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Levels of COVID-19 Cleaning

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Much like water damage categories, there are different levels of COVID-19 cleanings, precautionary, suspected, and confirmed. These differentiations determine protocol when it comes to providing preventative measures as well as cleaning & disinfection after someone within the building has tested positive. 

Precautionary/Preventative - cleanings are a measure taken when there has been no confirmed or suspected cases. 

Suspected/Person Under Investigation - cleanings happen when there is reasonable suspicion that the virus is present, or one or more people that have been in the building have been tested and are waiting for results.

Confirmed - cleanings happen after there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 onsite.

It is very important that Weymouth property owners and business stakeholders recognize their own abilities, comfort levels, resources, and risk factors. While all stages require proper precautionary & intentional steps, the CDC has issued the following protocol in regards to , Confirmed cleaning & disinfection:

  • Workers must be trained to follow OSHA regulations
  • Proper use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) donning and doffing
  • Compliance with Bloodborne Pathogens and proper disposal of of regulated waste and PPE
  • Disinfectants used include - diluted bleach solutions, alcohol solutions, household cleaners followed by disinfectants, EPA registered household disinfectants

SERVPRO understands the immediate need for all stages, which is why we have made ourselves available 24/7 to offer disinfection services. We are able to offer disinfection services to buildings of all sizes, including residences for those in need. Please don’t hesitate to call our office for more information on proper protocol, pricing, and the products we are using. (781) 337-0344

6 Varieties of Residential Mold

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys Atra also known as black mold Stachybotrys chartarum is the infamous black mold

6 Varieties of Residential Mold

Mold spores are tiny invisible invaders that silently infiltrate their way into your home through doorways, windows, and vents, or by hitching a ride on you or your pets. They’ve adapted to survive and will lurk in the smallest of crevices. So, what are some varieties of mold growth that can be found in your home and how do you identify them?

1. Stachybotrys Chartarum

Stachybotrys chartarum is the infamous black mold. It is greenish-black in color and has a strong musty odor that’s often described as smelling like rotting wood. It’s most often found in areas of high humidity on materials with a high cellulose/low nitrogen content such as drywall, paper or fiberboard.

2. Aspergillus

Aspergillus is believed to be the most prevalent variety of fungi that occurs in a natural environment. It’s mostly found outdoors on soil and vegetation, but when it’s carried indoors it’ll grow on building materials, in dust and on foods (e.g., ground spices).

3. Chaetomium

If you’ve had water-damaged drywall and have smelled a strong musty odor, you’ve probably had a chaetomium mold invasion. Chaetomium feeds on cellulose-rich materials such as drywall, fabrics and paper. It begins as a white cottony substance and develops into a greyish-green color.

4. Serpula Lacrymans

Serpula lacrymans mold grows on wooden surfaces. It’s yellow in color and the mold growth spreads through the development of strands that conduct water and pancake-like bodies. It’s highly destructive, causing dry rot; the damaged wood is darkened and shriveled.

5. Aureobasidium

Aureobasidium has a spotty black and pink appearance. It’s found around windows, on wallpaper and painted walls, on wooden furniture and in caulk.

6. Penicillium

Penicillium is a fast-spreading mold. The colonies produce a potent musty odor, have a powdery or velvety texture and can be white, yellow, pink or blue-green in color. It can be found in carpet, fabrics, wallpaper, and even on leather.
A mold infestation isn’t something to take lightly. If your home in North Weymouth, MA, experienced mold growth and/or water damage you can call on mold remediation professionals to return it to its preloss condition.

Around the Clock Sanitization in Weymouth

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A graphic that says sanitization is only one call away Sanitization is only one call away with SERVPRO of Weymouth & Hingham!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need 

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your commercial space in Weymouth, MA needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today at (781) 337-0344!

