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RESTORING DOCUMENTS AFTER FIRE, WATER OR MOLD DAMAGE

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

shelves full of wet damaged books Water damaged books and documents can be salvaged if quick action is taken

Water damage, if left unchecked, can lead to mold damage almost anywhere. Fire damage often leads to water damage as well — particularly if fire crews used water to extinguish the fire — which can in turn lead to mold damage if not addressed quickly.

It’s important to determine the best restoration method as quickly as possible — you have roughly 24-48 hours to begin restoration before water damage can start to become too severe to recover.

First, it’s important to know how to dry wet documents. The best way to do this is actually to start by freezing them. This helps to slow the disintegration process of the paper and gives you a little more time to determine the best restoration process.

PROCESS FOR WATER DAMAGED DOCUMENT RESTORATION

First, water damaged documents need to be dried, either by vacuum freezing the damaged paper or utilizing desiccant air drying techniques.

If there are contaminants present on the documents, such as mold, chemicals or other substances, the documents may require microbial disinfecting, deodorization, sanitizing or gamma-ray irradiation to get rid of any health hazards.

Depending on the specific document restoration process required, water damaged document restoration can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days.

PROCESS FOR MOLD DAMAGED DOCUMENT RESTORATION

Mold can grow on any damp surface as long as 4 factors are present:

  • An environmental temperature of 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Relative humidity of 50% or higher
  • Mold Spores
  • A food source

In the case of mold-damaged paper documents, the paper itself provides the nutrient base.

To counter and stop mold growth, the best course of action is often gamma-ray irradiation. It kills mold at the molecular level, completely sterilizing the documents.

This will usually take between 3 and 16 hours for 2,000 sheets of paper, though the process may take longer if the documents need to be treated for water damage as well.

PROCESS FOR FIRE OR SMOKE DAMAGED DOCUMENT RESTORATION

Fire damaged documents often experience the same problems presented by water and mold damaged paper, as water or chemicals are often used by firefighters. First, the documents will need to be deodorized to remove soot, chemicals and other microbial sources.

Thermal fogging is a technique used to remove the smoke odor from fire-damaged documents. It recreates the smoke’s consistency, allowing it to penetrate any materials the smoke has and neutralize the lingering smoke odor.

Finally, soot removal and surface cleaning are necessary to restore the documents to a readable state. The full fire restoration process can take between 3 and 16 hours per 2,000 sheets.

POST RESTORATION

Once the documents have been restored to readability, the final step of the restoration process is to scan the documents to create digital backups. Not only does this prevent the documents from being damaged again, it can also allow the client to discard the restored documents if they are too damaged to return to normal circulation even after restoration.

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead offers document restoration after any disaster.  Call us today at 978.744.4545

Winter Storm Damage

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

a home covered in a blanket of snow Check your home for signs of winter storm damage

Winter storm damage is usually associated with damage to the exterior of your home or building, but in a worst case scenario such damage also causes interior damage as water is allowed inside where it isn't supposed to be. Water damage causes ongoing problems if ignored, rather, it has to be repaired immediately. What is a minor expense and more of a nuisance to deal with can become a major home restoration project if it isn't dealt with in a timely manner.

Causes of Water Damage

Although nobody can plan for every contingency, there are common causes which more likely than not have led to water damage in your house. The first is a leaking roof which occurs because of damaged or aged shingles and sealant around chimneys. A second reason is because of a burst pipe, which often happens because of freezing weather when the pipe extends through an unfinished area and isn't properly insulated. Arguably the worst water damage can be caused by flooding when the foundation's drainage system has been compromised or isn't functioning properly.

Means of Prevention

Hands down, the best means of prevention is to be aware of damage and have it repaired as soon as it occurs. Such a plan doesn't always work because it isn't practical to check your roof after every storm, you can't predict when a pipe might freeze if it never has before, and you can't dig up your foundation to check for problems. You can, however, have routine inspections performed and take care of accrued damage as soon as it is found. An experienced contractor can see inspect the roof for problems, notice an improperly designed water pipe, and recognize signs of foundation drainage problems before they cause massive amounts of damage.

