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Explore A Historic Salem House From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

black and white photo of a street It will be exciting to see the community enjoying the virtual tours to The House Of The Seven Gables.

Salem’s House Of The Seven Gables Is Open For Virtual Tours

People come from far and wide to visit The House Of The Seven Gables in Salem. The house rose to fame after Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel of the same name, which was based on the very same house. This winter, you can take a virtual tour of the house from the comfort of your own home.

  • Enjoy a pre-recorded guided tour of the mansion.
  • A brand new 3D tour was added for this season.
  • Explore one of North America’s oldest homes.

Tour tickets cost $10 or are free to Gables members. There are slots available throughout December and early January. Visit the Seven Gables website for more details and to book your tickets. Ticket sales support Seven Gables’ work to be a welcoming site for visitors.

Whether you live in a historic home or a modern duplex, it is essential to be aware of fire risks. If you need help with fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.

Is Professional Fire Puff Back Cleaning Necessary for Salem Homes?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

gas furnace with duct SERVPRO says to Salem Homeowners--Check your furnace before firing up for the winter--or call us for sooty PUFF BACK cleanup

Soot residues can be a hazardous presence requiring experienced technicians to overcome.

Soot is often an unfortunate effect of combustion after a structure fire, but it can affect Salem homes through a phenomenon known as a furnace puff back. A micro explosion in the ignition chamber can send a pocket of soot and oily residue through the HVAC system ducts and into connected rooms. Professional fire restoration is necessary to overcome these effects without causing more significant damage.

Why is Professional Puffback Cleaning Necessary?

Professional fire puff back cleaning for Salem homes is necessary because of the potentially harmful health risks the presence of soot can cause. Particles generated by partial combustion are often around 2.5 microns in size, allowing them to deeply penetrate into the lungs of those breathing them without the appropriate protection. Our SERVPRO trained technicians can address the presence of soot particles in the environment and take the necessary steps to clean the surfaces impacted by settling residue.

Fire Damage Inspection for Salem Homes

Our project manager and crew chief work with your insurance adjuster to provide a thorough damage assessment and estimate to ensure fire restoration gets started as soon as possible. This includes using a borescope to inspect the ducts of your HVAC system impacted by the furnace blast and using our arsenal of tools and devices for cleaning.

Fire Damage Cleanup in Salem

Cleaning up after certain smoke damages can be more challenging than many homeowners realize. Remedies they might have searched on the internet could quickly spread soot residues even further and impact underlying materials more deeply. Identifying these residues' composition helps to choose the appropriate cleaning product and approach to preserve installed materials and exposed contents as much as possible. In the case of oil-based residues common to furnace puff backs, oil-based detergents and solvents can help loosen thick soiling to make cleaning more manageable. The unsightly smoke tags or spider-like webbings often seen after a puff back are electrically charged ions that seek corners and cooler areas of affected rooms.

Trained technicians that utilize advanced equipment for puff back cleaning is crucial to restoring your home to its preloss condition. Our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team can help when you call (978) 744-4545.

Take Part In An Epic Game Night In Peabody This Winter

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

a marker on a map that says scavenger hunt SERVPRO is looking forward to the virtual game night!

Enjoy All The Fun Of A Game Night Without Leaving Your Peabody Home

Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt Adventures has something new for adventurers to try this winter: An at-home game night. Get together with loved ones to play games, including:

  • Trivia games with a choice of over 8000 questions.
  • Let’s Draw, where you must guess what your friends are drawing before the time is up.
  • Virtual charades with tons of categories to choose from.
  • And many more!

Game nights run online – no need to download anything. Video chat with friends and family while you play games. It is a perfect way to beat the blues this winter.

You can sign up for a free trial with Let’s Roam online. The trial lasts for seven days. If you love hosting your own game night, you can subscribe for $19.00 monthly, allowing unlimited games and events, but there is no obligation.

Do not let storms ruin your fun this winter. If you need help with groundwater removal after a storm, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.

History and Culture Awaits You In Salem

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

a fire damaged cabinet covered in soot Don’t let fire damage keep you out of your home for long. Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective remediation services.

The Famous Witchy Town Offers Enchantment To Visitors

Salem is synonymous with witchcraft and magic. It is impossible to hear the name without thinking of the witch trials, and even today, Salem is a popular setting for spooky movies and shows. Scenes from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Hocus Pocus, and Bewitched were filmed here, along with Bride Wars, Lords of Salem, and American Hustle. The town also has a namesake in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who named her cat Salem.

