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Welcome Our Newest Addition Kelsey Kanoff

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Community Welcome Our Newest Addition Kelsey Kanoff Kelsey Kanoff

Job File Coordinator

Kelsey is the Job File Coordinator for SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree and comes to us with years of experience in management, finance, and the legal field. She coordinates incoming business and keeps the lines of communication open to ensure a quality customer service experience with us. Kelsey comes to us with a master's degree in Sociology and is a great asset to our team. She lives in Rhode Island and enjoys competitive horseback riding and the beach. 

Meet our Reconstruction Project Manager Matt Barron

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Building Services Meet our Reconstruction Project Manager Matt Barron Matthew Barron

Reconstruction Project Manager

Matt is a Reconstruction Project Manager at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree. He has several years of experience in the electrician field and has great attention to detail. Matt is here to make it "Like it never even happened." Matt enjoys his free time with his family and friends.

Remembering The April Fool's Day Snow Storm Of 1997

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remembering The April Fool's Day Snow Storm Of 1997 If we get pranked by Mother Nature again on April 1st, call us for any storm damage clean up 781-341-7007

The 1997 April Fool's Day blizzard was a major winter storm in the Northeastern United States on March 31 and April 1, 1997. The storm dumped rain, sleet, and snow from Maryland to Maine leaving hundreds of thousands without power and as much as three feet of snow on the ground.

Due to the date many people took warnings of the storm less than seriously. Plows had already begun to be put away for the summer and hardware stores had to sell shovels again even though they already had out patio furniture. One commuter called it "Mother Nature's April Fools' Joke."

Prior to the storm, Boston had received just 26.5 inches (67 cm) of snow for the season. On Sunday March 30, Boston was sunny with a high temperature of 63 °F. A cold front passed early next day (Monday March 31), dropping the temperature into the 40's, and just prior to dawn precipitation began to fall in the form of light rain. In Boston the rain began to mix with wet snow mid-morning and eventually turned to wet snow and became heavier just after 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. the snow fell at a rate of at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) per hour.

During the peak of the storm from about 11 p.m. March 31 to 3 a.m. April 1, snow fell in Boston at the rate of 3 inches (7.6 cm) per hour. Numerous lightning strikes and thunderclaps accompanied the extremely heavy snow, which accumulated one foot (12 inches (30 cm)) in just that four-hour period. Moderate to heavy snow continued through mid-morning before tapering off

A state of emergency was declared by Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld. The snow came down too fast for road crews to keep up with and roads became impassable and thousands of cars were stranded. Commuter trolleys in Boston were closed for the first time in nearly twenty years, public transportation was crippled, about 1,000 motorists spent the night stranded in their cars and 4,000 stayed in shelters. Some of the narrow side streets of Boston were completely buried and portions of Interstate 95 and Route 128 were shut down because of the snow.The main roads and highways were cleared within a couple of days but the secondary roads remained a mess making travel difficult. Two days after the storm, subways and commuter rails were still sluggish because of fallen trees and signal problems. The wet and heavy snow caused tree limbs and even whole trees to fall. Some fell on power lines, and many people were left without power. Electricity was knocked out for nearly 700,000 people. Nearly 13% of New England lost power, mainly due to trees falling on power lines and utility poles. Power crews from as far away as Canada came to help clean up the area.

Logan Airport was also shut down from 2 p.m. March 31 to 10 p.m. April 1.

Here is to hoping Mother Nature will not play a trick on us in the upcoming weeks and we are ready to spring into Spring!

Fire Hazards From Faulty Appliances On The Rise

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Hazards From Faulty Appliances On The Rise If you are experiencing fire or smoke damage resulting from an appliance or electrical malfunction, contact us 781-341-7007 today.

The number of fires caused each year from faulty appliances is on the rise.

Dryer Fires 

Dryers are one of those appliances in your home where you “set it and forget it.” You throw your freshly washed clothes into the dryer from the washing machine, set the timer and then forget about it until the timer goes off 50 or 60 minutes later. However, did you know that by “setting and forgetting” about the clothes in your dryer, you could be putting your home at risk for a fire? According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there are over 16,000 reported home fires each year resulting from a clothes dryer, with dust, lint or fiber igniting first in just under 30% dryer fires. If you haven’t cleaned your dryer in a while, performed routine maintenance or notice a crushed or broken exhaust vent, a dryer fire could be lurking in the shadows. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree cleaning and restoration professionals have fire cleanup experience and can assist you in the event of a needed cleanup due to a dryer fire.

Oven Fires

 The kitchen is the focal point in many homes throughout the South Shore. Family meals are prepared, holiday gatherings take place and family conversations that turn into memories are made in this one important room. While the kitchen is an essential location in everyone’s home, what happens when a fire erupts? Aside from stove and dishwasher fires, ovens can also burst into flames, and often happens as a result of an overflow of dessert batter, leaving the oven unattended for an extended period of time, splattering fat or grease or food scraps burning on the bottom of the oven. To assist in the prevention of an oven fire, always monitor the cooking food, use tin foil or a pan cover to conceal items that may splatter or boil over and routinely clean the oven and coils to prevent burning.

Microwave Fires And Smoke Damage

Similar to other appliances in your kitchen, microwaves can also start a fire when food items overheat, inappropriate items are placed in the microwave for heating, faulty wiring or when cleaning and routine maintenance has not been performed. Since microwaves use radiation to heat the placed items, it essential to follow the manufacturer’s directions when using the appliance and never attempting to heat an item that is not microwave-safe, such as metal objects, tin foil, or recycled paper. Routine cleaning and maintenance to ensure the appliance is running correctly and efficiently will also assist in the prevention of an unexpected microwave fire. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is an independently owned and operated business that is IICRC certified, and can assist in the cleanup process.

Other potential causes could be:

  • Fire damage from overloaded electrical circuit
  • Electrical fire from old wiring

What Sets SERVPRO Of Milton/Braintree Apart From The Rest

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Sets SERVPRO Of Milton/Braintree Apart From The Rest Call Us, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree for your water, fire and mold emergencies 781-341-7007

We don't just do our jobs to the fullest ability, we set ourselves apart from other restoration companies by being the full package.

In damage restoration we understand there is a lot of companies that you have to choose from and you want to be sure to pick the right company.

We are that company. Only 5 years new to the Holbrook, Ma area. And serving any areas between the North Shore and all down to the cape. We want you to experience the best in service when you are in need of disaster restoration. 

What sets us apart is a few different things, when hiring our company to come in and take care of your water, fire or mold loss. We carefully asses the damages and give you honest estimates on what to expect. In removing affected areas of a loss there could be certain unexpected occurrences and we want you to understand every step of the way.

A big part of our companies benefits from other restoration business is that we have an entire reconstruction department. That after your loss has occurred and we mitigate the damage of that, we are able to come in and completely restore your property back to preloss conditions.

With all required certifications and the experience of our staff and crew you will always be in the best of care when working with SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

Why SERVPRO Is needed for Water Restoration in Dorchester,MA

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why You Need Professional Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage is something that can affect homes all over the world. One of the main issues with water damage is that it can be problematic down the road if professional mitigation and restoration is not done as soon as possible. Water cleanup is often best left to the restoration company professionals. You should never attempt to do the drying and water clean up on your own, especially if you are currently dealing with a lot of water in your home or currently have a ton of water in your business.

Drying, mitigation and restoration are all important aspects of the water cleanup process. Without all of these things combined, you are going to be left with a home that has simply dealt with a supply line break or pipe break and significant water damage as well as flood damage. Some people also deal with flood damage because of where their home is currently located. If you live near the water, flood damage is a lot more common than other types of natural disasters.

How to Deal with a Flooded Home

If you currently have a flooded home and have dealt with significant amounts of water in your business office, it is time to hire the mitigation experts. Water damage should never be cleaned up by your own two hands, simply because you do not have the tools or skills necessary to do the proper drying. Water cleanup can also be quite expensive, so it is important that you contact your local insurance provider to see if flood damage is covered under your policy.

Often times, the water damage and flood damage is caused by a supply line break or pipe break that is underneath your house. This is obviously going to need to be looked at by a plumber, but you still need to contact the mitigation experts as well as a local restoration company. You're flooded home can easily benefit from proper drying and water cleanup when it is most convenient for you. Restoration can be incredibly affordable if you go with the right company.

If you have water in your home right now or have recently had water in a business office that you own, it is imperative that you have restoration done by the professionals. The professionals will do all of the flood damage cleanup for you at a price that you will be able to afford. A flooded home is no joke, and it can get much worse if it is not properly taken care of after dealing with a supply line break or pipe break. Whether it is water in a business office that you have right now or water in your home, it is imperative that you hire a restoration company to do the work for you.

The supply line break as well as the pipe break that you have dealt with can easily be taken care of by the restoration company as well. The water in your home should be removed as soon as possible to prevent further damage from happening. This is something that most homeowners simply do not have the skills or tools necessary to accomplish. Because there are so many different restoration professionals out on the market, it is so easy for you to contact one of them and have them come and do the job for you.

Be sure to contact several company so that you can get a quote for how much the work is going to cost. You will be amazed to know that there are lots of different options available to you, making it easy and effortless for you to finally get your home or business back on track after dealing with a significant flood. Whether this flood was caused by a pipe issue underneath the house or office, or you live in an area near the water, having the experts there to help puts your mind at ease significantly.
Visit www.SERVPROmiltonbraintree.com for more information on water damage.

What to do after a Sewage Backup in Hyde Park,Ma

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

What to Do After Sewage Backup

There are certain important precautionary measures to take after a sewage backup in order to prevent the damage from spreading:

  • Keep children and pets away from the affected area;
  • Put on appropriate protective equipment – rubber gloves, rubber boots, impervious coveralls, protective eye wear, and a face mask;
  • Switch off the electrical power to your home (only if the distribution panel is safely above water). Wear rubber gloves and use a dry wooden stick to shut off the main switch;
  • Turn off any running water and don’t use the water supply system in your home (it may even be a good idea to turn off the water supply to the building);
  • Open doors and windows to allow fresh air inside (do not use the central air conditioning system to ventilate your home as sewage-contaminated dust and water droplets can enter the HVAC system and contaminate it);
  • Take any dry, un-contaminated items away from the affected area;
  • Add small amounts of chlorine bleach to standing water to ensure some disinfection;
  • Notify your insurance company that there has been a sewage spill in your home;
  • Contact your municipal authority or sewage department (if your home is connected to a public sewer) or your local health department (if your home is connected to a private septic system) and ask for advice;
  • Call a professional water damage restoration company SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree. The quick and efficient intervention of the experienced technicians will save you a lot of time and effort and will provide the most appropriate, safest, and cost-effective solution to the problem. Besides, most sewage cleanup companies offer not only water extraction, but also quality repair works, odor removal, and content cleanup, so you will have all the aspects of the restoration process taken care of when using SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

Good to remember:

  • Take pictures of the sewage spill and the water-damaged items and structural materials before removing them or having anything cleaned up (the photographs will serve as proof for your insurance claim). Keep all the receipts for materials and replacements, as well as for the repair and cleaning works performed in your home;
  • Do not use harsh chemicals to unclog the draining system as they can cause severe damage to the pipes and sewer lines. Opt for treatment methods that use enzymes instead of chemicals or call a plumber to fix the source of the problem;
  • Take appropriate measures to prevent cross-contamination (keep the doors between the contaminated area and the other rooms in your home closed, do not use the central air conditioning system until the problem has been solved, keep air pressure in the contaminated area lower than in the rest of the building, etc.) to ensure that sewage contaminated soil won’t be tracked into unaffected areas of your property and airborne sewage-contaminated dust (or mold spores) won’t be blown to other spaces.

Spring Season Is Water Restoration Season In New England

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spring Season Is Water Restoration Season In New England SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will get your water disaster back to preloss conditions. That is a promise. 781-341-7007

When you see the green grass, lookout for the rise in potential water damage.

Living In New England we are faced with many weather related disasters depending on the season. We are pretty tough! 

But as Spring nears we do see a lot of our water loss calls increase and this happens typically because of the snow we had endured during winter that settles in our grounds. Depending on your homes condition like age or design you may or may not be more likely to experience unwanted water in your home.

It is imperative to contact us, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at the first sign of water in your home or property to minimize the permanent damage and decrease the size of the loss to your property and belongings.

While waiting for us to arrive

Contact your insurance agent and find out what your coverage is

Allow us to come and asses the damage and get started in the drying process and removing the water

Keeping in mind we are highly trained professionals is water damage restoration. We handle very small water jobs to very large jobs on a daily basis.

So when Spring decides to officially "Sprung" 

Do not hesitate to call your trusted local professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

Common Storm Damage Scenarios

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Common Storm Damage Scenarios We will work alongside your insurance to get your property back to preloss conditions 781-341-7007

Winter Storm Damage

Winter storms ravage much of the U.S. and Canada every year, and areas that don’t get hit with snow often deal with ice storms and freezing rain. When you’re dealing with blizzards, lake effect storms and snow squalls, damage to your home can include roof and structural damage from heavy snow as well as damage to fascia, exterior pipes and siding. These wintry storms often come with high winds, which can exacerbate damage by causing shingles to break loose. These storms can wreak havoc on utility lines.

Winter storms and freezing weather can also create ice dams, which trap water in between your roof and a layer of ice. These can be easy to miss, but are important to be aware of because they can quickly lead to leaks and then to mold and structural damage.

After a storm, don’t get on the roof or climb into the attic until you’re sure it’s safe. You or your home restoration contractor should check for any signs of leakage in the attic, missing fascia and shingles, bent or detached exhaust pipes, damaged roof vents and damage to the valleys and edges where your roof meets the walls.

When ice storms hit, you may need to be even more cautious. These storms are characterized by leaving at least a quarter of an inch of ice on surfaces. They can cause roofs to collapse, trees to break and power lines to snap. Try to stay in your home until the ice storm has passed and plan ahead with emergency food, water, supplies and power sources.

Hail Damage

Hail damage isn’t always visible. When it is, you can look for cracked shingles, dents in shingles in a random pattern, and bent roof vents and pipes. You can also sustain damage to siding. Invisible damage comes into play when substrate materials beneath the shingles are damaged. If you think you have hail damage, we highly recommend getting an expert opinion. This kind of damage can lead to serious roof leaks that can spread and cause structural problems.

Lightning and Thunderstorm Damage

Lightning storms can occur anywhere in the U.S., and they bring the threat of fires and severe structural damage. Even if your lightning rods work properly by channeling the energy to the ground, it’s possible to see damage to electrical wiring, appliances, antennas, satellite dishes, cable or telephone lines, and steel framework. Unless there are signs of fire, be sure to stay indoors until the storm is over because your home will protect you.
Thunderstorms come with risks even if you aren’t hit by lightning. You could see dangerous flash flooding, hail and high winds.

Storm-related Flood Damage and Tidal Surges

Flooding presents a serious risk to your home and your safety. According to the U.S. National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kills more people every year than lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.

When it comes to structures, flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and damage to drywall, support beams and foundations. You are at risk for mold within the first 24 hours of a flood, so it’s vital to stop the water from flowing and start remediation quickly.

Different types of floods come with different risks. River floods and flash floods are common when snow melts and have been known to completely overwhelm structures. Coastal floods and storm surges are even more dangerous, and usually lead to evacuation warnings. These can destroy homes entirely, so it’s best to listen to weather reports and plan ahead. Debris flows, which are often made up of heavy mud and plant material, can crush houses and sweep them away.

High Winds, Tornadoes and Hurricane Damage

High winds can occur virtually anywhere, and thousands of tornadoes and hurricanes hit the U.S. every year. Severe winds are defined as exceeding 50-60 mph and are categorized as follows:

Straight-line winds: This broad category includes all winds not associated with rotation
Downdrafts: These winds are small columns of air that sink quickly toward the ground
Downbursts: These winds, which can be as bad as tornadoes, are a result of strong downbursts and are usually associated with thunderstorms
Microbursts: These small, highly concentrated downbursts can exceed 168 mph and can be wet or dry.
Gust fronts: These occur when cold air clashes with warm air from a thunderstorm
Derechos: These long-lived, widespread wind storms come with a band of multiple showers or thunderstorms
Haboobs: These are walls of dust pushed along the ground by thunderstorm downdrafts
Bow echoes: These winds are shaped like an archer’s bow and can produce severe straight-line winds and even tornadoes
Tornadoes: These destructive vortexes can exceed 300 mph and travel over dry land
Cyclones and Hurricanes: In the U.S., these tropical storms rotate inward toward areas of low atmospheric pressure and are most common near the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard.

Damage from wind can be widespread and can affect not only your structure but also surrounding landscaping and asphalt. Be aware of the potential for falling trees and poles and damaged power lines, and take care of these problems right away. After the storm, examine your property for structural damage to the home, including windows, siding and roofs. In the most extreme scenarios, roofs can be blown clean off.

Hire a Professional Contractor

It’s vital to repair storm damage quickly, but the risk of danger is high. Before you try making repairs yourself, work with your home insurer and hire us, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree.We are a fully licensed and bonded contractor with credentials from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We’re available for emergencies 24/7.

What Is Fire Legal Liability?

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is Fire Legal Liability? SERVPRO of Milton/Braintreeis here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage and restoration issue. 781-341-7007

Fire damage liability is included in most commercial general liability policies.

It’s required in most cases. However, these policies only pay if the business is at fault for the damage.

Liability is a legal term used to describe responsibility. Here, liability refers to who will pay for fire damage.

There are limitations to fire legal liability coverage. Limitations may include low coverage limits; limited or no coverage for damaged property contents; or no coverage for auxiliary damages (e.g., water damage), which is common after a fire.

Lease agreements can stipulate that tenants are responsible for fire-related property damage regardless of how the fire damage occurs.

In cases were limitations apply, business owners could be on the hook for the total or remaining costs to repair damaged property.

Depending on your business and coverage needs, getting the right insurance can make all the difference after a major property disaster.

Find the Right Coverage

Fire damage legal liability is often overlooked in commercial general liability policies. Moreover, depending on how much space is rented (e.g., one office or an entire building) will help inform how much coverage is needed.

Businesses and individuals renting commercial space should purchase a general policy that covers liability due to any type of negligence that results in a fire or causes damage to another’s property.

Moreover, lease agreements should be reviewed carefully. The insurance clause defines the rights and obligations of each party and who purchases insurance, what coverage is required, financial limits, and so on.

How Can a Company like SERVPRO Help?

It’s in the best interest of a landlord or tenant to contact a professional restoration company after a fire.

First, fire damage leaves behind contaminants like soot and smoke smells, which can result in irritation or respiratory issues for some people. A fire damage repair company will have the tools and experience required to clean, sanitize, and rebuild damaged property to like-new condition.

Second, fire-damaged properties are easy targets for criminals. Security features are often damaged or destroyed, leaving a property vulnerable to vandalism and theft. If the property is dangerous and someone gets injured, property owners could face further legal problems.

Securing the property is faster and easier with a professional restoration team. They’ll board up entrance points, provide on-site power if needed, and erect temporary fencing to secure a perimeter.

