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SERVPRO Remediates Brookline Residential Mold Damage

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Mitigation Solutions and Safety Measures

Each year, mold damage impacts wood and structural materials more than fire and termites combined. This impact illustrates just how hard spores can be on home surfaces in a short period. Brookline homeowners can start feeling the effect of microbial growth within as little as one to two days after water damage enables its proliferation.

Brookline SERVPRO mold mitigation technicians utilize commercial-grade, cutting-edge remediation tools and technologies to restore homes after microbial damage. Technological advances like thermal imaging cameras, when paired with tried-and-true tactics like duct sealing, flood cuts, and debris removal, can return a home to its pre-mold condition safely and efficiently.

Reconsidering DIY Home Mold Cleanup

While it may seem tempting to cut costs by taking care of mold damage with do-it-yourself strategies, homeowners are encouraged to leave this restoration to certified professionals. Not only can trained restoration technicians more thoroughly restore spaces impacted by damage, but they can also inspect homes with high-grade sensors and imaging tools.

Homeowners looking into DIY spore cleanup should reconsider because:

  • Without thorough containment and decontamination of PPE, it is easy to unintentionally spread microbes which can then repopulate and damage structures and contents once more
  • When spores impact contents like carpet and mattresses, these items are typically not salvageable and require careful disposal. Mold remediation firms like SERVPRO can perform this service while preventing spores from spreading unintentionally
  • Structural materials like drywall may also need removal. We can perform a controlled demolition without removing a whole wall. Professionals can also implement solutions like spray-and-sealing on wall studs to prevent further contamination risks to essential structural materials like framing and subfloors

SERVPRO, meanwhile, adheres to restoration industry standards set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to implement microbial cleanup. While total mold removal is not guaranteed due to the microscopic size of individual spores, SERVPRO training ensures that remediation can achieve pre-disaster spore levels or lower without homeowners having to take on the work themselves.

SERVPRO’s Comprehensive Mold Restoration Strategies

One essential ingredient in SERVPRO’s recipe for effective mold remediation is its 24-hour responsiveness, which allows restoration to begin as soon as possible after homeowners call for assistance. These tasks can be implemented during weekends, late nights, and holidays to minimize homeowners’ discomfort and maximize the salvageability of home contents exposed to spores.

On top of cleaning, SERVPRO’s demolition and debris removal services are essential to keeping homes safe and maximizing their readiness for structural repairs. This crew’s loadout includes commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE), drying equipment, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and odor control units like foggers and sprays that can implement large-scale malodor removal. HVAC cleanup modalities, HEPA-filter vacuums, and air scrubbers significantly improve indoor air quality for Brookline residents.

Emergency-response remediation for mold damage includes the following:

  • Home inspection with moisture sensors, meters, and thermal imaging to locate potential microbial damage that has gone unnoticed and establish remediation goals throughout the cleanup
  • Negative air pressure and containment establishment that prevents spore spread through ducts, doorways, and windows
  • Decontamination of PPE in designated clean areas to follow restoration industry protocols for mold mitigation
  • Controlled demolition and disposal of unsalvageable materials contaminated by mold damage with the permission of homeowners
  • Spore drying and collection with structural drying equipment, dehumidification, and commercial-grade vacuum

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and only a phone call away from providing restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton, & Brookline at (617) 903-5055 to begin mitigation as soon as possible after a disaster occurs.

Why Expert Mold Remediation Is Paramount in Brookline

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech spraying for mold Mold remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for the help your home needs.

Brookline Contents Cleaning and Mold Cleanup with SERVPRO

When faced with mold damage to your Brookline property, you need a technical team that handles every aspect. All too often, content cleaning becomes an afterthought with some restoration companies. With SERVPRO, we ensure nothing goes unaddressed so that you can get your property back to pre-damage condition. This includes salvaging as many building materials and mold-impacted contents as possible. We never leave until your home gets the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval!

