key environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available.

These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities, schools, institutions of higher education, offices, daycare centers, businesses, and community centers that do not house persons overnight. These guidelines are not meant for cleaning staff in healthcare facilities or repatriation sites, households, or for others for whom specific guidance already exist. Follow this link for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

Let Us Help You

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

We see a lot of people try to get rid of a sizable water damage themselves to try and save some money. But in the end, it may cost you more trying to do it by yourself.

Let's take a look at what you will need to do to handle a water cleanup yourself.

  • You have to remove all the excess water, You might be able to handle this one if you or a neighbor has a wet vac or a submersive pump.

   SERVPRO of Belverly/ Cape Ann has professional extraction equipment.

  • So that pump got you out of a jam, make sure it got all the water cleaned up. so that means getting out your infrared camera to help see what is intrusive. 

Oh you don't have one laying around? SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can help out.

  • Now you have it bone dry, took a bit but you got it done. But now mold is probably going to give you some problems as a secondary damage. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can sanitize when cleaned up- It will be a more comforting feeling knowing this was done.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can really help you out, please give us a call 978-927-8665

Restore you Floors?

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

The best equipment for your water damage

Pictured here are floor drying mats, we are constantly training our crews to use the best solutions in resolving your water damage.

Any type of water damage has potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality problems if not properly taken care of.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damage occurs. The proper equipment make a Huge difference in reducing the damage expense during a Fire or Water loss. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few tools used by our technicians

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls, the moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing us to monitor the drying time.
  • Thermometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can calculate and create an environment most conclusive to drying.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can help 978-927-8665.  

ASBESTOS & HEALTH

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Advice from the Massachusetts Department of environmental Protection. If asbestos containing material is in good condition, the best thing you can do is leave it alone.

Unfortunately, IICRC standards says removal of some amount of building materials is necessary in a high percentage of our jobs due to contamination. What does that mean? If we are removing any amount of building materials from your home they need to be tested for asbestos levels. We are usually notified within 2-3 days with results. Open 24 Hours 7 Days a week.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann we can help 978-927-8665   

WE HAVE YOUR BIOHAZARD CLEAN UP NEEDS.

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here to help! For any situations.

As well as being a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann also offers fast reliable Biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners. It is also important to know what qualifies for a Biohazard cleanup, and what is necessarily a Biohazard cleanup, but can be more quickly and easily treated and Less expensively.

Exposure to Biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. part of this procedure is knowing how to properly set up containment for whatever situation arises. 

Our technicians are highly trained to safely remove Biohazard substances.

call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 

HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO CLEAN?

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

With a busy schedule to keep, how often do you really need to clean your home? By taking care of these 6 little- thought-of-places, you can keep your home at its best and healthiest.

If you want to keep your home healthy and beautiful, but don't have the schedule for regular deep cleans, then here are the six main places you need to focus on to eliminate sneaky bacteria, and keep your place shining at a glance.

1. MICROWAVE

Contrary to popular opinion, Microwaving your food does not burn away bacteria enough to counterbalance the spray of food from crackling bacon or explosive chili, leaving your microwave as the last kitchen appliance to clean is setting you up for food poisoning. 

2. BATHTUB.

A bathtub is even dirtier than your toilet. Bacteria lingering in your bathtub can cause more than a surprise of the flu. So be sure to give it a once over with heavy soap one a week.

3. FLOOR.

The eye is instantly drawn to the floor when entering the room, so even if the rest of your home is pristine, a dirty floor will equate to a dirty home. When you see accumulation of pet hair and crumbs it's time to give it a once over with a vacuum, and mop up dirt as you see it on your hardwood. 

4. TABLE TOPS AND PICTURES.

Forgetting to brush off your ceiling fan once in a while can aggravate respiratory issues such as asthma, and bacteria naturally gathers on coffee tables and bedside stands. Take a rag with disinfectant and go over them a few times a week.

5. COMPUTER.

You might run your virus scanner every week but its not the insides of this home essential you need to worry about, computer keyboards are 5 times dirtier than your toilet seat. A few times a week just over over keyboard and mouse with disinfecting spray.

6. KITCHEN COUNTERS.

We leave dishes and food on them, use them as impromptu seats, and our pets even have free range of our counter tops when not looking. Bleach them down twice a week.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann has the training and expertise to help make it "Like it never even happened."

  • Small office Buildings
  • Large office/ High-Rise office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings 
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/ Motels
  • Small retail stores
  • Large retail/ Big-Box stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/ Military

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is available 24 hours a day to restore your Commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events.

Commercial Mold Remediation

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besides causing a Major business interruption, A mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann, who can respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have A Mold Problem? Call US Today 978-927-8665

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann can respond quickly, working on first to contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann training and certifications.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Order Control Technician
  • Upholstery and fabric Cleaning technician     

Commercial Water Damage?

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Water damage can strike your commercial at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann professionals offer fast, 24 Hour emergency services, 365 Days A year.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • High Trained Water damage Restoration Specialists 

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flood damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

Call us Today 978-927-8665 

Water Damage Timeline

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies dont wait for regular business and neither do we. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week including 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 much more. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann arrives quickly and starts water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning restoration costs. 

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 wrap.

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 spreads and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

Hours 48 to a 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 biohazzard contamination is possible.

More than A week

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically, replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, Mold growth, and biohazzard contaminants pose serious risk to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property. Our staff is equipped and Highly Trained. 

Preparing For A Storm

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded building can wreck havoc on your business operations. If Flood Water is a real concern in the Area, Its important to do what you can now so that you business property is better protected later. Here's how you can protect your property from water damages. 

PREPARING YOUR BUILDING 

Before a flood even occurs, you can take steps to seal your building from water. Start by applying a waterproof coating to the exterior walls. Several other steps are also important.

  • Install waterproof shields over windows and doors where possible.
  • Strengthen walls to stand against the pressure of flood water or flood debris.
  • Seal all areas where utilities enter the building.
  • Anchor the building if necessary. 

PROTECTING THE LOWER LEVELS

Inspect your basement and first floor to ensure there are no areas where flood water can easily enter the premises. Regrade any land that slopes into your property, extend or redirect gutter spouts and repair any cracks in the walls. Move any valuable equipment or furniture to higher ground and create digital backups of any important paper documentation.

TAKING OTHER SAFETY MEASURES

Water damage is not the only thing to worry about during a flooding. It is also important to properly anchor any fuel tanks to prevent the water from sweeping them away, which can cause the lines to break and fires or explosions to happen. Sewer backflow  valves    are also important.

PREPARING FOR RESTORATION 

No matter how well you prepare your building for a flood, at least some damage is still likely to occur.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann 978-927-8665

5 Different sources of House Fires and how to prevent a Fire in your home

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Wall on fire House fire

Wiring and outlets

  • Electrical cords should be checked throughout your home for signs of fraying and make sure All frayed wires are replaced.
  • Do not cover cords with item such as rugs or blankets.
  • Be aware of the capacity that your home can handle in it's electrical system, If possible have a generator on hand.
  • Make sure to understand the difference between surge protectors and power stripes. A surge protectors help protect electronic devices.

Kitchen's 

  • Make sure there is a Fire extinguishers readily available and make sure one knows to use it in case of emergencies. 
  • Keeping your stove clean is another way to prevent a house fire. Grease on a stove or in an oven can lead to a house fire the next time it is used, if not cleaned properly.
  • Do not leave the stove top unattended- even for a minute. 

Dryer's 

  • Installing a dryer improperly could lead to a house fire when its used for the first time. Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly to prevent a fire from happening through the vent.
  • Make sure your dryer is cleaned regularly- including the vent.

Other sources of Heating 

  • Space heaters are known for starting house fires when left on for too long, or when nobody is in your home- make sure to turn it off if unattended.
  • Make sure your space heater is far enough away from all furniture or anything else that can get too hot to catch fire. 

Chimneys 

  • If there is a chimney that is located in your house make sure it is inspected annually. Have a professional clean or repair your chimney as needed. 
  • Make sure to use wood only.

When a storm hits SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is Ready!

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SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to handle Floods and Storms

When a storm hits the Beverly/ Cape Ann area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 17,000 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Flood damage? Call us Today SERVPRO Beverly/ Cape Ann - 978-927-8665

Commercial Water Damage

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cherry Hill Business Sustains Water Damages After Hours, but thanks to SERVPRO Beverly/ Cape Ann Rapid Response, A Catastrophic loss was averted, and business operations can resume.

Just as most of us were recently going about our pre-Christmas routines of decorating the tree, baking cookies with the family, and finishing up some last minute shopping, SERVPRO’s emergency notification system rang out informing all first responders that a local business was taking on water from a failed hot water heater on the second floor and that they were in desperate need of help. Were it not for the quick repurposing of several trash cans for makeshift water collection by the weekend janitorial staff, followed by a wise call to the local Beverly SERVPRO Franchise, hundreds of employees might have found themselves out of a job when they returned to work on Monday morning. Making this past holiday season less than joyous for many north shore families. When it comes to a water loss, few factors are as critical to limiting property damages and business interruption as response time. It can often mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and brief loss of productivity or worst-case scenario, complete work stoppage and business closure. According to an earlier FEMA study, “nearly 40% of all businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster”. Don’t let this happen to your business. Get to know your local SERVPRO provider and schedule a time to have them visit your property to conduct an ERP (Emergency Ready Program). It can help to guarantee the safety of your employees, patrons and ensure the longevity of your business and property. 

Call your water damage professionals at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann if you’re in need of emergency services or if you have specific concerns and need an expert consultation.

Did a Fire Cause Smoke and Soot Damage to Your North Shore Home?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

. Smoke travels. Even small fires can cause a lot of damage. We have the equipment to remove the smoke from your home.

How to Remove Smoke Odor After a Fire Damages your North Shore Home

After a home has sustained fire damage, it is easy to detect the smoke odor. The telltale scent makes its way or lingers in walls, drapes, carpets, clothes, and furniture, among other items. The smell may even sicken you, and you may not tolerate it. Regardless of the size of the fire and how quickly you extinguished it, the smoke it emits can permeate your entire home.

When your North Shore home has fire damage, you need to begin the restoration process promptly. You may have tried to eliminate the smoke odor yourself but failed. Cleaning the smoke residues and removing the scent can be difficult, tedious, and futile. SERVPRO restoration experts can help you in cleaning up your home and eliminating the smoky smell before it worsens.

Insurers classify fire and smoke damage into two categories; primary and secondary. We can help you determine the severity of fire damage in your property.

  • Primary fire damage – This refers to the destruction which happens because of the flames. It includes damage to the structures and contents of a home. 
  • Secondary fire damage – It refers to the damage caused by soot, smoke, and other corrosive substances, which are a direct by-product of the fire. Secondary fire damage usually accounts for most destruction that happens in a building.

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can take several steps to remove the smoke odors while treating your home and possessions with care. We can assess the affected rooms to determine the full extent of the destruction and take the right steps to deal with it.

We can identify and list the smoke-damaged items that need removing from your home. The smoke odors can decrease after we remove the affected materials. Our team can also remove the contents that cannot be repaired and dispose of them appropriately. We can also take some items to our facilities for meticulous cleaning and restoration.

Our SERVPRO restorers can clean surfaces like walls, floors, woodwork, ceilings, mirrors, windows, light fixtures, and ceiling fans using specialized equipment and cleaning products. We can also spray affected surfaces with odor counteractants. Smoke particles can get into many areas of your property. Therefore, we can clean the exterior structures of your property, such as decks, siding, and windows. We can also remove smoke odors from your vehicle if it was in the vicinity when the fire happened. Our restorers can also close off the area inside your home to treat it using fogging equipment to neutralize the malodors.