Lastly, documentation is very important following property damage of any kind. Fire-damage experts work with insurance companies regularly and know what they’re looking for when compiling damage reports.

In some cases, the insurance company will pressure claimants to use an insurance-preferred vendor for cleanup and restoration.

However, these vendors don’t work for you, they work for the insurance company. This can be problematic after major fire damage.

By selecting your own restoration company, property owners can ensure they’re being represented fairly and accurately

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.  

Making sure everything is dry

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

After experiencing water damage you most likely have started to remove as much water as possible and begun the drying out process. After some time, you notice things appear to be drying and think, “This feels dry. I don’t need to call someone to do it for me. I’m saving money by doing it myself.”

This is the BIGGEST mistake homeowners make. The truth is even though things feel dry, they actually may still be wet, leading to more damage. When items are not dried properly, the effects of the damage can be more costly than if a professional had dried them. Within minutes water seeps into the floors, walls, upholstery and belongings. If not dried fully and properly there can be several damaging and costly effects. Such as:

  • The drywall may begin to swell and brake down.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and ink from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Door, windows and studs swell and warp.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious bio-hazard containment is possible.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree utilize special equipment to ensure EVERYTHING is dry. Our trained technicians use thermal imaging cameras and water meter sensors to detect water that is unseen. So next time you experience water damage don’t make the mistake of leaving moisture behind. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to make sure the job is done right the first time.

Ice Dams And Their Effect On Your Home

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams And Their Effect On Your Home We can remove ice dams on your property and reduce any upcoming damage they may cause. 781-341-7007

What are ice dams?

Ice dams are mounds of ice that form on the edge of the roof of your property during the winter. They form when the roof gets warm enough to melt the snow that lies on top of it. This melt then travels down the roof under the layer of snow to your gutters and refreezes when it reaches the eave of the roof. This frozen water builds up gradually causing an ice dam to form. The flatter the roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to settle in.

What kind of damage can they do?

As an ice dam grows, at a certain point the melt that flows down to it doesn’t freeze because it reaches a place on your roof that stays above freezing. When the liquid doesn’t freeze, it finds cracks and crevices in your roof to leak into and makes its way down into your property. From there, the water can leak into walls, through ceiling insulation, and down into units causing significant water damage.

Winter is coming and that means winter is quickly approaching. Snow, ice, freezing rain and falling temperatures, all have the potential to impact the condition of your property. While water damage can occur at any time of year, one of the main causes of water damage during the winter months are two words that give all property owner the chills – ice dams.

If you were one of the many people from Rhode Island to Maine who experienced damaging ice damns during the record-breaking snowfall of 2015 you already know the problems they can cause! That year Boston and the surrounding areas were buried under more than 110 inches of snow – most of which occurred during a short six-week period. As the snow fell again and again, it piled high on rooftops throughout New England and led to costly ice damns.

As anyone affected can tell you, prevention is your best bet when it comes to ice dams so let’s review how to avoid water damage from them this winter.

From Start to Finish

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Building Services From Start to Finish From damaged homes to desired results!

Here at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree we are committed to making the rebuilding process for our customers as simple and organized as possible. After the removal of the effects from water, fire, or smoke damage, our Reconstruction team steps in to finish the job; leaving your home or business in the condition it was prior to the incident. This means it will seem “Like it never even happened.”

Our Reconstruction Project Manager (RPM) will take the lead on handling any of your construction needs, from rebuilding your home or business to its original condition, to installing any and all remodels and upgrades that you, the customer, request.

As construction begins the RPM will work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction and most time-efficient execution of any and all construction requirements and needs. Our service will start with replacing the home or business back to its original condition, but also allow for any changes or upgrades to the property at your request. We will communicate directly with you to inform you of the coverage to be expected from the insurance agency, and then offer you a range of options from professional and effective contractors from all trades to remodel your property. This will afford you the opportunity to make any alterations to your property that you desire during the reconstruction phase. This will save you time and money on any of those home or business improvements you may have been putting off!  

The reconstruction process is one that may seem intimidating to many homeowners and/or business owners, but we at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree assure you that this is our specialty. Our mission is to leave you with the home and/or business you recognized before any damages, as well as to remove any stress or strain associated with handling a construction project on your own. Our services will allow you time to consider any remodel upgrades without the hassle of juggling contractors and insurance adjuster requests and needs.

The RPM will be in contact with you daily to keep you apprised of the job schedule and progress as well as take the time to sit with you and discuss your options. It is important to us that you can trust and rely on us during construction. Our RPM is always available to speak with you, either over the phone, via email, or in person, at your request.

We at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree hope that you choose the experts at emergency restoration to complete any and all jobs with our Reconstruction division.  Please visit our website, follow us on Facebook, call our main office, or reach out directly to our Reconstruction Project Manager at: 617.842.8793.

 Thank you for giving SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree the opportunity to make any damages to your home or business seem “Like it never even happened.”

Duct Cleaning

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

If your HVAC system is not properly maintained, dust, pollen and other debris particles can contaminate it. If moisture gets into the system, mold can grow, and mold spores may be released from the system into the air.

However, even the EPA, says air ducts should be cleaned in these cases:

  • If there is visible mold growth on the ducts or on other components of the HVAC system
  • If the ducts are infested with rodents, insects or other vermin
  • If the ducts are clogged with dust and debris
  • If particles are obviously being released into the building from the registers

In the event, that your facility does require duct cleaning, Contact SERVPRO Milton/Braintree 781-341-7007

What Is A Puffback?

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning What Is A Puffback? Call us and we will be there fast to get your property soot free 781.341.7007

A Puff Back,

Most of us have never heard of a puff back. A puff back occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once (like a balloon popping) or more gradually (as if someone was holding the end of a balloon and letting the air seep out slowly). It is usually easy to tell when a puff back has occurred. Soot covers all areas of the home or business and may range from light to very heavy. Sometimes the disbursement of soot is so light and fine it appears to be ordinary dust. This “dust” however reappears hours after being cleaned. There is often a strong odor of oil accompanying a puff back.

If you try to wash the film of soot off of your furniture & walls with ordinary soap & water, it actually smears the soot around without removing it, leaving you (and your walls) rubbed the wrong way. We have to use special chemicals to remove the soot; a washcloth and some warm water is not going to be effective. But as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of soot not on your walls: having your oil furnace checked and cleaned annually be a service technician will prevent even the grimiest furnaces from spewing into your home.  Best done before winter!  Gas furnaces burn cleaner and do not pose this type of peril. 

There is no easy way to clean up the mess a puff back can make in your home or office, so leave that to us. 

Reconstruction After Destruction

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Reconstruction After Destruction SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is your one-stop solution to all you man made and natural disaster needs!

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: 617.842.8793

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

Preventing a Fire

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

A structure fire is any fire that affects the structural components of a building. These fires are often responsible for large losses because they affect buildings that may be occupied and contain specialized equipment, stock, production materials, and other items that are critical to the function of a business. Developing an adequate fire protection plan for the structures on a commercial property means both taking the basic steps to prevent building fires—inside and out—and being proactive in maintaining the systems you’ve put in place. This might include…

  • Developing appropriate emergency procedures. Although most businesses have developed fire safety plans, it is worth reviewing your emergency procedures from time to time. You should make sure to appoint a safety officer, post planned escape routes in visible areas, develop a plan for evacuating and accounting for employees, and develop a plan for working with emergency responders. In can also be helpful to have a plan in place for evaluating fire damage afterwards and preparing to submit an insurance claim.
     
  • Keeping up with maintenance on machinery and appliances. Many fires are caused by equipment and machinery that is old, poorly repaired, dirty, or otherwise unmaintained or defective. Make sure that your commercial property is outfitted with up-to-date, working, and clean equipment. Schedule regular maintenance checks, and fix any problems quickly and carefully. Regularly evaluate aging or heavily used electronic equipment for potentially dangerous issues, like frayed cords or shorts.
     
  • Limiting fire hazards. Fire hazards can exist inside a building or outside, and it’s up to you to reduce the risk. Maintain outdoor landscaping to leave a safe distance between organic material and outside walls. Store flammable materials appropriately, and keep escape routes clear. Identify potential hazards quickly, and review these hazards when there are significant changes to the property or its function.
     
  • Maintaining safety equipment and systems. Even if you can’t prevent a fire, you can prevent it from spreading and causing structural damage. Keep your building’s sprinkler system and fire alarm system up to snuff. Equip the building with the right fire extinguishers and sprinkler networks for the job. Make sure these lifesaving systems are in working order at all times, and replace outdated safety equipment as soon as possible.
     
  • Enforcing rules and regulations. None of these steps are likely to make a difference in your fire protection if you aren’t enforcing the rules or following through with maintenance. Make sure employees, building tenants, and others are informed about the rules for fire prevention and how to follow emergency procedures. Ensure that maintenance routines are performed and that potential safety issues and replacement needs are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to create your Emergency Ready Profile.  If a loss does occur call us at 781-341-7007 and we can make it "Like it never even happened." 

Recovering From A Winter Storm

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

What To Do If Your Property Suffers A Winter Storm Damage

Even if the blizzard was so destructive that damage occurred to your home regardless of all the preventive measures you had taken, there is no room for panic. Just keep your wits about you and make no hasty decisions. Assess the situation carefully and act accordingly to put your property back in shape as soon as possible.

First, ensure the safety of all family members – make sure no one enters a damaged area in a desperate attempt to rescue some of your household items. Remember that no property loss is even remotely comparable to having a loved one injured. Find a shelter where everyone will be safe and warm – it can be an intact room in your home or a neighbor’s, friend’s or relative’s place if the damage was extensive or some danger (such as fire hazard) lurks in your residence.

Contact your insurance agent immediately after the storm is over. Have a representative of the company come over for estimates at the earliest opportunity and ask for required documents. Provide all the relevant information and gather convincing evidence of the ruins caused by the winter storm.

Be sure to get yourself and family members safe and then contact our office. So we can be there fast with the help you need.

4 Steps To Take When Your Pipe Burst

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 4 Steps To Take When Your Pipe Burst If this happens to you call us fast! 781-341-7007

There are four steps to take when a pipe bursts in your home.

No one can deny that owning a home is a major expense, especially if it’s a mature model. When it comes to a busted water pipe, the damage can be serious for your home, your possessions, and your health if the mess is not cleaned up properly.

Stop the Water

First thing, turn off the water flow when you suspect a pipe has broken, even if you don’t know where the water’s coming from. You’ll find the stop tap on the water main. It is typically located under the kitchen sink or where the main service pipe connects to your house. Every family member should know the location of the water shut-off stopcock for emergencies.

Once the main water switch is off, you’ll need to drain the pipes. To do this, run the cold water on all the faucets. Be sure to flush each toilet at least once. Shut off the hot water heater. Once the hot water system is off, go back to each faucet and run the hot water to drain that supply. When there is no more running tap water, the leak will stop.

Locate the broken pipe and inspect the damage

After draining all the excess water, locate the burst pipe. Inspect the damage and consider where the pipe is located before you run off to the home improvement store. Regardless of the damage or size of the break, a major water pipe will take more time and effort to replace because it holds more water and leads to additional connections, as opposed to a single pipe under the bathroom sink.

If it’s a small break, you might be able to patch it and prevent further damage while saving money. If you use a commercial tape or chemical bonding agent, however, keep an eye on that repair job, because it might burst later and you’ll back where you started.

Repair the burst pipe

Fixing a rupture or crack in non-main pipes is usually fairly straightforward, but it can become expensive depending on the mending material you choose. Here is an inexpensive repair for small cracks and water breaks that also gives you superior hold.

You’ll need an extra-long length of ordinary garden hose and two or three hose clamps or similar grips that produce extreme constriction. Measure the fissure or crack and cut the garden hose about ten inches longer than needed to fill the broken area.

Next, slice the garden hose so you can slip it over the crack or burst in the water pipe. Using the hose clamps or similar brackets, hold the hose portion over the busted area and compress it as tight as it will go. Test your repair by turning on the water.

If the break is larger, use a hacksaw to cut away the portion of the pipe that’s busted. Be sure to cut it about an inch larger on either side of the rupture. When replacing the missing piece of pipe, use pipe spacers and sealant, but do not tighten it too tight. When a compression nut is too tight it causes an ova-ling effect that leads to further leaking. If you tightened the compression nut too much and the repair ovals, start with another compression nut.

Bring us in! A professional drying crew

If the water from the burst pipe is on the walls or ceilings as well as the floor, contact a professional water restoration company. Simply using fans and open windows to dry a soaked area is an invitation to mold, mildew, and even serious illness for your family. You will also want to shut off the electrical power to that area of the house as a precaution against shocks.

If you have successfully restored your home to its original state or fixed a burst pipe on your own, congratulations! Be sure to run the cold water, then the hot water; and don’t forget to flush the toilets before normal usage begins.

Commercial Water Damage

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

A leak in a commercial structure can cause water damage as well as several types of additional damage, including the growth of black mold. Here are five major risks that may result from water damage in a commercial property if water damage cleanup and restoration are not handled promptly and properly.

1. Warped or distorted building materials or contents: This type of damage falls between primary and secondary damage. If items are not necessarily ruined by the water itself but by the conditions caused by the leak, the damage can be said to be secondary.

2. Ruined electronics that may be dangerous to operate: Water can corrode and damage electronics in a commercial property. Once again, water damage is the primary cause, but other consequences can result from device malfunction or shorting.

3. The development of mold: Mold is one of the major secondary risks that can result from water damage. Black mold has a reputation as one of the most potentially dangerous consequences of water damage that is not thoroughly dried.

4. Bacterial contamination: Depending on the type of water involved in a leak and whether this water was contaminated, a secondary risk of bacterial contamination may arise. Cleanup experts can eliminate this risk by disinfecting areas and items affected by a leak that involves gray or black water.

5. Insect infestations: Leaks that are not addressed in a thorough and timely manner can also lead to infestations of silverfish, termites, or other insects that cause additional damage to a structure.

If your commercial property has experienced water damage, you should hire a service that specializes in cleaning up and providing water damage restoration. These experts should be able to minimize or prevent all types of damage which may result from the presence of excessive moisture or high humidity levels within a structure, including black mold. Visit www.SERVPROmiltonbraintree.com for more information on commercial water damage.   

Welcome Our New Reconstrcution Project Manager Matt Barron

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Community Welcome Our New Reconstrcution Project Manager Matt Barron Matt Barron

Hello, my name is Matt Barron and I serve as the Reconstruction Project Manager for SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree. As many homeowners and insurance agencies have counted on the reliability of SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree for water and fire damage restoration, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can also handle any size reconstruction job to ensure that your home and/or business is rebuilt as good as new within the capabilities of one company. This not only alleviates the daunting task of locating and hiring quality contactors, but simplifies the insurance claims process, as well as improves communication to complete reconstruction jobs in a timely manner. I have the pleasure of working and coordinating with the men and women of the Mitigation team of SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, and with this comes benefits to you and/or your company. Not only are you guaranteed the expert demolition and mitigation of the damages caused, but you will have access to the entire project from start to finish through the same general contractor, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree.

As the Reconstruction Project Manager for SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree it is my goal and purpose to assure you the most effective and efficient completion of reconstruction projects ranging from small to large. Collaboration of subcontractors, coordination with insurance agencies, and delegation of work to be performed are all included in the services offered by the Reconstruction division of SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree. I will be the point person for all your concerns and questions throughout the reconstruction project, and customer service is of most importance to myself and those I represent. At the occurrence of physical damage to your home and/or business, the last thing SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree wants you to do is worry. Our professional team will assess, coordinate job details with you or your insurance adjuster, and complete all necessary reconstruction needs to your property as efficiently as possible

To receive any further information, or to schedule a reconstruction estimate, please contact me directly. I look forward to the opportunity to work for you and I am available for an onsite visit at your convenience. Thank you for choosing SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree.

5 Flood Cleanup Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Flood Cleanup Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them Don't wait, call us fast and we will be there with the help you need 781-341-7007

5 DIY Flood Cleanup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Mistake #1: Waiting Too Long Clean Up the Flood

The first 48 hours after a flood are crucial. That’s when the greatest amount of damage happens to your property in the shortest amount of time. Let’s break it down:

  • If your home is completely submerged, then the destruction could be total. At the very least you’ll be facing structural repair and a complete overhaul of the inside.
  • All the primary systems could be damaged. Systems include gas lines, wiring, plumbing, furnace or HVAC system, and the septic system.
  • Walls and structural damage may have occurred. Ceilings may be sagging.
  • Carpet or other types of flooring could be completely damaged.

In a nutshell, the longer the water sits, the worse the situation will get. Many of the items in your home can be treated and repaired in a relatively short period if it’s taken care of immediately. So if you’re considering ‘waiting it out,’ you might want to have to rethink your game plan.

Mistake #2: Walking Into a Hazardous Environment

If you’re going to make an assumption about the condition of your home, then it’s better to assume the worst. If there is standing water on the floor throughout the interior, then it’s a safe bet, there’s a hazard beneath the surface. Hazards do not just come in the form of injury. It’s entirely possible that there are also health and sanitation issues that have developed throughout the house. Some of the greatest hazards within the property are:

  • Electrical shock caused by due to wiring.
  • Sanitation issues from broken plumbing or septic systems
  • Unstable framework and flooring
  • Debris such as metal objects and glass could be under the water.
  • Bacteria, mold, and other contaminants from food and chemicals.
  • Areas where you could slip and fall.
  • Busted gas line fumes leaking throughout the house.

In other words, your home has now turned into a potential disaster area. Instead of taking chances, it’s best to contact a professional company that inspects the area for you.

Mistake #3: Using the Wrong Flood Cleanup Tools and Techniques

Common household cleaning items such as mops, brooms are towels good for small floods are small areas where there may be a bit of standing water. If we’re talking about standing water throughout the house, however, then none of that will be very useful. Let’s say you have three to six inches of water standing somewhere in your house like the first floor or the basement. By the time you clean it up, which will take several hours, moisture and mold have already begun to set in. Your feeble attempts to soak up the water with rags, or pull the water out of the floor using a shop vac will not get the job done.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree have industry-grade equipment that can clean and disinfect an area in a fraction of the time that a home or business owner can do it himself or herself. Technicians utilize water pumps that can suck out the water minutes and begin the drying process immediately. We also have equipment that detects water inside the walls and underneath surfaces that a homeowner will miss. All equipment, tools, and cleaning solutions are specifically designed to clean up, dry, and disinfect your entire property on the inside. When they complete the work, there is no doubt that you will be 100% restored.

Mistake #4: Ignoring the Details of the Flood Cleanup

Let’s face it. You don’t know what you don’t know. What most homeowners see is purely on the surface. They don’t think about all the tiny details of cleaning up a flooded area. Water is like air: it gets into everything and has the potential to destroy everything it touches. So about the time you think you’ve cleaned up every detail, there’s always something that you forgot. In some cases, it can be dangerous.

