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Why You Should Use SERVPRO

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why Should I Hire A Restoration Company?

If your home or business has been damaged due to a fire or a flood, the situation can seem overwhelming. You want to get the building back into livable condition quickly, but you don’t want to have lasting issues due to the smoke and/or water. You should reach out to SERVPRO Milton/Braintree.

Although every situation is different, it’s usually a wise idea to hire SERVPRO Milton/Braintree. In addition to getting the job done quickly and efficiently and allowing you to concentrate on your business or family instead of working on your home or office, SERVPRO Milton/Braintree offers several benefits. Among these are:

  • We will make your home or office safe. SERVPRO Milton/Braintree knows where to look to spot potential health hazards, such as black mold, and not only get rid of current problems, but help to prevent future issues. Although cosmetic work, such as re-painting and re-plastering will make your building look fresh and new, there could still be underlying smoke and mold problems that could cause or aggravate health issues for years to come.
  • We will work quickly.SERVPRO Milton/Braintree can attack your clean-up job with a full crew immediately, while you’ll have to work the clean-up around your already busy schedule. Cleaning up the damage quickly will help to prevent the damage from spreading and mold and mildew from forming.
  • We will help with your insurance claim.SERVPRO Milton/Braintree has years of experience dealing with insurance companies after a fire or flood. We can help you fill out and submit the necessary paperwork to get your money quickly. Plus, the services of SERVPRO Milton/Braintree are usually covered under most homeowners’ insurance policies.
  • We will help you decide what’s salvageable. SERVPRO Milton/Braintree can be invaluable in helping you determine what items you should keep and what is damaged beyond redemption. In the aftermath of a fire or flood, it can be difficult for you to make such decisions without being emotional.

How Will You React

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

How Will You React?

How will your business react to a property disaster such as a flood, Fire, or hurricane? Will you frantically search the internet, trust a billboard or radio ad, call a number from the Yellow Pages only to discover that there’s a waiting list or be disappointed that the company is unable to respond to your emergency? Time wasted on poor response costs thousands of dollars in lost revenue and reconstruction costs.

As a professional, you interview an accounting or law firm before agreeing to engage their services to be certain they are the right fit for your business and for you. And just as you know to call 911 in a medical emergency, it’s vital for you and your key employees to know who to call in the event of a commercial property disaster day or night instead of wasting time and money scrambling and making costly, reactionary mistakes.

SERVPRO Milton/Braintree offers a free Emergency Ready Plan to help with these worries.  We want you to be prepared and ensure that you can return to your daily business as fast as possible, “Like it never happened”.  Call us today to Schedule your free Emergency Ready Plan at 781-341-7007

Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can make your basement dry, by calling 781-341-7007

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Skills and Training to Properly Dry Out Your Flooded Basement

When you happen upon a wet basement in, it can be particularly heartbreaking. So many possessions are now potentially ruined, and there could be several structural repairs as well. Drying the basement out is a big task, as it does not include just taking out the water and moisture, but also could include getting the mud out and in the end sanitizing everything, including duct work, to avoid mold and other contaminants in your home.

For such a big task as water removal from your  basement, you need the professionals at SERVPRO to help you out. We have the equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, plus the training needed to understand how to do the job efficiently and thoroughly. We also realize time is a factor in a case like this since mold can start growing in just one to two days.

When your basement is constructed of cinder blocks, one of the most critical factors of drying out the block walls is the contents of the open cells. If enough time has passed for the cells to have equalized with the surrounding environment, they hold a certain amount of water or moisture. We examine the surface to figure out whether paint has been applied as well. Gloss or semi-gloss paints create a vapor barrier to limit the transfer of moisture from the inside to the outside of the wall. We may need to drill holes near the bottom of the wall in a mortar joint to let water drain from the cavity of the wall. Holes in the mortar joint are easily patched once drying is complete.

Some block walls contain insulation like vermiculite, cellulosic, fiberglass, or foam. Drying insulation in cavities of walls can be difficult since it requires large amounts of dry air and circulation which are challenging to maintain inside the block cavity.

Depending on local codes, some block construction has bond beams inside the walls. These affect airflow inside the cavity and slow down drying time considerably. SERVPRO staff can usually determine if bond beams are used in a wall by tapping on it.

