Don't Get Left Out in the Cold, Time to Weatherize!
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Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold, Time to Weatherize!
Fall is here! With changing leaves and pumpkin spice in the air, Winter is right around the corner.
Is your home, office or place of business ready? Check out these Tips for Fall Maintenance.
Mold Inspection – Mold issues can arise during the fall and winter, due in part to condensation on walls and windows within our homes. Eliminate mold HVAC risk, improve your family’s health and have a peace of mind with an inspection.
Weatherize Windows and Doors – Use weather stripping and caulk to seal out drafts. Not only can this lower heating bills, it can also help keep insects and other “critters” out.
Inspect Your Roof – Be proactive and prevent expensive emergency repairs. Look for trouble spots and learn how to locate a leak from inside.
Check Your Insulation – Adding insulation is one of the most important and beneficial ways to prepare your home, office or place of business for winter. The potential money and energy savings make it well worth the effort.
Inspect and Clean your Gutters – Cleaning your gutters at least twice a year will result in better protection of your roof, your walls and foundation of your home.
Adjust the Temperature – Setting your thermostat as low as comfortable when you are home and turning the temperature down while you’re away can help save money. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set your temperature.
Tune Up your Heating System – Cleaning and servicing now can help save you money later. Remember to check your furnace filter and replace it as necessary.
As always, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is here to help you through the process or in the event of an emergency. Call us at 781-341-7007
It's Our 5th Anniversary So We're Offering an Extra 5% Off!
Save 15% on any self-pay service during the month of November!
SAVE 15% ON ANY SELF-PAY SERVICE
This November, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is celebrating 5 years in business! To say thank you to all our customers for helping us make it to our 5th anniversary, we're offering an additional 5% off our already discounted self-pay cleaning services. this includes our
Take advantage of this great deal to get your home or business ready for the busy holiday season!
Call us at (781) 341-7007 to book!
How to Prevent Fires at Your Business
Fire Dept. at work on a commercial fire
How to Prevent Fires at Your Business
October is National Fire Prevention Month, and there are many simple, common-sense tips to keep your business, employees and clients safe. Below are some important easily-followed pointers that can make all the difference:
- Ensure that you have the correct number of smoke detectors in the correct areas based on your property size and area use.
- Make sure all smoke detectors have working batteries, and the batteries are tested regularly.
- Areas around electrical equipment should be clear of paper, fabric or any flammable materials.
- Make sure your mechanical systems are in proper working order to prevent fires. Heaters and air conditioning equipment should be working properly, with temperatures set correctly.
- Many fires that happen after regular business hours can be prevented by a well-managed and carefully supervised closing time self-inspection program.
- Are automatic sprinkler control valves open?
- Are fire alarms and security alarms in full operation?
- In general, make sure cigarettes and matches are extinguished in all areas of the building if applicable in your state, that trash has been removed from the building each night, any flammable liquids are properly stored in metal cabinets, and that all heat producing devices, including coffee pots, are turned off.
- Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
- Fires can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot light bulb is near things that burn, such as cloth or paper, or a cord has been placed under a carpet.
- Remember, have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician, including electrical inspections. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
- Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:
- Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
- A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
- Discolored or warm wall outlets
- A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Sparks from an outlet
How to Recover After Storm Damage
several damage from a storm in different areas of living
HOW TO RECOVER AFTER STORM DAMAGE
Bad weather can spring up without much of a warning. Most of the time when a bad thunderstorm is threatening your area, you barely have enough time to find shelter. As a homeowner, it is important that you think about these moments before they occur.
Do you have the correct insurance policy? Is your home going to be covered in the event of a disaster? Is the amount of coverage going to be enough to restore your home? Thinking about these questions before the storm damage occurs can make your life after the storm much easier.