For example, you’ve scoured the drywall, sucked all the water out of the flooring, and bleached out your white carpet. A few hours later you decide to plug your TV back into the wall, and sparks fly while you’re suffering from electric shock. You forgot to check the outlets to see if they were dry or damaged. The truth is, it’s impossible to know the extent of damage that water causes. Sometimes it doesn’t even show up until weeks later when there’s a smell in the house, and nobody can figure out where to locate it. Or you may enter a room and wonder what that black stuff is on the walls.

As water remediation professionals we are trained to inspect every detail of a home when cleaning it up and drying it. Rather than looking at the flooring, we are thinking about the sub-flooring. Instead of cleaning up the outside of the furniture, they’re prepared to handle the damage inside. Rather than just clean the baseboards, they’re ready to deal with what’s behind the baseboards. We leave nothing to chance because we know that something always gets left behind. If you forget the details, then you haven’t cleaned up and dried up the mess. You’ve just delayed the inevitable.

Mistake #5: Waiting Too Long To Call a Professional Flood Cleanup Company

Where many property owners make mistakes is in trying to clean up a flood in their house. Then they attempt to dry it out by opening windows, taking furniture outside in the hot sun, and turning on fans everywhere. While this technique may provide some instant relief, it won’t necessarily solve the real problems that have yet to occur. By the time they’ve come to the realization that they didn’t quite clean up the house, it may be too late. Then they call a water damage restoration and cleaning company and expect miracles to happen.

Professional water remediation companies, however, can only do so much if a situation a house is beyond cleaning or repairing. Sure, they can get the job done, but you may find out that it will cost you three times as much to achieve the results. The primary lesson here, as with all the other mistakes mentioned above is that taking chances will almost always lead to an adverse outcome.

The odds of you or your family cleaning up a flood promptly, using the right equipment, and paying attention to every detail are stacked against you. If you’re trying to save money, then your best bet is to call a cleaning company immediately. Yes, it’s an investment you weren’t counting, but it’s an investment that will payoff. You’ll get the results you’re looking for less than half the time, with professionals who can ensure that your home interior will be fully restored.

8 Things to Consider Before Filing Commercial Fire Damage Claim

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 8 Things to Consider Before Filing Commercial Fire Damage Claim A commercial fire can bring a lot of headaches to deal with, let us work with your insurance company and make it "Like It Never Even Happened".

If you’ve just experienced commercial fire damage, you’ve probably already filed a claim with your insurance company. Before you get too far into the claim process, there are some important points to consider.

There’s a lot of “fine print” in the handling of these situations that some insurance companies won’t necessarily bring to your attention on their own. Having a solid understanding of the process, will help ensure you protect your own interests in the commercial fire damage claim. 

Below are 8 important points to consider:

1. Normally for water damage you send the insurance company documentation of the damages. But how do you do this for items or property that has been destroyed by fire damage? Are there good “before” pictures of the same space, on your phone or website, that you can compare with the “after” photos of the damage? Does your bank have record of the blueprint from when they helped you finance the property?

Does your business account have record of furniture, equipment, etc. that you purchased for the space? These would be good places to start, but you’ll want to ask your adjuster/agent for more specific protocol and requirements.

2. Is it a good idea to make repairs and restorations yourself? Your insurance company will pay less, but your premium may not increase as much. Weigh the costs and benefits of each option.

3. How did smoke or water from fighting the fire affect your electronics, equipment, and structural integrity. How do you claim those damages to trigger better coverage?

4. When making repairs, make sure your insurance company does not cut corners by using companies or contractors that repair with materials containing lead and asbestos. That could lead to greater costs and health risks down the line

5. Find out how your policy addresses code coverage and Green building upgrades.

6. If your coverage is limited, what can you do about it? How can your agent or a public adjuster help?

7. During the claims process, your insurance provider may engage a forensic accountant. Find out their role, which financial statements you are required to produce, and why. You should also ask if you can, and should, recast your financial statements. Don’t hesitate to get input from an accounting professional you trust, as well as your agent.

8. Find out what can be included as extra and expediting expenses, and what the difference is.

Having commercial fire damage is stressful enough, you don’t want the claim and repair process to add to the frustration (and we don’t either)! Let us know what questions you have about your policy, the restoration process, and how to get the most trusted repairs the most efficiently. Our team of caring professionals is ready, willing, and able to help.

 Call us for your restoration and re-build repairs781-341-7007

Preparing For A Winter Storm

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing For A Winter Storm Damage to your home or power outages lasting several days may be possible. Preparing before the storm can help you protect your family and your home.

Severe winter storms can have a tremendous impact on individuals, animals, and communities.

Cold temperatures, snow, ice, blizzard conditions with high winds and dangerous wind chills can all occur, leading to personal injury and possibly deaths. High winds combined with cold temperatures speeds the rate of heat loss to the body making serious health problems, such as frostbite or hypothermia more likely. Additional fatalities may occur from vehicle accidents, fires or carbon monoxide poisoning following the misuse of heaters. Dangerous driving conditions can lead to travelers being stranded on the road. Accumulations of snow and ice can result in road closures or blockages – isolating homes and farms for days. The heavy weight burden may cause roofs to collapse or knock down trees and power lines resulting in power outages and subsequent loss of heat in homes. Animals are also at risk during severe winter weather and are subject to wind chill factors, hypothermia and frostbite. Deaths can also occur due to dehydration, when water sources freeze and become unavailable. Winter conditions may make getting food and water to animals more difficult. Unprotected livestock may be lost. Businesses must also make preparations for winter storm situations. Protection of their employees will be necessary to ensure their safety. Employees that must work outdoors during extreme situations should be provided the necessary education on risk and measures to stay safe.

During A Winter Storm:

  • Keep as much heat as possible inside your home.
  •  Check the temperature in your home often during severely cold weather.  Avoid unnecessary opening of doors or windows.  Close off unneeded rooms. Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors. Close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night
  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • If back-up heating sources are needed
  •  Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.  Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.  Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture, drapes, or bedding. Never cover a space heater.  Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors—the fumes are deadly.
  • Dangerous carbon monoxide can be generated.
  • If backup power supplies are needed
  • Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite. Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances.

After A Winter Storm:

  • Assess the situation.
  • Make sure heating systems are working. Make sure water pipes are working. Look for any damage that may have occurred to your home
  • If your pipes do freeze
  •  Do not thaw them with a torch.  Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  •  Buildup of this odorless, lethal gas can occur from the use of alternate fuel sources, or gas powered equipment or vehicles.  Ensure good ventilation is available before using any of these items.
  • If there are no other problems, wait for streets and roads to be plowed before you drive anywhere.

Cleaning Your Commercial Property

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Your Commercial Property We Do It All, Call Us Today 781-341-7007 Free Estimates

In keeping your commercial property whether it be a warehouse or office setting SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can help you out in your cleaning needs.

Commercial cleanings are a wide variety of cleaning methods, based on your needs we can accommodate all of them. With our highly trained staff and efficient equipment and high grade cleaning solutions. In keeping your carpets clean and heavy traffic areas in great shape to extend the life of the carpet. We recommend having it done with a hot water extraction applied every 18 to 24 months. While there, we would be able to wipe down and clean all walls, vacuum and clean any upholstery. Polish furniture, clean windows and get your place looking brand new.

External cleaning is also available and include litter picking, and removal of graffiti if needed.

Some of our common commercial cleaning jobs include schools, office buildings, warehouses, hotel and motels, restaurants and professional retail stores just to name a few.

Call us today to schedule your next commercial cleaning, we promise to be the best value and provide top notch service 

781-341-7007

Dryer Vent Fires, A Serious Situation

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vent Fires, A Serious Situation Be mindful about keeping your dryer vent clean Call us in case of a fire loss 781-341-7007

Dryer Vent Fires Are A Serious Problem.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the 1997 Residential Fire Loss estimates (latest information available) 16,700 residential fires originated from dryer vents. 30 deaths and $84 million in property damage resulted from these fires. The previously reported number from 1995 was 13,700. The number of residential fires attributed to dryer vents in on the increase.

Reasons for inspection and dryer vent cleaning:

Increased drying time? (jeans & towels)

Is the dryer operating hotter than normal?

Reduces chance of dryer vent fire. When the dryer is used, over time lint will collect and adhere to the inside of the dryer vent walls. The larger the buildup, the larger the risk of having a dryer vent fire.

Reduces "wasted electricity" and "appliance stress". Use of a dryer with a dirty vent can cause the dryer to run longer to dry the same amount of clothes because the hot air being expelled cannot freely exit the vent. Longer drying time takes more electricity and puts added stress on the appliance.

Metal connectors from the dryer to the wall are now standard requirements. Use of the "white plastic" types should be replaced due to their ability to melt in a fire. All connection pieces to the dryer vents should be inspected to make sure they are properly attached and up to the newer building code requirements (max 25' of pipe). Regular maintenance will keep the dryer vent clean and the dryer working properly.

Please take note of properly cleaning your dryer vent to prevent Dryer Vent Fires

In the case of a fire at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

781-341-7007

Water Damage Doesn't Have To Be A Loss

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Doesn't Have To Be A Loss We hope this doesn't happen to you but if it does, you can trust your local friends at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree 781-341-7007

No one wants to deal with or think about the damaging effects water can have on their home. But knowing how important time is is the key.

Even if its a small amount of water or leaks slowly the aftermath and potential growth for mold is not a good situation. Properly drying and removing affected areas in the fastest time possible will decrease damage done and the amount of loss.

At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree we are available 24/7 for Emergency Services.

We know that water damage can be extensive. Our thorough restoration process ensures that your carpet and rugs will be restored and that all traces of moisture and mold are eliminated. We use high powered fans to dehumidify the affected area, and we apply antimicrobial agents to stop mildew growth. Our specialists safely remove all damaged contents from your home.

All restoration jobs, whether large or small, adhere strictly to IICRC standards. If necessary, our water damage experts will remove and dispose of damaged sheet rock, then dry all room contents. Our staff will:

  • Safely remove and dispose of unsalvageable debris
  • Remove standing water
  • Extract water from your carpet, padding, and upholstery
  • Apply antimicrobial treatment to affected surfaces to prevent mold & mildew
  • Disinfect & sanitize affected area
  • Search for hidden pockets of water with high tech moisture meters
  • Thoroughly dry affected surfaces

Be sure to call us fast, so we can be there with the help you need. 

Holidays Are Coming, Learn How To Prevent Kitchen Fires

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holidays Are Coming, Learn How To Prevent Kitchen Fires A kitchen fire can cause serious damage, learn about how to prevent for the upcoming season 781-341-7007

With the upcoming holiday season we want you to be safe as possible, here are  tips on how to prevent kitchen fires...

1. Never putting metal in the microwave is something many people know and understand. But it's important to be aware of unexpected items that may contain metal too. In addition to utensils and aluminum foil, twist-tie wraps used to store food or bread can ignite in the microwave, according to Massachusetts' Public Fire Education Department.

2. When removing food or liquids from the microwave, use pot holders or gloves. Use extreme caution because even a minute or two in the microwave can make foods and cooking vessels much hotter than expected. Fires begin most often when what whatever is cooking gets too hot, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. That's why it is essential to always stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on what is cooking.

3. PAY ATTENTION TO THE PLACEMENT OF HANDLES.Enforcing a "3-foot child-free zone" around a stove is another top tip from the U.S. Fire Administration. This is smart to do with pets also.

4. ALWAYS UNPLUG APPLIANCES. Using deep fryers at home to make foods like deep-fried Thanksgiving turkey has become increasingly popular and increased the number of fires caused by the appliance, which peak on Thanksgiving Day, according to the USFA. In order to stay safe, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food safety department has several pieces of advice. First of all, always read the manufacturer's manual for how to use the deep fryer and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Before filling the fryer with oil, maker sure the appliance is turned off, wiped dry and not near any water. Never overcrowd the frying basket and do not touch it or add food while the basket is submerged. Again, never, ever leave it unattended. A deep fryer works very quickly and the potential for fire hazard increases when the food gets overcooked. A large pan lid, cookie sheet, baking soda and fire extinguisher should always be easy to get to in the kitchen. Rearrange things in the kitchen if necessary to have easy access to these items that can help stop a fire from spreading.

5. NEVER THROW WATER ON A GREASE OR ELECTRICAL FIRE.If any clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll immediately to put out the flames. If any burns are apparent, follow the Center for Disease Control's guide for assessing and treating burns, and call 911 for help. No matter what, do not put butter or ointment on the burn. 

If you do experience a fire loss, please note we are available 24/7 for emergency services and will get you and your house back to good as fast as possible  

When Storms Hit Our Community

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms Hit Our Community Funnel Cloud Near Bourne Bridge

Recently our hometown area was experiencing a Tornado in effect, with all of our local communities being affected in the path of destruction. Its not often we hear of a Tornado Warning in our Northeast area but it was quite a scare.

At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree we are available 24/7 for Emergency Services. When dealing with a storm of any sort we are fully prepared with staffing and equipment to come and help in your disaster situation.

The tornadic waterspouts may often begin as tornadoes over land and then move over water. They also form in severe thunderstorms over a body of water. They can wreak havoc with high winds, hail, and dangerous lightning.

For many people, when a terrible storm hits, it's the aftermath that is the worst. Debris, flood waters, power outages, broken tree limbs, shattered glass, piles of snow— these are all dangerous risks once a hurricane, tornado, or nor'easter makes its way through a town or community.

So in the upcoming months, be sure to have SERVPRO Milton/Braintree in mind when dealing with the aftrermath of strom damages.

Fire Prevention Week October 7th-13th

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

About Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Importance of fire prevention

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

Importance of fire prevention

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

Bring awareness

While children under 5 and adults over 65 are at the highest risk for injury or death in a fire, people of all ages are vulnerable. In fact, the risk of a nonfatal fire injury is highest for those between 20 and 49, showing that fire safety education is essential for everyone. Additional risk factors include race, social-economic status, education level, and geographic location.

The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status in order to keep everyone safe.

The Damaging Effects from Smoke In Your Home

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Damaging Effects from Smoke In Your Home A fire in Holbrook caused by a child playing with matches. SERVPRO Milton/Braintree was there with the help they needed. 781-341-7007

A house fire can be devastating and is something no homeowner wants to experience.

However, if a fire does occur in your home, we are are available to help you recover from the damage. It's important to know exactly how and where fire damage can impact your home before the clean up process begins, especially since some areas of your home may have smoke damage that's not visible.

Unexpected Issues from Fire and Smoke Damage

After a fire, it's usually evident what smoke damage looks like in your home - whether it's charred items, discolored walls, or ash and soot on the floor - but it can also produce smells and other side effects that are harmful to surfaces as well as your health. It's also important to note that some signs of smoke damage can occur immediately, while others are only apparent several hours - or even days - after the fire.

DISCOLORATION:
 
Shortly after a fire, the effects of smoke damage are visible on walls, ceilings and surfaces, appearing as stains and discoloration. Within a few days, walls and flooring may begin to turn yellow; however, this yellowing affect doesn't show right away. Plastic surfaces/appliances and wood can also become discolored and warped. Several hours after a fire, metal hardware can show signs of rust and corrosion. If you have counter-tops, tiles or other surfaces that contain porous stone such as marble, granite or travertine, they usually become permanently discolored from the acidic residue found in soot. This residue can also permanently tarnish metals.


 ODOR:
Surfaces of your home, specifically fabric items, may not only show visible signs of fire damage, but also may contain a smoky odor. Smoke produces tiny particles of carbon in the air, and when deposited, these particles are called soot. Getting rid of the smoke residue, or soot, is the first step to reducing the smell of a fire.

Smoke is made up of several components, which contribute to the smell that lingers after fire damage.

  • Particles - partially or completely burned substances that are sometimes toxic and can penetrate surfaces and fabrics.
  • Vapors - misty, fog-like droplets that can be poisonous if inhaled or absorbed.
  • Toxic gases - although it is odorless, carbon monoxide (CO), is the most common toxic gas that results from a fire. Phosgene is created when household products such as vinyl, plastics and other chemicals and solvents containing chlorine materials are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a by-product from the combustion and burning of insulation, carpets, clothing, synthetics, and plastics, such as PVC pipe.

The smell of smoke gets trapped in clothing, carpets, drapes and upholstered furniture, and unless these items are properly cleaned and deodorized by a professional fire clean up service, they may retain the smoky smell for a long period of time. The source of the odor can oftentimes be difficult to pinpoint. It could be in the soot on a surface, in the pores of wood or saturated in the finish of a piece of furniture.

INTERIOR DAMAGE:
 
While smoke damage is visible on walls and ceilings, it can also permeate these surfaces and cause damage to a home's structure/framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in your ventilation system. When soot and smoke particles become trapped in the HVAC system, the smoke odor can reoccur periodically and even cause respiratory problems.

ELECTRICAL DAMAGE:
 
If any part of a home with wiring experiences fire damage, it usually means that the electrical system has been compromised, too. Depending on the source of the fire, any of the following electrical components may be damaged: wiring, cords, outlets, switches, fuses and breaker boxes. Appliances that have been affected by fire damage can show signs of corrosion, experience short circuits and malfunction, or fail completely.

No matter the level of destruction to your home, you should always consult licensed and trained industry professionals to access smoke or fire damage before you move forward with restoration and repairs.

CEILINGS:
 
Because hot air rises, the highest concentration of smoke residue is commonly found directly above where a fire started - usually on the ceiling above the point of origin. Nail heads in the ceiling (and walls) can also attract smoke particles, which appear as an outline of a ring around them.

CORNERS:
 
When smoke particles are ionized - or have an electrical charge - they are attracted to certain surfaces. Smoke produced by burning plastic carries a stronger charge than smoke from wood, paper or cotton. This causes smoke residue to form in clusters that look like cobwebs in the corners of rooms where walls and ceilings meet.

WALLS AND WINDOWS:
 
Windows and exterior walls are usually cooler than the center of a room and because smoke naturally travels to areas with a lower temperature, it's common to find a lot of smoke residue on outside walls and even in spaces behind drapes and blinds, even more so than surrounding surfaces.

Next Steps

Once you and your family are safe, you'll need to contact us to assess the damage and advise you on the type of service(s) you'll need to remove any smoke damage. It's highly advised to seek smoke damage restoration within a few days of the fire to minimize the amount of repairs your home will need.

National Preparedness Month

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared:

September is National Preparedness Month 

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

We offer a number of resources which help homeowners & business owners be prepared when a disaster happens.For more information please call us at 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree also offers an Emergency Ready Plan for commercial & residential apartments. 

Benefits of the Emergency Ready Plan?

  • Have a plan of action before an event occurs.
  • Identify and eliminate hazards and risks to help prevent potential disasters.
  • Identify major water, electrical and gas shut off locations.

https://www.ready.gov/september

National Preparedness Month At Your Commercial Property

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial National Preparedness Month At Your Commercial Property Our Emergency Ready Plan is the #1 tool in being prepared for a potentially devastating loss at your property Call Us Today to set up your ERP

Be Prepared

September is National Preparedness Month 

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating weather that occurs always reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

SERVPRO also offers an Emergency Ready Plan for commercial & residential apartments. 

