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FROZEN PIPE? WHAT DO I DO?

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage FROZEN PIPE? WHAT DO I DO? BURST PIPE IN BOSTON, MA

The sound of water gushing from a burst pipe is just terrible. Your Home is in Chaos, But keep calm and Follow the steps below. 

Shut off the Water Main

A burst pipe will keep pumping out water until you cut off the source. Your best bet is to identify where water enters your home, office or apartment building, and shut off the water.

Shut off Electricity If Safe to Do So

You do not want to be standing in water and touching electrical switches. You also do not want that water to touch your wiring. If you can safely shut off the electricity without standing in water, go ahead and do so. If not, evacuate the building and wait for a professional to assess the situation.

Contact a Plumber

Before you can begin recovery, you need the broken pipe fixed. Otherwise, you might clean and dry an area, only to have it flood again during the repairs.

Also, the damaged pipe may be part of your forced hot water heating system. If so, you will need a plumber to restore heat before any more pipes freeze or burst.

Call SERVPRO® Of Allston, Brighton & Brookline. 

Our Certified Techs are Ready to Help 24/7.

Talk to Your Insurance Agent

If you plan to make a claim for the water damage after a pipe bursts, you should talk to your agent or insurer about whether the damage is covered and whether an adjuster needs to approve the restoration work in advance.

How to Minimize Damage

There are a few things you can do to minimize the water damage until a crew arrives on the scene.

  • If you see water spreading across a ceiling, you might use a screwdriver to poke a hole and allow the water to drip down into a bucket. This will not only reduce the water damage area, it may also keep the water from touching light fixtures in the ceiling.
  • Place buckets to catch dripping water.
  • Move your furniture away from the water if possible.
  • Use towels or a mop to sop up water on the floor.

Plan to Be Better Prepared

After your home or business is restored, you should make a plan to avoid burst pipes in the future. The American Red Cross has an excellent resource, Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes that you should review to find tips that may keep your pipes from bursting the next time.

In addition, SERVPRO® offers an Emergency Ready Programyou can use to create a plan of action in advance of future disasters, like floods, fires and frozen pipes.

When a Pipe Bursts in Waltham

If pipes burst home or business, act quickly to protect your property, then call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline at 617.903.5055 to begin the restoration process as soon as possible. We are always here to help and make it look "Like it never even happened" 

Water Damage & 48 Hour Has Passed:

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Damage & 48 Hour Has Passed: Moldy Closet in Condo in Boston, MA

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. Knowing who to contact that is prepared to follow the appropriate steps is key for a less stressful remediation for you.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline at 617.903.5055. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Our Techs are alway ready to help. #24/7

Is your Home Safe From Mold?

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is your Home Safe From Mold? Mold Problem, No Problem-Call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline.

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.

Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores is normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in water-damaged environments are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

If you are in need of mold remediation services, please contact SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline to schedule an appointment. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Alway Ready To Help. Call Today 617.903.5055

Biohazard, Vandalism & Crime Scene Cleanup & Remediation.

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard, Vandalism & Crime Scene Cleanup & Remediation. SERVPRO® Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal.

Biohazard, Vandalism & Crime Scene Remediation and Cleanup

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. Failure to properly handle and safely remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, our trained certified professionals, help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and businesses.

Blood borne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained Professionals thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout at structure. We follow federal and state guidelines to clean all surfaces.

Arson and Vandalism

We are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty and smelly. These damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. Trained Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture disinfecting as they clean to ensure the structure is cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Hoarding

Hoarders typically collect excessive amount of items. As these items pile up in a home it can create a serious safety hazard. Hoarder homes become a breeding ground for pests and possibly unsafe pathogens. SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline has the necessary tools to safely complete the job.

Christmas tree safety tips to keep your home safe over the holiday

12/22/2018 (Permalink)

Community Christmas tree safety tips to keep your home safe over the holiday Happy Holidays to You & Yours!

Christmas tree could be found throughout your house. 

These simple easy tips can prevent a fire from starting within your house this christmas!

  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights that are broken.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree
  • Bedtime means lights off! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily

After your tree starts to drop needles and some may turn brown it is time to say your last goodbye and throw it outside.  These simple and easy facts can really be a lifesaver come the holidays. If there ever is a problem in your home call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline. 

Office: 617.903.5055

Halloween Home Safety Tips for Homeowners

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Clear the Pathway for Trick-or-Treaters

Make sure the path to your doorway is free and clear of twigs, rocks, and other things that excited trick-or-treaters and their parents stumble upon. Remove leaves and clean up other debris. Move your hose or sprinkler before Halloween or a few hours before it begins in your area. Be mindful of where you set up your Halloween decorations so that kids don’t run into or trip over them.

Fix or Secure Railings on Porches and Steps

As part of your fall home maintenance, check your railings on your porch or steps. Look for loose screws and anything else that may cause your railings to come out. After all, many kids and some parents will need to hold onto your railings as they make their way to your door.

Use LEDs Instead of Real Candles

You may enjoy lighting candles, but it may be better to use an alternative light source like LED. After all, placing a lit candle inside your Halloween pumpkins may be a safety hazard. For instance, if the air is dry, flames could spread causing costumes and homemade decorations to catch on fire. An alternative is to use a rechargeable tea light candle. And when it comes to Halloween decorations, choose ones that are solar powered or use batteries.

Use Caution When Opening Your Door

You may be excited about Halloween and opening your door to trick-or-treaters. However, you should still use caution. If don’t feel right about someone who approaches your door, do not open it. Also, as the night progresses, and you notice that you aren’t getting many trick-or-treaters, turn off your light and close your door. There’s no reason for you to ___ until 8:00 p.m. or whenever Halloween ends in your area,

Keep Your Pets Safe

You may love dressing your pets up for Halloween, but you may want to let them sit out the holiday. Some pets may not be able to handle a constant ringing doorbell and kids yelling, “Trick-or-Treat!” In fact, the ASPCA states that frightened cats or dogs may scurry out the front door. Avoid any pet mishaps by keeping your pup or kitty in a separate room, away from the festivities.

Light Up Your Yard with Outdoor Lighting

Make sure you provide enough light for the little ghosts and ghouls who’ll grace your doorstep on All Hallows Eve. Consider adding motion sensor lights because some models allow you to set the sensor light for either 30 seconds or 120 seconds. If you get one with a swivel head, you can position it wherever you want. You may even consider adding path lights to your front yard or lanterns to your porch. The more light you have the better!

Consider Your Candy Options

Buying Halloween candy is fun! After all, it gives you an excuse to buy what you like. But keep in mind that some candy may not be right for every child. For instance, children have food allergies, ranging from peanuts to chocolate, wheat, fruit, and more. Keep in mind that some candies are made in facilities that handle peanuts, soy, wheat, etc. Suckers may not be appropriate for every child because the stick may be a choking hazard. Check the bag’s label for allergy and choking warnings.

Check Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Did you know that opening your home to trick-or-treaters can expose you to unwanted claims and lawsuits? Unfortunately, this is the not-so-fun side of Halloween. Contact your insurance agent to ensure that your homeowner’s policy is current and you have adequate coverage.

Make Your Sure You Have a Happy and Safe Halloween

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, make sure your home is ready for trick-or-treaters. If you have a garage, park your car in it. Not only will it keep the pathway clear for children and their parents, but it will also give you peace of mind that your car won’t be broken into, egged, or covered in toilet paper. If you have to leave your car in your driveway, lock it and remove all valuables.

There’s no reason why you can’t have an enjoyable Halloween. Even though it has a frightful reputation, the holiday doesn’t have to be scary, especially when it comes to keeping your home safe. Use our tips to keep your family and trick-or-treaters as safe as can be. And if you want to know how the spooktacular holiday began, read our blog post, The History of Halloween.