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How SERVPRO Will Treat your Water Damage Emergency

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Stumbling upon a flooded basement or a water-logged living room carpet is always nerve wracking and surprising. When someone finds themselves in this situation, they’re typically at a loss when it comes to what to do first. With countless reconstruction and restoration companies on the Cape, how do you choose the right one when time is of the essence? When looking for an emergency restoration company, you should hire one that’s quick to arrive, will restore instead of replace items in your home and will get your life back to normal as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod can do all of this and more. Here are some reasons SERVPRO is your one-stop shop for all things water restoration:

We Arrive Faster Than the Rest: Unlike the competition, SERVPRO is ready for your emergency call 24/7. Almost immediately after your call, a full, professional crew will gear up and get ready to take care of your emergency within 24 hours.

We’ll Save You Money Compared to the Reconstruction Companies: Reconstruction companies will keep you waiting for weeks, letting damage set in further, causing more to work to be done. The first 24 hours of a water emergency are the most important in terms of properly repairing your property.  Also, reconstruction companies will replace nearly everything effected by the water damage. At SERVPRO, we aim to restore damaged items and fixtures rather than replacing them. This saves the customer a great deal of money and helps to make their home look as if the water damage never even happened.

We’ll Get You Back Home ASAP: Our fast response times and efficient cleanup methods will have you back home in no time. We also restore water damaged contents, meaning you don’t have to lose your important belongings after a water disaster. With our advanced contents inventory system, we’ll make sure nothing of importance is forgotten or left behind, making your house feel like a home again.

If your Cape Cod home or business is in need of water restoration, SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod is on alert 24/7 for your needs. Give us a call at 508-778-7378 to set up a free estimate or to get emergency assistance within 24 hours.

Removing Smoke Odor From Your Dennis Home

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Even after the flames of a house fire have long been put out. Smoke damage and odors will continue to linger for quite some time. If not properly treated, smoke odor could persist in your home for years, acting as a constant reminder of an instance you’d rather forget. Everything in your home, from floor to ceiling, absorbs copious amounts of smoke damage after a fire. Follow these helpful tips for removing smoke damage odors from every surface in your home.

Carpeting

  • Baking Soda: Heavily pour baking soda on all carpeting with smoke odors and let it sit for around 12 hours. After the baking soda has had time to settle in, vacuum it up with a heap filter-equipped vacuum cleaner.
  • Steam Cleaning: If baking soda doesn’t do the trick, steam cleaning just might remove the odors. If all else fails, hire a professional mitigation company

Ceiling

  • Use a Chemical Sponge: Use a dry-cleaning sponge to wipe away ceiling soot damage. This is an essential step before applying any sort of wet cleaning agent. Use a wiping motion to remove stains. Using scrubbing motions may cause the damage to set in. This may help mitigate some of the odor

General

  • Air Out the House: Open all windows in the building. Be sure to place fans in all windows to circulate fresh air throughout the home.
  • Appliance Cleaning: When it comes to cleaning appliances after they suffer from smoke damage, its highly recommended that you seek a professional service to restore them. If they are self-restored improperly, the damage will likely set in permanently. Many restoration companies, such as SERVPRO, offer contents restoration.
  • Documents and Photographs: While not all documents can be saved from smoke damage, there are a few professional options to attempt to restore them. These options include air drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, vacuum freeze drying, and vacuum thermal drying. Again, documents and photographs should not be restored through amateur attempts out of risk of destroying them.

If your home suffers from severe smoke damage and needs professional restoration, trust SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod to get the job done right. From Mashpee to Provincetown, SERVPRO is alert 24/7 for your call. Call us at 508-778-7378 for your smoke and fire damage emergency.

Testimonials From Our Valued Customers

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

When trying to explain why SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod stands out the rest, we think our customers say it best. More and more people are seeing the value in mitigating a disaster rather than reconstructing well after the disaster. Mitigation, whether it be in response to water, smoke, fire, bacterial or mold damage, saves weeks of repair work and immense amount of money that could've been wasted on replacing items and structures that can easily be saved.

Why should you choose us for water mitigation? Let one of our customers tell you, "A flooded basement in the middle of the night brought a professional crew to my door at 2 a.m. to pump the water and start the drying process! The crews are professional and fast! You won't be disappointed!" - Kathleen Frances. That's just one example of how we offer a, "Positive experience and expert professional service." -Vurle Jones.