Benefits of the Emergency Ready Plan?

  • Have a plan of action before an event occurs.
  • Identify and eliminate hazards and risks to help prevent potential disasters.
  • Identify major water, electrical and gas shut off locations.

https://www.ready.gov/september

At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree we can come and help you get prepared in case of any emergency or disaster occurrence. With our Emergency Ready Plan, ERP we will provide all the information to you in a digital form and downloadable app and a print out copy.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree offers a number of resources which help homeowners & business owners be prepared when a disaster happens.For more information please call us at 781-341-7007 ask for Tammie Frye. 

Storm Damage Restoration

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration Be ready, have a plan in case of emergency

We are trained professionals in storm damage restoration 

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. We arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night

In the event of a storm damage occurance, please call us fast and we will be there with the help you need

781-341-7007 24/7

What To Do After A Fire

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After A Fire SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree 781-341-7007 Call us 24/7

What is the first thing I should do after a home fire?

First and foremost, do not enter your home until you are given explicit permission from the fire department.  Even if the cosmetic damage to your home is minimal, essential structures may have been compromised, and fires often re-ignite even after they appear to have been extinguished.

If this is the first resource you are consulting after a fire damaged your home, please contact your insurance company or agent immediately.  Your insurance agent can advise you of the most important steps to take in the hours and days after the fire.  These steps may include:

  • Doing whatever is necessary to minimize damage to your home, including covering windows, doors, and other openings and pumping out water
  • Possibly putting up a temporary fence around your property to prevent vandalism and theft
  • Being certain not to turn on utilities until the fire department advises you that it is safe to do so
  • Making a list of those items damaged by the fire, accompanied by what you paid for those items
  • Locating temporary housing, whether you stay with friends or family or find an apartment complex that offers special rates for those displaced by disasters
  • Hiring a professional home inspector to assess the structural damage to your home

It is very important to establish with your insurance agent what your policy does and does not cover.  Some of the steps listed above can be very expensive; you will want to know whether your insurance company will cover some or all of these costs.

Call us SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree so we can come asses the damage and get started working with your Insurance Agency on how to move forward

The Mold Remediation Process

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Remediation Process Our process is like no other, get the best when you have a mold situation by calling 781-341-7007 SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

In addition to causing significant property damage, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree understands mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact 781-341-7007

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintrees use anti fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree cleans your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Facts About Flash Floods

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Facts About Flash Floods Call Us 24/7 781-341-7007

During recent years, floods and flash floods have caused billions of dollars in damage each year.

Even more importantly, they're the number one weather-related killer. A flood can happen anywhere along the Mississippi, in New England, even in the desert.

They are among the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. 

Some fascinating facts about floods and flash flooding.

Flood (commonly called river flood) is a high flow or overflow of water from a river or similar body of water, occurring over a period of time too long to be considered a flash flood.

Flooding is caused in a variety of ways. Winter or spring rains, coupled with melting snows, can fill river basins too quickly. Torrential rains from decaying hurricanes or other tropical systems can also produce river flooding. The Mississippi River Flood of 1993 was caused by repeated heavy rain from thunderstorms over a period of weeks.

Flash Floods are quick-rising floods usually occurring as the result of heavy rains over a short period of time, often only several hours or even less.

They can also be caused by ice jams on rivers in conjunction with a winter or spring thaw, or occasionally even a dam break. The constant influx of water finally causes a treacherous overflow to begin, powerful enough to sweep vehicles away, roll boulders into roadways, uproot trees, level buildings, and drag bridges off their piers. Most frightening is the rapidity with which the water rises.

Coastal Flooding occurs when strong onshore winds push water from an ocean, bay or inlet onto land. This can take the form of storm surges associated with tropical storms and hurricanes, or can be associated with non-tropical storms such as "nor'easters."

With our general area being coastline we should all be aware of the dangers an facts about Flash Flooding.

When your home or business is affected by flooding call us fast, we will be there with the help you need SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is equipped and highly trained in handling water emergencies

Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation Call Us Today 781-341-7007

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. These are the steps below:

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 781-341-7007
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Is Our Specialty

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Is Our Specialty In the Air Duct cleaning process all registers are cleaned and sanitized

Commercial Buildings Need Air Duct Cleanings Every 3-5 Years

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (781) 341-7007.

Get The Best To Do The Work In Your Commercial Building

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Get The Best To Do The Work In Your Commercial Building For your restoration or cleaning needs in your commercial building, call us SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree 781-341-7007

We Are IICRC Certified

What is the benefit of hiring an IICRC Certified Firm?
Just as any professional performs at a higher level of competency in their fields, IICRC Certified Technicians set themselves apart through training, experience, and comprehensive examination.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more.

At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree you can trust the professionals handling your disaster restoration have had the highest quality training

The Differant Types of Storm Damage

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Differant Types of Storm Damage 24/7 Emergency Services Available at SERVPRO of Milton/ Braintree 781-341-7007

Read about the many types damages that can occur from different types of storms

Flooding And Recovery


Flood water frequently poses a risk in coastal areas. Yet heavy rains may cause river flooding miles inland also. If the surrounding terrain cannot absorb ground water, runoff contributes to flood water. Even residents of mountainous areas sometimes sustain varying degrees of flood damage if frozen pipes rupture. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water in some locations, too.

Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a storm restoration firm may allow you to begin your cleanup process even before water restoration occurs. (Cleaning before water restoration often proves essential yet challenging.) By relying upon a trained specialist, you'll usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

Wind Damage Restoration


Hurricane damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof, to harsh winds and rains shearing away asphalt tiles. Roof repair of obvious defects usually ensues in the wake of hurricane damage and storm remediation. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners after a disaster, since a roof leak may not appear obvious.

How can a roof leak and roof damage escape easy detection in this situation? Wind damage may loosen flashing, eventually causing another roof leak weeks after the storm. Even a subtle roof leak of this nature can produce damp, moldy conditions inside the home. Obtaining fast roof repair may prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage home restoration expert may assist clients in receiving comprehensive roof assessments and roof repair services when hurricane damage afflicts an area. Their expertise helps property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively.

When faced with the challenging task of cleanup after any storm damage has occurred, call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree 24/7 and we will be there with the help you need

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is IICRC Certified

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is IICRC Certified We are proud to be an IICRC certified company Call us 781-341-7007 for your next disaster restoration or cleaning

What is the benefit of hiring an IICRC Certified Firm?


Just as any professional performs at a higher level of competency in their fields, IICRC Certified Technicians set themselves apart through training, experience, and comprehensive examination.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more.

At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree you can trust the professionals handling your disaster restoration have had the highest quality training

Construction Cleanup Services are Available at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Recent Construction leave a mess in your home or business?

Even the most conscientious construction crews leave dirt, debris, and dust at the end of a construction project. With a professional construction cleaning, you can ensure that you'll see the full value of your renovation at the end of the project. With SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree's Professional Construction Cleaning we'll take care of the four major components that can prevent your newly renovated property from looking its best:

  • Debris/Trash

     –Trash is an eye sore to your property and loose debris can cause problems with your neighbors. It can also leave a negative image with future clients or potential buyers. Debris pick up at each stage of the project will make a work area look organized and tidy.
  • Exterior construction clean up 

    – Walkways, entrance ways and patios are the first image visitors see of your new construction area. A typical construction work site will leave hundreds of construction nails and potentially dangerous metal fragments in the yard. Sweeping, power washing and general exterior organization will help keep the site organized and safe.
  • Interior clean up

    – A professional cleaning will include a wipe down of walls, floors, windows and appliances. HEPA Vacuuming and cleaning of all flooring and carpets will safely remove all of the potentially dangerous particles. An extensive detail cleaning will bring out the shine of all windows, lights, door knobs and hinges ensuring that every surface of your project “show ready.”
  • Duct Cleaning 

    - After construction, the inside of an HVAC system can be a scary sight. During construction ultra fine particles collect on air duct surfaces and fall into the crevices of your air duct system. A professional cleaning company will use a “state of the art” portable duct cleaning system using a powerful HEPA vacuum and an air compressor. This service will eliminate irritating dust, remove offensive odors, and improve HVAC operating system efficiency.

Take the final step to truly transform your property by having SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree professionally cleanup your construction project. Reduce stress, maximize the beauty of your property, and enhance the likelihood of a sale with our help.

Have Questions about Construction Cleaning?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

Facts & Myths About Mold

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Facts & Myths About Mold Discovering mold can be scary, we can quickly handle your mold remediation problem Call us today 781-341-7007

Mold is a non-scientific term for many types of fungi - unwanted, unappealing patches of black, brown, yellow, pink, green, smelly, fuzzy growths. Countless species of mold are found both indoors and outdoors

For the average homeowner, mold growth can be one of the top health hazards in their home, as serious a concern as asbestos and lead. Considered a respiratory hazard, any mold growth in your home should properly be remediated by a IICRC mold certified technician. At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we have highly trained mold removal professionals on staff that can help make your home a safer environment, because we understand the difference between the facts and myths about mold and the mold remediation process.

Facts

  • Mold is present in almost all atmospheres
  • Air sampling is the only current accurate method to analyze non-visible spores and should be performed by an Industrial Hygienist (I.H.)
  • During mold remediation there should always be a form of containment.
  • Mold can cause health concerns

Myths

  • Bleach has been a proven product for eliminating mold
  • Mold only grows in wet or moist environments
  • Any cleaning company is equipped to eliminate mold
  • Mold can be fully eradicated

Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree for your free consultation and mold remediation estimate. We’ll make sure your property is cleaned quickly and safely so that it will be like it never even happened.

Mold Remediation In Your Commercial Building

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation In Your Commercial Building SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will remedy your mold problem at your commercial property and get it back to a safe environment, quickly. 781-341-7007

Mold can cause serious health risks for people exposed

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call us SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we will be there fast with the help you need.

Mold in Commercial Properties are Unique

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. We can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Buyers And Sellers Of A Home With Mold

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Buyers And Sellers Of A Home With Mold Contact us today to get your buying or selling back on track after the discovery of mold 781-341-7007

Whether you're buying a home with mold or selling a home with known mold issues.

It's best to leave the mold removal to the professionals. By hiring a company like SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree you know the job will be done safely, thoroughly removing all traces of mold and following all industry standards to prevent the development of mold in the future.

Buying a house with mold or selling a house with mold can pose a variety of challenges. For both the home buyer and the seller, the two main issues with a home that has mold are the concerns for possible health hazards and the cost to fix the mold issue. The mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can have your mold problem re mediated quickly and get your buying and selling back on track

Buyers: 

If you see or suspect mold its best to hire a home inspector before putting an offer in on the house. Even if you don't see it yourself, mold can be anywhere you may not look and create a world of problems down the road if not treated.

Sellers:

The laws differ from state to state. Its best to be upfront with your real estate agent if you see or suspect mold. You can then address the problem before selling the home and facing mold related legal liability. 

We Can Help Rebuild Your Home After a Fire Loss

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Can Help Rebuild Your Home After a Fire Loss Fire damaged home in Holbrook, Ma SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree was there with the help they needed

At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree we want to help you get back to your life after a fire

A fire can break out in an instant. No matter how new or old your home is, there is always the risk of this nightmare becoming a reality. Many homeowners are completely unprepared for a blazing disaster, even though they know that fire damage can ruin valuable possessions and precious memories. Worse still, it can take lives.

So, how do you start rebuilding your life and home after such a disaster? The first thing not to do is enter your home without permission from the fire department – it is extremely dangerous, even if the damage is minimal. Structures might be compromised, and fires often re-ignite. The first thing to do is call your insurance company and a fire damage restoration company like us. 

We will work with your insurance company and you to get you back to your life as quickly as possible. Offering reconstruction services at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree means you can make one phone call and set your mind at ease that you will be taken care of every step of the way.

Call Us @ 781-341-7007

Graffiti and Vandalism Cleanups Offered at SERVPRO of Milton Braintree

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Graffiti and Vandalism can be upsetting and create more problems if not addressed quickly

It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

Tips For Water Damage in your Home or Business

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips For Water Damage in your Home or Business When water and flooding effects your home or business, you need us SERVPRO of Milton/ Braintree 24/7 781-341-7007

What to do until help arrives:

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What to do after Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do after Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will be there fast with the help you need

Mold in Your Home Or Business

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Your Home Or Business Call us today for a free estimate on your Mold Remediation 781-341-7007

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Heard of HEPA? What is it?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Heard of HEPA? What is it? Using HEPA filtered air scrubbers will help remove small particles from the air and leave the air we breathe cleaner.

You have probably heard the term HEPA in commercials for vacuums, but what does it mean?  The definition of HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air.

What that means is that air that is passed through a HEPA filter will have 99.7% of particles in the air that are .3 microns or larger. To help put that in perspective the diameter of a human hair is between 50 and 75 microns.  So as you can see a HEPA filter is capable of removing very small, invisible to the naked eye, particles from the air. Those particles could include but are not limited to dust, pollen, mold spores, soot or ash.

Using a HEPA filtered air scrubber or vacuum can help remove these small particles from the air leaving the air we breathe cleaner and remove odors.

At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree we proudly use HEPA filtration in many of our services.

Why You Cant Use Bleach To Remove Mold

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Cant Use Bleach To Remove Mold Give us a call today if you see or suspect mold in your home or business 781-341-7007

Using bleach in an attempt to remove mold on a porous surface like wood or drywall can have very negative effects.

It’s our goal help to you identify your mold sources and develop your mold elimination strategy. 

Because of its chemical composition, bleach is unable to penetrate beyond the surface and get to the root of the mold. So while it may seem you’re cleaning up the mold, you’re actually just removing the visible part you can see – the root of the mold is still there. In a few short days that mold will reappear. 

Using bleach on wood can actually drive the mold deeper inside the fibers causing more problems for you later. Because bleach is mostly water, you can actually feed the mold root with what it needs to grow – moisture. To sum it up bleach is toxic and using it to remove mold on a porous surface like drywall or wood will cause more harm. 

At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree we are going to locate the source of the mold and prevent it from growing. By having your mold issue professionally taken care of you can be assured the problem will be taken care of the right way. 

Common Causes for Pipe Burst

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Causes for Pipe Burst If you have water damage from a pipe burst, big or small. We can do the job, call us fast we are the team you need. 781-341-7007

Your plumbing system is an intricate part of your home or business. With pipes and faucets that carry water and remove waste. Here are some some of the common causes of a pipe burst

  • Clogs - When there are clogs in the pipes, water pressure can build inside, causing the pipe to shift and burst open.
  • Homeowner Damage - Property owners might cause accidental damage to piping when renovating their home.

  • Extreme Weather - When the temperatures drop below freezing levels, the cold water left in pipes can freeze and expand, thus leading to pipe bursts. Exposed pipes are especially at risk of freezing and breaking.

  • Tree Roots - Tree roots are naturally drawn to moist soil. If piping is set too close to a tree, the roots may grow towards the pipes and eventually break through them.

  • Improper Installation - If pipes are not properly installed in the beginning, it can lead to future problems, including pipe bursts.

In this situation you will need immediate help to extract the water and contents effected as quicly as possible to minimize damage to your property and belongings. At SERVPRO Milton/Braintree we will be there with help you need fast. Our highly trained crew will jump into action and get you back to good. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies We Answer the Phone 24/7 Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

Immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage. 

Large or small, call us 24/7

Here are some important things to know:

Do's

·         Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated.

·         Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.

·         Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Don't

·         Track contaminated material into undamaged areas.

·         Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

·         Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. 

·         Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, sewage (Category 3), or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storm Damage and your home

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage and your home 24 Hour Emergency Service in Milton, Braintree, Randolph, Holbrook & Avon Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree 781-341-7007

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO Milton/Braintree understand that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO MIlton/Braintree specialize in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. They utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO Milton/Braintree can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. They will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  •  Television sets
  •  DVD players
  •  Computers
  •  And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. They start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO Milton/Braintree can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. 

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

Storm and Flood Damage Restoration Professionals

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm and Flood Damage Restoration Professionals Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its original pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost and time required to restore your property.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm, hurricane or flooding disaster. We can access resources equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Water Damage Restoration Process Water damage affects your homes structure and your family’s furniture, clothing, and other belongings. Be sure to call us to get the job done right

SERVPRO Milton/Braintree have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. They use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

Have Water Damage?
Call Today 1-781-341-7007

Every water damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the us respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. We start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, we use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. We can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 - Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

Dirty Ducts?

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning you air ducts is an important part of maintaining good air quality.  A typical home will generate and average of 40 pounds of dust each year.  In the area we live we have our windows closed for a good part of the year because of the cold temperatures, keeping that dust inside our homes & businesses. When it gets warm out and the windows open we allow pollen and allergens inside our homes and HVAC systems. 

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be harboring contaminants that could cause problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Dirt and debris trapped in your HVAC system should also be removed not only for the quality of the indoor air, but for the efficiency of the system itself as a system with cleaner ducts will perform more efficiently.

It is also important to clean your air ducts if your house or workplace has been affected by fire, smoke, soot or mold.  Any of these conditions may have affected air ducts as soot, smoke and mold spores can be airborne and end up in the duct system.

Having your heating and air conditioning system cleaned and replacing your systems filters with high quality filters can make a huge difference in the quality of the air that is circulating in your home.

What to do if you see Mold

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to do if you see Mold Basically any type of white or colored growth that appears in any damp area should be investigated further. Call us today for removal and remediation

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – (781) 341-7007

Experts in Cleaning and Restoring your Flooded Basement

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Experts in Cleaning and Restoring your Flooded Basement If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure.

A flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Call Us Today, the longer you wait the worse it will get 781-341-7007

Ultimate Ick, Dealing with Sewage & Contaminated Water Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Ultimate Ick, Dealing with Sewage & Contaminated Water Damage Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. Make sure its done right and safely.

4/10/18

Plumbing problems are no fun, but the water damage that can affect your property can be a much more serious problem. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small.

While you're waiting for help to arrive make sure that you treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated. Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas and wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Try your best to seal off the affected area to avoid tracking contaminated material into undamaged areas. Turn off your air conditioning, forced air heat to prevent the possibility of spreading contaminated air throughout your home or business. Avoid using fans to dry the affected area as they can help spread contaminants as well.

Remember that for areas affected by sewage damage, no over-the-counter germicidal products or sprays can fully disinfect contaminated surfaces. To make sure you keep your home or business safe and free of illness-causing germs, contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree immediately to help restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

Commercial Steam Cleaning Service

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Steam Cleaning Service If you want to appropriately clean and sanitize, vapor steam cleaning is an excellent option.

It happen to everyone… the tile in our home or office, whether common area floor or bathroom, collects dirt and stains in the grout that results in a very unattractive, grimy appearance. To make matters worse, the dirt in the grout can seem impossible to remove, even if the tiles themselves are successfully cleaned. Such difficulties in cleaning tile grout may cause some people to resort to unhealthy cleaning methods, such as mixing toxic chemicals.  Better methods for cleaning tile grout can be found through vapor steam cleaning.