Beyond containment and isolation measures with mold remediation in Brookline, you need to think about contents like personal belongings, linens, and furniture. The unfortunate truth is that improperly assessed and cleaned contents can become a cross-contamination source.

Why call SERVPRO

We perform a thorough initial assessment of all contents, separating those that can get salvaged from items that call for disposal. Determinations are made for the proper cleaning methods, the best products to use, and whether or not some things should be moved off-site for safe storage at our climate-controlled warehouse.

  • Most non-porous contents can usually get satisfactorily cleaned of all items with visible contamination.
  • Most porous, soft contents may support and harbor fungal colonies and call for disposal.

SERVPRO technicians know that even if specific contents are free from visible mold growth, there could be small pockets of contaminants like mycotoxins, hyphae, and spores. The IICRC characterizes this as Condition 2 within their mold remediation standards. Our thorough assessment and cleaning measures ensure thorough cleaning to restore spore counts to normal levels so that you and anyone else within your property can breathe easily again.

What about materials that are beyond repair?

Controlled demolition may also get performed to help us remove any unsalvageable building materials and replace them with brand-new ones. Once we get done, the indoor air quality (IAQ) improves, and all surfaces are thoroughly disinfected and sanitized.

Call us at SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline at (617) 903-5055, and we will send a crew out to help with mold cleanup and remediation. You can also request help online at your earliest convenience.

Air Movers Work to Dry Water Damage in Brookline Homes

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

EQUIPMENT DRYING WOOD FLOOR IN KITCHEN SERVPRO arrives at your Brookline property with advanced equipment for water damage cleanup, restoration, and repair.

Air Movers Are Critical for Drying Brookline Property Water Damage

When drying is necessary after loss incidents, our SERVPRO professionals rely on several tools from our inventory to achieve these goals. One of the critical elements of effective evaporative drying is the air movers of our equipment stock. With several types, there are multiple ways they can benefit the restoration process.

Surface Water

Water damage in Brookline homes and businesses relies on specific drying tools and products to overcome the effects of a situation like burst pipes or appliance leaking. Several materials can be quickly overwhelmed and damaged by spreading moisture, so specific tools like centrifugal air movers target direct places on building materials damaged by water. Units are placed several feet apart and frequently moved to continue their efforts in overall evaporation of:

  • Drywall
  • Carpets
  • Trim
  • Hardwood

Cavity Drying

Centrifugal units can also be used in a process to dry structural cavities. Low-profile options work alongside flood cuts and drywall to infuse these structural openings with dry air for faster evaporation. The cavity can hold water after leaks and burst pipes, making it critical to drain standing water and use these focused blasts of air to help in efficient drying production.

General Evaporative Drying

Axial air movers are ideal for broader areas of building materials and environments that are saturated and wet. Unlike centrifugal units that target a specific area of the wall system or flooring, axial options provide a general evaporative drying to aid a damaged region of the house.

There are multiple applications for air movers within a home after a water damage incident occurs. These tools are instrumental in the drying process, and for this reason, we have hundreds of these units to ensure that even large loss scenarios are managed efficiently. Give our SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline team a call today at (617) 903-5055.

Three Phases of Mold Removal for Allston Homes

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

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These Steps Are Critical for Remediating Mold Damage in Allston Properties

Mold damage management begins as soon as our professionals arrive. Situations like microbial threats only worsen without direct action, so we utilize three distinct recovery phases to protect the house, its contents, and its occupants from greater harm.

Identifying the Scope of the Damage

To cope with mold damage to Allston homes, we must first determine the extent of the loss and the work scope. Experienced managers from our teamwork alongside customers and property owners to identify priorities of remediation and restoration and the needed recovery efforts to come. Cataloging the loss of contents and the structure also helps create a detailed estimate for the work to be done.

Removing Mold Damage

The most versatile of these stages necessary to remove mold and microbial threats from your property is the management of the organism itself. Depending on how severe the infestation is, several types of mold removal strategies are effective. Surface treatment solutions are the preferred method, as these are the least invasive, but more aggressive measures are often required.