Fire is terrible enough, but secondary damage from smoke and soot adds to the problem. Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at (978) 927-8665 to address the issue. We serve the residents of the North Shore and Cape Ann

Thanksgiving Safety

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Stove Top Fire Thanksgiving Fire Safety

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving by the numbers
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths
Safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
More NFPA Thanksgiving-related information

If you do have a kitchen fire SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is here to get your family back to cooking!!  Our professional and experienced teams will remove the smoke, soot and fire damage from your home.  Even a small kitchen fire can leave a residue and odor.  Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 to get your home back in it's best condition for the holidays!!

Be Prepared with a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

It is stated that about 50% of commercial business who run into a disaster never re-open after that disaster occurred. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann wants to help more business stay in business after an emergency happens and be there for support when needed. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann established an Emergency Disaster Program so that when a disaster comes, you will have a blanket of security in times of panic. This is a detailed description of where to go, when to take action and who you can call. An emergency ready profile is vital for your commercial business because a disaster could happen at any moment, and SERVPRO wants to help prepare our customers for any disaster that may come your way. The ERP, or emergency ready profile is a profile that will have all the necessary information you need to handle situations with disasters. No contracts are involved and it is at no cost to you or your business. We locate all the emergency numbers you may need and emergency action checklist for a step by step on what to do in a disaster. We also have provided the necessary utility shut off locations for all the gas, electric, heat, water and other important locations to know and understand how to turn them off. This is vital because in case of emergencies and panic, you may not know how to even shut off the source, which is important because the source needs to be shut off before any action can be done. It will also give you a complete property overview, showing where emergency exits are and where exactly you should leave the property when evacuating. 

Time is of the essence in cases of emergency, so it is important to act fast to eliminate anymore disaster from occurring. By having a plan of action, you can readily be prepared and act in a timely manner, and limit the amount of time you as a company are inactive. Not only does the ERP save you time, but money as well. We obtain all your insurance information so you have it readily available at your convenience as a mobile app also. We have detailed an insurance policy information in your pamphlet to inform our customers what their policy is and what is covered by insurance. It is important to keep in mind, safety first and to account for everyone in the building and make sure everyone is okay before moving on. Things get crazy and hectic and emotions run high when a disaster occurs, so SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann wants to make this as easy as possible for our customers because we understand the hardships you might be going through at that moment. We can offer you all the services in the world to cleanup the damage, but the best service we can offer is helping you be prepared. 

SERVPRO wants the best for our customers and we know the best for them is the Emergency Ready Profile. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann always has your back when it comes to preparedness and the essentials when dealing with a disaster. 

Halloween Safety Tips

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO pumpkins lit with battery operated candles. Opt for battery-operated candles instead of open flames in your jack-o'-lanterns.

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

Parents

  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Motorists

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

Ways to Reduce Chimney & Fireplace Pollution

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Untreated, Seasoned Firewood Ways to Reduce Chimney & Fireplace Pollution

You have the power to reduce the amount of pollution created by your fireplace and chimney.

When you burn wood inefficiently, it produces higher levels of harmful gases and particulates that are released into the atmosphere. Increasing the efficiency of your fireplace and using the right fuel can decrease the environmental impact of using your fireplace. You can reduce the environmental impact of using your fireplace by taking a few steps to make your fireplace more eco-friendly.

7 Ways to Reduce Fireplace Pollution

  • Only Burn Untreated, Seasoned Firewood
  •  Open the Damper When the Fireplace is in Use
  • Don’t Tolerate a Smoky Fire
  • Install a New Chimney Liner
  • Invest in a Chimney Cap or Chase Cover
  • Ensure Fireplace & Chimney Additions Are Properly Installed
  • Have the Chimney Professionally Cleaned & Inspected Annually

Whenever you use your fireplace, deposits of soot or creosote buildup along the walls. Creosote buildup is known for being dangerous because it is highly combustible. It also dampens the chimney’s performance. Just a ½ inch of buildup can restrict airflow in the chimney from 17% to 30% according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America. That can have a big impact on the fire’s ability to burn efficiently. Having your chimney cleaned at least once a year can keep your fireplace running efficiently.

By using the right fuel and investing in chimney maintenance, you can significantly reduce the impact your fireplace has on the environment. You will benefit from a fireplace that burns longer and hotter.

SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including weekends and Holidays 978-927-8665

Space Heater Safety

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Space Heater Space Heater Safety

In the colder months of the year, homeowners look for ways to make chilly areas warm and comfortable. While space heaters can be useful to keep small areas warm, it’s very important to use them with caution. In a 2010 study, it was found that space heaters caused 32 percent of all home heating fires but were involved in 79 percent of all home-heating related fire deaths. Fortunately, using a space heater can be safe if you follow these simple recommendations.

NFPA offers the following safety tips.  

Heating

  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Supervise children when a fireplace, fire pit, or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy, metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are even more common than flame burns.
  • All heaters need space. Keep things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never use your oven for heating.
  • Install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment, according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Have a qualified professional install the equipment.
    • Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. CO is created when fuels burn incompletely. CO poisoning can cause illness and even death. Make sure the venting for exhaust is kept clear and unobstructed. This includes removal of snow and ice around the outlet to the outside.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.

Portable electric space heaters

  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
  • Place space heater on solid, flat surface.
  • Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.

Fuel burning space heaters

  • Always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer.
  • When refueling, allow the appliance to cool and refuel outside or in a well-ventilated area.
  • When using the heater, open a window to ensure proper ventilation.
  • In portable kerosene or other liquid-fueled space heaters, always use the proper grade of the proper fuel.
  • All new unvented gas-fired space heaters have an oxygen depletion sensor that detects a reduced level of oxygen in the area where the heater is operating and shuts off the heater before a hazardous level of carbon monoxide accumulates. If you have an older heater without this feature, replace it.
  • If the pilot light of your gas heater goes out, allow 5 minutes or more for the gas to go away before trying again, do not allow gas to accumulate, and light the match before you turn on the gas to the pilot to avoid risk of flashback.
  • If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not attempt to light the appliance. Turn off all the controls and open doors and window. Call a gas service person.

Wood burning stoves

  • Install the stove, chimney connectors and chimneys following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  • Wood stoves should bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.
  • Start the fire with newspaper or kindling, never with a flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline.
  • Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate with water.
  • Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected at least once a year.

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is here to help you recover from any fire.  Our trained technicians will remove the smoke and soot from your home.  Saving your belongings and memories.  Call your neighbors when you need us 978-927-8665.

When A Storm Hits, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is READY!

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

When a Storm Hits - SERVPRO is Ready!

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! 978-927-8665

Did you know? The air in your home is 10 times more dirty than the air outside.

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

During the Spring and Summer months, allergens accumulate and fill areas of your home with dust, dust mites, animal dander, mold and other unhealthy elements. Unless you address the situation now, the air quality will continue to deteriorate.

Your friends at SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann want to ensure that you and your home are properly prepared for the upcoming season. Therefore, we would like to offer you some helpful tips that will adequately prepare your property for the Fall:

  • Eliminate mold and mildew indoors by cleaning under the refrigerator, washing and disinfecting garbage cans, scrubbing bathrooms, and cleaning or changing shower curtains
  • Remove any wet debris from around the home, as mold spores are airborne particles that can easily float indoors
  • Schedule to have your chimney cleaned within the next month. Excessive buildup of creosote and debris, as well as miscellaneous branches, leaves and animal nests can create a dangerous situation as it increases the potential to spark a chimney fire.
  • Remember not to ignore your ductwork, vents and HVAC systems. Unnecessary dirt and debris can pose a serious threat to the health of your family if they are not properly maintained.

SERVPRO’s licensed technicians can provide all of the remediation and cleaning services necessary for the upcoming season. A proper cleaning will combat all particles that infiltrate your property and provide for a safe and worry-free environment by:

  • Enhancing your indoor air quality
  • Improving overall air circulation
  • Eliminating built-up dirt and contaminants
  • Extending the life of your heating and cooling systems

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 and rest easier this Fall knowing your property is clean and out of harm’s way.

For Immediate Service in Beverly/ Cape Ann, Call SERVPRO

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

24-Hour Emergency Service SERVPRO is Here To Help 24/7

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Beverly or the surrounding area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Independently Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 978-927-8665

Residential Services

Whether your Beverly home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for Fire or Water damage to strike your Beverly commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

FALL YARD CLEANING TIPS

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Raking Leaves Welcome Fall Y'all
 

Aaaah, autumn. The kids are back to school, the leaves are turning, and a chill is in the air. If you're like most homeowners, fall also means an opportunity to spruce up your yard and cut down on the work you'll need to do when the weather turns warm again.

It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned landscape professional or somebody who just wants their yard to look as good as it can with as little work as possible, everyone can benefit from backyard fall cleanup.  A little bit of work in the fall will really pay off when spring rolls around.

  • Rake those leaves. Once the snow flies, an unraked layer of leaves can get matted down over the turf and smother it all winter long. Raking or using a mulching mower in the fall helps avoid dead patches in the spring. But don't worry about getting every last leaf, especially in the garden. They help insulate plants, and as they decompose, they provide valuable nutrients.
  • Feed the grass. Fertilizing in the fall is like a day at the spa for your lawn. Using a slow-release fertilizer allows the grass to soak up nutrients and - just as important - spend the cool days and nights of autumn recovering from summer heat and stress. And building a healthy, rejuvenated lawn is one of the best ways to protect against heat, cold, drought, insects and other stresses.
  • Weed all about it. Weeding in the fall is probably the most valuable thing you can do to prepare for spring, and it's one that many people overlook. The good news: Pulling weeds used to be a backbreaking chore, but tools like the Weed Hound have come a long way from the tiny weeding forks of "the good old days." There's no reason to get down on your hands and knees and gouge at the turf. All you do is place the tool over the weed, step lightly on the footrest, and pull.
  • Remove thatch build-up. A build-up of aboveground roots called thatch prevents sunlight, oxygen and moisture from getting to the nutrient-hungry soil below. But it's easy to remove, especially if you don't wait until it overwhelms the yard. Just go at the yard with a dethatching rake in early fall, or for an easier - but more expensive - option, rent a power dethatcher.
  • Aerate. Heavy use throughout the summer can cause soil to become compacted. Perforating your lawn with small holes helps reduce compaction and lets water, air and fertilizer get down to the soil, which strengthens the grass plant's root structure. For smaller yards, a manual aerating tool that removes plugs from the turf while you step should be just fine. If you've got a larger yard, consider renting a power aerator.
  • Water trees and shrubs. Dehydration during the colder months is an all-too-common cause of tree damage, but it's easily preventable. To sustain them over the long winter, it's important to give trees a drink before putting them to bed. After they go fully dormant - but before the ground freezes - use a soaker hose or root irrigator to water them thoroughly.
  • Clean out your garden. Fruits and vegetables left in the garden can rot all winter long, and provide a comfy home for insect eggs. Gross? Not as gross as they'll be in the spring. Now's the time to get rid of diseased plants, too, but keep them out of the compost pile so the problem doesn't spread to the rest of your garden next year.
  • Plant spring bulbs. Fall is not all about closing up shop. It's also the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips. But pay attention to the weather in your area; planting too early can cause bulbs to sprout before winter, and planting them too late can mean their roots don't have enough time to develop before the ground freezes.
  • Give your tools a tune-up. When it comes time to put away the backyard tools for the season, don't just shove them into the garage or shed. Spend a few minutes wiping them down and removing debris and dirt, then apply a light layer of oil to keep them from rusting over the winter. That way they'll be all set to go again come spring.

Old Man Winter may be on his way, but with a little work now, you can lay the groundwork for a happy, healthy backyard that's ready to thrive next season.

Do's & Don't for Water Damage - Manchester, MA

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your Seekonk home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.

Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage in your Massachusetts home:

  • First, ascertain whether it safe to stay in the house.
  • Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
  • Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
  • Contact your SERVPRO Professionals at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 for complete restoration.