Vapor steam cleaning is one of the best ways to clean tile grout because the combination of heat and steam helps to safely and quickly loosen up the dirt. It is 100% chemical free and in most situations, it works better than toxic chemicals.  In fact, many vapor steam cleaning applications can be satisfied perfectly fine using just plain water.  Our commercial steam cleaning process is ideal for the following industries:

  • Hotel/Motel Industry
  • Restaurant/Food Service/Hospitality
  • Markets
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Apartment Industry
  • Education Industry

If you want to appropriately clean and sanitize, vapor steam cleaning is an excellent option. At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we have been utilizing the Vapor Blitz II with extraordinary results.  Have questions about cleaning -  call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today at  781-341-7007!

Detecting Water Damage in Your Old House

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Detecting Water Damage in Your Old House Water damage can inflict severe punishment on a home

There is no doubt that many old houses are plagued by problems. One of the biggest issues, whether the house is new or old, is the threat of water damage. It can inflict severe punishment on a home, and unfortunately it doesn't take long -- one serious storm could be enough to result in damage that requires many hours of labor and thousands of dollars to repair.

Spotting water damage

Here is a list of signs that you may have damage, from the clear to the more subtle, sneaky ones:

Water stains. That telltale stain on the ceiling or wall can be an obvious sign. If it suddenly pops up, it's time to get a professional into your house to check it out and find out where the water came from. If you are looking into purchasing an old house and you see water stains, be wary. Ask for proof that the source of the damage has been repaired.

Buckling floors and walls. This is another very clear sign, and it is often the mark of an extensive problem. The drywall or wood absorbs water, which makes it swell. The result is a buckling that you can see or feel when you walk over the area. This can happen over time, such as through a small shower leak, or it can happen all at once, especially after a major storm.

Crumbling areas. Pay attention to the area around the windows. Do you see crumbling wood? The same holds true for baseboards or molding. Any sort of crumbling could indicate the wood is falling apart because of water infiltration.

Trust your nose. The damage might be able to hide from your sight, but you can often find it with your nose. If you walk into a room and are assaulted with the scent of mold or mildew, there could be moisture damage lurking behind the walls. Many old houses have an old, musty smell -- but in rooms where water has caused damage, that smell is often much more pronounced.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

2017 MAIA Big Event

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

We feel like we have just finally recovered from all of the fun that was had at this year’s MAIA Big Event. Samantha from SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree partnered up with Carol, our friend at SERVPRO of Fall River to run this year’s booth at the Big Event. We had hundreds of insurance agents, business owners, and other professionals come through our booth to learn about all of the services we provide and also get the chance to win a bottle of wine. The wine ring-toss game did not disappoint, it was fun and entertaining and by the end we gave out about 90 bottles of wine! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth, hope to see you all next year!

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Storm Damage Restoration So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Dealing with Sewage & Contaminated Water

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Dealing with Sewage & Contaminated Water To make sure you keep your home or business safe and free of illness-causing germs, contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

Plumbing problems are no fun, but the water damage that can affect your property can be a much more serious problem. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small.

While you're waiting for help to arrive make sure that you treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated. Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas and wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Try your best to seal off the affected area to avoid tracking contaminated material into undamaged areas. Turn off your air conditioning, forced air heat to prevent the possibility of spreading contaminated air throughout your home or business. Avoid using fans to dry the affected area as they can help spread contaminants as well.

Remember that for areas affected by sewage damage, no over-the-counter germicidal products or sprays can fully disinfect contaminated surfaces. To make sure you keep your home or business safe and free of illness-causing germs, contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree immediately to help restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

Removing and Storing the Contents of Your Home

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing and Storing the Contents of Your Home Many disaster situations require home and business content removal and relocation.

When your home or business is damaged, your first thoughts may not only be how to restore your home or business to its previous state, but how to clean and restore your belongings as well. If your home or business suffers storm, water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree are the premier choice for a full and thorough clean up and restoration of both the contents of your home or business as well as the structure itself.

Many disaster situations require home and business content removal and relocation for prompt and thorough cleaning and restoration. If a home suffers fire and smoke damage, for example, it is often easier, more secure, and cost-efficient to take certain contents to another location for restoration work. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree provides complete content restoration as well as pack out services. We will carefully and respectfully take the contents of your home or business to be restored, packed, and delivered to an off-site facility. The pack-out process involves meticulous documentation to ensure your items receive the best possible care, including photo documentation, identification numbers and detailed lists. Call us to help you deal with removing and cataloguing your:

  • Artwork
  • Documents
  • Books
  • Photographs
  • VHS and DVD media
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (televisions, computers, stereos, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Retail Inventory

 Storage

We use state of the art XactContents software to inventory and track your belongings at all stages of the pack out process.  While at the SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree restoration facility, your items will be housed in a secure, climate-controlled environment. Your possessions will remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.

Have storm, fire, mold or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today at  781-341-7007!

Blown-in Insulation Removal

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Blown-in Insulation Removal – Disaster Situations

In many disaster situations, you need to have the insulation removed from your house.  When disaster strikes, often times, the insulation has suffered water damage in addition to your more noticeable possessions. Wet insulation can promote the growth of mold which exposes compromised residents to potential health risks.

Blown in Insulation Removal – Animal Infestation

Rodents, birds and bats can also compromise your insulation. In some cases, rats, raccoons and mice can chew through the insulation, preventing it from working properly. Rodent, bat and bird droppings in the attic or under sub-flooring also have the potential to spread contaminants and diseases inside the house.

 Blown in Insulation Removal – Old Insulation

If your insulation was installed 20 or more years ago, it will be far thinner than insulation installed today, and may not have the standard R-value (the measure of the insulation’s thermal performance) necessary for today’s homes. 

 Why use SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree?

Removal of insulation is one of our specialty services. We have the right equipment to get the job done -  the high-powered Nikro Insul 10 Insulation Vacuum.  You’ll have greater peace of mind when you let us perform all the associated tasks:

  • Assessing the affected area prior to insulation removal
  • Complete containment of the cleanup area
  • Thorough and effective removal of old insulation
  • Disposal of the removed material

With professionals from SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree handling your insulation removal project, you can have greater confidence that your household will once again enjoy comfort, defend against wasted energy bills and avoid potential contamination risks.

Insulation removal is a job that is best accomplished by professionals — specifically, our highly trained and experienced team at SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree.  For more information, please call us at 781-341-7007. 

Water Damage – What does homeowners insurance typically cover?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage claims are quite common in the insurance world. However, not all types of water damage are covered under every Massachusetts homeowner’s insurance policy. Below, we have listed some general coverage under a typical homeowner’s insurance policy.

 Burst Pipes and Leaks – Typically Covered

Water damage from pipes is usually covered. This is why homes that have updated plumbing systems will typically have lower insurance premiums. However, if you didn’t take precautions to prevent the problem your claim may be denied. An example of this would be a pipe freezes and bursts because you left your home unheated.

 Water Damage From Appliances – Typically Covered

Sudden leaking from an appliance that is not due to improper upkeep is typically covered under your homeowners insurance.

 Roof Leaks – Typically Covered

When water leaks through your roof the damage to your home is usually covered as well as damage to your belongings. The roof repairs will be covered if an external factor like hail or a fallen tree caused the roof leak. If it is a maintenance issue that led to the leak you will likely have to cover the roof repairs yourself.

 Flood Damage – Not Covered

Floods are rare, but when they do occur they can cause significant damage and even destroy a home entirely in a matter of minutes. Flood insurance is not typically a part of regular home insurance policy. If you live in a floodplain or want the additional coverage you will have to get a flood insurance policy in addition to your homeowners insurance.

 Backed Up Drain or Sewer Line – Not Covered

Damage from a backed up sewer line or drain, is not covered on standard home insurance policies. However, you can add this coverage on with an endorsement. It will be an additional cost, but it provides additional coverage.

 Ground Water Seepage – Not Covered

When water floods into a basement or causes foundation problems because of seepage from ground water this is considered a maintenance issue not an accident. Therefore, most insurance companies don’t include seepage in their policies.

 Mold – Possibly Covered

Mold is often a result of water damage, and it can begin to develop within a few days. If mold is caused by a type of water damage that is covered by your insurance policy, then mold removal may be covered as well. Like sewer line and backed up drains, you can also get additional coverage specifically for mold remediation added on to your policy so you’re covered anytime it occurs.

 Again, each person’s insurance policy is different. It’s important that you carefully review your policy to understand what water damage is covered.  For professional water damage cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007!

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make After a Fire

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened.” Call us at 781-341-7007.

Do you have the correct insurance coverage?

10/23/2017 (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!

What To Do After A Fire

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After A Fire Before starting the cleanup process it's extremely helpful to know what type of fire damage has occurred.

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

 What to do after a fire:

  • Secure openings made to your property by firefighters using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect your home from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

 Determine the Type of Cleaning Needed

Before starting the cleanup process it's extremely helpful to know what type of fire damage has occurred. There are different types of fire, smoke, and soot and each requires a different clean up method to best restore your property. Prior to beginning the restoration process, our professional technicians will test the soot to help determine which type of smoke damage occurred and will design the clean-up procedure based on that information.

 The Different Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot Can Include:

  • Wet Smoke – Usually from Plastics and Synthetics
    • Occurs from Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Produced from Paper and Wood
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened”.  Call us at 781-341-7007.

Facts About Smoke & Soot

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Facts About Smoke & Soot Understanding the different types smoke can help us determine the best course of action for your property.

Different Types of Smoke

Understanding the different types smoke can help us determine the best course of action for your property. There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. As a result, different types of soot residue are left after a fire. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will always test the soot to help determine the type of smoke damage that has occurred prior to beginning the restoration process. Our pretesting will help us identify the type of cleaning process to best restore your home.

 Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Wet Smoke caused by burning plastic and rubber has a pungent odor, is sticky or smeary, and smoke webs will be more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke caused by burning paper or wood results from fast burning fire with higher temperatures. The smoke damage will occur on higher areas.
  • Protein Fire Residue produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire is virtually invisible, can discolor paints and varnishes, and has an extreme pungent odor.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for Professional Soot Damage Cleanup

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for Professional Soot Damage Cleanup Damage from a furnace puff back can leave your home and its belongings covered in fine soot particles.

Damage from a furnace puff back can leave your home and its belongings covered in fine soot particles. Depending on the severity of the puff back, the distribution of oil based soot and smoke throughout your home can be extensive. Thankfully, most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance as they require a professional for the cleanup process. The process for cleaning up this type of damage requires specialized techniques and equipment, but in addition, the soot and particles floating through the air and onto surfaces creates an unhealthy environment especially for young children and elderly relatives. Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree so we can help you quickly and safely restore your home.

 While You Wait for Help to Arrive: 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Don't risk causing any further damage to your home or belongings by attempting to clean up the damage yourself. Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and can restore your home so it looks “Like It Never Even Happened”.

Things to Remember If A Puffback Happens

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Things to Remember If A Puffback Happens Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back.

As we move further into fall and edge closer to winter, the desire to start nudging up the dial on the thermostat grows increasingly strong. While the first time we turn the heat on may fully signal the end of a season, for those with a poorly maintained furnace, it can call attention to a bigger problem resulting in a furnace “puff back” and a house covered in soot and smoke.

  • Furnace Puff Backs require professionals to restore your home
  • Most Puff Back cleanups are covered by insurance
  • After a puff back, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further spoil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linen on rugs, upholstery, and carpets
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers
  • Throw away all exposed food
  • Make sure a repairman is hired to repair the malfunctioning furnace
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or surface yourself
  • Don't turn on ceiling fans or increase air circulation as this will only spread soot around
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may cause the smoke odor to set.
  • Do call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007

Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back. Our smoke and fire damage specialists have the equipment and training to quickly return your home to a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for you and your family. We're faster to any disaster and are dedicated to responding immediately so that you can recover quickly, with less disruption to your life.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree – Post Construction Cleaning

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree – Post Construction Cleaning With a professional construction cleaning, you can ensure that you'll see the full value of your renovation at the end of the project.

Even the most conscientious construction crews leave dirt, debris, and dust at the end of a construction project. With a professional construction cleaning, you can ensure that you'll see the full value of your renovation at the end of the project. With SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree's Professional Construction Cleaning we'll take care of the four major components that can prevent your newly renovated property from looking its best:

  • Debris/Trash –Trash is an eye sore to your property and loose debris can cause problems with your neighbors. It can also leave a negative image with future clients or potential buyers. Debris pick up at each stage of the project will make a work area look organized and tidy.
  • Exterior construction clean up – Walkways, entrance ways and patios are the first image visitors see of your new construction area. A typical construction worksite will leave hundreds of construction nails and potentially dangerous metal fragments in the yard. Sweeping, power washing and general exterior organization will help keep the site organized and safe.
  • Interior clean up– A professional cleaning will include a wipe down of walls, floors, windows and appliances. HEPA Vacuuming and cleaning of all flooring and carpets will safely remove all of the potentially dangerous particles. An extensive detail cleaning will bring out the shine of all windows, lights, door knobs and hinges ensuring that every surface of your project “show ready.”
  • Duct Cleaning - After construction, the inside of an HVAC system can be a scary sight. During construction ultra fine particles collect on air duct surfaces and fall into the crevices of your air duct system. A professional cleaning company will use a “state of the art” portable duct cleaning system using a powerful HEPA vacuum and an air compressor. This service will eliminate irritating dust, remove offensive odors, and improve HVAC operating system efficiency.

Take the final step to truly transform your property by having SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree professionally cleanup your construction project. Reduce stress, maximize the beauty of your property, and enhance the likelihood of a sale with our help.

Have Questions about Construction Cleaning?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

Insurance Reconstruction - What is Recoverable Depreciation?

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

General Insurance Reconstruction - What is Recoverable Depreciation? Insurance policies can be confusing.

This is an amount of money withheld by the carrier to ensure your repairs are made and ensure it costs the insured the full amount to repair the property.

Here is an example:

  • Actual estimated amount of the claim: $10,000
  • Customer Deductible: -$1,000
  • Recoverable Depreciation Withheld: -$2,000
  • Actual Cash Value payment made to insured: $7,000

In this example for a $10,000 claim, the insured would receive a check for $7,000 to repair the property.

Once the work is completed and the total cost of the repair has been incurred, the insured can file with their insurance carrier for the recoverable depreciation.  In this example the recoverable depreciation payment would be $2,000 to the insured once the work was complete.

Have questions about insurance reconstruction? Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – 781-341-7007.

What To Do When Sewer Damage Strikes

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do When Sewer Damage Strikes When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage.

Do's
• Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated.
• Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.
• Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
Don't
• Track contaminated material into undamaged areas.
• Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
• Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. 
• Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree
SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, sewage (Category 3), or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How Does a Furnace Puff Back Occur?

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Does a Furnace Puff Back Occur? A misfiring furnace can cause a puff back that can send soot throughout your home.

A misfiring in the furnace causes a puff back that can send soot throughout your home. When an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite, and oil fumes are allowed to build up before ignition, a small explosion can occur – similar to a backfiring of a car. Furnace puff backs can also result from a buildup of debris in your furnace that create an excessive explosion when the furnace is ignited. In both scenarios, the explosion shoots debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into your home. For homes with a forced hot air system, the damage can be much more extensive since the ducts will help spread the soot as easily as they spread heat throughout your home. In addition to the damage caused to your home by a puff back, it's also a sign of a problem in your heating system which will need to be repaired to prevent any further misfirings.

Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007 to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back. Our smoke and fire damage specialists have the equipment and training to quickly return your home to a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for you and your family. We're faster to any disaster and are dedicated to responding immediately so that you can recover quickly, with less disruption to your life.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is proud to be a sponsor for this year's Friends of Braintree Firefighters 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is proud to be a sponsor for this year's Friends of Braintree Firefighters 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament. We are proud to assist in these fundraising efforts with Braintree Fire Department

The tournament will take place on September 22, 2017. It is very important to all of us at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree that we support our community and the people we serve. This tournament is to raise money for two deserving causes. The first is to create awareness and raise funds that go towards supporting Braintree families who have been affected by the horrible opioid epidemic in our area. Proceeds from the tournament will also go towards Braintree families in need of basic necessities as we move towards the holiday season. We are proud to assist in these fundraising efforts within our local community.

Dryer Vent Fires – Signs That It Is Time to Clean Your Vents

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vent Fires – Signs That It Is Time to Clean Your Vents According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.

Here are some of the signs that it's time to clean your vent:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after a normal drying cycle.
  • Drying time for clothing takes longer than 35 to 40 minutes in duration.
  • A musty odor is noticed in the clothing following the drying cycle.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
  • The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer.
  • Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated.
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation.
  • A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter for the dryer.
  • Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle.

For vent cleaning or fire clean up, please call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007

Ways to Avoid Damage from Air Conditioner Water Leakage

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of water leakage issues:

  • Make sure your central AC system has a secondary drain line — especially if your air handler is in the attic.
  • Install a drain pan overflow shutoff switch, equipped with a float.
  • Add a safety pan under your AC unit to catch drain pan overflow.
  • Clean or change your HVAC air filter regularly.
  • Make sure your ductwork is properly insulated.
  • Have your AC refrigerant levels checked regularly.
  • Make sure each drain line contains a p-trap and air vent.
  • Keep your condensate pump free from mold and mildew by flushing it with a 50% bleach/water solution.
  • Schedule annual HVAC maintenance to maximize performance and minimize furnace and AC repairs.

If you experience water damage, call the pros at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007

Attic Mold Remediation

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Attic mold grows on roof sheathing in attics when warm air from the house gets trapped in the attic due to inadequate insulation or insufficient ventilation (not enough soffit and/or ridge venting). When it gets cold outside, the temperature of the roof sheathing drops below the dew point causing moisture to form on the sheathing. This combination of moisture and wood provides the perfect setting for attic mold growth. Attic mold starts as a white or gray fuzzy growth and can spread quickly. During the coldest part of winter or hottest part of summer, it goes dormant and turns black. When optimal growing conditions return, the dormant mold will come alive again and start growing and spreading.

Here at SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree, we don’t only remove your mold issues, we determine the root cause and work with you to prevent future attic mold growth.  Got attic mold? Contact us at 781-341-7007 to get rid of your mold problem!

The Duct Cleaning Process

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Duct Cleaning Process Powerful air duct cleaning brushes

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the duct work should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminates such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The SERVPRO proven duct cleaning system is cost-efficient.  Here’s how the process works:

  • The process begins by using a roto scraper, which adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris & filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a collection container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean. 

Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today to help protect your health and your property from ventilation and air quality issues – 781-341-7007

Helping Schools Provide Clean, Healthy Environments

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping Schools Provide Clean, Healthy Environments Our professional technicians are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents.

Educational intuitions can depend on SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage.  With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree provides mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our professional technicians are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectant.  SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree… In a class by ourselves.

Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Specializes in Fire Damage Clean Up

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage is never expected and can turn your world upside down. Here at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we have fire and restoration trained professionals and resources to get you back on your feet in no time.

