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4 Tips for Drying a Building

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 4 Tips for Drying a Building Commercial damage restoration in Woolwich, ME

When your building in Woolwich, ME, floods, you likely have trusted water mitigation specialists you can call. What you do before they arrive can make a difference in how much damage your building ultimately has. Here are some damage tips to minimize the problem caused by flooding.

1. Schedule Remediation

The first thing you do, of course, is call your local technicians. They can give you a timeline for their arrival and answer any questions that you have. If they cannot arrive right away, they may have cleaning tips or a task list for you to complete before they do.

2. Increase Air Flow

One simple way to start drying out your building after a pipe burst is to improve the air flow throughout it. If your HVAC unit is not part of the flooded area, keep the fan turned on to constantly circulate air. Opening windows can give you a nice cross breeze that helps evaporate water on surfaces. Follow secondary damage tips to prevent mold and additional problems.

3. Start at the Top

Some flooding affects more than one floor. If you need to pump water out of your building, start at the highest point where standing water is located. That way, if the process inadvertently displaces some of the water, it won't be in an area you have already dried.

4. Stay Safe

Finally, always use appropriate safety precautions. Wear rubber boots and gloves. If you suspect the water has become contaminated, don other protective clothing such as coveralls or a face mask. Always turn off the electricity to the affected area before entering it to avoid shock.
You may not have the tools and expertise to completely mitigate the flooding in your building, but you can stop the water damage from getting bigger. By following these damage tips, you can be ready when the certified technicians arrive to repair and restore your building.

Beware of Water Damage's Deep Tendrils in Your Home

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beware of Water Damage's Deep Tendrils in Your Home Leaking supply line

Add These Steps to Your House Maintenance Routine

Your residence in Harpswell, ME, is one of your biggest investments, so when water in your home appears with its nightmare tendrils to attack your property, you should beware of the damage it can cause. Fortunately, you can prevent further water damage and a lengthy restoration process by taking a few preventative actions. Help your home stay dry by adding these steps to your house maintenance routine.

Check your appliances for possible problems.

Washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, and any other appliance that is connected to a water supply line can cause extensive water damage to your home in a very short amount of time. By checking several times a year to make sure the water lines are securely connected and do not have any cracks, you can help prevent unexpected leaks and a barrage of flood waters covering the floors of your home.

Maintain your HVAC unit twice a year.

Air conditioning and heating units can easily produce water in your home and cause a flood of unwanted damage onto the floors if the units are not checked regularly. Trivial leaks can quickly grow into a deluge as small amounts of water begin escaping from a cracked or broken pipe. By having your HVAC units checked for moisture, mold, or excess condensation, you can help prevent water destruction inside your home.

Call for help if you find a leaky pipe.

If you discover a small leak from one of your water supply lines, attempting the pipe cleanup and repairs yourself may cross your mind. However, the deep tendrils of water as it seeps into your home’s structure can cause lasting damage. Calling a water remediation and restoration team can help discover possible future issues such as mold and warping.

Your house can keep you warm and dry, so why not do the same for it? Implement these three steps to stop water in your home before it can attack with deep tendrils of destruction.

5 Easy Tips for Keeping Mold at Bay in Your Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 5 Easy Tips for Keeping Mold at Bay in Your Home Help control humidity levels in your home by using kitchen exhaust fans

Take Control of Mold Growing in Your Home

It’s much easier and cheaper to invest in mold prevention than to fix a widespread mold infestation. Take control of mold growing in your home in Topsham, ME, with the following five tips.

1. Quickly Dry Up Moisture

Mold thrives in moist and wet environments, so drying moisture and wet areas in your home immediately is an important step in preventing mold growth. This involves quickly wiping up spills, removing wet clothes from the washer, and cleaning up after leaks or floods that can cause water damage.

2. Properly Ventilate Your Home

Moisture enters your home when you shower, do your laundry, cook dinner, and use humidifiers. Help control humidity levels in your home by using the bathroom vent or kitchen exhaust fan, opening windows, and using a dehumidifier when necessary.

3. Monitor Humidity Levels

Purchase an indoor moisture meter to keep an eye on humidity levels in your home. Also pay attention to any condensation on the inside of your windows or walls. Ideally, the humidity in your home should be between 30 and 60 percent.

