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What to do if your hot water tank leaks in Braintree Ma

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

When a water heater bursts in a home, it is a shocking event, not to mention a messy one, and it could potentially cause a lot of expensive damage. If your hot water heater burst, you’re probably wondering why this happens and what to do next.

In general, the basic reason why hot water heaters burst is that there is corrosion within the tank, which can lead to the tank bursting at its seams. Unfortunately, there are several possible underlying causes that can contribute to water heater explosions, and it’s not always apparent which one is the culprit.

What To Do When Water Heater Leaks

If you find water dripping or seeping out of your water heater, or pooling around it, it means your water heater is leaking. If you find a leak, it may be best to call a plumbing professional to diagnose the problem and determine how best to handle it. If you choose to tackle it on your own, there are a few things you can do.

TURN OFF THE COLD WATER SUPPLY

Shut off the cold water going to the tank by closing the valve located on the cold water pipe that feeds into the top of the tank. To close off this or any other water shutoff valve in your home, turn it clockwise, just as you would turn off the water at a regular faucet. If your water heater has a lever-type cold-water shutoff valve, turn it 90 degrees from its open position to close it off. If there is no water shutoff valve available, you’ll have to turn off the main water supply to your home.

TURN OFF THE POWER   

Next, shut off the power to the hot water tank at your home’s electrical breaker box. If you don’t shut off the power, the heating elements within the tank could continue to stay hot, which could pose a fire risk.

If you have a gas-powered water heater, you’ll also need to shut off the gas line leading into the tank.

FIND THE LEAK

Now it’s time to determine where the leak is coming from. Likely locations are the T&P valve, the drain valve or one of the pipes or fittings that feed into the top of the tank. If you see any rust or corrosion on the outside of your water heater’s tank, pipes or fittings, these could also be the source of the leak.

REPAIR THE LEAK

Once you determine the source of your water heater leak, you’ll have a better idea of what steps you need to take to fix the problem. It may be a simple fix—such as using a wrench to tighten fittings or replacing the T&P valve—but it may be something more complicated. You may even need to drain the tank, remove the water heater and install a new one.

If this unfortunate event happens to you, give SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree a call 781-341-7007 no matter what time, we will come out and make it "Like it never even happened."

How to identify mold in Commercial Buildings in Braintree, Ma

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Mold in Commercial Buildings

Eliminate the health risks associated with mixing mold and human contact by following these tips to prevent mold from growing inside your commercial buildings.

  1. Stay vigilant: Mold can be sneaky, growing in places you may never have thought. Create a routine inspection plan, specifically searching for signs of mold or where mold might grow: damp surfaces, high moisture areas, spotty or fuzzy stains on walls, floors, and carpeting, and musty smells. If you employ janitorial staff or contract this work out, request to be notified of any moldy areas or areas where mold could grow.
  2. Make repairs: Cracked foundations, leaky roofs, and unsealed windows and door frames are all problems ripe for causing mold to grow. Repair building issues as soon as they occur, and always try to catch leaks and water damage before the wetness can lead to a moldy disaster.
  3. Decrease moisture: The climate or geographic location in which your commercial building resides may mean humidity is always at a high. Since damp air makes it easy for mold to grow, consider installing dehumidifiers, or running smaller units in basements, attics, and such to help keep things dry.
  4. Clean at the core: Your building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) can increase the blowing around of mold spores. While it may not be 100 percent stoppable, you can reduce the transfer of spores by making sure the HVAC systems and ducts are regularly cleaned and maintained.
  5. Bring in a pro: Every commercial building's needs are different, so sometimes to effectively prevent mold from growing, you need a mold remediation specialist to custom tailor a plan to fit your structure. Working with a mold remediation specialist can help ensure that any existing problems are responded to quickly and that moving ahead, you’ll stay free and clear of mold-related damage and health concerns.

If you suspect mold in your commercial Building, call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree  781-341-7007.  

How to Spot Water Damage in Milton Braintree

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Spot Water Damage
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In general, a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect that investment, you should vigilantly look out for household problems and address them before they worsen.

One such dreaded homeowner issue is water damage. If left unattended, residential water damage can detrimentally impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold that poses a health risk to inhabitants. Here are several methods for detecting water damage within your house.

1. Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage. For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

2. Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect Outside
Observe the exterior of your house. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or broken flashing.

4. Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth mean moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your home. Finally, don’t rely solely on sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, unpleasant smell.

If you'd like for us to come out and inspect your house or commercial property please contact us and we'll send a project manager to address your needs or answer any questions you may have, contact us at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree today for all you property restoration needs. 

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

260 Centre St

Holbrook, MA 02343

Office: 781-341-7007

http://SERVPROmiltonbraintree.com/

Why Calling SERVPRO for a water damage is important in Braintree MA

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage from flooding, leaks or high humidity can not only compromise the integrity of your home and its contents, but also cause mold growth. Mold can grow quickly after water damage, making the restoration process more difficult. Even a small amount of moisture, if not handled quickly and properly, can turn into a large mold infestation.