The process always begins with an evaluation of what items can and cannot be cleaned. We take great care to treat your fire damaged home and belongings with great care and use a multi-step cleaning process to salvage as many items as possible. We use both dry and wet methods of cleaning to achieve the best results. Dry methods of cleaning consist of dry sponging, HEPA-vacuuming and using a Masslinn dust cloth for cleaning delicate content. Our wet methods of cleaning consist of using both a cleaning agent and a deodorizer. The deodorizer has both a masking and a pairing agent. The pairing agent removes the odor and the masking agent leaves a refreshing smell. By using both of these fire restoration cleaning products, our process helps to eliminate both the dirt left behind from the fire as well as preventing any lingering smell from returning.

After a fire it's difficult to know what the first step should be to get back on your feet. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is here to help. Take a deep breath, and call us at (781) 341-7007. We work hard to restore your home to pre-fire condition so you can feel like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Hurricane Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Milton Braintree is prepared for the unpredictable.

Strong hurricanes can leave a trail of destruction as they move through towns and cities. Strong winds can cause major damage to a home. Debris can break windows and heavy rain can cause indoor water damage. In really bad cases like hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, major flooding can submerge entire cities, causing millions of dollars in destroyed property, not to mention loss of lives.

When a storm-caused flood subsides, you’re usually left with the massive task of getting your life back to where it was prior to the disaster. Most people don't have the tools, knowledge and experience necessary for this kind of effort.  For these complex and specialized jobs, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is the right company that is ready to help you.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in bringing residential and commercial structures back to normal after they’re affected by both natural and man-made disasters. We have a wealth of experience in applying storm flood damage cleanup and restoration work to a wide variety of building types. If you’ve been hit by a hurricane, or any other level of disaster or damage, we are the right company for you.

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

Facts About Mold

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

For the average homeowner, mold growth can be one of the top health hazards in their home, as serious a concern as asbestos and lead. Considered a respiratory hazard, any mold growth in your home should properly be remediated by a IICRC mold certified technician. At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we have highly trained mold removal professionals on staff that can help make your home a safer environment, because we understand the difference between the facts and myths about mold and the mold remediation process.

Facts

  • Mold is present in almost all atmospheres
  • Mold spores can contain mycotoxins that can be harmful to the respiratory system.
  • Infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with immune deficiencies or a history of immune weakness are among those who may be affected more easily and more severely by a mold infestation.
  • Air sampling is the only current accurate method to analyze non-visible spores and should be performed by an Industrial Hygienist (I.H.)
  • During mold remediation there should always be a form of containment.

Myths

  • Bleach has been a proven product for eliminating mold
  • Mold only grows in wet or moist environments
  • Any cleaning company is equipped to eliminate mold
  • Mold can be fully eradicated

Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree for your free consultation and mold remediation estimate. We’ll make sure your property is cleaned quickly and safely so that it will be like it never even happened.

Call us today at (781) 341-7007.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Let us inspect your HVAC system

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Let us inspect your HVAC system duct cleaning can be an essential part of the cleanup process

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address your indoor quality and concerns. The inspection can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning may become a essential part of the cleanup process.  In the cases, your SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

We can Help:

  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors
  • Provide free written inspections and estimates

Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today to help protect your health and your property from ventilation and air quality issues – 781-341-7007

Post Construction Cleaning

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Post Construction Cleaning SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can help you meet your deadline by providing a thorough post-construction services in a timely manner.

You Start it . . . We’ll help you finish it.  Structural integrity, materials labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines – the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can help you meet your deadline by providing a thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:

  • Post-construction cleaning
  • Dehumidification and drying
  • Final cleaning
  • Fast track Drying
  • Emergency response and cleanup services

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it’s time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate. SERVPRO of Milton Braintree’s professionals can provide the debris removal service to prepare the building for interior design. 

Dehumidification and drying

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result I mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue rely o SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree professionals to provide help you need eliminating moisture and preventing potential for mold growth.

Final cleaning

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine.

Services include:

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
  • Ceiling, walls and fixture cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Debris removal (if necessary)
  • Window cleaning
  • 24- hour emergency service
  • Trained, uniformed professionals

When the unexpected happens . . . Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

The last thing you need is a fire damage, water intrusion or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects.  SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree provides 24-hour emergency services to help you get back on schedule quickly.  Rely on SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.

Call Us Today - 781-341-7007

Emergency Board-up Services

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Board-up Services Protecting your family, possessions and business when damage occurs is our main priority.

Available 365 days a year, 24-7, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides a wide range of emergency services including board ups.  We will arrive onsite within 1 - 2 hours to assess the damage and prevent further damage to your property.

Board Ups

Depending upon the extent and type of damage to your property, a board up may be necessary to secure your property to prevent vandalism, theft, trespassing and from weather elements.

Boarding your property will help minimize any further damage or destruction. If you have experienced fire, vandalism or storm damage that has exposed your house or business to potential theft, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can dispatch its’ board-up technicians to your location to make certain that your home or business remains secure.

Protecting your family, possessions and business when damage occurs is our main priority. Let the experienced SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree restoration team provide you with your board up and provide you with immediate security. We work with many of the insurance providers so you may not have to worry about coming up with funds or dealing with the insurance company.

Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – 781-341-7007!

We Specialize in Animal Droppings / Animal Waste Removal

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard We Specialize in Animal Droppings / Animal Waste Removal Our skilled technicians are highly trained to deal with any animal waste clean-up situation.

Animal Droppings in Homes

If you find animal droppings or feces somewhere in or around your home, chances are you've got a nuisance animal problem and need a professional to remove animal droppings. Most commonly people find rodent droppings in kitchens, animal droppings in basement, garages, animal droppings in attics and rodent droppings in home. Animal droppings in basement areas can also be problematic. If you have found animal droppings in any of these areas of your home, it is best to contact a SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree professional to help inspect the situation and safely remove animal droppings to get rid  of animal dropping hazards.

Animal Droppings Cleanup

Water Damage Recovery’s team of well-trained technicians can take care of any kind of animal feces clean up. Our protocol is the same as for mold removal. We take animal droppings clean up very seriously and treat animal feces as a biohazard.

We only use top-quality products and equipment to take care of the odor and pathogen removal. Eco-friendly, plant-based, anti-microbials are used by our technicians to clean every inch of the contaminated area. Our skilled technicians are highly trained to deal with any animal waste clean-up situation.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can help you get rid of animal dropping problems.  Call us today: 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree - Professional Junk Removal Service

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree - Professional Junk Removal Service Our junk removal services includes both residential and commercial services.

Are you moving out or moving in? You might have discovered that you have accumulated quite a bit of junk over the years - the time has come to clean up the clutter. Whatever the reason for cleaning up, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is here to help you. We understand your time is valuable and you have better things to do. Let us do the dirty work for you so that you can finally reclaim your space. 

Our junk removal services includes both residential and commercial services. We will come to your home or business and immediately haul away all of your junk to an off-site disposal center.  We also offer full demolition services for the removal of items such as built-in furniture, hot tubs, wooden decks, a playscape, an old shed, and other typical items. ?

Our fleet includes box trucks, pick-up trucks and trailers to get your job done. Give us a call at 781-341-7007!

Appliance Failure Resulting in Water Damage

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliance Failure Resulting in Water Damage Washing machine failures are one of the leading causes of water damage in a home.

Any appliance that holds water, like washing machines, ice machines, dishwashers, and more, should be examined on an annual basis. If left unchecked, what might start as a slow leak or drip could eventually lead to a much bigger problem, potentially leading to mold infestation or household flooding, causing destruction and water damages in your home.

Washing Machine Overflow

Washing machine failures are one of the leading causes of water damage in a home. The primary cause of water damage from washing machines is with faulty or burst supply lines. Check them often and look for signs of failure, such as blisters in the hose, worn tubing and loose fittings. Washing machine supply lines are pressurized, so even a small leak can flood the house in minutes. Some failures begin on the inside and may not be noticeable until it's too late. Always turn off the water valves to the washing machine if you will be away for a few days. Finally, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to reduce the risk of other types of washing machine related water damage. Never overload a machine, always use the type of detergent specifically designed for your machine, and only operate washing machines while someone is home.

Refrigerator and Ice Maker Failure

There are at least a few possible causes of your leaking refrigerator and ice maker, including: a clogged or frozen defrost drain; damaged or loose water lines; damaged water tank assembly and water filter housing; and a damaged or rusted drain pan. Any time that you have pressurized lines bringing water into an appliance, those supply lines should be checked on a regular basis. Make sure that all fittings are tightened and that there is no damage to the lines themselves.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help!
Call Today - 781-341-7007

Mold – Don’t let it grow!

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold – Don’t let it grow! Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for the following:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today at 781-341-7007!

What’s lurking in your ducts?

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What’s lurking in your ducts? Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminates such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home

Sweep away years of dust and dirt- to help reduce the potential for damage and health risks. Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the duct work should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminates such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The SERVPRO proven duct cleaning system is cost-efficient and we use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to remove years of dust and grime.  Inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) is a service offered by SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree. Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree

For all of your duct cleaning needs - Call Us Today 781-341-7007

Clean Homes Sell Faster

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Clean Homes Sell Faster In today’s real estate marketplace you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings

In today’s real estate marketplace you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings.  Whether you are a broker or seller, you also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get your commission or sale proceeds.  Presentation is everything. 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will inspect your property – including crawl spaces – to help determine the extent of water or mold damage and remove potentially harmful bacteria and odors.  Before you risk the opportunity to close the sale of a property, call the cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree! 

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call 617-341-7007 for all of your cleaning and restoration needs. 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Offers Graffiti Cleanup and Restoration!

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Offers Graffiti Cleanup and Restoration! Graffiti can be both an eyesore and an embarrassment

Graffiti can be both an eyesore and an embarrassment. Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree have a substantial amount of experience in graffiti removal. We know just what products to use on any type of surface and combine that with our HOT water pressure washers which will safely power wash and remove the graffiti without harming the surface which has been vandalized. Schools, buildings, parking garages, store fronts, fences, homes – whatever type of surface has been vandalized, we have the expertise to remove it quickly and safely.

Our Graffiti Services

Since each vandalism situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, chemicals, expertise, and experience to restore your property to its original condition. 

Have Questions about vandalism or graffiti?  Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

Causes of Air Conditioner Water Damage

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Water Damage Causes of Air Conditioner Water Damage Air conditioner water damage can be catastrophic

Air conditioner water damage can be catastrophic, and can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs if left unchecked. The good news is that A/C water damage is easily preventable with regular maintenance and a little observation from time to time.

Dirty coils and low refrigerant pressure can cause the evaporator coils to freeze up and then defrost, which releases more water into your cooling system’s main drain than it can handle.  This is what leads to air conditioner water damage!  The heat energy from a poor high voltage connection could also cause thousands of dollars in fire damage costs, so we’re not just talking water damage here!

Condensation is produced by the evaporator coil of your air conditioning system, which ties into your plumbing system from the unit’s main drain line. The evaporator coil has an emergency drain pan in case your main drain line gets clogged.  If your main drain line and your emergency drain get clogged, water could overflow and start seeping through your ceiling and walls causing air conditioner water damage throughout your home.

If you experience water and or fire damage, call the pros at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Different Types of Smoke Damage

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Fire Damage Different Types of Smoke Damage In a fire there can actually be a variety of different types of smoke that can be created and cause damages

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke (caused by plastics & rubber)
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Usually produces smoke webs that are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke (caused by paper & wood)
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue (produced by evaporation of material, such as animal fat, rather than from a fire)
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Fuel Oil Soot (furnace puff backs)
    • A “puff back” is a misfiring in the furnace that can send soot throughout your home, covering drapes, bedding, furniture, cabinets, walls, and everything in between. While “puff backs” can create havoc for the homeowner, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 
  • Other Types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree professionals are trained to handle your toughest losses.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the smoke damage cleanup and restoration professionals:

  • SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007
  • 24 hours per day / 7 days per week

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is an IICRC firm

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Water Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is an IICRC firm SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is an IICRC firm

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

24 Hour Emergency Service in Milton, Braintree, Randolph, Holbrook & Avon Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

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SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 781-341-7007

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Can Restore Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Commercial Restoration, Call Us Today – (781) 341-7007

Milton, Braintree, Avon, Randolph & Holbrook Residents: We Specialize in Drying Flooded Basements:

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Milton, Braintree, Avon, Randolph & Holbrook Residents: We Specialize in Drying Flooded Basements: Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 781-341-7007

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 781-341-7007

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in storm and flood damage restoration

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Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its original pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost and time required to restore your property.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm, hurricane or flooding disaster. We can access resources equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies

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SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 781-341-7007

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree – We’ll Get To Your Disaster Fast!

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Water Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree – We’ll Get To Your Disaster Fast! Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 781-341-7007

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Specializes In Mold Removal

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Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – 781-341-7007

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Specializes in HVAC Duct Cleaning

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Cleaning you air ducts is an important part of maintaining good air quality.  A typical home will generate and average of 40 pounds of dust each year.  In the Milton and Braintree area we have our windows closed for a good part of the year because of the cold temperatures, helping keep that dust inside our homes.  When it gets warm out, its pollen season, and this pollen can find its way inside our homes and HVAC systems.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be harboring mold or other contaminants that could cause problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Dirt and debris trapped in your HVAC system should also be removed not only for the quality of the indoor air, but for the efficiency of the system itself as a system with cleaner ducts will perform more efficiently.

It is also important to clean your air ducts if your house or workplace has been affected by fire, smoke, soot or mold.  Any of these conditions may have affected air ducts as soot, smoke and mold spores can be airborne and end up in the duct system.

Having your heating and air conditioning system cleaned and replacing your systems filters with high quality filters can make a huge difference in the quality of the air that is circulating in your home.

For your duct cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – 781-341-7007

What To Do If You See Mold

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Mold Remediation What To Do If You See Mold If you see visible mold, do not disturb it

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – (781) 341-7007

 

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Uses HEPA Filtration

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Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Uses HEPA Filtration Using HEPA filtered air scrubbers will help remove small particles from the air and leave the air we breathe cleaner.

You have probably heard the term HEPA in commercials for vacuums, but what does it mean?  The definition of HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air.

What that means is that air that is passed through a HEPA filter will have 99.7% of particles in the air that are .3 microns or larger. To help put that in perspective the diameter of a human hair is between 50 and 75 microns.  So as you can see a HEPA filter is capable of removing very small, invisible to the naked eye, particles from the air. Those particles could include but are not limited to dust, pollen, mold spores, soot or ash.

Using a HEPA filtered air scrubbers or vacuums can help remove these small particles from the air and leave the air we breathe cleaner while removing odors.

For mold removal service, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today – (781) 341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home!

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Fire Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home! Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home!

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Fire Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home! Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home!

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintreehas the equipment and experience to restore your smoke damaged home! Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

Springtime is the Perfect Time for Sidewalk / Storefront Cleaning

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Springtime is the Perfect Time for Sidewalk / Storefront Cleaning We offer a wide range of commercial clients our professional sidewalk pressure washing services.

Springtime in Massachusetts is a perfect time for power washing your storefront to remove all the stains, dirt, and grime that accumulated around your store front during the fall and winter. Considering all the daily tasks associated with running a business, pressure washing the exterior of your business could understandably become a secondary issue… but it could possibly hurt your business if overlooked.

 The spring season is the perfect time to take advantage of opportunities like outdoor dining and sidewalk sales, but in order to get the most out of them, you’ll need a clean, inviting sidewalk. We offer a wide range of commercial clients our professional sidewalk pressure washing services.  We will remove accumulated dirt, grease, gum, soda, and cigarette stains using very hot water or steam and detergents only as necessary.

For all of your commercial cleaning needs -  call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today at  781-341-7007!

The Importance of Containment

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Mold Remediation The Importance of Containment Our team creates a site protection plan in accordance to each customer’s unique needs.

Every construction project, no matter how large or small, will create a cleaning project. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep post construction cleaning to a minimum, all of which SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can provide.

Pre-construction site protection certainly has some financial benefits.  It will reduce required labor, prevent incidental damage to unprotected areas, and shorten project lifetime. Containment also has some safety benefits – it creates a safety barrier to keep non-construction people away from the work area and it will help prevent the spread of airborne particles / construction dust, some of which may be toxic and difficult to clean completely.

Overtime these particles settle over surfaces and belongings, traveling through HVAC systems and permeating throughout the home. It is possible to suffer from post construction dust for months or even years, especially if the HVAC system has not been properly sealed or cleaned. This can negatively affect the occupants, chiefly those with compromised immune systems or those sensitive to allergens.

Our team creates a site protection plan in accordance to each customer’s unique needs. Construction and site protection can at times be obstructive to those who choose to occupy the home throughout the project. However, our team strives to design contaminate shields that won’t compromise the occupants’ use of the home. By utilizing our vast range of materials to protect HVAC systems, carpeting, walls, ceilings, and everything in between, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree can save you time, money and headaches.

The Importance of Duct Cleaning in Your Office or Building

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Commercial The Importance of Duct Cleaning in Your Office or Building Having your commercial business’s air ducts cleaned by SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can help fight allergies by removing pollen.

While your commercial business is prospering and growing by leaps and bounds, it’s easy to let things that aren’t a priority go to the wayside. One thing you should always put first is making sure that your employees are breathing clean and are operating in a safe work environment. Chemicals, pollen, construction debris and dust can easily be transferred from the exterior to the office through your building’s air duct system. Here are a few advantages to having your building’s HVAC system professionally cleaned by a SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree professional:

  • Allergies & Dust - . Having your commercial business’s air ducts cleaned by SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can help fight allergies because pollen and dust particles will be removed in the process and the affected area will become sanitized and more conducive to a safe work environment.
  • Efficiency - Years of dust, hair, pests, and other pollutants in ductwork will hinder an HVAC system’s airflow. A proper cleaning will help remove the buildup and promote the proper airflow needed to run the system at peak efficiency.
  • Eliminate Odor - The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree use their specialized chemicals to break down the molecular bonds that create troublesome odors. This helps to improve the overall air quality within the entire building and reduces the chances of your employees feeling uncomfortable from strange and unsettling odors that may linger in the air.

For all of your commercial duct cleaning needs - Call Us Today 781-341-7007

Commercial Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning & Degreasing

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Commercial Commercial Restaurant Kitchen Cleaning & Degreasing SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree uses modern equipment and proprietary chemicals to clean and de-grease your kitchen equipment and surfaces.

If your commercial restaurant, bar, or pub requires quick, efficient, and cost-effective heavy-duty kitchen cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree.  We will clean your food preparation, service and dining areas. We use modern equipment and proprietary chemicals to clean and degrease your kitchen equipment, prep tables, walls, ceilings, and floors in order to help ensure the health and safety of your employees and customers.

Don't wait for your commercial kitchen to be inspected by the Board of Health.  Let us provide your kitchen with the cleaning care it deserves. To maintain a clean and healthy kitchen that runs smoothly and at its greatest potential, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for the most prompt and courteous service you can ask for.

