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Preparing for the Worst

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preparing for the Worst A business plan for disaster will help shorten the amount of time you have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have.

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy, something you put your blood, sweat and tears into.

Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but are more helpful to think of before are:

  • Do you have insurance
  • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?
  • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.

  1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.
  2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.
  3. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes
  4. Work with SERVPRO of The Andovers to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!

For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 978-475-1199 or SERVPRO of The Andovers.

When Mold is Involved in The Andovers...

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Mold is Involved in The Andovers... We know that commercial mold infestations can cost a business in productivity; it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away.

This Andover home discovered extensive mold growth in their home, thanks to a broken pipe that went undetected. 

SERVPRO of The Andovers worked around the clock to remediate the problem, so that business could be restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. We know that commercial mold infestations can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity; it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away. 

If You See Visible Mold 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call us at 978-475-1199 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of The Andovers for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of The Andovers specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 978-475-1199

Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees and shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work.

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy, something you put your blood, sweat and tears into.

Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but are more helpful to think of before are:

  • Do you have insurance
  • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?
  • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.

  1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.
  2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.
  3. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes
  4. Work with SERVPRO of The Andovers to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!

For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 978-475-1199 or SERVPRO of The Andovers.

Do You Need a Pro to Clean Your Air Ducts?

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

There are tasks in your home that are more cost-saving for a homeowner to do, but sometimes a professional is needed. Do you know when it is time to hire a pro to clean your air ducts? Consider this information from Home Advisor to make sure you are all set:

In most modern homes with up-to-date heating and air conditioning systems, filters are changed regularly through the year, so you may not even need to hire a professional. However, keep your eyes open for the accumulation of dust, dirt, dander and mold. If you see it despite regularly changing your filters it could be an indication you need a high-pressure cleaning.

One of the best ways to know if your ducts or vents need to be cleaned is to just check them. Your eyes will be able to check for indications of mold, dust or pollen buildup. You might also be able to smell the presence of mold, which would be a clear indicator. Ductwork will have some buildup of dust, since the return registrars pull air back in. However, this doesn't mean your ducts have too much debris, and you can easily clean them with a duster or vacuum.

If you do have children or spouses who suffer from allergies or reactions to the air turning on, it might be an indication there is something in there making them react. They should speak with their doctors and then get a heating and cooling contractor out if it is recommended that airborne pathogens are the cause of their reaction.

Here are some clear signs that you need to call a pro:

  • You have insulated ducts that are hard to access
  • Recurring mold growth
  • Rats or other vermin are crawling in them, or presence of their droppings
  • Dust or debris can be seen in the air due to a clogging
  • Visible mold
  • Recent construction

So when in need, call SERVPRO® of The Andovers to help you make the allergans or damage "Like it never even happened."

Being Prepared will Provide the Best Resolution for an Emergency

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Being Prepared will Provide the Best Resolution for an Emergency Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

In the event of an emergency, the Emergency READY Profile® or ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. Working with SERVPRO® of The Andovers on an ERP will provide you with a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.

The ERP also establishes SERVPRO® of The Andovers as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years of experience and a System over 1,600 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

The Andovers at 978-475-1199 or visit our website to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be "Ready for whatever happens."

Helping Your Commercial Building Survive the Storm

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping Your Commercial Building Survive the Storm Some storms can be beautiful to watch but also very dangerous to your home and office.

Some storms can be beautiful to watch but also very dangerous to your home and office. In order to stay safe, please follow these and other safety tips for your home.

Before the Storm

  • Have an emergency supply kit on hand
  • Develop a communication plan with all members of your family
  • Unplug electrical equipment
  • Secure outdoor objects that could cause damage if they are thrown
  • Stay inside a building or hard top vehicle
  • Secure windows and doors

During the Storm

  • Use a battery operated radio for updates and alerts
  • Avoid contact with corded phones
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment
  • Avoid contact with water
  • Stay away from windows and doors

After the Storm               

  • Do not touch any downed wires
  • Do not drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm damaged areas

Keep you and your employees safe through a storm. When in doubt, stay away from anything that may look suspicious.