Repairs and Cleanup

An advantage to having a general contractor license is the ability to provide build-back services necessary for many homes after mold exposure. The destructive capability of active colonization compromise is hosting materials quickly, so it is important to have experienced professionals capable of repairing the damage caused to the household during the remediation process and the prolonged exposure to colonies. Some processes include:

  • Replacing Structure
  • Returning Contents
  • Addressing Malodors

Each of these phases of mold removal and remediation is critical to protecting the exposed materials and preventing greater harm to the property. As leading applied microbial remediation professionals, our SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline team helps quickly to manage active colonization scenarios to protect your home. Give us a call today at (617) 903-5055.

The Silent Business Partner You Didn’t Know You Needed | SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

Owning a business of your own can be a lot of work! We understand that it takes every ounce of dedication to ensure that your company is successful. So, if a major disruption happens, it can truly be devastating as well as chaotic for you personally.

You should know that just because you are alone in running a business doesn’t mean you are alone in dealing with emergencies. You have a partner in SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline. We want to see you succeed, and we will work to get you prepared and back on your feet.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and flooding are the top causes of financial losses. This can cause major damages to any business, and even more so if you don’t react quick enough. That’s why we are available 247 so that you can count on us any time of the day or night!

Emergency Ready Plan. Your best defense is preparation. Any and every business needs an emergency plan, and we’re here to help you implement one. We will work to create an optimized plan for your company, outlining the specifics of what to do in an emergency and how to do it.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We offer more than simply the general carpet cleaning that you might be thinking of! We also providing specialty cleaning services like biohazard removal. We can find a solution for any kind of mess, because we’ve been in the industry for a long time and we know what to expect.

Restoration Services. Storms bring floodwaters, fires can spark in the kitchen and pipes may burst sometimes! No matter what kind of disaster has taken hold of your business, they will all require cleanup and restoration services of some kind. We can assure you that with SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline we will have your business back to preloss condition in no time.

Industry Specialization. There’s no commercial enterprise that we can’t help! We have trained our technicians on every in and out that accompanies commercial properties. No matter what type of special needs your place may have, we have you covered. We will also do our best to enclose our work area, in hopes of not disrupting your regular business operations.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Put a Plan Together for Winter Storms and Extreme Weather | SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

a close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline for fast, restorative solutions.

The latter part of the year is busy. Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are approaching, and you may simply look forward to the new year and a fresh start!

The one thing we want to remind you of is the importance of safety during potentially hazardous winter weather. Massachusetts has cold winters with abundant snow. It’s best to be prepared before the weather arrives.

Let’s take a look at a few items you need to keep in mind as winter storms are on the horizon.

Keep the Family Safe

Family safety tops the list, and that’s no surprise. Ensure your family has an emergency action plan so you can communicate and stay in touch during a winter weather emergency. This will reduce fear and promote action in the face of a winter weather emergency.

Step one is creating an emergency action plan, and step two is making sure your vehicle is winterized prior to cold weather arriving. Make sure all fluid levels are topped off and proper anti-icing precautions are taken. Keep an ice scrapper in the car for frost and snow, and put extra clothes and blankets in the truck in case you get stranded and have to wait for help in your car.

Keep Your Home Safe

Frozen pipes are a serious risk in the winter for homeowners. Knowing how to prevent them can save money and a considerable amount of anxiety!

Make sure all sources of heat are properly maintained before the winter. This includes furnaces, kerosene and other portable heaters.

If you use wood or coal, make sure your chimneys are unobstructed and free of creosote and ash. Make sure to have an adequate supply of fuel to see you through an extended winter storm. Be sure to follow all safety procedures when using kerosene, wood or coal.

If you feel particularly industrious, consider installing storm windows or coating windows with extra insulation from the inside to increase the “R” value and keep more of the heat on the inside.

Keep Your Pets Safe

Domesticated animals should be brought inside during the winter months. Very few breeds of animals can tolerate winter weather, much less extreme winter weather and storms.