Before you do anything else, stop and make sure your home is covered for the following:
- Water and Windstorm Damage
- Debris or Tree Removal
- Sewer Backup Due to Flooding
- Sump Pump Failures Due to Flooding
- Additional Living Expenses In Case A Storm Forces You Out of Your Home
Once you have the proper home insurance coverage for storm damage, you can feel safer during the event of a tragedy. Seeing your home in ruins after a major storm can be heartbreaking. It can be difficult for families to know how to move on from this misfortune. The best thing you can do for your family and your home is to begin storm damage recovery immediately. If you have suffered loss or damage because of bad weather, refer to the following tips on how to recover:
Take Pictures of the Damage
As soon as you are able, you need to start taking pictures of the damage done to your home. The trick to good storm damage recovery is keeping solid records of the damage. This includes any conversations that you have with your insurance agency and with SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree about the damage. You should be able to provide them with pictures and evidence of the destruction.
Photograph any outside damage and property damage that has been done to decks or outdoor buildings. The interior and exterior photos of your damage should be taken from a variety of different angles to capture the severity of the damage.
Report You Claims
It is crucial that you contact your home insurance agency immediately after your home suffers from storm damage. This is one of the biggest steps in storm damage recovery. Your homeowner’s insurance company should be able to provide you with support and structure for moving your restoration process forward.
To start, you should find an exact copy of your homeowner’s insurance and determine if the damage exceeds your deductible. You will then need to work with your insurance company to get the necessary money and repairs completed. They will be able to recommend SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree as a home restoration company approved and in most cases preferred by many insurance companies. From there, you can get a quote from the SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree and report it back to your insurance agency.
SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree works directly with your insurance company to also save you a lot of time and hassle. Being the man in the middle of two companies can be difficult. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree make it their goal to work directly with your insurance company to improve communication during the project. This will take a lot of stress and pressure off of you during this difficult time.
Make Temporary Repairs
Once all the proper claims have been made and the damage has been reported correctly, you can begin to make some temporary repairs. These repairs do not have to be major reconstructions, and they do not have to last your family forever. You can start by making sure your home is livable again.If you have suffered roofing damage, place a tarp or plastic material over your roof to keep your home from being damaged further by additional rain. If you have lost a wall or a large portion of your home, work on closing off that section of your house until you can do more permanent constructions.
Allow Your Family to Recover Slowly
Home repairs do not have to be completed all at one time. Storm damage can take several years to fully recover from, and it is important that you give your family the time they need. It might be a while before your home is fully restored to its natural beauty, but it is important that you take your time and get the job done correctly.
Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007 for any restoration needs. We are the industry leaders and are the fastest to any disaster of any size.
Practice Fireplace Safety This Winter
Fireplace safety in an elegant living room
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As cold temperatures get settled in for a long winter’s nap, many of us start to settle in by our fireplace. Many people use their fireplaces frequently in the winter months and something about a fireplace can make a home feel so cozy. However, it is important to understand how to keep your home safe while using your fireplace.
DOUBLE CHECK SAFETY DEVICES
If you are planning to use your fireplace this winter, be sure to test your smoke alarms beforehand. If you don’t remember the last time you replaced the batteries, you should do so now. You should be confident that all of your alarms, including a carbon monoxide alarm, are working properly. You should also have a small fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergencies.
INSTALL SAFETY SCREENS
If you have young children, or you have young children visiting this holiday season, it is important to have a safety screen installed on your fireplace. Fire screens will keep little hands from reaching into the fire or getting too close to the actual fire itself. The materials surrounding your fireplace, such as glass or metal, can also get extremely hot and will stay hot for hours after the fire is out. Safety screens will also prevent embers from popping out of the fire and into a room, which is especially good if you might leave the room unattended.
KEEP AREA CLEAR
If you have a fireplace, you should make sure that the area surrounding your fireplace is cleared out. Many people are guilty of putting gifts around the fireplace to serve as a decoration. Other people often put their Christmas tree right next to their fireplace. You should never put a single thing in close proximity to your fireplace while it’s functioning. You should keep all things, from books, to decorations, to curtains, a safe distance away from your fireplace. Many common household items are flammable and the temperature of the fire itself could cause them to react.
Be safe this winter and if needed SERVPRO is one call away.