While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects and other prized possessions to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann for ALL Your Water Damage Restoration-We are the Professionals!

978-927-8665

Cleaning Up the Mess After a Flood and Sewer Damage

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

toilet and corner shower stall with sewage on tile floor Bathroom Water Loss

Cleaning up areas of your home after flooding and sewer damage is awful no matter what, but cleaning up the bathroom can be especially tedious. If you ever face a sewage backup in your bathroom, there are a few things that are helpful to know to speed proper cleanup and ensure a safe and sanitary home in Beverly, MA.

1. Call for Help

If you suspect you have damaged sewer lines, call your sewage company to schedule an inspection. To protect your home from future mold or rot issues after a toilet overflow, call flood damage remediation experts. Only with the help of professional water removal specialists can you rest assured that floodwater has not crept into places you can’t see to wreak havoc.

2. Dry the Area

Though you may be tempted to sanitize your bathroom immediately after a toilet overflows, you should not do so before you start drying out the affected area. Whether you are dealing with a flooded toilet or an entire flooded basement, the first thing you should do is utilize heavy duty vacuums, drainage systems and fans to remove all the water.

3. Sanitize

After drying the area, sanitize it as best you can. Floodwater resulting from sewer damage can be toxic, so be thorough in your cleaning processes. Once the area is dry from the first round of sanitizer, you should plan to disinfect it one more time.

4. Dehumidify

The presence of excess water in a bathroom often welcomes lingering humidity, which only encourages mold growth in spaces affected by sewer water. During the process of drying, sanitizing and restoring, you should be sure that a dehumidifier is always running.

Cleaning up the aftermath of sewer damage doesn’t have to be a nightmare. By getting a head start on the problem and calling in the professionals, you can have your home clean and dry again in no time.

Visit https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/ for your water loss emergency. SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann is here for you.

Beverly and Cape Ann Area Residents: Introducing our TES trailer

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Trailer The SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann TES trailer Let us help provide temporary heat where you need it!

Do you need your home or business heated during a power outage?

Eliminate the possibility of frozen pipes, water damage, mold damage and other related damages with a simple fix.  Call us and we will deliver and set up our TES trailer to have you back up and running with heat in no time!

There are many situations to use this magical trailer.  We recently used it for a multi-unit residential building to aid in drying some of the materials and contents.

During last winter's storms it was used to stabilize a home from further water damage during a period of power outage and sub zero weather.  Had the trailer not been set up to heat this home, the house, materials and contents would have never dried.  The entire home would have resembled a frozen snowball. And when this is the word used to describe your home, that is not good!

Let us provide temporary heat where you need it. Protect your investment!

Beverly,Wenham and Hamilton: Winter Snowstorm Tips

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Snowstorm and Extreme Cold

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:

  • Last a few hours or several days;
  • Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
  • Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A WINTER STORM THREATENS:

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

Survive DURING

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

Associated Content

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Gloucester,Rockport and Mancheseter:How to Handle Extreme Cold

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

What to Do in Extreme Cold Weather

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
  • Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.

Survive DURING

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

Associated Content

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

Essex: Learning from the Winter of 2018

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Ready?

As John Wooden says, "Confidence Comes From Being Prepared". 

Preparing for Winter Weather around The North Shore can be a full time job.  One thing that would be a help would be an Emergency Kit to have on hand for storm situations.  In addition to the supplies often listed in any build a kit, you need to consider your family and your family's needs.  Do you have a senior that you need to include? Or maybe your pet?  Think about the special needs of your pet if you should be out of your home for any length of time...pet medications, supplements, blankets, food, and extra water...Maybe even their own plastic bag or duffel bag!

Ideas for Items to include in your Emergency Kit are as follows:

Water: (1gal/person/day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation.

Food: at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food)

A Radio-battery operated or hand crank and a NOAA Weather radio with tone alert

Flashlight(s): Consider headlights for hands free use.

First Aid Kit

Extra Batteries, Battery packs for phones

Whistle to signal for help

Dust Mask, Plastic Sheeting, Duct tape:for sheltering in place.  Or fort making!

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual Can Opener for food

Printed local maps

Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Deck of Cards

Blankets or sleeping bag for each person

Prescription Medications

Non-prescription Medicines: pain relievers,anti-diarrhea medication,antacids or laxatives

Glasses and contact lens solution

Infant supplies:formula,diapers,wipes,diaper rash cream

Important family documents:copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof,portable container

Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate...sturdy shoes

Chlorine Bleach and eye dropper to disinfect water

Fire Extinguisher

Matches in a waterproof container

Personal hygiene products

Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

Paper and pencil

Books,games,puzzles, puzzle books

Disposable Gloves

Where should these be kept?  Since you never know where you will be when an Emergency occurs...One at home, one at work and one in your car!

Gloucester and Rockport Residents, Are you Ready? 5 Common Reasons For Sump Pump Failure

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Sump pumps can fail for a number of reasons, which include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages or surges, or improper installation.

Sump pumps can fail for a number of reasons, which include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages or surges, or improper installation. There are simple steps you can take to prolong the life of your sump pump. When shopping for the best sump pump, look for pumps that are built to last. Having a quality sump pump and the backup system will take care of many of the top reasons for sump pump failure.

Here are some of the most common reasons why a sump pump may fail:

-Lack of Maintenance
-Age of the Pump
-Electrical Power Outage or Power Surges
-Improper Installation
-Incorrectly Sized Pump

Follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com or on our social media sites. We can always be reached at (978-927-8665), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Beverly Businesses: How To Protect Your Business From Storm Damage

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Advanced Preparations Are Key to Restoring your Business After a Flood! "We are here to help" if Preparations Were Not Enough!

A flooded building can wreak havoc on your business operations. If flood water is a real concern in the Beverly,Wenham,Essex,Manchester, Gloucester or Rockport areas, it is important to do what you can now so that your business property is better protected later. Here's how you can protect your property from water damage.

Preparing Your Building

Before a flood even occurs, you can take steps to seal your building from water. Start by applying a waterproof coating to the exterior walls. Several other steps are also important.

" Install waterproof shields over windows and doors where possible.
" Strengthen walls to stand against the pressure of flood water or flood debris.
" Seal all areas where utilities enter the building.
" Anchor the building if necessary.

Protecting the Lower Levels

Inspect your basement and first floor to ensure there are no areas where flood water can easily enter the premises. Regrade any land that slopes into your property, extend or redirect gutter spouts and repair any cracks in the walls. Move any valuable equipment or furniture to higher ground and create digital backups of any important paper documentation.

Taking Other Safety Measures

Water damage is not the only thing to worry about during flooding. It is also important to properly anchor any fuel tanks to prevent the water from sweeping them away, which can cause the lines to break and fires or explosions to happen. Sewer backflow valves are also important.

Preparing for Restoration

No matter how well you prepare your building for a flood, at least some damage is still likely to occur. Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

978-927-8665

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning, a well-respected restoration company to help you remove moisture, dry materials and get your property ready to do business again.

Being 100 percent prepared for a natural disaster is practically impossible, but preparing now for a later storm means getting back into the swing of things as quickly as possible after any damage happens

How To Protect Your Business From Storm Damage

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded building can wreak havoc on your business operations. If flood water is a real concern in the Beverly,Wenham,Essex,Manchester, Gloucester or Rockport areas, it is important to do what you can now so that your business property is better protected later. Here's how you can protect your property from water damage.

Preparing Your Building

Before a flood even occurs, you can take steps to seal your building from water. Start by applying a waterproof coating to the exterior walls. Several other steps are also important.

" Install waterproof shields over windows and doors where possible.
" Strengthen walls to stand against the pressure of flood water or flood debris.
" Seal all areas where utilities enter the building.
" Anchor the building if necessary.

Protecting the Lower Levels

Inspect your basement and first floor to ensure there are no areas where flood water can easily enter the premises. Regrade any land that slopes into your property, extend or redirect gutter spouts and repair any cracks in the walls. Move any valuable equipment or furniture to higher ground and create digital backups of any important paper documentation.

Taking Other Safety Measures

Water damage is not the only thing to worry about during flooding. It is also important to properly anchor any fuel tanks to prevent the water from sweeping them away, which can cause the lines to break and fires or explosions to happen. Sewer backflow valves are also important.

Preparing for Restoration

No matter how well you prepare your building for a flood, at least some damage is still likely to occur. Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

978-927-8665

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning, a well-respected restoration company to help you remove moisture, dry materials and get your property ready to do business again.

Being 100 percent prepared for a natural disaster is practically impossible, but preparing now for a later storm means getting back into the swing of things as quickly as possible after any damage happens

Beverly/Cape Ann: We Offer Bio-hazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism Cleanups!

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor/ Crime scene SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Offers The North Shore Area Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup Services!

Did you know we offer bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties.

Along as being a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO® of  Beverly/Cape Ann also offers fast, reliable bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Beverly/ Cape Ann helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. We can help with a variety of bio-hazard, crime scene or vandalism issues.

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Our technicians remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. We thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann helps property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

No matter what type of damage you have, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann can help clean and restore your property.

When you run a business, you know that time is money. We offer 24/7 service; so don’t hesitate to call us day or night to start the restoration process. If your business experiences damage of any kind, call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665, and we’ll make sure your property is cleaned up and ready for business. 

   "Like it never even happened." 

Rockport and Gloucester Businesses: Have you Checked Your Mechanical Functions?

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

Have you Checked Your Mechanicals?

Sump pumps can fail for a number of reasons, which include lack of maintenance, old age, power outages or surges, or improper installation. There are simple steps you can take to prolong the life of your sump pump. When shopping for the best sump pump, look for pumps that are built to last. Having a quality sump pump and the backup system will take care of many of the top reasons for sump pump failure.

Here are some of the most common reasons why a sump pump may fail:

-Lack of Maintenance
-Age of the Pump
-Electrical Power Outage or Power Surges
-Improper Installation
-Incorrectly Sized Pump

Follow us on the web at www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com or on our social media sites. We can always be reached at (978-927-8665), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Importance of Clean Air to Prevent Mold

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Add green plants to help with air quality!

One of the largest factors in mold survival 101 is the amount of moisture that is located within the air. Mold will grow anywhere on any substance that dampness is present.  Most people do not realize as well as causing mold, excess moisture can also contaminate the air as well. Mold that is located within your home is a source of pollution all in itself.  Mold particles can release toxic particles that will emanate and infiltrait the air that you are breathing in. Also, not to mention the fact that dampness itself can cause water vapor, which eventually will turn into microbial growth leading to more mold and now we are caught in a cycle. Making sure the moisture levels are maintained can effect the cleanliness of the air.

But there are many other things you can do to reduce the growth of mold and keep the air around you clean. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Bevhttps://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/mold-remediationerly/Cape Ann, 978-927-8665.

Ventilation

Quick, easy and most importantly…  free! Making sure that you keep your windows open whenever it is possible will ensure a healthy dose of air circulation.

Extractor Fans

Gas stoves and cooking pollutants in the kitchen as well as aerosol sprays and fragranced products in the bathroom are responsible for these rooms being high-toxin areas, so use extractor fans to ensure the air is regularly cleared. If you do not have a fan ventilating in a bathroom where showers are located, SERVPhttps://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/RO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978-927-8665 would recommend installing one.  Bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold, especially one without a vent.

Clean

Making sure all surfaces are regularly cleaned and dusted especially bathroom and kitchens are a must. Vacuuming and dusting are major when trying to prevent mold and particles from getting into your air.

Dehumidifiers

These are a must! Every indoor space should have one of these as it is the perfect weapon against excess moisture, which could lead to black ceilings, paint, and wallpaper peeling off.  Not to mention the fact that it will help protect your personal belongings and keep your food fresher for longer.