In 1626, a settler named Roger Conant arrived from Cape Ann and chose to settle and start a town. The town's name, Salem, is a reference to Shalem, a word which is officially identified with Jerusalem. The town was given this name in honor of the peaceful transfer of power when John Endecott took over from Conant as the town leader.

Salem is well known for its witch trials, but it is famous for other reasons too:

  • Salem seafarers were bold and adventurous, and Salem established successful trade routes to Asia and India.
  • Salem is officially designated as the birthplace of The National Guard. Every year, members of the Second Corps of Cadets gather to lay a wreath, sound bugles and fire a 21-gun salute.
  • Elias Hasket Derby hailed from Salem – he is widely considered to be American's first millionaire.
  • In 2011, Salem set the record for the highest price ever paid for a piece of Federal furniture, when a private collector paid a staggering $662,500 for a carved mahogany side chair.

Witch Related Tourism Gives A Sombre Look Into The Past

Salem bills itself as The Witch City, which is unsurprising considering the famous Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693. The trials began after several teenagers and younger girls, including Elizabeth Hubbard, Abigail Williams, and Betty Parris, accused several townspeople of witchcraft. By the time the trials ended, more than two hundred people had been charged, and of those two hundred, thirty were found guilty. Twenty people were killed (including Giles Corey, who refused to enter a plea), and at least five others died in jail.

Although Salem embraces its witch-related history, there has also been concern over whether it should keep the close association or focus more on its other cultural aspects. In recent years, a memorial was set up to remember those who died in the trials. For many years, people believed the victims died at Gallows Hill. In 1921, historian Sidney Perley discovered that the correct location was Proctors Ledge. The town purchased the land as "memorial land" but did not build a memorial, partly because the dark period of Salem's past was a source of shame.

However, in 2017, on the hangings' 325th anniversary, the Salem Witchcraft Museum unveiled a memorial. It is a simple stone semi-circle, with the names of the victims carved into it. The memorial lets Salem acknowledge and preserve its history in a respectful way and gives those interested in the witch trials a focal point to visit and remember.

You can also view the Jonathan Corwin House, which is also known as The Witch House. This house is the only building still standing in Salem, which has direct ties to the witch trials. Judge Corwin was one of those asked to investigate the allegations of sinister activity. The house itself is a fine example of seventeenth-century New England architecture. In the 1940s, it was moved slightly from its original location to its current one and carefully restored to historical accuracy.

Explore The Many Historically Significant Buildings In Salem

With such a long history, it is little wonder that Salem has so many historical buildings to explore. Anyone interested in history will want to stop and see:

  • Hamilton Hall is an impressive three-story brick building, with the bricks arranged in the Flemish Bond style. Samuel McIntire designed the building in 1805 as a social meeting place for Salem's most prominent families. It was named in honor of the Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The hall still functions as a meeting place today and is frequently booked for social gatherings.
  • The Gedney House is an example of a Colonial home, and the oldest part of it was built in 1665. The house was built for shipwright Eleazor Gedney, a member of the Gedney family, who were among Salem's founders. The house is famous for its historical carpentry and how well the oldest parts of it have survived the passage of time. The house is now a museum, and though it is not open to the public, you can arrange private tours.
  • The House Of The Seven Gables was made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel of the same name. Construction on the house started in 1668. Hawthorne described the house as if it was a character in the book, with a personality all its own. In 1908 the house was purchased and made into a museum. It was reconstructed to fit what Hawthorne wrote about it in his book, rather than what was historically correct. Today it is a popular museum which also offers educational programs for children.

SERVPRO Helps Salem Residents With Fire Damage Cleanup

In 1914, Salem was afflicted by a blaze that became known as the Great Salem Fire. The fire began with a series of explosions, and by the time it was under control, 20,000 people had lost their homes. The fire caused $15 million worth of damage. Some superstitious residents claimed that the spirit of Giles Corey (who died during the witch trials) had appeared before the fire, which was considered a sign of impending disaster.

Even in the modern world, fire is still a real danger. Thankfully, SERVPRO is here to help with fire damage cleanup. We understand that soot and smoke can leave your home unrecognizable. That is why we aim to clean and restore your home until it looks "Like nothing even happened."

Our technicians take care of every aspect of fire damage cleanup. That includes:

  • Cleaning away soot damage
  • Washing linens
  • Restoring furniture
  • Overseeing structural damage repair. 

We also deodorize your home and leave it fresh.

We can also liaise with your insurance company on your behalf and provide professional evidence of the damage.

If your home suffers fire damage, do not despair. SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead can help. Call us today at (978) 744-4545.

Weekend Fun for the Whole Family in the Marblehead Area

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

People playing cards. Slow down and enjoy virtual family games put on by Roam Scavenger Hunt Adventures with your family.