Proper Repair Methods

Roofing repairs are fairly straightforward, replace missing shingles, secure loose ones, and reseal around chimneys and exhaust pipes. Misplaced pipes don't have to rerouted, there is a simple solution against freezing in the form of a specialized insulation. It runs a tiny electric current, not enough to even notice on your power bill and not enough to heat the water noticeably, but just enough to prevent freezing. The foundation, unfortunately, doesn't have a simple solution but has to be dug out so the drainage system can be rebuilt. The good news is that by design such a problem is rare enough that very few people ever have to deal with it.

If you've suffered winter storm damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead at 978.744.4545

Heavy Rains and Downpours

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

a tree that has fallen on a home Spring in Massachusetts means heavy rains and downpours

Sometimes the weather gets a little bit crazy and the rain pours down from the sky with force. These types of rains don’t happen all the time, but when they do, they can cause major indoor water damage to homes and businesses. Water pounds down on roofs and can cause leaks in the ceilings, it can puddle up outside of the homes and businesses and seep in through windows or cracks, it can even come down so hard that it causes inches of rain to flood the streets, parking lots and driveways and eventually make its way indoors. When heavy rains cause damage to your property, don’t wait to call in SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead's cleanup crews that can extract the water and dry the water damaged areas quickly to reduce the amount of damage that comes from heavy flooding!

Water damage from rain that floods the inside of a property is not the highest quality of water. Flooding rainwater is often contaminated with dirt and other debris that is unhealthy to be around. If the heavy rain has caused rivers to overflow or sewage to back up and get into your property, then the water is extremely detrimental to your health and should not be touched or stepped in. Contaminated water can easily cause health issues and sometimes even death if not handled properly. Do not risk anyone’s health by getting in the water or asking anyone else to get in the water. Call our team that has been trained to properly clean up, decontaminate, and restore areas affected by contaminated water.

Even if the source of the water is clean, or seems to be, you do not want to try to clean up the water and handle the restoration process on your own. Professionals have industry sized equipment to extract standing water and dry the affected areas quickly. If water is not completely removed and dried, it can easily turn into a mold problem that will be more extensive and costly to repair. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours.

If you have water damage from previous flooding and can see, or suspect, mold growth, don’t worry. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead is a certified mold remediation company with a team of mold experts that can clean up and repair any area that has been destroyed by mold. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead is a one-stop-shop when it comes to water damage cleanup, fire damage cleanup, and mold removal. No need to rely on any other company.

If you have experienced any type of flooding remember these three key things

  1. Do not wait to get help. If you wait too long, you are going to end up with a bigger problem that will take longer to repair and cost more.
  2. Do not try to do it on your own. If you do, you are likely to cause a bigger problem. Let the specialists take care of it so that the job can be done the right way, the first time.
  3. SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead is local and works around the clock. No matter what time the damage happens, we have a team on call and ready to help!
  4. Call us today at 978.744.4545

Home Fire Evacuation Plan

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

firefighters work on a home fire A home fire can be devastating but having a plan can help

Having to evacuate your home because of a fire may be one of the most scary things that can happen to a homeowner. It means that you could be in incredible danger, and it might mean that your home could be completely lost. An evacuation means you have to move quickly and effectively, while making sure that nothing is forgotten. That means having a plan set out ahead of time so you are prepared to go at a moment’s notice.

Here’s everything you need to do before, during and after a fire.

Before A Fire Evacuation

Preparation is the most important part of a good evacuation plan. There are several things you do before a fire to make sure you are ready.

Disaster Relief Kit

A disaster relief kit, sometimes called a go bag, contains any essentials that you might need if you have to evacuate in a hurry. Make sure to have extra cash in there, along with extra clothing items, like sweatshirts and footwear. You should also pack emergency health information, but make sure that it is placed in a waterproof bag to keep it safe. Extras of medication should be in there, along with an extra phone charger. There are lots of sample evacuation kits on the web, so do a search to pick and choose the items that best suit your family.

Family Preparation

There are also certain things that everyone in your household should know if there is a fire. For instance, you should pick out a place for everyone to meet up at if you have to leave in a hurry. This can be in front of a neighbor’s house, for example. Make sure that everyone’s phone numbers are saved in all family members phones so that you can easily communicate if you get separated. Sometimes, a fire can affect entire neighborhoods or even municipalities. If this is the case, you should have some place you can escape to in every possible direction.

