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Why Calling SERVPRO for a water damage is important

5/17/2021 (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 cause health effects to occupants. Mold exposure can cause health effects for people with breathing problems caused by allergies or asthma as well.

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 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 781-980-7060.

Where You Should Be Looking for Mold in Your Home

4/27/2021 (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) 980-7060.

How to deal with storm damage

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

While many know how to react to severe weather as it occurs, some may not know how to deal with the aftermath of storm clean-up.  The following tips include the best actions for homeowners to take in the aftermath of a severe storm that has caused property damage.

Homeowners that were away from their homes during the storm should not reenter their homes until it is confirmed to be safe.  A storm damage restoration professional can help you determine if the home is safe.  Call a disaster restoration service provider such as SERVPRO Milton/Braintree as well as your insurance company immediately.

At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree we pride ourselves in helping you get back to you home and business as fast as we can, if you find yourself with damage from a storm give us a call at 781-980-7060.

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!