Ensure your pets have a place they can be comfortable during extended cold weather. If you own livestock or horses, make sure they have a shelter from the elements and a steady supply of food and unfrozen water.

Watch for Melts and Flooding

Melting snow and ice can produce dangerous floods, putting people, homes and pets in danger. Always stay informed using local emergency alerts, and be cautious as the weather warms and ice and snow begin to melt.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

Here’s How to Find a Restoration Provider You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

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When an emergency strikes, it causes chaos. It doesn’t make any difference how the disaster occurred, all that matters is you find a local reputable restoration company that can restore your property to pre-disaster condition.

When that time comes, you’re going to be in a situation where you have to make a decision quickly, as you decide what company is going to get your business and handle your restoration.

Keep these points in mind when evaluating a partnership with a restoration company:

Are They Legit?

Keep in mind that not everyone who shows up after a disaster has the best of intentions. Unfortunately, major storms and disaster situations bring scammers to your area who try to rip you off for money when you’re most at risk, deliver nothing and then disappear.

We have been part of the national landscape for over 50 years. You don’t get that kind of longevity without satisfied customers.

National brands like the PGA Tour trust us with their disaster needs. We provide high-quality service to maintain their affiliated facilities.

Can They Act Fast?

When disaster strikes, there’s no time to waste. You have got to reach someone right away so resources can be mobilized and your restoration can begin. Even a small delay can lead to more damage and costs.

That’s why we’re on call 24 hours a day to respond to your emergency situation.

Does They Have Access to National Resources?

SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline is locally owned and operated, which means there’s always a team right here in Cambridge ready to act. But if major storms come and a surge of activity is at hand, your local franchise is supported by the full, coast-to-coast network of SERVPRO franchises.

This means when trouble hits, we’ll be sending in a surge of help and powerful tools to make sure every local homeowner in need gets the service and attention they deserve.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

When Disaster Strikes, Choose SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline is your local restoration expert.

Homeowners, business owners and property managers, it’s your job to make sure operations run smoothly. Keeping morale high and the family happy is a priority.

When something like a disaster strikes, the status quo is upset! All of those responsibilities take a back seat, and you now have a new focus. You may have never managed a crisis before—and that’s why we’re here.

Managing and handling a crisis is our job, not yours! Let us handle the pressure, we do it for a living.

When life tries to get a fast one by you, trust SERVPRO to take over and get you back to normal.

Equipped, Qualified & Ready

Our job is to be ready when needed. When you call, we’ll be on the way in a moment’s notice. We understand there is no time to spare when fire damage, flooding or a natural disaster is at hand.

When a crisis happens, we’re queued up and ready to go.

Being Faster to Any Disaster Is What We Do

When a disaster hits, we understand that we need to drop everything and come running. After all, in a disaster situation, every second counts.

For every minute that passes, mold can grow, and you can have more smoke or water damage. A fast response is critical, and with a local office right here nearby, you’ll be the beneficiary of a local company with national resources.

We Know the Best Disaster Recovery Techniques

Disasters don’t care where or when they strike, and homes and businesses can suffer accidental or natural damage.

We have custom plans for many situations, and we’re prepared to get your home or business back to normal ASAP!

Our Expertly Trained Techs Restore Your Property "Like it never even happened."

We’re not a “here today and gone tomorrow” type of operation. SERVPRO is an expert in the recovery and restoration business because we care about your satisfaction enough to ensure your property is restored to its original condition.

We are committed to ensuring your restoration is exceptional from start to finish.

We Modify Our Approach When New Disasters Arise

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, illness prevention is high on the priority list. With that in mind, we now offer sanitization and disinfecting services that go beyond normal office cleaning.

If you want your customers to feel safe and welcome, we can give you that ultra-clean space and ease the worries of your customers and employees at the same time.

Fires burn, storms rage, pipes leak—it happens. Your local SERVPRO is ready to take on the challenge so you can get back to life.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline at 617-903-5055

A New Standard of Clean, That’s the SERVPRO Difference | SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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All throughout the country, as well as in Massachusetts, areas are experiencing declining COVID-19 cases and a return to a more normal life. Consumers around Cambridge, and the Boston area in general, are beginning to return to life as it was pre-pandemic.