Teaching Fire Safety to Children
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It is vital that you teach your children about fire safety at home. Your children should understand what to do in the event of a fire and how to protect themselves against a fire.
ESTABLISH AN ESCAPE ROUTE
In the event of a house fire, your family should have an established escape plan that you all understand. Your children should know how to get out of each room in your home and how to do so safely. You should establish a meeting point outside, far enough away from the house, so your children know where to meet you once they get outside.
You should make sure that your windows can be easily opened by your child and that the screen can be removed easily. You should help your children practice opening and closing the windows in case they had to it by themselves in the event of a fire. Bedroom windows never should be sealed shut or incapable of opening. Many fires happen overnight and they may need that window to get out.
UNDERSTAND SMOKE DETECTORS
Your children should understand where your smoke detectors are in your home and how they work. They should be familiar with the sound the smoke detector makes so they can recognize it in the event that it is going off. As the adult, you need to ensure that batteries are regularly replaced and the detectors are tested.
CHECKING FOR SIGNS
You should teach your children how to check one side of a door to see if a fire could be burning on the other side. Children should understand how to feel for a fire through a door and be able to establish if there is one. You should also help children find alternative routes out of rooms if a fire is on the other side of their door, especially their bedroom.
Children need to understand that they should stay out of the burning house once they are safely outside. Many children want to run back inside for pets or toys because they don’t understand the danger of the fire inside. You should make it clear to children that they should not go back inside for absolutely anything once they are outside safely.
Ultimate Guide to fire Extinguishers in your Braintree Milton Office
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ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OFFICE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Fire extinguishers are essential pieces of safety equipment in any office. However, not all fire extinguishers are the same, so what kind of extinguisher does your office building need? Each place a fire might occur requires an extinguisher specific to that location and potential class of fire. There’s a lot to know about choosing the right office fire extinguishers for your building’s needs, so be sure to make an informed choice to keep your property and your associates safe.
Identifing Office Fire Hazards
Fire extinguishers are designed to combat fires of different classes. Fire classes are determined by what fuels the fire, so you will need to assess your
environment for potential risks of each fire class.
For example, if you are in a design studio that houses large amounts of paint, a Class B fire (fire fueled by flammable liquid or gas) is a possibility. In
that case, a standard water extinguisher made for a Class A fire (fire fueled by paper, wood, straw, etc.) would not be suitable. You would need a foam
extinguisher made to fight Class B fires.
Reading up on fire classes and extinguishers can help you determine what fire classes are a risk in your office.
Determine Fire Extinguisher Size and Quantity Needed
How many extinguishers you need
and what size they should be is determined by the size of your space, level of hazard, and the recommendations of local and national fire codes. You will need to know the square
footage of your office area in order to purchase the correct number of extinguishers and situate them properly.
Select Appropriate Type of Office Fire Extinguisher
Each type of fire extinguisher is designed to put out a specific class of fire. Some extinguishers are made to fight more than one class of fire. This is why it is vital to assess the types of fires you could potentially face in your office environment. There are five main types of fire
extinguisher. Each is designed to cope with a specific fire hazard, but some are combination and can be used for more than one type of fire.
Water Fire Extinguishers
are used for Class A fires. Class A fires are fueled by ordinary combustibles such as paper, wood, fabric, trash, and plastics. Offices tend to have a lot
of Class A fire sources including paper recycling bins, wooden furniture, curtains, and carpets.
Foam Fire Extinguishers
While they are made to fight Class A fires, foam fire extinguishers can also be used against Class B fires. Class B fires involve flammable liquids and
gases, such as gas and paint. Class B fire sources are usually found in offices in the form of cleaner and furniture polish.
CO2 Fire Extinguishers
Carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguishers
are made to fight electrical fires (Class C) and Class B fires fueled by flammable liquids. Electrical fires are an obvious risk in the typical office
since sources can include computers, printers, photocopiers, speakers, and electric heaters.
Powder Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers that emit powder are versatile. They can extinguish Class A, B, and C fires. This may be a good choice for an office environment
containing risks for all three fire types.
Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers
Fires fueled by cooking oils and fat (i.e. build up in a grease catch), Class K fires, require a wet chemical fire extinguisher. Wet
chemical models are effective against Class A fires as well. These extinguishers are most often found in commercial kitchens where grease fires are more likely to occur.
The 3 most common types of fire extinguishers needed in an office are Water, CO2 & Foam.
Determine The Level of Fire Hazard
The fire hazard level of your building depends on the quantity and type of combustible materials housed there. This rating determines which kind of
extinguisher you need as well as how far apart they should be stored.
Light Fire Hazard
Most offices fall into this category. Light hazard spaces do not contain many combustible materials. Water and foam extinguishers designed to fight Class A
and B fires is the logical choice for this level of hazard. They should be stored no more than 75 feet apart.
Ordinary Fire Hazard I
Spaces at this level present more of a risk because they have a small quantity of flammable liquid on the premises and a greater amount of combustible materials (e.g. a laundromat). The greater risk of electrical fires in this environment may require CO2 extinguishers as well as water and foam extinguishers. Extinguishers here are stored every 75 feet.
Ordinary Fire Hazard II
These locations contain a considerable amount of flammable liquids without being high risk. Examples include manufacturing plants and hardware stores. Extinguishers capable of fighting a Class B flammable liquid fire (foam, CO2, or powder) should be stored every 30 to 50 feet.
Extra Fire Hazard
Facilities with printing presses, saw mills, or plastics processing equipment are at a high risk for fire. They should be equipped with large CO2 or powder extinguishers capable of fighting multiple types of fires. Extinguishers must be stored 30 to 50 feet apart.
The fats, oils, and open flames in a commercial kitchen present the greatest risk of fire. They also require wet chemical fire extinguishers capable of
putting out Class K fires. Because of the increased risk, commercial kitchens need to store fire extinguishers every 30 feet.
Store Fire Extinguishers Properly
Even in a low hazard environment, fire extinguishers should be stored nearest to the greatest fire risk. The required distance between
extinguishers takes into account how far an employee might be from reaching one. In an office, this means you will need to situate extinguishers no less than 75 feet apart and no further than 75 feet away from where employees work.
Fire extinguishers should be stored in wall cabinets or mounted on the appropriate brackets. The handle should be placed about 3.5 to 5 feet from the floor. Larger extinguishers may be placed with their handles about 3 feet from the floor. All portable fire extinguishers should be labeled as approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
Fire Safety For Office Buildings
Once you determine which Office fire extinguishers you need, how many are required, and how they should be stored, be sure to train your employees on how to locate and use fire extinguishers. After all, what good is safety equipment if you don’t know how to use it? By having the right fire extinguishers on site ready for use, you ensure the safety of your building and its occupants.
Water, Fire, Mold & More!
Our Large Loss Recovery Team is Always Ready
When your commercial property is damaged by fire, water, or mold, you need immediate help to minimize the damage and restore your property back to preloss condition. The sooner that SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is able to get to the property, assess the damage, and start on a plan of action for full-restoration, the faster your commercial property will be back in business.
If your property is still able to function during the restoration process, we will do everything possible to minimize disruption so that you can remain as efficient as possible.
Water, Fire, Mold & More!
Water, fire and mold can cause permanent damage if not handled right away. That is why SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available for 24-hour immediate assistance. Our team is always on call to arrive at the scene of a disaster when it happens so that we can decrease the amount of damage to your property and save you time and money.
Your commercial property is an asset that requires safe and timely restoration. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is a full-service general contractor that can handle any size disaster. There is never a need to call in any other company. Our team of experts are skilled and experienced in cleaning up water, fire, and mold, and can perform any extent of reconstruction. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can handle it all – from start to finish you can rely on our professional team. Some of our specialties include:
- Water Extraction
- Sewage Cleanup
- Smoke & Soot Removal
- Mold Removal & Remediation
- Construction & Reconstruction
The Fire Damage Restorations Process Steps
Dedicated Fire Dept. Working on a Commercial Fire
Step One: Emergency Contact
SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree offers emergency services meaning that we are able to come out quickly when contacted and provide immediate relief for your property. This is a very important feature and you should always look for companies like SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree that offer this when trying to find fire damage restoration.