 It should be noted that WE DO NOT CLEAN HOOD DUCTS, but we will clean everything else in your commercial kitchen. 

For commercial kitchen cleaning, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today! – (781) 341-7007

Common Basement Sump Pump Failure Causes

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Basement Sump Pump Failure Causes If your sump pump fails - Call Us Today 781-341-7007

Power Failure

Your primary sump pump should not be treated any different than any other appliance in your home - without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high quality battery back-up sump pump.   A battery kept continually charged by the backup system operates a separate pump linked to the discharge pipe, providing you hours of protection until power is restored. Some backup pumps even monitor the condition of the battery and alert you when it needs to be replaced.

Frozen Discharge Pipe

This is a very common occurrence in New England. If the discharge pipe is not installed pitched properly, water will collect and eventually freeze, causing a blockage. 

Switch Stuck in Place

There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  Vertical floats seem to work the best as tethered floats are known for  getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit (resulting in a flooded basement). 

Over-worked / Under-Powered Sump Pump

Not all pumps are created equal.  Make sure you install the correct horsepower pump capable of keeping up with your flow of water.   

Old Age

It is generally recommended that sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 If your sump pump fails - Call Us Today 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Will Work With Insurance Companies

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Will Work With Insurance Companies SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will work with you, the property owner, and with the insurance company to efficiently process your claim.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will work with you, the property owner, and with the insurance company to efficiently process your claim.  We can help you throughout the claims process and will often bill the insurance company directly.  Below, we have listed some basic insurance terms to assist you with your property damage insurance claim:

  • ACV (Actual Cash Value):  Actual cash value for personal property is determined by taking the purchase price and depreciating it for age.  
  • Adjuster (a.k.a. Claims or Insurance Adjuster): Someone who investigates claims and/or damages, assess the value of the loss, and determines to what extend the loss is covered under the insurance policy.
  • ALE (Additional Living Expense): Compensation for the expenses incurred because of the loss.  Compensation may be paid for hotel rooms, food, rent, etc.
  • Company Adjuster: A claims adjuster who is a paid employee of the insurance company.
  • Deductible: Typically, a clause in an insurance policy that stipulates the owner’s initial amount of financial liability for the claim or loss.
  • Depreciation:  The decrease in value of property or contents due to age.
  • Independent Adjuster: A claims adjuster who typically contracts with several insurance company’s and is available as needed.
  • Ordinance Coverage:  A type of coverage that insures against extra costs incurred due to changes in the building code.
  • Pack Out: Following a large loss, the removal of contents to another location for storage.
  • Public Adjuster: A third party claims adjuster, hired by the owner, to evaluate the loss for presentation to the insurance provider.
  • RCV (Replacement cost Value): The amount of money the insurance company will pay to replace the home or contents as long as they are, in fact, replaced.  In other words, what the item would cost today if they were replaced, not the price of the items when they were purchased.

For property damage covered by insurance, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today – (781) 341-7007

 

What To Do After A Fire

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.

Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may

For fire remediation service, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today – (781) 341-7007

Hoarding Cleanup Services

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding Cleanup Services We will clean the property, catalog and pack the salvageable contents and restore the cleanliness of the structure to its previous healthy condition.

Safely and efficiently restoring property to its pre-hoarding condition is a difficult task.  SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree’s hoarding cleanup professionals help relieve the burden for family, friends and those closest to the situation.  We realize that hoarding is not due to poor organization or laziness, it is a complex anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for a person to discard or part with possessions, regardless of actual value.  Our technicians are sensitive to the concerns and emotions of those who may be present at the cleanup scene.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can help you recover properties if a family member has experienced hoarding. We use the latest in disinfecting technologies to meticulously attack contaminants at the microbial level. We clean the property, catalog and pack the salvageable contents and restore the cleanliness of the structure to its previous healthy condition. 

At, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree, we know that successfully handling a hoarding situation calls for an honest, realistic approach and skills that can only come from highly specialized training.  

If you have a hoarding situation that requires professional attention, please call us at 781-341-7007.

Mold Prevention Tips

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention Tips Follow these tips to help prevent mold growth.

 

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.
  • To learn more about preventing mold in your home, see the Environmental Protection Agency's publication A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Homeat http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html.

For mold removal service, call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today – (781) 341-7007

How to File a Water Damage Claim

1/29/2017 (Permalink)

How to File a Water Damage Claim

 There are a number of different ways that water can damage your home.  Depending on the details of your homeowner's insurance policy, the coverage available to handle the damage can vary significantly. When the policy covers the specific situation, filing a claim allows you to replace or repair damaged items or areas of your home.

 Evaluate Your Policy

Never assume your policy covers your property damage. Always evaluate the details provided in your policy to ensure the water loss is covered under your current plan. In most homeowner policies, water damage is only covered in specific situations. For example, if a pipe bursts, the policy usually covers the costs incurred from the water damage, however, it may not cover costs associated with flooding or other weather-related water damage.  Read the details of your policy before taking any steps to file a claim.

 Document the Damages

After clarifying your policy, document the damage to your property. Take pictures and write down any details in a journal if you notice a problem. Evidence supports your claim and allows the insurance provider to evaluate the possible problems associated with the damage. The insurance provider may send a professional to look at the property and your belongings when you file a claim.

 Contact your Insurance Provider

The claims process ultimately starts after you contact the insurance provider and talk to a representative. Explain the situation clearly and send in evidence when requested by the representative.

 By preparing for the process, you get the help you need for repairs or replacement items in a timely manner.

 For professional water damage cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007!

Bio-Hazard Emergency Clean Up

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Bio-Hazard Emergency Clean Up Our ABRA certified Bio-Recovery Technicians are trained to handle all types of biohazard waste disposal services, including animal related fatalities.

If a traumatic event happens in a home or business, the added stress of cleaning up is not something property owners want to worry about. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is a leader in property damage restoration and has earned the trust of property owners, property managers and the insurance industry in communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. We understand that time is of the essence when these types of property damage emergencies occur and that is why we are always available 24/7.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree’s biohazard waste disposal services and biohazard property restoration services can help ease the discomfort caused by a biohazard emergency. Our ABRA certified Bio-Recovery Technicians are trained to handle all types of biohazard waste disposal services, including animal related fatalities. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree’s biohazard property restoration services include postmortem cleanup of body fluids created in the aftermath of death, as well as filth, debris, hoarding cleanup and organization services.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree technicians are highly trained in rapid response. We do it with experience, skill and most importantly, compassion.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call 617-341-7007 for all of your biohazard remediation needs. 

Winter Storm Prep - Tips from The Red Cross

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Prep - Tips from The Red Cross Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe.

Winter Storm

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference

Winter Storm Outlook - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch - Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Prepare

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Put Together a Supply Kit

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)[Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit[Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

Respond During

Remaining Safe During a Winter Storm

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.
  • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
  • Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
  • Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Cold-Related Emergencies

  • Frostbite and hypothermia are two dangerous and potentially life-threatening emergencies. Learn how to care for these emergencies by taking a first aid class.

Be Red Cross Ready

Being prepared may not prevent a disaster but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge.

 

The Do’s & Don'ts of Water Damage from Contaminated Water and Sewage

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Do’s & Don'ts of Water Damage from Contaminated Water and Sewage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in sewage cleanup.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage.

Do's

·         Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated.

·         Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.

·         Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Don't

·         Track contaminated material into undamaged areas.

·         Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

·         Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. 

·         Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, sewage (Category 3), or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Ice Dam Removal Service

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Dam Removal Service An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting snow from draining.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting snow from draining as it should. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into the home and cause damage to walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Most ice dams occur on the lowest edge of your roof.

There are 6 warning signs for ice dams:

  1. Your home has had ice dams in the past.
  1. You see roof ice– icicles forming on the edge of the roof, or off the front edge of the gutter.
  1. Ice is coming through the soffit.
  1. Ice is forming behind the gutters (if gutters are present).
  1. You see ice or water on the exterior wall.
  1. You see water coming through the frame of a door or window.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree offers safe, professional snow and ice dam removal services for your home or business. Our experienced team will be onsite as soon as possible, saving you time, effort and costly repairs later. Don't wait until it's too late.

Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree today and have the job done safely and done right. (781) 341-7007.

Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Winter Storm Damage?

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Winter Storm Damage? As with any insurance claim, call the claims department immediately and take photos of the damage.

All policies vary so please read the specific coverages, terms, provisions, exclusions, and conditions of your policy itself.  However, here are some typical coverages of homeowner’s insurance relating to winter storm damage:

 Ice Dam Insurance Coverage

Very few insurance policies cover ice dam or snow removal from your roof or anywhere else on your property for that matter. However, interior or exterior damage caused by an ice dam on your roof is typically covered. As with any insurance claim, call the claims department immediately and take photos of the damage.

Frozen Pipes Insurance Coverage

Not all companies pay to have frozen pipes thawed by professionals, though some will. Most policies cover pipe replacement and water damage. The coverage may not apply if you turned the furnace off for the winter without winterizing the house and its contents.

Interruption of Services

If you lose power during a storm, an all-risk homeowner’s policy usually pays for spoiled food, repairs to damage caused by loss of power, and appliances damaged by the outage. Many policies also will pay for shelter when you lose power for extended periods during the winter. If you lose heat and fail to take steps to prevent pipes from freezing, your policy may not cover the resulting damage.

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes when Cold Hits

1/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes when Cold Hits When the freezing temperatures hit, follow these helpful prevention tips.

Cold temperatures are inevitable here in New England.  When the freezing temperatures hit, here are some helpful prevention tips:

  • When you know temperatures will be dipping below freezing, simply allow water to run in all the sinks at a slow, constant drip. It only needs to trickle, and that tiny amount of water will keep the water moving through the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
  • Open up the cabinet doors in the bathrooms and kitchen. This will allow the heat from the home to circulate and warm up the pipes.
  • Keep the garage door closed to keep garage pipes from freezing.
  • Keep your house at a warm, consistent temperature both day and night.
  • If you leave your home for extended periods of time, do not set your thermostat lower than 55 decrees.
  • If you do end up with frozen pipes, a hand-held hair dryer or heat lamp can thaw them.

 

Have water damage from a frozen pipe? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

 

Frozen Pipes – Tips to Prepare for Winter

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen Pipes – Tips to Prepare for Winter Following these easy steps can prevent expensive damage repairs.

Plumbing breaks and flood damage can be incredibly costly, so preparation is key to keep your pipes from freezing. Follow these easy steps to prevent expensive plumbing repairs.

 Water Main:

Locate your house’s water main shut-off valve. In case of a water emergency, you will need to shut off all water flow to the home, and this time-saving knowledge could save you thousands in case of a burst pipe.

Exterior Pipes:

Locate all outdoor spigots and drain.  Drain and store all of your hoses. Locate all other exterior pipes and shut down supply lines.  Install insulated pipe sleeves on exterior supply lines.

Attic, Basement and Crawl Space Pipes:

Install pipe sleeves on both cold and hot water pipes in attics, basements and crawl spaces.

Cold Air Entry Points:

Seal the outside of your home with caulk or insulation.  Check your exterior envelope for air leaks and cracks to help prevent frozen pipes and boost heating efficiency in the winter.

Have water damage from a frozen pipe? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

 

FROZEN PIPE & WATER DAMAGE: TIPS FOR WINTER WEATHER EMERGENCIES

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage FROZEN PIPE & WATER DAMAGE: TIPS FOR WINTER WEATHER EMERGENCIES If you find a crack in your pipe, call a plumber for advice before doing anything else.

When winter temperatures are at their coldest, the last thing you want to deal with is water damage. Powerful winter storms fueled by freezing temperatures and extreme winds, means that frozen pipes as well as flooding are very real possibilities.  The most frequent calls we receive in the winter are usually caused by these types of disasters.

Frozen Pipes

In areas that drop below freezing, it’s always important to stay vigilant about preventing frozen pipes during the winter—but especially if a building is new, recently remodeled or vacant.

Frozen pipes can usually be prevented by closely inspecting all areas of your building where temperatures could drop below freezing and then taking preventative measures, such as adding pipe insulation, sealing openings, or adding a heat source.

If you do locate a frozen pipe, these steps can reduce the likelihood of it bursting:

  • Turn off water to the building at the main water shutoff valve
  • Inspect the pipe closely for cracks and note any that you find
  • If you find cracks, call a plumber for advice before doing anything else
  • If there is no damage present, add a space heater to the area or use a hair dryer to gradually warm the pipe. If the outside temperature is expected to rise, you can also wait for the pipe to thaw on its own before turning the water back on. PROCEED WITH CAUTION: Never use any type of open flame or torch to thaw pipes.

If a pipe has already burst, then you’re dealing with different headaches, which leads well into our next topic.

 

Resources to Handle Water Damage from Frozen Pipes

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large winter storm or flooding disaster. We can access resources equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.  Large or small, we have the resources to remove and repair your water damage. 

 

Have water damage from a frozen pipe? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

Commercial Steamer for Ice Dam Removal

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Commercial Steamer for Ice Dam Removal Our steamer relies on high temperatures and low-pressure to safely remove ice and snow from roofs, downspouts, sewer lines, and more.

Protecting one’s home from ice and snow during the winter is a fact of life for residents in the Northeast. Many people are looking for a quick and efficient way to resolve their ice dam problems and with our commercial steamer, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is the solution to your ice dam problem.

Our commercial steamer relies on high temperatures and low-pressure to safely remove ice and snow from roofs, downspouts, sewer lines, and more. Our machine is rugged and mobile, so we have little trouble assisting our clients even in the most extreme conditions.

Don’t let other companies convince you that a regular hot water pressure washer will work as well as our high-temperature, low-pressure steamer. While high-pressure is sometimes appropriate for melting ice from sidewalks and parking lots, it can cause damage to shingles and roofs. Our steamer operates at the optimal temperature of 290 degrees, which results in less water run-off, faster ice removal, and an overall cleaner ice dam solution.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree offers safe, professional snow and ice dam removal services for your home or business. Our experienced team will be on site within a matter of hours, saving you time, effort, and costly repairs later. Don't wait until it's too late. Call us today and have the job done safely and done right. (781) 341-7007.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree - Contents Cleaning and Restoration

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree - Contents Cleaning and Restoration Contents are safely stored in crates while your home or property is restored to its original condition.

Contents Cleaning and Restoration

 We understand that valuable possessions, irreplaceable family treasures, and retail inventory are critical components of many water and fire damage restoration jobs. That is why SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree offers a comprehensive content restoration system designed to help return your items to pre-damage condition. Often, this means we can help save items previously considered unsalvageable.

 SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree utilizes a wide variety of content cleaning equipment and processes. The equipment and methods used for restoration are determined by an inspection of the items in question, including factors such as materials, composition, durability and type of damage. The equipment and processes used may include:

 

  • Specialized drying chambers
  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Launder/dry cleaning
  • Spray and wipe
  • Immersion cleaning
  • Ozone treatment
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Deodorization

 Content Return

After content cleaning and restoration, items are returned to the home or business using the same inventory procedures and documentation employed in the pack-out process. Your items are loaded, transported, and delivered with great care and then reconciled with original pack-out inventories.

 Have questions about contents cleaning and restoration? Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree – 781-341-7007

Commercial Steam Cleaning

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Steam Cleaning The Vapor Blitz II has been the preferred commercial steam cleaner for restoration companies for 20 years.

It happen to everyone… the tile in our home or office, whether common area floor or bathroom, collects dirt and stains in the grout that results in a very unattractive, grimy appearance. To make matters worse, the dirt in the grout can seem impossible to remove, even if the tiles themselves are successfully cleaned. Such difficulties in cleaning tile grout may cause some people to resort to unhealthy cleaning methods, such as mixing toxic chemicals.  Better methods for cleaning tile grout can be found through vapor steam cleaning.


Vapor steam cleaning is one of the best ways to clean tile grout because the combination of heat and steam helps to safely and quickly loosen up the dirt. It is 100% chemical free and in most situations, it works better than toxic chemicals.  In fact, many vapor steam cleaning applications can be satisfied perfectly fine using just plain water.  Our commercial steam cleaning process is ideal for the following industries:



  • Hotel/Motel Industry

  • Restaurant/Food Service/Hospitality

  • Markets

  • Healthcare Industry

  • Apartment Industry

  • Education Industry


If you want to appropriately clean and sanitize, vapor steam cleaning is an excellent option. At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we have been utilizing the Vapor Blitz II with extraordinary results.  Have questions about cleaning -  call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today at  781-341-7007!

The Ultimate Ick – Dealing with Sewage & Contaminated Water Damage

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Plumbing problems are no fun, but the water damage that can affect your property can be a much more serious problem. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small.

While you're waiting for help to arrive make sure that you treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated. Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas and wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Try your best to seal off the affected area to avoid tracking contaminated material into undamaged areas. Turn off your air conditioning, forced air heat to prevent the possibility of spreading contaminated air throughout your home or business. Avoid using fans to dry the affected area as they can help spread contaminants as well.

Remember that for areas affected by sewage damage, no over-the-counter germicidal products or sprays can fully disinfect contaminated surfaces. To make sure you keep your home or business safe and free of illness-causing germs, contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree immediately to help restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

Removing and Storing the Contents of Your Home

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

When your home or business is damaged, your first thoughts may not only be how to restore your home or business to its previous state, but how to clean and restore your belongings as well. If your home or business suffers storm, water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree are the premier choice for a full and thorough clean up and restoration of both the contents of your home or business as well as the structure itself.

Many disaster situations require home and business content removal and relocation for prompt and thorough cleaning and restoration. If a home suffers fire and smoke damage, for example, it is often easier, more secure, and cost-efficient to take certain contents to another location for restoration work. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree provides complete content restoration as well as pack out services. We will carefully and respectfully take the contents of your home or business to be restored, packed, and delivered to an off-site facility. The pack-out process involves meticulous documentation to ensure your items receive the best possible care, including photo documentation, identification numbers and detailed lists. Call us to help you deal with removing and cataloguing your:

  • Artwork
  • Documents
  • Books
  • Photographs
  • VHS and DVD media
  • Clothing
  • Electronics (televisions, computers, stereos, etc.)
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Retail Inventory

 

Storage

We use state of the art XactContents software to inventory and track your belongings at all stages of the pack out process.  While at the SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree restoration facility, your items will be housed in a secure, climate-controlled environment. Your possessions will remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.

Have storm, fire, mold or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree today at  781-341-7007!

 

 

Blown-in Insulation Removal

11/5/2016 (Permalink)

Blown-in Insulation Removal – Disaster Situations

In many disaster situations, you need to have the insulation removed from your house.  When disaster strikes, often times, the insulation has suffered water damage in addition to your more noticeable possessions. Wet insulation can promote the growth of mold which exposes compromised residents to potential health risks.

 

Blown in Insulation Removal – Animal Infestation

Rodents, birds and bats can also compromise your insulation. In some cases, rats, raccoons and mice can chew through the insulation, preventing it from working properly. Rodent, bat and bird droppings in the attic or under sub-flooring also have the potential to spread contaminants and diseases inside the house.