Marblehead families can enjoy a virtual game night every weekend through the end of the year. 

There is nothing like a group of fun games to get the whole family up, moving, and laughing. While many of the live events for Salem and its surrounding areas have been canceled through the end of the year, Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt Adventures have put together an immersive video platform that combined chat software with a virtual way of exploring, discovering, and connecting.

Families participating in this free event can expect a massive trivia game, charades, a virtual Pictionary style game, and even drinking games for party animals. Try out your luck on December 4th, 5th, or 6th from 7 PM – 10 PM. You can RSVP through Eventbrite or find more information by calling Let’s Roam at (720) 340-3264.  

Whether it is a hotel or a shop, water damage to Marblehead businesses can be devastating to your building and customers. Our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team can help with fast extraction, drying, and cleaning solutions. Call us today at (978) 744-4545.

What Are the Primary Tourist Attractions for Salem?

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

A map of Salem SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead cares about their community, and is here to assist for any destruction.

History in Salem is Well Known for Their Fascinating History and Building Structures

Salem has become one of Massachusetts's most renowned towns between the history and steady growth of the area. Tourism is one of our economy's driving forces, despite how busy teams like our SERVPRO professionals might stay with severe weather damages or water disaster cleanup. Much like the caretakers of landmarks and historic properties, the upkeep of tourist attractions ensures that the area continues to grow and thrive as it has almost consistently done every decade since censuses recorded these statistics in the mid-1700s.

Historical Properties 

The town of Salem has been one of the most recognizable places in American history for its sordid past concerning the treatment of suspected witches in the 17th century. How the public would handle these allegations and persecute these women would be a permanent black mark on the entire commonwealth of Massachusetts – in some ways even to this day. Preserving and protecting historic landmarks, artifacts, and stories has been a mission of historians and municipal workers of the city, helping to designate protected areas and upkeep treasured properties and structures.

Historic properties in Salem range from former schoolhouses, municipal structures, homes, and churches. While there are notable buildings in nearly every neighborhood of the city, there are two primary districts that hold the most recognizable of these protected areas, homes and businesses. Charter Street Historic District contains the Charter Street Cemetery, the Grimshawe House, and the Pickman House. The Federal Street District protects aging homes constructed between 1810 and 1900 and a courthouse building from 1785.

House of Seven Gables 

This is a home that was made famous for its original design by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The structure was built in 1668 for Captain John Turner, and it would continue to be in excellent enough shape to inspire Hawthorne's writing for an 1851 release. Today, you can visit the house as a guest because the building has become a non-profit museum. Paid tours are available, as well as specific programs for children.

Pioneer Village

This is one of the few living history museums available in the country and can showcase what life might have looked like in June of 1630 in Salem. Initially, this was a set for a play that was being developed for performances in 1930. However, the town loved the accuracy and appeal of the creation so much that it was saved and continues to be a strong account of pioneer days in what would be one of the most significant port towns in the New World. A short time in the presence of these recreated structures can give anyone an appreciation for modern advancements.

Salem Willows Park 

Despite how long Salem has existed as a settlement and town in Massachusetts, the region's expansion and industrial growth have not compromised the scenic allure of Essex County. While there are many parks and reserves throughout New England and across the North Shore area, Salem Willows Park is one of the town's most attractive natural areas. Founded in 1838, this oceanfront park has captured the hearts of visitors and locals alike with long-standing implements like Kiddieland amusement park, a boardwalk with shops and arcades, and beachfront. In the summer, the beaches of Salem Willows Park are popular for fireworks, as you can see Beverly, Marblehead, and Salem run their displays.

Peabody Essex Museum 

Several years ago, more cultural and historical centers spread out through town, including the renowned Essex Institute and the Peabody Museum of Salem. Combining both of these centers' collections has proved to be a beneficial decision, as the new Peabody Essex Museum ranks among the top art museums in the country. The latest advancement campaign adds square footage for the gallery and endowment and operating budget to be among the top 10 galleries in North America. In total, the Peabody Essex Museum boasts over 840,000 historical and cultural art pieces and more than 400,000 books and manuscripts.

Salem State University 

Colleges and universities are always a draw to the area, as not only does this increase the population by thousands when school is in session, but it also increases the number of shops, specialty stores, and annual events like fairs and festivals. The student body of Salem State University adds nearly 8,000 to Salem's population in the fall and spring months, and having been constructed and founded in 1854, is as historic as many other buildings in town. While the college is a draw for traffic into Salem, art and live entertainment events hosted by the institution showcase local talents and the expertise of craft makers, musicians, painters, and other budding artists.