Plants

Plants one might ask? Other than just looking pretty, indoor plants, especially leafy greens, are key in helping to eliminate airborne pollutants. Thus in turn, purifying the air. So next time your out and about maybe think of purchasing a few leafy green plants to put throughout your home!

Is Your A/C Unit Prepared for Winter?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling After A/C Unit Leaked Through the Ceiling And Mold Was Discovered

Overtime, in commercial buildings A/C units can slowly take a turn for the worse.  There can be many complications that can lead to colossal damage. A/C units should be checked for leaks and serviced every year, preferably in the spring, to make sure an incident does not happen in the future.  As your A/C system runs, over time it accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency. Leaving your A/C unchecked unit can make for your A/C unit to lose five percent of its operating efficiency each year.

In Beverly, one Monday morning, https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/ SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann responded to a call from a customer saying that there A/C unit had finally broken and there were leaks coming through the ceiling because the A/C unit was located on the second floor. There was not only water damage to the ceiling but also to the merchandise that was located on the first floor, and a strange odor coming from the ceiling. This is a situation that could have been prevented and also could have saved the company a lot of money and headache by having their  A/C unit checked each year.  

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/y/Cape SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978-927-8665 took the job and were quick, very reliable, and trustworthy. This job was taken care of  and small leaks lead to more work for us!  For any commercial needs call us we are here at your convenience 24/7, 365 days a year. Let us be the company that gets your business back to “Like it never even happened.”

Is Your A/C Unit Prepared for Winter?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling After A/C Unit Leaked Through the Ceiling And Mold Was Discovered

Overtime, in commercial buildings A/C units can slowly take a turn for the worse.  There can be many complications that can lead to colossal damage. A/C units should be checked for leaks and serviced every year, preferably in the spring, to make sure an incident does not happen in the future.  As your A/C system runs, over time it accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency. Leaving your A/C unchecked unit can make for your A/C unit to lose five percent of its operating efficiency each year.

In Beverly, one Monday morning, https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/ SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann responded to a call from a customer saying that there A/C unit had finally broken and there were leaks coming through the ceiling because the A/C unit was located on the second floor. There was not only water damage to the ceiling but also to the merchandise that was located on the first floor, and a strange odor coming from the ceiling. This is a situation that could have been prevented and also could have saved the company a lot of money and headache by having their  A/C unit checked each year.  

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/y/Cape SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978-927-8665 took the job and were quick, very reliable, and trustworthy. This job was taken care of  and small leaks lead to more work for us!  For any commercial needs call us we are here at your convenience 24/7, 365 days a year. Let us be the company that gets your business back to “Like it never even happened.”

GLOUCESTER MOLD REMEDIATION

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Follows Water if Not Mitigated Professionally!

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann can help provide a solution to your property's mold damage needs. 

Should mold be found within the facility, mold removal and remediation can help eliminate a potentially dangerous situation. 

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann will arrive on-site alert for any visible signs of mold. Following industry standards for mold remediation, we will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future growth. 

Specific tasks to include: 

  • Work planning with industrial hygienist to develop cost-effective removal protocol. 
  • Containment - to eliminate the potential for cross-contamination. 
  • Air Flow Management - to eliminate the potential for cross-contamination and to provide data that will support the effectiveness of containment (through continuous pressure-differential monitoring). 
  • Selective Demolition - to remove impacted building materials. 
  • Detailed Cleaning - to remove contamination through HEPA vacuuming, scrubbing, and appropriate cleaning. 
  • If you have any questions or would like to speak to a SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann representative, please call us at 978-927-8665 or visit our website https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/.

Water Damage Over The Weekend at this Essex Business

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Quick Response Combined with an ERP got this business back up and running!

On Monday morning, Melanie arrived in the office early as usual. She was always the first one in the office. As she went to her cubicle her feet squished. She looked around & she saw that the carpet and surrounding area was completely wet. She called the office manager, Drew. Drew knew what to do, call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann. The SERVPRO crew arrived quickly. They immediately went to work with all of the necessary information since our Marketing Manager Gary had an ERP (Emergency Ready Plan)he had already completed with this business. They extracted the water and set up drying equipment. The production manager monitored the loss and when he determined the area was dry, he arranged to have the carpet cleaned. Melanie requested that the carpet cleaning be done after hours so the business would not be interrupted.  Everyone at the Essex business was very happy when things were back to normal. If your business has water damage, or would like to have ERP information,  please call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978-927-8665 to assist you.

Exceptional Leaders

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

"Fake It "Til You Make It!"

Below are 12 essential behaviors that exceptional leaders rely on every day. Give them a try and you can become a better leader today.

  1. Courage

“Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible.” —Aristotle

People will wait to see if a leader is courageous before they’re willing to follow his or her lead. People need courage in their leaders. They need someone who can make difficult decisions and watch over the good of the group. They need a leader who will stay the course when things get tough. People are far more likely to show courage themselves when their leaders do the same.

For the courageous leader adversity is a welcome test. Like a blacksmith’s molding of a red-hot iron, adversity is a trial by fire that refines leaders and sharpens their game. Adversity emboldens courageous leaders and leaves them more committed to their strategic direction.

Leaders who lack courage simply toe the company line. They follow the safest path—the path of least resistance—because they’d rather cover their backside than lead.

  1. Effective Communication

“The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” —Joseph Priestley

Communication is the real work of leadership. It’s a fundamental element of how leaders accomplish their goals each and every day. You simply can’t become a great leader until you are a great communicator.

Great communicators inspire people. They create a connection with their followers that is real, emotional, and personal, regardless of any physical distance between them. Great communicators forge this connection through an understanding of people and an ability to speak directly to their needs.

  1. Generosity

“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” —John Maxwell

Great leaders are generous. They share credit and offer enthusiastic praise. They’re as committed to their followers’ success as they are to their own. They want to inspire all of their employees to achieve their personal best – not just because it will make the team more successful, but because they care about each person as an individual.

  1. Humility

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” —C.S. Lewis

Great leaders are humble. They don’t allow their position of authority to make them feel that they are better than anyone else. As such, they don’t hesitate to jump in and do the dirty work when needed, and they won’t ask their followers to do anything they wouldn’t be willing to do themselves.

  1. Self-Awareness

“It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.” —Latin Proverb

Contrary to what Dilbert might have us believe, leaders’ gaps in self-awareness are rarely due to deceitful, Machiavellian motives, or severe character deficits. In most cases, leaders—like everyone else—view themselves in a more favorable light than other people do.

Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence, a skill that 90% of top performing leaders possess in abundance. Great leaders’ high self-awareness means they have a clear and accurate image not just of their leadership style, but also of their own strengths and weaknesses. They know where they shine and where they’re weak, and they have effective strategies for leaning into their strengths and compensating for their weaknesses.

  1. Adherence to the Golden Rule +1

“The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.” —Jon Wolfgang von Goethe

The Golden Rule – treat others as you want to be treated – assumes that all people are the same. It assumes that, if you treat your followers the way you would want a leader to treat you, they’ll be happy. It ignores that people are motivated by vastly different things. One person loves public recognition, while another loathes being the center of attention.

Great leaders don’t treat people how they themselves want to be treated. Instead, they take the Golden Rule a step further and treat each person as he or she would like to be treated. Great leaders learn what makes people tick, recognize their needs in the moment, and adapt their leadership style accordingly.

  1. Passion

“If you just work on stuff that you like and are passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” —Mark Zuckerberg

Passion and enthusiasm are contagious. So are boredom and apathy. No one wants to work for a boss that’s unexcited about his or her job, or even one who’s just going through the motions. Great leaders are passionate about what they do, and they strive to share that passion with everyone around them.

  1. Infectiousness

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.” —Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

Great leaders know that having a clear vision isn’t enough. You have to make that vision come alive so that your followers can see it just as clearly as you do. Great leaders do that by telling stories and painting verbal pictures so that everyone can understand not just where they’re going, but what it will look and feel like when they get there. This inspires others to internalize the vision and make it their own.

  1. Authenticity

“Just be who you are and speak from your guts and heart – it’s all a man has.” —Hubert Humphrey

Authenticity refers to being honest in all things – not just what you say and do, but who you are. When you’re authentic, your words and actions align with who you claim to be. Your followers shouldn’t be compelled to spend time trying to figure out if you have ulterior motives. Any time they spend doing so erodes their confidence in you and in their ability to execute.

Leaders who are authentic are transparent and forthcoming. They aren’t perfect, but they earn people’s respect by walking their talk.

  1. Approachability

“Management is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.” —Tommy Lasorda

Great leaders make it clear that they welcome challenges, criticism, and viewpoints other than their own. They know that an environment where people are afraid to speak up, offer insight, and ask good questions is destined for failure. By ensuring that they are approachable, great leaders facilitate the flow of great ideas throughout the organization.

  1. Accountability

“The ancient Romans had a tradition: Whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible: He stood under the arch.” —Michael Armstrong

Great leaders have their followers’ backs. They don’t try to shift blame, and they don’t avoid shame when they fail. They’re never afraid to say, “The buck stops here,” and they earn people’s trust by backing them up.

  1. Sense of Purpose

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” —Ken Kesey

Whereas vision is a clear idea of where you’re going, a sense of purpose refers to an understanding of why you’re going there. People like to feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves. Great leaders give people that feeling.

Bringing It All Together

Becoming a great leader doesn’t mean that you have to incorporate all of these traits at once. Focus on one or two at a time; each incremental improvement will make you more effective. It’s okay if you “act” some of these qualities at first. The more you practice, the more instinctive it will become, and the more you’ll internalize your new leadership style.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

WE DO CARPETS!

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today at 978-927-8665.

5 Different Sources of House Fires and How to Prevent A Fire in Your Home

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

A Home Fire That Began In A Wall

Wiring and Outlets

  • Make sure all electrical cords are checked throughout your home for signs of fraying and make sure all frayed wires are replaced.
  • Do not cover cords with item such as rugs or blankets.
  • Be aware of the capacity that your home can handle in its electrical system.
  • Make sure to understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips.  Surge protectors help protect electronic devices.

Kitchens

  • Make sure there is a fire extinguishers readily available and make sure one knows how to use it in case of emergencies.
  • Keeping your stove clean is another way to prevent a house fire. Grease on a stove or in an oven can lead to a fire the next time it is used, if not cleaned properly.  

Dryers

  • Installing a dryer not properly could lead to a house fire when it is used for the first time.  Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly to prevent a fire from happening though the vent.
  • Make sure your dryer is cleaned regularly
  • After each load of laundry is done make sure the lint is taken out from the previous load.

Other Sources of Heating

  • Space heaters are known for starting house fires when left on too long, or on when nobody is in your home.
  • Make sure your space heater is far enough away from all furniture or anything else that can get too warm and catch on fire.

Chimneys

  • If there in a chimney that is located in your house make sure it is inspected annually. Have a professional clean or repair your chimney as needed.  
  • Make sure to use wood only.

Four Steps to Cleaning Your Home After a Fire

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

  • Step One: Emergency Contact
    • SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann (978-927-8665) offers a 24/7 emergency service number that can be contacted when a fire occurs in your home. This is a very important feature when trying to find a company to clean after something tragic like a fire or flood happens.  Why do you need to start a fire damage restoration damage right away? You want to be able to prevent anymore damage from happening to your property.
  • Step Two: Assessment
    • The next step in the fire damage restoration is where the company will assess the extent of the damage that has happened to your property.  This is important because it gives the company a plan of action and the company will then be able to give you and accurate quote for the cost. Most importantly, to make sure your home looks “like it never happened”.
  • Step Three: Clean Up
    • The main step, is where a SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978-927-8665 fire damage restoration service will being the clean up process of the damage. They will clean away smoke, dust, and soot from your surfaces and any underlying issues that come about. After a fire often you will find that your property looks dark, stained and charred. The first job your fire damage restoration company will do is clean up all the damage and get your property looking “like it never happened”.  During this fire damage restoration process, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978-927-8665 will also ensure to remove any odors that can linger after the smoke has been in the room. This might involve carpet cleaning and will often need to address adjacent rooms as well as those directly affected by fire damage.
  • Step Four: Restore and Renovation
    • After all is cleaned up next begins the next and final step, finally getting your property back to the way it was.

