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Welcome to Small Business Week!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Welcome to Small Business Week! SERVPRO of Lawrence specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage.

From May 5th to the 11th, America will celebrate Small Business Week, an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). According to Gregg White, owner of SERVPRO of Lawrence, Small Business Week is an opportunity for national and community leaders to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the country’s economy. White emphasizes there is nothing “small” about small business when it comes to its importance to the nation’s economic health. According to statistics from the SBA, 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales; of those 28 million businesses, the 600,000 U.S. franchised small businesses, like SERVPRO of Lawrence, account for 40 percent of all retail sales and provide jobs for some eight million people. As these local business people work to grow their businesses, they help create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. 

For entrepreneurs like White, becoming a franchise owner is one path to small business ownership. “Entrepreneurship is at the heart of a successful small business—the drive to own and grow a business through your own efforts,” said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. “Franchise organizations like SERVPRO give entrepreneurs a framework for their ambitions, access to state-of-the-art tools and processes, and a road map for sound financial management and growth.” 

SERVPRO of Lawrence specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, 
helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened.” for both commercial and 
residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Lawrence, please contact 
978-688-2242.

Preparing for the Inevitable in Dracut, MA

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preparing for the Inevitable in Dracut, MA Home and business owners can take steps to prepare for disasters, but you can never fully prevent them from happening.

When it comes to life’s emergencies, it isn't a matter of if they will occur, but instead it's a matter of whenthey will occur.  Home and business owners can take steps to prepare for disasters, but you can never fully prevent them from happening. 

  • An old pipe bursts.
  • A storm creates flooding through your basement.
  • A washing machine malfunctions.

Chances are your home or business will eventually suffer some sort of emergency; which is why it is important to prepare now and know who to call, before disaster strikes.

SERVPRO® of Lawrence is trained to respond quickly, professionally and efficiently when   managing your loss. When your home or business is under water, every minute counts. That's why SERVPRO of Lawrence is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Should a disaster strike, call SERVPRO® of Lawrence at (978) 688-2242 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Detecting the Water Behind the Scenes

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Detecting the Water Behind the Scenes Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor  air quality  issues over time that you may not be able to even see.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Lawrence has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Lawrence will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Lawrence can calculate and create an environment most conclusive to drying.
  • When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach
  • Thermal Foggers (pictured) dispense solvent-based produces by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor­ causing particles.

What is the bottom line? SERVPRO® of Lawrence (978-688-2242) has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Smoke Alarm Facts

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarm Facts Our service response guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

A business fire can be very stressful event for any property owner. Damage to personal belongings, contents of the building, and structure are just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. Here at SERVPRO® of Lawrence, we understand how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers. That is why we offer 24-hour emergency response. Our service response guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

Smoke alarm facts:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the business, including the basement if your building has one.
    If your business has a kitchen, smoke alarms should be installed generally 10 feet from any cooking appliance
    Test the smoke alarms once a month
    When you change your clocks twice a year, change the batteries in the alarms also
    Replace the device when it is ten years old

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 978-688-2242

Starting the Mold Remediation Process

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Starting the Mold Remediation Process The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Lawrence.

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your SERVPRO® of Lawrence franchise has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Lawrence. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

What to Do if You Find Mold

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Do if You Find Mold We search 2 feet beyond the mold we are removing to determine if the affected area has spread.

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your SERVPRO® of Lawrence has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call 978-688-2242 for help with your mold remediation needs.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Lawrence. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

What about those smaller storms?

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What about those smaller storms? Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business?

We all know how to handle those big winter storms. You know the ones the news predicts a week out that has you rushing to the grocery store to get milk and bread because we are all convinced we will be in our house for days. The storms that bring feet of snow to our area, no school for days, and state of emergency to keep nonessential personal off the roads. You could lose power, which could cause food spoilage or frozen pipes… and let’s not forget if there is a quick warm up right behind it, you could experience flooding. The nice thing about these larger storms is that they give us time to prepare.

BUT what about the smaller storms? The ones that only bring a coating, inch or two of sleet, snow or ice? The ones that they always say won’t cause much of an impact?

Did you know these smaller, less significant storms can actually cause a greater impact to your home and business? Why? Because we don’t prepare as much. We are told they won’t be as big so we tend not to stress as much and let our guard down.

So... what can you do?

  1. Have a list of your vendors and an emergency ready profile (ERP) completed on your business as an additional add to your continuity plan. It saves you time, in the event this “insignificant storms” turns out to be a really big deal.
  2. Just because there is a storm coming, your business operations cannot come to a halt. Set clear expectations for those in authority as well as non-critical employees in the event an emergency does occur. Is your emergency plan communicated by text, email, or phone call? Is everyone aware of this? It may also be beneficial to subscribe to and send out public transportation updates so no employees are left stranded at your office. Likewise is it acceptable for your employees to arrive late or leave early to ensure their safety?
  3. With smaller storms we tend to not walk the perimeter of our business to inspect for damage or ice accumulation. By not doing this, it can lead to larger issues down the road or worse, a customer becoming injured. It is always a good practice no matter how large or small the storm might be to inspect your property and document everything. You never know when your insurance may need that information.

In the end, the size of the storm shouldn’t matter. As business owners preparation is key no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve. Contact your sales and marketing representative to learn more about the emergency ready profile (ERP) and how it could benefit your business.

Stay Safe When the Snow Flies

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Stay Safe When the Snow Flies There is still some winter left for us all! Stay safe when the cold weather and snow hit!

Winter isn't over, so when the snow flies, 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
  • Accelerate slowly to maintain traction on the roads
  • Take your time slowing down as sudden braking can cause slipping on ice.
  • AAA shares this tip: Don’t stop going up a hill. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

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. 

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We Have "The Right Stuff"!

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Have "The Right Stuff"! The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

Any type of water damage has the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality  problems if not properly taken care of.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Lawrence has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. SERVPRO® of Lawrence will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Lawrence can calculate and create an environment most conclusive to drying.
  • Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach

Want some more information from SERVPRO® of Lawrence? Watch this video to learn more about our air movers and how they benefit the damage in your home. Our call us at 978-688-2242 to learn more about our training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

When 48 Hours Have Passed....

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When 48 Hours Have Passed.... Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Lawrence has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. Knowing who to contact that is prepared to follow the appropriate steps is key for a less stressful remediation for you.

The mold clean up and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Lawrence at 978-688-2242. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.