Jan from Ipswich, MA's 5-Star Review
Jan was kind enough to share these before and after photos with us when he left his review. Thank you Jan! We're so glad we could help!
Earlier this year we received a very kind and detailed review from our friend Jan in Ipswich after we helped him with the remediation and reconstruction after a tree crashed through his roof. We wanted to once again thank him for the incredible testimonial and share his review here on our blog!
"A large bough from a tree crashed onto the roof of our house during a severe rain and wind weather event 2 days before Xmas last year. It damaged two bedrooms at one end, and necessitated a huge clean-up and an extensive exterior and interior rebuild. The master bedroom sustained major exterior and interior damage, and the interior of the 2nd bedroom considerable above-ceiling and roof damage as well as leakage. The damage included a roof, supporting strapping, insulation, 2 ceilings, 3 walls, carpet-cleaning and removal, wall and trim painting, many supportive tasks and a multitude of materials.
SERVPRO of Haverhill responded within a day of the damage to assess and begin designing a project plan. Josh, the project estimator and manager of the mitigation team, and Noel, the project manager of the reconstruction team, designed and supervised both components with a customized plan of intervention that could be executed with high efficacy. An estimate was performed, a proposal submitted, and a work authorization was signed. I judged the cost cited in the proposal as very acceptable and the project affordable, as did my insurer, Concord Group. The project was completed in a very timely and professional manner, and below the estimated cost. Josh and Noel stayed in touch with me while coordinating all phases of each component of the project. They returned calls, explained what had to be done, gave encouragement and reassurance, and answered questions.
Office and administrative staff at SERVPRO of Haverhill, such as Lori, Stephanie, and Jessalyn, were equally responsive to questions about procedures, billing, and other support needs, and handled contacts from me with affable, respectful diligence.
The crews who performed the work were highly skilled, prompt, respectful and thoughtful, hard-working, quiet, clean, and beyond conscientious.
The mitigation team tackled the first part of the project. Rob spent two days cleaning up the master bedroom, which had sustained extensive water damage as well as debris from the ceiling and insulation everywhere. He removed all debris, (from slabs of sheetrock to specks of plaster), vacuumed and cleaned the carpet, cleaned furniture and furnishings, dehumidified the entire room, and disposed of debris.
Branden and Justin of the mitigation team then demoed the interior (ceilings, strapping, walls) with no damage to intact structural elements or to furniture) and eradicated mold that had formed. Bob, Christian, Patrick, Jake, and Dylan of the reconstruction team worked together in phases to replace a hip girder truss, strapping, insulation, perforated sheathing, and all of the shingles at the gable end of the roof, 2 ceilings, and 3 walls. The interior was repainted in the master bedroom and the ceiling of the 2nd bedroom was painted after installation. By the end of the project, there were no traces of the catastrophe that had occurred prior to it.
SERVPRO contracted KC Carpets of Haverhill to replace the carpet in the master bedroom, and 2 techs installed it within a few hours one morning. They were efficient, polite, and tidy.
My daughter and I could not be more pleased with both the processes and the products delivered by SERVPRO of Haverhill, all of its staff, and cooperating entities. The project was a series of jobs each very well done. A hint of the before and after of our experience can be gathered from the attached photos. What had begun as a disaster has ended as a delight. If, God forbid, another disaster strikes our house, I would not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Haverhill again for the services it has provided us. Thank you, genuinely, SERVPRO."
Beware at-home water damage remediation hacks!
Here in New England, we are fortunate to live in an area rich with history. Many historic landmarks are still standing to this day, some people reading this may even live in one of these incredible houses. It is no hidden secret that as buildings get older they require more upkeep and tend to be more susceptible to water damage and mold. These situations are not only devastating but can also be incredibly overwhelming to try and deal with on your own. The internet is full of at-home, do-it-yourself solutions, but there is a high likelihood that the homemade solutions offered up will only be a temporary fix, or may even make the situation worse! We have many trustworthy and factually accurate resources here on our blog, as well as trained professionals on call 24/7 ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Damage Remediation FAQ's
When it comes to fire damage, we get a lot of questions. So, we asked our project managers to answer some of the most commonly asked fire damage remediation queries.
Here is what they said:
Can my clothes/photos/artwork be cleaned after a fire?
Yes. There is a network of different specialty companies that we can coordinate with to quickly remove these items from the source and clean/restore to their original state if no permanent damage has occurred.
Can I use water to clean soot off my walls?
No. A product with degreaser is needed to clean soot, but be warned, there are different types of fire which can require different methods of cleaning. When in doubt, give us a call!