Water Damage Do's & Dont's - Rockport,MA

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your Seekonk home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.

Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage in your Massachusetts home:

  • First, ascertain whether it safe to stay in the house.
  • Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
  • Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
  • Contact your SERVPRO Professionals at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665 for complete restoration.

While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects and other prized possessions to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann: Fire Damage Restoration Specialist Offers Beverly/Cape Ann Families Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Startling statistics underscore the need for caution in the kitchen

Beverly, MA (Grassroots Newswire) Holiday party planning begins now for many families, and Antonio LaGrassa of SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann offers some important reminders to Beverly residents to help ensure this season glows with the warmth of good food and good friends, and not with the glare of a devastating home fire.

“The holiday season is a time when many families plan big and elaborate meals for large groups of people,” says LaGrassa. “But all that cooking creates an extraordinary risk of fire. For a safe and festive holiday season, it’s important to understand that risk and take steps to minimize it.”

Cooking Fire Safety

Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals that in 2017, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 88 seconds.1 Cooking equipment was the leading cause2 of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47 percent of home fires. These fires resulted in 20 percent of the home fire deaths and 45 percent of the injuries.

“Beverly area families should keep these statistics in mind as the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve2,” says LaGrassa. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.3 This video graphically illustrates the danger these devices can pose.” https://youtu.be/j3rF8F0JQRQ.

LaGrassa offers these additional cooking safety tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.4

  1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
  4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18 percent of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing.2
  5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep your holiday celebrations safe,” says LaGrassa. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury, or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann are disaster response professionals and fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, please contact Antonio LaGrassa at (978)927-8665 or office@SERVPRObeverly.com.

Citations

1 https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fires-in-the-US

2 https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/CookingFactSheet.ashx?la=en

3 https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Turkey-fryers

4 https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. 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.

Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester Residents: Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann for your Biohazard Cleanup Needs!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup: SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is "Here to Help!"

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is "Here to Help!" for many situations!

As well as  being a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.  It is also important to know what qualifies for a Biohazard Cleanup and what is not necessarily a Biohazard Cleanup, but can be more quickly and easily treated, and less expensively.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.  Part of this procedure is knowing how to properly set up containment for whatever situation arises.  Is the furnace or central a/c turned on?  These are just some of the questions that are extremely important and must be followed with these type of losses. 

Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.  We follow the rules so you can have piece of mind when you call the professionals  at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann!

CAll 978-927-8665 for inquiry about our services! or SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/biohazard-cleaning

How Does the MA DEP fit into jobs with SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann?

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

When asbestos may be involved, know the proper procedures!

Advice from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:  "If asbestos containing material is in good condition, the best thing you can do is leave it alone."

Unfortunately, IICRC standards says removal of some amount of building materials in necessary in a high percentage of our jobs due to contamination.  What does that mean?  If we are removing any amount of building materials from your home, the said building material needs to be tested for asbestos levels, without failbefore the materials are removed from your home.  What does this mean to you>  It means we are "on hold" with your project temporarily.  We contact a valuable asset, an Industrial Hygienist, who will contact you our customer, to make arrangements to come to your home to perform asbestos testing.  The Industrial Hygienist will take samples of the material we are looking to remove, and the samples are sent to a lab for asbestos testing.  We are usually notified within 2-3 days with the results...whether any of the building materials contain asbestos or not.  If there is asbestos in the materials, we need bring in an outside asbestos abatement company to provide an estimate for you (and your insurance company)and ultimately perform the asbestos abatement.

The reasons fo the multi steps is simple. #1) if we skip this step, the fine from the MA DEP reaches into the thousands of dollars.  #2)What does this mean to you and your home?  It goes back to the MASS. DEP advice..."If asbestos containing material is in good condition, the best thing to do is leave it alone."  If the material needs to be removed from your home, it is no longer in good condition due to your loss.  If a saw is used on drywall or joint compound to remove the drywall, and your furnace is turned on, these asbestos articulates now become airborne! And they use the heating vents as highways.  You are now breathing in this dust, and the dust is airborne.  Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, the professionals regarding the proper way to take care of your home!

9789278665.https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-asbestos-construction-demolition-notifications

Asbestos & Health

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

MA DEP Asbestos Information

This article can be found at the following link, or is provided for your ease of access.

https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-asbestos-construction-demolition-notifications#asbestos-health

Asbestos is a naturally occurring, mostly fibrous mineral that has been used in a variety of building products and industrial settings over the years because of its resistance to heat, fire, and many caustic chemicals.

The physical properties that give asbestos its resistance to heat and decay are also linked with a number of adverse human health effects. Asbestos tends to break apart into a dust of microscopic fibers that remain suspended in the air for a long time. When inhaled, these fibers can cause:

  • Asbestosis, a chronic lung condition that makes breathing progressively more difficult.
  • Cancer, most frequently of the lungs.
  • Mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the chest and abdominal membranes.

Symptoms can take up to 40 years to develop, all can lead to death, and each exposure increases your risk.

Although seldom used in construction since the late 1980s, building materials that contain asbestos are still legal to sell. They can be found in structures of all ages in various forms: decorative plasters, fireproofing, resilient flooring, heating system insulation, wallboard joint compound systems, mastics, roofing, exterior siding, and more.

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/tx/asbguid.pdf

WHY Choose SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann for your Restoration Needs?

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for Emergency Services!

Here are some of the things our customers are saying about SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann and the work we do!

"SERVPRO was wonderful. Thanks so much for helping me out!"

"Frank, Danny and Ryan did a terrific job yesterday! So pleased with the results and their thoughtfulness!"

"I always feel safe knowing my local SERVPRO (SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann) is available 24/7 for emergencies!"

"These folks came out the day after a driving storm to help my mother - who had a broken pipe in her home.  The technician, David, was so kind and patient with my Mom, and so very professional with the work, that I will be forever grateful." 

"I am usually a very tough grader.  Even points in time when there were mechanical issues, or timing issues, Tony (Owner)provided a clear explanation, took accountability for the resolve and got my job back on track. Very, very professional.  Tony has been the star of my disaster to date."

"Excellent service, very thorough and professional.  You do not want to mess around with moisture so if you have to deal with a most unwanted situation you'll want to have peace of mind.  These folks are thorough. I had Frank as my point person -- he's awesome.  Left my house cleaner than when they started!"

"I highly recommend calling SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann.  They came out on a weekend and quickly remedied our issue to prevent further damage following a recent storm.  Their team is knowledgeable and were able to answer all of our remediation questions.  Thanks to their team for their quick response and professionalism." "Not only did they do a wonderful job cleaning up after my fireplace incident, SERVPRO of Beverly responded fast and their courteous demeanor made them a pleasure to work with!" Give us a call 978-927-8665 and "We Are Always Here To Help!"

How To Protect Your Business From Storm Damage

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Advanced Preparations Are Key to Restoring your Business After a Flood! "We are here to help" if Preparations Were Not Enough!

A flooded building can wreak havoc on your business operations. If flood water is a real concern in the Beverly,Wenham,Essex,Manchester, Gloucester or Rockport areas, it is important to do what you can now so that your business property is better protected later. Here's how you can protect your property from water damage.

Preparing Your Building

Before a flood even occurs, you can take steps to seal your building from water. Start by applying a waterproof coating to the exterior walls. Several other steps are also important.

" Install waterproof shields over windows and doors where possible.
" Strengthen walls to stand against the pressure of flood water or flood debris.
" Seal all areas where utilities enter the building.
" Anchor the building if necessary.

Protecting the Lower Levels

Inspect your basement and first floor to ensure there are no areas where flood water can easily enter the premises. Regrade any land that slopes into your property, extend or redirect gutter spouts and repair any cracks in the walls. Move any valuable equipment or furniture to higher ground and create digital backups of any important paper documentation.

Taking Other Safety Measures

Water damage is not the only thing to worry about during flooding. It is also important to properly anchor any fuel tanks to prevent the water from sweeping them away, which can cause the lines to break and fires or explosions to happen. Sewer backflow valves are also important.

Preparing for Restoration

No matter how well you prepare your building for a flood, at least some damage is still likely to occur. Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

978-927-8665

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning, a well-respected restoration company to help you remove moisture, dry materials and get your property ready to do business again.

Being 100 percent prepared for a natural disaster is practically impossible, but preparing now for a later storm means getting back into the swing of things as quickly as possible after any damage happens

Does Your Gloucester/Rockport Home Have A Mold Problem

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Is This In Your Home?

Following the Winter Storms and Flooding of the First several months of the year, we are receiving an unprecedented number of calls regarding questions of possible growth in Coastal homes.  Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann if you would like a mold remediation estimate.  https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/mold-remediation

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See or Smell Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 978-927-8665

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann for ALL Your Water Damage Restoration Professionals

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water, Water Everywhere!

Water Damage Restoration is the Keystone of our Business at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann!

We are trained in and know how to use technology to answer the questions you may have regarding your water loss.  This is exactly what we do-call us and put your mind at ease!  978-927-8665. We use moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry!  We handle all kinds of water issues from an overflowing toilet to "the ocean is now in my basement!", to roof leaks to burst water pipes to overflowing washing machines to failed sump pumps.  And, surfaces that range from a concrete basement to entirely finished basement living areas to exotic hardwood flooring  to custom tiles, custom carpet and one of a kind area rugs.  Because water finds it's way everywhere, we also often times end up cleaning out basements. I have been told by many homeowners that having the water issue in their basement sure made easy work of the basement clean out!

Beverly, Hamilton, Wenham,Rockport,Beverly Farms,Prides Crossing,Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, Magnolia, Montserrat:

Have Water or Flood Damage?

978-927-8665

Why Choose SERVPRO of Beverly / Cape Ann?https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/water-damage-restoration

 

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, we are strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency, so Beverly residents can expect an immediate response, day or night.

Learn More

 

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

Learn More

 

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Learn More

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann for ALL Your Water Damage Restoration Professionals

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration is the Keystone of our Business at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann!

We are trained in and know how to use technology to answer the questions you may have regarding your water loss.  This is exactly what we do-call us and put your mind at ease!  978-927-8665. We use moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry!  We handle all kinds of water issues from an overflowing toilet to "the ocean is now in my basement!", to roof leaks to burst water pipes to overflowing washing machines to failed sump pumps.  And, surfaces that range from a concrete basement to entirely finished basement living areas to exotic hardwood flooring  to custom tiles, custom carpet and one of a kind area rugs.  Because water finds it's way everywhere, we also often times end up cleaning out basements. I have been told by many homeowners that having the water issue in their basement sure made easy work of the basement clean out!

Beverly, Hamilton, Wenham,Rockport,Beverly Farms,Prides Crossing,Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, Magnolia, Montserrat:

Have Water or Flood Damage?

978-927-8665

Why Choose SERVPRO of Beverly / Cape Ann?https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/water-damage-restoration

 

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, we are strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency, so Beverly residents can expect an immediate response, day or night.

Learn More

 

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

Learn More

 

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

Learn More

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann: Good Things Are Happening!

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

3 Vehicles Added to our fleet to serve you more efficiently!

Let's just put it out there...usually when we encounter our customers, it is not a fantastic time for social interaction!  Our crews arrive to your home ready and able to remediate any emergency-water, fire, biohazard.  And you will be put at ease by their knowledge and experience. They know how to handle your emergency and you can tell!

We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Holidays, weekends and evenings included.

Emergencies in your home know no clock or calendar! And they certainly do not abide by YOUR SCHEDULE! Or when you were planning on organizing your basement!