Why do you need immediate service before you start the fire damage restoration process? Of course, it’s actually the job of the emergency services and fire department to put out the fires. However, you may still need fire damage restoration services very quickly in order to prevent damage from spreading through your property.
Say a fire burns a hole in your roof for instance. This could then lead to a situation where you have rain coming in through your ceiling and ruining your property more – the longer you leave this the more the extent of the damage is going to increase and thus you need to get immediate emergency services whenever possible rather than waiting for the problem to get more severe.
Step Two: Assessment
The next thing that SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will do in the fire damage restoration process is to assess the extent of the damage in your property. This will usually involve looking at how far the fire, the smoke, and the soot have traveled as well as seeing how badly affected your walls and furniture have been.
This is an important first step as it is only by understanding the extent of the damage that SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will be able to come up with a plan of action and to give you an accurate quote for how much it should cost and an accurate estimate of how long it will take.
Step Three: Tarp and Sealing Services
Once the fire damage restoration begins in earnest, the main priority will always be to prevent damage from getting worse. For instance then, if you have a leak thanks to a hole burned in your roof or due to a hole in your wall, then SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will start by addressing that.
Likewise, fire damage restoration can also often go hand in hand with water damage restoration. This can be necessary for instance if the fire has led to a burst pipe or water tank. In these cases, SERVPRO of Milton/braintree will act quickly to stop the source of the water before it spreads through more of your building and causes more damage.
Step Four: Clean Up
Next, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will begin the clean-up part of the fire damage restoration process whereby they will clean away smoke, dust, and soot from your surfaces. After a fire often you will find that your property looks dark, stained and charred. The first job SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will tackle will be to clean up all this damage and get your property at least looking as normal as possible.
This is also when water damage restoration will begin properly. Here any standing pools of water will be removed using submersible pumps and the areas will then be dried and sanitized. Water damage can also cause health problems owing to contamination in the water, so sanitization is particularly important here.
During this fire damage restoration process, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will also ensure to remove any odors that can linger after the smoke has been in the room. This might involve carpet cleaning as well and will often need to address adjacent rooms as well as those directly affected by fire damage.
Finally, the clean-up part of the fire damage restoration process will also involve the removal and disposal of items that are too badly damaged to be repairable. If you have furniture for instance that has absorbed a lot of contaminated water, or if you have carpet that has been badly burned… in these cases often the best case scenario is just to throw these things out and to replace them with new items. SERVPRO of Milton/braintree handles this for you so that you don’t have to.
Step Five: Repair and Renovation
The next stage is to begin actually restoring furniture and repairing the damage caused by fire. For instance, if cabinets have been destroyed by fire, then SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will involve either repairing those cabinets or replacing them with new ones. Carpets can likewise be installed a new and walls can be repainted and wallpaper can be put back up.
The idea of this stage is to get your property looking as good as new so that you can go back to normal. However, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will go one step further than this. That’s because they will not only offer restoration but also renovation. These companies can then repair your property and actually leave it looking better than it did at the start. This can be something of a silver lining – if you’re stressed and upset because your furniture has been ruined, then SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can turn this into an opportunity to renovate your property and to enjoy having a completely new redesign.
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Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) are a helpful tool to have on hand in the event of property loss at your business. Severe weather, water damages, mold, fire and bio hazards are all a potential threat to your business. Having a plan for if and when any of these disasters arise will be a huge relief and time saver. Our marketing team has the capability of building a plan that right for your business, while taking into consideration your needs and expectations for the plan of action in the event of a disaster. Emergency situations can be chaotic, painful and expensive. Having a profile ready helps center your thoughts and assists you to take the appropriate steps to ensure your location will be prepared for what could happen in the future.