Is it possible to get rid of the odor after a fire?
Yes. Each fire is unique in the scope of work that is required to remove the odor, however. Some are as simple as light cleaning and deodorizing, and others may require demo of heavy areas and encapsulating the framing before new materials to remove the odor.
What should I do after a fire but before SERVPRO comes?
- Take lots of photos from different angles.
- Determine what items you need in case you can't live in the home.
- Order refills of all medications located in a room with visible soot damage. Bottles may not be airtight & it's advised nothing exposed to soot be ingested.
- Call your insurance company.
How does SERVPRO clean fire damage?
We have access to a complete line of SERVPRO cleaning products that are tailored for any situation that we may encounter. The type of fire, material or fabric will determine which product we will need to complete the job.
Still have questions? Need our help getting your home or business back to normal after a fire? Give us a call! We are happy to help!
Press Release - SERVPRO Franchisees Sign Sponsorship Deal with New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium
SERVPRO Franchisees Sign Sponsorship Deal with New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium
SERVPRO also named the “Official Cleanup and Restoration Company” of Patriots, Stadium
Boston, Massachusetts, March 29, 2023—New England SERVPRO franchisees are proud to announce SERVPRO has partnered with the New England Patriots to be named the “Official Cleanup and Restoration Sponsor of Gillette Stadium.” A total of 40 individually owned and operated SERVPRO franchises in New England joined to participate in this sponsorship.
SERVPRO branding will be featured on Gillette Stadium’s new digital videoboard, which is being constructed in the north end of the stadium. The video board, scheduled for completion prior to the 2023 NFL regular season, will be the largest outdoor digital video board in the country and will feature the famous SERVPRO orange logo during events held at Gillette Stadium each year.
SERVPRO will also present two article series on Patriots.com: Offseason PROfiles introducing new Patriots players, and PRO Predictions which will provide expert predictions for each game during the season. “Much like it is our honor to bring you the restoration industry’s finest and best, we are eager to help keep Patriots fans up-to-date on their favorite team all year long.” said Jesse Mathewson, director of marketing & business development with SERVPRO.
“As a national brand and forty locally owned franchises, SERVPRO strives to support our communities and neighbors,” Mathewson said. “We can’t think of any better way to show our New England pride than by joining forces with the Patriots and Gillette Stadium. Our SERVPRO teams can’t wait to see the brand’s colors on this ground-breaking videoboard! Go Patriots!”
For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold mitigation, biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Teeing Off for the Cause(s)
Some of our favorite moments from this year's golf tournaments.
Summer has always been one of our busiest seasons here at SERVPRO. Between the increase of seasonal losses, like fire damage and community events we regularly volunteer with, there is never a dull day!
The most common of these community events are charity golf tournaments. This year alone we have sponsored and/or participated in over six tournaments. The Haverhill Firefighters Relief Association tournament kicked off the season at the Bradford Country Club, followed closely by the YMCA of the North Shore’s tournament at Turner Hill Golf Club in Ipswich.
Next up our Key Account Manager Nury Cardoza hit the green to play in the North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s annual tournament at the Ipswich Country Club. A little rain didn’t stop her and other fellow chamber members from having a great day on the course!
August brought us back to the Bradford Country Club for the Haverhill Police Relief Association tournament to support our brave men and women in blue. We then found ourselves at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club, where the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center held their first annual tournament to raise funds to assist in their mission to give back and support the Veterans within our community.
Finally, we rounded out the year at the Rowley Country Club for the Ascension Memorial Church’s Remembrance Cup. The tournament also benefitted The Open Door in their mission to help fight food insecurity within our community.
It's always great to give back and support so many local organizations that help make our community a better place. We can’t wait to tee off again next year for more worthy causes!
Earth Day 2022
Thank you again to all of our incredible volunteers!
If you hadn’t already noticed, we here at SERVPRO of Danvers/Ipswich like green… A lot! Not only are our trucks, signs, and almost everything else SERVPRO green, but we also use green, eco-friendly products every day as part of our residential and commercial cleaning services!
But there’s something green that we love more than all those things- the Earth! That’s why, on April 23rd, we joined the town of Danvers to host an Earth Day cleanup at Tapley Park and Fields. Our amazing team of volunteers consisted of SERVPRO Danvers employees and their families and friends, Danvers Little League team members, and some pretty awesome members of the community who heard about the event and wanted to take part as well.
Collectively our team picked up over seven bags of trash, with two enthusiastic young volunteers even finding an old rake along the rail trail behind the fields! By the end of the day the park and fields looked fantastic and were ready for the local little league players to play ball.