Efficient Water Extraction Solutions for Salem Homes 

Flooding and substantial water loss incidents can leave standing water in Salem homes, which can quickly become a compromising situation for exposed materials and contents. Emergency services seek to overcome these obstacles as soon as possible. That is why our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team has leading extraction tools stocked and ready to mobilize at the first notice of loss.

Not every extractor is ideal for every disaster, however. Understanding what your property needs is the objective of the project manager and crew chief working with the customer to establish a restoration plan that addresses current conditions and the common concerns moving forward. Standing water is detrimental to porous flooring, wood trim, and drywall used as the wall surface material in your home. Once saturation occurs, moisture removal can be much more challenging than eliminating surface water.

For hard floor surfaces, several removal tools often excel at a much greater rate than alternatives in our inventory. Submersible pumps, both electric and gas-powered, can remove surface water concerns down to a depth of two inches. At this point, wet vacuums and separate attachments can remove the lingering pooling in the damaged areas. Specialty removal tools like weighted extractors and carpet wands can help to reduce moisture reaching sensitive subflooring materials.

Water removal for Salem homes can happen quickly after disasters strike. Give our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team a call today at (978) 744-4545

When Peabody Residents Need a Laugh

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

A stand up comedy sign. We all need a good laugh, go out and enjoy a good laugh at Boston on Condor Street.

Experience a fun stand-up comedy event in nearby Boston on Condor Street. 

Who doesn’t need a laugh with all the crazy happening in the world? The Sundown Stand-Up Comedy series continues to go strong at the Condor Street Urban Wild. As this is an ongoing event happening at each full moon point in the cycle, the next chance to see live stand-up comedians in this outdoor setting is November 29th, 2020, beginning at 4:00 PM.

Ensure that you dress appropriately for the weather expected, including wearing the mandated masks and maintaining your distance. Whether you are a comedian looking to try out some jokes on a kind audience or you want to be part of hearing local talent, you can RSVP for one of the limited slots online or by calling the organizer Like2Laugh Productions at (914) 629-1225.

The need for mold remediation in Peabody businesses is no laughing matter. Let our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team help you make microbial threats “Like it never even happened,” by calling (978) 744-4545.

Salem Massachusetts is Rich in Culture, Architecture, and History

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

paintings in an art exhibit It will be exciting to see the community at the Salem Art Association annual art exhibit.

Salem Arts Association Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition

Every year local artists have the opportunity to exhibit some of their most inspirational pieces. Inspiration for their work is drawn from the Peabody Essex Museums' collection of outstanding art and architecture exhibitions. Members explore the history of Salem to create their artistic interpretations covering everything from:

  • The season – Autumn
  • Halloween
  • Witchcraft and
  • Their interpretation of the city's history

Guests may view the exhibit during regular hours on the weekends from 12:00 to 5:00 pm until Nov 8, and attend virtual 3D tours of the gallery. Guests may also purchase exciting pieces in person and online. Take a virtual tour and examine any of the displays from the comfort of your home. Virtual tourists can even measure artwork they find interesting.

SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead provides professional flood water removal services to Salem residential and business customers and the surrounding area. Call (978) 744-4545. We are available 24/7 to help with flood water removal, mold mitigation, and restoration.

How Quickly Can Flood Damage Wreck Your Home?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on walls after flood, wood floor SERVPRO Says--Call us fast to mitigate flood damaghe and prevent mold infestations in your Salem home

Salem Residents need Flood Damage Remediation Fast

When a storm rips through Salem, it can leave all kinds of chaos in its wake. We are all used to seeing images on television of storm-ravaged houses, but of course we hope it will never happen to us. Unfortunately, you cannot guarantee your home will not suffer damage, but when disaster strikes, SERVPRO is here to help.

Speed is vital when dealing with flood damage in your Salem home. Floodwater causes more damage the longer the situation goes on.

What happens when floodwater first enters your home?

The damage begins as soon as water enters your home. Moisture immediately soaks into:

  • Floor and walls
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Upholstery and drapes

Color can bleed out of upholstery in minutes, paper products can swell, and wood can warp.
 
What are the risks in the first few hours?

In the first few hours, drywall soaks up water, carpets become even more water-logged (and usually are not salvageable), and wood swells more. Metal surfaces might start to tarnish, and you will start to smell the unmistakable damp odor that comes after flood damage.

What are the risks in the first week?

Within a week, the effects of a flood are catastrophic:

  • Mold spores start growing within 48 hours, which can cause health effects and spreading fungus
  • Doors and window frames swell to the point they cannot open
  • Metal starts to rust
  • Paint blisters and bubbles

Can SERVPRO get here fast?