We at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape value the specific needs of each and every one of our customers and learn from your very important feedback. From Mashpee to Provincetown, we're here 24/7 to mitigate your home or business disasters, helping you to return to business as usual as fast as possible. Call us at 508-778-7378 and let us know how we can help you.

Be On the Lookout for Soot and Smoke Damage as the Furnace Comes Back to Life

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Like it or not, the time to kick our furnaces back on is upon us. Turning the heat back on kicks up a lot of things, such as dust and dirt that’s been building up in the vents over the course of the warmer months. Another thing that can be kicked up through ventilation could be soot and smoke if a furnace is not well maintained. Unlike dust, you can’t deal with the ill effects of soot through vacuuming and taking an allergy pill. The soot produced by a puffback has the potential to permanently damage and stain walls, appliances, kitchenware, and virtually everything else it touches. Trying to clean soot with common household cleaning agents will only further seal the soot in your home, causing permanent damage and staining. If your home has suffered from fire or soot related damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod. Call us anytime, 24/7, at 508-778-7378. We’ll work to make it "Like it never even happened."

"Can I Use Bleach For My Home Mold Problem?"

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

A common remedy for removing household mold is using one cup of bleach mixed with a gallon of water and scrubbing the mixture into visible spots of mold. However, this strategy doesn’t actually remove mold, but in reality, makes the issue worse. Here are a few reasons you should seek professional mold remediation instead of resorting to the bleach and water trick:

  • Bleach Only Tackles Surface Mold: You can see right on the label for your household jug of bleach that it should be used on non-porous surfaces only. Mold growth on drywall and wood is deeply rooted into the pores of those surfaces, making bleach a useless mold removal tool.
  • Bleach Will Cause More Problems Than It Solves: By adding unnecessary bleach to your home environment, all you’re doing is discoloring fixtures and clothing, building up toxic fumes and creating a damper environment. Needless to say, you’d also be wasting bleach that could be used for actual important purposes, such as whitening clothing and sanitizing solid surfaces (stone countertops, toilets, etc).
  • Remediation Makes Sure That Mold STAYS Gone: Removing mold stains will only get rid of its appearance for a brief amount of time. The mold spots will come back larger and more toxic than before. By calling a restoration company, you’ll be saving time and money that could’ve been wasted on a more severe mold problem down the line

If your Cape cod home or business is suffering from mold damage, call the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod. We’re on alert 24/7 for your emergency and non-emergency restoration needs. Call us at 508-778-7378 to set up your free estimate.

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Disaster-Damaged Belongings

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Protecting and maintaining your house and property is always on top of a homeowner's to-do list.

Deciding what to repair and what to replace after a storm or natural disaster is a vital safety issue. Doing it yourself is not recommended when it comes to power and gas. Electric and Gas appliances are affected by water, mud, smoke, soot and debris. Your appliances may appear to be fine on the outside, often what you can’t see is the larger problem. Mopping up the floors and cleaning the stainless fixtures isn’t enough when it comes to the inner workings of electric and gas appliances. Small particles, mud, and moisture trapped in the mechanical and motor components can cause further damage and even electrocution. Re-energizing your appliances that have been exposed to the elements can be deadly without proper reconditioning or replacement. Always call your local utility company for gas ranges, heater or clothes dryers. The proper inspection, cleaning, and sanitation process is always best left to the professionals.

It’s what you can’t see that’s dangerous when it comes to appliances and other electrical equipment.

You've been spared the three inches of water in the basement and the neighbor’s tree on your roof, but what about the danger and damage you can’t see? Power surges, excessive moisture and debris can damage the inner components, efficiency and safety of major appliances in your kitchen and laundry room -- as well as places you may not think of initially. Living rooms, bedrooms, and playrooms should also be carefully inspected. Audio and video equipment are adversely affected by the elements. Contamination and damage from mold and moisture will hurt your appliances and may potentially harm you. Moisture and particles wreak havoc on the working parts in the fine-tuned motors of home appliances. You should never try to take apart or fix these appliances yourself. They need to serviced, cleaned and sanitized professionally. If you’re in need of such a service, trust SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod to get the job done right. Call us anytime at 508-778-7378 for your home restoration needs.

Halloween Safety Tips

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Decorations – Remember Fire Safety:

Use battery-powered lights to fire up that jack-o-lantern instead of candles. If you do use a candle in your jack- o-lantern or other decorations, never leave them unattended! Keep candles out of the main walkways where costumes with trailing fabric could come in contact with them. Dried cornstalks, bales of hay, or dried flowers are all flammable, never put them near an open flame!