3 Things To Know About Black Water

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

River Feale bursts its banks during post-storm flooding Black water is contaminated water, often deriving from nature

3 Things To Know About Black Water

If you're business in Hingham, MA, recently incurred flood water damage, you may not realize the severity of the issue. Not only are you dealing with soggy merchandise and carpeting, but also you're company is hosting unwanted bacterial spores. In order to reopen the doors, you'll need professional cleaning services that apply high-tech equipment and up-to-date methods, removing the unwelcome guests and returning your place to a safe zone.

1. Where Does It Come From?
Black water, also referred to as category 3, is contaminated water, often deriving from nature or the pipe system. Unlike the clean liquid in some of your business's pipes, this fluid, if originating from inside, comes from the dishwasher, toilet, washing machine or drains. This can occur from the environment as well. During inclement weather, rivers and oceans spill over, bringing with them mud as well as the pathogens that live in it. Sewer systems may also become too full, escaping the drainage system and entering your premises.

2. Why Is It a Concern?
When flood water comes into the building, it carries with it extremely high levels of microbes. These can penetrate into anything porous such as drywall, carpeting, and upholstery. Bacteria, fungus and other organisms, thus, take over the space, breeding and creating a severe hazard to employees and clients.

3. How Should It Be Treated?
The storm damage should have immediate treatment; therefore, contact a local storm restoration company in Hingham, MA. They have the ability to assess and test the structure, determining the best methods to sanitize the facility. Permeable materials may be discarded, anything wet must be thoroughly dried, and remaining items need sterilization. Afterwards, the crew can attend to restoring everything to its original state.
Don't allow flood water to fester. Be aware of its danger to you and others. Call in professionals to help evaluate and then fix the establishment.

What To Know When Preparing a Home Fire Escape Plan

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mailbox The mailbox can be a location where to meet after leaving the home

A Few Things Your Emergency Plan Should Contain

Having a fire escape plan is important for every home in Weymouth, MA. Having a plan in place can help every family member know what to do in the event of an emergency which can in turn help them get out of the home safely. Here are a few things your emergency plan should contain.

1. Know the Exits

One of the first things you should include in an emergency escape plan is a map of your home. This map should note the locations of all possible exits so that anyone in your family can find the best escape route no matter where a fire breaks out. Teach them how to open any windows or fire ladders of applicable as well. You may also want to practice various escape routes with your family to help ensure they know where to go and how to get there safely.

2. Know Where to Meet

A fire escape plan should also include a safe place to meet up after leaving the home. The location should be a safe distance away from the home at an easy to find location. You may want to consider a street light, a neighbor’s yard, or a mailbox as possible locations. Meeting at a set location ensures that everyone knows where to go even if they are separated from others during the escape.

3. Know Who To Call

You may also wish to consider including important numbers in your emergency plan. These number could include medical professionals you may want to contact, your insurance company, and a local fire damage restoration service who can help with cleanup and repairs.
When making a fire escape plan it’s important to note where the exits are and what the quickest route is to get there. Your family should also know what the designated meeting location is. Also, consider including important numbers in your plan such as medical professionals or a fire restoration service.

Plumbing Basics: How to Snake a Drain

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

A new plumber's snake on a white background A drain auger can unclog a wide variety of household fixtures

Plumbing Basics: How to Snake a Drain

Science has not found a way to make self-cleaning drains yet. Until then, a plumber’s snake is your best bet for unblocking clogged pipes. In fact, many homeowners in South Weymouth, MA think of it as a DIY-friendly solution to a professional level problem.
A drain auger can unclog a wide variety of household fixtures including:

  • Sinks
  • Bathtubs
  • Showers
  • Sewer lines

Step 1: Gear Up for the Job

As always, safety comes first in any DIY project. Wear a pair of rubber gloves and goggles, especially if you have used a chemical drain cleaner before. This gear protects your skin from toxins and harmful bacteria that might be in the pipe.

