Recent Water Damage Posts

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

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

What To Do When Water Heater Leaks

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

TURN OFF THE COLD WATER SUPPLY

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

TURN OFF THE POWER   

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

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

FIND THE LEAK

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

REPAIR THE LEAK

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

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

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

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

How long after a flood does mold grow?

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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Spring Season Is Water Restoration Season In New England

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

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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

Water Removal and Drying Out Your Basement Wall

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

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)

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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.

4 Steps To Take When Your Pipe Burst

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

5 Flood Cleanup Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

Water Damage Doesn't Have To Be A Loss

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Facts About Flash Floods

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

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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

Tips For Water Damage in your Home or Business

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

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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

Common Causes for Pipe Burst

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

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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)

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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.

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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 Water Damage Restoration Process

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Experts in Cleaning and Restoring your Flooded Basement

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

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!

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

Appliance Failure Resulting in Water Damage

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

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

Causes of Air Conditioner Water Damage

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree is an IICRC firm

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

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.

 

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

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

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!

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

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.

 

Common Basement Sump Pump Failure Causes

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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

 

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!

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

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO of Milton / Braintree - Contents Cleaning and Restoration

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

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

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.

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.

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 / Braintree is the Fastest to your Water Damage Event

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

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)

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.

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.

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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.