As we do so, though, we have new expectations when it comes to businesses. Today’s savvy consumers know they have choices.

As normal activities resume, consumers will go to businesses they feel have cleaned and sanitized. In other words, they will patronize restaurants and stores that care about their safety.

Looking to meet those new expectations? SERVPRO can help.

How the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program Works

To achieve the level of clean your customers now expect, you need the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. This is an unprecedented level of clean, and it provides customers and employees the satisfaction of knowing they shop or work at a business that cares for their post-pandemic safety.

We use groundbreaking biohazard cleaning products to provide your business with an exceptional level of clean. This in turn creates a safe environment for everyone that comes through your doors.

Here’s how the program works:

Consult. Every business is different. We customize a plan that meets your business’ unique cleaning and sanitization needs. And because SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont is locally owned and operated, we’re familiar with the local area and its guidelines and requirements.

Clean. Once we’ve created a customized cleaning plan for your business, then we clean. We use proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning agents that are unique to SERVPRO. This is the highest level of sanitization, and it’s unequalled in the cleaning and restoration industry. CDC guidelines are always met or exceeded.

Certify. The last step is telling your consumers and employees that your business is clean and sanitized! Door and window decals are provided to show your customers that your business is clean and sanitized. By displaying the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your premises and your website, this demonstrates you have met or exceeded sanitization requirements.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

We Are Always Ready to Help

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Signs of Water Damage in the Basement | SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Many homeowners find their basement to be a great resource. It’s very utilitarian, serving as everything from a storm shelter to a bonus bedroom to some much-needed storage space.

Basements, however, have an inherent issue: They’re dug into the ground, which means they’re susceptible to water damage from the ground around them over time.

While this is not an absolute certainty, you’ll definitely want to be aware of the risks of water damage from the underground as you go forward in home ownership. Let’s examine some of the most likely indicators of water damage and leaks, so you know what you’re looking for in the fight against interior moisture.

What to Look for to Determine Possible Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. Water that seeps into the basement from underground may in fact be clean to begin with, but it doesn’t take long for it to stagnate, causing that signature musty odor. This happens so frequently, in fact, that many people assume basements simply smell that way all the time. In actuality, though, the pungent smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment,. While you may not see mold or mildew right away, the smell is a dead giveaway that there may be a problem.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Many people assume that waterproof paint is a foolproof solution for basement dryness. Unfortunately, even the most advanced paint will give way over time, beginning to crack, flake and bubble, eventually creating a larger problem than you would have encountered without waterproof paint.

Foundational cracks. Homes do often experience some mild shifting over a period of many years, but a real crack in the foundation is a tipoff that there may be a major leak somewhere that needs immediate attention. Cracks can also show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls and are often a sign that there is water damage that could progress into something worse. Hairline cracks are no cause for alarm, but if they become any larger, they should be treated immediately.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

Bio Hazard? We Are Ready To Help!

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

technician in protective white suit sprays room At SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline we take biohazard seriously you should too!

Bio hazard by definition is anything that is a risk to human health or the environment. They stem from biological substance especially microorganisms and pathogens.

Pathogens, many times are disease-causing. They can be found in the form of bacteria, viruses, or protozoans. Here at SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline we classify water by the level of contaminant that may be present in the water. Sewage back up would be classified as the most contaminated.

If you ever have a toilet over flow or notice sewage back up in your home or business it is highly recommended you call a professional to ensure the area and surrounding areas are properly and thoroughly disinfected. The worst thing you can do is try to clean it yourself and discover that instead you spread the contaminants to other areas of the property.  

If your home or business experiences a bio hazard loss do not place fans in the area. Ensure you have little to no contact with the affected area to prevent the spread of contaminants to other areas of your home or business. If you have an active leak or plumbing issue call the local plumbing company so they can address the situation. Once they have addressed the cause of the issue you will want to call a professional to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. We use hospital grade disinfectants and ensure we complete a thorough cleaning of the affected and surrounding area.