Step 2: Insert the Snake

Next, gain access to the stopped drain by removing its lid with an adjustable wrench. That will allow you to insert the snake until it meets resistance. This blockage could be a bend or the clog itself, and the only way to tear them apart is by doing a little experiment. Tighten the setscrew and turn the snake clockwise while pushing gently. That should get the snake past the bend easily, but a clog will be slightly harder to overcome.
Loosen the setscrew and continue pushing forward until you reach the clogged part. Repeat the above procedure to dig into the debris until you get past it. Also, crank the tool in all directions to clear any remaining particles.

Step 3: Retrieving the Snake

After that little adventure, it’s time to start pulling the tool out, which usually slides out without any problems. If it gets stuck, tighten the setscrew again and turn anticlockwise, while pulling gently. That should help it get around the corner and avoid a pipe break. It is also good practice to clean the tool with a rug as it comes out of the drain. Finally, run water to make sure the clog is behind you.
Now you know how to clear a clogged drain like a pro. You will never have to fork $100 for a few minutes of “work.”

How to Troubleshoot an Irrigation System

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

watering lawn with sprinklers Every irrigation system, regardless of quality, is prone to fail at one point

3 Things To Look Out For When Troubleshooting a Sprinkler System

Irrigation systems fail sometimes, and the result is usually messy. Standing water can soak into a building’s basement, causing flooding – which is never a good thing. On top of that, you will notice a hike in the water bill and damage to the landscape. So, here are three things that every property owner in East Weymouth, MA  should look out for when troubleshooting a sprinkler system.

Broken Supply Lines

A zone is the area covered by a sprinkler while it’s in action. Sometimes, these zones might not get water as expected or even come on at all. If low pressure is the issue, release more water into the system or add a water pump, and the problem might go away. Other causes of broken supply lines include:

  • Pressure from plant roots
  • Timer, solenoid, valve or wire failure
  • Broken sprinkler heads
  • Wrong timer setting

Controller Issues

Many people suspect the control box when they spot irrigation problems. That, however, is usually not a good idea. The settings on this equipment can be confusing for a first time user, and experimenting on it could end up in undesired results. The only sensible thing to do is restart the device and hope the problem goes away. If the problem persists, seek professional help.

Puddles in any Part of a Zone

Most irrigation system controllers let users access each zone individually. There’s also an option to set four watering start times, which usually confuse most people. It’s easy to change start time 1, thinking you are adding time to zone 1. That results in too much watering in one zone, which may cause flooding. To avoid this, learn how to program a controller before touching it.
Every irrigation system, regardless of quality, is prone to fail at one point. That’s why you need to learn these basic troubleshooting techniques that could save your operation from expensive flood damage.

How To Determine if You Have Mold in Your Business

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

After drywall tear out mold was found under the drywall Mold damage in North Weymouth, MA

Do you have an unusual black or brown patch spreading its way along your ceiling or wall? It could be mold, a microscopic fungus that grows in moist environments. When mold growth takes hold and starts to spread, it can fast become a risk for property damage.
Outdoors, mold assists in the breakdown of organic substances in the soil. Inside, however, it is not so welcome; it can damage drywall, wood and other susceptible interior surfaces. Of the thousands of mold species, a few dozen are commonly found inside homes and businesses. Some species, such as black mold, may be toxic. Each appears differently, ranging in color from brownish-orange to pink, green or black.

Common Locations for Indoor Mold

Moist, porous surfaces are ideal for mold growth. These are a few locations you might find mold in your business:

  • In or near refrigerators
  • In or near washing machines
  • On drywall
  • In crawl spaces
  • On books and paper products
  • In carpets
  • Near any type of water leak or water damage

Your eyes and your nose are the best mold detectors. That musty odor in high humidity areas, such as laundry rooms or crawl spaces, could be mold. Any type of stain on your walls or ceiling that changes size or shape could be an indicator of mold.