Our crews arrive promptly;  prepared and ready with the knowledge they need to remediate your emergency.

We have added 3 vehicles to our fleet this year so we are ready to serve you efficiently.  We have added just under 20 pieces of new equipment (which are cleaned and sanitized after each use so as not to cross contaminate contaminates!)to better serve you.  Plus, countless other tools required to do our jobs...both in the field and in the office. New computers, new printers, and a well functioning air conditioner which was very much appreciated this past summer!

Call the professionals today  978-927-8665, "We are Here to Help!"https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/

Common Mold Issues

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Suspect Mold? "WE ARE HERE TO HELP!"https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/restoration-training-certifications

Any home or commercial business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann:

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

Commercial Biohazard

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At SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do’s and don’ts after a contamination.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Situations that contain any biohazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call 978-927-8665 or visit our website.

Winter Storm Safety Tips

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Winter storms in New England can range from freezing rain and ice, to a moderate snowfall over a few hours, to blizzard conditions with blinding wind-driven snow that can last several days.

What Are Winter Storms?

Winter storms can include large snow accumulation, extremely cold temperatures, coastal flooding, beach erosion and heavy, wet snow or ice.

Why Prepare?

Extreme winter weather can shut down an entire region. It can lead to roof collapses, communications disruptions and power outages. Winter storms are associated with storm-related deaths caused by:

  • Automobile accidents 
  • Heart attacks due to overexertion 
  • Freezing to death; and
  • Carbon monoxide incidents 

To minimize the dangers associated with winter storms, take the proper safety precautions to protect yourself and your family.

Winter Storm Watches and Warnings

The National Weather Service issues watches and warnings for winter storms and blizzards to alert the public of potential winter storms. It is important to understand the difference between these warnings so you know what to do to stay safe:

Winter Storm Watches 

It is likely that winter storm warning, blizzard warning, or ice storm warning criteria will be met due to the conditions of an upcoming storm.

Winter Storm Warning 

6” of snow or more in a 12-hour period (or 8” of snow or more in a 24-hour period) expected within next 12 to 36 hours.

Blizzard Warning — Sustained wind gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph AND considerable falling and/or blowing snow, resulting in reduced visibility of less than 1/4 mile for at least three hours.

Ice Storm Warning — ½ inch or more of freezing rain.

Before a Winter Storm
  • Be informed by receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies. Download the Massachusetts Alerts app.
  • Create and review your family emergency plan.
    • If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time.
  • Assemble an emergency kit. Add seasonal supplies to your emergency kit, such as extra winter clothing and blankets.
  • Follow instructions from public safety officials.
  • Prepare for possible power outages.
    • Fully charge your cellphone, laptop, and other electronic devices before a storm if power outages are expected.
    • Consider purchasing a generator to provide power during an outage. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and learn how to use it safely before an outage.
  • Prepare your home for possible emergencies.
    • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches around your home that could fall and cause injury or damage.
    • Clear clogged rain gutters to allow water to flow away from your home. Melting snow and ice can build up if gutters are clogged with debris.
    • Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working and have fresh batteries.
    • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide insulation.
    • Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel and consider safe backup heating options such as fireplaces or woodstoves.
  • Ensure your vehicle is ready for safe winter driving. Keep the gas tank at least half-full and have a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk.
During a Winter Storm
  • Minimize outdoor activities. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, utilize MEMA’s winter driving safety tips.
  • Keep your pets safe with Winter Pet Safety Tips.
  • Dress for the season to protect against the elements. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing instead of a single heavy layer. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens (not gloves) and sturdy waterproof boots to protect your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
  • During extreme cold weather, follow our extreme cold safety tips.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
After a Winter Storm
  • Continue to monitor media for emergency information.
  • Follow instructions from public safety officials.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies, including downed power lines and gas leaks.
  • Check with your local authorities or call 2-1-1 to find locations of warming centers or shelters near you or for other storm-related questions.
  • In the event of power outages during cold weather, you may need to go to a warming center or emergency shelter to stay warm. Report power outages to your utility company.
  • Stay away from downed utility wires. Always assume a downed power line is live.
  • Stay off streets and roads until they are clear of snow.
  • Use caution and take frequent breaks when shoveling snow to prevent overexertion. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter.
  • Clear exhaust vents from direct vent gas furnace systems to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working as it is a silent, odorless, killer.
  • Clear snow from around vehicle exhaust pipes before starting the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure emergency generators or secondary heating systems are well ventilated because their fumes contain carbon monoxide. See more Generator Safety Tips.
  • Dig out fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood.
  • Check your roof and clear accumulated snow to avoid roof collapses.
  • Don’t park too close to corners so public safety vehicles and plows can maneuver safely.
  • Be aware of children playing in the streets, particularly climbing on or running out from behind large snowdrifts. Parents should remind their children to be aware of plowing operations and traffic.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.

After the storm, "We ARE HERE TO HELP!"  Call 978-927-8665 to reach us 24/7 for your water/fire/storm/smoke disasters! https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/

THE BEST EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR WATER DAMAGE!

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We use up to date technology and equipment to restore your home or business!

The Best Equipment for Your Water Damage

Pictured here are floor drying mats. We are constantly training our crews to use the best solutions in resolving your water damage.

Any type of water damage has the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality  problems if not properly taken care of.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann has 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. SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann 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® of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing the SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann can calculate and create an environment most conclusive to drying.

SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann (978-927-8665) has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

We can "Sense" Water for you!

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

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 Beverly/Cape Ann has 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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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® of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing your SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann can calculate and create an environment most conclusive 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.

What is the bottom line? SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann (978-927-8665) has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Water Damage Service: WE WORK HOLIDAYS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you!

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage knows no Holidays! We are available 24/7 for your water damage emergencies!https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/water-cleanup

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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: 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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

Furnace Puff Back: A Difficult Mess

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Despite the increasing number of viable alternative heating methods available on the market, a large number of people in Massachusetts and New England still rely on oil furnaces to heat their homes and businesses. Modern heating systems are very reliable and dependable; most issues can be readily addressed by a qualified professional. Unfortunately, the malfunction commonly known as the "puff back" is not so easily dealt with.

A puffback is an explosion inside the burner chamber of the furnace, similar to the backfiring of a car. While there are a number of causes - such as excessive debris or a buildup of oil fumes prior to burner ignition - the resulting explosion can shoot soot and debris through the furnace's exhaust system...and into your home.

This soot is not just a powder-like substance; instead, it is black, sticky and will include a mixture of oil that is difficult to clean. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks. Typically, the damage is worse with a forced-air -heating system or central air-conditioning, because the duct work provides a path through the house, even into closets. In addition to the soot, a puff back causes a foul odor to permeate your home. Oil-based soot is extremely difficult to remove and needs to be cleaned as soon as possible.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann has the knowledge and experience to take care of difficult problems such as this. Since each puffback situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home or business, while also treating your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

In the event of a puffback - or any fire, smoke or water emergency - SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is just a phone call away.

Call us today at 978-927-8665!

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann awarded The Director's Bronze Award!

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Thanks to you Beverly/Cape Ann Customers!

Thank you Beverly/Cape Ann for helping us achieve this prestigious honor!  The following announcement appeared in The Beverly Patch and reads as follows:

The Beverly Patch

Posted Jul 19, 2018 at 7:10 PM

The following Beverly-area business received awards at the recent SERVPRO convention, held at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., from June 25-29.

This and other high-performing franchisees were recognized during an Awards Extravaganza at the annual event, which was attended by nearly 3,000 owners, key staff, and corporate representatives.

- Vincent LaGrassa and Antonio LaGrassa, owners of SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, received the Director’s Bronze award.

“Running a small business is a challenge,” said Sue Steen, chief executive officer of SERVPRO Industries, Inc., “And SERVPRO understands that. Our annual convention gives us the opportunity to recognize our top performing franchises while we provide each of our individual franchisees with the tools, knowledge and group experience they need to help them excel at building their businesses. Our business owners are an extraordinary group of entrepreneurs. When they succeed, it does more than enhance SERVPRO’s reputation as an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration, and remediation services. It also ensures that these dedicated professionals have the tools they need to provide world-class service to their customers and their communities.”

The Awards Extravaganza event was the highlight of a convention packed with learning opportunities. This year’s event theme, “Bring the Brand to Life,” represented the four main areas of focus that help add life to any brand: serve the customer, build the brand, management and leadership. The theme was a thread running through the 70 breakout sessions and three general sessions available to the franchise owners and key team members in attendance.

For more information about SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, please visit SERVPROofbeverlycapeann.com or give us a call today at 978-927-8665! We look forward to hearing from you and we thank you for giving us an opportunity to earn your business!

Smoke and Soot Information

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage?

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?Call Us Today – 978 -927- 8655

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service for Cape Ann Residents

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage coming from the floor above you!

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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: 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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)?SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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
  • About SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

After the Storm: Important Tips - SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann for any After the Storm Clean ups you may have!

Be careful to take certain precautions after the storm has passed. Damage to your home can have a dramatic emotional impact, and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how to reenter your home. Having a plan, and being aware of certain risks, will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family after the storm.  

Keep these after the storm tips in mind:

  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid metal fences and other metal objects near downed lines. 
  • DO NOT use matches in a storm ravaged area until all gas lines are checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand).   
  • Stay tuned to local news organizations, such as a radio or television station, for important announcements, bulletin, and instructions concerning the storm area.
  • Remember that, after the storm, you may not have immediate access to your home. Emergency rescue crews, power crews and other personnel may be attending to special needs. Roads could be blocked, power lines could be down and people may be trapped and in need of assistance.  
  • Use a camera or camcorder to record thoroughly any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.  
  • In certain areas, the flooding rains that accompany a storm can create pest problems. Be aware of potential pest problems in your area, such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have "come with the storm". 
  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid driving as roads may be blocked after the storm.
  • Avoid sight-seeing or entering a storm ravaged area unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.  
  • Avoid downed power lines even if they look harmless.
  • Avoid turning the power on at your home if there is flooding present. Have a professional conduct a thorough inspection first.  
  • Consider having professionals/licensed contractors inspect your home for damage and help in repairs. This includes electricians, as well as professionals to inspect gas lines, remove uprooted trees and check plumbing.
  • Remember that downed or damaged trees can contain power lines that can be a hazard after the storm.  
  • Telephone lines will likely be busy in the area; use a phone only for emergencies.
  • Flooding brings with it the risk of waterborne bacterial contamination.
  • After the storm you should assume that the water is not safe and use properly stored water or boil your tap water.

These are just a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a severe storm hits. Remember to keep your radio tuned to a station issuing emergency bulletins and updates with the latest information.

We often only focus on the before when it comes to storms (you can see our tips for before the storm here) but knowing what to do after is just as important.

Source: Federal Alliance For Safe Homes 

Give us a call at (978) 927-8665 or visit our website at https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Countdown to the Holiday Season: Preparing Your Home

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

It’s hard to believe it’s almost December.  The pumpkin spiced lattes, UGG’s, sweater weather, comfort food and many more fall things we <3 are all back and we love it. Soon enough Thanksgiving will be a memory and Christmas will be upon us.
The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year and we all love to indulge a bit and that may include traveling.  But, the holidays are also a busy season of burglaries. November and December are known to have nearly 400,000 burglaries according to the FBI.  Apparently holiday travel + presents under the tree = a burglar’s dream come true. So if you’re planning to take a trip this season be sure to try and be proactive and give the following some thought to keep your home safe.

  1. Do Not Tell the Internet

We over-share everything. Social media trains you to do this. Posting pictures at this time on this date with this person. It’s habit for some people. But we should all take note this year and try to hold off.  Or if you want maybe just switch off location services on social apps and sites and hold off on posting your vacation pics until you’re back at home. If you simply can’t wait until you’re back to share, adjust your social media settings so only your close friends and family can see your updates.