Transportation

Make sure that your car always has at least a half tank of gas. If the fire is affecting an entire area, you may need to drive a distance to get away to safety. If you do not have a car, make sure that you have a plan in place and know exactly how you will get away.

During An Evacuation

You will have to think fast while you are evacuating. It is best to already know what you want to do, so you can make the best decisions and keep everyone safe.

Communications

Do your best to keep in touch with everyone from your home at all times. If the cause of your evacuation is a wildfire, then there may be power lines down and your phones may not work. Or, you may have family members that cannot get to where you are. Always listen to the instructions from officials, such as the firefighters and police. They have more information and will know what the safest course of action is. If it is a wildfire that is affecting more than just your home, then you should also listen for emergency updates on news radio and weather stations.

Pets

Do not forget about your pets. Part of your preparation can be to have them well-trained enough to come when you call. Be sure that your pets are in a place where you can easily retrieve them.

Health and Safety

Once you are out of the building, check everyone for injuries and other issues. Emergency responders will be able to give everyone a check over as well. When it comes to being exposed to smoke, there may be unseen issues affecting you, so it is never a bad idea to head to the hospital to get checked out.

After An Evacuation

Once the fire is extinguished, you may be tempted to head back into your home to survey the damage. Do not do so until an authority has stated that it is safe, as damage to the structure may have occurred. In some cases, a home may need to be closed off until it is repaired for family members to enter safely.

The best plan of action at this point is hiring a professional fire restoration contractor like SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead to help you restore and rebuild your property. 

Experiencing a fire in your home can be overwhelming. But, by being proactive and creating a fire evacuation plan, you are taking the first step towards preparing your family for the unexpected.

Please call SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead with any questions at 978.744.4545

The Dangers of Storm Water

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded road Post-storm flood waters can be very dangerous.

Storms and hurricanes devastate different regions every year. Unfortunately, some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. In addition to a lack of supplies and road closures, the standing flood water resulting from storms can cause serious health risks. Here are some of the most severe problems floods can bring.

Health Dangers

Standing flood water is teeming with health risks. The CDC has a section detailing all of the possible diseases that become more likely in the event of a storm disaster, including Norovirus and the West Nile Virus. Bacterial infections and diseases become a greater possibility because flood water can infect everything it touches. This can include anything from articles of clothing to the toys that children play with. For this reason, it is incredibly important not to drink or eat anything that has been contaminated by standing flood water, and to always wash hands as often as possible- especially before meals. In addition, open wounds pose a far greater risk of becoming infected as a result of storm waters. If at all possible, keep open wounds out of the water or cover with waterproof bandages. 

Physical Hazards

Disease isn't the only invisible hazard that can exist within standing water. Murky water can conceal dangerous insects or even threatening animals beneath the surface. Much of this depends on the location of the storm, but it's not unheard of for alligators to make use of a new habitat resulting from a storm. In addition, much of the physical damage caused by a storm is still present in the water. This can include broken glass or sharp metal which might be impossible to see before it causes injury. On top of that, storms frequently cause damage to power lines. These can lead to a risk of electrocution in standing water. Flood water itself poses the possibility of causing drowning, whether people are in their cars or trying to swim across.

If you've suffered flood damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead at 978.744.4545 

How Smoke Can Damage Your Contents

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen covered in soot after a fire Cleaning sooty items after a fire should be left to a professional

Fires can destroy your property and cause irreversible damage. The flames move from item to item burning everything to a crisp char. The heat produced by the flames will radiate and cause surrounding items to melt, crack and even shatter. After the flames have been put out, you are then left with smoke damage. Smoke damage left unaddressed can devastate your home and its contents, and the actual fire does not necessarily have to occur in the same room. For example, in the case of wildfires, homes and businesses have been completely ruined just from smoke while the buildings remained untouched by flames.

Even the smallest fire that has been put out relatively quickly can still cause smoke damage to your possessions. Not only that, but it can even affect the very structure of your home. This is why cleaning up smoke and soot quickly after a fire is so important. Smoke can act like an acid, and will eat away at different materials if left too long. It’s best to say that if a fire strikes your home, or if you live near an area where a wildfires has occurred, it’s crucial to act fast to reduce damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead can assess the damage and create a custom mitigation plan to ensure your home is completely clear of fire related damages.