We use a non-penetrating moisture meter to figure out when drying is complete. A material is dry only when it has gone back to its natural moisture content, so we use an area which is unexposed to the water as a control for figuring out this level of moisture. We can also take readings from materials in the control area as a target reference for drying wet materials.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree takes care to ensure that your basement is completely dry before saying the job is complete. Residents in the areas of the South Shore with a flooded basement for any reason should reach out to us right away.

Can Fire Sprinklers Freeze

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

CAN FIRE SPRINKLERS FREEZE?

As the temperatures drop below freezing throughout much of the country, the risk of freezing water pipes is on many peoples’ minds. We’ve all heard the risks and seen the damage of a frozen water pipe bursting, but what about the pipes in a Fire Sprinkler system? Can they freeze and can they be “winterized”?

If the temperature in the area where your fire sprinkler system is located doesn’t get below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, then there is no need to worry about the sprinkler pipes freezing. If the sprinkler system is in an area that may experience freezing temperatures, then there are steps that should be taken to reduce the risk of the sprinkler system freezing. The steps to take depend on the type of fire sprinkler system you have installed.

 If You happened to have a sprinkler burst do to freezing up SERVPRO Milton/Braintree is here to help with the clean-up and help minimize the damage to your Commercial Property. Contact us at 781-341-7007 we offer 24 Hour Emergency Service.

Fires More Likely To Occur In Winter

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fires More Likely To Occur In Winter Fires can happen more frequently in winter, when they do call us fast 781-341-7007 SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree
 

More fires occur during the winter months than any other time of the year

During the cold weather season, people tend to find extra ways to keep warm.  Unfortunately, many alternative heating methods can also be fire hazards, especially when caution is not used.  

To prevent fire damage during this cold weather season, here are 4 things to keep in mind:

Fireplaces and Wood Burning Stoves

Here are some precautions you can take to keep your fireplace or wood burning stove safe:

  • Shield the fireplace with a grate to prevent flying sparks from igniting in the room.
  • Keep any flammable materials at least 4 feet away from the fire place.
  • Perform regular maintenance and cleaning on your fireplace and/or wood burning stove.
  • Make sure there are no cracks in your chimney and that the top is properly capped to keep out debris throughout the year.

Space Heaters

Here are some general rules to follow for safe space heater use:

  • Use only space heaters with a “tip switch,” ones that shut off automatically if tipped over.
  • Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.
  • Keep the space heater at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.
  • Make sure there is adequate ventilation and base/floor support in the areas where you will use a space heater.

Electric Blankets

Here’s what you need to know about electric blanket safety:

  • Check for charred or frayed cords or any dark spots, these may indicate a potential problem with the electrical element.
  • Don’t allow anyone or anything on top of the blanket when it is in use, this could lead to overheating.
  • Similarly, don’t fold or tuck in the blanket when it is in use, as this could also lead to overheating.
  • An electric blanket should never be left unattended or used while one is sleeping.

Smoke Alarms

It’s generally a good idea to regularly check the alarms each year. It’s also wise to double-check the alarms before you start a fire or use a heating element, just in case.

 Here at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree we pride ourselves in being community leaders in both fire prevention and fire damage restoration.  Our company is not only locally owned and operated, we’re also part of a nation-wide network of franchises with specialized Disaster Recovery Teams that handle fire catastrophes. We know how devastating a fire can be – and, unfortunately, the tips for prevention are often not talked about as much as they should be.  We want to help change that.

The Deep Freeze Heading Our Way

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Deep Freeze Heading Our Way Teeth chattering cold heading our way

The race is on to get homes ready for the dangerous freeze, and experts have some advice on what you can do to protect your home from the extreme

The arctic front is expected to be so cold that salt can lose its effectiveness in preventing ice on sidewalks.

Home heating systems can malfunction, and water pipes can burst in the extreme cold, so contractor David Schwager, owner of QBR Services, offered some simple steps to protect your home. 

“The first thing you want to do is make sure your windows are closed, secured, and locked. This is going to keep the seal on the window. It’s going to keep your windows efficient as possible. Next thing you want to do, you want to close all your window treatments,” he said. “

Schwager said you also should open all the vents from your furnace, and place towels in front of the spaces on drafty doors.

Most importantly, you should make sure your furnace filter is clean, so it will run as efficiently as possible.

If you have a lot of snow built up outside your windows, you should clean it off to prevent ice damming; when water backs up behind ice and leaks into walls, ceilings, and insulation.