  1. Post a Sign

Another easy way to keep burglars away from your home is to post security and surveillance signage around your house. About 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of a home alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. Make your home look like it’s tough to break into and many burglars won’t even try.

  1. Use your neighbors

Your neighbors can be a great asset when trying to keep your home safe while you’re gone. If you’re planning a trip, ask neighbors you trust to collect your mail and keep a general eye on things for you.

  1. Schedule your lights

Another great way to make it look like someone is home is to put your lights on a schedule. Very simple to have your lights go on with apps on your phone or even on a timer.

  1. Keep your gifts to yourself

If you’ve been doing a lot of holiday shopping and have purchased big ticket items, be discrete when you throw away the packaging. Don’t put empty television boxes or Tiffany’s bags on the curb for everyone to see. On that same note, don’t post about all your shiny new toys online – burglars have Facebook too.

  1. Security cameras

In this time and day you can do almost anything at any time thanks to technology. One last simple piece of advice is to set up a security camera so you can see a live view of your home.

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/ 

978-927-8665

Fire Damage To Your Business

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann has the training, experience, and equipment to handle commercial fire damage emergencies.

A fire can strike an office, a floor, or a whole building. The damage caused by fire, water, and smoke damage can be devastating and have a tremendous impact on the business and tenants. It is important to get help as soon as possible to clean-up the damage. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann can properly and safely dispose of damaged materials, safeguard and clean your belongings, and clean and deodorize your property. Our team will use a combination of cleaning solutions, equipment, and products to properly clean the facility and eliminate any odors from the fire. 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have Commercial Fire Damage?

Give us a call at:978-927-8665

https://www.SERVPRObeverlycapeann.com/commercial-fire-damage

If a Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Tips for preparedness

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/ or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann to help "Make It "Like it never even happened." at 1-978-927-8665.

Faster to you Rockport Water Damage Event

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

A water pipe break caused this basement in Rockport to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 – 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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.

Faster to your Wenham Water Damage Event

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

A water pipe break caused this basement in Wenham to flood. This before picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 – 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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.

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

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

This Beverly home's basement flooded due to heavy rains. Their home contained the office records and supplies for their family business.

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 Beverly 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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 978-927-8665

5 Things You Need to Know About Mold

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow and spread in your Beverly home if moisture or water is present.

As a homeowner, you don't want to hear that there is black mold in your living space. The thought of mold growth may terrify you. It's true that this fungus can be a problem in Boston, MA, but the spores themselves really aren't that scary. If you talk to any residential mold professional, you'll learn a few important things about this growth.

1. It is everywhere. Mold already exists in your home. This doesn't mean you need to call in a remediation team right now, but it does mean that the spores naturally occur both indoors and outdoors. You can never have a mold-free house because the spores are always around.


2. It requires water. While the spores may be everywhere, mold cannot thrive in every location. Water is a key ingredient for mold survival. If you have been dealing with a moisture problem in your house, even just high humidity, you may be inviting colonies of mold.


3. It can travel easily. Part of the reason spores can be everywhere is because they travel through water, in the air and on humans and animals. You may introduce mold to your home without realizing that a few spores caught a ride on your shoes.


4. It may have a smell. Some molds, particularly black mold, are associated with a musty odor. This aroma may be what clues you in to your growth. However, this fungus can exist without a tell-tale smell.


5. It needs to be dealt with quickly. Because mold is everywhere and can spread easily, a mold cleanup crew should be called as soon as you suspect the growth is in your house. If not taken care of right away, it may spread to other rooms and the remediation process may grow.

Black mold is something that no one wants to find in their home, but sometimes it finds a way to show up. The more you know about mold the better prepared you will be to take care of the problem.

Memorial Day

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Honoring those who have served

Did you know?.......Fun Facts & Trivia

  •  There is a National Moment of Remembrance established by Congress which asks all Americans to pause each Memorial Day for one minute at 3pm (the time when most of us are stuffing our faces with hamburgers and hot dogs!)
  • Decoration Day was established in the 19th century to decorate the graves of soldiers who died during the Civil War. Eventually, it became a remembrance of all brave military men and women, and by 1967 the day was legally changed to Memorial Day.
  • The first Decoration Day became extra memorable when James Garfield stepped up to the podium at Arlington National Cemetery in 1868. In the blistering heat, the future President's speech lasted 1 1/2 hours during "a spring day too warm for comfort," observed the New York Times.
  • Bringing attention to Vietnam War POW's and MIA's, the "Rolling Thunder" of motorcycles first arrived in Washington DC during Memorial Day Weekend in 1988. Today, more than a million riders and spectators converge on the capital in what has become the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event.

Rockport,Gloucester,Manchester: Does Your Home Have Mold Problem?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 978-927-8665

Mold Safety Tips for the Beverly/Cape Ann Area

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of The Attleboros for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 978-927-8665!

Restore your Floors?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

The Best Equipment for Your Water Damage

Pictured here are floor drying mats. We are constantly training our crews to use the best solutions in resolving your water damage.

Any type of water damage has the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality  problems if not properly taken care of.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann has 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. SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann 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® of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing the SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann can calculate and create an environment most conclusive to drying.

SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann (978-927-8665) has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Sensing Water Damage In Your Home That You Cannot See

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

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 Beverly/Cape Ann has 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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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® of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing your SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann can calculate and create an environment most conclusive 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.

What is the bottom line? SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann (978-927-8665) has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

What to Do if You Find Mold in Your Beverly/Cape Ann Properties:

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When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call 978-927-8665 for help with your mold remediation needs.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic  mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Fire Odor in your Beverly,Gloucester and Rockport Home or Business

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann can provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask your SERVPRO® representative to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services please visit our website or contact SERVPRO® of Beverly/Cape Ann at 978-927-8665. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. 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.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

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Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann training and certifications.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Commercial Building Restoration Service

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When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester by the Sea's 24 hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 - 978-927-8665

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable.  You need an expert to guide you through the crisis. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann

    SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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.

Gloucester. Rockport. Manchester by the Sea Homeowners: Your Belongings and Fire Damage

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. the SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals understand your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

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Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Beverly Area, Wenham and Hamilton: Fire Damage Restoration Process

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call  SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann, which is available 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our crew with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 4: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO Beverly/Cape Ann will use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Beverly/Cape Ann: We are always here to help! Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

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The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

The SERVPRO Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. Our SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why the SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

Beverly/Cape Ann Businesses: Commercial Restoration Services

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call 978-927-8665.

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Commercial Properties in the Beverly/ Cape Ann area:Commercial Water Damage Restoration

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

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Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, they will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our extensive training:

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

Importance of Chimney Cleaning For Beverly/Cape Ann residents

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping a clean chimney can eliminate the possibility of chimney fires. The issue that can lead to fires is the creosote can build up when the firewood is not burned completely.

A smoky fire without enough oxygen emits lots of unburned tar vapors that can condense inside the flue and stick to it, possibly leading to a chimney fire. You can reduce creosote buildup in your fireplace by providing adequate combustion air, which will encourage a hot, clean-burning fire.

To check for creosote, shine the light near the top of the firebox, in the smoke chamber and around the damper. And check the flue, too, especially on exterior chimneys, where creosote builds faster than on interior chimneys because of lower outside temperatures

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Should you need help after a chimney fire, "We are always here to help!" 

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Are you aware of Ice Damns and their Hidden Damage?

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

Infrared photo of hidden ice damage
 Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester by the Sea residents:Make SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann your winter storm damage restoration company! Call us:978-927-8665

ICE DAMS AND HIDDEN DAMAGE

Ice Dams form when snow or ice  accumulates on the surface of your roof, causing a “dam” at the edge of an in-insulated part of a roof, such as an overhang or eve. As the heating system heats the home and attic space throughout the day, snow and ice begin to melt from the heated areas and drips off of the roof.

Though beautiful, icicles form and begin to build up ice on the edge of the uninsulated part of the roof. Beneath this top layer water runs down into the gutter and then refreezes then continues over time to cause a large amount of ice build up over the top of the gutter. Water then starts to pool on your roof and seep back under your shingles, metal roofing or any other roofing system. 

As the ice melts again, it seeps into your attic and eventually comes through areas of the structure, resulting in water damage. This can cause damage to drywall, insulation, and framing materials. It can also be an incubation point for mold inside the wall cavity or external walls, ceiling, and even the attic. It can even potentially cause dry rot to the framing materials and reduce the structural integrity of the structure. Wet building materials can start to have a strong musty odor as well.

Ice dams can cause a large amount of damage to a commercial or residential structure. They can cause mold damage and even dry rot. If ice builds up too much it can even rip off rain gutters from the weight of the ice.

Here are a few easy preventative measures to reduce the potential for ice dams:

1.Check the attic for proper insulation. 
2.String waterproof electric heat tape through your gutters to keep them from freezing and building up with ice.
3.Keep the snow off of your roof. If snow is building up on your roof, get it shoveled off to eliminate the melting of the bottom layer.

If you have any questions about ice dams, water damage or mold feel free to call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann:978-927-8665.

Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester by the Sea residents: Ice Dams and Hidden Damage

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

ICE DAMS AND HIDDEN DAMAGE

Call SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann for all of your winter storm damage water issues at: 978-927-8665

Ice Dams form when snow or ice  accumulates on the surface of your roof, causing a “dam” at the edge of an un-insulated part of a roof, such as an overhang or eve. As the heating system heats the home and attic space throughout the day, snow and ice begin to melt from the heated areas and drips off of the roof.

Though beautiful, icicles form and begin to build up ice on the edge of the uninsulated part of the roof. Beneath this top layer water runs down into the gutter and then refreezes then continues over time to cause a large amount of ice build up over the top of the gutter. Water then starts to pool on your roof and seep back under your shingles, metal roofing or any other roofing system. 

As the ice melts again, it seeps into your attic and eventually comes through areas of the structure, resulting in water damage. This can cause damage to drywall, insulation, and framing materials. It can also be an incubation point for mold inside the wall cavity or external walls, ceiling, and even the attic. It can even potentially cause dry rot to the framing materials and reduce the structural integrity of the structure. Wet building materials can start to have a strong musty odor as well.

Ice dams can cause a large amount of damage to a commercial or residential structure. They can cause mold damage and even dry rot. If ice builds up too much it can even rip off rain gutters from the weight of the ice.

Here are a few easy preventative measures to reduce the potential for ice dams:

1.  Check the attic for proper insulation. 
2.  String waterproof electric heat tape through your gutters to keep them from freezing and building up with ice.
3.  Keep the snow off of your roof. If snow is building up on your roof, get it shoveled off to eliminate the melting of the bottom layer.

If you have any questions about ice dams, water damage or mold feel free to call us at 978-927-8665.

Winter Storm Cleanup and Restoration Professionals for Essex County

12/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann is your Winter storm damage restoration team of professionals!

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Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

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SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

When Storms or Floods hit Essex County, SERVPRO is ready!

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Beverly/Cape Ann area, we can scale ourselves to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have a Storm or Flood Damage?  Call us today at 978-927-8665

Beverly/Cape Ann's 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 - 978-927-8665

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 [[Franchise Name]] 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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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.

Beverly/Cape Ann Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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Restoring Your Essex County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Essex County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

When Storms or Floods hit Essex County SERVPRO is ready!

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Beverly and Cape Ann area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today: 978-927-8665

: Beverly and Cape Ann area 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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: 978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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

Does Your Beverly/Cape Ann Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise mold removal and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today: 978-927-8665

Hide and Seek; Mold Edition

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

You cannot always see mold lurking in the walls or vents of your home, but sometimes your sense of smell can be the help you need to find out you might have a mold issue. 

This time of year can be very humid most of the time which is great for mold; it loves damp dark places to spread its spores. Although you may not be able to hide from mold it can definitely hide from you.