 For help once the storm is over, call SERVPRO® of The Andovers (978-475-1199) to assess the damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Help Prevent a Fire in Your Town

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help Prevent a Fire in Your Town Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, g

A fire can occur anywhere, at any time-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences alone were  recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. They also can be started off a smaller fire in a home or out in the open. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area that has the potential to be affected by fire, consider the following safety tips to help prevent it from spreading:

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead  vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This  prevents  embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to  prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

SERVPRO® of The Andovers is here to return your home to preloss condition. When in doubt, call us at 978-475-1199

Traveling Safely in the Snow

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Traveling Safely in the Snow Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.

There is more snow coming our way! Please follow these helpful tips to stay safe:

  • If you have to travel, please be careful when out and about as the roads may be slippery.
  • Leave the plows extra room to help take care of our roads. 
  • Keep a few extra car lengths between you and other travelers just in case anyone needs to stop quickly
  • Keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full to avoid freezing lines
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • AAA shares this tip if you are traveling long distances: Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.

And as always, thank you to all of our emergency responders and utility workers who have to respond.

Please stay safe if you have to travel and as always, if you can, stay home. 

For more on the weather: http://ow.ly/pwdf30hO0DR

Preventing Ice Dams On Your Home

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventing Ice Dams On Your Home Water then collects behind the dam and gradually works its way beneath roof shingles through a cycle of freezing and thawing.

Many homes in the northern US know what an ice dam is and the damages that they can do to the home. What is an ice dam? According to Bob Vila it is "These are thick accumulations of ice that form over the eaves of a house. Water then collects behind the dam and gradually works its way beneath roof shingles through a cycle of freezing and thawing."

When heat escapes the home and heats up the roof, it causes the snow to melt. That melting snow flows down the slope of the roof to refreeze on the unheated portions of the roof, like the eves and overhangs. As this cycle continues, the ice builds up on the edges of your home and traps water underneath. It is this water that can then leak into your home.

Bob Vila's website goes on to state: "Ice dams are preventable. If new roofing is being added at your home, make sure that proper precautions are being taken." 

Make sure the ventilation in your eaves, the peak and overhangs is adequate. "An air space above the insulation in the ceiling or attic then allows cold air to move freely, keeping the roof cold and preventing the snow cover from melting. When a roof is being constructed, inexpensive Styrofoam baffles may be installed to ensure that there is a passageway for cold air from the eaves to the peak."

Make sure your attic is properly insulated and sealed to prevent moisture from getting into the living areas of your home.

When putting on a new roof, make sure the snow and ice shield is installed properly on the subroof. This helps prevent moisture from finding its way into the home. This product forms a barrier for your roof to prevent against the water.

But then there are times that the damage does occur. When it does, have your roof cleared, and then call (978) 475-1199 SERVPRO® of The Andovers to inspect your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

North Andover Tips for Storm Damage

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage North Andover Tips for Storm Damage A storm can be flooding, ice dams, rain, hurricanes. Do you know who to call when your house is under attack? SERVPRO of The Andovers is here to help!

Some storms can be beautiful to watch but also very dangerous to your home and office. In order to stay safe, please follow these and other safety tips for your home.

Before the Storm

  • Have an emergency supply kit on hand
  • Develop a communication plan with all members of your family
  • Unplug electrical equipment
  • Secure outdoor objects that could cause damage if they are thrown
  • Stay inside a building or hard top vehicle
  • Secure windows and doors

During the Storm

  • Use a battery operated radio for updates and alerts
  • Avoid contact with corded phones
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment
  • Avoid contact with water
  • Stay away from windows and doors

After the Storm               

  • Do not touch any downed wires
  • Do not drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm damaged areas

Keep you and your family safe through a storm. When in doubt, stay away from anything that may look suspicious. Also, call SERVPRO of The Andovers, 978-475-1199, to help make your home "Like it never even happened."