Schwager said you should not only have your thermostat set at a comfortable temperature, but make sure you have extra batteries. If the thermostat goes out, your furnace or boiler won’t run, “and you’re in a world of hurt.”

You should also keep a faucet or two at a slow drip when the temperatures get well below freezing, to keep water moving in your pipes and prevent freezing. Single handle faucets should have a slow drip of warm water, dual handle faucets should have a slow drip of cold water.

If your kitchen or bathroom pipes are on an exterior wall, you should also make sure they’re exposed to warm air. So, if they’re in a cabinet, you can drape a towel over the cabinet door to keep it open a crack so air can get in.

“You want to try to keep all this area as warm as possible. If you do see that they’re actually getting a little bit of frost on them, you can use a hair dryer and actually kind of warm them up a little bit. Get that frost off, and make sure they don’t freeze up,” Schwager said.

Also, make sure you have a clear path to the water meter and shutoff valves, so if you do have a broken pipe, you can turn off the water as quickly as possible to minimize damage from a leak.

We are in for some New England Weather

Be sure to be prepared, and in case of emergency water or storm damage call us fast

Winter Weather Can Lead To Bursting Pipes

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather Can Lead To Bursting Pipes We are your frozen pipe burst emergency cleanup company 781-341-7007

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons. They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause major damage to your property.

  • Lack of Running Water– The most obvious danger of a frozen pipe is the inability to access running water. This can interfere with your tenant’s ability to do everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower. It is a landlord’s responsibility to make sure his or her tenants have running water.
  • Potential to Burst- The second problem that can occur when a pipe freezes is that the pipe actually bursts. Once the actual water in the pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and the blockage that can build up to a point that causes the pipe to explode. If the pipe bursts outside, this could also create dangerous slippery conditions while the temperatures are below freezing.

4 Signs of Frozen Pipes

  • The Temperature Is Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing.
  • There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
  • No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  • Strange Smells- A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.

How Much Does a Frozen Pipe Cost to Fix?

It is very difficult to estimate the cost of fixing a frozen pipe because each situation is so unique. Two factors that play a huge role in cost are the location of the pipe and whether the pipe has burst.

If you are able to easily access the blockage, such as a pipe under a kitchen sink, you might be able to thaw the blockage for free using a hair dryer or hot rags.

If the blockage is buried in a wall, fixing the issue will become more expensive. You may spend a few hundred dollars cutting open sheet rock to find the problem or more than a thousand if you need to hire a plumber to find and thaw out the blockage.

 If a frozen pipe bursts

You have a flooding issue on your hands, you could be faced with thousands of dollars of damage. You will have to hire a plumber to fix the burst pipe and then you will have to deal with fixing any damage the water has caused inside your property. If you have the property insurance, they should help cover some of these costs. In cleaning up the mess the water will leave behind you can count on SERVPRO Milton/Braintree. We are water cleanup experts.  

When Winter Attacks

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Winter Attacks Fight back against winter disasters with the help of SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree!

As winter fiercely approaches, water damage from burst pipes can wreak havoc on your home. At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree it is our mission to be your number one resource during these times of distress. Our mitigation restoration team is the best around and are standing by at the ready, 24/7, to service any of your water damage needs. It is important to remember that this may only be the beginning. After SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has successfully removed any standing water and damaged materials it may be time to think of the next step: reconstruction. This can be a challenging endeavor to tackle on your own, so we recommend calling our Reconstruction Project Manager (RPM) at 617.842.8793.

During the reconstruction phase of your home or business’s restoration, you can be assured that you are an integral part of the operation. You will receive daily calls, texts, or emails (your preference) on the progress of the project from our RPM. It is their job to handle all claim related issues, as well as assist you in any home improvement add-ons you decide to make while under construction. This can be a great time to upgrade that old carpet or add that extra closet you have always wanted! The SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree RPM is committed to giving you the best customer service around and will make the reconstruction of your home or business a top priority.

Why choose SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Reconstruction? SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree offers you a unique opportunity that most restoration companies do not. You can stay with the same trusted company from start to finish, making the project far more time efficient, cost effective, as well as streamline any communication between your insurance adjuster and you, the property owner. Most insurance carriers agree that a “one-stop-shop” is the best way to facilitate the restoration and reconstruction of your property.