4. Regularly Inspect Your Home

Regularly inspect your home for signs of water damage or mold growth. If you’ve recently experienced any flooding from a storm or broken pipe or you just purchased a new home, consider hiring a professional to inspect your home for mold.

5. Address Issues Immediately

If flooding or excess moisture has caused water damage to your home or you have discovered a mold problem, immediately address the issue by making repairs if possible or calling in the mold remediation specialists. The longer you wait the more likely you are to have a large problem on your hands.

Mold growth can be extremely harmful to your home. You can keep mold at bay in your home by controlling moisture and humidity levels and being proactive in looking for and addressing mold issues.

Fire Safety: Using Your Portable Fire Extinguisher

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety: Using Your Portable Fire Extinguisher It is best to practice the process and to keep the acronym PASS in your mind

How Many People Can Confidently Use an Extinguisher?

Most people are familiar with a fire extinguisher. They understand that the little red canisters that they hang on their walls or store in their garages or cupboards are life-saving tools used in the event of a fire. However, how many people can confidently use an extinguisher? Sure, it looks easy enough, but in the literal heat of the moment will your brain be able to handle what appears now to be a simple process? It is best to practice the process and to keep the acronym PASS in your mind.

1. Pull

The P in the acronym stands for pull, and it refers to pulling the metal pin from the handle. Removing the pin allows you to squeeze the handle and actually put out a home fire. The action of removing the pin breaks the tamper seal, which will also help you keep track of extinguisher use so that you do not go for an empty canister.

2. Aim

Aiming a fire extinguisher is the second part of the acronym, and while it may seem obvious, many panicked homeowners will point the hose or nozzle of the extinguisher too high on the flames. The extinguisher should always be aimed toward the base of the fire.

3. Squeeze

The next letter of this fire preparedness acronym, S, stands for squeeze. The handle must be fully compressed to release the extinguishing agent. It is also necessary to note that some extinguishers are CO2 based, which means that if your other hand is too close to the nozzle when squeezing it may be damaged.

4. Sweep

The final S of the PASS acronym refers to the sweeping motion that is used to extinguish the fire. If you would like to practice these steps, you can contact the fire department or a fire restoration company in the Bath, ME, area to see if there are any classes available.

A fire extinguisher is a familiar object in many homes, but not everyone knows how to use one. Therefore, it is necessary to practice the PASS tactic to ensure you are ready if you have to use an extinguisher on your own.

3 Important Flood Damage Facts

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Important Flood Damage Facts The main difference between a water damage and flood damage is where the cater comes from

It is Important to Know The Difference Between Water Damage and Flood Damage

If your Brunswick, ME, business has been affected by severe weather, you may have water entering the building from multiple sources. If this happens, it is important to know the difference between regular water damage and flood damage. The following are three useful pieces of information that you should keep in mind.

1. Flood and Water Damage Come From Different Sources

While they can both cause similar problems to your building, flood damage and water damage are viewed as two distinct issues. The easiest way to tell the difference is to determine where the water is coming from. If the water is coming from above, as with rain, snow or even a broken pipe, then this is water damage. If the water is rising up from the ground, then it is a flood.

2. Flood Waters Carry Additional Contaminants

If the water in your building has come from a flood, then you may have more to worry about than if it had been another type of water damage. Flood waters often carry mud, debris and bacteria, which will require thorough cleanup. In this case, an emergency damage remediation company can be of great help. They will have the tools and experience necessary to remove any contaminants from your building.

3. Floods Are Usually Not Covered by Standard Commercial Insurance

Perhaps one of the most important things to know about flood damage is that many companies will not include it in your standard insurance. You will likely need to purchase a separate policy to cover any costs associated with this type of disaster. If your building is located in an area where floods are common, you may be required to purchase this additional insurance.

After a storm, it is important to determine whether your building has experienced storm damage or flooding. This can affect how you will need to proceed during the restoration and repairs process.

Standing Water in Your Topsham, ME Home

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be unexpected. Here at SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick, we know time plays a major factor in the restoration of your flooring when it comes to water damage. 

