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Getting Rid of odors

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Does your home smell like a barn or an ashtray? Is your nose so used to the stench that someone else had to tell you?

Step away from the Glade plug-in air fresheners, scented candles, and cans of Febreze, dear homeowner. Allow SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to attack the root of the cause. Masking the problem with nausea-inducing fruity fragrances will only have temporally mask the smell. 

For every foul odor, there’s a different remedy, so let SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree help neutralize the worst offenders, including:

  • A dirty or messy house
  • Walls drenched in cigarette smoke
  • Pet odors seeped into carpets and furniture
  • Damp, mildewy bathrooms or closed-in spaces

Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at (781) 341-7007 to help remedy any odor situation you may have.

Be prepared for winter

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

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.”  

Drying out Basements Properly

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Why Fires Happen in the Winter

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Reconstructing after a loss

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

The damage has been contained, the restoration crew has packed up, and the house is quiet again. You make your way to the site of the water/fire/mold damage and you are confronted with the remains of what was your home. You are grateful for the men and women of SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree’s emergency response team, but who is going to put your house back together? Where do you even begin? Who can you call...?

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree’s Reconstruction division is standing by awaiting your call!

When the time comes to rebuild the areas of your property damaged by water/fire/mold or any other disaster, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can step in and save you time, money, and the headaches of taking on a construction job on your own.

Our Reconstruction Project Manager (RPM) will handle all the aspects and stages of reconstruction, allowing you to get back to your daily routine. When you trust in SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree with the investment to rebuild and improve your property you will not be disappointed. Along with coordinating all subcontractor needs and being in communication with your adjuster throughout the reconstruction process, you will be kept apprised of all phases of construction daily. Whether by phone, text, or email, our RPM will make sure you are confident and comfortable with the progress of your project.

What makes SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree’s Reconstruction division such a wise choice is that upon completion of any restoration demolition to your property, you continue to work with the same franchise for your home or business rebuild. This not only saves you time shopping for a general contractor but assures you that you will receive the same unsurpassed customer service from start to finish that you have come to expect from the leader in disaster relief: SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree.

Now that you know that SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is your one-stop solution for all your construction needs call us for a free estimate at: 617.842.2556

Call the experts of SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree and watch the damage to your home disappear “Like it never even happened.”  

Do you have the right insurance in case of Storm Damage

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Bad weather can spring up without much of a warning. Most of the time when a flash flood or bad snowstorm 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.

 Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.  Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Milton Braintree is  prepared for the unpredictable.

Call us at 781-341-7007!

Do you have the right insurance in case of Storm Damage

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Bad weather can spring up without much of a warning. Most of the time when a flash flood or bad snowstorm 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.

 Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.  Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Milton Braintree is  prepared for the unpredictable.

Call us at 781-341-7007!

Sprinkler Heads Could Freeze

1/14/2021 (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.

Protect Pipes from Bursting

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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.

 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 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.  

Why Fires are more likely to occur in winter

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

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.