 

Blown in Insulation Removal – Old Insulation

If your insulation was installed 20 or more years ago, it will be far thinner than insulation installed today, and may not have the standard R-value (the measure of the insulation’s thermal performance) necessary for today’s homes. 

 

Why use SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree?

Removal of insulation is one of our specialty services. We have the right equipment to get the job done -  the high-powered Nikro Insul 10 Insulation Vacuum.  You’ll have greater peace of mind when you let us perform all the associated tasks:

  • Assessing the affected area prior to insulation removal
  • Complete containment of the cleanup area
  • Thorough and effective removal of old insulation
  • Disposal of the removed material

 

With professionals from SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree handling your insulation removal project, you can have greater confidence that your household will once again enjoy comfort, defend against wasted energy bills and avoid potential contamination risks.

 

Insulation removal is a job that is best accomplished by professionals — specifically, our highly trained and experienced team at SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree.  For more information, please call us at 781-341-7007. 

 

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Specializes in Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/22/2016 (Permalink)

Different Types of Smoke

Understanding the different types smoke can help us determine the best course of action for your property. There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. As a result, different types of soot residue are left after a fire. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree will always test the soot to help determine the type of smoke damage that has occurred prior to beginning the restoration process. Our pretesting will help us identify the type of cleaning process to best restore your home.

 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Wet Smoke caused by burning plastic and rubber has a pungent odor, is sticky or smeary, and smoke webs will be more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke caused by burning paper or wood results from fast burning fire with higher temperatures. The smoke damage will occur on higher areas.
  • Protein Fire Residue produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire is virtually invisible, can discolor paints and varnishes, and has an extreme pungent odor.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

 

The First Steps to Take After a Fire

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating for your home or business and getting started on the restoration process can be truly overwhelming. Your property may have suffered fire and smoke damage, as well as widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. With SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree's specialized fire and water damage restoration experience, we can help get your home or business cleaned up and restored to its pre-fire condition. We'll even remove the pervasive smoke odor and soot by deep cleaning your upholstery and carpet.

 

What to do after a fire:

  • Secure openings made to your property by firefighters using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect your home from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

 

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting a SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may destroy your garments.

 

Determine the Type of Cleaning Needed

Before starting the cleanup process it's extremely helpful to know what type of fire damage has occurred. There are different types of fire, smoke, and soot and each requires a different clean up method to best restore your property. Prior to beginning the restoration process, our professional technicians will test the soot to help determine which type of smoke damage occurred and will design the clean up procedure based on that information.

 

 

The Different Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot Can Include:

  • Wet Smoke – Usually from Plastics and Synthetics
    • Occurs from Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Produced from Paper and Wood
    • Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by the evaporation of material rather than from a fire
    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

 

 

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to pre-loss condition. Let us help you make it “Like It never even happened”.

 

 

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it

What to Do in the Event of a Furnace Puff Back

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Damage from a furnace puff back can leave your home and its belongings covered in fine soot particles. Depending on the severity of the puff back, the distribution of oil based soot and smoke throughout your home can be extensive. Thankfully, most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance as they require a professional for the cleanup process. The process for cleaning up this type of damage requires specialized techniques and equipment, but in addition, the soot and particles floating through the air and onto surfaces creates an unhealthy environment especially for young children and elderly relatives. Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree so we can help you quickly and safely restore your home.

 

While You Wait for Help to Arrive:

 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

 

Don't risk causing any further damage to your home or belongings by attempting to clean up the damage yourself. Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and can restore your home so it looks “Like It Never Even Happened”.

 

Poorly Maintained Furnace? You're At Risk for a Puff Back

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Poorly Maintained Furnace? You're At Risk for a Puff Back

 

As we move further into fall and edge closer to winter, the desire to start nudging up the dial on the thermostat grows increasingly strong. While the first time we turn the heat on may fully signal the end of a season, for those with a poorly maintained furnace, it can call attention to a bigger problem resulting in a furnace “puff back” and a house covered in soot and smoke.

 

How Does a Furnace Puff Back Occur?

A misfiring in the furnace causes a puff back that can send soot throughout your home. When an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite, and oil fumes are allowed to build up before ignition, a small explosion can occur – similar to a backfiring of a car. Furnace puff backs can also result from a buildup of debris in your furnace that create an excessive explosion when the furnace is ignited. In both scenarios, the explosion shoots debris through the furnace's exhaust system and into your home. For homes with a forced hot air system, the damage can be much more extensive since the ducts will help spread the soot as easily as they spread heat throughout your home. In addition to the damage caused to your home by a puff back, it's also a sign of a problem in your heating system which will need to be repaired to prevent any further misfirings.

 

Things to Remember

 

  • Furnace Puff Backs require professionals to restore your home
  • Most Puff Back cleanups are covered by insurance
  • After a puff back, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further spoil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linen on rugs, upholstery, and carpets
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers
  • Throw away all exposed food
  • Make sure a repairman is hired to repair the malfunctioning furnace
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or surface yourself
  • Don't turn on ceiling fans or increase air circulation as this will only spread soot around
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may cause the smoke odor to set.
  • Do call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007

 

Contact SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree to help you restore your property in the event of a furnace puff back. Our smoke and fire damage specialists have the equipment and training to quickly return your home to a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for you and your family. We're faster to any disaster and are dedicated to responding immediately so that you can recover quickly, with less disruption to your life.

True Transformation with Professional Construction Cleaning

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Even the most conscientious construction crews leave dirt, debris, and dust at the end of a construction project. With a professional construction cleaning, you can ensure that you'll see the full value of your renovation at the end of the project. With SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree's Professional Construction Cleaning we'll take care of the four major components that can prevent your newly renovated property from looking its best:

  • Debris/Trash –Trash is an eye sore to your property and loose debris can cause problems with your neighbors. It can also leave a negative image with future clients or potential buyers. Debris pick up at each stage of the project will make a work area look organized and tidy.
  • Exterior construction clean up – Walkways, entrance ways and patios are the first image visitors see of your new construction area. A typical construction worksite will leave hundreds of construction nails and potentially dangerous metal fragments in the yard. Sweeping, power washing and general exterior organization will help keep the site organized and safe.
  • Interior clean up– A professional cleaning will include a wipe down of walls, floors, windows and appliances. HEPA Vacuuming and cleaning of all flooring and carpets will safely remove all of the potentially dangerous particles. An extensive detail cleaning will bring out the shine of all windows, lights, door knobs and hinges ensuring that every surface of your project “show ready.”
  • Duct Cleaning - After construction, the inside of an HVAC system can be a scary sight. During construction ultra fine particles collect on air duct surfaces and fall into the crevices of your air duct system. A professional cleaning company will use a “state of the art” portable duct cleaning system using a powerful HEPA vacuum and an air compressor. This service will eliminate irritating dust, remove offensive odors, and improve HVAC operating system efficiency.

Take the final step to truly transform your property by having SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree professionally cleanup your construction project. Reduce stress, maximize the beauty of your property, and enhance the likelihood of a sale with our help.

Have Questions about Construction Cleaning?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

The Do’s & Don'ts of Water Damage from Contaminated Water and Sewage

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage.

Do's
• Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated.
• Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.
• Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
Don't
• Track contaminated material into undamaged areas.
• Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
• Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
• Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree
SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, sewage (Category 3), or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The Facts and Myths About Mold

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

For the average homeowner, mold growth can be one of the top health hazards in their home, as serious a concern as asbestos and lead. Considered a respiratory hazard, any mold growth in your home should properly be remediated by a IICRC mold certified technician. At SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we have highly trained mold removal professionals on staff that can help make your home a safer environment, because we understand the difference between the facts and myths about mold and the mold remediation process.

Facts

·         Mold is present in almost all atmospheres

·         Mold spores can contain mycotoxins that can be harmful to the respiratory system.

·         Infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with immune deficiencies or a history of immune weakness are among those who may be affected more easily and more severely by a mold infestation.

·         Air sampling is the only current accurate method to analyze non-visible spores and should be performed by an Industrial Hygienist (I.H.)

·         During mold remediation there should always be a form of containment.

Myths

·         Bleach has been a proven product for eliminating mold

·         Mold only grows in wet or moist environments

·         Any cleaning company is equipped to eliminate mold

·         Mold can be fully eradicated

Call SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree for your free consultation and mold remediation estimate. We’ll make sure your property is cleaned quickly and safely so that it will be like it never even happened.

Call us today at (781) 341-7007.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The Basics of Cleaning After a Fire Loss

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage is never expected and can turn your world upside down. Here at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree, we have fire and restoration trained professionals and resources to get you back on your feet in no time.

The process always begins with an evaluation of what items can and cannot be cleaned. We take great care to treat your fire damaged home and belongings with great care and use a multi-step cleaning process to salvage as many items as possible. We use both dry and wet methods of cleaning to achieve the best results. Dry methods of cleaning consist of dry sponging, HEPA-vacuuming and using a Masslinn dust cloth for cleaning delicate content. Our wet methods of cleaning consist of using both a cleaning agent and a deodorizer. The deodorizer has both a masking and a pairing agent. The pairing agent removes the odor and the masking agent leaves a refreshing smell. By using both of these fire restoration cleaning products, our process helps to eliminate both the dirt left behind from the fire as well as preventing any lingering smell from returning.

After a fire it's difficult to know what the first step should be to get back on your feet. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is here to help. Take a deep breath, and call us at (781) 341-7007. We work hard to restore your home to pre-fire condition so you can feel like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Air Conditioning & A/C Water Damage

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Air conditioner water damage can be catastrophic, and can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs if left unchecked. The good news is that A/C water damage is easily preventable with regular maintenance and a little observation from time to time.

Dirty coils and low refrigerant pressure can cause the evaporator coils to freeze up and then defrost, which releases more water into your cooling system’s main drain than it can handle.  This is what leads to air conditioner water damage!  The heat energy from a poor high voltage connection could also cause thousands of dollars in fire damage costs, so we’re not just talking water damage here!

Condensation is produced by the evaporator coil of your air conditioning system, which ties into your plumbing system from the unit’s main drain line. The evaporator coil has an emergency drain pan in case your main drain line gets clogged.  If your main drain line and your emergency drain get clogged, water could overflow and start seeping through your ceiling and walls causing air conditioner water damage throughout your home.

If you experience water and or fire damage, call the pros at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree at 781-341-7007

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We Specialize in Graffiti Cleanup and Restoration!

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Graffiti can be both an eyesore and an embarrassment. Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree have a substantial amount of experience in graffiti removal. We know just what products to use on any type of surface and combine that with our HOT water pressure washers which will safely power wash and remove the graffiti without harming the surface which has been vandalized. Schools, buildings, parking garages, store fronts, fences, homes – whatever type of surface has been vandalized, we have the expertise to remove it quickly and safely.

Our Graffiti Services

Since each vandalism situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, chemicals, expertise, and experience to restore your property to its original condition. 

Have Questions about vandalism or graffiti?  Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

Braintree Touch-A-Truck

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

On June 18, 2016, SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree had the pleasure of being a part of B.A.S.E (Braintree After School Enrichment) Touch-A-Truck. The awareness-building event featured a number of vehicles, all courtesy of friends of the Braintree community.   The no-cost interactive program allowed families to touch and learn about how these vehicles protect and serve the public.

In addition to a wide variety of trucks and construction vehicles (including an ambulance, several large construction and excavation trucks and equipment, a fire truck, and a police cruiser), the event also had dancing demos, live music, cupcake making, alligator handling and much more!

The event offered children a hands on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types, as well as meet the people who build, protect and serve the Braintree community.

The event had was a huge success for both the community and our franchise. We look forward to attending the event in the coming years. We will proudly continue serve our community when disaster strikes.  SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is the leading company in fire and water restoration committed to our customers and our community. We live by our motto “Like it never even happened." 

Types of Smoke

4/23/2016 (Permalink)

Types of Smoke:

·         Wet Smoke (caused by plastics & rubber)

o   Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Usually produces smoke webs that are more difficult to clean.

·         Dry Smoke (caused by paper & wood)

o   Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore the smoke rises.

·         Protein Fire Residue (produced by evaporation of material, such as animal fat, rather than from a fire)

o   Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

·         Fuel Oil Soot (furnace puff backs)

o   A “puff back” is a misfiring in the furnace that can send soot throughout your home, covering drapes, bedding, furniture, cabinets, walls, and everything in between. While “puff backs” can create havoc for the homeowner, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 

·         Other Types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

o   SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree professionals are trained to handle your toughest losses.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the smoke damage cleanup and restoration professionals:

·       SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree at 781-341-7007

·       24 hours per day / 7 days per week

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Milton, Braintree, Randolph, Holbrook & Avon Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

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SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 781-341-7007

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

IICRC Certified Firm

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is ready!

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its original pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost and time required to restore your property.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm, hurricane or flooding disaster. We can access resources equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 781-341-7007

Milton, Braintree, Randolph, Avon & Holbrook Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (781) 341-7007

Milton, Braintree, Avon, Randolph & Holbrook Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 781-341-7007

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / BraintreeSmoke and Soot Cleanup

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 781-341-7007

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is the Fastest to your Water Damage Event

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is the Fastest to your  Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 781-341-7007

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Massachusetts.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
781-341-7007

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

SERVPRO of  Milton / Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree Today – 781-341-7007

Braintree Food Pantry Donation

4/19/2016 (Permalink)

Community Braintree Food Pantry Donation Ryan Hudson is proud of SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree's efforts to support the Braintree Food Panrtry

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree recently hosted a small networking event with the goal of growing our business while collecting non-perishable food for the Braintree Community Food Pantry.  Knowing that there are financial challenges facing families in almost every community across the country, we decided to focus on addressing the most basic of human needs – food.  We set a goal of collecting at least 50 items – we were able to gather and donate 68 essential food items. 

Many people who attended our event gave us feedback on the get-together.  They felt good for being charitable and being able to contribute.  A donation, even the smallest one, makes a person feel great all day long.

SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is committed to giving back to the community and we look forward to growing our charitable work as our company grows. 

Serving the firemen who serve us.

4/19/2016 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree it is important to us to give back to the community when we can. During the holidays we delivered fresh pizzas for lunch from Montilio’s in Braintree to the Braintree Fire Department, Milton Fire Department, Holbrook Fire Department, Avon Fire Department, and Randolph Fire Department. With all they do for us as a community the least we can do for them is provide a warm lunch when we can. This is something we will continue to do each year as a reminder to the local firefighters that there work is very much appreciated. Even though a few hot pizza’s will never show the amount of gratitude we have for the daily sacrifices they make for us, it makes us feel good knowing they are enjoying a lunch on us! 

Why it’s important to clean your air ducts?

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Why it’s important to clean your air ducts? Before and after of an air filter from a duct cleaning job.

Cleaning you air ducts is an important part of maintaining good air quality.  A typical home will generate and average of 40 pounds of dust each year.  In the Milton and Braintree area we have our windows closed for a good part of the year because of the cold temperatures, helping keep that dust inside our homes.  When it gets warm out, its pollen season, and this pollen can find its way inside our homes and HVAC systems.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be harboring contaminants that could cause problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Dirt and debris trapped in your HVAC system should also be removed not only for the quality of the indoor air, but for the efficiency of the system itself as a system with cleaner ducts will perform more efficiently.

It is also important to clean your air ducts if your house or workplace has been affected by fire, smoke, soot or mold.  Any of these conditions may have affected air ducts as soot, smoke and mold spores can be airborne and end up in the duct system.

Having your heating and air conditioning system cleaned and replacing your systems filters with high quality filters can make a huge difference in the quality of the air that is circulating in your home.

What is HEPA and why is it important?

3/9/2016 (Permalink)

You have probably heard the term HEPA in commercials for vacuums, but what does it mean?  The definition of HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air.

What that means is that air that is passed through a HEPA filter will have 99.7% of particles in the air that are .3 microns or larger. To help put that in perspective the diameter of a human hair is between 50 and 75 microns.  So as you can see a HEPA filter is capable of removing very small, invisible to the naked eye, particles from the air. Those particles could include but are not limited to dust, pollen, mold spores, soot or ash.

Using a HEPA filtered air scrubber or vacuum can help remove these small particles from the air leaving the air we breathe cleaner and remove odors.

What to do in case of fire

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

A fire can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.

Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may
  • SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree has what it takes to restore your home back to pre-loss condition “Like It never even happened” 

    Mold Prevention Tips from the CDC

    2/15/2016 (Permalink)

    ·         Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.

    ·         Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.

    ·         Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.

    ·         Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.

    ·         Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.

    ·         Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.

    ·         Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

    ·         To learn more about preventing mold in your home, see the Environmental Protection Agency's publication A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home at http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html.

    Biohazard Emergency Clean Up

    2/15/2016 (Permalink)

    If a traumatic event happens in a home or business, the added stress of cleaning up is not something property owners want to worry about. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is a leader in property damage restoration and has earned the trust of property owners, property managers and the insurance industry in communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. We understand that time is of the essence when these types of property damage emergencies occur and that is why we are always available 24/7. 

    SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree’s biohazard waste disposal services and biohazard property restoration services can help ease the discomfort caused by a biohazard emergency. Our ABRA certified Bio-Recovery Technicians are trained to handle all types of biohazard waste disposal services, including animal related fatalities. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree’s biohazard property restoration services include postmortem cleanup of body fluids created in the aftermath of death, as well as filth, debris, hoarding cleanup and organization services. 

    SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree technicians are highly trained in rapid response. We do it with experience, skill and most importantly, compassion. SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call 617-341-7007 for all of your biohazard remediation needs.  

    The Do’s & Don'ts of Water Damage from Contaminated Water and Sewage

    2/15/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage.

    Do's

    ·         Treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated.

    ·         Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas.

    ·         Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

    Don't

    ·         Track contaminated material into undamaged areas.

    ·         Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

    ·         Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. 

    ·         Attempt to decontaminate surfaces with sprays and other over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces.

    We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

    About SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree

    SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, sewage (Category 3), or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility, to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Ice Dam and Snow Removal Service

    2/4/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Ice Dam and Snow Removal Service Ice Dam Removal Service

    What is an ice dam?

    An ice dam is the ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof which prevents melting snow from draining as it should. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into the home and cause damage to walls, floors, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Most ice dams occur on the lowest edge of your roof. 

    There are 6 warning signs for ice dams:

    1.     Your home has had ice dams in the past.

    2.     You see roof ice– icicles forming on the edge of the roof, or off the front edge of the gutter.

    3.     Ice is coming through the soffit.

    4.     Ice is forming behind the gutters (if gutters are present).

    5.     You see ice or water on the exterior wall.

    6.     You see water coming through the frame of a door or window.

    Professional Ice Dam Removal

    SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree offers safe, professional snow and ice dam removal services for your home or business. Our experienced team will be onsite within a matter of hours, saving you time, effort and costly repairs later. Don't wait until it's too late. Call us today and have the job done safely and done right. (781) 341-7007. 

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