Drivers:

Watch for trick-or-treaters walking on our often dark, winding Cape Cod roads! Enter and exit your driveway slowly and cautiously. Take a little extra time to check intersections and curbs for kids. Put your cell phone in the back seat to avoid distractions!

Pets:

Remember our furry friends when answering the door to strangers in strange costumes. Even the most social dog can become startled by a scary visitor! Consider keeping them in another room when the goblins show up. If they are patient enough to tolerate wearing a costume, be sure it does not obstruct their vision, their stress level can increase when they can’t see everything going on around them. 

SERVPRO® of Mid-Outer Cape Cod wishes you a very safe and spooky Halloween!

Prepare Your Home For Autumn

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Autumn on Cape Cod is one of our best seasons! There is so much beauty around us as the foliage turns bright and colorful - sometimes even brighter than our signature-green SERVPRO® trucks! But it also brings transitional weather: colder temperatures, the peak months of our hurricane season, and sometimes an early freeze.  While the snow and ice of winter are still, hopefully, further down the calendar the shift from summer heat to cooler autumn weather presents certain seasonal conditions that may impact your home. Here are some tips to prevent potential water damage:

  • Take proactive steps to safeguard your home against water damage from severe storms or hurricanes that may occur in fall. Have the roof inspected for loose or deteriorating shingles. Cut back any limbs vulnerable to breakage during high winds that can damage the roof or walls. Use caulking or spray foam insulation to seal openings in exterior walls such as around vents or other points of entry to the house around pipes or conduits.
  • Clean the gutters. Autumn leaves clog gutters and downspouts. When substantial rainfall occurs, gutters overflow and spill water down exterior walls, sometimes penetrating siding and infiltrating wall cavities. Indoor water damage and mold growth can result. Gutters should always be cleaned from a sturdy ladder, not by standing on the roof! Hire a professional if you are not comfortable working from a ladder.
  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the shut-off valves to exterior faucets. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipe to prevent it from freezing which can cause it to crack or burst.

Whether you are a homeowner or a property manager it is important to be proactive to prevent potential damage to your property. Damage may happen but if you use preventative measures you can possibly help minimize the level of damage and lower the cost to repair or replace your property.

If your home or business experiences any type of water damage call SERVPRO® of Mid-Outer Cape Cod at 508-778-7378.  We are here to help!

Puffback In Your Barnstable Home? Don't Panic!

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Most of us are taking time now more than ever to clean our living spaces and make our homes as tidy and comfortable as possible. Furnace puffbacks can be the quickest way to completely derail the cleaning of your house, as it can cause filthy and heavily-staining soot to blow out of every heating vent in your home. Not sure of how to prevent this? Are you already a victim of a puffback? Either way, don’t panic! There are plenty of ways to detect impending puffbacks and SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod has the tools and expertise to thoroughly clean heavy soot incidents.

A puffback is the result of unburned oil at the bottom of boilers, furnaces and water heaters. These unburned oils can suddenly ignite, not only covering your house in soot, but also damaging your appliances. There are many signs that you may have unburned oil buildup, such as gas odors, leaking oil pipes, soot residue on or around the appliance, and weaker appliance performance. Be sure to service furnaces at least once a year to ensure proper functioning. However, if disaster strikes and you find yourself with a puffback disaster on your hands, SERVPRO® of Mid-Outer Cape Cod is here to help! From Barnstable to Provincetown, SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape cod can service your water damage, fire damage, mold removal, disinfecting and soot removal needs. Call us at 508-778-7378

When There's Moisture, Mold's Right Around The Corner in your Cape Cod Home

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Many homeowners throughout Barnstable County have experienced extensive water damage to their basements during the past few months. This could be due to cracks in their foundation, sump pump failures, high water tables, and much more. Heavy rain or unusually high tides produced by storms can spell bad news for a lot of homeowners who regularly experience water damage. If you begin to notice water/moisture in your basement, act quickly! Water damage can easily turn into mold issues and drastically increase the cost and time of restoration. It can be difficult to decide if drying the area can be self-resolved or needs professional attention. If this is a question you find yourself asking, it is best to go with the latter. A variety of issues can arise from attempting to self-dry your home after experiencing water damage. If the moisture is not dried quickly enough, there is a large possibility that mold growth could occur. If the moisture is dried in an adequate amount of time, but a dehumidifier is not set up, mold could begin to grow as well.

When it comes to water damage and preventing mold growth, call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Mid-Outer Cape Cod: 508-778-7378. We are here to help!