After water damage is left to seep into your flooring, you will start to see carpet delamination or warping of your hard wood floors. 

As soon as you notice standing water or a leak, give SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick a call. The sooner we can extract water from your flooring, the sooner we can work on restoring your current flooring. 

If the water has been set in for too long, your flooring will need to be removed so we can dry the subfloor and then replaced after the drying process is complete. If you have any questions about our water damage restoration services, feel free to give us a call. 

Got Water Damage? What Happens After You Call?

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

What Happens After You Call Us? See below.

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.

Here at SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick we specialize 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.

Spring Cleaning for Your Bath Business

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

When you think SPRING CLEANING- what do you think of? Cleaning your home, opening the windows to get the fresh air in that was missing all winter? Dusting and cleaning all surfaces? Getting your carpets cleaned? All of the above?

The first day of spring was on Monday 3/20 and here in the mid coast area it just does not feel like spring with a blanket of snow still covering the ground. Here at SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick we can help when you do not feel like doing the clean-up yourself.

We service not only residential clients but also commercial. Our general cleaning projects range from a complete cleaning top to bottom of your home or business, deodorization, power washing the winter dirt off, cleaning your windows as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning and more.

We have also had unique projects like the one the pictured, a client had tons of old client documents stored in an attic space and they needed help removing the materials and then do a deep clean of the space after.

So... when you think, I do not want to tackle this cleaning project- think SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick and then ask yourself, can they do this? Give us a call and we are happy to talk through your project and what we can do to help.

Prepping your home for resale

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Prepping your home for resale Call us today for your residential cleaning services before your home hits the market.

Selling your home can be an overwhelming experience as you coordinate between realtors, inspections and potential buyers. SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick is happy to help clean your house and get it ready for showings and its sale. With our highly trained crews we are prepared to help with any cleaning task ranging from mold remediation to deodorization to general cleaning services.  We have helped many homeowners prepare and sell their homes on the Midcoast with a top to bottom cleaning.  Our thorough cleaning services can include wiping ceilings and walls, trim, the exterior of baseboard registers, and cleaning the inside and outside of kitchen and bathroom appliances. Window cleaning and floor cleaning are a great way to finish the project up and add the final sparkle to your fresh home.

We would be happy to set up a time for an estimator to come onsite to answer any questions you may have, and to get you a good idea of what the project would entail and cost. SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick is always here to help!

Carpet Cleaning Services in Bath, ME

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Carpet Cleaning Services in Bath, ME We offer carpet cleaning services for your Bath, ME home or business.

SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick is on the road every week day taking care of carpet and upholstery cleaning jobs in both homes and business spaces. Our truck mounts are fully equipped with the newest technology and chemicals to provide you with the best results and our highly trained crew will be able to freshen your carpeted stairs, area rugs and/or wall to wall carpeting efficiently and professionally.  

We offer two types of Carpet Cleaning

  1. Steam cleaning: recommended for light to moderate soiling. The crew will first vacuum the carpet, and then use their Carpet Pre-spray shampoo to loosen and clean the carpet fibers. Then, using hot water extraction, the crew will rinse the fibers of the shampoo and soils.
  2. Showcase cleaning: recommended for heavily soiled carpets and high traffic areas. This is our most aggressive form of carpet cleaning. After vacuuming, the crew will use a roto that applies Showcase Cleaner and Rinse and Carpet and Upholstery shampoo at the same time as using a bristled pad to further agitate the carpet fibers. Once the roto has scrubbed the carpet, the crew will use hot water extraction to remove the shampoo and soils from the fibers.

We are equipped and ready to help you lighten your carpet stains, and can even provide you with a Spot Cleaning Kit for minor spills to take care of on your own. Our Deodorizer has proven to be a popular option to keep musty or pet odors at bay, and a protective layer of Scotchguard can be applied to help your carpets stay clean, for longer.

We are also equipped for upholstery cleaning services. We are happy to help freshen any of your furniture and cushions including: recliners, sectional couches, sofas, living chairs and ottomans, dining room chairs, mattresses, etc.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the office at 207-721-8500 to schedule a free estimate!