What To Do if You Find Mold

If you smell or see an indicator of mold growth in your North Weymouth, MA, business, the best course of action is to have the area inspected by a trained mold remediation specialist. A professional can help determine what cleanup precautions and restoration are needed.
Once you inspect the symptomatic area for additional water damage and assess the toxicity level of the mold, a professional service may be your best strategy. Allow experts to help you safely and swiftly remove your mold problem so you can restore your property and your operations to business as usual.

3 Reasons Why Immediate Emergency Response Is Necessary

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Why a Fast Response is Essential When Emergency Services are Needed

A disaster will not wait to strike your business in Weymouth Landing, MA, until a time that is the most convenient. Rather, emergencies can present themselves at any time, including weekends, holidays and in the middle of the night. This is why working with a 24 hour emergency response team is crucial for the moments when you least expect it. With over 1,500 franchises locally owned throughout the nation, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster. Here are just a few of the reasons why a fast response is essential when emergency services are needed.

1. Damage Mitigation

If your business has experienced damage due to a storm, fire, flood or other cause, water and smoke can continue to spread throughout the building causing even more harm. From seeping into drywall and flooring to saturating belongings and furniture, water damage can get exponentially worse by the minute. SERVPRO is always open and ready to respond to your call within a 24 hour timespan.

2. Reduce Costs

One of your main concerns in a disaster is minimizing costs and preventing loss. When assisting your business, SERVPRO’s first priority is to get water or smoke out of the building and to secure the area with immediate roof-tarp and board-up services if necessary. An inventory can be taken of all your belongings and assets, and the emergency response team will strive to restore whatever they can.

3. Reopen Quickly

Having to close your business to make repairs can have a significant financial impact on your business. In fact, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 40% of businesses are unable to reopen after a disaster strikes. As a preferred vendor for most insurance agencies, SERVPRO can help you can quickly and easily get back to business without a hitch.
When affected by a disaster, you need to have an emergency response team you can depend on. With 24 hour service, seven days a week, SERVPRO will never fail to help your business return to its original condition.

Understanding Smoke Damage After a Commercial Property Fire

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Man wearing white helmet, inspecting building after fire damage Fire damage inspection in a Hingham, MA building

Understanding Smoke Damage After a Commercial Property Fire

Almost any fire restoration company will tell you that fire damage is not often as bad as smoke damage. Smoke and soot damage create unique obstacles for cleaning experts, especially when it comes to odor removal. However, to clean commercial spaces, there are several line items that a professional must consider when working with smoke odor.

  • Safety
  • Type of Fire
  • Timeline
  • Removal

Safety

Smoke can be a highly corrosive substance. While most people believe that smoke and soot are only the remnants of burnt wood, they would be mistaken, especially in commercial fires. Fires in commercial buildings produce fumes from melting plastics, chemicals, fabrics, etc., which means air quality in a building can be toxic. Therefore, if you are going to enter your property after a fire, consider wearing an appropriate mask and gloves. Beyond wearing the proper safety equipment, it is a good idea to ventilate the property, which a restoration crew will do for you in most scenarios.

Type of Fire

While many people do not realize it, there are different types of fire. Granted, you may have heard of chemical or electrical fires, but there are also high and low oxygen fires, which play a vital role in the difficulty of removing smoke damage. For example, high oxygen fires tend to produce a drier smoke, which is easier to remove. However, low oxygen fires produce are more dense and damp smoke residue, which presents a challenge for remediation. Beyond the fire type, the use of excessive amounts of water creates incredibly humid environments, resulting in the pores of wood structures opening and accepting smoke and soot residue deep within.

Timely Removal

The longer you wait to begin the restoration process of your property, the more damage your facility is likely to sustain. Therefore, it is vital to hire smoke cleaning and restoration experts in Hingham, MA, as soon as possible after the initial disaster to reduce and mitigate further property loss.
Smoke damage and odor are challenging to remove. Therefore, it is worth hiring a capable remediation company to perform the task.