If you have any questions call us today! 617-903-5055

A Guide to Flash Floods After Severe Weather Occurs | SERVPRO® of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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While many weather events get a bad reputation as being dangerous or deadly, many people do not consider flooding to be included in this list. Many people are surprised to find that flooding is second only to heat deaths in total weather-related fatalities in the United States, and flash floods are especially dangerous.

One of the reasons why flash floods can be so deadly is because they come about suddenly, and even areas not prone to flooding can be impacted. Even a small drainage pond or blocked sewer system can lead to a dangerous flash flood if enough rain falls, which is why knowing the facts about safety is key.

How Are Flash Floods Defined?

While regular floods occur slowly, flash floods start within six hours of extreme rain after a storm or other severe weather, and often occur in as little as three hours. Additionally, they are rarely found in known floodplains and instead are frequently occurring in urban areas and other parts of towns that are not used to floods occurring traditionally.

What Are the Levels of Warning Present for Flash Flooding?

Because flash floods happen so quickly, it is important to tune into your local weather broadcast during storms and severe weather so you can always be alerted to their possibility. If there is a flash flood watch issued, that means that it is a possibility that a flash flood might occur and you should be sure you are ready to evacuate. For a flash flood warning, flooding is more imminent and everyone should move to higher ground. If an emergency is issued, that means to move immediately as there are life-threatening flood issues taking place.

How Can I Increase My Safety During a Flash Flood?

Being safe is so important during any storm or severe weather event, especially when flash floods become a possibility. These are some of the best rules to keep in mind to make sure you and your family are always as safe as possible:

  • When storms involve heavy rain, stay inside and away from low-lying parts of properties.
  • Always have an evacuation plan for floods and be sure your family is aware of it.
  • Avoid trying to cross floodwater, whether in a vehicle or on foot.
  • Avoid touching floodwater or allowing children to play near it, as it can be heavily contaminated.
  • Always turn around if there is water on your intended route of travel.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour 617-903-5055 to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Remediation & Reconstruction Services By SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Suited technicians removing flooring We are here when you need us

If you are looking for a company that can do it all when you have water, fire, mold or bio hazard loss look no further because SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury has you covered. We are open to work with you directly and/or with insurance companies if you choose to put in a claim.

Remediation

During the remediation process if there is water damage entails extracting standing water if any and placing professional grade drying material to ensure the materials (dry wall, hardwood etc.) are completely dry to prevent the possible growth of mold. If there is fire damage our team will remove the affect area, most times it is wet from putting out the fire. If there are contaminants (sewage, plumbing back flow, etc.) our crew will use hospital grade material to remove and disinsfect the whole premise. Once affected materials are removed, anti microbial agents are applied throughout the area. Lastly we apply drying equipment to ensure affected materials dry thoroughly.

Reconstruction

Our team has the capability to put your business or home back to pre damage condition with our construction team. We are one of the few businesses that can see a job through from start to finish. Our construction team has more than 20 years of construction experience and they are happy to work with our customers to get their home or business back to pre damage condition or better. Give us an opportunity and our team will not disappoint!

We are Here for You

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO drying waiting to be placed in large water loss Ready for any size disaster

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.

Remediation & Reconstruction Services

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

mold remediation steps from insulation removal to floor installation We are the only company you need

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.

We Can Help with your Claims Process!

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

home insurance claim form We are always here to help!

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.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of microscopic virus and blood cells We are here to help 24/7

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline, 617-903-5055

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Plumbing Issues Resolved

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

bathroom tile covered in feces after toilet over flows due to plumbing issues Plumbing issues result in toilet back flow

Bio hazard by definition is anything that is a risk to human health or the environment. They stem from biological substance especially microorganisms and pathogens.

Pathogens, many times are disease-causing. They can be found in the form of bacteria, viruses, mold spores, or protozoans. Plumbing or sewage back flow can present a more bio hazard risk. For this reason if you ever have a toilet over flow or notice sewage back up in your home or business the best  thing to do is to call a professional to ensure the area and surrounding areas are properly and thoroughly disinfected.

At SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton and Brookline we take bio hazard damage very seriously because of the potential impact it can have on the health of not only our customers but also our employees.

If your home or business experiences a bio hazard loss do not place fans in the area. Ensure you have little to no contact with the affected area to prevent the spread of contaminants to other areas of your home or business. If you have an active leak or plumbing issue call the local plumbing company so they can address the situation. Once they have addressed the cause of the issue you will want to call a professional to thoroughly clean and disinfect the area.

Call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline today if you are facing a bio-hazard issue in your home or business! We are available 24/7/365

One Stop Disaster Cleanup

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

first wet insulation removed, then black mold found behind insulation. Techs removed and replaced walls and flooring with one This is a picture of a room we remediated and reconstructed after a water loss.

If you are looking for a company that can do it all when you have water, fire, mold or bio hazard loss look no further because SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline has you covered. We are open to work with you directly and/or with insurance companies if you choose to put in a claim.

Remediation

During the remediation process if there is water damage entails extracting standing water if any and placing professional grade drying material to ensure the materials (dry wall, hardwood etc.) are completely dry to prevent the possible growth of mold. If there is fire damage our team will remove the affect area, most times it is wet from putting out the fire. If there are contaminants (sewage, plumbing back flow, etc.) our crew will use hospital grade material to remove and disinsfect the whole premise. Once affected materials are removed, anti microbial agents are applied throughout the area. Lastly we apply drying equipment to ensure affected materials dry thoroughly.

Reconstruction

Our team has the capability to put your business or home back to pre damage condition with our construction team. We are one of the few businesses that can see a job through from start to finish. Our construction team has more than 20 years of construction experience and they are happy to work with our customers to get their home or business back to pre damage condition or better. Give us an opportunity and our team will not disappoint!

A Smoother Claim's Process

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO Allston Brighton Brookline

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO Is Here For You

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

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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Why so many choose SERVPRO

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the equipment used to make damage "Like it never even happened"

Its more than just the brand recognition, it’s also the qualified personnel, the expertise and dedication to the community that make us the place to call. Below are additional reasons why:  

Qualified

We have the best training in the industry. Each team member is trained in clean up and restoration which can range from bio hazard, fire, mold to water damage. We are IICRC certified (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate) for fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our job is to make sure our clients understand the loss and how we will help restore their home or facility. We live up to the motto and we leave each location looking “Like it never even happened.”

Immediate

Our team understands that the best way to limit further damage is to begin the clean up and restore the property as soon as possible. For this reason our team is available 24/7 - day, night, or holiday!  This also helps with keeping costs down. We strive to always answer the first call or respond within a few hours.

Latest Technology

We take pride in the fact that we are able to keep up with some of the advancements technology has to offer. This allows us to restore your property as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get back to what you were doing preloss.

No Loss Too Big or Too Small

Whether you have multiple locations, or a room that has suffered a loss we can help restore your property.  SERVPRO is a national company and as a result our SERVPRO Allston, Brigthon, and Brookline team has access to the 1,800+ other franchises to handle any scope of loss.  You call us and we will handle the rest!

Future Loss Prevention

With every job we ensure we understand what the cause of the loss was. We do this to ensure the cause of loss is addressed to prevent similar damage from occurring again.

Our Community

Our office is based in Brookline and our team is from Boston. We love what we do and the ability to help our community. We know the roads, the neighborhoods, and what makes our towns so special. It is important to us that our town thrives so we are highly motivated to do all we can to make this an even better town to live in.

Help is always here

Whether you have a question or a loss give us a call and we will help 617-903-5055. We serve ALL - businesses, home owners, property managers and tenants in the Allston, Brookline and Brighton area.

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Biohazard, Vandalism & Crime Scene Cleanup & Remediation.

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

clock displaying 24: 07 and servpro contact information in the event of emergency 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.