In many of our jobs mold comes with a musky almost damp smell that once detected needs to be eliminated as quick as possible.

SERVPRO Beverly/Cape Ann has professional equipment that eradicates mold and then we sanitize the affected areas to help keep the mold from returning and causing more problems.

If you think you might have an issue with mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO Beverly so we can help! 978.927.8665

Let Us Help You

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

We see a lot people try to get rid of a sizable water damage themselves to try and save money. But in the end, it may cost you more trying to do it by yourself. 

Let's take a look at what you will need to do to handle a water cleanup yourself.

    • You have to remove all the excess water. You might be able to handle this one if you or a neighbor has a wet vac or a submersive pump. SERVPRO  Beverly/Cape Ann has professional  extraction equipment.
    • So that pump got you out of the jam, make sure it got ALL the water cleaned up. So that means getting out your infrared camera to help to see what is intrusive. Oh you don't have one laying around? SERVPRO Beverly/Cape Ann can help.
    • Now you have to dry the area that had all that water. SERVPRO Beverly/Cape Ann has dehumidifiers, do you?
    • Ok you got it bone dry (took a bit but you got it) but now mold is probably going to give you some problems as secondary damage.  SERVPRO Beverly/Cape Ann can sanitize when cleaned up - it will be a more comforting feeling knowing this was done. 

We really can help you out, please call SERVPRO from the start to come handle your water damages 978-927-8665.

Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded unfinished basement.

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 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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 978.927.8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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

Mold Remediation

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 978.927.8665

How often do you need to clean?

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

How Often Do You Need to Clean?

With a busy schedule to keep, how often do you really need to clean your home? By taking care of these 6 little-thought-of places, you can keep your home at its best and healthiest.

We live in a fast-paced world. How often do you have time to strap on a bandana, gloves, and grab a squirt bottle?

If you want to keep your home healthy and beautiful, but don’t have the schedule for regular deep cleans, then here are the six main places you need to focus on to eliminate sneaky bacteria, and keep your place shining at a glance.

1. Microwave

Contrary to popular opinion, microwaving your food does not burn away bacteria enough to counterbalance the spray of food from crackling bacon or explosive chili. Leaving your microwave as the last kitchen appliance to clean is setting you up for a bout of food poisoning. Running a heavy sponge over its inner walls, and sending the glass plate through the dishwasher every two weeks will keep your microwave safe and healthy. If you haven’t done in it a while, apply some bleach to a rag for the first clean to burn out those long-term bacteria growths.

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2. Bath Tub

A report by Huffington Post speculates that a bathtub is even dirtier than your toilet. Bacteria lingering in your bathtub can cause more than a surprise bout of flu that takes you out of commission; harmful skin infections can be spawned off a bathtub left unattended, so be sure to give it a once-over with heavy soap once a week. If this is its first cleaning, hit it with some bleach to clear out the existing illnesses waiting to happen.

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3. Floor

The eye is instantly drawn to the floor when entering the room, so even if the rest of your home is pristine, a dirty floor will equate a dirty home. When you see an accumulation of pet hair and crumbs, it’s time to give it a once-over with a vacuum, and mop up dirt as you see it on your hardwood. However, filth can gather out of sight that leave floors unsafe for pets and children. Set a schedule to vacuum, or sweep and mop, once a week, and be guaranteed harmful mildew or grime lingering in your floor is eliminated. This will provide a smoother feel, and make it less of a daunting task when you do get around to a major clean.

4. Table Tops and Pictures

Forgetting to brush off your ceiling fan once in awhile can aggravate respiratory issues such as asthma, and bacteria naturally gathers on coffee tables and bedside stands — things we rarely clean our hands before touching. To prevent breathing problems with guests and to safeguard your health, take a rag with disinfectant to your picture frames and table tops. This leaves them shining, clean of dust, and bacteria free. For your ceiling fans, don’t go for the feather duster — it’ll only spread it around. Take a bath towel and wrap it around the blade, dragging it towards you so that the dust is collected rather than scattered. These 10 Unexpected & Damage-Free Decor Ideas make it even easier to have a stylish home that isn’t difficult to keep clean.

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5. Computer

You might run your virus scanner every week, but it’s not the insides of this home essential you need to worry about. A study conducted by CNN said that computer keyboards are over five times dirtier than our toilet seats, and while we all make sure to use a paper toilet when opening a public bathroom door, rarely do we put on gloves before using our laptops. Once a week, power down your digital buddy and don’t hold back in rubbing it down with a rag and disinfectant spray, scrubbing over the mouse while you’re at it.

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6. Kitchen Counters

We leave dishes and food on them, use them as impromptu seats, and our pets even have free range of counter tops when we’re not looking. Kitchen counters are more prone to bacteria than any other table top, so set aside a time for scrubbing with bleach and soap once a week. If you do dishes more often, then give the counters a once over with your sponge as you finish, and save the heavy-duty cleaning for once every other week.

 

Home Ready for the Holiday's

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

It’s hard to believe it’s almost December.  The pumpkin spiced lattes, UGG’s, sweater weather, comfort food and many more fall things we <3 are all back and we love it. Soon enough Thanksgiving will be a memory and Christmas will be upon us.
The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year and we all love to indulge a bit and that may include traveling.  But, the holidays are also a busy season of burglaries. November and December are known to have nearly 400,000 burglaries according to the FBI.  Apparently holiday travel + presents under the tree = a burglar’s dream come true. So if you’re planning to take a trip this season be sure to try and be proactive and give the following some thought to keep your home safe.

  1. Do Not Tell the Internet

We over-share everything. Social media trains you to do this. Posting pictures at this time on this date with this person. It’s habit for some people. But we should all take note this year and try to hold off.  Or if you want maybe just switch off location services on social apps and sites and hold off on posting your vacation pics until you’re back at home. If you simply can’t wait until you’re back to share, adjust your social media settings so only your close friends and family can see your updates.

  1. Post a Sign

Another easy way to keep burglars away from your home is to post security and surveillance signage around your house. About 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of a home alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. Make your home look like it’s tough to break into and many burglars won’t even try.

 

  1. Use your neighbors

Your neighbors can be a great asset when trying to keep your home safe while you’re gone. If you’re planning a trip, ask neighbors you trust to collect your mail and keep a general eye on things for you.

  1. Schedule your lights

Another great way to make it look like someone is home is to put your lights on a schedule. Very simple to have your lights go on with apps on your phone or even on a timer.

 

  1. Keep your gifts to yourself

If you’ve been doing a lot of holiday shopping and have purchased big ticket items, be discrete when you throw away the packaging. Don’t put empty television boxes or Tiffany’s bags on the curb for everyone to see. On that same note, don’t post about all your shiny new toys online – burglars have Facebook too.

 

  1. Security cameras

In this time and day you can do almost anything at any time thanks to technology. One last simple piece of advice is to set up a security camera so you can see a live view of your home.

Home Ready for the Holiday's

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

It’s hard to believe it’s almost December.  The pumpkin spiced lattes, UGG’s, sweater weather, comfort food and many more fall things we <3 are all back and we love it. Soon enough Thanksgiving will be a memory and Christmas will be upon us.
The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year and we all love to indulge a bit and that may include traveling.  But, the holidays are also a busy season of burglaries. November and December are known to have nearly 400,000 burglaries according to the FBI.  Apparently holiday travel + presents under the tree = a burglar’s dream come true. So if you’re planning to take a trip this season be sure to try and be proactive and give the following some thought to keep your home safe.

  1. Do Not Tell the Internet

We over-share everything. Social media trains you to do this. Posting pictures at this time on this date with this person. It’s habit for some people. But we should all take note this year and try to hold off.  Or if you want maybe just switch off location services on social apps and sites and hold off on posting your vacation pics until you’re back at home. If you simply can’t wait until you’re back to share, adjust your social media settings so only your close friends and family can see your updates.

  1. Post a Sign

Another easy way to keep burglars away from your home is to post security and surveillance signage around your house. About 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of a home alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. Make your home look like it’s tough to break into and many burglars won’t even try.

 

  1. Use your neighbors

Your neighbors can be a great asset when trying to keep your home safe while you’re gone. If you’re planning a trip, ask neighbors you trust to collect your mail and keep a general eye on things for you.

  1. Schedule your lights

Another great way to make it look like someone is home is to put your lights on a schedule. Very simple to have your lights go on with apps on your phone or even on a timer.

 

  1. Keep your gifts to yourself

If you’ve been doing a lot of holiday shopping and have purchased big ticket items, be discrete when you throw away the packaging. Don’t put empty television boxes or Tiffany’s bags on the curb for everyone to see. On that same note, don’t post about all your shiny new toys online – burglars have Facebook too.

 

  1. Security cameras

In this time and day you can do almost anything at any time thanks to technology. One last simple piece of advice is to set up a security camera so you can see a live view of your home.

Prepping your Home for the Upcoming Winter Months

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Now that fall is officially here, it's time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

Some tips could include;

- If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan's blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. Energy Star says the fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises). This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings -- and it might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings.

-If your home had lots of icicles last winter -- or worse, ice dams, which can cause meltwater to back up and flow into your house -- take steps to prevent potential damage this year. You will be happy you did!

-Turn of exterior faucets;
Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets.

 

Check and repair weather stripping before winter hits. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/essential-guide-to-weatherstripping

Smoke And Soot Cleanup

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 978.927.8665

Back To Routine

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

School is officially back in session! The summer may have come to an end, but thankfully the nice weather is hanging on for us! Be sure to take advantage of the warm temperatures while they last!

September is not only the month everyone goes back to school but it is also National Preparness Month.  

Different types of disasters and emergencies happen in communities across the country, but there are key steps that every household can take to be better prepared for them. Kids learn what to do at school so why not have some sort of plan at home? Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that can happen at home, work, and school.

Some tips include;

  • Make a clear plan of what to do in an emergency and in case of an evacuation.
  • Identify clear roles for everyone in the house.
  • Make a list of all the important things you may forget when in an emergency.
  • Have a disaster kit assembled for everyone in the house.
  • Have an out of the area emergency contact person saved on a smartphone.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts 

Practice evacuating your home twice a year, especially if you have kids, infants, people with disabilities and seniors that may all need special considerations while planning for an emergency.  This makes it a routine and can make a real emergency situation less stressful.

 We wish all of you the best of luck this school year, both in sports and academically.

Summer Safety

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Burn your meal... or the house

Summer is the time for many fun activities including barbecues, and fireworks.

Each year, an average of 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after firework-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.

  • Leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
  • After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer.

"Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires followed by May, June and August."

As we hit mid July, peak grill time, a simple backyard barbecue can become dangerous if safety precautions aren't considered.  SERVPRO of Beverly wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to make sure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

SAFETY TIPS

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  •  Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  •  Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

    CHARCOAL GRILLS

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

  •  If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.

  •  When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Association.
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Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 978.927.8665

Faster To Any Size Disaster

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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 Beverly/Cape Ann 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 at  978-927-8665

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 Beverly/Cape Ann

SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann 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.

SERVPRO Honors Local Business for Outstanding Revenue Performance

8/10/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO, an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services, recognized Vincent Lagrassa and Antonio Lagrassa of SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann with the PRESIDENT's Silver award for outstanding revenue performance. The Awards event took place at the company's 46th Annual Convention, held July 6 to July 10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The event attracted a record-setting group of more than 2,700 Franchise owners and key employees. 

"Winning this award requires a partnership between the dedicated team at SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann and our franchisor SERVPRO," said Vincent Lagrassa, SERVPRO of Beverly/Cape Ann owner. "We contribute by working hard to earn the trust and respect of home and business owners in our community. SERVPRO backs us up by providing us with the tools, training, and knowledge to help us maintain our leadership position in our industry. Together, we are ready at a moment's notice to step in with the highest level of professional assistance when disaster strikes."...

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