What can be salvaged? 

Depending on the extent of the damage and materials of the item, it may not be salvageable. Cost is a factor that should also be taken into consideration as some items will cost significantly more to salvage as it is to replace. Our team can determine what items should be cleaned, discarded or replaced.

How Does Smoke Affect Your Home?

Smoke affects various materials in different ways. Not only that, but the temperature and type of the fire will cause different variations of smoke damage throughout your home. One of the worst ways that smoke can causes damage is by sneaking into small cracks and crevices, since the particles are so fine. They can often go undetected for a long periods of time, leaving a lingering smell of smoke that can last for months. The only way to remove the smell from your home is to remove or clean affect items and to clean your homes building materials with agents designed to remove the smell.

How to Clean Smoke Damage

After a fire, your home needs to be properly and thoroughly ventilated, this will allow some smoke particles to leave your home and prevent them from settling onto other items. Remove as much debris as possible, and clean every surface area of where the damage occurred. Odor neutralizing products can help rid the building of the smell of smoke, and remove the very particles that cause the smell.  Getting this done as quickly as possible reduce the chances of cross-contamination.

Upholstery and Curtains

There are special tools and techniques that are designed to remove smoke particles from upholstery such as curtains and furniture materials. A professional can best decide which tools will be most effective in cleaning those materials. Using a regular home vacuum can actually cause more damage by pushing the smoke particles and soot even deeper into the material.

Bedding and Clothing

Clothing and bedding can come into contact with smoke even when inside a closed drawer or closet. Simply washing them may be enough to remove the smell but commercial cleaning detergents may be needed depending on how strong the odor is.

Wood Furniture

Cleaning wood furniture is tricky. If you use to the wrong cleaning agent you can end up stripping the stain and varnish. Certain cleaning products can also rust metal frame, so it is important to use the right cleaning agent for each material. Our experts will have access and knowledge on the right products to use on your wood furniture.

Hardwood Floors

Unfortunately, hardwood floors are porous, meaning that smoke particles can easily get nestled in and comfortable. In some cases, it may be necessary to refinish the floor, or even replace it entirely if the damage is extensive. In the best case scenario, a simple mopping and deodorizing should do the trick.

How Fast Do You Need to Act?

Time is always of the essence when it comes to smoke damage. The sooner you act, the more likely you are to prevent permanent damage. For example, some materials, such as synthetic fibers and porous items, need intervention within minutes to be effectively saved. The components of your house, such as painted walls and flooring, need to be addressed in no more than a day or two, and in some cases hours. In addition, painted walls and wood furniture can become permanently stained if not addressed quickly. Metal surfaces can rust and corrode when smoke and soot particle are left sitting too long. The longer you leave your smoke damaged home untreated, the more extensive the damage will become and the cost to mitigate will continue to rise.

The best action you can take to mitigate the effects of smoke damage is to call SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead right away...978.744.4545

5 Reasons To Have Your Office Professionally Cleaned

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

A sparkling clean office Keep your employees safe with a clean and disinfected work environment.

It is not uncommon for full-time employees to consider their workplace as their second home. Their home away from home. Because your employees are spending so much of their waking hours at work, working hard to make a profit and benefit the company, don’t you think you owe it to them to provide a clean and healthy work environment?

Many business owners are looking for ways to increase their company’s efficiency, safety, and appearance. Here are the top five benefits that business owners can experience for themselves when they invest in a commercial cleaning service.

1.Safe Work Environment

A clean workspace is a safe workspace for everyone. Because of the high-volume of traffic that an office sees on any given day, it is no surprise that they are also a breeding ground for germs, viruses and bacteria to grow and spread among your employees. Aside from the health concerns that a dirty workspace creates, a dirty workspace can also create potential dangers for accidents and personal injury to employees. While you might be tempted to think that you have everything under control by occasionally cleaning the restrooms and sporadically running the vacuum across the floors, the truth is that no one does a better job than SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead. We are trained in the most efficient ways to clean an office, removing any potential health and safety concerns.

2.  Less Work for You to Do

Let’s be honest, your employees are your number one priority. Therefore, cleaning is not always at the top of your list of priorities because you have more important things to take care of everyday. Having SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead come in and take care of all your cleaning needs, means that there is one less thing on your to do list. Then you can focus on what is most important—growing your business.