Mold spores – tiny airborne particles that are not visible to the naked eye – exist everywhere in nature, and they can grow into visible mold after a water damage incident. When it starts invading your home, mold can threaten the health of its occupants. Mold exposure is especially dangerous for people with breathing problems caused by allergies or asthma.

However, you can avoid mold growth in your home if you act fast. All it takes is eliminating the moisture before mold has had the chance to start growing. But how quickly does mold grow after a flood or moisture problem?

How long after a flood does mold grow?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold typically grows 48 to 72 hours after a flood or water leak if the right conditions are met. However, it depends on the type of surfaces and materials, amount of moisture, and temperature. Indoors, mold generally grows faster on softer surfaces in darker, warmer (70 degrees or more), and more humid environments.

The chance for mold spores to spread from one area to another also increases with time. These microorganisms can quickly fill the air and spread throughout your home, affecting more and more areas and endangering your health with every passing hour.

Mold spores that start to colonize on surfaces within 24 hours become visible in about 18 to 21 days of the flooding. But that happens if nothing has been done to dry the water and restore the affected surfaces.

For these reasons, it’s essential to deal with water and moisture issues as soon as you have a flooding incident. The faster the cleanup and drying takes place, the smaller the chances of major mold growth.

If you have had a flood or water damage in your home or place of business call SERVPRO Milton/Braintree 781-341-7007

Measles Outbreak on the South Shore

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

A child who tested positive for measles visited several locations on the South Shore in the last week which could have possible exposure to other Massachusetts's residents. This is now the second case to be diagnosed in Massachusetts this year for this highly contagious disease.

The first signs of Measles are high fever, cough, runny nose, & conjunctivitis. Remember to greatly reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses, you should wash and sanitize your hands regularly, especially after using public restrooms, water fountains, or touching doorknobs.

What You Can Do

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in Residential and Commercial cleaning and disinfecting. Our trained technicians used specialized products and follow a strict protocol to clean, disinfect, and deodorize your area without damaging your furniture, fabrics, upholstery and other important pieces of property. We use an EPA registered disinfectant and sanitize that carries the EPA's lowest toxicity rating and is safe for everyday use. It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold on hard surfaces and is even an effective sanitize for soft surfaces. If you are concerned that your home or business has been exposed to a contagious virus or bacteria, call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at (781) 341-7007. We can make it “Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at (781) 341-7007 to fully disinfect your home or business.

Why it may be hard to find Mold in Milton, MA

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

You may not spend much time in these rooms of your home. Not only does this mean you’re less likely to notice mold, it also means that mold is more likely to grow due to poor ventilation. This, combined with the dark, cold nature of attics, basements, and garages, makes mold highly probable.

In the attic

Mold in the attic is a huge problem — they can contain a lot of your ventilation systems and, if left unchecked, can spread mold throughout the rest of your home. In your attic, check for mold:

  • On the roof, near any possible leaks
  • In your insulation
  • Near any vents from the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room/dryer
  • Near your water heater or furnace
  • Around your soffit vents (these are the vents near the bottom of the roof that provide ventilation to the attic)

To prevent mold from growing (and spreading) in your attic, you can:

  • Repair any roof leaks as soon as possible
  • Use the proper type of insulation
  • Properly vent items outside, instead of into your attic
  • Keep soffit vents clear to allow air flow
  • Keeping your gutter cleaned and in good repair, especially in rainy months

In the basement

Everyone knows that musty basement smell, but your basement doesn’t have to fall victim to that odor if you keep the mold out. There are a lot of areas that are prone to mold growth here, as this tends to be a moist area of the house, so here are a few reminders on where to look:

  • Around pipes and ducting ( look for leaks, excess moisture, and condensation)
  • Near areas where the foundation may be leaking
  • Near a sump pump
  • Windows or vents where condensation might gather

Some tips for preventing mold growth in the basement:

  • Use a dehumidifier to keep your moisture levels low
  • Paint with waterproof or mold resistant paint
  • Check and repair any leaky pipes or foundation leaks
  • Make sure there is adequate ventilation
  • Waterproof the exterior of your basement and fix drainage issues

In the garage

Rain from your car and water leaks from the roof are two of the main ways mold gets invited into your garage. If you use your garage for storage of old items or cleaning supplies, you may find mold growing in places you wouldn’t expect. Be sure to check for mold:

  • Behind or under any storage areas that don’t get moved around very often
  • Around the garage doors and windows
  • In areas where water may be standing for long periods of time

Keep mold at bay in your garage by:

  • Using a dehumidifier to keep moisture levels low, especially during wet months
  • Use a waterproof or mold and mildew resistant paint for the walls and concrete in your garage
  • Use a squeegee to remove standing water from the floor
  • Try to introduce sunlight and ventilation, when possible

If you believe you have mold in any of these location reach out to SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree. 

Where You Can Find Mold in Milton Ma

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Your attic, garage, and basement are the places in your home you're most likely to find mold in your home. You may not spend much time in these rooms in your home. Not only does this mean you’re less likely to notice mold, but it also means that mold is more likely to grow due to poor ventilation. This, combined with the dark, cold nature of attics, basements, and garages, makes mold highly probable.