Although the idea of water damage in your home or business may seem unlikely, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree wants you to know that we are ready when disaster strikes, 24/7. New England winters can be harsh, and your home or business may suffer damage due to weather conditions out of your control. However, you now have the experts at restoration and reconstruction at your service!

Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781.341.7007 to make it seem “Like it never even happened.”  

Mold In The Winter

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In The Winter Winter Mold Is An Issue, Call Us 781-341-7007

Several factors lead to increased concerns about mold during the winter months.

For one thing, moisture conditions indoors can lead to the growth of molds and mildews. While it's true that forced heating systems make indoor air drier overall during the winter months, certain areas of the home may experience intensified levels of humidity because of a lack of ventilation. Bathrooms and kitchens are particularly susceptible to this problem. Steamy showers in small bathrooms spell trouble, as does the accumulation of steam from washing dishes and cooking in the kitchen. Because of cold weather, windows aren't usually open, and condensation collects on indoor surfaces such as cold walls or windows and their frames, often creating ideal conditions for mold allergies in winter.

In addition, outdoor exposure is also common during early winter months when piles of leaves collect and absorb moisture. Cold, damp air promotes mold growth in many additional outdoor locations during this time of year as well. Mold thrives in dead vegetation, and is not killed by winter frosts. In fact, many molds can become dormant during the winter only to grow on plants killed by the cold when springtime arrives - making mold a year-round allergy trigger.

Any disturbance to an outdoor mold source, such as can occur when raking leaves or tending to a compost pile, disperses mold spores through the air, exposing individuals to varying levels of mold inhalation. So, whether you're indoors or outdoors, mold allergies in winter can be a problem that cannot be overlooked.

Obviously, if you notice visible mold or mildew growing in a certain area of your home, it is clear that you have a mold problem. You will need to identify the source of the moisture and remedy the problem at the source. For instance, if you discover mold growing under your bathroom sink, look to see if there are leaky pipes that may be dripping water and repair them.

IDENTIFYING THE SOURCE OF MOLD ALLERGIES IN WINTER

However, though you may not notice mold growth in certain area, this does not mean that mold isn't present or that it won't grow if you don't take action. Indications such as condensation forming on window panes or peeling paint on window sills suggest moisture buildup that makes the area susceptible to mold growth. Water stains likewise indicate a moisture problem and a potential hot spot for mold growth. Any area where water sits or steam collects, such as in shower stalls or bathtub rims, (particularly the area around toiletry bottles and the like) is also a place to keep an eye on.

If you are seeing and suspecting mold in your home, please call us and let us know.

We are here with the help you need

Winter Weather Can Lead To Bursting Pipes

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather Can Lead To Bursting Pipes In case of a pipe burst, call us we are available 24/7 for emergency services 781-341-7007

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons. They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause major damage to your property.

  • Lack of Running Water– The most obvious danger of a frozen pipe is the inability to access running water. This can interfere with your tenant’s ability to do everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower. It is a landlord’s responsibility to make sure his or her tenants have running water.
  • Potential to Burst- The second problem that can occur when a pipe freezes is that the pipe actually bursts. Once the actual water in the pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and the blockage that can build up to a point that causes the pipe to explode. If the pipe bursts outside, this could also create dangerous slippery conditions while the temperatures are below freezing.
4 Signs of Frozen Pipes
  • The Temperature Is Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing.
  • There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
 
  • No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  • Strange Smells- A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.
How Much Does a Frozen Pipe Cost to Fix?

It is very difficult to estimate the cost of fixing a frozen pipe because each situation is so unique. Two factors that play a huge role in cost are the location of the pipe and whether the pipe has burst.

 

If you are able to easily access the blockage, such as a pipe under a kitchen sink, you might be able to thaw the blockage for free using a hair dryer or hot rags.

 

If the blockage is buried in a wall, fixing the issue will become more expensive. You may spend a few hundred dollars cutting open sheetrock to find the problem or more than a thousand if you need to hire a plumber to find and thaw out the blockage.

 If a frozen pipe burstsYou have a flooding issue on your hands, you could be faced with thousands of dollars of damage. You will have to hire a plumber to fix the burst pipe and then you will have to deal with fixing any damage the water has caused inside your property. If you have the property insurance, they should help cover some of these costs. In cleaning up the mess the water will leave behind you can count on SERVPRO Milton/Braintree. We are water cleanup experts.