3. Increase Productivity

It should come as no surprise that a clean work environment will increase employee productivity. Numerous studies have proved that a cluttered, dirty, unorganized environment hinders one’s ability to concentrate, be productive, and work effectively. One study also found that there can possibly be long-term effects on the cognitive well-being of employees who work in a dirty work environment.

4. Improve Professional Appearance

Often, professionalism is associated with cleanliness. If your appearance is cluttered and dirty, you’ll be perceived the same way. There is nothing more embarrassing than having your customers or colleagues view you as unprofessional and messy. Hiring SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead to come in and assist with your cleaning needs can help with your professional image. Make sure that everyone who walks through your front door knows that you are a professional place of business from the clean atmosphere that they are walking in to.

5. Higher Quality Level of Clean

While you might think that you are doing an okay job at being the full-time manager and some-time janitor, chances are that you aren’t.  Professionals will have the tools, supplies, and equipment required to ensure that you are receiving the highest-level of clean.

At SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead we have full cleaning and disinfecting services available. We are armed with the knowledge to provide you with a quality cleaning job that will make you proud! Contact us today to learn how we can help your business put its best foot forward..978.744.4545.

Mold Is A Growing Problem For Your Business!

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing in the corner wall of a business Don't let mold slow down your business!

Mold contamination is a growing concern for businesses of all sizes. Mold, a fungus that is found in damp places, can grow almost anywhere moist conditions exist. Left unattended, it can cause health effects as well as serious structural damage to your facility. As your go-to experts in mold remediation, we take a methodical and systematic approach to carefully identify the source of the mold growth and help eliminate mold from your working environment.

What are the signs to look for in your building?
*A recent flood or water damage
*Leaks in or around the building either from burst pipes or air conditioning systems
*Musty odors in the building
*Discoloration or water stains on the walls or ceilings

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on and can grow anywhere:

Foundation
Roof
HVAC system
Drywall
Gutters
Furnishings and more

HEALTH PROBLEMS
In your home or business, all molds have the potential to cause side effects:

Headaches
Breathing Difficulties
Skin irritation
Allergic reactions
Aggravation of asthma symptoms

FINANCIAL PROBLEMS
The presence of mold in your building means significant repairs may be necessary. This presents a financial problem for business owners. 

LET US TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOLD PROBLEM
Regardless of mold, your work must go on. Trust the experts in mold abatement at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead to take care of the problem so you can focus on your business. We take a methodical and systematic approach to carefully identify the source of mold growth and help eliminate mold from your working environment as soon as possible.

If you suspect mold in your Salem, Peabody, Marblehead, Swampscott or Middleton business, count on SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead to quickly remediate the issue and let you get back to business as soon as possible. Once we assess the damage, we’ll work with you to create a comprehensive remediation plan unique to your needs. Then, we’ll keep you informed every step of the way to ensure we’re always on the same page and providing the best work. With our guided expertise, innovative tools and technologies, we’ll get your business up and running again as soon as possible. Contact us today at 978.744.4545.

Every Business Needs an ERP

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded street after a storm Protect your business by have an ERP in place!

For any company, having an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) means having a plan for your business when an emergency strikes. In the event of such an emergency, ensuring continuity for your business is the top priority. It may be a cliché to say so, but no business owner should leave it to chance or wait until after a disaster happens before coming up with a plan. Knowing what to do and when after a natural or manmade disaster should be an essential part of every business owner’s business plan.

The Impact of Disasters on Small Businesses

Emergencies and disasters of any size that impacts your business can lead to a permanent closing. It’s not a scare tactic. It’s a statistic. The fact is small businesses are actually more vulnerable to natural disasters. FEMA’s oft-cited business failure rate of near 40% after a natural disaster is one such sobering statistic. Add another 25% to those businesses that do open after a disaster only to end up shutting their doors within two years. That’s a staggering 2 out of 3 small businesses gone from a community.