In the attic
Mold in the attic is a huge problem — they can contain a lot of your ventilation systems and, if left unchecked, can spread mold throughout the rest of your home.

In your attic, check for mold:

  • On the roof, near any possible leaks
    In your insulation.
  • Near any vents from the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room/dryer.
  • Near your water heater or furnace.
  • Around your soffit vents (these are the vents near the bottom of the roof that provide ventilation to the attic).

To prevent mold from growing (and spreading) in your attic, you can:

  • Repair any roof leaks as soon as possible
    Use the proper type of insulation.
  • Properly vent items outside, instead of into your attic.
  • Keep soffit vents clear to allow air flow.
  • Keep your gutters cleaned and in good repair, especially during rainy months.

In the basement
Everyone knows that musty basement smell, but your basement doesn’t have to fall victim to that odor if you keep the mold out. There are a lot of areas that are prone to mold growth here, as this tends to be a moist area of the house, so here are a few reminders on where to look:

  • Around pipes and ducting ( look for leaks, excess moisture, and condensation).
  • Near areas where the foundation may be leaking.
  • Near a sump pump.
  • Windows or vents where condensation might gather.

In the garage
Rain from your car and water leaks from the roof are two of the main ways mold gets invited into your garage. If you use your garage for storage of old items or cleaning supplies, you may find mold growing in places you wouldn’t expect.

If you suspect mold growth in any of these hard to reach places, contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at (781) 341-7007.

Water in the Basement in Braintree MA

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

High water tables are a nuisance that many homeowners must face. The water table lies underground and is the level at which the soil and gravel are completely saturated with water. There is often some seasonal change in the water table, due to rain or drought. A high water table is especially common in low-lying areas, or areas where the soil is not well drained.

Causes of High Water Table

Water tables can become elevated when they receive more water than they drain off. This can be from unusually high amounts of rain or excess water from higher elevations.

Basement or Crawlspace Flooding

High water tables are often above the level of basement floors or crawlspaces. This almost always causes flooding in these areas.

Standing Water

Standing water is common with high water tables, especially after rain. The water pools in the yard, which may lead to mosquito infestation.

Septic System Failure

High water tables interfere with septic systems. This can cause premature failure or sewage backup into your home or yard.

If you happen to get water in your basement give SERVPRO Milton/Braintree a call 781-341-7007.

Selling a Home with Odor in Braintree, MA

4/9/2019 (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.

What Makes SERVPRO The Best

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

With the rainy spring season upon us, many homes and businesses will be the unlikely victims of water damage. Some may experience flooding in low lying areas while others may experience leaky roofs or windows or flooded basements.

While there are many ways for water to creep into your home, there’s one sure choice when it comes to choosing someone to remove it. With one call to SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, they can be at your home and business removing the water and restoring any damage that it may have caused.

Why is SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree the best choice in the area when it Water and Fire Restoration?

Here are the top five reasons why you should give them a call the next time you experience water damage:

#1 IICRC Certified Professionals

IICRC is the leading, independent, non-profit, certification and standard-setting body in the cleaning, inspection, and restoration industry. When choosing water damage, mold remediation, and/or fire and smoke restoration company, be sure to ask if they are IICRC certified.

At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, the team holds IICRC certifications in water removal technician (WRT), applied structural drying (AST), mold remediation technician, and lead paint remediation. The team also participates in ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility.

#2 Ready for Any Emergency 24/7

A disaster can strike at any time and any day which is why SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is ready to answer your call 24/7. With water damage, time is of the essence and it’s important to start the process of removing the water quickly before it can cause further damage or lead to mold growth. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree realizes that every water damage situation is an emergency which is why they are ready to help out day or night.

#3 Known and Trusted for Over 50 Years

SERVPRO has been around for over 50 years. That’s 50 years of industry experience and know-how in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. When you call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree you can trust that they have the skills and the expertise to handle any emergency no matter how big or how small. There are not many fire and water restoration companies that can say they’ve been around as long.

#4 Advanced Equipment, Treatments and Techniques

With that 50 years of experience comes 50 years of learning the best techniques and the right treatments to cleaning and restoring business and homes from fire and water damage. Along with the best treatments and techniques come some of the most advanced equipment in the industry. Trust and reliability and excellent results come from 50 years of experience dealing with every disaster imaginable.

#5 Experts at More Than Just Water Damage

Many times, water damage isn’t the only thing that a homeowner or business owner is experiencing. If the water damage has been happening over a period of time, there could be underlying mold damage. If a home or business has experienced a fire, there could be water damage from the fire department and/or sprinkler system. If the water isn’t removed completely, there could be secondary water damage and mold growth. Luckily, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can handle all of those quickly and professionally.

Call the Experts for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

If you should, unfortunately, experience water damage to your business or home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree. They have the expertise, the knowledge, the equipment, and the know-how to remove the water and restore your home or business. SERVPRO Milton/Braintree can help, call them at 781-341-7007