It is clear that fast action is vital. We contact you within an hour of receiving your first call, and arrive at your home within four hours to begin assessment and remediation.

Our technicians come with industry-grade personal protective equipment and powerful pumps, air dryers, and dehumidifiers. We remove excess water, then dry your home, and supervise necessary repairs. Because we arrive quickly, we can often save wooden furniture and upholstery.

We monitor moisture levels and check for hidden patches of moisture, to ensure a thorough job. We also deodorize your home when we are finished, so it smells fresh once more.

If you need help fast, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.

What are Mold Remediation Standards and Why are They Important for Salem Local Businesses?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

man looking at mold on a wall Don’t panic when noticing a mold infestation in your home or business. Contact our IICRC certified team for mold remediation services.

Salem Companies Need Knowledgeable Mold Remediation Companies

Entrepreneurs in the Salem area know the importance of standards and guidelines. From quality control guidelines to the employees’ handbook, standards help your business run in a consistent way and build trust with your customers.

If you need mold remediation in your Salem business premises, you want to know the company you call has established standards and best practices. You would not entrust someone with your business if you were not confident in their knowledge and procedures.

What is the IICRC and why does it matter?

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is a non-profit organization for the restoration industry (including fire, flood, and mold remediation.) It was founded in 1972 and is now an international organization with over 6000 certified firms worldwide.

The IICRC aims to establish global standards for the remediation. What does that mean for your business? It means that IICRC-trained staff understands the theory and practice of remediation, and they are up to date on best practices and the most effective techniques.

How does SERVPRO train its staff?

We use IICRC standards to train our staff, and we offer:

  • 15-day hands-on training at our training facility for operators
  • Self-paced certification programs for all staff
  • Ongoing training and e-learning to keep our team up to date

We know that investing in our SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead team is the best way to serve the local business community.

What do the IICRC standards for mold include?
The IICRC standards for mold cover every aspect of mold remediation, including:

  • Being aware of health and safety for your staff and our workers
  • Documenting the condition of the building and our process as we proceed
  • Controlling contamination at the source to prevent spores from spreading further
  • Removing mold contamination
  • Dealing with the moisture problem – moisture is present wherever there is mold, and fixing the moisture issue is vital

In practice, these standards add up to a thorough mold remediation process in Salem that leaves your business Certified: SERVPRO cleaned.

What health and safety precautions do we take?

We equip our teams with personal protective equipment that includes gloves, coveralls, eye protection, and respirators. We assess your facility for any health and safety hazards before we begin work. In more severe cases, mold can rot wood or damage drywall, so we make sure the area is safe to work in before we start. 

We talk to you about health and safety issues and offer directions to ensure you and your staff stay safe throughout the process.

How do we document the conditions?

Monitoring conditions in the affected area is essential. We can see the mold mycelium (the collection of cells), but we cannot see how deep moisture goes inside walls or under carpets and floorboards. We monitor conditions using:

  • Moisture meters and probes to measure moisture levels in a range of materials
  • Thermal imaging to monitor the movement of water through building materials
  • Thermo-hygrometers to measure humidity

Proper monitoring means we can compare conditions at the start and end of the remediation process, and we can monitor moisture levels while remediation is in progress. Documenting means there is no guess-work involved: We always know the exact conditions in your business premises and can adjust our process if needed to get the best results.

How do we control contamination at the source?

It is effortless for mold spores to become airborne and spread through your business. SERVPRO takes steps to prevent spores from escaping:

  • Setting up negative air machines so that air cannot flow from the contaminated area to uncontaminated areas
  • Shutting off HVAC systems and covering doors, windows, and vents to cut off escape routes
  • Building a containment chamber around the affected area

What do we do to remove mold contamination?

Although it is impossible to capture every last microscopic spore, the more visible contamination we can remove, the less chance of it coming back. We use HEPA vacuums to hoover up mold, and we can also use dry scrubbing, soda blasting, and wet wiping with antimicrobial agents to deal with fungal growth.

SERVPRO can remove mold from carpets, drapes, blinds, walls, wooden surfaces, furniture, and more. Our technicians will also dispose carefully of any mold-invested materials that cannot be cleaned.

How do we deal with the moisture problem?

The IICRC standards state that the best cleaning methods cannot prevent mold returning if moisture is still present. We handle the moisture problem using a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to evaporate water and reduce humidity. We can also bring in portable heaters if needed. You can count on our AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians to service your building following best practices.

For knowledgeable mold remediation you can trust, call SERVPRO of Salem / Peabody / Marblehead at (978) 744-4545.