No one wants to lose their business and no one wants to see Main Street boarded up following a disaster. Small businesses are vital to the economic health of every community. It’s not just important for a company’s profitability and its employees, but the overall community for businesses to remain open and continue to thrive. Yet, for many small businesses and companies, it is difficult to find the time or resources to develop an ERP. In most instances, the plan is simply relying on insurance to aid in rebounding from a natural or manmade disaster. Insurance may cover some or a majority of the losses, but it will not ensure the continuity of your business.

Why Your Business Needs an ERP in Place

That’s why every business should have an ERP in place. ERP is a strategic plan for businesses to successfully respond to manmade and natural disasters. The design and execution of an emergency response protocol means creating a working model that a business can implement when an emergency situation arises. Having one in place can ensure business continuity. Businesses large and small should conduct risk assessments that are shaped by the degree and complexity of their business operations beforehand.

Contract with an ERP Partner

The reality is, developing an ERP and having one in place can be limited by many constraints. The resources, assets and skilled personnel on staff with the expertise to effectuate an ERP are often beyond the reach of many businesses. Therefore, contracting with a full-service restoration company can be of great benefit to you and your business. Partnering with SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead to develop a plan ensures that your business is disaster-ready. Every detail and contingency is laid out in advance that best fits your business’ needs. Having the necessary data and documentation stored securely in advance allows for protocols to be implemented in a timely manner—which is as soon as possible to ensure continuity. If a disaster occurs, the restoration company will immediately take action to employ the protocols—the personnel, equipment, and devices as defined by your ERP.

Preparation is Key

Preparing before an emergency plays a vital role in the long-term success of your company. Having an ERP in place can greatly ensure your business’s continuity should a disaster happen. Partnering with SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/MArblehead to manage the crisis allows for professionals to prioritize the respective mitigation, recovery, and restoration to ensure your company is up and open for business with the least amount of disruption to you, your employees and the community as a whole.

Choosing a Restoration Company with 24/7 Emergency Services

SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead is a full-service restoration company that specializes in ERP planning and implementation. When it comes to persevering through a disaster, don’t leave your business to chance. We are a certified IICRC firm, OSHA 10 certified company that will work with you to see the continuity of your business through the most difficult times. Contact us today at 978.744.4545 to get started with an ERP for your business today!

Storm Flooded Basement? NOT a DIY Project!

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

a basement that has been flooded Storm flooded basements need to be handled by professionals

Coming home to a flooded basement is something no homeowner wants to experience. Not only can it be traumatic if cherished possessions were ruined, but it can also lead to more problems down the road if the water is not properly cleaned up right away.

How to Clean a Flooded Basement? The Answer is Not What You Think

While it can be tempting to try and take matters into your own hands, there are a lot of issues that could arise if the cleanup isn’t properly handled. For one, it could be dangerous to even enter your basement due to the potential for electrocution. Professionals know what steps to take to ensure the basement is safe to enter, but homeowners may not.

Depending on the type of water that caused the flood, it could also be a health hazard. There are three primary categories of water issues:

  • Clean water, such as water that has leaked from a pipe.
  • Gray water that has leaked from a washing machine or other appliance.
  • Blackwater containing sewage and other contaminants that could be the result of a sewer backup.

Because black water contains sewage, it is considered a biohazard. If you try to handle cleanup duties yourself without proper protective clothing and gear you could become ill.

It’s also important to make sure all water is completely removed from your basement. Professionals like the staff at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead have the necessary equipment to extract water and to properly dry your basement to ensure that no moisture remains. If all the water isn’t removed, the basement walls and floor could become damaged.

A basement that isn’t properly dried out is also at risk of developing mold, which can not only damage your home, it can lead to a host of health problems. These are potential issues that may not be obvious to a homeowner but would be to a trained professional.

If you do experience a flooded basement, give the experts at SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead a call right away. Our team of cleaners will:

  • Perform water extraction and removal to eliminate all water from your basement as quickly as possible.
  • Utilize professional-grade air-movers to begin the drying-out process.
  • Bring in professional-grade dehumidifiers to remove any remaining excess moisture from the air.
  • Thoroughly inspect your basement to check for other potential issues, such as drywall damage or mold growth. If mold is discovered, the cleaning crew will take the necessary steps to remove all traces of the mold and mitigate the damage.

If you’ve experienced water damage because of storm flooding, SERVPRO of Salem/Peabody/Marblehead can help. Give our team of certified water damage professionals a call at 978.744.4545.