We once again want to thank everyone who came out and helped us with what we are sure will become an annual event. If you missed it, make sure you like and follow us on Facebook! We post about any upcoming events we’re going to be a part of, and expert tips on what to do if you ever experience water damage, fire damage, or even storm damage.
Our parent franchise, SERVPRO of Haverhill/Newburyport, also did an Earth Day cleanup, which you can read about on the SERVPRO Haverhill blog.
Make the Case for Mulch this Spring!
As much as we welcome the longer days and warmer temperatures associated with spring, the season can also shine an unforgiving light on lackluster landscaping around your commercial property.
Winter can wreak havoc on whatever plants and shrubs surround your property, while piles of dead leaves or salt built up along your building’s foundation just looks unsightly.
Done right, commercial landscaping can -- and should! -- be about more than just looks.
Did you know that some well-placed mulch around your commercial property can help protect it against springtime flooding and potential water damage?
In addition to looking polished and professional, mulch helps retain water and can even cut down on weeds, naturally, by keeping them covered from the sun’s rays, which they need in order to grow.
Make the case to mulch your commercial property this spring in order to protect it from potential water damage resulting from spring season floods. If a sudden storm proves too much for the mulch, you know your SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich team has got your back.
Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget Your Dryer!
Although it’s a big job, spring cleaning is so rewarding! There’s nothing quite like a new season and a fresh start in your space.
However, at SERVPRO we always like to remind our customers about the importance of safety when it comes to spring cleaning. Part of that involves bringing attention to often overlooked areas of your home that can pose a fire hazard, if not routinely cleaned properly.
Here are three easy tips from the National Fire Protection Association to ensure that your dryer is cleaned out completely and safe to operate:
- Check the exterior air exhaust pipe and make sure that the vent flap opens when the dryer is in use.
- Avoid storing flammable items, like cardboard boxes and chemicals, near the dryer.
- If your clothes encounter hazardous and flammable liquids like paint thinner, leave them outside to dry before washing and drying in your dryer.
These are simple strategies, but don’t underestimate their importance when it comes to keeping you, your family, and home safe from fires.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 dryer fires are reported annually, resulting in approximately five fatalities, 100 injuries, and an estimated $35 million in property loss and damages.
In addition to following the three safety steps above, always clean the actual dryer -- including that lint trap! -- since 34% of dryer fires result from failure to clean the dryer.
Stay safe while you spring clean your home this season and keep in mind that SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich is never more than a phone call away!
What to Eat During a Spring Storm Power Outage?
Losing power during a spring storm, whether because of heavy rains or high wind, isn’t terribly uncommon in New England. In fact, just the past few days have already seen spring storms knocking out power across New England and even further south.
There’s no doubt that losing power during a storm is inconvenient, especially if the outage lasts a while. In some of our other blog posts, we’ve featured fun activities to help while away the time, including coverage of must-read books and highly recommended family games.
But what about food?
Just because the power is out doesn’t mean you can’t whip up some tasty meals for yourself and your family.
Check out some of these no-cook and low-cook recipes that are sure to satisfy everyone in your house.
Of course, the secret to success when it comes to creating any of these dishes requires a prepped and well-stocked pantry. Check out this list of essentials to stock your pantry in preparation for a storm.
Pro-tip: An extra propane tank for gas grilling can also empower your power outage cooking prowess.
Should the storm be severe enough to cause significant storm damage, trust your local SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich team for speedy storm remediation!
Can Spring Floods Cause Disease?
We might be rounding the corner on flu season but that doesn’t mean we can let our guards down when it comes to spring floods and the diseases that contaminated flood water can contain.
The spring season in New England tends to bring its fair share of storms, some of which can deliver high winds and significant amounts of rain. We all know that floods pose the threat of water damage to commercial and residential buildings, but did you know that wading around in flood water might expose you to certain pathogens that can make you really sick?
For instance, the bacteria in flood water can be concentrated enough to cause the following injuries or illnesses:
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Skin rashes
- Wound infections
Help! I unintentionally came in contact with floodwater… What should I do?
First rule of thumb is always: don’t panic.
If you do encounter floodwater, protect yourself from possible exposure to these pathogens by cleaning the area with soap and water, or relying on hand sanitizer until you have access to clean water.
Make sure you wash your clothes in hot water, ensuring they are completely clean and thoroughly dry before re-wearing them.
In the event that you have to wade through flood water for any reason, it’s best to only do so after suiting up in protective gear, including goggles, gloves, and rubber boots.
For all structural water damage and water remediation, contact SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich!