Preparing your home and business for the cold season
Quick transition from summer to winter here in Boston, MA!
If you are a Boston resident or property owner you know that the winter is unpredictable. Some years we barely get snow and the temperatures are fairly mild. While other years it is frigid with howling winds and never ending snow storms.
No matter what kind of winter is in the cards for us this year, as a property owner you should be prepared. You should not wait until winter is upon us to prepare your property. The time is now, before the fall! During this time you should be making repairs and doing preventative maintenance.
Some areas to consider:
Clean and repair the gutter before the temperature drops. Seal leaking caps and if you can add a gutter cover to prevent debris build up. Consider investing in a gutter heating cable. This will help prevent ice dams.
Windows and walk ways
Check your windows to make sure there are not any air leaks or excessive condensation build up. Most windows are believed to have a life cycle of 20yrs check your windows to ensure they are not at or nearing the end of their cycle. Check your walk way for any major cracks that will need to be repaired. Pay attention to seams as well.
Boilers should be serviced once a year by an engineer. The most important part of winterizing is ensuring buildings boiler will operate throughout the long winter. Ensure the pipes are well insulated as extreme cold weather can cause the boiler to shut off - which can result in frozen pipes.
Check and replace air filters if necessary. Turn your system on to ensure it is functioning properly. Like a car idleness is not good. Run the heating unit a few weeks before temperatures start to drop to keep it working properly.
Water faucets and water lines
Drain outdoor water faucets and water lines to make sure there is no sitting water. If there is water in the water lines it can freeze in cold temperatures and cause damage to the water line and faucets.
Roofs typically have a 12 year life span. You can usually do a visual test of your roof to get a better idea of its current condition. Repair or replace any missing shingles. An added benefit of updating your roof is an insurance discount for newly replaced roof!
Fix crack in concrete and asphalt
Water is easily absorbed by concrete given the nature of the materials. If there are large cracks make sure you fill them in because salt during snowy season causes damage.
Whether you are a home owner or a property manager it is important to be proactive so you prevent possible damages to your property. Losses will happen but if you use preventative measures you can possibly help minimize the level of damage thus lowering the amount of money needed to repair/replace your property.
If your business or home experiences a loss give SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline a call 617-903-5055! We are here to help 24/7.
A Smoother Claim's Process
We get the job done right the first time and we handle the claims process so you don't have to!
If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is more things to worry about. For this reason our team ensures they make the claim process as stress free as possible. SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline will help the damage look “Like it never even happened.” That way you and your family or business can get back to what is important.
Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:
- create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
- document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
- work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
- handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be
We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients because working with us makes their jobs easier.
Our Team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and bio-hazard clean up and restoration services. Call SERVPRO Allston, Brighton & Brookline 617-903-5055 we are available 24/7.
Power Outage Due to Storm
Know what to do in the event of a power outage.
Storms can cause power outages that can span a couple of hours or even days. In addition, if multiple locations are affected the company may not be able to make it to your home due to being backed up. In the event your town or neighborhood is affected by a power outage here are a few tips to stay safe!
Before the storm:
- Purchase a flash light that runs on batteries
- have extra batteries available
- Invest in a generator if possible or rent one if you know a major storm is coming.
- Keep mobile phones and other electrical devices charged
- Keep your vehicle gas tank full just in case!
- Place a thermometer in your fridge and freezer so you can monitor the temperature during the storm
- Buy food supplies that do not require refrigeration
- Have a plan of where to go if the storm lasts more than 4 days. Community Centers are usually good places to go.
During the storm:
- Disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics
- Use a generator where possible to avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning from running the oven for heat or electrical stove.
- Keep freezer and refrigerators closed. Food will stay cold for about 3 days.
- Stay connected with family or local news so you are up to date on the status of the storm. This will also let you know if evacuation is necessary.
After the storm if you notice damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline 617-903-5055 so we can help get you back to pre loss conditions.
Your Business is Flooded. Now what?
Be safe. Be Quick. Be Thorough during flood to help damage from getting worse and keep recovery costs down
If your business has been affected by flood the most important thing you can do is act quickly to reduce the level of damage and try to contain recovery costs. If no one is injured the first thing you want to do is call your insurance company. Follow the 3 Be's:
Make sure your building is safe before you enter. Do a quick assessment of the exterior of the building to see if there are any structural damages. You should also check for possible electrical hazards. The safest thing you can do is to turn off the power if possible. Since there is the potential for electrocution if electricity is still running make sure you are wearing protective gear as you walk through the property.
Time is of the essence when dealing with standing water. It takes less than 48 hours for mold to grow and spread. For this reason you want to quickly remove the excess water. Open windows and use air movers to help with drying. You then want to ensure there are no pockets of concealed water – either under carpet or on water absorbing material (ie. concrete). If flood is laden with bacteria or chemicals do not try to clean on your own get a professional like SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline involved.
If you have suffered a flood or other water disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline 617-903-5055
Make sure you document everything! Take a picture of the damaged condition and anything you are throwing out. This will be important for the recovery process with your insurance company.
If all of this seems like a lot of work that you are not ready or do not have the time to take on do not worry! SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton, & Brookline can ease the stress and complete the entire process for you. All we need is your insurance carrier name and your claim number and we will take care of the rest. We are here for you during this time of need and our trained technicians will make the damage look “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline when you need us 617-903-5055!
Flooding is more common than you think
A flood can be a result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
When natural disasters occur most times we have little time to prepare. A common natural disaster that not only affects coastal property is a flood. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.
A flood can be a result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems. They can develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning. When there is a flash flood there is typically no warning or very little time between when the warning is given and the onset of the flood. Floods have been known to cause electrical outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.
It is very important if you have been warned of a potential flood that you do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. It is very easy to drown during a flood - Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Be safe by evacuating if you are told to do so or moving to higher ground and/or level where possible. It is also recommended that you stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
The best thing you can do is prepare yourself well in advance. Gather and store supplies in a safe place in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each family members specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets either. Keep extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment so they are functioning during the time of need.
Once the warning is over and the storm has passed assess any damages to your home or business. Your top priority is still safety! Call your insurance provider if there were any damages – for a flood it would typically be a specialized flood policy. Call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton, & Brookline for the remediation and reconstruction of your property – 617-903-5055.
SERVPRO Allston Brighton Brookline
Our Technicians have construction experience and can work on any job ceiling to floor!
Here at SERVPRO Allston, Brighton & Brookline our technicians are not only IICRC certified but they are also very knowledgeable in construction work. Most of our technicians have more than 20 years of construction experience. If your home or business experiences a major loss you can count on our team to not only clean and remediate but you can also count on us if you need reconstruction.
We pride ourselves in being able to meet all of our customers’ needs. We understand that at a time of loss the last thing you want to worry about is vetting a reliable contractor to help get your property back pre loss. You can be rest assured that with SERVPRO Allston, Brighton & Brookline you will receive quality work every time. We always seek customer satisfaction prior to installation, midway, then at completion. Finally, all completed work is then reviewed by our project manager to further ensure quality. Customer service is very important to us, in the rare occasion you are dissatisfied with a job we did do not hesitate to give us a call and we can fix it.
We do every job to the highest standard so you are comfortable referring us to your family members or closest friends. If you have a job you need our assistance with call us today 617-903-5055.
Does Your Business Have An Emergency Plan?
Emergency Ready Profile
When accidents strike they do not care whether you are prepared or not! As a business it is vital that you know what to do, who to call, and how you will bounce back in the event of an emergency. The fact is that as many as one in four businesses that suffer a major disaster will not reopen afterward. Do not let your business become a statistic!
Here at SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline we pride ourselves in being a resource to the businesses in our community. It is important to us that the businesses in our community and surrounding communities survive. SERVPRO has a Free Emergency Ready Profile that your business can use to help prepare you in the event of a major disaster. Studies show that the faster you can react to a disaster it lowers the damage done. The profile helps store everything you need such as contact information, locations of shut off valves, pictures and so much more to help in the event there is a disaster. The profile you create for your business is also useful to us as it will inform us of where our vehicles should park in the event of a loss. This is helpful in the event you do not want to bring public attention to the fact that your business is experiencing some kind of loss.
We understand you may already have a facilities manager or be a facilities manager who knows the ins and outs of the building. The profile is not meant to replace a facilities manager in any way – it’s a resource for them. Anything can happen and as a business you want to make sure whoever is nearby can pick up your profile and depending on the type of disaster know exactly who to contact and what to do if anything.
The Emergency Ready Profile can be distributed in digital form and/or hard copy. We understand that as a business too much time cannot be wasted, for that reason the profile can be completed within 30 minutes. If you are interested in creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business Call us today 617-903-5055. We will set up a time for an office representative to go to your business to fill out the profile for you for free!
Storms in the Summer Time
July 5th, 2019 thunder storm depiction in Boston, MA.
If you are a Boston resident you may have been looking forward to the arrival of warm weather given some of the cold days we experienced this past winter. Long behold summer is finally here! It’s a great time to visit the beaches and the beautiful towns of Boston. Just keep in mind, the summer weather also brings an increase in thunderstorm activity.
July is typically one of the hottest months of the summer in Boston with temperatures averaging over 80 degrees. We also see the most thunderstorms in July than any other month. According to weather experts there is a higher chance of a tropical storm coming within 100 miles of Boston during the month of July.
What does this means for you as a home or business owner? It means you need to ensure your home and/or business is properly protected to prevent damage due to storm. One of the most common losses caused by storm is water seeping into the property causing a flood and damaging personal belongings. In addition, if moister is left then coupled with warm temperature it creates a breeding ground for mold. Fire’s can also start as a result of a storm. In the summer months it’s common for lightning to strike and cause a fire. Prepare yourself and business for anything that can happen this summer – good and bad.
In June our office answered to multiple water damage calls after rain fall. So far we have had more than 3 major rain fall this summer – each resulting in a few claims that our office attended to in the Allston, Brighton & Brookline area. We were happy to be called but at least four of the losses could have been prevented had the business properly closed a window or checked if the sump pump was functioning properly. None the less, our team was available to help. We were able to address the cause of the damage, dry the area, then restore/replace the area “Like it never even happened.”
Summer time is for your enjoyment here at SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline we want to make sure you can get back to your summer time fun after a storm without a hitch. Call us in your time of need or if you want to be proactive and set up an Emergency Ready Profile call us today 617-903-5055.
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SERVPRO Is Here For You
Equipment delivery - to be installed into Boston home after water damage
SERVPRO has been in business for over 50 years. We have been able to establish a well recognized brand that symbolizes quality and expertise!
When you have a flood you need to think- SERVPRO. When you have a fire you need to think -SERVPRO. When you have large clean up you need to think- SERVPRO. You need to think of us in any disaster because we have the expertise, the techs, and equipment to help you get back to your pre disaster condition.
SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton, & Brookline truly cares about its Boston community. We are invested in the local community - our team lives in Boston, our children attend the local schools and we use the local businesses. The fact that we can give back to our community in its time of need is important to us. All of the crew members are trained and certified in proper remediation and cleaning techniques. We are also one of the few remediation companies that also have a reconstruction team so you do not need to hire another contractor – saving you time and money. If the damage is a covered by insurance we will work directly with your assigned adjuster to help ease the claim process for you.
It’s a known fact; we are here to be a resource for our community. We want to help you prevent losses where you can and have a plan ready for the things you cannot control. SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline is able to provide businesses and home owners with a free Emergency Ready Profile so that you know who to contact in the event of a disaster. Just give us a call 617-903-5055 and we will schedule a time for an office representative to go onsite and fill out a profile for you.
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Trauma and Clean Up
Bio-hazards require special cleaning and protective equipment
If you are in the hospitality business then you know that fatalities happen in the facility. Maybe more than you would like.
Under the Federal Government and Department of Labor, OSHA has created regulations concerning the handling of items or objects that may have been contaminated with blood and/or bodily fluids. These regulations are in place to not only protect the general public but also, the professionals doing the cleaning. Potential pathogens in bodily fluids include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and prions. It is extremely important that the standards are abided to not only to prevent the spread of possible disease but also to avoid hefty fines from the Environmental Protection Agency EPA.
It is important to note that cleaning cannot and will not begin at a trauma site until police actions are completed and the site is released by police. We stress the importance of performing quality cleaning services to prevent cross contamination. For this reason we clean the ceiling down to the floor. Our techs will be in special protective gear and use EPA certified products to clean the affected areas.
Time is of the essence when dealing with cleaning a trauma site because the longer the pathogen settles the harder it is to clean the surface and eliminate contaminates. Because we have experience in this field our team already knows the process and what to do – so you can be rest assured the cleanup will be done right and under Federal standards. Call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline when you need us 617-903-5055!
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